Drive-By Truckers Take Over The Tabernacle In Atlanta [Gallery/Full Audio]

first_imgThe Drive-By Truckers brought their rock and roll reckoning to The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA last night, playing to a packed house of eager fans. Touring on the heels of their 2016 effort American Band, the Truckers proved themselves more than capable with a powerhouse performance. The band mixed old classics with new tunes for the show, and worked covers of John Lennon and Neil Young into their setlist for some great rock and rollin’.Thanks to EMily Butler Photography, we can see a photo gallery of images from the performance. Check that out, as well as an audio recording from taper Dillon Fries, below. Load remaining imageslast_img

Makassar gets PSBB go-ahead, plans to isolate COVID-19 hot zones

first_imgWith the green light from the central government Makassar will soon be joining at least 10 other regions that have imposed partial lockdowns under the PSBB to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia. The regions include the nation’s capital, Jakarta, the epicenter of the Indonesian outbreak, as well as its satellite cities of Bogor, Bekasi, Depok and Tangerang, as well as Pekanbaru in Riau.On Thursday, the country reported 5,516 confirmed cases and 496 deaths.Iqbal Suhaeb of the Makassar administration confirmed that the South Sulawesi capital was drafting the PSBB regulation in coordination with the Makassar city council. “We will disseminate the regulation [to the public] first before [the PSBB] is enforced,” said Iqbal, adding that he expected the the regulation to be ready to issue by next week.The Makassar administration has prepared 35,000 packages of staple goods for distributing to the poor. It has also readied 35,000 masks for people who needed them, as the PSBB requires all residents to wear masks when they venture outdoors.The administration also plans to build public kitchens in quarantined areas so that food is readily available.Makassar had set aside some Rp 300 billion (US$19.1 million) for its COVID-19 response, Iqbal said. South Sulawesi is one of the “red zones” of the Indonesian outbreak, recording 271 confirmed cases and 23 deaths by Thursday afternoon.Meanwhile, its neighboring provinces of West Sulawesi and South Sulawesi had respectively recorded seven and 26 confirmed cases. (vny)Topics : Essential services such as markets, grocery stores and pharmacies will operate as usual while the PSBB is in place, while offices and schools are to remain closed. People are urged to continue adhering to the stay-at-home and work from home (WFH) policies. However, employees who are still required to go in to the office would still be permitted to do so.”People can still carry out activities, except those in isolated areas [hot zones], because they are considered to be ODP [people under monitoring],” said Nurdin.Read also: COVID-19: Pekanbaru first area in Sumatra granted request to impose large-scale social restrictionsThe Makassar administration was now drafting a regulation on the PSBB implementation, he added. The South Sulawesi administration is soon to impose large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the provincial capital of Makassar, following the Health Ministry’s approval of its PSBB proposal on Thursday.In particular, South Sulawesi plans to lock down the hot zones in Makassar and heighten monitoring to restrict the movement of people in border areas, namely the regencies of Maros, Gowa and Takalar.The PSBB would be implemented once the administration had confirmed that all residents had sufficient stock of basic goods for the duration of the partial lockdown, particularly those in hot zones,  South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah said on Thursday.last_img read more

Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image

first_imgSoccer fans and tourists stroll around in Red Square with the Historical Museum, left, and the State Shop, GUM, right, in the background during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW — Chilly, gray, threatening. To many outsiders, that’s the image Russia conveys to the world. But that’s not the Russia World Cup fans are discovering.A Moscow subway security guard gives a visitor a thumbs-up sign. A waitress in Saransk bubbles over in wonder at meeting her first-ever American. Buoyant Russian fans sing, party and share face paint with foreigners.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Murray will wait to decide on Wimbledon bid And forget about the language barrier. It seems like everyone is using translation apps to surmount it — and laughing together when it produces nonsensical results.From the Black Sea to Baltic, from the Ural Mountains to Moscow’s Gorky Park, Russians largely see this World Cup as an opportunity. And they appear surprisingly eager to set aside political tensions, welcome visitors and share their rich culture and history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We thought Russians would be, well maybe not rude, but cold,” said Jose Oscar Rodriguez, who came with his father from Peru’s capital Lima to follow his national team. “But everyone is nice. The taxi drivers, the host in our building, the people in the streets. … Everyone.”That doesn’t come naturally. In the host city of Sochi, fans join Russian vacationers in diving into the Black Sea. And in Moscow’s Gorky Park, Peruvian fan Rodriguez sought relief from a piercing sun Monday.Reclining on a shaded bench, he said, “I didn’t realize Russia could be so warm.” MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial For many Russians, the default stance toward foreigners is caution and suspicion. It’s partly left over from Soviet-era worries about both Western espionage and the KGB’s watchful eye. And it’s partly a renewed wariness cultivated by President Vladimir Putin, whose rule and popularity ride on the belief, propagated in state media, that Russia is under siege from outsiders who want to undermine its political stability.At the moment, Russia is under siege from outsiders who just want to have fun. Mexican fans wearing sombreros, Peruvians wearing headdresses, Belgians wearing French-fry hats, all happy to be part of Russia’s first-ever World Cup, all hoping for their team to win.The 11 host cities, many still grungy not long ago, are resplendent.Giant inflatable soccer balls and flags of the world dangle from the gleaming glass ceiling of 19th century GUM shopping mall abutting Red Square. Children kick balls on the pristine plaza beneath the Kul Sharif mosque in Kazan.“Russia is wonderful,” said Ignacio Dufort, 40, from Uruguay.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES “We arrived to Yekaterinburg at midnight, without a ruble, couldn’t communicate with anybody and couldn’t find our apartment, but we met this woman who was our savior. She helped us to find the place and the next day she spent four hours with us helping our landlord register us with authorities.”“She was an angel,” said his girlfriend Claudia Mena, 35, from El Salvador.Things don’t always work that way in Russia, where the first answer to questions posed by foreigners is often “no.” Earning a “yes” takes work. Eliciting a smile often takes even more.Yet despite their aloof image and hostile-seeming foreign policy, many Russians want to look good to the rest of the world — especially now.Viktoria Latishova, a 19-year-old waitress in Saransk on the edge of the steppe, rejoiced at meeting an American for the first time, spilling with curiosity despite her limited English. The city had little tourism industry before hosting the World Cup, and is showing a certain giddy graciousness about the chance to be a part of it all. Residents ask about foreigners’ fears and apprehensions. Some offer assurances that geopolitical tensions have nothing to do with their personal feelings about foreigners.English is more widespread in the Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, Russia’s western-most city. But the menu at a takeaway restaurant selling skewers of meat was only in Russian. Seeing a puzzled customer, a smiling woman came over and read it all in English, and helped order lamb kebab.Russia’s World Cup isn’t all smiles. Security and the threat of extremist attacks remain high, and discrimination against minorities is a real concern.And the event won’t transform Russia’s relations with the world overnight. Since the tournament opened Thursday, the EU extended its sanctions and U.S. investigators stepped up their probe into alleged Russian election meddling.But the atmosphere feels markedly different from even just a few months ago, when Russian and U.S. forces nearly went to war in Syria, and Moscow taxi drivers were wary of talking politics with a foreigner.And even the weather for Russia’s World Cup has been a pleasant surprise. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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