first_imgWith Dead & Company tour in full swing, band members Bob Weir and John Mayer sat down with the Asbury Park Press ahead of the band’s New Jersey debut. The two guitarists talk extensively about building a large musical catalog with diverse influences, and how each are astute in hearing these influences and learning from one another.“When John plays blues, you can hear what subgenre he’s going for,” said Weir. “He’s real well-versed in particularly that idiom, but what that told me is that he’s basically a student and fan of American musical heritage.”He continued, saying “I could hear (Mayer’s) appreciation of the various fields, and that’s where our music comes from… We grew up — the guys in The Grateful Dead — grew up in an era in the Bay Area out here, where you had everything that America had to offer on the radio. And we were the kinds of kids who were just playing the buttons on the radio.”“If there was something playing that wasn’t catching our interest, we hit another button. We’d go from rock ’n’ roll to jazz to R&B or blues stations, classical music – whatever it took to grab our attention… And we were all different guys, but we all had that same approach, most particularly Jerry and I.” It seems Mayer has a similar mindset, something that Bob Weir finds endearing. Mayer chimed in about his own influences and mindset for building a diverse repertoire. “When you’re into music the way that Bob and I are, and you know, we’re separated by a lot of geography, a lot of time, but there’s a certain way to be in the music where it’s almost like collecting baseball cards… It’s like you collect the Texas blues card. You collect the Chicago electric blues card. You collect the country-western card.”“And it’s sort of like this love of all these different little cards you can collect and keep in a little stack and walk around with them in your back pocket.  It really for me was just about like sort of just getting another card or trading a card, you know?  And when musicians look at music that way, where it’s just sort of like this Rolodex of influences, it’s actually really great to have that conversation musically, and it’s just a matter of rearranging the cards a little bit.”That’s really part of the Grateful Dead magic, being able to go from folk to blues to funk in the drop of a hat. With these two guitarists up in front and the supreme talents of musicians like Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, there’s plenty of magic left to come!last_img read more


first_img “Being a small community and with a great liberal arts coordination, I was able to take a lot of social sciences that my colleagues weren’t able to take,” he said. “Your inner ear is in tune with gravity. You are made for this planet, and when you leave it, it is confusing for your head and your eyes,” Ford said. Ford said experiencing a new view of earth was one of the most memorable experiences of his 2009 trip to the International Space Station, which lasted almost fourteen days. “The coolest parts are that you have a view of the planet out of the window, and the zero gravity,” he said. “Almost everything you do, gravity is somehow involved. Just doing little things involved a little forethought.” “I knew I wanted to fly when I was 13 or 14. I wanted to be an Air Force pilot and maybe be an airline pilot down the road,” he said. “I took flight lessons when I was 16, and worked at a grocery store to pay for it, so that should tell you how much I wanted it.” Prior to his time at NASA, Ford was a member of the Air Force for 18 years — something he said was a near lifelong dream. Ford, who is scheduled to return to the International Space Station in October of 2012, said he believes the drive to succeed is what enabled him to achieve his dreams, and is the key to success for Notre Dame students. Ford said it takes years to train to be certified as a flight-ready astronaut. Once he was assigned to his flight, he had a little over a year to train with his team. Ford says it took him a while to be accepted into the astronaut-training program, which he began in August of 2000. He said though zero gravity was an entertaining aspect of his time aboard the space staion, it did present its challenges to the human body, especially in terms of acclimating to the new conditions.center_img Though they were just about to be launched into space, the flight crew sitting in the cockpit of the space shuttle Discovery was not too nervous just prior to their Aug. 28, 2009 launch, according to astronaut Kevin Ford. “I applied three times before I was accepted. I still have the rejection letters at home,” he said. While at Notre Dame, Ford was a member of the Air Force ROTC and lived in Morrissey Manor. He said that Notre Dame prepared him in ways for his career and training that no other school could. “Quite frankly, I don’t think anyone in our cockpit was nervous. If you are nervous about anything, it’s about throwing the correct switch at the right time,” he said. “After being on the launch pad for three hours in a space suit, it is nice to be launched into space.” Ford, a 1982 graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in aerospace engineering, participated in the flag presentation ceremony prior to this weekend’s football game between Notre Dame and Stanford. “A big part of training is astronaut candidate training, which lasts about a year and a half to two years. You get some hands on and leadership training,” he said. “They also teach you some technical training that you will need to fly a space shuttle. After completing this you are assignable to a space flight.” He also said Notre Dame’s course requirements helped make him a stronger student by forcing him to take classes he normally would not take, which has paid off in his career as an astronaut. “It’s a special place to get a good feel for other people’s point of view. The fact that Notre Dame has this real diverse attitude provides well,” he said. “Patience is required in training, and you are essentially a student for something that has risk associated with it.” “Consider your life and educational experiences. If you have a dream or goal, persistence is a virtue. Don’t be afraid to get out there,” he said.last_img read more


Students and professors can step outside the classroom to discuss intellectual matters in an informal setting through the new Student Pub. Sophomore Neil Ravindra, academic affairs director for student government, said the Dean’s Fellows, the College of Arts and Letters and student government co-sponsor the Student Pub. “It’s kind of founded in the idea of the Oxford University pub model where [authors C.S.] Lewis and [J.R.R.] Tolkien used to go to the pub and talk about their different literary ideas over drinks,” he said. Student body president Pat McCormick said the pub helps foster a “community of learning” on campus, incorporating both faculty and the student body. “This was another opportunity to really advance this effort in a way where we can create a space on campus that would serve as a place for students and faculty to meet in an informal setting,” McCormick said. “That was something that had been a hope of ours, as a way to try to build up a community of learning here on campus and to provide ways for students and faculty members to come together and get to know each other in a more holistic way.” Senior Malcolm Phelan, a member of the Dean’s Fellows and coordinator of the Student Pub, said a University alumna developed the idea when she was an undergraduate. Phelan said Assistant Dean Joe Stanfiel later took an interest in the Student Pub and approached student government leaders with the idea. “[The Student Pub] allows students and professors to relate on a different level, a much more fulfilling level for both parties involved,” Phelan said. Ravindra said the Student Pub is an opportunity to discuss various issues and promote intellectual engagement outside the classroom. “[Participants] would be standing or walking around, discussing whatever issue of the times they want to discuss,” he said. The College and student government held a pilot run of the Student Pub on Friday in the Hospitality Room of South Dining Hall, Ravindra said. He said the event featured free snacks, coffee and soda, as well as alcoholic beverages for purchase. “In my group, we discussed education reform, healthcare reform, the HHS mandate and also just general Notre Dame stuff, like what Notre Dame students care about or are interested in,” Ravindra said. “There would be maybe a professor sitting at a table and then students would come up to them and introduce themselves and conversation would go from there.” Ravindra said he thought the pilot run went “wonderfully.” “I would love to see it become a part of Notre Dame culture, to engage the intellect and stimulate conversation with professors and other students outside the classroom,” he said. “And so it’s just one more venue for students to jump on that opportunity.” Phelan said he foresees the Student Pub becoming a popular event and, eventually, a tradition. “Hopefully it’s something that will go on and the demand is here,” he said. “Basically the [first] event went really well. We ended up having 50 people come through.” Although the Student Pub is currently open only to professors from the College of Arts and Letters, Ravindra said he hopes participation will expand in the future. He said the coordinators are in the process of developing a permanent name for the pub. The coordinators plan to advertise the Student Pub more in the future, Phelan said. “We’re going to up the scale a little bit, since the first one went so well, and hopefully we get to the point where it’s kind of standing-room only,” he said. Ravindra said he is excited about the ongoing development of the pub. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for students,” he said. “It’s still developing, but I think it shows wonderful promise for the future.” read more


first_imgWednesday, members of Special Olympics Notre Dame and Best Buddies, two clubs dedicated to serving individuals with intellectual disabilities, will call upon their fellow students to participate in “End the R-Word Day” by signing banners and taking a pledge to stop using “retarded” as an offensive term, Special Olympics Notre Dame co-president and junior Laura Gardner said.Kelly Konya | The Observer “End the R-Word Day is a day about raising awareness about the dehumanizing effects of the word retarded for those with intellectual disabilities,” Gardner said. “The movement was started by Soeren Palumbo, who was a Notre Dame grad, and Tim Sharver from Yale in 2009.”Special Olympics Notre Dame co-president and senior Mo Connelly said using the word “retarded” often seems harmless but in fact offends people with intellectual disabilities by making them feel marginalized and inferior.“Many people often say, ‘it is only a word,’ but that is just not the case,” Connelly said. “In our society today, the R-word is used in a context that relates individuals with intellectual disabilities with something bad or wrong.“In order for everyone to truly practice acceptance and tolerance in our culture, the first step to take is to promote inclusive language that does not set apart a group of individuals as any less of a person than another.”Gardner said events throughout the day will draw attention to the “dehumanizing” effects of the R-word on individuals with intellectual disabilities.“Basically it invalidates their humanity,” Gardner said. “They are intelligent; they’re sisters, fathers, sons, friends. It’s a slur that puts people down.”Members of Special Olympics Notre Dame will be stationed in the LaFortune Student Center, the Hesburgh Library and at both dining halls during meal times and will ask students to show support for End the R-Word Day. Best Buddies will also host events to raise awareness, Gardner said.“We’re doing banner signings for students on campus to pledge with their signature to stop using the word retarded in a derogatory way, and Best Buddies is having their fashion show with models from a local center,” she said.Palumbo, a former Notre Dame Special Olympics president, initiated the first-ever “End the R-Word Day” while he was still a student at Notre Dame, Connelly said.“[Palumbo] decided to announce it as he was presenting for a Special Olympics event over five years ago,” Connelly said. “Luckily the idea spread like wild fire, and he was able to work with Special Olympics National to begin the ‘Spread the Word’” campaign and truly jump start this magnificent cause.”Connelly said students who are not involved with Notre Dame Special Olympics or Best Buddies should still participate by taking the pledge to stop using the word retarded.“Sign our banners and encourage others to do the same,” she said. “Most importantly, remember that our campaign is a year round effort to end the R-word. Have the courage to remove it from your vocabulary, and encourage others to do the same.”Contact Lesley Stevenson at        [email protected]: best buddies, disabilities awareness, notre dame best buddies, notre dame R word, R word, spread the word to end the wordlast_img read more


first_img View Comments Related Shows On the Town Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015center_img Jay Armstrong Johnson On the Town gents Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves have officially arrived in NYC, and boy, do they look good in uniform! The stars explored New York, New York in their new duds, just like Gabey, Chip and Ozzie do in the splashy musical. Well, except they documented the entire thing on Instagram, which we’re pretty sure didn’t exist when On the Town premiered in 1944. Also, Ciki Bikes definitely weren’t a thing yet, but we’re willing to overlook a few small details. Check out these silly shots of Yazbeck, Johnson and Alves running amok in the Big Apple, then see them in On the Town beginning September 20, 2014 at the Lyric Theatre! Tony Yazbecklast_img read more


first_img15 attorneys general speak out in opposition of Trump’s move to limit federal authority under the Clean Water Act 10. Stikine River, Alaska Advocacy group releases list of the 10 most endangered rivers in the U.S. The advocacy group American Rivers has released their annual list of the country’s most endangered rivers. Selections for the list are made primarily on upcoming legislation that could threaten the health of the rivers. Other factors that are used to select the most endangered rivers include the significance of the river to communities and the threat to the river caused by climate change. This year’s most endangered rivers are: 4. Green-Duwamish River, Washington 9. Big Darby Creek, Ohio 8. Buffalo National River, Arkansas 5. Willamette River, Oregon 6. Chilkat River, Alaska American Rivers has also named the Cuyahoga River in Ohio the “River of the Year” because of the progress that has been made in cleaning up the waterway, which was once so polluted that it famously caught on fire. American Rivers has been compiling an annual list of endangered rivers since 1984. 3. Upper Mississippi River in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri 2. Hudson River, New York 1. Gila River, New Mexico Attorneys general from 14 states and the District of Columbia have responded to the public comment period opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back a regulation called Waters of the United States. In their comments, the Attorneys general said that the move would end federal oversight of 15 percent of streams and more than half of the wetlands across the country. The Trump administration’s proposal would limit the federal government’s ability to regulate pollution allowed in the nation’s wetlands and the tributaries that empty into the country’s largest rivers and would be a major boon to builders, coal miners and frackers. The Third Annual Mother’s Day Rally, the largest gathering of climate and social justice groups in Northern Virginia, will feature a keynote from the youth climate leader Alexandria Villasenor. The 13-year-old gained attention by striking every Friday on a park bench in New York, right in front of the United Nations headquarters. She then led the US Youth Climate Strike, mobilizing the U.S. arm of the 1.6-million student strike around the world to demand action on climate change. The family-friendly Mother’s Day Rally will feature music, inspiring speakers and kids’ activities and will be held on Sunday, May 5 from 2pm-3:30pm at Veterans Amphitheater outside of Fairfax City Hall. Teen Climate Leader Alexandria Villasenor to speak in Fairfax, Va at Mother’s Day Climate Rally 7. South Fork Salmon River, Idaholast_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has ordered Donald Trump’s charity foundation to cease fundraising here after it failed to obtain the proper registration to solicit donations—a violation of state law.The “Notice of Violation” was sent to the Donald J. Trump Foundation on Friday. It explicitly orders Trump to “immediately” cease solicitations or engaging in fundraising efforts, and gives the foundation up to 15 days to hand over the requisite documents.“Despite failing to register pursuant to Article 7-A, the Trump Foundation solicited contributions in New York State earlier this year, in violation of New York law,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.My office sent a Notice of Violation to the Trump Foundation. More information, and the letter, here: https://t.co/vv6Q2BevUw— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) October 3, 2016The order from the attorney general’s office comes as several news organizations, most notably The Washington Post, have scrutinized Trump’s foundation for its apparent reliance on donations from contributors other than the charity’s namesake. The Post reported that Trump himself has not donated personally to his own foundation since 2008.Additionally, The Post reported that Trump used a quarter-million dollars in donations to settle business lawsuits. The paper was also the first to reveal that the foundation was not registered in New York to solicit donations within the state.The attorney general’s notice focuses entirely on the foundation’s apparent failure to register with New York.“While we remain very concerned about the political motives behind A.G. Schneiderman’s investigation, the Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation,” said Hope Hicks, Trump’s spokeswoman, in a statement, according to The New York Times. “Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the Trump Foundation will not comment further at this time.”Last month, Schneiderman, a Democrat who supports Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, revealed that his office was scrutinizing whether the Trump Foundation was complying with state law.“My interest in this issue really is in my capacity as regulator of non-profits in New York State, and we have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view,” Schneiderman told CNN at the time.Trump’s surrogates have described Schneiderman’s probe as a partisan attack intended to prop up Hillary Clinton, who was a U.S. Senator (D-NY) before she became Secretary of State in the Obama administration.Jason Miller, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, told CNN that Schneiderman’s investigation is “nothing more than another left-wing hit job.” He also accused New York’s attorney general of turning a blind eye to the non-profit Clinton Foundation.Clinton briefly mentioned Trump’s much ballyhooed philanthropy in the pair’s first debate last week at Hofstra University, suggesting that Trump was adverse to releasing his tax returns because, among other things, he may not be as charitable as he claims.The news comes during a particularly rough stretch for Trump’s campaign.His debate performance at Hofstra University, which was widely panned, spawned a week-long spat with a former Miss Universe winner—prompting an early morning Twitter rant from the Republican tycoon—and on Saturday evening The New York Times revealed that Trump may have avoided paying taxes for as long as 18 years after losing nearly $1 billion in 1995.Meanwhile, New York’s attorney general is reportedly continuing his separate case against Trump University for defrauding its students. After initially announcing that her office was contemplating joining in a multi-state suit against Trump’s for-profit enterprise, Florida Attorney General Pam Biondi did not pursue similar complaints from students in her state. Later it was revealed that the Trump Foundation had given Biondi’s political committee a $25,000 donation in 2013, and the IRS subsequently fined Trump $2,500 because the contribution from a non-profit charity violated federal tax law. Trump’s campaign says that there is no connection between the campaign donation and the Florida AG’s decision not to pursue the complaints against Trump’s institution of higher learning.(Featured photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)last_img read more


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first_imgThe kingdom’s haj ministry said the pilgrimage will be open to various nationalities already in Saudi Arabia, but it did not specify a number.”It was decided to hold the pilgrimage this year with very limited numbers… with different nationalities in the kingdom,” the official Saudi Press Agency said, citing the ministry.”This decision is taken to ensure the haj is performed in a safe manner from a public health perspective… and in accordance with the teachings of Islam in preserving lives.”The decision to limit the event comes as Saudi Arabia struggles to contain a spike in infections, which have now risen to some 161,000 cases and more than 1,300 deaths. Topics : The announcement to hold a limited haj could disappoint millions of Muslim pilgrims around the world who often invest their life savings and endure long waiting lists to make the trip.But it would likely appease Muslims who feared the pilgrimage would entirely be cancelled for the first time in the kingdom’s modern history.”Saudi Arabia has chosen the safest option that allows it to save face within the Muslim world while making sure they are not seen as compromising on public health,” Umar Karim, a visiting fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, told AFP. “But there are lots of unanswered questions: What is the exact number of pilgrims that will be allowed? What is the criteria for their selection? How many Saudis, how many non-Saudis?”Saudi authorities said the haj ministry will hold a news conference on Tuesday to flesh out the details. Saudi Arabia on Monday announced it would hold a “very limited” haj this year, with pilgrims already in the kingdom allowed to perform the annual ritual as it moves to curb the coronavirus pandemic.The haj, one of the five pillars of Islams and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, represents a major potential source of contagion as it packs millions of pilgrims into congested religious sites.But the decision to scale back the haj, which last year drew 2.5 million pilgrims, is fraught with political and economic peril and comes after several Muslim nations pulled out of the ritual. ‘Difficult year’ The decision risks annoying hardline Muslims outside the kingdom for whom religion trumps health concerns.It could also trigger renewed scrutiny of the Saudi custodianship of Islam’s holiest sites — the kingdom’s most powerful source of political legitimacy.A series of deadly disasters over the years, including a 2015 stampede that killed up to 2,300 worshippers, has prompted criticism of the kingdom’s management of the haj.A watered-down haj would also represent a major loss of revenue for the kingdom, which is already reeling from the twin shocks of the virus-induced slowdown and a plunge in oil prices.The smaller year-round umrah pilgrimage was already suspended in March.Together, they add $12 billion to the Saudi economy every year, according to government figures.”This has been a really difficult year, with Saudi Arabia facing declining revenue from all sectors — oil, tourism, domestic consumption, and now umrah and haj,” Karen Young, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, told AFP.A full-scale haj, which last year drew about 2.5 million pilgrims, was unlikely after authorities advised Muslims in late March to defer preparations due to the fast-spreading disease.Earlier this month, Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, emerged as one of the first countries to withdraw from the pilgrimage after pressing Riyadh for clarity, with a minister calling it a “very bitter and difficult decision”.Malaysia, Senegal and Singapore followed suit with similar announcements.last_img read more


first_img“Infrastructure is an increasingly important asset class in portfolios, with its attributes for matching long-term liabilities particularly compelling,” he added.The £45m mandate will see a significant increase in the City of London Corporation Pension Fund’s infrastructure exposure.According to its 2011-12 annual report, it had combined private equity and infrastructure holdings of only £8.6m at the end of March last year, accounting for just over 1% of the fund’s £614m total portfolio.Annabel Wiscarson, executive director for business development at IFM Investors, said the firm would remain focused on European and North American projects.She also said she viewed the establishment of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform, the vehicle under development by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and Pension Protection Fund (PPF), as “complementary” to the approach taken by IFM.“Obviously, we’ve known about the PIP now for a year and a half or so, and all we keep seeing is them having a very similar philosophy to us – long-term ownership of infrastructure, conservative gearing,” she told IPE.“So, if anything, we are very happy to align ourselves with the PIP because it’s exactly how we started and how we continue to invest in infrastructure. We’ll be complementary with them.”PPF chief executive Alan Rubenstein recently said the PIP’s founding investors had shown a “willingness”, and the NAPF’s head Joanne Segars said she expected the fund to launch by the end of the year. The City of London is set to grow its infrastructure exposure, awarding Australia’s IFM a £45m (€53m) mandate to be split between the £720m local authority’s pension fund and a maintenance trust.IFM, jointly owned by 30 Australian Superannuation funds, will invest the mandate in core equity infrastructure holdings on behalf of both the pension fund and the local authority’s £470m Bridge House Estates, used to pay for the maintenance of local bridges.They previously won a £35m mandate from the Leicestershire County Council Pension Fund.Paul Mathews, corporate treasurer at the City of London Corporation, welcomed the ability to invest in a pre-existing portfolio of cash-generating assets based partially in the UK.last_img read more