Environmental assessment in the Antarctic

first_imgEnvironmental impact assessment (EIA) is generally recognized as a useful tool in reducing human impacts on the environment. The Antarctic environment is especially sensitive to harmful perturbation. Regulations introduced under the Antarctic Treaty have provided limited environmental protection. Following proposals from the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, the XIV Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in October 1987 adopted a Recommendation which suggested guidelines to be used in a formal system of environmental impact assessment for scientific research and associated logistic activities in the Antarcticlast_img read more

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Sackler family more involved than thought in opioid crisis

first_imgThe idea faced opposition from Richard Kaiko, the inventor of OxyContin. Noting that products like OxyContin were among the most widely abused opioids in the US, he wrote: “If OxyContin is uncontrolled, it is highly likely that it will eventually be abused.”Richard Sackler allegedly responded: “How substantially would it improve your sales?”Purdue Pharma wrote in a statement: “[T]he Attorney General has cherry-picked from among tens of millions of emails and other business documents produced by Purdue. The complaint is littered with biased and inaccurate characterizations of these documents and individual defendants, often highlighting potential courses of action that were ultimately rejected by the company.” The memorandum was led as part of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s ongoing lawsuit against the company and 17 associated individuals, including 8 members of the Sackler family.The court ruling states: “They [the 8 Sackler family members] directed deceptive sales and marketing practices deep within Purdue, sending hundreds of orders to executives and line employees.“From the money that Purdue collected selling opioids, they paid themselves and their family billions of dollars.”Since 1991, the University has received over £11 million in donations from the Sacklers’ trusts and from the family themselves. Their donations have gone towards erecting the Bodleian Sackler Library and towards funding the Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ash- molean.The Sacklers also support a University lecturer and a teaching fellowship in Earth Sciences, and the family’s contributions have facilitated projects in paediatrics and neuroscience.The memorandum suggests the Sacklers to be directly involved in developing a strong marketing strategy for OxyContin and its other opioids, repeatedly pushing for the prescrip- tion of higher doses for longer periods of time.The marketing campaign targeted customers for whom opioid use was accompanied by great risk, such as the elderly and patients who had not previously been on opioids, without warning them of the additional risk of drug interactions, addiction, and overdose, the court ling suggests. The suit also asserts that the Sacklers were aware of Purdue’s repeated failure to notify authorities of “pill mills” and reports on the illegal sale and distribution of OxyContin. According to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, overdoses from prescription opioids accounted for 218,000 deaths from 1999 to 2017 nationwide.When asked whether Oxford University will review its policy on accepting donations, and whether they will accept donations from the Sacklers in the future, a University spokes- person said: “All major prospective donors are carefully considered by the University’s Committee to Review Donations under the University’s guidelines for acceptance.“The Committee considers the sources of an individual’s or organisation’s wealth and may reconsider a donor in the light of new information. The University monitors significant developments in the public domain and the Committee considers donors when potential donations are brought to their attention.”Richard Sackler, who served as Purdue Pharma’s president from 1999 to 2002, is characterised by the Massachusetts Attorney General as the main driving force behind the OxyContin campaign.It is asserted in the suit that in 1997 staff informed Richard Sackler that selling OxyContin as a “non-narcotic” in certain markets would provide “a vast increase of the market potential”, bypassing safeguards intending to protect patients from addictive drugs. A recent court ling reveals that the Sackler family, a major source of donations to Oxford University and owners of Purdue Pharma LP, were more involved than had been previously assumed in deceiving the public about the side effects of the opioid painkiller OxyContin. A spokesperson for The Sackler Trust and The Dr Mortimer And Theresa Sackler Founda- tion said: “We support a range of educational, medical, scientific, cultural and community organisations. It is a privilege to be able to support such vital work and we continue to do so.”Cherwell has contacted the Sackler family for comment.last_img read more

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“IS IT TRUE” AUGUST 14, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE at last nights City Council meeting 8 out of 9 members voted to relocate the LST next to Tropicana-Evansville? …that 2nd Ward City Councilwoman Missy Mosby requested that Council hold off voting for the relocation of the LST until she receives more information because she has some unanswered questions about this multi-million dollar project?  …we commended Ms. Mosby for displaying good common business sense in opposing voting for this issue at last nights City Council meeting?IS IT TRUE that City Councilwoman Missy Mosby would like to know who will pay for the $3 million dollar bill to dismantle the boat dock located at Marina Pointe once the LST moves down the river?IS IT TRUE that City Councilwoman Missy Mosby would like to know why all of the LST Board Of Directors members live out of the area?  …could this be considered a “Taxation Without Representation” issue?IS IT TRUE that there is a fly in the ointment that just popped up with the Houston based company that is on track to acquire Vectren?…CenterPoint Energy just recorded a quarterly loss of $75 Million?…Vectren is a consistently profitable utility that seemly enjoys a favorable treatment from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC)?  … perhaps CenterPoint Energy needs to put some of the gilded management team at Vectren in charge of teaching them how to become a more profitable electrical provider in the State of Texas?IS IT TRUE Texas is, of course, a state where their deregulation is the rule of law so there are no protected legislated monopolies?… some of our readers wonder if Vectren is being acquired to de-emphasize competition in the energy marketplace?IS IT TRUE CenterPoint Energy $75M loss may not be much in the big picture but there is one thing that the Vectren people do not have experience with and that is operating a utility in a de-regulated state so they probably won’t be heading for Texas any time soon?…we are told that the cost of electricity in Texas is on the order of half of what it is in the greater Evansville area?IS IT TRUE after spending two years in Evansville, The Small College Basketball Hall Of Fame has found new a new home?  ..yesterday it was announced that the 2018 Small College Basketball of Fame Induction Ceremony and Hall of Fame Classic will move to St. Joseph, Missouri, in conjunction with Missouri Western State and the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau?  …that the Ford Center and the Evansville Sports Corporation jointly sponsored the Small College Basketball Hall Of Fame for the last two years?  …this situation is not only embarrassing to the Vanderburgh/Evansville Vistors and Convention Bureau but also to the Evansville Sports Corporation?  …we wonder how many thousands of dollars of taxpayers money was spent on this failed venture?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Should City Council have known who are paying the $3 million dollar costs to dismantle the dock at Marina Pointe before approving the move of the LST to the Tropicana area?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against cFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Ex-con father charged in connection with death of 2-year-old daughter found…

first_imgA child, whose remains were dumped on the Path tracks near Journal Square, has been identified. The father has been arrested ×A child, whose remains were dumped on the Path tracks near Journal Square, has been identified. The father has been arrested JERSEY CITY — Travis Plummer, 37, of Richmond, VA, has been charged in allegedly dumping the remains of a child along the PATH tracks near Journal Square on April 11.Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said the child, who was found by Port Authority employees dead in a suitcase, has been positively identified as Te’Myah Layauna Plummer who was born on May 19, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia.The investigation as to the exact nature of the infant’s death is still pending, but the preliminary investigation has led law enforcement to believe that Te’Myah Plummer died out-of-state. During the investigation, Homicide Investigators from the Prosecutor’s Office were contacted by the Richmond Police Department regarding a missing child case that they were currently investigating involving Te’Myah Plummer and her father.Her father was subsequently tracked by investigators to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he was arrested without incident by FBI agents on April 19 and is currently awaiting extradition proceedings to Hudson County.Plummer has been charged by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit with Desecrating Human Remains.He had previously been changed in connection with a toddler’s drowning years ago while two children were under his care, published reports state.Investigators are continuing to investigate this case and are urging anyone with information about this incident or anyone who remembers seeing something suspicious in this area to contact the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Prosecutor’s website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.last_img read more

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Responsible Offshore Development Alliance: Fishermen Ignored In Rush to Expand Offshore Wind

first_imgWashington, D.C. — Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA), a broad membership-based coalition of fishing industry associations and fishing companies, today announced its response to the Biden Administration’s new offshore wind power expansion.Today’s interagency announcement again advanced cliched language about “unlocking potential” and committed billions of taxpayer dollars to capital loans, subsidies, and technological research for just one strategy to address climate change that has many known environmental and societal impacts. In doing so, it holds no fidelity to President Biden’s January 27th Memorandum on restoring trust in the government through scientific integrity and evidence-based policy making. The Biden administration, after committing to inclusivity and complaining about the lack of transparency from the previous administration, introduced a process that includes few specifics to address the well documented, serious environmental and socioeconomic concerns of offshore wind and does not take into account the needs of the communities involved.Offshore wind energy development poses enormous risk to the marine environment and sustainable U.S. seafood production. The Biden Administration’s disappointing fervor over its advancement continues an ineffective approach toward addressing climate change begun by previous administrations without demonstrating any willingness to include fisheries, ecosystem science, or our coastal communities in climate solutions.The Administration promised over $4 billion for offshore wind development, with a paltry $1 million to help Northeast coastal communities “improve understanding of offshore renewable energy” through NOAA’s Sea Grant program. Funding for science to truly understand the ecological and economic impacts of offshore wind is something all coastal communities desperately need, but a one-time, $1 million grant in only one region of the country is an ineffective attempt to pay lip service to the coastal communities that will experience significant impacts from the industrialization of their shorelines for decades to come. This concession ignores the needs and economic realities of fishing communities, especially those outside of the Northeast, leaving them without a seat at the table where decisions about our exclusive economic zone are being made. As fisheries experts have long understood, fishermen’s knowledge is a key contributor to effective science-based management of ocean resources and ecosystems and should be utilized as an asset, not a hurdle to marginalize.Fisheries resources, jobs, seafood, and NOAA’s scientific mandate hang in the balance. The commercial seafood sector provides over $46 billion in annual sales, income, and value added to the New England and the Mid-Atlantic economy (data calculated by National Marine Fisheries Service), to which poorly planned offshore industrialization imposes severe risk. Offshore wind also directly interferes with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s statutory mandate to assess and manage fish stocks and marine mammals. Key questions remain with regard to maritime safety, coastal environmental justice populations (the majority of which are employed in the fishing sector in many states), and long-term community resiliency once the oft-touted wind construction jobs come and go—if they come in the U.S. at all. These topics are not new, and for the Administration to completely ignore them in such an ambitious, if unrealistic, announcement as the one today is both irresponsible and indefensible.RODA has worked with members of this Administration in the past, and has Memorandums of Understanding with NMFS and BOEM that explicitly recognize the need for better coordination with fishing communities and fisheries science experts. We have provided specific actionable requests with no response. In fact, the Administration has barely reached out to fishing communities or science experts at all, although they’ve had near constant contact with foreign wind developers. We had hoped the goodwill we’ve shown would carry through to provide greater context, utility, and recognition as they push forward these policies.Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said today, “At the center of everything we do will be science, data, transparency and open coordination and collaboration with partners in states, industry, and labor. I hope you see we’re going to coordinate early and often.” Unfortunately, it seems this Administration does not include fishing experts among their chosen collaborators. We are disappointed in today’s announcement and hope that President Biden and his Cabinet will prioritize policies that are co-developed with fishermen and other coastal industry leaders in the future.If you’d like to join the conversation and share your specific requests with the administration, you can sign RODA’s petition today.Note:  This article was originally posted by RODA on Monday, March 29, 2021 and has been re-published with their permission.last_img read more

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Clean option on glaze

first_imgUlrick & Short has launched a clean-label alternative to ready-to-use egg- and milk-based glazes, in its Eziglaze range. ’Ready to use’ Eziglaze has been developed in response to market demands for more natural ingredient alternatives, as well as an increasing awareness of people with allergies. It was developed with the help of the microbiology faculty at Leeds Metropolitan University. The glaze doesn’t need to be chilled and contains no chemicals or artificial components, yet still has a minimum shelf-life of three months. The product has also been designed to match the viscosity of egg and milk, providing a realistic and easy-to-use alternative, says the firm.”Consumers are becoming more and more conscious of what goes into their food and while some companies take out the allergens, they are then replaced with artificial alternatives – Ulrick & Short do not do this,” said director Adrian Short.[http://www.ulrickandshort.com]last_img read more

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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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