Bob Weir’s Appearance In This 1980’s Safeway Commercial Has Officially Made Our Day

first_imgBob Weir has taken on a lot of roles in his storied career, contributing timeless classics to the Grateful Dead canon on a routine basis. However, one thing the guitarist has never been too keen on is memorizing his lines. Sure, Weir likes to sing a lot of folk tunes with countless verses full of lyrics, but he’s also amassed the reputation of forgetting a lyric or two on occasion. It’s more endearing to Deadheads than anything else.So, when Safeway recruited Weir for a commercial, they wanted to make sure he didn’t misspeak. The teleprompter is in full force during Weir’s appearance, as he reads a bit about the supermarket’s charity drive to feed the hungry. It’s awkward and perfect and everything we’d hope for in a Safeway commercial from 1988 featuring Bob Weir.Watch the magic below, thanks to CoolOldVideos:Don’t forget to donate your extra can of food to Rainbow Records!last_img read more

The 15th Annual Bayou Rendezvous Takes Over The Howlin’ Wolf For Jazz Fest [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Last night, the 15th annual Bayou Rendezvous took over the Howlin’ Wolf following the close of the day’s official Jazz Fest activities over at the Fairgrounds. It was a massive musical affair, with nine bands performing across the two stages, with the last performance of the event kicking off at 6 a.m. today with the “Sunrise Breakfast Jam” featuring the Norcal All-Stars. As is the Jazz Fest way, Bayou Rendezvous was jam-packed with special collaboration, sit-ins, and all-star groups that can only be brought together this time of year, when the hordes of world-class musicians flock to New Orleans.Topping the bill were two supergroups, Dr. Klaw and the Bayou Rendezvous All-Stars. The Bayou Rendezvous All-Stars this year were comprised of Johnny Vidacovich (Astral Project), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Oteil Burbridge (Dead and Co., Allman Bros.), Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Stanton Moore (Galactic), and Eric McFadden (P-Funk, Anders Osborne)—an all-star group if we’ve ever seen one, who took to the stage in the main room for two hours. Following their funk-infused performance, Dr. Klaw took over—a group that featured The Shady Horns of Lettuce and Soulive fame, along with Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive), Nick Daniels III (Dumpstaphunk/Neville Brothers), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Alan Evans (Soulive/KDTU), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), and Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews).It’s safe to say that with these musicians leading the charge, the night was something else. The night also saw performances by Orgone, Sophistaphunk, and Monophonics along with performances by collaborative groups like Space And Harmony, featuring Naughty Professor’s Bill Daniel and Sam Shahin and The Revivalists’ George Gekas and Rob Ingraham; Eric Struthers and Friends, a group heavy with veterans from Dr. John, who in addition to Struthers, included Roland Guerin, Herlin Riley, and Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, plus Joe Ashlar (Good Enough For Good Times/Eddie Roberts); and Lebo And Friends, brought together by Dan Lebowitz of ALO and Steve Kimock fame and featuring Steve Adams (ALO, Nicki Bluhm), Stu Allen (JGB Band, Phil Lesh), and Jay Lane (Ratdog, Primus).As has been the theme for this week following the loss of Col. Bruce Hampton, the night of music was dedicated to the legend who had played Bayou Rendezvous frequently across its fifteen years, including a sneaky reunion of Aquarium Rescue Unit in 2004 billed as The Zambi All-Stars. You can check out the post that Bayou Rendezvous posted about Col. Bruce below, and check out photos from last night’s massive blow-out at the Howlin’ Wolf, courtesy of photographer Chad Anderson.last_img read more

Reflections on a year

first_imgAs Harvard students drove away last month, their rear-view mirrors gave them one last glimpse of a campus that had housed yet another creative and spirited school year. The nine months from 2016–2017 brought a presidential election, scientific discoveries, artistic expression, and academic achievement. Here are some of the events that helped shape this passionate, vibrant community — and helped define the role that Harvard continues to play in the wider world.Freshmen Dominic Chung (from left), Emily Shen, Dominique Cantave, Eddie Nesmith, and Simi Ogunnowo greet each other in the Yard during Freshman Move-In Day. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer[vr url= view=360]On Aug. 23, 2016, new students and their families flocked into Harvard Yard to find their freshman-year homes.The University’s newest students begin their freshman year in Tercentenary Theatre with Convocation and an official welcome from Harvard President Drew Faust. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Class of 2020 gathers for a picture on the steps of Widener Hall. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerStudents enter Harvard Hall for classes during shopping period. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerMelissa Coles (from left), a student at Harvard Divinity School; the Ven. Professor Changshen Shi Wang, a visiting assistant professor at HDS; and Sara Klingenstein, a student at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, talk in the courtyard of the Center for the Study of World Religions. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerTajrean Rahman ’20 (from left), Varoun Gulati ’19, and other students participate in Daniel Donoghue’s class “The History of the English Language” in Harvard Hall during shopping period. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer[vr url= view=360]During exam period, students work under the iconic arched ceiling of Widener Library’s Loker Reading Room.Angela S. Allan, lecturer on history and literature, teaches “American Economic Fictions.” The course considers the culture of American capitalism by examining a range of literary and historical texts. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerDuring “Foundations of Biological Diversity,” Professor Brian Farrell, director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, teaches an integrated approach to the diversity of life, emphasizing how chemical, physical, genetic, ecological and geologic processes contribute to the origin and maintenance of biological diversity. The class was held inside the Science Center. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerJoy Davis teaches “Contemporary Dance: Countertechnique” during shopping period. Sophie Carroll ’17 (from left), Annina Kennedy-Yoon ’20, Davis, and Genevieve Lefevre ’19 gather for a class in the dance studio on Garden Street. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerInside Harvard University Herbaria’s Farlow Library, Hannah Zurier ’17 and Professor Don Pfister discuss an article about Zurier’s discovery of a new truffle fungus at the Arnold Arboretum. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerRowers on the Charles River. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerStudents dig into “The Archaeology of Harvard Yard,” a collaboration of the Anthropology Department and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerEmily Balskus, the Morris Kahn Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, works inside the Edward Mallinckrodt Chemical Laboratory with postdoctoral fellow Matthew Wilson, (right). Balskus is the lead author of a study that gives researchers the first up-close view of how an enzyme called CutC breaks down choline, an essential nutrient in the makeup of cell membranes. Enzymes in the gut break down choline into TMA, which is linked with heart disease and liver disease. Understanding that process may help in the development of drugs to stop the process. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer.On Science Center Plaza, master pianist George Hu ’20 plays for his delighted friends Jonathan Suh (from left, all ’20), Daniel Inge, Michael Gaba, Arjun Mirani, and Elizabeth Yeoh-Wang, a joint Harvard/New England Conservatory concentrator. Harvard Common Spaces presented the free-to-play public piano as part of “Street Pianos Boston 2016,” in conjunction with Celebrity Series of Boston. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Veritas shield on Robinson Gate is framed by foliage on a bright autumn day. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerOliver Hart, Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics at Harvard University (right), and David Laibson, chair of the Department of Economics, smile after Hart won the 2016 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Hart shared the prize with Bengt Holmstršm, a Finnish economist teaching at MIT. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerDean of Students Katherine O’Dair (from left), Devin Clark ’18, and Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman concentrate on a Pac-Man game during a pop-up event at the Science Center. The event was intended to build community during the dining hall strike and featured life-sized versions of Connect Four, Operation, and Guitar Hero. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerLara Tomholt from the Graduate School of Design (left) explains her robot to local seventh-graders, including Giselle Korn (far right) from the Amigos School. The students were visiting campus to see what it’s like to be in college, as part of Project Teach. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerPresident Faust (from left) speaks with Rebecca Woo ’89 and Theresa Loong ’94 before making welcoming remarks at the inaugural Harvard Alumni Association’s Women’s Weekend at Spangler Hall. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerSergey Semenov poses for a portrait in his lab in the Mallinckrodt Chemistry Laboratory. Semenov’s research in complex organic chemical reactions on early Earth has led to new conclusions about the origin of life. Photo by Sarah SilbigerMembers of the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Group rehearse in Sanders Theatre for an upcoming holiday concert. Photo by Sarah Silbiger[vr url= view=360]A fresh coat of snow covers Tercentenary Theatre during Wintersession, the last week of winter recess before the spring semester begins.Erica Beade instructs students on the art of drawing animals during a Wintersession offering at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Jenny Huang ’20 (pictured) focuses on her subject as she draws. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerFreshmen William Gao and Amanda DiMartini experiment on yeast cells during James Martenson’s class “Genetics of Organelle Function in Budding Yeast.” Photo by Silvia MazzocchinBoris Davidov ’19 (front center) and Alannah O’Brien ’19 look over the Pusey Library archives exhibit “To Serve Better Thy Country.” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerWilliam Frazer (left), a student at Miami Northwestern Senior High School, presents his original artwork to Harvard President Drew Faust. Frazer was among the many students and teachers who met Faust as she visited to discuss pathways to college, the value of higher education, and the importance of educators and mentors helping students consider opportunities after high school. Joe Sherman/Harvard UniversityThe Math Lounge on the fourth floor of the Science Center is open to all the math concentrators. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerAuthor and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates was the keynote speaker at “Universities and Slavery: Bound by History,” a daylong conference in the Knafel Center at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. President Faust and Coates spoke after his presentation. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerFreshmen — aware of the camera — wait for upperclassmen to arrive with the letters that will assign them to their future House, on Housing Day, March 3. Photo by Silvia MazzocchinA student from Currier House leaves University Hall bearing letters for freshmen during Housing Day 2017. Photo by Silvia MazzocchinDuring her visit to Vietnam, President Faust met with students at the Ap Bac Secondary School, Tan An Hamlet in Cai Lay Town, Tien Giang Province. Faust (from left) asks a question to student Trần Thị Ngọc Hân, with help from translator Ben Wilkinson ’98. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerProfessor Danielle Allen welcomes people to “A Celebration of Inclusion and Belonging” at Sanders Theatre, a community-wide workshop and opportunity for reflection with students and scholars. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerUnder the cream-colored columns and ornate arches of the Widener Library Rotunda, Christopher Roman and Jill Johnson silently present “Catalogue (First Edition),” created by and with William Forsythe, their choreographer, teacher, mentor, and friend. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerA magnolia blooms in front of Lehman Hall. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerActor John Lithgow, co-founder of Arts First, receives the Mayor’s Proclamation. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerDamian Woetzel teaches the audience George Balanchine’s “Serenade” during “A Celebration of Harvard Artists” at Sanders Theatre. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerGraduating seniors and their families attend Class Day Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre with featured speaker Joe Biden, the former U.S. vice president (left) with graduating senior Katherine Wu. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer[vr url= view=360]The Sheriff of Middlesex County continues a long tradition of bringing Commencement to order on May 25, 2017.Harvard University celebrates Commencement 2017. Before the Morning Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre, President Faust processes to the stage. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerAt the 366th Commencement, Mark Zuckerberg (left) receives his honorary degree from University Vice President Marc Goodheart. 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Sparking a national debate

first_img Related GAZETTE: Is there a pollutant that you think is relatively unknown today that will be a household word in 10 or 20 years, like DDT, mercury, or PCBs have been in the past?McCARTHY: There are some chemicals prominent in the news today, PFOS and PFOAs [used to treat apparel and carpeting, in fire retardants and food can linings], that are showing up in wells and aquifers across the country.It’s a challenge that will go on for quite some time. It provides a wake-up call that we need to look closely at chemicals before they enter commerce.Pharmaceuticals are going to be a big deal. The penicillin used in agriculture today is ending up in our food system, that’s creating [drug resistance]. This is a gigantic and growing problem in public health. We see pharmaceuticals in our rivers and streams and our drinking water.GAZETTE: The current administration is seeking to weaken environmental regulation in a variety of ways. How worrisome is that to you? Is this unusual or part of a broader regulation/deregulation pendulum swing that’s gone on for some time? McCARTHY:  I think it’s very unique. Federal rules are hard to do and rightly so, but they protect people whose right to health and happiness is being harmed when they have no other means of minimizing the damage.Passing a federal rule takes a lot of scientific analysis, a lot of examining of options and costs. It takes building a public constituency that recognizes the problem and engages in a way that is transparent. The federal government seeks comment and criticism and new ideas.But what you’re seeing now is that rules that were done consistent with legal requirements, with the authority of the agencies involved, with what the science tells us is important in terms of risk, and after considering reasonable and cost-effective options — all of the rules under the prior administration — are effectively being reconsidered or attempted to be rolled back.This is for reasons that have nothing to do with whether they were done right or whether there was a problem that needed to be fixed. This is a very, very unusual circumstance.Generally, when you work that hard to get a federal rule, you’re sending a signal to industry or consumers about what the federal government thinks. And that steers investment by and direction of regulated utilities to try to address traditional pollutants like mercury [and] ozone contamination. Rules to increase automobile fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions sent a signal about what the cars of the future ought to be and how they should plan for that, which sometimes has a 10-year horizon.I think we’re in a very unusual and dangerous time. If rules are done on the basis of law and science and transparency and public engagement, and when there’s a change in administration we just decide that all of that was wrong regardless of the substance, then we’re in a hell of a pickle in terms of sending a signal that industry can respond to.GAZETTE: So industry may just wait for the administration to change?McCARTHY: EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards requires significant investment by industry to reduce mercury being emitted from utilities and keep it from getting into our food supply. It poses a significant threat to pregnant women and young kids because it is a neurotoxin.EPA sent a [regulatory] signal and the cost was large, but the benefits were significantly larger in terms of protecting our kids. We saw the mercury levels go down and fish that are cleaner.It’s already been complied with and huge investments made, so the industry is saying, “Don’t touch this or else you’re giving us all these stranded assets.” It made no difference to this administration; they’re still trying to take away the rule that gave the EPA the responsibility and authority to regulate mercury. So the decision’s going to be that we no longer need to regulate mercury from these utilities, which is exactly the wrong signal.So if industry has learned that EPA can go through the process and have that final rule made, and the next administration can come in, decide they don’t like it, and get rid of it, maybe the next time, industry actually won’t put the equipment on. Maybe instead of buying a $100 million scrubber, they’re going to put $50 million to an election. What can we do?GAZETTE: It’s a good time to be an environmental lawyer.McCARTHY: I feel pretty confident that the courts are going to stop these decisions because the current EPA isn’t showing fundamental flaws in the final rule and that’s what you need in order to change them.But it sends a terrible signal to the outside world. And it poses a real challenge to our system of governing, which should be giving people comfort that their health will be protected from pollution. This interview was lightly edited for length and clarity. Ex-EPA chief Gina McCarthy plans to speak up — and stay busy — as leader of climate-health center at Harvard Chan School Fired-up McCarthy takes leadership role at Harvard Chan School Fifty years ago, Ohio’s Cuyahoga River was so polluted that it caught fire, becoming a powerful symbol for a U.S. public increasingly concerned about the environmental damage around them.This year, the state of Ohio deemed the river clean enough that its fish are safe to eat.That remarkable turnaround is part of a broader cleanup of the nation’s waters, air, and land that resulted from a suite of laws passed in the early 1970s in response to public abhorrence at episodes like the June 1969 fire, an abhorrence that found expression on April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day.Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy, professor of the practice of public health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the School’s Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, spoke to the Gazette about the Cuyahoga fire and progress in the decades since. She said the transformation of what was once one of America’s most polluted rivers is an example of the good things that can happen when we stop harming nature and start letting it heal.Q&AGina McCarthyGAZETTE: Fifty years ago on June 22 the Cuyahoga River caught fire and became a symbol of the nation’s polluted waterways. Were you aware of it at the time and do you recollect what you thought about it?McCARTHY: I was an early teenager at that point. I remember it happening, yes, but it had no big impression on my life. Lord knows what did then.GAZETTE: Do you have a sense of what its legacy has been? I’ve read that it was a big part of not just the broader environmental impetus of the ’70s but also the creation of the agency you led, the EPA.McCARTHY: I do think it had a big impact. People relate to something visual, a visible sign. And this was a clear visual sign that something was terribly wrong.When water burns, it’s just not normal. There’s no excuse for it and I think for that reason it had a big impact. It generated a lot of local momentum. Nobody waited around for the federal government to act. Cleveland and other [cities and towns] took action.It showed that we needed to have a national debate, but also that people could take action on their own before that national debate. That, to me, is a really big signal and what turned the corner [on environmental protection]: People everywhere started to engage.GAZETTE: The river recently passed a milestone, with the state of Ohio declaring its fish safe to eat. What does that say about the potential for environmental cleanup programs to make progress?McCARTHY: It’s really about resilience, and it’s clearly quite remarkable. We underestimate it every time. We underestimate our ability to change, and when we stop polluting and damaging these resources, we underestimate their incredible resilience. Life finds a way.So it’s heartening to those of us working hard to avoid the destruction of nature and the harm to people that pollution poses everywhere, that you can not only stop the problem from getting worse, but you can also actually return to a state of normalcy. That provides hope for the future and I think we can all use a little bit of that. “Today, many of our environmental challenges are not visible. … So while the Cuyahoga was a great visible sign, we have to make sure that we use science to create visibility now.” Center for health and environment relaunched with former EPA administrator at the helm Siding with science The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. GAZETTE: Would you eat Cuyahoga River fish?McCARTHY: It depends on how you cooked it. But yes, of course I would. I have great faith in the people who have looked at these issues.GAZETTE: How much should we consider the Cuyahoga’s recovery a symbol of the nation’s larger progress on clean water versus an isolated instance where we did the right thing?McCARTHY: The Cuyahoga was central to a movement that created an expectation that when we see something wrong, we act on it.Today, many of our environmental challenges are not visible. They’re longer term, yet still very real. So while the Cuyahoga was a great visible sign, we have to make sure that we use science to create visibility now, with real information and real data. Everything isn’t great just because you can’t see the threats that you’re under.GAZETTE: Are you talking about climate change, among other things?McCARTHY: Climate change and many other things — toxic chemicals, synthetic chemicals that we use in products that end up in our water.The epiphany that we had back during the first Earth Day doesn’t mean that you could fix it then and not continue the investment. We need continued diligence in terms of the cleanliness of the water we drink.We need to keep rivers and streams flowing and recognize that we have to reinvest in some of the technologies that brought us to where we are today. An old wastewater treatment facility may have been great to stop pollution on the Cuyahoga River, but it’s not going to be sufficient to deal with the chemicals today.GAZETTE: You mentioned keeping the waters flowing. Are you talking about dam removal, that kind of thing?McCARTHY: I’m talking about the challenges of climate change. When the Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, someone should be scratching their head and asking, “How come?”We keep our water clean by making sure we don’t put so much pollution in there that it damages natural resources or our health. But determining how much is safe is based on flow, isn’t it? Fluctuations in stream and river flow during periods of drought and flood put a monkey wrench in how we protect those waters. We have to think of new ways of recognizing the changing climate and what that means to rivers and streams.And it’s not just climate; it’s different growth patterns, it’s increased populations and what that means for stress on natural resources, so — and I don’t want to sound negative, I just want to be a realist — the first Earth Day was great. It gave huge momentum [to environmental programs]. But we need a momentum boost again to reengage with the work that is needed to fix the environment, according to today’s standards and today’s circumstances.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s announces election results

first_imgThe results of elections for the class presidents, vice presidents and senators that will join the Student Government Association’s (SGA) president- and vice president-elect, juniors McKenna Schuster and Sam Moorehead, were announced Thursday, Graci Martsching, the assistant director of student involvement and multicultural services, said.“The election process is always dynamic,” Martsching said. “We were lucky to have so many passionate women wanting to serve their community. The Saint Mary’s community responded to that passion by having more students vote this year than in recent years.”  Keri O’Mara | The Observer Marsching said the 842 votes received in this year’s student elections was roughly 700 more votes cast than last year.Juniors Lauren Osmanski and Victoria Wilbraham will represent next year’s senior class as president and vice president. Sophomore Lindsay Rzepecki will serve as president for the class of 2016 and sophomore Maddie Kohler as the class’s senator. The class of 2017 president and vice president will be first years Ellen Raymond and Margaret Carswell, respectively. The class of 2017 elected first year Mary Claire Burchett as their senator.“As class of ’17 president and vice president, we promise to focus on the needs and desires of our class,” Raymond said in her platform. “By focusing on the core values of a Saint Mary’s woman, we hope to emphasize the importance of teamwork, sisterhood and community.”Raymond said she and Carswell hope to integrate their class in campus-wide activities. They stated they held particular interest in improving the communication between the class board and the overarching student body through social media and effective advertising and in increasing the board’s reliability and instilling trust between the student body and their leaders. Sophomore Kaitlyn Baker and first year McKenzie Johnson were elected as president and vice president, respectively, of the Resident Hall Association (RHA).Juniors Callie Brown and vice president Maeve Curley will head the Student Diversity Board (SDB) as president and vice president in the coming school year. As a fourth-year members of SDB, Brown and Curly expect to continue and expand upon the club’s mission, Brown said.“We plan to unite the Saint Mary’s College community in celebration of the diversity of every Saint Mary’s Belle,” Brown said. “We plan to emphasize diversity in all its forms, including socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, faiths, ethnicities and unique abilities.”The board intends to use the campus as a venue to learn about diversity through meaningful social and educational events, Brown said. The president- and vice president-elect said that this aligned perfectly with their goal for the board’s main annual event, the Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference.“We plan to increase the magnitude of this year’s Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference as we celebrate its 10th anniversary,” Brown said. Brown and Curley said they wanted to work with the College administration to increase the enrollment and retention of students with diverse backgrounds.The Student Activities Board (SAB) will welcome junior Arianna Thelen and sophomore Colleen Michael as president and vice president for next year. Their platform statet they intend to encourage community participation ie social and recreational events on campus.“We will ensure involvement by holding alcohol-free alternatives during weekends and getting other clubs and associations on campus involved,” Thelen said.Tags: elections, Saint Mary’s College, Student Activities Board, Student Diversity Board, Student Government Associationlast_img read more

Trail Mix | The Pines

first_imgAbove The Prairie, the latest record from The Pines, is rich with imagery and symbolism that can only come from a band that calls the Midwest home.The Pines – David Huckfelt, Benson Ramsey, and Alex Ramsey, who fleshes out the trio on tour – have roots in Iowa and Minnesota, where there are plenty of wide open spaces and the distant horizon gives the sky a never ending quality. Those neverending sightlines have offered to the group’s songwriting the dichotomies between continuity and change, the finite and the infinite, the minuscule and the vast.A particular track from Above The Prairie worth noting is the album’s final cut, “Time Dreams.” This spoken word piece is actually a poem written by famed Native American poet and activist John Trudell. The Pines provide the musical accompaniment while Trudell recites his poem, and the combination is magical.Spend a few minutes with Above The Prairie. Simultaneously, almost magically, The Pines will make you feel both big and small.I was lucky enough to catch up with songwriter David Huckfelt and get totally random.BRO – Last great beer you discovered?DH – The Shackleton Company’s Nimrod.BRO – Last song you couldn’t get out of your head?DH – “King Kunta,” by Kendrick Lamar.BRO – Most played song on your iPod?DH – “Jaw Bone,” by Willie Chapman.BRO – Favorite late night driving music?DH – “White Lunar,” by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, “Aerocalexico,” by Calexico, and “Peyote Song,” by Mississippi Fred McDowell, Willie Nelson, and Daniel Lanois.BRO – Something that you always have in your fridge?DH – Duct tape and light bulbs.For more information on The Pines, please check out their website. And be sure to take a listen to “Sleepy Hollow” on this month’s Trail Mix.[divider]More from the Trail Mix Blog[/divider]last_img read more

Russia says its vaccine is 92% effective

first_img– Advertisement – A heath worker injects the ‘Gam-COVID-Vac’, also known as ‘Sputnik V’, Covid-19 vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), into a patients arm during a post-registration phase trial at the City Clinic #46 in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Russia said Wednesday its coronavirus vaccine is 92% effective at preventing people from getting Covid-19, based on interim trial results.The announcement by Russia’s sovereign wealth fund RDIF came two days after U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said their vaccine was more than 90% effective in phase three trials.RDIF said the early results from its late-stage phase three clinical trial of the vaccine, called “Sputnik V,” showed that its efficacy was “based on the 20 confirmed Covid-19 cases split between vaccinated individuals and those who received the placebo.”- Advertisement – Observation of study participants will continue for six months before a full report of the phase three clinical trials is presented, RDIF said, but it noted that the interim research data will be published by the Gamaleya Center team, which developed the vaccine, “in one of the leading international peer-reviewed medical journals” without indicating when this might be.Vaccine raceThe Pfizer/BioNTech analysis evaluated 94 confirmed Covid-19 infections among its trial’s 43,538 participants. The partners said the case split between vaccinated individuals and those who received a placebo indicated a vaccine efficacy rate of above 90% at seven days after the second dose.The latest announcement from Russia comes a day after Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced that the country was developing a third vaccine. He also said Moscow was ready to cooperate with all other countries on vaccines but warned against the “politicization” of the process.Russia has itself been accused of engaging in a vaccine race as drugmakers around the world try to develop an effective protection against the virus that has caused over 1.2 million deaths worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Russia has the fifth highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections, with around 1.8 million cases reported to date.center_img “Currently 40,000 volunteers are taking part in double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled Phase III of Sputnik V clinical trials, out of which over 20,000 have been vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine and more than 16,000 with both the first and second doses of the vaccine,” a statement published on the dedicated Sputnik V website said Wednesday.In August, Russia became the first country to register and approve a coronavirus vaccine. The announcement prompted concerns from some members of the international scientific community about the speed of the approval — the vaccine had not yet started phase three trials at that point — and lack of available data supporting Russian claims for the vaccine’s efficacy and safety.Russia published some data from early stage clinical trials in September and has repeatedly insisted that its vaccine is safe and effective. On Wednesday, RDIF said that “were no unexpected adverse events during the trials. Monitoring of the participants is ongoing.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Canary Wharf shares revive as lease is signed

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German pension fund tenders corporate bond mandate using IPE Quest

first_imgMinimum rating for the non-financials corporate bonds in the portfolio should be BBB-, and bonds from financial issuers should be rated at least A-.Applicants should have at least €1bn under management in this asset class and a minimum of €10bn of assets under management overall.They should also have a minimum track record of six years, although the pension fund stated in the search it would prefer a track record of at least 10.Performance should be stated to the end of June, with figures supplied gross of fees.The deadline for responses is 28 August.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email [email protected] An unnamed German pension fund is looking for an asset manager to take on a €500m mandate to invest in euro-denominated corporate bonds.According to search QN-2103 on IPE Quest, the mandate volume could be split between two managers.Asset managers must have experience with managed or segregated accounts as investment vehicles, and derivatives will only be allowed in the portfolio for hedging purposes.The investment process is to be active, using an 80% Markit iBoxx EUR Non-Fin and a 20% Markit iboxx EUR Financials index as benchmark.last_img read more

UK seeks to ease burden on multi-employer scheme exits

first_imgEmployers seeking to exit industry-wide schemes could be permitted to postpone so-called ‘section 75’ debt payments under draft rules from the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).In a consultation published on Friday, the DWP said companies should not have to pay all their obligations towards multi-employer schemes immediately when withdrawing. Currently, if a company seeks to exit a multi-employer scheme because it has no active members left, it must pay a lump sum to cover its remaining pensioner and deferred member liabilities.This sum can also include contributions to other companies that previously left the scheme or went bust, known as ‘orphan liabilities’.The rule affects some of the UK’s biggest pension funds, including the Universities Superannuation Scheme, RPMI Railpen, and the Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension Fund. The DWP said: “The government proposes to introduce a new option for employers in multi-employer schemes to defer the requirement to pay an employer debt on ceasing to employ an active member. This deferred debt arrangement would be subject to a condition that the employer retains all their previous responsibilities to the scheme and continues to be treated as if they were the employer in relation to that scheme.”The proposal was initially consulted on during the previous government in 2015.Alistair Russell-Smith, scheme actuary at Hymans Robertson, said the proposals provided “much-needed relief” for employers, “many of whom allow further defined benefit risk and liability to build up so as not to trigger punitive exit debts”. “This deferral is the easement we advocated when responding to the 2015 call for evidence and strikes a better balance between scheme security and employer sustainability than other options on the table such as weakening the basis of the exit debt,” Russell-Smith said. “However, employers do need to be aware that this is not a silver bullet for managing the cost and risk of multi-employer schemes. The lack of influence and certainty over future funding costs and the need to fund orphan liabilities both remain real concerns.”Joe Dabrowski, head of investment and governance at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, said the consultation was “vital”, as it affected some of the UK’s largest schemes as well as many charity pension funds.“The proposals could make the system more sustainable by allowing employers to better manage their risks – in the same way that employers participating in single employer schemes can,” he added. “However, there is little question that in a non-associated multi-employer scheme a departing employer must cover its liabilities to the scheme. So we will need to look carefully at the details of the proposed changes to ensure that the right balance of member protection and employer flexibility is achieved. The strength of the ongoing relationship between employers and the scheme is essential to ensuring this.”The relaxing of the rules comes as support has grown for greater consolidation of small pension schemes. One barrier to consolidation in the UK is the perceived regulatory difficulties of combining schemes, and how their liabilities would sit alongside each other.The DWP’s consultation is open until 18 May and can be accessed here.last_img read more