In continuation of their 5th anniversary celebration, Terrapin Crossroads hosted Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang for the Wednesday night show. Unfortunately venue founder and Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh fell sick with a cold, but recruited Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools to fill in on bass for the entire show.Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang were also joined by keyboardist Jason Crosby, vocalist Nicki Bluhm, Cass McCombs, Barry Sless, and drummers Mark Levy and Alex Koford throughout the evening. Thanks to YouTube User MarkoVision Films, you can watch both guest-filled sets below. Setlist: Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 3/8/17:Set I: Sittin’ on Top of the World (SL), Luxury Liner (NB), West L.A. Fadeaway (RJ, NB, AK), Million Dollar Bash (CM), Across the Great Divide (CM, NB), I Don’t Know You (SL, NB), Big Railroad Blues (RJ), Light Up or Leave Me Alone (AK) > New Speedway Boogie (AK) > The Other One (SL) > New Speedway Boogie (AK) > Light Up or Leave Me Alone (One Way or Another) > Light Up or Leave Me Alone (AK)Set II: China Cat Sunflower > (SL, CM) Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds > (CM) Help on the Way > (SL) Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower (SL, JC, RJ, CM, NB), Get It While You Can (SL, NB), The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion) (CM), Grievous Angel (SL, NB)E: Sin City (SL, NB)[via JamBase][cover photo via Instagram User @stuartlevinephotography]
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The skirmish between Chinese and Indian troops over a long-disputed border this month is being treated in New Delhi as the country’s worst diplomatic crisis in decades even as it is downplayed by Beijing.China is already locked in diplomatic combat over a host of disputes, from the United States and Australia to Taiwan and Hong Kong, and its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. It is loath to engage on yet another front – especially one that could push New Delhi closer to Washington, some analysts say.The two sides were working to ease tensions, China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Chinese media coverage has been scant. Beijing’s response also points to its interest in de-escalating a crisis over a stretch of border that is less politically important than other territorial priorities, such as claims to Taiwan and the South China Sea and its tightening grip on Xinjiang and Hong Kong.The contrast reflects the differences in two systems of government – India is the world’s biggest democracy, while China is ruled by the Communist Party and tightly controls its media – as well as the domestic realities of a dispute that has little political upside for the leaders of either country.Since the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers in hand-to-hand fighting in the Galwan Valley, in the worst combat losses on the de facto border with China in more than 50 years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a strident nationalist, has faced heated calls for a strong response.Chinese President Xi Jinping is under no such public pressure. Topics : “Indians watch everything that China is doing, but most Chinese only have eyes for international issues related to the US or Taiwan,” said Zhang Jiadong, director of the Center for South Asian Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai.Both governments would prefer to play down the clash, he said, but information from the remote battlefield leaking into Indian media forces Modi’s hand in a way that would not be possible in China.”The clash happened because troops from both sides have a different understanding of where the line of actual control lies,” he said.”This area is a barren hilltop with no economic or geostrategic value. From the Chinese government point of view, it is not worth destabilizing bilateral relations over this,” said Zhang.The border clash did not crack the top 50 searches on China’s Twitter-like Weibo on Tuesday.Pressure differentialIn India, opposition leaders, former generals and diplomats have criticized Modi for failing to protect Indian lives and territory. Many have called for boycotts of Chinese goods. The story garners wall-to-wall coverage in domestic media.The perceived threat from China – which humiliated India in a brief border war in 1962 – has overshadowed India’s COVID crisis, in which the number of cases has crossed 400,000 with no sign of a peak.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India stands behind Modi, but he must bear responsibility.”We stand at historic crossroads. Our government’s decisions and actions will have serious bearings on how the future generations perceive us,” he said. Such language makes it harder for Modi to compromise without losing face, analysts say.Modi rode to power in 2014 vowing to turn India into an economic and military power, but China has pulled further ahead on his watch. Its economy is five times the size of India’s, with three times the military spending.Control Risks said in a note that Modi’s administration will likely employ economic measures against China to placate public pressure, instead of risking military conflict with a stronger adversary.
“It’s important that we provide safe, effective vaccines and that the data be transparent… This is not a race to be first,” he told reporters during a conference call.”I should note that two of the six US vaccines that we’ve invested in entered the phase three clinical trials weeks ago that the Russian vaccine is now only beginning,” he added.”The data from the initial trials in Russia have not been disclosed, it’s not transparent.”Russian President Vladimir Putin said the vaccine was safe, and that one of his daughters had received a dose. The vaccine has been named “Sputnik”, after the world’s first artificial satellite that helped the Soviet Union take the lead in the Cold War space race in 1957.Governments are under huge pressure to find a vaccine against the coronavirus, which has killed more than 700,000 people worldwide and eviscerated the global economy since it first emerged in central China late last year.The United States is the worst-hit country, with nearly 5.1 million infections and more than 163,000 deaths.President Donald Trump is facing a tough fight to get re-elected in November, trailing rival Joe Biden in the polls as anger mounts over his administration’s response to the pandemic.Azar said he was confident a vaccine would be available for Americans.”We believe that it is highly credible that we will have in the high tens of millions of doses of gold-standard, safe and effective vaccine by the end of this year, and many hundreds of millions of doses as we go into the beginning of next year,” he said.Trump has launched “Operation Warp Speed”, which aims to develop, manufacture and distribute a coronavirus vaccine to all Americans by January 2021.So far, Washington has handed out at least $9.4 billion to seven vaccine developers and signed manufacturing contracts with five of them to provide 700 million doses.Azar’s Taiwan trip — the highest-level US visit since Washington switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing in 1979 — was billed as an opportunity to learn from the island’s success in containing the virus.Taiwan has reported fewer than 500 infections and just seven COVID-19 deaths. Topics : Washington’s health chief on Wednesday expressed skepticism about Russia’s claim of developing the world’s first safe coronavirus vaccine, pointing to the lack of data from its initial trials.Moscow said Tuesday its vaccine offered “sustainable immunity” against the virus, but Western scientists have previously raised concerns about the development speed of Russian treatments, suggesting researchers were cutting corners.US Health Secretary Alex Azar echoed those concerns Wednesday as he wrapped up a three-day visit to Taiwan.
Lawrenceburg, In. — Ivy Tech Community College and The Hoosier Hills Literacy League are partnering to bring awareness to the importance of literacy through a special lunchtime event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at the College’s Lawrenceburg Riverfront Campus.The event, “Books, Burritos and Board Games,” brings burritos from Chipotle to the campus along with the opportunity to play board games and purchase books. The event is open to the public. A variety of board games will be available for anyone to play. There will be free giveaways throughout the event.A burrito and bottle of water is $7. For Ivy Tech students, the cost is $4 when they show their student identification. Chipotle’s delicious house made chips and salsa will be available for $2, and new books will be available to purchase for $2 each or three for $5.Event sponsors include the Aurora Chipotle, Thrivent Financial and Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg. All funds raised support the literacy efforts of the Hoosier Hills Literacy League, a United Way Agency that enhances personal growth and individual livelihood by providing literacy instruction, community outreach and supportive resources to residents of Southeastern Indiana.Among the Literacy League programs are adult literacy classes, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Independent Study towards the High School Equivalency diploma (formerly the General Education Diploma) at the Dearborn County Jail, Write and Read to Reconnect with the Jail Chemical Addiction Program, tutor training and one-on-one tutoring.For additional information, contact Laura Priebe of the Hoosier Hills Literacy League at 812-584-8516 or [email protected]