Aqueous Releases Genre-Spanning New Record, “Color Wheel” [Listen]

first_imgToday, Buffalo-based groove rock quartet Aqueous released their newest studio album, Color Wheel. The new album, the band’s first full-length studio effort since 2014’s Cycles, was recorded at Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac‘s GCR Audio in Buffalo, NY, the band’s hometown.The band explores hip-hop, progressive rock, and jazz influences in this newest release, which features a collaboration with the Turkuaz Horns on “Weight Of The World”, a song we’ve seen in Aqueous’ live rotation.The record was written and produced by the band, but this time they took a new approach – “Seventy percent of the songs were written weeks or even days before we went into the studio, so there weren’t many preconceived notions going in this time, which made it pretty exciting,” shares guitarist Mike Gantzer in a press release.“The general concept was kind of a critique or analysis of our habits as humans with the Internet right now,” Gantzer continued in a recent interview with Billboard. “For me, a color wheel represents a palette of emotions. So we were looking at how we present this perfect version of ourselves on the Internet; We set out to make a cookie cutter version of our life that’s really idealized, but that does not represent at all the emotional complexities of a person’s life – the color wheel of different emotions.”Listen to Aqueous’ newest release, Color Wheel, in full below:In support of the new record, Aqueous will also embark on their most extensive headlining tour to date. Find a full list of dates below with more information available via the band’s website.last_img read more

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Ben Folds, Cake Announce Co-Headlining 2019 Summer Tour

first_imgFollowing the enormous success of their co-headlining tour last summer, which Pollstar noted as one of the highest grossing co-headline tours of summer 2018, Bend Folds and CAKE are teaming up again for a round of shows throughout September 2019.Ben Folds and CAKE will open up their tour with a performance at Bonner, MT’s KettleHouse Amphitheater on September 5th, followed by stops at Redmond, WA’s Marymoor Park (9/6); Troutdale, OR’s McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater (9/7); Nampa, ID’s Idaho Center Amphitheater (9/8); Las Vegas, NV’s The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (9/10); Sacramento, CA’s Golden 1 Center (9/11); Mountain View, CA’s Shoreline Amphitheatre (9/13); Irvine, CA’s FivePoint Amphitheatre (9/14); Los Angeles, CA’s Greek Theatre (9/15); Austin, TX’s Austin360 Amphitheater (9/18); and a tour-closing performance at Grand Prairie, TX’s The Theatre at Grand Prairie on September 19th.Folds explains in a press release, “CAKE are masters, and they happen to be my friends. “So, yes, let’s do this!”“We had so much fun with Ben last summer that we decided to do it again, this time in the west,” says CAKE’s frontman John McCrea. CAKE’s multi-instrumentalist and backing vocalist Vince DiFiore adds, “Last year we had the great honor to tour with Ben, who inspired us with incredible musicianship and memorable songs. It was sad to end that tour, so now a great thrill to be anticipating another with the actual artistic advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra.”Tickets for the upcoming co-headlining tour go on sale this Friday, April 19th.For more information and a full list of the bands’ upcoming tour dates, head to Ben Folds‘ or CAKE‘s websites.Ben Folds & Cake Co-Headlining 2019 Tour:SEPTEMBER:5 – Bonner, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater6 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park7 – Troutdale, OR – McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater8 – Nampa, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheater10 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino11 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center13 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre14 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre15 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre18 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater19 – Grand Prairie, TX – The Theatre at Grand PrairieView Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Morris Inn completes expansion

first_imgAfter a $30 million, nine-month renovation process, Notre Dame’s Morris Inn reopened to the public Friday for the first time since the project began in October. The building expanded from 72,000 to 137,000 square feet, with 150 guest rooms, new ballrooms and meeting rooms, a fireside outdoor terrace and a separate entrance on the north side. Director and general manager Joe Kurth said the Inn, known as “the living room of the University,” will serve as an “economic engine” for Notre Dame. “What many will remember as the old twin bed rooms now have plush king beds and double queens, and the bathrooms … are now spacious and comfortable,” Kurth said. “The rooms themselves went from an average of 260 square feet to 375 square feet, and the white tent outside was replaced with a beautiful ballroom, so we can now host those January weddings a little more comfortably.” Although the hotel was closed during the nine-month construction process, no employees of the Inn were laid off during the past year, Kurth said. “At Notre Dame, we talk about both what we do and how we do it. The construction team worked double shifts from 7 a.m. to midnight every day, essentially doing an 18-month project in nine months,” he said. “Not a single associate lost his job. “In corporate America, that wouldn’t be a possibility, but at Notre Dame, it was 50-plus people placed in jobs around campus, and as we reopened, they had the option to return with us.” With the expanded property, the hotel now employs over 150 associates compared to the 65 before, Kurth said. As part of the renovations, the Inn combined business operations with McKenna Hall, home of the Notre Dame Conference Center. “Our core business is hosting academic conferences and supporting the University in its entire academic mission,” he said. “Having options in both buildings provides us with a lot of flexibility, and we’ve been tasked with returning profits to the academic mission since the University spent over 30 million [dollars] on renovation work.” Kurth said the public open house held last week brought many students into the building for the first time, and he hopes the renovations will help the Inn partner with the University overall to improve life on campus. “It was amazing how many students came in to the open house like ‘Wow, are we allowed to be here?’ We want to be a good partner to the University, which means connecting with students,” Kurth said. Megan Akatu, director of sales for the Morris Inn, said the new space will have several points of interaction with student life. “Our restaurants are open every day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and we accept Domer Dollars everywhere in here,” Akatu said. “There’s a small gift shop which is part of the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, and when your parents are in town it’s a great place to dine with them. As far as student functions go, the ballrooms would be an ideal space for dances too.” Other new services include valet parking for day and night events and iPad technology in each room. Kurth said the Inn is seeking LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council as well, partnering with Notre Dame’s Office of Sustainability to include features such as a “green roof” for storm water management and improved air quality, LED lights throughout the building and single stream recycling. The original donation for the 2012 renovation came from Ernestine Morris Carmichael Raclin, according to Kurth. She is the daughter of Ernest and Ella Morris, who made the 1952 version possible, and Kurth said her contribution was the starting gift that was joined by donations from other benefactors. Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more

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See Carly Rae Jepsen’s Transformation from Pop Star to Princess at Cinderella Costume Fitting

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Carly Rae Jepsen View Comments Star Files Related Shows Cinderella Less than a month before she takes the stage at the Broadway Theatre for the first time, Carly Rae Jepsen is trading in pop star fashion for fairytale ballgowns. On January 7, the incoming title star of Cinderella posted photos on Instagram of her costume fitting with legendary designer William Ivey Long, who won his sixth Tony Award for the show. After donning Cinderella’s incredible satin confection (above), Jepsen wrote, “First day on set and they let me try on the wedding dress! They had to bribe me with smarties to take it off. Let’s play dress up again tmr please!” Moving on to her character’s ice-blue dress with puffy crystal sleeves (below), Jepsen wrote, “And this is the moment I tried on the glass slipper for the first time… it fits!” See the star in costume, singing Rodgers & Hammerstein’s score opposite incoming Prince Topher Joe Carroll, beginning February 4!last_img read more

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Healthy Restrictions

first_imgRecently imposed statewide outdoor-water-use restrictionshave many homeowners wondering if their lawns will survive.But watering restrictions, coupled with wisely watering whenyou’re allowed, can actually help make your lawn healthier.”People think the more water they give their turf, thebetter it will perform,” said Gil Landry, an ExtensionService turf scientist with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”But if your turf gets too much water, you create a catalystfor disease,” Landry said. “An inch of water a week is therule of thumb.”Watering turf more often than recommended will actually hurtits performance. “Light, frequent irrigation producesshallow and weak root systems,” Landry said. “A shallow rootsystem prevents efficient use of plant nutrients and waterin the soil.”When watering lawns, the only water that matters is thatwhich makes it to the roots. A thorough soaking once ortwice a week helps roots grow deeper. Deeper roots lead tohealthier grass.But do your homework first. Timing is everything, said KerryHarrison, a CAES engineer. Too little water or too much atthe wrong time may hurt your lawn while raising your waterbill.It’s crucial to know how much water gets to the grass roots,Harrison said. “Not knowing your irrigation’s applicationrate, whether it’s a sprinkler on a hose or a permanentsystem, is like driving a car with no speedometer,” he said.Different systems apply water at different rates. Hose-end combinations vary the most in rate and uniformity. Space several rain gauges evenly in the watering area to learn your system’s application rate.Watering at the right time is critical, too. Luckily, thetime that virtually all watering restrictions allow wateringis precisely the best time to do it.”We have research, numbers and all the evidence we need toknow that you can lose as much as half the water if it’s putout during daylight,” Harrison said.Direct sunlight, high temperatures and a light wind canevaporate water or blow it away from the target. “That meansyou have to put out twice as much,” he said. But your grasswon’t get twice the benefit.Watering during the day increases the time the grass is wetand makes disease problems more likely, too. At night, thegrass is wet from dew already, so more water won’t hurt.Landry said mowing your lawn regularly is important, too,especially during a drought. “Mow often enough that no morethan one-third of the leaf tissue is removed during acutting,” he said.”And raise the mowing height. This helps the grass maintaina deep root system,” he said, “which helps it find morewater.”last_img read more

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Brazil Asks for Information on Violent Fans

first_imgBy Dialogo December 05, 2011 Brazil has requested a list of violent fans from seven countries, including Argentina and the United States, in order to bar them from entering the country during the 2014 soccer World Cup. The request was submitted by the Special Secretariat for Major Events to the police authorities of Argentina, Germany, the United States, Great Britain, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Poland, according to the daily Folha de São Paulo. “Fans identified as difficult by their country’s police will not get an entry visa for Brazil,” the newspaper said. The security agencies will also monitor the borders for the entry of troublemakers from countries for which a visa is not required to enter the World Cup host country, it added. The authorities are preparing a strategic plan for security for the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, which Rio de Janeiro will host. The São Paulo Federal Police expressed concern recently about possible terrorist attacks during the World Cup and said that preparations are underway for “a scenario with a quite elevated level of risk.” At the same time, the authorities are racing to get the stadiums ready, improve the transportation system, and welcome hundreds of thousands of tourists in the 12 cities that will host the World Cup.last_img read more

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Political ads appear ‘active’ on Facebook despite post-Election Day ban

first_imgA number of elections-related ads were still listed as “active” in Facebook’s political ads library Wednesday morning, after the company’s post-election ban on political ads went into effect. The company said this can be because it can take up to 24 hours to reflect changes in the library, even if the ads are paused from being shown to users.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The company told CNBC it’s possible the library will temporarily show some ads as active and spending on Nov. 4 even if they were paused as of midnight, and said the library should soon correct “any minor inconsistencies in how the data is presented.”Facebook’s handling of political advertising has been rocky in the days leading up to the election. Last week, the company allowed President Trump’s campaign to run ads that implied victory, that boasted about GDP figures that hadn’t been released yet and others that implored people to “vote today” with graphics reading “Election Day is Today,” days before the election. Facebook said at the time it would be removing the “vote today” ads following inquiries. The company last week also suffered what it said was a technological issue that caused a number of ads from both political parties to be improperly paused. – Advertisement – In early October, the company announced it would stop running political ads in the U.S. after polls closed for the 2020 election on Nov. 3 and keep them halted for an indefinite period. The company said the temporary ban was expected to last about one week, but that it would be subject to change.As of Wednesday around 8 a.m. ET, CNBC was able to find dozens of political ads on Facebook still listed as active. Those included ads run by “Evangelicals for Trump” and “We are Great Again PAC,” along with those from Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris and the Democratic Party. Facebook director of product management Rob Leathern wrote on Twitter that it can be due to the fact that it can take a full day for the ad library to reflect changes made on an ad. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton rise is ‘scary but not surprising’ | Football News

first_img“The first 15 minutes was probably our worst spell after half-time. We couldn’t get out. We kept giving the ball back to them and when you’re in that situation it becomes difficult for. Congratulations to Southampton on the night. They were far better than us and we couldn’t cope with them.“We go up and down too quick. That’s one thing we have to resolve. We go along nicely then all of a sudden we don’t play well enough in the game. It nags me.”What’s next?Southampton travel to face Wolves on Saturday November 21 after the international break; kick-off 3pm.Newcastle will host Chelsea at St James’ Park at 12.30pm on the same day. Ralph Hasenhuttl heaped praise on his players after Southampton moved top of the Premier League, but admits his side’s rise has not come as a surprise to him.Saints moved top of the Premier League for the first time in their history after beating Newcastle 2-0 at St Mary’s on Friday night. A seventh-minute strike from Che Adams gave the home side an early lead and they wrapped up victory in the 82nd minute through Stuart Armstrong.- Advertisement – Jamie Redknapp and Alan Pardew felt that Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles was lucky to avoid conceding a penalty after a reckless tackle on Southampton’s Theo Walcott. Inconsistency frustrates Bruce – Advertisement – 1:14 Newcastle, who had yet to be beaten away from home in the Premier League this season and headed into the game on the south coast in good form, having beaten Everton 2-1 in their previous fixture, but often lacked control and managed just four shots during the game.“Certainly, the best team won,” Newcastle boss Steve Bruce told Sky Sports. “We didn’t get anywhere near where we were five days ago. We didn’t look after the ball well enough and we gifted them two goals. We didn’t do enough to win the game. We didn’t handle the full press and it was a difficult night.“The one thing you can’t do at this level is give them the goals we did. We gave the ball away far too often. We knew what to expect from them – the full press – and unfortunately we couldn’t play through it. Che Adams rattles in Theo Walcott's cross to put Saints in frontImage:Che Adams rattles in Theo Walcott’s cross to put Saints in front A year ago, Southampton sat in the bottom three of the Premier League, but the Austrian believes his side are now showing their development and the fruits of their investment both away from the pitch and on the training ground, away from the pressure of playing in front of supporters. 3:03 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Southampton’s win over Newcastle preview image preview image “It’s amazing what my team does in the moment,” he told Sky Sports. “Congratulations to everybody around the pitch and the team. Amazing. We could maybe have scored more but the rest was perfect. Everybody was on the highest level. It is a little scary what we are doing at the moment to be honest but not surprising when I see what we are working on.“Earlier, we could have closed the game, earlier. That was definitely possible. The way we played through lines was fantastic to watch. We can then make the last pass and final decision even better but this is criticism on a high level. We know it’s not so easy to create a lot of chances against these teams.- Advertisement – Hasenhuttl’s men dominated possession and chances as they sealed a comfortable win that saw them replace Liverpool at the top of the table ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.The Saints last stood at the summit of English football 32 years ago under the management of Chris Nicholl and it marks a remarkable 12 months for the Austrian manager since their 9-0 thrashing by Leicester last October. 2:35 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was very disappointed his side couldn’t follow up their win against Everton with a good performance and admits his side’s biggest problem is consistency after their 2-0 defeat to Southampton in the Premier League. Hasenhuttl added: “I’m happy for the fans that we’re top of the league at the moment, but the season is very long. We have a very intense period over Christmas but the squad is nicely balanced. We’ve restructured a few things and this now shows that the players are stepping up.”“It’s the first time that we’ve had three wins in a row and this was the goal for today. It’s the first time that we’ve taken three points over Newcastle as the last three times we’d lost. We’re top for now, but it’s only for a few moments. Of course, it’s nice for the fans and the players. For me, it’s important that we say hungry and don’t lean back.” Stuart Armstrong sealed the win to put Southampton top of the leagueImage:Stuart Armstrong sealed the win to put Southampton top of the league Ralph Hasenhuttl shakes hands with Adams at the final whistleImage:Ralph Hasenhuttl shakes hands with Adams at the final whistle “We’re a strong side and this is not a coincidence as we’ve developed every part of our game. Our game management has been very brave and I feel it has helped us in some situations where there’s no crowd in the stadium so we can develop our game, as there’s not so much stress now, and we’ve got used to it. As a result, we’ve now got a more complete game.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Study supports concept of 2-stage H5N1 vaccination

first_imgOct 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The human immune system may respond better to a vaccine for a new strain of H5N1 avian influenza if it is prepared in advance with a vaccine based on an existing H5N1 strain, the preliminary results of a government-sponsored study suggest.In the study, 37 people who had received an H5N1 vaccine in 1998 were recently given another H5N1 vaccine based on a 2004 strain. They had a much stronger immune response than did another group who received only the newer vaccine, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).”These preliminary findings need to be confirmed in larger studies, but they offer the intriguing possibility that pre-pandemic priming with existing H5N1 vaccines may boost the immune response to a different H5N1 vaccine tailor-made years later to thwart an emerging pandemic,” NIAID Director Dr. Anthony S. Fauci commented in a news release.Researchers from the University of Rochester were scheduled to present a preliminary report of their findings today at the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s annual meeting in Toronto, the NIAID reported.When a pandemic flu strain emerges, it will probably take several months to develop a vaccine to match it, and more than one dose will probably be necessary to generate protective immunity, the NIAID said. But providing two doses would be logistically difficult, so researchers have been looking for other strategies. One proposed option is to vaccinate people in advance with a related vaccine in the hope that only one dose of the pandemic vaccine would be necessary.After the first human cases of H5N1 illness occurred in Hong Kong in 1997, the NIAID funded the production of an experimental vaccine based on the Hong Kong virus and tested it in a clinical trial at the University of Rochester in 1998. The researchers found 37 people from that trial who were willing to take part in the new study. Participants in the earlier trial had received two doses of the vaccine.This year, the 37 volunteers were vaccinated with one 90-microgram (mcg) dose of an H5N1 vaccine based on a strain that circulated in Vietnam in 2004, according to a study abstract provided by the University of Rochester. The vaccine is made by Sanofi Pasteur and is the one the US government is currently stockpiling in the face of the pandemic threat, according to Fauci. (That vaccine has shown only modest benefits in trials so far, with about half of vaccinees showing a good immune response after two 90-mcg doses, or about a dozen times the dosage used in seasonal flu vaccine.)The previously vaccinated volunteers had a mean antibody titer (measured by hemagglutination inhibition) of 64.0, with 70% of them achieving a titer of at least 40, according to the study abstract. These findings were compared with results in some volunteers who received 90 mcg of the Sanofi vaccine in a previous study and had never had H5N1 vaccine before. These volunteers had a mean antibody titer of 27.1 after one dose, and only 29% had a titer of at least 40.”We studied a relatively small group, so that certainly, this issue needs to be studied more thoroughly in a larger group of people,” senior author Dr. John J. Treanor, MD, commented in a University of Rochester news release.If further studies confirm the findings, pandemic response planners might consider giving a “priming” shot to key personnel, such as healthcare workers, said Treanor, who directs the university’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit.Fauci told CIDRAP News today, “The data look very encouraging, but the number of people [in the study] is relatively small.””These data add some scientific credence to the concept that there may be some benefit to priming someone with a potential pandemic strain even though the actual pandemic strain might be somewhat different,” he said. “It informs the debate to allow you to have a more scientific basis if you’re considering priming.”See also:NIH news releasehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2006/Pages/IDSA.aspxUniversity of Rochester news releasehttp://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-10/uorm-ebs101206.phplast_img read more

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Indonesia records 2.68 percent January inflation using new formula

first_img“We included prices in the ride-hailing sector, for instance, but excluded items that were no longer [relevant],” he said at a press conference on Monday in Jakarta.The different components used in the calculation, however, did not significantly affect this year’s inflation rate compared to previous years, he added.Indonesia’s monthly inflation was 0.32 percent in January 2019. The CPI was calculated at 0.39 percent in January 2020, with core inflation of 2.88 percent.“The main cause of the inflation in January 2020 was the increased price of chilies, fish and tobacco, despite the decrease in the price of flight tickets and fuel,” said Suhariyanto. He added that the government’s decision to lower the price of fuel and flight tickets had contributed to deflation in January. Topics : Indonesia recorded annual inflation of 2.68 percent in January in applying a new formula for calculating its consumer price index (CPI), Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Monday.The new formula uses 2018 as the base year of the CPI instead of 2012, as well as a new consumption pattern.January’s inflation figure, therefore, cannot be compared with the December inflation rate of 2.72 percent that was calculated using the old formula, since it was not “an apple-to-apple comparison”, said BPS head Suhariyanto.center_img Of the 90 cities the BPS surveyed, 79 recorded inflation, while the remaining 11 cities recorded deflation. Meulaboh, West Aceh, recorded the highest inflation with 1.44 percent, while Baubau, Southeast Sulawesi, recorded the highest deflation with 1.39 percent.Indonesia recorded an annual inflation of 2.72 percent in 2019, the lowest level in about two decades thanks to lower inflationary pressures from government-regulated prices.Bank Indonesia has targeted inflation of between 2 percent and 4 percent for this year.last_img read more

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