When England first caught on to the infectious grooves of blues music, arguably one guitarist stood out from the pack: Eric Clapton. From his early days in the Yardbirds and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, all the way through to his current solo work, there’s no denying that Clapton is a master of the blues guitar. Slowhand celebrates his 71st birthday today, and we wanted to celebrate with some classic footage.In years past, March in New York City always meant one thing… The Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theatre. While the band isn’t touring (for now), there’s a ton of great footage around to help with our nostalgia. One particular performance caught our eye today; a March 19th, 2009 show featuring the work of Clapton for an entire set. Along with special guest spots from Susan Tedeschi and Danny Louis, it’s the work between Clapton and ABB guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks that truly shines.Watch this exciting performance below, courtesy of cleric131+Happy Birthday Clapton!Setlist: The Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theatre, New York, NY – 3/19/09Introduction, Key To The Highway, Dreams, Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad, Little Wing, Anyday, Layla, Ending
Watch Dopapod Cover Primus And “Y’All Ready For This,” Invite Sit-Ins, And More In New Pro-Shot Videos
“Black And White” Last month, beloved jamband Dopapod hit the Boulder Theater as part of their three-night Colorado run. A few days ago, the band officially released new pro-shot footage from their night in Boulder, which fell on the 28th of January. The four songs from the night include a cover of Primus’ “Groundhog’s Day,” as well as three original tunes, “Freight Train,” “Present Ghosts,” and “Black And White.” The ever-popular number “Freight Train” also features drummer Alex Petropulos from their winter tour mates, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, as well as Jimmy Dunstan of Yamn on keys. Midway through the song, they bust out “Y’all Ready For This,” which was a crowd pleaser to say the least.You can check out a setlist from the night as well as all four newly released videos below, courtesy of the band.Setlist: Dopapod | Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO | 1/28/17Set: STADA, Plaese Haalp, Bluetooth, Upside of Down> Weird Charlie> Present Ghosts, Freight Train> Ya’ll Ready For This> Freight Train> Groundhog Day, Vol. 3 #86> Black and WhitePrimus’ “Groundhog’s Day”“Freight Train” featuring Alex Petropulos and Jimmy Dunstan“Present Ghosts”
There are tons of records about guns—who sells them, who buys them, and, if they were used in crimes, when and where—but those records don’t necessarily make it into any database available to researchers.Although evidence suggests that fewer guns mean fewer suicides and homicides, there’s just not enough data to influence national policy, according to David Hemenway of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, an expert on the public health impact of gun violence.In a May 3 article published in Science News, Hemenway, professor of health policy at Harvard Chan School and director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, and other researchers discussed the difficulty of gathering new evidence for stricter gun control regulations that could save lives. They noted that scientists are desperate for more data to understand precisely which laws would be most effective so they can persuade legislators to strengthen national gun laws. But federal laws make it almost impossible for researchers to access even the data that are available, and poorly crafted gun laws make it difficult to clearly discern which laws, if enacted, would yield the biggest declines in gun fatalities and injuries. Read Full Story
Researchers probing the complexities of Alzheimer’s disease have detected issues involving cellular energy production, and those problems may be an important contributor to the late-onset form of the illness.A team at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital tested the cells of late-onset Alzheimer’s patients and found malfunctions in their energy production, including problems with the health of their mitochondria, the cellular power plants that provide most of their energy.Bruce Cohen, director of McLean’s Program for Neuropsychiatric Research and the Robertson-Steele Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS), said disrupted energy production would present particularly severe problems in the brain, because it is the body’s most energy-hungry organ, demanding as much as 20 times the energy of other tissues. Such a malfunction, he said, could damage or kill nerve cells and help explain the cognitive decline associated with the disease.Much of the scientific attention focused on Alzheimer’s has centered on what’s called the amyloid cascade hypothesis. That suggests that a protein called amyloid-beta forms plaques in the brain, triggering tangles made up of a second protein called tau, which sets off the inflammation that destroys neurons and leads to Alzheimer’s signature cognitive decline.The problem with that hypothesis, according to Kai Sonntag, associate stem cell researcher at McLean and assistant professor of psychiatry at HMS, is that it’s not uncommon to examine the brains of cognitively normal older people after they’ve died and find similar plaques and tangles. In addition, Alzheimer’s drugs developed to target amyloid-beta have failed to halt or reverse cognitive decline. That indicates that something else — or something in addition — is likely in play, Sonntag and Cohen said,“I do think there’s a need in the field to look at different angles,” Sonntag said.Lending additional complexity to the Alzheimer’s picture are differences between its two forms: early onset — which, though relatively rare, has been intensively studied — and late-onset, which accounts for 95 percent of the cases. Early onset Alzheimer’s is a particularly severe form that runs in families whose members develop the disease in their 50s and early 60s. It has been traced to a handful of genetic mutations that produce heavy loads of amyloid plaques in the brain. Insights from early onset Alzheimer’s have informed medical understanding of the disease more broadly, while the identified genetic mutations have been used to create mouse models of the ailment so it can be better studied in the lab, Sonntag said.But it’s possible that lessons from those studies may not neatly apply to the late-onset form, called sporadic Alzheimer’s, which typically strikes after age 65, Sonntag said. While the two forms of Alzheimer’s share many features — including heightened risk if there is a history of Alzheimer’s in the family, the development of plaques and tangles in the brain, and the hallmark cognitive decline — Sonntag and Cohen said late-onset Alzheimer’s could be an aberration of the normal aging process.“You could say maybe sporadic disease isn’t like early onset disease, but a reflection of abnormal aging,” Sonntag said. “Every aspect of Alzheimer’s disease you can [also] find in normal aging. Accumulation of [amyloid]-beta occurs in all of us, phosphorylation of tau, all these things. Even when you look at post-mortem brains, there’s a high percentage of people with high levels of [amyloid]-beta, but who are not demented. There’s no 100 percent correlation between accumulation of plaque and Alzheimer’s disease, even when you look at post-mortem brains.”The work grew out of Cohen’s prior research, which looked at the role of cellular energy dysfunction in psychiatric diseases. With aging also marked by reduced cellular energy production and Alzheimer’s, particularly the late-onset form, tied to aging, it was a short leap to wonder whether dysfunctions similar to those seen in psychiatric disorders might contribute to Alzheimer’s, Cohen said.“Energy production and use seem to be one thing that goes wrong [in cells] as we get older,” Cohen said. “We do see changes with aging, and we do see changes that are shared with aging and Alzheimer’s, but also some changes that are specific to Alzheimer’s.”In work published recently in the journal Scientific Reports, Cohen, Sonntag, and colleagues at McLean took a type of skin cells called fibroblasts from late-onset Alzheimer’s patients and compared their energy production with those of age-matched controls without Alzheimer’s. Because energy metabolism is largely genetically determined, it’s likely that what was occurring in the fibroblasts was replicated throughout the body, including the neurons.Cells typically produce most of their energy (88 percent) through mitochondrial respiration, which takes place inside a cell’s mitochondria. A smaller amount (12 percent) is produced through a process called glycolysis. The researchers showed that skin cells from late-onset Alzheimer’s patients had impaired mitochondrial metabolic potential and shifted their energy production toward glycolysis to compensate.The brain, however, is not only energy-hungry, its neurons are handicapped compared with fibroblasts, according to Sonntag. That’s because neurons make energy primarily through mitochondrial respiration, and so don’t have the process of glycolysis to fall back on. That means impaired mitochondrial respiration could result in the death of neurons, which could help explain Alzheimer’s cognitive decline.If energy dysfunction is shown to play a role, Cohen said, it’s likely just a piece of the Alzheimer’s puzzle, one affected by multiple factors interacting in complex ways to provide outcomes that differ in various patients.“Although people hope with a lot of these conditions we study — normal or abnormal — that there are going to be simple answers … it’s never simple, it’s always all kinds of factors interacting to determine whether you get lucky or not, whether you get sick or not,” Cohen said.The next step, Cohen said, will be to do a similar study on the neurons and other brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients, to see whether the energy dysfunction detected in skin cells is replicated there. Even if medical understanding of the disease remains imperfect, Cohen said the ultimate hope is to find an intervention that interrupts Alzheimer’s most devastating effects.“You don’t have to fix everything to keep somebody from getting sick,” Cohen said. “The reason somebody gets sick is you’re unlucky five different ways and it all combines to tip you over the edge. Maybe you only need to fix one of them and you don’t tip over the edge anymore.”
By Dialogo July 20, 2009 Bogotá, July 17 (EFE).- The Colombian army confiscated 1.7 tons of cocaine and arrested eight paramilitaries who were transporting the consignment along a road in the eastern part of the country today, regional military spokespersons announced. The drugs belonged to the extreme-right group led by “Cuchillo” (Knife), an alias of Pedro Oliverio Guerrero, according to a statement by the military’s Seventh Brigade, headquartered in Villavicencio in the center of the country, troops from which carried out the operation. The statement specified that the cocaine was being transported in a convoy of three trucks that were stopped in Macanal, a rural district of the eastern town of Puerto Gaitán, in the department of El Meta. In addition to the drugs and the vehicles, the military personnel confiscated a satellite telephone, another three pieces of communication equipment, and two firearms. The military unit calculated the value of the consignment on the international market at 85 billion pesos (41.96 million dollars). Guerrero is one of the most wanted drug traffickers and paramilitaries in Colombia and was a leader of the now-disappeared “Heroes of the Guaviare” Front , part of the now-dissolved organization United Self-Defense Groups of Colombia (AUC). In place of this redoubt, he created the so-called Colombian Anticommunist Popular Revolutionary Army (Erpac), present in part of the eastern region of the country.
BlackRock has appointed Gavin Lewis to lead its offering for the local government pension scheme (LGPS), a new role. Lewis joined the asset manager at the beginning of the month from Vanguard, where he was most latterly head of UK institutional. At BlackRock, he will report to Sarah Melvin, head of UK.Before joining Vanguard in 2016 Lewis was at UBS, and before that at Russell Investments. He is a member of The Diversity Project, which seeks to promote an inclusive culture in the investment profession.Melvin said LGPS pension funds had “a unique set of investment requirements with distinct servicing needs”. Source: Chis McAndrewGuy Opperman, pensions minister“People need certainty and clarity when it comes to their retirement income,” said the minister. “Companies should be taking steps towards equalisation, such as correcting records and deciding upon a preferred methodology.”Last month the Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) published guidance on methods pension schemes could use.In October last year, the UK’s high court ruled that GMPs were in breach of gender discrimination laws as they were payable to men and women at different ages. As a result, pension funds have to recalculate benefits accrued between 1990 and 1997, which some are still paying.According to a survey carried out by the Association of Consulting Actuaries over the summer – before PASA’s guidance, in other words – 64% of employers running defined benefit schemes said it would take more than two years to fully equalise pensions for the effect of unequal GMPs in their schemes.‘Administrative complexity and time’ was ranked as the top of six challenges linked to GMP equalisation. The survey drew 308 responses from employers of all sizes running more than 510 different schemes. In January consultants XPS Group said the cost of implementing the GMP ruling for most schemes in its sample would be less than 1% of liabilities.The concept of GMPs was introduced as a way of ensuring that DB scheme members were no worse off if their scheme decided to opt out of the state second pension, an earnings-related addition to the UK’s basic state pension that was scrapped in 2016. GMP is the minimum pension the DB schemes who contracted out had to provide for their members. “Gavin’s experience is a perfect fit to enhance how we collaborate with our clients across these schemes, deliver solutions the meet their needs and serve their members,” she added. However, since 2018 the balance of the levy has been in deficit. There is now a cumulative deficit of more than £16m, estimated to reach £50m by 2020.Expenditure has risen from around £40m during 2013-14 to over £60m by 2018-19, while revenue has remained more or less the same.The government said the increase in costs had been caused by significant changes in the pensions industry and regulatory landscape, leading to increased activities by the levy-funded bodies.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has now launched a consultation on four different options for increasing the levy:* A holding increase of 10% of 2019-20 rates on 1 April 2020, with further increases from April 2021, informed by a wider review of the levy;* A phased increase in the levy over the three years from 1 April 2020;* A phased increase over around 10 years commencing 1 April 2020;* A phased increase over around 10 years commencing 1 April 2021.The DWP is also proposing a one-off increase to the annual levy contribution paid by schemes with between two and 11 members, which have been unchanged since 2000. The consultation closes at mid-day on 15 November.Equalise GMPs, minister urgesUK pensions minister Guy Opperman has warned pension schemes that they need to begin the process of correcting the gender inequalities linked to guaranteed minimum pensions (GMPs).Noting that the government had published guidance on GMP equalisation six months ago, he said it was time for pension schemes to act. Gavin LewisThere are 87 pension funds in the LGPS in England and Wales. According to recently released government statistics, the market value of the funds was £287.2bn (€333bn) at the end of March and the total membership was 5.9 million. One of the biggest LGPS developments in recent years has been the asset pooling by the local authority pension schemes, with eight pools having been established. DWP consults on levy increaseThe UK government is planning to raise the rates of the general levy on occupational and personal pension schemes from April 2020.The levy part-funds the activities of The Pensions Regulator, The Pensions Ombudsman and the Money and Pensions Service.The levy rates were last increased in the 2008-09 fiscal year. They were then reduced by 13% in 2012-13, remaining at the same level for most pension schemes since then. A new, lower, levy rate for schemes with 500,000 members or more was introduced in 2017-18.
Northwest Seaeagle at the Karratha gas plant, Western Australia (Image: Woodside)Woodside Chief Executive Peter Coleman said Friday that the company expects first liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced from its Browse field offshore Western Australia in the mid-2020s.Speaking at the company’s annual general meeting, Coleman confirmed that is more likely the natural gas from the Browse field would be processed onshore instead of a floating LNG option.Coleman said in February this year the gas the Browse and Scarborough fields could be processed at the Burrup LNG hub where the Pluto and the Nort West Shelf projects are located.“As you know, we have worked for some years to find the right development concept for the worldclass Browse resources. I’m very excited about where we are headed,” the CEO said.“Now conditions are aligning for us to look closely at an opportunity to basically double the life of the North West Shelf by bringing the Browse resources into it. Utilising the existing facilities has the dual advantage of ensuring the most efficient use of capital while minimising risk by relying on proven technologies.”Woodside is the operator of both Browse and the North West Shelf and is “well-placed to make this happen and we are talking to joint venture participants in both assets.”“It’s still early days but we think this is a compelling option and could be achieved at a competitive price and in a reasonable timeframe,” Coleman said.Factors such as the growth in demand from new markets and the current “challenging” conditions for new large-scale developments may accelerate a tightening in LNG supplies, which could, according to Coleman, boost the Browse development.“These factors point to a supply shortfall in the 2020s, adding to the case for developing Browse. We anticipate that first gas from Browse could enter the North West Shelf plant from the mid-2020s, coinciding with the forecast supply crunch,” Coleman said.The Browse development aims to commercialize the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields containing gross contingent resources (2C) of 15.4 trillion cubic feet of dry gas and 453 million barrels of condensate.Woodside and its partners in the Browse JV in March 2016 delayed the multi-billion Browse LNG project due to low oil prices.Woodside’s participating interest in the Browse resources is 30.6%, Shell owns 27% in the Browse JV while BP holds a 17.33% stake. Japan Australia LNG (MIMI Browse) has a 14.40% stake in the JV, and PetroChina holds a 10.67% stake. LNG World News Staff
Rosemary Berkemeier, 94, St. Maurice, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at the Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg.Born, May 7, 1926 in Decatur County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Frank J. and Veronica (Kappes) Berkemeier.Rosemary was a member of the St. Catherine of Siena at St. Maurice. She helped clean the church for many years. She had been a member of the PCCW.Rosemary always had a quilt in the frame.She is survived by several nieces and nephews and many great and great great nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Joseph, Maurice, Herman, Raymond, Rev. Charles, and Edward Berkemeier; two sisters, Frieda Muckerheide and Clara Schoettmer.Family and friends will gather at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in St. Maurice to pray the rosary. Visitation will follow until the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Bill Ehalt officiating.Interment will be held in the St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery following the mass.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
RelatedPosts Hazard: I needed first Real goal Azeez credits Granada for Eagles recall Azeez credits Granada for Eagles recall Ramon Azeez and Alvaro Vadillo scored the goals as table-topping Granada recorded a 2-0 win over Barcelona in Saturday night’s La Liga contest at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.Granada scored once in either half against the Spanish champions, who have now lost two of their five league matches at the start of the 2019-20 campaign to drop to seventh in the table.The victory is El Grana’s first over the Catalan giants since April 2014 – leaving Barca boss Ernesto Valverde with much to ponder amid a difficult start to the season.Granada – promoted from the Segunda Division last term – incredibly took the lead in just the second minute of the match when Antonio Puertas’s deflected cross was headed home from close range by Azeez, who simply could not miss.Gerard Pique attempted to block the delivery from Puertas – the ball looped towards the far post, though, where Azeez was on hand to send the home side into a shock lead.Barca had a lot of the ball in the spell that followed, but Granada had another opportunity to score a second in the 14th minute when Puertas struck one from the edge of the box, only to see the ball deflect just wide.Granada continued to cause huge problems on the break, and Darwin Machis saw a dangerous low cross cleared by Pique in the 26th minute following another quick counter-attack.Suarez had a half-chance for the visitors in the 32nd minute after capitalising on a loose piece of defending, but the Uruguay international saw his shot blocked before Sergi Roberto was dispossessed shortly after.Granada’s next attempt arrived in the 36th minute when Yangel Herrera struck one from distance, although the 21-year-old’s effort was always rising over Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s crossbar.Carlos Neva then fired over the Barca goal in the 41st minute with Granada looking the more likely to score a second in the closing stages of the first half at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.A late scramble saw the visitors have a couple of half-chances to level the scores through Pique and Suarez – both booked in the first period – but the referee’s whistle was blown with Granada leading 1-0 at the interval.Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati both came off the Barca bench at the break, and the presence of the attacking duo made an immediate difference as Granada came under severe pressure.That said, the home side almost bizarrely scored a second in the 52nd minute when Ter Stegen spilled a routine cross, but the Germany international did manage to respond just in time to prevent a goal.Roberto Soldado left the field to a standing ovation from the Granada supporters just before the hour, and Azeez’s early goal still separated the two teams heading into the final 30 minutes of action.Another scramble inside the Barca box saw Granada have a chance in the 64th minute, but Ter Stegen just about managed to gather after a host of bodies attempted to make contact.VAR had spotted something in the melee, though, and Arturo Vidal’s handball was punished – handing Granada a huge chance to double their lead from the penalty spot through Vadillo.The 25-year-old had only been on the field for four minutes but found the back of the net with a cool spot kick to spark jubilant scenes inside the stadium.Fati looked to halve the deficit with a low strike in the 68th minute, but Granada goalkeeper Rui Silva was on hand to make a smart save as Barca’s frustrations continued.Ter Stegen then had to keep out a strike from Puertas down the other end with the home side threatening to wrap up the points with a third goal, before Silva prevented a low Messi effort from finding the back of the net in the 83rd minute.The Spanish champions continued to push in the latter stages of the contest, but it was a terribly disappointing night for Valverde’s side, who needed more from the likes of Suarez and a seriously off-colour Antoine Griezmann.Next up for Barca is a home game against Villarreal on Tuesday, while Granada – now first in the league – will attempt to make it four straight La Liga wins when they travel to Real Valladolid on the same night. Tags: GranadaRamon Azeez
RelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has read out the riot acts to the Nigerian Football Federation and club owners that no stadium would be opened for any football game without strict adherence to the sports protocols, even as there must be total implementation of the club licensing control before the new football season can resume.This was contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Gabriel Aduda, on Sunday. Aduda said: “We are happy that the ban on sports has been lifted after so many months of inactivity due to the COVID-19 scourge. The Ministry is not oblivious of the challenges that would be encountered in organising football matches.“We cannot take anything for granted. As a way of safeguarding the lives of our players, coaches, officials and fans, approval must be sought and given before any game is played. The Ministry would ensure that all protocols and guidelines are obeyed as directed by PTF and NCDC.”The Ministry has set up a COVID-19 monitoring and approval team, which would ensure compliance before any game is played.Aduda warned that the Nigerian domestic league would not resume until basic conditions are fulfilled.He said: “We have a responsibility to enforce the implementation of the club licensing control as stipulated in the statues setting up the Nigerian Professional Football League. The domestic League will not commence until the regulations and controls bothering on financial and licensing control are enforced. “The NFF must enforce these regulations and controls as stipulated, otherwise the Nigerian Professional and Amateur Leagues would not be approved to resume. These include proper licensing of players, Insurance for players and coaches, compliance with FIFA rules on players contract and transfer, running the clubs as professional endeavour among others.”The statement directed the NFF to communicate these decisions to the clubs to forestall any crisis.Tags: Gabriel AdudaNFANFFSunday Dare