Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds Celebrate Sasha Brown’s Final Show In NYC

first_imgOn Saturday night in New York City, Irving Plaza played host to the final performance for Sasha Brown, the guitarist for Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. Having announced his leaving the band a few weeks ago, the house was packed as fans wanted to catch his final performance before moving on to new musical projects, with fans coming from as far away as Scotland. Excitement was in the air before the show even started. The beautiful not too chilly weather in New York City made for a perfect evening to chat about the upcoming show while standing in line before doors opened. Supporting band Kolars opened up for Sister Sparrow. This incredible duo blew the doors off. Their rockabilly vibe consists of Rob Kolar on guitar and Lauren Brown on drums and taps. If you’ve never seen these guys, you’re in for a real treat.  Sasha joined in for one song early on in the set, as Jackson Kincheloe joined in later on with harmonica and really helped to bring the house down. The audience was ready to go full steam ahead. Their set had everyone charged up in anticipation of what was yet to come. Be on the lookout for more from Kolars. This band has the right stuff!Sister Sparrow came out with a bang. During “Don’t Be Jealous,” Brown let it all hang out as he threw down a mic stand and busted into a steamy jam. The crowd was certainly in for a hell of a show. Jackson Kincheloe took over during “Catch Me If You Can,” as he lead with his railroad track of a jam on the harmonica. They kept the vibes on high alert as they rolled tight into “Frankie” before spreading their wings and taking “We Need A Love” on a crazy ride full of heavy horns by trumpet player, Phil Rodriguez and Brian Graham on tenor sax, while Brown threw out crunching guitar notes. He was clearly laying down everything he had throughout the evening. He made sure to take his fingers up and down the frets for a show to end all shows with Sister Sparrow on Saturday night. He was one of the original Dirty Birds, along with Kincheloe, and his sister Arleigh on lead vocals. The band made sure it would be a hell of a party at Irving Plaza. Kincheloe’s tender vocals softened during “Matter of Time,” after she announced to the audience that Brown was leaving the band, making sure everyone got fully into the show. They grooved into “Prison Cells,” a song that was originally written in honor of the Kincheloe’s sister, who was noted to be quite the mischief maker, before steaming right into Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.” “Dr. Feelgood” was appropriately placed as Brown, once again, ripped into his guitar, unleashing his energy without holding back. The venue was on fire as, once again, Kincheloe blasted into her vocals, taking the song to blazing depths. The audience reacted with cheers, whistles and yells that reflected in the bands outpouring of incredible heat. Everyone was on a wickedly energetic high in the venue.Bassist Josh Myers showed off his deep funk side as they flowed into “Boogie Man,” keeping the crowd on their feet. After recognizing the mama’s in the house – both Brown’s and the Kincheloe’s – they grooved right into “Mama Knows,” which featured the whole band swaying back and forth in succession early in the tune. Drummer Dan Boyden got some love and showed off his talent while Kincheloe ripped into his harp. Jackson handles that harmonica like he’s ripping into a guitar solo; a true joy to watch. Brown continued to strut his stuff as he took fans on a jazzy, rock filled solo mid-song that cranked along as blasts of confetti streamed down on the band, and the crowd, in celebration.A New Orleans vibe filled the air as “Millie Mae” got underway. Arleigh joined Boyden on drums as she tapped away at the cymbals and drum heads before Boyden took off into a wild drum jam. The audience was asked to go “Sasha Brown down,” as hands clapped in the air and bodies swayed throughout the crowd. “Sugar” brought the set to a close, but not before Graham let loose on the tenor sax, only to follow with him flipping a shirt around and around above his head, making fans go nuts.During encore, Brown took over and dialed into a solid jam with his guitar, bending the strings in magical joy, and making sure he had nothing but the absolute best time to salute the band, and the fans, with a top notch good-bye. The evening closed on a high note, as they flew into Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.” The set list clearly showed the band wasn’t messing around, as it was all about getting down and dirty with the jams.The evening, and Brown’s era with the band, ended with a bow from everyone, only to close with a solo bow from Brown, as a goodbye and thank you to the fans who’ve loved him from the beginning. Now it’s just a matter of time before we learn what Sasha Brown’s next project entails. Stay tuned as we follow on his next journey.For more information on Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, please visit their official website.Setlist: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds at Irving Plaza, NYC – 11/12/16Bad Love, Don’t Be Jealous, Make It Rain, Stereo, Catch Me If You Can, Frankie, We Need a Love, Matter of Time, Prison Cells->*Valerie, Dr. Feelgood, Boogie Man, Mama Knows, Millie Mae, SugarEncore: My House, #Rock and Roll*Amy Winehouse cover, #Led Zeppelin coverWords and Photos by Sarah Bourque Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Bacow returns to Michigan roots

first_imgEducating students for “careers over a lifetime” is another critical mission of colleges and universities, said Bacow, who noted that decreased state funding has shifted the financial burden for college from taxpayers to students and their families, sent tuition costs soaring, and helped erode the public’s faith in the value of college degrees.“I think we are mortgaging our future. At a time in which other countries are doubling down on their investment in higher education, we are going in the opposite direction,” said Bacow, who added that colleges and universities need to stress to the public that the return on educational investment “has never been higher.”During an earlier session, Mark Schlissel, president of the University of Michigan, said colleges and universities should be considered collaborators instead of competitors, and referred to the new Harvard-University of Michigan partnership as an example.“The landscape over which we can do good is almost limitless, so what we are limited by is creativity and energy and resources, and every time we come together we think of ways to make one another better.”Back to schoolBacow stopped by the International Technical Academy, a K-12 STEM school with 950 students that is part of the Pontiac School District. On Thursday morning the Harvard president, who loved science and tinkering with chemistry sets and Heathkit electronic sets, indulged his inner nerd on a tour of the robotics lab, led by students who make up “Wings of Fire,” the academy’s award-winning robotics team. The group proudly demonstrated the robot entered in last year’s competition, a chrome and plastic model designed to pick up 13-inch kickballs and deposit them on a scale.Senior Darcy Mendoza was considering a career in nursing before she joined the team. Now she is eager to become a mechanical engineer.,“This is what I want to do,” said Mendoza, designer of the robot’s elevator mechanism, who interned for General Motors over the summer and hopes to design electric cars at the company someday. “[This field] just opens so many doors.”Bridget Terry Long, Harvard’s new dean of the Graduate School of Education, accompanied Bacow on the tour along with his wife, Adele. Long watched as the teens’ robot grabbed a yellow fabric cube — a stand-in for the kickballs — and moved it to a wooden scale. Long listened as the students explained how different teams were responsible for the mechanics, the software, the pneumatics, the electronics, and the public relations.“I love the teamwork,” said Long. “You each took a piece, but then it all has to work together.”When Bacow asked about their biggest challenge, the students agreed it was going back to the drawing board when things didn’t work out.“If at first you don’t succeed,” said Bacow, adding, “You guys should be proud of what you’ve done here. I used to have an erector set, but it wasn’t even close.”Bacow and Long then looked in on a series of open classrooms arranged around a circular atrium where students lead presentations and discussions. They also paused in a hallway beneath blue banners celebrating the robotics team’s wins in recent competitions.“That’s amazing,” said Bacow, looking up at the numerous awards.Chatting with studentsBacow and Long also spoke to students in the auditorium. Backed by an image of the school’s mascot, a rising phoenix topped with a mortarboard, Bacow talked about how his own teachers fueled his lifelong interest in learning, inspired his curiosity in science and math, gave him an enduring appreciation for the arts, showed him how to think on his feet, and assured him that, “I could do anything and I could go anywhere. And you can too.”Aim high, dream big, seek help from mentors and teachers, and above, all consider applying to college, said Bacow, noting that the one kind of student Harvard will never admit is the one who doesn’t apply. Long echoed Bacow’s comments, telling the teens, “Education gives you choices, allowing you to decide where you want to live and what you want to do with your talents, your passions.”,Some students asked about affordability. Bacow acknowledged that college isn’t cheap, but many programs offer expansive aid. For instance, Harvard’s financial aid program covers four years of tuition, room, board, and fees for students whose families make less than $65,000 a year, he said to applause and stunned looks.“It’s a good deal. Take advantage of it,” he urged his listeners. “It could be you, it should be you. Why not?”One Pontiac student who plans to apply to Harvard is 16-year-old junior Rebecca Murray, the lead mechanic on the robotics team whose plans to become an orthopedic surgeon changed when the club sparked an interest in environmental and mechanical engineering.Murray said her mother, an engineer in the military who never got a college degree, primed her interest in robotics and in an advanced degree. “She is an inspiration to me. She’s very smart, but she didn’t have the opportunity to go to college like me. I want to make her proud, and if doing a Ph.D. does that, I am going to do that.”Connecting with alumniMeeting in a loft on the Detroit River with a view of Ontario, Canada, more than 300 alumni from Michigan and Ohio gathered to hear from Bacow at an evening session sponsored by the Harvard Club of Detroit, the Harvard Alumni Association, the Harvard Club of Central Michigan, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Western Michigan.“It’s really good to be home,” Bacow told more than 300 alumni from Michigan and Ohio, who had gathered for an evening session with Harvard’s president. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe guests, representing every School and every class from 1952 to 2018, mingled and sampled local treats such as the Coney dog, a hot dog covered in chili; chicken and waffles; and skewers of tomato and mozzarella.“It’s really good to be home,” Bacow told the crowd, as he gave a short sketch of his early life. He was born in Detroit, grew up in Pontiac, and spent time ushering at University of Michigan football games, visiting the Henry Ford Museum, and taking field trips to automobile plants, where he was transfixed by their assembly lines. Watching the chassis and body of a car come together at exactly the same time “was deeply satisfying to me as a kid,” said Bacow.He said he recaptured that same sense of satisfaction and coming together as Harvard’s president. “This feels perfect … coming back home to Harvard, to Detroit in this new capacity.”As an undergraduate, Kayla Shelton ’13 realized the Detroit she knew didn’t fit with the narrative many others held and she chose to change that. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerBacow said he will use his presidency to continue to “speak to the enduring value of higher education as an enabler of the American dream.” He is heartened by the renaissance underway in Detroit and by the many Harvard alumni helping make it happen.“This is a better city, this is a better country because of all of your collective efforts,” said Bacow.One alumna making a difference is Kayla Shelton ’13, a construction supervisor for DTE Energy’s gas operations who leads the team that designs gas pipelines and services across southeastern Michigan. As an undergraduate, Shelton said she realized the Detroit she knew didn’t fit with the narrative many others held, and she decided “to make sure that I do what I can to help with the renaissance.”A member of the National Society of Black Scientists and Engineers, Shelton frequently speaks with local high school students about careers in science and technology. She welcomed Bacow’s comments honoring “those people who have been serving in the city of Detroit or the Detroit area in different capacities and in different ways.” Harvard, U. of Michigan to tackle social ills Related Two universities launch partnerships to boost Detroit opportunity, reduce opioid crisis After being named the 29th president of Harvard University in February and taking office in July, Michigan native Larry Bacow rolled up his sleeves and went to work. But eventually he wanted to go home.He fulfilled that desire late last week, traveling to his birthplace, Detroit, and to neighboring Pontiac, where he grew up and attended public schools. He met with students, educators, Harvard alumni, state and local leaders, and private-sector officials, and in his remarks lauded and promoted investment in the city and continued to make the national case for the importance of college.During the trip — which included a visit to a local high school, a reception with Harvard graduates, and a conversation at a Detroit networking and ideas festival — Bacow repeatedly emphasized the “transformative power of higher education.”His father, a refugee from the pogroms of Eastern Europe, parked cars at night to pay for college and earn a law school degree from Wayne State University, which helped rewrite the path of the new Harvard leader’s own life.“He was the only member of his family to go to college,” Bacow told a crowd Friday at Detroit Homecoming, an annual event that brings together prominent leaders and others with Detroit ties for discussions and seminars on improving the city. “I would not be sitting here,” Bacow said, “but for the fact that my father was able to get an education.”,During his two-day visit, Bacow highlighted the city’s recent resurgence after years of decline. Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history in 2013, but only five years later is experiencing a renaissance — attributed in large part to an infusion of real estate investment fueled by the relocation of mortgage lender Quicken Loans’ headquarters from the suburbs to downtown. In many neighborhoods, new construction is eclipsing abandoned buildings, and shops and restaurants are springing up.On Friday, Bacow sat down with Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson to discuss a range of topics, including the education landscape in and beyond Michigan, the importance of financial aid and developing diverse communities of learners, and the role university collaborations can play in helping tackle some of society’s most pressing challenges.During a Q&A session with Wilson and Mary Kramer, publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business, Bacow alluded to partnerships announced between Harvard and the University of Michigan aimed at combating the nation’s opioid crisis and confronting poverty in Detroit. Bacow said he hopes to pursue future collaborations with Michigan and other schools.,“I want to make sure that Harvard — but not just Harvard, all of our universities — are working hard to ensure what we can do to create opportunity for future generations,” said Bacow.Training future leaders is at the heart of Wayne State’s REBUILD Detroit program, which works to set students from diverse backgrounds on doctoral tracks, said Wilson. He agreed with Bacow that ensuring that talented high schoolers are aware of financial aid and are encouraged to apply to college is crucial.“The audacity that I had to apply to Yale early and apply to Harvard is because one of my teachers mentored me and explained to me that I could do anything I wanted to do,” said Wilson, a glaucoma expert who graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1980. “We’ve got to do that with the kids. It’s all about expectations — setting high expectations and letting them know what’s available out there and having them make that leap so they do apply to the Harvards and the Michigans and the Ivies. Too many kids just don’t even make that attempt, so it’s upon all of us to really help them.“Not every kid is going to go to Harvard, and you can get a great education at lots and lots of places,” added Bacow, “and that’s why it’s important that we continue to support higher education broadly, across the board.”last_img read more

Worker Participation Committee presents licensing recommendations

first_imgMembers of the Worker Participation Committee presented a panel explaining their recent recommendations regarding the manufacturing of Notre Dame licensed products in other countries Wednesday.Panelists included Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves, doctoral student in moral theology Craig Iffland, senior Hannah O’Brien and professor Georges Enderle.The Worker Participation Committee was formed by University President Fr. John Jenkins. Its responsibilities include reviewing the existing licensing code of conduct and making recommendations on whether there should be a change, especially in regard to the production of Notre Dame products in China.The committee will expand its review of licensees and factories to include a broader range of human rights issues. These assessment tools will be reviewed annually to ensure they address the broad spectrum of human rights required by the University’s licensing code of conduct.“I think it’s important to look at the whole behavior of factories and not just focus on one or two important issues because it is possible that they can pass on the required issues, but fail on others,” Enderle said.One recommendation explained the annual assessment tool which will be used to evaluate each licensee. The global compliance company Sumerra will examine a licensee’s corporate responsibility program, level of knowledge of manufacturing processes and issue an audit on all overseas factories.Affleck-Graves said they had to hire an outside source to conduct this assessment, because there are so many Notre Dame licensees and factories that “it was clear that we could not possibly assess ourselves.”The next recommendation would change current policy. Currently, Notre Dame licensing does work with countries that do not recognize freedom of association by law, including China.However, this recommendation states that “in countries that do not recognize freedom of association by law, the standing committee may consider — within its discretion — a limited exemption to manufacture products in those countries only after the factory has completed both the Summera assessment and a more in-depth audit by Verité,” according to the presentation given at the panel.“We know that we cannot impact the legal systems and change national policy in these countries,” Iffland said. “The main aim here is to ensure acceptable wages and working rights.”Affleck-Graves said the recommendation as looking at the issue from a United Nations standpoint, evaluating the corporation and factory, rather than country.“Can you do good at the individual level?” Affleck-Graves said. “This is a question we have been grappling with.”The final recommendation acknowledged that the University should join other organizations to further the aforementioned goals of the Worker Participation Committee.“To have a lasting impact on workers’ rights and in these factories as a whole, that’s something we can’t do entirely on our own,” O’Brien said. “We want to partner with other universities and organizations to promote corporate responsibility.”Tags: Hannah O’Brien, John Affleck-Graves, recommendations, Worker Participation Committeelast_img read more

Joint Task Force-Bravo Supports Panama in Operation Darien Lift

first_img “The relationship between Panama and the United States is certainly a strong one, (us) being the partner of choice,” concluded Capt. West. “When the Panamanians request help from the United States government, I think it hits home that we are here to help.” By Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney/Joint Task Force Bravo, edited by Diálogo January 28, 2019 Deep in the jungles of Panama, National Border Service (SENAFRONT, in Spanish) agents await for construction supplies that will help them take down illicit drug and human trafficking networks that abound in the Americas. The dense wilderness surrounding the agents seems alive—the breeze rustles the trees making them dance, the mountains stand tall in the distance guarding the valley below, and the air is filled with the sounds of nature. A whirring noise reverberates in the distance, akin to a sensory illusion. Gradually, the whisper evolves into a roar, overtaking the area, as a CH-47 Chinook helicopter peeks over the jungle canopy and the clearing erupts into chaos. The rotating blades of the aircraft whip up dust and debris that previously lay stagnant. “Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment (1-228th Avn Regt Bravo), assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo [JTF-Bravo], is part of a broader U.S. effort to assist the Panamanian government and their national border police with setting up a remote operating base in the Darien jungle,” said U.S. Air Force Captain Jennifer West, 1-228th Avn Regt Bravo company commander and Chinook pilot. The Chinook crew of the 1-228th Avn Regt provided air transportation assistance from January 4-12 for the first phase of operation Darien Lift. “A SENAFRONT installation is under construction and a lot of equipment must be moved to build it,” said Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela. “We don’t have the equipment to transfer that amount of cargo in order to install this new SENAFRONT station; they are cooperating with that.” The outpost’s remote location makes transporting construction material—nearly 1,000 tons of concrete, cinderblocks, and others—harder. JTF-Bravo’s maneuverable rotary wing-assets can carry more weight faster than bringing the cargo on boats through the jungle’s waterways. Capt. West described the mission as extremely challenging without the airlift support and considers it “satisfying to know we’re actually making an impact and helping the Panamanians establish a security presence in the Darien, where there’s really nothing out there but jungle.” She explained the outpost will help SENAFRONT combat narcotraffickers and prevent their smuggled contraband from getting onto the Pan-American Highway, the transcontinental road well-financed and heavily-armed transnational criminal groups exploit. The groups fuel insecurity and instability as they conduct trafficking operations toward countries north of Panama. In 2018 alone, Panama’s security forces confiscated more than 72 metric tons of narcotics, keeping them off the streets of the Americas. “With this being a binational issue that also has regional effects, the U.S. government has kindly offered to support us in this effort,” said Panama’s Public Security Minister Jonattan Del Rosario. “It’s closely related to the binational posts that we are building in collaboration with Colombia, mainly because of the phenomenon of drug trafficking, although the irregular flow of migrants is also monitored from these centers. That’s why we have developed an important effort to pursue human trafficking networks in this administration, resulting in the effective dismantling of 22 networks.” JTF-Bravo, under U.S. Southern Command, operates out of Soto Cano Air Base, in Honduras, to support the United States’ neighbors in Central America and help partner nations develop capabilities and improve regional security. The year 2019 will mark the fourth Darien Lift the U.S. Army supports. Since the first operation, the crews have transported 152.5 tons of materials. They are scheduled to continue the operation. The Chinook is a multi-role helicopter used in a variety of situations from transporting soldiers to destinations to aiding in combat missions. In addition to supporting the Darien Lift operation, the CH-47 also deployed to combat wildfires in Darien in 2016. last_img read more

Mobile wallet use hinging on discounts & coupons, research finds

first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The trick to driving mobile wallet adoption may rest in coupons, discounts and loyalty rewards, according to new data from Javelin Strategy & Research.The San Francisco, Calif.-based research and advisory firm released a report this week finding that although adoption rates have somewhat plateaued overall for mobile wallets, merchant wallets are the most widely adopted among consumers for payment at the point of sale.Javelin Strategy & Research said the research calls into question the wallet as a payment method, but it also found that some features do make mobile wallets more attractive to consumers.“In the rush to market, the main wallet value proposition, paying at the POS, wasn’t particularly compelling. In reality, loyalty and rewards will drive adoption, something merchants are doing particularly well,” Javelin Strategy & Research Director of Payments Krista Tedder said. “Nevertheless, third-party wallets can and should compete. A large group of consumers are primed to make the jump to in-store payments, and a feature-rich mobile wallet stands to gain a larger share of their spend.”last_img read more

How credit unions should honor Hispanic Heritage Month

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Luis A. Valdez-Jimenez “Luis A. Valdez-Jimenez has served on the Board of Directors for 360 Federal Credit Union in Windsor Locks, Connecticut since 2018. Valdez-Jimenez is passionate about increasing diversity in credit union … Web: Details Hispanic Heritage Month was expanded into a month-long celebration of the Hispanic American community by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Since then credit unions have struggled with how to best observe this annual event and make inroads into the Hispanic community. The best way to observe Hispanic Heritage Month is to make a meaningful contribution to the community, and the best way to do that is to reach out and serve the Hispanic community, recruit and develop Hispanic talent, and partner with local organizations serving the community. The first point should be obvious, yet the facts show that more needs to be done. According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Hispanic community is more “unbanked” or “underbanked” than the overall population because they have lower savings account ownership rates, are less likely to visit a branch, have lower rates of saving for unexpected expenses or emergencies, and are more likely not to have mainstream credit, among other statistics. Credit unions have a responsibility to help address these concerns by offering the Hispanic community the financial services and products they need. There is so much opportunity and potential for credit unions to thrive and prosper partnering with the community as its population and buying power is growing, to the point where the Hispanic-American GDP is now the eighth largest in the world.Yet the way credit unions often market to the Hispanic community fails to gain any traction. Growing up in Miami, a community with a very large Spanish speaking community, I remember watching Spanish TV and seeing ads from companies, in English. These companies didn’t even bother to translate the ads into Spanish! Also the ads wouldn’t feature anyone who seemed Hispanic and the messaging clearly wasn’t intended for a Hispanic audience. In addition, often whenever Hispanics would actually go into a branch, they often struggle to find someone who speaks Spanish fluently. Don’t just assume that if people live in the United States, that they can speak English. Over 26 Million people in this country do not speak English “very well”. How do you expect people to entrust their finances in products and services they don’t understand due to a language barrier? Unfortunately, there is an established history of financial institutions taking advantage of the language barrier to make a quick buck at the expense of the community. Well Fargo was sued for allegedly steering Hispanics into expensive and risky loans they didn’t understand and not staffing their branches with Spanish speaking loan officers. Staffing your credit union with Hispanic and Spanish speaking employees, including in managerial, executive, and board positions, will go a long way in serving the financial needs of our community. How do you know they actually speak Spanish? You can get their language skills certified through Language Testing International, as other financial institutions have done, and have the peace of mind that they can effectively communicate the value of membership in your credit union. Hispanics very much value word-of-mouth recommendations from their friends and families, and they can be among your most vocal promoters if they have a good experience at your credit union. In addition, invest the resources into developing and promoting your Hispanic employees into high profile positions within the credit union. Commitments to diversity and inclusion need to go beyond press releases and statements, and include an intentional effort to truly value your Hispanic personnel. Spotlight your Hispanic employees and highlight their cultures and contributions to your organization.Credit unions don’t have to re-create the wheel. They can partner with the many types of non-profit organizations that already serve the Hispanic community. There are local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, churches, and other philanthropic organizations that are looking for credit unions to partner with them. I also serve as the President of the Connecticut Chapter of Prospanica, a national association of Hispanic professionals, and we have worked with local credit unions to help serve the needs of our community. It’s fine if a credit union publishes a statement celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. But if a credit union truly wants to honor Hispanic Heritage Month, then they need to do more. First, make an intentional effort to better serve the community by featuring Spanish ads targeting the Hispanic market and by having certified Spanish speakers serving in your branch. Then, recruit, retain, and promote Hispanic talent throughout your organization and celebrate their culture and contributions. Also, partner with local non-profits and utilize their knowledge and experience in the community. Finally, even though Hispanic Heritage Month ends in October, these steps should be practiced year-round. The benefits will far offset any costs that may be incurred.last_img read more

Southampton Cop Credited With Saving Baby

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Tragedy was averted last week when a Southampton Town police officer revived a tot who was discovered without a pulse inside his family’s Westhampton home last week, authorities said. Officer Kristian LoRusso responded to the home on Feb. 3 after the one-year-old’s sister reported the emergency to 911, police said. When LoRusso arrived, he was handed the child and noticed that the little boy was blue and didn’t have a pulse. The 16-year veteran sprung into action by performing “rescue breathing and chest compressions on the child,” who subsequently began breathing on his own, police said in a press release. The child was then transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment, police said. Authorities did not say what caused the child to stop breathing.Southampton Town police credited LoRusso with saving the child’s life. Southampton Town police said LoRusso has worked in the department for 16 years. Before his stint in Southampton, LoRusso worked for nearly three years with the NYPD.last_img read more

Persons who visited Endwell bar, Endicott restaurant test positive for virus

first_imgThe first, the department says a person who visited The Brickyard on Hooper Road in Endwell tested positive for the virus. If you were at the bar from 6 to 7 p.m. on July 11, the health department asks you self-quarantine until July 25. If you were at the restaurant from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on July 15, the department asks that you self-quarantine until July 29. Symptoms of the virus include cough, fever and shortness of breath.center_img (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department has issued two public health statements Friday. The second, the department says someone visited Wingz on North Street in Endicott tested positive for the virus.last_img read more

Nautical tourism requires the provision of navigation to all vessels and guests

first_img“The line ministry recognized nautical as the first activity that could restart tourism activities. Therefore, we hope that nautical will finally and officially be classified in the tourism segment and that the Government will take into account our set of measures to help the sector, which was proposed to it at the end of March 2020.. “, Lisjak emphasized. Boaters welcome the amendment to the Decision on the prohibition of entry into seaports and inland ports in the Republic of Croatia, which, among other things, allows the entry of yachts with a hull length of more than 24 meters at berth in Croatian nautical ports or ports open to public traffic, and all vessels under Croatian flag, report in a statement from the Association of Marinas of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. The association again discussed the expectation of exemption of marinas from the payment of a fixed and variable part of the concession fee for maritime property, which was the topic of the last meeting with the state secretaries of the Ministry of the Sea and the Ministry of Tourism. It was also concluded that in this crisis it was clear that the long-standing appeal for the inclusion of marinas in the tourism sector must continue to be emphasized, as they were unacceptable for tourism support, and tax treatment at a general rate of 25 percent, unlike other tourism activities, fell in these circumstances.  Considering that a significant part of nautical tourism consists of boats and yachts less than 24 meters, especially those that are not exclusively Croatian-owned, the Association of Marina HGK appeals to include them in the amendment and to define a clear protocol for accepting ships. Therefore, they urge that their proposals be urgently accepted and that the start-up of marinas and charter companies be allowed to start as soon as possible, especially since the fixed operating costs are extremely high and they cannot afford to miss business opportunities. In the end, they conclude that positive information about the opening of the nautical season in Croatia as a safe destination would be the best promotion and invitation to guests for all other types of tourism. “Without clear measures for accepting ships, it will be almost impossible for Croatian marinas to receive guests and provide services. That is why we have drafted a protocol and sent it to the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the competent Ministries of the Sea and Tourism, and we are waiting for the latest instructions so that we can start providing reception services for guests in marinas. Given the potential of the nautical sector, we believe that the final proposal will be determined as soon as possible. “, said the president of the Association of Marines of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Sean Lisjak, adding that some of the competing destinations, such as Montenegro, have already made a step forward in this regard and that even southern Italy has announced the opening of nautical tourism.  The Association says that some guests may replace a vacation in an apartment this year with a vacation on a boat that provides them with social distance and all the conditions that epidemiologists recommend. A special topic was the relationship with charters and other tenants.  Charter companies have also sent a proposal for epidemiological measures to the CNIPH for the business through the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, and some will start working with domestic guests as soon as passes are revoked. “We hope to accept our suggestions and publish charter recommendations as soon as possible”Adds Klisović. “It is very important to open the borders as early as possible for countries with a similar epidemiological situation, of course, with the necessary precautions, of course, and to harmonize them with Saturdays when charter guests usually come. Because if, for example, it opens on Monday, June 15, we also lose this remaining part of the reservations for the period from June 13 to 20, since the shifts of guests are only on Saturdays.”, Explains Klisović and reminds that charter, especially the small one, is no longer a luxury that the average Croatian family cannot afford because renting some types of boats in recent years can be compared to the cost of skiing for the family. “We asked through the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for inclusion in the CRO card even before the coronavirus epidemic, and recently we talked again with the Ministry of Tourism on this topic and found great understanding.”, Said Klisovic.  The HGK charter association also supports the marinas’ request for the exemption of concessions, aware that the marinas are waiting for state measures that would spill over to them for the obligation to pay berths for charter vessels. “Water is coming to the throat, payment deadlines are running, charterers cannot pay them, and marinas are waiting for measures from the state. We are all so on hold. ” notes Paško Klisović, President of the Association of boat accommodation providers-charter HGK. last_img read more

Steroids cut death rates among critically ill COVID-19 patients, major study finds

first_imgDexamethasone has been in widespread use in intensive care wards treating COVID-19 patients in some countries since then.Martin Landray, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Oxford who worked on the dexamethasone trial that was a key part of the pooled analysis published on Wednesday, said the results mean doctors in hospitals across the world can safely switch to using the drugs to save lives.The WHO’s updated guidance, published on its website late on Wednesday, said corticosteroids should only be used in treatment of the sickest COVID-19 patients, and not in non-severe cases, since “the treatment brought no benefits [in milder cases] and could even prove harmful”.The UN health agency also urged countries to maintain sufficient stocks of corticosteroids, “while not maintaining excessive stocks which could deny other countries access”.Researchers said the benefit was shown regardless of whether patients were on ventilation at the time they started treatment. Topics : Treating critically ill COVID-19 patients with corticosteroid drugs reduces the risk of death by 20%, an analysis of seven international trials found on Wednesday, prompting the World Health Organization to update its advice on treatment.The analysis – which pooled data from separate trials of low dose hydrocortisone, dexamethasone and methylprednisolone – found that steroids improve survival rates of COVID-19 patients sick enough to be in intensive care in hospital.”This is equivalent to around 68% of [the sickest COVID-19] patients surviving after treatment with corticosteroids, compared to around 60% surviving in the absence of corticosteroids,” the researchers said in a statement.center_img The WHO’s clinical care lead, Janet Diaz, said the agency had updated its advice to include a “strong recommendation” for use of steroids in patients with severe and critical COVID-19.”The evidence shows that if you give corticosteroids …[there are] 87 fewer deaths per 1,000 patients,” she told a WHO social media live event. “Those are lives … saved.”Jonathan Sterne, a professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at Britain’s Bristol University who worked on the analysis, said the trials – conducted by researchers in Britain, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Spain and the United States – gave a consistent message throughout, showing the drugs were beneficial in the sickest patients regardless of age or sex or how long patients had been ill.The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reinforce results that were hailed as a major breakthrough and announced in June, when dexamethasone became the first drug shown to be able to reduce death rates among severely sick COVID-19 patients.last_img read more