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first_img  6 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 10 October 2008 | News Citizen journalists AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Media in the eye of the storm as revolutions sweep the Arab world

first_img October 14, 2020 Find out more News News Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest RSF_en Reporters Without Borders takes stock of censorship and infringements of the right to information during the pro-democracy uprisings that began a year ago in the Arab world. BahrainMiddle East – North Africa June 15, 2020 Find out more Journalists, and particularly photographers, have paid a heavy price. Eleven media workers have been killed in the performance of their duty, among them several internationally known photojournalists. However, most of the casualties were local journalists. In its report “Upheaval in the Arab world: Media as key witnesses and political pawns”, Reporters Without Borders looks at the methods used by the authorities to strangle the flow of information during popular uprisings in six countries — Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen — from 17 December 2010 to mid-November 2011.The political processes at work are far from over, especially in Egypt, Yemen and Syria. Egypt experienced a new phase of its revolution during the week preceding its parliamentary elections. Violent clashes pitted demonstrators demanding the removal of the army from power against the security forces. The principle of whether elections should be held at all has divided public opinion.Yemen’s president, Ali Abdallah Saleh, signed a transition agreement drafted by the Gulf Co-operation Council, in Saudi Arabia on 23 November. Under the pact, he handed over power to his vice-president, Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who will be responsible for forming a new government in agreement with the opposition, and for organizing presidential elections within three months.However, the handover deal has been disputed by protesters since it grants the former president total immunity from prosecution.In Syria, the government of President Bashar Al-Assad is increasingly isolated internationally. The Arab league, for example, imposed economic sanctions on 27 November.According to the report of the international commission of inquiry on Syria, published on 28 November, more than 3,500 people have been killed since the uprising began there in March.Acts of barbarity have been committed, such as the murder of cameraman Ferzat Jarban in Homs on 20 November. The intransigence demonstrated by the Syrian government means that this toll will inevitably increase. Tunisia and Libya face many challenges in the post-revolution era. They will need the full support of the international community to ensure they have turned their backs on dictatorship once and for all.This assessment mostly covers the period from 17 December 2010 to 17 November 2011, but also includes more recent events in Egypt. The figures cited are conservative since it has not been possible to compile an exhaustive list of abuses. Read this report at: March 17, 2021 Find out more December 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media in the eye of the storm as revolutions sweep the Arab world Organisation German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Receive email alerts BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News Follow the news on Bahrain News to go furtherlast_img read more

Violence and intimidation against media in run-up to second-round election

first_imgNews Organisation October 20, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Violence and intimidation against media in run-up to second-round election The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Liberia News November 27, 2020 Find out more Photo of the Love FM and Love TV premises (Glenna Gordon / AFP) Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom RSF_en Receive email alerts RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists June 12, 2020 Find out more LiberiaAfrica December 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by a dangerous increase in acts of violence and intimidation against radio and TV stations and newspapers since the first round of Liberia’s presidential election on 11 October. Election rivalry has exacerbated tension between the media and the candidates’ political parties.“The situation of the media and journalists has worsened significantly since the first round and various journalists have said they are afraid,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The climate of violence must stop so that the second round, scheduled for 8 November, can proceed normally. We urge the authorities to ensure that the media are able to operate properly because they play a crucial role during elections, and we call on the candidates to appeal to their activists and supporters to calm down and to respect the opinions of others.”The press freedom organization added: “We also express our support for the agreement that the police and various political parties signed on 17 October banning acts of intimidation and physical attacks on journalists.” The main opposition party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), refused to sign it, describing it as a “trap.”In one of the latest acts of violence, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Monrovia headquarters of Love FM and Love TV, starting a fire that caused considerable damaged and forcing both the radio and the TV station off the air for several hours. Owned by Love Media, Love FM and Love TV are said to support CDC leader Winston Tubman, who is running against President Sirleaf in the second round. Love Media news director Jallah Griefield said the station had received several threatening text messages about its pro-CDC position. A suspect has been in police custody since 18 October.Unidentified persons have tried to intimidate several journalists at Truth FM, a radio station that opposition parties regard as pro-government. Programme host Patrick Honnah, for example, has received several threatening phone calls and text messages. There were similar incidents during the run-up to the first round. On 12 September, the CDC ordered Boima J.V. Boima, a reporter for the New Democrat daily, to delete photos he had taken of a man who had been run down by a CDC car during a campaign swing through the north. The drive had fled, leaving his victim unconscious in the road.CDC officials also ordered reporter Peter Toby to delete photos showing a man who had been hit over the head with a bottle during the party’s primary in Montserrado county. Reporters Without Borders condemns such practices, which are completely unacceptable. News LiberiaAfrica Help by sharing this information Reports to go furtherlast_img read more

California ISO Declares a Statewide Flex Alert Due to High Temperatures

first_imgThe California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) is declaring a Flex Alert, a request for consumers to conserve electricity today, especially during peak demand time from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Electricity supplies statewide are expected to be tight because of high summer temperatures driving up demand, power plant outages, and transmission line import capacity reductions. Power imports may be limited today because of high temperatures in neighboring states.Consumers are urged to conserve electricity today, especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners push power consumption to the highest point of the day. Find Flex Alert tips at for July 27, 2016 Flex AlertHigh temperatures are forecast for the entire state. Energy demand is expected to be high and consumers are urged to conserve electricity until after 9 p.m.Forecast peak demand: 45,867 megawatts between 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.Outlook for July 28, 2016Temperatures will continue to be hot. Conservation is important.Outlook for July 29-30, 2016Temperatures will continue to be hot. Conservation is important.Flex AlertsThe California ISO issues a Flex Alert when the grid is under stress to meet demand caused by generation or transmission outages, or from persistent hot temperatures.Flex Alerts call for voluntary conservation before the ISO needs to start using energy reserves to maintain reliability. Conserving electricity helps avoid taking further steps to balance supply and demand, which could include in the extreme, local rotating power outages.To learn more about Flex Alerts and Stage Electrical Emergencies: Tips• Set thermostat at 78 or higher and turn off, if away• Cool with fans & draw drapes• Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances• Use major appliances in morning or late eveningLearn more: (available in Spanish and Vietnamese) EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Public Safety California ISO Declares a Statewide Flex Alert Due to High Temperatures Published on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | 12:53 pm Business News HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newscenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Top of the News More Cool Stuff Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

The Housing Market in the Year Ahead

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Affordability amazon Home Values Homeownership Median Income Mortgage Rates 2018-12-03 Donna Joseph Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago December 3, 2018 4,882 Views Zillow’s 2019 predictions indicated that rising mortgage rates and an increasing demand for rentals set the stage for the 2019 housing market, as even current homeowners start to feel locked into their mortgage rates.Despite steady rise during the past two years, mortgage rates remained lower than they were during the recession and below average, given the current level of economic growth. The report stated this trend will change in 2019 as the 30-year fixed rate mortgage reaches 5.8 percent. It also noted that affordability will take a hit, making homeownership difficult for many. Currently, rising mortgage payments outpace the home-value gains—a phenomenon that may encourage homeowners to stay put as they hold on to low mortgage rates and discourage first-time homebuyers— according to Zillow.As higher rates hinder affordability, aspiring homeowners will continue renting, as a result of which the slight drops in rent, in the recent past, will reverse and turn positive again, the report revealed. However, the continued steady investment in apartment construction will prevent rents from drastically surging above income growth. The report also noted that in the third quarter of 2018, the U.S. median rent cost 28.2 percent of the U.S. median income – considerably higher than the 25.8 percent renters paid historically.Zillow expects an increase in the disconnect between urban jobs and suburban residents to continue in 2019, and contribute to longer, more crowded commutes. This will affect those who have long commutes to live within their means as most jobs are confined to urban areas, and affording a home in urban markets. For example, a home in Boston is valued 303 percent more per square foot than a typical outlying home, while the premium for homes in central Washington, D.C., compared to outlying areas is 218 percent per square foot, the report noted. Pointing out the areas that lost Amazon’s headquarters bids to suburban New York and Washington, D.C., the report said that Atlanta, a former Amazon HQ2 contender, has seen some action despite it being passed over by the prime vendor. A smaller Seattle-based company named Convoy is expected to open its East Coast office in the metro. There is also a possibility that Norfolk Southern may relocate its headquarters there.In the wake of deadly fires that tore into California, builders and developers will focus on preventative and/or protected building materials and designs, according to Zillow. Building costs are surging, and insurers are apprehensive offering policies in danger zones leading to slower and costlier rebuilding. Zillow’s projections for homes inundated by rising sea levels and storm surges over the course of a typical 30-year mortgage begun in 2020 are not encouraging.In October, home values were up 7.7 percent from a year earlier, to a U.S. median of $221,500. One mitigating effect to rising mortgage rates will be slower home value growth, Zillow indicated. Forecasting a growth of 6.4 percent from October 2018 to October 2019; a Zillow survey of housing experts and economists anticipates a 3.79 percent increase in home values for 2019. Both forecasts indicate cooling from red-hot growth of 8 percent in March of this year. Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Housing Market in the Year Ahead Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Servicing Share Save Previous: RMBS in 2019 Next: Where do Americans Feel Safe? The Housing Market in the Year Ahead About Author: Donna Joseph The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Affordability amazon Home Values Homeownership Median Income Mortgage Rates Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

FHA Updates Policies for In-Person Servicer/Borrower Contacts

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily 2021-02-03 Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago Home / Daily Dose / FHA Updates Policies for In-Person Servicer/Borrower Contacts Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Honoring Excellence Among Female Legal Minds Next: FHFA Announces New General Counsel Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly,, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Wednesday issued a series of “waivers of provisions” as part of its “Single-Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1,” which will allow important mortgage servicing activities to continue “in a manner that allows for safe social distancing,” according to a press release.FHA explains that in-person servicer-borrower contact (that includes seniors with FHA-insured HECM reverse mortgages) generally is required in order for certain processes to continue.”President Biden has made it clear that protecting the health, safety, and homeownership security of the nation’s most vulnerable populations, including seniors, are urgent and immediate priorities,” said Acting HUD Secretary Matthew Ammon. “The policy waivers issued today are another important step in addressing these priorities.”According to HUD, the waivers issued today build upon previous waivers and put in place the following provisions through December 31, 2021:Allowing alternative methods for servicers to conduct borrower interviews for FHA-insured forward and HECM mortgages when performing early default interventions for borrowers in danger of foreclosure;Waiving the $5,000 property charge payment arrearages cap on recalculated repayment plans, allowing servicers to help more HECM borrowers who are behind on their property charge payments; andEliminating the requirement for servicers to obtain a signature on an occupancy certification from a HECM borrower.”The waivers issued today augment FHA’s actions last week to execute on President Biden’s day-one request to provide urgent and immediate support to the nation’s homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments due to COVID-19,” FHA reported. “To execute the President’s request, FHA extended its foreclosure and eviction moratorium for borrowers with FHA-insured single-family mortgages through March 31, 2021. FHA also extended the deadline for borrowers financially impacted by COVID-19 to request a new forbearance from their mortgage servicer through March 31, 2021.”FHA encourages borrowers with FHA-insured mortgages who can make their mortgage payments to continue to do so. Borrowers with FHA-insured mortgages seeking additional information on available options should visit FHA’s COVID-19 Resources for Homeowners web page on Other borrowers are encouraged to visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Coronavirus Mortgage and Housing Assistance web pages. About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago FHA Updates Policies for In-Person Servicer/Borrower Contacts February 3, 2021 1,753 Views last_img read more


first_img Gavel GamutBy Jim of 16 January 2017)WITH CHARITY FOR SOME, WITH MALICE FOR OTHERSJames Mattis is President-Elect Trump’s choice for Secretary of Defense. According to former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, Mattis is a student of history who understands the dangers of Thucydides’ Trap. Thucydides (471 – 400 B.C.) was an Athenian historian who lived through the Peloponnesian War (431 – 404 B.C.), which exhausted both the loser, Athens, and the eventual winner, Sparta. This thirty years of internecine carnage sowed the seeds of Greece’s vulnerability to Roman conquest.Thucydides observed it was the rise of the upstart Athenians and the fear and resentment of that rise in the more powerful Spartans that led to war. Archidamus, the Spartan king, had cautioned his citizens to not be hurried into conflict out of any sense of offended honor or an attitude of superiority. However, hotter heads prevailed.The United States is unquestionably the strongest nation on Earth militarily and economically. We may have the power to dictate terms to most other countries. We are the Sparta of our time.On the other hand, we may wish to learn from history, not repeat it. If Russia attempted to influence our elections, we should address this serious issue with all due diligence. Due diligence is not a euphemism for dueling.If China builds artificial islands in international waters and declares them China, we need not make a bellicose response. Maybe negotiation from strength might be better.If the United Nations Security Council passes a unanimous resolution that calls for Israel to follow international law, due diligence does not require that Congress withhold funds from the United Nations unless Israel gets a retraction.Now that Secretary Clinton and President-Elect Trump have ended their election cycle neither they nor their supporters should precipitate a Pyrrhic Victory for our country by continuing to attempt to delegitimize their opponents or their opponents’ positions by the technique of circular firing squads.Perhaps it is time to once more look to the wisdom of some of those marvelous ancient Greeks and even our own President Lincoln and not let a misguided sense of offended honor or an overestimation of our own righteousness lead us to another long series of self-destructive attitudes and actions.{This article relied heavily on an article dated May 6, 2015 by Leon Whyte that drew upon the scholarship of Harvard Professor Graham Allison and appeared in The Diplomat.}For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

High School Awarded AtlantiCare Grant to Support Student Club

first_imgOcean City High School has been awarded a $1,000 grant through the AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children initiative.The grant will support the high school’s launch of a new student-led club in 2021 focused on mental health, according to a press release.The club will be affiliated with the Our Minds Matter (OMM) movement, which aims to change school culture around mental health and to give students the tools to build and maintain healthy minds and bodies.“The Ocean City School District began work in 2014 to take significant steps to address mental health as a standard component of our students’ learning experiences,” said Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor. “However, most of the steps we have taken so far are led by administrators and teachers, and the supports we have introduced are mostly utilized during the school day.”Dr. Taylor noted that the student club is the “district’s next step, and a needed one, to enable students to lead some of the programming into discussions and activities that they will find most beneficial and to do so after school hours and virtually.”She continued, “We know this year more than ever that school-led programming is not bound by space or time, and neither are the needs of our youth to feel connected and supported.”Following the district’s Board of Education approval, the OMM club will begin with a small group of student leaders who will organize recruitment efforts.These club leaders will lead weekly meetings either in-person or virtually, depending on the recommended COVID-19 precautions at the time.The club will then move forward, hosting monthly activities to promote mental health and wellness to the entire high school community.It will also organize weeklong campaigns a few times throughout the school year focused on one aspect of mental health, such as breaking the stigma around talking about mental health struggles or sharing coping strategies during periods of high stress.The Ocean City School District anticipates this club having longevity, because it has strong support from district and high school administration, as well as the Board of Education, the press release states.The AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children grant will support the club leaders in planning activities that reinforce healthy behaviors.Club-sponsored activities may include after-school yoga or meditation, as well as guest lectures or workshops to help students develop coping skills to better manage stress and anxiety and to practice self-care.With the grant support, the student leaders now have increased freedom to plan activities that appeal to the whole student body.“The pandemic has emphasized the need for a student group focused on promoting mental health as many face fear, anxiety, depression and loneliness as a result of the health crisis,” the high school’s Wellness Team Leader Jill Berenato said.Berenato added, “The Our Minds Matter club will allow students to gather virtually, if needed, to begin activities immediately after the club is board-approved at the start of 2021.”OCSD added structure to its mental health programming in 2015, with the formation of an ad-hoc committee on Youth Mental Health.The committee developed a formal plan to promote youth mental health awareness, with key action steps, including the adoption of the Lifelines curriculum into high school health and gym classes and implementation of the STOPit app. This technology enables students to anonymously ask questions of professionals or report a friend in need of intervention.Among the steps most recently taken is the renovation of a classroom into a Wellness Room as a safe space for students to focus on reducing stress and anxiety, healthy coping strategies and self-care.The OCHS Wellness Room is popular with students who are in school in the current hybrid model and will serve as a meeting place after school hours for the new club.“We look forward to launching our student-led Our Minds Matter club and appreciate the support we have received from AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children grant program to help us start strong,” said the district’s Curriculum Coordinator Lauren Gunther.Gunther continued, “Our research has shown that this is something our students will certainly benefit from, and this funding will help us move forward quickly, at a time when the need for activities and support systems promoting positive mental health is so great.” The new wellness club at Ocean City High School is called Our Minds Matter. (Photo courtesy JASM Consulting)last_img read more

Bruce Springsteen Helps Excuse Fourth Grader From School After Concert

first_imgBruce Springsteen is certainly known for his lengthy concerts, as “The Boss” has amassed a rich catalog of music over a long career. Thus, when one father took his fourth grade-aged son to a concert, they were sure to be late for work and school, respectively, the next day.Last Tuesday, March 15th, at Springsteen’s concert in Los Angeles, father Scott Glovsky and son Xabi held up a sign saying “BRUCE, I WILL BE LATE TO SCHOOL TOMORROW PLEASE SIGN MY NOTE :)” Not only did the rocker respond, but he invited the Glovsky’s back stage for a quick meet and greet, not only signing a letter but writing his own too.Check out the tweet from the father, below: A full report in Backstreets sheds more light on the story.“We waited outside Bruce’s dressing room, then he came to the door and invited us in. Although there were many musicians and celebrities at the concert, we were the first people to see Bruce after the show. He said, ‘There’s the big guy!’ to my son. It was just the three of us. He then said, ‘I understand that you need a note, I think I can help you out.’“Bruce sat down on a couch and started to talk with Xabi, asking for the name of his teacher and how Xabi spelled his name, pulling out a piece of paper and a pen. As Xabi sat next to him on the couch, Bruce thoughtfully and artistically created this beautiful note. It was very interesting to watch the artist at work. They talked for a few minutes, and Bruce was incredibly nice, caring and gracious.”Just further evidence that Springsteen is, indeed, The Boss.last_img read more

“Lett Us In The Dumpsta”: Members Of Lettuce & Dumpstaphunk To Regroup in NOLA

first_imgMembers of Lettuce and Dumpstaphunk will team up for a special late-night show during weekend one of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.Heavyweights of the modern jam-funk era, New Orleans’ Dumpstaphunk is the most physical band to sprout of the Crescent City in a long time. Their dueling basses and greasy NOLA stank have created a bold and aggressive style that informs the entire genre; from inside their historic musical city and sprawling out to the Midwest and both coasts, their influence knows no boundaries. Always busting loose with classic performances during Jazz Fest, keyboardist/vocalist/local icon Ivan Neville‘s popular syndicate has over a decade of legendary hometown threauxdowns under their belts. For eight glorious years, Dumpstaphunk was the NOLA heartbeat of the iconic Bear Creek Music and Art Festival at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, and often shared their raucous stage with various friends in other bands, none more so than Lettuce.Hailing from the Northeast, the future-funk hip-hop Voltron known as Lettuce is no stranger to the city of New Orleans. Presenting a more Herbie Hancock/Tower of Power styled attack in their earlier years, Lettuce spent many nights soaking up the NOLA gumbo of grooves and incorporating the sounds into their own potent stew. Lettuce has always welcomed the stalwarts of the New Orleans funk game like Dumpstaphunk to their stage, both in the city of New Orleans and in New York, and as far away as the legendary Bear Creek, too.Dr. Klaw – “Just Kissed My Baby” – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks – 5/1/10[Video: TheFunkItBlog]It’s no secret that Lettuce holds Crescent City royalty like The Meters in the highest possible esteem, and have invited the likes of George Porter Jr. and Cyril Neville to their largest stage of the year, as the dynamic NOLA pair appeared at 2017’s RAGE ROCKS at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. Lettuce has a long and colorful relationship with both Ivan and Ian Neville, as the keyboardist/vocalist sat in with Lettuce at their very first gig at Tipitina’s back in 2003. Ian Neville is the best kept secret in his legendary family, and has stepped in on guitar on a variety of occasions, including a Royal Family Ball late night at the Howlin’ Wolf and a special performance at Bear Creek 2009.Dumpstaphunk bassist/vocalist Nick Daniels III is among Lettuce’s favorite musicians, period. His patented high vocal register and thunder-crunk bass work are THE key component to the Lettuce/Dumpsta side project that bears his nickname, Dr. Klaw. There is a great deal of reciprocal respect between the Dumpsta and LETT camps, and it’s clear that Lettuce is honored that members of their favorite current New Orleans group are going to host an authentic Jazz Fest late night collab.Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, along with bassist Nick Daniels III are teaming up with Adam Deitch, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Ryan Zoidis, and Eric “Benny” Bloom to form Lett Us In The Dumpsta on Sunday, April 28th at 2:00 a.m. at the raging Frenchmen Street club, The Maison.In addition to a bombastic collection of videos that capture some of the most memorable Dumpsta/LETT collaborations of the past decade, L4LM’s B.Getz sought comments from members of each band on the forthcoming late night rage. Thoughts from Dumpsta’s Ian Neville and Lettuce’s Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff,  as well as some comments from Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival producer Paul Levine. Paul was instrumental in bringing these two titanic squads together for some of the finest collaborations in that festival’s beautifully funky history, and planting the seeds for continued glory such as what is set to go down at Maison in NOLA on April 28th.Dumpstaphunk DumpstaJam – Bear Creek Music Festival (Part 1) – 11/12/11Dumpstaphunk DumpstaJam – Bear Creek Music Festival (Part 2) – 11/12/11[Videos: TheFunkItBlog]Ian Neville:The way I remember connecting with those guys is that I met Kraz first. Soulive was opening for the Funky Meters, this is late 90’s maybe. That was my intro to that camp. When they had started their Royal Fam sh*t with their whole crew and all that,  I saw how they got down and that sh*t blew me away. Soulive blew me away first. Then (through Soulive) I met (Adam) Deitch and ZWAD (Ryan Zoidis, Lettuce sax) and Sam K. (Kinninger, ex-Lettuce sax). Soon after Nigel (Hall) came in the mix with both bands, and over the years their crew just kept adding and building with seriously talented cats. I just started paying attention to what they were doing.My favorite comparative dynamic between us, the New Orleans guys, and those guys in Lettuce is how they absorbed things, those guys really did their homework about the predecessors and originators of the music that we all dug. Whether it be their recording styles, or their show tendencies, it was just a total comprehensive dig into that sh*t, to absorb all the good elements of the music we all enjoyed. That was just a cool similar track or dynamic, whatever you want to call it, that we shared. We all had the same influences, coming from two completely different worlds, sources, and our absorption styles were different. I feel like the NY camp, the Lettuce guys, there was something always a little more crisp about how they go about their sh*t — I don’t mean that to slight any of our New Orleans cats, because it’s the exact opposite on our end. We had the dirt, we had the street, we had that organic absorption of the city and our culture, what we were living.  See, they knew how to take their interest and love for similar music, but they absorbed it in a completely different way, and then they reinterpreted it. Those comparisons, those similarities and differences, are why we all have fun playing music together now.Bear Creek Allstars, feat. George Porter w/ members of Dumpstaphunk & Lettuce – 5/1/13 [Videos: Chris Rogers]Bear Creek Allstars – “Go To The Mardi Gras” – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks – 5/1/13 [Videos: TheFunkItBlog]Bear Creek Allstars – 11/16/2013[Videos: Funkatopia]Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff:Jazz Fest is something special. To me, it’s one of the few music festivals in this country that has tried to retain the original culture of America, the culture of blues, of jazz, you know, people music. I just hope that in some way, Lettuce has gotten into the hearts of some of the people from New Orleans. I’m talking about the musicians who have built that place. I hope that they view us as a band who is trying to pay respect to the city, to all of the artists who came before us, all the NOLA artists that we love so much. For us, it’s always been about putting them first, and I hope they feel that from us down there. ‘Cause obviously we love New Orleans! We love the culture, we love the city, we love the art, we love music, we love the food, we love Jazz Fest. We’ve been going down there for a long time. Some of the people from NOLA are like family to us at this point. This Jazz Fest I’ll be playing with Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Nick Daniels III, and others. It is the moments onstage playing with those musical idols and our musical family, it’s joy, fear, nervousness, awe, and then you wipe all that away and you just have fun and funk out!Dr. Klaw with Cyril Neville 4/27/16 New Orleans, LA @ Fiya Fest at Mardi Gras World[Video: TheFunkItBlog]Adam Deitch, Nigel & Tony Hall, Viveca Hawkins, Ian & Ivan Neville MISS YOU 11/26/16 SF BOOM BOOM[Video: Peter Lull]Paul Levine:When we started Bear Creek, obviously funk music and the New Orleans Jazz Fest ethos were deeply at the heart of it, that was the foundation that we built the whole show upon. Dumpstaphunk represented the nastiest & greasiest funk from the Crescent City, while Lettuce repped the brash & edgy Northeastern swag, both of their unique styles of funk were at the core of Bear Creek. Their individual band performances at the festival were legendary. But when Dumpsta and Lettuce guys would share the stage together, be it the Dumpsta Jam, Dr. Klaw, later years in NOLA the Bear Creek All-Stars show or even a Royal Family Ball, what happened on those stages was truly magic. These bands have a certain chemistry that works on special level, and it is something that oozes New Orleans.Tickets to Lett Us In The Dumpsta at The Maison are currently on sale on Eventbrite.(Art by Kellin Townsend – @kellintownsend)Date: Sunday, April 28th, 2019 (technically early AM April 29th)Artist: Live For Live Music Presents: Lett Us In The Dumpsta featuring Ivan Neville, Ian Neville & Nick Daniels of Dumpstaphunk + Adam Deitch, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Ryan Zoidis & Eric “Benny” Bloom of LettuceVenue: The Maison – 508 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116Tickets: $35 Advance / $40 Day Of Show //// VIP  $60 Advance / $65 Day Of Show (VIP includes expedited entry, dedicated elevated VIP area VIP bar & more)Time: Doors –  2:00 AMThe musical heritage of New Orleans will be on full display during the 50th-anniversary edition of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this spring. In addition to the official festivities on the fairgrounds, musicians from New Orleans and beyond will deliver a number of exciting nighttime shows during the week-and-change encompassed by Jazz Fest.Jazz Fest 2019 After Dark: L4LM Top PicksCheck out a list of Live For Live Music‘s various night shows during Jazz Fest below. For more information, or to grab your tickets today before they’re all gone, head here.last_img read more