After months of anticipation, Dead & Company‘s 2017 tour is finally upon us! Last night, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti rolled into Las Vegas to kick off their 20-date summer run. The band came in hot in their first performance since 7/30/16 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, opening the show with classic cuts including “The Music Never Stopped,” “Dire Wolf,” and “Jack Straw,” each highlighted by poignantly beautiful guitar interplay by Mayer and Weir. You can watch pro-shot footage of the show’s first three songs (“The Music Never Stopped,” “Dire Wolf,” and “Jack Straw”) via nugs.tv, which the band streamed live on their Facebook page:Set one continued the string of jukebox Dead sing-alongs, including “Loser,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Brown Eyed Women,” and “Bird Song.” Set two kicked off with a joyous “Playin’ In The Band,” which eventually bled into “Deal,” sung with sly charisma by Mayer. A classic “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” pairing came next, and eventually dissipated into “Drums/Space,” giving Mickey and Billy their first crack of the year at their patented percussion odysseys. Out of the “Space” arose “The Other One,” as Bobby fearlessly led the band on vocals through the remainder of the set, including “Black Peter” and the obligatory “One More Saturday Night.”However, as we all know, yesterday wasn’t just another Saturday night. Earlier that evening, the music world received the devastating news that Gregg Allman, the leader of the iconic Allman Brothers Band and widely respected rock and roll elder statesman, had passed away. In a moving tribute to the fallen legend (and Burbridge’s former Allmans bandmate), Dead & Company delivered a delicate rendition of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” the Bob Dylan classic performed by the Allmans, the Dead, and just about everyone else. As the band played, images of Gregg were projected behind the stage, blending with visuals of fluffy white clouds to give Allman’s an angelic aura. After the touching tribute, the band slipped back into a “Playin’ in the Band” reprise to cap an excellent tour opener. Watch fan-shot footage of the end of the encore tribute to Gregg Allman below, courtesy of YouTube user Nala ThaBoxer:SETLIST: Dead & Company | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 5/27/17Set 1: The Music Never Stopped, Dire Wolf, Jack Straw, Loser, Friend of the Devil, Brown Eyed Women, Bird SongSet 2: Playin’ In The Band > Deal, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider > Drums > Space > The Other One > Black Peter, One More Saturday NightEncore: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door > Playin In The Band (Reprise)The band keeps playin’ on tonight as they make their way to Phoenix AZ for a performance at Ak-Chin Pavillion. From there, the band will play a pair of two-night runs in California, at Hollywood Bowl and Shoreline Amphitheatre, respectively. For a full list of upcoming Dead & Co shows, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.Enjoy the full gallery below, courtesy of Erik Kabib[Cover photo via Instagram user @deadandgang]Dead & Company | MGM Grand | Las Vegas, NV | Photos by Erik Kabib Load remaining images
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The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP), one of the most important infrastructure projects in the nation, will deepen the Savannah Harbor 5 feet, down to 47 feet below mean sea level at low tide.That will enable modern deep-draft cargo vessels, akin to floating islands, to call more easily on the port here.According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, deepening the Savannah Harbor just 5 additional feet will yield an economic benefit of $282 million every year for the nation.It is a timely endeavor considering the newly expanded Panama Canal now handles the monolithic Post-Panamax cargo vessels transiting the Pacific Ocean. But going only 5 feet deeper in Savannah is a vastly complex undertaking when the 40-mile channel snakes through one of the most environmentally sensitive estuaries on the east coast.The project will cost just shy of a billion dollars at $973 million, according to Spencer Davis, senior project manager for the Corps’ Savannah District. Roughly half the project budget goes to ensuring strong environmental protection and impact mitigation. For perspective, harbor deepening projects in other rivers typically devote around 10 percent of the cost to environmental mitigation.“SHEP is perhaps one of the most environmentally sensitive civil works projects in the Corps’ portfolio,” said Davis. “Meeting the demands for commerce and environmental stewardship are combined into a single purpose with SHEP.”Despite the additional costs to remain environmentally accountable, Davis said that no other deepening project can compete with SHEP’s return on investment for taxpayers: an astonishing $7.30 return for every dollar spent.One of the challenges for Davis involves organizing multiple timelines within the project that affect one another. Several of the 11 major construction features are interdependent, and must be meticulously orchestrated for the project to advance. “Seven of the 11 features were developed to protect the environment and must be complete before we finish the navigation portion of the project,” said Davis.The navigation portion – the deepening itself – involves removing 24 million cubic yards of sediments from the riverbed over several years. “When a project moves that much material out of a waterway, planners need to know exactly how this impacts ecosystems in order to proceed in an environmentally friendly way,” added Davis.One of the more prominent environmental features is designed to replace dissolved oxygen in the river during hot summer months when oxygen levels are low. According to Tracy Hendren, chief of Savannah District’s hydrologic and hydraulic engineering branch, Speece cone technology will pull large volumes of water into 20-foot-tall cone shaped devices that will dissolve oxygen into the river water.This feature, made up of two facilities at different locations on the river, can inject a total of 40,000 pounds of oxygen a day into the river. This system will maintain oxygen at its pre-deepened levels during hot, dry months, when oxygen depletion occurs.Another significant environmental feature will re-route the flow of freshwater into the upper portion of the estuary. Engineers will accomplish this with a series of cut closures and channel dredging in certain tributaries, along with construction of a flow diversion structure, according to Beth Williams, SHEP’s lead engineer. The design will mitigate for increasing salinity levels from the deepening, and thereby protect local tidal freshwater wetlands from saltwater intrusion.These and other environmental features for SHEP have been approved by three other federal agencies, which include the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service.The Georgia Ports Authority and the Georgia Department of Transportation share the cost of SHEP. The federal share covers 75 percent of the cost and the Georgia share covers the remaining 25 percent.SHEP is currently on schedule with an anticipated completion time of January 2022. It is expected to contribute more than $14 billion to the economy over 50 years.
TRAYON Bobb, netted a double, while Sheldon Holder, Pernell Schultz and Kadel Daniel netted a goal each, as the Golden Jarguars roared past the visiting Antigua and Barbuda last evening at the National Track and Field Centre ,Leonora.It was a ‘must win’ game for Guyana following their back-to-back defeats against Jamaica at home and away in Antigua, but coach Marcio Maximo and his troops showed a glimpse of their destruction once firing on all cylinders last evening.More details in tomorrow’s edition.
USC Libraries has announced Crocker Business Library, located in Hoffman Hall, will be open with extended hours for finals this semester because of students’ increased use of the library.USC Libraries tracks the number of students visiting libraries each semester. These numbers are used to decide which libraries would be most advantageous to have extended hours.Hugh McHarg, associate dean of planning and communications for USC Libraries, said this decision aims to meet students’ needs.“We get a lot of students asking where else they can study because Leavey is too crowded,” McHarg said. “We want to look at areas where we can serve more people with study space most efficiently.”The reason Crocker Library has not been open with extended hours in the past is because of the difficulty in keeping libraries that are located within specific departments open, McHarg said.“Not all libraries stand alone,” he said. “We have to make special arrangements with other departments and units responsible for that subject area. The Marshall School of Business is contributing by providing extra security so the building and library can be open longer for students.”The USC Libraries’ decision to keep Crocker Library open longer during finals is part of their 2011-2013 Essential Library Strategic Plan, which aims to enhance the libraries’ key services for students.“The plan focuses on providing intellectual and physical environments for students, [increasing] the amount of study space available, as well as the maximum number of hours these spaces are open,” McHarg said.Students in Marshall said they are thankful USC Libraries has acknowledged the need to have the Crocker Library open longer because it will provide business students with a valuable place to study.“I definitely intend to use the library during finals,” said Leinate Abulaiti, a junior majoring in business administration. “If you’re studying for a business-related class, then immersing yourself in a business-related environment may provide you with different input and perspectives.”Kathryn Haugen, a junior majoring in business administration, said Crocker Library is convenient for group studying as well.“It’s useful for business students mainly because much of our work involves group projects and so it’s nice to have the library open later, especially at the end of year,” Haugen said. “It will be very convenient for study groups to have access to the private study rooms in Crocker because many times, rooms in Leavey are overbooked.”Haugen said she was happy USC Libraries is responding to students’ needs.“It shows that the libraries really care about the students,” Haugen said. “I know that a ton of business students have been asking for this, and it’s great to have the libraries respond and hear what students are saying.”