At the end of September, Phil Lesh announced his plans for a three-night Halloween run at Port Chester, New York’s beloved rock palace, The Capitol Theatre. Today, the Grateful Dead bassist has further expanded on the run’s star-studded lineup, announcing that fan-favorite multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Karl Denson will join the band on November 1st for the first of two performances with Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band featuring Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring.Karl Denson and Phil Lesh have a long-standing history of collaboration. The Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe bandleader has frequently joined Phil Lesh as one of his rotating “Friends” for his ongoing solo project, Phil Lesh & Friends. Last year, Denson signed on for a two-night run with Phil Lesh & Friends at The Capitol Theatre, which also featured the likes of Robert Randolph, Jackie Greene, Neal Casal, Jason Crosby, and others. However, as recently as July, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe joined the Grateful Dead icon at his own Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California for a co-headlined outdoor performance, which also saw Denson collaborate with Lesh, Eric Krasno, Stu Allen, Holly Bowling, John Molo, Jennifer Hartswick, and Natalie Cressman as Phil & Friends.With Karl Denson on deck, Phil Lesh’s upcoming run is shaping up to be one of the premier Halloween events on the East Coast. On the night of Halloween, October 31st, a three-set celebration will take place, kicking off with GEM, the trio whose name is derived from the first initials of its members: Midnight North’s Grahame Lesh and Elliott Peck and Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis. Then, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band will perform a set together before the evening is closed out by the debut of Phil Lesh and Twiddle‘s collaborative project, Phiddle. For the following two nights, on November 1st and 2nd, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band will perform together with Widespread Panic’s Jimmy Herring on guitar, while Karl Denson will join the band on November 1st, as well.The All Hallows Eve collaborations are the latest products of a long-running creative relationship between Phil Lesh, his son Grahame’s band, Midnight North, and Twiddle. Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band (which features Grahame), Midnight North, and Twiddle recently mounted a series of multi-band performances under the billing “Unbroken Train.” The bands intermingled at various points before that as well, with Midnight North frequently joining Twiddle as support on tour and individual members of the respective bands sitting in with the others on several occasions.Tickets for all three nights of Phil Lesh’s upcoming collaborative Halloween run at The Capitol Theatre are currently available. For more information and ticketing, head here.
The Harvard School of Public Health’s (HSPH) Department of Biostatistics announced that Melissa D. Begg will be the first recipient of the newly established Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award. Begg will deliver a lecture and be presented with the inaugural award on Sept. 28, preceding the kickoff of the 2012 HSPH Alumni Weekend.The Lagakos award honors the career of Professor Stephen Lagakos by recognizing department alumni whose research in statistical theory and application, leadership in biomedical research, and commitment to teaching have had a major impact on the theory and practice of statistical science.Begg graduated from the Department of Biostatistics in 1989, and she currently serves as professor of clinical biostatistics and as vice dean of education at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The award recognizes Begg’s accomplishments in education, scientific collaboration, and statistical methodology, as well as her leadership role in academic administration.Read more.
President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that the US had killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — days after the jihadist group claimed responsibility for a mass shooting at a US naval base.The US “conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qassim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP),” Trump said in a White House statement.AQAP claimed responsibility on Sunday for a December 6 shooting at US Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, in which a Saudi Air Force officer killed three American sailors. Washington considers AQAP to be the worldwide jihadist network’s most dangerous branch.The Sunni extremist group has thrived in the chaos of years of civil war between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and Shiite rebels who control the capital.”Under Rimi, AQAP committed unconscionable violence against civilians in Yemen and sought to conduct and inspire numerous attacks against the United States and our forces,” Trump said.”His death further degrades AQAP and the global al-Qaeda movement, and it brings us closer to eliminating the threats these groups pose to our national security.” Trump did not give any details about the circumstances or the timing of the operation.In the Pensacola attack, eight people were wounded, including two responding sheriff’s deputies, before police shot dead the assailant.The FBI formally identified the attacker as Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was training in the US.The SITE monitoring group said he had posted a short manifesto on Twitter prior to the attack that read: “I’m against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil.” “I hate you because every day you (are) supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity.”The Twitter account that posted the manifesto also condemned US support for Israel and included a quote from Al-Qaeda’s deceased leader Osama bin Laden.Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was quick to denounce the shooting as a “heinous crime” and said the gunman “does not represent the Saudi people.” Around 850 Saudis are among the 5,000 foreign military personnel being trained in the United States.Topics :
The statement added that Pertamina and CPC had been in talks over the project since late 2018. The two companies completed a feasibility study the following year.Read also: Pertamina picks Siemens to supply machinery for Balikpapan refineryOnce expansion of the Balongan refinery is completed in 2022, the facility’s fuel output capacity is expected to rise by 20 percent to 150,000 barrels per day (bpd), excluding petrochemical production, in meeting Indonesia’s growing demand for transportation fuels. Pertamina is working to develop six other refineries for similar reasons.Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadali, who witnessed Friday’s signing, said his office had confirmed tax holiday incentives for the project in supporting the development. “This is a government priority project. We will absolutely support it,” he said.Pertamina previously said it planned for its Balongan facility to produce 1 million tons of ethylene each year. Ethylene, like most petrochemicals, is mainly used to produce plastics, allowing Pertamina to diversify revenue streams during periods of low fuel demand such as is happening amid the coronavirus pandemic.Consumption plunged 35 percent to 65,678 kiloliters per day in April from the daily average in January and February — before the country introduced a physical distancing policy requiring people to stay at home to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.Read also: Oil giant Pertamina delves into health industry amid drop in fuel demandDue to the falling demand, Pertamina projects its revenue to fall by up to 45 percent below initial expectations under a worst-case scenario.Pertamina spokeswoman Fajriyah Usman told The Jakarta Post on May 18 that the oil company would prepare the base ingredients for pharmaceutical production, then either state-owned pharmaceutical company Kimia Farma or Kimia Farma with Pertamina would process the ingredients into pharmaceuticals.“We are still discussing the details,” Ganti Winarno, corporate secretary at Kimia Farma, told the Post Wednesday last week.Topics : State-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina signed on Friday a head of agreement with Taiwanese counterpart CPC to develop a petrochemical facility in Balongan, West Java.The US$8 billion petrochemical facility, slated for commercial operation in 2026, represents the third phase expansion of Pertamina’s Balongan oil refinery.“This project is an important step in strengthening Pertamina’s petrochemical business such that, in the next 10 years, Pertamina can become a major petrochemical business player in the Asia- Pacific,” said Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati in a statement that day.