Phil Lesh Recreates Famed Grateful Dead MSG Show From 1994 With An All-Star Lineup [Videos]

first_imgSetlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 10/17/16 (a la Grateful Dead at MSG – 10/13/94)Set 1: Touch of Grey, Wang Dang Doodle, Loser, Mama Tried > Mexicali Blues, Dupree’s Diamond Blues, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Loose Lucy, Let It GrowSet 2: Foolish Heart > Playing In The Band > Uncle John’s Band > Drums > Space > The Other One > Wharf Rat > Johnny B. GoodeE: Donor Rap, It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue Last year, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh began paying tribute to his former band with year-by-year recreations capturing the Dead at different points in their career. Over the course of two years, Lesh has held a concert in honor of every year of the Dead’s 30-year career, starting with 1965 and working his way forward.It seems we’re heading towards the end, as Lesh recreated a famed Grateful Dead concert from their penultimate year – 1994. The show of choice was the Dead at Madison Square Garden on October 13, 1994, performed by Phil Lesh at his own venue, Terrapin Crossroads. Lesh performed with the elite regulars of the San Rafael, CA haunt, including Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Scott Guberman, Ezra Lipp and Alex Koford.After an opening discussion with Lesh and photographer Jay Blakesberg, the show commenced with a “Touch Of Grey” opener. You can scope a handful of clips from the performance below, as well as the full setlist as provided by Deadheadland.last_img read more

Marketing department honors life, impact of Timothy Gilbride

first_imgEach year, faculty members at Notre Dame are called to do three things: teach, research and serve. Timothy Gilbride distinguished himself in each of these tasks.“He’s one of the most well-rounded people that I’ve ever met,” John Sherry, the Raymond W. & Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Marketing, said. “In our field, we look at teaching, research and service as your principal contributions to the field and to the College, and he was just outstanding on all these dimensions.”Professor Gilbride, the Steve and Anne Odland Associate Professor of Marketing, died Jan. 12 after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 52.Shankar Ganesan, the John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Professor of Business and chair of the marketing department, said Professor Gilbride was “a talented researcher, incredibly smart person, both hard-working and humble and willing to give to Notre Dame [and] be an awesome mentor to students and faculty.” In the midst of chemotherapy treatments and shortly after surgeries, Ganesan said, Professor Gilbride remained committed to his work, even working on developing a new marketing course throughout the fall 2018 semester.“He was basically good at almost everything,” Ganesan said. “He was a great departmental citizen, and as a chair, I would go to him with requests and he would be willing to do whatever it took to help the department.”Before coming to Notre Dame in 2004, Professor Gilbride worked in marketing research and consulting at Goodyear, Booz Allen Hamilton and Aetna. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Dayton and his MBA from Ohio State University, where he later returned to complete his Ph.D. in business administration.Professor Gilbride’s tenacity after his 2011 diagnosis of stage IV cancer was inspiring to his colleagues, Sherry said.“I think he was put here on Earth for a purpose, and he was just going to see it through,” he said. “We were awestruck, I think — the faculty — and I know I was personally, to see him bounce back, because the treatment took a real toll on him, a real physical toll.”In 2014, Professor Gilbride wrote an essay for Mendoza Business magazine titled “The Mathematics of Hope,” in which he described the impact his cancer diagnosis had on his Catholic faith.“I have been overwhelmed by the love and support from my family, friends and colleagues,” Professor Gilbride wrote in the essay. “I have come to appreciate the Mass and celebrating the Eucharist, the communion of believers, in a way that I could not understand before my cancer.”He also continued to value his time in the classroom. Senior Rachel Becker, who took Professor Gilbride’s marketing analytics class in the fall of 2017, said Professor Gilbride went above and beyond to be there for his students.“The last day of class, I remember he had just had surgery of some sort, and he came in and he was there a few days after that had happened, there answering questions for us for our final exam,” Becker said. “I just think that that speaks to the dedication that he had to his students and what he does.”Senior Hank Assaf, who took Professor Gilbride’s marketing research class in the fall of 2017, said Professor Gilbride went out of his way to ensure Assaf was not overwhelmed as the only junior in the class.“He asked me if I wanted to go to lunch to talk about what I wanted to do for my internship the next summer, or if he could help me with anything like that because I was the only one who didn’t have a job in the class,” Assaf said. “So he emailed me asking me to go to lunch, and then I went to his office hours a bunch. The class was very hard, so he was just really, really helpful in teaching.”Although Professor Gilbride “taught very difficult courses” for both undergraduates and MBA students, his commitment to ensuring all of his students could understand the material set him apart and made him a well-liked teacher, Ganesan said.“Marketing analytics was one of the most popular courses and was always over-subscribed,” he said. “And it’s not just the students who had strength in quantitative aspects that took the course, but people who did not have that. The fundamental difference between him and other professors was, he would spend enormous amounts of time with the people who didn’t understand, who were quantitatively challenged.”Becker said Professor Gilbride always seemed “very humble” and “spoke to [students] in ways that [they] could understand the problems, and you could just really tell that he cared,” both in class and during his office hours.The marketing analytics course “was one of the most intellectually demanding classes I’ve taken, but it’s had so much real-world application, and I think that really speaks to just his excellence as a professor,” Becker said. “And he was definitely one of those beyond-his-time-brilliant teachers and researchers who was really dedicated to the marketing analytics field.”Sherry said Professor Gilbride’s far-reaching impacts as both a scholar and a professor were particularly evident when he received condolence messages from former students and the editor of the Journal of Marketing in the past month.“He was a really accomplished scholar, just a smart guy. He was an excellent teacher, and not only just in the classroom,” Sherry said. “He’d come in on Sunday afternoon when students would be working on group projects and so forth, and they’d drop in on him and he’d advise them as they went along. … I think anybody he touched and anybody that he came in contact with recognized that he was, in that moment, he was just completely committed to them.”Professor Gilbride’s commitment even extended beyond the school year, Assaf said.“One time this summer, during my internship, I was trying to figure something [out] on Excel, and I emailed him and he called me, and we talked for an hour just trying to figure this thing out on Excel,” he said. “[Professor Gilbride was] just an incredibly helpful guy, just really had a passion for his students and teaching and things like that.”Ganesan said Professor Gilbride’s love for the subjects he taught were what drove him when students and faculty members approached him with questions.“He loved what he did. He’d develop these quantitative marketing models. He loved that; he loved the challenge,” Ganesan said. “And so when somebody would ask him a question, fine — if he had answers, he would spend some time explaining it, telling them how to solve the problem. But if he did not, he would just go to the literature and understand the problem and find some answers to the problem. And that’s why he was special, and he’s done it so many times with students.”That love particularly came across during Professor Gilbride’s one-on-one meetings with students, which always seemed like “a discovery process for him, too,” Becker said. “He was enjoying the learning process, too, so it was a very collaborative thing.”Another of Professor Gilbride’s passions, Sherry said, was one he rediscovered during a period of recovery: motorcycles.“He used to be a motorcycle enthusiast and kind of put that on the back burner while his career was developing, and he reconnected with that during this illness, and I think it gave him a renewed sense of purpose in a complete non-academic direction,” Sherry said. “It got to the point where he couldn’t ride the bike anymore, but he’d always had this dream of doing a cross-country trip, and he got in the car one summer and just did it, various family members accompanying him on different legs of the trip.”William Wilkie, the Aloysius and Eleanor Nathe Professor of Marketing Strategy, said Professor Gilbride’s family — he had a wife and three children — were his primary motivation in life.“I asked him why he chose to come to Notre Dame when he turned down Stanford, Fordham and Carnegie,” Wilkie said. “And he told me that he was seeking balance in his life, he wanted to have a fine life for his family and himself in addition to being able to do good research. So that was impressive to me.”Once he was at Notre Dame, Professor Gilbride was “a very important member of the department,” Wilkie said, thanks to his expertise in quantitative analysis in addition to his willingness to commit himself to a number of departmental committees.Ganesan said it is the balance Professor Gilbride showed between those three roles of a professor — teaching, researching and serving — that inspired the marketing department to create an award named in Professor Gilbride’s honor. An announcement about the first recipient of that award will be coming soon, Ganesan said.It is fitting, Sherry said, that Professor Gilbride should be recognized in such a way because “he was not only part of the discussion, but he had an influential voice in everything that [the department] did” and was “a grounding presence.”“We feel strongly about everything Tim did for the College and for the University that we want his name to continue, and so we’ll memorialize him that way,” Sherry said.What will be missed more than Professor Gilbride’s abilities as a professor, Wilkie said, will be his role as “a central member of the department.”“Clearly his presence is going to be missed, unquestionably,” Wilkie said. “He was one of the top people in the country, so it was a pleasure to work with him, and — though I doubt the students really perceive it — it was an honor to study under him.”Tags: In memorium, Marketing, Marketing professor, mendoza college of business, Timothy Gilbridelast_img read more

The East Is Beast – These 12 Adventure Capitals Prove It

first_imgCities these days are more than just skyscraper skylines. With rivers, trails, and open space strategically incorporated into urban development plans, these 12 destinations are keeping the adventure within city limits.Washington, D.C. (Featured)Population: 693,972Fun fact: The Washington Canoe Club was founded on the banks of the Potomac River in 1904 and has turned out numerous Olympic medalists such as Frank Havens and Francine Fox.According to the 2017 ParkScore index created by the Trust for Public Land, 97% of D.C. citizens live 10 minutes or less from a public park. Granted, those parks are, on average, only one-and-a-half acres in size, but when you look at the big picture of open space versus development, that’s 22% of the city designated specifically for parks.That juxtaposition between nature and culture creates an incredibly accessible opportunity for D.C. residents and visitors alike to get outside. For Brown People Camping founder Ambreen Tariq, the fact that recreation infrastructure was so seamlessly woven into the fabric of the city only added to the vibrancy that initially drew her to the city.“I find it very electric,” she says. “There’s so much going on here, and I think the big unspoken tradition that is central to the culture of the city is getting outdoors. Whether it’s watching musical concerts or going to botanical gardens, families have been getting outdoors here for generations. D.C. is all connected to being outdoors in its own special city way.”Play + StayBring some comfy kicks, says Tariq. The city is incredibly walkable with multiple pathways designed exclusively for pedestrians and cyclists. “Rock Creek Park is one of my favorites,” says Tariq. The 2,100-acre National Park Service unit is interlaced with more than 32 miles of hiking and paved biking trails. More of a water person? Boating in DC rents paddleboards (from $22 per hour) and kayaks (from $16 per hour). Float the Potomac River on your own or take a lesson (starting at $35). After a day outside, refuel at any number of top-notch restaurants in the area. There are too many to list here, but a few of our favorites are Tico for Latin American, Little Serow for Thai, or Pearl Dive Oyster Palace for seafood and cocktails. Post up for the evening at an affordable spot like D.C. International Hostel ($25 per night), or head outside of D.C. proper, where the city of Arlington offers just as convenient lodging at half the price.ExtracurricularsStargaze at the Rock Creek Park Planetarium (free). Tour gardens and contemporary art exhibits at Dumbarton Oaks Garden ($10 for adults). Pay homage to ol’ Teddy at Theodore Roosevelt Island. Ride the C&O Canal to Great Falls Park (if you’re a stout paddler, you can kayak this legendary class V run, too).EventsSavor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience (July 1-2); Great Falls Race & Potomac River Festival (August 25-26); Paddle-the-Potomac Race Series (July 21 and August 26); Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Fest (August 24-26)BALTIMORE’S INNER HARBOR MAKES A GREAT BACKDROP FOR CHARm CITY RUNNING. / PHOTO BY IAN JOHNSONBaltimore, Md.Population: 614,664Fun fact: National Black Marathoners Association Running Hall of Fame inductee and Charm City native Marilyn Bevans was the first African American woman to run a marathon and won the 1977 and 1979 Maryland Marathons.Baltimore’s idyllic setting on the Patapsco River makes it one of the most iconic cityscapes in the country. Sailing, fishing, and crabbing are deeply ingrained in the city’s history and continue to be a trademark of Baltimore’s identity. In recent years, efforts by the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore have substantially cleaned the harbor of pollution through the use of floating wetlands, of which Baltimore has more than 2,000 square feet.Last March, the city of Baltimore released its Green Network plan, which will revitalize abandoned lots and turn them into small open spaces. In turn, these micro parks will connect Baltimore’s growing bike and foot corridors, as well as the city’s 4,600 acres of green space. The Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition is in the process of finalizing a 35-mile urban trail system that will unite the diverse neighborhoods and natural resources that Charm City Run Assistant Manager Blair Wooton says defines her city.“I have been in Baltimore my whole life and while it’s a city, it definitely has more of a small-town feel,” she says. “You always see someone you know whether you’re at the grocery store or out for a run. And the running community here is great. The store does a weekly run around the harbor and even on the grossest days we still get a good turnout.”Play + StayWho needs a segway when a pair of running shoes can get you around just fine? Check out Baltimore’s thriving running scene during the annual Baltimore Running Festival on October 20th or take a jog on your own via Jones Falls Trail, a hiking and biking trail that runs for 10 miles from the Inner Harbor to Mount Washington Light Rail Station. To experience the Patapsco at its finest, rent a kayak from Shallow Creek Kayaks for a half-day ($40) and watch the sunset over the city. Anglers can cast a line at any of the three license-free fishing locations, which include Canton Waterfront Park. At day’s end, eat fresh from the water at Thames Street Oyster House before throwing up a tent at Patapsco Valley State Park just south of town. Sites start around $25 here and are centrally located to the state park’s expansive 200-mile trail system and namesake river.ExtracurricularsPaddle and rally at the Baltimore Floatilla on June 9th. Ride bikes around Lake Montibello. Learn about wildlife at Carrie Murray Nature Center. Gawk at the aquatic life in Baltimore Aquarium ($25).EVENTSCharm City Run 5K (August 12); Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival (August 18); Baltimore Running Festival (October 21-22)Photo credit: k_e_lewis on Visual Hunt / CC BYPittsburgh, Pa.Population: 303,625Fun fact: The Dirty Dozen Bicycle Race, now in its 36th year, is one of the toughest road races in the region, weaving cyclists in and out of the city for 50 miles and up the 13 steepest hills in town, including the 35% gradient “steepest street in the world,” aka Canton Avenue.Located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers, it’s no surprise that Pittsburgh is leading the charge when it comes to prioritizing outdoor recreation as an economic engine. Pittsburgh’s five city parks total over 2,000 acres in size, not including Point State Park or the various riverfront parks like Three Rivers and North Shore.“The topography is what really sets Pittsburgh apart,” says Over the Bar Bicycle (OTB) Cafe Bar Manager Ray Karhut. “Within the city limits, the landscape can vary from completely flat floodplains to the steepest street in the world!”Play + StayBoats, bikes, and beer are big in the ‘Burgh (as are the ‘Stillers,’ but save the football for another visit). Check off the first by renting a kayak from Kayak Pittsburgh and joining the brand’s parent company Venture Outdoors on a group paddle. For cyclists, the options are far and wide. All of Pittsburgh’s city parks are crisscrossed with trails ranging in style from cross-country to skills parks and everything in between. North Park and Frick Park are two of the more popular riding destinations and are ideally situated close to downtown. There are a few beginner-friendly rides here, but the vast majority of trails are intermediate and advanced. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, stop in at the OTB Bicycle Cafe for burgers, mind-blowing vegan options, and of course, some local suds (try the Hazedelic Juice Grenade from Grist House Craft Brewery). The closest and coolest camping in town is located at Cecil Henderson along the Montour Trail rail-trail. There’s no fee to camp here, but the caveat is, you have to ride there to reach it (and we’re all about that).ExtracurricularsRide the Great Allegheny Passage. Tour Bicycle Heaven Museum, the world’s largest bicycle museum (free). Rip inside at The Wheel Mill, an 80,000-square-foot indoor bike park ($23-29 per day). Get inspired and get happy at Randyland.EventsCreate Festival Pittsburgh (June 6-7); SouthSide OutSide Paddle & Music Festival (September 1); Dirty Dozen Bicycle Race (November 24)Photo credit: rvaphotodude on Visual hunt / CC BY-SARichmond, VA.Population: 223,170Fun Fact: In 2015, Richmond played host to the UCI Road World Cycling Championships, igniting a citywide revamp of cycling amenities for locals.Visit Richmond’s crown jewel Belle Isle on a sunny weekend day and it’ll feel like a modern day spoof on the famous Georges Seurat painting A Sunday on La Grande Jatte: river-smooth rock outcroppings jutting out into the sparkling waters of the James River, crowds of college kids sprawled out on blankets while rafters and kayakers plunge through class IV rapids just a few yards beyond. This 54-acre island sanctuary has it all—singletrack, a climbing wall, historical ruins—and it’s just a tiny slice of Richmond’s adventure pie.“One of the biggest draws for me was being able to live an outdoor life in a pretty metropolitan sized city,” says Carrytown Bicycle Company Manager JP Rutledge. “I can start my ride here in Carrytown or at any one of the cool shopping districts and in about 10 minutes, I’m on the local trails.”Play + StayThe James River is at the heart of Richmond’s adventure scene, whether you’re experiencing it by boat or admiring it from the riverside trails. Splash down the class III-IV section of the James with RVA Paddlesports, which offers rafting trips down the Lower for $60 a pop. Save some steam for a ride in the James River Park System. With multiple trailheads, you can make your ride as short or as long as you like, though Rutledge recommends linking all of the trails for a 20-30-mile roundtrip ride. Once you’re sufficiently spent, pull up to Legend Brewing Company for some après vibes. The brewery is just a few blocks off trail and is known for its stick-to-your-ribs burgers (sub black bean or Portobello for you veggies). About 20 miles down the road is Pocahontas State Park, where you can pitch a tent ($33) or rent a cabin ($47).ExtracurricularsRide the 52-mile Virginia Capital Trail to Jamestown and catch a lift back with Cap Trail Bike Shuttle ($15-38 per person, depending on the pickup point). Stroll through history along the Richmond Liberty Trail. Catch a show at The National.EventsFestival of the River (June 8-10); Richmond Paddle Cup (August 11); Capital Ale House National Beer Expo (November 1-4); Dominion Riverrock (May 2019)SUP the Kanawha River which winds by the W.Va. capitol building. / Photo: Appalachian Boarding CompanyCharleston, W.VA.Population: 49,138Fun Fact: Until the 1920s, West Virginia’s capital was a major player in the salt industry thanks to the many salt deposits found along the banks of the Kanawha River. Like much of the state, West Virginia’s capital city has a long history of coal mining. For decades, the Kanawha and Elk Rivers were used primarily as an industrial highway for coal barges. Those days are over, and in the past few years, the energy in Charleston has shifted away from resource extraction and toward outdoor recreation.“We’re leading the fight and trying to create that community culture in Charleston,” says Appalachian Boarding Company and Charleston native Evan Young. “We have an opportunity here and all of the stoke going on over in Fayetteville is trickling down right here in Charleston.Play + StayOnly seven miles from downtown Charleston is Kanawha State Forest, a 9,300-acre state forest that at one time was the site of extensive logging and mining. Mother Nature has since recovered what was rightfully her own, and the forest is now home to a diverse array of birds and more than 25 miles of mountain bike trails. Closer to town is Coonskin Park, which has a disc golf course, river access to the Elk, and an outdoor amphitheater. Rent a SUP for the day from Appalachian Boarding Company ($60) and listen to Live on the Levee from the water every Friday of the summer. The company will be located on Magic Island each Friday to rent boards, provide instruction, and lead the inaugural Sunset Sprint SUP series. To see a unique angle of the gold-domed capitol building, put in at Daniel Boone Park on the Kanawha and float just over four miles downstream through downtown Charleston. At night, check out the newly opened beer and burger joint Gonzoburger or, for more vegetarian-friendly options, head to Bluegrass Kitchen. Primitive and electric sites are available at Kanawha State Forest starting at $21.60 per night.ExtracurricularsWatch a live recording of the Mountain Stage. Walk through Capitol Street. Have lunch in Davis Park for a free Brown Bag Concert Series.EventsFestivALL (June 15-24); Multifest (August 4-6); Charleston Distance Run (September 1)Louisville, Ky.Population: 616,261Fun Fact: The Kentucky Wheelmen was founded in the 1880s and was one of the first organized groups of cyclists in the country. Members today restore and ride bicycles made prior to 1918.Don’t get us wrong, we love Kentucky’s bourbon and derby, but in just a few years, Louisville has completely transformed itself into a progressive city spilling over with bikes, parks, and yes, bourbon, too. The city has a long history of cycling, which started in the late 1890s with the Louisville Wheelmen. Today, the bike is a major part of Louisville’s identity. The city regularly hosts national cyclocross championships, has recently unveiled its VeloLou bike share program, and will soon complete construction of a 100-mile bike loop that circumnavigates the city.“My family moved here in 1960 so I’ve been around a long time,” says Quest Outdoors General Manager Scott Newsome. “Louisville has a variety of terrain, with the Ohio River and its tributaries and thousands of acres of forested area protected by our parks. Kentucky is in a bourbon bubble and a lot of people are coming here for that, but young folks from out of state, they are spontaneous. They want to play, and Louisville has plenty of places to get outside.”Play + StayThe Parklands of Floyds Fork is Louisville’s pride and joy. At 4,000 acres, this park system is one of the largest metropolitan parks projects in the nation. Rent a bike for $10 per hour from Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak of Kentucky and explore the trails at Turkey Run Park or build your skills at the Silo Center Bike Park. Anglers can grab a fishing license for $23 and wade the waters of Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area ($3 per day), where the smallmouth and spotted bass fishing is some of the best in the region. If you’re good enough, you might even land a rainbow trophy trout. For food, we like the 1930s’ vibe at Jack Fry’s, a blast-from-the-past southern eatery with nationally acclaimed dishes. For good pub food and craft beer that’s holier than thou, check out Holy Grale. Camping is less than a half hour from town at Horine Reservation.ExtracurricularsCruise the Belle of Louisville, one of the country’s oldest operating steamboat ships. Try underground mountain biking at Louisville’s 320,000-square-foot Mega Cavern.EVENTSForecastle Festival (July 13-15); Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival (July 20-21); Bourbon and Beyond (September 22-23)Photo credit: James Willamor on / CC BY-SARaleigh, N.C.Population: 451,066Fun Fact: The city’s nickname “City of Oaks” traces back to the year 1844 when then-presidential candidate Henry Clay composed the infamous “Raleigh Letter” while sitting beneath an oak tree with a 100-foot-wide canopy.Known primarily as one of the South’s technology hubs, Raleigh has long touted that it’s two hours from the beach and four hours from the mountains. That central location has been a major attractant for Raleigh transplants, but now, the city is finding more and more ways to incorporate those adventures right in its own backyard.To date, the city has over 180 miles of greenways, connecting local landmarks like the North Carolina Museum of Art and William B. Umstead State Park. Currently in the works for Raleigh’s future is the Falls Whitewater Park, which will be located at the base of Falls Dam on the Neuse River and should be completed in the coming years.“Raleigh is a multi college town with a lot of people working in a lot of different fields who come from all over the world,” says Crank Arm Brewing Company co-founder/co-owner Adam Eckhardt. “Combine that with the people who have lived here their whole lives and you have a pretty awesome melting pot.”Play + StayTrail runners will love William B. Umstead State Park for its quiet trails and gorgeous pine-choked forest. Despite its proximity to the bustle of the city, run just a half-mile from the parking lot and the sounds of traffic dissipate to silence. Another popular run just 12 miles from downtown is the Falls Lake section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which can be as easy or epic of a run as you make it. Cyclists should drive northwest out of Raleigh to ride the flow trails at Lake Crabtree County Park. The lake is also a beautiful spot for flatwater paddling and boats can be rented for $7 per hour. The Neuse River is another great place for kayaking, especially at higher flows when the class II-III rapids come in. Around 2,000cfs, there’s some awesome playboating near the dam, which has been the major impetus behind the whitewater park movement. When you’re done playing, grab some James Beard-worthy southern fare at any one of Ashley Christensen’s restaurants. This rockstar chef-proprietor owns Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Chuck’s, and Fox Liquor Bar. For just $25 you can pitch a tent back at William B. Umstead State Park without ever leaving city limits.ExtracurricularsJoin the Wednesday night road ride and pizza party every week at Crank Arm Brewing. Pack a picnic and catch some music at Dorothea Dix Park. Tour the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.EventsIRONMAN 70.3 (June 3); Summer Daze Music Festival (August 18); City of Oaks Marathon (November 4)THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO AT THE U.S NATIONAL WHITEWATER CENTER IN CHARLOTTE, N.C.Charlotte, N.C.Population: 827,097Fun Fact: The U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte is the world’s biggest manmade whitewater river and is home base for a number of Olympic-level paddlers.Long before Charlotte gained a reputation for being an adventure destination unto its own, the city had already made its mark as an easily navigable city with Uptown at the forefront of that movement. Building pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure has been a natural progression of Charlotte’s transportation system. Now, the nearly 40-mile greenway system is part of the much larger 15-county Carolina Thread Trail and serves as a model for other cities looking to incorporate non-motorized paths into their urban development.That’s something U.S. National Whitewater Center’s (USNWC) Communications & Brand Manager Eric Osterhus is excited to see. Having grown up in the Charlotte area as a kid, he says Charlotte has really stepped up to the plate to make the entire Charlotte experience one-of-a-kind.“It offers something for everybody,” says Osterhus. “There’s a pretty diverse number of ways to live an engaged life, whether that’s someone who loves being adventurous and outdoors, of course, or someone who’s here for the music scene. One of the coolest things I’ve seen develop over the years is the sheer number of bike racks and boat racks around town. It’s great because they no longer have to drive two hours down the road to get to the mountains. They’ve got it right here.”Play + StayFirst stop, USNWC. Whether you’re a climber, paddler, mountain biker, or trail runner, the Whitewater Center has it all. For just $59, you can buy a day pass and try everything, including zip lines and ropes courses. This place packs some serious adventure punch, and there’s no doubt you could spend an entire day here and hardly scratch the surface. For a less adrenaline-fueled outing, we like Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, which protects 927 acres of stunning forest within Charlotte proper. There are more than 10 miles of hiking trails in the preserve, so come, stroll, sit, study, and be. Grab a light lunch from local purveyors at 7th Street Public Market or Earl’s Grocery, then grab a campsite at Lake Norman State Park (starting at $15 per night). There’s plenty of swimming ($5 per day), paddling (canoe rental for $5 per hour), and mountain biking here to keep you busy for another day.ExtracurricularsBike the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Revel in art and nature at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden ($12.95).EventsUSNWC River Jam Outdoor Concert Series (throughout the summer); Sol Fest (June 16); XTERRA Whitewater Triathlon (July 7)Greenville, S.C.Population: 498,766Fun Fact: Greenville started out in the mid-1700s as a grist mill and trading post, located right at the base of Reedy River Falls where Falls Park is today.Positioned right at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this southern city has undergone a total face-lift over the past 30 years. Like many Main Streets in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Greenville’s downtown sector had deteriorated into abandoned storefronts and crumbling buildings. Now considered the city’s most iconic feature, the 60-foot Reedy River Falls was once covered almost entirely by Camperdown Bridge, which not only prohibited the aesthetics of the river but also covered up the unsightly activities happening along the Reedy’s banks.Today, downtown Greenville is alive with activity and at its core is Falls Park, a 20-acre green space along the Reedy River completed in 2004. The city is continuing to clean up the Reedy River, which was once seen as little more than an industrial dumping ground. That commitment to the environment has in turn allowed for the energy built downtown to trickle upstream of the city.“I like that here is diversity here,” says Piney Mountain Bike Lounge owner Jackie Batson. “That was missing when I was growing up. I used to say I would never move back here, but now, there’s so much going on. If you’re into art, there’s an art scene. If you’re into the outdoors, there’s a scene for that. If you’re into sports, or going out to eat, Greenville has all of that. And, it has great weather.”Play + StaySee the Falls Park for yourself by hopping on a bike. Rent a cruiser from the Swamp Rabbit Inn Bike Shed (starting at $15 for a half-day) and cruise through downtown Greenville via the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail. This paved rail-trail is 20.6 miles in length and connects the city of Greenville with the nearby town of Travelers Rest. Once you get to “TR,” as the locals like to call it, stop in at Tandem, a super hip, bike-friendly crêperie located just off trail. More of a mountain biker? Check out Paris Mountain State Park just outside of the city. There’s about 11 miles of quality singletrack here, which vary from fast and flowy to moderately technical. In the evening, head over to Piney Mountain Bike Lounge for some good beer, great company, and a few laps around the pump track out back (free for all riders). The Swamp Rabbit Inn offers a wide variety of chic lodging, from town houses to cozy cottages, all of which are conveniently located on or near the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Grab a room for you starting at $101 per night.ExtracurricularsPaddle Lake Jocassee. Hike to the Table Rock overlook at Caesars Head State Park. Hunt for waterfalls at Jones Gap State Park.EventsScanSource Reedy River Concert (June-August); Indie Craft Parade (September 14-16); Get Out Greenville (October 6)Knoxville, Tenn.Population: 186,239Fun Fact: Within city limits alone, Knoxville has over 4,500 acres of parks and green space, which includes the 1,000-acre Urban Wilderness.Knoxville is an hour’s drive from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, and the Obed Wild and Scenic River. Nearby towns such as Townsend, Tenn. and Gatlinburg, Tenn., are gateways to the Smokies with an abundance of outdoor offerings and well worth the drive from Knoxville.  But within Knoxville’s city limits, there’s more than enough to satisfy any adventure craving. The Tennessee River flows through the southern edge of the city and the 1,000-acre Knoxville Urban Wilderness can be quickly accessed from most any point downtown.“If we had the snow we’d be the Boulder of the East,” says River Sports Outfitters owner Ed McAlister. “I think we’re blessed in that a lot of new public officials are being elected who are pro outdoors. They get it, they understand the need to pursue that, and that’s what’s going to bring more people to Knoxville. Having an outdoor component to our economic development plan is vital to attracting not just new people but businesses, too.”Play + StayThanks to the hard work of the Legacy Parks Foundation, mountain bikers and trail runners can have a consistent 50-mile singletrack experience all without ever leaving the city. The signature 12.5-mile South Loop seamlessly connects some of Knoxville’s most popular parks, namely Ijams Nature Center, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, Anderson School Trails, William Hastie Natural Area, Marie Myers Park, and Baker Creek Preserve. The closest paddling to Knoxville is mostly flatwater or class I, but within a couple hours’ drive you can reach the French Broad and the Big South Fork, both of which are Southeastern whitewater gems. Rent a boat from River Sports Outfitters for $50 a day and paddle past the stone bluffs at Ijams Nature Center. If you’ve been out riding on the South Loop, pull up with your bike for tacos at SoKno Taco Cantina, which is conveniently located near the trail. Norris Dam State Park is a quick 30 minutes from Knoxville in Rocky Top, Tenn., and is about the closest camping you can find. There’s also hiking and fishing here, so you’re travels won’t be for naught.ExtracurricularsHike at House Mountain Natural Area. Search for birds at Seven Islands State Birding Park.EventsBike Boat Brew & Bark (June 2); Knoxville Brewfest (June 16); Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival (April 2019)Bouldering in Chattanooga, Tenn. / Photo: Caleb TimmermanChattanooga, Tenn.Population: 177,571Fun Fact: In 2017, Chattanooga became the first city in the world to host all four IRONMAN events in one year: the IRONMAN 70.3, 140.6, and both the men’s and women’s IRONMAN 70.3 world championships.Back in the 1980s, the city of Chattanooga rose from the depths of de-industrialization despair and reinvented itself, starting first with a downtown revitalization investment that included, among many other wonderful things like the Tennessee Aquarium, a riverwalk. That riverwalk arguably changed the way ‘Noogans thought about their city, and today, Chattanooga is by far one of the top outdoor recreation destinations in the South.“We have some of the best climbing in the South within 30 minutes of the city and that’s pretty awesome,” says High Point Climbing Supervisor Logan Bailey. “Point in any direction and you’ve got great rock climbing and mountain biking as well, and yet you can still go into the city when you’re done being outside for the day.”Play + StayStart your day on the rocks at Foster Falls, the closest major sport climbing area to the city. The bullet-hard sandstone is textbook Southeastern climbing, and with more than 130 developed routes ranging from moderate 5.8s to a handful of legit 5.13s, there’s a route for every level of climber. Not a rope climber? Check out the boulderfields at Stone Fort, which are so stellar that one of the largest outdoor bouldering competitions is held here every year (see Triple Crown Bouldering Series for more info). Acquired just last year, The Boulders on Old Wauhatchie Pike are the closest bouldering to town and are situated right at the base of Lookout Mountain. Mountain bikers have a variety of options, too, from the fast flow of Enterprise South Nature Park to the steep and technical rock gardens of Raccoon Mountain. Later in the day, swing over to the Flying Squirrel Bar for authentic farm to table cuisine and craft cocktails. When you’re good and full and tipsy, you need only stumble next door to the Flying Squirrel’s sister business The Crash Pad, a climber-friendly hostel with affordable rates as low as $35 per night.ExtracurricularsExplore Ruby Falls. Hike through Rock City. Peruse the Chattanooga River Market.EventsRiverbend Festival (June 8-16); Moon River Music Festival (September 8-9); River Rocks Chattanooga (October 5-21)Georgia’s Chattahoochee River / Photo: Peter HolcombeColumbus, Ga.Population: 197,485Fun Fact: The city is located at the earliest navigable point of the Chattahoochee, which made Columbus a major industrial and commercial hub in the 19th and 20th centuries.Home of Coca-Cola and Wayne Brady, Columbus wasn’t known for much beyond those veritable claims to fame until the city beefed up the downtown section of the Chattahoochee River. Now, their urban whitewater course ranks among the top 10 in the nation, with the two release levels offering everything from class II to class IV+ rapids.“It’s really become the place to be,” says Whitewater Express Manager of Operations Alex Quinney. “You can go down to the river on a Saturday and it’s just filled with people. We have one of the best play waves for kayaking in the United States, and those kayakers come from all over.”Play + StayRaft high-volume rapids right through the heart of Columbus, Ga., with Whitewater Express. Individual rafting rates start at $38.50 for a low-water run and $49.50 for the high-water action (we recommend you go big or go home). The outfitter also offers canopy tours and aerial challenge courses for the vertically fearless. After your in-town rafting trip, cruise the Dragonfly Trail by bike. This 11-mile multi-use bike and pedestrian path weaves through the heart of the city and can connect to the 15-mile Chattahoochee Riverwalk. For dinner, bring your appetite to The Black Cow, famous for its fried green tomatoes. Lake Pines Campground in eastern Columbus provides tent sites for $24 per night and keeps you close enough to get to Plucked Up Chicken & Biscuits for breakfast in the morning.ExtracurricularsFish for brown and rainbow trout in the Chattahoochee River and at West Point Lake. Browse Uptown Columbus at Market Days on Broadway. Dive deep into nature at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.EventsColor Vibe 5K (TBD); Woodruff Park 5K (June 9); RiverBlast Festival (March 2019)last_img read more

Skinny tiger sparks concerns, East Java zoo denies malnutrition

first_imgShe said Sumatran tigers had different body types than other kinds of tigers.“The fact is that Sumatran tigers are not as big as other types of tigers. They are slimmer,” Juli said on Tuesday, as quoted by said the tiger in the video was an approximately 10-year-old male and had reproduced three times with another Sumatran tiger in the zoo.She acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic had caused visits to the zoo to decline but said the managers had been providing enough food for the animals.“We are still providing nutrition and food according to standards, even though there have not been as many visitors as before the pandemic and we have been closed for several months,” said Juli. (syk)Topics : “From its movements, this tiger looks traumatized by something. The tail isn’t there? Is it a victim of abuse by the zookeepers?” @yusuf_n1933 added.Juli Tri Wahyuningtyas, a marketing coordinator at Maharani Zoo and Cave, confirmed that the Sumatran tiger belonged to the zoo.Juli said the distance between the visitors’ stands, from which the video had been shot, and the bottom of the animal cage – about eight meters – made the tiger look thin.Read also: Slaughtering zoo animals to feed other animals ‘last resort’ in hunger crisis Maharani Zoo and Cave in Lamongan regency, East Java, has denied that a Sumatran tiger under its care is malnourished after a recent viral video sparked concerns that the animal was too skinny.A 13-second video posted on the Instagram account @ndorobeii on Monday showed a Sumatran tiger with a flat stomach and an extremely short tail walking around an enclosure in the zoo, eliciting questions and criticism from internet users.center_img “If you can’t take care of it, it’s better to release it into its habitat in the wild,” Instagram user @rico_achmady replied to the post.last_img read more

Trustee ‘groupthink’ underlines need for new advisory model – SEI

first_img“Groupthink” is prevalent on the trustee boards of UK defined benefit pension schemes, which throws into relief the limitations of the traditional scheme governance and investment consulting model, a study sponsored by fiduciary manager SEI has found.The findings also support the line of inquiry pursued by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in its recently announced review of asset management, according to SEI.Patrick Disney, managing director of SEI’s institutional group for the EMEA region said: “The Terms of Reference for the forthcoming Financial Conduct Authority review of asset management have highlighted the potential issues with the traditional investment consulting model and identified that it may be difficult for pension schemes to adequately monitor the services their consultants provide.“Our research clearly underlines this point, revealing that more than half of trustees – 59% – do not frequently consider alternatives to the advice proposed by their investment consultant.” The overlap between SEI’s study and the FCA review is coincidental, however, stressed Caroline Deutsch, UK corporate marketing director at SEI.She noted that SEI’s research was commissioned and carried out in the autumn last year.“The premise for our study was that we didn’t think the academic theory of groupthink had ever been applied to pension scheme trustee boards before,” Deutsch told IPE. “We thought it would be interesting to see if groupthink exists and, if so, what the implications would be for how the governance model works and decisions are made.”The term groupthink was coined by research psychologist Irving Janis in the 1970s, and, according to the SEI report, describes the faulty decisions made by groups when “pressures lead to a deterioration of mental efficiency, reality testing and moral judgement”.The research was conducted by IFF Research under the supervision of Iain Clacher, associate professor in accounting and finance and co-director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance (CASIF).IFF interviewed 100 trustees of UK defined benefit schemes, 46% of which were classed as small (£15m-99m in assets under management), 33% as medium (£100m-499m) and 21% large (£500m+).Disney said that while the existence of groupthink on trustee boards was not necessarily surprising, not least given trustees’ typical lack of investment expertise, the research threw up some stark statistics about how it manifests itself on trustee boards.“What was interesting was being able to put a number on it, and to see that this is pretty significant,” he told IPE.He highlighted a few statistics as particularly noteworthy:Only one of the 100 trustees surveyed said they “reach their own decisions”Nearly 60% do not frequently consider alternatives to an investment consultant’s recommendationsNearly 80% of boards do not appoint a devil’s advocate to argue the alternative perspective to the boardThe survey also reveals the consequences of groupthink, according to SEI, namely an “over-reliance on unaccountable investment consultants” and potentially a higher burden on scheme sponsors in the form of additional contributions.SEI said trustees were not to blame for the existence of groupthink but that the problem was with the traditional investment consulting model – a “broken” model.SEI described this as a model where advisers work in separate silos and are not directly accountable for the advice they provide, with pension schemes charged on the basis of hours worked rather than results.“It seems clear that a more accountable advisory model is needed, where fees are based on results and the trustee board is able to clearly track the funding level against the scheme’s goals,” said Disney.last_img read more

IFRS committee says defined benefit sponsors must assess materiality

first_imgThe International Financial Reporting Standards Interpretations Committee (IFRS IC) has rejected a proposal that could have limited the number of defined benefit (DB) schemes affected by a planned change to International Accounting Standard 19, Employee Benefits (IAS 19). The change to IAS 19, exposed for public comment back in June 2015, requires plan sponsors to use updated assumptions to measure current service cost and net interest cost after a plan settlement or curtailment.Staff had proposed restricting the scope of the amendment to capture just those plan events that affect “a significant proportion of employees covered by the plan.” Responding to the staff proposal, committee member Tony Debell said: “This is adding a layer of complexity that would let people deal [through] a materiality judgement.” Staff must now rethink the drafting to capture the committee’s preference for leaving the assessment of whether to measure an assessment of materiality.The reliance on materiality and the staff’s proposed quantitative assessment were intended to restrict the numbers of times sponsors would be required to remeasure.Staff wrote: “Because the [IASB] did not intend that an entity would apply the proposed amendments to [non-material] plan events … we recommend amending the scope of the proposals to exclude minor plan events.”The project to amend IAS 19 addresses how a sponsor accounts for a plan amendment, curtailment or settlement that occurs during a reporting period.The proposed amendments require sponsors to use updated assumptions going forward – even within the current accounting period.This would mean an entity would have to calculate the net interest cost for the remainder of the current year on the basis of a remeasured net DB liability or asset.Respondents to the June 2015 exposure draft raised a number of concerns about the proposals.In particular, they were worried about the cost of applying the new requirements and the opportunity to game the standard to produce a particular accounting outcome.It is possible the new requirements will force sponsors to make and account for re-measurements more frequently.Respondents also voiced concerns about how the concept of materiality would apply, and the lack of comparability among companies.Also during the meeting, the IFRS IC approved a further amendment to IAS 19 to clarify that an entity must recognise that a gain or loss on past service cost on settlement is a separate step from assessing the asset ceiling.The committee opted against addressing the concern among some constituents that there is an inconsistency between IAS 19 and the requirements for interim reporting in IAS 34.The inconsistency arises out of the requirement in IAS 34 to take account of “significant market fluctuations”.Subject to the IASB’s signing off on the amendments, DB sponsors will have to apply them to annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019, with earlier application permitted.last_img read more

Eriksen: We must take our chances

first_img Sherwood makes no apologies about his commitment to playing attacking football and there were times on Boxing Day, and more so at Southampton last weekend, when watching Tottenham play was an enjoyable experience. Sherwood is conscious that he is now managing a club whose icons include Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles and Paul Gascoigne. That does not mean he is all for kamikaze football, however. If Spurs retain the ball better, then they will not be as vulnerable to attack as they were against the Baggies, Sherwood argues. “I expect the fans want (attacking football) as they have been brought up on that,” Sherwood said. “It’s the way I see the game being played. I want to see bodies being thrown forward. “At the moment it’s not exactly how I want it. I think we need to win the ball higher up the field. The West Brom game turned into a little bit of a basketball match at times. “We want to win that ball up high as we possibly can so we can give the supporters wave after wave of attack.” Etienne Capoue – a France international in the mould of the famed Claude Makelele – has been kicking his heels ever since Sherwood took over. The Englishman has preferred to use the likes of Mousa Dembele, Lewis Holtby and Eriksen in the centre, and Sherwood’s response to those who say a team needs a holding midfielder is simple. He said: “We have enough defensive-minded players on the field. “When you are at home, if you pass the ball well enough, your passing is good and your decision making is good then you win the game.” Stoke’s weaknesses were exposed against Newcastle on Boxing Day when they were crushed 5-1 after having two men sent off. Sherwood is unsure how the Potters will respond when they come to White Hart Lane on Sunday though. “It could be a dent in confidence but on the other hand it could spur them on,” Sherwood said. “But I can’t see them coming here and being open to get beat like that again. “We expect them to play pretty much the same (as West Brom did) so hopefully we can show a little bit more quality in and around the final third and open them up.” Tottenham dropped to eighth in the Barclays Premier League on Boxing Day as Tim Sherwood’s first game as permanent head coach ended in a disappointing 1-1 draw against West Brom. A smattering of boos rang out at the final whistle, and having not witnessed a home win in the league since October 27, it is easy to understand why a number of Tottenham fans were unhappy. Christian Eriksen has warned that Tottenham’s poor home form will continue unless they become more clinical in front of goal. Press Association By this time last season Tottenham had scored 14 goals in five home victories. This year they have managed three wins and have found the net just eight times. Two of those goals came from free-kicks while another two came from the penalty spot. Spurs used to build their season around their home form, but the north Londoners have not been at their best at White Hart Lane this season and Eriksen knows it. “The home games are tough and we make them tougher for ourselves as well because we don’t score,” the Tottenham midfielder told Spurs TV. “But we just have to keep working and we will get our chances, I think. “We just have to open the game up and make our goals. Against West Brom we had the chances to score goals. If we score it will be a much easier game to win.” Eriksen accepts that away teams do not go all-out attack at White Hart Lane, but Spurs will have to find a way of getting around that problem if they are to become a permanent member of the Barclays Premier League’s elite. The fact that Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been able to do that over the last decade shows why they have spent so long at the top. Still, with Sherwood in charge, the chances of Spurs breaking down defensive-minded opposition may improve. last_img read more

Warriors take 2-0 Finals lead against Cavs

first_imgTHE Golden State Warriors took control of the NBA Finals after seeing off reigning champions the Cleveland Cavaliers in game two last night.Steph Curry and Kevin Durant upstaged LeBron James again in Sunday’s 132-113 victory at Oracle Arena as the Warriors claimed a 2-0 series lead.Reminiscent of last season’s Finals – after James’ men fell 3-1 behind before rallying to clinch their first championship – the Cavs head back to Cleveland for game three on Wednesday.With head coach Steve Kerr on the sidelines for the first time since the opening round of the playoffs after overcoming back problems, Curry and Durant gave the boss plenty to smile about as the Warriors improved their flawless record in the postseason to 14-0.Reigning MVP Curry posted the first triple-double of his playoff career with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, while Durant had 33 points and 13 rebounds in a double-double display.Klay Thompson contributed 22 points for the Warriors, who used their explosive offence to suffocate Cleveland’s usually stingy defence.James huffed and puffed for the Cavaliers, but he was unable to prevent consecutive defeats in Oakland in front of Barcelona star Neymar, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.The three-time champion put up 29 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds as he tied Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history.Kevin Love scored 27 points and Cavs team-mate recorded 19 of his own. (Omnisport)last_img read more

Western, Police maul opponents in Petra/Corona football

first_imgIT was a night of goals galore as 29 were scored on the second night of the Petra-organised, Corona-sponsored Invitational football tournament at the GFC ground Bourda on Wednesday.In the first of the triple-header, Western Tigers railroaded their Black Pearl FC opponents 13-0 in a goal-scoring frenzy with Andrew Murray leading the line with four goals in the 15th, 55th, 80th and 83rd minutes.Hubert Pedro (3rd, 37th), Devon Millington (10th, 29th) and Dwayne McLennon (33rd, 59th) each contributed while Linden Pickett, Mark Gritten and Darren Benjamin each scored one in the 22nd, 56th and 79th respectively.Game two was a more competitive fixture with Camptown needling GFC 1-0 thanks to Oziel Small in the 41st minute.The hosts had more than enough chances to take the lead and even equalise but failed to do so, giving them their first loss of the tournament.Meanwhile, the night’s goal-scoring trend continued with Police mauling Beacons FC 14-1.Quincy Holder (7th, 37th, 39th, 45th) and Anthio Wallace (21st, 47th, 70th, 78th) were both on fire, scoring four each as the Police side arrested the Beacons unit, whose only goal came from Christopher Galloway in the 43rd minutePolice also had a hat-trick from Stephan Ramsey (34th, 84th, 42nd) as well as a brace from Dwain Jacobs (72nd, 81st) and a lone strike from Jermaine Granderson (13th)Matches continue in the tournament today when Pele play East Veldt in game one at the same venue while Santos oppose Flamingo in game two and Riddim Squad FC play Northern Rangers in game three.last_img read more