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Jack Orlick reports on the recent spate of bands reunited.Music, they say, is like a chicken. It can be particularly bland when served with the wrong sauces. So you head to the old rack in the corner of the room – cumin, tarragon, ginger, baby, sporty, posh and scary. Funny – the last five were full the other day. Now they’re empty. Break down in tears – the world is once again Spiceless.It was reported last month that the Spice Girls have split again, apparently down to the argumentative nature of five such unpalatable flavours. Mels B and C are said to have stated simply, ‘We’ve had enough’, while Victoria Beckham has cited her ever-growing presence in the fashion world. This news may have been on the cards for a while (news of trouble and strife has been pervading Heat for months), and it not only spells the crushing of dreams by those fans in South Africa, Australia and China, but also, following the disappearances of both East 17 and All Saints, an end to the spate of reunion tours to have cut hot (or rather fairly lukewarm) inroads through the musical world in the last year or so.The real musical rooster roasters have been not the 90s pop bands, who have in fact come rather late to the scene, but the older rock bands. The Rolling Stones seem to have had so many ‘very last’ tours, and ‘very very last’ concerts it’s likely that they’ll have to force Mick Jagger into the grave, chomping and spasming in that special way of his before we’ve seen the end of them. Last November, Led Zeppelin saw 20,000 greased up, aged up, air-guitar masters sliding through the aisles of the O2 arena in London, each paying £125 a ticket. In the last year, nostalgic fans have had the opportunity to experience The Police, Genesis, Van Halen, Smashing Pumpkins and even Crowed House stumble undead across the earths many stages.Why, we ask, have such bands taken it upon themselves to rise again? Cash, of course, would be the cynics answer, yet with such musical luminaries as the Stones and The Police, this just doesn’t hold up: their records still sell like Hassan’s/Hussein’s/Ahmed’s cheesy chips on a Friday night. What’s more likely (and I’m romanticising) is that these bands are made up of people who have a bloody need to perform – junkies of the stage. Their fans, rather than being fellow addicts, are the dealers of their drug: anyone who’s been to see Harmar Superstar (shame on you!) will know that an ‘artist’ is less than nothing without its audience.But exceptions follow every rule, and this is where we return to our 90’s cut-and-paste pop. Various members of Take That have been trying, and failing, to make it as solo acts for years – the same goes for the Spice Girls. Here we see a combination of performance desperation and the drip-drip of money down the drains of Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Attempting to regain the fame and glory of their former lives, they reform – in the case of the Spice Girls, only to once again fall apart. Take That, on the other hand, have been raking in both new fans and sterling coinage- rather than surfing the diminishing wake of their prior success, they’ve managed to identify exactly what it is that mainstream pop is today: a strange combination of classic Beatlesque, rock and, almost, funk. The cohorts of teenage girls who paid their way the first-time-around have grown up, and so, accordingly, has their music. ‘Beautiful World’ has now sold around 202,202,300 in the UK alone, reaching number 1 and going seven times platinum. Worldwide, they’d sold more than three million copies by December 2006. Take That have proven particularly innovative and successful, probably much to the annoyance of their counterparts. They’ve proven that given a good old shake, those tired flavours can still produce a mighty spicy singing sauce. And when reformed bands allow both re-discovery of certain musical styles, while simultaneously re-lighting the hearts of their middle-aged followers, how can we complain? Drab tribute bands just can’t provide the true experience of watching a gang of sexagenarians hop and hobble across the boards. We’ll just have to wait and see, though, if the many personalities of Britney can ever reunite…
DBC Foodservice is launching a range of baking ingredients for caterers under its new own-label brand.The ‘dbc label’ range of premium products is designed to be cheaper than its branded equivalents and includes baking mixes such as plain sponge mix and scone mix, pastry mix, vegetable oil, powdered milk,and flour in bag sizes up to 25kg.DBC Foodservice buying director Sue Cronin-Jones said: “We have created a range of products that appeal to caterers, delivering consistent quality and profit to their bottom line. This is the first stage of our own-brand development plan, and we are looking forward to presenting more ranges in 2011.”Many of the recipes have been benchmarked against leading branded products in independent tests and were created to meet Food Standards Agency guidelines on healthier eating.The range’s packaging and logo incorporates the existing DBC Foodservice brand colours of black and red with a bold typeface. Customers in the sector already using DBC services include Caffè Nero.
Scientists may soon be able to turn to one of the most powerful forces in biology — evolution — to help in their quest to develop new synthetic polymers.As described in a recent paper in Nature Chemistry, a team of researchers led by David Liu, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard, has developed a new method to create synthetic polymers using the coding of genetic material. The method may eventually be used to evolve synthetic polymers with new or improved properties such as the ability to serve as catalysts in chemical reactions or enhanced therapeutic potential.“The word polymer, unfortunately, is pretty vague, but in biology, large molecules like DNA, RNA, and proteins are the most common polymers,” Liu said. “These polymers can have remarkable properties. Our ability to create man-made polymers with tailor-made properties, by comparison, is much more limited, in part because we don’t have a way to evolve synthetic polymers — that’s really the problem we set out to address.”Other researchers have managed to create synthetic polymers using genetic coding, but their efforts were hampered by the fact that the new molecules necessarily resembled the genetic template used to create them.To solve that problem, Liu and colleagues turned to a process similar to one found in nature.Rather than allow the building blocks of a new polymer to interact directly with the DNA template, the system relies on an “adapter” molecule. The adapters, each of which carries a part of the polymer, bind to the template, forming the new polymer. In the final step of the process, Liu said, the adapters are cut away, leaving a synthetic polymer created according to the genetic template.“One of the interesting features of this system is that the synthetic polymers that come out of the system don’t need to have any structural relationship to the DNA template,” Liu said. “The part of the system that binds with the DNA bases is the adapter molecule, so it’s physically removed from the template. The overall strategy is heavily plagiarized from protein synthesis in nature, in which tRNA molecules bind to a messenger RNA strand, and the amino acids they carry get stitched together into a protein.”In theory, once created in a manner dictated by a genetic template, new synthetic polymers can be “evolved” to have unique properties that would be all but impossible to design in the lab from first principles.As an example, Liu said, suppose you want to create a synthetic molecule that turns on the expression of a specific gene in the presence of a protein associated with cancer, or when glucose levels are too high. You might begin by reviewing current research for clues about how to build such a molecule, and you could use your knowledge of chemistry to begin to determine what that molecule might look like. But for such complex molecular goals, those efforts would allow for little more than well-educated guesses.The power of evolution, Liu said, makes realizing such ambitious goals much more feasible.“That kind of task — the ability to bind very specifically to a certain molecule and create a biological response, for example — might not sound very difficult, but that’s exactly the type of activity that’s very difficult for polymer scientists to design from scratch, but not that difficult for nature to evolve,” he said. “Evolution is a more powerful approach to accessing molecules with sophisticated functions than simply guessing how a molecule with those properties should be put together.“Nature can go through millions of generations of trying things semi-randomly, but at each generation the most successful of those strategies pass on their molecular secrets to the next generation,” he continued. “Because evolution is iterative, small progress in any generation can be inherited and can be developed into major success later on.”Liu said his next goal is to use the system to evolve synthetic polymers that can do increasingly complex things, starting with folding into structured three-dimensional shapes, then moving on to binding specific molecules of biomedical or chemical interest, and finally catalyzing chemical reactions.“No synthetic polymer has yet been truly evolved, and we are hopeful that this system is a first step toward reaching that goal,” he said.While the research opens to the door to possibly cutting the manufacturing cost of a host of drugs and compounds, it also has the potential to help scientists answer long-standing questions about the nature of life, Liu said.“Many scientists wonder why the workhorse polymers nature translates from genes are proteins, or why the 20 building blocks of proteins have the particular structures that they have. Those questions are very difficult to answer now,” he said. “But if we could evolve a synthetic polymer to perform the same task as a biological one, we could perform a host of studies that could illuminate these issues. Is the resulting polymer more active? Is it more selective? Is it more resistant to environmental conditions, or to degradation by biological enzymes? How does the structure of the building blocks of a polymer — biological or man-made — determine its evolutionary potential? We hope this study brings researchers one step closer to being able to answer these questions.”
In another key step to further states’ role in developing a robust US health information technology (HIT) infrastructure, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that Vermont’s Medicaid program will receive federal matching funds for state planning activities necessary to implement the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). Vermont will receive approximately $294,000 in federal matching funds.EHRs will improve the quality of health care for the citizens of Vermont and make their care more efficient. The records make it easier for the many providers who may be treating a Medicaid patient to coordinate care. Additionally, EHRs make it easier for patients to access the information they need to make decisions about their health care.The Recovery Act provides a 90 percent federal match for state planning activities to administer the incentive payments to Medicaid providers, to ensure their proper payments through audits and to participate in statewide efforts to promote interoperability and meaningful use of EHR technology statewide and, eventually, across the nation.“We congratulate Vermont for qualifying for these federal matching funds to assist its plan for implementing the Recovery Act’s EHR incentive program,” said Cindy Mann, director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations at CMS. “Meaningful and interoperable use of EHRs in Medicaid will increase health care efficiency, reduce medical errors and improve quality-outcomes and patient satisfaction within and across the states.”Vermont will use its federal matching funds for planning activities that include conducting a comprehensive analysis to determine the current status of HIT activities in the state. As part of that process, Vermont will gather information on issues such as existing barriers to its use of EHRs, provider eligibility for EHR incentive payments, and the creation of a State Medicaid HIT Plan, which will define the state’s vision for its long-term HIT use.Additional information on implementation of the Medicaid-related provisions of the Recovery Act’s EHR incentive payment program may be found at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Recovery/11_HealthIT.asp#TopOfPage(link is external)# # #
Pfizer and BioNTech said on Monday their Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective at preventing trial participants from contracting the coronavirus, sending parts of the stock market soaring. Traders are riding the rally through certain exchange-traded funds and stock plays.Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 hit intraday all-time highs on Monday. The move higher on Monday was characterized by a rotation out of Big Tech names and companies that had benefited from people staying at home and into beaten-down cyclical names that were hit hard by the coronavirus.That rotation was continuing Tuesday with Dow futures higher and Nasdaq futures lower. A medical worker stands at the entrance to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on the first day that traders are allowed back onto the historic floor of the exchange on May 26, 2020 in New York City.Spencer Platt – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 24, 2015 Holidays, Proclamations, Videos Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf delivered the following Christmas message:“Each year, Christmas is an opportunity for families across Pennsylvania to come together and share in their holiday traditions. This year, I’m looking forward to having time together as a family around our Christmas tree, a tradition some say was first brought to America by Pennsylvanians from Germany.“As we share in the warmth of the holidays, we also must remember those who do not have the fortune of having family close by, a roof over their heads or a hot meal to share. Each year around the holidays, Frances and I take time to support our local soup kitchen and food bank. This year, I’d ask each of us to consider how we can help their fellow Pennsylvanians who may not be as fortunate.“Too often, we can be so busy and distracted that we overlook all we have to be fortunate and all those important to us. I hope this Christmas gives all of you the opportunity to share quality time with those you care most about. On behalf of the Governor’s office and the Wolf family, I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas.”To read Governor Wolf’s Christmas Day proclamation, click here.# # # VIDEO: Governor Wolf Wishes Pennsylvanians a Merry Christmas
October 25, 2019 Press Release, Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today encouraged Pennsylvanians to gather unused or unwanted prescription drugs to be returned to one of the state’s 877 drug take-back box locations on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, October 26. New this year, the national Drug Enforcement Agency announced it will also allow for vaping cartridges and electronic, or “e-cigarettes,” to be collected at any of its locations during tomorrow’s event.During the event, individuals may drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications at any of the locations in the state’s 67 counties. The service is free and anonymous. Many drop-off locations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week“Part of our continued fight to battle the opioid crisis is encouraging Pennsylvanians to drop off unwanted and unused prescription drugs at one of the hundreds of secure drop-off locations in the state,” Gov. Wolf said. “Keeping prescription medications out of the hands of those they were not intended for is one more way to save lives and prevent people from suffering from substance use disorder.Since the inception of Pennsylvania’s drug take back program in 2014, Pennsylvania has collected and destroyed 626,853 pounds of unwanted or unused medications. The Pennsylvania State Police has prescription drug take-back boxes at 65 stations that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year“The prescription drug take-back program is a critical, preventive way for all Pennsylvanians to proactively keep our communities and loved ones safe,” said Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith. “By visiting a DEA sponsored location this Saturday or anytime during the year throughout the commonwealth, we are safely removing medication and now e-cigarettes and vaping cartridges from the hands and mouths of unintended individuals. With the opioid crisis bringing substance use disorder out of the shadows, we can all take these preventive steps to protect our loved ones before falling victim to the disease of addiction.“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is an excellent opportunity to get rid of unused prescription drugs safely and securely,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Prescription drug misuse and abuse plays a large role in the opioid crisis, but you can help change that. In Pennsylvania there are thousands of locations where unused prescription drugs can be dropped off each and every day, with no questions asked.The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet“Take Back Day is a chance for Pennsylvanians to help prevent drug overdose deaths,” Gov. Wolf said. “I encourage everyone to consider participating.” Gov. Wolf: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Can Save Lives SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
This 650 sqm block of land at 5 Stavely Close, Sinnamon Park, is going to auction. This 405 sqm block of land at 6 Mara Plc, Ashgrove, is for sale for between $565,000 and $645,000.THE cost of land Brisbane has risen nearly 10 per cent in a year — the highest rise of all southeast Queensland council regions, new data reveals.New research from property group Oliver Hume found the price per square metre in Brisbane’s new land market had increased by $83 annually. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27 Median land value rates by LGA. Source: Oliver Hume.Brisbane recorded the highest median value rate at $970 per square metre, while Ipswich is the most affordable southeast Queensland region at $507 per square metre.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago RELATED: Auction action: Going, going, gone! Southeast Queensland median land prices. Source: Oliver Hume.Overall Brisbane had the most expensive median land price, hitting $389,125.The report found that affordability continues to be a major driver of the southeast Queensland market, with 300 sqm to 400 sqm lots the most popular. This 465 sqm block of land at 146 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne, is for sale.Sentiment continues to improve, with around 1300 sales recorded during the quarter.“The recent decisions by APRA to lower serviceability requirements and the interest rate cuts by the RBA have spurred renewed interest by buyers, however it will take some time to see the full impact these policy changes make to the market,” the report said. MORE: Are these Australia’s cheapest blocks of land? Median land prices rose over the June quarter for four of the six major growth corridors, while Moreton Bay and Gold Coast median prices softened.