Illinois Gaming Board issues reopening guidelines

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Slots The Illinois Gaming Board has announced its guidelines for reopening following closures caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, with casinos to operate at 50% capacity and poker rooms staying closed.Both casinos and video gaming terminal operators may return to activity when Illinois enters Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, which can happen on 26 June at the earliest. All land-based gaming facilities have been shuttered since March 16.Casinos will be limited to 50% of fire code occupancy, while poker rooms and table game tournaments will initially be prohibited, as will buffet food service.Operators must create a “Pandemic Resumption Plan”, which must be approved by the board before activity can resume.Read more on iGB North America. The Illinois Gaming Board has announced its guidelines for reopening following closures caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, with casinos to operate at 50% capacity and poker rooms staying closed. 11th June 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Illinois Gaming Board issues reopening guidelines Regions: US Illinois Tags: Slot Machines Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

Autumn Internationals: England v South Africa Preview

first_img Autumn Internationals: England v South Africa PreviewSixteen years ago, England welcomed New Zealand, Australia and South Africa to Twickenham in November and beat all three to lay down a marker for the following year’s successful World Cup. England have the opportunity to emulate Clive Woodward’s side this month as those three superpowers again visit London.The context, however, is starkly different. A dead-rubber win for England at the end of June’s series against the Springboks has yet to convince anyone that a corner has been turned.Scotland, France, Ireland and South Africa (twice) have all beaten England this year and head coach Eddie Jones will be expected to achieve a minimum of three wins from their four-match Quilter International programme, with victory over Japan seen as a given.Waterworld: England’s Henry Slade plays the ball during a game of pool volleyball in Portugal this weekInjuries have played havoc with selection but that is no bad thing. England might have to play a World Cup final without the Vunipola brothers, so let’s not bemoan the missing players but instead embrace the opportunities it gives others.Can Alec Hepburn prove himself as a Test loosehead? Will Zach Mercer, a star of U20 World Cups, push on? And with Mike Brown surprisingly dropped, is Elliot Daly about to show that he belongs at full-back?South Africa finished second in the Rugby Championship and have real momentum. Their last three outings have seen a brave if fortunate win over New Zealand in Wellington, a solid home defeat of the Wallabies, and an agonizing defeat by the All Blacks in Pretoria after a swashbuckling victory seemed inevitable.However, with this match falling outside the international window they are deprived of Europe-based stars such as Willie le Roux, Faf de Klerk and Francois Louw.The pressure is off the Boks, relatively speaking, which will only make England more wary.What’s the big team news?George Ford has started 28 of Eddie Jones’s 31 England Tests, so his demotion to the bench – or role of ‘finisher’, as Jones likes to call it – is a significant move.With co-captain Owen Farrell moving to ten, Worcester’s Ben Te’o gets the 12 shirt after playing fewer than 30 minutes this season following summer surgery on a torn quadriceps. Another powerful midfield carrier, Manu Tuilagi, was named on the bench but withdrew on Friday because of a muscle strain.Mark Wilson, being interviewed this week, will play his first home Test after four caps won on tour (Getty)With Billy Vunipola, Nathan Hughes and Sam Simmonds all unavailable, Newcastle’s Mark Wilson wears No 8 in a back row that has only ten caps between them. Ben Moon and Zach Mercer are set to earn first caps as replacements.Besides Farrell’s sideways shift and the return of Te’o, the main point of interest in the back-line is Jack Nowell’s selection ahead of Chris Ashton at right-wing. Ashton has only just returned from suspension and, as with so many positions, it’s difficult to assess where he sits in the pecking order. The Sale wing replaces Tuilagi on the bench and so is odds-on to earn his first cap since the 2014 tour to New Zealand.Shorn of their Europe-based players, the Springboks make seven changes to the starting XV that faced New Zealand three weeks ago. Duane Vermeulen and Warren Whiteley (fit after a groin injury) return in a formidable-looking back row, with Pieter-Steph du Toit – outstanding at blindside this year – picked at lock.Change of position: Pieter-Steph du Toit will bring his prodigious work-rate to the engine room (Getty)Du Toit fills the vacant position of Franco Mostert and resumes his provincial second-row partnership with Eben Etzebeth, the most experienced Bok on show with 73 Test caps.Lock Lood de Jager is included among the replacements and is set to make his first Springbok appearance of 2018 after a lengthy chest injury. Thundering typhoon: Maro Itoje breaks the line during England’s 25-10 win at Newlands in June (Getty) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS All you need to know about the Test between England and South Africa at Twickenhamcenter_img With le Roux absent, the hugely exciting Damian Willemse makes his first start after three caps off the bench. Sbu Nkosi returns to the right wing in place of Cheslin Kolbe.Ivan van Zyl, who made his only Test start against Wales in June in Washington, gets the nod at scrum-half.What have the coaches said?England coach Eddie Jones said: “We’ve become very well-organised in our set-piece and have done a lot of good work in Portugal over the last week. We’ve put in a new defence system and our attack looks more organised than it was on the South Africa tour.Back at HQ: Eddie Jones in happy mood (Getty)“Against South Africa you’ve got the physical battle up front and then you have to be tactically smart in how you attack against them. We need to find ways to gain momentum, then convert that to points.“We are really excited to be back at Twickenham. It’s been a long time and we can’t wait to play in front of 82,000 fans.”Rassie Erasmus, the SA Director of Rugby, said: “England will be desperate to win this one at Twickenham. This match will be a huge tactical affair, with much of the outcome depending on how you handle the set phases and kicking game.”Any interesting statistics?England lost five on the trot to South Africa at Twickenham before ending the rot with a 37-21 win in 2016. Owen Farrell, one of England’s four try-scorers that day, bagged 19 points.Dylan Hartley is the only England forward who began that match who’s also starting this weekend. Ben Te’o and Kyle Sinckler both made their Test debuts that afternoon.Jonny May is the only player to score a try in four consecutive matches against the Springboks. The Leicester wing has scored in his last five Tests – France and Ireland in the Six Nations, and each of the three June Tests in South Africa.Malcolm Marx and Damian Willemse are the only two Springboks yet to play in a Test against England.South Africa have won 11 of their 20 Tests against England at Twickenham.Handré Pollard needs seven points to reach 300 career points for South Africa.What time does it kick off and is it on TV?The match at Twickenham kicks off at 3pm UK time on Saturday and is live on Sky Sports. There will also be live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.The referee is Australia’s Angus Gardner, who took charge of the England-Ireland Six Nations match in March. His own playing career ended as a teenager when he was diagnosed with Scheuremann’s Disease, a hereditary disc condition.Gardner’s assistant referees for this match are Jerome Garces (France) and Ben Whitehouse (Wales), with Ireland’s Olly Hodges fulfilling TMO duties.Blowing up: Angus Gardner penalises an England scrum during this year’s loss to Ireland (Offside)What are the line-ups?ENGLAND Elliot Daly; Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Jonny May; Owen Farrell (co-capt), Ben Youngs; Alec Hepburn, Dylan Hartley (co-capt), Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Brad Shields, Tom Curry, Mark Wilson.Replacements 16 Jamie George, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Zach Mercer, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Manu Tuilagi. SOUTH AFRICA Damian Willemse; Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Handré Pollard, Ivan van Zyl; Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (capt), Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley.Replacements 16 Bongi Mbonambi 17 Thomas du Toit 18 Wilco Louw 19 RG Snyman 20 Lood de Jager 21 Embrose Papier 22 Elton Jantjies 23 André Esterhuizen.last_img read more

Police investigating hit and run collision in Castlederg

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Police are investigating a hit and run collision in Castlederg.The incident happened outside the CO-OP on Upper Strabane Road at approximately 15.20 yesterday afternoon.A dark blue/navy vehicle and a silver Toyota Yaris were involved.Police are seeking any possible witnesses or anyone who would have dashcam footage of the incident or vehicles involved.Anyone with information is being asked to contact the non-emergency number 101. WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmecenter_img By News Highland – May 8, 2019 Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Police investigating hit and run collision in Castlederg Google+ Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articlePatients at LUH urged to participate in Experience SurveyNext articleElection Candidate hits out at posters emerging in scenic areas News Highland last_img read more

DSME secures two LNG-Barge orders from Russian ship owners

first_imgThe contract also includes 2 other additional options and the additional orders, which are expected in the future On 5 June, the LNG-Barge construction contract held at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s Seoul office building. (Credit: DSME Co.,Ltd.) South Korea-based Daewoo Shipbuilding & Engineering (DSME) has secured two LNG-Barge (liquefied natural gas storage and transhipment facilities) orders worth KRW 109bn ($90m) from ship owners in Russia.LNG-Barge is an LNG terminal floating in the sea that can receive and store LNG from an icebreaking LNG carrier at sea and then unload it into a regular LNG carrier.DSME said that the ships are estimated to depart the installation area by the end of 2022.The contract also includes 2 other additional options and the additional orders, which are expected  to receive in the future.LNG-Barge to be installed in the Murmansk and Kamchatka regionsTo serve as a stopover, the facility will be installed in the Murmansk and Kamchatka regions of Russia in the future.With the installation of the new facility, the supply of the LNG that is produced in the Arctic Ocean to Europe and Asia is expected to be much faster.Additionally, the operation cost of transporting LNG carriers is also expected to be significantly lowered.Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering official said: “This order has proved Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering’s overwhelming technological capabilities once again to the market.“In the wake of the corona 19, some of the large-scale projects are being delayed, so this order secures a stable sense of work. This will be a great help.”The firm said that the new contract helps it in completing a full line-up of LNG-related facilities that include LNG carriers, ice-breaking LNG carriers, LNG-RV, LNG-FSRU, LNG-FSU, and LNG-FPSO.Recently, DSME has delivered  a new LNG carrier, named Global Energy, to Qatar-based LNG transport company Nakilat.The ship is the first of four new build LNG carriers to be delivered to Nakilat-Maran Ventures joint venture (JV).last_img read more

UK Maritime Forces commander highlights operations of 2016

first_img Authorities UK Maritime Forces commander highlights Royal Navy operations of 2016 Refuting negative press reports, UK’s Maritime Forces commander Rear Admiral Alex Burton pointed to the Royal Navy’s numerous operations in 2016 during a speech he delivered to the All Parties Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Armed Forces at the Palace of Westminster on January 16Below is a transcript of his speech that highlights the operations and activities of some of the navy’s most active ships.Welcome to 2017 the ‘Year of the Royal Navy’. How true for a year that will see some extraordinary statements of our island nation’s ambition; cutting steel on the Type 26, the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth and much, much more.But I want to steer clear of this well publicised and hugely exciting strategic intent and spend a few minutes describing why, for those on operations and those of us supporting operations, every year is the year of the Royal Navy.2016 was no exception, with on average a third of our service deployed – a shame then that, if you relied solely on the press, you would be forgiven for thinking that 2016 saw your navy alongside on half pay, seeking employment as prison hulks. So let me dispel those myths.Why me this evening? Well, I am the Royal Navy’s only sea going, fighting, Admiral – in army parlance my peer is General Commanding Three Division Patrick Sanders and for the historians; Sandy Woodward is my forbear.Let me start with a short reflection on the exploits of a couple of Warships.HMS DARINGFirst, HMS Daring the Type 45 destroyer you may remember photographed in the summer alongside,Fair, I’d suggest – getting her only leave before deploying in September on a 9 month deployment East of Suez and the Gulf – an area of the world that the Royal Navy could almost call home having spent half a century in the region providing reassurance, deterrence and when required, hard power.Daring arrived in theatre on the day that an Emirati civilian ship was attacked by the Yemani Ansar Allah group.In the following 7 weeks she conducted 17 transits between the Southern Red Sea and Bab-El-Mendeb Strait. This was protecting shipping ranging from HMS Bulwark, HMS Ocean and the maritime joint expeditionary Task Group to 650,000 tonnes of merchant shipping, equivalent to 17 typical WW2 transatlantic convoys of approximately 50 ships.I have spent much of my time at sea in the region and I would observe it is the perfect example of a congested battle space – a large number of Gulf warships and aircraft conducting operations in the vicinity of the Straits against Houthi forces ashore, as well as continuous merchant traffic passing through the choke point. So there is a very real risk of misidentification.HMS Daring remained ready and available for operations for every day she was tasked; spending 39 days in Defence Watches, a heightened but sustainable internal posture, with a further 97 hours at Action Stations, the Ship’s highest protection posture with every seat manned. That is longer than she spent alongside during that tasking. HMS Daring is still deployed and will not return until May.HMS ENTERPRISEThe second vessel is HMS Enterprise, one of 2 specialist Survey Ships with a Ship’s Company of approximately 75 personnel. She has 3 watches with 2 onboard at any one time. Both ships deploy globally for several years, spending on average 330 days a year at sea. HMS Enterprise left the UK in June 14 to undertake Strategic Data Gathering operations in the Mediterranean and Middle East with a plan to return to the UK late last year.She is still away and not likely to return until April 17.Her tasking was nothing like the military data gathering and defence engagement we planned for her and included Evacuation Operations and Humanitarian Saving of Life at Sea in the Central Mediterranean. She has now departed the Mediterranean but not for home, instead to the Falkland Islands where she arrived around Christmas time.Upon her return in May she will regenerate for further deployment as the command platform for NATO’s Mine Counter Measures in the Autumn.But she deserves her story to be told more fully: Two months after leaving UK waters, HMS Enterprise was re-tasked from her tasking East of Suez to undertake OP OVERLAP, the extraction of UK Entitled personnel from Tripoli, Libya. Entering the harbour at Action Stations she withdrew over 200 personnel to safety. On release from OP OVERLEAP, She resumed the planned tasking East of Suez. She conducted harbour surveys of Port Rashid, Dubai, the Royal Jordanian Naval Base in Aqaba and the approaches to the Egyptian Port of Safaga, greatly contributing to safety of Navigation and Defence Engagement. Returning from the Suez to the Mediterranean, she was once again re-tasked this time to participate in OP SOPHIA, the UK’s contribution to the European operation against Illegal Arms Trade and assisting with the migrant crisis.In the 30 months from deploying she has spent 75% of her time at sea on task. Only 4 programmed sea days have been lost due to defect rectification requirements in over 2 years; she has steamed 88,000nm, visited 30 ports in 17 countries, surveyed over 5600 km2 and rescued 9180 personnel.This was all delivered by one ship, about 75 sailors and marines over a 30 month period with a planned programme that was nothing like that which we and she had planned. No wonder she won the Firmin Sword of Peace and my efficiency award.OPERATIONSBeyond this, the surface fleet has conducted 50 named operations from chasing Russian submarines in the wilds of the North Atlantic to our decade of duty providing mine countermeasures in the Gulf, and spent 7,106 days at sea, of which 2,630 days almost 40% has been on operations.30% of the Fleet have deployed away from the UK which does not include those mine countermeasures and hydrographic and patrol vessels more permanently deployed.A final fact may put into perspective everything I have mentioned about the tempo and intensity of Royal Navy operations; of the personnel who spend more than 1,900 days away from their families over the course of their career the Royal Navy has 5,260, the Army 310 and the RAF 25.Effective and calibrated unit action relies on effective command and here the Royal Navy has been the benchmark upon which many other Navies have judged themselves for years.2016 was a pretty routine year for us but what might surprise you is how intense that routine is:THE GULFLet’s start in our second home: For the past 13 years the Royal Navy has held the Deputy Commander’s position in the Gulf for all coalition forces. Cdre Will Warrender is the Commander of all Royal Naval forces in the region but he is also the right hand man to the US Navy Admiral, Cdr Fifth Fleet. He has a small team of 86 people and perhaps I can bring to life his responsibilities.With an area of operations covering over 4 million square miles spanning the Eastern Mediterranean, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf, Northern Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean south to Diego Garcia, He commands over 1000 RN/RM/RFA personnel. They support a range of aircraft to achieve over 3000 flying hours including embarked Wildcat and Merlin helicopters, the Merlin detachment operating in support of the Royal Omani Coastguard conducting Maritime Security Operations and the venerable Sea Kings embarked in RFA Fort Victoria who provide a surface search and airborne early warning capability.We have come a long way since HMS Jufair closed its doors in 1971 and it will not be long before JUFAIR reopens back in Bahrain.Staying in the Middle East Region: One of these coalition task forces was commanded by my deputy for 5 months last year and has a standing responsibility for counter terrorism and drugs in the sea areas. Leading this fight he commanded vessels from the Navies of Australia, France, Pakistan, the United States and the United Kingdom. He has provided 431 ship Days of support, 2 Focused operations resulting in 80% of the coalition seizures of heroin and 100% of the seizures of hashish, removing over 2000 kgs from making their way to the streets. Equally important has been the Key Leader Engagement with regional partners including Tanzania, Seychelles and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.And this year we will be bringing to life a key tenet of the Lancaster House agreement. We will form a combined battlestaff with our French colleagues to deliver this task as CTF 150 again, and current plans have us repeating this in 2019. So, not exercises but frontline combined operational command with the French.Finally, sticking to the Middle East, Command of the Minewarfare task group in the Gulf has been vested in the Royal Navy since 2006. This means routinely taking command of a multi-national MCM Task Force of up to 700 people including air, surface and underwater MCM assets alongside the command and support ship from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the four mine counter-measures ships permanently based in Bahrain.It is worthy of note that many of our mine warfare Senior Rates may conduct 8 tours in a 10 year period in the Middle East. Indeed, some personnel have never deployed in the traditional sense as they simply fly from the UK to Bahrain and back.NATOFor myself, I have just completed a year at five days notice for operations as NATO’s high readiness maritime commander. This is a role that rotates between 5 nations. Preparation in 2015 culminated in command of the largest maritime Task Force formed in recent history. There were 6 Task Groups, 42 ships from Minehunters through Frigates and Destroyers to the larger amphibious platforms including HMS Ocean and HMS Bulwark, plus 7 submarines and fast jets from several aircraft carriers. The breadth of capabilities was immense with Swedish and UK boarding teams, Netherlands and US diving teams, Netherlands afloat role 2 medical facilities, a US engineering department and French, Spanish and UK Marines.And in the summer a Royal Navy Commodore will be taking Command of the Standing NATO Maritime Task Group for the year – a permanently formed flotilla of ships that operate from the Black Sea to the Baltic remaining at immediate readiness and offering both presence and reassurance. And by the Autumn we will also be commanding one of the NATO mine-countermeasures task groups.So, Royal Naval NATO Command reaches from the permanent maritime component commander Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone in Northwood, through last year’s routine rotational responsibilities of the high readiness commander vested in me and my own staff to the front line task group commands of frigates destroyers and mine countermeasures warships of 2017.But it doesn’t stop here:AMPHIBIOUS TASK GROUPCdre Andrew Burns is currently my Commander Amphibious Task Group, he deployed in September with the Royal Marines Brigade Commander and a Joint Expeditionary Force Task Group comprising of HMS Bulwark, HMS Ocean with a Tailored Air Group embarked, RFA Mounts Bay, MV Eddystone, and the Lead Commando Group (42 Cdo RM). The Task Group operated in close proximity to zones of conflict where coalition forces have been actively targeted and where the Russian maritime presence has been reminiscent of operations during the Cold War.They reached Full Operating Capability in the early Autumn following Exercises in Albania which included Non-combat Evacuation Operations by land, sea and air and commando raids onto a heavily defended island, delivered by the lead commando group which is equivalent to a battle group.Let me provide some facts and figures to put their operations in context; they have exercised Command and Control over UK, US and French assets with distances between units of up to 6,500nm, they have achieved 7 amphibious exercises within the Mediterranean and Middle East and have engaged with 15 nations, including the first visit to Egypt for seven years and significant capacity building in Somaliland. They have operated with 10 different aircraft types including USMC MV-22 Osprey aircraft and Chinook helicopters of the US Army 77th Combat Air Brigade. These facts are interesting in their own right but I mention them to draw out the more important points of operational flexibility and international integration.Whilst some forces returned home just before Christmas to remain at readiness, you will know from visits by both the Prime Minister and Chancellor that some remained and Andy is now commanding the principle US task force in the region. The near term future incorporates the preparation and execution of an exercise which will see Cdre Andy commanding 20 surface vessels, a US nuclear attack submarine in support, maritime patrol aircraft, organic and non-organic helicopters as well as French and Australian assets – I would estimate over 5000 sailors and marines.His staff and HMS Ocean return in the spring after over six months away.CONCLUSIONLet me close.The Commanders and our Surface Ships are emblematic of the Royal Navy – its energy and its purposeI would suggest that in today’s world, wars can only be truly prevented in partnership with other nations and herein is a true strength of the Royal NavyWe are not just international by design we are instinctively internationalist – we act in concert with our NATO allies and partners, punching well above our weight in both unit output and leadership,Welcomed by our partners, emulated by many, and feared by our enemies.And the Royal Navy, through being out there projecting power and through its breadth of command is the epitome of demonstrating our country’s resolve and capability in the service of war prevention.Thank you. 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Warren Haynes To Play Tiger Guitar, Jam With Eric Krasno & Marco Benevento In NYC

first_imgJust earlier this week, Warren Haynes made Grateful Dead history by playing Jerry Garcia’s “Tiger” guitar for the first time since the Dead’s final performance in 1995. Haynes recently spoke to us about the experience, saying:It was quite an honor to be able to play Tiger for the first time since Jerry passed. When I picked up Tiger the day before at rehearsal, it still had the same strings that were on it from the last time Jerry played it.Playing that music, with the Symphony and the bonus set with Melvin… playing it at Red Rocks for that crowd on his birthday. It was very emotional for everybody, and I think it was one of those nights that just fell into place. It was very magical.The magic will continue come next week, when Haynes brings his Symphonic Tribute to the Rumsey Playfield in New York’s Central Park. Haynes has just announced that he will once again play the Tiger guitar before an orchestra, only adding to the momentous occasion.The show will also feature an ‘extended encore,’ which will see Haynes teaming up with Eric Krasno and Marco Benevento for the performance. The encore will be without the orchestra, focusing on Grateful Dead-type improvisation in honor of the late Garcia. Tickets for the show can be found here.[Photo via Warren Haynes’ FB Page]last_img read more

Nahko And Medicine For The People And Midnight North Will Hit Boulder For A Dead & Co Pre-Party

first_imgNahko And Medicine For The People will be coming to Colorado this June, bringing their enchanting and heartfelt sounds to the Boulder Theatre on Thursday, June 8th. Led by Portland-born and Los Angeles-based Nahko Bear, the world-music collective’s multi-genre sound has been steadily gaining traction since the group’s inception in 2008, with their inspired message bridging the gaps across their large volume of listeners and advocating for social, spiritual, and political consciousness. Nahko and Medicine for the People’s Boulder show, with support from Midnight North, is set to double as a pre-party for Dead & Company’s two-day run at University of Colorado–Boulder’s Folsom Field, which starts the next day.Nahko And Medicine For The People’s performance in Boulder will be a perfect warm-up for those attending the Dead & Company run, with the group’s genre-defying mix of rock, hip-hop, alt-folk, and music from around the world combining to create a powerful and beautiful sound that will get folks into an appropriately blissed-out mindset ahead of Dead & Company’s return to Folsom Field. With Nahko at the helm, Chase Makai (lead guitar), Justin Chittams (drums), Pato (bass and kora), Tim Snider (violin) and Max Ribner (horns) will put on a spiritually enlightened and positive show that friends will not want to miss.The group is on the heels of their third full-length studio album HOKA, which was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Ted Hutt and has received critical acclaim for its pioneering sound that is pushing Nahko and Medicine for the People to the next level. “Over the last three years, I’ve been cracked open so deeply in my own healing to really give this record my all,” explains Nahko. “My style of writing and my intentions with how I put things together has evolved a lot. I’m able to better paint the picture after time on the road, seeing first-hand the emotional state of the people of the world, of how sick people are, and how much healing they need.”Midnight North is known for their own soulful performances, though their shows fall more in line with traditional blues and rock lineage while adding their own contemporary twist to their music. It’s notable that Midnight North will be in attendance on June 8th at the Boulder Theatre as well, especially when considering that the band was born as the house band at Phil Lesh’s iconic San Rafael venue Terrapin Crossroads. While Lesh may not be in attendance for the Dead & Company run, his spirit may be their in proxy, as Midnight North is composed of his son, guitarist Grahame Lesh, along with multi- instrumentalists Elliott Peck and Alex Jordan, drummer Alex Koford and bassist Connor O’Sullivan. With healing being the theme of the Dead & Company pre-party as they look toward the weekend, the performance will connect the dots across the expansive musical family that is the Grateful Dead.Increasingly in this confusing world, people need healing, and music is the answer for many. With Nahko and Medicine for the People’s restorative and enlightened sound at its front, Boulder will be the place to be come June for a string of shows that will lift spirits and elevate minds. With Midnight North’s own brand of harmonious sound kicking things off, there will be songs to fill the Colorado air, and we’ll be all the better for it. Tickets for Nahko and Medicine for the People and Midnight North’s Boulder Theatre performance on June 8th are available here. You can also check out the other Dead & Company pre-shows and post-shows presented by Boulder Theatre and Fox Theatre here, which will also see performances by Easy Star All-Stars (performing Radiodread), The Marcus King Band, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, White Denim, Circles Around The Sun, Shakedown Street, Boombox, Dopapod, and Hudson (featuring Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield).[Photo: Paul Citone]last_img read more

Ye olde information overload

first_imgInformation overload isn’t solely a Google-era dilemma. Before digital technology existed, scholars beat their desks in frustration over information overload, too, according to Ann Blair.In her book, “Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age,” Blair, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, examines the painstaking processes early scholars undertook for the sake of knowledge.With the spread of paper in the late middle ages, then of printing after 1453, scholarship involved ever more reading: printed books, manuscripts, and letters. Scholars relied on note taking to retain what was useful from their reading. Some collections of notes, organized with finding devices, were published as reference books, in which readers could find the best bits from many books they wouldn’t have the time or accessibility to read.Blair set out to examine these early printed “reference books” — even though that term didn’t exist as such at the time, she notes — “to understand how they shaped readers’ practices of reading and conceptions of the organization of knowledge.”“Too Much to Know” grew out of Blair’s first book, “The Theater of Nature: Jean Bodin and Renaissance Science,” which examined a single work of encyclopedic natural philosophy of 1596. The research extended over a decade, and took her to “many wonderful rare book libraries in France, Switzerland, Germany, the U.K., and of course at Houghton,” she said.“One of the manuscripts I studied, a collection of unpublished medical remedies in the Zentralbibliothek in Zurich, can tell us a lot about how these large works were made. The pages that would have been sent to the printer were filled with slips of paper that were cut and pasted under headings” arranged by disease, said Blair.That manuscript was a decoupage of “all kinds of texts: from manuscripts, including reading notes, personal observations …  and even from printed books written by others.” Other published compilations were made using similar methods, including one eight-volume behemoth containing more than 10 million words.All research, in general, said Blair, “certainly was painstaking” for early modern scholars.“They advocated studying at all times,” she said. “They worked by candlelight early in the morning, and deep into the night, sharpening quills by knife, and drying the ink afterward with a sprinkling of sand. Everything was written out by hand, and if you wanted to store information in more than one place, or include it in a letter, you had to copy it out that many times.”Many scholars complained of damage to their eyes, and they “relied on letters to communicate with one another that could easily take weeks to get from one European city to another, and they constantly fretted about the mail not getting through at all.”Blair notes that the challenges regarding information today are unprecedented in many ways — for example, in the scale of accumulation and its permeation of all areas of life. “But this book shows how earlier generations of scholars and students faced similar challenges of overload, with a similar range of despair and enthusiasm, in a quite different historical context,” she writes.“They devised many thoughtful solutions, some of which are still familiar to us today and others that remind us that some of our working methods will no doubt seem strangely obsolete in due course, too.”last_img read more

Monitoring the safety of ARV therapy during pregnancy

first_img Read Full Story Paige Williams, senior lecturer on biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, studies the health and development of children whose HIV-infected mothers took antiretroviral (ARV) drugs during pregnancy. In a study published last year, you found that the overall risk of birth defects was low for women taking ARVs during early pregnancy — in keeping with previous research that has found ARV use in pregnancy to be generally safe. What did you look at in the current study, and what did you find?The current study focuses on health and developmental problems that might emerge later in life, such as cognitive, hearing, and language impairments, and metabolic problems. We found that taking combination antiretroviral drugs during pregnancy does not increase the overall risk of these adverse outcomes in babies born to mothers living with HIV.However, one commonly used drug called zidovudine (or AZT) was linked to about 70% higher risk for metabolic problems in these children. We did not anticipate finding this, since this drug has not previously been linked to metabolic problems. In contrast, many drugs in the class of ARVs known as protease inhibitors were linked to lower risk of metabolic problems in this study, even though this drug class has often been linked to higher risk of issues such as elevated cholesterol.last_img read more

Red Alert! Tickets Now On Sale for Disaster on Broadway

first_img Roger Bart Related Shows This is not a drill! Tickets are now available to see Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Adam Pascal and more in the Broadway incarnation of Disaster!. The musical comedy, based on cult favorite disaster movies from the 1970s, will begin performances on February 9 and officially open on March 8 at the Nederlander Theatre.Directed and co-written by Jack Plotnick and also starring co-creator and co-writer Seth Rudetsky, Disaster! is set on a summer night in Manhattan in 1979 and follows a group of NYC A-listers who party at the grand opening of a floating casino/disco—until disaster strikes. Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos, killer bees, rats, sharks and piranhas all threaten the guests, who sing some of the biggest hits of the ‘70s, including “Hot Stuff,” “I Am Woman,” “Knock on Wood” and more.The cast will also include Kevin Chamberlin, Faith Prince, Rachel York, Jennifer Simard, Max Crumm and Lacretta Nicole, Manoel Felciano Baylee Littrell, Paul Castree, Casey Garvin, Travis Kent, Alyse Alan Louis, Maggie McDowell, Olivia Phillip and Catherine Ricafort. Disaster! Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more