After wrapping up two great shows at Terrapin Crossroads with “Darkness” and “Light” themes, bassist Phil Lesh surprised fans at his venue with a performance last night. Lesh called on some players that had been present for the last two nights, who incidentally comprise three-fourths of the famed instrumental group Circles Around The Sun: guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall and drummer Mark Levy.Circles Around The Sun was a project borne out of “Fare Thee Well,” the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary show. The band was asked to compose instrumental music for the setbreaks, and wound up creating one of the most prized album releases of 2015 in the process. You can read our conversation with Casal about it here.Though the band didn’t play any Circles pieces, they did start each set out with instrumental jams that were reminiscent of them. The free show featured some Grateful classics like “It Must Have Been The Roses” and “Friend of the Devil.” You can watch some video highlights, courtesy of Troy Hooper, below.Peggy-ONo ExpectationsCheck out the full setlist below, courtesy of Jambands.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 7/7/16Set I: Jam > Peggy-O, She Belongs To Me, It Must Have Been The Roses, No Expectations, Friend of the DevilSet II: Jam > Mountains of the Moon, After Midnight, Mission In The Rain
ND Votes hosted this semester’s third installment of Pizza, Pop and Politics, which explored voting rights in the U.S., on Tuesday. The discussion was led by professor Jennifer Mason McAward, an associate professor of law and director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame, and professor Jason Pierce, an American studies professor who specializes in American history and civil rights.Pierce began the discussion by giving the audience a historical perspective on voting rights, specifically those of African Americans. In 1864, a group of African Americans created a list of demands for the union after the Civil War, including the abolition of slavery, full citizenship rights for all African Americans, voting rights for African American men and land redistribution, he said.“Voting was a political right because it was a preservative of all rights … the court recognized that voting was a political act,” Pierce said. “Politics is about power, and voting allows power to be exercised. So central to the African-American reform effort has been the right to vote — not land reform, not reparations, but the right to vote. It shows how powerful it is, but it shows how contested it is. Voting restrictions allow power to be retained.”They received almost all of their charges through the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments between 1865 and 1870, Pierce said, but in 1898 the Mississippi court upheld that voting restrictions, such as a poll tax and literacy tests, were reasonable.“Americans think that voting is a privilege and a right, but those two things don’t necessarily go together,” he said. “That which is a privilege and that which is a right — not to be politically oxymoronic, a right is not something that you earn, it’s something that you gain because of your standing as a United States citizen. A privilege, it may be an honor to vote, but it’s not a gift.”Voting restrictions did not change until the U.S. introduced the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which Pierce said was “flawed as an effective device, but effective as a political device.”Following Pierce, McAward reflected on the role law has played in voting rights. The 15th amendment, which in name prevented racial discrimination in voting, was disregarded for 95 years, she said.“There was a mass campaign of terror in the South, and African Americans were effectively barred from exercising their constitutional right until the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which congress passed to ban racial discrimination in voting practices,” McAward said.Although she agreed with Pierce about the flaws of the 1965 act, McAward said it was the most effective law of its kind, allowing a quarter of a million new voters to register.McAward examined President Trump’s claims of voter fraud — which has gained a national spotlight since the 2016 election — and said there are a few different claims of voter fraud, including impersonating a deceased person, a false claim of citizenship, incorrectly filling out an absentee ballot or government officials intentionally creating false votes.Though not denying its existence, McAward said voter fraud is rare and most likely did not cause Trump to lose the popular vote, as he claims.“Neither one [of the studies Trump has cited] supports his claims, although they do point to other problems in the system,” she said.The first study, which states that there are 24 million inaccurate voter registrations, does not necessarily mean that those people attempted to vote in multiple jurisdictions, McAward said, and a 2014 study, which said six percent of noncitizens voted in the 2008 presidential election, is based on an Internet survey which used methodology that may have skewed the data.“The author said that we have no information that these illegal votes actually impacted the outcome of the election,” she said. “Bottom line, voter fraud exists, and it happens, but it’s infrequent — particularly in-person voter fraud — and when it does happen it’s almost never outcome determinative.”Citing these surveys, McAward said identification requirements for voting aren’t necessary to prevent voting fraud and serve to disenfranchise those without state-issued identification, namely minority, elderly and low-income populations.“The voting rights movement started with bloodshed from the Civil War to Jim Crowe,” she said. “While the bloodshed is behind us, I hope, the struggle continues — just in a new form. For those of you who are interested in political participation, it requires our continued vigilance and commitment.”Tags: Law, Pizza Pop and Politics, race, Voting rights
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Viola Davis Switches Her Fences Awards CategoryViola Davis has made a notable decision regarding her reprise of her Tony-winning leading actress role in the much-buzzed about film adaptation of Fences. According to Variety, the stage and screen favorite has decided her performance as Rose Maxson in the movie is a supporting one. Paramount is thus submitting her where it can in awards season in that category, including for Screen Actors Guild Awards consideration, although the studio cannot control where she’s put in the Oscar race. Fun fact: the only person so far to win a Tony and an Oscar for the same performance in two different categories is The King and I’s Yul Brynner.Micah Stock & James Roday Set for RabbitTony nominee Micah Stock (It’s Only A Play, The Front Page) and James Roday (Psych) will take the leap in White Rabbit Red Rabbit off-Broadway. Stock is scheduled for December 5, with Roday on December 12. The New York premiere of Nassim Soleimanpour’s solo show, which involves a different actor every performance seeing the script for the first time just before they go on stage, is playing Monday nights at the Westside Theatre.Dates Set for Hairspray Live! Album & DVD ReleaseRun and tell that! The original soundtrack to Hairspray Live! will drop on December 9, with the DVD of the telecast scheduled for release on December 20. As you all know by now, the musical is set to air on December 7 on NBC, starring Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad and so many more. You can’t stop the beat!Aleshea Harris Wins $45,000 Relentless AwardCongratulations to Aleshea Harris, who has been selected for the 2016 Relentless Award, winning $45,000—the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a play. Established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, her show, Is God Is, is a revenge tale of twin sisters that takes its cues from the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the spaghetti Western, hip-hop and Afropunk. The play will receive the most extensive national roll-out in American theater, with staged readings at some of the most esteemed theaters in the country.P.S. Take a look below at a snippet of “You’re Welcome,” the brand new song from Moana performed by Dwayne Johnson and written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Oh, and Jordan Fisher will perform the song with Miranda on the film’s end credits. You’re welcome! Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 19, 2016 White Rabbit Red Rabbit Related Shows View Comments Denzel Washington & Viola Davis in ‘Fences.'(Photo: Paramount Pictures)
WazUpWidis is being talked about as the most unparalleled and breathtaking urban race in all of Virginia, taking place on February 7, 2015.Only a few have tested the course, and even today’s most sophisticated GPS systems can’t measure the overall pain — and gain — from the inherently complicated urban elevation changes. In no other place can you find such extreme elevation on such a flat topography.WazUpWidis is what you get when combine the urban race concept of Roanoke Parks and Recreation, with the downtown elevation idea of Mountain Junkies LLC.Together, these two identities have partnered for a one-of-a-kind event that will reach epic proportions.This race is billed as “Roanoke’s Most Breathtaking Event.”The race starts by running down an urban stretch of greenway that enters the Virginia Transportation Museum, where runners zig-zap in and out of a series of historical trains. Upon exiting of the train yard, runners will be challenged by climbing the stairs and decks of several city parking garages.After crossing two urban bridges, the grand finale incorporates a 20-story climb, a descent of the Wells Fargo Tower, and a 7-story run up the deck of the final parking garage to the finish line.You may be able to run, you may be able to climb, but can you do both?It is very likely that at some point in this race you will think the words, “what’s up with this?!” But due to the level of this challenge, it will most likely come out as a one word gasp, thus the name: WAZUPWIDIS!
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Al Gore and Long Island Association President Kevin Law in Woodbury on Friday (Gary Duff)Former Vice President Al Gore spoke with Long Island Association’s president Kevin Law at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury during the organization’s biannual luncheon Friday morning.The conversation highlighted a range of topics from corporate interest to the state of American politics, to Hurricane Sandy and the effects of climate change on Long Island.The nation’s 45th vice president didn’t shy away from calling out influential lobbying groups like the National Rifle Association either, while also promoting his new book, The Future.On corporate interests:“The congressman running for re-election has to beg special interests for money to buy ads against their competition. Lots and lots of members in the House and Senate are influenced by this. The next time they vote, are they thinking how the founders wanted them to, or are they thinking if I vote with this interest I am going to get money from them? That’s the reason there is no reform that can pass the Congress with the exception of the healthcare bill.”On the National Rifle Association:“The NRA—I used to be a member! It’s a complete fraud. It’s financed by the gun manufacturers… The NRA is a puppet. You have one puppet controlling another puppet.”On Hurricane Sandy and climate change:“Look at what we’ve been through—what you’ve been through…110 billion dollars in climate damage—95,000 homes in Nassau country destroyed… The ocean temperatures were five degrees higher when super-storm Sandy hit.”Gore later added, “And not one single journalist asked one single question at any debate about climate change. That’s pathetic.”On innovation, and America’s future:“The United States of America remains the only country that can provide leadership to the rest of the world. I challenge people to tell me who can. The European Union? Not with the shape that it’s in now. China? People don’t know if it will truly live up to its commitments.”On Current TV and it’s merging with Al Jazeera:“They are owned in significant part by the nation of Qatar, but they have staked out a role in remaining objective. It will surely shake up the way we do media here. Al Jazeera America will have twenty-four-seven real news. It will raise the game for those who don’t want to compete with it. Don’t take my word for it. Watch and see for yourself when it launches in the upcoming weeks.”The former vice president jokingly dodged questions about a 2016 run for the White House, stating, “I’m a recovering politician on about step 9—without a relapse [into politics] in the past few years, I don’t think I’ll succumb to the temptation again.”Once criticized for his impassive approach to governing during the Clinton White House and 2000 presidential campaign, Gore took a page out of his former boss’ book with a warm, passionate, funny and sharp presentation of his ideas.Gore is a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize co-recipient, as well as author of several bestselling books, the subject of his Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.The LIA has welcomed both President George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and former Vice President Dick Cheney as speakers at previous biannual luncheons.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York William Wahl was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing a pocket book from a 66-year-old woman in Northport. (SCPD)Suffolk County police arrested a Levittown man Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly stole a pocketbook from a 66-year-old woman in the parking lot of a Northport supermarket.The alleged thief, 25-year-old William Wahl, approached the woman in the Stop and Shop parking lot on Fort Salonga Road just before 12:30 p.m. and grabbed her pocketbook, police said. The woman’s screams were heard by bystanders, who began to chase Wahl as he made his way through a residential area, police said.Wahl was allegedly running through backyards when he eventually ended up on the property of an off-duty Nassau County police officer, police said. A struggle ensued, but Wahl was able to break free.Police called in the K-9 unit and Aviation to assist with the search.At around 1:05 p.m., a Second Precinct officer spotted Wahl walking down Laurel Road near Laurel Court and placed him under arrest, police said. The off-duty officer was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries to his hands.Wahl, who was treated at Huntington Hospital, was charged with grand larceny, assault, and criminal mischief. He will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.
In January 2019, 208 thousand tourists came to commercial accommodation facilities, which is 1,4% less than in January 2018. Tourists realized 504 thousand overnight stays, which is 5,2% less than in January 2018, according to the data Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Tourists in the age group 35-44 realized the most overnight stays In January 2019, tourists had at their disposal 63 thousand rooms, apartments and camping places with a total of 138 thousand permanent beds. In January 2019, tourists in the age group 35-44 realized the highest number of overnight stays, 99 thousand overnight stays, which is 19,6% of the total number of overnight stays. They are followed by tourists in the age group 45-54 with 90 thousand overnight stays, which is 17,8% of the total overnight stays. Most tourist nights from Slovenia and Italy The highest number of overnight stays of foreign tourists in January 2019 was realized by tourists from Slovenia, 34 thousand overnight stays (11,4% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists) and tourists from Italy, with 30 thousand overnight stays by tourists (10,2% of the total overnight stays) foreign tourists). Compared to January 2018, tourists from Slovenia increased their overnight stays by 6,4%, while tourists from Italy decreased their overnight stays by 9,4%. In the group Hotels and similar accommodation available most rooms and permanent beds Most overnight stays of foreign tourists in the City of Zagreb were realized by tourists from Italy, with 9 thousand overnight stays, and tourists from the Republic of Korea, with 7 thousand overnight stays. Compared to January 2018, tourists from Italy increased their arrivals by 3,4% and increased their overnight stays by 3,2%, while tourists from the Republic of Korea increased their arrivals by 6,8% and increased their overnight stays by 17,9%. . The highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in January 2019 was realized by the City of Zagreb, 56 thousand arrivals, which is 27,0% of the total arrivals and 121 thousand overnight stays, which is 23,9% of the total tourist overnight stays. Although the City of Zagreb achieved the highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in January 2019, there was a decrease in tourist arrivals by 9,4% and a decrease in tourist overnight stays by 14,5% compared to January 2018. In January 2019, the highest number of tourist nights was realized in hotels, 312 thousand overnight stays, which is 61,9% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to January 2018, 1,2% fewer tourists came to hotels with 8,0% fewer overnight stays. Most nights spent in hotels Source: CBS The City of Zagreb had the highest number of arrivals and overnight stays In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, there were a total of 37 thousand rooms and suites available to tourists (which is 58,9% of the total number of available rooms and suites) with a total of 71 thousand permanent beds (which is 51,6% of the total number of available permanent bed). The average occupancy of rooms was 22,1%, and permanent beds 18,2%. Domestic tourists came 0,2% less and realized 1,0% less overnight stays than in January 2018. Foreign tourists came 2,3% less and realized 7,9% less overnight stays in January 2019 than in the same period last year years. This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from Austria (9,3%), Germany (8,3%), the Republic of Korea (8,0%), Bosnia and Herzegovina (7,7%), the USA (4,2%) and Serbia (3,7%).
This is a watershed moment in American history, rife with civic engagement and an opportunity to affect change many Americans thought could never happen. As educators, we have a duty to engage students in civic education that promotes an understanding of our democratic republic.The events of Feb. 14, though tragic, have created an opportunity for social and political change. The brave and relentless student leaders from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have shown American students the path to success. In fact, 12th grade Civics class requires this type of learning and engagement. The NYS SS Framework (curriculum) has three standards (12. G2, 12.G3, and 12.G4) that address First Amendment protections, civic duties and responsibilities. Districts that would punish students for participating in protests are doing the exact opposite of what is called for, and critical to the survival of our system of government. Grass roots policy change is very rare, and most movements amount to little more than a few loud protests.We have engaged our youth in political participation and debate like never before. I’m glad the Schenectady City School District Board of Education, high school Principal Diane Wilkinson and Superintendent Larry Spring support our students’ rights. Shame on districts who don’t.CHRISTOPHER OGNIBENENiskayunaThe writer is chairman of the Schenectady High School Social Studies DepartmentMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Governor Wolf Takes Action on Legislation November 21, 2016 Bill Signing, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf took action on a number of pieces of legislation.“Today, I am proud to sign HB 2370 which clarifies the realty transfer tax exemption passed earlier this year for transfers of agriculture conservation easements from farms to certain organizations, and would ensure that it applies to certain transactions that have already taken place” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This will provide much needed tax relief for hundreds of family farms in Pennsylvania.”“I also signed HB 946 which changes the drug reimbursement methodology used in the commonwealth’s prescription assistance programs for older adults and will produce a substantial savings,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “While achieving this kind of savings is laudable, we would prefer that the bill used these savings to expand drug coverage for additional senior citizens rather than using the savings to increase dispensing fees paid per prescription to pharmacies.”Governor Wolf signed the following bills:Act 167 (Gillen) – Amends the Civil Service Act, in Civil Service Commission, further providing for Commission; for powers of director; for service to state departments & cooperation with other agencies; for nature of examinations.Act 168 Gabler) – Amends Title 34 (Game), in hunting & furtaking, further providing for unlawful devices & methods; and, in hunting & furtaking licenses, further providing for elk hunting licenses.Act 169 (Baker) – Act providing for pharmacy audit procedures, for registration of pharmacy benefits managers & auditing entities, for maximum allowable cost transparency & for prescription drugs reimbursed under PACE & PACENET; & related repeals.Act 170 (Harris) – Amends Titles 15 (Corporations) & 54 (Names) modernizing law on limited liability partnerships, general partnerships, limited partnerships & limited liability companies.Act 171 (Oberlander) – Amends Title 62 (Procurement) providing for diverse and disadvantaged businesses.Act 172 (Warner) – Amends Title 35 (Health & Safety) providing for incentives for municipal volunteers of fire companies and nonprofit emergency medical services agencies.Act 173 (Corbin) – Act requiring the preparation & publication of information relating to the influenza vaccine for individuals residing in assisted living & personal care homes; & imposing duties on the Department of Health & the Department of Human Services.Act 174 (Snyder) – Amends Title 61 (Prisons and Parole), in miscellaneous provisions, providing for oleoresin capsicum spray.Act 175 (Moul) – Amends an Act further providing for the applicability of realty transfer tax exclusion provisions; and imposing a duty on the Department of Revenue to refund certain realty transfer taxes paid.Governor Wolf vetoed the following bill:HB 1538 (White) – Amends Title 44 (Law and Justice) adding provisions for law enforcement activities by providing for release of law enforcement officer information when firearm discharged or use of force.“While I am deeply concerned for the safety of the Commonwealth’s police officers, government works best when trust and openness exist between citizens and their government, and as such, I cannot sign into law a policy that will enshrine the withholding of information in the public interest,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These situations in particular – when law enforcement uses deadly force – demand utmost transparency, otherwise a harmful mistrust will grow between police officers and the communities they protect and serve. Further, I cannot allow local police department policies to be superseded and transparency to be criminalized, as local departments are best equipped to decide what information is appropriate to release to the public.”To view the Governor’s veto message, click here.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
In addition, an increasing focus on fees paid to fund managers has meant investors have moved away from the traditionally expensive fund-of-funds model.In a bid to deal this challenging environment, Preqin said FOHF managers were increasingly looking to consolidate. The period 2009-17, following the global financial crisis, produced a total of 56 mergers or acquisitions, compared to just 13 in the period 2000-08.However, activity over the past two years has slowed, the data company added.Amy Bensted, head of hedge fund products at Preqin, said: “The fund-of-hedge-funds industry faced a series of challenges in the wake of the global financial crisis – a difficult performance environment, changing regulations and a shrinking investor base.“With assets under management in decline, and more funds liquidating than launching, the industry has turned to mergers and acquisitions in order to diversify value proposition as well as building economies of scale.”The report said as industry assets have dwindled, the number of new FOHFs entering the market has also fallen year-on-year, from a peak of 207 in 2007 to just 10 in the first half of 2017.Since 2012, 475 FOHFs launched globally, but 861 liquidated in the same period.However, despite a move to direct hedge fund investing, Preqin noted that almost four out of five of sovereign wealth funds and public pension funds still invested in FOHFs.“The advantages of multi-manager vehicles – to be able to gain exposure to flagship hedge funds and to insulate investors from market shocks – have not diminished,” Bensted said. Assets held by funds-of-hedge-funds (FOHFs) have fallen by a third in less than a decade as investors have pushed more into direct allocations, according to research.Preqin, a data company, found that declining assets over the past decade have led to increased consolidation among FOHF managers as they seek to diversify product offerings to attract more investors, according to a new report.Assets held by FOHFs have fallen from $1.2trn (€1trn) in June 2008 to $798bn in June 2017, Preqin reported, as investors have grown more sophisticated and have withdrawn assets in favour of direct investments.For example, within the UK’s local government pension schemes, some of the newly created asset pools are seeking a direct approach to alternatives and unlisted assets.