Dead & Company Takes Hollywood Bowl On A “Dark Star” Space Voyage For The Ages [Video/Full Audio]

first_imgLast night, Dead & Company returned to the Hollywood Bowl for their second of two performances at the prestigious LA venue. Following last night’s sobering security scare, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti came back to the storied amphitheater with a vengeance, determined to get the party back on track–and unsurprisingly, they delivered in spades with easily the best show of this young summer tour.The entire performance begs a second (or, for those not in attendance, a first) listen. Set one saw the band kick things off with In The Dark track “Hell In A Bucket,” before digging deep into the vault for a rendition of Junior Parker cover “Next Time You See Me,” a live favorite formerly led by Ron “Pigpen” McKernan during the Grateful Dead‘s early days. From there, the first set continued on a high note with an endlessly fun string of favorites: “West LA Fadeaway,” “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Red Rooster,” “Uncle John’s Band,” “New Speedway Boogie,” and “US Blues.” You can watch pro-shot video of the show’s first three songs below, via the band’s YouTube page:By set break, it was clear that the Hollywood crowd had the makings of a special show on their hands. The band was having fun, everyone’s tone was impeccable, they were pulling out incredible tunes. But the truly impressive second set that Dead & Co threw together defied even the highest of expectations.The excitement only grew as the band returned to the stage and eased into a funky “Estimated Prophet”  which would ooze and vamp for almost 18 minutes (featuring some sly “Eleanor Rigby” teases from Chimenti) before sliding into “St Stephen.” While they may not be everyone’s bag, Mayer’s deft vocal harmonies were an undeniable highlight of the top-notch rendition, lending a fresh sound to the decades-old song. And that’s not to take away from his guitar playing in the song’s improv section, where his fiery blues licks propelled the jam in exciting directions.As “what would be the answer to the answer, man?” rang out through the bandshell, the blissful opening notes of “Terrapin Station” rose from the depths, adding another gold star to this already incredible set list. The silky “Terrapin” led into another highly sough-after Dead classic, “Dark Star,” which would prove to be the improvisational climax of the performance. Following the first verse, the spacey vamp began to get more and more percussive, and before the audience could blink, they were deep into a mind-bending “Drums” > “Space” which saw the band welcome String Cheese Incident percussionist Jason Hann into the fray. Eventually, the “Rhythm Devil” show slowly began to take a more familiar shape, and the band returned to guide the jam back into “Dark Star” to finish the song’s 2nd verse.After the thrilling Dark Star Space voyage, Weir once again took the reigns for a joyous “Morning Dew,” the perfect emotional exclamation mark for a memorable night at the Hollywood Bowl. The “Not Fade Away” encore left the crowd exiting the venue chanting, clapping, and filled with love–and, safe to say, some newly spawned last-minute plans to hop “on the bus” and follow Dead & Company to Mountain View for their two-night run at Shoreline Amphitheatre this weekend.You can listen to full audio of Dead & Co’s 6/1/17 performance at Hollywood Bowl below, courtesy of taper Jeff Frank on Dead & Company | Hollywood Bowl | Hollywood, CA | 6/1/17 Set 1: Hell In A Bucket, Next Time You See Me, West LA Fadeaway, Mississippi Half-Step. Red Rooster, Uncle John’s Band, New Speedway Boogie, US BluesSet 2: Estimated Prophet > St. Stephen > Terrapin Station > Dark Star > Drums > Space > Dark Star (second verse) > Morning DewEncore: Not Fade Away[Cover photo via Steve Rose]last_img read more

Helping outside the classroom

first_imgSpring is in the air. Along with that seasonal shift, the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative (HASI) is launching a fresh series of SmartTALK Family Events in the Boston Public Schools. The events help kindergarteners to fifth-graders, their families, school staff, and partners learn more about games and strategies that support academic success during out-of-school time.The motto on the nearby copies of the trivia-style children’s game “Brain Quest” reflected the program’s goal. “It’s OK to be smart!” captured the essence of the community outreach effort, which recently drew nearly 20 staff members from Harvard Public Affairs and Communications to a warehouse near HASI’s Allston headquarters to turn the stacks of math and language arts games into 1,800 SmartTALK learning kits.The kits, containing grade-appropriate games and bilingual English-Spanish “how-to” guides, are an essential element of the Family Events. With the next round of 18 sessions kicking off early this month, the staffers were working that day against the clock. The games included “Rattatat Kat,” along with “Blink” and “Fraction Power,” two math-based card games. Some staffers opened the boxes, and others worked on assembling the kits.The SmartTALK Family Events are part of Harvard’s effort to support out-of-school learning in nine Boston-area Step UP schools. Step UP is a collaboration among local universities and Boston schools that promotes student achievement. Harvard is a founding member of Step UP and has been offering after-school program support, learning materials, and professional development at the schools for the past three years.“The missing link of our work was connecting back to families,” said Paige Lewin, HASI associate director. According to Lewin, the new SmartTALK Family Events programming also aligns with the work of Karen Mapp, the Harvard Graduate School of Education lecturer who advocates engaging parents in their children’s academic work to support achievement.“Asking families to come to a bake sale is not as effective as getting families involved in the learning of their children,” said Lewin. “At the Family Events, we’ll give families tools they can use to support ‘quality’ or ‘smart’ talk at home.”By the end of the afternoon, volunteers had converted the pile of boxes that had lined the warehouse into 729 Family Events kits, and had organized the remaining materials for quick assembly.“That put a dent in it,” said Lewin. “Only 1,000 more kits to go.”last_img read more

Summer Hard on Trees

first_imgDust grit is between your teeth. Heat radiates from everything. The summer has turnedoppressive. You may be slowed and burdened by the heat, but what about your trees?Landscape plants, especially trees, are stressed by the heat. Trees stand tall andfirmly anchored in the face of the blowtorch-like wind and heat radiated from hardsurfaces.Driveways, rooftops, patios and sidewalks absorb sunlight and radiate that energy asthe heat we all feel. When the air moves this heat over to your landscape, it’s calledadvective heat.Advective heat means you must use your cooling power, water and shade to dissipate heatgenerated somewhere else. And this summer there is plenty of heat to move around.Heat badly stresses trees in two main ways. One is through water loss. The other, muchmore insidious, is through accelerated food use.Wilted foliage and drooping new twig tips are a sure sign of water shortage in thetree. The tree can take in water only from the soil.In some places, little water remains accessible to tree roots. Either the soilparticles are holding the water too tightly for roots to extract it, or the tree doesn’thave enough roots to gather enough water. As water concentrations become too low, rootsare shut down and don’t grow.Trees need water to make food and move essential materials. They also gain some heatdissipation from water evaporating from leaves. As water is allowed to evaporate fromleaves, carbon dioxide for food-making moves into the leaves.Water is the most valuable of raw materials trees collect. But as water becomes lessavailable, trees must close up leaves to save the water that remains. Stopping leaffunctions means the tree can’t make food and will have its internal temperature climb.As temperatures climb in and around the tree, many problems arise. For every 18-degreeincrease, water and food requirements double. As water becomes unavailable and leaves areclosed, food continues to be needed in greater volume. All this food must be taken fromstorage.Hot streaks mean healthy trees must close leaves and wait out the heat. It’s likerunning on internal batteries. Old, young and badly stressed trees are much more at riskof damage, decline and death because they have little storage. The little stored food theyhave is being used at two to three times normal rates. Trees can starve to death duringlong hot, dry periods.During the heat, watering can help if you don’t overdo it. In heavy clay soils, it’seasy to drown already starving tree roots. Your trees don’t need a dip in the pool — justa refreshing, deep drink.Don’t apply nitrogen fertilizers when soil temperatures are high and there is littlewater. Prevent mechanical damage and injury from landscape chemicals. Thin layers of mulcharound a tree help conserve water and keep the root area cooler, which reduces fooddemands.During hot periods, people and trees need each other. The shade that protects you,saves on cooling bills and blocks advective heat from terrorizing you is not free. Youneed to invest in the survival and health of your trees.last_img read more

Vermont students continue to outperform on AP, SAT, ACT exam results

first_imgVermont students posted a strong showing on the 2010 College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams and Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT), as well as the 2010 ACT exams, ranking fifth in the nation, the Department of Education announced today.The AP program offers high school students college-level courses in a variety of subject areas. In all, 3,677 Vermont students participated in the AP program (up 5.2 percent from 2009) and took 6,057 AP exams (up 5.3 percent from last year). According to the College Board, Vermont continues to increase the number of students taking AP courses even as student enrollment is declining overall.AP exams are scored on a scale of one (lowest score) to five (highest score). Sixty-two percent of Vermont exams were scored at three or higher. A score of three or above is considered demonstrating college-level mastery of the content.Vermont students continue to perform above the national average on the SAT exams. Since 2009, Critical Reading increased by one point to 519 (compared to 501 nationally), Mathematics increased by three points to 521 (compared to 516 nationally) and Writing stayed the same at 506 (compared to 492 nationally).In addition, 70 percent of Vermont high school seniors took the exam, with the number of SAT test-takers in the 2010 high school cohort in Vermont decreasing from 5,306 to 5164.More females than males take the SAT exam in Vermont, and gender gaps still remain by subject area, with males excelling in Math and Reading, and females excelling in Writing. Females scored an average of 516 in Critical Reading compared to 522 for males; 504 in Mathematics compared to 541 for males, and 511 in Writing compared to 500 for males.The ACT college admission and placement exam tests student skills in Reading, Writing, Math and Science. The scores from those exams are averaged to create a composite score. Vermont’s high school graduates in the class of 2010 earned an average composite score of 23.2 on the ACT, up from 23.1 last year and up from 22.5 in 2006. A total of 2,054 Vermont graduates took the exam, or 26 percent of that class. Vermont’s average ACT score of 23.2 is higher than the national average of 21.0 and ranked fifth in the country. According to ACT, Vermont high school graduates outperform the national averages across all subject areas in terms of college readiness and scores.  Source: Vermont DOE. 9.13.2010last_img read more

NAFCU to meet with BCFP, Fed, HUD

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU’s award-winning advocacy team is working hard to advance credit union priorities in Washington. Next week, the association has meetings scheduled with Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Acting Director Mick Mulvaney, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman of Supervision Randal Quarles and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson.Bureau of Consumer Financial ProtectionMonday, NAFCU’s Board of Directors, President and CEO Dan Berger, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs Carrie Hunt and Regulatory Affairs Counsel Kaley Schafer will meet with Mulvaney to discuss the bureau’s 2019 priorities and what relief credit unions would like to see.last_img read more

12 News’ Scott Sasina visits childhood school, reads to 3rd graders

first_img 3rd grader Thomas Bierworth called seeing Scott is person “amazing.” Scott attended the school when he was growing up. Scott stayed at the school after reading to answer a few questions about what he does and what books they’d recommend for him to read He stopped by Mrs. Bettis’ 3rd grade classroom where he read three books to the children.center_img ENDICOTT (WBNG) — 12 News this morning anchor Scott Sasina visited T.J. Watson elementary to read to children Wednesday morning. The kids were excited to see the morning anchor they watch on TV standing right in front of them.last_img read more

US protests defy curfews as Trump faces backlash for violent crackdown

first_imgIn New York, which on Tuesday prolonged its first curfew since World War II for the full week, AFP reporters saw hundreds refusing to go home after the 8:00 pm cutoff, instead chanting slogans and peacefully walking the streets in Manhattan and Brooklyn.Protestors attempting to cross the Manhattan bridge were pinned there for an extended period by police on both sides, but were finally allowed to return to Brooklyn, according to a New York Times reporter on the scene.Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN it had been “much calmer” a day after several Manhattan luxury stores were looted, praising an increased and “vast presence” of police on the streets.Minnesota took one of the first concrete actions to address the grievances behind the uprising, which began after Floyd’s death on May 25 in the state’s largest city Minneapolis.The state launched a civil rights investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department, looking at possible “systemic discriminatory practices” going back 10 years, Governor Tim Walz tweeted.Former president George W. Bush called on the US to examine its “tragic failures” and to “listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving.” And in Los Angeles, one of dozens of cities hit by unrest, police officers and Mayor Eric Garcetti dropped to their knees in a symbolic act of solidarity as they met marchers led by African-American Christian groups.”A black face should not be a sentenced to die, nor to be homeless, nor to be sick, nor to be underemployed, nor to be under-educated,” Garcetti told them, inviting the leaders into City Hall for a discussion about the issues.But protesters gathered outside Garcetti’s residence late into the evening. An AFP reporter witnessed a group of at least 200 refusing to disperse and subsequently arrested.’People liked my walk’  In Washington DC, thousands returned to the streets Tuesday for a peaceful “Black Lives Matter” march.Hours after the 7:00 pm curfew protesters could be heard chanting, as National Guard troops stood on the streets near the White House and helicopters hovered above. Broadcast footage showed police firing tear gas shortly after midnight, but the situation appeared to be calm overall. “I’m just tired, essentially, of being scared of police, of not getting justice,” said Jada Wallace, an 18-year-old protester outside the White House earlier who said she was ready to risk arrest.US President Donald Trump leaves the White House on foot to go to St John’s Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. – US President Donald Trump was due to make a televised address to the nation on Monday after days of anti-racism protests against policebrutality that have erupted into violence. The White House announced that the president would makeremarks imminently after he has been criticized for not publicly addressing in the crisis in recent days. AFP/ Brendan Smialowski (AFP/Brendan Smialowski )In the same place on Monday, federal police had abruptly opened tear gas and fired rubber bullets to break up a non-violent protest, clearing a path for Trump to stroll outside for a photo-op at a historic church damaged the previous night.The move was loudly condemned by religious leaders, the president’s political rivals, and onlookers around the country.But Trump, who has rejected the traditional presidential role of healer, voiced glee on Twitter over the response in Washington and accused the leadership of New York — led by the rival Democratic Party — of succumbing to “Lowlife & Scum.””Overwhelming force. Domination,” he wrote, adding: “Washington, D.C., was the safest place on earth last night!”He pushed back against the criticism later on Twitter, writing: “You got it wrong! If the protesters were so peaceful, why did they light the Church on fire the night before? People liked my walk.”‘Despicable looters’ Joe Biden, Trump’s presumptive Democratic rival in November elections, denounced the crackdown as an abuse of power and promised, if elected, to tackle the “systemic racism” in the country.”Donald Trump has turned this country into a battlefield driven by old resentments and fresh fears,” Biden said in a speech in Philadelphia, also hit by violence. The United States also faced unusual, if polite, criticism from some international allies including Germany, Britain and Australia.German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called the anti-racism protests “understandable and more than legitimate.””I hope that these peaceful protests won’t slide further into violence, but even more than that I hope that they will make a difference in the United States,” Maas told reporters.A Las Vegas officer was in “grave condition” Tuesday after being shot during protests overnight. An armed Hispanic man was shot and killed by police after raising his gun in a separate, nearby incident.Four officers were also shot overnight in St. Louis. None of the injuries was life-threatening.Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020But one retired St Louis police captain was shot dead early Tuesday outside a ransacked store.Trump tweeted that David Dorn, who was black, was “viciously shot and killed by despicable looters.”Topics : Protesters defied curfews across the United States Tuesday as leaders scrambled to stem anger over police racism while President Donald Trump rejected criticism over his use of force to break up a peaceful rally.Standoffs between police and demonstrators stretched into the night in cities from New York to Los Angeles over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man whose killing has brought once-in-a-generation protests to the nation for the past week.But there were fewer reports of the looting and violence that had soured street demonstrations in previous nights. Tens of thousands gathered earlier in Houston to pay a hometown tribute to Floyd, who grew up in the Texas city and is to be buried there next week.”Today is… about George Floyd’s family — we want them to know that George did not die in vain,” Mayor Sylvester Turner told an estimated 60,000 people.A tearful Roxie Washington, the mother of Floyd’s six-year-old daughter, told a news conference she wanted “justice for him because he was good.”No matter what anybody thinks, he was good.”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Tours Universal Pasteurization Company and PRA Health Sciences on “Jobs that Pay” Tour Stops

first_imgGovernor Wolf Tours Universal Pasteurization Company and PRA Health Sciences on “Jobs that Pay” Tour Stops January 04, 2016 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf made two “Jobs that Pay” tour stops. Both the Universal Pasteurization Company and PRA Health Sciences are Governor’s Action Team (GAT) projects. The Governor’s Action Team is a group of experienced economic development professionals that serve as a single point of contact for companies looking to establish new business operations in Pennsylvania or companies considering retention and/or expansion of existing Pennsylvania operations.In April, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Universal Pasteurization Company, LLC, (“Universal Pasteurization” and “UPC”), a provider of high pressure processing (HPP) and cold storage services to domestic food manufacturers, would establish a facility in East Whiteland Township, Chester County — a move that will create more than 50 new jobs.“The creation of over 50 new jobs for this area represents progress in the type of pro-business and pro-manufacturing climate we are working to create and continue in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “It showcases what happens when government works with the private sector to support robust business growth.”Universal Pasteurization entered into a lease of a 170,000-square-foot facility located at 8 Lee Boulevard, which Governor Wolf toured today. The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development, including $102,000 in job creation tax credits and a $22,950 WEDnetPA grant to train its workforce.PRA Health Sciences, a leading global contract research organization (CRO), strives to move drug discovery forward, helping to develop life-saving and life-improving drugs. PRA has more than 11,000 employees working in more than 80 countries providing comprehensive clinical development services across all phases.PRA Health Sciences is expanding its presence in Pennsylvania. Employees recently relocated from Horsham and Fort Washington facilities to PRA’s new modern Class A+ office space in Blue Bell, now the company’s largest office worldwide.  PRA currently has more than 1,000 employees in Pennsylvania and is looking to add additional staff. To date, PRA has invested nearly $4 million dollars in the Blue Bell expansion project.“I’m excited to celebrate this growth of new jobs and growth of Pennsylvania’s economy,” said Governor Wolf. “The life science industry is a major driver of economic growth for the commonwealth and we’re all witnesses to this today with PRA’s expansion project.”The project is expected to create at least 250 new full-time jobs by the end of 2016, and will retain 1,150 existing employees. The facility includes state-of-the-art shared tenant conference space, staff workplace benefits, and a fitness center. With 148,000 square feet the building can accommodate approximately 860 PRA employees.The company received a $750,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $750,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, and a $112,500 WEDnetPA grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gold Coast’s northern corridor popular as buyers splash out $110M on blocks

first_imgFirst homebuyers Shruti and Karan Mahajan are among those to purchase their dream home at Gainsborough GreensTHE GOLD Coast’s northern corridor is proving popular with owner-occupiers who have accounted for more than 83 per cent of sales in one of the region’s largest new communities.First-home buyers, families upgrading to a new property and empty-nesters are dominating sales at the Gainsborough Greens masterplanned project which has sold more than 440 blocks, worth $110 million, in the past year.Mirvac Queensland residential general manager Warwick Bible said the high demand from owner-occupiers for the Pimpama project was driving the fast-paced sales.The most recent land release sold out in weeks, prompting the fast-tracked recent launch of the next stage, which has blocks priced from $246,000.“The strong demand is testament to the desirability of the location, which offers significant value, picturesque surrounds and convenient access to the motorway, making both the Gold Coast and Brisbane city centres an easy commute,” Mr Bible said. Gainsborough Greens has been the centre of activity with 235 new homes completed in the past 12 months.First-home buyers, Shruti and Karan Mahajan, purchased a home at Gainsborough Greens after renting in Southport. “A major drawcard for my husband and I was definitely the potential for future growth in Gainsborough Greens – it’s ideal for young families with kindergartens, schools and the golf course all nearby,” Mrs Mahajan said.“We didn’t want to move too far from the city centre as I work in Varsity Lakes and Karan works in Surfers Paradise, so the accessibility to the motorway makes travelling to and from work a hassle-free experience.” Mrs Mahajan said the couple took advantage of the boosted First Home Owners’ Grant to secure their home in the community.“The boosted grant came just at the right time for us and really enabled us to pick up exactly what we were looking for,” she said. Gainsborough Greens has been in strong demand from buyers.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“The area is being serviced by an ever-increasing array of infrastructure and amenities, including state-of-the-art schools, shops and parkland, which is appealing to those wanting to build a new home with a range of services at the doorstep.“The feedback from our buyers is that Gainsborough Greens stands apart because of its village atmosphere. Our homesites are nestled alongside the Gainsborough Greens Golf Club, natural bushland and parks, with 65 per cent of the community dedicated to green open space.“Our latest land release is no different – located next to a parcel of land earmarked for a major 15ha sports field and 5ha recreation park – so we’re expecting it to be popular, particularly with families.”Gainsborough Greens has been a centre of activity during the past 12 months, with 235 homes finishing construction; 36ha of wetland, open space and conservation area rehabilitated and, more than half a million new plants added.“When people visit Gainsborough Greens, they can now see for themselves the sense of community that has been created here and the type of neighbourhood they will be calling home, and that is really appealing to those looking to own and occupy,” Mr Bible said.last_img read more

Dutch asset manager PGGM to cut 200 jobs in major reorganisation

first_imgPGGM, the €178bn Dutch asset manager, has announced an extensive reorganisation to increase its “battle-readiness” and drive down the cost of its services.As part of the revamp, which aims to cut structural costs by €50m over the next three years, at least 200 of its 1,275 full-time employees are to be made redundant, it said.PGGM said the reorganisation would affect all parts of the organisation and warned that it would not rule out forced redundancies.Chief executive Else Bos said: “The Dutch pensions market is becoming increasingly dynamic, and PGGM needs the agility to anticipate these developments.” She said PGGM needed to reduce the costs of its products, as price had become increasingly important to its clients.She said the reorganisation must also create space for new services, although a spokesman at PGGM declined to elaborate on exactly what these plans might entail.PGGM is asset manager and pensions provider for seven pension funds, including the €140bn healthcare scheme PFZW and the €8.5bn pension fund for general practitioners (SPH), with more than 2.5m participants in total.The provider also offers its institutional clients pensions administration and board support.Two years ago, APG, the €390bn asset manager of the large civil service scheme ABP, announced a similar reorganisation, leading to 800 job losses among its then 4,155 staff, to be spread out over a four-year period.last_img read more