String Cheese Incident Shares Pro-Shot ‘Midnight Moonlight’ From Vegas Run

first_imgOne weekend ago, The String Cheese Incident hit the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV, hosting a trio of Sin City Incidents for eager fans. Among the many, many highlights from the run came in the first set of night two, when the band broke out into their rendition of “Midnight Moonlight.” The classic Peter Rowan song came to life in the cheesy enthusiasm of the Brooklyn Bowl crowd, and, thanks to SCI, we now have pro-shot footage to share.Watch “Midnight Moonlight” from Las Vegas below:Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 3/19/16Set One: Sweet Spot, Rhum N’ Zouc, Eye Know Why, Midnight Moonlight, Smile, Turn This Around > In a Cold Sweat > Turn This AroundSet Two: Desert Dawn, Bumpin’ Reel, I Wish > Piece of Mine, Until the Music’s Over, Miss Brown’s Teahouse > I’m Your Boogie Man > Miss Brown’s Teahouse > Colorado Bluebird SkyEncore: Shaking the Tree[Cover photo via Erik Kabik]last_img read more

Grateful Dead In September 1983 Revisited: Flying Saucers, Sombreros, Stars, & Speed Traps

first_imgIn the summer of 2018, the Grateful Dead’s ongoing Dave’s Pick’s CD subscription series made its first foray into the band’s so-called “dirty eighties” era when it released the Boise, ID show from September 2, 1983 as the 27th release since its inception in 2011. It remains a standout show from one of the more inconsistent eras from the Grateful Dead’s 30-year history from 1965 to 1995, and after repeated listens, it prompted a deep dive into the two weeks of shows in the western U.S. that followed it–and what we re-discovered was too much fun not to share.The so-called “dirty eighties” era ran from March 1983 through July 1986, in the middle of an 11-year period from 1979 to 1990 that featured the longest run of one lineup in the band’s history: guitarists/vocalists Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, keyboardist/vocalist Brent Mydland and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. Musically, the “dirty eighties” era is frequently defined by Jerry Garcia’s inconsistent performances due to health issues, but the band continued to sell out arenas because the “on” shows, (or the “on” portion of a shows) would contain unusual bursts of creativity that came out of nowhere but then were almost never repeated. Shows from this era can also be immediately identified by Brent Mydland’s polarizing use of a more synthesized keyboard sound (as opposed to a piano) as his primary tone, but this was the era Brent also made significant leaps as a creative contributor out of necessity. He had to be much busier on Garcia’s off-nights, and by the time Garcia’s health had returned in 1987, Mydland’s ability to follow his playing and react accordingly bordered on the telepathic.PRELUDEThe Boise show was always on the shortlist for official release as it has a great performance and a great setlist, but it was also the first show of a great run for this era. After a week of gigs in the Pacific Northwest (a fertile territory for Grateful Dead music from the early days), and still remains so now that generated momentum, the Boise show kicked off an 8-show run bolstered by a “secret weapon”: a lovestruck Phil Lesh.A look back through Phil Lesh’s memoir Searching for The Sound reveals that the bassist was in the early days of his relationship with his soon-to-be-spouse Jill (the couple recently celebrated their 34th anniversary), and he was looking for a way to spend some extra time with her on the road:“So I stayed up late one night in Eugene, Oregon, concocting a plan: I would rent a car and we would drive, just the two of us, through Portland and Pendleton on the way to our next gig, Boise – and maybe even from there…we laughed and talked our way across the countryside, picking up local radio stations wherever we could, discovering incredible synchronicities between the places we were and the music we heard.” (SFTS, p. 262)BOISE – September 2ndAs one might expect, Phil was in a great mood at the Boise show, taking a rare step to the mike to good-naturedly declare, “Citizens of Boise! Surrender or perish, for you are a conquered people!” before the band eased into a surprise opener of “Wang Dang Doodle” in its second-ever airing, followed by “Jack Straw”. The remainder of the first set contained a healthy selection of western-themed songs, but the second set went deep into psychedelic territory with stellar versions of “Help on the Way” > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower” and “Estimated Prophet” into “Eyes of the World” into a long Bob & Brent jam.Unfortunately, the Dave’s Picks version of the show is sold out and is not found on streaming services, but a link to an audience recording of the show is here.However, Boise was only the beginning, and it was already far from a “normal” road trip when Jill and Phil had a real-life close encounter of the first kind after the show: “While traveling from Boise to Park City, Utah, we saw a flying saucer streak across the sky in front of us.” SFTS, p. 262Well, then.PARK CITY – September 4thThe Grateful Dead’s next show at Park City Mountain Resort on September 4th took place in a decidedly casual setting, even for the era–an uncovered stage was set up next to the resort’s ski lift, and some well-connected fans were actually able to view the daytime show from the balconies of the ski condos situated directly behind the stage. And while the Boise show got the nod for a Dave’s Picks release, the Park City show could have easily been chosen in its place.A strong 10-song first set kicks things off, featuring 1983 regular and subsequent rarity “Brother Esau”, “Althea”, an early “Hell in A Bucket” and “China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider” to close. Meanwhile, the second started with a standout 27-minute “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain” and a surging sequence of “Spanish Jam” > “Other One” > Wharf Rat” out of space before Bob changed the lyrics throughout the “One More Saturday Night” encore to “One More Labor Day Night”.RED ROCKS – September 6th, 7th and 8thThe legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, a venue carved into a hillside between two stone monoliths, is a venue that conjured up musical magic from the Grateful Dead from 1978 onwards, and Phil didn’t half know it: “I had been talking up Red Rocks and the music we made there all the way from Portland, and I was going to make sure she got some great shows. With a crescent moon in the sky, I showed off for Jill by dropping bass bombs (loud, profoundly percussive low notes or chords) left and right. By the third show I was bopping around the stage with a fiendish grin on my face–it was that much fun.” SFTS, p. 263The first night on September 6th was the band’s third straight exemplary show, with a first set highlighted by “Bird Song” and one of the Grateful Dead’s final performances of the much-missed “Lazy Lightning > Supplication”, while the second set centered around an interstellar 54-minute journey comprised of “Playing in The Band” > “Drums” > “Space” > “Uncle John’s Band” > “Playing in The Band”.The second night on September 7th contained a more “standard” setlist on paper with the notable exception of “I Need a Miracle” leading off a second set for the first time since 1979, and playing remained powerful and energetic throughout. The final night of the run on September 8th started with the only “Shakedown Street” on this run and a strong “Deal” to close out the first set, and the show’s peaks came from a pre-drums sequence of the second 27-minute “Scarlet > Fire” in a week, followed by a bass-driven “Estimated Prophet” into “Terrapin Station.”After the final Red Rocks show Phil and Jill headed south on the day off, but they made a point to undertake some of the journey after dark: “We stopped and got out, walking away from the car under the high plains stars. Not quite as an intimate experience as in Egypt, these stars, but more brilliant, more colorful, sharper and clearer. We at first stood, transfixed, then climbed on top of the car to lie on our backs, drinking in the glory.” SFTS, p. 263SANTA FE – September 10th and 11thThe next morning, Phil and Jill continued south to New Mexico for the next two shows at the Downs of Santa Fe racetrack, but not without incident:“We cruise over the last rise before the turnoff in Santa Fe, and–what’s this? State police standing on the side of the road, waving everyone over? They pull seven or eight cars, including us, over to the side and give us all speeding tickets. Apparently they’ve been tracking us, along with hundreds of Heads on their way to the show, for thirty miles by plane. So after a thousand miles, the journey ends with a speeding ticket, literally within sight of our destination.” SFTS p. 262-264That minor setback had no effect on the Santa Fe shows, with a pair of weekend daytime shows that each took place at 2:00 p.m. The first show on September 10th features a highly unusual set list, nearly always the sign of a strong show: “The Music Never Stopped” was the surprise opener, while Phil subsequently donned a large sombrero to the delight of the crowd for one of the last first-set appearances of “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” in this slot before its permanent move to the second set. Following a rain-induced intermission the second set kicked off with “Man Smart, Woman Smarter” in its only second set opener appearance of 1983, and later came a five-minute jam after “China Doll” led by Bob and Brent, a rare “no ballads” post-drums sequence of “The Other One” > “Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad” > “One More Saturday Night” and an only-time-ever “Cold Rain & Snow” encore as grey skies and rain clouds approached.The band then celebrated Mickey Hart’s 40th birthday on September 11th by delivering the fourth of the four exceptional shows from this run. While the 10-song first set was rock solid, the second set rivalled Boise with another “Help>Slip>Franklin’s” trio, a rare second-set appearance by “Let It Grow” (one of only seven after 1980), and the tasty post-drums salvo included the still-new “Wang Dang Doodle” (extended to nearly 11 greasy minutes due to equipment problems) into the sole “Morning Dew” performed during these 8 shows.AUSTIN – September 13thPhil and Jill then turned in their rental car and flew to Austin with the rest of the band for the final show of the run on September 13th at the Manor Downs racetrack in Austin, Texas. While this show doesn’t quite match up to the previous shows on this run, it’s still an above-average show by 1983 standards and serves as a nice “encore” to the preceding seven. The first set is set apart by a completely random middle-of-the-set version of “Don’t Ease Me In” (well away from its usual position as the set-closer), and the second set’s clear highlight was the 30-minute “Scarlet > Fire”, followed by the autobiographical anthem “Truckin,”, which couldn’t be better placed for the fortunate souls that experienced some (or all!) of this western swing firsthand.Happy listening and safe travels!last_img read more

New standards call for Interstate sign replacement

first_imgBy David Dill. Now that we are about halfway through the summer construction season, many Vermonters have become aware that the Agency of Transportation is replacing all the road signs along Vermont’s interstate system. This work has prompted many questions, the most common is why?Understandably, many motorists believe that our old highway signs are just fine and that the money we are using to replace these highway signs could be better spent repairing bridges, expanding public transit and paving roads. I too would prefer to put every available dollar into these kinds of high-priority programs, but we do have to address our other responsibilities as well.The bottom line is that from an engineering and safety perspective, those old signs are not OK and the state must replace them. Here is why.Congress recently directed the Federal Highway Administration to adopt a national standard for retro-reflectivity for traffic signs and pavement markings. These new standards, which were established in 2008, apply to all roads open to public travel. Compliance with these new retro-reflectivity rules is a requirement that VTrans must meet by 2015 to continue to receive the critical federal-aid highway funds that come to Vermont.Federal-aid highway funds make up $250 million of the state’s $595 million transportation budget, and are used in all facets of the state’s highway, bridge and public transportation programs.The goal of this new reflectivity mandate is to provide signs that are legible during all times of day and weather conditions.  This is largely accomplished through the retro-reflectivity of the sign sheeting.  The expected life of this sheeting is approximately 15 years.  Many of the signs on our interstate system are at least 20 years old, and some that were recently replaced on northern portions of I-91 were the original signs from way back in the 1960s and 70s.The posts and foundations for these signs are also being replaced. All new signposts are designed to be “breakaway” if struck by a vehicle. This modern technology is a valuable safety tool that will prevent injury and save lives. On the financial front, these sign projects do not tap funds that could otherwise be used for bridge, public transit or pavement projects, so they are not in conflict with those programs. Instead, the new signs are 100 percent federally funded with money called “Section 148 Highway Safety Improvement Program” funds, which can only be spent on safety-related projects.Sign improvements are one of several allowable project categories under Section 148.  The federal government identified sign retro-reflectivity as an important safety feature, which led to the Highway Administration’s adoption of the mandate requiring states to upgrade their existing signs. As a result, VTrans, over the next few years, will replace all traffic control signs on a system-wide basis, prioritized by sign age, which is why the northern section of I-91 was completed first, followed by the current I-89 projects. The rest of the interstate system will follow so that we complete the work by the federally mandated 2015 deadline.David Dill is the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation8.4.2010last_img read more

NRG Systems’ Jan Blittersdorf named chair of American Wind Wildlife Institute

first_imgNRG Systems Inc,Jan Blittersdorf, CEO/Owner of NRG Systems ( is external)), was recently named chair of the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) ( is external)). As a first order of business, Jan attended a meeting in February with top White House officials to discuss new wind energy siting guidelines issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. â ¢ The development, with the Nature Conservancy, of a unique landscape assessment tool designed to identify sensitive wildlife habitat and areas that are likely to have low wildlife risk where wind energy development could be prioritized;â ¢ Launch of pilot study to build a comprehensive research information system, gathering existing wind-wildlife data to support critical scientific research and analysis;â ¢ The release of Enabling Progress ( is external)), a report that provides a review of current wildlife related mitigation practices employed in the United States and how those practices might relate to future wind energy development.‘From the outset, Jan’s collaborative style and vision have provided clear direction to this group,’ says Abby Arnold, AWWI executive director. ‘With her as chair, we will continue to benefit from her leadership and advance our vision of furthering wind energy and addressing potential wildlife impacts.’Jan Blittersdorf previously served as AWWI vice chair.The eight non-profit partner organizations of AWWI include: Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists. In addition to NRG Systems, the remaining ten AWWI industry and utility partners include: American Wind Energy Association, BP Wind Energy, GE Energy, Horizon Wind Energy, Iberdrola Renewables, Pacific Gas & Electric, Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Ridgeline Energy, Shell WindEnergy, and Vestas Americas.For more information about American Wind Wildlife Institute, visit is external).About NRG SystemsNRG Systems’ wind measurement equipment can be found on every continent in more than 140 countries, serving electric utilities, wind farm developers, research institutes, and government agencies. The Hinesburg (VT) company, founded in 1982, has been nationally recognized for its LEED gold-certified manufacturing facility and its employee best-practices. For more information on NRG Systems, Inc., visit is external).# # #last_img read more

Cops: Freeport Teen Shooter Visits Victim In Hospital, Is Arrested

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A teenager suspected of shooting another teen in Freeport last month was arrested after visiting the victim in the hospital on New Year’s Day, Nassau County police said.Gabriel Tavares allegedly shot the 17-year-old Albhert Corsino in the left calf and thigh near the corner of Guy Lombardo Avenue and Atlantic Avenue on the night of Dec. 12.Officers who responded to the report of shots fired had stopped a car that was fleeing the scene. Police have said they found the victim suffering from two bullet wounds and a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the car.They charged the driver, 22-year-old Alex Valerio-Fernandez, and the victim with criminal possession of a weapon.Corsino, whose bail was set at $40,000, is listed in stable condition at Nassau University Medical Center.After visiting Corsino, Tavares was charged with assault, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and defacing a weapon.Tavares’ bail was set at $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash during his initial court appearance at First District Court in Hempstead.Valerio-Fernandez is free on $40,000 bond and is due back in court Friday. Corsino is scheduled to be back in court Jan. 10.All three men are from Freeport. None had an attorney listed as representing them.last_img read more

Are charismatic leaders transformational?

first_img continue reading » Yes, ladies and gents, it’s another installment of Words Mean Things! On today’s show, we’ll be talking about the differences between charismatic leaders and transformational leaders, because let me assure you — they’re different. The two terms — charismatic leadership and transformational leadership — are used interchangeably an awful lot, and there are certainly some similarities and overlap; but again, there are some differences.Charismatic LeadershipThe basic idea with charisma is that it’s attributed to leaders by followers who perceive those leaders to posses qualities or traits that are exceptional or extraordinary in some way. Perhaps they’re visionaries or something. Whatever it is, people are drawn to it. Those leaders are…well…charismatic.There are three or four theories on charisma and how it works, but the short version is this. They usually do some combination of the following:Appeal to a big vision or ideaUse really strong and/or expressive forms and methods of communicating that vision or ideaTake risks to make progress toward that ideacenter_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CUs top banks when serving members’ financial well being

first_imgCredit unions are far better than banks at serving their members’ feelings of well-being, according to a recent study from Gallup. According to the research, credit unions appear to be at their best far more often than banks, and the research shows meaningful differences between customers and members regarding perceptions of the financial wellbeing support their institutions offer.“Credit unions have built strong member relationships by using a personal approach, thoughtful products and member-centric service models to help members manage their finances — and 46% of members strongly agree their credit union does,” the report reads. “The credit union business model and member-centric ethic also enhance members’ belief that the credit union has its members’ best interests at heart. This all adds up to help credit unions create better perceptions of financial wellbeing support among their customers.“The feeling credit union members enjoy — of being cared for and looked after by trusted advisers — is real. It’s not marketing,” it adds.The gap in perspective is most evident when looking at which statements consumers agree with about the priorities of their institution: continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Mi Wireless Mouse Lite With 1,000DPI Optical Sensor, 2.4GHz Wireless Transmission Launched

first_imgMi Wireless Mouse Lite has been launched in China by Xiaomi as its newest PC peripheral. The mouse is based on 2.4GHz wireless transmission technology that is commonly found across affordable wireless mice by companies including HP and Logitech. The Chinese company has also used a minimalist design that comes along with a lightweight body. Mi Wireless Mouse Lite also features a compartment for the wireless receiver. In terms of controls, you’ll get both left and right click buttons as well as a scroll wheel.Mi Wireless Mouse Lite priceMi Wireless Mouse Lite price has been set at CNY 39 (roughly Rs. 400) in China. However, the mouse will be available at an introductory price of CNY 29 (roughly Rs. 300) under the Singles’ Day sale on November 11. Mi Wireless Mouse Lite is initially limited to the Chinese market, with no details announced on its global availability.Mi Wireless Mouse Lite specifications- Advertisement – Mi Wireless Mouse Lite comes with an optical sensor that has a resolution of 1,000dpi. It works with an AAA battery and includes a power button that activates the tracking. The mouse also comes with an automatic sleep technology to provide battery efficiency to some extent.Similar to various existing wireless mice, Mi Wireless Mouse Lite comes with a receiver that has a USB Type-A port. There is also a dedicated compartment to store the receiver when the mouse is not in use.Mi Wireless Mouse Lite comes with a Teflon-made footpad at the bottom. The mouse is also ergonomically designed to reduce fatigue following long hours of use. It measures 113x60x36mm and weighs 60 grams (without battery).- Advertisement – Is Mi Notebook 14 series the best affordable laptop range for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Jagmeet Singh Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at [email protected] Please send in your leads and tips.Morelast_img read more

Zadar port Gaženica in the finals for the best port in the world – Seatrade Cruise Awards 2019.

first_imgLocal traffic continues to maintain positive trends with growth of 2,05% to 953.254 passengers. Looking at the type of traffic, significant growth of passengers was achieved among cruise passengers, 21,29% to 73.670 passengers. The same period in 2018 was realized at the level of 60.740 passengers. Photo: Luka Gaženica This is a great recognition for the Zadar Port Authority and the concessionaire Zadar International Port Operations (ZIPO), ie Global Ports Holding (GPH). Namely, GPH, the world’s leading cruise port operator, has nominated the Zadar port for cruises in the “Port of the Year” category, which rewards port administrations / cruising companies that have made the greatest progress in cruise port management in the last year. Ports from any part of the world can apply, and this year the finalists are the ports of OldenLoen in Norway and Yokohama in Japan. The Port of Gaženica (Zadar Cruise Port) in Zadar is one of the three finalists of the most prestigious selection for the best port in the world 2019 Seatrade Cruise Awards. The Zadar Port Authority continues with records in the number of transported passengers and vehicles at ports under its management. As a percentage, the highest growth of 25,17% was achieved in international traffic (seasonal lines). 2.969 passengers were transported. As of this year, a new line Zadar – Pesaro was introduced, next to the line Zadar – Ancona. The winner of the election will be announced on September 11, 2019 in Hamburg at the largest fair of the cruise industry Seatrade Europe 2019. At this fair, Zadar and Zadar County will jointly represent and promote the Zadar Port Authority, ZIPO and GPH, the Zadar Tourist Board and Zadar County and Zadar Airport. The goal is to promote Zadar and Zadar County through excellent cooperation and attract even more guests to the best port on the Adriatic, and maybe soon in the world.center_img For the first time in history, the total number of passengers carried exceeded 1.000.000 in the first 6 months. In the observed period, a total of 1.029.893 passengers were transported, which is an increase of 3,28% compared to the same period in 2018. Rebeka V. Pevec, director of Zadar International Port Operations, said: “We are very excited to be one of the three finalists of the 2019 Seatrade Port of the Year Award. This is also a recognition for our efforts and the efforts of director Škifić and his team in positioning Zadar as an important destination for cruises on the Adriatic, increasing the number of passengers in the port and developing the port and providing an even better experience for visitors to Zadar. All our efforts are focused on the well-being of cruise passengers, but also the entire local community” Photo: The Seatrade Cruise Awards have been given for more than ten years to the best examples and practices within the cruise industry. Hundreds of ports apply for this selection every year, so entering the finals is a great success. There is still a growing trend in the number of vehicles at a higher rate than among passengers. In the first 6 months of 2019, 194.382 vehicles were transported, which is an increase of 7,05% “Already now, in the first year of cooperation with GPH and ZIPO, we see very good results. Entering the finals, where only two other world ports are with us, speaks volumes about our mutual success. We are convinced that in the coming years this cooperation will be better and better and that Zadar will soon take its rightful place in the cruise business. ” said the director of the Zadar Port Authority Robert Škifićlast_img read more

Congress should be helping Puerto Rico, not hurting it

first_imgThe supposed goal is to protect and create American jobs.But as Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello told us, it would actually kill American jobs in Puerto Rico, devastating an already struggling economy.“Unconscionable,” he said of the proposals, pointing out how members of Congress have traveled to Puerto Rico, seen the catastrophic damage and promised help. “True hypocrisy,” he said.Full details of final legislation being worked out by House and Senate negotiators have yet to be released, so it’s unclear how the residents of Puerto Rico will be treated.Here’s an idea: How about treating them like the Americans they are?Drop these unfair taxes and, while Congress is at it, approve the federal aid needed to get Puerto Rico on its feet.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Editorial, OpinionDuring his visit to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, President Donald Trump hailed the low number of people killed.“Sixteen people certified. Sixteen people versus in the thousands,” he said with some relief about the official death toll, a number that has since been raised to 64.It is now becoming increasingly clear, though, that those numbers are inaccurate.  Far more people died as a result of the storm, and others remain imperiled by life-threatening conditions as Puerto Rico still struggles to recover from back-to-back storms that hit three months ago.The island — home to more than 3 million Americans — needs all the help it can get.But the bad situation there threatens to get even worse if Republican lawmakers persist with a tax-reform bill that would devastate Puerto Rico’s economy with crippling new taxes.The magnitude of the damage suffered by Puerto Rico was underscored with a report from the New York Times that called into question the official death count from Hurricane Maria.Data analysis by the newspaper found that 1,052 more people than usual died on the island during the 42 days after Maria made landfall on Sept. 20.People suffering from certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes, died at higher rates, and there was a surge in deaths from sepsis, a complication of severe infection.Delayed medical treatment and poor conditions in homes and hospitals — notably lack of power or access to safe drinking water – are suspected as playing a role.center_img While there has been some progress, conditions are still grim.Only 64 percent of the power grid has been restored.The human impact of that statistic was poignantly detailed by “Hamilton” creator Lin- Manuel Miranda in a Washington Post op-ed, which describes his uncle going 85 days without being able to turn on a light, stock a refrigerator or take a hot shower.Times reporter Sheri Fink visited a senior-citizen complex without power where vulnerable residents have fallen in the dark, medications are missed and special diets go by the wayside.Such situations would not be tolerated in any mainland American city or state.The disgraceful treatment of Puerto Rico as an afterthought is evident in tax measures being proposed by the GOP in its overhaul of the tax code.Both House and Senate bills would impose new taxes on U.S. companies with operations in Puerto Rico, lumping the U.S. territory into the same category as foreign countries.last_img read more