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Logano rises to top for Sprint Cup pole

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Phil Lesh Concludes Two-Night Run With John Scofield, Scott Metzger, & More At Terrapin Crossroads [Watch]

first_imgPhil Lesh was back in action on Thursday for the second evening of his “Phil & Friends” run at his Terrapin Crossroads venue just north of the San Francisco Bay Area in San Rafael. Last night’s show was webcast via for Deadheads across the country to enjoy and featured the former Dead bassist teaming up with jazz guitarist John Scofield, Scott Metzger of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Terrapin Family Band members Jason Crosby and Alex Koford.The performance began with Lesh counting the band into an uptempo rendition of “Viola Lee Blues”. Scofield wasted no time in grooving into some introductory solo work with some muscular guitar tones coming out of his Fender Telecaster. Koford followed suit in stepping up to the mic to sing on “West L.A. Fadeaway”, followed by a bluesy rendition of “Mr. Charlie” featuring Metzger on vocals. Koford returned to singing duties to bring the energy down just slightly for a trio of early Dead tunes, “He’s Gone”, “Jack Straw”, and “New Speedway Boogie”. The first half of the show came to a close with Koford once again leading the band through their version of “Ramble On Rose”.Phil Lesh & Friends – “Viola Lee Blues” [Pro-Shot] – 1/24/2019[Video:]The talented collection of musicians returned to the stage for set two with Metzger at the mic for “Playing In The Band”. The opening tune stretched out into a lengthy jam with some skillful guitar work from both Metzger and Scofield before Koford took the band into the classic Dead combo of “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain”. Lesh then returned to singing duties for a performance of “Mountains of the Moon”, a lesser-played track from the Dead’s 1969 Aoxomoxoa LP. Metzger continued the second set psychedelia with “Estimated Prophet”, followed by group a rendition of “The Wheel” and a Lesh-led “Unbroken Chain” from 1974’s From the Mars Hotel. The show’s encore saw the band break out another classic Dead song combo in “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider”.Phil Lesh & Friends – “Playing In The Band” [Pro-Shot] – 1/24/2019[Video:]Lesh and Scofield will be back in action for the annual celebration of Phil’s birthday at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on March 14th, 15th, and 16th. Fans can click here for tickets and information regarding upcoming Phil Lesh performances.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 1/24/2019Set One: Viola Lee Blues, West L.A. Fadeaway, Mr. Charlie, He’s Gone, Jack Straw, New Speedway Boogie, Ramble On RoseSet Two: Playing in the Band, Scarlet Begonias, Fire on the Mountain, Mountains on the Moon, Estimated Prophet, The Wheel, Unbroken ChainEncore: China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Riderlast_img read more

Prestigious Paul Marks Prize awarded to MGH/HMS’s Bernstein

first_imgMassachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Pathology and Cancer Center investigator Bradley Bernstein is one of three recipients of the 2015 Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, given by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Bernstein is a professor of pathology at MGH and Harvard Medical School, and an institute member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.Bernstein is being honored for his investigations into how the structural organization or “packaging” of our DNA within cells influences the functions of our genes. The packaging provides an additional layer of ‘epigenetic’ regulation that controls cellular differentiation and, when disrupted, contributes to cancer development.  He is the first MGH researcher to receive this prestigious prize.The genes that code for the generation of proteins make up only 2 percent of the human genome. While much is yet to be learned about the remaining noncoding sequences, it has become clear that a major function is to regulate where and when coding genes are switched on and off — a process known as epigenetics.The work has important implications for the development of precision therapies that address epigenetic defects in tumors.The Paul Marks Prize was established in 2001 and is given every other year to up to three investigators age 45 or younger, “who are making significant contributions to the understanding of cancer or are improving the treatment of the disease through basic or clinical research.” Bernstein and his co-recipients — Howard Chang of Stanford University and Daniel Durocher of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute — will receive their awards and speak on their research at a Dec. 3 scientific symposium at MSKCC.Bernstein is a professor of pathology at MGH and Harvard Medical School, and an institute member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Strong case for seagrass

first_imgA new analysis of a key contributor to the marine food web has turned up a surprising twist: more unique species in cooler waters than in the tropics, a reversal of the situation on land.The findings highlight the need to direct limited conservation dollars according to science, with a focus on places where biodiversity is most at risk, said Barnabas Daru, Harvard Herbaria Postdoctoral Fellow in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, who performed the analysis on the world’s 70 species of seagrass.Daru acknowledged that seagrass isn’t as exciting as sharks or tuna, or as marine mammals such as seals, dolphins, and manatees. But for anyone who cares about the health of marine animals, he said, the role of humble seagrass at the beginning of the marine food chain is key.“The focus is often on animals, but anything that affects plants will have a cascading effect on everything higher up in the food chain,” Daru said.In other words, the creatures that eat seagrass are eaten by meat eaters, which are in turn eaten by larger meat eaters, such as sharks. In addition, seagrass meadows provide a host of ecosystem services, storing carbon as they grow, minimizing erosion by stabilizing marine sediments, and serving as nurseries where many fish and invertebrate species lay their eggs and where their offspring seek shelter early in their lives.Seagrass beds have been under assault globally. In Boston Harbor, vast seagrass beds have now dwindled to a bare remnant, roughly 750 acres of the 16,000 acres once thought to cover the harbor. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsSeagrass beds have been under assault globally. The grasses, which includes widespread eelgrass and turtlegrass, live entirely submerged, making them distinct from more familiar beach vegetation that is covered and uncovered by the tides. Like all plants, seagrasses depend on the sun to power photosynthesis, which means they live mainly in shallow coastal waters, leaving them vulnerable to pollution, dredging, habitat change, and rising temperatures.In Boston Harbor, vast seagrass beds have now dwindled to a bare remnant, roughly 750 acres of the 16,000 acres once thought to cover the harbor. Statewide, 90 percent of the remaining beds are in decline, according to the Massachusetts Bays Program.Daru’s research, published last month in the journal Biological Conservation, combined DNA analysis with existing data on seagrass distribution worldwide to draw what scientists call a “phylogenetic tree” showing relationships among different grasses. Researchers linked that tree to known patterns of global distribution.What emerged was a picture that surprised Daru. Unlike patterns of biological diversity on land — where the tropics have more vertebrate species that are evolutionarily distinct and without close relatives — seagrasses show the opposite distribution, with cooler, temperate regions home to more distinct species.The finding illustrates the importance of science in clarifying species distribution, he said, because that clarity is crucial to proper distribution of conservation funds.Similarly, Daru said, if efforts aiming to establish protected marine reserves are designed only with fish and mammal diversity in mind, conservationists are missing an opportunity to conserve meadows that the same fish and mammals depend on.Another discovery in the analysis was that species in the temperate regions approaching the northern and southern poles are more closely related to each other than they are to tropical species, even though they are geographically distant. Ocean currents, particularly those that flow along the sea floor, may have spread the grasses between the two regions, Daru said.“There is high evolutionary distinctiveness in temperate waters,” Daru said. “It shows there are more evolutionarily old species in temperate environments rather than in tropical warm waters.”SaveSavelast_img read more

24 Magic of fireflies

first_imgVolume XXIXNumber 1Page 24 By Nancy C. HinkleUniversity of GeorgiaFireflies, or lighting bugs, as they’re commonly known, areneither flies nor bugs. They’re beetles.As spring evenings warm, fireflies arrive to entertain us withtheir courtship performances, remaining until the chill of winterkills them off. They’re not only pleasant reminders of childhoodplay but a reassurance of environmental health as well.These nocturnal fliers have light-producing organs at the rear ofthe abdomen. Within these structures, two chemicals combine toproduce light in a process that’s virtually 100-percent energyefficient, so no heat is generated. The resulting light may begreenish, orange or yellow.Cruisin’Georgia’s lightning bugs start flying on warm spring evenings.The fireflies patrolling are males, scanning for mates. In theircourtship, females sit on vegetation and send out their lightsignals, which males cue in on.Each firefly species has a distinctive flash pattern, lasting fora specific time and with a definite interval between pulses. Thisallows the sexes to identify one another.In a deceptive strategy, some female fireflies mimic otherfirefly species’ flash patterns, luring in foreign males. Thesepredatory females then eat the hapless males. Male fireflies feedon nectar and pollen.Glimmer, glimmerFirefly larvae generate light, too. They’re called glowworms.Looking like aliens from outer space, these flattened,soft-bodied creatures have broad plates down their backs.Because they’re susceptible to dehydration, glowworms gravitateto moist areas, especially low-lying spots around streams andmarshes.On dark nights, glowworms may be seen crawling in leaf litter orrotting logs. They feed on slugs, snails and earthworms,injecting a toxin that paralyzes prey several times larger thanthemselves.YuckChildren who catch fireflies often notice a distinct odor left ontheir hands after the lightning bug is released. The beetleproduces this chemical to repel predators.Georgia has several dozen firefly species, ranging from less thanhalf an inch to almost an inch long. Our most common species areblack or gray with white, yellow and red markings.Because each species has its own flight style and flash pattern,anyone can study and identify the different species inhabiting anarea.One species flies very high, dancing among the treetops. Anotherflies just out of human reach, dipping in a J-shaped swoop as itflashes. On rainy evenings, tiny woods-inhabiting fireflies mimicfairy lanterns bouncing around in knee-high flight.(Nancy Hinkle is an Extension Service entomologist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

Central America Boosts Security Projects Worth 80 Million Dollars

first_imgBy Dialogo May 07, 2012 The Central American Security Commission met in Tegucigalpa on May 3 to boost the first security projects to be undertaken with support from Spain and the European Union, worth 80 million dollars, the Honduran Foreign Ministry announced in a statement. The first six projects, which will be implemented beginning this month in the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA), “come to almost 80 million dollars and will be financed by the Spanish government and the European Union,” the Ministry specified. The plans include police professionalization, strengthening the public-defender system, criminal investigation, and prison management, Deputy Foreign Ministry Mireya Agüero explained. The statement added that in the future, other projects that are part of the group’s security strategy will be supported by countries such as Canada, Australia, Germany, the United States, and Italy, and will draw on the technical cooperation of Colombia, Chile, and Mexico, among others. During the meeting, technical experts also discussed Central American participation in the high-level meeting on the region’s security strategy that will be held at UN headquarters in New York on May 16. Today, the region is the world’s deadliest, especially in its so-called “northern triangle.” Honduras has a homicide rate of 85 per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by El Salvador (65 per 100,000) and Guatemala (41 per 100,000), according to UN data, due especially to drug trafficking.last_img read more

Ex-Bellport Teacher Acquitted of Raping Student

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former Bellport High School teacher and coach has been acquitted of having sex with a female student but was convicted of a lesser charge of child endangerment following a two-week-long trial.A Suffolk County jury found Jonathon Elsalam not guilty of third-degree rape and criminal sexual act but found him guilty of endangering the welfare of a child.Prosecutors had alleged that the 28-year-old had sexual relations with a girl younger than 17 between December 2011 and May 2012.The South Country Central School District removed Elsalam from his classroom and coaching duties in October of 2012.Elsalam faces up to one year in jail when he is sentenced May 9.last_img read more

Fiduciary rule effective June 9, full compliance Jan. 1

first_img continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Monday night that his department’s fiduciary rule will take effect June 9, with full implementation on Jan. 1, 2018.“[We] have found no principled legal basis to change the June 9 date while we seek public input,” he wrote. “Respect for the rule of law leads us to the conclusion that this date cannot be postponed.”Also on Monday, the Labor Department issued a field assistance bulletin on the fiduciary rule. It states that the department intends to request further information “in the near future seeking additional public input on specific ideas for possible new exemptions or regulatory changes based on recent public comments and market developments.”The Labor Department enforcement policy acknowledges that firms are developing new business models in order to comply with the rule, and its request for information will ask for comment on whether more time is needed beyond Jan. 1, 2018, to implement these new approaches. It will also request public comment on whether an additional delay in this date “would reduce burdens on financial services providers and benefit retirement investors by allowing for a smoother implementation of those market changes.”center_img US Department of Laborlast_img read more

Trump backers drop Biden vote challenge case in Wisconsin

first_imgWhen the suit was filed, the plaintiffs argued that there was evidence of enough illegal mail-in ballots counted in the three counties to invalidate the election results.The case was one of several filed by allies of President Donald Trump and Trump’s own campaign as part of an effort to reverse Biden’s projected win in the national race for the White House.Those efforts have largely failed to gain traction and it is not clear that Trump has any chance of overturning his loss through legal actions. But that has not stopped the president both from claiming otherwise and from falsely claiming that he won the election.- Advertisement – The Wisconsin suit was filed just last Thursday in U.S. District Court in Green Bay. The named defendants included the clerks of the three counties, Wisconsin’s elections director and Elections Commission chair, Gov. Tony Evers, and other officials.The plaintiffs had argued that votes in the counties of Milwaukee, Dane and Menominee should be tossed out because “the sudden flood” of mail-in ballots had left election workers unable to carefully review those ballots for fraudulent ones.James Bopp, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, when asked why the case was dismissed, told CNBC in an email, that because of attorney-client privilege “and because I do not telegraph  my next moves, I cannot comment.”Lawyers for defendants in the case did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The law firm Law Forward, which was founded to challenge challenge conservative election and voting-related legal efforts, said the dismissal was “an exercise in efficiency.”“This case was entirely without merit and the plaintiffs saved the court the trouble of saying so,” said Jeff Mandell, president of Law Forward, in a statement.Biden, the Democratic former vice president, narrowly defeated the Republican Trump in Wisconsin, which has 10 Electoral College votes.Biden received 1.63 million votes to 1.61 million votes for Trump, a margin of 49.5% to 48.8%.Trump has said he wants a recount of the votes in Wisconsin.Milwaukee County went heavily for Biden, giving him more than 69% percent of the ballots cast. The actual vote margin in that county was more than 180,000 ballots for Biden.Biden also far exceeded Trump in Dane County, which Biden won by 75.5% of the ballotsIn Menominee County, which had relatively few voters, Biden crushed Trump with 1,303 votes to just 278 votes for the incumbent.Even if Trump could somehow reverse the official vote results in Wisconsin, it would not be enough, on its own, to undo Biden’s projected victory in the Electoral College.With all 50 states results projected as of last Friday, Biden has 306 Electoral College votes, compared to just 232 votes for Trump. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Three plaintiffs whose federal lawsuit sought to invalidate all of the ballots in three Wisconsin counties that gave President-elect Joe Biden well more than his approximately 20,000 vote margin of victory in that state told a judge Monday that they were dismissing their case.The court filing by lawyers for plaintiffs, Michael Langenhorst, Michael LeMay and Stephen Fifrick, did not say they were voluntarily dismissing their claim in the case, which was backed by the conservative election group True the Vote. The notice of dismissal filed Monday said the claim was being dropped “without prejudice against” the defendants, which means the plaintiffs reserved their right to make the claims again.- Advertisement – Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign speech at the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S., September 21, 2020.Mark Makela | Reuterslast_img read more

WHO drawing closer to declaring a pandemic

first_imgJun 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The global novel H1N1 influenza situation is drawing closer to the status of a true pandemic but is not there yet, the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) lead spokesman on the issue said today.”Globally we believe we’re in phase 5 but are getting closer to phase 6,” said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the WHO assistant director-general for health security and the environment, referring to the WHO’s pandemic alert phases.By the WHO definition, phase 5 means a novel virus is causing sustained community outbreaks in more than one country within one WHO region, in this case the Americas. Phase 6 signals a full pandemic, defined as a novel virus spreading widely in more than one global region. The phases as currently defined do not say anything about the severity of the disease, only its geographic extent.Speaking at a news briefing, Fukuda also said the WHO will come up with ways to describe the severity of the epidemic and provide related guidance so that governments will have more information on how to respond to the situation.Last week, after a number of countries voiced concern that a pandemic declaration would cause undue alarm and disruption in the context of a generally mild disease, Fukuda said the WHO would consider modifying its phase definitions. Today, in the wake of a teleconference with experts yesterday, he signaled that the WHO will stick with the current definitions, but promised the agency would supplement them by finding a way to describe the severity of the disease threat.Transitional countriesFukuda said several countries outside North America, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Chile, and Australia, seem to be moving from having limited H1N1 outbreaks related to travelers and institutions to having widespread community transmission.”However, we still are waiting for evidence of really widespread community activity in these countries, so I think it’s fair to say that they are in transition and are not quite there yet,” he said.He contrasted those countries with the United States, Mexico, and Canada, where the virus is widespread, and most other countries, where cases are limited and mostly linked to travel or to institutional outbreaks.As of today, the WHO has confirmations of 18,365 novel H1N1 cases in 64 countries, with 117 deaths, Fukuda reported. He said the WHO now plans to update its online H1N1 case count on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, instead of 5 days a week.Offering a kind of one-word descriptor that the WHO has generally avoided, he said, “It’s probably fair to call the situation moderate right now. We have some hesitation in calling it mild, for a couple of reasons.”One reason is that while the number of serious and fatal cases appears relatively low, the WHO doesn’t know the true proportion of severe cases, he said. Another reason is that the infection can be fatal in some people, including those with underlying medical problems, pregnant women, and even some who were previously healthy.Creating a severity scaleThe WHO’s decision to assess severity but not change the pandemic phase definitions comes out of a series of telephone consultations yesterday with about 30 experts from 23 countries, Fukuda reported.He said the discussions were fruitful and produced consensus in a number of areas: “The experts urged WHO to continue to use geographic spread as the basis for moving to phase 6, but also said WHO should modify this movement with an assessment of severity, and WHO should provide more tailored guidance to countries, responding to the severity.”Much of the discussion focused on how to assess severity, which has to do not only with the virulence of the virus but also with the vulnerability and resilience of populations, which are likely to vary from country to country, he said.The WHO may come up with something like a 3-point severity scale, Fukuda said. The agency hopes to develop a general severity assessment that will be useful to all countries but link it with detailed guidance to help local authorities assess their own situation and respond appropriately.”One of the things we hope to do is reduce some of the more drastic actions that may be uncalled for, but also provide guidance to countries regarding what steps they can take,” he added. He cited embargoes on pork and the slaughter of pigs, measures used by some countries in the early stages of the epidemic, as examples of uncalled-for actions.In other comments, Fukuda said the novel virus seems to be behaving pretty much the same in the southern hemisphere as it has in the northern hemisphere. In Chile and Australia, for example, most cases have been mild, but some severe cases with respiratory failure have occurred, just as in North America.”Overall, what we’re seeing in the first few countries in the southern hemisphere is similar to what we’re seeing in the northern hemisphere,” he said.He also reported that most of the flu viruses identified recently in Chile have been the novel H1N1 rather than the seasonal flu viruses that normally show up at this time of year.See also: May 26 CIDRAP News story “WHO may redefine pandemic alert phases”last_img read more