In late-March, Ghost Light released their long-awaited debut studio album, Best Kept Secrets. The album has been in the works for the better part of two years. During their time on the road since work on the project began, Ghost Light has become one of the most exciting and in-demand live bands on the circuit.Recently, Ghost Light stopped by Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Studios for a special Echo Sessions performance. Presented by iAmAVL, the band—comprised of Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, Raina Mullen, Dan Africano, and Scotty Zwang—worked through a majority of Best Kept Secrets material, including “Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear”, “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”, “Best Kept Secret”, and “Diamond Eyes”, along with a cover of American Babies‘ “Streets Of Brooklyn”.Watch pro-shot video of Ghost Light’s lengthy Echo Sessions performance below:Ghost Light – Echo Sessions (Pro-Shot)[Video: Iam AVL]Ghost Light’s 2019 spring tour continues on Thursday, May 9th with a performance at Hamden, CT’s Space Ballroom. For a full list of upcoming dates, see below. For more information and ticketing, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Ghost Light | Echo Sessions | Echo Mountain Studios | Asheville, NCSet: Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear > Keep Your Hands To Yourself > Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear, Best Kept Secret > Keep Your Hands To Yourself > Diamond Eyes, Streets Of Brooklyn (American Babies ) > Best Kept SecretGhost Light 2019 Tour Dates:5/9 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom5/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl5/11 – Portland, ME – Portland House of Music5/15 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre5/16 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club5/17 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar5/18 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton5/19 – Corolla, NC – Mike Dianna’s Grill Room5/24 – 5/26 – Long Creek, SC – Long Creek Music Festival5/24 – 5/26 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival5/25 – Martinsville, VA – Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival6/6 – 6/8 – Wellston, MI – Camp Greensky Music Festival6/6 – 6/9 – Stephentown, NY – Disc Jam6/27 – 6/30 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival7/5 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater7/6 – Dillon, CO – Dillon Amphitheater7/18 – 7/21 – North Plains, OR – Northwest String Summit7/20 – Roseberry, ID – Summer Music Festival at Roseberry7/25 – 7/28 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival7/26 – 7/27 – Burlington, VT – Tumble Down Festival8/2 – Johnstown, PA – Flood City Music Festival9/22 – East Aurora, NY – Borderlands Music Festival1/7 – 1/2, 2020 – Miami, FL – Jam CruiseView Tour Dates
Stop yawning, America, and get some sleep. It’s more important than you think.Studies have linked a lack of sleep to everything from higher rates of motor vehicle crashes and heart attack to the nation’s obesity and diabetes epidemics. Insufficient sleep has been linked to memory and learning troubles, behavior problems in schoolchildren, and medical mistakes by doctors and nurses.With the annual loss of an hour’s sleep coming with this weekend’s shift to daylight savings time, The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health invited a panel of experts on Tuesday to discuss the latest findings from sleep science. Numerous studies show that getting a good night’s rest not only feels good, it is a key part of living a healthy life.“A good night’s sleep is as important as exercise and diet,” said panelist Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).Sleep provides an important break so that the brain can rest, restore, and consolidate memories, said panelist Susan Redline, Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of sleep programs at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Sleep’s importance, she said, is illustrated both by the fact that all creatures seem to have a programmed need for sleep and by the fact that being deprived of sleep can be a form of torture.Human adults typically need seven or eight hours of sleep a night, teenagers nine hours, and children 12 hours. Thirty percent of adults and 70 percent of teens aren’t getting the recommended amounts, Redline said. Those regularly getting significantly less than five hours are at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and death. Children who get too little sleep are at risk for behavior problems and academic problems.Redline and Hu were joined on the panel by Charles Czeisler, chief of the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Brigham and Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine and director of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Lucian Leape, chair of the Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation and adjunct professor of health policy at HSPH. The event was moderated by Alana Elias Kornfeld, editor in chief of Healthy Living at the Huffington Post. The event was presented in collaboration with the Huffington Post.Studies have shown a close association between sleep and diet, Hu said. A lack of sleep raises levels of a hormone that increases hunger and a stress hormone that has been linked to weight gain. It has also been shown to lower levels of a hormone that reduces appetite.Results from the long-running Nurses’ Health Study, which followed 180,000 female nurses for decades, shows that nurses who are sleep-deprived have a greater tendency to ingest junk foods and soda. Over 20 years, nurses who regularly worked the night shift were shown to have a much greater risk of developing diabetes. The study, Hu said, presents a wakeup call across the country for people who work night shifts and their employers.Employers can benefit from the solution, Czeisler said. Thirty years ago, Czeisler published a study of potash harvesters who worked three shifts. They’d work seven days on one shift, then switch to an earlier shift: days, nights, evenings. In the study, they changed the schedule so that they rotated clockwise, to a later shift — which aligns better with the body’s circadian rhythms — and had the workers keep the same shift schedule for several weeks at a time, with several days off between shift changes. The result, Czeisler said, was a 20 percent increase in productivity, and inquiries to his office from hundreds of other factories.In this case, Czeisler said, the health of workers improved, but what really drew factories to the table was the increase in productivity.When it comes to sleepy children, school start times may be an unwitting culprit, said Redline and Hu. Teenagers’ body clocks appear to automatically favor staying up later, leaving less time for sleep if they have to rise for a 7:30 a.m. or 8 a.m. school start.“Kids are in first-period class when they should be in REM sleep,” Redline said.There’s growing evidence, Hu said, that a later start time would improve mood and behavior. Czeisler said the benefits might include safety as well, through a reduction in motor vehicle crashes by teens driving to school at an early hour. Twenty percent of high school juniors and seniors are getting less than five hours of sleep a night, Redline said, and those students are twice as likely to be overweight.Resistance to pushing school hours back comes from a dislike of change to teachers’ contracts, bus schedules, and parents’ need to go to work, panelists said.Today’s modern devices — from televisions to computers to cellphones — are also robbing children of sleep, panelists said. Children with televisions in their bedrooms spend on average three hours a day on recreational media, much of that at the expense of sleep.“Get technology out of the bedroom,” Hu said.Resistance to change intended to improve the nation’s health also comes from an unlikely source: the nation’s physicians. Studies have shown that long hours worked by nurses and doctors — particularly the 30-hour marathon shifts of medical residents — hurt patient care.Leape said there has been enormous resistance from the medical establishment to reforming work habits and limiting doctors and nurses to eight- or 12-hour shifts. Some steps have been taken to reduce long hours for nurses, with most hospitals limiting double eight-hour shifts, Leape said, but there’s been very little movement to reform physician hours.Physicians argue that without marathon shifts, residents won’t have time to learn everything they need, that the long hours are required to teach them about continuum of care, that shorter resident hours will mean a manpower shortage, and even simply that today’s physicians trained that way so tomorrow’s should too. Leape discounted all those arguments, pointing to Europe’s 48-hour limit on physicians’ work weeks and saying that some sample programs in the United States have functioned well.Leape said that it is unlikely that change will come from within the medical community and that it’s most likely to come at the impetus of patient advocacy groups in an effort to reduce the harm done by sleepy doctors.“The leadership has to come from the ground up,” Leape said.On Sunday and Monday, after daylight saving time’s one-hour “spring forward,” more than a billion people around the world will adjust to new sleep hours. Studies have shown that there’s a rise in motor vehicle crashes on the Monday after the time change, Czeisler said, and a 5 percent increase in heart attacks during the following week.“That’s how sensitive our biology is to time,” Czeisler said.
The extinction of our swimming, trotting, slithering, and flying companions on Earth is a building global disaster on a par with climate change, but one that has a solution, according to noted biologist Edward O. Wilson.Wilson, Harvard’s Pellegrino University Professor emeritus, says that setting aside half of the Earth’s land and half of its oceans would be enough to save 85 percent of species, which are becoming extinct at a rate between 100 and 1,000 times the rate before humans. A melding of humanities, sciences ‘Search until you find a passion and go all out to excel in its expression’ E.O. Wilson, in his latest book, thinks the combination is overdue National parks at a turning point For E.O. Wilson, wonders never cease Related Kennedy School’s Bilmes shares findings from forward-looking commission Wilson, who spoke at the Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Wednesday, acknowledged that setting aside that much land would be no easy feat. He also said it couldn’t just be any land, but would need to have key features, such as high biodiversity, and land corridors to protect ages-old migration routes and connect preserves, parks, and other places set aside for wildlife.“People want a ‘moon shot,’ and this is a moon shot of conservation that we can achieve,” Wilson said. “We can do it, and we can begin doing it now.”Wilson made his comments during a panel discussion, “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and the Future of Conservation in America,” that also included Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service during the Obama administration. The event was moderated by HKS’s Linda Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and a member of the National Park Service Advisory Board.Though Jarvis agreed such a massive task would be difficult, he also said that the current U.S. administration’s negative stance on the environment has created an opportunity to mobilize public support and make common cause among groups concerned about other policy areas, such as women’s rights, support for science, gun control, and immigration issues.“There’s nothing like a crisis to galvanize public support,” Jarvis said. “We’re in this perfect moment in time, where there is clearly an assault on the environment … and the opportunity is to bridge what had been separation amongst the environmental justice, social justice, classic environmental, public health, municipalities, and the hunting and fishing crowds.”Jarvis said that just 12 percent of U.S. land currently has some sort of conservation status, but he highlighted efforts underway to collaboratively manage lands, as in the Northern Rocky Mountains, to keep it and the creatures there healthy. Another example is the work to conserve a Wyoming wildlife corridor called the Path of the Pronghorn, a 200-mile migration route, parts of which are threatened by development, used by pronghorn antelope during their annual migrations.Further, Jarvis said, conservation land doesn’t necessarily mean land entirely free of human impact. While he and Wilson agreed that some wildlands and ocean preserves should be maintained without human intrusion, many places can support some level of human activity. When considering the conservation status of an area, Jarvis said an effective initial step is to talk with the people using that land, particularly if they depend on it for their livelihoods. An eventual conservation plan should take their concerns into account, he said, and, though a vocal, anti-conservation core may remain opposed, most objections fade over time.Both Jarvis and Wilson traced the fondness for wild places back to humanity’s deep roots and millennia spent living outdoors. That life instilled in people a deep appreciation for nature, which Wilson called “the love of the home that one forms in the natural world.” It has only been in recent generations that people have “come inside,” Jarvis said, and a core part of many people retains that appreciation for nature.“I can take any individual … to the rim of the Grand Canyon or to the High Sierras to see the Milky Way or to stand beneath the giant sequoias and they are moved,” Jarvis said.Aiding efforts, Jarvis said, is that the health benefits of nature are becoming recognized to the extent that doctors are prescribing that people walk outside. In response to a question from the audience about how to boost the acreage of wild places, Wilson said people can help even when selecting plants for landscaping by choosing native species instead of exotic ornamentals, which not only can be harmful when their seeds spread into the environment, but also sometimes offer no sustenance for native insects, on which birds and other animals depend.And, though preservation of large, wild places is important in any conservation scheme, the increasingly urban population’s love of the outdoors can be fed by ensuring neighborhoods have parks and other green spaces. National parks, Jarvis said, should be managed for the whole population, not just for the middle and wealthy classes. That’s why, he said, a proposed hike in park entry fees is a bad idea.When asked how the next generation can help, Jarvis suggested that young people vote for conservation-minded leaders and run for office themselves.Wilson said an enormous amount of work remains to categorize and understand life on Earth, work that will inform which lands and ocean areas are most critical to preserve. Though 2 million species have been identified so far, scientists estimate another 8 million remain to be described, Wilson said, so there is plenty of work for the next generation of biologists.
GAZETTE: Can you outline your new strategic plan, Radcliffe Engaged?Brown-nagin: In anticipation of Radcliffe’s 20th anniversary next year and as the institute’s fourth dean, I thought it was a great moment to assess where we have been, to reflect on what we’ve built over time, and to think about how we could grow to be even better. I came into the strategic plan understanding that the prior deans have built an incredibly strong foundation and that each had moved the institute onto a new plane. Drew Faust played a pivotal role as founding dean. Barbara Grosz expanded the sciences and public programming. Liz Cohen put the institute on the map as a center for arts. Through the strategic planning process, I wanted to learn where there were growing edges at the institute, even as I understood that it’s a fabulous place for all the reasons I’ve articulated. I also thought that the process of engaging in a strategic plan would be a way to build community internally.GAZETTE: Can you talk about particular areas that Radcliffe Engaged will focus on moving forward?Brown-nagin: The plan lists six strategic goals, and I will emphasize just two of them here. The first point I want to make, however, is about Radcliffe’s enduring identity. The institute is a laboratory of ideas that brings together scholars, artists, writers, and professionals from many fields to create a diverse community to pursue projects on the leading edges of disciplines. One of our strategic goals is to ensure that the community of Radcliffe researchers includes scholars who are interested in responding to pressing issues of the day — to concerns about the nature and health of our democracy, the rule of law, inequality, the environment, access to education, among other issues. We want to model how institutions of higher education can grapple with and inform discussions of such pressing issues and contribute to the world outside the campus gates. One way to achieve that goal is to promote engaged scholarship, ideas that seek to be impactful in terms of policy or law, for example. Engaged scholarship is consistent, I think, with some of the goals [Harvard] President [Larry] Bacow has discussed related to making sure Harvard is seen not just as serving the people on campus, but also as offering something to the broader community. I would also emphasize a second strategic goal of expanding our engagement with students. In the coming years we need to ensure that Harvard students appreciate the unique contributions that Radcliffe can make and already is making to their educational experiences.,GAZETTE: Can you describe what that expanded engagement with students will look like?Brown-nagin: First, I should note that there’s continuity as well as change with respect to this goal. Radcliffe currently serves hundreds of students each year through research at the Schlesinger Library and the Radcliffe Research Partners program. Students also help design some of the programming sponsored by Academic Ventures [the part of the institute that hosts conferences, symposia, and public talks]. What we want to do through the strategic plan is amplify and grow our student engagement. The key to that engagement is our interdisciplinary method. We are going to offer Harvard undergraduates and graduate students the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research and convene in much the same way as some our fellows and other scholars do at Radcliffe. We envision students submitting proposals about research projects they want to pursue that feature an interdisciplinary component. For instance, a student might submit an idea for an interdisciplinary project on climate change and seek to bring together a larger group of students to workshop ideas and stage a capstone convening around the resulting ideas. We also are endeavoring to expand our reach beyond the Harvard campus to talented students who are interested in and in need of research-driven solutions to pressing problems but who don’t have access to the kinds of resources and people that we at Harvard are accustomed to every day. We’re planning a summer program that would be geared to a talented pool of high school students who would partner with Harvard students interested in service on issues that lend themselves to interdisciplinary exploration. A capstone project would allow these students to return to their communities with research-based ideas about how to tackle an issue of the day that they’re passionate about.GAZETTE: With Radcliffe Engaged you are targeting scholarly focus areas, and you’ve identified the law, education, and justice. Why start there?Brown-nagin: We are starting with two focus areas, one on youth leadership, the other, as you’ve indicated, on law, education, and justice, a research cluster about the educational, family, and neighborhood impacts of mass incarceration. One reason we selected this focus area is that it builds on past endeavors but also is highly relevant to our times. Prior Radcliffe Fellows and professors have been deeply engaged in this area. I’m thinking, for example, of Devah Pager, our late colleague and a consummate, engaged intellectual who conducted sophisticated research that had an impact on national policy conversations at the intersection of race, employment, and incarceration. Devah’s work serves as a model for the kind of engaged scholarship that we want people to know the Radcliffe Institute supports. We hope to make it clear to interested scholars and students that we’re putting a stake in the ground in the law, education, and justice space. This focus area is meant to be a multiyear and more intensive version of the institute’s thematic years. We hope to engage a cluster of scholars, students, and others on and off campus around this issue, an area where there is a growing, bipartisan consensus around the need for reform.GAZETTE: Are there other areas of focus you are hoping to explore in the future?Brown-nagin: We also are interested in potentially focusing on mental health and higher education with the goals of promoting balance between achievement and self-care and destigmatizing mental health care. I’ve spoken with students and with supporters of the Radcliffe Institute, including members of our advisory councils, who are deeply interested in the topic. And of course, there are many researchers on Harvard’s campus working in this area. I could see Radcliffe as a destination for convening scholars from different disciplinary perspectives (from the Medical and Public Health Schools, the Ed School, sociology, and others) around a conversation about mental health and higher education. It’s an area that is ripe for the kind of engaged, interdisciplinary exploration for which Radcliffe seeks to be better known.An exhibit at the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery is one of many areas that connects Radcliffe with the community. This exhibit featured artwork by Willie Cole. Photo by Mariá SanchezGAZETTE: I’d love to hear a little more about your background and how it informs your work today. It seems like you took an interdisciplinary approach to your own academic career.Brown-nagin: When I was growing up, I was interested from an early age in being a lawyer, in particular a civil rights lawyer. I was born and raised in the Deep South in the years following the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act and the relevance of the law was clear to me even when I was in grade school. I thought it was a great way to be of service, the usual reason that many people go to law school. And yet I attended a liberal arts college as an undergraduate, and it exposed me to the life of the mind in a way that was just impossible to resist. Heading into my senior year, when I was supposed to be filing my law school applications, I thought maybe I should go to graduate school in history. I had majored in history and developed a close relationship with a mentor [Marian Strobel] who had received her Ph.D. in history from Duke. So long story short, I ended up applying to both law schools and to Ph.D. programs in history. I figured the schools would make the decision about my life’s direction for me. I thought, “Surely, I won’t get into both [types of schools].” But then I did! And the choice about which path to pursue was thrown right back to me. I deferred my law school admission and went to Duke to start a Ph.D. program and was able to complete a master’s degree after a year. Then I attended Yale Law School, and there I realized that law school was compatible with the kind of intellectual work that I was doing at Duke. And ultimately, I figured out that I didn’t actually have to make a choice, that I could pursue my long-standing commitment to law and equality, and also pursue this relatively late-breaking interest in archival research, in digging into the past in order to try to make sense of the present. And now I feel so very fortunate that I pursued both interests! It wasn’t easy to do. Many people discouraged me. I was told by so many people: “You can’t do both; you have to choose this modality of scholarship or that one.” I rejected that false choice. I designed and pursued a Ph.D./J.D. between two different institutions at a time when that was not at all common. But that experience, and the joy that I’ve had pursuing both law and history, explains why I’m here. GAZETTE: How do you see that experience helping you in this new role that is all about bringing together different disciplines?Brown-nagin: I embody the interdisciplinary scholar. Certainly, my own experience is embedded and reflected in my interest as the dean of Radcliffe in promoting that interdisciplinary method and engaged scholarship. My own experience also is reflected in the student engagement component of our strategic priorities. I’m certain that students have much to learn from looking at the world through an interdisciplinary lens. I understand why we ask students to choose majors, but I think that learning from multiple disciplinary perspectives and multiple methodologies is invaluable. It’s foundational to critical thinking. Our world is so complicated. One can’t just look at the world through the lens of history, or engineering; one needs to have to have a broader base of knowledge. And so I feel passionate about giving students that opportunity, through Radcliffe, to pursue an interdisciplinary mode of study.GAZETTE: Will you continue to teach as dean?Brown-nagin: I am going to teach my freshman seminar in the spring, and I will teach it in the newly renovated Schlesinger Library in a seminar room that has fantastic multimedia capabilities. It’s beautiful. My freshman seminar is about the Supreme Court and social reform, and it really lends itself to using materials from the library, so I think it’ll be great to teach there. As dean, I am not required to teach, but I am taking on that load in part because my interactions with students are energizing. They remind me what this is all about. I also see my teaching as a part of Radcliffe Engaged. The seminar’s subject matter is at that intersection of historical and legal scholarship that touches on, or at least gestures toward, the present.GAZETTE: What do you see as the biggest challenge ahead?Brown-nagin: It’s a very challenging time for the world and for higher education. Higher education is often under rhetorical attack. There is understandable concern about the cost of higher education, and there’s a lot of scrutiny of whether higher education adds value to the broader world. Also, a lot of the division outside the gates is reflected internally. We’re living in an unstable period of history, and it is a very challenging environment in which to be a leader in higher education. And yet, this age also presents exciting opportunities. We, as leaders, have a responsibility to think through and show that we are relevant, to make sure that we are opening ourselves up to people outside the campus gates, and at Radcliffe to make sure we are doing interdisciplinary research that addresses pressing issues of the day. We have to engage. Tomiko Brown-Nagin’s intellectual interests and pursuits are varied, connected, and run deep. So leading an institution devoted to interdisciplinary work and research seems the perfect fit for the dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Brown-Nagin said her years growing up in South Carolina after the passage of the Civil Rights Act inspired her interest in law, and her exposure to “the life of the mind” in college drove her love of history. The joy in exploring both, she said, “explains why I am here.” A historian, lawyer, and authority on constitutional law, she is the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School and a history professor in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Brown-Nagin, who was a Radcliffe fellow in 2016‒2017, recently spoke with the Gazette about her vision for the institute and the concept of Radcliffe Engaged, her new strategic initiative to connect with Harvard and the community beyond Harvard’s gates.Q&ATomiko Brown-NaginGAZETTE: You’ve been on a listening tour during your first year as Radcliffe dean. What have you learned?Brown-nagin: I would say a couple of things came across most prominently. One is the depth of the passion for the idea of interdisciplinary research. It’s not always intuitive why that’s valuable, particularly for those who are not on campus. And yet, the goal of bringing together scholars from across the arts, the humanities, the social sciences, the sciences to create an interdisciplinary community is a mission that many people understood to be a unique contribution in the Harvard landscape. I heard repeatedly how critical Radcliffe’s mission is, and that it’s indispensable at Harvard. Another point that came across clearly from my interactions, with some of our past fellows in particular, is the transformative impact that Radcliffe has on academic careers. In part that’s because of the protected time we offer scholars to conduct research. The impact also is due to the level of exposure Harvard offers that virtually no other university can; fellows are able to make connections with important scholars here on campus and build community within their fellowship class. I enjoyed that unparalleled experience during my own fellowship in 2016-17. I found it was just a marvelous time to get away from my normal duties at the law school and FAS (which I enjoy) and have the opportunity to slow down and meet even scholars here on Harvard’s campus whom I knew about but hadn’t really had the time to interact with. “In anticipation of Radcliffe’s 20th anniversary next year and as the institute’s fourth dean, I thought it was a great moment to assess where we have been, to reflect on what we’ve built over time, and to think about how we could grow to be even better.”
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 6, 2019 The Play That Goes Wrong must be doing something right, as it now has its eyes on the Big Apple! The showbiz comedy written by and starring Jonathan Sayer, which is currently playing in the West End, aims to play New York in July 2015, according to producer Kenny Wax. The show recently announced its recoupment after just 12 weeks of West End performances.The plan, says Sayer, is to have the complete cast of the UK production reprise their performances on the other side of the pond. In addition to Sayer, the cast consists of Rob Falconer, Dave Hearn, Henry Lewis, Charlie Russell, Henry Shields, Greg Tannahill and Nancy Wallinger.Directed by Mark Bell, The Play That Goes Wrong introduces The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, a group attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery. As the title suggests, what can go wrong does go wrong as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.The comedy originally opened in 2013 as a one-act show at the Old Red Lion in London before transferring to the Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2). The show began performances at the West End’s Duchess Theatre on September 5. Related Shows View Comments The Play That Goes Wrong (Through January 6, 2019)
Artistic Digital Sound & Photography (http://adsp.com(link is external)) announces the availablity in Vermont of affordable digital video productions released on DVD. Everything and anything from marketing messages to personal milestones can now be captured and preserved and shared for decades to come.Owner and sole-proprietor, Andre de Saint Phalle has previously produced marketing videos for the Stowe Mountain Resort as well as the Stratton Mountain Resort. For Stowe, he shot and edited an 11 minute video presenting the resort’s signature Triple A’s program, which seeks to make guests and employees cognizant of the importance of their Attitude, Awareness and Accountability. “It was a fun project to do, despite the serious nature of the content. We managed to throw in a fair amount of hi-speed thrills and spills to keep the audience from falling asleep!”Saint Phalle has also worked in TV news, independent video production as well as Hollywood feature films prior to launching Artistic Digital Sound & Photography, based in Johnson, VT.”I enjoy working with artists and professionals to help them promote their life’s work, more than anything.” Current projects in development include a DVD aimed at introducing yoga to teens, another DVD which presents a special pschotherapeutic approach to helping couples manage separations, and a craft how-to DVD on the lost art of “tatting”, a Victorian form of lace-making.”Weddings and events are also part of what I do”, adds Saint Phalle. “In Vermont you have to do alot of different things to enjoy the privilege of being 10 minutes away from places like Green River State Park!”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Among the changes in the newly redrawn Nassau County legislative district maps is that the Five Towns area was split up between four districts.Nassau County legislators approved new district lines despite rowdy critics packing the chamber who accused the Republican majority that drew the map of gerrymandering to protect their power for the next decade.Lawmakers voted 10-9 along party lines Tuesday in favor of the GOP’s redistricting plan that forces four legislators—two Democrats and two Republicans—into two districts, potentially forcing them to primary each other. Audience members chanted “shame, shame” in unison immediately after the vote.“This is the best map that we can provide for the citizens of Nassau County,” said Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow), who had adjourned a marathon meeting that ran past midnight last week in order to tweak the lines. “I think we did as best we could under the circumstances.”Redistricting is required under federal law after the census every 10 years to adjust legislative districts at all levels of government to make up for population shifts. But critics of the process allege that the lines were redrawn to give Republicans a chance to pick up another three seats, which would give them a supermajority.Legis. Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn) and Legis. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) will be forced to primary one another after their homes were redrawn into one district. The same goes for Legis. Michael Venditto (R-North Massapequa) and Legis. Joseph Belesi (R-Farmingdale), who’s reportedly planning to retire.“This fight is not over,” said Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) after questioning the number of public hearings that were held and urging the public to lobby County Executive Ed Mangano to veto the legislation.Fred Brewington, a Hempstead-based civil rights attorney, testified before the legislature last week that he intends to challenge the map in court based on alleged Voting Rights Act violations.Republican legislators bristled at repeated accusations that they are racist based on allegations that the map they drew is intended to disenfranchise minority voters who typically vote for Democrats.“Nobody is here to cause consternation and unhappiness,” said Frank Moroney, chairman of Nassau’s Temporary Districting Advisory Commission, who defended the map as meeting the constitutional guarantee of “one person, one vote.”Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick), whose house had been redrawn into a neighboring district to force him to run against Legis. Joseph Scannell (D-Baldwin), was relieved when the map was redrawn to not pit the two Democrats against one another, but remained critical of the revision.“It’s all just a desperate attempt to carve 12 Republican districts out of 19 in a county that is a third Republican at this point,” Denenberg said, referring to a nearly 36,000-enrollment advantage Democrats have over Republicans—368,049 Dems vs. 332,197 GOP out of 960,331 registered voters in Nassau, according to the New York State Board of Elections.
May 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – With summer temperatures settling in across the United States, health authorities are conceding that the novel H1N1 flu virus may continue circulating through the summer, rather than quieting down as seasonal flu strains do.That could pose major challenges for surveillance of the new flu’s spread, because some important disease indicators, such as school absenteeism, cannot be used during the summer. It will also tug research on the strain toward an aspect of flu that is not well understood despite years of inquiry: why influenza is a seasonal infection.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) signaled yesterday that it does not expect the novel virus to mimic seasonal flu’s usual summer hiatus.”There are some aspects of what we’re seeing that are very different from seasonal patterns,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s interim deputy director for science and public health programs, said at the agency’s Thursday press briefing. “This virus is circulating much later than the annual flu viruses. We’re really not seeing much of any other seasonal flu viruses anymore. But we are continuing to see this strain circulate, even though of course we’re almost at June.”Echo of pandemics past?If the new flu does continue transmitting through the northern hemisphere summer at a high enough level to be noticed by physicians and hospitals, that would make its behavior less like common seasonal flu and more like the novel strains that have caused pandemics in the past, or been feared as a possible pandemic spark. The 1957 pandemic was seeded across the United States in June and July by children attending summer camps and the National Boy Scout Jamboree. The first recognized human cases of avian influenza H5N1, long thought to be a possible cause of the next pandemic, occurred in Hong Kong in August 1997.In a paper published ahead of print May 27 in the New England Journal of Medicine, Marc Lipsitch, D Phil, of the Harvard School of Public Health and co-authors say that authorities should prepare for uninterrupted spread: “The Southern Hemisphere at least, and possibly the entire world, is likely to see a substantial epidemic of this virus in the next few months, with attack rates exceeding those in a typical influenza season.”They warned that continued transmission will pose a number of challenges. First, schools are about to close for the summer—so authorities will not be able to use school absenteeism, a frequently used indicator of disease spread, to measure the new flu’s incidence. Add in that many health departments and hospitals have stopped testing presumed cases of novel H1N1, and that symptoms of the new flu resemble the symptoms of other flu strains and respiratory infections, and authorities could well face the autumn not knowing how many cases occurred over the summer.That would mean that they might not be able to estimate H1N1’s attack rate, or the percentage of cases that proceed to severe disease, two calculations that are key to future preparations but that require some estimate of incidence in order to be reliable.The mystery of seasonalityBehind the uncertainty lies a knowledge gap. Despite decades of research, scientists are still not certain why seasonal flu is seasonal. That is, they do not know for sure why flu causes epidemics in the temperate zones’ winters and not year-round—or why, in the tropics, flu is not seasonal and does cause disease year-round, but rarely causes epidemics.Influenza’s seasonality has been attributed to winter behaviors such as crowding into shared indoor air space; to winter climate changes, such as less sunlight to stimulate Vitamin D production, which boosts immunity; and to winter physiology, from cracked lips and noses that allow viruses into mucous membranes, to slow-moving bronchial cilia that fail to expel them from the lungs.In a paper published in March, atmospheric scientist Jeffrey Shaman, PhD, of Oregon State University proposed that an important influence is absolute humidity, or the measure of how much water is present in the air regardless of the ambient temperature. “The environment strongly modulates how long the flu virus can remain viable in (an exhaled) water droplet once it is expelled from the body, and it is absolute humidity that is doing it,” Shaman said in an interview. The lower the absolute humidity, the more likely flu viruses are to survive and spread—and in temperate regions, absolute humidity is lowest in winter.Earlier studies, including experimental work on guinea pigs published in 2007, found more flu transmission in situations of low relative humidity, a separate measure of water content of air at particular temperatures. That is true in laboratory studies as well, said Walter Dowdle, PhD, the former director of the World Health Organization’s Influenza Collaborating Center at the CDC.”It always struck me that the virus is highly sensitive to high relative humidity,” he said in an interview. “At 30% relative humidity and lower temperatures it will survive 3 and 4 days as an aerosol. But increase it to 75 degrees and 60% relative humidity and survivability drops down to about 8 hours.”But Dowdle cautioned that other factors—also not fully understood despite years of research—will affect how the novel H1N1 behaves during the summer as well as whether it burgeons, or merely perks along, when flu season begins again.”The whole outcome of epidemics, their morbidity and mortality, are all multi-factorial,” he said. “It involves the geography of spread, the health of the population. If the virus has an easier time transmitting because fewer people have resistance to it, then you can have circulation when you wouldn’t have circulation of a so-called normal flu. It is just a matter of the ability of the virus to spread under whatever conditions the virus finds itself in.”See also: Langmuir AD, Pizzi M, Trotter WY, et al. Asian influenza surveillance. Pub Health Rep 1958 February;73(2):114–20 [Full text]Lipsitch M, Riley S, Cauchemez S, et al. Managing and reducing uncertainty in an emerging influenza pandemic. N Engl J Med 2009 May 27 (early online publication) [Full text]Shaman J, Kohn M. Absolute humidity modulates influenza survival, transmission, and seasonality. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2009 Mar 3;106(9):3243-8 [Abstract]
The destinations with the highest number of arrivals so far in July are Rovinj, Medulin, Crikvenica, Poreč, Umag and Split. According to system data eVisitor, which contains tourist traffic realized in the commercial and non-commercial segment and nautical charter, in Croatia to date has achieved more than two million tourist arrivals in July, which is 54% of arrivals in the same period last year. At the same time, it was achieved 14,7 million tourist nights which is approximately 59% of last year’s result. Of the total number of arrivals, foreign tourists made 1,8 million arrivals (51 percent of last year ‘s result) i 12,5 million overnight stays (56 percent of last year’s result), while the turnover of domestic tourists is at the level of 90 percent of last year’s traffic measured by arrivals and 78 percent of the level in overnight stays. Rovinj, Medulin and Crikvenica with the most arrivals In the current part of July, ie in the period from 1 to 26 July in terms of absolute number of arrivals, the leading market is Germany, which achieved 92 percent of last year’s result, followed by Slovenia with 91 percent of last year’s result and Poland and the Czech Republic with about 82 percent last year’s result measured by arrivals in the same period.
Its board said that it had asked for quotes from three insurers, including Aegon, which has already insured 86% of the scheme’s liabilities.The pension fund said it preferred a buyout with a focus on consumer price index (CPI) inflation, as it used this measure to grant uplifts to its deferred participants and 3,000 pensioners.Benefits for VNU’s 227 active participants, however, are linked to wage inflation.If the Pensioenfonds VNU could not afford the insurance buyout, it would continue as an independent scheme for the time being, it said.Nielsen, the sponsoring employer, is assessing the possibility of shifting future pensions accrual elsewhere, probably under a defined contribution plan, in line with the parent company’s worldwide pensions arrangements.In its annual report for 2017, the scheme indicated that continuing as a closed pension fund would be another option.The VNU scheme has 5,300 participants in total.Private credit specialist targets Benelux expansionUK asset manager Pemberton has opened an office in Amsterdam, citing “increased investment opportunities in the Benelux”.The company, which specialises in private credit, said it wanted to enforce its relationship with local clients as well as private equity and other financial firms.At the same time, Pemberton has appointed Boris Harmsen as managing director and head of Benelux.Harmsen joins from IKB Deutsche Industriebank, where he was head of leverage finance and sponsor coverage for Benelux.Prior to this, Harmsen had positions at Dutch asset manager Egeria, Deutsche Bank and ABN Amro Bank.London-based Pemberton has also offices in Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan, Luxembourg and Paris, and is 40% owned by Legal & General. The €450m pension fund of Dutch publisher VNU is considering an insurance buyout in order to safeguard its inflation-linked benefits.In a newsletter, it said the transfer to an insurer would only go ahead if the scheme itself could fund a significant part of future inflation compensation.Although most of its liabilities have already been insured with Aegon, the pension fund still pays indexation from its own assets. This includes the risk that the scheme is unable to achieve its indexation target.During the past few months Pensioenfonds VNU has reduced its risk exposure by lowering its equity allocation from 50% to 20%.