Tonight, and currently on-going, Warren Haynes is performing a special symphonic tribute to the late great Jerry Garcia at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. While Haynes has played a handful of these performances earlier in the summer, tonight’s has special significance for a number of reasons. Aside from today being Garcia’s birthday, the show also marks the first time ever that Garcia’s guitar Tiger was used in a public performance since the Grateful Dead member’s death. The full story about Tiger can be found here.The performance just recently started, and the Jerry Garcia page has shared some live footage from the event. Watch “Dark Star” and “Bird Song/Crazy Fingers” from the show, streaming below. We’ll be sure to update tomorrow with full coverage of this emotional performance.
The mission of the Georgia National Guard Agribusiness Development Teams has always been to help Afghans build a more secure society by improving food security. However over the teams’ past two deployments the methods for completing that mission have changed. While the first two Georgia Agribusiness Development Teams focused on working directly with Afghan farmers, ADT III —which will deploy in January — will focus more on training extension specialists with the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock. “Right now, we’re hearing that a lot of things have changed,” said Sgt. First Class Allen Cooper, from Resaca, Ga., who deployed with ADT I in 2011. “We’re actually not going to be so much hands on this time. We’re going to be mentoring and turning everything over to the Afghans. So I’m hoping to see that they’re taking charge and holding their own classes.” Cooper’s team, which was training in Tifton last week, is the third group of Georgia National Guardsmen who has trained with University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty for an Agribusiness Development Team mission. “Small changes that you can make have a profound impact in what they do in that part of the world,” Dean J. Scott Angle of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences told the ADT training class last week. “It doesn’t take a lot of resources, it just takes a little bit of good information, and you are armed with that.” ADT III is made up of 48 citizen soldiers from across the state, but they are deploying as part of the Augusta-based 201st Regional Support Group.ADT II, which trained last fall, is currently deployed to Afghanistan. ADT I returned home from their tour in Afghanistan this spring. “There will have been four years of ADT teams (two from Nevada and two from Georgia) there by the time we show up, and I’m hoping to see that a lot of progress has been made,” Cooper said. During the weeklong agricultural crash course, university faculty hit the high points of small-scale wheat, poultry, fruit, dairy and ruminant livestock production, but they also focused a lot on market building — an area where Afghan farmers need the most help. The first Georgia ADT team that deployed to Afghanistan found that farmers there knew how to make their arid land produce. Afghanis were raising livestock, like goats and cows, but also wheat fields and some of the sweetest grapes and watermelons some of the guardsmen had ever tasted. That being said, their farming practices could be more productive, said Col. Barry Beach, commander of ADT III. “It’s more of the marketing part, building the (marketing associations among farmers) and expanding on the subsistence farming they are doing now,” Beach said. “If they can market their crops, they can make more money, and if they can do that, they can take care of their families.” Making sure Afghan’s have what they need to better care for their families is a humanitarian mission, but it’s also a key part to the United State’s counter insurgency effort in the country, Beach said.
ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth swim team posted a strong result in its final road meet of the season Friday with a sweep of Foxcroft at the Piscataquis Regional YMCA.On the boys’ side, the Eagles won every individual and relay event to claim a 129-15 team win. The Ellsworth girls’ team topped Foxcroft 109-32, winning every individual and relay event with the exception of the 500-yard freestyle, in which the Eagles didn’t field a swimmer.On Saturday, Ellsworth diver Elena Springer placed third in the Palmer Invitational at Husson University. Springer finished the meet with 276.8 points, an Ellsworth team record.Ellsworth will be back at home at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 1, for Senior Night. The Eagles will host George Stevens Academy in their final meet before the PVC championships, which will be held Feb. 8 (boys) and Feb. 9 (girls) at the University of Maine.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer has revealed that MS Dhoni had told him to avoid reading newspapers and stay away from social media after the Mumbai batsman was named in the Indian team.Iyer got his first real chance to meet Dhoni in the Indian dressing room when he was picked in the team for the Twenty20 International series against New Zealand last year. Iyer also made his India debut in that series.Speaking at the season one finale of ‘Open House with Renil’ talk-show on Zoom, Iyer talked about the advices he has received from his dear ones after entering the media frenzy world of cricket, according to a release on Saturday.”After I joined the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni advised me that I need to avoid reading the newspapers and should try to stay away from social media as much as possible,” the 23-year-old right-hander from Mumbai said.”Social media has become a big part of our lives and I try to manage it well but it’s the criticism that motivates me and keeps me going.”Iyer during the Indian Premier League this season was named the captain of Delhi Daredevils after Gautam Gambhir stepped down from his post following a series of poor results.Also Read – Unreal standing beside MS Dhoni at toss: Shreyas IyerIyer relished the opportunity of leading Delhi Daredevils as it allowed one of his dreams to come true — standing besides Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, at the toss.Iyer posted a photo of him standing with Dhoni at the coin toss during Delhi’s away match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association in Pune and said: “I was just 10 years old when Mahi bhai made his debut for Team India. Have always looked up to him as a leader and as a player. Standing beside him for the toss the other night in Pune was unreal. Tonight is another such night. Wish us the best and come support us at Kotla.”advertisementAdding further on how he handled the attention he receives from his fans, Shreyas recalled how a girl’s behaviour, whom he knew from before, changed after the news on him being picked in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction was out.He shared: “Soon after the auction news was out, this girl whom I knew started messaging me. On confronting her as to why she is desperately trying to reach out, I got to know that she was doing so because she was happy for me.”That’s when I understood that rather than getting to know me, she was behind the money.”(With inputs from IANS)