+ posts Fraternity’s annual philanthropy event will look different this year due to COVID-19 RRI plans first campus scavenger hunt with free travel as the prize ReddIt Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature printCashier testifies to the use of a fake $20 bill used by George FloydA cashier who reported George Floyd’s $20 bill as counterfeit shortly before his death testified in the trial of Derek Chauvin, according to NPR. The cashier said that he thought the bill was counterfeit and considered paying for Floyd’s cigarettes before deciding to tell his manager. After Floyd refused to come back inside the Cup Foods store to talk to the manager, the police were called. Martin claims to feel tremendous guilt, as right after the call, were the last moments of Floyd’s life. He quit his job at the store shortly after Floyd’s death. Four killed in Orange, CaliforniaOfficials work outside the scene of a shooting, Thursday, April 1, 2021 in Orange, Calif. The gunman who killed four people and wounded a fifth at an office complex knew all the victims either through business or personally, Southern California police said Thursday. (Paul Bersebach/The Orange County Register via AP)Four people were killed at a shooting in California last night, according to NBC News Authorities later said that the shooting was no random act as all individuals involved were connected to the suspect through business or personal relationships.One of the victims was a nine-year old boy. A fifth person and the suspect were taken to the hospital. The cause of the suspect’s wound is uncertain – whether self inflicted or not.Clinical trial shows vaccine effectiveness after a 6-month periodCarol Kelly, left, receives a Moderna variant vaccine shot from registered nurse Mary Bower at Emory University’s Hope Clinic, Wednesday afternoon, March 31, 2021, in Decatur, Ga. Kelly was the first person to receive a shot in this new clinical trial. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)The Phase 3 clinical trial of the Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine confirmed its protection remains high for six months after the second dose, according to CNN. The vaccine is said to remain more than 91% effective thus far against any COVID-19 symptoms for a six month period. According to the CDC, the vaccine was 100% effective against severe disease.“The information coming from Pfizer-BioNTech is good news with evidence that those enrolled in the clinical trials last year are still protected. So we know that immunity will not be short-lived,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine specialist and dean of the school of tropical medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hotez also remains hopeful that protection could potentially last years, though no evidence exists to support that yet. What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Izzy McFaddenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/izzy-mcfadden/ Facebook What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Facebook Linkedin Izzy McFaddenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/izzy-mcfadden/ What we’re reading: Alabama extends mask mandate, immigration centers in Texas prepare for change Izzy McFaddenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/izzy-mcfadden/ Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Previous articleTCU News Now 4/1/2021Next articleDEI courses see slow rollout into TCU’s core curriculum Izzy McFadden RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Izzy McFaddenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/izzy-mcfadden/ Twitter FILE – This May 25, 2020, file image from a police body camera shows bystanders including Alyssa Funari, left filming, Charles McMillan, center left in light colored shorts, Christopher Martin center in gray, Donald Williams, center in black, Genevieve Hansen, fourth from right filming, Darnella Frazier, third from right filming, as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was recorded pressing his knee on George Floyd’s neck for several minutes in Minneapolis. To the prosecution, the witnesses who watched Floyd’s body go still were regular people — a firefighter, a mixed martial arts fighter, a high school student and her 9-year-old cousin in a T-shirt emblazoned with the word “Love.” (Minneapolis Police Department via AP, File) The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Izzy McFadden
KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa News New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists Courts uphold newspaper’s closure, increase blogger’s jail term to go further February 23, 2015 Find out more —- 23.11.2010 – Well-known blogger arrested after getting one-year sentence for defamationLawyer and netizen Mohamed Abdel Qader Al-Jassem was arrested at his home last night and taken to Kuwait City’s main prison to begin serving the one-year jail sentence that a court had passed on him earlier in the day on a charge of defamation. He was convicted for claiming in his blog (www.aljasem.org) in November 2009 that the Iranian intelligence services were using a businessman close to Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah to meddle in Kuwaiti affairs.Al-Jassem had announced after the hearing that he intended to appeal. But the judge had already ruled that an appeal would not suspended execution of the jail sentence, and that Al-Jassem would have to begin serving it immediately.A few hours before his arrest at around 8:30 p.m., his daughter, Sumayah Al-Jassem, had told Reporters Without Borders: “My father is at home, expecting to be arrested at any moment. He is clearly the target of a campaign orchestrated by the prime minister, who cannot stand any criticism. My father is the symbol of what the government can make people suffer when they dare to say what they think, when they dare to stand up to it. Such persecution does Kuwait’s image a great deal of harm.”In all, more than 15 prosecutions have been brought against Al-Jassem, four of them by the prime minister. He has been acquitted in two of the cases (http://en.rsf.org/koweit-journalist-mohamed-al-jassem-28-06-2010,37826.html) and a third is currently under way. Today’s case is the fourth one brought by the prime minister.A Kuwait City criminal court today meanwhile again adjourned – this time until 28 December – a case against Al-Jassem that was brought by Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad, the son of Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The court previously agreed on 20 September to a defence request for the emir’s son to appear in court to explain the reason for his lawsuit.The emir’s son, who is minister of the royal court, sued Al-Jassem after he criticized government policy in his blog posts. The suit accuses him of “attacking the emir’s status” (http://en.rsf.org/kuwait-trial-of-mohamed-al-jassem-22-09-2010,38418.html).Al-Jassem has been jailed twice in the past 12 months, most recently on 11 May, when he was convicted of “attacking national unity” and defaming the prime minister for criticizing the government in his blog. He was freed on 28 June, after 49 days in detention.He was previously detained for 12 days at the end of 2009 at the headquarters of the criminal investigation department as a result of a libel suit brought by the prime minister on 2 September 2009 in connection with an article published in Alam Al-Youm on 16 August 2009 accusing the prime minister of encouraging religious tension in order to hold on to his job. RSF_en News News Reporters Without Borders hails today’s decision by Kuwait’s supreme court to overturn lawyer and netizen Mohamed Abdel Qader Al-Jassem’s three-month jail sentence on a charge of defaming the prime minister, Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah. Arrested on 22 November, Jassem was freed as a result of the ruling, after serving 62 days of his sentence.Jassem was convicted over an entry in his blog (www.aljasem.org) last November in which he accused the Iranian intelligence services of using a businessman close to the prime minister to meddle in Kuwait’s affairs. The original one-year jail sentence had been reduced to three months on appeal.Reporters Without Borders welcomes Jassem’s release but points out that he continues to be the victim of judicial harassment and is due to appear in court again on 31 January on a charge of defaming the emir and spreading false information about Kuwait. Most of the cases brought against him have been the result of complaints by the prime minister. Help by sharing this information September 5, 2014 Find out more Popular blogger charged with blasphemy January 21, 2016 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Kuwait News January 24, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger freed after supreme court overturns conviction
Local NewsBusiness PERRYMAN: Any action which interferes with free trade is a bad idea Pinterest Ray Perryman is the head of The Perryman Group and serves as a distinguished professor at the International Institute for Advanced Studies. A recent announcement by President Trump that he would push for across-the-board tariffs on steel and aluminum set off a firestorm including threats of retaliation from a number of nations (including some of our oldest and closest allies), a significant drop in the stock market, and more dissension and division in Washington. There is good cause for alarm, because if they are enacted, such tariffs would dampen U.S. economic performance and cause harm to a number of industries both in the United States and around the globe. The best case is bad; the worst case is awful.While the tariffs might have temporary positive effects on steel and aluminum producers that are not efficient by global standards, any industry which uses those metals as inputs would face higher costs, reduced competitiveness, and job losses. A Policy Brief from the non-partisan group The Trade Partnership estimates that the proposed tariffs could cause the loss of five jobs for every one gained. Specifically, they estimate that the tariffs would increase iron and steel employment and non-ferrous metals (primarily aluminum) employment by 33,464 jobs but would cost 179,334 jobs throughout the rest of the economy. Add to that multiplier effects and fallout from potential retaliation from other nations, and the losses could quickly escalate.So why the tariffs? The root of the problem is overcapacity in steel and aluminum production in China, which is causing that nation to sell the metals at prices below the cost of production. The steel and aluminum industries in the United States and elsewhere have been damaged because it is very difficult to compete with these low-priced products.While there are valid reasons to deal with this issue, broad tariffs which affect all nations are simply not the way to do it because they wreak havoc on other industries and countries which have been playing by the rules. Furthermore, other nations can be expected to retaliate, which could escalate into a trade war, with various nations trying to put pressure on others by raising trade barriers on a wide variety of products.In such a scenario, virtually everyone loses. Consumers would face higher prices, both for imported goods and for products made in the United States, which include imported inputs or raw materials. Businesses would have to try to stay competitive even with higher input prices and a disadvantage on world markets. Economic growth would be adversely affected, stock prices would almost certainly fall, and jobs would be lost. It would not be pretty, to say the least. We have already seen threats from Canada and the European Union to impose tariffs on blue jeans, bourbon, and big bikes (Harleys). That is only the beginning if broad tariffs are imposed.Instead of the broad tariffs which have been proposed, a better approach by far would be to deal specifically with the situation in China, which exports only a very small percentage of the steel and aluminum used in the United States. When issues such as unfair trade practices arise, those problems can be dealt with in a very targeted manner through various trade agreements and organizations that are in place. Unfair trade investigations are already underway related to the artificially underpriced aluminum and steel from China, and action can be taken as needed based on the outcomes.Even the Aluminum Association is against the tariffs. The Association is an industry group whose members employ more than 700,000 people and include smelters and related facilities (which would probably see some modest and temporary gains from the tariffs) as well as other aspects of the industry.Advocates for protectionist policies claim that free trade causes the United States to lose manufacturing jobs as some production moves to lower-wage locations overseas and lower-priced imports steal market share from U.S. companies. It is true that some things that are made abroad were once made domestically, but the primary reasons are technological advances and wage differentials.Technology has changed and will continue to change U.S. manufacturing methods. Manufacturing output expands year after year but requires fewer workers as productivity rises and automation increases efficiency. Because of higher wages in the United States, certain products are difficult to produce at reasonable costs compared to other countries. However, unless we want to tolerate wages in line with the poorest countries on earth, we are not going to make the things that require the least skilled labor.The key to dealing with these inevitable changes is to do what we do best in terms of manufacturing rather than to try to hold on to industries that are better suited to other countries. As jobs of one type disappear, workers can be retrained to enable them to find different jobs. Unfair trade practices must be dealt with, but a tariff which doesn’t discriminate between those nations which are breaking the rules and those which are not is going to cause far more harm than good.Any action which interferes with free trade is a bad idea. The basic mathematics of trade benefits were described more than 200 years ago, and history has consistently and repeatedly proven those principles to be true. In the United States, the Smoot-Hawley tariffs enacted in 1930 made the Great Depression longer and deeper than it would have been otherwise. High tariffs on steel after World War II allowed U.S. producers to avoid adopting new basic oxygen furnace technology, thus losing global leadership in this sector. We have seen this movie before, and it does not end well.Almost every country can produce certain things better, faster, or cheaper than others on a relative basis, and the rational response is to export some products and import others. In this way, everyone can be better off. By its very nature, trade can accelerate the demise or evolution of some industries, but overall, there is no doubt that international trade creates far more jobs than it destroys. These tariffs are a bad idea. 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Top Stories’Not Enough To Proudly Say Women Are Allowed To Serve Army When Their Service Conditions Tell A Different Story’ : Supreme Court In Permanent Commission Case LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK25 March 2021 8:26 AMShare This – xExpressing anguish at the Indian Army’s failure to implement the judgment allowing Permanent Commission for women officers, the Supreme Court said -“It is not enough to proudly state that women officers are allowed to serve the nation in the Armed Forces, when the true picture of their service conditions tells a different story”.The judgment authored by Justice DY…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginExpressing anguish at the Indian Army’s failure to implement the judgment allowing Permanent Commission for women officers, the Supreme Court said -“It is not enough to proudly state that women officers are allowed to serve the nation in the Armed Forces, when the true picture of their service conditions tells a different story”.The judgment authored by Justice DY Chandrachud criticized the evaluation criteria adopted by the Indian Army to consider the applications of Women Short Service Commission Officers seeking Permanent Commission based on the landmark judgment in the Babita Puniya case, which recognized their entitlement for PC. The administrative requirements adopted by the Army in this regard were declared as “arbitrary and irrational”.The Court noted that the Annual Confidential Reports(ACRs) of the applicants for the purposes of PC were prepared belatedly, as they were not entitled to PC at the relevant time. However, the performances and achievements of women officers beyond 5th year of service, and in some cases the 10th year of service, were not considered in the ACR.”…the delayed implementation of the grant of PC to WSSCOs by the Army and considering of ACRs only till the 5th/10th year of service has led to a situation where, in effect, the Army has obliviated the years of service, hard work and honours received by WSSCOs beyond their 5th/10thyear of service and relegated them back to a position they held, in some cases, more than 10 years ago”, the judgment observed.”The lack of consideration given to the recent performance of WSSCOs for grant of PC is a disservice not just to these officers who have served the nation, but also to the Indian Army, which on one hand salutes these officers by awarding them honours and decorations, and on the other hand, fails to assess the true value of these honours when it matters the most – at the time of standing for the cause of the WSSCOs to realise their rights under the Constitution and be treated on an equal footing as male officers who are granted PC”Some of the finest women officers excludedThe Supreme Court noted with dismay that the decision of the Army to not take into account the qualifications of women Short Service Commission officers beyond their 5th or 10th year of services resulted in the exclusion of “some of the finest women officers who have served the Army”.”Some of the finest women officers who have served the Indian Army and brought distinction by their performance and achievements have been excluded by refusing to consider their achievements on the specious ground that these were after the 5th/10th year of service”. It noted that even women officers who have brought laurels to the nation, who have been awarded prestigious national awards, who have served in the United Nations and international assignments, or who have displayed excellent performances in sports were ignored on the ground that such achievements were beyond their 5th or 10th year of services.The evaluation process which has been followed in the case of the WSSCOs has clearly ignored that the writing of their ACRs was fundamentally influenced by the circumstance that at the relevant time an option of PC was not available for women.The Court mentioned the names of some of such officers as follows :”As an example it has been stated that Lt. Col. Shikha Yadav (as well as several other women officers) have been denied PC though they have been awarded the COAS commendation. Lt. Col. Tashi Thapliyal was awarded the Vishisht Seva Mandal. Several women officers who have served in UN Missions overseas have been denied PC. There are women officers who have excelled in national sports events, exemplified by Major Pallavi Sharma who has a proven track record inter alia in shooting championships which has been ignored”Army’s criteria caused affront to dignity of womenThe Court noted that the army subjected the women officers to a rigorous medical criteria of SHAPE-1. SHAPE1 is an acronym with S’ denotes the physiological features including cognitive function abnormalities, ‘H’ stands for hearing, ‘A’ for appendages, ‘P’ for physical capacity and ‘E’ for eye-sight.The WSSCOs who have been excluded on medical grounds in November 2020 have a legitimate grievance that whether they fulfilled the SHAPE 1 criterion has to be determined from their medical status on the date when they were entitled to be considered, following the decision of the Delhi High Court.It was submitted by the petitioners that while being in SHAPE 1 is the requirement at the induction or entry level, it is not the requirement for continued service in the Army. Many of their male counterparts who are granted PC in their 5th or 10th year of service are entitled to continue in service, irrespective of whether they continue to be compliant with SHAPE 1 criteria.The Court observed that this anomaly occurred because the Indian Army did not consider the claim of women officers for PC at the relevant time. Though the Delhi High Court had upheld the entitlement of women SSC officers for PC around ten years ago, the Army did not implement the HC directions, although there was no stay by the Supreme Court on the judgment.”Serious hardship has been caused to the women officers by the Army by not considering their application for PC at the relevant time”, the Court said.It went ahead to underscore that the Permanent Commission was not just a legitimate expectation for women but a right accrued to them after the Delhi High Court judgment.While the Court held that the SHAPE1 medical criteria was not arbitrary, it added that such criteria has to be applied to the women officers on the basis of date when they were entitled for consideration.”The Army authorities are insistent to apply the medical criteria as of today, while simultaneously attempting to freeze the ACRs of the WSSCOs at the 5th or 10th year of service. Indirect discrimination coupled with an exclusionary approach inheres in this application”, the judgment noted the anomaly in the stand of the Army.”The conundrum of application of medical criteria to women in the age group of 45-50 arose only because the Army did not apply the decision(of HC & SC) in time”, the Court noted.The judgment further observed that the the attempt to apply the benchmark of the lowest selected male officer is “a ruse to deviate from the judgment of the Court and to bypass the legitimate claim of the WSSCOs”.DirectionsThe Court in conclusion observed :”…we are of the view that the evaluation criteria set by the Army constituted systemic discrimination against the petitioners. The pattern of evaluation deployed by the Army, to implement the decision in Babita Puniya (supra) disproportionately affects women. This disproportionate impact is attributable to the structural discrimination against women, by dint of which the facially neutral criteria of selective ACR evaluation and fulfilling the medical criteria to be in SHAPE-1 at a belated stage, to secure PC disproportionately impacts them vis-à-vis their male counterparts. The pattern of evaluation, by excluding subsequent achievements of the petitioners and failing to account for the inherent patterns of discrimination that were produced as a consequence of casual grading and skewed incentive structures, has resulted in indirect and systemic discrimination. This discrimination has caused an economic and psychological harm and an affront to their dignity”It passed the following directions.1. The administrative requirements adopted by the Army Authorities is ‘arbitrary and irrational” and shall not be enforced2. All women officers who have satisfied the 60% cut-off are entitled to PC subject to satisfaction of medical criteria as given below and satisfaction of vigilance and disciplinary clearance.3. The medical criteria adopted by the Army in August 2020 shall be applied at the 5th or 10th year of their service as the case may be.4. All officers other than non-optees officers to be considered for grant of permanent commission as per terms, within 2 months5. The decision already taken to grant permanent commission to some of the women officers in terms of the Babita Puniya judgment shall not be disturbed.Court acknowledges the perseverance of women officersAcknowledging the perseverance and tenacity of the petitioners, the judgment said :”We must not forget that those women officers who have remained in service are those with the tenacity to hold on and to meet the exacting standards of performance of which the Indian Army has made her citizens proud. It is also important for us to bear in mind that a career in the Army comes with a serious set of trials and tribulations of a transferable service with postings in difficult terrains, even in times of peace. This is rendered infinitely more difficult when society relegates functions of domestic labour, care-giving and childcare exclusively on the shoulders of women”. “The WSSCOs before us are not just women who have dedicated their lives to the ervice of the Army, but are women who have persevered through difficult conditions as they trudged along a lengthy litigation to avail the simplest of equality with their male counterparts. They do not come to the Court seeking charity or favour. They implore us for a restoration of their dignity, when even strongly worded directions by the Court in Babita Puniya (supra) have not trickled down into a basic assessment of not subjecting unequals to supposedly “neutral parameters”.”Facially neutral but discriminatory in effectThe judgment discussed the concept of indirect discrimination, and said that the Army’s policies were discriminatory in its effect on the women officers.”We must recognize here that the structures of our society have been created by males and for males. As a result, certain structures that may seem to be the “norm” and may appear to be harmless, are a reflection of the insidious patriarchal system. At the time of Independence, our Constitution sought to achieve a transformation in our society by envisaging equal opportunity in public employment and gender equality. Since then, we have continuously endeavored to achieve the guarantee of equality enshrined in our Constitution. A facially equal application of laws to unequal parties is a farce, when the law is structured to cater to a male standpoint.Presently, adjustments, both in thought and letter, are necessary to rebuild the structures of an equal society. These adjustments and amendments however, are not concessions being granted to a set of persons, but instead are the wrongs being remedied to obliterate years of suppression of opportunities which should have been granted to women””A superficial sense of equality is not in the true spirit of the Constitution and attempts to make equality only symbolic”, the Court added. Case DetailsCase Title : Lt Col Nitisha and othes v Union of India and othersCoram : Justices DY Chandrachud and MR ShahCitation : LL 2021 SC 181Click here to read/download the judgment Next Story
WhatsApp Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp By News Highland – October 11, 2018 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Breaking – Halligan meets Milford parents Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleResolution to school transport row may be imminent – CopeNext articleGarbhan Grant named USL Player of the Month News Highland Twitter Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Minister John Halligan has met with a delegation of parents from the Milford catchment area, and confirmed the school transport issue will be resolved.Mairead Giles is a spokesperson for the parents, she says this is the breakthrough they’ve been waiting for……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/mairead4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Pinterest Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews
Malayomaorica malayomaorica is an important Upper Jurassic bivalve in the southern hemisphere: widely distributed in strata of Early – Middle Kimmeridgian age, it is a zone fossil of considerable potential for regional biostratigraphic correlations. Its common occurrence in the Latady Formation of the Orville Coast, Antarctica, indicates that at least part of this stratigraphic unit has a Kimmeridgian age. Although its precise taxonomic status remains in some doubt, it would appear to be the earliest buchiid-like bivalve so far recorded from the southern hemisphere. Its very wide distribution around the margins of Gondwana is similar to that established for species of the Late Jurassic bivalve genera Retroceramus, Buchia and Anopaea
Last night, Phil Lesh continued his run at the Capitol Theatre, playing the Port Chester, NY venue for the second straight night. The Gratefully inspired performance featured an exciting debut, with longtime Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals holding it down behind the ivories for the first time in Phil Lesh & Friends history. With Warren Haynes, Eric Krasno, Tony Leone and Alex Koford joining in the mix, the band was playing as fine as ever. The group opened with a bluesy “Alligator” before breaking out into JGB classic, a cover of Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come.” The show featured a lot of covers led by Haynes, including Traffic’s “Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys,” Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider” and The Beatles’ “She Said She Said.”Watch “Alligator > The Harder They Come” below, courtesy of Sean Roche. Check out some clips from the show, below. This band is set to do it all tonight as well, May 29th! Check out the full setlist below.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at the Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 5/28/16Set One: Alligator pl > The Harder They Come wh, Broken Arrow pl (wh), The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys wh > Midnight Rider wh, She Said She Said whSet Two: Jam > Playin’ In The Band pl wh ak > Let It Ride pl > Sunshine Of Your Love wh > Cosmic Charlie pl ak > Dark Star pl ak > Lady With A Fan pl > Terrapin Station pl wh (ak ) > Playin’ In The Band repriseEncore: One More Saturday Night, Lazy River Road[Cover photo via Marc Millman/Instagram] Set two was framed around a major “Playin’ In The Band,” as they opened and closed the set with the beloved tune. A number of great songs came between, including Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love” and Grateful Dead classics “Dark Star” and the full “Terrapin Station” suite. The show ended with a glorious combination of “One More Saturday Night” and the Garcia-penned “Lazy River Road.”Full audio can be streamed here, courtesy of Keith Litzenberger.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden is sending the message that she’ll be a more active first lady than her predecessor. On Monday, five days into her new role, Jill Biden made a trio of appearances before governors’ spouses, Latinos and library officials. That followed her visit Friday to a Washington health clinic and delivery of chocolate chip cookies to National Guard members who provided security for her husband’s inauguration. Melania Trump often allowed weeks to pass between her public appearances when she was first lady.
Christmas will come early for Broadway on December 18! For the first time ever, Great White Way productions and live theater will qualify for the same tax breaks that film and TV projects receive. The result, part of a bigger tax package that you’ve probably been hearing ad nauseam about, should hopefully lead to new investment and create hundreds of jobs in the Big Apple and on the Main Stem.U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer’s campaign to push the tax code tweak through involved tapping a host of Broadway faves, including Tony winners Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston and Tyne Daly.“The Broadway and Touring Broadway industries have a combined economic impact of more than $15 billion dollars on the nation’s economy and employ tens of thousands of people in the U.S. and around the world, yet we are still very much made up of small businesses that actively seek financing from individual investors,” commented Broadway bigwig Robert E. Wankel, Chairman of the Broadway League and President & Co-CEO of “The Shuberts,” in a statement. “This relatively small amendment to the Tax Code will have a tremendous impact on the theater business.”According to the Broadway League, Broadway attendance in the 2014-15 season reached 13.1 million; the Great White Way contributes nearly $12 billion a year to New York City’s economy on top of ticket sales and supports 87,000 local jobs. View Comments