Load remaining images After twenty years, thousands of concerts, and ten studio albums, on January 12, progressive rock stalwarts Umphrey’s McGee released their newest album it’s not us. The creation and release of their eleventh studio album culminated in a very intimate concert at Chicago’s Park West that doubled as the release party. The atmosphere at Park West was definitely more casual and relaxed than the raging musical marathons a UM show is usually known for.The short set was highlighted by stories, anecdotes, and other nuggets of UM information that was given by the band members themselves. So instead of taking the stage and beginning with a spacey “Jazz Odyssey”, guitarists Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger discussed at length the genesis of the title of “Half Delayed,” one of the songs off it’s not us. They then played “Maybe Someday”, which could be traced all the way back to 2008’s “Waist Down,” a UM original that has disappeared from their repertoire.Bayliss detailed the life and love (and struggles) of having children and how that became the catalyst for the song, “Whistle Kid”. That song has a very catchy whistling part that won’t be forgotten by anybody that hears it—you could hear the tune being whistled by fans outside the venue three hours later after it was played. Bassist Ryan Stasik relayed how all members of the band took part in recording the whistling except for Joel Cummins and himself because they “only know how to suck while the others guys can blow.”The new material was given a respite when Bayliss announced that the next song “goes out to anyone that doesn’t like the new album”, and they launched into a fun “Bridgeless.” The song was stretched out slightly and had a “Cut the Cable” sandwiched inside. They brought out the acoustics for “You & You Alone” which definitely demonstrated how UM’s acoustic tunes are some of the best they have written, and then kept them out for a rendition of Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See” which had everyone clapping and singing along. The last song not featured on the new album was a fantastic “Blue Echo.” A great jam vehicle, this version didn’t disappoint. After the composed section, Stasik immediately got the groove going with a catchy bass line that developed into a full “So Fresh, So Clean” jam that was the best jam of the night. They returned to their new material and ended the short set with two more songs from the new album, “Silent Type” and “Looks.”It was odd having the show over but people remaining in the venue. Nobody left because as the musicians exited the stage, the PA slowly took to playing it’s not us in its entirety. The band members gradually took to mingling with the crowd for conversations and photos with Umphreaks. Fans were very happy as they (we) noticeably had ear-to-ear grins while hanging with the band. The 1939 Underwood typewriter that was utilized significantly for the it’s not us concept art was on display. Fans were able to write messages for the band to read through later.Even with the show over, the environment was chill yet jovial, and it was a great way to hear the album. For some fans, it was the umpteenth time they had heard it, having listened to it almost religiously since it was officially released only three days ago. For others, it was the first time hearing it. Whichever category one falls in, the album is bound to be enjoyable. The only song remaining off the new album that hasn’t been played is “Dark Brush” and that is one of many things to look forward to as the Umphrey’s goes forth into 2018.Thanks to Kevin Higley on YouTube, you can watch a few videos below, plus make sure to check out a number of photos from last night’s show, courtesy of Ojeda Photography.“Half Delayed”[Video: Kevin Higley]“Maybe Someday”[Video: Kevin Higley]“Can’t You See”[Video: Kevin Higley]Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | ‘it’s not us’ album release party | Park West | Chicago, IL | 1/14/18Set: Half Delayed, Maybe Someday, Whistle Kids, Bridgeless -> Cut the Cable -> Bridgeless, You & You Alone, Can’t You See, Blue Echo, Silent Type, LooksUmphrey’s McGee | it’s not us album release party | Park West | Chicago, IL | 1/14/18 | Photos by Daniel Ojeda
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The U.S. energy picture has changed significantly in recent years, with vast, new natural gas supplies coming to market, revived solar and wind power industries, and new extraction techniques opening supplies of Canadian oil sands, an energy expert said Wednesday.Daniel Yergin, a former professor at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School and author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on the oil industry, credited technology for changing the domestic energy landscape. Recent innovations have made the United States less dependent on Middle Eastern oil, shifted the flow of energy to this country from one that was predominantly east and west to one that is increasingly north and south, and given the nation a bit more latitude on how it approaches international energy matters.Though the world faces enormous energy hurdles in the coming decades as developing countries modernize, Yergin’s view is one of “reasoned optimism” because of an increased pace of energy innovation.“Innovation is not an American or European enterprise. Innovation is really a global phenomenon,” Yergin said. “This great revolution in terms of innovation will continue.”Yergin’s talk, “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Modern World,” was sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment as part of its Future of Energy lecture series. It was co-sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Yergin’s book, “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power,” won the 1992 Pulitzer for general nonfiction. His most recent book, on which his Wednesday talk was based, is “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.”Yergin embarked on the new book to provide an update on changes since the early 1990s and to broaden his focus from oil to the entire energy industry. Changes over the past two decades have been broad and sweeping, including the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rise of climate change as a global issue, China’s switch from oil exporter to importer, the rise of shale gas, the political effects of the Arab Spring uprisings, ongoing tensions over Iran, nuclear power’s changing outlook — altered again by Japan’s nuclear disaster — and increased attention to renewable energy.The major questions about energy today, Yergin said, are growth in demand and the prospects of energy scarcity in the future, energy security related to the Middle East and new vulnerability to cyber attacks, and the environment.The most recent issue involves the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program, Yergin said, and the efforts by the United States and Europe to close markets for Iranian oil. Those efforts are made extra difficult because they’re coming at a time of tight supply globally, Yergin said. Global energy demand used to be dominated by the developed world, but now the demand from developing countries is about equal to that of developed nations.Yergin said that increasing demand from developing countries, combined with concerns about climate change, have worked together to change the global energy outlook, increasing the emphasis on renewable power sources and making renewable energy a global business.The biggest change, however, involves the development of shale gas — natural gas released from shale deposits deep underground through a process of fracturing the rock by injecting water. Estimates suggest there are huge sources of natural gas in the United States that can be released through this method. The new supply has already driven down natural gas prices, created 600,000 jobs, and lowered energy prices enough to spark re-investment in U.S.-based manufacturing.“I think we’re just beginning to see the economic impact of it,” Yergin said.The hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, technique used to extract the gas, however, is a source of controversy, generating complaints about contaminated groundwater, increased truck traffic in rural areas, and air pollution from methane releases. Yergin said a lot of work is going on to address fracking’s environmental issues.Two developments have affected the U.S. oil supply. One is the development of technology to extract oil from Canada’s oil sands deposits. The second is the development of a type of oil deposit called tight oil in North Dakota, which has sparked a boom in the state. The million barrels a day generated by North Dakota’s fields could as much as triple by the end of the decade, Yergin said.One major energy “source” is not a source at all. Yergin said that conservation has doubled U.S. energy efficiency since the 1970s and that a further doubling is still possible. New government fuel efficiency standards will continue to improve vehicle gas mileage, while improvements in other areas, such as the development of Boeing’s fuel-efficient Dreamliner aircraft, will continue to save energy.Though these developments will change the U.S. energy picture, Yergin said he expects demand to keep up with supply increases. Renewable sources will be a bigger part of the energy mix, but they will complement, not replace, conventional fuels. The United States will be less dependent on Middle Eastern oil, but it will still be a big part of the nation’s energy mix.Yergin is prepared for the picture to change again, perhaps dramatically. The potential for major changes grows after 2030, he said, when the current fleet of power plants is retired, clearing the way for plants based on new technology.“This is a story with many surprises,” Yergin said.
Editor’s Note: See Oct 5 CIDRAP News story for important developments regarding the supply of flu vaccine since the story below was published.Sep 30, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Flu vaccine should be on time for the 2004-2005 influenza season, and it will be safe, according to testimony this week by Howard Pien, President and CEO of Chiron, maker of Fluvirin, before the US Senate Committee on Aging.Chiron announced on Aug 26 that it was halting production of its vaccine temporarily because some lots, containing about 4 million doses, did not meet sterility standards. The company’s plans for this flu season are to ship 48 million doses—about half the US supply.Pien told the committee that the company expects to make shipment plans in the next few days and that their product should reach distributors in October and November, in time for peak flu season.He said that established protocol calls for retesting of any apparently contaminated product, followed by determination of where contamination arose. No cause has yet been found, but Chiron is working with the Food and Drug Administration to guarantee that the product to be shipped is pure.In the 2003-2004 season, flu cases began occurring early and were severe, spurring high demand for flu vaccinations. The supply of 83 million doses produced turned out to be inadequate, so this year 100 million doses of vaccine are to be made available.Among the supply will be about 1.5 doses of MedImmune’s FluMist inhalable vaccine, licensed for use in 5- to 49-year-olds. David Mott, CEO of the company said in a presentation at the UBS Global Life Sciences Conference in New York this week that the cost of FluMist has been cut in half; its greater expense in relation to flu shots was thought to be a reason that the product was not received as hoped for in last year’s flu season.Mott also said that late-stage studies of a newer version of FluMist will begin this fall, with results hoped for before the 2007 flu season. The reformulated version would be targeted at younger children and the elderly, the populations most in need of vaccination, and would not require frozen storage, making it easier to distribute and use.See also:Aug 27 CIDRAP News story on vaccine delayhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/general/news/august2704vaccine.html
Tourists are offered the product in the form of trays that they can consume immediately or as a package that they can take with them. “Throughout my work, I emphasize the importance of association and networking, and Savičenta brunch is a good example. We are stronger together, and here the cooperation of the private (Hotel Amfiteatar, SAS bookkeeping & consulting, 360 Agency, local family farms), public (Municipality of Svetvinčenat) and civil sector (Start-Up Association) gave excellent results”, Points out Hadžipašić and adds:”Apart from Zembe and me, I would certainly single out the head Igor Macan, who from the very beginning was involved in shaping and supporting the realization of the idea and without him Brunch would not have been able to realize it. Ivan Milovan from the Culinary Development Center Amphitheater also provided great help in shaping the final product.” Through the use of current potential and the development of new ones, the main goal is to create an authentic tourist product that would be offered to the tourist market and thus enrich the offer of the municipality, according to the participants. Amel Hadžipašić and Denis Zembo “Savičenta Box” contains local groceries and products packaged in one product that is not only a gastronomic specialty, but also an authentic souvenir. The products included in the package are Campanola sakramenska bira, olive oil Latini, lavender from the family farm Pekica, dry Istrian sausage from Boris Orlić and homemade cheese from the family farm Macan. It is a project that was conceived within the Start-Up Academy in Svetvincenat at the end of last year. The project has since been developed in cooperation with the Municipality of Svetvinčenat, the Culinary Development Center Amphitheater and many local family farms. “The idea for Savičenta Brunch was born during last year’s Start-Up Academy in Savičenta, organized by the Start-Up Association. The academy gathered the best stories of Istrian tourism in one place, so one such idea was actually a logical continuation”, Said Amel Hadžipašić and added that his idea academies was to bring together the best of tourism in one place with the aim of encouraging new collaborations and projects. Zembo “stole the show” at the academy and his genius, along with my long-term cooperation with the Municipality of Svetvinčenat and entrepreneurs from tourism, resulted in the idea for Brunch.”Hadzipasic emphasized. Finally, Hadžipašić emphasized that the product will be offered to restaurants in the municipality, but also in the whole of Istria. “The official presentation of the product and its launch on the market is expected in the coming months. It is conceived that Brunch is offered in catering facilities in Savičenta and throughout Istria. The box would be available to tourists in holiday homes, and at a couple of points of sale in the Municipality.” An extremely interesting tourist product is exactly what can present the local gastronomic offer, and the rates of this project should certainly be followed by other Croatian counties in order to strengthen their identity and authenticity, but also the tourist offer. At the Pula conference Inspire Me, a new innovative project called “Savičenta Brunch” was presented and the gastronomic product “Savičenta Box” was presented on the same occasion. When asked if there are plans for additional packages within the project, Hadžipašić points out that they certainly exist. “We immediately supplemented Brunch with Savičenta Box, in order to connect the story with tourism and use the huge tourist potential of Savičenta. What certainly makes me happy is that many caterers throughout Istria are showing interest in being included in the offer, and other communities that want us to design a similar thing have also recognized the potential.” The initiators of the project are Amel Hadžipašić and Igor Macan and master chef Deniz Zembo, the author of the dish and the owner of the Hotel Amfiteatar. The official presentation of the product as well as its launch on the market is planned in the coming months. Source / photo: Inspire Me / HrTurizam.hr
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Demand for face masks and surgical gloves may be surging as China battles the coronavirus, but that’s scant relief for plastics makers as they struggle with absent workers and plunging consumption of other products.In a sign of how critical the mask shortage is getting, state oil giant PetroChina last week directed overseas employees from Houston to Lagos to buy them up and send as many as 2 million back to headquarters.While that’s prompted many of China’s plastics converters — who process raw polymers into everything from plastic spoons to car interiors — to scale up their mask-making operations, it’s not enough to offset plummeting demand for other products, according to SCI99. In addition, some of the producers remain shut due to the extended holidays or can’t make deliveries because of canceled flights and blocked roads, the Chinese industry consultant said. “The amount of polyester found in each mask is no more than 1-2 grams, mainly in the elastic band,” said Salmon Lee, principal consultant at Wood Mackenzie in Singapore. “This is minuscule when talking about any demand spike, and immaterial in mitigating the economic impact of the epidemic on the polyester chain.”Manufacturing of face masks accounted for just 0.1 percent of polypropylene demand in China last year, Horace Chan, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, said in a note. Durable plastics — which are used in automobiles and home appliances, could take the biggest hit from the outbreak, he said.Polypropylene futures for April settlement have fallen 9.5 percent since Jan. 21, when markets began taking notice of the coronavirus, according to prices on the Dalian Commodity Exchange. Inventories at state refiners Sinopec and PetroChina jumped by 530,000 tons over the Lunar New Year holidays, more than three times the average increase over the holidays in the last five years, SCI99 said.As companies like Toyota Motor delay production and China’s massive food delivery network is disrupted, the impact from the virus is spreading across Asia. Weak Chinese demand will compress margins further for South Korean refiners and petrochemical companies, Moody’s Investors Service analyst Sean Hwang said in a Feb. 6 note.Chinese buyers of polypropylene from the Middle East are trying to re-export it to India and Southeast Asia, potentially causing a glut in those markets, said Ashish Chitalia, the head of global polyolefins at Wood Mackenzie in Houston.“The petrochemical sector was beginning to come back after the easing of trade tariffs,” he said. The coronavirus will extend the low-margin period for petrochemical companies globally, and particularly in east Asia, Chitalia said.Topics :
Efficiency, GO-TIME, Government That Works, Innovation, PSA, The Blog, Weather Safety With the winter weather, comes the annual annoyance of time spent dusting off your car, scraping your windshield, and waiting patiently for the roads to become passable once again. So if you aren’t already, make sure you are using PennDOT’s 511 system (there’s an app for that), where you can now monitor hundreds of the state’s plow trucks remotely, and, essentially, in real-time.Through an expanded pilot program announced by Governor Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards, more than 700 plow trucks covering interstates and expressways statewide have been outfitted with technology to improve location and operations information.The goal of the Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system is two-fold:Internally, it will help improve the department’s real-time information on vehicle movement, plow-route coverage and usage of materials such as salt and anti-skid.Externally, it will allow 511 PA users, beginning in January, to track over 500 PennDOT plow trucks and more than 200 contracted rental trucks servicing interstates and expressways across the state (note: there are nearly 2,500 PennDOT owned/operated plow trucks, so this pilot only covers a portion of the state’s fleet). Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 11, 2016 BLOG: When It Snows, You’ll Want This App for Winter Driving The AVL pilot is part of Governor Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative that leverages inter-agency coordination and collaboration to maximize efficiency, modernize state government operations, and provide the highest quality services. This particular program has a projected cost savings of $1.4 million over the next four to six years, based on a combination of reduced salt usage and better use of department equipment.You can watch Governor Wolf and Secretary Richards talk in depth about the benefits of this pilot, and how plow truck-tracking works. For more information on winter operations and how to prepare for the season, visit PennDOT.gov/winter.
Shareholders expressed “significant dissent” over twice as many pay-related resolutions at FTSE 100 company general meetings this year than last year, according to analysis by the trade body for the UK asset management industry.During the annual general meeting (AGM) season this year, more than 20% of shareholder votes were against management on 18 pay-related resolutions, compared with nine in the same period last year.Executive pay was less of an issue for companies listed on the broader FTSE All Share this year, however, with the Investment Association (IA) recording 61 resolutions in its public register as opposed to 68 last year.Since being asked to do so by the government last year, the IA maintains a public register of FTSE All Share companies where more than 20% of votes on any resolution at an AGM or general meeting were against management. Chris Cummings, chief executive of the IA, said the jump in the number of FTSE 100 companies facing a pay rebellion this year was “deeply disappointing”.“Shareholders clearly remain unimpressed with the approach to pay last year, and are frustrated the message is not getting through to some boardrooms,” he said. “FTSE 100 companies must do more to ensure the pay packets of their top team align with company performance and remain at levels that shareholders find acceptable.”According to recently published research from the High Pay Centre and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), median pay of CEOs at FTSE 100 companies increased by 11% between 2016 and 2017 “despite prominent criticism from the investor community and the government over excessive CEO pay awards”.If the mean measure were used, CEO pay increased by 23% in 2017, according to the High Pay Centre and CIPD.The IA’s data for this year’s AGM season showed that shareholder rebellions against the re-election of individual directors more than doubled, with the number of resolutions attracting a vote of more than 20% against increasing from 38 in 2017 to 80 in 2018. Among the 46 companies that were added to the public register in 2018 due to opposition over director re-election, nearly half (43%) drew significant dissent from shareholders over their proposal for the chair to be re-elected.This pointed to “a growing disquiet over individual accountability for the decisions made”, said the IA.Overall, shareholders expressed “significant dissent” over 237 resolutions at FTSE All Share companies in 2018, a quarter more than last year, according to the IA. This landed 120 companies in the public register, up from 110 companies last year.
AU calls for restraint following Syrian air strikes The tiny state of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa has become a refuge for thousands of Yemenis fleeing the Saudi-led air strikes and fighting in Yemen. Nearly 9,000 refugees from the conflict torn Arab country are sheltering in the country, increasing the strain limited resources. CCTV’s Maria Galang reports Air Algerie flights resume but more strikes threatened Related Yemenis fleeing violence at home find refuge in Somalia
Indianapolis, IN—Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, along with Indiana Family and Social Service Administration’s Division of Aging, announced that 23 senior citizens received the 2019 Golden Hoosier award.Crouch said that the award began in 2008 and annually honors Hoosier senior citizens for their years of service and commitment to the state. The 23 recipients attended a ceremony at The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, which celebrated their achievements.Local Golden Hoosier award recipients include:Nancy Conner – ColumbusElsie Hofmann – ConnersvilleBertie McKenna – ConnersvilleCherie Rump – Dillsboro