Phish-Inspired Author Jürgen Fauth Pens Reflections On Prince

first_imgIn the wake of Prince’s death, most everyone has shared an emotional tribute to the late great Purple One. This heartfelt reflection came to us by way of Jürgen Fauth, a novelist who most recently caught our attention by setting his latest murder mystery novel, Head Cases Vol I: The Ashakiran Tape, at a Phish concert. Fauth tells us what it means to be a Prince appreciator from the perspective of a Grateful Dead/Phish fan, sharing his personal story from the lens of an experienced writer. Enjoy Fauth’s tale below:One sweaty August night in 1997, Prince was strutting across the stage of the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, segueing from “Purple Rain” into “Little Red Corvette,” and I felt like I was finally done with him.The massive ego commandeering the crowd’s attention, the constant exhortations demanding we get funky, the pandering medleys of number one hits that jumped breathlessly from chorus to chorus — this wasn’t what I wanted from live music anymore, it wasn’t my idea of a great show or a respectful performer. When Prince (or rather, at this point, The Artist) informed us from the lip of the stage that “this ain’t a sit-down party,” I wanted to shout back: “That’s for us to decide — you just play the music!”  Once upon a time, Prince had meant the world to me. I was 15 when his Purple Reign began, and he had everything my sleepy German spa town home was missing: swagger, courage, wit, weirdness, psychedelia, pop, rock, funk, sex, and style. Prince was the essential liberating force of my adolescence and my first extended dive into obsessive fandom: collecting every 12″ version and MTV Europe video clip I could get my hands on, watching VHS tapes of Under the Cherry Moon and Sign o’ the Times on repeat while the unfolded LP cover of Parade leered from my wall like a sex-drenched joker. No party was complete without an extended workout of “It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Night,” and precious teenage memories still cling to every line of every song. Long before I knew about the Grateful Dead’s taping scene or conceived of writing a detective novel about the hunt for a legendary Phish recording called The Ashakiran Tape, there was the glorious moment in 1988 when I held in my hands a bootleg tape of The Black Album — discovered in the bins of a sketchy record store in the Italian city state of San Marino.When I finally got to see him for the first time, in Mannheim in 1990, I was primed for a religious experience — and Prince delivered. I distinctly remember a moment during the second encore when the house lights came on and the room turned into a boundless dance party that just happened to have the most talented artist of his generation up on stage. It was the moment when I first felt the borders between audience and musician collapse, the potential of the live experience stretching out before me in all directions, expansive and joyful as the music, leaving the confines of song behind and funking on out towards infinity: This isn’t music, this is a trip.A few years later, I decamped to the US and, in my search for ever more adventurous live experiences, happened on a little band previously unknown to me called The Grateful Dead. In demeanor and attitude, the Dead were the diametrical opposite of Prince’s persona: instead of grand James-Brown-style entrances, they shambled on stage with their backs to the audience, tuned up for a bit, and then eased into a song without so much as looking up from their instruments. On most nights, leader Jerry Garcia was wearing a black t-shirt and sweatpants, and the sexiest thing on stage were Bob Weir’s knees below his cut-off jeans shorts. Nobody ever spoke into a microphone except to mumble something about setbreak. The Dead were all about getting the ego out of the way and letting the music soar on its own.From the first time I saw the Dead, in October 1994, it was apparent that Garcia was in ill health, and I latched on with the ferocity of someone who instinctively knew it was going to end soon. I caught the tail end of that trip, managing to squeeze in 13 shows before that last night in Chicago and Garcia’s death in 1995, at 53. I took it hard, flew to San Francisco and slept in Golden Gate Park for the memorial, certain I’d never again hear as sweet and loving a sound as Jerry’s explorative, lyrical guitar.A year later, I started seeing another band that had absorbed many of the Dead’s principles: not just the extended shows that drew from a huge repertoire and relied on streched-out improvisation, but also an essential humility before the mystery of the music. Even though Phish’s cocky, red-headed guitarist was as good as anyone I’d ever seen, he wasn’t the band’s focus, exactly.  The songs mattered more than any one personality, and like a Dead show, the concerts were all about creating versions of that moment I had first tasted in Mannheim: the band and the audience, celebrating read more

The Grateful Dead Once Welcomed Allman Brothers Members For A 33-Minute “Lovelight” [Listen]

first_img1970 was quite a year for music, as both the Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band were forging their way into lengthy careers. One highlight moment of that year came on February 11th, as both bands wound up on the same bill at the famed Fillmore East venue. Not only did both bands play, but the Bill Graham-promoted show also featured a major collaboration between the two groups.Towards the end of the show, the Dead welcomed up Peter Green, Duane Allman, Mick Fleetwood, Danny Kirwan, Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks & Berry Oakley for a segment that included “Dark Star” into “Spanish Jam” into “Turn On Your Lovelight.” This was an all-time version of “Lovelight,” clocking in at over 33 minutes for a wild bluesy celebration.Wrote Phil Lesh in his book, “It’s a surprisingly coherent free-for-all, with five guitarists , four drummers, organ, and — Pigpen roaring over it all… My mind starts to stretch out of shape… Everyone on stage is flat-out wailing. He continues, saying after the show, “I walk outside — it’s daylight, and snow is falling gently on the streets of New York… I grab Bob and Jerry in a group embrace: This is what it’s all about.”Check out the full show audio below, transferred onto by Darrin Sacks.In a time marred by darkness in so many ways, remember to turn on your Lovelight. And let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.last_img

Where runners go wrong

first_img New findings suggest hope for preventing common running injury As evidence has mounted that distance running is not just a natural human activity enjoyed by millions, but one that played a key role in evolution, a puzzle has emerged.Why, if humans are so well adapted to running long distances, do runners get hurt so often?A study out of Harvard Medical School and the National Running Center at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital provides a puzzle piece, linking injury to the pounding runners’ bones take with each step. The work, led by Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Irene Davis, found that a group of runners who had never been hurt landed each footfall more softly than a group who had been injured badly enough to seek medical attention.Statistics on such injuries vary, but somewhere between 30 percent and 75 percent of runners are hurt annually, a number that has led researchers to investigate a wide array of possible explanations, from modern running shoes to stretching, running frequency, weight, biomechanical misalignment, and muscle imbalance.A 2012 Harvard study, for example, zeroed in on injury rates among track and cross-country athletes who land on the forefoot versus the heel. Researchers led by Daniel Lieberman, the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences and chair of the Harvard Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, probed the idea that before the advent of cushioned running shoes, most runners landed on the ball of the foot because landing on the heel would be too painful. Landing on the forefoot allows the foot and ankle to absorb some of the landing shock, an impact that today’s running shoes can’t completely erase.With most runners being heel-strikers today, the added shock, multiplied over thousands of footsteps, could explain high injury rates. The 2012 study added fuel to the debate, finding a two-to-one difference in repetitive stress injuries between heel- and forefoot-strikers.Davis’ research focused on heel-strikers exclusively, since they make up most of today’s runners, and examined a cohort seldom studied, partly because they’re pretty rare: those who have never been injured.“We can learn a lot from that group,” Davis said. “What are they doing right?”Davis’ research focused on heel-strikers exclusively, since they make up most of today’s runners, and examined a cohort seldom studied, partly because they’re pretty rare: those who have never been injured. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerDavis and colleagues recruited 249 female recreational athletes who each ran at least 20 miles a week. They investigated the participants’ strides by having them run over a force plate that recorded the impact of each step.The runners agreed to respond to a monthly online questionnaire that detailed injuries over two years. With the results in, researchers first examined reports from the 144 who experienced a mild injury and the 105 who didn’t, finding little difference between the two large groups.Then they examined the smaller groups at the two extremes of the spectrum: those who had been injured seriously enough to seek medical attention and those who not only went uninjured during the course of the study, but who reported never having been injured.Significant differences emerged between the two groups in a variable called “vertical average loading rate,” which was highest in the seriously injured runners and lowest in the uninjured group.Vertical average loading rate, however, doesn’t measure the absolute peak force the body feels, which did not seem to make a difference. What did, Davis said, was suddenness of impact, where softer landers were better off. Davis said it is akin to the difference between jumping from a height and landing stiff-legged versus allowing ankles, knees, and hips to flex. Understanding the IT band The key action happens over a vanishingly small amount of time, Davis said. During a typical running stride, the foot is in contact with the ground for just about a quarter of a second; the fraction that made the difference between the two groups was only 50 milliseconds. Even so, when repeated thousands of times, that small difference can take a toll, Davis said.The difference can be visible. One never injured multi-marathoner’s stride was so smooth, Davis said, “She ran like an insect over water.” Weight was not a factor, with heavy runners among the light-footed and lighter runners among the stompers.The takeaway is that a softer footfall appears to reduce the likelihood of injury. Previous studies show that one potential approach for runners trying to cut the chances of injury is to adopt an impact-absorbing forefoot strike — which Davis herself, a barefoot runner, uses. But even the committed heel-striker can learn from the gliders, Davis said.For one, their soft-landing steps tend to be very quiet. Runners should take out the earbuds and pay attention to the read more

PowerProtect, SAP Hana and Google Cloud: One of Our Best Kept Secrets

first_imgCan Dell EMC data protection solutions protect SAP workloads on the Google Cloud? It’s a question that has come up lately, and the answer is a resounding YES!In fact, Dell Technologies Data Protection engineering has partnered with Google Cloud to bring our customers’ SAP S/4HANA enterprise workloads to their cloud infrastructure using Dell EMC NetWorker and PowerProtect DD Virtual Edition products. This cooperative partnership creates a solution through a specific framework in which both parties accept it as a viable, transparent and easily deployable solution by our mutual customers.Why is this important? SAP has over 440,000 global customers requiring in-cloud and on-premise data protection, and Dell Technologies boasts well over 2.7 exabytes of data protected in the cloud*. Google Cloud is a rapidly growing public cloud platform and the three organizations boast a multitude of mutual customers – from SMBs to large enterprises – that are building their cloud infrastructure and looking for consistent and reliable cloud experience. This partnership brings that and more.The combination of PowerProtect DD VE and the Data protection Suite with NetWorker lets SAP admins protect their data using their native tools, but also provide them with the simplicity and efficiency of backing up directly to PowerProtect DDVE. This seamless experience eliminates the complexity of traditional backup software and puts control in the hands of SAP data owners, letting them have the control they need to do backups when they want.And one more point – Dell EMC’s solutions are Certified with SAPs Backint API, allowing them to integrate directly into S/4HANA Studio, giving SAP Basis and database administrators direct control over backup and recovery, enabling self-service without any loss of visibility.Dell Technologies, Google Cloud and SAP is a pretty impressive lineup, and if you are looking at building or expanding this kind of infrastructure, take a few minutes to learn more.For more information on the partnership, check out the partnership solution brief here.You can find more information about Dell EMC data protection and SAP solutions in general, here.*Based on Dell analysis, February 2020last_img

Musical groups tour over spring break

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Daniel Pedroza Sophomores Ricardo Castañeda, left, Quint Mediate, Ryan McMullen and Daniel Pedroza pose on the Glee Club’s concert tour.Members of the Glee Club and Women’s Liturgical Choir (WLC) spent their spring breaks on tour, sharing their repertoires with audiences across the country.The Women’s Liturgical Choir toured for five days, visiting Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas, sophomore and choir secretary Alyssa McBride said.“With the exception of our last stop in San Antonio, the choristers stayed with various host families from the ND Dallas and Austin Alumni Clubs,” McBride said.“It was absolutely wonderful; each of the families that I interacted with were so generous.”The WLC sang at a variety of Masses but also held concerts at other locations, Saint Mary’s junior Libby Wright, vice president of the choir, said.“We sing a variety of pieces ranging from Renaissance polyphony and music from the 17th through the 21st century, including the highest quality of music called chant,” Wright said.“We sang at three different Masses and had two concerts. They included music from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to more traditional music composed by John Rutter.“All of our Masses and concerts concluded with the Alma Mater, Notre Dame Our Mother.”The Women’s Liturgical Choir goes on one national tour every year, McBride said.“It provides the ND WLC the opportunity to share our gifts with communities across the country,” McBride said.“We share the word of God through song each weekend at the Vigil Mass at the Basilica of Sacred Heart, but we wish to expand our influence beyond the immediate Notre Dame community as well.“The power of music is truly dynamic; It brings people together and provides them a unique way to nurture their faith,” she said. “Secondly, our tour is a bonding experience for the members of our choir.”The Glee Club began its tour in Crystal Lake, Illinois and then traveled throughout California, sophomore Daniel Pedroza, a member of the Glee Club, said. The Club sang a two-part concert at venues in Orange County, Los Angeles, Camarillo, Napa, Danville, San Francisco and Oakland, Pedroza said.‘The first part is a bit more classical,” he said. “We sing pieces from the Renaissance period and a few Gregorian chants in Latin.“Then we have a few international pieces, which we will sing over a grand tour of Europe we will be doing this summer.“The second half includes some spirituals, barbershop and a few brand new folk songs arranged for us and commissioned by the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.”The Glee Club was also able to participate in activities other than singing, Pedroza said.“Personally, my favorite part, apart from singing at some amazing sites like the Cathedral in Oakland, was exploring San Francisco via a 20-mile bike ride that myself and a few other of the guys did. I had never been before and I can say that I was extremely moved by getting to ride over the Golden Gate Bridge.”Pedroza said the Glee Club tours every spring and fall break and will sing 15 concerts in 8 countries in Europe this summer.The Glee Club will hold its annual Spring Concert on Friday, March 20 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.Tags: Glee Club, spring break tour, Women’s Liturgical Choirlast_img

Hughie, Starring Forest Whitaker, Opens on Broadway

first_img© Justin “Squigs” Robertson Show Closed This production ended its run on March 27, 2016 Related Shows Ready to take a 65-minute trip to 1920s Times Square with an Oscar winner and a Tony winner? Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie, starring Forest Whitaker in his Broadway debut, opens officially at the Booth Theatre on February 25. Michael Grandage directs the new revival.To commemorate the production’s big night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the cast. In addition to Whitaker as Erie Smith, the portrait features Tony winner Frank Wood as the Night wishes a happy opening to the cast of Hughie. We hope you enjoy your stay! About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Hughie View Commentslast_img

Top 4 challenges keeping managers up at night

first_imgBeing in a position of high regard in the workplace is something to be proud of. You’ve worked extremely hard to get where you are and others have seen in you the ability to effectively manage others. Although being a manager has various advantages, there are many aspects of your role that will undoubtedly challenge you along the way. Below are four situations you may experience as a manager that will almost certainly keep you up at night.Firing or laying off an employeeNo matter the circumstance, this will never be an easy task for any manager. Even if you never saw eye-to-eye with the employee, breaking the news of their termination is always going to be upsetting and stressful. Knowing you have to make this decision will definitely cause you anxiety. The key to getting through this rough time, both before it happens and after the employee has left, is trusting that whatever the reason, it was the best decision for the company.Conducting a bad performance reviewEach and every employee evaluation given should include necessary improvements, as no team member is perfect. What makes this encounter tense is when there are more negatives than positives to discuss. It’s tough for anyone to hear that they aren’t pulling their weight, so the best way to get through the review is to be detailed and honest, but constructive. Touch on each aspect that needs work, but end the review on a positive to offer encouragement. Knowing the discussion will likely end pleasantly will help you overcome your worry leading up to it.Intervening in office dramaWhether big or small, every office has its share of problems from time to time. When your employees are not on the same page, you will know it almost immediately. Drama and poor morale will affect everyone on the team, even if they’re not directly involved in the issue. You may worry in advance about how you will smooth out the wrinkles, but be confident in your ability to effectively lead and motivate your staff. It’s your job to step up and be the boss, especially when times are tough.Approaching your own bossIt’s not realistic to think that you will always agree with your supervisor. Just as the employees you manage don’t always agree with you, there will also be instances where you feel it’s necessary to express an opposing opinion. You may feel the need to do so on behalf of your team or because you instinctively feel strongly about something your boss is doing (or not doing). Whatever the issue, when addressing it with your manager, do so with empathy and respect. You know what it’s like to be tasked with leading others, so connect with your boss and establish a foundation of trust so you can maintain open and honest communication. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Detailslast_img

Bus crash hits 4 properties in Ithaca, minor injuries reported

first_imgPolice say the house that was struck took on significant damage, and the City of Ithaca Building Department arrived to assess the safety of the buildings involved. According to police, officers responded to a call of a motor vehicle accident on the 400 block of Hook Pl. which involved a T-Cat bus crashing into a house on the block. Police say the Ithaca Fire Department, NYS Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, and Bangs Ambulance assisted police at the scene. ITHACA (WBNG) — Ithaca Police say a T-Cat bus was involved in a crash that affected multiple properties earlier today. The bus was reported to be turning onto Hook Pl. from Haller Blvd. when the driver lost control of the bus and went off the road, crashing into three properties. The bus then veered to the other side of the street hitting trees and stopping after crashing into a fourth house. Police found the crash involved multiple properties on the block but no other vehicles. The bus driver, passengers, and home owner reported minor injuries that did not call for immediate attention. last_img

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, July 16

first_imgPutin is doing well carrying out agendaVladimir Putin’s wish list.• Weaken the bonds between the United States and Europe. Dismantle NATO.• Withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan.• U.S. withdrawal from the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) pact with Russia to prohibit the development of intermediate nuclear weapons rather than pressuring Russia to live up to its half of the agreement.• U.S. withdrawal from the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), which would have been a platform for engagement in the Asia-Pacific region and solidified relationships with our allies and firmly established the United States as a leader in the Pacific.  • U.S. withdrawal from the international treaty with Iran aimed at retarding its development of nuclear weapons.• Ease U.S. sanctions on Russian oligarchs.• Sow dissent and confusion among U.S. citizens.• Undermine critical U.S. democratic institutions like a free press, independent intelligence agencies and an independent judiciary.It scares me how well he’s doing.Arnold FactorScotiaGOP conduct shows need for term limitsIn William Malec’s July 4 letter (“Base immigration on merit, the law”), he notes “The Democrats choose to do nothing to end this crisis.” From the tone of his letter, I would have to assume he’s a Republican. And based on this assumption, I would like to ask why he and so many anti-Democrat opinions submitted about some of the issues facing our country blame the Democrats.They all seem to develop selective amnesia remembering that from 2016 to 2018, the presidency, Senate and House of Representatives were controlled by the Republicans.Why didn’t they pass legislation fixing our immigration crisis, healthcare, etc. during this time frame? For instance, why didn’t the wall get built?Why do they all now blame the Democrats?Why isn’t he mentioning references to Republican Mitch McConnell, the self-proclaimed nuclear veto leader of all legislation coming out of our now Democrat-controlled House?There’s absolutely no effort of bi-partisanship at all on his part.All of this just illustrates the need for term limits for senators and House members.It’s time to stop the blaming a particular party and try to be constructive. I myself am now considering changing my Republican registration to independent.Mike NorrisDelansonSick day pay helps in attracting teachersRegarding the July 11 Gazette editorial (“A sick deal for taxpayers”), Schenectady schools rank among systems in the area with the lowest teaching salaries.What would induce a new teacher, possibly with a lot of college debt, to consider working there? The promise of a deferred bonus at the end of a teaching career, based on sick days not used.The several thousands of dollars that are a ‘carrot at the end of the stick’ don’t equal what someone would earn during a lifetime in another school system, but they surely do sweeten the pot.Sally MagidSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionShow sensitivity to dementia caregiversDementia is a terrible disease. It attacks all parts of the brain, but seems to affect each in its own way. It robs us of those we love long before they die.Please understand, before you comment to caregivers, that no one knows what we experience except us. We tried to keep Mom at home, but she was up day and night trying to go outside, became combative at times, drove away anyone we hired to help and developed anxiety only slightly controlled by medication.We were heartbroken to admit her to a Memory Unit, but she settled in and loved the structure and the staff. She became very anxious if we took her out, and it took days for her to return to normal. I visited her each day, and the family came for holidays and celebrations.Know that when you say your aunt was able to keep grandma home until she died and why didn’t I bring mom home for Thanksgiving, it only adds to the pain we were already experiencing.Lois MillsNiskayunalast_img

Pennsylvania presenta nuevas políticas para aumentar la diversidad entre los contratistas estatales

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Equality,  Español,  Press Release Para continuar su compromiso con las pequeñas empresas (SB) y las pequeñas empresas diversas (SBD), el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció nuevos cambios en las adquisiciones para mejorar las oportunidades para las empresas que pertenecen a minorías, mujeres, LGBT, veteranos y discapacitados a la hora de competir por contratos del gobierno estatal y tener éxito en la economía estatal.“Este es otro avance importante del ambicioso proyecto que mi administración presentó hace cinco años para abrir puertas a pequeñas y diversas empresas en la contratación estatal y hacer que el proceso sea más inclusivo y diverso”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Hemos logrado avances, pero hay más trabajo por hacer. No podemos permitir que a algunas personas no se les dé la oportunidad de obtener un contrato estatal. Nuestra economía y nuestras comunidades funcionan mejor cuando todos tienen posibilidades justas de alcanzar el éxito”.Las medidas de hoy son el resultado directo del decreto sobre Diversidad, inclusión y oportunidades para pequeñas empresas en las adquisiciones del estado y en la economía de Pennsylvania del Gobernador firmado en 2015. El decreto creó la Oficina de Diversidad, Inclusión y Oportunidades para Pequeñas Empresas (BDISBO, por sus siglas en inglés) dentro del Departamento de Servicios Generales, el Consejo Asesor del Gobernador sobre Inclusión de la Diversidad y Oportunidades para Pequeñas Empresas de la que surgió un Estudio sobre la disparidad estatal en 2018 que analizó las disparidades en el sistema de contratación estatal e hizo recomendaciones para mejorarlo.“Estos cambios en la política y en el programa nos permitirán aumentar las oportunidades para las pequeñas y diversas empresas en los contratos estatales”, dijo el Secretario del Departamento de Servicios Generales, Curt Topper. “Históricamente, el proceso de contratación estatal ha sido desigual, inconsistente e injusto al momento de ofrecer oportunidades para que las SB y SDB hagan negocios con el estado”.Hay tres nuevos cambios que van a entrar en vigor.En primer lugar, cada adquisición estatal competitiva establecerá metas para la participación de las SDB en cada licitación con la intención de lograr un gasto de contratación estatal del 26.3% con las SDB. Las metas se determinan utilizando un análisis y cálculo del porcentaje de SBD verificadas por el Departamento de Servicios Generales (DGS, por sus siglas en inglés) disponibles para realizar el trabajo específico según lo determinado por el Estudio sobre disparidades y otros factores. La determinación de metas reemplaza el proceso de calificación anterior utilizado para evaluar propuestas y comienza en el día de hoy para las licitaciones de construcción de más de $300,000 y el 17 de agosto de 2020 para licitaciones de bienes y servicios de más de $250,000.En segundo lugar, el departamento ha establecido una meta del 4.6% del gasto de contratos estatales en empresas de veteranos a través del nuevo programa Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) según lo recomendado por el Estudio sobre disparidades estatales. Con el fin de aumentar la disponibilidad de VBE, el estado ahora considerará a las pequeñas empresas de propiedad de veteranos con discapacidades por haber prestado servicios tanto empresas SDB como empresas VBE. Esta consideración se otorga siempre que el solicitante tenga una verificación por terceros aprobada por el Programa de verificación de asuntos de veteranos llamado Veteranos primero y elimina la necesidad de pasar por un proceso de certificación de SDB de un tercero adicional. El departamento considerará las metas específicas del contrato para la participación en el programa VBE en cada solicitud individual que supere los umbrales en dólares identificados para la determinación de metas de las SDB, y las metas específicas de contratos mediante el programa VBE se calcularán en función de la disponibilidad de las empresas del programa VBE.En tercer lugar, la administración ha solicitado a todos los organismos estatales bajo la jurisdicción del gobernador que al menos el 15% de sus gastos contractuales se destinen a pequeñas empresas elegibles y certificadas por el estado a través del Programa de Reserva de Pequeñas Empresas (SBR, por sus siglas en inglés). El programa ayuda a todas las pequeñas empresas certificadas por el Departamento de Servicios Generales a competir como contratistas principales en las oportunidades de contratación estatal. Cada organismo tiene un empleado de nivel ejecutivo a cargo de garantizar que se alcance la meta.“Nuestro compromiso de alcanzar la meta estatal de realizar el 26% de nuestros negocios con pequeñas empresas diversas realmente ha sido un esfuerzo grupal”, dijo el Subsecretario por la Diversidad, Inclusión y Oportunidades de Pequeñas Empresas, read more