John Mayer Calls Dead & Company The Best Thing That’s Happened To His Career

first_imgWith their recent tour announcement, fans can rest assured that Dead & Company will be returning triumphantly in 2017. The vivacious ensemble sees Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart team with Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, and most surprisingly, John Mayer.Now set to embark on their third major tour (fall 2015 and summer 2016 being the other two), Mayer has had some time to reflect on the impact those shows have had on his career. In a new interview with CBS New York’s Fresh 102.7, Mayer talks about the different experiences as a solo artist versus a member of a band, and how that has helped him personally grow as a musician and as a person.You can watch this new interview in the video player below.last_img

A long, good run

first_img Bob Scalise spent more than four decades in various roles across campus Athletics director to retire at end of academic year New study to look at organization, programs, and student experience to lay groundwork for strategic planning “I feel very lucky to have had Bob as a partner in the first two years of my deanship, and luckier still that I’ll continue to have the benefit of his advice over the next year,” said Gay.For Scalise, who served under three University presidents, the decision to retire now was part of a life plan. “I always envisioned I would work until I was 69 or 70,” he said. “It’s still a time when people feel young and vibrant and can do a lot of things. I want to enjoy that with my family and not run out of time.”His valedictory, as he envisions it, will be understated. “I don’t want anything special,” Scalise said. “I don’t want a big dinner. I’ll see the people that I do business with and say, ‘Thank you.’ And if I did well by them, they’ll say, ‘Thank you, Bob. Hope to see you around some day.’”Bob Scalise at Harvard Stadium. Rose Lincoln/Harvard file photo Athletics for the 21st century Scalise named director of athletics Bob Scalise reckoned that he’d be Harvard’s athletics director for eight to 10 years. It’s now been about 19, and he’s still at his desk overlooking the stadium. “It became a different job all the time,” he said. “It never seemed like: ‘Here we go again. Let’s dust off the September to-do list.’ That’s not how I looked at it. Each year it was something different and exciting.”This one was undeniably different. The COVID-19 pandemic triggered the closure of campus, migration of classes online, and a halt to intercollegiate sports for the remainder of the semester. And the end of this academic year will mark the retirement of the 69-year-old Scalise, capping a tenure full of accomplishment and change — and the longest since that of the first, Bill Bingham, who served from 1925 until 1951.“It is through Bob that I have come to understand and appreciate the mission of Harvard Athletics, and its profound positive impact on the lives of our students and on the life of this University,” said Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay. “Bob has been a steward of the mission for his entire career, a steadfast believer in the ideal of education through athletics and the value of the Ivy League. That commitment has been inspiring but also grounding, especially in moments of challenge.”As John D. Nichols ’53 Family Director of Athletics, Scalise oversaw 42 men’s and women’s varsity teams; nearly 60 club programs, from boxing to Quidditch; 27 intramural sports, and a recreational fitness system spread across 10 facilities. He also increased the ranks of women and minority coaches, mentored generations of players and coaches, established pay-equity procedures, and steered the program’s growth amid various challenges, all the while guided by a sense of mission as an educator.Scalise has been involved with the University for 44 years as a head coach, Harvard Business School student, and executive. When he first arrived in 1974 as the league’s youngest lacrosse coach at 24, the Harvard-Radcliffe merger was not yet underway, Title IX’s impact on college sports had not yet begun, and the University’s athletic facilities were outdated.,Now there are about as many female undergraduates as male and 21 women’s sports. Specialization by athletes, longer seasons, and off-season training now are the standard. Ice hockey begins in October, lacrosse in February. The physical plant on both sides of the river has been expanded and modernized. And a department once housed in a warren of offices at 60 John F. Kennedy St. has expanded to more than 100 staffers at the more expansive Murr Center across the Charles.“When you consider the scope and the challenges of managing the largest Div. 1 program in the country, I think Bob did a terrific job,” said Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football. In Scalise’s time as AD, Crimson teams won 25 national championships and 148 Ivy titles from football to fencing.,“Adjust and adapt” has been Scalise’s maxim. “That’s one of the great lessons of athletics,” he said. “This is a different Harvard than existed 20 years ago. How do we be true to what we’re trying to do with athletics and pursue excellence and value the richness of the diversity of the kids on our teams?”Scalise has kept pace with the changes both in the University and athletics. He has deepened the department’s expertise in marketing, multimedia, and information technology. And he has been committed to creating more diversity atop team rosters, recruiting five female and three black head coaches. “I was a high school coach with no college experience,” said Ted Minnis, who was working at a California girls’ school when Scalise hired him. He now has directed the men’s and women’s water polo teams for a decade and is the winningest coach in the program’s history. “He saw something in me,” he said.The big board behind Scalise’s desk, which has been there since his arrival, spells out in detail the department’s operating principles: “Adhere to the highest standards of integrity, ethics, and sportsmanship. Attract and develop people of outstanding capabilities. Grow and manage the department’s resources wisely.”“It’s a roadmap to success for Harvard athletics,” said Merrimack athletics director Jeremy Gibson, Harvard’s former senior associate AD who worked with Scalise for a dozen years. “The headers might change, but the pillars always remained the same.”The Ivy model as it was conceived 66 years ago is based on the notion that the purpose of intercollegiate sports is to contribute to the larger educational mission, and that athletes should be treated like any other student. “Bob’s not going to make a big proclamation about what we’re going to do,” said Gerrie Mahoney, who arrived at Harvard a year before Scalise and now is senior associate AD. “He finds a way to weave it in so that it becomes part of the fabric.”,Scalise learned the model at Brown, where he was a two-time All-American in lacrosse. He directed the men’s varsity at Harvard for 13 years and was the first coach for the women’s soccer team, a job he kept for a decade. His wife, Maura Costin ’80, was an All-Ivy swimmer who coached the women’s varsity for 13 seasons.“Right away Bob had street cred with me because he’s done it all,” said Minnis. “He’s won an Ivy championship. He’s coached both men and women at a high level. He’s played at a high level. He’s administrated at the highest level.”Scalise spent nearly a decade at HBS, ultimately as senior executive officer, and three years at Bain Capital, where he was director of recruiting, career development, and alumni relations — his only foray away from Harvard since his arrival. “He treated different situations as case studies,” said Gibson. “How are we going to deal with it and what are we going to learn from it going forward?”The Scalise approach is data-driven and objective. “Bob does not get rattled and is the consummate problem-solver,” said Jenny Allard, who has coached the softball team for more than a quarter century. “He has great insight.”Scalise’s most valuable asset as AD is that he understands the essence of the place. “Bob knows our mission statement,” said Kathy Delaney-Smith, who has coached the women’s basketball team for 38 years. “Bob knows how important the combination of academics and athletics is. Athletics is part of your education, not an extracurricular part of your education.”Scalise’s extensive coaching background at Harvard has made him an empathetic adviser. “Bob and I had a good relationship,” said Murphy. “I appreciated him, and I think it was mutual. Having a coaching background certainly didn’t hurt his ability to have a fair understanding of what was important in hiring and in managing coaches. I absolutely believe that was an asset.” “I feel very lucky to have had Bob as a partner in the first two years of my deanship, and luckier still that I’ll continue to have the benefit of his advice over the next year.” — Claudine Gay, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Related His experience in directing the transition of women’s soccer from a club team to an immediate Ivy champion was particularly helpful to the women’s rugby squad, which won last year’s national title in only its fourth season as a varsity. “As a younger team it was especially meaningful that Bob made sure we always had what we needed to be successful and gain that momentum,” said coach Melanie “Mel” Denham, whom Scalise hired in 2017.At coaches’ gatherings Scalise is appreciated for his dry wit. A decade ago he agreed to invest in a state-of-the-art infield surface for the softball team. “To this day he gives me a hard time that it was the most money he has ever paid for dirt,” said Allard.Scalise has an educator’s knack for getting to the essentials. “Bob has a masterful way of simplifying things so that everyone can understand it, and it sticks,” said Mahoney. “He says, ‘We’re in the business of developing people.’ Bob’s the coach of all of us.”As Harvard Athletics approaches the centennial of its founding, Gay commissioned a study, which is being handled by Mercer, that will examine Harvard’s student-athlete experience, program culture, and departmental structure, and will inform strategic planning for the next decade.After he retires, Scalise will spend another year as adviser to Gay. The University recently named as his replacement Erin McDermott, director of athletics and recreation at the University of Chicago.last_img read more

Bambi Meets Godzilla, Bubba Meets Jesus

first_imgOne area in the New, Bubba City, got its name because prolific climber Kenny Parker and friends thought some other climbers took route naming too seriously. “In climbing, as in all sports, everyone thinks their attitude is the best. We were just having fun, and we never thought what we were doing had any greater meaning,” says Parker, who has almost 30 years of New River Gorge first ascents. At that time, he says, “Staying out of the line of fire with the locals, laying low, was always a strategy.” He says back in the 80s and early 90s, much of the land, like Endless Wall, was still privately owned. If one wanted to continue to climb there, standing out or directly disrespecting the locals was nonsensical. The Legend of Bubba How did iconic rapids and climbing routes get their names? Names have long been used to either nod or jab at others. Advocates for two styles of climbing, traditional (trad) and sport, have butted heads since the latter was invented. Trad climbing requires gear like cams, nuts, and sometimes hexes, which the climber must place in natural cracks for protection as they climb upward. Sport climbing allows for bolts to be drilled into the rock every few feet so that climbers only have to bring quickdraws to clip into the bolts as they lead. The trad-or-die tribe believes that sport climbing defaces the rock and allows for the first-ascensionist to rappel down the face, drilling bolts in preparation for a ground-up push. Sport climbers see their preferred process as an inevitable evolution of climbing, opening up more diverse rock that would otherwise be inaccessible.  The Hookup Spot Rapids often get their names from happenstance or a comical turn of events. Lost Paddle, one of the Big Five rapids of the Upper Gauley, found its label during a 1969 trip devoted to naming the river’s rapids. In a 2017 piece for Highland Outdoors, editor and raft guide Juniper Rose relays pioneer Gauley kayaker Jim Stuart’s account of the naming trip. “Crew member Barb Brown’s paddle was launched from her grip in the class V rapid just below the confluence with the Meadow River.” Brown swam, her paddle gone. Miraculously, “years later, Brown’s paddle was found with her name engraved on it. It was returned to her, but by then, the name Lost Paddle had been imprinted in the legend of the Gauley,” Rose writes. Others still, like Kenny, might have resisted it in the past but came to see the benefits of each. “Ethics wars between trad and sport were huge in the 90s; people got into fights over it,” he says. “Still, there was a lot more seriousness to the famous areas [like Yosemite]. Here, some people got serious about it, but most of us had a life and jobs outside of climbing and not enough personal energy to crusade.” This story is told in part by Saved from the Blasphemers, a route which was put up on trad gear. When someone returned to bolt it as a sport route, they were stopped by local trad climbers.  Flip through any climbing guidebook today, and you’ll find a range of colorful, silly, or cryptic route names: Pudd’s Pretty Dress, Death by Chewing Insects, I’m So F’in Hungry, and Eye of the Narwhal. Names of rapids can be just as out there but are often more candid. Iron Ring on the Gauley River is named for a big iron ring embedded in the rocks above the class V rapid. The four drops of Pipeline on the James River in Virginia were creatively dubbed First, Second, Third, and Fourth Drop. Not all river feature names are as universally accepted as climbing routes, either. Want to start an afternoon-long debate with some James River paddlers? Ask whether one break in an old Richmond dam is called Grummans or Suckers.  Outside of the sport itself, names also point to paradigm shifts in the history of regional recreation and external tension that inevitably arises from priorities competing for the resource. A lifelong James River paddler, Charles Ware recounts the fight against hydroelectric power in the early 80s. One firm’s proposal became a serious threat to river ecology and recreation, prompting Coastal Canoeists and American Whitewater to establish a group to oppose the plan: the Virginia Rivers Coalition.  Sometimes, two threads of regional climbing history come together in one weird name. Kenny Parker relays that when he was younger, many climbers started at Seneca Rocks before the New matured into a hotspot. At Seneca, they looked up to one of the most impressive climbers of the day, the late Cal Swoager. A Vietnam War veteran, Cal partied hard and climbed harder. As one story goes, after staying up late then finally topping The Bell, establishing perhaps the first 5.12 at Seneca, he bent over and emptied his stomach off the other side of the cliff.  A short profile of Parker in Williams’s New River Rock Vol. 2 guidebook, appropriately titled Kenny Never Wore Lycra, highlights his desire to blend in rather than stand out like many neon-clad climbers of that era. “Bubba” became tradition, and today it lives on in dozens of route names, from Peanut Bubba and Jam (a 40-feet 5.8 trad route at Bimbo Buttress) to Hubba Bubba (a 60-feet 5.9 sport route on the Head Wall). center_img Trad vs. Sport One of them, let’s call him Mark, had the unfortunate habit of sleeping in the buff. Mark had gotten up in the night to use the bathroom donning only boots and birthday suit. Kenny says, “I get woken up to someone outside; I’m like, ‘Mark, what the hell is going on?’ He had gotten caught outside naked by these two girls,” who were supposedly there to bait guys meeting up for other reasons. Kenny, after getting dressed, exited his tent to deal with the situation.  The intentionally-misspelled Travisty is another example of trad-sport tension. This route’s origin story is told by Mike Williams in an article published on his blog “Mike’s Ironclad Beta” in 2012. When a visiting climber named Travis bolted a hard climb at Beauty Mountain, he drilled some holds in the rock to make it easier. “After his departure, the holds were filled in with epoxy and when Harrison Dekker completed the climb [in 1991] in its natural state, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to exploit the unfortunately-named equipper. Years later, an inferior, traditionally protected variation to the route was done and dubbed the Tradjedy.” “Next thing I know, a car comes rolling up, and it’s their boyfriends. One guy gets out, but the girls talk him down, having figured out I was fine.” Parker proffers a beer as a peace offering, but the second man wants to start a fight. “I’m getting shoved while the girls try to break it up.” Eventually, things simmered down. “I think I hung out with them for awhile, and they went away. But the very next weekend, with the same group at the exact same spot, we were woken up again by the same girls,” this time asking for Parker. They hung out for awhile, locals and climbers. When asked what route name arose from all that, he says, “A number of them.” Visitors to the Blue Ridge often remark that the names of our mountains are imaginative, if not abstract: Reddish Knob. Old Rag. Little Stony Man. Used as landmarks, these peaks’ straightforward, descriptive monikers made sense. But as future generations began using the landscape less for orientation and more for chasing its many world-class crags and rivers, naming traditions evolved to tell the exciting, hilarious, and tumultuous histories of climbing and paddling in the region. Another unforgettable Kenny tale revolves around one unofficial campsite. Apparently unbeknownst to climbers, a certain bridge was a known local spot for covert coitus. Because of its proximity to a popular crag, it also became a logical spot for visiting climbers to camp. “We would drive up and sleep at pull-offs in the gorge. There had been incidents involving law enforcement,” Parker describes, “but it was sort of under the radar. We had encounters where locals thought we were there [for hookups].” He describes how one time a group of climbers were camped out at the spot, some in tents or just sleeping bags, some in trucks.  Mike Williams, a climbing guide and author of the New River Rock guidebooks, has been climbing in the New since 1998, establishing many of the most popular routes. He points out that “a lot of tall tales” characterize the region and climbing in general. “It’s an oral history. Someone puts up a new route, and they might note all the things that happened that day,” like who was with them and what they were thinking. Any of those factors could contribute to the new route’s name, but some climbers take it more seriously than others.  A ‘Travisty’ Swoager was welcoming and encouraging to budding climbers and sent routes with Kenny at Seneca. Some time later, he became a born-again Christian and part of the development of climbing at the New. His passion for his religion fed into nearly every route he established, from the ever-popular Leave it to Jesus to Team Jesus and Never Alone (all first ascents in 1985). Later routes began to play off the legendary Swoager’s love for the cross, and routes like Bubba Meets Jesus, a 60-feet 5.11a established by Dave Merritt, were born.  To increase awareness of the issue and publicize local river recreation, they conceived of an urban whitewater race day and sought sponsorship. The first downriver race in 1983 was roughly eight miles long and included the infamous Hollywood rapid, with a take-out at Ancarrow’s Landing, well below the Falls of the James. It was essential that everyone run through one particular dam, in the middle of downtown Richmond, correctly, and while local participants knew the maneuver well, the Coalition thought visiting competitors should have a visual marker. Just before the race, the river was low enough to allow Ware to paddle out to the dam in a canoe and spray paint two giant Xs on the bridge pillar ruins that abutted the proper line. The paint, supplied by a utility opposed to the power proposal (imagine that!), was said to wash out in a few days. But there the Xs remained for ten years, until they were updated to skulls and crossbones. The name of the line, Xs, was given in the 1985 race and has stuck ever since. As for the electric proposal, it was foiled. The descendants of those regional pioneer paddlers, like Ware’s son John, continue to run the James’ class I-IV rapids, while other rivers around the world continue the fight against hydroelectric dams. Names or rapids and routes can be steeped in mythology. When asked what mythology in climbing means to him, Mike Williams puts it succinctly: “Mythology doesn’t have to be true. It’s an oral history, often based on a sort of campfire mythology.” Embellished details, memories fogged by both time and intoxication, different versions of the same event… Humans are adept, if not objective, storytellers; we’ve named everything since the dawn of language. The mountains and rivers couldn’t care less what we call them, but no matter what’s in a name, the act of naming lets someone leave their mark on history, cement in some small, symbolic way their side of a great story.last_img read more

ESG overlay ‘boosts outcomes for corporate bond investors’: report

first_imgIncorporating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors improves outcomes for corporate bond investors, according to a report from JP Morgan Asset Management.The asset manager found that ESG scores could enhance portfolio outcomes via lower drawdowns, reduced portfolio volatility and, in some cases, marginally increased risk-adjusted returns.Although its study showed that using ESG scores improved gross portfolio returns for all categories of corporate bonds, this only held true for investment grade corporate debt once transaction costs were accounted for.The study involved back-testing portfolios of investment grade, high yield and emerging market debt, comparing their benchmarks with a portfolio constructed using MSCI ESG scores. The asset manager also set out to find out whether ESG scores differed from traditional agency credit ratings, and said the study suggested that MSCI scores were “additive” to traditional credit ratings.“The contingent liabilities related to ESG issues are not necessarily factored into rating agencies’ assigned ratings,” said Lovjit Thukral, vice president for global fixed income, currency and commodities (GFICC) at the asset manager and report co-author with Bhupinder Bahra, co-head of the quantitative research group for GFICC.According to Thukral and Bahra, the study showed that MSCI’s ‘E’, ‘S’, and ‘G’ scores were generally not related to one another or to credit agency ratings. In the investment grade segment, the governance score was negatively related to credit agency ratings.Another result of the study was that ESG benchmarks (of issuers covered by MSCI) had an inherent quality bias in terms of the performance metrics.In 2017, Hermes Investment Management found that there was a significant relationship between companies’ ESG credentials and their credit spreads. It recently turned its attention to ESG risks in sovereign bond markets, as did BlueBay Asset Management.Rating agencies have moved to more clearly demonstrate how ESG considerations feed into their credit analysis in response to pressure from investors.last_img read more

Local Results from the Northern BC Winter Games – Team

first_imgShow/HidePeace RiverFinalDraw 4 Game 2GoldCurling – JuvenileJuvenile Male & Female18 – 4 Show/HidePeace River-Northern RockiesPreliminaryGame 6 Hockey – Pee WeeBoys Pee Wee 11-1214 – 3 1 2 Curling – JuvenileJuvenile Male & Female110 – 0 Hockey – Pee WeeBoys Pee Wee 11-1224 – 4 Futsal – BoysBoys 12-14110 – 4 Show/HidePeace River-Northern RockiesPreliminaryRound 4 Game 8 Show/HidePeace River – Northern RockiesFinalFinalsBronzeSwimming15 & Over 4×50 Medley Relay Female32:39.87 Show/HidePeace River – Northern Rockies1FinalFinalsBronzeSwimming15 & Over 4×50 Free Relay Female32:11.05 Swimming15 & Over 4×50 Medley Relay Female42:41.93 Show/HidePeace River – Northern RockiesFinalFinalsGoldSwimming14 & Under 4×50 Free Relay Male12:36.78 Show/HidePeace RiverPreliminaryDraw 2 Game 1 Futsal – BoysBoys 12-14116 – 1 Team MembersTeamResultForMedalSportEventPlaceScore Show/HidePeace River – Norther Rockies2FinalFinals Show/HidePeace River-Northern RockiesPreliminaryGame 11 Show/HidePeace River-Northern RockiesPreliminaryRound 3 Game 5 1 2 Swimming15 & Over 4×50 Free Relay Female42:17.85 Show/HidePeace River – Northern RockiesFinalFinalsGoldSwimming14 & Under 4×50 Medley Relay Male13:03.58 Show/HidePeace River-Northern RockiesPreliminaryRound 1 Game 2 Swimming14 & Under 4×50 Free Relay Female62:26.39 Show/HidePeace RiverPreliminaryDraw 1 Game 1 Hockey – Pee WeeBoys Pee Wee 11-12111 – 1 Team MembersTeamResultForMedalSportEventPlaceScore Show/HidePeace River-Northern RockiesPreliminaryRound 2 Game 4 Show/HidePeace River-Northern RockiesPreliminaryRound 2 Game 3 Show/HidePeace River-Northern RockiesPreliminaryGame 2 Show/HidePeace River-Northern RockiesPreliminaryRound 3 Game 5 Show/HidePeace River-Northern RockiesPreliminaryRound 1 Game 1 Futsal – GirlsGirls 12-1420 – 17 Curling – JuvenileJuvenile Male & Female16 – 4 Show/HidePeace River – Northern Rockies2FinalFinals Futsal – GirlsGirls 12-1411 – 1 – Advertisement – Here are the team results for Peace River – Northern Rockies Futsal – GirlsGirls 12-1424 – 9 Futsal – BoysBoys 12-14111 – 2 Show/HidePeace River – Northern Rockies1FinalFinalsBronzeSwimming14 & Under 4×50 Free Relay Female32:15.23 Futsal – GirlsGirls 12-1420 – 4 Show/HidePeace River – Northern RockiesFinalFinals Show/HidePeace River-Northern RockiesFinalFinal (Bronze)BronzeFutsal – GirlsGirls 12-1414 – 3 Show/HidePeace River-Northern RockiesPreliminaryRound 4 Game 7 Futsal – BoysBoys 12-1421 – 8last_img read more