Load remaining images Last night, The Brooklyn Bowl went off, with L.A.’s Organ Freeman and Baltimore’s Pigeons Playing Ping Pong lighting up the infamous Brooklyn venue with each group’s patented brand of funk-jam fusion. You can get a taste of what went down below, with videos of Organ Freeman’s and Pigeons’ set-opening numbers below, courtesy of nugs.tv. You can also check out photos from the night, courtesy of John R Wisdom Photography.[Cover photo courtesy of Phierce Photo]Organ FreemanPigeons Playing Ping Pong
In response to Bob Belive’s April 15 letter, “Consider what Stormy does”: It’s beyond ironic that he urges us to completely disregard her because of how she earns her pay, yet he admits to having made a living off her trade by renting “adult” films from his video store. Does the same standard apply to him, then? Is he not worthy because he, too, profited from sex?It’s time, folks, to stop the holier-than-thou rants and look inward to see how our society supports sex trade in all its forms; porn, jobs in return for sexual favors, hush money paid for silence. As long as women can make money off sex, and men in powerful positions pay for it, the sex industry will thrive. As long as men denigrate women in the sex industry and those women who enjoy or promote their own sexuality, men will claim innocence and misogyny, and sexism will reign.Time’s up. The lens has found a new focus.CINDY BUKOFF FLEISCHERDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:Local movie theater operators react to green lightSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
…ahead of today’;s first World Cup semi-finalBy Amlan ChakrabortyMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Kane Williamson encouraged his frontline batsmen to play with freedom in Today’s semi-finals against India to overcome their struggle for rhythm in the Cricket World Cup.Not surprisingly, Williamson is New Zealand’s leading scorer after the group stage with 481 runs from eight matches at a 96-plus average.The next Kiwi batsman in that list is veteran Ross Taylor, way down with 261 runs and an average of 37.28.Williamson said his fellow batsmen had struggled to adjust to diverse English conditions where a winning total can vary greatly according to the state of the pitch on the day. “We were certainly expecting that it would be tough. But what we didn’t quite expect coming into the tournament was the large variety of conditions that we faced,” Williamson told a news conference at Old Trafford.“That definitely made perhaps batting with any rhythm a real challenge for everybody, so being able to adapt with the bat and just trying to contribute … is certainly the most important thing.”“It’s just a great occasion to be a part of. I know the guys are really excited by the opportunity to go out and try and try and play with that freedom that when we do gives us the best chance.” Addressing a news conference before him, India captain Virat Kohli said the “special” Williamson controlled the team’s tempo and would naturally be a key wicket for the Indian bowlers.Williamson denied New Zealand were too reliant on him to give their bowlers a decent, defendable total.“No, I think there’s also been a number of other contributions that have been really important for us to get to where we are right now,” he said. “You never sort of put a number on it. That is why we all practice as hard as we can to try and make those contributions bigger and better.” That, however, would not be easy against India’s varied pace attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah, currently the top-ranked ODI bowler.Bumrah’s skills with both the new and old ball have been complemented by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Mohammed Shami has struck rich form after his delayed introduction, claiming 14 wickets from four matches, including the tournament’s first hat-trick. Besides, India have two wily wrist-spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.“The Indian bowling attack is an outstanding bowling attack, with certainly a lot of world-class operators in there,” Williamson said. “As a side, they are very well-balanced with a lot of high-quality players.”New Zealand finished their group campaign with a hat-trick of defeats but still claimed the last semi-final berth.The 2015 finalists will hope to begin afresh on Tuesday, their captain said.“It all starts again where the day comes and anything can happen and all sides have beaten one another on a number of occasions throughout the last few years, so it is a really exciting opportunity for all teams.”
NATHAN Lyon’s journey from Adelaide Oval groundsman to world-class off-spinner continued Monday as the veteran reached another milestone by capturing his 350th Test wicket at Edgbaston.Lyon became just the fourth Australian to reach the mark after Shane Warne (708 Test wickets), Glenn McGrath (563) and Dennis Lillee (355).The 31-year-old picked up the seven wickets he needed to join the exclusive club in the first Ashes Test in Birmingham, capturing 3-112 in the first innings before spinning a web around England’s batsmen in the second innings with 6-49, his first five-wicket haul in England.It was a classic off-spinner’s dismissal that brought Lyon his 350th Test scalp – bowling around the wicket, he drew left-hander Ben Stokes forward, extracted his trademark turn and bounce out of the dry surface and took the outside edge of the bat on the way through to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.Lyon now has 14 five-wicket hauls and has taken 10 wickets in a match twice, while he was the leading wicket-taker in Tests in 2017 with 63 scalps.India pair, Ajinkya Rahane and Chesteshwar Pujara, have been his most popular victims, out nine times each, while England duo Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali have been dismissed by the tweaker on eight occasions.Moeen has been Lyon’s favourite victim of late, removing him eight times in his past 10 completed innings against Australia.Remarkably, all nine of Moeen’s dismissals have come in the last 11 innings the pair have played each other.So prolific has Lyon been that no bowler has taken more Test wickets than Lyon’s 350 since he debuted in August 2011 against Sri Lanka in Galle.Ahead of capturing his 300th wicket in South Africa last year, Lyon was asked to nominate his favourite Test wicket to date, and could not look past his brilliant delivery to the Little Master six years ago.“One that stands out was bowling Sachin Tendulkar through the gate,” Lyon told cricket.com.au in February 2018.“I think all the videos have been deleted off YouTube so I can’t watch them anymore, but I can tell you it was at Chennai (in 2013), a pretty good ball actually.“There have been a few that stand out, but it’s more about series wins for me at the moment.”
Coming into this weekend, USC coach Richard Gallien knew that his group of girls would have a tough homestand as they were set to square off against the No. 10 California Golden Bears and No. 2 Stanford Cardinal.On Friday against No. 10 Cal (12-4, 3-0), senior Maria Sanchez had her 22-match winning streak snapped by Jana Juricova, who was seeking revenge for a defeat at the hands of Sanchez during last year’s ITA National Indoor Championship singles championship. Juricova, a junior, dug out of a 1-0 hole to take the last two sets 6-2, 6-1 from Sanchez, extending her singles match winning streak to 15.The Golden Bears shrugged off an early loss in doubles to win in all but one single’s match (freshman Kaitlyn Christian defeated No. 57 Annie Goransson 6-0, 6-4) on the day.Christian has made great strides throughout the season and her continued development was evident this weekend against top competition.Although she would lose to No. 11 Nicole Gibbs 6-3, 7-6 (6-3) on Saturday, Christian displayed great poise and in the face of defeat, she responded accordingly.Facing Stanford (16-0, 4-0) on a cloudy Saturday afternoon, only Sanchez seeking revenge for her past day’s loss taking down No. 2 Hilary Barte on court one proved to be a bright spot, as the Cardinal would finish the day up 6-1.Despite falling down 3-0 in the first set, Sanchez would rally to win 12 of the next 15 sets, never relinquishing momentum to keep USC within striking distance in the match.For the rest of the Women of Troy, fatigue, both mentally and physically, seemed to set in, especially with the injuries continuing to mount.On court four, sophomore Valeria Pulido, returning from injury this weekend, was able to make it through her first match on Friday, a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Cal’s Anett Schutting, but her match against the Cardinal’s No. 21 Kristie Ahn would prove to be too stressful for Pulido’s foot as she would end up retiring 4-6, 6-0.Battling through ailments of her own, No. 25 Danielle Lao has seen her recent struggles continue after losses against Cal and Stanford.While Lao did show life in her back-and-forth match against the Golden Bears’ Mari Andersson on court two Friday afternoon, she would fall easily the next day to No. 29 Mallory Burdette 6-1, 6-3.The junior’s losing streak, which has now reached three matches, has not-so-coincidentally corresponded with the Women of Troy’s three-match skid.Her experience and winning ways was a catalyst early on for USC, but recently she has failed to properly complement the No. 1 Sanchez from her two spot.Junior Alison Ramos ran into two ranked roadblocks over the course of the weekend, losing, albeit valiantly, in straight sets to both Cal’s No. 48 Tayler Davis and Stanford’s No. 51 Stacey Tan.Along with Ramos, senior Cristala Andrews also struggled to find victory, going down quietly to the Golden Bears’ Marina Cossou 6-2, 6-3, before putting in a spirited performance against Carolyn Mcveigh in a 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6) loss on Saturday.With their match against Oregon looming, the No. 13 Women of Troy will look to get back to their winning ways as they hope to make strides in the Pac-10 with four conference games still ahead.
If Millennials have their way, 9 to 5 jobs will be a concept of the past. The new normal’ today is looking for in-demand career skills and opportunities so that they can break the monotony of 9 am to 5 pm jobs. A desk job one which is tied by working hours and results in slow progress through the hierarchy of a corporate structure is not the career definition that Millennials are aspiring for.There are two important factors which are impacting career choices. Firstly, it is the trend of choosing work and workplace flexibility over salary packages. Secondly, it is the trend of seeking work which has a greater purpose work which can make a positive impact on society.Here we discuss the qualifications required, job responsibilities, topmost courses and institutes, and the average salary packages that one can expect with respect to a few very interesting career options.Read: 6 popular career options which don’t need you to be topperHere are 5 off-beat career options to break the monotony of 9 to 5 jobs!1. Career in the Social Sector Off-beat career in social dectorThe Social Sector has emerged as a professional space providing opportunities to build an off-beat career that can make a difference in the real world. Breaking all myths around it, the Social Sector has evolved beyond just volunteering’ and working with small, local NGOs’.It provides enormous spaces for meaningful, challenging, complex and financially viable careers through working on real issues affecting society today.Passion combined with professionalism (understanding of society, development, visualisation of sustainable change at scale through world-class social purpose organisations) is needed to create an impact in the challenging environment of the Social Sector.advertisementJobs: One can opt for varied job roles that allow you to make a positive impact on society at large. Job profiles such as strategy and planning, behaviour change communication, collaborative partnerships, government advocacy, value-based fundraising, systems thinking based programme design and management, mission first social entrepreneurship, holistic decision making, corporate social responsibility, ethical and pragmatic M&E etc can be opted for.Qualifications: From fresh graduates to people already pursuing a career (in any field) can opt for a post-graduate programme or fellowship to get a head-start in Social Sector.Financial comfort: The average fresher salary ranges from INR 2.5 lakh to 6 lakh. Students from better colleges can also earn packages of INR 12 to 13 lakhs.Learn the discipline: Fellowships and post-graduation programmes are the most important routes one can take, the prominent ones being Gandhi Fellowship, LAMP, Fellowship, SBI Youth for India etc. The Indian School of Development Management (ISDM in Delhi NCR) has specially designed 1-year full-time post graduate programme in Development Management.2. Career as a Political Campaign Manager Off-beat career as political campaign managerPolitical campaign management is an extremely critical, dynamic and interesting field to work in. One needs to exercise the analytical part of the brain for this off-beat career option and adapt to the fast pace of stressful working conditions.Jobs: Working at the core they provide services like political consultation, marketing, fundraising, crisis management, and public relations.Qualifications: A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in political science and campaign management is a requisite. One can also go for PhD. Excellent communication skills are also necessary.Financial comfort: The average fresher salary ranges from INR 3-4 lakh onwards. Growth prospects are good and salary packages can become more and more handsome.Learn the discipline: Jawaharlal Nehru University offers MA and MPhil. Delhi University offers BA (Hons) Political Science, MA in Political Science, MPhil in Political Science and PhD in Political Science. Jamia Millia Islamia offers BA (Hons), MA and PhD.3. Career in Sports Management Off-beat career option as a sports managerYou don’t need to be a sportsperson to have a career in sports. If you have a passion for sports and an aptitude for management then an off-beat career option in sports management might interest you.Jobs: You can explore from professional opportunities like Sports Agents, Sports Information Directors, Sports Marketing Manager, Sports Event Manager etc.Qualifications: Pursue a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sports Management.Financial comfort: Average fresher salary ranges from INR 3-4 lakh onwards. Salary packages become more handsome with experience and growth.Learn the discipline: A BBA in Sports Management at National Academy of Sports (Mumbai); BA in Sports Management at George College (Kolkata); BA in Sports Management at Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad University of Technology (WB), and BA in Sports Management at International Institute of Sports Management are a few options to get qualified from top institutes. Sports Proficiency is given extra weightage during admissions.advertisementRead: 5 unconventional courses expected to become very popular in 20194. Career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Off-beat career in aircraft maintenanceWhile core engineering jobs are shrinking in number, Aircraft Engineering is a booming segment. Airlines are using an increased number of aircraft and require skilled people to support its operations. The field is for the highly skilled and the perks of the job are excellent, especially if you are bitten by the travel bug.Jobs: The scope of an offbeat-career option in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering is very good in Indian as well as foreign airlines.Qualifications: Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) is a four-year license programme regulated by Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Government of India. Out of the four years, there is an academic course of two years and a two-year training program.Financial comfort: Average salary ranges from INR 7 to 8 lakh onwards.Learn the discipline: The Indian Institute of Aircraft Engineering offers an AME programme.5. Career as a Food Taster Off beat career as food tasterYes, being a food taster can be a rather rewarding off-beat career option. Being a foodie might not suffice as the qualification for becoming a professional food taster, along with sensory acuity one needs to have a proper degree and training.Jobs: Global FMCG companies are looking for more and more people for this role as they constantly revamp their existing products or launch new ones.Qualifications: A degree in food sciences/technology and or culinary arts would be required. A degree in nutrition or experience of working in product development at an F&B company can give you an added advantage.Financial comfort: The average salary ranges from INR 2 to 3 lakh onwards.Learn the discipline: The top institutes in India offering Food Technology courses are Central Food Technological Research Institute, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology, National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute, National Institute of Nutrition etc.Your career will be a major part of your life; so make sure you choose wisely!Read: Bored of conventional jobs? Try these offbeat career optionsRead: 5 offbeat career options that pay well