LOCKN’ Announces Spafford For 2018 Lineup

first_imgToday, LOCKN’ Festival continued its act-by-act lineup announcement with the news that Spafford will be headed to Infinity Downs and Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia, this summer. The Arizona jammers will hit the festival’s main stage on Sunday, August 26th, at 2:30 p.m. ahead of performances by Dead & Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sheryl Crow, and Blues Traveler (plus one other act that has yet to be announced). This will mark Spafford’s debut at the high-profile music festival, scheduled for August 23rd through 26th of this year.Since the festival’s first lineup announcement—the highly anticipated news that Dead & Company would finally make its debut at LOCKN’ with four sets across Saturday and Sunday—the event has been slowly but steadily announcing a number of other big-draw artists on its bill. Spafford’s announcement comes on the heels of the announcement of two sets of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel earlier in the day. For more information or to grab tickets to LOCKN’, head over to the festival’s website here. [Photo: Dave Vann]last_img read more

A warning for youth

first_imgSenior author S. Bryn Austin, a professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, noted that reputable physicians do not recommend the type of dietary supplements analyzed in this study. Many of these products have been found to be adulterated with prescription pharmaceuticals, banned substances, heavy metals, pesticides, and other dangerous chemicals. And other studies have linked weight-loss and muscle-building supplements with stroke, testicular cancer, liver damage, and even death.“How can we continue to let the manufacturers of these products and the retailers who profit from them play Russian roulette with America’s youth?” Austin said. “It is well past time for policymakers and retailers to take meaningful action to protect children and consumers of all ages.”This study was funded by the Ellen Feldberg Gordon Fund for Eating Disorders Prevention Research and the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders. Yongjoo Kim of Harvard Chan School was also a co-author. Related Vitamin D may slow progression of metastatic colorectal cancer Daily or weekly dose had greatest benefit for those with significant deficiency Encouraging results prompt planned evaluation in large phase 3 trial Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu Consumption of dietary supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building, and energy was associated with increased risk for severe medical events in children and young adults compared with consumption of vitamins, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that these types of supplements were linked to nearly three times as many severe medical outcomes as vitamins in young people.“The FDA has issued countless warnings about supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building or sport performance, sexual function, and energy, and we know these products are widely marketed to and used by young people,” said lead author Flora Or, a researcher with Harvard Chan School’s Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders. “So what are the consequences for their health? That’s the question we wanted to answer.”The researchers looked at adverse event reports between January 2004 and April 2015 in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System on the food and dietary supplements database. They analyzed the relative risk for severe medical events such as death, disability, and hospitalization in individuals aged 0 and 25 years that were linked with the use of dietary supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building, or energy compared with vitamins.They found that there were 977 single-supplement-related adverse event reports for the target age group. Of those, approximately 40 percent involved severe medical outcomes, including death and hospitalization. Supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building, and energy were associated with almost three times the risk for severe medical outcomes compared with vitamins. Supplements sold for sexual function and colon cleansing were associated with approximately two times the risk for severe medical outcomes compared with vitamins.last_img read more

Panel analyzes India’s elections

first_imgTags: bharativya janata party, BJP, CWIL, hinduism, India, india elections 2014, karie cross, panel at saint mary’s on india, pradeep naravanan, sonalini sapra, srishti agnihotri On Wednesday, Saint Mary’s hosted a panel on the 2014 elections in India as part of International Education Week, sponsored by the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) and the department of political science. The panel was called “India 2014: Assessing the Elections and Beyond.”Contributing to the panel were four presenters, including Srishti Agnihotri, a graduate student in International Human Rights Law at Notre Dame, Sonalini Sapra, assistant professor in political science at Saint Mary’s, Karie Cross, a Ph.D student in political science and peace studies at Notre Dame and Pradeep Narayanan, head of research and consultancies at Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices in India. Chair of political science at Saint Mary’s Marc Belanger helped to facilitate the discussion.Agnihotri began the panel discussion as the first presenter, focusing on the context surrounding India’s 2014 elections. She spoke of India as a multi-party parliamentary system, with 543 available seats in the congress. The significance of this election was due to the fact that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the majority, holding 282 seats, which has not happened since 1984, Agnihotri said.The reason the BJP was able to get so many seats was due to “changes that arose between the 2009 election and the 2014 election that diminished public opinion of the government,” which “was due to a series of a high-profile scandals,” she said.“The public began to see the regime as corrupt, and what could have been defended by public policy, the government seemed to be completely mute,” Agnihotri said.Agnihotri also brought up the reasons the leader of the BJP, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayeeas, was able to gain popularity.“He was a self-made man, who had very good public speaking skills … but under his leadership, the BJP was able to channel the sense of dissatisfaction, due to corruption, inflation and the increase of rapings, into political action,” she said.The second panelist presenter, Cross, changed the tone of the panel to focus on religion in India’s election, describing the significance of Hindu nationalism and how it had been utilized by politics in the past.Cross discussed how there were two ideas about running the government in regards to Hindu nationalism.“Hinduism is not just a religion, but it gives India its distinctive national identity … and that others do not have to convert but adapt and accept the sameness of the nation’s interest,” Cross said. “This was against the idea that all religions should have an equal pull in the state and focus on diversity and inclusion.“There would be a problem because the minorities could lose their security to practice their own cultures” Cross said. “Incidents of religious tensions and riots in Gujarat that were possibly led by the new PM, Modi, reveal this loss of security. This was overshadowed by Modi’s focus on economic growth, which was largely accepted, and shows that the economy is being more valued than humanity.”Cross also looked to different areas in India, such as the northeast, where there is an even larger diversity.“Problems of sameness promoted by Hindu Nationalism reveals that the conditions of people in the northeast will degenerate,” she said.Narayanan, who joined the discussion via Skype, spoke of the different influences effecting participation and voters in the 2014 Indian election.“What is shaping elections today is a bit of danger, which comes from the Americanization of the Indian election … the rise of the power of money and how it is able to influence how politics are brought out into the public domain and change the narration of debates,” Narayanan said. “My main point is that in 2009, the government was not voted out by the people, because big corporate lobbies were in favor of the government.”According to Narayanan, corruption within the system stems from inequity, which is the main problem.“Because corruption is being addressed without looking at equity technical solutions being made cannot fix the situation,” he said.The final presenter, Sapra, described the environmental policies in the post-election period.“I want to emphasize that it is not just the modern government that has not taken environmental policy seriously, but previous governments as well did not fulfill any of their promises of environment sustainability,” Sapra said.Sapra spoke of how the government’s focus on economic development overshadowed the environmental concerns.“Businesses would more often support the focus of economic interest, but many critics would stress that it is hard to separate the environmental concerns from the needs of the Indian people,” she said. “Coal mining is increasing in India, which is affecting more people because it is by the process of strip mining.“India has long maintained that it has not been largely responsible for emissions thus far and so should be able to industrialize,” she said.However, Sapra spoke of positive initiatives to clean up India that can act as generative solutions to the environmental concerns.“By 2019, the holy city of Varanasi is to be cleaned … it is interesting how initiatives are being taken up by local communities and religion,” she said.last_img read more

University announces valedictorian, salutatorian for class of 2018

first_imgThe University announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the class of 2018 in a press release Thursday. Senior Andrew Grose will be the 2018 valedictorian and will deliver the valedictory address at the Commencement ceremony, while senior Harisa Spahić will be salutatorian and deliver the invocation as well as the valedictory address if Grose is unable to do so.Originally from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Grose earned a 3.997 overall grade point average (GPA) as a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program and will graduate with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in preprofessional studies and a major in Spanish, according to the press release. An “early inductee into the Notre Dame chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society,” the press release said, he will pursue a master’s degree from Notre Dame. After receiving his master’s, Grose plans to work as a doctor in the “global public health setting, with a focus on underserved rural communities in both the U.S. and Central America.”According to the release, Grose worked for the non-governmental organization Libras de Amor in El Salvador this past summer through the International Summer Service Learning Program. He spent the previous summer studying Spanish history and film in Toledo, Spain. Additionally, he received the Jose Tito Siguenza Award for Service to Hispanic Youth in April 2018, the James T. DiNardo Award as outstanding junior science preprofessional student in January 2017 and the Department of Preprofessional Studies’ Samuel J. Chmell, M.D., Award, which the department awards each year to a student who “demonstrates a high level of academic achievement, exemplary character and integrity,” the press release said.Grose was also a four-year member of the University marching band’s drumline and the Dean’s List, and volunteered with multiple service organizations in the Michiana area throughout his time at Notre Dame.Spahić, the salutatorian, is a native of Granger, Indiana. According to the press release, she will graduate with a major in biochemistry and minors in anthropology and science, and she recently won the 2018 Daniel and Anne Crossen Pre-Medical Student Award from the Office of Preprofessional Studies. A Marshall Scholar finalist with a 4.0 GPA, Spahić will enroll at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the fall.According to the release, Spahić, another early inductee into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and four-year Dean’s List member, conducted research in “the Cancer Neurocognitive Translational Research Lab, where she was the head undergraduate research assistant for two years, and the Clark research lab, where she studied protein folding in E. coli cells.”Spahić also participated in several service programs while at the University, taking on a leadership role in Habitat for Humanity and volunteering with other groups such as the Social Justice in American Medicine Club, the Timmy Global Health Notre Dame chapter and the Center for Hospice Care, the press release said.According to the release, the University selects the valedictorian and salutatorian through an application process amongst “the top three students in each college or school with the highest grade point averages.” The students must receive letters of recommendation from faculty members a write a draft of their potential Commencement speech before a selection committee chooses the two from a group of finalists.Tags: class of 2018, Commencement 2018, Glynn Family Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, salutatorian, valedictorianlast_img read more

Chenango Valley’s Topa gets call to the show

first_img(WBNG) — Chenango Valley graduate Justin Topa may be close to making his Major League Baseball debut after he was recalled by the Milwaukee Brewers from the team’s alternate training site. Topa was drafted in the 17th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Topa had a 2.63 ERA in Double-A last summer with 22 strikeouts. He was added to the Brewers 60-man roster on July 28. last_img

Despite pandemic disruptions, UN carries on — by videoconference

first_imgOpen but empty Despite stay-at-home measures and orders closing schools, museums and theaters in New York, the UN headquarters remains open.But it was emptied of its huge workforce in mid-March when most began working from home.Before the pandemic, more than 11,000 people would enter the United Nations on a typical day. Now, no more than 140 do, according to UN figures.Guterres initially came in every day to work at his office. Now, he wears a mask and this month began splitting his time between the office and his residence, a house with a garden on the East River. The usually buttoned-down world of the United Nations is having an unruly April as it copes with the global coronavirus pandemic in a city that is suffering terribly from it.The UN Security Council’s president is stuck in the Caribbean. Closed-door meetings of ambassadors have been upheaved by news leaks. Video conferences have been disrupted by unintended guest appearances.So far, the UN appears to have been largely spared the epidemic raging in New York, the epicenter of the disease in the United States. Topics : Transparent meetings Although they are normally quick to denounce news leaks of their conversations, Security Council ambassadors surprised journalists with how porous their first session on the COVID-19 pandemic became.No sooner had the “strictly closed door” meeting begun Thursday than one country’s mission posted a screen shot of the participants on Twitter.Others followed with excerpts of speeches, some going so far as to email Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ speech to AFP before the session had ended.”There is more transparency behind closed doors,” quipped one UN official. Intimate video conferences The diplomats have taken to videoconferences with abandon.”We see poorly; the sound isn’t terrible,” but “it forces us to be brief,” said one ambassador. “We do WhatsApp and videos. It’s a pain,” but “it gets the job done.”The UN diplomats also have multiplied the use of Zoom to conduct informal briefings.These too can be revealing. Diplomats have shown up on screen in their bedrooms. In one case, a diplomat mistakenly replaced himself on screen with a giant image of his wife.center_img Few in its 3,000-member workforce have tested positive for the disease, perhaps because it implemented working-from-home measures earlier than the rest of the city.To keep working in such exceptional circumstances, however, calls for exceptional measures — and, like most other organizations, the UN has experienced a few hiccups along the way.  The presidency of the 15-country Security Council rotates each month in alphabetical order. After China in March, it has been the turn of the Dominican Republic in April.But Dominican ambassador Jose Singer is in Santo Domingo, stranded due to border closures.Thanks to videoconferencing he has been able to conduct discussions — but, according to one ambassador, endured some teasing when he showed up one day wearing his “local outfit.”  Security Council in paradiselast_img read more

Voters OK minimum wage for Geneva as wealth gap widens

first_imgThe unions behind the initiative argued that it was impossible in Geneva to live in dignity making less than 23 Swiss francs ($25, 21 euros) an hour, or 4,086 francs a month for a full-time 41-hour work week.Rent for a typical two-bedroom apartment is at least 3,000 francs, and a coffee costs four or five francs.Geneva’s minimum wage vote was just one of many national, regional and local issues on the ballot Sunday as part of Switzerland’s famous direct democratic system.At a national level, voters appeared poised to make history on another social issue by approving paternity leave for the first time in the country long renowned for its traditional approach to family models and gender roles.That referendum to grant new fathers two weeks paid leave looked set to pass with nearly 57 percent of the vote at the national level, according to partial results, while full results in Geneva showed the canton backing the measure by over 79 percent.Topics : Geneva voters on Sunday came out in support of introducing a minimum wage, guaranteeing every worker in one of the world’s priciest cities at least US$25 an hour.Switzerland as a whole has no minimum wage, and voters in 2014 turned down a chance to adopt one at a national level. Geneva voters themselves have twice previously rejected calls to introduce a minimum wage in the city. But on Sunday the winds appeared to have changed as the coronavirus pandemic has deepened the wealth gap, with 58 percent of voters in the canton coming out in favor of the unions-backed initiative.The result made Geneva the third of Switzerland’s 26 cantons to set a minimum hourly earnings rate after Jura and Neuchatel.The initiative, which had the support of all the left-leaning parties, had been presented as a remedy to poverty and precariousness, which have become increasingly visible in wealthy Geneva since the coronavirus crisis began.Long lines of people waiting for handouts of food and other necessities have become a common sight in the city.last_img read more

Stunning Caravonica home goes on the market for the first time

first_img57-59 Fig Tree DrTUCKED away at the bottom of the Macalister Range, northwest of Cairns City, is one of the region’s premier homes.Private and flawlessly built, it encapsulates the virtue of planning to perfection.Now, for the first time in almost three decades, the 8508sq m property at 57-59 Fig Tree Dr is being taken to the market.“When you sit out on the patio of an afternoon, it is so lovely and peaceful,” said co-owner Cathy Bugeja.“You can see the traffic on the highway, but don’t have any of the noise – we will really miss the serenity of the place.”Bugeja, a lifelong Cairns local, and her husband Paul bought the spacious Caravonica land in the late 1980s before spending about two years building their dream home.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom masterpiece has since been an ideal tropical haven for the family.“The area was so private and view just beautiful, we could see our family growing up here and enjoying the place forever,” Bugeja said.The original marble flooring was one of the few elements left untouched when the home underwent a large-scale renovation in 2010-11.Extraordinary views can also be enjoyed from the kitchen, while the property is replete with living space.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoA theatre room is one of the home’s many featuresOther notable features include a home cinema, saltwater pool, covered outdoor entertaining area and majestic gardens.“We’ve had so many wonderful family celebrations here,” Bugeja said. “The most we ever had on Christmas Day was 70 people, from both sides of the family.”With their children now having young families of their own, Mr and Mrs Bugeja – who own Lemura Sand – have decided to downsize.She said they would miss their home of 27 years dearly.“Even when it is a horrible grey day in Cairns, the view still looks nice of a morning,” Bugeja said. “We did not expect to be selling, but we made the decision and it’s time to move on.”The property is for sale by formal offer and inspections can be arranged by appointment.Selling agent Tom Quaid said no expense had been spared in making the home special. “Fig Tree Dr at the top of Caravonica has long been considered a prestige address, with homes regularly selling at the million-dollar mark and above,” he said.“This particular home however, stands out even from that level.“Never before offered to market, set on two acres and commanding a hilltop position with sweeping views, this family home was the subject of a seven-figure renovation with the view to continuing enjoyment for years to come.“This is a comfortable home that can hold its own with the best the Far North has to offer, and with the majority across a single level, it offers true family living.”last_img read more

Updated original gem on offer in Mt Ommaney

first_imgThe home at 8 Flinders Court, Mt Ommaney.“The house we bought was effectively a much smaller house, it was about 160sq m, and when we walked in there it just had very good architectural bones, and good structure and we could see the potential,’’ Mr Culbert said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“We then took that house from 160sq m to about 440sq m. We first and foremost did all the extensions around the existing house and then once that was complete we then pulled the existing (house) apart and refurbished all of that to bring it up to total new standard.’’ The home at 8 Flinders Court, Mt Ommaney.There are city views from the balcony and a resort- style swimming pool wrapping around part of the home.The open plan living area has sloping ceilings. In the kitchen are stone benchtops, frosted glass cabinetry and pendant lighting.There is an integrated bar downstairs and all bedrooms have glass doors which open to a side patio and garden. The home at 8 Flinders Court, Mt Ommaney.Mr Culbert said one of the best things about the house was the different living area zones.He said their plan with the work they had done was to preserve the initial intent of the architect and enhanced it.“It was architecturally designed to be an incredible liveable house,’’ he said.The home is on a 1378sq m block and features floor-to-ceiling windows and louvres. center_img The home at 8 Flinders Court, Mt Ommaney.WHILE 8 Flinders Court, Mt Ommaney, underwent a massive extension and makeover when its current owners bought it 13 years ago, they made sure it stayed true to the intent of the original architect.Owners Phil Culbert and his wife Kristin Todd undertook the work with the plan to remain in the home forever, but a move back to New Zealand means they have now listed it for sale.Mr Culbert said it was one of the street’s original houses, with six of them built in one of the first courts in Mt Ommaney.last_img read more

Nigeria’s Cafe Neo is ‘returning coffee to its African roots

first_imgRelated Young Nigerians returning home from studies abroad are blazing a trail with the establishment of companies meant to service a growing middle class in the West African country. Ngozi Dozie and his brother Chijioke set up a coffee shop in the commercial city Lagos.Being the first of its kind, Cafe Neo attracts a large number of customers. But the brothers say they face many challenges, as Nigerians are not traditionally coffee drinkers. AFRICAN NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP African Union offers its condolences to the people of Cuba South African Rand sinks to its lowest in yearslast_img