[Photo via C.J. Stewart Photography] While Jim James is perhaps best known for his work with My Morning Jacket, the singer/songwriter has flourished of late thanks to his sophomore solo album effort, Eternally Even. The album is a head-on look at the sociopolitical strife plaguing America in 2016, with songs like “Same Old Lie” and “Hide In Plain Sight.”Those two songs in particular got the ball rolling at the Royale Boston last night, as Jim James launched a major solo tour in support of Eternally Even. While this wasn’t his first solo appearance of 2016, the show was the first of 20+ dates that will see James tour across the country from now through December 17th. The show itself was packed with music from James’s two full length solo efforts, Regions of Light and Sound of God and Eternally Even.The show also featured a tribute to Leonard Cohen in the form of “Bird On The Wire,” as well as songs from James’ side projects Monsters of Folk and The New Basement Tapes. The encore also included a cover of “I’m Set Free” by The Velvet Underground, showing an extension into new covers for his solo shows.Check out a video of “State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)” below, courtesy of Brosef Wilson on YouTube.The full setlist can be seen below.
In a culture flask, 45 lentil-sized globs of neurons swirl in a gentle eddy of liquid medium. These lumpy, 3-D networks of human nerve cells, called brain organoids, have generated more diverse and mature cell types than any other model system of brain tissue to date.Scientists have increasingly turned to organoids, organ models cultured from induced pluripotent stem cells, to investigate human brain development and disease. However, most brain organoid models to date have been cultured on a scale of weeks to investigate early neural development under various conditions. To accurately model development and pathogenic conditions at later stages, researchers need to generate and map more-mature human brain organoids that can gain additional features of the developed organ.In a Nature paper published this week, researchers from Harvard University and the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard developed protocols and culture conditions for human brain organoids that allow the tissues to grow and develop over nine months or longer and enable unprecedented levels of cell maturation.The team saw some striking developments in the organoids, including spontaneously active neural networks and the development of light-sensitive cells. The paper provides the largest-to-date molecular map of the diversity and reproducibility of cell types generated in brain organoids, and suggests that 3-D brain organoids have the potential to model higher-order functions such as cellular interactions and neural circuit dysfunctions related to developmental and psychiatric disorders.“Researchers have used cocktails of signals to develop pluripotent stem cells into different types of cells from the nervous system — neurons, astrocytes, sometimes even specific classes of neurons,” said senior author Paola Arlotta, co-director of the nervous system disease program at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard, and institute member in the Stanley Center. “But the brain contains an incredible diversity of cell types that interact and form connections. We took on the challenge of investigating to what extent such complexity and diversity of cells can be produced in the dish, and how closely the organoid cell types mirror those in the endogenous tissue.”Giorgia Quadrato, a postdoctoral fellow in Arlotta’s lab and first author on the paper, and colleagues adapted lab protocols to enable the organoids to develop long term from healthy induced pluripotent stem cell lines. To identify the diverse cell types that the organoids generated, the team used single-cell RNA sequencing (a recent invention named “drop-seq”) to analyze gene expression in more than 80,000 cells isolated from 31 brain organoids, and then compared the results to expression documented in human brain tissue samples.They found that the longer the organoids developed, the more cell types they formed.“The cellular diversity that the organoids generated stunned all of us,” said paper co-author Steve McCarroll, associate professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, director of genetics for the Stanley Center, and institute member at the Broad. “The ability of stem cells within organoids to generate so many of the brain’s cell types — using their own genetic and molecular instruction book — evokes how development works inside the body.”These cells included subtypes of neurons and progenitors of the cerebral cortex and many cell types of the visual system. Analysis showed that the organoids had generated a virtually complete array of cell types documented from the human retina, including photoreceptor-like cells. When the researchers shined light on the organoids, the stimulus affected neuronal activity.The team proposes that this model someday may make it possible to study the response of neuronal networks to physiological sensory stimuli. “This is something that could allow detection of even subtle functional abnormalities in the neurons of organoids, generated from neuropsychiatric patients, as they respond to physiological stimuli,” said Quadrato.After about eight months in culture, the neurons in the organoids had also developed dendritic spines (protrusions from the dendrites where synapses are formed) that were visible via electron microscopy imaging, a key feature of mature neurons that has been notoriously difficult to obtain in culture.“The presence of dendritic spines in these organoids is an important step for studying development and disease,” said McCarroll. “Genetic studies indicate that disorders such as schizophrenia involve dysfunction at synapses and perhaps in the regulation or pruning of dendritic spines. An experimental model that develops spines can open the door to understanding how genes, and perhaps new pharmacological therapies, shape synaptic biology.”Organoids could serve as important models for neuropsychiatric disorders, for which there are inadequate models to reflect both the genetic diversity that exists and the importance of understanding this diversity’s impact on disease manifestation.“Human brain organoid models such as these can be produced from human cells with any genetic background,” said Steve Hyman, director of the Stanley Center, core institute member at the Broad, and professor in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard. “Given the large number and diversity of genetic variants that contribute to normal human cognitive and behavioral traits, and brain disorders such as schizophrenia, brain organoids are an extremely promising platform to study the effects of genes on the molecular, cellular, and synaptic building blocks of our brains.”The team is continuing to explore avenues for maturing organoids on a faster timescale, guiding anatomical organization during development, and reducing variability in anatomy and cell composition between organoids to explore neuron maturation and networks.“Eventually, we hope to produce a framework for next-generation disease modeling, to look at aspects of human neurobiology that are not accessible in today’s models,” said Arlotta. “We know very little about neuropsychiatric disease, and this research suggests that we may be able to produce models that help us learn a lot more. This could someday lead to therapies and cures, if we do it right.”
Notes from the new normal Signing onlineIf you think teaching French or Chinese online is difficult, consider Andrew Bottoms’ challenge of moving his American Sign Language (ASL) courses to Zoom.The linguistics preceptor has been teaching ASL classes at Harvard since 2016, but the pandemic forced him to rethink how to do spatial and body-based language learning at a distance.“My first reaction was how to stay committed to my students and how to fulfill their expectations of the class,” said Bottoms, who is deaf and uses ASL in class. “I wanted to maintain the level of value of the course.”He first had to adjust the syllabus — originally students were required to attend ASL events and sign with deaf people — then split his 20-person “ASL 2” course into two smaller classes.“Twenty students in ASL class doesn’t work in Zoom. I provide lectures by video in preparation for the online class time, when we practice conversation,” he said, noting that his videos include built-in repetition so students don’t have to rewind to practice. “ASL is different from other languages because it’s completely visual. You are learning to use your eyes and your body to listen to language, but it’s going better than I expected, to be honest.”Bottoms had just completed the purchase of his first home in Jamaica Plain when the pandemic hit, but decided to move down to North Carolina to isolate with his family. His priority is to keep students’ stress levels low, and try to maintain some of the dynamic energy that makes the class so popular.“Many have said it’s their favorite class, and it’s a 9 a.m.,” he said. “I have one student in California who gets up at 6 a.m. That’s a lot of commitment.”Cuba comes to CambridgeSenior lecturer on music Yosvany Terry has been isolating at his home in Cambridge, cooking up a feast inspired by his native Cuba and his love of travel: Bits of the socially distanced lives of staff and faculty, from a LEGO model of the Music Building to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as Henry V to cereal for dinner — in the shower Lisa Albert’s wedding was just a few weeks away when the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued the stay-at-home advisory. After postponing the planned event at Ventfort Hall in Lenox, Mass., until next year, Albert, a faculty assistant in sociology, and her partner, Matthew Tuttle, decided to go ahead and just get married for now.On their wedding day, the couple gathered for their ceremony and reception in the living room of their Somerville home with an officiant and two photographers, along with more than 100 guests who watched over Zoom. They projected the laptop screen onto a wall so they could better see the guests.“Doing the Zoom wedding alleviated a lot of the pressure” of the ritual, said Albert. “I don’t really like being the center of attention, so even the idea of getting up in front of everybody and talking, with all these people looking at me in person, was anxiety-provoking. But they [were] all tiles on Zoom, [so] it was kind of easier to forget that they were there during that time.”Following the ceremony, the couple hosted a reception and sent their guests into randomized Zoom breakout rooms to imitate a sit-down dinner at assigned tables. Then they visited each room to thank everyone for coming and catch up with their guests, some of whom had logged on from as far away as the U.K. Albert and Tuttle ordered in barbecue to imitate their planned menu and drank home-brewed beer (with hand-drawn labels by Tuttle) called “Here Comes the Rye” that they had planned to give out as favors.“It was pretty much exactly what it would have been like, just not in person,” said Albert. “There are clearly other people who are in the same situation as me, and I feel like a handful of people are just putting off the whole thing. But you can still have a wedding without having the party and it is still fulfilling. It’s nice to bring everyone together in this time when no one can be together.”When classes went online, Harvard lecturer Alicia Harley joined her husband, Sahil Gulati, on the island of St. Croix where he works. Courtesy of Alicia HarleySunsets and a silver liningIn her 10 months of marriage, Alicia Harley ’08, Ph.D. ’18, had barely spent more than 10 days in a row with her husband, Sahil Gulati, who works 50 percent to 75 percent of the time on the island of St. Croix for a company helping the U.S. Virgin Islands government in its efforts to rebuild the water and wastewater infrastructure after Hurricanes Maria and Irma.When the pandemic forced Harley, a lecturer in environmental science and public policy and postdoctoral fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, to begin teaching virtually and leave campus, she felt fortunate to be able to spend more time on the island with Sahil.“While there has been a lot of work, my husband and I are also making sure to enjoy the beautiful weather in the evenings,” she said. “We usually walk on a very empty beach with our dog, Sophie, around 6 p.m. for an hour or so. This certainly makes us both feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to do this, and watching the sunset is soothing for the soul after a day that usually includes a lot of tragic news.”The workload has been significant for Harley, who this spring is teaching “Sustainable Development,” a course with “many moving parts and a lot of close student-faculty mentorship.”“I have been spending a lot of time in front of my computer since arriving in St. Croix March 12, both revamping course material and doing my best to offer even more opportunities for students to connect online in order to try to mitigate some of what they lost out on this semester as learning went virtual,” she said.While grateful for the sunsets, Harley misses family and friends.“Being in the USVI makes me feel very far away from loved ones, and I have to remind myself that even if we were in Cambridge we still would not be able to see and hug one another,” she said. “The first thing I am going to do when this is over is hug my best friend, Larissa de Lima,” who graduated from Harvard a year after her. “I worry about her a lot as she lives in Brooklyn. I’m also very worried about our friends and family in India, where the health care system is very weak. Our two adorable 4-year-old goddaughters live in Kolkata, and I wish I could just scoop them up into my arms and bring them to play with me on the beach.” Related Dispatches from socially distancing students and faculty A remote ‘Doctor of Philosophy Dance Party,’ laughter yoga, crowd-sourced altruism, and tweet to remember The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
BOLTON VALLEY, Vt. (April 15, 2011) Bolton Valley Resort,The 2011-2012 winter ski and snowboard season came to a close on April 10 at Bolton Valley Resort, and the resort is reporting that skier visits, which include lift ticket and season pass sales, were up more than nine percent from the 2010-11 season. Ski and snowboard school participation also increased from the previous year, an indication that Vermonters still turn to their local mountain to either learn to ski or ride or to improve their skills.‘It has been an incredible winter with more than 300 inches of natural snowfall, giving us consistently outstanding conditions all season long,’ said George B. Potter, president at Bolton Valley. ‘Whether folks liked to carve turns or to duck into the glades and trees, we had it all and it appeared this winter would never end. We had an amazing last weekend to one of the best seasons in a long time.’Despite the fact that the season is over, Potter said his team continues to run full steam ahead preparing for next season. For the 2011-2012 ski and snowboard season, Potter said improvements include an increase to the resort’s snowmaking efficiency and the addition of a new grooming vehicle. The resort will continue to expand its retail inventory and employees have already started to plan the resort’s famous Labor Day ski and snowboard sale in September.‘The off-season gets shorter and shorter each year,’ said Potter. ‘We’re looking forward to carrying this year’s positive momentum right into next season.’Bolton Valley Resort is Vermont’s most convenient and affordable big mountain skiing. Less than 10 minutes from I-89 and less than 30 minutes from Burlington, the family-friendly mountain offers skiers and riders of all abilities three mountain peaks with 71 trails and 6 lifts, plus 3 terrain parks including the Burton Progression Park. Bolton Valley is one of only two ski resorts in the U.S. to implement wind power as an energy source and is the recipient of the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for environmental initiatives. A complete Sports Center and Indoor Amusement Center plus Vermont’s most extensive top-to-bottom night skiing and riding are just a few of the extras available to guests.
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NewsHub 14 September 2016Family First Comment: Who do we listen to? Medical professionals or Politicians? Easy – Not politicians! The New Zealand Medical Association has told a parliamentary committee it opposes changing the law to allow voluntary euthanasia.The health committee is gathering evidence in response to a petition asking for a law change.A fortnight ago it heard from supporters of voluntary euthanasia, and on Tuesday it was the turn of those who oppose it.Dr Stephen Child, chair of the NZMAA, told the committee the association represented 5500 medical professionals.“Doctors do everything we possibly can for our patients … but 10 to 15 percent of diagnoses are incorrect, and three percent of diagnoses of cancer are incorrect,” he said.“We’re not always right in diagnosis, and we’re not always right in prognosis.“In principle and in practice, the association does not support a change in the legislation.”Dr Child said doctors believed in pain relief “even if the secondary consequences of that may hasten death … giving morphine to a dying patient is not what we’re talking about here”.The Care Alliance, a coalition of organisations and individuals opposed to voluntary euthanasia, said “assisted suicide” was unnecessary and dangerous.“The right response to suffering is to continue the services for people with terminal illnesses,” said the alliance’s secretary, Matthew Jansen.The Wellington Interfaith Council said all religions opposed the ending of life.Council chairman Khalid Sandhu, a doctor, gave several examples of how his terminally ill patients had died peacefully under palliative care.“We are desperate to stop people committing suicide, while at the same time discussing giving people that choice,” he said.The committee will continue hearing submissions, and then report to parliament.http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/dont-change-euthanasia-laws—nz-medical-association-2016091413Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
African vultures targeted by poachers headed for extinctionAfrica’s vultures are vanishing, according to a report released on Thursday, a situation that could affect human health and livestock since populations of other scavengers such as rats and jackals could rise as a result.The assessment, carried out by conservation group BirdLife International, found that six of Africa’s 11 vulture species were at risk of extinction.Deliberate targeting by poachers is one of the reasons as the birds, which circle the sights where they feed, can alert authorities to the carcasses of illegally slain animals.Africa’s elephant and rhino populations are being relentlessly poached for their ivory and horns to meet red-hot demand in newly-affluent Asian economies.“Other scavengers like rats and jackals will eat a carcass and then will go after livestock or become a pest to humans. And if vultures are removed their numbers can increase.”said Ross Wanless of BirdLife South Africa.Vultures also help to stem the spread of disease on the world’s poorest continent by eating carcasses that would otherwise rot.Other reasons behind the decline of the big birds include indiscriminate poisonings and the popularity of vulture parts for traditional medicine.Since the late 1980s, 98 percent of West Africa’s vultures outside protected nature areas have disappeared, while half the population of the Gyps vulture species in Kenya’s Masai Mara park have gone, the report said. In South Africa, cape vultures have declined by 60-70 percent over the past 20-30 years.The assessment was conducted for the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) “Red List of Threatened Species”, which is considered to be the most authoritative estimate of wild bird and animal populations.– Reuters
Cristiano Ronaldo agreed a remarkable transfer back to Manchester United in 2013 before Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement halted those plans. “And to be fair, when I speak with Cristiano, I ask him and he said yes to the boss, and was coming to join United. He told me this.” But as Sir Alex retired, Ronaldo would stay at Madrid with Bale joining him in the Spanish capital, breaking the transfer record in an £85m move. Evra said Ferguson’s retirement was the hardest moment in his career, and revealed the Scot had to apologise to Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa for leaving just a season after signing the pair. He said: “When we arrived at Carrington, I see all those cameras and I was like: ‘Wow, someone has done something wrong. Maybe a player is the story again! Someone has done something wrong, we are in trouble.’ “But we arrived and people said, ‘Guys, you have to stay in the dressing room because the boss wants to have a chat’. And when the boss came into the dressing room to talk to everyone, it’s never good news. read also:Here’s how Ronaldo, family returned to Turin with convoy of cars “He came, and he said, ‘I’m really sorry. Some people have said that I’m going to retire even before I say it myself. That’s why you saw all those cameras. But I will retire because my wife needs me’. “He apologised to Van Persie, he apologised to Shinji, because he just brought them. He apologised to them especially.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneEveryone Was Stunned To See How Little Anakin Looks TodayThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations United legend Patrice Evra revealed Sir Alex wanted to re-sign Ronaldo, who had moved to Real Madrid in 2009 in a then-record £80million deal. Part of Ferguson’s plans to win the Champions League also involved the transfer of Gareth Bale, who at the time was at Tottenham. But then Ferguson – who had just won the Premier League title – was forced to confirm to his players that he would in fact be retiring. And according to Evra, Ronaldo had told him he wanted to return to United before Sir Alex walked away from management. He said on the UTD Podcast: “I remember there was a lot of media saying Ferguson will maybe retire next year, and he said, ‘Patrice, I will never retire. I will be here another 10 years’. “He then said: ‘My target is I’m 99 per cent sure we will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I just need these two players to win the Champions League again. Ninety-nine per cent.’
EAGLE, Neb. – Just a little over two weeks from today, the initial night of the 2019 RaceSaver Nationals kicks off at Eagle Raceway with qualifying heats for the Jake Ita Memorial Race of Champions and a practice night for all competitors. Steven Richardson, Liberal, Kan. Neil Nickolite, Bellwood Gary Kelley, Ardmore, Okla. Those of you who have had the good fortune to witness this phenomena will testify that there is nothing quite so exciting or scary as nine rows of Sprints battling for superiority on a great bullring! Branson Bosma, Round Lake, Minn. Jesse Graham, Lewisville, Texas Brett Becker, Odessa, Texas Daniel Estes Sr., Mansfield, Texas Sunday will have nothing but features, all run to find out who the final nine cars will be to battle in the Big Show that completes the weekend. That final race will see the fastest 27 IMCA RaceSaver cars in the country take off from a flying three-wide start on the high banks at Eagle! Claud Estes III, Godley, Texas For more information about the racing, tickets and to find out more about the goings on during the day, please visit http://www.eagleraceway.com/EagleRaceway/ and click on the RaceSaver Nationals tab. Randy Sterling, Morrisdale, Pa. Chad Koch, Lincoln Dwight Carter, Lincoln Doug Lovegrove, Waverly Ryan Kitchen, Seward Adam Gullion, Lincoln Those of you who have been attending races for a long time will be reminded of the days of Joie Chitwood’s travelling show and the younger fans have most likely seen him on such televised shows as American Daredevils, Nitro Circus and even America’s Got Talent. He will be putting on a show each and every night Friday through Sunday. You can see a sample of his stunts by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVcYGQKSs0M&feature=youtu.be You can also attend the press conference at 3 p.m. on Aug. 29 for up-close interaction with him, past winners of the event and other notable drivers. Tyler Harris, Vidor, Texas Rick Hansen, Omaha Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa Taylor Courtney, Fort Worth, Texas Jeremy Schultz, Stewart, Minn. Trey Burke, League City, Texas Jason Martin, Lincoln Then on Friday, the teams will go through a complete show of heats and features to determine the first three rows of the final “A” main on Sunday. Saturday sees another set of heats and features to set the next three rows for the finale. Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas Tyler Drueke, Eagle Daren Bolac, Mayoc, N.C. Daniel Estes Jr., Burleson, Texas Gene Ackland, Martell Brandon Horton, Waterloo Joe Miller, Vail, Iowa Mark Vanderheiden, Papillion Toby Chapman, Panama Charlie Ware, Hallieford, Va. Jerald Harris, Dayton, Va. Zach Blurton, Lincoln Jerrad Warhurst, Joshua, Texas Luke Cranston, Holcomb, Kan. Jason Howell, Fort Worth, Texas Trevor Grossenbacher, Bennet To find out for yourself, just get to Eagle Raceway beginning Thursday August 29th and be ready for the closest racing you’ve seen in a long, long time! As you all know, RaceSaver Nationals has come to be known as the biggest Sprint Car race in the world, and is held on the fastest 1/3-mile dirt track anywhere, Eagle Raceway. Every year, racers from every corner of the country jump in their rigs and tow thousands of miles to be a part of this fabulous contest. Johnny Brown, Orange, Texas Overs the previous six years the RaceSaver Nationals has seen five different winners with only Springfield, Neb.’s Jack Dover being able to take home a win more than once. Three of the victories went to local racers and three of them have been taken homeby an invader. Which group will come out on top this year and don the winner’s belt and take home the $2,500 share of the prize fund that goes with the championship? Locals or outsiders? Who has your vote? Dustin Stroup, Fremont, Ohio Cody Ledger, Omaha Brooklyn Holland, Fresno, Calif. Brandon Anderson, Glenpool, Okla. Each and every one of them know that they have an equal chance of coming home the winner because, thanks to the RaceSaver rules and the strict technical inspections, money cannot buy you a win. Prior to being able to compete at the Aug. 29-Sept. 1 Nationals, each and every IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car and engine that will see action has to go through the most rigorous and thorough technical inspection seen in any sprint car sanction in the world. Not one wheel will hit the track without passing that inspection to ensure that every team has the opportunity to compete on an even footing. Junior Jenkins, Greenville, Texas Ethan Barrow, Bloomington, Ind. Keith Dragoo, Greenwood In addition to fabulous action on the track, fans will be treated to the death defying exploits of this year’s Grand Marshal; Dr Danger! Trey Gropp, Lincoln Shon Pointer, Grand Island Jacob Gomola, Seneca, Pa. The 82 drivers, from a dozen states, pre-registered for the seventh annual RaceSaver Nationals now include: Austin McLean, Loveland, Colo. Joey Danley, Lincoln Mike Moore, Des Moines, Iowa Ryan Hall, Midlothian, Texas Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas Charlie McDonald, Midlothian, Texas Ryan King, Bennet Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla. Daniel Nekolite, Oneill Justin Melton, Justin, Texas Rick Pendergast, Norfolk Jason Danley, Lincoln Jacob Harris, Vidor, Texas Matt Richards, Lincoln Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas Jason Miller, Omaha John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas Chase Weiler, Lincoln Justin Clark, Hamersville, Ohio Jake Bubak, Arvada, Colo. Casey Merrell, Springtown, Texas Stuart Snyder, Lincoln Jeff Stefonick, Aurora, Colo. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa Bradley Sterrett, Bloomington, Ind. Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas Nathan Weiler, LaVista Blake Dacus, Fletcher, Okla. Boyd Peterson, Ithaca John Webster, North Platte Clint Benson, Papillion Mike Boston, Lincoln Josh Riggins, Lincoln
Press Association The former England international denied the Liverpool captain twice, once from the spot, Jordan Henderson, Daniel Agger, Stewart Downing and Fabio Borini. And when Gareth McAuley headed home West Brom’s first effort on target in the 81st minute it set up their first league double over the Reds – having won 3-0 on the opening day of the season – since 1966-67, with substitute Romelu Lukaku’s 90th-minute striking giving the scoreline an unbalanced look. West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster included a Steven Gerrard penalty among a string of saves which laid the platform for the Baggies to record a 2-0 win over Liverpool, their first league victory since Boxing Day. The visitors appeared more than comfortable in a disappointing first half which saw only Liverpool getting two shots on target. Jonjo Shelvey was given his first league appearance since Boxing Day, playing in the hole as Luis Suarez was restored to the out-and-out striker role but the pair failed to get in the way Sturridge has. The 20-year-old did put the ball in the net early on but was well offside, while Agger had a header tipped over by Foster, who also caught Stewart Downing’s stinging drive at the second attempt. The closest Liverpool actually came to scoring in the first half was when Steven Reid’s attempted left-footed clearance of Shelvey’s low cross cannoned off his standing leg and looped over the crossbar from four yards. Improvements were made by Brendan Rodgers for the second half as Downing had a shot blocked and Gerrard’s follow-up was crowded out before Henderson’s cheeky close-range backheel from Glen Johnson’s pass was stopped by Foster. More work was required and Raheem Sterling and Borini were sent on for Shelvey and the tiring Henderson. Borini was denied by a fully-stretched West Brom goalkeeper after lashing Downing’s lay-off goalwards, McAuley slid in to block Suarez’s shot, and the wrong-footed Foster stuck out a hand to stop Gerrard’s drive. Foster denied Gerrard again moments later from the penalty spot after Suarez tumbled a little easily under Jonas Olsson’s challenge, and Liverpool were made to pay when they were hit with the sucker punch nine minutes from time. Chris Brunt swung over a right-wing corner and McAuley had a free run in the area to power home a header. Liverpool went chasing the game and were exposed even later on when Lukaku, having originally been dropped to the bench, stroked home their second.