Last Thursday, January 12th, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir brought his Campfire Band to Cincinnati for the MusicNOW Festival. Weir formed the band in support of his 2016 album, Blue Mountain, with members of The National, including Aaron Dessner, Scott Devendorf, and Bryan Devendorf, as well as Josh Kaufman.One of the highlights from the show was the Campfire Band’s debut performance of the Grateful Dead classic, “Dark Star.” The band played part of the song in the first set, and brought it back for some jamming fun in the second half, ultimately segueing into “Not Fade Away” to end the set.Check out a full video of the “Dark Star” > “Not Fade Away” below, courtesy of Monica M. Reed on YouTube.The full setlist can be seen below.
It all started with a wink from Lucy Liu.In a darkened Sanders Theatre on Saturday, dance music pulsed and images of the actress flashed across a large screen suspended over the stage.But it was when she made her entrance that the theater’s audience erupted in cheers. Liu, the 2016 Artist of the Year, was welcomed by S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation.Now in its 31st year, Cultural Rhythms, the Harvard Foundation’s annual celebration of diversity at the University, gives College student groups the opportunity to perform in Sanders Theatre, while also honoring those who have made major artistic and philanthropic contributions.“Our hope is that this show today and this week of talking, celebrating, acting, is able to fulfill the ideal that is at the heart of the Harvard Foundation’s mission — to enhance the quality of our common life,” said Jonathan Sands, co-director of the festival.Liu, an acclaimed American actress, producer, director, and philanthropist, has raised awareness of the plight of women and children in some of the world’s most impoverished countries and the international child trafficking industry. She has actively supported Women for Women, a nonprofit organization that has helped nearly 430,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. And in 2012, she received the Champion of Peace Award for her “unyielding commitment to promote peace, justice, and human rights.”As 12 student groups performed, Liu sat in a cushioned chair in the back corner of the stage, smiling and moving to the music.The show began with the Kuumba Singers, the oldest existing black organization at Harvard College, their harmonies punctuated with sways and stomps. A group member stepped forward and said, “Music helps us sustain and guide our culture … and so we sing.”,The Harvard Philippine Forum stacked long, wooden benches from which they danced and jumped. Freshman-founded Omo Naija, a Nigerian dance troupe, opened to the sound of a rooster crowing, grabbing the crowd’s attention with flared red skirts and powerful stomps and smiles. Harvard Passus Step Team shook the theater with music created solely from their hands, feet, and shouts.In between acts, Liu asked the performers questions about their rehearsal schedules and talents. “I feel like Jimmy Fallon,” she said with a laugh. Liu even indulged a couple of students from Mariachi Veritas with a cellphone selfie.While presenting Liu with the award, William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid, reviewed her many artistic and educational accomplishments, including her talents in collage painting and sculpture.“As we would say in Boston, you can be wicked ‘smaht,’ but also have a great ‘haht,’” Fitzsimmons said as he listed Liu’s staunch advocacy of gender equality, her role as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, and her time as a UNICEF ambassador.“Today, I think we have all seen onstage the bravery, the absolute joy, the pleasure of presenting who we are, and how we are, with no excuses,” said Liu, addressing the audience from the Sanders’ stage. Holding her Artist of the Year award in both hands, she spoke of the importance of being present for one another, about taking time to forget about the midterms, finals, papers, and theses.“These are all due, but we are also due for each other — to combine our hearts, our cultures, our languages, and accept them as they exist. Now and forever.”
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Rochester have released two body-camera videos of officers restraining a distraught 9-year-old girl who was handcuffed and sprayed with what police called a chemical “irritant.” The Democrat and Chronicle reported that prior to the release of the videos, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren expressed her concern for the “child that was harmed during this incident that happened on Friday.” The girl can be heard in the videos screaming frantically for her father as the officers try to restrain her. At a news conference Sunday, Deputy Police Chief Andre Anderson described the girl as suicidal.
More than 5,500 eligible institutions will receive dividends totaling $160.1 million from the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund starting this week, according to NCUA. Credit unions have received statements in the mail indicating the amounts they will receive.“We thank NCUA for its prudent stewardship of credit union funds and for working quickly to get this money into the hands of credit unions where it can be put to work for members,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “CUNA was the only national trade association to advocate that NCUA close the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund for this reason, and the results have been more than $900 million in distributions paid to credit unions since October 2017.”The NCUA board approved the $160.1 million in March after the share insurance fund reported an equity ratio of 1.39% at the end of 2018. This amount, above the board-approved normal operating level of 1.38%, triggered the distribution.Institutions that filed a call report as a federally insured credit union for at least one reporting period in 2018 are eligible for the pro rata distribution. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hearing on a proposed mini-casino featuring 1,000 video lottery terminals—aka electronic slot machines—at the former Fortunoff property in Westbury was so packed that some people were turned away Thursday.An estimated more than 1,000 residents overflowed from the gymnasium at St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School in Westbury, where the crowd cheered the plan’s many critics and booed Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting (OTB) officials, who estimated the project will create 200 permanent jobs and generate $20 million in annual revenue for the county.“Hell no, casino!’” chanted opponents, many of whom held signs that read: “Stop the CasiNo at Fortunoff, we will remember in November.”The hearing came a day after Suffolk OTB officials held a closed-door meeting with county and Brookhaven town officials as well as civic leaders opposed to a similar proposal to build an estimated $40-million, nearly 100,000-square-foot parlor on a vacant lot in Medford that the agency bought for $10 million. That parlor may open by next year. Nassau’s mini-casino could open as early as November.Critics have been frustrated by the process. As quasi-public agencies, OTBs can build gambling parlors without approval of town zoning boards, officials said. The New York State Gaming Commission—which regulates gambling and is the only agency that the OTB must go to for approval to open the facility—has no role in site selection, an agency spokesman and OTB officials said.“What we’re doing is not a full-fledged casino,” Arthur Walsh, the OTB attorney negotiating the purchase of the property, told the rowdy crowd as they heckled him. “We’re talking about a different type of operation.”The proposal does not call for any live dealers hosting table games such as craps, or live card games, such as blackjack. But, there would be some electronic table games, such as roulette. The facility would have one-fifth as many games as Resort World Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, no hotel, and would not host large-scale events and concerts, the OTB said in a mailer to residents—some of whom live less than a mile from the site.Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro has indicated that although the site does not fall within village limits, he may file a lawsuit to try and block the parlor. Lawmakers in the Democratic minority of the GOP-controlled Nassau County Legislature have suggested replacing the three-member OTB board with others opposed to the plan. But, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) said that she hasn’t taken a position on the issue and no such a proposal will not be on the agenda at the legislature’s next meeting on Jan. 26.Other elected officials opposed to the plan range from the supervisors of the towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead—the property abuts the line between the two municipalities—to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, plus state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City).The parlor was originally proposed for the OTB’s Race Palace in Plainview, but community opposition previously nixed that idea. Many at the hearing called for the parlor site to be moved to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, which is preparing for a $200-million renovation—an idea that neighboring Hofstra University has opposed. OTB officials countered that the coliseum’s owners—Nassau County—did not express interest in having gaming on their property.Nassau OTB President Joseph Ciaro said in a statement that the agency “will work closely with all of the elected officials who represent the surrounding areas…to address any community concerns and answer any questions regarding the proposed location of the VLT facility.”On the other side of the county line, Suffolk OTB President Phil Nolan said that the Medford plan is currently in the traffic-study phase—part of the state-mandated environmental review process that Nassau OTB will face, too. Although he is also facing critics, he believes the positives, such as creating jobs, outweigh the negatives, such as concerns that crime will spike in the area.“We’re trying to be as good neighborly as we can,” Nolan told the Press. “Both facilities, when they open, they’re going to be positive…We are going to do our level best to minimize any problems in any area.”Back at the Westbury hearing, among the catcalls that residents shouted at Nassau OTB officials was: “Build it next to your house!”Opponents plan to rally outside the Fortunoff site at The Source mall on Old Country Road at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Seismic services provider Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a 3D seismic survey in the Eastern Mediterranean.One of Shearwater’s vesselsShearwater said on Thursday that the one-month survey would be executed in the fourth quarter of 2019.The company added that the survey would be executed using one of Shearwater’s highest capacity seismic vessels, with a 14-streamer configuration.“Shearwater has a long track record in the region, and we are pleased to return for this survey,” said Irene Waage Basili, the CEO of Shearwater GeoServices.“Our high-capacity seismic vessels enable efficient surveys which combined with the scale and flexibility of our fleet, have yielded a significant increase in utilization this year.”In related news, Shearwater has recently received conditional letter of award for a 2D seismic acquisition and fast-track processing project by Total in South Africa. This will be Shearwater’s first project offshore South Africa.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald today,“Children of same-sex parents are doing as well or better than the rest of the population on several key health indicators, according to initial findings of the world’s largest study of such children. The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families collected data on 500 children nationally, up to the age of 17. Of the 315 gay, lesbian and bisexual parents who completed the globally recognised child health questionnaire, 80 per cent were women.”Here’s the problems: (according to expert advisers who can see through these BS studies)“The big problem is pretty much as it is with other such studies. 1) These are moms recruited through gay/lesbian community sites, orgs and bookstores, etc. Therefore they are more politically active and motivated than the general population.2) These are light years away from any kind of representative sample. They essentially admit that in saying their samples are “snowball and convenience samples.” That is like what a poor grad student would use.3) The moms all self-reported with no exterior objective checks. And they know they are participating in a major lesbian parenting study.Given these, it is a really laughable study of which nothing can really be determined.And the news outlets that report on it without even digging into it at the most basic level have no excuse.”And from another analysis“…the Sydney Morning Herald article makes several references, including in the headline, to “same-sex couples.” However, it is NOT a study of children raised by same-sex “couples”–it is a study of “children . . . with at least one parent who self identifies as being same-sex attracted.” The study design refers vaguely to “same-sex families,” which cleverly seems to IMPLY same-sex couples, but which actually, under the design of the study, could refer to a family consisting entirely of a male child being raised by a single female parent–if that mother merely happens to be sexually attracted to other females. Remember that one of the chief criticisms of Regnerus was that his subjects were not necessarily raised by same-sex couples, and therefore it was argued that his research was irrelevant to the debate over the redefinition of marriage. If that was true of Regnerus, then they ought surely to concede that the same is true of this study (but don’t hold your breath)! It also shares the sampling weaknesses of most other studies of homosexual parenting (but not Regnerus)–to quote, “Initial recruitment will involve convenience sampling and snowball recruitment techniques . . . Primarily recruitment will be through emails posted on gay and lesbian community email lists aimed at same-sex parenting.” This type of recruitment is anything but random, and will tend to bring out the “cream of the crop” of homosexual parents, eager to make a good impression.”What a shambles. They’re getting desparate – but the media are too thick to ask the real questions.
By Jerry MackeyWEST LIBERTY, Iowa – This Saturday night, July 16, racing action at West Liberty Raceway will feature a special event for the iWireless IMCA Late Models.The Ideal Ready Mix Tri-Track Challenge will award $2,000 to the winner of the 40-lap main event for the Late Models.In addition to the Late Model special event, a full program of Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Mach-1 Sport Compact racing will be held on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds ½-mile West Liberty oval.Hot laps will take to the track at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow at 7 p.m.
Tony Pulis watched from the stands as his new club Crystal Palace snatched just a second win of the season at Hull, breathing new life into their relegation battle. They were almost pegged back in the dying seconds when Livermore saw his effort bundled off the line and Liam Rosenior clattered a post from 25 yards, but Pulis will now take the hot seat with a spring in his step. Prior to that late drama it was a grim and forgettable outing at the KC Stadium, as notable for the home fans’ protests against the proposed renaming of the club as anything that occurred on the field. Owner Assem Allam looks set to proceed with plans to rebrand the side as Hull Tigers, but there was nothing for the locals to roar about as they turned in arguably their limpest display of the season. Hull were incensed by referee Anthony Taylor after just two minutes when he pulled back play for a clash of heads between Paul McShane and Marouane Chamakh. George Boyd was in a decent position to advance on goal when the whistle was blown but the lengthy attention – and twin bandages – required by both injured parties went some way to justifying Taylor’s call. Chamakh, in fact, never fully recovered and was replaced by Jerome in the 36th minute. Boyd and Robbie Brady were taking turns to push up in search of the flick-ons provided by centre forward Yannick Sagbo, although nothing concrete came through that route in the opening stages. At the other end, Kagisho Dikgachoi managed to get in front of McShane and into the area but his shot sailed high and wide. Caretaker boss Keith Millen, who will hand over the baton to Pulis, signed off his stint with a 1-0 victory, secured when Barry Bannan converted Cameron Jerome’s cut back in the 81st minute. By then Palace were down to 10 men and seemingly hanging on to a point after Yannick Bolasie was harshly dismissed for a lunge at Jake Livermore. Most of the best entertainment involved fan protests against the proposed name change, with a large ‘WE ARE HULL CITY’ banner being paraded around the stands before stewards waged an unsuccessful tug-of-war with the ring leaders. When the message was once again unfurled, it was met with deafening approval from all four corners. Hull attempted to draw attention back to the pitch, Tom Huddlestone and Boyd working a quick free-kick to Curtis Davies in the Palace box. The centre-half got a strong connection on his header but could not force it through a crowded area. By the time the sides headed for the tunnel, neither had mustered a goalscoring attempt worthy of the title, although a deflected effort from Boyd at least required Julian Speroni to make a save. Steve Bruce removed the ineffective Brady at the break, sending on Danny Graham in his place to increase Hull’s attacking options. Within seven minutes of the restart they created the best chance so far. Boyd found the run of Sagbo, but the Ivorian hesitated slightly when one on one with Speroni and saw his shot well saved. Palace countered immediately, Bolasie looking for the advancing Dwight Gayle only for Ahmed Elmohamady to make a vital interception. An unlikely breakthrough reared its head when Boyd tripped over the ball and then passed straight to Bolasie, but the winger screwed his shot wide of Allan McGregor’s goal. The tempo was picking up, Jerome and Robert Koren exchanging 20-yard strikes and Davies losing his footing when the ball dropped to him from a Hull corner in the 70th minute. The latter was actually an inviting chance by the standards on offer but the home captain could not even manage a solid connection. With 12 minutes to go, the door creaked open for Hull as Bolasie saw red sliding in on Livermore. But incredibly it was the visitors who took the lead just three minutes later. Hull were guilty of switching off at the back as Jerome jinked into the box and left them exposed as the striker reached the byline and rolled the ball across goal. Bannan was the man arriving to meet it and slid home to set up an unlikely success. Hull had the numerical advantage but limited time to make it count. As it was they almost levelled twice at the end of added time – Livermore’s attempt blocked on the goal-line and Rosenior’s sweetly-struck follow-up rebounding off the woodwork. Press Association
After being unveiled as the European captain at a press conference in Hong Kong, Miguel Angel Jimenez announced the first four automatic qualifiers for his 10-man team, with McDowell being joined by Wales’ Jamie Donaldson, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson and Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. The quartet secured their places on the team thanks to their final position in the 2013 Race to Dubai. The remaining spots in the European side will be taken from the leading four available players from the Official World Golf Ranking on February 3, 2014, the playing captain and one captain’s pick by Jimenez. McDowell, who won the US Open in 2010 and claimed the winning point at that year’s Ryder Cup, said: “I am really looking forward to playing the EurAsia Cup. “It’s a great concept to bring Asia and Europe together and I think it has a lot of potential to become a very big event.” The Northern Irishman added: “Everyone knows the standards in Asian golf are continually rising and I have no doubt it will be a tough job to go away from home and win. “But if we gel as a team and get the pairings right then we will have a chance because there will be a lot of quality and experienced players in the European Team and I am sure a few of them will be looking to sharpen their match play skills with an eye on the Ryder Cup next year.” Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee is captain of the Asian team. His team will include the leading four available Asian players from the final 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit, the leading three available Asian players invited on the basis of their Official World Golf Ranking, the playing captain and two captain’s picks. The EurAsia Cup will take place at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur from March 27-29. Former US Open champion and Ryder Cup winner Graeme McDowell will help lead Team Europe’s challenge at next year’s inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia. Press Association