Legendary opera singer Plácido Domingo will be celebrated at Harvard with “Giving Voice: A Conversation with Plácido Domingo” on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 4 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., moderated by Tamar Herzog, Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs and professor of Spanish and Portuguese history, and Anne Shreffler, James Edward Ditson Professor of Music.Presented by the Division of Arts and Humanities, Office for the Arts at Harvard, and Intituto Cervantes Observatory of the Spanish Language in the U.S., this event is open to the public. Admission is free with tickets required, limit of two tickets per person. Tickets are available to students (of any college) and Harvard affiliates beginning Tuesday, April 5, and to the general public beginning Wednesday, April 6, through the Harvard Box Office, Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke St., 617.496.2222. As of April 6, tickets are also available online (handling fees apply for online and phone orders).Plácido Domingo has sung 147 opera roles and has given more than 3,600 career performances. His repertoire spans the gamut from Mozart to Verdi and Berlioz to Puccini. He performs in every important opera house in the world and has made more than 100 recordings of complete operas, compilations of arias and duets, and crossover discs. He has won 13 Grammy Awards and has made more than 50 music videos.Domingo is the former general director of Washington National Opera; currently he is the Eli and Edythe Broad General Director of Los Angeles Opera, which, under his guidance, has become one of America’s most significant opera ensembles.
Before I even have my harness doubled back around my waist, I’m bitching about some petty problem I’m having with my house—something like not being able to find the right paint color for my kitchen. “Lowe’s said they could match the color but what they came up with is not Robin’s Egg. It’s like Cerulean Blue,” I say.Joe Moerschbacher, scruffy and kind of weathered with a big Pura Vida sticker slapped to the front of his helmet, looks my harness over and says, “Well, the good news is you won’t worry about that at all when you’re hypothermic later today.”We’re in the Graveyard Fields parking lot, off the Blue Ridge Parkway, gearing up to fish a remote section of Yellowstone Prong. Okay, “fishing” is a bit of an understatement. We’re carrying ultra light tenkara fly rods—a traditional Japanese style of fly rod that telescopes into itself and has no reel, just a fixed line—and wearing full canyoneering gear. The only way to access some of the pools we want to fish is by rappelling waterfalls. It’s the first time I’ve ever had to wear a helmet and a harness to fish.My buddy Dusty and I have been dreaming about this trip for the better part of a year. We’ve both been mildly obsessed with tenkara since Tenkara USA started infiltrating East Coast fly shops a few years ago. Imagine Western style fly fishing, but strip away all of the hassle and most of the expense. That’s tenkara. Your gear is reduced to just a rod and line (goodbye reel, goodbye fancy vest with a thousand pockets filled with widgets), and some purists, like Tenkara USA founder Daniel Galhardo, only use one fly pattern. Focusing on just one fly eliminates a lot of the learning curve associated with Western trout fishing. You no longer have to be an entomologist with intimate knowledge of local hatch patterns. The cast is even stripped down—forget that big, dramatic casting motion from A River Runs Through It. Tenkara requires just a curt wave of the wrist.It is single speed mountain biking. Free solo rock climbing. Running barefoot. Swimming naked in a lake. Tenkara is simplicity.And thanks to the streamlined gear and telescoping rods, tenkara also pairs well with other adventures. You can throw your tiny tenkara rod in your backpack and never notice the weight on mountain bike trips and backpacking excursions. Or canyoneering adventures.There’s a video that Galhardo made of one of his trips to Japan that shows anglers swimming through pools, hopping from boulder to boulder and climbing waterfalls with full climbing gear. The tight river gorges in the video look exactly like the streams we have here in the Southern Appalachians. The style of canyoneering (they call it “shower climbing”) looks exactly like the kind of canyoneering trips I’d done with Joe Moerschbacher and Pura Vida Adventures. Dusty and I watched the Japanese video and had a light bulb moment.Why not do a canyoneering/tenkara trip here in Pisgah National Forest?When Moerschbacher heard what we were planning, he offered to guide us through a couple of canyons he wants to start running trips on. When Galhardo heard what we were planning, he asked to tag along. Turns out, he’d been looking for rivers in the U.S. where he could have the same shower climbing/tenkara experience he had in Japan.Four months later, there are five of us gearing up for what might be the first canyoneering/tenkara trip in the U.S.—Galhardo, Dusty and myself, Moerschbacher and his canyoneering partner Clay. I like to think of our group as a bit like The A Team, where everybody has his own area of expertise. Moerschbacher and Clay have the canyoneering chops and designed the trip logistics. Galhardo is the trip fishing guru, and Dusty and I have flasks of whiskey.Tombstone Blues Canyon From the parking lot, we hike past families in flip-flops who look at us in our wetsuits and gear like we’re aliens. We ditch the trail quickly and get ankle deep in the Yellowstone Prong just before the gorge gets really steep. Moerschbacher has dubbed the walled out, inaccessible portion of the river “Tombstone Blues Canyon.” I like it. It’s foreboding.We start with a small rappel on the side of a cascade that drops us to a ledge in the middle of the two-tiered waterfall. One by one, we lean into the second rappel, a big vertical drop over the 75-foot falls. The ropes and gear are wet, so the rappel is slow and methodical, giving me a chance to look over my shoulder and take in the site below. At the base of the falls, the river is like a hollowed out bowl of gray rock, thick with lime green moss. On either side of the water are walls of rhododendron that climb almost vertically to the horizon. Galhardo already has his rod out and is fishing a pool hemmed by cartoonishly big boulders before my feet touch the ground.The water is emerald green because of all of the moss. After the two rappels, it’s full-contact boulder hopping interspersed with short bursts of fishing. I don’t even notice the rain once we get moving, and the wetsuits do a good job of tempering the cold water as we have to wade certain pools between boulder hops.Galhardo is in the lead, moving swiftly from one boulder to the next, then extending his tenkara rod and setting up his line in a matter of seconds to fish small, clear pools. He casts a handful of times, then moves on to the next patch of boulders and the next pool downstream.“With small pools like this, I won’t cast more than five times, then I move on,” he tells me when we take a whiskey break.It’s a schizophrenic, almost ADHD style of fishing that I’ve been looking for my whole life. I don’t have the attention span for the traditional approach to fly fishing, where you can spend half an hour fishing a single pool, walk 10 feet, then spend a half an hour fishing another pool. It’s slow, patient work.As far as fly fishing gurus go, Galhardo is pretty young, just over 30. He’s from Brazil, and grew up surfing but fell in love with fishing as a teenager before moving to the U.S. when he was 17 to finish high school. He still surfs, goes on extensive rock climbing trips, fishes a ridiculous amount according to his Facebook feed and geeks out on foraging for mushrooms. Patagonia recently introduced a tenkara rod, partnering with TFO — but Galhardo is the man who introduced the style of fishing to the United States, working with Japanese tenkara masters to design and build a line of rods.He loves blending tenkara with other sports and was originally attracted to the style of fly fishing because of its portability and backpacking potential. Whenever he travels to Japan, he makes time for a “shower climbing” trip. “I love this kind of stream,” Galhardo says. “There’s no other way to fish this stream except to be inside the canyon. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for.”Moerschbacher smiles. “If you like this canyon, you’re going to love what we have planned for tomorrow.”Turn Left At The Grow Field After we cross the border into Shining Rock Wilderness, Clay tells us about how he and Moerschbacher were bushwhacking to one of the lesser known creeks in the area and found an old, abandoned marijuana grow field deep in the backcountry. Legend has it, there’s also a train still tucked into these woods somewhere, left on an old track after the loggers split and the timber companies sold the land to the federal government.Day two has us descending and fishing Grassy Canyon, a skinny blue line on the Pisgah Ranger District map that looks like it jumps off the topo contour lines on its way to meet the East Fork Pigeon River. Before bushwhacking to the top of the canyon, Galhardo gives Moerschbacher some quick tenkara lessons on the bigger water of the East Fork.Moerschbacher says he doesn’t have the patience for fishing. Standing around waiting for a fish to bite isn’t his style. He’s a former professional adventure racer turned full time adventure guide, who spends most of his days leading clients deep into Pisgah’s rugged corners for mountain biking, canyoneering and backpacking trips. He’s 33, carries around the book, Everything I Know About Business, I Learned from the Grateful Dead, and is fond of PBR Tallboys.Galhardo shows Moerschbacher a simple casting motion, then guides him on how to place the fly on the eddy line, where the calm water meets the fast water. That’s where a fish’s food is. Not 10 minutes later, Moerschbacher pulls in his first fish, a small brook trout with pink and yellow spots. It’s almost as big as the smile on Moerschbacher’s face.The first step into Grassy Canyon is a 120-foot waterfall that bends like an “S.” It’s a mandatory, two-tier rappel from top to bottom. The second leg of the rappel puts you in the thick of the waterfall before dumping you into a mandatory swim. Grassy is far more technical than Tombstone Blues Canyon, with a number of rappels, mandatory swims, and some fun (read: sketchy) canyoneering-specific moves. There are at least two natural water slides, a couple of boulder jumps, and exactly one death-defying “sling swing.”This happens at the top of a waterfall that slopes gently at first, before dropping 15 vertical feet into the rocks below. There’s no way to anchor a proper rappel, so Moerschbacher wedges a sling beneath a boulder and extends about six feet of leash. What we have to do is scurry down the edge of the waterfall, grab the leash, then let the water take our bodies around the boulder where we can land on a ledge on the edge of the waterfall before it drops over the edge. If something goes wrong, you’d probably only fall 10 feet or so before you hit something hard. It’s not exactly certain death. More like, “certain manglement.” Or at the very least, “certain sprained ankle.” But there’s no way of knowing any of this because from the top of the falls, we can’t see below the boulder. You have to make a leap of faith, letting the current take you while hoping you can hang onto the leash. It’s easily the coolest thing I’ve done all year.Between harrowing acrobatic feats, we fish surprisingly large pools and I stop keeping count of the number of fish Galhardo catches. It’s a more physically demanding experience than yesterday’s canyon, but it’s far more rewarding. We’re so high up in this remote, boulder-choked gorge, that I doubt many people have ever fished these pools before.This is exactly the experience that Galhardo was looking for, saying the river gorges offer the same type of shower climbing he’s found in Japan.“Canyoneering and tenkara is an interesting mix,” Galhardo says. “Canyoneering is about focus. Like rock climbing, it’s about problem solving. Where’s your next move? The next rock? You get into a zone and your world shrinks to a three-foot radius—your current move and your next move. The rest of the world disappears. Fishing is the exact opposite. With fishing, you have to be hyper aware of everything around you. The brush behind you, the trees above you, the water below you…A fisherman needs to know how he fits into all of that.”We stop in the middle of the river, standing on two large boulders as the water tumbles away behind us. We’ve been moving through the cold water so quickly, sliding and jumping and swimming, that I haven’t bothered to take it all in. Galhardo pulls out his rod and points upstream. From our boulders, we can see how the last three cascades we’ve rappelled and slid down come together to form a solid 200-foot high wall of water.“When you blend fishing with canyoneering,” Galhardo adds, “you’re forced to stop and take in your surroundings, which are absolutely stunning.”
Published on November 20, 2019 at 11:12 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Syracuse marching band drums reverberated, orange-clad fans cheered and the Carrier Dome pregame festivities looked as they always had aside from one slight difference. It was minutes before tip-off, and across the chest of every SU player read in orange lettering “#NotAgainSU.” The student-led protests against the recent hate acts on campus started two weeks prior in the Barnes Center at The Arch and had manifested on Jim Boeheim Court. Both Syracuse (3-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) and Cornell (1-4) warmed up ahead of the Battle of the Boeheims — the annual contest and third-straight SU win between Orange head coach Jim Boeheim and his two sons, SU’s Buddy and Cornell’s Jimmy. A few hundred yards from the Dome, students and administrators piled into Hendricks Chapel for a community forum. The black T-shirts represented the dichotomy of each player’s current position: Concerned student taking stock of their campus or basketball player on the school’s most important team.After a color guard carried the flag off the court, SU starters lifted the black material over their heads. With protests and an impending forum in Hendricks Chapel, the players decided they’d be both. “When I brought it up everyone really bought in,” forward Elijah Hughes said, “It was something we decided to do together.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe plan started last night in the team hotel. Hughes, who’d been following the movement outside of practice and games, connected with one of the #NotAgainSU members and “put his thoughts out” on the recent hate crimes that have circulated the recent news cycle. Hughes eventually settled on the idea of the T-shirts, and pitched the idea to the team during a meeting. Freshman forward Quincy Guerrier, a Canadian-native who arrived on campus in May, said the team bought in immediately. The movement and basketball team had crossed over before Wednesday night. Ahead of Syracuse’s Nov. 13 win over Colgate, SU’s student section, Otto’s Army, requested all students skip the game in solidarity with the then-early protests occurring in the Barnes Center. Students came anyway. Postgame, Boeheim said comments that angered the protestors. When Boeheim, Buddy and Hughes attended the Barnes Center sit-in on Nov. 16, Boeheim was confronted and the students rejected the pizza he offered them. Through it all, Buddy, Hughes and most of the players stayed quiet. Said Guerrier after the Cornell meeting: “It’s kind of hard for everyone on campus right now.”“I’m trying to not really focus on it, I’m trying to focus on school,” he said “… I’m more aware now.”They wanted to focus on their games, Guerrier said, but the news cycle dictated otherwise. Guerrier and other players had class canceled by professors after a white supremacist manifesto was posted on a forum on GreekRank.com.As other students stayed in dorms and contemplated attending classes that weren’t rescheduled, NBA veteran and SU alum Dion Waiters visited Orange players in their apartment and played Madden, Hughes said. But the campus movement swirled and amid counter-scheduled town halls and impending finals, the players couldn’t avoid #NotAgainSU.“I thought it was a good idea,” Boeheim said. “Everybody in the University thought it was a good idea.” A few hundred yards from the Dome court, students and administrators discussed the movement’s demands in Hendricks. When Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud refused to sign a list of requests, protestors filed out of Hendricks and into the cold night. Meanwhile, fans in the student section chanted for Jimmy to air-ball a free throw.“We can do what we can,” Hughes said. “It’s hard cause at the end of the day we’re 18-, 19-, 20-year-old kids. If you can bring the school together in any way we’re going to try to.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
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LOS ANGELES – A former Arcadia police lieutenant who pleaded guilty in March of last year to using another officer’s name to solicit prostitutes over the Internet in the summer of 2005 will have a sentencing hearing June 28, a judge decided Wednesday. Kenneth Kuwahara, 41, was charged in January 2006 with using a department computer to commit the felony offenses of false personation and identity theft as well as four misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution. In the summer of 2005, the Arcadia Police Department launched an investigation after an internal computer-monitoring program picked up on suspicious communications, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Renee Korn said. The probe was later turned over to the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation. According to the criminal complaint, Kuwahara had solicited four women for prostitution from Jan. 1 to May 19, 2005, while serving as the on-duty watch commander, using an e-mail account he had set up under a subordinate officer’s name. Kuwahara has been free on his own recognizance since his arrest early last year. On March 6, 2006, Kuwahara pleaded guilty to all six charges and agreed to do 200 hours of Caltrans service by the time of his sentencing, which was scheduled for Wednesday, said Sandi Gibbons, spokesperson for the county District Attorney’s Office. Korn said Kuwahara’s 200 hours were not completed due to confusion by either the probation department or the defendant, so the sentencing was postponed in order to give Kuwahara time to finish his service. Korn added that, as part of his plea agreement, Kuwahara, who had been on the Arcadia police force for more than 20 years, agreed to resign from the department, pay fines and submit to AIDS and DNA testing. If the agreement is honored, the court will then consider reducing the felony convictions to misdemeanors at the time of his sentencing, Gibbons said. Arcadia police Lt. Bob Anderson confirmed Wednesday that Kuwahara is “no longer an employee of the city of Arcadia.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Added longtime Democratic consultant Chris Lehane, “This is all about rigging the system, fixing the system to tilt the Electoral College to the Republicans under the pretense of being a reform.” It didn’t help the GOP much when Tony Andrade, the official proponent of one version of the Republican measure, observed that, “When we study the beginning of our country, small states were tough on bigger ones like New York or Massachusetts. They demanded that each state get at least three electors so that they would have a voice in selecting the president. But urban centers are now in control of the selection process.” Texas demonstrates clearly how wrong that claim is. Its big cities like Houston and San Antonio generally go Democratic, but the state has not gone Democratic in a presidential vote in more than a generation. Andrade may be correct in saying that a system assigning presidential electors by congressional district would bring candidates into more rural and outlying areas that now have little role in campaigns. But it made no sense for California to do this unless every other state does it, too. When internal polls began to show the majority of Californians of all stripes agreeing, it was time for the GOP to fold its cards. They did, with Sacramento-based fundraiser Marty Wilson and lawyer Thomas Hiltachk leaving the initiative committee. That left Andrade and few others persisting in the effort, with virtually no money to pay petition circulators. Their task was made even harder when a close supporter of Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani disclosed he was the source of virtually all money spent pushing this measure. Of course, there’s another rub, too. California is a Johnny-come-lately Democratic state. Its mostly Republican areas like the Central Valley and the Inland Empire counties of Riverside and San Bernardino are growing faster than coastal areas. So there’s a decent chance California will become a swing state in the foreseeable future, and maybe even a GOP state once again. Which means that in the long run, Republicans might be shooting themselves in the foot if they revive their attempt to change the electoral system. Tom Elias is author of The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It, now available in an updated third edition. His e-mail address is [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Republican activists noted that the inland areas of California, along with Orange and San Diego counties, go Republican in almost all elections. Meanwhile, heavily populated coastal counties like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Alameda and Santa Clara invariably go heavily Democratic. They have in recent years outvoted Republican areas and made California Democratic. Justice, the Republicans said, would come by allowing those voting differences to be reflected in the Electoral College. Why shouldn’t the Republican candidate get about 22 additional California electoral votes, they argued, which this system would provide if things go next year as they have in the past few elections, since that’s obviously what the voters in Republican-dominated districts prefer? Those 22 votes would be like awarding the GOP an extra Ohio every four years and taking one away from the Democrats. California would not have been the first with such a system, they noted. Maine and Nebraska already divide their votes. But lumping California with states that have a tiny fraction of this state’s massive electoral clout is also unjust. If Californians could rely on big Republican-dominated states like Texas and Florida, which contain many strongly Democratic areas, to adopt a similar system, then a switch might be fair and just. But when Republicans weren’t willing even to consider that, it quickly became clear their effort had no chance. “This is nothing more than an unfair political power grab,” complained Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. Presidential candidates from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to Dennis Kucinich all echoed her sentiment before the GOP gave up. Rarely has a political party made as blatant an attempt to skew the electoral system for its own benefit as some prominent California Republicans did this summer and early fall. And rarely has any ballot measure had as little chance to succeed as the plan Republicans floated. Also, rarely has a political ploy had as much potential to backfire on a party in the long run as what the GOP tried to foist on California. Here’s how the GOP wanted to change presidential voting in this state (and some elements are still trying, with little hope of getting anywhere): Rather than giving all California electoral votes to the candidate getting the most votes statewide in any presidential election, the Republican measure would have staged 53 mini-elections, one in every congressional district. Two more electoral votes were to go to the statewide winner. The party – which refused repeatedly to reveal who financed this effort – hoped to keep California from going completely into the Democratic column next year, as it has in the last election cycles. Before then, of course, the state went Republican in all but one election since 1948.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 44th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, brings in a number of topics and guests. Matt Reese has love advice ahead the upcoming National Farm Machinery Show which lands on Valentine’s Day. Ty Higgins is joined by Jeff Moyer of the Rodale Institute, keynote speaker of this week’s OEFFA Conference. On the them of organic, Joel hears from Dale Nordquist of the University of Minnesota, comparing conventional and organic dairy production from a financial standpoint.
World number two Novak Djokovic, who slumped to a shocking quarter-final exit in the ongoing Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, has said his failure to adjust to the tricky light in the third set led to his loss against Belgium’s David Goffin.The Serb battled back from a set down to force a deciding set, which was eventually sealed by Goffin, who recorded his first ever win over Djokovic. The final score read 2-6, 6-3, 5-7 in favour of the Belgian.Following the defeat, Djokovic said it was almost unplayable in the third set because the setting sun was affecting the ball toss on serve, with half the court was in the shade and the other was in sunlight.”It was almost unplayable.I just got disturbed by that light. On 4-3 I lost that serve. On that side, it’s kind of hard to find timing when somebody’s kind of putting a flashlight directly in your eyes. Both of us struggled on that side. He managed to hold serve on 5-all from that side, which was a great effort from him. But I couldn’t,” Sport24 quoted Djokovic as saying.Talking about his performance in the match, Djokovic said he made a slow start to the match because he was feeling extremely fatigued due to his previous two matches, both of which were three-set battles.”I started slowly probably because I played two long matches. But I thought as the match progressed I was feeling okay. You know, I was physically fine. We had a lot of exchanges, a lot of rallies. David is playing very quick. He’s a fast player. I thought I played very, very well for a set and a half, from the start of the second set,” the 12-time Grand Slam winner said.advertisementThe defeat marks the continuation of Djokovic’s poor start to the year as he failed to make it to the semi-finals in his last four tournament.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary employees were ordered to walk off the job at 6 p.m. Wednesday night as part of the Canada Post rotating strikes.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) made the announcement over its website earlier in the day to report to their locals along with members from Kelowna and Toronto.The move comes after the federal government had named a special mediator earlier in the day in hopes of ending this job action.“There will be no delivery of mail or parcels or pick-ups,” said Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton. “There will likely be pickets set up at our facilities, the rest of our network will remain open but we’ll wait to see where they shut down but you can count on the mail processing facility, the depot, and the post offices.”Hamilton says service will resume as soon as the workers return to the job after that 24 hour period.“Negotiations continue, we have a good offer on the table with wage increases, benefit improvements, job security and no concessions or rollbacks whatsoever,” he said. “Rotating strikes are having an impact on our customers, we’re trying to do everything we can to minimize them and catch up once they end but it is an inconvenience for our customers and we’re doing our best to reduce that inconvenience.”The union has several things it says it wants to be addressed, including job security through the creation of full-time positions.They also want issues addressed concerning parcel deliveries and health concerns around what it deems as precarious work.“We never know, hopefully, it’ll be over soon,” said Casey Hutsul from the picket line. “It’s dead, maybe it’ll last a couple days we’re hoping.”“We’re trying to get the employer to negotiate,” said Anna Beale, Executive Vice-President of the Calgary local of the Candian Union of Postal Workers. “And they just seem to have, I don’t know if it’s come to a standstill or they want someone else to push them but we’re here to say we want you to negotiate properly and fairly.”Beale says they are in favour of the increased workload they’re seeing with parcel delivery but it has to be done safely.“We’re also looking at making it a better pay equity system … we’re trying to get it so whoever does the same work gets the same pay.”Canada Post has warned customers there could be delays as these walkouts continue.CUPW represents 50,000 employees nationwide.