The sign on the marquee said “Above & Beyond Acoustic,” but “Above & Beyond Orchestra” may have been more appropriate, as nearly twenty musicians crammed onto the stage of the Beacon Theatre to perform live interpretations of songs from the catalogue of the three piece trance icons. With a crowd dressed primarily in suits and dresses, a stage stacked with violins instead of lasers, and a hushed crowd, this was the complete opposite of a standard Above & Beyond show (except for confetti – there’s always going to be confetti).While Above & Beyond has been sporadically performing these acoustic sets for nearly three years, this is the band’s first extensive tour and the first stop in New York City, in support of their soon to be released second acoustic album, appropriately titled ‘Acoustic II’. What these three musicians have done with this tour is unparalleled in the world of electronic dance music. Playing these dance music songs to nearly 3,000 completely seated fans, solidify these artists as some of the greatest song writers out there right now – and not just in the world of dance music. As one of the producers said on stage, “Life can be incredibly short, but songs are forever” – and this tour, and these albums, will make sure that these songs will live forever.It’s not uncommon to see tears in the crowd at an Above & Beyond show. The music is full of messages of hope and happiness, and it’s easy to feel a connection. They talk about things that young people can relate to – love found, love lost, with an overarching message that “everything is going to be ok”. It sounds sappy – well, it is sappy. But aren’t the best love songs sappy? Regardless, it resonates with people, and it was easy to see people getting emotional throughout the evening. With stripped down production and without a booming bass line that makes you want to jump up and down, you can get lost in the music and get a better understanding of the lyrics that you may have already had memorized for years.In between each song, one of the guys would chat with the crowd for a bit, introduce the next singer, talk about the upcoming song or the experience. It seemed that they were thrilled to be on “Broadway,” and honestly, it felt like attending a Broadway show at times. There was minimal in terms of on stage production – some blue LED lights flashed occasionally, T-Mobile sponsored some light up bracelets that blinked at a few points but added little (hey, somebody has to pay for that string section), and a large screen showed close ups of the singers. During “Another Chance,” a relatively recent collaboration with the band Oceanlab, the screen projected a short animated video that added a fantastic visual accompaniment to the music. With all the ‘Broadway’ talk, a show that mixed these arrangements with some sort of visual story would certainly be welcomed.Other highlights included “Alone Tonight”, which sounded like it was plucked right out of a James Bond movie, and the big sing-a-longs like “Blue Sky Action”, “We Are All We Need”, “Thing Called Love”, and “Sun and Moon”. But the biggest highlight of all was the experience as a whole. Seeing these fantastic songs, re-imagined in completely different ways, gives them an entirely new life. It really proves Above & Beyond to be great songwriters, more than just producers. Like they said, it shows the songs will live forever.I spoke to a relatively new fan who, after seeing the show, told me “I get it – a ticket to this show is cheaper than seeing a therapist – you come here, and forget about your problems, you’re surrounded by your friends and you experience this happiness and they tell you that everything is going to be alright – whatever problems you’re going through, we’re all going through ’em together”. That’s why Above & BeyondAbove & Beyond’s radio show is called “Group Therapy” – they know what they are doing. [Photo Credit: aLIVE Coverage/Above & Beyond Facebook]
Allan M. Brandt Dean, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesAmalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine, Harvard Medical SchoolProfessor of the History of Science, Faculty of Arts and SciencesOct. 16, 1846, is perhaps the most celebrated day in the entire history of medicine. On that morning at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), local physicians and medical students gathered in the wide-domed surgical amphitheater (designed by esteemed Boston architect Charles Bulfinch) to witness a hastily planned clinical experiment.At the center of the surgical theater stood John Collins Warren, the nation’s most renowned surgeon and first dean of Harvard Medical School, and his young patient, a house painter, Gilbert Abbott, afflicted since birth with a tumor on the left side of his neck. The proposed procedure was no different than hundreds that Warren had previously conducted. But in this instance he had invited William T.G. Morton, a Boston dentist, to provide the patient with a preparation that he claimed would make the procedure pain free.Morton rushed onto the stage some 20 minutes late and administered his preparation through an inhalation tube to Abbott, who quickly fell into a deep sleep. Warren, working with deft quickness, excised the tumor. When the patient awoke, he confirmed that his only sensation had been a slight scratching of the skin. Warren declared, “This is no humbug!” and the assembled audience erupted in applause. In an operation of under 10 minutes, the world of medicine and surgery had been forever transformed.But the story — as such stories always are — is much more complex and exposes the intricate character of medical innovation. Morton’s preparation was ether, a compound well known in chemistry and medicine, first identified in the 14th century. Indeed, for decades, medical students and others reportedly had experimented with ether as a recreational drug, participating in “ether frolics.” During that time, however, the potential application of ether (and other drugs) for surgery seemed to have been almost universally overlooked.
Carrots have a reputation of being difficult to grow in Georgia’s clay soils. With a little knowledge and a few tricks, University of Georgia Extension experts say home gardeners can have success cultivating carrots. Carrots are a cool-season crop, and now is the time to plant them. Begin by selecting a site where seeds will get eight to 10 hours of sunlight. The key to growing carrots is to start with heavily amended, well-drained, organic soil, according to UGA Extension vegetable specialist Bob Westerfield. Carrots like a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Till and amend soilPrepare the site by tilling to a depth of 10 inches. If your garden is made up of hard, clay soil, Westerfield recommends growing carrots in containers or raised beds at least 8 inches to 12 inches high.Fill the beds with a rich mix of compost, manure and topsoil. If you prefer to grow carrots in a traditional manner, as in the ground, incorporate 6 inches of sandy topsoil or another organic amendment. There are two schools of thought about how to plant carrot seeds: plant in traditional rows or define an area—e.g., community garden raised-bed plots—and broadcast the seeds. Either way, lay the seeds on the soil bed and sprinkle about a quarter-inch of soil on top. Consider mixing in a few radish seeds at planting. Carrot seeds are very small. To ensure good seed-to-soil contact with such small seeds, it is a good idea to lightly tamp the soil down. A tamper is useful to put just enough pressure for contact without compacting the soil. Add water and waitNow, water the seeds and be patient. Carrots take several weeks to germinate. Carrots need to be irrigated on a regular basis if there is not consistent rainfall. Provide about one inch of water every seven to 10 days if possible. Carrots grown in raised beds or containers may need to be watered more frequently as they tend to dry out quickly. Overhead irrigation works, but drip irrigation or soaker hoses conserve moisture and help prevent foliage diseases. Once carrot plants come up, thinning is essential. If the carrots become too crowded underground, they can become stunted. Thinning can be time-consuming, especially if you broadcast planted, but don’t skip this step. Instead of pulling up plants to thin your patch, use scissors to cut seedlings off at the root. This will minimize disturbance of the remaining plants. The goal should be about 2 inches between carrot plants.When the carrot tops are about 3 inches tall, Westerfield recommends adding pine straw, wheat straw or other organic mulch around the plants to cut back on weeds and conserve moisture. Pay attention to the “days until harvest” total on the seed packet. When close to harvest time, pull one or two sample carrots, Westerfield said. Carrots should be at least a half-inch in diameter when harvested. When harvesting, be very gentle so as not to damage your crop.As the soil cools, carrots actually get sweeter. Some gardeners leave the carrots in the ground over the winter with good results. Not just long and orangeThe shorter or half-long varieties of carrots produce the best quality in gardens with heavy soils. The longer varieties prefer sandy soils. When choosing a cultivar to plant, keep in mind that carrots don’t have to be orange. The Chantenay Red Core is reddish, while Purple Haze is obviously purple. Danvers 126, Scarlet Nantes and Nantes are all recommended orange cultivars. Look for carrot seeds at feed and seed stores, hardware stores and big box retailers. There are also several varieties available for order through seed companies like Burpee and Johnny’s Selected Seeds.“With carrots, you are never quite sure what you have until you pull them out and see the golden nugget on the other end,” Westerfield said. “I have had years where I have produced outstanding carrots and other years where mice and voles ate my precious crop.”For more information about gardening in Georgia, contact your local University of Georgia Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
California’s 2020 rooftop solar mandate gets final approval FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:It’s official. All new homes in California must incorporate solar power starting in 2020.The California Energy Commission (CEC) passed the measure in May as an update to the state’s 2019 Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards. On Wednesday, the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) signed off on the plan— a first of its kind for the nation.The new standards require that all new homes under three stories high install solar panels starting January 1, and that solar systems are sized to net out the annual kilowatt-hour energy usage of the dwelling. The codes also incentivize “demand responsive technologies,” including battery storage and heat pump water heaters. Combined with a host of other energy efficiency upgrades, the revised building codes are expected to slash energy use in new homes by more than 50 percent.Over the past three years, the CEC performed an in-depth analysis on the new rules and gathered official public input from all relevant stakeholders, including utilities, home builders, solar companies, the lighting industry and others. The analysis found that requiring solar would be cost-effective in all climate zones of the state, and that homeowners would save $40 dollars each month, or roughly $500 per year, due to the new rules. The codes are expected to add around $40 per month to a typical mortgage payment, but the costs are outweighed by an expected $80 per month in energy savings.One thing is for sure, the new codes are a win for California’s solar sector. An analysis conducted on behalf of the CEC by Energy and Environmental Economics (E3) found that statewide construction of single-family homes is projected to be 74,154 in 2020, the first year of compliance. Assuming the same number of single-family homes are built over that period, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly GTM Research) says sales are expected to increase 14 percent over a four-year timeframe. That amounts to an upside of nearly 650 megawatts-DC compared to WoodMac’s base-case forecast for the residential solar segment.The solar industry currently installs around 150,000 solar systems each year on new and existing homes in California. Today, only 15,000 of those projects are on new dwellings. Starting in 2020, the new home solar market will see an exponential increase.More: California’s rooftop solar mandate wins final approval
By Dialogo May 09, 2012 On May 7, the Honduran authorities seized 400 kilos of cocaine in the remote region of La Mosquitia, in the department of Gracias a Dios, around 800 km northeast of the capital, the police announced. During the operation, “15 bales with a total of 400 kilos of cocaine were seized, in two vehicles that were intercepted in Plaplaya (in the department of Gracias a Dios),” the head of operations of the National Directorate of Special Investigative Services, Commissioner Silvio Inestroza, told AFP. He explained that, since the drugs were found in the vehicles, “it’s unknown whether they transferred them from a small plane or from a boat, and that’s still under investigation.” “The vehicle crews, who are from the same community, fled into a rough mountain area, and none of them have been arrested,” the officer regretted. In the remote department of Gracias a Dios, Honduran authorities have been destroying clandestine airstrips used by drug traffickers to transport drugs from South America to the United States with the help of locals, impoverished Misquito indigenous people. According to information provided by the head of the Honduran Military, General René Osorio, 17 airstrips have been destroyed so far this year by opening gaps in them with dynamite in order to prevent aircraft from landing. Osorio indicated that another 50 airstrips have been identified and will likewise be destroyed in the departments of Colón, in northwestern Honduras; Olancho, in the east-central part of the country; and El Paraíso, in the east.
Waller wins Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award February 15, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News Waller wins Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Saying Edward M. Waller, Jr., exemplifies the highest ideals of the profession by his tireless service to others, Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead presented the Tampa lawyer with the 2004 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award.“Mr. Waller has donated hundreds of hours to pro bono representation in 36 years of legal practice,” Chief Justice Anstead said January 29 during a special ceremony of the Supreme Court. “His pro bono clients have included the elderly at risk of losing their homes, an AIDS patient who needed bankruptcy protection because of mounting medical bills, a woman living with disabilities in an effort to save her home for her and her foster children.”The award commemorates Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon, who died in February 1982, and is intended to encourage and recognize extraordinary contributions by Florida lawyers in making legal services available to the indigent and to focus public awareness on the substantial voluntary services rendered by Florida lawyers.Also honored during the ceremony was the Miami firm of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, which received the Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation.A lawyer from each circuit also was recognized with The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards, and Thomas Zehnder of Orlando received the Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award.“I know of no profession that gives more freely and unselfishly of its services than the justice system in our local communities,” said Anstead, noting Florida lawyers provided more than 1.3 million hours of pro bono service a year ago.Bar President Miles McGrane told the honorees that they are the role models for the rest of the state’s lawyers who lead by example, not just words.“You are the best of the best in our legal profession,” McGrane said. “You are truly the champions of justice, and it is a privilege and honor to participate in this ceremony.”McGrane, however, said despite the great efforts of those who provide pro bono service, there is a critical need for more. He called on all lawyers to honor the oath they took when they were admitted to the Bar to never reject “the cause of the defenseless or oppressed.”McGrane noted the legal profession is the only profession that has a rich tradition of fostering and encouraging its members to labor for the good of the public.“Let us today celebrate our responsibilities as officers of this court and promise to work together to create new initiatives to improve the delivery of legal services,” McGrane said.Attorney General Charlie Crist said pro bono work is one of the most important services a lawyer can perform.“And the people we recognize today are the best among us because you serve others for no compensation.. . but for the gratitude of the people you serve who, truly, but for your efforts, may not have the opportunity to have justice done,” Crist said. Waller Anstead said perhaps Waller’s “crowning jewel” is his work with Bay Area Legal Services where, as a member of its board of directors, he was instrumental in obtaining increased funding for the organization, which now exceeds $800,000 a year.Waller said his firm, Fowler White, has always been supportive of his pro bono efforts and that pro bono work just “comes naturally.”“I always believed that if I am going to use my law license to practice law and exercise that privilege, part and parcel to that is representing pro bono clients,” Waller said. “It does not matter if you are a trial lawyer or a real estate lawyer or a corporate lawyer and a tax lawyer. Many times pro bono clients just want someone to sit down and talk to — someone who will listen to their story.”Waller said many times just by virtue of being a lawyer you can help someone in need of assistance.“A poor person with a legal problem is almost always going to be better off with a lawyer than without a lawyer,” Waller said.“Unfortunately, legal services organizations like Bay Area [Legal Services] are all over the state. They just don’t have the resources to help everyone in need. That is why it is so critically important that there be volunteer lawyers, private lawyers, who volunteer to do pro bono work.”Waller said a large part of the pride he feels in being a lawyer comes from his pro bono service and, indirectly, by helping legal services organizations like Bay Area Legal Services.Most of the pro bono cases Waller takes don’t make headlines, but are very satisfying.“Helping these people really makes me feel good at the end of the day,” Waller said.“The message I would like to give to other lawyers — whether they are old lawyers like me or young lawyers just starting out — is to take advantage of the opportunity you have as a lawyer to provide pro bono service to the poor. You will remember the thanks you receive. Doing pro bono work is really gratifying and is its own reward.”While the profession receives a lot of criticism, Waller said, thousands of lawyers every day donate their time to provide legal services to the poor and that he accepts the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award on their behalf.You often hear lawyers nearing the end of their careers lamenting that they wished they had not spent too much time in the office, Waller said, “but I doubt you will ever hear a lawyer say, ‘I wish I had not spent so much time doing pro bono work.’”
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When a new marketing officer took over at a large community bank, she fit right in on the institution’s retail side, but she couldn’t get any traction with the business bankers.They told her that they didn’t need any help from Marketing … actually, just one thing. If she’d just make sure the bank’s impressive annual report was ready on time, that was all they wanted. They loved handing out that glossy report to business customers. Clearly, they felt that as “real bankers” they didn’t need any help.In time this marketer broke down that barrier. She proved her department’s worth to the business bankers. But it took time and much effort. In the end, top management increased her budget to enable her to add more marketing staff.That’s a story that resonates with many financial marketers. They know when their institutions’ leaders take them seriously as strategic partners — and when they are figuratively being patted on the head, and told to go back to their desks so their seniors can make the big decisions.
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Topics : Rescuers were trying to save the few remaining long-finned pilot whales still floundering in shallow waters off the Australian coast on Friday in one of the world’s biggest mass whale strandings.With time running out for up to 20 breathing mammals still trapped in rugged Macquarie Harbor in Tasmania, rescuers had managed to save about 94 of the 470-strong pod while around 380 had died.Read also: Australia plans disposal of hundreds of stranded whale carcasses”We haven’t dealt with a stranding of this type before (and) we are getting up to 94 animals released – that is one hell of an effort,” said Kris Carlyon, a marine conservation biologist advising the government’s response. “There are sharks around, their numbers may increase with the carcasses in the sea but we are doing a few things to try and get them to decompose and break down more quickly so that if that is an issue it’s an issue for less time.”The stranding, the biggest on record in modern Australia and one of the largest in the world, has drawn attention to a natural phenomenon that remains largely a mystery to scientists. Most of the released whales, a gregarious species that lives in deep waters, were expected to “regroup” and recover from the traumatic event, Carlyon said, but a number of them had returned to the sandbar and died.The rescue attempt, which has involved a team of more than 100 rescuers, volunteers and police, would continue through Friday and Saturday to try to save the last few animals, officials said.Authorities were also attempting to contain the carcasses of the dead whales, at least one of which had been found mauled by predators. The bodies were being separated into groups and enclosed with water booms to try keep them in one place, as officials prepare to dispose them at sea.”We’ve certainly had one carcass that’s been chomped and another report of sharks further up the coast,” said Nic Deka, the incident controller for the state government’s Parks and Wildlife Service.