Oregon State University has announced plans to host the first peer-reviewed academic conference devoted to the music and fan culture of Phish. The conference, dubbed “Phish Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference On The Band, Its Music & Its Fans,” will take place from May 17th through 19th at the university’s campus in Corvallis, OR.OSU hopes to bring scholars together from diverse academic disciplines while welcoming a wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches to the sonic, narrative, performative, visual, and cultural worlds of Phish, including but not limited to:Music and Lyrics: compositional practice; improvisational strategies; band mythologies, including Gamehendge; questions of genre; historiographyElements of Live Performance: cover songs; concert lighting; venues; fan space and placeFan Culture: fan communities (virtual, face-to-face); fan art; parking lots; tape trading; issues of race, gender, religion, sexuality, disability; Activism; Subcultural identities; Fan mythologiesBusiness: business practices; place within music industry; tape trading; early adoption of the internet; media framing of Phish; influence on American music festival culture; influence on the jam band genreQuantitative Analysis: analyses of setlists, fan show ratings, tour itinerariesProspective participants of the upcoming conference are asked to submit abstracts of 200–500 words for either individual 20-minute papers or 90-minute panel proposals featuring a minimum of three presenters. Read OSU’s statement on the submission process below:Please submit abstracts of 250-500 words for either (a) individual 20-minute papers or (b) 90-minute panel proposals (three presenters minimum). Complete panel proposals should include an abstract for each panelist’s contribution as well as a 250-word (max.) justification for the panel. We encourage proposals from scholars at any stage of their career, including graduate students as well as scholars outside of academia. Abstracts should specify the presenter’s methodological and theoretical approach, summarize conclusions, and specify the broader academic implications of the research. Abstracts are due no later than January 15, 2019.For more information on Oregon State University’s upcoming Phish academic conference, head to the event page here.
Summer got a chilling start in Colorado with close to two feet of snow instead of sunshine. Snow markers at the Steamboat Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colo. showed what neared to 24 inches of snow.Snow began to fall on Friday with elevations above 7,000 feet in parts of northern and north-central Colorado. Steamboat Springs saw 20 inches of snow on Friday. Reports are showing even more snow can fall into Saturday night and early Sunday. According to meteorologists, this unusual snowfall is due to the atmosphere being warmer and moister than before. Meanwhile, in Florida, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Saturday as heat indexes were up to 108 degrees.
Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Camelot has been wrapped by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after the UK lottery operator placed a scratchcard outside the entrance of a school. The ad in question featured an image of a rainbow scratch card with the text “Scratch and See … Top prize £50,000 Lucky Fortune … 7 CHANCES TO WIN! £2”. Issuing its response, Camelot outlined that its policy was that National Lottery ads should not be placed within 100 metres of a school. Further detailing that the ad was placed using a database which was supposed to identify and remove schools from potential locations using postcode data. Camelot confirmed that, on this occasion, the postcode database failed to identify the school. Camelot took action to address this by ensuring the ad had been removed and they now used a different database tool which looked at the geographical boundaries of schools, rather than postcode data, to ensure that ads were not placed within 100 metres of a school.In conclusion the ASA emphasised: “The CAP Code stated that marketing communications for lotteries should not be directed at those aged under 16 years through the selection of media or context in which they appear.“The ad was for a National Lottery scratch card which was placed directly outside the entrance of a school. The ASA was concerned by the proximity of the poster to the school and considered that the audience of the ad would likely be significantly skewed towards under-16s and because of that it was directed at children through the context in which the ad appeared. We therefore considered that the placement of the ad breached the Code.”It added: “The ad must not be displayed again in close proximity to a school. We told Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd t/a National Lottery to ensure that their lottery ads were not directed at children under 16, including that they were not displayed in close proximity to a primary or secondary school.”
A look at the stories involving Chelsea in Thursday’s newspapers…Chelsea are searching for a replacement for Michael Emenalo, according to the Daily Telegraph.Emenalo, now at Monaco, left his job as Chelsea technical director last November.The Telegraph say Football Association technical director Dan Ashworth and Roma director of football Monchi are among possible options for the Blues.Both men are said to be candidates for a position at Manchester United, who are also reported to be looking to fill a similar role.The Telegraph say other options for Chelsea include former Blues players Michael Ballack and Juliano Belletti.Meanwhile, the Daily Express reports that Ruben Loftus-Cheek is hoping to establish himself in an attacking midfield role at Chelsea under boss Maurizio Sarri.Ruben Loftus-Cheek featured for England in the World Cup © Owen Humphreys/PA WireThe story is based on comments made by Loftus-Cheek to the club’s website.“Playing in a 4-3-3 in an attacking midfield position is kind of my position really, my suited position, so hopefully I can bring my best football to the team,” he said.“The boys are working really hard trying to understand how the boss wants us to play, on and off the ball, and it will only get better.“I have just got to work hard, try and play my best football, and try and get as much time on the pitch as possible.”And the Daily Star link Marcos Alonso with Real Madrid.It comes after Spanish publication Don Balon claimed Real have targeted the Chelsea wide-man. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndo
According to the G8 countries, some of the factors driving South Africa’s reputation and improvement in the rankings come as a result of advancements in areas of progressive social and economic policies and the country’s friendly and welcoming people. (Image: Brand South Africa)Johannesburg, Friday 21 July 2017 – Brand South Africa welcomes the news that South Africa is ranked 45th out of the 71 countries measured in the 2017 Country RepTrak® study conducted by Reputation House. This year the country moves 4 places up, scoring 55.1 points (out of a possible 100), versus the 49.2 points in 2016, which gave it a rank of 49th.The Reptrak study measures South Africa’s reputation from both an internal and external perspective, meaning that the survey is conducted in South Africa, as well as in “G8” countries. This year’s results show an improvement both in terms of how respondents in the G8, and South Africans perceive the country in terms of its reputation.Amongst the BRICS countries, the country is positioned 3rd place with Brazil and India in first and second places respectively. Interestingly enough, the 2017 results show that the United States of America’s perceived reputation has fallen behind South Africa’s, placing it at 47th out of the 71 countries measured.The study evaluates country reputations amongst the general population of the “G8” countries (UK, Italy, France, Canada, US, Japan, Germany and Russia), while also providing an internal assessment from the perceptive of South Africans.Brand South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “South Africa’s performance in such indices encourages national efforts by government, business, civil society and South African’s in general – to strengthen recovery strategies that’ll ensure that we improve our economy, and global competitiveness.”According to the G8 countries, factors driving South Africa’s reputation and improvement in the rankings come as a result of advancements in areas of: progressive social and economic policies, a well-educated and reliable workforce, production of high quality products and services, that the country values education, beautiful landscape, and it’s friendly and welcoming people.Other reputation attributes that impact on G8 perceptions about the country are that the country is an important contributor to the global culture, is a responsible participant in the global community, and offers an appealing lifestyle.South Africans, on the other hand – scored South Africa 43.3 points, which is 14.0 points more than last year’s score of 29.3. However, it should be noted that South Africans are much more critical of the country than international respondents to the study. The two areas in which South Africans and the “G8” general public agree, and hence rate the country highly, is that it is a beautiful country, and that her people are warm and friendly.A new development in the attitude of South Africans towards their own country is the emphasis on valuing education which international respondents admire.“This also reinforces perceptions about South Africans, from other studies such as the Nation Brand Index, as hardworking and resilient people. Importantly, a reputation is not a fixed once off outcome of an action, or set of actions. The nation brand and our global competitiveness is built by all citizens through their pride and patriotism, and improvements in our global reputation is a testament to the work that we are all doing to make South Africa a winning nation.“This is a continuous process that needs to be refined based on the challenges and opportunities presented to our nation. Despite challenges, South Africa stands ready to contribute to inspire new ways of creating significant opportunities for growth and greater prospects for its citizens,” concluded Dr Makhubela.Follow the conversation on #CompetitiveSA.Notes to the Editor:About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Join the conversation:Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SATell us how you Play Your Part: @PlayYourPartSA.Follow us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.com
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer not bothered by media claimsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he feels no pressure from what is reported by the media.Solskjaer insists he is unconcerned by what the press write about United, although he believes for a club as big as them it is their “rightful place” to be making headlines.He said, “I don’t worry about what the press writes about other teams, I don’t worry about what they say about Manchester United because we focus on what we have to do – that’s keep improving.”Reading the papers doesn’t really change my view. Sometimes I see stuff, my kids sometimes ask ‘What’s this about?’ That’s just part and parcel of this club and it has always been the same.”When I was a player it was always Man United, you do have the headlines, and it is a great position to be in. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. That’s our rightful place.”
MONTREAL – Bombardier is shopping around its sprawling aircraft manufacturing site in Toronto’s high-priced real-estate market.The transportation company said it put its 152-hectare Downsview Airport location north of the city’s downtown up for sale a couple of weeks ago as part of its financial turnaround plan.Spokesman Olivier Marcil said the unique land with a runway is larger than the company needs and no final decision has been made regarding a sale or relocation of its operations. Only 14 hectares of space is regularly used.“We think that there’s a better use for the land than a current airport and that could be to the benefit of not only the company but the city of Toronto and the people,” he said in an interview.The Montreal-based company (TSX:BBD.B) has been on the site since it purchased de Havilland Canada in 1992 but the airfield was built in 1929 to test de Havilland aircraft.The land was used for the papal visits of John Paul II and served as a military base during the Second World War.Bombardier used to run a shuttle service to transport employees between Toronto and Montreal, Wichita and Mexico. However, that was suspended as part of the transformation.The land near subway stations, universities and Highway 401 is potentially very valuable.Marcil said the company is working with professional advisers and has met with some potential buyers to assess interest. He declined to say how much Bombardier expects to receive from a potential sale.Bombardier owns several hangars where Q400 turboprops and several business jets are assembled by about 3,500 workers.Toronto Coun. Maria Augimeri says she will oppose the sale of the prime land.“Got it on good authority that you’re secretly courting developers in scheme to turn Downsview plant into a massive housing project,” she tweeted. “Over my dead body.”Marcil said Bombardier has started to assess all of its global locations as part of its turnaround plan but declined to say if the company has identified any other sites that could be sold.“We’re not ready to announce anything yet to any other sites that we have in the world.”Bombardier said it will maintain a presence in Toronto even if it sells the site. It has talked to Pearson International Airport about relocating to the country’s largest airport because it requires runway access.The company is also committed to Ontario and the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research Initiative even if it relocates, Marcil added.Bombardier is about halfway through its five-year turnaround plan that is designed to improve its financial health after nearly going bankrupt over development of its CSeries commercial jet. Bombardier has signed a deal to sell a majority stake in the program to Airbus.
HOUSTON, B.C. – The arrest of 14 people at an Indigenous blockade in a remote area of northern British Columbia became a flash point Tuesday that sparked protests across the country.Protesters delayed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech in Ottawa, stopped traffic in Vancouver and Victoria and prompted a counter protest in front of the headquarters of the company building the pipeline at the centre of the dispute.RCMP made the arrests Monday at a blockade southwest of Houston, B.C., where some members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation had set up a camp to control access to a pipeline project across their territory. Police concerns about a protest in Ottawa forced Trudeau to move to another building close to Parliament Hill to give a speech at a forum.The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations said the use of police force against people peacefully protesting the construction of the pipeline is a violation of their human and Aboriginal rights.“Building consensus under duress will make the resolution of the situation in northern British Columbia very difficult,” Perry Bellegarde said in a statement Tuesday. “Real consensus will be built when the parties, with very different views, come together in meaningful and productive dialogue. And I am confident that they can do this.”Bellegarde said the Canadian and B.C. governments have promised to implement UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples but in northern B.C. they are imposing their laws over those of the Wet’suwet’en.Gidimt’en member Jen Wickham said hereditary chiefs had gathered near the site of the B.C. camp Tuesday and expected further RCMP action.Wickham was in Prince George where she said 13 people arrested for violating the court order, including her sister Molly Wickham, were scheduled to appear in court. She said an elder arrested on Monday had already been released.The Gidimt’en set up a gate in December in support of an anti-pipeline camp that members of the Unist’ot’en, another Wet’suwet’en clan, established years ago.Wickham, who has fielded calls from India and the United Kingdom about the pipeline resistance, said it’s been “surreal” to see the international response.She said she believes the issue is gaining attention now because the Gidimt’en have dispelled the myth that it’s only individuals from one clan opposing the project.“I think now that the Gidimt’en have stepped up and said, ‘No, this is a nation-based issue, this is about sovereignty,’ it’s really sinking in,” she said.New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen, who represents the area, said the protest he witnessed on Monday was “determined” but “peaceful. He estimated about 200 police officers were used to enforce the court injunction.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson would not say how many RCMP officers were involved in the operation.The Mounties placed exclusion areas and road closures near the Morice River Bridge where the blockade was located that prevented Coastal GasLink from getting access to its pipeline right of way.The company said it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the route for LNG Canada’s $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, but demonstrators argue Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given consent.LNG Canada announced in October that it was moving ahead with its plans for the Kitimat export facility. Construction on the 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline is scheduled to begin this month.In Halifax, about 150 protesters gathered on the steps of Halifax Regional Police headquarters, where the RCMP has a significant presence.“I’m here to stand in solidarity with the folks on the front lines of Wet’suwet’en that are protecting their unceded territory and to express to the RCMP,” Halifax resident Sadie Beaton said before the protest started with a sweetgrass ceremony.Protesters marched through downtown Toronto, chanting “TransCanada has got to go” and brought afternoon traffic to a halt.About 500 people gathered at the B.C. legislature in Victoria chanting and carrying placards.Shelagh Bell-Irving attended the protest in support of the First Nation blockade.“This is wrong and we have to stop it. We need to shut down Canada now and let the government know we the people are running the show and not them.”_ With files from Dan Healing in Calgary, Dirk Meissner in Victoria, Mike MacDonald in Halifax, Kristy Kirkup in Ottawa, Hina Alam in Vancouver and Paola Loriggio in Toronto. Police were enforcing a B.C. Supreme Court injunction granted to TransCanada Corp. subsidiary Coastal GasLink. It ordered the removal of obstructions in Wet’suwet’en territory as work gets underway on a $6.2-billion pipeline carrying natural gas from the Dawson Creek area to Kitimat.. @UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation speak in Vancouvet for #Indigenous rights at rally to support #Unistoten #Wetsuweten #undrip #cdnpoli #environment photos: @mike_ruffolo pic.twitter.com/lAlIo4e14n— National Observer (@NatObserver) January 8, 2019Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs told a crowd at Victory Square in Vancouver that it would be a watershed year for Indigenous people in the fight against pipelines crossing their lands.“We’re starting off 2019 with a bang,” he said to cheers and applause. “I want to say to Prime Minister Trudeau: Welcome to battle ground British Columbia.”About 60 people attended the rally in support of the First Nation outside the headquarters of TransCanada Corp. in downtown Calgary. They were greeted by about the same number of pipeline supporters who were encouraged to come out by Canada Action, a Calgary-based lobby group.Chants of “Build that Pipe” drowned out the blockade supporters initially but the anti-pipeline group found its voice and were soon matching the volume with their own chant of “Consent. Sovereignty!” There were no physical confrontations but angry words and hand gestures flew back and forth as at least a dozen Calgary police officers used their bodies and bicycles to separate the groups.Stephen Buffalo, CEO of the Indian Resource Council of Canada, which represents oil and gas producing First Nations, took part in the pro-pipeline part of the rally.“The big thing is we’ve got to be able to support our communities that said yes to this (project) because it’s their community that needs that financial benefit,” he said.“It’s about getting out of poverty and finding a way for our people.”
New Delhi: A Delhi High Court judge on Monday recused himself from hearing alleged lobbyist Deepak Talwar’s plea challenging his detention by Indian agencies after he was deported from the UAE.Justice Siddharth Mridul, who was heading the bench, also comprising Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, recused from hearing the matter without assigning any reason. “The matter will be heard by a bench in which one of us, Justice Siddharth Mridul is not a member,” he said, adding “less said the better”. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The matter would be listed for hearing before another bench on March 14. In his habeas corpus plea, Talwar has claimed that his arrest and custody from January 30 onwards was illegal detention. He has alleged that his fundamental rights were violated by the authorities. A habeas corpus petition is a writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or in court, especially to secure his release, unless lawful grounds are shown for his detention. The bench had earlier sought the response of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in which the agency had said that persons involved in large-scale money laundering and serious financial frauds have made it a practice to challenge various provisions of the PMLA, including the agency’s power to arrest. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe ED had contended that a subterfuge was craftily designed by the “unscrupulous litigants” to bypass the exercise of filing a regular bail plea before the court concerned by directly seeking a habeas corpus writ or bail or anticipatory bail under the garb of challenging the constitutional validity of certain provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It had alleged that Talwar, who was in judicial custody, acted as a middleman in negotiations to favour foreign private airlines, causing loss to national carrier Air India. The ED had said Talwar was arrested by its competent officers under the PMLA and he was in custody pursuant to a valid remand order passed by a competent court, the jurisdiction of which was not in question, and that the habeas corpus writ was “not maintainable”. Talwar has claimed in his plea that when he was in Dubai, a travel ban was imposed on him by a court there in a commercial dispute, due to which he could not return to India despite repeated requests. His counsel had earlier contended before the court that the government of India had “abducted” Talwar, adding that he was summoned to appear on February 4, but was picked up and not extradited.
In recent months, I happened to meet a large number of youth hailing from difficult backgrounds working with rustic folk in the remote areas with a hope to bring change in the life of the poor. They are unusual, determined, committed, passionate, energetic with perspective and hope, working in the remote villages without expecting any reward and social recognition. They are not self-proclaimed Gandhians but practitioners of Gandhian way of life. Due to their relevance in the present context as models to be emulated, I suggested a friend organising a national seminar on “Gandhi’s Gram Swaraj: Theory and practice” to invite them. He readily agreed to invite them to speak on the practice side of the Gram Swaraj. In a three-day programme, one day was devoted to practice where all the practitioners from across Tamil Nadu participated. It was held in Gandhigram Rural Institute as part of the 150th Birth Anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi from March 12-19, 2019. For the first two days, the practitioners put their stalls and listened to the lectures of the theoreticians. They were given a chance to speak on the third day. For students, the third day was the most important one as they learnt the practice of Gandhism from the youth. Also Read – A special kind of bondOne set of youth explained how they worked for strengthening Gram Sabha tirelessly for two years by bringing unity among the rustic folk beyond caste and political affiliations. They explained how poor women have been educated to raise questions in the Gram Sabha meeting through a video film. Only five young people joined together to empower the poor and to bring them together to Gram Sabha to raise questions in it by providing necessary information on the expenditure shown in the government website related to the activities carried out by the various departments of the government in Panchayat areas. More than 700 members of Gram Sabha participated in the deliberations and the Gram Sabha meeting went on very well with people, mostly the poor, achieving what they wanted to. The youth wanted to liberate the poor from the clutches of the state. Also Read – Insider threat managementHow social entrepreneurship has been initiated to create plastic-free and polythene-free villages, was succinctly explained by a team of young people in the seminar. They elaborated that their business ventures are not to make profits but to serve humanity and nature. Their profit is only for their sustenance and expansion. They plunged into action only by taking up the problems faced by humanity. This followed by another set of the youth sharing their experience in organising farmers for organic cultivation and natural farming. They explained how less money provides huge job opportunities in agriculture and how to earn profit out of this new practice of farming. The farmers shared their success stories. Yet another group spoke to the participants about their intervention in the villages through IT. It enabled the poor to have access to get their entitlements and legitimate benefits from the government. Some of the individuals shared their experience of organising schools in rural areas with no schools. It was a thrilling experience shared by a few youth groups. No one belongs to an affluent family. They are from ordinary rustic families. All the individuals are leading a very simple life as they desire to work with the poor. Of the youth group members, some of them came from Jallikkattu struggle with a determination to work in the rural areas for the upliftment of the ultra-poor. Having a desire in them, they have chosen a difficult path. Their path and perspective comply with the Gandhian framework of development. They made it clear that they learnt it only through experience and not in the universities and colleges. They are Gandhians in action and not conventional Gandhians. They have contextualised Gandhian ideas and hence are called Neo-Gandhians. The third-day activities of the seminar provided contributions by students coming from rural areas as they got rich benefits from the inputs by practitioners. Since they are practitioners and visionaries, they communicated in Tamil and thereby connected with the students emotionally. After the proceedings of the day, a mute question asked was how to expand those activities to the other areas by following the above models. The youth group members made it very clear that opportunities are abundant to transform India by using the Constitution, development rights given by the government, pro-poor schemes of both the Centre and state governments. It requires only an unconventional leader who can transform herself or himself to transform the community. A fire has to be created in every individual that could be possible only through training. This training cannot be given by any conventional training institutes. In our country, we have different types of training institutes but there is no leadership institution worthwhile to shape leaders. Even a few institutions in the name of leadership school train only business leaders, not transformational ones. Now we need Gandhian Institutions to be made as Ashrams to train transformational leaders by adopting the methods and procedures followed by Mahatma Gandhi. (The author is a former Professor and Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural Institute. The views expressed are strictly personal)