Tedeschi Trucks Band performed their second of three nights at the Chicago Theatre last night, setting the tone strong in response to the day’s Inauguration events. The opening set featured “Isn’t It A Pity” with guitarist Luther Dickinson, “Get What You Deserve”, “Do I Look Worried” and more expressive messages that were seemingly directed to the state of the nation.Husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have both performed at the White House before, but it seems there will be an absence of musical talent for at least the next four years. Their emotions regarding recent events were cemented last night, following the previous night’s hints with “Are You Ready”, “The Sky Is Crying”, “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”, and more.With covers of George Harrison, Charles Segar, Four Tops, Blind Faith, Leon Russell, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and Derek and the Dominos in the mix, the twelve piece powerhouse took down what was a difficult pill to swallow with grit and grace. See below for a few clips from Instagram as well as the full setlist. Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 1/20/17Set I: Isn’t It A Pity*, Get What You Deserve, Do I Look Worried, Until You Remember, Key To The Highway*, Loving You Is Sweeter, Within You > Just As Strange, Had To CrySet II: Color of the Blues, Anyhow, Bound For Glory, Drift Away, Delta Lady, Crying Over You, Laugh About It, Pity The Fool, Idle WindE: Anyday**w/ Luther Dickinson[photo via Instagram user @uncle_al_]
On Friday, three recipients of the nation’s highest military award ― all Vietnam veterans ― toured Harvard’s Memorial Church. They were part of an advance team for the South Carolina-based Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which will hold its annual convention in Boston from Sept. 15 to 20 and include a Harvard venue for the first time. Expected at the convention are about 65 of the 79 living medal recipients.The church, which was dedicated in 1932 as a memorial to the Harvard students, graduates, and faculty killed during World War I, will host a private event on Sept. 18 honoring recipients who had died in the previous year. “This is the one thing that’s really important” at every convention, said Victoria Kueck, the society’s director of operations.So far, there have been no deaths in the past year among recipients. “The count is zero,” said 30-year Navy veteran Thomas G. Kelley of Somerville. The remembrance ceremony will take place in any case.Kelley was awarded the medal for leading a 1969 rescue mission by eight riverine assault craft in Kién Hòa Province, Vietnam. Of the years since, he said, “I picked up the pieces and moved on.”In addition to the private event in September, organizers hope to schedule a gathering where veterans and the University’s community of active service members can meet the medal winners.“I’m really excited for the fall,” said Lieutenant Katie E. Burkhart of the Navy Reserve, who watched the tour unfold late Friday morning. She’s a 2016 Master in Public Policy (M.P.P.) candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School.“We are all so proud of hosting this on campus,” said Thomas Reardon ’68, who served in Vietnam as an Army infantry officer and today is president of the Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization.About 250 current students are either veterans or are in school while on active duty, he said. About 25 undergraduates are enrolled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps, which was welcomed back to Harvard in 2011 after a hiatus of 40 years.ROTC member Charlotte “Charley” Falletta ’16 represented the group during the tour.“It’s incredible humbling,” she said of seeing three Medal of Honor recipients at once. “They’re hard to come by.”Harvard’s relationship to military service goes well back into the 17th century, starting with the 1636-1638 Pequot War. “Our history is proud and long,” Reardon said. Over centuries of American wars, more than 1,200 Harvard students and graduates have lost their lives.Aside from the Army and Navy service academies, Harvard has more Medal of Honor recipients ― 18 ― than any other U.S. institution of higher education. That number could grow by one, joked Reardon to Kelley, “If Tom wants to take a couple of courses.”“I wish I had gone to Harvard,” offered retired Army Colonel Bruce P. Crandall, a Washington state resident who returned from more than 900 combat flying missions in Vietnam with his sense of humor intact. “I went to seven universities before I got a degree.”Crandall was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2007 for flying repeated evacuation and supply missions in an unarmed helicopter during the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang, fictionalized in the 2002 Mel Gibson movie “We Were Soldiers.” Crandall, who was first awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, arrived at Memorial Church with his dog Huey, who napped through the tour while tucked into a blue duffel bag. (The Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopters of the Vietnam era were nicknamed “Hueys.”)With Crandall and Kelley on the church tour was 27-year Army veteran Harold A. Fritz, president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Fritz was awarded the medal for directing the hand-to-hand defense of an armored column in January 1969, while surrounded by the enemy in Binh Long Province, South Vietnam.A plaque naming all of Harvard’s Medal of Honor recipients, including eight from the Civil War, hangs on the north wall of the church, which now memorializes Harvard’s dead from World War I to Vietnam. The list of dead from World War II alone, 697 names engraved into stone, covers an entire wall, floor to ceiling.Three of Reardon’s classmates were among the 22 the University lost to Vietnam. The University claims one Medal of Honor recipient from the conflict, Army Staff Sergeant Robert C. Murray, who left Harvard Business School to enlist. He was killed in 1970.Thomas J. Lyons, chairman of the Boston Congressional Medal of Honor and a member of its convention committee, looked on as the three war heroes toured Memorial Church, then stood together making plans for September.The society has held its convention in Boston twice before, in 2001 and 2006, he said. Both times the remembrance ceremony took place in Boston’s Old North Church, which played a role in Paul Revere’s midnight ride during the Revolution.But, said Lyons, why not Memorial Church, a shrine to the dead of so many American wars? It is just a few hundred yards from Cambridge Common, where in 1775 the first American army was mustered. Walking into the solemn space, he said, “just blew me away.”
Research reveals the long-term impact following the destruction of the Greenwood District Ash Center panel puts ‘defining moment’ of Floyd killing into context of fight for social justice The police killing of George Floyd sparked widespread protests and reignited efforts across the U.S. to remove Confederate and other statues viewed as symbols of slavery and racism. In several cities, these tributes have been vandalized or torn down by protestors or removed by public officials. A high-profile decision to tear down a famous bronze figure of Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Va., was halted by a court challenge, which was extended indefinitely on Thursday. A 2018 report from the Southern Poverty Law Center found there are more than 1,700 monuments to the Confederacy still in public spaces. Annette Gordon-Reed, a historian of U.S. slavery, legal scholar, and member of the Presidential Initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, spoke with the Gazette about the issue. Gordon-Reed is a professor of history and the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School. She won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for her explosive 2008 work, “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.” Q&AAnnette Gordon-ReedGAZETTE: In recent years, many have called for the removal of monuments honoring Confederate officials and other controversial figures, such as Christopher Columbus, with mixed results. Does this moment, and these efforts feel different to you?GORDON-REED: This moment feels different because there’s been a great awakening in the country about police-on-citizen violence. The video of the officer with his knee on George Floyd’s neck was so extreme. There have been other videos, of course, but there is something about this image of a prone individual who is not moving and who we know is losing, or has lost, his life — after an encounter that started over an alleged counterfeit $20 bill. Was there no other way to handle that situation?GAZETTE: As a law professor, what is your view on people unilaterally deciding to pull down statues they find offensive after officials — often enjoined by laws or judicial rulings barring such action — decline to do so? Is there a higher moral cause that supersedes the law?GORDON-REED: Ha! That’s not fair, asking me as a law professor. OK, actually, that makes it easier. I cannot see myself pulling down a statue in that way. It would be odd for me to condone other people doing something I would not do. I certainly understand the emotion — the passion — particularly if government officials have turned a blind eye to previous petitions from the community. “There is no path to a peaceful and prosperous country without challenging and rejecting that as a basis for our society.” Harvard experts talk about how to turn the moment’s energy into lasting change The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and the financial fallout Related After the protest … what next? How Black protest may be key to finally ending racial violence Harvard faculty recommend the writers and subjects that promote context and understanding A reading list on issues of race GAZETTE: What do you say to those who argue that the removal of such statues in prominent public settings dishonors the memory of those who died fighting for the Confederacy?GORDON-REED: I would say there are other places for that — on battlefields and cemeteries. The Confederates lost the war, the rebellion. The victors, the thousands of soldiers — black and white — in the armed forces of the United States, died to protect this country. I think it dishonors them to celebrate the men who killed them and tried to kill off the American nation. The United States was far from perfect, but the values of the Confederacy, open and unrepentant white supremacy and total disregard for the humanity of black people, to the extent they still exist, have produced tragedy and discord. There is no path to a peaceful and prosperous country without challenging and rejecting that as a basis for our society.GAZETTE: Many believe that taking the statues down is an attempt to cover up or erase history. Do you agree?GORDON-REED: No. I don’t. History will still be taught. We will know who Robert E. Lee was. Who Jefferson Davis was. Who Frederick Douglass was. Who Abraham Lincoln was. There are far more dangerous threats to history. Defunding the humanities, cutting history classes and departments. Those are the real threats to history.,GAZETTE: In the past, people have suggested the monuments should stay, but that additional plaques or other information should be incorporated to add context. What do you think of that idea? What are your thoughts on a separate museum for such statues?GORDON-REED: Plaques can work in some situations. It depends on who the person is and what the objections are. As for museums, people I know who work in museums tear their hair out about this suggestion, that somehow, we’re going to ship all these Confederate monuments off to the lucky museum that has to find a place to put them.GAZETTE: What about the slippery slope argument? Many of America’s founders — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson — owned slaves. Does removing statues of Columbus or Confederate officials pave the way for action against monuments honoring those who helped create the United States?GORDON-REED: I suppose, if people want to, everything can pave the way to some other point. I’ve said it before: There is an important difference between helping to create the United States and trying to destroy it. Both Washington and Jefferson were critical to the formation of the country and to the shaping of it in its early years. They are both excellent candidates for the kind of contextualization you alluded to. The Confederate statues were put up when they were put up [not just after the war but largely during periods of Civil Rights tension in the 20th century], to send a message about white supremacy, and to sentimentalize people who had actively fought to preserve the system of slavery. No one puts a monument up to Washington or Jefferson to promote slavery. The monuments go up because, without Washington, there likely would not have been an American nation. They put up monuments to T.J. because of the Declaration of Independence, which every group has used to make their place in American society. Or they go up because of T.J.’s views on separation of church and state and other values that we hold dear. I think on these two, Washington and Jefferson, in particular, you take the bitter with sweet. The main duty is not to hide the bitter parts.Interview was edited for clarity and space.
While only three and a half years ago the largest hotel company in the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera Jadran dd, which now owns 8 hotels, 2 camps and 2 settlements, was waiting to go bankrupt, today the completely reconstructed Hotel Esplanade received its first guests.This is the largest investment of the Adriatic in the past twenty years, which is a continuation of the investment cycle that began after the bankruptcy of the hotel Slaven, which raised the categorization from two to three stars, camp Selce to three stars and the two largest hotels in the Adriatic group – hotel Omorika and Katarina with two to four stars.The Strategic Business Plan of the Adriatic until 2025 envisages the Esplanade Hotel, located on the main city beach and promenade, as the best hotel of the Jadran Group, and the preparation of this demanding reconstruction and extension project began at the end of 2014. office AR project Dumančić started in October last year. The hotel will initially be categorized with a high four stars, and from the Adriatic they plan to raise it to five stars after the stabilization of the higher category market in the destination.Investment of HRK 42 million The investment in the hotel, which burned down for the most part in 2001 and was partially out of order “heavy”, is a total of 42 million kuna, and consists of 30 rooms and 8 suites with a total of 76 beds in two buildings – the old part built in 1929. was restored to its original condition in which the restaurant is located and the extended part was built in the 70’s, which was completely changed by this project. The reception, SPA center, conference hall and two bars are located in the connecting part, which was rebuilt from the ground up, while the former famous dance terrace got a swimming pool and a large sun deck on four levels.”The Esplanade was a special challenge for us, not only because of the demanding project in business and technical terms but also because of its historical heritage and the great interest of the people of Crikvenica who have a strong emotional connection with the Adriatic, especially with cult hotels such as the Esplanade. There are no standard rooms in the Esplanade, but an individual approach to design, but also to furnishing, decoration and service is required. This is our first design hotel for which we plan to further expand the capacity in today’s administrative building of the Adriatic and the Slavija boarding house, which are located in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, which will make the Esplanade an integral hotel. I would like to thank all the contractors, subcontractors, supervising engineers, workers, and especially the employees of the Adriatic for their contribution to this project.”, Said the President of the Management Board of Jadran dd Dino Manestar and added that the Esplanade has 35 employees of Jadran, and it is planned that the hotel will be open most of the year.
A UK exit, or Brexit, from the European Union would pose little threat to asset managers’ creditworthiness and have minimal impact on the management of institutional assets, according to Moody’s.The ratings agency said there would be no immediate changes to asset managers’ operations in the event of a vote to leave because the UK would have two years to renegotiate its terms of trading and dealing with the EU.It said the operational and business impact for most managers it rates would be manageable.UK managers will lose management and marketing passporting rights because they would become “third-country firms”, but Moody’s does not expect this to have “profound implications for the asset management industry overall”. This is for several reasons, including that many UK groups operate in Continental Europe through subsidiaries, and vice versa for Continental European managers.Financial market volatility resulting from Brexit, however, will weigh on asset managers’ profitability.Neither will Brexit have much impact on the management of institutional assets, according to Moody’s.It noted that the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) applies in the EU with respect to institutional clients’ private placements or segregated accounts.It said it expected the UK, if it left the EU, would “meet the equivalence test and be able to continue servicing institutional investors in the EU”.Moody’s also noted that any asset-manager services provided “at the exclusive initiative” of institutional investors have no prerequisite requirements.If the UK, however, decides to depart from EU regulation and not implement the revised MiFID, then “servicing EU clients from the UK would become more difficult”.This is not Moody’s main scenario, it said.
The U.S. President, Donald Trump, is increasing the pressure on China to reach a trade agreement with his plan to increase existing tariffs and targeting billions of additional goods.The move has increased tensions in trade talks between the world’s two largest economies. Just last week, the U.S. President said the officials were making progress on the deal, only to now reveal that discussions with China continue, “but too slowly, as they attempt to renegotiate”.According to a social media update on May 5, Trump would increase the earlier set 10% tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25% as of Friday. This would reverse the decision to deep the tariffs at 10% made in February 2019 after the two sides made progress on the deal.Additionally, Trump would target a further USD 325 billion of Chinese goods “shortly” with 25% tariffs.After their meeting in Beijing last week, Chinese and U.S. officials are scheduled to meet again in Washington on May 8, Reuters said, adding that the new tariffs would depend on these talks.World Maritime News Staff
At the same time Democrats are targeting President Trump with an impeachment inquiry, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced thatthey also want to work with the president to get some important things done for the American people.Pelosi says that democrats want to work with President Trump on the USMCA trade deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.Also, she says she wants to pass an infrastructure bill and work on lowering the cost of prescription drugs.Pelosi called the impeachment inquiry necessary to uphold the constitution.
New Delhi: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has slammed ex-Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi after the latter said that he will soon visit the Line of Control (LoC) to “express solidarity with our Kashmiri brethren” following the government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.The cricketer-turned-politician took to twitter and said: “Guys, in this picture Shahid Afridi is asking Shahid Afridi that what should Shahid Afridi do next to embarrass Shahid Afridi so that’s it’s proven beyond all doubts that Shahid Afridi has refused to mature!!! Am ordering online kindergarten tutorials for help.”After Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced that a 30-minute event will take place every week in his country to show solidarity with the Kashmiri people, Afridi jumped in to support the call and said that he would be at Mazar-e-Quaid (the tomb of Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah) in Karachi at 12 noon on Friday.“Let’s respond to PM call for Kashmir Hour as a nation. I will be at Mazar e Quaid at 12 pm on Friday. Join me to express solidarity with our Kashmiri brethren. On 6 Sep I will visit home of a Shaheed. I will soon be visiting LoC (sic),” Afridi tweeted.Afridi had earlier called for intervention by the United Nations and the US after the revocation of Article 370.Former Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad had also said that he will visit the LoC with other sportspersons who were willing to join him. Miandad said that he will hoist a flag for peace at the LoC. (IANS)Also Read: Jammu and Kashmir: Shahid Afridi for UN Intervention, Gautam Gambhir Reminds of PoKAlso Watch: Watch Video | Fan of Zubeen Garg washes his feet during a promotion show in Assam
Duggan (7) and goaltender Jessie Vetter are two of the four Badgers nominated for women\’s hockey most prestigious award.[/media-credit]In most scenarios, four out of 43 aren’t very good odds.It’s an atrocious batting average, an abominable test score. However, when that number represents the proportion of University of Wisconsin women’s hockey players named as finalists for the award given to the most outstanding women’s collegiate hockey player, it’s pretty darn impressive.Last week, when the USA Hockey Foundation announced the list of nominees for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, an incredible four Badgers — senior forward Erika Lawler, senior goaltender Jessie Vetter, junior forward Meghan Duggan and sophomore forward Hilary Knight — made the cut.“It’s unbelievable,” said Duggan, who this season moved into the UW’s top five lists for both goals and points. “I don’t know what other teams are putting up, but I think it’s a real honor for our team. I think it just shows the strength of our program and some of the players that are on it.”The Patty Kaz Award, as it is commonly referred to, is issued annually to the nation’s best Division I women’s college hockey player. The namesake of the award was an All-Ivy League defenseman for Princeton from 1981 to 1986 who helped the Tigers to three consecutive Ivy League titles. At the age of 28, Kazmaier-Sandt tragically passed away after a prolonged struggle with a rare blood disease.To have four players from a single team who have distinguished themselves as among the nation’s best is special, but it is even more remarkable considering the East Coast dominated history of the award. Only twice — in 2005, and in 2006, when Badger great Sara Bauer won it — has the award gone to a player from the WCHA. Vetter said the uneven distribution is attributable to the team depth in the Midwest.“Especially with our team, and with Minnesota and Duluth, you have so many players with big numbers that no one really stands out,” Vetter said. “And it may be the case out East, where you have that one player who stands out so much from their team. But definitely here, in the WCHA, you have people that stand out, but there’s obviously several people surrounding them.”In addition to battling history, the four UW finalists will once again be measured against a slew of talented candidates from the East, as well as some from their own conference. Included in the other 39 finalists are reigning Patty Kazmaier winner, Sarah Vaillancourt (Harvard), two-time top three finalist Meghan Agosta (Mercyhurst), 2008 top ten finisher Melissa Boal (Wayne State College), and four Minnesota Gophers.Although the competition is stiff, each Badger makes a strong individual case. Duggan, a first team all-WCHA performer last year, has scored 18 goals, has assisted on 24 others and has been a crucial asset to the nation’s best power play unit. Lawler, the team captain, is in the midst of capping an illustrious career with career highs in points and assists — a stat she leads the country in. With 38 assists and 51 points, Lawler has moved into second on the all-time UW assist chart, and currently stands third in points.Only a sophomore, Knight has produced the third-most prolific scoring season in Badger history. Her 37 goals lead the nation, and she has already cracked the UW top five in career goals. According to head coach Mark Johnson, Knight’s season is a direct result of off-season dedication.“What she did over the summer, she’s reaping those benefits,” Johnson said. “She really worked hard conditioning, strength, really honing in on becoming a better athlete. … You give her the credit because she’s the one that worked to put herself in that position, and it’s nice to see her have success.”Lastly, there’s Vetter, who earlier this season established a new mark for UW career victories and who is one shutout short of tying the NCAA record for a single season. She already owns the career shutout record. Unfortunately for the senior from Cottage Grove, only one goaltender — Ali Brewer (Brown University), a Racine native — has won the Patty Kazmaier.“I guess you’ve got to put up big numbers to give yourself a chance, and that’s difficult to do throughout the entire season,” Vetter said. “I talked to the one that did win it — Ali — and she was definitely well-deserving of it. And if they think a goaltender is [deserving] again, then we’ll see what happens.”Ultimately, though, while the individual recognition is nice, Lawler emphasized without the team, none of their nominations would be possible.“It’s definitely a huge honor to be nominated for such an award that represents so many great aspects of a college hockey player,” she said. “But at the same time, it’s hard to think about things like that when your team comes first. … I know all of us are just very well supported by all of our teammates and definitely couldn’t have been nominated if it weren’t for the squad we have behind us.”
Viet Thanh Nguyen, an associate professor of English and American studies and ethnicity, was nominated earlier this month as one of five finalists for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his debut novel, The Sympathizer.According to the press release of the PEN/Faulkner Award, nearly 500 novels and short story collections written by American authors published in the United States in the 2015 calendar year have been reviewed by a panel of judges. The five finalists include Nguyen, Elizabeth Tallent, James Hannaham, Julie Iromuanya and Luis Alberto Urrea. The final winner will be announced on April 5.The Sympathizer is a novel narrated by a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy in the South Vietnamese army, who eventually flees to the United States before the fall of Saigon. He is forced to confront the limitations of his beliefs upon his arrival.“I really wanted to use that type of a narrator and that type of a setup — someone who feels that he is caught between different worlds and between different ideologies,” Nguyen said.His personal background shaped his literary focus. He and his family came to the United States in 1975 as refugees because of the Vietnam War.“Our family was separated from each other, sent to different sponsors. So at 4 years old, I was sent to live with a white family by myself,” Nguyen said. “That was the beginning of the consciousness and memory for me and that always imprinted itself on me.”According to Nguyen, he initially wrote the book for himself because he wanted to have a say in the world. To him, books and movies about the Vietnam War lacked the element he looked for.“There was a significant absence of something I wanted to say that hadn’t been said before. So, therefore, I was writing for myself,” Nguyen said. “But I also have to believe that, in doing that, I would find some like-minded readers who are also like me. That was an act of faith to try to reach out to those people, too.”After his successful debut, he started working on his second book, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, which will be officially released in April.“This is fictional and scholarly bookends of a project about how we remember war and how we confront our own inhumanity,” Nguyen said. “The concerns I had as an undergraduate and a graduate student, thinking both about literature and culture on one end and ethnic studies or race on the other, have motivated me for most of my professional career.”Nguyen also talked about the importance of the class he teaches. He has taught “American Studies 150: The American War in Vietnam” five times to classes of 150 to 200 students.“I was able to write that book as a story because I was trying to tell my students a story about what the Vietnam War means and the challenges of memory,” Nguyen said. “It was really important to me as a teacher to incorporate what I was thinking about as a scholar and as a writer into my class. Teaching that class was really important to me to write these two books.”Nguyen expressed his emotions after achieving the accomplishments with his debut novel.“The book has been reviewed almost completely positively in the press, and that is gratifying, of course,” Nguyen said. “But I am someone who spent many years working as a critic and as a writer, and I tend to take all of that with a big grain of salt. It is great to get all the accolades and prizes, but all of that is less important than the act of writing itself.”He shared how he currently feels about being nominated along with other writers.“One of interesting facts for being nominated for prizes is just recognizing how talented other writers are — their accomplishments, the books and how powerful their works are,” Nguyen said. “To be in the company of these other writers in the PEN/Faulkner is really an honor because many of them have significant track records and publications I don’t have.”