View post tag: vessel View post tag: Gloucester View post tag: News by topic A fisherman was rescued from a sinking 35-foot commercial fishing vessel Thursday just outside of Gloucester Harbor after the boat began taking on water.U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston was notified at 8:23 a.m. that the fishing vessel Little Hunter was taking on water near Eastern Point in Gloucester Harbor. Coast Guard personnel from Station Gloucester launched a 25-foot Response Boat – Small and arrived at the sinking vessel at 8:33 a.m. Once on scene, rescue crews asked the operator to put on his lifejacket as they began to set up a pump to try and dewater the fishing vessel.A Good Samaritan also responded to the sinking vessel and took the fisherman aboard just before the Little Hunter sank. The Little Hunter had approximately 40 gallons of diesel fuel on board, and Coast Guard personnel are monitoring the area because of the spill caused by the sinking.The cause of the sinking is under investigation.As with any industry on the water, commercial fishing can be a dangerous occupation. Safety and survival gear that were aboard the Little Hunter allowed the operator to summon assistance. The marine band radio, lifejacket and the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon assisted the fisherman in notifying the Coast Guard and ensured no one was seriously injured.“I am very proud of the way the crews conducted themselves, and I am very glad that everyone made it home safely,” said Chief Warrant Officer Luis Munoz, Station Gloucester’s commanding officer.“We aren’t just Coast Guardsmen,” said Munoz. “We’re members of this community and our most important goal is to ensure the safety of our crews, the commercial fishermen, and all boaters.”The owner of the Little Hunter is arranging for commercial salvage to raise the vessel for repairs.[mappress]Source: U.S. Coast Guard, August 5, 2011; View post tag: coast View post tag: US View post tag: harbor US Coast Guard Responds to Sinking Fishing Vessel Outside Gloucester Harbor View post tag: fishing View post tag: Naval View post tag: outside August 5, 2011 View post tag: Guard View post tag: Responds View post tag: Sinking Back to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guard Responds to Sinking Fishing Vessel Outside Gloucester Harbor Share this article View post tag: Navy
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The Evansville Police Department would like to invite the citizens of our community to attend our ten-week Citizen’s Academy Fall session. Well over a thousand citizens have attended this program since its inception over twenty years ago.Those attending this session of the Citizen’s Academy will use the Evansville Police Department’s firearms simulator. This will allow attendees to take part in realistic interactive “Shoot / Don’t Shoot Scenarios”.The E.P.D. Citizen’s Academy provides the community with the opportunity to see firsthand how the various units of the police department operate. The goal of the Citizen’s Academy is to help create a better understanding of the department and provide improved communications between the citizens of Evansville and the members of the E.P.D. who serve.The academy is free of charge and will be held e ach Tuesday evening beginning September 5th and continuing through November 14th from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Evansville Police Department Foundation Training Room located at the C.K. Newsome Center / 100 E. Walnut Street / Evansville, Indiana).Please see the attached Citizen’s Academy flyer and registration form for further information.EPD now accepting registration for Fall 2017 Citizen’s Academy.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews By Network Indiana – May 20, 2020 0 306 (Photo supplied/Indiana News Service) Indiana has its first cases of a coronavirus-related illness affecting children.Kids have appeared to be mostly untouched by coronavirus. Only about a thousand of Indiana’s cases have been in people under 20. And I-U School of Medicine pediatric epidemiologist Chandy John says serious cases among kids tend to be either toddlers or older teenagers. But multisystem inflammation syndrome in children singles out the group in between.John says MIS-C appears to begin with severe abdominal pain and diarrhea, then progresses to shock, with plunging blood pressure and heart malfunctions. While most COVID-19 cases among kids are mild, John says MIS-C, when it occurs, is typically more serious.John says it’s a “puzzle” why MIS-C and coronavirus target age groups which appear to be mutually exclusive — a puzzle whose solution may help to come up with a treatment. John says researchers suspect it has to do with the difference in how the immune system functions in children and in adults.That’s also the leading theory as to why MIS-C has popped up so long after COVID-19 itself did, The first cases were identified last month in England, where a 14-year-old boy died of the disorder. New York has reported more than 100 cases. John says the syndrome appears to follow about a month after virus cases peak. He says researchers theorize the infection triggers an immune response. In adults, that response sometimes shifts into overdrive, creating a “cytokine storm” in which the immune system starts attacking everything, not just the virus. In children, the theory goes, the continuing response to the infection takes longer to ramp up to dangerous levels, and instead of attacking the lungs, does its damage to the heart, blood vessels, and other systems.For now, doctors are using the same therapies used for two other ailments with similar symptoms, Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome, with some success.Most MISC patients identified so far turn out to have been exposed to coronavirus, but John says while researchers believe the virus causes the syndrome, it’s possible the two simply tend to occur together.Health officials haven’t said how many Indiana cases there are. John says I-U Health’s Riley Hospital for Children has created a multidisciplinary task force of doctors to consult together on the cases it receives. Twitter Twitter Facebook Google+ Indiana reports initial cases of coronavirus-related illness affecting children Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleMore details released about Notre Dame’s plan to reopen campusNext articleApplications open for 2020 Curb & Sidewalk Reimbursement Program Network Indiana
Born in New Orleans and raised in nearby Algiers, Terence Higgins personifies New Orleans drummer swag. With one foot in the Second Line and brass band traditions and the other in just about any type of stank he can find, the man they call “Swampgrease” is among the tastiest and most versatile players on the scene today. From Ani DiFranco to Warren Haynes to The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, you can also find him bringing that Nigerian funk all the way down to BrasiNOLA; Higgins is called upon to power the groove train behind of any number of high-profile performers, always dripping in Crescent City Crisco. The stalwart drummer keeps a tight calendar; yet Terence was gracious in taking a few moments chop it up with L4LM’s B.Getz on a myriad of topics. The duo touch on the NOLA Crawfish Festival, Jazz Fest schedule tetris, the NCF Funk Squad, Bayou Gypsies, Joe Marcinek Band, and collaborating with the new generation of rhythm assassins in The Wahala Boys. L4LM: Terence! What’s good? Thanks for the time, my man. I know it’s about to be Jazz Fest if I’m talking to you! So much to discuss! So, let’s start off with the big midweek event, the second-annual NOLA Crawfish Fest (tickets here), if you don’t mind. I know you’re pretty dialed in with Shaggy; tell us of your experiences with crawfish boils and playing music, you know, the stories of years past, and why you good people like to do that sorta thing down in New Orleans.Terence Higgins: Well you know crawfish is a main event in New Orleans! I mean, we look forward to crawfish season, which usually kicks off sometime in December actually, late, and runs through late May, I think. You know, we love it. We look forward to that time of year and it’s Jazz Fest too, and that coincides with the crawfish season. I think I met Shaggy back when a few years ago. He was running with the Anders Osborne clan, and we would always cross paths on tour or at an event, and I found out he did the big crawfish boils. We had a really good connection and I would play with Anders sometimes, if I was available, if he needed a drummer, but that was my connection with Shaggy I think even before crawfish came into the picture. Then, once I figured out he threw the crawfish boil, we were friends already. He asked if I would be interested in playing one of them. I think one of them was a Shaggy boil or Mud Bug Madness or something, but it was one of those all-star lineup events with George Porter and other local favorites, and that’s how I got connected with the crawfish boil scene. Me and Shaggy have been connected ever since. They are always a blast, and I look forward to them every year.L4LM: Yeah, he put together a super group for you guys this year. I’ll tell you, that NOLA Crawfish Fest Funk squad with George and Krasno and Medeski, you cannot ask for much more than that, right? Murderers’ row, that is.Terence Higgins: Yeah, so we kind of put this thing together first during a Warren Haynes Christmas jam. Shaggy saw us and said, “We have to have that group at Crawfish Fest,” and we were like, “If we can make that happen, let’s do it.” We were back and forth with all of our schedules and the days we could perform, so we found a time we were all available. We were able to get the same band together that did the Haynes Christmas jam: me, Kraz (Eric Krasno), Medeski (John Medeski), and Porter (George Porter), and we had a bunch of special guests at the Christmas jam, and it’s probably going to be like this at Crawfish Fest . . . though not saying Bob Weir is goin’ to come jam! But definitely some special guests. So we had to figure out a name for the band, and I think we threw a few around but Shaggy came up with the Funk Squad and you know, NOLA Crawfish Fest Funk Squad, and we all dug it. (Tickets available here) L4LM: Yeah, it’s wonderful to hear everybody’s story as it pertains to crawfish boils: the food, culture, and music together vibin’ to the funky stuff. Well, you’re not just doing that NCF Funk Squad gig, obviously. I’m looking at your schedule, and you have one day off in fourteen days. Some days you have two, even three, gigs. I’ve seen you play a Swampgrease crawfish boil, and I know how you get it in down there. What’s up with that Mad Skillet gig with Medeski, Kirk Joseph, and Will Bernard. Can you talk about that project? I’m definitely checking for that show.Terence Higgins: That all started out with me. I mean, I’ve known John Medeski forever—we became friends after we made a record, and Kirk Joseph is a friend of mine through the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. I had played a little bit with Will Bernard off and on, and we had always talked about doing a project together (with Will). It turns out Will did a thing call the Blue Plate Special during Jazz Fest, and he called me in one year to play that gig. Well, John Medeski does that project so he kind of took it over and asked us to do a recording with him, and we formed a little bit of band called Mad Skillet. We have done a European tour, played some festivals together, so it’s kind of a thing. We have a record in the can, might come out soon, so Mad Skillet, it’s turning into kind of a thing for us.Terence Higgins: We have a regular Jazz Fest event scheduled at The Little Gem Saloon on Wednesday. Yeah, so I will high tail it after the Crawfish Boil to Little Gem, then after Little Gem, I go to leave to go to d.b.a. to play the Bayou Gypsy gig, which is another project I have been doing with Roosevelt Collier and Tony Hall for the last three or four years. Its kind of like a Hendrix Experience based off the Band of Gypsies record.L4LM: I saw that the inaugural year at d.b.a. the first time you did that. It was real tight with Roosevelt and the Bayou Gypsies. Man, you are really all over the place—this is some real Jazz Fest-schedule Tetris! What’s that? A Denver hit, with Ani DiFranco? Wow. Jet setting to Colorado in the middle of Fest? Do tell.Terence Higgins: I feel like this schedule is a little bit light. There are a lot of shows I had to pass up on. Usually, every day is like that Wednesday, with the three. It’s weird because I had to pass on a lot of gigs due to scheduling conflicts. I have been working with Ani DiFranco, and she has a lot of one off’s that take me to Denver and one to E-town, and then I come back. The last Sunday of Jazz Fest, I have to fly out to Memphis for her, which is weird, because I never like to leave town during Jazz Fest, but with her, you know, it’s one of my gigs, so I got to honor it. That kind of knocked me out of the loop a little bit, with some gigs. I had the Wahala Boys, which is an afro-funk project I’m working on, a bunch of late-night hits, some Boom Boom Room stuff I had to pass on, but, you know, I don’t mind a little bit of a light schedule too, ’cause I am doing this big thing at the Saenger Theatre May 6th, which is New Orleans is Waiting for Columbus, which is a tribute to Little Feat. With that gig and all the rehearsals, it’ll make up for what I’m missing.L4LM: Well, that’s a one-of-a-kind performance. Those mega-tributes at the Saenger are always inspired, reverent productions from top to bottom. Last Waltz, Dr. John, they all go big every year there. I want to back track a little to the Wahala Boys. I did an interview with my good friend, Luke Quaranta, and he is real stoked on the Wahala Boys project. He told me a little bit, but I was wondering if I could get your spin on it.Terence Higgins: What happened was, we were checking out seventies African funk music that I have this collection of, from friends that have passed me stuff. I stumbled upon this rare African Nigerian seventies, really rare funk stuff, and posted about it on Facebook. Raja Kassis—we have been talking about playing together forever but never got to—was like, “Man, I love that! Let’s do a project.” So it was kind of from me posting a song on Facebook that he picked up on. This happened about a year ago or so, and we never could schedule it, but we came up with the name Wahala Boys, finally booked our first gig, and it was just ridiculous. We had like two rehearsals, and we had Weedie (Braihmah) playing percussion. The whole premise was to tie in the funk with a New Orleans spin and the African thing, so it is coming together. We played a gig recently, and, man, we felt like we were transported to Africa 1969, 1970. It was like people were dancing, smiling, and the music was just so powerful. Those rhythms are so hypnotic and put you in a trance. The percussion is so intense, so I am really excited for Wahala Boys.L4LM: You and me both! Both of your descriptions of the Wahala Boys are right up my alley. And no shocker that Raja is in the middle of all that stuff, goin back to the Antibalas, up through the current NOLA stuff he puts together. You and Luke both said similar things, about bringing that West African Nigerian Funk with a little bit of a New Orleans twist, especially with you driving the rhythms. It’s bound to be full of heaters! Terence Higgins: Yeah, you know, I gravitate to those all those types of rhythms naturally, but from being from New Orleans, we already have that Zig, Second Line, and you know, we got that swing. There’s another project that I am doing called BrasiNOLA, which is a Brazilian spin of Wahala Boys sort of. We are blending Brazilian fusion that’s sung in Portuguese but blending it with a New Orleans funk spin. It’s very interesting to watch it develop. It’s turning into to another cool project that I am doing, another that is pushing the envelope a little bit. We can only do so much of that New Orleans funk before we start expanding to other genres. I feel like African and Nigerian is already dialed into the fabric of New Orleans, so you know, it’s easy to put in those styles and make it real.L4LM: Fascinating, global sounds come home to the Crescent City. Really amazing, conceptually, and vibe-wise too. I’m real stoked for Wahala Boys. Reaching back for traditions and steadily pushing cultures forward, that’s pretty awesome to be a part of, yeah?Terence Higgins: Exaaaaactly, and dealing with the cast. The musicians are incredible. They are already (Raja and Luke) deep into the African language. Some of the other projects they have would just blow your mind.L4LM: Pirate’s Choice, Weedie Braihmah and the Hands of Time, The Fu Fu All-Stars, that krewe is all about waking the town.Terence Higgins: Yeah, and then they pulled me into that circle, which enhances what I do. I already know all these rhythms, so now I am having to utilize it and interpret in my way and to the drum kit and apply what I know to it. It really fascinates me.L4LM: Yeah, and looking at your schedule, you are all over the map, not just geographically. Right after Ani is Tab Benoit, musically, couldn’t be any further apart, but there you are in the middle. I wanted to spotlight someone that people don’t know a lot about yet, and that is Joe Marcinek Band. Wondering if you might talk more about him and what y’all are doing.Terence Higgins: You know what? That’s a new connection there. When I do Christmas Jam, I went out that night to hear Frank Scofield with Joe (Marcinek), and Alvin Ford Jr. was playing with him too. I sat in, and Joe was like “Man, I would love to get you to play with one of my setups,” ’cause he does Joe Marcinek Band and he pulled together a little super group. He called me up a few times after that to make some gigs. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do them because of my schedule, but we we’re putting together stuff for Jazz Fest. We’re doing a late-night set at the Maple Leaf the second weekend with me, him, Nigel Hall, and Nate Edgar, and that’s something we collaborated on to fill that date. He called me back later and asked if I would do his gig on Thursday, so actually it’s my first inaugural Joe Marcinek Band gig for me. Noah Young is also playing. He is an incredible bass player for New Orleans. He plays with Naughty Professor and I think a percussionist from a jam band, from String Cheese Incident, Jason Hann!L4LM: Oh, right, Jason Hann. That just got announced this morning. He is a very versatile player, like yourself, from the jam to the electro to the world music, too. Very talented cat and super nice guy, too! So, Joe Marcinek put this all together?Terence Higgins: Yeah, there it is. He texts me about the project, and I was available so I said yes but didn’t really know who was involved. That’s how it is sometimes. Sometimes, I’ve never played with a musician before or never met them before, and we just make it happen. Looking forward to doing that show with Joe and to see him in New Orleans and break him into the Jazz Fest scene.L4LM: I was stoked to see you on the hit because your name is a little bolder font. People will see your name and want to check out Joe Marcinek Band even more. That Leaf hit looks great. Anytime you see Nigel and Nate back together and at the Leaf—man, that’s a beautiful thing. So kudos to Joe for pulling you and them together up there for that. I want to give you some time to talk about whatever else you’re doing; anything you want the good people who Live for Live Music to know about?Terence Higgins: Well, I am working on music for another Swampgrease project, and that involves Nigel Hall and Calvin Turner from the last record we did. I’ve also been working on this thing called Trio Electric; it’s kind of like an electronic improvisational trio, where we just sample a bunch of stuff, figure a bunch of loops and I loop it and play. The musicians just kind of jump in and vibe on it. It kind of started with me and Roosevelt doing this thing called Electro Rage, which was one of our late night Jazz Fest sets. It turns out to be, like, really, really cool ’cause everything we would do was based off my samples. We could just create stuff, but you got to have the cats and musicians around that can hear how to develop the music as it’s happening and while we are playing live. The inaugural group was me, Roosevelt and Marco Benevento on keyboards. Marco is like a mad scientist when it comes to arranging and retaining that information and making a song—making improvisational stuff have structure, even though we have never played it before. So that’s kind of how the Trio Electric project is for me. I’ve been talking to some guys about producing that stuff, but that’s what I am working on now, that and Swampgrease.L4LM: Word. Marco is definitely on some Doc from Back to the Future shit sometimes, tweaking and freaking the jams. Damn, Terence, no wonder both Adam Deitch and Luke Quaranta shouted you out as the man! Clearly, you are getting it in on so many levels, and doing it with integrity and hella swag, I might add. I’ll see you at the Crawfish Fest and one or two other hits next week.Terence Higgins: Alright man, good to talk with you. Thank you for reaching out![Special thanks to Funk It Blog for the incredible video footage.]
Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Pageant | St. Louis, MO | 9/2/2017Set One: Le Blitz > Plunger > North Route, Anchor Drops, Uncommon > 2×2, The Linear > GlorySet Two: Domino Theory, Phil’s Farm > Robot World > Can’t You Hear Me Knocking, JaJunk, AugustEncore: Bad Friday Today, Umphrey’s McGee released a new video of Jake Cinninger sound-checking the song “Glory” ahead of Umphrey’s September 2nd performance at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri. The performance was the last of three shows the group performed over Labor Day Weekend, all of which were webcast with the proceeds going to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. In this newly released video shot and edited by C.J. Strehlow, Jake Cinninger runs through the opening guitar lines of the song. During the video, fans can get a little glimpse of the band’s shenanigans as Brendan Bayliss, and later Ryan Stasik, come up behind Cinninger, hilariously staring blankly past their bandmate, who to his credit barely bats an eye, before the two wander off.Umphrey’s McGee Welcomes moe.’s Jim Loughlin, Busts Out “Fame” For Old School Set In Atlanta [Audio]On September 2nd, Umphrey’s McGee performed “Glory” as the first-set closer, moving into the tune coming out of “The Linear,” which heavily featured teases of the later number. Give a watch to Jake Cinninger’s soundcheck of “Glory” below (plus to the silly antics from his Umphrey’s bandmates), then take a listen to the full show below, courtesy of djphrayz, to compare the soundcheck to Umphrey’s full rendition of the number later in the night.
It was just two months ago that Tercentenary Theatre paid homage to Harvard’s graduating seniors. On Wednesday, it was a different group of seniors who stole the limelight.For the 38th year, Harvard and the city of Cambridge hosted more than 1,000 of the city’s senior citizens for a day of food, fun, music, and community. The annual Senior Picnic is just one of many ways Harvard welcomes its neighbors onto campus for activities, programs, and events.“It is wonderful that Harvard hosts us every year,” said Cambridge Vice Mayor E. Denise Simmons.Taking partial credit for the beautiful, breezy summer day, Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis welcomed the crowd sitting at tables under a green canopy of trees. Many of the picnickers wore neon-green sunglasses and green-and-white baseball caps with the insignia “City of Cambridge. America’s most walkable city,” gifts from the mayor’s office.After thanking the people who had organized and assisted with the event, Davis called the city’s elected officials to the steps of the Memorial Church. They each introduced themselves and lauded the contributions seniors make to the city.State Rep. Marjorie Decker, who is also a Cambridge city councilor, was among them. “Thank you for making this such an incredible community to live in and for all the loving and nurturing you give to the children and others in this city,” she said.After the speeches were over, the cool tunes of the Never Say Never band featuring Bobby Tynes and Tracy Rose overtook the sound of rustling leaves in the breeze.The day was a walk along memory lane for Cambridge resident Howard Soones. “I always loved Harvard, always cut through the Yard on my way home from school,” he said. “This brings back old memories of Cambridge, seeing people I went to school with … it makes me feel good.”
Should we still be talking about Darfur? According to professor Edith Miguda and Notre Dame alumna Liz Kurz, the answer is yes.They shared their experiences during a talk Wednesday at Saint Mary’s sponsopred by Campus Ministry, speaking about why they felt there should still be discussion about Darfur and its people. This event was also meant to teach students about the conflicts in Darfur and Sudan.Miguda, a native of Kenya, explained where Darfur is and how the conflict began in this area.“Darfur is in the greater horn of Africa,” she said. “The greater horn has had much conflict.”Miguda said the conflict is not being resolved or helped by the government.“The heart of the problem in Darfur is the challenge of non-Arab Darfurians to what they called decades of neglect, discrimination and marginalization by the Arab dominated government in Khartoum,” Miguda said.She also talked about the suffering of the people in Darfur. Miguda said they live in fear because there are rebels and groups of people who attack and kill innocent people.“Janjaweed — they are the ones who have ransacked villages — raped women and lined up men and shot them,” Miguda said.According to the United Nations, out of the population of six million, up to 300,000 people have been killed and some 2.5 million have been displaced.“But everyone knows that the number is much, much larger than that,” Miguda said.Many people have fled Darfur and gone to refugee camps in other parts of Sudan or even other countries.Kurz, a native of South Bend, said this is not the land they are used to. They are now in the desert and this makes agriculture difficult and their standard of living is very low.“They were forced to leave the only place they have ever known and into these camps,” Kurz said.Kurz said she had a friend who traveled to Sudan and brought back not only pictures and an experience of a lifetime, but she also brought back knowledge about the conditions in the refugee camps.Kurz and six others decided they needed do something to try and help.“The best way you can help people in Sudan is to be arrested in front of the Sudanese embassy, because it saves people from being killed,” Kurz said.Kurz said she and her six friends tried this to help the people in Darfur and in Sudan.“The seven of us went, we knelt, we prayed the rosary and the Our Father and we were arrested because we were blocking the entrance to the embassy,” Kurz said. “I spent 20 hours in jail and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I don’t know how many people we may have saved that day, I don’t know how effectual it was, but I tried.”This is an extreme example of a way to help, and Kurz and her friends were tried and found guilty in a court of law. She will always have a misdemeanor on her record, but she said she will never regret what she did.On Feb. 23, the Peace Accord was signed in Doha, Qatar, ending the war in Darfur.According to Miguda, however, there are still many people who need help, especially those who have been displaced from their homes.“Little, small actions can make a big difference,” Miguda said.