New Orleans Jazz Fest Adds Widespread Panic To 2019 Lineup Following Fleetwood Mac Cancellation

first_imgEarlier today, Fleetwood Mac announced the postponement of their upcoming U.S. / Canada tour dates, including their recently announced appearance at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Fleetwood Mac was recruited to take the headlining slot that The Rolling Stones initially held, prior to Mick Jagger‘s sudden health complications and the band’s subsequent cancellation.On Monday, Jazz Fest organizers revealed that Widespread Panic will offer up a headlining performance to replace both The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac’s previously scheduled slot. May 2nd at Jazz Fest will also feature performances by Mavis Staples, Ziggy Marley, Tom Jones, Dumpstaphunk, Anders Osborne, and many more.New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival tickets for May 2nd are on sale now via Ticketmaster for $75. The festival notes that second-weekend general admission tickets will now be valid for any one day of the weekend, including May 2nd.Head to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival’s website for more information. The musical heritage of New Orleans will be on full display during the 50th-anniversary edition of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this spring. In addition to the official festivities on the fairgrounds, musicians from New Orleans and beyond will deliver a number of exciting nighttime shows during the week-and-change encompassed by Jazz Fest.Jazz Fest 2019 After Dark: L4LM Top PicksCheck out a list of Live For Live Music‘s various night shows during Jazz Fest below. For more information, or to grab your tickets today before they’re all gone, head here.last_img read more

Quvenzhane Wallis & Co. Perform ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life’ Live

first_imgUhm, not gonna lie, the hard knock life looks pretty fun. On November 24’s Dancing With the Stars, Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis and a host of bopping youngsters hit the stage for a performance of the toe-tapping orphan anthem. Who wouldn’t want to use a broom as a musical instrument while having a pillow fight?! Although we’ll hold out on all the cleaning if that’s alright. Check out the clip below, and catch Annie in movie theaters on December 19! View Commentslast_img

Corporate culture confusion

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Workers in different positions have different perceptions about who’s calling the shots,” notes an article at benefitspro.com. A significant number of employees surveyed by the Workforce Institute and WorkplaceTrends.com don’t know who’s responsible for determining the culture at their organization.Although one-third of human resources (HR) staff believe their role is to set the company tone, a mere 10% of other staffers agreed.About 25% of company executives claim cultural responsibility, while 11% of HR workers and only 9% of the remaining staff concur.If neither HR workers nor senior management determine culture, it would reason that workers at large are in charge—but, no. “Only 29% of employees believe that they are the most important cultural force in the workplace,” says the article. continue reading »last_img read more

2 Brooklyn Men Drown on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two 23-year-old Brooklyn men reportedly drowned hours apart while swimming at ocean beaches on opposite ends of Long Island over the weekend.In the first case, lifeguards pulled a swimmer in distress from the water at Rogers Beach in Westhampton Beach at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, but the victim, whose name wasn’t immediately released, died at Peconic Bay Medical Center, according to the Southampton Press.Then at 6:30 p.m., Kashawn Carlos drowned while swimming with a friend in Long Beach when he was caught in a rip current a half after lifeguards ordered swimmers out of the water at the end of the day, WCBS-TV reported. Carlos was pronounced dead nearly two hours later at South Nassau Communities Hospital.RELATED STORY: 6 Hazards to Beware of at Long Island Beaches This SummerBoth fatalities occurred while the National Weather Service had issued a statement warning of rip currents, which remains in effect through at least Tuesday morning.Suffolk County police officers also said they rescued five people—three on Friday and two more on Saturday—from rip currents in Ocean Bay Park on Fire Island.last_img read more

H5N1 virus may be adapting to pigs in Indonesia

first_imgMar 31, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists report that H5N1 avian influenza viruses may be adapting to pigs, as evidenced by the finding that H5N1 viruses isolated from pigs in Indonesia were less harmful to mice than were H5N1 viruses from chickens.The finding suggests that in growing in pigs, the virus may have become less harmful to mammals in general, the authors report. That sounds reassuring, but the authors say it may mean the virus is one step closer to turning into a human pandemic strain.In the study, scientists from Japan and Indonesia collected viruses from chickens and pigs in Indonesia, grew them in laboratory cell cultures, and used them to infect mice. They found that the viruses from pigs were less lethal to mice than the viruses from chickens, according to their recent report in the Archives of Virology.”We found that swine isolates were less virulent to mice than avian isolates, suggesting that the viruses became attenuated during their replication in pigs,” the report states.An intermediate host Pigs are seen as a possible intermediate host that can help avian flu viruses adapt to humans, because the epithelial cells in pigs’ trachea can be infected by both avian and human flu viruses, the article notes. If avian and human viruses infected a pig at the same time, they could mix or reassort, giving rise to a novel strain that might be able to spread in humans. The flu pandemics of 1957-58 and 1968-69 were caused by avian-human hybrid viruses, though it is not known if they arose in pigs.But even if they don’t mix with human strains, avian flu viruses that infect pigs are believed capable of adapting to them—gaining the capability to grow efficiently in swine cells—and thereby adapting to other mammals, the authors write. Humans occasionally are infected with swine flu viruses, something that has been reported at least twice this flu season in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.So far, H5N1 infections in pigs have been reported rarely or gone unnoticed because infected pigs show no signs of illness, the scientists write. But the authors, who include Chairul Nidom of Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia, report that they found H5N1 infections in pigs in Indonesia in 2005, 2006, and 2007. They determined that the swine viruses were closely related to viruses in chickens found nearby, indicating H5N1 spread from chickens to pigs at least three different times.They gathered three viruses from pigs and two from chickens on East Java in 2006 and 2007. They first determined that all the viruses grew well in embryonated eggs and in cultures of canine kidney cells, demonstrating that both avian and swine strains could grow in mammalian cell cultures. They then infected groups of mice with a range of doses of the five isolates.The results showed that all three pig viruses were less virulent in mice than the chicken viruses were, as measured by how large a dose it took to kill half of the mice. Two of the pig isolates were “strongly attenuated” in mice.In a genetic analysis, the scientists found several amino acid differences that might explain the lower virulence of the swine isolates, but they “were unable to determine which mutations were strongly correlated to low virulence in mice because these mutations are frequently found among avian and human H5N1 viruses,” the report says.Prelude to a pandemic strain?The authors offer this interpretation of their findings: “Since our swine strains were isolated from pigs with no apparent influenza-like symptoms, the decrease of pathogenicity in mice suggests that the H5N1 viruses may have lost their pathogenicity in mammals during replication in pigs. Given that for the H5N1 viruses to cause a pandemic, they would likely become attenuated in humans, becoming attenuated in mammals may be a prelude to the generation of a pandemic strain.”They add that because H5N1 infections in swine increase the risk that a pandemic strain could emerge, the findings point up the need for “continuous surveillance and management of H5N1 viruses in pigs.”The findings may mean that H5N1 viruses from swine will be less virulent in mammals generally, but it’s not clear that the viruses have truly adapted to swine, said Richard Webby, PhD, a virologist, flu researcher, and associate member of the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.Noting that the study authors used only five isolates, Webby said, “Trying to make too much of a conclusion from that number would be premature. The two least lethal viruses were both from swine, but one [swine isolate] was lethal. So perhaps if these become adapted to mammals, they’re potentially going to be less pathogenic.”Whether H5N1 viruses become more or less virulent when they adapt to mammals is a very important question, he said, adding that the findings “might be to some extent reassuring.”Regarding the authors’ statement that attenuation of the virus in mammals might be a prelude to the development of a pandemic strain, Webby commented, “I guess the thought behind that is that for a pathogen to be successful, it’s got to transmit readily, so if it makes the host too sick, so they go to a hospital or die, the chances of its transmitting to someone else are reduced.”But Webby told CIDRAP News that it’s not clear that H5N1 viruses have really become established in swine anywhere. “If these viruses have gone into swine, I think the key is whether they become established in swine. If that happened, we’d be concerned. I think the consensus now is that pigs are like humans; they can be infected, but it’s unlikely there’d be a lot of transmission.”He said US Department of Agriculture researchers have infected pigs with H5N1 viruses and found that the viruses didn’t grow at all. But those researchers used viruses that didn’t come from pigs in the first place. He noted that pigs often are fed broken eggs or even chicken carcasses, and such pigs might carry the virus in their snouts without becoming truly infected.Webby suggested that researchers now should “put these swine viruses back into swine and see if they actually are more adapted to swine than the avian viruses.”Takano R, Nidom CA, Kiso M, et al. A comparison of the pathogenicity of avian and swine H5N1 infuenza viruses in Indonesia. Arch Virol 2009 (early online publication Mar 14) [Abstract]last_img read more

Batesville Summer Wrestling Camp

first_imgBatesville Wrestling is sponsoring a summer “Wrestling Camp”. The camp is open to athletes entering the 3rd – 8th Grade during the 2014-2015 school year.The camp will be conducted at the Batesville High School wrestling room.Batesville Summer Wrestling CampSubmitted by Batesville Wrestling Coach Chris Deal.last_img

Hughes reiterates Moses support

first_img “You need to recognise when these things are levelled against you, and I thought it (Monk’s comment) was unjust and not correct. “We’ve discussed that at length, but Victor is a very strong-minded player and he will get on with the business of playing well for Stoke City which he is doing to a great standard at the moment. “I am really delighted with what he has produced. “I just hope this week of discussion and debate isn’t going to shape people’s view of him because what was levelled at him was incorrect.” Hughes maintains he has had no cause to speak to Moses, defending his player against Monk’s accusations. “Not at all,” said Hughes when asked whether a discussion had been necessary. “The only thing was he said he felt contact, he was impeded, just as I thought. “Having seen pictures that verified that was the case, I’ve no reason to speak any further with him.” Hughes, meanwhile, has expressed disappointment with Monk’s reaction as he said: “It’s right the FA have asked for Garry’s comments. “I made my feelings plain after the game, we have a strongly-held view, and it’s now up to the FA as to whether they want to take it any further. It will be their decision. “But it’s fair to say we were disappointed. Garry’s a very articulate young man, and maybe on this occasion he used the wrong word. That can happen. “Obviously the FA will take a view on it and we will leave it to them.” Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan, meanwhile, has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a fracture of the right leg. Whelan sustained the injury during the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Germany in Gelsenkirchen on October 14, forcing him off after 54 minutes of the Euro 2016 qualifier. The 30-year-old subsequently missed the win over Swansea, and is now unlikely to return until early December. Hughes said: “He got a kick on the outside of his leg, and there is a slight fracture there. “He’s not been put into a plaster cast. We’re going to try and manage it without that because Glenn feels he’ll get back sooner. “But the likelihood is he’s going to be out for four to six weeks I’d imagine, which is a blow for Glenn obviously because he is a big part of what we’re doing, and we’ll miss him.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes has expressed concern Victor Moses may now earn himself an unwarranted reputation in light of being labelled ‘a cheat’ by Swansea boss Garry Monk. Although Moses appeared to go to ground too easily, in Hughes’ mind contact was made. To further inflame matters for Hughes, former Wales team-mate John Hartson echoed Monk’s ‘cheat’ remark in an appearance as a studio pundit on Match Of The Day 2. That has led to condemnation from Stoke chairman Peter Coates, who has also issued a formal complaint to the BBC. Former Stoke manager Tony Pulis, however, has also waded into the debate, expressing empathy with Monk’s anger. In an interview with Sports Wales TV, Pulis said: “I can understand where Garry is coming from. You don’t want to see those incidents. “As a manager, the worst thing is to actually get beaten with people cheating.” Despite the furore surrounding the incident, whilst Hughes is confident Moses will not be affected, he is worried as to whether people’s perceptions of the 23-year-old midfielder will alter. “Victor’s a strong character anyway,” said Hughes. Press Association Monk has been asked to explain his remarks by the Football Association after claiming Moses “should be done for diving, for cheating” in the wake of winning a penalty in Stoke’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League home win over Swansea on Sunday. Monk further stated Moses “should be ashamed of himself”, even though a photograph clearly shows Moses’ shirt being pulled by Angel Rangel, leading to the penalty awarded by Michael Oliver. last_img read more