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Bob Weir To Join Dumpstaphunk Tonight For Annual Halloween Show

first_imgDumpstaphunk will return to Sweetwater Music Hall tonight for their annual Halloween celebration in Mill Valley, CA. For the second year in a row, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir will join the New Orleans funk masters for a night of mischief music, alongside the Jazz Mafia Horns. In 2016, Weir joined Dumpstaphunk for a “Shakedown Street >Dear Prudence > Iko Iko > Big Chief New Orleans Medley > Knockin’ on Heavens Door” medley that kept fans dancing all night long. There’s no telling what will go down tonight, but the band warns fans to come on out and “find out what tricks n treats we gonna pull outta the Dumpsta!!”There is a limited supply of tickets left here.Check out a taste of what’s to come in the video below, from last year’s “Shakedown Street”:last_img read more

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Families enjoy first ever Visions of Christmas in the Park

first_imgENDWELL (WBNG) — From crafts to pictures with Santa, the first ever Visions of Christmas event was all about holiday cheer. “We’re here for the winter fun, for the holiday activities and to bring the little one to have fun,” said Karen Gonzalez of Port Crane. “We’ve been very busy today we’ve had cookie decorating lots of crafts of course Santa is here with his elves,” said DeHate. The event was a collaborative effort between Visions Federal Credit Union and the Town of Union. “I was trying to hang out with my family and my Nana told me this was a good park to sled at and we’re just ready to have some fun,” said Serenity Slater of Whitney Point. “It’s wonderful to bring the families out for things to do its very very nice our communities need more things like this,” said Gonzalez. The event at Visions included a visit from Santa as well as some balloon twisters. Meanwhile at Highland Park, the holiday fun continued with outdoor activities including a mechanical reindeer. Also a sense of community, no matter the weather. “We’ve had an event here from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and up at Highland Park they have festivities starting at 2:30,” said Mandy DeHate of Visions Federal Credit Union. Having fun seemed to be a common theme for everyone who stopped by Highland Park Sunday afternoon. “Being a part of the Town of Union we thought it was really important to have a collaborative event,” DeHate said. The event also included a tree lighting and fireworks show.last_img read more

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Moscow residents open homes to psychiatric patients, disabled children during lockdown

first_imgTopics : “So right now we are sitting in pretty strict self-isolation. All our groceries are delivered, everything we need is contact-free delivery and we don’t go outside,” Muratova said on a call, adding the plan is to do so at least until July.”The main thing for me is that I can be with a girl friend here,” Nina, also on the video call, said.They are cooking together and finding activities for Nina to do, Muratova said, adding that Nina was enjoying having her own space for the first time and being able to take showers alone, rather than in groups.”Unexpectedly positive outcomes””All over the country, institutions house hundreds, sometimes thousands of people in one place … If one gets sick with coronavirus, so will everyone else,” Lida Moniava, director of a Moscow children’s hospice, said.In a call with regional governors on Friday, President Vladimir Putin said if such outbreaks occurred, it was due to a failure of leadership: “Outbreaks, as a rule, occur as a result of our incomplete work. Because we have missed something.”Last week, a psychiatric hospital in Russia’s northern city of Arkhangelsk reported an outbreak of 79 coronavirus cases. Two facilities housing children with special needs went into lockdown this week in Siberia’s Chelyabinsk region after staff members tested positive for COVID-19, Interfax reported.”It’s terrifying, but sometimes terrifying situations can produce unexpectedly positive outcomes,” Moniava said, referring to the new government policy.”Thanks to the coronavirus, an event occurred that is unprecedented in the whole adult and child boarding house system … The doors of these institutions were thrown open.”Five staff members at Moniava’s Lighthouse Charity Foundation have taken in severely physically disabled children home from two Moscow city orphanages for the quarantine period.Medical beds rigged with all the necessary equipment to support the children’s breathing and movement were installed in their homes, and the orphanage set up a WhatsApp chat group to provide medical advice and tips to the children’s new hosts.Moniava said the paperwork granting temporary adoption rights was handled by authorities within a day.Vica Lobanova, a 28-year-old editor working remotely during Moscow’s lockdown, who offered to share her home with Svetlana, from the same psychiatric ward in Elk Island park, said that in their case the paperwork was more arduous.Delays brought Svetlana, who knew of the spread of the coronavirus from the news shown on a television in the ward, to tears. With around 100 people on her building’s floor, keeping a safe distance would have been tough.Now self-isolating in Lobanova’s flat, Svetlana, who has been in institutions since her early teens, spends time playing with Lobanova’s dog and taking online classes.”I gave Sveta one of my two laptops and it has Zoom and Sveta knows her schedule, puts in the conference number herself,” Lobanova, who also volunteers with Life Route, said, adding that the decision was a straightforward one for her.”I live alone, I have a one bedroom flat … so I have space,” Lobanova said. Concerned about how fast the coronavirus could spread in the densely populated ward, Muratova decided to use a new government emergency measure allowing people to take residents of state institutions home during the lockdown to get Nina out.Muratova, a 30-year-old marketing researcher, already had a flatmate, so she moved into temporary accommodation provided by her volunteer group, the Life Route foundation.Nina, who has spent her life in children’s homes and then the psychiatric hospital, moved in with Muratova the next day.With Moscow in a partial lockdown, the two women are self-isolating, and as Nina’s disability means she is not considered to have legal status, they are unsure how to register her for a digital pass allowing some excursions outside.center_img Moscow resident Arina Muratova knew something was wrong when the messages she received from Nina, a patient at Psychiatric Hospital No.22 who has become a friend during her voluntary work there, suddenly lost their usual, optimistic ring.The hospital had gone into a precautionary lockdown, aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus, and Nina, 26, was feeling more confined than ever.”They were already living in isolation,” Muratova, who has volunteered for three years at the hospital in the city’s Elk Island park, said. “Now their [living space] had been shrunk to a tiny cube.”last_img read more

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Tour de France 2019: No complacency from Team INEOS after ‘great start’, says Geraint Thomas

first_img“We are always prepared for this race, we have one goal. Other teams go for stage wins, but our only goal is to try to win the Tour.”And Thomas is hopeful he and Bernal can pile the pressure on Alaphilippe, the Deceuninck-Quick Step rider having never seriously challenged for Grand Tour glory before.”We’ll know a lot more about Alaphilippe after the second rest day, but he’s rode a great race so far,” the Welshman said. “We’ll see how he goes — it’s an unknown for him as well, so it’ll be an interesting second week.” Geraint Thomas feels Team INEOS has enjoyed a “great start” to the Tour de France but insists the squad will remain focused as he looks to reel in Julian Alaphilippe.Alaphilippe leads the General Classification race by one minute and 12 seconds, yet Thomas is his nearest challenger and INEOS teammate Egan Bernal is third, a further four seconds back. Defending champion Thomas believes INEOS is well placed but acknowledges there is a lot of work left to do, particularly with Alaphilippe still boasting a healthy advantage.”We feel we’re in a strong position,” he said. “A combination of everything coming together has helped us get to this point at the first rest day. We’ve made a great start, but we’re fully aware that there’s still plenty of racing left.”To have gained time on our GC contenders is massive and a really good bonus, but now the really tough stages start. It’s been a great 10 days. It would be better if we were a couple of seconds behind Alaphilippe, but we’re pleased with how we’ve fared so far.”Boys on fire today in the crosswinds Great to be up to second at the first rest day #tdf2019 pic.twitter.com/TA7BHGpGY3— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) July 15, 2019Thomas added: “We’ve got huge Grand Tour experience in this team, so we won’t allow ourselves to become complacent. We’ll just focus on each stage and give ourselves the best possible chance of winning when we get to Paris. I’m not feeling any extra pressure this year.”I’m enjoying the race so far, though; it’s been a good opening block of racing for the team, and the support we’ve had has made it even more enjoyable. We’ve got a lot of winning experience on this team, the guys know what it takes to get over the winning line at the Tour. That experience is massively important in a race like this.last_img read more

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Grassley calls for more transparency at the Red Cross

first_imgWASHINGTON — As the American Red Cross responds to another round of deadly tornadoes overnight, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is introducing legislation that aims to make sure the relief agency is spending its funds appropriately.Grassley, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, says his bill would give a congressional watchdog group more complete access to Red Cross records for oversight.  “It’s a tax-exempt organization,” Grassley says. “My committee has responsibility over making sure tax exemption is used properly.”He says the bipartisan American Red Cross Transparency Act of 2019 responds to concerns the agency tried to halt a review by the Government Accountability Office and limited the scope of the review.  “We feel that there hasn’t been enough transparency on the part of this federally-chartered organization,” Grassley says, “and that’s pretty important because most non-profits aren’t federally-chartered, very few are.”The American people rely on the Red Cross to respond when tragedy strikes and it receives federal tax dollars for some of its disaster responses. Grassley says Congress has a responsibility to make sure the Red Cross answers questions asked on the public’s behalf and is operating up to the standards required of it during disasters. “The bottom line is, the Red Cross needs to share their books with the federal government when it’s investigated,” Grassley says. “And we want to make sure the Government Accountability Office has access to the records so the Red Cross can’t impede government review.”Grassley says the Red Cross has shown an “unwillingness” to answer questions in the past and the legislation strengthens transparency to make the agency more accountable to the public.last_img read more