Allman Brothers Will Return To The Beacon In March

first_imgEvery March, the famed Allman Brothers Band set up shop at the Beacon Theatre for an extended residency, typically playing around ten shows to the delight of older and younger fans alike. As the band enters its 45th year of music, founding member Gregg Allman is thrilled to have another opportunity to perform.In an interview with Rolling Stone, Allman showed his enthusiasm, saying that “going through the motions would be a real bore… We’re all still real into it.” They have scheduled ten concerts between March 7-22.The band is also planning to release some live concert footage in 2014, including February releases of Boston Common 8/17/71 and Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992. The August 1971 show is one of the last known performances by the divine slide guitarist, Duane Allman, who was killed in a motorcycle accident just two months later, on 10/29/71.They also plan to release a DVD, entitled Live at Great Woods, which captures the Allmans in 1991. While bassist Oteil Burbridge has left ABB for the Zac Brown Band, Gregg Allman is still incredibly enthusiastic for the upcoming Beacon run. “These last few years, we do the Beacon and then we do one month on the road in the summertime and that’s about it. And then everybody goes off to their own respective solo bands. It’s getting more seldom that we get together, you know? It makes you really look forward to it.”Tickets for the Allman Brothers Beacon shows go on sale at 10 AM (ET) on January 10th. The dates of the concerts are listed below:March 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)[Source: Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Watch Adorable Siblings Burst into Tears When Mom Surprises Them with Adopted Baby Sister

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis bundle of joy certainly brought a lot of joy to her new sisters – so much so, that they couldn’t help but cry with happiness. Shane and Kasi Pruitt have always been keen on adoption; only two of their four children are biologically theirs.RELATED VIDEO: Dog Starts Tickling Baby to Stop the Crying, Adorable Gigglefest EnsuesSo when the parents started readying themselves for a third adoption, the family was anticipating a lengthy legal process. After 10 months of waiting, an adoption lawyer finally paired them with a 3-week-old baby girl.Two weeks ago, the Pruitts brought the baby back to their home in Rowlett, Texas to surprise their daughters with their new sister – and their reactions are priceless.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Sweet News With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

University to launch pilot program in Chinese factories

first_imgNotre Dame is launching a pilot program that will allow selected factories in China to manufacture University-licensed products, with the goal of determining if they can meet and maintain worker treatment standards, University President Fr. John Jenkins said in an email to students late Wednesday night.Annmarie Soller | The Observer In 2013, University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves appointed a Worker Participation Committee (WPC) to review Notre Dame’s Licensing Code of Conduct due to an increasing frequency of interactions between the University and China, according to the website of the Office of the Executive Vice President. After two years of research and deliberation, the WPC issued a set of recommended changes to the University’s existing licensing policy. Jenkins approved these recommendations and directed the pilot program to begin, according to the email.According to Jenkin’s email, the University implemented a policy in 2001 that prohibited 11 countries, including China, from producing Notre Dame-licensed products. “The University’s decision at that time was bold, principled and widely applauded,” Jenkins said in the email. “It was hoped that Notre Dame’s action would encourage other institutions to follow, and that collectively pressure could be put on countries to reform their labor laws.”Jenkins said that since no other universities have adopted similar policies, and Notre Dame’s action had no discernable influence on the practices of nations that deny freedom of association, the WPC was created to reevaluate the University’s policy.“While still holding to the principle that freedom of association ought to be allowed and independent unions permitted, and recognizing that in the People’s Republic of China such rights are denied at the level of national laws and practices, the WPC considered whether there might be other criteria we should employ focused on the policies and practices of particular factories,” the email said.The committee worked with Verite, an internationally-recognized non-profit organization, to assess six selected Chinese factories using a list of 71 criteria. They proposed four specific recommendations, shared with the Notre Dame community at a public forum in September.“First, that Notre Dame undertake a pilot program with factories that met our standards to see if they sustain a standard of performance acceptable to Notre Dame, and we can confidently verify such performance,” the email said. In addition, the University will work with factories in the area that fell short of their standards to see “if they can improve to an acceptable level.”Notre Dame will also begin evaluating similar factories in other countries that currently manufacture Notre Dame-licensed products. “Even with the formal, legal right to form and join an independent union, worker participation may be below what is acceptable, and the University can use its leverage to encourage improvement. Moreover, the review of factories in different countries could establish a useful benchmark as we deliberate about acceptable standards.”The committee also recommended the University review and, as necessary, revise the current Licensing Code of Conduct to include a “a richer understanding of worker participation and, in general, that it reflects the best practices and the principles of Catholic social teaching.”Finally, the committee suggested the formation of a student subcommittee, in addition to continuing campus participation in the conversation.In response to calls to reject the recommendations, Jenkins analyzed the morality of the policy, concluding that Notre Dame’s actions would not support or sustain any form of injustice.“Participation allows us to affirm those factories that have high standards of worker participation, and to encourage other companies to meet these standards,” the email said. “Whether this in fact occurs is something about which a pilot program will give us valuable information.”According to the email, the pilot program ultimately seeks to promote the full set of workers’ rights recognized by Catholic social teaching at a global level.“I emphasize that this change in policy in no way signals a lessening of Notre Dame’s commitment to the full set of workers’ rights recognized by Catholic social teaching,” Jenkins said. “On the contrary, with the WPC, we are trying to develop a policy that is as effective as it can be in furthering the recognition of those rights around the world.”Tags: China, Father John Jenkins, Licensing, Worker Participation, Worker Participation Committeelast_img read more

Free legal help available for Jefferson County veterans

first_img Appointments are not necessary, but are encouraged.Any Jefferson, Hardin, Orange, Liberty or Chambers County veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran is eligible to receive individualized legal advice from a volunteer attorney free of charge in a variety of law areas including family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord/tenant law, employment and more. This event is a public service of the Jefferson County Bar Association, which is part of a coalition of bar associations that provide pro bono legal services to U.S. veterans in 17 counties in Texas.The Texas Access to Justice Foundation provides support to this program. Those who need continued legal representation and who qualify for legal aid may be assigned a pro bono attorney to handle their case.center_img BRIDGE CITY — Jefferson County veterans who need legal advice or legal assistance can visit a free legal clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 29 at the Bridge City Senior Citizen Hall, 105 Parkside Drive in Bridge City.For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Jefferson County Bar Association at 409-835-8647.last_img read more

Time to act: Understanding dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Last October, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Michael Yudin, sent a letter to states reminding them to use the terms “dyslexia”, “dysgraphia”, and “dyscalculia” in Individualized Education Programs and in evaluations determining a student’s eligibility for special education services. Since then, talk has been more frequent in regards to how these diagnoses can benefit the development of programs to support students with learning disabilities. Before Yudin released the letter, many states and schools did not openly acknowledge an identified diagnosis of dyslexia. The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) provided guidance to the Office of Special Education Programs and found that the same was true of dysgraphia and dyscalculia. The tireless work by the NCLD, Decoding Dyslexia, and many other organizations across the country has successfully brought this issue center stage, where it should be. In Vermont, people are taking action, where organizations such as the Stern Center for Language and Learning are preparing to launch a three-part symposium series on January 29th to further clarify the complexities of these terms and identify best practices in classrooms. Janna Osman, Vice President for Programs at the Stern Center for Language and Learning stated, “We have an opportunity to work with educators, psychologists, educational leaders, and others on how to develop a common understanding of “dyslexia”, “dyscalculia” and “dygraphia”. The goal is to develop a deeper understanding of what students with learning disabilities need to be successful. This is an idea we have always been dedicated to, which is why we provide grants through our Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence to assist educators the best we can.” Out of the 6.4 million students who receive special education, 2.5 million (35%) are diagnosed with a specific learning disability, resulting in the largest disability population in the United States. Specific learning disabilities impact reading, writing, speaking, and listening, as well as mathematical calculations and reasoning.  It is important that educators have as much information as possible about these conditions and are provided with research-proven strategies in order for these students to access an appropriate education. Now is the time to take action and learn more about how to best support these students as they pursue their academic paths.last_img read more

Microneedle flu vaccine patch passes phase 1 trial

first_imgThe future of the flu vaccine may be in an adhesive strip no bigger than a Band-Aid, according to the results of a phase 1 clinical trial on a dissolvable microneedle patch conducted at Emory University and published yesterday in The Lancet.Microneedle patches, small adhesives the thickness of paper studded with 100 short, thin needles, have been an underused avenue for delivering vaccines, said Nadine Rouphael, MD, associate professor of medicine at Emory and the lead author on the study, in an interview.”They are more likely to be used in cosmetics. There has only been one prior study on their use for human vaccines, but it had no control group,” she said. “This is the first time a single, disposable application that can be self-applied has been tested.”The results were promising: The microneedle patch, worn for 20 minutes on the wrist, elicited a robust immune response in study participants. Moreover, 70% of the participants who used the patch (33 of 47) said they preferred it to the injected flu vaccine.”It was exciting to see their enthusiasm for the patch,” Rouphael said. “It’s painless.” (Forty-eight of 50 volunteers, or 96%, rated it pain-free.)To conduct the study, the researchers divided 100 adult volunteers into four groups; one got a traditional flu shot, one group received a placebo patch, another had the patch administered by a healthcare worker, and the final group applied the patch themselves. Twenty-eight days after the study, the geometric antibody mean titers were similar in all but the placebo group.No refrigeration, easy disposalThe microneedle patch tested is stable for at least 1 year at 40°C (104°F), and the water-soluble needles dissolve, which means it generates little to no waste (the sticky part is discarded like a bandage).Microneedle patches could also be manufactured at a similar rate to injected influenza vaccine, based on annual predictions of seasonal flu virus strains. The manufacturing cost of the patch would be competitive to prefilled syringes, the authors say.”It’s so easy to use, it could even be mailed to people,” said Rouphael. “It’s a simple technology, and it’s cost-effective.”The National Institutes of Health funded the study, but Rouphael said it would be a few years before the patch could be manufactured. First, the patch needs to be tested on a larger group of adults. An upcoming study at Emory will test how well a pediatric group tolerates an inactive microneedle patch, and determine where the patch is best applied on children.And, of course, the patch needs to demonstrate effectiveness in preventing influenza, not just in producing a strong immune response.A commentary published alongside the study emphasized that many people avoid the influenza vaccine because of a fear of injections. More important, however, the ease of use and low cost to make the microneedle patch an attractive option for low-resource countries looking to integrate flu vaccine into national vaccination programs.”Microneedle patches have the potential to become ideal candidates for vaccination programmes, not only in poorly resourced settings, but also for individuals who currently prefer not to get vaccinated, potentially even being an attractive vaccine for the paediatric population, provided late-stage clinical development confirms vaccine efficacy,” concluded Katja Hoschler, PhD, and Maria C. Zambon, PhD, scientists with the National Infections Service of Public Health England.See also:Jun 27 Lancet studyJun 27 Lancet commentarylast_img read more

Posts From The Road: Fish Creek Falls

first_imgFish Creek: Farther down stream from the water fall Fish Creek levels out somewhat as it flows toward town and eventually flows into the Yampa River. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com By GARY WARRENPhotographerFormerly of Los AlamosWhen visiting Steamboat Springs, Colo., it is easy to be drawn to the many downtown activities, shops, and restaurants. In the winter, life centers around skiing and snow boarding in this mountain town.However, Steamboat Springs  is also known for its natural beauty. There are miles of trails for hiking and biking and the Yampa River running just a block off of the main street through town offers fishing and other water activities.Fish Creek Falls less than five miles from downtown up a paved road and is perhaps the most popular hike in town. We have visited the area several times but had never taken time to view the falls until a recent visit. There are two falls, a lower falls and upper falls. On this visit, we chose to view the lower falls and we were not disappointed. The ideal time to view a water fall in this part of the country would be early summer shortly after the snow melts but Fish Creek Falls flows year-round.Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he shares his photographs, which appear in the ‘Posts from the Road’ series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Fish Creek Falls: This view of the 280 foot Fish Creek Falls in Colorado is one of several viewpoints across the canyon. Water from several mountain lakes in the Rabbit Ears Range flow into Fish Creek. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com River and Falls: From river level looking up towards the water falls visitors get a different view and perspective of the falls. The river also reveals thousands of rocks and boulders, which have traveled through the creek carried by the rushing waters. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com Downstream: A view of the river looking downstream still shows the fast flowing river waters over rocks and boulders but this view is more calming than seeing the water rushing at you. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

Investors splash out £550m on retail sheds

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Interview: CBRE head of residential Lisa Hollands

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Retail agency team of the year: Jones Lang LaSalle

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