Bob Weir Welcomes Members Of The National For “Campfire Tour” Opener [Watch]

first_imgBob Weir kicked off his Campfire Tour last night in San Rafael, California. The show, which took place at Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, featured a hodgepodge of fan-favorite Dead songs, as well as several tracks from his recently-released album Blue Mountain. The show kicked off with the Grateful Dead guitarist delivering a solo acoustic rendition of the album’s title track, before the band, which features Steve Kimock, brothers and members of The National Bryan and Scott Devendorf, Jon Shaw, and the album’s producer Josh Kaufman, took the stage for the remainder of the show.Set one focused on mostly material from the new album, with “Only a River”, “Lay My Lily down”, “Whatever Happened to Rose”, and more leading the charge, before the band busted out the Dead’s “He’s Gone”. “He’s Gone” was followed by the appropriately titled “Gonesville”, making for a great pairing of tunes while bringing the set to a close.Set two featured a much heavier variety of Grateful Dead material, opening with a rocking “Althea”, before the band launched into a great version of “Me and My Uncle”. What followed was a show-closing sequence that started with “Playing in the Band”, transitioned into “The Other One”, followed by “Looks Like Rain”, and finally a reprise of “Playing In The Band” that brought the house down.The encore featured another Blue Mountain track with “Ki-Yi Bossie”, before the band brought things to a close with great versions of Merle Haggard‘s “Mama Tried” and the emotional “Ripple”.Weir returns to the stage tonight in Oakland, CA at the Fox Theatre. Check out a few fan-shot videos from the great first night of Bob Weir’s Blue Mountain tour below. See below for a full setlist as well!Watch Bob Weir perform a solo acoustic rendition of “Blue Mountain”.Watch Bob Weir perform a solo acoustic rendition of “The Other One”.Watch Bob Weir perform a solo acoustic rendition of “Ripple”.Bob Weir | Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium | San Rafael, California | 10/7/206Set 1: Blue Mountain, Only a River, Lay Me Lily Down, Whatever Happened to Rose, Ghost Towns, Gallop on the Run, He’s Gone, Gonesville.Set 2: Althea, Me and My Uncle, Playing in the Band, The Other One, Look Like Rain, Playing in the Band repriseEncore: Ki-Yi Bossie, Mama Tried, RippleBob Weir Blue Mountain Campfire TourSan Rafael, CAMarin County Civic CenterOctober 7, 2016Oakland, CAFox Theatre OaklandOctober 8, 2016Los Angeles, CAThe WilternOctober 10, 2016Upper Darby, PAThe Tower TheatreOctober 12, 2016Brooklyn, NYThe Kings TheatreOctober 14-15, 2016Port Chester, NYThe Capitol TheatreOctober 16, 2016Nashville, TNRyman AuditoriumOctober 19, 2016last_img read more

Floyd Threatens Ag

first_imgHurricane Floyd could strike a major blow to Georgia crops. The 140-mph-plus sustained winds in Floyd could cause more damage than even hurricane-related water damage, say University of Georgia scientists. Pecan crop in particular dangerGeorgia’s pecan crop is in particular danger. “The trees are really loaded with green nuts rightnow,” said Tom Crocker, an Extension Service horticulturist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Wind from Floyd could easily break the alreadystressed branches right off the tree.” Crocker said about 30 percent of Georgia’s pecan orchards are in the southeast corner of thestate. Experts have estimated the 1999 crop at 100 million pounds, and economists say prices arelikely to be strong, too, with low carry-in stocks. But wind damage from Floyd could change all that, Crocker said. “Unfortunately, we’ll just haveto wait and see.”Cotton lint vulnerable to windCotton farmers are in much the same situation. But with harvest already under way in many areas, some farmers may have already made their crop more susceptible to wind damage.Extension cotton scientist Glen Harris said some fields have already been defoliated, so the leavesaren’t there to provide some protection against the wind. His advice to cotton growers: “If thefield has been defoliated, try to go ahead and get that cotton picked. If you haven’t defoliated,don’t yet.” Leafy cotton plants can also provide support to each other, preventing further losses from plantsbreaking under the wind, which can make them nearly impossible to harvest. A combination of rain and heavy wind could be disastrous for Georgia cotton farmers. Rain can weigh down and string out open cotton bolls, making the crop more susceptible to strong winds. Once cotton hits the ground, it’s gone, Harris said. Soybeans helped more than hurt, but wind damage probableSoybeans in southeast Georgia are likely to take a hit, too, said Paul Raymer, a researchagronomist with the CAES. “The crop, overall, will be helped more than hurt by rain from Floyd,”he said. “But wind at more than about 40 mph could cause lodging – the plants to bend and break- and cause problems at harvest.”He also noted that fields that have come through the drought and still look good are the ones most likely to be hurt by Floyd’s wind and rain. About 60 percent of the Georgia soybean crop is grown in the area most likely to be hit by Floyd. To dig or not to dig? That is the question for peanut farmersPeanut farmers are facing relatively good news. “Wind is a ‘non-factor’ for peanuts,” said JohnBeasley, an extension peanut agronomist. That leaves southeast Georgia peanut farmers asking one very important question: To dig or notto dig? Beasley offers these rules: * If the vines are in good shape, leave them in the ground until the storm passes and fields aredry.* If vines are in poor condition and could not stand several days of wet conditions, digimmediately. Waiting could cause heavy losses. Once they’re out of the ground, storm-soakedvines can dry quickly and be harvested. Waiting can further weaken vines, resulting in morepeanuts falling off during digging. “As dry as it’s been, several inches of rain probably won’t hurt,” Beasley said. “If the system stallsand brings 10-plus inches of rain, we could have problems later getting back into fields on a timelybasis.”last_img read more

A quarter-billion children getting no education: UN

first_img‘Pushed out’The report noted that in low- and middle-income countries, adolescents from the richest 20 percent of households were three times more likely to complete the first portion of secondary school — up to age 15 — than those from poor homes.Children with disabilities were 19 percent less likely to achieve minimum reading proficiency in 10 of these nations. In 20 poor countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, hardly any rural girls complete secondary school, UNESCO said.And in richer nations, 10-year-olds taught in a language other than their mother tongue scored 34 percent lower than native speakers in reading tests.In the United States, LGBTI students were almost three times more likely to have stayed home from school because they felt unsafe.”Unfortunately, disadvantaged groups are kept out or pushed out of education systems through more or less subtle decisions leading to exclusion from curricula, irrelevant learning objectives, stereotyping in textbooks, discrimination in resource allocation and assessments, tolerance of violence and neglect of needs,” the report said. This represented 17 percent of all school-age children, most of them in south and central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.The disparities worsened with the arrival of the coronavirus crisis, which saw over 90 percent of the global student population affected by school closures, the report said.And while children from families with means could continue schooling from home using laptops, mobile phones and the internet, millions of others were cut off entirely.”Lessons from the past -– such as with Ebola -– have shown that health crises can leave many behind, in particular the poorest girls, many of whom may never return to school,” UNESCO’s director general Audrey Azoulay wrote in a foreword. ‘Education segregation’Two African countries still ban pregnant girls from school, 117 countries allow child marriages, and 20 have yet to ratify an international convention that bans child labor.Some 335 million girls attended schools that did not provide them with the water, sanitation and hygiene services they need to stay in class while menstruating.In several central and eastern European countries, Roma children are segregated in mainstream schools.And in Asia, displaced people such as the Rohingya are taught in separate systems.”Many countries still practice education segregation, which reinforces stereotyping, discrimination and alienation,” the report said.”Just 41 countries worldwide officially recognized sign language and, globally, schools were more eager to get internet access than to cater for learners with disabilities,” it said.UNESCO urged countries to focus on disadvantaged children when schools reopen after coronavirus lockdowns.”To rise to the challenges of our time, a move towards more inclusive education is imperative,” Azoulay said. “Failure to act will hinder the progress of societies.” Topics : Nearly 260 million children had no access to schooling in 2018, a United Nations agency said in a report Tuesday that blamed poverty and discrimination for educational inequalities that are being exacerbated by the coronavirus outbreak.Children from poorer communities as well as girls, the disabled, immigrants and ethnic minorities were at a distinct educational disadvantage in many countries, the UN’s Paris-based education body UNESCO said.In 2018, “258 million children and youth were entirely excluded from education, with poverty as the main obstacle to access,” the report found.last_img read more

Over US $12 million loan signed to complete Melville Hall road project

first_imgPrime Minister Poosevelt Skerrit and French Ambassador to the OECS, Michel Prom signing loan agreement The governments of Dominica and France on Friday, June 22nd, 2012, signed a loan agreement of US $12.618 million to assist with the completion of the Melville Hall road rehabilitation project.This loan makes provisions for the completion of additional works on the much talked about Melville Hall to Pond Case road rehabilitation project which suffered from a delay due to the payment of truckers employed on that project.There has been a dispute between the truckers and the contractors, Emile Ghardakhan, as they claim that they had not been paid for over two months. The Melville Hall Road project has been identified by government as one of the most important projects implemented in Dominica and is part of efforts to improve access from the Melville Hall Airport into the city of Roseau.At Friday’s signing ceremony Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Roosevelt Skerrit who alluded to the fact that there has been “much discussion” on the project, noted his hope that the new loan agreement would assist in demonstrating his government’s commitment to its completion.“We hope that this ceremony today responds to some of these concerns specifically, that it signals that this government is fully committed to complete and deliver on this project. Just as we have delivered on lot 1; Canefield to Pond Case, the Grand Bay to Loubiere Road, the West Coast Road and so many others we will deliver on this project”.Prime Minister Poosevelt Skerrit and French Ambassador to the OECS, Michel Prom exchanging loan agreement The road works from Melville Hall to Canfield was initially conceived as one project, however due to the additional works required and the increased cost of construction, the project was divided into 2 lots; lot 1, the Pond Case to Canefield portion and lot 2, Pond Case to Melville Hall which was further divided.Skerrit further explained that this phase of the project is expected to include the “construction and replacement” of existing bridges on the Pond Case Road to Melville Hall road and a solution may be proposed for addressing the land slippage at Antrim.He said there are also “aspects” of the works done as part of the ongoing phase which were not “anticipated” and these will be funded with the recourses from this loan.French Ambassador to the OECS, Michel Prom noted the importance of the project to Dominica as well as its pertinence in terms of regional cooperation.He also stated his anticipation that the completion works will be achieved within its time frame.The interest rate of the loan in the first instance will range from 6.35% per annum with a 5 year grace period.Dominica Vibes News 33 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Over US $12 million loan signed to complete Melville Hall road project by: – June 22, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Laurel Bridge Washout

first_imgLaurel, IN – Six Laurel residents have been identified that were killed when a bridge washed away Friday morning. Forty-seven-year-old Shawn Roberts and Forty-eight-year-old Burton Spurlock were the occupants of the first vehicle. Thirty-five-year-old Felina Lewis and three juveniles, ages thirteen, seven, and four were in the second vehicle. Indiana Conservation Officer Jet Quillen said, “With the amount of waterfall we’ve had lately, the rainfall, it obviously caused it to be a flood stage and from what we can gather, washed a bridge away.” This accident remains under investigation.last_img read more