Phil Lesh kicked off his two-night run at the Capitol Theatre on Friday night with a fantastic group of “Friends.” Celebrating his 68th show since 2012, the Grateful Dead bassist brought along Karl Denson (The Rolling Stones, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), Robert Randolph, Jackie Greene, Ross James, Jason Crosby, Tony Leone, Alex Koford, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.The band played through Grateful Dead favorites for two full sets, opening with a spectacular “Shakedown Street” led by saxophonist Karl Denson. Jackie Greene and Ross James took turns on another energetic opener, “Jack Straw,” before Alex Koford brought a heart-pulling version of CSNY’s “Almost Cut My Hair.” Greene took lead on “Bertha,” before Denson struck in on a firing “West L.A. Fadeaway,” which segued into a sing-a-long marathon “Ophelia” with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in full effect. The first set closed with “Samson and Delilah.”Watch the first- set opener, thanks to nugs.tv below:Watch the full band tackle “Ophelia” in the video below, courtesy of Stephen Hurtes:The second set brought the heat, with a “Help On The Way” opener, that led straight into a “Slipknot!” and “Franklin’s Tower” jam featuring musical tradeoffs between Jackie Greene, Ross James, Jason Crosby, and Phil Lesh. The full band continued with a “Viola Lee Blues” “Cumberland Blues” sandwich, then a Lesh-led “Unbroken Chain.” The second set closed on a high note with “Turn On Your Lovelight” and Not Fade Away.” The band once again returned for a performance of The Band‘s “The Weight.”Watch the second-set opener below, courtesy of nugs.tv.Watch “The Weight,” courtesy of Chuck Siegel:On Saturday night, Karl Denson, Robert Randolph, Ross James, Jason Crosby, Tony Leone, and Alex Koford will return to the Capitol with Lesh, along with Neal Casal subbing in for Jackie Green on guitar. Tickets for the show at the legendary venue are available here.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 5/26/17I: Shakedown Street (KD), Jack Straw (JGe, RJ), Almost Cut My Hair (AK), Bertha (JGe), West L.A. Fadeaway (KD), Ophelia (JGe), Tennessee Jed (JGe, AK), Samson and Delilah (RJ)II: Help on the Way > (JGe), Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower > (JGe, RJ, JC, PL), Viola Lee Blues > (all), Cumberland Blues > (all), Viola Lee Blues (all), Unbroken Chain (PL), Turn on your Lovelight > (JGe, RJ), Not Fade Away (all)E: The Weight (KD, JGe, PL, RJ)
As the year comes to a close, it’s time to look back at the wild ride and whirlwind that was 2017. For this series of Live For Live Music staff picks, we’ll be reliving many of the glorious musical moments from the past year. We’ve already taken a look at a select few of the awesome jams, bust outs, and live covers that went down this year, and today, we’re revisiting our staff’s favorite music festivals of 2017. Enjoy!L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Jams Of 2017L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Bust Outs Of 2017L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Live Covers Of 2017Suwannee Hulaween | Spirit of Suwannee Music Park | Live Oak, Florida | 10/27-29, 2017Over Halloween weekend, musicians, artists, and costumed revelers descended on The Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, for the 5th annual Suwanee Hulaween. Building off host-band String Cheese Incident‘s long-running cover-centric Halloween tradition, promoters Silver Wrapper Presents, Paul Levine, and the amazing dedicated staff at Suwannee have transformed Hulaween into one of the best festivals on the calendar. A combination of factors—the right venue (the incomparable Suwannee), time of year (fall hoodie season), holiday (Halloween), and hosts (SCI)—have allowed this festival to grow organically, and as a result, this year’s event marks the first ever sell-out at the music park, with Suwannee hosting 20,000 fans for the weekend this year.This year’s event had several exciting moments, including Phish bassist Mike Gordon‘s surprise sit-in with The Benevento/Russo Duo, Umphrey’s McGee’s jaw-dropping cover of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd, a sit-in from The Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner with Spafford, and a stand-out set from Portugal. The Man. The festival also hosted the String Cheese Incident’s “Night of the Loving Dead”-themed spectacle set, where the band covered Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Led Zeppelin, and so many more. Check out our full list of “Best Things We Saw At Suwannee Hulaween” here.You can also watch Greensky Bluegrass dedicate a 20-Minute “Bring Out Your Dead” to a random EDM fan; The String Cheese Incident debut a Beats Antique collab; Ween’s festival-closing set at the Amphitheater Stage; Tank And The Bangas’s heart-warming performance; Mike Gordon’s entire jam-packed set; The Benevento/Russo Duo’s entire reunion; The Nth Power’s tribute to Bob Marley; and Run The Jewels’ set. Ain’t no place like Hulaween! Brooklyn Comes Alive |Brooklyn, NY | Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Schimanski | 9/23-24, 2017In September, the third-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive took over three beloved venues in Williamsburg (Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Schimanski), bringing with it a stacked lineup featuring once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, tribute sets, and all-star supergroups. Over one hundred artists were brought together to see their passion projects come to life, honor their musical heroes, and improvise with their friends and peers, with more than thirty-five sets taking place across the festival’s two full days of music.Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive pushed the boundaries of a traditional music festival. By taking some of the most talented artists from our favorite bands and grouping them into dream collaborations–almost like a fantasy sports league–Brooklyn Comes Alive succeeded in creating a highly unique and memorable weekend of musical community and camaraderie that proved to be far greater than the sum of its (already fantastic) parts.Some of our favorite moments included when Scott Sharrard, Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico from moe., Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Nate Werth of Snarky Puppy, Joey Porter from The Motet, Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Roosevelt Collier, Dave Harrington, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and more played tribute to the Allman Brothers Band; members of moe. & Aqueous performed as “moe.queous”; James Casey, Natalie Cressman, Felix Pastorius, & more covered SBTRKT; members of The Motet, Trey Anastasio Band, & more played the music of Jamiroquai; George Porter Jr., Skerik, and Mike Dillon explored the far reaches of funk; Hayley Jane’s epic tribute to 90’s female rockers; the debut performance of Matador! Soul Sounds featuring members of The New Mastersounds and Soulive; and Roosevelt Collier and members of Snarky Puppy’s Get Down Set.For a set-by-set breakdown of all the happenings at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, click here. The Peach Music Festival | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA | 8/10-13, 2017Since its inception, The Peach Music Festival has quickly become one of the most beloved music festivals of the summer. The festival has become known as an Allman Brothers Band extended family gathering, with each rendition boasting an enviable lineup that frequently taps members of the band and their various side projects. This year, during what has undoubtedly been a difficult year following the tragic losses of Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman, the festival put together a special tribute set featuring friends and family from the ABB lineage.The master and former ABB keyboardist Chuck Leavell (currently with The Rolling Stones) led the tribute as musical director, alongside ABB members Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, and Marc Quiñones. The tribute also saw performances by Butch’s nephew and Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks; Gregg’s son, guitarist Devon Allman; former ABB guitarist Jack Pearson; rising guitarist and vocalist Marcus King; WSP guitarist Jimmy Herring (who once toured with ABB in 2000); keyboardist Bruce Katz (who has toured with both Butch and Gregg’s bands and Les Brers); Lamar Williams Jr., son of former bassist Lamar Williams and vocalist of Les Brers; guitarist Pat Bergeson of Les Brers; musical director of the Gregg Allman Band and guitarist Scott Sharrard; GAB keyboardist Pete Levin; Berry Oakley Jr., son of original ABB bassist Berry Oakley; and Butch Trucks’s son and guitarist Vaylor Trucks. To say the least, it was magical. Enjoy the audio from the set here.This year’s festival also included two nights from heavy-hitters Widespread Panic (highlighted by sit-ins from Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and Marcus King), My Morning Jacket (who played “Sweet Melissa” by the Allman Brothers Band), two sets from Umphrey’s McGees (who welcomed The Turkuaz Horns), two sets from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce with Chaka Khan, as well as a set from Gov’t Mule & Friends, featuring John Scofield, Marcus King, Jack Pearson, Chuck Leavell, Marc Quiñones, Jimmy Herring, John Bell, and more. Butch’s final project, Les Brers, also performed a similar set of ABB homage on Sunday afternoon, closing an epic weekend of ongoing respect. Videos of Les Brers’ set can be found here. All in all, Peach Music Festival provided a fantastic spread of jam band favorites. We can’t wait for next year! Dominican Holidaze | Breathless & Now Onyx | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | 12/1-5, 2017One of the best parts of going to a music festival is the element of escape. Cloud 9 Adventures brings that part of the experience to a whole new level with their season of destination music festivals. Dominican Holidaze places itself at the top of our list, as its relaxing nature mixed with its intimate setting welcomes the best of times. The all-inclusive resort(s) allow for comfort, luxury, and full-on rage, with beach and pool-side stages only steps away from your room, and restaurants galore.We danced in the sand and relaxed in paradise as Umphrey’s McGee (x3), STS9 (x3), The Disco Biscuits (x3), GRiZ , Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lotus , The Motet, TAUK, Spafford, Sunsquabi, Wolf + Lamb, Brendan Bayliss (Poolside Set), and a free-form jazz improv set with Alana Rocklin of STS9, Kris Myers of Umphrey’s McGee, and members of The Motet provided the ultimate soundtrack to our vacation.Especially in December, there’s nothing quite like Dominican Holidaze. Some of our favorite memories were when The Motet‘s horn section (Gabe Mervine and Drew Sayers) joined The Disco Biscuits for a cover of David Bowie‘s party classic “Let’s Dance”, and then again when the Motet’s horns, guitarist (Ryan Jalbert), and vocalist (Lyle Divinsky) joined TAUK later in the evening on Saturday night. Plus, on Sunday, Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss joined the Disco Biscuits on a cover of Prince’s “Controversy”. While the unique collaborations are certainly highlights, Dominican Holidaze is really about the vibe. We have a feeling that visiting the Dominican Republic in December will become a tradition for years to come! See you in 2018! LOCKN’ Music Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/24-27, 2017LOCKN’, a 4-day music festival with an emphasis on world class music, locally sourced food, and sustainability, is held annually at the Infinity Downs Farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge in Central Virginia. For its fifth year, the festival unveiled massive improvements to the site that made for the best event yet, and all those who attended the 2017 event agree that they are for the better. Event organizers changed the layout of the venue to just the Downs area, drastically improving sight lines and helping to create a more centralized environment for attendees to get around. The Blue Ridge Bowl was re-equipped to hold both the Main Stage and Relix Stage, allowing for easier foot traffic between the two.With the horrific events that took place in Charlottesville, only a short 45 minutes away, earlier in the week before the festival, positive vibes and celebration of music could not have happened at a better and more needed time. Many attendees wore purple, as well as purple ribbons, in remembrance of Heather Heyer, who lost her life during the Charlottesville attack. The vibe around the venue felt like a giant hug of love and acceptance, no matter what your background, making for a truly interlocking musical event for the entire music community.There were so many magical moments that filled our heart, including when The String Cheese Incident welcomed members of Umphrey’s McGee for an Allman Brothers Band cover; My Morning Jacket’s Jim James joined Joe Russo’s Almost Dead for a Jane’s Addiction cover; Bob Weir joined Joe Russo’s Almost Dead for five whole songs; DJ Logic and Bob Weir jammed together in a special VIP set; Phil.moe. welcomed Bob Weir, Grahame Lesh, members of The Revivalists, and more for a heart-warming set; Bob Weir and Phil Lesh welcomed Joe Russo, Grahame Lesh, & Elliott Peck at the VIP Set; Gov’t Mule’s Led Zeppelin collaborations with Ann Wilson; Bob Weir and The Avett Brothers’ full set together; Phil Lesh & Warren Haynes’ masterful “New Minglewood Blues”; and, of course, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, & Nicki Bluhm’s Triumphant “Terrapin Suite”. It doesn’t get much better than LOCKN’. We can’t wait to find out what’s in store for 2018!
Ghost Light, the hot up-and-coming band featuring Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, Scotty Zwang, Raina Mullen, and Steve Lyons, announced an extensive 2019 spring tour on Friday, which will see the relatively-new group covering some serious ground in the Rockies, midwest, and east coast regions.Ghost Light will open up their spring tour with a performance at Des Moines, IA’s Vaudeville Mews on March 20th, followed by stops at Milwaukee, WI’s Colectivo (3/21); St. Paul, MN’s Turf Club (3/22); Chicago, IL’s Chop Shop (3/23); Omaha, NE’s Slowdown (3/25); Frisco, CO’s 10 Mile Music Hall (3/27); Crested Butte, CO’s Center for the Arts (3/28); Boulder, CO’s Fox Theatre (3/29); and a final Colorado performance at Denver’s Cervantes’ on March 30th.The band will then hit Kansas City, MO’s Knuckleheads on April 2nd, followed by performances at Austin, TX’s Antone’s (4/4); Dallas, TX’s Deep Ellum Art Company (4/5); Houston, TX’s Last Concert Café (4/6); Fayetteville, AR’s George’s Majestic Lounge (4/9); St. Louis, MO’s Old Rock House (4/10); Columbus, OH ‘s Woodlands Tavern (4/11); Louisville, KY’s Zanzabar (4/12); Cincinnati, OH’s Madison Live (4/13); Nashville, TN’s Basement East (4/16); Asheville, NC’s Asheville Music Hall (4/17); Charleston, SC’s Pour House (4/18); Charlotte, NC’s Visulite Theatre (4/20); a special late-night show during Jazz Fest at New Orleans’ Republic NOLA (4/27); and a tour-closing show at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl on May 10th.Tickets for Ghost Light’s 2019 spring tour are on sale now here. For more information on the band’s upcoming tour dates, fans should head to Ghost Light’s website.Ghost Light 2019 Spring Tour:Mar 20: Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville MewsMar 21: Milwaukee, WI – ColectivoMar 22: St. Paul, MN – Turf ClubMar 23: Chicago, IL – Chop ShopMar 25: Omaha, NE – SlowdownMar 27: Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music HallMar 28: Crested Butte, CO – Center for the ArtsMar 29: Boulder, CO – Fox TheatreMar 30: Denver, CO – CervantesApr 2: Kansas City, MO – KnuckleheadsApr 4: Austin, TX – Antone’sApr 5: Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art CompanyApr 6: Houston, TX – Last Concert CaféApr 9: Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic LoungeApr 10: St. Louis, MO – Old Rock HouseApr 11: Columbus, OH – Woodlands TavernApr 12: Louisville, KY – ZanzabarApr 13: Cincinnati, OH – Madison LiveApr 16: Nashville, TN – Basement EastApr 17: Asheville, NC – Asheville Music HallApr 18: Charleston, SC – Pour HouseApr 20: Charlotte, NC – Visulite TheatreApril 27: New Orleans, LA – Republic NOLAMay 10: Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn BowlView All Tour Dates
Solving the opioid crisis will require a sustained and comprehensive approach that includes ample resources both for treatment and for combating stigmas against those addicted, a group of former governors said in a Harvard forum.At a roundtable presented Thursday by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Reuters, the five ex-governors warned that the United States has yet to fully grasp the depth of the epidemic or to forge an adequate response to it. Opioids were involved in 42,249 deaths in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control.“Everybody talks about this being a crisis and it is, but I think as a country we have not yet recognized how serious it is,” said Ohio’s Ted Strickland.“It’s a crisis not only for this country but for each of these families,” added Jack Markell of Delaware.Kansas’ Kathleen Sebelius, also former secretary of U.S. Health and Human Services, said that Washington needs to take a greater role in fighting the epidemic, including doing more to support programs — including Medicaid — that help people access treatment.President Trump has declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency, but Sebelius said that unless the federal government follows up with “really substantial and sustained dollars, this will not be solved.”Steven L. Beshear of Kentucky and Jim Douglas of Vermont also joined in the conversation, which was moderated by Scott Malone, Reuters’ Boston bureau chief. The event was part of the Harvard Chan School’s Andelot Series on Current Science Controversies.Beshear said that the nation is taking a “shotgun approach” to a problem that instead needs a concerted and long-term strategy.“We need leadership that steps up and says, nationally this is a crisis, it’s an epidemic, we’re going to take it on, and we’re going to solve it.”Panelists emphasized that to be effective, the fight against the epidemic has to be multifaceted.“There is no silver bullet to dealing with these addiction problems,” Strickland said. The drug industry, the medical community, political leaders, and law enforcement all have important roles to play, he added.The group urged a stronger focus on treatment and related services, citing stigma against people with addiction as a major hindrance to achieving that goal.Douglas noted polls showing that “the American public has a less positive view of people with opioid dependencies than they do of people with mental health problems,” adding: “We’ve got a lot of work to do to address the stigma to make it clear that this is a problem we all need to address.”Just as concerning, said Sebelius, is stigma within the health profession for those who work in addiction treatment, which she said is often regarded as “the lower level of health care.”“The irony is that this is actually where we need our very best people because of the complexity of dealing with these issues,” Markell said.The ex-governors pointed to state-level initiatives that have seen success, including drug courts, court diversion programs, and efforts to curtail overprescribing of opiate medications. But without a comprehensive strategy, even successes can have downsides, they noted.“You think you’re making progress reducing prescription drug abuse and then people go to other alternatives like heroin,” Markell said.Sebelius said public health institutions like the Harvard Chan School can play a vital role in the opioid fight by helping create databases comparing the effectiveness of different strategies.“There are lots of good ideas that have worked in various states. Nobody should have to reinvent the wheel,” she said.
Our technology’s latest speeds, feeds and features may generate a lot of excitement and attention, but what gets us most excited to go to work each day is how our technology drives human progress.From dairy farmers in India to cancer researchers in Arizona, our customers bring a diverse set of perspectives to the business problems they’re trying to solve. To address customers’ needs, the technology industry must solve a major business problem of its own: a looming talent shortage.By 2024 in the U.S., there will only be enough students graduating with computing bachelor’s degrees to fill 45 percent of the projected 1.1 million computer-related job openings.To close this gap, we must attract and retain more technology workers. And we can’t do that without bringing in more talent from underrepresented groups including women, African Americans, Latinxs, people who’ve pursued nontechnical majors or career paths, and those who’ve taken time off from work. Only 36 percent of U.S. technology industry employees are women, only 7 percent are African American and only 8 percent are Latinx. Closing the diversity gap is critical to meeting market demand and innovating solutions that reflect our global customer base. And it’s critical to closing societal wealth gaps, as the national average wage for all STEM occupations is $87,570, compared to $45,700 for non-STEM occupations.At Dell Technologies, we believe a diverse workforce is a critical part of our business success and how we make a social impact. We’re investing in education and training programs at all levels—from K-12 students to professionals—to bring underrepresented talent into the workforce of the future.Our work must start earlyNew research by Accenture and Girls Who Code found that more than 69 percent of the growth in the female computing pipeline would come from changing the path of the youngest girls—especially those in junior high school. However, that intervention must be sustained: A Microsoft study found that young girls in Europe become interested in so-called STEM subjects around the age of 11 and then quickly lose interest when they’re 15. “Conformity to social expectations, gender stereotypes, gender roles and lack of role models continue to channel girls’ career choices away from STEM fields,” said psychology professor Martin Bauer of the London School of Economics, who helped coordinate the survey of 11,500 girls across 12 European countries.Dell Technologies’ Youth Learning programs have provided 2.6 million underserved K-12 students with access to high-quality technology education. We collaborate with partners including Girls Who Code, which is building a pipeline of young women to work in computing, and CSforALL, which aims to bring computer science education to all of the country’s school districts.Getting real about where we need improvementIndustrywide problems require industrywide solutions. That’s why we’re a founding member of Reboot Representation Tech Coalition, a Melinda Gates initiative to double the number of black, Latina and Native American women graduating with computer degrees by 2025. Twelve tech companies—including Dell Technologies and our fellow Reboot founders Intel, Microsoft, Adobe, Oath and Salesforce—have committed a collective $12 million toward this goal, and new members continue to join. In addition, this coalition will work together to leverage best practices from our companies’ women’s leadership development programs to create an ecosystem that enables women of color to excel in tech.Beyond investment to create the curriculum that mattersThrough our new Project Immersion program, we are partnering with select historically black college & universities (HBCUs) and minority serving institutions (MSIs) to develop curriculum that cultivates the skills diverse students need to succeed in today’s tech industry. Our inaugural spring semester classes began in January 2019. We have served more than 100 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students at The University of Texas at Austin and three HBCUs in Atlanta: Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University. We brought in teachers from across Dell Technologies to teach subjects like cloud infrastructure (Pivotal) and cybersecurity (SecureWorks). Dell Technologies’ Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Brian K. Reaves, led a session to provide perspectives from the C-suite on the critical business acumen skills required of future leaders in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. And our employee resource group members from the local chapter of Black Networking Alliance (BNA) helped guide the technical workshops.“This program is personally meaningful to me because as a computer science major, I am interested in cybersecurity, but am still learning about what it actually entails,” said Yvonne Akuamoah, a Project Immersion student at Morehouse College. “My institution doesn’t offer any cybersecurity course, so this was my first real exposure to the field.”We held a roundtable with HBCU students and faculty to gain insights into how we can continue to attract and retain underrepresented talent in STEM. Additionally, we are scaling Project Immersion to other universities, starting with Georgia State University, one of the most diverse universities in the nation and physical hub for the Georgia FinTech Academy. We are also exploring opportunities to partner with additional HBCUs/MSIs to offer the program online.Helping non-IT pros make the switchCareer changes are common in today’s dynamic workplace, and we want to help more professionals pivot their careers to tech. Northeastern University’s ALIGN program serves women and underrepresented minorities from non-IT fields who are pursuing master’s degrees in computer science.Through our partnership, we have provided five Dell ALIGN Scholars with financial support and future co-op positions at Dell Technologies. We aim to double our reach this year, and are working with other companies and universities to expand ALIGN around the U.S.“This program encourages me to believe that I am able to learn a completely new topic at whatever age, no matter how difficult it may seem,” said Bethsaira DeOliveira, Dell ALIGN Scholar. “It is very empowering to be taught the specific skills needed to enter a complete new and different field of study—computer science.”It’s never too late to restart your careerBuilding a diverse team isn’t just about recruitment; it’s also about retention. Especially of women, as they leave the technology industry at a 45 percent higher rate than men. Through Dell Career ReStart, we offer professionals a smooth transition to working at Dell Technologies after they’ve left the workforce for a year or more. Their reasons for leaving might include starting a family, caring for an aging parent or leaving to pursue higher education. ReStart provides an unprecedented level of support spanning resume and interview coaching, mentorship and training.Windie Darrington, a ReStart participant working in project management at Dell Technologies, said, “I left my previous career to raise my two beautiful children and returned to the workforce when they started school. It feels amazing to be valued, supported and provided resources and mentors to grow my career and better myself in my personal life. I have never felt like this is just a ‘job.’ It is a true testament to my new career when my children brag about ‘mom’s work’!”Making a measurable impact on technology’s talent shortage will require many collaborative solutions—no single program can solve this issue. We look forward to working with our partners to expand our programs and help them thrive.Learn more about how Dell Technologies cultivates inclusion, here.
Updated Friday at 7:18 p.m.The water on the north end of Notre Dame’s campus has tested positive for total coliform, a naturally occurring microorganism which does not cause illness itself, the University announced in an email to the Notre Dame community April 28. According to the email, the University made the community aware of this result because the presence of coliform may also indicate the presence of other bacteria and the University believes it has “the responsibility to make [students] aware of this matter.”The email said the University has taken several steps “out of an abundance of caution” to ensure the continued safety of the campus water. These measures include continuously flushing and monitoring the water lines, isolating areas of the water line system and checking for potential sources of the contamination.University spokesperson Dennis Brown said these precautions have already resulted in a decrease in the amount of coliform in the water supply.“Testing this weekend has shown a substantial decrease in the coliform counts throughout the system,” he said in an email. “There continues to be no sign of E. coli bacteria in the water. We are continuing to flush and treat the system and will have an update for the campus early this week.”Anyone with severely compromised immune systems might want to go seek advice from a health care provider, the email said. However, the University said no extraordinary measures need to be taken to resolve the contamination and no extra precautions are necessary when drinking the University water.While the water did not initially test positive for E. coli, the University sent a follow-up email to the community May 9 to report that E. coli had been found and accidentally overlooked in the initial tests. According to an email sent Friday, however, representatives from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) “noted in their report that they believe the E. coli positive sample of April 20 to be due to sampling error, faulty plumbing installation, or another issue, and not indicative of the water from the University’s potable water system.”The same email also stated that daily water tests indicate the campus water system has been free of total coliform since May 8.Tags: coliform, EPA, Water quality
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:On Wednesday Ikea will launch its photovoltaic “Solstrale” offer in Germany, with the date having been brought forward from February 1. Since October, Ikea has been testing the offer in German stores in Kaarst, Eching, Walldorf, Ulm and Freiburg.“We are very satisfied with the demand so far and have been able to convince some Ikea visitors in the five stores of our offer,” said Sustainability Manager Christiane Scharnagl. The company was unable to report sales figures at pv magazine’s request, or to provide expectations about future sales.The online offer will not differ from that available during the test phase. The Solstrale PV package is available from €4,730 and applies to a fully installed photovoltaic system without home storage. There is also a higher priced package available at Ikea.The offers are available at ikea.com/solar, a spokeswoman for the company said. As a partner, the group continues to work with British solar company Solarcentury, which has set up a German subsidiary to implement Ikea orders. “We offer an integrated service from development to construction and operation,” said Dennis de Jong, CEO of Solarcentury Microgen (Germany).“We are delighted to hear from all of our five furniture stores that customers are very interested in our range of home solar systems,” said the Ikea spokeswoman. In addition, the Swedish furniture company will soon launch German marketing campaigns for its Solstrale offering.Ikea already sells residential PV systems in Belgium, the U.K., Poland, the Netherlands and Switzerland.More: Ikea begins online sale of PV residential module systems in Germany IKEA adds solar PV systems to its product lineup in Germany
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Over the years, I’ve learned a couple of things the hard way. One is never underestimate what can happen in the last nine holes of the Masters. Secondly, never underestimate the legal prowess of merchant lawyers.So, it is with a skeptical but weary eye that I reviewed a class action lawsuit (B & R Supermarket, Inc. d/b/a Milam’s Market vs. Visa, Inc., Case No. 3:16-cv-01150-WHA) commenced in federal court in California arguing that Visa, MasterCard and others violated anti-trust law by imposing a timeline on merchants to be capable of processing chip-embedded EMV cards that they “knew” to be impossible to meet. (paragraph 75 of the Merchant’s complaint). As a result, the argument goes, since October 1, 2015 merchants have been stuck with the cost of chargebacks for unauthorized transactions that would have historically been the responsibility of issuers (i.e. credit unions and banks). The merchants are looking for reimbursement of these charges, but fortunately, a preliminary injunction seeking to suspend the liability shift was denied on March 16, 2016.On the face of it, this lawsuit strikes me as the legal equivalent of the dog ate my homework defense. Merchants were put on notice of the liability shift by Visa in 2011. To suggest that they didn’t have enough time to upgrade their equipment is a bit of a stretch. Many merchants simply made the business decision that the costs of upgrading their terminals to be EMV compliant weren’t justified. Legalities aside, however, the lawsuit does highlight the challenges that are still being confronted with the integration of EMV chips into the payment system. For instance, according to the KrebsonSecurity blog, customers can expect EMV enabled card machines to be used in fewer than 1 in 5 face-to-face transactions. In addition, in fairness to the merchants, there is apparently a backlog to get the upgraded terminals certified for use. continue reading »
VESTAL (WBNG) — With the mandatory mask mandate, people are starting to notice acne bumps where the masks sits on their face. That’s according to Dr. Joseph Newark, a local dermatologist. To prevent maskne, only wear the mask when you need to, wash your face once or twice a day gently with light soap or water or use over the counter acne medicine. “Maskne,” mask acne, happens when masks are trapping sweats and oils on the skin. He says if you are wearing the mask most of the day, do not put on makeup that is inclusive. “Don’t forget the mask is essential,” Newmark said. “I don’t want people going out say, ‘Oh, I’m breaking out. I’m not going to wear it.’ I think it’s very important that they do wear it.”