Jamiroquai Announces 10 Tour Dates In Europe And Asia

first_imgJust yesterday, Jamiroquai made our dreams come true with the confirmation of a new album release in 2017. The band released a snippet of new music with futuristic video footage, using the name Automaton as an identifier for the band’s new project. The futuristic theme continues today, as a space-age crystalline helmet appears atop singer Jay Kay’s head in the newest announcement.That announcement is the first full length Jamiroquai tour since 2014, stopping in Asia and Europe for 10 dates throughout the summer of 2017. They include a number of festival appearances, and stops in cities like Tokyo, Seoul, Athens, Rotterdam, Florence, and more! With this announcement, fans in North America are crossing their fingers for future tour dates. Since the post was billed “NEW LIVE APPEARANCES ANNOUNCED FOR 2017,” the language certainly leaves the door open for more dates to come.Check out the 10 day tour schedule, below.last_img read more

Right this way! See it! Taste it!

first_imgFrom where David Kessler sits, Americans live in a whiz-bang, lights-flashing, bells-ringing, nonstop carnival of food. It’s everywhere, and expertly blended to taste good. For most of us, that’s too much to resist.The result is an obesity epidemic roaring out of control, sweeping up Kessler himself, along with two-thirds of Americans who are overweight or obese.Kessler, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said Tuesday (March 9) during a talk at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) that obesity mirrors many traits that smoking had before public health efforts began to erode both its image and the number of smokers.Chains and processed-food manufacturers have opened a restaurant or snack shop at most major intersections and bombarded the public with advertising that says processed and restaurant food makes you cool, makes you have fun, and makes you popular. Even as those images sink into the nation’s psyche, food scientists have applied themselves to creating perfectly irresistible concoctions of sugar, salt, and fat.The result, Kessler said, is something of a perfect storm of messaging, opportunity, and desirability that has successfully snagged all too many of us. Today, Kessler said, cultural barriers that once restricted where and when we eat have fallen. Americans now eat at mealtimes, but also between meals, in meetings, in cars, on sidewalks, and in university lecture halls. Excess is no longer frowned upon, it’s celebrated, creating a supersized-food free-for-all that doesn’t exist in many other countries, where eating between meals is rare and where eating in formal locations, such as lecture halls, is frowned upon.Kessler, who led the FDA during the 1990s campaigns against tobacco, said the similarities to that predicament provide a roadmap out of this one.Like tobacco, he said, unhealthy eating and eating to excess need an image makeover. Tobacco at its height bombarded the airwaves with images of cool smokers, manly smokers, sexy smokers. Smoking was allowed everywhere — including in restaurants and on planes — and was accepted in many homes. Slowly, however, public health officials successfully fought tobacco’s general acceptance through campaigns against secondhand smoke and bans on advertising, eroding smokers’ cool image and crafting an unhealthy one.“We didn’t change the product, we changed the perception,” Kessler said.Food will be a tougher nut to crack, Kessler acknowledged. Unlike tobacco, which everyone can survive without, people can’t live without food. The neural circuits and urges that food manufacturers have successfully tapped are among the most basic.“I think it’s going to require everything that we’ve learned with tobacco. It’s going to take efforts on the public health side greater than anything we’ve done to date,” Kessler said. “Remember the middle school child who said, ‘Mom and Dad, please stop smoking?’ We will know we’ve made a change when that kid says, ‘Mom and Dad, please don’t take me to McDonalds.’”Kessler delivered the annual HSPH Stare-Hegsted Lecture, named after two founders of the School’s Nutrition Department. He also has written “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.”In his talk, which was introduced by HSPH Dean Julio Frenk and Nutrition Department Chair Walter Willett, Kessler described his own struggle with obesity — he said he owns suits in many sizes — and his growing fascination with its biological roots.He described recent obesity-related research that shows that it’s not just sugar, salt, and fat that make food attractive, but a combination of flavors that pull us toward specific foods. Behavioral pathways in the brain are created by eating those foods repeatedly, so if we’re not careful we become behaviorally predisposed to eating certain foods at certain times and places, whether we’re hungry or not.last_img read more

Simplifying multidrug therapies

first_imgHarvard researchers say they have discovered a new approach that could “drastically simplify” the process of designing drug cocktails to battle everything from bacterial infection to cancer and even HIV.As described in a paper published in the July 24 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a research team led by Philippe Cluzel, professor of molecular and cellular biology and Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, found that by studying how drugs interact in pairs, researchers can predict how larger combinations will interact.“This approach could significantly simplify the current development process,” said Kevin Wood, postdoctoral fellow in molecular and cellular biology and lead author of the paper. “Characterizing the effects of drugs, both individually and in pairs, remains essential, but this research suggests that once you have that information, it may be all you need. The results could open the door to the systematic design of candidate multidrug therapies.”Although doctors and researchers have long used drug “cocktails” as a way to avoid the development of drug resistance, the development of such therapies can be tricky. When drugs are administered on their own, their effects are generally well understood. When combined, Wood said, the results are often unexpected and can be highly counterintuitive.To crack the code, Cluzel and his team took an unexpected approach. Using 19 drugs — ranging from aspirin to commercial preservatives to commonly prescribed antibiotics — researchers first tested what effect the drugs, alone and in combinations, had against cell growth in two common types of bacterial infection, E. coli and S. aureus.Armed with that data, Cluzel’s team approached the research as though it were a statistical physics problem. Rather than studying the molecular interaction between drugs, they viewed the interactions as correlations between random variables related to cell growth. Using that method, they were eventually able to demonstrate that the effects of a two-drug combination act like building blocks for the effects of larger drug combinations. Now, from the effects of two-drug combinations, researchers can predict the effects of larger combinations.The team’s unconventional approach was made possible by its authors’ diversity of expertise. Satoshi Nishida is a microbiologist and Harvard associate, and Eduardo Sontag is a mathematician at Rutgers University. Wood trained as a physicist and, as a postdoctoral fellow, has broadened his expertise to microbiology. “Kevin’s adeptness in microbiology, physics, and math is what made this study possible,” said Cluzel, “The FAS Center for Systems Biology is a unique place that strongly fosters interdisciplinary projects.”Until now, Wood said, the only way researchers had of reliably assessing the effects of such drug combinations was simple: Test every possible combination of drugs at every possible dosage. But that method is incredibly time-consuming, often requiring thousands, or even millions, of individual tests.As an example of how complex the problem can become, Wood pointed to the 19 drugs tested in the paper. To test every combination at just three dosages, he said, would require nearly 1 billion experiments. The method outlined in the paper would require only about 1,600.“These findings are pretty remarkable,” he said. “Once we know how the drugs interact in pairs, we can predict the way they interact in larger numbers. When we combine three drugs, or more, the effects are simply an accumulation of the effects we saw at the pair-wise level.”Going forward, Wood said, researchers hope that the technique outlined in the paper could dramatically simplify the process of designing new multidrug therapies.“These types of drug cocktails are where we are headed, partly as a strategy to avoid drug resistance,” he said. “If you have a large number of drugs to choose from, it quickly becomes infeasible to determine the effects of all combinations. With this technique, however, a formerly intractable problem becomes experimentally within reach.”The study was focused solely on combating bacterial infections, but future research efforts will likely focus on areas — such as cancer and HIV treatment — where drug cocktails are commonly used.“We have a number of areas to continue studying. One is to understand the theoretical justification of the approximation. Why does this approach work, and what does it tell us about cell biology?” Wood said. “But from a practical standpoint, we’d also like to extend this into other types of cells, and other types of infections.”last_img read more

Increasing Accessibility and Flexibility While Solving Analytics and Compliance Challenges

first_imgSimilarly, JD Sillion, Chief Solutions Officer with Flatirons Solutions commented, “InfoArchive is a powerful and well-supported technology. Our customers have access to user-friendly solutions on a platform that meets demanding regulatory, governance, audit and reporting mandates. By making managing and accessing large volumes of data and content easier than ever before, InfoArchive helps us accelerate our customers’ return on investment in application retirement.”AnalyticsOrganizations must be able to understand their data and customize the format by which they use the data to address their business needs. InfoArchive 4.2 enhances the flexibility of administrators and knowledge workers to search and then export data and content managed by the InfoArchive platform. Customers now have increased abilities to customize search results that provide context for their particular business need. In addition, users have more export options and data aggregation, which provide greater control for data and content presentation and production.InfoArchive has been called an accelerating rocket ship over the past year. With today’s announcement, ECD once again speeds to higher heights for customers, and I am certain there is still much more space to explore. Regulatory compliance investigations, exams, and even litigation actions are very common for organizations in highly regulated industries like financial services. The problem our customer often face is how best to respond to these potentially laborious and costly actions. Today’s corporations require a flexible solution that can preserve the value of enterprise information – to comply with retention and compliance requirements – in an easily accessible, unified archive.We have listened to our customers, and today in at Momentum 2016 Barcelona, we announced our Dell EMC InfoArchive 4.2 solution will be generally available by the end of 2016. The newest version enables large-scale application retirement, optimization of production environments and facilitates application data integration and reuse – supporting new users, cloud applications and analytics. It also enhances the ability for administrators and knowledge workers to search and export data managed by the InfoArchive platform.Flexibility & Accessibility Indeed, among the big news with this release is that InfoArchive 4.2 now works with Amazon S3, part of Amazon Web Services (AWS) for cloud storage of unstructured information. InfoArchive integrates with the AWS Management Console, allowing customers to use Amazon S3 to archive any amount of data and at any time, from anywhere. Additionally, InfoArchive 4.2 enables a storage API interface, letting users select any storage for deployment and build their own storage integration.ComplianceToday’s financial organizations, as well as those across many other industries, must frequently respond to potential litigation matters and investigatory demands from regulators. In order to address these accurately and efficiently, it is important that financial services companies are able to collect potentially relevant information, analyze this data and then produce it for regulators and legal representation.InfoArchive 4.2 provides the functionality for corporations to search and create defensible collections that can be examined by legal entities, including high volume email ingestion, deduplication, metadata analysis, and preservation. The solution supplies rules-based retention on the records, which can be applied during or after ingestion, allowing companies to maintain granular control.Our partners and customers are already witnessing the value. When speaking with Tim Nelms, Business Unit Manager for the Archiving Division at Crawford Technologies, he shared why these new features are important to his customers by saying, “InfoArchive efficiently manages situations where compliance, access and responsiveness are required. This is central to our strategy for delivering next generation customer communications archiving solutions to customers.”last_img read more

Norm Lewis & Carolee Carmello Will Join Sweeney Todd Off-Broadway

first_img Norm Lewis Two Tony nominees will attend the tale of Sweeney Todd off-Broadway this spring. Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello will take on the roles of the titular demon barber and pie shop owner Mrs. Lovett in the off-Broadway revival beginning April 11, 2017.The New York transfer of the Tooting Arts Club production is set to begin performances at the Barrow Street Theatre on February 14. Lewis and Carmello will assume the leading roles from Jeremy Secomb and Siobhan McCarthy, who are reprising their critically acclaimed performances from the London run through April 9.Also joining the cast on April 11 are Jamie Jackson and John-Michael Lyles as Judge Turpin and Tobias, respectively, taking over for Duncan Smith and Joseph Taylor.Lewis received a Tony nomination in 2012 for his performance in Porgy and Bess. His additional credits include The Phantom of the Opera (in which he became the first black actor to play the title role on Broadway), The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables (both on Broadway and in the London 25th anniversary performance) and Chicago.Carmello, who most recently appeared on Broadway in Tuck Everlasting, earned Tony nominations for Scandalous, Lestat and Parade. She has also appeared on Broadway in Finding Neverland, Sister Act, The Addams Family, Mamma Mia! and Falsettos.Jackson’s previous stage credits include Doctor Zhivago, The Last Ship and Soul Doctor on Broadway and The 39 Steps off-Broadway. Lyles returns to the Barrow Street Theatre after appearing in The Flick; his additional off-Broadway credits include Brooklynite and Jasper in Deadland.The production, directed by Bill Buckhurst, is set to open officially on March 1 and will transform the venue into a working pie shop environment. The cast will also include Matt Doyle as Anthony, Alex Finke as Johanna, Betsy Morgan as Pirelli and the Beggar Woman and Brad Oscar as the Beadle. Norm Lewis & Carolee Carmello(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 26, 2018 Carolee Carmello Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

Colombia closer to reaching peace with the FARC: Juan Carlos Pinzón

first_img The agenda for the peace talks now underway in Havana focus on six broad categories, Villegas said: rural development, political participation, demobilization, the fight against drug trafficking and illegal crops, victims’ compensation and ratification of the agreement by the people. The first two points have already been agreed to by both parties, the ambassador said. “We have agreed with FARC to build a new opposition statute. The unarmed FARC as a political party has to be at the table with other parties and shape a new opposition. That’s obvious,” he said. “But it hasn’t been done in Colombia in the last 40 years.” When it comes to drug trafficking, Villegas said may someday be possible to remove Colombia from the cocaine equation completely. “It sounds like a simple subject, but imagine the consequences for the world if Colombia had a zero drug crop,” the ambassador explained. “We’ve moved from 200,000 hectares of coca to 40,000 hectares. We are no longer the biggest producer of coca leaf, and we could move to zero with FARC’s help in eradicating illicit crops. Yet the balloon effect is something we have to take care of. If markets still exist, someone else will produce that coca. Hopefully it won’t be us.” Hopefully the peace talks in Havana finalize favorably for Colombia. That would be an accomplishment for the security forces and the people. They’re not telling the people the truth just economic and social interests. They mock the victims, they don’t talk about turning in weapons they evade justice if justice exists. They don’t publish what has been agreed upon. They don’t broadcast it. If it’s transparent, why don’t they publish and broadcast it The vast majority of Colombians have confidence in the short-term and long-term security of the country, Pinzón said. “Around 90 percent of Colombians, when they talk about security problems, they are not talking any more about the country falling to an illegal organization or to a terrorist organization,” Pinzón said, referring to the FARC. “After technically defeating those enemies of the Colombian people, what we’re telling them is, maybe it’s time for you to get out of this situation. We will continue to pressure them every day, everywhere, so they understand that they have only one exit with dignity: to agree for an option of peace and getting into the political system which in the end is part of what our democracy conceives.” \ Pinzón added: “There are challenges, but I think we are moving forward with strength. We will keep moving the bar as far as we can so these criminals understand that the Colombian people do not want this type of violence anymore. My frank opinion is that Colombia will reach peace.” Pinzón’s speech was sponsored by Brookings’ Latin America Initiative and the Center for 21st Century Security. It came the day before President Obama received Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the Oval Office and congratulated the visiting 62-year-old head of state “on his bold and brave efforts to bring about a lasting and just peace inside of Colombia in his negotiations with the FARC.” Pinzón said the two countries have been military allies for years, and that in 2000, when Plan Colombia began, U.S. funding as a percentage of Colombia’s total defense budget was nearly 20 percent. Today, it’s less than 1 percent, Pinzón said. “This shows first the will of the Colombian people to pay our own bills, particularly to recover our nation, to recover our security,” he said. “We certainly appreciate what we get from the U.S., and what we still we need to get, but showing that these only go to quality capabilities … exceptional in technology and knowledge that can really give a certain push.” Progress in the fight against drug trafficking and production By Dialogo December 25, 2013 The Colombian economy is improving The Colombian government is likely to reach a peace accord soon with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), even though the two sides are continuing to skirmish on the battlefield, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón said recently. The Colombian Armed Forces is now the most widely respected institution in the country — even more than the church and the government itself, Pinzón said in a wide-ranging speech at the Brookings Institution on Dec. 2, 2013. His comments came as peace talks continue in Havana between FARC negotiators and representatives of the Colombian government to end what has become Latin America’s longest-running rebel insurgency. Colombia-U.S. cooperation should continue: analyst Six-point agenda for peace talks in Havana center_img Economic progress While Colombian authorities are negotiating a peace accord with FARC leaders, the country’s economy is booming, Pinzón said. The government’s efforts to reduce poverty are having a positive impact. “What we care most about these days is reducing poverty. Just five years ago, we had a poverty rate of 52 percent, and extreme poverty was 40 percent. Now our unemployment rate is only 9 percent after more than a decade in double digits,” he said. Pinzón: Colombians want to ‘pay their own way’ Going forward with strength Luís Carlos Villegas, Colombia’s newly appointed ambassador to the United States, touted the health of Colombia’s economy during a speech at CSIS on Dec. 6, 2013. Ten years ago, the size of Colombia’s economy was less than $100 billion, ranking seventh in Latin America. Today, its GDP is nearly $400 billion, ranking Colombia third in the region, Villegas said. “Back then, foreign trade was $25 billion a year. Now it’s $120 billion. I don’t think there’s another emerging market that has seen such dramatic positive change,” said Villegas. “When we first started negotiating with FARC in 1998, about 60 percent of Colombians were living under the poverty line. Today, it’s three in 10, and extreme poverty is in the single digits. For the first time in 200 years, the majority of our people are middle-class.” With Colombia’s GDP likely to grow at five percent in 2014 and a public budget next year of $115 billion — up from $30 billion 10 years ago — the government can now afford to build roads, improve infrastructure and expand health and education networks like never before, he said. “Ten years ago, our society had a lack of hope in the future,” Villegas explained. “These days, we are hopeful, but the conflict — even if it’s small and very localized — is an obstacle to faster economic development. So in order to become a developed country in the next generation, we need to remove the conflict. Every victim we can save from this conflict, every terrorist attempt we prevent is a gain for Colombian society.” Colombian security forces have made important inroads against organized crime groups which produce and traffic cocaine. Colombian security forces seized about 600 tons of cocaine from January 2013 through mid-December, authorities said. Colombia is no longer the world’s largest producer of cocaine, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Colombian security forces must continue to be vigilant, Pinzón said. The country’s mountainous terrain and ungoverned spaces still present problems for the Armed Forces, Pinzón said, noting that “when you don’t have control, someone else will fill that absence. We are putting pressure in their own bases at the same time, for the first time ever.” A peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC would dramatically open economic opportunities for the country’s 46 million residents, participants at the Brookings event said. Cooperation between Colombia and the United States should continue, said Carl Meacham, director of the Americas program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, (CSIS), a Washington-based think tank. “The success of Plan Colombia does not mean the [U.S.-Colombia] bilateral relationship should stop evolving. It needs to be adapting and moving forward. So many things are possible now that weren’t possible before,” Meacham said. last_img read more

Hempstead Man Convicted of Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Hempstead man was convicted Wednesday of shooting a 23-year-old man to death four years ago.A Nassau County jury found Michael Gibson guilty of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.“This defendant stopped his car, approached a bar fight with a gun drawn, shot and killed a man, then tried to run from his crime,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Prosecutors said the 35-year-old gunman shot and killed Joseph Bolling following a fight outside the Seduccion night club at 3 a.m. on Sept. 3, 2011.The victim was taken to Winthrop-University Hospital, where he died. Authorities apprehended Gibson in North Carolina three months later.Gibson faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced July 16 before Judge Jerald Carter.last_img read more

Egyptian teen dies of H5N1 infection

first_imgDec 16, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Egypt’s health ministry has announced that a 16-year-old girl died of an H5N1 avian influenza infection, the country’s first human case in about 8 months, according to a report today from the World Health Organization (WHO).The girl died at Assiut University Hospital yesterday in central Egypt’s Asyut governorate, the WHO reported. She got sick on Dec 8 and was admitted 3 days later to a district hospital before she was transferred to the university facility on Dec 13. She becomes Egypt’s 51st H5N1 case and its 23rd death.She became ill after exposure to sick and dead poultry in her household, the WHO report said. The girl is from a village near the city of Asyut, the governorate’s capital, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today.Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing by Egypt’s Central Public Health Laboratory on the girl’s samples was positive for the H5N1 virus, and the findings were confirmed yesterday by the US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 in Cairo, according to the WHO.Egypt’s last H5N1 case was reported in mid April when a 2-year-old boy became ill after having contact with sick and dead poultry, according to previous reports.Animal health experts have said that the H5N1 virus is endemic in Egypt’s poultry. The country has the most human avian influenza cases outside of the Asian countries that have been hardest hit by the virus.The girl’s death brings the WHO’s global H5N1 count to 391 cases and 247 deaths.See also:Dec 16 WHO statementApr 18 CIDRAP News story “Boy’s illness raises Egypt’s H5N1 count to 50”last_img read more

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Hundreds of Indonesian ‘tabligh’ attendees, 14 with COVID-19, stuck in locked down India

first_imgThe Tabligh-e-Jamaat’s Markaz in Nizamuddin West in Delhi, held last month, has emerged as a major COVID-19 hot spot with at least 128 positive cases across the country.The center for Nizamuddin events has advised all states and union territories to “immediately trace, screen and quarantine” the estimated 2,000 foreigners who attended the religious gathering, The Statesman reported.Fifty tested positive in Tamil Nadu, 24 in New Delhi, 21 in Telangana, 21 in Andhra Pradesh, 10 in Andamans and one each in Assam and Jammu and Kashmir after attending the gathering.Judha said among the 14 participants from Indonesia who tested positive for the coronavirus, 10 had recovered, while four others were still in treatment. The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that hundreds of Indonesian citizens who recently participated in a tabligh event – an Islamic mass gathering — in New Delhi remain stuck in India as the South Asian country imposed a three-week lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.Fourteen Indonesians who were among the participants have tested positive for COVID-19, the ministry’s director for citizen’s protection, Judha Nugraha, said.“As of March 30, at least 731 Indonesian citizens, the participants of a tabligh, are across Indian states. They are those who have been affected by the lockdown imposed by the Indian government until April 14,” Judha said in a virtual press briefing on Wednesday. “Our envoy in New Delhi, together with the Indonesian Embassy’s task force for COVID-19, met with the Indonesian tabligh participants in New Delhi on Tuesday to give moral support. They also called on [the citizens] to obey the call from authorities there,” Judha said.The Indian Home Ministry, in a letter addressed to state chief secretaries and police chiefs, has said that if any foreigner tests negative for the deadly coronavirus, they should be “immediately deported on the first available flight”.“Till that time, such person must be confined and quarantined by their host organization, ” the government said in its advisory as quoted by The Statesman.“Our missions in New Delhi and Mumbai will help the Indonesian citizens, especially the tabligh participants, process their permit extensions with Indian immigration if their visa is close to expiring,” Judha said.According to Worldometer, India had recorded 1,998 cases of COVID-19 and 58 fatalities as of Thursday.Topics :last_img read more