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.
[H/T JamBase] Oteil Burbridge is out fresh on the road in support of his recent Water In The Desert release. The touring band consists of JGB keyboardist Melvin Seals, Lettuce/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik, Primus/RatDog/Electric Beethoven drummer Jay Lane, former Nth Power and current Trombone Shorty percussionist Weedie Braimah, and vocalist Alfreda Gerald for a few dates this November. The highly-anticipated New York City stop at Le Poisson Rouge was rescheduled for Dead & Company’s last-minute appearance at Band Together: Benefit Concert For North Bay Fire Relief on November 9. As promised, the date has officially been rescheduled.Oteil Burbridge Releases Magical Studio Record “Water In The Desert” [Stream]Oteil Burbridge & Friends Make Highly Anticipated Debut At The Ardmore On Halloween [Full Audio]Oteil & Friends will officially return to New York City on January 15, 2018. While guitarist Eric Krasno is unable to make this date, guitarist Scott Metzger (Wolf!, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) will perform in his place.All original tickets to the 2017 show will be honored for the rescheduled date. If ticket buyers are unable to make the January, 15th show, they are entitled to a full refund as long as the request is made by the end of this month.
For the first time in Harvard’s history, more than 30,000 students applied to the College; 2,110 were accepted into the Class of 2014. More than 60 percent of the admitted students, benefiting from a record $158 million in financial aid, will receive need-based scholarships — a demonstration of Harvard’s commitment to providing access to a Harvard education to promising students from across the globe.“When alumni and friends give immediate-use funds in support of financial aid at Harvard, they are providing what are, in many ways, the most valuable gifts that we receive,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid at Harvard College. “This same generosity made it possible for me to attend Harvard, and I see the gratitude that I felt in the extraordinary students whom we admit each year and support through financial aid.”While large current-use gifts intended specifically for financial aid were previously relatively rare, alumni now recognize and focus on aid as a primary goal and priority. Longtime financial aid benefactors Beatrice Liu ’81, M.B.A. ’87, and Philip Lovett ’83, M.B.A. ’87, led the way, providing early support for this vital student resource, and more donors are following suit.Despite increasing costs and growing student need in the current economic climate, Harvard is determined to continue providing access for talented students. Offering this level of support would not be possible without the many contributions from alumni, including significant immediate-use gifts toward financial aid from Michael Kerr ’81, M.B.A. ’85, Sumner Redstone ’44, LL.B. ’47, and Joseph O’Donnell ’67, M.B.A. ’71. All of these gifts help increase access to Harvard for students across the income spectrum.“Such gifts,” said Fitzsimmons, “demonstrate the unwavering and generous dedication of alumni in sharing Harvard with future generations of students. It’s inspiring to see, and we are enormously grateful for their continued support.”In addition to providing direct support to students, current-use gifts are also used to enrich the student experience, channeling funding to unique courses, new faculty initiatives, and undergraduate research opportunities.The immediate-use funds contributed to Harvard’s financial aid program help individual students through the Harvard College Fund Scholars Program. As part of this program, donors can connect directly to the students who benefit immediately from their generosity.“Giving exceptional students the opportunity to access all that Harvard has to offer is one of my primary responsibilities as an alumnus,” said O’Donnell. “By making a current-use contribution in support of the financial aid program, I know that I can start helping students right away.”
Due to an unexpected change in circumstances, “Giving Voice: A Conversation with Plácido Domingo,” scheduled for Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, has been postponed. A date and ticketing information for the rescheduled event will be announced by the presenters, which include the Division of Arts and Humanities, Office for the Arts at Harvard, and Instituto Cervantes Observatory of the Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures.Patrons who obtained tickets for October 22 through the Harvard Box Office online or by phone will have their handling fees refunded; for more information, call 617.496.2222.Plácido Domingo has sung 147 opera roles and has given more than 3,600 career performances. His repertoire spans the gamut from Mozart to Verdi and Berlioz to Puccini. He performs in every important opera house in the world and has made more than 100 recordings of complete operas, compilations of arias and duets, and crossover discs. He has won 13 Grammy Awards and has made more than 50 music videos.Domingo is the former general director of Washington National Opera; currently he is the Eli and Edythe Broad General Director of Los Angeles Opera, which, under his guidance, has become one of America’s most significant opera ensembles.For more information, visit the Office for the Arts website or call 617.495.8676.
Siegfried Hall’s 8th annual “Day of Man” will give hall residents a chance to shiver for a cause Wednesday as they brave the cold in shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops while collecting donations for the South Bend Center for the Homeless, Day of Man co-commissioner and junior Thomas Ridella said.“It’s one of the largest community service events that I’ve participated in,” Ridella said. “It’s really cool doing it with all your friends and doing something that’s really different and unique. … We’re just doing our part by taking a day, not even a day, out of our time, which is something small, to make a big contribution.”Siegfried Hall president and sophomore Drew Vista said the event encourages hall residents “to stand in solidarity with other people and bring the cause to the attention of the other students at Notre Dame.”“The most important part of the event is that even though it’s a fun thing to do for a day and even though it’s cold, it’s for a really good cause,” Vista said. “Once we hear from the people from the homeless shelter, it makes us feel that what we did was that much more special.”Peter Lombardo, director of community involvement at the South Bend Center for the Homeless, spoke to students gathered for Mass in Siegfried on Sunday. He said funds from Day of Man support academic and enrichment programs at the Center for the Homeless and will help kickstart a nutrition program initiated this year by juniors Kathleen Anthony and Sienna Durbin.“Thank you for risking a trip to the student health center for the Center for the Homeless,” Lombardo said. “The work we do is pretty much aimed at reconnecting [residents], reconnecting them to the sources of support that we all have.“We’re lucky we have family and friends that we can depend on, and they don’t have them. Some of them don’t have them because they’ve broken them themselves, yes, that’s true, but the Center for the Homeless wants to reconnect them, and any help that you can give goes to that.”Sophomore Jack Szigety said the event also provides a way for Siegfried residents to strengthen their own community while reaching out to South Bend.“The best part of the event for me anyway is the solidarity of it,” Szigety said. “You don’t stand only with the homeless people who don’t have as fortunate a situation as we do, but you also stand with your dorm, your fellow men, to get together for a cause.”Ridella said the initial slogan used for the first Day of Man, “Be cold. Be bold. Be a man,” would be featured on the back of the neon blue T-shirt hall residents will wear to class and outside the dining halls Wednesday. Vista said plans for Day of Man would continue no matter how low the temperatures drop, as the hall typically raises more funds in frigid weather.“I don’t know if there is a temperature that’s too cold,” Vista said. “Probably anything that would be physically unsafe for more than five minutes of exposure would be too cold. Other than that, the colder the better.”Tags: Center for the Homeless, Day of Man, fundraiser, Siegfried Hall
Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,Approximately 2,100 Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) members lost power in the wake of a thunderstorm that rolled through the VEC territory on Wednesday afternoon. At the peak of the outage about 3,500 VEC members lost power caused by high winds that brought trees and limbs down onto power lines. Damage occurred throughout the VEC service territory, but is primarily focused along the western slopes of the Green Mountains and ranges from the Lake Champlain Islands to the Northeast Kingdom. VEC crews have been deployed and wll work until all outages are restored. Contract crews have been called in to provide additional restoration support. An outage affecting approximately 165 members in Huntington and Richmond was expected to be restored shortly after midnight. Another outage impacting 250 VEC members in Essex was expected to be restored before 5 am on Thursday. Crews are assessing damage and some outages may not be restored until the morning hours on Thursday. As more details become available, estimated restoration times will be reported on the VEC website at www.vermontelectric.coop/outage(link is external) or at 1-800-635-2667.
Hit the Slopes: This month ski and snowboard races are plentiful in the Blue Ridge.Grab some wax, tighten your goggles, and pin on a race bib. Whether you’re into big air or scorching downhill speed, the Southern slopes are ripe for unleashing your competitive side. From freestyle trick duals to tenths-of-a-second determined slalom runs, regional resorts have the snow comp for you.Crescent Ski Council Slalom and Giant Slalom RaceSugar Mountain • January 7-8The nationally lauded Crescent Ski Council, which comprises 22 ski clubs and nearly 5,000 members throughout the Southeast, hosts a series of two-day races throughout ski season, held at resorts in North Carolina and West Virginia. The races feature slalom runs on Saturday and giant slalom runs on Sunday with approximately 200 racers who are divided into two divisions with 10 flights each, based on a predetermined handicap. Additional races in the series take place at North Carolina’s Appalachian Ski Mountain on January 28-29, a return to Sugar on February 11-12, and Beech Mountain on February 25-26. The final event takes place in the Silver Creek area of Snowshoe Mountain on March 9-11.crescentskicouncil.orgWinterfest Weekend Beech Mountain, N.C. • January 7-8Every year Beech throws a High Country snow party that’s full of irreverent fun like the Cardboard Box Derby and a Bathing Beauty Ski Contest. The real action will take place among the free-heelers at the weekend’s Telemark Festival and the N.C. Championship Snowshoe Race, a qualifier race for the 2012 U.S. National Snowshoe Championships.skibeech.com http://basecamp.blueridgeoutdoors.com/?p=2578Ryan Lichtenberg Memorial Rail JamLiberty Mountain, Pa. • January 22Bring your best moves to Liberty Mountain for a rail jam to honor a fallen friend. The action takes place in the hardcore Lower Vertigo section of Liberty’s terrain park, where riders will land tricks on a range of killer boxes, big jumps, and rails. Ryan Lichtenberg was a former Liberty employee who died after sustaining a head injury while snowboarding in Colorado. A big part of the jam is promoting helmet safety awareness.libertymountainresort.com Freestyle Double CrossWintergreen Resort, Va. • January 29, February 12 and 25Strap into your board or click in to your skis and get ready for the fast-paced action of double cross. Four racers launch out of the starting gate at once, tightly fighting for space and aggressively rubbing elbows through a course of table tops, jumps, and whoop-de-doos. The top two then advance to the next round, until one winner is left. Racers can accumulate points for an overall series win.wintergreenresort.comCupp Run Challenge Snowshoe Mountain, W.Va. • February 6If you feel the need for speed, Cupp Run is the most satisfying run in the South. Ski racers from all over the East Coast come to Snowshoe for the gnarly downhill slalom course on Cupp—an epic slope that covers more than 1,500 vertical feet in a little over a mile. Big prize money is awarded in pro and amateur divisions.snowshoemtn.comhttp://basecamp.blueridgeoutdoors.com/?p=2543Shred for the Cup SeriesAppalachian Ski Mountain, N.C. • January 22, February 11 and 26There are three chances to show off your park prowess. It starts with Big Air, which features some of the High Country’s hard core riders getting seriously vertical, as they spin off curved rails and huck 720s off bomber jumps. The series then continues with a rail jam and finishes with the dynamic spins and flips of slopestyle. Overall series winners in three categories take home the coveted Cup.appskimtn.com
By Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo April 05, 2019 In addition to the continuing humanitarian, social, and political turmoil in Venezuela, a power outage left most of the country in the dark for several days, affecting houses, hospitals, and the water supply, and paralyzing public transport. On March 12, 2019, Nicolás Maduro also incited his supporters to violence. “I call on ‘colectivos’, on everyone; it’s time for active resistance,” he said. The message, broadcast on national TV, was aimed at “colectivos”, some of Maduro’s main backing to stay in power. The government indirectly provides weapons to the paramilitary groups to disrupt anti-government protests through intimidation and violent repression. Official forces don’t use these methods, so as to avoid legal proceedings. These irregular community organizations date back to the regime of Hugo Chávez (1999-2013), and in many cases control entire neighborhoods, especially in Caracas, Venezuela’s capital. They manage food distribution at “official prices” and are linked to illegal businesses, such as narcotrafficking and extortion. Each “colectivo” consists of about 20 members, who ride unidentified motorcycles and military vehicles. During confrontations with civilians, they wear distinct colors to recognize each other. They use different weapons, such as pistols and even rifles exclusively for the Armed Force. According to José Ricardo Thomas, a political analyst at the Central University of Venezuela, those groups are Maduro’s last main backing to prevent the people from rising against his dictatorship. “The ‘colectivos’’ grassroots are thugs, criminals, prisoners, and low-ranking politicians,” Thomas told Diálogo. “Many of them are active members of the Armed Force and the police, who remove their uniforms to work with the criminals who make up these groups. Their role is to intimidate, criticize, assault, and kill, so as to annihilate protests against Maduro, because the possibility of an uprising from the people worries the government.” “The groups [are] violent; they use both symbolic and physical violence,” Rafael Uzcátegui, coordinator at PROVEA, a Venezuelan nongovernmental organization that defends human rights, told Diálogo. “Their modus operandi is intimidation.” The paramilitary groups use different levels of violence; sometimes its mere presence in public areas is already a problem. “When 20 motorcyclists roam the streets, it creates enough fear to keep people from joining protests. It’s a major type of symbolic violence,” Uzcátegui said. “They resort to physical violence when they need to; they use firearms and carry out raids, they hit and threaten people. Their actions are clear violations of human rights with the implicit permission of government employees and Maduro.” Another role of “colectivos” is to subdue working-class neighborhoods, which are crucial to Maduro’s manifesto. “The ‘colectivos’ control territories with important symbolic value to the government, especially popular areas,” said Uzcátegui. “Maduro can tolerate protests in middle class areas, because they reinforce the idea that only privileged groups are unhappy with his government. What he doesn’t tolerate are protests in the poorest sectors, since he claims that [his regime] helps the poor, so the poor should be grateful. This is where the government uses ‘colectivos’ to intimidate the population, to maintain fear-based control over the poorest people.” Both specialists believe that Maduro’s government increasingly resorts to “colectivos” to avoid compromising government officials in violent acts against citizens. They carry out illegal acts they want to remain unpunished. The groups were blamed for five deaths on February 23, 2019, in the border areas with Colombia and Brazil, when partner nations tried to enter Venezuela with humanitarian assistance. Protesters were shot at; fingers pointed at members of “colectivos”. Weapons’ origins The irregular community groups’ armament is linked to diversion of government resources. According to Thomas, “colectivos” initially used 9 mm weapons common among police units, but have had deregistered Army weapons at their disposal since 2004. Following 2014, they reportedly began to carry high-caliber Russian rifles such as Kalashnikov. Another way the government helps arm “colectivos” is by giving them free rein to conduct illegal businesses, such as extortion or narcotrafficking. The Maduro administration may not hand weapons directly to “colectivos”, but allows them to conduct illegal activities, by which they obtain funds to buy their weapons. “Since they control some areas, they control different businesses, such as food sales. They smuggle drugs, and there are turf wars among them to win control over certain areas due to the profits they generate,” Uzcátegui said. “Colectivos” are among the many tools of repression Maduro uses to cling to power. Meanwhile, he is losing ground, and people no longer wonder if they’ll be able to break free from the oppression of Maduro’s regime, but how much longer it will take to collapse for them to gain freedom.
By Noelani Kirschner/ShareAmerica September 02, 2020 The illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro has thrust 96 percent of Venezuelans into poverty, a new study found.The 2019–2020 National Survey of Living Conditions (ENCOVI, in Spanish), published by researchers at the Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, shows that poverty levels in Venezuela spiked during 2019, officially rendering it the poorest country in Latin America and the Caribbean.In 2019, the average income in Venezuela was 72 cents per day. Based purely on income, the report says, 96 percent of Venezuelans live in poverty and 70 percent live in extreme poverty.“The results of ENCOVI are a sad reflection of the reality of Venezuela’s people,” said Interim President Juan Guaidó. “They are not isolated numbers, nor cold numbers, but the reflection of what we Venezuelans are suffering at this moment.”The study also calculated multidimensional poverty by looking at several other factors in addition to income, such as access to education and public services. By those measures, 64.8 percent of households in Venezuela live in poverty. In 2018, the report says, those numbers were 13 percent lower, illustrating how much further Maduro has sunk the Venezuelan economy in the past year.“Venezuela has moved considerably away from its South American peers, approaching the situation that some countries on the African continent have,” the report says.Only 3 percent of households in Venezuela are considered food secure, compared to 10 percent of households in 2018, according to the report. That means 97 percent of Venezuelans are unsure of where their next meal will come from or when it will arrive.
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