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After a wild run in Durham, the city bid goodbye to Widespread Panic as well as their bid for the NCAA championship– Duke was beaten just as the band took the stage for the final time. The penitent audience was pre-ordained to return to the D.P.A.C. to confess their sins after one more night of sanctified swamp-gospel.Holding nothing back, the eclectic band of swamp rockers opened Sunday’s service with the musical version of the holy communion. Sonny Ortiz blazed the way for a growing “Conrad” (the caterpillar) with the jam de-evolving into “Big Wooly Mammoth.” JoJo and Schools led the musical troupe through prehistoric romp around the boneyard with JoJo belting out the improvised lyrics “Sometimes I feel like an evolutionary reject! / Livin’ in a fortnite world.”Jimmy Herring melted the ice age and brought the audience up to warp speed with sizzlers across “BWM > Up All Night”. John Bell was a walk of shame personified with shameful humility, “I dream of Heaven / but I feel like Hell… (I’ve been out all night.)” After a brief pause, JoJo retook control for an adventure to the antebellum southlands with “Cotton was King” as DPAC began to resemble the “smoking palace” that “welcomed all the full hearted.”Another rare stop built anticipation before JB embodied the Zambi spirit of Col. Bruce Hampton for an evocative performance of Bukka White’s “Fixin’ to Die.” The song presented a conflict of emotions as the tempo and energy shone, but the Colonel’s legacy weighed heavy as JB admitted, “I don’t mind dying / But I hate to leave my children crying.” The Colonel himself sat in on the tune numerous times throughout the years. “Fixin’ to Die” hasn’t been played by WSP since the first night of Broomfield’s Halloween run in 2016 and this was the first time played since Col. Bruce Hampton ascended after his own 70th birthday celebration at the Fox Theater in Atlanta.Another heart-wrencher came in the form of Vic Chestnutt’s “Aunt Avis” which desperately begs for strength to continue with the lines, “Help me remember how to be good / How to continue when I feel I really shouldn’t.” For only the 13th time ever, Widespread Panic covered Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” with the slow rolling beat heard for the first time since Mud Island in June of last summer.Rounding out the first set, Widespread Panic carved out a hard-hitting “Impossible” with Jimmy Herring revealing stacks of aces that he had hidden in the sleeves of his wizard cloak during the 12th century Inquisition. JoJo ended the first set with “Blackout Blues” and its hazy whirlwind misadventure of piano goodness.Taking a short setbreak, Widespread returned wearing stone faces that showed no indication of the divine righteousness that was about to unfold. Straight to business, the band played two back to back crowd favorites. First up was the long-awaited return of “Bayou Lena”, the band’s interpretation of John Kennedy Toole’s picaresque novel, Confederacy of Dunces. The song hasn’t been played since 2014 Red Rocks.With back to back bust-outs, the band bombarded the rabble-rousers with Ginger Baker’s “Do What You Like” for the first time since St. Augustine in 2018. Schools stepped to the microphone to take lead on a rare cover of “All Along the Watchtower”, the second Bob Dylan cover of the night. Herring electrified while JoJo’s keys ran sweet rhythms around Duane Trucks’ crashing percussion.A consecrated segue returned to muddy baptisms in creeks of Georgia with the help of Bloodkin’s “Henry Parson’s Died.” After watching the old man’s house burn down and flinging holy water on the masses, the band began a relay race passing the jam baton back and forth throughout “Second Skin”, co-written by Jerry Joseph. The Panics continued to take turns ripping with a finger-licking good “Ribs & Whiskey.” JoJo rotated the pig on the spit as Dave Schools concocted his own special blend of BBQ sauce and slathered it all over that sizzler with the help of his sous chef Jimmy Herring.Schools kept the pedal to the floor with a scorchin’ cover of Murray McLaughlin’s “Honky Red.” John Bell’s voice was hard as steel and cut throngs of people to tattered threads with his rustic vocals. A determined “Papa’s Home” fought his way back home before the percussionists found a chiseled a place for themselves on this heavy setlist. Following “Drums”, the Panics returned to tucked the audience into this cozy seat by the fire with the second half of “Papa’s Home”. Sonny Ortiz continued to sacrifice his flesh and blood with his rapturous flurry of blows.Widespread Panic covered the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” for the first time since the legendary Ladies’ Night show in Las Vegas. It could have been the band’s way of paying respect to Mick Jagger and his recovering health or as a way of announcing their replacement in Jazz Fest’s Thursday lineup–maybe both. Somewhere embedded in the jam was a little Allman Brothers Band tease with “Blue Sky”. (“Goin’ to Carolina / It won’t be long and I’ll be there”) To put an exclamation mark at the end of the second set, the Widespread boys executed a flawless take on “Ain’t Life Grand” uplifting the devout spirits to the rafters.Barely giving the audience a chance to catch their breath, Widespread Panic reemerged from the side-stage shadows to take a Sunday drive down Tobacco Road. Without second thought, the boys got in the car and began a back country drive, tail lights disappearing into the darkness. An ecclesiastical “Driving Song” began the hopeful journey, though it didn’t take long to be led astray as Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” emphasized the struggle to find their way back in the dark. The second half of “Driving Song” restored the band’s navigational bearings as the lights from the “Porch Song” guided the weekend’s musical voyage to a glorious end.“Bayou Lena”[Video: Natural Music]“Second Skin”[Video: Quantum Lift Productions]Widespread Panic returns to the stage for two festivals in April: the Sweetwater 420 Festival in Atlanta on April 20th & 21st as well as the Trondossa Music & Arts Festival on April 27th & 28th. For all upcoming WSP dates, head to the band’s website. Until then, goodpeople. Don’t be fooled.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Durham Performing Arts Center | Durham, NC | 3/31/19I: Conrad > Big Wooly Mammoth > Up All Night, Cotton Was King, Fixin’ To Die, Aunt Avis, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, Impossible, Blackout BluesII: Bayou Lena, Do What You Like, All Along The Watchtower > Henry Parsons Died, Second Skin, Ribs & Whiskey, Honkey Red, Papa’s Home > Drums > Papa’s Home, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Ain’t Life GrandE: Driving Song > Can’t Find My Way Home > Driving Song, Porch SongNotes:– ‘Fixin’ To Die’ LTP 10/28/16 Broomfield (85 shows) [1st since Col. Bruce passed]– ‘Bayou Lena’ 6/27/14 Red Rocks (263 shows)– ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ LTP 10/28/17 Las Vegas aka ‘Ladies Night’ (54 shows) – w/ ‘Blue Sky’ (ABB) jam after
Generic medications currently account for more than 70 percent of prescriptions dispensed. However, although generic drugs are clinically bioequivalent to the brand-name version, they often differ in their physical characteristics, such as color and shape. Researchers from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have found that some patients who receive generic drugs that vary in their color are over 50 percent more likely to stop taking the drug, leading to potentially important and potentially adverse clinical effects.The study was published electronically Dec. 31 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.“Pill appearance has long been suspected to be linked to medication adherence, yet this is the first empirical analysis that we know of that directly links pills’ physical characteristics to patients’ adherence behavior,” explained Aaron S. Kesselheim, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at BWH, and principal investigator of this study. “We found that changes in pill color significantly increase the odds that patients will stop taking their drugs as prescribed.”The researchers conducted a case-control study of patients taking antiepileptic drugs and compared the odds that patients who did not refill their medication had been given pills that differed in color or shape from the prior prescriptions. Using a large national database of filled prescriptions, when the researchers identified a break in the patient’s use of the drug, they looked at the previous two prescription fillings to see if they were the same color and shape. They found that interruptions in the prescription filling occurred significantly more frequently when the pills had different color. Interruptions in antiepileptic drug use for even a few days can raise the risk of seizure and have important medical and social consequences for patients.These findings offer important take-home messages for physicians, pharmacists, and patients. As Kesselheim explained, “Patients should be aware that their pills may change color and shape, but that even differently appearing generic drugs are approved by the FDA as being bioequivalent to their brand-name counterparts and are safe to take. Physicians should be aware that changes in pill appearance might explain their patients’ nonadherence. Finally, pharmacists should make a point to tell patients about the change in color and shape when they change generic suppliers.”Researchers acknowledge that medication adherence is a multifaceted issue, but suggest that taking steps to permit (or even require) similarity in pill appearance among bioequivalent brand-name and generic drugs may offer a relatively simple way to contribute to better adherence.
They can already stand, walk, wriggle under obstacles, and change colors. Now researchers are adding a new skill to the soft robot arsenal: jumping.Using small explosions produced by a mix of methane and oxygen, researchers at Harvard have designed a soft robot that can leap as much as a foot in the air. That ability to jump could one day prove critical in allowing the robots to avoid obstacles during search and rescue operations. The research is described in a Feb. 6 paper in the international edition of Angewandte Chemie.“Initially, our soft robot systems used pneumatic pressure to actuate,” said Robert Shepherd, first author of the paper, former postdoctoral researcher in the Whitesides Research Group at Harvard, and now an assistant professor at Cornell. “While that system worked, it was rather slow — it took on the order of a second. Using combustion, however, allows us to actuate the robots very fast. We were able to measure the speed of the robot’s jump at 4 meters per second.”Just as with other soft robots, the three-legged jumping system begins life as a mold created by a 3-D printer. The robots are molded using soft silicone that allows them to stretch and flex.But where pneumatic robots are connected to tubing that pumps air, the jumping robots are connected to tubes that deliver a precisely controlled mix of methane and oxygen. Using high-voltage wires embedded in each leg of the robot, researchers deliver a spark to ignite the gases, causing a small explosion that sends the robot into the air.Among the key design innovations that allowed the combustion system to work, Shepherd said, was the incorporation of a simple valve into each leg of the robot.“We flow fuel and oxygen into the channels, and ignite it,” Shepherd said. “The heat expands the gas, causing the flap to close, pressurizing the channel and causing it to actuate. As the gas cools, the flap opens and we push the exhaust out by flowing more gas in. So we don’t need to use complex valve systems, all because we chose to mold a soft flap into the robot from the beginning.”While the notion of using combustion to power a soft robot was enticing, it also came with a number of critical questions, not the least of which was whether the soft silicone used to create the robots would even survive.“It’s a lot more powerful, but the question we had to answer was whether it was compatible — were the temperatures compatible — with this system,” Shepherd said. “What we were able to show is, because the duration of the explosion is so short, the energies absorbed by the robot are small enough to be compatible with soft robots. What’s more, the temperature of the robot increases by, on average, less than one kelvin.”While he hopes to see internal combustion systems developed that can allow robots to walk or even run, Shepherd said jumping made sense as a starting point.“Because it releases so much energy so fast, it made sense for jumping to be the first ‘gait’ we explored with this system,” he said. “The next step now is to learn how we can use this combustion system for other gaits, like running or even walking.”A challenge in those cases, beyond programming the robot limbs to work in the proper order, will be developing a system to store the energy produced during combustion for later release.“Right now, we use that energy immediately,” Shepherd said. “For walking, we may need to release that energy over a longer period of time.”Although the system described in the paper is limited by tethers — tubes to deliver the combustible gases and wires to deliver the spark needed for ignition — the Whitesides group is working on one day freeing the robots from such limits.“There’s nothing wrong with having tethered robots — many systems used in industry are tethered,” Shepherd said. “For some search and rescue applications, however, having an untethered robot will be necessary.”“When we do develop those systems, it would be useful to have a power source that can deliver a high volumetric energy density for a long time, and burning hydrocarbon fuels is a proven way to do that,” he continued. “One of our goals for this paper was to show that we can use those fuels in soft systems, and I believe we’ve done that.”Other authors on the paper are Adam Stokes, Jacob Freake, Phillip Snyder, Aaron Mazzeo, Ludovico Cademartiri, Stephen A. Morin, George M. Whitesides, the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard, and Jabulani Barber, an FAS research associate with the Whitesides Research Group.
22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John is the co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, Inc., a company that specializes in B2B marketing to community financial institutions. He started out in the savings and loan industry, but wisely … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Details It was one of the greatest heartaches of my life. There I stood with the finish line and the million-dollar prize just a few short steps away. Even Phil wanted me to win. Of this I was certain. But I couldn’t continue. I was forced to drop out due to a blown knee. I had let myself down, I had let my wife down, and I had let down my millions of adoring fans. To say I was crushed would be a gross understatement.Back in the real world, things were less devastating. I sat fused to my favorite recliner in a catatonic delirium brought on by just the right mix of fever and narcotic pain meds, watching a DVR’d episode of a popular reality TV show. Later I learned that my wife was quite amused as I rambled on about our Amazing Loss.When you manufacture your own reality in a setting like this, the consequences are minimal. Your wife will probably laugh at you. Readers of your blog might think you’ve lost your marbles. But that’s about it.However, when you manufacture your own reality in business, the results can be disastrous.Every organization I’ve ever worked with has bragged about all the reasons they’re better than their competitors. However, until pushed, very few have been willing to share the areas where they’re not better than their competitors. Sadly, this taboo area of discussion is also one of the most important, because these are precisely the points where your competitors will attack you. If you’re not ready for the attack, you’ll lose big.Maybe your institution competes against big regional or national banks. Sure, you’re local. You’re friendly. You don’t commit fraud by opening unauthorized accounts and you don’t invest in DAPL. But if consumers truly believed those were the most important qualities for a financial institution to possess, why do the big guys continue to pick up market share? Hiding from your competitive vulnerabilities is like believing the best way to cure an illness is to ignore it. It may feel good for a little while, but trust me, you’ll live to regret it. Instead, look at what the big banks do better than you. How convenient is your mobile app? How easy it is for small businesses to make a mobile deposit or fund a loan? Do you offer instant issue cards? If your competitor is better than you, what should you do about it? The first and best option is, of course, to fix the problem. For example, if your competitor has a better service reputation than you, developing and executing a comprehensive program to significantly boost your service reputation is entirely doable. I did exactly that when I was at Symitar the second time.But truth be told, you can’t win every battle. Sometimes you’ll come in second. The important thing is, you can’t ignore that when it happens. You need to market around your shortcomings, whatever they may be. Focus on the areas where you’re better and be prepared to talk about why the areas where you’re better are more important than the areas where you’re not. It all comes down to embracing reality.It only took me a few minutes and a precautionary trip to the ER to get over my Amazing Race loss. However, were I to lose in this amazing race we call business because I refused to remove my rose-colored glasses, I suspect the recovery wouldn’t be nearly as fast, if it came at all.
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Media Release Care Alliance 5 May 2017 Analysis of 21,277 submissions to the Health Select Committee’s investigation into end of life issues shows that 16,411 opposed the legalisation of euthanasia, while 4,142 supported legalisation.Releasing the analysis today Matthew Jansen, Secretary of the Care Alliance, said “the submissions reflect the depth and breadth of public attitudes about euthanasia. We believe it is the largest number of submissions ever received by a Select Committee and, critically, they were unique rather than ‘postcard’ or ‘form’ submissions.”“We became aware last year that pro-euthanasia advocates were spreading a message that opposing submissions did not meet their standards for length, uniqueness or the use of religious arguments. We thought that was disrespectful to the thousands of New Zealanders who took the time and effort to share their views with Parliament, for and against. So we set to work to find out the facts.”Care Alliance volunteers read every submission to record views on legalising euthanasia, the length of the submission, and whether or not religious arguments were used by the submitter. This work was completed in April, and a random sample from the full analysis was checked by an independent research company. It concluded that “we can say with at least 95% confidence that the overall classification percentages are accurate within no more than 0.4% variation.”The Health Select Committee investigation began in response to a petition presented to Parliament in June 2015.“Quite simply, the Voluntary Euthanasia Society were able to get 8,975 signatures on a petition, but could muster less than half that number in actual submissions,” said Mr Jansen. “By contrast, 16,411 people took the opportunity to say no to euthanasia.”Opposition to euthanasia was dominant across all submission lengths. For example, of the submissions longer than one page, 1,510 submissions opposed euthanasia while 523 supported its legalisation.Mr Jansen added that “While the Care Alliance never argues this issue from a faith perspective, we respect the right of any New Zealander to do so, for or against, if they wish. That is a real and existing right protected by the Bill of Rights Act. In the event, more than 82 percent of submissions opposed to euthanasia contained no reference to religious arguments.”Mr Jansen said that many of the submissions, for and against, contained deeply moving personal stories regarding illness, dying and suicide. “The Select Committee has been provided with incredible testimony. We trust that they will hear that there is much more that needs to be done to improve mental health, disability and end of life services in New Zealand, but that the overwhelming majority of submitters say that euthanasia is not a solution.”ENDSAnalysis of written submissions to Health Select Committee’s investigation into ending one’s life.Background and methodologyWritten submissions to the Select Committee closed on 1 February 2016. They were progressively uploaded to the Parliamentary SelectCommittee (Submissions and Advice) website until 17 August 2016 when it appeared that all the submissions had been posted.On 9 September 2016 a master list of these 21,514 submissions was created from the public website, including links to individual submissions.Duplicate submissions were then removed. It was also found that a small number of submissions could not be coded (broken links, parts ofsubmissions missed during scanning, etc).The final number of public submissions analysed here is 21,277.The Care Alliance organised a small team of volunteers to read through each submission, and code for three characteristics.1. Attitude to legalisation of euthanasia/assisted suicide.• Support | neutral or unclear | oppose2. Length of submission.• 1 or 2 sentences | paragraph | up to a page | more than a page3. Reference to religious arguments.• None | some | mainlyAn independent research company reviewed the coding of 500 submissions and concluded: “Having found no errors in the sample of 500, wecan say with at least 95% confidence that the overall classification percentages are accurate within no more than 0.4% variation.”http://euthanasiadebate.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/infographic.pdf
Lisa Gausman, Batesville Track Coach, reported to me that former track star Hayden Merkel is now preparing to do missionary work in Iowa. Hayden recently finished his college work at Wright State University in Ohio. When trying to decide what he would do as a career, he felt a calling to do missionary work.Hayden holds the 800m record at Batesville High School and also has several 800m record times on some of the local tracks. Hayden was an all-around track athlete as well as cross country. Hayden was very versatile in that he not only was an excellent middle and long-distance runner, but he was a champion high jumper. We wish Hayden good luck in his mission work. Hayden would appreciate hearing from his friends as he enters this new adventure.
Original Story—The 2018 Indiana Youth Tobacco Survey showed an increase in vaping of more than 300 percent since 2012, meaning Hoosier teens are now more likely to use vaping devices than cigarettes. There are different kinds of e-cigarettes. But many people use Juul. This e-cigarette looks like a flash drive and can be charged in a laptop’s USB port. It makes less smoke than other e-cigarettes, so some teens use them to vape at home and in school. The Juul’s nicotine levels are similar to a cigarette’s.Researchers are now saying the vitamin e acetate found in the vape oils might be the cause of vaping-related respiratory illnesses.As of Thursday afternoon, there have been 361 confirmed or suspected cases reported by state health departments nationwide. Two people have died, one in Illinois and the other in Oregon.On Thursday, the New York State Department of Health said lab tests showed extremely high levels of vitamin E acetate in nearly all of the analyzed samples of products that contained cannabis.Vitamin E acetate was not found in the nicotine products tested. Statewide—Update:The first vaping-related death in Indiana is being reported by the State Health Department.The person died “due to severe lung injury linked to a history of e-cigarette use or ‘vaping’” according to health officials.The death was confirmed on Thursday and the patient was only identified as being over the age of 18.Indiana is right now investigating 30 cases of severe lung injury linked to vaping, according to ISDH.
Shelbyville, IN—January 1 marked the first day that live table gaming became legal at the casinos in Shelbyville and Anderson. In place of electric tables, you can now play games like blackjack, craps, and roulette with live dealers. The change to live dealers is also helping put Hoosiers to work.Adding table games has created 220 new jobs with the potential to expand and add more tables at both locations in the future.Leaders say the new law now puts Hoosiers Park and Indiana Grand, which are both owned by Caesars Entertainment, on a level playing field by allowing them to operate like the 11 other state-regulated casinos where live dealers were already legal.