Steely Dan Performs ‘Countdown To Ecstasy’ At New York’s Beacon Theatre [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images It wasn’t until returning to the stage for an encore of “Reelin’ in the Years” that Donald Fagen acknowledged the absence of Steely Dan’s other half. “I’d like to thank my long-time partner Walter Becker for helping me write some pretty cool songs,” he said. Then, in the darkly humorous tone that both Becker and he embraced, Fagen added, “Unfortunately, Walter couldn’t be with us here tonight.”For a band that didn’t consider itself a band and gave up performing live at the height of its popularity in search of perfection in the studio, Steely Dan has turned out to the be one of the most reliable touring acts of the past decade. Settling in for multi-show residencies that focus on entire albums and greatest hits has been part of their touring success, and this year’s nine-night run at New York’s Beacon Theatre continues the tradition in the post-Walter Becker world.Wednesday night’s featured album was Countdown to Ecstasy, the Dan’s 1973 follow-up to the surprising success of their 1972 debut, Can’t Buy a Thrill. Sales expectations were initially high for Countdown, and so many copies were produced that discounted cutouts were available in record bins for most of the ‘70s. It was a fine effort that demonstrated a step forward from their pop-infused debut, but the album failed to produce the monster radio hits that the era demanded. Fortunately, Countdown has aged well, featuring familiar favorites such as “Bodhisattva” and “My Old School” alongside once-lesser tracks like “Pearl of the Quarter”, “The Boston Rag”, and “King of the World”, which have since emerged as standouts.Fagen and Becker once shuttled studio players in and out for specific riffs, but the current lineup of stellar musicians has remained steady for many years. Guitarist Jon Herrington and drummer Keith Carlock are joined by a four-piece horn section, three backup singers (including Catherine Russell, who’s a noted jazz singer in her own right), Jim Beard on keys and Freddie Washington on bass. Though not exactly Walter Becker’s replacement, the only new member of the band is Connor Kennedy, a superb young guitarist whom Fagen initially recruited for his Nightflyers band.In addition to the complete Countdown to Ecstasy, Wednesday’s show featured multiple selections from Aja, including “Black Cow”, “Josie”, “Peg”, and the title track. “Kid Charlemagne” from The Royal Scam and “Hey Nineteen” from Gaucho rounded out the evening.Upcoming shows through October 30th will spotlight Aja and Gaucho as well Fagen’s The Nightfly solo album. For more information on the upcoming Steely Dan shows at the Beacon, head here.You can check out a gallery of photos from the performance below via photographer Lou Montesano.Steely Dan | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 10/24/18 | Photos: Lou Montesanolast_img read more

Eliminate the non essentials

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” – Lin YutangThe above quote starts chapter one in Greg McKeowan’s book Essentialism. While the book deals more with how you handle your multiple responsibilities, there are plenty of business applications as well. Especially for banks and credit unions.The way of the essentialist is “less but better.” McKeowan asks a searing question: “are you investing in the right things?” Think about that for a minute: is your financial institution investing in the right things? My guess is there are several non-essential initiatives you need to eliminate.There are multiple areas to consider applying the essentialism principle to your credit union or bank:Marketing—Your bank or credit union is probably marketing A TON of products. But are they the RIGHT services? It’s the same with community involvement. There are probably multiple events with which you are associated. But are they the right ones? Your marketing will be far more effective if you cut the clutter and focus your message. continue reading »last_img read more

Financial literacy vs financial wellness – a consumer’s view

first_imgby: Rich JonesCredit unions and banks across the country have financial literacy on their to-do list, but what consumers really need/want is a road map to financial wellness, not just financial literacy. Well, what’s the difference?Financial literacy is about understanding money basics. Typically the curriculum includes topics like “how to balance your checkbook”, “what is a savings account”, “what is a money market account and a certificate of deposit” and what are the different loan products with possibly information on how to apply and how to qualify for a loan. Sometimes the topics include information on the credit report, what is a good credit score, maybe strategies on how to improve credit scores.Financial wellness curriculum is hands-on, real life, real experience training. It teaches consumers how to use money, credit and debt appropriately to improve their life. It deals with the strategies and tactics on how to save, how to borrow, when is it appropriate to borrow, how to spend and most importantly how to financially thrive versus just survive. This curriculum is not about learning what a credit card is but learning how to use credit wisely, not about what a savings account is but how to create a savings discipline and how to find money in your cash flow to save. Its not what money is but how to manage the in-flow and out-flow of money to manage your cash flow. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Runners, Diocese & Suffolk County Ready For Inaugural Marathon

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Despite a small snag at its starting line, the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon will be off and running without a hitch this Sunday.The 26.2 mile-long race, which also includes a half marathon, was first announced last October and preparations for the event, including security measures and road closures, have been ongoing ever since. Among the issues that had arisen recently were how road closures would impact parishioners attempting to attend Sunday mass at various churches along Suffolk’s South Shore. Anticipating that road closures and parking rules would affect parishioners’ ability to attend Sunday mass, Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Center reached out to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s office this summer expressing his concerns. On Tuesday, the Diocese released a public statement stating that the road closures would infringe on churchgoers’ rights by preventing hundreds from reaching several Catholic churches: the Church of St. Lawrence the Martyr in Sayville, the Parish of Our Lady of the Snow in Blue Point, and the Parish of St. Francis de Sales in Patchogue. Read “Long Island Marathon: A Headache for Local Residents” Bellone responded to Murphy in a letter on Aug. 27, but Murphy never received it, a county spokeswoman said. The county leader and Long Island’s chief Catholic Bishop spoke over the phone Wednesday to clear up any remaining issues, officials said. Afterward, the pair released a joint statement noting that the Diocese would join Suffolk’s after-action review of the marathon “to make sure that any issues that may arise on race day are addressed for future events.” “Bishop Murphy did not receive Mr. Bellone’s Aug. 27 letter addressing his concerns–that’s why it was so important that they spoke two days ago,” Vanessa Baird-Streeter, Bellone’s spokeswoman, told the Press. However, St. Lawrence had already revisited its entire weekend mass schedule so parishioners could avoid traffic delays. A Diocese spokesman did not return a call for comment. Both the marathon and half-marathon will kick off at 8 a.m. in Heckscher State Park and will take the 3,200 expected runners along Montauk Highway through the scenic towns and beautiful waterfronts of Oakdale, Sayville, Bayport, Blue Point and Patchogue before ending at Heckscher. Festivities will include a Taste of Long Island Festival featuring local food, wine and music, beginning at 9 a.m. in the park.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a marathon participant, said net proceeds will be used to enhance veterans’ services within the county. The marathon’s website declares that Suffolk has the highest population of veterans in the state. Several prominent local businesses have signed on as sponsors for the cause, including WBAB 102.3, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, and Blue Point Brewing Company. North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Systems is sponsoring the event. Despite the expected road closures, local businesses have also thrown their support behind the first-ever Suffolk County Marathon. “Overall, the community response has been very positive, and everyone has been very patient” while the logistics of hosting a marathon are worked out, said David Kennedy, executive director of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce. Because most businesses are closed on Sundays, the chamber has not had any complaints about parking regulations or road closures, Kennedy said. Additionally, local businesses will get a lot of exposure through the Taste of Long Island Festival as well as the booths set up along the routes, Kennedy noted. Long Islanders registered for the races are also looking forward to the inaugural event. Veteran marathoner, Heather Ackerly of Selden, will turn 39 Sunday. She has already dubbed Sunday’s race her “Birthday Half Marathon.” Ackerly said she hopes to beat her personal record of 1:49 in the half. “It depends on the weather,” she told the Press. “If it’s a million degrees, there’s no way!” With 11 half marathons and six full marathons under her belt, Sunday’s race is her training for the Philadelphia Marathon in November. Still, the Suffolk race is special to Ackerly. “All my friends are running on Sunday too, and we are all thrilled that the proceeds will benefit our veterans,” she explained.As with any marathon event, road closures are necessary. The county executive’s office has prepared a list of 10 intersections that will allow the public to cross Montauk Highway, in effect from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Suffolk County Police Department advised the public to use common sense on race day. The department, which has been working on security for the event since it was conceived, said all possessions are subject to inspection.ROAD CLOSURESlast_img read more

The odd one out

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Asian buyers keep the Stretton market strong

first_imgMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Buyers were attracted to the home’s classic style.“The contract we obtained was 100 per cent unconditional so there was no cool-off period, no finance clause, no building and pest inspection clause.”Mr Zhang said interest was mostly from Asian buyers attracted by the classic design of the property, the impressive facade and the prime position in the 888 Estate. “Most Asian buyers want street appeal and a grand entrance. They actually prefer a good-looking exterior over a good-looking interior,” he said. Mr Zhang said the property market in Stretton was strong thanks to Asian buyers wanting to buy into the area. The home at 39 Willowleaf Cl, Stretton sold for a street record.A STRETTON home with a $60,000 handcrafted fence has sold for a street record after two weeks on market. Yong Real Estate marketing agent Tom Zhang said the six-bedroom home at 39 Willowleaf Close sold for an undisclosed amount three weeks before it was due to be auctioned. The new owner is a Vietnamese buyer from the local area. “The home sold for the highest price ever achieved on the street and we had over 50 inspections and multiple offers before it sold,” Mr Zhang said. Chandeliers feature throughout the home.“When we have an open house or an auction most attendees are Asian buyers,” he said. “They are willing to pay premium prices to buy into prestigious developments in the area. The neighbourhood is a key factor when they choose to buy.” The median house price in Stretton has increase by 36.5 per cent in the past three years to $860,000, according to Core Logic.last_img read more

Close to 200K learners enroll in Iloilo province

first_img* radio- or television-based instruction These figures could still go up, said Bermejo. As to the “learning delivery modalities” or methods of teaching and learning, Bermejo said an initial survey showed that over 85 percent of learners preferred online and blended learning. * online class – but only possible if students have the needed gadgets such as laptop or desktop computer, cellphone, and strong internet connection In the previous school year, 453,000 learners enrolled. For the upcoming school year, enrollment is done through text (short messaging system of mobile phones), phone calls, email, and the social media application Viber, said Bermejo. While the enrollment period will officially end on June 30, he said, schools would continue accepting enrollees beyond that date. Bermejo said the school leaves a box at the barangay hall or daycare center or in a strategic/accessible area in the village where parents or students can drop their learner enrollment survey form. There is also the drop box enrollment system. Belleza said all these may be “blended”./PN Blended, said Bermejo, refers to a combination of radio- or television-based instruction, online and modular teaching.center_img “Ang aton target maka-exceed sang number of enrollees last school year 2019-2020,” said Bermejo. “Nagapasalamat kita sa cooperation sang local government units up to the barangay level. Daku ang ila bulig sa pag-inform sa aton ginikanan about the enrollment through the drop box system. Barangayofficials themselves guard the boxes,” said Bermejo. DepEd Region 6 information officer Lea Belleza previously said “learning delivery modalities” being explored were face-to-face learning, distance learning, blended learning, and homeschooling. Face-to-face learning may be allowed in areas considered as “low-risk” for coronavirus disease 2019 transmission but health safety measures must  be strictly observed such as regular disinfection of schools, frequent hand-washing, wearing of facemask, observing physical distancing, and checking of body temperature. For distance learning, DepEd-6 eyes three strategies. These are the following: ILOILO – From June 1 to 25, 186,355 learners in this province enrolled online for school year 2020-2021, according to Dr. Roel Bermejo, superintendent of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Division of Iloilo Schools.  “Sa subong it is too early for us to determine which modality to pursue,” he stressed. * modular – printed or electronic materials would be issued for students to study; this includes worksheets, too, that students must answer and other learning materials that teachers would deem necessary for the students Parents are mostly the ones contacting the schools, he added.last_img read more

Aluko backs Jill Ellis for England job after Phil Nevillie

first_img Promoted Content8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Best Cars Of All TimeIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World? Nigeria born former England international Eni Aluko has thrown her weight behind USA women’s coach Jill Ellis to replace Phil Neville when his contract expires as England women’s coach. Aluko who recently retired from football after showcasing her skills with Juventus ladies side .Jill Ellis led the United States to glory in the 2015 and was also on song last year when he repeated the fit in France, and Aluko believes she is the right man for  Three Lionesses job. Former USA coach Jill Ellis tipped for England job Emma Hayes and Casey Stoney have also been linked but the former Chelsea ace insist the forner USA coach who resigned last October after leading the USA women to a resounding victory in France stands tall among her peers. Neville’s deal was set to take in the Women’s European Championship, but UEFA’s confirmation of the tournament being delay until 2022 due to the coronavirus crisis means he will no longer be in the hotseat for it. “I think Jill Ellis is definitely the candidate that is potentially going to move this on and bring silverware to the England team,” the former England forward said on the Football Show on Sky Sports. “The England Women’s team now are at that point where they’re getting to semi-finals and now need to be getting to a final and winning it; winning World Cups, winning European Championships. Loading… center_img Aluko made over 107 appearances for England with 33 goals to her credit “The only person I think that is in the best position to do that, having won back-to-back World Cups, having won the Olympics with the US national team, is Jill Ellis. “I think she has that pedigree, she has that experience, she’s worked with some of the best footballers, elite athletes, in the world,” she said Aluko however sees a problem in FA wanting to invest the kind of money Ellis may ask for. “I think the only problem would be with Jill Ellis is the contract she’s probably going to command is going to be very, very high and it’s whether the FA are willing to invest that amount of money,” Read AlsoAluko named Aston Villa Women’s first sporting director Aluko who made over 107 appearances for England scoring 33 goals in the bargain played for over seven clubs in the course of her close to two decades romance with football. She last played for Italian side Juventus scoring 15 goals in 27 appearances. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Chelsea target Eagles star as Jadon Sancho alternative

first_img Loading… Frank Lampard’s side are reportedly battling with rivals Manchester United for the €100m rated Borussia Dortmund forward.However, according to reports from Goal.com, the Red Devils remain the England international’s more likely destination, leaving the door open to a potential push for Chukwueze.The Nigerian international has been heavily linked with a move away from Javier Calleja’s side in the last 12 months, with Liverpool rumoured to be tracking him last summer.Read Also: Real Madrid aiming for 30% stadium reopening in OctoberThe 21-year old is under contract with the Yellow Submarine until 2023, however he does represent a much cheaper option than Sancho, with Villarreal potentially considering offers in the region of €50m.Chukwueze has been a consistent figure across the last two seasons at El Madrigal, despite the club’s managerial upheaval, with 52 La Liga appearances from a possible 65 league matches.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Premier League giants Chelsea are targeting a  move for Super Eagles and Villarreal star Samuel Chukwueze, if they fail in a bid for Jadon Sancho this summer.Advertisementlast_img read more

Fordham looks to end streak vs GW

first_imgSENIOR STUDS: George Washington has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Armel Potter, Jameer Nelson Jr., Jamison Battle and Arnaldo Toro have collectively accounted for 60 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 65 percent of all Colonials points over the last five games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Potter has either made or assisted on 55 percent of all George Washington field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has accounted for 24 field goals and 37 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: The Colonials are 0-10 when they score 62 points or fewer and 12-7 when they exceed 62 points. The Rams are 0-14 when allowing 62 or more points and 7-7 on the season, otherwise.COMING UP SHORT: Fordham has dropped its last eight road games, scoring 51 points and allowing 65.1 points during those contests. George Washington is on a three-game home losing streak, scoring an average of 61 points while giving up 75.7.DID YOU KNOW: The Fordham defense has allowed only 62.3 points per game to opponents, which is the 17th-lowest figure in the country. The George Washington offense has produced just 66.6 points through 29 games (ranked 271st among Division I teams). Fordham looks to end streak vs GW Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFordham (7-21, 1-15) vs. George Washington (12-17, 6-10)Charles E. Smith Center, Washington; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: George Washington looks to extend Fordham’s conference losing streak to 11 games. Fordham’s last A10 win came against the George Washington Colonials 59-54 on Jan. 22. George Washington lost 75-51 to VCU in its most recent game. Associated Press center_img March 3, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more