During this past weekend’s episode of A Prairie Home Companion, Jim James made an appearance as one of this week’s special guests along with fellow musician Aimee Mann and comedian Hari Kondabolu. The My Morning Jacket frontman first joined host Chris Thile in the middle of the show, which was taped at St. Paul, Minnesota’s Fitzgerald Theatre, where the musician performed solo renditions of New Multitudes’ “Changing World” and Quincy Jones’ “Everything Must Change.” James later reemerged half an hour later for an interview segment before additional solo performances of James’ “Here In Spirit” and My Morning Jacket’s “Wonderful.” To close out the show, Thile, James, Sara Watkins, Richard Dworsky, and The Show Band came together to cover Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” as a tribute to the late Chris Cornell, who unexpected passing last week has made waves across the music community.Watch Trey Anastasio Pay Tribute To Leon Russell On “A Prairie Home Companion”You can listen to this weekend’s episode of A Prairie Home Companion featuring Jim James here. James makes his first appearance around the 54-minute mark, and later around one-hour-and-thirty minutes in.[Cover photo: Andrew Rios; H/T Jambase]
Dec 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Bank estimates it will cost between $1.2 and $1.5 billion to fight avian influenza over the next 2 to 3 years, a sizable increase since last January.The institution announced the total in a Nov 30 report in advance of a donors’ conference to be held in Bamako, Mali, Dec 6-8. The conference, a follow-up to one held in Beijing in January, is hosted by the government of Mali, the African Union, and the European Commission, with support from the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza.Of nearly $1.9 billion pledged in Beijing, international donors have committed $1.4 billion, according to the report. It says that a substantial portion of the commitments ($242 million) consists of loans and credits, rather than grants, from multilateral development banks.David Nabarro, the United Nations’ senior coordinator for avian and pandemic flu, told journalists at a health reporters’ conference in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec 1 that $800 million of the amount pledged at the Beijing meeting has been spent so far.The new World Bank estimate of need is about 17% more than the needs presented at the Beijing conference and reflects avian flu developments of the past year, according to the report. It says the virus has spread to 39 more countries this year, the number of human deaths has risen steadily, and the fatality rate has increased from 53% to 60%.”The largest increases in needs are in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa, which reflects both the spread of the disease to those regions and the relatively poor conditions of veterinary and public health services,” the report states.At the Beijing conference, only about $94 million (18%) in committed funds were earmarked for African or Middle Eastern countries; these countries were thought to be at low risk because they had not yet experienced any H5N1 outbreaks. The World Bank estimates Africa will need $466 million to finance its avian influenza activities. The goal for the Middle East and North Africa is $70 to $113 million.Because African countries are economically weaker and less able to respond to avian flu threats, the World Bank is urging donor countries to focus on significant grant funding rather than loans for them.The report says the needs of eastern and southern Asia will remain high, estimating the total at about $935 million. That includes at least $200 million for Indonesia, where 57 people have died of avian flu and the disease has affected 30 of 33 provinces. The World Bank says recent poultry outbreaks of H5N1 in India also contribute to the sustained funding needs for the region.See also:Nov 30 World Bank report on the worldwide cost of avian influenza prevention effortsJan 18 CIDRAP News article “$1.9 billion pledged for global avian flu battle”
TEENAGE opener Ibrahim Zadran scored 87 on debut as Afghanistan put themselves in a strong position to win their one-off Test against Bangladesh in Chattogram.Replying to a first-innings total of 342 from the tourists, Bangladesh added just 11 to their overnight score and were all out for 205 after just 17 minutes of play on day three when Rashid Khan completed his second five-wicket haul in Tests.Seventeen-year-old Zadran and Asghar Afghan (50) enhanced Afghanistan’s lead with a 108-run stand for the fourth wicket and the tourists were 237-8 and leading by 374 runs when bad light stopped play after a power failure at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.Mohammad Nabi (3-56) clipped Taijul Islam’s off stump with the third ball of the day and Bangladesh’s first innings ended when Nayeem Hasan was unsuccessful with a review after being trapped leg-before by Afghanistan skipper Rashid.Shakib Al Hasan (3-53) got the hosts off to a strong start when Afghanistan batted again, removing Ihsanullah (4) and Rahmat Shah (0) off successive balls in the first over.Afghanistan were 28-3 when Hashmatullah Shahidi (12) fell to Nayeem. However, Afghan and Zadran steadied the ship, the former registering a half-century for the second time in the match, before clipping Taijul (2-68) to Shakib at leg slip.Bangladesh spilled three chances to remove Zadran and they were made to pay as the youngster racked up six fours and four maximums in a thoroughly impressive display.Mominul Haque eventually pouched him in the deep off Nayeem (2-61) and Nabi’s final Test innings with the bat – he will focus solely on white-ball cricket after this match – saw him add just eight runs.Rashid scored 24 off 22 deliveries, finding the ropes six times in an enjoyable cameo, while Afsar Zazai (34 not out) and Yamin Ahmadzai (0no) were in the middle when stumps were called with Afghanistan very much on top. (Yahoo Sport)AFGHANISTAN 1st innings 342 BANGLADESH 1st innings (o/n 194 for 8)Shadman Islam c Afsar Zazai b Yamin Ahmadzai 0Soumya Sarkar lbw Mohammad Nabi 17Liton Das b Rashid Khan 33Mominul Haque c Asghar Afghan b Mohammad Nabi 52Shakib Al Hasan lbw Rashid Khan 11Mushfiqur Rahim c Ibrahim Zadran b Rashid Khan 0Mahmudullah b Rashid Khan 7Mosaddek Hossain not out 48Mehedi Hasan b Qais Ahmad 11Taijul Islam b Mohammad Nabi 14Nayeem Hasan lbw Rashid Khan 7Extras: (b-4, lb-1) 5Total: (all out, 70.5 overs) 205Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-38, 3-54, 4-88, 5-88, 6-104, 7-130, 8-146, 9-194.Bowling: Yamin Ahmadzai 10-2-21-1, Mohammad Nabi 24- 6-56-3, Zahir Khan 9-1-46-0, Rashid Khan 19.5-3-55-5, Qais Ahmad 8-2-22-1.AFGHANISTAN 2nd inningsIhsanullah lbw Shakib Al Hasan 4Ibrahim Zadran c Mominul Haque b Nayeem Hasan 87Rahmat Shah c & b Shakib Al Hasan 0Hashmatullah Shahidi c Soumya Sarkar b Nayeem Hasan 12Asghar Afghan c Shakib Al Hasan b Taijul Islam 50Afsar Zazai not out 34Mohammad Nabi c Mominul Haque b Mehedi Hasan 8Rashid Khan b Taijul Islam 24Qais Ahmad lbw Shakib Al Hasan 14Yamin Ahmadzai not out 0Extras: (b-4) 4Total: (eight wkts, 83.4 overs) 237Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-4, 3-28, 4-136, 5-171, 6-180, 7-210, 8-235.Bowling: Shakib Al Hasan 16-3-53-3, Mehedi Hasan 12-3-35-1, Taijul Islam 24.4-5-68-2, Nayeem Hasan 17-2-61-2, Mominul Haque 10-6-13-0.
Voting for the awards was based on the games played from the start of the regular season through March 11. The voting did not include any performances from the seeding games, which are currently being played in the NBA bubble in Orlando.MORE: Playoff standings | Schedule | Bubble, explained“The decision to exclude seeding games from awards voting ensures a fair process in which players and coaches from all 30 NBA teams will have the same opportunity to be honored as top performers for the 2019-20 regular season,” said Byron Spruell, NBA president of league operations, in July.An official date to announce the winners of the NBA Awards has not been released. Previous statements from the league said “TNT will announce the award winners during its coverage of the NBA playoffs.” Saturday’s release the language was changed slightly to: “TNT will announce the award winners during its coverage of the season restart.” Who will win the NBA Awards for 2020?The NBA announced its six major annual award finalists for the 2020 season on Saturday. The most important — Most Valuable Player — is led by LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden. The other awards include Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year. NBA award finalistsGiannis Antetokounmpo leads the way with a nomination in MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. Rookie of the Year doesn’t have too many surprises, as the two top NBA Draft picks — Zion Williamson and Ja Morant — make an appearance. Interestingly, the Clippers have two players featured in Sixth Man of the Year with Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams.The full finalists breakdown can be viewed below:Most Valuable PlayerGiannis Antetokounmpo, BucksJames Harden, RocketsLeBron James, LakersRookie of the YearJa Morant, GrizzliesKendrick Nunn, HeatZion Williamson, PelicansMost Improved PlayerBam Adebayo, HeatLuka Dončić, MavericksBrandon Ingram, PelicansDefensive Player of the YearGiannis Antetokounmpo, BucksAnthony Davis, LakersRudy Gobert, JazzSixth ManMontrezl Harrell, ClippersDennis Schröder, ThunderLou Williams, ClippersCoach of the YearMike Budenholzer, BucksBilly Donovan, ThunderNick Nurse, Raptors
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman reveals Arsenal are now out to 5/2 to reach the Champions League knockout stages after their shock defeat to Olympiacos.He also looks ahead to tonight’s European action, and reveals that Manchester United are 5/6 to beat Wolsburg at Old Trafford, while Manchester City are the same price to triumph at Borussia Mönchengladbach.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast