Phil Lesh Hosts Tie-Dye Volunteer Day At San Francisco Marin Food Bank

first_imgGrateful Dead fans had the opportunity to work alongside bassist Phil Lesh yesterday at the San Francisco Marin Food Bank. The company hosted a Tie-Dye themed event, where volunteers measured out pounds of rice, a task that Lesh described as a “whole new ball game” of precision compared to the bass. The idea to host the event came from a conversation between Lesh and his wife at their restaurant Terrapin Crossroads, when they told their attorney about how another bar association event had raised money for the program Food From The Bar. “Just a chance to help out a little bit, give back a little bit,” expressed Lesh about his decision to get involved. Each volunteer was asked to contribute a minimum of $500 each, raising a total of $15,000 for the organization.You can watch a news clip of Phil Lesh volunteering at San Francisco Marin Food Bank from KGO San Francsico here.last_img read more

VA Hospital patients “rebound” as often as patients at private hospitals

first_img Read Full Story A new analysis by Medicare has found that patients 65 or older suffering from heart failure, heart attacks, or pneumonia are just as likely to be readmitted within a month at Veteran’s Health Administration (VA) hospitals as at private hospitals. Only one of the 107 VA hospitals evaluated had significantly lower readmission rates for one of the conditions tracked by Medicare; 15 had higher-than-average readmission rates for one or more of the three tracked conditions.HSPH Professor Ashish Jha, a physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System, told The Washington Post that VA hospitals do well by most other metrics. “It makes you wonder how much hospitals can really control readmissions if a place like the VA cannot have dramatically lower rates,” he said.last_img read more

Laurie Anderson is, as always, undaunted

first_imgGAZETTE: What do you think New York will be like for artists after the pandemic ends?ANDERSON: My fear is that the large institutions will survive, but the things that really make New York happen on a basic level maybe won’t. I’m talking about smaller clubs and venues, and smaller art centers that are really struggling now, where young artists get to try stuff out. Those are beyond crucial to an art city like New York. You [need] to have a lot of places where you’re not going to be presenting your big masterpiece, [but where] you can work with other artists and musicians in your audience. Those are really important places that are getting hit very hard. I don’t mean to be some old fart going on about the old days, but they were pretty great. I love seeing the things that remind me of that kind of freedom, and artists don’t have that right now. That part is tough.GAZETTE: Your work has always incorporated technology. Do you feel differently about using technology when we’re all forced to do everything online?ANDERSON: I’m just a geek, so I enjoy playing around [online]. I don’t feel that [the pandemic] makes [those] things more difficult or easier. It’s better than nothing, but then I think there is, for me, just nothing like live music and being with people in the same room. I always use a lot of technology in shows and even in lectures. I’m going to try to set up [the Norton lectures] so that there are a few faces that I can see in in the Zoom world, because I find that valuable rather than just talking to the screen.GAZETTE: What is your research and planning process like for a new work?ANDERSON: I start with a blackboard, and I fill it with images, thoughts, ideas. I sometimes see pictures — sometimes just a phrase — and see if any of them are connected, and [ask]: Is there any kind of theme in these really disparate things that I find interesting? What’s the engine that could push them? So it starts out as very free-form.GAZETTE: You’ve done a lot of collaboration in recent years. What do you like about working with other people and what does the process teach you about your own work?ANDERSON: I’m pretty much a loner, so it’s a big stretch for me to call someone and say, “Would you consider doing this?” The times that I’ve been able to bring myself to do that, I’ve learned so much. In the pre-pandemic year, I was much more involved in improv. I was at a festival in New Zealand in March, and [musician and composer] John Zorn was the first person who asked me to an improv show. At that time, I was doing things that were very, very set. Every single sentence was set; every image was set. I really had to force myself to try [improv], and it’s my favorite way of making music now.Over the last year I’ve been doing a music trio with [jazz bassist] Christian McBride and [cellist] Rubin Kodheli. I realized that I missed it so much, this free-form thing that’s not really happening now. Yesterday we recorded something, with our masks on and everything. It was hard, but the second we started to play … it was just what I live for, to make something out of nothing. It always reminds me of building a big ship that you’re constructing together. It’s a big thrill.Interview was edited for clarity and length. Avant-garde performer and recipient of this year’s Charles Eliot Norton Professorship in Poetry Laurie Anderson was undaunted by the task of designing her six Norton Lectures for a virtual audience.Anderson, who has produced film, music, multimedia, virtual reality installations, and photography, has utilized technology in her work for decades. Her first album, “Big Science,” included the surprise 1981 hit single, “O Superman,” which used distortion and vocal manipulation in ways that had not been heard before in pop music. Her recent work includes “Heart of a Dog,” a 2015 documentary film and soundtrack about the life of her beloved pet, Lolabelle, and a trilogy of virtual reality experiences developed with Taiwanese artist Hsin-Chien Huang that concluded with “To the Moon” in 2018. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., is planning an exhibition of her old and new work in sound, video, and painting.The first Norton lecture, “The River,” will be given Wednesday and kicks off the yearlong series “Spending the War Without You: Virtual Backgrounds,” which will continue into the fall semester. The first three lectures will take place in spring over Zoom and are hosted by the Mahindra Humanities Center. Anderson spoke to the Gazette about her creative process, collaborating with other performers, and the transformation of New York City during the pandemic.Q&ALaurie AndersonGAZETTE: Can you tell us a bit about your plans for the Norton Lectures?ANDERSON: The first one will be based on ideas about listening and also about what it’s like to live by the Hudson River. The river has really influenced me in ways that I didn’t understand [before]. I wanted to move to New York as a child to be near water. Coming from a landlocked part of the country [near Chicago], it was big draw for me to be in a port city. I had a book about the New York harbor, and it looked so lovely and amazing, and I wanted to go there. So [the lecture] is looking back at being here for so many years. I did look back a little bit [at my work] and one of the things that I noticed was that I was always starting each performance with something about living by the Hudson River. So the first lecture will be able how that’s affected how I think about music and how I make music.It wasn’t going to be this way originally, but now I’m going to try to run the lectures a little bit like a show, so that I can access visuals and electronic filters and manipulate voices. There are some things that I’m going to try out [during the lectures] that I would not be able to do in a live situation, ever.GAZETTE: What has it been like to be in New York during this time?ANDERSON: It is such a difficult and tragic time for so many people, and I know it’s been disastrous for many businesses. But I wasn’t loving what was going on pre-pandemic in New York. It had become a big tourist town, and culture was aimed at tourists. I felt like I was getting caught in a big machine. It had become, as many people say, not the art world but the art market at every level. With the tourists gone, I think every city is experiencing the pleasure of seeing who actually lives there. So I feel kind of happy about that. “I’m going to try to set up [the Norton lectures] so that there are a few faces that I can see in in the Zoom world, because I find that valuable rather than just talking to the screen.”last_img read more

Faculty panel discusses European migration crisis

first_imgThree faculty members examined the current migration crisis in Europe in a panel discussion titled titled “Migration to Europe: Situating the Current Crisis,” held Monday afternoon in Andrews Auditorium of Gedddes Hall. Karen Richman, director of undergraduate academic programs for the Institute for Latino Studies, moderated the event.Alia Fardi, a Master of Laws candidate in international human rights law, began the discussion by establishing the basics underlying the subject matter of the discussion. Fardi quoted the fourteenth article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document promoted by the United Nations that establishes a set of inalienable rights for all people.“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” she said.The term “refugee,” Fardi said, is a person who faces persecution because of his or her race, religion, nationality, political preference or membership to a particular social group.“They have to be outside of their home country because if they are inside their home country, they are internally displaced,” she said.Refugees are different from economic migrants, Fardi said, because economic migrants are those pursuing better living standards, not fleeing persecution.“Refugees can not return home because of fear of persecution, while migrants could,” she said.Maurizio Albahari, assistant professor of anthropology, noted the statistics of the current migration crisis. He said 819,218 refugees arrived in Europe in 2015 and another 3,460 refugees died or went missing at sea.Albahari said these statistics reveal the severity of the current migration crisis and motivate him to work towards a solution.“My priority, my concern is preventing further loss of life at sea. I’m not convinced it’s a universal objective,” he said.He said he proposes working to allow those seeking refuge to enter countries as legal immigrants.“Let’s start doing what can be done, immediately,” Albahari said.He said he specifically suggests prioritizing family reunification, he said.“Survivors say, ‘I’m going to meet my brother, my cousin, my wife, my children in Germany, in Sweden, in Australia,’” he said.Refugees could also get visas to study for high school or college as a means to achieve legal immigration, he said.Fr. Daniel G. Groody, associate professor of theology, said there is a connection between the refugee crisis and the call of Christians. He said the recent story of a carpenter on the island of Lampedusa demonstrates this connection.According to Groody, the carpenter, Franco, helped save 358 migrants when their ship crashed.“Franco found driftwood along the coastline, and he felt like he wanted to give expression to what was going on there,” he said.Groody said Franco began making procession crosses out of the driftwood he found and made 400 crosses in three days.Eventually, news broke that Pope Francis was coming to the island, and Franco was in charge of preparing the liturgy, he said. Franco carved a chalice out of the driftwood, made a lectern out of boat rudders and a ship wheel, and formed an altar out of a small refugee boat.“It is from this place that the Pope declared the Gospel,” Groody said. “To steer the church in a new direction, to steer it back to its foundations, back to deep waters, back to the place of human vulnerability, back to the margins and from there to announce the good news.”Tags: Migration Crisislast_img read more

Peruvian, Colombian, and U.S. Special Forces Conduct Southern Spear Exercise

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo November 09, 2017 In mid-August 2017, the first war game of its kind, featuring joint planning and combined special operations from the United States, Peru, and Colombia, wrapped up. The war game, Southern Spear, followed a long planning process that grew out of common interests from nations involved to strengthen regional defense and security cooperation. The participation of combined special forces was carried under a memorandum of understanding between U.S. Southern Command’s Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), the Peruvian Armed Forces’ Special Operations and Intelligence Command (CIOEC, per its Spanish acronym), and Colombia’s Joint Special Operations Command (CCOES, per its Spanish acronym) of the General COmmand of the Military Forces. The Peruvian Ministry of Defense sent a delegation of 13 to participate in the war game in Homestead, Florida, August 13th–19th. “The goal of this war game is to boost our special operations’ response capacity,” Peruvian Navy Admiral, Francisco Calisto Giampietri, commander of CIOEC, told Diálogo. “[We want to] raise the level of information and intelligence exchange, and develop procedures for mutual cooperation and the use of force in the fight against narcotrafficking and terrorism-related crimes on the Peru-Colombia border.” The SOCSOUTH-led capacity-building training progressed in three phases: initial discussions, planning, and a virtual war game. In the third phase, the three nations paved the way for elite forces to determine deployment locations of fleets and forces in 2018, before the launch of the live exercise in an area of the Peru-Colombia border in 2019. The full scale of forces to deploy will depend on the information and intelligence collected by participating nations. According to Adm. Calisto, the special forces component will be powerful and able to face any challenge that might arise during the operation that will involve control of a determined area. “Beyond military action, there is a strong intelligence and cooperation element,” Adm. Calisto said. “This will drive information and intelligence exchange systems that will result in controlled operations, by way of a command and control system enabling combined tactical and operational movements of our patrols.” Armed Forces with real experience in this type of combat are developing Southern Spear. “Peru and Colombia constantly conduct military operations,” Mario Macon, an independent analyst on Peruvian defense issues and the Peruvian Armed Forces, told Diálogo. “Colombia resolved its problems with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and Peru dealt with the Shining Path and other terrorist groups.” “This exercise is an example of how the U.S. Department of Defense fosters collaboration in shared defense challenges and facilitates our allies’ efforts to bring security to the entire region and the world,” said U.S. Army Major Cesar Santiago, SOCSOUTH public affairs officer. “Multilateral exercises like this and PANAMAX also allow partner nations to improve security interoperability and institutional knowledge.” Planning and coordination challenges The language barrier and systems of communications were the main challenges in the planning and coordination of the Southern Spear 2017 exercise. “The addition of a non-Spanish speaking nation to the equation creates translation and interpretation needs,” Adm. Calisto said. “However, they [SOCSOUTH] have made a big effort to work with Spanish speakers.” The participation of three different armed forces with potentially incompatible equipment required the establishment of standard procedures for the virtual exercise—at the operational and tactical level—before the launch of the live exercise. Once those were established, SOCSOUTH worked on communications systems compatibility to ensure that military operations could be directed during the exercise for Peruvian and Colombian elite units to successfully carry out maneuvers. “The use of arms is another standardized area in these exercises. In Peru, the Armed Forces have different weaponry,” Macon said. “The Peruvian Navy is fully NATO-compliant. But the [Peruvian] Air Force has a mixture of systems. Because of this, the special forces are in an in-between situation.” The main concern Established in 2010, CIOEC uses elite Peruvian Army, Navy, and Air Force troops in joint operations. The work of the special command includes training and preparing military personnel to conduct operations in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM, per its Spanish acronym). “Although CIOEC’s current main concern is the VRAEM, it must still maintain a presence in other parts of the Peruvian territory where dangers to national security or the population might arise.” CIOEC supports the operations of the VRAEM Special Operations Command, the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command, and the National Police’s Counterterrorism Directorate and Antinarcotics Directorate. The goal of these institutions is to bolster missions against the remaining terrorists in the country and criminal organizations devoted to narcotrafficking. “These joint operations in the VRAEM helped lead to the capture and removal of main criminal ringleaders,” Adm. Calisto noted. “We conducted various operations that allowed us to capture several very heavyweight leaders of terrorist organizations, weakening the ability of this type of criminal gang in the VRAEM to operate.” An alliance to extend operational reach “SOCSOUTH is not just supporting CIOEC through Southern Spear. Peru has a longstanding relationship with U.S. Southern Command,” Adm. Calisto said. “Today these exchanges with U.S. Southern Command are increasing.” “In addition, through exercises like these, Peru gains international prestige, as do its special operations commands,” Macon added. “The possibility of having more exercises is there, with more capacity building in this kind of training—a more modern approach, and a new philosophical outlook.” “Narcotrafficking and terrorism must be fought with the greatest force possible. Our alliance with a nation such as the United States, through SOCSOUTH, enables us to extend the reach of our operations,” Adm. Calisto added. “We mutually support each other and combine capacities to bolster our efforts in the fight against cross-border crimes.” “We deeply value the investments our partners have made to strengthen hemispheric cooperation,” Maj. Santiago concluded. “Through capacity building exercises and a greater exchange of information, we enable our partners to pressure these threat networks on multiple fronts. Southern Spear is just one more example of this mobilization effort.”last_img read more

PenFed going to contactless payments

first_imgMcLean, Virginia-based PenFed Credit Union has announced it will begin issuing contactless cards to members this month.The credit union, which has $24 billion in assets and about 1.7 million members, said it plans to give the cards to members when their old cards come up for renewal or replacement.Contactless cards transmit payment transaction data when they are within a few inches of an enabled point-of-sale terminal, eliminating the need to swipe or insert the card.“The release of the contactless credit cards comes at a time when we’re focusing on digital innovations and helping our members make purchases in the most convenient ways,” PenFed President and CEO James Schenck said. “Visa has been a longtime partner of PenFed and we’re thrilled to collaborate with them on this new product rollout.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Congress, administration must address data privacy in meaningful way

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The time has come for new federal protections regarding the use and security of data held by businesses and entities, CUNA wrote to the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week. CUNA sent its letter for the record of the committee’s hearing on protecting consumer privacy.“Since Americans’ personal information has become so valuable in the aggregate to businesses and criminals worldwide, the time has come for new Federal protections regulating the use and security of data held by all businesses and entities. Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California’s California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) show that foreign governments and states are not willing to sit on the sidelines and neither should Congress. Action is required to ensure that all Americans can enjoy robust protection of their most important personal data from misuse and theft.”CUNA notes that the current gaps in data protection and privacy laws hurt consumers and businesses, as information can misused by bad actors.last_img read more

Video shares Tyndall FCU’s hurricane recovery efforts

first_imgWhen Hurricane Michael struck the panhandle of Florida in early October 2018, it  affected roughly half % of Tyndall Federal Credit Union’s members and  damaged more than 15,000 homes in its core market.The $1.3 billion asset credit union in Panama City, Fla., acted quickly to support its members and community.As a tribute to staff’s  hard work,    Tyndall Federal created a  storytelling video to remember what it went through and  celebrate how far it has come.Tyndall Federal’s disaster communication plan allowed the credit union to account for all employees within three days after the storm, even with limited cell phone service and debris-strewn roads. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Executive Order – 2019-07- Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change through Electric Sector Emissions Reductions

first_img October 03, 2019 Executive Order – 2019-07- Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change through Electric Sector Emissions Reductions Interaction with Regional Transmission Organization. The DEP, working with the Public Utility Commission, shall engage with PJM Interconnection to promote the integration of this program in a manner that preserves orderly and competitive economic dispatch within PJM and minimizes emissions leakage.Effective Date. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until amended or rescinded by the Governor. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Environment Subject: Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change through Electric Sector Emissions ReductionsNumber: 2019-07By Direction of: Tom Wolf, GovernorDate: October 3, 2019WHEREAS, the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania mandate that we protect the Commonwealth’s air resources for the protection of public health, safety and well-being of our citizens; prevent injury to plant and animal life and to property; protect the comfort and convenience of the public and Commonwealth recreational resources; and develop, attract and expand industry, commerce and agriculture; and,WHEREAS, globally, there is a scientific consensus that climate change is occurring and there is wide agreement amongst scientific organizations that the cause is increased concentrations of greenhouse gasses (GHG) from anthropogenic activities; andWHEREAS, in 2015, the Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment Update found that Pennsylvania has undergone a long-term warming of more than 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit over the prior 110 years, and that current warming trends are expected to increase at an accelerated rate with average temperatures projected to increase an additional 5.4 degrees by 2050; andWHEREAS, average annual precipitation has increased by approximately 10 percent over the past 100 years and, by 2050, is expected to increase by an additional 8 percent; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania is experiencing the numerous negative effects of these trends. 2018 was the wettest year on record in the Commonwealth. The increased rainfall resulted in extreme weather events and flooding throughout the state costing residents an estimated $144 million in reported damages, and costing the Commonwealth at least $125 million in damages to state-maintained infrastructure; andWHEREAS, heat-related illness and death are significant public health problems in the Northeastern United States. Projected temperature increases are expected to increase air pollution and diminish water quality, leading to more premature deaths, hospital admissions, and emergency department visits from heat stress such as exacerbated asthma and increased water-borne illnesses; andWHEREAS, Executive Order 2019-01, Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Energy Conservation and Sustainable Governance, committed the Commonwealth to strive to reduce net GHG emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels, and to further reduce net GHG emissions by 80 percent by 2050; andWHEREAS on April 29, 2019, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan that identifies GHG emission trends and baselines in the Commonwealth, recommends cost-effective strategies for reducing or offsetting GHG emissions, quantifies costs and benefits of these strategies, and recommends limiting carbon emissions through an electricity sector cap and trade program; andWHEREAS, based upon data contained in Pennsylvania’s GHG Inventory, 30 percent of Pennsylvania’s total GHG emissions are produced by Pennsylvania’s electricity generation sector; andWHEREAS, cap and trade programs have an established track record as economically efficient, market-driven mechanisms for reducing pollution in a variety of contexts; andWHEREAS, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a cooperative effort of Nine East Coast states to reduce GHG emissions from the power sector. The RGGI participating states have collectively reduced power sector carbon dioxide pollution by over 45 percent since 2005, while experiencing per capita Gross Domestic Product growth and reducing energy costs for businesses; andWHEREAS, given the urgency of the climate crisis facing Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth must take concrete, economically sound and immediate steps to reduce GHG emissions.NOW, THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do order and direct the DEP as follows:Rulemaking. By no later than July 31, 2020, develop and present to the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board a proposed rulemaking package to abate, control, or limit carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel-fired electric power generators, which rulemaking package shall be authorized by the Act of January 8, 1960 (1959 P.L. 2119, No. 787), known as the Air Pollution Control Act. The proposed rulemaking shall:Include a robust public outreach effort working with the business community, energy producers, energy suppliers, organized labor, environmental groups, and others to ensure that the development and implementation of this program results in reduced emissions, economic gains, and consumer savings;Establish a carbon dioxide budget consistent in stringency to that established in the RGGI participating states;Provide for the annual or more frequent auction of carbon dioxide emissions allowances through a market-based mechanism; andBe sufficiently consistent with the RGGI Model Rule such that allowances may be traded with holders of allowances from other states.last_img read more

Dakar: Portuguese rider Goncalves killed after crash

first_img Goncalves was competing in his 13th edition of the Dakar. He made his debut in 2006, and took second to Marc Coma in 2015. The Honda rider only made it to this year’s first Dakar staged in Saudi Arabia after recovering from a fractured spleen in a crash in his native Portugal in December. Read Also: Dakar: Peterhansel takes stage but Sainz retains lead After recovering from surgery in time he said before the rally got underway: “It’s a victory for me to be here at the start.” Goncalves was placed 46th in the overall bike standings after Friday’s sixth stage. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Goncalves has died after a crash during Sunday’s Dakar Rally seventh stage, organisers announced. The 40-year-old suffered the fatal accident after 276 kilometres of the day’s ride from Riyadh to Wadi Al Dawasir. Paulo Goncalves suffered a fatal crash in the Dakar Rally’s seventh stage “The organisers received an alert at 10:08 (0708 GMT) and dispatched a medical helicopter that reached the biker at 10:16 and found him unconscious after going into cardiac arrest,” a statement on the rally’s official website reported. “Following resuscitation efforts in situ, the competitor was taken by helicopter to Layla Hospital, where he was sadly pronounced dead,” it added.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted Content10 Actors Who Are Happy With The Type Of Roles They Got Hired For5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role Models7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchHow Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!last_img read more