Lotus Adds Pigeons Playing Ping Pong To 2018 Summerdance Lineup

first_imgFans are gearing up for Lotus‘ annual Summerdance, the band’s homegrown music festival at Garrettsville, Ohio’s Nelson Ledges over Memorial Day Weekend. Slated for August 30th through September 2nd, Lotus announced the initial lineup for the festival in July, which features a number of beloved artists performing across the event’s three-nights.On Monday, Summerdance added yet another artist to the bill: the Baltimore-based funk-inspired jam masters of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are veterans of the festival, having performed at Summerdance each of the last two years in, 2016 and 2017. Pigeons have steadily risen on the lineup each year, quickly becoming one of the event’s fan favorites. This year, the quartet has claimed the second spot on the bill—immediately below the host band, Lotus—and is set to serve as Thursday night’s headliner.In addition to three nights and six sets of Lotus and the newly announced Thursday night headlining performance from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Summerdance’s 2018 lineup features a number of talented acts new and old. Per tradition, the festival will host a number of spin-off groups and side projects from Lotus’ band members—including Octave Cat, which features the band’s Jesse Miller plus Dopapod‘s Eli Winderman and Charlie Patierno; Luke The Knife, a DJ set from Lotus’ Luke Miller; and a special DJ set from Lotus’ Mike Greenfield. Summerdance will also see performances from Broccoli Samurai, Muscle Tough, Consider The Source, and Magic Beans.For more information and for ticketing for Lotus’ annual Summerdance celebration, head here.last_img read more

Dark Star Orchestra Brings The Dead’s May 1969 Performance To The Space At Westbury [Photos]

first_imgDark Star Orchestra continued its run of spring performances along the east coast on with a show at The Space At Westbury in Westbury, NY on Friday night. The Grateful Dead-inspired group treated fans and Deadheads to a pair of sets filled with the Dead’s music, with the latter channeling the band’s original second half setlist from that night (May 10th) back in 1969 in tribute to that show’s 50th anniversary. Related: Dark Star Orchestra Announces 2019 Summer TourThe show began with DSO’s own elected set starting with a few early blues-era Dead deep cuts in “Sitting On Top Of The World” and Sonny Boy Williamson‘s “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”. Next up was “Mama Tried” in honor of Mother’s Day weekend, followed by “Dupree’s Diamond Blues” and “Mountain On The Moon”, with latter two featuring guitarist Jeff Mattson on acoustic guitar. The sec continued nonstop with “Cryptical Envelopment”, “The Other One” and “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” before closing with another earl Dead classic in “Alligator”.The second set, which was performed in order the way the Grateful Dead played 50 years prior on 5/10/69, started  with “Hard To Handle”, “Me And My Uncle” and “Morning Dew.” Following “Doin’ That Rag”, the band took a heady turn with a four-song segue beginning with “Dark Star” and continuing into “St. Stephen”, “The Eleven”, and closing with the always-lively “Turn On Your Love Light”.Below, you can check out a beautiful gallery of photos from the show courtesy of photographer Kevin Cole.Dark Star Orchestra continues its spring run with the first of two shows at Washington, D.C.’s The Hamilton on Monday, May 13th. For tour information and tickets, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Dark Star Orchestra | The Space At Westbury | Westbury, NY | 5/10/2019Set One (Custom Elective): Sitting On Top Of The World, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (Sonny Boy Williamson cover), Mama Tried, Dupree’s Diamond Blues*, Mountains Of The Moon*, Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Death Don’t Have No Mercy > AlligatorSet Two (GD Set from 5/10/1969): Hard To Handle, Me And My Uncle, Morning Dew, Doin’ That Rag, Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Turn On Your Love LightEncore: Viola Lee Blues* Jeff Mattson On acoustic guitarDark Star Orchestra | The Space At Westbury | Westbury, NY | 5/10/2019 | Photos: Kevin Cole Kevin Cole Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Understanding how the intestine replaces and repairs itself

first_imgResearchers at Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School have identified a previously unknown mechanism that plays an important role in the regeneration of the inner intestinal lining. Their findings provide new insights on how this tissue, which undergoes change on a daily basis, maintains itself.The intestine is the most highly regenerative organ in the human body, regenerating its lining, called the epithelium, every five to seven days. Continual cell renewal allows the epithelium to withstand the constant wear and tear it suffers while breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and eliminating waste.In a Cell Stem Cell study, the researchers found that mature cells, instead of other stem cells, were responsible for replenishing the stem cell population in the intestinal crypts — cavities at the bottom of hair-like structures in the intestine — of mice.“This is a very basic discovery that allows us to deeply understand how a tissue is organized,” said Ramesh Shivdasani, principal faculty member at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and at Harvard Medical School, and senior author of the study.Over the past 10 years, scientists have thought that the extent to which the intestinal epithelium could regenerate relied on the presence of a second population of stem cells that remained dormant until needed. Instead, when working stem cells are depleted, some types of mature cells transform themselves into stem cells after undergoing a process called dedifferentiation, according to the new study.“This process is possible because all the cells in our body have the same genetic code,” said Shivdasani, “but what makes each cell different is the parts of that genetic code that are actually active.”For dedifferentiation to take place, a cell needs to rearrange the way its DNA is folded into chromatin within the nucleus. This would change which genes are active, something that is generally considered unlikely to happen.However, after depleting the original stem cell population in mouse intestinal crypts, Shivdasani and his colleagues analyzed molecular markers and chromatin signatures unique to each cell type to determine which types of cells were present and in what quantities.They found that two different types of cell populations changed as new stem cells appeared, indicating that these cells were dedifferentiating and becoming stem cells. All evidence suggests that the same mechanism likely occurs in humans.“The intestine appears to have enormous plasticity,” said Shivdasani, “and in thousands of intestinal crypts we could watch the chromatin unfolding.”This research sheds light on basic processes that occur deep in our tissues, allowing our bodies to deal with injury, and it may provide a foundation for identifying therapeutic targets in the future. Shivdasani points out, however, that it’s too early to understand how this knowledge may lead to treatments for specific diseases.“We still don’t understand how the mature cells in the intestine know that the stem cells are missing,” said Shivdasani, but “we have shown that the chromatin barriers are readily reversible and that cells undergoing dedifferentiation can be captured and studied, which is an important start.”This research was supported by funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases, the National Institutes of Health, and gifts from the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation and Pan-Mass Challenge.last_img read more

ROTC seniors to begin assignments

first_imgThirty-nine Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets will be commissioned as officers at the Tri-Military ceremony in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Saturday. The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. and will be followed by a reception in the Pasquerilla Center. The Army will commission 12 2nd lieutenants, the Air Force, 12 and the Marine Corps, six. The Navy will commission nine ensigns.Senior Thomas Capretta, cadet battalion commander of the Army ROTC Fightin’ Irish Battalion, said the commissioning involves taking an oath and getting the rank of Second Lieutenant pinned on each cadet’s uniform. Maj. Gen. Philip Volpe will be the speaker at the ceremony. Volpe, a Notre Dame alumnus, has had a long career in Army medicine, and has received various awards for his service.After the ceremony, the students will officially be commissioned officers of the military.  “Most will have four-year commitments, but some will have longer if their training costs more,” Col. Dennis Mitchell, commanding officer of the Air Force ROTC Unit, said. “For example, three will be going to one year of pilot training and will spend at least 10 years in the Air Force after training.”The Navy also requires four years of active service, with aviators requiring up to eight years after they receive their qualification wings, Lt. William Fensterer, assistant professor of naval science, said. Fensterer said Navy cadets will go to different locations depending on their preferences. “We have some heading to Pilot Training, Surface Ships, Submarine Training, Marine Corps Basic School, one to SEAL Training and one to a Naval Medical Center,” he said. The commissioning ceremony honors every graduating cadet in the ROTC program, but each senior also has the opportunity to do a private commissioning ceremony with his or her family at the Grotto or the east door of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.“These are done mostly on Friday, with a few done on Saturday. I will be doing my private commissioning ceremony at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Grotto,” said Marina Rodriguez, a senior Army cadet.While most ROTC seniors will go directly into the service after graduation, Rodriguez will delay her service a few years to enter medical school.“I am actually in a slightly different situation than most of my peers. I received an education delay authorizing me to delay my service commitment in order to allow me to attend medical school starting in the fall,” Rodriguez said. “So, unlike my peers who will begin their branch training and transition to their assigned units this year, I will be attending University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.”After finishing medical school, Rodriguez will be a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. She will have an eight-year service obligation that must be completed at the end of her residency. “As of right now, I plan to make a career out of the Army and will likely serve at least 20 years,” she said.Rodriguez said the most rewarding part of the ROTC program has been the strong friendships she built over the four years.“My classmates and fellow members of the battalion are some of the best friends I could ever hope for,” she said. “I have grown a lot during my time in ROTC.”Capretta also said the program has influenced his personal development and overall experience at Notre Dame. “ROTC has been an integral part of my college experience. The cadre and recent alumni of the Fightin’ Irish Battalion have been great mentors to me, and have influenced me more than anyone else in the past four years,” Capretta said. “The cadets in program have become some of my best friends at Notre Dame.”As cadet battalion commander of the Army ROTC Fightin’ Irish Battaltion, Capretta was responsible for training the 87 cadets currently in the battalion. In November, Capretta will head to Ft. Benning, Ga. for infantry officer training. After completing his training, he will go to Ft. Carson, Colo. for his first permanent station.“I’m not sure how long I will be in the Army. I can see a career, a four-year stint and anything in between as being possible right now,” he said.Capretta said that after his four years of ROTC training, he feels ready to enter the Army. “Speaking for my classmates, I think we all feel very well prepared for our first assignments in the real Army. The ROTC program here has done a great job of pushing us to improve ourselves,” Capretta said. “It has also given us many leadership opportunities to hone those skills that we will need as officers.”Rodriguez agreed that she feels prepared to move on to the next step. “The instructors here have done an excellent job in preparing us to enter the Army and to serve as leaders of our various units,” she said. “Joining ROTC was one of the best decisions I made during my time here at Notre Dame.”last_img read more

SMC symposium to address incarcerated women

first_imgNext Tuesday Saint Mary’s College will shed light on an often-unheard community within South Bend: incarcerated women. The College is hosting a Symposium on Female Incarceration on Tuesday, December 3 that will highlight the work of men and women who serve the incarcerated. The symposium will take place in Vander Vannet Theater in the College Student Center, Dr. Adrienne Lyles Chockley, visiting assistant professor of justice education said. “Many of the people who are going to be presenting are individuals who came to serve ex-offenders through a very long and kind of winding life journey which I include myself in,” Chockley said. “I have an organization called social justice services that provides re-entry services for ex-offenders, and so many of the people have this very interesting life story that brought us to serve this population.” She said she hopes the all-day, non-stop event will open the floor for dialogue and discussion about the challenges faced by female ex-offenders, what it means to be a woman incarcerated, and the challenges women and their families face as they exit incarceration. “One of our most vulnerable populations in the South Bend community [is] our female ex-offenders, and so we are gathering ex-offenders, advocates, professionals [and] members of the faith community to take a look at what the challenges are and have a discussion about how we can collaboratively address those challenges,” she said. The symposium will feature 15 speakers tied to the South Bend incarcerated community and Chockley will deliver the opening and closing remarks.   “I’m excited about every single person [speaking],” Chockley said. Father David T. Link, former dean of Notre Dame Law School and newly published author, will be the keynote speaker. His new book, “Camerado, I Give You My Hand: How a Powerful Lawyer-Turned-Priest Is Changing the Lives of Men Behind Bars,” is about the value of human life and the transformative power of friendship and compassion, according to his website. Chockley said his life mission is to walk with the incarcerated, especially with those facing the death penalty or on death row, and people who are imprisoned for life. Pat Hosea, a female ex-offender who will speak to a variety of the challenges faced by incarcerated women including sexual violence, addiction and issues with children and child custody, is delivering the second keynote speech. Chockley said she transformed her life after being released from prison; she is now a small business owner and a personal friend to her. “She really speaks to both what the challenges are and real concrete ways to transcend those challenges,” Chockley said. Though incarceration is a relatively well-discussed issue in society, the unique challenges it poses to women are often overlooked, Chockley said.  Many institutions will address incarceration but from a male’s perspective and ignore female-intersected challenges involved including sexual violence, addiction, child-care, and economic concerns, she said.   Now an ex-offender going on 11 years, Hosea said she can attest and identify with theses hardships, but she has used them to shape herself into an advocate for those struggling as she did. “My story never ends because I’ve been a survivor of a lot of things,” Hosea said. With regards to her incarceration experience, she said she recalls the “horridness” of being separated from her children and how that worry weighed upon her during her imprisonment. “It was horrible.  There’s no explanation other than it’s horrible, especially if you have children.” Hosea said.  “[Fortunately] all four of my boys are doing very well. “It was hell.  Never, ever do I ever want to do it again, because if I get off try off track for one second, the enemy will try to take me out.  I’m doing well through the grace of God.” Father James Bracke, C.S.C., staff chaplain of Campus Ministry, said his experience on the other side of prison bars within prison ministry last year led him to see what he could do to help stem the flow of folks falling back into the cycle of incarceration. “I am a beginner student in this maze of re-entry, but I feel called to do something to serve these my sisters and brothers, having paid the price for their mistakes, to have a second chance,” Bracke said.  “It is what Jesus came to give all of us after our fall from grace, and faith says that redemption is real for every one of us.  700 of my brothers and sisters in Christ come back into St. Joseph County each year, and after being warehoused for years are told basically good luck from the system as they go back.   “Many said, ‘Father, I never intended to come back here but I could not find a job to support me or my family.  I had too many stressors and I went back to the street.’  The costs for food, housing, shelter, no transportation and the costs of paying for probation are there with little assistance on job creation.  People are reluctant to hire ex-offenders and the economy is still not back yet for the poor in our country.” Bracke has been in the priesthood for over 33 years, Bracke has visited parishioners in Illinois, Colorado and Indiana.  He said his longtime friend and fellow priest, Father Tom McNally, C.S.C, who is also speaking on the subject of spiritual response to the crisis of incarceration, inspired Bracke to serve those in prison Bracke aims ty embrace the symposium’s importance in drawing attention to voices unheard in the incarcerated community. “Female incarceration is somewhat underreported as to how it has an effect on community and family life,” Bracke said. “My reason for speaking at this symposium is to advocate for folks who have few if any voices to encourage and support them.  Jesus came for the folks on the margins and for those cut off from the rest of society and I feel I want to speak on behalf of them.  It’s all about service and the Lord.   “I feel called to walk the talk, and I hope that students will come to listen and grow in of this critical issue that is not addressed or on the priority list for politicians.  Come with open hearts to hear and see with new eyes.”   Contact Emilie Kefalas at [email protected]last_img read more

Heritage of Hospitality lecture explains the Mass

first_imgSaint Mary’s Campus Ministry hosted the first installation of “A Heritage of Hospitality,” a four-part series exploring the Catholic Mass on Wednesday night. Anne McGowan, the assistant professor of liturgy at the Catholic Theological Union presented “Welcoming God’s Word: From Burning Hearts to Blazing World,” with responses from sophomore Kelly Burke and Marilyn Zugish.Regina Wilson, the director of Campus Ministry, introduced the three speakers and the idea of perceiving the sharing of the Eucharist as an act of hospitality.“At Saint Mary’s, the celebration of the Eucharist is central to our faith life,” Wilson said. “However, as we all know, we are a diverse campus and at times the Eucharist can be experienced as exclusionary and not welcoming. We seek through this project to look at the Eucharist as a practice, to look inside the Eucharist and to understand how it actually shapes us to be people who hospitably welcome and include others in the world.”McGowan spoke on this concept with a lecture calling the audience to listen with “burning hearts.” McGowan said the theme of fire was inspired by an encounter between two disciples and Jesus depicted in the Gospels.“As the title of this talk indicates, we are going to feast on fire this evening,” McGowan said. “It is Christ who calls us, breaks open God’s word with us and for us, feeds us with nothing less than Himself and then sends us out to speak the word of hope to the world and feed whoever we find there who is hungry. When God’s word is proclaimed and interpreted, the people who hear it are set on fire and called to live differently.“Just as sharing stories and engaging in conversation are essential components of a memorable meal that heighten our appreciation of the food, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist are linked together in an enhanced act of devotion. God’s salvation is proclaimed to us in both words and in actions.”Spoken words hold great power, especially when delivered by God, McGowan said. For this reason, the Gospels are read aloud with respect and ceremony, she said.“When God speaks, something happens,” McGowan said. “During Mass, the Gospel in particular is understood as Christ speaking anew to us, and it is for this reason that the Gospel gets the most elaborate ritual treatment among the ancient scriptures. The book of the Gospels is treated with special reverence, and the proclamation of the words of Jesus Christ may be accompanied with candles and incense.”God welcomes people into the Church through Holy Scripture, McGowan said, extending the warmest of welcomes while bringing everyone closer together in a shared experience of hospitality.“The Liturgy of the Word begins with God’s hospitality toward us, in presenting us with these words with the power to change us, offered out of a divine love that is not content to leave us as we are,” McGowan said. “God invites us into closer relationship through Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. And by extension, we are called into deeper relationship with everyone else who God loved into existence and with all of creation. Like a good host, God stands eager to help facilitate these connections for us, opening a vision for a new way of life.”Cultural awareness and inclusion can help the Church cultivate this hospitality, McGowan said, and make the experience of attending Mass one that is accessible to all.“Those who prepare liturgies and those who preach on the readings can exhibit hospitality towards the assembly by being conscious of the diversity of the assembly … and by using preaching where warranted to draw out the relevant Biblical connections,” she said.Despite differences or divisions in the assembly, everyone who attends Mass and listens to the Liturgy of the Word should share an experience of love, McGowan said.“The goal at some level should be falling in love with God,” she said. “After a homily, ask yourself the question, ‘Do you love God more or less than you did before?’ The goal for preachers is to craft a homily inspired by the Holy Spirit that leaves people loving God more.”Tags: heritage of hospitality, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministrylast_img read more

Jackson Buchman Finds Healing in Wild Waters of Appalachia

first_imgThe Long Way Back, By Jackson BuchmanHave you ever been lost in the woods? Sometimes it can take a while before you know you’re really lost. Then panic sets in when you can’t find the way out on your own.Many years ago, I was lost—not in the woods but in my own mind. I struggled with feelings of rejection and an inability to like myself. I made some bad decisions. Then, shortly after my 19th birthday, I found myself running through the woods. I wasn’t running for good health or recreation or participating in some outdoor activity. I was running for my life and scared out of my mind. Several jurisdictions of law enforcement were chasing me, including armed men, dogs, and a helicopter.I had been the subject of a sting operation in which I was set up selling guns to undercover police officers, and momentarily, I had slipped through their grasp. I remember that night clearly. After running for a long time, I had to stop for a minute and catch my breath. I remember bending over and putting my hands on my knees, looking around the woods and thinking, “What am I doing? How did I screw my life up so horribly?” I was scared. The darkness that surrounded those woods couldn’t compare to the darkness I felt inside.jackson-buckman-fly-fishingYet that moment in those woods was also the first moment of clarity I had in some time. I finally saw how out of control my life had become. Law enforcement closed in on me, and I realized that this was the end of my life as I knew it. There was no looking forward to a picnic, a visit with my family, a date with a pretty girl. There was no tomorrow.The courts sentenced me to 13 years in prison, and I spent a portion of that in a maximum security facility. While there, I met men who would never see freedom. My own cellmate had 800 years for multiple counts of murder. When you spend time in prison, it’s not uncommon to re-live every day of freedom you can remember. Often my mind returned to simpler days of camping as a young boy and exploring the woods with friends and family. I longed for the peacefulness of the outdoors. Sometimes, when allowed to go outside for recreation, I would close my eyes and imagine myself walking through the woods. I could smell the pine, hear the wind in the trees, and feel the freedom of the wild woods.If I am honest, I really grew up in prison. The lessons I learned while serving my sentence are invaluable to me today: Don’t take my freedom for granted. The world doesn’t owe me anything. And there must be a God because there is no other explanation as to why I’m still alive.On a cold snowy day in January, I was released from prison after six long years. Snow was falling as I rode toward home outside of Richmond, Va. As .flakes fell over the city, everything looked new and clean. I had so many feelings going through my head. I was frightened that I couldn’t make it in this world. Part of me felt like I didn’t belong out here. But I was relieved to finally be out of prison. My expectations weren’t high; I simply didn’t want to return to prison, and I certainly didn’t want to get lost again.The first year out was difficult. It was a struggle to overcome a prison mentality. Fortunately, in that first year, I met the woman who would become my wife. Several years later we had a son.It’s been many years since that night in the woods, but those memories keep me from ever getting lost in my life like that. I’ve spent many years volunteering to help others who are lost, worked at a local rescue mission, and went back to school to get a master’s degree.When I finally returned to the woods—without being chased this time—I was hiking a trail at Pocahontas State Park. The memories of standing in the prison yard imagining the forest returned. Just as I had done so many times in prison, I closed my eyes and smelled the pine, listened to the wind in the trees, and felt tears rolling down my face as the sense of freedom overwhelmed me.These days, I spend much of my free time camping, hiking, and fishing in the Jefferson and George Washington National Forest. About ten years ago I took up fly fishing and have become very passionate about the sport. However, the outdoors is more than a sporting excursion. For me, it’s spiritual. In difficult times, it is a place to connect with myself and with God. I usually leave the woods with a clearer vision of life than when I entered.Whether I’m wading in a trout stream or hiking to a summit, there is this freedom I feel that I can’t experience anywhere else. It is therapeutic. It has helped me heal. It has shown me the way home.last_img read more

Bob Baffert has strong hand in Breeders’ Cup Classic | Racing News

first_img“I was disappointed in his Preakness run. I think he’s a horse that’s still a little bit green and he can be tough to ride sometimes – like sending him to the Derby, he got behind there a little bit and then wouldn’t engage in it. He’ll do that. He did that at the Haskell where he was running really well – he shuts himself down.“It’s hard to get him going again and so I think he ran a good race, but the mare, she got the first move on him and he just couldn’t get by her. So he’s going to have to improve and I think he will, but he needs to be ridden aggressively away from the gate.”Luis Saez was reunited with Maximum Security last time out, having been his regular partner in finishing first past the post in last year’s Kentucky Derby, only to be disqualified for interference, and winning the Saudi Cup in Riyadh in February.Baffert, who took charge of Maximum Security following the Saudi success, said: “I think last time we were sort of chasing some speed that we knew was not really solid and I think post position and the break is going – that’ll tell the story. These riders are going to be on their own. They know their horses well.“Saez knows Maximum Security better than anybody and he told me when he rode him last time, he was chasing and struggling, and if it could have been over, we would have just taken it back a little bit.“It was a crazy pace and Improbable you know, Drayden (Van Dyke) saw what was happening, he just let them go, and then he came and got him. So I think it’s going to be these jockeys, they know their horse and they’re going to ride the way they feel, play the break.”Tiz The Law has been one of the standout three-year-olds in America this year and looked to be doing everything right under Manny Franco in the Derby, looming alongside Authentic seemingly full of running – but the Baffert runner refused to buckle.Jack Knowlton, operating manager of owners Sackatoga Stable, said of Barclay Tagg’s colt: “We’re obviously thrilled to have a horse of Tiz’s stature and accomplished what he’s accomplished. There are some other horses in there that you look, like Tom’s d’Etat, that you know are outstanding horses as well.“So I think on paper, and obviously we don’t run the races on paper, but on paper, I think it looks like a tremendous race. Given the circumstances, the pandemic and all that, for the 35 partners and Tiz the Law and Barclay Tagg and his team, it’s been a rewarding year to have the horse.“It’s been an incredible year and we’ve got one more race that we’re looking forward to.” All eyes will be on his team this year in a high-class renewal – with the betting headed by Improbable, who will be joined by Maximum Security and Authentic.Improbable lowered the colours of Maximum Security in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita in September, while Kentucky Derby hero Authentic was last seen going down by a neck to top-notch filly Swiss Skydiver in the Preakness Stakes.Baffert said of Improbable, who will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr: “He always showed a lot of talent as a three-year old, but, you know, he wasn’t really mentally mature, physically mature. We always refer to him as a ‘Little Justify’ because he’s a beautiful mover – (his) athleticism is just, the way he goes over the ground and his mechanics, but what a difference a year makes.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Bob Baffert will play a particularly strong hand in pursuit of a fourth Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Saturday.The Hall of Fame trainer has three victories in the $6million spectacular to his name – dominating from 2014 to 2016 with Bayern, American Pharoah and Arrogate.- Advertisement – “He’s just really finally put it all together and I’m just happy they kept him in training an extra year and dealing with Elliott Walden and WinStar Farm – we set up a little schedule for him and it’s worked out perfectly.”Authentic quashed any stamina concerns when digging deep to repel Belmont winner Tiz The Law in the Kentucky Derby, and while he could not quite edge past Swiss Skydiver, Baffert feels there could still be more to come from John Velazquez’s mount.He said: “He actually came out of it (Preakness) really well. He was a late foal and he would make a wonderful four-year-old, but you never know what’s going to happen.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Seoul mandates face masks as S.Korea battles spike in coronavirus

first_imgTopics : South Korea’s capital Seoul on Monday mandated the wearing of face masks in both indoor and outdoor public places for the first time, as the country battles a surge in coronavirus cases centered in the densely populated city region.In May, Seoul’s government had ordered that face masks be worn on public transport and taxis, but the latest spike in cases has health officials worried that the country may need to impose its highest level of social distancing.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 266 new cases as of midnight on Sunday, a drop from the 397 new infections reported a day earlier but a continuation of more than a week of triple-digit daily increases. In Seoul, people will now be required to wear face masks in public indoor places, as well as crowded outdoor areas, except while eating or drinking, the city announced on Sunday.The national government also extended second-tier social-distancing rules which had been in place in Seoul to other areas of the country, banning in-person church meetings and closing nightclubs, buffets and cyber cafes.Officials say that South Korea is on the brink of a nationwide pandemic as the number of new cases is increasing in all 17 regions across the country.Health authorities say they are considering imposing the toughest stage 3 social-distancing rules, where schools and business are urged to close, if the spread of new cases does not slow soon.last_img read more

ABP to commit €500m to green mortgages

first_imgThe €409bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP has committed €500m to “green mortgages”, which come with a discount for energy-efficient residential property.The discount would not only apply to purchased assets with the highest energy efficiency, but also to the mortgaged property after it has been converted to meet the requirements of energy label ‘A’ during the duration of the mortgage.This way, both parties would contribute to improving the green credentials of the property market, ABP said.The pension fund added that its investment would be managed by Vista Hypotheken, a mortgage subsidiary of Rabobank focusing on consumers seeking clear and simple conditions combined with a long fixed interest period. Vista clients would be provided with easily accessible information about the options for increasing the sustainability of their property through sustainability adviser GreenHome.ABP said the investment was part of an overall commitment to allocate up to €800m in mortgages through Vista Hypotheken.Its combined worldwide holdings of residential mortgages total €9bn, €4bn which has been invested in the Netherlands.The civil service scheme said its latest commitment was part of its goal to increase the sustainability of its mortgages, and also contributed to its target of investing €58bn in total in sustainable development by 2020.Hikmet Sevdican, director of Vista, said that the energy efficiency discount made the mortgages stand out to institutional investors seeking investments focused on returns as well as sustainability.Rabobank launched Vista Hypotheken as a new brand for residential mortgages provided through intermediaries last April.ABP said that APG, its asset manager, had reserved €1bn in total for ABP and its other pension fund clients to invest in Vista Hypotheken, half of which was destined for sustainable mortgages.IPE will publish a special report on green finance in February’s issue of the magazinelast_img read more