Phil Lesh Returns To Colorado For First Time Since 2013 With The Terrapin Family Band [Full Audio]

first_imgOn Friday night, Phil Lesh returned to Colorado for the first time in four years, playing the Fox Theatre with his Terrapin Family Band and nailing down one of three shows across this weekend at the intimate Boulder venue. The last time that the Grateful Dead bassist came to Colorado was back in 2013, when he played two nights with Furthur at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Since then, Lesh has cut back significantly on his touring schedule, instead opting for dates closer to home and at his iconic San Rafael venue, Terrapin Crossroads. Despite a fairly long time away from the Centennial State, Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band — composed of Lesh’s son, Grahame Lesh, as well as Ross James, Jason Crosby, and Alex Koford — did not miss a beat, putting on an energized performance at the 660-person venue.Watch John Mayer Join Phil Lesh & Friends In 2015 For A 1977 Tribute Concert [Full Show Video]To kick off the first set, the ensemble opened with “The Music Never Stopped,” perhaps as a nod to the time Phil Lesh spent away from Colorado, then switching to “Big River,” making for two high-energy numbers to start the show. The group sounded tight, as they moved through the first set, with a particularly solid “Viola Lee Blues” that aired on the side of rock-centric and David Crosby’s “The Wall Song” (a song played by the Crosby, Stills, & Nash musician, Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, and Mickey Hart back in 1970 as “Jerry Garcia and Friends”) toward the end of the set. For the second set, the ensemble came back with a non-stop string of numbers to start things off, moving through “Playing In The Band,” “Unbroken Chain,” “Dark Star,” “The Other One,” then back into “Dark Star,” ahead of “Stella Blue.” After the ballad and a brief pause, they picked things up with “Sugar Magnolia” into “Scarlet Begonias,” ahead of the final song of “Throwing Stones.”Phil Lesh & Friends With Bob Weir, Jim James Solo, And More Lead Sound Summit 2017 LineupLesh himself spoke on the energy of the room was palpable during the start of his traditional “Donor Rap,” which came ahead of the encore, noting that “It’s been a long time, but this little place is really nice. I remember doing some rehearsals here many years ago, and I always liked the feel of it. I thought that was really confirmed tonight.” The group then ended the night with “Truckin’” into “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad.” You can listen to the full audio below, courtesy of Gerry Gladu.[Photo: Andrew Scott Blackstein]last_img read more

Highest Performing XPS Desktop Now Up to 46 Percent More Powerful

first_imgLast week Laptop Mag reiterated that Dell’s XPS 13 is still their overall favorite laptop, dating back years. While the XPS laptop line is the best in the market, not everyone is looking for a mobile PC. Many people need a powerful and configurable desktop and Dell’s XPS Tower desktops offer the same standard of XPS design and innovation excellence. The XPS Tower Special Edition is our high performance, VR-ready desktop with a compact, toolless chassis designed with easy access for future upgrades, perfect for video or photo editing, content playback, virtual reality, gaming and multi-tasking.Today we are excited to announce the XPS Tower Special Edition has been updated with up to 46 percent more performance* with the addition of the new 8th Generation Intel® Core™ desktop processors, more configurability options and increased memory. A few select reviewers were able to get their hands on systems early and the feedback has been very positive. PCMag and Tom’s Guide each gave XPS Tower Special Edition an “Editor’s Choice” award and Hot Hardware gave their “Recommended” award.“If you want a gaming PC that’s powerful, upgradable and unassuming enough to sit anywhere, from your office to your command center, the Dell XPS Tower Special Edition is at the top of its class.”  –Tom’s Guide Let’s dig a little deeper to see what’s new on the XPS Special Edition!Move at the Speed of Your Own Ideas Combining the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 desktop processors with high performance graphics creates the ultimate desktop performance. Whether you’re editing video, gaming or both, more cores means increased performance when you multitask or use highly-threaded applications. The new XPS Tower Special Edition with 8th Generation Intel Core 6-core processors delivers up to 46% more CPU performance than 7th Generation Intel Core processors.*Create Your Own Config The online store in North America has moved to a full “configure to order” format. Tech enthusiasts, this is for you. You know exactly what you want and you will be able to dial in just the right configuration to suit your need at Finished, Faster With memory up to 64GB DDR4 2666 MHZ and options for both SSD, traditional HDDs or cached hard drives that uses Intel’s new Optane technology, you’ll have both the speed and storage options available to match your needs.Powerful, configurable and faster – learn more about the most powerful XPS ever, available in the US and China today starting at $999, at*Based on an October 2017 internal testing using CINEBENCH R15 (multi-core) performance benchmark, comparing an XPS Tower 8930 with 8th Generation Intel Core processor vs. similarly configured systems with 7th Generation Intel Core processor.  CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s rendering performance capabilities. Actual results will vary. For more information, please refer to read more

Kittens & Frozen? We’re in Love!

first_imgLet’s say you don’t have a toddler who sings “Let It Go” to you 24 hours a day. Let’s say you’ve been holed up inside avoiding the polar vortex and binge-watching Netflix. Let’s say you’re “in tech” and haven’t had a chance to see the smash Disney hit Frozen. Hey, no problem. We’re not here to judge, we’re here to help. Sit back and relax as you meet feline sisters Elsa and Anna and get a quick study of the plot, setting, songs, snow and everything else you need to know about the movie as performed by kittens. Think of it as Cats but way cuter. Let’s say it all together: “Awww!” View Comments Disney’s Frozenlast_img

An American in Paris & Fun Home Top 2015 Tony Nominations

first_imgAn American in Paris and Fun Home topped the nominations for the 69th annual Tony Awards on April 28, earning 12 nods each, including Best Musical. Announced by Broadway-bound Bruce Willis and Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two garnered most nominations of any play with eight, closely followed by Skylight with seven and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time with six. Other standouts included a nomination for Sting for Best Score for The Last Ship, which prematurely closed on the Great White Way in January, and On the Twentieth Century’s Kristin Chenoweth, who will also co-host this year’s awards ceremony with Alan Cumming. Notable snubs included Finding Neverland—the Harvey Weinstein-produced new musical did not receive a single nomination. Outraged your favorite didn’t make the list? Vote here.Here is the complete list of 2015 Tony Award nominees:Best PlayDisgraced by Ayad AkhtarHand to God by Robert AskinsThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon StephensWolf Hall Parts One & Two by Hilary Mantel and Mike PoultonBest MusicalAn American in ParisFun HomeSomething Rotten! The VisitBest Revival of a PlaySkylightThe Elephant ManThis Is Our YouthYou Can’t Take It With YouBest Revival of a MusicalOn the TownOn the Twentieth CenturyThe King and IBest Director of a PlayStephen Daldry, SkylightMarianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeScott Ellis, You Can’t Take It With YouJeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall Parts One & TwoMoritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to GodBest Director of a MusicalSam Gold, Fun HomeCasey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! John Rando, On the TownBartlett Sher, The King and IChristopher Wheeldon, An American in ParisBest ChoreographyJoshua Bergasse, On the TownChristopher Gattelli, The King and IScott Graham & Steven Hoggett, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeCasey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! Christopher Wheeldon, An American in ParisBest Leading Actor in a PlaySteven Boyer, Hand to GodBradley Cooper, The Elephant ManBen Miles, Wolf Hall Parts One & TwoBill Nighy, SkylightAlex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBest Leading Actress in a PlayGeneva Carr, Hand to GodHelen Mirren, The AudienceElisabeth Moss, The Heidi ChroniclesCarey Mulligan, SkylightRuth Wilson, ConstellationsBest Leading Actor in a MusicalMichael Cerveris, Fun HomeRobert Fairchild, An American in ParisBrian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten! Ken Watanabe, The King and ITony Yazbeck, On the TownBest Leading Actress in a MusicalKristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyLeanne Cope, An American in ParisBeth Malone, Fun HomeKelli O’Hara, The King and IChita Rivera, The VisitBest Featured Actor in a PlayMatthew Beard, SkylightK. Todd Freeman, Airline HighwayRichard McCabe, The AudienceAlessandro Nivola, The Elephant ManNathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall Parts One & TwoMicah Stock, It’s Only a PlayBest Featured Actress in a PlayAnnaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With YouPatricia Clarkson, The Elephant ManLydia Leonard, Wolf Hall Parts One & TwoSarah Stiles, Hand to GodJulie White, Airline HighwayBest Featured Actor in a Musical
Christian Borle, Something Rotten! Andy Karl, On the Twentieth CenturyBrad Oscar, Something Rotten! Brandon Uranowitz, An American in ParisMax von Essen, An American in ParisBest Featured Actress in a MusicalVictoria Clark, Gigi Judy Kuhn, Fun HomeSydney Lucas, Fun HomeRuthie Ann Miles, The King and IEmily Skeggs, Fun HomeBest Book of a MusicalFun Home by Lisa KronAn American in Paris by Craig Lucas,Something Rotten! by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’FarrellThe Visit by Terrence McNallyBest ScoreFun Home by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa KronThe Last Ship by StingSomething Rotten! by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey KirkpatrickThe Visit by John Kander and Fred EbbBest Scenic Design of a PlayBunny Christie & Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBob Crowley, SkylightChristopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & TwoDavid Rockwell, You Can’t Take It With YouBest Scenic Design of a MusicalBob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in ParisDavid Rockwell, On the Twentieth CenturyMichael Yeargan, The King and IDavid Zinn, Fun HomeBest Costume Design of a PlayBob Crowley, The AudienceJane Greenwood, You Can’t Take It With YouChristopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & TwoDavid Zinn, Airline HighwayBest Costume Design of a MusicalGregg Barnes, Something Rotten! Bob Crowley, An American in ParisWilliam Ivey Long, On the Twentieth CenturyCatherine Zuber, The King and IBest Lighting Design of a PlayPaule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimePaule Constable and David Plater, Wolf Hall Parts One & TwoNatasha Katz, SkylightJaphy Weideman, Airline HighwayBest Lighting Design of a MusicalDonald Holder, The King and INatasha Katz, An American in ParisBen Stanton, Fun HomeJaphy Weideman, The VisitBest OrchestrationsChristopher Austin, Don Sebesky and Bill Elliott, An American in ParisJohn Clancy, Fun HomeLarry Hochman, Something Rotten! Rob Mathes, The Last ShipTony Nominations by ProductionAn American in Paris – 12Fun Home – 12Something Rotten! – 10The King and I – 9Wolf Hall Parts One & Two – 8Skylight – 7The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – 6Hand to God – 5On the Twentieth Century – 5The Visit – 5You Can’t Take It with You – 5Airline Highway – 4The Elephant Man – 4On the Town – 4The Audience – 3The Last Ship – 2Constellations – 1Disgraced – 1Gigi – 1The Heidi Chronicles – 1It’s Only a Play – 1This Is Our Youth – 1 View Commentslast_img read more

Governor Announces Changes in Administration

first_imgGovernor Announces Changes in AdministrationMontpelier — Governor Jim Douglas has announced that the secretariesof human services and administration are planning to switch positions inthe next phase of the Governor’s efforts to strengthen governmentservices, save Medicaid and reform health care.Effective Monday, February 21, Charlie Smith will become administrationsecretary, state government’s equivalent of a chief operating officer andMike Smith will become human services secretary, overseeing the largestand most costly agency in state government. Both men will work closelytogether to ensure a smooth transition of all management and legislativeissues.Governor Douglas said both men have served extraordinarily well in theircurrent positions and that each agency will benefit from the change.”Charlie and Mike are invaluable members of my team and both have workedvery hard in their agencies to improve the service we provide Vermonters,”Douglas said. “Each of them offers important skills that will benefit theagency they are moving to.”Douglas noted in particular Charlie Smith’s work with consumer and peeradvocates to develop and embark on an intensive effort to transform theway the Agency of Human Services delivers its services. After months ofmeetings, focus groups and surveys, a plan for one of the most significantreorganization of government services in more than two decades waspresented to the legislature and approved in the waning days of the lastbiennium.”This is the next phase of our government reorganization efforts,” Douglassaid. “A few of our folks will be changing positions, but we’re keepingthe same great team on the field.”SAVING MEDICAIDDouglas said both men would continue to work closely to address currentbudget challenges, especially his plans for health care reform and savingMedicaid for the most vulnerable.Vermont’s Medicaid program faces extreme and deepening annual deficits.Without structural and programmatic changes in the fiscal year 2006, theMedicaid deficit is of $80 million is expected to approach three-quartersof a billion dollars over the upcoming 5 fiscal years.ABOUT CHARLIE SMITHDouglas chose Charlie Smith to lead is Agency of Human Services inDecember 2002. Smith, 50, of Burlington, was District president of KeyBank and President of the United Way of Chittenden County.”Charlie is a proven public and private sector manager, as well as acommunity leader,” Douglas said. “Charlie has all the skills required toaccomplish my goals for state government.”Douglas pointed out that he asked him to “create a Human Services Agencythat delivers services more efficiently and more effectively,significantly improves the client’s experience with the Agency and willmaximize the value of every tax dollar spent in this agency each year.” Achallenge he has met through an Agency wide reorganization.In the late 1970’s Smith served two terms in the Vermont House ofRepresentatives and later served as staff director for then CongressmanJim Jeffords.Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.ABOUT MIKE SMITHPrior to his appointment in December 2002 as administration secretary,Mike Smith, 51, was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officerof Yankee Captive Management, Inc., an independent captive management firmlocated in Vermont.He has also sat on the Board of Directors of the Yankee Insurance Group,whose subsidiaries include Hackett, Valine and MacDonald and YankeeCaptive Management, Inc. From 1995-1999, Smith served as Deputy StateTreasurer under then State Treasurer Jim Douglas.Prior to returning to the public sector, Smith was the General Manager ofPublic Employer Risk Management Association, Inc. (PERMA) a workers’compensation insurance pool for public entities.In addition, Smith has been a partner of MMA Consulting Group, Inc., aconsulting firm for cities and towns in the northeast. He is also formertown manager of Hardwick, Vermont and a former member of the VermontLegislature representing his hometown of Woodstock and surrounding area.From 1972-1975, Smith was a member of the highly decorated SEAL Team Two,the U.S. Navy’s elite commando unit.Born in Rutland, Vermont, Smith earned a bachelor’s and master’s degreefrom the University of Vermont.Smith will head the largest agency in state government. “Mike is a man ofgreat compassion and strength,” Douglas said. “He will make an excellenthuman services secretary.”OTHER CHANGES * Commissioner of Human Resources Cindy LaWare will becomeDeputy Secretary of the Agency of Human Services. * Commissioner of Finance Robert Hofmann will becomeCommissioner of Corrections * Deputy Commissioner of Finance Jim Reardon will becomeCommissioner of Finance and Management. * Commissioner of Corrections Steve Gold will become DeputySecretary of Administration.###last_img read more

UPL Update

first_img March 15, 2004 Regular News UPL Update UPL in immigation matters Jacquelyn P. Needelman Bar UPL Counsel, Miami What constitutes the unlicensed practice of law in immigration matters?In the area of immigration, the only assistance that a nonlawyer can provide to another person is to sell forms and/or type information provided to him or her in writing. See The Florida Bar v. Brumbaugh, 355 So. 2d 1186 (Fla. 1978), and The Florida Bar v. Matus, 528 So. 2d 895 (Fla. 1988).This means that if a customer completes an immigration form in writing, the nonlawyer can then type it verbatim. He or she cannot recommend any changes and cannot recommend what relief be sought. The nonlawyer cannot provide any advice or legal assistance. Also, it is misleading if the nonlawyer calls him or herself a consultant as this implies that he or she is authorized to consult. See The Florida Bar v. Catarcio, 709 So. 2d 96 (Fla. 1998). A nonlawyer cannot consult with or discuss a legal matter verbally. See Brumbaugh. Great public harm has occurred to persons who have gone to a nonlawyer for immigration assistance. What is or is not placed on immigration forms is very important, affects significant legal rights, and has led to the deportation of immigrants.The Florida Bar has one local circuit committee whose only charge is to investigate unlicensed practice of law in immigration matters. This committee is located in Dade County. Circuit committees located in other judicial circuits investigate these types of cases as well. Investigation involving unlicensed practice of law in immigration matters has resulted in recommendations for referrals for criminal prosecution as the unlicensed practice of law is a crime, the filing of petitions for permanent injunctions, and the signing of cease and desist affidavits.The Bar has also assisted in a federal prosecution where an individual is now serving a long prison sentence for taking advantage of immigrants.last_img read more

Thanksgiving: How choosing an attitude of gratitude can change your life

first_imgIt’s been a tough year. For some, tough times may have already been a reality prior to covid and all the challenges of 2020.Life can be hard, change is a constant, and we can all struggle. As we approach Thanksgiving I have been thinking about how crucial gratitude is for us all right now. Zig Ziglar, among others, talks about the importance of having an attitude of gratitude, and not allowing ourselves to fall victim to “stinkin’ thinkin’.” Ziglar said, “We all need a check up from the neck up to avoid stinkin ‘thinkin‘ which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes.”Gratitude is one tool to help us manage our thoughts and feelings. It is hard to feel fully stressed, negative, or worried if you are feeling deeply and genuinely grateful. How many of us have said or thought, “I have to go grocery shopping tonight.” If we make a slight change to that and think instead, “I get to go grocery shopping tonight,” it can change our outlook and our feelings. Truly, I get to, I have the ability to, go get food for my family and I am grateful for that. It is something that can be taken lightly, or can feel like a chore, but in reality, many would cherish that opportunity that may not be a reality for them. Or, “My son has three soccer games this weekend that I have to go to.” In my world, “My son has three soccer games this weekend that I get to go to.” I am grateful that my son has the opportunity to follow his passion, and that I am able to share in this part of his life, to watch and support him in following his dream; what a gift. In a weekly newsletter, Jon Gordon said, “We act as if we don’t have a choice. As if we are imprisoned by a paycheck and the expectations of a world that forces us to do things we don’t want to do. But in reality we do have a choice. We can choose our attitude and our actions. We can choose how we view our life and work. We can realize that every day is a gift. It’s not about what we have to do. It’s about what we get to do.”We can sabotage ourselves into a victim mentality, or a “poor me” mindset. Life certainly can be hard, and feel unfair. But if we ruminate on those thoughts and feelings we put ourselves in a place of negativity that will not support us in forward movement or positive relationships. It is easy to find someone or something to blame for our feelings or our behaviors. However, at the end of the day how we think, act and behave is a choice that we make. Having that knowledge, and willingness to take that ownership, can shift our focus from external factors to internal control, and our life can change for the better.My brother had a cerebral hemorrhage when he was 18. He survived, but was completely paralyzed on the left side of his body. He had to work very hard to regain movement and basic functions. A friend said to him, “It is just not fair that this happened to you.” My brother looked at his friend and said, “Would it have been fair if it happened to someone else?” Life is not “fair,” life can hand us enormous challenges. It is our mindset in approaching those challenges that can be the difference between success and failure, between peace & balance and stress & anxiety.If my brother had focused on the “fairness” of what happened to him, he could have existed in a very negative place that prevented or slowed his recovery process. He expressed gratitude that he survived, gratitude for having wonderful doctors and therapists to make his survival and recovery possible. In many, even very difficult situations, we have a choice and control on how we will approach it. That choice can often dictate outcomes. Situations and events may be out of our control, but our response to them, the thoughts and approach we choose, are completely in our control. The human mind is so powerful. All of us can find an external “why” for our negative feelings and an external “why” for our behaviors and actions. However, in doing so, we limit ourselves. We underestimate our ability to intentionally choose our thoughts, our actions, and our behaviors. We cannot control circumstance or other people, but if we choose to, we can control our outlook, our thoughts, our emotions, and our behaviors.Choosing an attitude of gratitude can be life changing. Take some time each day to write down a few things you are grateful for. If you are struggling to think of something, start small. The simple act of allowing yourself to feel gratitude, to recognize what you have to be thankful for, can build on itself. It can rewire how we approach our day, and our life.“I am thankful for this day to live my life.”“I am thankful for this morning cup of coffee.”“I am thankful for my loved ones in my life.”“I am thankful that I can choose my own thoughts and begin this day with a positive outlook.”“I am thankful I have the strength to support those around me.”“I am thankful that those around me have the strength to support me when I need it.”This Thanksgiving will most likely look and feel different for many of us. However, let’s not lose sight of the things we have to be grateful for. Now more than ever, we need to choose to focus on thoughts which will help us move forward, rather than the things that could keep us stuck in a place of concern, frustration, or despair. Life can be challenging, but so often, if we choose to be intentional in looking, we can find so many things to be thankful for – not the least of which is our ability to choose our thoughts, to control our emotions, and to own our actions and behaviors. Life is a journey, approaching it with an attitude of gratitude can help us embrace and enjoy it so much more, even when we might be navigating a difficult path. Happy Thanksgiving! 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Linda Lafortune Linda Lafortune is the Projects and Partnership Coordinator at Web: Detailslast_img read more

Cuomo: Religious gatherings of no more than 10 people allowed

first_img(WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he is allowing religious gatherings of no more than 10 people. Governor Cuomo said in a press conference that beginning on Thursday, May 21, religious gatherings of no more than 10 people will be allowed statewide. Cuomo also said there must be strict social distancing guidelines enforced, and all participants must wear masks. He said the state has asked that they provide drive-in or parking lot services that may also begin on Thursday.center_img Additionally, Cuomo said the state is working with the Interfaith advisory Council to discuss how they can safely bring back religious services.last_img

Chile, Peru close borders as Latin America grounds flights over pandemic

first_imgStocks tumbleChile rolled out a number of coronavirus control measures as the central bank slashed interest rates by 75 points to 1.0 percent.It didn’t prevent the Santiago stock exchange closing down 14 percent, its worst fall in three decades as investors continued to panic.Stocks throughout the region were hit hard as the Sao Paulo exchange lost almost 14 percent, Argentina’s Buenos Aires exchange close to 10 percent and Colombia was down more than 15 percent before suspending trading until Tuesday.Brazil’s real closed below five to the dollar for the first time.The government then announced an emergency investment of almost 150 billion Reals (US$27.5 billion) into the economy to try to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.Chile’s closed borders caused a problem for a quarantined cruise ship in the deep south of the country.More than 200 passengers and crew aboard the Silver Explorer in the remote port of Caleta Tortel, some 2,400 kilometers south of the capital Santiago, are in lockdown after six people tested positive for coronavirus.They have been taken to hospital and health authorities want to evacuate the remaining passengers back to their home countries, but may need special permission.”We’ve taken the decision to ask the countries whose nationals are present on this ship… to conduct an evacuation operation from the Puerto Montt airbase” more than 1,00 kilometers away, said Health Minister Jaime Manalich. “Only foreign residents, diplomats and members of international organizations can enter” from Argentina and Brazil, said Paraguay’s migration director Maria de los Angeles Arriola.Due to the spate of border closures “and the subsequent fall in demand,” Latam said it was reducing operations by 70 percent, just four days after already cutting back by 30 percent.”If these unprecedented travel restrictions increase over the coming days, we’re not ruling out being forced to decrease our operations even more,” said Latam’s commercial vice-president Roberto Alvo.Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador bucked the trend, though, saying he won’t ban public gatherings or stop greeting people with “hugs” until public health officials tell him the time has come. Topics : Cuba helping Nicaragua Cuba, though, said it was allowing a British cruise ship to dock despite five people on board being infected with the coronavirus and nearly 40 others in isolation with flu-like symptoms.”We are working around the clock to arrange evacuation flights from Cuba to the UK as soon as possible for passengers on the Braemar cruise ship,” a British foreign ministry spokesman said.Cuba is also sending specialist doctors to Nicaragua to help the central American country treat COVID-19 patients.Ecuador, which has seen 58 cases and two deaths, banned tourists from the Galapagos Islands on Monday while authorities in Rio de Janeiro used megaphones to order people at the beach to go home.Rio’s Flamengo, the reigning Copa Libertadores champions, revealed that their Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus is the latest sports star to have tested positive for the virus.Honduras announced a week-long lockdown that will prevent people from going to work, using public transport or taking part in religious activities.People are only allowed to leave their homes to buy food or medicine or to go to health centers or authorized employment such as in pharmacies.center_img The announcement came as Chile revealed on Monday its number of coronavirus cases had more than doubled since Sunday to 155.Peru followed suit soon afterwards with President Martin Vizcarra announcing a two-week measure “today, from midnight.”It’s part of the state of emergency declared late on Sunday but like Chile, cargo will not be affected by the border closures.Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay confirmed partial closures of their borders, while the government in Asuncion imposed a night time curfew. Chile and Peru announced a total closure of their borders on Monday while Latin America’s largest airline said it was reducing operations by 70 percent as the region scrambled to stem the rapidly-spreading coronavirus pandemic.Latin America has registered more than 800 cases and seven deaths, according to an AFP count, after the Dominican Republic became the latest nation to report a fatality.”We’ve decided to close all our country’s terrestrial, maritime and aerial borders for the transit of foreigners,” said Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera.last_img read more

Sudan allows alcohol consumption, decriminalizes leaving Islam

first_imgWhile Islamic tradition forbids the faithful from drinking, Muslim-majority Sudan has a significant Christian minority.Abdulbari, part of an transitional government that took power after Bashir’s ouster, also announced that converting from Islam to another religion would be decriminalized.”No one has the right to accuse any person or group of being an infidel… this threatens the safety and security of society and leads to revenge killings,” he said.Many Muslim-majority countries apply Islamic laws making leaving the faith punishable by death. Sudan is to allow non-Muslims to drink alcohol for the first time in decades and has scrapped laws that had made leaving Islam potentially punishable by death, the justice minister said.The raft of amendments comes a year after Islamist dictator Omar al-Bashir was toppled following mass protests against his three-decade rule.Sudan now “allows non-Muslims to consume alcohol on the condition it doesn’t disturb the peace and they don’t do so in public,” Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari said in an interview Saturday evening on state television. Bashir, who had enforced such rules after coming to power in an Islamist-backed 1989 coup, was toppled by the army following mass protests over the country’s worsening economic crisis.Sudan’s transitional government, installed under a deal between protest leaders and the generals who took charge after Bashir’s ouster, has pursued a string of reforms including on Friday criminalizing female genital mutilation.A constitution adopted for the three-year transition period omits mention of Islam as a defining characteristic of the state.Official figures say Christians represent only three percent of Sudan’s 40 million inhabitants, although Christian leaders say the real figure is much higher.Human rights groups regularly condemned the toppled autocrat’s treatment of non-Muslims especially the Christian minority.Copts, Catholics, Anglicans and a number of other denominations are present in the country but Bashir’s Islamist regime had driven many of them underground.In 2014 a Sudanese woman was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, triggering an international outcry.Her conviction was later quashed after a global campaign to free her, and she escaped to the United States.center_img Topics :last_img read more