Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces Three-Night Run In Chicago, Adds Jackson Date

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band just wrapped up a six-night run at the Beacon Theatre. With fourteen more dates in 2017, including several west coast dates with Hard Working Americans, David Luning, Greyhounds, and North Mississippi Allstars, the husband-and-wife duo have been trickling out their plans for 2018 with 20+ dates through April. Today, the band announces a three-night run in Chicago, IL at Chicago Theatre on January 25-27, and a one-night stand at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, MS, on February 28. The 12-piece ensemble will be joined by JJ Grey & Mofro for their opening night in Chicago, and Marc Broussard in Jackson.Trey Anastasio Joins Tedeschi Trucks Band For 2017 Beacon Theatre Closer [Videos]Pre-sales begin on Tuesday, October 17 at 10am local time on the band’s website. There are also special hotel rates in Chicago available here. Check out their full tour schedule here.[photo by Andrew Blackstein]last_img read more

Broad support for limiting opioid painkiller prescriptions

first_imgA new STAT-Harvard poll finds bipartisan support for new federal guidelines advising physicians to give patients with acute pain no more than a three-day supply of opioid painkillers. Seven in 10 Americans support the guidelines, which also advise doctors to try other treatment options before issuing prescriptions. About half of those surveyed believe that prescription painkillers are an extremely or very serious problem in their state. One in three of those surveyed held doctors responsible for the nation’s opioid epidemic—about as much as hold individual users responsible.Robert Blendon, Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health and Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who oversaw the poll, told STAT in a March 17, 2016 article that the consensus for government action on opioid addiction was remarkable. He said, “Republicans and Democrats can talk about this together. They can move on legislation.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

$16.5 million awarded to projects to fight COVID

first_img A ‘call to duty’ to battle a deadly global threat Related Researchers prepare for next year and beyond The 62 projects, conducted by researchers from 15 institutions, including Tufts, UMass, Boston University, and Harvard and its teaching hospitals, address the consortiums’ main priorities: vaccine development, new therapies, diagnostic tools, clinical management, epidemiology, and understanding how the virus impacts the body.“I think many of us pursue careers in science hoping that we would someday have the opportunity to work on something that truly had meaning and that would allow us to work together in collaboration rather than competition,” said Bruce Walker, the Phillip T. and Susan M. Ragon Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a member of the collaboration’s governing committee. “I feel we have found that here in MassCPR.”The consortium now includes hundreds of researchers, physician-scientists, frontline clinicians, epidemiologists, and more working to share knowledge, ideas, and resources.“Drawing from the incredible expertise of our biomedical ecosystem in Massachusetts, we have grown to over 500 members, dedicated to transcending our institutional loyalties to bring collaborative scientific solutions to this pandemic,” said Arlene Sharpe, the George Fabyan Professor of Comparative Pathology, chair of the HMS Department of Immunology, and one of MassCPR’s governing committee members. “The rapid progress catalyzed by our collective efforts is really inspiring.”Ann Moormann, a professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, received funding to conduct SARS-CoV2 sero-surveys, enrolling emergency room doctors and nurses at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, their household members, and as a voluntary part of employees’ re-entry to research labs at UMass Medical School. The study will examine one of today’s key issues — what can be learned about past exposure and the virus’ spread through the population, in this case is a cohort of health care workers — using antibody tests. Study participation will be accompanied by a questionnaire probing possible exposures and social distancing practices and includes a 12-month longitudinal component that will measure another important question: how long antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 last in the months after exposure.A second part of the study will focus more closely on the cohort’s children and younger adults in an effort to answer questions about observed differences in disease severity associated with age. Moormann and colleagues will examine whether children and adults use different components of their immune system in fighting the virus.Moormann said that as important as funding has been, the open collaboration enabled by the MassCPR network, including videoconference working sessions at which researchers, instead of waiting for others’ work to be formally published, openly discuss results, constantly shifting challenges presented by the pandemic, and new information.“The true value of MassCPR is bringing us together to discuss the priorities and challenges we are all facing,” Moormann said. “The MassCPR working sessions provide a collaborative setting in which to integrate new information and more rapidly respond to the ever-evolving landscape of this pandemic.” “The impact of their work will be measured not only in discoveries and new knowledge, but also in lives saved and other improved health outcomes.” — Larry Bacow, Harvard President Global race to a COVID-19 vaccine “By analyzing virus in catchments serviced by specific sewer lines, we can generate geospatial maps that accurately describe the community presence and concentration of SARS-CoV-2 to better forecast the spread and impact of the outbreak,” Erickson said.The MassCPR consortium issued a call for proposals in late March and within a week had received 448 applications from investigators across Massachusetts. Dozens of expert reviewers took part in a multiphase evaluation process, identifying the most promising proposals, with a strong chance of impacting patient care within a year.MassCPR was enabled by a research agreement between Harvard and the China Evergrande Group that provided support shared equally between Massachusetts-based researchers and those at the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Health in China. Funding for the awards included the first segment of funds from the China Evergrande Group, as well as $1 million or more from Mark and Lisa Schwartz, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and the Bertarelli Foundation, as well as commitments from other donors.“It is inspiring to see scientists from so many Boston-based institutions come together to take action in the face of this pandemic,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. “The impact of their work will be measured not only in discoveries and new knowledge, but also in lives saved and other improved health outcomes.” ‘Faster protection with less material’ New coronavirus collaboration joins Boston’s biomed community and researchers in China Organized to fight the pandemiccenter_img Team at Harvard plans to launch clinical trial in fall This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.A scientific consortium formed to fight COVID-19 has awarded $16.5 million to 62 research projects focused on aspects of the pandemic ranging from vaccines and treatments to explorations of immunity to divining its still-unknown reach across society. The projects’ common feature is that all have the potential to impact patients within the next 12 months.The awards, by the Harvard-led Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (MassCPR), come at a moment when additional tools to fight the novel coronavirus are badly needed. Nations hit hard by the pandemic’s first wave are moving toward reopening economies that were slammed shut by the virus’ rapid and deadly spread. Global cases have topped 4 million, with more than 280,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization, and public health experts warn that absent the development of new treatments or vaccines, illness and death can resurge if social distancing and other restrictions are eased too quickly.“The COVID-19 pandemic is a watershed moment in human history and has been nothing short of a rallying cry to those of us who have dedicated our lives and careers to science and medicine,” said Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley, one of the consortium’s leaders. “MassCPR is our response to this historic event.”The consortium, launched in early March, is a collaborative effort that includes scientists and clinicians from Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Tufts University, the University of Massachusetts, and local biomedical research institutes, biotech companies, and academic medical centers. Its aim is to fight COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes it, as well as to prepare for future epidemics. “The true value of MassCPR is bringing us together to discuss the priorities and challenges we are all facing.” — Ann Moormann, University of Massachusetts Medical School, To stem the coronavirus crisis, Harvard Medical School scientists forge ahead on six key fronts How a new vaccine adjuvant might eventually help to shorten the race to COVID-19 immunity Timothy Erickson, associate professor of emergency medicine at HMS and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, plans to use award funds to test wastewater for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which will shed light on the extent to which it has spread beyond known cases. Work is currently underway analyzing wastewater from the Deer Island treatment plant, and results have been consistent with a very large asymptomatic population in the Boston area, Erickson said.Conducted with co-principal investigators Peter Chai at HMS, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Fenway Institute, Eric Alm at MIT, and Mariana Matus at Biobot Analytics, the project will also deploy robots to sample sewage from manhole access spots in Somerville, Cambridge, Salem, Lawrence, Lowell, and Lexington, Mass. By sampling specific sewer lines, the team can measure SARS-CoV-2 in particular communities, as well as how it changes over time. Erickson said the data will be used to generate open source maps of the outbreak that can inform public health efforts. Designing a coronavirus vaccine The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Sean Hayes Will Star in An Act of God in Los Angeles

first_imgAfter a successful Broadway bow earlier this year, the Almighty will make a triumphant return to the stage in An Act of God. This time, he’s setting up camp in Los Angeles and borrowing the body of another Emmy-winning sitcom star. Will & Grace favorite Sean Hayes will channel the man upstairs at the CTG/Ahmanson Theatre from January 30 through March 13, 2016.Hayes assumes the role created by Jim Parsons in the Broadway premiere, which played its final performance as Studio 54 on August 2. The show, written by God (naturally) and David Javerbaum, follows the titular divine entity as He walks audiences through some updates and clarifications to the well-known Ten Commandments. Tony winner Joe Mantello directs.Hayes won an Emmy in 2000 for his performance as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. He earned additional nods for the role for the following six years. His other small screen credits include Sean Saves the World, Smash and The Millers. He received a Tony nomination in 2010 for his Broadway debut in Promises, Promises, and later took home an Emmy for hosting that year’s ceremony. Hayes also appeared on the New York stage in Damn Yankees at City Center’s Encores!.Casting for the roles of God’s angels Michael and Gabriel, played on Broadway by Christopher Fitzgerald and Tim Kazurinsky, respectively, will be announced later. Star Files View Commentscenter_img Sean Hayeslast_img read more

Sustainable Agriculture Conference

first_imgUGA Extension and the Athens Land Trust are taking registrations for a Sustainable Agriculture Conference for New and Beginning Farmers, Oct. 3, in Watkinsville. The conference will focus on farm business basics like food safety, record keeping, naturally grown and organically grown certifications, and developing markets for produce and meat. “The conference is intended for new or beginning farmers who are interested in learning more about sustainable agriculture practices,” said Christina Hylton, manager and education coordinator for the land trust’s West Broad Farmers Market. “But it’s open to anybody who is interested in sustainable agriculture — the farmer, the value added products producer, home gardeners, FFA or 4-H members, or anyone who is interested in where their food comes from.” UGA Extension and the Athens Land Trust have teamed up to bring this conference to northeast Georgia farmers as part of their shared commitment to providing education on sustainable agricultural practices and serving farmers. “There is such a strong movement towards sustainable agriculture across the country, programs like this are becoming more of a necessity to make sure new farmers understand what resources are available to them” said Amanda Tedrow, Clarke County Extension Agent. “Many new farmers do not have a farming background and are often starting from the beginning on their knowledge of farming.”The USDA Rural Development state director will give a keynote address focusing on the opportunities provided to young and beginning farmers. Representatives from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Organics and the Georgia Department of Agriculture will also be on hand to share the opportunities available through their organizations. Experts will also hold break-out workshops on beekeeping, food safety certifications, meat goat production, more effective composting and Farm to School programs. The cost of the daylong conference is $10 if you register before Sept. 25 or $15 the day of the program. All conference activities will be held at the Oconee County Civic Center at 2661 Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville. Registration materials and more information is available at athenslandtrust.org and by calling the land trust at (706) 613-0122 or UGA Extension at (706) 613-3640.last_img read more

Egypt’s avian flu cases rise to 11

first_imgApr 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The human toll of avian influenza in Egypt rose to 11 cases today with reports that an 18-year-old girl has died and an 8-year-old boy is hospitalized with the illness.Three of the 11 cases have been fatal, and all have involved children or young adults with a history of contact with sick poultry, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an update on the situation. The WHO today increased its global tally of avian flu cases to 192, with 109 deaths.The 18-year-old girl died today, after 8 days of illness and a day of hospitalization, the WHO said. She was from the Minufiyah governorate north of Cairo.An Agence France-Presse report citing Egypt’s official news agency listed the girl’s name as Iman Mohammed Abdel Gawad and gave her age as 16.Also reported today was the case of an 8-year-old boy from the Qalibiya governorate near Cairo. The WHO said he was hospitalized in stable condition but gave no other details.Today the WHO also recognized two other Egyptian cases that were reported earlier by the media, one in a 31-year-old Egyptian who works in Jordan and the other in a 16-month-old girl.The 31-year-old man had helped slaughter poultry while on a recent visit to his home south of Cairo, the WHO said. He returned to Jordan on Mar 29 and was hospitalized the next day; he remains hospitalized in stable condition. Health officials in both Egypt and Jordan have concluded that he almost certainly caught the virus in Egypt, the WHO said.The agency said the 16-month-old girl, whose case was reported yesterday, remains in a hospital in stable condition. She is from the southern governorate of Sohaj.In addition, the WHO today noted the fatal case of avian flu in a 12-year-old Cambodian boy, reported by the media yesterday. The boy, from the southern province of Prey Veng, became ill Mar 29 and was hospitalized in Phnom Penh on Apr 4.A team of Cambodian, WHO, and Pasteur Institute officials visited the boy’s village yesterday and learned that many chickens and some ducks had died there in recent weeks, the WHO reported. “The child reportedly gathered dead chickens for distribution to village families for consumption,” the statement said.The team found 25 close contacts of the boy, none of whom had signs of illness so far, the agency reported.See also:Apr 6 WHO statement on situation in Egypthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_04_06a/en/index.htmlApr 6 WHO statement on Cambodian casehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_04_06/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Utter devastation as toll from Beirut monster blast tops 100

first_imgMany people were watching and filming with their phones after an earlier and smaller explosion was heard in the port and ignited a fire. Topics : ‘The Apocalypse’ The resulting footage, which was widely shared on social media, shows a ball of fire and smoke rising above Beirut and a white shockwave engulfing everything around it.The mushroom-shaped explosion – which seismologists said was logged as the equivalent of a 3.3 magnitude quake — and the scope of the damage drew nuclear analogies in many people’s accounts of the tragedy.”The Apocalypse” read the headline of L’Orient-Le Jour, the main French-language daily in Lebanon, a country that has seen its share of explosions in its recent past, but none quite this big.The embattled government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab described the circumstances at the port that led to the explosion as “unacceptable” and vowed to investigate.“Those responsible for this catastrophe will pay the price,” he said.Messages of support poured in from around the world for Lebanon, whose economy was already on its knees after defaulting on sovereign debt earlier this year.A crippling devaluation has sent poverty levels soaring to an estimated 50 percent of the population and for a country so heavily reliant on imports, the obliteration of the main port signaled more hardship ahead.Criticism of the government was already rife on social media, where Lebanese users argued that a disaster of such magnitude could only strike in a state whose institutions are crippled by incompetence and corruption.Late Tuesday, thousands of families drove out of Beirut to take their families to safety, but many others were left stranded without a roof, unable to go anywhere or unwilling to leave their gutted homes open to looters.The rescue effort was slowed at night by the lack of electricity, which was already intermittent at best in much of the city before the explosion.The security forces sealed off a huge area around the blast site, turning away residents trying to reach their homes to assess the damage. Rescuers searched for survivors in Beirut Wednesday after a cataclysmic explosion at the port sowed devastation across entire neighborhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands and plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis.The blast, which appeared to have been caused by a fire igniting 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate left unsecured in a warehouse, was felt as far away as Cyprus, some 150 miles (240 kilometers) to the northwest.The scale of the destruction was such that the Lebanese capital resembled the scene of an earthquake, with thousands of people left homeless and thousands more cramming into overwhelmed hospitals for treatment.center_img ‘I saw the mushroom’ Johnny Assaf, an estate agent whose home and office were destroyed by the blast, said he lost everything except his life.”I saw the mushroom first, then the force of the blast swept through my office. It sent me literally flying halfway across the office until my head hit the printer,” he told AFP, nursing a hastily bandaged arm.”In hospital they stitched me up without anesthesia and then stopped before they were done because too many serious injuries were being rushed in. I saw people die in front of me,” he said.Hospitals that had already been stretched to the brink by a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in recent days were pushed to new limits by the influx of wounded and forced to turn many away.Saint-Georges hospital was badly damaged by the explosion and lost several members of its staff.The Red Cross said on Wednesday morning that more than 100 deaths had been confirmed. It also reported around 4,000 injured, prompting fears that the death toll could rise significantly.In a country where smallholders have been unable to withdraw even limited amounts of cash from banks since the start of the year, there was little hope of compensation for those whose property was destroyed.Crippled by debt and political paralysis, Lebanon, which was due to celebrate its centenary next month, looked ill-equipped to tackle the new crisis.Grassroots solidarity was still alive however, with initiatives swiftly set up on social media to help people locate missing loved ones or assist victims with free accommodation. “We’ve had some dark days in Lebanon over the years but this is something else,” said Rami Rifai, a 38-year-old engineer, speaking to AFP from a hospital where his two daughters were receiving treatment after sustaining cuts despite being half a kilometer from the seat of the blast.”We already had the economic crisis, a government of thieves and coronavirus. I didn’t think it could get worse but now I don’t know if this country can get up again. Everyone is going to try to leave. I will try to leave,” he said, his voice choked by tears.In the areas closest to the port, the amount of destruction caused by the long years of civil war between 1975 and 1990 was achieved in a second by a blast that leveled buildings within a radius of several hundred meters.One resident of Mar Mikhail, one of the most affected neighborhoods, said she saw bodies strewn in the middle of the street, apparently thrown off balconies and rooftops by the blast.last_img read more

Armed Men Board Hamburg Süd Boxship, Tie Up Crewman

first_imgFive armed individuals boarded a containership owned by Hamburg Süd in Santos anchorage, Brazil.The incident on board Cap San Marco occurred in the morning hours of December 2, 2018, a spokesperson of Hamburg Süd confirmed to World Maritime News.The deckhand on watch, a Filipino national, was set upon and tied up by perpetrators.“The most important for us is that our crew member is doing well,” the spokesperson said.As informed, the intruders attempted to hide cocaine inside a container. After the criminals had fled, one container was found with a broken seal with no cocaine inside it.Following a thorough check of the boxship, Brazilian authorities found some 402 kilos of cocaine hidden in another container. The cocaine is believed to have been loaded during the ship’s previous call at Paranagua port, Brazil.“The cocaine found on board is not related to this incident in Santos,” the spokesperson of Hamburg Süd further said.An investigation into the incident has been launched.Built at Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2013, the 9,814 TEU Cap San Marco is scheduled to continue its voyage to Algeciras, Spain, according to data provided by VesselsValue.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Ronaldo scores first Serie A hat-trick as Juventus beat Cagliari

first_imgRonaldo took advantage of a Ragnar Klavan error early in the second half to give the champions the lead, before scoring a penalty after Marko Rog fouled Paulo Dybala. Loading… Juventus overtake Inter Milan to go top in Serie A, but Inter can go back to the summit if they beat Napoli at 19:45 GMT. It was Ronaldo’s second hat-trick for Juve, having scored three against Atletico Madrid in last season’s Champions League last-16 tie. He has scored three hat-tricks for Portugal since then. read also: Ronaldo goes two years without scoring a club free-kick The former Manchester United forward is the first player since Alexis Sanchez to score a hat-trick in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreMysterious Underwater Objects Most People Don’t Know AboutThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Portugal legend Ronaldo then set up Gonzalo Higuain to put Juve 3-0 up. And moments later he got his 56th career hat-trick when he slipped the ball under goalkeeper Robin Olsen. The 34-year-old is in his best scoring run since his £99.2m move from Real Madrid in 2018, scoring in each of his last five Serie A games.Advertisementlast_img read more

SP grills MORE Power; No immediate relief from brownouts

first_img“I understand kon nga-a kinahanglan ang 13-hour brownout pero medyo masakit gid sa buot ta…I hope (this won’t be) often kay mabudlay gid, especially now that we are starting online schooling for our children. It’s very difficult for me and to many more consumers,” said Tupas. Such hours of brownouts, he said, were “close to double the outage durations of PECO in the same period last year.” He stressed the importance of Iloilo City having sufficient and reliable power service. This is one of the things investors check, he said. An executive of PECO attended the committee investigation. Mikel Afzelius said power interruptions such as the recent 13-hour brownout in Mandurriao district “cannot be taken in isolation.” Councilor Candice Tupas urged MORE Power to manage the brownouts in such a way that these won’t cause so much inconvenience. The grilling of MORE Power was an “investigation in aid of legislation” of the SP committee on public utilities chaired by Councilor Romel Duron. The series of long brownouts triggered it. “But there’s a commitment we made. We committed P1.9 billion to rehabilitate and upgrade,” said Castro.  According to MORE Power president and chief executive officer Roel Castro, it may take around three more years before the city finally gets to see “good improvement” in the power distribution service. “We are interested on how much your company is going to invest in Iloilo City. When we say invest there’s a program of expenditures for the first year, second year, third year, and fourth year (that can meet) the development(s) in the city,” said Peñaredondo. Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) members grilled MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) yesterday over the long power interruptions inconveniencing the city. The “mode of complying with that is to take over (the facilities) then rehabilitate because the contemplation of the law has always been that,” he said. Castro said, “To rehabilitate and to make the system reliable is not an overnight thing…It will take time…at least in the next three years.” Castro said MORE Power’s franchise law, Republic Act 11212, allows expropriation to ensure continuity of electric service. For his part, Councilor Ely Estante said MORE Power should have erected its own power distribution facilities instead of just using those of the previous power distributor, Panay Electric Co. (PECO) which MORE Power itself considered defective, ill-maintained and outdated. Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo did not hide his dismay. “The 13-hour power outage on June 20 in Mandurriao, based on information provided by MORE Power itself, was something that could have been fixed in 30 minutes, at most an hour,” Afzelius added. The most senior SP member said MORE should have a development plan. ILOILO City – Residents and business establishments here may have to wait for three more years before their wish for a better power distribution service comes true. MORE Power secured a franchise from Congress to be the sole power distributor in Iloilo City. The franchise law was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Feb. 14, 2019. “So far in the very brief period that MORE Power has been operating — based on their declared outages alone, and we’re not even talking about undeclared ones – there have been a total of 326 hours Iloilo City was plunged into darkness. We have to let that sink in — 326 hours of suffering for our people,” said Afzelius. “Which is more beneficial, expropriate PECO’s facilities or get new ones? If you have your own new facilities, there is low maintenance. If you utilize the facilities of PECO used 50 years ago daku ang maintenance,” said Estante. In other words, he said, around 10,000 households could have been spared “from those 13 hours of torture having no electricity.” “You cannot supply the ordinary, usual (power) consumption we have because you have not put up any substations,” he said. “How could you make life more comfortable sa mga Ilonggos kon frequent ang brownouts,” Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon, the SP presiding officer, pointedly said. PECO, the city’s power distributor for over 95 years, failed to secure a franchise extension from Congress. Its franchise ended on Jan. 19, 2019./PNlast_img read more