Ebola epidemic is stoppable

first_imgThe Ebola epidemic is stoppable — if health professionals use procedures that are known to be effective in quelling such outbreaks, and by widening the international response to Ebola in West Africa, according to Atul Gawande.Writing in The New Yorker on October 3, 2014 — two days after the first Ebola patient in the U.S. was diagnosed in a Dallas hospital — Gawande, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health, called it “disturbing” that the patient had been sent home from that same hospital a week earlier. Although the fact that the patient had traveled from Liberia had been flagged in a screening checklist, that information had not been fully communicated throughout the care team.“The hospital’s initial mistake is hardly unusual in our health system,” Gawande wrote. “Failures to communicate critical information … remain among the most common causes of major medical error everywhere.” Gawande said flagging patients’ medical charts with crucial information isn’t enough; such information has to be confirmed verbally as well.Beyond using screening checklists effectively, isolating Ebola patients, and finding and monitoring those they’ve come into contact with, stopping this Ebola epidemic “is going to require dealing with the reservoir of disease multiplying in West Africa,” Gawande wrote. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Legendary Songwriter Gerry Goffin, Whose Work is Featured in Beautiful, Dies at 75

first_imgLegendary songwriter Gerry Goffin died of natural causes on June 19 at his home at Los Angeles. He was 75. His music, much of which he wrote with his wife of nine years and songwriting partner Carole King, can be heard on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The announcement was made by his wife Michele Goffin. In addition to Beautiful, Goffin’s work has been featured on Broadway in Uptown…It’s Hot!, Andre DeShields’ Haarlem Nocturne and Rock ‘N Roll! The First 5,000 Years. Goffin is currently portrayed in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical by Jake Epstein. The two are pictured below at the musical’s opening night in January. View Comments Related Shows King said in a statement: “Gerry Goffin was my first love. He had a profound impact on my life and the rest of the world. Gerry was a good man and a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come. His legacy to me is our two daughters, four grandchildren, and our songs that have touched millions and millions of people, as well as a lifelong friendship. He will be missed by his wonderful wife Michele, his devoted manager, Christine Russell, his five children, and six grandchildren.” King went on to say: “His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn’t know how to say. If you want to join his loved ones in honoring him, look at the names of the songwriters under the titles of songs. Among the titles associated with me, you’ll often find Gerry’s name next to mine.” Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Born on February 11, 1939 in Brooklyn, Goffin collaborated with King on such hits as “It Might as Well Rain Until September,” “Some King of Wonderful,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” The two wed in 1959, and though they divorced in 1968, the two remained writing partners for some years after. In addition to King, he collaborated with other writers, including Barry Mann and Michael Masser. His many accolades include seven Billboard chart-toppers, over 50 Top 40 hits and an Oscar nomination for his work on “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” with Masser. Goffin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside King in 1990. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Take a Tour Round SJP & Matthew Broderick’s House & More

first_img View Comments More Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in the U.K. Staying with London theater for a minute, Hadyn Gwynne, Jerome Pradon and Anna Skellern will join the previously announced Tamsin Greig in the U.K. premiere of David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane’s new musical adaptation of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the limited engagement will begin previews on December 20 at the Playhouse Theatre. Opening night is set for January 12, 2015. Has Benedict Cumberbatch Found His Ophelia? Benedict Cumberbatch has his eye on a Broadway alum. The Sherlock star, who will headline the sold-out production of Hamlet at London’s Barbican next year, thinks that Jessica Chastain (The Heiress) could be his Ophelia. “She can come and join our party if she wants,” Cumberbatch told Yahoo! Movies, after Chastain expressed interest in playing the heroine. “She hasn’t aged out of our production. I’m an older Hamlet, and we can all be contemporaries in the young world of that play.” Just in case Chastain doesn’t want to join your party, Benedict, we at Broadway.com will always be here to get it started. Matt Doyle and More Team Up for The Lost Boy Broadway’s Matt Doyle, Jennifer Cody, Sheffield Chastain, Chad Kimball, Mary Beth Peil, Elizabeth Morton and Oscar winner James Lecesne will appear in an industry reading of Ron Pallilo’s The Lost Boy. Helmed by Tony Speciale, the play will be performed at the Manhattan Theatre Club Studios on September 15 and 16. We’re keeping an eye on this one… The Obies Switch It Up Changes are afoot with The Obie Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway. The American Theatre Wing has entered into a partnership with the Village Voice to co-present the honor. Next year will mark the Award’s 60th anniversary and we look forward to seeing what they’ve got in store for the event in May 2015.center_img Zachary Quinto & Brian Cox Set for NBC’s The Slap NBC’s The Slap is tapping Broadway vets left, right and center! Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox will join the previously reported Mary-Louise Parker and Peter Sarsgaard in the mini-series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Slap follows a family in crisis after Quinto’s character slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. Take a Tour Round SJP & Matthew Broderick’s House Yes we know it’s nosy, but we couldn’t resist taking a sneak peek. Stage and screen stars Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker have listed their New York townhouse for sale and it’s as fashionably exquisite as you might expect. The Daily Mail reports that the historic five-story, 6800-square-foot home comes complete with cavernous closets (naturally), a terraced garden and working fireplaces. Pricetag? $22 million… Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.last_img read more

Food Hub in Hardwick secures $350,000 for new Food Venture Center

first_imgDuring a Friday morning visit to Vermont Soy, a business that graduated from the Vermont Food Venture Center, Sen. Patrick Leahy announced he had secured a $350,000 federal grant to help construct, equip and operate a new Vermont Food Venture Center in Hardwick’s industrial park.  Leahy said the new kitchen incubator was needed to expand the food-based and agricultural-based economy of rural Vermont.The Vermont Food Venture Center, founded in Fairfax, Vt. in 1996 by the Economic Development Council of Northern Vermont (EDCNV), is a kitchen incubator that offers affordable rental food production and packaging space to entrepreneurs interested in starting their own food-based business.  The center also offers technical assistance to clients in the areas of food production, development, packaging and marketing.  According to EDCNV Executive Director Connie Stanley Little, since 1996, 83 businesses, many of them micro businesses operated by Vermonters, have emerged from the center. Stanley Little said that the new Vermont Food Venture Center, dubbed Vermont Food Venture Center2, will offer entrepreneurs nearly 14,000 square feet of multipurpose kitchen space.  She explained that the move to Hardwick was made possible thanks to two Hardwick-area businesses which have already reserved space in the new facility.  Vermont Soy plans to make and package soy-based tofu in the facility and Jasper Hill Farms intends to expand cheese making operations in the center.  The new center will be equipped not only with specialty food production capabilities, but also feature a dairy production cell and a meat processing cell, Stanley Little said.“This project will put people to work for decades to come developing new small businesses, enhancing Hardwick’s agriculture-based and food-based economy and giving entrepreneurial Vermonters new opportunities.” said Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee.  “Hardwick has become a national model for the future of agriculture.  It has become a test bed where new agricultural technologies come to grow, where young and vibrant farmers are starting new farms instead of closing old ones and where food is more than a meal – but a way of life, a career and a science.”“The creation of new food-based businesses through the Vermont Food Venture Center will help build strong local agricultural economies throughout the state,”   said Andrew Meyer, co-owner of Vermont Soy.  “Vermont Soy is an example of how the Food Venture Center has helped provide eager entrepreneurs the tools and support to develop a successful food business.”“The Vermont Food Venture Center represents the spirit of Vermont, and it is appropriate that it is moving to Hardwick,” said Todd Hardie, owner of Honey Gardens Apiaries – a one-time client of the Vermont Food Venture Center.  “By collaboration and working together, the Venture Center brings people and natural raw materials together to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts.”During the visit to Vermont Soy, Leahy also announced that the Economic Development Council of Northern Vermont in conjunction with Northern Enterprises has submitted a $1.5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant application to the Economic Development Administration to complete the $3 million project.  Leahy said he had brought this application to the attention of EDA leadership, and a decision is expected by the end of September. In July, the Vermont Community Development Program awarded a $650,000 Vermont Community Development Program grant for the Vermont Food Venture Center.  Leahy said this grant, federal funds administered by the State of Vermont, would not have been possible without the support of Commerce Secretary Kevin Dorn and Northeastern Vermont Development Association Executive Director Steve Patterson.  Combined with a previous $100,000 Leahy-secured grant and a $500,000 United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant, Stanley Little said the funding for the project is almost complete.  She said the EDCNV will seek bids for the project in the coming months, with hopes of starting construction in either late fall or early spring.The EDCNV, headquartered in St. Albans, Vt., is Vermont’s only EDA-designated district.  EDCNV is an active participant in a wide array of economic initiatives throughout Northern Vermont, including telecommunications, international trade, finance, manufacturing, commerce, tourism and agriculture. Source: Leahy’s office. HARDWICK, Vt. (Friday, Aug. 28, 2009) –# # # # #last_img read more

The Long Road: James Justin and Company

first_imgThe opening of “Forever and a Day,” the first track on James Justin and Company’s latest album Places, starts off with a somber tone through the harmonized opening, “We hit the road; it began some time in May.” It’s a simple line but it sets a scene—independent touring musicians packing the van for yet another long stretch on the road, leaving loved ones behind. The song soon turns into a sunny bluegrass romp and bandleader and main songwriter James Justin Burke starts recounting the euphoric town-by-town affair that comes with engaging audiences in each new location.It’s a musician’s catch-22, leaving home to chase the dream, and the theme sets up the rest of the album, which unravels like a road diary. Burke sings of navigating scary switchbacks on “Wolf Creek Pass,” mixing it up with fellow Americana artists in “Metal City,” and observing beauty in the mundane “Midwestern Sounds.”Places is the third proper album for the acoustic trio that continues to find its footing after some geographical transition. Burke and his bandmates (Bailey Horsley on banjo and Tom Propst on upright bass) became established local favorites in the eccentric party town of Folly Beach, S.C., near Charleston. It’s where they recorded the bold 2010 debut Southern Son, So Far, a diverse batch of rootsy tunes with indie rock leanings and an affinity for the high lonesome sound. The effort featured assistance from notable friends: jam rockers Dangermuffin and Band of Horses front man Ben Bridwell, who jumped aboard after a night of tequila-fueled bonding.But soon after Burke’s native Virginia came calling, so he gave up his “dream life” at the beach and moved the band to Richmond. He started juggling shows with work on a family farm just north of the Capital City. As the rocky transition coincided with the death of his grandfather it lead to the stormy alt-country set Dark Country.“We change phases with every album,” Burke explained. “I have to write about what I’m experiencing at the time, so we’ll never make the same album twice.”That’s apparent on Places, which is the effort closest to the trio’s limited live-show arrangement. What it lacks in extra instrumentation it recovers in the rich melodies and engaging storytelling, delivered through Burke’s casual, rustic tenor. “We only have three people in the band, so we can’t get away with 20-minute jams,” Burke added. “But with Places we’ve realized we have a special thing happening. Writing a good song is the root of everything that we do, and in this case less is more.”Despite the struggle to leave Folly and an embedded place in the nearby Charleston music scene, Burke said the band has found a dedicated fan base in Richmond. As festival favorites, the band has been steadily gaining momentum on national stages and with a varying sound, they’ve been able to share bills with a wide range of acts, including bluegrass legend Sam Bush, the Infamous Stringdusters, and the Black Lillies. Early this month the group is opening for piano innovator Bruce Hornsby and his band the Noisemakers on August 2 in Wilmington, N.C.Back on the home front, Burke is now winding down his duties on the farm. He’s moving his family just a smidge east on the map to a house on the Chesapeake Bay. It will be a good place to recapture his relaxed life on the water—when he’s not on the road.“I wouldn’t say it deterred us from any success, but I would often find myself worrying about the farm when we were on the road,” Burke said. “Now we have a lot more focus.”Pick & FishIf casting for bass and picking bluegrass tunes sounds like your idea of a perfect weekend, head down to the Green Bell Bed and Barn in Perry, Ga., near Macon, October 24 to 27. Bass and Grass 6 will feature long days of fishing on the private 100-acre Goose Lake, along with informal concerts and workshops with some of the region’s best string musicians, including Larry Keel, Jeff Mosier, Ralph Roddenberry, Donna Hopkins, and more. It’s a chance for aspiring musicians to learn tricks of the trade from seasoned pros, while soaking in 60 acres of beautiful Georgia countryside during the crisp peak of fall.bassandgrass.comlast_img read more

Colombian Army Arrests Alleged Ideologue of FARC Guerrilla Group

first_imgBy Dialogo April 18, 2011 Colombian authorities have arrested Leonardo Chaux Hernández, alias Simón Bernate, whom they accuse of being an ideological proponent of the FARC guerrilla group, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and military commanders announced on 14 April. “Simón Bernate was apprehended by Army personnel on Tuesday [12 April], in a rural area of the municipality of Natagaima (in the province of Tolima, in the southern part of the country), where he appears to have been engaged in indoctrinating members of the subversive organization,” the Public Prosecutor’s Office indicated in a statement. According to the agency, 51-year-old Chaux was a member of the Adán Izquierdo Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which operates in western Colombia, and is accused of the offenses of rebellion, extortion, kidnapping, and forced displacement. At the time of his arrest, a portable computer and several disks were seized from him. “The detainee, who accepted his responsibility for the charges levied by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, was remanded to a jail in Ibagué, the provincial capital,” the Public Prosecutor’s Office concluded. “He is an influential guerrilla, notably important with regard to the management of the political and ideological part of the guerrilla group. His arrest is a visible loss for the FARC,” Col. Julio Prieto, commander of the local brigade, assured reporters. “His job consisted in trying to deceitfully link indigenous communities and peasant organizations to the guerilla group’s political work. He was an expert in turning people against the government when armed actions were being carried out in specific areas,” the officer added. According to Ariel Avila, a researcher for the private Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris who is a specialist in the guerilla group, Simón Bernate was known as “a good recruiter.” “He did a task for the guerrilla group in urban areas,” Avila specified to AFP, but “he’s not important in the FARC command structure.” The FARC has been engaged in armed struggle against the Colombian state for forty-six years and has around eight thousand fighters, according to official estimates.last_img read more

Congress can solve the cannabis banking conundrum now

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With the number of states legalizing cannabis in some form continuing to grow, it’s understandable that Americans with differing views would want to debate whether it’s time to reform the nation’s marijuana laws. As representatives of the credit union and banking industries, we aren’t focused on the legalization debate. Instead, we are trying to solve a pressing practical concern caused by the ongoing conflict between state and federal cannabis laws — what to do with the money.Right now, in the 33 states, territories and the District of Columbia where cannabis has been legalized, credit unions and banks are prevented from providing financial services to cannabis-related businesses because cannabis is illegal under federal law and, as a result, handling proceeds from a transaction involving it is considered money laundering. Not only does this leave cannabis businesses operating almost entirely in cash, but it has the added effect of criminalizing the vendors, suppliers and utility companies that serve those businesses.For the cannabis business owner, this results in a lot of cash being stored in backroom safes, transported in backpacks and used for payroll every Friday. The presence of so much cash paints a large target on their storefronts and employees for would-be thieves. In fact, a 2015 study conducted by Wharton found one in every two cannabis dispensaries were robbed or burglarized — with the average thief walking away with anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000. continue reading »last_img read more

Offices: Challenging traditions

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Norway says its salmon not source of Beijing virus outbreak

first_imgNorway said Wednesday that its salmon was not the source of the recently discovered outbreak of the new coronavirus in Beijing, after many Chinese restaurants and retailers stopped selling imports of the fish. Norwegian salmon came under scrutiny in China after a recently discovered cluster of new coronavirus cases was reportedly traced to the Xinfadi meat market in Beijing and a chopping board used for cutting up imported salmon.”The issue is being resolved. We’re working out the details today,” said fisheries minister Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, quoted by TDN Finans. Contacted by AFP, the Chinese embassy in Oslo did not provide any immediate comment. According to experts, salmon were most likely not the vector of the disease. “I think it’s unlikely,” Bjorn Olav Kvamme, head of the disease and infection section at Norway’s Institute of Marine Research, told AFP. “I would think that the infection is not coming from salmon but rather from contamination of the product or tools by people,” he added, but pointed to the absence of studies on the possible propagation of the virus by fish. In China, the chief epidemiologist of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Wu Zunyou, said the discovery of the virus on a cutting board “is not enough to certify that it comes from imported seafood”. “It could have come from an infected person,” he said on Chinese television. China, considered a very promising market by the industry, last year imported around 23,500 tonnes of Norwegian salmon.Shares in salmon producers, who have previously suffered from the diplomatic spat between Beijing and Oslo over the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010, were boosted by the latest news. Shares in Mowi, the world’s leading salmon producer, were up by 3.7 percent around midday on the Oslo stock exchange.Producer Salmar was up 2.9 percent and Bakkafrost 2.3 percent.Topics : Ingebrigtsen said Chinese and Norwegian officials had met on Tuesday and concluded that Norwegian salmon was unlikely to be the source of the virus detected last week at the Beijing market.At least 137 people have been infected since last week in China’s capital, a resurgence of infections that has led to the lockdown of several neighbourhoods and the cancellation of more than a thousand flights.Major supermarket chains including Wumart and Carrefour removed all stocks of salmon in the capital, but said supplies of other products would not be affected, Beijing Daily reported Saturday.Some Beijing restaurants were not serving any salmon last weekend, according to AFP reporters.last_img read more

Business plan to be backed by investment

first_imgINTRO: Italian State Railways is implementing a four-year business plan aimed at driving the business into the black. With many projects already under way, the 70000bn lire plan means that 150000bn lire will have been invested in 1994-2006THIS MONTH sees Italian State Railways take one more step towards a commercial future. Chief Executive Giancarlo Cimoli confirmed in November that FS would introduce market pricing on main line trains from January. Subject to approval by an interministerial committee, travel on high speed and inter-city services and other principal trains is to be priced according to speed, frequency and quality of service, and in many cases supplements will be incorporated into the new fares structure. Fares for travel on regional and commuter services will for now still be calculated on a distance basis.Market pricing is just one of many changes that Cimoli’s management team plans to implement as it strives to nudge FS into the black. Another factor driving Cimoli’s strategy is the need to raise productivity to ensure that FS can compete with other operators under European open access legislation.The 1997-2000 business plan for FS approved by the government last year aims to lift revenue by 1900bn lire in the final year. Nearly one-third is to be generated by higher levels of traffic, 16% from improvements to the range of services and 53% from the fares reform and better service quality. Expansion of the Eurostar network, which is expected to carry 24million passengers a year by 2000, will see current Intercity rolling stock cascaded to other routes. FS expects its wage bill to have fallen by 2720bn lire by 2000, with other operating costs remaining at 1996 levels, or falling in real terms.FS core activities are currently organised as five Strategic Business Areas: Network; Traction (including rolling stock acquisition and maintenance); Passenger (long and medium-distance); Transport (regional and urban); and Integrated Logistics (freight). By 2000 FS hopes that the Integrated Logistics and Passenger areas will have become free-standing businesses with their own rolling stock and staff, no longer in receipt of subsidy. Under Law 59/97 (the Bassani Law), regions will become responsible for specifying and funding local transport, with current FS contracts transferred by central government from June 1 1999. Local services will be put out to competitive tender, and by January 1 2000 the ratio between receipts and costs net of infrastructure charges must be at least 0.35. FS expects these changes will cut public support for rail operations from the 1996 level by 1700bn lire.Investment in labour-saving technology will permit economies to be made, and up to 1800bn will be raised through the sale of surplus property and assets, as well as holdings no longer deemed essential to core activities.By July 31 FS is required to present a plan for the separation of its infrastructure activities by the end of 1999, in line with EU policy. The state will continue to fund the management, upkeep and development of rail infrastructure. Investment programmesCrucial to these organisational changes is an investment programme requiring 7000bn lire a year in public funds over the next 10 years. With projects already in hand under the 1994-2000 contract plan, this means that 150000bn lire will have been invested by 2006.Investment to be funded by the public purse is broadly divided between the Alta Velocità programme (19%), capacity enhancements on the conventional network including a wide-ranging programme of quadrupling (25%), safety (9%), modernisation (6%) and maintenance (37%). Public funding for the Torino – Milano – Napoli, Milano – Venezia and Milano – Genova AV programme represents 40% of the 40000bn lire required, with the other 60% raised from the financial markets.Around 600bn lire of special funding has been allocated by the transport ministry for rail investment in the south of Italy. This will include infrastructure improvements to raise speeds and improve safety (200bn lire), new rolling stock (300bn lire) and level crossing elimination (100bn lire).Freight challengesThe business plan calls for freight market share to grow from 12.5% in 1996 to 14.4% in 2000. This would require a 20% increase in traffic carried by the Integrated Logistics SBA, which achieved a record 2.5billion tonne-km last July, after carrying 77.8million tonnes and generating 23.4billion tonne-km in 1996. Between 1996 and 2000, freight income is to rise from 1382bn to 2025bn lire, and train-km from 78million to 90.7million.With these challenges ahead, SBA Director Maurizio Bussolo has adopted a new structure that aims to bring Integrated Logistics closer to customers and provide the strength required for success in the increasingly competitive world of European rail freight. Regional directorates in Milano, Venezia, Bologna, Roma and Napoli are complemented by Commercial, Development & Investment and Purchasing & Resource Planning functions.CAPTION: Latest rolling stock to enter service on FS are the ETR480 trainsets designed to run on new lines electrified at 25 kV 50Hz as well as the existing 3 kV DC networkLe plan stratégique pour les FS sera soutenu par un programme d’investissementsLe directeur général des Chemins de fer de l’Etat Italiens, Giancarlo Cimoli, est en train d’exécuter un plan stratégique de quatre ans qui sera soutenu par un programme d’investissements de 70 000 milliards de lire. En 1999 il est prévu que les contrats réglant les services régionaux passent aux régions. Entretemps les travaux avancent sur deux tronçons du réseau Alta Velocità et la première partie de la ligne Passante de Milano s’est ouverte en décembreDie Geschäftsstrategie für die FS wird durch Investierungsma·nahmen unterstützt Giancarlo Cimoli, Generaldirektor der Italienischen Staatsbahnen, ist dabei, eine vierjährige Geschäftsstrategie durchzuführen, die durch eine Reihe von wichtigen Investierungsma·nahmen im Wert von 70 000 Milliarden lire unterstützt wird. Währenddessen schreiten die Arbeiten auf zwei Abschnitten des Hochgeschwindigkeitsnetzes Alta Velocità fort, und der erste Abschnitt der Stadtdurchfahrtsstrecke Passante in Mailand wurde im Dezember erlast_img read more