Tedeschi Trucks Band Debuts Willie Nelson Cover, Taps Luther Dickinson For Sit-In For Nashville Opener [Videos]

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band kicked off their three-night run at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on Thursday night, debuting their own rendition of Willie Nelson‘s “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces” and welcoming out North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson for a pair of songs.The one-set show featured an even mix of originals (“Don’t Let Me Slide”, “Part Of Me”, “Right On Time”, “Just As Strange”, “Shame”, “2Bound for Glory”, and “Idle Wind) and unique covers, including Delaney & Bonnie‘s “Comin’ Home”, Bob Dylan‘s “Down in the Flood”, Four Tops‘ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever”, Sleepy John Estes‘ “Leaving Trunk”, Rahsaan Roland Kirk‘s “Volunteered Slavery”, and Elmore James‘ “The Sky Is Crying”. Both “Leaving Trunk” and “Volunteered Slavery” featured Luther Dickinson as a surprise special guest.After a quick break, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the stage for a celebratory encore with an energetically-charged double encore made up of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Statesboro Blues” and Joe Cocker‘s “Space Captain”.While this tour features a slightly different iteration of the band, with Brandon Boone filling in on bass duty and Gabe Dixon covering the keys, the band continues to charge through the new year with full steam ahead.Tedeschi Trucks Band Releases New Rock Single, “They Don’t Shine” [Listen]The 12-piece ensemble is gearing up to release a brand new album on February 15th, SIGNS, marking their fourth studio album and first release since 2016’s Let Me Get By. In addition to their upcoming tour dates, Tedeschi Trucks Band will celebrate the official release of SIGNS with a show at Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday, February 20th. Tickets for the album release show at Brooklyn Academy of Music are on sale now. Every pair of tickets purchased for this show will come with a digital download of the new album.“Down In The Flood”[Video: Gregory Marcus]“Sky Is Crying”[Video: Ryan Moret]“Statesboro Blues”[Video: AJ Gonzalez]Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN | 1/31/19Don’t Let Me Slide, Part of Me, Comin’ Home, Somebody Pick Up My Pieces, Right On Time, Down in the Flood, Just as Strange, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, Shame, Leaving Trunk*, Volunteered Slavery*, Bound For Glory, The Sky Is Crying, Idle WindE: Statesboro Blues, Space Captainlast_img read more

Archbishop wins prize for service in Latin America

first_imgLouis Kébreau, Archbishop of Cap-Haitien, once said, “When you build a school, you close a prison.” Because of Kébreau’s commitment to promoting education in Haiti, particularly in the aftermath of the 2009 earthquake, he will be honored with the Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America on Thursday in Haiti, according to a University press release. “[Kébreau] is somebody who has dedicated his life to working with the people of Haiti and particularly has done a lot of work on education,” said Stephen Reifenberg, executive director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, which sponsors the prize. “It’s this commitment to education and social justice that has really distinguished him.” Reifenberg said the award, begun in 2000 and co-sponsored by Coca-Cola, recognizes visionary leaders who do important work to improve democracy and human development in Latin America. The prize comes with a $15,000 cash award, along with a matching donation to a charity of the recipient’s choice, Reifenberg said. Kébreau chose to donate to Action et Solidarité contre la Pauvreté (Action and Solidarity against Poverty, or ASAP), an organization that provides scholarships to Haitian university students. Kébreau was chosen for the honor because he has been a voice for the Haitian people, Reifenberg said. “He is somebody who has really worked hard to connect the local and the national and the international,” he said. “He’s done a great deal to raise the issues of people at the local levels … to really bring the awareness of what’s happening at the local level to the level of the nation in Haiti, but even more to the international community.” Reifenberg said Kébreau has most recently advocated globally for measures to combat a cholera epidemic in Haiti. In the realm of education, Kébreau has been integral in building and rebuilding schools for impoverished Haitian children, especially after the devastating 2009 earthquake, Reifenberg said. Reifenberg said choosing Kébreau to receive the prize honors not only his leadership, but also the strength of the Haitian people. “There is an interest in recognizing the incredible solidarity of the Haitian people,” Reifenberg said, “and what they’ve endured since the earthquake and in the midst of incredible hardship, the real leadership that many people have shown, and to a certain degree being able to honor one person is actually honoring Haitians, as well.” Reifenberg said this year’s award is especially relevant to Notre Dame’s longstanding engagement with Haiti. “This is a particularly special recognition for Notre Dame, given Notre Dame’s long tradition of commitment to Haiti,” Reifenberg said. “And I think it is a commitment that is only growing as the programs the University has in health, education, infrastructure and the study of language and cultures continue to grow. I think that while a specific individual is being recognized, it is part of a broader commitment.” According to the Kellogg Institute’s website, former recipients of the prize include President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, human rights activist Helen Mack Chang and Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga.last_img read more

University investments pay off

first_imgNotre Dame’s endowment returned 11.8 percent during the previous fiscal year and hit the $8.3 billion mark at the end of June, vice president and Chief Investment Officer Scott Malpass said.  Malpass, a 1984 Notre Dame alumnus, said the fund’s performance compares favorably to the U.S. stock market. “I’ve been here 25 years … [and] our endowment pool is about $8.4 billion now,” he said. “Had we just earned the [same as the] U.S. stock market over those 25 years, we’d would be at about $4.6 billion. “We’re about $3.6 or $3.7 billion more in endowment than we would have been had we just invested in the U.S. market and had just had an index spot. So we substantially outperformed the S&P over that period of time.” The investment office is more concerned with long-term performance than annual returns, Malpass said, and the median return varies from year to year. He said the median return value typically ranges from around six percent to 14 percent.  “We don’t have a one-year strategy; we’re a long-term investor,” Malpass said. “So what really matters is the five to 10-year performance. But the median return was higher than the prior year, for sure.” Malpass said he credits the fund’s success and appreciation in value to investment into private investments, good diversification and the performance of his managers.  The general strategy behind the fund management is to return inflation plus five to six percent over time, he said.  “We have to earn at least inflation to make sure the principle’s keeping its purchasing power,” Malpass said. “We also want to earn five to six percent because we’re spending that every year to support the campus.”  A University press release said Notre Dame benefitted from “spending distributions of some $286 million for the fiscal year.” Malpass said the endowment money goes toward a multitude of groups across campus, to students and faculty. “The large portion of that [goes] to scholarships for students, endowed shareholders for senior faculty [and] the library,” Malpass said. “Really all academic programs benefit from the endowment one way or the other.  Malpass said there are actually more than 5,000 endowment funds that are pooled for investments like a mutual fund. “There are endowments for the glee club; there are endowments for student activities … every academic department has endowments supporting them,” he said. “[On] my core investment team … we’re all actually Notre Dame alumni, so there’s a real strong sense of purpose and mission.”last_img read more

Cuban artist discusses theme of mass migration

first_imgTags: Art, Cuba, Immigration, mass migration, Sandra Ramos Visual artist Sandra Ramos discussed the effects mass immigration have on culture and society Monday night at the Hesburgh Center. The Cuban native spoke to faculty and students about how her own experience is reflected through her career and the various different forms it has taken on over time.Chris Collins Ramos shared her background with the power of education and the geographical and political isolation of the island of Cuba. She talked about how her art reflects the national pride and the expectation and hopes that often accompany the immigrant experience. “Although much of my presentation is about my experience, the subject of immigration concerns everyone,” Ramos said. Ramos said her career began following her graduation at San Alejandro, a prestigious fine arts school in Havana during the “special period,” the era following the fall of the Soviet Union and their decreased influence in Cuba. Her early work highlighted the physical isolation of the island and was mostly print. “It is about the difficult decision to leave your family and home and possibly never see them again,” she said. During the late 90s Ramos opened a new installation that utilized the insides of used suitcases. The suitcase installment was meant to reflect the idea that all the things you want to take with you, can ultimately immobilize you, she said.“You can’t take all the memories with you,” she said.Ramos said in order to build a society, you must have a strong understanding of history.“History repeats itself,” she said. “Even when I’m talking about specific elements of Cuba in my art, these themes are universal. Even when you’re isolated, there are so many things in common with humans around the world. You can always find a relation.”  Ramos said her work of the past decade focuses on the new era of Cuban international relations and how the future changes independent of the present. The enlightening of previously hidden voices is important to the current generation of artists, Ramos said. This change in tone has resulted in a shift in medium towards animation and video installations.  “This new medium of animation has allowed me all imagery, such as the imaginary travel or the psychological travel. We are all in a transitory identity due to globalization. On the individual level, we are redefining ourselves and expanding our ideas,” Ramos said.Following Monday’s presentation, Ramos will attend the largest collection of Cuban art in the United States at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. last_img read more

Jarrod Spector, Krystal Joy Brown & More Share Their V-Day Movie Picks

first_img View Comments BRYCE PINKHAM (Monty in A Gentleman’s Guide) “Singin’ in the Rain.” ADAM JACOBS (Aladdin in Aladdin) “Titanic.” AARON NELSON (Simba in The Lion King) “Hitch.” Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of the most romantic day of the year (well, for those of us who have dates), we asked your favorite Broadway stars everything you’ve ever wanted to know about their love lives, including their craziest make-out spots, best dates ever, childhood crushes and more. Even if you’re flying solo this V-Day, we have you covered! Pass the popcorn and check out their picks for an epic Valentine’s Day movie night. COURTNEY REED (Jasmine in Aladdin) “Tangled! I always cry at the end.”center_img JARROD SPECTOR (Barry Mann in Beautiful) “Casablanca. (But really Love Actually).'” LIANA HUNT (Katherine in Newsies) “Sleepless in Seattle.” AARON C. FINLEY (Drew in Rock of Ages) “The Notebook. Yeah, I said it. I wept like a baby. (P.S. Ryan Gosling looks nothing like James Garner.)” KRYSTAL JOY BROWN (Diana Ross in Motown)  “P.S. I Love You and An Affair to Remember.”last_img read more

Greenest American Cities

first_imgPortland (Oregon), Seattle, and San Francisco often top “greenest city” lists, but others, like Honolulu, by virtue of its large number of homes utilizing solar power, and New York, with more than double the amount of public transit ridership per capita than any other U.S. city, also place high. Pictured: Biking to work in San Francisco. Credit: iStockPhotoEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: Which are the greenest American cities, and why?        — D. Hansen, Wichita, KSWhich American city is the greenest depends on who you ask. Every year dozens of publications and websites release their own assessments of which cities have the most environmentally conscious citizenry, the highest percentage of recycling or the lowest carbon footprint per capita. Portland, Oregon, Seattle and San Francisco are often top contenders, but some of the other leading choices may be a surprise.The Daily Beast based a recent round-up of greenest U.S. cities on data collected by market research firm Experian Simmons, which has been tracking the greening of the nation for half a century. Researchers polled thousands of Americans to find out what percentage in different geographic regions think and act in an eco-conscious way versus what percentage do not, as well as what percentage make a conscious effort to recycle. The company also tracked the number of public transit trips per capita and the percentage of households that use solar heating by region. Honolulu, most likely by virtue of the fact that one percent of homes there utilize solar power, came out on top. New York, with more than double the amount of public transit ridership per capita than any other U.S. city, is #2, followed by San Francisco, Seattle and Boston.Meanwhile, the website Ecosalon looked at similar types of data and drew different conclusions, finding San Francisco to be the greenest. Ecosalon was especially impressed by San Franciscans routinely voting for aggressive green programs (like banning plastic grocery bags and financing renewable energy sources for public facilities) and by the fact that the city diverts 70 percent of its waste, thanks to mandatory recycling and composting. To top it off, nearly half of all San Franciscans bike, walk or take public transit every day—and the city is on track to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent below 1990 levels this year. Ecosalon ranks Portland, Oregon second, followed by Seattle, Chicago and New York.In another ranking, Canadian research company Corporate Knights granted Portland, San Francisco and Seattle a three-way tie for America’s greenest city. Denver ranked #4 while Albuquerque, Charlotte (NC) and Oakland tied at fifth. “Unlike other city-sustainability rankings, this ranking focuses on the effort cities are making rather than on their results, which could take years to achieve,” reported Kent Portney, a Tufts University researcher who participated in the project. “In other words, this ranking is aspirational in nature.” He says that each city was awarded a point for undertaking one of 38 programs or policies listed by Corporate Knights, in categories such as smart growth, land-use planning, pollution prevention, etc.And in yet another recent round-up, Mother Nature Network (MNN) declared Portland, Oregon—where 200 miles of dedicated bike lanes and legions of supporters of local and sustainable food sources rule—the nation’s greenest city. San Francisco, Boston, Oakland and Eugene (OR) round out MNN’s top five.Regardless of which city is “greenest,” all U.S. cities are greening up every day because planners now realize the economic advantages of using less energy, recycling more and keeping air and water clean. We can all help by supporting municipal energy savings, recycling and composting programs and community enhancement efforts. Who knows: If you keep it up, maybe your city will top one of next year’s lists.CONTACTS: The Daily Beast, www.thedailybeast.com; Ecosalon, www.ecosalon.com; Corporate Knights, www.corporateknights.com; Mother Nature Network, www.mnn.com.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Small business leaders urge Congress to rethink cybersecurity measures

first_imgby: JD Harrison continue reading » As Congress this week considers legislation meant to better shield corporations and governments from cybercriminals, some experts worry the bills wouldn’t go far enough to protect and educate small businesses.“It would be a step in the right direction, but not a panacea,” Todd McCracken, president of the National Small Business Association, said during a hearing held by the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday. He had been asked for his take on one of several bills teed up for a vote this week that would require businesses and governments to share details about data breaches and collaborate on ways to ward off attacks.“Cybersecurity has emerged as a significant problem and concern for the small-business community,” McCracken said. He later added that “sharing cybersecurity information is useful, but what small businesses really need is to know how to use that information.”His underlying point — that the government’s attempts to thwart cyber attacks must be coupled with stronger efforts to teach the business community how to detect and deal with attacks — was expressed by several experts on the panel. In other words, hacking attempts and data breaches are inevitable, they argued, especially against small businesses that criminals know are ill-prepared to defend themselves.center_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Global credit union membership surpasses 291 million

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… The international credit union movement added over 17 million members in 2019 to reach a new membership high of more than 291 million in 118 countries, according to World Council of Credit Unions’ 2019 Statistical Report.That surge contributed to a worldwide credit union membership growth of more than 107 million over the past decade (2010-19)—an increase of 59%. The rise was fueled primarily by large increases in Latin America, Africa and Asia.Membership growth by region for the ten-year period was as follows:Latin America 153%Africa 143%center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Seed treatment may make sprouts safer

first_img The experiment also showed that to consistently remove the pathogens, it took between 8 and 19 hours of soaking in the sanitizer and that the minimum ratio of mung beans to sanitizer (weight to volume) was 1:4. He said one possible drawback of the sanitizer is that seeds have to be soaked in it longer than what some sprouts producers are used to. “Some people just soak them for 2 or 3 hours. So some people would have to soak the seed a bit longer than they do,” he said. “It appears to be useful within all its limitations,” he said. He said the researchers “really loaded up the seeds” with pathogens, making decontamination a tough challenge. Although SOC is commercially available, it has not been approved for use on seeds in the United States or Canada, according to Warriner. Outbreaks of Salmonella infection linked with sprouts—normally eaten raw—are reported periodically. One outbreak in Ontario last year involved 600 people who had eaten mung bean sprouts. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that seeds used for sprouts be soaked in a 2% calcium hypochlorite (bleach) solution, but that measure is not completely effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In trying the treatment on other kinds of seeds, the researchers found that it worked well on alfalfa, soybean, flax, and cress seeds, but results with clover, mustard, and radish seeds were mixed. With several other kinds of seeds—chick pea, sunflower, buckwheat, sesame, and onion—the treatment failed to prevent contamination. Batches of contaminated seeds then were soaked for varying intervals in varying concentrations of the sanitizer, and a control batch of mung beans was soaked in the calcium hypochlorite solution for 20 minutes. Afterward the seeds were rinsed with water and allowed to germinate for 4 days. The sprouts then were tested for Salmonella and E coli O157:H7. Jul 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A chemical sanitizer now used in contact lens solutions and toothpaste may help solve the problem of keeping pathogens like Salmonella and Escherichia coli out of edible sprouts, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Food Protection. See also: A team led by Keith Warriner, assistant professor of food microbiology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, decided to find out if an existing sanitizer containing chlorite could be used to safely decontaminate seeds used for sprouts. The chemical is a “stabilized oxychloro (SOC)–based sanitizer” that is sold commercially as Germin-8-or, according to their report. Warriner’s group tested the sanitizer on mung bean, alfalfa, and a number of other kinds of seeds, comparing it with the FDA-recommended calcium hypochlorite treatment. Seeds were soaked in a solution containing five different strains of either Salmonella or E coli O157:H7 for 20 minutes and allowed to dry at room temperature. Why the substance worked on some seeds but not on others is unclear, the report says. But seeds on which the treatment worked germinated faster than the others, suggesting that “protective sites” within the slower-germinating seeds might have protected microbes from the sanitizer, the authors write. They also speculate that natural antimicrobials released by seeds may play a role. While the treatment eliminated the pathogens, tests showed that treated and untreated batches of seed contained about the same overall levels of bacteria, as indicated by aerobic plate counts. The authors say this suggests that the sanitizer did not affect bacteria naturally associated with the seeds (endogenous microflora). Francis Busta, PhD, director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense and professor emeritus of food microbiology and emeritus head of the Department of Food Science & Nutrition, University of Minnesota, said the sanitizer looks promising as a treatment at least for some kinds of seeds used for sprouts. When several types of seeds heavily contaminated with Salmonella and E coli O157:H7 were soaked in the sanitizer for several hours, sprouts subsequently produced from them were free of the pathogens, according to the report by a team of Canadian and British scientists. The treatment was not toxic to the seeds. The researchers also tested the sprouts for residual sanitizer and found that none of the samples contained more than 1 ppm, according to the article. Warriner said ingesting significant amounts of the substance would be harmful, but trace amounts are not. The investigators found that a solution of 100 parts per million (ppm) was enough to eliminate E coli from mung bean sprouts, while a 200-ppm solution eliminated Salmonella from the sprouts. In contrast, sprouts from seeds treated with the calcium hypochlorite solution remained heavily contaminated with both pathogens. SOC solutions up to 200 ppm did not significantly reduce seed germination or the yield of sprouts, according to the report. “I think it would have to be individually assessed on the kinds of seeds and sprouts,” Busta said. “If I was doing alfalfa sprouts I would strongly consider seeing if I could get this into my protocol. It would also depend on what it costs. A lot of these places [that produce sprouts] are pretty marginal; they don’t have a lot of cash flow.” Kumar M, Hora R., Kostrzynska W, et al. Inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella on mung beans, alfalfa, and other seed types destined for sprout production by using an oxychloro-based sanitizer. J Food Protect 2006 Jul; 69(7):1571-78 “We saw this oxychloro compound that was very detrimental to bacteria and kind to plant cells and our cells,” Warriner told CIDRAP News. He said it has been used as a chemotherapy drug as well as in contact lens solutions and toothpastes, “so we knew its properties before we started.” Dec 1, 2005, CIDRAP News story about sprouts-linked outbreak in Ontariohttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/dec0105salmo.htmllast_img read more

​​​​​​​More than 9,000 people, businesses sanctioned for violating Jakarta’s COVID-19 curbing policies

first_imgJakarta has cracked down on thousands of individuals and companies for violating the capital’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), imposing sanctions that range from letters of reprimand to fines, in accordance with the latest gubernatorial regulation.The Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) had identified 9,580 violators as of Monday, the agency’s head Arifin said.He said the number of violators had been compiled since April 24, during the second phase of the PSBB, which has been in place to curb the transmission of COVID-19. The capital started implementing mobility restrictions on April 10 and it was initially scheduled to end on April 23. However, the administration had since extended the PSBB twice.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan issued Gubernatorial Regulation No. 41/2020 on sanctions for PSBB last week, granting authority to Satpol PP, along with the Jakarta Manpower, Transmigration and Energy Agency and the Jakarta Transportation Agency, to impose sanctions on violators.“We have monitored both essential and non-essential sectors. The number [of violators] has reached 6,091 individuals, 3,441 businesses, 31 offices and 17 factories,” Arifin told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Read also: COVID-19: Jakarta extends PSBB until June 4 as Jokowi seeks to ease restrictions The agency has imposed sanctions in the form of letters of reprimand to 8,091 individuals and businesses, community service for 983 individuals, forced closure on 441 businesses and fines for 110 individuals and businesses, with some violators receiving more than one sanction.Arifin said the businesses found in violation included dozens of restaurants providing dine-in services and hotels holding mass gatherings. They have been fined and forced to close in accordance with articles 7 and 8 of the gubernatorial regulation, respectively.“We repeat that activities in hotels’ lounge areas, gyms, swimming pools and restaurants are not permitted. All facilities, except guest rooms, are restricted. If someone wants to eat, food should be delivered to their rooms,” Arifin said.Meanwhile, individuals who violated the PSBB included those who failed to comply with the mandatory face mask order in public places and ban on public gatherings of more than five people, as stipulated in articles 4 and 11 of the regulation.People who were sanctioned with community service were assigned to carry out public sanitation duty while wearing mandatory orange vests emblazoned with “PSBB violator” on the back.“We no longer impose physical sanctions, such as push-ups, since the gubernatorial regulation was issued. Such punishments do not seem right since not all of [the violators] are physically capable,” Arifin said.Read also: McDonald’s Sarinah fined Rp 10 million for attracting crowds during COVID-19 restrictionsHe said that the number of violators in the second phase of the PSBB had increased sharply since the first period, saying that Satpol PP had recently strengthened its monitoring in crowded places.“We have applied disciplinary measures in traditional markets since Monday,” he said “We have deployed our members to Tanah Abang [Market in Central Jakarta] to shut down non-essential businesses, specifically street vendors.” Topics :last_img read more