Phish Covers Prince, Led Zeppelin, & Neil Young During Set Two Of “Powdered” Night [Photos]

first_imgAs Phish took center stage on Wednesday night—the fifth night of their exciting Baker’s Dozen residency at Madison Square Garden—hardcore fans of the band were, for perhaps the first time during this run, genuinely perplexed. In retrospect, the first four nights of Baker’s Dozen featured fairly obvious themes: “Coconut,” “Strawberry,” “Red Velvet,” and “Jam-Filled.” In comparison, night five’s “Powdered” theme had a lot of people scratching their heads, especially after the sheer-awesomeness of night four’s instant-classic “Jam-Filled” affair. Of course, Phish always has some tricks up their sleeves, and they did not disappoint on Wednesday night, opening and closing the show with theme-specific covers while delivering plenty of loose “powder” references throughout the show. However, fans will not remember this show for its themed references; fans will most remember this show for its epic six-song second set filled with fan-favorites, one of the biggest bust-outs in Phish history, and tons of huge improvisation.  It turns out that those powdered donuts were filled with jam after all.Phish opened the show with an out-of-left-field cover, “Winter White Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes. The song, which appears on Fleet Foxes’s 2008 self-titled debut album, was delivered as an a capella number, and it was performed beautifully with gorgeous four-part harmonies. This song answered a lot of questions about the night’s “Powdered” theme, as the “Winter White” snow reference showed that the theme would be treated differently than the preceding nights at the Baker’s Dozen. The previous four themes had been treated almost like a keyword, with song titles, band names, or jams directly stating that day’s theme. For “Powdered” night, the band would focus on references to powders, but not necessarily use the word itself.After returning to their normal spots on the stage, the band started up the first “Cars Trucks Buses” of 2017, and only the second version of the song since 2013. The bouncing-blues cover, “My Soul,” followed, which featured a nice organ solo from Page McConnell before guitarist Trey Anastasio pushed things into another gear for the raging peak of the short type I jam. Phish then trotted out Ween‘s “Roses Are Free”, a fun version that was decidedly not filled with jam. Phish moved from “Roses” into “The Very Long Fuse,” only the third performance of the blissful and ominous favorite from The Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House. In keeping with the evening’s theme, “The Very Long Fuse” features a “gunpowder” reference in its opening narration. The band then churned out standard versions of “Gumbo” and “Yarmouth Road” before starting up the Round Room rarity, “Pebbles And Marbles.”“Pebbles And Marbles” is arguably the band’s best composition from the 2002–2004 era known as 2.0; surprisingly, it has only been performed nineteen times (including last night’s version) since its debut back in 2003. It hadn’t appeared on a setlist in over one hundred shows, dating back to August 3rd, 2014. Phish seemed to struggle somewhat with the song’s composed section, yet all was forgiven when they launched into a concise, blissful jam. The band had a similarly rough time with “Farmhouse,” with Anastasio missing several notes and lyrics before making it up to fans with a short-but-sweet piece of improvisation.When Phish kicked off “Tube”, fans were expecting the standard version that has become so familiar in recent years. Phish fans love “Tube,” but it’s become somewhat of a disappointment in 3.0, as the speed-funk blues-banger isn’t typically used as a launchpad for improvisation anymore. However, the Baker’s Dozen has been anything but typical, and Phish ran with that vibe, stretching “Tube” out past fourteen minutes, marking the longest version of the era. The jam itself was awesome, as McConnell laid down some synth elements while the band created some atmospheric funk reminiscent of “2001.” The band included some teases of “The Very Long Fuse,” before moving into a Latin-style rhythm. Anastasio took the lead and transformed the jam into a fusion of hard rock and power funk, crafting a euphoric ending to the jam, which Phish fans have been waiting for over the past eight years. After some ups and downs in the first set, this stretched out “Tube” was the perfect way to bring the opening frame to a close. Phish emerged for set two and quickly started up the sinister “Carini.” They launched into a triumphant and lengthy section of improvisation, which featured lots of psych-rock guitar stabs from Anastasio. Lighting designer Chris Kuroda used his new moving light rig to full effect during “Carini,” making the lights seemingly float around the stage with red and blue flashes that were reminiscent of UFOs. The band responded by linking up for a blissful ambient jam, featuring a sci-fi bass effect from Mike Gordon that perfectly matched Kuroda’s lights. The band included several teases of “Pebbles And Marbles,” before drummer Jon Fishman started playing the beat for “Mr. Completely.” Eventually, the whole band caught on, and they segued into the Trey Anastasio Band favorite, which was performed last night by Phish for only the third time ever. “Mr. Completely” was huge, and showcased the variety with which Phish can rely on during their ecclectic styles of improvisation. The jam featured elements of rock, clavinet-based funk, the band’s trademark “plinko” style, and a transcendent peak with raging guitar and some deep and dirty bass bombs.When things seemed like they couldn’t get any crazier, Anastasio started up the familiar guitar chords of Prince‘s “1999”. Needless to say, after a 524 show layoff since the band’s one-and-only time performing the song—at MSG on New Year’s Eve 1998—the audience completely erupted. Kuroda bathed the band and crowd in purple lights as the band took “1999” and turned it on its head, adding an unreal ten-minute jam following the main portion of the song. The “1999” jam had an ambient, driven type II build, which the band harnessed and unleashed with multiple, piercing peaks, complete with bright white light (…and the entire audience achieving enlightenment… Maybe that was just me). This was easily one of the biggest moments of the run so far, as the band evoked explosions of energy from the audience again and again with this standout moment of improvisation.Towards the end of the “1999” jam, Fishman brought the “Mr. Completely” drum part back into the mix, seemingly trying to get the band to segue back into the song, but Anastasio had other plans, as he moved into “Steam.” “Steam” continued the band’s focus on ambient, sci-fi themes, with plenty of dark rock thrown into the mix. Phish segued “Steam” into Led Zeppelin‘s “No Quarter,” and the audience once again exploded with excitement. While this version didn’t feature any improvisation, it acted as the landing pad after almost an hour of non-stop action. Both “Steam” and “No Quarter” make reference to “snow,” bringing back the night’s “Powdered” theme.After finishing up the song, the band took a quick breather before starting “Character Zero.” While this rocker typically rages, it’s usually a short song with no true full-band improvisation. On this occasion, Phish threw the audience another curveball, stretching the song out to eleven minutes long and featuring plenty of fresh ideas. The band seemed to tease “Martian Monster,” and Fishman and McConnell dropped out at one point to allow Gordon and Anastasio to have a rare guitar duel.Following a quick encore break, the band returned to the stage to rapturous applause, before they started up their first-ever version of Neil Young‘s “Powderfinger,” the evening’s final nod to the night’s “Powdered” theme. While Anastasio’s vocals are not necessarily a perfect fit for Young’s nasally vocals, the delivery was heartfelt and the version was ultimately solid.Tonight, Phish continued to show what makes the Baker’s Dozen run so special. Five shows in, and the band has delivered multiple moments of standout improvisation each night. They have continued to bust out super-rarities each night, they have consistently included fan-favorites in each set, and they have performed several songs per night as part of the evening’s donut-flavored theme. Wednesday night, the band stretched out “Tube” and “Character Zero,” they played rare originals like “Pebbles And Marbles” and “Cars Trucks Buses,” they performed a fan-favorite cover in “No Quarter,” they peppered several moments of wild improvisation throughout the show, and they dropped one of the best bust-outs in their history with “1999.”This is peak Phish, and we are all lucky to be experiencing it.Phish is off tonight and will return to Madison Square Garden on Friday for night six of the Baker’s Dozen.[Photo: Dave DeCrescente]HOT TAKES:Repeat Watch: None so far…based on the way they are playing, and the frequency with which they are delivering new originals, lengthy jams, and rare and out-of-left-field covers, it would be shocking if they started repeating songs.Today’s Donut: Powdered [“Winter White Hymnal,” “The Very Long Fuse,” “Steam,” “No Quarter,” “Powderfinger”]We Tired Yet: We’ll be enjoying some rest & relaxation during this day off, but we are PUMPED for the weekend. Bring on more Phish!SETLIST:  Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 5 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 7/26/17SET 1: White Winter Hymnal[1], Cars Trucks Buses, My Soul, Roses Are Free > The Very Long Fuse, Gumbo, Yarmouth Road, Pebbles and Marbles, Farmhouse, TubeSET 2: Carini -> Mr. Completely > 1999 > Steam > No Quarter, Character ZeroENCORE: Powderfinger[2][1] Phish debut; a cappella.[2] Phish debut.Phish At Madison Square Garden 7/26/2017 Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Phil Lesh & Friends, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Announce Joint Outdoor Show

first_imgToday, Phil Lesh-owned San Rafael, CA venue Terrapin Crossroads announced a very special double-billed performance at its outdoor Beach Park space. Set to take place on the afternoon of Sunday, July 15th (doors at 1 pm, show at 2 pm), the day’s festivities will include performances by funky favorites Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe as well as Lesh himself in the form of a star-studded Phil Lesh & Friends show.In addition to leading his own band, the multi-talented Karl Denson will join the ranks of Phil’s “Friends” alongside versatile guitarists Eric Krasno and Stu Allen, Ghost Light keyboardist Holly Bowling, drummer John Molo, and the familiar Trey Anastasio Band horn/vocal tag team of Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet) and Natalie Cressman (trombone).To grab your tickets, head to the Terrapin Crossroads website here. For a full list of Phil’s upcoming performances, head to his website. To check out Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s upcoming touring schedule, head here.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s students celebrate College’s tradition with tea

first_imgTuesday afternoon’s teatime at the Riedinger House offered Saint Mary’s College students an opportunity to see some of the school’s traditions brought to life. Director of Alumnae Relations Kara O’Leary said graduates of the school are crucial in keeping the College’s traditions alive. “The Alumnae Association works to keep alumnae connected to each other as well as the College,” she said. “It represents decades [of alumnae] and geographical locations of the alumnae population at large.” Tea in Riedinger House during Heritage Week began three years ago and has grown in popularity each year, O’Leary said. Along with the Student Government Association (SGA), she has had to schedule additional times for students to attend. There will be two more sessions held on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. O’Leary said the strength of the school’s alumnae is considerable, noting Saint Mary’s College possesses the top women’s Catholic alumnae association in the nation. “Students realize their time here [at Saint Mary’s] is short, but they will be alumnae the rest of their lives,” O’Leary said. SGA chief of staff Emily Skirtich said the events of the week serve to evoke the history of the school. “The goal of Heritage Week is to remind veteran students and tell current students about the College and the rich traditions we celebrate here,” she said. Skitich said SGA chose Riedinger House because of the building’s rich historical tradition on campus. “It reminds students of what life here used to be like versus what it is now,” she said. “We are celebrating one of the storied places on campus.” Adaline Crowley Riedinger, Class of 1864, was responsible for donating the majority of the funds to construct the house. Riedinger was also the first alumna to send her daughter, Mary Adalaide Riedinger, Class of 1889, to Saint Mary’s College. O’Leary said the rich tradition of the house serves as a reminder of what it means to be an alumna of the College. “We open Riedinger House because it is the first mother-daughter legacy connection at Saint Mary’s,” O’Leary said. “One of best parts of the tea is educating our students on what being post-Saint Mary’s means.” Junior Madeline Meckes said she was initially unaware of the historical significance of the building, but appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the traditions of the College. “I learned a lot about the history of the house and the alumnae association. I thought it was really cool that it used to be used as a practice house for home economics majors,” Meckes said. Skirtich said students’ thirst to understand more about their school means Heritage Week gets stronger each year. “Each year SGA (Student Government Association) strives to highlight all the really important parts of the College and its history,” she said. “Each year keeps getting better and better. The students appreciate where we came from and all the College has to offer.”last_img read more

Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Underway

first_imgPexels Stock Image.ALBANY – Local health departments have started receiving COVID-19 vaccines for healthcare workers across New York State.Governor Andrew Cuomo said statewide 3,762 sites have been identified for vaccine distribution, but currently, only 636 sites have been activated.He says as of Tuesday, 900,000 vaccines have been distributed for 2.1 million healthcare workers.Hospitals that do not distribute their doses by the end of the week could get fined. “They are distributing vaccines to the healthcare workers along with the hospitals. So healthcare workers can either go to the hospitals… or they can go to 600 sites that are across the state,” said the Governor.Meanwhile, some local health departments across the state say more communication and partnership with localities is key to building out the infrastructure to get things done quicker.An aide to the Governor said the state is working on a public dashboard for vaccine data.He also said the goal is to have all nursing home residents receive their first dose of the vaccine within the next two weeks. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lead Safety

first_imgLead can be poisonous, and many Americans live in homes contaminated by lead-based paint on their walls, windows and doors. According to the HUD National Survey of Lead and Allergens in Housing, half of the homes in Georgia were built before 1978, when lead-based paint was commonly used on the interiors and exteriors of buildings. The highest concentrations of lead-based paint are found in the oldest homes. “A tiny amount of lead can be extremely harmful,” said Pamela Turner, a housing specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “The amount of lead dust that could fill a sugar packet, about one gram, can contaminate 16 average-size homes.”Exposure to lead can cause speech, language and behavior problems in children. It can also cause decreased intelligence, attention deficit disorder and learning disabilities, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. “Lead poisoning damages the brain and central nervous system, which can lead to learning disabilities, seizures and even death,” Turner said. “Children are at greatest risk of exposure because they are still developing and are more likely to touch things and then put their contaminated hands into their mouth.” Adults can experience high blood pressure, fertility problems, digestive problems and nerve disorders, among other things. Lead is a soft, highly toxic metal. It occurs naturally and is spread through the environment by human activities. For many years it was used in products found in and around homes, including paint and gasoline. Lead is added to paints for color and durability.Using lead in house paint, children’s products, dishes and cookware was banned in the United States in 1978. Many other countries banned lead paints years earlier, but some did not. Lead may still be found on imported toys, plastics, pottery or candy. “While there are many sources of lead, the primary source of lead poisoning is still lead-based paint,” Turner said. There are no visible symptoms of lead poisoning, so it is important to have children tested for lead poisoning by a healthcare provider if exposure is suspected.The EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting rule requires the use of lead-safe work practices during renovations in pre-1978 homes or child-occupied facilities. Effective April 22, 2010, renovators must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Any renovator found without a certificate or not operating in compliance with safe practices can be fined $37,500 per violation per day by the EPA, according to federal law. In Georgia, the Environmental Protection Division hopes to gain approval from the EPA to regulate the federal program by December 2010. EPD’s priority will be to ensure all contractors working in pre-1978 homes or child-occupied facilities are trained and work for a certified renovation firm, said Mindy Crean, EPD lead-based paint program manager. “By statute, we can fine renovators for failing to follow the rules,” Crean said. “We would rather have renovators look to the EPD for guidance so renovations are performed safely.” Unsafe renovation work that disturbs greater than six square feet of interior or 20 square feet of exterior lead-based paint can contaminate workers and their families, as well as the occupants and neighbors. Demolition activities create debris and lead dust that can be inhaled or swallowed by workers or carried home on clothing or shoes. Workers who scrape or sand walls by hand can ingest lead dust, Crean said. Renovators working in homes, apartments, child-care facilities or schools built before 1978 must be certified to work with lead-based paint. Contractors, window and door installers, carpenters, residential property managers, painters, plumbers, electricians, drywall installers, HVAC technicians and any other person working in these facilities must complete an 8-hour renovator training course. UGA Extension has partnered with Greenville Tech to provide trainings across the state. Trainings will be held in Macon on Aug. 10, in Savannah Aug. 31 and in Brunswick Sept. 29. To register or for more information, visit For more information on product recalls due to lead, visit or call 800-638-2772.last_img read more

A New Era for the Guatemalan Air Force

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo April 30, 2018 The Guatemalan Air Force is going through a growth and evolution process. Brigadier General Timo Hernández Duarte, general commander of the Guatemalan Air Force, is committed to institutional transformation. New capacities, training, equipment, infrastructure, and a doctrine focused on helping the Guatemalan people are the foundation for the military organization’s new path. As the Guatemalan Air Force faces the modern world, humanitarian aid missions during natural disasters, national and international operations in the fight against narcotrafficking and transnational crime, as well as regional cooperation become crucial. Brig. Gen. Hernández spoke with Diálogo at the Western Hemisphere Exchange Symposium, within the framework of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA) in San Antonio, Texas, March 14th-16th. The officer addressed the Guatemalan Air Force’s new path, among other topics. Diálogo: What is the significance of the Guatemalan Air Force’s participation in this international symposium? Brigadier General Timo Hernández, general commander of the Guatemalan Air Force: This symposium is incredibly important for us because we are in the process of learning and transforming our logistical system, our maintenance and operational system, and we have the opportunity at this event to share new experiences and learn from other air forces in the region. Diálogo: The symposium is part of IAAFA’s 75th anniversary celebration. What do you think is IAAFA’s contribution to air forces in the region? Brig. Gen. Hernández: IAAFA had a very arduous trajectory, with many challenges over the past 75 years, but it bore fruit its founders and members had hoped for throughout its history. Its support has been essential, especially for Central American countries since we received training and collaboration on different issues. I hope that IAAFA continues to have that helping spirit, fostering fellowship and trust among all air forces of the Americas so that we might grow together and become stronger. Diálogo: As an IAAFA graduate, can you tell us about your experience here? Brig. Gen. Hernández: I took the leadership course in 1997, and it was a very enriching experience that helped me a lot in my military career and also personally. Although I’m a graduate and I am thankful for IAAFA’s education, today in my capacity as commander, I want to express my utmost gratitude to the academy not only for what I received personally but also for what I now receive, which benefits my institution. Today, I represent the voice of all airmen and officers from the Guatemalan Air Force who attended this academy, and, from that perspective, I appreciate IAAFA much more. I wish every member of my air force could have this academic and camaraderie-building experience. Diálogo: Humanitarian aid and disaster relief is one of the main points of coordination for the air forces. What are the efforts of the Guatemalan Air Force in this area? Brig. Gen. Hernández: This is one of the fundamental tasks that the Guatemalan Air Force focuses on. This mission comes directly from our president, Jimmy Morales. The capacities we have specifically aim to serve the population in humanitarian aid missions, search and rescue, and missions to protect our natural resources—unfortunately under the threat of forest fires in the jungles to the north of our country. We want to recover some of our capacities to strengthen our mission to the benefit of all Guatemalan people, both directly, when we do humanitarian aid and rescue, and indirectly, when we take action to protect our natural forests. Diálogo: Guatemala belongs to the Northern Triangle countries, along with El Salvador and Honduras. How do the air forces of the Northern Triangle join together to fight narcotrafficking and other transnational criminal threats? Brig. Gen. Hernández: Our relationship with El Salvador and Honduras is excellent, but we were already working together before within the framework of the Central American Armed Forces Conference, which gave us the opportunity to improve our communication and interact in exercises and activities of Central American countries. We have the Alliance for Prosperity Plan in the Northern Triangle of Central America, which is one more reason for communication and interaction to grow stronger among us. Diálogo: The collaboration between air forces of the region is key to face shared threats, especially to combat transnational criminal organizations. How does the Guatemalan Air Force collaborate with regional air forces to counteract this scourge? Brig. Gen. Hernández: Part of what concerns us in general is transnational crime threats, and, in Guatemala, we’ve developed many operations to counter this scourge—both internally and with countries in the region. We have excellent communication with our neighbors Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico, with whom we joined forces, and have a very tight relationship to monitor and unite against this scourge. We also cooperate with other countries in the area, such as Colombia, with whom we maintain a close relationship of support so we can become stronger in this regional fight. International cooperation is key to confronting these threats together. For example, working with countries like the United States, which has technology, knowledge, and experience, is essential. All the help and assistance they provide allow us to get stronger and acquire capacities to face transnational threats, since we can’t face them alone. Diálogo: How does the Guatemalan Air Force support the role of women within its ranks? Brig. Gen. Hernández: The role of women in the armed forces has evolved. Women have been accepted into military academies since 1995. Their inclusion is welcomed, and really helped advance the forces in general. We see it as a positive step in the Air Force, through which women develop professionally to support the institution’s many developments and the country in general. Diálogo: What are the plans for the Guatemalan Air Force? Brig. Gen. Hernández: We are in a redesign process. Unfortunately in the past few decades, many of our capacities have been lost, and resources have been scarce. We are beginning a new era for the institution. Our president, Jimmy Morales, wants to give major support to the Air Force because he knows what can be achieved with better capacities, since we have the capital to acquire a few small aircraft. We’re not talking about acquiring war capacities but capacities for the benefit of the people, for humanitarian aid, search and rescue, and to fight forest fires. Diálogo: What message do you have for the air forces of the region? Brig. Gen. Hernández: We have to be united, work hand in hand, because threats are not specific to one country. We all face them. During this symposium, we stressed that we are stronger when we work together.last_img read more

Shirley Man, 23, Killed in Shooting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police homicide detectives are investigating a shooting that killed a 23-year-old man outside a house in Shirley Friday night, police said. The victim, Jamar Lamar, of Shirley, was transported in a private vehicle to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Police responded to Auborn Avenue at 11:30 p.m. after a 911 caller reported gunshots, police said. Police did not say how many shots were fired. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call the Homicide Squad at 631-854-6394 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img

Transitioning to remote work for social distancing and in the long term

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. Web: Details We’re all going through a crash course in remote working due to Covid-19. While the process of adopting work from home programs with little time to prepare may have resulted in quite a bit of stress and friction, we believe that, in the long run, many credit unions and their employees will also discover some benefits of working remotely and start thinking about implementing more permanent work from home programs for their teams. Remote work has been a growing trend and is one of the top questions asked of hiring managers, but it’s not without a learning curve. When the dust settles and you begin to flesh out a more permanent remote work strategy, there are three steps you can take towards applying the same level of thoughtfulness and employee support to remote working as you do to your corporate office work settings. We’ll also give you some tips about what you can do right now to get your team working more effectively. Don’t leave the success of remote working up to chance! Step 1: Understand your staff and the work they do This may seem obvious, but it is an often-overlooked step in developing any workplace strategy. You want to begin by documenting and quantifying the work being done in your organization at the team and individual level. A survey is a great way to do this. Make sure you cover: What level of interaction they have with members, vendors, and coworkersHow they are supported by their current workspaceWhat, if any, workspace they have at home What technology they use Starting with a deep understanding of how your employees work is critical to understanding how you can best support your remote workers in their home offices. Step 2: Ensure that your employees are supported by their home workspace This is often left to the discretion of employees, and many work-from-home veterans have excellent setups. But it’s worth the effort and investment to help your staff achieve the highest level of comfort and performance in their home offices, and for credit unions there are unique security considerations involved. For the physical environment, the main focuses are ergonomics and interruptions. Can your employee work comfortably all day? And don’t forget the embarrassing video conferencing fails that have hit social media in the past week, from cats interrupting videos to un-clad spouses unknowingly walking in the background! From a technology standpoint, you want to make sure that there is no difference between the home or office employee experiences. For example, staff in your office can work off of network drives seamlessly while the delay in reading or writing files for remote workers connecting with a VPN can be frustrating. Services such as Box or One Drive, where files can be securely stored on the employee’s encrypted hard drive with changes synced to the cloud, can allow both office and remote workers instant access. We recommend kicking off this step by making a checklist of every source of physical or technology friction in both the office and home working environments to ensure that all of your bases are covered. Step 3: Set policies that support employees and help them feel connected The biggest challenge of remote work (aside from Netflix, cats, and children) is the isolation. It can be difficult for those working from home to feel like part of the team and engage in collaborative activities. You can mitigate this by setting policies and implementing technology solutions that bring people closer together. Consider setting a certain number of days per week or per month where everyone is in the office, or hosting team-building events. And for day-to-day collaboration, consider transitioning internal communication from email to Slack or Discord, where employees can communicate quickly and casually in groups or individually and seamlessly jump into voice chats or screen share. I’m sure you’ve read many articles blaming these chat apps for a lack of productivity, but if you think about Slack memes and personal conversations as drop-in replacement for office banter this is actually a benefit that builds stronger remote teams. Like physical workplace policies, remote policies have the greatest chance of success and buy-in when you involve your staff in the process and give them a sense of ownership. That’s good and all for the future, but what can you do right now? We recommend focusing on communication first. If your staff are working from home long-term for the first time due to the Covid-19 outbreak, they are likely feeling disconnected and coming down with a case of cabin fever. Consider getting the whole team on Slack or Discord and rebooting the office banter, something that is awkward in Reply All emails but comes naturally over chat. Also consider expanding access to your video conferencing platform, expanding the number of concurrent users so that your staff can casually start unscheduled meetings. It’s also important to stay active. When working from home it’s easy to hunker down and not move all day. Remind your staff (and yourself!) that the time they spend commuting, eating lunch, talking to coworkers and grabbing a coffee, etc. is all an active part of their day and that they should substitute it with walks around the neighborhood, exercise videos, and any other way they can work in activities. On a phone call or facetime? Stand up and walk around the block! Another high-priority issue to address right now is ADA accommodations. Any accommodations provided to employees in your offices, such as special desks or A/V devices, must also be provided to staff working remotely. This is not only a compliance issue; it also sends a message to your team that they are being supported and that their health and comfort is a priority. Good luck with your remote working strategies and don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions. This is a difficult time, but we’re all in this together!last_img read more

HGK diving tourism community requests exemption from collection of concessions for underwater cultural goods

first_imgConsidering the situation caused by the coronavirus and the difficulties that affected the diving centers, the Diving Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to the Ministry of Culture to release the collection of approvals (concessions) for underwater cultural goods for 2020.  Namely, on the basis of the Act on the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Ordinance on the Procedure and Manner of Issuing Permits for Underwater Activities in Inland Sea Waters and Territorial Seas of the Republic of Croatia in Areas of Cultural Heritage, performing underwater activities in protected areas. Dorusic praised the quick reaction of the Ministry of Culture and added that he hoped that the requested change to the Ordinance would take place by the end of next week. Attachment: eConsulting: RULEBOOK ON AMENDMENTS TO THE RULEBOOK ON THE PROCEDURE AND MANNER OF ISSUING PERMITS FOR PERFORMING UNDERWATER ACTIVITIES IN INLAND SEA WATERS AND TERRITORIAL SEA OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA IN THE AREA OF THE AREAcenter_img “Given the situation caused by the coronavirus and the difficulties affecting especially those involved in tourism, as well as the dependence of diving tourism on markets that will not recover for some time, it is certain that underwater activities will not take place this year or will be minimal. of planning. Therefore, we ask that you release us from paying the concession“, Explained the president of the Diving Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Vedran Dorušić, which works with the aim of promoting and protecting common interests and the development of diving tourism. It is commendable that the Ministry of Culture accepted the request of the Community and opened jpublic counseling, with a proposed amendment to the Ordinance which is a precondition for exemption: “Pthe payment of the minimum annual fee referred to in paragraph 2 of this Article may be temporarily suspended when special circumstances occur which imply an event or a certain situation which could not have been foreseen and which could not have been affected and which endangers the life and health of citizens. disturbs the environment, disrupts economic activity or causes significant economic damage. “.last_img read more

Guest Column: Preserve city’s history at Liberty Park

first_imgOur local government could capitalize on this rich past by reaffirming liberty in the park’s name, reinstalling the Statue of Liberty replica, and educating students and visitors about Schenectady’s historical support for liberty.The European-American men of Schenectady felt free enough from the encumbrances of monarchial rule in 1766, or perhaps were supportive of it, that they felt no need to form a Schenectady chapter of the Sons of Liberty when requested to do so by the Albany branch.However, by 1775, war had broken out between the Americans and the British, and the people of Schenectady formed a Committee of Safety to defend American interests.The committee elected Christopher Yates chairman, who one year earlier was a founder and the first master of Schenectady’s first Masonic lodge, which was named in honor of St. George.While the first organizational meeting of the Committee of Safety was held at William White’s house, it is possible that future meetings were held in the same location as meetings of St. George’s Lodge.They met at one of the most important meeting places of the time, the Tavern of the Crossed Keys.Robert Clench ran the tavern. Until the city removed it recently, there was a state Department of Education historical marker in Liberty Park designating its location and marking the visit of a certain general. Categories: Editorial, Opinion A record of that meeting does not exist, but Washington wrote a note of thanks to his hosts before he left Schenectady.This note alludes to the discussions about liberty he had with town residents.“In a cause so just and righteous as ours,” he wrote, “May you and the good people of this town … be protected from every insidious or open foe and may the complete blessings of peace soon reward your arduous struggle for establishment of the freedom and independence of our common country.”The city of Schenectady now has a choice.Exile Lady Liberty from her park, eradicate all reference to George Washington’s visit to the location, and eliminate liberty from the park’s name, or continue to capitalize on Schenectady’s historical support and respect for the beautiful idea of liberty.Thomas Hodgkins is a former history teacher and one-time Schenectady resident.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists For The Sunday GazetteIn downtown Schenectady during the Revolutionary War era, Liberty Park was the location where people met to discuss, plan and organize for securing liberty for our people.In the 20th century, people used the site to reflect upon and celebrate the core principle of American life, liberty. The Committee of Safety became the governing committee of the town and helped organize multiple aspects of civic life, including the recruitment and provisioning of two companies of militia men to, in the words of the day, “preserve, if possible, the just liberties of America and to keep and defend the important port of Ticandaroga [sic] in conjunction with brethren of New England”.These were the first soldiers from Schenectady to fight for our country’s freedom, and they marched under company flags emblazoned with the motto “Liberty or Death.”The American Revolution raged on and slowly the British were battered back.On June 30, 1782, Gen. George Washington traveled to Schenectady to discuss the struggle for liberty.Word of his arrival reached the town before he did, so dozens of residents rode their horses out to greet him.When the procession entered the town, about 100 Oneidas and Tuscaroras in full battle array greeted him along with the town’s residents, ringing bells and firing cannons. It was a joyous day.Later that evening, an exclusive group hosted Washington at the Tavern of the Crossed Keys for dinner, toasts and discussions.last_img read more