Widespread Panic closed out their impressive three-night Halloween run at the Park Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, with another scorcher of mythic proportions on Sunday night. The night took on a festive Gonzo-theme, with four out of the six members dressed as Hunter S. Thompson characters save John Bell taking center stage as The Dude from The Big Lebowski and Sonny Ortiz as “Chef” from South Park. In addition to the band’s costumes, the stage was arranged like a set out of Fear and Loathing, and swirling kaleidoscopic cutout faces of Hunter S. Thompson spiraled across the visual monitors throughout the night.To open the first set, Widespread juxtaposed the introduction of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with an extremely psychedelic video of the faces of the band members’ melting and morphing in lysergic style. The music then melded esoterically into the debut of the classic folk song “Home on the Range”, continuing the Gonzoesque “Where the Buffalo Roam” theme that was omnipresent throughout the entire night.It didn’t take long for Dave Schools to sling his hat into the audience in his distinctive playfully impish, devil-may-care attitude that he naturally embodies. Halfway through “Home on the Range”, the band delved into the debut of Link Wray’s “Rumble”. The loose beachy jam returned to the band’s dirty Swamp sound, giving a nod to fellow brothers of the road, Bloodkin, with a heavy “Henry Parsons Died”. JoJo Hermann’s keys echoed eerily throughout the number, before the band settled into a haunting version of Neil Young’s “Vampire Blues”, appropriate for the Halloween festivities.Widespread Panic Honors Heroes In Vegas, Covers Bowie & Motorhead [Video]The band busted out “Don’t Tell the Band” next—a poignant song that hasn’t been played since founding member Mikey Houser’s days with the band, with the band last playing the song in June of 2002. Reigniting the atmosphere, the group followed up “Don’t Tell The Band” with a saucy, gritty, and soulful version of Bill Wither’s “Use Me.” The band’s engine raged onward into the crowd favorite “Up All Night”, an inverted “Shut Up and Drive”, and a blazin’ “Conrad”, which closed the first set in Widespread’s fiery bass-thumpin’, guitar-screeching, trademark style.Widespread Panic Debut Tom Petty Cover, Dedicate Night Two In Vegas To The LadiesFor the second set, the band came out swingin’ with the raucous and dehydrating anthem “Chilly Water” and continued with Robert Johnson’s blues classic “Tail Dragger”, during which JB doggedly warned that “he will get what he wants, but he won’t come sneakin’ back.” A standout “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” followed—a stark contrast to the previous night’s dedication to the ladies. The band then sawed out a jagged version of their original tune “Proving Ground”, which housed the vocal-less second half of “Home on the Range” featuring Jimmy Herring carving out the notes on his mythical guitar.Another Halloween-inspired debut followed with Steppenwolf classic “Magic Carpet Ride”, which maintained the high energy of the show. The band took a brief respite while Duane Trucks and Ortiz hammered out an extended drum solo, with the solo eventually emerging into their original song “Cease Fire” from their last album, Street Dogs. This transitioned seamlessly into an impeccably appropriate cut of the optimistic “City of Dreams” before the group ended the set with another Neil Young cover from his Buffalo Springfield days, “Mr. Soul”.“Magic Carpet Ride”[Video: freakflagflyer]With all the stops already removed, the band encored with the old traditional “House of the Rising”—the hauntingly soulful and foreboding ode to a tragically doomed gambler. The song hasn’t been played since 2014, and the audience responded uproariously. The song lingered momentarily before the band segued once more into the final section of “Home on the Range” with JoJo tinkering the lead on his keys. What better way to finish the wild and unprecedented night of music than with another debut, this time of Free’s “All Right Now”, with JB nailing the vocals.In true Gonzo tradition, the three unbelievable nights left all spectators with the content satisfaction that it “did, in fact, get weird enough.” Bravo, boys, way to bring the Georgian swamps to the bat ravished wasteland that is Las Vegas.Listen to the full audio below, courtesy of Z-Man via JamBuzz:Setlist: Widespread Panic | Park Theater | Las Vegas, NV | 10/29/2017Set One: Intro to Fear and Loathing, Home on the Range*, Rumble* > Henry Parsons Died, Vampire Blues, Don’t Tell The Band^, Use Me, Up All Night, Shut Up And Drive, ConradSet Two: Chilly Water, Tail Dragger, Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys, Proving Ground > Home on the Range, Magic Carpet Ride* > Jam > Drums > Cease Fire > City of Dreams, Mr. SoulEncore: House of the Rising Sun > Home on the Range, All Right Now** First time played | ^ Last time played, 6/25/02Check out the gallery below, courtesy of Chris Burgess.Widespread Panic | Park Theater | Las Vegas, NV | 10/29/2017 | Photos from Chirs Burgess Load remaining images
“New York has one of the lowest positivity rates in the nation, but cases are rising across the nation. When we put our infection rate in context, we’re doing well – and we’re doing well because we’re aggressive when we see hot spots. Our micro-cluster approach for the fall targets outbreaks sooner, and with a targeted focus. We all hope the winter will be the season of the vaccine, but administering the vaccine will be the largest operational challenge we’ve faced since this began, and we need the federal government to step up. In the meantime, we all need to work to maintain our progress by continuing to wear our masks, wash our hands, remain socially distant and above all, stay New York Tough.” WAVERLY (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the village of Waverly in Tioga County will receive a COVID-19 rapid-testing site. In a new release, Governor Cuomo said: To set up an appointment, click here. The site is open and free to the public. The testing site will be located at the Village Town Hall on Ithaca Street. On Wednesday, it will be open from noon to 6 p.m. On Thursday and Friday, it will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Less than two weeks to go until the games count for real.So, who is this Warriors team anyway?In the run-up to opening night on Oct. 16, when the three-peat bid begins, we will help you get to know the roster a bit better with a series of short profiles we’re calling ‘Game Faces.’ (Cool moody pix courtesy of ace photog Jose Carlos Fajardo.)First on the countdown: Jacob Evans Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News GroupContract: 2-year, $3,570,120 (has a team option for 2020-21 and …
4 May 2011 Governments must find a way to get multilateral institutions, global tourism industry bodies and private corporations to respond positively to the risks of climate change, says South African Tourism Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk. “If we fail in this task over the next few years, we will fail in giving the aviation and tourism sector an opportunity to speak and act with the political weight it deserves as the creator of one in every 10 jobs globally,” the minister said on Tuesday. He was speaking at the at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa Pre-Summit on Green and Shared Growth in Aviation, Travel and Tourism in Cape Town. Van Schlakwyk said that in response to climate change, the world needed to forge much stronger cross-industry and public-private partnerships. “Together, we must put in place the frameworks for implementing the technology and infrastructure needed to de-carbonise air transport.” For tourism, he said, there needed to be more collaboration across the value chain on creative innovations which could allow the whole sector to “de-carbonise”. Through the work of the Aviation, Travel and Tourism Industry Council, the WEF had made “major strides” in gathering parties around the same table to discuss shared risks, and to explore the synergies that could help the world to unlock shared opportunities. “The most recent work on the transformation to a low-carbon sector, and the ongoing work programmes that underpin our excellent agenda for the remainder of today, testify to that,” said Van Schalkwyk. He added that if world leaders were serious about changing the policy and institutional landscape, serious discussion was needed on the implications for UN reform and the strengthening of its institutions. “We will have to work harder than ever to make ourselves heard; to make the world understand that the travel and tourism sector is an important vehicle to help achieve shared green growth.” Van Schalkwyk said aviation, travel and tourism could be de-carbonised through balanced voluntary action, market mechanisms and regulatory incentives. This would not only contribute to 2050 climate targets, but would also create decent jobs, attract socially responsible investment, and encourage entrepreneurs. It would also stimulate two-way trade, reduce poverty in developing countries, and strengthen rural economies. The WEF Forum on Africa kicks on Wednesday, with more than 900 participants from 60 countries expected to attend. Source: BuaNews
25 August 2014The University of Cape Town (UCT) has launched a suite of online postgraduate programmes as part of a strategic initiative that will enable students across Africa to study with high-touch interactive support.UCT’s Faculty of Commerce‚ in partnership with online education company GetSmarter‚ is now offering three postgraduate qualifications online‚ in “blended learning” mode, as part of the Across Africa initiative. Blended learning combines the use of a flexible and cutting-edge interactive online education platform with face-to-face learning.The Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Marketing and the Advanced Diploma in Business Project Management will start in February 2015, with applications currently exceeding 145 and 111 respectively. The UCT Board Course will also be available via online format.“With an interactive high-touch design, our Across Africa programmes encourage styles of learning and engagement that go well beyond what can be implemented in the traditional lecture hall,” Don Ross, dean of UCT’s Faculty of Commerce, said at the media launch of the Across Africa educational initiative last week.“Rich, real-time student communication with lecturers, tutors and one another during all stages of learning is now possible.”The Across Africa learning model combines the use of a cutting-edge interactive online platform with a high-touch support model, which provides learners with direct access not only to their fellow students, but also a dedicated course coach (an academic) and a course instructor (an industry expert).Across Africa MD Jacques Rousseau commented: “Having road-tested the Across Africa online education platform myself in teaching a class of 1 500 students, it is clear that students appreciate – and greatly benefit from – the opportunity to work on their own schedules, as well as to receive peer and instructor support virtually on-demand.”The launch of the programmes has the potential to exponentially increase access to education. Currently, UCT is limited by its face-to-face intake. Diploma programmes in the commerce faculty are currently limited to about 80 students, whereas in the Across Africa format there is scope for class sizes in the hundreds.The Centre for Higher Education Transformation, which lists South African public higher education key data, indicates that there are over 2.7-million school leavers who have not undertaken education or training, or who are unemployed.“The provision of online education in South Africa allows universities such as UCT to expand the access of high-quality education beyond campus borders in an attempt to lessen these figures and to provide continuing education for graduates,” the university said in a statement.“UCT moved swiftly since the government granted it the right to offer distance learning qualifications last year. This was partly thanks to the university’s preparation to move in that direction through the presentation of short courses in partnership with GetSmarter.”GetSmarter CEO Sam Paddock said the cutting-edge delivery mode of UCT’s industry-aligned programmes gave working professionals the opportunity to retain full-time employment and advance a career in their chosen field, while formalising their skills with a top-tier tertiary qualification.“It is a privilege to partner with such a forward-thinking university to deliver these esteemed postgraduate diploma programmes to learners across Africa,” Paddock said. “We look forward to opening the doors of opportunity for those seeking to advance their learning through part-time, distance education.”SAinfo reporter
QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments According to The Win’s Charles Curtis, the post reached “Arthur” producer Carol Greenwald, who has already reached out to LeBron’s agent about possibly appearing on the show as a guest star. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “The great thing about what he’s doing here is talking about feelings,” Greenwald told the news outlet. ”One of the things we do is recognize kids have a range of moods and feelings and that it’s not necessarily wrong to feel disappointed or upset. I’d love have LeBron talk to kids about that.”After his shared “Angry Arthur” meme became a hit among netizens, the four-time NBA MVP downplayed any speculations and told ESPN that he was simply a fan of the show.He captioned the post “Mood,” which sparked speculations that he was indeed frustrated with the previous state of the team. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Isaac Go channels inner Paul Desiderio in clutch shot for Ateneo A simple meme on Instagram earned NBA superstar LeBron James an invite to guest-star on a popular children’s TV show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKnown for his cryptic posts on social media from time to time, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward-posted a popular image of a closed fist—which comes from the educational series “Arthur”—during the team’s struggles earlier this season.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Since the post went viral, the Cavs have appeared to have regained their championship form and have won seven of their past eight games, currently on a six-game winning streak.Apart from his possible “Arthur” appearance, it has been confirmed that James will serve as the voice actor of “Gwangi” in the 2018 animated film “Smallfoot.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:NBA: Coach Lue defends LeBron’s heavy minutes Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade PLAY LIST 01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade01:20Poe: PH needs ‘better leadership’ in traffic agencies to resolve problem02:45Tugade: Solving Edsa traffic will be slow without emergency power01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fired France into the Davis Cup final for the first time since 2010 when they gave the hosts a 3-0 lead against holders Czech Republic on Saturday.After dropping the first set, the French duo beat Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-1 to earn victory with a day to spare at Roland Garros.Gasquet gave them the first point on Friday by crushing Berdych before Tsonga doubled the tally also with a straight-set victory over Lukas Rosol.Captain Arnaud Clement made a switch, electing to pair Tsonga and Gasquet rather than Gael Monfils and Julien Benneteau, and it worked a treat.Berdych, who looked well below par on Friday, was not much better in the doubles and was the weak spot in the Czech pair.Gasquet, on the other hand, led the French duo with aplomb and it was his brilliant dipping backhand return that gave Les Bleus the early break in the first set.Stepanek managed the net perfectly in the seventh game to help the Czechs break back and the Czechs saved two break points in the following game to level at 4-4.In the tie-break, Gasquet’s stunning crosscourt backhand winner put Les Bleus 4-2 up, only for the Czechs to win five points in a row and bag the opening set.The French saved break points in the second and fourth games of the second set, but needed only one opportunity to steal their opponent’s serve in the fifth game when Tsonga flicked a backhand winner.advertisementJust before Tsonga served for the second set, Stepanek left the court to receive medical treatment but the hosts were clearly unfazed as the world number 12 wrapped it up with an ace.A Berdych double fault handed France a break in the first game of the third set and the hosts were 3-0 up after another break, but a brilliant Berdych forehand winner down the line helped the Czechs pull one back.In another momentum shift, France went from 4-2 up with a break point for 5-2 to 5-4 down despite Stepanek receiving treatment on his right hip. However, they won the tie-break 7-5 after recovering from a 4-2 deficit and it proved too high a mountain to climb for the Czechs whose hopes of a third consecutive title evaporated in a one-sided fourth set.Italians stay aliveDoubles duo Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini took advantage of the absence of Swiss star Roger Federer to keep Italy’s semi-final hopes alive on Saturday. Bolelli and Fognini both lost their singles ties on Friday to Federer and Stan Wawrinka respectively, but came through 7-5, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 against Swiss pairing Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli to ensure that the tie will be decided on Sunday in Geneva.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso wants more from Higuainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso says he needs more from Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain has struggled for form in recent weeks.”I’ve spoken to Gonzalo, and he’s the first to be disappointed by the situation,” Gattuso said in his Press conference ahead of the Bologna game.“In the period we’re in he needs to give us his experience and character, his goals come after that.“In difficult times the priority isn’t goals, but leadership, he needs to carry his teammates even if some make mistakes.“The chatter around him will always be there, we can’t control everything, but I’ve told him that everyone appreciates him, though he has to do more.”
MINNEAPOLIS — The number of farms filing for bankruptcy is increasing across the Upper Midwest, following low prices for corn, soybeans, milk and beef, according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.The analysis found that 84 farms filed for bankruptcy in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in the 12 months that ended in June. That’s more than double the number over the same period in 2013 and 2014.“Current price levels and the trajectory of the current trends suggest that this trend has not yet seen a peak,” said Ron Wirtz, an analyst at the Minneapolis Fed.The increase in Chapter 12 filings reflect low prices for corn, soybeans, milk and beef, The Star Tribune reported. The situation has gotten worse for farmers since June because of the retaliatory tariffs that have closed the Chinese market for soybeans and held back exports of milk and beef. Chapter 12 bankruptcy allows for repayment of debt over three years.“Dairy farmers are having the most problems right now,” said Mark Miedtke, the president of Citizens State Bank in Hayfield. “Grain farmers have had low prices for the past three years but high yields have helped them through. We’re just waiting for a turnaround. We’re waiting for the tariff problem to go away.”Miedtke said the underlying problem began before the trade issues, with farmers being too efficient for their financial good and demand not keeping pace with the production.“The picture could start changing this spring,” Miedtke said. “We do what we can to try to work with farmers.”___Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.comThe Associated Press
Swan said that the proportion of teenagers getting their driver’s licenses is higher in Northeast B.C. than on the coast, and that they’re getting their licenses earlier. He added that after 17 years of giving his presentation, more and more youth are getting the message about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Students at North Peace Secondary School got to hear and see some of the horrific consequences of impaired and distracted driving during a presentation on Thursday by one of ICBC’s road safety speakers, though last week’s tragedy in Saskatchewan meant that message was toned down somewhat.Ted Swan is now in his 30th year working as a paramedic in B.C., and has been giving presentations to senior high school students across the province for 17 years. Before speaking at NPSS, Swan spoke to students in Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, and Fort Nelson, before wrapping up in Hudson’s Hope on Thursday afternoon. Thursday’s presentation on road safety began with a moment of silence to honour the victims of last Friday’s crash that claimed the lives of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos Junior hockey team. Swan then began educating the students who had packed the gym’s bleachers about what to expect if they’re involved in a collision. Swan described some of the injuries a vehicle’s occupants would sustain in a crash, and the subsequent medical procedures they’d undergo in hospital. One moment that got a reaction of the male members of the crowd in particular came during Swan’s illustration of the size of a uretic catheter.Paramedic and ICBC road safety speaker Ted Swan holds up a catheter during a presentation at NPSS on Thursday. Photo by Chris NewtonAccording to ICBC statistics, between April and June every year there are about 410 crashes in Northern B.C. involving people between the ages of 16 and 21, resulting in an average of 80 injuries. Statistics show that speeding, distracted driving, and impaired driving are the three leading causes of car crashes on B.C. roads.Swan explained after that he did tweak his presentation after last week’s bus crash.Paramedic Ted Swan joins students and faculty at North Peace Secondary School in a group photo after Swan’s presentation on Jersey Day. Photo by Chris Newton.“I did pull some punches, I did not give them the full presentation due to that. The energy here was very sombre, and rightly so. I know what it’s like as a first responder to go to a multi-casualty incident.”