JMSDF ships call on Brunei

first_img JMSDF ships call on Brunei View post tag: JMSDF February 12, 2018 View post tag: Royal Brunei Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today JMSDF ships call on Brunei center_img Share this article A task group of three Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships (JMSDF) arrived in Brunei on February 11 for a regularly scheduled port call.Asagiri-class destroyers JS Sawagiri and JS Yamagiri and Hatsuyuki-class destroyer JS Yamayuki were welcomed by the Royal Brunei Navy to the Muara Port.The head of delegation, Captain Isamu Kaji, Commander, Escort Division 11 and his 550 crew, consisting of 161 officers and 389 enlisted personnel were greeted by Commander Azrin bin Haji Mahmud, RBN, Commanding Officer of KDB Darulaman and other RBN officers and personnel.The JMSDF ships will be in Brunei Darussalam for a four day goodwill visit until February 14.During the visit, Captain Isamu Kaji called on First Admiral Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Norazmi bin Pengiran Haji Muhammad, Commander of RBN and is also scheduled to pay a courtesy call to Major General Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Commander of the RBAF, tomorrow.While in the country, the JMSDF ships will conduct a passage exercise with KDB Darussalam. As part of their visit program, the ships will have an ‘open day’ to the public, and the crews will conduct a beach cleaning campaign at the Meragang Beach as well as a visit to Brunei Darussalam’s cultural sites.The last JMSDF ship visit to Brunei Darussalam was by JS Kirisame in May 2017.After departing Brunei, JMSDF ships are scheduled to visit Bangkok Port, Thailand. Authoritieslast_img read more

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Explained: Oxford SU ‘Academic Hate Speech’ motion sparks free speech controversy

first_imgThe full motion can be accessed here and the statement made by the SU can be seen here. Oxford University told Cherwell that “the University has no plans to censor reading materials assigned by our academics.” The University did not respond to whether it may reconsider its free speech policy to include groups stated in the motion, whether it would encourage guidance to be published on “hateful materials”, or whether trigger warnings would be used on reading lists. The motion passed, which means that some SU officers were mandated to issue a statement condemning “the use of hateful material in mandatory teaching”. This is now reflected in a statement on the SU website from the Vice-President (Access & Academic Affairs) and the Vice-President (Welfare & Equal Opportunities). It states: “We must fight to uphold academic freedom whilst protecting our students from abusive sentiment. There is a difference between debate and abuse and the two should not be confused.” A statement from the SU on the Academic Hate Speech Motion says: “The student voice of the University of Oxford is often ignored. This body seeks to change that. Those who engage in it, and all members are encouraged to do so, can bring motions, amendments, counter-motions, bid for funding for projects, and much, much more. It recommends that texts which, under the Council’s recommendation, would have trigger warnings, are not made compulsory to learn or be examined on. It states that the University’s free speech policy is “inapplicable” when the University requires students to listen, because attendance is taken and material is subject to examination.  WHAT DOES THE STUDENT UNION MOTION MEAN?The motion recommends expanding the University’s free speech policy so that hate speech on the grounds of gender identity, disability, and socio economic status is treated equally to groups protected by criminal law. It recommends trigger warnings on reading lists and guidance to faculties on what constitutes hate speech.  The SU therefore considers that current protection offered to students in these groups from academic hate speech is “defective”. The new SU policy states that the University should go beyond legal definitions of hateful material to offer adequate protection to students in these groups.  This motion comes as one in a line of free speech controversies that events in Oxford have sparked. In March, Amber Rudd was ‘no-platformed’ by the UN Women Oxford UK society. This received major national coverage coverage. The University responded similarly to the incident, with an emphasis on the importance of free speech. In the same week a talk at Exeter College schedule to be given by Selina Todd, a professor of modern history at the University, was cancelled at short notice.  WHAT IS THE STUDENT UNION AND WHO ARE THE STUDENT COUNCIL? The motion was passed in the first meeting of Student Council in Trinity term. It passed with 28 votes For, 11 votes Against, and 10 Abstentions. The motion was proposed by Alex Illsley, Co-Chair of LGBTQ+ Campaign, and seconded by Leo Gillard, Secretary of Disabilities Campaign.  Image credit to Abhi Sharma/ Wikimedia Commons The Student Council gives instances of hateful material currently used in academic teaching: an article advocating for “a moral duty not to have disabled children” and an article “advocating for the murder of disabled children after they have been born,” both on the FHS Medical Law and Ethics reading list.  The statement from the VP Access & Academic Affairs and the VP Welfare & Equal Opportunities also stated: “If you feel that some of the nuances of this debate may have been lost due to the restrictions of the online format, please feed this back. We also encourage you to participate in the democratic structures of Council – all Student Members can attend, speak, and propose motions or amendments at Council meetings.” After the story was broken by The Oxford Student, many national newspapers, academics, and notable figures picked up on the motion. Coverage has focused on backlash from academics – especially regarding the ableist material condemned in the motion – and the apparent dismissal of the policy by the University. There has been less focus on the proposal to expand the disadvantaged groups named in the 1986 Public Order Act, and to reflect this in the University’s free speech policy.  A new SU Policy is also created by the motion: ‘Protection of Transgender, Non-binary, Disabled, Working-class, and Women* Students from Hatred in University Contexts’. The new SU policy recommends that the University publish guidance on the mental health impacts of prejudicial articles, with trigger warnings on reading lists as “a bare minimum”.  It referred to the free speech policy in University guidance, which states that “free speech is the lifeblood of a university”. This statement has been on the university website and referred to in free speech controversies since 2016.   Under the motion’s recommendations, the minimum acceptable action would be for this reading list to have a trigger warning and for it not to be compulsory to learn or be examined on. The full recommendation would be that it not be included on the reading list at all. The Council considers that if ableism were specifically prohibited by the Public Order Act 1986, this would constitute “hate speech”. The Council refers to the definition of “hate speech” as to “stir up hatred against a particular protected group”.  The motion specifically highlights that the University’s free speech policy currently “uses the criminal law as a benchmark for academic free speech protection”. It states that the Public Order Act 1986 mentions criminalised hate speech as against race, religion, or sexual orientation, but does not specifically criminalise “ableist, misogynistic, classist or transphobic hate speech.” Student Council is the decision-making body of the Student Union. Student Council is made up of elected students from every ‘constituent organisation’: representatives from common rooms, academic divisions and campaigns, and sabbatical officers. It proposes and votes on motions four times a term. All matriculated students are members of the Student Union. All students can put forward motions, ask questions, participate in debates, and stand for election. When motions pass, they mandate the Union to act upon them. Motions most frequently recommend and/or condemn official university practices and policy, and inform how the SU works.  HOW HAS THE MOTION BEEN RECEIVED?  “[The] motion received no comments and therefore no debate and the members of Student Council voted to pass it. Sabbatical Officers are now mandated by Student Council to release a statement based on the resolves of that motion; their statement is now available on the SU website for members and social media channels.” The Oxford University Student Union (SU) has condemned “hateful material in mandatory teaching”, after a motion on ‘Academic Hate Speech’ passed in Student Council last week. The motion has been widely reported on and has sparked debate about free speech in universities. The University of Oxford has responded with its free speech policy, used since 2016, which states that “free speech is the lifeblood of the university”. It has not responded to the specific recommendations of the motion. last_img read more

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BSU Prof: Beware social media as singular news source

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Twitter (Sarah Welliver/The Elkhart Truth) People have been trying to get the latest updates on the spread of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, whether that’s watching their local news on TV, listening to it on the radio, or reading the newspaper. However, many Americans and Hoosiers are getting unreliable information on social media.Dom Caristi, a telecommunications professor at Ball State University, says a study from the Reuters Institute shows nearly half of Americans get their news just from social media. Caristi says that makes sense, with the amount of time we’re spending on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram going up during the pandemic. He also says that can cause a lot of trouble.“The biggest problem with relying on social media is that there is no check in the system,” Caristi said. “Anything can get out there.”He says one of the issues is that it can sometimes be hard to spot the difference between a reliable, legit news source and something with intentional false information. That’s why Caristi says you should take some time to think before sharing and posting.“If you can only find the story or information from a single source, it might not be legitimate,” he said. “Anytime you’re getting any information from a single source, you might want to think twice before you retweet that.”Caristi added that you should trust your local TV station, radio station or newspaper over “a website that was created yesterday.”“People like to hammer the traditional media — newspaper, radio, television — but they sure get it right a lot more than the newer, less establishments.”The professor also says you should be careful throwing the phrase “fake news” around, because it’s hurting the credibility of legitimate media outlets and journalists.“If people come away from this thinking ‘well, you can’t trust anybody,’ then we have created a system that makes the news less valuable,” Caristi said.He says some people like to use that phrase just when they don’t want to believe the news is true or that they just disagree with it. Google+ Pinterest BSU Prof: Beware social media as singular news source By Network Indiana – July 31, 2020 2 228 Previous articleGov. Holcomb not closing bars despite virus task force recommendationNext articleDebate on whether mail-in ballots lead to increase voter fraud Network Indiana WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

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Bright spots to Indy 500 face with no fans?

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSports Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Facebook (“Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, IN” by Josh Hallett, Creative Commons) It might be hard to believe, but an Indianapolis 500 without fans may come with benefits for the event.The race had already garnered a lot of attention this year with it being the first Indianapolis 500 with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway under new ownership in Roger Penske, who has made vast cosmetic improvements to the famous race track to better the fan experience.With no fans this year, fans will have to wait until next year to take in all the new improvements. Nevertheless, Chris Gahl with Visit Indy, said Penske and the IMS leadership staff made the right call in light of the coronavirus pandemic.“In the long-term, to ensure the health of the event, taking a pause this year is something we support,” Gahl said to Inside Indiana Business. “We again commend the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in being thoughtful in this approach.”Gahl is airing on the brighter side of things when it comes to the announcement. He believes a fanless Indianapolis 500 will lead to a huge local, national, and international TV and radio audience. Along with that, it will spark a bigger interest in next year’s race.“That attention will lead to demand for attending next year,” he said. “This will be a hot ticket come 2021 because it will be off the heels of the COVID pause.”Though the economic hit the city is taking now because of the lack of fans will hurt, Gahl feels the with the increased attention the race could get next year city could be in for a pretty big pay off in the long-run, should the pandemic subside by then. Google+ Twitter Bright spots to Indy 500 face with no fans? WhatsApp Google+ By Network Indiana – August 7, 2020 0 356 Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, August 10-14Next articleTwo arrested on drug charges in Plymouth Wednesday Network Indiana Pinterestlast_img read more

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$4 million in cuts proposed in next South Bend city budget

first_img Twitter IndianaLocalNews Previous articleSeveral students at New Prairie High School told to quarantineNext articleMore time to get caught up with power bills in Indiana 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Facebook WhatsApp $4 million in cuts proposed in next South Bend city budget Google+ Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – August 14, 2020 0 375 (Photo supplied/City of South Bend) South Bend Mayor James Mueller and the City administration presented the overview of the proposed 2021 Budget to the Common Council on Wednesday, Aug. 12.They provided highlights of the administration’s priorities for next year’s budget and as well as a plan to cross the current fiscal landscape in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.Mayor Mueller stated that the city has to chart a new course to navigate the economic downturn caused by the pandemic in addition to the impact of the 2020 fiscal curb.He said good planning, strategic cuts and our healthy cash reserves will help the city weather what he called the fiscal storm.The administration plans to reduce spending by $4 million as compared to the 2020 budget, including a net reduction of 15 full time employee positions, in order to set a sustainable path forward.The presentation kicked off a series of 8 budget hearings to the Common Council each Wednesday at 5 p.m. before final adoption in October.The administration has identified six main priorities for the City’s strategic spending in 2021, which are: Support economic recovery, build reliable infrastructure, expand access to opportunity, reform public safety systems, rebuild vibrant neighborhoods, and protect the vulnerable.Each of those priorities includes specific strategic spending proposals that the administration will provide further detail on in the budget meetings.To see the presentation from the first budget meeting with Common Council, click here. Google+last_img read more

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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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