Dead & Company are officially in rehearsal, as Oteil Burbridge has excitedly been posting updates on his Instagram. The Allman Brothers/Aquarium Rescue Unit bassist plays an instrumental role in the revitalization of Grateful Dead music, alongside John Mayer who also unexpectedly spreads the gospel of Jerry to all those who listen. After their debut summer tour together last year, the group is undoubtedly working up new ways to diversify the enormous songbook before they return to the road later this month.In a post from Oteil on Instagram, he writes “Somebody might be getting to sing lead this summer…..” with a picture of him standing up to the microphone. While nothing in Grateful Dead world is matter of fact until it happens, this hint is an exciting step forward in the evolution of the O-Zone.Over the course of his tenure with Dead & Company, Burbridge has evolved from bass player to an official member of the Rhythm Devils; then stepping forward to provide vocal harmonies, into singing entire verses. These advancements can only happen with the respect of his fellow Grateful Dead brethren, who now welcome Oteil with open arms. I mean, who couldn’t?We’ve seen Burbridge take lead vocals on “Dark Star” with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead before, and of course in the various musical scenarios the bassist finds himself in across the country, including the unforgettable “Scarlet>Fire” with the Daze Between Band in New Orleans earlier this month. A singing Oteil isn’t new, but fans take pride in seeing it happen after the invention of a “Let Oteil Sing” shirt that’s circulated the scene since the beginning of Dead & Company.Oteil Burbridge Opens Up About Playing With Joe Russo’s Almost DeadOf course the shirt idea started with the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well tour, when fans successfully circulated a “Let Trey Sing” shirt during Anastasio’s turn with the Grateful Dead. It became such a hot commodity, that even Bob Weir was seen wearing the shirt during the final night’s encore in Chicago.The “Let Oteil Sing” shirt originated at the beginning of Dead & Company tour, with all proceeds from shirt sales going to to the charity of Oteil’s choice: Gorilla Doctors. Gorilla Doctors is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to conserving wild mountain and eastern lowland (or Grauer’s) gorillas through life-saving veterinary medicine and a One Health approach. Its international team of veterinarians is the only group providing these critically endangered animals with direct, hands-on care in the wild, and Oteil’s wife, Jessica Burbridge, is the Director of Marketing. Read more about their incredible work on the Gorilla Doctors website.With Dead & Company tour just around the corner, we can’t wait to see what Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzman, Mickey Hart, and company have in store.
On Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard will host an evening discussion on how news media collaboration and innovative online tools can bridge the foreign reporting gap.Titled “International Journalism 2.0: Bringing Home the Global Water Crisis,” the event will bring Dennis Dimick, executive editor for the environment at National Geographic, and Jon Sawyer founding director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, to Harvard to discuss their joint collaboration with PBS NewsHour to raise the visibility of water and population issues.John Briscoe, professor of environmental engineering at Harvard and a former senior water adviser at The World Bank will respond. Stefanie Friedhoff, special projects manager at the Nieman Foundation, will moderate the conversation.The event will kick off a new collaboration between the Nieman Foundation and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The purpose of the talk is to reach out to the academic, research, and student communities and involve them in a conversation on the importance of international journalism; what the challenges are to reporting a complex subject that affects the entire globe; and how this type of in-depth global reporting can be sustained and improved.The event is open to the public and will take place at Lippmann House, One Francis Avenue, Cambridge, Mass., from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27. A wine and cheese reception will follow the discussion. If you have questions, email [email protected] or call 617.496.8511.
The Ninth Annual Vermont Employee Ownership Conference will take place on June 10, 2011, at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. The full-day conference will feature 19 workshops from introductory sessions for those exploring the idea of employee ownership to technical sessions designed for those in established employee-owned companies. Sessions include: · An introduction to employee ownership· Leadership in Employee-Owned Companies· Forming a worker cooperative: Start-Ups and Conversions· Avoiding ESOP Problems and Pitfalls· Basics of business valuation· Healthcare, Wellness and Safety in Employee-Owned CompaniesThe conference is designed for business owners and employees interested in bringing employee ownership to their companies; members of existing employee-owned businesses; economic development professionals; bankers, accountants, attorneys and financial planners; and anyone interested in employee participation or sustainable business models.This year’s opening plenary will feature the stories of some of the latest companies in Vermont to choose employee ownership, including Vermont Aerospace, a manufacturing business based in Lyndonville that recently become 100% employee-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, and PT360, a new physical therapy practice that is organized as a worker cooperative. We’ll hear what led company leaders to choose employee ownership, and what differences they expect it to make to their way of doing business. The event brings together some of the most sought-after expert professional advisors and consultants from around the country. It also draws dozens of representatives from Vermont’s employee-owned companies. Attendees will learn how those companies made the transition to employee ownership and navigated the challenges along the way.Full conference details and online registration are available at www.veoc.org(link is external). For more information, call 802-861-6611 or email [email protected](link sends e-mail). About the VEOCThe Vermont Employee Ownership Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and fostering employee ownership. The Center’s goals are to broaden capital ownership, deepen employee participation, retain local ownership of businesses and the jobs they support, increase living standards for working families, and stabilize communities. VEOC works directly with owners interested in selling their business to their employees, employee groups interested in purchasing a business, and entrepreneurs who wish to start a company with broadly-shared ownership. For more information, visit www.veoc.org(link is external).
Press Release, Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – U.S. Senator Bob Casey wrote a letter to the Pennsylvania General Assembly urging members to support Gov. Wolf’s aggressive infrastructure plan, Restore Pennsylvania.“This plan would make historic investments in high-speed internet access, storm preparedness and resiliency, transit and blight demolition and redevelopment,” said Sen. Casey. “It represents an opportunity for both parties to come together and make a historic investment in the economy of the Commonwealth, and in doing so, in the future of our children, our families, our middle class and the state of Pennsylvania.”Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs by injecting $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects selected by local officials who are best situated to determine need.“I thank Sen. Casey for recognizing the critical need to invest in infrastructure if we want to make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century economy,” said Gov. Wolf. “Each day we continue to debate this issue, our competitors are working on infrastructure projects that move them ahead and make them more attractive to businesses. It’s time that we unite to make our commonwealth a better place to live, work and do business.”Funded through a commonsense severance tax that the Independent Fiscal Office has determined will be primarily paid for by out-of-state residents, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here. April 16, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Urges Legislature to Support Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Plan
by Aubrey BruceFor New Pittsburgh Courier I am not even going to fake that the following is an “objective” article. This is a piece about my personal experiences with Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ivan “Ike” Taylor.A few years ago I was invited by Herman Francois to come to New Orleans to cover Ike’s annual “Face Me Ike” youth football camp football camp in Greta, La. I was able to spend a week at the home of Mr. Francois, Ike Taylor’s uncle and surrogate father. During that week his other two uncles, James and Wade Francois were never far behind. This was almost an entire week dedicated to the community but it was filled first with family, then friends and last but not least the young and exuberant participants. Ike’s family and friends fulfilled almost every job from janitor to court jester in order to insure that the event was successful. This was a family event from beginning to end. For seven days, I was afforded not just a glimpse into the life of Ivan Taylor, I was given full access. I slept in the bedroom where some of his high school trophies and signed balls were kept. My bedroom had a full bath attached to it. Heck I did not want to leave after the week was up. The evening before I returned to Pittsburgh I dined at Morton’s Steakhouse in New Orleans with Ike, James Farrior, William Gay and of course “Uncle Herm.” These Steelers were just three young men out having dinner allowing me to tag along. Trust me; if I would have had to pay for my own victuals, I would have had dishpan hands for two months. My dinner was paid for not because I was special; the check was picked up because here were three young rich Black gentlemen showing an old grizzled sportswriter some respect and a good time. Trust me, they were, are and remain a select group of good hearted young men. They did not have to be concerned about me vilifying them because of a blown coverage or missed tackle. They laughed when a bit of food missed my mouth. They were exhibiting laughter that had a well, almost “schoolyard” childlike timbre to it. As the late David Ruffin of the mighty Temptations might say: “Not a sad word would their young hearts be saying [because] there’s plenty of work and the [NFL] was paying.”The Francois family is a very spiritual, hard working and close knit group. That closeness is significant and is the primary reason why Ivan Taylor has been successful in life. Taylor’s football family (who he is very close with), the Rooney’s are also a very spiritual, hardworking and loyal family. Their loyalty to Ike has been confirmed. Why? Because his recent signing with the Steelers was for an amount of money for which the final terms may not ever be fully disclosed.Ike Taylor is not perfect but in my opinion he always seems to be working toward and striving for perfection, whether it is on the football field or in his private life. He is not the sort of person with numerous warts who continuously insists that he be the one to handle the toads. He learns and grows from his own mistakes as well as the misfortunes of those who surround him. Ike is an associate of ‘Lil Wayne’ yet you don’t see him glorifying drugs and immorality or doing stints in prison. You don’t hear quotes from Ivan Taylor talking about “pissing or not pissing on the commissioner of the NFL” for any reason. Ike does not allow money to run him, he runs the money. Ike Taylor plays hard and prays harder. He refused to renegotiate his contract in the media. Trust me on this, he is the faithful, strong silent type.In the past, Ike restructured his contract for the sake of the team, allegedly more than once “taking one on the chin” for the team but he continued to deliver. Now it was the Steelers turn to restructure their fiscal “pyramid” and re-sign Ike Taylor for the sake of the team; the Steelers delivered, big time!When the Steelers signed Ike they did not just sign a player, they confirmed a sports “ideology.” Taylor is one of the heirs of the Pittsburgh Steelers legacy. He is a prince in the court of sports royalty. Am I really surprised that he was re-signed? No. Did I really think they could really re-sign him? No, because there were perverted dollars being dangled in front of him and as we all know, money talks and bull crap, walks. In the end it was Ike’s loyalty and values that kept him in the Steel City, not dead presidents. And in the end it was the Pittsburgh Steelers keeping their promise to Ike that if he did right by them, they would do right by him.“I would like to thank GOD, the ROONEY family, KEVIN COLBERT, COACH TOMLIN, and MY SUPER AGENT JOEL SEGAL for getting this deal done,” Ike posted on Twitter.All of the media “haters” who wrote that Taylor was a bum not even fit to collect an NFL paycheck because he has dropped a few interceptions along the way during his stellar career now continue to face problems of their own; their primary hardship being how to stretch limited salaries to pay the mortgage, buy food, clothing and to send their kids to college. Ike now has enough money to buy one hundred fully stocked supermarkets or to send one hundred kids to college.When Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu got paid, there were shouts of joy in hallowed press boxes across the land. When Ike Taylor received what he was due, there was an almost eerie silence. Flautist Hubert Laws released an album back in the day titled, ‘Say it With Silence’—great recording. Nuff said.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)