EXCLUSIVE: Shockra Talks The Early Jam Scene & Playing With Phish Ahead Of Reunion Show

first_imgIn March, the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, celebrated its 25th anniversary, inviting an extensive list of big-name acts that have played the venue over the years, including The String Cheese Incident, The Motet, Leftover Salmon, and The Greyboy Allstars, to return to the 600-person venue. The Fox will celebrate its 25th one more time before 2017 ends, as on, Saturday, December 9th, Shockra will bring it back to the earliest days of the jam scene (purchase tickets here).For those that may be too young to remember, Shockra—who played one of the first shows ever at The Fox—helped forge the earliest beginnings of the jam scene back in the late 80’s. Shockra frequently collaborated with acts like Phish, Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, and Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, with many of these act sitting in with each other, touring together, and throwing late-night jam-sessions, making for a wildly creative and inspired environment for all the musicians involved.We got to chat with drummer Dave Watts (who would later go on to found Colorado’s own The Motet), Felix Rentschler (guitar), Edwin Hurwitz (bassist), and Jeff Grove (tenor sax/vocals) about the early beginnings of Shockra, as well as the group’s epic collaborations with members of Phish and Aquarium Rescue Unit and playing old-school venues such as The Wetlands, The Middle East, and more.Live For Live Music: How did Shockra come together?Jeff Grove: Around ‘84 or ‘85, I was starting a blues-based band with Fabian Hollander. We had tried a number of people when a bass player we knew turned us on to Edwin. He quickly brought along Felix and Jonathan Abel (who became the first drummer of Shockra). You guys brought the funk, and the jam-band sensibility way back then. We started gigging around the scene, but things got played out after a year, and we all moved on.Edwin Hurwitz: Shockra came together almost by default. In 1988, I was offered a gig in a blues band called Graffiti. Jeff Grove was the singer/sax player. We needed a drummer, so I called up my friend Jonathan Abel from my days at Berklee. We played a few gigs, and it seemed like we could still use another member, so I called up Felix Rentschler—another partner in crime from Berklee. After a while, Jonathan, Felix, and I were itching to play some more adventurous music, so we moved on from Graffiti and started rehearsing, playing parties, and generally figuring out what kind of fun we could have.We decided we needed a keyboard player and played with a bunch of them, but nothing really clicked. One day, I went with my roommate to see her brother play a solo piano bar gig in the financial district of Boston. I asked him to play “Falling Grace,” and he went for it. That was Dan Coutu. I knew right away he was up for anything, and he should come jam with us. This version of Shockra played around Boston and up into New Hampshire and Vermont for about year, with some epic gigs, including loft parties in the South End, benefits for various causes (including a marijuana legalization rally that just happened to be scheduled right next to a Boy Scout gathering), colleges, and wherever we could.Then Jonathan decided to move on, and we cast about for a new drummer. I think we auditioned something like fifty people without finding anyone. We took the last of our cash and went camping in the White Mountains, wondering if we’d ever find someone funky and powerful enough. When we got back, Dave Watts answered our flyer, and it was clear he had what we were looking for. At that moment, Shockra was born.L4LM: You guys were playing during the early beginnings of what we now know as the jam scene. Could you tell there was something special going on at the time?Edwin: Absolutely. Even beyond what became the jam scene, there was a ton of great music in Boston, New York, and all around the East Coast. There was lots of cross-pollination between styles and scenes. While the pop music of the 80’s and 90’s was happening, there was a strong underground growing that embraced rock, funk, African music, Indian music, jazz, and anything else that could be brought into the mix.Clubs like The Middle East, Johnny D’s, the Paradise, etc., had incredibly eclectic mixes of bands. In New York, The Wetlands was taking off and looking at their schedule was a “Who’s Who” of all the bands coming up. The great thing about it was that every band was really different. There was no generic sense of jam band, and every band was there for the community. There was very little sense of competition and a lot of hanging out and sharing of musical influences and jamming strategies. While it was clear that something was beginning to happen, it felt very organic.L4LM: There was also a lot of cross-pollination with groups like Phish, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Blues Traveler, and Widespread Panic. Shockra even had all members of Phish sit-in for the entire second set of your show at K.D. Churchill’s in Burlington back in ’92. What was that like?Edwin: While these bands were all on the way up, remember that in the early 90’s, they were still essentially underground bands. Rolling Stone magazine covers and huge venues were still in the future. The whole thing felt very natural—everyone was not just accessible but excited about coming together and collaborating. All the bands you mention and more were exploring a way to have a life in music that wasn’t just playing the game of success—a way to be completely authentic and true to the music first and foremost.Having sit-ins with bands like Phish and ARU were just opportunities to have fun. It wasn’t exciting because they were “famous” but because it was exciting to play music with like-minded people—with friends—and to see what we could come up with in the moment. All of them were up for everything. We especially took advantage of that with Jon Fishman, who readily agreed to do whatever crazy idea we had—from reading passages from James Joyce or Buckminster Fuller to lurking behind a door with a trombone, ready to come out blasting every time we knocked. It was a lot of fun.L4LM: The Burlington and greater Northeast music scene really seemed to be, and still even to this day, an extremely creative environment. It certainly sounds like it was a fertile environment for creativity. Felix Rentschler: I don’t know a lot about the Burlington scene, but I loved getting invited to the Phish house to jam and plan out a sit-in at our show. The next morning I got to sit in with Trey and Matt from the Jazz Mandolin Project at a little brunch spot.Edwin: Also, hanging out with Phish and discussing rehearsal techniques was pretty cool, too.L4LM: What are some of your most memorable moments playing with Shockra?Felix: Memorable highlights include after-hour parties at Neptune, hanging out, and jamming with members of many bands, such as Phish, Widespread Panic, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and local Boston bands. Also, Jon Fishman joining us on vacuum cleaner at the Wetlands, and Jimmy Herring and Oteil Burbridge sitting in with us in Ohio.Dave Watts: Touring out to Colorado for the first time was an incredible experience for us. Phish gave us their mailing list to promote the tour, so we had great crowds everywhere we went. Because of a snowstorm in Telluride, we stayed longer and played four shows in a row at the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon. That was definitely a mind-expanding experience for us.L4LM: There is a Shockra flyer hanging up in The Fox, which happens to also be one of the first shows ever put on at the venue. How does it feel to be bringing it back to The Fox twenty-five years later?Dave: It’s a great feeling to know that this music, which we put our hearts and souls into so many years ago, still lives on. The support that we still get from our fans is the reason we are doing this show. It’s exciting to revisit these songs and envision them with (quite) a few more years of musical maturity and experience under our belts. It’s also exciting to have an opportunity to perform these songs in front of a younger audience, some of whom probably weren’t even alive when this material was written!Tickets for Shockra at The Fox Theatre on December 9th are on sale now and can be purchase here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Check out this full recording from a Shockra show at Burlington’s K.D. Churchill’s back in ’92, which sees the members of Phish sit-in during the entire second set of the show:[via taper james_dineen]Setlist: Shockra | K.D. Churchill’s | Burlington, VT | 2/1/92Set One: Give It Up, Spread The Word->Dimension Extension, Tone Clone*Set Two: Sippin Pippa*->The Worms Crawl In *, Don’t Let It Stop Ya ** With all members of PhishNotes via phish.net: On February 1st, the members of Phish joined Shockra for their show at K.D. Churchill’s in Burlington. Mike was taking lessons in slap bass from Shockra’s bassist Edwin around that time and the two bands were spending some time together with Shockra opening some classic Phish concerts in the Northeast in 1991. On the 1st, Phish took the stage with Shockra for their second set, performing Shockra staples like “Tone Clone,” “Don’t Let it Stop Ya,” and “Underground People” as well as some funky, syncopated jamming. This was the first of a number of live jams the bands played together through the years at Boston’s Neptune House and later at Shockra club performances in 1992 and 1993.Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets:last_img read more

IOP welcomes Gordon Brown as visiting fellow

first_imgHarvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (IOP) announced that former British prime minister and United Kingdom parliamentary member Gordon Brown will serve as a visiting fellow at the institute this fall.Visiting fellows traditionally meet with student groups, lead discussion groups on topical issues and their experiences in public and political service, and participate in public policy classes with students and University faculty.“We are confident our students, faculty, and University community will enjoy engaging with Gordon Brown, a prominent international leader with experience at the highest levels of government and public service,” said IOP interim Director John C. Culver.Brown’s fellowship will occur the week of Sept. 20, during which time he will deliver the Malcolm Wiener Lecture in International Political Economy in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Sept. 23.For more on the IOP and its fellows, visit the IOP’s website.last_img read more

Is Perception Reality in Pesticide Risks?

first_imgAre you afraid of pesticide residues in your food? If you are, you’re not alone. Butyou’re not necessarily right.In 1991, the Food and Drug Administration tested 19,000 samples of grains, fruits,dairy and egg foods, vegetables, fish and other meats for pesticide residues.A whopping 99 percent had no unacceptable residues. The FDA could find no residues atall in 64 percent and found only legal, acceptable levels in 35 percent.People fear pesticides on fruits and vegetables more than on other foods because theyoften eat them raw.So the U.S. Department of Agriculture tested 12 common fruits and vegetables. Only 1.5percent of the samples had residues above federal guidelines.So where’s the danger?Under your kitchen sink, said Paul Guillebeau, an entomologist with the University ofGeorgia Extension Service. “Studies show people with young children are most concerned aboutpesticides,” Guillebeau said. “Young children are at risk, but the danger is notnecessarily on the foods they eat.”Guillebeau cited the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Home and GardenPesticide Use Survey.”Half of all households with children under 5 have pesticides in unlocked cabinetswithin children’s reach,” he said.That’s true in three-fourths of households without children. And many children arepoisoned outside their own homes.No matter what tests and safety figures show, people have strong, and often conflictingopinions about pesticide risks, he said.He cites a recent study from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technologyentitled, “Public Perceptions of Agrichemicals.” The study was based on anational survey by the Food Marketing Institute.One myth is that everyone is fearful of pesticides in his foods. The CAST study showedabout a fourth of the public sees a great chance of harm from pesticides. But anotherfourth sees very little or no chance.In the survey, 4.4 percent said they’re certain someone in their household will havehealth problems someday because of pesticides on his food. Another 4.1 percent said,”No chance.” And nearly 20 percent said it’s a one-in-a-million chance.The survey asked people, “What, if anything, do you feel are the greatest threatsto the safety of the food you eat?”About 41 percent said “spoilage or germs,” while 14 percent said”pesticides, residues, insecticides or herbicides.”People also fear improper packaging or canning, chemicals, tampering, unsanitaryhandling, preservatives, additives, environmental pollutants, antibiotics and radiation.”The facts are different from what some people may perceive to be the risks,”Guillebeau said. “People worry about things they can’t control, like pesticideresidues.”But the real danger comes from exposing themselves and their children tochemicals in the home,” he said. “And that’s a danger they can do somethingabout.”Put a lock on the cabinet. Or place the products out of reach of children and pets,Guillebeau said. Use pesticides properly. Read the label for safety precautions andemergency guidelines.last_img read more

Let’s Help America Find A New Enemy!

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With all our attention focused on the national debt and our fear of people having health insurance, there’s one serious problem we’ve all been ignoring: America is now facing a shortage of meaningful enemies.Think about it: The war in Iraq is essentially over, the conflict in Afghanistan is winding down, and Syria is now being inspected for chemical and biological weapons.Not only that, but Russia doesn’t want to bury us anymore; they just want to sell us their oil and gas. And even Cuba has stopped hating us and is now taking baby steps toward private enterprise.But without a menacing, new enemy, there’s just no way the Pentagon can justify spending nearly $700 billion each year—20 percent of every tax dollar we send to Washington. (By comparison, the entire budget for the Environmental Protection Agency is $10.5 billion.)Note: This means our military budget is now six times more than China’s, 11 times more than Russia’s and 27 times more than Iran’s.It’s clear that America needs somebody to be afraid of—a reliable new boogeyman to help our threatened military economy.And we need to act fast—before bands of know-nothing congressmen slash military spending down to the size where they can “drown it in the bathtub,” as some people have threatened.To help us get started in the arduous search for a new enemy, here are some thoughts and directions that immediately come to mind:1. “Satan” does not qualify, despite enormous numbers of leaflets from fundamentalist churches left on my doorstep. Unfortunately, he (or she) cannot be engaged in combat by anything our Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex is able to produce.2. Sorry, the “United Nations” doesn’t work as an enemy, either. Let’s get real—they can’t even make their own diplomats pay the $17,000,000 they owe New York City for parking tickets. The idea that the 192 member states of the UN will actually agree to invade somebody is far-fetched, to say the least.3. “Muslims.” The bad news is that more and more Muslims have been exposed by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security as ordinary people who just want to be left alone to worship as they choose. The wacko little groups of jihadists are in decline, and it is clear that Muslims pose no more danger to America than Boston Red Sox fans.4. “Nation States.” Two come to mind: North Korea and China. North Korea is a truly bizarre country that, in the 65 years of its existence, has never even figured out how to feed its own people. Occasionally, they pound their chests and fire a short-range missile into the Sea of Japan. China, of course, could become a problem but we owe them so much money, and buy so many of their products, that both our economies would self-destruct if it became our enemy.5. “Environmentalists” are considered by some Military/Industrial folks to be the enemy, but so few Americans seem to really pay attention to what’s going on in our environment (look up “Fracking” and “Does Sonar Cause Deafness In Dolphins and Whales?” on Google) that they do not seem to pose a serious threat.5. “Telemarketers.” They are ranked No. 1 on everyone’s list, and are universally despised. The problem is, we don’t know what they look like or where to find them. Before they become our official enemy, the Pentagon will have to do a nationwide survey which will almost certainly include annoying telemarketing calls at dinnertime to find out your opinion.As you can see, picking a new enemy isn’t easy.So…if you have any thoughts about who America’s next enemy should be, send us an email*. We’ll pass all your ideas along to the proper authorities in Washington.It’s the patriotic thing to do.last_img read more

Indonesia, South Korea join hands in COVID-19 response

first_imgBetween the two countries, the COVID-19 outbreak began much earlier in South Korea, near the end of January, whereas Indonesia only reported its first confirmed case in early March.At the time, there were so many unknown factors to the disease, but now Indonesia stands to benefit from the wealth of data available to determine the direction of its COVID-19 response.“[It] would practically make the unknown that little bit more familiar, and researchers could shed more light on what works and what doesn’t or what policies could be pursued,” Umar said during a virtual discussion hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), on Wednesday.South Korea endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the disease outside China, and while it never imposed a compulsory lockdown, strict social distancing had been widely observed since March. Indonesia looks to learn more from South Korea in raising its capacity to curb viral infections, officials have said, as the special strategic partners work together in the multilateral response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Having recorded some of the highest transmission rates in all of Southeast Asia, Indonesia has struggled to “flatten the curve” of infection due to its limited testing capacity and slapdash policy decisions.Indonesian Ambassador to South Korea Umar Hadi said the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and other related institutions could help Indonesian authorities respond better to the viral outbreak. Now the South appears to have brought its outbreak under control thanks to an extensive “trace, test and treat” program that has drawn widespread praise, AFP reports.In a population of 51 million, its death toll is little more than 250, and new cases have slowed to just a handful – 13 in the past three days, all of them arriving international passengers.At its peak, the country reported 909 cases in late February, Yonhap news agency reported.In contrast, since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first confirmed cases, Indonesia has recorded 12,776 infections and 930 deaths, according to Thursday’s official tally.“I think Indonesia can learn from this valuable data,” Umar said.“We need a kind of more structured, institutionalized communication or sharing between the KCDC and maybe the BNPB [National Disaster Mitigation Agency] or the Health Ministry in Indonesia so we can also benefit from the data collected in [South] Korea.”CSIS executive director Philips J. Vermonte pointed out that the pandemic had exposed vulnerabilities in various aspects of governance in Indonesia, especially its decision making and institutional capacity.Unlike South Korea, which had taken swift action against the outbreak, Philips said Indonesia had been very slow to respond in the beginning, and then proceeded with a half-hearted policy.The government took almost two weeks after its first COVID-19 case to set up a rapid response team, and the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were only introduced by the end of March, at a time when more than 1,500 people were already infected by the coronavirus.Since the onset of the pandemic, Indonesia and South Korea have joined hands to cooperate on mitigating the health crisis.In late March, South Korea put Indonesia on its priority list for quarantine supplies exports, which includes test kits.The government in Seoul recently pledged to provide a US$500,000 grant to Indonesia in the form of test kits and rechargeable power sprayers for sanitation.Previously, the head of the national COVID-19 task force, Doni Monardo, said Indonesia exported ready-to-use personal protective equipment (PPE) to South Korea as compensation for procuring raw materials from the South to meet domestic needs.The Foreign Ministry’s director general for Asia, Pacific and African affairs, Desra Percaya, noted that the two countries just concluded negotiations on the Indonesia-South Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IK-CEPA), but said that, “in order for this to work, we should first address, adapt and adjust to the ‘new normal’ by working hand in hand to revive international trade as an engine for growth”.The two countries concluded the negotiations in November last year and look to sign the CEPA by the first half of 2020.South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Chang-beom hailed the cooperation, saying the two countries have worked well when compared to partnerships with other countries.“President Moon [Jae-in] and President Jokowi spoke the same language when they attended the G20 special virtual summit in April,” he said during the discussion on Wednesday.“And then our foreign ministers Ibu Retno [Marsudi] and Minister Kang [Kyung-hwa] have led efforts to tackle COVID-19 through global collaboration and coordinated responses at various forums.”Topics :last_img read more

‘I should have just Cruyff’d him!’ Ben Foster acknowledges his error after Watford’s loss to Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement ‘I should have just Cruyff’d him!’ Ben Foster acknowledges his error after Watford’s loss to Arsenal Aubameyang moved onto 18 goals for the Premier League season (Getty Images)Speaking to Sky Sports, Foster said: ‘We’re absolutely gutted in there. I’ve said sorry to the lads and to the fans. I think I should have just Cruyff’d him to be honest with you but it’s not really my style!AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Daryl’s played the ball back to me and I’ve just tried to just drag it onto my left and hit it out wide and before I know it he’s bloody on me, God he’s fast. Fair play to him, he’s absolutely rapid.‘I was walking off the pitch there speaking to Bernd Leno and he said ‘it’s not your fault, he’s too quick!’ and I totally agree, it’s a good goal to be honest.‘With hindsight with players like Aubameyang, you’ve got to just get rid as quick as you can, you know he’s gonna be on you, it’s not the time to mess about. Just shell it even if it goes into row Z.‘I’m definitely not a modern goalie, I’m happy to put it in row Z, they can’t score from row Z. I just thought I’d probably had a little more time than I did and got a bit slow and lazy with it.‘Lesson learned, next time I’ll put my boot through it.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Ben Foster apologised to Watford’s fans after his mistake against Arsenal (Getty Images)Ben Foster has joked that he should have attempted a Cruyff turn after he was caught out by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road.The veteran goalkeeper received a back-pass from Daryl Janmaat and took a touch before looking to play the ball out from the back and initiate an attacking move for his side.However, Foster took too long to release the ball and his attempted clearance was blocked by Aubameyang with the ball deflecting into the back of the net after ten minutes.That goal proved to be the winner and Foster admitted that he was guilty of underestimating just how quick Aubameyang is, stating that he felt he had more time to clear the ball.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterMonday 15 Apr 2019 10:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link349Shares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Finnish pension providers see ‘outstanding’ equity results due to ECB

first_imgFinnish pension providers have seen their first-quarter returns boosted by the European Central Bank’s (ECB) monetary policy, with one claiming “outstanding” results as a consequence of the quantitative easing programme.Pensions insurer Varma reported a 5.3% return on investments in the first three months of this year, which increased the provider’s solvency level.The return was up from the 2% posted in the same period last year.Risto Murto, president and chief executive at Varma, said: “For pension investors, this year started out exceptionally strong.” Solvency capital increased to a level of 38.1% of technical provisions, from 32.9% at the end of March 2014, Varma said in its interim report.The company said its return on investments was lifted in particular by the strong increase in share prices as well as the strengthening dollar, since a proportion of its currency position had been unhedged.All asset classes posted positive returns, with equities making the highest at 9.6%, compared with 2.6% in the same period last year.Fixed income investments returned 2%, up from 1.5%, due to the decline in interest rates.‘Other’ investments, including hedge funds, produced 4.7% in the quarter, up from 1.9%, while real estate returned 2%, after 2.1% the year before.Murto said increasing the long-term growth potential of the Finnish economy was a big challenge.“The zero-rate environment, low level of investments and poor development of productivity all paint a bleak picture,” he said, adding that there was a shortage of growth and innovation.Elo said it also returned 5.3% in the first three months of the year, aided by a 13.2% return from stocks and rising as high as 20.1% for individual listed companies in Finland.The €20.9bn provider also credited the weakening euro with some of the “outstanding” gains, but CIO Hanna Hiidenpalo struck a cautious note.“Equity market values are to some extent already very high,” she said. “It seems the trends in the real economy and the investment market are diverging.”Elo said fixed income returns, at 1.1%, were higher than expected in the current low and negative yield environment across Europe.Across its entire portfolio, only listed equities managed double-digit returns of 14.8%.The second-best result was achieved by its private equity portfolio, with 6.4%.Etera, which saw assets under management increase to €6bn on back of 4% returns, praised the success of its diversified portfolio.Stefan Björkman, its managing director, argued that, in light of its asset allocation, the return over the first quarter was good.“A considerable proportion of our investments are in real estate and private equity and debt, which do not react to quick market moves,” he noted.In line with other providers, Etera saw the best returns stem from its 11.5% allocation to listed equities.The 8.6% overall return in equities, stemming from 2.8% in private equity and 4.6% in unlisted equity, was also well above the results achieved by its bond, real estate and ‘other’ investments.Ilmarinen achieved the best overall return of the four providers, at 7.1%, as listed equities returned 17.7% and both fixed income and direct real estate 1.2%.Chief executive Timo Ritakallio said he accepted that the ECB’s intervention had given equity markets a “boost”, but the €37bn mutual’s new CIO Mikko Mursula warned of “strong fluctuations” to the price of listed equity.“With interest rates at zero, investors are still heading towards the equity markets, although quite a long and severe rise in share prices lies behind us,” Mursula said.last_img read more

Senators wary of China’s possible control over NGCP

first_img “Part of the plan of China Telecom is to use the wires of NGCP for their mid-mile telecommunication,” Recto said, referring to the Chinese firm that is part of the consortium to operate the country’s third telco. “We should always be vigilant when it comes to the transmission line,” he said. “It’s delivering power from Luzon all the way down to Mindanao. If someone will jeopardize our economy, they will just have to switch it off.” Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate Energy Committee, said that State Grid’s concession agreement limits the firm from assigning Chinese officials to man the equipment. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian “The Chinese can give technical assistance… [but] only Filipinos can manage the transmission lines,” he added. “While the law provides safety nets, it will not hurt to err on the side of caution.” “Regardless of the country, we have to make sure that safeguards are being implemented with regards to the transmission line, kasi isa lang ang transmission line natin so natural monopoly ‘yan,” Gatchalian said. State Grid Corp. of China, which owns a 40-percent stake in the NGCP, could compromise national security, Sen. Ralph Recto said, adding that they can turn off the Philippines’ power transmission grid “remotely.” MANILA – Several lawmakers have expressed concern about a China-controlled company’s 40-percent stake in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) – the country’s lone power transmission line, saying this could compromise national security. The NGCP earlier allayed fears that its technical partner would try to shut down the Philippines’ power lines./PNlast_img read more

Alzheimer’s Association plans ‘Lunch & Learn’ in Milan

first_imgMilan, In. — The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will hold a “Lunch & Learn” session on Tuesday, January 8 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Milan Public Library. The library is located at 1171 N. Warpath Drive in Milan.The program will focus on the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, the stages and risk factors.The program is approved for continuing education credits for social workers in Indiana and Ohio for a cost of $15.The staff of Ripley Crossing will provide lunch at 11:30 a.m.Register online here or call 513-721-4284.last_img read more

Rodgers plays down Redknapp claim

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has played down Harry Redknapp’s assertion he agreed to become his assistant if he got the England job but admits he would have considered the offer. Press Association “My version was that April when I was manager at Swansea, Harry had asked me after the game when we played,” he said. “He pulled me aside and it was a unique conversation because he was obviously very confident – as was the nation – he was going to be offered the national team job. “Here was a Premier League manager asking another Premier League manager to come and work with him at the European Championships. “It was a quick conversation. I was aware he was very keen for me to team up with him if he was given the role. “There was no decision either way. Out of the respect I have for Harry I was going to consider it. “He is a wonderful chemist, he knows what he wants from a team, knows the types of players and knows the exciting type of football and I think he wanted someone to come and implement those ideas. “There was no answer yes or no but I would have considered it for him. “Obviously at the end of it all it was irrelevant as the job was given to Roy and he has done a brilliant job. “I was really happy at Swansea. I had spoken to them about the possibility but it was something that after the appointment was made there were no further thoughts on it. “I saw that if it was to happen it would be a unique opportunity to show British players could play football: they are technically and tactically very strong they just need that support and confidence to go and play that way.” center_img In his recently-published autobiography, Redknapp claimed the Northern Irishman accepted his proposal, which was made when the then Tottenham boss was hot favourite to become Fabio Capello’s successor. However, Rodgers said it never got as far as that. last_img read more