Reed Mathis & More Lead Joni Mitchell Brunch Tribute At Terrapin Crossroads [Photos/Video]

first_imgAt the end of last year, another bassist of great regard brought together a band of talent to Terrapin Crossroads to perform tunes that, to many, are the epitome of Sunday music. On December 10th, 2017, TXR hosted Reed Mathis and a limited-time group of musicians for a special brunch tribute to iconic songstress Joni Mitchell. Performing two sets over three hours, Mathis, the mind behind Electric Beethoven and frequent Grateful Dead-member collaborator, traded chops with some of the area’s finest on pieces pulled from Mitchell’s extensive catalog.Terrapin Crossroads has certainly established itself as a staple for great live music in the North Bay. Hosting a multitude of talent, whether on the large stage of the Grate Room, the outdoor waterside stage, or the intimate bar stage in the center of the restaurant, this venue offers up music nearly every day of the week, and the musicians who perform here are as tasty as the food and drink. Fans have come to realize that high-caliber players often show up to sit in or play in these informal surroundings, including the venue’s proprietor Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Peter Rowan, and Barry Sless, to name a few. For locals, the special treat of being within feet of this talent while eating a great meal makes the experience all the better. Although most shows fall during happy hour or later, Sundays at Terrapin offer brunch shows that provide fans a great musical closer to the weekend while they enjoy coffee, benedicts, friends, and jams.Sharing the stage on Sunday, 12/10/17 was the talented Jeanette Ferber on vocals, who would have moved Mitchell herself. Handling the keys was East coast transplant Jordan Feinstein, the founder of Jordan and The Ritual. The Ritual are considered one of the area’s most original formations, consisting of a cycling cast of who’s who in the local scene. Taking on the skins was long-time drummer Pete Lavezzoli, who is the touring rhythm for Melvin Seals & JGB. Finally, Electric Beethoven’s axe-man, Clay Welch, bestowed his soulful touch throughout the set, alternating between slide and finger picking, handling the intricacies like a pro.Although one might expect female vocals throughout the sets, all whom graced the stage, with the exception of Welch, contributed either alone or in duet to a number of tunes, reinforcing the talent of these individuals in both instrumentation and voice. Though the talent and music of Joni Mitchell are currently absent in the live setting, seeing these folks choose to pay tribute to her with the deepest of regards was a moving experience–a reminder that her contributions continue to influence people over many generations and that her music and words will forever have a place in humanity.Watch Jeannette Ferber lead the band in a rendition of Mitchell’s “A Case of You” from the brunch performance below, courtesy of YouTube user Cory Ferber:If you missed the opportunity to hear great takes on these classics in December and are looking for some soul food to satisfy both the ears and the body, the group is conducting an encore performance tomorrow, Sunday, January 7th at Terrapin Crossroads.Below, you can view a gallery of photos from the 12/10/17 performance courtesy of photographer Jake Cudek: Joni Mitchell Brunch (Reed Mathis, Jeanette Ferber, Jordan Feinstein, Pete Lavezzoli, Clay Welch) | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | Photos: Jake Cudek Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Leftover Salmon Tears Up Fort Collins For Two Wild Nights [Full Show Audio/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Fat Guerilla Productions Load remaining images Photo: Nicholas Stock Night 2 For their second night at The Aggie, Leftover Salmon invited Niwot’s The Jauntee to Fort Collins to warm up the crowd. It would be easy to lump them into the progressive rock category, however, this misses the mark. This is a multi-genre jam band that is ridiculously fun. Each song was a new adventure; they opened up with “Before The Storm”. Funk, Americana, rock and roll were all on the table as The Jauntee took the audience on a ride for an hour. The bubbly “Renaissance Man” featured the funky bass of John Loland and the straightforward vocals of Tyler Adams. Ultimately guitarist Caton Sollenberger stole the show with his intricate riffs and relentless solos. “Old Thompson” was a highly composed tune with countless twists and turns. The Jauntee is the type of band you randomly come across at a festival and then never forget.Setlist: The Jauntee | Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO | 2/3/2018Set 1: Before the Storm, Know it All > For the Birds, Renaissance Man -> Fear, Valley Girl, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere> Old ThompsonLeftover Salmon returned to the Aggie stage for one more night of rambunctious rowdiness and tight tunes. Vince danced his way through “Better” to start the set. Salmon went deep and dark on night two with huge versions of “Breakin Through” and the Vince-sung “Danger Man.” The “Pasta On The Mountain” was a huge high point with a version of The Eagles’ “Hotel California” sung to the tune of “Rocky Top” into the Grateful Dead’s “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” smack dab in the middle. They brought back the “Pasta” to end the first set.The “Zombie Jamboree” got fans dancing early during the second set. Vince invited his son, Silas Herman (Gipsy Moon), to lend his strings to the mix on “Unplug That Telephone.” He stayed up for the “Sockeye” jam as well. Andy again took a turn on the mic for “Light Behind The Rain.” They closed with a huge version of Lou Reed’s “Rock and Roll.” The encore again took on monumental proportions with Rag’n Bone Man’s “Rueben’s Train” setting the stage for a huge jam that included Iron Butterfly’s “In A Gadda Da Vida” as well as The Beatles’ “Come Together.”Setlist: Leftover Salmon | Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO | 2/3/2018Set One: Better, Gold Hill Line, Here Comes The Night, Flight Of The Durbin> Breakin’ Through, Higher Ground, Danger Man, Pasta On The Mountain> Hotel Rocky Top> Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad> Pasta On The MountainSet Two: All Night Ride, Zombie Jamboree, The Other Side, Winter’s Gone Today, Out In The Woods, Unplug That Telephone*>  (Sockeye)*> Light Behind The Rain, Unpromised Land, Rock and RollEncore: Reubens’ Train> Hot Corn, Cold Corn> Reubens’ Train> In A Gadda Da Vida> Come Together> Crossroads> Reubens’ Train* with Silas Herman on guitar[Audio: Eric Wilkens]Leftover Salmon, and in particular Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt are the godfathers of jamgrass. They represent all that is good in the music world of Colorado. They are singlehandedly responsible for inspiring generations of jammers and bluegrass fans. And they are still at it today. With a slew of tour dates including their upcoming stay at The Stanley Hotel and a slot at Summer Camp Music Festival, Leftover Salmon shows no signs of slowing down. Next time they are heading through your town don’t hesitate, just go.You can check out a collection of photos from Leftover Salmon’s recent show in Fort Collins below, courtesy of the author, Nicholas Stock.Leftover Salmon | Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO | 2/2/2018 | Photo: Nicholas Stock Over the weekend, Leftover Salmon splashed down for two nights in The Choice City with a bucketload of buttery jams and assorted shenanigans. For the group’s two-night run at Fort Collins, Colorado’s Aggie Theatre, the band invited newcomers Woodshed Red to open the show on Friday and The Jauntee to take those honors on Saturday. Leftover Salmon is a band anew; what began as an injection of youth from banjoist Andy Thorn has continued with the addition of Alwyn Robinson on drums and now Erik Deutsch on keys. Objectively, Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt are the old guys, but their picking skills are still second to none.Night 1Night one began with Colorado Springs’ Woodshed Red. This four-piece is just a good time. Their style of dance-fueled jam grass was an excellent start to the night. With the release of their first album Rosin On the Bow in 2014, Woodshed Red has been garnering new fans up and down the Front Range ever since. This is Colorado music at its finest. They opened up with “I Never.” Originals like the snappy instrumental “Pink Pants” blended beautifully with a grass cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On.” Woodshed Red is definitely a band to keep your eye on if you dig solid musicianship and strong songwriting. The cherry on top was a stringed out version of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire.”Setlist: Woodshed Red | Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO | 2/2/2018Set One: I Never, Pink Pants, Wreckin Machine, Ramble On, Real Mother For Ya, I’m On Fire, Carry On, $$$$$Leftover Salmon shows are chocked full of musical prowess and their two nights in Fort Collins were no exception. With a new album Something Higher set for release in early May, Salmon has a slew of fresh material which made it’s way into the set lists both nights.This was some fresh Salmon mixed nicely with all the classics fans have come to love. The highlight of the first set was an unbelievable version of The Grateful Dead’s “U.S. Blues”, which segued tightly into Afroman’s “Because I Got High” before returning to the Dead favorite. They kept that vibe going with “Deep Elum Blues” before Drew Emmitt took the vocals on an Earth-shaking “Down In The Hollow.” They ended their first of four set with a bouncy “Sing Up To the Moon.”Salmon’s second set of night one featured some stellar banjo work from Andy Thorn, particularly on “Gulf Mexico.” The band unexpectedly broke into an instrumental version of Phil Collins’ “That’s All” righter after “Bird Call.” Drew again demonstrated his robust vocals during a top-notch “Bend In The River.” The rest of the set was a massive jam with extensive transitions including everything from the Salmon classic “Jack London” to The Who’s new-wave throwdown “Eminence Front.” They closed it down with “Morning Sun.” The encore deserves another paragraph, but let’s just say it was worth the wait.Setlist: Leftover Salmon | Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO | 2/2/2018Set One: Mountain Top, Show Me Something Higher, Southern Bell, Colorado Evermore, Valley Of The Full Moon, US Blues> Cause I Got High> US Blues> Deep Elum Blues, Down In The Hollow, Rag Mama Rag, Sing Up To The MoonSet Two: Reach, Liza, Gulf Of Mexico, Bird Call,  (Sockeye – That’s All), Bend In The River, Live It High> Takin’ Care Of Business> Honky Tonk Woman>  Jack London> Live It High> Eminence Front> Morning SunEncore: New Speedway Boogie> Wake n Bake> New Speedway Boogie> Let In A Little Light[Audio: Eric Wilkens] Leftover Salmon | Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO | 2/3/2018 | Photo: Nicholas Stocklast_img read more

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Seniors DART for last time

first_img However, many other seniors find the academic burden is replaced by the weight of finding a job or applying to graduate school. Sullivan said her final semester would only be less stressful in terms of academics. Freshman Catherine O’Donnell said she wasn’t very worried about registering and she doesn’t believe she will encounter much trouble getting into the necessary classes. Many freshmen arranged for individual meetings with their advisors in the weeks leading up to registration. “I don’t know if we’re having trouble getting classes that we need to graduate,” Sullivan said. “But I know some people are having trouble getting the classes they wanted.” Registration can be a stressful experience for students of all years, but many freshman said they don’t have too many concerns. “There are more than enough classes I’m interested in, so if I don’t get my top choices I’ll be fine,” Kokotajlo said. “[My DART time] is on the second day, but it’s early in the morning, so I suppose that’s average.” Other students, however, decided to forgo taking the classes they wanted in order to save money. Choosing to become a part-time student for the final semester, such as Coldren did, saved seniors money on their tuition. Monday and Tuesday marked that last DART registration period for the Notre Dame’s Class of 2011. “How much time the applications take depends on where I could be traveling. It might be twice a month but hopefully not that much,” Coldren said. “Most people though, apply between 14 and 16.” Coldren said she wished she could stay as a full-time student. “Part-time students pay by credit, and to be a part-time student, you need under 12 [credits]. I’ll be taking eight next semester,” she said. “I’m still technically a Notre Dame student, even though I’ll be taking less classes.” While the senior class DARTed for the final time, the freshman class just began to register on their own and many have found the registration process less confusing than they originally thought. “I think that the last semester for seniors is more laid back,” Coldren said. “There’s a lot less to do.”center_img For Coldren, this academic time will be replaced by job and graduate university applications. Coldren said while taking her final pairs of classes and labs, she applied to 16 different schools. Senior Elaine Coldren said she did not face much competition for classes for her upper-level science classes. “I spoke with my advisor,” freshman Daniel Kokotajlo said. “We mostly talked about politics and my philosophy major.” “I mean, no one wants to end up with a bum schedule, but it should end up all right,” she said. “There are some [classes] that I need for major requirements, but they’re still the really big lecture classes.” “I like to learn so I would enjoy getting to take the extra elective classes,” she said. “But in terms of finances, it’s cheaper for my family if I’m part-time.” Some seniors worried about getting into the classes they needed in order to meet graduation requirements, while others looked for fun electives to fill their last semester at Notre Dame. The majority, though, did not find registering for requirements difficult. After one semester at Notre Dame, O’Donnell said she felt she was well-prepared to register for the Spring. “You have a better handle on classes,” she said. “Plus, you realize just how much you don’t want 8:30 classes.” Another senior, Caitlin Sullivan, said it was her desired classes, rather than the required classes, that were hard for her to get. In general, seniors reported feeling less stressed academically about their last semester.last_img read more

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Pfizer Seeking Emergency Use Of Its COVID-19 Vaccine In US

first_imgMontgomery County Planning Commission / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 NEW YORK (AP) – Pfizer said Friday it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic; but not until after a long, hard winter.The action comes days after Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech announced that its vaccine appears 95% effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.The companies said that protection plus a good safety record means the vaccine should qualify for emergency use authorization, something the Food and Drug Administration can grant before the final testing is fully complete. In addition to Friday’s FDA submission, they have already started “rolling” applications in Europe and the U.K. and intend to submit similar information soon.“Our work to deliver a safe and effective vaccine has never been more urgent,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement. With the coronavirus surging around the U.S. and the world, the pressure is on for regulators to make a speedy decision.“Help is on the way,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert said on the eve of Pfizer’s announcement, adding that it’s too early to abandon masks and other protective measures. “We need to actually double down on the public health measures as we’re waiting for that help to come.”Friday’s filing would set off a chain of events as the FDA and its independent advisers debate if the shots are ready. If so, still another government group will have to decide how the initial limited supplies are rationed out to anxiously awaiting Americans.How much vaccine is available and when is a moving target, but initial supplies will be scarce and rationed. Globally, Pfizer has estimated it could have 50 million doses available by year’s end.About 25 million may become available for U.S. use in December, 30 million in January and 35 million more in February and March, according to information presented to the National Academy of Medicine this week. Recipients will need two doses, three weeks apart.Not far behind is competitor Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine. Its early data suggests the shots are as strong as Pfizer’s, and that company expects to also seek emergency authorization within weeks. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Is Man of La Mancha Heading Back to Broadway?

first_imgCould the Man of La Mancha live the impossible dream once more on the Great White Way? It’s possible, and just in time for the 50th anniversary. According to The Washington Post, rights holder Martha Nelly Wasserman announced Broadway plans for the show following a performance at D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company.Wasserman, who is the widow of the Tony-winning musicals’ book writer Dale Wasserman, addressed the cast and creative team of the regional production and confirmed that she was “looking for stars” for a potential Broadway bow.Man of La Mancha is inspired by Wasserman’s teleplay I, Don Quixote, which is of course based on the 17th-century classic by Miguel de Cervantes. The musical follows the author as he awaits trial by reenacting his manuscript with his fellow prisoners.The show premiered on Broadway in 1965 and went on to win five Tony Awards including Best Musical. It has been revived on Broadway four times since—most recently in 2002 (with Brian Stokes Mitchell in the title role). View Commentslast_img read more

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UPL Update

first_img Engaging in UPL can land you behind bars Loretta C. O’Keeffe UPL Department, Tampa Branch Effective July 1, 1996, the heat was turned up against individuals engaged in the unlicensed practice of law in Florida. Under Rule 10-7.2(e) of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, a possible five months in jail and a $2,500 fine could be imposed against an individual who is found to be in contempt of the Supreme Court of Florida for the unlicensed practice of law.Traditionally, contempt proceedings are initiated by The Florida Bar when an individual or business continues to engage in the practice of law in violation of an injunction from the Supreme Court enjoining the individual or business from practicing law in Florida. However, contempt proceedings may be instituted for a first offense in egregious cases.Similar to Rule 3.840 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 10-7.2 sets forth strict guidelines that must be followed for initiating and conducting an indirect criminal contempt case.After obtaining approval from the Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law and the Board of Governors, The Florida Bar files a sworn petition alleging facts that constitute the unlicensed practice of law in Florida and includes a request for a contempt citation. The court then issues an order to show cause directed to the respondent requiring the respondent to appear before a referee. The respondent is arraigned at the time of the hearing before the referee. The Florida Bar, as the prosecuting authority, must prove guilt of the respondent beyond a reasonable doubt. At the conclusion of the hearing, the referee enters a judgment of guilty or not guilty. A referee’s finding of guilty and recommended sentence is sent to the Supreme Court of Florida for approval, modification, or rejection based upon the law.Since 1996, the Bar has sought indirect criminal contempt against several individuals all of which have resulted either in jail time or a suspended sentence with jail if the probation is violated. The Bar has a case pending where the Bar is seeking to have the suspended sentence revoked for a probation violation — the respondent continued to practice law. If granted, the respondent will serve five months in jail. UPL Update June 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Long Island Waterfront Restaurants Reopening After Sandy

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone joined Fire Island business leaders in Ocean Beach on Friday, May 10, 2013.Rachel’s Waterside Grill on Freeport’s famed Nautical Mile celebrated its grand reopening about six months after Superstorm Sandy swamped the popular eatery. CJ’s Bar and Grill, one of the best known pubs in downtown Ocean Beach on Fire Island, has meanwhile been rushing to open its doors by Memorial Day weekend.Both restaurants’ owners joined public officials in recent news conferences declaring that the waterfront tourist destinations they call home are back in business—although reconstruction may not be complete until closer to the unofficial start of summer in cases such as CJ’s. The comeback is the latest sign LI is not giving up after the catastrophe.“It was hectic, and crazy, and busy, and fun,” Ivan Sayles, owner of Rachel’s Waterside Grill, optimistically told the Press while describing the April 26 grand reopening as an adventure. “It is like opening a brand new place. Business was phenomenal.”Restaurants re-opening in hard-hit areas include Fatfish Wine & Bar Bistro in Bay Shore, Captain Bill’s Restaurant and Catering also in Bay Shore, View Restaurant in Oakdale, E B Elliot’s Restaurant in Freeport and in Long Beach: The Cabana; West End Pizza; East End Pizza; and Whale’s Tale, according to the Long Island Restaurant Association.In the days and weeks after Sandy, it wasn’t clear how many local businesses that lost inventory and equipment to flooding would reopen. Nearly seven months later, the discouraging sight of debris has been replaced with ‘open’ signs on business doors.“It has been inspiring to walk these streets where flood waters would have been at our waist six months ago,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said at a May 10 news conference in Ocean Beach. “All of these business opening and ready for the tourism season is nothing short of a miracle.”Relief can be detected in the voice of the several business owners who have recently reopened their stores.“There was three feet of water in this building,” said Chris Mercogliano, who owns CJ’s, the 40-year-old bar that was initially believed to be gone forever after Sandy. “We had to completely gut it; all new electric, all new plumbing. It was basically a brand new place. There’s not much left of the old place now.”He and several other FI business and civic leaders launched the Revive Fire Island campaign to raise money and awareness of the barrier island’s comeback.“It’s been a long, hard struggle, but as you can see we’re open for business,” said Ocean Beach Mayor James Mallott, who owns The Albatross bar. “We want everyone to know that we are here.”Back in Freeport, where the local chamber of commerce told reporters that some Nautical Mile establishments will not return this season, the optimism was tinged with harsh realities.The future of Rachel’s Waterside Grill became dimmer after the storm when government aid was not provided for the desolated business. But a $50,000 grant from National Grid provided well needed help to get the restaurant back on its feet, said Sayles.Peter’s Clam Bar on Long Beach Road is among the local shops mounting a comeback after Sandy assaulted the eatery. Dominick DeSimone, the bar’s co-owner, describes the months after the hurricane as agonizing.“[The work has been] very heart breaking,” he said, noting that they reopened despite renovations being one third completed. “We’re waiting for some aid, but there’s no aid at this point.”Kurt Smith, owner of Flair House clothing store in Ocean Beach, said Sandy forced him to leave his winter job to oversee the rebuilding of his boutique.“I was pretty much here all winter,” he said. “Seven days a week since February; just making sure that the finished work was done and get everything opened up close to on time. I opened up a week later than I usually do.”Smith, like other small business owners who rely on a short window of warm weather on LI to draw customers, is banking on patrons returning from bygone seasons.“Hopefully people will come back to and enjoy the Island again,” he said. “Probably my favorite thing to see is when people come here and they find out what it is and then they fall in love with it for the first time. It’s kind of like a tag line; once you come here you pretty much never leave.”last_img read more

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Gang Investigator Shot, Wounded in Huntington Station

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Huntington Station man has been arrested for allegedly shooting and wounding a Suffolk County police Gang Unit officer in Huntington Station late Wednesday night, authorities said.The alleged gunman, 22-year-old Sheldon Leftenant, pleaded not guilty to attempted aggravated murder and resisting arrest during his arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Thursday. Officer Mark Collins was driving an unmarked police car was he pulled over a vehicle on Mercer Court, when Leftenant allegedly shot him twice shortly before midnight Thursday, authorities said.Leftenant was apprehended an hour later. The officer, who was shot once in the neck and once in the hip, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is listed in serious but stable condition. He was reportedly placed in medically induced coma. Detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

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Majority of Canadians reject paying for Harry, Meghan’s security

first_imgA clear majority of Canadians feel their country does not have to pay for security for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, who have settled in British Columbia.Seventy-seven percent of people surveyed by Nanos Research, for CTV, believe the Candian taxpayer does not have to pay for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex because they are not in Canada as representatives of the Queen.Canada is a parliamentary monarchy and Queen Elizabeth II is the reigning head of state. But Harry and Meghan — who live in Victoria, on Vancouver Island — are taking no chances: last month they issued a legal warning to media over photographs of the duchess out walking her dogs with Archie, their son.Their lawyers claimed the images were taken without Meghan’s consent, the BBC reported, and the couple were prepared to take legal action.Perhaps more worrying for the couple in the long run is that only 32 percent of those surveyed were strongly in favor of maintaining links with the royal family and their country’s status as a constitutional monarchy. Twenty-eight percent said they were only somewhat supported that option.And 35 percent would be more or less strongly in favor of abolishing links with the British monarchy.The survey was conducted by telephone and online, with a sample of 1,003 Canadians and a margin of error of 3.1 percent.Topics : Only 19 percent of Canadians would not object to their country assuming a share of the security costs.There has been no official announcement about the question of security for Prince Harry and Meghan, or who will cover the bill, now that they have officially left the royal family.Canadian authorities have only indicated that discussions were taking place.More than two-thirds of Canadians feel the privacy of the couple and their infant son will be better respected in Canada than it was in Britain.last_img read more

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[UPDATED] Papuan farmer dies after alleged beating by police officer at palm oil company office

A Papuan man has died shortly after allegedly being hit by a police officer while making a complaint against a palm oil company he believed was responsible for knocking down his banana plantation in Asiki village, Boven Digoel regency, in Papua.The incident began after the man, identified as Marius Betera, visited the company, PT Tunas Sawa Erma (TSE), on Saturday at 11 a.m. local time to report on the felling of his banana farm, located within the TSE’s plantation complex, according to a chronology of events provided in a report by Merauke Archdiocese’s Secretariat of Justice and Peace and the Pusaka Foundation.At the company’s office, Marius met TSE’s supervisor, identified as A, and complained that he had not been notified prior to the felling. Normally, the company would notify residents who owned farms before clearing the land so that they could collect their harvest first. The company’s director, Vinoba Chandra, sent a statement to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, disputing this claim. Vinoba said the company had informed Marius about the plan to vacate the land in February this year. In the clarification letter, Vinoba said the land planted with banana trees by Marius belonged to TSE and Marius in fact was a former employee, not from that village but from the Tanah Merah area in the regency. “He resigned in 2019 and the company let him live in the company’s housing complex, Camp 19, in Jair district, Boven Digoel,” the statement said. The company claimed Marius did not hold any customary rights to the land.The report the Post received said the company called a police officer, identified only as MY, to confiscate the machete that Marius had brought with him. The officer arrived and struck Marius on the neck, the side of his head and kicked him in the stomach, according to the report.Boven Digoel Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Syamsurijal told the Post that an employee at the company, alarmed at the sight of Marius carrying the weapons, called the police for help.Vinoba, however, denied that the company had called the local police. “In reality, the company never specifically called the local police in relation to the victim’s visit to our office,” Vinoba said. Marius, who was in pain, asked the officer to stop beating him. TSE’s employee and its security staffers also reportedly witnessed the violence. After leaving the company’s office, Marius visited a nearby police station to report the abuse against him, but he could not file a complaint as the officer was not there and so decided to return home.Feeling ill, Marius went to a clinic within TSE’s complex at 1 p.m. local time. Marius collapsed upon arriving at the clinic and died shortly afterwards.According to the report, Marius’ family demanded that the Boven Digoel Police hold the police officer responsible for the abuse and demanded the company dismiss the supervisor and security staffers for letting the violence take place. The family also asked that customary fines be paid.Petrus Canisius Mandagi, current acting head of the Merauke Archdiocese, condemned the incident, saying that Papuans were humans and they “should not be subjected to violence, let alone be killed”.He demanded authorities conduct a thorough investigation and enforce the law. “The police should protect everyone, not just the people who work at the company,” Petrus said.Separately, Boven Digoel Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Syamsurijal said police had arrested the police officer who allegedly attacked Marius and asked the family of the victim to file an official report.“The post-mortem examination found that [Marius] died of a heart attack. The perpetrator, however, will be charged with persecution and be given an internal sanction for violating ethics,” he told the Post on Tuesday.Editor’s note: We updated this article to add the clarification from PT Tunas Sawa Erma.Topics : read more

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