EXCLUSIVE: Kung Fu’s Hammond Wizard Beau Sasser Talks moe., Grateful Dead, & More

first_imgFresh off a West Coast tour with Kung Fu, keyboardist Beau Sasser took some time during break to sit down with Live For Live Music. During our conversation, Sasser talked about his past and his future, which includes joining moe. for their comeback show. A wizard on the Hammond, Sasser is involved with several projects, including Kung Fu, The Z3, and Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan. Read on to learn more about this funk-filled, down-and-dirty, soul-rocking keyboardist that tickles the fancy out of the ivories.American Beauty To Host Phish NYE Late-Nights With Particle, The Werks, Nth Power, Kung Fu & MoreLive For Live Music: Let’s go back to your younger days. Who are some of your earliest influences? How did your involvement with the keys begin?Beau Sasser: My earliest influence was my grandmother. She played piano. She was from Memphis, Tennessee, and she would play classical as well as some ragtime, stride piano, and lots of gospel songs. It was the first time I had heard someone play piano when I was a little kid. I was pretty impressed and wanted to learn. I had some other family members that played piano as well. My dad played guitar growing up. He only knew a handful of chords but would play a lot of Cat Stevens tunes and other artists from the 60’s plus some folk songs as well. He grew up on a farm in Tennessee and had an interesting picking style. I thought it was pretty neat and wanted to learn music.Musically, I’ve been influenced by a handful of different types of artists. Early on, as a kid studying classical music, I was influenced by Bach and Beethoven. From there, I started to study and learn about other types of music. Pop music led me to discover jazz and the heavy-hitters like John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Through jazz, I discovered organ players who were playing the Hammond organ—guys like Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff and Jack McDuff. As a Hammond organ player, I was really influenced by them. Piano players in the jazz idiom include guys like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett.In high school, I discovered Frank Zappa and that kind of changed everything for me. I learned what it takes to really be a musician and hone a craft in through his band. Growing up, I played lots of different types of music, with my teachers having me read music as well as playing classical. I also played the trombone in the middle school band, and they taught us kind of how to improvise. I was figuring all of that out during middle school and high school.L4LM: You’ve been involved in a lot of different musical projects over the years. What’s the most interesting story behind any of these projects?BS: Right now, my main projects are Kung Fu and The Z3—a Frank Zappa tribute band—as well as Beau Sasser Escape Plan, which is my own band. I get to play in many of these projects with people that I met over twenty years ago and a lot of people I’ve played with consistently since then.I met Tim [Palmieri] and Adrian [Tramontano] when they were in Psychedelic Breakfast, while I played with a band called Uncle Sammy, and we had the same booking agent. We were all kids, maybe around twenty years old. When all of us in Uncle Sammy first saw Adrian and Tim play, we thought, “Crap, there’s our competition right there.” I remember standing there watching them soundcheck and thinking, “Those are pretty special cats.” I obviously loved to play with them as much as possible. Now, I feel as if it’s come full circle twenty years later because we get to play together every night.INTERVIEW: Getting To Know Kung Fu’s Powerhouse Drummer Adrian TramontanoL4LM: When you were invited to join Kung Fu back in 2015, there was a little bit of controversy surrounding the “changing of the keyboardist guard,” if you will. Were you concerned with how fans may react to you joining the band at that time?BS: No, I would have to say that I really wasn’t concerned—partly because I felt like I was on the outside looking into a situation that I didn’t know too much about. My only concern was to learn all the material in the two weeks that I had to learn it. I didn’t really think about anything else other than getting the music ready and being able to perform it.L4LM: On a lighter note, Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan did a video in honor of the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary for a project known as Songs of the Dead. The group performed “New Speedway Boogie” .Did you get to check out any of the Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago, and what has the The Grateful Dead meant in your life, musically?BS: First off, I will say that I did not get to go to any of the shows. I would have liked to because we were there. Kung Fu was playing in Chicago performing as part of the after shows. I did not get to see The Grateful Dead when they came through. I’ve actually never seen The Grateful Dead, though I would have enjoyed it, for sure.To be perfectly honest, I really just discovered them in the last four or five years. Growing up, I always liked their music and had plenty of friends that listened to them, but I never really latched on. I never really “got it.” Then a couple of years ago, I ended up on a show playing in the John Kadlecik Band. They needed a keyboard player, and John had sent me a list of Jerry Garcia Band songs that contained the Hammond organ. That was really the first time that I had to learn those songs and get familiar with them, even though I had heard them for years.I really enjoyed it, and it changed my outlook on what that music was and how interesting it can really be. I did a few shows with John, and some of those songs I still play on my own gigs today. Any chance I can get to see Melvin Seals play, I always stand there and watch and learn.[Video: JamBase]L4LM: Kung Fu will be opening up for moe. in February for their return show coming off hiatus. What are your thoughts on that, since it’s pretty huge since their fans are really looking forward to seeing Rob Derhak get back on stage?Beau Sasser: Yeah, we are looking forward to it, too. Those guys in moe. have always been so incredibly supportive and kind—not only to Kung Fu but also Uncle Sammy and other bands that I’ve been in. We played moe.down this past summer. Out of the many festivals we played, moe.down was definitely one of the most memorable, if not the most. Our show there was awesome. It truly was magical. We played in a tent on one of the second stages, and there was this huge kind of fieldhouse-type of vibe in the there with a lot of people. Everyone goes crazy at those moe.down festivals too, so it was a rowdy crowd and was packed to the gills.moe.’s Rob Derhak Is Officially Cancer Freemoe. asked us to sit in later that night for their set. We sat in—myself, Tim and Rob [Somerville]—on “San Ber’dino,” which is a Frank Zappa tune that we all love very much. It made it even more special to play at that event and hang out with those guys. Vinnie [Amico] has played with Z3. Like I said, they’re so supportive, just awesome to hang out with, and incredible musicians, too.We were very sad to see that happen to Rob, but at the same time, we are so excited that we get to do this at The Capitol Theatre for moe.’s comeback. It’s going to be a very special night. We look forward to seeing those guys and spending time with them. Of course, we have a lot of similar fans. Our fan base has a lot of moe. fans that also like Kung Fu. If you like guitar rock, you’re going to like moe. and you’re going to like Kung Fu. It always makes for a good time. I hope we get to join in during the moe. set. That would be a lot of fun.L4LM: Do you have anything on deck for the new year with Kung Fu? What is in the works for your projects?Beau Sasser: Kung Fu just got off of tour. I’ve been home for about a week. We did a run in Colorado, New Mexico, and the West Coast with The New Mastersounds. That was a great tour. It was a lot of fun. Those guys are incredible musicians and great friends, really. We worked really hard.We’ve been off for about a week and will have another week off or so and then in December, we will gear back up again. We will be in Greenfield, Massachusetts, which will be my hometown show, on December 2nd at The Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, and then, we play Boston a few weekends after.That’s followed by our annual Toys for Tots show on December 16th at Toads Place in New Haven, Connecticut. As always, we collect toys for the underprivileged children around Christmas time. People bring toys that are collected in boxes and we then bring them to hospitals the next day. As always, it’s a really neat experience that we enjoy. It’s a big deal for us.For the Toys for Tots show, it’s going to be with Pink Talking Fish, and we are going to do the Prince and Bowie set—Pink Talking Fu Plays David Bowie And Prince—that we did at the Wanee and Catskill Chill festivals this year. It’s a really awesome set that we’ve honed. We are uniquely trained and highly qualified to play it at this point. We’ve had some experience, especially at the Wanee Festival, which was really awesome. It was the closing performance of that fest. I’ve heard that there were ten-thousand people in attendance. It was definitely one of the biggest crowds I’ve played in front of and it was amazing. One of the highlights for Kung Fu for this year, for sure.L4LM: Is there anyone that you would love to perform with but have not yet had the chance?BS: I have had the pleasure of performing with a lot of artists that I never thought that I would. I grew up being heavily influenced by Medeski, Martin and Wood. I didn’t mention John [Medeski] earlier when I talked about influences, but he was one of the organ players that definitely changed everything for me. I was a 15-year-old kid when I first saw him play.I’ve met those guys a couple of times and hung out with them as well, but I’ve never actually jammed or been on stage with any of them—I think that would be a lot of fun. Maybe it will happen, but I don’t know. Even today, I still listen to them all the time. Between them and Soulive, those are two of my biggest influences as far as Hammond organ music goes and bands I got to see when I was in high school and in my twenties. It’s pretty amazing to me because I’ve played in Alan Evans Trio and Playonbrother.Alan [Evans] and I have done a lot of work together. It’s been very special to me to hang around Al and to learn from him, as well as to hang around Soulive and watch them soundcheck and get to know Neal [Evans]. When I was twenty years old, Neal was one of my biggest influences, and still is. As far as playing the organ and left-handed bass lines, which I do quite a bit of, all that music is pretty heavily influenced by Neal. To circle back around to your question, Medeski, Martin and Wood was in that same era of my life for listening to music. It would be pretty fun to jam with those guys.L4LM: To wrap this up, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?BS: Stay cool. Stay in school. Listen to Kung Fu.To learn more about Beau Sasser’s many projects, including tour dates, please head over to the websites for Kung Fu, The Z3, and Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan. Also, make sure to catch Kung Fu in New York City for New Year’s Eve, when they’ll be playing a very special post-Phish afterparty at American Beauty on 12/31 (technically, early morning 1/1) from 1 am to past 4 am! You can grab tickets for Kung Fu’s New Year’s Eve throwdown here! [Words: Sarah Bourque; Cover Photo: Sonsini Media]last_img read more

Summerfest Announces Massive Multi-Genre Lineup For 2019

first_imgOn Tuesday,  Summerfest announced the lineup of headliners for their 2019 event, set to take place in late June and early July on 75 acres of permanent festival grounds along the shore of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee., WI Since debuting in 1968, Summerfest has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival.” During the festival, which takes place from June 26th–30th and from July 2nd–30th this year, over 800 acts will deliver more than 1,000 performances across 12 stages.Presented by American Family Insurance and produced by the non-profit Milwaukee World Festival Incthe festival’s lineup is as gigantic as it is diverse, offering a little something for everyone. This year’s 52nd edition of the massive festival will feature performances by Brandie Carlile, Cole Swindell, The Head and the Heart, The Lonely Island, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, The National, Steve Aoki, Chicago, Jason Mraz, Brothers Osborne, WALK THE MOON, Young the Giant, Foreigner, Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World, Lizzo, X Ambassadors, 3 Doors Down, CHVRCHES, Big Gigantic, Sublime with Rome, Courtney Barnett, Quinn XCII, First Aid Kit, Atmosphere, T-Pain, Vic Mensa, Taking Back Sunday, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Dashboard Confessional, Judah & the Lion, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Chaka Khan, Styx, Loverboy, Frenship, Chris Janson, Elle King, Gryffin, Dispatch, Skillet, Chase Rice, La Sonora Ponceña, August Burns Red, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Hanson, LANCO, Daya, Chelsea Cutler, lovelytheband, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Semisonic, COIN, Switchfoot, The Roots, Matoma, Neon Trees, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Lake Street Dive, Ludacris, Los Lonely Boys, Jimmie Allen, Lindsay Ell, Max, Anne-Marie, Collective Soul, Two Friends, Chris Lane, Jordan Davis, Matisyahu, SOJA, Riley Green, Dylan Scott, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Dark Star Orchestra, Brother Ali, Donna Missal, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Viola, Lauren Alaina, YUNGBLUD, Silverstein, Guided By Voices, Jesus Jones, 38 Special, Dumpstaphunk, X, Nora Collins, Ozomatli, Mitchell Tenpenny, 10,000 Maniacs, Foghat, Andrew W.K., Cory Wong, Common Kings, Reverend Horton Heat, The Spinners, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, GGOOLLDD, Royal Tusk, Sa-Roc, Silent Planet, Brandy Clark, Aaron Lee Tasjan, SHAED, Allman Betts Band, The Suffers, The Association, Weathers, Hawthorne Heights, Sego, Juice, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, flora cash, Carousel Kings, HARDY, Nikki Jean, Otis Taylor and the Psychedelic Banjo Posse, Oxymorrons, Trea Landon, DJ Keezy, DJ Abilities, Matt Hoyles, Sweet Crude, Leonid & Friends, The Lioness, deM atlaS, Tenille Arts, Trap Manny, Evidence, The Beths, Black Pumas and Adia Victoria.The newly announced headliners on the festival stages join previously-revealed American Family Insurance Amphitheater headliners including Thomas Rhett with Dustin Lynch and Russell Dickerson (6/26); The Outlaw Music Festival featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, Alison Krauss, Dawes, and Trapper Schoepp (6/27); Jason Aldean with Kane Brown and Carly Pearce (6/28); Bon Iver with Lord Huron and Julien Baker (6/29); Zac Brown Band with Drake White (6/30); Lionel Richie with Michael McDonald (7/2); Jennifer Lopez (7/3); The Killers with Death Cab For Cutie (7/5); Billie Eilish (7/6); and Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, and ScHoolboy Q (7/7).“For 11 days on 12 stages, Summerfest delivers on its reputation as ‘The World’s Largest Music Festival,’ offering a diverse lineup of artists to our fans on Milwaukee’s lakefront,” says Don Smiley, President and CEO of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc, in a statement. “The completion of the first phase of the new American Family Insurance Amphitheater will make its debut this year during Summerfest, and, immediately after the festival, work will begin on the second phase of the construction project. The grand opening of the amphitheater will take place in June 2020, at which time $148 million will have been invested in Henry Maier Festival Park in the last 15 years. We are committed to remaining a top destination for music fans worldwide, as well as a driver of $186 million dollars of economic impact for the region.”Dates, times and stage locations, and additional headliners for Summerfest 2019 will be announced in the coming weeks. For a limited time, attendees can purchase the U.S. Cellular 11-Day Power Pass for $110, which includes admission for all 11 dats. The U.S. Cellular 3-Day pass is also available for $57, and is valid for one GA admission per day for three different days of the festival.You can check out the lineup for Summerfest 2019 below. For more details and ticketing information, head to the Summerfest website.last_img read more

Largest U.S. co-op taps Aggreko for Texas storage project

first_imgLargest U.S. co-op taps Aggreko for Texas storage project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Storage News:A large-scale battery storage system will be built in Texas for the U.S.’s biggest electric utility cooperative, to time-shift solar-generated loads and provide grid services to transmission operator ERCOT.Mobile energy solutions provider Aggreko, which recently took over German-U.S. energy storage pioneers Younicos and incorporated it as a division of the parent company, announced to Energy-Storage.news yesterday that it has signed an agreement for a 2.25MW / 4.5MWh battery storage project with Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC).According to Karim Wazni, managing director of Aggreko Microgrid and Storage Solutions (essentially formerly Younicos), the cooperative picked his company out for the project due to its existing track record of “active and successful participation in the ERCOT market.” Aggreko has already executed five battery projects in Texas, including the ongoing updates and upgrades of the large-scale battery system at Notrees Wind Farm.The project is notable for two reasons: firstly, that in addition to providing power services to ERCOT markets, the battery storage system, which should be capable of storing and discharging 2.25MW of power for two hours, will also provide energy capacity to the local network. As a general trend, customers for large-scale energy storage systems are now seeking this longer duration energy storage as well as the ability to use batteries for high powered, short duration applications, Saft’s Michael Lippert pointed out in a recent interview.The second notable aspect for Aggreko Microgrid and Storage Solutions is that unlike other recent projects, and the projects it is currently working on going forwards, this project for PEC is an asset sale, as opposed to the mobile power ‘as-a-service’ or energy storage ‘as-a-service’ business model the company is rapidly becoming known for. “In this case, the storage project is an asset sale, which is what the cooperative was looking for, not an as-a-service offer,” an Aggreko spokesperson told Energy-Storage.news yesterday.Going forwards, Aggreko is expected to unveil a large project in New York State soon which will provide National Grid with solutions to defer spending large sums expanding transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure in the next few days. “We will be inaugurating a plant in New York State in two weeks, it’s a National Grid project where we’re providing 2MW of power for two hours, and that will be able to deliver peak shaving services to a substation,” Wazni said, adding that even these sorts of larger infrastructure projects could be done ‘as-a-service’.More: Power and capacity will be provided by Aggreko’s 4.5MWh Texas ‘legacy’ projectlast_img read more

6 steps to seamless customer onboarding

first_imgWith all of the opportunity in the financial services industry, customer onboarding has come up a lot lately. The focus on creating an exceptional introduction to your financial institution is imperative, since having a poor onboarding experience for your customers can pretty much kill your growth…if not your business.The first experience your customer has with your product sets the tone for your long-term relationship, and if it’s confusing, overwhelming, or otherwise puts up barriers to achieving success (or at least recognizing the value potential in your product), your financial institution will find it difficult to increase wallet share.Here are a few steps to ensure your customer has a seamless onboarding process, increases their product adoption, and stays with you for years to come. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

North Amityville Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, Another Wounded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A shooting left a 21-year-old man dead in his hometown of North Amityville and injured another early Thursday morning, Suffolk County police saidFirst Precinct patrol officers responded to 911 calls reporting shots fired on Glenmalure Street, where they found Malik Abdullah and a second victim suffering from gunshot wounds in the street at 2:17 a.m., police said.Abdullah was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim, also a 21-year-old North Amityville man, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the shooting to call them at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

PREMIUMFor the love of science: Community promotes fun STEM education among students

first_img“Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today — especially in science, technology, engineering and math,” the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, said in one of his speeches on the Educate to Innovate campaign on Sept. 16, 2010.Indonesia has also started to practice what Obama said. Students are expected to learn many things related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), especially at school. However, this is not without flaws, as the students are not taught how to use that knowledge.In a bid to improve effective learning, several groups have called for more practice rather than memorizing.“Science at Indonesia’s schools is taught theoretically through textbooks. In fact, science needs to be taught through hands-on experience. Otherwise, it won’t attract children,” the founder of the Jakarta… Forgot Password ? Facebook Education STEM Women engineers steam Art-Jakarta Habibie aerospace aircraft Log in with your social account Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Googlelast_img read more

EC’s Long-Term Investment Funds should adopt ‘comply or explain’ on SRI

first_imgThe European Commission should require asset managers launching European Long-Term Investment Funds (ELTIF) to disclose the social impact of all investments, asset manager Mirova has suggested.Gwenola Chambon, head of infrastructure funds at the Natixis Asset Management subsidiary, said she was “amazed” there seemed to be little interest in enshrining the notion of fostering socially and environmentally sustainable growth as part of ELTIFs’ investment goals, despite the responsible investment (RI) emphasis of the Commission’s Green Paper on Long-Term Investing.She told IPE all parties involved in the development of ELTIFs at first seemed “very enthusiastic” about the inclusion of an RI emphasis.“Now we have ended up with something that is clearly a long-term investment tool, but does not anymore have anything related to that aspect, which is to me very surprising,” she said.  “We end up with a European tool that is there to foster the economy, there to channel long-term funds, yet has nothing to say on that aspect [sustainable investment], which is too bad.”The initial legislative proposal for the ELTIF regulation, published in June last year, noted that “sustainable, smart and inclusive growth” was key to fostering European economic growth less susceptible to systemic risks.Chambon said the least the industry should expect from the Commission was for the regulation to be amended to include a requirement for asset managers launching ELTIFs to disclose their approach to socially responsible investment.“Any asset manager should at least explain how he wants to commit through that tool to social and responsible investment responsibilities – whether it has no particular objective, or whether it has – and if it has, to be very concrete on what it wants to do and what it wants to implement,” she said.She said infrastructure, and particularly social housing, were assets forming the building blocks of a society.“We are creating assets that will have an impact on several generations,” she said. “We can’t afford not to think about the social and responsible impact on our environment and the economy in general.”PensionsEurope has previously suggested the European Investment Bank should offer both capital guarantees and its own expertise to assessing infrastructure projects backed by ELTIFs.last_img read more

Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative’s Online Platform Goes Live

first_imgThe Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative’s (SRTI) online platform, a tool for sharing information on ship recycling to drive responsible practice, was launched earlier today.The platform comes nine months after a group of shipping companies led by Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk, first announced their collective effort to use the market-drivers that transparency brings to make responsible ship recycling the norm.The platform aims to create a level-playing field for responsible recycling by giving shipping companies an opportunity to be transparent on their approach to ship dismantling, creating fair competition, improving performance and enabling the shipping industry to be held to account.In 2017, 835 ships were recycled out of a world fleet of 50,0001. Out of these, 80.3% or 543 large ocean-going commercial vessels reached the tidal beaches of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, according to the data from NGO Shipbreaking Platform.“With transparency on shipping companies’ ship recycling policies and practices, it becomes possible for the industry’s stakeholders – including shippers, lenders, investors and insurers – to make informed decisions. The importance of such decisions is increasing with the growing expectation for companies to take responsibility for their value chain sustainability,” the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) said.Image Courtesy: Global Maritime Forum, 2018As disclosed, the SRTI is neither a standard nor a rating tool, it is an online platform that shipping companies can use to disclose relevant information on ship recycling. The information is readily available to the industry’s stakeholders, as well as the broader public.“The SRTI is unique in that it tells a positive story, shining a light on what is actually possible in terms of responsible ship recycling. We’ve seen what transparency has done in other sectors, in some cases prompting immediate and transformative change,” Andrew Stephens, Executive Director of the SSI, said.“Knowledge is power, and with knowledge comes responsibility. We believe that through the simple act of companies being transparent about their approach to ship recycling, we can support improved policy, practice and performance – from the cradle to the grave.”“We find it anomalous that many ship-owners provide superintendency in ship building yards to ensure quality control and good health, safety and environmental practices even before the ship is handed over to the owners, and similarly throughout the operational life of the ship, but subsequently at the point of sale most owners wash their hands of all responsibility for these issues and externalise the necessary costs for these,” James Woodrow, Managing Director, The China Navigation Company, said.Commenting on the issue, Søren Toft Chief Operating Officer A.P. Moeller-Maersk, said that most ship recycling still happens under unacceptable standards.“In the absence of effective regulation the market must act to raise the standards and to enable a level playing field. With the launch today, we encourage all fellow ship owners to sign up to the SRTI and cargo owners and investors to start using it,” he added.Despite the known risks associated with ship recycling there is no global regulation currently in force. International conventions such as the Basel Convention, the Hong Kong Convention, IMO guidelines for the development of the ship recycling plan, and EU regulations provide only partial coverage of material aspects associated with ship recycling. What is more, there are no generally accepted voluntary standards to help fill this regulatory gap.The SRTI is hosted by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and brings together shipowners, investors, banks, insurers, cargo owners and other key stakeholders from across the maritime industry. Its founding signatories include shipowners The China Navigation Company, Hapag-Lloyd, A.P. Moeller-Maersk, NORDEN, Stolt Tankers and Wallenius Wilhelmsen; financial stakeholders GES, Nykredit and Standard Chartered Bank; classification society Lloyd’s Register; and sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future.last_img read more

Hard evidence needed to keep liquor ban

first_imgNZ Herald 8 July 2015Auckland communities are being asked to come up with hard evidence to support a battle to keep 1200 liquor bans on beaches, neighbourhood parks and playgrounds.Recent law changes mean that from October 31 alcohol bans can only be used where there is evidence of high levels of alcohol-related harm – before and since the bans were brought in.Previously, councils could impose blanket bans on all parks if there had been problems in a few of them.The change has caused 15 local boards to take stock of all bans in their areas.Its plight has drawn support from Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie.“It should not be up to local residents to have to police and monitor unruly or drunken behaviour in order to prove that public parks should be alcohol-free.”He said alcohol bans in playgrounds and residential reserves prevented offensive behaviour associated with intoxication from being seen as normal.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11477180last_img read more

German minister: Virus crisis won’t make Brexit easier

first_imgGerman Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks at a panel during the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on Feb. 14, 2020. REUTERS BERLIN – German Foreign Minister HeikoMaas said the coronavirus crisis would not make Brexit negotiations easier,adding that Berlin would use its EU presidency in the second half of the yearto ensure there is a “good result” for both the EU and Britain. “Whether I think the extension of Brexitnegotiations and the deadlines there are until the end of the year is good ornot is irrelevant – the British government rejects that and made that clearagain last week. It certainly won’t be easier given the coronavirus crisis,” hetold a news conference on Friday. (Reuters)last_img