San Rafael, CA venue Terrapin Crossroads has announced that Phish bassist Mike Gordon will join Phil Lesh & Friends for a special “Big Bass Bash” at the venue on Sunday, July 17th. The show will take place on the Back Porch Stage, and will see Gordon and Lesh joined by Jackie Greene, Barry Sless, Jason Crosby, and John Molo.Mike Gordon Talks Prince, New Phish Album, Dead & Company And MoreTaking on support duties for the event will be The Infamous Stringdusters with Nicki Bluhm and Midnight North. Gordon will be playing on a Phish off day as the group will have just finished a three-night run at The Gorge before beginning another three-night stint at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Monday, July 18th. Gordon is no stranger to Terrapin Crossroads, as the bassist has played the venue back in 2013 and 2014.Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased here.Mike Gordon w/ Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads “U.S. Blues” Live 10/26/14, courtesy of jshensa:
I didn’t know Manus Kelly the rally driver.Unlike so many other people across Donegal, I wasn’t brought up on rallying.But I did know Manus Kelly the man. Perhaps not as well as so many others who mourned his utterly tragic loss last week.But I knew Manus to stop and chat to and have a laugh with. And you always had a laugh with Manus.The last time I spoke to him was a couple of days before he died doing one of the things in life he loved doing.I was in Italy on holiday with my family and he was making the final preparations for this year’s rally. But he wasn’t calling in his own interest but in the interest of others.He wanted me to put in a press release on Donegal Daily urging people to be safe around rally time and to drive carefully and to think of others.I told him I was on holiday but I’d get it sorted through the office for him.He called me a bollox and said something about me being on another holiday and that was the last time we spoke.On Sunday afternoon last I sat down in a bar on a campsite in Italy surrounded by Cavan fans waiting for the Ulster Final to start. I check the Donegal Daily site and noticed that three stages of the rally had been cancelled because of an “incident.”Before I could even check to see what had happened my 15-year-old son showed me a snapchat from one of his friends which simply said ‘RIP Manus.’I just muttered to him that the fella who posted that should be ashamed of himself as I dismissed it out of hand.My phone started to vibrate then to Whats App messages and texts and I knew then that something was dreadfully wrong. I went to my wife who was down beside a lake swimming and getting ready to come up to join us to watch the game.She turned to me and was on her mobile phone and I knew by the look on her face that it was true.I watched the game and thought of the likes of Michael Murphy and Aidy Glackin and if they knew about Manus before they took to the pitch.In truth, I didn’t really watch the game but just thought about Manus and his family, about his wife Bernie and his mother and father Donal and Jackie.I ultimately thought of his kids. Only last week I sat having a cup of coffee in Tobins in Letterkenny and Manus and Bernie’s two eldest sons Mandy and Charlie were in having a sandwich.I know them both through our local Glenswilly GAA club. Two mischevious lads who you wouldn’t change for the world.They laughed at each other and as they ran out the door I had to call out after young Mandy that he had forgotten his coat. He thanked me and away they went.Manus would have just thrown his eyes up to heaven and laughed at the two lads and muttered something like “they’re some bucks.”I’m dreading meeting the Kelly family as much as I want to tell them how sorry I am for the loss of Manus and to apologise for not being at Manus’ funeral and wake.Decent people. No-nonsense people. Community people. People people.We came back from holiday on Saturday night and we headed down to Manus’ grave to say a prayer and to pay our respects.Pictures of him on the grave amidst fresh floral tributes with poignant messages from family members.For some unknown reason which I am ashamed of I became angry with Manus for being behind the steering wheel of that car.But deep down I know he loved it like all the other things in life he loved including Bernie and the kids, his family, his work and his community.I turned from his graveside and looked across the skyline above the graves at Conwal towards Bomany which had turned an unforgiving black with rain-swollen clouds.I have only black thoughts when I think of Manus and how, like so many others, we didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to him.I’m trying to think of the many, many happier times when he made me laugh be it down in his café, out on the sideline in the park at Glenswilly or just a casual meeting on the street.It’s difficult but we have to try.To eventually smile and remember Manus with fondness in the passing of time rather than to think about his sad and sudden passing is what his legacy should be.Thanks for being you, Manus.SM.THANKS FOR BEING YOU, MANUS was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalglenswillyManus Kellyrallytribute
Two police personnel were injured on Sunday in an encounter with Naxals in the insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. The encounter took place when security forces were carrying out an anti-Maoist operation in the forests of the Basaguda police station area, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Dantewada) Sundarraj P. said. The Naxals indiscriminately fired at them, leading to a gunbattle.“A DRG [District Reserve Guard] head constable Raju Kodmul and an assistant constable of the district police Suresh Madkam were injured,” he said. When a team of CoBRA [Commando Battalion for Resolute Action] and DRG was advancing through the forests of Raigundam village on the border of Bijapur and Sukma districts, armed naxals opened indiscriminate firing on them, leading to a gunbattle between both the sides, the DIG said. The rebels soon fled the spot.“As per the injured jawans, after spotting that a couple of naxals were hit by bullets in the exchange of fire, they were trying to retrieve their bodies. In the process, they came under fire by back-up support group of naxals leaving two of the jawans injured,” the DIG said.In the meanwhile, the ultras managed to drag the body of their colleagues inside the forest taking advantage of the thick vegetation, the official.“While Kodmul received bullet injury in his abdomen, Madkam sustained superficial injury on his leg,” he said.Soon after getting the information, Mi-17 chopper was sent to evacuate the injured personnel, the DIG said, adding that they were airlifted to Raipur, where they have been admitted to a private hospital.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is happy with his side’s first away victory as they thrashed Hamilton 4-1 on Sunday.Gerrard’s men could only come away with a victory in the final six minutes when they scored three goals in a keenly contested affair.However, the Liverpool legend reckoned his team were more than a little fortunate to secure all three points after a lacklustre display at New Douglas Park.“Very happy with the three points,” Gerrard told Sky. “I did not think we played well today at all and 4-1 flattered us a bit. We were not really at it today.Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“But all the talk before the game was of how we can’t win away from home, so we will take the three points and move on.“We are on the back of two really good performances and in your head, you are looking for something close to that. But the pitch and the environments become a leveller.“But maybe I am wanting too much and wanting to see too much on the eye. People only ever remember the result.”
BANGALORE, India â€” India’s consumer market is getting increasingly conscious by the day about what it totes. Aspirational brands, such as Hidesign, are striving to carve a niche for themselves in India while focusing on improving their presence in the global market.Dilip Kapur, Hidesign’s president, spoke to International Business Times about the challenges and opportunities of operating in such a highly competitive market. Here are the edited excerpts from the interaction.IBT: How did Hidesign come about?Dilip Kapur: Hidesign came about out of a belief of being very environment conscious and a strong focus on the natural ingredients. These values remain with the company to this day.IBT: What market strategy has Hidesign followed so far?Dilip Kapur: Initially, Hidesign as a brand was primarily focused on the international market. We were interested in having our own design and our own way of working. We didn’t produce for anybody else â€” something unique to a company at that point in time. Until 2000, we were only selling in overseas markets.This was also the time we started opening stores because we couldn’t find distributors in India, even though there were a lot of established distributors outside India. As a result, the brand grew more directly and organically in India. It was more in touch with the consumer here. The Indian growth story has largely contributed to our own growth story.IBT: Since entering the Indian market, how has Hidesign, and the market in general, evolved?Dilip Kapur: In the recent years, we have seen India evolve as the main market for Hidesign. However, we are again realigning our focus back on the international market. We have relaunched Hidesign America and Hidesign UK. We were always present in these countries, but through distributors.Now we are going to these markets directly, with a greater focus on the consumer and the brand itself and a little less focus on the sales per se. We are also entering new countries such as Dubai and Oman in the Middle East. We are also foraying into Africa.IBT: What makes the African markets interesting for Hidesign?Dilip Kapur: We are launching in Kenya and Congo. These are countries that are going through similar type of growth trajectories India has already been through. There is an aspirational quality to the brand in these markets and unlike Italy and other markets which are already saturated these markets are more open to new brands.IBT: How is Hidesign performing financially?Dilip Kapur: Every year, we invest around Rs.20 crores. Our revenue for 2014-15, was between Rs.150 crores and Rs.160 crores. India being the largest market, contributes between 75 percent and 80 percent of our revenue followed by the U.K., Australia and the USA. Almost 20 percent of our international business comes from the U.K. alone. In India, we have 74 exclusive distributors and 150 shop-in-shops. In India, the NCR (National Capital Region) gives us the maximum sales.IBT: What are the major challenges that Hidesign faces in the India market?Dilip Kapur: In India, the primary challenge is the real estate. Real estate is scarce and expensive. It is also difficult to get good management staff and the attrition rates are also high.IBT: Quite often, the customer has difficulty associating Hidesign as an Indian-origin brand. Is that intentional?Dilip Kapur: It is true that people have difficulty thinking Hidesign is an Indian origin brand because it represents an international lifestyle and not typically an Indian lifestyle. However, it is from India. Even to an Indian, we represent a cosmopolitan international lifestyle.We are now making a bag for Fabindia. The partnership will be a very simple one wherein we will be designing and making the bags exclusively for them and they will be selling it.IBT: How are you looking at the online marketplace?Dilip Kapur: We look at the online market as just another platform. Hidesign has a strong focus on its online strategy. We are very focused on giving the same experience to the online buyer. We are also exploring partnership with brands such as Amazon. In the last year, the visitors on our website have gone from 30,000 a month to over 140,000 per month. We have no interest in luring customers by giving unrealistic discounts.IBT: In a market that is witnessing an increasingly number of players, how do you plan to retain your edge over your competitors?Dilip Kapur: One major advantage that we have over other similar brands is our first mover advantage. We already have a connect with our consumers and thus, a certain client base. Having gone to the market directly, we are more aware of the aspirations and needs of the Indian customer. Our distribution network is a well established one. Importantly, the India market as it evolves will get more segmented and our positions more defined.
Laura IsenseeThe HISD board of trustees elected new officers for 2019: Secretary Sergio Lira; Second Vice President Elizabeth Santos; President Diana Dávila; First Vice President Holly Vilaseca; and Assistant Secretary Sue Deigaard.The Houston School Board has new officers to set the tone and direction of the group. On Thursday, Trustee Diana Dávila was elected as president, which means she can set the agenda.As she accepted the gavel at Thursday’s meeting, Dávila alluded to the district’s challenges and criticism of the board.“You’re right there have been choppy waters, I’m going on my sixteenth year and there have always been choppy waters, there are always sharks in the water,” she said.Dávila previously served on the HISD board of trustees from 2003 to 2010. A former teacher, Dávila was reelected in 2015.The slate of new officers reflected the racial divide on the board: The four top spots all went to the board’s Latino members. None of the board’s black trustees were nominated, though they’ve all held leadership positions in the past few years. The school board is also moving forward with hiring an executive coach, so members can better lead the state’s largest school district. For months, the Houston school board has been criticized for their behavior. And this month, Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that their leadership is a joke.One candidate is the state’s deputy education commissioner. Some parents like Karina Quesada De Leon spoke against that idea, since HISD faces the threat of a state takeover.“Whatever problems you have now will only be made worse. And this will certainly not benefit our most neglected students. Don’t shoot yourselves in the shoot and invite him into your house — you will live to regret it,” Quesada De Leon said.The board plans to consider candidates and make a final selection in February. Kay Douglas, a consultant with the Texas Association of School Boards, offered her services at the board’s meeting.“I would like to work with you collectively, but also individually, to deal with you as the competent professionals that you are and to stand beside you,” Douglas said. Share
Kolkata: Stating that steps have been taken to avoid even stray incidents during and ahead of the Panchayat election, Anuj Sharma, the Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), said: “The West Bengal Police is sufficient to conduct a peaceful and fair Panchayat poll.”He has also stated while addressing the Press in the state secretariat that all political parties are getting equal chances to file nomination without any hindrance.Sharma said: “It is being shown in a section of media that nobody can file nomination as trouble is taking place at different places. It is also being shown that some political parties are not being able to file nominations there. But I would like to say that the facts and figures collected from the districts show that overall, all parties are getting chances to file nominations.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsGiving data on the number of nominations filed, showing that all political parties are getting equal chances in filing nomination, he maintained: “In the last two days in Gram Panchayat level, 1,614 nominations have been filed by All India Trinamool Congress, while other political parties have filed 1,692 nominations. It shows that all political parties were being able to file nominations.”When asked whether there is a need of the Central forces to conduct the probe, Sharma said: “No, the state police are sufficient in conducting free, fair and peaceful election.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe further said that the nomination process is going on smoothly at the moment and to maintain the same, they are sending additional police forces.In connection with the stray incidents that took place in some places, Sharma said: “Some incidents have taken place and it has been taken note of. There are 48,500 Gram Panchayat seats and incidents have taken place in some of the places. Cases have been started and legal action will also be taken against the people involved in these incidents.”He further said that instructions have been passed to superintendents of police and commissioners of concerned police commissionerates to take all necessary steps, so that nomination process is completed peacefully.”There is strong police arrangement and it has been instructed to further increase the vigil where it is required,” he maintained.It may be mentioned that police have taken adequate steps with regard to an incident of a journalist being attacked in Cooch Behar on Wednesday.
Known globally for their rare excellence and perfection of technique, Raja and Radha Reddy complete 50 years in the art of Kuchipudi this year. The duo is solely responsible to help bring the Indian classical dance form of Kuchipudi to the cultural map of the world. “I m very proud and happy, this is the happiness that we get after completing 50 years in the divine art of Kuchipudi. It’s not only me, but Radha, Kaushalya and my 2 daughters are very proud of the moment,” says Raja Reddy. Trained by eminent Kuchipudi dancers, Sri Vedantam Prahlada Sarma and Sri PVG Krishna, for Raja Reddy, the love for kuchipudi came at an early age and Radha followed his path after their wedding. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey became the first Indian dancers to perform at the International Dance Festival of Avignon in France and Salzburg (Austria) and the Festivals of India in the USA, UK and Bangladesh. In Japan, the Reddys were two of the twenty –two star dancers from across the world invited to perform at The All-star Ballet Gala Festival.For the last 20 years, ‘Natya Tarangini performing arts,’ established by Raja Radha Reddy has been organizing its annual “Parampara Series – The National festival of Music and Dance” to promote the Indian dance and music. As Padma Shree and Padma Bhushana Raja Radha Reddy complete their 50 years of service to the field of Indian classical dance form – Kuchipudi; they attribute their success to Lord Shiva on the occasion of Mahashivaratri on February 24. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRaja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy are organising an ode to Nataraja – an all night concert series at the Natya Tarangini Performing Arts Centre, which had been formed forty years ago by the Reddys in order to train innumerable Indian classical dance lovers around the world.Mahashivaratri is the most important festival for the devotees of Lord Shiva. The festival has been accorded a lot of significance in Hindu mythology. It says that if a devotee sincerely worships Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivratri then that person is absolved of all sins and attains moksha. Known as “Black Shiva” all over the world, Raja Reddy said, “During my childhood, we used to sing and dance for the whole night in the praise of Lord Shiva and we want to maintain our country’s tradition in the national Capital as well and this is the reason of our celebration on the occasion of Mahashivaratri.” The Mahashivratri concert will be presenting gems of classical dance and music such as Raja Radha Reddy, Ashwini Bhide, Rajendra Gangani, Aditi Sharma, Vagesh, Yamini and Bhavana Reddy and many talented youth from the field of dance and music as they perform Shiv Aradhana at the NatyaTarangini building premises in Saket at 8:30 pm. The featured artists will be dedicating their performances to Lord Shiva by showing different aspects of his existence in the form of various episodes of Lord Shiva’s leelas such as NeelKantha showing how he consumed poison to save people during samudra manthan; or the story of a boy whose life was protected by Shiva.