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first_imgLongtime friends and collaborators Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds have announced two upcoming duo shows on the heels of their third-annual, all-inclusive concert vacation in partnership with CID Presents. The Rivera Maya, MX destination event saw three beachside shows from Matthews and Reynolds, as well as additional performances from Warren Haynes (solo), Tyler Childers, Valerie June, Carlos Malta, Kristen Raw Bowden, and Joe Lawlor.Matthews and Reynolds will play a special show at Charleston, SC’s Volvo Car Stadium on Saturday, April 20th. The concert will benefit Meeting Street Academy, a local nonprofit network of schools. The duo will link back up in the summer for a performance at Canandaigua, NY’s Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, set to go down on Tuesday, June 18th.A fan club pre-sale is currently underway for DMB Warehouse members here. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning on Friday, March 15th at 10 a.m. (EST).last_img read more


first_imgAug 11, 2009WHO confirms 2 new H5N1 cases in EgyptThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed two new human cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Egypt, bringing the number of Egyptian cases this year to 32, far more than any other country. The first case is in an 8-year-old girl from Kafr El Sheikh governorate. Her symptoms started on Jul 24, and she was admitted to a hospital the following day, where she received oseltamivir (Tamiflu). She is reported in stable condition. The second case-patient is an 18-month-old boy from Menoufia governorate. His symptoms started on Jul 28, and he was admitted to a hospital on Jul 29, where he also received oseltamivir treatment and is listed in stable condition. The WHO said both patients had close contact with dead or sick poultry. Of the 32 Egyptian cases this year, 4 have been fatal, and, of the 83 cases confirmed overall in Egypt, 27 have been fatal. The WHO has now confirmed 438 H5N1 cases, including 262 deaths, worldwide.[Aug 11 WHO report on new cases]Scientists say H5N1 avian flu may boost risk for brain diseasesA study of mice infected with a strain of H5N1 avian influenza virus suggests that the virus may increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease and possibly other neurologic problems later in life, according to researchers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the researchers infected mice with the A/Vietnam/1203/04 strain of H5N1 virus and traced the virus’s movement into the animals’ nervous systems, according to a St. Jude press release. After 3 weeks the surviving mice had no signs of the virus in their nervous systems, but they had brain inflammation that persisted for months and resembled inflammation caused by inherited forms of Parkinson’s disease. After 60 days the mice had a 17% loss of certain dopamine-producing neurons that are also lost in Parkinson’s, and they showed a buildup in certain brain cells of a protein implicated in both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. But Dr. Jeffrey Taubenberger, an influenza expert who was not involved in the study, called it “a bit extreme” to suggest on the basis of the study that flu viruses might be linked to these diseases in humans, according to a Canadian Press report.[Aug 10 St. Jude press release][Aug 10 Canadian Press story][Full text of PNAS article]California firm recalls beef in wake of multistate Salmonella outbreakBeef Packers Inc. of Fresno, Calif., recently recalled more than 825,000 pounds of ground beef because of an apparent link to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Newport infections involving 21 cases in Colorado and others in other states, according to US and Colorado officials. The ground beef products, bearing “EST 31913” on the label, were produced between Jun 5 and 23 and distributed to retail stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Utah, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in an Aug 6 statement. An epidemiologic investigation indicated a link between the Colorado cases and the products. The Colorado cases also shared a common DNA fingerprint, and the S Newport strain involved is resistant to several commonly used antibiotics, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) said on Aug 6. The agency said four people had been hospitalized and all were recovering. In a Jul 31 statement, the CDPHE said cases were found in eight states besides Colorado.[Aug 6 USDA news release][Aug 6 CDPHE news release][Jul 31 CDPHE news release]Case count in E coli outbreak linked to cookie dough reached 80The number of cases in a recent Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to raw cookie dough reached 80 in 31 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said recently in its final online update on the investigation. Seventy cases had DNA fingerprints matching the outbreak strain, the CDC said in its Aug 7 notice. Most of the cases occurred in May and June; 35 people were hospitalized and 10 had hemolytic uremic syndrome, but none died. An epidemiologic investigation pointed to prepackaged cookie dough as the likely E coli source, and most of the patients reported eating Nestle Toll House cookie dough. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found E coli in a sample of the cookie dough in late June, but it didn’t match the outbreak strain. The company issued a recall, and consumers were warned not to eat any of the products subject to recall. In July the FDA said Nestle Toll House cookie dough products saying “new batch” on the label were not subject to the recall.[Aug 7 CDC update][Jul 15 FDA statement]last_img read more


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first_imgTheo Walcott has no doubts he can return to form to drive Arsenal on in the Barclays Premier League and play himself into the England World Cup squad. Walcott could be drafted into the starting XI for Tuesday night’s Champions League clash against Marseille, where another victory would see Arsenal all but secure safe passage through to the knockout stage. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger feels the England forward will make a major impact when fully match fit. “Theo looks a bit off the pace of high level competition, but let’s not forget he has been out for seven weeks,” he said. “Now he needs competition and preparation, and will go from strength to strength.” Arsenal had twice hit the woodwork before they went ahead on 22 minutes when Saints keeper Boruc was robbed in possession by Olivier Giroud as he tried dragbacks in the penalty area and the France forward ran on to put the ball into an empty net. Nevertheless, Wenger feels the team worked hard to secure the victory which was confirmed four minutes from time when Giroud scored a second from the penalty spot after a shirt pull by Jose Fonte on Per Mertesacker. “We have improved in our defensive stability, and the team was highly focused,” said the Arsenal boss. “We suffered a bit physically, but overall the concentration was there.” Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino refused to lay the blame solely at the unsteady feet of Boruc for what was only a second defeat of an impressive Premier League campaign for his side. It was a sentiment echoed by defender Jos Hooiveld, who was drafted into the side following illness to Dejan Lovren. “We are Southampton, we win as a team and we lose as a team,” Hooiveld said on Saints Player. “If somebody makes a mistake they put their hands up to say I could have done this or that, but it is never a blaming atmosphere. “Next week the fans will be happy again if Artur makes a great save, so that is part of football.” There was, though, little sign of support from the goalkeeper’s union by Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny – a direct rival to Boruc within the Poland national team. “I did not see what happened because I was focussed on organising my back four and it was quite far away from me,” he said. “But I would rather give credit to Olivier for closing people down and trying to take advantage of other people’s mistakes.” The pacey forward made his first appearance since September when he came on for the final 20 minutes of the 2-0 win over former club Southampton at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, which moved Arsenal four points clear at the top of the table after being gifted an opening goal by a blunder from visiting goalkeeper Artur Boruc. Since being sidelined by an abdominal problem which required surgery, Walcott has seen the Gunners make positive headlines again and the likes of Tottenham winger Andros Townsend stake a claim for a place in Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man England party for Brazil 2014. Press Association While the 24-year-old admits he was somewhat rusty on his comeback, Walcott has every confidence it will not be long before he is up to full speed once again. “It is a challenge I can face, I have faced some in my short career so far,” said Walcott, who was a controversial omission from Fabio Capello’s 2010 World Cup squad in South Africa. “It is nothing new to me, I know how to deal with it all. “I have some fantastic people around me and know how good I am. “It will take a couple of games, but I am sure I will be back to my best very soon.” Walcott continued: “It has been longer than I thought, but it is so good to be back out on the pitch with the guys and playing in such a fantastic team. “Seeing the way we play football has been fairly pleasant to watch (from the sidelines), but any player who is injured wants to go out there and perform. “It is frustrating at times, but you have just got to think about getting back fit as soon as you can, and I am happy to be back now.” last_img read more


first_imgSlashes DStv, GOtv Decoder PricesMultiChoice Nigeria has promised football fans in the country the best offerings on SuperSport, exclusively on DStv and GOtv.The company also announced that all 64 games of the FIFA World Cup in Russia will be available live in HD to DStv and GOtv viewers, with viewers getting the best of expert commentary and analyses.It equally announced decoder price slashes, with the DStv HD decoder, which includes a dish kit plus one-month subscription on the Compact bouquet available at N8,500, a 14% reduction from the previous price of N9,900. Also, the GOtv decoder, which comes with the antenna and one-month subscription on GOtv Max will be available for only N5,900.The announcements were made in Lagos yesterday at the launch of “Connect with Greatness”, the company’s World Cup campaign.Speaking at the event, General Manager, Marketing and Sales for MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr. Martin Mabutho, said: “The FIFA World Cup is football’s biggest event, featuring the best players and national teams all fighting for one ultimate prize. We are proud to say that we have been broadcasting the football tournaments since 2006 and this edition won’t be any different as we will be showing all 64 matches of the World Cup LIVE and in HD on DStv and GOtv.“Nigerians can enjoy all the games from the comfort of their homes and on the go with up to five mobile devices via the DStv Now app. We will also be providing exclusive live coverage from Russia with expert analyses from the biggest football professionals among other benefits. All you have to do to get in on the excitement is purchase a DStv HD decoder for as low as N8, 500 and a GOtv decoder for N5,900.”Subscribers will have access to the World Cup on six dedicated SuperSport channels broadcasting all 64 games on all DStv packages. GOtv subscribers will also enjoy all 64 World Cup games on GOtv Max and GOtv Plus packages, while GOtv Value customers can view a total of 56 World Cup games. Customers can also expect pre and post-match analysis from world class football experts, curated magazine shows on SuperSport and for the first time, pidgin commentary from seasoned local commentators.Meanwhile, the World Cup pop-up channel, SuperSport 14 (SS14), has been live on DStv and GOtv ahead of the soccer feast with an assortment of exciting content including great legacy footage, highlights, documentaries, FIFA films, classic matches and interviews. The channel also features exclusive and rare archive footage of football’s best moments and matches on channel 36.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgOr maybe he did, because the reported details of Cam Newton’s one-year contract with the Patriots make it look a lot like the deal Ryan Tannehill signed with the Titans last year after Miami traded him to Tennessee.MORE: Patriots hit with punishments for taping BengalsTannehill, of course, had the best 10-game stretch of his career in the 2019 regular season, earning some darkhorse MVP praise before helping Tennessee upset New England and Baltimore to reach the AFC championship game. In March, the Titans rewarded him with a four-year extension. What happened to the Titans and Tannehill last season is a perfect example of the best-case scenario for the Patriots and Newton this season.According to NFL Network, Newton’s one-year contract with the Patriots is “a bare minimum deal” that, if the quarterback hits incentives, will pay him up to $7.5 million in 2020. As 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman notes, it’s ridiculously cheap for a player who a couple years ago was playing MVP-caliber football before injuries took their toll.Even Cam Newton and Jameis Winston’s contracts COMBINED don’t match Chase Daniel’s deal. pic.twitter.com/fLD7zCZtok— Sporting News (@sportingnews) June 29, 2020Spotrac on Sunday night pointed out the similarities between the deal Newton reportedly signed this year and the contract Tannehill signed with the Titans last year. Tannehill was given a one-year deal worth $2 million and $4 million of possible incentives. He ended up earning almost $5.5 million.When it traded for and signed Tannehill, Tennessee was apprehensive about entering the 2019 season with Marcus Mariota as its unquestioned starter. The team figured: Why not bring in Tannehill, a 30-year-old passer looking to resurrect his career with a new franchise, on a low-risk deal?Likewise, New England seems apprehensive about entering the 2020 season with Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer as its starter. The team figures: Why not bring in Newton, a 31-year-old passer looking to resurrect his career with a new franchise, on a low-risk deal?MORE: NFL quarterback rankings for 2020 seasonESPN’s Adam Schefter raised an important point Sunday night in the context of the Patriots’ timing, as New England will lose a 2021 third-round draft pick as part of their NFL-imposed punishment for videotaping the Bengals’ sideline last year. If Newton were to start and play well enough in 2020 and then leave as a free agent the following year, the Patriots could get a 2022 compensatory pick.That would have been the case for the Titans in 2020 had they let Tannehill go in free agency. Instead, Tannehill agreed to a $118 million contract extension that guarantees him at least $62 million over the next four years.For the same reasons Newton lasted on the free agency market until late June — there are questions about his health after shoulder and foot injuries ruined his 2018 and 2019 seasons, respectively — he might not succeed in New England. As evidenced by the fact that Tannehill didn’t begin last season as the starter, Tennessee faced the same possibility. But like the Patriots this year, the Titans last year faced little-to-no risk with their veteran quarterback signing; only the kind of reward that manifested in the form of a pair of playoff wins.The Titans did that with an apprentice at head coach and a quarterback who had never won more than eight games in a season as starter.The Patriots are doing it with the master at head coach and a quarterback who is a former league MVP. Much is made of how Bill Belichick’s understudies, once they land head-coaching jobs of their own, try to duplicate the qualities and strategies the Patriots coach has used to build a 20-year dynasty in New England. But part of Belichick’s genius is his willingness to evolve and experiment, even if it means copycatting a disciple.So maybe Belichick did not look at former Patriots player Mike Vrabel’s Titans as an example of how to approach a season with uncertainty at quarterback, a situation New England faces for the first time in 20 years after Tom Brady joined the Buccaneers in free agency.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council scooped the Outstanding Initiative through the Municipal Districts award at this year’s Excellence in Local Government Awards which were held in Dublin on Thursday night.The award recognises the outstanding work done by Donegal County Council and especially the councillors and staff in the Inishowen Municipal District during the hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in July 2018.The Excellence in Local Government Awards are hosted by Chambers Ireland and are held each year to showcase best practice in local government, recognising the skills, hard work, innovation and enthusiasm within local government that can often go unrecognised. “This is a wonderful endorsement for the councillors and staff of Donegal County Council and in particular the Inishowen Municipal District” said Cllr Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council.“The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was a wonderful opportunity to showcase this stunning location to a global audience of almost half a billion people and the event itself surpassed all expectations”.The tournament has held in July 2018 at Ballyliffin Golf Club less than twelve months after one of the most devastating flooding events ever to strike the North West region causing approximately €15 million worth of infrastructural damage across the Inishowen Peninsula.“While the hosting of an event of this calibre is a mammoth task in ordinary circumstances, it was even more remarkable when you consider the challenge that faced our staff in dealing with the devastation following the unprecedented flooding event in August 2017,” says Cllr. Martin McDermott, Chair of Inishowen Municipal District. “We had a situation where roads and bridges were actually washed away and were new infrastructure had to be designed and constructed in a very short space of time. However, our team surpassed all expectations resulting in a record number of over 90,000 people visiting Ballyliffin over the five days of the tournament in 2018 enjoying what was one of the most memorable tournaments”.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Crossan said the work that was put in by our own local Roads Service led by Seamus Hopkins and Eamonn Mahon under the direction of Director of Service John McLaughlin and Senior Engineer Brendan O’Donnell cannot be over emphasised.He added “This is local government at its best and shows the value of working collaboratively at a very local municipal district level. The support and co-operation we received from everyone in the community including the Gardaí and all the emergency services was second to none and contributed in a very positive way to the success of the tournament.”In total sixteen awards were presented last night in the Excellence in Local Government Awards and Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said it was an honour for Chambers Ireland to host the Awards as well as a pleasure to highlight the work being done at a local level.Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform, John Paul Phelan T.D said the awards acknowledge those in local authorities who through their commitment, creativity and skill – continue to meet the dynamic and diverse needs of our changing communities. Specially commissioned crystal awards, designed by Waterford Crystal, were presented to the winners on the night and the individual awards were sponsored by European Recycling Platform (ERP), TEKenable, Healthy Ireland, LGiU Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and EirGrid.Excellence in Local Government Award for Donegal County Council was last modified: November 30th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:awardsdonegalExcellencem councillast_img read more


first_imgPhew, finally: now we know how cacti evolved, reports EurekAlert.  Ouch!  On second thought, how’s that again?    Two Yale scientists set out to figure out how the succulent plants turned leaves into spines.  Using molecular methods, they identified the earliest cactus, but then said it “already showed water use patterns that are similar to the leafless, stem-succulent cacti.” “[Our] analyses suggest that several key elements of cactus ecological function were established prior to the evolution of the cactus life form,” explain the authors.  “Such a sequence may be common in evolution, but it has rarely been documented as few studies have incorporated physiological, ecological, anatomical, and phylogenetic data.”But if the key innovations for cactus ecological function were already present, how is this an example of evolution?The press release is shamefully titled, “How did cactuses evolve?”  It should be titled, “Did cacti evolve?”  Apparently not; they were already adapted for their water use lifestyle from the start.  If “this sequence is common in evolution,” where the function already exists before the evolution begins, it sounds like creation, not evolution.    Enough with the Darwinian tales.  Focus instead on the design features of these amazing plants.  The article rightly states, “The cactus form is often heralded as a striking example of the tight relationship between form and function in plants.  A succulent, long-lived photosynthetic system allows cacti to survive periods of extreme drought while maintaining well-hydrated tissues.”  That is design, folks, not evolution.(Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgOn Saturday, April 9, 2011, I arrived in Chennai at 3 a.m. after a 24-hour journey from California. At 11 a.m., a group of entrepreneurs from TiE Chennai gathered at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) Research Park campus, and we spent the next four hours discussing strategy and tactics of early-stage entrepreneurship.TiE Chennai organized a Startup Super Day, during which I delivered the keynote address followed by a live strategy roundtable. At the roundtable, five entrepreneurs pitched their businesses to me, and I interacted with them in our usual format, with active participation from the audience.First up, Girish Mathrubootham from Chennai, India, presented Freshdesk, a SaaS solution for multi-channel customer support including knowledge base and social CRM support. Girish and his team are former Zoho employees and bring to their entrepreneurial efforts the perspective and learnings of Zoho, which has been successful in drastically undercutting high-end competitors in a major market, namely CRM, the office suite, and so on.FreshdeskI liked this venture very much and see the basic framework of using the Indian cost structure to provide SaaS products that are competitive in terms of performance and functionality at drastically lower prices as a massive opportunity for Indian entrepreneurs to go after. Almost a thousand SaaS/cloud startups have been launched over the past decade, and in each niche there are opportunities for concept arbitrage using this basic formula. I am very glad to see Girish and his team going after one such opportunity. Girish already has a number of clients and is well on his way to building the business. The go-to-market strategy has to be fine-tuned to make it more precise, but the basic premise of the business is validated.Interviewstreet.comNext, also from Chennai, India, Vivek Ravisankar pitched Interviewstreet.com, a nifty concept for testing programmers’ skill levels in various key languages to bypass the lengthy interviewing that goes into screening candidates in a hiring process. Vivek already has Amazon, Google, and a few other companies using the product and needs to put together a scalable telesales process to be able to sell it to a larger number of customers. The value proposition is well articulated, validated, and very clean.Quantum ArcThen, Satish from Chennai, India, discussed Quantum Arc, a solution for predictive analysis and forecasting of fire breakout hazards by monitoring electrical/power infrastructures in major facilities. The concept, if technically as compelling as it sounds, could become a standard in building safety all over the world. The majority of the discussion was about go-to-market strategy, channels and regulatory issues. It’s a very impressive concept, to say the least!Invention LabsWe also had Ajit Narayanan present AVAZ, designed by Invention Labs, a neat learning and communication product that helps people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, and speech disorders to communicate. The product has won a national award from the president of India for its empowerment of people with disabilities. However, in my assessment, the bigger opportunity for this business is to go to market as a mobile app.ET InteractiveFinally, Robin Mathew presented ET Interactive Design, a retail concept to address the disconnect between rural artisans and the merchandise they produce, and customers and what they want to buy. While the basic premise is compelling, and I am very interested in entrepreneurship opportunities in this area, the business model is flawed. I advised Robin to review rural and slum development, as well as lifestyle brand projects in Vision India 2020 and decide which one captures his fancy, then come and work with me on executing on it.Some of these businesses should definitely apply for the Microsoft BizSpark India Startup Challenge grants. I look forward to working with all of them further in 1M/1M.You can select the business you like best of those discussed through a poll on the 1M/1M Facebook page. Also, on the evening of April 9, I met with a large group of TiE Chennai charter members to brainstorm about Capitalism 2.0 and entrepreneurship development, which also yielded a very animated discussion.At the end of the day, we sealed a partnership between 1M/1M and TiE Chennai whereby TiE Chennai members can receive a discount of 25% off the annual membership fee for the 1M/1M premium program until June 16, 2011, and a 15% discount thereafter. The 1M/1M premium program offers entrepreneurs access to on-demand educational, business development and incubation resources and strategy discussions with me for $1,000 per year. I am traveling in India over the next several days and will be holding more live roundtables in Mumbai (April 16) and Pune (April 17).Our usual online roundtable schedule will resume April 21 and focus on the northeastern part of the United States. Recordings of previous online roundtables are all available here. You can register for the upcoming roundtables here.Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, an educational, business development and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, she writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes. As an entrepreneur CEO, she ran three companies: DAIS, Intarka, and Uuma. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sramana mitra Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#StartUp 101 last_img read more