On Wednesday, March 7th, the music of the Allman Brothers Band will be celebrated in full by the “Friends of the Brothers”, featuring members of the Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, and Jaimoe bands as well as ABB biographer Alan Paul. Opening for the “Friends of the Brothers” will be DJ Williams’ Shots Fired, featuring members of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Slightly Stoopid, and the Greyboy AllStars.“Friends of the Brothers” originally started as a one-off show in March of 2017 as a tribute to Butch Trucks following his unexpected death in January. “I wanted to put together a tribute and thought of my dream lineup: Peter Levin (Gregg Allman), Andy Aledort (Dickey Betts) and Junior Mack (Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band). When they all said yes, we played a glorious night of music,” explained Alan Paul, author of the definitive Allman Brothers band biography One Way Out. “When Gregg died,” he explained before their second performance in October, “we all knew we had to get the band together again to honor our friends and the music we love so much.”The “Friends of the Brothers” band includes keyboardist Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band), guitarist and vocalist Junior Mack (Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band), guitarist and vocalist Andy Aledort (Dickey Betts Band), drummer Dave Diamond (Zen Tricksters), bassist Craig Privett (Half Step), and drummer Van Romaine (Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band). Appropriately, the band will celebrate the music of the Allman Brothers during March in New York, a nostalgia cherished by all diehard Allman Brothers Band fans as the time they used to congregate at the Beacon Theatre during the final years of the band’s career.DJ Williams’ Shots Fired will feature Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Michelangelo Carruba (Turkuaz), Daniel Delacruz (Slightly Stoopid), Zac Najor (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), Darby Wolf (Rubblebucket), and Gordon Jones, guaranteeing an amazing night of music all around.Tickets for the Wednesday night show are currently available here.
Harvard scientists have used light and genetic trickery to trace out neurons’ abilityto excite or inhibit one another, literally shedding new light on the questionof how neurons interact with one another in live animals.The work is described in the current issue of thejournal Nature Methods. It buildsupon scientists’ understanding of the neural circuitry of the nematode worm Caenorhabditiselegans, frequently used as a modelin biological research. While the detailed physical structure of C. elegans scant 302 neurons is well documented, the newresearch helps measure how neurons in this organism affect each others’activity, and could ultimately help researchers map out in detail how neuralimpulses flow throughout the organism.“This approach gives us apowerful new tool for analyzing small neural circuits, and directly measuringhow neurons talk to each other,” says Sharad Ramanathan, an assistantprofessor of molecular and cellular biology(MCB) and of applied physics at Harvard.“While we’ve only mapped out the interplay of four neurons, it’s the first timescientists have determined the ability of multiple neurons in a circuit toexcite or inhibit their neighbors.”Zengcai Guo and Ramanathan combined genetically encodedcalcium sensors and light-activated ion channels with optics. The scientists useda mirror array to excite individual neurons – each just two to three millionthsof a meter wide – while simultaneously measuring calcium activity in multipleother neurons. This calcium activity serves to indicate whether these otherneurons were activated or inhibited by the neuron that was primed with a burstof light.“Using this technique, for the first time, we couldexcite both a sensory neuron and an interneuron and monitor how activity propagates,”says Guo, a research assistant in the FAS Center for Systems Biology, MCB, and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Weexpect that our technique can eventually be used more broadly to measure howactivity propagates through neural circuits.”Manipulating neurons with light, Guo and Ramanathanwere able to evoke an avoidance response – causing the worm to back away fromlight – that is normally prompted only when the organism is touched. With a compact nervous system consisting of only 302neurons linked by some 7,000 synapses, the nematode C. elegans is anideal system for studying the interplay between neural circuits and behavior.While the physical connectivity of the neurons in this nematode is well known, scientistsknow very little about which of these connections are excitatory and which are inhibitory.Because of the smallsizes of the neurons and a tough cuticle surrounding the worm,electrophysiological recordings can be made from only one neuron at a time, precludingthe possibility of any circuit-level analysis of neural activity. By establishing thisfirst fully genetically encoded light-based electrophysiology, the authors havedeveloped a way to overcome this limitation.Guo and Ramanathan’s Nature Methods paper was co-authored by Anne C. Hart ofMassachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Their work wasfunded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
A Timeline of WaterProtection Legislation Walk along the banks of the Savannah River. Fish the Chattahoochee. Swim in the Flint. Chances are you’ll see a sign warning of the potential risk due to pollution. Pollution threatens the quality of water and the health of people all over the state. But often, it’s not easy to determine exactly where that pollution is coming from.Feces in water typically comes from leaking septic tanks, agricultural runoff or animal droppings. If water contains feces, it could also contain disease-producing bacteria or viruses that can exist in the feces. These diseases include typhoid fever and hepatitis A.The maximum amount of pollution a body of water can have without violating state water-quality standards is called the Total Maximum Daily Load. Fecal pollution is a major contributor to TMDLs for Georgia watersheds.Most fecal pollution comes from nonpoint sources. So far, there has been no proven way to know where or from what animal it came. And if you can’t locate the problem, you can’t fix it.Water Detective “This is cutting-edge science,” said UGA CAES water quality coordinator Bill Segars. “The possibilities for using (this) method to identify nonpoint pollution sources could revolutionize water management around the world. This ribotyping data collection is a sound, scientifically based tool.”Other states are also using ribotyping to better understand pollution, said Alan Hallum, chief of the water protection branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. But Georgia could lead the way.If there is a public health problem in a watershed, Hallum said, this test could better target what needs to be done in the watershed to correct the problem as quickly and as economically as possible.”I would like to have, from a state regulatory standpoint, a way to know we’re not spending money unnecessarily,” Hallum said. “This (test) allows the stakeholders in a watershed to do a best-management approach to fixing a problem.” But new research may help regulatory agencies pinpoint sources of fecal pollution and clean up one of Georgia’s most valuable resources.Peter Hartel is an associate professor of crop and soil science in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. For the past two years, he’s been an environmental detective.Hartel uses a type of DNA fingerprinting that can tell what animal caused the fecal pollution of a specific watershed.Using a process called ribotyping, Hartel can make a DNA fingerprint, a series of distinct bands, of the Escherichia coli. This bacterium is found in all warm-blooded animal feces.A few years ago, scientists believed E. coli was the same in all animals. But it’s not. Different animals have different types.”Dog E. coli is found only in dogs. Human E. coli is found only in humans. The same with cows and poultry,” Hartel said. “We’re not sure why that is right now. But we know they’re different.”After you have a library of the distinct E. coli fingerprints of various animals, the rest, in theory, is easy, Hartel said.You can monitor and take samples of a watershed, isolate the different E. coli found in the water and compare that to the library of animal samples. That will tell you what animal feces are in the water, Hartel said.Building the LibraryWhen Hartel began his research, there was little information on ribotyping to identify pollution sources in water. He’s changing that.So far, his E. coli fingerprint library has samples from several Georgia animals, including beef cattle, swine, poultry and Canada geese. But he needs more.”There has to be an established library to compare and identify samples against,” Hartel said. “The more extensive the source library, the greater the likelihood of obtaining matches.” Peter Hartel, UGA CAES researcher, works to build a DNA library that will identify points of pollution in Georgia watersheds. Photo:Robert Newcomb
Georgia 4-H is awarding $500 grants to 4-H and other organizations interested in using Health Rocks! to promote healthy lifestyles to youths in their counties. For more information, go to the website www.georgia4h.org, or call (706) 542-4444. Grant applications are due by Feb. 25. For more information on Georgia 4-H near you, go to www.georgia4h.org, or call 1-800-ASK-UGA1. The fifth-graders chattered, but not about Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez. They were talking about the harmful effects of smoking and drugs. After class, a small girl approached the 4-H agent who had led the discussion. “My momma smokes weed all the time,” said the little girl, “and sometimes she makes me smoke a blunt as punishment.”The Georgia 4-H Health Rocks! program is designed to foster such an open comment. The 4-H agent thanked the girl and ultimately contacted the Department of Family and Child Services. Fostering strong life skillsHealth Rocks! gives volunteer adult and teen leaders training and resources, like simple activities and easy-to-follow lesson plans, to build strong life skills and decision making, said Richie Knight, a Georgia 4-H program specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.It encourages youths to avoid risky behaviors and teaches positive habits like critical thinking, stress management, peer pressure coping, effective communication and proper analysis of media messages. “This is a chance for volunteers, clubs or counties to better their community through a fun, easy-to-teach healthy lifestyles program,” Knight said.More than 8,000 reachedLast year, 30 counties sent 4-H agents, volunteers and high-school-age 4-H’ers to Rock Eagle 4-H Center for “Health Rocks! Ambassadors” training. Together, the ambassadors have instructed more than 8,000 youths ages 8 through 16. Georgia 4-H leaders teach Health Rocks! at multiple 4-H events throughout the year. A partnership with Radio Disney put more than 500 Health Rocks! public service announcements on the air to 3 million youths and adults in metro Atlanta. The Disney partnership also created a healthy lifestyles event at Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta that attracted nearly 2,500 youths. The 4-H and Radio Disney partnership hopes to double the attendance for the 2011 event, which will be July 30 at the Mall of Georgia in Buford.Grants available
SINGAPORE — The formation of the world’s largest free trade bloc in Asia-Pacific sends a signal that there’s a need for economic integration despite existing challenges, according to a Singapore government official.Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries, including Singapore, signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on Sunday. Those nations have a combined population of over 2 billion and total GDP of more than $26 trillion — and make up about 30% of the world population and global economy.The 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed the RCEP deal with their top trading partners: China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The countries that make up ASEAN are: Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar — formerly Burma, and Laos.- Advertisement – Notably, the agreement excludes the United States and can potentially allow China to cement its position as a vital trade partner for Southeast Asia and the other countries in the deal. Representatives of signatory countries are pictured on screen during the signing ceremony for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact at the ASEAN summit that is being held online in Hanoi on November 15, 2020.Nhac Nguyen | AFP | Getty Images … I think all the member countries remain open to the prospect of India joining at the appropriate time.S IswaranSingapore’s minister for communications and information “RCEP is an important development but also a very important signal to global markets that even as we fight the challenge of (the coronavirus pandemic), the public health care challenge as well as the economic challenge, we need to continue to build bridges and economic integration,” S Iswaran, Singapore’s minister for communications and information, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Monday.Iswaran is also the minister-in-charge of trade relations and oversees the city-state’s bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations at Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry.The RCEP agreement outlines provisions for preferential access in trading goods, standard rules around investment and disciplines governing that, enhanced trade facilitation measures as well as “forward-looking aspects” such as e-commerce and competition laws and intellectual property rights, according to Iswaran.‘Political will and commitment’By virtue of its size and the diversity of its membership, RCEP “signals a commitment and level of ambition, in terms of economic integration,” he said. “It’s been a long haul over eight years but I think the outcome is well worth the effort.”He explained that since the signing was endorsed and witnessed by the leaders of the 15 countries, there is “political will and commitment” to get things done under the agreement. The impetus comes from the fact that governments recognize that current circumstances, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, require them to move quickly on economic initiatives to unlock opportunities for their people and businesses, Iswaran said. One of the ways to do that is by linking up with regional and global economies through agreements like RCEP, he added. – Advertisement – It’s been a long haul over eight years but I think the outcome is well worth the effort.S Iswaran- Advertisement – The agreement aims to “abolish some 92% of traded goods tariffs,” Lavanya Venkateswaran, an economist at Mizuho Bank’s Asia & Oceania Treasury Department, said in a note. It “would be critical in deepening supply-chain linkages, with a reach into the service sector with ambitions of 65% of service sector being fully open under the RCEP.”The RCEP “is a much-need and overdue life-line for global trade that is based on multi-lateral trade cooperation, engagements and rules,” Venkateswaran said, adding, “Arguably, there are also hopes pinned on RCEP helping to catalyze the recovery in global trade and commerce.”India and the U.S.Negotiations for RCEP began in 2013 and initially included India, whose presence was seen by some members as a counterweight to China. But New Delhi last year declined to join RCEP, stating that some of its “issues of core interest” remained unresolved.Iswaran told CNBC the door remains open for New Delhi to rejoin the agreement when it wants to.“India has been involved in a lot of the negotiations and would understand the nuances and I think all the member countries remain open to the prospect of India joining at an appropriate time,” he said.The United States under President Barack Obama was part of a rival regional trade pact called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which excluded China.The TPP never went into effect as the U.S. left the agreement under President Donald Trump and a new version of that pact emerged, called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. The CPTPP was signed by all of the TPP signatories except the U.S.Iswaran said Singapore as well as other Asian partners value U.S. engagement in the region. “I think the key point is we want to deepen the engagement of the U.S. economy with this part of the world,” he said, adding that could either be through RCEP or CPTPP or some other agreement. Singapore’s minister for communications and information – Advertisement –
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The goalie arrived in the country in 2015, meaning he will complete their five-year stay in South Africa at the end of the current campaign.Akpeyi signed for Chippa United from Warri Rovers before joining Amakhosi in January 2018 following an injury to Itumeleng Khune.He has managed to keep the No.1 shirt at the club, relegating Khune to the bench, especially this term.Akpeyi has also signed a new two-year deal with Amakhosi.Super Eagles and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi set for Pirates challengeRead Also: Real Madrid consider Osimhen’s teammate at LilleHowever, for the Soweto giants to use the space left in their foreign quota, they will have to win their appeal against the two-window transfer ban imposed by Fifa in February this year.With Akpeyi set to be registered as a local player, Chiefs will then have a foreign international registered. Loading… Promoted ContentThe 9 Best Robots In Movie HistoryThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Super Eagles shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi is eligible to apply for South African citizenship next season.Advertisement
Press Association It was a huge effort from Ulster, who were forced to play most of the game with 14 men after losing Tom Court to a red card – their second sending-off in three home games after Jared Payne’s dismissal against Saracens last month – early in the first half. Leinster, though, were down to 13 men at one point in the opening period after Rob Kearney and Rhys Ruddock were shown yellow by English referee Luke Pearce. Even though Leinster were back to full strength at the end of the half, Ulster still held out and the half ended with the visitors leading 9-8. Leinster had the first scoring opportunity of the second half but Madigan put another long-range effort wide after 44 minutes and then he was wide again two minutes later with a much more straightforward effort. Ulster again conceded a kickable penalty but this time Madigan went for the corner and the net result was more heroic defending from Ulster as Dave Kearney was tackled into touch when a try looked certain. Still, the visitors did manage to score when Madigan landed his fourth penalty on 52 minutes to take their lead to 12-8. The home side, though, then came back again with Jackson’s second penalty narrowing Leinster’s lead to a single point again after 56 minutes. But after Tommy Bowe knocked on the restart, Leinster attacked down the right channel and Brian O’Driscoll drew two defenders before off-loading inside to Jennings, who scored at the posts, allowing Madigan to convert and put the visitors 19-11 in front. Typically, though, Ulster responded and, after replacement Darren Cave’s clean break, they won a penalty near the sticks and Jackson slotted the kick to take his side back within bonus-point territory. It didn’t last, though, and after conceding another scrum penalty, Leinster replacement Jimmy Gopperth nailed his first penalty to put his side 22-14 ahead with 11 minutes remaining. The see-saw nature of the scoring continued and after Leo Cullen was penalised, Jackson closed the gap to five points which then became two with his fifth successful penalty in the 77th minute. Table-toppers Leinster were made to fight tooth and nail for a 22-20 success which puts them on the verge of securing a home semi-final, while Ulster’s losing bonus point brought them a guaranteed place in the play-offs which could actually see the sides clash again. Shane Jennings scored Leinster’s only try of the night in the second half while Ian Madigan kicked four penalties and a conversion – though he missed three kicks at goal – while replacement Jimmy Gopperth nailed a penalty. Man of the match Paddy Jackson scored all Ulster’s points, on the night the new Ravenhill was officially opened, with five penalties and a try on an emotional occasion as skipper Johann Muller and Court played their last games at the ground. Madigan opened the evening’s scoring with a fifth-minute penalty after Ulster’s scrum was demolished on their own put-in and the Leinster out-half then added a second after 11 minutes. Shortly after Paddy Jackson put the restart out on the full, Madigan had a third shot at goal from long range but hit the attempt wide – then came Court’s red card. But with their backs to the wall, it was Ulster who scored next after Jackson charged down a Madigan chip to score in the corner with Leinster then being reduced to 14 after Rob Kearney’s high tackle on the Ulster out-half as he crossed the line. Jackson failed to land the difficult conversion from his 23rd-minute score, but Ulster, against the odds, were right back in the game and their cause was further helped when Ruddock was shown yellow three minutes later after Jackson was taken out in the air. It was Leinster, now down to 13 men, who found themselves on the back foot and though they survived an attacking five-metre scrum from Ulster, they were pinged just after the half-hour at the breakdown and Jackson kicked the home side into the lead at 8-6. Their lead did not last, though, as Madigan kicked Leinster back into a single-point lead with his 35th-minute penalty just as Rob Kearney arrived back to bring the visitors back to 14 men on the park.
Vice President Mike Pence also said he plans to attend the historic SpaceX launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center next week. President Trump says he’s “thinking” about going to the SpaceX rocket launch next week and tells reporters, “I’d like to put you on the rocket and get rid of you for a while” https://t.co/Nj065CIsxp pic.twitter.com/eNIIS3Jgox— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 21, 2020 President Donald Trump said Thursday that he may attend SpaceX rocket launch next week at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.The test flight is set for May 27th, and it will l be the final test for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft before it enters regular service.The mission will also mark the first time astronauts launch into orbit aboard a private company’s spacecraft, and would be the first manned space flight launched from the U.S. in almost nine years.“I’m thinking about going, that will be next week, to the rocket launch,” the President told reporters before leaving for a day trip to Michigan.He also playfully told reporters “I hope you’re all going to join me. I’d like to put you on the rocket, get rid of you for a while,” the President said.
Novak Djokovic was stunned by Sam Querrey in the third round at Wimbledon as he lost 6-7 4-6 6-3 3-6 to the American. The world No 1 fought back to take the third set having started the day two sets down yesterday.But Querrey, the No 28 seed, battled to a fourth-set tie-break, in a match that was interrupted by rain on Court No 1, and clinched it 7-5. “I’m ecstatic, it’s the biggest tournament in the world,” Querrey said. “I played the break points really well, came up with a big serve, got a couple of losing errors in the tie-break.”On how he felt overnight, he added: “He came out and got the first four games, then we had another rain delay and I was able to regroup. “He is on the way to being the greatest ever, so I knew he would be mentally tough. I am just going to be happy with this and look forward to the next round a bit.”Djokovic, who confirmed afterwards he would not play in the Davis Cup quarter-final against Britain this month, was gracious in defeat, congratulating his opponent and saying: “Congratulations to Sam. He played a terrific match.He serves very well. I think that part of his game was brutal today. He just overpowered me. I had my chances. I just wasn’t feeling the ball as well as I wished.”It leaves Andy Murray, the British No 1 and No 2 seed, the favourite for the trophy with Djokovic failing in his attempt to win the Golden Slam (all four majors and the Olympic title) this year. Querrey will face France’s Nicolas Mahut in the fourth round.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram