May 10, 2021
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  • 5:56 am Harris scores 20, Nuggets rally in 4th and beat Jazz 103-88
  • 5:54 am Mitchell scores 46, Jazz beat Nuggets 118-108
  • 5:51 am 49ers have the NFL’s first-ever support dog

first_imgNuggets: Morris had his fifth 20-point game of the season. … Nikola Jokic played only 16 minutes before fouling out in the fourth quarter. He finished with a season-low two points on 1-of-6 shooting and a season-low two rebounds. Denver outscored Utah 64-18 in bench points. Mitchell gave the Jazz some breathing room again later in the period when he converted a three-point play to spark a 13-3 run. Favors cut to the rim for a dunk to finish off the outburst and put Utah ahead 89-79. Gobert notched his 200th career double-double. He had his biggest impact down the stretch, scoring nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help Utah pull away. Mitchell was 14 of 26 from the field and 13 of 16 from the free-throw line. Jazz: Favors played for the first time in April after missing the previous four games with back spasms. … Ingles had his seventh game with at least 10 assists this season. Six have come since the All-Star break. … Utah had a 48-31 advantage on rebounds and a 13-6 edge in second-chance points. The pair came out against Denver exactly the way the coach had hoped. Nuggets: Host Minnesota on Wednesday. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell got fired up after being told he wasn’t playing good enough. Mitchell matched his career high with 46 points and led the Utah Jazz to a 118-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. After trailing the entire first half, Denver took its first lead at 61-60 when Harris hit a jumper to open the third quarter. The Nuggets gave themselves a chance to rally after getting strong performances from several bench players. Mitchell scored 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting in 11 minutes in the first quarter as the Jazz raced to a lead. Mitchell took a steal in for a layup and drained a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions to help Utah to a double-digit lead, 24-12, late in the quarter. Written by April 10, 2019 /Sports News – Local Mitchell scores 46, Jazz beat Nuggets 118-108 “We can play better,” Morris said. “Earlier in the year, that’s when I feel like we was playing our best, but we’re on the right track.” Denver didn’t have an answer for Mitchell from the opening tip, and the Nuggets played from behind for much of the game. DOUBLE-DOUBLE MILESTONE Nikola Jokic played only 16 minutes before fouling out in the fourth quarter. He finished with a season-low two points on 1-of-6 shooting and a season-low two rebounds. Without their star center on the court for long stretches, the Nuggets struggled with Gobert and Favors around the basket on both ends of the court. Utah is in fifth place in the conference standings at 50-31. The Jazz closed out the season at the Clippers. “Thank goodness for our bench,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Our bench was terrific, they got us back into the game. We had a couple guys in our starting lineup that just weren’t into the game, for whatever reason.” “I really thought that Rudy’s finishing in the latter part of the season has continued to get better,” Snyder said. “Not a typical Rudy game, but the way we need Rudy to play.” Mitchell has faced a wide variety of defensive looks all season and keeps finding ways to improve his game. His aggressive mindset in those situations is making the whole team better.center_img The Nuggets pulled within a point later in the quarter, but missed a chance to take their first lead when Nikola Jokic missed a pair of free throws. Ingles answered with a 3-pointer at the other end that sparked a 9-3 run as Utah moved ahead 58-51 just before halftime. Derrick Favors scored 16 points and Ingles added 10 points and 13 assists as Utah won its last eight regular-season home games. “I don’t like being told what you’re good at. I like being told what I can’t do,” Mitchell said. “I could tell you several different things I didn’t do. I prefer that, as opposed to saying, ‘Oh, (I scored) 46.’ That helps you build character. It helps you build mentally and just learning the game. I don’t like being told that I’m pretty good.” Tags: Donovan Mitchell/NBA/Utah Jazz The Nuggets maintained a half-game lead over Houston Rockets, who lost 112-111 to Oklahoma City, in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. Denver can secure the No. 2 spot with a win over Minnesota on Wednesday. The Jazz scored on seven straight possessions, punctuated by a dunk from Royce O’Neale off a steal that gave Utah a 114-98 lead with 3:24 remaining. Associated Press UP NEXT TIP INS “Obviously when your best players fouls out in 16 minutes, it’s gonna make it really hard to win on the road,” Malone said. “Nikola is important for us, and this was not a typical Nikola Jokic night.” Denver closed to within a basket again after consecutive baskets by Morris and Mason Plumlee cut the Jazz lead to 95-92. The Nuggets never got closer. Malik Beasley scored 25 points to lead Denver. Monte Morris added a career-high 22 points and Jamal Murray had 22. Gary Harris scored 15 points for the Nuggets, who lost their second straight. Mitchell was seemingly unstoppable on offense. Gobert dominated at both ends of the court, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds. FOUL PLAY The seeds for Mitchell’s performance were planted Monday when Jazz coach Quin Snyder tore into Mitchell and Rudy Gobert for sub-par performances in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Nuggets erased almost all their deficit in the second quarter. Harris scored back-to-back baskets to cap a 12-4 run that cut Utah’s lead to 41-38. Utah has won eight straight games where Gobert has posted 20 points and 10 rebounds. “If he missed all those shots in the first quarter, we still want him taking the same shots,” guard Joe Ingles said. “From the start of last year to now, two years in, he just keeps getting better and better every game.” Jazz: At Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.last_img read more

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first_imgby Joe Guzzardi, August 12, 2018The refugee resettlement industry is in full panic mode. Some may question whether “industry” is the correct word. But the multi-million dollar budgets voluntary agencies (volags) have at their disposal and the lofty salaries the directors earn reveal that resettlement is a big and lucrative business, largely American taxpayer-funded.Aided by a favorable Supreme Court decision, President Trump wants ever-fewer refugees. To the contractors’ dismay, last year President Trump threw out 5,000 as his recommended cap. As of July 1, 2018, the State Department has admitted 16,229 refugees, a pace well below this year’s 45,000 ceiling.With the October 1 deadline looming for the president to make his annual determination on the FY 2019 refugee ceiling, the stakes are high for the nine federal contractors. Lower refugee totals put at risk volags’ substantial cash flow that includes $1,950 for each refugee and each child with the contractor pocketing $750 in federal and state grant money, as well as other perks. To protect their monetary interests, the volags gathered on Capitol Hill this month to lobby for higher refugee totals.Six of the nine volags are religious-based groups. By lobbying on Capitol Hill, they ignore the church-state separation principle. When Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and other Founding Fathers wrote about religious liberty’s importance, they also condemned church interference in federal policy. Moreover, the IRS specifically prohibits churches and other nonprofits from engaging in a political activity like lobbying. The IRS code that pertains to 501(c)(3) volags states that they must completely refrain from political campaigning.Yet in his August 3 op-ed published in the widely read and influential news magazine, The Hill, Rev. John McCullough, Church World Service CEO and president wrote a scathing commentary that attacked President Trump’s long-standing wish for fewer refugees, a sentiment many Americans share.David Robinson, the State Department’s former Refugee Bureau acting director, shared his from-the-front perspective. Robinson wrote that “the federal government provides about 90 percent of its collective budget” and its lobbying umbrella “wields enormous influence over the Administration’s refugee admissions policy. It lobbies the Hill effectively to increase the number of refugees admitted for permanent resettlement each year…. If there is a conflict of interest, it is never mentioned… .The solution its members offer to every refugee crisis is simplistic and the same: increase the number of admissions to the United States without regard to budgets… ” Note the repeated references to lobbying even though the law prohibits it.Like other federal immigration legislation, the 1980 Refugee Act and its consequences went unchallenged until the current administration. Proving the folly of never bucking the status quo, Refugee Resettlement Watch’s Ann Corcoran wrote that nearly four decades after the last American left Vietnam, the U.S. still accepts Southeast Asian refugees. More than 1.5 million have entered and contributed to nonrefugee chain migrants.Congress should turn its attention to the hard math behind refugee resettlement: refugees immediately access food stamps, public housing, cash assistance, healthcare and childcare. The Department of Health and Human Services doles out approximately $1.5 billion in grants to state and local agencies, schools, and nonprofits for refugee-oriented legal advocacy, language education, mental-health services and domestic-violence prevention.Continuing refugee business, as usual, is a mistake; resettlement contractors profit, while the American communities where refugees are relocated struggle through difficult transition periods. The multi-millions in dollars the U.S. spends domestically on refugee programs would go 12 times as far if distributed in refugees’ home regions to provide for their shelter and care until they can safely return home. No nation including the U.S. can indefinitely accept the world’s displaced populations.FOOTNOTE: Joe Guzzardi is a Progressives for Immigration Reform analyst who has written about immigration for more than 30 years. Contact him at [email protected] City-County Observer posted this article without bias, opinion or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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first_imgName: BOB BUCKCompany: FWP MATTHEWS Job title: TECHNICAL SALES MANAGER Location: BEDFORD6amI’m naturally an early riser. I got into the habit as a 17-year-old school leaver when I first joined the baking industry. At 6am the alarm goes off, but I’m usually up already. I catch up on the news, have my first nicotine hit of the day and make sure I know the traffic news, as I’m out on the road pretty much all day. Breakfast is a strong coffee and scrambled eggs with a hand-baked baguette. The bread is the healthiest part of my morning! 6.50amI’m in the car and starting the first journey of the day from my home in Bedford with my new best friend, the Road Angel, which is a satellite navigation system that also tells me when I’m near a speed camera. Mid-mornings are always the best time to visit bakeries due to bakers’ early morning schedules. I cover the whole range of customers, from small retail bakers to large manufacturers, and I aim to have at least five appointments a day. Sometimes I’ll drive past a baker I’ve never come across, pull over, drop in a card and a brochure and get talking.I was in Newcastle earlier this week and opened a new account that way with someone interested in our imported French flours. It’s funny, but I’ve never had a situation where someone has said “not interested” – not once. In my experience bakers will usually give you time and, if they can’t, they’re happy to make a future appointment. 10amI’m visiting Earl’s Court Olympia in London for the Organic Products Europe exhibition, which is held every year, and where we are exhibiting our flours. Around 60% of our business is organic, so the show gives us a good opportunity to make new contacts with manufacturers that are interested in moving into organic production.10.40am I get a wonderful lead from one visitor – a muffins and cakes manufacturer, which supplies the multiples, based in London. He is looking for an organic muffin mix – something that is, as far I know, not yet available on the market. We are seeing demand for organic flours grow and there are definitely untapped niches in organic morning goods, cakes and muffins. I arrange a meeting again to discuss how to take this forwards, and start thinking about sourcing organic ingredients suppliers to develop the idea.12pm After my visits, I have lunch. Mostly I am lucky to be able to taste the bakeries’ wares; otherwise I have to get my wallet out! Like most people, I watched the calories after Christmas, but this was not helped by having to sample the wonderful products in the bakeries I visit. I have a soft spot for croissants, made with flour from French miller Moul-bie, which we supply. Moul-bie’s speciality French flours produce breads and pastries that even a Frenchman would die for! 1pm My afternoons pretty much follow the same pattern each day, unless I’m in our Cotswold office in Chipping Norton. Normally, I pop into the office once a week, although I’ve got my laptop up and running now – yeehah, at last! So it’s likely to be once or twice a month from now on. As bakers tend to work nights and early mornings, I spend afternoons making appointments for the following weeks. I also drop in to see potential customers or visit existing ones to see how they’re getting on. I’m fortunate as I’m an experienced baker myself, so I can help with any technical questions. 2pmI make a few calls to remind customers of the range of conventional, organic, French and Danish flours that FWP Matthews supplies. I like to be able to deliver the odd bag of flour, if a customer has a special requirement, and the afternoons are the best time to drop anything off.3pmThis is a good time to spot any retail opportunities for pre-packed flour. In the spring, we launched a new 7.5kg pack size for our Cotswold flours for breadmakers, so I need to make sure all customers know about this. While driving between customers, I’m reminded of the people back in the office. They tease me about my car and my Nigel Mansell tendencies (hence the Road Angel). My car has lots of fancy extras, including Bluetooth, but I must admit to being a bit of a technophobe. Now I’m used to it, the laptop is great and I keep all my contacts as well their notes on it. I’m even getting into sending emails!4.30pmTowards the end of the afternoon I have time to discuss other opportunities, such as bakery demonstration days and any free technical visits required to bakeries from the Moul-bie team of expert bakers. The French side of our business is on the up. It offers something different to the independent baker and something to fight back with on the high street. People go to France, they sample the authentic breads from a boulangerie, and they’re delighted if they can find those breads in a British bakery when they come back home. It’s something the supermarkets don’t do and speciality French breads offer good margins too.6pmAfter a busy day, I get back home to Bedford, update the database and reply to my emails. As it’s a family-run business, Paul and Graham Matthews like to have a daily report to keep them up to date on everything I’ve done that day. I also use this time to research new areas and customers, for which I’m a fan of Google and Yell.8pmAs well as baking, I enjoy all aspects of cookery and often entertain in the evenings. I’m a flight simulator addict and can spend a few hours on the computer recreating my childhood fantasy of being a pilot. Although I love the food industry, flying is a passion of mine and, on the longer summer evenings, I book flying lessons. I have busy days but I’m also going to squeeze in some extra gym sessions as the nature of my job means I’m sitting (and eating) for a lot of the day.11pmAfter catching up with friends and family, I turn in, ready for another early start.last_img read more

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first_imgLeeds-based firm Bagel Nash is expanding its wholesale range after a successful trial of a number of new products in its retail outlets.The company, which produces 36 different varieties of bagels, has branched out into the sweet baked goods market with a new range of muffins and chocolate brownies.It has trialled the products, which were on show at IFE09, in its 12 retail shops and is now rolling them out in its wholesale business. The company has also been working on additional products within its bagel melts range, which currently includes cheese, tomato, jalapeno and olives, for example, and is offering them in mini versions as well as a standard size, said bakery and technical manager, Laurie King. He added that the business is also looking at the possibility of canape bagels.The new muffin range includes: wild blueberry, cranberry & white chocolate, double chocolate and yoghurt & mixed seed, which are available in catering or retail packs.last_img read more

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first_imgGreat Scott! “Creative differences” have delayed the long-awaited stage adaptation of Robert Zemeckis’ hit 1985 movie Back to the Future, which had been aiming to time travel its way into the West End in 2015. According to the Daily Mail, U.K. director Jamie Lloyd (who’s helming the upcoming Urinetown and Assassins in London) has withdrawn from the production. Seems he and Bob Gale, who wrote the film, disagreed about the tuner’s direction. Back to the Future follows Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) as he is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955, where he helps his teenaged parents fall in love. After becoming intertwined in his parents’ high school romance, McFly nearly causes a massive rift in the space-time continuum that threatens his existence. He then enlists the help of Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd) to return to 1985. This is even more upsetting as apparently after an abrupt departure from the Broadway-bound Finding Neverland, Roger Bart had been in negotiations to star in a workshop of the show as “Doc” Brown. Composer Alan Silvestri, who scored many of Zemeckis’s films, including Forrest Gump and Cast Away, is to co-author the score for the show with Grammy winner Glen Ballard (Ghost the Musical). The musical will also feature familiar songs, including “The Power of Love,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Earth Angel” and “Mr. Sandman,” all of which are part of the original movie.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe US Small Business Administration announced the opening of an additional recovery center in White River Junction on Monday, Oct. 17 at 8 a.m. to assist individuals and businesses affected by Tropical Storm Irene.  The hours of operation for the new and existing Centers are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., until further notice.  The Centers are located in the following communities:Windham County Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. 72 Cotton Mill Hill ‘ 2nd FloorBrattleboro, VT 05301Windsor County Town of Hartford Building171 Bridge StreetWhite River Junction, VT 05001Opens:  Monday, Oct. 17 at 8 a.m.Springfield Development Corp. 14 Clinton Street Springfield, VT 05156Anyone unable to visit one of the Centers may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing or by sending an email to [email protected](link sends e-mail).  Business loan applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external).  Completed applications should be returned to any one of the Centers or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.Those affected by this disaster may fill out a loan application online by visiting SBA’s website athttps://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is October 31, 2011.The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 1, 2012 .For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov(link is external) .  ATLANTA, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

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first_imgThe blizzard on Saturday February 21, 2015, did not stop climbers from all across Virginia gathering to compete in James Madison University’s 14th annual Reach Out Competition. The 52 dedicated climbers took to JMU’s 33-foot indoor rock wall to test themselves. Competitors were split up into two heats for each type of climbing. Bouldering took place in the morning and top roping closed out the afternoon. JMU went all out with the entertainment for the day providing warm up yoga sessions, cool t-shirts, a great swag bag, and an excellent lunch with a viewing of Almost Alpine, the Kickstarter-funded mockumentary of three Appalachian climbers making history by climbing a massive traverse in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The day was certainly one to remember.Strategy was a big part of the competition. Climbers had to get the maximum number of points between their best three boulder problems and best two top-rope problems. Points were based on number of attempts and the difficulty of the route. The competition was broken into three categories, recreational, intermediate, and advanced, for women and men.ReachOut2As the morning bouldering heats kicked off, cheering from the crowds could be heard in the background as the first heat of climbers navigated routes and those on deck discussed possible beta. One climber that was resting between climbs talked with me about how energized climbing competitions are. He said he loves to see competitors cheering each other on and sharing critical advice with each other even if it might cost them a place on the podium. Sportsmanship at its finest if you ask me — each competitor wanting their counterparts to perform their best knowing that the true challenge is reaching one’s own peak performance. The encouraging attitude made for one heck of a good time as we took on the wall!ReachOut3The bouldering routes were full of technical foot placements and powerful movements. A couple of proud first timers mentioned completing a challenging route in the bouldering cave where they had to climb onto the ceiling, a job well done indeed! At the end of the bouldering session there were some great discussions on what type of climbing people preferred and some good stories were shared about recent ice climbing adventures on the way to lunch. The lunch hour for some was an opportunity for yoga and cardio to work out pumped forearms, for others it was spent hanging out and watching Almost Alpine. Either way at the end of the hour, the top roping sessions began and with the scores from bouldering being so close together, it was still anyone’s chance for first! The top roping utilized a lot of the built in features on the JMU wall and forced some quick decisions about how to grab certain holds not visible from the ground. The wall was certainly a force to be reckoned with and it was clear the route setters put in a great deal of effort for the event. Each bracket had a series of challenging routes that proved to be the deciding factor of the day.ReachOut1Plenty of fun was had as we all got to try our hand at reaching the top! The JMU Reach Out Climb is an annual public event that takes place during a Saturday in late February with registration opening up in early January. Get to climbing and we will see you at the next one!A big shout out to JMU’s Adventure crew, and all of the event supporters, including the sponsor of the day, Walkabout Outfitters for making it all possible! An even bigger shout out and congratulations to the weekend warriors that made it to the podium! Recreation Men’s: Schieber (1st) Chang (2nd) Sternfeld (3rd) – Recreation Women’s: Sargeant (1st) Barclay (2nd) Skelly (3rd) – Intermediate Men’s: Elliot (1st) Nooney (2nd) Lee (3rd) – Intermediate Women’s: Fink (1st) Borowy (2nd) Merian (3rd) Mjelde (3rd) – Advanced Men’s: Peterson (1st) Reese (2nd) McGrady (3rd) – Advanced Women’s: Gervasi (1st)###Photo cred: Erik Baileylast_img read more

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Long Island Expressway will be closed in both directions between exits 57 and 71 while heavy machinery remove hundreds of abandoned vehicles and nearly three feet of snow in some places through 5 p.m. Sunday as the clean-up continues from the worst blizzard to hit LI in years.Nearly 700 pieces of snow removal equipment have fanned out across Suffolk County this weekend to clear the roads in time for the Monday morning rush hour commute, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who sent in additional plows and other equipment from across the state to help.“Suffolk County has not seen a winter storm like Nemo in years, and the massive amount of snow left behind effectively shut down the entire region,” Cuomo said. “From the moment that it became clear that Suffolk County would bear the worst of the storm’s impact on New York, the state dispensed an unprecedented level of resources, equipment, and manpower to support local relief efforts.”Motorists who had to abandon their vehicles on the Long Island Expressway during the snowstorm are advised to call 631-904-3050 for information.last_img read more

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s certainly the first—and definitely not the worst—in fact, it could be the most unusual heavy metal show ever to hit Long Island. Never before have these three extraordinary bands from west of the Rockies appeared at the Revolution Bar and Music Hall, and Amityville may never be the same after they leave.What brings Mac Sabbath, Metalachi and Okilly Dokilly to LI on the last Sunday night in March is the 2017 Mockstrosity Tour, covering 26 cities in 26 days, leaving tattered cultural expectations in their wake.As the tour promoters say, their misguided mission was simple: They would amass “the most motley collection of costumed musical miscreants ever assembled. Our shortsighted ambition would prove to be our demise as one by one a hapless triad of lawless vagabonds have now come together to form a blasphemous axis of musical mockery far more powerful than we could have ever imagined…or hope to contain.”It looks like they succeeded beyond their sickest imagination—purists, be warned.Founders of what they call “Drive-Thru Metal,” Mac Sabbath mixes reimagined Black Sabbath classics with raucous comedy and borderline-horrific theatrics, complete with a smoking grill, laser-eyed clowns, bouncing burgers and many more surprises. Buzzfeed dubbed Mac Sabbath as one of the “13 Metal Bands You Didn’t Know How to React To,” while LA Weekly put them on their “Best Tribute Band” list in 2015. One look at the band in full regalia is frightening and funny at the same time.“Heavy music, like heavy food, is best consumed voraciously and without much thought,” writes LA Weekly’s music critic Lina Lecaro. “But the McGenius behind Mac Sabbath is that they obviously put a lot of thought and skill into their quirky musical cooker, which roasts greasy fast-food corporations as much as it pays tribute to the pummeling rock of Ozzy and Sabbath. Like many gimmick-driven grinders, the members shroud themselves in secret sauce.”The band includes Grimalice, the Catburglar and Slayer McCheeze backing up creepy clown Ronald Osbourne on vocals. With their “clever, freak-fried takes on Sabbath’s lyrics (‘Pair-A-Buns’ to the tune of ‘Paranoid’ and ‘Frying Pan’ to the tune of ‘Iron Man’),” Lecaro says, “these happy meal menaces sizzle life, and always serve up more than the empty calories of most cover bands.”America’s Got Talent alumni Metalachi is the world’s only heavy metal mariachi band. Hailing from Hollywood via Juarez, Mexico, Metalachi is a musical/comedy stage show that somehow blends the world of Spinal Tap and Cheech & Chong into an over-the-top stage spectacle. The group is a 5-piece ensemble of classically trained mariachi musician brothers who have been fused together with the molten power of metal.Their unique mix of raucous humor and innovative music has reportedly drawn praise from the likes of Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Hellyeah), Eric Wilson (Sublime), Billy Idol and Howard Stern. LA Weekly also put Metalachi on its list of LA’s “Top 5 Tribute Bands” of 2015.“Metalachi roll metal and mariachi music together in to a big zesty burrito with just the right amount of heat,” writes LA Weekly’s Lina Lecaro. “Like the most garish ’80s glam bands, they don painted faces and wigs; they just top ’em off with sombreros and sometimes fancy polyester, too. The shtick works because the guys are skilled mariachis, especially their horn and violin players, who attack their solos like Speedy Gonzales meets Slash.”They started building their following in North Hollywood, and struck it big, so to speak, on the Hollywood Strip. Their scorching rendition of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” would be ideal with some flaming margaritas, Lecaro recommends.Rounding out the line-up and all the way from Phoenix, Arizona, come Okilly Dokilly, a very unlikely looking band performing what they describe as “Nedal,” a subgenre of metal inspired by Ned Flanders, the overbearing goodie-two-shoes neighbor on The Simpsons. Although these guys are certainly animated, they’re definitely not cartoon figures. The band includes Head Ned, Red Ned, Thread Ned, Stead Ned and Bled Ned.They say they draw most of their lyrics from Ned Flanders’ direct quotes. Last November they released their debut album, Howdilly Doodilly, and they’ve since reaped worldwide attention from the likes of Time, Maxim, US Magazine and other outlets. Their first video was for the song “White Wine Spritzer,” an ode to Flanders’ favorite stiff drink.After hearing one verse, you’ll never be afraid again to order that drink in front of your friends when you’re at a bar; you just have to summon the emotional intensity that Okilly Dokilly bring. It’s not at all what you’d expect from a bunch of nerdy looking guys in pink sports shirts, dark green sweaters and nondescript slacks. Their high energy shows try to “weave together comedy and brutality,” the band boasts.“Guttural screams and pounding drums provide a soundtrack for the pummeling of an inflatable donut as green sweaters and round glasses blur across the stage.” Now that’s a sight for sore eyes.On March 26, the Mockstrosity Tour comes to the Revolution Music Hall, which is at 140 Merrick Road in Amityville. Doors open at 7 p.m. General admission is $20, for ages 18 and over.Mac Sabbath photo credit: Paul Koudounarislast_img read more

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first_imgThe past weeks have been extremely difficult as multiple hurricanes hit the Caribbean, Texas, Florida, and other areas of the U.S. mainland.Recovering and rebuilding in the wake of these devastating hurricanes will require extraordinary amounts of time, money and resources.There’s also a human and emotional toll – which can’t be measured, but only understood and addressed with the utmost care. As Harvey, Irma and then Maria struck, confirming the safety and well-being of our staff and customers on the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic has been our top priority.To our colleagues, customers and your families: we are absolutely focused on getting you the care and assistance you need in the coming days, weeks and beyond. We will see this through with you, along with great resolve and resources. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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