Susan Tedeschi Joins John Prine For Powerhouse ‘Color Of The Blues’ Performance [Watch]

first_imgLegendary country music artist John Prine has just announced a new album! Titled For Better, Or Worse, the new release will see Prine team up with a number of extraordinary female musicians for a series of rockin’ duets. Due out on September 30th, the artists who are featured on the album include Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Iris DeMent, Holly Williams, Morgane Stapleton, Kathy Mattea, Alison Krauss, Amanda Shires and his wife, Fiona Prine.The only woman left off of that list is Susan Tedeschi, who is not only featured on the album but on the leading single as well. Tedeschi joins Prine for a reworking of George Jones’ “Color Of The Blues,” which you can stream in full while watching the album preview video below.For more information about the new album, you can head here. Check out the tracklisting below.For Better, Or Worse Tracklisting1. Who’s Gonna Take the Garbage Out (feat. Iris Dement)2. Storms Never Last (feat. Lee Ann Womack)3. Falling in Love Again (feat. Allison Krauss)4. Color of the Blues (feat. Susan Tedeschi)5. I’m Tellin’ You (feat. Holly Williams)6. Remember Me (When Candlelights Are Gleaming) [feat. Kathy Mattea]7. Look at Us (feat. Morgane Stapleton)8. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Loud, Loud Music (feat. Amanda Shires)9. Fifteen Years Ago (feat. Lee Ann Womack)10. Cold, Cold Heart (feat. Miranda Lambert)11. Dreaming My Dreams with You (feat. Kathy Mattea)12. Mental Cruelty (feat. Kacey Musgraves)13. Mr. & Mrs. Used to Be (feat. Iris Dement)14. My Happiness (feat. Fiona Prine)15. Just Waitin’last_img read more

Funding cuts said to threaten states’ preparedness progress

first_imgDec 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Several states have made progress preparing for a major public health emergency such as a pandemic or bioterror attack, but funding shortfalls at the federal level threaten to stall or even reverse recent gains, according to a report today from the nonprofit organization Trust for America’s Health (TFAH).Jeff Levi, PhD, director of TFAH, a health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, said today that despite the progress, his group still has a number of concerns, including some states’ ability to distribute vaccines, antidotes, and medical supplies from the national stockpile and the lack of participation by others in the federal government’s subsidy program for boosting antiviral stockpiles for use during an influenza pandemic.”Differences in state-by-state capacity put the whole country at risk,” Levi said at a press teleconference.The 120-page report, released each year since 2003, gauges the preparedness of each state and the District of Columbia, assesses federal support for state efforts, and recommends measures for boosting the country’s ability to handle an emergency requiring a broad public health response.State preparedness ratingsThe TFAH assessed how states performed on 10 preparedness indicators. Levi said some of the indicators stay the same each year, such as use of a disease surveillance system that is compatible with the national system. However, he said some indicators change to reflect evolving expectations and the availability of new data. This year’s benchmarks include:An adequate plan to distribute emergency vaccines, antidotes, and medical supplies from the Strategic National StockpileParticipation in the federal subsidy for purchase of antiviral drugs for use during a flu pandemicSufficient public health laboratory capabilities to test for biological threatsCapability of laboratories to provide round-the-clock coverage to analyze samplesUse of a disease surveillance system that is compatible with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) integrated, Web-compatible national systemState laws that limit liability exposure for healthcare volunteers who serve during public health emergenciesEngagement in public health emergency preparedness drills or training exercisesA minimum threshold of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers per 100,000 peopleIncreased rates of seasonal flu immunization for adults aged 65 and olderSteady or increased funding for public health programs from 2005-06 to 2006-07Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia met eight or more of the TFAH benchmarks. Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia scored the highest with 10 out of 10. The states scoring lowest, with 6 out of 10, were Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.Only seven states and the District of Columbia lack sufficient capability to test for biological threats, which is down from 11 in last year’s report. However, flu vaccination rates for seniors decreased in 11 states, the report notes.The states that haven’t participated in the federal antiviral subsidy are Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Rhode Island. Levi said some state officials have voiced concerns over the shelf life of antivirals. He said current laws allow states to assume a 7-year shelf life, but federal stockpiles can be extended beyond that, depending on the advice of the US Food and Drug Administration.The two indicators that address healthcare volunteers are designed to draw attention to surge-capacity issues, Levi said. Because officials expect hospitals will be overwhelmed during the next public health emergency, it will be important for healthcare volunteers to fill the gap outside hospitals and clinics, he said. Twenty-one states don’t have laws that protect medical volunteers during an emergency, and 13 do not have at least 14 Medical Reserve Corps Members per 100.000 people, the report says.Exposing funding gapsThough federal officials have advanced disaster preparedness planning with passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act last year and the president’s issuance of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21, the report says federal funding for public health and pandemic preparedness has been “inconsistent and unpredictable.”The report says the Bush administration’s fiscal year 2008 budget includes $146 million in cuts to bioterrorism and public health preparedness capacities, and programs intended to upgrade local preparedness programs and hospital readiness are taking the brunt of the reductions. The cuts represent a 25% drop from 2005 funding levels, TFAH asserts.”And just when we are beginning to see a return on the federal investment in preparedness programs, the President and Congress have continued to cut these funds,” Levi said in a press release that accompanied the report. “These efforts may seem penny wise now, but could prove to be pound foolish later.”See also:Dec 18 TFAH press release, with links to complete reporthttp://healthyamericans.org/reports/bioterror07/CIDRAP News story on 2006 TFAH reportOct 22 CIDRAP News story “White House aims to transform public health preparedness”last_img read more

President mulls creation of tourism, aviation holding firm, designation of international hub airports

first_imgNational flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has also reported a loss of $712.73 million in the first half of this year after booking a net profit of $24.11 million in the same period last year.As part of the transformation effort, President Jokowi said he would also like to reduce the number of international airports in Indonesia and establish a number of international hubs.“We currently have 30 international airports, but 90 percent of flight traffic occurs in just four airports, which are Soekarno-Hatta International Airport [in Tangerang, Banten], [I Gusti] Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Juanda International Airport in Surabaya [East Java] and Kualanamu International Airport in North Sumatra,” he said.I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport and Soekarno Hatta airport are the dominate points of entry for foreign arrivals, with 6.2 million and 2.4 million arrivals in 2019, respectively.The President intends to evaluate the international status of several airports, while transforming eight airports into international hubs, which will include the four airports with the highest traffic.The remaining four airports are Kulonprogo International Airport in Yogyakarta; Sepinggan International Airport in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan; Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi; and Hasanudin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi.Responding to the President’s statement, Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati told The Jakarta Post on Thursday that the ministry was in talks with the SOE Ministry regarding the matter.“We fully support the President’s idea and will take further action to realize it. Currently, we are in discussions with the SOE Ministry and other stakeholders,” she said via text message.Former state-owned enterprises minister Rini Soemarno had previously proposed the formation of an aviation holding company while she was part of the Cabinet.The proposed company was designed to integrate Garuda Indonesia with two state airport operators, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) and PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II), but the plan never materialized.Topics : “I think the current tourism downturn is the right moment to start a consolidation and transformation in the tourism and the aviation sectors, and we could establish an SOE holding firm [for] a unified vision,” he said during a limited Cabinet meeting in Jakarta.Jokowi’s proposal comes after the country saw its economy contract 5.32 percent, for the first time since 1999, with the transportation and warehousing sector suffering a 30.84 percent decline from last year, the steepest drop of all sectors.The pandemic has depressed both the aviation and tourism industries, as people stay at home amid social restrictions. The tourism sector is estimated to have lost Rp 85 trillion (US$5.87 billion) in revenue so far this year as the pandemic unfolds, according to data from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI).According to the association’s data, the hotel and restaurant industry has lost nearly Rp 70 trillion in revenue, while aviation and tour operators have lost Rp 15 trillion in revenue as leisure travel ground to a halt. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Thursday that he is considering forming a holding company for aviation and tourism state-owned enterprises (SOEs), as well as developing international hub airports, to help revive the industries, which have been battered by the COVID-19 health crisis.Jokowi said he aimed to integrate SOE management to improve consolidation and boost tourism, including airlines, airport management, tourism destination operators and hotels.last_img read more

Researchers come up with a solution for a very ‘turf’ Donegal problem!

first_imgA college researcher in Co Donegal may just have come up with an answer for a very “turf” Irish problem.For centuries those gathering turf on the country’s boglands had to time the collection of turf to perfection for fear of the fuel getting too wet.Now a researcher at Letterkenny Institute of Technology has come up with a very ‘bog standard’ solution. Electronic engineer Martin Bradley decided to monitor the drying process of turf and how it could be harvested at just the right time.In conjunction with neighbour Kevin Doherty in Drumfries on the Inishowen Peninsula, an experiment was put into place.Using a monitoring device and a simple network known as Sigfox which does not require bluetooth or WiFi, Martin was able to monitor the moisture in the turf.When the moisture had dipped to a certain level, a text message was then sent from the bog at Moss Hill in Ballinlough to tell him the turf was ready to be footed or completely dried. The benefits of the early-warning systems mean that those gathering turf just have to have a mobile phone and the system is relatively inexpensive.Martin Bradley’s experiment.Martin added that anyone can get the phone notification when the turf is ready by downloading a simple APP.He said the experiment has created huge debate among locals.“I just did it for a bit of fun but to see if it could help in any way.“The aim was to get data that would be a good estimate for when the turf should be turned or footed or ready for taking home. “I’ve been thinking about the process and I’m curious that it could be used to detect the right time to bring home hay or other crops before they get too wet,” he said.All of the technology used is part of the Electronic Engineering and Embedded Systems courses in LYIT.US Multinational Cypress Semiconductor, whose products were used to carry out the project, has now published an article on the project on their website.Researchers come up with a solution for a very ‘turf’ Donegal problem! was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bogLYITMartin Bradleyturflast_img read more

Apple Admits to iPhone 4 Antenna Problems… Sort of

first_imgIn fact, cupping the phone in the so-called “iPhone death grip” – the coin termed by bloggers covering the antenna issues – is directly related to the signal loss. “The result is that anything conductive which bridges the gap in the bottom left couples the antennas together, detuning the precisely engineered antennas,” explains the site’s authors. “It’s a problem of impedance matching with the body as an antenna, and the additional antenna that becomes part of the equation when you touch the bottom left.”Or in layman’s terms, human contact with the antenna degrades the signal, software bug or not. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#news#NYT#web That being said, their tests also revealed that, as Apple claims, the iPhone 4 antenna is remarkably improved, even performing better in areas where the 3GS would lose its signal and drop a call. This appears to back up Apple’s statement that the iPhone 4’s wireless performance is the best it’s ever shipped. Of course, that’s if you’re using a bumper case. A case which Apple conveniently sells itself – for the first time ever, mind you – in the Apple Store. It costs $30.iPhone’s Woes: Good for Android?These issues, the discussions, and the negative publicity for Apple, while obviously not impacting the current sales of the iPhone 4 (it sold a record-breaking 1.7 million its opening weekend alone), may end up hurting the company in the long run. Apple has, to some, lost a bit of its credibility as a hardware maker whose devices “just work.” What’s worse is that the early, downright glowing reviews from Apple’s trusted set of journalists who were granted the first “hands-on” with the device, made no mention of what was obviously a very real problem with the iPhone 4. It was only when the legion of bloggers – or is that a nation, Mr. Steve Jobs? – got their hands on the phone was this problem uncovered. Going forward, mainstream consumers may find themselves less trusting of these “officially blessed” reviews and may delay their purchases until after the independent reviews are released. In the meantime, other companies have a window in which to lure those undecided shoppers away from Apple and to their latest and greatest phone, whatever that may be. When the next iPhone launches, it will be interesting to see if Apple customers line up again in record numbers, as they did this year. Or if this time around, they will consider the alternatives for a change, like perhaps a device running the fastest-growing smartphone operating system to date (according to analysts at IDC), Google Android? Image credits, orig. article: Anandtech.com Breaking news! Apple admits to iPhone 4 antenna problems! Well, sort of. According to a press release issued by the company this morning, the iPhone 4 doesn’t have a hardware design flaw – it has a software bug. “We were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong,” says Apple. “Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength.”In other words, when you see the phone drop multiple signal bars at a time, it’s not losing its signal – it’s adjusting its display to show you the correct signal. But what of the fact that signal drops seem to occur when the phone is gripped in a certain way? Apple addresses this too, saying users were most likely in an area with weak signal strength to begin with, but didn’t know it because the iPhone was incorrectly displaying four or five bars. “Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place,” notes the announcement.Apple says it will push out a software patch for the issue that incorporates the correct formula – that being AT&T’s “recently recommended” formula for calculating the number of bars to display for a given signal strength. The patch will arrive in the next few weeks.Patch Doesn’t Fix Whole IssueSo that’s it, then? Bug patched, problem solved?Not exactly. The Apple announcement doesn’t address the more troubling aspect of the signal loss issues; when gripping the phone in a particular way, many are experiencing not just lowered bars, but dropped calls and data degradation. Apple says that there’s probably not a good signal in these areas anyway and simply dismisses the appearance of signal loss as being related to the software bug. However, the areas in question where these losses occur are often places where older iPhones had no issues maintaining a signal, something that speaks to an actual hardware-related problem and one that can’t be fixed via a software update. Even more telling is the independent analysis performed by the popular hardware news site, Anandtech.com. In a series of extensive tests, the site’s Brian Klug and editor-in-chief Anand Lal Shimpi put the iPhone 4’s antenna through its paces, measuring its signal strength and signal attenuation in a number of scenarios, even comparing it to the older iPhone 3GS and the HTC Nexus One.While they did find that the iPhone 4’s visualization is flawed, as Apple is now admitting, they also discovered a second issue: adding a bumper case to the iPhone 4 allows the phone to function “on par if not better than other phones.” Remove the bumper case and the phone performs worse. (And no, these tests didn’t rely on the flawed visualization of signal bar strength – they used advanced software programs to get accurate data).center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perezlast_img read more

Will kill cow smugglers, says BJP’s Gyan Dev Ahuja

first_imgRajasthan’s ruling BJP MLA, Gyan Dev Ahuja, has warned that if anyone indulges in cow smuggling or slaughter, he will be killed.Mr. Ahuja’s threat came in response to an alleged cow smuggling incident in Alwar district on Saturday.“Mera to sidha sidha kehna hai ki gau taskari karoge ya gau kashi karoge to yun hi maare jaoge (I say this clearly: if you smuggle or slaughter cows, you will be killed),” he told presspersons.No stranger to controversy, Mr. Ahuja had previously claimed that the premier Jawaharlal Nehru University was a “hub of sex and drugs, where 3,000 used condoms and 2,000 liquor bottles were found daily”.In Alwar, an alleged cow smuggler was caught and beaten by local residents in Ramgarh area, which often sees violence by cow vigilante groups. However, Mr. Ahuja claimed the accused was injured after his vehicle overturned. “Three men were smuggling cows. When the police chased them, they tried to escape through narrow lanes of a village and the vehicle overturned, injuring one of the smugglers. Two others managed to escape,” the Ramgarh legislator claimed when contacted.He said people resented cow smuggling and slaughter. “There is anger among people against cow smugglers because they smuggle cows, because they open fire at the police when the police try to prevent them. They also take roads through villages in Alwar to escape to Haryana and throw stones at the villagers,” he said.‘Alarming increase’Mr. Ahuja said there had been a sudden spurt in cow smuggling of late. “More than 100 incidents have occurred in the past few days, which is alarming and unusually high. The police are also doing their job to check such incidents,” he said.Circle Officer Alwar South Anil Kumar said a man — later identified as Zakir — was arrested for smuggling cows on Saturday. He was beaten by villagers before the police took him in custody. “A police party tried to stop the mini-truck but the accused fled after opening fire at the police. There were 8-10 bovine animals in the truck,” Mr. Kumar said.last_img read more