Load remaining images Last night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead welcomed bassist Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), the first of three shows that the bassist will sit-in with JRAD, as regular bassist Dave Dreiwitz continues his current run of dates with Ween. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead with Oteil Burbridge kicked things off last night in Philadelphia, the first show of a two-night run at the Tower Theatre. The final show of the short run with Burbridge will conclude this Sunday, October 20th, at The Anthem in Washington, DC.With Joe Russo leading the way, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead opened the first set with “Women Are Smarter”, before moving into a massive, unfinished “Shakedown Street”. Philly’s own Tom Hamilton tore through a fiery hot solo, before passing the heat to Scott Metzger, as the two behemoth guitar players continued upping the ante, feeding off of each other’s solos. “Brown Eyed Women” was next, as Russo and Burbridge locked-in the rhythm section, leaving ample room for Marco Benevento to sprinkle his extraordinary keyboard magic on the jam. An unfinished “Truckin” led way to “The Other One”, as Hamilton and Metzger continued to dazzle the crowd with their electrifying guitar work.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – “Women Are Smarter” – 10/18/2018[Video: Richard Stoler, Jr]Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – “Truckin” – 10/18/2018[Video: Gregory Marcus]Following a brief set break, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead opened the second set with “Alligator”, taking the Grateful Dead tune deep. “Scarlet Begonias” followed in suit with an extended jam, before JRAD confidently placed “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” in the middle of the set. With Oteil Burbridge leading the way on vocals, “Fire On The Moutain” came next, before Joe Russo commanded the ship into “Dancing In The Streets”, which led to a set-closing “Row Jimmy”. After the band took a minute to fuel up and catch their breaths, they returned to the stage to encore Bob Dylan’s “Tough Mama”, last played October 7th, 2016, at the Brooklyn Bowl (84 show gap).Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – “The Other One” – 10/18/2018[Video: Richard Stoler, Jr]Joe Russo’s Almost Dead in partnership with nugs.tv will be back tonight with a webcast of the second show from Philadelphia, which will start around 8:45 pm ET. You can pre-order tonight’s show here.Following this weekend, the core members of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will regroup to perform two sets at the Suwannee Hulaween pre-party on October 25th. Then, a few weeks later, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger will swing through California for two nights at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 8th and 9th and two nights at the Fox Theatre in Oakland on November 10th and 11th.For more information and tickets to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s fall tour dates, head to the band’s website.Below, you can view a gallery of photos from last night’s Tower Theatre show via photographer Vic Brazen.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Tower Theatre | Philadelphia, PA | 10/18/2018Set One: Women Are Smarter^-> Shakedown Street#-> Brown Eyed Women, Truckin#-> The Other OneSet Two: Alligator -> Jam -> Scarlet Begonias -> Jam -> Going Down The Road Feeling Bad* -> Fire On The Mountain %, Dancing In The Streets ^ -> Row JimmyEncore: Tough Mama &Notes:^ with a “Reveille” (Traditional) Tease (SM)# unfinished* without the usual instrumental We Bid You Goodnight ending% Oteil sang on the choruses^ with a “First Call” (Traditional) Tease (SM), a Burbridge bass solo, Throwing Stones Teases (JR & TH), Ended with a short We Bid You Goodnight Jam& Bob Dylan cover, last played 10/7/16 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY (84 show gap)Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Tower Theatre | Philadelphia, PA | 10/18/2018 | Photos: Vic Brazen
President Drew Faust paid a visit to the popular undergraduate course anthropology 1010: “The Fundamentals of Archaeological Methods and Reasoning.” Faust’s Nov. 17 attendance was inspired by a special meeting of the course at the Office for the Arts’ Ceramics Studio, where students learned how pottery is made and got to try their hands at making their own pieces.“I’ve been hearing about the ceramics studio for a long time, so I’m excited to come and visit,” Faust said. “This is a perfect example of the way the arts can meld into the undergraduate curriculum and serve as an important teaching tool for the big questions that archaeology and anthropology pose.”The class, part of the College’s General Education curriculum, is a collaboration between the Office for the Arts and Department of Anthropology. It focuses on teaching undergraduates the basic principles of anthropology and archaeology. Associate Professor of Anthropology Rowan K. Flad, the course leader, told Faust that he brought his class to the studio so that students could get firsthand knowledge of the ways that ceramics were produced at different times in different parts of the world.“Students involve themselves in different aspects of ceramics production,” he said. “The idea is to give them a sense not only of how pottery is made, but also of how the different methods can be observed in anthropological terms.”Flad was assisted by Matthew J. Liebmann, an assistant professor of anthropology, who noted that the visit to the ceramics studio was not the first hands-on experience students had had in the course.“Everybody in the course has a little archaeological experience because they all took part in an excavation in Harvard Yard,” he said. “So everybody has been in the dirt at least one day.”Faust watched with interest as small groups of students — most taking their first-ever anthropology course — moved between six different stations to learn how ceramics were made hundreds of years ago in Asia, South America, and Western Europe. At one station, students learned to identify the region from which a piece of ceramics came by the type of clay found there. At another, they learned from a Peruvian potter how potters from that country paddled pieces to make them smooth and round.Yvette Wowolo ’15 was handling and analyzing ancient ceramics from China and Iran when Faust came by. Wowolo was too busy with an in-class assignment to say hello, but said there were some things she’d tell the University president about her experience in class if she could.“I’m learning a lot about where we come from,” she said. “By looking at this pottery, I learned what kind of materials the pieces are made from, where the materials were found, and how they’re actually formed. It’s all about how we became who we are today.”
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Mine reclamation needs in Western U.S. of major concern as coal industry weakens ‒ report FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):More than one-third of all land mined for coal in the western U.S. remains unreclaimed after nearly 50 years of mining, according to a new report from a regional network of western conservation organizations.There are about 150,000 unreclaimed acres, or 234 square miles, in the West, according to a report from the Western Organization of Resource Councils, or WORC. That land is either still being mined or is classified as long-term reclamation and mining facilities, such as haul roads and other areas that coal producers deem necessary until the end of the mine life.The report noted the coal industry’s decline and projections of its continuing demise as demand for the fuel wanes. Federal and state governments need to be more active to ensure producers clean up their mines rather than sticking taxpayers with the bill, which may involve policy changes, according to the report.Among its recommendations, the report said policymakers should require companies to provide detailed mine closure plans that include the expected timing and resources the producer has available to put toward the costs of shutting down the operation. The council also suggested that policymakers require companies to create sinking funds to help pay for reclamation obligations and eliminate self-bonding at state and federal levels.Part of the problem is that much of the coal mine is left unreclaimed up until the operation shuts down, requiring the producers to spend a significant amount of money restoring the land just as its revenue stream dries up, according to WORC.“At some point, reclamation costs will overwhelm cash generated from dwindling coal sales. With rising costs and declining revenues, coal companies will likely again file for bankruptcy sometime during this process,” the report said.[Ellie Potter]More ($): More than a third of western US coal mine land left unreclaimed, report says
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Cheaper natural gas prices this year are likely to cement Europe’s shift away from coal as a fuel for producing power.Abnormally mild winter weather has cut demand for the fuel as a flood of new supplies entered the world’s biggest gas market. That along with higher costs for carbon-emissions allowances has tilted the economics of generating electricity away from coal and toward using more gas.“Policy makers in Europe are now happy with such low natural gas prices,” said Ewout Eijkelenboom, senior consultant at the Netherlands-based industry adviser Kyos Energy Consulting. “It makes the coal phase-out easier than expected — it is almost a natural way of exiting coal.”Falling gas prices are a global phenomenon. Liquefied natural gas projects are pumping out record numbers of cargoes, cutting wholesale gas costs from the U.S. to Asia. That in turn has helped push down the cost of electricity across Europe, taking some of the heat out of the political debate about energy.Benchmark gas in Amsterdam plunged to a five-month low last week because of the global glut. Market rates for the coming summer are at the lowest since at least 2007. It’s especially notable that the weakness has arrived during the winter, which is peak-demand season.“We’ll need to do something with all that surplus gas,” said Elchin Mammadov, a European utilities analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. “I’m expecting a further drop in prices and more coal-to-gas switching.”[Vanessa Dezem and Mathew Carr]More: Cheap natural gas is about to kick more coal out of Europe Low gas prices, warm weather pushing coal out of European generation market
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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York La Piccola Liguria, a Port Washington mainstay, pleases the palate with freshly prepared unique dishes and Italian standbys.The bright, comfortable restaurant with harbor views is also easy on the eyes. Note the magnificent antipasti display upon entering the dining area. We came for trenete al pesto, a traditional Ligurian dish with roots in the owner’s native Finale Ligure, halfway between Genoa and the French border along the Italian Riviera.The owner, Victor Raimondo, serves it without string beans (fagiolini) and potatoes. If you order it “ala Genovese,” you’ll get the string beans and potatoes. They may suspect we sent you.Waiters Vlad or Frank recite a lengthy list of specials: vitello tonnata, calves liver Veneziana, grilled anchovies, rabbit cacciatore, roast duck, along with an array of salads and appetizers, whole fish, pastas, duck, short ribs and ossobuco.“And, of course, there is the menu,” the recital concludes.Our latest visit started with a glass of Prosecco with zucchini florets. Rich flavorful tomato soup is a perfect intermezzo. The unique flavor of delicate truffle oil compliments the porcini mushroom and fennel salad.The pasta special was strozzapretti, which translates to “priest choker.” The story goes that when this pasta was invented and first served at an Italian monastery, the priests could not get enough, kept eating, and choked.Complimenting this pasta was mixed seafood that blended this Tuscan pasta with flavors of the Ligurian coast. Whole-roasted branzino is perfectly prepared and deboned in sight at the serving table.Save room for the fresh desserts on the trolley. Jeff’s favorite is the torta della nonna. Vera loves the homemade tiramisu. There is chocolate ganache, fruit salad, and many other fresh treats.The wine selection is excellent, covering all price ranges. Jeff likes the La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino, but the La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino is a good substitute.La Piccola Liguria, 47 Shore Rd., Port Washington, 516-767-6490. Open daily except Monday. Lunch 12-3 p.m. Tues.-Fri. and dinner is 5-10 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 5-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 4-10 p.m. Sun.CHEFS ON THE RUNComing soon to downtown Oyster Bay: Watch for the January opening of 2Spring by Iron Chef winner Jesse Schenker.ANTONETTE’SEven on a Tuesday night, diners flock to Antonette’s not only for its fine cuisine and romantic ambiance, but also its live music.The first impression of the wine list was that the fine selection appeared to be underpriced. Most restaurants charge customers three times their cost for wine, but the owner charges 1.5 his cost. Amongst the choices are Banfi Brunello di Montalcino for $63. Other restaurants charge well over $100.We selected the Michele Chiarlo Reyna Barbaresco, one of our favorites from the Piemonte region. At $38 for such a fine wine, we knew we were off to a great start for the evening.The opening was an ample platter of antipasta Italiana followed by servings of grilled calamari and grilled octopus, each with a lavish presentation and distinguished taste. We grazed on an excellent Caesar salad but miss the tableside preparation when Antonette’s was in Rockville Centre.We shared the veal chop prepared perfectly at medium rare. Our companions had sole and the special, shrimp courted by burnt string beans, a colorful combination in both taste and appearance. Another shared special was shrimp stuffed with an intense crab meat accompanied by whole clams in the shell.Unobtrusive music started later in the evening. It felt great to work off our lavish meal with an energetic dance.The lush dessert platter presentation made it impossible to resist at least a small sampling. The molten chocolate cake and the apple tart were the perfect ending to a perfect evening.Antonette’s, 290 Glen Cove Rd., East Hills, 516-626-6490. Closed Mondays. Dinners served until 9 p.m. weekdays, until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Apr 28, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – As the official count of US swine influenza cases rose to 64 today, top federal health officials said it’s becoming increasingly clear that the virus is spreading beyond people who recently traveled to Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak.”The information we’re seeing from states and locals . . . is that this appears to be acting like a normal flu virus, which has a fairly high rate of transmission in families,” Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said at a news briefing this afternoon. He said investigators are finding respiratory and flu-like illnesses in family members of case-patients.Besser said the only confirmed case of person-to-person transmission in the United States so far is in the two Kansas cases, which officials have said involved a husband and wife. But he said that probably only reflects the limited extent of testing, adding, “I expect we are seeing transmission within families.”Later he commented that while travel history is an important diagnostic clue in people who have a flu-like illness, “I wouldn’t limit it to that, because it’s really [in] a minority of cases to date that we’ve identified that travel history.”The signs of ongoing transmission seem to fit with the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) move yesterday to raise the pandemic alert level to phase 4, which means a new flu virus can spread efficiently enough to cause sustained community outbreaks.This morning the CDC raised its case count to 64, from 40 as of yesterday, including 45 cases in New York, 10 in California, 6 in Texas, 2 in Kansas, and 1 in Ohio. Besser said five patients have been hospitalized—three in California and two in New York—but provided no details on their illnesses.The Associated Press reported this afternoon that “several hundred” students who attend a New York City Catholic school that has been hit by swine flu are sick.Besser reported that the latest illness onset date in a confirmed swine flu case is Apr 24, but that doesn’t mean there has been no transmission since then.”We’re asking that if you are a confirmed case not only that you stay home, but that the rest of your family stay home as well,” to limit the virus’s spread, he said.States all want suppliesIn other comments, Besser reported that all states have now requested their shares of antiviral drugs and personal protective equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile, and the CDC is working to fulfill the requests. He called the requests “a forward-leaning step,” since most states don’t have any cases yet.In response to a question, he said the CDC has not yet identified anything that distinguishes swine flu from seasonal flu, aside from the possible clue of a travel history. He said it was an advantage that the new virus did not emerge in the middle of the regular flu season.”If this outbreak had occurred in January or February it would’ve been very difficult to detect because of all the flu activity going on,” he said.On vaccine issues, Besser called the possibility of adding a swine flu antigen to the seasonal flu vaccine “an attractive approach” in that one vaccine could protect against seasonal and swine flu infections. “We do know that seasonal flu vaccine production is moving forward, and we don’t want to delay that, but that is under consideration,” he added.The other possibility is to make a monovalent vaccine, containing just the swine flu strain, he noted.The CDC previously said it was developing a seed strain of swine flu virus for companies to use in making a vaccine. Besser said the seed strain has not yet been sent to the manufacturers.He also reported that the incubation period in US swine flu cases appears to range from 2 to 7 days, which he termed typical for flu.Earlier in the day, Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the WHO emphasized—as he did yesterday—that the swine flu represents “a serious situation” but that a pandemic is not yet inevitable. “We really are in a period in which countries should take this opportunity to really prepare themselves for the possibility of a pandemic,” especially countries not yet dealing with cases, he said.He said that as of today the WHO officially counted 79 cases, including 40 in the United States (the number reported yesterday), 26 in Mexico, 6 in Canada, 3 in New Zealand, 2 in Spain, and 2 in the United Kingdom.Later today, the WHO in an online statement reported that Israel has confirmed 2 cases. The numbers are confirmed cases reported by governments.Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and the environment, stressed how much remains unknown about the new virus, including where it originated and why severe cases seem to be confined to Mexico.”We still do not have a good explanation for why the pattern of cases in other countries appears relatively mild while the pattern in Mexico appears to be much more severe,” he said. Besser said much the same in the CDC briefing.When asked about reports that the virus might have originated in Mexico’s Vera Cruz state, Fukuda said, “I think right now it’s not possible to really know where this virus originated.” He added that the swine flu isolates that have been analyzed have been very similar, suggesting that the virus emerged recently and has not been around long enough to branch into many variants.Fukuda cautioned that even if swine flu activity subsides sometime soon, it will be at least several months before experts can conclude that a pandemic won’t happen. “It’s very hard to know when something like this disappears. I don’t think we’ll be able to conclude that in the next few weeks.”He also warned not to forget how the great pandemic of 1918-19 unfolded. “It also started out as a relatively mild spread of illness that really wasn’t much noted in most places, but then it became a very severe pandemic in the fall,” he said.See also: CDC swine flu pagehttp://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/Apr 28 WHO updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_04_28/en/index.htmlWHO swine flu pagehttp://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html
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Based on the prepared plans, the Bhutanese king personally oversaw implementation of the response strategy, with health officials to take care of the patient.A resident of Washington DC, the patient was travelling with his partner, aged 59. There were 10 passengers on board the plane, of which eight others were Indian nationals. However, upon reaching Thimph on the afternoon of Mar 5, he visited the medical clinic, complaining of bloaty abdomen (dyspeptic symptoms) and nausea. The patient suffers from chronic hypertension and is on medication. However, even at that time, he did not have any flu symptoms. The patient and his partner stayed at Le Meridien on the first night. The following day, he stayed indoor most of the time and went to the hospital again around 3.30pm for stomach upset and diarrhea.The next day, he travelled to Punakha, with two stops on the way for tea and lunch. He had stayed at Densa Boutique Resort. That evening, he had walked until the Bazam next to Punakha Dzong, and returned to the room. Yesterday, upon returning to Thimphu, he visited clinic again. He was found to have fever, sore throat, cough and shortness of breath. He was kept under observation at the flu clinic (designated COVID-19 hospital) and samples were collected and sent to Royal Centre for Disease Control (RCDC).Upon confirmation, he has been isolated in the COVID-19 hospital. Considering his age and underlying conditions, the patient is on oxygen support. At press time, over 90 persons who might have come into his contact have been traced. Health officials and other relevant agencies are in the process of carrying out primary disease management and contact tracing.Contact tracings were launched as per the patient’s itinerary. It included people he associated with at all the points and stops along the way, starting from Paro airport to Thimphu, to Punakha and back. It included tea stops at Druk Wangyal Café, and lunch at Punakha High School park.The close contacts were his partner, the driver and the guide. While all three are asymptomatic for now, they have been quarantined at the designated COVID-19 hospital.The eight Indian passengers have also been quarantined. The government is closely working with the Indian Embassy.Health ministry has asked the four crew members of the particular flight, and the hotel staff at both Le Meridien and Densa Boutique Resort to “home quarantine”. Which means they should stay home and maintain distance from people, including family members. Until all suspicions are ruled out, health officials will closely monitor and provide all services at respective homes. Response planAs per the National Preparedness and Response Plan, with the detection of first confirmed case of COVID-19, the country stepped into “Orange” zone. The zone is defined as having one or more isolated confirmed cases without secondary transmission. It is described as “moderate disruption”, according to which the government has to isolate confirmed cases, quarantine suspects, carry out closure of schools, institutions and public gatherings in the affected localities. Per the response plan, the government had announced closure of schools and institutes in Thimphu, Paro and Punakha for two weeks with effect from March 6.The duration is specified in keeping with the health advisory, which states that people who would have contracted infection from the primary source would develop full-blown infection by then. Parents are advised to closely monitor the health of the child. Should there be any concern, parents are asked to contact health officials.Topics : At the Paro International Airport, the American patient’s health declaration form was assessed. He had indicated “negative” against all conditions. He did not have a sign of fever. The Himalaya kingdom of Bhutan has confirmed its first Covid-19 case of a visiting American tourist, the PM’s Office has announced.The patient is said to be a 76-year-old from the United States of America, who had come to Bhutan on Mar 2 via India in which he originally arrived on Feb 21.The Bhutanese government immediately imposed a two-week restriction on all incoming tourists. This is to enable rigorous monitoring, source assessment of infection and mitigate the situation. In addition, all international conferences and seminars to be held in the country in the two weeks are also postponed.