Why Exxon’s profits dropped in 2019The decline in profits has largely been attributed by Exxon to low gas prices in the US, with its upstream income falling from $1.7bn in 2018 to $536m last year.It was also hit by a $355m loss in its chemical business, which is the first time it’s recorded a negative figure in more than 20 years, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.The oil firm also made significant “capital and exploration expenditures” to the tune of $8.5bn, including key investments in the Permian Basin and a new oil discovery in Guyana.The announcement comes a day after Royal Dutch Shell revealed its own falling profits – something it too attributed to weak commodity prices during the year.Oil prices fluctuated throughout 2019, but were mostly subdued due to the effects of plentiful global supply and gloomy prospects over economic growth – largely as a result of the US-China trade standoff.Brent crude averaged $64.36 per barrel in 2019, down from $71.06 per barrel in the previous year, while high production levels of natural gas – particularly in the US – have kept prices for the fuel low, with Henry Hub spot prices averaging $2.57 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) in 2019.Since the start of 2020 crude oil prices have veered significantly – initially buoyed by tensions in the Middle East and a US-China trade deal, but later dented by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in Asia and fears over slowing global demand, which earlier this week dragged prices below $60 per barrel. Exxon also recorded its worst fourth quarter operating profits in three years – with a net income of $5.7bn, down from $6bn a year earlier Exxon was hit by a $355m loss in its chemical business in 2019 (Credit: Brian Katt/Wikipedia) Profits at Exxon dropped by almost a third in 2019 on the back of low gas prices and tight oil refining margins.The US oil major reported today (31 January) that its full-year earnings fell by 31% from $20.8bn in 2018 to $14.3bn last year.In the fourth quarter, the Texas-headquartered firm recorded its worst operating profits in three years – with a net income of $5.7bn, down from $6bn a year earlier.Exxon’s chairman and CEO Darren Woods said although the company’s operations performed well, a short-term supply length in its downstream and chemicals businesses impacted margins and financial results.“Growth in demand for the products that underpin our businesses remains strong,” he added.“We remain focused on improving our base businesses, driving efficiencies, and optimising the value of our investment portfolio.” Exxon’s increased capital expenditureExxon increased its capital expenditure to $31bn in 2019 from $26bn the previous year – another reason why it recorded a decline in the end-of-year profits.The firm spent billions on starting production on its Liza 1 operation offshore Guyana, which it expects to reach a capacity of 120,000 oil barrels per day (bpd) in the coming months.The oil giant confirmed construction of Liza Phase 2 is underway, where production capacity could reach up to 220,000 bpd once complete.During 2019, it secured more than 1.7 million acres for offshore exploration near Egypt, as it looks to increase its global portfolio.Exxon, Tencent, Tuhu and a distribution holding company also announced last year a joint venture establishing an integrated car care network in China – which is expected to launch in spring this year.But the company recouped money by selling its non-operated upstream assets in Norway to Var Energi AS for $4.5bn – as part of its plans to divest about $15bn in non-strategic assets by 2021.
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Sophie Manning spends 24 hours at the mercy of an SMS answering serviceWhen Danny Wallace, loser, depressive and slightly porky novelist, decided to say ‘yes’ to every offer that came his way, lives were changed. The world enjoyed seeing a Jack Black desperado figure get into more endearing scrapes than Dennis the Menace. They smiled as he rapturously won £25,000 and then amiably lost it again; they chuckled at his goofy seduction attempts, and they just about pissed themselves as the 30-year-old’s ex and her boyfriend ask politely ‘would you like to join us?’ The concept recently became so popular that film rights exchanged hands; producers cast rubber-faced humourist and veteran comedian Jim Carey, as the lead in ‘Yes Man’, due to be released in December 2008. Not that he could very well refuse.Wallace had, in fact, coined an old trick. Long before the prankster was a twinkle in his parents’ eyes, the Dice Man was roaming the streets of America, making decisions based on the roll of a die. This darker version of the game of chance, incorporating sex, rape and murder, spawned a lifestyle – not to mention a revolution in drinking games. And then came mobile phones, and text messages, and before you knew it, you were splitting up with your lifelong love on the whim of a bored mobile services employee. The business of risk-taking took a new turn when in 2004 Colly Myers launched Any Questions Answered. It’s a simple but astoundingly effective moneyspinner: after one free question, customers pay £1 to have any niggling question (small or great) settled once and for all. The companies offer guaranteed answers to any queries – ‘fun, serious or just challenging’ – which soon become surprisingly addictive. Searching for an excellent curry on a day trip to Stratford upon Avon? Scuppered in a pub quiz? Stuck at the back of a seminar with a fatal ignorance of pre-Raphaelitism? Never has the Pringles slogan ‘once you pop, you can’t stop’ been so pertinent. Or almost never. AQA released their top three questions to The Sun in December last year, after several months of PR-manufactured suspense. “What’s the best way to make a million” came in at number one, followed by “how to stop global warming”; third most popular was the old chestnut “is there a god?”Wildcards included “how do I get my manhood out of a hover without going to A&E” and “is it ok to have sex with a dog?” Sadly although the company was happy to inform us of the public’s questions, it declined to release its valuable advice to the papers’ readers.By January 2008, the company had answered over 10 million questions and reached a demand level of over 17,500 questions a day. Snazzy new functions include ‘celebrity answers’, when the likes of Robbie Keane take a few moments to sate fans’ curiosity as to whether Tottenham’s leading scorer prefers Jaffa Cakes or Hobnobs. Soon, the business model caught on around the world; AskMeNow was established in America. Soon, Texperts changed its remit from a subscription-based service called ‘Re5ult’ to a more gimmicky version, designed to catch some of AQA’s drunks, fools and students late at night. Let’s face it, if it’s academic information you’re after, AQA and Texperts aren’t going offer anything that Google can’t get you faster. What it can provide is a little bit of wit, and a little bit of urgency – the cherry-on-top to your 160-character solution service. I tested this service to the limits of its utility, to see if it could help me with some difficult decisions. Over the course of one Tuesday, I asked a faceless stranger the answer to my most important questions, and promised myself to act on their advice.Do you need sucked out of a spiralling attitude of negativity? Try.Start 9am:Wake up. Open cupboards in vain hope of contents. Remember challenge and decide to give it a go.To: AQAWhat’s for breakfast?To: S ManningYou should have two Weetabix, for breakfast followed by a big fry up. Try and get someone else to cook it for you, as this improves the taste.10.13amGood start. Unfortunately offers no help as flat deserted and dutiful friends are at lectures. I’m also concerned about calorie counts. Is that Corporate responsibility? Aren’t they looking out for my figure? A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips. Suddenly remember I too have a academic commitments. Shit. Have done no reading, as ever. Thankfully, with my new personal guru, solutions are just a text away. To: AQAHow typical were the experiences of the Pastons during the Wars of the Roses?To: S ManningApologies, we were unable to find confirmation of their experiences being typical during the War of the Roses. No charge for this reply.12.42pmThanks a bunch AQA. Survive lecture, just. Returning downcast from Christ Church a tramp grabs my arm on Cornmarket. I panic, reach for the phone and hold him off for a second while I text furiously.To: AQAHave you got any spare change?To: S ManningSorry, the AQA service doesn’t have any lose change or it would gladly give you some. Try asking in the kebab shop down the road, or your parents.1.23pmParents are 400 miles away and AQA are, apparently, stingy bastards, so I don’t feel too guilty not shelling out. Hurry on to college to meet a friend for lunch. Fall into dispute about Jordan’s latest rejig and remember to settle the matter using my new best friend.To: AQADo Jordan’s new tits look better or worse?To: S ManningKatie Price aka Jordan was 36C-23-34 is now 34D-24-34. She remembers, “I was totally flat-chested at school.” Most would say she looks better now.2.16pmSlightly skeptical of their figures but happy to have the matter settled, I rejoin the masses on Cornmarket to complete my daily dose of harassment. Religious nutter gets me this time but I take this chance to challenge AQA on a bigger question.To: AQAShould I accept Jesus into my life?To: S ManningWe cannot decide for you. Religion continues to play a very important role in many people’s lives. Christianity is the largest religious denomination, accounting for 33% of the world’s population.4.31pmGet home. Half-empty gin bottle is now fully empty. Am raging. To: AQAThe bastards have stolen my gin. What is an appropriate punishment?To: S ManningAQA doesn’t think that you should try to punish the people who have stolen your gin. The hangover they’ll have tomorrow will be sufficient punishment.6.45pmFriend Dave is impressed: ‘Ethically, that makes a lot of sense. That kind of advice prevents the disintegration of society.’ I say: ‘it was you, wasn’t it’. Get ready for night out as faghag to filthy gin-swigger. Try my luck with AQA…To: AQAWill I get lucky tonight?To: S ManningYou will get lucky tonight if you are confident, dress to impress, are generous, and lower your standards. Exude confidence and you will be irresistible.10.55pmDecide to go for it. Confident swagger in place, I roll up skirt and slide fit Bar Boy a two pound coin with the words “Surprise me, sweetcheeks.” Tequila and a grope later decide AQA is a bad friend. 5 shots late I forget this. Turn to AQA again.To: AQAOkly i like him, fulngog good idea?To: S ManningYou have mistakenly texted the AQA service rather than a friend. Some Valentine’s trivia: 5.2million red roses will be sent for Valentine’s in the UK x2.37amWake up. Vomit. Remember challenge. Begin to worry that I’ve given away too many personal details. Wonder who AQA is. Get paranoid.To: AQAWho are you and what do you want with me?To: S ManningAQA provides answers to any question using intelligent algorithms, databases and human researcher. We want you to have a nice cup of tea and a biscuit.8.43amFor once I take their advice, feeling uncomfortable that an SMS answering service knows me better than I know myself. Wake up the next morning with time to ask a final question. Not afraid to use it. Consider some possibilities and end up going with the big one.To: AQAShould I keep relying on AQA to determine my life’s course?To: S ManningYou shouldn’t rely on anyone or anything to determine your life’s course.– Work out what you really want from life and AQA will help you along the way.Kind of them to offer. But realise this way of life is costing me a fortune at £1 a text. Make resolution to get real live friends.Additional research by Billy Kenber
TAGSdelayedIndianaNovember 11pickupscheduleSouth Bendtrashveterans day By Brooklyne Beatty – November 9, 2020 0 798 Twitter Previous articleBack to virtual learning for thousands of students in MichianaNext articleConexus Indiana, Ivy Tech launch CDL+ training program Brooklyne Beatty Google+ (Photo Supplied/City of South Bend) Veterans Day is this Wednesday, and South Bend residents should keep in mind their trash pickup may be delayed this week.This week’s trash and yard waste service schedule will be:Monday, November 9: Normal pickupTuesday, November 10: Normal pickupWednesday, November 11: Veterans Day observed, no trash or yard waste pickup.Thursday, November 12: Trash or yard waste pickup in areas normally serviced on Wednesday.Friday, November 13: Trash or yard waste pickup in areas normally serviced on Thursday.City offices will be closed Wednesday in observance of Veterans Day. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Veterans Day holiday to delay South Bend trash pickup WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook
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Read Full Story A range of issues relevant to health in both Thailand and the U.S. — including medical education, maternal health, hypertension and stroke risk, and the role of policy and persuasion in changing health behaviors — were discussed at a recent symposium aimed at promoting connections between the two countries in public health and medicine.The two-day symposium, held Aug. 22 and 23, 2018 at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, also honored the contributions to public health of Thailand’s Prince Mahidol of Songkla (1892–1929) and his son, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (1927–2016).More than 70 attendees from the U.S. and Thailand attended the event, which was co-sponsored by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School (HMS), the King of Thailand Birthplace Foundation, and the Thai Physicians Association of America (TPAA).Cholthanee Koerojna, president of The King of Thailand Birthplace Foundation, opened the event and summarized the abundant connections between Thailand and Harvard University during the last century.Thai dancers welcome guests to the symposium reception. Photo by Nilagia McCoyJoseph Brain, Cecil K. and Philip Drinker Professor of Environmental Physiology at the Harvard Chan School and a member of the event organizing committee, said the symposium’s attendance, especially the many who had travelled from Thailand, was a testament to Thai commitment to the legacy of Prince Mahidol Adulyadej and King Bhumibol Adulyadej.Prince Mahidol of Songkla was one of the earliest alumni of the Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology School for Health Officers, which would become the Harvard Chan School; he received a Certificate of Public Health. He also received an M.D. from HMS. He left a career in the Siam Navy at 27 to study public health and medicine and to promote them in Thailand. While in the U.S., he negotiated an agreement with the Rockefeller Foundation to provide funding for education in medicine, nursing, and public health in Thailand. Upon his return, he served in the Ministry of Education and presided over substantial upgrades to science and medical facilities in Thailand’s universities.“[Prince Mahidol] exemplified the model that we encourage,” said Michael Grusby, Executive Dean for Administration at Harvard Chan School, in welcome remarks. “We invite colleagues from everywhere on the planet to come to Boston, work with us, and then to return to their homeland to put in place what they have learned.”Prem Chantra of the TPAA, Cholthanee Koerojna of the King of Thailand Birthplace Foundation, Joseph Brain, and Usah Lilavivat of TPAA. Photo by Nilagia McCoyBrain noted that the exchange of knowledge flows both ways. “Health indices in Thailand are very good, but accomplished at a much lower cost than in the United States. They have made a commitment to universal healthcare,” he said. “There are lessons to be learned for the United States.”During a reception following the symposium, Mike McNally, vice dean for the Office of External Relations, announced the launch of a new Thai Scholars Fellowship Fund. The fund is intended to strengthen the relationship between the Harvard Chan School and Thai scholars by providing financial support to students for tuition and fees.The symposium featured more than 20 speakers, including many experts from Thailand, HMS’ Edward Hundert, and Harvard Chan’s Nancy Long Sieber and Edward Nardell.
A memorial service and Mass for Jim T. Butz, class of 1949, who worked in the Notre Dame Stadium press box for decades and was instrumental in the creation of the iconic Fighting Irish leprechaun logo, will take place at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Monday morning.Butz, who died Oct. 12 at the age of 90, will be buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery on campus.Butz was on the sports information department staff for the football team from 1947 to 1949 and returned to Notre Dame every home football game for 31 years to work in the press box as a stringer for United Press, Jim P. Butz, the son of Jim T. Butz, said. In the mid-1960s, the University planned to change its current mascot, an Irish terrier called Clashmore, but Jim P. Butz said his father, who worked at Wilson Sporting Goods at the time, immediately thought of Ted Drake, an illustrator for Wilson.“Dad said, ‘I know exactly the guy you need to be working with,’” Jim P. Butz said. “He called on Ted and said, ‘can you create some symbol for Notre Dame, some example their Irish heritage that they want to exemplify?’ And [the leprechaun] was what Ted came up with.”Jim T. Butz gave Drake’s drawing to the University, and in 1965, the leprechaun became the official mascot, Jim P. Butz said. Drake, who died in 1999, went on to design the logo for the Chicago Bulls.“When you think of how many millions of people know that Fighting Irish logo – the vast majority of the people who are alive never knew the University had a different mascot,” Ric Jarrett, a friend of the Butz family, said. “They see the ND and Fighting Irish logo … That one little tiny aspect of his life has touched a couple hundred million people.”Jim T. Butz was devoted to Notre Dame and a lifelong fan, his son said. A native of Akron, Ohio, Jim T. Butz grew up listening to Irish football on the radio, and after high school he was drafted into World War II. Whenever he could find a typewriter, Jarrett said Butz would write a letter to Notre Dame’s dean of admissions and express his interest in attending the University.“He would tell him he had survived this or survived that and wanted to go to school,” Jarrett said. “He did that the entire time he was gone.”Jim P. Butz said after the war, his father had trouble getting into Notre Dame since all the soldiers who had been drafted while they attended Notre Dame had priority so they could finish their degrees. Jim T. Butz asked some friends to put in good words for him, and he caught the attention of Sports Information Director Charlie Callahan, who brought Butz’s case to then-University President John J. Cavanaugh.“Fr. Cavanaugh called for his file, and all of the letters in the file were neatly typed, nothing handwritten,” Jim P. Butz said. “It was easy to read. Everything was documented. That’s when Cavanaugh said, if Fr. Sorin had not established Notre Dame for students such as this, who did he establish the University for? He asked how many beds they were already short, and he said, ‘We’re going to be short one more.’”Before he even started as a student in 1946, Butz was hired by Callahan as a staff member, and Butz soon became a public-relations writer for athletic director and football coach Frank Leahy. For the three years Butz was a student, the football team never lost a game, and in 1947 the team won one of the four national championships under Leahy’s leadership. For all that time, Butz was “Leahy’s right-hand man; he was the one speaking for him,” Jim P. Butz said.Jim T. Butz married in 1948, had the first of five children and graduated after three years. Afterwards, he moved to a Chicago suburb to raise his family and work for Wilson Sporting Goods’ marketing department. He continued to write, ghostwriting for sports greats such as bowler Joe Wilman and golfer Arnold Palmer, his son said.Eventually Butz settled in the golf industry, running a variety of golf-related companies until he became acting executive director of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), which took him to Palm Beach, Florida, his son said. He also lived in Los Angeles for a time before retiring in the Chicago area near his family. For the entire time he worked in Chicago, Butz returned to every Notre Dame game in a media capacity, and he was unfailingly courteous to fans of every team.“My dad would make a point of greeting visitors from other schools and welcoming them from Notre Dame,” Jim P. Butz said. “He’d pull them over to our tailgate, wherever he found them.”Throughout his life, Jim T. Butz always remembered when somebody helped him succeed, his son said, whether Callahan, Leahy or a Belgian family. Jim P. Butz said when his father was behind enemy lines during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, his squad hid for days in the basement of a house in Wye, Belgium. Years later, Jim T. Butz returned to Wye.“He would bring blue jeans. He would bring candy bars to the family whose house they hid out in,” Jim P. Butz said. “He just wanted to thank them for having a house, for having someplace for him to hide. They didn’t really play any material role in his survival, but he just felt that burden of responsibility, that obligation to them. He felt that toward so many people in his lifetime, and he was always trying to repay favors to people who had helped him.”Jarrett said Jim T. Butz’s was devoted to the University for his entire life and several of his children and grandchildren attended Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s.“His family was first; his friends were second,” Jarrett said. “Anything and everything Notre Dame would have been right up there. He loved everything about the University. He loved his time there; he loved supporting the school. Having lived through WWII, in his mind it was … the ideal place to be. He loved it. He loved it in his 20s and he loved it in his 90s.”Jarrett said Butz embodied the qualities of a Notre Dame graduate.“If you were to roll up all the things which as an outsider you’d think of Notre Dame, that’s what he would be,” Jarrett said. “He was a kind man, smart, intelligent. He was a real people person. He got everything done … he lived the real deal.”Tags: Fighting Irish leprechaun logo, Jim T. Butz, logo, Mass, Memorial Service
August 1, 2005 Cindy Lenoff Zatzman Regular News Stresslines: Understanding lawyer jokes Stresslines: Understanding lawyer jokes What do they tell us about the profession? I know that lawyer jokes are one of those sore spots among some attorneys, and I even understand why. It’s not fun to be the butt of a joke. Still, we are expected to accept these pokes at our profession in good spirit, and I try to do just that. In fact, I even have a favorite lawyer joke (actually a riddle): How many lawyer jokes are there? Answer: One; all the rest are true stories. And this, I think, points out why the legal profession needs to pay attention to lawyer jokes.Let’s first look at what makes a joke funny to the listener. Jokes are only funny if there is an exaggeration of or an absurd twist on a truth. In fact, joke has been defined as “an amusing or ludicrous situation.” (dictionary.com at http://dictionary. reference.com/search?q=joke.) The problem with lawyer jokes is that the general population is beginning to look at them as a realistic depiction of lawyers, both individually and as a group. If we take the definition of joke and examine the nature of lawyer jokes, we can see that there are certain themes that continue to appear. Included among those themes are: a sense that lawyers are, by nature, hostile and argumentative personalities; that lawyers are, by nature, focused on money and possessions; that lawyers, as a group, have a tendency to complicate matters unnecessarily; that lawyers are obsessed with winning at all costs. What do lawyer jokes say about the perception of the general population? And what does that mean to those of us within the profession?I can’t speak for every member of the profession, or even any particular sub-group, but I think that the one that most disturbs me is the perception that lawyers are, by nature, hostile and argumentative people. I suspect this is based in the overall nature of the adversarial process — we even call our closing statements in trials “arguments.” The reason this perception particularly disturbs me is that I’ve dedicated the past several years to promoting peacemaking practices. Yet the moment a person unfamiliar with my work learns that I’m a lawyer, they automatically treat me differently, and become defensive in anticipation of some sort of attack. I’ve been characterized by both of my ex-husbands as litigious, even though the only time I initiated legal action with either of them was by filing a petition for dissolution of marriage, and in both cases I did what I could to achieve peaceful resolution. Additionally, I currently refuse to accept family law cases when the clients wish to litigate, effectively restricting my practice to collaborative resolution.Another theme common to lawyer jokes is this sense that all attorneys are greedy, and focused on money and possessions. I know many lawyers who dedicate significant time and energy to efforts most unlikely to bring financial reward, such as serving organizations like scouting and other programs for youth. Many of us serve the community through our profession as well. For example, last year, I personally provided more time to pro bono representation than I actually billed out to paying clients, and there are many other attorneys who provide similar levels of service. Importantly, not all attorneys are wealthy. I love to joke with friends and acquaintances that I’m the only poor attorney I know, yet I know many attorneys around the state who are similarly situated financially.Many members of the general population regard lawyers as unnecessarily complicating matters, and they will resort to comments about “legalese” to support this perception. Frankly, as a member of the legal community, I can relate to this perception. If you read the statutes, you will quickly see that the terminology is confusing even to lawyers at times, and we’ve engaged in years of study to be able to understand this. It should not surprise us, then, to hear complaints from the general population about complicated language. The laws that govern people should be understood by those people, and legal language is sometimes incomprehensible to the general population. Even when we try to produce plain language documents, when we incorporate some legal terms of art we still confuse the less sophisticated client. A last point on this particular theme would be the need for the profession to be aware about how reliant we are on rules. We have rules for everything, and when we find fault with the rules, we often generate protracted revisions to correct what we perceive as flaws in the rules.And about those rules, why do we have such prolific numbers of rules anyway? I suggest that we need those rules in order to determine who is “right” and who is “wrong” when conflicts occur. I’m not 100 percent certain that I subscribe to this need to resolve conflicts in the old-fashioned win-lose mentality, where the party who is “right” will “win” and the other will lose. I think we need to start looking at the nature of conflict, and there is an abundance of literature available to help us. I’ve suggested in the past that when reviewing conflict more as a clash of expectations than a clash of interests, we are more likely to identify win-win possibilities for conflict resolution. I genuinely believe that this is what the general population wants us to do.I think it is important for the legal community to pay closer attention to lawyer jokes, and understand what those jokes say about the perception of the general population. When we address the issues behind those perceptions, and change from within to correct those perceptions, we will likely see a decrease in lawyer jokes. Remember the definition of joke, and behave in a way that makes lawyer jokes a ludicrous exaggeration instead of a retelling of a ludicrous situation. Otherwise, we may continue to see lawyer jokes like this one:What’s wrong with lawyer jokes?Lawyers don’t think they’re funny, and nobody else thinks they’re jokes.Profession Jokes at http://www.workjoke.com/projoke40.htm. Cindy Lenoff Zatzman is a former chair of the Quality of Life and Career Committee and currently restricts her law practice to collaborative family law. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee, which maintains a Web site is at www.fla-lap.org/qlsm.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Go-GosBreak out the jean jackets and the hoop earrings. These pioneering Los Angeles-based all-female new wave rockers who rose to fame in the 1980s will rip through all their infectious hits, such as “We Got The Beat,” “Vacation” and “Head Over Heels.” Dancin’ and boppin’ guaranteed. With supporting act Laura Stevenson. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $45-$91.75. 8 p.m. July 3The FestGeorgia-based country rocker Brantley Gilbert headlines this Southern-sounding soiree. With supporting acts Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Cole Swindell, American Young and Leah Turner. 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Join instructor Rachel Kremidas as she walks eager painters through their unique renditions of the “Lone Cherry Blossom” painting originally created just for Paint Night. Brooklyn Fire Proof, 119 Ingraham St., Brooklyn. Brooklynfireproof.com. $65. 7 p.m. July 3Read More: Long Island Fourth of July 2014 Fireworks and Events Listings HereThe ScofflawsThis is the gig you want to hit as the sky turns violet, the brews are cracked and the explosions paint the sky. Trust us. These legendary Huntington-based rude boys pick it up with rocksteady and ska at an outdoor waterfront show before the fireworks. Their songs are ferocious. Their groove is magnetic. Their vibe is electric. You won’t be able to control yourself. Skank, skank, skank, skank, skank! Patio on the Dock, Northport Village Park, Main Street, Northport. 7 p.m. July 4Nancy Atlas ProjectWhen the fireworks die down and the night heats up, ride the wave of patriotism with this Commack-born, Southern-styled Americana songstress billed as the missing link between Lucinda Williams and Sheryl Crow. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $30. 10 p.m. July 4. Amagansett Fine Arts FestivalHamptons at its artsiest. This colorful and imaginative celebration features a smorgasbord of artistic works for sale: sculptures, paintings, drawings and mixed media, including reproductions and original works. Truly inspiring. American Legion Amagansett, 15 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett. amagansettfinearts.com Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Closes at 5 p.m. Sunday.) July 4-6 The Beach BoysFun, fun, fun! It doesn’t get much more fitting than watching “America’s Band” play on Fourth of July weekend at everyone’s favorite seaside amphiteater. With supporting acts Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and The Lovin’ Spoonful. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. jonesbeach.com.$29.50-$79.50. 7:30 p.m. July 5Zongo JunctionFree album release show supporting already fast-growing Brooklyn-native afrobeat style band, Zongo Junction. Electrifying dance floors with five horns and a six-piece rhythm section. With Chicano Batman. Brooklyn Night Bazaar. 165 Banker St., Brooklyn. Bkbazaar.com. Free. 7 p.m. July 5Freestyle Explosion Starring the Miami dance scene legend Stevie B. With supporting acts Quad City DJs, Debbie Deb, Timex Social Club, C-Bank, Rob Base, Laura Enea and Nayobe. Bump and grind the night away! Pennysaver Amphitheater, Bald Hill, 55 South Bicycle Path, Selden. pennysaveramp.com $25-$84. 5 p.m. July 5CommodoresAnyone who missed Lionel Ritchie play Jones Beach last month can get their Motown fix with the rest of the Commodores, featuring original member and lead guitarist Thomas McClary as they play their hits, including “Easy,” “Brick House” and “Nightshift.” 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $95-$150. 8 p.m. July 6Snoop Lion, aka Snoop DoggFor those who didn’t get the memo, West Coast hip-hop bad-boy Snoop Dogg has altered his bark and released his first reggae album, Reincarnated, under the name Snoop Lion after being blessed by a Rastafarian priest. Don’t worry, he’s still sure to play “Gin & Juice.” The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $45. 8p.m. July 8Long Island International Film FestivalThe 16th annual LI film fest “warm up” starts with blocks of short films on July 7 ahead of the official opening night reception and first round of awards that Friday night. Panels throughout this nine-day cinematic celebration include workshops on script writing, financing and acting. Closing night award ceremony July 17. Bellmore Movies, 222 Petit Ave., Bellmore. longislandfilm.com Prices, times vary. July 9-17Sky FerreiraThe synthpop siren serenades about love and chaos to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which funds transcendental meditation programs for a host of people in need, ranging from at-risk students and veterans suffering PTSD to domestic violence survivors and diabetic American Indians, among many others. With DJ sets by Ladies Night, Vito Roccoforte (The Rapture) & special guests. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th St., Brooklyn. musichallofwilliamsburg.com $25 ADV/$30 DOS. 8 p.m. July 9