Dave Matthews Band turns 25 this year, and what better way to celebrate than a performance in their hometown of Charlottesville, VA. The John Paul Jones Arena was the site of major anticipation, as fans gathered throughout the day to honor the band’s anniversary. In return, the band delivered a monster performance full of remarkable highlights.The band opened with “The Song That Jane Likes,” played for the first time in that spot since 11/3/94. Throughout the first half of the set, the band debuted a total of three new songs: “Samurai Cop,” “Bob Law,” and “Bismarck.” A new album from DMB has long been in the works, and these tracks will presumably be entries on the new release. The show was highlighted by more than just debut originals, as the band played a full tribute to Prince in the form of his 1992 hit single, “Sexy M.F.” That, as well as the preceding “Jimi Thing” saw the band welcome trumpet player John D’earth. What a powerful moment of live music! Dave Matthews Band Releases Two Legendary TRAX Recordings From Early CareerThere were also plenty of bust outs at the 25th anniversary celebration, including the first full-band “Sugar Will” and first “The Last Stop” since 2010. Not to mention all the fan-favorite tunes, like “#41,” “Ants Marching” and “Tripping Billies.” Watch the big-time “The Last Stop” bust-out below:DMB has a major tour planned for 2016, which kicks off on May 11th and runs through a three-night run at the Gorge Amphitheater from September 2-4. The band has said that they plan to take a touring hiatus after this summer, so don’t miss out. You can see the full schedule here.Check out the setlist from last night’s show below: Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists[Photo by jcleary12/Instagram]
Yoko Ono To Receive Retroactive Songwriting Credit For Contributions To John Lennon Classic “Imagine”
Decades after the release of John Lennon‘s iconic 1971 appeal for peace, “Imagine,” his then-partner Yoko Ono will receive a co-writing credit for her thematic contributions to the song. The decision was publicized at yesterday’s annual meeting of the National Music Publishers Association in New York” where Ono and her and John’s son, Sean Lennon, accepted the organization’s new “Centennial Song Award” on their late kin’s behalf. During the presentation, NMPA David Israelite screened a short video of John Lennon from 1980 in which he professes that Ono deserved a songwriting credit for the 1971 song. Israelite explained that the process was already in motion to make Ono an officially credited songwriter for the smash hit worldwide peace anthem.The song was ranked #3 in Rolling Stone‘s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” and was named as on of the 100 most performed songs of the 20th century, being covered by countless musicians ever since its release. Following Lennon’s murder in 1980, a memorial to him was set up in New York’s Central Park across the street from The Dakota, the apartment in which he lived and outside of which he was tragically shot. The “Strawberry Fields” memorial is inscribed with a mosaic bearing the word “Imagine.”The clip played at the NMPA presentation was not the only instance where Lennon noted that he felt the song should be credited as a Lennon/Ono collaboration. In Lennon’s final interview before his death, given to BBC Radio on December 6th, 1980 (2 days before his murder on December 8th), he explicitly said as much. “[Imagine] should be credited as a Lennon-Ono song because a lot of it – the lyric and the concept – came from Yoko. But those days I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho, and I sort of omitted to mention her contribution. But it was right out of Grapefruit, her book.” In a tone that suggests he was embarrassed at his earlier sexism, he says: “If it had been a male, you know – Harry Nilsson’s Old Dirt Road, it’s ‘Lennon-Nilsson’. But when we did [Imagine] I just put ‘Lennon’ because, you know, she’s just the wife and you don’t put her name on, right?” You can listen to the clip below (starts at 00:45:30):Of course, there will inevitably be a sub-sect of fans who will decry this decision, which comes more than 35 years after the former Beatle‘s death. Ono’s relationship with Lennon is seen by many as a catalyzing factor in the group’s deteriorating personal relationships in the late 60’s and eventual breakup in 1970. With the reverence many music historians hold for the Beatles’ historic catalogue, any change to the credits for this highly influential song is sure to rile up some die-hard fans.While we will likely hear some push-back from fans as the process goes further, the decision is clearly in line with Lennon’s wishes which, after several decades, seem to finally have been put in motion.[h/t – The Guardian]
Andrew Groover celebrates the complexity of trees, and makes it his life’s work to unlock how they adapt to their environments. It’s knowledge that’s critical for the U.S. Forest Service research geneticist — he works in California, where concerns about climate change have grown as wildfires there have increased in frequency and intensity.A practical problem for Groover, who is a University of California, Davis, adjunct professor of plant biology, is efficient access to the variety of trees he studies. His research requires a ready supply of species diversity, a tall order without laborious travel. But in 2012 his search for the perfect resource brought him to the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University — a 281-acre living museum holding more than 2,100 woody plant species from around the world.“Trees are fascinating for biology and research, but one of the greatest challenges in this research is finding trees tractable for study,” Groover said. “If you have a list of a dozen or two different species, where do you get all those? The Arnold Arboretum has all of the species we would ever want to look at, and then some.”Andrew Groover, U.S. Forest Service research geneticist, uses a pole pruner at the Arboretum to collect small samples of genetic material from the willows (Salix) collection. Photo by Suzanne GerttulaThe Arboretum also contains one of the most extensive collections of Asian trees in the world, which Groover said is advantageous to his research. Typically a researcher has to travel to various locations throughout the world, determine whether the trees are on public or private property, obtain permission to study and transport samples, overcome language and other barriers, and potentially return to the same site later to complete research, which can be challenging.“The Arnold Arboretum plays a crucial role in research and science and educating the public, connecting them with trees and forests. But it’s also a living laboratory and repository of hard-to-source species for research and is renowned for its collection of Asian disjuncts,” he said. “We can actually study these species pairs found in both Asia and the U.S. directly in the Arboretum. We didn’t need to go anywhere else.”Director of the Arnold Arboretum and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology William (Ned) Friedman emphasized the extraordinary efforts that go into creating such a high-impact research destination.“Importantly, beyond the more than 16,000 accessioned woody plants at the Arnold Arboretum, we have a staff of world-class horticulturists, propagators, IT professionals, curators, and archivists, all of whom are devoted to ensuring that the living collections are what I call a ‘working collection’ of plants,” he said. “The plants of the Arboretum may look great in flower, or at the peak of fall colors, but these plants are here primarily to be studied by scholars at Harvard and from around the world. In 2018 alone, there were 79 different research projects using the living collections and landscape of the Arnold Arboretum.”Groover’s work with the Arboretum became a long-term collaboration. In 2014 he won a Sargent fellowship, and, working with Arboretum scientists, collected small samples of genetic material from specific Arboretum trees and propagated them in his own laboratory greenhouses. In 2015 Groover, with Friedman, organized the 35th New Phytologist Symposium held at the Arboretum. He has also given several research talks there, most recently in December on genomic approaches to understanding the development and evolution of forest trees.“When the Weld Hill Research Building was completed [in 2011], many of us in the research community saw that as a real commitment holding great possibilities for expanding into new areas of research,” he said. “We could not only access a broad range of species all in one location, we had a physical facility for research activities.”Groover’s work investigates genetic regulation of wood formation — the triggers of gene expression within the wood — which is driven by environment, including light, temperature, wind, water, gravity, even insects and disease. Studying diverse tree species helps him identify the genetic basis of how different species modify their growth and adapt to different environmental conditions.“Trees in general are very responsive to the environment, and trees can actually make adjustments in their wood anatomy to suit the environment,” Groover said. “One thing that is really interesting about trees is that they are perennial and live to decades or even thousands of years in the same place, and they have to be able to cope with all of the variation.”,The collaboration with the Arboretum is special because its trees contain valuable provenance.“The trees are well-cared for, are not likely to disappear or die so you can go back again, and they are all right there next to each other,” Groover said.While his in-depth research is on poplars (Populus spp.), the knowledge obtained may be beneficial in the study of many other tree species.“If the genetic regulation of a trait is conserved among species, then what we learn in poplar can be transferred to the hundreds of other species we would like to be able to better manage or understand,” Groover said. “We can transfer knowledge across different species and potentially use that information in the future for things like reforestation and restoration.”Suzanne Gerttula of the Forest Service began working in developmental plant genetics more than three decades ago and joined Groover’s laboratory in 2010. The former staff research associate in plant biology at U.C., Davis, has an interest in the underlying mechanisms of trees’ responses to gravity, such as occurs in weeping varieties.“The Arboretum is an incredible resource for both weeping and upright trees. It’s fascinating, fun, and inspiring to me to be able to get at the some of the biochemical bases of how life works,” she said.Groover’s enthusiasm for his subject spans sectors from ecological to economic. From understanding Earth cycles and climate change to helping the lumber, paper, fiber, and even biofuel industries, he hopes his research can inform solutions for forest management and conservation and identify new forms of renewable energy.“I think it’s important we have places like the Arnold Arboretum to help provide this sort of basic information that has the potential to help in the conservation and management of forests,” he said.Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections at the Arboretum, said it has research potential across a wide swath of disciplines — taxonomic, horticultural, plant conservation, ecology, and developmental biology.“Our living collection’s research potential could never be exhausted; there is a constant need for its use, growth, and development,” he said. “[The] dynamic interplay between living collections and scientiﬁc research demonstrates the vital importance collections have to science and to society.”Scientists such as Groover enjoy access not only to the living collections, but also to other Arboretum resources, including afﬁliated collections containing herbarium specimens, archives, images, historical records, on-site greenhouse and laboratory space, centralized expertise, and, frequently, financial assistance in the form of grants and fellowships.“All too often, the cost both in time and dollars of assembling collections at their own institutions is prohibitive for researchers, making places like the Arboretum a vital resource, especially for those working with limited budgets,” Dosmann said.Evolving technology also plays a critical role, according to Dosmann, giving researchers the ability to access the Arboretum’s expansive resources, and making plant species more attainable.“With the aid of databases and other information systems, it is now much easier to see collections in the multiple dimensions within which they exist and appreciate their unlimited research potential,” he said.Groover said that with forests facing multiple threats, there’s never been a more important time to address forest biology and the use of technology.“In the west especially, we need new insights into how to make forests more resilient to drought and heat, including understanding the biology underlying stress responses in different tree species,” he said. “We are learning the complexities of forest trees and hope to ultimately be able to select genotypes or species that might perform better in the future. Working with the Arboretum offers the resources for this important research.”
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) App users, tap here to watch video report.JAMESTOWN – Local elected leaders are calling for our area to reopen.Assemblyman Andy Goodell, speaking during a press conference held by Congressman Tom Reed on Tuesday, said restrictions placed by New York State are killing local businesses.“There have been four deaths for COVID-19, and just under 400 deaths all together,” explained Goodell. “You are 100 times more likely to die from something else in Chautauqua County than COVID-19, yet our local businesses are being killed by a statewide shutdown that started with a crisis in New York City and continues with problems in Buffalo.” Furthermore, the Assemblyman says since the outbreak began, there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Jamestown and there has not been a new confirmed case in the south county in the past two weeks.“If you are watching daily on the quadrant map, you’ll see the number of confirmed cases within the Jamestown quadrant, which includes about a third of the county, has not changed within several weeks,” explained Goodell. “The reason I know there is not resident within the City of Jamestown is because the health department does maintain the exact address of everyone, and they shared that information with me.”Chautauqua County Health officials, citing the safety and privacy of those infected with COVID-19, previously said they will not share specific locations of cases, but rather, release information on a countywide map.The Assemblyman also urges law enforcement to prioritize their work, focusing on the “most serious violent crimes first and the most serious criminal activity before they focus on whether or not someone is improperly driving a golf cart.”He encouraged residents who disagree with the NY on PAUSE order to visit the Governor’s website and voice their concerns in the written comment section.Goodell’s Democrat opponent voiced her concern about the lack of sample size in regards to COVID-19 data.“Our representatives continue to proudly announce our “low infection rate”. They need to remember these low numbers correlate with the low amount of testing,” explained Christina Cardinale. “I’m not against reopening. I’m against reopening without being conscientious. I’m against a pandemic strategy that involves a “let the chips fall where they may” mentality.”Previously, Governor Cuomo set seven criteria for reopening and each region must maintain each of those criteria to progress towards a full reopening:Metric #1: Decline in Total HospitalizationsMetric #2: Decline in DeathsMetric #3: New HospitalizationsMetric #4: Hospital Bed CapacityMetric #5: ICU Bed CapacityMetric #6: Diagnostic Testing CapacityMetric #7: Contact Tracing CapacitySo far, only four regions met all seven criteria’s for reopening: the Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, the Finger Lakes and North Country.Western New York currently meets five of the seven benchmarks, falling short with the first two metrics for decline in total hospitalizations and deaths. New York State Assemblyman Andy Goodell. Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now. 05/12/20.
Six Degrees of Separation View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 18, 2017 Tickets are now available for the Broadway return of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation. The revival, starring Allison Janney, John Benjamin Hickey and Corey Hawkins, will begin performances on April 5, 2017 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it is set to open officially on April 25 and run through July 16.The play, inspired by a true story, tell the story of Ouisa and Flan Kittredge (Janney and Hickey), a wealthy New York couple who take in Paul (Hawkins), a young man who cons them into believing he’s a friend of their son at Harvard and the son of Sidney Poitier. After they discover his lies, Ouisa and Flan piece together his true identity and their connection to him, as well as the similar encounters their upper class friends have had with Paul.Guare’s drama-comedy premiered off-Broadway in 1990 and transferred to the Great White Way later that year. Stockard Channing, who received a Tony nomination for her performance as Ouisa, reprised her role for the film adaptation, earning an Oscar nod.Additional casting for the Trip Cullman-helmed production will be announced at a later date. Star Files Related Shows Allison Janney & John Benjamin Hickey(Photos courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown) Allison Janney
For decades families have relied on NOAA weather radios to alert them to hazardous weather conditions near their homes. Updates in technology now give the public options for staying abreast of weather conditions while on the go. Dozens of smartphone apps and mobile phone alert services now allow you to track storms and receive emergency alerts even if you’re away from your weather radio or TV. “People should definitely have some kind of notification that can provide them with warning of incoming severe weather when they are outside away from television,” said University of Georgia agricultural climatologist Pam Knox. Knox notes that while many communities maintain emergency alert sirens, people may not always be where they can here the sirens when an emergency strikes – especially if they live in a rural area. Since most people keep their phones with them — while in the car, in the garden or on a hike, these news apps and services can provide life-saving advanced notice when a storm is approaching, Knox said. The new apps generally fall into two categories: alert services that send texts or emails to subscribers when severe weather is on the horizon and apps that use push alert notifications (whistles, buzzers, sirens) to inform you of bad weather based on your current location. Alerts by text Many municipalities and counties are using text alert systems, like Nixle, to alert the public to everything from icy roadways and serious traffic accidents to missing people. For the most tailored information, mobile phone users may want to check with their local police or fire departments for information on local systems. Mobile phone users may also receive wireless emergency alert text messages through their cell phone provider. These are alerts sent out locally by the National Weather Service and local emergency management personnel. Phone users should check with their carrier to configure their phone to accept these alerts. Visit www.ctia.org/wea for more information on the system. Paid services are also available to deliver emergency alerts to cell phones via text. Free services are provided by commercial weather services like The Weather Channel, which delivers daily forecasts. Cell phone users can also sign up for a wide range of text alerts from FEMA. Most deal with disaster preparedness, helping people find shelter or assistance after a disaster strikes. Subscribe now at www.fema.gov/text-messages to be prepared for severe thunderstorm and tornado season. Weather alert appsThe second option for using your cell phone as an emergency alert device is to download one of the many available weather alert apps. There are several options to chose from at the Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play. Accuweather.com, The Weather Channel, Ping4alerts, Weather Underground and The Red Cross offer free apps that will cause cell phones to buzz, ring or vibrate when the National Weather Service issues a severe weather alert. The Red Cross alert apps are event specific. They send out audible alerts only when tornado or hurricane warnings have been issued. Due to their serious nature, these alerts are sent more infrequently. Red Cross apps also provide disaster preparedness and recovery information. Advanced weather and emergency apps are available for a fee. Topping the list at the high end are apps like Radar Scope, which for $9.99 provides real-time, highly-detailed weather radar images, to NOAA Weather Radio, which for $1.99 provides audible National Weather Service alerts and reports the closest lightening strike in your area. While most weather apps pull their information from the National Weather Service, none were created by the service. NWS does maintain a list of suggested mobile products at www.weather.gov/subscribe and operates mobile.weather.gov, a version of its website that is optimized for smart phones. NOAA has a series of apps for both iPhone and Android phones, but most address wildlife issues and marine conditions. Tech savvy individuals can read instructions on how to use your mobile device to prepare for disaster at www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/tech-ready/data. For information from UGA Extension on how to prepare for natural disasters, visit extension.uga.edu/environment/disasters.
by: Vicki ChristnerThe CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council is seeking to showcase big thinking, bold ideas and forward-looking credit union professionals through its newest contest, The Pitch. The credit union which proposes the idea with the most potential for impact will receive $10,000 in funding, as well as support and guidance from Mills Marketing to implement their big idea.“Many of the credit unions with the best ideas for meeting their members’ needs are also the credit unions with the fewest resources to implement such ideas,” said Hilary Reed, Senior Vice President and Chief Relationship Officer at Inspire FCU. “The CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council wants to change that. The Executive Committee will be reviewing applicants’ pitches for the best ideas and funding the idea we think will have the biggest impact on its credit union membership and the movement as a whole.”Interested credit unions are invited to submit a two to three minute video, along with an application describing why they should be awarded the $10,000. The video can be serious or fun –whatever the credit union needs to convey their message. Entries are due February 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm CST and may be submitted at training.cuna.org/the-pitch. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sharing is caring! 45 Views no discussions Share Share FaithLifestyle John Paul II’s coffin brought out before beatification by: – April 29, 2011 Tweet Share Workers paused for prayers before removing the coffin.The Vatican has brought out Pope John Paul II’s coffin in the crypt under St Peter’s Basilica ahead of his beatification on Sunday.It was placed near St Peter’s tomb, and will go on display before the main altar during the ceremony, after which it will be re-interred elsewhere.Beatification is a step towards declaring the late pontiff a saint.The Vatican has confirmed Zimbabwe’s controversial President, Robert Mugabe, will attend despite an EU travel ban.Mr Mugabe, a Roman Catholic, also attended John Paul II’s funeral in 2005 despite the ban, imposed over human rights abuses.The Vatican is a sovereign state which is not an EU member although it issues euro coins bearing the Pope’s head.However, the Zimbabwean leader, 87, will have to transit the Italian capital, Rome.John Paul II, whose papacy lasted 27 years, died on 2 April 2005 after battling Parkinson’s disease.Jewish tributeIn all, 22 world leaders will be in Rome to celebrate the beatification of the Polish-born Pope.A Vatican spokesman said 87 international delegations had so far indicated they would be attending Sunday’s solemn ceremony in St Peter’s Square.They include members of five European royal families, including the British Royal Family who will be represented by the Duke of Gloucester.Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims – including up to a quarter of a million from Poland alone – are expected to cram the square.A number of Jews including an Israeli cabinet minister will also attend, in a sign of appreciation for the late religious leader’s efforts to overcome tensions between the two faiths.“We have a high respect, a unique respect for John Paul,” Yossi Peled, minister without portfolio, told the Associated Press news agency on Friday.“He is not just another pope for us.”Mr Peled, a retired general born in 1941, lost most of his family in the Nazi Holocaust but was hidden by a Belgium family who raised him as a Christian.His mother was the only member of his family to survive Auschwitz and reclaimed him when he was eight.BBC News
The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Cadiz City police station, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN The 24-year-old resident MarjunLucente yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Lucente was apprehended after he soldsuspected shabu to an undercover cop around 7:05 p.m. on Sunday, the reportadded. BACOLOD City – Five sachets ofsuspected shabu valued around P10,000 were seized in a sting operation inBarangay Tinampaan, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.
Fayette County, In. — A one-car crash last night on SR 44 near CR 200 E. in Fayette County sent two children to Fayette Regional Health Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Trooper Luke Tipton was dispatched to the crash which happened around 10:13 p.m. last night on SR 44 just east of Connersville.The preliminary investigation by Tipton shows that a 1996 Ford Explorer, driven by Felicia Collins age 23 of Connersville, was westbound on SR 44, when, in the area of CR 200 E. Collins fell asleep at the wheel. The Explorer left the right side of the roadway striking a utility pole before coming to rest against a tree.Collins wasn’t injured, but a 5-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy, who were passengers in the vehicle, were transported by Fayette County EMS to Fayette Regional Health Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Early investigation shows the children were properly restrained at the time of the collision.Trooper Tipton was assisted in the investigation by Trooper Bryan Rumple, Connersville City Police and Fire Departments and Fayette County EMS. When traveling this holiday season, be well rested, as a fatigued driver is as dangerous as an impaired driver. Below are some additional driving safety tips for this holiday season.Increase your following distance; remember the two-second rule.Watch for slowed or stopped traffic when approaching construction zonesLeave a car length between you and the vehicle in front of you in stopped traffic. Watch approaching traffic in your mirror and be prepared to take evasive action.Decrease your speed according to traffic and road conditionsBeware of bridges, overpasses and intersections where ice tends to form first during cold inclement weather.Don’t use cruise control on slick roads.Make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained, including making sure Child Safety Seats are properly anchored and that children stay securely fastened in them.DON’T BE DISTRACTED-Pull over and stop to use electronic devices.NEVER DRIVE IMPAIRED-Have a designated driver.