Watch Bob Weir’s Acoustic Performance At United Nations Development Programme Event

first_imgRoyal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway recently visited New York for a few days to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which operates to eliminate poverty around the world. Our own Bob Weir was tapped to play at the event, and he did so with a solo acoustic performance. The guitarist/vocalist sifted through Grateful Dead originals, along with covers of Robert Johnson and Bob Dylan that are regularly in Weir’s repertoire.The UNDP has shared professional video of the performance, which you can watch below.Setlist:  Bob Weir | Philips Auction House | New York, NY | 12/5/16Loose LucyWalkin Blues (Robert Johnson Cover)When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob Dylan Cover)The Other OneThrowing Stoneslast_img

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Faculty Council meeting held April 10

first_imgOn April 10, the Faculty Council discussed consultation and communication, academic integrity, and HarvardX’s impact on campus.The council next meets on April 24.  The faculty next meets on May 7.  The preliminary deadline for the May 7 meeting of the faculty is April 16 at noon.last_img

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Goodbye, Santa Fe! Corey Cott Looks Back on His Newsies Journey

first_img Newsies Corey Cott How do you feel now that you’re leaving? All of those things, but above all, eternally grateful. What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? A sense of natural leadership. Jack is a natural leader. He doesn’t force leadership or take it. It happens in a very organic way. What was the highlight of your time at this job? Tough question. The Tonys were up there for sure (we presented at the 2013 Tony Awards). My Broadway debut was better than I ever imagined. But honestly, the highlight was marrying my beautiful wife. I think about her during my work every single day. Also, five different couples were married within the first year of Newsies. I felt like I was part of some weird Broadway marriage club or something. What will you miss most about the job? I will miss looking every single one of those guys in the eye every night, and bringing truth to the story that inspired so many. I will miss singing Alan Menken’s sweeping score and Jack Feldman’s brilliant lyrics. I will miss Jack Kelly, for sure. He has inspired me in so many ways, specifically regarding courage. Most of all, I will miss the people. Relationships are the most essential part of any experience, and we really created something very special. What was the easiest thing about the job? Creating onstage relationships. I care about every single guy and girl like a brother and a sister outside the show. That energy easily flows onto the stage every night. What are three words you would use to describe your experience at the job? Cathartic. Marathon. Educational. What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Jack is an incredibly complicated, charismatic, funny, genuine, passionate 17-year-old kid who has a worldly wisdom most teenagers don’t have. I would encourage anybody playing the role to find as many colors to him as you can, specifically regarding his youth. His super-objective is easy: To go to Santa Fe. Therefore, for me, personalizing Santa Fe became the most essential aspect of playing Jack. My faith is incredibly important to me, so every night Santa Fe became heaven. How do you think you’ve grown during your time at this job? I’ve grown immensely. I probably won’t know how much until a few months post closing. I’ve definitely grown as an actor, as a singer, as a performer. But I think I have grown the most as a friend, a brother, a husband, and simply, a man. I have so much deep love for my cast and the people who created this show. For the rest of my life, this show will live in my blood. I have no choice but to love those I have been lucky enough to share it with. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 View Comments What was the hardest thing? No matter what it is, performing the exact same thing every single day for 2 years in a row, 800 something odd times, and making it look like it is the very first time, is outrageously difficult. In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are asked to sit through an “exit interview” with HR about their time at the company. Although that concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, we think it’s fun to check in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Corey Cott and the cast of Newsies will pirouette off into the sunset on August 24 after over 1,000 performances on Broadway. As Cott says farewell to Santa Fe, he reflects on making his Broadway debut, performing at the Tony Awards, being part of the Newsies “marriage club” and more. How did you feel when you first got the job? Elated. Shocked. Excited. Scared. Pumped. Star Files Related Showslast_img read more

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Dinner From the Backyard, the LOAP Team Learns to Forage

first_imgWhen I told Ben we were going to forage for dinner, he was skeptical. My sister, who lives in Deep Creek Lake, Md., was going to guru us around her 5.5-acre property, teaching us how to feed ourselves if we didn’t have the Rovr Cooler. We thought we would be traveling far and wide, digging through decomposing tree stumps, and scaling branches to get to their fruit. In reality, we never lost sight of the house. Reade, my sister, told us you often step over highly nutritious greens to get into the grocery store to buy less nutrient dense lettuce packaged in plastic. There is a wide variety of edible plants, and if you’re outside, there’s probably one within arm’s reach. Below is a recipe for a salad made from the backyard, and a few hints and tips to start foraging on your own!Pictured in this photo is Reade holding a wild strawberry, and Roxy holding a blade of grass. It is a steep learning curve when foraging, always go with someone knowledgeable, or bring a lot of books!Speaking of books, here are a few to get you started! You can also try out PlantNet, a mobile app that helps you identify native wildlife.Not only can you eat plenty of things you are probably stepping on, there are many plants with healing properties.  Pictured above is yarrow, which is traditionally used for anti-microbial and styptic (helps staunch blood) properties.It’s always good to forage with a buddy! Looking for plants can take you well off the beaten path, and two brains are better than one for getting back to the trail. It is also good to forage with mesh or loosely woven cotton bags (not pictured) to spread spores from any mushrooms collected.Pictured above are mature wine caps (Stropharia rugosa-annulata). Picking the younger, smaller ones can lead to a delicious side dish or salad topping. Don’t forget your mesh bag!In our amateur foraging hour, we found the highly sought after morel mushroom! The taste lives up to the legend, did someone say umami? Ben said umami.  Featured in the salad above is:Local lettuce (grown in the garden)Wild violets (leaves and flowers, purple and white)Sheep sorrel (lemon taste)Wood sorrel (lemon taste)Chickweed (high in omega 3s)Dandelion greens and flowerArugula (very spicy)Garlic mustard (eat your invasives)We found all these things in Reade’s backyard and ate a wonderful salad after only a few minutes of walking around. No grocery store needed.Make sure you are positive on your identification before consuming, it’s best to do some research or have someone who is confident in their skills before consuming. You are responsible for your own foraging safety and health! Thanks Reade!Like the gear we’re rockin’ ?  Check out the clothing from La Sportiva,  featured in the images above!last_img read more

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Fridays on the Fly: 5 Best Fly Fishing Subscription Boxes

first_imgWhat do beef, razors, clothing, bacon, carnivorous plants, and fly fishing gear have in common? You can get boxes of them delivered to your door every month. It’s a fascinating time we live in.While subscription boxes aren’t a new thing, a number of fly fishing companies have jumped on the bandwagon in recent years, providing a new way to beef up your tackle box. While they may not be a go-to source of tackle for the die-hard fisherman, they provide a new way to try out new gear. From different fly patterns and styles to gear and stickers, these five fly fishing subscription boxes (say that five times fast), hold a little something for everyone.Photo: PostFly1. Post Fly – $19.99/moHailed as the original monthly fly box, Post Fly is leading the pack, both in quality of products and presentation. These things just look so damn good. They have five different boxes and two plans to choose from, regular and guide series. Every box comes with a select assortment of flies, based on your location and season. Every box comes with a new leader, stickers, a guide, Trout Unlimited (TU) subscription, and accessories. They even offer a monthly fly tying box for those next-level fly fisherman looking to tie their own. If you’re not into the subscription thing, you can order products via their online store as well.2.  The Fly Crate – $14.00/moThe Fly Crate features three plans for trout that range from 6-12 flies, including a TU subscription, stickers, and a guidebook. Their bass plan, aptly named The Bucketmouth, features bass-specific flies and information. Like Post Fly, you can order flies, gear, and more via their online store (no subscription needed). For every 6 flies purchased, they donate one fly to Project Healing Waters two percent of all sales to help support disabled veterans.3. Precision Fly Fishing – $19.99/moBased in Holly Springs, Pennsylvania, Precision Fly Fishing offers four types of subscription boxes: Trout, Warmwater, Saltwater, and Steelhead/Salmon. A fly tying box is in the works and will be on doorsteps soon. Boxes include everything from flies specific to where you’re fishing to the gadgets you need on the water. Subscriptions start at $19.99 a month, and of course, you get discounts for purchasing months in bulk. Like their competitors above, they offer items for sale individually in their online store. However, if you are a subscription member, you’ll get discounts on additional items you’d like added to your box.4. Freestone Bug Box – $15.95/moBug Box has a nice ring to it right? With the Freestone Bug Box, you get a dozen flies, an informative fly list, and a bonus item shipped to your door every month. Your new assortment of trout-hookers is delivered in a well packaged, reusable fly box. As an angler, I’m sure you’re aware that there is no such thing as too many fly boxes, right? If you’re looking for saltwater or bass flies, the options above are better suited for you. Freestone Bug Box only offers one subscription and they target one type of fish; trout.5. Lucky Tackle Box – $25.99/moWhile their primary focus is on bass and gear fishing, they feature one fly fishing subscription. Every box comes with a card breaking down the flies included and a guide teaching you how to best use them. While it may seem limited, the Lucky Tackle Box is curated by Umpqua; the company responsible for creating some incredible fly patterns.Pro Tip:  These folks run specials, bonuses, and other introductory offers. Simply subscribing to a newsletter when you go to order can get you an extra pack of flies, discounts, and more.While a subscription box might not replace your local bait shop or outfitter, it’s a great way to get your hands on some new gear you might not otherwise try.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

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West Babylon Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 36-year-old West Babylon man was killed in a motorcycle crash on the Hospital campus of Stony Brook University.Suffolk County police said Jason Ross was riding a motorcycle when he crashed into another vehicle on Health Sciences Drive near Stony Brook University Hospital at 8 a.m. Friday.The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other driver was not hurt.Sixth Squad detectives impounded both vehicles and are continuing the investigation.last_img

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Retail takes the lead as best property investment

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Twitter disables Trump video tribute to Floyd over copyright complaint

first_imgTopics : Twitter said the video on the president’s campaign account was affected by its copyright policy.”We respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,” a Twitter representative said.The three-minute 45-second video uploaded on Trump’s YouTube channel was tweeted by his campaign on June 3.The clip, which is still on YouTube, had garnered more than 60,000 views and 13,000 likes. The video-streaming platform’s parent Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The social media platform has been under fierce scrutiny from the Trump administration since it fact-checked Trump’s tweets about unsubstantiated claims of mail-in voting fraud. It also labeled a Trump tweet about protests in Minneapolis as “glorifying violence.”Trump has pledged to introduce legislation that may scrap or weaken a law that shields social media companies from liability for content posted by their users.  Twitter Inc has disabled US President Donald Trump’s campaign tribute video to George Floyd on its platform, citing a copyright complaint.The clip, which is a collation of photos and videos of protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, has Trump speaking in the background.Floyd’s death last week after a fatal encounter with a police officer has led to nationwide protests. In widely circulated video footage, a white officer was seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck as Floyd gasped for air and repeatedly groaned, “I can’t breathe,” before passing out.last_img read more

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UK’s biggest scheme ‘could take more risk to cut deficit’ – expert panel

first_img“As suggested by other commentators, alternative ways of arriving at a valuation of technical provisions are open to USS and should be explored,” the JEP’s report said.The panel questioned one of the key building blocks of the controversial 2017 valuation – which resulted in proposals to close the defined benefit section of the scheme, prompting nationwide industrial action. A panel of experts scrutinising the valuation of the UK’s biggest pension scheme has recommended a series of changes that could reduce its reported deficit significantly and cut planned contribution increases.The Joint Expert Panel (JEP) – appointed earlier this year to assess the 2017 valuation of the £64.4bn (€73bn) Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – yesterday published its first report, in which it argued that the scheme had been too cautious with assumptions used to value its liabilities and set contribution levels.The panel also criticised the Pensions Regulator (TPR) for not recognising the collective strength of the 350 higher education establishments that sponsor USS. This had also encouraged an overly cautious approach as USS’ trustee board worked to keep the scheme in line with changing regulations.According to the report, the expert panel’s suggestions, if implemented, could result in combined contribution levels rising from 26% of salary to 29.2%, a significantly smaller rise than under USS’ current plan, which will see the contribution rate hit 36.6% in 2020. Source: University of SouthamptonUniversity of Southampton, one of USS’ 350 sponsoring institutionsA test that informed the future investment strategy and discount rate for the scheme was given too much weight and had been used as “a constraint on benefit design and a driver of investment strategy”, according to the panel.The test used by USS – part of which involved a detailed survey of the 350 employers – drove the scheme towards a low return investment strategy “that results in a higher deficit and higher contributions than would be the case if the current investment strategy were maintained”, the panel said.It questioned whether employers’ appetite for risk had been assessed appropriately, saying that the way in which it had been applied through this test had contributed to the adoption of strong risk aversion.More risk-taking possible The panel argued that the unique features of USS and the higher education sector had not always been consistently considered, either by TPR or by USS itself.“In particular, the panel believes that insufficient weight has been given to the fact that USS is a large, open, immature scheme which is cashflow positive and cap adopt a very long-term time horizon.“By giving this strength and diversity a greater weight, the panel believes that the trustee and the employers may be able to agree a larger risk envelope.”“Our observations, conclusions and recommendations are intended to be constructive and should be read in that spirit.”Joanne Segars, chair of the joint expert panel The scheme is three years into an investment strategy that is set to de-risk the portfolio over the course of the next 20 years.The report unanimously recommended “four areas where adjustments to the valuation should be considered”:re-evaluating employers’ attitude to risk;adopting greater consistency between the 2014 and 2017 valuations;smoothing future service contributions to ensure fairness and equality between generations of scheme members; andensuring the valuation used the most recently available information, such as the latest data on mortality.Joanne Segars, the expert panel’s chair, emphasised that the JEP – unlike the trustee – had had the luxury of the benefit of hindsight and had not sought to be critical of any party involved in the valuation.“Our observations, conclusions and recommendations are intended to be constructive and should be read in that spirit,” she said.ReactionsUSSThe scheme for the higher education sector said that the solutions proposed by JEP reflected its terms of reference, but would require employers to take on higher levels of risk and pay higher contributions “than has been expressed to us to date, through the valuation process”.“There may well be areas where our opinion and understanding differs from that of the panel, but we will want to reflect on the report in due course,” it said.It reiterated its hope that the JEP report could provide the basis for employees and universities to agree a way forward, but said that “unless and until alternative has been agreed, consulted upon, and implemented”, the move to higher contributions under its current cost-sharing process would continue.UCUThe trade union’s general secretary Sally Hunt hailed the report as “a significant landmark in our ongoing campaign to defend members’ pensions”.“We welcome the JEP’s proposal that the valuation should be adjusted and are also encouraged that the panel now wishes to look in detail at alternative methods for future valuations,” she added.UUKUUK said it would start to consult with scheme sponsors next week on their views on the panel’s recommendations to inform talks with UCU and the USS trustee.“This will include examining employers’ willingness to accept greater levels of risk and to pay more into the scheme than their current contribution level of 18% of salary,” said Alistair Jarvis, UUK chief executive.The full JEP report can be downloaded here.last_img read more

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Ancelotti: I want to remain at Everton

first_img Promoted ContentWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthArtist Got Bored With Quarantine & Painted Flowers All Over Walls5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The World The Italian is tied to the Premier League club until the summer of 2024 but the 60-year-old has ambitions for that spell to be longer as by then he expects the Toffees to be competing for trophies and regularly playing in Europe. “I signed a four-and-a-half-year deal and I would like to finish my contract, to stay here, to do my best,” he told evertonfc.com. “And after that, if there is a possibility to continue, I would like to stay more. The ambition and idea is to stay longer. “The club has big ambitions to be competitive in the Premier League and in Europe. We are working for this.Advertisement Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is already eyeing an extended stay at Goodison Park despite only signing a lengthy contract in December. “The base of the squad is very good. We have some young players that are growing. Year-by-year, I think we are going to improve.” Asked where he saw Everton being in three years, Ancelotti replied: “I think I see Everton (towards) the top of the table, fighting for some titles, fighting to be competitive in Europe.” The three-time Champions League winner has had an immediate impact at Everton, with the 17 points from his eight matches in charge bettered only by near-neighbours and runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool (24) over the same period. read also: Ancelotti eager to reverse Everton’s derby-day fortunes Having been in the bottom three at the beginning of December after sacking Marco Silva, the club are now within five points of the Champions League places. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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