Members Of Umphrey’s McGee, Zappa Band Join Forces For Frank Zappa Tribute [Gallery]

first_imgA full gallery of images can be seen below: The show opened with a set from Shaky Feelin’, before the Playground crew came in and got things done. Be sure to check out Cosmik Playground at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, NY on July 3rd, as the band will be performing post-Phish at SPAC. While the July 3rd lineup will feature different players, it’s looking like a great time playing some of the best music. For tickets and more details, you can head here.Photographer Steve Rose was at the show last time; check out some images from the Zappa affair: A Frank Zappa-themed super group called Cosmik Playground got together for a Frank Zappa tribute show at St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA, last night! With Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa) and Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine) holding it down, this show was a tight-knit tribute to one of the best musicians around.center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Zack Greinke extends scoreless innings streak in Dodgers’ win over Washington Nationals

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. >> The odds of any pitcher throwing 43 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings are microscopic to begin with, but consider what’s unfolding every time Zack Greinke takes the mound for the Dodgers.In 1988, Orel Hershiser set the record by pitching 59 consecutive scoreless innings, one more than Don Drysdale in 1968. Coincidentally, Drysdale was in the broadcast booth in San Diego the night Hershiser broke his record.Hershiser was in the broadcast booth for the Dodgers’ 5-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday, when Greinke pitched another eight scoreless innings. He’ll be there again in five days in New York for Greinke’s next scheduled start.For history to repeat itself, Greinke would need to string out no more than 15 consecutive scoreless innings Friday against the Mets, then at home against the Angels, before he pitches again on the road with Hershiser in the booth. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “You have to look at (Greinke) as more of an artist out there,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s the (Greg) Maddux type that can get the ball to both sides, do everything with the baseball, and also handle everything you’re supposed to do as a player — he fields, he hits, he does all of that.” Despite the final score, Greinke had little margin for error. The Dodgers scored only one run against Nationals starter Max Scherzer, when Andre Ethier scampered in from third base on a wild pitch in the fourth inning.The score remained 1-0 until the ninth inning, when the Dodgers sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs.Yasiel Puig struck out in each of his first four plate appearances for the third time in his career, before his two-run single added to the ninth-inning rally. Ethier (3 for 5), batting cleanup for the first time since 2013, and Howie Kendrick (3 for 4) accounted for six of the Dodgers’ 15 hits.The Dodgers took two of three games from the Nationals over the weekend. Their NL East road trip continues today with three games in Atlanta, followed by four in New York. The Nationals have the best record of any team the Dodgers will face on this trip, or in any series until the Angels visit Dodger Stadium on July 31. Yet with Kershaw (who’s thrown 20 consecutive scoreless innings) and Greinke (43 2/3) evoking historical comparisons, only a federal bailout would have given Washington a chance. Can the usually stoic Greinke at least step back and enjoy his own streak?“No,” he said. “I don’t think about it all.”center_img Greinke’s streak is already impressive without looking too far ahead. No pitcher has a lower ERA this season than Greinke’s 1.30. He had retired 28 consecutive hitters at one point Sunday before Michael Taylor’s single in the third inning.“All three of my best pitches were working good,” Greinke said. “That helps.”The 31-year-old right-hander threw a season-high 119 pitches and didn’t allow a runner past first base. He struck out 11, also a season high, allowed three singles and walked one batter. In the process he passed Clayton Kershaw’s streak of 41 consecutive scoreless innings to assume third place in the Dodgers’ franchise record book. Since the major leagues expanded in 1961, only three pitchers have thrown more consecutive scoreless innings than Greinke: Hershiser, Drysdale and Bob Gibson in 1968. According to Stats, LLC, only three pitchers on any team have made six straight scoreless starts: Greinke, Hershiser and Drysdale.last_img read more

South African government launches online Central Supplier Database

first_imgDoing business with the South African government is now quicker and the process smoother, thanks to the Central Supplier Database. Brand South Africa reporterLaunched by the minister of finance, companies wanting to work with the state are urged to register on it. There are several benefits to being listed on the database.Businesses that want to be on the government’s supplier database can now register online. Previously, they would have to fill in the forms at a head office.The Central Supplier Database (CSD) was launched yesterday by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in East London, in the Eastern Cape. Nene said the database served as the source of all supplier information for all spheres of government.Centralising the government’s supplier database will reduce duplication of effort and cost for both the supplier and the government, while enabling an electronic procurement process.At the launch, supplier Aaron Mgqueto Mgqueto, who has been in the security business since 1998, said a challenge he faced when dealing with the government related to tenders. “Sometimes government goes with tenders and on those tenders they don’t come back to us to inform us who has won the tender.“Yes I was not in the tender business; I was in the private sector for a while. I just joined them last year and I found it to be a challenge,” he explained.Among the benefits of being registered on the database is that suppliers will only be required to register once when they do business with the government. They will also not be required to submit physical tax clearance and business registration certificates to organs of state.Schalk Human, the chief director of supply chain management for ICT in the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer in the National Treasury, said that as of yesterday, suppliers could register online. It would be compulsory for government departments and state-owned enterprises to use the CSD from 1 April 2016; municipalities would be required to use it from 1 July 2016.“The benefit for business will be that it will reduce admin significantly and it will make it easy for them to engage government,” said Human.Businesses in rural areas and those that did not have access to computers would be assisted, he added.“We foresee support to rural suppliers happening in three ways: first in district offices, Thusong Service Centres, Small Enterprise Development Agency offices and the Post Office. They will have the functionality to assist the suppliers to register.”Source: SAnews.gov.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Daily Bullets (October 14)

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Football newsOSU-West Virginia got half the rating OU-Texas got. (NewsOK)Mike Gundy: ““I’ve never been a fan of (using) two quarterbacks, but I think there’s a need for that with this football team.” (Tulsa World)Good recognition here by Kyle Fredrickson about how key Zach Sinor was on Saturday. Also, Gundy rocking a favorite quote of mine and Carson’s.“He’s got good work habits and the game is important to him. He puts a lot of time and effort into it.” (NewsOK)I’m glad Glenn Spencer isn’t on this, but ………………. (Yahoo)AdChoices广告I finally looked at this. I wish I hadn’t. (ESPN)The two plays that made the difference against WVU. (NewsOK)Weeden out in Big DBerry Tramel breaks down his press conference from Sunday.[1. As an aside, how crazy is it that we break down press conferences of folks played to achieve athletic feats for entertainment. I do it. Berry does it. Everyone does it. It’s entertainment. It’s just weird and bizarre when you step back and think about it.] (NewsOK)And Weeden loses his job. (PFB)The national reaction to Weeden and Matt Cassel is fun. (Dallas Morning News)Around the countryWhy the HBC is out. (Yahoo)This is the article you’re looking for, though. The best of all his quotes. (CBS)Texas dramatically won the battle in the trenches and limited OU to dinks and dunks. You can win a lot of games doing that. (Football Study Hall)Berry Tramel on why everyone loves Bill Snyder. Really good. He has 15,000 pieces of mail in his office! (NewsOK)Texas and Nike are close — this is probably for the best. (LGG)Hoops newsO-State ranked No. 76 in this insanely deep CBS poll. (CBS)Bill Self in an old OSU jersey and short shorts? Sure! (PFB)Pistols FiringWhich conference has the best OSU in the country? (PFB)Carson and I on the podcast talking OSU-WVU and OU-Texas. (PFB)OSU’s odds to make the College Football Playoff are improving. Now 25/1. (PFB)How does 2015 J.W. Rudolph compare to 2011 Brandon Weeden? (PFB)Mike Gundy to USC? Nah. (PFB)J.W. on close games: “They’re hard on our fans.” (PFB)Tyreek Hill makes one-handed catch, playfully talks trash to Ryan Simmons. (PFB)last_img read more

Developer Suspends Maryland Wind Project that Posed Risk to Pax River

first_imgThe developer of a proposed wind farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore said it was placing the project in “indefinite suspension” after it could not overcome concerns by the state’s congressional delegation that the project would interfere with a radar system at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.The Great Bay Wind project, located across the Chesapeake Bay from the air station, had survived a move last year by Maryland lawmakers to delay its construction until MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory could evaluate ways to mitigate the turbines’ impact on the radar system after then- Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) vetoed the bill.In response, however, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) — who was chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee — added language to the committee report of the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill barring the Navy from reaching a deal with Pioneer Green Energy to turn off the turbines during radar testing at Pax River until MIT completes its study. The study is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year.Adam Cohen, vice president of the developer, cited the provision inserted by Mikulski in a March 20 letter informing Somerset County that Pioneer would not be requesting a permit for the project’s construction “at the current time or in the foreseeable future.”  The Mikulski language “placed the entire Great Bay Wind investment and business into a state of uncertainty,” Cohen said.The Pentagon placed another hurdle in front of the project in October when it formally objected to the wind farm because of its potential to interfere with the stealth radar system at Pax River.Advocates of the air station applauded the news of Pioneer’s decision, reported the Maryland Gazette.It’s a “big win for St. Mary’s and another job creation opportunity for the Eastern Shore,” St. Mary’s County Commissioner Tom Jarboe (R) said in reference to a plan by a Pioneer affiliate to develop an unrelated solar project in Somerset County. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Oaks Should Have Trusted His Inner Hustler

first_imgNat Oaks seemed to strongly sense something was up on December 7, 2015.After all, the 70-year old veteran politician grew up in, “The Village,” in Southwest Baltimore, attended Edmondson High School and officially entered Baltimore’s brutal political arena in 1983, when he was elected to the House of Delegates representing the 41st District of the city. Five years later, by the end of 1988 Oaks had been convicted in Baltimore City Circuit Court, for theft and misconduct in office, charges linked to him stealing around $10,000 from a re-election fund.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)So, he knew the game as well as anybody by the end of the 1980’s. He clearly knew the game well enough to get re-elected to the House in 1994, despite his troubles.Perhaps, that’s why on on December 7, 2015 (Pearl Harbor Day!), Oaks sounded suspicious when he was speaking to a man he thought was an out of town businessman who wanted to make some money in Baltimore. Unfortunately, for Oaks that man turned out to be an undercover FBI agent investigating Oaks for suspected misconduct and ultimately endeavoring to put him in prison for several years. An excerpt from the December 7 conversation, as detailed in the public affidavit, follows:Agent: “When I come in town, I’m looking to make some money now. I think I know the landscape a little bit.”Oaks: “Okay. Plus, there’s something else. Once you get in town, I don’t wanna necessarily talk a whole lot of stuff on the phone, but when you get in town, there’s another kind of thing I wanna, wanna kind of talk to you about.”According to the U.S. Attorney for Maryland, the veteran lawmaker engaged in a series of conversations and meetings with two men, one who was the FBI agent and another who was cooperating with the FBI, from September of 2015 to September of 2016, which ultimately led Oaks to allegedly accept cash in exchange for his official influence as a legislator.The feds argue Oaks supplied the agent posing as an out of town businessman with two letters on official government letterhead, which contained false information about state funding for a HUD project in exchange for money. They also claim he lied about sponsoring legislation that would secure state funding. In total, the U.S. Attorney says Oaks collected about $15,300 on payoffs for his assistance.The government’s affidavit supporting the charge of, “honest services wire fraud,” is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a man who seems to know he is being set up.However, by March 16, 2016, Oaks seemed defiant, despite his suspicions.Agent: “I just need a relationship. That you taking care of me. I got your back. Now, how much? You, you don’t want to say a number and I don’t want to go crazy…Some kind of number, right?”Oaks: “Yeah. Right. Right. I hear you. I hear you well.”Agent: “Well, if you trying to speak in code to me, I got it loud and clear.”Oaks: “Okay.”Agent: “You don’t need…”Oaks: “Okay.”Agent: “That’s why we need to work out no trail.”Oaks: “That’s right. That’s right…and we will de…we will determine what, what, what’s what.”Agent: “Yeah.”Oaks: “Can’t nobody come back and say I got you on tape. You ain’t got me on tape saying a mother f—— thing about mother f—.”Agent: “See, that’s why I know you all right (laughs).”According to the feds, the now infamous, “tootsie pop,” incident took place on April 28, 2016, which Oaks’ detractors argue may have sealed his fate. The government says when their agent asked Oaks how much he wanted to be compensated, the legislator placed a chocolate tootsie pop in his mouth. When the agent held up five fingers to suggest a payment of $5,000, Oaks allegedly made an upward motion with his thumb to indicate he wanted more. The feds say on May 11, 2016 the agent gave Oaks $5,000 in cash in a hotel room.Of course, Oaks is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law and his supporters may argue entrapment or the broader narrative of Black legislators across the nation being targeted by the government, while their White counterparts, engaged in similar nefarious acts, operate with relative impunity.But, the truth is Black people have been targeted in America for centuries, so there’s that.Ultimately, I bet Oaks, the resilient, hustling politician known to be a tireless campaigner, wishes he had listened to that inner voice informed by decades of street wisdom and political battles. That voice seemed to be telling Oaks, `They’re setting you up Nat.’ I bet Oaks wished he had listened to that voice and never put that sucker in his mouth.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.last_img