Phil Lesh Announces 76th Birthday Celebration With Haynes, Krasno & More

first_imgLegendary bassist Phil Lesh turns 76 years young on March 15th, and there’s no way he’s going to let the occasion go un-celebrated. In addition to two performances with “The Q,” on March 17-18, Lesh will perform on his actual birthday at the Capitol Theatre with a hearty lineup.The new birthday concert will feature Warren Haynes, Eric Krasno, John Molo and Rob Barraco, each bringing their unique sound to the classic Grateful Dead repertoire. The other two performances, which include the same lineup save for Jimmy Herring on guitar instead of Krasno, are already sold out.Tickets for Lesh’s birthday bonanza go on sale this Saturday, February 27th. More information can be found here!Relive Phil Lesh’s 75th birthday with this full show video below:last_img

Author discusses stigmatization, narratives of ‘ordinary abortion’

first_imgClaire Rafford Northwestern professor of bioethics and law and author Katie Watson, left, spoke about normalizing public discussion about abortion in a lecture Tuesday.Watson said her focus on the abortion controversy began when she was teaching a group of medical students about abortion and noticed the everyday stigma surrounding the subject.“Given that prevalence, that was part of the reason the ethics of the topic was relevant for [the medical students] to understand and discuss, regardless of what specialty they’d be going into, that they were going to be expected to be somewhat of the ‘cocktail party expert’ on all sorts of medical issues — not just with the commonness of this procedure for their patients, but also with their family members, their colleagues and friends — and that they just be able to understand it,” Watson said.“I just was so struck by this idea that, ‘Why is the fact that abortion is common not common knowledge?” she added.Watson’s book focuses on “ordinary abortion,” a term she coined herself, which she defined as the reality faced by the vast majority of women who have abortions, rather than the most extreme and tragic cases.“I meant ordinary and — as I say in the book — not to diminish significance to so many and its importance in our culture, but to juxtapose it and make the point that my observation is in our public debate, we talk about what I call ‘extraordinary abortion,’” she said. “It makes sense that advocates raise up cases that trigger our emotions … and those cases are real and important, but they reflect collectively less than 5 percent of all abortion cases. So the cases we discuss the most are the cases that are heard the least.”When looking at the abortion issue, Watson said she noticed “master plots” — repeated themes and stories throughout a culture — about the debate that was not reflected in her personal experience.“I started to notice when I looked at the public abortion conversations that I was starting to see master plots — narratives that just didn’t match what I was hearing from patients or physicians and the social science research that I was reading,” she said. “Master plots serve a really valuable function in cultures. They’re educational, they’re instructive, they’re often about morality — they’re just values and characters. But when they don’t match, again, I’m interested in those gaps.”One of the most prevalent “master plots,” Watson said, is that the choice to terminate a pregnancy is always a difficult decision for a woman. “If a woman put a very, very high moral value on the embryo she carried, that would be very difficult if she was feeling like she needed to weigh that against her own interests or concerns or imperatives — that would be a really difficult decision,” Watson said. “If a woman thought the moral value of an embryo was low, it might not be as difficult for her to measure that. Embedded in abortion is always a difficult decision, and it’s really a master plot to say abortion ought to be a difficult decision.”Watson added that some other “master plots” she noticed were that abortion is a women’s issue, when it also affects men and the families of the patients, since many women who have abortions already have children, she said. Though the Supreme Court asserted the right to have an abortion in the 1973 case Roe v. Wade, Watson said she laments the fact that the conversation seems to have stifled since then.“I think of abortion as a freedom of conscience issue,” she said. “I think there’s no science that’s going to end this debate. But the constitutional right has become the end of a conversation rather than the beginning of a conversation. [In] every other area in which we have legal freedom, that’s the beginning of the conversation. How would you like to live, how would you like to use that freedom, what is good, what is right, what will keep humans flourishing, what is just — rather than the end of a conversation.”Watson said she feels it is important to promote public discourse on the abortion controversy.“I think abortion should remain a constitutional right, that people should be free to define and do that by their conscience, but of course, [people should be] free to try to persuade one another, convince one another, support one another, live by our lights, which I know is difficult,” she said. “It’s just painful and difficult, but that is where I [lie] on so many issues of pluralism.”One of the issues surrounding the pro-life and pro-choice issues is the great cost to raising a child in the United States, Watson added.“We are not a family-friendly country,” she said. “We do not help mothers and children, and that’s something I think we can all work towards and that I am deeply committed to. … [Do you] want to lower the abortion rate? Make it economically possible to raise children in this country.”During the question-and-answer portion of the conversation, Notre Dame history professor Fr. Bill Miscamble asked Watson about how to define when a fetus becomes a person.“One of the issues that, as I understand it, you look at in this sort of pluralism approach, is you are going to leave it to individuals to determine personhood of the baby,” Miscamble said. “Is there a gradation along that line, or would you say it’s the choice of anyone to destroy that baby one day before birth, and that would be then infanticide one day after birth? [This is] one of the strongest arguments as you listen to the pro-life forces and try to represent them for personhood of the child. It just seems that it’s absurd to say one day before it’s not a person, and one day after it is.”Watson responded to Miscamble’s question by citing the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade.“I think that the Supreme Court, from a legal perspective, actually did a great job with viability and here’s why,” she said. “It’s actually scientifically inaccurate to say that a one-celled organism has everything it needs to become a person. What it also needs is to live inside a woman’s body for a minimum of six months or else it cannot survive. So, just biologically and scientifically, they cannot be considered as separate from one another. … There’s no debate about her personhood, and so if, by her lights, in that pluralism model, she views before viability as that embryo something that may be destroyed that has not achieved a personhood that prevents that for her, since she’s the one that will have to live with that consequence, I do think that allowing her to make that choice feels morally and ethically and legally appropriate.”Tags: ethics, Irish 4 Reproductive Health, ordinary abortion, Roe v. Wade Irish 4 Reproductive Health hosted a conversation with Katie Watson, an associate professor of bioethics and law at Northwestern University and author of “Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law and Politics of Ordinary Abortion” in which she advocated for destigmatizing discussing the subject of abortion in everyday life. April Lidinsky, associate professor of women’s and gender studies at Indiana University South Bend, moderated the discussion Tuesday in Corbett Family Hall. last_img read more

Minister of Tourism Cappelli: Next year we expect 350 million euros of investment in health tourism

first_imgMinister of Tourism Gari Cappeli held a press conference in Banski dvori today, at which he further clarified the Bill on the provision of services in tourism, which the Government sent to the Croatian Parliament at today’s session.The Minister said that this is an important law, which should enter into force in the seventh month of 2018. Speaking about the novelties proposed by the law, Minister Cappelli singled out the provision of services in health tourism. He emphasized that for the first time in the Republic of Croatia, the issue of tourist arrangements concerning health tourism will be resolved. “Travel agencies will be able to provide packages of health services in institutions in the Republic of Croatia, such as special hospitals, spas and private clinicse “, said the Minister and pointed out that in this way a new investment opportunity will be opened, which is planned for next year, in the amount of 350 million euros of prepared projects in health tourism, and the completion of these investments will open approximately 2.000 new jobs. places.Minister Cappelli explained that the aforementioned law and accompanying regulations related to professional exams and protected localities will regulate the issue of tourist guides, from education to the possibility for foreign tourist guides to provide services in Croatia. Also, the provision of car rental services will be regulated and the administrative barriers related to the business of travel agencies will be relieved. The Minister gave the example of an agency that had to have ten managers in ten branches in the Republic of Croatia, and from now on one company will have one manager, while in the remaining branches it will not be necessary.Announcing the Days of Croatian Tourism, the Minister reminded that the Republic of Croatia had the best tourist season for the first time in history. “Today we have somewhere around 98,5 million overnight stays and 17,3 million visitors and that is somewhere between 12 and 13 percent more than last year. It is important that the financial results are very good, in the first half of the year there were over 11 percent more income from tourism than last yearHe told youThis year, investments in tourism of around 800 million euros were realized, Cappeli said, adding that according to their surveys, they expect investments of around 930 million euros next year. “This is about 15 percent more than this year and almost 40 percent more than in 2015, which is proof that Croatia is recognizable not only as a country for the arrival of tourists but also as a country for good and quality investments in tourism.”, Concluded the Minister of Tourism.Related news: PROPOSAL OF THE LAW ON PROVISION OF SERVICES IN TOURISMlast_img read more

‘Home to Hurl’ match-up throws in this afternoon

first_imgThe initiative looked to bring as many of their emigrant players as possible home to take part in a charity match against a selection of 15 Gortnahoe/Glengoole men who remain on Irish soil.’Home to Hurl’ aims to raise money to help support the North Tipperary Hospice and the Scoil Aonghusa special needs school in the county. Throw-in is at two o’clock in Gortnahoe.last_img

Kerr reads stern riot act to Gor Mahia players

first_img“We conceded a goal off our own mistake. Our so called good players can’t keep the ball. The work that I do off the field, the preparations by watching other teams and in training, it is like I am talking to a brick wall sometimes,” Kerr fumed after the match against Mathare.He added; “I need to do some serious hunting in the June transfer window because I have seen, and I don’t want complacency to set in. We got the quality but we don’t use that quality.”The second consecutive 2-2 draw posted by the record Kenyan champions sees their lead remain three points at the top, though they have the prestige of two un-played matches due to their CAF Confederation Cup schedule.Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava controls the ball under pressure from Mathare United’s Chris Oduor and Francis Omondi during their Kenyan Premier League clash on April 29, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe weight of the congested calendar seems to have already started settling into the feet of the players and their concession of eight goals in four matches has been a huge grey area to the Kenyan giants.“It is very hard for me because we have a tough run of fixtures and some of the mistakes we do in matches should be corrected in training. We have a plan in place to keep the players refreshed but sometimes it is very tough because you don’t want to tire the players,” the tactician further noted.After Mathare’s tedious game on Sunday, Gor will only have a day for rest and recovery before switching their attention to the Hull City play-off match against arch rivals AFC Leopards on Tuesday in Nakuru.This will be a headache of sorts for the tactician whose side travels to Kigali, Rwanda, for their first CAF Confederations Cup match against Rayon Sports just five days later.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shouts instructions on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Mathare United on April 29, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“It’s tricky for me because we can’t even do a recovery session for the players. We have travel to think about, we have the game then five days later we have the Confederations Cup which is important for us,” the coach says.“But we know we have a derby which is important for the fans and the Hull City is important to my players because they want to have a chance to play against an English side. I have to pick a team of players who want to play, who want to win,” the coach further noted.He expects a tough challenge from Ingwe despite the fact that they have not been doing well in the league, but he is yet to conclude whether or not to field his best team for the Tuesday afternoon tie.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr reacts on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan premier League clash against Mathare United on April 29, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30- With the mid-season transfer window just over a month away, Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has hinted that he may be going out into the market to strengthen the team and has warned his players not to start getting comfortable.The British tactician was left red with anger after Sunday evening’s 2-2 draw with Mathare United in Machakos and was specifically enraged with winger Samuel Onyango for two reasons; first, he missed a brilliant opportunity to make it 3-1 off a counter and second, lost the ball in the build up to Mathare’s late equalizer.last_img read more