The Allman Brothers Band Recorded Live At Fillmore East, 45 Years Ago

first_img“Play all night!” an audience member yelled… On March 11, 12, and 13 of 1971, The Allman Brothers Band played at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East, and recorded it for a live album. Advertisements for the shows read: “Bill Graham Presents in New York — Johnny Winter And, Elvin Bishop Group, Extra Added Attraction: Allman Brothers.” Though while Winter was billed as the headliner, by the third night, the Allman Brothers were closing the show.This weekend marks the 45th anniversary of recording one of the most legendary live albums to ever grace this Earth. When thinking about The Allman Brothers, Live At Fillmore East is one of the main treasures that comes to mind. The double LP is most tangibly definitive of the band’s authentic sound, giving them both artistic and commercial breakthroughs, and is the kind of record you can spin on a daily basis and still find something new you love about it.Read More About The Allman Brothers Band’s ‘Eat A Peach’ Studio Album“We realized that we got a better sound live and that we were a live band. We were not intentionally trying to buck the system, but keeping each song down to 3:14 just didn’t work for us. We were going to do what the hell we were going to do and that was to experiment on and offstage. And we realized that the audience was a big part of what we did, which couldn’t be duplicated in a studio. A light bulb finally went off; we need to make a live album,” said Gregg Allman about the decision to record the three-night run [excerpt taken from Alan Paul’s One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band].While a few things went almost terribly wrong, like the uninvited horns section, or the bomb scare that suspended the final night’s music through sunrise, the album still turned out as one of the best ever.After dealing with the three nights of chaos, producer Tom Dowd explains of the final product, “The Fillmore album captured the band in all their glory. The Allmans have always had a perpetual swing sensation that is unique in rock. They swing like they’re playing jazz when they play things that are tangential to the blues, and even when they play heavy rock. They’re never vertical but always going forward, and it’s always a groove. Fusion is a term that came later, but if you wanted to look at a fusion album, it would be Fillmore East. Here was a rock ’n’ roll band playing blues in the jazz vernacular. And they tore the place up.”Butch Trucks Talks Duane Allman, The Evolution of “You Don’t Love Me” with King Curtis’ “Soul Serenade,” Releases A&R Studio Track via Peach RecordsDespite being recorded in New York City, the album cover photo [above] was actually taken on a very cold day in Macon, GA, where the band all lived. Apparently the band was having trouble in cooperating with the photographer that day, giving scowling looks toward the camera. “At one point, a man walked up over next to our truck and Duane jumped up and ran over to him, and the photographer starts screamin’ and hollerin’,” explains Butch Trucks of the experience. “Then Duane came back and sat down, and we all busted out laughin’ and THAT is the picture. That is the ONLY picture from the whole day with everybody laughin’. And if you look, Duane’s got his hands like this. [folded]. What he had done was ran over and picked up a little eight ball of cocaine.” If there’s anything you need to know about Live At Fillmore East, that’s it.In honor of this special mark in rock and roll history, listen to the full album now:Track List:01. Statesboro Blues02. Done Somebody Wrong03. Stormy Monday04. You Don’t Love Me05. Hot ‘Lanta06. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed07. Whipping Post[All quotes via Alan Paul]last_img read more

BRA approves Tata Hall construction

first_img Read Full Story Harvard Business School (HBS) has received approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for its plans for Tata Hall, a new Executive Education classroom and residential building to be constructed on the HBS campus in Boston. The BRA board of directors met today (Sept. 16) to give its final approval on the new building, which will be located at the northeast corner of the HBS campus. Tata Hall will serve business leaders enrolled in HBS’s broad portfolio of Executive Education programs, which are a key component in advancing the School’s academic mission.“Tata Hall will enable Harvard Business School to extend and enhance our Executive Education programs, serving as a magnet for global leaders seeking professional development in today’s evolving business arena,” said Dean Nitin Nohria. “This project will bring executives from around the globe to Boston to advance their education and strengthen their organizations, furthering the HBS mission of educating leaders who make a difference in the world.”“Harvard’s $100 million dollar private investment in Boston will create construction jobs that are needed now, and the future executives who study at Harvard Business School and enter the international workforce will be ambassadors of our truly world-class city,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.last_img read more

A spotlight on China

first_imgIt was a solar lantern headed for India, oddly enough, that brought Harvard senior Rachel Field to China last summer.As part of an independent research project through the D-Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Field helped to design a solar lantern that uses low-cost technology in the developing world. The project’s goal was to design a lamp that could be built and sold by a community group in the Himalayan mountains area of India. The project was successful, Field said, and piqued her curiosity about China after her partners kept inquiring whether they could build the lantern with Chinese parts, because of their low cost and the country’s extensive distribution network.Field, an engineering concentrator, decided she wanted to know more about the giant Asian nation. So she turned to the Harvard China Fund. Last summer, Field was among a handful of students who had internships in China, aided by the fund in collaboration with companies there. Field wound up at Sealed Air, an American company that has a plant in Shanghai. Over the internship’s 10 weeks, she not only got a taste for life and work in China, she also designed two devices to be used on the assembly line.“It was an amazing opportunity,” Field said. “They customized an internship to my interests. I reported to the head engineer.”Established in 2006, the fund supports China-related programs across Harvard’s campuses and promotes everything from student activities to faculty research in China. Over the past four years, 157 students have traveled to China for internships that were arranged and supported by the fund.China Fund chairman William Kirby, the T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration, said the goal is to encourage faculty and student engagement with China and to maintain a Harvard presence there. The fund does that through programs that include grants for faculty research — 17 have been awarded — support for student internships, efforts to bring Chinese fellows to Harvard, and sponsorship of activities on campus, such as a conference on public health planned for May.In addition, together with Harvard Business School, the fund runs the Harvard Shanghai Center, providing a physical place for executive education classes, alumni functions, and for faculty, students, and researchers to work.China is not only the world’s biggest country, it is also one of the globe’s fastest-growing and most dynamically changing places, making it not only an interesting nation in which to learn and conduct research, but also one that demands attention from any organization that considers itself an international institution.“There’s a substantial feeling that [China’s global influence] will only grow,” Kirby said.In 2007, when the Harvard Law School Project on Disability needed funding to begin a major project on disability in China, traditional sources were hard to find. The China Fund stepped in with a $160,000 grant. The project was seeking to raise awareness and increase programming for the disabled in China. Official estimates indicate there are 85 million disabled Chinese, but project co-founder Stimson Professor of Law William Alford said the actual number could top 200 million, more than the entire population of the United Kingdom.“There’s a large amount of work to be done,” Alford said.In the intervening years, Alford and Harvard Disability Project Executive Director Michael Stein have worked with Chinese government officials to draft laws and regulations. They worked with Chinese scholars to increase capacity around disability law and rights, establishing China’s first program on disability and the law at Renmin University.“This [funding] allowed us to go forward with these projects,” Stein said.The money also brought scholars to Harvard and backed an annual seminar for three years. Stein and Alford also worked to infuse teaching and learning on China and disability into their regular course work.Alford said the programming that resulted from the three-year grant has paid off 10-fold. In addition, as word has gotten out about their work, the fund has been inundated with requests.“We’re very grateful to the China Fund,” Alford said. “I feel the initial trust and investment in us has really borne fruit.”Kirby said the fund is looking to expand its internship program. Next summer, internships at companies in China will be augmented with 15 new, service-focused positions at nonprofit organizations and nongovernmental organizations. The fund’s leaders also want to think hard about the areas where Harvard can make a difference in China, and target the University’s efforts there.last_img read more

Whoopi Goldberg Cheers on the Cast of Holler If Ya Hear Me

first_imgThe View co-host and comedian Whoopi Goldberg had a date with Tonya Pinkins and the cast of Holler If Ya Hear Me on June 18! The new musical, directed by Kenny Leon and featuring songs by late rapper Tupac Shakur, officially opens June 19, but Goldberg couldn’t wait to catch the show. After seeing the story unfold, the comedian stopped backstage to take photos with the cast. Check out this Hot Shot of Goldberg and the company, then see Holler If Ya Hear Me at the Palace Theatre. View Comments Related Shows Holler If Ya Hear Me Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014last_img

Odds & Ends: New Newsies Film Trailer & More

first_imgDaveed Diggs’ ABC Pilot Has a StarAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, Search Party star and Broad City alum Brandon Michael Hall is set to lead Hamilton Tony winner Daveed Diggs’ previously announced ABC pilot. The single-camera comedy follows a hip-hop artist who runs for office as a publicity stunt and miraculously gets elected. Writer Jeremy Bronson and Bluegrass FanFare are also on hand for the currently untitled project. Along with his recent turn on ABC’s Black-ish (and on Sesame Street), additional screen work on Diggs’ horizon includes HBO sports mockumentary Tour de Pharmacy and the movie Wonder opposite Julia Roberts.Carrie Compere Joins The Lightning ThiefHell, yes! Fresh face and The Color Purple standout Carrie Compere is set to join the previously announced off-Broadway production of The Lightning Thief, starring Chris McCarrell. Based on Rick Riordan’s best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel, the Stephen Brackett-helmed musical is set to begin performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on March 23 and officially open on April 4. The production, which was written by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki, is scheduled to run through May 6.Daryl Roth & Paula Vogel Garner New Dramatists AwardsTen-time Tony-winning producer Daryl Roth and Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe Paula Vogel have received the New Dramatists’ 2017 Distinguished Achievement Awards. Roth is set to produce Vogel’s Indecent this season; the play is set to bow on the Great White Way on April 4 at the Cort Theatre. The two will receive their awards at the New Dramatists spring luncheon on May 16 at the New York Marriott Marquis.P.S. At last, we have a glimpse of Mama Broadway in her Beauty and the Beast ensemble! Now if only we could get a sound bite of her golden pipes on that new song. Take a look at Audra McDonald as Garderobe below. @MichaelMayerDIR So sad to hear this. What a lovely human and artist.— John Gallagher, Jr. (@JohnGallagherJr) January 26, 2017 Broadway Alum Kevin Geer Has DiedKevin Geer died from a heart attack on January 26. His Great White Way credits included Twelve Angry Men, Side Man, The Rose Tattoo and A Streetcar Named Desire. On screen, he appeared in American Gangster, The Pelican Brief and The Contender. A number of loved ones from the Broadway community have spoken out on social media regarding the loss. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.See Jeremy Jordan & Kara Lindsay Seize the DayOne for all and all for one! A new trailer is out for the filmed performance of Newsies. Presented by Fathom Events, the film will play cinemas on February 16, 18 and 22. As previously reported, original cast members Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Ben Fankhauser and Andrew Keenan-Bolger returned to the Disney musical on September 11, when cameras captured a performance of the national tour in L.A. Break out the popcorn and papes, and take a peek at the trailer below! Kara Lindsay & Jeremy Jordan(Photo: T. Charles Erickson)center_img The beautiful Kevin Geer has left us. Hard to find a more generous, curious, and supportive artist. Rare in this game. Rest in power KG xx— bobby cannavale (@bobbycannavale) January 26, 2017 .@AudraEqualityMc is Garderobe. #BeautyAndTheBeast pic.twitter.com/PK4eZZF5vr— DisneyMoviesAnywhere (@DisneyAnywhere) January 26, 2017 View Commentslast_img read more

Trail Mix | Lawrence Morrill Glass

first_imgYou are an obsession, you’re my obsession . . . I couldn’t help but hear the lyrics to 80’s synthpoppers Animotion run through my head when I came across “Tina Fey,” a song written by Austin, Texas, singer/songwriter Lawrence Morrill Glass.Being a big fan of Tina Fey’s work, I couldn’t blame Glass for his obsession. From her time at Second City and Saturday Night Live through 30 Rock and her motion picture stardom, I have long been a big fan of Tina Fey.So, I get Glass’s obsession. But, for the sake of propriety – and to keep any hints of stalkerism off Glass’s back – I have decided it would be better to refer to Fey as his muse. It just sounds nicer.“Tina Fey” is featured on the new EP that Glass recently released. The tracks therein offer a tantalizing – and too short – glimpse into the mind and songwriting craft of one of Austin’s burgeoning talents.I recently chatted with Glass about “Tina Fey,” which is included on this month’s Trail Mix, and he even indulged me enough to take a little quiz on his muse.BRO – Can we see this EP as a tease for the long player soon to come?LMG – Yes.  The full length, Neanderthal, will be released on February 14, 2017. It is made up of eleven songs that range in style from Americana to rock to bossa nova to ska.BRO – We are featuring “Tina Fey” on this month’s Trail Mix. What was your favorite Tina Fey character from Saturday Night Live?LMG – I liked her most back when she did the news.BRO – And let’s be honest. Do you think there is anyone out there who doesn’t love Tina Fey?LMG – I’m sure there are folks that find her tiresome. As Sly sang in “Everyday People” . . . . Different strokes for different folks.BRO – Any fear that Tina might hear the song and think you are a stalker?LMG – I doubt it. The bridge says it all . . .Better find yourself someone close to homea real live girl waiting all aloneno fantasy a million miles awayno, no, not another Saturday night with a TV screenwhat a lonely life, what an empty dreamI can’t go on this way, with nothing left to saybut I love Tina FeyTo test Lawrence’s expertise on all things Tina Fey, I threw this quiz at him. He was kind enough to oblige and have a little fun with me.1.  What was the name of Tina’s character on 30 Rock?A. Lisbette LimoneB. Betsy LymanC. Liz LemonD. Lizzie LeemondLMG – C2. Where did Tina attend college?A.  SUNY-OswegoB. Dartmouth CollegeC. Wellesley CollegeD. The University of VirginiaLMG – D3. Fey was half of the first all-female Weekend Update crew in Saturday Night Live history. Who was her co-anchor?A. Jane CurtinB. Amy PoehlerC. Kate McKinnonD. Maya RudolphLMG – B4.  Tina is actually not her real first name. What is?A. AllisonB. MadelineC. ElizabethD. StamatinaLMG – C5.  Fey provided the voice for Roxanne Ritchi, opposite Will Ferrell, in what animated motion picture?A. Toy StoryB. MegamindC. Finding NemoD. ShrekLMG – No ideaLawrence did pretty darn well on the quiz, going getting four of the five answers correct. Only one he missed was #5, which was, as those of us with small kids at home know, Megamind. Many thanks to Lawrence for running with this.For more information on Lawrence Morrill Glass, how you can grab a copy of the new EP, or when he might be coming to a stage near you, please check out his website.Also, be sure to check out “Tina Fey” on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

Movie Depicts the Valor, Professionalism of Honduran Armed Forces

first_imgCo-producer Vindel added: “With this level of logistics, ‘Forces of Honor’ has no precedent like it in Honduras and quite possibly in Central America. We relied on [the Military] since the beginning to create the story line. We had to interview the peers of the men our three main characters are based on. We could see it was painful for them to talk, but they wanted to honor their fellow soldiers.” “They are humble men who carry out a titanic and laudable task,” Matute said. “We will show the war on drugs from the perspective of the ones who are fighting for the nation’s security, as well as from the perspective of the people who love them…our main goal with this production is to affirm and increase national pride and the love of country among Hondurans.” Though Matute never served in the Armed Forces, he attended a military-affiliated high school in San Pedro Sula, where former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, General Osorio Canales, had once been principal. In 2013, a casual conversation between the two inspired Matute to make a movie about the Military’s counter-narcotics fight. “Forces of Honor” follows the lives of three members of the Armed Forces: Army Major Morazán, Air Force Major Reyes, and Navy Lieutenant Commander Herrera, with their last names paying homage to three of Honduras’s founding fathers – General Francisco Morazán, José Trinidad Reyes, and Dionisio de Herrera. In the movie, Maj. Morazán, Maj. Reyes, and Lt. Cmdr. Herrera, who are played by professional actors, conduct a perilous mission to arrest the leader of a drug cartel. The movie was filmed in locations nationwide, including Puerto Castilla and La Mosquitia in the Caribbean, the nation’s capital of Tegucigalpa, and in Quimistán, in the western department of Santa Bárbara; some scenes were even shot inside homes authorities confiscated from drug kingpins they’ve captured in recent years. The film stresses the commitment the main characters have to their military service, yet shows the high price they pay to protect their country. To facilitate this cooperation, the production crew worked around the Military’s schedule. “I am so proud of our Military,” Fernando Ávila, a fan of the film wrote on the film’s Facebook page. The movie is “a great opportunity for people to see the work that the Armed Forces does.” “People are asking us if the Honduran Navy really has the ships and fast-speed boats they have seen in the teasers or if it’s fiction,” Matute said. “We coordinated all of the filming around real activities and exercises by the Navy, Air Force, and Army. We were ready for whenever the call would come letting us know a clandestine airstrip was going to be blown up in the jungle, or the F-5’s were going to be flown, or there was a training practice in a river or in the ocean.” “We had to be patient, but it was worth it because their support was invaluable,” Matute said. ”It would have been impossible to do something like this otherwise.” center_img Cooperation from the Armed Forces helped the filmmakers produce such a realistic depiction of Military operations. A realistic depiction Hondurans will be able to see their country’s Armed Forces on the big screen in “Fuerzas de Honor” (Forces of Honor), which is scheduled to be released on January 14. “The Armed Forces of Honduras is supporting national talent,” explained Colonel Juan Antonio Sánchez, spokesman of the Armed Forces. “The producers of this movie are Honduran actors and we could do no less than to support them…[this is] part of a broader work we are doing to encourage artistic expression in the country.” By Dialogo November 14, 2015 I congratulate my Armed Forces because we are all Armed Forces because of this great achievement of showing us courage.That is what our Armed Forces are to us, Hondurans Producers Álvaro Matute and Anuar Vindel recently released the trailer for the film, directed by Honduran Tomás Chi, which is inspired by real-life missions against organized crime groups and includes roles played by service members. Directed by Honduran Tomás Chi, “Forces of Honor” showcases the Military’s triumphs and the daily difficulties it overcomes. “Forces of Honor” shows the service members’ human side but also stays true to how the Military operates and what kind of equipment it uses. last_img read more

Uruguayan Air Force Evaluates its Capabilities on Brazilian Border

first_imgBy Carlos Maggi/Diálogo December 01, 2017 In accordance with its annual training plan, on November 6th–10th, Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter) of the Uruguayan Air Force (FAU, per its Spanish acronym) deployed three A-37B aircraft, along with pilots, technicians, military police, and support assets to the department of Rocha, along the Brazilian border. The operation’s goal—on aerodromes and runways far from air bases—was to evaluate the flight squadrons’ capacities at the crew’s operational level and its logistical support in a different environment. This type of training requires the presence of different specialists, who make the flight missions possible. FAU routinely deploys squadrons for evaluation operations in aerodromes and runways at different locations around the country. This operation took place on a Uruguayan route with an area large enough for aircraft to descend and ascend. “The basic idea of this deployment is to operate in a rarely-used aerodrome, where we have few mechanics, to allow pilots and technicians to solve situations with ingenuity, which would be easier with the resources on our base,” FAU Major Richard Bruno, commander of the Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter), told Diálogo. “It’s also important to operate in areas of the country we are not very used to, such as the east, where attacks on land targets are simulated, along with interception training with radar in conjunction with the air operations center.” With these operations, FAU seeks to increase the number of missions in the country’s eastern zone to deter illicit or irregular flights from entering the area. “As long as Air Force planes fly in the area, there is going to be a deterrent effect, just like a police patrol generates on the street; the effect is going to be the same,” Maj. Bruno said. Although the Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter) executed the deployment, the mission involved other units from the force. In addition to three A-37B Dragonfly combat aircraft, a Cessna U-206H was mobilized for liaison flights, a Bell UH-1H helicopter supported search-and-rescue missions, and a C-212 Aviocar transferred personnel. Throughout the year, missions with similar characteristics are conducted in western Uruguay, which shares a border with Argentina. “It’s common throughout the year for FAU to deploy its different units far from its bases and operate with only the bare minimum,” explained FAU Colonel Hugo Parentini, commander of Air Brigade No. 2. “That’s the case for Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter). In November it deployed on the Route Nine runway to conduct airspace control missions and missions to preserve national sovereignty—one of the Uruguayan Air Force’s main missions is to collaborate with the other forces like the Army and the Navy on defense,” he added. These deployments are not based on any threat scenario against the country. They also bring the FAU assets closer to civilian populations, who have the opportunity to see different aircraft in operation. Authorities from FAU and the Ministry of National Defense are assessing the potential upgrade of the combat aircraft fleet. In 2017, A-58 Pucará aircraft were deactivated due to a lack of spare parts. These aircraft were assigned to Air Squadron No. 1 (Attack) since 1981. Until new equipment can be incorporated, airspace defense is under Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter)—which counts 12 U.S.-made A-37B Dragonfly—and the Advanced Flight Squadron, which has five Pilatus PC-7U Turbo Trainers. In accordance with its annual training plan, on November 6th–10th, Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter) of the Uruguayan Air Force (FAU, per its Spanish acronym) deployed three A-37B aircraft, along with pilots, technicians, military police, and support assets to the department of Rocha, along the Brazilian border. The operation’s goal—on aerodromes and runways far from air bases—was to evaluate the flight squadrons’ capacities at the crew’s operational level and its logistical support in a different environment. This type of training requires the presence of different specialists, who make the flight missions possible. FAU routinely deploys squadrons for evaluation operations in aerodromes and runways at different locations around the country. This operation took place on a Uruguayan route with an area large enough for aircraft to descend and ascend. “The basic idea of this deployment is to operate in a rarely-used aerodrome, where we have few mechanics, to allow pilots and technicians to solve situations with ingenuity, which would be easier with the resources on our base,” FAU Major Richard Bruno, commander of the Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter), told Diálogo. “It’s also important to operate in areas of the country we are not very used to, such as the east, where attacks on land targets are simulated, along with interception training with radar in conjunction with the air operations center.” With these operations, FAU seeks to increase the number of missions in the country’s eastern zone to deter illicit or irregular flights from entering the area. “As long as Air Force planes fly in the area, there is going to be a deterrent effect, just like a police patrol generates on the street; the effect is going to be the same,” Maj. Bruno said. Although the Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter) executed the deployment, the mission involved other units from the force. In addition to three A-37B Dragonfly combat aircraft, a Cessna U-206H was mobilized for liaison flights, a Bell UH-1H helicopter supported search-and-rescue missions, and a C-212 Aviocar transferred personnel. Throughout the year, missions with similar characteristics are conducted in western Uruguay, which shares a border with Argentina. “It’s common throughout the year for FAU to deploy its different units far from its bases and operate with only the bare minimum,” explained FAU Colonel Hugo Parentini, commander of Air Brigade No. 2. “That’s the case for Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter). In November it deployed on the Route Nine runway to conduct airspace control missions and missions to preserve national sovereignty—one of the Uruguayan Air Force’s main missions is to collaborate with the other forces like the Army and the Navy on defense,” he added. These deployments are not based on any threat scenario against the country. They also bring the FAU assets closer to civilian populations, who have the opportunity to see different aircraft in operation. Authorities from FAU and the Ministry of National Defense are assessing the potential upgrade of the combat aircraft fleet. In 2017, A-58 Pucará aircraft were deactivated due to a lack of spare parts. These aircraft were assigned to Air Squadron No. 1 (Attack) since 1981. Until new equipment can be incorporated, airspace defense is under Air Squadron No. 2 (Fighter)—which counts 12 U.S.-made A-37B Dragonfly—and the Advanced Flight Squadron, which has five Pilatus PC-7U Turbo Trainers.last_img read more

2.5 million more people potentially exposed in Equifax breach

first_imgMillions more people were affected by Equifax’s data breach than the credit bureau initially estimated, Equifax said on Monday.The company increased its estimate on the number of Americans whose personal information was potentially exposed to 145.5 million, some 2.5 million more than it had previously disclosed.The additional accounts were found during a forensic review by Mandiant, a cybersecurity firm hired by Equifax to investigate the attack, according to a company statement.Equifax has been reeling since its announcement last month that hackers exploited a vulnerability in its website software to access its systems and extract sensitive personal information of millions of consumers. The material that was stolen included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

FDA awards $5.2 million for food and feed safety projects

first_img FDA support will allow state, local, and tribal governments to strengthen their animal feed safety and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or “mad cow”) prevention programs, the statement said. Awards of up to $250,000 went to groups in Iowa, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Washington. The funds will allow recipients to locate and visit companies that produce, distribute, and transport animal feed and verify compliance with BSE/ruminant feed bans. The grant money can also be used to assist educational outreach. “The grants represent an important step in the FDA’s continued efforts and integrate and improve the effectiveness of food safety systems at the federal, state, and local levels,” Chappell said. The awards address four areas: the ruminant feed ban support program, food safety and security monitoring, innovative food defense, and rapid response teams. Michael Chappell, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, said in a statement that the 1-year grants are cooperative agreements that are designed to support some of the food protection efforts included in the FDA’s Food Protection Plan. The FDA unveiled the Food Protection Plan in November 2007 in the wake of high-profile contamination incidents over the past few years involving domestic and imported foods. Food defense grants are intended to generate new solutions and outreach to bridge gaps in or enhance food defense, such as ALERT (Assure, Look, Employees, Reports, and Threat) system for food establishments or the FIRST (Follow, Inspect, Recognize, Secure, and Tell) system for employees, the FDA said in its statement. The awards of up to $40,000 went to two counties, Riverside in California and Multnomah in Oregon, and to the states of Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Oct 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday announced that it awarded 17 food and feed safety grants totaling $5.2 million to state and local regulatory agencies. The food safety and security portion of the grants will fund Food Emergency Response Network chemical laboratories and can be used to upgrade facilities, train employees in current food-testing methods, and boost laboratory sample analysis capacity, the FDA said. In the event of a chemical terrorism attack, recipients may be required to analyze food samples submitted by the FDA or other government agencies. Grants of up to $350,000 were awarded to Colorado, California, and Ohio. For the first cooperative agreement addressing rapid response teams, the funding will enable groups to develop, implement, exercise, and integrate an all-hazards food and foodborne illness response capability. The FDA said the rapid response teams will coordinate with other food and feed agencies. The groups will use incident command structure response protocols and a formalized crisis management system. Grants of up to $500,000 went to North Carolina, Massachusetts, California, Michigan, Florida, and Minnesota. See also: Sep 30 FDA news releaselast_img read more