The grateful iteration Dead & Company has taken a page from the Grateful Dead playbook, announcing a free show in San Francisco coming up next Monday, May 23rd. The show will be held at The Fillmore, and tickets go on sale tomorrow, May 19th, at 12 PM Pacific.The band only asks that you “pay it forward” by performing some random act of kindness, and sharing it with the hashtag #DeadandCoSF. The announcement reads “Please share your good deeds and generosity with us, and let the cosmos know how you are paying it forward.” Could this band be any cooler?Perhaps one of the most famous free Grateful Dead performances came in the middle of Haight Street on March 3rd, 1968, when the band set up shop and played a show completely unannounced. When word got out, thousands flocked to the streets and witnessed the Grateful Dead magic in its glory. This image just about says it all:You can find out more information about the free show coming up this Monday, through the band’s website.
The Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) and the Council on the Arts at Harvard, a standing committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, announced the recipients of the annual undergraduate arts prizes for 2012. The awards, presented to more than 100 undergraduates over the past 30 years, recognize outstanding accomplishments in the arts undertaken during a student’s time at Harvard.Matthew Aucoin ’12 received the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts. The prize recognizes outstanding artistic talent and achievement in the composition or performance of music, drama, dance, or the visual arts. This prize honors the sum of a student’s artistic activities at Harvard.An English concentrator and student in Kirkland House, Aucoin has been awarded this prize in recognition of his exceptional and extensive work as a musician, pianist, composer, and conductor. He has ample experience conducting with professional orchestras and professionals in the operatic world, including work with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe, and singers Lawrence Brownlee, Takesha Kizart, and Adriana Kucerova. Additionally, he has served as assistant to Maestro Will Crutchfield and Johannes Debus. He was a recipient of a 2010 Artist Development Fellowship from the OFA, which he used to study conducting at Italy’s La Scala and Maggio Musicale. A promising composer, Aucoin has completed two original operas, one of which, “Hart Crane,” will premiere at the Loeb Drama Center this month. On campus, he serves as an assistant conductor for the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra and music director for the Dunster House Opera Society, whose spring production featured his original translation of “Le Nozze di Figaro.” Additionally, Aucoin served as poetry editor of the Harvard Advocate, and is the author of a creative thesis, a book of poems advised by Jorie Graham, Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, with whom he is currently directing Harvard’s 375th anniversary poetry celebration taking place during the Arts First festival.Sara Stern ’12 received the Council Prize in Visual Arts. The Council Prize in Visual Arts recognizes outstanding work in the field of visual arts.A visual and environmental studies (VES) concentrator in Lowell House, Stern has been awarded this prize for her extensive work across sculpture, performance art, design, photography, and mixed- and multimedia installation. She has spent her summers working with various arts organizations, helping to organize the first major exhibition of socially engaged art as an intern at the arts nonprofit CREATIVE TIME, taking fashion design classes at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano in Milan, and acting as the first student intern at the Denniston Hill artist residency in upstate New York. On campus, she has worked as a junior research partner at the Radcliffe Institute with art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty and artist Taylor Davis, researching topics such as the history of Internet art and the intersection of text and image in medieval manuscripts. She has been a proctor for the Freshman Arts Program for four years, and has participated in 10 Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club (HRDC) theater productions, working as a sculptural installation artist, poster designer, and scenic designer. She is also currently an arts columnist for the Harvard Crimson. Her work has been featured in the Harvard Advocate, exhibited in Massachusetts Hall, the i-lab, Linden Street Studios, and the Carpenter Center. Stern’s VES thesis focuses on the transmission of identity and manufacturing of persona through fabricated conversations and events. It will be presented in several multimedia video, sound, and text installations at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts this spring.Stewart Kramer ’12 received the Radcliffe Doris Cohen Levi Prize. The prize recognizes a Harvard college student who combines talent and energy with outstanding enthusiasm for musical theater at Harvard and honors the memory of Doris Cohen Levi, Radcliffe ’35.A resident of Mather House concentrating in music, Kramer is awarded this prize for his work in musical theater productions both as an actor and director. He has performed in and/or directed more than 25 productions with Dunster House Opera, the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players (HRG&SP), the Harvard-Radcliffe Summer Theater, and the HRDC, taking on roles including Dr. Falke in “Die Fledermaus,” Jamie in “The Last Five Years,” and John Wilkes Booth in “Assassins.” He has also directed Dunster House Opera productions of “Albert Herring,” and his and fellow senior Matt Aucoin’s original translation of “Le Nozze di Figaro.” This spring, Kramer will originate the role of Malcolm Cowley in Aucoin’s original opera, “Hart Crane.”Danielle Drees ’12 and Elizabeth Mak ’12 received the Louise Donovan Award. The award recognizes a Harvard student who has done outstanding work behind the scenes in the arts (e.g., as a producer, accompanist, set designer, or mentor and leader in the undergraduate arts world).An English concentrator in Leverett House, Drees has been awarded this prize for her complete body of behind-the-scenes work and dedication to improving the overall quality of theater at Harvard. During her four years in the HRDC, Drees has served as a producer, stage manager, dramaturge, venue manager, box office manager, assistant designer, and adviser for more than 30 productions. She was the HRDC’s vice president and mainstage coordinator in 2011, as well as the club’s Experimental Theater coordinator in 2010, during which she oversaw productions in the Loeb Experimental Theater. Drees has also led numerous seminars in stage management and producing for the undergraduate community at Harvard.A special concentrator in performance and theatre arts in Cabot House, Mak has been awarded this prize for her work in dance and theater as a scenic and lighting designer as well as a variety of stage management and technical support roles. Mak has designed for more than 10 HRDC productions as well as for the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training. She also was lighting intern for the American Repertory Theater’s production of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.” Additionally, she has worked extensively in the dance community, including productions for the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company, Harvard CityStep, and the Harvard Ballet Company. She stage managed the 2010 Arts First Dance Festival as well as three Harvard Dance Program’s Dancers’ Viewpointe concerts. Mak has also worked with the professional theater company Lyric Stage Company of Boston and at the Williamstown Theater Festival.Merritt Moore ’12 received the Suzanne Farrell Dance Award. Named for the acclaimed dancer and former prima ballerina of New York City Ballet, the prize recognizes a Harvard undergraduate who has demonstrated outstanding artistry in the field of dance.A December 2011 graduate with a degree in physics, Moore has been an active member of the Harvard dance community, particularly with the Harvard Ballet Company. She was featured in numerous dance concerts on campus, including “American Grace and Momentum” (for which she also served as artistic director) on the Loeb Drama Center Mainstage. She has performed professionally with Boston Ballet and Zurich Ballet Company and just completed an appearance with the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. In addition to her performance experience, Moore served on the Harvard Dance Director Search Committee in 2011 and was a member of the Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA).Anh Lê ’12 received the first Robert E. Levi Prize. This prize has been established to acknowledge a Harvard College senior who has demonstrated outstanding arts management skills over the course of an undergraduate career. The recipient’s dedication, organizational talent, and creative problem-solving, as well as ability to nurture artistry, have been critical factors in the success of one or more arts organizations and/or projects. The award honors the memory of Robert E. Levi ’33, M.B.A ’35.A history and literature concentrator in Mather House, Lê has produced the Lowell House Opera, stage managed for the HRG&SP, and managed the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum tour. As tour manager, she managed the recent (summer 2011) three-week tour to Germany and Austria for 60 choristers, overseeing a student committee, raising funds, and organizing transportation, lodging, activities, and 10 concerts. She has interned as an arts administrator with the American Repertory Theater and Opera Holland Park during her undergraduate summers. In addition to working in production, Lê is also a classically trained pianist and choral singer.Ryan Halprin ’12 received the Jonathan Levy Award. This prize recognizes the most promising undergraduate actor at the College.A neurobiology concentrator in Lowell House, Halprin is a seasoned performer in both theater and musical theater, and has played roles such as Roy in “Trust,” Hildy Johnson in “The Front Page,” the narrator/mysterious man in “Into the Woods,” and Amos Hart in “Chicago.” He has been a cast member of Hasty Pudding Theatricals since his freshman year, and served as the cast vice president for the organization in 2011-12. Additionally, Halprin is a correspondent for the comedy news show “On Harvard Time” and is a member of Harvard’s Improvisation company, On Thin Ice. This spring Halprin directed and choreographed the Loeb Mainstage production of “Sunday in the Park with George,” choreographed work for the upcoming Harvard Modern Dance Company show “Reconfigured,” and will appear in and direct the upcoming Arts First festival Sunken Garden Children’s Theater production.Brenda Lin ’12 received the Alan Symonds Award. The Alan Symonds Award, administered by the Office for the Arts and given by the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players in honor of Alan Symonds ’69-76, HRG&SP alumnus, and former technical director for Harvard College Theatre, recognizes outstanding work in technical theater and commitment to mentoring fellow student technicians.A neurobiology concentrator living in Lowell House, Lin has been involved as a technical designer for 12 productions during her time at Harvard, including serving as the set designer for “The Spanish Tragedy” in Farkas Hall (formerly New College Theatre) and “Dracula” in the Loeb Ex. In addition to her experience as a designer, she has served on the technical staffs of more than 20 productions at Harvard. In 2010, Lin was elected to the board of the HRDC, and served as technical liaison. She is the assistant to Loeb Technical Director Michael Griggs and has also been a member of the design boards of the Harvard Science Review and Harvard Brain magazine. She is currently designing the set for Matt Aucoin’s opera “Hart Crane,” which will premiere on the Loeb Mainstage this month.
By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaWith all the emphasis on test scores and high performance inschool, sometimes it’s easy to overlook a truly basic skill: howto study.”Just as you need space to work when you cook, work on thecomputer or think, your child needs space for learning,” said DonBower, an Extension Service human development specialist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.”How their study space is arranged, set up and used all affectgood study habits,” he said.Even in the early grades, Bower said, your child will benefitfrom a quiet, well-lighted, comfortable place of his own.”The best place would be away from the loud noise and heavytraffic of family life,” Bower said. “Try to enforce a ‘quiettime’ or study period so all the students in the family canconcentrate.”‘But Mom!’Your kids may try to convince you that they study better with theTV or rock music blaring. Don’t buy it. But don’t blindly insiston complete silence, either.”Recent research shows that while many students learn best whenit’s quiet, others find that some background noise energizestheir minds,” Bower said. “Soft music may also help cut down ondistracting household noise.”More and more students today have portable music players withearphones, he said. Using these can provide background music forthe student using them and quiet for those around him.If your kids don’t like the quiet study time, try a week of quietstudy followed by a week of study with soft music, he said.Compare the results.The basicsEvery child needs at least a table or desk with a comfortablechair. Arrange the desk so that everything is within reach, Bowersaid. As your child gets older, he may need more supplies.Some families use the kitchen or dining room table for homeworkspace, he said. But that area usually includes lots ofdistractions.Folders, files and drawers help the child stay organized, hesaid. They can help him see his progress on big projects, too.Seeing a project take shape can give him pride in his achievement.If a special study area for each child isn’t possible, a table orlapboard might make him more comfortable. Whatever his studyspace is, good lighting and accessible supplies are stillimportant.Library”Building a family study library is a good idea and doesn’t haveto cost a lot of money,” Bower said. The basics should include agood dictionary, U.S. map and world map or globe. If your familyhas a computer, these resources are likely available on-line.A good substitute for having your own family library, he said, isto take your student to the public library.”The public library not only provides a peaceful environment forstudy,” he said, “but it also provides wonderful resources toyoung learners. Libraries are full of print and on-line referencematerials, and librarians can help your child find what he needs.”Your child should have his own library card and learn to use itresponsibly, he said.MoreSetting up a study area for your child can make studying easier,Bower said. But it won’t solve all of his study problems.”Help him learn to motivate himself by setting up a study-breakor rest-study-reward schedule,” he said.Watch your child as he studies. Ask him to tell you what he’sstudying and learning. Talk with school counselors and teachers,too, about study skills you can help your child practice at home.”Remember that children have different study styles,” Bower said.”It may take some experimenting to hit on the right combinationthat will lead to success for your child.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
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A CONSORTIUM of Union Pacific and two Mexican firms is likely to be sole bidder for a 50-year concession to manage and operate Mexico’s 6400 km Pacifico-Norte Railway. Jorge Silberstein, who is in charge of the FNM privatisation, said last month that no other tenders were expected by the June 19 deadline for technical and financial proposals. ’The group is very solid, very strong, and very professional,’ he noted.Two other firms, Tribasa SA (with RailTex and ITISA of Mexico) and mining company Grupo Mexico SA, have withdrawn from the bidding. Instead Grupo Mexico has joined with UP and construction firm Empresas Ingenieros Civiles Asociados SA. UP officials said the company would take a 10% to 15% stake in the venture. UP earns more than $700m in annual revenue from shipments between the US and Mexico and dominates the market. Last year it was outbid by Kansas City Southern for control of Mexico’s Noreste railway (RG 1.97 p7).The winner of the Pacifico-Norte will also be offered an option to buy the concession for the Chihuahua – Pacific Railway at a price to be set by the government. Following the PN sale, the government plans to auction the concession for the third of the FNM regional operations, the Sureste.The government has appointed IXE Banco SA as financial agent for the outright sale of various FNM branches as short lines. Registrations of interest for the first three were due by May 7, and the sales are expected to proceed in parallel. They are the isolated 71 km Ferrocarril Tejuana – Tecate in the far northwest, in which Railtex has expressed interest, the 320 km Nacozaria short line in Sonora, and a 973 km route linking the states of Coahuila, Durango, Chihuahua and Zatecas. o
Contact was lost with the Trigana Air ATR 42 turboprop just before 15:00 local time (06:00 GMT) after take-off from Sentani airport in the regional capital Jayapura. The plane was flying to the town of Oksibil in the south of the region. A search for the missing plane was suspended at dusk and will continue on Monday morning, rescuers said. It is carrying 44 adult passengers, five children and infants, and five crew.Air transport is commonly used in Papua, Indonesia’s easternmost province, where land travel is often impossible. It was not immediately clear if search efforts would continue into the night in the densely forested mountainous region where the aircraft was traveling. According to the Aviation Safety Network, an online database, the ATR 42-300 had its first flight 27 years ago. ATR is a joint venture between Airbus (AIR.PA) and Alenia Aermacchi, a subsidiary of Italian aerospace firm Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI) .Trigana has been on the EU blacklist of banned carriers since 2007. Airlines on the list are barred from operating in European airspace due to either concerns about its safety standards, or concerns about the regulatory environment in its country of registration. An Indonesian domestic flight with 54 people on board lost contact with air traffic control in Papua province Sunday afternoon, the nation’s search and rescue agency said on Twitter.
BACOLOD City – The court recommended nobail bond for the temporary liberty of a rape suspect arrested in BarangayPinapugasan, Escalante City, Negros Occidental. The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of the Escalante City police station./PN Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Ma. Rita Sarabia of the Regional Trial Court Branch 58 in SanCarlos City dated May 12, 2009. The 33-year-old Felix Pabalate wascaught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 22, apolice report showed.
They are among the seven positive cases in Negros Occidental.Three OFWS who arrived in this province on April 28 via the Malasakit Voyage of 2GO Group’s M/V St. Leo the Great also tested positive for COVID-19.(With a report from PNA/PN) Patient No. 3 is a 38-year-old man who arrived in the country after travelling from the Netherlands. He is a resident of Silay City. On the other hand, Patient No. 4 is a 50-year-old man from Candoni town. He travelled from Ireland and arrived in the Philippines on March 17.Both of them are still quarantined at the Provincial Healing Center, a patient care center managed by the provincial government in E.B. Magalona town. Thirty-five Negrense overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arrive at the Barcelona port in Escalante City, Negros Occidental from Tabuelan, Cebu last month through a vessel ride. Two of the 35 OFWs tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019. PIO NEGROS BACOLOD City – The provincial government of Negros Occidental is being cautious in accepting its overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are still stranded in Cebu.Cebu has the highest confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases outside of Metro Manila.“If you are stranded in Cebu, please understand. Cebu City is No. 2 as far as (number of) cases is concerned. That’s why we’re extra careful of Negrenses coming from (there),” Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said in a press conference at the Capitol Social Hall here on May 12.“We’re about to receive OFWs from Cebu. But if they don’t have test results to show they are free from COVID-19, we are extra careful,” the governor added.According to Lacson, even the local government units in this province are not ready to accept their respective residents who will go home after finishing quarantine in designated COVID-19 centers.Some of the OFWS who returned in this province have been tested positive for COVID-19.Two overseas workers who arrived in Escalante City from Tabuelan, Cebu on April 14 were listed as this province’s third and fourth confirmed virus cases.
Nathan Ballard battled defending champion Dylan Nelson, then followed the top line around Boone Speedway to win his career-first IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Hobby Stock title. Ballard led start to finish in the Sunday afternoon 30-lapper. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com) Eleven drivers made their first appearances in the Big Dance with Mike Smith’s fifth place showing leading the way. Stanton started his career 11th main event while Jason Kohl qualified for the ninth time, Jesse Vanlaningham for the seventh and Brandon Nielsen for the sixth. Ware and Sal Hernandez were also five-time qualifiers. Feature results – 1. Nathan Ballard, Marengo; 2. Dylan Nelson, Adel; 3. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb.; 4. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb.; 5. Mike Smith, Lake City; 6. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids; 7. Dawson Deboer, Little Rock; 8. Eric Stanton, Carlisle; 9. Brandon Cox, Norwalk; 10. Wayne Gifford, Boone; 11. Jake Benischek, Durant; 12. Jesse Vanlaningham, Beatrice, Neb.; 13. Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn.; 14. Matt Olson, West Fargo, N.D.; 15. Chuck Madden Jr., Avoca; 16. Darin Johnson, Dickens; 17. Shaun Wirtz, Boone; 18. Zach Hemmingsen, Marne; 19. Parker Larson, Granada, Minn.; 20. Carter Koop, Rockwell; 21. Braden Richards, Madrid; 22. Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley; 23. Keeran Sampson, Worthington, Minn.; 24. Josh Barnhart, Colby, Kan.; 25. Cody Nielsen, Spencer; 26. Sal Hernandez, Columbus, Neb.; 27. Eric Knutson, Slater; 28. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer; 29. Brett Vanous, Quasqueton; 30. Jacob Floyd, Cedar Rapids. A five-time main event qualifier, Ballard didn’t run the Wild Rose Casino Prelude and was making his first start of the season at Boone. He came to Iowa’s Action Track well prepared for the week after having secured a career fourth title at Benton County Speedway. Eric Stanton moved up 20 positions start to finish, while Dawson Deboer was a plus 18, Matt Olson plus 13 and Shaun Wirtz plus a dozen. Ballard was chased early by defending champion Dylan Nelson. The green flag stayed out the last 24 of 30 laps and Ballard eased away from all challengers, leaving Nelson, two-time champ Jason Wilkinson and Jeff Ware to fight for second behind him “I wanted to get to the top right away. I ran a higher line that most of the rest of the cars,” said Ballard. “It was definitely the fastest way around the track.” “It’s kind of hard to believe. To win an ‘A’ main and get into the dance, you have to race against so many good drivers,” he said, pointing out that the competition got even better in the main event. “We had a good car all week,” said Ballard, who won the Tuesday qualifier to start at the front of the middle row. “This was a big win for our program. There are a lot of ups and downs in racing, sometimes hardships. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.” The Super Nationals crown was Ballard’s career first and came after a season that had seen him make just 18 weekly starts. BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 13) – Nathan Ballard was impressed by the competition when he won his qualifying feature to make the Hobby Stock main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. The three ran in that order before Ware eked ahead for third on the last lap. Then he impressed everyone at Boone Speedway by leading all 30 laps of Sunday’s $2,000 to win main event.
Wigan’s on-loan winger Ryo Miyaichi is looking to make his first-team return in the Barclays Premier League clash at Reading a week on Saturday after three months out with an ankle injury. Press Association He added: “I had a groin injury at first when I was with the national team last year. “That injury put me out for a few months and then I came back in the game against Liverpool at Anfield and after that game I picked up an ankle injury which has made things frustrating. “I trained after that game and it made my ankle worse but I can learn many things from this injury.” With 12 matches to go, Wigan are second-bottom of the Premier League, two points behind 18th-placed Reading and three adrift of 17th-placed Aston Villa. Miyaichi is eager to boost the Latics’ survival bid, adding: “It is important now for us to win as many games as possible because we are desperate to stay in the Premier League. “I want to be able to help the team in achieving safety in the Premier League and it will be great to show the supporters what I can do once I am back.” Japan international Miyaichi, who joined on a season-long loan from Arsenal last summer, last played for the Latics in their 3-0 away defeat to Liverpool on November 17 – a game in which he was making his comeback from a groin complaint. The 20-year-old told wiganlatics.co.uk: “It will be a big relief to get back because it has been quite a tough time to be sat on the sidelines.”