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Watch Greensky’s Paul Hoffman Lead “Forever Young” At Last Waltz Tribute Show In Colorado

first_imgEvery November for the last 12 years, an array of musicians from Colorado have come together to celebrate The Band’s famed final concert, The Last Waltz. Dubbed “The Last Waltz Revisited,” the show serves not only as a star-studded tribute, but also as an important benefit for the Denver Rescue Mission. With the 40th anniversary of The Last Waltz coming up in a matter of days, it was all hands on deck as an all-star lineup of musicians joined forces for the occasion.Among those performing were The Dyrty Byrds, Bridget Law, Eric Martinez, and surprise guest, Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass. Hoffman joined on mandolin for a number of songs, and lent lead vocals to a beautiful rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young.” Thanks to Ted Rockwell on YouTube, we can watch this Dylan cover below.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Getting fresh with Mollie

first_imgPeople can argue endlessly about what the right food choices are — and will. But iconic cookbook author Mollie Katzen used a visit to Harvard to serve up a better idea: Don’t argue about categories.Joining the food fight “separates us from the food and one another,” she said during a lecture-lunch Tuesday (Oct. 19). “I’m trying to encourage a big-tent attitude toward food.”Katzen’s four-day visit (Oct. 18-21) included one class and at least three formal meals with undergraduates, at Quincy and Adams Houses and at Annenberg Hall. There was a Katzen-cooked meal at a new community dining table at Harvard Divinity School. And there were two lecture-lunches, one in Lehman Hall, upstairs from the Dudley Café, and the other at the Harvard School of Public Health, where Katzen is a charter member of the Nutrition Roundtable.Medical audiences are a favorite with Katzen, who lives on the West Coast and is the author of 11 books, with 5 million in print. “People eating healthily,” she said, “is good business.” And it’s good business to talk to physicians, too, said Katzen, given that so few medical schools require training in nutrition.Most of the wisdom of medicine is “in modernity,” she said, but “in food we’re really moving backwards” toward an “old-fashioned and simple” time of fresh food and home preparation.At the Lehman Hall luncheon, a sold-out audience sat on folding chairs, ate a $5 vegetarian meal, and listened as Katzen unspooled lessons in menu strategies, kitchen lore, nutrition, home cooking, and the joy of fresh food. Lunch was vegetarian, including tofu cutlets, black bean burgers, bulgur pilaf, and steamed squash with a maple-mustard glaze.But Katzen, author of the seminal “The Moosewood Cookbook” (1978), said her menu is still meant for a big tent: “I’m not here to tell people to never eat meat.” Food-choice categories tend to be pretty flexible these days anyway, she said. “My favorite is Häagen-Dazsian vegan” — a vegan who avoids all dairy except ice cream.Still, Katzen’s basic message is to encourage her listeners and readers to favor plant foods, “to eat lower on the food chain,” she said, where healthy diets mostly reside. She lives by a mantra-like summary found in Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” (2008): “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”This “haiku,” as Katzen called it, contains a puzzle for many people, who wonder what food from plants really is. She quoted a frustrated listener: “Am I supposed to eat my lawn?”And within any question about vegetarian food, there is always one other: Where do you get your protein?Katzen does luncheon-lectures at Harvard twice a year, each with a theme. Last time it was herbs; this time it was vegetarian sources of protein, what Katzen called “gatherer proteins,” as opposed to the kind hunters bring to the table.The secret is to eat a variety of plant foods, “an incremental protein plan” that over days or weeks assures that vegetarians are getting the medley of amino acids they need. To illustrate, Katzen pointed to the long table of buffet choices in the lunch prepared by Dudley Café chef Jeff Cota. “The modular protein collaboration of all these items really adds up beautifully,” she said.First there was the hummus, a store-bought brand that Cota dressed up with roasted garlic and blender-chopped chickpeas to give it more texture. Slather hummus on a sandwich instead of mayonnaise, said Katzen, and “it gives you a protein boost right then and there.”The protein-rich spread is easy to make, said Katzen, but “don’t feel like a bad person if you’re buying your hummus.”The marinated broccoli with mushrooms and walnuts offered its own lessons. The walnuts bring protein to the table, but they are also rich in essential fatty acids, said Katzen — “essential” because they are not made by the body.Don’t count total grams of fat in your meals, she said. Count the quality of the fats you use, and the best of these include the oils in walnuts and olives.At that point, Katzen made a confession: that her original “Moosewood” cookbook included a lot of butter and cheese, ingredients that were part of her “insecurity cuisine” at the time — a fear that taste was only guaranteed by rich ingredients.While Katzen talked, white-coated chef Martin Breslin was next to her, busily demonstrating how to assemble and cook the black bean burgers that were the menu’s most explicit source of protein. Breslin is director for culinary operations at Harvard University Hospitality and Dining Services, where Katzen is on the advisory board.The lessons that these “sliders” offered were less about nutrition and more about cooking technique. The longer onions cook, the sweeter they get, said Katzen. Don’t add salt to simmering beans, because it toughens their skins. Avoid nonstick pans, but make your own (in effect) by adding “cold, cold oil” to a very hot pan, she said. “The oil will slick easily.” Add a potato masher to your kitchen arsenal. They are low-tech and efficient, said Katzen, and “the sound effects are terrific.”The menu’s spice-crusted tofu cutlets added other lessons in kitchen lore. To make the tofu even firmer, simmer it in boiling water. To flavor it, press it into a spice blend and heat it in a dry pan without oil. Use a good spatula, thin and made of metal.The roasted squash offered up other lessons. When cutting it, said Katzen, “a sharp knife is a safe knife.” When roasting it, lay it in the pan in a single layer; piling the squash up will only steam it. Bake it very hot to bring out the natural sweetness of inner juices. “Your seasoning,” she said, “is the heat itself.”Cota served the menu’s bulgur pilaf on halves of poblano chili pepper. Use these or just bell peppers, she said, and “you feel like you’ve had an entrée.”As for menus in everyday life, Katzen said people are less in need of new recipes and more in need of strategies for coping with food.Some of those strategies are simply practical. She explained how to manage the daunting volume of fresh vegetables — those broom-size bunches of kale and other challenges. Her answer is blanching, a quick immersion in boiling water that reduces the volume of hearty greens, and doubles their shelf life.Other food strategies offer perspective. Don’t try to learn cooking by mastering a book full of dishes. Mastering one will do to start, said Katzen, whose mission is to make everyone a home cook.  “Cut through the noise,” she said. “Cook at home. That’s my diatribe.”Part of the “noise” is the argument about what to buy, said Katzen: organic produce from far away, or conventional produce from a local farm? It’s a conundrum she called “the conflicting halos,” and the answer is simply to buy good food, mostly plants, and cook it at home.Home cooking  can build a sense of community. “Take time on a Sunday,” said Katzen, “and make it something you do with people.” Food preparation can be like doing “small crafts projects,” she said.Slowing down and being creative are all part of the picture too, said Katzen. When she had her own cooking show on television, “my model was Mr. Rogers.” But TV cooking shows now are “more like a gladiator sport, with a lot of sadism and tension,” she said. “I see this as adding to the worry.”Later that afternoon, Katzen was still worry-free, serving up samples of a kale and garlic sauté she tossed with olive oil and salt on an outdoor burner at the farmers’ market outside the Science Center, one of two sponsored weekly by Harvard’s Food Literacy Project.No dish is ever perfect, she said, wielding a big spoon from behind sunglasses. “But if you run across perfect, I’m not against it.”last_img read more

VIRUS TODAY: GOP offers alternative COVID-19 relief plan

first_imgA group of 10 Senate Republicans have sent a letter to President Joe Biden calling for him to meet with them to negotiate over his proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. Meanwhile, frustration is growing at long-term care facilities over the pace of COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Home operators and residents’ relatives across the country have grown more irritated as states open vaccine eligibility to other populations before work is complete at long-term care homes. In other virus news, Biden’s goal to reopen K-8 classrooms by late April could leave out millions of students even if it happens. Many of the omitted students are minorities in urban areas.last_img read more

Troop treats

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaWhen I was 12 years old, my brother was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. Yep, Sgt. Peppers. He was stationed in Germany, guarding the border between East Germany and West Germany. As Christmas neared, we worried he’d be lonely there without the usual hubbub of our house at the holidays. So, we baked all of his favorite holiday treats to ship to him so he could still be a part of our holiday season. My mother got women in our neighborhood to make batches of their secret recipes that were his favorites. One neighbor made her famous peanut butter cookies that he loved. Another baked her special spicy cheese straws. I made my super-specialty: slice-and-bake sugar cookies straight from their premade refrigerated tube. Hey, I added fancy sprinkles.We carefully packed them in wax paper and holiday tins. Then my mother took them to the local post office to be shipped. A few weeks later we got a funny letter from my brother. He described how much he and his friends enjoyed our neighbor’s peanut butter cookies, but by the time they got them they were just a pile of crumbs they had to eat with a spoon. It was, indeed, the thought that counted.The east-west German border is long gone, but the tradition of shipping holiday treats to men and women who serve our country in the military is alive and well. Good intentions aren’t always enough. Getting those treats there fresh and in one piece takes time and planning. To make sure your treats make it safely, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension food safety specialist Elizabeth Andress recommends: Sending heavy cakes, fudge, nut bars and cookies high in sugar and shortening. Avoiding cookies with cream or custard fillings or moist cookies. They may mold in humid climates. Certain cream and particularly custard fillings could also make someone sick. Sending other items that ship well like coffees, dried foods, nuts, teas and mixed cereal snacks.Pay particular attention to packaging. It’s important to get the gift there in peak condition. She says to: Place foods and gifts in clean boxes or metal tins and put that box inside a packing box. Place packing materials like newspaper, foam pieces or bubble wrap around the first box. Take into account the military and each country’s customs regulations. Size and weight may be an issue, too.If baking and shipping sounds precarious, but you still want to contribute, check with local Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts. Both offer options for buying cookies and popcorn that they will ship to troops for you. Also, many organizations online, in your community or through the United Service Organizations need volunteers and donations to make gift boxes for the troops. Mail delivery to troops overseas is often spotty. The shipping deadline for a mid-December arrival is late November to early December. Check with the local U.S. Postal Service or other shipping companies for exact deadlines.When the smell of fresh-baked goodies fills your house this holiday season, it’s only natural to want to share the joy with your loved ones or neighbors who are serving in the military. A better option may be personal items like sunscreen, lip balm, playing cards, books and baby wipes, which can be just as big a treat as a tin full of homemade cookie crumbs. (Faith Peppers is a news editor for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Brazilian Army Takes the Offensive Against Environmental Crimes

first_imgBy Dialogo September 16, 2011 Brazil is enlisting the help of its armed forces to stop deforestation of the Amazon, whose rainforests are disappearing more rapidly than ever. In May alone, the Amazon rainforest shrank by 268 square miles — a 144 percent increase over May 2010 rates, says Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). In the past 12 months, the states of Mato Grosso and Pará have lost 1,649 square miles of vegetation, up from 1,426 square miles in the 12 months ending in July 2010. Such data is collected by DETER (Deforestation in Real Time), a satellite system that detects clearing when at least 61 acres of forest are being destroyed. Despite the current bad news, DETER has had some success stemming deforestation. In 2009, the Brazilian government committed itself to an 80 percent reduction in Amazon deforestation by 2020. Even so, the sudden increase in deforestation last May took the government by surprise, with Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira calling the new data alarming. That has led the military to intensify inspections in the vast region, in collaboration with the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Resources (IBAMA). Taking the lead on these collaborative efforts is the Joint Command of the Armed Forces (EMCFA), established in August 2010. “The biggest challenge for EMCFA is interoperability,” said the head of EMCFA, Army Gen. José Carlos de Nardi. “We have made gains with each new operation, for instance now with Ágata 1, led directly by us.” EMCFA has participated in two major operations with environmental ramifications: Arco Verde and Ágata. Both are coordinated by the Defense Ministry’s System of Protection of Amazonia (SIPAM). Operation Arco Verde, launched last May, works with locals in the state of Mato Grosso to come up with new models of economic development that subvert the logic of deforestation. Among the entities actively involved in Arco Verde are the Brazilian Army, Air Force, National Security Force, IBAMA, Federal Police, Environmental Military Police, Road Patrol, local jurisdictions and various non-profit organizations. In 60 days of work in northern Mato Grosso, the army set up checkpoints, motorized patrols, aerial surveillance and confiscation of equipment used for illegal activities “In the checkpoints we apprehended trucks that were carrying illegally obtained wood, other vehicles, weapons and several fugitives of the law with open orders of capture,” said an army report. Luciano Guerra Cotta, the head of IBAMA in Mato Grosso, said residents have been advised that all equipment and goods present at the scene of “environmental crimes” would be confiscated, upon orders of the president. “Now, with the support of the army we are in a great position to execute those orders,” said Cotta. “Those infringing on the law are warned: if you continue to clearing the forest, you will lose any property used in the commission of these crimes.” About 35 percent of the clearing detected in May occurred in Mato Grosso, where the military is reinforcing IBAMA’s environmental protection efforts. Army troops provide logistical and operational support to confiscate goods and equipment used for illegal activities. “This makes very clear that the order of the minister of environment to end deforestation in the northern region of Mato Grosso will be followed to the letter,” said Cotta. “This is a priority of the federal government and that’s why the Brazilian Army is with us in the field.” The Strategic Border Plan launched by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in June places major importance on protection of Brazil’s Amazon borders, particularly waterways used by organized crime. Some 11 million Brazilians live in 710 border municipalities, according to IBAMA. The objective of Operation Ágata, focusing on the municipalities of Tabatinga and São Gabriel da Cachoeira, was to crack down on drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, illegal mining, trafficking of wild animals and biopiracy. “We already control the borders, but they are very long,” said the group commander, Col. José Maurilo Machado de Lima. “This operation is the first coordination effort of the Federal Government to intensify the work in the border. We are going to do periodic operations to solidify border control.” One of the more dramatic events of Operation Ágata occurred Aug. 10, when four Brazilian Air Force planes dropped eight 230-kilogram bombs to destroy a clandestine airstrip near the Colombian border. The Army closed the area to ensure the success of the operation as well as the safety of nearby residents. Two Sikorsky H-60 Black Hawk helicopters brought military personnel as well as civilians from IBAMA. The runway wasn’t in use, but the way it was destroyed will make sure it won’t be rebuilt. During the operation, 3,500 military personnel were on active duty along the border with Colombia. The work included naval patrols, interdiction of illegal logging, and the discovery and destruction of three clandestine runways utilized by drug, timber and human traffickers. SIPAM detected the illegal runways and alerted EMCFA, which says the operation was a success and that it will be repeated. “We increased the presence of the Brazilian state in the border area and inhibited the action of criminal organizations that work there,” said Army Gen. João Carlos Vilela Morgero, an official with EMCFA.last_img read more

Groups Urge UN to Create Commission to Investigate Violations in Venezuela

first_imgBy Voice of America (VOA) September 11, 2019 Several organizations, some of them Venezuelan, have joined the petition. They seek to have the commission set up during the September 2019 sessions.These groups are asking the UN to task the commission with investigating cases of reported torture and inhumane treatment, arbitrary detentions, discrimination, forced disappearances, and violations of freedom of speech and of the right to life, health, and food.“The victims of this serious humanitarian and human rights crisis in Venezuela deserve a forceful response from the Human Rights Council that will ensure respect for the right to truth, justice, and redress,” said José Miguel Vivanco, director of the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch.Among the groups that signed the petition are Acción Solidaria, the Center for Human Rights at the Andrés Bello Catholic University, and Civilis Derechos Humanos. Other groups include Espacio Público, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the International Commission of Jurists, and PROVEA.In July, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet published a report that accused Nicolás Maduro’s regimen of committing “serious human rights violations” and documented extrajudicial killings.In the petition, the groups stated that the commission should be equipped with enough resources to investigate and report to the Human Rights Council within a specific timeframe.The results of the investigation should be submitted to the UN Secretary General, in addition to relevant UN organizations, such as the Security Council and the General Assembly, they said.last_img read more

East Patchogue Pedestrian Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver killed a 64-year-old man while he was walking along a street in his hometown of East Patchogue over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Warren Karstendick was walking on the shoulder of Main Street when he was struck from behind by an eastbound SUV just west of Phyllis Drive at 6:55 a.m. Sunday, police said.The victim was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead.The suspect’s vehicle, which fled the scene, is described as a 2002 to 2005 blue Ford Explorer with noticeable front-end damage to the vehicle’s hood and grill.Major Case Unit detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-852-6553 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Indonesian tycoon-owned Tranmere Rovers asks top contractor to fix stadium’s surface

first_imgEnglish third-tier soccer club Tranmere Rovers, which is partially owned by Santini Group, one of Indonesia’s leading conglomerates, has entrusted top contractor John Mallison to renovate the surface of its home ground, Prenton Park.“This project is the fruit of the hard work by our management and will be primarily financed by our Indonesian partner, the Santini group,” the club’s chairman Mark Palios said as quoted by on Thursday.Palios said the reason behind Mallison’s appointment was crystal clear, as he had a proven track record building some of finest facilities of English soccer clubs. Mallison is widely known as the person behind the appearance of some of England’s finest soccer pitches, including the surfaces at Wembley, Old Trafford and Anfield. Read also: Tranmere Rovers soccer club sees light at end of tunnel in COVID-19 pandemicHe added that the club planned to use a Desso Grassmaster design that combines real grass with plastic-based fibers. Palios said in order to support the design of the surface, the club also planned to replace its underground water system.The project is set to begin immediately, amid the COVID-19 outbreak that has brought a halt to all soccer leagues across the country.Santini Group, owned by brothers Wandi Wanandi, Lukito Wanandi and Paulus Wanandi, sons of tycoon Sofyan Wanandi, bought a stake in the club in Sept. 4 last year. Through its ownership in the club, the Santini group has planned a series of projects aimed at boosting the performance of local talents.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal confirm loan signing of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid

first_imgDani Ceballos has joined Arsenal on a season long loan deal from Real Madrid (Picture: Getty) Dani Ceballos has completed his season long loan move to Arsenal, the north London club has confirmed.The 22-year-old joined Real Madrid two years ago but has found regular first team opportunities increasingly hard to come by.Ceballos had been interesting Tottenham and was reported to have met with Mauricio Pochettino, prior to starring at this summer’s European Under-21 Championships.ADVERTISEMENTUnai Emery’s personal intervention, however, helped convince the playmaker to join Arsenal instead and he will wear the No.8 shirt vacated by Aaron Ramsey.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City🇪🇸 #HolaDani 👋Welcome to The Arsenal, @DaniCeballos46 😎— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 25, 2019 Comment Arsenal confirm loan signing of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Jul 2019 2:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares ‘I’m really proud to be able to wear this shirt,’ said Cebellos following the announcement of his signing. ‘I’m joining an historic Premier League side and it’s a step forward in my career.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’ve not spoken to my team-mates yet so we’re not sure of what the objective is, but obviously I’m coming here to give everything I have.‘Nobody will be able to question that because from the very first day I pull this jersey on I’ll give everything I’ve got. We’ll try to achieve the club’s objectives.’Emery, meanwhile, added: ‘We’re excited to see Dani join us. He is a talented player with big technical ability, creativity and precision.’Cebellos represents Arsenal’s second signing of the summer, following the arrival of Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli.Arsenal are hopeful of securing further deals for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and maintain an interest in Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, but are struggling to match the Eagles’ £80million valuation.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Robbie Fowler names Harry Maguire and David Luiz as his signings of the summer transfer window

first_imgLuiz completed an £8m move from Chelsea to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Fowler is confident Luiz will be an invaluable addition to Arsenal’s dressing room as he brings a wealth of experience with him to north London.‘My other “best buy” of the window comes in the bargain section and the plaudits go to Arsenal… for signing David Luiz,’ he added.‘Yes, I know there are detractors, I know so many people don’t rate him.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘But £8m for a Brazil international ­defender who’s won the ­Premier League, Champions League, two Europa Leagues and two French leagues along with a Confederations Cup?‘That’s a steal for that sort of experience.‘I think Arsenal may just have got the best of this window.’MORE: Rio Ferdinand admits he would have ‘loved’ Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 11 Aug 2019 1:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link455Shares Advertisement Fowler has backed Luiz to succeed at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘The same was said about Liverpool and Virgil van Dijk last season. Doesn’t look like silly money now, though, does it?‘United had to pay whatever it took to get Maguire and, for me, he can transform their ­defence in the same way.’center_img Robbie Fowler names Harry Maguire and David Luiz as his signings of the summer transfer window Advertisement Robbie Fowler thinks Manchester United were right to spend big on Harry Maguire (Picture: Getty)Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has named Harry Maguire and David Luiz as his two signings of the summer transfer window.Maguire’s £80million switch from Leicester to Manchester United made him the most expensive defender in the history of the game, eclipsing the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk back in January 2018.Luiz, meanwhile, completed a controversial move from Chelsea to Arsenal on deadline day in a reported £8million deal.Fowler believes United were right to spend big on Maguire despite eyebrows being raised at the size of the world record fee.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Harry Maguire will come as no surprise as my top pick for the best buy,’ he said in his Daily Mirror column.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I know it was a crazy amount of money, but I don’t go with the idea Manchester United ­overpaid. What does that even mean?‘If you need a player, you pay what you can and what it takes to get him. United desperately needed a top ­centre-back… and they’ve got him. So the money doesn’t matter, getting the player does.last_img read more

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