Phish Shares Pro-Shot ‘Guelah Papyrus’ Footage From SPAC Finale [Watch]

first_imgLast weekend, Phish played three great shows at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, treating fans of dozens of classic Phish songs throughout the weekend. Among the many highlights from the run was the rarity “Guelah Papyrus,” which has been played an average of once per summer for the last few years.The song features a fun dance routine from guitarist Trey Anastasio and bassist Mike Gordon, who flip flop around the stage robotically during the song’s finale. Drummer Jon Fishman even left his kit to join the two in their shenanigans!“Guelah” is always a welcomed addition to any setlist, and its performance at SPAC was quite the memorable occasion. Fortunately, Phish has shared pro-shot footage of their “Guelah Papyrus,” which you can stream below.Check out the full show recap and video here. You can see the setlist below.Setlist: Phish at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY – 7/3/16Set 1: The Wedge, Heavy Things, Tube, Sugar Shack, Lawn Boy, Sparkle > Sample in a Jar, It’s Ice > Guelah Papyrus, Ocelot > Scent of a Mule[1], PossumSet 2: Soul Shakedown Party, The Moma Dance[2] > Twist > Joy > Breath and Burning, Axilla > Theme From the Bottom > Harry Hood > Show of LifeEncore: Rock and RollNotes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. Scent of a Mule featured Fish on Marimba Luminalast_img read more

Sheldon Silver Found Guilty in Month-long Corruption Trial

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), one of the most powerful men in Albany over the last two decades, was found guilty of all seven counts against him at his corruption trial in Manhattan on Monday.Silver, 71, resigned as speaker after surrendering to federal authorities in January but he remained in Albany representing Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Now, under state law, he will also lose his Assembly seat. Silver faces up to 130 years in prison when sentenced.The month-long trial centered around $4 million in illicit profits Silver collected—a sizable income the former speaker failed to report in his annual state disclosure forms. Federal prosecutors said Silver used his powerful position to “secretly direct” a half-million dollars in state funds to a doctor researching mesothelioma. In exchange, the doctor referred asbestos cases to the law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, where Silver worked as a private attorney, prosecutors said.In a separate scheme, Silver, who became speaker in 1994, used his power to convince two real estate developers conducting business with the state to retain a real estate law firm controlled by Silver’s ex-counsel in Albany. State lawmakers are not prohibited from earning outside income but they are required to report such earnings in annual disclosure forms.“Today, Sheldon Silver got justice, and at long last, so did the people of New York,” said Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a statement.Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaving the federal courthouse in downtown Manhattan after he was found guilty in his corruption trial. (Timothy Bolger/Long Island Press)The case against Silver comes as Bharara is single-handedly trying to weed out corruption in the state’s capital. Silver’s former counterpart, ex-state Sen. Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), is in the midst of his own corruption trial, which is taking place in the same federal courthouse in downtown Manhattan where Silver was convicted.“Politicians are supposed to be on the people’s payroll, not on secret retainers for wealthy special interests they do favors for,” Bharara said during a news conference on the January day when Silver surrendered to the FBI. “These charges, in our view, go to the very core of what ails Albany: Lack of transparency, lack of accountability and lack of principle joined with an overabundance of greed, cronyism and self-dealing.”Bharara, during the very same press conference, sent a now-infamous warning shot—“stay tuned,” he teased—to other lawmakers potentially scheming the system. Five months later, Skelos and his son Adam were both arrested for allegedly manipulating legislation to pad his son’s pockets. Skelos’ trial resumed Monday following a break for the Thanksgiving holiday.Silver, Skelos, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were once part of an exclusive group dubbed “the three men in the room,” which maintained a stranglehold on New York State politics. Silver ruled the Democratic-dominated Assembly, while Skelos controlled the state senate, where his party has the edge. Cuomo, a Democrat, split the difference.The arrests of Silver and Skelos sent a shock wave through the system.Most likely, Silver’s conviction will have no bearing on Skelos’ trial, but it does signal a clear victory for Bharara, whom many observers believe staked his reputation on his crusade against Albany’s culture of corruption.Silver told reporters as he left the courthouse that he was “disappointed” in the verdict, which his attorneys are expected to appeal.last_img read more

Russell takes advantage to Cork

first_img Among the opposition is Dul Ar An Ol, who was second to the smart Toner D’Oudairies at Fairyhouse last time, while Darwins Fox also has some useful form. Russell will be looking for improvement from Arnaud. Walsh also has strong claims in the Friday Evening Racing Maiden Hurdle with the Mullins-trained Dougal Philps, who was headed in the shadow of the post when third after trying to make all at Tramore earlier this month. The richest race on the card is the Follow Us On Twitter Handicap Hurdle, in which Russell will be on board the Seamus Roche-trained Jim Will Fix It. The eight-year-old was squeezed up off the final bend when fifth behind Barneys Honour at Wexford on Friday and makes a quick reappearance in a race that looks a competitive contest. Bumper winners Blue Article and Our Katie are sure to have their supporters in the Follow Cork On Facebook Mares Maiden Hurdle, in which Russell partners Sophies Shadow for Edward Hales. Nina Carberry has just her second runner as a trainer when she saddles Blaze Of Fire in the Munster Handicap Chase, but he looks to have his work cut out on form. William Wordsworth has been consistent of late and is entitled to go close, but Reality Dose could prove tough to beat as he appears to be getting back to the form of his Naas success. Davy Russell and Ruby Walsh are both in action at Cork as the final week of the jumps season gets under way ahead of the Punchestown Festival. Press Associationcenter_img Russell is mounting a strong defence of his jockeys’ title and carries a nine-winner advantage into the closing stages, though he will be wary of his rival’s firepower with a battery of Willie Mullins-trained stars due to be unleashed. Walsh teams up with the champion trainer in the opening race at Cork, the July 12th BBQ Evening Beginners Chase, with Turban, who showed promise on his debut over the bigger obstacles when finding only Beeverstown too good at Limerick in December. last_img read more

Former Workers Drop Discrimination Lawsuit Against Disney Over H-1B Visa Issue

first_imgFormer Disney employees, who had sued the firm in 2015, accusing it of discrimination for replacing them with H-1B visa holders, announced on May 9 that they are dropping the lawsuit, ABC 7 reported.“We have lost. Unfortunately, we lost because it’s legal,” said Sara Blackwell, the U.S. attorney who had filed a lawsuit representing 250 Disney IT workers, according to Channel News 8.“As we have said all along, these lawsuits were completely baseless,” a Disney spokeswoman was quoted as saying by Channel News 8 after the lawsuit was dropped.The discrimination lawsuit filed in the U.S. federal and state court claimed that Disney terminated the jobs of these IT employees and replaced them with new workers from other countries. The terminated employees were given 90 days to train the new workers — who were foreign nationals using H-1B visas — or else lose eligibility for bonuses or severance packages, CNN reported.Disney used a business model that is a common practice among companies throughout the United States, Blackwell said, according to ABC 7. Even though Florida is a right-to-work state that does not allow companies to terminate a person’s employment based on criteria such as nationality, businesses generally manage to get around that, Blackwell added.She explained that following the firing of 250 workers, their replacements were not employed by Disney. The employment was instead contracted through a different company, so what these businesses are doing is legal.“The week of Halloween 2014, the rug was ripped out from underneath me. And then they had the foreign replacements come sit at my desk to train. We are not asking for money. We are asking for the hemorrhaging of American jobs to stop,” former employee Mary Poorman was quoted as saying by News Channel 8.Disney’s former workers now say that they would continue to fight for the rights of the American employees. Blackwell, however, said that to prevent this from occurring, the law will have to be altered.“You cannot win a lawsuit against them because this is a legal way of doing business. And if you are outraged, then you need to do something about it. This is what President Trump spoke,” said Blackwell, as per reports, while referring to the steps promised by U.S. President Donald Trump to American workers during his election campaign. Related ItemsDisneyEmploymentH-1Blast_img read more