[H/T Jambase] Keeping on with their extensive Wheels of Soul tour this summer, Tedeschi Trucks Band took to Providence, Rhode Island, last night, rolling through the Providence Performing Arts Center for a one-off stop with supporting acts Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers. After starting things off with originals “Anyhow” and “Laugh About It,” the group laid out Derek & The Dominos’ “Keep On Growing” and The Beatles’ “Within You Without You” before another original, “Just As Strange.” With the show fully underway and the twelve-piece group fully locked in, Tedeschi Trucks Band invited a special guest out for the next two numbers.Tedeschi Trucks Band Brings “Whipping Post” To Guest-Filled Night At The Wolf TrapOliver Wood, guitarist for supporting act The Wood Brothers, came out and joined Tedeschi Trucks Band. Wood first sat in for a rendition of “Leaving Trunk,” a number originally by Sleepy John Estes in the 1930’s under the name “Milk Cow Blues” and later made increasingly famous by Taj Mahal for his 1968 rendition on his self-titled album. From there, Wood and Tedeschi Trucks Band segued into a vibrant performance of “Volunteered Slavery,” the title track off Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s similarly named 1969 album. With the addition of Wood, the ensemble’s sound was beyond full, with the three guitarists joyfully exchanging licks and clearly loving it. After Wood departed, Tedeschi Trucks Band coasted on a high, with a cover-heavy end to the set which saw renditions of John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery,” The Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree,” and Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice” among others ahead of the final encore of Joe Cocker’s “Space Captain.”You can watch Oliver Wood’s sit-in with Tedeschi Trucks Band on “Leaving Trunk” and “Volunteered Slavery” below, courtesy of Aaron Cutler.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Providence Performing Arts Center | Providence, RI | 7/8/2017Set: Anyhow, Laugh About It, Keep On Growing, Within You Without You, Just as Strange, Leaving Trunk, Volunteered Slavery, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, Bound for Glory, Get What You Deserve, Angel From Montgomery, Sugaree, I Pity the Fool, I Want More, Soul SacrificeEncore: Space Captain
The Saint Mary’s Student Government Association’s sustainability committee hosted various events this past weekend in honor of Earth Day, celebrated April 22. The events were intended to support environmental awareness and provide information for students about ways to help care for the planet.Junior Emily Harrast, co-chair of the committee, said the main focus of these events was to educate students about small ways they are able to help protect the planet, both on and off campus, and encourage them to take those steps. An event centered around recycling kicked off the festivities Friday.“We felt that this event was important to bring about more information about recycling around Earth Day,” Harrast said in an email. “This year we brainstormed with the sustainability committee and decided that providing succulents would be a fun giveaway and a good way to encourage recycling.”To allow for more robust conversation around sustainability and environmental awareness, Harrast said, the committee subsequently provided additional information about what is recyclable and hosted a talk on microplastics and their harmful effects.“Microplastics are in many cosmetic products and have slowly become more problematic, so we felt that more information on them and how to avoid them in your everyday life would be helpful,” she said.Sophomore and committee co-chair Kassidy Jungles said this is the second year the committee has hosted an Earth Day event.“Last year, we hosted a similar event where participants planted flowers and enjoyed fun earth-themed snacks,” she said in an email. “In the past, we have also hosted ‘Paperless Day’ to raise awareness about paper waste on college campuses.”Jungles said the committee was very pleased with the turnout to their events this year, calling them “extremely successful.”“[The microplastics] discussion was also extremely engaging and we were able to teach students about this extremely prevalent and important issue,” she said.Jungles said one of the committee’s main goals was “to raise awareness about ways to be more sustainable on campus and teach students how they can make earth-friendly decisions in their daily lives.”“We ran out of succulents within the first 15 minutes and filled an entire large recycling bin of recyclable materials,” she said. “We also had students from another sustainable club on campus promote their club and raise awareness about climate change.”This issue, Jungles said, is of utmost importance on campus because she believes it is college students’ responsibility to be aware of their environmental impact.“The average college student produces 640 pounds of waste each year, 320 pounds of which is paper,” she said. “It is important that students know about recycling and ways that they can be more conscious of this not only in college but also for life beyond college.”Tags: Earth Day, sga, Student Government Association, sustainability
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part Special Report on bird flu in Vietnam. Part two, “When avian flu control meets cultural resistance,” appeared Oct 26.Oct 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – HANOI, Vietnam – Among countries affected by avian influenza H5N1, Vietnam stands out twice over.It was one of the first hit by the virus in the current outbreak: It discovered its first human infections in December 2003 and its first widespread poultry outbreaks in January 2004. And it was one of the hardest hit, with 66 million birds culled to prevent spread of the virus, and more human infections than any other country to date.But it has also controlled the virus more successfully than any other country where the disease became endemic, with no new human cases since last November and only a handful of infected birds this year—12 farm chickens and ducks, and a small flock of tame storks in an amusement park.The shift is so striking that international health authorities are asking whether Vietnam’s success can be replicated elsewhere. But reproducing its efforts faces an unusual hurdle: sorting out which of its aggressive interventions actually made a difference.”The absence of human cases is a direct reflection of the lack of cases on the animal side,” said Dr. Richard Brown, a World Health Organization epidemiologist based in Hanoi. “But it is actually difficult to know exactly what that is due to, because there were a number of different interventions applied in the latter half of 2005 on the animal health side.”After responding to its 2004 outbreaks mainly by culling infected flocks, Vietnam in 2005 became the first country to institute mandatory nationwide poultry vaccination.In addition—and almost simultaneously—the national government banned poultry rearing and live-market sales in urban areas; restricted commercial raising of ducks and quail, which can harbor the virus asymptomatically; imposed strict controls on poultry transport within Vietnam and agreed to examine illegal cross-border trade; and launched an aggressive public education campaign that deployed radio and TV advertising, neighborhood loudspeaker announcements, and outreach by powerful internal groups such as the Women’s Union and Farmers’ Union.The country also compensated farmers for birds that had to be killed—initially at 10% of the birds’ market value, and now at 75%.”Who knows what impact any of these interventions had? This is a natural experiment” that lacks controls that could measure impact, said Dr. David Dennis, the Hanoi-based Vietnam influenza coordinator for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “How much [of the reduction in cases] is due to the natural history of this organism in birds? We don’t know.”Outside the country, experts presume the engine of flu control to be the pervasive influence of Vietnamese-style socialism, which extends from the national government through provinces, districts, and communes to individual “neighborhood committees.”Dr. David Nabarro, the United Nations’ senior coordinator for avian influenza, implicitly endorsed that view in a Sep 19 Financial Times story, when he contrasted Vietnam’s continued control of the virus with Thailand’s recent uptick in human cases during a time of political turmoil.”You don’t maintain control over this disease unless there is regular top-level direction from a senior committed political figure that wants to be sure the necessary activities are being undertaken,” Nabarro told the Financial Times.But within Vietnam, workers in avian-flu control say the country’s success depends as much on the population’s support as it does on political coercion—a factor that may bode well for the national government’s plans to change the country’s entire culture of poultry rearing, distribution, purchase, and sale. (See tomorrow’s follow-up story for more details.)”What makes the system work is not that it is top-down, but that it achieves consensus at every level,” said Don Douglas, chief of party for Mekong Region avian flu efforts at Abt Associates, a US consulting firm that in July was awarded a 3-year contract for avian flu assistance in north Vietnam. “Imagine the stigma associated with being the farm that lets everyone down and causes all its neighbors’ chickens to be culled.”At the village level, flu education efforts are already struggling against selective amnesia.”Some farmers may not understand that they cannot eat duck blood, because they see that the duck looks healthy,” said Nguyen Van Mai, a trainer with the humanitarian organization CARE International, an Abt Associates partner. “Some think that [avian flu] has stopped already, and do not believe that it is coming back.” (Photo at right* shows the village hall in Lien Ap village, Viet Doan commune, north Vietnam, at the start of an avian flu educational event hosted by CARE International.)The farmers’ confidence is not shared by health authorities apprehensive over the approach of winter—Vietnam’s regular flu season, and also the time of year when avian flu cases have spiked.”I think Vietnam . . . has to prepare to deal with the comeback of this epidemic,” said Dr. Le Truong Giang, vice-director of the health department in Ho Chi Minh City, which is Vietnam’s largest municipality and has enacted the strictest local flu controls.Asked whether the city could keep the virus at bay indefinitely, Dr. Giang paused. “We try to do that,” he said. “But we are not sure.”*Photo ©2006 Maryn McKenna. Used with permission.Reporting for this story was supported by the East-West Center, Honolulu (www.eastwestcenter.org).