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Another crackers café

first_imgStop the Week has previously reported on one ’pay what you like’ bakery shop in the US, with all proceeds going to charity. The Japanese have gone one better, with a café that offers free freshly roasted and brewed coffee and snacks all day long, with one proviso that “people treat each other with courtesy and respect each other’s views”.Brainchild of rice snack producer, Harimaya Honten, it is located in a train station in Tokyo and is apparently a way of promoting environmental awareness as well as a nifty opportunity to make people aware of the brand and sample products. There are plans for two more free cafés in Paris and New York.Just so we can get in there first and copyright the concept, the next development in this counter-intuitive will logically be cafés where you get paid to eat products. Don’t everybody sign up to copy the idea at once!last_img read more

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Anders Osborne Surprises Fans With Uplifting New Album, ‘Flower Box’ [Stream/Review]

first_imgAnders Osborne unexpectedly released a stellar new album, Flower Box, and listening to it is like finding money… you didn’t know it was coming, but your world is a happier place for its arrival. Dripping in southern blues and fuzz box guitars, Osborne and his band hit all the right notes, even if they take their time getting there. With multiple songs well over the five and six minute mark, Osborne stretches the playing field and fills the space with wise words and stellar fretwork. He accompanies his kinetic playing style with a gritty voice that resonates with the emotional clarity and wisdom of someone who has won and lost many a battle in the wee hours of the morning, alone in the dark. Lyrically Osborne has always tackled subjects close to his heart, and his passion has helped him connect with his audience on a truly personal level. When he sings of his hopes, dreams and failings listeners don’t just relate, they feel his words as if they spoke them themselves while his guitar jangles and hums with the unconscious skill of uncountable hours of being held close to heart. When combined his skills make him a force not to be denied, and on his newest released he charges forward with the intensity of a man on a mission.Stream the album on Spotify below, and follow along with the review below!Osborne doesn’t waste even a millisecond of the listener’s time, opening with a squeal of his trademark guitar tone, distorted, grainy and fiercely in your face. More a battle cry than a song, “Different Drum” is a declaration of intent for himself; a seven minute reminder to the world about the dangers of following the herd. When you stand up on a pedestal and try and share thoughts, you can very easily open yourself up to criticism, and on the next track, “Fool’s Gold,” Osborne tackles that subject head on. He looks back on the things he said as a younger man, the way he behaved and why. Admitting your faults is a step on a path to enlightenment. Musically, Osborne pulls off an impressive feat by somehow echoing Jimi Hendrix on the mic and the guitar without seeming derivative or worse, overly fawning. Bassist Carl Dufrene provides perfect counter-point to Osborne, the focused solidity of his tone providing welcome contrast to the splashy guitar froth churned up by Osborne.Drummer Brady Blade does impressive work throughout the album. On the title track, “Flower Box.” he keeps it simple and uncluttered, so the more gentle and playful elements of the song can shine, before returning to his crisper and more solid striking on “Hurt.” The snap of each tom and cymbal by Blade on “Hurt” is a sharp reminder of the physicality of abuse to match the tale being told of an abuse survivor and the joy of breaking free. On “St. John,” the tone turns again confessional, as Osborne expresses both his joy in his love and his fears and hopes that he will manage to be around for her. Picking up the pace, sonically and aspiration wise, “Born” is a proclamation of love’s eternal future set to a bouncy island beat and a a riff that just feels like a smile incarnate.After an epic nine minute journey on “Old Country,” Osborne closes out the song with a playful reminder about the importance of being and staying “Strong.” Like his other moments of sharing incites he manages to take as inoffensive approach to his assurances, taking care to support and uplift lyrically. Anders Osborne shows of the rich diversity of his skilfully honed talents on Flower Box with just the right mix of restraint and emotion.With his words, Osborne manages to paint evocative pictures while his from-the-heart style of guitar playing merged with his blues based technique that enable him to share a message of hope, humility and love. Along with his band, Osborne’s Flower Box is a handcrafted album of distilled positive reinforcement, which will still rock out with spirit and fire that will inspire any who take these songs to heart. The album is like Osborne himself, a gift to the world.last_img read more

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Twiddle Welcomes Giant Country Horns For New Year’s Celebration [Full Audio/Video]

first_img[Audio: Edmund Edwards][Cover Photo: Paul Citone Photography via Twiddle’s Facebook page] To celebrate the beginning of 2018, Twiddle laid out a two-night run at the Palace Theater in Albany, New York. For their New Year’s Eve celebration proper, the four-piece Vermont-based band had special plans in the works, inviting the Giant Country Horns out for the entirety of their second set and a portion of their third. Composed of Dave Grippo on alto saxophone, Russell Remington on tenor saxophone, and Carl Gerhard on trumpet, The Giant Country Horns are best known for their performances with Phish during the 1991 “Horns Tour”.Twiddle stuck close to their traditional catalog throughout the night, mixing select songs from their most recent release PLUMP with older numbers and sure-fire crowdpleasers. While set one saw the band doing what they do best as a four-person unit, set two saw the band welcome special guests, The Giant Country Horns, to the stage for the entirety of their six-song set.“Lost In The Cold”[Video: Leah F]With the new year right around the corner, coming back for set three, the group opened with the one-two punch of “Atlantic Mocean” into “Barbeque”, with the latter containing the new year’s countdown. Twiddle invited the Giant Country Horns back onto stage for a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne”, and the horn trio stayed on for a take on “Grandpa Fox” before the core four members of Twiddle closed out the set with the classic combination of “Hatti’s Jam” into “When It Rains, It Pours”.You can listen to the full show audio below, courtesy of Edmund Edwards.Setlist: Twiddle | Palace Theater | Albany, NY | 12/31/2017Set One: Subconscious Prelude, Drifter, Bronze Fingers, The FRENDS Theme, Wildfire, Dr. Remidi’s Melodium, Too Many Puppies, Dr. Remidi’s MelodiumSet Two: Orlando’s, Lost In The Cold, Brick Of Barley, Nicodemus Portulay, Bee Hop, Beethoven & GreeneSet Three: Atlantic Mocean > Barbeque, Auld Lang Syne, Grandpa Fox, Hatti’s Jam > WIRIPEncore: Juggernautlast_img read more

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Delayed exposure to once-common infections may boost autoimmune disease risk

first_imgExposure to certain microbes as young children may help prevent autoimmune disorders later in life, according to a new study by researchers at the Broad Institute. The findings suggest that people whose immune systems receive this early “education” are less likely to develop the extreme immune system reactions that characterize disorders such as type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. This may explain why the prevalence of autoimmune disorders in the developed world has risen sharply over the past 50 years in tandem with improvements in societal hygiene and child health.Alberto Ascherio, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said that this is also true with exposure to the Epstein-Barr virus, which causes multiple sclerosis (MS). Commenting on the new research in a June 3, 2016 New York Times article, he said that childhood Epstein-Barr infection, common in the developing world, lowers MS risk,  while acquiring it as an adolescent or adult, when it causes mononucleosis, can more than double it. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Professors discuss water problems

first_img“In many parts of the world, drinking water does not come from water treatment,” he said. “Almost half of the earth does not have drinking water near their dwelling.” Lodge started off the lecture by discussing the link between what humans desire, and what nature produces for our use. Of these ecosystem services, water is the most important. Ten percent is directed for domestic use, 20 percent to industrial use and 70 percent to irrigation. Lipscomb said more could be done in this area. “In the end, humans are concerned about well being,” he said. “All things that we need for human well being are in some way related to what nature provides. Ultimately, the value originates in nature.” Lodge also said while developed nations are privileged with sewage infrastructure, much of the rest of the world is not so lucky. According to Lodge, one of the main problems is domestic water is not only unsanitary, but sometimes it is not readily accessible.  Lipscomb said sanitation is extremely important, as poor sanitation can result in not only contamination of surface water, but problems with roads and persistence of bacteria and pests. Lodge said what humans need is interlinked in a complex web with the services provided by the ecosystem. These services are impacted by indirect drivers of change, such as globalization, trade and governance through direct drivers of change. “We’re doing pretty well in the provision of access to clean water, but Asia and Africa are clearly lagging,” Lipscomb said. Lipscomb initiated her portion of the lecture by highlighting two of the United Nation’s Millennium Development goals. One was to cut in half the number of people without access to clean water from 1990 to 2015, and the other was to do the same for sanitation.  “It’s hard politically to get sanitation funding,” Lipscomb said. “It’s easy to get water funding. The problem is they are interlinked.” The solution, she said, is going to involve a lot of organizations.“You need to provide incentives for private investment in this public good,” she said. “If not accompanied by improved sanitation, the health impacts could be as bad as poor access to water,” she said. Building infrastructure that is conducive to providing water and sanitation is crucial for living conditions of those in less developed nations, Notre Dame professors David Lodge and Molly Lipscomb said Wednesday.Lodge, director of the Center for Aquatic Conservation, and Lipscomb, assistant professor of Economics and Econometrics, presented a lecture titled “Discussions on Development: It’s the Water, Stupid,” cosponsored by student government’s Global Water Initiative and the Ford Family Program. “For more than 30 percent of the world there is no sanitation or physical separation between human sewage and potential water supply,” he said. While legislation and funding to improve water infrastructure has been easy to come by, the same for sanitation has been overlooked.last_img read more

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The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler

first_imgTOP RACES AND EVENTS TO HIT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR:The Genworth Virginia 10 MilerWhen: September 27 – September 28, 2013Where: Lynchburg, VAWhat: 10 mile run, 4 mile run, and 4 mile walk, 1 mile kids runWebsite: www.virginiatenmiler.comThe historic Genworth Virginia 10 Miler will celebrate its 40th year on September 27-28, 2013. Join more than 4,000 runners on a historic course that has hosted participants from around the globe. The 10 mile race, 4 mile race, and Amazing Mile Children’s Run invite men, women, and children of all ages and abilities to participate. The festivities begin Friday night with packet pick-up, the Amazing Mile Children’s Run, and a fun family-friendly festival. On Saturday, thousands will take part in the 10 mile run, 4 mile run, and 4 mile walk.Enter to win two free race entries, plus a running gear package, here! Race [email protected] OUT OUR FALL RACE AHEAD GUIDE, FOR THE TOP 25 RACES AND EVENTS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR!last_img read more

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A 7-point SERP checklist

first_img continue reading » Setting executive salaries may not always be an easy task for a credit union board, but the process of arriving at equitable numbers usually isn’t complicated. Supplemental benefits such as deferred compensation plans, on the other hand, can involve so many variables that it can be a full-time job to narrow down the choices.Even so, boards are increasingly turning to non-qualified deferred compensation plans to give their credit unions an advantage in attracting the best leaders—and to increase the cost for competitors to poach them.According to the CUES 2017 Executive Compensation Survey report, 44.1 percent of CEOs now have 457(b) plans, 35.6 percent have 457(f) plans and 25.7 percent have split-dollar life insurance, a big jump from the 18.8 percent in 2016.Non-qualified deferred compensation plans also continue to spread beyond CEOs. CUNA Mutual Group reports that half of the 3,700-plus credit union executives who had 457 plans and/or collateral-assignment split-dollar programs with the company were non-CEOs. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Second Indonesian avian flu death in a week confirmed

first_imgAug 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed today that a 17-year-old girl who died yesterday in Jakarta province had H5N1 avian influenza, marking the country’s second case this week.The WHO statement said the case was confirmed by Indonesia’s Ministry of Health. Indonesia’s case count now stands at 56 cases with 44 deaths—the most deaths in any country to date.An investigation into the source of the girl’s infection found that pet pigeons were kept inside her home and that several neighbors kept flocks of backyard poultry, the WHO reported. Animal health workers have collected samples from birds in the neighborhood for testing as part of an ongoing investigation.Human cases of H5N1 avian influenza from Indonesia are now being confirmed by WHO more quickly because the organization is accepting national notification of confirmed cases, WHO spokesperson Dick Thompson told the Associated Press today. Based on the WHO’s long experience with the Indonesian labs, he said further testing at an outside laboratory is no longer needed.See also:Aug 9 WHO situation updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_08_09/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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Straight to the point

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Maurizio Sarri raises fears over Chelsea fatigue ahead of Europa League final against Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Maurizio Sarri raises fears over Chelsea fatigue ahead of Europa League final against Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 11 May 2019 1:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Comment Chelsea’s players face a post-season friendly in the United States before their Europa League final (Getty Images)‘But as a coach, of course, I am a little bit worried because I know very well that the team now needs rest. So it is not the best way to prepare the final, I think.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I have to look to my players, so I know very well that my players need to rest, and after four or five days they need to work for three or four days and then they need to prepare for the match. The match will be interesting and difficult.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I want to speak to the physical staff, to the doctor and then we need to prepare the program. I think that they need three or four days completely in rest.‘I am not worried about the physical side, I think it is more difficult to recover mentally.‘Because in a match like this one you spend, usually, a lot of energy and then of course you have to go down and then it is not easy to go up again.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Maurizio Sarri is concerned with Chelsea players suffering from fatigue before they face Arsenal (PA Wire)Maurizio Sarri admits he is not completely happy with Chelsea’s preparation ahead of the Europa League final against Arsenal due to their post-season friendly in the United States before they travel to Baku.Chelsea end their Premier League season with a trip to Leicester City on Sunday and will then travel to the United States for a post-season friendly against New England Revolution in Massachusetts on May 16.Chelsea will then return to prepare for their Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29 but Sarri admits he is concerned about his players suffering from fatigue.‘A problem? We go there for a good reason I think, so as a man I am very happy to go there,’ said Sarri.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

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