AEG Live confirmed on Saturday that their New York City-based Panorama Music Festival will not take place in 2019, but could return to its originally-planned home in the Flushing Meadows area of Queens in 2020.The three-day event had taken place at Randall’s Island Park located on NYC’s East River in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The event has acted as the east-coast answer to Goldenvoice‘s Coachella, and has welcomed a mixed (but mostly-younger) crowd of fans for three days of music and unique life-size art installations at the same location where Governors Ball and Electric Zoo take place every summer. Organizers will spend their 2019 hiatus working with the city’s park officials on relocating the event to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens in 2020, the same location where AEG also produced Paul Simon‘s final concert last fall.“We were disappointed in NYC Parks denial of our permit application despite the long term benefits this event would deliver to the community and the park,” AEG said in a statement on Saturday. “While we have enjoyed our time on Randall’s Island and its great facilities, we feel that we have achieved all that we can at this site. We look forward to continued conversations with City Parks to explore making the Flushing Meadows site a reality. Until then, we thank the fans and artists who supported the event for the last 3 years of fantastic performances.”Though the first few years of the event were considered a success by some, it hasn’t been without its fair share of hiccups. In 2017, Panorama producers were forced to close down one of the event’s side tents after a non-threatening stage collapse took place on day one. Last year’s event also came with a few sudden changes, as scheduled headliner Cardi B was forced to step down due to pregnancy, only to be replaced by rapper Lil Wayne, who never showed up to perform due to travel issues on his way to the festival. The first day of last year’s event was also cut short when fans had to evacuate Randall’s Island due to severe weather.[H/T Billboard]
By Phil WilliamsUniversity of GeorgiaScientists may need to reexamine assumptions about the spreadof antibiotic-resistant genes, according to a new study byresearchers at the University of Georgia. They found that poultry litter -a ubiquitous part of largebroiler operations – harbors a vastly larger number of microbialagents that collect and express resistance genes than waspreviously known.The study, published April 20 in the Proceedings of theNational Academy of Sciences, shows that waste left behind by flocksraised in industrial chicken houses is rich in genes calledintegrons that promote the spread and persistence of clusters ofvaried antibiotic resistance genes. Samples takens from Georgia poultry houses Integrons are the key to the problem Humans and animals have billions of bacteria in and on theirbodies at any time, and even if resistance to a single antibioticarises in a few of them through mutation, there are still severalother antibiotics that can eliminate them. But if bacteria in thesame environment are already equipped with clusters of genesconferring resistance to many antibiotics and can readilyexchange these clusters, then the treatment options are limited.”That’s what we have today, and the surprising abundance ofintegrons in the environment is a key as to why we have thisproblem,” said Summers.The discovery is now leading Summers and her UGA colleagues tosee whether these resistance-gene-clustering systems are presentin previously unrecognized reservoirs in companion animals andhumans. The results will change our understanding of whereresistance to new antibiotics will develop and how fast and howfar it will spread and have implications for all antibiotic use,not just that in agriculture.The research was supported by a grant from the NationalResearch Initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and madepossible by four anonymous poultry producing companies thatafforded free access to their facilities for sample collection. Solving long-standing puzzle”We were surprised to find a vastly greater pool of thesemulti-resistance clustering agents than anyone had suspectedbefore,” said Anne Summers, a UGA microbiologist who led thestudy. “Finding such a huge reservoir of integrons explains along-standing puzzle about how clusters of resistance genesspread so rapidly and persist in bacterial communities even afterantibiotic use concludes.”Other authors of the paper included Sobhan Nandi, apostdoctoral associate in the UGA department of microbiology, andJohn Maurerand Charles Hofacre of the department of avian medicine in UGA’sCollege of Veterinary Medicine. Maurer also holds an appointmentwith the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’Center for Food Safety in Griffin.Antibiotic resistance is a serious and growing problem for farmanimal operations and human health. Antibiotic use to treatdisease and increase feed efficiency has been a common part ofindustrial farms for more than half a century. When antibiotic-resistant bacteria began to show up in hospitalsin the 1950s, researchers initially believed that simplyrestricting the use of antibiotics on farms could reduce theprevalence of antibiotic resistance among humans.”Over the past 30 years, we have learned this hope wasunrealistic because we share both pathogenic and benign bacteriawith other humans and animals,” said Summers, “and becausebacteria transfer genes among themselves.” At the heart of the multi-resistance problem are integrons,which scientists until now have exclusively studied in suchpathogenicbacteria as Salmonella and E. coli. The UGA team wondered, however: Does the poultry productionenvironment also harbor integrons that assemble these largeclusters of distinct resistance genes? To find out, samples of poultry litter from Georgia broilerhouses were collected regularly over a 13-week period. Litterbegins as a bedding material of softwood shavings placed incommercial broiler houses before chicks are brought to it. By thetime the flock is harvested, the shavings have become mixed withchicken feces, uric acid, skin, feathers, insects and smallinvertebrates. Rich in minerals, poultry litter is often recycledfor fertilizer and other uses. What the researchers discovered was startling: One integron type,called intl1 (typically found in E. coli and Salmonella) was upto 500 times more abundant than these bacteria themselves were inlitter. A bit of microbial sleuthing revealed that integrons arealso carried by so-called Gram positive bacteria that are muchmore abundant in litter than the E. coli-type bugs, called Gramnegative bacteria.”The fact that integron genes in the Gram positive bacteriaare identical to those of E. coli indicates they are beingactivelyexchanged among these otherwise unrelated bacteria,” saidSummers. “Just as intriguing, integrons and resistance genes wereabundant regardless of antibiotic use on the farms, suggestingthat, once acquired, integrons are inherently stable, evenwithout continual exposure to antibiotics.”The study has several significant implications, said Summers.Most studies of antibiotic resistance have been done in hospitalsettings, and until recently, much less work has been done on thereal-world ecology of systems that createmultiple-resistant clusters. Knowledge about how antibioticresistancesspread from animals to humans is at present sketchy; however,since humans and their pets are “colonized” by similar bacteria,it is reasonable to think we and our companion animals alsoharbor such multi-resistance gene clusters that are enriched whenwe take an antibiotic ourselves or treat our pets.
IBM announced today it has awarded $525,540 in grants, ranging from $500 to $10,000, to more than 100 Vermont not-for-profit organizations and schools throughout the state. The grants were awarded as part of IBM’s celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2011, and made to organizations where IBM employees are volunteers. The grants fund organizations throughout the state supporting the arts, education, disaster and emergency response, the environment, health and youth services, and libraries. These grants bring the approximate value of IBM’s corporate and employee community support in Vermont to $2.7 million for 2011. This includes Centennial Celebration of Service grants and other corporate grants, employee pledges to the company’s annual Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign, and the value of more than 45,000 hours of recorded employee volunteer service. The Centennial grants include 20 IBM Community Impact grants for $10,000 each that support IBM employees’ involvement in local projects that link IBM’s community priorities with a school or not-for-profit organization. In addition, earlier this year IBM announced a $10,000 grant to the DREAM mentoring program and a $100,000 corporate Centennial Grant ‘ one of only 11 awarded worldwide ‘ for an energy efficiency project for HowardCenter and the Vermont State Colleges. IBM is providing nearly $12 million in grants worldwide to schools and not-for-profit organizations this year in recognition of its 100thanniversary. ‘Every one of these IBM grants came to Vermont based on the personal commitment and involvement of IBM employees to community organizations, both as individuals and teams,’ said Janette Bombardier, senior location executive for IBM in Vermont. ‘IBM’s combined community support reached nearly every corner of the state and is representative of the positive impact made by IBM and its employees in Vermont every year, and particularly during this IBM Centennial year.’ The grants support organizations providing services both regionally and statewide. Some examples include funding for: — A swift water rescue team for Grafton Fire and Rescue — Emergency shelter project of the Northern Vermont Chapter of the American Red Cross — Installation of e-911 signs by Fairfax EMS. — The annual Vermont State Science and Math Fair. — Creation of an environmental curriculum for YMCA’s Camp Hochelega. — Expansion of Linking Learning to Life’s career awareness program into Lamoille and Addison. counties. — Educational programs of Vermont Works for Women. IBM Vermont 12.20.2011
Top officials at the headquarters of the Ghana Football Association quickly abandoned post following the President’s order for the arrest of the President of the Ghana Football Association.Joy News reporter, Ernest Manu, who was at the FA offices saw officials of the FA drive off quickly after the news broke late Tuesday afternoon that Kwesi Nyantakyi is wanted for defrauding by false pretence.An investigation by undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas into corruption in football administration appears to be indicting Ghana’s most successful FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi.The order for his arrest threatens to loosen his more than 17-years old grip on the Ghana Football Association.The investigative work to be aired in June is living up to the hype of sending shivers down the spine of the powerful in the sports sector.