Medeski And Martin Welcome Nels Cline & Special Guests In NYC [Full Audio]

first_imgLast week, Medeski Martin & Wood were gearing up to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a multi-night run in New York, NY. Those best laid plans went awry, however, when Chris Wood underwent emergency surgery on tour with The Wood Brothers, and was in the hospital recovering.While Chris Wood was on the mend, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline stepped up and joined the jazz ensemble for a last-minute, no-holds-barred performance at Le Poisson Rouge. Though not exactly a makeup show – the original performances were rescheduled – the night of Medeski Martin & Cline certainly filled the hearts of those eager for some free-form jazz. With special guest appearances from Julian Lage, Steven Bernstein and Chris Lightcap, this was a night to remember.Fortunately, thanks to taper Matt Moricle, a full recording of the show is available. Listen in to the magical jamming of this insane trio, below.[Photo via tangopresents // Instagram]last_img read more

Redefining Hybrid Cloud

first_imgFor many CIOs and IT leaders, waking up each day must feel like being in A Tale of Two Cities that begins, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”Never before have there been so many ways to leverage the power of technology to solve business challenges, but these are balanced against the demands that everything happen faster than before. For the modern CIO, the new mandate is to build and leverage platforms that enable quickly turning great business ideas into great business execution.For many companies, the journey to enable and empower these platforms has been ongoing for several years. What may have started as a plan to build a private cloud to reduce costs for traditional applications has now evolved to include the need to enable new web and mobile applications to satisfy internal and external needs. These expansive needs are not only transforming IT from an enabler to a provider (ITaaS), but also setting the foundation to change the competitive business landscape for many companies.For example, automobile companies must focus as much on in-car technology experiences as they do fuel efficiency. Insurance companies must be both mobile application developers (online claims) and big data scientists (real-time analytics). There are examples like this across every major industry, and technology is the catalyst for redefining differentiation and success. Being able to keep up with these new demands, while still maintaining existing environments is pushing many IT organizations to seek a hybrid model, one that creates the best balance of speed, agility, risk management and cost competitiveness.The new hybrid model is often called Hybrid Cloud. It brings together the best of private cloud (security, performance, reliability) with the best of external service provider resources (OPEX, on-demand resources). But it’s not just about creating visibility and leverage across internal and external resources. For the new hybrid model to succeed, it must also provide the framework to empower IT and business across multiple types of applications. It cannot create new silos.At EMC, we are redefining the new hybrid model. Our Cloud solutions not only establish a new level of automation and control for well-run private cloud environments, but they have been designed to seamlessly integrate with the new applications that are transforming the business.  This hybrid model also provides the flexibility to run those applications across many clouds all without IT losing any visibility.Welcome to the new IT wake up call, “It was the best of times. It was the best of times.”last_img read more

Virus lockdowns stifle Eid celebrations around the world as infections rise

first_imgMuslims around the world began marking a sombre Eid al-Fitr Sunday, many under coronavirus lockdown, but lax restrictions offer respite to worshippers in some countries despite fears of skyrocketing infections.The festival, one of the most important in the Muslim calendar marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, is traditionally celebrated with mosque prayers, family feasts and shopping for new clothes, gifts and sweet treats.But this year, the celebration is overshadowed by the fast-spreading respiratory disease, with many countries tightening lockdown restrictions after a partial easing during Ramadan led to a sharp spike in infections. Further dampening the festive spirit, multiple countries — from Saudi Arabia to Egypt, Turkey and Syria — have banned mass prayer gatherings, a festival highlight, to limit the spread of the disease.Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites, began a five-day, round-the-clock curfew from Saturday after infections more than quadrupled since the start of Ramadan to around 68,000 –- the highest in the Gulf.Eid prayers will be held at the two holy mosques in the cities of Mecca and Medina “without worshippers”, authorities said on Saturday, citing a royal decree.Mecca’s Grand Mosque has been almost devoid of worshippers since March, with a stunning emptiness enveloping the sacred Kaaba — a large cube-shaped structure towards which Muslims around the world pray. Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, will reopen to worshippers only after Eid, its governing body said.In Lebanon, the highest Sunni religious authority has announced the reopening of mosques only for Friday prayers. Worshippers, however, will be subject to temperature checks and sanitary controls before they enter.Fears of ‘new peak’Meanwhile, Muslims across Asia — from Indonesia to Pakistan, Malaysia and Afghanistan — thronged markets for pre-festival shopping, flouting coronavirus guidelines and sometimes even police attempts to disperse large crowds.”For over two months my children were homebound,” said Ishrat Jahan, a mother of four, at a bustling market in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.”This feast is for the kids, and if they can’t celebrate it with new garments, there is no point in us working so hard throughout the year.”Pakistan, which gave into religious pressure by allowing mosque prayers throughout the fasting of Ramadan, is yet to make a decision over mass gatherings during Eid.In Indonesia –- the world’s most populous Muslim nation — people are turning to smugglers and fake travel documents to get around bans on the annual end-of-Ramadan travel that could send infections soaring. More than 3,500 Tunisians who travelled home just ahead of the holiday will have to spend it away from their families, forced to quarantine for two weeks in hotels after arriving from abroad.Atef Maherzi, a doctor repatriated Tuesday from Saudi Arabia, said she would be catching up with family over Skype, foregoing her usual role of host.”Usually, I’m the mistress of the house, but this time, my husband will receive the guests alone.”The COVID-19 death tolls across the Middle East and Asia have been lower than in Europe and the United States, but numbers are rising steadily, sparking fears the virus may overwhelm often underfunded healthcare systems.Iran, which has experienced the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak, has called on its citizens to avoid travel during Eid as it battles to control infection rates.Iran shut schools and places of worship and banned inter-city travel for the Persian New Year holidays in March, but the restrictions were recently eased.Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that the country was focusing hard on avoiding “new peaks of the disease” caused by people “not respecting health regulations”.The exact date of Eid has yet to be set in the Shiite-majority country, but will likely be Monday, in line with the Shiite community’s celebrations in Iraq, as announced by top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani.Sunnis in Iraq will mark the start of the festival on Sunday.’Comedy night’The neighbouring United Arab Emirates has tightened its lockdown, with the night-time curfew starting at 8:00 p.m. instead of 10:00 p.m. during Ramadan. But that has not stopped some families from planning getaways to luxury beachfront hotels in Ajman or Ras Al-Khaimah emirates.However, Muslims in many countries are set for frugal celebrations amid growing financial distress.The twin shocks of coronavirus restrictions and falling oil prices have plunged the region into the worst economic crisis in decades.The coronavirus restrictions have hit businesses hard, including retailers who would normally be preparing for the festive rush, as Muslims save their money for masks, gloves and other COVID-19 protective gear.In the Syrian capital Damascus, Eid shoppers rummaged through flea markets for clothes at bargain prices as the war-ravaged and sanctions-hit country grapples with a much more entrenched economic crisis.”The flea market is the only place I can buy something new to wear for the Eid holidays,” 28-year-old Sham Alloush told AFP.”Had it not been for this place, I wouldn’t have been able to buy new clothes at all.”But promising some laughs in these dire times, 40 Muslim comedians from across the world will host a virtual show on Sunday called “The Socially Distant Eid Comedy Night”.”This Ramadan has been particularly difficult for communities around the world,” said Muddassar Ahmed, head of the Concordia Forum, the organizer of the event.”We’re proud to be pulling together some of the brightest Muslim comedic talent to entertain those celebrating the Eid festival at home, people looking to learn a little bit about Muslim culture, or really anyone in need of a good laugh.”Topics :last_img read more

Geistlinger & Hayes: Everything you need to know about Saturday’s CFB lineup

first_imgNow that the halfway point in the 2016-17 NCAA College Football season has come and gone, The Badger Herald Sports section is happy to introduce a weekly double feature that highlights the biggest games outside of Madison each Saturday.For any fellow College Football junkies out there, feel free to chime in and tweet any questions, comments or requests to @BHeraldSports for the column going forward.Football: No. 11 Wisconsin hosts No. 7 Nebraska as budding rivalry returns to MadisonAlthough the University of Wisconsin and the University of Nebraska football teams have met only 10 times in the program’s Read…No. 7 Nebraska (7-0) at No. 11 Wisconsin (5-2)Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WisconsinWhen: 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29TV: ESPN (Channel 660 on Residence Hall Cable) / WatchESPNLine: Wisconsin (-9.0)Since the University of Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, its football team has faced University of Wisconsin five times. The Badgers have won four of those games by an average of 26.75 points. The Cornhuskers have not faired well in Madison. Their lone win was a 30-27 advantage in Lincoln during the 2012 season. Nebraska’s last three Big Ten games have come against teams boasting a combined 3-9 record in conference play. Their masquerade as an undefeated team ends in Madison this weekend.Geistlinger: Wisconsin 34, Nebraska 13Hayes: Wisconsin 24, Nebraska 19No. 3 Clemson (7-0) at No. 12 Florida State (5-2)Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FloridaWhen: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 TV: ABC (Channel 607 in Residence Halls) / WatchESPNLine: Clemson (-4.0)The last few seasons have seen this game quickly blossom into a decisive brawl for ACC bragging rights, and the winner of this matchup has appeared in two of the last three national championships. Last season’s game was dead even through the third quarter, but Clemson University star quarterback Deshaun Watson and his fourth-quarter heroics gave the Tigers a 10-point edge by the final whistle. Florida State University has been too inconsistent to warrant a four-point cover from me. Clemson will win it, and Watson will have a defining performance for his stock in the race for the Heisman Trophy.Geistlinger: Clemson 27, Florida State 20Hayes: Clemson 31, Florida State 17Football: UW still searching for definitive starting five on offensive lineUnofficially, the University of Wisconsin football team used at least four different offensive line combinations during Wisconsin’s 17-9 win over Read…No. 4 Washington (7-0) at No. 17 Utah (6-1)Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City UtahWhen: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29TV: FS1 (Channel 672 on Residence Hall Cable)Line: Washington (-11.0)Many prominent college football analysts are trying to convince everyone in the central and eastern time zones that the University of Washington is a playoff-caliber team with a Heisman candidate in quarterback Jake Browning. For the most part, there is no choice but to believe this as most of us in the central and eastern zones don’t prefer to watch Pac-12 games with 10:30 p.m. kickoffs. At 7-0, Washington has rebounded from an embarrassing start to the season after defeating Rutgers University by only 35 points in Week 1. This line seems like it should probably be closer to two touchdowns.Geistlinger: Washington 45, Utah 21Hayes: Washington 34, Utah 28Geistlinger’s Upset Alert: No. 14 Florida (7-0) at Georgia (6-1)Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FloridaWhen: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29TV: CBS (Channel 603 on Residence Hall Cable)Line: Florida (-8)This SEC matchup between the University of Georgia and the University of Florida will be played at EverBank field, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Georgia’s keys to victory lie in the hands of junior running back Nick Chubb and his ability to take pressure off of 18-year-old and true-freshman quarterback Jacob Eason. Thanks to things like miracle Hail Mary passes from University of Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs, close games have been cruel to Georgia this season. But I think this week the Bulldogs will conquer those demons and get over the hump against the Gators in a close one Saturday.Geistlinger: Georgia 28, Florida 27Football: No. 10 Wisconsin brings back Heartland Trophy to Madison with 17-9 win over IowaIt appeared Bart Houston had been discarded, cast away for the younger, more exciting option with an eye toward the Read…Hayes’ Upset Alert: No. 15 Auburn (5-2) at Ole Miss (3-4)Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MississippiWhen: 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29TV: WatchESPN (Streaming Only) / SEC NetworkLine: Auburn (-4.0)I think Auburn University stunned most of the country last Saturday with their 56-3 beatdown over the University of Arkansas at Jordan-Hare, but I am not sold on these Tigers just yet. On top of that, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium is no easy venue either. Just look at the way the Rebels have challenged Auburn’s in-state rival and national powerhouse No. 1 University of Alabama during their last two visits. I’m taking Mississippi at home in The Grove.Hayes: Ole Miss 34, Auburn 21last_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse dominates Wagner, 62-10

first_imgSyracuse (2-0) destroyed Wagner (1-1), 62-10, Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse scored within the first 3:13 of the game. Two minutes later, it added another score and the game soon became out of reach for the Seahawks. Last Tuesday, Eric Dungey said that he wanted to “annihilate” Wagner. He followed up by tossing five touchdowns to five different players in a SU win.Here are the best shots from the game. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on September 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm Contact Max: [email protected]last_img

Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell leaves NBA bubble for urgent family matter

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers center Montrezl Harrell left the closed NBA campus to deal with an urgent family matter, the Athletic’s Shams Charania reported and league sources confirmed Friday. Harrell plans to return to the NBA restart at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, at a later date.Prior to the restart, the NBA and its players agreed on rules permitting players to leave campus for certain circumstances, such as the birth of a child, a death in the family or other medical or personal emergencies, according to ESPN.If his absence lasts seven days or fewer, Harrell reportedly will quarantine for four days upon his return to the NBA bubble if he has a negative test each day he’s outside the bubble, per ESPN.Clippers coach Doc Rivers has refrained from specifying which of his team’s players were not yet in Orlando, saying Friday morning, “We don’t talk about that, so we’re going to continue not to talk about it.” Neither Landry Shamet, Ivica Zubac nor Marcus Morris Sr. has been documented with the team in Florida, where the Clippers are scheduled to tip off the restart July 30 with a game against the Lakers. Kawhi Leonard and JaMychal Green arrived shortly after their teammates did last week.Harrell has been a major part of the Clippers’ success. When the season was suspended because of the coronarvirus March 11, the energetic 6-foot-7 center was averaging career-highs in points (18.6), rebounds (7.1) and minutes (27.8) off the bench. The second-seeded Clippers were 44-20 when play was paused.Harrell took part in a Zoom conference with reporters Wednesday, when he said the bubble environment was, in some ways, reminiscent of AAU travel basketball.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ “Every guy who’s been through this basketball process has somewhat played on the AAU circuit or knows about it, and everybody knows that the showcase and the nationals were done here,” Harrell said. “I think for the AAU feel, I think guys are kind of more so looking towards getting into game forms and not having fans and stuff in there. Those are things that you have to kind of go through and endure the process of playing AAU and coming up starting in the programs and just trying to build your name.“So you have those times where you’re in gyms when guys don’t have that many fans there, hardly no coaches, so you’ve just got to bring your own energy in order to play and still will your team to win.”last_img read more