Tedeschi Trucks Band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, & More Close Out Sunshine Music Fest With Friends & Family [Audio/Videos]

first_imgSetlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Sunshine Music Festival | Boca Raton, FL | 1/15/17Set: Anyhow, Don’t Know What > Keep On Growing, Within You Without You > Just As Strange, Crying Over You, Let’s Go Get Stoned, Feelin’ Alright*, Leavin’ Trunk^, Volunteered Slavery^, I Wish I Knew, I Pity The Fool, I Want More > Soul SacrificeEncore: A Song For You, Space Captain%, With A Little Help From My Friends* = w/ Dave Mason^ = w/ Luther Dickinson% = w/ Oteil BurbridgeEarlier on the same stage, drummer Joe Russo, keyboardist Marco Benevento, guitarist Tom Hamilton, bassist Dave Dreiwitz, and guitarist Scott Metzger also impressed with their Day-RAD set, jamming heavily from one Grateful Dead song to the next. They were the perfect pick-me-up on a warm winter’s day under the hot Florida sun, charging through the anthemic “I Know You Rider”, “Sugar Magnolia,” “Sunshine Daydream,” “Fire On The Mountain,” and more. The amazing Alecia Chakour joined for “The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion)” before she took the stage later in the evening with TTB.Thanks to CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS, you can enjoy Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s full show in the audio link below, as well as a few choice videos: Trucks, Tedeschi, and company were again left alone to close out a strong set with Santana‘s Latin-driven “Soul Sacrifice.” When the band returned to the stage, Susan dedicated the entire encore to their fallen friend Leon Russell. It was touching to see the vocalist sing “A Song For You” with pianist Kofi Burbridge, before his brother Oteil Burbridge joined the stage for a surprising “Space Captain.” The band was once again left alone to finish out on a strong note with Joe Cocker‘s “With A Little Help From My Friends.” See below for a video of Burbridge’s fantastic sit-in.You can enjoy Tedeschi Trucks Band’s full show in the audio link below, courtesy of CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS: Setlist: Railroad Earth | Sunshine Music Festival | Boca Raton, FL | 1/15/17:Set: Long Way To Go, Black Elk Speaks, Bird In A House, Stillwater Getaway, Day on the Sand, Dandelion Wine, Like A Buddha, Grandfather MountainWith brothers Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson, and bassist Danielle Nicole, the North Mississippi Allstars broke into the Main Stage for an early afternoon traditional throwdown. Powering through songs like “Shake What Your Mama Gave You”, “Spoonful” into “Mojo Working” and “Drinking Muddy Water”, featuring Luther on the homemade tin can guitar, NMA’s set was the perfect way to start the day: with dancing, singing, and plenty of jams. Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Sunshine Music Festival | Boca Raton, FL | 1/15/17:Feel Like A Stranger (SM) ->China Cat Sunflower (TH) ->I Know You Rider (All) ->Jam @ ->Jack Straw (SM & TH) ->Jam ->St. Stephen (TH) >Sugar Magnolia/SSDD (SM) >Fire On the Mountain # (TH)The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) (AC)Samson & Delilah (SM)AC is Alecia Chakour (TTB) on Lead [email protected] – With Thrownin’ Stones Teases (MB, then Band)# – With a Unknown Tease (MB)Esteemed pianist and songwriter Bruce Hornsby, along with his band The Noisemakers, continue to endear themselves to fans everywhere with a soulful blend of Americana rock and roll. A splendid mix of originals and covers, Hornsby’s soulful music was only accentuated by the beautiful setting of the sun set, after Almost Dead and before Tedeschi Trucks Band. From a lengthy “Fortunate Son” > “Comfortably Numb” > “Fortunate Son” to a “Hoorah Hooray” with Hornsby on mountain dulcimer, the evening music was well-played in the grassy field and under the starry night. The fourth installment of Sunshine Music Festival was another great success, but it’s not the end of the road for Tedeschi Trucks Band. They head on to play the Orpheum Theatre tomorrow night in Memphis, before spending three nights at the Chicago Theatre, and continuing on their way. North Mississippi Allstars will stick with them for a number of shows, with Jack Pearson, Jorma Kaukonen, and more jumping in from time to time before TTB heads out on their European tour. Check the full tour schedule here.[Photo courtesy of Tim Kohan] In the late afternoon, singer/songwriter Dave Mason played through original tunes written for the band Traffic, including “Rock N Roll Stew”, “Dear Mr. Fantasy”, and “Low Spark”, along with his solo “We Just Disagree”, closing out with a soul-stirring “All Along the Watchtower” Jimi Hendrix cover. Mason made it over to the main stage to close out the night with TTB singing another original, “Feelin’ Alright” spreading the feel-good vibes throughout.Railroad Earth held down the second stage for the daytime slot, churning out their positive and jubilant brand of jammy bluegrass and keeping spirits high. With an envious setlist that heavily favored older tunes, their set strung together crowdpleaser after crowdpleaser, including “Long Way To Go,” “Black Elk Speaks,” “Bird In A House,” “Dandelion Wine,” “Like A Buddha,” and “Grandfather Mountain.”Thanks to Spyder9, you can enjoy Railroad Earth’s full show in the audio link below: The fourth installment of Sunshine Music Festival was a smashing success, bringing eight bands to two stages, from St. Petersburg to Boca Raton, Florida. The Tedeschi Trucks Band-hosted event is now an annual tradition of family and friends in their home state. This year’s roster held up some incredible acts, including Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Mavis Staples, Dave Mason, Railroad Earth, North Mississippi Allstars, and Greyhounds. From beginning to end, the music was perfect. In the beautiful 70-degree Sunday weather of Boca Raton, FL, it was worth getting there first thing to see the music take shape from early afternoon until the starry night took over. See below for some words, audio, video, and setlists from some of our favorite sets.Tedeschi Trucks Band was an obvious highlight, as the twelve piece big band closed the night with a full 2 hour set of rock, soul, and funk-driven originals and covers to keep the crowd going through the night. The first portion of their set was mostly powered by their 2016 release Let Me Get By, giving songs like “Anyhow”, “Don’t Know What It Means”, “Just As Strange” and “Crying Over You” a life of their own before the covers exploded in undeniable force. Thanks to CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS, you can watch “Keep On Growing” in the video below:The band’s first guest of the night was Dave Mason, who sang his own original “Feelin’ Alright”, before Luther Dickinson joined the stage for a “Leavin’ Trunk” > “Volunteer Slavery” extended jam. Both sit-ins can be enjoyed in the videos below:last_img read more

Listen To Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Debut Led Zeppelin’s “Moby Dick” In 2015

first_imgLast week, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead released a soundboard recording of the group’s performance at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 25th, 2015 for their weekly Taper Tuesday series. The release was dubbed “The Wayback Machine Edition,” as the group’s 4/25/2015 performance marked the 25th performance by the Grateful Dead-inspired band. This week, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continues this throwback trend with a second “Wayback Machine Edition” of Taper Tuesday, this time with the release of the soundboard of the group’s 22nd show—a performance on April 22nd, 2015, at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Releases Throwback Audio From 4/25/2015 St. Louis ShowFor their April 2015 show in Minneapolis, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead was certainly in proper form, opening with the prelude and part one of the “Weather Report Suite” and later closing out the first set with a thirty-minute long “Terrapin Suite.” Though the group uses the music of the Grateful Dead as a springboard for their innovative and energized jams, the band has developed a rabid group of fans because of their ability to shy away from convention and make each performance truly their own. For the 1st Avenue show, rather than going into a traditional “China Cat Sunflower” / “I Know You Rider” combo that the Grateful Dead leaned heavily on, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead made a detour through an eleven-and-a-half rendition of “The Eleven” before moving from “China Cat” into “Rider.” Notably, the 4/22/2015 show also saw the band debut their cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Moby Dick,” a cover that has only been played once since at Brooklyn Bowl this past year on March 10th.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Announces Two Thanksgiving Philly DatesYou can take a listen to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s performance on April 22nd, 2015, at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota below, plus take a look at the setlist from the night, courtesy of Peter Costello.[Photo: Sam Shinault] Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | 1st Avenue | Minneapolis, MN | 4/22/2015Set One: Weather Report Suite Prelude (Instr) > Weather Report Suite Part One (Instr) > Let it Grow (SM), Help On The Way (TH) > Slipknot! > Moby Dick* >Terrapin Suite + (TH)Set Two: Playing In The Band + (SM) > Ramble On Rose # (TH) >Truckin & (SM) -> China Cat (TH) -> The Eleven + (TH/JR) -> I Know You Rider (All)Encore: Viola Lee Blues $$ (ALL)Notes: * Led Zeppelin Cover, First Time Played | + With “Let It Grow” teases (TH) | # With “Mephisto” (Benevento Russo Duo) Teases (MB) | & With “The Eleven” teases (TH) & “New Speedway Boogie” Teases (MB) | $$ With “China Cat” & “The Eleven” teases (TH) & a “Feel Like A Stranger” Jamlast_img read more

Jack White Announces Intimate Album Release Shows In NYC, LA, & London

first_imgBoarding House Reach will see Jack White expanding his musical palate with perhaps his most ambitious work thus far, a collection of songs that are simultaneously timeless and modern. Written and conceived while holed up in a spartan apartment with no outside distractions, White replicated the identical environment and used the same gear as when he was a 15-year-old (a quarter-inch four-track tape recorder, a simple mixer, and the most basic of instrumentation) to pen sketches of the album’s songs.The album explores a remarkable range of sonic terrain–crunching rock ‘n’ roll, electro and hard funk, proto-punk, hip-hop, gospel blues, and even country–all remapped and born anew to fit White’s matchless vision and sense of restless experimentation. Boarding House Reach is a testament to the breadth of Jack White’s creative power and his bold artistic ambition, and features a cast of familiar musicians: drummer Louis Cato (Beyoncé/Q-Tip/John Legend), keyboardist Neal Evans (Soulive/Talib Kweli/John Scofield), bassist Charlotte Kemp Muhl (The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger), percussionist Bobby Allende (David Byrne), and backing vocalists Regina and Ann McCrary of the gospel trio The McCrary Sisters. For more information on Jack White and his upcoming tour, head to his website. Jack White is gearing up for the official release of Boarding House Reach, due out March 23 via Third Man/Columbia. With a lengthy tour kicking off in April including stops at Shaky Knees Festival, Boston Calling, Governor’s Ball, Arroyo Seco Weekend, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a New York City date beyond Governor’s Ball was mysteriously left off the schedule. Today, the festival affectionately known as “Gov Ball” announced that Jack White will be celebrating his album release party in Brooklyn, at Greenpoint’s 1,000-cap venue Warsaw on Friday, March 23. Additionally, White added two more intimate performances in Los Angeles and London to celebrate the album release.These will be the first shows featuring new songs from Boarding House Reach, outside of two “Live First Listen” previews held at White’s own Third Man Records in Nashville this week, and will feature White’s new touring outfit: Carla Azar (Autolux, Depeche Mode, Doyle Bramhall II) on drums, Quincy McCrary (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Pitbull) and Neal Evans (Lettuce/Soulive) on keys, and Dominic Davis on bass guitar. Show times, ticket availabilities, and pre-sales vary from event to event, but each present a rare opportunity for audiences to be among the first to acquaint themselves with White’s new material from Boarding House Reach as well as reimagined songs from his catalog.Details for each of the three shows below:Tuesday, March 20th, 7:00pm PDT / The Mayan in Los Angeles, CA: A special pre-sale for Third Man Records Vault members will take place tomorrow (Friday, March 16th) from 9am-12pm PDT. Eligible Vault members who live in the vicinity of the Los Angeles will be emailed a unique code shortly following this announcement. The general on-sale begins immediately following the pre-sale at 12pm PDT. Tickets are will call only, non-transferable, and non-refundable.Alongside this performance, Beats by Dre will host additional extra fan experiences, including a listening station where fans can hear BOARDING HOUSE REACH in advance of its official release on Beats Solo3 Wireless – Third Man Records Limited Edition Headphones. Tickets & InformationFriday, March 23rd, 8:30pm EDT / Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY: A special pre-sale for Third Man Records Vault members as well as Governor’s Ball ticket holders will take place from Monday, March 19th at 10am EDT, lasting until Tuesday, March 20th at 10pm EDT. Eligible Vault members in the New York City vicinity and Governor’s Ball ticket holders will be e-mailed unique codes following this announcement. The general on-sale begins on Wednesday, March 21st at 10am EDT. Non-refundable, non-transferable tickets will be emailed to purchasers at 12pm EDT on the day of the performance. Tickets & InformationWednesday, March 28th, 8:00pm GMT/ The Garage in London, U.K.: A special pre-sale for Third Man Records Vault members will take place tomorrow (Friday, March 16th) from 9am-12pm GMT. Eligible Vault members who live in the greater London area will be emailed a unique code shortly following this announcement. The general on-sale begins immediately following the pre-sale at 12pm GMT. Tickets are will call only, non-transferable, and non-refundable. Tickets & Informationlast_img read more

Long-detained immigrant families could soon face deportation

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — Lawyers working with immigrant families detained by the U.S. government for more than a year say they’re worried the families could be deported as soon as this week. Six parents and six children could be placed on deportation flights as early as Wednesday, even though they continue to fight to win asylum, the lawyers said. The families say they were unfairly denied protections under several policies enacted by former President Donald Trump’s administration that courts later prohibited.last_img

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont Joins National Workplace Fitness Effort

first_imgBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Joins National Workplace Fitness Effort.Employees Will Join Thousands of Americans forNational Walk @ Lunch DaySM on April 18, 2007Berlin, Vermont – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and its 350+ employees will join Blue plans across the country in hosting the first annual National Walk @ Lunch DaySM on April 18, 2007. Walk @ Lunch Day is a workplace walking program, which encourages people to take time during their lunch breaks to start walking toward better health and is nationally sponsored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont will hold special events in Burlington, Montpelier and Rutland; BCBSVT representatives expect thousands of Vermonters to participate. In addition to the more than 350 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont employees, for example, employees from the following BCBSVT groups will also participate:”The Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI), Vermont’s teachers and other school employees”Rutland Regional Medical Center”City of BurlingtonThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the cost to treat illness and chronic disease caused by inactive lifestyles is nearly $1,000 for every family in America, every year. Simply getting 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as a brisk walk, at least five times a week, has significant health benefits, such as lowering the risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and improving the health of muscles, bones and joints. [Source: Physical Activity and Health, A Report of the Surgeon General, 1996]The National Walk @ Lunch Day event will take place at workplaces throughout Vermont and across the country. Most American’s schedules are built around their workdays, so National Walk @ Lunch Day is designed to fit into, not compete with, the average daily routine. Many employers are supporting National Walk @ Lunch Day by encouraging their workforces to participate.”National Walk @ Lunch Day is designed to educate millions of consumers about how their daily decisions can have an impact on their health and well-being. It also creates an opportunity for employers to engage their employees in physical activity that promotes a healthier workplace environment,” said Scott Serota, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. “Better informed and more physically active consumers also can mean fewer serious health problems down the road which helps better control the rising cost of health care in our nation.”Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont joins companies and employees nationwide hosting lunchtime walks. Employers recognize the health benefits of incorporating walking into employee’s daily activities.”We want to encourage all Vermont employers, whether they’re our customers or not, to participate in this first [email protected](link sends e-mail) Day,” said William Milnes, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. “That’s why we’re holding several special events this year, in Burlington, Rutland and Montpelier. We will also have some modest incentives available for employers in all areas of the state to use in encouraging their employees to take this fun and important step toward better fitness.Employers who want information about special programs related to [email protected](link sends e-mail) Day here in Vermont should contact the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont sales and service staff at 800.255.4550 or visit the organization’s web site at www.bcbsvt.com/walkatlunch(link is external).Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and its full-service field office in Williston, and has offered group and individual health plans to Vermonters for more than 60 years.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.last_img read more

Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

first_imgCheers and Jeers for Tuesday, November 10, 2020Note: Hey, everybody! All of a sudden the postal service seems to be working fine again. It’s an early Festivus miracle!!!–- Advertisement – –“Vice President Harris’s emergency task force has reunited the last immigrant children separated from their parents by the previous administration, sources say…”“NATO alliance, with U.S. back on board, more unified than ever…”“Okay everybody, gather around. Say hi to Stephen Miller. He’s gonna be our new fry vat guy…”“President Biden’s cabinet picks have been hailed as smart, shrewd, and diverse…””In a manner she had feared for years, Betsy DeVos died today from an acute case of getting eaten by a grizzly bear…”“For the first time in four years, polling shows that Americans feel like the country is on the right track again…”“After less than 24 hours on the job, House Republicans called for President Biden’s impeachment today, and were literally laughed out of the chamber…”“Fossil fuel industry in full retreat as Biden White House announces massive green energy push…”And…“Donald Trump’s mug shot was retweeted over 50 million times in less than an hour after its release by New York prosecutors this morning, but not by his own Twitter account, which had been permanently deleted just days earlier…” – Advertisement – By the Numbers:Bideninauguration.jpg71 days!!!Days ’til inauguration day: 71Official time that the AP called the race for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Saturday: 11:28 amNumber of the top 5 states for boat ownership that Trump lost (CA, MI, MN and WI): 4Years, as of Mark Kelly’s Nov. 30 swearing-in, since both of Arizona’s U.S. Senate seats were held by Democrats: 67Minimum number of stars in the Milky Way, according to NASA estimates, 4 billion of which are sun-like: 100 billionPotential number of habitable earths in our galaxy if only 7% of those stars have habitable planets: 300 millionYear the word “Vacationland” first appeared on Maine license plates: 1936–Puppy Pic of the Day: History…–CHEERS to calling it. Look, people, I know you come to Cheers and Jeers for the slapdash, joke-a-minute nuttiness that has become the hallmark of America‘s favorite blogging institution. But I rarely get the chance to herald the arrival a new, duly-elected Democratic President of the United  States to my millions of readers, and I believe this moment is one that deserves to be noted with all the stone-cold gravitas I can muster. With that in mind, I wish to make the following announcement:Former Senator and Vice President Joe Biden was officially declared the winner of the 2020 election Saturday morning, and will become our 46th President at noon on January 20th, 2021. It’s a proud moment in American history that will long be remembered as a deadly blow to the rise of fascism and religious fanaticism in the United States.Presidentialplate.pngOn January 20th, President Biden will officially take his place behind the resolute Desk and on this collectible plate.In addition, Senator Kamala Harris of California becomes the first woman, the first Black, and the first South Asian vice president, shattering a significant glass ceiling into a million pieces for the first time since John Adams grudgingly took the office in 1789.Together, President Biden and Vice President Harris will face enormous obstacles, including the Covid-19 pandemic and a Republican party still drunk on power and dedicated to the proposition that only all card-carrying GOP white men are created equal. But, together with the Democratic-led House, and possibly a Democratic-led Senate if the Georgia runoff elections swing our way, our nation can begin to recover and heal from the gravest internal wounds since the Civil War. Oops, I farted.Perfect. Seal it in amber.CHEERS to more winning. Yes, there was more on America’s mind a week ago than just the White House, so let’s dig into some of the candidates and ballot measures that deserve applause. And since I’m a world-renowned daredevil who accomplishes amazing feats of skill, I’ll do this in a 30 SECOND LIGHTNING ROUND…GO! U.S. Senate: Astronaut from Arizona YES! Geologist and beer brewer from Colorado YES!  Twin runoffs in Georgia that could deliver Senate control to Democrats YES! Multiple exciting prospects to fill VP-elect Kamala’s seat YES!Retired astronaut Mark Kelly amd former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords share their moving story and inspiration for summoning courage in tough times AMGA Conference, Phoenix, USA - 10 Mar 2018.For the first time in 21 years, the Senate will have an astronaut among its ranks. Somewhere in the hereafter, John Glenn is whispering, “Godspeed, Mark Kelly.”Marijuana legalization: Montana YES!  South Dakota YES! Mississippi YES! Arizona YES! New Jersey YES!School funding: Tax increase in Arizona for schools YES!Michigan State Supreme Court: Now dominated by liberals YES!LGBTQ caucus: House LGBTQ Caucus grows to 9 members YES! America‘s first trans state Senate members YES! At least 117 openly-LGBTQ candidates across the country win their races YES!Constitutional amendment in Nevada: Same-sex marriages are just as equal as opposite-sex marriages YES!Minimum wage increases: Florida YES!  Portland, Maine YES!Ding!  29.999 seconds. I know I make it look easy. But don’t try this at home, kids.–BRIEF SANITY BREAK––END BRIEF SANITY BREAK–JEERS to keeping track of America’s fugliest numbers. The mighty Covid-19 Wurlitzer plays on with 51 million cases worldwide—the usual 20 percent of them in the U.S, including unnecessary daily records being set nationwide and a new breakout at the White House led by Trump’s own chief of staff and Ben Carson the brain surgeon. Our weekly tradition of maintaining a benchmark of the awfulness for the C&J historical record continues, so let’s check the most depressing tote board in the world as our death toll now surpasses the population of America’s 91st-largest city Chesapeake, Virginia: 6 months ago: 1.4 million confirmed cases. 81,000 deaths.3 months ago: 5.2 million confirmed cases. 165,000 deathsHey, Mom and Dad! Guess what Junior’s bringing home for the holidays?–1 month ago: 8 million confirmed cases. 219,000 deathsThis morning: 10.3 million confirmed cases. 245,000 deathsBut there’s hope on the horizon: a vaccine looks promising, for one thing. For another, we now have a president-elect who plans to take the pandemic seriously. Joe Biden is already assembling his coronavirus task force, co-chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, and former FDA commissioner Dr. David Kessler. In other words, he’ll be injecting science into America’s veins again. In the immortal words of a lame-duck president: “It’s like a cleaning.”P.S. In other health news, the fate of the Affordable Care Act goes before the Supreme Court (again) today. In a nutshell, there need to be enough reasons for a majority of justices to keep the law in place. I’m no fancy lawyer, but off the top of my head I can think of 23 million.CHEERS to knockin’ that sucker down. Thirty-one years ago this week, the world witnessed a surreal scene: Berliners hacking away with pickaxes and hammers at, and dancing atop, the wall that had divided their city for decades—a mind-blowing moment that briefly galvanized the planet in celebration.  And what sparked it wasn’t the pope or the U.N. or even ex-president Saint Ronald Reagan—it was this awkwardly-delivered comment by Politburo member Guenter Schabowski a day earlier:“Therefore…um…we have decided today…um…to implement a regulation that allows every citizen of the German Democratic Republic…um…to…um…leave East Germany through any of the border crossings,” said Schabowski.BERLIN-WALL-1989.jpgI’d suggest we do this to Trump’s Mexican wall, but he never built the damn thing.He appeared scarcely to believe his own words and we were all dumbfounded.  What did he just say?  Schabowski was asked when the new rule would take effect. “That comes into effect…according to my information…. immediately, without delay,” Schabowski stammered, shuffling through the papers spread in front of him as he sought in vain for more information.I still link to this must-see Boston Globe photo diary, which documents the jubilation and its aftermath. I had the chance to visit Berlin a couple times in the 70s when I was kid.  I had a middle-school knowledge of the post-war history of Berlin, but nothing could prepare me for the contrast I saw in person: vibrant and colorful on the western side…oppressive, gray, boarded-up and barb-wired on the eastern side.  In some ways it reminds me of what this country has become: reality-based, education-oriented and live-and-let-live on the left…authoritarian, trigger-happy, reality-averse and homogenous on the right. But my main point is: Happy reunification anniversary, Germany—let’s all drink beer.–Ten years ago in C&J: November 10, 2010CHEERS to the F-word, properly applied.  Every once in a blue moon, a “novelty” (for lack of a better word) web site launches, shines brightly, and then gets lost in the ether.  So, before I forget—and I will—I’m posting this one for posterity and the proverbial “future reference.”  Behold…What the Fuck Has Obama Done So Far?  Quite a bit, as it turns out.  And, maddeningly, not enough.  Which is why I always open the C&J bar early.–And just one more…CHEERS to the software revolution.  On November 10, 1983, back when I was still banging out term papers on my REALLY LOUD Smith Corona electric typewriter, Microsoft introduced Version 1.0 of its Windows operating system. It wouldn’t actually be released until 1985, but the spark was…um…sparked.  Wanna see something hilarious?  Here’s over-caffeinated former CEO Steve Ballmer selling Windows 1.0 (the last line is priceless):–To mark the occasion, today the C&J cafeteria will be dishing out our famous Fatal Error Casserole served at exactly 404 degrees.Have a tolerable Tuesday. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?–Today’s Shameless C&J Testimonial“Oh my goodness! Cheers and Jeers! Woooooooooow!”—Rudy Giuliani– Kent Brockman’s lips to God’s ear.And now, our feature presentation…–- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Apprenticeships: Matching Employer Needs with Jobs that Pay

first_img By: Sarah Galbally, Secretary of Policy and Planning March 30, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Education,  Jobs That Pay,  The Blog,  Workforce Development As Pennsylvania’s workforce ages, many business owners – manufacturers and construction companies among them – are lamenting a burgeoning skills gap. There are simply not enough workers trained and ready to fill skilled trade jobs as older workers retire.Historically, apprenticeship programs have attracted workers not interested in post-high school education and many apprentices enter the skilled trades because their fathers and grandfathers were tradesmen.But, over the past few decades, high school students have been pushed toward college-prep and away from vocational technical training as a viable career path, which further increased a need for skilled workers, such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers – occupations still very much in demand.As Pennsylvania, with its diverse economy grows, both industry and workers of all ages need to see the benefits of apprenticeships that lead to good-paying jobs and a stable career path. Confronted with a jobs gap that exists between the type of jobs people want or understand and the type of jobs that are available, career opportunities exist in manufacturing that have morphed from dark, dirty and dangerous, into bright, clean, and modern, in part, from technological advancements and the workforce’s response to industry demand. From carpentry to mechatronics, apprenticeships can lead the way to jobs that pay.Governor Wolf sees the need for aligning workforce programs, including apprenticeships, with the needs of employers. He’s listened to the cry of the skills gap and is including a new apprenticeship grant program in his 2017-18 budget.The grant program – both for those leaving the K-12 education system and those transitioning into a new industry sector (think high-tech) – can receive training aligned to business workforce needs, so workers are not training just to train, but have a job, a career path established.Governor Wolf’s apprenticeship grant initiative will be funded with revenue recovered by the Department of Community and Economic Development from companies that fail to live up to previous commitments made when they received state assistance.Businesses can seek grant funding of up to $2,000 for each apprentice employed pursuant to an apprenticeship agreement registered through the Pennsylvania Office of Apprenticeship and Training – an office recently established by Governor Wolf to explore non-traditional apprenticeship opportunities in high-priority industries such as health care and education.One such program is the first of its kind in the county. The Pennsylvania Apprenticeship & Training Council recently approved an apprenticeship program for entry-level early childhood education teachers working towards their associate’s degree.The program, sponsored by Philadelphia’s District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, establishes a pipeline for low-wage education workers to achieve an associate’s degree from the Community College of Philadelphia while continuing to work full-time. Apprentices will also receive four wage increases during the two-year program, with raises tied to academic and professional progress.These smart initiatives are helping to swing the apprenticeship pendulum in the right direction – toward helping both workers and employers achieve lasting success.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Apprenticeships: Matching Employer Needs with Jobs that Paylast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Vetoes Bill That Would Halt State Center Closures

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today vetoed Senate Bill 906, which would have put a moratorium on the closing of any state center and was introduced after the Department of Human Services (DHS) announced the closing of two of the remaining four state centers – Polk, in Venango County, and White Haven, in Luzerne County. DHS’s Office of Developmental Programs operates the four intermediate care residential facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.The bill would have blocked the closure of any state center for at least five years and put the decision to close any state center in the hands of the task force created by the bill.Gov. Wolf’s SB 906 veto message:“All people deserve the opportunity to live among their family and peers in integrated, supportive homes. Quality home and community-based care should be the priority for the individuals we serve.“Community care results in better outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities should be offered an everyday life as fully integrated members of our communities. My goal is to serve more individuals in the community, reduce reliance on institutional care, and improve access to home and community-based services.“This legislation does not promote this investment and transition to community-based care for individuals with a disability. Instead, this legislation continues the reliance on institutionalization and is a barrier to community living.“Specifically, this legislation is in response to the recent announcement of the closures of two state-operated centers: Polk State Center and White Haven State Center. These centers are large institutions that are costly to maintain and do not promote community living. As individuals have transitioned to the community, the need for state-operated centers has declined. It should be acknowledged that closures of state centers have always been controversial. The process that the Department of Human Services has followed for state center closure announcements was established to provide for the planful transition of residents and staff and to honor agreements with the employee unions. The department has followed this announcement procedure for the last two decades. The Department fully understands the gravity of the decision to close a center and has extensive procedures in place for such closures.“As previously announced, my administration will continue to work with residents, theirfamilies and the employees of the state centers to provide a smooth and safe transition over the next few years. No resident will leave these state-operated centers without a destination of the resident’s and the family’s choosing, including the option to remain in a state center setting. Further, no resident will leave without a fully developed individualized plan for the physical, emotional, developmental, social and mental health needs of the resident.“The debate around this closure has been polarizing. I look forward to the parties coming together and shifting our focus to ensuring a thoughtful and successful transition for each resident and each employee.”Bill SigningsGov. Wolf also signed the following bills:House Bill 330, which makes technical corrections to the Property Tax Relief Act.House Bill 427, which prohibits health plans covering treatments for Stage IV, metastatic cancers from excluding or limiting drugs for patients if the drugs are FDA approved and consistent with best practices.House Bill 1001, which licenses and regulates donor human milk banks in Pennsylvania.Senate Bill 432, which allows Medicaid Managed Care Organizations to have access to the information in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. This change will allow for better identification of potential prescription drug abuse among people enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. Gov. Wolf Vetoes Bill That Would Halt State Center Closurescenter_img February 12, 2020last_img read more

Toner shows true colours

first_img The winning jockey said: “That’s his level and all credit to Gordon who has placed him well.” Russell was bidding to follow up on Kandinski in the Sligo IT Student Day At Sligo Races Beginners Chase and looked like doing so as he approached the final fence full of running. But he found less than expected when Russell asked, whereas 7-1 shot Coolking responded to all of Bryan Cooper’s urgings and got up by two and three-quarter lengths. Coolking’s trainer Dessie Hughes had to settle for second when his Giantofaman looked far from straightforward in finishing second behind the Nina Carberry-ridden Onwiththeparty (100/30) in the Why Not Sponsor A Race At Sligo Racecourse In 2014 INH Flat Race. Whosaidso had been off the track since finishing third at Cork in April, but he returned at the peak of his powers and accounted for Pocketfullapennies by four lengths in the St Angela’s College Sligo Student Day At Sligo Races Handicap Chase. Press Association Toner D’Oudairies successfully conceded weight all round in the Martin Reilly Motors Hyundai i40 Chase at Sligo.center_img Gordon Elliott’s gelding had to give 4lb to Go Al The Way, who boasts a higher official rating, and was sent off at 7/4 behind the odds-on favourite. The pair had it between them from three fences out, but a slicker leap carried Toner D’Oudairies into the lead and he didn’t need too much assistance from Davy Russell in the saddle to ease across the line with four lengths in hand. last_img read more

Hammers warning over fan chants

first_img Ahead of Sunday’s fixture in north London, West Ham issued a statement warning any repeat behaviour will lead to a ban. “The club seeks to remind all fans attending the match at White Hart Lane that they will be acting as ambassadors for West Ham United and their behaviour should reflect the values and standards of our club,” the statement read. “The corresponding fixture last season was followed by media reports of inappropriate chanting and gesturing by a small minority of individuals in the away end. “Any such behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by West Ham United. “The club, along with the Metropolitan Police, will continue to adopt a zero tolerance policy towards any form of discriminatory behaviour this year and any fan found to be acting inappropriately – including racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic behaviour – will be punished to the full extent of the law and banned from attending matches. “West Ham United is rightly proud of its world-famous support home and away and will not allow the reputation of the tens of thousands of Hammers fans who follow the club over land and sea to be tarnished by any unacceptable conduct from a small minority.” Both sets of fans will be monitored closely by the Metropolitan Police, who have warned that they could arrest any fan chanting the word “Yid”. The warning from Scotland Yard has caused consternation among most Tottenham fans. Yid is a term for a Jew which is often considered derogatory, but some Spurs fans chant the word, or refer to themselves as “Yiddos” or the “Yid Army” as an act of defiance towards those who taunt them over their Jewish fan base. West Ham have vowed to ban any fan who takes part in anti-Semitic chanting at Tottenham on Sunday. Press Associationcenter_img Last season a section of West Ham supporters caused shock by cruelly taunting Tottenham over their links with the Jewish community during a feisty 3-1 home victory at White Hart Lane. Just four days after a Spurs fan was stabbed in Rome in an apparent anti-Semitic attack, a small group of Hammers supporters sang “Viva Lazio”, “Can we stab you every week?” and they also hissed on several occasions, apparently mocking the mass execution of Jews during the Second World War. last_img read more