Remembering The Life Of James Cotton, The Pioneering Blues Harmonica Player

first_imgJames Cotton, the prolific Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica player, died yesterday of pneumonia at the age of 81. Affectionately nicknamed “Mr. Superharp,” Cotton was a pioneering force for the blues, with his career starting as a teenager in the early 1950s with the release of his first single, “Straighten Up Baby.” Over the next six decades, Cotton’s fame grew, playing and recording with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Steve Miller, Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, as well as taking on the role of Muddy Waters’ sideman for a time.Cotton was a decorated and celebrated musician who was close to the pulse of the ever-evolving blues scene throughout his life. In addition to the Grammies he won for Hard Again in 1977 and Deep In The Blues in 1997 and the nomination for 2013’s Cotton Mouth Man, the harmonica virtuoso also received ten Blues Music Awards, six Living Blues Awards, and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal’s prestigious B.B. King Award for his contributions as an artist.You can check out a few of our favorite live performances featuring James Cotton below as a tribute to the life and work of this truly incredible man.[Cover photo courtesy of AP / Dave Martin]Grateful Dead with James Cotton and Steve Miller – “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,” 6/25/1992[Video courtesy of Gratefulvideo]James Cotton and Eric Clapton – “Key To The Highway,” 2/24/2012[Video courtesy of Michael Matza]James Cotton Blues Band’s performance at Winterland, 6/15/1973[Video courtesy of Blues / R&B on MV]Muddy Waters and the James Cotton Blues Band at The Forum, 6/28/1972[Video courtesy of EXPORT1876]Keith Richards and James Cotton rehearsing “Little Red Rooster”[Video courtesy of Keith Richards]James Cotton Blues Band – “The Creeper”[Video courtesy of Diabluz]last_img read more

Syracuse Jazz Fest Cancelled For 2018

first_imgThe Syracuse Jazz Fest will not take place for the first time since its launch in 1982. Frank Malfitano, founder and organizer of the festival, announced on Thursday that event only raised $250,000—short of its goal of $400,000.The lack of funding for this year’s festival is mainly due to the loss of longtime sponsor M&T Bank. Sponsors like the bank are necessary to put on the Syracuse Jazz Fest, which has historically been free and open to the public.The Syracuse Jazz Fest celebrated its 35th anniversary last year with sets from Todd Rundgren, Rebirth Brass Band, Ramsey Lewis, The Mavericks, Marc Broussard and Asleep At The Wheel. During its 35 year history, the event has featured performances from legendary acts like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Boz Scaggs, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, and many more.The festival hopes to return in 2019.last_img read more

AA benefits vary between sexes

first_imgA new study finds differences in the ways that participation in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) helps men and women maintain sobriety. Two Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators found that while many factors were helpful to all AA participants, some had stronger effects in men and some in women.For example, avoidance of companions who encourage drinking and social situations in which drinking is common had more powerful benefits for men, while increased confidence in the ability to avoid drinking while feeling sad, depressed, or anxious appeared to be more important for women. The report will appear in Drug and Alcohol Dependence and has been released online.“Men and women benefit equally from participation in AA, but some of the ways in which they benefit differ in nature and in magnitude,” said John F. Kelly, Harvard Medical School (HMS) associate professor of psychology and the associate director of the MGH-Harvard Center for Addiction Medicine. “These differences may reflect differing recovery challenges related to gender-based social roles and the contexts in which drinking is likely to occur.”Kelly and his co-author, Assistant Professor of Psychology Bettina B. Hoeppner, note that, while AA was founded by men, one-third of its members today are women.  Studies have found that women benefit at least as much as men from participation, and many women become deeply involved in the AA program. The researchers carried out some of the first studies identifying the behavioral changes behind the success of AA participation, and this report is the first to examine whether the benefits differ between men and women.Kelly and Hoeppner analyzed data from more than 1,700 participants, 24 percent of whom were women, enrolled in a federally funded trial called Project MATCH, which compared three approaches to alcohol addiction treatment. Participants in the trial were free to attend AA meetings along with the specific treatment program to which they were assigned.  At several follow-up sessions, participants reported their success in maintaining sobriety, whether or not they were attending AA meetings, and completed specialized assessments of factors such as their confidence in their ability to stay sober in particular situations and whether their social contacts supported or discouraged their efforts to maintain abstinence.In September 2011, Kelly, Hoeppner, and colleagues reported in the journal Addiction that increased confidence in the ability to maintain abstinence in social situations and increased time spent with people who supported abstinence were the behavioral changes most strongly associated with successful recovery among Project MATCH participants attending AA meetings.  The current study reanalyzed some of the data used in the Addiction study to see if there were differences between men and women in the impact of factors included in the assessments.For both men and women, participation in AA increased confidence in the ability to cope with high-risk drinking situations and increased the number of social contacts who supported recovery efforts. But the effect of both of those changes on the ability to abstain from alcohol was about twice as strong for men as for women. In contrast, women benefited much more than men from improved confidence in their ability to abstain during times when they were sad or depressed. “It is striking that this effect was virtually absent in men while it was a major contributor to women’s ability to remain abstinent and to limit the number of drinks they consumed when they did drink,” says Hoeppner. Several factors that helped to reduce the intensity of drinking in men — such as less depression and fewer friends who encouraged drinking — did not appear to be as important for helping women.Kelly says, “AA helps both men and women stay sober following treatment by enhancing sober social networks and boosting confidence in coping with high-risk social situations. In terms of alcoholism recovery more generally, we found the ability to handle negative moods and emotions was important for women but not for men. Conversely, coping with high-risk social situations — which could be attending sports or other events where people are likely to drink — was important for men but not women.  These differences suggests that, for women, finding alternative ways to cope with negative emotions may yield recovery benefits, while among men, a greater focus on coping with social occasions that feature drinking may enhance recovery.“In terms of drinking intensity — the number of drinks consumed on days when someone does drink — because the variables we studied explained only about half of the effects of AA for women, there must be other factors involved that were not captured in our analysis,” he adds.  “More work is required to fully capture the biopsychosocial effects of AA participation for enhancing alcohol addiction recovery, particularly among women.”The study was funded by grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.last_img read more

Pennsylvania’s Governor Calls For Legal Adult Cannabis Use

first_imgPixabay Stock ImageHARRISBURG – Saying generated tax revenues would strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy, Governor Tom Wolf is calling on the state legislature to legalize taxable adult-use cannabis.“I urge the legislature to join me in building a foundation now to strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy by legalizing cannabis for adult use,” Wolf said. “This is revenue that can help Pennsylvanians adversely impacted by the criminal justice system access restorative justice programs, it can be earmarked to help our historically disadvantaged small businesses weather the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, and it will give our economy a much-needed boost.”The state and federal mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused enormous disruptions to Pennsylvania’s economy, and with additional federal aid stagnating in Congress, Wolf said adult-use cannabis legalization now will go a long way in helping the state’s economy recover in the future.Some states that have legalized adult-use cannabis have received hundreds of millions in additional revenue, Wolf said. Wolf stressed that while it will take time to build a system that will bring in that level of revenue in Pennsylvania, there are things the legislature can and should do now to ensure that the state and its residents can benefit from that revenue as soon as possible.“The decriminalization and legalization of adult-use cannabis are what the people of Pennsylvania want,” Gov. Wolf said. “I urge the General Assembly to listen to them.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Yes, it is a natural plant. Alcohol has to be made and look what crimes happen when alcohol is in the picture. LEGALIZE ITlast_img read more

American Psycho’s Jennifer Damiano Is Broadway.com’s Latest Vlogger

first_imgJennifer Damiano Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016 Related Shows View Commentscenter_img American Psycho American Psycho’s Jennifer Damiano is next in line to vlog for Brooadway.com! Stay on guard for Killing Time: Backstage at American Psycho with Jennifer Damiano.Damiano, who plays Jean (played by Chloë Sevigny in the 2000 film), will capture the excitement of the new musical behind the scenes and beyond at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Expect plenty of appearances from her castmates, including Benjamin Walker, former Next to Normal co-star Alice Ripley, Heléne Yorke, Drew Moerlein and more.After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of Spring Awakening, Damiano received a Tony nod for her performance as Natalie in Next to Normal and went on to originate the role of Mary Jane in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.Look out for Killing Time beginning March 17; it will run every Thursday for eight weeks.last_img read more

Governor has no plans to suspend 17th JNC member

first_img February 1, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News Governor has no plans to suspend 17th JNC member Governor has no plans to suspend 17th JNC membercenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Gov. Jeb Bush has no plans to suspend or remove 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission member Rev. O’Neal Dozier in the wake of published reports alleging he asked inappropriate and offensive questions to those applying for judgeships, according to Raquel Rodriguez, the governor’s general counsel.“The governor is not going to suspend Rev. Dozier based on a newspaper article,” Rodriguez told those attending the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee meeting at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting in Miami, where the alleged conduct was discussed. Rodriquez also noted that no formal complaint had been filed against Dozier.The Daily Business Review, a South Florida newspaper that covers commercial and legal issues, reported that Dozier asked a woman candidate how she would balance motherhood with her judicial duties and other candidates if they were “God fearing.” The Review’s stories also allege other 17th Circuit JNC commissioners regularly ask candidates about recent court decisions, such as the courthouse Ten Commandments case in Alabama and the Texas sodomy case, that some think are akin to a political or religious litmus test.Rodriguez said interviewing potential judges is “an art, not a science” and noted the JNC application itself asked very personal questions, such as marital status, how many children the applicants have, about previous marriages, if the candidate has ever been punished at work, and questions dealing with pedophilia, voyeurism, kleptomania, and other psychiatric disorders.“We are not just hiring employees. The appointment of a judge is a constitutional function and a judge has a constitutional role and once that judge is on the bench it is not like a normal employee that you can just fire like that,” Rodriguez said.Rodriguez said while she personally would not ask specific types of questions in a certain way, “you do want to know about the person who is being appointed, you do want to know their life experiences.”Rodriguez said she did speak with Dozier, who told her he no longer asks the “God-fearing” question after receiving earlier complaints about it. She also said she has determined that other parts of the Review story were taken “completely out of context and inaccurate.”The allegations made in the Review articles don’t “even come close” to meeting the “specific constitutional criteria” needed to remove a JNC member, who is a constitutional officer, Rodriquez said.Georgina Rodriguez Pozzuoli, chair of the 17th Circuit JNC, also said some of the comments in the Review article were taken out of context and the questions regarding family were asked of both men and women.“They were not asked to solicit a right or wrong answer; they were just to get to know the particular candidate, their background, their well roundedness, what they have to juggle in their lives, time commitments,” Pozzuoli said. “They are not intended in any way to put somebody on the spot.”As for questions about court rulings, Pozzuoli said, “They are contemporary legal issues, they are fair game. We want to know if an applicant is up on current affairs, what their judicial reasoning is, how they interpret cases. It is not about a right or wrong answer.”“At the end of the day you have to be able to ask the applicant, regardless of what your personal beliefs are, would you be able to follow the law, and if the answer is ‘yes’ it does not matter what they think,” Rodriguez said. “If the answer is ‘no,’ they should not be a judge because judges are there to follow the law, not to impose their personal views.”Rodriguez said, “Most questions are probably fair game,” but said more training would be appropriate “to make sure people are sensitive in the way they ask the questions.“Certainly you don’t want to offend people and give the impression that you are looking for a particular type of person,” Rodriguez said, noting the 17th JNC has a history of sending the governor a diverse set of candidates for appointment. “The governor can’t imagine that JNC has any litmus tests.”JNPC member Morgan Rood said if the questions asked a candidate seem to be to determine a personal feeling and not whether they would follow the law, then they are wrong.“And I don’t think we need to get too intellectual about it to read the question to know it is wrong,” Rood said.Rood said asking a women candidate if she would be able to balance her judicial duties as a single mother of twins is inappropriate.“Everybody in this room knows that is wrong,” Rood said, noting the commissioners could elicit the same information by using the sample questions in the JNC training manual that asks, “Is there any difficulty in your personal life that would impair you physically, mentally, emotionally etc., from fulfilling your judicial responsibilities? We told people how to ask the question.”Rodriguez said the governor’s only “litmus test” is whether the candidates “share his judicial philosophy that judges ought to be interpreting the law, not being a self-appointed legislator.”In 2001, the legislature amended the procedure by which people are appointed to the JNCs, greatly reducing the Bar’s role in the appointment process. The governor now makes all JNC appointments and the Bar has no role in investigating or disciplining JNC members.last_img read more

People don’t buy products, they buy benefits

first_imgYou want to show off your financial products, but how you do so makes a big difference. All marketing copy is not created equal, and there’s more to it than just making sure you avoid pesky grammar issues and spelling mistakes. In particular, the copy on your credit union site has a big impact on your public perception. Your website is the face of your credit union. You need stellar copy there that reflects the true value your credit union has to offer.What’s the best way to talk about the value you offer? In this post, we’ll discuss the difference between features, advantages, and benefits. First, we’ll break down what we mean by each of these terms. Then we’ll explain why benefits are superior than features and advantages when it comes to writing copy that converts. continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Air trip by drug-resistant TB patient prompts passenger testing

first_imgJan 2, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials recently issued an alert about a woman with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) who flew from India to the United States in mid December, and efforts are under way to locate and test several of her fellow passengers for the disease.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a statement sent to clinicians on Dec 29 said the patient, who was not named, was diagnosed in India with MDR TB and traveled from New Delhi to Chicago on Dec 13 on American Airlines Flight 293, and then took a shorter flight within the United States.The patient is a 30-year-old woman whose final destination on Dec 13 was San Francisco and who is recovering in an isolation ward at a Bay Area hospital, according to a Dec 31 Los Angeles Times report.About a week after the flight the woman went to the emergency department at Stanford Hospital with advanced symptoms of the disease, according to the Times report. The CDC said the woman sought treatment for hemoptysis, fever, and chest pain. “These and other findings indicated a potential for transmission of drug-resistant TB to others,” the agency added.Marty Fenstersheib, MD, MPH, health director for Santa Clara County, told the Times that the woman had symptoms during the flight, including coughing.MDR TB is defined as TB that resists at least two key drugs that are considered first-line treatments for people who have TB infections—isoniazid and rifampicin, according to the CDC.Because of the risk of infection and according to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, the CDC is recommending TB testing for passengers who sat within two rows of the infected woman as well as airline crew members who worked in the cabin during the flight. The group includes 44 passengers. The woman who has the MDR TB infection sat in row 35, and the patients flagged for testing sat in rows 33 through 37.Based on location information provided by 42 of the passengers, the CDC has asked health officials in 17 states to contact the patients who have been flagged for testing. Location information was not available for two of the passengers. The CDC has asked states to notify the agency if they are unable to contact any of the passengers in their states.The CDC said it recommended testing of only the passengers and crew on the New Delhi to Chicago flight because that leg was longer than the 8-hour duration specified by the WHO for testing for TB exposure. The WHO and CDC don’t recommend notification and testing of passengers on shorter flights because they consider the transmission risk to be minimal.All forms of TB are believed to spread when TB bacilli from a person with the disease become aerosolized as a result of coughing, sneezing, speaking, or singing, the CDC said in its statement. The bacilli can float in the air for several hours, and people who breathe them in can become infected. Those who become infected have usually been exposed for several hours or days in poorly ventilated or crowded environments.In May 2007 the CDC in a rare action ordered Andrew Speaker, an Atlanta lawyer, to isolation after he flew internationally after he was diagnosed with what was believed to be extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB). Those events also provoked testing of passengers who flew with Speaker, but none tested positive, according to previous reports.Speaker was later found to have MDR TB, and the developments in his case highlighted the lack of a foolproof test to distinguish between drug-resistant TB strains, prompting criticism of the CDC’s testing and situation response procedures.See also:CDC fact sheet on TBhttp://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/drtb/default.htmSep 13 CIDRAP News story “House panel sees CDC errors in case of traveling TB patient”last_img read more

HRK 13 million from EU funds for the revitalization of the cultural heritage of Kotišina

first_imgThe project “Revitalization of cultural and historical heritage of the hamlet of Kotišina”, submitted under the Call “Preparation and implementation of integrated development programs based on the restoration of cultural heritage” has successfully passed all 7 stages of the grant procedure and the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds The Managing Authority for the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion” has made a decision on project financing, reports from the city of Makarska. The total eligible costs after the eligibility check amount to HRK 14.715.743,08, while the amount of the grant amounts to HRK 12.508.313,68. The remaining amount of 15%, ie HRK 2.207.429,40 represents the amount of co-financing of the project by the applicant and the partner ( Makarska Tourist Board, Public Institution “Biokovo Nature Park” and Tip Extreme.)  The location of the project, the hamlet of Kotišina, ensures the reorientation of the focus of tourist demand outside the coastal zone in activities and facilities based on cultural and natural heritage, and the synergy of tourism and local production systems. The cultural heritage included in this project refers to Veliki Kaštel, the Church of St. Martin and the Church of St. Ante. Activities covered by the project: Establishment of the interpretation center Veliki Kaštel, which will be equipped with the most modern multimedia technology (virtual reality) to create a central place of interpretation and presentation of the heritage of Kotišina, inarranging an open-air stage near the Church of St. Ante, which will be equipped with new equipment and facilities, Fr.of the Church of St. Martin, arrangement of educational trails and diffuse ethnographic exhibition in the open in the village of Kotišina, rrealization of adrenaline tours “Kastel Kotisina” and “Kotisina – forgotten peasant roads”; as well as walking tours”In the Footsteps of the St. Martin’s Brotherhood”, inarrangement of the pedestrian-bicycle path “Makarska center – Kotišina” and promance and visibility of the integrated program.Identified specific goals that are planned to be achieved with the mentioned tourist valorization are related to creating a central place of interpretation and presentation of cultural and natural heritage of Kotišina, creating unique interactive experiences for a wide group of visitors through innovative use of modern technologies, improving protection and management of protected cultural and historical and natural heritage, increasing employment, and intensifying economic activity for further sustainable development of Kotišina.last_img read more

The guest of the event Legends of Plitvice Valleys is the legendary chef Stevo Karapandža!

first_imgThe date of the manifestation of the Legend of Plitvice Valleys is approaching, and the program is becoming more and more interesting!If you have not yet started planning the next extended weekend in June, then this is definitely an article for you because time passes the hill and we have a very good suggestion in the direction of Plitvice Lakes.Have you heard about the manifestation of the Legend of Plitvice Valleys? Did you know that the area of ​​the Municipality of Rakovica is rich in interesting legends and important historical events? Apart from Eugen Kvaternik, there are a few other interesting things that are little talked about.Let’s go in order then! On June 23, near the Old Town of Drežnik, the historical fortifications above the Korana River will bring history to life in the full sense of the word!A very interesting and colorful company will gather in a beautiful historical location. Eugen Kvaternik, leader of the Rakovica Rebellion; serious Serezani, the historical elite police of the Plitvice Valleys in their impressive uniforms; the Japod tribe, masters in making beautiful jewelry that visitors will be able to see, and even the Korana River, a beauty that will come to life one day and tell why it was so important for the people of this area.After a rich pre-program that starts at 12 noon, the main program starts at 16 pm with a sports promotional tourist tour Legends of Plitvice Valleys. Plitvice valleys are known for as many as eight biking trails, and for this race a tour was chosen to Barać’s caves in Nova Kršlja and back to the main venue.Gastro duel with the guest appearance of Steve KarapandžaAlso coming to the event is a very interesting guest that we all know – another legend, the well-known and recognized chef Stevo Karapandža as a member of the jury in a gastronomic duel. Over the past few decades, he has enriched the media space, refreshed many gastro cookbooks, and now, as another legend, he is coming to the Old Town of Drežnik.Two teams, KUD Izvor Rakovica and Folklore Society Otočac, which have very good chefs in their ranks, will “clash” in the preparation of indigenous dishes, and a jury of three excellent chefs will decide the winner. During the breaks from cooking, the folklore societies will of course show their skills in song and dance, and they say that they will fight for victory with all their might.Program for all generations and beautiful horses!There will also be themed workshops for children, games such as running in a sack and throwing stones from a medieval slingshot, archaeological research, a presentation of local products and handicrafts and much more.The manifestation of the Legend of Plitvice Valleys will be visited again this year by horses from nearby equestrian clubs that will be available to visitors, and guests can expect special gifts.Surprise for the endAlso, the organizers invite all guests to stay at the event until dark, because they are preparing a special surprise! We don’t know what it’s about, but we’re interested, so I’ll definitely see you on June 23 in Rakovica near the tower!The official hashtag of the event is # Legende2018, and you can follow everything on social networks and the Facebook event: Legends of Plitvice Valleys 2018  And the website www.plitvickedoline.hr.See also the entire program with a schedule.last_img read more