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Trey Anastasio Recounts The Four Lessons He Learned Playing With The Grateful Dead

first_imgLast summer, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio assumed the lead guitar role for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Grateful Dead, joining the “Core Four” surviving members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart for the five night celebratory run. In a new feature piece for Relix Magazine, famed writer David Fricke spoke at length with Anastasio about the experience.The piece, which was just published online for the first time, sees Anastasio talk about the four main lessons that he learned while playing with the Grateful Dead.1. “There has never been a great rock band that hasn’t been built around an irreplaceable drummer… That guy, in the Dead, is Bill Kreutzmann. I stood there for five days, watching people dancing. Bill is the heartbeat—Mickey, too. Together, they are one heart. Once the music started”—Anastasio hums the opening riff of “Truckin’,” the first song on the first night in Santa Clara—“I was like, ‘I know who’s driving this ship.’”2. “Bobby is Mr. Slow Down… He is patient, comfortable—no rush. Sometimes I’d be like, ‘You really want to play this song that slow?’” When Anastasio played the entrance lick in “Deal,” the last song of the first set on July 4, it was “at a Jerry Garcia Band tempo from 1982.” It was also “a little too fast.” When the song was over, Anastasio walked over to Weir. “I said, ‘That was too fast, wasn’t it?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ But he was totally cool. He played it anyway.”3. Weir “is a rock singer. Sometimes the music would get loose, a little floundering—no one knows where it’s going to go. Then Bobby would step up, like in ‘Samson And Delilah’”—in the first set on July 5. “When he started singing like that, boom, 80,000 people came together. It didn’t matter if it was in tune. That wasn’t the point. I could feel him unifying that stadium.”4. “I love to jam,” Anastasio says brightly. “I love to jam long. But even for me, the time would come when I’d think, ‘This is too noodle-y. Let’s play the next song.’ I would do something, a lick, that gently alluded to it. Then Phil would look over at me and put his hand up, like, ‘What’s your rush, dude?’ They weren’t done… That thing from the Acid Tests”—the 1965 and ‘66 LSD communions in San Francisco that were among the Dead’s first gigs—“was still there. ‘We’re not here to entertain you.’”Read the full article here.last_img read more

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A diverged family converges at Harvard Law

first_imgIt wasn’t inevitable that Harvard Law School graduate students Erum Khalid Sattar and Rebecca Zaman would meet so soon, or even at all. Sattar has been at the law school for three years, pursuing a doctorate in juridical science (S.J.D.); Zaman arrived in August to begin a year of study for a master’s in law (LL.M.). Sattar is from Pakistan, and studied law in London; Zaman grew up, earned her law degree and completed a judicial clerkship in Australia. Then again, they’re about the same height, with the same dark brown hair, and that might not be just a coincidence.In August, a few days into LL.M. Orientation, the two women shook hands and said hello at a Graduate Program reception. “If we hadn’t been wearing name tags, what happened next might never have happened,” says Zaman.“My surname is Zaman, and it’s a very unusual surname for a white-appearing Australian to have,” explains Zaman. “So when they saw my name tag, a lot of the Indians, Pakistanis and Middle Easterners asked how I could have this name. When I met Erum, it was very similar.  So I said, ‘Oh! My father’s father is a Muslim Indian from Hyderabad.’ And Erum said, ‘Oh, what a coincidence. My family was from Hyderabad, before they moved to Karachi after the partition.’ And she laughed, and said, ‘Maybe we’re related.’ We both laughed, and I said, ‘Maybe. It’s a strange story.’”Read the full story of the cousin’s meeting on the Harvard Law School website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Halloween on the move

first_imgOn the steps of the Malkin Athletic Center (MAC), in the quickly darkening gloom on Wednesday, several unusual characters began the terrifying Halloween tradition of … stretching.Approximately 30 runners gathered for the free Harvard On The Move (HOTM) run, which leaves from the steps of the MAC at 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays.  (Check the website calendar for the full schedule.) But as the evening jog happened to fall on the spooky holiday, some donned costumes for the event. Cleopatra, “HarvardMan,” and even the Dudley House Lion all turned out to run along the Esplanade.Christine Howard, partner of Dudley Athletics Fellow Seth Peabody, attended her first run with Harvard On The Move as Superperson. “It’s super, it’s empowering, it’s cheap, and it’s made of things I have around my house,” she said, laughing. “What more could you want?”Similarly, HarvardMan, Joey Wall ’14, said that his costume — resplendent with a crimson pillowcase safety-pinned at the neck as a cape — was born of necessity. “It was 9 p.m. on a Saturday, and I needed a costume,” Wall said. “Improvisation just took hold.”Adjusting his lion’s head, Peabody readied himself for the race. “I thought it would be a good boost for Dudley House to run with HOTM today,” he said. “My neck is a bit sore, but I think it’ll be worth it.”Harvard On The Move is a University-wide initiative created to promote physical and psychological wellness though noncompetitive walking and running programs. The program sponsors weekly walks and runs in addition to workshops and lectures highlighting cutting-edge research and practical hands-on information. Harvard On The Move is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as our neighbors in Cambridge and Boston.last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s RHA hosts spirit week to promote community

first_imgSaint Mary’s College Residence Hall Association (RHA) is hosting Spirit Week, a week of events aimed to strengthen the Saint Mary’s community, executive board members senior Joanna Collins and junior Grace Kelly said.To kick off the week, students tie-dyed shirts and made door decorations for their rooms, and as the week progresses there will be tours given through Le Mans Hall and Holy Cross Halls, doughnuts handed out Thursday morning and a preference night to conclude Spirit Week. The week’s events are inspired by events usually associated with sorority rush weeks.“My hope was that we could still capture the essence of sorority rush week and showcase their fun events, but still cater it towards who we are as a College,” Kelly said in an email.For example, RHA adjusted particular events — such as visiting sorority houses — to students touring two of the residence halls, Kelly said. Thursday night will end the week with a photo booth and resident assistants writing letters to students for preference night.Preference night is a way for RHA to say, “Thanks for choosing Saint Mary’s, welcome to the community,” Collins said.Both Collins and Kelly were looking forward to tie-dyed shirts that say ΣMX, the Greek letters for SMC. Collins said that the shirts were given out in a particular way so the students could maximize their socialization to take the time to create their shirts together.RHA is in charge of several other events throughout the year, such as the Saint Mary’s formal, Lil Sibs Weekend, and first-year welcome events. For Spirit Week, Collins, Kelly and other executive board members began their work last semester, which has stirred even more excitement for the events, especially for Kelly. She said she had designed the shirts a while back, so she was looking forward to seeing how students customize it.“My goal behind this night was that we could have something a little more hands-on for the students to participate in,” Kelly said.The general theme of Spirit Week is embodying the community atmosphere that is present in many sororities. Kelly and Collins’s goal for Spirit Week this year is to bring the Saint Mary’s community together through active participation in events, they said.“I think it’s a good way for the community to get together,” Collins said.Collins said she wants students from different grades, different committee members within RHA and the larger campus community to enjoy each other’s company while having a fun time. Similarly, Kelly said she would like students to engage with each other to expand the Saint Mary’s community.“I’m really hoping that girls will have a fun experience at our events and that they’ll bring students closer together through that shared experience,” Kelly said.RHA put a lot of thought into events that will keep the students coming throughout the week, in order to fulfill their vision of an engaged sisterhood, Collins and Kelly said.Tags: RHA, Saint Mary’s Residence Hall Association, spirit weeklast_img read more

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Outdoor Updates: Overmountain Shelter on Pisgah National Forest Closed + Dorian Hits Carolinas Hard

first_imgHurricane Dorian Hits Carolinas Causing Flooding in Charleston and Many Without Power “There’s the perspective that giant cliffs, immense stars and never-ending expanses of land lends you,” Kyu told the New York Times, “It forces you to put your work, daily struggles and grievances into perspective — maybe even move past them.” Further evaluations will occur to identify viable management options for the site. The fields around the shelter are still open for tent camping and offer beautiful views of the Roaring Creek valley. Hikers are urged to pitch their tent over 40 feet of the shelter in the event of structural failure. Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service and Appalachian Trail Conservancy of the Overmountain Shelter Two-thirds of all full-time employees in the United States are currently experiencing job burnout, according to a recent Gallup study. After quitting her job, Ilyssa Kyu founded Amble in hopes of helping others reconnect with nature, rejuvenate their creativity, and properly reboot themselves. Amble, a crowd-funded start-up, organizes monthlong retreats that pair creative professionals with budget-strapped national park conservancies that support National Park Service projects, such as wildlife protection and trail rehabilitation. How to take Sabbatical in The National Parkscenter_img The South Carolina Emergency Management Division reported more than 200,000 power outages across the state. Duke Energy predicted on Wednesday that the storm would cause 700,000 outages and prepared with resources from 23 states and Canada to respond once conditions are safe. Hurricane warnings were in effect for the Carolina coasts up to Virginia with a storm surge up to 8 feet around the North Carolina and South Carolina line. Experts urge people to take the storm seriously and to stay aware of it’s conditions and capabilities. In order to protect public safety, the Appalachian Ranger District has closed the Overmountain Shelter which is located in Avery County near the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and Overmountain Victory Trail. U.S. Forest Service engineers have determined that the building has become structurally unsound and cannot safely accommodate people. As of 8 a.m. this morning, the National Hurricane Center said that Dorian is a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds at 115 mph. Hurricane Dorian came through the Carolinas today bringing tropical storm conditions along the South Carolina coast, flooding Charleston and threatening the chance of tornadoes across the region. Overmountain Shelter on Pisgah National Forest Closed Until Further Notice Due to Structural Damage The Overmountain Shelter was originally a barn on a private farm that was acquired by the Forest Service in 1979 and became part of the Pisgah National Forest. The Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club (TEHCC) converted the barn into a trail shelter for the Appalachian Trail and provided basic maintenance for the structure. last_img read more

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NAFCU monitors $19M Target settlement

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger expressed appreciation that a settlement involving as much as $19 million has been reached between Target and MasterCard Inc. in the wake of Target’s massive data breach bus said the settlement, if finalized, represents “just pennies on the dollar.”The two companies announced their deal Wednesday following months of discussion. Under the agreement, Target will make available “up to $19 million in alternative recovery offers to eligible banks and credit unions across the globe.” The settlement is contingent on, among other things, issuers representing at least 90 percent of the eligible MasterCard accounts accepting their alternative recovery offers, either directly or through their sponsoring issuers, by May 20.“NAFCU has been in regular contact with MasterCard and VISA on data breaches as well as other payment issues,” Berger said Wednesday. “While we appreciate that the settlement attempts to hold Target somewhat accountable, we were hoping it would be more than just pennies on the dollar. We believe that this demonstrates the reason why Congress must act to protect consumers’ financial information by enacting stronger standards and holding retailers and merchants directly accountable for their data breaches.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Rising from the ashes

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WHO insists it hid nothing, sounded virus alarm from start

first_imgThe virus, which emerged late last year in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has so far infected more than 2.4 million people globally and killed more than 165,000, according to an AFP tally.The United States has by far the highest death toll of any country, at more than 40,000 fatalities, and President Donald Trump has faced criticism over his handling of the pandemic.Washington is the biggest contributor to the WHO but Trump is freezing funding, alleging that the organization mismanaged and covered up the spread the virus.Tedros said the presence of embedded US government secondees working at the WHO headquarters in Geneva meant there was nothing being concealed from Washington. The World Health Organization insisted Monday that it sounded the alarm on the novel coronavirus right from the very start and had hidden nothing from Washington about the deadly pandemic.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there were no secrets at the UN agency after being blasted by the United States for allegedly downplaying the initial COVID-19 outbreak in China.”We have been warning from day one that this is a devil that everyone should fight,” Tedros told a virtual briefing in Geneva. The WHO said there were 15 staff from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US health protection agency, detailed specifically to work with the organization on its COVID-19 response.”Having CDC staff means there is nothing hidden from the US, from day one. Because these are Americans working with us. It just comes naturally and they tell what they are doing,” said Tedros.”WHO is open. We don’t hide anything. Not only for CDC, them sending messages, or others — we want all countries to get the same message immediately because that helps countries to prepare well and to prepare quickly.” Taiwan row The US State Department has said the WHO was too late in sounding the alarm over COVID-19 and is overly deferential to China.It questioned why it did not pursue a lead from Taiwan flagged up on December 31 about reports of atypical pneumonia in WuhanDebate has raged over the significance of Taiwan’s email, which informed the WHO of the reports from Wuhan, and of at least seven patients being isolated — something that would not be necessary for a non-infectious disease.The United States said Thursday it was “deeply disturbed that Taiwan’s information was withheld from the global health community, as reflected in the WHO’s Jan. 14, 2020 statement that there was no indication of human-to-human transmission”.But Tedros insisted that the WHO was already aware of reports emanating from Wuhan — and said Taiwan’s email was only seeking further information.”One thing that has to be clear is the first email was not from Taiwan. Many other countries were already asking for clarification. The first report came from Wuhan,” said Tedros.”Taiwan didn’t report any human-to-human transmission,” he stressed.WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said the email made no reference to anything beyond what had already been reported in news media.”Clusters of atypical pneumonia are not uncommon. There are millions of cases of atypical pneumonia around the world in any given year,” he explained.Ryan said that the WHO tweeted the existence of the event in Wuhan on January 4, and on January 5 provided “detailed information on the epidemic” which all countries could access.Tedros also urged leaders not to exploit the pandemic for their own political capital.”Don’t use this virus as an opportunity to fight against each other or score political points,” he said.”It’s like playing with fire. It’s the political problem that may fuel further this pandemic.” Topics :last_img read more

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Aegon promises to increase pensions for Dutch miners’ schemes

first_imgBoth Algemeen Mijnwerkersfonds (AMF) and Beambtenfonds voor het Mijnbedrijf (BFM) – which have combined assets of €950m – joined Aegon on 6 August in one of the largest transfers of pension assets to an insurer to date.AMF had a coverage ratio of 113.7% at July-end, while the BFM’s funding was 106.7% at the time, after a two-stage rights discount of 7.6% in total.AMF chairman Fer Pfeiffer, speaking for both schemes, said the difference in the rights increase was due to BFM’s having to make proportionally larger financial provisions for costs and longevity risk.Both pension funds stressed that their administration and service provision would remain with their current provider AZL for at least eight years.The miners’ schemes originally set up AZL – now an ING subsidiary based in Heerlen – 50 years ago.The €820m AMF returned 0.5% last year, while BFM’s return was flat in 2013.AMF and BFM have more than 26,700 and 2,200 participants, respectively. Aegon has said it plans to increase the pension rights of the 29,000 pensioners and deferred participants of the Dutch miners’ schemes AMF and BFM by 8% and 10%, respectively.The one-off increase will be paid from the financial buffers the closed schemes were required to maintain by law, in order to provide for nominal pensions.Insurers do not have to keep such financial reserves.A spokeswoman said Aegon would be able to spread a number of risks across more than 900,000 participants at 40 pension funds.last_img read more

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Panama to Optimize Maritime Transport with New System

first_imgThe Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) have joined forces to launch a new project to facilitate international maritime transport.Under the Panama Maritime Single Window System (VUMPA), the parties aim to optimize national and international maritime transactions through the simplification and coordination of processes, including reception and departure of ships, contributing to the exchange of electronic information in maritime transportation.Every ship must provide the required information electronically through the VUMPA system, so that all government institutions carry out the risk assessment prior to the arrival of the vessel. The first inspection on the arrival of an international shipping vessel is carried out by a single inspector of the Republic of Panama.This project allows for the recognition of the inspector who carries out the inspection by both authorities.This initiative is expected to reduce costs, streamline processes and improve transparency and productivity, according to the Panama Canal.VUMPA is available from September 20, 2017 and will be in operation for those ships that arrive to Panama from September 24, 2017.In a separate announcemenet, the Panama Canal Authority said that the number of booking slots available to Neopanamax vessels would be increased as of December 1, 2017.Namely, one additional booking slot will be offered to vessels transiting northbound, for a maximum of four northbound slots per day. The number of slots for southbounds will remain at three per day.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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