Phish Is Currently Finishing Up Their New Studio Album With Producer Bob Ezrin

first_imgOf course, drummer Jon Fishman has been in Philadelphia, PA for the last two days, helping out the Bernie Sanders campaign. This doesn’t preclude Anastasio from working on some guitar overdubs or any additional tracks that he might need to record by himself. According to Relix, however, Fishman said that “The new album will mostly comprise of songs Phish fans have not yet heard… despite the band debuting several new songs on tour in 2015.” He also said that they’re mostly finished recording.We can’t wait! During Phish’s three-night stand in Mexico, guitarist Trey Anastasio let it slip that the group was planning to work on a new album in the few months’ time until summer tour. While the recent appearance of Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman and Page McConnell at a recent Kung Fu funk concert in Nashville, TN was certainly indication that the band was working together, today we have some more official word on the project.According to a post from Frank Brothers Guitar Co., Anastasio is pictured playing one of the company’s prized guitars in Nashville. Furthermore, the post says that the guitar itself belongs to Bob Ezrin, the famed producer who worked with Phish on the Fuego album. Ezrin has worked with Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd and more in the past, and, as we recently learned, he really doesn’t like Kanye West.Check out the post below:last_img read more

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Jans Ingber Recruits Trey Anastasio Band, Snarky Puppy Members For Brooklyn Funk Fellowship

first_imgJans Ingber is bringing his awesome new Funk Fellowship project to Brooklyn Bowl on July 15th! Boasting an impressive roster of musicians, this tribute to all things funk will feature special guests Charlie Hunter on guitar and Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive on vocals. The rest of the all-star cast will be rounded out by Louis Cato of Snarky Puppy on drums, Wil Blades on keys, Akie Bermiss on vocals and keys, and Natalie Cressman and Jennifer Hartswick from Trey Anastasio Band on horns and vocals.Full information on the show and how to get tickets can be found here. Learn more about the Funk Fellowship by checking out our review of the their May 6th show at The Star Theater in Portland, OR featuring members of Vulfpeck, The Main Squeeze.last_img

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Study tracks mercury sources in seafood

first_imgOrder a sushi platter in the U.S. and your plate will likely include tuna from the South Pacific, crab from the North Atlantic, and farm-raised shrimp from Asia.Researchers have long known that exposure to the neurotoxin methylmercury (MeHg) comes almost exclusively from eating seafood. But the geographic origins of that exposure haven’t been well understood.Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have traced the worldwide origins of methylmercury in the U.S. diet and examined changes in those sources in recent decades, as ecosystems and palates evolved. Understanding the sources of methylmercury exposure in the diet is important in developing strategies to reduce mercury emissions.“Seafood is one of the last wild foods consumed by humans and an essential source of protein and micronutrients for many populations,” said Elsie Sunderland, the Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering and senior author of the study. “This work shows that global environmental quality and the health of the oceans affects the food we eat.”The research is published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.,The researchers found that open-ocean fisheries account for more than half of all U.S. methylmercury exposure. The Pacific Ocean is the largest source of such exposure, as mercury emissions globally have shifted from North America and Europe to Southeast Asia and India. The Equatorial and South Pacific waters are the primary regions for tuna — which contribute the largest fraction of U.S. methylmercury intake.,Between 2010 and 2012, shrimp was the most-consumed seafood in the U.S. Added together, shrimp and tuna accounted for almost four out of every 10 seafood meals.Because tuna has relatively higher concentrations of methylmercury, fluctuations in its consumption have a huge impact on U.S. exposure. Between 2000 and 2002, canned tuna was the most-consumed seafood in this country. While overall consumption of tuna is down compared with previous decades — in large part due to a save-the-dolphins campaign — methylmercury exposure is up because more people are consuming it in the form of sushi.But food choices aren’t the only factor governing methylmercury exposure. Climate change is affecting how people harvest and consume seafood.“This study shows that decadal climatic variability and global warming have strong impacts on the U.S. seafood supply,” said Miling Li, a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS and co-author of the paper. “Climate change significantly alters the sources and burdens of human mercury exposure.”Increasingly, fish species, including the popular cod, are swimming out of reach of U.S. domestic fishing vehicles toward cooler waters in the North Atlantic.,The researchers hope that the Minamata Convention, an international treaty to reduce mercury emissions that was signed in 2013 and enacted last year, will mark the beginning of global efforts to reduce mercury in the environment.“This research is especially pertinent in light of the Minamata Convention,” said Kurt Bullard ’17, co-author of the study. “We hope this study will help prioritize strategies to reduce environmental MeHg concentrations here in the U.S. But any global efforts to reduce MeHg concentrations would beneficial for U.S. consumers.”The paper was supported in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.last_img read more

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Club celebrates Arabic language, culture

first_imgMendoza’s Jordan Auditorium hosted the third annual Arabic Culture Night Friday, as students were able to experience a variety of forms of performing arts from the Middle East.The event consisted of several folkloric dances from Egypt and Lebanon as well as an oriental dance, a song, a poetry recitation, a comedy play and a slide show showcasing the program of Arabic Language and Culture.All music, reading and dialogue was in Arabic and performed by students, most of whom are Arabic majors or Mediterranean/Middle East Studies minors.Professor Ghada Bualuan, chair of the Arabic Department and director and producer of the event, said it was a great way for students to experience Arabic culture and for the performers at the event to showcase their talents.“It was a unique opportunity to engage and explore the Arabic culture and forge a deeper connection to its people,” she said. “It was also an outlet for students of Arabic to perform on stage in the language and the culture that they are learning in the classroom.”Sophomore Joseph Dufour, vice president of the Arabic Club, said the event was a special opportunity to share Arabic culture with the rest of the University.“Students were able to enjoy song, dance, poetry and imagery that they wouldn’t otherwise likely get to experience at Notre Dame,” he said.  “It’s really a one-of-a-kind event and has grown in performances and popularity every year.”Junior Victoria Braga, a member of the Arabic Club, said the format of the event has grown stronger with each passing year.“Students attending the event hopefully learned more about Arabic Language and Culture,” she said. “This is the ultimate goal of the event, and we are happy that it seems the event has met its goal not only this year but in all of the past three years of its existence.”Bualuan said the inspiration for an event to share Middle Eastern culture came from students and from her own husband.“I started it two years ago with the idea of creating an opportunity for Arabic major students to connect to Arabic history and culture through music and arts,” she said. “Also, my husband produced several international festivals over 15 years ago at Notre Dame as a student, and I knew that his experience would be very useful.”Dufour said the event was a success because it blended performance with education.“Everyone there seemed to really enjoy the night whether they study Arabic or not,” he said. “It showcased aspects of the Arabic culture that people may not know about or [to people] who don’t study Arabic, especially since the readings and song in Arabic all had English translations on an accompanying slideshow to the event.”Bualuan echoed Dufour’s sentiment, noting that attendance at the event was very strong, with Jordan Auditorium at standing room only capacity. She said over 350 students attended, and their response was positive.“They were very excited, and the event has grown each year. I’ve already received many emails from students who were in the audience saying that they want to be part of the show next year,” she said.last_img read more

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Notre Dame initiates task forces to address Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis

first_imgNotre Dame is spearheading a Campus Engagement Task Force and a Research and Scholarship Task Force to help address the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis, the University announced Thursday in an email to students, faculty and staff.“The charge of the Campus Engagement Task Force is to facilitate dialogue, to listen to the observations, thoughts, and recommendations of the Notre Dame community and to summarize feedback so that it can be directed constructively,” the email said.Rev. Gerry Olinger and Jennifer Mason McAward are serving as co-chairs of the Campus Engagement Task Force. The force will include seven other members: sophomore Aaron Benavides; Christine Caron Gebhardt, director of the Gender Relations Center; Fr. Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry; Karrah Miller, director of Public Affairs; Colleen Moore, director of formation at the McGrath Institute for Church Life; Ernest Morell, professor of English; and Stacey Noem of the Masters of Divinity Program.The Engagement Task Force will host a series of listening sessions for members of the community to reflect on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and how Notre Dame should respond, the email said. The task force will also be collecting feedback through an online form. All feedback is anonymous and the form will expire on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.Listening sessions for students will take place Monday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Coleman-Morse Center and Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Downes Club of Corbett Hall.Faculty listening sessions will take place Nov. 9 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Coleman-Morse and Nov. 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse lounge.Staff listening sessions will take place Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse lounge, Nov. 15 from 10 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. in the Hospitality Room of South Dining Hall and Nov. 16 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse lounge.Tags: Campus Engagement Task Force, Research and Scholarship Task Force, Sexual abuse scandallast_img read more

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Tony Winner Jeremy Irons & Oscar Nominee Jesse Eisenberg Join Superman/Batman Movie

first_img View Comments Chris Terrio is currently writing a script from a screenplay by David S. Goyer for the Superman/Batman film. The movie will also star Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Diane Lane as Martha Kent. A Tony Award winner for The Real Thing, Irons last appeared on Broadway in Impressionism. Other stage work includes Godspell, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, Richard II and Embers. An Oscar winner for Reversal of Fortune, his film and TV credits include The Borgias, The Lion King, Brideshead Revisited and Kafka. Tony winner Jeremy Irons and off-Broadway vet Jesse Eisenberg will join the cast of Zack Snyder’s upcoming as-yet-untitled Superman/Batman movie. Eisenberg is set to play iconic Superman villain Lex Luthor while Irons will portray Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred, according to Deadline. The motion picture is set for a May 6, 2016 release. Eisenberg has appeared onstage off-Broadway in Rattlestick productions of his plays The Revisionist with Vanessa Redgrave and Asuncion. Eisenberg earned an Oscar nomination for The Social Network. His other screen credits include The Squid and the Whale, Zombieland, Solitary Man, The Newsroom and Adventureland.last_img read more

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Skelos Corruption Trial: Jury Convicts Senator And Son

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and his son, Adam, were both convicted of extorting bribes from businesses that lobbied the lawmaker following their month-long trial at Manhattan federal court.After about eight hours of deliberations over a two-day span, a jury found the former top-elected Republican in the state and his son guilty Friday of extortion under color of official right, soliciting bribes and conspiracy to commit honest services fraud.“The swift convictions of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos beg an important question—how many prosecutions will it take before Albany gives the people of New York the honest government they deserve?” Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement following the verdict.The verdict came 12 days after another jury convicted the former state Senate Majority Leader’s counterpart, ex-state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), of similar but unrelated corruption charges in Manhattan federal court. Like Silver, the senator’s attorney, Robert Gage, reportedly said he intends to appeal the verdict. Gage and Adam’s lawyer, Christopher Conniff, had argued that there was no crime committed and no quid pro quo was proven.Before they resigned their leadership roles after their arrests, Silver and Skelos were two of the so-called “Three Men In A Room”—the third being Gov. Andrew Cuomo—that set the state’s legislative and budget agenda. Despite the back-to-back high-profile cases, state lawmakers have been reluctant to enact further ethics reforms.Prosecutors said the senator—who will be expelled from his position following his conviction—pressured Roslyn-based medical malpractice firm Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers (PRI), New Hyde Park-based developer Glenwood Management and Arizona-based storm water filter manufacturer AbTech Industries for no-show jobs and payments for his son. The companies all had business before the state at the time.Witnesses who took the stand described in detail how the senator and his son badgered them for favors. PRI gave Adam a job that he rarely showed up for and kept him on the payroll despite Adam threatening to bash his bosses head in for questioning his performance, according to testimony. Glenwood, eager to distance themselves from doing favors for a senator they lobbied, set Adam up with a job at AbTech and had a third party give Adam a $20,000 title insurance commission check despite not having performed any work for it, witnesses testified. And AbTech officials told the jury about how they were extorted into giving Adam a hefty raise under the threat of the senator and son killing the company’s chances at a $12 million Nassau County contract.Witnesses who took the stand included: lobbyist and former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato (R-NY), who said he warned the senator and son about their conflicts; PRI CEO Anthony Bonomo, who said he feared firing Adam because he didn’t want a “problem in Albany”; and Chief Deputy Nassau County Executive Rob Walker, who testified that he expedited payments to AbTech at the senator’s request—in addition to testifying that Walker himself is under federal investigation.The senator’s replacement, state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Northport) issued a statement shortly after the verdict was announced.“I am deeply saddened by today’s verdict,” he said. “As Senate Majority Leader, I take this situation very seriously and am determined to work with my fellow legislators to swiftly and completely restore the public trust.”Cuomo echoed the sentiment.“There can be no tolerance for those who use, and seek to use, public service for private gain,” the governor said in a statement. “The justice system worked today. However, more must be done and will be pursued as part of my legislative agenda. The convictions of former Speaker Silver and former Majority Leader Skelos should be a wakeup call for the legislature and it must stop standing in the way of needed reforms.”Judge Kimba Wood is scheduled to sentence Dean and Adam on March 3. They face up to 20 years in prison.last_img read more

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Japan again bans US beef over BSE fears

first_img Dec 12, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Japan ends BSE-related ban on US beef” Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced the renewed ban Jan 20, just a few weeks after shipments had resumed in mid-December. US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns called the presence of the spine material “an unacceptable failure on our part” to honor the agreement with Japan and promised to take corrective actions. Johanns said he had ordered additional USDA inspections at plants that process beef for export. He also promised to: Order unannounced inspections at facilities that produce beef for export. The Japanese Agriculture Ministry said inspectors found cattle backbone material in 3 of 41 boxes in a 389-kilogram shipment of beef from Atlantic Veal & Lamb Inc., according to a Jan 20 Associated Press (AP) report. The firm is located in Brooklyn, N.Y., other reports said. Investigate the violation and report to the Japanese on the findings and corrective actions. When he was asked if he viewed the renewed import ban as an overreaction, Johanns replied, “I do not believe so at all. . . . In some situations we have taken the same sort of action where we would close borders.” Transcript of Jan 20 USDA press conference Atlantic Veal & Lamb has been barred from shipping beef to Japan, Johanns said. “We will take the appropriate personnel action against the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service [FSIS] employee who conducted the inspection of the product in question and approved it for shipment into the Japanese marketplace,” he added. In a Jan 20 news conference, Johanns said backbones from cattle younger than 20 months are not classified as SRM under US regulations, but the agreement with Japan banned all cattle backbones. “Very clearly what we have learned about this shipment is that it failed to meet the terms of the agreement,” he said, according to a transcript. Provide for further training of FSIS inspectors on export requirements. Jan 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Japan has again banned American beef following the discovery last week of cattle spine material in an imported shipment, a violation of the recent bilateral agreement designed to keep beef tainted with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) out of Japan. Japan cut off imports of US beef after the nation’s first case of BSE was found in a Canadian-born cow in Washington state in December 2003. Japan officially agreed on Dec 12, 2005, to resume imports of beef from cattle no more than 20 months old. The agreement required the removal of specified risk materials (SRM)—tissues likely to be contaminated in BSE-infected animals—such as the brain, eyes, vertebral column, spinal cord, and tonsils. Send a team to work with the Japanese to reexamine US beef already in Japan to confirm compliance with the agreement. In a statement, Atlanatic Veal & Lamb said, “We regret that there was a misinterpretation of the export requirements and an honest mistake involving a very small amount of product that has led to this degree of concern.” “This just simply should not have happened,” he said. Atlantic Veal & Lamb statementhttp://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/statement-of-atlantic-veal-and-lamb-on-suspension-of-ability-to-export-53683637.html See also: The inspector who approved the meat for shipment to Japan “for whatever reason just did not connect to the fact that the vertebral column needed to be removed before it arrived in Japan,” Johanns said. The company said it was “absolutely confident” that the product was safe. “It is important to note that Atlantic Veal produces veal derived from very young animals—animals that have never tested positive for BSE. We estimate that the veal we shipped came from animals who were less than 4 1/2 months of age,” the statement said.last_img read more

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Unai Emery praises Dani Ceballos and David Luiz after making full debuts for Arsenal

first_imgThe summer signings both impressed as Arsenal saw off Burnley (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery was very happy with the performances of Dani Ceballos and David Luiz as the pair made their full debuts for Arsenal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Burnley.The Spanish midfielder, on loan from Real Madrid, set up both of Arsenal’s goals and was named the Man of the Match, while Luiz also looked controlled and composed in his first outing since leaving Chelsea on deadline day.Emery was impressed with both, though was quick to praise the contribution of the entire team including teenager Joe Willock who was playing in a deeper midfield role. Luiz was an instant hit with the Arsenal fans, showing his range of passing (Picture: Getty)‘After control the game, but they play two teams, one is Arsenal, one is Burnley, the gameplan is strong, and it’s clear, and it’s difficult to defend.‘We defended well I think, but sometimes too deep. We didn’t impose our gameplan in 90 minutes like we wanted to do, but really I know it’s difficult. Some really good things today, others to check and improve. But I really, really think we can be happy.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Unai Emery praises Dani Ceballos and David Luiz after making full debuts for Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 17 Aug 2019 3:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link842Shares Advertisementcenter_img Comment Ceballos was a sub against Newcastle but started in the win over Burnley (Picture: Getty)Asked how he thought Luiz and Ceballos fared, Emery told BT Sport: ‘Yes, very good. Their first match here at home officially.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘And really to share with other players – young players, today I think Willock did one step more ahead to improve – and I want to speak about the team.‘Individually also good, Pepe good, Dani good, David Luiz good, and other players also. And I think continuing with Laca scoring, with Aubameyang scoring, is good. The only thing we didn’t do today was keep a clean sheet, but we will.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe expanded at his press conference: ‘[We want] to use his quality in the best position in our team. I spoke with him before coming here, it’s to play as an eight and a No.10. He started like a 10 but changed with Willock. He can feel better on the pitch.’On the performance as a whole, he explained: ‘We are happy. Three points. We started at home with a win, which is important.‘Tough match, really we wanted to connect with our supporters here and create a big atmosphere with the supporters and us and be one big connection. Advertisementlast_img read more

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ICYMI: Restore PA plan would boost local infrastructure and tackle blight, broadband, flooding

first_img March 04, 2019 ICYMI: Restore PA plan would boost local infrastructure and tackle blight, broadband, flooding Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania,  Round-Up,  Severance Tax Over the last week, Governor Wolf and his administration visited communities across Pennsylvania to see first-hand their critical infrastructure needs, especially around pressing issues like flooding, blight and broadband expansion. Governor Wolf visited Bridgeville, Allegheny County, and Williamsport, Lycoming County, to talk to local leaders about the state playing a larger role in flood prevention and recovery. Governor Wolf also visited Greene County to talk about how expanding broadband access would help schools and young learners.Administration officials also visited communities in York, Beaver and Schuykill counties to meet with local officials and residents on the need for more resources to address critical infrastructure needs.Learn more about the Restore Pennsylvania plan here.Flooding Prevention and RecoveryRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance. Restore Pennsylvania will also establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Proposes Severance Tax To Help Flooded CommunitiesYour Erie: State leaders discuss creating $4.5 billion program to help disaster survivorsWilliamsport Sun-Gazette: Governor presses for severance tax to repair leveeFox43: Flash flooding prompts proposed legislation to help disaster victims in PAWilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice: State officials propose funding flood protection with a severance tax on gas drillersBroadbandRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding to completely bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania, making Pennsylvania a better place to work, do business, and live. Grants will be available to support installation of infrastructure to bring high speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth. Funding will support every phase of the process from feasibility testing to connection.AP: Wolf promotes proposal to fund high-speed internet expansionUniontown Herald Standard: Gov. Wolf visits Greene County to unveil plan for statewide broadbandThe Tribune-Review: Editorial: Virtual infrastructure critical in PennsylvaniaBlightRestore Pennsylvania will increase resources for addressing blight by providing financial resources at the local level to establish land banks and acquire and demolish blighted buildings in order to create new development opportunities or provide new green space. The funding will be administered by entities established by the legislature as land banks or demolition funds.Beaver County Times: Fight the blight: State leaders come to Aliquippa to discuss new program Restore PennsylvaniaWBRE: State officials take tour in Schuylkill County to address blighted property issueNBC 10: Chester Officials Work to Fix Neighborhood Blightcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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