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Lettuce/Dumpstaphunk Supergroup & James Brown Dance Party To Play Funky Phish Dick’s Afterparties

first_img[Video: JamesBrown DanceParty]Up next, fans are already beyond excited for “Let Us In The Dumpsta” featuring members of Lettuce and Dumpstaphunk. Already, Lettuce and Dumpsta are two of the most celebrated funk acts in the scene today, with members from both acts frequently collaborating during musical marathons like Jam Cruise and New Orleans’ Jazz Fest. For the supergroup’s two-night run, Dumpstaphunk’s keyboardist and vocalist Ivan Neville, bassist Nick Daniels III, and drummer Alvin Ford Jr. (also of Pretty Lights Live) will be joined by Lettuce’s drummer Adam Deitch (Sunday only) and guitarist Adam Smirnoff for a celebration of New Orleans-style funk.Members of Dumpstaphunk & Lettuce As The Bear Creek All-Stars – Bear Creek 2013 [Video: Funkatopia]Tickets for James Brown Dance Party on Thursday, August 30th, are available here. Tickets for Let Us In The Dumpsta on Saturday, September 1st, are available here, and on Sunday, September 2nd, are available here. For more information on DJ Williams’ on August 30th or Cycles on August 31st, head here. Party buses will be running from Cervantes’ on Saturday and Sunday, with riders receiving free beer and water on lot and food before the show as well as a discounted $15 ticket to the afterparties if you buy before the day of the shows, with more information available here. Plus, scroll to the bottom of the article for chances to win tickets to Let Us In the Dumpsta and James Brown Dance Party! Over Labor Day Weekend, Phish will return to Colorado for their annual end-of-summer run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. With the devastating cancelation of Curveball this past weekend, fans are beyond excited for the shows, which are sure to be some of the Vermont foursome’s finest of the summer. As always, a number of special afterparties, bus services, and pre-shows have begun to spring up—many of which revolve around Denver’s fan-favorite dual-room independent music venue, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom & Other Side.Recently, Cervantes’ has continued to expand its calendar of shows around Phish Dick’s. On Thursday, August 30th, James Brown Dance Party will host a funk-fueled celebration to kick off the weekend in style in the Ballroom side of Cervantes’ (tickets available here), while DJ Williams’ Shots Fired holds it down on the Other Side. After Cycles makes their headlining debut at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom on Friday night, Cervantes’ has also announced that the venue will host a special supergroup featuring members of Lettuce and Dumpstaphunk, appropriately (and hilariously) dubbed “Let Us In The Dumpsta“, on Saturday, September 1st (tickets available here) and Sunday, September 2nd (tickets available here).For the Thursday night pre-show with James Brown Dance Party, an all-star cast will pay tribute to the Godfather of Soul, including Isaiah Sharkey (D’Angelo, John Mayer), Claude Coleman Jr. (Ween), Adam Chase (Jazz Is Phsh), Adam Dotson (Rubblebucket), Chuck Jones (Dopapod), Megan Letts (Mama Magnolia), Farnell Newton (Bootsy Collins, Jill Scott), Daniel Casares (The New Mastersounds), and Jamar Woods (The Fritz). Last year, the James Brown Dance Party absolutely tore up Cervantes’, making for one of the most explosive shows of the year. You can check out a highlight reel from the group’s performance in 2017 below.James Brown Dance Party at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom Highlight Reellast_img read more

Mandela’s legacy

first_imgNelson Mandela, a towering figure of the 20th century and president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, died today at 95. Imprisoned from 1964 to 1990, Mandela came to symbolize the struggle for freedom, equality, and justice among his countrymen and around the world. South Africa’s triumph over apartheid, its peaceful transition to democracy in 1994, and the growing pains the nation has felt in the years since are all part of the onetime revolutionary’s narrative.South Africa experts Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff, both professors of African and African American studies and of anthropology at Harvard, were in Cape Town leading a Harvard Summer School program in June, when Mandela fell ill. The Gazette spoke to them about Mandela’s legacy, the modern South Africa he helped create, and the future of the nation where they both grew up.GAZETTE: Between the ending of apartheid, truth and reconciliation, and the establishment of democracy, is it possible to talk about any one thing as his greatest legacy?JOHN COMAROFF: Clearly when he was head of the ANC [African National Congress] Youth League in the ’50s, and later when he graduated to the senior echelons of the movement, he was one of its great thinkers and leaders. He played a key role in the writing of the Freedom Charter and in the deliberations around the question of the armed struggle; his incarceration, and of course his famous speech from the dock at his trial, were both inspirational and substantive in giving direction to the anti-apartheid struggle. It was he, for example, who, against the rather different position of the black power movement, argued most forcefully [in favor of] a … post-racial South Africa, a unified nation founded on the sovereignty of the people rather than sovereignty of the party.In that sense, he was a profoundly liberal thinker, in spite of the efforts of the Ronald Reagan and Maggie Thatcher regimes to construe him as a raving communist. He was never that at all, he was always a very considered — if anything, a Christian — democrat.JEAN COMAROFF: In the rainbow nation, the emphasis was less on racial and ethnic differences than on their synergy, their unity. That’s why I think South Africa captured the imagination of the world to the degree that it did. In the late 20th century, after the end of the Cold War, when identity and difference were beginning to pull nation-states apart, he stood for inclusion and equality.JOHN COMAROFF: He also stood for party discipline, for example, and against violent revenge. The armed struggle always had to be a very highly disciplined exercise.There were people constantly calling for … retribution of one form or another against whites; he constantly said that we, the ANC, cannot fall into the ways of our oppressors. As a lawyer, he and Oliver Tambo, also a lawyer, pushed the ANC toward a liberal, legalist view of what the successor state should be.JEAN COMAROFF: And that contrasts sharply with the way that the country has gone in the recent past. There is a stronger emphasis now on ethnic identity and populism, on difference. Thus, for example, [South African President] Jacob Zuma defended himself in his rape trial a few years back by claiming that he had acted according to the received, particular cultural practices of Zulu sexuality and masculinity.Mandela, by contrast, held to high humanistic values and was very much the personal embodiment of them: note the way he carried himself (he was a boxer in his youth); note also his insistence on both mental and physical discipline when he was incarcerated on Robben Island; note the personal good will he enjoyed with his prison warder, whom he subsequently invited to his presidential inauguration. When, after 1994, he made peace with the Afrikaner leadership, he went personally to their families, to greet their wives and the children. He was the complete inverse of the rabble-rousing, culture-invoking populist.JOHN COMAROFF: In fact, his anti-populism ran deep. He was not afraid to take stands that were extremely unpopular. When he encouraged the rugby World Cup of 1996, the story of “Invictus,” he took huge criticism from within the black population.But he really did believe that is what the ANC stood for: If it became just another race-hating organization, it would fall into barbarism.JEAN COMAROFF: We must point out that that there is a very different atmosphere now. There is an upsurge of assertions of difference and racial recrimination, in contrast with Mandela’s position, his very Christian sense that “[if you] turn the other cheek, you shame your enemy by your own dignity.”JOHN COMAROFF: That didn’t stop him from supporting the armed struggle, though, once he felt that there was no other alternative in the face of state violence. He didn’t simply turn the other cheek with no sense that there [are limits] to doing so.GAZETTE: How is South African society different now from the early 1990s at the end of apartheid?JEAN COMAROFF: The gap between wealth and poverty is still largely etched in racial terms and has grown in the past two decades. But South Africa is not unique in that way. What has happened is that South Africa has become more like the rest of the world in that there is greater inequality than there was before.There is a growing black middle class, and a new upper-middle class. And there is a strong sense that those who have been empowered, those who have been given the levers of both political and cultural capital, are people of color.But there is also much more of a sense of the impossibility of the rainbow nation. The very idea is something that people would scoff at now, I think. It is a charming idyll, whose time has gone by. The realpolitik of difference, of struggling for equality in terms of the rights of one group against another, has come to take precedence.JOHN COMAROFF: One thing that is often underestimated, especially by white South Africans and critics of the ANC, is that an enormous amount has been achieved in the last 20 years.There is a tendency to trash the ANC and to accuse it of rampant corruption, which has a real measure of truth to it. Still, while it is hard to measure its incidence in South Africa against that of the United States or Germany or Russia, recall that the European Commission had to resign some years ago under the pressure of corruption charges. Germany and Russia have both had massive problems in this respect. In South Africa, at least the problem is talked about all the time, not least within the ANC. It is not hidden quite so effectively as it is in Europe or America.At the same time, the government has built literally millions of houses. The judiciary that was exclusively white two decades ago is now majority black. A police force that had to be remade out of a deeply dominated population is now largely black. South Africa has achieved all this and more. Universities now have [a] majority of students of color and the country is producing extraordinary talent: its music scene, its theater scene, its movie industry, and much besides. The country is unrecognizable from the late apartheid days.It’s not unlike in the U.S., in the Obama moment, when there was an enormous sense of possibility, a sense that the horrendous things of the recent past could be put behind us, that we really could have a democratic nation — only to run up against corporate interference in politics, against the seizure of our democracy by interests that are not those of the sovereign people. Many of these things that we have seen in the United States have been going on here as well. As a result, we have a national consumer-oriented society in which there is very little idealism anymore. What “the people,” or most people, want is wealth.At the same time, there continues to be a residue of citizens still committed to nation-building. We just interviewed a group of candidates for Harvard fellowships and were very struck by their sheer quality, by their orientation toward the public good, by their commitment to really trying to make a better world. They seem alienated from the political process, but nonetheless are very public-spirited.JEAN COMAROFF: Like in the U.S., there is a general sense here, particularly among the young, educated black population, that politics is a dirty word. It is about corruption, self-interest, and so on. That population is distanced from the ANC. The ANC seems to be a party that now is about to become a black nationalist enclave, trying to take hold of the economy in ways that are not fully legitimate.At the same time, many educated young people are very vocal in expressing a principled kind of objection. They are struggling for a civil society. There is a sense among them that their generation is now waiting for another point of political possibility, all the more so since the ANC has moved a long way from what Mandela stood for. It is not that [these young people] have gone back to Mandela. But there’s a sense that the party has lost its way. It’s become a political machine, one that has divided the country.GAZETTE: What are biggest challenges for South Africa going forward?JEAN COMAROFF: The official statement is that there is a 25 percent unemployment rate, [but] this is unevenly distributed according to race, generation, and geography. There are communities in this country, rural communities, where the figure is well above 50 percent; this is also the population with highest rate of HIV/AIDS, a population that has to deal as well with problems of civil chaos and crime.So there is an obsession with trying to get the government to make more jobs.Of course, the problems of poverty, crime, and insecurity go together and there is a great tendency in South Africa to see these things as connected — maybe too much so. They are connected, but they are also a part of a longer legacy of apartheid, under which the law was disrespected because it was illegitimate. It was racist law.There was also an expectation that these things, especially poverty, would come to an end with the transformation. But, while the political and constitutional transformation is palpable, the economic transformation has not been. That disappointment has alienated many people from government. It has not delivered for them and therefore it is illegitimate — which, by this reasoning, makes crime and petty corruption acceptable.JOHN COMAROFF: These things manifest themselves in lots of ways. There is deep concern currently that the things that Mandela stood for might not survive the current administration. The freedom of the press is one of them. This government has tried to pass a very restrictive press security law. But … civil society [has protested loudly] and the ANC has had to rewrite it.The independence of the judiciary is another one. South Africa has had a proudly free judiciary for the longest time. But there is a tendency, here as elsewhere, for the ruling party to try to stack it with its own people. There is a lot of investment in civil society right now in sustaining a free judiciary.Education is a third issue. We have a dismal education system at present. Its failures are not caused purely by the absence of money. The state actually puts in proportionately more into schools than do many global southern nation-states that have much more successful education systems.This, in part, is the legacy of apartheid, under which schools were sites of struggle against the regime. They were war zones and have remained extremely violent. But it is also in part due to something Jean has said. If there is massive unemployment, kids see little point in going to school; they simply do not think that they are going to get anything out of it. They find it much more immediately rational to take to the streets, either as petty criminals or informal entrepreneurs. To them, a living seems much more important than a matriculation certificate.Also, the teachers are grotesquely underpaid.JEAN COMAROFF: The notion that a society can be reborn, whole-cloth, with institutions that function, and with efficient bureaucrats and policymakers, is quite unrealistic given that Africans were kept out of education and participation in government for the entire history of this country prior to 1994.So, yes, there is corruption in government, but there is also rampant inefficiency and inexperience. Yet the country is remarkable in how it deals with redistribution in the face of unemployment. An impressive system of social, unemployment, disability, and child-care grants exists. The government transfers out tremendous sums of money. But, given the enormity of need, it still is only a drop in the ocean. The same is true of housing a population that is massively unhoused. Many South Africans live in slums, slums that are often in the hands of organized crime. The contrast between these slums and the new islands of prosperity is very, very stark.GAZETTE: How are you personally feeling about Mandela?JOHN COMAROFF: It’s obviously extremely sad. He was a genuine hero who, during the bad old days, stood, inspirationally, for the ethical core of the ANC and the anti-apartheid struggle; indeed, for the best face of a political age that we’ve seen disappear across the world.His death does not just mark the demise of the ANC as a revolutionary movement with admirable values and ends. It also marks the end of an epoch in world history in which it was possible still to hope realistically for democracies that were truly participatory, for politics that were not alienating, politics that pursued the idea of a common weal. Even if it wasn’t always achieved, it was an aspirational ideal to which we could all commit.His passing presents a challenge: a challenge to think about how to construct a meaningful, unalienated, democratic politics that still makes sense against the power of the new global economy, a politics that might yield an effective response to problems of inequality, of joblessness, and of racism; in short, to precisely the evils against which Mandela stood so firmly.JEAN COMAROFF: Mandela would want to see these principles carried forward. That is, after all, what the ANC has always been about: You just don’t accept the world as it is. It can be changed and we should all participate in the process of changing it.JOHN COMAROFF: South Africa remains a challenge to the world. Here was a state that became democratic against all odds — against the will of the Reagan administration, against the efforts of the Thatcher administration, against the power of global capital — and gave us all a sense that democracy was still possible, that liberal society was still achievable, that one could still achieve a good society.South Africa has been caught up in a mortal struggle to do that. It’s that striving that makes it a vibrant democracy. South Africa still has a commitment to that, even though the ANC sometimes tries to manipulate it to its own ends. It still has people invested in a better future. One can only hope that the Mandela inspiration will get them there, however long it takes.Responses have been edited for length and clarity.last_img read more

Professor recalls Sundance Festival

first_imgEarlier this year Notre Dame academia and the glamour of Hollywood collided in Park City, Utah, when Film, Television and Theatre Professor Danielle Beverly helped premiere the movie “Rebirth” at the Sundance Film Festival. “Rebirth” opened to a packed house Jan. 21. The film followed the lives of five New Yorkers in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the city. The film also features time-lapse footage of construction at Ground Zero captured from cameras on site where the World Trade Centers once stood. Beverly, who spent the last nine years as a field producer for the film, said her trip to Sundance was unlike any of her previous experiences. “I’ve been to many film festivals, and Sundance is by far its own original, unique experience,” she said. “I was able to connect with business colleagues from all over the world, so that was terrific.” Beverly said part of what makes Sundance a special event is a passion for the film among the guests. “The audiences there are true, die-hard film lovers,” she said. “To come to a town off the beaten path in Utah, in the middle of winter, says so much about audiences. They love film.” Beverly said the audience at the premiere was struck by the powerful human story in the documentary. “The film received two standing ovations, and Michael Moore was in the audience two rows behind me,” she said. “The reception from that first audience to the ‘Rebirth’ subjects, who were all on stage afterwards, was so beautifully warm and engaged.” As field producer, Beverly regularly interacted with the subjects, conducting interviews and keeping track of their lives. She said being involved with such a group of people made filming “Rebirth” an amazing experience. “They welcomed me and our crew into their lives and homes in such a gracious, generous way,” Beverly said. “I adore them all.” Beverly said she knew the film would have an impact with audiences after she met with director and producer Jim Whitaker. She said the longitudinal aspect of the film allows the audience to experience emotions along with the subjects. “Grief is thorny and not easily mapped, but we all must resiliently recover from it in some way. This is human nature,” Beverly said. “And because [Sept. 11] was a national loss, I knew the film would stand as a metaphor that others could hook into, to process their own losses.” Beverly is currently working on a project dealing with gentrification and race in a Southern town. She said this is a very different experience than “Rebirth.” “Unlike ‘Rebirth,’ where I worked with a crew as the field producer, my latest documentary is one I’ve shot, directed and produced as a solo crew over the last three years,” she said. “I love working this way, just me and my camera. Initially I moved there to live in the community I was filming for the first year, and then again last summer.” In addition to making films, Beverly said she looks forward to continue working as a teacher. “I will continue on my same path, which is to make documentaries that matter, that change hearts and minds, and that pay deep respect to those in front of the camera,” she said. “I also have fallen in love with teaching and look forward to working with students for a long time to come.” Beverly said Notre Dame students looking to pursue the cinema should remain true to the spirit of the University in their careers. “That earnest drive, humility, curiosity and respect that I see every day in my students will serve them well in the film industry,” she said. “It is a fallacy to think that one needs hard-nosed drive to be successful in the film business. Rather, it is being caring, understanding and hard-working that makes anyone stand out.”last_img read more

West End’s Perfect Nonsense Will Close Early Prior to U.K. Tour

first_img Based on and adapted from the established literary works of Wodehouse, Perfect Nonsense brings to life the charmingly incompetent Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves in the comedy by brothers Robert and David Goodale. View Comments Perfect Nonsense, directed by Sean Foley, began performances on October 30, 2013. It went on to garner a 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.center_img Perfect Nonsense, the West End play following P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic comedy duo Jeeves and Wooster, will pack up earlier than expected. The comedy, which previously announced an extension through January 17, 2015, will now close at the Duke of York’s Theatre on September 20. As reported earlier, current stars John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance will embark i\on the U.K. tour, set to kick off on September 24 in Guildford.last_img read more

Member Education: Public Wi-Fi and bill pay risks

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joette Colletts As a leader in the risk management solutions profession and a featured speaker at national and regional events, Joette has developed an impressive list of achievements and accreditations in the … Web: https://www.alliedsolutions.net Details October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Though cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility, year-round, this month serves as a special reminder that every individual has the power and responsibility to make the internet safer and more secure for everyone.As FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Matt Gorham recently stated, “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month isn’t just about understanding [cybersecurity] risks, but also emphasizing our collective power to combat them.” We recommend you take some time this month to educate your members and staff on prevalent cybersecurity and fraud risks, such as the risks of using public Wi-Fi to access secure, financial information.  The Dangers of Members Using Unsecured Wi-FiPublic Wi-Fi networks – like those in coffee shops and hotels – are not nearly as safe as many individuals may think. Even if the network connection requires a password, users are often sharing these networks with numerous other people, which puts their data at a higher risk of exposure.A cybercriminal can quite effortlessly use their own router to provide an open internet connection to public users. Oftentimes, these criminals set-up these networks to say “Internet” or “Free Wi-Fi,” or even include the name of the location or service provider – i.e. “Hotel Wi-Fi,” “Linksys” or “GogoInflight” – to make the connection appear more authentic. Even worse, if an individual’s computer has ever connected to the legitimate public network, the device will be fooled into thinking it already has permission to connect, even if the connection is being processed through a different router, i.e. one owned by a fraudster.Fraudulent Bill PaymentsFraudsters perform these open network attacks in an effort to gain access to an individual’s private information for financial gain. In many of these circumstances, fraudsters gain illegal access to a victim’s bill pay so they can issue checks to an account under his/her control.In one recent attack, a credit union found that $4800 was transferred from a member’s checking account to his bill pay account. Unauthorized checks totaling $7800 were then sent from the member’s bill pay account to the cybercriminal’s account. The credit union determined that the member used an unsecured wireless network to log into his bill pay account, which is how the fraudster gained access to the member’s credentials.Risk MitigationProvide member education on the risks of using public Wi-Fi networks to access private information and accounts, such as online banking and mobile bill paySet appropriate and separate dollar limits for both ACH and check payments Confirm with the member check payments over a set threshold amountReview your IP address report to find and look into IP addresses not associated with previous member account activityReview your SSID report for public networks used; a Service Set Identifier (SSID) provide a unique sequence of characters for each wireless local area networkUse fraud detection software with risk analytics to proactively and automatically cancel fraudulent paymentsInvest in insurance that covers potential losses from these attacks, such as Allied’s fidelity bond protection and cyber liability insuranceAdopt a cyber pre-service and post service response program, such as Allied’s data breach protection programContact Allied Solutions to learn more about protecting your credit union and members from these and other fraud attacks: alliedsolutions.net/contact-us.last_img read more

Covid vaccine not ‘instant stimulus’ to U.S. economy, warns economist

first_imgCarl Tannenbaumchief economist, Northern Trust – Advertisement – – Advertisement – A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask walks by a going out of business sign displayed outside a retail store in New York City.Noam Galai | Getty Images “On the employment front, we still have 10 million Americans that were working in January that are not working today. And those that remain unemployed are seeing a much longer track back to full employment, so they will continue to need a certain amount of support,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia.”“And the other element that I think is a headwind here in the United States … is state and local governments whose budgets are in terrible disarray at the moment for loss of revenue, they’re laying people off, cutting services and that’s bad for economic activity.”center_img … I think our recovery here in the United States, which is already losing momentum, could be at some risk if we’re waiting for a vaccine to solve all of our problems.- Advertisement – That’s why the U.S. can’t depend on a vaccine to “solve all our problems,” said Tannenbaum. He explained that even if the Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech is “optimistically” approved this year, there may not be enough doses through 2021 to immunize those who need it.   But the economist said the U.S. is not likely to get an economic relief package before the presidential inauguration in January, given deep divisions in Congress. Negotiations for a stimulus deal hit a stalemate before last week’s election, with Democrats and Republicans failing to agree on the size and scale of a package.“As a result, I think our recovery here in the United States, which is already losing momentum, could be at some risk if we’re waiting for a vaccine to solve all of our problems,” said Tannenbaum.The business community and other economists have similarly said the U.S. economy needs further support as soon as possible.U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue on Monday called on Congress to pass additional stimulus before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated, saying that it will be months before the immediate economic benefits of a vaccine may be felt.  — CNBC’s Sam Meredith and Kevin Stankiewicz contributed to this report. A Covid-19 vaccine will not result in an “instant stimulus” to the U.S. economy, which still needs greater fiscal support as its recovery loses momentum, an economist said on Wednesday.  Markets globally rallied after Pfizer and BioNTech announced on Monday that their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing the disease among those with no evidence of prior infection.The vaccine news and better-than-expected U.S. jobs growth in October are “encouraging” developments for the world’s largest economy — but that doesn’t reduce the need for further economic stimulus, said Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist at Northern Trust.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Stay in black by going green

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‘WAIT AND SEE’ MODE: Region 6 OFWs in Iran, Iraq not going home

first_imgThe US has opted not to respondmilitarily, somewhat defusing the tension and fear that the conflict couldfurther escalate. But the concern remains. Iran’s Defense Minister Amir Hatamiissued a warning to the US on Friday. He said the missile attacks were “just aslap” and Iran was “prepared to give a powerful response to any adventurism.” Both work as household workers and arevictims of illegal recruitment. Their relatives sought assistance of thehelpdesk on Jan. 14. “Nakitanila nga no need magpauli kay daw nag-subside namanang tension. Wala nag-escalate sodiretso sila sa trabaho,” saidArroyo. Two more Ilonggo OFWs based in Lebanonare waiting for their schedule to return home. They are from San Miguel townand Mandurriao in Iloilo City. “Indipuede pabuyan-buyanan naton,” he stressed. Arroyo also said the repatriation isvoluntary so Filipinos in the volatile region could not be compelled to leave. He, however, stressed the governmentremains prepared to help all Filipinos in Iran, Iraq and other Middle Easterncountries should the situation deteriorate. ILOILO City – Overseas Filipinoworkers (OFWs) from Western Visayas working in tension-filled Iran and Iraq arenot keen on availing themselves of the government’s repatriation program. Fornow. They are on a “wait and see” mode, according to Jack Arroyo, case officerof the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Region 6. In retaliation to the killing of itstop general, Iran rained ballistic missiles on US military bases in Iraq onJan. 8. Arroyo said OFWs should alwaysprioritize their safety. Meanwhile, the 24/7 inter-agencyhelpdesk of the Iloilo provincial government successfully facilitated therepatriation of an Ilonggo OFW from Qatar. The household worker, whose name isbeing kept confidential, returned to the country on Jan. 17. She is from themunicipality of Santa Barbara. Tension has been gripping Iran andIraq following the United States’ assassination of Iran’s top military generalQassem Soleimani who was visiting Iraq on Jan. 3. Thirty Western Visayans work in Iranand Iraq, OWWA data showed but there could also be undocumented Ilonggo workersthere. Arroyo said the OFW was a victim ofmaltreatment by her employer. Arroyo said they immediately referredthe cases to the Philippine Embassy./PN “We requested the Philippine Embassyto intervene in bringing her home. It was her agency who processed therepatriation,” Arroyo said.last_img read more

2019 Fair Schedule

first_imgOldenburg, In. — Republican state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising encourages families to attend a local fair this summer.The dates for this summer’s fairs are as follows:Rush County: Saturday, June 22 through Saturday, June 29Shelby County: Tuesday, July 2 through Saturday, July 6Henry County: Tuesday, July 9 through Friday, July 19Decatur County: Wednesday, July 10 through Wednesday, July 17Franklin County: Monday, July 15 through Saturday, July 20Ripley County: Sunday, July 21 through Saturday, July 27Fayette County: Saturday, July 27 through Saturday, August 3Mooreland Free Fair: Monday, August 5 through Saturday, August 10last_img read more

Football News Cristiano Ronaldo set to make his Juventus debut against Chievo

first_imgNew Delhi: Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has termed Portugal skipper and former Real Madrid hot-shot Cristiano Ronaldo as “the best player in the world” and gave the nod to hand him his competitive debut for the Italian giants when they take Chievo Verona on Saturday in the opening match of their title defence in Serie A.Allegri is all set to unleash the 33-year-old onto the world of Italian football.The all-time top scorer for his former club Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus in one of the most shocking transfers of recent times.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018: Day-wise schedule, time-table for Asiads”Tomorrow, a new challenge starts for us. This summer, we bought Ronaldo – the best player in the world,” Allegri said at his pre-match press conference.However, the Juventus boss is yet to decide the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s best position in his playing XI and said he needs a couple of games to figure that out.”Ronaldo will make his debut…I have some ideas on how we’ll play but I need to see a couple more games and training sessions to figure it all out.”Cristiano is no ordinary footballer. His career statistics are a testament to that. He brings added value to our team, but we must not rest on our laurels and believe that we’ll win games just because we have him on our side.ALSO READ: England vs India 3rd Test: Visitors eye last-ditch comeback”Whether we use wingers, whether it’s Ronaldo with Paulo Dybala, or Dybala with (Mario) Mandzukic, our system also depends on the characteristics of the other players. Sometimes we can play with three in defence.”The former Manchester United man lifted his fifth Champions League trophy in his final season for the Spanish giants Real Madrid and now, Allegri is also hungry for the prestigious European trophy.”It’s my fifth year at the club, progress has been made, the quality of players has improved, as has our confidence at European level. You never know: this could be our year to win the Champions League.”Juventus will travel to Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi in Italy to play hosts Chievo Verona on Saturday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more