It’s been a difficult few days for the jam band community as they try to wrap their heads around the passing of multi-instrumentalist Kofi Burbridge. The Tedeschi Trucks Band keyboardist/flautist/vocalist passed away on Friday at the age of 57 following years of ongoing cardiac issues. Musicians and fans alike have been sharing stories, photos, and other media in memory of Kofi to spread joy amidst an otherwise difficult time.Read Oteil Burbridge’s 2013 Tribute To His Big Brother Kofi BurbridgeToday, we’re going back in time to August 26th, 2018 at the LOCKN’ Music Festival in Arrington, VA, when Kofi Burbridge performed a solo set in Garcia’s Forest. For his “Piano on the Porch” set, Burbridge paid tribute to a number of artists including Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Prince, The Beatles, and more. Listen below to hear Kofi perform keys and vocals for his own solo set last year:Kofi Burbridge – LOCKN’ Music Festival – 8/26/18[Audio: Erin Lunders]The 2019 LOCKN’ lineup features two sets by Trey Anastasio Band (second set featuring Derek Trucks), two sets by Tedeschi Trucks Band (second set featuring Trey Anastasio), and two sets of Bob Weir and Wolf Bros (second set featuring Susan Tedeschi), as well as Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (two sets), Gary Clark Jr., The Revivalists, Vulfpeck, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Khruangbin, Old Crow Medicine Show, Oteil & Friends with Bob Weir, Devon Allman, Duane Betts, and more, moe., Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Twiddle, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Steel Pulse, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Nahko and Medicine For The People, Melvin Seals & JGB, The Allman Betts Band, The Soul Rebels, Moonalice with The Chambers Brothers, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Deva Mahal, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Greg Humphreys Electric Trio, Jerry Party, and more to be announced. For more information, head here.
Stuff co.nz 19 September 2020Family First Comment: Important questions: “If the referendum is passed, money and time will be put into establishing a bureaucracy to deliver aid in dying, and doctors will have to provide the service. This represents an opportunity cost, as these resources cannot be spent on other aspects of the health system. To comply with the law there is a lot to do. There are committees to be formed and policies to be written. All doctors will need to decide if they want to take part. All practices and hospitals will have to respond to someone who seeks assisted dying”OPINION: Discussion of the euthanasia referendum has mostly been around the ethical question of whether euthanasia should be allowed. There has been little discussion about whether this is a priority for action now.If the referendum is passed, money and time will be put into establishing a bureaucracy to deliver aid in dying, and doctors will have to provide the service. This represents an opportunity cost, as these resources cannot be spent on other aspects of the health system.To comply with the law there is a lot to do. There are committees to be formed and policies to be written. All doctors will need to decide if they want to take part. All practices and hospitals will have to respond to someone who seeks assisted dying and that is likely to lead to a lot of discussion and debate.Hospices have already said they will not do this but what about all the other providers? Whilst the financial costs will be balanced by the money saved in someone dying earlier and not requiring some pension or some care costs, the personnel resource and the time spent setting systems up needed to do all this is still problematic.What is the size of the potential quality of life benefit?If the referendum passes, we don’t know how many people would seek aid in dying. A reasonable comparison would be with Oregon.Oregon has a population of 4.2 million (New Zealand 5 million) and has had a Death with Dignity Act in force for the past 22 years. Their Act is similar to ours. Their experience is that patients are older, on average 74 years (range 33-98 years).Just over 50 per cent of patients had a university degree and 96 per cent of patients were white. In 2019 a total of 188 people were assisted to die, 0.51 per cent of total deaths.During the first five years of the Act around 25 people a year (around 0.08% of total deaths) were assisted to die. Whilst there are differences between Oregon and New Zealand, we are alike enough for this to give us some idea of what might happen here.If this level of demand is reflected in New Zealand, then it will benefit a few people from a group who can afford the costs and who already get significant benefit from our health system.– Ben Gray is a senior lecturer in Primary Health Care and General Practice at University of Otago, Wellington.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/euthanasia-debate/300107980/euthanasia-referendum-should-it-be-a-health-priority-for-new-zealand-at-present?cid=app-iPhone
…ahead of Thursday’s rescheduled hearing of stay applicationsWith Appeal Court Judge, Justice Rishi Persaud expected to hear submissions on the stay applications made by Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams, lawyers representing Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo are yet to be served with the amended summons filed to stay last month’s High Court rulings on the No-confidence Motion against the coalition Government.Attorney-at-Law Anil NandlallWilliams is seeking to keep the President and the coalition Cabinet in office until the hearing and determination of the appeals filed on the No-confidence Motion.In fact, the stay applications were expected to be heard last week but the Appeal Judge was forced to suspend the hearing after some defects were observed in the summons. The AG was then ordered to correct the defects and refile the summons before reserving on the parties involved in the matter.In a subsequent statement from the AG’s Chambers last Thursday, it was noted that the Notice of Appeal was amended, refiled and served.One of the errors made was the omission of the Opposition Leader in the Notice of Appeal. But according to Attorney Anil Nandlall, who is representing Jagdeo in these matters, he nor his office has received the refiled documents from the AG’s office.Attorney General Basil Williams“The court had ruled that the documents were defective and that they should be corrected. Part of that correction was to serve on the parties, the corrected documents but as of 5pm (Tuesday afternoon), nothing was received,” Nandlall told Guyana Time.When contacted, however, the other party in these litigations, Attorney Christopher Ram, confirmed to this newspaper that he did receive the amended summons.Last month, acting Chief Justice Roxane George had refused the AG’s request for a stay and conservatory order prior to her rulings, saying she could not grant a stay of the court’s clarification of a decision taken by the National Assembly.As such, Government asked the Appeal Court earlier this month to stay the High Court’s rulings while it considers setting aside the judgements made by Justice George.In the first case of AG v Speaker of the National Assembly and Opposition Leader, which deals with the 33 to 32 majority that was used to pass the No-confidence Motion, Williams is arguing that “there was a miscalculation of the majority of all elected members as required under Article 106 (6) of the Constitution for the Government to be defeated on a vote of no confidence”.Meanwhile, another case was AG v Christopher Ram, who had successfully sought to have the High Court validate the no-confidence resolution and have Government comply with constitutional provisions to demit office and call elections no later than March of this year.The Chief Justice had upheld both cases, ruling that the no-confidence vote was validly passed, and that Cabinet should have resigned. However, Williams in his appeal is claiming that the Chief Justice made an error in both of these rulings.In addition, Appeals were also filed by the lawyers appearing for Minister of State Joseph Harmon; while a cross appeal was filed on behalf of Christopher Ram and an appeal is also to be filed on behalf of Compton Reid – the private citizen who legally challenged the validity of former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud’s vote on the No-confidence Motion given his dual citizenship status. The Chief Justice had ruled that while it was unconstitutional for dual citizens to be a sitting in the National Assembly, Persaud’s vote, which toppled the coalition Government, was valid.