Bob Weir And John Mayer Discuss Dead & Company’s Purpose On CBS

first_imgThis morning, the Dead & Company band were profiled on an exciting CBS Sunday Morning segment. Airing on the morning before the band’s Bonnaroo appearance, a web exclusive video from an interview with Bob Weir and John Mayer goes in-depth about the group’s overall purpose.Weir goes into how the band is finding their own voice and message, when interviewer Anthony Mason asks him how long that typically takes. Weir cheekily responds, “Time,” before Mayer chimes in about his nervousness to do the Grateful Dead’s catalog justice. Of course Weir assuages his fears with his own confidence, showing a playful exchange between the two Grateful guitarists.Mayer then talks about how he prepared for the role of lead guitarist, with nothing but praise for the technique and talents of Jerry Garcia. You can watch the full video here.last_img read more

Warnings over proposed abortion laws

first_imgNewstalk ZB 7 June 2014A conservative lobby group believes relaxing the laws on abortion will only lead to dangerous, unlicensed terminations.Family First is pointing to the Kermit Gosnell case in the US, where it says extreme abortion laws led to a woman’s death.Director Bob McCoskrie says the current law has safeguards in place.“The line in the sand at the moment is a health and safety issue it’s to prevent backstreet abortions.”Bob McCoskrie also sees flaws in the current law, which he says is allowing abortions ‘on-demand’. rife over abortion law proposalsNewstalk ZB 7 June 2014Family First wants to see stronger abortion laws, rather than weaker ones if there’s going to be a change.It’s responding to the Green Party’s pledge to push for abortion to be decriminalised, if it’s part of the next government.Family First’s Bob McCoskrie is defending the existing laws, although he feels they’re not really strict enough.He says even with safeguards such as the need for two doctors to approve an termination, New Zealand still has ‘abortion on demand’.“No it’s not rigorous at all. In fact, it’s a rubber-stamping process.” read more

I will not leave you orphans

first_imgFaithLifestyleLocalNews I will not leave you orphans by: – May 30, 2011 By: Father Henry CharlesPhoto credit: flickr.comSeveral years ago, I was in the middle of a sermon dealing with relationships and freedom, and I was emphasizing the fact that people are not possessions, that nobody can belong to anybody else, and so on. A husband in the congregation turned to his wife, to whom he was exceptionally devoted, and said (as she told me herself later): “He could say what he want, but you belong to me.”I have often recalled the effect the occasion had on me. It made me laugh, but it has never left my memory.  What the husband was giving voice to is not something uniquely proper to husbands. Few human needs are as great as the need to have someone who ‘belongs’ to us and to whom we ourselves ‘belong.’  Our orphanages are full of children who belong to nobody, and there’s little doubt that that awareness has a powerful effect on how they see themselves and how they grow up.But an orphanage is not the only place or situation where we experience the reality of being un-anchored, for that it what being orphaned is all about. The person has so security in any one anywhere. It’s the feeling of abandonment, and it affects people other than those who are literally orphans.It happens all the time. Divorce leaves children – and spouses – abandoned. Lovers walk out on lovers. Companies downsize and employees are put on the breadline.  Even situations that begin with friends and well-wishers crowding around to support and befriend, the funeral of someone widely loved, for instance. Soon the crowds become thin, and life goes on, as it must. But that offers no consolation to the bereaved. They can’t blame anybody, but they feel abandoned all the same, and the reason is obvious: no one in this world wants to go it alone.      The disciples of Jesus felt much the same thing with his leaving them. They were not simply men who had ‘followed’ him. The years they had spent together had made them more than a community; they were a family. And the head of the family was now taking off. He is saying good-bye. To go where? As Thomas said: “Lord we do not know where you are going,” so how could you expect us to have any idea where you’ll be…They had other preoccupations of course: what about the plans we had ourselves? The hopes we had of sharing in your ascendancy? What about all of that?  With you gone, where does that leave us?  They felt abandoned, suddenly unanchored, as I said, and the feeling was hard.The feelings of the disciples were of course proper to them, but they are not unique feelings. Many of us know feelings like theirs ourselves. The bottom suddenly falls out with something unexpected; suddenly the ground beneath us has shifted, leaving on the bank of nowhere.Jesus does not tell them: don’t worry, friends, tomorrow will be a brighter day. He offers them no such breezy optimism. What he promises is his powerful presence. That will accompany them through all the terrors of abandonment. Trust me, he says. You will never be alone.That promised presence, St. John tells us, is the Holy Spirit, our advocate, comforter, and friend. We never lose, though we often do not feel, the radical nearness of this comfort, just as Jesus himself was never deprived of in Gethsemane and on the Cross.  That’s the reason that our hearts should not be troubled, why trust should not leave us, in the midst of fears about the future in any experience of abandonment. Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img 1019 Views   one comment Share Sharelast_img read more

Lakers mourn longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager

first_imgWalton said Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell “looked good” on Thursday in his first full practice since injuring his left knee. Before his return, Russell only competed in games of two-on-two and three-on-three as well as shooting and pool exercises. “By the end, he was much more active,” Walton said. “He was playing his point position more effectively and efficiently by the end of practice.”The Lakers have not determined if Russell will play on Friday without a minutes restriction. Fine printThe NBA and the league’s players association agreed to a new seven-year labor deal that will involve fewer exhibition games and back-to-back contests. “The four (games) in five nights are much more of an issue when you’re talking about helping a key player get healthy,” Walton said. “You get hurt when you’re fatigued or they have you fly across the country and play a game.” Injury update Though Walton said Lakers reserve forward Tarik Black was “definitely limping,” he participated in a full practice without any reported setbacks. Black said his right ankle is “getting better,” though it’s unclear of his return. Lakers reserve guard Jose Calderon spent Thursday’s practice completing sprints between 60 to 70 percent speed and individual shooting drills. If he has no setbacks with his right hamstring on Friday, Calderon will complete running deals at a faster speed and shooting exercises with more movement.Walton granted reserve guard Lou Williams an excused absence from practice for personal reasons. The Lakers described Sager in other glowing terms after being a part of Turner’s NBA coverage for 26 years. “Craig was a great reporter, a wonderful person, and an absolute joy to work with,” Lakers president Jeanie Buss said in a statement. “He put up a valiant and courageous fight, but unfortunately, cancer won. He will be terribly missed, and our condolences go out to Craig’s family and his many friends.”Several Lakers players tweeted their condolences about Sager’s passing, including Lou Williams, Nick Young, Luol Deng and Jose Calderon. Meanwhile, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver described Sager “as vital to the NBA as the players and coaches” and “a true original and an essential voice.”“Craig chronicled some of the most memorable moments in league history and was a ubiquitous presence with his splashy suits and equally colorful personality,” Silver said in a statement. “Craig earned widespread respect for his insightful reporting and inspired so many most recently with his courage.”Talking about practice Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img PHILADELPHIA >> Whenever Luke Walton turned on a nationally televised NBA game, the Lakers coach did not just tune in to watch a star player or scout an opponent. Walton also wanted to see sideline reporter Craig Sager. “Part of the fun and entertainment of what we do is seeing Craig in his crazy suits. He was phenomenal at his job,” Walton said. “He brought something every night he was on TV.”So it hardly sounded surprising the Lakers and the NBA family reacted in mourning on Thursday over the passing of Sager, who had spent the past two years fighting cancer. All NBA teams will observe a moment of silence in Sager’s memory, including when the Lakers (10-18) play the Philadelphia 76ers (6-19) on Friday at Wells Fargo Center. “I can’t imagine how hard that has got to be, to put on that face and come and do the job that you love knowing that you’re not at your best,” Walton said. “You’re still out there fighting that fight and not letting it beat you. He’s not just staying home all day. He’s out there still living his life as long as he can. It’s incredible. He’s a strong, strong man.” last_img read more