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Last night, Phil Lesh took the stage at his own Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA. Lesh has been paying tribute to each year in the Dead’s career, and last night marked a seminal year in the band’s career, 1985. Prior to the performance, however, Lesh sat down with acclaimed photographer Jay Blakesberg to discuss the Dead’s history in 1985.During the discussion, Lesh describes a particularly rousing story of staging an intervention for Jerry Garcia, where the latter’s reaction was essentially to curse and avoid the band’s pleas for help. You can watch the video of the discussion below, thanks to Ted Silverman:After the talk, Lesh welcomed out Alex Koford, Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Scott Guberman and Ezra Lipp for a recreation of the Dead’s performance from June 30th, 1985 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. A surefire classic from the year, the group opened with “Mississippi Half-Step” before jamming out on tunes like “C.C. Rider,” “Brown Eyed Women” and more!Listen to the show below, courtesy of Quinfolk:Setlist: Phil Lesh & The Family Band at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 3/25/16 (i.e. 6/30/1989)Set One: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, CC Rider, Brown Eyed Women, Mama Tried > Mexicali Blues, Keep On Growing, Big Railroad Blues, Looks Like Rain, Don’t Ease Me InSet Two: Shakedown Street, Samson & Delilah, Gimme Some Lovin’ > He’s Gone > Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Stella Blue > Around and Around > Sugar MagnoliaEncore: U.S. BluesPhoto via Erik Kabik, from Bk Bowl Las Vegas[H/T JamBase]
In late May, Live For Live Music contributor Andrew Carter wrote an extensive article of predictions and setlist statistics and trends for Dead & Company‘s 2018 summer tour. With Dead & Company set to play their last two shows of 2018 at LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia, on August 25th and 26th, it’s high time for a look back at the band’s 24-show summer tour to review what happened and preview what’s still to come at LOCKN’.On The Road And Feelin’ FineFrom a larger perspective, Dead & Company’s tour was business as usual, and business remains very, very good. Dead & Company have become the most successful of all the post-Grateful Dead spinoff bands, with Grateful Dead core members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart now in their fourth year of joining forces with John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti, and Oteil Burbridge.Playing lengthy, expansive concerts using the Grateful Dead’s deep catalog and traditional two-set format, the group has been sounding tighter than ever. Attendance was consistently strong throughout the tour, with most of the eighteen amphitheater gigs pulling between 15,000 to 18,000 people per night, while the six larger stadium gigs averaged just under 30,000 people per night.The SongsDead & Company continued the trend of spreading their repertoire out widely over the tour, with 117 different songs turning up over 24 shows. However, only 30 of these songs were played five or more times, and they unsurprisingly comprise many of the most popular numbers in the catalog. Leading the way was “Bird Song” and “Althea”, each with 7 plays, followed closely by “Deal”, “Viola Lee Blues”, “The Other One”, and “Bertha” with six plays each. Of the 24 songs that received five plays, the only new addition to the Dead & Company repertoire was “Alabama Getaway”, which the group debuted on the tour’s opening night at Mansfield’s Xfinity Center on May 30th and remained in the rotation.At the other end of scale, some of the more notable one-off performances were rare appearances by “Passenger” (Cuyahoga Falls, June 20th), “Werewolves Of London” (Darien Lake, June 19th), “Dancin’ In The Street” (Shoreline [Night 1], July 2nd), “A Love Supreme” (New York/CitiField [Night 1], June 15th), “Even So” (Alpine Valley [Night 1], June 22nd), “Easy Wind” (Saratoga Springs, June 11th), and “Big Railroad Blues” (Los Angeles, July 7th).The DebutsIn our 2018 summer tour preview, we predicted that Dead & Company would premiere between four and six new additions to the repertoire over the space of the tour and listed 23 songs that were strong candidates to be chosen. As it turned out, there were six full debuts and two partial debuts over the space of the tour, but we only correctly predicted two premieres, plus a partial.In order of their appearance, fans were treated to premieres of the following songs at these locations: “Alabama Getaway” and “It’s All Over Now” (Mansfield, May 30th), “Jack-A-Roe” (Camden [Night 1], June 1st), “It Hurts Me Too” (Camden [Night 2], June 2nd), “William Tell Bridge” > “The Eleven” (New York/CitiField [Night 2], June 16th), and “Mr. Charlie” (The Gorge, June 29th).In addition, a section of Paul Simon’s “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes” first appeared as part of “The Wheel” during the band’s first night in Camden on June 1st, and the “Supplication Jam” appeared in a jam that was part of “Uncle John’s Band” in Saratoga Springs on June 11th.The TeasesA new trend on this tour was lead guitarist and vocalist John Mayer dropping riffs from “outside” songs into his guitar solos, which constantly had listeners asking about what they’d just heard and what it was. Sometimes, they were quick and subtle and other times they were more obvious. Three of the biggest ones were the insertion of Stevie Wonder’s “Part Time Lover” into “Shakedown Street” (Alpine Valley [Night 2], June 23rd), Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again (Naturally)” into “Eyes Of The World” (The Gorge, June 29th), and Santo and Johnny’s “Sleepwalk” into “Sugaree” (Eugene, June 30th). By the end of the tour, this became an ongoing spot-that-riff and name-that-tune game for ardent listeners and is a trend that seems likely to continue.The Rain-OutOn June 2nd, a Dead & Company show was cut short due to the weather for the first time in the band’s history. As severe thunderstorms arrived in Pennsylvania and New Jersey during the afternoon of the group’s second show in Camden, the inclement weather, plus grounded flights into the area, delayed the start of the concert. Dead & Company were just over 20 minutes into the second set when lightning got too close to the arena, prompting a mid-song order to stop the show until the weather subsided. Unfortunately, the situation remained unsafe and, after almost an hour of waiting, the remainder of the show was canceled.As a consolation, all attendees were offered free upper-level tickets to next weekend’s CitiField gigs, along with another tour story to add to the collection. The rain-out also forced a unique statistic: aside from the “pop-up” club show at the Fillmore West in May of 2016, the June 2nd show in Camden is the only Dead & Company show that has not contained the “Drums and Space” segments in its (truncated) second set.The Guest ArtistJustin Vernon from Bon Iver was the only guest artist to sit in with Dead & Company on the summer tour. The Wisconsin native and confirmed Deadhead joined the band for three songs on the second night of the Alpine Valley run on June 23rd. Vernon started his sit-in by singing a version of “Black Muddy River” in a falsetto that was daring as hell and more than a little controversial, but some of the stronger negative reactions were tempered by reminders that the Grateful Dead ethos was founded on the concept of trying anything once. However, Justin’s contributions on “Friend of The Devil” got a more favorable reaction, and his guitar work on “Bird Song” made for an excellent version as he traded licks with John Mayer and Bob Weir.The Secret Backyard ShowOn July 8th, Dead & Company played a secret benefit gig at Keith Addis’ Hollywood Hills home in Los Angeles, raising over $1.1 million to benefit Oceana, an ocean conservation and advocacy organization. The minimum donation for entry was $2,500 and approximately 200 people were in attendance. In order to minimize the possibility of sneak-ins or gate-crashing, word about the gig was kept on the nearly complete down-low, with nearly all Deadheads finding out about the gig on the day of or after it happened.The band played one 65-minute set that kicked off with the first verse of “Dark Star” and contained the only version of “Samson and Delilah” that was played all summer. On one hand, there are the vast majority of folks who would never pay that kind of money for any concert ticket, and on the other hand, there are folks who would have if they could have; on the third hand, there are the folks who did, and they got to see Dead & Company play “Dark Star” in the backyard of a house party. Nope, we’re not jealous at all. Not one bit…“Althea”One of the big Dead & Company stories of 2018 is the ascension of “Althea”, which has evolved into John Mayer’s signature Dead & Company song. John Mayer first discovered the Grateful Dead via the Garcia/Hunter classic, which first appeared on the Grateful Dead’s 1980 LP Go To Heaven, when the tune came up on a Pandora channel. The song seems to have a riff and lyrics that feel as if they’d been written for Mayer, and it shows.While Mayer’s performances of the song have been consistently strong and energetic from the beginning, in 2018, the song was upgraded to a prominent second set slot at the first Dead & Company show of 2018 in Mexico. With seven plays, “Althea” was one of the two the most-performed Dead & Company numbers on the summer tour. The first six performances of “Althea” were all in prominent mid-second-set locations and adjacent to stone-cold repertoire classics, and the lone first-set appearance was during the tour’s final night in Boulder when the band stacked a seven-song, 72-minute first set with no fewer than five “second set songs.”The Top FiveWith some of the overarching stats and trends from out of the way, in this next section, we’ll discuss our top five favorite shows from Dead & Company’s summer 2018 tour thus far (excluding the band’s upcoming appearances at LOCKN’). Oddly enough, four of the top five shows of the tour happened to fall on Saturdays and take place in stadiums, with the fifth taking place on a Wednesday at the venue formerly known as Deer Creek Music Center—a venue known for conjuring Dead-related magic since 1989.Eugene, OR (June 30th)Like most Dead & Company tours, there were a handful of exceptional shows that were a notch or two above the others, but there has not usually been a single, standout “best show.” However, the Eugene show walked away with this rare honor for the Summer 2018 tour. The band’s first visit to Autzen Stadium in Oregon yielded a psychedelic journey for the ages; after one of the strongest first sets of the tour, an exploratory, deep-dive second set contained two unusually direct nods to all-time highlights from the Grateful Dead’s 30-year career.The first was opening the set with “Dark Star” and drifting into “El Paso” to recreate the legendary sequence from the legendary Veneta, Oregon show in August 1972. The second was crafting a set that incorporated the all four of the songs that play continuously on sides 1-3 of the Grateful Dead’s 1969 Live Dead LP: “Dark Star”, “St. Stephen”, The Eleven”, and “Turn on Your Lovelight.” Based on his day-of-show Instagram post, these decisions seem to have come at the request of John Mayer, and the day after the show, Oteil Burbridge followed up with an emotional Instagram post about the previous night’s show at “Ground Zero” of the Grateful Dead Universe. This one is worth buying as a download.Noblesville, IN (June 6th)After the rainout in Camden and a show in Cincinnati to regain their early-tour momentum, John Mayer’s day-of-show Instagram post (“I’ve just seen the set list. Get down here!”) gave fair warning that a hot one was coming that night in Indiana. The show opened with the first verse of “The Other One”, which the band had just started playing in Camden when that show was called off, and it set the tone for a jammed-out first set featuring “Comes A Time” and “Viola Lee Blues.” The second set leveled the midwestern crowd with the “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot” > “Franklin’s Tower” trio, “Terrapin Station”, and the second verse of “The Other One”.New York, NY – Night 2 (June 16th)New York always found a way to generate forceful performances from the Grateful Dead, and nothing has changed with Dead & Company. This show opened and closed with a “Sugar Magnolia” / “Sunshine Daydream” sandwich, and in between there was a “New Speedway Boogie” dropped into the middle of “Bird Song”, another determined “Help > Slipknot > Franklin’s” trio, and a first-time occurrence of “Eyes Of The World” coming out of the “Space” segment. On top of all that, this show contained the tour’s biggest debut: following “St. Stephen,” the band resurrected “The Eleven” along with its “William Tell Bridge” introduction.Los Angeles, CA (July 7th)After 100-plus degree temperatures during the day, Dead & Company knocked out an equally hot performance that night that may have been John Mayer’ strongest individual night of the tour. After a first set consisting entirely of early seventies-era Grateful Dead classics along with Bob Weir’s infamous “duck walks into a bar” joke, the second set featured a sparkling and shimmering pre-drums segment than ran almost 55 minutes (“Sugar Magnolia” > “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire On The Mountain” > “Althea” > “Eyes Of The World”) and finished with a rare two-song encore of “Brokedown Palace” and “Not Fade Away” instead of the expected “One More Saturday Night.”Boulder, CO – Night 2 (July 14th)Just like last summer’s barnburner of a tour closer at Wrigley Field in Chicago, no one in the band looked like they wanted the summer tour to end and all stops were pulled out like there was no tomorrow. The energy remained extraordinarily high from beginning to end, from the show-opening “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” and its Colorado reference and a now-rare first set “Althea” from John Mayer, right through to a first-time-ever “Scarlet Begonias” > “Franklin’s Tower” > “Fire On The Mountain” trio to open the second set. The show also boasted a 1973-era “He’s Gone” > “Other One Verse 1” > “Drums” > “Space” > “Other One Verse 2” and a rare double encore to finish—after running through a lengthy “Uncle John’s Band” and taking bows, the band were called back (and had the time) to fit in a tour-closing “Ripple” before the curfew.Honorable MentionsThe following three shows just missed the Top 5 but get honorable mentions for the following:Camden, NJ – Night 1 (June 1st): This show contained a spectacular setlist featuring a first set bookended with a “Jack Straw” that was split in half for the first time, along with a “Jack-A Roe” debut. Meanwhile, the second set was bookended with “Not Fade Away” and featured “Dark Star” > “St. Stephen”, a rare pre-drums “Black Muddy River”, and a partial premiere of “Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes.”East Troy, WI – Night 1 (June 22nd): The energy from the crowd at this Alpine Valley show was so strong it was apparent even to those watching remotely via webcast on Nugs.tv. The show was highlighted by a second set that maintained a consistent theme by spreading the three verses of the primal Dead jam “Viola Lee Blues” over its duration. Once again, “it” happened at Alpine Valley.George, WA (June 29th): The Gorge in central Washington, is the most remote and the most picturesque location that Dead & Company plays in the United States, and it takes extra effort to get there. Those who made the trip were rewarded with a lilting “Crazy Fingers” and a spectacular version of “Cumberland Blues” during a blazing sunset over the Columbia River Gorge, followed later by an otherworldly, best-of-the-tour version of “Terrapin Station” as the last bits of light and color receded behind a distant mountain range.LOCKN’: What To ExpectSince there are only two shows left this year, the band has no reason to hold anything back during the group’s four sets at LOCKN’ Festival on Saturday, August 25th, and Sunday, August 26th. Dead & Company can stack the setlist as heavily as they would like with the biggest and best songs from the repertoire. They’ll also have additional inspiration coming from headlining the third and fourth day of one of the biggest jam band festival as opposed to playing their own headline show without a support act.One major factor that will affect Dead & Company’s shows at LOCKN’ is the presence of Branford Marsalis , who will be on hand for the group’s second and final set on Sunday night. With his presence, he may affect what songs the band decides to “save” for that day. However, if Branford is spotted onsite at LOCKN’ before Sunday, it’s not inconceivable that he’d sit in for a song or two on Saturday to give the crowd a taste of what’s coming.Furthermore, stay tuned for Part Two of this Dead & Company summer tour recap and LOCKN’ preview, where we’ll look back at Branford Marsalis’ appearances with the Grateful Dead and The Dead, diving deep into what attendees might see and hear during Marsalis’ upcoming performance with Dead & Company at LOCKN’ on August 26th.LOCKN’ Festival will return to Arrington, Virginia, from August 23rd to 26th. The festival will host multiple nights of Dead & Company (including one with Branford Marsalis), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey’s McGee (including one with Jason Bonham), Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Lettuce (including a Jerry Garcia Band tribute set), plus performances from Widespread Panic, Foundation of Funk, George Clinton & P-Funk, Sheryl Crow, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Blues Traveler, Turkuaz, Matisyahu, Toots & The Maytals, Moon Taxi, and much, much more.For ticketing and more information, head over to LOCKN’s website here.
South Bend residents and students alike will have a new venue in which to appreciate the arts when the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture opens in January in a renovated historic building on the West Side of South Bend. Located in the former Hansel Center in the West Washington National Historic Register District, the new Center will house the Notre Dame’s Community Relations Department and its Crossroads Art Gallery, according to a University press release. Notre Dame and the South Bend Heritage Foundation partnered to fund the $2.5 million renovation through local businesses and charitable organizations, the release stated. Sociology professor Gilberto Cardenas, who will serve as the Center’s executive director, said he hopes it will add variety to South Bend’s cultural life. “There’s a cultural corridor already on that street that has a number of cultural institutes, so Notre Dame coming into that area will add to its vitality,” Cardenas said. He said the Center will host cultural and artistic programs for community residents. “We will have open receptions for art exhibits, we will have tours from schools. … We will have events on the patio outside, lectures from artists, programming from the student communities from different universities,” he said. “We will reach out to non-profit organizations to work with them and get other corporations or entities to South Bend.” The Center will also house a fine art printmaking studio formerly based in Arizona, Cardenas said. “Segura Publishing, a fine art print studio, is going to close down [its] operation and chance the name to Segura Fine Art Print Studio,” Cardenas said. “We’ll purchase [its] equipment and intellectual property, and the new studio won’t be commercial, it will be Notre Dame’s organization.” Cardenas said students will be incorporated into the Center’s programs on several levels. “We’re looking forward to having a variety of students work with us to create a space where they can participate as interns working in the gallery, developing marketing plans and developing community education programs,” he said. Cardenas said established and local artists will be encouraged to frequent the studio as well. “We hope to advance visual art and give opportunities for artists to participate in the Notre Dame community, and for Notre Dame and other students to work together to create the wonderful print studio and exhibitions,” Cardenas said. “We’re advancing fine art making and giving it a place in the Notre Dame community.” In addition to printmaking, the Center will encourage the development of other art forms, Cardenas said. “We will also have an art gallery housed there, a visiting artists’ program, a visiting writer’s program and a frame shop that will support the exhibitions that we do,” Cardenas said. “The art gallery specifically will not just focus on printmaking. It will be a place to exhibit other art as well.” Notre Dame’s engagement in the arts in the larger South Bend community will have an impact even beyond the city’s borders, Cardenas said. “We hope we will serve the region and reach out internationally as well, whether because of our Catholic faith or other areas of study, to artists who want to work in these areas of focus,” he said. “We want to show that the arts have importance to the economy, any state, any municipality ⎯ that they also enhance economic viability as a nation.”
“A state-recognized Virginia treasure,” I say as I pull up to the infamous Johns Creek, a jewel of southwestern Virginia that, until recently, was illegal to paddle due to a landowner dispute. Located just 30 minutes from downtown Roanoke and with 5.5 miles of continuous class IV, Johns is a 9-to-5 working boater’s wet dream.In 2015, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) deemed the creek navigable, and therefore accessible to the public. Since that fateful decision, I had been eager to paddle the legendary run. I had grown up listening to tales of rapids with names that made me want to pee a little, like “Separator” and “Bambi Meets Godzilla.” So, after a few days of rain in the valley, I head to the put-in to make my personal first descent of Johns Creek.Johns is a creek with constant rock slides, boofs, and giant holes to either punch or eddy-hop around. I was challenged in the best of ways as I maneuvered my creek boat through tight slots and around downed trees. All the while, I was amazed with the beauty of the gorge—walls of rock looming above me. This is what I had been waiting for my whole life of paddling. But for years, it’s been off-limits.“Back when paddling and canoeing started gaining popularity, right in the 1980s, Johns was considered the gem of Virginia,” says Pete Katt, a Roanoke area paddler and lawyer. “Then in the 90s, there were two landowners along Johns Creek who put pressure on the commonwealth attorney to research if Johns was a navigable waterway.” Once the commonwealth attorney could not find sufficient evidence that the creek had been used for commercial transportation, Johns Creek was deemed un-navigable, which closed it off to public access.However, the paddling community pushed back, arguing Johns was navigable and had been proven to be many times since the first descent of the creek in the late 1960s. This resulted in the VMRC reviewing Johns Creek along with 11 other Virginia creeks. According to the VMRC, any waterway with over five square miles of drainage or with a mean annual flow of five cubic feet per second is considered navigable.In 2015, VMRC concluded that Johns Creek and the 11 others all were deemed navigable.The landowners countered with land grants, known as King’s Grants. The landowners refused to comment for this story, but their lawyer, Lenden Eakin, argues that grants given prior to 1802 include ownership of the creek and the creek bottom. This allows the landowner to control access to the creek, deciding if recreational use such as paddling and fishing will be allowed. Currently, the pending case Looney v. VMRC focuses on the ownership of stream bottoms on Johns Creek.When Johns was deemed navigable in 2015, the commonwealth attorney and sheriff of Craig County decided they would no longer prosecute or arrest paddlers who were on the creek. This allowed the paddling community to have the immunity they had been seeking for 16 years. Johns Creek was open to the public to paddle again.Immediately after the decision was made, several Roanoke paddlers organized a beautification of the takeout, owned by American Whitewater. They brought in gravel to minimize mud impact on the road and built a change station for paddlers to utilize so they weren’t changing out in the open.But the two landowners are continuing their fight. They point to the General Assembly ruling that the state owns all streambeds unless the land was granted prior to 1802. Both grants from the landowners were issued prior to these years, one in 1760 and the other in 1786. So, according to Eakin, all of the land being contested is private property, including Johns Creek, subject to the constitutional rights that prevent the taking of private property for public purposes without due process and compensation.“In order to have jurisdiction to declare a stream navigable, the VRMC has to claim that the stream bottom belongs to the commonwealth,” says Eakin. “They only have jurisdiction over ungranted bottoms in the state. They have taken the position, at least from our point of view, that no bottom is granted and so they have jurisdiction over everything. And that’s simply not true.”Katt hopes to clarify who is behind the suit as he helps to represent the paddling community. “There are two corporations and [one] landowner that are suing: one has the money and the other is adamant in trying to deny people use of the stream,” says Katt. “The lawsuit itself talks just about the King’s Grant. It doesn’t mention navigability. They’re trying to avoid bringing up navigability.“The response of the government to the lawsuit is that we haven’t acquired anything, we haven’t tried to acquire anything, and you haven’t lost anything. So what [the landowners] are asking… there’s no basis for in court,” says Katt.The suit has been filed, and they are now in the process of setting a hearing with the circuit court judge in Craig County. Eakin says they are prepared to appeal through the Virginia Supreme Court if the initial ruling is not in his clients’ favor.“Does the creek belong to the public or the landowner? That’s the main question here. There’s a lot of pressure for creeks to be open to the public, but when you open it up that infringes on the landowner’s right to private property,” says Eakin.Katt encourages those who want to paddle Johns Creek to get on it now and show that it is a navigable stream beloved by the public. Local paddler Steve Powers stresses the importance of paddling with locals who know the lines. “Scouting isn’t an option out there. Be sure you’re ready for it and don’t be the cause of a future problem with anyone,” says Powers. “But also know that Johns is worth all of this legal work and research. This creek is something many people can do, and it runs over 100 days out of the year. It’s beautiful, it’s continuous, it’s the best creek in the state, and it might very well be one of the best creeks on the planet.”
continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions this year have a big opportunity to expand their business lending, according to Raddon–but a lot of that will depend on the performance of front-line staff.Raddon told CUToday.info that a number of market and economic factors that influence business lending are aligning favorably for credit unions now: new MBL rules, strong credit union membership growth and public image, in addition to growing confidence among small businesses over their own futures. The result: many are ready to expand their borrowing.But the biggest obstacle in the way of credit unions gaining market share in business lending is that many small businesses still don’t know credit unions are business lenders that have a broad portfolio of services, said Marcus Rothaar, senior research analyst.“In my opinion, the number-one thing credit unions need to overcome is awareness,” Rothaar said. “There is a segment of the small business community that is not aware that credit unions offer business loans. And of those who are aware, many question the credit union’s level of expertise. As simple as these things sound to address, they are big obstacles. Credit unions have to get the message out that they offer the same full line of services and have the same expertise as the big banks when it comes to business lending.”
The Ministry of Science and Education has made a decision on the beginning and end of the school year, the number of working days and the duration of holidays for primary and secondary school students for the 2017/2018 school year.Thus, in 2018, the school year begins on September 4, 2017 and ends on June 15, 2018. The first semester lasts from September 4, 2017 to December 22, 2017, while the second semester lasts from January 15, 2018 to June 15. 2018, and for high school seniors until May 22, 2018.The students ‘winter vacation begins on December 27, 2017 and ends on January 12, 2018, while the students’ spring vacation begins on March 29, 2018, and ends on April 6, 2018, and classes begin on April 9, 2018.Summer vacation begins on June 18, 2018, except for students who take the subject, class, supplementary, differential or other exam, who have additional work, final work or state matura exams, and for students in programs most of which are performed in the form of exercises and practical classes for students who have professional practice at that time, which is determined by the annual plan and program of the school.Find out more details here
Press Association City are big favourites for the derby at Old Trafford due to their higher league standing and the fact that United have struggled against the top teams in the league this year. A 1-0 victory against Arsenal aside, Moyes’ men have not beaten any of the sides in the top nine in what has been a truly disappointing maiden season for the Scot. David Moyes wants Manchester United to prove they are still a force to be reckoned with by beating Manchester City on Tuesday night. United had to field Michael Carrick at centre-half at Upton Park because of injuries to Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand. Nemanja Vidic was also absent through suspension. The United captain remains banned for the visit of City, but Moyes would not give away anything about the fitness of the three injured players. “For this Barclays Premier League game we’ll do everything we possibly can to get the [injured] players back,” was all that Moyes would say when questioned on the matter at his pre-match press conference. Winger Antonio Valencia (eye) is a doubt but defender Nemanja Vidic (suspension) and striker Robin van Persie (knee) are definitely unavailable. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has denied his side will start as favourites when they head to Old Trafford looking to heap more misery on Moyes. Pellegrini’s men might be forgiven for swaggering across town with a mighty 12-point advantage over their rivals, and knowing another win will take them a big step closer to reclaiming their Barclays Premier League title. But Pellegrini, whose first taste of the Manchester derby brought a thumping 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium in September, has moved to play down the suggestion that the balance of power is in the process of inexorably shifting to the light-blue half of the city. Pellegrini said: “I don’t think we are favourites in any game. We are in a good moment but we are playing against a big team in their own stadium, so I don’t think we are the favourites. “Of course we always expect to go and win every game but, I repeat, just because Manchester United have had a difficult season it does not mean we are going to win. We have to go there and play a very good game.” City’s 5-0 stroll against Fulham on Saturday sent them back into third place, six points behind leaders Chelsea but with three games in hand. And to add to Pellegrini’s options he will have captain Vincent Kompany back to bolster his defence at Old Trafford after the Belgian sat out the win over the Cottagers as he served a one-match suspension for his sending-off at Hull. Pellegrini is clearly anxious to avoid suggestion of the mind games which so frequently marked the build-up to this fixture when Sir Alex Ferguson was seeking to resist the rise of the so-called “noisy neighbours” in years gone by. Referring to his side’s win in September, Pellegrini said: “Of course it is a special match for the fans because they love winning against Manchester United, but for me all the games are special because you have to get three points. “It is not my duty to analyse what David Moyes has done at Manchester United. I think everyone knows it was always going to be difficult for him to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, but I don’t analyse what he’s done.” Moyes wants that to change on Tuesday though. “We we want to try and perform better in the bigger games than what we have done,” the United manager said. “It will be important for us to show the level of what we have got. “I think we have got the level and we are not as far away as many people would have us and I have no doubt it will improve. We want to show we are still in there fighting. “We will do everything we can to win. We go out to win every game, not just the derby game. “Obviously it means a lot more to the supporters and the city if you win a derby game.” United are 12 points behind City, and Manuel Pellegrini’s men have played two less matches. The Red Devils go into the match on the back of encouraging wins against Olympiacos and West Ham though.
THE patron, president, executives and the entire membership would like to congratulate our club members, sisters and friends Shabika Gajnabi and Sheneta Grimmond on their international debut against Australia in the current One-Day International series.Gajnabi and Grimmond are products of the long-standing relationship between RHTY&SC and Metro Office Supplies, the sponsor of Guyana’s only female cricket team, the Rose Hall Town Metro Team.Gajnabi, during the first ODI, became the third RHTY&SC female member to play for the West Indies while Grimmond became the fourth during the second match.It was with total pride that we watched as the two RHTY&SC members added 60 runs for the seventh wicket against a dominant Australia bowling unit and earned the praises of former Windies players Kenneth Benjamin and Sir Curtly Ambrose.Gajnabi joined the club at the tender age of 13 while Grimmond did so at 14 and have both benefitted from the RHTY&SC’s well-organised cricket structure and a simple formula of hard work, faith in God, personal discipline and dedication. They also benefitted from practising daily with their male counterparts and regular coaching sessions with Level Three coach Winston Smith.“RHTY&SC is very proud of its massive investment into female cricket since 2008 but was bitterly disappointed that we remain the only club in Guyana to do so. It is very sad that our girls have to play against males and we would like to call on other established clubs to invest in female cricket.Gajnabi, Grimmond have now joined Shemaine Campbelle and Erva Giddings as our International products and with players like Sherica Campbelle, Marian Samaroo, Oma Matadin, Dian Prahalad working hard every day, we are very confident that more RHTY&SC members would soon follow in their footsteps.“We would like to express gratitude to the Management and Staff of Metro Office and Computer Supplies. The company since 2009 has invested heavily in our female cricketers and special mention must be made of CEO Avia Lindie and Mr T. Jadunath.The management of RHTY&SC would like to reassure the cricketing public that we would uphold our high standard.“During the brief 29 years history of the club, we have produced a total of seven players for the West Indies – Campbelle, Giddings, Gajnabi, Grimmond (female), Assad Fudadin (Under-15, Under-19, Test) Royston Crandon (ODI) and Esaun Crandon (Sixes).Kevlon Anderson is on the verge of making the West Indies Under-19 World Cup Squad while Jonathan Rampersaud was last year named in a West Indies Under-15 training squad.
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 31, 2017 at 9:29 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Shaquille Grosvenor, a junior college transfer, joined the 2017 Syracuse football recruiting class, he announced on Twitter.The 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive tackle has three years of eligibility remaining. Playing at Mesa (Arizona) Community College last season, Grosvenor recorded 24 tackles, three-and-a-half tackles for loss and a half sack.Coming out of West Orange (New Jersey) High School, Grosvenor didn’t have any stars from either Scout.com or 247sports.com. He joins Chris Elmore and Curtis Harper as likely defensive tackles in SU’s 2017 class.Grosvenor is the 26th addition to the Orange’s 2017 class. Track the rest of the class here.Grosvenor runs a 4.80 second 40-yard dash and squats 390 pounds, per his Hudl profile.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe rest of Grosvenor’s Hudl highlights can be viewed below.