Update 4/12/17: With the second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival just around the corner (May 1-3 at Central City BBQ), we decided to revisit one of the standout sets of last year’s event!What do you get when you bring together thousands of pounds of crawfish, thousands of gallons of beer, and George Porter, Jr., Anders Osborne, Jason Crosby, Terence Higgins, Dave Malone and Billy Iuso? Well, in the case of the last set of the inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival, you end up with a capacity crowd of smiling people eating, drinking and dancing!The new festival was held on the “daze between” Jazz Fest weekends, and the all-star lineup merged together with ease. Whether it was Radiators’ guitarist Dave Malone trading licks with NOLA staple Billy Iuso, or George Porter Jr.’s thumping basslines, or Higgins’ powerful rhythms, everyone in the capacity crowd was shaking it! The band even welcomed sit-ins from Jason Crosby and Anders Osborne throughout the set, only adding to the magic with their soul drenched musicianship.The band kept things loose and jammy, and no song went under ten minutes as the players took turns stretching the elements. Fortunately, we had our own Rex Thomson on hand to capture the magic at the NOLA Brewery. Without further ado, check out The Crawfish All-Stars at their finest!“Papaya”“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”“George’s Jam”“Them Changes”“Do or Die” The second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival will take place at Central City BBQ during the days between Jazz Fest weekends, May 1-3. This year’s lineup includes George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, John Medeski, Luther Dickinson, Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, and so many more! Get tickets and more info here.
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QLD Greens candidate, Kirsten Lovejoy, said renters have been “screwed over” and has introduced a radical policy that’s been labelled “ludicrous” by the property industry. Picture: Chris McCormackLANDLORDS couldn’t charge the rent they wanted to and it could take up to 12 months to evict a tenant under a Queensland Greens proposal to transform rental laws.The proposals, which were labelled, “ludicrous” by industry bodies, could also mean tenants could enforce unlimited lease terms.The proposal released by Greens candidate for McConnel, Kirsten Lovejoy, said existing laws were unfairly weighted in favour of landlords.“Renters have been screwed over for so long that they just assume this is the way it is — unfair rent hikes and evictions, unsafe and unhealthy dwellings, unable to own a pet or hang a picture, all the while not knowing if they will have to move when their lease is up in twelve or six month,” Ms Lovejoy said.“Our plan will fix the rigged system that puts the profits of real estate agents and investors over the rights and dignity of everyday Queenslanders,” she said.The Greens blueprint included proposals such as a right to remain in the property if it’s sold.“Under our plan renters will have the right to remain in their home even if the property is sold. Because as Darryl Kerrigan said in The Castle, ‘it’s not just a house, it’s a home.’” Ms Lovejoy said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoReal Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA) Queensland representative, Zoran Solano, said the proposal lacked an appreciation of existing rental laws.“Tenants have a lot of rights and they exercise their rights regularly, so I don’t think tenants are being screwed over at all. There are a lot of people out there who believe tenants have now got more power than landlords,” he said.Stakeholder concerns could be warranted given the Greens could hold the balance of power after the State Government election due to be held sometime in the next six months.Mr Solano said proposals that were a disincentive to investors would punish the property market and the Greens were trying to address a problem that didn’t exist.Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) CEO Antonia Mercorella said the Green’s proposals would decimate landlords’ rights and it was unworkable and “ludicrous’’.“It’s simply unrealistic to expect that landlords will continue to invest in real estate if they are faced with untenable arrangements that don’t allow them to protect the value of their asset and strip them of fundamental rights,” she said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter [email protected] or on Facebook at Kieran Clair — journo
NZ Herald 6 June 2015 Washington Post magazine reporter Gene Weingarten wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning article interviewing 13 parents who had accidentally killed their young children by leaving them inside a car. Following yesterday’s decision to discharge a Whanganui mother without conviction, he tells Morgan Tait why he strongly believes parents should not be prosecuted in these circumstances.I spent almost a year on that story, during which time I spoke with 13 people who had done this to their children. As I recall, there were seven men and six women. Some remained deeply wounded, paralysed by their grief and guilt; some had managed to better transcend these things, and move unsteadily on. Some of the 13 were reserved and guarded, some were more open. Some of them had been prosecuted, some not.One thing that bound them together was their absolute certitude that these cases should not be prosecuted. I came to agree with them.From their perspective, it is entirely about helping these people heal. They are already in an unfathomable hell. They have lost a child. They caused it. There is no greater psychological burden I can imagine. When they are prosecuted, two things happen: They are so busy defending themselves that they have no time to grieve, which, as any grief counsellor will tell you, is a dreadful thing.Second, their marriage – already deeply strained by a sense of betrayal – is further imperilled by introducing a huge financial burden.That’s what the parents say. They are biased, but they are also in a unique position to analyse this. I agree with them, but my reasons extend further.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11460607
Manchester United manager David Moyes wants Wayne Rooney to improve even more on his recent form. Moyes sidestepped that question at his press conference on Friday lunchtime, however, ahead of Sunday’s visit to Manchester City, the United boss confirmed he will carry on demanding more of the striker. “I think we just go step by step,” said Moyes. “If he could score another two goals at the weekend that would be the next step forward wouldn’t it? “He’s played really well and we want him to maintain that. “If anything I’m asking him to step up again. I want him to keep getting better.” However, Rooney’s form has underlined the suggestion from the United camp at the start of pre-season that he had returned fitter than he had done for years. “Wayne was in great shape just before he damaged his hamstring in Thailand,” said Moyes. “I told you that but I don’t know if you all believed me. Rooney has returned from a bad gash to his head in sensational style, scoring three goals in a week, including a double in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen that saw him become only the fourth player in United history to reach 200 goals. That has inevitably led to speculation United may offer the 27-year-old a contract extension, something ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to pave the way for with his conciliatory statements on Thursday – his first comments on the player since revealing he had asked to leave. “We thought (his hamstring) was going to be okay, but it wasn’t. “We kept him working really hard and he was in really good shape. “I was really impressed with the condition he was in and the work he did in pre-season. “He is getting the fruits of that. He’s worked hard and is showing everyone exactly what he can do.” Rooney is not the only United player who has had an impressive week. Antonio Valencia has also caught the eye, having switched from the coveted number seven shirt back to his original 25. He scored only his second goal since April 2012 on Tuesday and Moyes hopes there are a few more to come. “He’s done very well,” said the Scot. “They kept telling me that he needed to change his number, so we got that changed for him because sometimes psychologically it can make a difference to a player. “Overall, I’ve been really pleased with him. “I actually said to him today ‘you should be getting yourself seven or eight goals a season regularly’. “He squinted at me a bit but hopefully he knows what I mean. “He only got one last season but he’s got off to a good start and hopefully he’ll get close to the target I’d like to him get this season.” Now Moyes must decide on his line-up for Sunday, and his first encounter with Manuel Pellegrini since the City boss dumped him out of the Champions League qualifiers with his Villarreal side in 2005. “There is an excitement for any derbies in any big city in the world,” said Moyes. “I’ve experienced derby games in Glasgow and on Merseyside. “They are all really important to your own supporters. “They are important to the players as well but ultimately it’s about what happens come the end of the season and how many points you get together to see who is top. “These points could be really important towards that, but also they may not be.” Press Association
Regarding the attack on the head of the technical staff of FK “Radnik”, Slavko Petrovic, the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina strongly condemns this uncivilized act and expresses concern over the manifestation of violence.There is no justification for such physical attacks and threats with firearms and the perpetrator must be held accountable before the law.In a situation when we are all worried about the coronavirus pandemic, the attack on Petrović is an expression of savagery that shames the whole society and a system that does not prosecute or punish such attacks.The FF BH hereby calls on the competent authorities to prosecute the perpetrator of this attack as soon as possible and to take appropriate measures to prevent such incidents in the future.
MIDDLETOWNA family square dance will be held at Croydon Hall Senior Center, Leonardville Road, Leonardo, from 7:30 – 10 p.m. Friday, July 27. Couples and singles are welcome.Admission is $3. Children under 18 are admitted free but must be accompanied by a parent. Refreshments will be provided. No dancing experience is needed. The caller will teach attendees all they need to know.The dance is being sponsored by the Middletown Ramblers Square Dance Club.For more information and directions, call Betty at 732-291-1188 or check the website at www.middletownramblers.org.* * * * *Want to learn more about the Internet, ebooks, and computer programs? Are you doing research, and need help finding information? Readers can get in-depth help with the Middletown Township Public Library’s new “Book a Librarian” service.Booking a librarian gives individuals a chance to meet one-on-one with a librarian and get personalized assistance and guidance. Based on patrons needs, the librarian can help them find good sources of information, tips and solutions. The library also offers face-to-face personal training with technology, including as iPads and eReaders.Each appointment lasts up to an hour, and will be scheduled around the patron’s needs, as well as librarian expertise and availability. Additional appointments can be requested with a maximum of one appointment per month.For more information, and to request an appointment, please visit mtpl.org/?q=bookalibrarian or call 732- 671-3700, Ext. 320.The main branch of the Middletown Township Public Library is at 55 New Monmouth Road. It is open seven days a week; the library website and its databases are available 24/7. Funding for our public programs comes from the generous support of the Middletown Township Public Library Foundation, Inc.RED BANKA tribute concert to the greats of jazz by Mike Barris & Friends will be held 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the Woman’s Club of Red Bank.The group, comprised of Barris on rhythm guitar, vocalist Jennifer Jordan, Doug Clarke on lead guitar, and trumpeter Tom Bender will play its 13th “Reckless Steamy Nights” show at the Woman’s Club, located in the historic Anthony Reckless Estate at 164 Broad St.As it has done faithfully at the venue twice a year since 2006, Barris & Friends will honor the accomplishments of Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, Bessie Smith and other stars of pre-World War II jazz and blues.A donation of $10 is suggested, in support of scholarship programs sponsored by the Woman’s Club and the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation. The event is BYOB and includes free snacks. * * * * *Children ages two-and-a-half to 15 have the opportunity to express themselves creatively and explore the fine arts through the YMCA’s Summer Arts Institutes at two new locations in Red Bank and Rumson.Camps are held during the month of July at the Y’s Family Health and Wellness Center, 166 Maple Ave., and in Rumson at the Junior League of Monmouth County, 55 Center St.The Summer Arts Institutes feature something for every young artist with activities ranging from fashion design and a day at the museum to drama and theatre and culinary arts. New this year is The Art of Dance, Exer-parties and Aviation.“We’re so pleased to be able to provide this enriching program at two new locations,” said Stacey Lastella, vice president of Camping and Outreach at The Community YMCA. “Our camps are designed to help children learn, grow and discover the exciting world of fine arts.”Specialty camp programs are available for four weeks starting on July 2 through July 27. All classes are held in a weeklong session, Monday through Friday, with three-day camps available in Red Bank.Summer Arts Institutes are also available at the Y’s Child Achievement Center in Hazlet. For more information on the Y’s Arts Camps in Red Bank and Rumson and how to enroll, call 732-671-5505, Ext. 23 or 25 or visit TheCommunityYMCA.org/Arts.