On the first day of 2015, STS9 played one of the most unique performances of their storied career. Playing a benefit concert for Conscious Alliance at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO, the group hosted dinner and a show for an intimate group of fans. Not only did the group play on a smaller stage, which was set up in front of the main stage, but their entire set was improvised.Thanks to the band, we now have full audio footage of the music. Check out the full playlist below!Setlist: STS9 at Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO – 1/1/15Set: A Beautiful Chaos (Improv) > Peace One (Improv) > Pianoir Outro (Improv), Modular (Improv), Drum & Bass (Improv) > Black Satin (Improv) > Dub (Improv) > Something in E (Improv)
In celebration of all things Star Wars, funk band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong came out firing with a thematically appropriate “The Funk Awakens” show at the Ardmore Music Hall last Saturday, December 19th.The band opened with “20th Century Fox,” a nod to the logo that appears before each Star Wars film. The band weaved through various Star Wars music, inserting the “Cantina Song” into their own song “Stay,” for example. The band also changed some of their own lyrics around, inserting references from a galaxy far, far away into their music.Thanks to the band, we now have pro-shot footage of the performance. You can also download all of the audio right here!Set One:Set Two:Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA – 12/19/15Set One: 20th Century Fox > Melting Lights > Poseidon* > Star Wars Theme > Poseidon*, Pop Off, Whoopie^, Ocean Flows, Stay > Cantina Song > Stay > Live It UpSet Two: Walk Outside, Sunny Day, Funk E Zekiel > Drums > Funk E Zekiel > Kashmir > Lightning, Landing > Jam > E-Funk#, Horizon > Schwanthem > Imperial March > SchwanthemEncore: Cliffs%Notes:* Lyric change to “Darth Vader took my throat, I need a Millennium Falcon”^ Lyric change to “Wookie do that funk!”# w/ “We Want The Funk” jam, led by audience% Lyric change to “Smoking weed with the Sith
Dead & Company has announced that they will webcast each of their upcoming six-show Fall Fun Run.The pay-per-view webcasts cost $29.99 per show. You can save $30 when you order all six webcasts as part of the Unlimited Devotion Webcast Pass. For more information, or to order your Dead & Company Fall Fun Run webcast passes now, head here.Related: Dead & Company Summer Tour 2019 Recap: Stats, Storms, & Top 5 ShowsDead & Company’s Fall Fun Run will kick off with a pair of shows at New York, NY’s Madison Square Garden on October 31st and November 1st. From there, the band will make its way to Uniondale, NY’s NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Coliseum, on November 5th and 6th. Finally, the run will close out with a pair of performances at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA on November 8th and 9th.For a list of dates on Dead & Company’s 2019 Fall Fun Run, see below. For more information, head to the band’s website here.Dead & Company 2019 Fall Fun Run Dates:10/31 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY11/1 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY11/5 – NYCB Live – Uniondale, NY11/6 – NYCB Live — Uniondale, NY11/8 – Hampton Coliseum – Hampton, VA11/9 – Hampton Coliseum – Hampton, VA
Though 9 a.m. classes, milkshake Masses and anticipated football games keep planners brimming and schedules tight, Saint Mary’s Belles learn to adjust by participating in weekly advising meetings with their freshman mentors as part of the Sophia Program.According to associate professor of music Laurel Thomas, these advising sessions are part of the Sophia Program and are mandated to encourage social development, stimulate academic understanding and embrace distinct viewpoints.First-year student Morgan Micetich said her advising group encourages her to succeed and serves as a support system during what would otherwise be a difficult transition.“The [advisory meetings] teach me to focus on myself and not to live by the expectations of others,” Micetich said. “It introduces me to my new sisters and helps me work through stress.”This new initiative benefits not only the students, but also the advisers and peer mentors who partake in the experience as guides for the freshmen class, Thomas said. Thomas said it becomes clear how exceptional each student is during the meetings and she hopes the emphasis on individuality will help them uncover their passions.“The class itself involves community building because students get to know people from other majors on a more personal level,” Thomas said. “We want everybody to be on the same page, to have heard this background information.”Thomas said the Sophia Program’s focus on self-discovery and a concept called integration of learning lies beyond the information covered in lectures and examinations in a standard classroom.Students are urged to synthesize what they grasp in one area of life with other concepts to best comprehend everything they learn and to gain a better understanding of collegiate life, said Thomas.“The courses that you take teach you different ways of thinking,” Thomas said. “Talking intentionally about integration of learning helps because at the end, you’ll be able to say much better what it means for you. I don’t think I realized until after I graduated from college and began graduate school that I actually could incorporate the learning that I had before. It sort of dawns on you that you’ve done it.”Throughout the advisory meetings and first-year required lectures, all first-year students read “What the Best College Students Do” by Ken Bain. The book details the atypical journeys of successful individuals like J.K. Rowling and Stephen Colbert, Thomas said.Students learn, through close readings, to focus more on their knowledge than on letter grades, as true understanding remains permanently beneficial while assessments cannot always accurately measure one’s ability, Thomas said.“The book is full of stories about people who did not take the standard path and who developed themselves based upon their interests and their passions,” Thomas said.First-year student Katie Long said she relates to the universal themes illustrated throughout the book and is confident that what she learns throughout the common course will assist her for her entire life.“Meeting with my adviser and mentor every week keeps me on track and reminds me to pursue my goals,” Long said. “I always look forward to the class because the environment is so friendly and productive. It’s a great learning opportunity.”Because the Sophia Program enforces leadership skills within its members, students engaged in this class are well prepared to take on every opportunity that presents itself, Thomas said.This common experience, though personalized, unites its participants in the values of persistence, ambition and dedication that will lead them to a lifetime of success, Thomas said.“The social responsibility aspect of the Sophia Program is especially unique about Saint Mary’s,” Thomas said. “We want our students, when they graduate, to be citizens of the world, responsible people who know what’s going on and are able to create change.”Tags: Saint Mary’s College, Sophia Program, What the Best College Students Do
By Julia WesthoffElla and Louis, rainy days and hot tea, beer and baseball: Some things are just better together. Today we celebrate love, romance, and the perfect pair. And in honor of wonderful unions, I thought I’d post some of my favorite food combinations, linked to previous Food on Friday recipes. Enjoy them with your loved ones.And to my better half, Happy Valentine’s Day! You’re the cookies to my milk. [Eds. note: Thank you, my dearest. I love you more than words can express]Chips and salsa.Cake and ice cream.Peanut butter and jelly.Spaghetti with meatballs .Cookies and milk.Nutella and anything.
Mayor Mike Kelly of Roeland Park asked the Mission council last week to consider de-annexing a section of property at Johnson Drive and Roe Boulevard.Roeland Park has asked Mission to consider redrawing its city limits to de-annex a half-acre piece of land divided by Johnson Drive. The land currently within Mission’s limits would connect the property on the north side of the street to the rest of Roeland Park.Register to continue
With the case numbers still rising briskly, the Ebola virus disease (EVD) situation in Sierra Leone and Liberia continues to deteriorate, though activity in Guinea appears to have stabilized, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest outbreak update.West Africa’s illness total grew to 6,263 as of Sep 21, while the number of deaths reached 2,917, the WHO said. The numbers reflect an increase of 420 infections and 114 deaths since the ‘WHO’s last update on Sep 22. Health officials have warned that reported cases and deaths underestimate the true burden of the disease, thought to be two to three times higher than official figures.In Sierra Leone, the number of newly confirmed cases has increased over each of the past 5 weeks, a pattern driven by a sharp increase in the number of infections in Freetown, the country’s capital, along with those in three neighboring districts. New cases in two ongoing hot spots—Kailahun and Kenema—seem to have stabilized, but the WHO said more investigation is needed to confirm that trend.The WHO said cases identified during a 3-day house-to-house sensitization campaign recently conducted in Sierra Leone aren’t reflected in its latest update.Sierra Leone today started quarantining three areas in addition to Kailahun and Kenema, which will affect about 1.2 million additional people, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. The new areas include Port Loko and Bombali districts in the northern part of the country and Moyamba in the south. Combined with the quarantines already in place, roughly a third of Sierra Leone’s population will now be under quarantine, according to the report.Though the official numbers from Liberia show a fall in new cases, the WHO said a lack of new confirmed cases from the capital, Monrovia, where a surge of new infections was recently reported, is at odds with reports on the ground from responders, who have said the situation is deteriorating.In other parts of Liberia, the number of new cases is increasing in Grand Bassa county in the west central part of the country and Nimba county, located in north central Liberia.In its assessment of treatment beds, the WHO said there are still significant gaps in capacity in Sierra Leone and Liberia. A new treatment unit opened in Monrovia last week, while a new tent clinic opened in Liberia’s Bong county.Response teams are still meeting resistance from some local populations, the WHO said. For example, it has received reports that communities near Fassankoni, Guinea, have set up roadblocks to screen response teams. It added that social mobilization teams are targeting young people in the region, many of whom resist traditional leaders and government authority.Pleas for help at UN meeting, World Bank ups commitmentA high-level meeting about Ebola today at the United Nations general assembly prompted some new announcements on response commitments, including another large one from the World Bank, and pleas for countries to do more, so the magnitude resources can match the enormity of West Africa’s epidemic.World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, MD, an infection disease specialist, said the World Bank will put $170 million more toward the effort, nearly doubling its contribution, which now stands at $400 million. He warned that the epidemic could roll back the economic growth African countries have experienced in recent years.”It would be a mistake to settle for a response that we are comfortable with, but won’t stop the disease,” he said at the meeting.President Barack Obama also spoke at today’s UN Ebola meeting, repeating his call for other countries to make major commitments to the response. He said recent progress in the region is encouraging, but ‘it’s clear that it’s not enough. “Right now, everybody has the best of intentions, but people are not putting in the kinds of resources that are necessary to put a stop to this epidemic,” he said.”We know from experience that the response to an outbreak of this magnitude has to be fast and it has to be sustained. It’s a marathon, but you have to run it like a sprint,” Obama said. “And that’s only possible if everybody chips in, if every nation and every organization takes this seriously. Everybody here has to do more.”He said he is hosting 44 nations in Washington, D.C., tomorrow to advance the US Global Health Security Agenda and added that the United States is interested in working with any country that shares a commitment to battle biological threats, including Ebola.Yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced the appointment of Ambassador Nancy Powell to lead the agency’s Ebola Coordination Unit, which is responsible for outreach to international partners to speed epidemic response.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, MD, MPH, also pressed for urgent actions from the international community at today’s UN meeting but warned that she expects the outbreak to get worse before things improve.”In a human world, we cannot allow the people of West Africa to suffer so much,” she said. “Excellencies, you have the power to turn this horrific epidemic around.”Basic treatment questioned, travel grants for health providers, infected doctor recoversIn other outbreak developments:Basic interventions such as correcting electrolyte imbalances with intravenous therapy can save more lives in West Africa’s Ebola treatment centers but are being underused, according to an international team of doctors who have been serving in the region with teams from the WHO and Doctors Without Borders (MSF). They aired their view today yesterday in a New England Journal of Medicine article. They said volume depletion is a key clinical feature of EVD and that intravenous catheters, fluids, and electrolyte replacement are readily available but are underused. They noted that extreme serum sodium and potassium abnormalities are commonly found in the rare instances where basic blood biochemistry tests are done. The team pointed out that if clinicians can test for Ebola viral loads in care settings, basic biochemical and hematologic testing should be possible. They acknowledged that the number of clinicians is insufficient, but they added that the skills needed to care for Ebola patients are fundamental ones. “We believe we can and must do better in providing supportive care,” they wrote.The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) is offering travel grants for healthcare workers who are attending the 3-day US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ebola safety training course, with sessions starting Oct 6 at a Federal Emergency Management Agency center in Anniston, Ala. The course is for health providers who will be traveling to West Africa to help care for Ebola patients. The amount of each grant is $500 for US residents and $1,000 for residents of other countries.Rick Sacra, MD, a SIM missionary who was infected with EVD while working in Liberia, is being discharged from Nebraska Medical Center, where he had been treated since Sep 5, according to a statement from the facility. It said tests by the CDC on two blood samples taken 24 hours apart show that the virus is no longer in his bloodstream. During his stay his doctors treated him with an experimental antiviral, TKM-Ebola, and convalescent serum from Kent Brantly, MD, another American doctor who survived EVD. In a statement today, Sacra praised the hospital staff, colleagues in Liberia, and other groups involved in his care and thanked people who prayed for him. He also urged people to keep their focus on West Africa. “Though my crisis has reached a successful end here, unfortunately the Ebola crisis continues to burn out of control in West Africa,” he said. “Please continue to join us in prayer and in providing resources to the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.”India’s government today announced a $12 million contribution to help battle Ebola, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. The health ministry said $10 million is earmarked for the UN director-general’s fund for Ebola and $2 million will go toward the purchase of more personal protective equipmentSee also:Sep 24 WHO Ebola roadmap situation reportSep 25 AFP storySep 25 World Bank press releaseSep 25 Obama speech before high-level UN meetingSep 24 US State Department press releaseSep 25 Margaret Chan commentsSep 24 N Engl J Med perspectiveISID statementSep 25 Nebraska Medical Center press releaseSep 25 PTI story
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Brexit. Sounds like a brand of Fifties’ dog biscuits. “Winalot Brexit: for healthy teeth and gums.” On my table, despite the weird name and nine months since the vote, Brexit still provokes fierce rows. Chatham House rule. So no names, but here are the ideas.“Look, the Leave majority was mostly over 65s. So by the time we actually leave and have a trade deal, ordinary mortality rates mean the UK will be majority Remain!” “That’s offensive – and what about the Left Behinds?” “Isn’t it pointless? Like divorcing your partner and then negotiating for five years to move back in – on slightly worse terms?”“The EU is a federal project…best get out now on our own terms, and go global.” “One of my Middle Eastern clients said, Yemen and Syria – I would do anything for a problem like Brexit!” I have another large glass of rosé and wonder what we all talked about before Brexit dropped into our baskets. What is true is that the general economy has so far brushed Brexit aside, but real estate has felt it. How much is not certain, but the amount of UK real estate bought and sold last year was down 25% – and some of that was referendum driven.Some brilliant points were made about London’s power and resilience. London has 49% of the global derivatives market, 20% of the cross border lending market and 41% of the World’s Forex market. More than New York and Tokyo combined. I knew London was big, but wow! Riding out BrexitIt must mean London will ride Brexit. Look, it rode the Blitz and even survived not existing for a few hundred years after the Romans left. It can live without the European Union. Frankfurt and Paris cannot suddenly create this sort of infrastructure and take London’s finance crown. But, we shouldn’t be complacent. New York and Tokyo could. The government needs to work hard to get London’s (and the UK’s) financial services industry strong passporting rights and free market access. One speaker says financial services has been declining as a percentage of London jobs and office occupation since the ’90s. TMT companies are now London’s biggest space takers, and banks are as likely to relocate to Birmingham as Berlin. “Don’t worry that the banks will go, just be thankful they’ve already gone!” This contrarian argument: that London is no longer a city of bankers, but a city of chai-latte sipping creatives, is partly true. But we would still look pretty silly if we lost the massive part of its market that still is traditional financial services. DExEU take note. There is one area where London can feel Berlin’s post-Brexit breath on its neck. Fintech is more mobile than old financial services. And Berlin is a rising city. Berlin is cool and cheaper than London. So we should wake up and put together a package of post-Brexit measures to help Fintech companies choose Kings Cross, not Kreuzberg.Source: Shutterstock/Zoltan GaborBrexit is about to begin for real. The Bill has passed and Mrs May’s pen is poised over her Article 50 letter. The ‘Phoney War’ is ending. Businesses need to start preparing and planning now: on trade, people, transition and timing. The two-year Brexit negotiation period will burn-by very quickly. The French and German elections, and the final ratification process, are all expected to shorten the time for substantive talks. This journey is going to be a surprisingly short one. By mid-2019, the UK will almost certainly be out of the EU. But an Eversheds Sutherland survey this week showed that 4/5ths of UK businesses have no plan for Brexit and are not planning to produce one. So as the Brexit bus moves off, much of UK commerce is asleep on the back seat. They need to wake up and begin informed Brexit planning. Whether we like it or not the Brexit bus is leaving. We are all on it together. We must all work hard to make a success of the journey and of the global stop that follows. Because future generations won’t judge us by the result of the referendum, but by what we did with it.Bruce Dear, head of London real estate, Eversheds Sutherland.
See pictures of the profession marching at Saturday’s flagship LGBT event in London.,The legal profession battled the rain to celebrate Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) diversity for Legal Pride 2014.Legal bodies marched in London under the banner ‘Equality under the Law’ and spread the message ‘Freedom to… challenge and defend’ to promote LGBT rights, splashing colour around the capital in the process.Members of the Law Society (led by president Nick Fluck), Bar Council, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Interlaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks, Bar Lesbian and Gay Group and the Junior Lawyers Division showed their support. Above is our gallery of the event.