Lindsey Buckingham Breaks Silence On Fleetwood Mac Firing [Watch]

first_imgFormer Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham spoke publicly about his firing from the band for the first time on Friday night. Buckingham, who first joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975, made the comments during a fundraiser for Mike Levin, a California Democrat who is running to represent the state’s 49th Congressional District in the House of Representatives.During his performance at the event, Buckingham used his platform to draw parallels between the infighting that led to his ousting from Fleetwood Mac and the turmoil that has defined American politics in recent years. As reported by Jeremy Roberts via Medium, Buckingham told those in attendance:“It’s been an interesting time on a lot of levels. For me, personally, probably some of you know that for the last three months I have sadly taken leave of my band of 43 years, Fleetwood Mac. This was not something that was really my doing or my choice.“I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective [a female fan shouts, ‘F **k Stevie Nicks!,’ prompting Buckingham to raise his hand]. Well, it doesn’t really matter. The point is that they’d lost their perspective. What that did was to harm — and this is the only thing I’m really sad about, the rest of it becomes an opportunity — it harmed the 43-year legacy that we had worked so hard to build [another admirer chimes in, ‘That you built, Lindsey’]. That legacy was really about rising above difficulties in order to fulfill one’s higher truth and one’s higher destiny.“Now, we also are at a point with our country in Washington where there’s been a loss of perspective. Mr. Dean [John W. Dean, President Richard Nixon’s White House Counsel and Watergate star witness who spoke earlier at the fundraiser] saw it first-hand 45 years ago. I think the difference was that perhaps there were more separations of powers. There was more potential for checks and balances in that loss of perspective. The loss of perspective we see now is indeed threatening to harm the legacy that is the United States.“In the context of that you’ve gotta think of what needs to be done. It is not gonna come from the top down — it is gonna come from the ground up. This is why we are here. And so, I am most honored and most pleased to have been asked in my own small way to help in that pushback which very, very much needs to happen in order to continue the legacy that we all have come to value. So, thank you for having me.”As previously reported, Buckingham was dismissed from Fleetwood Mac last month. The American guitarist and singer was replaced by The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, who will join Fleetwood Mac on their upcoming 50-date tour. Longtime Fleetwood Mac members Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood both commented on Buckingham’s firing when that tour was announced a few weeks ago.You can watch a video of Buckingham’s speech at Friday night’s fundraiser below.Lindsey Buckingham comments on his firing from Fleetwood Mac[Video: Brian Larsen][H/T – Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Pesticide found in 70 percent of Massachusetts’ honey samples

first_imgMore than 70 percent of pollen and honey samples collected from foraging bees in Massachusetts contain at least one neonicotinoid, a class of pesticide that has been implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which adult bees abandon their hives during winter, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The study appeared online in the July 23 issue of the Journal of Environmental Chemistry.“Data from this study clearly demonstrated the ubiquity of neonicotinoids in pollen and honey samples that bees are exposed to during the seasons when they are actively foraging across Massachusetts. Levels of neonicotinoids that we found in this study fall into ranges that could lead to detrimental health effects in bees, including CCD,” said Chensheng (Alex) Lu, associate professor of environmental exposure biology in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard Chan School and lead author of the study.Since 2006, there have been significant losses of honeybee colonies. Scientists, policymakers, farmers, and beekeepers are concerned with this problem because bees are prime pollinators of roughly one-third of all crops worldwide.Previous studies analyzed either stored pollen collected from hives or pollen samples collected from bees at a single point in time. In this study, the Harvard Chan School researchers looked at pollen samples collected over time — during spring and summer months when bees forage — from the same set of hives across Massachusetts. Collecting samples in this way enabled the researchers to determine variations in levels of eight neonicotinoids, and to identify high-risk locations or months for neonicotinoid exposure for bees. The researchers worked with 62 Massachusetts beekeepers who volunteered to collect monthly samples of pollen and honey from foraging bees, from April through August 2013, using pollen traps on the landings of beehives. The beekeepers then sent the samples to the researchers.The researchers analyzed 219 pollen and 53 honey samples from 62 hives, from 10 out of 14 counties in Massachusetts. They found neonicotinoids in pollen and honey for each month collected, in each location — suggesting that bees are at risk of neonicotinoid exposure any time they are foraging anywhere in Massachusetts.The most commonly detected neonicotinoid was imidacloprid, followed by dinotefuran. Particularly high concentrations of neonicotinoids were found in Worcester County in April, in Hampshire County in May, in Suffolk County in July, and in Essex County in June, suggesting that, in these counties, certain months pose significant risks to bees.The new findings suggest that neonicotinoids are being used throughout Massachusetts. Not only do these pesticides pose a significant risk for the survival of honeybees, but they also may pose health risks for people inhaling neonicotinoid-contaminated pollen, Lu said. “The data presented in this study should serve as a basis for public policy that aims to reduce neonicotinoid exposure,” he said.Other Harvard Chan School authors of the study included doctoral student Chi-Hsuan Chang, research fellow Lin Tao, and research associate Mei Chen.Funding for this study came from the Woodshouse Foundation and the Harvard-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health.last_img read more

A city’s problematic vaccine rollout raises larger questions

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aborted effort to vaccinate Philadelphia residents against the coronavirus raises larger questions about the health care system in the city and nationwide. City officials made an unusual choice when they picked a 22-year-old graduate student to run a large vaccination site. Andrei Doroshin says he and his friends created an online registration site, leased a convention center and lined up practitioners. But questions soon arose about whether he planned to sell patient data, and the city shut the site down. Thousands of people who hoped to get the vaccine are now scrambling to find new appointments.last_img read more

Student groups prepare for midterm elections

first_imgAs Tuesday’s midterm elections approach, members of the Notre Dame College Democrats and College Republicans are making phone calls and knocking on doors, helping candidates for local and national offices campaign and get out the vote.Senior Mark Gianfalla, president of the College Republicans, said the group focused primarily on campaigning for Jackie Walorski (R-IN), the representative for Indiana’s 2nd district who is running for re-election, and Jeff Sanford, who is running for county prosecutor. He said the club organized rides to phone banks every Thursday over the past several months and canvassed neighborhoods in the county every weekend.“It gets you the experience of seeing how much of an effect you can have,” Gianfalla said. “That’s why we’re focusing so much on the prosecutorial race. It’s a small race, smaller office, but in the end, our group could have a huge effect on it. So are some of the county council races we’ve been working on. It’s important to see how you can make a difference.”Senior Michelle McCarthy, co-president of the College Democrats, said that, although the group does not campaign for candidates directly, several members of the club intern for Joe Bock, a professor at the Eck Center for Global Health who is running against Walorski, and some members helped county council candidate Chris Stackowicz’s campaign in the spring. McCarthy, who canvassed and made calls for the Bock campaign, said working in the field allowed her to learn about South Bend politics and the people who vote in local elections.“I’ve done some research. I’ve talked to local residents about what they want, what they don’t want, knocking on doors,” McCarthy said. “It’s a really great way to see South Bend. By actually talking to people, you figure out what they’re actually interested in and what they actually care about, which might not necessarily be the same things as a Notre Dame college student.”Senior Iris Schweier, a member of the College Democrats who interned for the Bock campaign’s financial wing in the spring and did field work this fall, said meeting voters helped prepare her for a career in the political field.“I think [I’m] getting a more firsthand experience of what politics actually is,” Schweier said. “I had some policy experience before this, with legislation and certain issues, but now I’m figuring out the people aspect of politics, which is so cool. If we’re electing these people to represent us, the people who they’re representing are so important, getting to know how they feel about issues and how they’re affected and whether or not they’re going to vote.”Sophomore Louis Bertolotti, the College Republicans’ director of political affairs, said canvassing in South Bend and Mishawaka, especially in low-income neighborhoods, helped him understand the issues important to voters.“We live in the Notre Dame bubble. It’s really easy to just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, but there are a lot of issues out there,” Bertolotti said. “Going out, getting to meet these people and going to see the issues that matter to them really shows what it’s all about. It gives you perspective of what you’re doing it all for, and it gives you motivation to keep working hard, keep doing what you’re doing.”Bertolotti said the College Republicans will hand out literature on candidates on Election Day and continue to work with the St. Joseph County Republicans after the results come in, collecting voter information before the next election cycle.McCarthy said members of the College Democrats will be at the Bock campaign headquarters Tuesday. She said working on campaigns this election cycle helped her make connections in the St. Joseph County Democratic Party, and she said she hopes to continue to foster those relationships in the future.“Now that I have the names and the contacts of local leaders, I definitely let them know that Notre Dame College Democrats is a resource for the people of South Bend,” McCarthy said. “We have people who are very passionate about these issues, and it’s a mutually beneficial relationship there, where our club members can really get involved with real politics in a real city, and hopefully we can provide some manpower to [the Democratic Party] as well.”Tags: Chris Stackowicz, College Democrats, College Republicans, Jackie Walorski, Joe Bock, Mark Gianfalla, MIchelle McCarthy, midterm elections, votelast_img read more

Rising renewable generation in Australia undercutting economics of coal-fired power plants

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Coal power plants in New South Wales are running less than 60% of the time due to an influx of renewable energy, increasing the likelihood some could become economically unviable and close earlier than planned.An analysis by Hugh Saddler, an energy consultant and ANU honorary associate professor, also found coal generation in Queensland had dropped to less than 70% of capacity as more cheap solar and wind came online.Saddler said the resulting fall in revenue for coal plant owners, and the wear and tear involved in ramping up and down decades-old generators designed to be run constantly, increased the likelihood of breakdowns and early closures in the years ahead.AGL’s Liddell coal plant is scheduled to close by early 2023 after the company resisted a campaign by the Morrison government for it to extend its life. Saddler said the fall in demand for coal over the past two years suggested other plants that have yet to confirm closure plans could follow.He said coal could be running at 50% capacity in NSW by 2022 and 60% capacity in Queensland by 2025 on current trends.“Ageing coal power stations like Liddell will find it increasingly difficult to stay afloat if they are only being used half the time, and that is the direction we appear to be heading in NSW in the next two years,” Saddler said. “If there are extended breakdowns, as we had at Loy Yang A in Victoria last year, it may not be economic for owners to keep a plant going.”[Adam Morton]More: Influx of renewables sees coal power plants run well below capacity, increasing chance of closures Rising renewable generation in Australia undercutting economics of coal-fired power plantslast_img read more

Teach your kids to go for the gold with a financial decathlon challenge

first_img continue reading » Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be watching some of the Summer Olympics with my four-year-old son. I hope watching the games together will expose him to different sports and their rules, different cultures, and the thrill of competition.Bank of America Better Money Habits has some tips for getting kids engaged in another kind of challenge: teaching kids some practical life lessons including basic money management skills. Below, they’ve provided 10 financial exercises to teach kids about personal finance, helping them on the path to “financial gold.” 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img Help set a savings goal: One of the best ways to teach your middle or high school student about saving is to put those concepts into practice by encouraging them to set a savings goal. With just a few simple steps, your middle or high schooler can be well on his or her way to accomplishing this goal and learning a skill that will be useful for years to come.last_img read more

Free WiFi Debuts at Robert Moses State Park Beaches

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A free public WiFi network recently launched at Robert Moses State Park, making it easier for visitors to access the Internet from the popular beach on the western tip of Fire Island.The network, titled Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi™, has been installed—at no expense to taxpayers—at Fields 2, 3, 4 and 5 as a part of a partnership between Toyota Motors, the American Park Network and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, officials announced Tuesday.“Whether opting to use Wi-Fi to share real-time photos of friends and family exploring our parks, or accessing apps and maps, having access to this technology is another way to draw people to spend precious leisure time at our parks,” said Rose Harvey, the state parks commissioner.The announcement came about a year after the same WiFi network launched at Jones Beach State Park. Over the past year, the partnership has also installed Wi-Fi networks at Niagara Falls, Saratoga Spa and East River State Park.Officials are hopeful that the improved Internet availability will draw more patrons to the beach, as well as other state parks this summer.The Wi-Fi program has been expanded as part of Toyota’s “Let’s Go Places” program. Officials are hopeful that this program will not only enhance visitors’ experiences by improving Internet access at the beach, but encourage them to learn about upcoming events, promote volunteerism, and support state park-related groups.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he expects the initiative “will attract more visitors to the great outdoors—boosting tourism and growing the Long Island economy.”Even though signs announcing the new network were only installed within the past week, the network had already seen hundreds of users since it was activated on July 10. This past Sunday, more than 2,000 users were on the network, according to the state parks department.While officials acknowledge that some people may be annoyed by the distraction that Internet access at the beach may cause, they feel that most, particularly younger generations, will view the new service favorably.Visitors seeking to log on to the Wi-Fi select “Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi™” under available Wi-Fi networks on their devices, and then accept the standard terms and conditions.Jones Beach is not the only oceanfront park on LI that has free WiFi. All Suffolk County parks, including Smith Point in Shirley and Cupsogue in Westhampton, also provide the free service. Babylon town beaches such as Gilgo, Cedar and Overlook beaches do the same.last_img read more

Brooklyn Festival to Highlight the Borough’s Best Food & Craft Beer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Brooklyn is known for its overflowing craft beer scene as well as its outstanding restaurants and top chefs. On Saturday, January 28 you will have the opportunity to drink and eat your way through the Best of Brooklyn at one special event.The Best of Brooklyn Festival is taking place Saturday, January 28 indoors at Industry City from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. with tickets starting at just $29. Plus Long Island Press readers are being offered a 15% discount on tickets by using the code LIPRESS at checkout. But act now—the offer expires on January 15 at 11:59 p.m.Over 30 restaurants and all of the best breweries in the borough will be serving up mouth-watering food and drinks. The ticketed event includes access to the food purveyors and unlimited tastings of craft beer from breweries including Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint, Coney Island Brewing, Braven, Greenpoint Beer & Ale and others.The festival will also include live music and guest DJs throughout the day. Plus, enjoy special exhibits from the Museum of Food & Drink and entertainment by Brooklyn Zoo!Tickets are available online at www.bestofbrooklynfestival.comBest of Brooklyn Food and Beer FestivalIndustry City220 26th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232Saturday, January 28th Noon – 8 p.m.www.bestofbrooklynfestival.comRelated: Long Island Craft Beer Guidelast_img read more

Basarnas conducts search and rescue operation for missing cargo ship off Bali

first_imgBali National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) head Gede Armada said the last communication with the ship occurred on May 29 when the ship was sailing 6 nautical miles (NM) northeast of Gili Trawangan in Lombok.Read also: Cargo ship sailing in Maluku waters loses contact On May 30, Vessel Finder managed to locate the ship at 43 NM north of Kubu water, Karangasem, Bali.“The ship was estimated to arrive in Bima on June 2, but its last location was far from its original destination,” Darmada said as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday.Basarnas Bali also received a report that the ship was experiencing a generator issue. The agency is currently dispatching a search and rescue team to the ship’s last location. (dpk)Topics : A cargo ship with 21 crew members on board was reported missing in waters off Bali on Wednesday evening. The cargo ship, belonging to PT Odyssey Maritim Nusantara, departed from Semarang, Central Java on June 5. The ship did not arrive at Bima, West Nusa Tenggara on Tuesday as expected and could not be contacted.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta reveals Gabriel Martinelli’s best position at Arsenal

first_img Comment Mikel Arteta reveals Gabriel Martinelli’s best position at Arsenal Gabriel Martinelli has had limited playing time in 2020 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists Gabriel Martinelli’s future at the club will be in a centre forward position.The Brazilian has enjoyed a sensational debut campaign with the Gunners, scoring ten goals in 25 appearances in a red shirt.Martinelli has been one of the few bright lights in an otherwise forgettable campaign for the Gunners but supporters have been somewhat baffled by his omission in recent weeks, particularly from Premier League matches. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 10 Mar 2020 4:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.6kShares Advertisement Martinelli last featured in the league on February 2nd (Picture: Getty)Arteta insists that’s down to the fact that players are having to play out of position due to the imbalance in his squad but the Spaniard believes Martinelli will play centrally in the future.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT[Aubameyang and Martinelli] are centre forwards but with the squad balance that we have at the moment, to play on those positions on the left we don’t have five players,’ said Arteta.‘We are using one left-winger to play as a left-back [Saka] and he is not a left-back so we’re just trying to adapt to the situation that we have today, trying to create an amount of goal threat that can be successful for the team. that’s part of managing the players that we have.’Arsenal are next in action on Wednesday when they take on Manchester City at the Etihad.It’s the first time Arteta will take on mentor Pep Guardiola since his exit from the club in December.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCity’s title challenge has collapsed since Arteta’s departure but he insists the champions have been ‘unlucky’.‘Sometimes small details make the difference,’ said Arteta.‘ I think they’ve been very unlucky. This is football. It can happen. ‘We have to be at our best that’s for sure to have any chance of winning the game. ‘We are in two different processes and levels, we have to be at our best’.MORE: Andy Robertson says watching Manchester United beat Man City was a ‘nice feeling’last_img read more