Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” Guitar Is Headed To The Auction Block To Benefit The Southern Poverty Law Center

first_imgJerry Garcia’s legendary “Wolf” guitar is going to be auctioned off by Guernsey’s in New York City later during May of this year. Garcia played with Wolf during the course of two decades of continent-spanning touring with The Grateful Dead. The beautiful guitar, which made its debut in 1973 during a Grateful Dead performance for the Hell’s Angels, was crafted by luthier Doug Irwin. After Garcia’s death, the instrument returned to Irwin, and in 2002, it was sold for $700,000, at that time breaking the record for most expensive guitar sale.The current owner of Wolf is putting the historic instrument back on the market. However, the anonymous owners are ensuring that all of the proceeds from the auction go the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit organization that fights bigotry through education, litigation, and advocacy. As the current owner said of the auction and of the guitar: “I’ve been a fan of The Dead since I was a kid, and playing this iconic guitar over the past 15 years has been a privilege. But the time is right for Wolf to do some good. My wife and I have long supported the efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and if ever we needed the SPLC, we sure do need them now.”You can check out the auction page here, and check out what Warren Haynes had to say about the guitar last year in an interview here.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Whiting offers views on the International Criminal Court’s impact

first_img Read Full Story Is the International Criminal Court succeeding? According to Assistant Clinical Professor Alex Whiting, the answer is a tentative yes. Nevertheless, Whiting—who serves as the investigation coordinator in the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICC—provided a candid portrait of the court’s strengths and weaknesses at a talk on Wednesday, Oct. 10, sponsored by the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program.Ever since Luis Moreno-Ocampo stepped down as chief prosecutor of the ICC and was succeeded by Fatima Bensouda last December, Whiting said, his office has been thinking a great deal about what it means for the court to succeed.“We’re trying to figure out what the question means, rather than trying to figure out the answer,” Whiting said. Still, he argued that success can be broken down into three evaluative categories: how it functions, its impact and its ability to deter future violence.It could take decades before a deterrence effect is observable in the world, Whiting said, but there are already indicators that the court is contributing to norms against criminal conduct. For example, modern leaders charged by the ICC have made greater efforts to conceal their crimes: Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia and Charles Taylor of Liberia used coded language and hid evidence in an effort to cover their tracks, Whiting said, contrasting their acts to the “quite brazen” Nazi crimes tried at Nuremberg.“I see, perhaps because I want to see them, hopeful signs that international criminal justice is driving criminal conduct to the margins,” he said.last_img read more

Watch Ethan Hawke Talk Theater vs. Film, Playing a Sick Macbeth & More on Morning Joe

first_img View Comments Macbeth’s Ethan Hawke got deep on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on January 3. The Tony and Oscar nominee chats about not breathing new life into Shakespeare and how you can’t just “show up” and wing it when doing the Bard. Hawke says he’d still perform the show sick as a dog, shares about how theater is harder than film and also talks about his unique experience of making Before Midnight and its predecessors with Julie Delpy. Check out the interview below to hear more about that Scottish play and what it was like to recite iambic pentameter with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford! Star Filescenter_img Ethan Hawkelast_img

Spanish boss set for Hornets

first_img However, Jokanovic was seeking some £2.5million in wages alone, which would not only have broken the pay structure of the Vicarage Road club, but also pushed Watford out of line with the basic earnings of other more experienced managers in the top flight. Watford hope to be in a position to announce Sanchez Flores’ appointment within the coming weeks. The 50-year-old Spaniard will bring an impressive CV to England, having guided Atletico Madrid to the Europa League title in 2010 with a win over Fulham in the final, as well as coaching in Portugal at Benfica and more recently with Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. Watford are expected to appoint former Atletico Madrid boss Quique Sanchez Flores as their new manager after talks to extend Slavisa Jokanovic’s contract broke down over his wage demands. The Serbian former Chelsea defender was appointed as the Hornets’ fourth coach of the season in October, and would go on to guide the club back into the Barclays Premier League as runners-up to Bournemouth. Jokanovic’s current deal expires at the end of June, and Press Association Sport understands the 46-year-old had been offered significantly improved terms of around £1million basic salary, plus another £1million in performance-based payments. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Button Expects Abu Dhabi to be His Last F1 Race

first_imgJenson Button says he expects the Abu Dhabi GP to be his last race in Formula 1 despite having an option to return in 2018.The Brit, a 17-year veteran in the sport, announced he was taking a sabbatical earlier this season but still signed a two-year contract with McLaren and stressed that he was not retiring.His McLaren deal gives the Woking team an option to reinstate him in two years‘ time should either Stoffel Vandoorne or Fernando Alonso leave, but Button now insists he doesn’t want to return after this weekend’s grand prix. “I go into this weekend thinking it’s going to be my last race,” he said during the Drivers’ Press Conference. “I think that’s the best way to be. At this moment in time I don’t want to be racing in Formula 1 past this race.“I think of this as my last race and hopefully everyone else does as well.”Button was convinced into not quitting F1 by then McLaren chief Ron Dennis, who has now left his post, and initially stated that he would be training harder than ever with a view to lining up on the grid again.“The whole idea about having a contract was that in three months‘ time when I’ve eaten myself stupid and thinking of things in the future – maybe I’ll feel I need Formula 1 back in my life,” the 36-year-old explained.“But at this moment in time that isn’t the case, so this is my last race. That’s how I think about it at the moment. But who knows? That could change in six months, eight months, one year.”The 2009 world champion added that he was looking forward to get on track at Yas Marina, and reminisced on some of his best moments in the sport.“It’s been a long journey,” he said. “You get to Formula 1 with many dreams and you aspire to be something and hopefully leave the sport with memories. That’s something I definitely do have in my 17 years of racing. Lots of life-changing memories – some good, some bad.“Also to walk away with the world championship is a very special feeling as well. I raced with two of the teams I dreamt of racing with as a kid, Williams and McLaren. Over 300 grands prix and I will definitely step away from Fromula 1 happy with what I achieved and knowing that my life really does start now.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NASCAR succeeding in effort to increase passing in Cup Series

first_imgThe words “pass” and “passing” were not specifically mentioned in October when NASCAR announced the baseline rules packages for its Monster Energy Cup Series in 2019. But the context clues in the words of NASCAR chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell made it clear.When NASCAR made the effort to add drag and downforce while decreasing horsepower in its Cup cars, it did so with the intention of increasing the likelihood of passing. O’Donnell did not need to spell it out for us, but he basically did so when citing goals like “close side-by-side racing,” “a little more on-throttle time” and “more in the drivers’ hands.” Johnson is not the only driver who has expressed frustration related to passing. Kyle Busch, for example, is a noted hater of the 2019 rules for what seems like a myriad of reasons. But Pocono is a bad example to use when complaining about an inability to pass. (This is where we mention that Johnson’s struggles to pass might have more to do with his team’s well-documented plight of late rather than the rules package.)According to NASCAR, there were 21 green-flag passes for the lead in the Pocono race last month, up 91 percent from last season.So, again, the numbers don’t lie. And NASCAR has to be encouraged by where they’re going. Twenty races into the 2019 season, and with the Cup Series having visited (almost) all styles of tracks with differing aerodynamics at play based on the rules package schedule, NASCAR appears to be achieving its goal. The numbers, as they say, don’t lie.MORE: Schedule for Pocono race weekendAccording to NASCAR’s data, there have been 68,859 green-flag passes through the first 20 races of the season, not including the All-Star race. That figure marks a 33 percent increase from the 51,788 green-flag passes through the first 20 races last season.Further, green-flag passes for the lead, specifically, are up a whopping 43.2 percent in 2019. NASCAR claims green-flag passes for the lead were up at 13 races and down at seven races from a season ago. The races at Las Vegas, Bristol, Kansas, Chicago and Kentucky set track records for green-flag passes for the lead.The record number of green-flag lead changes at Bristol is interesting, as the half-mile oval is the only one of the aforementioned five tracks at which Cup cars still aim to produce 750 horsepower. The races at Vegas, Kansas, Chicago and Kentucky, all mile-and-a-half tracks, featured the 550-horsepower package that aims to produce the closer racing we’re seeing.In June, after the first of the two Pocono races on the Cup Series schedule (the other is this weekend), Sporting News asked Jimmie Johnson which track felt the most different with this year’s rules package, particularly the 550-horsepower edition. His answer, perhaps impacted by a little recency bias, was Pocono. He cited the fact that, for the first time in 35 career Cup races at the “Tricky Triangle,” he did not have to shift gears while completing a lap.Johnson also brought up what he considers a consequence of the 2019 package: Generally speaking, the increased downforce makes Cup cars more forgiving for drivers. The seven-time champ said he is “bummed out” about that development.”That’s my only disappointment in different areas where the rules are going — we take away the opportunity to make a mistake,” Johnson said. “You can chase a guy for 100 miles or a fuel run — whatever it ends up being — and they just don’t make mistakes anymore. You don’t have an opportunity to make a mistake. So in the end you don’t have an opportunity to pass.”Going through the corner with this high downforce is pretty easy. And then you take the shifting away from it — the guy never makes a mistake.”last_img read more

Liverpool title win will not heal Gerrard’s ‘wound’

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Steven GerrardLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | As a Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard won almost every trophy bar the Premier League and despite urging Jurgen Klopp’s men to end the club’s 29-year wait for the title this season he admits it will not ease his personal pain.Gerrard, now manager of Scottish giants Rangers, famously slipped to hand Chelsea the opener of a 2-0 win at Anfield in April 2014 with Liverpool on course to win the league.Liverpool currently trail Manchester City by one point at the top of the table with nine games remaining.“This wound has been open since my experience. I’m not sure it’ll close because I can’t change that experience,” Gerrard, who left Liverpool after 17 years as a player in 2015, told reporters.“It doesn’t affect how I feel now. I look at a squad of players, some of whom I’m still friends with.“I see a support that gave me absolutely everything from the terraces and around the world.“I just hope for their sake, and mine as a supporter, that come the end of the competition they are victorious. But it won’t make me or my wound feel any different.”Klopp’s side have been accused of letting the pressure get to them in recent weeks, having blown the chance to open up a seven-point lead over City just over a month ago by drawing at home to Leicester and have since been held on the road by West Ham, Manchester United and Everton.“My advice, having been a player in that team and playing for those supporters for so long, would be don’t overthink it. Just enjoy it. Believe in yourselves,” added Gerrard. “I think it is only normal for the supporters. They want it more than anyone. They will help. The players have to see it as a help rather than a hindrance.“When we were in that situation, I didn’t feel suffocated from the fans. I actually felt they were right behind us and with us and wanted it so much. I saw it as a help rather than a hindrance.”The 18-time English champions could easily set a club record points tally and still fall short of a relentless City side, that romped to the league with 100 points last season.And Gerrard insists should that be the case, Liverpool’s season should not be seen as a failure.“Certain people will see it as failure but that is football and opinions. Jurgen has taken the squad forward giant strides. He’s doing everything he can,” he added.“Sometimes in football, if someone beats you to it, you have to hold your hands up and say the better team won.“I hope that’s not the case but I don’t think you can be too critical if you have been fantastic yourself and have done ever so well to be in it in the first place.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Ohio officials slam Trump, GOP after Dayton visit

first_imgOhio officials did not have nice things to say about Trump or Republicans following the President’s visit to Dayton on Wednesday.President Trump’s visit came in the wake of a mass shooting which occurred in Dayton Sunday and claimed the lives of nine people.Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown says he plead with President Trump to take assault weapons off the streets of America. Talking to reporters Wednesday along with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, the Ohio Democrat said Republicans have “been in bed” with the NRA for years.Mayor Whaley said Wednesday that she told Trump that strengthening gun laws used to be a bipartisan issue, but now “Washington will not move.”Brown added that he’s very concerned that Trump’s rhetoric is dividing the nation.Whaley also noted that it was a good thing Trump didn’t speak in the Oregon District because the community has protested the his “behavior.”Trump has faced severe backlash following two mass shootings that left 31 people dead in less than 24 hours. Americans have called on Trump and lawmakers to find a solution to the mass shooting epidemic that’s been sweeping the nation.Related content:FL Red Flag Law in Spotlight Following Mass Shootingslast_img read more

’50 000 to volunteer for 2010′

first_img24 August 2009With an average 1 500 applications a day pouring in from around the world, the organisers expect the volunteer applications for the 2010 Fifa World Cup to break the 50 000 mark by the 31 August deadline – surpassing the 48 167 received for Germany 2006.Over 47 000 applications have been processed since South Africa’s 2010 volunteer programme opened on 20 July.“We can see how excited people from all around the world are about 2010 in the number of applications we are receiving from volunteer hopefuls,” 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive Danny Jordaan said in Pretoria this week.“They are eager to be part of this World Cup that will showcase Africa’s capabilities to the world.”“Face of the World Cup”Jordaan stressed the importance of the volunteers to the success of the football spectacular, referring to them as “the face of the World Cup” and “the first and last point of contact for the many visitors expected during the tournament”.Johannesburg is leading the pack, with 11 969 volunteer applications for the Ellis Park and Soccer City venues, followed by Pretoria with 6 176 applications, Nelson Mandela Bay (greater Port Elizabeth) with 4 752, Cape Town with 4 356, and Durban with 3 971.Specific skills neededDespite the high number of applications, the LOC is encouraging those who want to apply to still do so, as volunteers with specific skills, including those with driver’s licenses wishing to work as transport volunteers, are needed.Volunteers can apply through Fifa.com, while those without internet access, or those who want more information about the programme and how to apply, can call the toll-free volunteer hotline on 0800 52 52 52.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

New renewable energy player aims high

first_img10 April 2012 Private energy company Cennergi aims to produce a massive 16 GW of renewable energy generation capacity projects in southern Africa by 2025, its founders said at the company’s official launch in Johannesburg last week. A joint venture between South Africa’s mining group Exxaro and India’s largest private power utility Tata Power, Cennergi already runs five renewable energy projects in the Northern Cape, Limpopo, Eastern and Western Cape provinces. The new 50:50 partnership will particularly be targeting the expanding energy markets in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, with a focus on the investigation, development, ownership, operation, maintenance, acquisition and management of power generation projects.SA’s renewable energy procurement programme Cennergi CEO Thomas Garner told guests at Wednesday’s launch that the company had submitted solar and wind bids for the second bidding round under South Africa’s renewable energy Independent Power Producer (IPP) procurement programme, which closed on 5 March. Exxaro head Sipho Nkosi said Cennergi would be looking at partnering with South African state power company Eskom. He said the idea by Exxaro, one of South Africa’s leading coal producers and Eskom’s number one supplier, to venture into energy had been in the pipeline for the past two years. “We felt that as coal producers in South Africa, we should start immersing ourselves in renewable energies, because we need to continue to be responsible corporate citizens in South Africa,” Nkosi said. “The whole continent of Africa is well endowed with renewable energy and … these are the organisations that can harness these opportunities.”Energy needs ‘call for more than one player’ Tata Power MD Anil Sardana said the demand for energy in southern Africa necessitated that there should be more than one player in the sector. Given that, arduous challenges in meeting the continent’s energy needs remained. “Therefore, it’s important for people to bring all the inputs together, not just to contribute to the space, but do it effectively,” Sardana said, adding that Tata Power currently served more than 1.7-million customers in Delhi and Mumbai. South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan for the energy sector envisages 3 725 MW of renewable energy being added to the country’s power mix over the coming few years. The Department of Energy’s Kevin Nassiep, who delivered a speech on behalf of Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, said projects such as Cennergi were “poised to accelerate the development of our electricity sector, and will propel our green energy revolution to a new level.” He said it was no coincidence that South Africa was moving with speed to “green” its economy, considering that the country had just introduced a New Growth Path that sought to deliver five-million new jobs by 2020. The Industrial Policy Action Plan and the signing of a new local procurement accord last year bore testimony to the government’s seriousness about boosting industry investments in South Africa, Nassiep said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more