Dangermuffin Rocks Club Cafe, 8/19

first_imgAn unlikely trio of two guitars and drums, Dangermuffin from Folly Beach, SC is unquestionably one of the most unique sounding three-pieces touring today. Their ability to blend and bend musical genres together make them a bit of a chameleon, but make no doubt about it, they own whatever they do, whether it be playing a bluegrass number or pumping out heavy rock riffs with smashing drum explosions.On Tuesday night, a small but enthused crowd nestled into Club Cafe on the South Side of Pittsburgh, PA for a most memorable performance. Dan Lotti, the band’s chief vocalist and “bass” player (he plays bass on an acoustic guitar) warmly greeted the crowd with a “Happy Tuesday,” and after exchanging some pleasantries with the front row, Dangermuffin was off and running.The band’s southern rock sensibilites, spearheaded by guitar player Mike Sivilli, mixed with the complex textures of drummer Steven Sandifer make you feel as if you’re at the beach and digging your toes into the sand; as if you’re floating down the lazy river at your favorite waterpark. The music has a flow and sway to it that one can’t help but tap their toe or nod their head to the rhythm. Dangermuffin mixed in several new compositions, which will be featured on their forthcoming album, as well as a number of staples like “Sea Funk,” “Cradle Of The Beach,” “Homestead,” “Moonscapes,” and “Slumber.” Along with their great original compositions, what has always impressed me about Dangermuffin is their exceptional execution of cover songs. The band tackled David Essex‘s “Rock On,” and yes, it was as cool and smooth as when Essex sung it. Lotti was born to sing “Hey shout, summertime blues, jump up and down in my blue suede shoes.”It didn’t stop there, as the band would delight the crowd to (electric) covers of Pink Floyd‘s “Breathe” and the Grateful Dead‘s “Scarlet Begonias.” What I appreciate most about ‘Muffin’s repetoire of covers are their earnesty. They don’t try to be Floyd or the Dead or whomever else they decide to cover. They take those great compositions and make it work for them. They play those songs as if they were their own. It is extremely refreshing to hear those songs being played in a way that doesn’t try to 100% emulate those great bands.After appropriately wrapping up their electric set with “Lawman” with lyrics of “Don’t go and break the rules if you’re a lawman, Be sure to stop at each stop sign ‘Cause when you break the laws that you push, man, How can you go on, keep the time for us,” I could not help but think of the events going on in Ferguson, MO. It was a nice gesture by the band to show their support.The night wasn’t quite over yet, because the band strapped on their acoustic guitars, with Sandifer grabbing his upright bass, and came down in front of the stage to perform unplugged, literally. This essentially turned the last 10 minutes of the show into a sing-along, with band and crowd trading lyrics back and forth. It was quite special.The band played a sweet bluegrass diddy entitled “The Rising Souls,” a song that will be featured on their new album, and then the highlight of my night, a sensational cover of Old & In The Way‘s “Midnight Moonlight” (audio below). Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, and after pleas from the crowd to play one more song, Dangermuffin indulged the pack of concertgoers to the Dead’s “Friend Of The Devil.” For those that were in attendance, the night certainly ended as a Happy Tuesday.last_img read more

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German Army Medics Arrive in Portugal to Fight Pandemic

first_img“It might not seem like much,” Temido said of the eight ICU beds, “but let me tell you it’s a lot, especially for a health system that’s under heavy pressure and where the coming days will be critical.” Almost 7,000 people are currently in hospital with the virus, with almost 900 in intensive care. Hospital wards and ICUs were on average at 94% of capacity at the start of this week, according to Portuguese health officials. The medics are being given temporary credentials to work in Portugal, which provides liability insurance for any claims against them. They are exempt from the usual requirement for foreign doctors of being able to speak Portuguese. Almost 7,000 people are currently in hospitals with the virus, with almost 900 in intensive care. Portuguese Health Minister Marta Temido said they would be deployed at an intensive care unit at Lisbon’s Hospital da Luz with eight beds. The unit had not been used so far because of a lack of medical staff. The eight doctors and 18 nurses arrived at the Figo Maduro military airport in the Portuguese capital aboard a Luftwaffe transport plane. LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A German army medical team flew into Lisbon on Wednesday to help Portugal cope with a pandemic surge that has made it the world’s worst-hit country by size of population. The arrival of foreign help coincided with the launch of Stage Two of Portugal’s national vaccination plan. European Union countries helping each other in times of crisis is common. Germany has also provided help during the pandemic to Italy and France, among others. The unit being deployed would rotate outevery three weeks German army personnel disembark from a German air force airplane after it landed at Lisbon airport, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. The airplane is bringing 26 German army medics along with medical equipment to help out at Portuguese hospitals under stress from the recent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) Though the growth of new cases has slowed in recent days, hospitals are still bracing for weeks of many new admissions because of a time-lag between diagnosis and possible need for hospitalization. Health services began Wednesday the process of inoculating some 900,000 people above 80 years of age, or above 50 with underlying health problems, over the next two months. Portuguese authorities have recently spent frantic weeks rushing to turn every available space into makeshift areas for COVID-19 beds. Prime Minister António Costa said that in the first phase during January more than 400,000 people were vaccinated, mainly residents and staff of elderly care homes, frontline health workers and security forces. He said the challenge of the third phase of the plan, when the rest of the population is due to be inoculated, depends on how quickly manufacturers can provide their vaccines. By BARRY HATTON Associated Press German ambassador Martin Ney said the unit being deployed would rotate out every three weeks. “This is a long-term effort,” he said. “We are now making a big leap forward,” Costa said of the second phase. Temido said the deployment addresses an acute problem in Portugal: a shortage of human resources in the public health system, which has been stretched to the limit after a January spike fueled by a fast-spreading COVID-19 variant first identified in England. All contents © copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Panorama points to earnings pain, but the worst is yet to come

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

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Wintry Weather Triggers Amber Warnings

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInAmber Severe Weather Warnings for snow and ice, highlighting the risk of freezing rain, for parts of central and northern England, as well as much of Scotland on Saturday. People are being urged to take extra care when travelling on one of the busiest weekends in the lead up to Christmas.There are also several Yellow Weather Warnings for medium impacts in place for parts of Northern Ireland and southwestern areas of the UK, with strong winds and heavy rain bringing potential disruption to these areas on Saturday.  Severe gales are forecast for the far north of Scotland, as well as Orkney and Shetland late Sunday.Heavy snowfall is expected for parts of Scotland, whilst further south in Scotland, as well as parts of central and northern England, freezing rain is forecast.Chief Meteorologist Will Lang said, “Saturday’s weather brings a range of winter hazards with very dangerous travelling conditions likely in some places.  In addition to snow, freezing rain will bring widespread ice to northern England and Scotland on Saturday afternoon. “Freezing rain forms when rain freezes on impact as it hits a cold surface – it is quite rare in the UK and when it does occur, the impacts can be severe.  Many will know it as black ice and the danger is it forms quickly, is difficult to see and is incredibly slippery.  Where it does occur, this will make walking, cycling and driving challenging, so we are urging people to check the latest weather forecast and warnings and to take extra care when walking and driving.”Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “This is the first significant weather warning of the Christmas period, and we are likely to see dangerous travelling conditions. People should heed the warnings of the potential for freezing rain and ice in particular.“I would encourage people in the affected areas to consider whether they need to make their journey. If they do, they should expect disruption. Drivers should plan their routes, leave plenty of time, follow Police Scotland travel advice and drive to the conditions.”National Winter and Severe Weather Team Leader, Paul Furlong said “Gritters will be out treating our roads around the clock, however freezing rain can cause black ice to form very rapidly and preparations may not prevent incidents occurring.“It is essential to keep your distance and reduce your speed – black ice is difficult to see, so even when conditions seem normal, it can be very slippery leading to very dangerous driving conditions. Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a winter kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel.”[vc_video link=”https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/1073487813465776129″]Also on Saturday, strong winds and heavy rain will affect parts of Northern Ireland, southern England and south Wales.  Chief Meteorologist Will Lang continued: “Low pressure across Ireland will bring winds of 50-60mph and the risk of severe gales in coastal areas.  The strong winds and risk of flooding from heavy rain has the potential to affect festive events in the lead up to Christmas.”“The good news is following the disruptive weather on Saturday, things will settle down through Sunday, with lighter winds and dry, bright weather for many.”Keep up to date with the forecast on the Met Office UK forecast pages and by following them on Twitter and Facebook, as well as using the mobile app which is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from the Google Play store.last_img read more

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United Nations increasing humanitarian relief efforts for Haiti

first_img Tweet NewsRegional United Nations increasing humanitarian relief efforts for Haiti by: – August 28, 2012 Share 9 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Flooding in Port-au-Prince (UN Photo/Logan Abassi)The United Nations is ramping up its humanitarian relief efforts following Tropical Storm Isaac. The storm, which departed from Haiti this weekend, continued to pose flooding risks and reportedly killed at least 19 people across the country. “In support of the government’s coordination mechanisms, and depending on the scope of the needs, the humanitarian community is ready to provide further assistance for the distribution of potable water, Aquatabs, non-food and food items, theraputic nutrition supply, hygiene kits and cholera response kits, among others,” the UN said in a release. The UN said Haiti’s government was being “closely assisted” by UN groups such as the UN Development Programme. It has already been providing stocks of food and drinking water to centres for evacuees in Haiti’s West, South East, Grand’Anse and Artibonite departments. The West and southeastern departments of Haiti are reportedly those most significantly affected by Isaac.UNICEF is also working with Haiti’s Child Protection agency to staff its call centre for vulnerable children, the world body said. Caribbean Journal Sharelast_img read more

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Coutinho: “Barça is history now, I hope to be at Bayern for many years”

first_img Upd. at 18:54 Coutinho: “El Barça es pasado, espero estar muchos años en el Bayern” “In Barcelona, a lot of things did not turn out as we had imagined. But this is now history. I hope to stay here for a long time and win many titles.” CEST Sergi Díaz “I’ve earned experience, won titles and learnt a lot, but now I need to focus on Bayern,” is what Coutinho said about Barça. “I didn’t have any doubts when the call from Bayern came in. But when they showed me their project I wanted to come straight away.”  IN SPORT.ES Coutinho is clearly frustrated at how things turned out in Spain and now wants to focus on the next chapter at Bayern, despite it only being a loan deal. Philippe Coutinho: I can’t wait to put the shirt on and play RELATED STORIES 19/08/2019 Olympique Marseille – Juventus: Final battle for Miranda Philippe Coutinho has been presented as a new Bayern Munich player after Barça agreed terms on an €8.5m loan deal. In his first comments, the Brazilian made it clear he doesn’t want to return to Barcelona next summer.last_img read more

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