The Shins Announce First New Album Since 2012, Share New Track [Listen]

first_imgIt has been four years since The Shins released Port of Morrow (2012), their fourth studio album which presented itself after a five year hiatus. While frontman James Mercer is the only original member remaining, the current lineup consists of drummer Joe Plummer (formerly of Modest Mouse), guitarist Mark Watrous, bassist Yuuki Matthews, and keyboardist Richard Swift (The Arcs, The Black Keys). This lineup maintains the alternative folk rock persona that The Shins created in 1996, while adding elements of dream pop to their recent configuration.After establishing the band’s return with their first track release in late October with this creepy cool music video for “Dead Alive”, they continue their resurgence with a lyrical video for a second track, “Name For You”. This song displays more of the timelessly poppy vibe that The Shins are known for, diversifying from the previous track and giving hope for their upcoming record, dubbed Heartworms, which is due out March 10. If these two tracks are any indication, we’re looking forward to more of these infectious ballads from The Shins in 2017.The record is produced by Mercer, who dedicates “Name For You” as a hopeful ode of empowerment to his daughters. “Given all the drops in the ocean, better take it one sip at a time,” he sings. “Somebody with an antique notion comes along to tighten the line, they’re just afraid of you speaking your mind.”Full track listing for Heartworms:Name For YouPainting A HoleCherry HeartsFantasy IslandMildenhallRubber BallzHalf A MillionDead AliveHeartwormsSo Now WhatThe Fearlast_img

Trials set for body-chilling anaesthesia

first_imgMedical researchers in the United States say they are poised to begin human trials on a suspended-animation technique for surgery patients.The idea is to use extreme hypothermia to basically shut down the body during emergency trauma surgery, giving doctors more time to work and less need for anesthetics and life-support equipment.Dr Hasan Alam, a leader of the research team from Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital, told the BBC that dropping the body’s core temperature as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit can work for as long as three hours without causing brain damage…Read more herelast_img

Not a popularity contest

first_imgAs the title of her 2011 memoir, actress and writer Mindy Kaling asked the tongue-in-cheek question “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?,” neatly encapsulating her self-deprecating persona as an insecure social butterfly.Though the title was intended as a joke, for many people feeling left out or worrying that classmates are out partying while they’re all alone in their dorm rooms can be all too real and far too frequent, especially when navigating an unfamiliar social scene like campus social life.Researchers have long known that having friends plays an important role in shaping a person’s sense of well-being and belonging. Even physical health is dramatically affected by feelings of social connectedness. But little has been understood about how people’s perceptions of their own social life and the social lives of those around them affects their emotions. Another question is whether these perceptions, however accurate, affect people’s abilities to form friendships.A majority of first-year college students believe their peers have more friends and are “hanging out” more than they are, according to a new paper from faculty members at Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Medical School (HMS).In a study of 1,099 freshmen in their first semester at a public university in Vancouver, Canada, 48 percent assumed that other freshmen had more close friends than they did. Only 31 percent thought they had more close friends than their peers, while just 21 percent believed they had the same number. When asked whose social circle was larger, 45 percent thought others had more friendly acquaintances than they did themselves. Estimating that others had more exciting social lives was consistent across gender and ethnicity, and was true whether a student had gone to a local high school or came from out of town.Studying a second group of freshmen over their first two years of college, the researchers found that those who believed other students had only moderately more friends than they did later reported making more close friends and social acquaintances during the academic year, suggesting that perceiving a small-but-surmountable gap in friendships may serve to motivate students to socialize more.Ashley Whillans, the paper’s lead author and an assistant professor at HBS, said prior research showed that people tended to overestimate how smart and capable they themselves really are, so she was somewhat surprised by the findings.Source: “From misperception to social connection: Correlates and consequences of overestimating others’ social connectedness,” by Ashley V. Whillans, Chelsea D. Christie, Sarah Cheung, Alexander H. Jordan, and Frances S. Chen. Graphic by Rebecca Coleman/Harvard Staff“We know from social-comparison research and social psychology that a lot of people think they’re doing better than others, so we thought maybe students think that they have a lot of friends and their peers don’t,” she said. The researchers decided to study college freshmen because of how important social life is to young people and how integral it is to a positive college experience. The transition from high school to college is often a challenging time of social upheaval.Co-author Alexander Jordan ’03, a clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital and an instructor at HMS, said the spark for this research came to him when he was at Harvard College and noticed that students often believed others had more active social lives than they themselves did. During graduate school in 2004, he said a similar dynamic appeared to be at work, as Facebook and social media grew in popularity and some students tried to cultivate online personae that seemed happier and more socially engaged than they were in real life.Students were less likely to think close friends had better social lives than that acquaintances did, because estimations of the former relied less on superficial observations from afar.“Because when we’re out in public, we look out into our social environment and we see people happy and laughing, and we don’t see when people are alone, upset in their bedroom,” she said. “When you’re new to a social network, you feel uncertain, you’re not sure about your role in that social network, you’re not sure about other people’s roles, so you might be more willing or more likely to anchor your judgments of yourself and others based on what you can observe.”Some simple interventions may help ease student discomfort, said Whillans, such as talking openly with other students about how feeling lonely or less popular than peers is common, or simply sharing how hard it can be to make new friends. Students might also document a day in their lives so others can see how they really spend their time, instead of assuming that everyone else is flitting from party to party while they’re stuck at the library.“What I hope that people take away from this research is that the feelings that you’re not read more

FAO warns H5N1 may be lurking in Europe

first_imgOct 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Apparently healthy domestic geese and ducks in Europe may be harboring the H5N1 avian influenza virus, posing a risk to other poultry and to humans who have contact with them, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned in a statement yesterday.In some parts of Europe the disease could become endemic in poultry populations, much as it has in some Asian countries, as well as Egypt and Nigeria, the FAO said. The agency said its warning was prompted by the detection of H5N1 in diseased domestic ducks by German scientists. The researchers also found that asymptomatic ducks on two farms had antibodies to the H5N1 virus.”It seems that a new chapter in the evolution of avian influenza may be unfolding silently in the heart of Europe,” said Joseph Domenech, the FAO’s chief veterinary officer, in the statement.If evidence confirms that the H5N1 virus can persist in apparently healthy ducks and geese, regions that have significant duck and geese production will need to reinforce their monitoring and surveillance systems, he said.Further waves of H5N1 avian influenza throughout Europe, occurring from east to west, could occur if the virus persists throughout the year in domestic waterfowl, Domenech said.European countries that have experienced H5N1 outbreaks this year include Russia, England, Hungary, Turkey, the Czech Republic, and Germany, according to previous news reports. In September, German officials found the H5N1 virus in frozen duck meat.Many experts see the links between chickens and domestic ducks and geese as a factor in H5N1 outbreaks in other countries where the virus is endemic, the FAO said.Jan Slingenbergh, an FAO senior animal health officer, said in the statement that the agency is particularly worried about the Black Sea area, which has high concentrations of chickens, ducks, and geese.The Ukraine has about 20 million domestic ducks, and Romania’s Danube delta has about 4 million domestic ducks and 4 million domestic geese, he said. “These figures compare easily with chicken and waterfowl densities in Asia, where the virus continues to circulate among chickens and has found a niche in countries with tens of millions of domestic ducks and geese,” Slingenbergh said.The Black Sea is a wintering area for migratory birds from Siberia and other locations, the FAO said, pointing out that all countries bordering the Black Sea have had avian flu outbreaks, along with poultry systems with poor separation between wild and domestic birds.”It could well be that there is more virus circulation in Europe than currently assumed,” Slingenbergh said. Though it doesn’t appear the virus is widely spreading in European countries, “undetected localized virus spots in countries with significant waterfowl may pose a continuous risk,” he said.In other avian flu news, agriculture officials in Myanmar reported an H5N1 outbreak at a large poultry farm in Bago, about 50 miles from Rangoon, the capital, according to an Oct 24 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak, which began Oct 19, struck 400 birds, including quail, layer chickens, and ducks. The remaining 33,459 birds were destroyed.The report said the town is close to a lake that is home to wild birds, including about 800,000 ducks. Infected ducks probably transmitted the virus to quail or chickens, the health officials reported.Myanmar’s last reported outbreak occurred in late July, also near Bago, according to a previous OIE report.Elsewhere, officials in Vietnam announced today that an H5N1 outbreak has been reported in a third province, Cao Bang, in the northern part of the country near the Chinese border, according to a Reuters report. The outbreak affected 480 ducks and 80 chickens in 13 households in Cao Bang’s Trung Khanh district, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency.Yesterday, Vietnamese officials reported an H5N1 outbreak had killed hundreds of ducks in Quang Tri province in the central Vietnam, about 360 miles south of Hanoi, according a report from Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA). The ducks were among a flock of 600 5-day-old ducklings, Nguyen Quan Vinh, head of the province’s animal health department, told DPA.Earlier this month another outbreak was detected in Tra Vinh province in the Mekong delta, the DPA report said. According to an Oct 11 OIE report on the outbreak, the virus killed 40 unvaccinated ducks; the remaining 296 birds were culled. Before this month’s outbreaks, Vietnam’s last reported outbreak occurred in August, the OIE reported.See also:Oct 25 FAO statement OIE reports

By co-financing the EU until the revitalization of the cultural and historical ensemble of Škrip on the island of Brač

first_imgThe oldest settlement on Brač will also become the first address in the island’s capital to which money will arrive directly from Brussels to co-finance a local project.Revitalization of the cultural and historical ensemble of Škrip, a place with a history of almost 3000 years, is a project of the City of Supetar which in cooperation with the Tourist Board and the Museum of the Island of Brac seeks to put in the tourist and economic function of rich cultural and historical resources. . “The Central Agency for Financing and Contracting of EU Projects has informed us that the project proposal has successfully passed the phase of checking the eligibility of expenditures and is being sent to the last phase of signing the contract.”, Said the Mayor of Supetar Ivana Markovic, specifying that the total value at this stage (itrada project documentation) is about two million kuna, and the EU approves co-financing worth 1,5 million, writes Business diary.The project includes the arrangement of the archeological site next to the island Museum, the restoration of the church of St. John the Baptist and the retaining wall of the church of St. Jelena, the arrangement of Kaštela Radojković built in 1570, as well as the arrangement of the bitumen mine site where the construction of the presentation center “Miner’s Mine” is planned.In order for this island gem to be the best bait for tourists, the intention is to improve the offer of the existing, unique Uja Museum, which would become a multimedia center, the former church of St. Ante would be converted into a museum space, the sculpture park would be transformed into a recreation zone, and it is planned to arrange hiking and biking trails. “Although the Škrip settlement alone achieves negligible numbers in the total tourist activity of Supetar, the fact that the Museum of the Island of Brač is visited by more than 15 guests a year is perhaps the best evidence of the importance of Škrip for our city and the island as a whole. Putting all Skrip’s sights into economic and tourist function is the main goal. I am sure that by implementing this and other projects defined in the Tourism Development Strategy in the area of ​​Supetar until 000, we will make Škrip an even more attractive tourist destination, revive its rich resources and ensure the stay and quality of life of young people.”, Said Ivan Cvitanic, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Supetar.last_img

EU Clears Acquisition of CEVA by CMA CGM

first_imgThe European Commission has given the green light to French shipping major CMA CGM to acquire Swiss logistics company CEVA Logistics.Following the approval, CMA CGM will acquire sole control of the Switzerland-based company.The commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, given its limited impact on the structure of freight forwarding, short sea and deep sea container shipping markets, according to a statement issued on February 7, 2019.In April 2018, CMA CGM decided to expand its presence in the logistics sector by investing in CEVA on the occasion of CEVA’s initial public offering (IPO). CMA CGM’s investment represented 24.99 percent of CEVA’s capital.The two companies then agreed to explore potential opportunities to work together towards the development of joint commercial offerings. The move was said to be in line with CMA CGM’s strategy to boost its product portfolio while integrating services beyond maritime transport.In October, the two companies broadened their strategic partnership and signed a new relationship agreement. In addition, CMA CGM’s equity stake increased to 33 percent.Finally, in November, the two companies announced a new step in their strategic partnership which included the pre-announcement of the public tender offer by CMA CGM, the acceleration of CEVA’s transformation, and leveraging CMA CGM’s ocean carrier platform to generate cost efficiencies.last_img

Nasarawa Utd Optmistic of Continental Spot

first_imgDogo said nothing is foreclosed for the team as far as the top-flight top prizes are concerned until the last whistle.“Of course, our continental ticket dream is steadily becoming a reality with three matches to go.“I believe the league race is still wide open and the top prizes could go either way to virtually all the teams.“We will continue to demonstrate our capacity as well as show character in the remaining matches on the calendar.“If we succeed to win one of the continental tickets that will be quite good but if we fail in the pursuit we will equally take it in good faith.“However, we are certain perhaps determined not to miss the fifth finish in worst case scenario.“As I said early nothing is foreclosed right now we are on the track still running the race and positive the end will be sweet,” said the former Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC coach to said his side are ready to head off to Umuahia to challenge Abia Warriors for the whole three points at stake in the NPFL matchday 36 clash.“Abia Warriors are not bad side despite their uncomfortable position on the league table at the moment.“We are not going to underrate the side but fight hard like any other match for the whole three points at stake.“We are quite hopeful to claim a decent and positive result in the encounter to further boost our dream for a respectful finish,” said Dogo.The Lafia-based side are eighth on the top-flight log on 49 points seven behind league leaders, Rivers United.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nasarawa United head coach, Kabir Dogo has said his side have a lot to play for in the on-going Nigerian top-flight.The Solid Miners showed class in the 2-1 win against title chasers, Wikki Tourists in top-flight matchday 35 clash in Makurdi last weekend.last_img

Trojans prepare for three-game series at Stanford

first_imgUSC had hoped for some momentum heading into one of its toughest series of the season, but having lost three out of four, the Trojans will have to find another way to combat No. 2 Stanford.The cardinal and gold travel to take on the Cardinal in Palo Alto, Calif., Friday for the beginning of a three game series that, like the set with North Carolina, will provide an accurate assessment of where USC stands as it reaches the meat of its schedule.Stanford has yet to play a conference game, but is 13-2 and ranked only behind No. 1 Florida in Baseball America’s top-25 rankings released on Monday.USC fell just outside the top-25 (29th) in the latest rankings but have enjoyed what many would call a successful season thus far. Still, the Trojans won their first seven games of the season and are 6-6 since, including dropping two out of three in their first conference series of the season against Utah.Many of the bright spots for the Trojans reside in the batting lineup, where the majority of the regulars have their average above .300. First baseman Matt Foat might be enjoying the best season of them all, batting .400 with two home runs and 13 RBIs to go along with a team-leading 28 hits in 19 games.That offense will be put to the test beginning Friday. Stanford’s weekend trio of starters, right-hander Mark Appel and lefties John Hochstatter and Brett Mooneyham, have gone at least six innings in 11 of their 12 combined starts on the year. Mooneyham, likely to start the final game of the series on Sunday, is 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA.In addition to proving they can compete with a team like Stanford, USC will have to convince rankings voters that it can win on the road. The Trojans have lost only two games within the friendly confines of Dedeaux Field. Do the math, and you’ll get USC’s winning percentage away from Dedeaux: .333.All three games against Stanford are afternoon starts, with Saturday and Sunday’s games beginning at 1 p.m. and Monday’s starting at 4 p.m.last_img

Tempers flare as Angels get blown out by Detroit Tigers

first_imgThen he called two of them strikes, including a third strike, against Maldonado.“To ring a guy up on a pitch that was even lower than what we perceived as his zone all day surprised us,” Scioscia said. “That’s what Maldy was saying and that’s what I was saying.”Skaggs wouldn’t comment specifically on the strike zone, but he said: “I do appreciate my catcher standing up for me. I thought that was great.”In the third inning, the Angels trailed 1-0 and No. 9 hitter Dixon Machado was leading off for the Tigers. Skaggs walked him, with three of the balls being pitches around the bottom of the zone.After a strikeout, Skaggs gave up a pair of ground-ball singles to Nicholas Castellanos and Jeimer Candelario, loading the bases. At this point, Skaggs certainly had a right to feel unlucky, because of the strike zone and the placement of the ground balls.What happened next, though, was more difficult to shrug off. Skaggs’ first two pitches to cleanup hitter James McCann were clearly balls. He then tried to throw a fastball away, but he pulled it over the middle of the plate, and McCann hammered it over the left-field fence. The ball rocketed off his bat at 109.4 mph for a game-breaking grand slam, putting the Angels in a 5-0 hole.“One bad pitch seems to be the story of the season for me,” he said. “It ended up being a grand slam. That was kind of the nail in the coffin.”Skaggs stuck around to pitch two more scoreless innings, but the Angels still trailed 5-0 when Maldonado came to the plate in the seventh. After a one-out single by Ian Kinsler, the Angels were looking to chip away at the lead.Ripperger called Maldonado out on strikes. Maldonado was animated and barking at Ripperger as he headed for the dugout. He said he had already said his piece by the time Ripperger threw him out.“I think it’s unwarranted,” Scioscia said. “When a guy is walking back to the dugout, just let him go back to the dugout. That wasn’t needed.”After that, the Tigers scored two more runs against Akeel Morris in the bottom of the seventh, putting the Angels in a seven-run hole before their offense finally showed too-little, too-late signs of life in the eighth.They scored twice and Kinsler came up a few feet short of a three-run homer. In the ninth, after the Tigers had ballooned the lead to 9-2, Mike Trout blasted a 438-foot homer, with an exit velocity of 114 mph. It was his major league-leading 18th homer of the season. PreviousLos Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, May 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons throws to third base on a Detroit Tigers’ Jeimer Candelario ground ball in the third inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, May 28, 2018. Dixon Machado was safe at third base on the force play. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado pours water on his head to cool off in the dugout in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Monday, May 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani prepares to bat in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Monday, May 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia, center, argues with home plate umpire Mark Ripperger (90) as Martin Maldonado (12) listens in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Monday, May 28, 2018. Scioscia was tossed from the game. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd throws in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit, Monday, May 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario, left, catches a Los Angeles Angels’ Zack Cozart fly ball as Dixon Machado (49) looks on in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, May 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons lies on the ground after making a diving throw as Justin Upton, right, checks on him in the third inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Monday, May 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Detroit Tigers’ James McCann celebrates his grand slam in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit, Monday, May 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Detroit Tigers’ James McCann watches his grand slam in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit, Monday, May 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit, Monday, May 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Detroit Tigers’ James McCann, right, celebrates his grand slam with Jeimer Candelario, from left, Nicholas Castellanos and Dixon read more