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HSPH Dean Julio Frenk on health reform lessons from Mexico

first_imgDean Julio Frenk, who served as Mexico’s minister of health from 2000 to 2006, contributed to the Harvard Business Review’s “Innovations in Health Care” blog. As countries from Ghana to the United States grapple with expanding health care coverage for their citizens, policy efforts in Mexico have lessons to offer, he writes. As minister of health, Frenk introduced a program of comprehensive national health insurance, known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for tens of millions of previously uninsured Mexicans. As of December 2010, 40 million people were enrolled in the program and the country is on track to achieving universal health care coverage this year, Frenk writes.The impacts of this type of program are felt not only in health gains, but in educational performance and economic growth, Frenk writes. Mexico is “fighting a different war, against ill health and poverty, and the prospects are very promising.”last_img read more

Odds & Ends: ‘S Wonderful News for Robert Fairchild, Daniel Radcliffe’s a Receptionist & More

first_img View Comments Daniel Radcliffe Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 Star Files An American in Paris Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. ‘S Wonderful News for Robert FairchildRobert Fairchild, who garnered a Tony nod for An American in Paris, has received another prestigious accolade. He’s been honored with a Bessie Award nomination for outstanding performer for his work in the tuner. The 2015 Bessies, the dance world’s version of the Tonys, will take place on October 19 at the Apollo Theater. Congratulations from us all at Broadway.com!Karen Olivo & SNL’s Taran Killam Will Lead The OdysseyTony winner Karen Olivo, SNL’s Taran Killam and current The Wild Party star Brandon Victor Dixon have been tapped for the Public’s musical adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey. The previously reported production, conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet, with music, lyrics and book by Todd Almond, will run September 4 through September 7 at the Delacorte Theater. Joining Olivo as Penelope, Killam as Cyclops and Dixon as Odysseus will be Lucas Caleb Rooney as Antinous, Almond as a singer and cameo group performances by The Bobby Lewis Ensemble, The D.R.E.A.M. Ring, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II, The Marching Cobras, The New York Youth Symphony and TADA! Youth Theater.Aladdin Prequel In The WorksAladdin, the stage adaptation of which is currently playing on Broadway, is getting a live-action prequel! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is developing Genies, which will follow the story of how the Genie ended up in the lamp. No word yet on timing, but the comedy adventure is being penned by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. The role of the Genie was of course played by the legendary Robin Williams in the 1992 animated classic; James Monroe Iglehart won the Tony for his performance in the role on the Great White Way. And we now have “Friend Like Me” on the brain…Watch Daniel Radcliffe Be an Inept ReceptionistFive-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Daniel Radcliffe recently stopped by the NYLON offices and sat at the front desk, unbeknownst to staffers and office visitors. He wasn’t the best receptionist (although he did at least keep track of the bathroom key). Check out the hysterical video below (one visitor loved him in “the horse play”), and make sure you keep watching until the surprise guest makes his entrance at the end…last_img read more

Hyde new Tourism and Marketing Commissioner

first_imgAgency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn has announced the appointment of Bruce J. Hyde, Fayston, asVermont’s new Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing.”Bruce brings hands-on skills to the job. He has operated the Hyde AwayInn and Restaurant since 1987 and represented Washington-Addison District1 in the Vermont Legislature between 1994 and 2000. In addition to hisexperience in the business community, tourism industry and Vermontgovernment, he brings a commitment to efficiency, professionalism andimproving the bottom line for Vermont businesses and taxpayers,” Dornsaid.Commissioner Hyde has also served on local boards including the SugarbushChamber of Commerce, the board for the Mad River Valley Senior Citizens,Inc. and Evergreen Place, Inc.”I completely support Governor Douglas’ pledge to make Vermont StateGovernment a friendlier and more efficient resource for Vermonters. Mymission is to work with the Vermont tourism industry in such ways that theVermont Department of Tourism and Marketing exemplifies that goal,” saidHyde.Hyde is the organizer and director of the Mad River Valley Century Ride.This unique event has been held for the last 12 years and involves a100-mile bike ride through Central Vermont. The event attracts peoplefrom various regions of the country and has grown to 500 participants.Hyde holds a B.S. Degree in Biology from Bucknell University.In addition to Hyde’s appointment, Dorn announced his selection of SybilChicoine of Shelburne as Deputy Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing.Chicoine has been the department’s Director of Coordinated Marketing since2000 and previously was Director of Marketing for the University Mall inSouth Burlington.last_img read more

The Last Howl: Will The Red Wolf Go Extinct This Year?

first_imgIt’s their howl,” says Kim Wheeler, president of the Red Wolf Coalition. “That’s what keeps me going. It’s a sound that falls somewhere between the deep baritone of the grey wolf and the yip of the coyote. It’s their call to life. And now, because the program to protect them is under such scrutiny, there’s a very really possibility that their voice will be silenced.”Once a top predator throughout the southeastern United States, the red wolf almost vanished 50 years ago. After being named an endangered species, a captive breeding program began in 1973. As the captive population grew, scientists considered where the red wolf could be reintroduced.10977060066_2533315a09_o_FIXPhoto by Ryan Nordsven/ USFWSIn 1987, six pairs of wolves were released in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge located within a five-county region—Beaufort, Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde and Washington—of eastern North Carolina. Those 1.7 million refuge acres are now home to the only wild population of red wolves in the world, managed for the last 29 years by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Red Wolf Recovery Program. Until recently, it has been one of the most successful wildlife recovery programs in the country’s history.But today, both the program and the wild red wolf face possible extinction once more. In the last few years, the wild population has decreased from over 120 wolves to 45— mainly due to shotgun mortality. Red wolves can resemble coyotes—especially at night—and a handful of local landowners have balked at hunting restrictions to protect red wolves. At the request of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and pro-hunting landowners, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has temporarily suspended the red wolf reintroduction and adaptive management program.Voices both for and against the red wolf have demanded immediate action; in September, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will announce whether they will continue the recovery program or remove the last remaining wild red wolves.“The situation has gotten so much more dire,” says Brett Hartl, Endangered Species Policy Director for the Center for Biological Diversity. “We didn’t expect the population to drop as quickly as it has. We’re at a crisis point. They won’t last much longer unless there’s a change in course.”8703620077_41e11de394_o_FIXThe red wolf stands just over two feet tall, with pointed ears, long legs, and large feet. Red wolves weigh up to 80 pounds, and some of its fur has a reddish tint. Shy and reclusive, red wolves roam the woods at night in search of food such as rabbits and raccoons as well as insects, berries, and occasionally, deer.“Red wolves are not unlike our human families,” Wheeler says. “They have puppies, they take care of them, they eat, they often travel in packs and they do their normal wolf activities.”In 1988, the first wild litter of red wolf pups was born on the Alligator River Peninsula. As the population grew, scientists attempted to establish wild red wolf populations in other areas, including St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge in Florida (in 1990) and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (in 1992). But none of the other wild populations thrived, and all have subsequently ended.Meanwhile, the North Carolina population increased under the watchful eye of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Red Wolf Recovery Program. On the Alligator River Peninsula, the wolves have over one million designated acres to roam. But from their first days, they wandered onto private land. And that’s where the resistance began.“The program has been controversial throughout its existence,” says Pete Benjamin, Raleigh Field Supervisor for U.S. Fish & Wildlife (USFWS). “Generally I’d have to characterize it as successful. It was the first effort of its kind to restore a large carnivore to its historic range, and this program was the model for other predator re-introduction programs, including the grey wolves to Yellowstone.”Indeed, for the first fifteen years of the program, the human and red wolf populations co-existed in relative peace. Sightings were rare, but tourists still traveled to the area in the hopes of seeing the elusive animals. USFWS worked with farmers who encountered red wolves on their private lands; the red wolves, for their part, often helped control predator populations during farming seasons.USFWS monitored the red wolves, implementing various programs including the sterilization of coyotes to prevent a ‘coy-wolf’ hybrid population. Red wolves live an average of six to seven years in the wild; the Alligator River Peninsula population peaked at an estimated 130 red wolves.7747777230_674b89a7fc_o_FIXBut in the last five years, that number has plummeted. One major reason: gunshot mortality. Coyotes and red wolves are similar in appearance, and the two have sometimes bred.Coyotes have moved eastward across the United States, and when they arrived in the Alligator River Peninsula, hunters did not want them preying on deer or local livestock. Private landowners, often confusing red wolves for coyotes, began shooting red wolves. From 2012-2015, an estimated 30 of 65 red wolf deaths were attributed to shooting.Hyde County Manager Bill Rich owns over 3,000 acres in the area. “There was never really a problem with the introduction of the red wolf,” Rich says. “But it was the red wolf going onto private land and the attraction of the coyote. Now, the coyotes have taken over.”In 2012, in an effort to control the booming coyote population, North Carolina instituted a policy allowing night hunting of coyotes, which is the most effective time for hunting them—but also when it’s hardest to distinguish between a red wolf and a coyote.In response, conservation groups the Defenders of Wildlife, the Red Wolf Coalition, and the Animal Welfare Institute enlisted the Southern Environmental Law Center to sue the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), a state agency funded in part by hunting and fishing licenses. They argued that, by authorizing the shooting of coyotes within the recovery area, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission was causing red wolves to be shot and killed in violation of the Endangered Species Act. On May 13, 2014, the plaintiffs won when a federal court banned all coyote hunting in the recovery area.“That really cemented what had been kind of a simmering local resentment and opposition to the red wolf program,” Benjamin says. “That act of taking away the ability of landowners to hunt coyotes at night galvanized local public opposition to the recovery effort—and that has prompted and led to the chain of events that has us taking a look at the program.”In November 2014, the plaintiffs and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission went back to court and asked the federal judge to amend his order in November 2014, to limit his ban only to night hunting of coyotes. The judge complied.Despite this concession, the controversy did not end. At the request of several private landowners, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission then asked U.S. Fish & Wildlife to terminate the reintroduction program and remove the wolves from all private lands.“As long as U.S. Fish & Wildlife has a red wolf program, we’re obligated to collaborate with them,” says Brandon Sherrill of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “But the commissioners asked to terminate the program because of impacts that it’s had on private landowners. Wolves were originally released on federal lands only, but animals can’t see property lines.”In response, USFWS hired the nonprofit, independent Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) to take a closer look at their program through the lens of three main areas: supporting science, program management, and human dimensions, to examine whether it should be continued as well as what changes might need to occur.After a lengthy examination, WMI recommended that the program should continue, but with some improvements.  “WMI concluded that the recovery program management could have been improved if a more interdisciplinary approach was used to better respond to public concerns and information needs,” wrote WMI president Steve Williams. “We also concluded that the rules established for the recovery program were not always followed.”WMI submitted a list of recommendations for how the program might be improved. But USFWS, under political pressure, has ignored those findings.“What we’re seeing is the program getting slowly shut off, bit by bit, which is really disappointing since this was once one of the most successful and innovative programs in the history of restoration,” Hartl says. “I think there’s a lot of pressure from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission which is opposed to the red wolves.”With the red wolf program languishing, in November of 2015, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) filed another lawsuit, this time against the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. On June 20, they also filed an emergency motion with U.S. District Court to stop USFWS from capturing and killing red wolves. The litigation is pending.“The state didn’t like our win on coyote hunting, and they pushed back hard—so hard that they asked for red wolves to be declared extinct and removed from North Carolina,” explains Sierra Weaver, senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. “After that point, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scaled back a lot of its efforts to protect and recover the species, giving in to a lot of pressure from the state and a small number of vocal landowners.”One example: the allowance of landowners to shoot a red wolf on their property via permit from USFWS. In 2015, a landowner shot and killed a female red wolf who was known to have given birth to multiple litters and was exhibiting denning behavior at the time that she was killed.USFWS has also removed red wolves from private lands when landowners have requested it. “They have issued those permits for no reason other than the wolves are there and the landowners don’t like it,” Weaver says. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is failing to comply with the Endangered Species Act’s requirements to not only ensure that the species doesn’t go extinct in the wild, but to actually make sure they recover. They aren’t basing their management on the best available science, and they haven’t looked at the current status of the species on the ground in North Carolina.”Indeed, in the past year, the USFWS has eliminated the recovery coordinator position for the program, stopped reintroducing red wolves into the recovery area, ended coyote sterilization and removal, and stopped their popular and successful education programs about red wolves. Instead, they have issued permits allowing landowners to kill individual red wolves. And despite USFWS acknowledging in a 1999 briefing paper that removal of red wolves may be detrimental to the species’ recovery, they began honoring requests from landowners for red wolf removals—and those numbers have skyrocketed.According to the motion for emergency relief filed by the SELC in late June, “Internal documents show that by October 2014, engendered by a campaign by a handful of landowners opposed to red wolf reintroduction, the Service had received over 400 requests from private landowners for removal of wolves and for authorization to kill wolves.”One of those requests came from Lynn Clayton, who owns about 550 acres in Hyde County. “We used to have a lot of deer on our property—where woods were across the field, you could see 100 deer, easy,” Clayton says. “Now you ride through, and if you see one or two, you’re lucky. I used to see more deer than coyotes, and now I see nothing but coyotes.”Clayton said he recently caught a red wolf on his property on a Tuesday, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service retrieved and took back to the refuge. But the refuge land, Clayton says, is largely flooded, leading the wolves to once again enter private lands. He caught the same wolf on his land less than a week later. “I don’t think people want to do away with an endangered species, but people are just tired and want the whole thing done away with,” Clayton says. “We’re tired of being lied to by the government. We’re tired of losing property rights. This has been a big imposition on the people here.”Nearly everyone agrees that for the red wolf recovery program to work long-term, landowner cooperation is essential. “Our refuges, while big, aren’t big enough in and of themselves to sustain a population of red wolves,” Benjamin says. “The wolves need access to those private lands. So without support of the community, the program can’t effectively move forward.”Most landowners still back the red wolf program. In late January, more than 100 private landowners in the five-county recovery area signed and sent a petition to U.S Fish & Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe, expressing their support for keeping endangered red wolves on their land.“The program, for the most part, has been supported on the ground, even by private landowners who have wolves on their property,” says Ben Prater, Southeast program director for Defenders of Wildlife. It’s been only a small and vocal group of anti-government landowners opposing the red wolf recovery.Some of those landowners may be more difficult than others to persuade. “When you go out at night, you hear nothing but packs of coyotes howling,” Rich says. “We’ve got to figure out a way to get rid of the coyotes.” For these few landowners, that means getting rid of the wolves, too.But conservation groups have pointed out alternatives, including the sterilization of coyotes and a robust red wolf population. “A healthy red wolf population naturally pushes the coyotes out,” Prater says.Another possible solution, Prater says, lies in monetary incentives for landowners. A similar program was recently launched in Florida to protect the endangered panther and has seen early success. “Some type of incentive or payment plan—where landowners are compensated  for every wolf pack they have or every acre of habitat they provide—it can work. It has worked elsewhere. We just need to start these conversations.”As the recovery program’s hiatus continues, the red wolves slide closer to extinction. Several conservation groups issued an emergency petition urging action from USFWS. “There is support in the region—and across the country— for the red wolf,” Harti says. The petition also asked that the USFWS honor its original 1990 recovery plan document and establish two additional populations of red wolves in other southern states, a recommendation the WMI consultants also included in their 2014 findings.The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s decision is expected in September. Now is the best—and perhaps only—chance for the public to help save the species.“The recovery program was successful—and it can be again—if given the resources it needs,” Prater says. “The red wolf is the most endangered mammal on the planet. There are fewer red wolves than pandas, elephants, and Siberian tigers. Recovery is not only an option, but the only option.”The future of red wolves will be decided next month. Sign the petitions to save the red wold at Defenders.orglast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Governments consider adding extinct wooly mammoth to endangered species list to slow ivory smuggling

first_imgGovernments consider adding extinct wooly mammoth to endangered species list to slow ivory smuggling For the first time ever, governments are considering adding an extinct animal to the endangered species listing. The wooly mammoth has been dead for thousands of years but government conservationists are proposing to register the animal under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). Most involved agree the action is technically allowed under the rules of the convention. The unorthodox move is being made in an attempt to protect elephants. Wildlife authorities report that smugglers try to pass African elephant ivory off as wooly mammoth ivory in an attempt to trick authorities. That won’t be so easy if the wooly mammoth ivory trade is regulated. The proposal will likely be considered at the next CITES gathering, which has not yet been scheduled. If you want to truly return to the earth after your death, Washington State is the place to kick the bucket. The state just became the first to legalize human composting. The law, which goes into effect in 2020, recognizes “natural organic reduction,” sometimes also called liquid cremation, as a legal means of disposing of human bodies. The process, called Recompose, involves using wood chips, straw, and other materials to turn the body into rich, odorless soil that passes all state and federal guidelines. More pollution by toxic substances found at Duke coal ash sitescenter_img It’s now legal to compost a human body in Washington State According to disclosures required by federal law, Duke Energy has shared for the first time that more toxic chemicals are polluting the water at Duke coal ash sites in North Carolina. Duke has disclosed that it is exceeding federal groundwater protection standards for the following toxic substances at these coal ash lagoons: mercury at Belews Creek in Stokes County; barium at Marshall on Lake Norman; and lithium, radium 226, and radium 228 at Roxboro in Person County. The disclosure means that the toxins released from Duke’s coal ash sites are even worse than first reported. Despite the toxic mix of chemicals leaking into North Carolina’s water, Duke Energy wants to leave coal ash in unlined pits at six sites.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events & Calendar Listings October 16-22

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Americas Poetry FestivalWorld-renowned poet Luis Ambroggio will lead a colloquium on Walt Whitman’s presence in Hispanic-American poetry, followed by a presentation of his book, We Are All Whitman. [Read about The Good, Grey Poet’s time on LI HERE] Walt Whitman Birthplace, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station. waltwhitman.org Free. 11 a.m. Oct. 16.Bruce Lieberman: East EndAn exhibit showcasing the colorful work of Bruce Lieberman, who is fully immersed in the Long Island experience, capturing the rhythm and textures of both land and sea. His latest work takes an autobiographical, in-depth look at life on LI, revealing the relationship of Lieberman’s daily life to his paintings. His house and garden, nearby ocean, and everyday items fill the canvas. Exhibit runs through Nov. 14. Gallery North, 90 North Country Rd., Setauket. gallerynorth.org Free. 5 p.m. Oct. 17.Hardcore Legend: An Evening With Mick FoleyShowcasing his trademark blend of wildness and warmth while combining the humor fans loved from his books and in-ring “promos” with the intensity of his most famous matches, this event is uproariously funny, simply surreal and surprisingly sensitive. It includes a Q&A as well as a meet and greet. Vail-Leavit Music Hall, 18 Peconic Ave., Riverhead. realmickfoley.com $25-$40. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17.George LopezIf you have not yet experienced the comical genius that is actor, talk show host and mega-funnyman George Lopez, well, you just have simply not laughed to your body’s full, can’t-control-myself-cause-I’m-laughing-too-damn-hard hysterical, knee-slapping, my-belly-hurts-way-too-much potential. Yeah, lol. He’s that funny. You’ll be sharing his jokes around the water cooler, cubicle and lunch room for weeks. Don’t miss him. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$84.25. 8 p.m. Oct. 17.Click here to learn about more arts and music performances taking place across Long Island in The Island Ear!Gilbert GottfriedThis Brooklyn-born comedian has the most distinctive voice in comedy today. To think he started at 15, when he cracked up the audiences with his idiosyncratic delivery at open-mic nights. And from there he’s played the parrot Iago in Disney’s hit film, Aladdin, Digit in the children’s cartoon/educational math-based program called Cyberchase and business manager Sidney Bernstein in Beverly Hills Cop II, which prompted the New York Daily News to write that “Gilbert Gottfried steals the picture with a single scene.” Stephen King was right when he called Gottfried “a national treasure.” The Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. Oct. 17.Heather Pierson and Cathy KregerPierson, a soulful singer with a gorgeous voice who is also a great pianist and songwriter, is joined by Kreger’s melodic voice and guitar skills. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org $15, $6 kids under 12. 8 p.m. Oct. 17.Destination Downton: PAC MAC Festival 2014Get ready for more than a week of creative place-setting, scene-stealing, multi-venue entertainment encompassing music, art and cinema. Part of the ongoing mega-arts celebration Arts Alive LI, the festival starts Oct. 17 with husband-wife country duo Thomson Square playing at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, followed by the great comedienne Paula Poundstone performing at the same venue the following day. Earlier the same day there’s a reception party in honor of the Latino artists’ collaborative exhibition, “Celebrando La Vida 2014” (“Celebrating Life”), presented by Projecting Arts and Briarcliffe College, from 5-7 p.m. A full-day “Jamfest” rocks out on Oct. 19 at 89 North St. Readings by Herstory Writers’ Workshop will take place at the Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center on Oct. 20. Meanwhile the Plaza Cinema will be holding special screenings all week long of “Dancing in Jaffa,” “Get On Up” (the James Brown biopic), and the Beatles’ classic “A Hard Days Night.” And throughout the week at various times The Loft at the Brickhouse will be screening animation and short films. Patchogue Arts Council, 20 Terry St., Patchogue, patchougearts.org, prices vary depending on venue, check the individual event for times and dates.Click here to learn about even more arts- and music-related events taking place across Long Island as part of the month-long Arts Alive LI celebration extravaganza!The Wizard of OzJoin Dorthy, the scarecrow, cowardly lion and tin man as they follow the yellow brick road in the magical Land of Oz in which this enduring fantasy musical is set. We’re not in Kansas anymore! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $14.50-$18.50. 11 a.m. Oct. 18.Oyster FestivalBilled as the largest annual outdoor festival and the largest waterfront fest on the East Coast with about 200,000 attendees on average, the 31st oyster fest is back. The lineup includes tall ships, pirate shows and carnival rides. Aside from oysters prepared every way imaginable, it also features the famous oyster schucking contest. Theodore Roosevelt Park, West End Avenue, Oyster Bay. theoysterfestival.org Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 18, 19.BoobstockAll-female and female-fronted rock tribute bands star in this Breast Cancer Awareness Month fundraiser that also marks the 45th anniversary of Woodstock. All proceeds go directly to providing free in-home health and wellness services to breast cancer patients in the NY/LI area. The line-up inlcudes Amethyst Roxx, Aerochix, Lady Sabbath, The Gutter Dollz, Flight Of Fire and Wildside featuring Vixen Neil of Girls, Girls, Girls. The Emporium. 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com RockingTheRoadForACure.org $20, $25 DOS. 1 p.m. Oct. 18.East End MusingsA reception for Daniel Jones, whose large-format photography allows him to use the textural and tonal richness of the medium to express an emotional response to the landscape in the tradition of photographers such as Ansel Adams. Work will also be exhibited by Jim Sabiston, an award-winning freelance photographer from Long Island whose work defies categorization, ranging from landscapes to perceptive abstracts. Exhibit through Nov. 3. The South Street Gallery and Framers. 18 South St., Greenport. thesouthstreetgallery.com 5 p.m. Oct. 18.Bill Cosby 77This show biz veteran deserves his own spot on Mount Rushmore, given how much he’s done to liven up the American cultural landscape since he first co-starred on the Sixties’ hit series I Spy, a breakthrough role for an African American on prime-time TV. With a string of top-selling comedy albums under his belt (from which Fat Albert sprang to life), Cosby earned his place in the pantheon of great performers with the long-running family-comedy series that needed no other name but this one: The Cosby Show. This top-rated sitcom ran from 1984 to 1992, and the funny thing was millions of blacks and whites tuned in every Thursday night to see William Henry “Bill” Cosby Jr. portray the patient patriarch, Dr. Heathcliff “Cliff” Huxtable. It helped that his TV wife, Claire, was the talented Phylicia Rashad. Comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and social activist, Cosby has been there, done that. And now he’s back on the road making people laugh so hard they cry. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $59.50-$99.50. 5:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m. Oct. 18.Taking it to the StreetsA reception for new works by emerging and up-and-coming local and New York artists. Live music, poetry readings and an artisan market will coincide with the event. Exhibit runs through Nov. 24. Studio 5404 Art Space, 5404 Merrick Rd., Massapequa. environvisiondesigns.com $10. 4 p.m. Oct. 18. Jackie MasonWidely regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time, Mason combines satire, observations on the foibles of modern life and impeccable timing to create material that leaves audiences laughing until they cry and critics raving show after show. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $34.50-$62.50. 8 p.m. Oct. 18.Blue Oyster CultWhat other Long Island band has done more for FM radio than the Blue Oyster Cult? That’s right, where would we be on the L.I.E. without “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You,” and “Godzilla”?  The airwaves would have been deader than a rusty doorknob on a ’56 Buick. But thanks to the creative environs of an old house near Stony Brook’s college campus, a group of talented musicians formed the core of a band that has now been going on strong for decades in ever-evolving configurations. Their current lineup features Eric Bloom on vocals, rhythm guitar and keyboards; Donald (Buck Dharma) Roeser on guitar and vocals; Richie Castellano on guitars and keyboards; Jules Radino on drums; and Kasim Sulton on bass. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $45-$80. 8 p.m. Oct. 18.Richard MarxSinger, songwriter, musician and producer Richard Marx has made history with a string of indelible hits that include radio-ready rock tunes like “Don’t Mean Nothing” and “Should’ve Known Better,” as well as stirring romantic ballads like “Hold on to the Nights” and “Right Here Waiting.” The dark curly-haired Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums and had more than a dozen No. 1 singles. For many fans, Marx has created the soundtrack to the most memorable moments in their lives. “I have written songs that are incredibly romantic—songs that people play at their weddings or that were playing when their kids were born,” Marx says. “They have traditionally dealt with the highest concept of forever.” On his new album, Beautiful Goodbye, Marx ventures into different territory, both sonically and lyrically. With influences that range from Sade to Brazil’s Bebel Gilberto to various EDM artists, Marx offers up a set of sensual, electronic-driven soundscapes that explore a more fleeting, carnal side of romance. Ah, the sounds of desire! The whispers of love! Just another fantastic performance that’s part of the month-long Arts Alive LI celebration! Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $60. 8 p.m. Oct. 18.Performance PLUS! PilobolusAnyone who’s ever seen Pilobolus knows that this amazing dance troupe creates images with their bodies that defy the imagination. Since its founding in 1971, Pilobolus has shown the human body to be the most expressive, universal and magical of media. Its own singular style is an evolving interplay with shape-shifting, shadowplay and other explorations on stage that always leaves the audience breathless with amazement. Recognized for its developments in dance and multimedia art, Pilobolus has evolved from an avant-garde dance company into an international entertainment brand featured on the likes of Oprah, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the Academy Awards. Pilobolus achieves all this without ever losing sight of its core mission: to make art that builds community. And what a treat not only to see the one of the most innovative dance companies in the world but also to get a chance to go behind-the-scenes and learn from the choreographers themselves, who will hold a Q&A at the Hillwood Recital Hall, featuring Pilobolus Associate Artistic Directors Renee Jaworski and Matt Kent, Pilobolus Co-Dance Captain Matt Del Rosario, and hosted by Dr. Cara Gargano, chair of the Theatre, Film, Dance and Arts Management Department at LIU Post. This amazing performance is just another part of this month’s Arts Alive LI mega-extravaganza! Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, tillescenter.org $43-$78. 8 p.m. Oct. 17.Making Strides Against Breast CancerA 5-mile event that will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families. It is an opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce breast cancer risk and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease. Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. makingstrideswalk.org/longisland Donations. 7 a.m. Oct. 19. Run For RobA 5K Run/Walk dedicated to the memory of Dr. Robert Bernstein, a devoted husband, father and grandfather who lost his battle the brain cancer in 2010. The event is a fundraiser for Voices Against Brain Cancer, a charity dedicated to finding a cure for the deadly disease. Eisenhower Park, Field 2, Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. voicesinmotion.org/runforrob $25, $15 for kids. 9 a.m. Oct. 19.Dancing in JaffaDancing Classrooms cofounder Pierre Dulaine returns to his hometown of Jaffa to fulfill his lifelong dream of teaching dance to Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli children in this acclaimed documentary. It follows three children, all of whom who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation and prejudice, as they dance with their enemy. The classroom becomes a microcosm of the Middle East’s struggle to work together harmoniously while still caught in the politics of the region and race. The Plaza MAC, 20 Terry St., Patchogue. dancingclassroomsli.org $25. 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19 (visit website for additional screening dates and locations)BarkfestLong Island’s largest pet costume contest and parade. Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Avenue, East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov/parks Free. 12 p.m. Oct. 19.The Magic Garden with Carole & PaulaJoin Carole Demas and Paula Janis, the beloved stars of TV’s iconic children’s show The Magic Garden, as they celebrate their 60 years of friendship with a fun-filled concert for kids of all ages. Part of the month-long Arts Alive LI celebration extravaganza, there will be laughs, jokes, happy memories, live music, humorous harmonies, video clips from the show, plus songs and stories everybody grew to love. Featuring musical director Ian Herman at the piano, this family entertainment promises many happy memories in that whimsical garden of make believe, where the fruits of a tree were lollipops! So, kids, heed their words: “Come on in without a fuss because the Magic Garden is waiting for us!” Boulton Center, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org adults $20, children $15. 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19.Click here to learn about even more arts- and music-related events taking place across Long Island as part of the month-long Arts Alive LI celebration extravaganza!Taste of Italy: LOUNGE 960Lasagna, piled high and teetering to the whims our your taste buds; chicken Parmigiana to die for; stuffed eggplant rollatini that simply melts in your mouth like butter: heaps upon heaps of the very best Italian desserts and pastries you could ever imagine–this is just a small sampling of the mouthwatering delicacies and feasts just waiting for you and your family at this mega-smorgasbord of Italian culinary nirvana, featuring samples from premier LI restaurants and bakeries, including Chi Restaurant and Cardinali Bakery, among so many others. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $25. 6 p.m. Oct. 20.HomestretchThree homeless teenagers brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, these kids defy stereotypes as they create new surprising definitions of home. Can they recover from the traumas of abandonment and homelessness and build the future they dream of? Theater Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. portjeffdocumentaryseries.com $7. 7 p.m., Oct. 20.A Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonaldA documentary by Shuli Eshel about James G. McDonald, a U.S. diplomat who helped rescue Jewish refugees from the Nazis, will have its world premiere on Long Island. He was one of the first to warn world leaders, including President Franklin Roosevelt and the future Pope Pius XII, about Hitler’s threat to “get rid of the Jews.” The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Barbara McDonald Stewart (McDonald’s daughter), historian Dr. Rafael Medoff and filmmaker Shuli Eshel. Bow Tie Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. goldcoastfilmfestival.org  $20. 7 p.m. Oct. 20.Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust–The Bridge to RussiaThis re-released expanded edition of Billy Joel’s legendary 1987 Russian concert tour documentary features never before seen footage, interviews and intimate accounts of one of the most important tours Joel has ever done as a performer. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $20 members, $25 public. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20.Jimmy Eat WorldThe Arizona-based alt-rockers blasted into the eardrums of the mainstream and most fans with their fourth album, 2001’s rocket Bleed American, armed with a slew of catchy, emotional tunes that quickly became the soundtrack of the new millennium. Expect showstopping staples “The Middle,” “Sweetness” and the absolutely gorgeous “Hear You Me,” among many others. Don’t miss this gig! With opening act Miniboses. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35. 8 p.m. Oct. 20.Art in the AirportAn artist’s reception for renowned local artist Elaine Faith Thompson, whose painting will be unveiled as the winner of a juried art contest. Long Island MacArthur Airport, Atrium Lobby, 100 Arrival Ave., Ronkonkoma. IslipArts.org  Free. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 21.Fabio VivianiThis Top Chef fan favorite will speak and sign his new cookbook, Fabio’s American Home Kitchen. The Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. Oct. 21.Harlem Street SingerThe story of Reverend Gary Davis, the great 1960s blues and gospel musician whose unique style and remarkable skills on the guitar inspired a generation of musicians. Screening followed by guest speaker Woody Mann, producer and guitarist. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22.Mary Chapin CarpenterThis beloved singer-songwriter has been playing guitar and making music since her childhood began in Princeton, N.J. She was barely out of her teens when she began performing her material in D.C. clubs where word of her talent spread eventually to Nashville. And that’s when her career really took off. Now, after a string of Top 20 hits, a Grammy-winning smash called “Down at the Twist and Shout,” and recognition as the Country Music Association’s “female vocalist of the year”—twice—she’s gone on to sell more than 13 million records and forged a dedicated following that spans the globe. Warming up the crowd will be Tift Merritt. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $40-$75. 8 p.m. Oct. 22.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Timothy Bolger & Zack Tiranalast_img read more

CUFX: Has its time arrived?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Participants learned how they can begin integrating Credit Union Financial Exchange during a breakout session at the co-located CUNA Technology Council and CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conferences in San Francisco.Credit Union Financial Exchange (CUFX), an industry changing initiative lead by the CUNA Technology Council, is a systems integration standard that connects applications to core processing systems.CUFX allows credit unions to:Reduce complexity and operating expenses.Improve member experience and employee efficiency.Increase speed of delivery of new business functions industry wide.Enable application innovation by reducing or eliminating repetitive, time-consuming customizations.“The whole goal is to ease the integration between software systems,” says Jeff Johnson, chief information officer at Baxter Credit Union. “One of the biggest pain points, one of the most expensive thing that we do, and one of the things that delays our speed to market, is that integrating different software. CUFX can greatly ease that burden.”last_img read more

Below-the-radar issues banking execs shouldn’t overlook

first_img continue reading » Financial marketers can easily tick off the A-list issues they’re wrestling with. But what’s out there that many bank and credit union leaders aren’t discussing?We asked attendees of The Financial Brand Forum what subjects aren’t getting enough attention. The range of issues raised was quite varied, but especially interesting was how deeply some executives feel about these issues.Issue 1: ‘Are We Truly Consumer Champions?’One of the most sobering comments came from Curt Queyrouze, President at TAB Bank.“I think the banking industry is too full of hubris,” says Queyrouze. As a result, the industry is not very good at self-awareness. “We champion ourselves as great community players and stewards of financial security, but, in reality, we don’t work all that hard at helping our customers succeed.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cuomo Enacts New Hospital Measures Amid Covid-19 Uptick

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With coronavirus hospitalizations on the rise, Gov. Andrew Cuomo rallied for resources for medical centers to increase capacity while considering lockdowns and suspending elective surgeries in some areas.The governor invoked Sun Tzu’s Art of War — as well as A.J. Parkinson — in a Monday press conference in making an announcement that outlined a plan going into the holiday season which health officials have warned could result in strain for medical staff.“Covid is shifting the battlefield dramatically and we have entered a new phase, it came with the colder weather,” Cuomo said. “We now have a holiday surge on top of a fall surge.”As such, yellow, orange, and red zones will now be established based on new indicators: hospitalization rate, death rate, case rate, available hospital beds, available ICU beds, available staff, PPE, and equipment availability.The Northwell, Montefiore, and NYC Health and Hospitals systems will all begin sharing the workload from the surge already underway. He ordered elective surgeries suspended in Erie County to create more bed space in the hard-hit region.“We’re going to have a problem in the hospitals, I’m telling you right now,” Cuomo said.According to Cuomo, 65 percent of all cases can be traced back to social gatherings in homes — limited to 10 people — leading to the decision to not impose more restrictions on indoor dining as they observe the spread taking place elsewhere.Out of concern for staffing shortages, Cuomo is calling into action a strategy from the spring surge and mandating that hospitals compile a list of retired nurses and doctors who may be able to return to service in the coming weeks.Cuomo added that he was more concerned that hospitals would run short on staff before they run short on beds, a seemingly different reality from expectations in the spring which indicated that capacity would be strained considerably.Hospitals are currently required to have a 90-day supply of PPE which Cuomo believes will help avoid hospitals from being inundated with patients and not enough simple provisions such as masks. As of Monday, the total in hospitals with Covid-19 was 3,532 while the statewide infection rate is about 4.57 percent. There was a total of 54 deaths on Sunday, according to the governor’s office.This story first appeared on amny.comFor more coronavirus coverage, visit longislandpress.com/coronavirusSign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.,Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Sep. 19

first_imgGazette should not endorse in electionsAs the upcoming political elections draw near, I would like to request that The Daily Gazette refrain from endorsing any candidate or issue that is on the ballot.In our country, the news media, including The Gazette, is under extreme pressure to justify its existence as a legitimate and unbiased news source.In many cases, it fails to make that justification. While any newspaper has every right to express its opinion, endorsing any candidate or issue reinforces the perception that it backs one candidate or political party over another and reduces the credibility of The Gazette as an unbiased reporter of the news.Rather, I would encourage The Gazette to identify the candidates and initiatives on the ballot, provide their positions on each of the major issues, provide the strengths and weaknesses of any initiative, and let the voter or reader decide for him or herself.Ken MooreSchenectady Tell officials to vote no on 5G wirelessEveryone is concerned about climate change, which I think is a hoax. The Bible says there will always be the sunrise and sunset.People will continue to go on living as usual until God decides to come back to Earth and make changes.A 5G crisis summit was held recently and free online from Aug. 26 through Sept. 1. It had many knowledgeable speakers. 5G stands for fifth generation cellular wireless, which is very harmful to people, animals, insects, plants, etc. There are thousands of independent studies concluding that wireless radiation causes biological harm.According to these professional scientists, physicians and engineers, we should be very worried about the placing of 20,000 high-frequency radiation-emitting satellites, starting with Space X’s newly FCC-approved 4,425 they want to put into orbit over the next few years. This means we will have more cell installations near our homes and in every neighborhood.Meteorologists issued a statement in June of this year. They are worried 5G will disrupt their ability to sense the weather.So don’t worry about the climate change hoax, but do worry about 5G radiation. Call your elected officials and tell them we do not want this. What we have now is bad enough.Audrey SaltsmanJohnstown Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPoliticians should pass sensible lawsThe math is simple.There are nominally 8,760 hours in a calendar year.Our wonderful politicians are proposing limiting flavors in vaping products because five individuals this year died from the assumed use of those products.This amounts to one person dying from a self-inflicted addiction every 0.0006 hours. On the flip side 14,542 people were murdered in 2018 with guns. This amounts to 1.7 murders per hour from guns where the victims often had little say about their unfortunate demise.Ignoring a cause of one of death being 180,000 times greater than the other shows the pols have taken the easy way out claiming the crisis they are solving for us is vaping while keeping contentious gun regulations at a distance.I support the Second Amendment, but it was written when the state of the art was muzzle-loading flint locks, and we did not have a permanent standing army.The state of the art has evolved beyond what our forefathers could have imagined and needs to be revisited.We did not require registrations and insurance for a horse and buggy, but we now do for an automobile. Now that might be appropriate to firearms given their proliferation. Wouldn’t it be nice if the politicians could use their thinking ends instead of worrying about their legislative seating end and do something meaningful? The foundation of a democracy is the ability to compromise, which seems to be fading.R. Jeffrey WarrickSchenectadycenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more