Today Colorado jam outfit Magic Beans announced the final lineup additions for the 2017 edition of their Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival. In addition to two sets from Portland quintet Fruition, Snarky Puppy’s Cory Henry and his band The Funk Apostles will perform for the Rancho Del Rio crowd.As was previously announced, these acts will join the Beans, Moshi Fameus (featuring Aron Magner and Allen Aucoin of The Disco Biscuits), Vulfpeck’s Theo Katzman, Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven, Kitchen Dwellers, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies with Magner, Holly Bowling, and many more for what promises to be an incredible weekend of music. You can view the full lineup below:Tickets are available here. For more information about Beanstalk Music and Arts Festical 2017, visit the event website.
Promised “a little taste” of each of Harvard’s 12 graduate and professional Schools, the audience at the “Harvard Lectures That Last” event on April 9 at the Memorial Church instead received an intellectual banquet.Attendees heard about solar energy and cell research, and about the charisma America brings to the world stage. They heard calls for a “moral choreography” in the study and teaching of business ethics, and for countering a “digital pandemic” of online misinformation against water fluoridation and vaccinations.This was the third year the Harvard Graduate Student Government staged the TED-style talks in which professors from across the Schools deliver 10-minute sketches of their research or teaching.The student-picked lineup: Michael Aziz, a professor of materials and energy technologies; Noah Feldman, a professor of international law; Roy Gordon, a professor of chemistry; Tina Grotzer, an associate professor of education; Miguel Hernan, a professor of epidemiology; Sergio Imparato, a visiting research fellow in government at Harvard Extension School; Sanford Kwinter, professor of architectural theory and criticism; Joshua Margolis, a professor of business administration; Timothy Patrick McCarthy, a lecturer on history and literature; Bjorn Olsen, a professor of cell biology; Stephanie Paulsell, a professor of the practice of ministry studies; and Brittany Seymour, an instructor in global and community health.Each speaker offered a window onto his or her work, and the inspiration behind it.Paulsell told the story of Antoinette Tuff, a bookkeeper at a Georgia elementary school who talked a gunman into putting down his weapon by telling him she loved him. Tuff described afterward how she had been “praying on the inside” as she persuaded the man to surrender peacefully, said Paulsell. This “anchoring of oneself in God” is the sort of phenomenon she seeks to learn from and teach, she said, recalling St. Gregory’s description of the care of souls as “the art of arts.”Margolis suggested an innovation in thinking about business ethics, a shift from “explaining to equipping,” with the aim of better preparing students for real-world challenges.“Can we bridge how people actually act in the face of ethical challenges with how people ought ideally to act?”He talked about “flipping the classroom”: asking at the outset the questions he is asked every day by his M.B.A. students. “What do they need to know, and know how to do, given the challenges and opportunities they are going to face in the world?” Then, he said, “we go out in the world and do real research so we can come back and, from an informed perspective, truly equip them with the knowledge and know-how they need to navigate the world.”Olsen offered an observation from 17th-century physician William Harvey: “When you want to learn something fundamental about biology, you have to study the rare cases.” From there, he described a recent paper connecting a mutation in a cell receptor called TEM8 with a rare genetic disorder called GAPO syndrome, marked by stunted growth, early hair loss, and a failure of teeth to erupt from the jaws.Olsen said he and his lab colleagues were particularly excited by the discovery because, in the course of their research on a different disorder, they already had developed a mouse lacking this very receptor. Without knowing it, they had created a “GAPO mouse” that hopefully will help shed light on the syndrome.“By studying many rare disorders, new insights emerge, especially where fields intersect,” he said. “If that is the only message you remember from this talk, then you’ve got it.”
The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. “Since most of the health concerns about e-cigarettes have focused on nicotine, there is still much we do not know about e-cigarettes. In addition to containing varying levels of the addictive substance nicotine, they also contain other cancer-causing chemicals, such as formaldehyde, and as our study shows, flavoring chemicals that can cause lung damage,” said study co-author David Christiani, Elkan Blout Professor of Environmental Genetics.Other Harvard Chan School authors included Skye Flanigan, Mallory LeBlanc, Jose Vallarino, Piers MacNaughton, and James Stewart.This study was supported by an NIH/NIEHS Center grant.Photo courtesy of www.vaping360.com Diacetyl, a flavoring chemical linked to cases of severe respiratory disease, was found in more than 75 percent of flavored electronic cigarettes and refill liquids tested by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Two other related, potentially harmful compounds were also found in many of the tested flavors, which included varieties with potential appeal to young people such as cotton candy, “Fruit Squirts,” and cupcake.The study was published online today in Environmental Health Perspectives.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the flavoring industry have warned workers about diacetyl because of the association between inhaling the chemical and the debilitating respiratory disease bronchiolitis obliterans, colloquially known as “popcorn lung” because it first appeared in workers who inhaled artificial butter flavor in microwave popcorn processing facilities.“Recognition of the hazards associated with inhaling flavoring chemicals started with ‘popcorn lung’ over a decade ago. However, diacetyl and other related flavoring chemicals are used in many other flavors beyond butter-flavored popcorn, including fruit flavors, alcohol flavors, and, we learned in our study, candy-flavored e-cigarettes,” said lead author Joseph Allen, assistant professor of exposure assessment sciences.There are currently more than 7,000 varieties of flavored e-cigarettes and e-juice (nicotine-containing liquid that is used in refillable devices) on the market. Although the popularity and use of e-cigarettes continues to increase, there is a lack of data on their potential health effects. E-cigarettes are not currently regulated, although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule to include e-cigarettes under its authority to regulate certain tobacco and nicotine-containing products.Allen and colleagues tested 51 types of flavored e-cigarettes and liquids sold by leading brands for the presence of diacetyl, acetoin, and 2,3-pentanedione, two related flavoring compounds that the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association lists as “high priority,” i.e., they may pose a respiratory hazard in the workplace. Each e-cigarette was inserted into a sealed chamber attached to a lab-built device that drew air through the e-cigarette for eight seconds at a time with a resting period of 15 or 30 second between each draw. The air stream was then analyzed.At least one of the three chemicals was detected in 47 of the 51 flavors tested. Diacetyl was detected above the laboratory limit of detection in 39 of the flavors tested. Acetoin and 2,3-pentanedione were detected in 46 and 23 and of the flavors, respectively.
HILT Speaker SeriesWednesday, Nov. 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.Boylston Hall 110 – Fong AuditoriumPre-Texts: The Arts Teach (Anything)Learn about a program for education professionals to employ close reading and critical thinking skills by making art based on challenging texts. The pleasures of creative interpretation fuel admiration for difference among participants from diverse racial, cultural, and gender positions. Pre-Texts facilitators will share examples of remarkable learning outcomes, unique ways of evaluating students, and time-saving strategies for preparing lessons and reaching objectives. With ample time for discussion, instructors can explore ways to introduce this pedagogy into various disciplines and curricula.Doris Sommer, Ira Jewell Williams, Jr. Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American StudiesGigi Luk, Associate Professor of EducationViviane Gontijo, Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages and LiteraturesAdriana Gutiérrez, Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatures
When the members of Saint Mary’s College Republicans attended the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which took place from Feb. 25 to 28 in Washington D.C., they thought they would be listening to the news — not making it.College Republicans president and senior Nicole O’Toole said she and vice president Shannon Golden were leaving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s speech when Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins approached them.“He asked if he could interview Shannon and me for Greta Van Susteren’s ‘On the Record’ show that evening,” O’Toole said. “I discussed Chris Christie’s speech and how I admire his passion and energy. The 2016 candidate should emulate a lot of his personal qualities.”Golden said her stance surprised Jenkins because she is from New Jersey but does not back Chris Christie. She said her time on Fox News, along with her overall experience at CPAC, increased her enthusiasm about the College Republicans organization.“This gave us the passion to get back to campus and spread the conservative view to other girls at Saint Mary’s,” Golden said. “One of the most valuable things that we took away from CPAC was that we are the future, and this next election is about us and our future.”O’Toole said this year’s CPAC served as a learning opportunity for the College Republicans organization.“I explored more deeply some issues I have been flip-flopping on and was inspired by some of our country’s smartest and brightest leaders,” O’Toole said. “We will definitely take back all of the incredible networking we were able to do, and we hope to send a conservative speaker to campus this spring.”According to O’Toole, one of the most interesting parts of CPAC was the differing viewpoints of the speakers.“It was a nice reminder of the many different views of the Republican party,” O’Toole said. “… I believe you can only truly be sure of your beliefs if you have really investigated the other side.”O’Toole said one speech in particular made a lasting impression on her: a luncheon with the Clare Luce Booth Policy Institute, which honored communications consultant KT McFarland as its “Woman of the Year.”“[McFarland’s] best advice for young conservative women was to always be prepared and confident,” O’Toole said. “Men ask for more and do not feel rude about doing so. Women need the confidence men have in order to be more successful in the world.”Golden said CPAC speakers such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” covered a variety of topics, but Sarah Palin’s speech was especially focused on the military.“It was an extreme change of pace from all the other speakers who talked about what they would bring to the table if they run in 2016,” Golden said. “She talked about improving soldiers’ benefits and the support for when they return from war.”O’Toole said Palin’s speech distinguished itself from the others as she discussed her son Track Palin’s military service.“Sarah Palin’s speech really stuck out because she’s very colorful,” O’Toole said. “She emphasized the need to legitimize military degrees so that veterans are able to get better jobs that they are more than qualified enough to do.”Golden said Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who focused on liberty and economic freedom, was a crowd favorite.“People were chanting ‘President Paul’ and going crazy,” Golden said. “He seemed to get the best response from the crowd, especially from the millennials.”Golden said some of the most memorable parts of the conference were the opportunities to network and her time on Fox News.“It was great being with like-minded peers from all over the country and hearing who everyone wants in 2016,” Golden said. “There were so many politicians and huge people in the Republican Party. It was such a privilege that SMC College Republicans was able to take part in this year’s CPAC.” Tags: Chris Christie, conservative political action conference, CPAC, Griff Jenkins, Nicole O’Toole, Rand Paul, Saint Mary’s College Republicans, Sarah Palin, Shannon Golden, SMC college republicans
Set in the idyllic Catskills mountains in the 1960s, Casa Valentina is a discrete venue for men who enjoy dressing up and acting as women. When the opportunity to become an official organization arises, Casa Valentina must decide whether this would help gain their clientele recognition in society or wreck havoc on their personal lives. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Casa Valentina Broadway favorite Patrick Page and two-time Tony winner John Cullum have officially joined the cast of Tony winner Harvey Fierstein’s world premiere play Casa Valentina, according to a spokesperson for the show. Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello, the play will begin previews on April 1 and open on April 23 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Casa Valentina marks Fierstein’s first play in almost 30 years. Page most recently appeared on Broadway in A Time to Kill. His other Broadway credits include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Julius Caesar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Kentucky Cycle, A Man for All Seasons, Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark and Cyrano de Bergerac. His film and TV credits include The Substance of Fire and The Good Wife. Related Shows Cullum garnered Tony Awards for his performances in Shenandoah and On the Twentieth Century and received Tony nominations for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Urinetown and 110 in the Shade. His other Broadway credits include Camelot, Boys in Autumn, Hamlet, 1776, All My Sons, Show Boat, Old Money, August: Osage County, Cymbeline, 110 in the Shade and The Scottsboro Boys. View Comments Star Files Patrick Page
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Miller David Miller is one of the founders of CUinsight.com, your one stop place for all things credit union. He has been involved with the credit union community for over … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Another great BAI conference has just concluded. BAI held their annual Payments Connect conference in Phoenix AZ. This year’s agenda had industry experts and vendors discussing the latest payments regulations and challenges that financial institutions are facing. BAI did an excellent job of providing quality content that provided actionable ideas participants could take back and implement.There were several tracks to choose from. Attendees weren’t limited to just one. Which was great. I talked with several people who attended sessions in all of the tracks.The first track pertained to payments strategy and consumer insights. Some of the key topics were: the latest shifts in payments preferences and mobile adoption, what researchers and regulators have to say about consumers’ evolving needs, and building relationships with emerging competitors like Twitter and Apple Pay. MasterCard provided a great presentation about the demand for immediacy and the implications of innovation. Today’s consumers want immediate access to their money in a variety of ways. How are you meeting their needs?The second track discussed the future of payments fraud. Sessions were geared toward finding new ways to secure digital information and reducing fraud exposure. These two topics may sound easy, but with payments happening at a much higher rate than just a few years ago, it can be difficult to achieve. Attendees in this session discussed how their financial institution could reduce cyber crime and fraud, and they listened to the Fed outline their vision for the future and the potential fraud impact that comes with faster payments.The third track was a little more technical. Discussing how digitization is changing the payments operations space. Check image and remote deposit capture technology is evolving and really taking off. Both consumers and business want to the leverage the power of RDC. The presenters discussed how to address RDC duplicates and how to make business deposits mobile. Also discussed were options for responding to financial product and service patent threats, the regulatory impact on payment processing, and what Apple Pay means for your financial institution’s mobile technology and security.The conference offered a unique fourth track, digital day. Presentations in this track provided up to date information about the technology behind digital payments systems. The key discussion points were partnering for success in the payment space, preparing for the next big digital disruption, how payments are disappearing into apps, and why financial institutions, merchants, and customers must work together for the future. Fiserv and US Bank did an interesting presentation on the evolution of money movement. Payment processing has come a long way and is still maturing. Today’s consumers expect speed and don’t want to wait for payments to catch up. What is your financial institution doing to keep everyone satisfied? Or are they?BAI’s Payments Connect conference is a must go to conference for any financial institution that processes payments. I would also say it’s a great conference for any financial institution. Attendees are sure to come away with some great ideas and learn about new solutions to help implement those ideas.Disclaimer: Information contained in this article obtained from the conference agenda, BAI website, and our first hand experience at the conference.
16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Chloe Della CostaThere are all sorts of ways to cut spending and boost your savings, and there are just as many ways to sabotage your own finances. In addition to missing out on money-saving discounts, making unwise shopping decisions, and purchasing unnecessary items, you might also be throwing your money down the drain for no real reason at all. Often, all it takes is a little effort and organization to fix the problem. But first, you need to be aware of all the ways your money is being wasted. The list could go on and on, of course, but here are 10 ways consumers repeatedly throw their money away.1. Never redeeming gift cardsEven if you don’t want your gift card, at least give it to someone who will use it. According to statistics compiled by Gift Card Granny, more than $41 billion in gift cards went unused between 2005 and 2011. American households also average $300 in unused gift cards, and nearly half of recipients do not use the full value of the card. Don’t be the person letting these dollars go down the drain.2. Letting Groupons expireAccording to Yipit, roughly 15% of Groupons go unredeemed by the time the expiration date rolls around. Make a note of your daily deal coupon’s expiration date to ensure this doesn’t happen to you. And if your Groupon does expire, you can still get some value from it. The digital coupon should retain its face value at the organization for at least five years. MoneyCrashers explains how you may be able to sell or swap your Groupon if you change your mind after purchase. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Almost 300,000 Long Islanders would lose their health insurance if Obamacare is repealed by the incoming Trump administration, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced the pending impact on New York in a statement released Wednesday.“The cost of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, to state and local budgets and to the New Yorkers who depend on its health care coverage, is simply too high to justify,” said Cuomo. “Since its implementation, the Affordable Care Act has become a powerful tool to lower the cost of health insurance for local governments and New Yorkers, and it is essential that the federal government does not jeopardize the health and livelihoods of millions of working families.”At present, the New York State Health Exchange has expanded coverage to more than 2.7 million residents, cutting the percentage of uninsured New Yorkers from 10 percent to 5 percent. In Nassau, 133,324 people are at risk of losing coverage; in Suffolk 152,631.At the state level, the economic impact of the Affordable Care Act’s repeal would mean a loss of $595 million. According to the governor, New York’s counties have been able to directly use the additional federal Medicaid funding through Obamacare to lower property taxes. If Republicans in Congress carry out their promise to repeal Obamacare, Nassau County could lose $17,866,829 and Suffolk could lose $18,310,813.The Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council said the repeal could cost Long Island hospitals around $3.2 billion in lost revenue over the next decade, the major loss coming from reductions in Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, which compensates hospitals that care for uninsured patients, sometimes referred to as “safety net discharges.”“In Suffolk County, Catholic Health Services provides the largest number of safety net discharges through its eastern hospitals: Good Samaritan, St. Charles and St. Catherine,” said Christine Hendriks, a Catholic Health Services spokeswoman. “This commitment to assisting the poor and underserved is integral to our mission. If the underpinnings of the Affordable Car Act are not replaced, either through DSH payments or other previously cut subsidies, then the volume of those cared for will create a considerable financial strain on CHS that will be felt immediately.”RELATED: Trump’s Repeal Of Obamacare Would Profoundly Impact Long IslandThe view from our region’s largest health care provider, Northwell Health, was more forgiving.“While the Affordable Care Act has its flaws, it has expanded health care access to more than 20 million Americans who were previously uninsured,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and chief executive officer at Northwell, in a statement. “It has also expedited the progress that Northwell and other health systems were already making in improving quality, containing costs and holding providers more accountable for the care they deliver…Instead of pursuing radical, highly problematic solutions to the healthcare challenges we face, I encourage lawmakers to work collaboratively on pursuing more-reasonable and more-gradual measures that will make the best care possible available to as many of us as possible.”Long Island’s ranking Republican in Congress, Rep. Pete King (R-Seaford) is hoping to soften the blow, should the ACA get the axe.“I support repealing and replacing Obamacare while protecting all beneficiaries,” the Congressman told the Press in an email. “That is why I met with the governor’s top health advisors today and assured them I would work hard to minimize any negative impacts to New York and Long Island–long term and short term.”His Republican colleague from the East End, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), took the governor’s press release to task for failing to acknowledge how “flawed” Obamacare is.“Nothing at all is included about any of the lost doctors, cancelled policies, higher premiums or higher deductibles that New Yorkers are now facing,” said Zeldin in a statement to the Press. He noted that the state’s Health Exchange had just one co-op, Health Republic of New York, which “collapsed” because the entity the state picked to run it, the Freelancers Union, was incompetent. Zeldin also criticized the governor for failing to rein in the state’s huge Medicaid costs.“New York State spends more money on Medicaid than Illinois, Texas and Florida combined,” claimed the Congressman. “New York has the same population as Florida, but spends more money on Medicaid costs than Florida spends on its entire state budget.”Zeldin insists that Obamacare is going to be “repealed and replaced.” But the Congressman added that he’s open to the governor’s suggestions if Cuomo has “a good idea that productively contributes to the future of health care…In the meantime, he is not part of the solution by conspiring
United States crude crashed to below US$15 a barrel on Monday, its lowest level for over two decades, as concerns about a virus-triggered demand shock and lack of storage eclipsed an output cut deal.West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the US benchmark, fell more than 19 percent to $14.73 a barrel in early Asian trade, before markets steadied and it clawed back some ground to $15.78 a barrel.International benchmark Brent dropped 4.1 percent to $26.93 a barrel, before rising and stabilizing at $28.11. WTI was hit particularly hard on Monday as analysts said there were concerns that its main storage facilities in the United States were filling up.Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist with CMC Markets, said the plunge in WTI “reflects a glut” at the US facility in Cushing, Oklahoma.The benchmark has now “decoupled” from Brent “with the spread between the two reaching a decade high”, he said in a note.ANZ added in a note that “crude oil prices remained under pressure, as projections of weaker demand weigh on sentiment”.”Despite the OPEC+ alliance agreeing to an unprecedented cut in output, the physical market is awash with oil,” it said, referring to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC partners.”Concern continues to mount that storage facilities in the US will run out of capacity.”The US Energy Information Administration said crude inventories in the world’s biggest economy rose by 19.25 million barrels last week, adding to the woes of the oversupplied world market.Topics : Oil markets have plunged in recent weeks as lockdowns and travel restrictions to fight the coronavirus around the world batter demand for the commodity.The crisis was compounded after Saudi Arabia, kingpin of exporting group OPEC, launched a price war with non-OPEC member Russia.Riyadh and Moscow drew a line under their dispute earlier this month when they and other countries agreed to cut output by almost 10 million barrels a day to boost virus-hit markets.But prices have continued to fall heavily, with analysts saying the cuts will not be enough to make up for massive falls in demand caused by the pandemic.