Bill Kreutzmann’s Voodoo Dead Adds Third NOLA Jazz Fest Show

first_imgWith two late-night shows already sold out during this year’s Jazz Fest down in New Orleans, Bill Kreutmann has added a third show with his Voodoo Dead project, featuring Steve Kimock, Keller Williams, Dave Schools, and Jeff Chimenti at Republic. With tickets gone rather quickly for the May 2nd and 3rd shows, it was decided that a third would be added on May 1st (technically May 2nd, as the show will begin at 2am).With this year’s 50th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead, Kreutzmann has been gearing up and playing under many different guises. He played Gathering of the Vibes with Mickey Hart and the Disco Biscuits, with his Billy & The Kids outfit featuring Tom Hamilton, Aron Magner, Reed Mathis, and others, and is now bringing his Voodoo Dead project to NOLA, as momentum for the Fare Thee Well shows build towards July 4th weekend at Soldier Field in Chicago.Tickets for the 3rd late-night show go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 6th at 11am CT via Ticketweb.last_img read more

Massachusetts Paramedic Accused of Concealing Sex Offender Status

first_imgCAPE COD, Mass. — A paramedic from Sandwich dodged unemployment and losing his professional license for five months despite pleading guilty to child pornography charges and being barred from working in any job that brought him into regular contact with minors. Wesley J. Anderson, 24, of Widow Coombs Walk, pleaded guilty Aug. 3 in Barnstable Superior Court to 58 counts of possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered “not to be employed in any position that places him in contact with minor children on a regular basis.” Click here for the full story.last_img

‘Disability is not the whole of who you are’

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the fifth day in a series on disability at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Today’s story focuses on the social impact of disabilities at the College and University.For students with disabilities, the University and College provide notetakers, extended test time and accessible dorm rooms, among other resources.But the impact of disabilities extends beyond the classroom and the residence hall, and the Sara Bea Center for Students with Disabilities and the Disability Resource Office cannot solve all the challenges that come with everyday social interactions for those students.  Elizabeth Anthony, a senior with autoimmune conditions including lupus and celiac disease, says the accompanying chronic fatigue has impacted her social relationships.“Just because it feels so stupid to always say you’re tired, but when you have chronic fatigue it’s not really something that you can just explain to other people. Going out for me is just not really an option, because I can’t drink, I cannot stay up past midnight — it just doesn’t work for me,” she said. “And trying to explain that to people, and then trying to still be engaged in social things. My friends have been great, but it’s changed our relationship a lot, just in what I’m able to do.”Anthony said she has felt that a number of times throughout her career at Notre Dame, she has had to choose between friends or school work. “So you know a lot of times, you’ll see things that say, ‘You can have a social life or sleep or good grades — but not all three’? And I think that’s true for every Notre Dame student, but for me sleep is no longer a choice,” she said. Grace Agolia, a junior who is deaf and uses a cochlear implant, says because her disability is an invisible one, she has to constantly remind people of effective communication strategies, such as speaking with an appropriate volume. “In situations with background noise, it’s very hard. I often feel lost, and I have to turn to the person next to me and say, ‘What was that?’ And people can get very tired of doing that, and I understand that’s annoying,” she said. When eating in the dining hall, Agolia said she always attempts to position herself to hear as many people at the table as she can.  “Even just people like diagonally from me, just across can be really hard to hear. Because South Dining Hall can be really loud — North is better in terms of acoustics because it has carpeting. South Dining Hall has no carpeting, and high ceilings, so the acoustics are bad,” she said. “So I try to make my needs known to my friends, like can we sit in a table in a quieter part of the dining hall, like in a corner or something, or can I sit over here, because it will help me hear better. So a lot of times that has to come from me.”Agolia said she is appreciative when friends recognize what she needs without her having to ask for accommodations. “I really, really appreciate it when my friends remember to walk on my right side, and not on my left, it’s super helpful. It just makes my day when people remember,” she said. “And when I feel lost or confused in a conversation, when one of my friends sees my look of confusion and turns to me and speaks closely to my implant, especially in a noisy situation, just telling me what that person said. And having patience when I say ‘what’ fifty times in a row.”Fiona Van Antwerp, a sophomore at Saint Mary’s with dyslexia, said she told her friends about her disability halfway through her first semester of College, and it took them a while to figure it out and understand, but they have been supportive.“They ask me, ‘What can we do for you? How can we help you?’” she said. “My roommate asks if she can play music because she knows I’m an auditory learner.”Ross Kloeber, a first-year law student who is hard of hearing, said he wishes people would push through their discomfort with his disability. “For me, a lot of times people will get uncomfortable when the communication breaks down, so if I’m not hearing you, with stress, I stop lip-reading as well, with things like that,” he said. “All those things happen, and they get frustrated, they feel like they’re doing something wrong or there’s something wrong with me — all those things happen at once. It just creates this breakdown in communication, and people do not see the interaction as worth getting over that breakdown.”Megan Crowley, a freshman at Notre Dame, has Pompe disease, which progressively weakens muscles.  Editor’s note: Crowley spoke to The Observer with the assistance of her nurse, Debbie Larsen, who is quoted below.“One of the things that bothers her the most is she understands some people don’t talk to her, but she prefers that to someone who’s talking to her and acting like they understand her and they really don’t,” Larsen said. “They don’t want to ask you to repeat yourself. She’s okay with repeating herself as many times as she needs to, but people don’t usually ask.”  Jessica Ping is a freshman at Notre Dame who has CHILD syndrome, a limb and skin deficiency, and has only partial limbs on her left side. “One thing I notice a lot is people are almost, I don’t really want to say afraid, but they don’t know how to handle the situation, so they don’t really confront it,” she said. “They’ll be social, but most of the time I have to be the one to initiate the conversation, which is fine, but it would be nice for a reciprocal type thing.”Kloeber said he has found navigating the social aspect of law school to be “what you make of it” with a disability.“Obviously, people with disabilities face unique struggles with socializing, but I want to be careful and not try to homogenize it,” he said. “Everyone has different struggles — whereas my thing might be trying to communicate with people in a loud bar, it would be different from what someone else might be dealing with. It’s not one experience, it’s just different.”Agolia said people have been accepting of the fact that she is more than her disability.“Disability is not the whole of who you are,” she said. “It is a part of my identity, but it doesn’t define me.”News writers Megan Valley and Madison Jaros contributed to this story. Tags: disabilitylast_img read more

Small neighborhood park turned into area’s newest raceway with bit of childhood imagination

first_imgOliver and Hazel Whitman at their creation in Empire Estates Park.One family has turned a small neighborhood park with a limited offerings into a new attraction for children with a bit of imagination and love of racing.Oliver Whitman, with paintbrush in hand, had the idea to create the racetrack.Just two blocks south of Prairie Village, the Empire Estates Park at Roe and 97th Street has some playground equipment and an odd circular sidewalk that may have at one time surrounded some play equipment. That sidewalk has been transformed into a racetrack, which was the idea of Oliver Whitman, age 6. With the assistance of sister Hazel, 5, and some parental guidance, Oliver turned his vision into a reality by painting a raceway complete with a checkered finish line.Oliver and Hazel are students at Trailwood Elementary. The Whitman family, which has been doing annual brush clearing projects at the park, got permission from the parks director in Overland Park for the paint job and Oliver and Hazel painted all of the stripes and checkers. They live about two blocks away from the park and their parents report that more neighborhood kids began using the track as soon as it was finished: “Kids know what to do as soon as they see it.”Bikes, tricycles, remote control cars and foot races now are used on the circle. As evidence, Monday afternoon a youngster with a bag of toy cars in tow was racing them around the track with full sound effects.last_img read more

Chronic diseases may increase risk of dementia

first_img“We were not able to investigate the specific mechanisms by which multimorbidity contributes to cognitive impairment; however our findings are consistent with the hypothesis that multiple etiologies may contribute to late-life cognitive decline and thus emphasize the importance of prevention,” said Dr. Rosebud Roberts, senior author of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study. “They also emphasize that chronic diseases, once diagnosed, should be efficiently managed.” Share Email In a new study of older adults, having multiple chronic conditions was linked with an increased risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia.Investigators assessed 2176 cognitively normal participants who were an average age of 78.5 years and were followed for a median of 4 years. Participants with more than 1 chronic condition were 38% more likely to develop MCI/dementia. Participants with 4 or more conditions had a 61% increased risk compared with those with 0 or 1 condition. Men also had a higher risk than women.The findings suggest that preventing chronic diseases may help aging adults maintain their mental health. LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Historic NASA-SpaceX launch ‘go’ for liftoff

first_imgSource: NASA/Bill Ingalls“We’re burning down the final paper. All the teams are a go, and we’re continuing to progress toward our mission,” said Kathy Lueders, Manager of the NASA Commercial Crew Program.The US Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predicted a 60% change of unfavourable weather conditions for the Demo-2 mission, citing the primary weather concerns that could prevent launch are flight through precipitation, thick and cumulus clouds.But 45th Weather Squadron Launch Weather officer Mike McAleenan said things are looking up.“It certainly has been trending better over the last day or two for launch weather,” McAleenan said yesterday. “If I was to issue the forecast today, right now, we would probably be down to 40% chance of violation.”Currently in quarantine – a routine part of prelaunch preparations for astronauts journeying into space, crew members Behnken and Hurley took part in a full dress rehearsal of launch day on Saturday, including suiting up and climbing aboard the Crew Dragon at Launch Complex 39A. Source: NASA/Bill IngallsThe missionLifting off from Launch Pad 39A atop a specially instrumented Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon will accelerate its two passengers to approximately 17,000 mph and put it on an intercept course with the International Space Station.Once in orbit, the crew and SpaceX mission control will verify the spacecraft is performing as intended by testing the environmental control system, the displays and control system and the manoeuvring thrusters, among other things.In about 24 hours, Crew Dragon will be in position to rendezvous and dock with the space station.The spacecraft is designed to do this autonomously but astronauts aboard the spacecraft and the station will be diligently monitoring approach and docking and can take control of the spacecraft if necessary.After successfully docking, Behnken and Hurley will be welcomed aboard station and will become members of the Expedition 63 crew. They will perform tests on Crew Dragon in addition to conducting research and other tasks with the space station crew. Part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, NASA and SpaceX officially gave the mission to launch two NASA astronauts to the International Space a “go” following the passing of its final major review yesterday at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.If all goes according to plan, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, will liftoff at 4.33pm EDT from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A tomorrow.As the final flight test for SpaceX, this mission will validate the company’s crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities.This also will be the first time NASA astronauts will test the spacecraft systems in orbit.center_img Source: NASA/Bill IngallsAlthough the Crew Dragon being used for this flight test can stay in orbit about 110 days, the specific mission duration will be determined once on station based on the readiness of the next commercial crew launch.The operational Crew Dragon spacecraft will be capable of staying in orbit for at least 210 days as a NASA requirement.Upon conclusion of the mission, Crew Dragon will autonomously undock with the two astronauts on board, depart the space station and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere.Upon splashdown just off Florida’s Atlantic Coast, the crew will be picked up at sea by SpaceX’s Go Navigator recovery vessel and return to Cape Canaveral.The Demo-2 mission will be the final major step before NASA’s Commercial Crew Program certifies Crew Dragon for operational, long-duration missions to the space station.This certification and regular operation of Crew Dragon will enable NASA to continue the important research and technology investigations taking place onboard the station, which benefits people on Earth and lays the groundwork for future exploration of the Moon and Mars starting with the agency’s Artemis program, which will land the first woman and the next man on the lunar surface in 2024.last_img read more

Megacar takes to the rails (video)

first_imgThe mega railcar features a 40 ft load deck, which UTC claims is the longest of any 16-axle depressed centre car available in North America.The extra length on deck and a 400-tonne capacity makes it ideal for the movement of out-of-gauge and project cargoes, and provides an attractive alternative to the 20-axle Schnabel cars, the company adds. UTC Overseas executive vice president Marco Poisler said: “Our new design, created by UTC’s own rail engineering team, greatly enhances our ability to serve our customers in a timely and efficient manner, and reduces our reliance on the extremely scarce leasing market.”HLPFI reported in January 2014 that UTC has begun developing the new custom-designed railcar, with Matt Fielder, project manager at UTC, stating: “In recent years, the size and weight of the project cargoes our customers have been asking us to handle has been steadily growing.”A video of UTC’s new mega railcar can be seen below.www.utcoverseas.comlast_img read more

Pohjanpalo promoted

first_imgShe will report to ceo Tero Vauraste and will be in charge of finance, property and asset-related topics. Pohjanpalo was formerly the company’s business controller.The current chief financial officer, Teppo Talvinko, will leave the company during the first quarter of 2020.www.nurminenlogistics.comlast_img

International Mother Tongue Day

first_imgCape Town – 190106 – The Human Rights Association for Victims of Coercive Conversion Programs (HAC) hosted a special memorial service at the Iziko Museum in Cape Town to commemorate the death of Ms Ji-in Gu, a victim of coercive conversion. Picture: Armand Hough / African News Agency (ANA) Iziko Museums of South Africa will celebrate International Mother Tongue Day on Saturday February 23 with a public discussion at the Iziko South African Museum, Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town, from 10am to 1pm. Language activists, writers, poets, language practitioners and cultural activists will talk about the role of indigenous knowledge and languages in contemporary South Africa. The panel of speakers include Denver Breda from the Munainai Khoi Language Project; Dr Sebolelo Mokapele, a senior lecturer in linguistics at the University of the Western Cape; Nompumelelo Radebe from the Western Cape Government Language Services; Deon Xhamela Nebulane of Ubuntu Bridge; and Karel King and Timo !Ngonnemaoa of the !AL-OM Aboriginal Customary Council Taal Projek Stellenbosch.Entry is free. Contact Xola Mlwandle on 021 481 38952 or email [email protected] for more information.last_img read more

A long way to go

first_imgASIA: Almost since the dawn of railways, far-sighted engineers and politicians have been talking about linking Europe and India by rail. The second half of the 19th century was an era of economic expansion and power politics, as evidenced by the construction of transcontinental railways across the USA, Canada and Russia, and the unfulfilled dream of a Cape to Cairo railway running the length of Africa. Two years after America’s Pacific Railroad was completed, visionary engineers William Low and George Thomas wrote to the British Prime Minister William Gladstone in 1871 with proposals for a 9 500 km railway linking London with Karachi and Mumbai, via Trieste, Istanbul, Aleppo and Baghdad. Although little more than 1 700 km through Western Europe had been built at the time, they believed it would be feasible to complete the route for around £24m. Political turmoil in the 20th century meant that it was not until the Trans-Asian Railway project was launched by the United Nations in 1960 that efforts could begin to focus on joining up the separate networks to create a 14 000 km rail link between Turkey and Singapore via Iran, India and southeast Asia.Just a few months short of its 50th anniversary, Unescap’s Trans-Asian Railway concept is starting to bear fruit, with the intergovernmental agreement coming into force in June (RG 7.09 p20). Over the years, the project has expanded to cover four main axes, and it seems that governments across the region are increasingly starting to recognise the role that international rail services could play in supporting economic development and alleviating the problems of climate change.Implementation of different sections of the TAR is likely to be taken forward at regional level. And following the announcement in June that the Bam – Zahedan line in southeast Iran had been completed, the first international freight train ran over this route in August.On August 14, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani marked the country’s national day by flagging off an inaugural container train from Islamabad to Tehran and Istanbul via Zahedan. Expected to take 15 days, the train was operated under the auspices of the regional Economic Co-operation Organisation. Originally established in 1985 by Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, ECO later expanded to encompass seven Central Asian states. It is actively promoting the operation of other long-distance container trains across the region, including Almaty – Bandar Abbas and Istanbul – Urumqi. Although the initial train from Islamabad was a demonstration run, it carried 20 containers with 750 tonnes of freight. PR General Manager Saeed Akhtar is confident that there would be sufficient traffic for a regular service linking Lahore or Faisalabad to Istanbul. RAI is expected to start regular services between Tehran and Zahedan by the end of this year. With the Mar­maray tunnel under the Bosporus nearing completion, this just leaves the train ferry across Lake Van in eastern Turkey to be bypassed before the rails are finally linked throughout. It is conceivable that long-distance freight trains could begin running soon, but recent experience on the Trans-Siberian corridor suggests that it would be a challenge for rail to compete with ocean shipping, even in a relatively stable political and economic environment.Some people dream of through passenger trains between London or Paris and India, with sleeping cars and full dining facilities, but it seems unlikely that these could be operated profitably as anything more than luxury tourist trains, as it would be difficult for rail to compete with air travel for ordinary traffic on price or time. Although it is possible to travel from London to India by rail for around £500 each way, the journey time is around 16 days, even with good connections between very infrequent trains. For example, PR’s mixed train between Zahedan and Quetta only runs twice a month, taking almost 30 h to cover the 734 km, and is frequently cancelled as a result of security concerns in Baluchistan. It is a far cry from the 4½ days envisaged by Low and Thomas, who postulated an average speed of 80 km/h. Discounting end-to-end business, there is still scope to develop shorter-distance passenger traffic along different sections of the corridor. But for these to succeed, work is needed to improve the quality of rail operations, even in eastern Europe where services between Budapest and Istanbul leave much to be desired. Meanwhile, as we reported last month, Iran is investing heavily in upgrading and expanding its rail network, and Turkey’s railways are developing rapidly. Nevertheless, the completion of this corridor marks a significant milestone in the evolution of Asia’s railways and as such deserves to be celebrated.last_img read more