A Closer Look Into The Musicians Who Comprise Jazz Is PHSH

first_imgOne of the most exciting projects to emerge in recent years is Jazz Is PHSH, a tribute to the jam band Phish that features all-instrumental interpretations of their music. By adding the jazz background, Jazz Is PHSH takes the band’s music and twists it in new and exciting directions. Of course, infusing Phish with jazz requires a strong musical know-how, and Jazz Is PHSH never fails to tour with an elite ensemble. This time around, the group will include members of Dave Matthews Band, Snarky Puppy, Rubblebucket, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, With Lions, The Chase Brothers, James Brown Dance Party, Cindy Blackman Group and Miles Davis’s band.With the group’s tour starting just next week, November 26th at The Cutting Room in New York, NY (tickets can be found here), we wanted to shine a light on the talented musicians of this elite ensemble. Check them out below, and don’t miss Jazz Is PHSH on tour!Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, Flecktones)Saxophonist Jeff Coffin is a globally recognized musician, composer, educator, and author. He is a member of Dave Matthews Band, a 3x Grammy winner, and 14 year former member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (1997-2010). Jeff also fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, founded the Nashville Jazz Composers Collective. Some of the artists Coffin has shared the stage and the recording studio include a “who’s who” of musicians such as Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Dave Matthews Band, Branford Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, DJ Logic, New Orleans Social Club, Maceo Parker, McCoy Tyner, Baaba Maal, Phish, Mike Clark’s Prescription Trio, Galactic, Kirk Whalum, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Chris Thile, Willie Nelson, Chester Thompson, Garth Brooks, Van Morrison, J.D. Souther, Vinnie Colaiuta, The Dixie Chicks, ‘Rakalam’ Bob Moses, Stanton Moore, Brooks and Dunn, Tuvan Throat Singers – the Alash Ensemble & Konger Ol Ondar, George Porter Jr., Umphrey’s McGee, Del McCoury, John Scofield, Yonder Mountain String Band, Marc Broussard, Martina McBride, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Wailers and many, many others.Coffin has presented over 300 solo and Mu’tet music clinics from Farmington, Maine to Perth, Australia to Johannesburg, South Africa to students of all ages to rave reviews.Living in Nashville, TN since 1991, Coffin graduated with a music education degree from the prestigious University of North Texas in 1990 where he played in the acclaimed One O’Clock Lab Band.At the 2000 Grammy Awards, in addition to Bela Fleck & the Flecktones winning a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Recording for the cd ‘Outbound’, Coffin & Fleck’s tune, ‘Zona Mona’ – also from ‘Outbound’ – was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Composition.Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)Chris Bullock is a tenor saxophonist, flutist, and clarinetist from the culturally rich Appalachian town of Asheville, North Carolina. He completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and went on to the University of North Texas grad program, where he played in the Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band. Chris devotes a large amount of his time performing, recording, and touring with the band Snarky Puppy. With this band and Lalah Hathaway, he won a Grammy Award in 2014 for the Best R&B Performance.Some of the artists he has had the opportunity to perform/record with include Banda Magda, Jon Hendricks, Lalah Hathaway, Jason Marsalis, Bernard Wright, Clyde Stubblefield, Ari Hoenig, Jeff Coffin, and N’dambi.Chris has actively been involved with educational activities. He was an adjunct instructor of Saxophone at the University of Texas -Arlington for two years. He has also taught clinics and saxophone lessons at many schools, colleges, and conservatories around the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy)Equally expressive on trumpet and keyboards, Justin Stanton is constantly pushing Snarky Puppy into new musical directions. He grew up in the tiny town of Elizabethton, Tennessee, and after two degrees from Eastern Tennessee State University and the University of North Texas in jazz studies, made his way to Brooklyn. He has toured Europe with UNT’s world-famous One O’Clock Lab Band and recorded with Kirk Franklin, Myron Butler, Trombone Shorty, John Popper, Karl Denson, Ivan Neville, and a crazy little project called Shake It Like A Caveman. Stanton is equally active on the NYC music scene as a horn player and keyboardist. The jazz trumpeter and pianist has also appeared recently with Gin Wigmore on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Jimmie Kimmel Live,” “The Ellen Show” and “Good Morning America.”Stanton began taking trumpet in the sixth grade and piano in the seventh grade, but was primarily a trumpeter during his school years. However, after their keyboardist left, Snarky Puppy invited him to join the band and play keyboard.Adam Dotson (Rubblebucket)Trombonist for Slavic Soul Party, Rubblebucket and #1 Kid, Adam has made a name for himself as an innovative, composer, trombonist and multi-instrumentalist. Adam was a student of jazz at the New England Conservatory. Adam has studied world music and has a very intricate unique perspective to how he approaches trombone. He is truly a one of a kind player.Felix Pastorius (Cindy Blackman Group, YellowJackets)Felix Pastorius is a rising young bass force poised to broaden the technical and musical conceptions of the instrument. The son of bass immortal Jaco Pastorius, Felix tried violin and piano before settling on bass guitar, at age 10, inspired by Flea, Les Claypool and Victor Wooten. Joining the band of Weather Report percussionist Bobby Thomas, Jr., at 15, Felix gained invaluable performance experience. Upon attending a Wooten Bass Camp at 19, Felix was recommended by Victor for the bass slot in Jeff Coffin’s Mu’tet. Three albums later, Felix had fleshed out his surging style on 5- and 6-string bass, leading to stints with Cindy Blackman and his own steady gig at the Zinc Bar in New York City. In late-2011, Felix auditioned for and landed the bass chair with Grammy-winning jazz mainstay, the YellowJackets, at last providing an international platform for his forward-thinking fretboard work.Josh Myers (Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds)Josh Myers is a New York city bassist that has found success with Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds as well as Heather Christian and The Arbornauts and Kinan Azmeh’s Cityband. Harmonically and rhythmically Myers knows how to play his roll in the band and has crafted his own unique warm tone and disciplined approach to holding down the low end. Myers has performed on stages around the world including a performance in Cairo with world renown clarinetist, Kinan Azmeh.Jay Rodriguez (Miles Davis, Groove Collective)Jay Rodriguez is a Grammy Nominated Saxophonist, Flautist, Clarinetist, Film Composer, Producer and Arranger. Jay’s family immigrated to NYC from Colombia when he was 3 and he commenced his musical studies at the age of 7 on clarinet. When he turned 10 he began studying alto saxophone and conducting with Tito D Rivera (Father of the famed Paquito D’Rivera ). By the time Jay turned 12, he had begun studying saxophone with Joe Allard. At 13 Paquito D Rivera featured him as a guest soloist at the famed Salsa Meets Jazz concerts at the then well known Village Gate. Jay went on to work with the well known Jazz and Latin artists like Wilfredo Vargas, Bross Townsend, Vincente Pacheco, Celia Cruz, Jose Alberto, Candido and many more.Jay co founded the NYC phenomenon of the early 90’s the Groove Collective which influenced bands like the US 3, Roots, a Tribe called Quest and Modern Hip Hop and Dance music.He has performed, produced recorded and or arranged for artists like Elvis Costello, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Roy Hargrove, Fred Wesley, George Porter Jr, Teruo Nakamura, Bobby Sanabria, Musiq Soulchild, Natalie Cole, Little Louie Vega, Dennis Ferrer, Melissa Manchester, Film Directors Godfrey Reggio, Shawn Batey and Michele Stephenson, Mino Cinelu, Alex Foster, Alex Blake, Patti Labelle, Sara Dash,Guru, DJ Nicodemus, DJ Premiere, Chucho Valdez, Victor Jones, Arturo O Farrill, Bernie Worrell, Roy Hargrove, The Roots, The Mingus Big Band, Al Macdowell, Widespread Panic, Mike Clark, Kenny Barron, Dave Schools, Widespread Panic, Irakere, Mongo Santamaria, Eddie Palmieri, Selah Sue, Jerry Wonda, The Gil Evans Band, Celia Cruz, Doc Cheatham, Miles Davis, Prince amongst many. He has taught/lectured all over the world including the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, Berlin, Estonia, Japan, University of Cairo, Uninorte in Colombia and Unam in MexicoJay currently is busy as a TV, film/documentary composer, arranger and soloist on his respective instruments. He has been a guest on the Jimmy Fallon Show with the Roots as a soloist for English sensation singer song writer Michael Kiwanuka and Jim James of my Morning Jacket.Adam Chase (The Chase Brothers)Adam Chase is the founder of Jazz is PHSH and an accomplished drummer, percussionist, song writer, teacher and multi-instrumentalist. Adam studied percussion at University of Colorado Boulder and studied percussion and sound engineering at University of Maryland Baltimore County.Adam has recorded, collaborated and/or performed with Santana, Aerosmith, Kiss, Crosby Stills and Nash, Derek Trucks, Dicky Betts, Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge as well as members of The James Brown Band, Bootsy Collins Band, Galactic, Lettuce, Trey Anastasio Band, Victor Wooten Band, Snarky Puppy, Trombone Shorty, Break Science, Pretty Lights Live Band, Aretha Franklin Band, Saturday Day Night Live Band, Cage The Elephant, The Word, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jazz is Dead and many more.Adam is also the founder and co-director of The James Brown Dance Party and has appeared on The Discovery Channel with Ludacris, Tommy Lee, and Big Boi.Matthew Chase (James Brown Dance Party)Matthew Chase is an accomplished guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, producer and teacher.Considered a child prodigy, Matthew found himself performing in front of large crowds at a young age. By the time Matthew was in high school he was being tapped to warm up stages for musical legends including Derek Trucks, Victor Wooten, Carlos Santana and more. Matthew went on to study jazz at Towson University. Matthew is also the co-director of The James Brown Dance Party as well as the music director for Navasha Daya, Allison Taylor, Rob 7even, and former band leader for child prodigy, Ethan Bortnick.Josh Thomas (With Lions)Just as Dusty Springfield famously sang, Josh Thomas is the son of a preacher man and cut his teeth in a Baltimore church playing piano, organ and drums at just 5 years old, with an early affinity for gospel, classical, jazz, soul, funk and rock n’ roll. After graduating from Baltimore’s School for the Arts, he spent the next handful of years producing and composing for a variety of well-known Baltimore area artists. In 2013, he began working for Steve Wright as an assistant engineer at WrightWay Studios. Two years later, and Josh is now one of the studio’s chief engineers and has emerged as one of Baltimore’s top up-and-coming composer-producers. His multi-instrumentalist chops and ability to compose in every genre give him an incredibly versatile voice. Josh has performed and recorded with a number of international recording artists including Navasha Daya, Mousey Thompson, Jennifer Hartswick, Kofi Burbridge, Dennis Chambers and more.Jazz Is PHSH will be performing their new album and more goodies at The Cutting Room on November 26th. You can find tickets here. From there, the band will embark on a tour of the Southeast in December, and all dates can be found on the band’s website.[Photo by Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography]last_img read more

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Phish Releases 6/17/94 “O.J. Show” In Milwaukee To The LivePhish.com Archives

first_img [Photo: Dave DeCrescente] Setlist: Phish | Eagles Ballroom | Milwaukee, WI | 6/17/1994Set One: Runaway Jim, Foam, Glide, Split Open and Melt, If I Could, Punch You In the Eye > Bathtub Gin, Scent of a Mule, CavernSet Two: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sample in a Jar, Poor Heart > Mike’s Song -> Simple -> Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Harpua -> Kung -> Harpua, Sparkle > Big Ball Jam > Julius > FrankensteinEncore: Sleeping Monkey > Rocky Top Back on June 17th, 1994, Phish hit the allegedly haunted Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for their second performance in the building. The show was later dubbed the “O.J. Show” due to its timing coinciding with the infamous O.J. Simpson car chase that took over the news that very same day. In honor of O.J. Simpson’s now-legendary Bronco chase, Phish opened with “Runaway Jim,” which was dedicated to the athlete, and Simpson was referenced throughout the show including during “2001,” “Poor Heart,” “Mike’s Song,” “Simple,” and “Harpua.” Notably, “Mike’s Song” also teased the Mission: Impossible as another nod to the going-ons in the news that day.Phish No Longer Offers Free Downloads With Ticket PurchasesWith “Simple” making its formal debut a few weeks earlier on May 27th, 1994 at San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre — where the song was performed twice in a second-set jam sequence weaving between “Mike’s Song” and “Simple” — the Eagles Ballroom performance marked the second show during which the song had been played. As per the notes from the show, “Highlights from 6/17/94 set I included the ‘Runaway Jim’ opener dedicated to O.J., a dynamic ‘Foam’, ‘Split Open And Melt’, and ‘Punch You In The Eye’ > ‘Bathtub Gin’. . . . During set II: in its usual slot out of ‘Mike’s Song’, a unique mashup with ‘I Am Hydrogen’, and within the ‘Harpua’ narration.”This latest release, which was recorded by Paul Languedoc and mastered by Fred Kevorkian, is available for streaming and download via LivePhish.com, and you can check out its setlist, courtesy of Phish.net, below.last_img read more

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Straight to the source

first_imgHarvard scientists are using a powerful statistical tool to not only track sea level rise over time, but to determine where the water causing the rise is coming from.As described in an April 23 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), graduate students Eric Morrow and Carling Hay have demonstrated the use of a tool called a Kalman smoother to identify “sea level fingerprints” — telltale variations in sea level rise — in a synthetic data set. Using those fingerprints, scientists can determine where glacial melting is occurring.“The goal was to establish a rigorous and precise method for extracting those fingerprints from this very noisy signal,” Professor of Geophysics Jerry Mitrovica, who oversaw the research, said. “What Carling and Eric have come up with is very elegant, and it provides a powerful method for detecting the fingerprints. In my view everyone is soon going to be using this method.”At the heart of the new technique is the idea, first proposed by Mitrovica and others more than a decade ago, that variability in sea level changes amount to a “fingerprint” researchers can use to identify the source of water pouring into the oceans.With many people unconvinced about the effects of climate change, Mitrovica proposed the fingerprint idea as a way to refute the argument that melting ice sheets would cause a uniform sea level rise, “like what you see when you turn on the tap in the bathtub — it all goes up uniformly,” he said. Skeptics have pointed to records that showed levels rising in some areas and dropping in others as evidence that man-made climate change is a myth.But that variability is exactly what researchers expect to see, Mitrovica said.“As ice sheets around the world melt, there is an extremely variable effect on sea level,” Mitrovica said. “That variation is actually very beautiful — it has information embedded in it. By looking at the differences in sea level changes around the globe, we should, in principle, be able to determine if the changes are the result of melting in Alaska, Greenland, Antarctica, or elsewhere.”That variation in sea level change is the result, in part, of the sheer size of the ice sheets, which are so massive they draw water to them, creating their own tides. Though a melting glacier can dump millions of gallons of water into the ocean, it also reduces the size of the ice sheet, relaxing that tidal effect. The “highly counterintuitive” result, Mitrovica said, is that while sea levels rise in some parts of the world, within 2,000 kilometers of the ice sheet, the melting would cause sea levels to drop.“There are other effects as well — close to the ice sheet the sea floor rebounds a bit because it has less mass on top of it,” Morrow said. “What’s interesting is that the pattern of sea-level change will be different for each and every ice sheet — and that is why these patterns have come to be known as sea level fingerprints.”However, while scientists have been able to model the fingerprint associated with each ice sheet on the globe, the far trickier question is how much each contributes to the current picture of rising sea levels.“What we’re really doing is detective work,” Mitrovica said. “We’re trying to say how much of the Antarctic fingerprint, plus the Greenland fingerprint, plus the Alaska fingerprint, plus the others — how much of each do you need in order to get precisely the variation we see today?“The challenge in doing that is that the ocean is a noisy place,” he continued. “We’re talking about identifying very small signals and separating them from the waves, the changes in salt content, circulation changes, the temperatures effects, and more. What Carling and Eric have developed is a way to detect these fingerprints in the sea level variations that we observe with tide gauges and satellites, and their method takes into account the fact that those variations may change over time.”To test the new tool, Hay and Morrow created a data set of hundreds of sea level records, then added the type of noise seen in real-world data. Such tests against “synthetic” data are a typical first step, Mitrovica said, to ensure that statistical tools work.As described in the PNAS paper, the tool they developed was able to consistently identify fingerprints in the synthetic data, and tease out how much each was contributing to the rise in sea levels worldwide.The next step, Mitrovica said, will be to test the tool against real-world data. That work is ongoing, and will be published in a forthcoming paper.Though it is clearly a powerful way to highlight the continuing problem of glacial melting, Mitrovica said the ultimate power of the tool might lie in bringing to light the true costs and dangers of sea level rise.“We need to get the person living on the Maryland coast to understand that the sea level change they will observe in their area will depend on which ice sheets are melting and by how much,” he said. “When I give public talks, one of the questions I’m invariably asked is ‘Where should I buy property?’ It’s tongue in cheek, but it does belie a certain sense that this is going to hit home.”last_img read more

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The Art of Falling Down

first_imgI’ve been skiing every day for a week straight now, and I don’t need a calendar to remind me.There’s a new bruise (or five) each morning, a slight limp to my walk, an increased frequency in groans that escape me every time I shift positions. Places hurt on my body that I didn’t know could hurt, like behind my ears, the arch of my foot, my armpits, between my eyebrows… Part of me feels like I’ve spent every evening in the gym lifting weights. The other part of me is convinced an invisible gnome beats me in my sleep before tying me to the tracks so a train can plow me over.While this past week of skiing (and my few remaining days left in Tucker County) may not result in my sudden unveiling as the best skier in the world, I know for a fact that I tried damn hard to get there.This hasn’t been some downhill shred fest, mind you. Oh no. I’m in the heart of uphill-skier-landia, where cross-country skis and telemark outfitting dominate the trails. I know what it means now to “earn your turns” and I know why a friend once told me, “once you tele, you never turn back.” There is such a freedom in freeing the heel (yes, I’m going to whip out every tele-cliché in the book) that, upon donning a pair of alpine skis last week at Timberline Four Seasons Resort, going downhill and riding a lift all day just felt wrong.Learning how to cross-country ski has been no easy task, and I’m still a long ways from droppin’ knees with anything resembling grace. The learning curve, however, has been a steady uphill climb, like that of the hilly terrain I fumble up every afternoon, and I find the skinny skis and skating motion come a little less awkwardly each time I go out (the pizza wedge, however, will never not be awkward).So for any newb skiers out there like myself, don’t get frustrated (ha!) and take solace in knowing that everyone sucked at some point…your time is just now. And if that doesn’t comfort you (which, I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t), here are a few lessons I’ve picked up every time I had to physically pick myself up. Because after all — the art of skiing is really the art of falling down._MG_4770Ski with people who are way better than you,and make sure you stay behind them. This allows you to mimic their body motions but also not feel as self-conscious about how often you’re falling.Ski with people who are only marginally better than you.These people are usually overly supportive and regularly remind you how well you’re doing. Ski with these types of people after big skis with way better skiers — that way you can tell yourself you don’t suck “that bad” even though you and everyone else knows the truth…you suck pretty bad.Ski even when your body doesn’t want you to.It may hurt, it may yelp, it may keep you up at night because you can’t lay on your side, but getting better is all about time on the skis.Ski when it’s good, suck it up and ski when it’s not.When you’re only in a certain place for so long, you take advantage of icy days and pow days alike. No pickiness allowed.Ski at night.Aside from being a freaking cool experience, doing any activity at night increases your awareness and forces you to listen to your body and adapt to the terrain. Plus, no one can really see you when you wipe out. And you also kinda start to feel superhuman with your heightened night vision. Yeah. That’s right.Ski with someone who always carries a flask.These people are generally more fun than raging-alcoholic and a little liquor on the tummy helps you loosen up and go with the flow. And if not, it at least helps you think you’re doing better than you are. It’s all about the attitude, people.Ski as if you know what you’re doing, even if you don’t.If you don’t fool your friends you might fool yourself.Ski solo.My mother will likely disapprove of this one, but skiing by yourself forces you to do better. You might be a little more cautious with your speed or what trail you take, but when you’re flyin’ solo, that self-sufficiency-survival mode kicks in and the “don’t f*ck up” mantra becomes less of an option and more of a rule. Who else is going to get you down that mountain?Ski like nobody’s watching.Because let’s face it, people are watching you. Especially if you’re bombing down the slope at White Grass, there are most certainly people in the cafe with their noses pressed to the windows commentating on the skiers sliding down the mountain. I know. I’ve been one of those people. You’re going to be a spectacle anyway, a gliding yard sale. Who cares? Just ski. It’s about having f-u-n in the end anyway, right?Ski really hard stuff first.That way everything else seems like cake and you feel like a pro. Ego boosters. Take ’em when you can.Ski fast, wreck big, and pop up like nothing ever happened.The faster you stand back up, the less likely anyone is to know you fell in the first place. Or if they did see your wipeout, the more they’ll admire your ability to shake it off. You can always nurse your body in the hot tub later. So, oh yeah. One more thing.Find a hot tub.Even if you have to go out after midnight and poach a vacant rental cabin’s hot tub, if you take none of the aforementioned advice, at least do this one.###Big thanks to everyone in Tucker County for being so patient, kind, and hospitable. Check out some of these pics from the past week of big skis and big wipeouts (for me, at least)._MG_4764 _MG_4784 _MG_4756 _MG_4755 _MG_4751 _MG_4703 _MG_4705 _MG_4719 _MG_4729-2 _MG_4730 _MG_4680-2 _MG_4674 _MG_4673 _MG_4669 _MG_4650 _MG_4600 _MG_4619 _MG_4621 _MG_4633 _MG_4647 _MG_4596 _MG_4577 _MG_4567 _MG_4535 _MG_4526 _MG_4422 _MG_4446 _MG_4463 _MG_4497last_img read more

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No Split for Suffolk with a New Area Code, Regulators Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State regulators calling for a new area code in Suffolk County decided Thursday against geographically splitting eastern Long Island between 631 and a new three-digit number that has yet to be picked.The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) instead opted for what’s known as an overlay—meaning once 631 runs out of phone numbers in about two years, there will simply be a separate area code for new numbers added in Suffolk and all the existing numbers would remain unchanged.“Given the reality of the way we communicate today, a new area code is needed to expand the numbers that are available,” said PSC chair Audrey Zibelman, noting that the proliferation of cell phones has increased demand for new phone numbers.The North American Numbering Plan, which provides the basic numbering scheme for telephone networks in the United States, will assign the new three-digit number area code for Suffolk at a later date. Local telephone companies will be directed to activate the new area code by the end of 2016.The PSC held public hearings on the issue and accepted written testimony, but the agency noted from the start that it preferred the overlay option. If the PSC had gone with a geographic split, the county would have been divided in a line across Smithtown and Islip towns.The catch with the addition of the new overlay is that Suffolk callers will also have to dial 631 before calling numbers that already share their 631 area code.The 631 area code has served Suffolk since it was split in 1999 from the 516 area code that has served Nassau County.last_img read more

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Review finds parallels between 1957 and 2009 pandemics

first_imgAug 5, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Though infectious disease experts say it is impossible to predict how severe the next wave of the novel H1N1 pandemic will be, experts from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) observe that it so far resembles the 1957-58 influenza pandemic in several ways. They report that the earlier pandemic caused minimal disruptions, in part because public health officials didn’t close schools, cancel public events, or impose travel restrictions.The group, from UPMC’s Center for Biosecurity, published a review of US events during the 1957-58 pandemic in an early online edition of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science. Their findings come a day after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in an editorial board meeting with USA Today that the novel H1N1 pandemic would likely mirror the 1957 pandemic rather than the more severe 1918 episode.One of the authors of the UPMC report is Dr. D.A. Henderson, who was instrumental in setting up a flu surveillance system at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the early stages of the 1957 pandemic, according to a UPMC press release. The group’s report is based on his experiences, surveillance reports, and contemporary news reports.”There is need for an understanding in national policy circles of the options for dealing with a pandemic, and time is short if states and local communities are going to be prepared,” Henderson said in the press release.The authors wrote that though no one can predict how a pandemic will unfold, “we would be ill-served if we did not consider past experience.” The 1957 pandemic resembles the 2009 pandemic in that both viruses circulated in the summer months in the United States while the virus hit the southern hemisphere during its normal influenza season. Current disease patterns are also similar to the 1957 pandemic: illnesses are generally mild and the virus predominantly strikes younger people. The 2009 pandemic strain also appears to cause a similar case fatality rate to the 1957 strain, they add.Appearing first at military camps on the East and West Coasts in June 1957, the disease spread quickly. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) had a special meeting in August to discuss the threat and response strategies. Epidemiologists weren’t sure if the outbreaks would intensify in September or during the normal flu season.ASTHO recognized that a vaccine could help prevent illnesses and deaths but probably wouldn’t be available for at least 2 or 3 months. The group emphasized the role of home care for reducing the burden on hospitals and stated that closing schools and curbing public gatherings would have little impact on preventing the spread of the disease.Community outbreaks intensified when schools resumed in September, but flu activity started leveling off by the end of November. Schools had 20% to 30% absenteeism rates, but the pandemic had little impact on work absenteeism except in schools and healthcare institutions. The authors estimated that up to 25% of the US population was infected with the virus.Hospital admissions increased, but facilities had the surge capacity to handle the extra load, the authors reported.Flu vaccine trials began in July, with efficacy findings ranging from 53% to 60%. From six domestic vaccine producers, 4 million doses were released in August, 9 million in September, and 17 million in October. They produced enough to vaccinate about 17% of the US population. The authors wrote that the vaccine apparently had little effect on the pandemic because of limited availability and efficacy.One unusual feature of the 1957 pandemic was a 3-month wave of excess flu and pneumonia deaths that began in January 1958, they reported. Surveillance was showing no widespread community outbreaks at the time, and there were no spikes in school closures or work absences. A CDC official at the time speculated that the deaths could have resulted from smaller sporadic outbreaks that didn’t attract much public attention.The 1957-58 pandemic had little or effect on the US and Canadian economies, they found.Henderson DA, Courtney B, Inglesby TV, et al. Public health and medical responses to the 1957-58 influenza pandemic. Biosecur Bioterr 2009 Aug, early online publication;7(3):[Full text]See also:Aug 5 UPMC press releaseAug 4 USA Today storylast_img read more

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Police investigates three robberies within a week

first_img Tweet 11 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Police investigates three robberies within a week by: – October 24, 2011 Share Image via: shenzhen-standard.comPublic Relations Officer of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force Sergeant Kenth Matthew has confirmed that the Wade Filling Station in Portsmouth was robbed on Saturday afternoon, making this the third of its kind within a week.Sergeant Matthew told Dominica Vibes News that two masked men held a female attendant at gun point during the course of this robbery.“Two masked men robbed the female attendant at Wade Filling Station which is located on Grandby Street in Portsmouth, at 4:45 pm. The men, who were armed with at least one gun, made of with $2,600 which was made up of some US currency, cheques and some Eastern Caribbean Currency.”This is the third robbery of a business place by armed masked men which has taken place in the past week: The other two having occurred on Tuesday, 18th October at JE Nassief lumber outlet on Goodwill Road; and Mc Millan’s Filling Station on Castle Street on Thursday, 20th October; respectively.While investigations into these robbery incidents continue the police is soliciting the assistance of the general public to relay any information which they may possess.Members of the public are also advised to be on the alert and aware of their surroundings at all times.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Arsenal midfielder sad over Aston Villa defeat

first_imgArsenal midfielder, Granit Xhaka, has expressed disappointment over the team’s defeat to Aston Villa. The Gunners were hoping to build on results against Liverpool and Manchester City by pushing for a top-seven spot in the league. But they fell to a team in the relegation zone in a narrow 1-0 defeat. And Xhaka admitted the performance was not good enough. On what went wrong, Xhaka told the club website: “I think it was Aston Villa, their fight, they put everything out in each half and in my opinion they deserved the three points.” He admitted set-pieces caused them problems: “Yes, we have a gameplan and we know they are very strong on set-pieces but we did too many fouls near our box, too many corners against them but we didn’t play our gameplan. “They were more aggressive than us and deserved it.”Advertisement And Xhaka also acknowledged the game was a challenge after having so many tough games in quick succession. “Yes, of course, to beat two big, big teams… but in my opinion, you can’t come here and play like this. read also:Saka to battle, Pepe, Xhaka For Arsenal Player Of The Month “It’s not good enough and you can’t play with this mentality. It was not enough to take something from today, and we knew if we won today, the last game if we won as well we could have got into the Europa League, but now we have to win the FA Cup and we have more pressure. “But we will do everything to win the FA Cup now.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content10 Unusual (And Stunning) Human Traits9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RoleTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthlast_img read more

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Holloway tops Stock feature at RPM

first_imgBy Mike Hughes HAYS, Kan. (Aug. 24) – With just two regular season races left on the schedule at RPM Speed­way in Hays, KS, the points race is still up for grabs and drivers battled for position on Saturday evening August 24. It was also the Greg Close Memorial Race with the Close family awarding $50 to a Hard Charger and a $50 mystery position in all five divisions. The Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car feature went 20 caution-free laps with Shaylon Hol­loway leading from green to checkers to make his first trip to victory lane at Hays this year. Jeff Tubbs finished second, with Jason Davis, B.J. Wagoner and Jason Rogers completing the top five. Nolan Remus claimed the mystery position award.In the Federated Auto Parts IMCA Modified feature, Dylan Sherfick took the lead on lap 12 of the 20 lap feature to score his second win of the year at Hays. Matt Henke led the opening lap before Rodger Peck assumed command. Sherfick then took the lead after the halfway mark to lead the field to the checkers.Tim Watts finished second, followed by Corey Lagroon, Ronnie Hill and Jason Schoenberger. Todd Schwarz was awarded the mystery prize. The caution flag waved as often as the green flag did in the 15 lap Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Northern SportMod feature. Tracy Holloway led the opening lap before Tanner Portenier made a pass. Then on lap three, Portenier spun to bring out a caution.Track officials deemed contact by Holloway caused the spin, sending him to the back of the field. But Portenier had to duck into the pits under caution, also moving him to the back of the line and giving Cory Struckhoff the lead on the restart. That’s all Struckhoff needed to score his first win at Hays this season. Daniel Gottschalk finished in the runner-up spot, followed by Tyler Frye, Jake Krone and Blaine Walt. Joe Couse earned the mystery award. Ron Wehling led all 15 laps in the Rebel Tank Service IMCA Hobby Stock feature to win his se­cond main event in a row. A few cautions kept the field close on the restart, but Wehling was able to hold off a hard charging Trevor Schmidt for the victory.G.W. Fuller, Kent Tammen, and ‘Garrett Hager rounded out the top five. Roger Garrison won the mystery cash. Drivers in the DK Ranch IMCA Sport Compact class may be calling ‘Dog, The Bounty Hunter’ as Monte Honas won his ninth feature in a row at the 3/8-mile oval. Honas took the lead from Kirk Pfannenstiel on lap four and led the remaining distance for the win. Pfannenstiel held on to se­cond, followed by Michael Smith, Dean Herzog and Shyla Hughes. Ed Jasper claiming the Mys­tery cash. The school buses also competed with Darren Unrein getting his second win of the season. The evening’s race sponsors were Sporer Land Development, Oakley; R & R Tire, Oakley; Great Western Tire of Oakley & Colby; Hot Rods, Oakley; and Caerus Oil & Gas.Racing returns to Hays on Saturday, Sept. 21, as the regular five divisions see action on champion­ship night. Race time is 7 p.m.last_img read more

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Cricket News If THIS player has good World Cup, India will win: Ricky Ponting

first_img New Delhi: Three-time World winner and Australia’s best leader, Ricky Ponting believes if the Indian skipper Virat Kohli has a fine World Cup, India is going to have their hands on the coveted trophy. Ponting is currently with the IPL franchise Delhi Capitals (DC) and the preparations have already begun. In an exclusive interview with the Times of India (TOI), Ricky spoke about a lot of things.When he was asked, who is better between Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar, he said, “I don’t think we can get to the conclusion till Virat’s career is over. Only then will we have a clearer picture. Sachin is a legend. Yes, you can say Virat is piling up runs. His Test average is more than 50 (53.76). But Sachin maintained that (average) in 200 Tests. Virat’s ODI record, though, is unbelievable. That’s why I feel India are a very dangerous side. If Virat has a good World Cup, India will win.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India was recently up against Australia in a couple of limited-overs series, and when every cricket pundit was expecting India to upstage Australia, the result was an absolute turnaround. The series was also expected to answer a few questions for the men-in-blue, one of which was ‘Who will play at number four for India in the forthcoming World Cup?’On this, Ponting said, “They tried a few even during the recent Australia series. Rayudu was there, Rishabh, Shankar. They could have also have tried Shreyas Iyer. He is a very good player. He has had a great domestic season. I am excited to catch up with him. It’s an interesting conundrum; maybe, they can fit in KL Rahul in that spot.”He also named four teams who can reach the semi-finals. “England, India, Australia and maybe New Zealand. Of course, you never know what Pakistan and West Indies are gonna do!” highlights Ricky Ponting believes Virat Kohli can help India to win their third World cup title. Ricky Ponting will be with the Australian team for the forthcoming World Cup. Australia will be up against Pakistan in their last assignment before the most prestigious tournament. last_img read more

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