String Cheese Incident Shares Stream Of New Album, Believe, Ahead Of Official Release

first_imgString Cheese Incident will be releasing their newest album, Believe, later this week on April 14th. The album, which will be available for purchase on Pledge Music, has been in the works since 2015, when the band rented a house in Sedona and wrote and recorded the first takes of many of the tracks of Believe. Dubbed the Sedona Sessions, access to demos from that time in addition to a handful of other SCI goodies are available when pre-ordering via Pledge Music before the album is officially dropped on Friday.This latest album features nine tracks, including one featuring Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival (on “My One and Only”). Many of the songs have made their debut over the last few years. Of the songs off Believe, only one, “So Much Fun,” has not been played yet by String Cheese Incident in a live setting, while many were added to Cheese’s rotation during their Winter Carnival tour in March.Ahead of the official release, bassist Keith Moseley interviewed with AllMusic about this latest album. AllMusic also premiered the first full stream of Believe, letting eager Cheese fans preview that album before Friday. You can mosey over to AllMusic to read the full interview with Keith and listen to the album stream below.[Photo courtesy of Michael Pegram] <!–  Hello, are you looking to copy this embed code for publication elsewhere? We can’t stop you, but please credit and link back to AllMusic as your source. Thanks! –>last_img read more

A new approach to kill superbugs

first_imgDaniel Kahne discovers how Gram-negative bacteria build resistance to antibioticsIn the late 1800s, bacteriologist Hans Christian Gram discovered a way to classify bacteria, most of which fall into one of two groups: Gram-positive or Gram-negative. He developed a stain, still in use today, which bacteria either absorb or repel. Gram-positive, with their adsorbent cell wall, glow violet, flush with dye. But Gram-negative bacteria boast an extra outer membrane that resists the stain. They remain a pointed pink or red.This simple stain test reveals a complicated, pressing problem. Gram-negative bacteria, which cause a variety of life-threatening infections, develop greater antibiotic resistance every year. According to the National Institutes of Health, there is “increasing concern about drug resistance,” with some so-called superbugs “now resistant to many, most, or all available treatments.”,For example, E. coli earns frequent headlines for food-borne outbreaks, other strains lead to pneumonia or bloodstream infections, and the infamous plague resulted from Yersinia pestis, yet another type of Gram-negative bacteria. In the last fifty years, no new drugs have been developed to combat this bacterial threat.Now, a Harvard University team has discovered a new approach to address what Daniel Kahne calls a “major unmet clinical need.”The team, which includes Kahne, the Higgins Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, postdoctoral fellow Ran Xie, and graduate student Rebecca J. Taylor, authored a paper published in today’s Science Magazine. In it, Kahne and his team demystify a millennia-old process: how Gram-negative bacteria build their intractable outer membrane.The membrane is fortified with the large glycolipid lipopolysaccharide (LPS). But, the mechanism by which the bacteria transport such a cumbersome lipid across multiple solid membranes remained a mystery.“There have been two competing models in the field,” explained Rebecca. “This paper includes much better evidence for the second model.” The first (chaperone model) requires multiple molecular escorts to heave LPS from the energy-rich cell interior, or cytoplasm, across the energy-vacant membranes.In the second model, weighty LPS molecules “are pushed one after the other in a PEZ dispenser-like manner across a protein bridge that connects the inner and outer membranes.” LPS molecules are loaded into the machine in the cytoplasm and “each new LPS molecule then pushes molecules already in the bridge toward the outer membrane.” “We answered a longstanding question in prokaryotic biology about how the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria is constructed. Hopefully these studies will help us identify new targets to treat resistant Gram-negative infections.” — Daniel Kahne, Higgins Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Already, Kahne’s team has demonstrated that interfering with membrane assembly makes Gram-negative bacteria “leaky” and vulnerable. Prior to this work, researchers had “no tools to study this process,” according to Kahne.Understanding these molecular PEZ dispensers could help reverse this alarming healthcare crisis and, for the first time in fifty years, lead to new treatments for Gram-negative bacterial infections. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Professors, students reflect on the work of Audre Lorde

first_imgOn Wednesday night, Saint Mary’s professors and students presented and reflected on the life and work of Audre Lorde, a writer, feminist and civil rights activist. The presentation commemorated the 25th anniversary of Lorde’s death. Ann Marie Short, professor of English and gender and women’s studies, emphasized the key aspects of Lorde’s writings. Katelyn Valley | The Observer A Saint Mary’s community member speaks at an event Wednesday honoring author Audre Lorde. At the event, Saint Mary’s students and faculty discussed the significance of Lorde’s work in their own lives.“Lorde’s work demands intersectionality, challenging us to confront how patriarchy, heterosexism, racism, classism, ageism and ableism insidiously reinforce one another,” Short said. “Her work legitimizes the value of unabated fury. Those who have been historically oppressed, particularly women, especially women of color and more notably black women, are often called out when they express anger in the face of injustice. In these circumstances, the accusation of anger is meant to delegitimize, to distract. It is meant to make the anger more objectionable than the offense that elicits it. For Lorde, anger is not simply an emotional response, but it’s also an aesthetic, and emotional exercise, a productive way of being in the face of gross injustice.”Lorde’s poetry broke silences, said Jamie Wagman, professor of history and gender and women’s studies.“She wrote about police brutality targeting women of color in the 1980s,” Wagman said. “She remembered Malcolm X. She recalled her first love and lost. She came out as a lesbian. She discussed mothering, marriage, her mastectomy, and her tone was consistently honest, unapologetic and critical. She was an icon in fighting against racism, homophobia, anti-semitism and in celebrating difference, and building alliances and networks.”Lorde’s gift was her progressive self-identification and tireless activism, explained Stacey Davis, professor of religious studies and gender and women’s studies.“The ability to encourage others through tireless praxis was and remains Audre Lorde’s gift,” Davis said. “An activist to her bones, Lorde worked to bring about the recognition of others’ humanity, whether LGBT, African-American or African, she was intersectional before intersectionality was cool. She was a transnational feminist before we knew what it meant and she was a pragmatic optimist, who recognized that you will not win every battle you fight — but you will not lose every battle either.” Wagman said Lorde’s writing aims to inspire her audience to act. “So many who write and speak about Lorde today, comment that they felt that she spoke to them personally, when they first read her work,” Wagman said. “She called readers to action. ‘Perhaps for some of you here today,’ she wrote, ‘I am the face of one of your fears, because I am woman, because I am black, because I am lesbian, because I am myself — a black woman warrior poet doing my work, come to ask you, are you doing yours?’”Eli Williams, the former executive-director for the LGBT Center in South Bend, read Lorde’s poem ‘Litany for Survival.’ Williams said Lorde’s words give her the strength to speak out. “I use this poem often to summon the strength to speak when I’m afraid,” Williams said. “ … whenever I am in conflict now as an adult and don’t want to jump, or to speak, I count to three and hear Audre Lorde in my mind. I remember I was not meant to survive, and I take the plunge.”Williams said Lorde‘s writing encourages her to be an activist in the community and taught her to speak up about injustice.“I think about [Audre Lorde] often when doing activism here in South Bend,” she said. “Since we’re a smaller community, people of diverse backgrounds must come together and inhabit the house of difference in order to get things done. We find communal identity in the midst of diversity.” Lorde demonstrated the importance of documenting injustice, Wagman said.“She taught me poets are born in childhood, that children recognize injustice early and that writing it down won’t save us, but it might help,” she said. “Above all, Lorde encourages us to unmask silence.”Davis said Lorde’s writings encourage us to do our best.“Lorde would argue that the fight for civil and human rights means that we must not wear our bodies and souls out through neglect or in lesser fights,” Davis said. “Instead, we do our best, whatever that is and wherever we are. Lorde writes … ‘We must do battle where we are standing.’”Dionne Bremyer, professor of creative writing, said Lorde inspired her to create a collage of both her and Lorde’s words.  “I cannot eat, cannot sleep, cannot write, cannot think,” she said. “Looking to Lorde for inspiration, for the invisible labor of pain, mental anguish. Who will testify for my black body? I sustain being black. I celebrate being black. I sorrow over being black … Women of color in America have grown up within a symphony of anger — at being silenced, at being unchosen, at knowing that when we survive, it is in spite of a world that takes for granted our lack of humanness and which hates our very existence outside of its surface. And I say symphony rather than cacophony because we have had to learn how to orchestrate those furies so that they do not tear us apart.”Senior Alex Shambery lauded Lorde‘s ability to articulate the experience of women of color.“She understood what it’s like to be a woman of color — always concerned about doing the right thing and living behind the storm inside of us,” she said. Senior Taylor Thomas said Lorde reminds her not to hide her inherent self when faced with diversity. “Lorde reminds that I have been concealing issues every time I change the way I talk to appear smarter and more approachable, or when I remain silent when my friends make racially charged jokes, so I don’t appear crazy and hysterical,” she said. “Audre Lorde reminds me that I cannot run from the problems facing my community. I must always remember to call out injustice for myself and for others.” Senior Nina Steele said Lorde’s work encourages her, as a white person, to support minorities and marginalized groups. “As white people, we need to support women, LGBT people and people of color,” she said. “Their access to complete liberation can lead us all to possess of true autonomy and personhood, where our lives are determined by the love we give and not by the amount of violence we administer onto others.”Wagman said she has come to depend on the writings of Lorde, because Lorde helps us to understand the world by encouraging us to speak up. “‘Speak’, [Lorde] tells us, ‘Your silence will not protect you,’” Wagman said.Tags: activism, Audre Lorde, Civil Rights, Feminism, LGBT, Poetrylast_img read more

The value of human connections in a digital age

first_imgDigital banking is the future. It has already transformed our relationships with financial institutions and made banking easy and convenient. But while many influencers and digital banking leaders are doing the final count before physical branches tap out, we believe that branches are here to stay because they provide human connections that take the anxiety out of financial milestones in customers’ lives.From the little things like opening a checking account or starting a college fund, to big, life-changing milestones like buying their first home, these decisions are unfamiliar to many people and with that unfamiliarity comes a level of anxiety. Online information can help, but it can also be overwhelming to parse out what’s important and relevant to one’s situation. While it’s good to educate ourselves, many people, especially those under 35 who are balancing young families and the stress of early careers, simply don’t have the time to put into learning the ins and out of getting a mortgage from an app or website.Self-service digital platforms make the transactions themselves fast and convenient, but staff in a branch are able to instantly cut through this customer anxiety with a conversation. Instead of having to search for terms a customer may or may not know, the staff member will quickly catch on to which topics are confusing and lead the customer to the knowledge needed to make an informed decision. By being walked through the process, the anxiety that comes from the unknown or fear of making the wrong decision is greatly reduced. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

ECTAA: Europe urgently needs a common approach to travel restrictions and testing

first_img/ / / EC PROPOSES A FAIRER APPROACH TO CLOSING BORDERS, COMMON CRITERIA AS WELL AS MAPPING REGIONS ECTAA brings together national associations of travel agencies and tour operators from Europe and represents about 70.000 entrepreneurs who provide consulting, transportation and accommodation services in the segment of tourist and business travel. Every day, we obey new restrictions on movement that significantly reduce our ability to travel across borders. Such restrictions – especially self-isolation measures – are in fact tantamount to closing borders, and have a huge impact on people’s lives, our societies and the global economy.. Some governments impose strict restrictions on the movement of European citizens from one member state to another, which is often reckless and ultimately detrimental to the European economy. – highlighted in a recent joint statement by CER (Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies), Copa-Cogeca-e (European farmers and agri-companies), Eurochambres (Association Of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry), EuroCommerceAssociation of Retail and Wholesale Trading Companies), SME United (Association of Crafts and SME Companies) and UETR (European Road Haulers Association). “European political leaders need to act immediately, because we are very close to the collapse of both tourism and the tourism industry, which will have a negative effect on all other sectors of the economy. ” pointed out Pawel Niewiadomski, President of ECTAA. ECTAA: Europe urgently needs a common approach to travel restrictions and testing ECTAA (European Association of National Associations of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators) joins the calls of various stakeholders in the field to warn that Europe must act in a coordinated way when it comes to travel restrictions. ECTAA points out that we need a quick adoption of the proposal Recommendation for the coordination of travel restrictions which includes common risk assessment criteria and a common color coding / mapping system for marked risk areas. Also, the sector strongly supported the call to replace the obligation of self-isolation with the obligation of testing. ECTAA strongly supports the proposal of the three A4E air transport stakeholders (Airlines for Europe), ACI-e (Airports Council International) and IATA (International Air Transport Association), on an EU-wide testing protocol (EU- Testing Protocol for Travel). Tourism and the tourism industry are among the hardest hit, but businesses from all industries are also under attack. Cover photo: Anna Shvets, Pexels.com This would replace the obligation of self-isolation with pre-departure testing from high-risk areas in the EU / Schengen area as well as from third countries. The Protocol builds on the risk assessment and color coding criteria contained in the above-mentioned proposal for a Recommendation. ECTAA joins the appeal of the profession to European leaders and the European Commission to agree on a common approach in setting travel restrictions and testing passengers / / / AIR TRAFFIC ACTIVATION IS KEY TO TOURISM’S RECOVERY, AND THIS NEEDS THREE PREREQUISITESlast_img read more

Bahrain top court upholds death sentences against two activists

first_imgBahrain, which is led by a Sunni Muslim royal family but has a Shi’ite majority population, has been clamping down on dissent since 2011 when it quashed protests with Saudi help.Home to the Middle East headquarters of the US Navy, the Gulf island kingdom has prosecuted and revoked the citizenship of hundreds of people in mass trials. Most opposition figures and human rights activists are jailed or have fled.”Today’s verdict is yet another dark stain in the struggle for human rights in Bahrain … This horrendous injustice could not have happened without the tacit acceptance of Bahrain’s western allies,” Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, Director of Advocacy at BIRD said in a statement.  Topics : Bahrain’s highest court upheld death sentences against two activists for bombing a convoy and killing a police officer, after convictions that human rights groups say were based on confessions extracted through torture.Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa lost their final appeal on Monday against death sentences that were initially handed down by a criminal court in December 2014, a statement from the kingdom’s public prosecutor said.Security forces arrested Moosa, a hotel employee, and Ramadhan, a security guard in Bahrain’s international airport, in early 2014 after a policeman was killed in a bombing in al-Deir, a village northeast of Manama. Ten other people tried with them have also been jailed.center_img Amnesty International and a UK-based pro-opposition activist group, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), have said both men were tortured to extract false confessions, subjected to sexual assault, beatings, sleep deprivation and other abuses.”The terror of knowing that my husband can be executed by firing squad at any moment without proper notice is tearing me apart,” Ramadhan’s wife, Zainab Ebrahim, tweeted after the sentence.Both were prevented from meeting their lawyers until they were sentenced to death for the first time by a criminal court in December 2014, the groups say.Bahrain’s government has denied it tortures prisoners or persecutes the opposition. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the torture allegations.last_img read more

Unai Emery speaks out on Arsenal’s top four hopes following Man Utd dropping points

first_imgUnai Emery speaks out on Arsenal’s top four hopes following Man Utd dropping points Advertisement Emery is in his first season in charge of Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has insisted Arsenal still believe they can finish in the top four, but claims they are just taking each game as they come.The Gunners are currently fourth in the league, helped by Manchester United’s draw against Liverpool on Sunday.However, their is just a one-point gap between themselves and United, with Chelsea just three points below with a game in hand.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWith just 11 games to go, the season is set for a tense ending as to who will secure a top-four spot and secure Champions League football for the 2019/20 campaign.ADVERTISEMENT‘We are not looking at the table at the moment because we still have lots of games to play,’ Emery said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The most important is to be focused and ready for every game because we are not going to think that we are in the top four. The season is not done we still have lots of games to play. Do we believe? Yeah, everything is possible.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Our focus is on our way, because we cannot control the results of Manchester United, Chelsea or Tottenham, only when we play against them. The most important thing is to think step by step and our focus is to win Wednesday.‘It’s a positive to be in the top four but it doesn’t change our way, we take things game by game. Wednesday is important and we feel strong at home.’Arsenal’s next game is against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday.MORE: Barcea tell Arsenal to buy Suarez for £17.3mWill Arsenal finish in the top four?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Commentcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 Feb 2019 12:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

Santi Cazorla open to returning to Arsenal as a coach under Mikel Arteta

first_imgSanti Cazorla open to returning to Arsenal as a coach under Mikel Arteta Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 May 2020 4:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link18.7kShares Comment Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla spent four seasons together at Arsenal (Getty Images)‘I don’t know what my legacy is [at Arsenal],’ Cazorla told Vamos.‘You have to ask the fans, but I want to thank everyone. ‘I don’t know what I will do next, maybe a coach, maybe a sports director, but I would like to come back.’Cazorla also concedes that it is now ‘difficult’ for him to make Spain’s squad for their next major tournament after Euro 2020 was postponed for a year.‘It is a bit frustrating because I had the dream of going to the European Championship,’ said the midfielder. Santi Cazorla is open to another season with Villarreal (Getty Images)‘I am aware that I am already 35 years old and that it is more difficult every day to be in a group as good as the Spanish team.‘It has been delayed a year and I am aware that it is much more complicated for me.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I was enjoying it a lot and I hope to continue doing it, if the competition resumes, until the end of the season. ‘Next year I will decide and see what my body asks of me.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Advertisement Santi Cazorla is open to being part of Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff at Arsenal (Getty Images)Santi Cazorla says he would welcome the chance to return to Arsenal as part of Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff.The 35-year-old has been a key part of Villarreal’s midfield for the last two seasons and even earned a recall with Spain’s national team after a four-year absence last June.Cazorla spent six years at Arsenal and helped the club win two FA Cup trophies under Arsene Wenger.The midfielder also played alongside Mikel Arteta for four seasons at Arsenal and has already backed his former teammate to be a success after he replaced Unai Emery as manager in December.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Cazorla has now indicated that he would be open to working as a coach under Arteta once his playing career finishes. Advertisementlast_img read more

Swedish buffer fund AP4 names former AP3 CIO as chief executive

first_imgSource: AP4Niklas Ekvall, chief executive of AP4Sarah McPhee, AP4’s chair, said she felt “privileged” to have recruited Ekvall.“Niklas has a deep understanding of both asset management and the AP funds, and he is motivated in bringing AP4’s sustainability engagement to the next phase,” she said. “We are very happy Niklas will join us at AP4.”The chair also thanked Andersson for his “outstanding contribution” while at AP4, noting his advocacy for investment strategies focused on the long term and matters of sustainability, for which he was awarded the Outstanding Industry Contribution at the 2014 IPE Awards in Vienna.Andersson, who announced in March he would be stepping down, will leave the buffer fund in June, with Per Colleen, AP4’s head of equities, acting as interim chief executive until Ekvall’s arrival. Ekvall worked at AP3 until 2004, leaving it to join Carnegie Asset Management.After three years as head of asset management at Carnegie, he joined Nordea Bank’s Swedish business as head of investment in savings and asset management, most recently serving as the bank’s head of group treasury. Niklas Ekvall has been named chief executive of AP4, succeeding Mats Andersson, who is stepping down after a decade in the role.Ekvall (pictured), who will join the SEK310bn (€33.2bn) Swedish buffer fund at the beginning of October, has held senior positions across the finance industry and academia, having taught finance at the Stockholm School of Economics.The incoming chief executive, who spent five years as deputy chief executive and CIO of AP3, said the AP funds had one of the most important roles in the Swedish financial sector.“I am really proud to be given this opportunity to be part of AP4 and to further develop an organisation that has been so successful in managing capital,” he said.last_img read more

Kenya Government Directs Schools to Close on Monday

first_imgThe Kenyan government has ordered all public and private schools to be shut down by Monday following the ongoing teachers’ strike in the country. Only final year candidates have been directed to stay on, in school.The directive was given through a circular by Kenya’s Ministry of Education.At least 1.4 million candidates will be sitting for their national examinations this year. According to Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) final year students the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations will begin on November 10 and end on November 12. The Candidates sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will start from October 12.Teachers’ strike is based on the promised salary increase of 50 – 60 per cent given to them by the Employment and Labour Relations Court in June and upheld by the Court of Appeal in July.last_img read more