March 2

Drewcifer, Featuring Members Of Railroad, Stringdusters, And More, Announce September Run

first_imgLast April, Drewcifer made their debut run. The supergroup band—featuring Andrew Altman of Railroad Earth, Andy Falco of the Infamous Stringdusters, David Butler of Guster and Marco Benevento, and Kevin Kendrick of Joe Russo—made quite the splash for their initial performance. Since then, the members of the project have been wrapped up with other projects, leaving many to speculate whether this was a one-off collaboration. Today, Drewcifer announced that the group will return for a string of performances at the end of September while Railroad Earth is on a brief break ahead of their fall festival tour, which will see Railroad hit California’s Hangtown Music Festival and Arkansas’s Hillberry Festival. EXCLUSIVE: Railroad Earth’s Andrew Altman On His New Single, Staying Sharp With Musical VarietyDrewcifer has just announced four dates falling across September 20th through 23rd, which will see the all-star side project travel to Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA; Dewey Beach, DE; and Stanhope, NJ. You can check out the dates for this special collaboration’s upcoming run below, plus check out this video of the supergroup in action below.Upcoming Drewcifer 2017 Dates9.20 Gypsy Sally’s – Washington D.C.9.21 Ardmore Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA9.22 Rusty Rudder – Dewey Beach, DE9.23 Stanhope House – Stanhope, NJlast_img read more

March 1

Unraveling Mexican secrets

first_imgWhen Mexican President Vicente Fox publicly opened a vast archive of confidential government files in 2000, investigative journalist Jacinto Rodriguez was one of the first in line to enter the former prison that houses the National Archive. There, inside the cells of what was once known as the “Black Palace,” Rodriguez spent more than a decade poring over thousands of documents that revealed dark secrets of Mexico’s authoritarian past and threw light onto the 71-year, uninterrupted reign of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).The archives provided insights into Mexico’s unofficial past, said Rodriguez, one of the founders of the independent political magazine Emeequis.“It is like a window into a story of Mexico that stands in stark contrast to the official story,” said Rodriguez. “It’s a story engulfed in shadows that explains the long and invisible tyranny led by the party that ruled Mexico since 1929.”Until 2000, the PRI maintained what some critics called “the perfect dictatorship” because it kept its democratic façade, but behind the scenes ordered the torture and killings of political opponents and exerted an ominous control on the media, church, judiciary, and other institutions.Rodriguez’s research in the Mexican archives led him to write three books on the murky practices the PRI used to remain in power with little opposition.In “The Secret Payrolls of Government,” he wrote about Mexico’s dirty war against left-wing guerrillas in the 1970s. He had access to documents that detailed a bureaucracy of repression such as intelligence files describing torture sessions, interrogation manuals, and official accounts of how suspects allegedly were dropped alive into the sea from helicopters.For his second book, “The Other Secret War,” he used letters and confidential documents that showed not only how the government controlled most of the Mexican media to stifle criticism, but how journalists and media outlet owners were often bought off in exchange for their support.“The government controlled the media, but there was collusion too,” said Rodriguez.In “1968: All the Culprits,” Rodriguez provided a detailed account of the Tlatelolco massacre, in which military and police forces killed about 50 students who were protesting against the government in a public square in Mexico City. Using files written by security personnel, Rodriguez said he documented how government officials planned, carried out, and covered up the massacre.Now, nearly 3,000 miles away, at Harvard’s Houghton Library, Rodriguez carries on his quest of untangling the riddles of Mexico’s past. Among other special collections, the Houghton Library holds rare manuscripts and official documents from Latin-American governments.For his fourth book, Rodriguez, who is now a Madero/Fundación México Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, is researching the relationship between intellectuals and power in Mexico in the 1960s and ’70s.Rodriguez believes the role of intellectuals, academics, and scholars was key to helping keep the PRI in power. He said that documents, letters, and payrolls he has found in the archives show that intellectuals were spied on, neutralized, coopted, and bought off through patronage and corruption.“The government not only wanted to eliminate criticism,” said Rodriguez. “It also needed allies, people who could legitimize it.”It also wanted to keep tabs on those whom it deemed suspicious due to their leftist sympathies. The Mexican intelligence service kept files on the activities of noted Latin-American writers such as Gabriel García Márquez, Octavio Paz, and Julio Cortázar, said Rodriguez.Rodriguez got a scoop when he found a confidential document in the Mexican archives that summed up the government’s designs to control public opinion. Political propaganda, said the file, would help realize “an invisible tyranny that has the front of a democratic government.”“More than the perfect dictatorship,” said Rodriguez. “That’s what the PRI government was, an invisible tyranny.”Struck by this finding, Rodriguez called his blog La Tiranía Invisible (The Invisible Tyranny, in Spanish), where he posts discoveries from his research.At Houghton Library, Rodriguez hopes to find more evidence of the close connection the Mexican government kept with intellectuals. The library holds Mexican government items, foreign relations documents, and rare books and letters by famous Latin-American authors, said Lynn Shirey, librarian for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal in the Widener Library.To his surprise, Rodriguez found at Houghton letters by Paz, the Mexican poet, diplomat, and Nobel Prize winner in literature, who publicly broke with the government after the Tlatelolco massacre.Rodriguez plans to publish his book next year, and although he said there will be some exposés, he hopes it won’t be an indictment of those who sided with the government.He also hopes to go back to the Mexican archives, which have been off limits to the public since early this year. The election of Enrique Peña Nieto in 2012 marked PRI’s return to power after a 12-year gap.“It’s a return to silence and to the fear of memory,” said Rodriguez. “Archives can help heal the wounds of the past. They cast light on the past and help us understand both the past and the present.”last_img read more

March 1

Claudine Gay named FAS dean

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Incoming FAS dean’s integrity, ‘rock-solid values’ have made an impression on Harvard colleagues As dean of social science, she has served on the FAS’ Committee on Appointments and Promotions as well as its Academic Planning Group. A Radcliffe fellow in 2013‒14, she was the government department’s director of graduate studies from 2010‒2015 and is a past member of the FAS Committee on General Education. In addition to leading the multidisciplinary Inequality in America Initiative, launched in 2017, she has served on the steering committee of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the executive committee of Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies. Her courses have focused on such topics as racial and ethnic politics in the U.S., black politics in the post-Civil Rights era, American political behavior, and democratic citizenship.“As dean of social science, Claudine has demonstrated superb judgment, wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, and a leadership style that combines strength, aspiration, and compassion,” said Provost Alan Garber. “She is committed to nurturing a vibrant academic environment that brings out the best in our faculty, students, and staff. She truly personifies the values of the Harvard community.”The daughter of Haitian immigrants to the U.S. — her father was a civil engineer, her mother a registered nurse — Gay spent much of her childhood first in New York and then in Saudi Arabia, where her father worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She received her B.A. in 1992 from Stanford University, where she majored in economics and received the Anna Laura Myers Prize for best undergraduate thesis in economics. She received her Ph.D. in government in 1998 from Harvard and won the Toppan Prize for the best dissertation in political science.Early in her career, Gay served in the Stanford Department of Political Science as an assistant professor (2000‒05) and then a tenured associate professor (2005‒06). In the latter role, she was the department’s director of undergraduate studies and chair of its undergraduate curriculum committee. She was an invited fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 2003‒04.Widely recognized as one of the nation’s most incisive and imaginative scholars of American political behavior, she was recruited to Harvard as professor of government in 2006. She was additionally appointed as professor of African and African American Studies in 2007 and was named the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor in 2015, when Smith also appointed her as dean of social science.“Claudine is a thoughtful academic leader who listens generously, delights in the intellectual diversity and energy of our community, and is driven by a deep commitment to our mission of teaching and research excellence and to this institution,” said Smith. “She is an inspired choice, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is exceedingly fortunate to have her in this role.”Active in service to the profession, Gay sits on the boards of both the American Academy of Political and Social Science and Phillips Exeter Academy, while serving as treasurer of the Midwest Political Science Association. In addition, she serves on the fellowship selection committee for the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the research advisory council of the American Political Science Association, the APSA presidential task force on women’s advancement in political science, the faculty advisory committee for the Social Science Research Council’s Anxieties of Democracy program, and the diversity committee of Visions in Methodology. She is a member of the editorial boards of both the American Political Science Review and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.In his message to the community announcing the appointment, Bacow expressed thanks for the advice provided throughout the search. “I am grateful to all of you who took time during the search to educate me about the FAS, which is so central to Harvard’s identity and aspirations,” he wrote. “Provost Alan Garber and I owe special thanks to the faculty advisory committee for the search, whose insights about both issues and nominees were invaluable. And we renew our gratitude to Dean Mike Smith, who has led the FAS for 11 years with a constant devotion to the strength of its programs and the well-being of its people.“Meanwhile,” Bacow added, “I know Dean Gay will benefit from your ideas, your counsel, your support, and your warm welcome, as she gets ready to move to the second floor of University Hall. Thanks for helping both a new dean and a new president get acclimated to our new roles, at such a pivotal time for higher education.” Praise for Gay as a scholar and a leader Gay’s research and teaching focus on American political behavior, public opinion, and minority politics, with a particular interest in understanding the political choices of ordinary people and how those choices are shaped by their social, political, and economic environments. Her scholarship has addressed such issues as the relationship of citizens’ trust in government to the racial identity of their elected representatives, the ways neighborhood conditions influence racial and political attitudes, the roots of competition and cooperation between minority groups, and the consequences of housing-mobility programs for political participation among the poor. Related Claudine Gay will become the next Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Harvard President Larry Bacow announced today.A member of the Harvard faculty since 2006 and the FAS dean of social science since 2015, Gay is the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies and is the founding chair of Harvard’s Inequality in America Initiative. She will assume her new duties on Aug. 15, succeeding Michael D. Smith, who will step down after 11 years in the post.“Claudine Gay is an eminent political scientist, an admired teacher and mentor, and an experienced leader with a talent for collaboration and a passion for academic excellence,” Bacow said in announcing the appointment. “She is a scholar of uncommon creativity and rigor, with a strong working knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing the FAS. She radiates a concern for others, and for how what we do here can help improve lives far beyond our walls. I am confident she will lead the FAS with the vitality and the values that characterize universities at their best.”“It is hard to imagine a more exciting opportunity than to learn from and lead the faculty, staff, and students of the FAS,” Gay said. “I am reminded daily that ours is an extraordinary community — diverse, ambitious, and deeply committed to teaching and research excellence. We are all drawn here, each in our own way, by a passion for learning, a search for deeper understandings, and a will to serve the common good. I look forward to working together to advance our shared mission, one never more important than it is now.”last_img read more

January 1

Vermont Ranked No. 1 for Maternal and Early Childhood Health

first_imgWaterbury, Vt.-A website created to inform mothers across the nation about the quality of healthcare in each state recently ranked Vermont first in the nation for maternal and early childhood health.MomScore, an interactive tool that presents moms and moms-to-be with relevant, comprehensive data about maternal health in their states, was created by, a leading comprehensive health and medical information site.The website reviewed over 50 quality indicators of maternal and infant health from federal and state government sources, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Census Bureau, and leading non-profit organizations such as the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In consultation with clinical and public health policy experts, they identified ten key indicators of maternal and early childhood health.Vermont ranked no. 1 in five of the ten indicators, boasting the best family paid leave policy, lowest risk of pregnancy complications, most affordable children’s health insurance, and the lowest infant as well as maternal mortality. In each of the other indicators, access to prenatal care, availability of childcare, air quality, low incidence of violent crime, and affordable health insurance rates, Vermont ranked within the top 10 states.”I am pleased that MomScore confirms that Vermont is the best place in the country to support maternal and early childhood health,” noted Governor Jim Douglas. “This ranking highlights the commitment my administration, state legislators, our congressional delegation, and our community partners have made to ensuring that all Vermonters have access to excellent pre-and post-natal care and affordable, high quality health care through innovative and affordable programs like Green Mountain Health.”Governor Douglas noted, however, that this success must be replicated across the entire healthcare system. “Every family deserves the peace of mind that affordable and accessible healthcare provides. That is why I am absolutely committed to taking more bold steps to reform our healthcare system and reduce the cost of care.”Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of the Agency Human Services, agreed. “This website is wonderful acknowledgment of the hard work the Governor, AHS staff, particularly at the Health Department, the Office of Vermont Health Access, and the Department for Children and Families’ have done to ensure Vermont mothers and their children receive the best possible start in life. While we should never be completely satisfied, clearly we can be proud of all we are doing to promote maternal and child health.”Revolution Health Group is a leading consumer-centric health company founded to transform how people approach their overall health and wellness. The cornerstone of Revolution Health is, a free, comprehensive health and medical information site, specifically designed with women and other caregivers in mind. The site offers respected, scientifically sound health information as well as more than 125 online tools aimed at helping individuals take control of their well-being.Please visit: is external) for further information.last_img read more

December 30

West Virginia Ski Package Giveaway

first_imgENTER TO WIN AN AMAZING SKI PACKAGE GIVEAWAY FROM ONE OF THREE WEST VIRGINIA RESORTSSNOWSHOE: TWO NIGHTS’ LODGING TWO-DAY SKI PASSES AND RENTALSTIMBERLINE: ONE NIGHT’S LODGING TWO-DAY SKI PASSES FOR TWOWINTERPLACE: TWO-DAY SKI PASSES AND RENTALS FOR TWORUNNERS UP: FOUR WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A $50 GIFT CARD TO THE SKI BARN[contact-form-7 404 “Not Found”]Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on December 31, 2015. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before December 31, 6:00 PM EST 2015. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

December 16

Hofstra Student Charged With Manslaughter for Girlfriend’s Fatal Heroin OD

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Islip Terrace teenager has been indicted on manslaughter and other charges for allegedly injecting his 19-year-old girlfriend with heroin, causing her to fatally overdose six months ago, Nassau County prosecutors said.Joseph Joudah, 19, was charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, criminal injection of a narcotic drug, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.Prosecutors said Joudah accompanied his girlfriend and Hofstra University classmate, Olivia McClellan, to her dorm room, where he allegedly injected McClellan with heroin into her left hand at 6:30 p.m. on April 1.Joudah knew that McClellan had taken a legally obtained prescription medicine and that she had once attempted suicide by taking heroin, authorities said. Despite this knowledge, when McClellan’s eyes rolled back, she had difficulty breathing and her legs shook uncontrollably, he allegedly took heroin himself and then left, according to investigators.The next day, when McClellan did not respond to Joudah’s texts and calls, he anonymously called campus security, which responded to McClellan’s dorm, where officers found her dead in her bed, prosecutors said. Autopsy results showed McClellan died of a heroin overdose.Nassau police and prosecutors then launched a joint investigation that resulted in the indictment.Judge Angelo Delligatti set bail for Joudah at $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash. If convicted, he faces a up to 15 years in prison. He is due back in court on Nov. 23.last_img read more

October 16

Gov. Wolf Eager to Sign PA GI Bill to Support Military Families

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today commended the General Assembly for its work to advance the PA GI Bill to provide post-secondary educational credits for Pennsylvania Guard members’ families. HB 1324 was voted unanimously out of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committee today and is another step closer to coming to the governor’s desk.“The General Assembly is close to making sure our Pennsylvania National Guard members are receiving the support they deserve through this important bill to support military families in their post-secondary education pursuits,” Gov. Wolf said. “I look forward to this bill making its way to my desk soon.“Thank you especially to Reps. Steven Barrar and Chris Sainato, and Sens. Mike Regan and Lindsey Williams, prime co-sponsors of the legislation and the chairs of the respective House and Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees, for their commitment to this legislation.”The PA GI Bill is another name for the PA National Guard Military Family Education Program, a program to provide a benefit that National Guard service members can earn to transfer to their spouse or children if the service member reenlists for service.The benefit will provide assistance for up to 10 semesters or five years’ equivalent of the in-state rate of PA State System of Higher Education schools.This bill will enable the National Guard service members to transfer education benefits or defer the benefit by designating eligible beneficiaries up to the time that they complete their Guard service. Spouses will be eligible to use the educational benefit immediately or up to six years after the service member separates from the Guard.The current education assistance program supports 2,212 National Guard members in over 161 educational institutions in the commonwealth, with over 42 percent attending PASSHE schools.“I commend the committees for moving forward with this important piece of legislation to help our military families,” Gov. Wolf said. “The military often states that ‘we recruit soldiers and airmen but retain families.’ The PA GI bill demonstrates that the commonwealth is committed to both and I look forward to signing it into law.” Gov. Wolf Eager to Sign PA GI Bill to Support Military Families June 18, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

September 29

PNO Media puts merger with PGB on ice

first_imgThe €4.1bn PNO Media pension fund has said it is not looking to increase ties with the €15bn printing industry scheme (PGB), at least for now.Ton Tekstra, chairman of PNO Media, told IPE the board concluded there was no immediate need to make the big step as it wanted to remain independent for at least three to five years.“Currently, there is neither need nor support for joining a large pension fund such as PGB as we are stable and have sufficient scale to continue under our own steam for the mid-term,” he said. Tekstra indicated PNO Media wanted to monitor developments in the media sector, as well as the ongoing consolidation process, including the possible effect on the pension fund. “Our sector is not only facing cuts in the public broadcasters, but there are also larger companies that are considering moving their pension plans,” he pointed out. “In addition, the gaming industry is growing rapidly, and does offer potential for the pension fund.”Tekstra, however, did suggest the company would be open to cooperation with other pension funds, but ones of a smaller size than PGB.“Currently, we are exchanging expertise with the Dutch pension funds of publishers Elsevier and Sanoma, as well as the scheme of newspaper De Telegraaf, aimed at a possible cooperation on areas such as investment,” he said.According to Tekstra, PNO Media has already jointly invested in private equity with some other schemes, but did not provide additional details on the matter.In a response, Ruud Degenhardt, chairman of PGB, said he regretted that the cooperation with PNO Media has been put on hold, but indicated that PGB’s door would stay open to the media fund.“A merger would remain a good development from the perspective of all participants,” he commented.Degenhardt reiterated PGB’s attempts at scaling with the inclusion and servicing of multiple industry branches, including rubber, paint and chemicals.As a result, the number of participants in the fund rose to 100,000 from 83,000 in the past two years, as its assets increased by €3.5bn to €15bn.Discussions between the two funds about a extending cooperation and a full merger had been ongoing up until last year.last_img read more

September 25

1 hurt in Jaro road mishap

first_imgAlabe was driving the barangay-ownedtricycle when he lost control and hit a stone, causing the vehicle to turnedupside down. ILOILO City – He was driving a tricycle ona road in Barangay Buntatala, Jaro district when he figured inan accident. The Iloilo City Emergency Response teamimmediately treated Alabe and eventually permitted him to go home./PN Scott Alabe, a Sangguniang Kabataan chairmanof Barangay Tagbak, also in Jaro district, sustained bruises on the body, apolice report showed. center_img According to the police, the incidenthappened around 7 a.m. on Friday. Alabe’s four other companions who wereonboard the vehicle meanwhile were all unharmed. last_img read more

September 24

La Liga side target Vertonghen after Tottenham exit

first_img The Serie A club had themselves identified the experienced Vertonghen as a possible replacement for Chris Smalling, whose loan deal from Manchester United expires this summer and they may not be able to finance a permanent transfer. It is said they turned to Vertonghen, who is now a free agent after his contract at Spurs expired and were told they face interest from Atleti. Renan Lodi is the only specialist left-back in Diego Simeone’s first-team squad and Vertonghen is comfortable in that position, alongside in the heart of defence. Read Also: Italy legend set to named Juventus coachHaving been capped 118 times at international level for Belgium, Vertonghen made 315 first-team appearances for Spurs spread over eight seasons but has now left North London.A separate report from German outlet Kicker is cited by Diario AS as claiming that Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matias Ginter is also being tracked by Atleti this summer, as they aim to bolster their defensive options next season.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Best Actors To Start Their Careers On Soaps6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?center_img Loading… La Liga campaigners Atletico Madrid are targeting Jan Vertonghen following his release from Tottenham Hotspur. According to a report in Italian outlet Il Messaggero, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo, who say that Roma have been made aware of Atleti’s interest in the Belgian following their own inquiry.last_img read more