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Dead & Company Releases Pro-Shot Video Of “Greatest Story Ever Told” From Charlotte [Watch]

first_imgDead & Company continues to build momentum ahead of their 2019 summer tour by gradually sharing official audio and video footage from the band’s 2017 fall  and 2018 winter tours. So far, the band has released pro-shot videos of “Deep Elem Blues”, “If I Had The World to Give“, “Eyes Of The World“, and “Iko Iko“. Dead & Company continues their video vault rollout with the release of “Greatest Story Ever Told”, played during the first set from their performance on 11/28/2017 at Charlotte, NC’s Spectrum Center.Coming out of a slower segment midway through the first set, Dead & Co. kicked things up a notch with the Bob Weir-led “Greatest Story Ever Told”. The six-piece took their time with a breezy extended-intro, anchored by drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, as well as bassist Oteil Burbridge. John Mayer worked through a gritty opening guitar solo, before Weir stepped up to the mic, dropping into the vocals. Mayer and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti locked into some high-octane interplay midway through the song, and carried out that energy through the remainder of the jam. The show also featured Dead & Company’s debut cover of The Band’s “The Weight”, placed in the second set opening slot.SiriusXM’s Gary Lambert also continues to provide thought-provoking liner notes to go with the release of every video and audio performance, as part of the band’s latest fan-friendly initiative. As he notes about this week’s video selection,It started as “The Pump Song” on Mickey Hart’s first solo album (1972’s “Rolling Thunder”), because its rhythm track was based (in an ingenious bit of what might be called proto-sampling) on the sound of a water pump on Mickey’s ranch. But once Bob Weir added some changes to the groove Mickey had found and lyricist Robert Hunter contributed a cinematic storyline that was part cowboy movie/part sci-fi/part biblical epic, it became something else again, and a highlight of many a show by the Grateful Dead and its musical successors. This version features a nice, lengthy jam leading up to the song and some fiery soloing by John Mayer and Jeff Chimenti.Watch pro-shot video of Dead & Company’s take on “Greatest Story Ever Told” from Charlotte below:Dead & Company – “Greatest Story Ever Told” (Pro-Shot Video)[Video: Dead & Company]Dead & Company fans should keep their eyes peeled on the band’s social media accounts, as more videos and audio recordings are expected to arrive in the upcoming weeks.Setlist: Dead & Company | Spectrum Center | Charlotte, NC | 11/28/2017 Set One: Hell in a Bucket, Bertha, Peggy-O, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Greatest Story Ever Told, Ship of Fools, Mississippi Half-Step > Let It GrowSet Two: The Weight, Playin in the Band > Uncle John’s Band > Lady with a Fan > Terrapin > Drums > Space > Standing on the Moon > I Need a Miracle > GDTRFBEncore: Black Muddy River > Playin in the Band (reprise)(First “The Weight”)last_img read more

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Year Up gives underserved youth a step up

first_imgOn the website it’s called closing the opportunity divide, equating economic justice with economic prosperity.In real life it means helping a young person who’s seen friends and relatives die young, who’s known poverty, drugs, violence, and even homelessness, realize his professional potential.That’s the work of Year Up, the brainchild of Harvard Business School graduate Gerald Chertavian. Since it began in Boston in 2000, Year Up — a nonprofit program that helps underserved young people gain the skills and discipline they need to succeed — has trained and placed nearly 17,500 young people in professional internships in 21 cities.One of them was Stanley Fenelon. And for him, it was a game-changer.Fenelon grew up rough in Brockton. “My brother, sister and I all have different dads, and it was just our mom and us kids … It was the same story as most: urban city, poverty, a lot of drugs and violence,” he said.Gun violence quickly became an issue. By high school he was regularly attending friends’ funerals, but when his cousin was killed weeks after turning 14, it shocked him.“He was shot three times. I was 16 at the time,” said Fenelon. “It was a pivotal moment when I had to see him lying in the casket. It inspired me to strive for a better life.”Fenelon graduated from Brockton High School, and began classes at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. After a year he transferred to Palm Beach State College in Florida, moving in with his father for the first time. But the father-and-child reunion wasn’t happy, school didn’t work out, and soon Fenelon was homeless and jobless.“It was tough, but sunshine is great when you’re homeless,” he said.A man of optimism and perseverance, Fenelon eventually found a job. He worked hard, got his own place, and was even able to buy a car. But then he was injured at work and had to move back to his mother’s house in Massachusetts to recuperate.It was while he was recovering that he learned about Year Up. And after six months of training and another six working in an internship, Fenelon was launched on a successful career. He is now 25 and a business systems analyst in the Harvard University Information Technology unit.“I saw that our country had incredible young people. … They’re often smart, ambitious, hungry, motivated, and incredibly talented, yet they have absolutely no idea how to move that talent to productive capacity.”— Gerald ChertavianFenelon is one on a long list of successes for Chertavian.In 1987, the Lowell, Mass., native and recent Bowdoin College graduate was 21 years old and living in New York City when he signed up with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. He was partnered with David, a 10-year-old boy living in one of the city’s most dangerous housing projects.Over the next three years, they spent every Saturday together, and those weekends changed Chertavian’s life.“I saw that our country had incredible young people — people like David — living in places like that,” Chertavian said. “They’re often smart, ambitious, hungry, motivated, and incredibly talented, yet they have absolutely no idea how to move that talent to productive capacity. I saw so clearly that it was David’s ZIP code, his mother’s bank balance, the color of his skin, and the school system he attended that were limiting his God-given potential.”Chertavian left New York in 1990 to attend Harvard Business School, which he graduated in 1992. He married, founded a company, became successful, and moved to London. He also kept in touch with David, visiting him as often as he could and ultimately bringing him to London, too. David, he said, was part of his family.David’s success showed Chertavian what young people can do when given a chance, he said. And the question of how he could help change the trajectory of the lives of other disadvantaged kids stuck with him. It nagged at him so much that when he sold his company, there was never any doubt as to what he would do next.In 2000, Chertavian poured much of his newly acquired wealth into founding Year Up. The organization’s mission is to support and empower urban youth.“There are 6 million Davids in this country today,” Chertavian said. Statistics that show that one out of seven 18- to 24-year-olds is out of work, out of school, and with no more than a high school education — a “recipe for disaster” in a knowledge-based economy, Chertavian said.“The people at Year Up and here at Harvard saw potential in me,” says Hillary Tan, an accounts payable analyst. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerOne year for a new lifeThus: Year Up. The model is simple — commit to a year and learn how to change your life. But the training is rigorous.The first six months are spent in the classroom, learning technical and professional skills. Students can choose one of five tracks: financial operations, information technology, business operations, software development, or sales and customer support. There are also life skills: how to dress and maintain professionalism in the workplace; the art of networking; the importance of punctuality, preparation, and determination.Most of all, they’re taught discipline, and it’s that which what drives Year Up’s stringent point system. Students start with 200 points, which they can lose for infractions — even seemingly minors ones such as an untucked shirt, lateness, or missing an assignment deadline.The points translate into money. Year Up participants are given a small stipend to help offset costs of the program. You lose points, you lose money — a real motivator.Graphic by Daniel Hassett-Salley/Harvard StaffIn the second six months, each student is paired with a mentor and placed in an internship in an entry-level position. Participating companies have the option of hiring the interns without paying a placement fee, and Year Up says it performs six times better as a talent pipeline than traditional recruitment sources.The training is not for the faint of heart, and that’s intentional. Students come to Year Up to learn to succeed. Those who can’t handle it “weed themselves out.” It’s a distinction instructors stress in lessons and even in the terminology they use: Students “earn” infractions based upon their actions, they’re not “given” them; they “fire themselves,” instead of being fired.The result, Year Up officials say, is young professionals with solid technical training and a commitment to respect and value others; be trustworthy, honest, and accountable; embrace diversity; continue to learn; and work hard and have fun.Harvard University began working with Year Up in 2003. Since then it has hosted nearly 200 interns and hired 115 of them for permanent or temporary positions. Year Up interns work in Schools and departments across the University, such as Harvard University Information Technology, Finance, Media and Technology, and athletics, among others.Year Up officials say the partnership with Harvard is a “natural fit” because its model — sustained investment in developing and nurturing young people — aligns so perfectly with Harvard’s.“We’re extremely proud of our partnership with Year Up, and incredibly fortunate to have so many remarkable young people placed with us as interns,” said Harvard Executive Vice President Katie Lapp. “Interns come to us already fully prepared, and that saves us time, energy — and in the long run, money. It’s a win-win for everyone. We’re helping young people start their professional lives and producing, growing, and nurturing a pipeline of talent that’s beneficial to Harvard.”Jamar Nelson says the networking skills he learned through Year Up helped him land his job as a finance and human resources assistant for Harvard Athletics. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard also organizes a variety of development seminars for the interns, offers mentoring, holds practice job interviews with hiring managers, helps with resume writing, and provides continuous career coaching to its individual cohorts, which have grown to more than 40 a year.Etaine Smith, a senior human resources consultant for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), said Year Up’s interns arrive “ready, set, and equipped to contribute.”“They have the technical skills — whether it’s accounting or financial or IT skills. But they have the life skills too, as they know how to communicate, how to introduce themselves, how to act professionally. They know how to present what they can and cannot do, and are enthusiastic to learn new skills. These are all skills that will serve them well in life, as well as here at Harvard.”Since the beginning of the partnership, hundreds of Harvard employees have volunteered to serve as mentors not just to interns working on campus, but to those placed in companies across Greater Boston.“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my mentee, and have learned as much from her as I hope she has from me. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to meet, and make a difference in the life of, someone who’s just beginning their career,” said Amy Nostrand, assistant vice president for finance and administration at Harvard.A growing concernYear Up’s timing seems perfect. An article in the Boston Globe last month headlined “Help (desperately) wanted in Massachusetts” reported: “Massachusetts finds itself at a remarkable economic moment. Holding us back is an ample supply of labor.” The article cited a recent report by MassBenchmarks, a company that tracks economic trends in Massachusetts, that found the commonwealth is “facing looming constraints on growth as a result of a shortage of available skilled workers.”Chertavian said that in the U.S. today, there are at least 12 million jobs that will go unfilled in the next decade if we can’t find the talent and skilled labor to fill them. Year Up is prepared to step in and help fill that void.“We provide a strong, diverse pipeline of talent to our partners,” said Anita Fulco, director of partner relations at Year Up Greater Boston. “The program makes good business sense. It’s a money-saver for organizations like Harvard because Year Up internships reduce the time and costs associated with all that typically goes into a hire — the recruiting, onboarding, and training.” In addition, she said, Year Up employees tend to stay 50 percent longer in a job than other entry-level employees.“Many of these young people have external challenges, which many would say work against them,” Fulco said. “But they’re not your typical employees. They have tremendous grit and perseverance. They want to be there. And they’ve worked incredibly hard to come as far as they have to get there.”The organization itself has grown, from 22 participants and two staff members its first year in Boston, to offices in 21 cities nationwide. And for the participants?According to Year Up, 90 percent of their graduates are working and/or enrolled in post-secondary education within four months of completing the program. For employed graduates, the average starting wage is $18 an hour, or approximately $36,000 annually.“That is livable wage money in this country,” said Chertavian. “Their average annual salary before many came to us was often less than $10,000. So in one year, you’ve put yourself in a situation to be able to make a livable wage. There are not many places in America where an 18-year-old can say that they’ve made that much of a change in a single year.”Chris Vargas (left) speaks during a recent Year Up event. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“Year Up and Harvard saw potential in me … and believed in me”Chris Vargas, who recently interned in Harvard’s media and technology office, said he was determined not to “just become another statistic.”“I had friends who joined Year Up and their success stories really motivated me,” he said. “The neighborhood where I grew up wasn’t all that great and so to see someone who was able to break out of that environment was really a big factor in pushing me to apply … I knew those were the types of footsteps I wanted to follow in.”Vargas said the support systems at both Year Up and Harvard helped him succeed: “They helped me build confidence by providing the right resources and support system.”Hillary Tan, of Malden, Mass., an accounts payable analyst in financial administration, agreed.“The people at Year Up and here at Harvard saw potential in me,” she said. “They believed in me. They were grateful for my help and it was obvious that they genuinely wanted me to grow.”Jamar Nelson of Randolph, Mass., began as a finance and human resources assistant in Harvard Athletics last month, but the path was not a straight one. Nearly four years ago, when Nelson started as a Year Up intern, he set the bar high and decided to earn a college degree while spending every summer working in Harvard Web Publishing. In May, he received his diploma from Framingham State University.Throughout his college years, Nelson stayed in contact with human resources and his managers at Harvard. “I was thinking ahead. They really drilled that in at Year Up: network, network, network — and use those connections,” he said.Fenelon echoed the point. “They have a saying at Year Up that your net worth is your network … it’s all about the people,” he said.Chertavian said the aim of Year Up is to level the playing field. He said many young people, particularly those of color and low incomes, face steep hurdles. Rather than assess everyone as if they’d begun at the same place, he said, we should help those with the odds against them get to the starting gate.“If we could imagine the degree of difficulty in just getting the chance to compete, we would assess talent fundamentally differently.”If you are interested in hiring an intern or becoming a mentor, contact Amy Nostrand at [email protected]last_img read more

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UW recovers from sweep

first_imgOftentimes, after a big loss or tough weekend, players will talk about putting their struggles behind them and move on.For men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves, this is not one of those times for his No. 2-ranked Badgers.”They won’t see the big picture right today,” Eaves said after Saturday night’s 4-2 loss, which completed a road sweep for Denver. “But that’s the message that eventually they’ll understand as we go into practice the next week and go into the next series. They’ll be more readily acceptable of that thought process and we’ll preach it because it’s the truth.”We will be a better team because of who we played and how we played.”Eaves elaborated on that Monday, making it clear that he wants his players to remember this experience and put it to use later on down the road.”By no means do we want to drop what happened last weekend,” Eaves said at Monday’s press conference. “We want to learn our lessons.”Through great goaltending, success on the power play and energy on the ice, Denver clearly showed why it is the two-time defending national champion.But just as the Badgers learned their lesson against a veteran team in the NCAA tournament a year ago, in a 4-1 opening round loss to a veteran Michigan team, they will try to do the same again in the weeks ahead.”We want to take those lessons that we learned playing against that type of team. That’s a regional tournament game right there — those two games,” Eaves said. “If we can take those lessons and move forward and learn from them, that will help us determine how good we’ll be at the end of the year.”Helping the Badgers’ cause will be the fact that, one year later, the Badgers are no longer a young team hoping to learn from older squads.This time around they are one of those veteran groups, and a group that has shown its capabilities as far as learning from all of the experiences it has encountered.”If I do a quick inventory of the lessons that we’ve learned, I would say this is a pretty good group,” Eaves said. “I think because it’s an upper-classmen team that applies to their ability to take the lessons and put them into action pretty quickly.”Badgers drop to No. 2: After seven-straight weeks atop the USCHO.com rankings, Wisconsin fell to the second spot Monday. Boston College assumed the throne, receiving 27 of the 40 first-place votes.UW received 11 first-place votes while No. 3 Vermont received two. Minnesota and Cornell rounded out the top five.Connelly gains valuable experience: While freshman goalie Shane Connelly’s debut weekend left him with two losses, he could not be displeased by his effort.Stepping in for the injured Brian Elliott, Connelly made 21 saves in his first official start as a Badger and came back with 19 in Saturday’s loss, a game in which he allowed four goals, but only one of them came during even-strength play.”The biggest positive is that he actually got in two games that were big games in the matter of sellout crowds, and he actually looked pretty good,” Eaves said. “He would tell you that he would want another chance at a couple of those goals, but that’s all a part of his process in moving things forward.”Eaves had the same message for his young goaltender as he had for his entire team heading into this weekend and the rest of the season.”He’s going to be a better goaltender this weekend because of this past weekend,” Eaves said.Connelly is expected to start against the Gophers this weekend, as Elliott continues to sit out due to a left leg injury he suffered in practice last week. Eaves said last week that he expects Elliott to be out 3-4 weeks.Upon further evaluation: After reviewing film from last weekend’s series with Denver, Eaves said the numbers — as far as scoring chances — were in his team’s favor in both losses.Of course, Denver had a difference-maker each night. On Friday night, it was the effort of junior goalie Glenn Fisher. Saturday night the Pioneers did their damage on the power play.”We out-chanced that team both nights,” Eaves said. “They only had [even-strength] scoring chances Saturday night. Eight of their 13 scoring chances came on the power play. The power play was the difference in goals scored.”Eaves was also pleased with the physical effort of the Badgers over the weekend.”We had 83 hits Saturday night — the most of the season,” he said. “It was one of those [weekends] where they played great road games, they got excellent goaltending. Probably Friday night, as [Fisher] said, he stole that game from us looking at the scoring chances.”But hits, scoring chances and other statistics are not the most telling numbers, as the Badgers walked away with two losses — doubling their season total.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, August 29, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, August 29, 2013•1:49 a.m. Officers took a report of a suicidal subject in the 500 block N. G, Wellington.•8:45 a.m. Kelli R. Sewell, 39, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large.•2:17 p.m. Deanne M. Heersche, 50, Mulvane, was issued a notice to appear charged with passing a stationary emergency vehicle.•2:25 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 400 block W. 16th, Wellington.•4:38 p.m. Officers investigated a battery and child of a known suspect in need of care in the 700 block S. Blaine, Wellington.•8:09 p.m. Officers took a report of a runaway in the 700 block N. Olive, Wellington.•11:29 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a known suspect in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.last_img read more

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‘Vulnerable Country’

first_imgOfficers of the Liberian Immigration Service learned how to investigate fraud, human trafficking, and the new Act of the Agency. — Says LIS, confirming that Liberians at high risk of being traffickedLiberians stand a high risk of being trafficked, due primarily to the country’s porous borders with its neighbors, the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) has said.With just about 25 percent of the borders being “adequately manned,” many fear that the citizenry, especially those in the hinterlands, are being lured through trafficking at those porous borders.On Wednesday, November 13, the LIS disclosed that out of 177 entry points into the country, its officers are only deployed at 46 entries, while 131 entry points are still “left vulnerable and routinely patrolled” by LIS Border Patrol Unit. Such situation might likely be contributing to the level of human trafficking in the country, LIS Head of Anti – Human Trafficking, Bolley B. Morlu, feared.Morlu spoke at a high level inception meeting and training of trainers for Liberia Media Development (LMD) partners on traffic-In-Persons (TIPs) in Sinkor, a suburb of Monrovia. He said that there is a need to remedy the situation.“The state of national security is at its lowest ebb—a situation that was exacerbated by the departure of personnel of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL),” he said.Organized by Internews with financial support from USAID (United Sates Agency for International Development), the training brought together relevant government and private institutions, including the Liberia National Police, LIS, the Labor and Gender ministries and the media, to brainstorm on how TIPs can be halted or minimized.The three–day exercise is aimed at helping to provide new skills that would educate the public on TIPs and law enforcement aspect of trafficking.This comes after the United States’ State Department through its annual TIPs report last June placed Liberia on Tier 2 Watch List. This exposes how vulnerable the country is to traffickers; this slump in rank marks the third consecutive year for the country.Regarding the report, Morlu expressed disappointment that the country was not doing well and has therefore been placed on Tier 2 Watch List for the third time.“And because of this, we want to pledge our best endeavors and efforts in helping the national task force not to completely eliminate – because it is difficult – but to reduce the number of trafficking-related cases in the country,” Morlu said.In June 2019 and for the third consecutive year, the U.S. State Department placed Liberia on the Tier 2 Watch List in its annual Trafficking in Persons report. This means the country is already on Tier Three watch list of the US, and risks slipping further down to Tier Three if stakeholders do not make critical efforts to reverse the trend.TIPs, according to experts, occur in several forms, including taking family or other people’s children under your care through deception that they will be given better opportunities like schooling, when the actual intent is to later abuse their rights, use them for labor or as breadwinners, etc.In the words of USAID Acting Mission Director, Rebekah Eubanks, the ranking reflects the U.S. Government’s assessment that the Government of Liberia is not fully in compliance with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking that regulate U.S. foreign assistance.“This is troubling in its own right for trafficking survivors, and this has important implications for the future of U.S. assistance to Liberia,” Eubanks said.She called on the government to put into place and enforce policies that demonstrate increased efforts to combat human trafficking, investigate and prosecute traffickers, and protect survivors by early next year or Liberia will be downgraded to Tier 3 and lose access to all U.S. government non – humanitarian development funds.Eubanks stressed that the government “must put into place and enforce policies that demonstrate increased efforts to combat human trafficking; investigate and prosecute traffickers, and protect survivors by early next year.”She also warned that if something positive is not done, Liberia will be downgraded to Tier 3 and lose access to all U.S. government non-humanitarian development funds.She assured that her organization is committed to working with our partners to help Liberia avert the risks of losing US funds.The latest TIPs report, many believe, should now be a rallying point for local stakeholders to direct human efforts and resources toward the fight against TIPs, if the country should have access to funds from the U.S. to fight against trafficking.In remarks, Labor Minister Moses Kollie said improving legal and policy frameworks, instituting administrative action by ensuring budget for the purpose of enhancing the work of task-force, improving prevention and awareness, protecting and caring for victims by training social workers are important steps that must be taken to salvage the country’s status in the next report – due to be released in March 2020.“There are several required actions needed to be undertaken by the government and we must begin to act now,” Kollie said.Also identifying partnerships for complementary budget to support the task-force as well as adopting zero tolerance against human trafficking, are important to averting the risks of falling to a lower tier.“If we should perform, and look at these actions as a country, I am very certain that by March 2020 when the [US] State Department will be coming out with another quarter report, Liberia will be pretty seated,” he said.With the most gruesome of all crimes, murder aside, there is no other violation of the human being that are dehumanizing than rape to TIPs, and as such, there is a need for people who commit both crimes to bear similar consequences or punishment, a stakeholder have said.Currently, there is a harsher punishment for rape, which is a non-bailable offense, as compared to the crime of TIPs.It is against this backdrop that Acting Gender Minister Madam Alice Howard said law on TIPs should be rated high, and that it should have tougher punishment enshrined on the country’s statute for traffickers just as it is with rapists in an effort to get rid of TIPs.She called for collective effort to combat trafficking in persons in the same way as they did in the fight against Ebola so as to be able to get rid of trafficking in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more