Greensky Bluegrass Shares Anthemic New Track, “Do It Alone”, From Upcoming Album [Listen]

first_imgGreensky Bluegrass is gearing up for the release of their seventh studio album, All For Money, due out on January 18th, 2019 via the band’s own label, Big Blue Zoo Records. Today, the jamgrass quintet has shared a second track, “Do It Alone”, from the upcoming album, following the title track’s release earlier this month.Speaking about the new track, Paul Hoffman told NPR’s World Cafe,I’d been trying to write a windows-down rock and roll tune for a while. I got out an old guitar of mine, re-strung it, and immediately spit the song out. It’s meant to be an anthem.I ask myself, “Why do I do it alone?” It’s because I’ve got a whole room of thousands singing at the top of their lungs with me. Whenever I write something emotional that might be difficult to sing, I’m reminded of the fact the crowd is there. Hopefully, it’s a reminder for other people as well and we all have something to chant together.Listen to “Do It Alone” below:Greensky Bluegrass – “Do It Alone”The follow up to 2016’s Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, the new twelve-track record was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC alongside co-producers Dominic John Davis (Jack White’s longtime bassist) and Glenn Brown.Greensky Bluegrass – All For Money –  Tracklisting1. Do It Alone2. Murder of Crows3. What You Need4. Ashes5. Courage for the Road6. Collateral Damage7. Like Reflections8. Cathedral Eyes9. Wish I Didn’t Know10. It’s Not Mine Anymore11. Do Harm12. All For MoneyView TracklistingGreensky Bluegrass will celebrate New Year’ Eve at the iconic Riviera Theatre in Chicago from December 28th through the 31st. Then, in January, they’ll kick off an extended winter tour with special guests Circles Around The Sun, Billy Strings, and Cris Jacobs Band, with stops at famed venues across the country including The Ryman Auditorium, The Beacon Theatre, The Anthem, The Tabernacle, and more.REMAINING FALL TOUR DATESDecember 28 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre #December 29 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre #December 30 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre %December 31 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre – “Three Sets of Greensky Bluegrass”*w/ The Lil Smokies^w/ Lindsay Lou#w/ The Jeff Austin Band% w/ Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesWINTER TOUR DATESJanuary 10 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre *January 11 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia *January 12 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre *January 16 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater *January 17 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium *January 18 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant *January 19 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle *January 22 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing Terrace ^January 23 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall ^January 24 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine ^January 25 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz ^January 26 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte ^January 27 – Charleston, WV – Mountain StageJanuary 29 – Portland, ME – State Theatre #January 30 – Boston, MA – House of Blues #January 31 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s PeakFebruary 1 – Washington, DC – The Anthem #February 2 – Washington DC – The Anthem #February 5 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues #February 6 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! #February 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE #February 8 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore DetroitFebruary 9 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit*w/ Circles Around the Sun#w/ Billy Strings^Cris Jacobs BandUPCOMING FESTIVAL APPEARANCESDecember 7 – 11 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Strings & SolApril 11 – 14 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Bender JamboreeView All Tour Dates[H/T NPR]last_img read more

Harvard lends a hand to Chile

first_imgThe 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile a year ago was so strong it nudged the Earth’s axis and ever so slightly shortened the length of a day. Even after months of rebuilding, the damage is still apparent, according to Harvard faculty members working on earthquake relief.“It looks post-nuclear,” said Brad Epps, professor of Romance languages and literatures, describing the coastal town of Dichato, devastated by both the quake and the tsunami that followed. Epps led a group of 15 Harvard students to Dichato and elsewhere over winter break to help the rebuilding effort. They worked to reconstruct parks, schools, and kiosks to get local commerce moving.The trip is just one of several ways in which the Harvard community has reached out to help Chile. Faculty members lead a number of projects there, and alumni are playing key roles in the reconstruction. Some projects, such as ENLACE, a planning and research effort by Chilean students in the Boston area, and organized by Daniel Hojman, associate professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, grew from the quake’s aftermath. Others, such as Un Buen Comienzo (A Good Start), an early childhood program run in schools near the capital, Santiago, existed before the quake and are being extended to quake-stricken areas.With the regional office of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in Santiago, Harvard has a base from which such efforts can be coordinated. Ned Strong, who directs the office, said that, in the days after the quake, Harvard faculty members involved in Un Buen Comienzo traveled to displaced-persons camps to provide mental health assessments of children there who may have been traumatized by the disaster.In addition, he said, alumni affiliated with the Harvard Club of Chile delivered two planeloads of medical supplies. Alumni hold key positions, such as planning for coastal reconstruction with an eye to prevent tsunami-related damage in the future. Pablo Allard, another alumnus, is in charge of coordinating the reconstruction efforts of the Chilean Ministry of Housing. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera also has strong Harvard ties, having received a doctorate in economics at the University in the 1970s.Harvard is assisting the broader planning effort, which Chilean officials say will run three years. Harvard President Drew Faust plans to visit Chile at the end of March and attend a meeting of Harvard faculty members, government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, and private companies involved in reconstruction. The group will discuss public health and mental health issues stemming from the destruction, efforts to prevent and minimize damage from other natural disasters, and long-term planning for the reconstruction.Other faculty members involved in the meeting include Hojman; Judith Palfrey, Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics; MaryCatherine Arbour, instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School; Doug Ahlers, adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; and Miho Mazereeuw, lecturer in landscape architecture at the Graduate School of Design.The Chilean government has received praise for its earthquake preparation and response. Though the quake was significantly larger than the one that devastated Haiti, the death toll was far smaller, about 500, compared with more than 300,000 in Haiti. Despite the lower death toll, the quake and tsunami destroyed many buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. Strong said an estimated 280,000 families remain in temporary housing and in displaced-persons camps that vary widely in their access to sanitation and clean water.Arbour, who is also a physician at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said the mental health assessments done by her and Palfrey, who practices at Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital, involved adapting survey instruments to assess children’s nutrition, access to education, and access to social support and to measure the impact of the quake on their family structure.Arbour and Palfrey are among the Harvard faculty involved with Un Buen Comienzo, which also includes faculty from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Among those involved are Catherine Snow, Graham Professor of Education, and Hiro Yoshikawa, professor of education. The project is conducted in tandem with Chile’s Ministries of Health and Education, Universidad Diego Portales, the private foundation Fundación Educacional Opportunidad, and other partners.The project involves early childhood intervention for low-income families. Un Buen Comienzo trains teachers to recognize potential problems in young children in four areas:  language development, health, family stability, and socioeconomic development. The project provides intervention for 60 Santiago schools that serve 3,000 students. Arbour said the government has asked the organization to replicate its programs in communities further south, where earthquake damage is more severe.Arbour said the effort is being conducted as a research program to see if this type of intervention can be effective. In populations struggling with different challenges, the research can be extended to examine new questions.“The government’s disaster response was pretty remarkable for how quick and coordinated it was,” Arbour said. “The trouble with a disaster is that you’re never going to be satisfied, even if you’re doing a good job, because it’s [still] a disaster.”last_img read more

Medicaid experiments may affect access to health care

first_img Read Full Story Current experimental approaches in Medicaid programs — including requirements to pay premiums, contribute to health savings accounts, or to work — may lead to unintended consequences for patient coverage and access, such as confusing beneficiaries or dissuading some people from enrolling, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The study was published online June 20, 2018 in Health Affairs.“There’s been a lot of recent research showing that expanding Medicaid leads to improved access to care and better quality of care — which suggests that any expansion will be better for public health than not expanding,” said Benjamin Sommers, associate professor of health policy and economics at Harvard Chan School and lead author of the study. “But our findings suggest that some of the benefits of expanding Medicaid may be at least partially compromised by some of the current innovations in use.”Under the Trump administration, which has prioritized increased flexibility for state Medicaid programs, some states have been experimenting with new approaches. Most recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved proposals from Kentucky, Arkansas, and Indiana for the first-ever work requirements in Medicaid, and other states, including Kansas, have expressed interest in following suit.The researchers sought to assess views about new Medicaid approaches in three Midwestern states with different policies: Ohio, which has a traditional Medicaid expansion without premiums and with minimal cost-sharing; Indiana, which expanded Medicaid coverage in 2015 but which requires enrollees to pay premiums and contribute to health savings accounts; and Kansas, which did not expand Medicaid and where only very poor parents and disabled adults are eligible.The researchers conducted a telephone survey in late 2017 of 2,739 low-income adults in the three states. The survey gathered respondents’ views on health insurance, access to and quality of care, financial well-being, experiences with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health savings accounts, work requirements, and private vs. public insurance coverage.The study found:In 2017, health insurance coverage rates were significantly higher in the Medicaid expansion states (Ohio and Indiana) than in the non-expansion state (Kansas).Cost-related barriers to care were more common in Indiana than in Ohio. Indiana’s health savings accounts were confusing for many enrollees, with nearly 40 percent saying they had never even heard of the required accounts and only 36 percent making regular required payments — meaning that two-thirds of beneficiaries were at risk of losing benefits or coverage for non-payment.In Kansas, 77 percent of low-income individuals said they supported Medicaid expansion. Although Kansas is considering work requirements for its Medicaid program, most potential enrollees in the state were either already working or had a disability that prevented them from working. Only 11 percent of potential enrollees said they would be more likely to seek work if required to do so by Medicaid.Funding for the study came from the Commonwealth Fund and the REACH Healthcare Foundation.last_img read more

Robbery Suspects Fired Shots at Central Islip Duo, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men have been accused of robbing two alleged drug dealers, then firing gunshots at them after the accused robbers crashed their SUV during a chase in Central Islip, Suffolk County police said.Guillermo Quinones, 24, of Pennsylvania, and 25-year-old Rene Barahona of Queens were each arrested and charged with robbery.Police said the suspects met the alleged dealers to buy marijuana at Prospect Street and Ridge Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, then flashed a gun and stole the drugs from the other two men.Quinones and Barahona fled in an Acura MDX but the alleged dealers followed suit in their Volvo S60 before the alleged robbers crashed their truck at the corner Suffolk Avenue and Allyn Drive, police said.That’s when police said one of the suspects fired shots at the Volvo, but no one was struck, police said.The investigation sparked a lockdown at nearby Central Islip schools and Long Island Rail Road train delays at the nearby Brentwood station.Barahona was additionally charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. He and Quinones are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.Third Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-854-8352.last_img read more

Australian state reinstates restrictions after spike in coronavirus cases

first_img“It is unacceptable that families anywhere in our state just because they want this to be over pretend that it is. It is not over,” Andrews said at a televised media conference, noting a rise in family transmissions since April.State officials reported 25 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, including families who had held gatherings and workers at a hotel where travelers had been quarantined.Read also: Australia says borders likely to stay closed until 2021Victoria is responsible for around a quarter of Australia’s total reported 7,400 cases but is driving a recent uptick in active cases. While some of the country’s states and territories have reached zero active cases, Victoria’s has spiked to 116.”We are absolutely at risk of a second peak but we can get on top of it,” Victoria chief health officer Brett Sutton said.Andrews warned that suburbs found to be viral hotspots could face stricter lockdowns.The state will also defer plans to expand numbers at cafes and restaurants from 20 to 50 people by three weeks to July 12. However, gyms will be allowed to reopen from Monday as planned.The Australian Football League (AFL) called off a game scheduled to take place in Melbourne on Sunday after a player tested positive. The AFL has recently restarted fixtures, playing in empty stadiums.Australia has reported just 102 deaths related to COVID-19, a relatively low number on a global scale.Topics : Australia’s second most populous state announced on Saturday it will reinstate tighter restrictions on home and public gatherings after logging a double digit rise in coronavirus cases for a fourth straight day.Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews chastised people for ignoring guidelines on social contact by engaging in behavior such as kissing and hugging as he reimposed a limit of five people visiting households and 10 people at public gatherings.The restrictions, which come into force on Monday and will last until July 12, reverse a relaxation of the rules at the start of this month that had allowed for home and outdoor gatherings of up to 20 people.last_img read more

Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Erie County to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Wolf’s Amended OrderSecretary of Health’s Amended OrderStay at Home GuidanceAs the state seeks relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised the “Stay at Home” order to include Erie County. The new order now includes eight counties: Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. This order takes effect at 8:00 PM Tuesday, March 24, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020.Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from homeGetting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residencesEngaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancingTo perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining businessTo care for a family member or pet in another householdAny travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activitiesTravel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable personsTravel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related servicesTravel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdictionTravel required by law enforcement or court orderTravel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealthThe following operations are exempt:Life-sustaining business activitiesHealth care or medical services providersAccess to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banksAccess to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure OrdersNews mediaLaw enforcementThe federal governmentReligious institutionsIndividuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Please do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.Governor Wolf’s original order is available here.Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s original order is available here.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/. Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Erie County to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img March 24, 2020last_img read more

Schools heavy parents over fees

first_imgStuff.co.nz 9 July 2012Schools have enlisted debt collectors to make parents pay “voluntary” donations, with one school attempting to ban a teenager from the ball until the optional fee was paid. Documents obtained under the Official Information Act reveal cases brought to the attention of the education minister, including a furious parent who received a debt notice from a debt-collecting agency in the name of his son. Schools have been sent warnings for fudging the fact that some fees are optional, while others have been caught trying to withhold privileges unless the “voluntary” fees were paid. By law, every child has the right to a free education from age 5 to 19. But state schools say they cannot survive on government funding so ask parents for an annual donation – on top of compulsory fees. In the year to December 2010, schools collected $101m in donationshttp://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/7249085/Schools-hents-over-feesavy-parelast_img read more

More Time Teens Spend On Phone, More Likely They’ll Attempt Suicide, Study Finds

first_imgStudy Finds 2 December 2017Family First Comment: “The researchers found a rise in depression and related mental health issues among teens since 2010 was directly linked to simply owning a mobile phone or device. Time spent using that device, though, was particularly telling in terms of suicidal behavior. Nearly half (48 percent) of teens who spent at least five hours a day on an electronic device had either thought about or attempted suicide. Yet that figure was far lower (28 percent) among teens who only spent an hour a day glued to a screen.”Family First recommends SafeSurfer and also the phone app OurPact so parents can control their children/s’ phone useThe more time teens spend glued to their smartphones or other digital devices, the more likely they are to have attempted or contemplated suicide, a new study finds.Researchers from Florida State University and San Diego State University examined results from two surveys of adolescents that date back to 1991, the Monitoring the Future survey and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which allowed them to get a glimpse into the attitudes and behaviors of more than 500,000 teens across three generations (Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z). Participants in the surveys ranged from eighth graders to twelfth graders, ages 13 to 18.They also recorded the number of teen suicide deaths yearly since 1999 as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Using data from the studies, the authors looked at which activities — such as school work, time on social media, mobile device usage, hanging out with friends — were most linked to symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts. Students were probed for symptoms by indicating how much certain statements applied to them. Statements included, “Life often seems meaningless,” “The future often seems hopeless,” and “It feels good to be alive.”The teens were also asked in the surveys specific questions about their mental health, such as how frequently over the previous 12 months they’d considered suicide, or how often in that time period they’d felt sad or hopeless.The researchers found a rise in depression and related mental health issues among teens since 2010 was directly linked to simply owning a mobile phone or device.READ MORE: https://www.studyfinds.org/suicide-teens-smartphones-screen-time/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Napolcom to probe RDEU ‘abduction’

first_imgHe said he was forcibly taken by threeto four men into a white van that stopped in front of him while he was waitingto catch a jeepney ride at around 5:30 p.m. Napolcom-6 director Atty. Joseph Celissaid his office would be conducting an investigation. The National Police Commission(Napolcom) will investigate what really happened to 36-year-old Anthony WilliamLandicho of Nueva Valencia, Guimaras on Rizal Street, City Proper here on March3. ILOILO City – Abduction or buy-bustoperation? RDEU chief Police Lieutenant ColonelJersey Besas could not be reached for comment as this was being written./PN The Iloilo City Police Office willconduct a parallel probe, said Police Colonel Eric Dampal, city policedirector. Landicho said he was surprised thatthe men remitted him to the Arevalo police station and that he was beingcharged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act 2002. Landicho, however, denied he wascaught in a buy-bust. center_img According to the Arevalo policestation, operatives of the Police Regional Office 6’s (PRO-6) Regional DrugEnforcement Unit (RDEU) turned over Landicho to the station; the operativesclaimed to have arrested him in a buy-bust operation Tuesday last week. The video was taken by a concernedcitizen who happened to be in the area when the incident happened. It wasshared to DyFM Bombo Radyo. A video of Landicho being forced intothe van seemed to support his claim of abduction. He further claimed his P20,000 cashwas gone. “The police should always observelegal procedures in conducting operations,” Celis said. Landicho is currently detained at thepolice station of Arevalo district. last_img read more