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first_imgThey may fly under the radar, but not for long. Get off the beaten path with these underground festivals:Rooster Walk Music and Arts FestivalMay 24-26Martinsville, Va.roosterwalk.com Basics: Organizers host this growing event at the Blue Mountain Festival Grounds to commemorate the lives of two lost friends. If you find huge crowds to be a drag, consider this low-key weekend that features an impressive line-up of roots music held in the scenic foothills of Martinsville—a former furniture mecca making a comeback through arts and outdoor rec.Bands: Every year Rooster Walk’s line-up has gradually improved, and this year is no exception with the addition of Colorado slamgrass heroes Leftover Salmon and high-energy New Orleans funk outfit Dumpstaphunk. Also catch Yarn, Larry Keel, and Dangermuffin.Set Break Escape: No need to leave the festival grounds to stretch your legs. On Sunday, the fest hosts the Tuff Strutter 5K—billed as one of the toughest trail runs on the East Coast.FIVE MORE…Briar Patch Music FestivalMay 30—June 1Damascus, Ga.The road to Damascus will lead you to a Southern jam rock orgy featuring American Aquarium, Col. Bruce Hampton, Rollin’ in the Hay, and many more.briarpatchpro.com Appalachian UprisingMay 30-June 1Scottown, OhioThis progressive bluegrass throwdown continually brings impressive line-ups to the Appalachians of Ohio. This year catch Del McCoury, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mountain Heart, and Larry Keel.appalachianuprising.netBlueberry Jam FestivalJune 21-22Wakefield, Va.Located on a blueberry farm in the rural stretch between Richmond and Hampton Roads, this growing fest features a range of tunes from jam to blues to bluegrass and a big focus on local food. This year’s fest is headlined by The Mantras and BIG Something Friday night, and Dopapod on Saturday night.drewryfarms.comThe Big What FestivalJuly 4-6Possum Holler, N.C.Head into the woods, just west of the Triangle, for three days of jams from Big Something, Zach Deputy, Dopapod, The Mantras, and Big Daddy Love. Bonus—onsite disc golf course.possumhollernc.com Front Porch FestAugust 30—September 1Stuart, Va.Created as a mellow campout between friends, Front Porch Fest has developed into a three-day roots music gala on the idyllic 130-acre Spirit Haven Farm in Patrick County—known as the front porch of the Blue Ridge Mountains.frontporchfest.comCheck out the rest of our Outdoor Festival Guide!last_img read more


first_img Sharing is caring! 35 Views   no discussions InternationalLifestyleNews WHO Moves To Update COVID-19 Guidance After ‘Great News’ In Drug Study by: – June 17, 2020 Share Tweet Share “But some experts have warned of the drug not only reducing the inflammatory response in patients, but also the immune system and may trigger side effects. KCDC is discussing the use of it for COVID-19 patients.”(Reuters)center_img The positive news comes as coronavirus infections accelerated in some places including the United States and as Beijing cancelled scores of flights to help contain a fresh outbreak in China’s capital.“This is the first treatment to be shown to reduce mortality in patients with COVID-19 requiring oxygen or ventilator support,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement late on Tuesday. The agency said it was looking forward to the full data analysis of the study in coming days.“WHO will coordinate a meta-analysis to increase our overall understanding of this intervention. WHO clinical guidance will be updated to reflect how and when the drug should be used in COVID-19,” the agency added.But South Korea’s top health official cautioned about the use of the drug for COVID-19 patients. The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was moving to update its guidelines on treating people stricken with COVID-19 to reflect results of a clinical trial that showed a cheap, common steroid can help save critically ill patients.Trial results announced on Tuesday showed dexamethasone, used since the 1960s to reduce inflammation in diseases such as arthritis, cut death rates by around a third among the most severely ill COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital.The WHO’s clinical guidance for treating patients infected with the new coronavirus is aimed at doctors and other medical professionals and seeks to use the latest data to inform clinicians on how best to tackle all phases of the disease, from screening to discharge.Although the dexamethasone study’s results are preliminary, the researchers behind the project said it suggests the drug should immediately become standard care in severely stricken patients.For patients on ventilators, the treatment was shown to reduce mortality by about one third, and for patients requiring only oxygen, mortality was cut by about one fifth, according to preliminary findings shared with WHO. The benefit was only seen in patients seriously ill with COVID-19 and was not observed in patients with milder disease. “(It) has already long been used in South Korean hospitals to treat patients with different inflammation,” Jeong Eun-kyeong, head of Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). Sharelast_img read more


first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Seventeen consecutive wins, a perfect conference record and a No. 2 ranking all came to an end Wednesday night, as the Wisconsin men’s basketball team fell to No. 25 Indiana at a rocking Assembly Hall. UW fell for the first time on the road and had to suffer the indignity and foreign feeling of watching Indiana fans storm the court after the victory.”It’s like watching your girlfriend go out with another guy right in front of you,” junior guard Michael Flowers said. “It hurts. It hurts the heart.” In front of a boisterous sell-out crowd of 17,283, the Badgers (21-2, 7-1 Big Ten) watched a three-point lead disappear during a 16-3 second-half run by the Hoosiers (16-5, 6-2), eventually falling behind 53-43. The run was keyed by Indiana guard A.J. Ratliff, who scored 18 second-half points — finishing with 20 — on 6-of-7 shooting and drained three trifectas during the IU surge.”He stepped up, he really stepped up when they needed plays, and he got hot,” said senior forward Alando Tucker, who led the Badgers with 23 points.”We knew he could do it,” senior guard Kammron Taylor said. “He caught fire against us, and that was just unfortunate for us.”Ratliff explained afterward that he believed that his team needed a boost and he was more than ready to provide it.”I felt somebody had to step up and make plays,” Ratliff said. “I was opening up and I had all the confidence in the world.”The suddenly hot perimeter shooting — the Hoosiers hit 5-of-6 3-pointers in the second half — was set up by D.J. White dominating inside early in the second stanza, scoring all 10 of his points in the half in the first 6:31.”Coach told me right after halftime to get more aggressive,” White said. “That’s what I tried to do.”The run whipped the crimson-and-cream-clad crowd into a frenzy and forced UW head coach Bo Ryan to call a timeout. After the breather, the Badgers responded, scoring eight straight points to cut the lead back down to two at 53-51, eventually tying the game at 59 with 4:53 remaining on a Taylor three-pointer.”Our guys did a heck of a job to come back, down 10 on the road like that,” Ryan said.But Wisconsin’s shooting went cold down the stretch, making only one of their final eight shots and the Badgers were unable to capitalize on four late missed free throws by the Hoosiers. “I liked some of our looks down the stretch,” Ryan said. “We were playing from behind, that’s part of it, we haven’t had a lot of experience with (that).”UW missed its final three shots, and before the final horn finished buzzing, the court was flooded with Indiana students.”I thought this was a tremendous college basketball game,” Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson said. “Our crowd deserves as much credit as we do. They were great tonight; I mean, they were great.”In the end, both teams credited Ratliff with changing the complexion of the game with his perimeter marksmanship.”I hate to just say that it’s just them hitting those shots in that streak,” Ryan said. “Then again, you have to remember how Indiana’s been playing here and what they’re doing now. This is going to be a tough place for other people to come into.”In the first half, Wisconsin (nine) and Indiana (seven) combined for 16 turnovers, ensuring that the pace of the game was quick as the squads raced up and down the floor trying to capitalize off the giveaways.”You can always go back to those seven turnovers on the first 12 possessions,” Ryan said.Despite 14 first-half points from Tucker, the Badgers found themselves only tied with 18 seconds remaining in the stanza. Ryan called a timeout and maybe the least likely player to hit a basket — guard Jason Bohannon — drained a jumper off a curl to give Wisconsin 28-26 lead. The lead was short lived however, and the night would end with the Badgers watching the opposing team’s fans charge onto the court to celebrate the victory.”You know, we’d rather not have that happen,” Ryan said. “But since you take it on the chin, you take what comes with it.”last_img read more

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