After much speculation, the new mega festival that was rumored to feature the top classic rock acts, including Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Who, Roger Waters, and The Rolling Stones, has been confirmed! Titled Desert Trip, the festival will run from October 7-9, taking place at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, CA, notably the same grounds as Coachella. The event is being organized by Goldenvoice, the company behind Coachella.In fact, those six artists will be the only ones performing, with the Stones and Dylan on night one, McCartney and Neil Young on night two, and Roger Waters and The Who on night three. The Desert Trip is sure to feature some of the most iconic music of a generation, with anthemic rock music performed by each and every band on this billing.You can watch a brief promotional video for the festival below:Tickets will go on sale next Monday, May 9th at 10 AM Pacific, and more information can be found here.
After 21 fantastic nights of music in 16 different states across the country, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s third annual “Wheels of Soul” tour is now in the rearview. The summer 2017 iteration of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s multi-band tour proved to be the biggest and most successful “Wheels of Soul” voyage to date. With support from “masters of soulful folk” The Wood Brothers and “psychedelic-blues institution” Hot Tuna, husband-and-wife bandleaders Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi and their well-oiled 12-piece outfit consistently shattered personal records throughout the tour.Over the course of their month-long run, TTB sold out shows in 10 of the 20 cities visited, brought in thousands of fans to large outdoor venues like Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, and performed more than 70 different songs—from time-tested originals to covers of classics by the likes of the Derek & Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Jefferson Airplane and beyond—continuing to affirm their stature as one of the most exciting, soulful live bands on the road today.In addition to Tedeschi Trucks Band’s ever-increasing abilities as a cohesive unit, the outfit’s third “Wheels of Soul” outing further cemented the annual tour’s reputation as a unique and unmatched collaborative summer musical experience. On multiple occasions throughout the tour, Derek and Susan welcomed their supporting bands onstage to team up on songs by everyone from B.B. King to Paul McCartney to Jefferson Airplane.The collaborations came to a peak at the band’s sold-out two-night run at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. In addition to The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna, Tedeschi Trucks band was joined over the course of the weekend by renowned jam scene elder statesmen like John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood and John Bell of Widespread Panic. You can check out never-before-seen pro-shot footage of collaborations from Tedeschi Trucks Band’s two-night Red Rocks run below:Tedeschi Trucks Band’s backstage rehearsal of Bob Dylan’s “Down Along The Cove” with Widespread Panic’s John Bell at Red Rocks:Pro-shot footage of Tedeschi Trucks Band covering The Rolling Stones’ “Sweet Virginia” at Red Rocks with help from The Wood Brothers:Along with the litany of exciting collaborations, this summer’s “Wheels of Soul” tour held a unique emotional significance for the band due the many legendary musicians who passed away earlier in the year. That list includes Dereks’ uncle Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman (both of whom Derek played for many years in the Allman Brothers Band) as well as “grandfather of the jam scene” Col. Bruce Hampton, who was sharing the stage with Trucks and scores of other musicians when he drew his final breath during the encore of his 70th birthday celebration in May. The band used the “Wheels of Soul” tour as a vehicle to cope with these losses, breaking out Allmans live staples like “Whipping Post,” “Ain’t Wastin No More Time,” and “Statesboro Blues” and dedicating a cover of Conway Twitty’s “Don’t Cry No More” to Col. Bruce during their performance at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, where Hampton gave his now-legendary final performance.“Performing is healing, for everyone on stage,” explains Trucks, “It’s important to get out and play; there is definitely something cathartic about it. You can feel it in the audience, too. People like Bruce and Butch and Gregg, they meant a lot to a lot of people. When you acknowledge those things and play that music, it helps a lot of people in a lot of ways.”In addition to paying their respects to the fallen greats, the band also dedicated a performance of “Song For You” to their keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Kofi Burbridge, who was on leave from the band for the extent of the tour after suffering a heart attack earlier this summer but is expected to make a full recovery.“Wheels of Soul” 2017 was also successful in its charitable efforts throughout the summer. As part of an initiative with the tour’s nonprofit partner, Craft for Causes, local craft brewers created a limited edition “Wheels of Soul”-themed beer in their taprooms for each of the tour’s stops. Proceeds from the sale of these local brews benefitted the Mr. Hollands Opus Foundation, a national nonprofit that works to promote and preserve music education and provide musical instruments to underprivileged youths. 40 different breweries hosted launch parties for their special “Wheels of Soul” brew in the month leading up to the performances, sporting clever names like “Butch’s Brown Ale,” “All That I Need,” and “Harmonious.” The Crafts for Causes van followed behind the tour busses throughout the run, driving 14,500 miles and covering 42 states, visiting 39 different breweries along the way.Tedeschi Trucks Band will now take a brief hiatus from the road before heading back out for their 2017 Fall Tour beginning on September 15th in Birmingham, AL. The tour encompasses the band’s annual residency at the Beacon Theatre, which will include their milestone 25th performance at the storied Manhattan venue on Wednesday, October 11th. The rest of the band’s remaining schedule for the year includes performances in L.A., San Diego, Phoenix, and Portland, as well as a 2-night run in Seattle and a 3-night stand in Susan’s native Boston to cap a busy 2017. The band is also currently in the studio working on material for their next studio album, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2016 studio release, Let Me Get By, which Live For Live Music ranked among the best albums of 2016 in a year-end poll.You can see a list of upcoming Tedeschi Trucks Band tour dates below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.Upcoming 2017 Tedeschi Trucks Band Tour Dates:9/15 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre +9/16 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre9/17 Little Rock, AR Robinson Center Music Hall +9/21 Houston, TX Hobby Center #9/22 Dallas, TX Music Hall at Fair Park #9/23 Austin, TX ACL Moody Theater # sold out10/6 New York, NY Beacon Theatre +10/7 New York, NY Beacon Theatre10/10 New York, NY Beacon Theatre %10/11 New York, NY Beacon Theatre @10/13 New York, NY Beacon Theatre10/14 New York, NY Beacon Theatre11/3 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium #11/4 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre #11/5 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater11/7 Santa Barbara, CA Arlington Theatre &11/9 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre #11/10 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre #11/11 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre &11/14 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre +11/15 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre +11/17 Oakland, CA Fox Theater #11/18 Oakland, CA Fox Theater11/30 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre @12/1 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre12/2 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre+ with Greyhounds# with Hard Working Americans% with The Wood [email protected] with North Mississippi Allstars& with David Luning[Cover photo via Bill McAlaine]
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigator and Harvard Medical School Professor Gary Ruvkun has been named a co-recipient of the 2014 Wolf Prize in Medicine, along with Victor Ambros of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Nahum Sonenberg of McGill University. Ruvkun and Ambros are being honored for discovering that tiny molecules of RNA,control the activity of other genes that encode proteins in animals — work previously recognized with the 2008 Lasker Award — while Sonenberg’s award recognizes his discovery of proteins that regulate protein synthesis.Presented by the Wolf Foundation of Israel since 1978, Wolf Prizes are awarded in agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, physics and the arts. Winners in each category share a $100,000 prize award, and around one-third of the recipients in chemistry, mathematics, and physics have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize. The announcement of the 2014 awards was made in Tel Aviv on Jan. 16, and the awards will be presented by Israeli president Shimon Peres at a ceremony in May.Ruvkun and Ambros began working together as Massachusetts Institute of Technology research fellows in the 1980s. In discoveries made both collaboratively and independently in their labs at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, they identified the role of single-stranded microRNAs, the smallest known genes, in regulating gene expression. Instead of being translated into proteins, microRNAs block gene expression by binding to regulatory segments in their target messenger RNAs. Since the initial discoveries, it has become apparent that most animal and plant genomes, including the human genome, contain between 500 and 1,000 microRNAs, which control an even greater number of protein-coding messenger RNAs and may be involved in a broad range of normal and disease-related activitiesRuvkun is a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and an investigator at the MGH Department of Molecular Biology and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology. Read Full Story
The IDC Technology Spotlight, sponsored by Dell, found that the Dell UltraSharp Curved Ultrawide Monitor (U3415W) improves productivity and efficiency, especially for workers in financial or creative fields.While the Dell screen rated highly across industries, professionals in finance, accounting and creative work found the most benefit from the curved screen, thanks to the ability to display multiple windows without scrolling or task switching. (By the same token, Videomaker Magazine called the Dell U3415W a “video editor, colorist and VFX artist’s best friend.”) Across the board, respondents preferred the Dell product’s matte screen and commented on the monitor’s attractive industrial design and build quality.“IDC believes that once users become more educated and aware of the benefits (and as component prices fall), it is only a matter of time before 21:9 curved monitors become commonplace in the workplace,” the IDC Technology Spotlight states. “Companies and IT departments that get such displays earlier in the game also stand to benefit from the efficiencies in productivity that competitors won’t have.”The findings of both the InfoBrief and the Technology Spotlight support our approach to designing monitors for today’s workplace needs. Whether our customers need ultrawide, curved displays, a more compact profile or a mixture of both, we offer monitors that minimize eye strain and maximize the ease of establishing multi-monitor configurations. When we can set workers up with a comfortable, efficient workstation, their satisfaction increases, their productivity skyrockets, and the entire organization benefits. Pop quiz: What object do you spend the most time looking at, but the least time thinking about? You can’t do your job without it, but it’s only useful when you fill it. And it can affect the course of your entire day without you even knowing it.Many working professionals give very little consideration to the role their monitor plays in their daily work. But for jobs that require multitasking — which, let’s face it, is almost every working professional today — the style and configuration of monitors can either boost productivity and comfort levels dramatically or make them plummet.To gauge exactly how much of an effect monitors have on workers’ daily lives, Dell commissioned studies by premier global market intelligence firm IDC and SURL at Wichita State University, whose report was also written by IDC. What the studies discovered will serve as an eye-opener for companies that are still equipping workers with outdated displays. (Hint: They may be unintentionally impacting their team’s productivity.)Dual monitors improve employee satisfaction and productivity.The first IDC InfoBrief, Improving Productivity with Dual Monitors, summarizes a 2015 Wichita State SURL Study to show that dual monitor users are 18 percent more efficient, completing tasks at hand quicker and with more accuracy than single monitor users. This is largely because dual monitor users can compare more information simultaneously, switching windows 15 percent less frequently than other workers. Perhaps most significantly, 91 percent of study participants said they were more satisfied with dual monitors than single monitors.The IDC InfoBrief goes so far as to say that, for office workers dealing with information as a large part of their workflow, dual monitor configurations are a must.Dell’s selection of thin bezel Dell UltraSharp monitors (U2415, U2515H, U2715H, U2417H and U2417HA, U2717D and U2717DA), especially lend themselves to a dual or multi-monitor setup with virtually borderless viewing between monitors. Like the curved ultra-wide monitors, our thin bezel displays are tuned for wide-angle viewing and maximum real estate.Curved, ultrawide monitors reduce eye strain, increase efficiencyOf course, a dual monitor setup isn’t the only option for increasing screen real estate thus boosting productivity. The ultra-wide, curved monitors can give workers some of the same productivity benefits.Almost half of all PCs being purchased by IT departments globally today are notebooks. This is fantastic for convenience and mobility, but the smaller screen size can be less than ideal for longer working sessions. When users have to constantly scroll or switch between applications, it can very quickly impact productivity and efficiency.To meet these needs, in April 2015 Dell introduced the Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Ultrawide Monitor (U3415W) to great excitement from consumers and industry pros alike. With its 21:9 aspect ratio, the curved screen provides much more contiguous real estate to the user. PC Mag recognized the U3415W as the editor’s top pick for ultrawide monitors, saying, “You get a lot of monitor and great performance for your money. Dell’s UltraSharp monitors have always maintained a pleasing aesthetic, but the U3415W takes it to another level with a slick, (mostly) bezel-free design that makes the gigantic 34-inch panel look even larger than it already is.”Recently, IDC tested the Curved Dell U3415W alongside a flat 34-inch monitor, created by a Dell competitor, for its Technology Spotlight Curved Ultrawide Monitors: Seeing the Big Picture. Both monitors measured 34 inches with a 21:9 aspect ratio, and brand names were hidden to eliminate any bias from respondents, who represented over ten different industries ranging from finance to fashion design to software programming. The IDC Technology Spotlight found that, despite the identical size and resolution of the monitors, the flat panel caused more eye fatigue vs. the curved screen, as users strained to see information on the far left and right sides of the screen.
“Frostbite, frostnip, those affect the peripheral areas of the body, the tip of the nose, the ear lobes, maybe even the fingers and toes in certain circumstances,” said Serowik. If you do have to be outside though, emergency officials recommend having a second person with you to make sure you both are safe. “Probably the most important thing is to dress for the weather, even if you don’t plan on being outdoors for a long period of time. You don’t know if you’re going to get stuck out there, maybe your car breaks down,” said Raymond Serowik, emergency medical services coordinator for Broome County. If it’s severe enough, frostbite can cause you to lose limbs. If you’re in the cold for a long period of time, you can also experience hypothermia. This causes your internal body temperature to drop. If you don’t take the dropping temperatures seriously, experts say there could be some severe health affects associated with being outside unprotected from the elements. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — If you’ve been outside lately, then you know the weather has been very cold. “Even if you’ve never had a problem before, your health conditions may have changed and put you at more risk for this. People really need to pay attention when we start getting extraordinarily cold weather,” said Serowik. “Hypothermia can actually kill you if conditions are just wrong,” said Serowik. As temperatures continue to drop, you’ll want to make sure your warm and healthy before heading outside. Serowik says layers are the way to go. By wearing multiple layers, you can remove some clothing if the weather is warmer than you thought.
It would be sweet justice if Trump and right-wing talkers so thoroughly trash the electoral process that it depresses Republican base turnout in Georgia in January. And that just might happen. And then there’s reporting from CNN that key Republicans are tip-toeing around Trump and his aides, hoping the courts will solve their problem for them so they don’t have to have any icky conversations. GOP leaders are nervously watching President Donald Trump’s erratic handling of an election that’s slipping away from him, delicately urging him and his team to clearly make a specific case about voting impropriety or accept the will of the American public. […]But top Republicans are also treading cautiously around a mercurial president who holds enormous sway with their party’s base, with many unwilling to directly challenge his dubious claims and instead urging him to make his case in greater detail.GOP sources said Friday that the idea is to give Trump and his team a chance to make their case and allow the disputes to work themselves out in the courts, arguing that if the lawsuits fall flat, then Trump will have little choice but to concede the election without their having to confront him.What a bunch of self-serving snowflakes. It’s always self over party and party over country when it comes to Republican lawmakers. Once again, Senate Republicans are gladly watching Trump burn down our democracy in order to keep their stranglehold on power. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Sep 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said last week it would, under certain conditions, reimburse commercial poultry farms for the cost of stopping low-pathogenic H5 and H7 avian influenza outbreaks.Under a new rule, the USDA promised to provide “100 percent indemnity for specified costs” involved in eradicating H5 and H7 viruses at commercial poultry operations that participate in the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP), a voluntary federal, state, and industry program to prevent the spread of poultry diseases.Until now, the states usually handled reimbursement for the costs of fighting avian flu, and the provisions varied, the USDA said.”This program expansion strengthens U.S. protections against poultry diseases such as avian influenza,” said Dr. Ron DeHaven, head of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). He said the change also helps ensure US compliance with international animal health guidelines that require countries to report all H5 and H7 virus detections.The program expansion will encourage testing and provide incentives to report outbreaks. It also demonstrates the USDA’s commitment to openness about H5 and H7 viruses in the country’s bird populations, officials said.Low-pathogenic avian flu poses no risk to human health, but the USDA’s policy is to eradicate H5 and H7 viruses because they can mutate into highly pathogenic forms, the agency said.The NPIP, dating back to the 1930s, is a coordinated effort to certify poultry flocks as free of diseases. Until now, only breeder flocks could be included in NPIP avian flu programs. The new rule expands the program to include commercial production flocks, including “table-egg layers, meat-type chickens, and meat-type turkeys.”To be eligible for full indemnification, commercial poultry facilities and states must meet certain requirements. The main requirements are that:States must have a surveillance program for all poultry.States must have APHIS-approved plans spelling out response and containment efforts in case of an H5 or H7 outbreak.Industry must maintain active surveillance that includes testing of birds and eggs.The new rule takes effect Sep 26, when it will be published in the Federal Register, the USDA said.In other developments, the USDA confirmed Sep 23 that the avian flu virus found in mallard ducks in Pennsylvania last month was the low-pathogenic North American strain of H5N1.Screening results announced Sep 2 pointed to a mild form of H5N1 virus in samples from mallards in Crawford County, Pa., but further testing was necessary, the agency said. Genetic testing excluded the possibility of the lethal Asian strain of H5N1 in the ducks.Mild forms of H5N1 have also been found recently in mallard ducks in Maryland and in two swans in Michigan.See also:Sep 23 USDA news release on the NPIP changesSep 23 USDA news release on mild H5N1 in Pennsylvania ducks
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The issue of gun crime is serious, but local protestors aren’t serious about solving the problem, either wanting attention more than a solution or they’re totally clueless about the problem.If students walked out of class to protest abortion, bring our troops home from the Middle East, or anything else, would the Gazette print articles about it and the school treat them like heroes? What good does a League of Women Voters bus to Washington D.C. accomplish, other than giving them an outing and a chance to preen?The Gazette ran a truly sad story about 16 tragic gun deaths that impacted Schenectady over the last several years. The victims and their stories deserve to be remembered and mourned. But the Gazette failed to identify the common factor in each of those murders: the victims were all killed by persons not licensed to own or use guns.JOE GRYGASSouth ColonieMore from The Daily Gazette:Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
New Zealanders queued for burgers, fries and coffee takeaway on Tuesday after they were freed from a month-long lockdown, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern credited with eliminating domestic transmission of the coronavirus.Around 400,000 people returned to work after Ardern shifted the country’s alert level down a notch, loosening some of the tough movement restrictions that shut down businesses for weeks.”It’s hard to explain how good this tastes,” Christopher Bishop, a lawmaker, said on Twitter after posting a picture with a take away coffee cup. Topics : “We can say with confidence that we do not have community transmission in New Zealand. The trick now is to maintain that,” Ardern told Radio New Zealand on Tuesday.There was growing debate among officials and academics about the terminology that should be used for New Zealand’s status in relation to the coronavirus spread, with some saying “elimination” would not allow for recurrent small numbers of cases. They point to the fact that the country reported five new cases and one death yesterday.”When I talk about elimination it does not mean zero cases, it means zero tolerance for cases,” Ardern said. “The idea of COVID being completely gone, that is eradication – so there are important differences there.”New Zealand is maintaining several social distancing policies despite the step down in the alert level with malls pubs, hairdressers and other public shopping areas to stay shut for at least another two weeks.Siouxsie Wiles, a microbiologist and associate professor at the University of Auckland, was among those warning the virus could return if lockdown measures were eased too quickly.”If we turn our backs for a minute, we’ll be on the path to a serious outbreak once again. And we’ve seen this happen overseas,” Wiles wrote in a column on the online news site The Spinoff. Long queues of cars snaked up to McDonald’s Corp outlets in Auckland and Wellington from the early hours as people sought a fast food fix.”We got quarter pounders, Big Macs, drinks … I’ve still got two cheeseburgers left but I can’t finish them,” Tai Perez, who arrived at a McDonald’s outlet in Auckland at 4am, was quoted as saying by the New Zealand Herald.New Zealand’s 5 million residents were subjected to one of the strictest lockdowns in the world in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with Ardern shutting down much of the country from March 26.Ardern said those measures had paid off. New Zealand has reported just 1,122 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 19 deaths, one of the lowest tallies in the world.
The screening will also look into the new FSRU terminal’s integration with the transmission system by creating a physical entry point from the LNG terminal to the NTS. Polish gas grid operator Gaz-System has launched a non-binding Market Screening for new transmission capacities as well as new regasification capacities of planned FSRU LNG terminal. It is assumed that the new LNG terminal will have a regasification capacity of at least 4.5 billion cubic meters per year. However, the final decision on the technical capacities of the LNG regasification terminal, and thus offered capacity, will depend largely on market interest submitted under this procedure and then confirmed in the binding phase of the market demand survey. The floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) will be located in the area of Gdansk, Gas-System added. Gaz-System added the Market Screening will look into the demand for new transmission capacities in the national transmission system (NTS), that would result from the development of a new FSRU facility. In 2020, the LNG terminal in the Gdansk area was entered by the European Commission on the fourth list of projects of common interest to the European Union (PCI status). PCI Projects list includes crucial infrastructure projects designed to improve security in the European Energy Market. The projects must also contribute to the implementation of EU Climate and Environmental Policy. Commissioning of the facilities is expected for 2026/2027 prospective, the company said in its statement. Illustration only. Courtesy of Polskie LNG