Spafford Pays Tribute To Tom Petty With Three Cover Debuts [Full Audio/Video]

first_imgSetlist: Spafford | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT | 10/3/2017Set One: Lonely, The Postman, Leave The Light On, Slip And SquanderSet Two: Todd’s Tots, All My Friends, Walls, Electric Taco StandEncore: Learning To Fly*, Breakdown*, You Don’t Know How It Feels*Notes: * Tom Petty cover, First time played [Audio: Mike D (VT)][Photo: Bill McAlaine] Last night, the jam-band rising stars of Spafford continued their extensive fall tour, hitting the Higher Ground in Burlington, Vermont, on Tuesday as they continue to work their way across New England. For their show at the Higher Ground yesterday, Spafford put together a special setlist, with the Arizona-born band treating the crowd to a show with each set containing only four songs. Following this jam-heavy performance, Spafford returned with three debut covers honoring Tom Petty, the iconic rock star who died on Monday at the age of 66.Mike Gordon Covers Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” In Michigan [Video]Petty’s death made waves within the music community, as he’s largely considered to be one of the greatest songwriters of the past half-century. To honor Tom Petty, Spafford opened their encore with “Learning To Fly,” a number off Petty’s 1991 Into the Great Wide Open that was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. From there, the group laid into a cover of “Breakdown”, the first single off of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ self-titled debut album from 1976, which launched Petty into the mainstream and kick-started his career as cultural icons. To close out the show and their tribute encore, Spafford closed their show at the Higher Ground with “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, the lead single off of 1994’s Wildflowers.Watch Emotional Footage From Tom Petty’s Final Live Show At Hollywood Bowl, 7 Days Before His DeathYou can check out the setlist from Spafford’s show at the Higher Ground last night, plus check out video of Spafford’s rendition of “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and full audio of Tuesday’s show below.last_img read more

City halts housing construction

first_imgConstruction on the Legacy Square townhouse development at the corner of Notre Dame Avenue and Sorin Street has come to a halt over zoning issues. Developer Robert Cimala, who was also one of the developers of off-campus student housing development Legacy Village, said his property was set to receive final permits from the South Bend Building Commission. But at the beginning of November, the Building Commission said his plans would have to go to a public hearing before the Area Plan Commission (APC) on Dec. 21 to determine if they are in accordance with PUD zoning provisions.  Cimala said plans for the Legacy Square development began in July 2007. That month, Cimala went to the APC and requested PUD zoning for his property on Notre Dame Ave. and Sorin St. to build 36 units. The APC asked him to reduce the number of units to 32 to be split between two buildings. The APC later asked him to split the two buildings into four. Cimala agreed. Cimala said he had a local architect create the final architecture plan and a civil engineer create the final site plan, which he brought to the Building Commission.  The community meeting could have significant implications for the students who signed leases to live in Legacy Square during the 2011-12 academic year. “The NNRO is interested in this because they don’t believe the plan does conform [to PUD zoning],” Nesbaum said.  “The intent of the law is to encourage owner-occupied, single family residences. This is not an anti-student situation.” Bill Stenz, president of the Northeast Neighborhood Council and resident of the Northeast Neighborhood, said he doesn’t generally mind students living in the neighborhoods close to campus. But when pockets of student housing develop problems tend to arise, he said. Cimala said the object of controversy related to Legacy Square is the local prejudice against Notre Dame students. This process of review could derail the housing project.  After another round of changes, Cimala said Byorni told him he would get final approval for his final building permit when Bulot sent over initialed site plans to the APC. Instead of final approval, Byorni said he was sending the plans back to a public hearing with the City Council in order to see if the Legacy Square plans are still in accordance with the PUD code in their current state.   “Notre Dame students have been given a bad rap by a lot of people,” he said.  “They’re trying to stop me from exercising my legal right to rent each condo to two students until I sell them,” he said.  PUD zoning allows for flexibility in building, and they normally contain private residences and common areas. Cimala said that because of the slow economy and a bad housing market, he has decided to rent some of the condominiums to students until he can sell them.  He said he worked with Chuck Bulot, the building commissioner for the City of South Bend, and APC executive director John Byorni, to make changes to the site plans. He received foundation permits in October. “This year, I was able to obtain construction financing, so I could go on with the project,” he said. Stenz said when pockets of student houses spring up, they can bring down the value of neighboring non-student houses.  “I’m not doing anything that anyone else isn’t doing,” Cimala said. “This is a very nice development, and all I’m doing is what I’m allowed to do under the law.” If the building plans are found to be within guidelines, Cimala will receive his final building permit, and he said he could get the buildings constructed by June 2011, when students could move in on time for the school year.  Cimala said he had to delay the plans until this year because of the general financial downturn.  Attorney Dick Nesbaum said provisions in South Bend zoning codes prohibit more than two unrelated occupants in one home unless the unit is zoned for such occupancy. Legacy Square is zoned to allow no more than two unrelated occupants per condominium. “We showed them our plans,” he said. “We don’t want to go forward with the project with these plans unless they fit the zoning codes.” Nesbaum is the attorney for the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (NNRO), a non-profit corporation created for “planning, discussing and coordinating the social, physical and economic revitalization of the Northeast Neighborhood,” according to the Northeast Neighborhood website. The Legacy Square development falls in the Northeast Neighborhood. “Historically, we didn’t have this high of a concentration of students [in the Northeast Neighborhood],” he said. “Students lived throughout the city. Ten to 15 years ago, landlords bought single family house pockets.” “They think it’s a student housing development and that’s all it’s ever going to be,” Cimala said. “I am building a high-end condominium development.” Legacy Square is zoned as a planned unit development (PUD), composed of 32 condominiums in four buildings. The condominiums were developed as high-end housing geared toward single-family, owner-occupied living situations, as opposed to rentals.  He said there is nothing in the South Bend zoning law preventing students from living anywhere in town. If the plans are not approved, however, the end result remains unclear.last_img read more

Tix Now Available for Star-Studded Therese Raquin, Led by Keira Knightley

first_img View Comments Therese Raquin Tickets are now on sale to see Oscar nominee Keira Knightley, Tony winners Gabriel Ebert and Judith Light, along with Matt Ryan, in Thérèse Raquin. Directed by Evan Cabnet, the Roundabout production will begin previews on October 1 and officially open on October 29 at Broadway’s Studio 54.Based on the novel by Émile Zola and penned by Helen Edmundson, a quiet young woman with a restless spirit, Thérèse (Knightley) submits to a loveless life at the side of her weak and selfish husband Camille (Ebert) and her controlling mother-in-law Madame Raquin (Light)…until she meets his childhood friend Laurent (Ryan). When their overwhelming passion spins violently out of control, they realize that love can be a dangerous game, and sometimes there is no winner.The production will feature sets by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Keith Parham and sound by Josh Schmidt. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016last_img read more

Gimme Shelter

first_imgThe Appalachian Trail is one of the best-known long distance trails in the world—and also one of the most social. The A.T. brings together people of all ages, backgrounds, social circles, religious beliefs, and political persuasions. Amazingly, most of these folks actually get along. They eat together, swap trail stories, and sometimes even sleep inches apart when shelters are crowded. This immediate community is made possible—if not unavoidable—due to the 254 shelters along the trail.Shelters are the primary congregating spots on the Appalachian Trail. They are three-sided wooden lean-tos that range from shack-like to downright swanky. The A.T. shelters provide refuge in bad weather, they give exhausted backpackers a place to sleep without having to set up their tents, and they are a popular place for day hikers to enjoy a snack. These shelters usually come equipped with a fire ring, picnic table, and hooks or cables for hanging food at night. Most of the time they are conveniently placed beside a water source, and most are stocked with an entertainment device known as the trail register. This hiker journal provides a collection of intriguing and informative narratives from dozens of previous visitors.When thru-hikers reflect back upon their 2,178-mile journey, some of their most vivid, interesting, scary, and encouraging memories come from just off the trail under the cover of an intimate lean-to. I remember the first night of my thru-hike in 2005. It was freezing outside and the shelter I stayed at was packed past capacity. In the middle of the night the young guy snoring next to me rolled over in his sleep and landed on top of me. He stayed there for the next few hours, and I was actually thankful for the extra body warmth. A week later, I was kept up all night by the chainsaw snoring of a hiker inside the shelter. And here’s the kicker—I was actually tenting 20 yards away. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to sleep next to that man. The wooden floorboards must have been vibrating.In early April, I was staying at Tri-Corner Knob Shelter in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The structure is located nearly 6,000 feet above sea level, and 18 miles away from the A.T.’s nearest road crossing. The next morning I awoke and sat up with a rush of fear and adrenaline when I saw a blizzard raging outside. Thankfully, I lived to see another shelter at a lower elevation with less snow on the ground. A few nights later I was sleeping at No Business Knob Shelter, when the only two other inhabitants made me feel extremely out of place with their obscene PDA. Let’s just say, on a scale of affection ranging from hand holding to adult films, it fell closer to the latter.I had one of my scariest nights on the trail at a lean-to near Damascus, Va., where my fellow inhabitants decided to share ghost stories and tales of A.T. murders as bedtime stories. One hiker decided to repeat the same phrase over and over again, “No, seriously a young female hiker traveling by herself was killed right here.” Way to be sensitive, buddy.However, tolerating trail stories and sensational hiker lore was far better than spending the night alone in the shelter. When I spent the night alone, that was when my mind took over and I worried all night about a bear coming to find me—or another hiker appearing in the middle of the night.I was never truly alone in the shelters. I always had plenty of mice to keep me company. I frequently heard them scurry across the rafters and occasionally saw them run across the floorboards. Once they even got into my food bag that was hung beneath the shelter canopy, but that was better than what happened to my trail friend. After a particularly sticky dinner of peanut butter and honey my hiking partner went to sleep and was awakened by a sharp pain in the middle of the night and the teeth of a small gray rodent attached to his finger.Shelters—for all their downfalls, their dirty hard floorboards, and their unpredictable inhabitants—are still one of the best parts of the Appalachian Trail. They have been part of the footpath’s vision and history since the completion of the trail in 1937. In fact, many of the shelters now rest in wilderness areas that do not allow formal structures, but because the buildings often preceded the wilderness designation, they are exempt and allowed to remain. Some of the oldest shelters were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and constructed with beams of American chestnut. Most qualify for the National Register of Historic Places.Shelters reduce the environmental impact of hikers by offering a place to rest other than the lush forest beside the trail. There is also, usually, a well-defined trail leading away from the shelter to a common restroom known as a privy. And if you don’t immediately see the outhouse, or the path leading to it, then follow your nose and you will probably find it. The privies don’t smell good, and sleeping downwind can be an unpleasant experience, but they substantially cut down on the TP flowers and “surprises” around campsites.The lean-tos also provide a safe refuge with unpredictable weather strikes—literally, they are one of the best places to hunker down in an electrical storm. But beyond providing a haven, and reducing the human impact on the trail, shelters also promote an exchange of ideas. Hikers crossing in opposite directions will tell stories of tough climbs, gorgeous views, dry springs, active bees, and “all you can eat” buffets in an upcoming town. But the discussions at trail shelters often delve deeper than hiking details. Marriages, friendships, and business deals have all been cultivated by the interactions at trail shelters. Strangers become friends and closed minds begin to open, because at an Appalachian Trail shelter you will hear what it is truly like to walk in someone else’s shoes.10 Unforgettable Shelters:Blood MountainLocated 4,458 feet above sea level, Blood Mountain may take its name from a savage battle between the resident Creek and Cherokee peoples, or from the bright red lichen and colorful rhododendron that adorn the mountain. Blood Mountain Shelter is located directly on top of the mountain and is the highest A.T. lean-to in Georgia.  The original structure was built out of rock in 1934. It is one of the oldest shelters on the trail. In recent months the structure received a necessary facelift, and no longer shows its age the way it once did. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is the shelter’s awesome view.Fontana Dam Shelter (aka The Fontana Hilton)Located near the highest dam east of the Rockies and near the border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the “Fontana Hilton” reveals awesome views of Fontana Lake and the surrounding peaks. However, the legacy of this structure is not tied to the location, as much to the highly appreciated amenities. Located 0.3 miles from the Fontana Dam Visitor Center, hikers who stay at this lean-to make use of the hot showers and running water available at the Visitor Center and seasonal shuttles to Fontana Village for food and resupplies.Tri-Corner KnobTri-Corner Knob Shelter sits high on a ridge in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This lean-to is located approximately 16 miles from both Davenport Gap and Newfound Gap. The location gives this structure the honor of being the shelter located farthest from a road. But be prepared: the high altitude of this shelter makes it especially prone to late spring snowstorms.Roan High KnobIt is Christmas year-round on top of Roan Mountain. The sweet smell of balsam and fir trees that crown this mountain fill the air with a pleasant holiday scent. Located at 6,285 feet above sea level, this is the highest shelter on the entire Appalachian Trail. The ecosystem and climate at this shelter is rare in the southern Appalachian Mountains and will remind southbound thru-hikers of the peaks in New Hampshire and Maine.Thomas KnobIf you spend the night at this shelter you may encounter a large, hungry, animal—but it probably will not be a bear. Built on the edge of Grayson Highlands State Park, Thomas Knob Shelter is often frequented by neighboring wild ponies. These hoofed animals have acquired a taste for hiker food. However, they are wild animals and should be observed and respected—not fed. If you have trouble restraining yourself and your snacks, then take your food bag with you and enjoy a walk up the nearby slope of Mount Rogers, the tallest mountain in Virginia.Partnership ShelterHikers know better than to pass up a public restroom with running water. When the employees and guests at the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Visitor Center finally grew tired of seeing hikers bathing themselves with paper towels and mucking up the clean facilities at the visitor center, they decided to build the hikers their own shelter and restroom with running water. Partnership Shelter is known for its spacious digs, running water, and the ability to order delivery pizza from nearby Marion, Va. However, if you are looking for solitude, look elsewhere. The luxuries of this lean-to, and its proximity to VA 16, make it a popular spot for partiers.Punchbowl Mountain ShelterIn 1891, a four-year old boy named Ottie Cline Powell became lost while gathering firewood for his schoolhouse. Six months later, little Ottie’s body was found a distant seven miles away near the summit of Bluff Mountain. One reason it took so long to find the young boy’s body is that search teams never imagined a young boy could scale such a difficult and distant mountain. Although the structure did not exist when Ottie went missing, several hikers who have stayed at the nearby Punchbowl Mountain Shelter have reported waking up in the middle of the night and seeing a small boy dressed in colonial garb and crying.Brown Mountain Creek ShelterThis lean-to is located along the historic Brown Mountain Creek near the remains of a small nineteenth century village occupied by freed African Americans. Freedmen made a living by growing tobacco and corn, and by operating a gristmill along the creek. Descendants remained in this area for the first half of the twentieth century. The heavy underbrush of the late spring and summer make it more difficult to decipher the remains of this settlement, but in the winter it is possible to view the stone ruins of the gristmill and the remains of farming terraces built into the hillside that once made this a vibrant community.Toms Run SheltersThe first 80 miles of trail in Pennsylvania are some of the most beautiful and level miles on the 2,181-mile path. In the middle of this scenic stretch, the Toms Run Shelters offer two lean-tos for tired hikers. It is rare to have two shelters in the same location. The double shelter prevents overcrowding and preserves the feeling of wilderness in the backcountry. These two shelters are also very close to the ever-shifting halfway point on the trail.Pa. 501 ShelterA pleasant respite amid the miles of rocky tread in the middle of Pennsylvania, this is one of a handful of shelters along the Appalachian Trail that is fully enclosed. Not only does this building have four walls, it also has a skylight in the roof—which can provide a memorable display during an electrical storm. Retained by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and National Park Service when the land was acquired, this shelter also comes complete with a caretaker and a solar-powered shower.Shelter EtiquetteAccording to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy• Shelters are to be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until the shelter is full—so no saving places for your slower hiking partners.• Shelters are not intended for big groups—troop leaders take note.• Don’t cut trees or limbs for firewood or vandalize shelter facilities, do carry out all trash—practice Leave No Trace.• Keep dogs leashed at the shelter and ask the other hikers before allowing Fido inside—yes, I know your dog is special, but this still applies to you.According to Hikers • If you snore loudly, carry your tent and set it up away from shelters. Just because you can sleep through the noise doesn’t mean that everyone else will.• Do not set up your tents inside the shelter. If you want to sleep inside your tent, then camp outside.• Do not use excessive alcohol or drugs. It can ruin the experience of other hikers.• Do not talk on your cell phone at a shelter.• If you want to make out with your significant other, get a tent. And if you are going to sleep naked, stay in your sleeping bag.• Do not feed the mice (it makes more mice); do not use the trail register as a fire starter; use the privy when provided. Educate yourself about Leave No Trace and practice what you learned.• Shelters may look like a supersized dog house, but unless your four-legged friend has the ability to stay completely silent and still from dusk to dawn, then do not sleep together inside the shelter.Shelter “Creep”Yes, it is possible for there to be a creep at a shelter—and the potential for a shelter to feel creepy—but “shelter creep” is something entirely different. Shelter creep refers to the long-term trend of building larger shelters with more ameni- ties (and often built out of less primitive materials). The Fontana Hilton, Partnership Shelter, and 501 Shelter are good examples of overdeveloped structures.The occasional shower and pizza delivery are a highlight for any backpacker, especially a thru-hiker, but what if every shelter had running water, porch swings, windows, solar lights on the privy trail and direct access to a road? What if every shelter accommodated 30 people or had that fourth wall and a door? Do such shelters detract from a hiker’s interaction with nature?Jeff Marion, a professor at Virginia Tech, specializes in the study of recreation use in natural areas. He has also spent many years backpacking, studying, and consulting on the management of the Appalachian Trail. He points to an incremental but inexorable “creep” towards ever-larger and more amenity-laden shelters that increasingly promote creature comforts over natural environments. He has worked closely with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to develop new shelter guidelines, which halt the trend towards larger shelters and promote the use of rustic building designs and materials.last_img read more

Exam cycle depends on Matz’ replacement

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The fate of the 18-month examination cycle depends on who replaces NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz after she leaves the board April 30.Matz said in a letter to Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) on March 10 that credit unions would not see exam cycle reg relief until the end of 2017.If the White House replaces Matz with Vice Chairman Rick Metsger, it’s unclear if that timetable would change. Metsger declined to comment on whether his opinion on the topic differs from Matz’. continue reading »last_img

Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

first_imgIn Connecticut, which has 548 patients hospitalized, its highest total since May, the governor limited all private gatherings in the state to 10 people and has allowed the hardest-hit municipalities to reimpose limits on other businesses.In New Jersey, Gov. Philip D. Murphy has put new limits on indoor dining that begin tomorrow night after hospitalizations there more than doubled in the last month, from 653 to 1,801 — a threshold last crossed in June.Why are Covid cases falling in India?Two months ago, India looked like a coronavirus disaster zone, with nearly 100,000 new infections a day and deaths shooting up. Today, reported infections, deaths and the share of people testing positive have all fallen significantly. The country reached a high point of nearly 98,000 daily infections on Sept. 16, but dropped to about 46,000 cases on average per day this past week. The number of daily virus deaths has fallen from 1,200 in mid-September to about 500 today.Some researchers say the cases aren’t really falling and the lower numbers may be explained by a change in testing. They argue that less reliable tests are being used more frequently, and fewer tests are being administered over all.Mobility data shows that Indians have returned to shopping areas and public spaces. Many are not wearing masks. A large chunk of the population seems resigned to the threat of infection. In many places, said one cardiologist, “people are partying like there is no tomorrow.”Experts generally agree that the number of infections has far outstripped efforts to track them in India, and that infections in the country may still get considerably worse.ResurgencesHere’s a roundup of restrictions in all 50 states.What else we’re following What you’re doingI shaved my little beard today. I was using it to chart pandemic progress, but news of a vaccine that’s 90 percent effective is good enough for me. Timing for actually getting vaccinated may be a close shave, but hopefully heaven can wait. — Jeff Berry, Madison, Wis.Let us know how you’re dealing with the pandemic. Send us a response here, and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.Sign up here to get the briefing by email.Melina Delkic contributed to today’s newsletter. Email your thoughts to [email protected] New York reimposes restrictions and more may followFor months, the virus seemed relatively contained in and around New York City, despite clusters in Brooklyn and Queens. But now, as cases rise sharply, a potential second wave has New Yorkers on edge.In a bid to avoid the devastation of the spring, when thousands of people died, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today reimposed restrictions across the state. Beginning Friday, private indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people — including in private homes — and gyms, bars and restaurants must close nightly at 10 o’clock. (Restaurants can continue to provide takeout after 10 p.m. but only for food.)- Advertisement – Unlike in the spring, when New York was the epicenter of the pandemic, the jump in cases this time arrives as the virus is surging around the country. It’s not just Mr. Cuomo who is raising alarm — governors from coast to coast are issuing dire warnings and begging people to take the virus seriously. For the first time, new cases surpassed 139,000 Tuesday, and 61,964 people were hospitalized across the country with Covid-19, a number higher than at any point during the pandemic.“We’re seeing a national and global Covid surge,” Mr. Cuomo said. “And New York is a ship on the Covid tide.”center_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement – In New York City, the seven-day positivity rate was at 2.5 percent, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, a rate not seen since early June, when nonessential businesses began to reopen. Elsewhere in the region, new limits are being put in place, just in time to damper any illusions of large family gatherings for Thanksgiving.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Alibaba revenue up 38 percent in third fiscal quarter

first_imgChina’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group reported year-on-year revenue growth of 38 percent to 161.4 billion yuan (US$23.12 billion) for the fiscal quarter ending Dec. 30, 2019.The company’s net profit attributable to shareholders was 52.31 billion yuan, soaring 58.3 percent compared with the same period last year.The profit surge was mainly due to the strong performances in online retailing and cloud computing, the company said. In the third fiscal quarter, the Alibaba Group Holding was listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, making it the first Chinese Internet enterprise to list both in New York and Hong Kong.Alibaba’s annual active consumers on Chinese retail marketplaces reached 711 million. Mobile monthly active users on Chinese retail marketplaces reached 824 million in December, an increase of 39 million than that at the end of September 2019, with 60 percent of the annual new consumers coming from less developed regions.”We will remain dedicated to investing in digital infrastructure and services, supporting our customers and partners across the Alibaba Digital Economy, especially during the challenging time,” said Maggie Wu, the chief financial officer of Alibaba Group.Daniel Zhang, chairman and chief executive officer of Alibaba Group said Alibaba will also mobilize its strength in commerce and technology to support the fight against novel coronavirus and mitigate the impact of the outbreak on small and medium-sized enterprises by lowering their costs. Topics :last_img read more

WHO says Pompeo remarks on virus origin ‘speculative’, seeks data

first_imgTopics : The World Health Organization said on Monday that comments by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo citing “evidence” that the new coronavirus had emerged from a Chinese laboratory were “speculative”, and called for a science-based inquiry.Pompeo said on Sunday there was “a significant amount of evidence” that the virus emerged from a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan, but did not dispute US intelligence agencies’ conclusion that it was not man-made.Dr Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergencies expert, told an online press conference from Geneva: Ryan said science, not politics, should be at the heart of exchanges with Chinese scientists on the issue, warning against projecting an “aggressive investigation of wrongdoing”.The virus is believed to have originated in bats and jumped to humans via another species. Dr Maria van Kerkhove, a WHO specialist in viruses that make such jumps, said it was important to determine this intermediate host.As countries begin easing lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of the virus, many hope to contain new clusters of infection through systematic contact tracing, helped by mobile phone apps and other technology.But Ryan said these did not make more traditional “boots-on-the-ground” surveillance redundant.”We are very, very keen to stress that IT tools do not replace the basic public health workforce that is going to be needed to trace, test, isolate and quarantine,” he said, praising South Korea and Singapore for their strategy.Ryan said the WHO welcomed recent clinical trial data for Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral drug remdesivir, saying there were “signals of hope” for a potential use against COVID-19.”We will be engaging in discussions with Gilead and the US government as to how this drug may be made more widely available as further data emerges on its effectiveness,” he said.Steven Solomon, the WHO’s principal legal officer, said two countries had proposed consideration of letting Taiwan attend the WHO’s May 18-19 annual health assembly as an observer.Solomon said the WHO recognized the People’s Republic of China as the “one legitimate representative of China”, in keeping with UN policy since 1971, and that the question of Taiwan’s attendance was one for the WHO’s 194 member states.China, which views the island as a wayward Chinese province and not a country, says it represents Taiwan adequately in the WHO. center_img “We have not received any data-specific evidence from the US government relating to the purported origin of the virus. So from our perspective, this remains speculative.”As an “evidence-based organization”, Ryan said, the WHO was keen to receive any information on the origin of the virus, as this was “exceptionally important” for its future control.”So if that data and evidence is available, then it will be for the United States government to decide whether and when it can be shared,” he said.Scientists have advised the WHO that genome sequencing shows the virus to be of “natural origin”.last_img read more

COVID-19: Jokowi calls on NAM nations to boost solidarity in battle against ‘mutual enemy’

first_imgIn his address, Jokowi acknowledged that the pandemic was far from over and therefore he invited NAM member countries to act in a “prompt, careful and strategic” manner.He also delivered three key points that countries should prioritize during the handling of the crisis caused by the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 3 million people and killed more than 200,000 in 210 countries and territories.“First, we need to strengthen political solidarity among us because only by working together can we win this war,” Jokowi said.Read also: Indonesia rallies to keep COVID-19 vaccines, drugs affordable This year marks the 65th anniversary of the agreement of Dasasila Bandung (Bandung Principles), a 10-point statute resulting from the 1955 Asian-African Conference held in Bandung, West Java.Coinciding with the occasion, as well the upcoming 60th commemoration of NAM’s establishment — the manifestation of the principles — next year, Jokowi also asked countries in the grouping to channel their time and energy to fully focus on addressing challenges brought about by the pandemic.NAM comprises 120 members, mostly developing countries. The grouping was established in Belgrade in 1961 with only 25 members.“Let us translate [the idea of] political solidarity into concrete collaboration. We need to work hard to get fair and timely access to COVID-19 vaccines and medicine at an affordable price,” he said as he asserted the importance of strengthening cooperation to maintain the global supply chain of medical and food supplies.Jokowi went on to remind of the significance of partnerships among the developing countries, including to encourage the provision of debt relief, as well as humanitarian and development assistance. He also mentioned that the commitment from G-20 countries to provide suspension on debt payment to low-income countries needed to be implemented.Read also: COVID-19: Learning from other countriesAt the end of his address, Jokowi called for international communities to uphold multilateralism as the cornerstone of international cooperation.This year’s NAM Summit was hosted by Azerbaijan, with the main theme of “Unite to Fight COVID-19” and attended by leaders of member countries, including Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev as the chair of the forum, Afghanistan’s Ashraf Gani, Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz Canel, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi, Palestine’s Mahmoud Abbas, South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro,India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Malaysia’s Muhyiddin Yassin also attended the forum, as well as representatives from international and regional organizations.Topics : Indonesia called for leaders of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member countries to strengthen political solidarity amid the global fight against COVID-19 during the grouping’s summit on Monday.During the virtual forum, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recalled the purpose of the establishment of the forum – the second-largest grouping of states after the United Nations – which was to fight “mutual enemy” imperialism and neocolonialism.“Currently, our mutual enemy is the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jokowi said as quoted in a statement released by the State Secretariat.last_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf permite que el Proyecto de ley 2463 de la Cámara de Representantes se convierta en ley

first_img Press Release,  Statement,  Transparency Hace un llamamiento a una mayor transparencia en la Asamblea General En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció que permitirá que el Proyecto de ley 2463 de la Cámara de Representantes se convierta en ley sin su firma. El Gobernador realizó la siguiente declaración sobre el proyecto de ley:“Desde la presentación del Proyecto de ley 2463 de la Cámara de Representantes, mi administración ha expresado su profunda preocupación por obligar a los empleados estatales a concurrir en persona a una oficina para procesar solicitudes de registros bajo condiciones peligrosas. Hemos superado las expectativas ampliamente con respecto a la información que brindamos a la Asamblea Legislativa y al público durante toda la pandemia, incluidos los datos que impulsan nuestra toma de decisiones.“Ayer, la Oficina de Registros Abiertos brindó algún tipo de certeza respecto de la redacción de guías para mantener a salvo a los servidores públicos dedicados del estado. Si bien todavía estoy muy preocupado por la legislación mal concebida y mal redactada respecto de las protecciones para la seguridad y la infraestructura cruciales durante una emergencia, voy a pecar por precavido optando por el lado de la transparencia, como lo he hecho a lo largo de mi mandato y permitir que este proyecto de ley se convierta en ley.“Dado que la legislación está tan mal redactada, también manifiesto que entiendo que simplemente aclara que varios datos y modelos relacionados con una declaración de desastre son registros públicos, siempre y cuando esos registros no estén sujetos a la divulgación conforme a la actual Ley sobre el derecho a saber, que incluyen las exenciones necesarias para proteger la seguridad de la infraestructura del estado y las relacionadas con el proceso previo a la deliberación de los organismos y funcionarios estatales.“Para ser claro, los organismos estatales están procesando solicitudes de registros y lo han estado haciendo durante meses. Se enviaron respuestas a todas las solicitudes de registro pendientes o que se hayan recibido. De hecho, a medida que este proyecto de ley se abría paso a través del proceso legislativo, las oficinas habían vuelto a abrir y las solicitudes se estaban procesando mucho antes de que este proyecto de ley llegara a mi escritorio. Este proyecto de ley no es más que un tema de conversación para muchos en la Asamblea General. Sin embargo, ya pasó el momento de hablar de la mera transparencia del gobierno. Es hora de ejemplificarla, en especial, a medida que continuamos abordando la pandemia.“En los últimos meses, los Republicanos de la Asamblea General han tratado de hacer retroceder las medidas de mitigación de mi administración para reflejar las de Florida, Arizona y Texas. Estas medidas habrían generado más muertes y mayores daños económicos y en ningún momento ellos aportaron datos que justificaran sus intenciones. Se oponen por oponerse.“Con el beneficio de la retrospectiva, las medidas que intentaron tomar han demostrado ser universalmente incorrectas y han sido repudiadas por casi todos los expertos en salud pública del país.“Al igual que la mayoría de los demás registros legislativos, la justificación de sus intentos de obligar la reapertura prematura del estado y obstaculizar nuestra respuesta a la pandemia sigue siendo evasiva. De hecho, durante años, la mayoría de los miembros de la Asamblea Legislativa se ha eximido de todo proceso significativo del derecho a saber, ya que la categoría de privilegio legislativo les permite bloquear la divulgación de casi toda la información, incluida la información básica como la correspondencia y los calendarios, sin mencionar los correos electrónicos que describen sus procesos de toma de decisiones, que a menudo son defectuosos.“Ahora, los estoy llamando a aplicar sobre ellos mismos la misma transparencia básica que esperan de las otras ramas del gobierno. Se debe aprobar la legislación para hacer que la Ley del derecho a saber se aplique a la Asamblea General, y permitir que la legislatura brinde voluntariamente la información solicitada a través de dicha ley a los medios de comunicación y a otros ciudadanos interesados tal como le piden a las otras ramas del gobierno que hagan.“Incluso con estos cambios sugeridos, se debe hacer más para reformar verdaderamente al gobierno para mejor. Necesitamos mejorar en mayor medida nuestros sistemas de financiación de elecciones y campañas, y prohibir los obsequios con el fin de garantizar que la población de Pennsylvania, y no los intereses especiales, sean el motivo de todas las medidas que toman los funcionarios electos.“Todavía me preocupa que las disposiciones del Proyecto de ley 2463 de la Cámara de Representantes expongan innecesariamente a los empleados a un posible peligro para cumplir con los registros en una línea de tiempo arbitraria. Esta preocupación se agudiza porque algunos legisladores, por ejemplo, han puesto en peligro sin necesidad a sus propios empleados haciéndoles ir a trabajar cuando el teletrabajo sería adecuado, han tratado de obligar a los trabajadores de todo el estado a volver al trabajo sin la protección adecuada y se han negado a seguir los consejos básicos de la salud pública como el uso de máscaras.“Algunos miembros de la legislatura han dicho reiteradamente que no toman en serio este virus. De hecho, el autor de esta legislación se ha presentado en la cámara casi exclusivamente sin máscara rodeado del personal y los colegas. Han reunido a quienes están al margen de su movimiento para poner en peligro a los residentes de Pennsylvania por causas que se podrían evitar para lograr la aprobación del Presidente Trump.“Dejaré que este proyecto de ley se convierta en ley, pero es hora de que los Republicanos dentro de la Asamblea Legislativa se responsabilicen de su falta intencional de transparencia, de sus fracasos durante esta pandemia y de su respuesta que ha puesto en peligro reiteradamente a los empleados y ciudadanos en Pennsylvania.“Es hora de rendir cuentas y reformar, y eso es lo que todos debemos esperar y exigir”.View this information in English. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 26, 2020center_img El Gobernador Wolf permite que el Proyecto de ley 2463 de la Cámara de Representantes se convierta en leylast_img read more