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first_imgSunday, September 4th, the second and final day of Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017, is scheduled to feature a performance from Colorado live electronic outfit SunSquabi. Today, the homegrown Brooklyn festival has announced that String Cheese Incident percussionist Jason Hann will join the trio (made up of guitarist/keyboardist/producer Kevin Donohue, bassist/synth player Josh Fairman, and drummer Chris Anderson) as a special guest for a portion of their set.The Crystal Method, DJ Premier, KJ Sawka, & More: A Look At Brooklyn Comes Alive’s Electronic Acts“Our favorite drum Jedi, Jason Hann, will be joining us for Brooklyn Comes Alive,” comments Donohue, “The positive energy, monstrous stage presence and immense improvisational skill that Hann brings to the table is something we’ve been fortunate enough to experience all over the country this summer, and we are beyond thrilled to have our friend joining us once again in Brooklyn! Plus Josh and him are ‘fro bros.’”Brooklyn Comes Alive Announces Supergroup Formations, Daily LineupsThe feelings of excitement about the scheduled guest spot are mutual. As Hann explains, “I’m so glad to jump in with SunSquabi for BCA. I was able to join them for a bit at an SCI after show in Austin last year and it went off hard! Ready for more!” Hann will also join Todd Stoops (RAQ, Electric Beethoven) to reprise their drum-and-keys project, Oktopus, with help from guest vocalist Hayley Jane (Hayley Jane & The Primates).SunSquabi Shares Video Of Jason Hann Sit-In From Texas PerformanceFor more info on SunSquabi’s upcoming tour dates, projects, and more, head to the band’s website.Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! ***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.last_img read more

first_img Read Full Story Continuous skin-to-skin contact with their mothers during the first days of life may reduce low birth weight infant deaths by more than one-third compared to conventional care, according to a new meta-analysis by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital.The meta-analysis combined studies which examined the effect of kangaroo mother care (KMC) or skin-to-skin care, typically practiced with exclusive breastfeeding, on neonatal outcomes. The most dramatic reduction in mortality rates was for low birth weight or preterm babies. Among heavier or full-term babies, there were also beneficial effects on their oxygenation, temperature regulation, and pain tolerance.“While KMC or skin-to-skin care is particularly useful for low birth weight babies born where medical resources are limited, developed and developing countries are moving to ‘normalize’ KMC or skin-to-skin as a beneficial practice for all newborns and mothers,” said senior author Grace Chan, instructor at Harvard Chan School and a faculty member at Boston Children’s Hospital.The paper appeared online December 22, 2015 in Pediatrics.As many as 4 million babies worldwide die each year during their first month of life, and infants born early or at a low birth weight are at particular risk. Health technologies such as incubators can help improve outcomes in high-risk infants; however, such equipment is not widely available in low- and middle-income countries, where 99% of all neonatal deaths occur.last_img read more

first_img Related Priscilla Guo sees importance of technology in challenging imbalanced scales As a prosecutor, a federal and state policy maker, and now a Harvard scholar, Thomas Abt has firsthand experience with the complex challenges of fighting urban crime, and in particular the violence plaguing many low-income neighborhoods.In his new book, “Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence — and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets,” Abt outlines a concrete, multipronged strategy of prevention and policing to bring peace to America’s cities.The Gazette recently spoke to the Harvard Kennedy School research fellow and former Obama official about the destructive effects of inner-city violence and the failed policies he believes undermine the fight against it.Q&AThomas AbtGAZETTE: Your book argues that we fail to fully account for the true toll posed by urban violence. What costs get overlooked?ABT: Every violent death causes immeasurable suffering for the victim and their family and those closest to them. We always have to begin with that. But one of the other things that the book describes is the invisible costs that we’re all paying with regard to urban violence. Every homicide costs society anywhere between $10 million and $20 million per murder. Some of those costs reach the average American in the form of increased taxes, higher insurance premiums, and lower property values, just to name a few. [Others, detailed in his book, include lost labor and property damage, medical and justice system costs, diminished quality of life and costs associated with the avoidance by consumers of crime areas, and lost sales tax and property tax revenue.] One of the things that I hope the book gets across is that while this problem appears to involve only one segment of the nation’s population, we’re all impacted by the issue.GAZETTE: You contend that both the right and the left have it wrong when it comes to making urban streets safer. How so?ABT: The issue suffers from politicization on both sides, but I want to be careful not to suggest a false equivalence. I think progressives are closer to the right answers than conservatives, especially when the lead conservative, President Trump, uses the issue in a disingenuous way to divide Americans. In terms of progressives, they have been unwilling for a variety of reasons to advance policies that address urban violence directly. When progressives talk about urban violence, they reference poverty reduction, criminal justice reform, or gun control. All those things are extremely important, but the evidence shows that directly focusing on the proximate causes of urban violence, as opposed to the root causes, is the best way to get real results on violence reduction.GAZETTE: What led you to the conclusion that stopping the violence is the urgent priority when it comes to urban crime?ABT: I’ve been connected to urban violence as a teacher, prosecutor, policymaker, and now finally as a researcher. I’ve been dealing with this issue from one perspective or another for 20 years. And so it was over the course of those personal and professional experiences, and also learning about the empirical evidence, that I eventually became convinced. Over the past five years or so, a nascent consensus has emerged around the most rigorous research concerning violence reduction, and it really does point to a very clear conclusion, which is to reduce urban violence, one must focus on the violence directly. And when focusing on urban violence, concentrate on the people, places, and behaviors that drive the vast majority of the problem.GAZETTE: What about anti-gang measures and gun restrictions? Are they not part of the solution?ABT: We’ve been approaching gangs the wrong way for decades. Gangs are a symptom of urban violence, not the cause. Specific gangs and specific gang members are certainly drivers of violent crime, but we need to focus on the specifics and not the generalities. We need a war on violence, not on gangs.On guns, we often fail to recognize that there is more than one type of gun violence challenging the country right now. In my view, there are four discrete but connected types of gun violence: urban gun violence, which causes the vast majority of homicides in the United States; domestic gun violence; mass shootings; and gun suicides. The public debate over gun violence is shaped largely by discussions about mass shootings despite the fact that they account for less than 1 percent of all gun deaths. It’s important that we support solutions to all four types of gun violence, but especially with regard to urban violence. For this type of violence, the solutions don’t require new legislation — they require new policies and practices, supported by a new way of thinking.GAZETTE: You say even popular strategies, such as community policing and gun-buyback programs, have done little to bring down violence levels.ABT: Popular anti-crime strategies often fail to reduce urban violence because they are an overly broad solution to what is, in reality, a very specific problem. Community policing hasn’t successfully impacted urban violence because community policing means thousands of different things to a thousand different police organizations. Gun buybacks don’t work because they generally don’t get the kinds of guns that will be used in a crime; they typically recover old, inoperable, and inaccessible guns. “There are no easy answers when it comes to building trust between law enforcement and poor communities of color. But that doesn’t mean we have to sit on our hands.” Negative ‘Impact’ on learning GAZETTE: Your research for the book involved talking with divergent groups and individuals, including even former criminals. What did you learn from talking to past lawbreakers?ABT: Effective violence reduction is both an art and a science. To reduce violence over the long term you need to use your head but also your heart. In the book I tried to create a conversation between the academy and the community, and I learned something that surprised me: The two are largely in agreement about what urban violence looks like and how to address it.To make a real change in the United States, we are going to need a diverse coalition — policymakers, researchers, practitioners, community members, and others. This coalition doesn’t need to be large, but it needs to be loud. If a few people in every city stand up and demand solutions like the ones identified in this book, they can change how their city approaches these issues. Ultimately the book has a simple goal: to save lives in urban America.This interview was edited and condensed for length and clarity.center_img GAZETTE: What is an example of an antiviolence initiative that has worked?ABT: There are many examples, but let’s look at Oakland [in California]. The city has suffered high rates of violent crime for decades, but recently, using an intervention called Oakland Ceasefire, the city has managed to cut homicides in half in a relatively short period of time. They did it by bringing together police officers, community members, and service providers in a united effort to engage those individuals who are at the highest risk of perpetrating gun violence or of being victimized by it. The group confronts these individuals with a very simple, balanced message: Stop the shooting. If you stop shooting, we will help you; if you don’t stop shooting, we will stop you. Oakland Ceasefire is successful because it embodies the three principles laid out in the book: focus, balance, and fairness. Those three principles can be found in most successful anti-violence efforts today.GAZETTE: There has been data showing a long-term decline in violent crime. How do you convince people that we need a new approach?ABT: If you look at urban violence compared to where we were 25 years, ago we’ve made tremendous progress. Violence has been reduced by about half. But if you look at violence compared to where we were 50 years ago, we’re almost exactly in the same place. And the United States is still an extreme outlier among high-income nations, with a gun violence rate that is several times higher than any other wealthy nation. I believe we can and should do better.GAZETTE: Part of the solution you advocate involves building trust between police and low-income communities. But that seems a long-term project. What can be done in the short term?ABT: There are no easy answers when it comes to building trust between law enforcement and poor communities of color. But that doesn’t mean we have to sit on our hands. We have evidence that principles of procedural justice — trust, respect, fairness, openness — can slowly change attitudes and even behaviors over time. In addition, we have to do the hard work of addressing the abuses and overreach in the system itself. There are still too many instances of racial profiling and excessive force. We still over-rely on arrests and incarceration. Building trust requires making progress on all of these fronts. With regard to urban violence, however, the important takeaway is that you can build trust and reduce violence at the same time. Cops and communities all around the country are working together to address high rates of violence despite all the reasons to reject one another.GAZETTE: You talk a lot about the connection between peace and justice. What is that relationship?ABT: Protesters commonly chant, “No justice, no peace” and there’s an increasing amount of empirical support evidence to back up that idea. What we’re learning is that when trust in law enforcement declines, community violence goes up. It rises because when people don’t trust the system, they don’t use it. In particular they don’t use it to solve conflict. Instead, they take the law into their hands, and often violently so, creating the cycles of violent retribution we see in so many cities.GAZETTE: Poverty has long been seen as a major contributor to urban crime, yet you suggest the reverse is also true.ABT: I believe in reducing poverty, but the notion that to address urban violence you must first address poverty is simply not backed up by the evidence. In fact, the evidence may be stronger in reverse. Increasingly we’re learning that exposure to violence is one of the primary mechanisms for keeping poor people trapped in the cycle of poverty. Violent trauma impacts everything: learning, health, employment, all of it. New research from sociology’s Joscha Legewie show lower test scores follow aggressive policing Finding a link to the human in algorithms setting justicelast_img read more

first_imgThe “crazy” PowerEdge product engineers over here at Dell EMC are proving that it’s possible to plan for the future while also supporting the emerging workloads of today. They brought over a decade of learning from previous blade architectures to the drawing board when designing the PowerEdge MX. And with the Multi-Generational Assurance, Dell EMC is allowing customers to protect their IT infrastructure investment while maximizing ROI. The PowerEdge MX chassis will continue to be a foundational element in our customer’s data centers up to 10 years from now. Considering the pace of technology change, that’s pretty incredible.For technical details, read the associated Direct from Development white paper: PowerEdge MX Multi-Generational Assurance.[1] Power and Cooling InnovationTo account for ever-rising CPU Thermal Design Power (TDP), the PowerEdge MX incorporates features that allow for larger heat sync, airflow, and power draw. If you’re a regular reader of the Direct2DellEMC blog, you’ve probably heard about the PowerEdge MX. The recently-launched PowerEdge MX is a modular solution designed to grow and evolve with the modern software-defined data center. It allows organizations of all sizes to flexibly configure and optimize their IT infrastructure to run both traditional and transformational workloads.When designing the PowerEdge MX, Dell EMC engineers wanted to solve a top problem for our customers. They wanted to eliminate the issues caused when physical infrastructure housing the servers can’t keep up with rapidly-advancing server technology. Customers are constantly voicing the concern that their IT infrastructure investments will quickly become obsolete, forcing them to invest in entirely new compute infrastructure within the next 2-3 years of making a purchase.Don’t think too hard about it. You might quickly realize that the idea of building out technology that can last and adapt for roughly a decade, and then creating a business assurance to back that technology seems like a crazy idea. After all, isn’t it in Dell EMC’s best interest to sell MORE servers, MORE often? One would think so. Despite this, PowerEdge engineers and product developers decided to take on the challenge.The result is the PowerEdge MX Multi-Generational Assurance. It means that on the new PowerEdge MX, Dell EMC is supporting at least the next THREE generations of chipset technology. Since chip generations update every 2-3 years, with usually a mid-life-kicker along the way, it amounts to ~10 years of investment protection. Yes, I said 10 years. Rewind to 10 years ago. The Android OS had just been introduced, it was the first year of the Apple App Store, SSD storage was just taking off, and GPS wasn’t widely being used on mobile phones[1]. Ten years is a LONG TIME, especially when it comes to technology!The audacious Multi-Generational Assurance on PowerEdge MX wouldn’t be possible without significant server technology innovation. The predecessor to MX, PowerEdge M1000e, has been in production for over 10 years and encompassed 5 generations of compute innovation.  During that time period our product development teams amassed substantial feedback from customers and used it to develop the PowerEdge MX. Just how did they do it?Here’s the quick and dirty version:No Mid-Plane DesignMid-plane-dependent architectures introduce limitations to bandwidth, protocol and throughput. Instead of a mid-plane, the PowerEdge MX is designed with two fully redundant fabrics. It allows card connectors to dock directly with IOM connectors – completely eliminating the need for a mid-plane.center_img Industry-Leading PartnershipsWe are only able to offer the Multi-Generational Assurance thanks to long-term partnerships with Intel and other vendors who design certain server components. With Dell EMC’s global footprint and long history, we’re able to work closely with these partners when planning future product roadmaps. This provides the confidence necessary for our Multi-Generational Assurance.last_img read more

first_imgThe deadliest month of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. has drawn to a close with certain signs of progress. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are plummeting, while vaccinations are picking up speed. The question is whether the nation can stay ahead of the fast-spreading mutations of the virus. The U.S. death toll has climbed past 440,000, with more than 95,000 lives lost in January alone. Deaths are running at about 3,150 per day on average, down by about 200 from their peak in mid-January.last_img read more

first_imgThere were 1,260 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 489 from the week before. Altogether 6,572 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 544 from a week ago and 2,531 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,644 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 44 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 796 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 27 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate increased one-tenth in May to 5.4 percent. See story HERE.last_img read more

first_imgThe ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) has indefinitely postponed the 10th ASEAN Para Games, which were set to take place from Mar. 21 to 27 in the Philippines, amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.The federation’s board of governors secretary Osoth Bhavilai said in a letter to the Indonesian National Paralympic Committee that Philippine Paralympic Committee president Michael Barredo had written to the APSF president requesting the postponement of the international sporting event, citing concerns over the ongoing threat of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines.“In the interest of public health, safety and security, we write to respectfully inform you of the board’s decision to strongly recommend the indefinite postponement of the 2020 ASEAN Para Games, given the risks presented by this novel coronavirus health crisis,” Barredo wrote in the letter. After careful deliberation among executive committee members regarding “the physical and emotional well-being of all participating para athletes and staff”, Bavilai said the majority of the members agreed that the 10th ASEAN Para Games hosted by the Philippines should be postponed indefinitely, with possible reconsideration within the year if the coronavirus outbreak could be effectively contained.Read also: Minister: ‘Not sending athletes to Manila Paragames an option if things get worse’This is the second time the 10th ASEAN Para Games have been postponed. The ASEAN Para Games Committee previously announced that the games, which were supposed to take place in the Philippines in January, would be delayed until March for technical reasons.The Philippines reported the first death outside of China from the novel coronavirus on Feb. 2, as reported by AFP. The person who died in the Philippines was a Chinese man coming from Wuhan, the outbreak’s epicenter, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.In late January, the Philippines stopped issuing visas on arrival to Chinese nationals, in a bid to keep the southeast Asian nation free of the deadly virus.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe Dutch civil service scheme ABP, at €356bn, accounted for nearly 5.8% of assets, while third-ranking Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW accounted for 2.7%.Both Dutch funds, among the largest asset owners worldwide, saw their overall share of the €6.16trn in pension assets decline compared with 2014.Denmark’s ATP accounted for more than 1.7% of assets, Sweden’s Alecta 1.2%.Alecta was followed in sixth place by PMT, the Dutch metal-workers fund, which was followed by the first German entrant in the shape of Bayerische Versorgungskammer.Denmark’s PFA Pension came eighth, followed by two UK entries, the BT Pension Scheme and the Universities Superannuation Scheme, rounding out the Top 10. European pension assets increased to €6.16trn last year, up by €660bn, according to IPE’s annual Top 1000 Pension Funds survey.The data, compiled by S&P Capital IQ MMD, showed a 10.8% increase in European assets under management.Over the course of 2014, assets among the Top 1000 global institutional investors increased by €4.2trn to €25.3trn, up by 19.9% year on year.The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global remains Europe’s largest institutional investor, accounting for 13.2% of European pension assets.last_img read more

first_img6-8 Nugget Cl, GoldsboroughMANY from the Far North and even further afield dream of the chance to own a slice of the tropics and in this property, the most savvy buyers will have a hard time resisting a look.Described by @realty Cairns agent Zoe Wicks as the “ultimate lifestyle choice on one acre”, 6-8 Nuggest Cl in the picturesque Goldsborough is a property which ticks many boxes. Drive into this impressive six-bedroom, three-bathroom property and the visitor is immediately whisked away to an elevated country sanctuary where rolling landscapes merge natural bushland, mountain ranges and treetop views. A “brilliant combination of flexibility, functionality and stunning presentation”, Ms Wicks said the home was the “perfect solution” for a large extended family. Bathroom luxury.Located in a family friendly community within easy access to creeks and walking tracks, and not far to shops, schools and amenities, Ms Wicks said this property haven will instantly feel like home.Inspection: Saturday, April 27, 1.30-2.15pm The living room.Another four bedrooms each with their own wardrobes offer pleasantly relaxing views over the surrounding mountains.The adjoining granny flat comes with a kitchenette and is ideal for guests, extended family or a home-based business. Quiet garden nooks can be turned into tranquil escapes and an expansive lawn — perfect for pets — come with a choice of alfresco dining spaces.The home also comes with a double remote lock up garage, abundant space for a pool, shed, boat or caravan, and 5kW solar system. The Mulgrave River is nearby and Gordonvale is an easy drive east across the Bruce Highway.center_img 6-8 Nugget Cl, Goldsborough“There is a sizeable wheelchair-friendly granny flat and a contemporary, fresh ambience all throughout the stunning residence,” she said.“There is also a massive open plan lounge and dining room, entertainer’s kitchen and a large undercover patio. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“The kitchen features include stone benchtops, 90cm stainless steel three-door oven, induction stove, dishwasher and microwave complemented with two large fridge spaces, ample storage and soft close drawers.” For those seeking luxury in the bedroom, a sprawling master suite offers double robes and a connected bathroom with a decadent claw foot bath, double shower head and private courtyard access.last_img read more

first_imgUSA Today 23 October 2016Family First Comment:  “It is too early to draw any conclusions about the potential effects of marijuana legalization or commercialization on public safety, public health or youth outcomes.”As voters in five states consider ballot measures next month to legalize marijuana for recreational use, supporters and opponents can pluck a statistic to back just about anything they want to argue about the issue. But amid a gaggle of dueling studies, the truth is that the state experiments in legalizing recreational use are still too new to yield definitive results about the harms and benefits to society.In Colorado and Washington state, the first to legalize, retail stores did not open until 2014. As the Colorado Department of Public Safety asserted in its first post-legalization report this year: It is too early to draw any conclusions about the potential effects of marijuana legalization or commercialization on public safety, public health or youth outcomes.This argues for some caution when voters head to the polls Nov. 8 in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada to consider recreational use measures. Passage would double the number of states that have legalized use by all adults who are at least 21. (Four more states — Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota — will vote on allowing medicinal use, which 26 states already allow.)Even as information trickles in from the states with recent legalization, there is settled scientific data worth considering.Years of research have shown that marijuana affects learning, memory and attention, and could decrease motivation. Some studies also suggest a link to to schizophrenia, particularly for people who’ve had heavy and frequent use as adolescents.Adults are better able to decide for themselves what risks they want to take, but the major concern is underage use. Science suggests that developing brains are more sensitive to the changes associated with marijuana use. Many questions remain: How much is too much? At what age is it most harmful? Do genetic factors matter? These issues often get less attention than they deserve in the debate over legalization.Another unanswered question is whether legalization for adults will lead to more use by adolescents. In Colorado the answer during the first year is a tiny increase, according to federal and local surveys. But the perception of health risk of marijuana has dropped substantially over time. Since 2009, the number of Colorado youths 12 to 17 years old who see no risk to smoking marijuana once or twice a week has more than doubled, to 16%.One clear lesson is that edible marijuana products should be labeled and kept away from children. Calls to Colorado’s poison control center involving marijuana and young children have more than tripled since 2012.While more data are needed to provide clarity in some areas, some conclusions are obvious. There should not be harsh criminal penalties for possession of marijuana for personal use. Legalizing medicinal use, as long as laws aren’t so porous that anyone can get a prescription, makes sense. Along with that change, the federal government should move marijuana from its list of Schedule I controlled substances, which includes heroin and LSD, to Schedule II, which includes opioid drugs that are used to treat pain but have a high potential for abuse.READ MORE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/10/23/marijuana-pot-ballot-voters-editorials-debates/92482394/last_img read more