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Dead & Co Conjures Rainbows With “Looks Like Rain” On Summer Solstice At SPAC [Videos/Audio]

first_imgDead & Company rolled into hometown favorite shed Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY for a first-day-of-summer performance. The band came in riding a wave of momentum after their excellent two-night run at Fenway Park this past weekend, and while they may not have reached the impressive heights they hit in Boston, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti still gave the weeknight crowd plenty to get excited about.Dead & Company Go Acoustic For “Friend Of The Devil,” “Dark Star,” And “Ripple” At Fenway Night TwoSet one featured a relatively predictable but enjoyable mix of heavy rotation tunes like “Hell In A Bucket,” “Loose Lucy,” “Dire Wolf,” and a set-closing “Lost Sailor” > “Saint of Circumstance” pairing, which made its third appearance of the summer but its first as the set closing segment (the first two renditions, in Phoenix and Utah, opened set two of their respective shows). The emotional high-point of the first set, however, was the sun shower and ensuing rainbow that spread over the SPAC grounds during “Looks Like Rain,” evoking the feelings of intangible cosmic significance that always seem to surround the Dead and their music. Of course, it was no Santa Clara Fare Thee Well rainbow, but it was pretty damn magical all the same. (Photo via Nickel B):Set two felt primed for a big old “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” (not played since 6/10 at Folsom Field) to get the train rolling, and those who made that prediction turned out to be both right and wrong in their guesses. The set began with “China Cat Sunflower,” but instead of “Rider,” the band took a left turn into Garcia/Hunter favorite “Deal.”With John Mayer well within his comfort zone on lead vocals and guitar for the blues-steeped tune, the band  took the opportunity to open the musical floodgates, as they built to a cacophonous blues-rock peak and even worked in a brief but fun and light-hearted “vocal jam” before moving into “China Doll.” The tune has been appearing with increasing frequency since bassist Oteil Burbridge took over vocal duties, and his haunting performances have been a welcome addition to the Dead & Company bag of tricks.From there, the band kicked into an always-welcome run through the bands iconic “Terrapin” suite, with Mayer handling “Lady With A Fan” and Bob Weir singing the “Terrapin Station” refrain. The tune is a regular-rotation set centerpiece for this Dead incarnation, and they seem more comfortable with it each time through. The tempo has risen from the Dead & Co’s first few sluggishly slow renditions in their early days, and the well-earned confidence that has begun to compliment Mayer’s reverence for Garcia’s magnum opus is paying off in spades with each successive performance.“Terrapin” moved into “Drums/Space,” and out of the ensuing mist rose Bob Dylan‘s classic “All Along The Watchtower,” a 2017 tour debut which, coincidentally, had its Dead & Co debut exactly one year prior at BB&T Pavillion in Camden. While the song was a fun choice in theory, it was more than a little disorganized. Bobby seemed to forget a handful of lyrics, and the uneven cadence of his vocals as he eventually got them out gave the song a rhythmically lopsided feel. The band leaned into that significant looseness, even sliding into a Wailers-style reggae jam for a few brief moments.Eventually, the song resolved into a slinky reading of “Black Peter,” the band’s first since their Las Vegas tour opener. As “Black Peter” petered out, the band closed out the set with a methodical “I Know You Rider” to cap the “extended” “China” > “Rider” that began with the set opener. Finally, the band returned for a sing-along “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” encore that saw Weir, Mayer, and Burbridge each lead a verse.You can listen to full audio of Dead & Company’s SPAC performance below, thanks to taper Bill Goldberg via archive.org user binto37:You can also check out some high-quality crowd-shot videos from the show below, courtesy of YouTube user Sean Roche:“Lost Sailor” > “Saint of Circumstance”“Deal”“Terrapin Station”“I Know You Rider”SETLIST: Dead & Company | Saratoga Performing Arts Center | 6/20/17 Set One: Hell In A Bucket, Next Time You See Me, Loose Lucy, Mississippi Half Step, Looks Like Rain, Dire Wolf, Lost Sailor > Saint of CircumstanceSet Two: China Cat Sunflower > Deal, China Doll, Lady With A Fan > Terrapin Station > Drums > Space > All Along The Watchtower > Black Peter > I Know You RiderEncore: Going Down The Road Feeling BadDead & Company tour continues tomorrow with a performance at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA before the band hits New York City with a show at Citi Field on Saturday, 6/24. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.Enjoy the full gallery from last night’s performance below, courtesy of Dave DeCrescente!Dead & Company | SPAC | 6/20/21 | Photos by Dave DeCrescente Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Amazon’s impending invasion of banking

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Fears of an Amazon “invasion” in financial services have reached a fever pitch. One Financial Brand article reported that banks and credit unions are “bracing for the Amazon doomsday.”Does Amazon–and other big tech companies, for that matter–really have that much of an advantage coming into the banking market? A new report, titled Big Tech in Finance: Opportunities and Risks, from the Bank for International Settlements, addresses that very question.Why Would Big Tech Get Into Banking?The report points out that the business model of “big techs” (i.e., Alibaba, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Tencent) rest on attracting a large number of providers and consumers and that:last_img read more

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Pellegrini set to coach Real Betis – Report

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Premier League, La Liga back on DStv, GOtv Former Real Madrid and Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini is set to take over at La Liga side Real Betis from next season, Spanish newspaper El Pais said on Wednesday.The report in El Pais said the Chilean, 66, has agreed to sign a two-year contract with the option of a third year with Betis, who sacked coach Rubi last month. One of Spain’s best-supported clubs with more than 50,000 season ticket holders, Betis are currently 14th in La Liga, nine points above the relegation zone.A report in newspaper Marca said the club wishes to wait until they have mathematically guaranteed their status in the top flight before announcing they have hired Pellegrini.Pellegrini won the Premier League title with City in 2014 as well as two League Cups and had successful stays in Spain’s top-flight with Villarreal, who he took to the Champions League semi-finals in 2006.He led Malaga into Europe’s top competition for the first time in 2012 and to the last eight of the competition the following year, losing to eventual finalists Borussia Dortmund.Reuters/NAN. Tags: La LigaManuel Pellegrininew managerReal Betislast_img read more

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Veteran commentator Perreira unimpressed by Skerritt’s first year as CWI president

first_imgBy Leighton LevyRETIRED but outspoken cricket commentator Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira was this week critical of the performance of the Ricky Skerritt-led CWI in their first year of leadership of regional cricket.In March 2019, Skerritt and running mate Dr Kishore Shallow defeated the-then incumbent Dave Cameron and Emmanuel Nathan 8-4 in a landslide victory at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston, Jamaica, and then quickly set about making some of the changes they had promised in their 10-point plan for the revitalisation of West Indies cricket.Those changes included removing head coach Richard Pybus and Vasbert Drakes just three months after they guided the West Indies to a shock 2-1 Test series victory against then World number-one England in February 2019.The West Indies also played England to a 2-2 stalemate in the subsequent ODI series.However, speaking on Andrew Mason on Guest in Barbados this week, the 80-year-old Perreira did not mince his words when he related his grouses about the year-old administration.While he credited the slate for their messaging leading up the elections, the outspoken commentator suggested that few things have gone right since then.“They were campaigning on change and they stuck to change but, to me, just too early. I felt that after success against England where we really had shocked the world, we should have stayed with the coaching team and the selectors and make those changes after the World Cup,” he said.At the 2019 ICC World Cup held in England, West Indies, champions in 1975 and 1979, won only two of their nine games and finished ninth in the 10-team table.“It was just too rushed,” Perreira continued, “Ricky Skerritt was under pressure from voices outside the board. We had a great push for Floyd Reifer as coach, whether we had the best team but it was a poor World Cup.”He said that after the World Cup Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada, a vocal critic of the previous president, Dave Cameron, admitted that the changes to the coaching staff came too soon.Turning to the hiring of head coach Phil Simmons, Perreira said he is not sure Simmons should have been offered a four-year contract by CWI.“In my estimation, it would have been better to ask him to accept a two-year contract and wait and see,” Perreira said.“You appoint a CEO of a company, you say ‘okay, two years let’s see how you go. So, I feel a two-year contract would have been ideal and based on performance, further extend that.”Perreira, who has commentated on international cricket for more than half a century also lamented the poor performance of the team on the field.“I don’t think we have done all that great. We lost to Afghanistan, we didn’t outplay Ireland, Sri Lanka was a mixed bag; we ended well with two good wins in the T20s,” he said.“Apart from (Shai) Hope, there wasn’t much to shout about.”Perreira also lamented the poor performances of the West Indies Women, who have plummeted down the world rankings and whose performances were anaemic during the recent Women’s World Cup.However, in spite of Perreira’s claims, under Skerritt the CWI has enjoyed a more harmonious relationship with current and past players as well as with the players’ union, WIPA, with whom they have recently signed off on a new collective bargaining agreement. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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‘We Must Get Our Independence Back’

first_imgMargibi County Senator Oscar Cooper has told his colleagues that it is about time they got back their independence, adding that “there is no way to do the people’s job without restoring the independence of this honorable Senate.”The Margibi lawmaker, who failed miserably in last Thursday’s race for the President Pro Tempore position, was speaking within the ten minutes allotted to candidates for comments prior to the casting of ballots in the Chambers of the Senate. Senator Cooper, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Works, intimated that if they have to do oversight as Senators, there was a need for them to be independent in order for them to make informed decisions on behalf of the electorate that elected them.As members of one of the three branches that make up  the government, the defeated Pro Tempore contender maintained that coordination and collaboration can take place, “but we must maintain our independence; that is the only way we can make laws, representation, and oversight on Ministries and other GOL Agencies that we will have committee responsibility for.”  “We need to restore our independence from the Executive.  We cannot sit here year after year and allow this honorable Senate to be held by our nose, pushed around and not do the work of the people.  The Liberian people are looking at us and they are depending on us to do the right thing.”Senator Cooper emphasized the need to work with the Executive, but cautioned that the new leadership work and collaborate with the Executive, but not work for the Executive.  “We will work for the people that elected us to this honorable body, and that is our first and foremost priority, and this is what I offer you, my colleagues, for us to restore  that independence…so that when 15 Senators go we can get them back to continue doing the work for Legislative continuity.” The other area the Senator spoke about was what he called developing the credibility of the Senate: “Fellow colleagues, no longer can we sit here and let people ask us about brown envelopes; we have to restore the credibility of the Senate, and we all have to work hard in doing that.”  Cooper noted that a dynamic and reputable Senate is what Liberians are yearning for and his election would have been the perfect opportunity for achieving that aspiration. He emphasized the need for togetherness, especially through the various committees; both leadership and standing, noting that if that body failed, it would reflect on all Senators, not the Pro Temp alone, because the leadership works together with all Senators.   “I am appealing to you to see   the interest of your country, to see reason and wisdom that we can build this institution’s post-war Liberia. There have been many lapses in the Senate, because we have not been working; we need to earn our living and work for it by manifesting the interest of the Liberian people.”He regretted the Legislature’s delay in making appropriations for restoring the burnt out offices of the Legislative Information Services (LIS), but promised to work with the leaders of LIS and the relevant committees to restore what he described as ‘a great institution.’Cooper further lamented that justice has not been done to the Legislative Budget Office (LBO), where the Executive sends the annual national budget, and suggested that if that office is capacitated, the Senate would be able to do a dynamic job when the budget is submitted to the Legislature.The Margibi lawmaker recalled that the Legislature sometimes passed the budget on leaflets, and that was where there was no tracking system of the final result.  If such is tampered with by the Executive, it would be impossible to know what happened.He hoped that the 2015/2016 budget, when discussed by the Legislature and the Executive on how to make appropriations, would be sent to the LBO to prepare the final draft. When it is agreed upon by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Legislature, then it will be sent back to the Executive so that it is not tampered with.“We need bill tracking. When bills are presented here, how many times do we know that what we passed here is what is published in that bill? We have to set up a system here that will track that bill, from the time it is presented to the Senate, the time a resolution is made on it and the time it is printed into handbills.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LAUSD breaks record

first_imgLos Angeles Unified’s massive expansion program got another boost in 2005 when voters passed a $4 billion bond measure that will allow the district to complete the renovation and construction of hundreds of schools. District officials said the money was crucial to completing their ambitious $19 billion construction program, which will add 150 campuses by 2012. The district also was able to open a record 31 schools this year – including 13 on Sept. 6 – which allowed 28 campuses to switch from the unpopular year-round calendars to a traditional fall-summer schedule. “It was an eventful year for us. By the end of this year alone we’re on schedule to complete 55 new schools and that’s huge,” said district facilities spokeswoman Shannon Johnson. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “We’re excited to be able to fulfill our mission to ensure a classroom seat for every LAUSD student on a traditional 180-day calendar by 2012.” Superintendent Roy Romer also pushed forward in his mission to convert larger schools into so-called “smaller learning communities,” where students are able to get more personalized attention from teachers and administrators. And in November, officials announced a $7.4 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to boost their efforts to plan and build the smaller learning communities. Board President Marlene Canter created a special committee to work on breaking up massive campuses with thousands of students into clusters of 500-student learning environments. “We are very anxious to operationalize the small learning communities plan,” Canter said. “It’s a smaller environment for students to learn in, and there’s continuity in the teaching staff and classmates from grades 9 to 12, so they’re able to function in a smaller environment in a larger school.” — Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Japan – South Africa Business Council launched

first_imgJapan – South Africa Business Council launches at second SA Investment Conference (SAIC 2019)JOHANNESBURG, 6 NOVEMBER 2019: The establishment of a Japan-South African Business Council, announced at the second South Africa Investment Conference (SAIC 2019), will help strengthen trade and investment relations between the two countries.The signing of the agreement follows South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s discussions with Prime Minister Abe a few months ago.Japanese companies committed to investing more than R6.8 billion at last year’s inaugural South Africa Investment Conference.  Japan’s Ambassador to South Africa, Mr Norio Maruyama said at SAIC 2019 Japanese government and private sector investors would commit to a further investment of US$20bn across the African continent, a proportion of which would be committed to the South African economy.#InvestSA #SAIC19 https://sainvestmentconference.co.zaENDSMedia contacts:Mmemme MogotsiOverall Media LiaisonEmail: [email protected]: +27 72 856 4288Ayanda HollowInternational Media RelationsEmail: [email protected]: +27 61 488 0634last_img read more

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Avian influenza detected in Alaska

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey is encouraging poultry owners to ensure they are following recommended biosecurity practices after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that a highly contagious strain of avian influenza was detected in wild birds in Alaska. No other recent cases have been identified in the country.“While this finding is not cause for any immediate concern, it is a good reminder for poultry owners to develop and employ a strong biosecurity program on their farm, regardless of their size or production model,” Forshey said. “This will help them protect their flocks from this influenza as well as other diseases that can affect their birds.”Good biosecurity practices for poultry owners include the following:Monitor flocks for unusual signs of illness such as “snicking” (sneezing,) a 1% or more decrease in egg production, or an increase in mortality. Other signs to look for are wheezing, lethargy, and depression.Practice personal biosecurity and avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.Keep unauthorized visitors from having contact with poultry, a good practice whether there is a disease threat or not. Authorized persons should be required to wear protective clothing and shoes before entering a commercial poultry house.Avoid contact between your birds and wild birds whenever possible due to the likely migratory nature of this influenza. These virus strains can travel in wild birds without them appearing sick.Clean and disinfect farm vehicles or equipment before moving them on and off your property.Sick birds or unusual bird deaths should also be immediately reported to the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health at 1-614-728-6220 or through USDA APHIS’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on biosecurity from USDA APHIS for backyard flocks can be found at http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov or by visiting www.ohioagriculture.gov.The Ohio Department of Agriculture works closely with the state’s poultry producers and USDA APHIS to closely monitor the health of poultry in the state. Detailed plans and protocols are in place to allow for a quick and coordinated response in the event of an avian influenza detection in Ohio.last_img read more

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