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Phish Phans, Meet Sgt. Price

first_imgSgt. Jason Price of the Hampton Police Dept. sent out this exciting and also quite informative video about traffic and safety for Phish phans while coming to “the Mothership”. The Mothership being the Hampton Coliseum, where Phish will be playing this weekend. Price does mention that the violations of the law will be enforced, but he will make sure that everyone has an “amazing experience watching Phish, LIVE! at the Mothership, the Hampton Coliseum”.[via. YEMblog]last_img

MGH receives Gates Foundation grant

first_imgThe Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has received a five-year, $20.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand an international program investigating the biological factors underlying immune system control of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The grant provides support to the International HIV Controllers Study, which currently involves researchers from more than a dozen countries and has the overall goal of discovering information that can guide design of a vaccine to limit viral replication in HIV-infected individuals. A primary focus will be to understand the genetic and immunological factors that have allowed a few individuals to control HIV naturally without the need for medications, some for more than 25 years.The grant is part of the Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery, an international network of research consortia funded by the Gates Foundation to address priorities in the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise scientific plan.“We believe that it is critical to understand how these individuals — who are maintaining viral levels so low that transmission and disease progression should decrease markedly — are keeping the virus in check and preventing it from causing disease,” said Bruce Walker, director of the Partners AIDS Research Center (PARC) at MGH and principal investigator of the Gates Foundation grant. “By recruiting enough of these individuals, we hope to identify the genetic basis for this viral control, using novel methods developed for the Human Genome Project. We believe this approach is all the more important given recent setbacks in HIV vaccine trials.”For more than 15 years it has been apparent that a small minority of HIV-positive people remained healthy despite many years of infection. As techniques for measuring viral levels in the bloodstream became more sensitive, it was possible to identify this group of viremic controllers. In 2006, Walker and his colleagues founded the HIV Controllers Study, with a $2.5 million grant from the Mark and Lisa Schwartz Foundation. Through national and international collaborations, they have already recruited nearly 1,000 controllers into the study.With the new grant from the Gates Foundation, the team plans to expand the study group to 2,000 participants — 1,000 elite controllers and 1,000 viremic controllers — from around the world. The investigators will compare DNA from these individuals to genetic data from 3,000 people with progressive HIV infection, searching for genetic factors that may be associated with viremic control. The project will also use the latest technology to analyze which immune responses best suppress viral replication and investigate how the virus evolves to escape the immune system, additional information that can contribute to vaccine strategies.Potential participants in the study are HIV-positive adults aged 18 to 75, who are currently not on anti-HIV medication. Participation involves having a single blood sample taken, which can be done by participants’ local health care providers. Additional information about the study, including a list of participating institutions and more detailed instructions for enrolling and providing samples, is available at http://www.HIVcontrollers.org, by e-mailing [email protected], or calling (617) 726-5536.In addition to Walker, leaders of the Gates-funded project include Sylvie Le Gall, Marcus Altfeld, and Todd Allen of MGH-PARC; David Altshuler and Matthew Henn of the Broad Institute of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Paul de Bakker of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH); Thumbi Ndung’u of University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa; Mary Carrington of the U.S. National Cancer Institute; and Heiko Jessen of Berlin.PARC was established in 1995 in response to the continuing worldwide AIDS pandemic. The center serves both MGH and BWH, the founding members of Partners HealthCare, and is a natural progression of the more than 20-year commitment by the clinicians and scientists at those institutions to HIV and AIDS research and care.last_img read more

Service for Ernest May, Sept. 23

first_imgA memorial service for Ernest May, a renowned historian of international relations and foreign policy and professor of history, will be held Sept. 23, in Memorial Church. May, who died at the age of 80 after complications following surgery on June 1, served as dean of Harvard College from 1969 to 1971 and was a member of the Harvard faculty for 55 years. The service is set to begin at 3 p.m.To read May’s full obituary, visit /gazette/story/2009/06/ernest-may-harvard-professor-and-eminent-historian-of-international-relations-dies-at-80/.last_img read more

Wynonna Judd Welcomes Bob Weir For Grateful Dead Classics San Francisco [Videos]

first_imgOn Thursday night, Wynonna Judd brought her Americana-leaning Wynonna & the Big Noise project to the Fillmore in San Francisco where they were joined by local hero Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead for a significant portion of the performance.Related: Watch Bob Weir Join Edie Brickell & New Bohemians For “Deep Elem Blues” At LOCKN’ 2019 [Pro-Shot]The special guests began to filter in when Cass McCombs took the stage mid-show to lead the band through three songs of his own. He would go on to jump back onstage intermittently throughout the remainder of the night.The Weir-assisted portion of the evening began with a run of Grateful Dead favorites including “Ramble on Rose”, “Truckin’”, and “Althea”. After a run through the Judds‘ “I Know Where I’m Going”, the Dead tunes continued with a fantastic rendition of “Jack Straw”. With Weir still in the mix, the band closed out the set with “Rock Bottom”, “Why Not Me”, and “No One Else” before sending fans home with encore renditions of “Fast as You” (sung by Weir) and “Love Can Build”.Related: Derek Trucks Appears On Haunting New Wynonna Judd Song [Music Video]Below, you can check out a selection of fan-shot videos from the Wynonna Judd & the Big Noise show at the Fillmore San Francisco featuring Bob Weir and Cass McCombs:Wynonna & the Big Noise w/ Bob Weir – “Jack Straw” [Grateful Dead] – 2/6/20[Video: acidpalace]Wynonna & the Big Noise w/ Bob Weir, Cass McCombs – “Ramble on Rose” [Grateful Dead] – 2/6/20[Video: acidpalace]Wynonna & the Big Noise w/ Bob Weir, Cass McCombs – “Why Not Me” [The Judds] – 2/6/20[Video: acidpalace]For a full list of upcoming Wynonna & the Big Noise tour dates, head here.[Setlist via Bob Weir Twitter]last_img read more

SDB hosts week to increase disability awareness

first_imgIn an effort to increase knowledge about mental and learning disabilities, the Student Diversity Board (SDB) is hosting a week dedicated to raising awareness around the Saint Mary’s campus among students, faculty and staff. Disabilities Awareness Week, which continues today and ends Friday, is an annual event SDB organizes in order to encourage students to educate themselves about disabilities. Senior Maggie Galvin, SDB president, said the week is especially important to highlight students at Saint Mary’s who experience different types of disabilities. “Student Diversity Board hosts Disabilities Awareness Week to shed light on the various disabilities on Saint Mary’s campus,” she said. “So many girls are living with unseen disabilities and struggling with them every day – from learning disabilities to mental disabilities.” According to Galvin, another goal of the week is to prevent the formation of stereotypes and judgments. She said people need to understand that having a disability is something people of all types and backgrounds experience. “Student Diversity Board would like to show that disabilities, whether they can be seen or not, should not be ignored and more prevalent than one may think,” she said. “We started to fulfill this goal last year with our posters of celebrities and their disabilities, which will continue with this year’s week.” Rhonda Tomenko, a communicative disorders professor at the College, will conduct hearing screenings today from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Student Center atrium as part of Disabilities Awareness Week.  “Hearing screens are administered to children because of school rules, but as we age we do not receive them anymore unless one notices a problem with their hearing,” Galvin said. “With how loudly we listen to our music in our ear buds, it is very important to know if you have any sort of hearing loss.” On Wednesday, SDB will show a movie from 8 to 10 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theater in the basement of the Student Center. Galvin said the movie choice has not been determined yet but will either be “Aphasia” or “Tru Confessions.” “‘Tru Confessions’ is a Disney Channel movie about a girl who makes a documentary about her brother who has a developmental disability that causes him to act like a child,” Galvin said. “‘Aphasia’ is a documentary about one father’s struggle to relearn how to speak after he has a stroke.” On Thursday, the board will hang posters around campus that showcase different celebrities with learning and mood disabilities. “I love walking around campus and seeing girls reading the posters of celebrities and saying ‘Oh! Steve Jobs was dyslexic?’” she said. “It really sinks in that anyone can be living with a disability and you would never know.” Galvin said Disabilities Awareness Week is an important asset to the Saint Mary’s community and students have a lot to learn. “Students should attend the events for Disabilities Awareness Week because they are engaging as well as educational.” Contact Bridget Feeney at [email protected]last_img read more

Choir closes tour with concert at College

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Women’s Choir will conclude its spring tour where it began, on the College’s campus tonight at 7:30 p.m., in the Church of Loretto. Dr. Nancy Menk, director of the Women’s Choir, said the group is made up of 41 students.  Sophomore Claire Stewart said the group enjoys performing for an audience, which pushes them through the physical demands of singing and touring. “We love to perform,” Stewart said. “We live for that intimate interaction with the audience. It brings us tremendous joy and keeps us going through sickness, exhaustion and sore vocal chords.” Stewart said the songs in tonight’s concert will span a variety of genres and even languages. “We sing in four languages – English, Latin, Spanish and Korean, and the songs are about everything from war to spiritual Gospel messages to heartbreak,” she said. “So, no matter what style of music you like, we are bound to sing something that you’ll enjoy.” The group’s performance tonight will feature choral music by both American and international composers, including Spain’s Eva Ugalde, Korea’s Tae Kyun Ham and Americans Guy Forbes and Gwyneth Walker, Menk said. Menk said the choir recently returned from a tour of the southeastern United States, traveling to Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville and Atlanta, and finishing the trip in Fort Lauderdale.  The group visited various female high school and church choirs and also performed its tour songs for these choirs, she said. Sophomore Nia Parillo said after traveling around the Southeast, she is glad the choir will be singing for the Saint Mary’s campus and the South Bend community. “Since we were able to show people across the country all of our hard work and how dedicated we are to our talents, we would love to show the students, the staff, and the families of our community what the choir is all about,” Parillo said. “Music means a lot to all of us, and it would be awesome if we could share that with others right here in South Bend.” Parillo said she could tell they became role-models in the eyes of the girls they visited. “We were seen as role models for the girls we visited, and it was a great feeling to know that you may have changed a girl’s life by furthering her interest in women’s choirs and music in general.  All of the choirs welcomed us with open arms, and it was an amazing experience,” Parillo said. The choir stayed with host families during the tour, many of which had Saint Mary’s College alumnae or Notre Dame alumni among them, Menk said.  She said the choir members enjoyed sharing stories of their college experiences, especially their experiences with the choir. Freshman Nina Martinez said the trip was full of music and brought the group closer together. “The trip was a non-stop adventure,” Martinez said. “Whether we were on the bus belting out the latest hits from ‘Pitch Perfect’ or serenading the audiences with our sentimental a cappella arrangement of the Irish Blessing, our mutual love of music brought us closer together with each other, with our audiences and with the host families.” Menk said the group visited the headquarters of CNN, the Florida Everglades, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Derby Museum. The choir began rehearsing their tour songs in the beginning of the fall semester, Menk said. Stewart said after the tour they reached a point where they knew their songs backward and forward. Parillo said because of the year-long rehearsals, she and other choir members who were abroad in the fall had to work hard to catch up with the rest of the group when they returned in January. “Some of the women, like myself, were abroad last semester, so we had to put in extra hours of work to make sure the songs were ready for performances,” she said.  Parillo said the group as a whole was pleased with its tour performances. “We are very proud of the results of all of our hard-work and especially thankful for Dr. Menk’s dedication to making sure our songs are spotless,” she said. The Saint Mary’s College Bellacappella group will also perform at the concert, Menk said. Bellacappella is a smaller group than the Women’s Choir and the only a cappella group at Saint Mary’s. Menk said tickets for Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students are free with a College or University ID, and tickets for both faculty and staff are discounted.last_img read more

Vermont Department of Taxes creates Tax Technical Working Group

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Taxes has announced the creation of the Tax Technical Working Group. Comprised of 13 tax professionals, the Tax Technical Working Group will provide a regular forum for communication and collaboration between Vermontâ s Commissioner of Taxes and representatives of the tax professional community.â As Tax Commissioner, I am committed to improving taxpayer engagement and communication,’said Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson. â Tax professionals represent key strategic partners in this effort.âMembers of the Tax Technical Working Group will keep the Commissioner apprised of developments and concerns within the tax professional community on matters of tax administration, policy, and outreach. Beyond relaying the concerns of taxpayers and the tax professional community, working group members may be asked to participate in periodic activities and projects to enhance the Departmentâ s administration of taxes and general operations.The Tax Technical Working Group is not the only new effort to connect the Department of Taxes with taxpayers and its key strategic partners. The newly formed Vermont Tax Advisory Board and new Division of Policy, Outreach, and Legislative Affairs represent complementary initiatives designed to strengthen the Departmentâ s communication and collaboration.â Overall, our new outreach initiatives are designed to provide timely information and education, and great customer service in an increasingly complex world,’said Peterson. â I am grateful that so many Vermonters continue to be willing to step up to volunteer their time and talents.âA complete list of Tax Technical Working Group members is below:Joseph Bilodeau, CPA, President of Bilodeau, Wells & Co.Patti Bisson, Compucount Inc., Chair of the Government Relations Committee of the Vermont Chapter of the National Association of Tax ProfessionalsRay Cota, CPA, President of the Vermont Society of CPAsMichelle Eid, CPA, Hall & Holden, PCRobert Holden, CPA, Hall & Holden PCDonald Hunt, Enrolled Agent, Vice President of Pat Hunt Inc.Lauren Jarvi, Enrolled AgentKim Loewer, Enrolled Agent, Managing Partner of Loewer and Associates; President and Founder of the Vermont Chapter of the National Association of Tax ProfessionalsDonald Murray, CPA, Fothergill, Segale, & Valley CPAsRussell North, CPA, Wilder Business ServicesClaude Phipps, AARP Tax-AideCarol Tremble, CPARick Wolfish, CPA, Gallagher, Flynn & CompanyVermont Tax Advisory Board The purpose of the Vermont Tax Advisory Board (VTAB) is threefold: Provide a public forum for communication between Vermontâ s Commissioner of Taxes and representatives of the public interested in Vermontâ s tax administration and policy, and; Provide ideas, input and perspective to the Commissioner, assisting her in developing tax policy and identifying improvements in the administration of taxes, and; Provide constructive observations regarding current or proposed policies. â The tax law is becoming more complex, reflecting our world,’said Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson.  â Simultaneously, customer service expectations are rising.  Open and transparent collaboration is the key strategy to help government agencies, businesses, and individuals work together in a positive manner.  As Commissioner of Taxes, I am convening the Vermont Tax Advisory Board to foster this type of collaboration.âOther taxing jurisdictions, including the IRS, convene an advisory body comprised of some combination of tax professionals, business stakeholders, activists, scholars, and citizens to provide non-binding public input to management on important tax administration and policy matters.  This type of board is considered a best practice in promoting collaboration and transparency.   â I am pleased that Commissioner Peterson is working to enhance relationships with the Department’s key stakeholders, – the people, businesses, property owners, cities and towns, and non-profits that make Vermont great,’said Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding.  â The Vermont Tax Advisory Board represents the type of innovation and transparency that is important to our state and Governor Shumlin.’ A complete list of VTAB members is below:Jerry Bowin, CPA, McSoley, McCoy & Co; Chairman of the Vermont Society of CPAâ s Tax Committee Laird Cameron Bradley, Realtor; former Chairman of the Board for the Vermont Association of Realtors; Williamson Group Sotheby’s of WoodstockAndrew Brewer, Owner, Onion River SportsJody Fried, Executive Director, Catamount Arts Kathleen C. Hoyt, former Secretary of Administration and Chief of Staff for Governor Howard Dean and Chief of Staff for Governor Madeleine KuninSharon Lockwood, Site Spending Manager, IBMJim Loewer, Enrolled Agent, Managing Partner of Loewer and Associates; President and Founder of the Vermont Chapter of the National Association of Tax ProfessionalsKathryn H. Michaelis, Attorney, Rath, Young, and Pignatelli of Concord, NH Janet Spitler, Chief Financial Officer, Merchants BankPatrick Walsh, Assistant Professor of Economics, St. Michaelâ s College Vermont Department of Taxes 5.31.2012last_img read more

New Whiteboarding Solution From Huddly Uses AI Technology Via Camera

first_imgHuddly just launched a whiteboarding solution for home or work applications called Canvas. This AI-based content camera connects via USB connection and allows both the primary and Canvas camera to be on at the same time while on a Microsoft Teams or Zoom video call.Everyone would likely agree that whiteboarding is the original collaboration tool. And, Canvas is easy to use and doesn’t require users to learn any new technology as, when you’re in a video call, you can share an enhanced stream of the whiteboard by merely clicking the content camera button. Canvas is certified as a Microsoft Teams content camera and is recognized as a whiteboard camera in both Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms.Here’s a video showing how it works:Using Huddly’s AI technology on the camera, Canvas can enhance/improve the whiteboard image in real-time (aka: removes the gloss and shadows from the image, boosts marker colors and hides people standing in front of the whiteboard). Remote participants can see what’s being written on the board simultaneously with local attendees.Canvas can be installed above any whiteboard up to 2 meters x 1.2 meters or 6 feet x 4 feet. An integrated USB extender makes it easy to install the Canvas camera and connect it to the meeting room device through USB. Canvas is suitable for any size room.last_img read more

Baker petitions for Bar reinstatement

first_img July 1, 2009 Regular News B aker petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Douglas Wayne Baker, formerly of Titusville and currently residing in Temple Terrace, has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Baker was suspended for 91 days pursuant to a May 21, 2008, court order on a “contempt and order to show cause case” for violation of a Supreme Court order dated April 6, 2006, wherein he failed to follow the terms of his probation. The suspension was served beginning June 12, 2008.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Baker’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Jodi A. Thompson, Assistant Staff Counsel, The Florida Bar, 4200 George J. Bean Parkway, Suite 2580, Tampa 33607-1496, telephone (800) 940-4759. Baker petitions for Bar reinstatementlast_img read more

Gophers rise to top of national rankings

first_imgThe Gophers (7-1) received 31 votes, while the Trojans (5-1) tallied 22. The next closest was No. 3 Washington (6-0) with seven.The Gophers’ only loss came at the hands of the Trojans in a close five-game match earlier this season. Hebert said the Gophers are probably ranked higher because of a shift in the way the poll rates the teams.“I think there’s a little bit of a bias toward the reputation of the west coast teams,” Hebert said. “But I think there’s a growing sophistication among the voting coaches that tends to reward the teams that are actually playing well from week to week.”The Gophers were clearly the best team last weekend, disposing of their two ranked opponents in long five-game matches on consecutive nights, and gutting out a win over a rival Sunday.Hebert said Minnesota’s play, along with that of the teams that lost, made the decision easy – at least for him.“I voted us No. 1,” Hebert said. “Had it been another team at five, and the first four lost, I would have pushed them up based on the week’s performance.”Hebert said it won’t be easy living up to the new expectations, but he said he isn’t worried about the Gophers being overconfident.Although Minnesota survived last weekend, Hebert said the team still knows it has a long way to go.“To be rewarded with the ranking is a bit incongruous with how we actually feel right now,” Hebert said. “Our offensive rhythm just never appeared this past weekend, and yet we still managed to win. In the traditional coach talk, we still have so much work to do in the gym to play at the level we think we can.” Gophers rise to top of national rankingsLosses by the top four teams this weekend opened the door. Now the Gophers are No. 1. Kent ErdahlSeptember 14, 2004Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor the first time in Minnesota volleyball history, the Gophers are No. 1.This week’s USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll, released Monday, ranks Minnesota as the best volleyball team in the nation.The poll, conducted by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, and voted on by Division I coaches, lists Minnesota just ahead of last year’s NCAA national champion, Southern California.The ascension comes after a bizarre weekend in which the top four teams – Southern California, Nebraska, UCLA and Florida – all fell to lower-ranked opponents.Minnesota, previously ranked No. 5, was the lone survivor. The Gophers beat Kansas State, Florida and Northern Iowa at the Diet Coke Classic over the weekend.Kansas State and Florida were ranked No. 15 and 4, respectively, at the time.The Gophers’ previous highest-ranking was No. 4, which came after last season’s run their first Final Four.“The attention is nice. It’s gratifying, rewarding and all those sorts of cliche adjectives,” Hebert said. “Obviously it means nothing when it comes time to play somebody. But it is a nice gesture from the volleyball community.”The ranking marks the first time in 22 weeks that a team besides Southern California has been No. 1.And, although Illinois snapped the Trojans’ 52-match winning streak, Southern California still finished a close second in first-place votes.last_img read more