It seems David Crosby is in a new productive phase of his career, as the famed singer/songwriter has just revealed some major plans for 2017. Not only has Crosby announced a major tour, but the artist has just confirmed the completion of a new album, titled Sky Trails. Though there is no release date yet for the new album, Crosby is sure to put it out in the near future.To support releases new and old, Crosby will tour through the months of April and May, hitting venues across the country with James Raymond on keys, Mai Agan on bass, Steve DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Michelle Willis on keys and vocals. The tour will focus on music from Sky Trails, his recently released Croz album, and classics from the David Crosby catalog.See his full tour schedule by heading here.
You can’t get past the door at Quincy House without getting to know Paul Barksdale. That’s not because the Harvard security guard will stop you, but because the residents likely will, singing his praises.Barksdale is a fixture of the House and a welcoming friend to the 500-plus students who call the residence hall home during their sophomore, junior, and senior years at the University. It’s a home made warmer by the light of the man who knows everybody’s name.From 4 p.m. to midnight, Barksdale mans the guard desk at the side of the building on Plympton Street, handing out care packages or parcels too big to fit in a small mailbox. He assists students with forgotten keys, lends them the House vacuum cleaner, or helps them locate a lost item. But, perhaps above all, he is a friend.Students can’t get through the door without Barksdale getting to know them. Since he started in 2003, he has made a point of memorizing the name, face, and concentration of every incoming sophomore.“He knew my name right off the bat,” recalled senior Janet He. “He is so friendly and outgoing. If I am having a bad day, he will still come and ask me how I am doing. … He brings so much happiness to my life at Quincy House.”Barksdale occasionally plays matchmaker if he senses there might be an unexpressed interest between two shy undergraduates, and regularly attends the House’s formals, dances, and variety shows.Prior to coming to Harvard, Barksdale worked with local homeless shelters, and HIV/AIDS and substance abuse programs, helping to counsel and support those trying to get back on their feet, or cope with a difficult disease. The skills he developed through those experiences, he said, translate to his interactions with students, who so often just need the supportive ear of a friend.“Whether someone is marginalized or a wonderful achiever, there is a sense of presence that you want to give a person, that sense of dignity and respect that everyone needs.“So often you are powerless to change people’s lives, … but by just being this presence to someone, you can affirm them. I can’t change if an exam didn’t go well, but I can listen.”In his spare time, Barksdale is an avid walker and loves to read. His current reading list tends toward the spiritual and includes the religious scholars Thomas Aquinas and John Henry Newman.His passion for books is something he shares with his students. On a recent afternoon, he and junior Matt Cavedon compared notes on the memoir of former Quincy House resident and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. “If I can find my copy at home, I will bring it in for you,” Barksdale told Cavedon with a smile.“It must feel good to have that thesis done,” Barksdale quipped to another passing student, senior Ari Hoffman, who recently finished his English literature thesis. A die-hard Yankees fan, Hoffman said some of his happiest memories at Quincy House involve watching baseball games with Barksdale, an ardent Red Sox Fan.“Paul has been a real highlight of my time at Quincy House and my college undergraduate career,” said Hoffman, who added that when his Yankees won the World Series Barksdale offered kind congratulations. “It was above and beyond the call of duty.”When trying to describe what the job means to him, Barksdale gets emotional.He recounted a 2004 conversation with graduating senior David Lippin. Noticing Lippin outside the House early one morning during senior week with a contemplative look on his face, Barksdale stopped to say hello.“He said, ‘Paul, I can’t tell you what an honor it has been to be here, to be part of this.’“Those were his words, but if you saw his countenance, his face when he was saying this, it tells you about the magic of Harvard,” recalled Barksdale. “Harvard cannot be ensconced in a brand name. Harvard is much bigger than that. It’s this dynamic, living, creative organism that every student and professor is part of. It’s magical, and I think the most important thing is to be grateful to be part of it in any way. That’s what I feel. I feel like it’s an honor to work here, in whatever small role I play.”
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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – When West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood struck 68 in the first innings of Jamaica Scorpions’ seventh round match of the Regional Four-Day Championship against Windward Islands Volcanoes, the innings brought him little joy.Not only did the visitors lose the encounter by two wickets but the outing marked the sixth time for the season Blackwood had scored a half-century without being able to convert to triple figures.Frustrated, the 28-year-old turned to seasoned Windwards campaigner Devon Smith – a veteran of 217 first class matches and nearly 15 000 runs – for advice after the contest in St George’s.“I told him every time when I’m in the 80s or 50s I just get out very softly and he [said] ‘just stay calm, try to score, don’t overthink the situation’,” Blackwood told Starcom Radio’s Mason and Guest Cricket Show here Tuesday.“[He told me] ‘the same way you approach 50, is the same way you’re supposed to approach getting a hundred’. That helped to motivate me.”What transpired in his next innings against Leeward Islands Hurricanes was monumental. The right-hander carved out a record-breaking 248 – the second highest score for Jamaica in the last 54 years and the seventh highest overall in the history of the championship.However, it was the manner in which he reached 100 and 200 which reflected Smith’s advice. On 93, Blackwood struck two consecutive boundaries off seamer Jeremiah Louis to storm to his fifth first class century.Then, on 196 the following day, he reached his maiden first class double hundred in the morning’s first over with a classic square drive for four.“When I was on , I told myself once I got a loose ball I’m going to put it in the boundary. I’m going to stay positive and I did exactly that,” Blackwood explained.“Over the years it has been a very frustrating time, scoring a lot of half-centuries and not converting but this year I tried to get over that. The fitter I am, that is when I score a lot of runs, when I’m fit.“This year I really focussed more on my fitness and my mental space. I think I did some work on that and the way I batted this season, I think that’s the approach I’m going to take right through my career.”Blackwood finished the season as the leading run-scorer with 768 runs at an average of 51, the only batsman to pass the 700-run mark.The Jamaican has played 28 Tests with modest success, his last outing coming when he appeared as ‘concussion substitute’ for Darren Bravo, during the second Test against India at Sabina Park last September.Prior to that, his international career seemed in danger. He was dropped after just 15 runs in five innings and languished on the sidelines for two years.With several changes made before the season, he now feels his career is back on track.“I put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes. I told myself if I want to improve myself and improve my fitness and the way I think and the way I bat, I have to train more than one time,” said Blackwood.“I had to think outside the box and I think I did that this season. I batted more balls this season than in previous seasons and I changed my batting a little bit in terms of mixing my aggression with shot selection and being patient.“I think it was a pretty decent season for me. I give God thanks.”The season was suspended after the eighth round, 10 days ago because of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the Caribbean, and finally aborted on Tuesday.
SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 16th August, 2020 09:34 IST Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 09:34 IST A’s Do It Again: Canha’s 3-run HR In 9th Beats Giants 7-6 Mark Canha hit a go-ahead, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied late for the second straight game, slugging past the San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Saturday night FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Written By LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Mark Canha hit a go-ahead, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied late for the second straight game, slugging past the San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Saturday night.A night earlier, Oakland rallied from a 7-2 deficit to win 8-7 in 10 innings after Stephen Piscotty’s tying grand slam in the ninth. The A’s are an AL-best 15-6 and have a three-game winning streak.The A’s quickly are making a habit of dramatic finishes — they’ve already had two walkoff grand slams.Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer and Matt Olson also connected for the A’s, who won for the 12th time in 14 games.Darin Ruf put San Francisco ahead 6-3 with a three-run shot in the seventh before the bullpen squandered it again.Trevor Gott (1-1) surrendered Sean Murphy’s leadoff homer in the ninth that started the latest A’s rally and a one-out double to Tony Kemp before walking Matt Olson, bringing up Canha.T.J. McFarland (2-0) recorded the final out of the eighth for the victory before Liam Hendriks closed it out for the second straight game and his seventh save.Giants starter Kevin Gausman struck out a career-high 11 over 5 2/3 innings. It marked his fourth double-digit strikeout game and first since April 17, 2019, against Arizona while with the Braves.Mike Yastrzemski hit a two-run triple in the fourth before scoring on shortstop Semien’s wild throw past Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman.Olson tied it in the sixth. Of his seven hits in 43 at-bats over his last 11 games all of those have cleared the fences.Left-hander Sean Manaea started a day earlier than scheduled for Oakland but is still searching for his first victory of 2020. He went 4-0 last September upon returning from shoulder surgery before losing the AL wild-card game to Tampa Bay.SPECIAL MOMENTA’s infield prospect Vimael Machin, the deisgnated hitter as Khris Davis got most of the day off, singled leading off the third for his first major league hit. He scored on Semien’s homer.MANAEA BY THE NUMBERSManaea reached five innings for the first time over his initial five starts and his first outing not surrendering four or more runs.That such streak of not getting through the fifth and giving up at least four runs was the second-longest to begin a season in A’s history — with the only longer stretch being five by Rick Langford in 1983.Manaea has allowed 20 runs so far.TRAINER’S ROOMAthletics: RHP opening day starter Frankie Montas was scheduled to play catch a day after he woke up with the stiffness in his back and lower neck and was scratched from his scheduled start. While he was better, manager Bob Melvin said it wasn’t worth pushing him and Montas would likely throw off a mound before pitching again — “Tuesday at the earliest” in Arizona, Melvin said. … LHP A.J. Puk, on the injured list and yet to appear this season because of a strained pitching shoulder, threw a 20-pitch bullpen Friday and is set for a 30-pitch session Monday. “They have it all mapped out,” Melvin said.Giants: OF Austin Slater returned to the lineup leading off as the designated hitter after missing the previous two games with a strained right elbow.UP NEXTRHP Logan Webb (1-1, 2.81 ERA) pitches the series finale for San Francisco opposite A’s RHP Mike Fiers (1-1, 6.86).Image credits: AP