The Phish that we know and love today got their start in 1985, when Page McConnell joined members Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman and guitarist Jeff Holdsworth. From their earliest days at the University of Vermont, the group embraced the psychedelic improvisational culture that had been spawned by the Grateful Dead, taking that mentality in their own direction with elements of jazz, funk, and more.Compared to shows throughout the 90’s and beyond, the early days of Phish are poorly documented. None of the band’s followers in Burlington suspected their meteoric rise in the jam subculture, which makes this 1987 video footage all the more impressive. Filmed at what is believed to be a graduation party for Mike Gordon, the show performed on May 20th, 1987 was filmed in the backyard of friend Eric Larson’s house, capturing the group with long hair and tie-dyed backdrops.The show itself is most likely incomplete, but features some tunes that are still in the band’s rotation: “Wilson,” “Run Like An Antelope,” “Golgi Apparatus,” “Possum,” “Harry Hood,” “You Enjoy Myself,” and “Alumni Blues,” the latter of which featured members of The Joneses and Mental Floss, two bands that most likely performed at the party ahead of Phish. The video was widely circulated during the band’s formative years, introducing new fans to some setlist staples.So sit back and enjoy watching this very early Phish show, and who knows, maybe they’ll write a song called “Fuego” in another 27 years after this was filmed…Setlist: Phish at The Ranch, South Burlington, VT – 5/20/87Set 1: Wilson / Run Like an Antelope, Golgi Apparatus / Back Porch Boogie Blues / Lushington / Possum, Harry Hood, You Enjoy Myself, Alumni Blues
USC Young Democratic Socialists of America stands with the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation at Tommy Trojan in late October with signs advocating for workers’ rights. (Photo courtesy of USC Young Democratic Socialists of America)The USC chapter of Young Democratic Socialists of America partnered with the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation and the National Union of Healthcare Workers to deliver a letter to USC Interim President Wanda Austin on Oct. 25. Since the delivery, a tentative three-year contract has been negotiated between the workers and the administration. Meg Aldrich, the director of media relations at Keck Hospital of USC, said the contract will be voted on by NUHW members later this week.The contract will apply to the 1,100 workers at Keck. Union worker Matt Artz said the average raise over three years will be of 14.5 percent. With the settlement, contract workers previously employed under Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company, will now be under USC’s management. Workers will receive employer-paid health insurance, a retirement plan with a 5 percent employer contribution and significant raises. Workers’ wages can rise more than 50 percent for the lowest paid Sodexo workers, according to Artz.“We demonstrated to the employer that the community, including the students at the university and YDSA, were united in support of the Sodexo workers,” said NUHW President Sal Rossell. “We had to work so hard and threaten the strike to accomplish just bringing these workers up to comparable wages and benefits to everyone else that works for the University.”Moving forward, the University hopes to continue to amend relations between its employees and the administration, said Rodney Hanners, chief operating officer for Keck Medicine of USC.“I can’t say enough about our team at Keck that worked tirelessly at the bargaining table alongside NUHW’s team to meet the needs of our workforce. We want to ensure our employees know how much we value their contributions to the success of Keck Medicine of USC,” Hanners said. “To that end, I think our employees will be very pleased with the focus of our contract. We look forward to announcing those details in the very near future.”USC union workers and organizers got together prior to the delivery of the letter to discuss workers’ struggles and how to address the issues affecting 76 cooks, nutrition assistants and food service workers who prepare all the food for the USC Keck Hospital’s patients, physicians, staff and visitors.The letter describes the workers’ grievances and lists the demands that the NUHW wants for its workers, which include in-sourcing jobs to provide a higher living wage and added health care benefits, according to Michael Hsu, a steering committee member of YDSA and SCALE. “In return for our work, however, many of us earn poverty wages — just pennies above the minimum wage,” the letter read. “Eighty-one percent of us earn less than $15 per hour. We have no affordable health insurance. Many of our families go without health care, which costs as much as $460 a month in premiums. Our wages are so low that many of us qualify for public assistance programs like Food Stamps, Medi-Cal and public housing.”Hsu, a sophomore majoring in non-government organizations and social change, said members of both student organizations went to Bovard Auditorium to deliver the letter to Austin. Once the students reached Bovard, they were surrounded by DPS officers and were not let into the building, he said. USC Chief of Staff Dennis Cornell came out to speak to the organizations about how the administration is seeking to improve negotiations.EDITORS NOTE: USG beat writer Reese Armstrong, pictured in the photo, is a member of YDSA.
2BUPGRADE SPUPGRADE CY. Grandal (B)[email protected] 7:45J. Flaherty (R)$4100$3400$17UPGRADE SSUPGRADE 3BUPGRADE 1BP. Goldschmidt (R)[email protected] 7:45A. Houser (R)$5000$4200$22See above OFC. Blackmon (L)[email protected] 8:40J. Hellickson (R)$5400$4000$18UPGRADE 2BW. Merrifield (R)[email protected] 7:10Y. Chirinos (R)$4700$3900$21See above CUPGRADE OFUPGRADE CY. Gomes (R)[email protected] 8:40T. Anderson (L)$4200$3000$13See above CUPGRADE SSUPGRADE SPUPGRADE 1BUPGRADE 1BUPGRADE 2BUPGRADE OFUPGRADE Welcome to Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook for Monday, April 22. There are two games with some potential rain tonight (Tigers-Red Sox, Phillies-Mets), so check the Weather Center before lineup lock. (Update: Tigers-Red Sox has been postponed.)We also have a Coors Field game tonight, so adjusting your lineups to fit in some of the pricing could be challenging. I’ve specifically included some salary-savers and have a few interesting options for you, so let’s just get to it and see who we like. SSUPGRADE 1BR. Hoskins (R)[email protected] 7:10S. Matz (L)$4800$4000$23UPGRADE 2BUPGRADE 3BA. Rendon (R)[email protected] 8:40T. Anderson (L)$5800$4900$28UPGRADE 3BUPGRADE 3BY. Moncada (B)[email protected] 7:05D. Hess (R)$4900$4300$24See above SSX. Bogaerts (R)[email protected] 7:10M. Boyd (L)$4300$3400$20UPGRADE 1BUPGRADE OFM. Trout (R)[email protected] 10:07J. Happ (L)$5600$4800$27UPGRADE SPUPGRADE SPUPGRADE OFUPGRADE Marcell Ozuna, OF, Cardinals vs. Brewers. He’s sitting on an 11-game on-base streak which means he is extremely dialed in at the plate. He’s drawing walks, hitting for power, and he’s even kicked in a couple of stolen bases. With an inexperienced Adrian Houser on the hill for the Brewers and the home crowd behind him, this should be a nice opportunity for Ozuna to do even more.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today! Pos PlayerMatchupOpp. SPDKFDY!AnalysisSPM. Boyd (L)[email protected] 7:10C. Sale (L)$9100$9400$41UPGRADE 2BJ. Altuve (R)[email protected] 8:10J. Odorizzi (R)$4900$4500$23UPGRADE Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy baseball competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.MORE: Fantasy Alarm PRO toolsToday’s MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Monday, April 22 Jake Arrieta, SP, Phillies @ Mets. While we won’t see the Arrieta of old, he is learning to make the necessary adjustments needed for veterans to succeed and recapture the lost magic. The Mets have been average, at best, against righthanded pitching — just a .319 wOBA on the season with a 23.3-percent K-rate — and have averaged just three runs per game over their past five. If Arrieta has that cutter working, he’s going to induce a ton of weak contact and ground balls, as the Mets are mashing the ball in the dirt almost 47 percent of the time against righties.Yan Gomes, C, Nationals @ Rockies. There’s a spike in price given the game at Coors Field, but not as much over on FanDuel, so if you’re looking to pay down at C/1B or even need a salary-saver at the utility spot, Gomes definitely works. Lefty Tyler Anderson is on the mound for Colorado, and he’s just been abused this season. With Gomes crushing lefties to the tune of a .508 wOBA this year, he makes for a solid play.MORE: Monday DK Lineup | Monday SP rankingsPaul Goldschmidt, 1B, Cardinals vs. Brewers. Goldy against a 26-year-old righty who’s logged just 15.2 MLB innings? Yes, please! He’s sitting on an eight-game hitting streak with two home runs and five RBIs in that span and has posted a .976 OPS against righthanders this season. Lock him in.Whit Merrifield, 2B, Royals @ Rays. It’s a little more than just Merrifield vs Chrinos and the second baseman’s .369 wOBA against righthanders, as Chrinos hasn’t gone more than five innings in three of four appearances and the Rays bullpen has logged a league-high 34.2 innings with just a 4.15 ERA over the past week. Granted, some of those innings are from the openers, but the back end of the bullpen has struggled. I like the price on FD much more, but if you have the money to splurge, he should be a strong play.Elvis Andrus, SS, Rangers @ A’s. Though priced up a little on DK, Andrus is in a good spot tonight against Chris Bassitt, who is making his first start of the season. Following a seven-game hit streak, Andrus went silent for a few games but picked it right back up yesterday with a multi-hit performance that included a pair of doubles. If you find yourself able to pay up here, he should get a strong look.Yoan Moncada, 3B, White Sox @ Orioles. He’s hit safely in six of his past seven games with three home runs and five RBIs in that span. Putting him in Camden Yards against righty Davis Hess should be a nice treat, especially since he’s been crushing righthanded pitching all year, as evidenced by a 1.053 OPS against them. Look for him to continue that trend tonight. OFM. Ozuna (R)[email protected] 7:45A. Houser (R)$5000$4200$24See above 3BUPGRADE SSE. Andrus (R)[email protected] 10:07C. Bassitt (R)$4400$3400$21See above SPJ. Arrieta (R)[email protected] 7:10S. Matz (L)$9600$9200$40See above OFUPGRADE OFUPGRADE OFUPGRADE OFUPGRADE
The Liberian Government’s announcement this week banning all beach festivities on November 29 ensuing is very timely.The Information Ministry told the regular Ebola press briefing on Wednesday that GOL had decided to prohibit any gathering whatsoever at beaches on that day to avoid the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.The ban is particularly aimed at President William V.S. Tubman’s birthday celebration on November 29, which has over the past several years morphed into a major holiday in Liberia kicking off the Christmas season. Tubman would be surprised.As though determined to recapture Tubman’s happy-go-lucky, libertine (unrestrained by morality) character, which most of today’s generation know little about, the nation’s youth in their thousands, converge on the beaches to party until late into the night. In Monrovia, droves of celebrators, scantily dressed, jam up in the back of pick-ups or on the hoods and in the trunks of vehicles to get to the beaches, especially those along the Robertsfield highway. Quite often traffic on that highway and in the whole of Paynesville is blocked most of the day as people throng the beaches and entertainment spots to have a good time. This year when Tubman’s 119th birthday falls on a Saturday the crowds would have been even bigger. Many would have forgotten that they had to attend church services on Sunday, as they reveled late into the night, in relentless, rambunctious (rowdy, high-spirited) partying.Alas! Not this year! The deadly Ebola virus has changed all that. It is not just the economic crisis that Ebola has brought upon us. Indeed for this one day, most people would prefer to forget the crisis and spend their last to crowd the beaches and let the good time roll.But the risk of the virus spreading again is too high and the Liberian Government is not taking any chances. Neither should any of us even for that one day. After surviving the horrendous experience of the past several months in the grip of the deadly Ebola virus from which we are not yet free, who would want to flout (disobey) the precautions that have restrained the virus, pulling defeat out of the jaws of victory, so to speak?The government, its foreign partners and the Liberian people themselves have joined in the unrelenting fight to contain the virus, causing us to make big gains towards its recession and finally zero cases. The least we can do is sacrifice one day of celebration.But just to make sure, the GOL has for now banned beach gatherings on November 29. We do not know whether we can achieve the status of “Ebola free” by Christmas, but a lot depends on the people themselves—their following all the rules, observing all the measures to prevent infection; and on the government and the international partners ‘in union strong’. We have been striving to let the government see the need to take one other urgent action—to deploy Liberian troops, accompanied by some from the United States, at key border points, especially on the Guinea and Sierra Leone sides. This, we believe, would help stop the resurgence of the virus, by keeping it from coming again across the border. We saw what happened last week in Jenewonde Town on the Cape Mount border with Sierra Leone. We have to be very vigorous in protecting our borders, because while the virus is receding in Liberia, it is spreading in the other countries, especially Sierra Leone. We don’t know why. But government must take immediate action, remembering what happened in Foya, Lofa County in March: it took only one person with the virus to cross the Guinea border into Liberia. After that, the virus spread like wild fire and our country became the worst hit in the entire sub-region.We pray that the government will go one step further in obeying the First Law of Nature: Self-Preservation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Caribe Barcos ferry company could lose its concession in Playa del Carmen due to a list of violations.The municipal president of Solidarity, Cristina Torres Gómez, announced that they will wait for the result issued by the Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) for the trial against Caribe Barcos for lack of environmental impact permits.“With us is the permission granted by the previous administration, regardless of the procedure that Profepa did (…) they (Barcos Caribe) recurrently received sanctions because the vendors were on the street and we had complaints not only from the competitors, but also shops in the area because they went out to hook the tourist,” said the mayor.The company was granted permits in 2015 by the former administration headed by Mauricio Góngora Escalante, one of which was a 50-year permit to sell tickets on public roads. However, last year, the illegal ticket stands were destroyed by Profepa. Barcos Caribe lost an injunction against that closure and had to rent space inside the terminal to sell ferry tickets.The company stands a chance at losing its operating license in Playa del Carmen due to lack of proper permits. Torres Gómez says that they are waiting for a definitive ruling for the Solidaridad city council to cancel the concession.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)