Renowned Classical Violinist Itzhak Perlman Cancels North Carolina Show In Protest Of HB2

first_imgBands like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam made the headlines for cancelling shows in North Carolina, out of protest for the state’s newly-passed HB2 “bathroom bill.” The show cancellations have been important in creating a dialogue about this discriminatory policy, though it isn’t the first time rock stars have used their platform to speak out on political issues. Rock and roll itself is a genre founded on defiance, and these protests fit snugly in the long historical discourse of music.Interestingly, an unlikely musician has also joined the fight against HB2: Itzhak Perlman. Classical musicians aren’t often thought of as political figures, which makes Perlman’s words all the stronger. In a statement, Perlman wrote that he is “a vocal advocate for treating all people equally,” and cancelled a scheduled performance with the North Carolina Symphony out of protest for the bill.You can read his statement below:As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally. As such, after great consideration, I have decided to cancel my May 18th concert in North Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony as a stand against House Bill 2. As Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently stated, HB2 “is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. [It] is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens.” I couldn’t agree more and will look forward to returning to North Carolina when this discriminatory law is repealed.You can also watch Perlman talk about the decision on MSNBC.We’re with you, Itzhak.last_img read more

Coronavirus cases hit 17,400 and are likely to surge

first_img What we know — and don’t know — about the coronavirus outbreak Chan School’s Marc Lipsitch, an infectious disease specialist who worked on the SARS epidemic, details what’s going on The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan surged to nearly 17,400 by Monday, and a Harvard epidemiologist says that it’s likely as many as 100,000 are already infected, so he expects the official tally to continue to climb steeply.“Many epidemiologists and people who are following this outbreak closely are assuming that it’s probably quite a bit more widespread than the case counts suggest,” said Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “Many people also think that there’s probably over 100,000 in reality out in mainland China, for example. We just don’t capture all of those through the case reporting we have. … We can assume that this is growing at somewhat of an exponential rate, and it will continue increasing in scale.”Mina, who participated in a Facebook Live event sponsored by The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and PRI’s “The World,” discussed what’s known and unknown about the virus with The World reporter Elana Gordon. The 30-minute session drew an online audience of about 13,000.The virus originated in Wuhan, the largest city in central China, with a population of more than 11 million, and it spread rapidly there. More than 360 have died from the illness globally, nearly all of them in China, as are the vast majority of reported cases thus far, according to the World Health Organization’s Feb. 3 situation report. By comparison, 349 died in mainland China during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002 and 2003.center_img The new coronavirus has been found in 23 countries, and international health authorities last week declared it a public health emergency of international concern. The first death outside China was reported Sunday, in the Philippines. Inside the U.S., 11 cases have been confirmed in six states. China’s national health commission, meanwhile, said 189,583 people have been identified as having had close contact with infected patients.Mina said knowledge is advancing rapidly, but the uncertainties around the new virus make it difficult to know even basic information, such as its death rate. The number of confirmed cases and deaths indicate that it is around 2 percent, significantly lower than SARS’ 10 percent. But if the case number is far larger, as is expected, it’s likely that the condition is fatal in far fewer cases than even the 2 percent, although the overall toll may be much higher.Those and additional uncertainties — such as government responses, their effectiveness, and self-protective steps individuals may take — make predicting the epidemic’s path difficult, Mina said. Quarantines can slow transmission but also have negative consequences such as limiting resources needed to respond to illness within the quarantine area.What’s known at this point, Mina said, is that it is a respiratory virus and so transmission is largely through droplets coughed or sneezed into the air. It is likely, he said, that the virus can survive for some time on surfaces like door knobs and tabletops, though transmission through that route is probably uncommon.,Wearing surgical masks in public is an effective way to prevent those who are already ill from spreading it, Mina said. They are less effective — though not entirely ineffective — at preventing those who are healthy from catching it. For the broader population, Mina said, the best advice remains the most basic: wash your hands and avoid touching your face.Though work on a vaccine has already begun, it will likely be at least a year — and probably longer — before one is available, Mina said. Even at modern medical science’s accelerated rate, vaccines are tricky to devise and take time.Drugs that ease the symptoms haven’t been identified yet, Mina said. It’s unlikely that the antiviral Tamiflu, used to fight the flu, will work, since the two viruses are different. Antibiotics are useless against a virus, but can help if there is a secondary bacterial infection. An anti-HIV drug has potential, Mina said, because it targets viral replication within the body.“There are some [potential drugs], and we hope that there will be more coming down the pipeline, especially if we start considering the real possibility is that this might become a virus that stays with us as humans for quite a while,” Mina said.Without a lot of medical tools at the ready, Mina said that care for those infected is largely supportive right now. That means sending mild cases home to recover in self-quarantine, while severe cases — which can include pneumonia — are given additional medical support while they recover.No guidance has been developed so far for places like university communities, where many people are in close contact and a contagion could spread rapidly. Mina said someone with a fever with cold or flu symptoms who is concerned about infection with the new coronavirus should seek medical attention and self-isolate until tests come back. Relatedlast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Fun Home & More Climb Charts After Tony Nods

first_img View Comments After receiving 12 Tony nominations last week, Fun Home can continue celebrating. As buzz over the Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron musical continues to grow, so does the show’s weekly gross. The tuner took in $531,985 (just over 70% of the show’s potential in the Circle in the Square Theatre, one of the smaller Broadway houses). We expect numbers to increase this month as Tony Sunday approaches. Another Best Musical Tony nominee, Something Rotten!, also received its highest gross of its run at $801,033. An American in Paris, which—like Fun Home—received 12 nods including Best Musical, secured a spot in the top five grossing shows for the second consecutive week, joining perennial box office favorites The Lion King, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon and Wicked.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending May 3:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,908,299)2. Aladdin ($1,408,344)3. The Book of Mormon ($1,407,988)4. Wicked ($1,387,456)5. An American in Paris ($1,220,234)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. It Shoulda Been You ($350,281)4. Hand to God ($346,364)3. The Visit ($194,145)2. Living on Love ($160,105)1. Airline Highway ($157,029)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.59%)2. Fish in the Dark (101.28%)3. The Audience (100.68%)*4. Aladdin (100.01%)5. The King and I (100.00%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. The Visit (60.24%)4. Jersey Boys (60.19%)3. It Shoulda Been You (59.78%)2. Living on Love (56.16%)1. On the Town (52.99%)* Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

Sweet ’16 growth strategies

first_imgAccording to the Chinese Calendar 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. The monkey symbolizes wealth and a knack for money. So “monkey-ing around” with the economy and financial market place will be a harbinger for credit union leadership as we head into the New Year.With 2016 being an election year there will be a good deal of uncertainty for Americans. Overall many aspects of the current American economic landscape have caused many of us to shift and use more common sense basics and new methods in dealing with our financial situations and engagement in serving members. The credit union movement has always faced challenging times. However the times we are facing can be considered critical for the future growth and survival of our credit unions and the millions of members who have entrusted us as their guardian financial stewards. Maintaining and promoting our “Differentiation” will help solidify the credit union Brand in our communities going forward.There is mixed good news these days. The stock market is at at an all time high and overall US credit union membership has hit 100 million plus. Loan growth is increasing. Net interest margins and operating expenses are improving. Inflation is flat and the housing market is recovering. However many Americans are still unemployed or have dropped out of the workforce, there is stagnant or declining household income, taxes are going up and the impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act is being felt. Regulation is getting tighter, interest rates will be ticking up and more uncertain, CEO and Board leadership are in transition and a high percentage of young adults are not aware they can join a credit union.This is the year for credit unions to really step up and continue to help members respond to the “New Economic Normal” to improve their financial lifestyle and well being. I would offer these “Sweet 16” suggestions for setting a course to not just survive but thrive in the New Year:Work the Back Yard. Focus on deepening relationships (more wallet share) with your current members. Get close and really get to know your members.Review your Fee structures for market place adjustments. I am not suggesting we gouge our members, only that we alter fees based on the local marketplace. We still will be the best deal in town.Have a Collaboration, Partnership, Alliance and Merger Policy/Strategy.Train staff to cross serve/sell and wow members at every touch point opportunity 7x24x365. Embrace being a “Member- Centric” CU. All staff, volunteers, vendors and members should be advocates for your credit union.Use Good On Boarding practices to Reconnect and Engage current and new members by offering incentives–(Buy local Groupon/ miles/reward programs/prepaid cards/cash back/free credit reports) and concierge services to empower them to connect. Give members real reasons for being a member, not just a customer. Membership should have its privileges. Offer Certificate of Member Ownership/Toll Free 800 Member Care number.Create a strategy to reach out to serve new American s and the underserved. We are at the point now for action in really reaching out to consumers (Immigrants) in our communities and bringing them into our credit union family.Embrace Mobile/Tablet Technology and Social Media. Be Appilicious–Utilize innovative ideas to create “Apps for This and That” and do not fear Facebook and learn to Tweet!Offer Tax/Legal (Wills) Services and End of Life (Burial) loans. Look for Non-traditional/Lifestyle Products/Services that your members could really benefit.Reach out to young adults and women via Micro Lending, Small Business Services, HSA’s and Lifestyle Lending products.Consider starting a CUSO to offer Insurance/Travel/HR/IT/DP/Products & Services.Stop asking Gen XYZ why they do that? Make it a strategic imperative to appeal to and attract more Youth and Young Adults. The under 30 demographic is your next generation of lending business and lifelong members for your credit union.Focus more on diverse Non-interest Income Streams (Debit Card/GAP Coverage/Credit Insurance/Debt Protection/Overdraft/Interchange Fees/Investments/Brokerage Services) to help improve your bottom line.Get the right staff in the right seats on your Credit Union Bus and empower them with a “License to Serve” Members.Reach out to Boomer/Senior Members with Retirement Planning and Long Term Health Care products/services.Embrace Mobile Wallet Technology to serve members conveniently and teach them to self-serve themselves.Develop a strategy to Recruit & Retain top talent and strive to become an Employer of Choice in your community.If we are not only to survive in the future but thrive, we will have to develop a different strategic mind set about growth. Our Credit unions will need to fine tune, hone and focus on our commitment to members and be innovative to keep up and stay ahead of all the “monkey see-monkey do” in the changing financial services marketplace.Happy New Year! 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Vardallas John A. Vardallas CAE, CUDE is Founder/CEO of The AmericanBoomeR Group, a Madison, Wisconsin based speaking/consulting firm. He is also Senior Faculty Advisor/Project Evaluator for SCMS and … Web: Detailslast_img read more

PIP breast implant boss arrested in France

first_imgMr Mas founded the now-defunct company PIP in 1991The owner of a French breast implant maker at the centre of a safety scare has been arrested in southern France. Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) founder Jean-Claude Mas, 72, was held at his home in Six-Fours-les-Plages, police sources told reporters. In 2010, France banned PIP implants made with low-grade industrial silicone, amid fears they could rupture and leak. Up to 400,000 women in 65 countries are believed to have been given implants. Mr Mas remains at his home while police search it – as required by French law.He is believed to have been detained as part of a judicial investigation started in December into manslaughter and involuntary injuries.A second PIP executive, former chief financial officer Claude Couty, has also been arrested Mr Mas has been under investigation since he revealed in a police interview last year that PIP ordered employees to hide the unauthorised silicone when inspectors visited its factory.He told police that PIP had deceived European safety inspectors for 13 years. But he has insisted they posed no threat to health and attacked the French authorities for offering to pay for their removal because it put women through a “surgery risk”.He also said he had “nothing” to say to women facing surgery for their removal and that victims had only filed complaints “to make money”.Excerpts from Mr Mas’s interview have been re-examined by a French magistrate.The BBC’s Christian Fraser in Paris said he had been “quite arrogant” about what had happened and had not felt any remorse.In France, 30,000 women have been advised to remove the implants and 2,700 have filed complaints against Mr Mas.Women in 65 countries – mainly in Latin America and elsewhere in Europe – have received implants made by the company, which closed down in March 2010.Health officials in Germany, the Czech Republic and Venezuela have advised women to have them removed.But the medical advice in the UK, where 40,000 are affected, is that there is no need for all the implants to be removed, only those causing problems such as pain or tenderness. In England, the NHS will only replace them in exceptional circumstances, and the NHS in Wales said it would only do so when it was deemed medically necessary. Women in Northern Ireland who received PIP implants for health reasons will have them replaced, but the NHS will only remove, not replace, those inserted for cosmetic reasons.Scotland’s Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said concerned women who had them fitted privately would be offered advice and the option of removal if necessary. There are no records of PIP implants being used by the NHS.The international police agency Interpol has said Mr Mas is wanted in Costa Rica over a drunk driving charge.It said the “red notice” over an alleged incident in June 2010 was “totally unconnected” to PIP.BBC News 10 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share HealthLifestyle PIP breast implant boss arrested in France by: – January 26, 2012last_img read more