12 Days Of Phishmas: A Five Song Second Set For The Ages On 12/29/97

first_imgIn 8 short days, Phish will settle in at Madison Square Garden for their traditional end-of-the-year run. Phish is no stranger to the Garden, having now played the famed venue in the heart of New York City 35 times over the course of their career. From their MSG debut in 1994 to their most recent appearances at the very beginning of 2016, the storied room has played host to some of the most treasured shows in the band’s history. As we inch closer to this year’s New Year’s Run, we will be bringing you our 12 Days Of Phishmas series, highlighting a different milestone MSG Phish show each day until we all head back to the Garden on the 28th. It wasn’t easy narrowing 35 down to 12, but we think you’ll be pleased with these classics from the Phish catalog. Enjoy! On the fifth day of Phishmas, we head to December 29th, 1997. ’97 was, of course, a landmark year for Phish. After successful European tours in the Winter and Spring and The Great Went festival in August, the band absolutely crushed their 21-date Fall tour in November and December, remembered fondly by fans as the time that Phish Destroyed America. It’s one of the best tours of their career, as they showcased their new groove-oriented style of jamming known as “cow-funk”. The tour was a wild success, finishing up on December 13th in Albany, ultimately giving Phish a mere 15 days off before their traditional New Year’s run began. The band performed one show at USAir Arena in Landover, MD on 12/28 before heading to New York for a three-night New Year’s Eve run at Madison Square Garden. They kicked off the run with a blistering show on December 29th that featured a second set for the ages, as Phish played an exciting and improv-heavy five-song run.The first set had its merits, with a bust out of Robert Johnson‘s “Crossroads” and an awesome “Theme From The Bottom” into “Fluffhead”. Yet, the second set is what truly stands out from 12/29/1997,  It all started with “Down With Disease”. The band had tons of energy as they launched into the “DWD” jam, with Trey Anastasio showing off his speed and confidence right out of the gate. He was strong throughout the 23-minute version of the song. After 10 minutes of straight forward jamming, the band dissolved into their cow-funk style, with Page using his clavinet to full effect. The band would bring that jam to a huge peak before transitioning into “David Bowie”.“Bowie” had an intro jam with crazy ambient playing, with Jon Fishman contributing a unique, hi-hat led drum beat. The “Bowie” jam saw Anastasio and Page McConnell linking up for an extended improv section, chasing each other’s musical tails around the stage.  They eventually locked back in with Fishman and Mike Gordon on a section that got more and more intense as Anastasio’s explosive playing pushed the whole band. Finally, they returned to complete the song with the zany energy that only Phish can produce.Right as it felt like they would bring “Bowie” to its natural peak, they dropped into “Possum”. “Possum” featured a jam based around Otis Redding‘s “I Can’t Turn You Loose”, which McConnell started and the full band eventually picked up. This made for a unique version of “Possum”, as the band remained on the theme before for a bit before finishing up the song. The band returned to “Can’t Turn You Loose” again at the end of the song as well for a quick reprise.A cow-funk-heavy “Tube” was perfect for blowing off some steam after the blistering opening hour of the set. Anastasio used his looping pedal to create some interesting sounds, while McConnell took the lead on what turned out to be a keyboard-heavy jam. Page teased “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King, which the band links up on for a moment before they completed the 10-minute “Tube”.“You Enjoy Myself” capped off the set. “YEM” clocked in around 18 minutes long, and served as the ultimate cap to the excellent five-song set. It featured another short cow-funk jam that saw McConnell reprise his “Can’t Turn You Loose” tease, and the vocal jam came right out of an ambient dissolve at the end of the jam.In the end, those five songs totaled 82 minutes, showing just how much they stretched things over the course of this Madison Square Garden classic. It was a wild set filled with highlights, as the band continued to push each other into new musical directions. The band returned to the stage and encored with Led Zeppelin‘s “Good Times Bad times” to bring the show to its conclusion. Of course, this was only the beginning of their famed 1997 New Years Eve run at MSG, as the band had several tricks still left up their sleeves.Watch the full second set from 12/29/1997, courtesy of YouTube user The Phish Jams, below.Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/29/1997Set 1: NICU > Golgi Apparatus > Crossroads, Cars Trucks Buses, Train Song, Theme From the Bottom > Fluffhead, Dirt, Run Like an AntelopeSet 2: Down with Disease [1] -> David Bowie [2] > Possum, Tube, You Enjoy MyselfEncore: Good Times Bad TimesDisease was unfinished. Bowie included Antelope-esque jamming and a tease from Mike of the Theme from James Bond. Possum contained a Can’t Turn You Loose jam, which was briefly reprised after the song and teased by Page in YEM. Tube featured an I Feel the Earth Move tease. The soundcheck’s Funky Bitch featured Trey on vocals. This show is available as an archival release on LivePhish.com.[1] Unfinished.[2] Antelope-esque jamming. James Bond Theme tease from Mike.Stay tuned over the coming days for more Phishmas! ‘Tis the season!On the fifth day of Phishmas, a Phish phan played for me…a Five Song Second Set (12/29/97)Four Light Year Jams (12/29/98)Three Phishy Decades (12/31/13)Two Sitting Legends (10/22/96) and The Gamehendge Time Factory (12/31/95)!If you’re attending the run, there are plenty of things to do in between shows. For fans of the jam, head to any of these concerts in the area for a guaranteed good time!12/28: Aqueous + Mungion @ DROM (Phish After-Party) – tickets12/30: Phan Art w/ Formula 5 @ American Beauty (Phish Pre-Party) – FREE SHOW12/30-31: Spafford & Magic Beans @ American Beauty (Phish After-Party) – ticketslast_img read more

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Trey Anastasio Explains Strange Experience Opening For The Rolling Stones In Durham [Videos]

first_imgSETLIST: Trey Anastasio (Solo Acoustic) | Carolina Theatre | Durham, NC | 2/16/18SET: More, Water In The Sky, Wolfman’s Brother, Brian & Robert, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Blaze On > Farmhouse, Backwards Down The Number Line, Miss You, Till We Meet Again, The Wedge, Bouncing Around The Room, Free, Strange Design, Tube, Waste, The Lizards, Fuego, WilsonENCORE: Sleeping Monkey, Bathtub Gin, Chalkdust TortureThe final weekend run of Trey Anastasio solo acoustic tour will continue tonight, February 17th, with a performance at the Knight Theatre in Charlotte before wrapping up at the Classic Center in Athens, GA tomorrow, Sunday, February 18th. For more information, head here.Trey Anastasio Upcoming Solo Acoustic DatesFeb. 17 – Charlotte, NC – Knight TheatreFeb. 18 – Athens, GA – Classic Center On Friday evening, Trey Anastasio began the final three-night stretch of his ongoing solo acoustic/storytime tour with a performance at Durham, NC’s Carolina Theatre. The first of Trey’s two North Carolina concerts this weekend was also the first of his February solo acoustic run to not feature any acoustic tour debuts or new songs. However, Trey seemed notably comfortable and at home onstage all night, offering up enough great playing and nostalgic anecdotes to make this show just as special as the previous six acoustic gigs he’s played over the past week-and-change.Trey explained the main reason behind his Carolina comfort early on in the show:Funny as this may sound, this feels sorta like a hometown gig for me…My sister lived in [nearby] Carrboro…We lost her a few years ago, but my nephew is here tonight, my amazing nephew, Jason…I’m shouting you out, I know it’s embarrassing…I spent a lot of time down here and I love it.Trey eased into the show with a string of tunes he’s played frequently over the course of this tour, including “More”, “Water In The Sky”, “Wolfman’s Brother” (featuring hilariously candid commentary throughout), and “Brian and Robert”. “The Inlaw Josie Wales” came next, marking the instrumental’s sixth performance over the course of this tour’s first seven shows. The late-90’s tune has remained a go-to pick for alternative Trey projects like acoustic gigs and orchestral concerts despite the fact that it’s been absent from the Phish arena since the last run of 1.0 era (10/6/00).Before the next song, “Blaze On”, Trey reminisced about his experience opening for The Rolling Stones with Trey Anastasio Band at the nearby Wallace Wade Stadium on 10/8/05:You guys know Wallace Wade Stadium at Duke? [crowd cheers]. It’s close to here, right? I warmed up for the Stones there [laughs]. That was an incredible experience, I gotta tell ya…It was 2005. You guys remember 2005? I don’t have much memory of 2005…that was a bad year. But I did warm up for the Stones!It’s funny…warming up for the Stones is like meeting Mickey Mouse or something. Like, you go behind the curtain and you see all this stuff that you never thought you would see…It’s not what you think [crowd laughs]. You guys are probably thinking one thing and it wasn’t that, it was a whole different thing. But it was…I guess I don’t wanna give away all their secrets or anything. But you kinda go back and there’s, like, makeup chairs and stuff [laughs]…I’m not kidding!…One of the things that really impressed me–blew my mind, actually–was that they had three full-time women…They had boxes of clothes that every designer on the planet had sent, all these free clothes, hoping that the Stones will wear them because I’m guessing that if Mick Jagger walks out onstage with your shirt on or something, it gets in a magazine or whatever. I just didn’t quite expect it. I mean, there were, like, thousands…boxes and boxes of clothes…and these women would lay out their clothes for the night based on what the costume changes are gonna be and everything.But the funniest part for me…I was thrilled, the guitar tech took me up onstage and he said, “Do you wanna touch the Telecaster from Exile on Main Street?” And I was like, “Yes I do! I sure do!” [cheers]. So he took me back and I touched the guitar that, like, invented everything I care about [laughs]…other than, you know, my family…He then went on to pull back the “curtain” on warming up for the Rolling Stones:They have this room…like a cool room with a pool table…like a cool “hangout room.” And [when you’re] the warmup band, you go in there and they put you in front of the pool table [to take a photo]…and there’s a pipe and drape, so there’s just like a sheet hanging. … On the other side of the seat, [I] hear the Stones, like, gathering, and a guy says [whispering] “His name is Trey…” [laughs].Interestingly, one of their backup singers, Lisa Fischer, had sung on my album, on “Night Speaks To A Woman” and “Money, Love & Change”. But she does so many sessions that, of course, she doesn’t remember that either. … [whispering again] “You sang on his album…” And I can hear all of this [laughing]…So they have all this stuff on from the women with the boxes, and [the photographer] has us stand by the pool table, and they open the curtain, and the Rolling Stones, en masse–the whole band, as the Rolling Stones…in full Rolling Stones regalia, with the drink, and the cigarette and everything–come through the door, and they’re like [in a familiar tone], “Trey!”, like I’m their best friend [laughs].And Keith Richards came over to me and he put his hands on me and was like “Trey, how’re ya doing”… [I’m] like “I’m great, Keith! You’ve been thinking about me, eh? You missed me and everything…” [laughs]. And they turn around for the guy to take the picture, and then vwoop, they’re gone [laughs]. It was perfect! That’s the thing, don’t get me wrong, it was exactly what I wanted…After a spooky, extended “Blaze On”, Trey rode the fading sonics of the tune into “Farmhouse”, which featured a beautiful loop- and sustain-assisted ending jam of its own. A sing-along “Backwards Down The Number Line” followed. Next, Trey served up the expected rendition of “Miss You”, the tune he wrote about his late sister whom he’d mentioned earlier in the show.Trey went on to once again mention his recently departed lifelong friend, Chris Cottrell, before playing “Till We Meet Again”, a tune he wrote for Cottrell. It’s been painfully apparent all tour how profoundly Cottrell’s loss has affected Trey. In Durham, he commented on his final decision about the song’s title, which was initially unclear: “I decided to call it ‘Till We Meet Again’, because that’s what I want.”The show bobbed and bounced on from there with “The Wedge” and “Bouncing Around The Room”, followed by well-received renditions of “Free”, “Strange Design”, “Tube”, and “Waste”. Without skipping a beat, Trey moved into The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday favorite “The Lizards”, singing the song’s usual climactic guitar solo a la Phish’s “Space Oddity” a cappella arrangement. From there, a jazzy, extended rendition of “Fuego” provided perhaps the biggest musical highlight of the evening (a must-listen) before another Gamehendge favorite, “Wilson”, closed the set on a strong note.When Trey returned to the stage for his encore, he provided one more moment of levity before the show’s end, musing about what his title would be if the world mirrored Game of Thrones, dropping in Phish lyrical references at a rate that would make Katy Tur proud, the crowd cheering louder with each one. He declared:I wish [I had] that woman who stands next to me like Daenerys Stormborn. They’d come out and announce me with one of those, like, Game of Thrones names. … “You’re listening to Trey of the House of Phish, with the Blood of the Ocelot, Third of his Name, The Completely Burnt, King of Prussia, The Divider of Skies, The Family Berserker, Jezmund of the Velvet Sea, Protector of The Book, Trampler of Hounds and Pecker of Doves, Yanker of Tunics and Dangler of Stash, King of the Andals…and the First Tube…Melter of Faces, and Father of Lizards!”…People don’t have enough names these days, that’s the problem…Trey finally returned to the stage for a three-song encore, including “Sleeping Monkey”, “Bathtub Gin”, and “Chalkdust Torture”. After beginning “Sleeping Monkey”,  Page McConnell‘s well-documented favorite song, Trey stopped to reminisce about Phish’s past and profess his love and appreciation for his bandmates after decades together. “I love those guys so much,” he said sincerely, “All three of them.”You can watch a collection of fan-shot videos from the show below via YouTube user Thomas Berg. Full audio is available to torrent here via taper jmitchell.Trey Anastasio – “Rolling Stones Warmup Band Story”Trey Anastasio – “Miss You”Trey Anastasio – “Till We Meet Again”Trey Anastasio – “Tube”Trey Anastasio – “Waste”Trey Anastasio – “Game of Thrones Name Declaration”last_img read more

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A lifeline to India’s farmers on the edge of despair

first_imgBalaraj said the ideas he’s hearing during the competition seem to be getting better each year. Gramhal stood out this year, however, not just because of the quality of the idea, but also because there’s a team in place in India that can hit the ground running.“It’s good to see students thinking big to solve large social problems in India,” Balaraj said. “What stood out about this [project] is they had a good team in Boston, but they also had a very good team in India. So, for … the first 30, 60, 90 days, they have a team that can actually run with it.”Birhma grew up on a small rural farm in India and came to Harvard to pursue a master of public policy degree at the Kennedy School. When he arrived, he began developing the idea for Gramhal and, instead of taking a summer internship here after his first year, traveled back home to develop it further.“I identified the problem, built a local team, and then I came back here,” Birhma said. “I’m graduating and excited to go back to India to work full time on this.” Across India, debt and the subsistence farmer go hand in hand. Unfortunately, so does suicide.There are an estimated 62 million distressed small farmers in India. According to a recently formed nonprofit, Gramhal, a farmer dies by suicide every half hour in India, largely because of hopelessness caused by a “vicious debt cycle.” That cycle revolves around poor farmers’ desperate need for cash during harvest season and is fostered by an informal credit system that lends desperate farmers money at unfavorable rates. The cash crunch and need to repay the debt often forces farmers to sell crops immediately rather than waiting for optimal prices.Gramhal, founded by Vikas Birhma ’19, a Harvard Kennedy School student, offers farmers a way to break that cycle. The organization, which has four employees in India, provides warehousing and pooling of transport, allowing farmers to store their crops and wait until prices improve. For those who need cash while they wait, Gramhal also provides access to credit on favorable terms through a partner bank. All of this is accessible through a cellphone app that also supplies daily price information and a connection to buyers, so farmers can sell at the most favorable time.A pilot program with 25 farmers resulted in a 40 percent increase in income.On Thursday, the organization received a major boost, winning the Seed for Change Program competition sponsored by Harvard’s Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute. The competition seeks to foster student entrepreneurship and innovation in effecting change in India and Pakistan. Winning teams can hail from any Harvard School but must include at least one Harvard student and feature partners on the ground in South Asia. Gramhal won the first prize of $40,000, which Birhma said will allow the organization to double its staff in India and reach 1,100 farmers next year.“The Seed for Change Program best exemplifies what Harvard students are capable of while they’re here at the University,” said Selmon Rafey, program coordinator at the Mittal Institute. “We asked them to identify real problems affecting real people of South Asia and then explore and propose novel solutions to those problems.”Gramhal was among four finalists who presented their ideas to a panel of judges during a lunchtime event at the Harvard Faculty Club. Two runners-up — Meet, an employment app that seeks to connect employers and job seekers, and Riskboard, a digital dashboard tool that monitors political risks such as human rights abuses for corporations, investors, and nongovernmental organizations — both received $5,000 to further their efforts.K.P. Balaraj, the contest’s sponsor and one of its four judges, said Gramhal came out on top because it has immediate applicability to the Indian market, takes a course that is likely to be acceptable to those involved, and targets a problem — the plight of India’s small farmers — widely recognized as urgent.“It’s a very large and current problem,” said Balaraj, a graduate of Harvard Business School. “We could see it scaling over time and at scale it could have groundbreaking impact. I think that’s what excited us [judges] most: If it works at scale it could really create meaningful change to a community that is under stress today.” Getting to the why of British India’s bloody Partition Related Using new technology and techniques, scholars seek answers for 1947 cataclysm that killed millions Strengthening Harvard’s ties to South Asia Lakshmi Mittal family gift expands opportunities for regional engagement last_img read more

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Water Summit.

first_imgThe Upper Suwannee River Water Summit, hosted by the Upper Suwannee Watershed Initiative, will be Dec. 14 in Tifton, Ga. The summit is intended to inform residents and elected officials about water quantity and quality issues in southwest Georgia.Many rivers in south Georgia face water shortages and high pollution levels. Gov. Roy Barnes has called on the state legislature to make water issues a top priority on its 2001 agenda. In the coming year, decisions will be made that will affect all Georgians and their access to our watershed.South Georgia River BasinsAt the summit, people in the Withlacoochee, Alapaha, Little and Suwannee river basins will meet with those working on the water issues that affect them. They will become involved in developing solutions to the region’s water problems.The summit will be at the Rural Development Center on the Tifton campus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The program will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday and run until 4 p.m. A continental breakfast and lunch will be included in the $25 registration fee. To sign up, or to get more information, call the RDC conference office at (912) 386-3416.last_img read more

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Military Kid Camps

first_imgThe Joint Reserve Component Teen Leadership Summit will be held June 19-24 at Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega, Georgia. The Air Force Reserve/Air National Guard Adventure Teen Leadership Summit will be held Aug. 9-14 at Cheley Colorado Camps in Estes Park, Colorado. For more information, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit www.georgia4h.org/military/summercamps. Contact Casey Mull, Charlotte Castro or Marilyn Huff-Waller, of Georgia 4-H, at (706) 542-4H4H or [email protected] with questions. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is offering a variety of summer camps geared specifically toward military youths. These camps are part of UGA Extension’s Military Outreach program and are offered at little to no cost to dependents of U.S. military members between the ages of 14 and 18. The registration deadline for all of the camps is May 1, 2016.The 2016 camps, dates and locations are as follows:Florida Water Adventure Camp will be held June 13-24 at Florida state parks. The Air Force Reserve/Air National Guard Teen Leadership Summit will be held July 17-22 at Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega, Georgia.last_img read more

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Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero? Frank Lampard speaks out on ‘difficult’ FA Cup final selection

first_imgWilly Caballero and Kepa Arrizabalaga are competing for a place in Chelsea’s starting XI at WembleyChelsea head coach Frank Lampard admits he’s got an extremely ‘difficult’ decision to make as he prepares to choose between Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero for tomorrow’s FA Cup final but has called for togetherness regardless of the starting XI he fields against Arsenal. The Blues have impressed since the season restarted and have won ten of their last 13 games in all competitions, but speculation surrounding Kepa’s future has dominated the headlines ahead of the side’s trip to Wembley this weekend. A series of high-profile errors from Chelsea’s number one have forced the club to search for a new goalkeeper this summer, with Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, Ajax’s Andre Onana and Burnley’s Nick Pope all linked with moves to Stamford Bridge. Advertisement Comment Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero? Frank Lampard speaks out on ‘difficult’ FA Cup final selection FA Cup final: Arsenal preview press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 21:18FullscreenFA Cup final: Arsenal preview press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/fa-cup-final-arsenal-preview-press-conference-2220808/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Lampard reserved special praise for Olivier Giroud who has been in outstanding form for Chelsea since the lockdown, racking up seven goals in all competitions. ‘It’s always firstly down to the player on form,’ Chelsea’s manager said when asked about Giroud’s resurgence. ‘I try to work with the group to make my message clear. You work on a lot of things with strikers, on and off the ball. ‘Olivier has been fantastic listening to that, the credit goes to him.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalLampard will be looking to add another FA Cup title to the four he won as a player with Chelsea and it’s clear his hunger for silverware is as strong as it ever has been.‘I would be delighted to and if you get to a final you want to win it,’ he added.‘It will be difficult, many a great manager haven’t won things, but now we are here I want to win it.’Who will win the FA Cup final?Chelsea0%Arsenal0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta hails Frank Lampard ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup final clash with ChelseaMORE: Mikel Arteta admits advice from Arsene Wenger has been keeping him ‘calm’ in debut season as Arsenal bosscenter_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jul 2020 2:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares Kepa has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)Lampard selected Caballero between the sticks for Chelsea’s semi-final victory over Manchester United and the 38-year-old Argentinian also started at home to Wolves on the final day of the Premier League campaign. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘As we’ve seen in the season at times, I’ve had to change it when I’ve felt the need to change it,’ Lampard said at his press conference on Friday when asked about the decision he has to make between the two ‘keepers.‘I always do it with the idea of: can we win the game, can we be the strongest we can be? And it’s always with the consideration of what opposition are in front of us. ‘For big games like this it becomes slightly more difficult because I know how much players want to be involved in these games. Who should start in goal for Chelsea at Wembley?Kepa0%Caballero0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results‘But we have to be a strong squad, we have to be together on it whatever XI, whatever people are on the bench because it was people on the bench that have made a huge differences in certain games over the last period for us.‘We have to feel like we’re all together and if we win it it means a collective thing for us. ‘So yeah, it’s difficult for me, it’ll be difficult to take but players have to be positive and try win as a group.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Pennsylvania Commissions Denounce Trump’s Latest 2020 Census Executive Memorandum

first_imgPennsylvania Commissions Denounce Trump’s Latest 2020 Census Executive Memorandum Press Release,  Statement The Pennsylvania commissions on Asian Pacific American, African American, Latino, Women and LGBTQ Affairs, and Governor’s 2020 Census Complete Count Commission, overseen by Governor Tom Wolf, released a joint statement today denouncing President Trump’s latest Executive Memorandum about the 2020 Census, and honoring the immense contributions of our immigrant communities.“The recent ‘Memorandum for the Secretary of Commerce Excluding Illegal Aliens from the Apportionment’ signed by President Donald Trump on July 21, 2020, will cause extreme confusion and distress in immigrant communities and significantly decrease their participation in the 2020 Census.“Excluding any resident from the Census runs counter to the Constitutional mandate to ‘count every person in the US.’ The resulting undercounting of the actual population of many communities will drastically decrease their allocation of federal dollars for critical services including education, transportation, healthcare and more. This in turn will severely impact all – citizens and non-citizens – who reside in these communities for the next decade.“We acknowledge the immense contributions of our immigrant communities in all spheres of our economy and society. We are especially thankful for their work on the frontlines of the war against COVID-19, including in healthcare and service industries, in the spheres of food production and delivery, in manufacturing, research and more. As neighbors, business owners, taxpayers, and workers, immigrants are an integral part of Pennsylvania’s diverse and thriving communities and make extensive contributions that benefit all. While the legality and constitutionality of this Executive Memorandum is being challenged in courts, we extend our full support to our immigrant communities and urge them to participate in the Census now and to be counted.”Stephanie Sun, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, stated:“The Census is the starting point of democracy. We cannot allow this scare tactic to frighten immigrant communities away from participating in the Census. For every person counted, Pennsylvania receives about $21,000 over the next 10 years for critical services like Medicaid, Medicare, housing, education, school lunches, new hospitals, and infrastructure – critical resources that help our most vulnerable community members, especially when unexpected circumstances like Covid-19 occur. A complete Census count will also decide our political representation in the state legislatures and the U.S. House of Representatives. We can gain or lose a representative based on the number of residents counted and thus risk losing a critical vote on education, healthcare, taxes, immigration and more. The Asian Pacific American community stands in solidarity with all our immigrant brothers and sisters. Our strength lies in our diversity, collective history and growing presence in this country’s landscape.”Jalila Parker, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs, stated:“The Census is a constitutional mandate. It is very clear that the people of the United States of America shall be counted every ten years. Not counting people based on race, ethnicity, or immigration status is racist. There is no other way to interpret the memo. Our Commission encourages everyone to raise their hand to be counted. We encourage everyone to raise their hand to be acknowledged for their contributions to our community. More importantly, we encourage everyone to raise their hand and be proud of who they are.”Luz Colon, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA), stated:“The field of survey is built upon experimentation, testing, and research. This is especially true with a survey as monumental as the decennial census. The questions in the 2020 Census are there because of extensive preparation and vetting. Making a change in the middle of the process will impact the response and will deteriorate trust and cause panic in communities all around the nation including many US citizens and USA born children. Also, it will put at risk those leaders and organizations that have work hard and ask people to trust the process hurting the work we have done to have a complete count.”Moriah Hathaway, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, stated:“It is crucial that every Pennsylvanian is counted in the 2020 Census. Our immigrant community is invaluable and needs to be treated as such. The future of our Commonwealth and country depends on an accurate and complete Census count.”Rafael Álvarez Febo, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, stated:“The LGBTQ community stands in solidarity with immigrant communities and rebukes the unconstitutional actions taken by the Trump administration to tamper with and erase people from the US Census count. As a community that has continued to fight for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity questions on the Census, we understand the importance of being counted. The constitution clearly outlines how and why a Census must be conducted and this action by Donald Trump and his administration further destroys the integrity of not just the Census, but in fact of our democratic institutions. We call on our partners in the legal community to act to block this egregious corruption of the function of the US Census.”Norman Bristol Colón, executive director, Governor’s 2020 Census Complete Count Commission, stated:“The constitution of the United States requires a complete count of all residents in our nation. In Pennsylvania, our tradition is to be in full compliance with the constitution and reject any action suggesting otherwise. The divisive language from Washington should not be embraced when above all the census is one of the most fundamental civic duties in our American society. We will continue to do our job in full compliance with the constitution of counting every Pennsylvania resident regardless if they have been here for generations or they just moved to our state in 2020.”The commissions will continue to work closely with community stakeholders to ensure a complete count for Pennsylvanians in the 2020 Census. The commissions, together with Gov. Wolf, will oppose any challenges that undermine the integrity of the Constitution of the United States of America.Ver esta página en español. July 29, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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It’s pen and paper, not new technology which will help drive success

first_imgAREC speaker Scott HarrisSTOP wasting time on new technology and use the older simpler ways to drive your success, a leading millionaire mentor has told a Gold Coast real estate conference.Scott Harris, Australia’s Millionaire Mentor and the founder of the Ultimate Coach, said it was sometimes the simple ways which gave clarity and helped drive success.“How many great things started with a pen, a napkin and two glasses of wine?’’, Harris told the AREA 2017 conference at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.He said many of us waste time on technology and mostly used it in the wrong way.“It becomes a reality when we sit down and draw it, putting plans on paper affirms your thinking.”Harris said we make about 300 to 400 decisions a day and this included waking up and the decision to hit or not hit snooze.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“Being successful comes down to allocating time. Choosing between an apple of muffin when you’re rushing to work could shape your destiny.”“Our brains were not built to bring us happiness, they are designed to survive,” Harris said.“When we ask people how they are, the natural response is usually, “I’m getting by” or “I’m all right”, and this is a really common response.”“A lot of people always talk about the ex-wife, or when they were 25 and some people talk about the great big plans they have for next week,” he said. We should be thinking about what we doing with our time right now.”“A lot of people’s calendars are not planned out as well as they could be because we are too busy thinking about the past or the future.”Having worked with many of the World’s most influential forces such as Tony Robbins, Brendon Burchard, Deepak Chopra, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, Sir Richard Branson, Nick Vujicic, Lord Alan Sugar and more.last_img read more

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CoreLogic Pain and Gain: more Gold Coast units selling at a loss

first_imgKnight Frank Queensland head of project marketing Chris Litfin said the data was surprising with apartments in the Gold Coast’s up-market areas selling strong. Mr Litfin also believed buyers and sellers now had an even playing field, particularly with the interest rate drop. “Buyers can be a lot more aggressive than they have been and unless they have a good reason to sell, sellers can sit on their hands,” he said. “Regardless of who is in the box seat, there are always good buys and those that aren’t so good.” The latest Gold Coast property health check is in and what is one person’s loss is another’s gain. Picture: Glenn HampsonBUYERS are back in the box seat as more Gold Coast properties sell at bargain prices. The March quarter CoreLogic Pain and Gain report showed 12.2 per cent of Glitter Strip dwellings traded for less than what they previously sold for, equating to a loss of more than $20 million. The average hold period for these properties was nine years, with a median loss of $38,000. The percentage of homes that resold at a loss was the highest it had been in almost three years. Resales of units have bore the brunt of the market downturn the most, with 20.8 per cent selling for less — a total loss of almost $16 million. MORE NEWS: First look inside Hemsworth mega mansion Mr Newlands said houses had remained stronger due to supply and demand and felt the figures were tipped to change. “We are going to see a solid market with moderate growth,” he said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“We are positioned far better on the Gold Coast than other markets nationally.” Despite the losses, the March quarter still had some big profit making deals with 87.8 per cent of sales adding a healthy median gain of $133,000.Overall, sellers pocketed $464 million in the three months to March, but this figure is down on the $529 million gained in the same period last year. CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher who conducted the report. Picture: David ClarkReport author and CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said most major coastal markets across Australia had experienced the pain. “Although the proportion of loss making sales has increased in most of the regions, resale losses generally remain at quite low levels,” he said. “Both dwelling types are seeing the rates of ‘pain’ results climbing quite rapidly but units continue to be much more likely to resell at a loss than houses.“The share of Gold Coast dwellings resold at a loss is now the highest it’s been since May 2016.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDavid Koch puts property price falls in perspective01:26 [email protected] In the March quarter 12.2 per cent of properties resold at a loss. Picture: Richard GoslingBut what was a loss for vendors meant buyers gained, according to REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands.“The market has certainly contracted in those particular months due to fewer buyers in the marketplace and tighter credit regulations making it harder to get finance,” he said. “The buyers that have been purchasing have been very cautious and trying to get extremely good value for money. “Where sellers have needed to sell, for one reason or another, they might have chosen to sell at a loss to move onto something else.” MORE NEWS: Shabby beach shack draws in mega bucks last_img read more

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Former DHTA Presidents worried about crime against tourist

first_img 26 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Former DHTA Presidents worried about crime against tourist by: – February 17, 2012 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Judith Pestaina.A local hotelier here has expressed outrage about the recent spate of attacks on tourists on the island.Owner of Garraway Hotel Judith Pestaina told a press conference organized by the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association on Thursday that the situation is alarming.She said never before have there been such attacks on tourists and the matter must be addressed at a government level.Pestaina who is also a former President of the DHTA called for visible police presence at the various tourist sites and hotels.“We cannot afford to damage Dominica’s image. Some for these criminals seems to be taking the law into their own hands. People come to Dominica for rest and relaxation. We talk about wellness and you cannot promote wellness when you have people being attacked. We need to urge everyone to come on board so we can arrest this trend which we are seeing taking precedence in Dominica,” she added.Atherton MartinMeanwhile another hotelier has supported Pestaina’s concern on the matter.Atherton Martin who was also at the press conference noted that the situation is escalating and hoteliers are afraid that it becomes a cultural trend.“I want to lend my support to the position and action that we have taken. This is the carnival season and this is a time when people tend to lower their inhibitions. This exposes people to even more potential problems. A lot of people may not be in full control of their selves. We cannot afford a repeat of these incidents that occurred over the last several weeks,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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