Iron localization in Acarospora colonizing schist on Signy Island

first_imgA small, inconspicuous lichen, Acarospora cf. badiofusca, was discovered colonizing ironstainedquartz mica schists on the lower slope of Manhaul Rock, a recently exposed nunatak on the McLeodGlacier, Signy Island, South Orkney Islands. Thallus colour ranged from rust on exposed rock surfaces topaler orange and green in shaded crevices. This study addressed the hypothesis that colour reflects elementlocalization, and considered substance localization within lichen tissues and responses to stress. Electronmicroprobe analysis of specimens confirmed that Fe is localized principally in the outer rust-coloured partof the cortex, confirming that the colour reflects Fe localization. Oxalates, widely reported as contributingto tolerance mechanisms to environmental stress, were not detected using X-ray diffraction. The upperthallus surface consisted of sub-micron particulate phases containing Fe, Al and O, suggesting mixed oxide/hydroxide phases are present and play a role in photoprotection.last_img read more

Beaver Wrestling Wins First Title In School History By Taking 2-A Crown Saturday

first_img Brad James February 13, 2021 /Sports News – Local Beaver Wrestling Wins First Title In School History By Taking 2-A Crown Saturday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRICHFIELD, Utah-Saturday, the Beaver Beavers made school history by winning their first wrestling title at the 2-A state wrestling tournament at the Sevier Valley Center.The Beavers’ historic win came by posting 254.5 points to outlast second-place Millard (242 points).Earning individual wins for the Beavers were Russell Evans downing North Summit’s Bronson Richins via an 8-7 decision at 126 pounds and Cort Raddon besting Duchesne’s Jaxon Verduzco by virtue of a technical fall 1-5 at 4:08 at 170 pounds.The standings concluded as follows:3rd place-Altamont (208 points)4th place-North Summit (175.5 points)5th place-Duchesne (164 points)6th place-Enterprise (103 points)7th place-Monticello (102 points)8th place-Gunnison Valley (88 points)9th place-North Sevier (69 points)10th place-Kanab (34.5 points)11th place-Layton Christian (5 points)12th place-Parowan (3 points)Here are the individual champions in the respective weight classifcations as follows:106 poundsCamden Moat of Millard over Slade Mickelsen of North Sevier (decision, 10-5)113 poundsGatlen Farnsworth of Altamont over Hagen Mayer of Beaver (fall, 4:22)120 poundsSam Rasmussen of Millard over Douglas Evans of Beaver (decision, 7-5)126 poundsRussell Evans of Beaver over Bronson Richins of North Summit (decision, 8-7)132 poundsBrevin Olson of Monticello over Tezlin Winn of Gunnison Valley (decision, 6-3)138 poundsKaleb Sanchez of Duchesne over Brian Evans of Beaver (decision, 5-4)145 poundsJaxon Morlan of Duchesne over Dylan Rees of Millard (fall, 2:23)152 poundsBraxton Messersmith of Enterprise over Easton Richins of Altamont (decision, 10-4)160 poundsRiggin Boger of Altamont over Josh Whitaker of Millard (fall, 2:54)170 poundsCort Raddon of Beaver over Jaxon Verduzco of Duchesne (technical fall, 1-5 4:08)182 poundsJohn Gates of Millard over McCoy Beal of Altamont (decision, 3-1)195 poundsDanny Garcia of Millard over Michael Warino of Kanab (decision, 5-0)220 poundsCash Robb of Altamont over Collin Tuff Adair of Monticello (fall, 3:34)285 poundsMacIntyre Thacker of Altamont over Kyler Boren of Beaver (fall, 1:22)center_img Written bylast_img read more

Can the Middle East be a leader in the global energy transition?

first_imgMiddle East will reach renewable energy targets, says clean energy supplier CEOAlthough the Abu Dhabi government set a target of reaching a 7% stake in renewables by 2020 in 2006, Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi told the conference that renewables in the area currently make up more than 10% of the energy mix.As part of the UAE’s target to reach a 50% stake in clean energy by 2050, renewables are set to make up 44% of the target, alongside 38% natural gas, 12% clean coal, and 6% nuclear energy.Al Ramahi said his company is building the largest wind farm in Saudi Arabia, operates the largest wind farm in Jordan and will commission the biggest solar farm in the country this year.He believes renewable energy is “here to stay” and added that it will “play a crucial role in the energy mix of the future”.Al Ramahi claims almost one-third of the Middle East and North Africa region’s power generation will come from renewable energy sources and affirmed the UAE “will make its 50% target” by 2050.The region is undoubtedly making efforts to move towards cleaner technologies and reduce its fossil fuel reliance — but only time will tell as to whether it can become a global leader in the energy transition. The Middle East has been reliant on its rich oil and gas reserves for a number of decades — but it has also been increasing its stake in renewables Middle East countries moving quickly away from oil is a ‘myth’Although he argues that the companies will continue to play a “key role” in the diversification process, Dr Fattouh believes the argument that the countries are going to move away from oil quickly is a “myth”.“At the end of the day, the competitive advantage of the countries really remains in their reserves,” he added.“If you look at the GDP in countries like the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, they have really diversified a lot.”Dr Fattouh believes the argument that the countries are going to move away from oil quickly is a “myth” (Credit: Flickr/ShashiBellamkonda)But Dr Fattouh said the challenge those nations have is the diversification of their income, which is why the national oil companies “continue to play a key role”.He believes the money that is coming in from those firms is needed to “ease the transition for the private sector”. Why there is an element of uncertainty around the Middle East energy transitionSpeaking at the IP Week conference in London last week, Dr Bassam Fattouh, director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies research centre, said the transition involved two key components — reducing carbon emissions and the fact it is being led by policies.“Because it is being delivered by policy, there is a large element of uncertainty and unintended consequences,” added Dr Fattouh.“At the same time, what we’re seeing is that shifts in behaviours elsewhere are much faster than in the Gulf.“So we’re likely to see shifts in perceptions. The way financers are acting under consumers is really shifting much faster than what can really be achieved on the ground.”Dr Fattouh said that is why national oil companies in the Middle East have the challenge of how to transition in an environment where there is uncertainty around speed, which is unlikely to be the case elsewhere in the world. Middle East can be a leader in lowest carbon-intensive fossil fuelsAlso speaking at the IP Week conference, Chris Midgley, global director of analytics at energy analysts S&P Global Platts, said the Middle East can be a leader in the lowest carbon-intensive fossil fuels as part of its energy transition — but he believes it must “get off the conversation of wind and solar”.“The Middle East can be a leader in the lowest carbon-intensive fossil fuel because we are going to need fossil fuels whether we like it or not,” he added.“There’s going to be 70 million barrels per day at least of demand for oil in 2040 and even maybe in 2050 — so there are other ways to lead.”Midgley questioned why the region is using fossil fuels for desalination — a high-energy consuming process used to take away mineral components from saline water.“Why is it not using renewables and integrating them?” he asked.“You have the best form of storage or energy storage in just desalination — it’s just a big battery if you think of it that way.“That’s what leading and thinking from a different perspective is about.”center_img Not worth the Middle East trying to be a leader in solar or wind, says analystMidgley said it is not worth trying to be a leader in solar or wind when you have economies, such as China, that already have more than 700 gigawatts (GW) of installed renewable capacity, compared to the Middle East which has less than 300GW.He believes the region should be “looking at smarter ways” of how to integrate the technology.“They should think about how they feel about a hydrogen economy as a way of moving forward, how they use their gas to use SMR, use the CO2 to create enhanced oil recovery and the hydrogen to turn your economy into a hydrogen fuel cell economy.”“There are so many different ways and I think we have got to get off this conversation of renewables and wind and solar.“It is great stuff they are doing there, but there are so many other ways they can lead and trying to follow in the footsteps of China, I don’t think is a winning strategy.” Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi said renewables in Abu Dhabi now make up more than 10% of the energy mix (Credit: Bureau of Land Management California/Nellis Air Force Base) The Middle East has long been associated with high-polluting fossil fuels — but it is now looking to become a global leader in the energy transition towards zero-carbon sources.The region, which has been reliant on its rich oil and gas reserves for several decades, has been increasing its stake in renewables over the past few years in an attempt to limit the impacts of climate change.Clean energy company Masdar, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi government’s investment firm Mubadala, has played a major role in scaling-up wind and solar in the area since it was established in 2006.But if the Middle East is to become a global leader in the transformation, there are still many obstacles it must overcome. Subsidies cuts as part of the Middle East’s energy transitionThere has been much debate around whether eliminating subsidies for consumers in the Middle East on power, water and fuels will help with the energy transition.At the conference, Dr Noura Mansouri, chairwoman of climate change and environment at Think 20 Saudi Arabia, a G20 engagement group, said Saudi Arabia has removed some subsidies, but that they are part of the national security in a lot of Gulf countries.She said that it is starting to change now, though, as they look more towards sustainability.“The National Account is there to absorb the shocks of the prices — it’s working so far but it’s a painful transition,” added Dr Mansouri.“The National Citizen Account is there to compensate for the price, especially for low-income families, so I think it’s worthy and there will be even more waves to come.“This whole transition towards sustainability is reflected across all sectors and affects everyone — hopefully, it will not affect the economic development overall.”Al Basrah Oil Terminal in Iraq (Credit: US Army/Spc. Darryl L Montgomery)As part of the Saudi Vision 2030, making a portion of state-run oil company Saudi Aramco public has long been a cornerstone of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s plan to generate capital with which to modernise the kingdom and reduce its dependence on crude oil exports.Dr Mansouri believes that by 2030, the subsidy cuts will be achieved because there is “a lot to be achieved” by that target date.She talked about how the kingdom plans to build the Neom megacity that will run 100% on renewable energy, and it has discovered the largest shale gas field outside the US — which Dr Mansouri claims will “completely transform the energy sector”.“Right now, crude oil is being burned for the power sector and that may not be the case in as little as a couple of years from now — and the scale-up of renewables is taking place, so I think this grand transformation will be somewhat complete by 2030,” she asserted.last_img read more

in Full: Oxford University announces new BAME data

first_img“I am proud to be a part of this exceptional University community, and over the next 12 months I look forward to sharing more about our work to take Oxford University to the next level.” “These developments are testament to the individuals working towards and driving our access agenda day to day. Our access and outreach teams work with schools, families and communities to reach students and provide opportunities for them to decide for themselves based on facts and what we have to offer them – not hear say, or long-held perceptions, whether Oxford is the place for them.” In the same year 9,048 white students applied to Oxford, 2,305 were made offers and 2,045 were admitted. Looking at the data, 20.3% of black students who applied were made an offer; 25.5% of white students were made an offer. We include this data analysis here as, whilst we wait for the full breakdown in the admissions report for 2018/19, it shows that whilst the University is correct in stating ‘More Black British students than ever choosing Oxford’, that many BME students are choosing to apply to Oxford, but their chances of being made an offer are still significantly lower than White British students, again – based on the 2018 admissions data. We cannot expect a full breakdown of all this data to be released until the 2021 Annual Admissions Statistical Report. However, the fact that this is the largest increase Oxford has ever had shows real progress, but the data on POLAR/ACORN will be more revealing of the socio-economic backgrounds of students from the aforementioned state school statistics. The University includes Bangladeshi and Pakistani students within their statistics for Asian students: “Within the British Asian group, Bangladeshi and Pakistani students are considered under-represented at highly selective universities, hence their inclusion as a separate group at University level in [the admissions] report.” Access data analysis Last week, the University announced the Oxford–Arlan Hamilton and Earline Butler Sims Scholarship – its “first dedicated, fully funded scholarship at undergraduate level for black British students from disadvantaged backgrounds, provided by the international tech entrepreneur Arlan Hamilton.” The Pakistani and Bangladeshi statistic is included also in the Asian student statistic, with admissions increasing from 8.3% to 9.6%. Admissions for students from Mixed Heritage backgrounds grew by 1.6% from 6.5% to 8.1%. The university has alluded to future postgraduate access work: “As well as continued efforts to sustain an inclusive undergraduate student body, specific attention will be given to ensuring that the University environment is as inclusive as it can be, from the curriculum studied to the behaviours observed. The previous year’s statistic was 18%. The University has been making big steps forward in it’s access initiatives: Opportunity Oxford and Foundation Oxford were announced last year, following the success of Lady Margaret Hall’s pioneering foundation year scheme. Elsewhere in access news, the University has announced that 69% of the students made offers to study at Oxford in the 2019/20 cycle were made to students from UK state schools. The University led its press release with the title: “More Black British students than ever choosing Oxford.” center_img The news comes “alongside a steady increase in the number of students choosing the University choosing from under-represented backgrounds”, according to the university. Professor Martin Williams, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education at Oxford University said: “It has been a busy 12 months at Oxford, and I am thrilled to share that our efforts to widen access and build a University environment where talented students from every background and region, are welcome and would want to be here, are moving in the right direction. This is correct; in 2018 there were 65 students from African and Caribbean backgrounds admitted, in 2019 there were 80. For the 2018 cycle – based off the data given in the May 2019 access report – Oxford received 424 applications from students with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage, made offers to 86 and admitted 65. For Mixed Heritage students in the same admissions cycle: 816 applied, 191 were made offers and 162 admitted. Therefore, 23.4% of Mixed Heritage students were made an offer. Oxford University have announced their 2019 BAME undergraduate intake statistics. The 2019 intake of students from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds was more than 22%’ coming in at 560 students overall. Professor Williams added: “Truly being an inclusive institution is about more than just talking about access and attracting students from less traditional backgrounds. All students need to feel and trust that Oxford is somewhere they feel welcome, valued and respected, and that their wellbeing matters to the University. “Work will also focus on postgraduate admissions, and expanding the University’s offering for students who have been through the care system.” This comes after the first postgraduate Oxford summer school pilot last year, UNIQ+, where “33 students from 23 different universities around the country arriving for the immersive six-week-long DPhil (PhD) experience.” Of the 443 Bangladeshi and Pakistani students who applied to Oxford in 2018, 52 were made offers – this means that 11.7% of these students who applied were made an offer, again this is significantly lower than other groups. It has been a big week for Oxford admissions data. The data released for BAME admissions in 2019 reveals some big jumps overall: from 18% of the admitted students being from BAME backgrounds in the 2018/19 cycle, to 22% in the 2019/20 cycle. In 2018 1,687 Asian students applied to Oxford, 249 made offers and 208 admitted. This means that 14.7% of Asian students who applied in that cycle were made an offer. This is significantly lower than the percentages for the other groups the University breaks race down into. A full breakdown of the BAME 2019 statistics shows that the increase in Pakistani & Bangladeshi students has also risen by 0.5% – as the African and Caribbean admissions have also increased by 0.5% from 1.6% in 2018 to 2.1% in 2019 – increasing from 2.6% to 3.1%. last_img read more

Public Safety Agencies Work Collaboratively to Provide Safe Environment for the 101st…

first_img Indianapolis area public safety officials have received dozens of questions related to security plans prior to, and the day of the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29th.  The Speedway Police Department, along with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police wish to make the following statement:There is a comprehensive security plan in place for pre-race and race day events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Part of a good plan is not sharing specific details that could educate the very element that seeks to do harm.  For that reason public safety personnel will not speak about components of our security plan, other than to share that each person visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is part of the security plan by being extra eyes and ears. As always, patrons are encouraged to be vigilant, and as we constantly remind the public; if you “See Something, Say Something.”  We would rather investigate a tip that turns out to be false than have a visitor dismiss something unusual and say nothing.It is law enforcement’s collective goal to ensure each person can safely enjoy the greatest spectacle in racing.  For information about what can or cannot be brought into the track please visit LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Indulgence plans for new £1.2m production site

first_imgColchester-based desserts and cakes company Indulgence Patisserie was awaiting a decision on planning permission to develop a new £1.2m production facility opposite its current site, as British Baker went to press.If permission is granted, the new 20,000sq ft site would begin production in 2013, operating alongside the company’s current 10,000sq ft factory. The expansion would help boost the company’s current turnover of £6m to £12-£15m by 2014, said MD Angus Allan.Initially, the company had planned to develop a smaller £250,000 site, but Allan said the company was growing so rapidly that it required even more space.”Our sales year-on-year are up 30%,” he said. “The new site will be more efficient and productive, meaning we can produce greater volumes for existing customers and develop new products for new customers, both at home and abroad,”Around 25% of Indulgence’s sales come from exports, with its frozen cakes, gateaux and cheesecakes dispatched to countries including France, Belgium and Australia. In the UK, the company supplies retailers and foodservice markets with branded and own-label lines.last_img read more

Bread fibre argument lacking, says expert

first_imgA leading nutritionist says the importance of fibre in food such as bread is “poorly recognised” – with the nutrition of a loaf “well below the radar”.According to Professor Judith Buttriss, director general of the British Nutrition Foundation, the importance of a high-fibre diet is not as well recognised as other health messages, such as getting 5-a-day of fruit and veg.Buttriss is a speaker at New Frontiers in Food & Drink, a cutting edge conference to discuss the food industry of tomorrow which takes place this summer, where she will be discussing product fortification; from mandatory to added value.She told British Baker: “The importance of fibre-containing starchy foods such as bread is poorly recognised and bread’s nutrient contribution well below the radar. Yet bread is an important contributor to fibre, providing almost 20% of current intakes, with half of this from white bread.”CalciumButtriss also pointed out the value of bread as a source of calcium and iron – something which, according to national UK dietary surveys, teenage girls and young women often lack.New Frontiers in Food & Drink takes place on Friday 26 June at St Pauls, 200 Aldersgate in London.For more information and to book a place at the event, visit conference will give business leaders the opportunity to sense-check development strategies, listen to speakers and will provide valuable networking opportunities.Other speakers at the conference include Food Futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye, nutrition research manager Dr Roberta Re and Charles Spence – a professor of Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford.last_img read more

A Look Back At The Inaugural Suwannee Rising Festival [Review/Videos]

first_imgFor reflections on moe.‘s Saturday evening set, I asked one of their most dedicated fans, Rex Thomsen, to share his thoughts:Jam band stalwarts moe. made the most out of their Suwannee Rising headlining set on Saturday night, delivering a deep dark set full of heavy guitar jams and impressive musical pyrotechnics. Guitarists Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey were both at the top of their game and the fan reactions after each big song were clear signals that their efforts weren’t being wasted. Bassist Rob Derhak showed his tendency to get funky with extended popping and slapping runs while percussionist Jim Loughlin and Vinnie Amico ran amok through a wide variety of time changes and out of left field fills. From the impressively heavy “Rebubula” sandwich that bookmarked the main set to the hallucinogenic “Silver Sun” to the fiery new tune “No Hope For The Future”, moe. gave the inaugural Suwannee Rising and the fans more than their money’s[Video: Just0r]Equally impressive was the polished set from beloved funksters The Fritz, formerly of Jacksonville, FL who decamped to Asheville, NC several years back. The Fritz, hot off the release of last year’s electrifying Echo EP, took over the Amphitheater on Thursday and dropped a massive disco-fied dance party on a huge crowd. Even better, many in the audience knew the words and knew the tunes, which only added to the huge vibes and billowing positive energy. But this writer’s favorite band of the undercard was Thursday’s LPT, a 10-piece Afro-Cuban ensemble that absolutely slayed the Porch Stage. The North Florida group specializes in spicy salsa styles, and includes JP Salvat on percussion, formerly of another beloved, long-lost SOSMP jamband Saltwater Grass. It was heart-filling to see and hear him perform such vibrant people music with the amazing LPT, and by the looks of the crowd, I was not alone in my admiration for this band.Dumpstaphunk featuring MonoNeon: “Up for the Downstroke”[Video: RexAVision]New Orleans’ freight train Dumpstaphunk is another beloved Bear Creek band, and they spent Saturday afternoon’s set reminding everyone just why they’ve got the reputation they do. Bombastic and bludgeoning bass duo Nick Daniels III and Tony Hall welcomed the incredible MonoNeon from Ghost-Note for a particularly punishing run through P-Funk’s timeless “Up for the Down Stroke.” Dumpsta also impressed on their own burly “Justice”, just dropping one heaping pile of greasy NOLA groove after the next. New drummer Devan Trusclair injected Ivan and Ian Neville’s krewe with a youthful shot of exuberance, as does the addition of the Naughty Professor horns. Extremely solid midday set from Dumpstaphunk in the beaming Suwannee sun.Oteil Burbridge & Friends[Video: RexAVision]Former Allman Brothers Band and current Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge assembled a magical assortment of musicians to formulate Oteil Burbridge and Friends. The venerable bassist called upon renowned players like Neal Casal and Scott Metzger on guitars, Dead & Co’s Jeff Chimenti on keys, and J.M. Kimock on drums, and this collective delivering a spine-tingling set of classic ABB, Dead and JGB tunes with aplomb. Beginning with a dreamy “Blue Sky > Franklin’s Tower” combo, Oteil led this troupe through a joyous collection of beloved songs. Highlights for this writer included their take on “Dear Prudence” and a mesmerizing “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” It was crystal clear to any and all who enjoyed this mystical set of music that Oteil was singing and playing to his late brother Kofi, who tragically passed away a few weeks before the festival, and whose spirit and presence filled the air for the entire weekend.Ghost-Note[Video: RexAVision]Ghost-Note was new to the scene at SOSMP, but featured some familiar faces from the Snarky Puppy krewe like founding drummers Nate Werth and Robert “Sput” Searight. That dynamic duo incorporated former Prince affiliate MonoNeon and assembled a band of killers, and a fine-tuned machined showed up at Suwannee for two merciless sets of funk gymnastics, R&B and hip-hop jams, and some fusion rage to boot. The band dedicated a song to their late friend and collaborator Kofi Burbridge, and for the first of several moments this weekend, you could feel the keyboardist/flutist presence in the air. In addition to their otherworldly sets and various sit-ins with other artists, Sput, MonoNeon, and other members of Ghost-Note trekked out into the legendary Suwannee woods for a 4am campground jam with a few cats from Lettuce, and a handful of other musicians who played this festival. Truly an unforgettable experience at the very first Suwannee Rising, as Ghost-Note was accepted into the bosom of the Suwannee natives, and I have no doubt that if this festival comes back next year, so will this band.Lettuce SaturdayHard to put into words what transpired during Lettuce‘s festival-closing set on Saturday at the stroke of midnight, so I won’t even try. I’ve seen a lot of Lettuce, and a lot of Lettuce at the Spirit of Suwannee, but I’m not sure I’ve ever witnessed such a transcendental journey from the band as they delivered on this evening. In a word, it was astonishing. The band dedicated the performance to the late Kofi Burbridge. I was left speechless by the two-hour exploration and I remain that way a week later. Ask the dude that hopped the rail during a massive “Madison Square”, the young woman levitating as whirling dervish during the scintillating “Larimar”, or the older gentleman reduced to stammering and tears at the conclusion of the performance. Yes, it was THAT POTENT. Nothing short of amazing, this venue’s favorite band’s finest hour, and to have lived that musical adventure with the good people of the inaugural Suwannee Rising, that is something I will treasure for the rest of my days.Then we spilled into the woods for the legendary campground jam, another unforgettable part of Suwannee Rising. Where else do you catch the likes of Adam Deitch, Robert “Sput” Searight, MonoNeon, Nigel Hall, and more doing everything from classic Herbie Hancock to timeless J-Dilla, til the sun was about to come up? The answer is nowhere else but here. The Spirit of the Suwannee, I tell you… it really is a thing,Talking about a new tradition. A phoenix… rising on the Suwannee River. Cheers to doing it again next April at the Park.words: B.Getz In the cozy, exquisite confines of Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, the inaugural Suwannee Rising took place April 4-6th, and the event was–by all accounts–a fantastic experience and certain success. Like a phoenix of sorts, Suwannee Rising summoned the celebrated vibes of long-lost SOSMP gem Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, hosting several bands from that hallowed event. Not even a smattering of rain overnight could put a damper on this phenomenal party, as warm temps and fiery performances kept people buzzing for three glorious days and nights.Juxtaposed with the mammoth scale of Hulaween, Suwannee Rising felt intimate and chill, but there was never a dull moment over the course of the festival. The most well-known event at the music park was Wanee Festival, rooted in the Allman Brothers Band family tree, and which took place in late April every year for over two decades, but was discontinued in 2019. The ghost of Wanee loomed large at Rising, and many festival-goers expressed that this event was going to have to replace their annual Wanee sojourn, no small feat. Judging by the collective response, Suwannee Rising succeeded in the arduous tasks of honoring Bear Creek and Wanee, whilst simultaneously carving out its own festival identity, all in its very first year.The most rewarding part of Suwannee Rising was its legendary venue, the mystical environs of SOSMP. Much has been written of the towering oaks, the dripping Spanish moss, the unparalleled Amphitheater stage experience, and of course the river called Suwannee that runs through it. Majestic organic psychedelia adorns this ethereal musical playland. The slow pace and no overlapping sets on the schedule allowed for festival-goers to really drop in with one another and spend quality time, and that was fostered immeasurably by the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park.On that note, a deep bow to the late founders of the park Jean and Bob Cornett, the latter who passed away just a few days after Suwannee Rising concluded. Thank you for opening up this natural wonder for us to frolic, all these years, all these dreams. Condolences to son James and the rest of the Cornett family.Even though there was a mellow pace to the festival, the Amphitheater Stage and the reconstituted Uncle Charlie’s Porch Stage were host to three full days of blazing musical performances, mostly of the funkier variety. For the remainder of this Suwannee Rising reflection, please enjoy a few favorites, highlights and a smattering of videos of some of the most enjoyable performances of Suwannee Rising 2019. The New Mastersounds – Thursday[Video:]There was a clear musical lineage from Bear Creek to Suwannee Rising. Several of the bands booked to play this weekend had roots at the funky November SOSMP festival that took place from 2007-2014. The New Mastersounds were among the BC host bands that returned to Suwannee for this new festival, which coincides with NMS 20th anniversary. Eddie Roberts and company delivered two tremendous sets, including a headlining set on the Amphitheater Stage Thursday night. The rollicking sets were chock full of their patented blend of garage funk and classic boogaloo, including beloved cuts and their brand new single “Shake It”. In addition, they welcomed vocalist Lamar Williams Jr., of the Allman Brothers family tree, for “Trouble” and a couple of other tunes. The singer brought the Wanee connection to the equation, appearing at both NMS Suwannee Rising sets and bringing a bluesy edge to the boogaloo.The Fritz[Video:]A healthy group bands that grew up on the Suwannee were well represented at the inaugural event, and continued their regional ascent by delivering impassioned performances on both stages over the three days. Locals Electric Kif impressed on the Porch Stage, as did Ben Strok and the Full Electric, while Melody Trucks Band, she also of the ABB family tree, performed beautifully on the Amp on Thursday at sundown. Atlanta’s Voodoo Visionary proved to a packed Porch Stage audience that their buzz is well deserved, jamming out with a super-charged, aggressive spin on funk rock madness. Same could be said for the sexy swagger of Holey Miss Moley, who also wowed on the Porch.LPTlast_img read more

An experiment gone horribly awry

first_imgIn the late 1940s, U.S. researchers used Guatemalan prisoners, mental patients, and soldiers as laboratory animals, infecting them with syphilis without their knowledge in order to test new treatments for the disease.The experiments, which came to an end with the development elsewhere of penicillin as a treatment, remained secret until several years ago, when a Wellesley College researcher stumbled upon them while looking into similar cases involving poor African-American men in Tuskegee, Ala.When news of the experiments came to light in 2010, it sparked an international uproar, claiming headlines and prompting apologies from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. The news also led to a phone call from President Barack Obama to Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom, who called the experiments “a crime against humanity.”On Tuesday, a Harvard Law School panel discussed the case, highlighting options for reparations and warning against thinking that something similar can’t happen again.  In fact, one panelist said, new laws in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the subsequent anthrax attacks, and global disease outbreaks like H1N1, which were designed to increase protections against liability for disease researchers, could be used to protect those who engage in experiments similar to those in Tuskegee and Guatemala today.“While we like to think we’ve learned our lessons from Tuskegee and Guatemala, I’m not sure we have,” said Wendy Parmet, a professor and associate dean at Northeastern University’s School of Law.In addition to Parmet, the panel included Susan Reverby, the Wellesley College professor who discovered the documents; I. Glenn Cohen, assistant professor of law and director of Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics; Fernando Ribeiro Delgado, clinical instructor at Harvard Law School; and Holly Fernandez Lynch, executive director of the Petrie-Flom Center. The event, which was held in the Wasserstein Building, was sponsored by the center and the Law School’s Human Rights Program.The experiments occurred at a time when syphilis was taking a large toll in human life and undermining U.S. troops, Reverby said.  Though the Tuskegee and Guatemala experiments were similar, there was a key difference, Reverby said. In the Tuskegee experiments, researchers withheld treatment but never infected anyone. In those cases, which ran from the 1930s until 1972, African-American men who had the disease were followed to track its course.The experiments occurred at a time when syphilis was taking a large toll in human life and undermining U.S. troops, Reverby said.In the Guatemalan experiments, however, researchers paid prostitutes who already had syphilis to have sex with the study subjects. The subjects never consented to being infected with the disease and, though some were treated afterward, it is unclear if all were.Among the thousands of pages of documents and photographs detailing the experiments, there was evidence that the researchers knew what they were doing and knew that it was wrong, Reverby said. The question about how to remedy the situation remains open, panelists said.In the wake of the revelations, the U.S. government conducted an investigation and took some steps toward making the situation right. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health pledged funding for programs to fight sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala, but little was done to compensate the victims, panelists said. In fact, a class action lawsuit on the Guatemalan victims’ behalf was dismissed, largely because there are high hurdles for individuals in other countries to sue the U.S. government, even for American actions in their country.Still, the panelists said, there are other potential avenues, including congressional approval of a settlement, according to Cohen. Other possible avenues include pursuing remedies through the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights or other international bodies.last_img read more

Across cultural borders

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Suzie Verdin loved to dance. But growing up in a community where art and creativity exist in tension, she often struggled to justify her passion.The child of Mexican immigrants, Verdin was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, a border city at the intersection of Mexican and American identities. She gravitated toward dance as a girl, performing with the precision dance and drill teams popular there. But there was always an underlying friction.“Sometimes, there is a false dichotomy between what a community values in creativity and what a community considers the arts,” Verdin said. “Unfortunately, in immigrant communities, I believe that division is really stark. And allowing yourself to value the arts is impeded because you don’t see the connection between this everyday creativity and maybe innovative ways of thinking.“It took me a really long time to be able to say without feeling like a fraud or a phony that I am an artful person,” she said, “and to say I really value the arts and the performing arts.”Armed with her new degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Arts in Education Program, Verdin plans to change that paradigm. She hopes to work for a nonprofit in Texas, using dance to engage immigrant communities with the arts.Verdin said she arrived at Harvard College in 1995 as an idealistic teenager. Eager to continue to embrace movement, she quickly formed the Harvard Crimson Dance Team, a competitive group that has grown from just a handful to 16 members and performs at Harvard’s home basketball games.A pragmatist, Verdin also realized she had to pay for school. Her parents could afford the cost of the plane ticket to Boston, she recalled, but little else. A few years too early to take advantage of Harvard’s enhanced financial aid program, she turned to the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. That led to an assignment after college with the U.S. Air Force airborne early warning and control system, in a radar plane that helped to control military airspace. Her work included missions over Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.In 2007, Verdin left the military and worked for three years with a private contractor hired by the Colombian government to scan the country’s skies, and later its coastlines, for planes and boats transporting narcotics or drug money.But she always hoped to reconnect with her creative side. “I never stopped being engaged with a dance community.” She took and taught dance classes, worked and performed with independent choreographers and a local flamenco group, married and had her first child in 2011. (Her second child, Ava, was born in January, between HGSE semesters.) Verdin also worked closely with her husband, a retired Air Force pilot who helps veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder through yoga.“It all reminded me that our lives are so much more than just things we read or ideas we discuss from the neck up. It’s also about what we feel, what we touch, how we move in the space. It’s the most important thing to me educationally, and why I wanted to come back to this quality community at Harvard.”In Dallas, she hopes to develop a curriculum around “movement literacy,” an approach that is not tied to a specific technique or body type, and one that “anyone can access.”Verdin got people moving during her recent stint at Harvard. She choreographed a dance show starring her fellow HGSE masters’ students that explored the “experience of the visuo-spatial learner.”The HGSE experience, Verdin said, reminded her of the sensation she had as a freshman starting up the dance team. “It gave me the feeling that Harvard is the kind of place where you can do anything.”last_img read more