Yesterday, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir was a special guest at the Einstein Gala in Toronto, ON, both to perform and to speak about the importance of innovation in both science and the arts. Ahead of that scheduled appearance, Weir appeared on local news affiliate CP24, talking one-on-one with host Travis Dhanaraj.The interesting conversation touched on a number of topics in a short time, including Weir’s presence at the gala and the connections between science and the arts, the foundation of the Grateful Dead, and Weir’s plans for the future. He mentions that he believes STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) should really be STEAM, with the A for arts, because of the importance of the creative spark. When the conversation turns to the Dead, Weir tells the story of meeting Jerry Garcia before the conversation turns to Weir’s plans for the future. In the discussion, Weir cites Count Basie and Johnnie Johnson as inspirational musicians who toured until their final days, saying “I’ve got nothing better to do” on multiple occasions.Keep on rockin’ it Bobby! You can watch the interview below:
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’ve been sitting on the sideline listening to various opinions on the seemingly vogue practice of professional football players, at least for some of them, refusing to stand for the National Anthem. They’ve fabricated reasons to justify their actions, of which many have supported on First Amendment grounds.I strongly support the Constitution and do my best to avoid picking and choosing only the parts that support my opinions. I thus agree that the players have a right to protest. One thing that I’ve noticed to be conspicuously absent from the various pro and con statements on this issue is one very important word; that word is “ethics.” Though the players have the First Amendment right to protest, doing so during the National Anthem is abhorrently unethical. It’s disrespectful to everyone who’s served this nation, living and dead. It’s disrespectful to every patriot in our nation.Another right these players don’t have is the right to protest on the job. I know that I would be fired for doing so.The statement the protesting players are really making is that they lack basic moral values. They lack the ability to determine that the protesting should be done on their own time and not during the National Anthem; not the message they wanted to get across.Niskayuna High School announcing it won’t play the anthem before a game is a stunningly poor decision. The school’s job is to teach its students to better prepare them for their adult lives. Instead, they’ve been taught how to dodge an issue.Don SteciakGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 3 Oct 2020 11:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Rio Ferdinand has encouraged Chelsea to make a move for Thomas Partey (Picture: Getty)Rio Ferdinand has urged Chelsea to take advantage of Arsenal’s indecision and make a move for Thomas Partey, a signing which would complete a perfect summer for Frank Lampard. The Ghana international had been earmarked as a priority target by Mikel Arteta but the cash-strapped Gunners have been unable to raise the funds required to activate the midfielder’s €50million release clause. Lucas Torreira is set to complete his loan move from Arsenal to Atletico Madrid this weekend, but that deal is said to have no bearing on Partey’s future and a potential move to north London. Chelsea, meanwhile, have embarked on a near unprecedented summer of spending with Lampard having made seven major signings already at a cost of well over £200m.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLampard still harbours an interest in West Ham’s England international Declan Rice, but their London rivals are determined to hold onto their prize asset and reports on Friday claimed the Blues could now switch their attention to Partey which would represent a shrew move, according to Ferdinand. Arsenal have failed to activate Thomas Partey’s Atletico Madrid release clause (Picture: Getty)He told BT Sport: ‘I think a huge thing for them is to stop conceding goals. I think Frank would have looked at it last season and three of the back four that will be playing today are new players.‘He’ll have seen that, a lot of goals conceded and I think the most conceded in 22 years at the club. More importantly we reports today of Partey coming in in that central area.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‘I don’t think he’s happy with the likes of Kovacic or Jorginho. You can see that because he’s chopping and changing in those positions.‘Getting someone like that in to protect the back four or five along with Kante goes a long way to nulifying the goals against.’Former Chelsea star Joe Cole added: ‘As soon as possible I think Frank wants to nail down the goalkeeping position and back four and then he can just tinker with that midfield and Partey would be a fantastic signing.’MORE: Chelsea could look at Arsenal target Thomas Partey as potential Declan Rice alternativeMORE: Frank Lampard sends message to Chelsea squad following bust-up with Marcos AlonsoFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Rio Ferdinand tells Chelsea to hijack Arsenal move for Thomas Partey Advertisement
THE Beharry Group of Companies yesterday handed over a cheque for a substantial amount to the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) to aid in the National rugby team’s preparation for the April 7-9 IRB Hong Kong Sevens.Peter Green, GRFU president, highlighted that despite receiving travel and accommodation for the tournament in Hong Kong, ensuring that the team is properly prepared for the competition ahead has been a ‘headache’.Green said that Beharry’s contribution comes at a time when only the National Sports Commission (NSC) had stepped forward to help the team, noting “although we have received travel and accommodation in Hong Kong, we have to nevertheless procure our own funding for preparation work, not only locally, but the fact that we are travelling one week in advance”.He added, “It’s very important that the union and the players recognise Beharry’s effort towards helping Guyana Rugby in every way possible.”According to Green, Guyana, by virtue of being the region’s most dominant Sevens Rugby-playing nation have proved that the time has come for them to have a steady feel of competing against teams/countries that regularly feature at the IRB’s World Series.“We need to have the government fully involved and have them invest and match our sponsors dollar for dollar if not more. The goal of this year is out of the Hong Kong Sevens we show that we belong. This year (in November), is an important year for us because from the Caribbean Championships, we are looking to qualify for the Commonwealth Games and a number of other championships,” said Green.Beharry Group of Companies, through one of its brand representative, stated that the entity is proud of the GRFU and team and wishes them well as they embark at competing on the World stage once again.