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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Shares Full Audio Of LOCKN’ Set Featuring Bob Weir [Stream]

first_imgFresh off their 6-night run at Brooklyn Bowl spanning the past two weekends, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has released full show audio from their late night set at LOCKN’ with a special addition to their usual lineup: founding Grateful Dead member Bob Weir. The recording marks the 50th installment of the band’s Taper Tuesday series.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Adds 2018 Tour DatesThe performance took place on the “day of” 8/25/17, but didn’t begin until after the clock had ticked into the early hours of the morning on 8/26/17. Coming off his own memorable performance with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band of the Dead’s seminal 1977 album, Terrapin Station, earlier in the evening, Weir joined the band for a total of 5 songs during their late-night set.Bob Weir Joins Joe Russo’s Almost Dead For Five Songs At LOCKN’ [Fan-Shot Videos]You can listen to the entire show below, with recording and FOH mix by Peter Costello, monitors controlled by Aaron Gittleman, and audio edited/mastered/uploaded to by taper Eric McRoberts.Take Us Back To LOCKN’ Music Festival [Photo Gallery]SETLIST: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/26/17One Set (12:16AM – 2:23AM):01. Jam ->02. Althea ->03. Black Throated Wind (BW)04. Good Lovin’ (BW)05. Jack Straw (BW/TH) #06. Jam ->07. The Wheel $ ->08. Bertha >09. Throwing Stones %10. He’s Gone ^ >11. Playing In The Band & ->12. Samson & Delilah (BW)Encore:13. One More Saturday Night (BW)@ – Started the morning of 2017-08-26(BW) is Bob Weir on Lead Vocals & Guitar# – With a Bird Song Tease (TH)$ – With a long Marco Solo% – With a Tease of a Younger Brother song that I am still trying to figure out the title of…^ – With teases of BT Wind, Bird Song, Trucking, New Speedway, St. Stephen & probably more from TH – I missed a bunch because someone was talking to me. :/& – UnfinishedJoe Russo – Drums, VocalsTom Hamilton – Guitar, VocalsScott Metzger – Guitar, VocalsMarco Benevento – Keyboards, VocalsDave Dreiwitz – BassShow #118[Cover Photo via Dave Vann]last_img read more

Vulfpeck, Kamasi Washington, KNOWER Announce Red Rocks

first_imgOn Friday, April 27, Vulfpeck will make their headlining debut at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The full bill includes saxophonist Kamasi Washington and KNOWER as supporting acts.In the summer of 2017, Vulfpeck opened up for Trey Anastasio Band at Red Rocks for their first-ever performance at the venue. During their set, two worlds collided when Phish frontman Trey Anastasio sat in with the funk group for a ripping version of “Rango” that led into an impromptu Michael Jackson jam of “Will You Be There” (famously from the movie Free Willy). While Vulfpeck’s billing with Trey Anastasio Band seemed confusing to some, this direction will presumably appeal to the greater Vulfpack audience. Modern jazz torch-bearer Kamasi Washington is currently riding the wave of his recent release, Harmony of Difference, and has quickly become one of the most respected musicians in the game. KNOWER is a searing hot music group from Los Angeles spear-heading a new musical movement, led by Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi, and are known for their use of hard-hitting funk, cool chords, and deep melodies. Members of Vulfpeck and KNOWER have history of collaboration, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed to see it happen on the big stage.Tickets for Vulfpeck with Kamasi Washington and KNOWER go on-sale this Friday, January 26, at 10AM here. Head to the event’s Facebook page to stay up to date with show details here.Additionally, Vulfpeck has announced a two-night run at Tipitina’s on April 24 & 25 during the first weekend of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Joey Dosik will open for Vulfpeck, promising a night full of Vulfy collaborations. Ticketing information can be found on the band’s website.last_img read more

Post Valentine’s Day

first_imgOnce the flowers have wilted and the chocolates are gone, we tend to take the focus off of our relationships. Whether or not you go all out for Valentine’s Day, now is a great time to re-evaluate your relationships.Are there areas for improvement? Is everyone healthy and happy?Here are a few resources from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to help keep love alive all year.Communicate effectively with your partner. “Women and men have occasionally been found to interpret the same messages differently, and these differences in interpretation are often the causes of major conflicts,” said UGA Extension Family Life Specialist Ted Futris.Sometimes, I say one thing and my husband hears another. Ensuring that your partner understands what you are trying to communicate – even if they see it differently – is important. It is also important to listen when your partner communicates with you. I am a different person than I was when I was newly married. I have changed and so has my husband. We have acknowledged those changes – some have been good for us – only because we communicated openly and honestly about them early on.Share moments throughout the day. According to the book “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work,” “couples in stable marriages maintain at least five times as many positive moments together than negative moments on a daily basis.” Between the children, work, planning for retirement and caregiving for an older parent, the appreciation may not always be voiced. Saying “I appreciate you” can go a long way.Similarly, compliments also serve as positive reinforcements. I have a lot more pep in my step when my husband says, “You look nice today.” You can also use technology and send an unexpected selfie. You will be pleased with the response.Sometimes I feel like we are in the movie “Groundhog Day” doing the same things over and over again: chauffeuring children, preparing dinner and watching “Jeopardy.” Breaking up that monotony can bring new excitement into your relationship. It causes us to view our partners in a different light. On date night, I actually feel like we are dating again because it is just us – no bills, squabbling children or general stresses of life.Try something new together. Find a new restaurant, attraction or park to visit. “Sip ‘n’ Paint” date nights, for instance, are increasing in popularity and are quite fun. You get to spend quality time with your partner and make wonderful memories. Peruse the lifestyles section of your local newspaper to find more events happening in or near your community.Laughter is still good medicine. While there are health benefits associated with laughter, such as reduction of blood pressure and stress, it can also help your relationship. When I have observed long, happy relationships, I have noticed the common thread of laughter. One of the reasons I truly love my husband is his sense of humor. It has helped us through many stressful, and sometimes awkward, situations.According to Henry Ward Beecher, “A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.” Relationships are the same. Laughter can help ease the jolts of life that are sure to come.last_img read more

Grow it Know it

first_imgAn award-winning interactive Clarke County school program that teaches students about science and nutrition is now underway in Barrow County, thanks to the University of Georgia.The Grow It Know It program, established in 2013 by the UGA Office of Service-Learning, UGA Cooperative Extension, UGArden and the Clarke County School District (CCSD), is designed to support teachers involved in farm-to-school programming.UGA alumna Alyssa Flanders, now a teacher at Russell Middle School in Barrow County, volunteered at Clarke Middle School when she was at UGA studying agricultural education. She helped in the school garden, growing fresh fruits and vegetables to offer in the cafeteria and helping students learn about agriculture and healthy eating.When she learned that Grow It Know It was expanding to counties outside of Clarke County, she jumped at the chance to work with the program again.“You can’t have a school garden by yourself. It really takes a village,” Flanders says. “You need expert knowledge, materials, construction, all the support you can get.”School gardens are living, breathing outdoor classrooms for students to apply what they learn in science classes to real life. Through Grow It Know It, students better understand animal science, wildlife management, mechanics and the many processes behind growing food and getting it on grocery store shelves.“You don’t only have a school garden that one or two teachers utilize, but a school garden that is part of everything you do at the school,” says Alicia Holloway, UGA Extension agent in Barrow County. “All the students and teachers utilize it, and the education isn’t just about gardening, but everything associated with it, like sustainability, health and careers in agriculture.”Andie Bisceglia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant coordinator for Grow It Know It, said the idea to expand the program beyond Clarke County began taking shape about a year ago. Holloway’s established relationships with the school’s teachers, local farmers and businesses made Barrow County a natural fit for the program.“When we received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we started planning and asking questions,” Bisceglia says. “Would the model work as well somewhere else? Could we spread it throughout the state?”In Clarke County, the Office of Service-Learning places AmeriCorps VISTA members at each of the four middle schools to oversee the Grow It Know It programs. This year, AmeriCorps VISTA member Joshua Truitt was placed at Russell Middle School in Barrow County.“After graduating, I was torn between teaching and extension work,” Truitt says. “This is the perfect fit for me because I get to work with kids and agriculture.”He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and a master’s degree in agriculture and environmental education from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in the spring of 2018. He recently helped the students in Flanders’ class use a drill to make raised beds for vegetable gardens. “It was my first time using a drill,” said eighth-grader Iyanna Green. “It was super satisfying to actually make something with my hands.”The plant beds will house spinach, chard, radishes and collard greens — vegetables that could be served in the school cafeteria. Flanders believes that students are more likely to sample healthy options if they are involved in planting them.“Now, more than ever, people want to know where their food is coming from,” she says. “It’s important to teach students that food doesn’t just magically appear at Walmart or Publix. It takes so much knowledge and resources to grow food properly and safely.”In October, the Clarke County School District was awarded the Golden Radish Innovative Partnership Award from Georgia Organics for its partnership with Grow It Know It in Clarke County middle schools. Diana Cole, a Barrow County school teacher involved in the Grow It Know It program, won the Golden Radish Teacher of the Year award. Georgia Organics is a statewide organization that raises awareness of the benefits of organic farming and connects organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families.For more information about how UGA Extension works with school and community gardens, visit read more

Pulliam Chair

first_imgProfessor Michael Strand has dedicated his career to unlocking the power of basic science to improve agriculture, and that dedication has earned him the recognition of the state’s agricultural community.This fall Strand, a professor of entomology in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and member of the National Academy of Sciences, has been selected as the inaugural H.M Pulliam Chair at CAES.The chair was established in 2018 in memory Henley Morris Pulliam, who served as an agriculture teacher in Georgia during the heart of the Great Depression and through his retirement in 1968. “My father was a dedicated schoolteacher who gave everything he had to his family and to others,” said Pulliam’s son, Dr. Michael Pulliam, an established ophthalmologist in Covington, Georgia.H.M. Pulliam’s dedication to his family and love of UGA prompted Michael Pulliam and his wife, Elaine Pulliam, to establish the chair in their patriarch’s name. Strand was an excellent candidate for the role because of the impact his work has on UGA and agriculture.“I am so pleased that Dr. Mike Strand will hold the H.M. Pulliam Endowed Chair. His career has garnered many accolades including a NATO Fellowship in Science, D.W. Brooks Award for Research, Regents Professor and member of the National Academy of Sciences,” said CAES Dean Sam Pardue. “His honor is emblematic of the research excellence he has maintained for decades. Ranked 8th in the world by Times of London’s Higher Education Center for World University Rankings, UGA’s Department of Entomology achieved this distinction because of the efforts of Mike Strand and his colleagues.”Strand came to the university in 2001. He holds an appointment in the entomology department in CAES and an affiliated appointment in the genetics department in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. His work as principal or co-principal investigator has generated more than $23 million in competitive extramural funding and has been published in the world’s most selective research journals, including Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Strand’s research places him in the top 1% of cited entomologists and the top 5% for biology and biochemistry. He has delivered invited seminars and symposia in nearly every department of entomology in the U.S., numerous universities in Europe, Asia and Australia and many international meetings.Host-parasite interactions are a crucial area of interest for agriculture as well as medicine because of the role that parasites play in controlling insect populations and the importance of insects as vectors for human diseases. Strand’s research has identified the genes that allow parasites to prey on agriculturally important pests, and that knowledge has been used to search for more effective biopesticides and has improved the use of parasites in biological control programs. His work has revealed mechanisms that allow the immune systems of insects to fight off parasites and could play a role in efforts to disrupt the transmission of malaria and other insect-borne diseases.Strand is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Entomological Society of America. He is the recipient of the Entomological Society of America’s highest award in physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ highest recognition for research.For more information about the Strand Lab, visit For more information about the legacy of the Pulliam Family at UGA, visit Dowdy, senior public relations coordinator for CAES, and Sam Fahmy, public relations manager for the UGA Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost, contributed to this story.)last_img read more

Municipal voting access for individuals with disabilities

first_imgSecretary of State Jim Condos has announced the 2012 Request for Proposals (RFP) under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to improve voting opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Municipal Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities (MV AID), is intended to help ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to polling places. Funding will be available to municipalities. If the polling place is in a school, the school district is considered a municipality and may apply for funding. Municipalities may apply to receive funds to ensure that their polling facility is accessible to individuals with a full range of disabilities. This may include activities such as paving parking areas, building ramps inside/outside buildings, building curb cuts, improving lighting and replacing door knobs with lever handles.Applications are due October 12, 2011. The grant period runs from November 15, 2011 to October 31, 2012. Priority will be given to those polling places that sustained damage from tropical storm Irene.‘We felt that it was vitally important to make it a priority to first fund those areas most impacted by tropical storm Irene. This is just one example of our commitment to help make those communities whole again, as soon as possible. We believe these grants can help us in meeting that goal, even if in a small way,’ stated Secretary Condos.You can download the application and all required forms from the Elections Division webpage of our website, under the HAVA 2002. Look for: HAVA RFP for Municipalities 2012. If you prefer a paper copy, please notify Linda Hall at 802-828-0586 or sends e-mail)last_img read more

Stresslines: The bottom line on finding worth

first_img October 1, 2002 Regular News Stresslines: The bottom line on finding worth The bottom line on finding worth Dr. Bernard G. Suran If asked “What are you worth?” most of us, either swelling with pride or going hangdog, would quote the balance sheet: bank accounts, stock accounts, CDs, home equity, various investments, etc. Whether we’re feeling well-off or fairly broke, we tend to equate “worth” with money.And, yet, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Francis of Assisi and many more of the famous poor were unquestionably “worth” a lot more than the lack of a jingle in their pockets or even the bulging coffers of famous wealthy contemporaries. Also, we all know or know of a goodly number of filthy rich people who aren’t “worth” a farthing.Not that poor is a virtue. But, neither is rich.Doesn’t “worth” relate to values other than the accumulation of moola? Sure it does.Worth should involve the improvements we make in our little plot in the universe: the good use we’ve made of our gifts, how good a parent we’ve become, how good a friend we’ve become, how good a citizen we’ve become, what we have made of ourselves, how good a life we have led (or, perhaps betting the come, are about to lead).In the final accounting, shouldn’t we all put back as much or more than we’ve taken out or used? Really, how do we pay the rent on the 75-year lease the actuarial tables give us for the space we take on planet Earth? With a cashier’s check?Money owns a permanent spot in everyone’s consciousness, but hasn’t it grown more ridiculous of late? Sadly, all the baby billionaires squeezing the green from the Internet have turned our gazes green with envy over all the green stuff somebody else is getting.Of course, those guys were knocking out 18-hour workdays and living miserable lives; but there was the expectation that they would soon cash in their stock options, buy a desert island and settle in to a life of leisure. Right? Never mind the plunging NASDAQ.How many of us ever have enough? None of us — because it’s not about enough.“Enough” might set limits on apple pie, late-night TV, and even tippling a great cognac; but there’s no “enough” when it comes to money. Money is numbers, and the “enough” of numbers runs to infinity. What’s the harm? Having more money doesn’t seem to hurt us, right? Unless chasing the green shrivels other parts of our lives and enslaves us to the grindstone of mattress stuffing.Of course, there’s nothing wrong with making money. Honestly. As long as it’s only one of many life goals and not the whole goal of life. Nor is there anything problematic in doing some of our work just for money; but, when we do all of our work only for money, we may end up loving our money and hating our work, which is a shame because work we dearly need. No one’s life grows meaningful without committed and constructive work.Yes, we work for money. It’s necessary and makes sense — when the object involves paying the rent, putting food on the table, educating children, improving quality of life, creating security and independence, providing for those we leave behind, or even buying trinkets with various price tags. Then, money acquires true worth from the purpose it is intended to serve; a genuine good for ourselves or for others.If the pursuit of moola occurs in the service of purposes that have true value, our lives make sense. However: If the preservation of assets or the accumulation of more bears no relationship to real (or even imagined) needs, hasn’t the case become quite irrational? And, yet, the drive to accumulate proceeds unchecked.A host of foolish reasons compel some of us to whack out regarding money. For starters, there’s the competition/power issue. The measuring stick. He/she who dies with the most toys wins. What are those people trying to prove and to whom are they trying to prove it?Also, the anger/revenge issue. Ever been burned or shamed in the workplace? We’ll show those bastards. We’ll make enough money that we can tell the rest of the world to shove it. High and deep. Become impregnable. Then, rub it in. There’s a purpose. And if we ever achieve it, the likelihood exists that those we intended to stick it to have passed on from their earthly delights or are drooling in the home. Better just to settle down to a leather-bound copy of The Count of Monte Cristo. We’ll never do it better than he did.Likewise, the simple fact of addiction. Addicted to money. Living life with a calculator at the fingertips. Counting, counting, counting. It might be more productive to take a good nap and count some sheep.Of course, certain individuals are truly inspired and capable of evolving some uniquely esoteric reason for devoting their lives to accumulation. Maybe Citizen Kane just had some deep-seated and irrational fear of poverty. Or, maybe the only thing that ever really mattered to him was that Rosebud sled on a childhood Christmas. Whatever. The poor bastard sure was driven to accumulate.It’s so much better when money and work move like two dancers in perfect step: resonant to each other and serving each other. When the need for money drives us to do good work and the money we made from it helps us work well — well, then God’s in his heaven and all’s right with the world. We all need to secure multiple purposes from and for our work: personal satisfaction, meaningful accomplishment, exercise of creativity, service to others, the sheer pleasure of doing well that which we do.When “money alone” becomes the whetstone for our measure of meaning, we desiccate the whole of us to serve some part of us that might best remain unserved.Thus, it’s worth periodically examining our attitudes toward money. Healthy attitudes toward money enable us to re-dedicate ourselves to healthy work. If, nearing the end of your time, you were asked “What did you amount to?” would you be inclined to a dollars-and-cents response?It’s better to keep in mind the words of William James: “The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” Dr. Bernard G. Suran, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and diplomat and fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and the American Board of Professional Psychology. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at The Quality of Life and Career Committee, in cooperation with the Florida State University College of Law, also has an interactive listserv titled “The Healthy Lawyer.” Details and subscription information regarding the listserv can be accessed through the committee’s Web site or by going directly to read more

Top 10 ways to prevent cyber crime at work and at home

first_imgCyberattacks today are unfortunately a common occurrence and on the increase. In fact, an average of 200,000 new malware samples are discovered daily, presenting an ominous threat to consumers at work and at home.To help you teach employees and members how to avoid fraud on both fronts, our experts at CO-OP have compiled the following “top 10” list of cyber security tips. Sharing these guidelines throughout your community can help prevent cyber-breaches and all the devastation they leave in their wake.Don’t click on e-mailed links. Instead, type the website URL directly into the web browser’s address bar, or search for the site using a search engine like Google. Avoid opening any attachments you were not expecting. However, if you must, scan the attachment first for viruses. Keep computers patched and up to date. This includes operating systems like Windows and iOS, and applications such as Adobe and Java. Keep antivirus software up to date on all devices, including phones.Clean your desktop – and your desk. Lock your screen whenever you leave your workstation or office so no one can see what it displays. When you leave work for the day, lock all paperwork in your file cabinets. Everyone has a smartphone camera today, and though cleaning crews and others are typically well vetted, you should be cautious.Double check your work. Breaches can easily occur due to simple miscommunication. For example, someone within a company thinks another person has changed the password – and vice versa.Shred it. This goes for any paperwork you are no longer using at work and at home.Use different passwords for different sites. For personal use, consider using a password tool that allows you to set different passwords for each site you frequent, while only requiring you to remember one strong password. Beware of phishing scams. Unlike common spam, a phishing e-mail is after personal data and will likely have a sense of urgency, asking you to click here, act right away – the offer is time limited. Delete any e-mails that don’t sound right to you. Avoid oversharing. The most common consumer threat today is social engineering in unexpected places like Facebook. Don’t answer questions on where you went to school, whether you have ever done something or what your nickname is. This information can be used to break into your accounts.Consider turning Siri off – and Amazon Echo, Alexa, and all the new devices that are listening and recording. You need to have a healthy suspicion of where this data is going. It might not be going where you think it is. Ultimately, we should all strive to be good net neighbors, protecting our own identity at work and at home. This means taking care of ourselves so we don’t get infected and harm others. The threat is real, but following the right security protocols can dramatically reduce our risks.For more information on how to stay safe in cyberspace, register for October’s FraudBuzz webinar. 142SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Colette L’Heureux-Stevens Colette L’Heureux-Stevens is a Senior Information Security Analyst for CO-OP Financial Services. She has more than 30 years in IT with the last 15 years in Information Security. Colette is … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Community bankers want congressional probe of credit union taxi debacle

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A lack of oversight by the NCUA allowed New York credit unions to lure unsuspecting taxi drivers into taking out loans they could not afford, the trade group representing community bankers charged Thursday, in asking for a congressional probe of the issue.“This was a replay of the subprime lending crisis in residential mortgages prior to 2008, and a remarkable failure of lenders and regulators to learn the lessons of that recent crisis,” Independent Community Bankers of America President/CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said, in letters to the congressional committees with oversight of the NCUA.She said that the problem indicates that the NCUA has been “captured” by the credit unions it supervises.Rainey’s charges are the latest salvos in the long battle between credit unions and banks, which allege that credit unions have an unfair competitive edge since they are tax exempt institutions. continue reading »last_img read more

WHO urges dexamethasone boom for worst virus cases

first_imgPriority countries “Although the data are still preliminary, the recent finding that the steroid dexamethasone has life-saving potential for critically ill COVID-19 patients gave us a much-needed reason to celebrate,” Tedros told a virtual news conference in Geneva.”The next challenge is to increase production and rapidly and equitably distribute dexamethasone worldwide, focusing on where it is needed most.” Dexamethasone has been on the market for over 60 years and usually serves to reduce inflammation.The WHO emphasizes that dexamethasone should only be used for patients with severe or critical disease under close clinical supervision.”There is no evidence that the drug works for patients with mild disease or as a preventative measure, and it could cause harm,” Tedros warned.The UN health agency boss insisted that countries with large numbers of critically ill coronavirus patients needed to be prioritized.But Tedros warned that suppliers had to guarantee quality “as there is a high risk of substandard or falsified products entering the market”. Mink link Scientists believe the virus originally jumped from animals to humans, with the focus on a market that sells exotic animals for meat in the Chinese city of Wuhan.Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, said studies in northern Europe seemed to show that humans had been infected by mink.Dutch authorities reported two possible cases in May where humans were believed to have caught the virus from the animals, which are farmed for their fur.”There are some minks that have been found positive in the Netherlands and in Denmark,” said Van Kerkhove.”What we understand from these investigations, which are currently ongoing, is that there were… people who infected the mink — and in turn, some of these minks infected some people.”It is very limited in terms of the transmission that is happening.” Topics : ‘Grim record’ The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has topped nine million and killed more than 468,500 people since the outbreak began in China last December, according to an AFP tally using official sources.”Almost every day we reach a new and grim record,” said Tedros, noting that more than 183,000 new cases were reported to the WHO on Sunday — easily the most in a single day so far.Some countries were witnessing a rapid increase in cases and deaths, he said, while others that had successfully suppressed transmission were now seeing an upswing in cases as they reopened their societies and economies.After the initial outbreak in China, the epicenter of the virus has moved from East Asia to Europe and now to the Americas.But its presence in Europe seems to go back much earlier than previously thought, with a study showing that fragments of the new coronavirus was in the wastewater in Milan and Turin back in December.”Clearly there is a chance that this virus was circulating in northern Italy obviously before anyone had realized that it had been,” said WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan.But he added: “I don’t think that, at this point, it changes the hypothesis of disease origin.” The World Health Organization called on Monday for a rapid increase in production of dexamethasone, a cheap steroid which has been shown to reduce deaths in critically ill coronavirus patients.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said demand had already surged after a British trial of the drug was publicized but he was confident production could be ramped up.Some 2,000 patients were given the drug by researchers led by a team from Oxford University, and it reduced deaths by 35 percent among the most sickly, according to findings published last week.last_img read more