Bob Weir Will Be Honored As The First-Ever Les Paul Spirit Award Recipient

first_imgThe Les Paul Foundation has just created a brand new program to honor musicians who exemplify the spirit of guitar innovator Les Paul, and the first-ever award will be given to none other than Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir. Les Paul famously created his own brand of guitars and performed for countless years, and the Les Paul Spirit Award was just created in his honor to recognize artists who push the boundaries in engineering, technology, and music.Weir, who currently plays guitar with Dead & Company and operates TRI Studios, is a fitting choice for the award. Few bands are as innovative as the Grateful Dead. The award will be presented to Weir at this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.“I cannot think of anyone more fitting to be honored with the first annual Les Paul Spirit Award than Bob Weir. Not only is he an extraordinary talent who has given us an amazing array of legendary music, but he is an innovator who understands music, technologies and the spirit of Les Paul,” said Michael Braunstein, executive director of the Les Paul Foundation. “If Les were still alive today, I have absolutely no doubt that he and Bob would be experimenting together at TRI Studios or at Les’ house and the results would be extraordinary.”Congrats Bobby! Dead & Company’s summer tour begins this Friday, June 10th, in North Carolina.last_img read more

Eradicating malaria a tall order

first_imgPublic health analysts expressed doubt Monday (April 25) that eradicating malaria is an attainable goal, saying the difficulty of doing so may put that out of reach despite the global effort now under way.The discussion during a roundtable event at the Barker Center was held to mark the fourth World Malaria Day, which commemorates the worldwide movement to distribute bed nets, improve access to testing and treatment, and engage local governments in eliminating malaria.Global anti-malaria efforts have ramped up considerably in recent years. A call by philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates in 2007 set eradication as a target and generated a lot of excitement in the field. Today, there are several major anti-malaria efforts, including that of the Gates Foundation, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership unveiled its Global Malaria Action Plan in 2008, with a goal of dramatically reducing malaria’s impact on social and economic development by 2015, with global eradication a longer-term goal. The partnership has 500 members, including governments, nonprofit organizations, and businesses.Despite those efforts, malaria remains a global killer, taking the lives of nearly 1 million people in 2008 and sickening 247 million. African children under age 5 are particularly susceptible to the disease. Malaria accounts for 20 percent of all childhood deaths on the continent, with a child dying at the rate of every 45 seconds, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).The roundtable, sponsored by the Harvard Malaria Initiative and several University student groups, is one of several events marking World Malaria Day, including a benefit concert on May 4, the proceeds of which will fund student efforts against the disease, including a travel award to be established through the Malaria Initiative.The event brought together Barry Bloom, former dean of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH); Marcia de Castro, assistant professor of demography at HSPH; Professor of Public Policy Amitabh Chandra of Harvard Kennedy School; Günther Fink, assistant professor of international health economics at HSPH; Jeremy Greene, assistant professor of the history of science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School; Amy Bei, a postdoctoral fellow at HSPH; and David Sengeh, a former Harvard undergraduate and current graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Stefanie Friedhoff of the Nieman Foundation moderated the event.Panelists acknowledged the difficult challenge of eradicating malaria, with several expressing skepticism that it’s possible. Bloom said he doesn’t know anyone in public health who will take the risk and say eradication will definitely happen.Even so, panelists said that eradication is an aspirational goal, aimed at getting political and public action pointed at a serious worldwide problem. Calling for eradication invokes urgency, Greene said. When asked about efforts to control the parasite versus eradicating it, participants described a continuum of anti-malaria efforts.“Control can have various endpoints,” Fink said. “You can look at eradication as really successful control.”Eradication is theoretically possible because the malaria parasite needs a human host to reproduce. That means that if the disease is eliminated in humans, there’s no animal reservoir from which people could be re-infected. Of course, with malaria occurring in 106 countries, many of which have poor health infrastructures, achieving the goal remains an enormous task.Panelist David Sengeh said that local people would be key to the eradication effort. Only if they buy into the goal will the effort reach all the areas where malaria remains a problem.Sengeh, who comes from Sierra Leone, said that local people would be key to the eradication effort. Only if they buy into the goal will the effort reach all the areas where malaria remains a problem. Even if that is done, however, cost is an issue. One estimate is that effective anti-malaria efforts will cost more than $4 billion a year.While that is a hefty sum, Chandra said it is a manageable number when the whole picture of health spending and international aid is considered. For instance, that is a small amount compared with overall U.S. health spending, Chandra said, and is just a tenth of what is spent on aid to Africa in a year.“That’s what we spend on health care in four days in the U.S.,” Chandra said. “That number is within our grasp.”Chandra said that many of the hurdles to be overcome are not scientific, but social. Effectively delivering care and preventive measures such as bed nets and insecticidal spraying is a big problem.Still, Bloom said people shouldn’t discount the potential of scientific advances. Anti-malarial drugs remain limited, Bloom said, and mosquitoes are developing resistance to the insecticides used to keep their populations down. In addition, anti-malaria campaigns are being waged without an effective vaccine.Even after a nation eliminates malaria, vigilance is needed, participants said, as all it takes is reintroduction from a neighboring country to spread the disease again.Participants discussed the prospect of the campaign’s falling short, saying some “failures” don’t look as bad as others. The failure of the WHO’s first malaria eradication campaign, waged from 1955 through the 1960s, was disastrous and had an enormous impact, causing realignment of global health priorities, Bloom said. On the other hand, the “failure” of the WHO’s “3 by 5” campaign, which sought to get anti-retroviral drugs to 3 million AIDS patients in poor countries by 2005, wasn’t so bad. The effort provided an enormous impetus to provide AIDS drugs to those who had no access to them and took just another three years for the goal to be reached.last_img read more

Dirty Dancing National Tour Will Launch in Washington, D.C.

first_img View Comments Based on the 1987 film of the same name, Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story on Stage features a book by Eleanor Bergstein, who also penned the screenplay for the film. The production will be directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch, based on the original choreography by Kate Champion. With unforgettable songs like “Hungry Eyes,” the Academy Award-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life,” and classics like “Do You Love Me?,” Dirty Dancing is a pop culture icon. The film version featured Patrick Swayze as Johnny and Jennifer Grey as Baby. Watch the film’s iconic final dance sequence in the video below! Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story on Stage began performances on London’s West End in October 2006 and went on to become the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre. The show closed in July 2011 in advance of a two-year U.K. national tour and then returned to London for a strictly limited season at the Piccadilly Theatre. Dirty Dancing is currently represented by a new U.K. tour, which launched in March 2014.center_img Hey, baby! Do you have hungry eyes (and ears) for a stage version of Dirty Dancing? Then you’re in luck: the musical adaptation of the hit film will launch its national tour in Washington, D.C. this summer. The production will premiere at at The National Theatre on August 26 before touring over 30 different markets in North America. Additional cities and casting have yet to be announced. It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby’s life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both on-stage and off.last_img read more

Tix Available for The Awesome ‘80s Prom ‘s Return

first_imgTickets are now on sale for the return of The Awesome ‘80s Prom, the off-Broadway interactive show that’s part comedy, part dance party. Pop Rocks will be consumed, wine coolers will be opened and “The Worm” will be attempted for five Saturday night performances between May 17 and September 20 at 42West. Written and directed by Ken Davenport, The Awesome ‘80s Prom is a blast-from-the-past party set at Wanaget High’s Senior Prom in 1989, featuring an American Idol-style contest for the titles of Prom King and Queen, and the ‘80s hits “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and more. The show initially opened off-Broadway in July 2004 at Webster Hall before transferring to The Wall in July 2013, where it ran through November of that year. View Commentscenter_img In addition to the long-running off-Broadway production, The Awesome ‘80s Prom has lit up the dance floor in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Baltimore.last_img read more

CUNA reiterates push against rent-free bank access to military bases

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUNA would be concerned with the inclusion of any language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020 that would allow banks rent-free access to military installations, CUNA wrote to House and Senate Armed Forces Committee leadership Monday. There is no such language in the FY2020 NDAA, CUNA and the Defense Credit Union Council successfully fought for similar language to be removed from last year’s NDAA, it was included in an early version of the bill.“CUNA and its members would be concerned with the inclusion of any similar language in the FY 2020 NDAA that would go beyond DOD’s current authority in regard to exemptions from the costs related to leases, utilities, and services on military bases for financial institutions or other more complex profit-centered entities,” the letter reads.The Department of Defense (DOD) has discretionary authority to waive the cost for credit union land leases, as well as administrative and logistical fees, for credit unions if certain standards are met.last_img read more

Editorials on Cuomo, scheduling hit mark

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Holy smokes, I actually agreed with two editorials in one week by The Gazette.First, the Nov. 14 editorial, “Scheduling goes too far,” was right on the money. Employers in this state face too many regulations as it is.As far as unions go, maybe misguided soul Jonathan Rosen can tell me how I can make up the money, 20 percent that the wonderful Teamsters union cut from my pension. New York should be a right-to-work state. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homescenter_img Second, your Nov. 19 editorial, “Stop naming things after politicians,” is right on the money.The only thing that Mario Cuomo’s name should be on is maybe New York City’s sewage treatment plant. The only governor worse than him is the present governor, his con Gov. “Creepy” Cuomo.He wants to be president. Zimbabwe has an opening. He would a great tin-pot dictator.Ray WeidmanLatham last_img read more

Poplar culture

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Flamengo director slams Arsenal over Pablo Mari transfer deal

first_imgArsenal’s talks to sign Flamengo star Pablo Mari have stalled (Picture: Getty)A Flamengo director has hit out at Arsenal for trying to change the terms of their agreement for Pablo Mari.Mikel Arteta has been desperate to bring in a central defender this winter after Calum Chambers was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with a serious knee injury.Arsenal technical director Edu agreed a loan deal for Mari last week and the 26-year-old centre-back looked set to join the north London club before Friday’s transfer deadline.Mari had reportedly said his goodbyes to Flamengo’s players and coaching staff and appeared to confirm his exit as he landed at Heathrow airport on Saturday.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners had even raised the prospect of a permanent £7.5million switch at the end of the season, but the move is now on the brink of collapse. Arsenal v Bournemouth: Mikel Arteta preview press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:01FullscreenArsenal v Bournemouth: Mikel Arteta preview press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-bournemouth-mikel-arteta-preview-press-conference-2095088/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.After undergoing a medical with Arsenal at the weekend, a ‘disappointed’ Mari made his way back to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – and an unnamed Flamengo director expects the Spaniard to join up with the rest of his team-mates for pre-season training.‘We expect him at Ninho do Urubu this afternoon (for pre-season),’ he said.‘We had agreed to sell him for a fee, he arrived in London and Arsenal changed the terms.‘Flamengo is a serious club.’ Flamengo director slams Arsenal over Pablo Mari transfer deal Comment Arteta has been desperate for a new central defender this January (Picture: Getty)The rumours surrounding Mari have cast serious doubt over Shkodran Mustafi’s future, but Arteta insists the German remains central to his plans at Arsenal.Asked about Mustafi following the German’s calamitous performance against Chelsea, Arteta replied: ‘When he is my player and when he is training with me the way he does every day, of course.‘The plans maybe in the summer were different with him. I came here, he is here and his attitude is always right and he wants to help.‘Yes he made a mistake, but it’s OK. I like more the reaction and I look more at the reaction.‘I don’t believe that at 27 you cannot improve certain aspects of the game; I really believe you can.‘I work with players like this and I have team-mates like this and there is always a moment where there is a click.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I can accept a mistake, no problem. What I’m not going to accept is somebody makes a mistake and after he stops playing, and he doesn’t want the ball and doesn’t want to make decisions. That player is not acceptable for our team.‘But Musti after that [mistake], he tried to play every single time, he went for every single challenge and put his body on the line. He was down afterwards but he reacted and if he does that, he will overcome the situation.‘I ask him to play the way we want to play. He makes a mistake, another day it will be someone else.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Obviously we want to minimise that as quick as possible and find the reason why that happens, but I like his reaction after that.’MORE: Rafael Nadal pays classy tribute to inspirational Kobe Bryant after Australian Open win over Nick Kyrgioscenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Jan 2020 1:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.2kShareslast_img read more

Mum’s petition against secret abortions for teens under 16 rejected by MPs

first_imgTVNZ One News 7 July 2016MPs have rejected a call to change the law to prevent under-16s undergoing secret abortions.Taranaki mum Hillary Kieft presented a petition to Parliament’s justice and electoral commission last year.Her 15-year-old daughter’s abortion was arranged by her school in 2010.A report from the committee says about 60 procedures a year are performed on under-16s, and less than 10 don’t tell their parents or caregiver.The ‘best-case’ scenario is that patients have the full support of their parents – but the right not to should remain, the committee found.MPs recommended some changes such as better collection of data on how many teens take up counselling services, increased oversight by the Abortion Supervisory Committee and mandatory after care check-ups with under-16s.“When renewing or certifying a consultant, the Abortion Supervisory Committee must emphasise the consultant’s responsibilities around post-procedure care and the protection of children under-16 who have an abortion procedure,” the report added.The Maori Party disagreed with the findings – and wants the law change, unless a doctor believes there is a health risk.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/mums-petition-against-secret-abortions-teens-under-16-rejected-mpsMPs turn down petition seeking abortion law changeNewsTalk ZB 7 July 2016A committee of MPs has turned down a request to change the law so parents must be told if a daughter aged under 16 was referred for an abortion, but recommended strengthening post-abortion care and counselling.A petition asking for the law to be changed to require parental notification for abortions of under 16-year-olds was organised by Stratford mother Hillary Kieft, whose 15-year-old daughter had an abortion without the parents knowing. Mrs Kieft told the justice and electoral select committee it was not until after she attempted suicide a year later in 2010 that the Kiefts learned their daughter’s boarding school arranged for the procedure through a family planning clinic and no post-abortion support was offered.NZ First and the Maori party had a minority view, saying parents should be informed unless a health professional decided there was a risk of harm to the child in disclosing it.However, family first director Bob McCroskie said it was ludicrous parents had to give permission for school trips but were kept in the dark if their daughter was having an abortion. He believed it was against the wishes of most parents and criticised the committee for refusing to hear submissions from parent or family groups such as Family First and instead relying only on medical and privacy experts.READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/health/mps-turn-down-petition-seeking-abortion-law-change/MPs reject calls to prevent U16s having abortions without parents being informedStuff co.nz 7 July 2016Parliament has rejected a petition calling for it to be made compulsory that parents be informed if their teenager was to have an abortion.Parliament’s Justice and Electoral select committee has released its report into the petition of Hillary Kieft and six others, that it passes legislation to prevent under 16-year-olds having abortions without notifying the parents.The committee’s decision has been slammed by lobby group Family First, claiming uncited research showed parental notification laws decreased teenage abortions by 15 per cent, and also decreased pregnancies.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/81872910/mps-reject-calls-to-prevent-u16s-having-abortions-without-parents-being-informedlast_img read more

Spring Showcase set March 8, 9 at Canyon

first_imgBy Tony Steele  For more information, call 602 258-RACE or visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com. Find us on Facebook and all of our social media accounts to stay updated with the latest from CSP! (Twitter – @racecsp ; Instagram – @canyonspeedwaypark). Join our Mailing List to stay up to date with all the latest news and special offers from CSP. Defending champions Chaz Baca Jr. (Modifieds), Speedy Madrid (SportMods) and George Fronsman (Stock Cars) will all look to get a jump start at defending their crowns. There will be an open practice for all divisions scheduled Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. Pit passes are $25 for adults and ages 11 & under free, as well as free general admission viewing. On Friday, the gates are scheduled to open at 5 p.m. with the first green flag at 7:30 p.m. Saturday will see gates at 5 p.m. and first green flag at 7 p.m.  Admission prices are $25 for adults. Seniors (60+) and military are $20 and children 11 and under are free! All-access pit passes are $40 for adults while ages 7-11 are $20 and six and under are free.  All minors under the age of 18 must have a minor release form filled out and notarized prior to entry into the pits. The form can be found on the front page of the track website. Free dry camping is allowed and encouraged at the facility.  PEORIA, Ariz. – The Spring Showcase will kick racing action off once again at Canyon Speedway Park for the 2019 season Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season will begin for the IMCA Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars with the big doubleheader.last_img read more