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Anglican Consultative Council Digest: Nov. 7

first_img Rector Collierville, TN By Mary Frances Schjonberg Posted Nov 7, 2012 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Janine Baalbergen says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Anglican Communion, Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Press Release TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Albany, NY Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Anglican Consultative Council Digest: Nov. 7 [Episcopal News Service – Auckland, New Zealand] Much happens each day during the Anglican Consultative Council‘s (ACC) 15th meeting. In addition to Episcopal News Service’s other coverage, here’s some of what else went on Nov. 7 (local time), the final day of the Oct. 27-Nov. 7 gathering.The Auckland Fire Department extinguishes a trash bin fire below Holy Trinity Cathedral just after the end of the Anglican Consultative Council’’s closing Eucharist Nov. 7 (local time). ENS photo/Mary Frances SchjonbergWhite smoke over cathedralHoly Trinity Cathedral Organist Philip Smith had just begun Louis Vierne’’s Toccata in B flat minor as the organ voluntary for the closing Eucharist of ACC-15 when smoke alarms began to sound in the cathedral.The altar party and choir had already recessed, and ushers began urging ACC members and other attendees to exit quickly as smoke began to fill the building. They emerged into a cloud of acrid smoke circling the cathedral’’s forecourt and wafting over the roof.A trash bin in the lower car park at the back of the cathedral was smoking and the Auckland Fire Department was already extinguishing the smoky fire by the time people had left the cathedral above.On a day filled with rumors of the impending announcement of Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan William’s’ successor, one Anglican priest of the province urged his fellow bystanders not to interpret the smoke as a signal of a new archbishop.ACC-16 will meet in Province of Central AfricaAnglican Communion Secretary General Kenneth Kearon told the council that the 16th meeting of the ACC will be held in May 2016 in the home province of its chair Diocese of Southern Malawi Bishop James Tengatenga.“We’re very grateful that you have accepted the invitation to come to the Church of the Province of Central Africa,” Diocese of Lusaka Bishop David Njovu, who is also an ACC member, told the council.The bishop predicted that the meeting will be “transformational” both for Anglicans in the province and for those visiting Anglicans who will experience the “vibrant” church in Central Africa, which he said united even though it is in a “hostile environment.”Njovu asked for the council continued prayers for Anglicans in Zimbabwe, which is part of the province. The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe has been under attack from the excommunicated bishop, Nolbert Kunonga, since 2007. Kunonga, with the support of police and henchmen, has seized church property and used violence and intimidation to break up church services. In a 2011 media interview, Kunonga was quoted as saying he aimed to control the 3,000 Anglican churches, schools, hospitals and other properties in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Malawi, which make up the province. At the end of 2011, the archbishops of Canterbury, Central Africa, Southern Africa and Tanzania met with President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe and presented him with a dossier that outlined how Anglicans have been persecuted over the years.“The persecutions that the church in Zimbabwe has gone through” has made it stronger and “their faith has grown,” said Njovu. “We are looking to Zimbabwe for how to deal with situations like the one they have.”Press briefing harkens back to royal weddingThe first question to Archbishop Rowan Williams at an afternoon press briefing that included local Auckland media concerned what it was like to preside at royal weddings.Williams said the pre-marital counseling time he spent with Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Catherine “was pretty much what I do with any young couple and because they’re a young couple fairly typical of their generation, that was in its way challenging, interesting and very moving.”The archbishop said he also told the couple that even if they were aware as they walked up the aisle that five billion people were watching, “when you get to the sanctuary it won’t feel like that, you’ll be looking at each other, your families and, unfortunately, you’ll be looking at me, and that’s what it is going to be about.”The marriage service “was a really extraordinary platform for talking nationally and internationally about marriage, about how the church sees marriage and about the significance of this commitment,” he said.Resolutions passed by council todayIn addition to the resolutions reported here, the council also acted on:Resolution 15.24, which endorses “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World” from the World Council of Churches; encourages all provinces to study, assess their current practice of Christian witness and develop practices to suit their local context in light of its recommendations; recommends that provinces discuss the report with other faith communities.Resolution 15.25, which thanks members of the Theological Education in the Anglican Communion Working Group, receives its report and calls for it to be widely circulated, notes that its recommendations “cannot be implemented within the present budget priorities of the Anglican Communion” and recommends that outside funding be sought for a commission of theological education and a director.Resolution 15.33, which welcomes the Canterbury Statement of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation “Rite Relating to Marriage” (available via a link here) and commends it to the provinces for study.Resolution 15.36, which requests the secretary general of the Anglican Communion to ensure the increased participation of lay people in all of the ACC’s commissions, councils, committees, working groups and other bodies.Resolution 15.37, which requests the secretary general of the Anglican Communion to identify practical strategies to support provinces whose people are suffering with respect to land disputes and conflicts between agricultural and pastoral communities; the “trade in small arms, their diffusion and misuse”; border disputes; narcotics and alcohol abuse; youth unemployment and crime; trafficking, abduction and abuse of children and women for rituals, forced labor and forced marriages; and communicate these strategies to the provinces as soon as they are developed.Resolution 15.41, which authorizes the chair, vice chair and secretary to issue a letter of thanks to all who assisted in “making this council’s meeting so fruitful for us all.”All ACC-15 resolutions are due to be posted here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing November 7, 2012 at 7:16 am OK, that may be the most memorable part of ACC15 for our bishop, who has been a volunteer member of the Auckland Fire Brigade for at least 20 years. His fellow firefighters will surely never allow him to forget this one….. One just wonders where he was when this went down: in the Cathedral or on the firetruck….? Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments are closed. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Tags Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Knoxville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Comments (1) Anglican Consultative Council In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 last_img read more

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HR Hartley

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. HR HartleyOn 25 May 2004 in Personnel Today Why is the tube cutting back on trainingA while back I attended a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Developmentgathering in London, debating how to prove a return on investment (ROI) intraining to an organisation. I don’t know if anyone from London Underground was there. If they weren’t,they should have been, for they could have shed some light on why they aresupposedly failing to provide adequate staff training on how to deal with aterrorist attack on London. It was brought to my attention by a recent Panorama programme that LondonUnderground staff have received no training on this issue whatsoever. Workersinterviewed by the programme said they’d had a few tips handed around on asheet of paper. But apart from that, there’s been zilch – no simulation of whatthe situation would be like, or information on who would call who and on what(walkie talkies and mobile phones don’t work in tunnels, as you may well havenoticed), or how to deal with the injured and trapped, and what to seal offwhere. As one worker put it: “We’re in the front line in such an eventbecause we’ll be there before any other services, yet we wouldn’t have a cluewhat to do.” Panorama presented a fictional scenario and a highly believable recipe fordisaster. It ‘exploded’ four bombs in different locations across theUnderground network, and then ‘crashed’ a tanker filled with chlorine close tothe City. A crisis panel made up of a former Met Police chief, an intelligenceofficer and a politician, among others, then had to orchestrate dealing withthe aftermath. It failed dismally, severely hampered by under-resourced andunprepared key services, traffic jams and poor communications between disparategroups such as the Territorial Army. If the London Underground has held back on training staff to deal with whathas now become a likely event because it cannot justify ROI, then the world hasgone quite mad. Hartley is an HR director at large Comments are closed. last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE: Lettuce’s Jesus & Ryan Zoidis Talk Jamming Beyond The Clouds, Laser Beams, Fine Wine & More

first_imgDating back to their halcyon days at the Berklee College of Music in mid-90’s Boston, Lettuce has forever been an improvisational band. But in this current era of Lettuce-funk, the trajectory of their jamming has launched skyward; a trend that began with 2015’s mammoth LP Crush and has continued steadily ever since. It is readily apparent on this winter’s Beyond the Clouds tour that Lettuce’s hive-mind dynamics and fierce, fearless improvisational mojo have cross-pollinated, creating an alchemy that has the band plugged into and transmitting from an entirely new portal.  After standout January performances on the annual Jam Cruise and at Arizona’s Gem & Jam Festival, Lettuce has been in the midst of a grueling run, sometimes teaming up with the likes of Galactic, The Motet, and Chali 2na for dates across the US. At each and every stop, Lettuce has been leaving their proverbial mark, crushing rooms from Atlanta to Austin, NOLA to Las Vegas, California and the whole way up through the Pacific Northwest. This leg of the tour ended with a bang: a sprint through St. Paul, Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland with their NOLA-based funk brothers.  Reminiscent of Type-II jamming, Lettuce’s newer approach to collective improvisation allows them to depart from the parameters of a song’s structure, key signature, chord complexes, and tempo, offering free-form, free-wheeling, freestyle jam excursions that are composed as they happen in real time. A concept first embarked upon onstage by jazz artists in the post-Bop era, this sort of thing is commonplace the jam band world, first crystallized by the Grateful Dead for the better part of thirty years. This approach was later perfected by Phish in the late 1990’s—it’s artistic implementation has been referred to as Type II jamming in the resulting improvisational diaspora for two decades since. Forget taking solo after solo and wearing out chords and grooves for interminable amounts of time. That is not (and never was) this squad’s identity; though historically Lettuce does take funk songs for thorough calisthenic workouts, each player in the group is a virtuoso so they are decidedly not immune from supernatural soloing either. But in recent times, a focus on a collective “move-as-one” approach has served to spark this revolution in LETT jamming aesthetic and prowess. The focus on dynamics, or “making the space”, has had a dramatic effect on the band’s modus operandi. The proof and the truth lies in the music.Consider the multitude of influences that inform Lettuce’s craft; the thrusting funk of Herbie’s Headhunters, the powerful bombast of Tower of Power, the head-nod grittiness of Pete Rock and DJ Premier, the dubby bass tombs of Kingston’s King Tubby, the emotional R&B thrills of Earth, Wind and Fire.  The laundry list goes on, as Lettuce are among the deepest-schooled and woodshedded cats in the game. Unless they are outright covering another artist’s song, Lettuce simply does not sound anything like their influences whatsoever. Instead, they reformulate their spiritual DNA through individual and collective musical voices. In doing so, Lettuce may have given birth to a gumbo genre by creating their unique sound, styles made of fabric and colors all their own.In addition to upping the ante on the jamming, Lettuce has spent the Beyond the Clouds tour unveiling slab after slab of hot new music. Having put nearly two albums worth of original, new material down on tape for their (still untitled) album due sometime in the next year, the band was anxious to take a bunch of these new compositions out on the road for some test runs. Naturally, fans have been flipping out online and on the dancefloor; soaking in bangers “Moksha”, “KHRU”, and the appropriately-titled “4th Dimension”—the latter song best representing the band’s magnificent new colorways. Add still-hot-off-the-press joints from this fall like “TRAP”, “House”, and “Shmink Dabby Kane”, and the band has dropped merely a few doses of the forthcoming interplanetary joyrides.Beyond devouring the tour soundboards that the band has fortuitously made available on Nugs.net, this writer was blessed to take in two shows on the Beyond the Clouds tour: the Bay Area stop at The Fox Theater in Oakland and a raucous affair at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. After the second gig, we got a few minutes with founding members Ryan Zoidis (sax and synths) and Jesus Coomes (bass). Clearly excited and vibe’d up, the duo known as DJZJ pulled back the curtain on the LETT magik just a little bit, giving us a peek into just how these cats continue to drive the lane and elevate the game in 2018. [Photo: Brad Hodge]B. Getz: The band is firing on every cylinder! This new music is exciting. Was there a concerted effort to unveil a new era of the band on this tour? Ryan Zoidis: More like we have a lot of new music to play—so much new music we are bringing out. On this tour, now we are starting to flesh it out live, and it’s enabling us to have a lot more fun every night onstage. We can, you know, be free, improvise more, and vibe more. BG: The catalog is so deep, even without the new shit. You have a large canon of material to mine from when creating the setlists, which are different each and every night with Lettuce.  Zoidis: The more songs and albums you have to choose from makes the whole thing way more fun. It keeps it fun for us, keeps it fun for you.  Because we have a lot more to choose from, out there, you don’t know what to expect from us. You have to be excited, right?! We are excited. We have to be comfortable and excited as shit to be there. You can’t be like… [shrugs and backs away]Jesus Coomes: “You can’t be like [makes face], ‘Oh, Whatever…’  You got to be stoked! And we’re very stoked right now. Playing all this new shit makes us happy and excited. That translates onstage and out there to you guys. Now, that’s not saying you can’t play an old song and make it brand new, just to throw a couple changes into the set to make it fresh. So by constantly doing that—playing new music and changing up the old shit—it makes us put some of our other songs down, put them on the shelf for a long time. And then when we bring them back, they are fresh again. So yeah, we are definitely stoked on that.BG: I noticed that you guys are constantly re-working and rearranging old stuff. What makes you decide you’re going to work out an old tune and rewire it? Jesus: What was the one we did the other day? ‘Chief’? No, ‘Rule the World’. We did it like Dilla style. [beatboxes a bass line to the new “Rule the World”] I dunno, man. We just hear shit, get inspired, and something new comes out of it. It’s just our flow. It’s organic. BG: You know what comes off organic? This new frontier, new portal of jamming you guys have reached in 2018. It’s been a steady ascent starting with the Crush material, but the improvising is really confident right now. What did you guys lock into recently that has affected the improv excursions so markedly? Zoidis: The vibe has been soaring on this tour. We are looking for that zone, and I think we all have embraced group improvisation. Those are our favorite moments, and now we realize that. BG: Loving this heavy focus on a “move as one” approach to the jamming.Zoidis: Yep! Exactly. Other than just a featured solo or just one person soloing—those moments can be great too—but we are also inviting the group improv into those solo moments as well. One person is featured but the group is also coming together in that space, in that zone. Jesus: Yeah, making the zone… trying to find the place… and then going there.Lettuce – Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles, CA – 2/15/2018[Video: Pat Myers]BG: Ryan, let’s step into the “Zoid Void” for a second and talk about what you’re doing on sax, specifically with the Korg X-911 synth rig and the various sound patches you are working with. I mean, space is the place, as far as how all that sounds to us on the dancefloor. It’s fascinating. Very psychedelic. Zoidis: Yea man, I’ve been working on my sounds and creating some new things for a long time now, so I just have some textures to pull from, you know? Textures that as a sax player I wouldn’t have if I didn’t put this whole synth rig together. I’m just learning more and more where ‘the place’ is for it, you know what I’m saying?Like, now I can play higher than everybody, so now I’m not getting in the way of Benny [Bloom]’s solo or anybody else’s. I can actually comp like a keyboard player with it. But also just with psychedelic textures, I can create a mood with just a few notes, like only three or four notes. And the breakdowns and the hip-hop sections are just more lit because I don’t have to play sax; I can just chill out on the synth and vibe out.[Photo: Brad Hodge]BG: You can see the other cats onstage get inspired when you really blast off with that thing. You can hear the stoke.   Jesus: Really, if you think about it, the X-911 has been a freeing, liberating, “let-go” thing for Zoidis to step out of the box that’s just calling yourself “a saxophone player.” Because now you are taking a sax, and you’re using it to trigger an analog synthesizer, and the sounds are crazy. Now what we are talking about is really undefined territory. Zoidis: And I’ve always been a knob turner. I’m just a guy who loves turning knobs. I love being in the studio, making sounds, and creating different textures. That creates a ridiculous palette of analog sounds to use on the gig—and I’ll tell you, it works! You know, [Adam] Deitch can sing me something on his little mic into in-ear monitors and I’ll play it, you know, with Portamento! Up two octaves, you know, whatever. And then it’s gets crazy when me and Jesus will throw down double bass lines—Jesus: —When we start doubling bass lines, that’s when I know the vibe is going on. I mean, he’s playing bass on the saxophone, but there’s a lot of times I’m in the zone just freaking out from what I’m hearing over there. I don’t know what he’s playing. I don’t know where or sometimes even who the sound is coming from. I’m hearing a lot of stuff, and I don’t know what the hell is going on. And that’s dope to me!BG: Fellas, the future is looking mad bright. And let me tell you, so are the lights! You know, I’ve got shades on but your lighting designer is really going “beyond the clouds” too.  Zoidis: Yep! Thanks, I wanted to touch on that. One thing that’s been really fueling the shows is Blake Addington, our lighting director.Jesus: Also known as Blazer Beam! [laughs]BG: During the Vegas show on Mardi Gras, on the live stream, people were commenting about his lights nearly as much as they were the music! Jesus: That’s what I am saying! We are heavily influenced by visual artists these days. It is starting to inspire me musically. Heavily inspired by lots of paintings. We love museums and shit, and then there are painters who have come into our lives—a lot of artists doing cool, cool visual stuff. All those shapes are in music. The music is colors; if we could look at music, we could see that. So a lot of that shit Blake is doing with the lights and lasers, he is working with us also playing “live” and spontaneously creating. He can hear the jams and knows where they’re going, he knows where to take it, and sometimes, we vibe off what he’s doin’—Zoidis: —Blake, he just will sit on a look for a long time while the band sits on a vibe for a while. And he’s really listening, he’s really involved, and technically, the guy just a genius. He can do anything. He is a part of the team. Blake Addington, [shakes head] he’s ridiculous. [Photo: Brandon Weil]BG: What kinda tunes are you guys bumpin’ for inspiration? Where’s your head at musically as far as what’s hot in the LETT city streets? Or on the tour bus for that matter?Jesus: The Attention KMart Shoppers shit is the shit. It’s made by Juicy the Emissary. All the shit from Street Corner Music with Houseshoes. We’ve been fans of Houseshoes for a long time and supported him since the beginning. I love that Derty Dan Cheap Thrills, also on Street Corner Music.. Nah, mean? And then our friends Khruangbin too. They have a hot new record out.BG: I saw a bunch of vinyl on the bus, and a little portable turntable too. Do tell.Jesus: Between hunting for cheese and hunting for records, hunting for wine, that really takes up all our time.Zoidis: Now, we have a 45 collection with us on tour—just a stack of vinyl that me and Nigel have just gathered on the road. We were in Nashville and hit all the good record stores. We are just getting 45s: James Brown, The Isley Brothers, mad reggae records. All over the map!Jesus: I gotta mention my brother’s music too. Ty Coomes (Tycoon Beats) has really influenced me my whole life, and he’s influenced all of us. Deitch’s beats too, of course. But, mainly I listen to my brother Tycoon Beats. Probably seventy-five percent of what I listen to is Ty Coomes—he’s the shit. He’s my big brother, you know, I don’t get to change the radio! [laughs] That’s what I get influenced by. Then the rest of the shit I’m listening to is that Street Corner Music, that’s also my shit. And then these dudes on the bus are always playing everything from 1941 to 1978.[Photo: Brad Hodge]BG: I’ve noticed the natural wines have been prevalent in the mix on recent tours. Is that how you like to prepare for these sonic explorations into outer space?Jesus: Well, it’s more of a celebratory thing. We usually drink them after the shows. But yes, lots of natty wines!Zoidis: It’s really just treating ourselves to premium stuff, and we are learning about it too. Learning is a big part of why we love it. And it is fueling the music too, and you know, the hangs, man…Jesus: It’s just interesting to have muses and to have female energies with male energies—just heady motherfuckers coming through and saying crazy shit to me! The random stuff, like last night these dudes were calling down from the tenth floor in the parking lot. They were going “‘Jesus! It’s going to be an awesome show!” Just those really good vibes—that shit helps a lot! Right before that, I was a little tired, being on the road so much, but then after hearing that, I got a rush of energy, I just started getting stoked for our show!BG: You know that there’s a LETT Army now. There are people all over the country getting hype, and new peeps steadily getting hip to what you’re doing. The fan club online is jumpin’ too.Jesus: Yeah, we’ve been really noticing. It’s coming together, it’s coming together.Zoidis: I think the next big step ahead of us, our next goal is being able to curate a real party for every show we play. Like when we play these rooms, we bring on our favorite bands like JAW GEMS or Khruangbin. And if we know we’re going to sell out the room, we are going to be able to bring a cool opener, somebody we vibe with—we are going to turn people on to them, you know what I mean? Then, we are going to play two sets and take our time and hold that room. When people walk into the lobby of the place, there’s going to be a dope art installation and the merch booth is going to vibin’. We’ll be hangin’ out there, meeting people. There’s going to be dope art everywhere. Vibes, everywhere.Jesus: It’s going to be like when someone throws a dope-ass festival, like Hulaween or Electric Forest in the woods. But, we bring all the cool shit they want to have available from city to city.Zoidis: You know, there’s gotta be natty wine available and really good food options, healthy ones. Plus, we want to have tea service. Just imagine if we could just post up in each city for two nights and create that and have an afterparty set up outside the gig for something we might be playing with—a side project.BG: Like say, maybe, a DJZJ?Zoidis: Yaaasssss!BG: Sounds like a field of dreams. If you build it, they will come.As told to B.Getz on February 18, 2018.In addition to on the road with Lettuce during their Beyond The Clouds tour (tickets and tour dates available here), you can catch Ryan Zoidis down in New Orleans during the highly anticipated musical mecca that is Jazz Fest. On Sunday, April 29th, he will team with members of the Disco Biscuits, Brazilian Girls, and Break Science for J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation) at Maison (tickets available here). On Sunday, May 6th, Zoidis will return to Maison along with members of The Motet and Snarky Puppy will join forces for Joey Porter’s tribute to Herbie Hancock (tickets available here).last_img read more

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2Q data: CU shares up 7.3%, membership near 105M

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Federally insured credit unions saw share growth of 7.3 percent, year over year, during the second quarter as membership grew to nearly 105 million, according to call report data released Tuesday by NCUA.NCUA’s 2Q data showed credit union membership growth of 3.8 percent versus a year ago; and loan growth of 10.5 percent, year over year. Credit union membership reached 104.9 million.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger said the data shows how credit unions are continuing to outshine their competition and build strong ties with their communities.“The second-quarter data indicates credit unions continue to deliver exceptional value and service to their members,” said Berger. “American consumers are seeing the difference between credit unions and their competitors, and the choice is clear. Excellent member service and first-rate products and services continue to set credit unions apart and draw new members to the industry.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Would an imperfect vaccine be useful in a flu pandemic?

first_imgApr 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A mathematical modeling study suggests that a modestly effective vaccine could keep an influenza pandemic from striking more than 10% of the US population, but only if large amounts of vaccine were distributed quickly and the virus was not too highly contagious. The modeling study seems to lend some support to the US strategy of stockpiling a vaccine based on recent strains of H5N1 avian flu, which won’t precisely match an emerging pandemic strain. But the model incorporates many assumptions that may or may not prove accurate in the event of a pandemic, and experts note that very little H5N1 vaccine would be available if a pandemic occurred anytime soon. Germann TC, Kadau K, Longini IM, et al. Mitigation strategies for pandemic influenza in the United States. Proc Nat Acad Sci 2006 Apr 11;103(15):5935-40 [Abstract] Germann and two associates, Kai Kadau and Catherine A. Macken, all of Los Alamos National Laboratory, worked on the study with Ira M. Longini Jr., a biostatistician from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington in Seattle. See also: “Aggressive” production and distribution of vaccine could control a pandemic with an R of less than 1.9, the model predicted. “We believe that a large stockpile of avian-based vaccine with potential pandemic influenza antigens, coupled with the capacity to rapidly make a better-matched vaccine based on human strains, would be the best strategy to mitigate pandemic influenza,” the authors write. “This effort needs to be coupled with a rapid vaccine distribution system capable of distributing at least 10 million doses per week to affected regions of the U.S.” Other experts who were asked to comment on the study had different reactions. Travel restrictions alone would accomplish little, according to the simulations. A 90% reduction in travel would slow the virus’s spread by only a few days to a few weeks, depending on transmissibility, and would not dent the ultimate size of the pandemic. Other control strategies used alone could limit a pandemic only if the virus had relatively low transmissibility (R of 1.6), the model predicted. For example, targeted use of antiviral drugs could succeed in that case, provided the supply was adequate and close contacts of patients could be quickly identified. But if R were 1.8, the nation would need a “prohibitively large” 51 million treatment courses of antivirals. Dr. Gregory Poland, a vaccine expert at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said the situation with the H5N1 vaccine being made for the US government points up the problems with the predictions. As was reported recently, the vaccine seems effective in about half of recipients, but it takes 12 times the dose used in seasonal flu vaccines, he noted. The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its goals, the NIH said in a news release, were to determine how to slow the spread of a pandemic virus long enough to permit development and distribution of a well-matched vaccine and also how to limit the number of cases to less than 10% of the population, the percentage in an average flu season. The model projected that without any control effort and an R of 1.9, the virus would spread across the nation within 30 days of its first arrivals, that 122 million people would ultimately fall ill, and that the pandemic would peak in 85 days. With an R number of 2.4 and no control effort, as many as 151 million would get sick, according to the model. William Schaffner, MD, a hospital epidemiologist and professor in the infectious disease division at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, said he found the study reassuring, though he had not examined it closely. “The ultimate take-home line was that even a partially effective vaccine is an important part of the strategy,” he said.center_img For a highly transmissible virus (R greater than 1.9), it would take a combination of measures to limit the pandemic, the model predicted. For example, the combined use of vaccination, targeted antiviral use (3 million courses), school closures, social distancing, and travel restrictions could work at an R level as high as 2.4, the authors predict. With a moderately transmissible virus (meaning each case leads to fewer than 1.9 additional cases), “Our model suggests that the rapid production and distribution of vaccines, even if poorly matched to the circulating strains, could significantly slow disease spread and limit the number ill to less than 10% of the population, particularly if children are preferentially vaccinated,” says the report by Timothy C. Germann and colleagues. With a more contagious virus, additional measures such as school closings, travel bans, and antiviral drugs would have to be used in combination with vaccination, says the report published online last week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, a leading pandemic preparedness advocate, had a sharply different view of the study. “I think it’s based on a number of assumptions which in the real world won’t happen,” he said. “The idea that we’ll even have vaccine to consider in terms of dealing with the pandemic is at this point not likely for the vast majority of the world.” Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site, said “any number” of assumptions used in the model could be questioned. “I continue to worry that far too much credence is being put into theoretical models that lack reality testing in the likely world of a pandemic,” he said. “A moderately effective vaccine would work if you could get it into enough people,” said Poland, who directs the Mayo Vaccine Research Group and Program in Translational Immunovirology. “This current vaccine, if we used the whole world manufacturing capacity, offers enough doses for somewhere around 37.5 million people. So that’s not an answer.” He added that it may be necessary to make more than one vaccine, given the different clades (families) of H5N1 virus that have emerged. With a very limited supply of a vaccine for which two doses are recommended, the model showed it would be less helpful to vaccinate a given number of people with the two doses than to give just one dose to twice as many people. The model simulated the unfolding of pandemic flu in a US population of 281 million over 180 days. It factored in US census data about population distribution and commuting patterns and assumptions about the frequency of interpersonal contacts. It assumed that a few infected people would arrive from abroad each day at 14 airports in the United States. The researchers ran the simulations with four different reproductive (R) numbers (the number of additional people infected by each infected person), ranging from 1.6 to 2.4. He added that building up the capacity to treat the sick is important, but the main emphasis in pandemic preparedness should be on vaccination and other preventive measures. “The results [of the study] were so affirming of the general thoughts of the public health community that it’s really very reassuring, and I hope it stimulates further what I think is already a strong effort by HHS [the Department of Health and Human Services] to stimulate vaccine production and research on new ways to produce the flu vaccine and make better flu vaccines.” Poland also said no one knows how contagious the next pandemic virus will be. “My understanding is that the estimated R number for the 1918 pandemic was right around 3,” higher than the maximum of 2.4 used in the study, he said. “You wonder now if we truly have a novel subtype that’s easily transmissible, given the travel we have, if we wouldn’t have higher numbers. The average family is bigger than two people.” NIH news releasehttp://www.nigms.nih.gov/News/Results/FluModel040306last_img read more

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Barcelona lands coveted midfielder Frenkie de Jong on $85.4M deal

first_img“Everyone knows that I think Barcelona is a beautiful club, but I don’t know if I should see my career as a city trip.”What you’ve all been waiting for… pic.twitter.com/gDE1mujMLF— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 23, 2019De Jong becomes the third major Barca signing of the transfer window following the arrivals of Jeison Murillo and Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan from Valencia and Sassuolo, respectively.Ajax center-back Matthijs de Ligt, 19, has also been linked with a switch to LaLiga’s reigning champions. Barcelona has signed Frenkie de Jong for an initial €75million (approx. $85.4 million), with the coveted Ajax midfielder set to join on a five-year deal for the start of the 2019-20 season.Previously linked with Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, de Jong has opted for Camp Nou but will remain in the Eredivisie for the rest of the season. Barca has agreed to pay a potential €11m (approx. $12.5 million) in variables for the 21-year-old midfielder, who has helped Ajax reach the last 16 of the Champions League this term.De Jong has developed into one of the hottest talents in European football, and it is Barca that has won the race for his signature.With the arrival of Frenkie De Jong we add talent, youth and Barça style to our sporting project. We are convinced that he will be a key part of our team for years to come. Welcome, Frenkie! pic.twitter.com/9HCHmrlqvj— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) January 23, 2019″With the arrival of Frenkie de Jong we add talent, youth and Barca style to our sporting project,” wrote club president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Twitter. “We are convinced that he will be a key part of our team for years to come. Welcome, Frenkie!”Barca has a strong history of Dutch players, with icons such as Johan Cruyff and Ronald Koeman having represented the Catalan club.De Jong will also join a fellow Netherlands international at Camp Nou, with Jasper Cillessen — who also moved to Barca from Ajax — already on the club’s books.De Jong told Fox Sports recently he wanted clarity over his future, with City, Madrid and PSG all reportedly keen to snap him up.”I’m not going to make a hasty decision, but I’d like to be clear about it myself pretty quickly,” he said. “I do not know if I’ll make it known to the public.”De Jong had also hinted Barca would not necessarily be his next club when he added: “When I was in Barcelona, people thought I would join them, but that’s not the case.last_img read more

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US Open: Keys eases past Navarro to set up semi-final with Osaka

first_imgAmerican Madison Keys moved into her second consecutive US Open semi-final after beating 30th seed Carla Suarez Navarro and win 6-4 6-3 on Wednesday.Keys used her powerful serve and forehand to edge past the Spaniard in their quarter-final clash.The game was evenly matched to begin with but the momentum shifted towards Keys in the second set of the 83-minute affair as her powerful game pushed Navarro to the back foot.”I felt good today. You know, being out in front of an energetic crowd is always fun,” Keys said in an on-court interview. “I still haven’t totally processed this match.”[email protected]_keys reaches the 3rd semifinal in her last 5 Major appearances as she defeats Suarez-Navarro 6-4, 6-3 under the lights!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/VOGVMyJKCpUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 6, 2018Keys fired six aces and fended off both break opportunities during the match and told reporters that adapting Navarro’s versatile play proved critical.”She does a really good job…of holding the baseline and redirecting the ball,” Keys said.”So I knew that I was going to have to play really well but also know that she’s going to come up with some great shots and defend really well.”Suarez Navarro, whose own service game was under pressure, told reporters the 14th-seeded American had simply outplayed her.”She was returning in pressure situation every time because I don’t have a big first service,” the Spaniard said. “I think this was really important part of the game.”Also, she was really good with her serve. I mean, I cannot return like I used to.advertisement”She was more fresh than me. Faster, you know. That’s it.”Madison Keys steps to the line for a chance to serve out the match…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/SA5DKw7VvZUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 6, 2018Keys, who lost the final last year to Sloane Stephens, now faces fellow power player Naomi Osaka of Japan in what could be a combustible semi-final on Thursday.She leads Osaka 3-0 in head to head and most recently defeated the 20th seed in straight sets in the third round at Roland Garros in June.”I think we play similarly,” Keys said of facing Osaka.”I think power, obviously a big serve. I think I probably have a little bit more spin on the ball, but I think she takes time away really well.”I don’t think we will have tons of long rallies.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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All Stars captains announced

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the captains of the All Stars teams that will play next Friday, 13 February at Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast.   Touch Football will feature prominently in the overall event program for the first time in 2015; featuring some of Australia’s best players comprising a TFA All Stars Mixed team set to play an Indigenous All Stars Mixed team as a curtain-raiser to the Rugby League match.Australian Mixed Open captain, Kylie Hilder will captain the TFA All Stars team, while Australian representatives, Trent Touma (Mixed) and Marikki Watego (Women’s) will co-captain the Indigenous All Stars team. TFA All Star coach, Micheal Lovett said that Hilder was an easy selection based on the work they’ve done together at an Australian level over the past cycle as coach and captain of the Australian Mixed Open team respectively. “She is a very good leader of males and females and younger up-and-coming players, as well as the more experienced players,” Lovett said. “She is getting towards the twilight of her career but doesn’t leave anything to chance. She is well prepared fitness-wise, she works on always improving and sets a good on-field example like at last year’s National Touch League where she guided the young New South Wales Scorpions team to the Elite Eight Women’s title.”“She is very passionate about where she has come from in her Touch Football career and always remembers who has helped her get to where she is. She is proud of the Australian crest she wears and instils that into her fellow athletes.”Hilder says that being named captain of the All Stars team is a great honour and that she cannot wait until next week’s game. “To be part of this inaugural Touch Football All Stars game is amazing. Just to be selected to play with some of the best talent currently in the game is overwhelming but then to get named as captain and lead this talent has made me speechless,” Hilder said.“Being named as a captain of any team is one of the greatest honours any athlete can receive and for me being named as the first captain of the NRL All Stars Touch Football side means so much to me and will be something I will never ever forget and a highlight of my career.”Indigenous All Stars coach, Phil Gyemore said that Touma and Watego were ‘both proud indigenous players who have progressed through the Touch Football High Performance program and into the Open teams’. “They are both really strong chances of playing in the 2015 World Cup in Coffs Harbour and all players, not just Indigenous players, should be trying to follow in the footsteps of these young aspiring Touch Football players that would like to represent their country on home soil.​ They will be great leaders for the Indigenous All Stars team and are fully aware of the honour and what it means to lead this young but exciting Touch Football team on the Gold Coast.”Watego says she is ‘extremely excited’ to be named in the side and ‘truly humbled’ to be named co-captain. “Being fortunate enough to hold a position in this highly coveted team is something that I will never forget.  It’s such a great honour and privilege to be selected to represent the Indigenous community whilst playing the sport I love. I really hope that this initiative will inspire both young Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Touch Footy players to get involved and pursue Touch be it socially or competitively.”“To me, there is no higher honour than representing your family and your people in the wider community and I know my co-captain Trent, my team mates and I will cherish this opportunity.”“It would be great to see this game become a permanent fixture in the Touch Football and NRL calendar! I just can’t wait to go into camp next week and prepare for what should be an exciting game of Touch Footy!”Touma says that the game will be one of the biggest honours of his sporting career. “To be noticed by selectors to represent the Indigenous All Star team and also my people is one of the biggest honours in my sporting career. The day I received a phone call from I could not answer with a big yes quick enough,” Touma said.  “On top of being selected in this great team I was this week announced as captain alongside Marikki, a great talent in the game today. Being proud enough to represent my people but also captain this team will stay with me for a lifetime.” The game will be played at 3.00pm on Friday, 13 February. Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au in the coming days to find out how you can watch the live stream of the game! Related LinksAll Stars Captainslast_img read more

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