String Cheese Incident’s Michael Kang Shares His Favorite NYC Spots And Memories

first_imgNew York City is a bustling metropolis of amazing eats, sites, sounds and beyond. With the String Cheese Incident’s upcoming run at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre August 13-14, we decided to chat with band member Michael Kang about his favorite spots to hit when he comes to NYC, as well as a hilarious NYC memory.Favorite Eats: -Nyonya (amazing Malaysian in Little Italy)-Soup Dumplings in Chinatown (there are a bunch of good places)-Momofuku in East Village (David Chang’s original)Favorite Venues:-Irving Plaza-Radio City-NuBlu-Brooklyn BowlFavorite Sites:-Central Park for nature-SOHO for people watching-East Village for hanging with friends-Natural History Museum for the OG museum experienceFavorite Memory:My favorite NYC time capsule moment is when we played Radio City for New Years and ended up running around with a bunch of friends after the shows fully decked out in New Year’s costumes. We started at NuBlu to hang with The Brazilian Girls and then ended up in the West Village at some all-night rave and didn’t emerge until almost noon on New Year’s Day. We were all pretty hungry, so we ended up going to Chinatown to get soup dumplings for lunch still dressed from the night before. Seeing our crew having soup dumplings dressed in crazy costumes next to the regulars in Chinatown was a sight to behold!String Cheese Incident hits the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn 8/13-8/14. Get tickets here, or enter to win them below:last_img read more

Tough tomatoes

first_imgBy William Terry KelleyUniversity ofGeorgiaThey may look beautiful, but those store-bought tomatoes can’tmatch the flavor of the ones you pick vine-ripe fresh from yourgarden. Unfortunately, it’s getting harder to do that in Georgia,particularly in the southern two-thirds of the state.Most of the difficulty stems from a virus that afflicts tomatoes.Tomato spotted wilt has been in Georgia only a few years. It’s amajor problem for commercial growers in the Deep South, though.And it’s truly the bane of garden tomatoes in that area.If you’ve been growing garden tomatoes in Georgia over the pastfive to seven years, you’ve probably seen the virus.How to recognize itThe symptoms vary, but young leaves usually turn bronze and laterdevelop small, dark spots. The growing tips die back, and thestems of terminals may become streaked. Some plants may lookone-sided or stunted overall.Plants that get infected early usually don’t develop fruit. Theones infected later may have knotty fruit. The more maturetomatoes may have light-colored ring spots, and green ones mayhave bumpy areas with faint, concentric rings. As these tomatoesmature, the rings get easier to see and turn red and white or redand yellow.The bottom line is that you don’t get any good tomatoes frominfected plants.How it spreadsThe disease is spread by thrips as they feed on the plant. Andit’s almost impossible to prevent infection by controlling thesetiny insects. They usually transmit the virus before theinsecticide can kill them.Tomato spotted wilt has many hosts. It can infect crops such aspeanuts, tobacco and pepper and countless weeds, too.Commercial growers have ways to reduce the disease and itsseverity. Gardeners who try to grow tomatoes in a conventionalgarden have a hard time producing a harvestable crop.Bottom lineSo, can you still grow garden tomatoes in the South? Yes, but youmay have to change a few things about how you grow them.As with almost any virus, the most effective way to control thevirus is to use resistant varieties. A few are on the market now.You may have tried some of the earlier-released cultivars.Not all resistant varieties are available to gardeners, though.The seeds of some come only in large quantities.The seeds of some resistant varieties do come in small packets forgardeners, though. “Amelia,” from Harris Seeds (, isone of the newest. Some seed companies offer “BHN 444” or “BHN640” in small packages, too.Look for plantsProbably the best way to get resistant varieties, however, is tolook for seedlings at your favorite garden center. The seedlingsmay not be easy to find, but look for them.One drawback to using these varieties is that they probably won’thave quite the flavor of your old garden favorite. They were bredfor commercial production. But let them get ripe on the vine andthey’ll be fine.Another weapon that seems to help some commercial growers controlthe virus is using mulches. Planting tomatoes into black plasticmulch has been shown to reduce the level of infection oversimple, bare-ground production.Kitchen optionReflective silver mulches seem to work even better. These mulcheshave to be almost like chrome. Aluminum foil might make asuitable substitute, since the actual plastic, reflective mulchesare expensive and hard to find.Keeping weeds in check around the garden may help some, too. Somegrowers have even tried tying reflective streamers to the tomatostakes, with the idea that they confuse the thrips so they don’tland on the tomatoes.Growing tomatoes in home gardens isn’t what it used to be. Tokeep those fresh, vine-ripe tomatoes coming, though, try theseresistant varieties and changes in tactics. Hopefully, the daysof growing home-garden tomatoes are far from numbered.(Terry Kelley is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

Vermont Business Nominated for Prestigious National Green Business Award

first_imgHUNTINGTON, Vt. Green Living Now, LLC ( is external)) announced today that their web-based natural and organic household products business was voted one of the top ten finalists for the Coop America People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year. The award recognizes business leaders committed to social and environmental responsibility. Thousands of companies were nominated, but only the ten highest vote getters made it to the finals. All of the companies had to be Coop America members, having passed their strict screening process.What makes Green Living Now unique is that they only sell the products that Amy Todisco, founder and owner, researches and uses herself. “There are too many products marketing themselves as ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ that really aren’t much better than their conventional counterparts,” she says. Green Living Now does the research so consumers don’t have to. They also provide a free monthly newsletter and many informative articles on green living. Amy’s work as a ‘green living expert’ was featured on WPTZ News Channel 5 TV, which aired across the country on other Hearst Argyle affiliates.Green Living Now is an active member of the Richmond Area Business Association (RABA). Amy works on RABA’s Website, Visitor Outreach, and Buy Local subcommittees. She’s also in charge of the new online local business directory for the town of Huntington, and is a member of the newly formed town website committee. Amy is also involved in drafting an economic development plan for Huntington.last_img read more

Komnas HAM records eight potential human rights violations by police during pandemic

first_imgThe National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has recorded several potential human rights violations by the National Police that have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.“At least eight incidents [with the potential of being categorized as human rights violations] some involving the use of excessive force by members of the police occurred in different regions,” Komnas HAM commissioner Amiruddin Al Rahab said in a statement on Wednesday, as quoted by violations, he said, included violence, rights limitations through intimidation and threats, arbitrary detention and criminalization. Amiruddin also mentioned another arrest of an independent researcher and government critic, Ravio Patra, whose WhatsApp number was alleged to have been used to spread a message of incitement. Later, Ravio claimed that his WhatsApp account had been hacked. Komnas Ham believes the arrest to be a form of criminalization.Based on those findings, Komnas HAM called on police chief Idham Azis and his members to protect the human rights of the people while conducting their duties. He demanded the police avoid any abuse of power.“Please avoid any act that involves the use of excessive force or abuse of power, and always uphold human rights in addressing any matters involving the public,” said Amiruddin.Komnas HAM urged the police to investigate any officer who is alleged to have violated human rights. The commission also asked the government to guarantee freedom of expression and freedom of speech. (aly)Topics : Among the incidents was the use of violence against a number of young men, who gathered in one place despite the physical-distancing policy in West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).The police reportedly used physical violence, such as hitting the young men on the head and in their faces, despite the young men’s explanation that they had gathered because of difficulties in finding a temporary place to live.Read also: COVID-19: Police disperse thousands of gatherings nationwide since last weekOther incidents included the dispersal of a meeting of COVID-19 affected victims in the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) office in Yogyakarta and the arrest of three student activists, who were regular participants in the weekly Kamisan silent protest ‒ a protest held every Thursday to demand state action on human rights abuses ‒ for alleged vandalism in Malang, East Java.last_img read more

Elder abuse ‘rampant’ and ‘all-hidden’ in New Zealand

first_imgStuff 18 June 2019Family First Comment: NZ Medical Association chair, Dr Kate Baddock, recently said “Apparently approximately 50% of those who choose euthanasia in The Netherlands do so because they feel obligated to die. They feel that their continued existence is a burden, either financial or emotional, to their family, to society at large. And so they choose euthanasia, even though they don’t want to die.” #rejectassistedsuicideElder abuse can be financial, psychological, physical or sexual, and can affect men and women regardless of their race, religion, class or sexual orientation. It could be verbal harassment or humiliation, preventing decision-making, isolation or over-medication.However, Peterson-Ihaka said that abuse against elderly people is mostly financial.Unlike in Bill’s case, more than 75 per cent of abuse against an elderly person is by a family member, often a child or grandchild.A common threat is that the elderly person won’t have access to their grandchildren, unless they comply with the child’s demands.Last year, Age Concern’s elder abuse services received over 2200 referrals across the country – two thirds of which were confirmed cases of abuse or neglect.Anyone concerned can call the 24 hour helpline – 0800 326 6865 – to be directed to the nearest Elder Abuse Response Service.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

IMCA special events drivers vie for Tire Demon awards

first_imgKELLEY, Iowa – Tire Demon by Love Tap gives gift certificates worth a total of $30,000 to special events competitors during its first full season as an IMCA sponsor.Five hundred dollar certificates will be awarded at 30 designated specials for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and at 15 designated specials for both IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.Those certificates are good toward the purchase of a tire prep stand from the Kelley, Iowa manufacturer and will be mailed after official results are received at the IMCA home office.Tire Demon is owned by former SportMod driver Tim Love and gave its first award at the 2016 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s to Modified champion Ricky Thornton Jr.“We are looking forward to partnering with IMCA for the 2017 racing season. The response to our machine has been incredible, to say the least,” Love commented. “We have been blown away by the feedback and excitement of both race car drivers and their crew members when they see our machine in action and they realize how much time and energy this machine will save them.”“Anyone in this sport knows that there is always a lot of work that goes into preparing for a race, so something that cuts hours of work off such an important component of racing is really exciting,” he added.More information is available by calling Love at 515 450-4909 and on Facebook at Tire Demon by Love-Tap Fabrication.“We put this program together at mid-season last year and look forward to a full season of partnership in 2017,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The Tire Demon is a great tool for our current rules package and something that can save racers a great deal of time and energy.”last_img read more

Doncaster option for Ebor hero

first_img Murtagh said: “We just felt this Saturday was going to come a bit soon. “I spoke to Andrew (Tinkler, owner) about it last night and we’ve entered him in the Doncaster Cup. That is the next option, so we’ll see how he is in the next few days and have a look at it. “Australia is still the main target. It’s just a case of working out the best way for us to get him there.” The five-year-old ran out an impressive winner of Europe’s most valuable staying handicap on the Knavesmire last month, leaving connections dreaming of a possible Melbourne Cup bid in November. Murtagh considered letting his charge head to Kempton for this weekend’s September Stakes, but has decided to wait and he could instead make the trip to Town Moor before being prepared for his journey across the globe. Johnny Murtagh’s Ebor hero Mutual Regard could return to Yorkshire for a tilt at next week’s Doncaster Cup.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli agree to plea guilty in college admission scam case

first_imgKuzma/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to a plea deal in connection with their involvement in the so-called “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal. The Full House actress will serve two months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine and have two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service, while her husband, a fashion designer, will serve five months in prison, a $250,000 fine and two years of supervised release with 250 hours of community service, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts. They will enter their guilty pleas on conspiracy charges on Friday, according to the office.“We will continue to pursue accountability for undermining the integrity of college admissions,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling in a press release. The couple become the 23rd and 24th suspects to plead guilty to the case, which was announced last year. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Latest: Kenny replaces McCarthy as Ireland manager

first_imgThe Latest: Kenny replaces McCarthy as Ireland manager More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 McCarthy had originally been due to stay in charge until July 31, after the Euro 2020 finals – now put back a year – were originally due to finish. Kenny had been set to take over on Aug. 1 after being in charge of the under-21 national side.Ireland faces Slovakia away in the Euro 2020 qualifying playoffs, with the winner to face either Northern Ireland or Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, the fixture has been postponed for a second time due to the pandemic.___Tajikistan has started a new soccer season, joining a small group of countries around the world where play has continued despite the coronavirus pandemic.Istiklol Dushanbe retained the Central Asian nation’s season-opening Super Cup on Saturday with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Khujand. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:Stephen Kenny is the new Ireland soccer manager after replacing Mick McCarthy in a planned move brought forward by the coronavirus pandemic.“The Football Association of Ireland announces that Mick McCarthy is to be succeeded as national team manager by Stephen Kenny with immediate effect,” the FAI said in a statement. “The handover has been agreed with both men in light of the delay to the European Championship playoffs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.” The game was played without fans and a large banner reading “stop coronavirus” in Tajik and Russian covered part of the stands.Players and staff from both teams mingled freely after the final whistle before officials hung medals around their necks and shook their hands.Professional soccer is only continuing in a few countries around the world, with Belarus, Nicaragua and Burundi among the holdouts, attracting interest from foreign fans and international gambling markets.Tajikistan has not reported any cases of the new coronavirus, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.___ April 4, 2020last_img read more

Attention: Beware of Ryan’s Badgers

first_imgIt?s not always pretty. It doesn?t always make you jump out of your seat. You don?t see players limping off the court in fatigue, cramping, like you did in the Feb. 23 No. 1 Tennessee-No. 2 Memphis matchup. Fast break alley-oops are rarities, and windmill dunks are even more uncommon.Big Ten basketball isn?t run-and-gun, shootout, fast-paced hoops. Every game is a chess match. And right now, the man who crouches in front of Wisconsin?s bench, scowling at referees is getting pretty used to saying, ?checkmate.?Ten days ago I spoke with a childhood friend of mine who is currently the graduate assistant for a Big 12 basketball program ? I?ll keep his name and team undisclosed. I asked him what he thought about the Badgers, to which he replied, ?Probably the best-coached team in the country.?It?s hard to disagree.I can?t think of a current college coach who has gotten more out of his players than Bo Ryan has this season, because let?s face it; on paper, this team should not be in the Top 10.Good thing games aren?t played on paper.Ryan has got this team not only believing in him and his signature swing offense, but in themselves, evident in their performances on the court over the past few weeks.This Badger squad is now playing with a swagger that was absent earlier in the season. And as we enter the month of madness, I have one message for teams who overlook the cardinal and white as a legitimate foe: Beware of Bo?s Badgers, the Big Ten Champions.Although he hasn?t been the most consistent player on this Wisconsin team, the swagger I mentioned earlier is centered around senior forward Brian Butch. Butch has looked like an altogether new player since Ryan inserted him into the ?crunch time lineup? Feb. 13 in Bloomington. In that game, he scored nine points down the stretch against Big Ten Player of the Year frontrunner D.J. White, including the game-winning 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds to play. Butch is the emotional leader of the team, as evidenced by his excessive fist-pumping and frantic arm-waving ? which does get a little ridiculous at times ? after he knocks down big shots. Nonetheless, every successful team needs someone to rally the troops in big games, and for that reason, the Polar Bear is indispensable.The phrase ?It ain?t pretty, but it?s effective? comes to mind when you think of senior center Greg Stiemsma. He?s not a dominant big man ? although you wouldn?t have guessed it Wednesday night. Unless you?re my friend Sarah, who asked if he was the best player on the team and subsequently predicted his career night. By no means does he have finesse, but he can contribute with the occasional big block, rebound or hook shot. Stiemsma adds depth and size to the UW frontline, so if Butch were to get in foul trouble, there?s a more-than-sufficient backup ready for action ? or they can play together, as we saw multiple times against Penn State.This season Marcus Landry has become a serious problem for Big Ten opponents. He?s athletic around the basket and now comfortable with shooting the 3-ball. He can play the three, four or five position on the floor and really creates matchup problems for opposing teams.Sophomore guards Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon have shown immeasurable amounts of improvements as this season has progressed. Hughes has learned to take care of the ball and control the tempo of the game instead of playing street ball, trying to force everything. That said, he can get to the rim and create his own shot better than anyone on this Badgers team.Bohannon, in my mind, has gone from timid to confident in a matter of weeks. He now doesn?t hesitate before unloading from beyond the arc. He knows he can knock down that shot time and time again. And to think ? he has two years left in his UW career.That leaves me with my co-MVPs of the 2007-08 Wisconsin Badgers: junior Joe Krabbenhoft and senior Michael Flowers.Krabbenhoft literally does it all. He can?t jump the highest or run the fastest. Heck, his jump shot is only mediocre at best. But he?s the kind of guy who can have a line of two points, 10 rebounds (five offensive), four assists and two steals. He?s simply a winner.?[Joe?s] the kind of guy everybody wants on their team,? Ryan said Monday. ?If I?m playing pickup, I?d pick Joe.?I?d pick four Joes and Flowers.To me, not only is Flowers the team MVP, but he?s also the most improved from last season. He?s probably the best shutdown defender I?ve ever witnessed in person. Spartans? sharpshooter Drew Neitzel couldn?t shake Flowers for the life of him last week in the Kohl Center, as he finished with a mere three points on an abysmal 1-10 shooting performance.But to be honest, I already knew Flowers was a lockdown on defense; it?s been his offensive play this season that has impressed me the most. Flowers night in and night out attacks the rim, handles the point when Hughes is resting, knocks down 3-pointers and dishes out 2.7 assists per game, assets we rarely saw last season.I just mentioned seven (eight including Ryan) individuals vital to this year?s Badgers? success. But they are purely that: individuals. What makes this team really special is that it truly is a team. They don?t have a superstar. Instead, they have balance. They hedge screens, fit through picks and play team defense. They?re patient on offense and make the extra pass to an open teammate. It?s been fun to watch this team mature throughout the course of the season because they really have improved tremendously.For the record, I was at Super Bowl XXXVIII ? which ended on a last-second Adam Vinatieri field goal ? and Game One of the 2004 World Series at Fenway Park, and the energy and excitement present in the Kohl Center Wednesday night was comparable.Like the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, these Badgers have peaked at the right time. They?re on cruise control, and it?s now March 7.This team has the ingredients to make a significant postseason run. Are they poised to knock off one of the nation?s best?I wouldn?t bet against it.last_img read more