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Phish Shares Pro-Shot ‘Scent Of A Mule’ With Marimba Lumina Jam From LA [Watch]

first_imgLast weekend, Phish wrapped up their summer tour with two performances in Southern Calfornia. While fans will be talking about some highlights from the finale in Chula Vista, the show one night prior, at The Forum in Los Angeles, certainly had its moments.Among those moments was an all-out jam session during “Scent of a Mule” in the second set, which saw both Trey Anastasio and Jon Fishman playing on the Marimba Lumina instrument. The jam goes into some weird trippy places before returning for the song’s bouncy conclusion.Thanks to Phish, we can share some pro-shot footage of this tune. Watch below, and check out the full phish.net setlist as well.Setlist: Phish at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA – 7/22/16Set 1: The Moma Dance > Sample in a Jar, Paul and Silas, Yarmouth Road, Kill Devil Falls, Horn, Halfway to the Moon, Heavy Things > Blaze On, Stash, Cavern > Run Like an AntelopeSet 2: Axilla, Fuego > Back on the Train > Saw It Again > Prince Caspian > Waves > Joy > The Wedge, Scent of a Mule[1], Rock and Roll > You Enjoy MyselfEncore: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Bouncing Around the Room, Golgi Apparatus[1] Trey and Fish on Marimba LuminaNotes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. Paul and Silas was played for the first time since October 20, 2013 (107 shows).[Photo by Steve Rose]last_img read more

Danielle Allen to receive Governor’s Award in Humanities

first_imgHarvard ethicist and author Danielle Allen will be honored this fall for her contributions to the humanities in the Bay State when she accepts her 2019 Governor’s Award in the Humanities. Award recipients are nominated each year by Mass Humanities and confirmed by Governor Charlie Baker. Allen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. She is widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America. Allen is the author of five books, including most recently “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.” (2017).Honorees include New Bedford historian and educator Lee Blake, philanthropist Nancy Donahue of Lowell, and Nahant preservationist Jeffrey Musman.The humanities community will fete the awardees at Mass Humanities’ gala dinner on Oct. 27 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.“These four individuals reflect a thriving humanities ecosystem in the Commonwealth,” said Mass Humanities Executive Director Brian Boyles. “From the origins of the Declaration of Independence to the preservation of historic buildings, they strengthen their communities through their research, civic participation, and commitment to the public good.”Each year Mass Humanities recognizes individuals and organizations for excellence in the humanities. Past awardees include Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Lowell Institute, journalist Sasha Pfeiffer, and Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Margaret Marshall. As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mass Humanities supports humanities programs across the state. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Fescue toxicosis

first_imgFescue toxicosis can reduce cattle performance even before many of the noticeable symptoms show up. Consumption of toxic endophyte-infected tall fescue depresses body condition. It reduces milk production in cows and weaning weight in calves. Collectively, these problems are called fescue toxicosis. Grazing toxic tall fescue pastures or consuming toxic tall fescue hay decreases cattle’s forage intake, lowers average daily gain and alters hormone concentrations in cattle and other livestock. Rough coats, heat stress are symptomsAs conditions worsen, cattle begin to exhibit visual symptoms, the most common being rough hair coats and heat stress. Infected cattle typically wade in ponds or lay around in the shade when they would typically be grazing. In extreme cases, they may lose ear tips or tail switches.While mineral supplements won’t counteract the toxins, supplemented cattle can tolerate the toxins better. Using good quality minerals always yields return on investment, but even more so under conditions of potential fescue toxicosis.For more information, search “fescue toxicosis” on the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences publication website at www.caes.uga.edu/publications. Cattle producers should watch their herds for signs of fescue toxicosis this summer. Conditions this spring are ideal for the deadly fungus that attacks tall fescue, but good forage management can help prevent problems with toxicosis. Cooler than normal spring temperatures and above normal rainfall combined with adequate fertilization causes conservatively stocked fescue pastures to grow more grass than cattle can eat. Most tall fescue in north Georgia is now infected with the fungus that produces livestock toxins called ergot alkaloids. This fungus (endophyte) lives within tall fescue, improving its drought tolerance and stand persistence on poor soils. Managed appropriately, the buildup of toxins in fescue can be kept to an acceptable level.Ergot alkaloids are at their highest levels when plants get tall and lush. Tests have shown levels in seed heads are five times higher than in other plant parts. Cattle grazing fields that are candidates for commercial seed production are most at risk. Those herds are more apt to eat the infected seed heads when they are fresh and succulent from adequate rainfall.Make adjustments to lower risksManagement for preventing toxin buildup includes adjusting the stocking rate to keep grass at the proper height and preventing massive seed head production. Cattle producers can also reduce fertilization if necessary to slow rapid growth. If the grass gets ahead of you, get out the bush hog and cut it back. At the very least, clip off the seed heads. Adding clover to the pasture will help to dilute the toxins. Clover can sometimes be planted with a notill drill.last_img read more

Symington, Shumlin say “false claims” made by PSD over Yankee request

first_imgSymington, Shumlin say “false claims” made by PSD over Yankee request(July 21,2008) During the 2008 session the legislature put in place a collaborative process between the Department of Public Service and a Public Oversight Panel for design and implementation of the independent safety assessment of Vermont Yankee. This Panel is critical to the legislature’s upcoming consideration of Vermont Yankee’s future.We are disappointed to learn that the Department of Public Service has chosen not to supply the Panel with the necessary information to evaluate the safety inspection of Vermont Yankee and treated them with a level of disrespect that is unacceptable.Last week, Mr. Gundersen requested the Department allow him to accompany the NRC during their inspection of Vermont Yankee. The Department falsely claimed to Panel members that the NRC had denied Mr. Gundersen’s request. However, the NRC has since made it clear that the Department never made this request of them. There was no requestfor them to have denied.Despite these false claims coming to light, the Department is continuing to deny Mr. Gundersen from accompanying the NRC this week and further denying any Panel member this opportunity for the remainder of the inspection process. The Department claims that this week’s NRC inspection is unrelated to the state’s independent safety assessment of Vermont Yankee. This too is inaccurate. In an April 11 letter to Governor Douglas, the NRC informed the Governor they had moved up their inspection of the plant in order to assist with some of the questions regarding relicensing for the legislative review next year. Today, we have sent a letter to Commissioner O’Brien, urging him to reconsider and allow Panel members to do the job the legislature intended and accompany the NRC in future inspections.These recent false claims and obstructionist actions only add to the unfortunate manner in which the Department has chosen to participate in this important collaborative process. The Department began this process by inaccurately labeling the two esteemed nuclear experts as “no-nukers.” This unjust allegation was not only inappropriate but incorrect. Both Mr. Gundersen and Mr. Bradford have the experience and expertise necessary to objectively evaluate the audit. Mr. Gundersen is an energy advisor with thirty-eight years of nuclear engineering, operations, and safety oversight experience while Mr. Bradford is a former NRC Commissioner who authorized the permitting of over twenty nuclear power plants during his tenure.The Oversight Panel was established by the legislature to ensure transparency and public involvement in the independent safety inspection of the plant. We are disappointed the Department of Public Service is choosing to stand in the way of a process designed to ensure the safety of the Vermont nuclear power plant and treating this important panel with such disrespect. Vermonters should not be shut out of the process to ensure the plant’s safety and reliability.Please note that the letter to Commissioner O’Brien is pasted below.——————July 21, 2008Commissioner David O’BrienVermont Department of Public Servicev112 State StreetMontpelier, VT 05620-2601Dear Commissioner O’Brien,In early 2008, the Governor, legislative leaders, and the congressional delegation agreed that an Independent Audit must be conducted at Vermont Yankee prior to a decision to allow the plant to operate beyond the expiration of its current license. The details of that Assessment were codified in Act 189 – The Comprehensive Vertical Audit and Reliability Assessment of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, which the legislature passed and the Governor signed into law on June 5, 2008.Act 189 puts in place a collaborative process between the Department of Public Service and a Public Oversight Panel for design and implementation of the audit. The Public Oversight Panel is critical to the legislature’s upcoming consideration of Vermont Yankee’s future.It has come to our attention that the Department is not complying with the legislation’s directive to involve the Panel in an important area of the inspection process.The Department has denied a member of the Panel his request to accompany NRC inspectors on their visit to Vermont Yankee this week as they begin the Vertical Slice Audit. Furthermore, the Department has refused to request of the NRC that any Panel member accompany them on future plant inspections.The Public Oversight Panel was created in order to ensure the “maximum amount of transparency and public oversight and involvement” in the audit process (Act 189, Sec. 6). It is not appropriate for the Department of Public Service to restrict members of the Public Oversight Panel’s involvement in the audit process. The legislation intended that the Public Oversight Panel be deeply involved in the entire audit process. As was remarked by a member of the sponsor committee during testimony on this legislation, “We have all put our total faith in the Public Oversight Panel and we don’t want to do anything that will impede their ability to get the information they need to make the best decision for us. And we also don’t want to put restrictions on them so they can’t do it in the very short time frame we have laid out.” (Representative Kathy LaVoie, House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, 4/18/08)We expect that for the remainder of this process the Public Oversight Panel will be involved at a deeper level than has been practiced up to this point and we urge you to reconsider your decision not to allow Panel members to accompany the NRC on their inspections of Vermont Yankee. The independent safety assessment of Vermont Yankee is critical to Vermont’s energy future. We are confident that the Department of Public Service will follow through with the intent of the legislation and that the remainder of this process will be productive andsuccessful.Sincerely,Senator Peter Shumlin, Senate President Pro TemRepresentative Gaye Symington, Speaker of theHouselast_img read more

Colombian Police and DEA Seize More Than Four Tons of Cocaine in the Caribbean

first_imgBy Dialogo August 31, 2009 Bogotá, 26 August (EFE).- The Colombian police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seized more than four tons of cocaine and detained nine members of an alleged international drug-trafficking ring during an operation in international waters, official sources told EFE today. “There were 4,075 kilos of cocaine on board a Panamanian-flagged vessel, on board which five Colombians, three Panamanians, and a Ghanaian were detained,” Col. Henry Gamboa, assistant director of the Colombian Anti-narcotics Police, specified. The vessel was intercepted after investigative work by the Colombian Anti-narcotics Directorate, the Colombian Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Navy, and the DEA, at a point around sixty nautical miles from the northern Colombian department of La Guajira, the high-ranking officer added. “Several days before the vessel was intercepted, it left the port of Guaranao, in the Republic of Venezuela, headed for Honduras,” a statement issued by the Colombian police indicated. The statement added that “some hours later and as a result of information provided by the judicial and investigative police (Sijin) of Santa Marta, coordination took place with the DEA office in Cartagena about the departure of two launches (…) in the El Cojoro sector in La Guajira.” These launches, the report adds, “were carrying a large quantity of narcotics that would be transferred to a deeper-draught motorboat very near Colombian La Guajira.” The boat, the drugs, and the detainees were taken to a Panamanian port, the identity of which Col. Gamboa said he did not know. The same source admitted that the drugs were undoubtedly intended for markets in the United States, for which reason “it is quite possible that a U.S. federal judge may request the extradition of the detainees,” whose identities were also not released. EFElast_img read more

Trial of second-generation zanamivir shows promise

first_img The study was conducted according to guidance from Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, according to the statement from Biota. A parallel phase 2 study, performed elsewhere in Asia, addressed dosing. “The results of both trials will be used to support the international regulatory and development program planned for LANI,” the company said. In the double-blind trial, inhaled CS-8958 administered once was “statistically indistinguishable” from 75 mg of oseltamivir given twice a day for 5 days, Biota reported. The company said that in preclinical studies CS-8958 demonstrated efficacy against H5N1 avian influenza, as well as influenza A and B. Neuraminidase inhibitors are used for flu treatment and prevention. The United States and numerous other countries are stockpiling oseltamivir and zanamivir for use against a potential pandemic flu strain. Though the World Health Organization has recommended oseltamivir as the first-line treatment against H5N1 avian influenza, in May British researchers reporting in the journal Nature found that certain mutations in the H5N1 virus that make it resistant to oseltamivir make it vulnerable to zanamivir. They advised nations not to rely on oseltamivir alone when planning their pandemic antiviral stockpiles. Collins PJ, Haire LF, Lin YP, et al. Crystal structures of oseltamivir-resistant influenza virus neuraminidase mutants. Nature 2008 Jun 26;453(7199):1258-61 [Abstract] The phase 2 trial of CS-8958 included “several hundred” adult patients who had confirmed, naturally acquired influenza A or B, according to Biota. The study was designed to assess the drug’s safety and efficacy and used fever and symptom resolution as endpoints. In background materials outlining the company’s work on influenza drugs, Biota said the long-acting nature of CS-8958 might allow less frequent dosing and could reduce the storage space needed to stockpile antivirals for future pandemic use. Under a grant from the United States National Institutes of Health, the two companies are at the preclinical development stage for a range of other LANI compounds, Biota said.center_img See also: Biota, the Australian company that developed zanamivir, said in a statement yesterday that it is developing the new drug, a long-acting neuraminidase inhibitor (LANI) named CS-8958, through a joint partnership with Japan-based Daiichi-Sankyo. Biota said it and Daiichi-Sankyo were satisfied with the safety, tolerability, and efficacy data for their LANI and that they will use the results to guide a phase 3 trial that will be conducted during the next northern hemisphere influenza season. The phase 3 study will include subjects from locations in Asia, including Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korea. Aug 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Two pharmaceutical companies that are developing a second-generation version of the inhaled antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza) reported promising phase 2 results showing that one dose was as effective against influenza as a course of oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Jul 31 Biota press releaselast_img read more

Residents in Indonesia hold festivities to celebrate Independence Day despite ban

first_imgResidents in various regions of Indonesia decided to go ahead with festive celebrations for this year’s Independence Day, despite calls from authorities to refrain from doing so amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Traditionally, residents celebrate the holiday, which falls on Aug. 17, by hosting lively events with festivities including traditional games and fun competitions — such as pole climbing, sack racing, cracker eating and cooking competitions — as well as parades.As the COVID-19 health crisis in Indonesia has shown no sign of abating, authorities have banned crowd-pulling activities to celebrate the country’s 75th anniversary. The order was issued over fear that events with large numbers of people could be potential clusters for virus transmission.Many residents, however, opted to ignore the order and went ahead with their plans.Residents of Tulus Harapan housing complex in Surabaya, East Java, for example, decided to uphold tradition by hosting fun competitions, saying it was “for the happiness of the children”.”We don’t want the children to miss the exciting moments from the Independence Day celebration,” said a local figure of the neighborhood, Yetti Indra, on Monday, assuring that the participants would implement health protocols such as wearing a mask and maintaining physical distance.In Bandung, West Java, a parade involving several motorcycle communities was spotted on the city’s main roads on Monday morning. They streamed down the streets on dozens of motorcycles while carrying Indonesian flags. In Medan, North Sumatra, residents reportedly celebrated the country’s anniversary with crowd-pullers on Monday, most of them neglecting the required health protocols. An organizer of an Independence Day event in Medan Johor district, Chaeruddin, said he believed the residents of the area were free from the virus. “So, we feel safe to go ahead with the competitions even though some of us are not wearing masks.”It was a similar scene in Medan Selayang district, Medan. The locals started the competitions at 9 a.m., but most of them were without a face mask.In response, North Sumatra deputy governor Musa Rajekshah said he deplored the decision of those residents to host the events, adding that the number of COVID-19 cases in the region was still high at 3,288 so far. “Please limit activities that involve many people for the safety of all North Sumatra residents,” said Musa. Regional administrations across the country took a relatively safe approach to commemorating the country’s 75th anniversary by organizing flag-hoisting ceremonies attended by only a handful of participants.In South Sulawesi, two ceremonies were held separately at the Makassar City Hall compound on Jl. Ahmad Yani and the official residence of Governor Nurdin Abdullah on Jl. Sungai Tangka in Makassar. The events were attended by only dozens of people, including the flag-hosting team. This year’s celebration was significantly different from last year’s festivities, which involved fanfares in Karebosi Square and Losari Beach with hundreds of participants. In Surakarta, Central Java, the ceremony was attended by a limited number of officials along with five ex-terrorists namely Suparno, Paimin, Chamidi, Bayu Setyono and Marmo to foster their sense of nationalism. (vny)— Andi Hajramurni and Ganug Nugroho Adi contributed to the story from Makassar and Surakarta.Topics :last_img read more

Traffic switch planned for I-74 Thursday

first_imgSunman, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation will shift all westbound traffic on Interstate 74 between State Road 101/Exit 156 and New Point Exit 143 to the left lane tomorrow (NOV 8) to facilitate removal of concrete barrier wall and placement of pavement markings along the right lane section.INDOT officials anticipate reopening the westbound right lane on Sunday, November 11.The westbound rest area closed this morning (NOV 7). This afternoon the eastbound rest area will reopen.  INDOT officials anticipate reopening the westbound rest area Saturday (NOV 10).Phase II operations along this 12.8-mile section of I-74 are coming to a close for the 2018 construction season in advance of winter weather.Milestone is the prime contractor for this $61 million pavement replacement project from New Point in Decatur County–through part of Franklin County—to State Road 101 in Ripley County. It will build  westbound I-74 lanes in 2019.After Thanksgiving, a subcontractor will begin work at the embankment slide near Western Creek. The geohazard subcontractor will embed soil nails into bedrock, then affix a metal grid overcoated with shotcrete to form a stabilizing wall west of the creek.  This will require closing a short section of eastbound I-74’s right lane and outside shoulder area at mile marker 153.7.last_img read more