Successful brain surgery is quite an accomplishment within the medical and scientific fields. Undergoing successful brain surgery while playing a standard G-scale on the guitar however, well, that’s an entirely different viral news story altogether!That was just the case for South African musician Musa Manzini, who recently underwent an awake craniotomy where he was recorded consciously playing guitar while doctors worked on removing a tumor in his brain.The surprisingly-common medical procedure allows doctors to cut open a patient’s skull to operate on sensitive areas of the brain without putting him or her out completely with the use of anesthesia. Such techniques have been captured on film and shared across the Internet in the past, and Manzini is now the latest musician to say they’ve continued jamming while undergoing what can be a pretty intense procedure.Manzini first learned he had a brain tumor back in 2006 and has since undergone multiple surgeries in the attempt to remove it. Earlier this year, however, he began feeling “numb and clumsy” while playing guitar, leading to the discovery that his tumor had returned. Manzini chose to undergo an awake craniotomy this time around, where after being temporarily put under with an intravenous anesthetic, he was gently woken once surgeons had reached his brain. Aside from injections of local anesthetic to numb the sensitive nerves in the surrounding skin areas, Manzini was completely awake and subject to the awkwardness of undergoing major surgery while being conscious.Manzini’s ability to play guitar while surgeons worked away at his brain actually came at the request of the doctors, not the musician. By having him use his physical motor skills to play the guitar, doctors were simply making sure they were not removing any critical tissue. This process is known as cortical mapping, and allows the doctors to stimulate different parts of the patient’s cortex to test which areas were functional using small electrodes.“We wanted to make sure we took as much of the tumor as we safely could, but preserve his dexterity,” Dr. Rohen Harrichandparsad, who was part of the surgery team, mentioned about the procedure. “We had to ensure that whatever pathways he was using for music were preserved. There’s no single pathway, but a multitude that interact.” The report goes on to state that such precision with a procedure like this would be impossible without the patient being awake.“There’s this loud sucking sound and stuff, yet I don’t feel no pain at all,” Manzini said of the process, which was captured on film and can be watched in the brief video below. “It’s like you’re in between being dead and being alive.”Brain Surgery Jam Session[Video: News24]The surgery was considered a success, with doctors estimating that 90 percent of the tumor was removed before wrapping the procedure. Manzini was reportedly discharged from the hospital a few days later and has since been recovering at his home.[H/T New York Times]
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All the excitement and emotion of Notre Dame football’s home opener will be on fully display Thursday night as Dillon Hall hosts its annual pep rally. The Dillon pep rally will take place on South Quad at 7:30 p.m., bringing together students and fans to enjoy music and skit comedy in anticipation of the football team’s clash with Purdue this coming Saturday. Dillon pep rally organizer James Baker said the event will be separate from the official football pep rally this year, despite past collaboration between the two rallies. The Irish football team will celebrate its 125th anniversary this Friday in front of the Knute Rockne Memorial Gym, Baker said. Baker said holding the Dillon pep rally without the football team spurred planners to rethink the event’s focus. “I think the separation will create a little bit of a different flavor,” Baker said. “You get a lot of people on Friday nights who are fans of the football team, alumni who aren’t going to be there on a Thursday night. I think the crowd will be different this year, so we’re going to cater the event toward students more than toward families who come out for the rally.” Baker said this year’s rally will feature Irish dancing, an appearance by the Notre Dame Pom Squad and comedic performances from residents of Dillon. Positive reviews of a student rendition of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” at last year’s pep rally also led to the inclusion of more music-based material, Baker said. “Even people at the back of the rally who couldn’t hear the words could still sing along and have a good time,” Baker said. “So, I think we’re going to continue that theme and incorporate more musical aspects into the event.” The pep rally is Dillon’s signature event, bringing together Notre Dame students to express excitement for the year’s football season accumulated over long months of waiting, Baker said. “In past years, there has been tons of excitement and expectation going into the first home game,” Baker said. “I think this event definitely commemorates that excitement.” Baker said he and other students from Dillon began planning the pep rally earlier this summe, and have held numerous creative thinking and rehearsal sessions since returning to school. He said planners of last year’s pep rally viewed the event as largely successful, with the only true difficulties coming from a sound system malfunction and the day’s scorching heat. Baker encouraged all Notre Dame students to attend this year’s pep rally, promising a memorable and lighthearted experience. “We’re going to have a live band, really good performers and a ton of great laughs,” Baker said. “It’s going to be a really good time.”
She charms the husk right off of the corn! Angela Lansbury is preparing to envoke the spirit again in a West End revival of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, reprising her Tony-winning role of Madame Arcati, and recently spoke with the Evening Standard about her return to the London stage and retirement. Star Files View Comments Lansbury last appeared on Broadway in The Best Man. In addition to Blithe Spirit, she has won Tony Awards for Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Mame and Dear World. She garnered Oscar nominations for her performances in Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Manchurian Candidate. She played Jessica Fletcher on Murder She Wrote for 12 seasons. The five-time Tony winner, who is performing for the first time in the West End in 40 years, revealed that Blithe Spirit “might be” her last time treading the boards. However the Murder She Wrote star is not considering retiring from acting all together—“I would miss it very much.” Lansbury also revealed the “trepidation” she was feeling about living up to expectations: “I feel very awed by the reception that I’ve had so far. I’ve got to deliver the goods.” It’s not all work no play for the legend, however. She’s hoping to catch up with “old chum” Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith “to talk nonsense with her about television.” Angela Lansbury
By Terry KelleyUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s midsummer in Georgia, but you could make it spring again in your vegetable garden. Don’t let the summer heat cheat you out of more fresh vegetables. Go for two crops this year.We generally plant summer vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, sweet corn, southern peas, snap beans, cantaloupes and eggplant in March and April and finish the harvest around this time of year.But Georgia has a subtropical climate. That means you can squeeze in another round of summer crops before the first frost. This usually happens around mid-October in the mountains and mid- to late November in south Georgia.You can plant cooler-season fall crops such as leafy greens a little later on.Some folks may plant at intervals from spring through midsummer, which is fine. Others may carry out harvests on tomatoes, squash and the like throughout the summer. However, rather than trying to keep the same plants producing indefinitely, you often get a better harvest by making a fresh start.Transplant tomatoes, peppers and eggplant just as you did in the spring. For crops such as squash, cantaloupes and cucumbers, however, seeding them directly into the ground will work just as well, if not better. Snap beans, sweet corn and southern peas are generally directly seeded.Don’t plant the same crop back in the same place. Rotate your space so you can reduce potential disease problems. If you planted squash there this spring, plant peppers there for the second crop.Rotate families of crops. Plant peppers, tomatoes or eggplant where you had squash, cucumbers or cantaloupes. But don’t plant cukes on the same ground where you had squash.Getting a crop established will be more of a challenge than it was in the spring. Because of the intense heat, you’ll need to keep the garden watered enough to reduce heat and drought stress.Water during the day to provide some cooling on the surface and allow the foliage to dry by nightfall.From late July until the first frost will be roughly 120 days, so crops that mature in less than four months will usually make in the fall, barring an early frost.However, the longer you wait, the longer it will take your second crop to mature as days get shorter and the weather cools off (eventually). So start these crops by mid-August. Some fast-maturing crops such as snap beans, cucumbers and squash can still produce if planted by early September.
The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) announces the finalists for the 2009 Business Plan Competition. From the 36 submissions received last week, the selection committee chose seven in the Existing Business category and six in the New Business category.Finalists in the Existing Business category are (in alphabetical order): (1) Cedar Satyr for capacity and product extension for this Vermont materials granola manufacturer; (2) Concrete Detail for capacity expansion of this local artisan concrete worker specializing in countertops and floors; (3) Everyone s Drumming for the expansion of this long-time designer and manufacturer of handmade drums and percussion instruments; (4) Moscode, Inc., for the development of a new product, a pre-amplifier, to expand this high-end audio business; (5) Timberframe Shop to provide for planning time for this timberframe manufacturer to develop a set of garden structure products; (6) Vermont Slate to allow for capacity expansion for this maker of Vermont slate decorative switch plates; and (7) Vermont Stone for the expansion of manufacturers and installers of custom-created stone-faced insulation board.Finalists in the New Business category are (in alphabetical order): (1) Bryan Louiselle Design for product design and development of new interior surface interlocking construction pieces; (2) DC Design to develop a new business for an established book designer to serve the self-publishing market; (3) English CPO to develop an innovative business teaching English to native Koreans through the Internet; (4) Guitar for Adult Beginners to extend a well-known performer’s teaching reach through recorded lessons as well as Internet distribution and interaction; (5) Rolling Pin to develop a new business activity for an existing restaurant/gift shop selling kitchen supplies and tools; and (6) Wahoo s to support a new business direction for an established summer eatery to develop branded, fully equipped food trailers, menus, and training.Full business plans are due at BDCC by 4 p.m. April 20. Final presentations will be conducted on April 30 starting at 9 a.m. at the Marlboro College Tech Center in Brattleboro, with awards presented by Governor Jim Douglas at 3 p.m. that day.Jeff Lewis, executive director of BDCC, said, This year s plans were all very well presented. The finalists are all interesting and viable business ideas. The selection committee worked hard to select from a very capable pool of entries. We look forward to seeing the final presentations.Lewis added, The level of interest and quality even in this very challenging economy speaks well of Vermonters’ strong sense of entrepreneurship and creativity.Founded in 1954, BDCC is a private, nonprofit economic development organization that serves as a catalyst for industrial and commercial growth in southeastern Vermont. More information about can be found online at BDCC’s website, http://www.bdccbusinessplancompetition.com(link is external) or by contacting BDCC at 802-257-7731.Source: BDCC
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A pedestrian was fatally hit by an SUV in Nesconset on Wednesday night.Suffolk County police said the pedestrian was crossing Nesconset Highway at 9:10 p.m. when he was struck by a westbound Jeep Cherokee at the Browns Road intersection.The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity was not immediately available.The driver was not injured. Fourth Squad detectives impounded his vehicle for a safety check and are continuing the investigation.
(WBNG) — A tractor-trailer rollover has closed all westbound lanes of Interstate 88 in the town of Otego. Traffic is being diverted off Exit 12, down State Route 7 and travelers can re-enter I-88 in Unadilla. The Department of Transportation is helping direct traffic and crews are working to get the debris cleared. 12:29 P.M. UPDATE: The New York State Police Department says the rig was carrying milk and other items which spilled onto the interstate. State Police say no injuries were reported in the incident. —– (WBNG) — Authorities have reopened I-88 following the rollover near the town of Otego. For the last information, click here.
Many in the crowd were holding Trump flags, and numerous people were wielding AR-15 rifles and other firearms. Some also chanted “Fox News sucks,” reflecting their displeasure with the network’s decision on Tuesday to call Arizona for Mr. Biden, a move that some other news outlets later followed. The last time a Democratic presidential candidate won Arizona was Bill Clinton in 1996, and Maricopa County has not voted for a Democrat for president since 1948. But demographic changes have transformed Arizona into a battleground state.As of late Wednesday night, Mr. Biden led Mr. Trump in Arizona by fewer than 80,000 votes, or less than three percentage points, with about 14 percent of the total vote still outstanding. In the votes so far from Maricopa County, Mr. Biden leads by five percentage points. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Without citing evidence, some Republicans have accused election officials of manipulating the results to indicate that Mr. Trump is losing in Maricopa County, which is home to about 60 percent of Arizona’s population. PHOENIX — More than 150 supporters of President Trump, some of them armed, gathered outside the Maricopa County election office on Wednesday and chanted “Count the vote,” as officials did just that under the protection of sheriff’s deputies.Early results in Arizona show Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the lead, but Trump supporters believe that could change as the last votes are counted.- Advertisement – Keely Varvel, chief deputy recorder for Maricopa County, said counting would continue despite the protest. “We are still planning to finish up our scheduled ballot processing work and report out more results tonight,” Ms. Varvel said. “The only way Biden can win Arizona is through fraud,” said Jim Williams, 67, a welder who attended the protest. “I won’t accept a Biden victory. I don’t want to live under Communist rule.”- Advertisement –
The number of properties advertised for sale in Brisbane was down by 2.9 per cent on the same time last year, latest figures show.NEW listings are down to their lowest winter level in four years in the Queensland capital, bucking a national upwards trend, latest figures show.The latest CoreLogic Property Pulse found the number of properties advertised for sale was down by 2.9 per cent on the same time last year. The only capital city to do worse in terms of new listings data compared with winter 2016 was Perth which saw a massive 12.9 per cent fall.Brisbane currently has 3,906 new listings, its lowest level for this time of the year since 2013.The total number of properties advertised for sale in Brisbane was 19,547, a figure that was lower than the same time a year ago but higher than the preceding three years, CoreLogic found.The Brisbane result went against the national trend, which saw 37,849 new listings over the past 28 days nationally, 2.3 per cent higher than a year ago. Brisbane also bucked the combined capital cities new listings rise – where there were 23,138 new listings (5.7 per cent higher than a year ago).More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoNumber of newly advertised properties for sale – 28 day count – Brisbane. Source – CoreLogicThe total national listings figure, at 219,039, was down 6 per cent on the previous year.CoreLogic considers new listings as “properties that haven’t previously been listed for sale over the past three month”. It combines new listings with relistings (properties that have been listed for sale at least twice over the past three months) to get its total listings data.CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said there were “dramatic differences” across individual capital cities in the number of properties available for sale relative to recent years.In Sydney new listing numbers rose almost 17 per cent compared to a year ago, and advertised stock levels were now higher than in the past three years. In other capitals, new listings figures varied widely but were positive – Melbourne was up 10.8 per cent, Adelaide was slightly higher (1.9 per cent), Hobart was 10.2 per cent up, Darwin jumped 13.6 per cent and Canberra also saw a surge (33.6 per cent).Mr Kusher said significantly more new properties were coming to the market in markets that had seen very strong value growth over recent year.“This could be an indication of some concern that the market is (or has) moving through its peak. For the first time in a number of years Sydney buyers have a relatively larger pool of properties to choose from. Brisbane and Adelaide are seeing fairly similar levels of stock on the market relative to recent years.”
Bladt and CWP shortly after established the joint venture and agreed on the construction of the fabrication facilities in Taipei Harbor. To remind, Century Wind Power (CWP) and Bladt signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2017 to cooperate on fabricating jacket foundations and outfitting transitions pieces for Taiwan’s offshore wind market. According to Bladt, the welding school is up running and can train 60 welders at the time in both manual and automatic welding techniques. A 4,000m2 administration building, canteens to host 400 employees, 3,000m2 warehouse facilities and 9ha of outdoor storage are also under construction. Source: Bladt Century Bladt Foundations’ offshore wind foundation production workshop in Taiwan is shaping up, according to Bladt’s recent post. A year later, the parties were selected as the preferred suppliers of jacket foundations for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners’ (CIP) three wind projects offshore Changhua, for which they will provide up to 150 pieces. The 33,000m2 workshop will soon be finished and ready for the installation of cranes and equipment, the Danish company reported. The joint venture plans to begin the production of 62 foundations for the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind project ultimo 2020. The construction on the 589MW project began recently. “It is impressive, how two companies with different backgrounds can join forces and within relatively short time establish a 33,000 m2 brand new workshop along with new quay facilities, administration buildings and storage facilities,” said Helle Schurmann Kragh, COO for Century Bladt Foundations.