Stay up to date on all the latest news from Boston.com
A series of Van Morrison concerts at a Belfast hotel on Thursday evening have been cancelled just hours before they were to begin.
ir Van (75), an outspoken critic of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, was set to appear for four dates over the weekend at the Europa Hotel.
With the title ‘Save Live Performance’ the shows included a gig performed by the musician as well as supper at the hotel.
Howard Hastings, owner of the Hasting Hotel Group which runs the Europa Hotel, said he believed they would be able to deliver the shows as test events, following a discussion with the Executive two months ago.
Organisers had hoped the ban on live music would be lifted in time when a review on restrictions by Stormont ministers took place on Thursday.
“We submitted a lengthy and comprehensive risk assessment to demonstrate how this could be done safely,” said Mr Hastings in a statement.
“For four weeks they neither confirmed nor denied that we could proceed. Then, as part of their preparations they entrusted the Minister for Department of Culture Arts and Leisure with the task of preparing recommendations for the way forward for live music.
“The date for our concerts was approaching, with no clear direction received.”
Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said the planned concerts – set to take place on June 10, 11, 12 and 13 – could not go ahead and said the matter was discussed at the Executive meeting.
Speaking in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, Ms O’Neill said: “Yes, we did discuss [the Van Morrison gig], and no it can’t go ahead, it shouldn’t.”
She continued: “Unfortunately we’re not there yet. We’ve announced the indicative date of the 21st for live music, and that’s the date we’re asking people to adhere to.”
The hotel owner referenced confusion after Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey earlier this month told UUP MLA Mike Nesbitt the concerts could go ahead – if they kept within the regulations.
On June 1, she said: “As long as they keep within the regulations that there’s an assessment of the venue’s size, and that a risk assessment is conducted for them.
“There is an issue obviously at the moment of how loud music can be within a venue and they would need to adhere to that but I am hopeful as part of the Taskforce work this issue will start to be taken forward with more easements in the coming weeks.”
In a statement to the Belfast Telegraph, a spokesperson for the Department for Communities said: “The responsibility for acting within current Covid-19 regulations lies with the organisers of each event.”
Adding in his statement, Mr Hastings said: “Last night I made a request to the Executive Office one last time to consider the status of these shows, especially given the assurances I had been given.
“This afternoon they came back to say that they remain of the view that live music is unlawful at this time.
“I have never been in the position where I have had to cancel a show at such late notice before.
“It has never been my intention to challenge the Executive, who like the rest of us have had an extraordinarily testing pandemic period. We have sought no publicity over this, rather we attempted to work with the authorities at all times.
“I have taken appropriate legal advice and there appears to be no lawful way in which these series of concerts can proceed at this time.
“Van, I apologise to you and your band. We can only hope for better days ahead.
“I apologise to those of you here in this room who are so bitterly disappointed at this turn of events.
“There will be a full refund for your tickets, and I invite those of you who wish to stay to enjoy tonight’s meal with our compliments, and after dinner we will show the now famous video of the concert Van gave on his 75th Birthday, at Cyprus Avenue.”
Live music was banned in pubs, hotels and clubs as part of the restrictions but will now be allowed resume from June 21 in venues across Northern Ireland. Many venues have been closed to audiences since March 2020.
The move will need to be rubber-stamped by the Executive next week, in line with health advice.
Tickets for the live shows were still on sale on Thursday but were unable to be purchased due to low availability.
Meanwhile, James Vincent McMorrow will on Thursday evening headline the first concert in the Republic with a live audience of 500 at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
Last weekend, those behind Londonderry’s Stendhal music festival welcomed 250 invited guests to Ballymully Cottage Farm for a series of sets from various artists.
High-profile musician Sir Van had previously accused the government of restricting freedoms in songs he released last year.
The concerts this weekend were billed as intimate performances and had been postponed several times as restrictions changed.
Earlier this week, Sir Van performed at a concert in the London Palladium which was billed as a socially-distanced gig.
A spokesperson for the PSNI said: “Whilst hospitality venues are now permitted to open, they remain subject to a number of restrictions under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021.
“Police would advise anyone planning an event to make themselves aware of these restrictions and to abide by the Regulations. Anyone found to be in breach of the regulations could face further action from police.”
Not long ago, “getting Phished” meant waking up in a festival field wearing nothing but cargo shorts — 23 hours into a 3-day jam session, smelling like patchouli oil.
Now, the hackers are ruining it for us all.
Recently, high-profile cyberattacks of pipelines, meat factories, and ferry operations have cast new light on the existential risk of a digital society.
A recent Protocol article details the rise of phishing attacks among DoorDash gig workers (AKA Dashers).
Here’s how these DoorDash attacks work:
Although Protocol was unable to confirm the number of scammed DoorDash workers, Reddit threads indicate a growing number of gig worker victims (Postmates couriers have been hit, too).
DoorDash suggests these are one-off problems. But gig workers are particularly vulnerable to phishing scams because of their relationship with their work. Often, they have no boss or co-workers to consult with and the money is just dropped into their account.
They simply follow the prompts of an app…
The Celtics might have some competition in finding their next head coach.
Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen has interviewed for the job to replace Brad Stevens and is expected to interview with the Trail Blazers for their head coaching spot, The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn reported Saturday.
Allen, who played professionally for 14 years in the NBA and overseas, joined the Celtics as an assistant coach in 2015. Allen has “been a positive influence, forging close relationships with the players” during his time in Boston, according to Washburn.
Prior to joining the Celtics, Allen was the head coach of the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s basketball team for six seasons. In 2020, Allen received a 15-year show-cause penalty from the NCAA due to accepting bribes to help a student get on the recruiting list in order to get accepted into Penn during his time as head coach.
Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga is expected to interview for the job while assistant coach Scott Morrison will interview for the job, HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto reported. Larranaga’s been a Celtics assistant since 2012 while Morrison’s been a Celtics assistant since 2017. Morrison was the head coach of the Maine Red Claws for three years prior to coaching the Celtics, winning the D-League Coach of the Year Award in 2015.
Not long after Stevens stepped down as Celtics head coach to become their president of basketball operations, it was reported that the Celtics would interview internal candidates before looking at external candidates for the job.
The Trail Blazers became the second team to have a head coach opening after they agreed to part ways with Terry Stotts on Friday. Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard already publically vouched for his team to hire either Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd or Clippers assistant coach Chauncey Billups to be the team’s next head coach. Both Kidd and Billups have been rumored candidates for the Celtics job.
In addition to internal candidates plus Kidd and Billups, Duke women’s basketball head coach (and ex-Celtics assistant coach) Kara Lawson, 76ers assistant coach Sam Cassell, and Nets assistant coach Ime Udoka are just a few of the names that have been rumored to replace Stevens.
The Magic entered the head coach search Saturday when they agreed to part ways with Steve Clifford. The now ex-Magic coach has prior ties with Kemba Walker. Clifford was Walker’s head coach for five seasons in Charlotte.
Stay up to date on all the latest news from Boston.com
Kate Kendell, the former longtime executive director of the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights, is now the first chief of staff for the California Endowment.
Kendell began the new position June 1, after having served for nine years on the endowment’s board of directors, a news release stated.
“The endowment is excited to have Kate Kendell continue to serve our foundation, now as chief of staff,” stated Dr. Robert K. Ross, CEO and president of the endowment. “Kate’s career is steeped in racial justice, LGBTQ advocacy, and civil rights. She will be a strong leader for our work in the next decade.”
According to the release, Kendell’s hiring comes after recent retirements of executive team members and a major transition of staff. Kendell will assist and support the executive team, and will play a key role in the development and implementation for the endowment’s future work, helping to deepen the racial equity efforts of the organization. She will also support grant making from the CEO’s office, and ensure the prioritization of critical issues and required information for the CEO to help facilitate efficiency and provide timely decision-making.
Kendell stepped down from NCLR at the end of 2018. Most recently, she served as interim chief legal officer at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Kendell said she’s enthusiastic about the new job.
“After serving on the board of the California Endowment, I am especially excited to join the staff of an organization committed to health and social and racial justice,” she stated in an email. “For 25 years the endowment has empowered and partnered with youth and residents to create vibrant communities where all can thrive, including LGBTQ residents. I look forward to helping the passionate and talented team at the endowment deepen and grow that work for all Californians.”
The California Endowment has a budget of about $3.5 million, according to the audited financials on its website. It works to provide grants to develop social justice and health equity for all Californians. Learn more at https://www.calendow.org/
Glide announces Pride festivities
Glide Memorial Church and the Glide Pride Team have announced various activities to recognize LGBTQ Pride Month in June. There will be tributes, special offerings, and Pride-inspired Sunday celebrations.
Led by Marvin K. White, Glide’s minister of celebration, the church is dedicated to unconditional love, radically inclusive faith, and social justice.
“Glide Memorial Church has a long history of LGBTQ+ inclusion,” White stated in a news release. “Our congregation has been a spiritual home for the LGBTQ+ community from the beginning. … We celebrate Pride because we know that the LGBTQ+ stories that make up our beloved community will endure.”
There are drag and spirituality shows on Friday, June 11, featuring Afrika America; Monday, June 14, with Lotus Boy; and Monday, June 21, with Honey Mahogany. All start at 7 p.m.
“Black Trans Lives: Breaking the Silence” will be held Tuesday, June 22, at 6 p.m. There will be a virtual watch party for the classic drag ballroom film “Paris is Burning” Friday, June 25, at 6 p.m. On Sunday, June 27, at 2 p.m. there will be a virtual Pride party on Twitch with DJ David Harness.
For more information and to register for the events, go to https://www.glide.org/
LGBTQ first-time homebuyer seminar
The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance will hold a virtual national first-time homebuyer seminar for queer people Wednesday, June 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Organizers said they believed this is the first such program ever offered specifically for the LGBTQ+ community.
This is also the first public program offered by the alliance, a 501(c)6 nonprofit with more than 1,200 members that launched last October. According to a news release, it will feature a variety of important topics for potential homeowners, including discussions about down payments, mortgage types, pre-approval, and the lending process. The program will offer insight into selecting an agent, home, and neighborhood while offering perspectives on the offer, negotiations, and the different steps to closing. The alliance will also provide resources to help combat potential housing discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Today’s market conditions have heightened the challenges facing first-time homebuyers and we believe it is important to provide members of our community with the tools and resources they need to navigate the buying process,” stated Ryan Weyandt, CEO of the alliance. “Along with discrimination, and fear of it, we have found a lack of education focused on the LGBTQ+ community that would allow more to better prepare for the process.”
Weyandt pointed out that the LGBTQ+ homeownership rate is just 49.6%, according to the Williams Institute, an LGBTQ think tank at UCLA School of Law. This is far below the national mark of 65.6% cited by the U.S. Census Bureau.
One of the featured speakers will be Josh Pringle from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Leaskou Partners in Palm Springs. Other speakers include Kassandra Alicea, the alliance’s San Antonio, Texas chapter president and an agent with Coldwell Banker’s D’Ann Harper Realtors, and Ron Waterson, a loan officer with PrimeLending in Dallas.
There is no cost to attend. To register, go to https://realestatealliance.org/event/first-time-home-buyers-course/
According to a new report from the National Association of Realtors that was released June 9, LGBTQ buyers purchased older and smaller homes more than non-LGBTQ buyers, and expect to live in their new homes five years less than non-LGBTQ buyers.
CA Hispanic chamber launches LGBTQ business initiatives
The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce has announced its LGBTQ+ Business Initiative launch. The initiative will promote an inclusive ecosystem at the CHCC through regional collaboration, maximizing resources, and leadership development, according to a news release.
The CHCC has committed to building bridges between its regional Hispanic chambers, affiliates, and the regional LGBTQ+ chambers or business associations in launching the initiative.
“LGBTQ+ rights this decade has seen a range of positive changes. Companies have come a long way putting in place policies that promote and protect diversity,” stated Julian Canete, president and CEO of CHCC. “But there’s still more that can be done, in particular a formal collaboration between the CHCC and the LGBTQ+ business community.”
The CHCC will work on cultivating certified LGBTQ+ diverse suppliers, connecting them to opportunities. It will also assist its corporate partners in diversifying their supply chains, and advocate on behalf of LGBTQ+ and allied business communities.
Help keep the Bay Area Reporter going in these tough times. To support local, independent, LGBTQ journalism, consider becoming a BAR member.
***Gig Work that Pays the Next Day*** – Nashville, TN Patch – Patch.com
1.8 million gig workers were purged from Upwork – here’s why
GiG Partners Up With Armstrong Operation Ltd
Gig economy workers ‘hit harder’ financially
Jenny McCarthy Quit New Year’s Eve Host Gig for 2019-2020
Gig-economy workers already knew what coronavirus is teaching the rest of us now
How to grow your company in times of gig economy and digital nomadism – TechTalks
California’s Prop. 22 could affect the gig economy nationwide