This January, Jam Cruise 15 set sail, with some of the biggest names in live music aboard, collaborating, and throwing down. While Vulfpeck was originally slated to perform on the boat, when a scheduling change forced the band to back out, Vermont’s Twiddle was tagged in. As is the Jam Cruise way, during Twiddle’s set on January 21st, the group invited guitarist Al Schnier from moe. to join the quartet during a rendition of their feel-good number “Mamunes The Faun.”moe. & Members of Turkuaz Perform “Naive Melody” On Jam Cruise [Pro-Shot Video]Across the fourteen-minute rendition, the band moves into a jazzy, laid-back, and spacious jam segment, marking a stark contrast from the upbeat chorus of the song. During this jam, the group almost moves into electronic-inspired sounds carried by Ryan Dempsey behind the keys. Eventually, this spacey section builds with urgency to a quick and frenetic peak featuring dueling guitars from Schnier and Twiddle’s resident guitarist Mihali Savoulidis before moving back into the song’s triumphant and lighthearted chorus.Exclusive Videos From moe. And Twiddle’s Summer Camp Secret Set [Watch]The magical musical experience that is Jam Cruise will be setting sails next January, when Jam Cruise 16 takes over the Norwegian Jade from January 17th through 22nd. After it embarks from Miami, Florida, the cruise will round through Roatan, Honduras, and Grand Cayman during its weeklong circuit.As always, the lineup for the near week-long event is stacked, with Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood topping the bill. You can check out the video of Twiddle’s performance of “Mamunes The Faun” with Al Schnier below to get stoked for next year’s Jam Cruise, which is bound to have similarly all-star collaborations across its trip. You can check out this year’s massive Jam Cruise lineup here, and get more information about the event on its website here.[Photo: Phierce Photo]
In addition to the numerous dining options, improved workout facilities and expanded study space in the new Duncan Student Center, the building also houses the Center for Career Development on the fifth floor. Previously located on the first two floors of Flanner Hall, the Department for Career Services is now centrally located on campus and easily accessible for students. Vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding cited the Career Center’s new location along with many other aspects of student life as one of the biggest advantages of the new student center.“To have the Career Center and the Center for Career Development right upstairs rather than across campus … bringing together all of these different elements, for us, is part of the exciting piece to things that had previously really been scattered across campus,” she said in an interview Jan. 15.Julie Gray, associate director of career operations, said the move has allowed the department to operate more effectively due to the increased amount of space available to it.“In the past, especially during the fall semester, we would often have to kick staff out of the second floor offices because there simply wasn’t enough room,” Gray said. With 36 interview rooms, 11 conference rooms that can hold up to 16 people and one training room that holds about 60 people, there is ample room for the next wave of recruitment in the new location, Gray said.The Career Center also houses eight virtual interview rooms along the east wall that feature Zoom technology. Gray said employers would often come to campus with a full slate of interviews but still miss out on a qualified candidate. These new interview spaces, she said, will enable them to also network with students abroad in the same trip to Notre Dame’s campus. Hoffmann Harding said the improved technology came as a result of student feedback during the planning process of the Duncan Student Center.“The types of interviews that students are now getting from employers — so the increased need for technology and the ability to Skype or talk remotely to employers [came from students],” she said. “And actually, during peak study times, the addition of the need for study space. So we’ve designed the fifth floor in a way that the offices can be separable from the interview center, which can be open during peak times for student study space. And that’s new, that’s different and it’s accessible because now it’s in a building that students frequent — we hope — during the day and even into the evening.”This newly-available space, Gray said, highlights the purpose of the Center for Career Development as well as the Duncan Student Center.“This is a student center, and we want this to be student-focused,” she said. “These next few months, we’ll be working [to] optimize this space and hopefully create a better environment for students and employers.”Gray said the new centralized space has also allowed the department to integrate the various stages of education and career building, as the undergraduate, graduate and Mendoza graduate students are “all under student affairs.” This integrated method, she said, is largely due to an initiative the department took on several years ago to shift the emphasis on students’ approaches to career searches from major onto industry. “We have career counselors that are liaisons to each of the different colleges,” Gray said. “It doesn’t matter what your major is, it doesn’t dictate what you do. We try to focus on a student’s passions and strengths and how we can translate those into the workforce.”News Editor Courtney Becker contributed to this story.Tags: Career Center, Center for Career and Development, duncan student center, Notre Dame Career Center
The Southeast is at a crossroads: open up its waters to oil drilling or shift its focus to renewable offshore wind energy. Which way will the political winds blow? Two regional experts offer their insights.Offshore OilGasoline prices have been rising, spurred by higher demand for crude oil worldwide and instability in the Middle East. We should address this situation by producing more oil here at home, instead of relying heavily on foreign oil imports.Some opponents of domestic oil production claim that resources in the U.S. are too scarce to make development worthwhile. But a recent study by the energy consulting firm ICF International estimates that development in federal waters offshore of Virginia could produce more than half a billion barrels of oil and more than 2.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Those estimates translate to enough oil to fuel all the cars in Virginia for more than 4 years and enough natural gas to heat all the homes in Virginia for more than 11 years.Those numbers are probably low, if you consider that original estimates for what experts thought would be produced in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska were greatly underestimated. New technology available today can provide better estimates of resources that exist in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. Unfortunately, the only data available now is from seismic testing and exploratory actions taken 30 years ago and through outdated methods. (Think of a Polaroid snapshot compared to high resolution x-rays.)Recently, the Obama administration announced it would consider allowing new seismic and geological/geophysical testing off the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. This is an encouraging step, but we should note that the federal government does not generate this data. Seismic companies do. And they generally do that on a speculative basis, hoping to sell the data to companies looking to purchase leases in an area. With no lease sale scheduled anywhere off the Atlantic seaboard now, and thus no potential customers, seismic companies have little incentive to gather new data.We can and should improve our energy efficiency and develop more alternative and renewable energy sources; the U.S. oil and natural gas industries are leaders in both areas. Our own government experts say we will continue to rely on oil and natural gas for a majority of our energy for decades to come. Ignoring the benefits (job creation, energy security, and deficit reduction) of safely developing our vast domestic reserves of oil and natural gas will make our current energy challenge even greater.Michael Ward is the executive director of the Virginia Petroleum Council. Offshore WindI firmly believe in developing offshore wind energy, so it might surprise you that I started my career at one of the largest oil companies in the world, drilling offshore wells in the United States and Africa. I’ve always been a numbers geek, and with two engineering degrees and an MBA, I’m also a fiend for data. My transition into green energy entrepreneur didn’t spring from vague hippie ideals but from time in the field and from crunching numbers. So, why do I support offshore wind?First, some common-sense basics: offshore wind energy is clean, domestically available, and won’t run out. The machines used to harness wind cost money, but wind will always be free. This makes wind a stably priced energy source, whereas the cost of coal, oil, or gas is hard to predict over two years, let alone twenty.Let’s put these benefits into perspective. Within fifty miles of the North Carolina coast are a whopping 297,000 megawatts of untapped wind energy. Even providing for restrictions such as shipping lanes or paths for migrating seabirds, 55,000 megawatts are still available. This amount alone can provide enough power to cover over 130% of North Carolina’s electricity demand. Just 8,000 megawatts would supply about 20% of that demand.All of this potential translates into jobs—lots of them. Remember those 8,000 offshore megawatts? Estimates from the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) predict that this amount of development would create 33,000 construction jobs and 6,400 permanent operations and maintenance jobs. New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Rhode Island have already taken aggressive steps to attract this new industry.Using fossil fuels for energy comes with a host of costs that don’t show up on our monthly bill. But we’re still paying for them—in the public health, environmental, even military sectors. These costs act as a built-in subsidy for fossil fuels, making them appear less expensive than they are. Let’s also note that costs of renewables are trending down while the costs of fossil fuels are trending up.No energy source is perfect, and all present challenges. I’m not naïve enough to believe that we can or even should eliminate fossil fuel use in my lifetime. But I do believe that we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and build a clean energy future. Recognizing the potential of offshore wind energy and other renewables can help make this future possible.Brian O’Hara is the president of the North Carolina Offshore Wind Coalition.Join the energetic debate at blueridgeoutdoors.com
I read with interest Jonathan Rosen’s Jan. 24 letter, “People aren’t leaving NY because of taxes,” and I need to respond. In 2014, I became a Florida resident after living and working in the Saratoga Springs area for over 30 years. Florida has an $83 billion annual budget. New York’s 2017 budget of close to $163 billion is obscene. More people live in Florida than New York. They tax you half as much down here. Gas is typically 20 cents a gallon lower (taxes). No state income tax. I have yet to hit a pot hole. My property taxes in southwest Florida are 25 percent of what I paid in New York and I have all the services that a municipality would typically provide. There’s a huge building boom going on down here as the Baby Boomers are retiring and they are fleeing the high-tax freezing cold northern states. Yes, New York City is gaining population and I love New York City as much as anybody. That’s not happening in upstate New York. When my daughter graduated college, I told her to leave this state and she is happily living in Colorado. What does upstate New York offer a young person out of college? High taxes? Cold weather? Cloudy dreary days most of the time? Crumbling infrastructure? No thanks. Florida is not perfect and it has its problems. But in my mind, it is a definite upgrade from this place.Keith A. AvellinoFort Myers, Fla.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Topics : Mask debateIn many places, face coverings went from being seen as unnecessary to a mandatory accessory — a rapid about-face that left many reeling.The change of heart by health authorities, including the WHO, was prompted by an increasing body of research about how COVID-19 is spread.These studies suggest it is not only carried in larger drops of virus that can soil hands, but also in fine droplets exhaled by patients that can linger in the air — “aerosols”.We still don’t know the precise role of this mode of transmission in the pandemic, but many scientists suggest it could be substantial.If that is the case, social distancing is not nearly enough to protect people from infection.Crowded, poorly ventilated indoor spaces are considered to be highest risk, although some countries have also made masks compulsory in the street. ‘Second wave’ fears in Europe In Europe, where strict lockdowns ended before the economy-boosting summer holiday season, the reopening of schools and offices has been clouded by rising infection rates, notably in Spain, France and Britain.Although testing is now far more widespread, the number of new daily infections is much lower than in March and April, before lockdowns were imposed.Most cases are currently among younger people with few symptoms, but many experts fear it is only a matter of time before the virus creeps back towards the elderly and vulnerable. Children and COVID As children head back to classrooms, it is still unclear what exact role they play in the spread of coronavirus.We know that severe illness is very rare in young children with COVID-19, with most developing mild symptoms — or none at all.But could they still be vectors of infection?”When symptomatic, children shed virus in similar quantities to adults and can infect others in a similar way,” says the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.”It is unknown how infectious asymptomatic children are.”Several studies have suggested children are less likely to transmit the disease, perhaps because with fewer symptoms they would not be coughing or sneezing, which increases the risk of viral spread.However, many experts say a distinction should be drawn between young children and adolescents, who appear just as contagious as adults. The coronavirus has upended everyday life in the six months since the crisis was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).While our understanding of the new respiratory disease has steadily increased since it was first detected in China last year, what lies ahead over the next half-year remains unknown. Vaccine safety Much is riding on the development of an effective, safe vaccine, and this week the WHO listed 35 vaccine candidates going through clinical trials on humans around the world.Nine of them are already at, or preparing for, the final stage — known as Phase 3 — which requires thousands of volunteers to measure large-scale effectiveness.Big-spending superpowers the United States, Russia and China are accelerating the process in an attempt to be the first to have a vaccine, even before the end of the year.But experts urge patience, warning that speed should not compromise safety or public confidence.As an example of the need for caution, pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford have “paused” trials of their vaccine after a volunteer developed an unexplained illness.The European Medicines Agency has said a vaccine may not be ready until early next year, while the WHO has said it could take until mid-2021 to reach widespread immunization.In a worst-case scenario, it may prove impossible to develop a vaccine. England’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, said people let their guard down over the summer in the fight against the virus.”We have got to start taking this very seriously again,” he told the BBC this week, warning that if not, the UK will have “a bumpy ride over the next few months”.French Health Minister Olivier Veran also said this week that the upward trend is “worrying” — predicting a rise in serious infections within weeks.Still haunted by the first wave, many doctors fear that hospitals and intensive care units may end up being overwhelmed in the coming months, as they were in the spring. Treatment options Only one type of medication has been shown in clinical trials to reduce mortality: corticosteroids, which fight inflammation. But even these are only recommended for the most severe forms of the disease.An antiviral, remdesivir, has been shown to reduce the length of hospital stays, but its benefit is relatively modest.Finally, despite hype from US President Donald Trump, the drug hydroxychloroquine has been proven ineffective against COVID-19. Reinfection and immunity A handful of recent studies have profiled people reinfected with the virus having recovered from an earlier bout of COVID-19.This has reignited concern over the potential for humans to develop lasting immunity to the disease, whether through infection or vaccination.The first confirmed reinfection was a 33-year-old Hong Kong resident, who tested positive in an airport-screening test four and a half months after his recovery.He had no symptoms the second time around — which some experts have hailed as a hopeful sign that his immune system had learned to defend itself against the respiratory disease.But scientists also caution that it is difficult to draw broad conclusions from only a handful of reinfection cases among the millions of people who have caught the virus.And it is not clear how contagious a reinfected person would be.Our immunity against COVID-19 remains poorly understood. While much of the focus has been on antibodies, which help fight off infection, there is also interest in the way our T lymphocytes — a type of white blood cell — may build “immunity memory”.But little is known yet about how these cells operate against COVID-19.
Michael Laudrup admitted he was a relieved man after seeing Swansea claim a first win in nine Barclays Premier League games against Fulham at the Liberty Stadium. Deflected second-half efforts from Jonjo Shelvey and Chico Flores sealed a 2-0 victory for the Swans. Shelvey put the hosts ahead in the 61st minute when his shot from the edge of the box struck Wilfried Bony and Brede Hangeland to beat a helpless Maarten Stekelenburg. Flores’ near-post header, which flicked in off Dimitar Berbatov, wrapped up the win, just the third on home turf this term, and moved Swansea up to 10th in the table. Fulham failed to make the most of excellent first-half chances for Hangeland and Ashkan Dejagah as they slipped to a defeat which ensures they remain just a point above the drop zone. Laudrup had warned his team they may have to suffer in order to end their worrying winless run, their worst run of league form since the 2008-09 season, and so it proved. There was plenty of anxiety among the home support during a tight first hour, but the Welsh club have opened up some valuable breathing space ahead of the weekend trip to West Ham. “I am relieved,” said the Dane. “It is a huge win. It is quite some games since we won in the league and it was against a direct opponent in the table. “We have four in a row – with West Ham, Cardiff and Stoke to come – so they are all six-pointers. “We will go into the game on Saturday with two consecutive wins – although only one in the league – but that will give the players the belief that we are going forward.” Press Association Laudrup and Swansea have been hindered by a lengthy injury list in recent weeks, but the Dane was able to welcome back Jonathan de Guzman, Shelvey, Nathan Dyer and Angel Rangel, with the likes of Michel Vorm, Michu and Jose Canas making good progress in their recoveries. But Laudrup was keen to stress claiming three points was down to more than having more players available. “Overall I am pleased that some injured players came back but I don’t think it would be fair after coming through these games to talk about one or two players. “When you are struggling mentally it is only the team together that can bring you out of that situation. “If you have six or seven who are very tense then it is very difficult to play football. “It was better today compared to the first-half against Birmingham and then we were very good after the first goal. “The first goal in games like this is very crucial. “We played too much short passing in the first half but it was not easy as Fulham came here to take away a point defending with nine players behind the ball.” Swansea have added David Ngog and Adam King to their squad ahead of the end of the January transfer window. But the club are still waiting for Blackpool’s Tom Ince to decide whether he wants to move to the Liberty Stadium on loan. “I have already said he is looking at his options,” said Laudrup. “I talked to him and his father (on Monday) and I saw today on the news they have been with another club, and they will make up their minds as to what they think is best for him.” Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen did not attend the post-match press conference with the written press, but told broadcasters: “It’s very disappointing, I thought we should have come away with something considering the first half. “In the second half it was better for Swansea but it took a shot with two deflections to give them the lead and another deflection for the second which left us with a big mountain to climb. “We had great chances in the first half, the first one with Hangeland was really an open net and we have to take those chances.” Meulensteen also confirmed AC Milan have made an enquiry about Adel Taarabt. “It’s the last few days of the window it will be very hectic, I have no concrete news. It is speculation, there has been some interest (in Taarabt) that is all I know so far,” he said.
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has rekindled his feud with former club manager Jose Mourinho after he criticised the current Manchester United over his treatment of Egyptian star Mohammed Salah.Salah found playing opportunities hard to come by while he was at Chelsea under Mourinho and that prompted him to leave Stamford Bridge for Italy.Speaking earlier ahead of Chelsea’s clash against Salah’s Liverpool at Anfield. Hazard revealed that the former AS Roma and Fiorentina star was unlucky not to stay longer at Chelsea.In his words, Hazard said: “He was unlucky not to get longer (at Chelsea). He didn’t get the chance — maybe because of the manager.“He has quality but in this period I remember it was me, Willian and Oscar, so for him it was not easy. But he’s a top player for sure.“In training he did everything. Even in the games when he was playing, sometimes he scored goals, so we know the quality he has.” he further added.Speaking further, Hazard said he is still in contact with Salah. The Belgian captain said: “We are still in contact together.”“He’s a top, top, top player.“It is always good to play against a friend. It’s good to have friends in this world because in football you can’t have a lot of friends.“We speak about everything: life, football. I will speak with him this week.“I want to put pressure on him. I want him to do well but not a lot because we want to win.” he concluded.Salah has been in scintillating form since moving to Liverpool from Italian side AS Roma in the summer. He has scored 14 goals in all competitions. Related
Aldin Setkic, Bosnian tennis player, won the ITF Futures tournament worth 15,000 US dollars in Egypt, Sharm el Sheikh.Setkić, currently ranked 226 tennis player in the world, after nearly two hours of the match, defeated French Gleb Sakharov, 235th player in the world, with result 3: 6, 6: 2 and 6: 0.This was Setkic’s 27th victory in tournaments Futures series.(Source: klix)
Pistons 115, Cavaliers 113Cleveland (AP) — Derrick Rose hit a 15-footer with 27 seconds left and Detroit rallied past Cleveland.Rose, who scored 24 points, scored on a runner in the lane to give Detroit a 114-113 lead and cap a comeback that began with the Pistons trailing 110-91 early in the fourth quarter.Cleveland set up for a go-ahead shot, but Collin Sexton was called for stepping out of bounds with seven seconds left. The ruling was overturned, but Sexton’s shot in the lane didn’t hit the rim and Detroit was awarded possession on a shot-clock violation.Andre Drummond finished with 23 points and 20 rebounds, the 38th time in his career he has hit the 20-mark in both categories.Kevin Love matched a season high with 30 points, but Cleveland lost its fifth straight and went winless on its four-game homestand. The six-time All-Star pounded the court in pain and stayed down for roughly two minutes, but eventually rose with his teammates’ help and then slowly walked off unaided.X-rays were negative, but Davis didn’t return to the game. His agent, Rich Paul, said his client felt extremely sore.LeBron James scored 31 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 15, but the Lakers (30-7) didn’t exactly celebrate becoming the second team to win 30 games this season.R.J. Barrett scored 19 points for the Knicks, and Randle had 15 points and 10 rebounds against his former team. New York dropped to 0-3 on its four-game West Coast trip. Loading…Sponsored Content6 Best 90’s Action Movies From Your Childhood9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Kings 114, Suns 103Phoenix (AP) — De’Aaron Fox scored 27 points, Nemanja Bjelica added 19 and Sacramento rallied from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter to beat Phoenix.The Kings — who have won three of their last four — got big contributions from bench players Dewayne Dedmon and Trevor Ariza. Dedmon finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Ariza — who played for Phoenix part of last season — added 15 points.The Suns were led by Devin Booker, who scored 34 points and had seven assists. It was Booker’s seventh straight game with at least 30 points, which extends his franchise record.Deandre Ayton added 21 points and nine rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. had 17 points. Grizzlies 119, Timberwolves 112Memphis, Tenn. (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored 28 points, Ja Morant added 25 and Memphis rallied in the fourth quarter for a victory over Minnesota.Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 21 points, including a trio of 3-pointers in fourth. Jae Crowder finished with 14 points and eight rebounds as Memphis won its third straight.Rookie Jarrett Culver led the Timberwolves with a career-high 24 points, converting 8 of 11 shots, including 3 of 5 from outside the arc. Jeff Teague scored 18 points and handed out six assists for Minnesota, while Robert Covington scored 17 points. Andrew Wiggins had 15 points. Thunder 111, Nets 103, OTNew York (AP) — Chris Paul scored 20 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, leading Oklahoma City past Brooklyn.The game was tied at 103 before Paul made consecutive jumpers and the Nets never scored again. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander closed out the scoring with four free throws, after making a jumper to open OT.Gilgeous-Alexander added 22 points for the Thunder, who bounced back from a loss Monday in Philadelphia to win for the sixth time in seven games. Steven Adams had 10 points and 18 rebounds as Oklahoma City won without Danilo Gallinari, who rested a calf injury.Taurean Prince scored 21 points and Caris LeVert had 20 in his second game back from right thumb surgery, but the Nets dropped their seventh straight. Spencer Dinwiddie had 14 points, but he struggled early and late in a 6 for 21 night. Trail Blazers 101, Raptors 99Toronto (AP) — Carmelo Anthony made the winning basket with four seconds remaining and Portland rallied to beat Toronto.Anthony scored 28 points, Damian Lillard had 20 and Hassan Whiteside added 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who snapped a four-game losing streak in Toronto and won for the second time in 10 meetings with the Raptors.Anfernee Simons scored 12 points and C.J. McCollum had 10.Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the injury-ravaged Raptors lost for just the second time in 16 games against opponents with losing records.Oshae Brisett scored a career-high 12 points for Toronto and Chris Boucher also had 12, including 10 straight Raptors points in the fourth. Davis bruised his sacrum — the bottom part of his spine above the tailbone — when he attempted to block Julius Randle’s driving shot. He got knocked off balance and fell awkwardly to the court, landing hard on his back with 2:45 left in the third. New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis, left, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles (AP) — Anthony Davis left in the third quarter after bruising his lower back on a painful fall during the Los Angeles Lakers’ sixth straight victory, 117-87 over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.