Is our dynamical understanding of the circulation changes associated with the Antarctic ozone hole sensitive to the choice of reanalysis dataset? [in review]

first_imgThis study quantifies differences among four widely used atmospheric reanalysis datasets (ERA5, JRA-55, MERRA-2, and CSFR) in their representation of the dynamical changes induced by severe springtime polar stratospheric ozone depletion in the Southern Hemisphere during 1980–2001. The intercomparison is undertaken as part of the SPARC (Stratosphere–troposphere Processes and their Role in Climate) Reanalysis Intercomparison Project (S-RIP). The dynamical changes associated with the ozone hole are examined by investigating the eddy heat and momentum fluxes and wave forcing. The reanalyses are generally in good agreement in their representation of the expected strengthening of the lower stratospheric polar vortex during the austral spring-summer season, as well as the descent of anomalously strong winds to the surface during summer and the subsequent poleward displacement and intensification of the polar front jet. Differences in the trends in zonal wind are generally small compared to the mean trends. The exception is CSFR, which shows greater disagreement compared to the other three reanalysis datasets, with stronger westerly winds in the lower stratosphere in spring and a larger poleward displacement of the tropospheric westerly jet in summer. Although our results suggest a high degree of consistency across the four reanalysis datasets in the representation of the dynamical changes associated with the ozone hole, there are larger differences in the wave forcing and eddy propagation changes compared to the similarities in the circulation trends. There is a large amount of disagreement in CFSR wave forcing/propagation trends compared to the other three reanalyses, while the best agreement is found between ERA5 and JRA-55. The underlying causes of these differences are consistent with the wind response being more constrained by the assimilation of observations compared to the wave forcing, which is more dependent on the model-based forecasts that can differ between reanalyses. Looking forward, these findings give us confidence that reanalysis datasets can be used to assess changes associated with the ongoing recovery of stratospheric ozone.last_img read more

US Navy Takes Early Delivery of 13th Production P-8A Poseidon

first_img December 9, 2013 Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Takes Early Delivery of 13th Production P-8A Poseidon Share this articlecenter_img Boeing has delivered the 13th production P-8A Poseidon ahead of schedule to the U.S. Navy, marking a perfect on-time record for the year. The aircraft’s arrival at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 4 follows the Navy’s announcement of initial operational capability and first P-8A deployment last week.The versatile maritime patrol aircraft, based on Boeing’s Next-Generation 737-800 platform, departed from Boeing Field in Seattle, where all P-8As are assembled and tested.“This track record of on-time or ahead-of-schedule deliveries is a tribute to the efforts of the entire industry team as well as our Navy customer,” said Rick Heerdt, Boeing vice president and P-8 program manager. “The P-8A’s industry-unique assembly process, which takes full advantage of the efficiencies in the Next-Generation 737 production system, will continue to pay off as we move into full-rate production.”“The program office will continue to support the fleet as we transition from the P-3C to P-8A. The fleet will use this aircraft, along with the previously delivered aircraft, to train and participate in operational missions,” said Cdmr. Tony Rossi, deputy program manager for the P-8A Poseidon program.The P-8A delivery is the last of the second low-rate initial production (LRIP) aircraft lot awarded in 2011. Boeing currently is building Lot 3 aircraft, the first of which will be delivered in 2014.Overall, Boeing has received four LRIP contracts for a total of 37 aircraft. The Navy plans to purchase 117 of the versatile multi-mission aircraft to replace its P-3 fleet. P-8As provide anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.Boeing’s industry team includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.[mappress]Press Release, December 9, 2013; Image:Boeing US Navy Takes Early Delivery of 13th Production P-8A Poseidonlast_img read more

Oceanography Mine Warfare Center Permanently Deploys to 5th Fleet

first_img View post tag: fleet Oceanography Mine Warfare Center Permanently Deploys to 5th Fleet Authorities December 2, 2014 View post tag: DEPLOY Share this article Sailors from the Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center (NAVOCEANMIWCEN) deployed to 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) as the first unit to be permanently deployed under Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NAVMETOCCOM).The NAVOCEANMIWCEN Sailors, who deployed Sept. 1, participated in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2014 (IMCMEX), which ended Nov. 13.NAVOCEANMIWCEN (CTE, an Echelon V command under NAVMETOCCOM, uses the oceanography disciplines to provide battlespace awareness for mine warfare forces. NAVOCEANMIWCEN operates unmanned underwater vehicles, analyzes sonar data, and examines sea-bottom sonar imagery to find mines. Although NAVOCEANMIWCEN platoons routinely deploy worldwide in support of fleet operations, no naval oceanography command ever has had a permanently deployed unit.The deployment is a joint initiative with Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), known as Task Group 56.1. The task group uses large and small unmanned underwater vehicles and analyzes the data from the unmanned vehicles as well as any other sonar data collected in the area to keep harbors and waterways cleared of mines.Beginning in March, NECC Sailors will operate the large unmanned underwater vehicles and a platoon of 10 NAVOCEANMIWCEN Sailors will perform post-mission analysis with an additional two Sailors working as a data-fusion cell to process all of the sonar data into one common operational picture. Until March, when the NECC Sailors will have completed the training for the operation of the vehicles, NAVOCEANMIWCEN Sailors will operate the vehicles and do the mission analysis.Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: 5th View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Oceanography Mine Warfare Center Permanently Deploys to 5th Fleet center_img View post tag: Oceanography View post tag: americas View post tag: Warfare View post tag: Mine View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Permanently View post tag: center View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Preliminary application for Hoboken’s affordable housing due today, May 8

first_imgHOBOKEN–The deadline to submit applications for  for the affordable housing waiting list for new rental units regulated by the city is today, May 8. Members of the public can submit a preliminary application by visiting Applicants without internet access may call (609) 664-2769 X5.This list will be used to lease five units at 600 Harrison St., four units at 1410 Grand, six units at  721 Clinton St., and 42 units at Seventh Street and Jackson Street and additional future units.  Some units will be available as early as Spring 2017, and others will be available in upcoming years depending on the construction schedule.The Affordable Housing Program will provide opportunities for both affordable units for rent and for sale.The first units that will become available are at 600 Harrison St. Monthly rents for the units, not including utilities, are $600 for the one available low income one bedroom unit, $903 for the three available low income two bedroom units, and $1,035 for the three bedroom moderate income unit.Even those who are not interested in these initial units should submit the preliminary application by May 8 to be considered for upcoming and future affordable housing rentals.The rents for future units may be higher or lower based on income levels and number of bedrooms. The waiting list is only for rental units regulated by the city and there may be other affordable housing opportunities that must be applied for separately.The city recently adopted the Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan and a guidebook entitled “Administration of Affordable Units: Policies & Procedures Manual” to set forth the policies and procedures for placing eligible individuals and families into Hoboken’s affordable units.Additional information including income limits is available on ×last_img read more

Speech: Explanation of vote in UNSCR to establish investigation in Syria

first_imgThank you very much Mr President.This is a sad day for the Security Council. It’s a sad day for the cause of universal norms and standards and it’s a sad day for the non-proliferation regime. But above all it is a very sad day for the people of Douma who now are without the protection that the international system was set up to provide for them. It is the fourth time in six days that the Council has discussed chemical weapons.Yesterday, fourteen members of the Security Council called for an investigation. Several members called on the P5 to assume their responsibilities to uphold the universal prohibition on weapons of mass destruction (WMD). As a P5 member, the UK is ready to do that, was ready to do that and was joined by France and the US. Conversely by vetoing, Russia has crossed the line in the international order. And worse, if possible, history is repeating itself one year on from Khan Sheikhoun.Mr President, Russia helped create the original investigation that attributed Khan Sheikhoun to the Syrian regime, and concluded that sarin which can only be developed by a state actor, had been used. But last autumn Russia vetoed renewal of this mechanism on not one, but three occasions. The reason is clear. It is because Russia would rather cross the WMD line than risk sanction of its ally Syria. Instead we are asked to believe that the Russian version of this latest attack should be the one that the Security Council believes.Mr President, Russia is not authorised by the Security Council to carry out an investigation in Syria. Russia says there were no traces of a chemical attack. No traces were found by whom? I repeat Mr President, Russia is not authorised to carry out an investigation on behalf of the Security Council. We need an independent investigative mechanism for that purpose and only that sort of mechanism can have the confidence of the Security Council and the confidence of the membership of the UN and the confidence of the people of Syria.Sadly, Mr President, reports of chemical weapons attacks in Syria have continued since the original Russian veto in November. It’s become very clear that Russia will do what it takes to protect Syria, whatever the compelling evidence of the crimes committed and to shut down further investigation and discussion of those crimes. And this has come, Mr President, at the cost of Russia’s own obligations and credibility as a permanent member of this Council, as a State Party to the Chemicals Weapons Convention and as a declared, and supposed, supporter of peace in Syria.The Security Council has been unable to act solely because Russia has abused the power of veto to protect Syria from international scrutiny for the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people. Even today, Mr President, there are open source investigations which have located a chlorine cylinder, the same kind that the JIM has found that the Syrian regime use, atop a house in Douma full of dead bodies who clearly died from respiratory problems. I frankly doubt, Mr President, that in 48 hours, Russia has verified all similar reports and can conclude that they are all fake. They are not fake, Mr President. They need to be looked at and investigated by a proper independent mechanism such as this Council was prepared today to pass.Mr President, Russia’s credibility as a member of the Council is now in question. We will not stand idly by and watch Russia continue to undermine the global norms which have ensured all our security, including Russia’s, for decades. As a P5 member, the United Kingdom will stand up for international peace and security. It is our moral duty, Mr President. It is a matter of shame that Russia once again blocked a resolution. The Russian Ambassador mentioned that it was not a question of counting the number of Russian vetoes. I beg to differ, Mr President. To quote Lenin, “quantity has a quality all of its own”. Russia’s actions today are a step against the rules and authority of the Security Council and the wider United Nations. They are a step against international peace and security and non-proliferation. And they are a step against humanity.last_img read more

Phil Lesh, Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, & More Open Weekend At The Cap With The Preservation Hall Jazz Band [Videos]

first_imgPhil 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 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 “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)last_img read more

L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Music Festivals Of 2017

first_imgAs 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!center_img 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; 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!last_img read more

Ghost Light Announces Extensive 2019 Spring Tour

first_imgGhost 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 Dateslast_img read more

U.S. needs to back opioid talk with stronger action, former governors say

first_imgSolving 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.last_img read more