J.E.D.I. Featuring Members Of Lettuce, Break Sci, Nth Power, & Brazilian Girls Announces 3-Night Run

first_imgAaron Johnston, drummer for Brazilian Girls, is putting together a new collaborative project dubbed J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation). The project will see a rotating cast of musicians joining the accomplished player in various formats for this new conceptual musical venture. For the band’s first exploration into the deep depths of sound, Johnston is teaming up with keyboardist/programmer Borahm Lee (Break Science/Pretty Lights Live Band), saxophonist Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce/Shady Horns), and bassist Nate Edgar (The Nth Power) for a three-night run in the Northeast.The Floozies & Lettuce’s Ryan Zoidis Collaborate On Vibe-Enhancing “Honeymoon Phase” [Video]The quartet will blend electronic-music elements with a diverse range of genres from jazz, afrobeat, dub, funk, and more to create a “live music abstraction,” taking listeners on a first-class intergalactic journey that needs to be heard by any true music head. J.E.D.I.’s upcoming three-night run begins on Thursday, November 1st, at Philadelphia’s Ardmore Music Hall with Let’s Danza!, a group consisting of former Brothers Past members Tom McKee and Clay Parnell, in addition to CIA’s Ian McGuire.Manic Focus And Break Science Combine Forces As “Manic Science” At Fool’s Paradise [Video]The next night, on Friday, December 1st, J.E.D.I. will perform a special late-night show at American Beauty in New York City. To culminate their three-night run across the Northeast, J.E.D.I. will hit Albany for a special performance at The Hollow with Colorado-based space-funk jammers the Magic Beans.J.E.D.I. Upcoming Winter Tour DatesThu   11/30 – Ardmore Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA * – (Tickets / FB Event)Fri     12/1 – American Beauty – New York, NY (Late-Night) – (Tickets)Sat    12/2 – The Hollow – Albany, NY ^ – (Tickets / FB Event)* w/ Let’s Danza!^ w/ The Magic BeansJ.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation) is:Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls)Borahm Lee (Break Science / Pretty Lights Live Band)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce / Shady Horns)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)[Artwork courtesy of Jimmy Rector – Instagram @jimmyrector / FB – Accepted Perspective / Website – www.acceptedperspective.com]Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Your Show Of Choice:last_img read more

Vote for Williamson, England’s Stokes tells New Zealanders

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he was flattered to be nominated for New Zealander-of-the-Year but the country’s beaten World Cup cricket captain Kane Williamson should win it.Stokes, 28, was born in New Zealand but moved to England at the age of 12 when his father Gerard took a rugby league coaching job.A man-of-the-match performance in England’s dramatic super over victory against New Zealand in this month’s World Cup final earned Stokes some early nominations for New Zealander-of-the-Year, according to the nation’s media.In a statement issued through his management yesterday, Stokes said that while he was proud of his New Zealand and Maori heritage the nomination “would not sit right”.“I feel the whole country should align their support to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. He should be revered as a Kiwi legend. He led his team in this World Cup with distinction and honour,” Stokes said.“He was the player of the tournament and an inspirational leader of men. He shows humility and empathy to every situation and is an all-round good bloke. He typifies what it is to be a New Zealander.“He would be a worthy recipient of this accolade. New Zealand, fully support him. He deserves it and gets my vote.”Nominations for the award opened on July 1 and will close on September 15. A shortlist is confirmed in December, with the winner named next February.The last sportsman to win the award was former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in 2016 after he led the side to their second successive Rugby World Cup title in late 2015.last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgAll protocols observed, acknowledgement/recognition, I bring you warm greetings from volunteers, staff and board of directors, Messengers of Peace- Liberia Inc (MOP). Thank you to the graduating class and St. Teresa Convent Catholic School family for this invitation to speak on our contribution to peace as women of the future. I am greatly honored, humbled and greatly privileged to be asked to speak with you on this very important happy occasion. It is indeed a joyous occasion and one that we should all be proud of. I can’t believe how quickly time flies by. Ten years ago, I was seating right here, ready; and just like you, ready to graduate and never for one moment thought a return to my Alma-Mater would be possible. Let me confess, I get goose bumps standing before you.I would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the administration of St. Teresa Convent, the teachers; some of whom I still recognize, for the knowledge they impact in us and for going beyond the call of duty.Allow me to commence by offering my heartfelt congratulations to the 41 students graduating from St. Teresa Convent class of 2014/2015 for achieving this milestone. Congratulations also go to the proud family members and friends who have faithfully stood by you as you studied.In delivering this address, permit me to use of the indispensable tools of impacting information, storytelling. Liberia, as you are all aware, is in transition phase of nation building and sustainable peace following a thirteen year of unbroken peace. Liberia needs you for sustainable peace.As you enter into another phase of development, the challenges, my young ladies, are huge. You will agree with me that the world is changing. Change is necessary, but could be painful and challenging. Ten years ago, there were 17 conflicts, with varying degrees of form and intensity, in Africa alone. The consequences of these conflicts vary, and Liberia is not isolated.There is global warming, religious intolerance, cultural indifference, and paradigm shifts in our social orientation. We are confronted daily with an escalation of violent extremism among young people.Liberia as a nation has been inundated with high levels of corrupt practices; fueled to a larger extent by favoritism, social class, color and complexion, IQ and not necessarily by EQ. You will, like many of us are, be appalled by the scale of sexual violence including rape, human trafficking, harassment and intimidation in all areas of life including but not limited to your pursuit for further education, employment, career growth and sports. As girls, there would be other challenges and temptations but these problems should not deter us and our diversity should not be our weakness, but should be our strength. The opportunities, as presented by the UNSCR # 2250, are many and we should take advantage of this resolution.Our contributions, either as individuals or groups, to peace as women of the future would be defined by how we tackle and manage these challenges. The tasks before us are by no means daunting, but not impossible; peace, my dear friends, is possible. We just need to start with ourselves. We also need to sharpen our emotional intelligence. As the saying goes in the Liberia colloquial; “Shine your eyes.” Be true to yourself and refrain from activities and behaviors that others, like the St. Teresa Convent, would frown upon.Young women don’t criticize others;they take action.Be good ambassadors of this great school. Remember, you have been found worthy in learning and character. Spare a thought for Liberia and act with your head on your shoulder. Ellen DeGeneres sums it all up. I quote “Success is to live your life with integrity and to not give in to peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not.” end of quote.Until next year, when we come back to you to sponsor a peace child for Summer Camp 2017, and until (next) week when we continue with our dialogue among peace messengers by bringing to you part two of this statement, it’s peace first, peace above all else. May Peace Prevail in our time!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ONGC to borrow 2 billion through unique overseas debt programme

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) on Thursday said it plans to raise up to $2 billion in overseas borrowings through a unique and flexible, Singapore-listed debt instrument that provides it with an option to raise funds at short notice. The funds so raised can be used to repay about Rs 15,000 crore of the company’s existing borrowings, fund acquisitions or meet project/asset expenses. In a press statement, ONGC said it has “set up a Euro Medium Term Note (EMTN) programme of $2 billion which will be listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe EMTN programme would enable ONGC or any of its named subsidiaries to go to market at short notice, say 5 to 10 days, to borrow funds any number of times within a one-year period. For the current EMTN programme, ONGC, its overseas arm ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) or its subsidiaries can access the market. As on June 30, ONGC had a borrowing of about Rs 15,000 crore while another Rs 42,000 crore debt was on OVL books. ONGC, India’s top oil and gas producer, is implementing multi-billion dollar projects within the country to bring to production new discoveries or prolong output from existing fields. Its overseas arm is on the prowl for acquisitions besides having funding requirements for the 41 projects it has in 20 countries. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBoth companies have accumulated debt on their books because of acquisitions they made in recent times. ONGC exhausted all its cash and became a net debt company last year when it bought government stake in Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) for Rs 36,915 crore and Gujarat government firm GSPC’s stake in a KG basin field for Rs 7,738 crore. “An EMTN programme is an uncommitted facility and any drawdown thereof under this document would be subject to funding requirements,” the statement said. “This is a landmark achievement for ONGC as it is amongst select few corporates and India’s first oil and gas public sector integrated energy major to set up an EMTN programme.” ONGC chairman and managing director Shashi Shanker said the EMTN programme is a landmark achievement for ONGC as it would further enhance the company’s credit profile amongst global investor base. “We have embedded structural features in the programme which would allow ONGC, ONGC Videsh or its subsidiaries to access international markets within a shorter time frame,” he said. “We do believe this programme will assist in meeting our strategic financing requirements for our organic or inorganic growth prospects due to our vision of becoming an integrated energy major of global reckoning.” A euro medium-term note is a medium-term, flexible debt instrument that is traded and issued outside of the US and Canada. These instruments require fixed payments and are directly issued to the market with maturities that are less than five years. “Current low yield environment in international debt markets does provide attractive tenor funding options, however any drawdown under the programme will be made to meet specific requirements of ONGC, OVL or its subsidiaries,” said Subhash Kumar, Director (Finance), ONGC. The EMTN programme, he said, would allow ONGC to access international bond markets opportunistically to meet its funding requirements.last_img read more