Aqueous, a rising jam band from Buffalo, NY, has announced an extensive fall tour calendar. They will be joined by artists such as The Mantras, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and The McLovins for several dates throughout September, October, and into early November.Fresh off their appearance at The Peach Music Festival, Aqueous will finish off the month with a number of east coast dates, including an appearance at Moe.down Music Festival. The tour really kicks off in late September, and grooves through October into early November, with stops along the East Coast and throughout the Midwest.Aqueous Tour Schedule:8/27 – Frederick, MD – Café 611 8/28 – Waynesboro, VA – Hot Spot 8/29 – Ferguson, NC – Mantrabash 8/31 – Turin, NY – moe.down Music Festival 9/5 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop 9/9 – Magic Hat Private Event 9/13 – Sherman, NY – Night Lights Fall Festival 9/19 – Sterling, NY – Last Daze of Summer Festival 9/24 – Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s 9/25 – Evansville, IN – Lamasco Bar 9/26 – Knoxville, TN – Preservation Pub 9/27 – Erie, PA – King Rook Club 10/3 – Pataskala, OH – Resonance Festival 10/7 – Boston, MA – Wonder Bar 10/8 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint 10/9 – New Haven, CT – Stella Blues 10/10 – Providence, RI – Spot Underground 10/11 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Putnam Den 10/16 – Virginia Beach, VA – Doc Taylor’s 10/17 – Roanoke, VA – Martin’s 10/18 – TBA 10/23 – Ithaca, NY – The Dock* 10/24 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall* 10/25 – Buffalo, NY – Iron Works – CD Release Party* 10/28 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl^ 10/29 – Harrisburg, PA – Abbey Bar# 10/30 – Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger* 10/31 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry* 11/1 – Waynesboro, VA – Hot Spot* 11/6 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon 11/7 – Canton, NY – Java Barn 11/8 – Burlington, VT – Nectars* w/The Mantras # w/ Pigeons Playing Ping Pong ^ w/ The McLovin’s
This past weekend, something incredible happened. Phish played their first destination festival in Riviera Maya, Mexico for three nights of straight tropical thunder. The community is still buzzing with the after-effects in what was undoubtedly their best Phish experience to date.In attempt to share the un-shareable moments with those who did not make it, and from a perspective unbeknownst to humans, one particular rebelde launched a drone over the dancing fans presumably during Sunday’s show when they played ‘Yarmouth Road’.Phish Debuts Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Ocean’ During Jam-Fueled Mexico Finale [Recap]The YouTube poster apparently “knows a guy who knows a drone guy” that “shot this phish video before getting his ass kicked out only to paddle board right back in…because its phish, and musics more important than money or laws. remember footloose?! CHA”.To the drone guy, you are our hero. Watch the marvelous spectacle below:[H/T JamBase]
Two creative forces in the bass guitar community, MonoNeon and Flea, joined forces on Tuesday for some low-end jamming. A pair of short clips of their meetup were shared on Tuesday in a post on MonoNeon’s social media.The clips see MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost-Note) in his trademark colorful attire seated beside the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, who also did his best to dress the part for the occasions with a tie-dye sweatpants/sweatshirt combination. The melodic snippets themselves are relatively tame when you consider the prodigious chops of both players, but they’re enough to pique fans’ excitement about what the rest of this jam session—and any potential future collaborations—might sound like.Related: How MonoNeon Ended Up On Mac Miller’s Posthumous Album, ‘Circles’While we don’t know what may come of the MonoNeon x Flea connection, it’s clear the two musicians share a mutual respect. As Flea noted along with a slew of emojis in the post’s comment section, “So glad to connect Mono, you radiate all the good stuff.”Watch the clips below: MonoNeon started the new year with the release of his latest experimental funk album, Banana Peel on Capitol Hill, back on January 4th. Click here to stream the album in full on Bandcamp.
The 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the history of the United States Army Special Forces are intertwined, since the group is the oldest Special Forces Group in the Army.The establishment of the Group on June 19, 1952, was also the establishment of Special Forces. The history of the group begins with the formation of the Office of Strategic Services under the command of Brig. Gen. William O. “Wild Bill” Donovan in 1942. Its missions took the unit behind enemy lines in every theater of operations during World War II. Americans, British, French, Belgians, Dutch, South Africans, New Zealanders and Canadians all filled the ranks of the OSS. In France, small elements called “Jedburgh teams” were employed to assist the allied landings and subsequent breakouts at both Normandy and Provence.The official lineage and colors of the group go back to the 1st Special Service Force, a joint U.S.-Canadian Army force established in 1942, at Fort William Henry Harrison in Helena, Mont., for the conduct of winter commando-type operations in Europe.The 10th SFG(A) is assigned to the U.S. Army’s Special Forces Command in Fort Bragg, N.C., but headquartered at Fort Carson. The approximate 2,000 Soldiers assigned to the 10th SFG(A) train for and conduct combat, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance and foreign internal defense missions.The 10th SFG(A) consists of the Group Headquarters, the Group Support Battalion and four combat battalions; three are based at Fort Carson and one battalion is forward deployed to Panzer Kaserne in Stuttgart, Germany.
Ian McKellen(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Ian McKellen Six-time Olivier winner, Tony winner and Oscar nominee Ian McKellen is set to voice the role of the Demon in the West End premiere of The Exorcist. The new stage adaptation will play the Phoenix Theatre from October 20, 2017 to March 10, 2018. Sean Mathias will direct John Pielmeier’s new take on William Peter Blatty’s famed horror novel.Ian McKellen’s stage credits include Broadway turns in Amadeus, The Promise, Wild Honey, Dance of Death, Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land. His numerous London stage credits include A Scent of Flowers, The Promise, Edward II, King Lear and The Seagull. McKellen’s screen work comprises The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Gods and Monsters, Rasputin, Richard III, The Prisoner, And the Band Played On and Extras.As previously announced, The Exorcist will star Adam Garcia as Father Damien Karras (the Exorcist of the show’s title) alongside Jenny Seagrove as Chris MacNeil and Peter Bowles as Father Lankester Merrin. They will be joined by Clare Louise Connolly as Regan, Todd Boyce as Doctor Strong, Mitchell Mullen as Doctor Klein, Elliot Harper as Father Joe and Tristram Wymark as Burke.The Exorcist follows a mother (Seagrove) who seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter, Regan (Connolly), who is possessed by a mysterious entity. The Exorcist will be designed by Anna Fleischle, with lighting design by Philip Gladwell, composition and sound design by Adam Cork, projection design by Jon Driscoll and Gemma Carrington and illusion design by Ben Hart. Alexander Lass is the production’s associate director.A new trailer, featuring a preview of McKellen’s devilish voice role, can be viewed below. Star Files View Comments
Eden Espinosa(Photo: Getty Images) Broadway alum Eden Espinosa, who is currently wrapping up an acclaimed run in Williamstown Theatre Festival’s premiere of Lempicka, has signed on to play Anita in two sung concert performances of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s West Side Story. The concerts, set to take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on August 11 at 3:30pm and 8:00pm, will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 that evening at 8:00pm.In addition to her current turn in Lempicka, Espinosa’s credits include a long-running turn as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and on tour. Her other main-stem credits include Brooklyn and Rent.The principal cast of the West Side Story concerts will also include Ross Lekites (Frozen) as Tony, Mikaela Bennett (The Golden Apple) as Maria, Leo Roberts (Evita) as Riff and Gian Marco Schiaretti (Evita) as Bernardo.The company will also feature Miss Saigon alum Alistair Brammer as Action, Emma Kingston as Rosalia, Leila Zaidi as Francisca, Jocasta Almgill as Consuelo, Christopher Jordan Marshall as Snowboy, Jack North as Baby John, Michael Colbourne as Diesel, Fra Fee as A-Rab and Louise Alder as the “Somewhere” soprano. They will be joined by a chorus of students from ArtsEd and Mountview.The concerts will be led by John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra. View Comments
by Jeb Spaulding, Vermont Secretary of Administration Recently, Paul Cillo, the founder of Vermont’s left-leaning Public Assets Institute, penned an Op-Ed claiming that the Shumlin Administration isn’t spending enough to serve Vermonters and calling for taxes to be raised to match the increased level of services Cillo believes are warranted. Shortly afterwards, Tom Pelham, co-founder of the decidedly more conservative Campaign for Vermont, published an Op-Ed describing Vermont’s spending as a ‘pending fiscal ship wreck,’ and calling for significant reductions in current state spending. In the face of critics from opposite poles of the same budgetary debate, what is an Administration to do?Exactly what we have been doing: maintaining our focus on creating jobs and meeting the critical needs of Vermonters, while carefully protecting the public purse.The Shumlin Administration has made tough and responsible budget choices, even while it has met considerable challenges, such as the damage from Tropical Storm Irene, a slow economic recovery, the end of federal stimulus dollars from the Great Recession, and continued dysfunction in Washington, DC. Administration leaders are being asked by Governor Shumlin to work across agencies to make state government work better by increasing efficiency and reducing waste. All the while, Governor Shumlin has fought off legislative efforts to raise taxes for General Fund spending.Though the Shumlin Administration is meeting the challenges of today while planning for the future, some of our critics seem stuck in the past. As someone who has worked with both Paul Cillo and Tom Pelham over many years and across many roles, I respect their right to advocate for their own views of our state’s budget. But as a state official who must actually deal with the practical art of governing, I am not as free as a clever advocate to paint the state’s budget situation in stark monochrome.Pelham’s prescription for our claimed woes boils down to the familiar remedies he has promoted for years: cutting government services, shifting responsibilities to others, and coming up with gimmicks that sound promising but usually don’t work. He claims our financial practices have put Vermont’s bond rating at risk by citing a report from Standard & Poor’s that actually improved the outlook on the state’s rating.Tellingly, in recent days, Moody’s Investors Services reaffirmed Vermont’s best in New England Triple A rating, explaining, ‘Moody’s highest rating level reflects Vermont’s strong history of financial management, which includes conservative fiscal policies and the maintenance of healthy reserve balances that continue to provide a cushion against any unexpended revenue declines; and manageable debt profile that reflects the State’s focused efforts to reduce its debt ratios and maintain well-funded pension systems.’Nowhere is Vermont’s solid progress clearer than in our path out of the Great Recession, where Vermont’s economy ‘has recovered more quickly than the rest of New England, and much faster than many other parts of the country,’ according to Federal Reserve Bank of Boston CEO Eric Rosengren when he spoke in Burlington earlier this month. And our recovery shows in the numbers: Vermont remains one of the lowest unemployment rate states in the country, currently tied for fifth.Pelham performs historical sleights of hand in his review of government spending in Vermont. He begins his analysis with 2008, when the economy began the most significant decline since the Great Depression. Only he could be surprised that spending by government, much of it in the form of federal stimulus money, would ‘ and should ‘ increase as unemployment rose, incomes stagnated, and home values falteredPelham correctly expresses concern about the long-standing challenges of funding Vermont’s pension systems, a problem stretching back over many administrations, but then fails to mention the name of the person who routinely made the trip from a former Administration’s offices in the Pavilion building to the Statehouse to convince lawmakers that we should not fully fund the actuarial recommendation for the pension funds: Tom Pelham. When he left his position as Commissioner of Finance, Vermont was not the Triple A rated state it is now, and it couldn’t possibly have become one with that kind of budgetary practice. The truth is that Vermont was ahead of the curve in enacting changes, like increasing the normal retirement age, increasing employee contributions, and linking retiree health coverage to length of employment, to make our public pension plans sustainable. Further, we now routinely fully fund the annual pension actuarial recommendation.Meanwhile, in stark contrast to Tom Pelham, Paul Cillo reaches back more than 20 years and cherry picks one quote to fault the Shumlin Administration for not emulating Governor Richard Snelling, characterized by Cillo as a leader who felt comfortable raising taxes in order to support increases in state services and programs. It is important to note that Governor Snelling inherited a budget gap several times larger than the funding gap currently anticipated for the next fiscal year. I doubt very much Governor Snelling would endorse Cillo’s whitewash portrait of the extremely difficult choices his Administration made during that crisis. A more accurate view of Snelling’s budgetary philosophy, one shared by Governor Shumlin, is reflected in his January 1991 budget speech to the Legislature, when he said ‘our citizens expect their government to balance the need for services and the burden of taxes. They will not tolerate excessive taxes any more than they will accept neglect of social interests.’ The former Governor continued, ‘Consequently, Vermont does not and never has had the option of simply deciding which government programs or services it wants and then levying taxes at whatever levels might be required.’Cillo believes that the Shumlin Administration has failed to focus support on Vermont’s most needy, ignoring the facts in the process: increased state spending for low income housing and homelessness; the first base-budgeted contribution to low income heating assistance in state history; becoming the first state in the country to extend free school lunch to all low income public school children; an increase in the coverage limits for Medicaid; and increased subsidies for childcare. No one could take a clear-eyed look at the facts and claim that Governor Shumlin does not value and support the state’s anti-poverty programs.Finally, claims from both Cillo and Pelham that we are spending state dollars on public assistance programs without concern for results ring false. Following the Governor’s lead on a statewide strategic plan, Secretary Doug Racine and his team at the Agency of Human Services have aggressively rebuilt its capacity to measure and report results, something that was done for years but abandoned during the last decade. The Agency has identified 21 outcomes for the wellbeing of Vermonters. Contracts with our community partners now require these measures of performance, so that we can see whether we are getting desired results for the money we are spending. Soon, an e-scorecard will allow Vermonters to see how the Agency is doing on its performance measures. In addition, Governor Shumlin has launched both an e-dashboard (http://governor.vermont.gov/govdash(link is external)) to track a host of social, economic, and environmental indicators and a financial transparency website (http://spotlight.vermont.gov/(link is external)) which allows citizens to see ‘Where the Money Comes From’ that is used to operate state government and ‘Where the Money Goes’ when it is spent. Greater accountability, more effective programs and better results for Vermonters will result.While our critics continue to replay the last 20 years of tired legislative fights, the Shumlin Administration will stay focused on the future by focusing on creating good paying jobs and prudent management of the state’s finances. This budget year and those beyond will undoubtedly bring new challenges. Vermonters expect state government to act responsibly and to meet critical needs within the means we have, and they deserve nothing less.October 29, 2013‘
Vermont Busines Magazine The 2018 Burlington Housing Trust Fund (BHTF) grant awards were announced today. This year, the fund provided $310,455 in projects and capacity funds to projects that will help create or preserve over 70 affordable homes in Burlington through Cathedral Square and the North Avenue Co-op and will support capacity at Champlain Housing Trust, COTS, Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, and HomeShare Vermont.Mayor Miro Weinberger, City Councilor Adam Roof, and Community and Economic Development Office Director Noelle MacKay and community leaders announced the recipients of the 2018 awards. Councilor Roof and Director MacKay are members of the BHTF Administrative Committee that makes the awards.“The City doubled its annual contribution to the Housing Trust Fund in 2015 without increasing taxes because the Administration and City Council believe that all residents deserve safe, high-quality housing and this is a powerful tool to help increase the number of permanently affordable homes,” said Mayor Weinberger. “We have worked hard over the past six years with partners like Champlain Housing Trust, COTS, and Cathedral Square to expand options for all Burlingtonians, including at the North Avenue Coop, the Bright Street Coop, as well as the new City Place Burlington, low barrier warming shelter, and Cambrian Rise projects. I commend the applicants and awardees, and look forward to our continued partnership addressing Burlington’s housing needs.””I feel particularly good about the Housing Trust Fund allocations this year,” said Councilor Adam Roof (Ward 8). “Important projects and mission-driven organizations are being supported and the community at large is getting a win. The HTF is critical to the City’s comprehensive mission of creating and preserving affordable housing for those who earn a low and moderate income.”“We already have an inquiry list of seniors interested in Juniper House, where we will offer ‘Support and Services at Home’, which assists older adults in aging safely at home,” said Cindy Reid, Director of Development at Cathedral Square. “There is a significant need for affordable housing for our growing senior population. We appreciate the City’s critical support to help us build Juniper House.”“Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity appreciates the partnership with Burlington Housing Trust Fund, which has helped us to build more perpetually affordable homes in Burlington over the past 33 years for low-income working families who live in substandard rental housing,” said Catherine Stevens, Advancement Director for Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity. “As an independent 501c3, we must raise all the funding locally in order to purchase building lots and build homes, and we look forward to building more homes in Burlington and all of Chittenden County with a continued partnership with the City.”“CEDO is proud to administer a program that provides hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to support the retention and creation of new, affordable homes for some of our most vulnerable residents. We appreciate the support of the Mayor, the City Council, and our partners like Cathedral Square, COTS, CHT, and others in creating dozens of new units just in the last two years with the opening of new housing on North Ave and Bright St.”Project awardees are:Cathedral Square’s Juniper House: Awarded $188,174 to support the creation of 70 affordable housing units for seniors in the Juniper House development, part of the Cambrian Rise project on North Avenue.North Avenue Co-Op (NAC) Water and Sewer System Design: Awarded $45,000 to design and build a new water and wastewater distribution system and road network for the NAC, an important source of affordable housing in Burlington that contains home-sites for up to 117 very low, low, and moderate income families.Capacity awardees are:Champlain Housing Trust: Awarded $44,781 to support staffing of operations, public education, outreach, fundraising, and engagement of public officials to ensure people in Burlington and across the region understand the need for more affordable housing, which helps incentivize projects and attract and secure resources to build affordable housing.Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) Housing Resource Center: Awarded $7,500 support staffing resources, supervision, and overall organization operations to provide homeless prevention and re-housing programming to 400 households annually (approximately 900 people) who are at risk of becoming homeless or who need assistance getting housing.Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) Waystation: Awarded $7,500 to pay for the day-to-day expenses of operating the Waystation and providing services to stabilize approximately 220 homeless adults.Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity: Awarded $10,000 to hire an additional construction supervisor to supervise and administer home rehabs in Burlington, working with the CEDO office to review requests from low-income homeowners.HomeShare Vermont: Awarded $7,500 to pay for outreach and marketing to encourage more people to share their homes with those looking for an affordable place to live.Burlington Housing Trust FundThe Housing Trust Fund award are allocated annually through a competitive process in which nonprofit corporations, municipal corporations, limited equity housing cooperatives, for-profit corporations, partnerships and individuals are invited to submit proposals for either the expansion or support of affordable housing. All projects must serve households having an income not exceeding 100 percent of median income, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and preference is given to proposals serving households having an income not exceeding 50 percent of median income. Priority for funding is given to perpetually affordable housing projects. Proposals were evaluated by an Administrative Committee composed of CEDO Director Noelle MacKay, Ward 8 City Councilor Adam Roof (Chair of the City Council’s Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization Committee), and Mayoral Communications & Projects Coordinator Katie Vane. This year, the Administrative Committee used a new application scoring system weighing the strengths of each application before a final meeting to vote on the awardees on December 4, 2017.Burlington’s City Council approved the Housing Trust Fund Ordinance in 1988 to assist the City’s nonprofit housing organizations in building more affordable housing, and the Housing Trust Fund made its first disbursement in November of 1989. The BHTF provides grants and loans for the promotion, retention and creation of long-term affordable housing for very low, low and moderate-income households. The BHTF project grants go to projects that create new affordable housing units, while capacity grants are supporting the staffing, training, planning, fundraising, and ongoing operations of nonprofit organizations that are creating or preserving housing for very low, low, and moderate-income households.More information may be found on CEDO’s website at https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/CEDO/Housing-Trust-Fund-0(link is external).Source: Mayor 12.21.2017
Share on Facebook LinkedIn Share on Twitter Pinterest Share Email Dr Rebecca Monk, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Edge Hill University said that she and her fellow researchers found that the number of these ‘false alarms’ were higher in participants who were wearing the alcohol treated mask.“We know that alcohol behaviours are shaped by our environment including who we’re with and the settings in which we drink.“This research is a first attempt to explore other triggers, such as smell, that may interfere with people’s ability to refrain from a particular behaviour. For example, during the experiment it seemed that just the smell of alcohol was making it harder for participants to control their behaviour to stop pressing a button.Fellow researcher and Edge Hill Professor, Derek Heim elaborated, saying that studies of this nature could further our understanding of addiction and substance abuse.“This research is an early laboratory based effort that, whilst promising, needs to be replicated in real world settings to further its validity” said Professor Heim.“Our hope is that by increasing our understanding of how context shapes substance-use behaviours, we will be able to make interventions more sensitive to the different situations in which people consume substances.” The smell of alcohol may make it harder for people to control their behaviour according to a team of Edge Hill University researchers whose findings were published today in the Psychopharmacology journal.During the computer-based study carried out at Edge Hill University, participants were asked to wear a face mask that was either laced with alcohol, or a non-alcoholic citrus solution. Participants were then instructed to press a button when either the letter K or a picture of a beer bottle appeared on their screen.The researchers measured the number of times the participants incorrectly pressed the button causing a ‘false alarm’. These false alarms indicate a reduction in the participant’s power to inhibit their behaviour when they were expected to.
Study: Sandy rice-field soil in Cambodia may inhibit H5N1 spreadCertain soil types contaminated with H5N1 avian flu viruses led to chicken deaths when added to their houses, but sandy topsoil collected from area rice fields seemed to resist that pathogen, a Cambodian study in Emerging Infectious Diseases yesterday revealed. Investigators studied sandy topsoil collected from around rice fields in Phnom Penh province, as well as building sand and soil-based compost from a local tree nursery. They contaminated each soil type with low doses of H5N1 (1 infectious unit on day 0, 2 on day 6, 4 on day 12, and 8 on day 18) and high doses (8, 12, 16, and 20 infectious units on the various days, respectively). The soil was then sprinkled on the bottom of an isolator containing 10 to 20 chickens. High-dose building sand and compost both led to a 100% fatality rate after 2 days, whereas high-dose sandy topsoil led to no deaths. Low-dose compost led to a 50% H5N1 seroconversion rate after 24 days, compared with 33% for building sand and 1% for sandy soil. The authors hypothesize that the sandy soil’s acidity inhibits H5N1 spread. They state that about 40% of rice fields in the country have this type of soil and that it is most commonly found in H5N1 outbreak areas. In contrast, “Soil-based compost and building sand, although existing in natural settings, are not the most common substrates found in places where free-ranging poultry are raised in Cambodia,” they write.Aug 6 Emerg Infect Dis letter 3-month probe finds no other sign of BSE in California cow caseA 3-month investigation of the most recent US case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, showed no other disease in at-risk cows and no problems with feed suppliers, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a report released last week. The case, which involved a 10-year-old Holstein from a central California dairy and was announced Apr 24, was the first in the country since 2006 and the fourth overall. After an extensive probe into cattle and feed that included the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), officials concluded, “At no time was the US food supply or human health at risk, and the United States’ longstanding system of interlocking safeguards against BSE continues to be effective,” according to a news release from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Inspectors detected no BSE in about 90 other carcasses held at the same rendering station as the index cow, and its two offspring were also cleared, the report said. Investigators also found that 11 feed suppliers were “in compliance with FDA and CDFA regulations and requirements.” The APHIS release underscored the three safeguards in place to keep BSE out of the US food supply: (1) removing targeted animal tissue, (2) a ban on using animal tissue in cattle feed, and (3) ongoing BSE surveillance, as evidenced by this case.Aug 3 USDA reportAug 3 APHIS press releaseApr 24 CIDRAP News story on BSE case Aug 7, 2012 Two pharmacy chains begin offering vaccine for new flu seasonTwo pharmacy chains—RiteAid and Walgreens—yesterday announced that flu shots for the upcoming season are now available in their stores. The development follows recent announcements that four of five vaccine makers had begun shipping their first doses for the US market. Companies have said they expect to produce up to 149 million doses of flu vaccine for the 2012-13 flu season. RiteAid said in its press release that customers can receive flu vaccine at any of its 4,600 stores during pharmacy hours without an appointment. Walgreens said that the vaccine is available at its nearly 8,000 stores, including Duane Reade pharmacies in New York, as well as at more than 360 Take Care Clinics at select Walgreens stores. Robert Thompson, RiteAid’s executive vice president of pharmacy, said in the statement that although it’s hard to predict how any flu season will unfold, getting immunized as soon as the vaccine is available is the best protection strategy.Aug 6 RiteAid press releaseAug 6 Walgreens press release