Phil Lesh & Friends has announced a new two-night run at Lesh’s own Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA, set to take place on January 23rd and 24th.Lesh has rounded up an all-star cast for the upcoming run including guitarists John Scofield and Scott Metzger, multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby, and drummers Alex Koford and Tony Leone.This Thursday, January 10th, Lesh will host a “Winter Hootenanny” with a cast of Terrapin regulars including Stu Allen, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Greg Loiacono, Cass McCombs, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Mike Pascale, Alex Koford, Scott Guberman, and Nathan Graham.Tickets for the upcoming two-night Phil & Friends run are on sale now here.
Dr. G. David Moss, former assistant vice president of academic affairs, filed a lawsuit in federal court in South Bend against the University and Vice President for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann-Harding, in response to alleged discrimination he faced from the administration. Moss, who now works as an administrator with the South Bend Community School Corp., sued because he was demoted following his condemnation of two incidents of racial discrimination at the University in the spring 2012 term. The complaint alleges Moss pursued a promotion from his position as assistant vice president of student affairs to associate vice president of student affairs. Subsequently, the complaint asserts Hoffmann-Harding demoted Moss to the post of senior consultant while attempting to arrange his further demotion or termination. Hoffmann-Harding indicated to Moss that she was considering terminating his employment from summer 2012 until August 2013, the complaint claims. Moss supervised the Call to Action movement, an African-American student group, in the spring of 2012 as part of his job duties, the complaint alleges. During this time, the complaint asserts someone or a group of people targeted the group, leaving pieces of fried chicken in the organization’s mailbox on two separate occasions. Moss responded comprehensively and vocally to these racial stereotyping actions on campus, the complaint asserts, and his actions earned significant publicity both on and off campus. His response included supporting the Call to Action movement, calling for investigation of the incidents and planning ways to “address the underlying racism on campus that caused them,” the complaint alleges. Moss sought promotion after his public involvement with the movement, and the complaint alleges Hoffmann-Harding’s subsequent actions in demoting and threatening Moss with termination were motivated by race and in retaliation for Moss’s contributions to the Call to Action student group. Moss is seeking monetary damages and a judgment that proves the University’s actions were unconstitutional and violated federal employment statutes. University spokesman Dennis Brown said the University is investigating the complaint. “We are examining the complaint, which we just received, but we’re confident that Mr. Moss was treated fairly during his employment, and we reject the claim that we discriminate,” Brown said. “We also want to make it clear that the incidents that occurred in February 2012 were unacceptable. We have taken them very seriously and – as evidenced by the committee on diversity appointed by [University President] Fr. Jenkins earlier this year – we continue to make every effort to ensure that our campus is welcoming to all.” Brown said the town hall meeting called by the University in response to the discriminatory incidents has been employed as a way to train staff. “The town hall meeting sponsored after the event in 2012 was videotaped, and has been used extensively in training of student affairs staff, including hundreds of residence hall staff and each department within student affairs,” Brown said. “In addition, in collaboration with student leaders and at the suggestion of students, diversity training has been added to freshman orientation and with campus safety officers.” Moss also filed a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). After investigation of his claim, the commission reported that it is “unable to conclude that the information obtained establishes violations of the statutes.” Thomas Dixon, Moss’ attorney, did not respond to requests for comment. Contact Nicole Michels at [email protected]
Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Loaisiga wasn’t always a pitcher. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, he doesn’t cut an imposing figure, on a mound or anywhere.“Among other things, when I started playing I used to play the outfield,” he said. “When training turned a little bit more serious, they told me you have a really good chance to become a good pitcher. So the focus changed. I started focusing on pitching, training to become a pitcher. My grandpa used to be a pitcher. It kind of led me in that direction.”The Giants signed Loaisiga when he was 18 years old, but released him after he lost a season to shoulder problems. He was 21 when the Yankees signed him in 2016. A year later, Loaisiga was reportedly throwing in the mid-90s in the instructional league, and the Yankees added him to their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.Ramirez wasn’t always a pitcher, either. From the time he started playing baseball as a 5-year-old, Ramirez was a catcher and a third baseman before he moved to the mound. Even then, he wasn’t always a natural. Ramirez recounted the story of meeting Edgar Rodriguez, the first professional scout who saw him pitch.“He told me at the time, ‘forget about baseball, go back to school and try to get degrees and stuff because you’re not going to play baseball.’ I was younger, skinny, didn’t throw hard,” Ramirez said.That was almost 16 years ago, but Ramirez recalls the moment vividly. He was 14 years old.“Now kids 15, 16, they are ready to sign,” he said. “When I was 16, I was throwing 83-to-86. Seattle gave me a chance. Three months later I was throwing 93. I don’t know how. They gave me a chance. That gave me confidence.”Related Articles ANAHEIM — For a couple weeks last winter, Jonathan Loaisiga and JC Ramirez trained at a small baseball field in their hometown of Managua, Nicaragua. In the capital city of nearly 1 million people, the two pitchers live half a kilometer apart, Loaisiga said in Spanish. For as large as the baseball world is, it’s still really small.They just missed each other this week when Loaisiga’s Yankees played Ramirez’s Angels. Loaisiga was summoned from the minor leagues to help New York’s injury-depleted bullpen on Monday. The Angels could probably use Ramirez’s help. Their starting rotation has struggled mightily and the team is mired in fifth place in the American League West. But Ramirez is still in Tempe, Ariz., recovering from Tommy John surgery last year. He has yet to pitch to live hitters.Had they reunited, two-thirds of the Nicaraguans in Major League Baseball would have been on the same field for the first time since Ramirez and Loaisiga trained last winter. Red Sox pitcher Erasmo Ramirez is the third member of the trio. A fourth Nicaraguan-born player, infielder Cheslor Cuthbert, is on the roster of the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate.There’s a fascinating wrinkle to this exclusive club. It has nothing to do with quantity and everything to do with quality. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire A brief history of baseball in Nicaragua is in order. It began competing in the Central American and Caribbean Games, a spring/summer tournament for the top amateurs in each country, in 1935. Dennis Martinez became the first Nicaraguan to reach the majors in 1976 with the Baltimore Orioles. Another 14 have reached the big leagues since. The country hosts a league in the winter too, but it does not attract the top-name talent of its counterparts in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico.Here’s the interesting part. Only 54 Nicaraguan-born players have played professionally at all according to The Baseball Cube, an online database of pro and college players. Considering 15 of them reached the majors, that’s an astounding accretion rate.“For us, there’s not a lot of players who come out from Nicaragua, so whenever we have an opportunity to play in this league we have that in our mind,” Loaisiga said through an interpreter. “We have to not only get here but set a good example for those kids that are now watching us.”Martinez set a high standard. Before Bartolo Colon won his 246th career game last August, Martinez held the record for most wins by a Latin American pitcher. Nicknamed “El Presidente,” Martinez has loaned his name to two stadiums in Managua. It seems like no coincidence 11 of the 15 Nicaraguans to reach the majors have been pitchers. Pitchers are to Nicaragua as shortstops are to the Dominican Republic.But there’s more to this analogy than a famous role model. Ramirez has a theory about why so many of his countrymen who sign minor-league contracts eventually reach the majors. For one, he said, Nicaragua is a third-world country. Money is scarce. Those who commit to training for a sport – only boxing is more popular than baseball there, Ramirez said – do so with a purpose. Since there aren’t that many baseball players to see, there aren’t many scouts there to sign them.Lastly, well, “what can I say,” Ramirez said, pausing. “We don’t have the kind of baseball players MLB is looking for. We’re short and kind of chubby. I’m tall. My mom is Nicaraguan and my dad is Cuban. I’m different. … Vicente Padilla is kind of tall. Dennis Martinez is tall too, and skinny. But the other guys, you see they’re short and eventually we’ll get fat. That’s just the way we are.“You see a kid from the Dominican at 16, and you see a Nicaraguan, they’re way different,” Ramirez said. “We really have to try. You’re not going to find power in Nicaraguan hitters. That’s why you mainly have pitchers. You don’t find a hitter with power, or with muscles.”When you’re left to carry the banner for an exclusive club, that banner can get heavy. Ramirez and Loaisiga would love to see their club grow. Mostly, they lead by example, and maybe that’s enough. If Ramirez (who’s 6-foot-5) and Loaisiga (5-10) can both make it, that leaves a lot of room for new members in between.
Kyle HoffmanSubmitted article from Kyle Hoffman, Kansas House Representative, 116th District â€”Â House leaders and House Republican legislators on Friday implored the Kansas Senate to pass the conference committee report on the state budget without delay to prevent state government furloughs.The House passed the budget on Wednesday. Without Senate approval and a signature from Governor Sam Brownback, non-essential state government workers in the executive branch will be furloughed beginning Monday.â€œThere is no time to waste. Kansans expect state government to be there for them when they need it, and state workers who provide valuable services should not have to endure furloughs because the Senate stalled on taking up the budget,â€ said House Speaker Ray Merrick (R-Stilwell). â€œWhile some parts of this process were unavoidably delayed, this budget plan was constructed over the course of months and the time to act is now.â€Meanwhile, tax negotiations in order to fill the roughly $348 million hole in the budget the House approved are ongoing.â€œThe unfortunate reality is that revenues will be raised this year because we made a commitment to K-12 schools not to cut their funding and we kept that promise with the budget we passed,â€ said House Majority Leader Jene Vickrey (R-Louisburg). â€œWe scoured the other half of the budget for savings and we implemented them. Now we are going to find a tax compromise and get it passed.â€The budget passed by the House represents a 2.3 percent increase in FY 16 over the current fiscal year, and a .47 percent increase in FY 17. The slight increases represent funding for K-12 education, KPERS, and social services caseloads. The budget keeps Regentsâ€™ funding steady, and also includes a tuition freeze limited to the 2 percent over the rate of inflation. It also includes $3 million to fund an efficiency study that will identify further savings in state government to ensure the most effective use of taxpayer dollars. It imposes a 25 percent reduction on executive branch travel, as well as reduced subscriptions and advertising expenditures for agencies, in addition to other efficiencies.Â â€œI applaud Senate President Susan Wagle in her efforts to push this process forward, and ask Senate Majority Leader Bruce to join her in the movement to debate and pass the budget we sent them,â€ said House Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast (R-Emporia).Representatives who voted yes on the budget conference committee report and join with leadership in calling on the Senate to pass it as soon as possible include:Rep. Bud Estes (R-Dodge City); Rep. Mike Houser (R-Columbus); Rep. Amanda Grosserode (R-Lenexa); Rep. James Todd (R-Overland Park); Rep. Jack Thimesch (R-Cunningham); Rep Gene Suellentrop (R-Wichita); Rep. Keith Esau (R-Olathe); Rep Lane Hemsley (R-Topeka); Rep. Becky Hutchins (R-Holton); Rep. Steven Johnson (R-Assaria); John Ewy (R-Jetmore); Rep. Sharon Schwartz (R-Washington); Rep. Kyle Hoffman (R-Coldwater); Rep. Mark Hutton (R-Wichita); Rep. Dan Hawkins (R-Wichita); Rep. Ron Highland (R-Wamego); Rep. Kent Thompson (R-Iola); Rep. Randy Powell (R-Olathe); Rep. Steve Alford (R-Ulysses); Rep. Steve Anthimides (R-Wichita); Rep. John Barker (R-Abilene); Rep. Tony Barton (R-Leavenworth); Rep. Rick Billinger (R-Goodland); Rep. Troy Waymaster (R-Bunker Hill); Rep. Sue Boldra (R-Hays); Rep. Kristey Williams (R-Augusta); Rep. John Whitmer (R-Wichita); Rep. Chuck Smith (R-Pittsburg); Rep. Joe Seiwert (R-Pretty Prairie); Rep. Scott Schwab (R-Olathe); Rep. Steve Brunk (R-Wichita); Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady (R-Palco); Rep. Larry Campbell (R-Olathe); Rep. Blake Carpenter (R-Derby); Rep. Will Carpenter (R-El Dorado); Rep. Susan Concannon(R-Beloit); Rep. Ken Corbet (R-Topeka); Rep. Erin Davis (R-Olathe); Rep. Willie Dove (R-Bonner Springs); Rep. Dick Jones (R-Topeka); Rep. Jim Kelly (R-Independence); Rep. Jerry Lunn (R-Overland Park); Rep. Charles Macheers (R-Shawnee); Rep. Les Mason (R-McPherson); Rep. Les Osterman (R-Wichita); Rep. Jan Pauls (R-Hutchinson); Rep. Richard Proehl (R-Parsons); Rep. Marty Read (R-Mound City); Rep. Marc Rhoades (Newton); Rep. Ron Ryckman Sr. (R-Meade); Don Schroeder (R-Inman); Dennis Hedke (R-Wichita).Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down MRH · 270 weeks ago Lets not forget Hoffman and quite a few legislators are small business owners so we can’t replace the tax on them that THEY voted for. Let the underlings pay. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 270 weeks ago The right is deliberately bankrupting Kansas. That’s why it’s so hard for them to “fix” the situation. They don’t really want to. They (Brownback, Wagle and all the rest of the right-wing zealots) want our state government to be as ineffective as possible. If they “fix” it, it will be harder to make the argument for privatization. All this delay in resolving the budget problem is a farce. They are lying every time they act like they want to fix our state budget problem. Every. Single. Time. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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KCCA FC. PHOTO via @KCCAFCKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Two second half goals by Mustafa Kizza and Allan Okello were enough to help KCCA FC defeat visiting African Stars FC from Namibia in a CAF Champions League return match played at the StarTimes stadium yesterday.The result means KCCA FC advance to the first round of the lucrative tournament on a 4-3 goal aggregate.KCCA FC started the match on a high but the visitors played a highly defensive game. In the second half KCCA continued to push forward before Kizza made it 1-0 after 83 minutes. At the stroke of full time Okello got his name on the score sheet.But KCCA FC will have to thank goalkeeper Charles Lukwago for stopping two clear scoring chances the Namibians giants had created.“I am happy that we have utilized our home advantage and won the game. After failing to score in the first 45 minutes we changed our strategy in the second half and it worked,” said KCCA FC head coach Mike Hillary Mutebi. African Stars FC coach Muhammad Fargo said it is unfortunate his team is out of the CAF Champions League. “We played well in the first half, but made some mistakes later that have cost us,” he added.On Saturday Uganda’s representatives in the CAF Confederations Cup Proline FC will play away in Malawi against Masters Security FC. Proline FC won the first leg 3-1 in Kampala.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp