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first_imgOver this past weekend, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead played three nights at the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC with Oteil Burbridge. Burbridge was there to sub for the band’s bassist Dave Dreiwitz, who was playing with Ween in Chicago. While the Dead & Company bassist is certainly well-versed in the Grateful Dead repertoire, the style and character of Almost Dead is its own animal. The 2017 version of Grateful Dead music has become redefined by Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Scott Metzger, Tom Hamilton, and Dreiwitz – for their freedom from the guidelines has provided a platform for absolutely anything to become possible.The second weekend of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s six-night, sold-out residency was certainly highlighted by Burbridge’s presence. The band did not hold back from incorporating out-of-left-field covers and incendiary jams and mash-ups. From the second song of the weekend, JRAD “Let Oteil Sing” Dark Star. The trust was made clear from the beginning, as fans whispered amongst themselves to buckle their seat belts for an exciting weekend of firsts. With Fool’s Paradise coming up in St. Augustine, FL, with both Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti) and Oteil on the lineup as an artist-at-large, the whispers got louder as the words “Joe Russo’s Almost Dead & Company” spread like wildfire. If this weekend was the test-run for the ride of what’s to come, consider the ticket bought.Now named one of Bass Player Magazine‘s Top 100 Bass Players of All Time, we caught up with Oteil after this exciting weekend to get his perspective on things.Live For Live Music: You’ve become a student of Grateful Dead music. What did you know about Joe Russo’s Almost Dead before heading into the weekend? Had you seen them play before?Oteil Burbridge: I’d seen them play a couple of times. Jam Cruise was when I got to see them up close and really zero in on what they were doing. Plus I knew most of the songs by then and could really tell what set them apart better than before. [John] Mayer and I had talked about how much we both dug them. It was nice to see the fans really embrace a band doing almost all GD music but not really trying to copy their sound. Initially I felt very hesitant to put my own stamp on this music. Of course, if you really have found your voice, then it’s impossible not to anyway – but it was a process getting to the place of being uninhibited about it. JRAD is a much more high energy show too, I think the fans really love that. It was something that I heard over and over again from the fans.L4LM: How would you describe their approach to the Grateful Dead canon? Obviously, they take things a step further than just playing the songs–there are unexpected surprises, twists, and turns, at least for the fans (like when Marco turned “Black Throated Wind” into “Royals,” etc.) Were you aware of song changes, mash-ups, unrelated song covers, ahead of time, or does the band arrive at them organically? How did having you there affect the way they approached things? It was clear from the audience that they were all having a blast jamming with you.OB: I actually didn’t recognize a lot of the mash ups. I could only tell it was happening because of the fan reaction. I did recognize when Marco went into “Fame” by Bowie but I think I was quoting “Skin Tight” by the Ohio Players at the same time. Or maybe it was Parliament Funkadelic. Talk about crazy three way mash ups! The whole point is that if it’s unexpected to the band, then it’s gotta be unexpected to the audience. Their whole thing is to not pre-plan. Even planned things are apt to veer off course at any moment. You would have to ask the other guys in the band how it was different with me in the mix. I can’t be very objective about that kind of thing.L4LM: I’d imagine that playing with JRAD is much like taking pop quiz—except there are thousands of eyes on you and you’re plugged into an amplifier. You know the material, but this tests how you apply it and adapt it in real time. Describe this type of musical experience.OB: It’s impossible to describe but I’ll try. First of all, you have to be out of your mind to keep putting yourself under that kind of pressure. It’s much safer to play only what’s written down. On top of that, if you’re doing it right you tend to feel like you’re onstage with no clothes on. And it’s really cold….. Very few people would enjoy that feeling. But all of this is Col. Bruce [Hampton] 101 so it’s not something new to me. It does finally explain to me why Dead Heads were the biggest Col. Bruce fans and why they adopted us into this scene. It’s that sense of earth without borders.L4LM: Overall, how did playing with JRAD compare to playing with Dead & Company?OB: Well the tempos are a lot faster! No but seriously, you can’t really compare things like that. How does BBQ chicken compare with honey chicken? One’s BBQ and the other is honey. I like chicken all kinds of ways.L4LM: How did you feel about playing an Allman Brothers cover in the midst of all the Dead music? Was it your call to work that in? Had you ever thought about how Allmans and Dead songs might mix together while working with Dead & Co?OB: Joe put that one on the list, not me. Normally I don’t have any different feeling about playing an ABB cover in the set than any other cover really. We do so many covers that are not GD anyway. They’re usually related too. Doing “The Weight” for instance wasn’t that different because the ABB covered that regularly too. Now, doing “Born To Run” in a Grateful Dead set, THAT was a trip! But that particular night when we started “Liz Reed” reminded me that I was usually at the Beacon with the ABB during this exact time frame. It was hard not to cry for a minute there. Especially with Butch Trucks‘ recent death. I haven’t really thought about doing any ABB tunes with Dead & Co. I sometimes quote “Blue Sky” in “Franklin’s Tower” but beyond that it’s not something that I have asked them to do.L4LM: At the JRAD shows, you went back and forth between your 4- and 6-string basses. How did you/how do you usually decide when to play the four string bass versus the six string?OB: I would play my 6 string all the time but I know Joe really loves old 4 strings. That was HIS bass I was playing. People were asking me on social media why I was playing Dreiwitz’s bass. I wasn’t, I was playing Joe’s bass. In the future, I’ll probably be doing it on 6 string a lot more. There are so many things I am working hard on in this music and it’s all on 6 string. The music of the Grateful Dead and where I want to take it personally is going to be a lifelong pursuit. That means 6 string.L4LM: You’re used to playing in two drummer bands with the Allmans and now Dead & Co. Did the music feel any different performing it with only Joe Russo?OB: Honestly I don’t think about it. Comparison destroys contentment. I let go of all preconceptions and just try to respond to the moment. It always feels different when you’re playing with different people. It would have felt just as different if Joe had another drummer.L4LM: Given all your recent involvement with several of its different facets, what’s your perspective on the contemporary moment of the Dead Head culture?OB: It’s really thriving. This music is bigger than the band if you know what I mean. It’s the same with the ABB. It’s really beautiful that all the original members are intentionally passing it on to the next generations’ musicians. It’s such a thrill for all of us younger guys to get to play with them. My buddy Jason Crosby does a lot of stuff with Phil [Lesh]. He was in my solo band The Peacemakers forever ago before I knew any of this music. It’s such a trip to play Grateful Dead music with him now all these years later! I know he feels just as fortunate as I do to be included in this family. I think he knew a lot more Dead tunes than I did though!L4LM: You were just named one of the top 100 bass players by Bass Player Magazine. What an honor! Any words of wisdom to the young musicians following their dreams?OB: I still can’t believe it. Honestly I could name 20 players that should replace me. There’s not anyone under 60 years old that would be on my list other than Victor Wooten. He is a true innovator. When you do something that has never been done before, and that in turn changes the way a large number of people approach the instrument, then you get to be on my list if you’re under 60.Victor Wooten Discusses Music As An Art Of ExpressionAdvice? Don’t give a crap about what you think other people think about you. You don’t know what they really think about you anyway. If you are brave enough to be yourself then you are automatically giving people something that they can’t get anywhere else. I think what Jim Carrey said at a commencement address was dead on. He said that his father failed at doing a job that he hated and it taught him that since he might fail anyway he was going to take the chance at failing doing something he loved.L4LM: We’re psyched to see you later this month as an artist-at-large at Fool’s Paradise, with Lettuce, JRAD (with Jeff Chimenti), and your late-night “Infinity Jam” with Eric Krasno. What are you most looking forward to? OB: I’m most looking forward to not being so damn cold, (I live in Florida now) another day upright and healthy, and the chance to jam with my friends. As far as future collaborations, I did hear the name Joe Russo’s Almost Dead & Company floated out there by a fan last weekend…….Join Lettuce, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti), The Motet, The Floozies, Manic Science (Manic Focus x Break Science), The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, with Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large at Fool’s Paradise next weekend, March 31 & April 1 in St. Augustine, FL. More information can be found here!last_img read more

first_imgLast August about 100 residents of an island off Maine gathered at their pristine little port to watch the arrival of three giants.From shore, the islanders could see their enormous white arms, resembling a surfaced submarine or the bony remnants of a prehistoric beast, lying on the deck of an approaching barge.The onlookers on Vinalhaven were welcoming the massive blades of three wind turbines, part of a community-based power project guided by Harvard Business School Professor George Baker as part of an effort to slash the islanders’ high electricity costs.“The islands pay about three times the national average for electricity, and the wind blows all the time,” said Baker, Herman C. Krannert Professor of Business Administration, who is on leave from Harvard Business School to help complete the project. “The question was, ‘Can’t we generate electricity with wind?’”The answer has been a resounding “yes.”For the past three years, Baker has split his time between his home in Newton, Mass., and a house on Frenchboro, a small island east of Vinalhaven, to work on the effort. He jokes that his wife would like to know exactly where he lives. He makes the four-hour trip to Maine weekly.The HBS professor, an authority on organizational economics, enjoys a personal challenge. Fifteen years ago he designed and built his home on Frenchboro, a remote fishing outpost with a year-round population of 43. He embraced the wind-power effort after volunteering with a local electric cooperative.“Partly because I was an HBS professor and partly because I was … wanting to be a helpful member of the community, I served as a volunteer member of the board of trustees of the Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative,” said Baker of his work with a consumer-owned electric cooperative serving nearby Swan’s Island as well as Frenchboro.Building on that experience, he has used his time away from Harvard to explore the economic and financial feasibility of wind-power generation on Maine’s islands, ultimately heading the effort to create the largest community wind-power facility on the East Coast, known as the Fox Islands Wind Project.The complicated process included permitting, detailed environmental impact and engineering studies, and a complex financing structure for the turbines that involved federal tax credits and the creation of a limited-liability company. There were also community meetings, where Baker was frank with the facts.“I told the residents, ‘Here’s what it would look like. Here’s how it would work. It’s absolutely not without risk, but there is real benefit,’” he said.The islanders ultimately backed the plan, 284 to 5.What makes the current project free from much of the “not in my back yard” squabbling that can plague wind projects is its immediate and direct benefit to the community, said Baker.“It’s a community-owned project where the community gets all the benefit,” he said. “There is no developer that owns the turbines and takes all of the power. The power is used locally by the community.”Now residents can harvest their own electricity with the help of Mother Nature, instead of relying on the noisy diesel generator downtown or purchasing power from a nuclear plant down the coast or the oil-fired plant on another island, in the process paying exorbitant costs to access electricity through underwater cables.Enlisting the support of the giant General Electric Co., Baker, who is vice president of Community Wind at the Island Institute, a nonprofit based in Rockland, Maine, was able to secure three turbines, each about 400 feet tall. The turbines were installed last summer and started turning in December. They are expected to generate 11,605 megawatt hours of electricity each year and cover all of the island’s annual energy needs.Currently at work on several other wind projects along Maine’s coast, Baker called the Vinalhaven experience “incredibly satisfying and fulfilling.” He said he hopes someday to be able to harvest the vast opportunity presented by “the much bigger and richer wind resources” available farther offshore.“For the last 100 years, we have ignored wind as an energy source because we invented diesel engines,” he said. “We should be using that resource. We should be using it as effectively as we possibly can.”last_img read more

first_imgThe United States is ending its combat mission in Iraq, but the U.S. will remain involved in helping the country transition to a stable and peaceful democracy. That was the message delivered by President Obama in a nationwide address August 31.“We have sent our young men and women to make enormous sacrifices in Iraq, and spent vast resources abroad at a time of tight budgets at home,” the president told the American people. “Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility. Now, it’s time to turn the page.”The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began on March 20, 2003. At one point more than 250,000 coalition forces were stationed in Iraq although fewer than 50,000 American soldiers remain. Meghan O’Sullivan, Harvard Kennedy School Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, who served as special assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan from 2004 to 2007, says a hasty retreat from Iraq would undermine U.S. long-term interests.“Despite the fact that many Americans might want to see the end of U.S. involvement in Iraq, U.S. interests in Iraq are substantial and the prospects for success in that country are still significantly uncertain enough that continued U.S. engagement is an imperative,” she says.last_img read more

first_imgSleep-disordered breathing (SDB) has been associated with poor cognition in previous research, but it had been unclear whether SDB preceded this impairment in cognition. New research, co-authored by Susan Redline, a researcher in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), finds that SDB is associated with and precedes a higher risk of cognitive impairment in older women. These findings will be published in the Aug. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.“Even after adjusting for age, body mass index, education, diabetes, and baseline cognitive scores, we found that indices of hypoxia, but not sleep fragmentation or duration, were associated with increased risk for mild cognitive impairment and dementia, suggesting that hypoxia is a likely mechanism through which SDB increases risk for cognitive impairment,” said Redline, who is the Peter C. Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS).Researchers studied nearly 300 women with a mean age of 82, free of dementia at initial examination. Between 2002 and 2004, 105 of these women were diagnosed with SDB defined as having 15 or more apneas and intermittent hypoxemia per hour of sleep. Five years later, they followed up with the women to determine their cognitive status, which was classified as normal, dementia, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Researchers found that compared to the women without SDB, those with SDB were nearly two-fold more likely to develop cognitive impairment.“More research is needed to explore the association between hypoxia and risk of MCI/dementia, which could provide clues into the mechanisms through which SDB might promote cognitive impairment,” said Redline. “Given the high prevalence of both SDB and cognitive impairment among older adults, the possibility of an association between the two conditions, even a modest one, has the potential for a large public health impact. This prospective study supports the need for intervention studies to assess whether treatment of SDB may prevent the development of cognitive impairment.”The lead author is Kristine Yaffe of the University of California, San Francisco. Co-author Katie Stone of California Pacific Medical Center directed the Coordinating Center for the study, while co-author Redline directed the sleep study analysis. This research was conducted using the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF) cohort, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

first_imgAs children, our dreams and aspirations are far-reaching, but as years go by, those dreams for many women fall short. Why is that? As children we saw no fear, heard no evil; we felt anything and everything was possible.As adults, we can learn a lot from the fearless child we once were. If we did, would there be more than a 12 percent female mix working in technology? Would society be more inclusive overall?As a female working in the tech industry, I often wonder why so few women take the risk to embark on careers in technology. Last year I project managed a mentoring program called STEM Aspire at Dell which aims to motivate, inspire and empower females studying technology at 3rd level.The students are matched with female Dell role models with the objective to encourage these students to remain in third level and assure them of endless opportunities in the tech industry. The program helps to boost confidence to perform at third level and ultimately succeed in careers in STEM. I am passionate about this program and hope we can inspire and empower female students in STEM to push themselves out of their comfort zone, to challenge norms and to be successful.This brings me to ask, so is the real issue that girls are more conservative when it comes to taking risks and making decisions?  Why not take the risk? Why not become the next IT guru or entrepreneur? Why not become the scientist, the engineer or data scientist you dreamt of being when you were a child?The fact is that unless we as females take the risk and make the choice to work in the STEM field, then society will never change. To quote a line from a STEM Aspire book club book author, Susan Jeffries, “Feel the Fear and do it anyway…take the risk and it’s ok if you feel you don’t succeed because the real success is taking the risk.”Last year I also attended a VMWare Diversity & Inclusion event which answered many of my questions as to why women take less risks in careers. The bottom line is that women tend to be more self aware and less confidant. However when women are treated equally in the workplace, when they are included in social groups; they tend to come out of their shell, speak up and gain more confidence. We as employers need to be mindful of this and inspire women to progress equally their careers.As Susan Jeffers says, “Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness.” Don’t let the margins between men and women in STEM continue to grow, make that childhood dream come true, take that risk, challenge the norm in society and achieve your potential. Find out more about Dell’s efforts to involve girls and women in STEM fields.last_img read more

first_imgFall and winter are the best times for Georgians to add new trees, shrubs and bushes to their landscapes.Balled and burlapped trees and bushes do best if they are planted in the fall or winter, and bare root plants should only be planted in the dead of winter. Fall and winter are the most ideal times to install a new plant because the cold gives the plant more time to develop strong roots before the heat of summer tests their survival. The focus is on the rootsThe key to a plant’s survival is the gardener’s prep-work. The first year of a plant’s growth should concentrate on root establishment. If the root system is not allowed to develop in the new environment, the plant may die. The more you help the plant now, the less you should have to do later.Much of the prep-work comes from making sure you put the plant in an environment where it can thrive. Follow the motto, “Put the right plant in the right spot.” You cannot just throw the plant in a hole and walk away. There are certain things you can do to insure happy plants in your landscape. The hole the plant grows in dictates a lot of its success. Dig a planting hole that is two to three times the diameter of the root ball. The loose dirt that surrounds the plant will encourage it to extend its roots. The perfect holeWhile digging the hole, keep in mind the depth does not need to be deeper than the depth of the container or root ball. The top of the root ball should be level with the ground. Even though roots are in the ground, they still need to breathe.Make sure there is a firm base at the bottom of the hole so the root system does not slip deeper into the ground. Water the tree well to make sure all the dirt has settled around the root system.You may want to add tree supports if you are planting a larger tree and you think it might lean. These supports should be used only during the time it takes the tree to become established. This typically means for only a few months or through the summer. Mulch keeps weeds out and water inAdding a layer of mulch around the tree is a must. Mulch should be 3-4 inches deep. Only about an inch of mulch should be placed against the trunk. Excessive mulch against a tree encourages insect and disease problems.Mulch all the way out to the edge of the planting hole. This keeps weeds from sprouting in all that freshly exposed dirt and insulates the roots from extreme temperatures. Mulch will also make watering more efficient by keeping the water from evaporating from the soil. Mulch helps guards the tree or shrub from lawn mowers or weed-whackers, too. Many trees and shrubs meet their doom from “lawn mower blight.”During the first year, fertilization is not required, but make sure the plant gets about an inch to 1.5 inches of water, once or twice a week. If you are using a soaker hose, water until the top 8-10 inches of soil is good and wet. This will make the roots take hold deep in the soil.last_img read more

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo February 05, 2018 Two KC-390 prototypes went through various stages of testing, bringing together up to 150 members of the Brazilian Armed Forces.last_img

first_imgPre-Pesach Prep Dinner @ Congregation Beth-El Massapequa, 99 Jerusalem Ave., Massapequa. Keep your kitchen clean for Pesach, Share Shabbat dinner with us and relax before the big festival. 6:30 p.m. March 22.Passover R&R @ The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan. Passover Day: Original Origami for Children & Adults; Face Painting with Jaime Gruber; Community Cinema: The King & I; Meet Moses: A Passover Journey; Storybook Theater: Izzy The Whizz; Adult Crafts Stamps, Carving and Printing; A Cappella Concert: Flat Iron Four and more. Free. 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23.Passover Wine Tasting @ Post Wine & Spirits, 510 Jericho Tpke., Syosset,  3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Taste the latest and greatest for your Seder table. Saturday, March 23 – 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sunday, March 24 – 1-5 p.m.; Monday, March 25 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.Passover Service @ South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 228 S. Ocean Ave., Freeport. Free. 10:30 p.m.-11:45 a.m. Sunday, March 24.Search for Chametz @ Chabad of Little Neck, 254-05 Cullman Ave., Queens. 7:44 p.m. Sunday, March 24.Burning of the Chametz @ Chabad Outreach Center, 550 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream.  11:30 a.m.-11:58 a.m. Monday, March 25.Royal Passover Seder @ Melville MarriottThe Seder is geared for singles and couples of all ages. Emphasis on children’s participation makes this a great choice for families with young children. The seder is integrated with meaningful insights, stimulating discussions, delightful food, song and Jewish humor. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. E-mail or call 631-385-2424 to register. 7 p.m. Monday, March 25.Passover Seder @ Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix HillsGeared for everyone, singles, couples, families, seniors, etc. The Seder is easy to follow and interactive. 8 p.m. Monday, March 25.Community Passover Seder @ Temple Israel, 490 Northville Turnpike., Riverhead. 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 25.Erev Pesach Candle Lighting @ Malverne Jewish Center, 1 Norwood Ave., Malverne. 6:53 p.m. Monday, March 25.Passover @ Thyme Restaurant & Cafe Bar, 8 Tower Pl., Roslyn. 4-9 p.m. Special Four-Course Passover Prix Fixe Menu. All items on the Passover Menu are made without flour, however Thyme is not kosher. Four Courses: $49 adults & $22 children under 10 yrs. March 25 & March 26.Heimish Passover Seder @ Chabad of Patchogue, 28 Mowbray St., Patchogue. Enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere with a delicious holiday feast. No membership or affiliation required. Monday, March 25 at 7:15 p.m.; Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.The SEDER w/ Rabbi Edelkopf @ Chabad of South Bay LI, 4725 Merrick Rd., Massapequa. 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 25 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26.Pesach Seder @ Chabad of West Hempstead, 585 Nassau Blvd., West Hempstead. Join us for a Relive the exodus, discover the eternal meaning of the Hagaddah, & enjoy a communal seder complete with hand made Shmurah Matzah, wine & a wonderful dinner spiced with unique traditional customs. RSVP REQUIRED: Email or call 516-596-8691 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 25. 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26.Pesach Services/Communal Seder @ Chabad of Roslyn, 75 Powerhouse Rd., Roslyn Heights. 9 a.m., 6:45 p.m. Seder at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.Second Night Pot Luck Dinner @ Temple Emanu-El of Long Beach, 455 Neptune Blvd., Long Beach.  6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.Community Passover Seder @ Viana Hotel & Spa, 3998 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, 7:30  p.m. Catered dinner discussion about Passover and singing. Most of the Seder and Haggada will be conducted in English. Rabbi Mendy and Devorah Brownstein of Chabad of Oyster Bay and Jericho, will facilitate this inter-generational program. Tuesday, March 26.Community Passover Seder @ Temple B’nai Israel of Elmont, 471 Elmont Rd., Elmont, 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.Passover Seder Dinner @ Galleria Ristorante, 238 Post Ave., Westbury. 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.Seder Plate Collage @ Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Manhattan. 10 a.m.  Ages four and under. Decorate a plate with traditional foods. Tuesday, March 26.Cup of Elijah @ Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Manhattan. 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. Explore the importance of Elijah’s cup at the Passover Seder. Kids will get to create and decorate their own cup with tissue paper and shining gems. Ages 5 and up. Tuesday, March 26.Creative Family Passover Seder @ 92nd Street Y, Manhattan. 5:30 p.m.Celebrate Passover with your family as the Upper East Side institution re-creates ancient traditions with songs, stories, movement and games, as well as a fabulous dinner. Tuesday, March 26.Passover Seder Second Night @ Jewish Center of the Moriches, 227 Main St., Center Moriches, 6 p.m. A faith program for families. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.Communal Passover Seder @ Temple Adas Israel, 30 Atlantic Ave., Sag Harbor, 7 p.m. Traditional songs, stories plus gourmet kosher dinner. Tuesday, March 26.Second Night Seder @ Temple Sinai of Roslyn, 425 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Heights. 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Community Seder @ Mastic Beach Hebrew Center, 218 Neighborhood Rd., Mastic Beach. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth’s (LIGALY’s) 2nd Annual Community Passover Celebration @ The Center at Garden City, 400 Garden City Plaza, Suite 110, Garden City. LIGALY’s Aleph Project presents a Seder for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trangender (GLBT) community members of all ages and their allies.  Free for youth, $18 suggested donation for adults. More info at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28.Pesach Seder Balancing Act@ Jewish Children’s Museum, 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, with Chinese Acrobat Yang Xiao Di. Watch in wonder as Xiao Di balances plates, raw eggs, wine bottles, and much more! Thursday, March 28 – 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Friday, March 29 – 12:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 31 – 12:30 p.m.Shabbat Passover Celebration @ Temple B’nai Torah, 2900 Jerusalem Ave., Wantagh. 8 p.m. Friday, March 29. Last Day of Passover @ JCC of West Hempstead, 711 Dogwood Ave., West Hempstead. Free. 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 2.Passover Early Morning Service @ Jewish Community Center of West Hempstead, 711 Dogwood Ave., West Hempstead. Yizkor will be recited. If you are interested in attending, please call the synagogue office at 516-481-7448. 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 2. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Why do some marketers fail to get the marketing budgets they need? There are at least twelve reasons. Are any standing in your way?1. Marketing is not as tangible as products nor as obvious in its impact as sales so it is underfunded because executives really don’t know if it is working or not.2. Some industries do not spend much on marketing. They rely on sales. They have not experienced or seen the impact of strong brands so they cannot justify spending beyond what everyone else in their category is spending.3. Marketers have not made a strong case for why they need more money. One of my bosses once told me that a marketing plan is a promise for a certain increase in sales in return for a certain investment in marketing. Many marketers are loathe to promise a certain increase in sales because they don’t know if their plan will achieve that.4. Sometimes a business is in such desperate financial straights that it cannot afford investment in anything that has a longer-term impact, including marketing. continue reading »last_img read more

first_img The plan, intended to replace the existing one published in 2005, aims to present “simpler and more precise definitions” of the six pandemic phases and groups them to emphasize planning and preparedness considerations. The draft also defines “post-peak” and “possible new wave” phases. The agency says it is revising its guidance to reflect scientific advances and increased practical experience in responding to human and avian influenza since 2005. Events have included the development of national antiviral stockpiles, the approval of some H5N1 vaccines, the launch of efforts to create an international H5N1 vaccine stockpile, advances in understanding of past pandemics, and more knowledge of possible control strategies, the WHO said in a July statement on the drafting process. The WHO is seeking comments on the draft and plans to publish the final version in December. Interested people can request a copy through the WHO Web site; to file comments, they must fill out a “declaration of interest” form. Comments must be submitted by Nov 3. Components of preparedness, responseThe guidance lays out five components of preparedness and response to describe actions in each phase of a pandemic: (1) planning and coordination, (2) situation monitoring and assessment, (3) communications, (4) reducing the spread of disease, and (5) ensuring continuity of healthcare provision. This list differs slightly from the list in the existing guidance: (1) planning and coordination, (2) situation monitoring and assessment, (3) prevention and containment, (4) health system response, and (5) communication. Oct 24, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has drafted a revised pandemic influenza preparedness plan that updates the definitions of pandemic phases and puts more emphasis on the social and economic effects of a global epidemic, among other changes. The WHO plans to publish a collection of “supporting technical documents” with the final guidance, one of which will cover non–health sector preparedness. Others will cover disease-control measures, outbreak communications, surveillance, laboratory preparedness, and healthcare surge capacity. Tools such as checklists, training manuals, and a handbook for the public will also be published. Changes in the phase definitions are clearest for phases 1, 5, and 6, with lesser changes in the other phases. In the existing guidance, phase 1 is defined as a time when, though no new flu viruses have been found in humans, a flu virus that has caused human infection “may be present in animals,” but the risk of human infection is considered low. In the new draft, the phase 1 definition states simply: “No animal influenza virus known to have caused infection in humans has been identified in animals.” All of society should prepareAnother feature of the draft guidance is an emphasis on the principle that all of society, not just the health sector, should prepare for a pandemic. “In the absence of early and effective planning, societies may experience social and economic disruption, significant threats to the continuity of essential services, lower production levels, distribution difficulties and shortages,” it states. Similarly, the new phase 6 definition uses a specific geographic criterion, this one signaling intercontinental spread. Whereas the existing guidance defines this phase only as “increased and sustained transmission among the general population,” the draft defines it as featuring a virus that “has caused clusters of disease in at least two of the following geographical regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Americas, and Oceania.” Phase 3 as defined in the current guidance—the phase the WHO puts us in now—is described as “human infections with a new subtype, but no human-to-human spread, or at most rare instances of spread to a close contact.” In the draft, this changes to: “An animal or hybrid animal-human influenza virus has caused sporadic cases or small clusters of disease in people but has not resulted in human-to-human transmission sufficient to cause community level outbreaks.” Also, practical experience in pandemic planning and in responding to avian flu outbreaks in the past 3 years has led to “a greater recognition that pandemic preparedness planning requires the involvement of both health and non-health sectors,” the agency said. For example, it says, “If the electricity and water sectors are not able to maintain services, there will be grave implications for the ability of the health sector to function.” However, “It is important to stress that the phases do not represent an epidemiological prediction,” the document states. It is possible, in other words, to have early specific threats that do not lead to a pandemic; it is also possible for the first outbreaks of a pandemic to occur in such a way as to skip some intermediate phases. Many of the recommended activities within the various components are the same or similar between the existing and draft guidance, but some differ. For example, for containment efforts during phase 4, the draft advises affected countries to “engage in rapid containment operations in collaboration with WHO and the international community,” among other steps. The corresponding section in the existing document does not mention rapid containment operations, saying only that countries should “implement appropriate interventions identified during contingency planning, and consider any new guidance provided by WHO.” The guidance links the various phases to various responses by countries. However, it says the decision on when to start production of a pandemic vaccine will not be dictated by the phase: “The decision to recommend a switch to pandemic vaccine production will be made independently of phase changes. The ability to act promptly in such situations will depend entirely on access to viruses shared through the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network (GISN), highlighting the paramount importance of international cooperation in this area.” The guidance says that “non-health” sectors of society should plan for the likely impacts on businesses, schools, and other organizations; establish policies to be used during a pandemic; allocate resources to protect employees and customers; and educate employees. For phase 5, the draft guidance uses a more specific geographic criterion than the existing document. The existing guidance speaks of larger case clusters but ones still confined to a localized area, suggesting that the virus is not yet fully transmissible. The draft document defines phase 5 as featuring a virus that “has established human-to-human transmission in two or more non-contiguous countries in one geographical region.” A phase is not a predictionEach phase is linked to an “estimated probability of a pandemic” in the draft guidance, unlike in the current version. The probability is listed as “uncertain” for phases 1, 2, and 3, and rises for the remaining steps. The draft guidance for the first three phases incorporates the WHO’s existing recommendations on several topics: actions by individuals and households; actions at the societal level, including international travel measures; antivirals and other pharmaceuticals; and vaccines. The draft also defines three more phases after phase 6, none of which is numbered: the “post-peak period” (cases in most countries have dropped from peak levels), a “possible new wave” (flu activity is rising again), and the “post-pandemic period” (cases have returned to the normal range for seasonal flu). The vaccine section notes that the WHO currently makes no recommendations “either supporting or opposing the stockpiling of new influenza vaccines by a country for use either prior to a pandemic or during its early stages [prepandemic vaccines]. A well-matched pandemic vaccine will only be available after the pandemic influenza virus is identified.” While granting that the socioeconomic effects of a pandemic may be major, the WHO says it will measure pandemic severity on the basis of direct health impacts: “Societal and economic effects may be highly variable and dependent upon multiple factors (including the effects of the media and the underlying state of preparedness). WHO will instead assess pandemic severity based on primarily measurable effects on health.” Pandemic phasesThe draft guidance has six main pandemic phases, like the 2005 version. “However, the grouping and description of pandemic phases have been revised to be simpler, more precise and based upon verifiable phenomena rather than inference,” the document states.last_img read more