first_imgOn June 19th, a new book on the Grateful Dead will be released titled Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter Of The Grateful Dead’s Long, Strange Trip. While numerous books have been written on the Grateful Dead—ranging from near-academic chronological accounts of the band’s long-storied history to highly specific tomes dedicated to single shows—Fare Thee Well sets itself apart, diving deep into the frequently turbulent relationships among the surviving members of the band following Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995.Written by Joel Selvin, a noted music critic who came to fame with his weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle, Fare Thee Well holds nothing back in detailing the frequently messy lives of and in-fighting among the surviving Grateful Dead members from 1995 up to the Grateful Dead’s final, historic Fare Thee Well concerts in 2015. With a focus on Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart, the book’s approach is specific yet expansive, tracking other key figures in the extended Grateful Dead family as they weave in and out of the Core Four’s post-Jerry lives.As a fan of the Grateful Dead, in all honesty, the book can be difficult to get through; it shows our musical heroes from the storied band at their sometimes-best but frequently worst, leaning into all the messy details and drama that plagued the Grateful Dead following Jerry’s death. If Amir Bar-Lev’s recently released documentary, Long Strange Trip, implied that Deadhead’s god-like reverence of Jerry Garcia played a hand in the drug addiction that finally did him in, Fare Thee Well refuses to let readers see the surviving members of the band as anything but truly and deeply human.The tales told in the book range from feel-good to hauntingly sad, cringe-y to enraging. Perhaps most interestingly, the book establishes early on the moral code that the Grateful Dead adhered to while Garcia was alive—the all-for-one mentality and the band’s strict adherence to a code of silence when it came to the personal relations among the band—and slowly shows how many of these chief principals decayed with Jerry’s loss. As a reader, this is inherently guilt-inducing: knowing that the band at one point wanted to keep these secrets close to their sleeves, then reading through a 268-page book laying out all the dirt for fans to consume.In fact, Selvin recognizes this in the acknowledgments section of the book,Even all these years later, the remnants of the band’s code of silence remain. People around the musicians continue to be reluctant to openly discuss personal matters or band politics. Many declined the opportunity. Most of the people would have likely demurred had it not been for long-standing personal relations.While the acknowledgments offer a rundown of well-known figures close to the Grateful Dead, it seems as though only Bobby and Mickey spoke to Selvin for the book. That said, Fare Thee Well seems well-researched, though it’s difficult to tell how much contributors’ long-standing resentments have shadowed the “truth” of the book.It seems glaringly obvious throughout that Phil Lesh and his wife, Jill, had very little if anything to do with the project. The writing on them is unforgiving, and Lesh frequently plays the antagonist in Fare Thee Well, with him and his wife depicted as egotistical, combative, unfair, and, at many points, cruel. While it’s likely that they were menaces at points in the years after Jerry’s death, it’s interesting to see how the book is so quick to vilify them.While many passages go deep into the various terrible things the Leshes exacted on the other members of the band—and this is not to defend some of their actions, because they range from annoying (declaring themselves the only ones capable of carrying on the Grateful Dead’s spirit) to despicable (Jill Lesh yelling at a backup singer on tour in front of her child that the singer will always be a nobody)—one wonders what is lost by not having the Leshes’s perspectives on certain situations.At one point late in the book, after paragraphs have been dedicated to outlining various fights between the Leshes and other members of the band, in less than a sentence, Selvin offers why Phil and Bill Kreutzmann had such an on-going tense, if not bad, relationship: Phil always held onto the fact that Bill Kreutzmann had drunkenly groped his wife’s breasts backstage at a show. That incident is glossed over, shockingly so in the era of #metoo, and never referenced again outside that one sentence—highlighting how eager the book is to find the bad guy without contextualizing the various hurts they might have experienced.However, the book is more than a collection of accusations levied against the Grateful Dead bassist. There are charming stories, like a brotherly fight between Mickey and Bobby, with spaghetti central to the fight itself and the way the two lovingly made up the next day. There are stories that are so terrible it’s almost funny, like Bob Weir unceremoniously using a hose to spray Jerry Garcia’s ashes off the side of a boat during an ash-spreading ceremony gone truly awry (“You’ve got to get it all in the water!” he tells those on the boat). There are stories that are truly devastating, like most passages with Vince Welnick, who is a hauntingly sad presence throughout Fare Thee Well.Overall, Joel Selvin’s Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter Of The Grateful Dead’s Long, Strange Trip is a captivating and fairly comprehensive summary of the Core Four’s years after Jerry Garcia’s death. It’s not necessarily a pretty read—it can brutal at points—but if anything, it will make readers so grateful for the Fare Thee Well shows and that we have been able to see the four of them performing altogether, knowing that will never happen again.You can read a description of Joel Selvin’s upcoming book on the members of the Grateful Dead and their lives after Jerry below. You can also pre-order the book, which is due out on June 19th, via Barnes & Noble.The Grateful Dead rose to greatness under the inspired leadership of guitarist Jerry Garcia, but the band very nearly died along with him. When Garcia passed away suddenly in August of 1995, the remaining band members experienced full crises of confidence and identity. So long defined by Garcia’s vision for the group, the surviving “Core Four,” as they came to be called, were reduced to conflicting agendas, strained relationships, and catastrophic business decisions that would leave the iconic band in shambles. Wrestling with how best to define their living legacy, the band made many attempts at restructuring, but it would take twenty years before relationships were mended enough for the Grateful Dead as fans remembered them to once again take the stage.Acclaimed music journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joel Selvin was there for much of the turmoil following Garcia’s death, and he’ll offer a behind-the-scenes account of the ebbs and flows that occurred during the ensuing two decades. Plenty of books have been written about the rise of the Grateful Dead, but this final chapter of the band’s history has never before been explored in detail. Culminating in the landmark tour bearing the same name, Fare Thee Well charts the arduous journey from Garcia’s passing all the way up to the uneasy agreement between the Core Four that led to the series of shows celebrating the band’s fiftieth anniversary and finally allowing for a proper, and joyous, sendoff of the group revered by so many.last_img read more

first_imgAnne Peretz, founder of Parenting Journey (formerly The Family Center, Inc.), and Chris Byner, interim executive director of Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF), will be honored at this year’s Summer Urban Program Auction, an annual fundraiser held by Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA). The auction, which will take place at Harvard University’s Knafel Center on April 15, raises money for PBHA’s award-winning summer camps for low-income families, while celebrating community members whose work enriches the lives of youth and families in Boston and Cambridge.Peretz is the founder of The Family Center, Inc., a family therapy clinic and family support program geared to low income and immigrant families. The Family Center (now known as The Parenting Journey) has also developed powerful curriculum for new parents, as well as training social workers and teachers in how to support families more effectively. There are currently over 500 Parenting Journey sites in several cities and Peretz has recently developed a comparable program in Burundi.Byner oversees BCYF’s network of 35 community centers, located in nearly every neighborhood in Boston. Byner is a former manager of the Streetworkers Program, a national model for effective youth violence prevention and intervention services. The success of the Boston Streetworkers Program has caused community and police groups to seek Byner’s help in setting up similar programs in other cities across the country. Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_imgThe government’s initiatives to improve the training and equipment of police forces are improving public safety, according to César Ortiz Anderson, president of the Association for Public Safety of Peru (APROSEC). Peruvian police “have (registered) significant successes in the fight against criminal organizations,” Ortiz said. The creation of the Genesis Group is part of the Peruvian government’s five-year National Citizen Security Plan 2013-2018, which calls for restructuring the PNP. Police agents noticed that the occupants of a black Chevrolet vehicle, license plate number C9C-560, were behaving in a suspicious manner. Police intervened and captured them before they could commit the robbery. Peruvian police captured the three suspects on September 26 as they allegedly attempted to rob a gas station in San Martin de Porres district of Lima, according to an Interior Ministry press release. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. The police operation demonstrates the increasing professionalism and effectiveness of the country’s security forces, according Peruvian Interior Minister Daniel Urresti. Alianza, Saltarín, and Junior were part of a robbery gang known as the Gunman of Callao, a group of about ten armed and dangerous individuals based in the port city of El Callao, which is part of the Lima metropolitan area. At a press conference announcing the arrests, Urresti praised the 22 members of the Genesis Group, the Criminal Investigation Division (DIVINCRI) and the National Police of Peru (PNP) who participated in the capture of the three alleged robbers. Police officials created the Genesis Group in 2013, as an intelligence unit under the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (Dirincri) of the PNP. The Genesis Group is comprised of highly experienced investigators who police commanders chose from the 140,000 officers and employees of the PNP. The Genesis Group is mandated with identifying, tracking, locating, and capturing suspected killers, gang members, kidnappers, and robbers. Police officials created the Genesis Group in 2013, as an intelligence unit under the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (Dirincri) of the PNP. The Genesis Group is comprised of highly experienced investigators who police commanders chose from the 140,000 officers and employees of the PNP. The Genesis Group is mandated with identifying, tracking, locating, and capturing suspected killers, gang members, kidnappers, and robbers. Agents with the National Police of Peru (PNP), including investigators with the elite Genesis Group recently acted quickly to capture three members of an armed robbery gang known as The Gunmen of Callao. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. In addition to relying on experienced personnel, the Genesis Group also makes extensive use of the PNP’s Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) and Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). In his Independence Day message to the nation in July 2014, Peru President Ollanta Humala hailed the efforts of Peruvian security forces. Peruvian police captured the three suspects on September 26 as they allegedly attempted to rob a gas station in San Martin de Porres district of Lima, according to an Interior Ministry press release. The government is continuing to do all it can to improve public safety, the president said. The government plans on adding 30,000 more officers to the PNP in the next few years and providing them 10,000 new vehicles. The government will also remodel more than 300 police stations and provide new communications and video security systems to the PNP. The government is continuing to do all it can to improve public safety, the president said. The government plans on adding 30,000 more officers to the PNP in the next few years and providing them 10,000 new vehicles. The government will also remodel more than 300 police stations and provide new communications and video security systems to the PNP. Peruvian police formed the Genesis Group to fight organized crime. Many officers in the unit have experience gathering intelligence. The Genesis Group is designed to fight organized crime with the same methods and techniques that are used by the PNP’s national intelligence unit (GEIN), which focuses on battling terrorism. Peruvian police formed the Genesis Group to fight organized crime. Many officers in the unit have experience gathering intelligence. The Genesis Group is designed to fight organized crime with the same methods and techniques that are used by the PNP’s national intelligence unit (GEIN), which focuses on battling terrorism. “Have confidence that we will continue fighting this scourge which is a threat to the state,” the president said in August, after Peruvian security forces dismantled an international drug trafficking ring. “It was a very professional job, very fine, (an operation) of much patience which was achieved in a short time,” Urresti said, according to the Andina news agency. center_img Police said the three men are also suspects in September 16 robbery of more than (USD) $2,000 from a pharmacy in the San Martin de Porres district and the assault and robbery of a Banco de Crédito del Perú employee in the Cercado de Lima district. The Interior Minister identified the suspects as Carlos Alva Mayekawa, 33, who is also known as “Alianza,” Ricardo Carrasco Sánchez, 47, who is also known as “Saltarín,” and Walter Torres Santiago, 30, who also goes by the name “Junior.” All three had extensive criminal backgrounds, according to the Interior Ministry press release. Police seized firearms, ammunition, surgical gloves and several packages of drugs during the arrest. In his Independence Day message to the nation in July 2014, Peru President Ollanta Humala hailed the efforts of Peruvian security forces. An ongoing battle against crime The police operation demonstrates the increasing professionalism and effectiveness of the country’s security forces, according Peruvian Interior Minister Daniel Urresti. Police said the three men are also suspects in September 16 robbery of more than (USD) $2,000 from a pharmacy in the San Martin de Porres district and the assault and robbery of a Banco de Crédito del Perú employee in the Cercado de Lima district. The Interior Minister identified the suspects as Carlos Alva Mayekawa, 33, who is also known as “Alianza,” Ricardo Carrasco Sánchez, 47, who is also known as “Saltarín,” and Walter Torres Santiago, 30, who also goes by the name “Junior.” All three had extensive criminal backgrounds, according to the Interior Ministry press release. Police seized firearms, ammunition, surgical gloves and several packages of drugs during the arrest. Alianza, Saltarín, and Junior were part of a robbery gang known as the Gunman of Callao, a group of about ten armed and dangerous individuals based in the port city of El Callao, which is part of the Lima metropolitan area. From July 2013 to July 2014, Peruvian police had arrested 160,000 people for various crimes, dismantled 4,767 organized criminal bands and seized smuggled and pirated goods worth more than $200 million (USD), the president said. The PNP had also broken up 153 gangs that engaged in assault and robbery on the national road network. “It was a very professional job, very fine, (an operation) of much patience which was achieved in a short time,” Urresti said, according to the Andina news agency. At a press conference announcing the arrests, Urresti praised the 22 members of the Genesis Group, the Criminal Investigation Division (DIVINCRI) and the National Police of Peru (PNP) who participated in the capture of the three alleged robbers. “Have confidence that we will continue fighting this scourge which is a threat to the state,” the president said in August, after Peruvian security forces dismantled an international drug trafficking ring. The creation of the Genesis Group is part of the Peruvian government’s five-year National Citizen Security Plan 2013-2018, which calls for restructuring the PNP. Agents with the National Police of Peru (PNP), including investigators with the elite Genesis Group recently acted quickly to capture three members of an armed robbery gang known as The Gunmen of Callao. By Dialogo October 23, 2014 Peruvian police “have (registered) significant successes in the fight against criminal organizations,” Ortiz said. Police agents noticed that the occupants of a black Chevrolet vehicle, license plate number C9C-560, were behaving in a suspicious manner. Police intervened and captured them before they could commit the robbery. From July 2013 to July 2014, Peruvian police had arrested 160,000 people for various crimes, dismantled 4,767 organized criminal bands and seized smuggled and pirated goods worth more than $200 million (USD), the president said. The PNP had also broken up 153 gangs that engaged in assault and robbery on the national road network. The government’s initiatives to improve the training and equipment of police forces are improving public safety, according to César Ortiz Anderson, president of the Association for Public Safety of Peru (APROSEC). In addition to relying on experienced personnel, the Genesis Group also makes extensive use of the PNP’s Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) and Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). An ongoing battle against crime Everything destined to repress crime is positive. it is very good We can appreciate the effort to improve by the police and an increase in captures. But, what about the Judicial Power??? We see that the same criminals who should be in jail are free and committing crimes because they were freed out of corruption. The Judicial power needs reform and to start with cleaning it out.last_img read more

first_imgThe Jennings County Panthers eek out a close 172-175 win over The Batesville Bulldogs in Boys Varsity Golf action.Batesville’s Current Overall Record: 23-17. EIAC Record (Duals/Tri/Quad Meets Only): 3-1Next Event: May 10th vs. South Dearborn and East Central at South Dearborn.Courtesy of Bulldogs Boys Golf Coach Ben Siefert.last_img

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Only part of the intrigue on draft night involved the men the Clippers actually acquired. There was also the matter of what they didn’t draft: A big man.There might have been a message there.The Clippers filled a couple of spots in their backcourt Thursday night, trading with Charlotte to move up from No. 12 to 11 and nab 6-foot-6 point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Kentucky – who is no relation, by the way, unless he becomes really, really good – and drafting shooting guard Jerome Robinson of Boston College at No. 13.They did not select Robert Williams, a 6-9 center from Texas A&M, a player with whom they had been linked in a number of mock drafts … and a player who bore some similarity to one they already have. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Williams eventually went to Boston at 27. And the bottom line might have been that the Clippers probably feel pretty good about retaining their incumbent center from Texas A&M, DeAndre Jordan, for at least one more season.As other pieces from the Lob City Era have been uncoupled and scattered across the NBA landscape, Jordan is the last man standing. He can opt out of the final year of his contract before July 1, or he can re-up for one last year at $24.1 million and hit free agency next summer. In either case, the Clippers retain his Bird rights, meaning they still have a monetary advantage if Jordan goes on the open market.Yes, it’s probably a reach to connect a college sophomore with a 10-year veteran. But this would certainly seem to confirm, or at least strongly suggest, that as the reload-on-the-fly process ramps up Jordan will be a key component again in 2018-19.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.If that was indeed the case, Lawrence Frank didn’t give anything away. The Clippers’ president of basketball operations gushed about Gilgeous-Alexander and Robinson, but when asked if the draft results meant a measure of comfort that Jordan would return, he sidestepped the question.“One of the things going into the draft, what we prioritize is, draft the best available talent,” Frank said. “We don’t go by need. We go by the best available talent that fits what Clipper characteristics are all about.”center_img In other words, a creative “no comment.”The Clippers still have some time to contemplate Jordan’s wishes. Thursday night they acquired a player, in Gilgeous-Alexander, who sees himself as an alpha dog, and another in Robinson who spent seven weeks in L.A. last summer playing against established pros and came away convinced he could play on their level.“It was life-changing,” he said by phone from Brooklyn. “… I was very confident leaving there that I was going to be in this position 12 months later.”Hanging with NBA guys on equal terms is one indication you can play on this level. Another is when The Logo himself lets you know he thinks you’ve got game.“I felt like they really liked me,” Robinson said of his workout for the Clippers’ brass. “Talking with Jerry (West), talking with Doc (Rivers), they thought my game really fit them well.“Jerry said he loved my game and the way I play.”If Jerry says it, that settles it.Robinson is a 6-5 combo guard who averaged 20.8 points per game as a junior at Boston College, shot 40.9 percent from 3-point range and improved as a shooter every season.He and Gilgeous-Alexander could be an intriguing combination.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He’s a fabulous talent,” Gilgeous-Alexander said during his phone interview. “Everybody in the country knows how well he shoots it, but what they don’t know is his playmaking ability as well.”Added Robinson: “He hit it right on the head. We’re both very good playmakers, and we should be able to create (for) each other. Having a guy like that makes it easier for yourself.”Oh, and as for that other issue …“I feel like they don’t have an alpha dog point guard right now, and a guy that brings leadership to the group,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “I feel that’s one of my biggest attributes, and what I bring to the table: my competitive nature and my leadership.”Well, let’s see: Patrick Beverley, who only played 11 games last season before a knee injury ended his year, is an elite defender at point guard, as well as a guy who brings some attitude to the position himself.Those training camp scrimmages should be quite [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

first_imgO’Donnell and Niedermayer hardly had time to break a sweat before Shane Doan scored 31 seconds into the game to give Phoenix a 1-0 lead. Jackman’s first goal since the Ducks acquired him Jan. 2 from the Florida Panthers tied the score at 1-1 at 5:15. Chris Kunitz narrowly missed putting the Ducks ahead in the third period, but Michael Zigomanis swatted a slow roller that eluded Mikael Tellqvist off the goal line. The Coyotes weren’t so lucky on DiPenta’s pinball shot from the right wing later in the period, the puck striking two Phoenix players before sliding into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead for the Ducks at 11:58. [email protected] (310) 540-4201 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANAHEIM – The news wasn’t all that bad for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks on Wednesday. They did manage to take a 2-1 victory from the Phoenix Coyotes at the Honda Center, extending their lead to nine points over the idle San Jose Sharks. Defenseman Joe DiPenta scored the go-ahead in the third period for the Ducks, who improved to 3-0 on their season-high eight-game home stand. The Ducks (40-17-11) also defeated the Coyotes for the 10th consecutive time in Anaheim. “It was painful, so I figured something was wrong,” said Pronger, who was tied for fifth among NHL defensemen with 53 points (11 goals, 42 assists) going into Wednesday’s games. “It’s pretty frustrating.” It’s the latest in a string of injuries this season for Pronger, who sat out nine games after breaking his left foot Dec. 31 against Minnesota. Asked if this latest injury was in the same foot, Pronger said, “Yep, why wouldn’t it be?” Pronger also was struck in the chin and throat by a slap shot from the Kings’ Lubomir Visnovsky on Feb. 18, but did not miss any games. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle managed to crack a joke at Pronger’s expense, telling reporters at Wednesday’s morning skate, “I told him to drink more milk.” Carlyle was forced to shuffle his defense pairs, playing Pronger’s customary partner, Sean O’Donnell, with Scott Niedermayer. Francois Beauchemin, Niedermayer’s partner, played with Ric Jackman. DiPenta and Kent Huskins formed the third pair. center_img However, the Ducks learned former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Chris Pronger would be sidelined for at least two weeks after breaking a bone in his toe. Pronger was injured while working out after Sunday’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators at the Honda Center. He declined to explain exactly how it happened except to call it an “unfortunate weight-room incident.” last_img read more

first_imgAs the Warriors prepare to open the first round of the NBA playoffs against Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday at Oracle Arena, beat writers Dieter Kurtenbach and Mark Medina break down which rivals pose the greatest threat to the Dubs’ three-peat hopes in the latest edition of the WarriorsHQ podcast.Boogie’s playoffs debutFirst, they open with a look back at how Golden State let DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins take shots against New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday and how that will factor into the …last_img read more

first_img(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In the upcoming June 20 issue of Forbes magazine, British historian Paul Johnson attacks the fundamentalism of Darwinists, and predicts its demise:Of all the fundamentalist groups at large in the world today, the Darwinians seem to me the most objectionable.  They are just as strident and closed to argument as Christian or Muslim fundamentalists, but unlike those two groups the Darwinians enjoy intellectual respectability.    Darwinians and their allies dominate the scientific establishments of the West.  They rule the campus.  Their militant brand of atheism makes them natural allies of the philosophical atheists who control most college philosophy faculties.  They dominate the leading scientific magazines and prevent their critics and opponents from getting a hearing, and they secure the best slots on TV.  Yet the Darwinian brand of evolution is becoming increasingly vulnerable as the progress of science reveals its weaknesses.  One day, perhaps soon, it will collapse in ruins. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The entire article has been reprinted by the Discovery Institute.For all his worthy tirade against the Darwinists, Johnson seems to accept the big bang theory and cosmic time with uncritical gullibility.  Then he adopts a front-loading design philosophy, misreading Newton as having taught an impersonal Force.  Then, apparently after assuming the front-loaded design produced human beings, he inserts a divine intervention at the origin of language.  These strange thoughts diminish an otherwise interesting prophecy about the fall of Darwinism.    Johnson also seems to know little about fundamentalism other than the yellow-journalism stereotype.  He defines it as stridency and closed-mindedness.  That is not what the term meant when Christian scholars like J. Gresham Machen used the word.  They were identifying what Biblical doctrines, what “fundamentals,” could not be compromised without cutting into the flesh of Christianity.  Would Johnson walk into many “fundamentalist” Christian churches today, he would see the opposite of stridency and closed-mindedness.  He would not see the image of Muslims toting AK47s and burning flags, screaming death to America.  He would not see the image of Darwinians censoring any opposition.  He would likely see humble and joyful people, singing praises to God, welcoming the stranger and asking, “How can I pray for you?”last_img read more

first_img5 December 2011Thousands of people from around the world took to the streets of Durban on Saturday to call for action on climate change ahead of the second week of negotiations at COP 17.The colourful crowds carried banners calling for action rather than mere rhetoric on climate change.“Today’s march was an amazing moment of solidarity that showed people want real action from their governments on climate change – not just talk,” said Tasneem Essop, head of international climate strategy at the World Wildlife Fund.‘The will of our leaders is weak’“The will of the people is strong. The problem is that the will of our leaders is weak.”The protestors were also concerned by the positions of bigger nations like Canada and the United States.Last week, Peter Kent, Canada’s environment minister, refused to confirm or deny rumours that his country had decided to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol.“After six days of talks, we seem to be moving backward, not forward,” said Essop. “It’s time for governments to bravely stand side by side with their citizens. The stakes are enormous as we fight to secure enough food, water and energy for all.”‘We are working tirelessly’The protestors handed over a letter to the president of COP 17, South Africa’s International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres.Figueres once again thanked all stakeholders for making their voices heard. She said Mashabane and herself were working to push governments.“We are working tirelessly. I want you to know [we] were working until four o’clock this morning and we will continue to work,” Figueres said.Security was tight at the Global Day of Action and there were no reports of disorderly behaviour.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_img SharePrint RelatedNaGeira’s Treasure – GC6EDE – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 22, 2012November 21, 2012In “Geocaching with Kids”Flood Tested – Geocacher Approved: Lost Cache Found Years Later 30 Miles DownstreamNovember 7, 2013In “Community”It’s Bigger on the Inside! — Who?: Regeneration (GC5ZFGA) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 7, 2016In “Community” A view of “Afkule”A remote geocache perches along the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It’s hidden on the coast of Turkey.But finding “Afkule Monastery” (GC1RM77) does more than reward cachers with a smiley; it transports  treasure-hunting adventurers a thousand years in the past.The cache is located among the isolated ruins of a monastery. The buildings, including structures carved into the rock face, date back to the 11th century.The difficulty 2, terrain 3 traditional cache was hidden by barmbek in 2009.Cache and log from “Afkule Monastery”Geocacher Schlauchen logged the cache last year. She emailed Geocaching.com to suggest “Afkule Monastery” as the Geocache of the Week. She says the cache rates as her favorite find in 2011. She writes, “You climb down a very steep hill and all of a sudden you’re out of the forest and have a breathtaking view of the old monastery and the sea, which is really as blue as it’s shown in the cache listing.” She says another element adds to the allure of this cache, “Of course there’s also the famous ‘usual muggle tourists don’t come here’ feeling.”View near cache locationView near the cache locationJust over 50 people have logged smileys on the cache, averaging about two finds a month. It’s received 12 Favorites Points.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

first_imgThe RainWise program, run jointly by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD), empowers homeowners and other private property owners to help stop the region’s largest source of water pollution: polluted runoff and specifically the sewer overflows that occur when heavy rains flood the city’s combined sewer system.The system handles both urban runoff and sewage using the same sets of tunnels and pipes, but big rain events overload the system causing both runoff and sewage to overflow into nearby waters. Over 40,000 homes across Seattle are eligible for RainWise rebates for rain garden and cistern installations.In partnership with Washington State University, Stewardship Partners launched the 12,000 Rain Garden campaign to support landowners across all 12 counties that surround Puget Sound to build rain gardens and capture urban runoff where it falls. Rain gardens use plants and landscaping to intercept, collect, and absorb runoff from impervious surfaces; they absorb and cleanse runoff onsite, similar to how a native forest functions, rather than sending it to the city’s pipes.RainWise offers homeowners reimbursements up to 100% of the cost of professional design and installation of their rain gardens and/or cisterns (basically a rain barrel that holds 200 or more gallons), and rebates average about $4,000. And homeowners have shown a lot of enthusiasm for the program. Already, nearly 1,000 homeowners have gotten involved, capturing runoff from 25 acres of impervious surfaces, totaling over 13 million gallons per year. Alisa Valderrama is a senior project finance attorney with the NRDC in New York. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Switchboard. A problem with rebate timingIn fact, by all measures except one, the program has been a big success. Homeowners across diverse neighborhoods and income levels are interested in participating, surveys show. But here’s the problematic measure: Actual RainWise reimbursement applications were coming mostly from higher-income areas. The reason? Only higher-income homeowners could afford to pay out of pocket for the design and construction of a rain garden and then wait weeks for a rebate check.The National Resources Defense Council believed we could help change that dynamic, so that all Seattle homeowners could participate in RainWise. We had been working with SPU on ways to expand and improve RainWise, as had a local nonprofit group called Stewardship Partners. One of the solutions that Stewardship Partners has begun to develop is a low-cost line of credit that would be offered to RainWise contractors and repaid by the RainWise rebate. This would eliminate the need for homeowners to pay upfront for rain gardens and wait for reimbursements.NRDC’s Center for Market Innovation and Water Program then began a collaboration with Stewardship Partners to develop not only a financial solution for RainWise, but a model that could help cities across the country develop more efficient and equitable incentive programs of their own. The partnership soon expanded to include Craft3, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution, which is now offering RainWise Pilot Access Loans (RPALs) to RainWise contractors and improving access to RainWise for homeowners and landowners who don’t have cash available up front. More help with rain gardensNRDC was also able to anticipate that lower-income homeowners might also be deterred from participating in RainWise when the RainWise rebate did not cover the full cost of a rain garden. Here, as with the RPAL, NRDC was able to put together a financial analysis that helped Stewardship Partners design, fund, and launch the RainWise Access Grant program.The Access Grant, which became available in June 2015, is a complement to the RPAL and will to cover up to $500 in RainWise-related expenses that otherwise might not get reimbursed (or $1,000 for nonprofit landowners like churches and mosques)People who live in Seattle know that water quality matters. A mind-boggling 14 million pounds of toxins enter Puget Sound each year. Rain gardens are a smart and proven way of using beautiful landscaping to protect local waterways, safeguard the region’s unique natural habitats, improve homes and neighborhoods, limit flooding, and save taxpayers and ratepayers millions of dollars in avoided stormwater management costs. Working closely with local partners Stewardship Partners and Craft3, who now manage the Access Grant and RPAL programs, respectively, NRDC was able to help ensure that economic status will not be a barrier to Seattle residents who want to do their part to keep local waterways clean. RELATED ARTICLES EPA Looks at Fracking Risks to WaterStormwater: Rain Gardens and DrywellsHow Much Water Does it Take to Turn on a Light Bulb?Saving Water by Conserving EnergySaving Water — Saving EnergyResilient Design: Water in a Drought-Prone EraReduce Water Uselast_img read more

first_imgChelsea to recall Lewis Baker from Leedsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLewis Baker is set to leave Leeds United.The Mirror says Chelsea are set to recall Baker from his Leeds United loan spell.Baker is unlikely to feature much for Leeds in the second half of the season as Marcelo Bielsa’s side look to battle for the Championship title.After struggling to make much of an impact at Elland Road, his parent club may end his season long loan.Baker endured a difficult spell at Middlesbrough on loan last season. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAs of Saturday 1 July, Emirates‘ signature A380 will offer a daily service to Nice. To celebrate the launch, Emirates, a Principal Partner of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, in conjunction with Monaco Tourism and Atout France, invited media guests, including LATTE, to enjoy a performance of the opera Pelléas et Mélisande by French composer, Claude Debussy. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra was led by visiting conductor Charles Dutoit, considered one of the greatest interpreters of French music, for the exceptional evening in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.The celebration of French culture is set to continue with the expanded capacity offered by Emirates’ new service, representing an increase of 44% between Dubai and Nice. Guests continuing on to Monaco will now have the option to transfer to the Principality via a helicopter flight with Monacair. The service will be complimentary for those travelling in First Class and €79 per passenger for those in Business Class.Australians are now among the top 10 nations visiting Monaco, intrigued by its unabashed luxury, fascinating history and five-star culture.Get a taste of Monaco’s incredible cuisine and legendary hotels with Signature Luxury Travel & Style‘s review.last_img read more

first_imgWhen you picture the drug ketamine, you might think of that stoner you knew in high school or a bunch of people popping pills in neon-lit clubs.But do you ever picture a dentist’s office? Ketamine is often used as an anesthetic for procedures on people’s teeth.And it’s a multi-tasker. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Spravato, a drug based on ketamine, called esketamine, to treat depression via a nasal spray.Here’s more about the FDA’s designation from The Verge:The drug must be administered as a nasal spray, patients must be taking another antidepressant at the same time, and it can only be given to patients who have (unsuccessfully) tried two antidepressants before. Most notably, people won’t able to pick up Spravato at the local Rite Aid. Spravato will only be available in certified clinics.Ketamine may not work for every patient, but for some, it may come as an enormous relief.About 12 to 20 percent of adults with depression don’t respond to other types of treatment or medication. That population is called “treatment resistant.”And some of the more commonly prescribed drugs, like Prozac or Trazodone, don’t have the efficacy we might hope for; studies show only around 37 percent of those who use these medications experience full remission.Journalist Alice Levitt is one of those treatment-resistant patients. And she finally tried ketamine. Here’s part of what she wrote for Vox about her experience:Each infusion lasted 45 minutes. After my first one, I had a nurse play the cast album of my favorite musical as the drip began. Instead of running wild, my mind became immersed in the music, albeit in a deeply dreamlike state. Each time, it took about 15 to 20 minutes after the effects of the treatment wore off for me to be able to open my eyes and start walking. Afterward, I was exhausted. The half-hour Uber ride home felt like hours as I longed for the warm embrace of a nap.Immediately after each treatment, I felt down. But by the time I woke up the next day, I was in less psychic pain and had more purpose. I would start the day on my long-neglected spin bike, feeling motivation that I’d lacked for months. Lunches with friends no longer felt like they existed just to show them I was still alive and making an effort to get out of the house. I was beginning to connect with the world outside my head again. I noticed myself smiling more. According to Shah, feeling the effects of ketamine within 24 hours of treatment is typical. “It is the most rapid-acting treatment for depression,” he said.After the final infusion, I had the initiative to start writing again. The following week quickly filled up with activities, both work and fun. I was living for the first time in months. It’s been three months since my last treatment, and I’ve even started to feel excited about my future. Shah says I am unlikely to need another dose — I was in the roughly 70 percent who achieve remission after one series of ketamine infusions.And while the research still doesn’t conclusively show that esketamine or ketamine causes depression to go away, the FDA said it approved Spravado because patients needed a new alternative.How do we treat an illness that affects millions of Americans? And why does it seem to be so challenging to find things that help?Produced by Gabrielle Healy. Text by Gabrielle Healy.If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Helpline is 1-800-662-HELP (4357)GUESTSDr. Gary Sachs, Associate clinical professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical SchoolDr. Demitri Papolos, Co-director of the Program in Behavioral Genetics and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at the Montefiore Medical CenterAlice Levitt, Writer covering medicine, travel and food, @aliceeatsFor more, visit https://the1a.org.© 2019 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2019 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.last_img read more

first_imgBrighton have scored two or more goals in seven of their last 10 home league games and should be relied on for more goals tonight but the pressure to get goals could easily leave the back door open too.The Star Special of both teams to score and a winner in 90 minutes looks a fair bet. I’ve just no idea which way so will have equal stakes on both outcomes.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE AND BRIGHTON WIN for 6 points at 5/1 with Star SportsBACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE AND SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY WIN for 6 points at 13/2 with Star SportsSunday: BET VOIDWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]U[/dropcap]nfair. That, of course, is the damn problem with the play-off system.The fact that Brighton were within one win of automatic promotion to the Premier League when they went to the Riverside counts for nothing – as does the fact that they finished 15 points clear of Sheffield Wednesday in the ‘regular’ season.Not only does it count for nothing – it also counts AGAINST them in my opinion. Brighton have had to regroup after coming so close yet Sheffield Wednesday are like a free roller at a poker tournament – playing carefree hands at a party that (for most of the season) they never expected to be at – four consecutive wins in March doing the trick for Wednesday.It’s pointless whinging, as the rules are there for one and all but I’ve never been a great supporter of the play-off system which may well add end of season drama (and contribute to the new Wembley building costs) but remains a tad gimmicky for my liking.The pressure certainly showed on The Seagulls in the first leg at Hillsborough when Sheffield Wednesday raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Ross Wallace and Kieran Lee – the deadlock finally broken between the pair as both matches in regular season had finished 0-0.That leaves Brighton with plenty of work to do but in a funny way less pressure than if it had been, say, 0-0 in the first leg. Brighton may well relish the challenge of now being underdogs and can grab the match and the challenge by the b**** from the outset.That certainly seems to be the view of the Brigton players too. Sam Baldock told the club website: “We’ve got nothing to lose now and the pressure is completely on them. We’re positive and we’re going to go for it. We’ve got 90 minutes for them to come to the Amex with a full stadium, with screaming fans egging us on.”He added: ”Stranger things have happened. I came off the pitch thinking, ‘Come on, bring on Monday,’ because believe me, this tie is not over.”Certainly, an early goal would make life interesting and I wouldn’t be completely surprised to see this one go the distance into penalties.Brighton have fared worse in the injury stakes with doubts over Tomer Hemed, Connor Goldson, Anthony Knockaert and Steve Sidwell from the first leg.Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal may well name an unchanged side.Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield WednesdayChampionship Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)May 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF Sheff Wed 2-0 BrightonMar 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 0-0 Sheff WedNov 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 0-0 BrightonFeb 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 0-0 BrightonAug 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 0-1 Sheff WedMar 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 1-0 BrightonOct 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 1-1 Sheff WedFeb 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 3-1 BrightonSep 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 3-0 Sheff WedApr 2011 LEAGUE ONE Brighton 2-0 Sheff WedSTAR SPECIALSlast_img read more