Last weekend marked the return of the Hangtown Music Festival to Placerville, CA, with host band Railroad Earth playing three full nights of music along a great lineup of musicians. The annual event has been a great tradition for RRE and their fans, bringing an impressive blend of talent for a crowd of eager listeners. This year’s festival was no exception, bringing Nahko & Medicine For The People, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (who played Prince’s Dirty Mind at the festival), The Infamous Stringdusters, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers an so many more.The festival also had two sets planned for bassist Chris Wood, including a Medeski Martin & Wood show and a Wood Brothers show. When Wood was hospitalized, some all-star musicians stepped up to join the fray. Medeski led a Mad Skillet jam out with Martin, with Will Bernard and Kirk Joseph. Meanwhile, a rotating lineup of guests sat in with Oliver Wood and Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, including Joe Craven, Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), and members of the Infamous Stringdusters.Fortunately, photographer Christopher Baldwin was on the scene to capture the festivities! Check out his work in the gallery below. Load remaining images
We’re almost three weeks away from the second annual Fool’s Paradise! With performances from Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti), The Floozies, The Motet, Manic Science (a special set with Manic Focus & Break Science) The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large, this year is stacked with exciting music – so of course, we must dress to impress!On March 31 & April 1, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will transform into a whole new world. On Friday, we will see the music of Lettuce, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Manic Science, and Organ Freeman with a “Mermaids/Mermen & Pirate Jam” theme for an evening of nautical celebration. On Saturday, Lettuce, The Floozies, The Motet, and The Main Squeeze will turn the venue into a gathering of the “Rainbow Funk Warriors.” We encourage you to start planning your outfits now!When the music ends at the Amphitheatre, there will be after shows across the street at the Elk’s Lodge. The intimate venue will hold performances from Jaw Gems, Eric Krasno Band, and the “Infinity Jam” hosted by Eric Krasno and Oteil Burbridge on Friday, and Dumpstaphunk and members of Lettuce will form this year’s “Fools For Funk” on Saturday. More information about late nights can be found here.Tickets for Fool’s Paradise and Fool’s Paradise Late Nights are right here. Stay tuned for artist excursions!
Vulfpeck has added two more shows to their slim calendar for 2019. The low-volume funk masters will make their debut appearance at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA on July 13th and The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on July 14th, with opening support from fellow collaborator Joey Dosik both nights.Dubbed “Greek Week”, this announcement marks another monumental success for the band, who are also celebrating their eighth full-length album, Hill Climber. With the Berkeley venue capping 8,500 and the Los Angeles theatre at 5,870, the run will mark their largest yet on the west coast. Tickets to both shows will go on sale here.Earlier this year, the band announced their debut at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden on Saturday, September 28th. The show will feature support from another Vulf-related band, The Fearless Flyers, marking just their second-ever live performance. The only other scheduled performances for Vulfpeck this year are at Red Rocks with support from Khruangbin and Cory Henry (sold out) and LOCKN’ Music Festival in Arrington, VA.Vulfpeck has seen a quick rise to the top over the last few years, hitting some of the country’s most exciting music festivals and stages despite avoiding a traditional approach to touring. The Ann Arbor, MI-bred funk outfit experienced the majority of their early fame on the Internet in response to their clever music videos and unusual digital marketing.Since breaking into the international live music scene, the band—comprised of multi-instrumentalist Jack Stratton, bassist Joe Dart, keyboardist Woody Goss, and drummer/guitarist/vocalist Theo Katzman—has sold out headlining concerts worldwide, including almost all of their North American stops in 2017 and 2018 plus shows in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Glasgow, London, and Dublin. To call Vulfpeck a phenomenon is a huge understatement, as they’ve captured the respect and attention of most living funk lords today.Fans can also assume that regular touring members Cory Wong (guitar), Antwaun Stanley (vocals), and Joey Dosik (keyboards, saxophone) will be on hand for collaborations along with the rest of the band’s talented roster.
What’s in a name? For faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), everything. Earlier this summer, Dean Kathleen McCartney announced the Prevention Science and Practice (PSP) Program, formerly known as Risk and Prevention (R&P). The new program title marks the evolution of the master’s degree program — dedicated to the practical application of contemporary research on risk, resilience, and prevention programming for children and adolescents in both school and out-of-school settings — and marks the changing field of education.“The new name for the program reflects our integrated nature and our mission to prepare graduates to improve the social, emotional, and academic outcomes of children and youth, and the communities and schools that shape their development,” says Lecturer Mandy Savitz-Romer, director of PSP. “The new name also captures the diverse faculty, and the complementary nature of their teaching, research, and practice activities.”“All terms should have term limits: So it is with ‘Risk and Prevention,’” says Professor Robert Selman, founding director of R&P. “With growing faculty strength, new and energetic leadership, and significant advances in the field over the 20 years since the program’s founding, this is the right time to recognize Prevention Science and Practice and its enhanced capacity to undertake new research on child and adolescent prevention, in schools, and the communities around them.”The new degree name will also bear particular significance within the field of education. Although prevention science is not a new term and is widely used in social sciences and public health, it has only recently been introduced in educational practice, research, and policy.“The term ‘prevention science’ reflects how educational settings, whether they be early childhood, elementary, or secondary, are increasingly understood as salient contexts and opportunities for promoting well-being across academic, mental health, and social/interpersonal areas,” Savitz-Romer explains. Read Full Story
Read Full Story When Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Bartholet ‘65 and Jessica Budnitz ’01, HLS lecturer on law, founded the Child Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School more than eight years ago, they intended the program to serve as a model for other law schools. They intended the program to educate law students about the importance of working across traditional disciplinary lines. But they did not expect their ideas to transcend those boundaries by inspiring action within another discipline, namely journalism.Read the full article on the Harvard Law School website.
WUHAN, China (AP) — A relative of a coronavirus victim in China is demanding to meet a visiting World Health Organization expert team, saying it should speak with affected families who allege they are being muffled by the Chinese government. Zhang Hai’s father died of COVID-19 in February 2020. He has been organizing relatives of victims to demand accountability from officials. Zhang said he’s worried the WHO might be used to provide cover for alleged Chinese missteps in the early days of the outbreak. WHO says the visit is a scientific mission to investigate the origins of the virus, not an effort to assign blame.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Doctors Without Borders has suspended its work in El Salvador after one its ambulances was waylaid on the outskirts of San Salvador. The group said Sunday that armed men forced the crew of the ambulance to stop and get out in the gang-dominated neighborhood in the township of Ilopango. They were interrogated and roughed up, and threatened with guns before they managed to leave the area. A doctor and a nurse suffered light injuries. The charitable group says it will not send out ambulances until the safety of its personnel is guaranteed. It was the first attack since the group started working in El Salvador in 2018.
Veterans, servicemen and women, Notre Dame students and community residents gathered at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Thursday for the 14th Annual Blue Mass to honor police officers, firefighters, first responders and all those who serve to protect others.University President Fr. John Jenkins presided at the Mass, at which Fr. Charles Kohlerman, superior of Our Lady of Fatima House delivered the homily, and Robert Tracy, chief of the Chicago Police Crime Control Strategy Unit, offered closing remarks.The Blue Mass is “a time to honor police, fire[fighters], EMS, rescue workers and their families … to pray for those we have lost and to pray for strength for all those who serve,” Phil Johnson, Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) chief, said.“I hope the men and women in public safety recognize the great outpouring of support and prayer from the community and the gratitude that our community has for all those who make sacrifices,” Johnson said.The first Blue Mass was held one month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to remember all those servicemen and women who lost their lives that day, Johnson said. Since then, the mass has become an annual tradition in the Notre Dame community.“We continue that tradition each year to remember police and firefighters and EMS workers, those men and women who really dedicate themselves and make sacrifices,” Johnson said. “While most people are running away from bad things that happen, the men and women in blue are running toward the emergency and are there to restore peace and order.”Kohlerman’s homily focused on the deep sense of compassion that servicemen and women have for the community and emphasized the importance of family.“You are members of larger families — families of firefighters and police officers who have deep concern for each other and those you serve. … We raise you up and ask almighty God to look after you,” he said, addressing all active and retired public service officers in attendance. In concluding the homily, he reminded all those in attendance of the importance to “love one another.”In the closing remarks of the mass, Tracy recounted his experience as an NYPD officer on the day that the attacks on the Twin Towers occurred.“I was strengthened by the bravery I witnessed that day,” Tracy said.Tracy also offered remarks about assistant New Carlisle fire chief Jamie Middlebrook, a St. Joseph’s County firefighter who lost his life Aug. 5 in the line of duty.“He was a hero, and we honor him for his greatness and his sacrifice he made,” Tracy said.The spirit of the Blue Mass illuminates a true Notre Dame tradition, Johnson said.“We are Catholic, and we pray together,” he said. “It is only fitting that we gather in gratitude and come together to give thanks at a Mass.“That’s what we do at Notre Dame.”Tags: Blue Mass, Fr. John Jenkins, NDFD, NDSP, NYPD, Phil Johnson, September 11
Chlorine is the standardA University System of Georgia distinguished research professorwith the UGA Center for Food Safety, Beuchat says chlorine, thestandard sanitizer used in the food industry, isn’t ideal for useon many small fruits.”You can’t sanitize these fresh-market fruits with chlorinebecause they’re too tender and can’t withstand the process,” hesaid. “And if all the water isn’t removed, the chances for moldgrowth are greatly enhanced.”One method Beuchat has evaluated uses chlorine dioxide gas tokill microorganisms like Salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7 and Listeriamonocytogenes. He tested this sanitizer on both whole produce andfresh-cut, bagged produce.Samples of cabbage, carrots, lettuce, whole apples, peaches,onions and tomatoes were inoculated with pathogens and thentreated with chlorine dioxide. Don’t wash bagged produceIn the meantime, Beuchat offers some safety tips for people athome.”If you buy fresh-cut, bagged lettuce, cabbage or spinach, don’twash the produce at home,” he said. The produce was treated withsanitizers before it was packaged.”In my opinion, there’s a much higher chance of contaminating theproduce by washing it at home than there is of it beingcontaminated in the bag,” he said.When preparing fresh berries, like strawberries, blueberries andraspberries, throughly wash them at home. Wash these small fruitswith tap water just before you serve them to your family, Beuchatsaid.”Don’t wash them until you are ready to serve them,” he said. “Ifyou wash them and then put them in your refrigerator, you cancreate a moist environment for mold to develop.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaDue to the recent E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, spinach and otherbagged produce are on the minds of most Americans. But Universityof Georgia food microbiologist Larry Beuchat says fruits such asblueberries, strawberries and raspberries are safety concerns,too.For the past 10 years, Beuchat has evaluated the effectiveness ofnew methods of sanitizing fresh fruits and vegetables.”There are a number of sanitizers used in the industry,” he said.”There are also a number of new ones that need to be evaluatedfor efficacy. We need to know if they can really do the job.” Safe, but not appealing”The gas treatment not only killed most of the pathogens andspoilage microorganisms, including molds and yeasts, it avoidedthe problems associated with washing small fruits,” he said.Unfortunately, it also produced some negative effects.”The gas changed the visual appearance of some of the fruits’surfaces which consumers may not find acceptable,” he said. “Cutcarrots were slightly bleached. It had a browning effect onpeaches and lettuce.”Beuchat says the gas treatment “shows promise.” But he doesn’tthink the industry will quickly accept and apply it, due in partto the cost of installing the necessary equipment.”Continued work is also needed to define the concentration, timeof exposure and temperature at which fruits and vegetables shouldbe exposed,” he said.Funded by the Food Processing Council of Georgia (FoodPAC),Beuchat’s research has been published in the Journal of FoodProtection and the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers News.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While the credit union industry has evolved tremendously over the years, its underlying principles remain the same. Chartered to serve those without access to the banking system, early credit unions united the resources of many to expand financial opportunities for all. Our mission of “people helping people” has since transformed the lives of millions and continues to resonate with the modern consumer today. In fact, according to recent research by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), credit union membership in the U.S. is growing at 3.1 percent annually, its fastest increase in 21 years. Today there are 6,397 credit unions nationwide, representing 103.3 million members and with assets of $1.2 billion. As an industry we are vast and growing, even as individual credit unions continue to focus locally on communities. And more than any other financial institution, the credit union brings consumers the best of all worlds – the flexibility of a smaller footprint, and the ability to scale by uniting with other credit unions. continue reading »