Watch Greensky Bluegrass And Fruition Team Up On “Wings For Wheels” And Led Zep’s “Whole Lotta Love”

first_imgOver the past week, Greensky Bluegrass geared up and got into the full swing of their fall tour with a string of five shows across California, Arizona, and Nevada from last Tuesday through to Saturday night. For the first part of their tour thus far, Greensky was joined by Hot Buttered Rum before meeting up with Portland-based Fruition on Thursday for the remaining dates of this week’s run. Over the weekend on Saturday, September 16th,  Greensky Bluegrass and Fruition hit the House of Blues in Anaheim, California before the two acts begin to make their way west for their upcoming sold-out Red Rocks performance on September 23rd.During the show in Anaheim, to close out the West Coast leg of their fall tour, Greensky invited friends from Fruition to join them during the encore. Four-fifths of Fruition (minus bassist Jeff Leonard) came out for the joint encore of “Wings For Wheels” and “Whole Lotta Love”, with Mimi Naja, Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek, and Tyler Thompson joining the Greensky Bluegrass boys for the two-song show closer. Opening their encore with Greensky’s original, “Wings For Wheels” off 2014’s If Sorrow Swims, the ensemble then closed out the show in full with an energized cover of the Led Zeppelin classic, “Whole Lotta Love.” You can check out the video of Greensky and Fruition’s Saturday night collaboration below.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | House of Blues | Anaheim, CA | 9/16/2017Set One: Money for Nothing, Depot Bay, Broken Highways, Just to Lie > J2L jam > Bottle Dry, Worried About the Weather, Handguns, Blood Sucking Friends, Don’t LieSet Two: A Letter to Seymour, New Rize Hill, Working on a Building, Run or Die, Tuesday Letter, Handle with Care, Demons, Forget Everything, Broke Mountain Breakdown > Before Bring Out Your Dead > Bring Out Your DeadEncore: Wings for Wheels*, Whole Lotta Love*Notes: *with Fruition’s Kellen Asebroek, Mimi Naja, Jay Cobb Anderson, and Tyler ThompsonGreensky Bluegrass and Fruition, “Wings For Wheels”, Whole Lotta Love [Video: butteredamigo]last_img read more

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COVID-19: Indonesia on hunt for PCR testing kits

first_imgIndonesia is struggling to acquire the necessary kits to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing on a massive scale given the surge in global demand, the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 affairs has said.Achmad Yurianto, who is also the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the government was scrambling to procure reagents from other countries as Indonesia’s current stock of reagents would only last a week.The supply would only be enough for 35,000 tests, he said.“The problem for our existing labs, which use open-circuit machines, is that the whole world is scrambling to acquire reagents for RNA [ribonucleic acid] extraction. Because these reagents are certainly used by all labs with open-circuit [machines]”.Read also: In major policy shift, Jokowi orders transparency in pandemic fightYurianto said that, as testing kit factories had reached their full production capacity, many countries, including Indonesia, were looking to countries that had an oversupply of kits. “The pandemic has brought about this consequence; any country will meet its own needs and prioritize itself first,” Yurianto said.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reiterated his call for the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 task force to conduct more PCR testing on Monday, saying that they should aim to conduct at least 10,000 tests a day amid criticism that the country had one of the lowest testing rates in the world.Yurianto said that, according to government estimates, the country would need to conduct some 1.2 million tests, which it should look to accomplish by May.The government needs to reach the figure not only to detect new cases but also to find out whether there have been any recoveries, as patients with moderate symptoms might need to undergo the test four times, while those with severe symptoms might need to get tested even more than that.Aside from efforts to obtain supplies of reagents, Yurianto said the government would opt to use rapid molecular testing equipment commonly used to detect tuberculosis bacteria, which with adjusted cartridges can detect the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19.Yurianto said there were 957 such machines in 456 cities and regencies across the country, but only 305 were compatible, as they were produced after 2018.This option, however, is not without its share of problems, as the demand for such cartridges, produced in a limited amount by the United States, was on the rise elsewhere. Yurianto said the government had ordered 23,000 cartridges this month, which could be used to run the same number of tests, but they would arrive in stages, with the first 3,000 cartridges currently on the way.A similar concern was shared by Arya Sinulingga, an aide to State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir, who said in a press briefing earlier this month that almost all countries in the world were scrambling to acquire testing kits and machines. The SOEs Ministry recently imported two RNA extractors and 18 PCR detectors, which Arya said would be distributed to labs in 12 regions.The Health Ministry has a nationwide network of 32 laboratories that can run a total 5,000 tests a day with a declining supply of reagents, according to Yurianto, as the Health Ministry was assessing several other labs, including private ones, to run the tests.Read also: Govt wants 78 laboratories to conduct COVID-19 testsA survey by the Indonesian Medical Biology Association (PBMI) showed that, as of April 5, Indonesia had at least 106 laboratories that met the standards to run PCR tests as proposed by the Health Ministry. However, for the government to make the most of these labs, it must ensure a sustainable supply of testing kits, experts said.Yogyakarta’s spokesperson for COVID-19 affairs, Berty Murtiningsih, said that reagents were often unavailable from the central government. She said her administration supported Jokowi’s aim of testing 10,000 people per day, as long as the reagents were available.There are four labs running PCR tests in Yogyakarta; two in Gadjah Mada University Hospital, one in Dr. Sardjito General Hospital and the Health Ministry’s Environmental Health and Disease Control Center (BBTKLPP), which also processes samples from nearby Central Java. There is usually a long backlog at the BBTKLPP, Berty said.“Each lab could process between 100 and 150 samples, provided the reagents are available,” she added.West Java Health Agency head Berli Hamdani said there were currently three labs processing the tests in the province with a total capacity of 1,400 tests per day, but the figure is expected to double when machines imported by the SOEs Ministry arrive.The province’s COVID-19 task force secretary, Daud Achmad, said on Monday that his administration had 20,000 PCR testing kits and, as a result, the most urgent tests should be prioritized.Bali is planning to double its testing capacity by preparing Udayana University Hospital’s lab as it also expects PCR testing machines from the central government. Currently, Sanglah Hospital’s laboratory is the only laboratory conducting PCR testing on the resort island with a capacity of 68 tests a day.— Bambang Muryanto, Arya Dipa, Ni Komang Erviani and Asip Hasani contributed to this story from Yogyakarta, Bandung, Denpasar and Blitar.Topics :last_img read more

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SU women left out of NCAA Tournament, selection committee cites poor strength of schedule

first_img Comments Published on March 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm If there was one thing that was going to keep the Syracuse women’s basketball team from reaching the NCAA Tournament, it was its strength of schedule. Despite playing six games against current Top 25 teams this season, the Orange had the 340th toughest out-of-conference schedule in the country.And for NCAA Selection Committee Chair Jane Meyer, it was that glaring weakness in its postseason resume that ultimately cost Syracuse an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.‘As the committee evaluated Syracuse’s team sheet, one of their keys is their strength of schedule,’ Meyer said. ‘Their non-conference strength of schedule was 340, and they had some bad losses against South Florida, Villanova and Cincinnati.Just minutes after the field was announced, Meyer spoke in a media teleconference about the committees decision to deny SU one of 33 at-large bids into the tournament. During the teleconference, Meyer emphasized that had the Orange taken care of its business against the bottom half of the Big East or beefed up its out-of-conference schedule, its postseason fate likely would have been different.‘As they were being evaluated with this group of other institutions, the decision was that of those factors,’ Meyer said. ‘Those were some of them that we discussed of why they were not one of those 33 best at-large teams.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDenied a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year, Syracuse (22-10) accepted an invitation to participate in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The Orange will face Harvard (20-8) in its first round game at Manley Field House at 7 p.m. Thursday. The winner will move on to play either Delaware or Richmond in the second round later this weekend.As of Monday night,’s latest bracketology had the Orange slated as one of the last four teams out of the tournament.Looking back on Syracuse’s regular season, there was a bevy of what-if games in its schedule. The overtime two-point loss to Georgetown on Jan. 2, the three-point loss to St. John’s on Jan. 27, or the one-point loss to then-No. 3 Notre Dame on Jan. 30 to name a few. A single win against any of those teams — all of whom were a seeded No. 6 or higher in this year’s NCAA Tournament — likely could have tipped the scales in the Orange’s favor.‘It’s hard to figure out, I just believe one more win does it,’ Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘Obviously, if we win the Notre Dame game, it solves a lot of problems. I think you can look back on a few games of that nature. I just think one more win would have done it for us. I don’t know if there’s one particular game you can point to.’Though Hillsman acknowledged that the strength of schedule may have also played a factor in the committees decision, the coach insisted that the decision likely came down to how SU performed in its conference games, or the ‘important ones.’ That’s where Hillsman believes SU’s NCAA fate was determined.A prime example of that is Rutgers, a team that SU beat twice — including a 76-45 beatdown during the final week of the regular season. The Scarlet Knights made it into the NCAA Tournament behind a 9-7 regular season record in the Big East. The Orange finished with a record of just 7-9. Rutgers also matched SU’s two wins in the conference tournament with two wins of its own.‘If you look historically at what it takes to get into the NCAA Tournament, it’s your conference record,’ Hillsman said. ‘You have to go into the season ready to win conference games. … I really don’t think there’s anything else.’Meyer offered similar sentiments. Taking a look at Arkansas-Little Rock and Green Bay — both which were widely considered bubble teams before ultimately receiving at-large bids into the NCAA Tournament — Meyer said that both teams played solid basketball in their own conferences and scheduled tough out-of-conference games.For the committee, those were two of the biggest things they looked at during the tournament selection process.‘As the committee deliberated, they felt that they took very good care of what they could control within their conference and then had the opportunity to schedule accordingly in their non-conference and did reasonably well in that area.’ Meyer said.Hillsman said that when you look from top to bottom, it’s difficult to believe that the committee did not see Syracuse as one of the 33 best at-large teams in the country. Despite that, he isn’t making excuses.The way Hillsman sees it, Thursday’s game won’t be about sending a message to the committee. It won’t be about vindication or about making some kind of cliché statement about what kind of team SU has been this season. For Hillsman, it’ll be simply about extending what he believes has been a ‘great year,’ and ending it on a high note.‘We’re not out to prove anything, we’re just out to win basketball games,’ Hillsman said. ‘We’re not going to go out there and play with any kind of animosity or any kind of anger, we’re just going to go out and try to win this tournament.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho meets Sport: ‘My favourite victory? It was a defeat that gives most pleasure’

first_imgMourinho has certainly never been shy of a challenge. He’s in relaxed form as he talks to Sport. But ask him a question that he isn’t fond of, and you tend to get a short reply – perhaps even accompanied by a basilisk glance as if you had just offered him one of Mrs Benitez’s homemade fairy cakes.Ask whether the behind-the-scenes politics of Real Madrid could be tough to handle and he shrugs airily: “No, no”. A subject he’d perhaps rather not touch. Are there any situations he looks back on in his managerial career and wished he’d handled better? “Always.” Anything specific? “No, always. But you cannot go back with your decisions, so I don’t even think about it.”He’s far more effusive when asked about his players. His tone picks up immediately when discussing English football’s 2014/15 player of the year, Eden Hazard: “Look, if I compare my first match with him with my last match [of last season] with him – he is amazing. Because my first match with him was a friendly match in Malaysia, two years ago, where I was so disappointed with his light attitude.“The last one was in Australia, after a crazy season, after a 24-hour flight – and he was man of the match, which should be a friendly game. So if I compare the levels of ambition, professionalism, respect, believing in himself, the status he wants to be, I see a huge difference – now, he’s at the top of his game. Fantastic. He’s 24, so a lot more to come from him. He’s getting better and better.” Is there one overarching quality that Mourinho looks out for in a player?“A footballer is a combination of qualities,” he replies. “A player without talent is not a top player, but a player without a great mentality, attitude, commitment, ambition is not a player too. A player without a tactical knowledge of the game is not a top player – but I would say that the tactical quality is something a good manager can give to a player. The talent? No. So I prefer a player with talent and after that, try to give him other qualities that maybe he doesn’t have.”Moulding talent, bonding with his players and getting the best out of them is – alongside his tactical acumen – the secret of Mourinho’s success. Yet he isn’t too fussed about keeping hold of the material evidence. He famously threw two 2006 Premier League medals into the crowd at Stamford Bridge. This year, he gave the league title medal to his daughter. Are there any mementos that he’s kept for himself?“All – I kept them all,” he says, grinning and tapping his finger to his tanned temple. “The moments, I kept them all; the feelings, I kept them all. This is the most important thing for me. Obviously I have some medals, some shirts players gave me and some pictures. But not in that way of… an office with everything organised with all the trophies laid out. No, no – I don’t have that.”Smart move. After all, even if he was of a mind to wallow like a hippopotamus in his successes, even a big office can get filled. There’s infinite space in Mourinho’s memory bank – and he’s of a mind to add plenty more achievements to his list of triumphs yet.Jose Mourinho is an ambassador for BT Sport. As well as 38 live Premier League games and 25 FA Cup matches, BT Sport Europe will show all Champions League and Europa League matches exclusively live. Visit Jose Mourinho This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app from here, and follow on twitter @sportmaguk“My favourite victory? It was a defeat that gives me more pleasure,” says Jose Mourinho, coolly contrary as ever.Sport had made a mental bet that we could guess which single match win the 52-year-old would say was his career favourite ahead of our exclusive interview. Unsurprisingly, he’s outfoxed us.“The defeat in the semi finals of the Champions League against Barcelona with Inter in 2010,” he explains. “We beat Barcelona at home 3-1. We play in Barcelona, the second leg with 10 players for more than one hour. We lost 1-0 and qualified for the final. I think my biggest happiness in football was that one, because I felt the Champions League was ours – and I knew what that Champions League meant for Inter. They were chasing it for 50 years.”Sport’s internal predictor had the right tie, wrong leg. We thought that Mourinho might choose that 3-1 win at the San Siro, when he went against conventional thinking and went at Barca with three forwards (Diego Milito, Samuel Eto’o and Goran Pandev) plus Wesley Sneijder. It was a swashbuckling victory against the world’s best attacking team, pulling down Pep Guardiola’s tactical trousers in the process.Jose, however, prefers the backs-to-the-wall second leg. Of course he does. Critics might say it’s further proof that he cares nothing for the thrill of aesthetics; that success, whatever the method, is his sole aim. Typical Mourinho. His supporters might point out that it’s proof he’d rather shine attention on the grit and gumption of his players, than dwell on his own strategic brilliance in the first leg. No wonder he inspires such loyalty. Typical Mourinho. 4 His methods and actions have always divided opinion, but the first 10 years of Mourinho’s managerial career were an unstoppable, undeniable success. He came, saw and conquered in Portugal with Porto, in England with Chelsea and in Italy with Inter. Then, at Real Madrid, the machine stalled.He brought triumphs – a Copa del Rey in 2011, a La Liga title with a record 100 goals – but delivering Europe’s biggest prize for the 10th time, and toppling Barcelona for good, were not achieved. When he left in 2013, Real were still searching for La Decima and Barcelona were champions of Spain.In the midst of Mourinho’s eventful three-year spell in Madrid, Chelsea won their first Champions League. How did he feel watching a club that means so much to him, starring many players he had nurtured, triumph in 2012 without him?“You know… [it] was almost my team, so it was a great feeling,” he says. “I think Chelsea finally, in the moment where nobody was expecting, got what Chelsea deserved for so many years. Before that, Chelsea lost a semi final with a goal that was not a goal, lost a semi final on penalties, lost a semi final against Barcelona that was one of the biggest scandals of European football. Lost a final on penalties too. So it was a process where Chelsea [were] so many times so close – that for the club to win the trophy was a big emotion.”It’s a curious quirk of Mourinho that, despite his multiple triumphs, he’s quick to reel off old grievances – refereeing errors or so-called ghost goals – where he feels success has been unjustly snatched away from his teams. Perhaps being unwilling to let go of setbacks is part of what makes him such a relentless winner. At least until 2012/13 and 2013/14, that is. He finished both seasons – his last with Real and his first back with Chelsea – without a significant competition win.For most mortal managers, that’s nothing out of the ordinary. But for Mourinho, a coach-cum-silversmith whose reputation is built on the hard currency of delivering trophies, two seasons was a drought. Then, having expertly filled gaps in his Chelsea side with Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, Mourinho’s second-season success syndrome kicked in. A League Cup victory, a Premier League win that he made look easy, and the old trophy factory was back up and running.“Better – much better,” says Mourinho of how he compares as a manager now to his first spell at Chelsea. “More experienced, more stability, better at reading the game, better in the training methodology. On the top of that, 10 years later, I don’t have that objective of going to other leagues, of trying new experiences or other clubs. I did what I wanted to do. I won in the three countries where it meant a lot for me to win – apart from my own country – and in this moment, I am more a club man than an individual manager.” Music to Chelsea fans’ ears. Having reclaimed the Premier League, however, a Champions League with Chelsea is the holy grail. A mighty challenge, especially with a certain nimble Argentine about.In May, Mourinho claimed that: “In 10 years’ time, without Lionel Messi, the map of European football is going to change.” Is that how important he sees Messi in the game?“Of course, of course. Because you see Barcelona before Messi – they were champions of Europe, I think once, twice? [Once, in 1992, although Messi wasn’t a regular in the team that won in 2005]. With him is very, very normal to win competitions, to win Champions Leagues, to win finals. They change the manager – it doesn’t matter who the manager is – the one who is always there is Messi.“He won with [Frank] Rijkaard, with Guardiola, with [Luis] Enrique. So I think, in this moment, nobody has any doubts that he makes a huge difference in football. In 10 years’ time, it is difficult to have another one immediately – so I think football will have to wait a few decades to have another one like him. So there will be always a Champions League with Messi, and a Champions League without Messi.”On top of this, and despite his oftstated love for the combative nature of the English game, Mourinho views the challenge of competing for the Premier League and Champions League together as unique.“It’s not just the number of matches, not just that you play four competitions – because some other countries, they also do this; it’s the intensity, the competitiveness of every match,” he says.“The fact that you don’t have a winter break is also very important, because every other country has a winter break. They are back to the second phase of the Champions League, after a winter preseason and in their best condition – and the English teams exactly in their worst moment, which is the hangover after the crazy December and January. So, yes, it is more difficult for an English team to do, for example, a treble.”Mourinho’s old sparring partner Sir Alex Ferguson is the only manager to do so with an English club. Ferguson also claimed that his biggest challenge each season was to take a group of players who had just won the league title and ensure they didn’t become complacent, that they were still hungry for more the following year.“Agree – yes,” says Mourinho, but he doesn’t see a concern on that score with his current Chelsea squad.“I know them. They are not an old group that reached something and after that has no more energy or ambition or drive to go for more. It’s a young group and it’s too early for them to be happy with what they achieved. So I believe that it’s going to be more difficult, obviously – because every club wants to beat the champions, so even the three clubs that are coming from the Championship are a threat – but I believe that the team will be ready for that.”“This is a special challenge for me as well, because this is a new team in Chelsea we are building. You have really a new generation. We are trying to make this second generation so successful – as successful as the one that just finished a few years ago. This is a very good motivation for me and for them.” 4 4 4last_img read more

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