Dark Star Orchestra To Recreate Berkeley 1972 Grateful Dead Show, Blocks Away From Original Concert

first_imgAdding a nice wrinkle to their upcoming three-night run at UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA, Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra has announced that they will recreate the Dead’s August 24, 1972 performance from the Berkeley Community Theatre on the final night of their run on April 9. Fittingly enough, the UC Theatre is located just blocks away from the site of the original show.Highlights from the Dead’s August 24th performance include a run through staple tunes “Jack Straw,” “China Cat Sunflower,”  and”I Know You Rider,” extended versions of “Bird Song,” “Playing In The Band,” as well as a mammoth 40+ minute sequence featuring an otherworldly “Dark Star” > “Morning Dew.”Dark Star Orchestra kicks off their spring tour at Cleveland’s House of Blues on March 1. Tickets for DSO’s upcoming tour as well as the band’s three-night Berkeley run are available through DSO’s website here. In anticipation of DSO’s April 9 recreation, check out a complete recording of the Dead’s performance from Berkeley below:last_img read more

Group reflects on human dignity

first_imgWei Lin In a discussion hosted by the Kellogg Institute of International Studies, panelists discuss human dignity in developing countries.Wednesday evening, the Kellogg Institute of International Studies hosted “Understanding Human Dignity,” the inaugural event in a semester-long discussion on human dignity and human development, utilizing lessons learned at Kellogg’s “2014 Human Dignity and Human Development Conference” on Oct. 22-24 in Rome, Italy.“We invited 14 terrific faculty members and divided them into four interdisciplinary groups: global health, business and economics, conflict and policy and community development,” senior Sean Long, a host of the event, said. “Attracting students from each of Notre Dame’s five colleges, we hope one hour becomes one semester of sustained dialogue on what human dignity means in our career and in our lives.”Director of the Kellogg Institute, Steve Reifenberg, introduced the event and invited attendees to choose one of the four panels to attend and participate in an hour-long discussion, followed by a post-panel reception.“While each panel zeroes in on a specific discipline, the post-panel reception offers an opportunity for students and faculty to share how elements of, say, conflict and policy, intersect with and differ from business and economics,” Long said.“As part of the conflict and policy panel, I shared with students my field work experience while working with victims of crime in Mexico and how the lack of respect by Mexican authorities towards victims’ human dignity completely changed the nature and logic of my research and personal motivation to conduct my research on criminal violence,” panelist Sandra Ley Gutiérrez, a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute, said.The panelists came from diverse backgrounds and discussed a wide array of topics throughout the evening.“I hope that my personal and professional experience can help students, who may be going to the field and work on related topics, to get some sense of how to deal with some issues that come associated with the study of violence in developing countries,” Ley Gutiérrez said.Senior and event host, Emily Mediate, hopes the human dignity panels will bring about discussion in the Notre Dame community.“We hear ‘human dignity’ tossed around, but we hope that in holding an event centered around the idea, we can start to uncover what these means to people and how to apply it to what we are learning and what we are doing on this campus,” Mediate said. “We have always been proud of how Notre Dame is instilled with a sense of purpose, a certain interest in upholding the human dignity of others through our lives and our classes.”After attending the “Human Dignity and Human Development” conference in Rome in October, Long, Mediate and senior Amanda Pena, another event host, felt compelled to create this sort of dialogue on campus.“At the end of the day, we are hoping those participating in the event will walk away with a sense of purpose and can find meaning in their studies and work,” Pena said. “By illuminating the dignity of the person as it is understood across various academic disciplines, this event seeks to enrich the ways in which students and faculty build sustainable relationships and contribute to human development in all its forms.” Tags: 2014 human dignity and human development conference, Human Dignity, human dignity and human development, kellogg institute of international studies, panel on human dignity, sean long, steve reifenberg, Understanding Human Dignitylast_img read more

Students, Campus Dining react to Waddick’s renovation

first_imgEmma Farnan | The Observer Charron Family Cafe — previously called Waddick’s — was met with a variety of reactions by the Notre Dame campus community following its unveiling.This summer, Waddick’s — now called Charron Family Cafe — in O’Shaughnessey Hall underwent a complete makeover, which included updates to its decor, seating space and menu.Margaret Meserve, associate dean for the humanities and faculty affairs and associate professor of history, spearheaded the renovation. Meserve said plans to renovate Waddick’s began in the spring of 2017, when the College of Arts and Letters conducted its bi-annual staff and faculty survey, improveND. The survey ranked staff and faculty members’ satisfaction with on-campus dining locations, she said.“Waddick’s was pretty consistently close to the bottom,” she said. “Formal feedback I had heard from faculty and staff centered on, ‘The lines are really long [and] it’s hard to get a place to sit.’”After examining the data, she said, the College of Arts and Letters began an initiative to redesign Waddick’s and extend its seating into the adjacent art gallery.Chris Abayasinghe, senior director of Campus Dining, and Luigi Alberganti, director of retail dining, also worked with Meserve to coordinate the renovation. In redesigning the space, the renovation team purposely tried to echo the older feel of Waddick’s and keep other elements of the cafe that students liked, Meserve said. The designer worked with several Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) majors to select seating and decor, she added.“[Students] liked the wood, they liked the kind of warmth of the older furniture, so we kept the booths that were there before,” Meserve said. “In fact, we found more that were in storage in the basement of O’Shaughnessey.”The new cafe takes its name after Notre Dame alumnus Paul Charron, whose donation made the renovation possible, Meserve said. There are plans to add art installations to the space in the near future.Alberganti said the Charron Family Cafe employs many of the same staff members who previously worked at Waddick’s.The cafe’s manager, Vicki Armour, has worked at the location for 17 years. She said Campus Dining did ask for her input about designing the new space but she ultimately was not involved in it. Even still, she said she likes many aspects of the renovation.“There’s a lot of good things — the view, the colors and the benches,” she said. “That’s one of my favorite things — they saved the old benches.”The lounge is always busy with students, she added.Senior Patrick Evans, who began working at Waddick’s during his sophomore year, said the location now serves espresso products but no longer offers many of its previous meal options, including baked potatoes, soups and daily specials.Alberganti said the menu changes were meant to complement the food served in Decio Faculty Hall nearby, thereby streamlining service.“We tried to make sure to focus a little more on what Decio is lacking, which is the coffee product,” he said.Meserve said the renovation team also originally planned to remove breakfast sandwiches, the cafe’s most popular food item. But when rumors about the new menu reached students last spring, then-senior Susan Lefelhocz created a petition to keep the sandwiches. The petition gained nearly 500 signatures before Lefelhocz was asked to end it, according to an Observer article published March 2.After reading the petition, as well as two Letters to the Editor also published in The Observer, Meserve said Campus Dining decided to keep the sandwiches.Armour said she misses the larger menu selection.“They took away a lot of things,” she said. “But it seems to be going well. I mean, we’re not getting as much money every day, but it seems to be going well.”Campus Dining’s data “does not support” any indication that business at the cafe has been slower since the renovation, Abayasinghe said.Though he likes the increased seating in Charron Family Cafe, Evans said the space behind the counter is clustered and not well-designed.“Rather than there being little zones for everyone to work in, it’s all kind of overlapping … and we’re feeling that when we get rushes,” he said.Evans was attached to the dated look of Waddick’s, he said.“I think that the old space was sort of lovably ugly — it was a little bit cramped and kind of dingy, but it had a lot of heart to it,” Evans said. “This kind of feels like a hotel lobby where it looks nice and it’s very clean, but it’s a little bit stark and sterile.”Junior Alex Karaniwan has worked at the location since his sophomore year. Although he enjoys the new espresso machine and additional seating, Karaniwan said his feelings about the update are mixed.“[The design] in and of itself is good — everything’s clean, it looks very modern and I like what they serve — but it’s just not the same thing,” he said.Meserve said although her team tried to preserve the older feel of the cafe, she believes some elements had to be forfeited in the interest of updating the space.“We thought opening up the space to the South Quad and bringing in more natural lighting, as well as more places for people to charge their devices and different kinds of seating … would be a pretty good tradeoff for losing a space that people loved and felt very attached to,” she said.Evans said he believes the cafe’s former regulars do not find the new establishment as inviting as the older location.“I routinely see people I know or people who clearly are coming in to go to Waddick’s, and they see the renovation, and they kind of cringe a little bit and then they just keep walking,” he said. “The sort of sense of a regular crowd is gone.”Meserve said she wonders what students feel is missing from the new space.“There wasn’t art on the walls at Waddick’s,” she said. “There weren’t posters, the walls were white, the light was fluorescent, the carpet was grey, the tables were run down — and that’s pretty much what we have now, with some more color and more architectural elements.”Alberganti said Campus Dining welcomes all student, staff and faculty feedback about the renovation.“[Students] can rest assured that every decision that we did was for the betterment of the space,” he said.Despite the cafe’s new look, Evans believes its employees keep the spirit of Waddick’s alive.“I think people see Waddick’s and think, ‘Oh, it’s totally gone,’” he said. “And, you know, it’s not totally gone — we’re still here, too.”Tags: Campus DIning, Charron Family Cafe, O’Shaugnessy Hall, renovation, Waddick’s It was an ’80s-era coffee joint built out of a former classroom. On weekday mornings, a line of students and faculty spilled out its doorway. Wooden tables and chairs with red leather upholstery crowded the hallway outside.Now, the space is modern and open-concept. Tables and booths are spaced evenly around the cafe’s periphery. In its center, colorful stained-glass light fixtures hang above armchairs and a leather couch.A picture of Robert J. Waddick, the former assistant dean of the College of Arts and Letters, is still on display in the corner — a memento to its past namesake.last_img read more

Australia testing possibility of reusing underground coal mine as a pumped hydro project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Australia is studying plans to transform a disused underground coal mine into a pumped hydro facility, part of a wider effort to reuse retiring fossil fuel sites for renewable energy generation.The A$13 million ($9.9 million) pilot trial at the Newstan Colliery, in Fassifern, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) northeast of Sydney, could offer a blueprint for dozens of expiring mines that’ll be retired in coming decades, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.Studies will test whether the Centennial Coal Co. site, close to Lake Macquarie, can eventually support a 600-megawatt pumped hydro facility that would take advantage of its reservoir, grid connection and available water source. The results will also show if similar brownfield sites, including other coal operations, could also host renewables, ARENA said in a Friday statement.“By repurposing old sites and taking advantage of the features at those facilities, we can bring more clean energy projects online that bring down emissions and deliver the secure and reliable power Australians need,” Australia’s Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor said in a separate statement.Pumped storage hydroelectric power plants, which push water uphill at times of low demand and then release it downhill to drive turbines that generate electricity when needed, have huge capacity for energy storage and can help back up intermittent generation from wind and solar plants.The Newstan trial is one of several similar projects in Australia. Genex Power Ltd. is planning to install a 250-megawatt pumped-hydro facility at a former gold mine in Queensland, along with solar and wind resources. At the former Drayton coal mine in New South Wales, Malabar Resources has won approval to develop a 25-megawatt solar farm.[Rob Verdonck]More: Old coal mines can win a second life as green energy hotspots Australia testing possibility of reusing underground coal mine as a pumped hydro projectlast_img read more

3 ways credit unions are driving growth

first_imgAccording to the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), credit unions had a record year in 2015, with 3.7 million new members bringing total membership to 102 million — surpassing the 100 million-mark for the first time ever. This impressive growth is not surprising when you consider these three ways credit unions are excelling.1. Creating top-rated appsBanking is becoming increasingly mobile, as checks are now frequently deposited and money can be transferred via the convenience of an application on a smart phone. According to a U.S. Federal Reserve System Survey conducted in 2015, 51 percent of mobile banking users had deposited a check using a banking app in the previous 12 months, a 38 percent increase from 2013. CUNA reported in 2013 that mobile payments were growing at an annual rate of 68 percent. Credit unions have taken note of this trend and responded, producing eight out of the top 10-rated banking apps, according to a ranking by MagnifyMoney, a financial-product comparison website. The overall highest scoring apps were from Eastman Credit Union, ESL Credit Union, Redstone Federal, SEFCU and VyStar, all scoring 4.7 out of 5 points, where 5 points is a perfect user rating. To generate its ranking, MagnifyMoney collected user ratings from iTunes and GooglePlay for 100 apps from the largest U.S. banks and credit unions. Users are most interested in an app that serves the same functions as the institution’s branch or website, MagnifyMoney found. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

8 ways to give back during the holidays

first_imgSo whether giving back is already a family tradition or you want to start something new, pull your loved ones together and do something special for others — opportunities to lend a helping hand are plentiful.Figuring it out together — deciding where to focus effortsHow do you start? Bring everyone together to brainstorm ideas — it can bring energy and excitement to your family’s giving back plans.Be sure to give every family member an opportunity to express their ideas on:The value of giving backWhat they’d like to focus onCharitable activities they’re interested inTypes of donations the family could makeYou can explore whether your family prefers to give back in your local community — or expand into another area within the United States, or even around the world. This discussion alone can bring a common purpose to your family’s charitable efforts. continue reading » And giving as a family can be especially rewarding during the holiday season — when the spirit of community and generosity is in the air.center_img 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Play safe! Golf course following COVID-19 rules to keep players healthy

first_img“We view what we have, and golf in general, and certainly here at the Links as a very safe environment,” Bump said. Bump says The Links is only allowing members to walk the course, part of Cuomo’s decision, and has instituted 12-minute intervals between tee times for players to help spread golfers throughout the course. Jonathan Bump is the general manager for The Links at Hiawatha Landing Golf Course in Apalachin and has instituted policies to keep golfers safe. Governor Cuomo’s re-opening of courses was based on course management enforcing social distancing efforts, and no employees can work unless part of essential services such as grounds maintenance. Bump told 12 News the course has already opened on three separate occasions due to COVID-19’s impact on non-essential services. APALACHIN (WBNG) — As some golf courses across the state are re-opening, one local is making sure your day on the fairway is done the right way. The general manager believes the property’s 200-acre land gives people enough space to practice safe habits while playing a round of golf.last_img read more

Italy launches antibody tests for virus immunity in hard-hit Lombardy

first_imgRisks remainImmunity to the virus is little understood and hopes about its efficacy possibly exaggerated. Lacking data, virologists and epidemiologists must extrapolate information from past coronaviruses to make predictions. Experts believe at least 60 to 70 percent of a population must be immune to the virus in order to gradually wipe it out. But recent studies, such as one conducted in March and April by France’s Institut Pasteur, have found that so-called “herd immunity” was harder to attain than believed. At a high school in the Oise department, site of one of the country’s first outbreaks, researchers found only 26 percent of students, teachers and their families carried antibodies. Moreover, it is not known for how long immunity to coronavirus lasts, meaning there is a risk those deemed “immune” may be re-infected and pass along the virus to others. In the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, those who had contracted the virus but recovered were immune for two to three years on average, according to Francois Balloux, director of the Genetics Institute at London’s University College.”One can certainly get reinfected but the question is, after how much time? We won’t know until retroactively,” Balloux told AFP.Even more risky, a person who has developed antibodies can still carry traces of the virus, and thus be contagious. Therefore, experts such as Italy’s Locatelli say antibody tests should be accompanied by swab testing.Immunologist Jean-Francois Delfraissy, who heads France’s scientific council formed to fight coronavirus, said many doubts remain. “We’re currently asking the question whether someone who has had COVID-19 … is as protected as we think,” said Delfraissy.Scientists must wait until more reliable data is available, said Saad Omer, director of the Yale Institute for Global Health.”It’s too premature,” Omer told AFP. “We should be able to get clearer data very quickly — in a couple of months — when there will be reliable antibody tests with sensitivity and specificity.” Although Germany has already started nation-wide antibody tests and countries such as Finland and Britain have announced plans to roll them out, many questions remain about how reliable data derived from the tests will be.Health authorities have said 20,000 tests would be performed every day in Lombardy. First to be tested are those in the worst-hit provinces: health workers, those under quarantine showing coronavirus symptoms and those they have been in contact with, as well as others with mild symptoms.Authorities hope to roll out the tests to the wider region after April 29. The head of Italy’s National Health Council, Franco Locatelli, said last month antibody tests would help authorities determine the spread of the coronavirus.  Data would also provide “very relevant information on herd immunity” which would useful in developing strategies to help restart the country, he said, such as who could be allowed to go back to work.The kits, made by Italian biotech firm DiaSorin, look for the presence of antibodies in the blood. Such antibodies indicate that the person has been exposed to the virus, pointing to some level of immunity. They differ from the more common swab tests, which test molecules from nasal secretions to determine whether a person currently has the virus. Lombardy’s swab testing has revealed that 24 percent of those tested have the virus. Italy began conducting antibody tests in one northern region on Thursday seeking information about coronavirus immunity to help guide authorities as they reopen the long locked-down country.Lombardy, the region hardest-hit by the coronavirus crisis in Europe’s worst-affected country, is betting that the science about “herd immunity” derived from the blood tests will help the prosperous industrial region return to work faster and safer. Nearly 13,000 people have already died of the virus in densely populated Lombardy, whose capital is Milan — or more than half of Italy’s total dead. Topics :last_img read more

Retirement living has taken a new direction – up

first_imgInside the master suite of the Birtinya Retirement Village display homeAn on site allied health professional will give residents access to health education sessions, exercise programs and a range of group fitness classes. Due for completion in mid-2018, Birtinya Retirement Village provides a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with views of Lake Kawana and the Glasshouse Mountains hinterland. The village is pet friendly, with a dog park to be constructed nearby.It is a short walk to Bokarina Beach, hospitals, the Ocean side Health Precinct and the future Birtinya Town Centre.Stockland recently announced it had received planning approvals for the town centre, which will include a shopping centre, service station, entertainment precinct, hotel, apartments, drive-through restaurants, a town square with green space, and a walkable waterfront along Lake Kawana. “Retirement Living has taken a new direction on the Sunshine Coast,” Ms Barton said. Inside the living area of the Birtinya Retirement Village display homeThe first display apartments at Stockland’s $63 million vertical retirement village at Birtinya are now open. The display apartments feature open plan layouts with extensive natural light, eye-catching timber elements and spacious balconies to capture ocean breezes. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Stockland’s regional development manager for retirement living Pauline Barton said the apartments had been styled to demonstrate the latest trends in homewares and accessories. “Each apartment comes with all the mod-cons as quality brand appliances, airconditioning, and access to superfast broadband internet,” she said.Birtinya Retirement Village is an eight-storey vertical village in the heart of the Sunshine Coast’s fast-growing Ocean side Kawana precinct. The village includes secure undercover parking with each apartment, guest parking, manicured gardens and a two-storey clubhouse and wellness centre with a gym, yoga studio, hair salon, bar lounge, billiards room and resort pool.last_img read more

Lindsay Mitchell: Sole Parents and the Link to Child Poverty

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 30 May 2016A new report has identified a strong link between sole parent families and child poverty.The report author, Lindsay Mitchell helps explain what’s been called the ‘elephant in the room’.LISTEN HERE:  http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/wellington/tim-fookes-morning-show/audio/lindsay-mitchell-sole-parents-and-the-link-to-child-poverty/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img