After a three-night tour opener in Chicago, Phish will head to the Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio tomorrow night. The show also marks the band’s first return to the venue since their legendary 1997 performance. The band is all warmed up and ready to share their music with fans near and far, and will share a free webcast of tomorrow night’s show. From Dayton, Phish will head to the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA before descending upon New York City for thirteen nights at Madison Square Garden.Listen to the legendary 12-7-97 performance below, as uploaded to YouTube by @fromtheaquarium:Tune in tomorrow night at 7pm ET for the free webcast:The band also announced that they will webcast all thirteen nights of the Baker’s Dozen run at MSG, available for purchase as individual nights or with a Baker’s Dozen pass and in HD and SD format, and made the streams available for pre-order here.[Cover photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G.]If you’re heading to New York for Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, don’t miss all the incredible late night shows going on in the City during the run! Check out Our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights for all the info.Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix) #July 25 – Turkuaz at Irving Plaza (tix) *July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Gramercy (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (tix)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)# (L4LM & Brooklyn Bowl Presents)
What do John Keats’ Shakespeare volumes, William Wordsworth’s library catalog, and Victor Hugo’s commonplace book have in common with primers and spellers and other historical materials about learning to read?Each item is among the 1,200 books and manuscripts — more than 250,000 Web-accessible pages — that are now online at a site called in Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History. Developed by Harvard’s Open Collections Program with support from the Arcadia Fund, the effort is an online exploration of the intellectual, cultural, and political history of reading as reflected in the historical holdings of Harvard’s libraries.“Although reading happens everywhere,” said Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the University Library, “we don’t know what it is when it takes place under our nose. How do we make sense of typographical marks embedded on a page? How did other people in other times and places decipher signs in other languages? The process of reading lies at the heart of our most intensely human activity, the making of meaning, and therefore deserves study as a crucial element in all civilizations, even those without modern means of communication, where natives learn to read footprints in the sand and clouds in the sky as meaningful portents.”You can visit the collection at the Open Collections Program Web site, or read more about the project at Harvard University Library news.If you have an item for Around the Schools, please e-mail your write-up (150-200 words) to [email protected]
If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please email your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected] The culture of Cambridge could hardly be more different from that of Twentynine Palms, Calif. Six months before my first day of classes at the Harvard Kennedy School, I stepped from a bus into the windswept high desert scrubland of Twentynine Palms, 200 days of patrolling in Iraq just behind me.The California desert looks a lot like much of Iraq — which makes it an ideal training ground for military units about to deploy — and nothing like Cambridge. The former is a small town dominated by the massive Marine Corps base nearby and filled with a few thousand aggressive young men with clipped hair.Months later, I drove down Memorial Drive in Cambridge thinking of a joke my father had told me when he heard I had been accepted. It began, “A philosophy-major hippie, a Kennedy, and Will Hunting walk into a bah.…” That seemed pretty accurate to me, and I prepared to find a difference in people that would make the change in climate seem trivial in comparison.It wasn’t until this year, my second and last, that I began to see more clearly through the veneers of people who are, in the words of one of my professors, “very good at setting up a shell of invulnerability.” Yet what I found wasn’t so different from the many young officers I had worked with and for in the military.The majority of my days in Iraq had run me through with biting doubt and fear, an experience that was both intensely personal and ubiquitous among my friends and fellow officers. As confident as we might have seemed to our subordinates, the truth was that we knew far less than what they assumed. We worried about everything from which route to take on a patrol to why we were even fighting a war. Thinking too long and hard about these topics in solitude can be depressing, if not downright dangerous; we naturally turned to our brothers in arms for reassurance, explanation, or sometimes just to know that someone else was there and listening.Though the game, the stakes, and the bets are different at Harvard, the sense of uncertainty as graduation approaches feels very much the same. Where to live? What to do? What is life’s purpose? We are, after all, graduate students. In a fair world, questions like those should be reserved for wet-behind-the-ears undergraduates. Yet here we are, older and more knowledgeable but feeling none the wiser.My classmates have done some incredible things just in the past few months: writing a story that made the front page of The Washington Post; starting an organization that may become the Netflix of voting (think about it); publishing a report on private-sector development in Afghanistan. In my head, these people are friends and as lost as I am about the future. But to the rest of the world, they are journalists, entrepreneurs, investors.Yet to know them is to realize that their shells of invulnerability are as substantial as the second-story storefront facades of Twentynine Palms. Most of them, like me, came to the Kennedy School to figure out what to do next with their lives. No one that I know — myself included — has yet figured that out. Just like my friends in the military, they were struggling through major decisions with no one there to advise, to guide, to mentor.What we do have, though, is our sense of community — our friendships of the lost. When a potential employer writes back in an email that begins, “Dear Sir or Madam,” there is little else to do but ring up another member of the club and share the tale of woe over a pint of Samuel Adams’ best. In that, the community I left behind and the one I found aren’t so different after all. Though the hair is longer and the language is a bit less vividly coarse, the desire to make a difference in the world and the concomitant pessimism about our ability to do so are equally present.Despite our doubts and fears, my fellow officers and I did our days in Iraq as best we could, using hope and faith to fill the gaps where logic seemed to fail. Seeing the successes of the community of my past gives me hope for the community of my present — that despite our enormous debts and our ticking professional clocks, we will prevail as graduates in whatever fields we find ourselves.And when we find new setbacks in the world beyond the Charles, we’ll know whom to call; when we pick up the phone for somebody else, we’ll know what to say. Maybe that wasn’t the point of graduate school, but if that’s what I take from it, well, I don’t think I’d trade it for anything else.Sayce Falk is studying for his master’s in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Broadway Balances America View Comments ‘Finding Neverland,’ ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘The Illusionists,’ ‘The Bodyguard,’ ‘An American in Paris’ & ‘The King and I’ Grab an extra cup of coffee because your mornings are about to get a Great White Way-sized makeover! Lifetime Channel’s award-winning morning show The Balancing Act will present the third season of its six-part special series Broadway Balances America, sponsored by Broadway Across America. Season three of the series, which takes you backstage of some of Broadway’s most-beloved musicals, will premiere on the Lifetime Channel in August.This season of Broadway Balances America provides behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews highlighting the shows that are featured on Broadway Across America’s 2016-2017 Broadway series nationwide, including The Illusionists—Live From Broadway, the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning musical Finding Neverland, An American in Paris, The Bodyguard, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and the Tony Award-winning revival of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The King and I. The hosts get up close and personal with the casts and crews, even experiencing what it’s like to take the show on the road.“We are thrilled to continue this national partnership for a third season, expanding the platform by including these segments on our Broadway Channel App, available on Apple TV, Amazon and Roku,” said Lauren Reid, CEO, Broadway Across America. “This unique content helps educate our audiences on new shows coming to our cities. We thank our network of local theaters nationwide and The Balancing Act for helping us share Broadway with that wider audience across the country.”So, do you want to know what the third season of Broadway Balances America has in store for you? Of course you do! You’ll meet The Illusionists’ Jeff Hobson (aka “The Trickster”), who’ll pull off an illusion that’ll leave you speechless; go behind the scenes of the new musical Finding Neverland with Tony-winning director Diane Paulus and Emmy-winning choreographer Mia Michaels; uncover the beautiful world within An American in Paris and find out how the stars maintain their bodies and minds while touring the country; head to Florida to meet renowned R&B artist Deborah Cox as she prepares to headline the national tour of The Bodyguard; get an in-depth backstage peek at Disney’s The Little Mermaid; and take a closer look at the powerful, yet fundamentally different, female characters in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s classic The King and I.“We are so happy to take The Balancing Act’s viewers behind-the-scenes of the most popular Broadway shows, meeting some of the actors/directors/choreographers who bring it all to life,” said Jeanne Kelly, Supervising Producer for The Balancing Act. “Everyone can now experience the excitement, music and magic that is Broadway, right in their local community.”The air dates for the third season Broadway Balances America will be:The Illusionists—Live From Broadway on August 8Finding Neverland on September 26An American in Paris on November 7The Bodyguard on November 21Disney’s The Little Mermaid on January 4, 2017Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The King and I on January 16, 2017
By Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo August 13, 2019 At least seven Chinese companies the Ecuadorean government hired for public works projects in the construction, mining, telecommunications, and oil exploitation sectors made payments to companies the Ecuadorean Internal Revenue Service (SRI, in Spanish) considers shell corporations.This information is the result of an investigation by Ecuadorean daily El Universo, which compared SRI’s shell corporation database from April to tax returns of Chinese companies the country hired between 2010-2018.According to Jorge Rodríguez, an Ecuadorean economist and a representative of the country’s National Anti-corruption Commission, the use of shell corporations is long-standing in Ecuador. He said these companies are usually hired to launder money, simulate expenses, artificially lower their earnings, and pay kickbacks to authorities for acts of corruption.“The problem started in the 1990s, when banks tried to move the sucre and the dollar, so businessmen built shell corporations in the names of their drivers or assistants to launder cash and gain advantages over the exchange rates. That practice was reborn in 2007, as a way to pay kickbacks for corruption. Shell companies have fake receipts to collect money from public funds. They invoice, collect the funds, and then distribute it,” Rodríguez told Diálogo. “They use that same scheme to launder money that must go through the banks; they open accounts under the names of fake companies. It’s a great business because they artificially decrease their earnings, but in reality they channel all public funds to their pockets.”Chinese CompaniesEl Universo’s investigation revealed that seven Chinese companies hired by the Ecuadorean government reported charges for supposed transactions with 84 shell corporations. Those amounted to close to $22 million.The implicated Chinese companies include China CAMC Engineering, China International Water & Electric, China Gezhouba Group, Harbin Electric International, China National Electric Engineering, China Electronics Import & Export, and two Ecuadorean branches of Sinohydro. The most commonly used shell corporations were Construestilo S.A., Comexito S.A., Highstrategy S.A., Gotoconstru S.A., and Divinacompany S.A., according to El Universo.“The Chinese learn quickly when it’s about corruption; we have many companies from that country that used corporations built specifically to steal money from the government. That’s how they concealed many companies. The signed contracts included restrictive clauses on access to information, a situation that favors corruption because it made it impossible for civil society to triangulate the information,” said Rodríguez.Transparency in contractingAccording to a June 6 report on the online news daily Ecuador en Vivo, Ecuador signed 74 contracts with Chinese companies between 2008 and 2018, for a total of about $8 billion. “However, what’s disturbing about the Asian country’s increased investments, which only amounted to about $7 million in 2007, is the shady contracting, financing terms, delivery terms, and even the quality and material specification,” says the news site.Between 2010 and 2018, Ecuador’s Internal Revenue Service found that 84 Chinese businesses evaded taxes worth approximately $22 million. (Data: SRI/Graph: Raúl Sánchez-Azura)In a November 2018 inspection of Coca Codo Sinclair, the country’s largest hydroelectric plant, Ecuadorean authorities found 7,648 cracks in the distributors that inject water to the turbines and structural damages worth more than $1 billion. Chinese Company Sinohydro built the massive work in 2016.Ecuador en Vivo adds that “there are similar cases in other countries, especially the Bolivarian axis: Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba. Chinese Company China CAMC Engineering, which according to its website conducts industrial, hydraulic, electric, and transportation engineering projects, has been under investigation by Bolivia’s Assembly, Comptroller, and Public Ministry for the last two years, and has several restrictions to information access.”Ecuador’s SRI began to verify the data its researchers provided. “That’s how it uncovered which companies were built specifically for that purpose and labeled those that had billed the government but never reported the earnings in their tax returns as shell companies,” Rodríguez said. “These cases were uncovered as a result of the government’s detailed data inspection.”Chinese businesses have a foot in Ecuador’s most important development areas. “All these contracts were covert, and now the use of shell companies becomes clear. Chinese businesses don’t seem to portray any ethical principles, and corrupt authorities will always be there to help and make money,” Rodríguez concluded. “It’s not fair that businesses hired to improve the country’s conditions conduct shady financial moves to swindle the government. We must demand transparency, regardless of whether these are Chinese or Ecuadorean businesses, we must be aware of how our money is used.”
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion15-LOVE celebrates the legacy and inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and, of course, remembers those of Arthur Ashe, who personally involved himself in the program’s formative years. With those inspirational leaders in mind, two years ago, 15-LOVE proudly celebrated 25 years of service to thousands of children from our region’s cities, including broad participation by families of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. The sport of tennis is the vehicle we use to reach the children and their families, but striving to improve race and cultural relations remains one of our central missions. We are especially proud of the success stories and accomplishments of many 15-LOVE children of immigrant families of limited means from African countries, the Caribbean region, South America, Asian and Middle Eastern nations, among others, and, of course, the children from right here — the urban communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Rensselaer. Some of those young people now serve on the board of directors of the 15-LOVE organization, and many have gone on to college and successful professional careers.More than 25 years later, we are still reminded of the challenges we face, seemingly every day. Some of it is extremely uncomfortable and disappointing. We ask, in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory, that the entire community join together in rejection of anti-immigrant and openly racist rhetoric and public policy, and in recognition of the value of all our diverse communities that together TRULY make our country great.Daniel SleasmanAlbanyThe writer is a member of the Board of Directors of 15-LOVE and the letter has been signed by the board.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Read also: ‘It’s real’: Gravediggers in Surabaya reportedly bury some 1,500 bodies during pandemicHe added that the team had taken swab tests from more than 500 students to assess the COVID-19 spread at the boarding school. It had also coordinated with the Banyuwangi administration to provide healthy food for the students.“They are generally in good condition, but we have also prepared rooms at the Banyuwangi General Hospital if one of the students suddenly experiences medical issues, such as breathing difficulty or other COVID-19 symptoms,” Kohar said.As of Tuesday evening, Banyuwangi has recorded 213 positive cases, in which 81 patients have recover and eight have passed away. (dpk)Topics : Ninety-three students of the Darussalam Blokagung Banyuwangi Islamic Boarding School in East Java have tested positive of COVID-19.East Java COVID-19 task force tracing team head Kohar Hari Santoso said the students were in a relatively good condition.“They are being treated by a joint team from the Health Ministry, the East Java Health Agency and the Banyuwangi Health Agency,” Kohar said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday evening.
Ray White chief auctioneer Philip Parker calling the auction of a Bulimba home. Picture: Liam KidstonBRISBANE’S auction market has had a sound start to the year, according to CoreLogic auction spokesperson Kevin Brogan.Data shows 112 properties are scheduled to go under the hammer in the capital city this week. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoIt’s a slight drop on last week’s total of 131 auctions, but Mr Brogan said the decline wasn’t significant.“Basically it’s a solid start to the year and a test of the market will be in March,” he said.Historically, a quiet January leads into a steep rise in volume in February.“We’ve certainly seen that increase as we come into the year and February, but looking back at previous years there’s been quite a sharp increase between January and February but then February has plateaued before it really takes off,” Mr Brogan said.Brisbane’s auction clearance rate last week was 53.1 per cent, much lower than the combined capital city final auction clearance rate of 73.2 per cent.
The suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of Police Station 1./PN BACOLOD City – For allegedly stealinggroceries at a supermarket, a man was arrested in Barangay 12. The suspect was identified as20-year-old Austin Kim Ramirez of Murcia, Negros Occidental, a police reportshowed. Ramirez was nabbed after securityguard Ritchel Jaena discovered he took groceries worth P756 without paying forit around 1:50 p.m. on Oct. 6, the report added.