Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir kicked off his brief, country-spanning “Campfire Tour” last Friday, and stopped at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA for a great performance last night. Weir recently released Blue Mountain, his first full batch of solo songwriting in over 30 years. The album itself paints a beautiful picture of cowboy living, but the music truly comes to life witnessing Weir with a guitar in hand.At times Weir would play by himself, at others he would perform with his newly-arranged ensemble that includes Steve Kimock, Bryan Devendorf, Scott Devendorf, Jon Shaw and Josh Kaufman. While the show focused on the music of Blue Mountain, there were plenty of treats for Weir’s longtime fans. He even opened the show with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” and included “Big River,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Bird Song,” “Cassidy,” “Ship Of Fools,” “Standing On The Moon” and “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” throughout the performance. The encore saw Weir and his band play “Ki-Yi Bossie” and “Peggy-O,” closing out the night with the emotional two-song pairing.Thanks to YouTube user gridlifeTV, we can watch a handful of videos from the performance, including the great 14-minute version of “Bird Song”. Tune in below and enjoy.GonesvilleBird SongKi-Yi BossieThe full setlist can be seen below. [Photo courtesy of mattbusch28 // Instagram]
The newly appointed president of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), Mr. David K. Sembeh, has assured his colleagues that he will do everything possible to address the challenges and gaps facing the association.“As we have set ourselves to pursue our agenda for 2017, which includes the launching of LIBA’s five-year strategic plan, the holding of a national retreat, finalizing the MOU with the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), etc., we realized several challenges confronting the progress of LIBA,” said Sembeh.Making the disclosure recently at a press conference held at his AB Tolbert road office in Paynesville, the new LIBA boss said the organization will remain committed to working with the government, development partners, stakeholders in the public and private sectors, and Liberian owned-businesses in all categories, including those in the Diaspora.Mr. Sembeh, who previously served as vice president of the association, told newsmen he is assuming the position as new president of LIBA until the first quarter of 2018, at which time LIBA’s Annual National Convention will elect a new leadership.According to him, he was appointed to the position based on a decision by LIBA’s executive committee, who upheld the provisions in line with the by-Laws and Constitution, specifically section 3, Articles A and C which states that “The Vice President shall, in the absence of the President, preside at all meetings in which the President, by this Constitution, has power to preside…he/she shall succeed the President in case of death, resignation, impeachment or disability to serve.”He said as president of LIBA, he will continue to develop strategies that will enable the association to implement the mandate given to it as the umbrella organization of all Liberian-owned and operated businesses in the country.Sembeh explained further that his leadership is in the process of engaging past presidents of the association to work together to better strengthen LIBA.“I would like to seize this opportunity to acknowledge the immense contributions made to LIBA by the former presidents and their respective leaderships: Dr. Charles Clake, Mrs. Cora Peabody, Mr. Tugbeh Doe, Mr. Samuel Mitchell Jr., and Mr. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah Sr.,” he added.Mr. Sembeh also used the occasion to inform the entire LIBA membership, both institutional and individual members, and development partners that the day-to-day affairs of LIBA will be carried out under his leadership with support from other nationally elected officials, including Madam Leelai Kpukuyou, secretary-general, and Mr. Reginald M. Sao, financial secretary.“By this press conference, we are now formally informing our members, development partners and the general public as well as stakeholders both in public and private sectors that Mr. Kemayah is no longer president of LIBA,” he added.It can be recalled that since the election of the former President of LIBA as the national chairman of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) in Gbarnga, Bong County a year ago, there continue to be mounting concerns from within and outside the association.Many viewed Mr. Dee Maxwell Kemayah’s presidency of LIBA while at the same time chairman of MOVEE as a conflict of interest.“Not only is he serving two variant positions at the same time, his decision is tantamount to exposing the Liberia Business Association to integrity problems, as well as truly endangering the future and survival of the association,” said a member of LIBA.“In other words, the government with whom LIBA must collaborate in accordance with the Act creating it, may find it difficult for such a collaboration. Partners may even raise eyebrows at the way its leadership is transformed.”Meanwhile, Mr. Sembeh announced that under his leadership, LIBA will shortly convene a consultative meeting with other institutional members, such as the Federation of Road Transport Union, Liberia Marketing Association, Liberia Petty Traders Union, Liberia National Tailors, Textile, Garment and Allied Workers Union, Furniture and Carpenters Union, Retailers Association of Petroleum Products and Water Producer Association, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“When you wear that La Salle jersey you have to play befitting of La Salle,” said De Jesus in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “I told them ‘you played like you’re in an inter-barangay league. You belong to the barangay level, not in the UAAP.’”The last time La Salle suffered two losses in three games was back in Season 70 when the Lady Spikers forfeited 11 straight matches after Jacq Alarca continued to play despite her school’s approval of her leave of absence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd that was a UAAP ruling, and not a result of playing and executing the Xs and Os on the padded floor.La Salle’s loss to National University ended in five sets, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, and De Jesus felt the shock was still in his players’ minds. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle suffered its second loss in three games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, and head coach Ramil De Jesus had every reason to be furious.The Lady Spikers lost in four sets to Adamson University, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, in a display the 10-time champion coach found appalling.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Read Next “I have to admit I got emotional in the locker room and that’s the first time they saw me that way,” said De Jesus, whose team slipped to 4-2. “They talked with each other and, hopefully, they’ve figured things out. They have to adjust their character as players because they’re the ones who are together on the floor.”In terms of offensive numbers, there weren’t glaring disparities between the two teams, Adamson had a 63-57 edge in all three categories combined, but it was in the passing game that the Lady Falcons had the Lady Spikers beat.Fhen Emnas had all 43 of Adamson’s excellent sets and La Salle mustered just 32 as a whole team with setter Michelle Cobb taking responsibility for 29 of it.“We have to address an issue within our team, if there is one, because the skills are already there,” said De Jesus.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tokyo returns with Summer Games with something new to prove Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 18, 2017 – Nassau – Marquis Who’s Who, the premier authority on who makes a difference in the worlds of politics, law, science, art, business and community, has bestowed its highest honour on visionary entrepreneur Michael D. Dingman, naming him a 2017 Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achiever. Mr. Dingman, a businessman, international investor and philanthropist, is the first Bahamian to have achieved the distinction.According to a statement issued by Marquis September 16, Mr. Dingman is being “celebrated for his significant achievements, leadership qualities and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.”Over more than six decades, Mr. Dingman’s intellectual curiosity, engineering background and constantly inquiring mind have led him to historic firsts in practical science applications, corporate and national economic development in struggling economies and extended to founding the award-winning Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland.Reached shortly after he received news of the honour, Mr. Dingman said he was taken by surprise.Michael Dingman“I am humbled by this honour,” he said. “There are so many people out there leading corporations, making important contributions, uncovering cures for diseases or new ways to produce food, it is humbling to think that someone like me who got his start long before the first cell phone call was ever made is being remembered and honoured by the founders of Who’s Who. I hope this inspires other Bahamians who believe they can make a difference.”The current president and chief executive officer of Shipston Group, Ltd, a private equity company based in Nassau, Bahamas, Mr. Dingman began his career as a partner at Burnham and Company in 1964. In 1970, he became the president, chief executive officer, and member of the board of directors of the Wheelabrator-Frye Inc., where he served for more than 10 years. Mr. Dingman established Wheelabrator-Frye Inc. by combining the Wheelabrator industrial-cleaning and air-pollution-control units with Frye Copysystems, a manufacturer of printing inks. In 1983, Wheelabrator was acquired by The Signal Companies, where Mr. Dingman served as president and member of the board of directors until 1985.Allied Corporation and Signal Companies merged in 1985 to establish The Henley Group Inc., and Mr. Dingman maintained his position within the new corporation as chief executive officer and chairman of the board. He was also chairman of the board of Fisher Science International Inc, from 1991 to 1998 and chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Abex Inc. from 1992 to 1995. He served as a member of the board of directors of Ford Motor Company, Fisher Science International Inc, Time Warner, Inc., Mellon Finance Corporation, and Teekay Shipping Corp. He also served his community as a trustee of The John A. Hartford Foundation.Mr. Dingman received an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Business and Management from the University of Maryland. Mr. Dingman is an active member of the advanced board of IEEE. He is also a member of multiple clubs, including Links, the Yacht Club of New York City; Union Club in Boston; Cruising of America in Connecticut; the Bohemian in San Francisco; Lyford Cay in Nassau; La Jolla Country Club; and the San Diego Yacht Club. He has been featured in Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in the World.In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who’s Who community, Mr. Dingman has been featured on the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.Release: DPA Media
Though they patched up and were working on their relationship, the couple were recently embroiled in another cheating scandal. It was revealed that Tristan and Kylie Jenner’s best friend, Jordyn Woods got close at a house party.After Tristan’s recent tryst with the 21-year-old model, Khloe has parted ways with him, forever.Meanwhile, Jordyn shared her side of the story, in an emotional interview on Red Table Talk. During the conversation, she said that they did flirt at the party, but it was the father-of-one who kissed her first, not her. Click here to watch the full interview. As for the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, she shared a lengthy message about letting go on Instagram. She wrote: “You can’t force someone to be loyal, kind, understanding. You can’t force someone to be the person you need them to be.” Tristan Thompson cheated on Khloe Kardashian with Jordyn WoodsMike Lawrie/Getty ImagesTristan Thompson is reportedly planning to miss his daughter’s first birthday celebrations. True will turn one on 12 April.According to Radar Online, the Canadian basketball player does not want to face Khloe Kardashian and her whole family. A source said: “Tristan does not want to set foot near Khloe’s family because he knows how much they all despise him right now.””Tristan does not want to be there for the party because he does not want to get reamed all over again. He’s going to do what he always does, which is try to make up for missing out by buying True expensive gifts,” the insider went on.In 2018, Khloe and the 27-year-old athlete’s relationship was on the rocks after he was caught cheating on the Revenge Body host with multiple women while she was pregnant with their daughter.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:45 Listen X The City of Galveston has requested $30 million in post-Harvey funds from FEMA to pay for a new pumping system.Galveston City Manager Brian Maxwell said they want to do a pilot program that could provide some relief downtown and on the east side. He added it’s not just the heavy rains that are causing problems, but also rising sea levels.“Not only are we having higher-than-normal high tides, we are having tides that don’t recede down to the complete lower level,” said Maxwell, “which doesn’t help our drainage system to completely void itself of all the water that’s in the system.”Another issue that hampers drainage is the fact that Galveston doesn’t have retention or detention ponds to collect rainwater. Maxwell said there’s not enough space on the island and they also don’t have the right kind of soil.“Our water has to travel a good distance,” explained Maxwell, “we have lines that are two, two-and-a-half miles long that we’re trying to move water down in underground pipes.”As to whether Galveston will get the money for the pumps, Maxwell said he hopes they get an answer from FEMA sometime in the next 12 months.In the meantime, the City is making some improvements to its existing drainage system using money from a bond issue voters approved last year. Share
Soft skills have been high on the tech agenda for a while now. This was largely down to the stereotypical (and unfair) image of the IT team as quiet, uncommunicative and awkward. But it is also related to broader changes in tech. Today, more people have a stake in software related projects. Product and project managers, even financial managers, will have their work impacted by software. That means everyone’s communication around it is so important. This year’s Skill Up report clearly highlights that developers are aware of how valuable soft skills really are. A huge 96% of respondents said they believe that developing soft skills is important: The Skill Up 2018 report will be available to download on Monday 4 June. Perhaps this isn’t that surprising. We all know how much of a difference effective communication can make on a project. Without good communication, the technical bits of work become even harder. Why soft skills are important to developers working today If we go back to the stereotype of the ring-fenced IT team, it’s not hard to see why soft skills are so valued by business leaders and management figures. It’s almost as if trainers and consultants and management have conspired, saying ‘we need these engineers to be more like us’. But whatever the management industry want from tech pros, it’s clear that the real advantage of developing soft skills are for developers themselves. Here are just a few reasons why soft skills are so important for developers: It makes collaboration easier. You can’t of course, collaborate if you don’t communicate. And in today’s Agile-centric software world, clear communication is crucial. When you’re working to tight deadlines, being clear about your challenges and problems is vital. Soft skills can change how you focus on problems. Communication changes the way you understand problems. It changes the way they are framed. For example, is the database issue simply a technical issue, or is there a wider point about what the knock on effect for the user will be? There’s usually a number of technical solutions, but to select the best one, you often need a frank and clear discussion about the impact different decisions might make. Soft skills open up your career path. When you develop your soft skills you find that you occupy a subtly different role within your team or even within your organization. You become more visible to other people – maybe even more trusted. That can only be a good thing. At a superficial level it’s about status; but more importantly it allows you to push forward your own interests. How often have you found your opinions and ideas discounted or ignored? Yes, maybe your ideas were just really bad, but maybe you just didn’t quite communicate them properly. Similarly, soft skills are also essential for anyone networking. True, networking is rarely anyone’s favorite pastime, but doing it well could do wonders for your future. Also, meeting people is sometimes fun! Good people do exist! It makes work more enjoyable. Work isn’t going to be great every day. But anyone who’s worked in a job they hate will probably know that communication challenges are often at the root of their dissatisfaction. Of course, sometimes other people are the problem. But if you can keep up your end of the bargain, you’ve done all you can. And if you can start to help other people develop soft skills then you’re well on your way to becoming an important and valuable leader. You learn more when you communicate. This really comes back to collaboration, but it’s a little more specific than that. When technology changes so quickly and there are so many options out there – from what you learn to how you learn it – engaging with others can be so important. This might just be about the conversations you have with colleagues. But it’s also the wider conversations you take part in within a given community. Perhaps you contribute to a forum, or maybe just like tweeting – either way you’re not only playing an important role in the community, you’re also pushing your knowledge and understanding forward. The reasons why soft skills are important could be huge. And given 96% of developers believe it to be important, it would seem that no one really needs convincing. However, it is important to see how soft skills impact different parts of your job, and even your life. Yes it’s about writing great emails, but it isn’t just that. Yes it’s about learning how to network at conferences but it’s also much more than that. You can’t have great technical skill without soft skills The bottom line is that it’s hard to be a great technician without soft skills. It’s possible, but very rare. Nothing technical happens in a vacuum – technical things are always about people. Forget management speak and training courses: that, really, is the one thing you need to remember. Read next Soft skills every data scientist should teach their