Last night was a beautiful celebration for a not-so beautiful tragedy. In loving memory of Butch Trucks, family and friends came together for a special tribute show at American Beauty in NYC. The Brandon Niederauer Band opened up the night with some originals, covers, and a scorching cover of “Whipping Post” to close their 1+ hour set.The Allman Brothers theme continued as famed biographer Alan Paul and his Big In China band took the stage. Special guests Andy Aledort (Dickey Betts Band), Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band), and Junior Mack (Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band) were also all on deck for an incredible evening of ABB classics, with more surprise sit-ins from Tim Woods and Ben Sparaco. From “Statesboro Blues,” “Blue Sky,” “Sweet Melissa,” “Dreams,” and an amazing “Liz Reed” that featured the young guitar virtuoso and his jaw-dropping talents, the evening came out on top to define “celebration” in more ways than one.The event included a silent auction with donated Allman Brothers memorabilia to raise money for The Big House Museum in Macon, GA. If you weren’t able to attend, and would still like to make a donation, head to this website. It was truly special to see so many people come together in loving memory of the Freight Train man himself. Enjoy these videos below, courtesy of sgibson818:Alan Paul’s Big In China w/ special guests: [photo by Joel Fried]
Persian delicacies, ‘black hole cake,’ and reflections from a world-famous physicist Black holes have long been painted as eternal prisons, regions of space so dense that nothing — not even light — can escape them. But the truth, Stephen Hawking told a packed Sanders Theatre this afternoon, is that the holes aren’t as black as you might think.In a session that was the hottest ticket on campus in some time, the renowned Cambridge theoretical physicist and cosmologist spoke to more than 1,000 faculty, students, and staff at Sanders, with dozens more watching at simulcast sites in the Science Center and at Jefferson Lab.Hawking’s lecture focused on his research into black holes and the information paradox, which suggests that physical information is permanently lost in such holes, a controversial notion that violates the scientific tenet that information about a system from one time can be used to understand its state at any other time.“It is said that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that more true than in the case of black holes,” Hawking said. “Black holes are stranger than anything dreamed up by science fiction writers, but they are clearly matters of science fact.”,Over the years, Hawking said, the murky nature of black holes has forced scientists to grapple with theories that can contradict each other and — in some cases — our basic understanding of the universe. Early theories argued that black holes retain virtually no information about the stars from which they formed, he said. Instead, only their mass, angular momentum, and electrical charge were preserved.“Apart from these three properties, the black hole preserves no other details of the object that collapsed,” he said, describing the theory. “For example, the final black hole state is independent of whether the body that collapsed was composed of matter or antimatter, or whether it was spherical or highly irregular.”Based on that theory, he explained, it appeared that identical black holes could be formed by an infinite number of different configurations of matter. Quantum mechanics, however, suggested the exact opposite by showing that black holes could only be formed by particles with particular wavelengths.“This created a paradox about the nature of black holes. One theory suggested that black holes with identical qualities could be formed from an infinite number of different types of stars; another suggested that the number could be finite,” Hawking said. “This is a problem of information.”If the information about the bodies that form black holes is not lost, Hawking said, then “black holes contain a lot of information that is hidden from the outside world.“If the amount of hidden information inside a black hole depends on the size of the hole, one would expect, on general principles, that a black hole would have a temperature and would glow like a piece of hot metal,” he continued. “But that was impossible because, as everyone knew, nothing could get out of a black hole — or so it was thought.” Related My dinner with Dr. Hawking In early 1974, Hawking began to challenge that axiom when he discovered particles emitting from a black hole at a steady rate.“Like everyone else at that time, I accepted the dictum that a black hole could not emit anything,” he said. “What finally convinced me that it was a real physical process was that the outgoing particles had a spectrum that was precisely thermal.”That outflow, later dubbed Hawking radiation, was among the key ideas that revolutionized science’s understanding of black holes by suggesting that at least some energy could be emitted by the mysterious phenomena.Currently the Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and founder of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge, Hawking is arguably best known as the author of the best-selling book on cosmology “A Brief History of Time.”In 1963, Hawking was diagnosed with a rare, slow-progressing form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and was given two years to live. Despite that diagnosis, he went to Cambridge University, where he would serve as the Lucasian Professor at Cambridge — a post once held by Isaac Newton — for three decades.Hawking’s contributions to understanding the universe have been called the most significant since Einstein. Hawking theorized correctly that black holes emit radiation. He was also the first to describe a theory of cosmology that united general relativity and quantum mechanics, and is an ardent supporter of the “many worlds” interpretation of quantum mechanics.As black holes emit particles, they will eventually lose mass, shrink, and disappear, but the question of what happens to the information they held remains.“What happens to all the particles that fell into the black hole?” he asked. “They can’t just emerge when the black hole disappears. The particles that come out of a black hole seem to be completely random and bear no relation to what fell in. It appears that the information about what fell in is lost, apart from the total amount of mass and the amount of rotation.”If that information is truly lost, Hawking said, that strikes at the heart of our understanding of science.“For more than 200 years, we have believed in the science of determinism, that is that the laws of science determine the evolution of the universe,” he said. “If information were lost in black holes, we wouldn’t be able to predict the future because the black hole could emit any collection of particles.“It might seem that it wouldn’t matter very much if we couldn’t predict what comes out of black holes — there aren’t any black holes near us,” he continued. “But it’s a matter of principle. If determinism — the predictability of the universe — breaks down in black holes, it could break down in other situations. Even worse, if determinism breaks down, we can’t be sure of our past history either. The history books and our memories could just be illusions. It is the past that tells us who we are. Without it, we lose our identity.”To understand whether that information is in fact lost, or whether it can be recovered, Hawking and colleagues, including Andrew Strominger, the Gwill E. York Professor of Physics at Harvard, are currently working to understand “supertranslations” to explain the mechanism by which information is returned from a black hole and encoded on the hole’s “event horizon.”Following the lecture, Hawking answered three questions from audience members, including one about his recently announced Breakthrough Starshot project, which aims to send probes to the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri.“The solar system contains nowhere” that is “as favorable to human life as the Earth,” Hawking said. “The moon is small and has no atmosphere. Mars is also smaller than the Earth. It has a thin atmosphere, but it is not enough to breathe or protect us from cosmic radiation, so astronauts will have to live underground. To find somewhere like the Earth, we have to boldly go to the stars.”
Theology professor Fr. Brian Daley received the 2012 Ratzinger Prize in Theology, also known as the “Nobel Prize of Theology,” for his work in studying the early Church. Pope Benedict XVI will officially present Daley with the honor Oct. 20 in Rome. The annual Ratzinger Prize recognizes “distinguished scholarship in scripture, patristics and fundamental theology,” according to a University press release. Daley said the award reflects the Pope’s personal theological interests. “When the Pope was just Joseph Ratzinger and a professor of theology, he worked on contemporary theology, but was very strongly interested in the Bible, the early Church and the medieval Church,” Daley said. “So I think they try to honor those interests of his when they give out the prizes.” The other recipient of this year’s award is RÃ©mi Brague, a French Catholic philosopher who will visit campus next week. Daley said he is excited for his friends in Rome to attend the award ceremony and to shake hands with the Pope, whom he had the opportunity to meet briefly at a theology conference in the 1970s. “I see theology as a service to the Church, really, so it’s very moving for me to have some sort of recognition from the Church that commemorates our present Holy Father, who is one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century, and I look forward to meeting him,” Daley said. Daley said the award came to him as a complete surprise, but he feels honored for the Pope to personally recognize his work. “It’s simply a kind of vote of confidence from the Holy Father, who is a theologian, and who especially is interested in theology of the early Church and the Middle Ages,” Daley said. Daley said he considers his work part of a greater whole. “I see what I do as a theologian as very much part of the Church’s pastoral mission. … I don’t see a strong line between theology and preaching,” he said. “When I’m preaching at a liturgy, what I try to do is make the Word of God accessible to people and let it come alive. “My teaching, too, I see as trying to move from faith to understanding, to help people get a deeper grasp on what the faith of the Church is.” The Department of Theology at Notre Dame shares a similar perspective on its academic discipline, and Daley said the award reflects the quality of the department as a whole. “My sense of what theology is widely shared in the department. It’s a department that really does see its role as providing the understanding for faith,” Daley said. “Most people see their role as being part of the believing community, and everyone in the department is a person of faith.” Daley said he tries to be a minister of the Church through teaching, preaching and scholarship to the best of his abilities. “I love the Church and I try to represent the wisdom of the Church in what I do,” he said.
Christian Borle Looks like these Main Stem favorites are moving to Hollywood, for now at least. Tony winners Jane Krakowski and Harriet Harris are to star in upcoming pilots. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Krakowski will headline FOX’s comedy Dead Boss. Meanwhile Deadline reports that Harris will star opposite Tony winner Christian Borle in NBC’s Lifesaver.Dead Boss is based on the U.K. TV series and Krakowski will play Helen Stephens, a career-obsessed woman who is convicted of murdering her boss. Innocent, Helen is surprised by the guilty verdict and hopes the situation will be sorted out swiftly. Krakowski won a Tony Award for playing Carla in the Broadway revival of Nine and an Olivier Award for playing Adelaide in Guys and Dolls in London. A Tony nominee for Grand Hotel, she has also appeared on Broadway in Company, Once Upon a Mattress, Tartuffe and Starlight Express and starred in the 2008 Encores! summer production of Damn Yankees.Harris will play Borle’s mother, Liz Parmenter. Penned by Wil Calhoun, Lifesaver is an odd couple comedy that centers around two polar opposites. Borle will play Dr. Graham Permenter, a control freak whose life becomes inextricably linked with the maverick Leon, played by Jonathan Ryland, after Leon donates a kidney to him. Harris won the Tony for her performance as Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Her other Broadway credits include Cinderella, Present Laughter, Cry-Baby and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Star Files Jane Krakowski View Comments Harriet Harris
Zachary Quinto Star Files Sutton Foster Roger Rees A Singular Sensation of an Evening With Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff & More This certainly is a thrilling combination. A plethora of theater favorites including Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff, John Lithgow, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zachary Quinto, Martha Plimpton, Billy Porter, Joshua Bell, Lindsay Mendez, Claybourne Elder and Krysta Rodriguez will perform in the one-night-only Public Theater annual gala One Thrilling Combination on June 23 at the Delacorte Theater. Directed by Ted Sperling, this year’s event will celebrate Marvin Hamlisch, The Public Theater and the 40th anniversary of the creation of A Chorus Line. Lindsay Mendez Anna Chlumsky and More Head to Williamstown; Lauren Ambrose Withdraws The already starry Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2014 season just got even starrier. Emmy nominee Anna Chlumsky (Veep) and Tony nominee Douglas Sills will star in Living on Love, while Jason Danieley (replacing the previously announced Howard McGillin), Christopher Newcomer, Tom Nelis, and Aaron Ramey join Chita Rivera, Roger Rees, and company in Kander and Ebb’s The Visit. Jeffrey DeMunn will be part of the cast of A Great Wilderness and The Skivvies will make the Festival’s summer nights even hotter on July 27 and 28. However, although Christopher Abbott (Girls) will join Chris Pine in Fool for Love, Lauren Ambrose has withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts. View All (10) Jonathan Groff John Lithgow Krysta Rodriguez Sophie Okonedo Billy Porter Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. See Queen Members Brian May & Roger Taylor Perform at We Will Rock You’s Final Performance After 12 years at the Dominion Theatre, the rhapsody may have ended (for now at least) for We Will Rock You in the West End, but nothing was going to stop Brian May and Roger Taylor from making sure that the Queen musical had an appropriately rock and roll send off this weekend. Check out the iconic band members joining the encore of the show’s final performance below. Benedict Cumberbatch Ambushes Judi Dench As if we needed any more reasons to love Benedict Cumberbatch. The Sherlock star asked Tony and Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench in the middle of a Shakespeare masterclass: “Would you like to be in Richard III with me?” According to The Daily Telegraph, after a theatrical pause (naturally), the legend’s answer was in the affirmative. Ours would have been too, although we doubt we’d have managed the pause. Dench will play Queen Margaret in The Hollow Crown TV series opposite Cumberbatch’s Richard III. As previously reported, the films will also feature 2014 Tony nominee Sophie Okonedo. Chita Rivera View Comments
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He had suffered a fever while in Bali and decided to go back to his home in Surakarta. But when he arrived at the airport, he was immediately transferred to the hospital.“Thank God, now I’ve been declared negative I was so exhausted but the doctors and nurses always supported me and did their best, it gave me the motivation to get better,” he said.He further expressed his hope that the pandemic would be over soon and that people would not discriminate against former patients like him and support them instead.Purwanti, another recovered patient, also shared her experience undergoing treatment. She said that she contracted the disease from her late husband, who died of COVID-19 after reportedly contracting the virus at a seminar in Bogor, West Java.“I didn’t feel any symptoms but I tested positive. Now after receiving treatment, I have been declared negative for COVID-19,” she said.Ganjar said he had called the two patients to hear their stories and how they fought to recover.“I hope other people can learn from the stories and be inspired,” he said.He went on to ask the general public to play their part in curbing the spread of COVID-19.“Stay at home unless it’s very urgent. And please end the stigma against COVID-19 patients, they need our prayers and support,” he said.As of Monday, there were 81 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Central Java, with seven deaths. (aly)Topics : A recovered COVID-19 patient in Central Java has recounted his experience fighting the disease and called on the general public to protect each other’s health by not going back to their hometowns for the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus).“I’m asking everyone to stay where you are during this pandemic. Don’t mudik, you could spread the virus to your family,” the patient, identified only as Robby, told Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo during a phone call on Sunday.Robby, a tour guide, was treated for 16 days in the Moewardi Hospital in Surakarta, Central Java. He tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after returning from Bali.
702/8 Waverley St, Southport.HAMPTONS style is not limited to only acerage properties – this stunning penthouse proves the design can also take on heights.Located close to The Southport School at 702/8 Waverley St is a luxurious sky home which pays testament to Hamptons luxury.702/8 Waverley St, Southport.Large bay-style windows complete with shutters combine with wall-sconce style lighting to add a Hamptons flair.Lambert Willcox Estate Agents director Jesse Willcox is marketing the sky-home and said the location had drawn interest from interstate investors.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago702/8 Waverley St, Southport.“Southport has a vacancy rate of just one per cent and because of the very strong rental yield, we expect to receive just as much interest from investors as from locals,” Willcox said.Willcox said the pet-friendly apartment included a practical floorplan and luxurious design.With 270 degree views of the Gold Coast, the three-bedroom apartment also has marble finishes in the kitchen.702/8 Waverley St, Southport.Willcox said the kitchen was designed for entertaining.“The kitchen really is state of the art in design, with bar area and open for socialising between you and your friends with private prep areas or butler’s pantry,” he said. “The attention to detail is the most amazing part.”702/8 Waverley St, Southport.The main bedroom is ensuited and has a touch of luxury with a bath and walk in robe. The penthouse also features chandeliers and a marble kitchen bench top.
French oil major Total posted a 45 percent increase in the third quarter 2018 profit, boosted by higher production and oil prices.Total’s Kaombo project / Image by PetrolisThe company’s net profit was around $3.9 billion, up from $2.7 billion in the third quarter of 2017.Commenting on the results, Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné said: “Total’s third-quarter adjusted net income increased by 48% from last year to $4.0 billion, while oil prices increased by 44% to 75 $/b supported by supply tensions and the geopolitical context.”“These results confirm the Group’s ability to take full advantage of the favorable environment and to deliver on its objectives for production growth and cost discipline thanks to very good operational efficiency.Exploration & Production doubled its adjusted net operating profit to $2.9 billion in the third quarter. Production rose to 2.8 Mboe/d, an increase of 8.6% compared to a year ago.Production grew from last year’s 2,5 million barrels of oil equivalent per day to 3Q 2018 2,8 Mboe/d, boosted by start-ups and ramp-ups from offshore projects in Australia, Angola, Kazakhstan, Russia, and the North Sea.“Notably during the quarter, major project start-ups included Kaombo in Angola, Ichthys LNG in Australia and the second train of Yamal LNG in Russia. Production growth for 2018 will be close to 8%. Also, exploration had significant success with the wells of Glendronach in the United Kingdom, Shwee Yee Htun 2 in Myanmar and Sururu in Brazil,” Pouyanné said.Looking ahead, Total said while Brent continued trading at around $80 a barrel due to geopolitical context and supply tensions, the company would still work to improve operational efficiency and reduce breakeven to place itself in a position to make profit in any environment.Total said its Upstream division was well position to profit from the rise in oil prices thanks to expected output growth of 8% for 2018, and 6-7% per year by 2020.Production will be boosted in the coming months by the start-ups of the third train at Yamal LNG in Russia, Egina FPSO in Nigeria, Tempa Rossa in Italy, and the second Ichthys LNG train in Australia.
Share Sharing is caring! 34 Views no discussions Share LifestyleRelationships 9 signs you are marrying the wrong guy. by: – May 25, 2011 Tweet Share The decision of who we marry is probably the most important decision we will ever make in our lives. We make other commitments, of course — buy real estate, get dogs, have children — but the person with whom we walk down that aisle is the one who will be right next to us our whole lives.So why do so many people do it so wrong? We are scared, it seems. We are scared of being alone, scared of not having kids, scared of a million things. But marrying the wrong guy leaves us more lonely than being alone. And one woman in England described for the Daily Mail just how.Writer Claire Lindsey who had her own disastrous first marriage says:If I could offer advice to a bride-to-be or future groom who think they could be making a mistake, it would be to listen to those warning bells. Don’t ignore them.So here are 9 signs you’re marrying the wrong person:You aren’t attracted to him: Guess what? This matters! If you don’t want to rip his clothing off now, I promise you that you won’t want him anymore when he’s balding and covered in baby vomit. You had better be hot, hot, hot for him. Lukewarm does NOT a good marriage make.You feel superior to him: If his education level is lower or his job is more blue collar than yours, it doesn’t matter. Unless, of course, it matters to you. If you find yourself embarrassed of him or making excuses or feeling shame, don’t marry him. Run!He doesn’t make you feel good: If he tells you that you need to lose a few, then you probably do: him! That’s a good 200 pounds off right there. Seriously, you shouldn’t be with a guy who makes you feel any less than the most attractive woman in the room.His values stink: If he doesn’t think you need to talk to family or finish work or school or do something that matters to you, then maybe you ought to think twice before sharing a name with him.He is controlling: If he tells you what to do and that isn’t what you like (in bed or out), then you might not want to put up with that for decades. Run while you still can.He shuts down: Communication is probably the most important part of any marriage. If you two aren’t talking now, you sure as hell won’t be talking later. Marry a talker and you won’t be sorry.You don’t think he is funny: My husband and I have been married eight years, together a decade now, and the number one reason I know we will never divorce is simple: We crack each other up. It might seem like a small thing, but if you can laugh even in hard times, you have a keeper. Period. End of story.