New York City Has Become an Attraction for Hosting Big Musical Festivals

Large Musical Festivals held in NYC declined in past years and made its way during 2014 until 2016. New York City is the most populated metropolitan city in the world and is known as the major attraction for hosting music and dance events. From June through August 2016, the city has hosted many musical festivals, including the Governors Ball, Electric Daisy Carnival, Global Citizen, and Panorama, which attracted over 10,000 patrons. Electric music lovers are preparing themselves for the upcoming 2016 Electric Zoo Festival, scheduled during the Labor Day weekend, beginning September 2nd and ending on September 4th. This huge event will happen in Randall Island Park and feature electronic dance & music and known & underground artists.



Forbes announced in June 2016 that the Meadows Music & Arts Festival is hosting an October 2016 Event, featuring The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, and Kanye West, in Queens. The Meadows Music & Arts and Electric Zoo Festivals are the most recent big events in NYC. The city is home for many famous hip hop, Latin, jazz and punk artists, and is the dance capital of the nation. Tens of thousands of patrons filled fields in parks, including Central to enjoy the beautiful weather, dance and music.



Central Park Summer Stage Festival began in June and ends September 23rd, 2016. Events are held particularly every day, including free & paid live concerts, theater, ballet, opera, dance parties and poetry. This Labor Day weekend, starting Friday through Sunday will include three days of live performances and dance. Tickets to these events are available online, as well as to Meadows Music & Arts Festival.



The rise in large musical festivals in New York City continues, causing the city to monitor accessibility to places to hold such events. Festivals are popping up all over the city in Richmond, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens counties. Can NYC meet the demand for musical festivals? Time will tell beginning 2017 when companies, such a Founders Entertainment start planning and scheduling events.



Artists, concert followers, and the entertainment industry are looking forward to festival shows in New York City. Artists and entertainment companies are financially relying on large festivals to generate revenue, while concert goers are searching for free and cost efficient tickets. NYC is welcoming festivities to keep the economy stable.


Anthony Petrello’s Long, Distinguished Career With Nabors Industries

President, CEO and Chairman of the Board Anthony Petrello started his career with Nabors Industries in 1991, after previously working as a managing partner at the Manhattan law firm of Baker & McKenzie in New York. First elected to the Nabors Board of Directors, Tony Petrello became deputy chair in 2003, and in 2011, he was elected president and CEO of the company. Finally, in 2012, Petrello was elected to chair the board as well.

Petrello’s 2015 income of more than $27 million reflects his responsibility for leading Nabors, a global land-based drilling rig operator, in a highly competitive industry. His salary is tied to meeting operational and financial objectives and Petrello is rewarded for increasing shareholder value. Nabors offers drilling equipment and software, drilling and measurement systems and well site services as well and the company has a presence in almost all of the world’s top oil and gas producing regions. The board and Nabors’ investors are pleased with Petrello’s performance; the board renewed his 2009 employment contract for another five years well before it expired. In addition, Petrello serves as a director of oilfield equipment manufacturer Stewart & Stevenson and Hilcorp Energy Company.

Newark, New Jersey native Tony Petrello earned M.S. degrees in mathematics from Yale University; his former college roommate called him brilliant, with a promising career as an academic and a favorite of Professor Serge Lang. Instead, Petrello chose to attend Harvard Law School, where he earned his J.D. degree.

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One of Petrello’s duties is a labor of love; he sits on the Board of Trustees of Texas Children’s Hospital. When Petrello and his wife Cynthia, who was his college sweetheart, had their baby girl in 1997, Carena was born prematurely and she developed cerebral palsy. After seeking help for Carena when she could not speak or feed herself any longer, Petrello realized that few researchers studied childhood neurological diseases, research focused on adult brain disorders. To spur research, he donated $7 million to the Texas Children’s Hospital in 2006 toward the founding of the hospital’s new Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute.

Today, Petrello is a well-respected philanthropist. He and his wife founded the Petrello Family Foundation in 2001 to support the arts, health care and human service organizations in the Houston community, including the Assistance League of Houston, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and The Lazarus House. In 2011, Tony and Cynthia Petrello were the joint recipients of the Smithsonian’s Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.

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New York City’s Mayor Is Cracking Down On Parking Placard Abusers

Mayor Bill De Blasio is not happy about the parking debacle in his city. It’s a well-known fact that the city has strict rules about parking. Parking on a street in New York is sure to end costing more than the meter fee. Parking fines are as common as the soft pretzels and hot dogs sold on city street corners. But there are people in the city that are privileged parkers. They have placards that give them the right to park in “no parking areas.” The police, school teachers, and other city workers sometimes use placards the wrong way. The mayor is cracking down on those civil servants with the wrath of a tyrant. Bill de Blasio promised to punish any civil worker who unlawfully uses city streets, bus stops, fire hydrants, and sidewalks as legal parking places.



Mayor De Blasio said the city would enforce parking rules the same way for everyone, and that means treating parking spots around police precincts and schools the same way other no-parking areas are treated. Placard abuse has to stop, according to the mayor. He recently told an audience in the Bronx that “Public employees don’t get to be above the law.” He also said using placards the wrong way was an insult to the people of New York City.



New York City issues more than 150,000 official placards. But there are fake cards and labor unions pass out unofficial placards in some parts of the city. The union placards are not that special because they don’t give people exclusive parking privileges. But the NYPD rarely gives those people tickets even though they are parked illegally. The mayor plans to retrain police officers so they issue parking tickets to placard abusers.



De Blasio also said the police department will create a dedicated enforcement unit, and 100 new agents will be responsible for citing offending vehicles along with the agents who are already working to correct the placard abuse issue. The mayor is also creating a $100 special fine for placard abuse. That fine will be added to the cost of the parking violation.



The city will have computerized license-plate scanners in three years. The scanners are capable of electronically sweeping the streets, and they will identify who’s parked legally and who isn’t. Mayor De Blasio will be able to sleep a little better when those scanners become a reality.


Yankees Dealing with Attendance Decline

The New York Yankees are the most successful baseball team in Major League History. The team has by far the most World Series championships, playoff berths, and Hall of Fame players. Historically, this has also translated into higher attendance, ticket sales, and suite revenue. However, it appears that this historical trend is beginning to change (


Over the past few years, the New York Yankees have continued to see a drop in attendance and ticket revenues. It was recently reported that while it was clear that there were less people in the crowds, the level of the decline is very staggering. Over the past few seasons, the annual amount that the team has lost, compared to the 2009 season, is $166 million. At the same time, the average attendance at Yankees games is down more than 4,000 fans per game. In fact, the Yanks recently had a game against the Toronto Blue Jays that drew only 25,000 fans, which is the lowest amount in over a decade.


The reason for this decline is still not completely clear, but there are a lot of different factors at work. First, the team is still recovering from losing several star players to retirement. Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Alex Rodriguez all played their last games in the last two years, which has left the team without a marquee star player.


Another reason for the decline in attendance has been a decline in performance. In 2015 and 2016 the Yankees looked far less like the teams of the past, but they still had some success by finishing over .500 each year. While the decline in performance did affect the team and attendance, it appears that it could be coming to an end. Through the first two months of the regular season in 2017, the Yankees are once again looking like a team loaded with talent. They are currently 27 and 17, which is food for first place in their division. Furthermore, the team is loaded with young talent, which is helping to build more interest in the next iteration of the franchise. Despite the increased talent, fans have not yet returned to the stadium.



Corporate Sponsors Continue to Pull out of Puerto Rican Day Parade Citing Controversial Honoree

More corporate sponsors have pulled their support of New York’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, following a declaration by parade organizers to honor Oscar Lopez Rivera, a Puerto Rican nationalist with ties to terrorism.


Lopez Rivera is best known as a member of the Armed Forces of National Liberation, more commonly referenced by its Spanish initials F.A.L.N. The group has ties to over 120 bombings. Lopez Rivera served a term of over 35 years in prison before his sentence was commuted by President Obama last January.


Parade organizers announced that they would honor Lopez Rivera with a National Freedom Hero award, an honor that has never before been bestowed. Lopez Rivera himself will lead the parade himself.


“I do not have blood on my hands,” Lopez Rivera said after being released from prison last week. “All colonized people have a right to struggle for its independence using all methods within reach, including force. That is a right.”


AT&T is the latest sponsor to pull funding from the parade, while other groups have said they will continue to fund scholarship programs associated with the celebration, but will not fund the parade itself. Such organizations include Coca-Cola, the New York Yankees, Goya Foods, and JetBlue.


“We did not make this decision lightly and hope all sides will come together to engage in a dialogue about the parade’s role in unifying the community at a time when Puerto Rico needs it most,” said JetBlue in a recent statement concerning the event.


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has stated that he will still march in the parade, and that the selection of Lopez Rivera would not change his stance.


“Whether you agree with that choice or not, it’s still the Puerto Rican parade,” said de Blasio, “and my point is, I will be there to honor the Puerto Rican people.”


Meanwhile, several New York City-based police organizations have stated that they will not participate in the day’s festivities. Among those groups is the Hispanic Society, which represents the largest contingent of New York’s Hispanic police officers.


Combating Lifestyle Diseases though Exercise and Diet

Today, lifestyle related illnesses are a leading contributor to deaths in the world. New York City has been on the forefront to educate and inform people on the best ways to combat these kinds of illnesses. Several media outlets continue to increase their contribution to the awareness program. There are several do’s and don’ts when it comes to feeding habits that each and every individual should follow. Despite watching our diets, doing regular exercise is every bit as important. Exercise gets associated with several benefits including


Benefits for Dementia

According to an article published in The New York Times taking a one hour walk, three days a week provides a lot of health benefits to the memory. Walking, which is the most preferred exercise may boost the brain function and improve the thinking capabilities of people with dementia. Besides keeping the person fit, walking contributes to altering the trajectory of the disease. The most common form of this disease occurs when some of the blood vessels taking blood to the brain get damaged. When blood no longer flows to the brain, an individual may lose part of their memories. Damage to these veins often gets attributed to lifestyle diseases like diabetes that increase the blood pressure. Additionally, defects of the heart may also contribute to the rupture of the veins. However, walking is not considered as a medicine or answer to the disease. Therefore, patients should continue taking medications as exercising helps to reduce the symptoms and improve their thinking capability.

While exercising is important, feeding habits are necessary if the war against lifestyle diseases is to be won.


Effects of Diet on Knee Arthritis

Among the do’s include adding a high fiber diet to everyday meals. Fiber has positive effects on the reduction of knee arthritis symptoms. For healthy individuals, a high fiber diet reduces the risk of having knee arthritis. The disease gets characterized by a lot of pain in the kneecaps, and it affects a larger population of the elderly. Studies conducted indicate that with every increase of fiber in the diet, it led to a decreased prevalence of the disease. Tests conducted showed that fiber reduced inflammation and contributed to regulating the body mass. Therefore, patient and healthy individuals got instructed to include at least 25-30 grams of fiber in their diet. The research also indicated that adding fiber to our daily meals is the most economical way of reducing knee arthritis. Additionally, fiber has additional benefits like maintaining the heart healthy and reducing weight.


Puerto Rican Day Parade Changes

Sponsors Dip Out of Puerto Rican Day Parade


The Puerto Rican Day Parade is one of the many annual festivals that takes over the streets of New York every year. This year’s parade, however, may be short some notable features, namely sponsors.


As of Tuesday, there is a list of growing sponsors and companies who have all decided to pull their support away from the 2017 Puerto Rican Day Parade. The reasoning for doing so is tied to Oscar López Rivera, a known Puerto Rican nationalist who is supposed to be honored at the event. Some of the companies involved in this are AT&T, Coca-Cola, JetBlue Airways and even the New York Yankees.


These four companies, along with Goya Foods, all released statements saying they would not participate this year with the reasoning being a “business decision.” Several New York City police groups have also joined the list in those organizations deciding not to participate this year, which is scheduled for June 11th in Manhattan.


When asked about the sponsors, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade’s board of directors expressed their sadness and disappointment for the sponsors who would not participate but at the same time respected their views and right to make the decision. The board also respected the Parade’s mission and commitment to being an inclusive event and bearing the responsibility of representing all the voices that make up the Puerto Rican community. Oddly enough, Coca-Cola, the Yankees and JetBlue have still decided to give their financial support to the scholarships launched by the parade. The Yankees organization stated they would keep the financial support in order to protect the best interests of students who wanted their education to continue.


Regarding the parade itself, a special honor was to be given Oscar López Rivera, who was widely recognized as Puerto Rico’s first “National Freedom Hero.” Rivera was originally a member of the Armed Forces of National Liberation and spent more than 35 years in prison, until former President Barack Obama commuted his sentence. Just last week, Rivera was greeted to a hero’s welcome in Chicago, after being credited as a major player in Puerto Rico’s fight for independence during the 1970s and 1980s.


New York City’s MTA Will Pay People $1 Million If They Can Help Fix The Subway Debacle

The subway in New York is the lifeblood of the city. Without the subway, the congested streets of the city would be impassable. Traffic has always been a problem, and the subway system helps alleviate some commuting issues for New York residents. But the subway system is not a smooth running machine. The subway system has a basket full of problems, and city officials don’t know how to fix those issues. The system needs upgrades and repairs, and city officials say it could take 40 years to complete all the current repairs. By that time the subway system will be overcrowded, obsolete, and an endless money pit.



Governor Cuomo recently introduced a plan that gets the people involved in upgrading the subway system. Cuomo ordered the MTA to hold a “Genius Award” contest to find the best ways to fix the almost unfixable subway system. The aging fleet of subway cars, the broken signals, and the lack of Wi-Fi and cellular service in the tunnels, and on trains are driving New Yorkers batty, and city officials are grasping at straws in their attempt to come with feasible solutions. Common service delays are the result of the city’s inattentive attitude to the subway’s infrastructure.



The consensus is, Cuomo doesn’t believe the city can fix the subway debacle, so he is asking New Yorkers and people around the world for help. Some city officials say the contest is a half-baked idea, but other people think the governor is doing the right thing.



The contest is broken down by category. Anyone that comes up with an idea to fix the subway car issue will win a $1 million. And anyone who can solve the signal issue gets another $1 million. And if someone can find a way to make the subway system more tech friendly, they would get $1 million. Cuomo knows it is only a matter of time before the system breaks down and accidents become the norm. Putting a contest in place is the catalyst the city needs to solve an issue that could paralyze the city in the blink of an eye. New Yorkers like the contest idea. The Mass Transit Authority is already getting responses even though the contest just started.


E Governe Is The Way Forward For Government Bodies

The e-governe program of ICI has found a significant number of takers in government organizations. The latest example is the contract signed between the municipality of Osasco in Greater Sao Paulo and the Institute for the implementation of the e-governe school management system that is expected to give a fillip to government supported e-education. Under the agreement, ICI is required to provide computer equipment and install a logical, electrical network, as also a call center for the Municipal Education Department of Sao Paulo city.

E-government education has big advantages regarding ensuring not just the integrity or correctness of information, but also its unique nature and security. At the same time, the e-governe program enables management reports to be generated in real time. By providing access to the Internet and making shared reports available one does away with the whole nuisance of making many copies of the same report.


As a matter of fact, there is a large number of companies that help propagate e-goverene. Take the case of the thirty-year-old company Consult for example. Their cutting edge systems have long set benchmarks in many sectors of public administration.Then there is Minauro who have been around for decades and are known to be past masters at the improvement of the quality of services to its customers.


It is companies like these that help in the implementation of e governe that for example assists in the efficient dissemination of healthcare by the government by enabling the effective management of the municipal and state health secretariats. This is managed by the integration of the various healthcare units, as well as the health sectors and the appointments charts of healthcare practitioners.


This eliminates things like queues and considerably enhances the quality of service that the people can obtain. E governe can also help with ambulance, hospital and bed control as also the management of financial resources. When integrated with e-government materials, this provides tremendous leverage.


Among the major advantages that accrue from egoverne a few are given here. E governe allows organizations to follow a regionalized system of attendance with all its attendant benefits. Moreover, there can be proper monitoring and regulation of patients coming over from other municipalities. That apart, it helps one exercise control over the agreements entered into by Municipalities between themselves or between states and municipalities. Above all the financial transfers are now far better managed.


The work process becomes far more efficient with the flow of patients between different units getting rationalized. The ultimate result of all of this is that the programs of health get structured around constant attention to health. Thus we see that egoverne well and truly is helping myriad local government bodies introduce efficiencies into their processes.


There is no other way apart from e-governe to bring about such radical changes across generally moribund government department. What makes this critically important is the fact that it is these units alone that are responsible for reaching benefits to those sections of the society that need it the most.

Trump’s Budget Proposal Will Hurt New York City’s Schools And Housing

The initial reaction to President Trump’s budget is alarming. Once again, Trump is serving up a heavy dose of political fiction, and he expects Congress to swallow it. Congress has digestive issues, and this new budget is more than the members on both sides of the House can manage. Congress is not going to take the political bait, and cities like New York are not going to take it either. Yep, Trump’s hometown will lose $850 million in Federal funding if Trump’s budget goes through both Houses as it written. That’s not going to happen, but the damage from the thought of Trump cutting programs that fund city housing, schools, healthcare, and other programs has already made Trump look like the buffoon he is.



The 2018 budget would cut $108 million in grants for city schools and $21 million in after-school programs for low-income students. The budget also eliminates the program to develop housing for low-income families, and that will cost the city $12 million. And the energy assistance program that helps New Yorkers heat their homes will also go away. That will cost the city another $23 million. The budget would also cut $48 million in rental assistance, and $68 million for senior centers, domestic violence, and other protective services. The government’s contribution to NYCHA would be cut by 20 percent, and that amounts to $168 million. Public housing capital funds would also be cut, and that will cost the city another $200 million a year.



The message Trump is sending the people is clear. His political plan is to say one thing and do another. The campaign promises were not promises. They were empty words from a man who has a hidden agenda. The cost of protecting Trump, and his family, when they are in New York City is $1 million a day. The people of New York think that is ridiculous. Even though the Secret Service is paid by the government to protect the family, New York law enforcement has to assist the agents when it comes to controlling the movements of the public.



Trump is costing New York City more than just money. His words and actions shine a negative light on the city, and New Yorkers are sick about that.