Queen Fan Recreates Freddie Mercury Live Aid Performance From His Rooftop [Watch]

first_imgFor reference, here’s a clip of Mercury’s original performance.Queen – “Ay-Oh” – 7/13/85[Video: Queen Forever] Last month, Live For Live Music shared its 11 music-related activities to help folks maintain their sanity during nationwide lockdowns and state-sanctioned quarantines. The list included pointers of maintaining a stable emotional balance like learning a new instrument, jamming along with roommates, watching music documentaries, and more. One man in Britain came up with his own music-related activity to pass the time stuck at home: recreating some of Freddie Mercury‘s iconic performance antics.Related: 25 Concert Films & Music Documentaries To Stream While You’re Self-QuarantiningA video uploaded to YouTube over the weekend by user felicity griffiths depicting a man recreating the legendary “Ay-Oh” moment from Queen‘s Live Aid performance on July 13th, 1985 in the U.K.’s Wembley Stadium has since reached viral status. The hair-raising moment as part of the famous 1985 benefit show came just after “Radio Ga Ga” and before “Hammer To Fall”, when Mercury decided to play around with his favorite instrument: the audience. All 72,000 fans in the stadium mimicked each of Mercury’s vocal movements, creating a wave of sound unlike any other.Related: “Bohemian Rhapsody” Coronavirus Parody Faces Criticism, Remains Awesome [Listen]Standing on the roof of his home, this unnamed man recreated the historic rock display using nothing but a broomstick and massive amounts of bottled-up energy. Throughout the video, a dog is heard barking along, which seems only to encourage the performer. Following the YouTube upload, more footage appeared on Twitter. Watch the videos below:Freddie Mercury Live Aid Recreation[Video: felicity griffiths]last_img read more

11 Hurt In Missouri School Bus Accident

first_imgARNOLD, Mo. – The top administrator of a suburban St. Louis school district says 11 students were injured when their school bus was hit from behind by a pickup truck.Fox School District Superintendent Dianne Brown says the Clyde Hamrick Elementary School students sustained minor injuries and were taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons. Both drivers also were injured in the accident Monday.Jefferson County authorities say the bus was stopped to allow a student to board when the pickup truck hit the back of the bus.KSDK reports 18 students were on the bus at the time.There’s no immediate word on whether the pickup truck’s driver was ticketed.___Information from: KSDK-TV, http://www.ksdk.comlast_img read more

191 Countries Work Together to Heal the Ozone Layer

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore”The Earth’s ozone layer is on track to heal, thanks to the work of 191 countries that signed the landmark Montreal Protocol agreement 20 years ago yesterday — a shining example of how human ingenuity, leadership and determination can create a healthier, better world.” (SustainableBusiness)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Law School Grads Mentor Juveniles Before they Become Adult Criminals

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo young women, American University Law School graduates, launched a Washington, DC program where volunteers are mentoring juveniles, trying to keep them from returning to jail in the future.The two women had bonded over an unconventional vision: to help young men in jail leave Washington’s juvenile justice system and find their way to productive, fulfilling lives.Five years later, Mentoring Today now has a solid track record, inspiring mentors to donate more than 1,800 volunteer hours, which have helped more than 30 young men to remake their lives. Last year, the nonprofit raised more than $350,000 from donors and grantmakers to fund its services.(READ the story at CS Monitor)Brandon graduated HS after his mentoring and enrolled in college AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Tickets Are Now on Sale for Joshua Harmon’s New Play Admissions

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 6, 2018 Related Shows Production art for “Admissions”(Provided by Rinaldi PR) View Commentscenter_img Admissions Tickets are now on sale for Admissions, a new play by Joshua Harmon (Significant Other), making its world premiere at Lincoln Center Theater’s off-Broadway venue, the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Daniel Aukin directs the work, slated to begin previews on February 15 with an opening scheduled for March 12. Tony nominee Jessica Hecht, Andrew Garman and Ben Edelman star.In Admissions, Sherri Rosen-Mason (Hecht) is head of the admissions department at The Hillcrest School, fighting to diversify the student body. Alongside her husband (Garman), the school’s headmaster, they’ve largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the twenty-first century. But when their only son (Edelman) sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values, with convulsive results.The cast also includes Ann McDonough and Sally Murphy. Admissions features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Mark Barton and sound design by Ryan Rumery. The show will play a limited engagement through April 29.last_img read more

Deep alignment with the United States shrinks the moral differences between conservatives and liberals

first_imgPinterest Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook LinkedIncenter_img Email A new study has found that a deep alignment with the United States of America diminishes the moral gap between liberals and conservatives. The findings appear in the journal Political Psychology.“In our polarized era, it is often easier to focus on differences between liberals and conservatives, especially when it comes to moral issues. Instead, we were interested in investigating when those differences might actually be smaller than expected,” said Sanaz Talaifar of the University of Texas at Austin, the corresponding author of the study.From 2015 to 2017, the researchers surveyed 919 Americans via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk regarding their foundational moral values, political orientation, and other factors. The participants consisted of 266 self-identified Republicans, 450 Democrats, and 198 independents/other party. In line with previous research, the study found that conservatives tended to value loyalty, purity and authority more than liberals, whose primary concerns were related to compassion and fairness. However, these moral differences between conservatives and liberals disappeared among participants who agreed with statements like “I am one with the United States” and “I have a deep emotional bond with the United States.”“Conservatives tend to care more than liberals about group-oriented values like loyalty and authority. Conservatives also tend to be more sensitive to threats in their environment than liberals. However, we found that when you compare conservatives and liberals who both feel deeply aligned with the U.S. those differences no longer emerge,” Talaifar told PsyPost.“The caveat is that when you look at how many liberals feel deeply aligned with the U.S., it’s less than the number of conservatives who feel that way about their country. So really it’s a minority of liberals who have similar ‘groupy’ values like conservatives. Also, we need to see whether these findings extend to other countries.”Conservatives and liberals in the United States also ended up finding some common ground when it came to how threatened they felt.“We also conducted some exploratory analyses of perceptions of threat to supplement the main findings described above. We found that conservatives felt more threatened than liberals in the week before the 2016 presidential election, which is not entirely surprising since their candidate was expected to lose (and conservatives generally feel more threat overall),” Talaifar explained.“But in the few days after the 2016 U.S. election, liberals’ feelings of threat surged (probably since their candidate lost) but conservatives feelings of threat didn’t decline, even though their candidate won. So you had this interesting situation immediately after the election where the winning and losing sides both felt similarly threatened.”The study, “Deep Alignment with Country Shrinks the Moral Gap Between Conservatives and Liberals“, was authored by Sanaz Talaifar and William B. Swann , Jr.last_img read more

US broadens COVID-19 travel ban; Spain goes on lockdown

first_imgAt a media briefing today following a meeting of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, federal officials added the United Kingdom and Ireland to a travel ban, and President Trump signaled that the administration is considering domestic travel restrictions.On the international COVID-19 front, Spain today became the second European country to go on lockdown, as cases in Italy surged even higher, putting the global total over the 150,000 mark.US relief to include sick pay, free testingEarlier-announced travel restrictions for much of Europe—which is now the pandemic epicenter—went into effect today. The newly announced measures for the United Kingdom and Ireland begin on Mar 16 and do not apply to US citizens and permanent residents, though they will be directed to 1 of 13 airports with enhanced screening procedures.At the briefing today, Trump said that, based on questions yesterday, he was tested for COVID-19 last night, with results due in a day or two. Late yesterday, Trump’s doctor released a memo saying the president didn’t need to be tested, because his interactions with two known cases, both linked to events at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort last weekend, were considered low risk.Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan coronavirus relief package last night, which the Senate will consider when it reconvenes on Mar 16. At today’s briefing and on Twitter, Trump voiced support for the bill, which included paid sick leave and free testing for COVID-19.According to the Associated Press, the bill includes $1 billion to test uninsured people and boosts Medicare matching funds to state Medicaid programs by 6.2%. The temporary sick leave benefit applies to employers who have fewer than 500 workers and is in effect until January 2021, with employers reimbursed through a refundable tax credit. Also, the bill includes $1.3 billion in emergency food aid, which allows states to provide food stamps to make up for lost school lunch support when children are kept home from school.Yesterday, Trump announced a national emergency to free up new powers to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, and today new details emerged about the Google-based system to streamline symptom assessment and testing. Verily, a healthcare software company, said it is spearheading the development of the web tool with help from Google employees, Reuters reported. A company spokeswoman said the tool is in the early development stages and will pilot in the San Francisco area, with hopes that the effort will be gradually expanded.States announce new measuresAs of this afternoon, the US COVID-19 cases had climbed to 2,660, according to the Johns Hopkins University online tracker, up from 1,875 at about the same time yesterday. The tracker also shows that the global total is at 155,923 cases. All states except West Virginia have now reported cases, and Puerto Rico has now announced its first three cases.Numbers rose in several states and cities today. New York state reported 103 new cases today, raising its total to 524; 311 are from New York City and 172 are from Westchester County. Also, New York reported its first death, that of an 82-year-old woman with emphysema.Los Angeles County reported 11 new cases, 2 from unidentified exposure sources and 3 pending further investigation, raising its total to 53. In its latest update, Washington state reported a total of 642 cases, 40 of them fatal. Of those, 387 cases and 35 deaths are in King County, which includes Seattle. Of Washington’s total, 221 are new.In other developments, states continued to announce new measures to curb the spread of the virus. For example, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced the temporary closure of all the state’s public and private schools, and in Georgia, which now has 66 cases, Governor Brian Kemp announced a state of emergency. And the Catholic Archdioceses of Boston, New York, and Washingtion, DC, have canceled Masses until further notice.Spain goes on lockdown; Italy tops 20,000 casesSpain’s government today announced a lockdown for the whole country, which begins on Mar 16, affecting 46 million, El Pais reported today. The order, slated to last 15 days, allows people to leave their homes to buy food and medicine, to work, and to care for minors, the elderly, and other vulnerable people.Behind Italy, which is also on lockdown, Spain has the second most cases in Europe and now has 6,391 cases and 195 deaths, according to RTVE, the country’s public broadcasting network. The country’s main hot spots are Madrid, Catalonia, the Basque country, and Andalusia.Meanwhile, France, stopping short of a lockdown, announced sweeping new measures today, temporarily shuttering all public places except for food stores, pharmacies, and gas stations, and urging people to stay indoors as much as possible, France 24 reported. The country has now reported nearly 4,500 cases, 91 of them fatal.Elsewhere, Italy’s health ministry today reported 3,497 more cases and 175 more deaths, raising its respective totals to 21,157 cases, 1,441 of them fatal. Germany now has 3,795 cases and 8 deaths, according to the latest numbers from the Robert Koch Institute.In the United Kingdom, a group of 229 scientists wrote a letter to the government, urging it to take tougher measures to control the spread of the virus, the BBC reported, noting that UK officials were hesitant to take strong steps too early over worries about public frustrations. The scientists are pressing for more social distancing measures, but some government health officials have said the existing approach factors in some herd immunity benefits. Reuters reported today that the government will ban mass gatherings next week.The UK today said its total has grown by 343 new cases and 10 more deaths, for a total of 1,140 cases, 21 of the fatal.Iran and Asia developmentsIn Iran, which has the third most cases globally, behind China and Italy, the health ministry today reported 1,365 more infections and 97 more deaths, pushing its overall totals to 12,729 cases and 611 deaths.South Korea today reported 106 more cases, plus 5 more deaths, raising its totals to 8,086 cases and 72 deaths, according to the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Elsewhere in Asia and the Pacific:Japan today reported 57 new cases, including asymptomatic pathogen carriers, for a total of 777 cases, which includes 78 asymptomatic cases. One more death was reported, putting the fatality count at 22. The newest cases were reported in 13 prefectures.Singapore has 12 more cases, only 1 of them not linked to earlier cases, raising the country’s total to 212.Malaysia reported 41 more cases today, most linked to a religious event in Kuala Lumpur that drew about 10,000 people from several countries. The country now has 238 cases.China today reported only 11 new cases—7 from Hubei province and 4 imported cases—and 13 more deaths, according to the National Health Commission.last_img read more

Montauk’s Navy Beach Still Makes A Splash

first_imgOf all the beachfront restaurants in Montauk, Navy Beach is a favorite. Owned by partners Frank and Kristina Davis, Franklin Ferguson, Leyla Marchetto, and Martin Cabrera, Navy Beach splashed on the Montauk restaurant scene in 2010 and has been a preferred destination for locals and visitors alike ever since.Positioned on a 200-foot private beach, the laid-back, family-friendly waterfront location offers a memorable dining experience with a wonderful sunset view. The kitchen delivers a quality fish-centric menu, with an emphasis on sustainable seafood and local produce.Head to Navy Beach for a cocktail. Try the South Fork fizz, made with vodka or gin, mint, lemon and cucumber soda, or the Aperol spritz.The restaurant has a nice variety of small plates, perfect for sharing. A highlight is the tuna tostada made with pickled serrano, wasabi tobiko, avocado, and oil cured olives.The salad menu is also strong, with choices like the chickpea falafel served with ruby red beets, red sorrel, mint-tzatziki, or the tortilla salad consisting of romaine, avocado, black beans, skillet corn, and a coconut-lime vinaigrette.Under the large plates portion of the menu, the buttermilk fried chicken with cheddar-jalapeño cornbread, house made slaw, spicy honey drizzle is a fan favorite.Navy Beach is open for lunch and dinner daily in season. Visit [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Bluestream, Sky-Futures Team Up in Oil and Gas Inspection

first_imgBluestream Offshore and Sky-Futures have announced a partnership providing a turn key offshore inspection service to the Dutch North sea Oil and Gas market. The move further enhances both companies’ positions as leaders in the offshore oil and gas inspection market.  The relationship will provide clients with a total solution utilizing Sky-Futures’ advanced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspection and measurement services. This combined with Bluestream Offshore’s complementary rope access, diving and ROV inspection, repair and maintenance services will provide a unique advantage for the customers in their maintenance campaigns and projects. The inspection service will be delivered out of Bluestream’s Den Helder office.Bluestream Offshore Managing Director, Rolf de Vries: “This partnership is a good example of embracing innovations in the inspection market. We recognize the professional attitude of Sky-Futures, with emphasis on safety, knowledge of UAV systems and flare technology. The UAV services can be seen as an extension of our own topside inspection capabilities. Through the partnership we aim to provide a wider range of services to our clients to deliver the most effective solution. The added value that UAV inspections have to offer for clients shows great potential.”Chris Blackford, Sky-Futures’ Operations Director: “The partnership will enable us to immediately add value to Bluestream’s existing clients both offshore and onshore, whilst strengthening the joint proposition for the future.”Press Release[mappress mapid=”10853″]last_img read more

Geskankup reveal their retrofit plans to Mipim hordes

first_imgCoffee at the London Stand this morning was served with a bacon sandwich, a side of sun and a dose of hard hitting statistics. I was catching up with a trio who hit the headlines in the week leading up to Mipim, Craig Sparrow from Skanska, David Glover from Arup and Chris Smith from GE.For anyone who missed the news, the three firms have formed a partnership to deliver clients with a join green retrofit and rufurb service – something they think needs to be addressed by the industry immediately.Their message is that the time for talking has been and gone and now, action is required. and fast. “In order to meet the 2050 carbon reduction targets, the industry will need to retrofit one existing building in the UK per second,” said Craig. “The time has come to really get the ball rolling,” added Chris.” The GE/Skanska/Arup threesome, let’s call them Geskankup, are now urging other firms to follow suit in offering this kind of one stop shop to go some way to tackling the problem of retrofitting the 98% of existing building stock in the UK.They have been busy down here in Cannes scoping out opinion, especially from clients, and the resopnse has been good: “We have had a very strong reaction and enquiries from high end clients with portfolios of projects all the way down,” said David.  And they are all quick to quash concerns about extra costs and the need for new technology: “It’s all a myth about costing too much and cliams the technology doesn’t exist,” said Craig. “there is really no debate about what’s required, it’s about better management of equipement post conmstruction with technology that already exisits.Everything we are doing, we have always done. Just more effectively. It’s not as hard as you would think.” Go Team Geskankup…last_img read more