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Rhythm Master Paa Kow And His Band Fuse Jazz and African Music In Denver [Photos]

first_imgPaa Kow came to the Globe Hall in Denver, Colorado on March 25th. The internationally renowned drummer from Ghana is known for his deep grooves and ability to blend a multiplicity of genres and styles, fusing jazz with traditional African, though picking up themes that course through funk music among others as well. His shows are captivating, and with his live band, he absolutely tore up Denver with his Afro-fusion danceable tunes. You can check out photos from his Denver performance below, courtesy of Alan Westman. Load remaining imageslast_img

National Institute on Aging funds two new “Roybal Center” programs at Harvard

first_imgHarvard Medical School professor Nicholas Christakis, whose work focuses on social networks, and economics professor David Laibson, who examines how and why people make the decisions they do regarding savings and health behaviors, have been selected to receive five year Roybal Center grants, of about $1.5 million each, from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a part of the National Institutes of Health.According to the NIA announcement, “the goal of the Edward R. Roybal Centers for Research on Applied Gerontology is to move promising social and behavioral research findings out of the laboratory and into programs and practices that will improve the lives of older people and help society adapt to an aging population. The centers focus on a range of projects, including maintaining mobility and physical function, enhancing driving performance, understanding financial and medical decision making, and sharpening cognitive function.”The NIA announced this week that it was establishing four new Roybal Centers, including the two at Harvard, and refunding nine already established Centers. The 13 research programs will receive a total of $23.4 million in funding over the next five years, with the funding coming from NIA, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and a number of other federal agencies and programs focused on aging issues. The Roybal Centers were authorized by Congress in 1993 and named for former House Select Committee on Aging Chair Edward R. Roybal.“The Roybal Centers have pursued a wide range of research that has yielded real-world results,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.). “This renewal and expansion of the centers carries on my father’s commitment to enhancing the lives of older Americans through research.”And NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D., said the Centers “provide a research infrastructure to help accelerate the development of new products and technologies with the potential to develop innovative and practical solutions for a number of pressing problems affecting the health and quality of life of older Americans. This is increasingly important, given the rapid growth in the numbers of older people in the United States and around the world,” he continued.Although each focuses on a particular aspect of aging, all of the centers concentrate on the translation of research into practical applications that can be moved quickly into practice.Nicholas Christakis, whose center will focus on translational research on aging, said “the NIA support will allow us to begin to explore how to use insights from social networks to improve human health. Over the last few years, we have been trying to better understand how and why people form social networks and what they mean for our lives, and this will help us take the work to the next level.”And David Laibson’s center, based at the National Bureau of Economic Research, will be looking at behavior change in health and saving in elderly populations. “Many of us fail to do what we plan to do,” Laibson said. “Procrastination and distraction stop people from saving for retirement, rebalancing their investment portfolio, writing a will, quitting smoking, going in for a seasonal flu shot, or getting an annual check-up.  Our interventions nudge people in the right direction, by making good behavior easy or even by making good behavior the default.”last_img read more

For small businesses, a good guide is a good start

first_imgAddressing an audience of community members and small business owners at the Harvard Ed Portal last Thursday, Karen Mills ’75, M.B.A. ’77, a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and former vice chair of the Harvard Board of Overseers, said that an “ecosystem” is vital to driving economic development in a community.An ecosystem is “an innovation district, an accelerator, a cluster, a way to get small businesses together in a community,” Mills said. “It’s creating ways for small businesses to have a voice in a community.”Mills spoke about innovation and small business growth as part of her Ed Portal lecture, drawing from her experience as administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and a member of President Obama’s cabinet from 2009 to 2013.At the SBA, Mills managed a federal loan guarantee portfolio of more than $100 billion. When she stepped into her role, small businesses were facing “an incredible crisis.” Amid the wider recession, banks had tightened lending rules and pulled credit lines, leading small businesses to close in record numbers.The consequences were widespread, as half of U.S. workers own or are employed by small businesses. And the sector is still struggling.“Out of 28 million small business owners in the U.S., 23 million are sole proprietors, meaning they have no employees,” Mills said. “Of these, 15 million are making their living from that sole proprietorship. And a majority of U.S. small businesses in Allston, in Brighton, and all across the country are Main Street businesses. We’re talking about restaurants, dry cleaners, car repair operations: the fabric of our daily lives.”While banks have largely recovered, many community banks have closed, and Main Street businesses often have trouble accessing the capital they need.“There’s a credit gap in the small-dollar loans, those under $250,000,” Mills said. “That’s the size loan that 70 percent of small businesses want. In fact, almost 40 percent of small businesses want loans for even less than that: under $50,000.”With fewer banking options, many small business owners have turned to online lenders for credit. “There’s more of these lenders on the market every day,” she said. “You can go online and get approval in a few minutes or a few hours, and the money is in your account in just a few days.”The downside? Such loans often come with extremely high annual percentage rates.Ultimately, small businesses must know when to borrow, how much to borrow, and the right time frame for a loan, Mills stressed, pointing to the importance of getting good advice.“The single best thing you can do is get a counselor to work with you and help you make these decisions,” she said, noting that SCORE mentors are available at the iLab, and encouraging attendees to consider the Ed Portal’s workforce business development classes. “We want to make sure small business owners have what they need to succeed and help grow this community so it can be strong and prosper in the future.”Anthony D’Isidoro, president of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (CDC), said that the talk reflected the growing relationship between Harvard and the Allston-Brighton community.“Harvard has been a great partner with the Allston Brighton CDC,” he said. “I try to inform the community about events, and as a community, the Ed Portal is one of the best things Harvard has done in our evolving relationship. It’s a tremendous resource. People in the community need to know that it’s here and the opportunities that are available to them, from school programs through workforce development.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s alumna presents Justice Friday

first_imgThis week’s Justice Friday installment was presented by Saint Mary’s alumna Meredith Mersits about her experience working in an urban school environment, in particular, disciplinary action and how it affects the students.Mersits drew from her experience as a social work major at Saint Mary’s and her time as a special education teacher in a segregated school environment.“The reason why I’ve called this discussion is because I’ve realized it’s not enough to work in an urban community, but to actually advocate for that community and to embed yourself within the issues of the community so that you can understand the community and the people you are working with.”Mersits said she thought her background at Saint Mary’s would prepare her for interacting with students. However, Mersits said one doesn’t know what it’s like to interact with these students until they’re in the situation.“The school I’m working at is 100 percent African American which shows how segregated the community is … I didn’t realize how much of an impact that has on the community.”Mersits said she’s realized the students in the special education program tend to be the first students the administration expels.She said this is the wrong way to deal with special education students because they need to be in a positive, consistent environment and around positive people rather than sending these students to rehab facilities or another school where they are pushed further down the line.“I think schools don’t know what to do, I think it’s a quick fix, and there is not good rationale behind [expelling special needs students]. The students know they did something wrong, but they don’t know how to mend it.”Another downside of expelling or putting special needs students in in-school suspension (ISS) is it hurts the way they see the school system, especially students who have experienced trauma.“We can say that we understand [students who have been through trauma] all day, but how do we implement it? We need to ask ourselves as teachers, are we trauma-informed teachers? Do we teach with trauma in the forefront? Often times, schools are punitive. We punish these kids for something they can’t help”Mersits said ISS hurts students academically, because they fall behind and it is very hard to catch up students with academic needs. Mersits said this can be frustrating for the students.Mersits said students often act out because expectations are not clear; students should be allowed to think freely, but putative school systems oppose creativity.“We push this form of free thinking, but when the punitive system comes in, we tell them they can’t do that … If a kid in class knows the answer and blurts it out, we have to punish him for that.” Mersits sad, “I think there is a very fine line between teaching someone to be an upstanding citizen, which is part of the skills you’re supposed to learn in high school, versus punishing them at every chance we get.”Mersits offered a substitute to suspension such as holding parent conferences before suspension and students being granted access to the proper classwork they are missing while in ISS.Mersits said teachers need to meet students half way in the classroom and try to set clear expectations so students are encouraged to succeed.“As teachers we often don’t think, ‘What did I do in that situation and how did I set up that student for success or failure in that situation?’”Mersits said in education, there is a principle where students are causing trouble because of purposeful defiance versus unclear expectations.“A kid doesn’t necessarily want to be defiant. I think the cases where students are purposefully defiant are slim, I think most of the times kids don’t know what to do.“We are not teaching them why they [were punished] so I don’t think it’s beneficial we’re just giving them a consequence; it’s not training their brain to critically realize why they got a demerit.”Mersits said she has learned how important it is to acknowledge there is bias when dealing with students.“We have this inherent bias and, even if we say we don’t or don’t want to have it, we see students of privilege [and think] what can we do to help them. But then when it comes to kids who come from rough neighborhoods or family situations we think we need to send them away because that’s what’s best of them. If we were informed trauma teachers, that’s not what we do.”Justice Friday installments take place every Friday from 12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in Conference Room A and B of the Student Center.Tags: Justice Friday, saint mary’s, urban educationlast_img read more

Zero Weight Gain Challenge

first_img To sign up for the challenge, see Holidays can be a time of continuous feasts for some, leading to excess pounds when it’s all over. To ward off the unwanted weight, University of Georgia Extension offers the “Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge,” a free program that helps Georgians avoid the overeating usually so common to the season. “Many people say that there’s so much temptation—it’s just one continuous feast,” said Connie Crawley, an Extension nutrition and health specialist in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “And the food is so plentiful now that there are just so many options. The problem is, the more options you give people, the more they eat.” Participants in the program sign up for the messages, which last year featured titles such as “Keeping an Eagle Eye on What You Consume,” “Curving Your Cravings” and “No Exercise, No Weight Control.” The challenge begins in mid November and ends Jan. 3. Participants will receive twice-weekly emails with advice and encouragement on how to avoid gaining additional pounds. center_img ]Crawley said 57 percent of the people who participated in the post-program survey last year reported experiencing zero weight gain. In all, participants will receive 14 messages during the program. This year, Crawley has added a weekly low-calorie recipe. “People said they liked having those reminders,” Crawley said. “It was like a little prompt that kept them on track. It wasn’t so much that they got new skills, it was that they got support.” Last year’s tips also archived on the site. UGA Obesity InitiativeThe University of Georgia launched a major campus-wide initiative in January 2012 to help the state address its growing epidemic of childhood and adult obesity as well as the increasing incidence of overweight infants. As Georgia’s land-grant university, UGA is able to harness diverse and extensive obesity-related instruction, research activities and public service and outreach components to address this multifaceted problem. The initiative will develop obesity prevention and treatment programs that interested Georgia communities, employers and health care providers can implement. For more information, see obesity.ovpr.uga.edulast_img read more

Vermont Delegates to World Travel Market in London

first_imgSix Vermonters, representing state-wide tourismorganizations and private businesses, will join representatives of theother five New England states at the World Travel Market in London,England, November 11-15.”For the first time, the six New England states will have a unifiedpresence under the umbrella of Discover New England,” said Fredrik deJong,International Marketing Director for the Vermont Department of Tourism andMarketing. The World Travel Market is the largest travel trade show in theUnited Kingdom, the major European market for both New England andVermont.Joining deJong in the Vermont delegation are: Valerie Rochon, Stowe AreaAssociation; Linda Seville, The Inn at Essex and Lake Champlain RegionalChamber of Commerce; Sue Kruthers, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, VermontAttractions Association, and Vermont Farms! Association; Julie Howell,Vermont Ski Areas Association; and Tony Clark, Blueberry Hill Inn, Goshen,Vt. Sharon Bernstein, president of CIB Group, which providesrepresentation for Vermont in the UK and Ireland, also will attend.During the event, Vermont and its partner states will hold a reception fortravel trade and media partners entitled “A Taste of New England”. Theregional delights will include Vermont’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Cabotcheddar cheese and Green Mountain Coffee among other New England favoriteslike clam chowder and cranberry juice.”Despite a challenging year, indications from our partner tour operatorslook positive for international travel to Vermont in 2003,” said deJong.”We look forward to returning to World Travel Market to share the news ofthe many attractions and experiences Vermont offers with our longstandingpartners in the British travel industry.”last_img read more

Sandy Debris, Extreme Weather Fears Raised at Babylon Hearing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sandy destroyed homes across the region, like this one on Fire Island that was knocked off its stilts.In a week that saw January temperatures on Long Island range from the single digits to an unseasonable 54 degrees, the causes and effects of extreme weather drew the chairman of the state Assembly’s standing committee on environmental conservation, Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst), to Babylon Town Hall on Wednesday, where he held a public hearing on what steps the government should take in the wake of the destruction left behind by Superstorm Sandy and the increasing likelihood that the future holds worse storms to come.In public testimony, Ellen Mecray, regional climate services director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, cited a “statistically significant trend” in extreme weather patterns since the 1970s and said that “what we’re seeing is the atmosphere on steroids.”After she recommended that our region get better prepared, Sweeney asked her, “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best, basically?” “Yes,” Mecray replied.As Assemb. Fred Thiele (D-Sag Harbor) pointed out—mentioning that his Assembly district has more coastline than any other in the state—the resources are “finite,” especially at the local level, yet the need for them is only growing.But the federal government, warned Dorian Dale, Suffolk County’s director of sustainability, may be in retreat on financing the necessary preparation and remediation efforts, so the market place may wind up imposing changes in public behavior that could mitigate the effects of the rising sea levels and the increasing frequency of flooding from bad storms. For example, Dale said, flood insurance rates could rise significantly—assuming the homeowner still qualifies—and coastal property values may sink, making it harder to get a mortgage, let alone refinance one.So, in the long term, the question of whether to sink more funds into restoring the flood-damaged communities may become moot as residents move away, but in the short term, he sees his neighbors in West Gilgo Beach “in a frantic rush to rebuild in a bad way.” In other words, using sheetrock instead of Durock, which is waterproof and mold resistant, and putting their electrical outlets and fuse boxes in the same vulnerable place they were when Sandy’s surge came into their homes.Referring to the Netherlands, which has had a history of keeping the ocean at bay, Dale said that in Europe there is a “collective effort” to share resources, whereas in the United States people tend to go it alone. “At this point in time, we are all first responders.” Unless, he said, people “change the mindset.”Rezoning and upholding building codes were suggested at the hearing by R. Larry Swanson, associate dean of the school of marine and atmospheric sciences at Stony Brook University. “On Long Island variances are a dime a dozen,” he exclaimed.Swanson disagreed with Jay Tanski, coastal processes and facilities specialist at New York Sea Grant, a state and federal funded agency that researches marine issues, on how fast nature may fill in the Fire Island breach and what effect the inlet created by Sandy may be having on the Great South Bay. Swanson thinks the breach could close in months or a year at most, and should be left alone because the influx of seawater is helping the bay flush out some of the pollution that has accumulated there. Tanski said he believes the inlet will “close by itself” but it could take a decade, and by then the salinity levels of the bay could irrevocably alter the ecosystem.Both scientists reiterated the need for closer monitoring of Fire Island and the bay itself, given that present government-funded research is “running on fumes,” as Swanson told the Press after he spoke at the hearing.Of equal concern is the issue of storm debris that may come back ashore in the spring when the wind changes direction, Swanson warned the Assembly committee, and it could contain nails, shingles, home heating oil tanks, and other toxic materials. He compared the situation to the discovery of medical waste, such as used syringes, that washed up on the Island’s beaches two decades ago and kept vacation crowds away for years after the mess was cleaned up. “Be vigilant,” he urged local communities.Oil slicks in the water from storage tanks uprooted by the storm and ash from open-air incinerators of trees and other waste left from Sandy were among the many concerns raised by Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment.Among the recommendations she presented the committee, she proposed that the sewage treatment plants be raised above predicted tidal surge levels, that the state use FEMA money for that purpose, and that the state provide money to the Department of Environmental Conservation to monitor the quality of the water in the western bays where the raw and partially treated sewage was the worst after the storm struck.On Long Island, she said, “People swim everywhere,” not just the beaches on the Ocean.Rebuilding without thinking about the future means repeating the mistakes of the past, she said. “It sets us up for another disaster!” she exclaimed.Sweeney nodded in appreciation. He’d held a previous hearing on this issue on Jan. 16 in Manhattan. No bill is planned at this time but that could change. Sweeney has been a prominent proponent of efforts in the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote clean energy. What will come of his committee’s efforts to stop the weather remains to be seen.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events August 6 – 12

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jounce Born out of New York City, two childhood friends and their love for rock and roll ignited a 14-year-and-counting journey in this post-punk and ’90s rock hybrid. Now joined by a drummer, the trio performs songs about love, loss, and life on the road while blasting a nostalgic reminder to that decade of stellar tunes. With The Vigilance Committee, Lisa Vetrone & The ’67s, The Imperial Stormlooper, The Detours and Lost To The Light. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $12, $14 DOS 6 p.m. August 6.The Australian Pink Floyd Show / Led Zeppelin 2 – Tribute BandStriving to reproduce the Pink Floyd experience and bring their timeless music to new audiences, this live show features a stunning light and laser display, video animations, inflatables, films projected onto a large circular screen and other special effects. The tribute band is not only renowned for replicating the music of Pink Floyd, but also recreating the look, feel, and sound of their world tours. Hailing from South Australia, these rockers have been active since 1988 and are the only Pink Floyd tribute band to play for a member of Pink Floyd. Rather than solely replicating and paying tribute to Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin 2 focuses on re-enacting the famous bands’ legendary live performances. This includes onstage interaction and improvisations–in other words, the closest thing to seeing The Almighty Zep in the flesh! Not to be missed! Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. $35. 8 p.m. August 6.The Clean Comedy All StarsComedy doesn’t always need to be dirty and The Clean Comedy All Stars prove this with their absolutely hilarious stand-up routine. These hucksters deliver great, knee-slapping jokes minus the foul language, sexual innuendo, racism, and tasteless attacks on audience members. A must for people who want to go out and have a belly laugh, the kind that sort of rumbles around for hours, days, weeks at a time, and are punctuated by uncontrollable fits of loud, contagious laughter. 100% clean and 1000% funny. This is a must-see gig. Come start a laugh riot! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $10. 8 p.m. August 6.Jekyll and HydeBased on the 19th century novel, Jekyll and Hyde tells the story of Dr. Henry Jekyll who, as the result of a medical experiment gone horribly awry, transforms himself into the maniacal Mr. Edward Hyde. Featuring well-known songs such as “This is the Moment” and “Façade,” this musical is brimming with big ensemble dance numbers, powerful solo pieces, and heart-throbbing ballads. The cast and crew include high school and college students, including alumni from high schools across Nassau County. Gold Coast Art Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. Free. 8 p.m. August 6, 2 p.m. August 8. Southside Johnny & The Poor FoolsThis is a chance to catch Johnny Lyon up close and personal as he and his band cover a wide variety of music in stripped-down, acoustic form, in a truly intimate setting. Lyon strives to have a good time while he rocks out, resulting in a loose mix of songs, banter, and stories between the band and the audience. The group is known for their being multi-instrumentalists and their wide repertoire, performing classic hits from artists such as Bob Dylan, The Band, Muddy Waters, and many, many more. Wow! The Jersey Shore comes to the East End! The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansett. $70. 7 p.m. August 7.3rd Annual CAC 48 Hour Film CompetitionFilmmaking teams have just one weekend to make a short film. Filmmakers don’t know what genre their film will be until the start of the competition and the cameras must roll. All creativity: writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack, has to occur within the 48-hour window beginning Friday evening at 7 p.m. To add to the mayhem, they must also include some random elements that they only find out about at the starting line. The CAC 48-Hour Film Competition is a filmmaking competition that just has to be experienced. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10. 7 p.m. August 7.Joel McHaleWhat’s the soup on this? Could it be Emmy Award-winning satirist on the E! television network, Jeff Winger from hilarious sitcom Community, and Rex from Ted making an appearance to make you laugh like you’ve never laughed before? Quite so. Joel McHale hails the title of humor in his back pocket by pointing out the absurdities of life as we know it. As his character Jeff once winged, “Look at me. It’s clear to all of you that I am awesome. But I can never admit that because that would make me an ass.” As a matter of fact, Joel McHale truly is truly awesome, and that is no joke. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $63. 8 p.m. August 7.MiguelCome see this hit-making, Grammy Award-winning singer bring his summer tour to Long Island this week. Miguel is celebrating the release of his new album, Wildheart, which dropped in June. You may know him from his most famous songs, including “All I Want Is You,” “Sure Thing,” “Adorn” and “How Many Drinks?” but Miguel will also be wowing the crowd at this show with songs from his new record, like “A Beautiful Exit” and “The Valley.” Wildheart Tour with special guest Dorothy. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury $35. 8 p.m. August 7.Robert KellyFor more than 10 years, this Boston native has performed his hysterical stand-up routine nationwide. You might know him from playing Louie CK’s brother in Louie the TV show, or from his hilarious appearance on Inside Amy Schumer. He’s even directed his own comedy special. We guarantee you will not forget this memorable gig and will be laughing about it for a long time after he delivers his jokes. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Avenue, Bohemia. $25-$55. 8 p.m.. August 7.The BogmenThis wonderfully entertaining Long Island-based indie band first emerged from the wilds of Huntington when Billy Campion, Bill and Brendan Ryan, Mark Wike, P.J. O’Connor and Clive Tucker decided they had to rock out together. Signed to Arista Records in 1995, the Bogmen never quite became a house-hold name that they deserved to be with their debut release called Life Begins at 40 Million. But so it goes. And on they went. No matter what, they never let their fans get bogged down, taking their self-described “tribal, huntish” sound to every bar, club and retirement home in the Tri-state area. Over the intervening years, they’ve reunited many times to keep the thrills and spills alive. And that’s why this gig is such a great opportunity to enjoy The Bogmen at their best. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansett. $50. 9 p.m. August 7, 8.Sayville SummerfestSummer is the perfect time for sharing lasting moments with the ones you love, whether that’s enjoying delicious BBQs, lounging poolside or along the beach, or just laughing in the bright, refreshing sunshine. This special event touches upon all of these things, and more. Celebrate these precious moments of summertime life, frolic among fellow Long Islanders and relish in the supreme glory of August with more than 200 craft and food vendors, rides, games, as well as beer and wine tastings. Now that’s a summer memory worth savoring! You’re welcome! Main Street, Sayville. Free. August 7-9.Mark R. LevinThis best-selling author will sign his new book, Plunder and Deceit. This essential tale possesses, against all odds, a like-minded appeal to reason and audacity—one intended for all Americans but particularly the rising generation. As he tells it, younger people must find the personal strength and summon the will to break through the cycle of manipulation, unrelenting emotional overtures, and the pressure of groupthink, which are humbling, dispiriting, and absorbing them into abject apathy. Only then can they stand up against the heavy hand of centralized government, which, if left unabated, will assuredly condemn them to economic and societal calamity. Yikes! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 1 p.m. August 8.North Fork Craft Beer FestivalMore than 50 brewers will be pouring over 100 beers ranging from hometown favorites to international specialties. Lagers? Ambers? Pilsners? Yes, yes and yes! Come try and taste them all. Calverton Links Golf Course, 149 Edwards Ave., Calverton. $50. 2-5:30 p.m. August 8.Opening Reception – Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and SkyComprised of more than 30 visionary works from private lenders and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, this awe-inspiring exhibition will span the 1960s through 1990s and will surely captivate and amaze. Whether using plastics, paints, enamels, drawings, prints, collages and film, Lichtenstein melded this mortal realm with its inextricable elements of the divine, creating land and seascapes that straddle both worlds and yet somehow reveal their inherent bond to one another. Oh, hallowed Earth! Oh, glorious sea! Oh, holy art! Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. Free. 4-6 p.m. Exhibit runs August 8 through Oct. 12.ShiffleyKnown for their catchy melodies, danceable beats and quirky stage antics, these Long Island indie/synth rockers have achieved much, despite their young age. The band has been finalists in both CBS’s Grammy Gig of a Lifetime and VH1’s Make a Band Famous Competition, among other accolades. Returning home from gigs in DC and Pittsburgh, the Shifflers are hosting their EP release party, and it is bound to be a night of soul-satisfying tunes and uber-mondo vibes. With This Good Robot and The Serotones. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $15. 5:30 p.m. August 8.Summer Harvest of ArtistsAn opening reception will be held for an invitational art exhibit highlighting the works of 41 local artists, with pieces ranging from the realism of photography to abstract expressionist paintings and sculpture. b. j. spoke gallery, 299 Main St., Huntington. Free. 6-9 p.m. August 8.Broadway Showstoppers IITheater lovers won’t want to miss this musical revue that salutes the most popular hits from the Great White Way. Produced by Joanne Fried and Helene Tiger, the performances feature top-flight talent, backed by an orchestra. Sands Point Preserve 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. $50. 7:45 p.m. August 8Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot – Celebrating the Music of Billy JoelThis one’s for those who missed the Billy Joel concert closing Nassau Coliseum Aug. 4. The only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, “The Piano Man,” himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20 8 p.m. August 8.Boz ScaggsThis accomplished appreciator and performer of timeless blues, R&B, rock and jazz tunes’ soulful tones and nuanced instrumentals will mesh his multi-tiered dimension of authenticity on respected American root classics with his own original music. From his seminal role in the Steve Miller Band in 1967 to his stellar solo career, Boz Scaggs has deservedly earned a reputation as a singular artist. And did we say he’s a crooner who will melt hearts too? Yes, we did. Are you in the mood for a romantic evening? Then this is the gig for you. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. $145-$195. 8 p.m. August 8.One-Man Star Wars TrilogyWe interrupt this blurb to tell you, reader: I am your father. Just kidding. Take out your lightsabers and get ready to watch this 75-minute entertaining play, with yes, just one cast member alone on stage. Directed by TJ Dawe, Canadian Actor Charles Ross plays all of the characters, flies all the ships, sings from John William’s score, and fights both sides of the battle. Do…or do not. There is no “try” in getting tickets for this memorable performance. May the force be with you. Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. $20-$35. 8 p.m. August 8.Air SupplyAir Supply was one of the first modern Western music acts to perform in East Asia, bringing their unique blend of pop and soft rock music along their long journey. Decades later, the duo still performs all over the world for their adoring fans. Get ready as Air Supply performs material from their latest album Mumbo Jumbo, as well as love cuts from their career. With radio hits like “All Out of Love”, “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” and “Lost in Love,” you’ll be thinking about your crush before you know it. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $40. 8 p.m. August 8.Iris DeMentA recognizable voice in folk music, Iris DeMent is known for her sweet tone and thought-provoking lyrics. Her latest album, The Trackless Woods, touches on humanity and the many feelings we experience throughout our lives, and receives inspiration from one of Russia’s greatest poets, Anna Akhmatova. Dement will surely create an intimate musical setting for her listeners, allowing them a glimpse into her recent artistic and personal experiences. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $45. 8 p.m. August 8.Busta RhymesRecognized as one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, the New York-bred Busta Rhymes is here to pack the house. He is known for club smashes like the unpredictable “Woo Hah!!” the bass-thumping “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” and the Daft-Punk-influenced “Touch It.” Over the course of his 25-year career, he has maintained a steady following in mainstream hip-hop, and has collaborated with artists such as The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Pharell and even Diplo. Whether he’s grooving on tracks with his sinister bravado, or rapping at supersonic speeds (who can forget his verse on Chris Brown’s international hit “Look at Me Now”?), Busta Rhymes will surely bring his infectious energy to the crowd. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $22, $35 DOS. 10 p.m. August 8.Bizzydoo Kids FestBouncy houses, a petting zoo, craft classes and many more kid-friendly events are on tap for the little ones while parents can check out parent-geared exhibits. Who needs a babysitter when you’ve got this!? Nobody! Hilton Long Island, 598 BroadHollow Rd., Melville. $7 adults, $4 kids 2 and older. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. August 9.Long Island Potato FestCome out to commemorate and celebrate Long Island’s longstanding heritage of potato growers, farms, products and more! The festival includes dozens of exhibitors, food trucks, live music, activities, seminars and contests. Calverton Links Golf Course, 149 Edwards Ave., Calverton. $20. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. August 9.POSP Summer QuestivalPlanet of Sound Promotions (POSP) is gearing up to host this year’s Summer Questival, which will feature any and all forms of entertainment imaginable! DJ’s Crazy Daylight and BMO /NY/, bands like Funknasty and Tractorbear: A Tribute to The Disco Biscuts, and Beatboxers MC Beats and JFLO will all be playing the festival, and audiences will also be able to participate in Tarot and Palm Reading, Henna Tattoos, and Live Interactive Art! Audience members must be at least 16 years old. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. Free. 2 p.m. August 9.The GREAT Long Island Laugh-Off of 2015 – SemifinalOmg laughin’ and laughin’ and laughin’ just writing this blurb. Seriously, can’t keep a straight face long enough to research this laugh-fest and give any more specific details than those already contained in this skeleton. Sorry, can’t stop. Too funny. Way too hysterical. Wow. Be still, fingers. Behave! Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. $14. 6 p.m. August 9-13.Sutton FosterSutton, cute as a button, has clearly fostered her own talent from the moment she stepped on stage. The versatile Tony Award-winning actress, singer and dancer performed in 11 Broadway shows, starred in a bunch of shows like Bunheads, Psych, and Law and Order SVU, and has sung her songs all over the world. Not too shabby. And here I am rewarding myself for cleaning my room today. Currently starring in TVLand’s new series Younger, created by Darren Star, Sutton will knock your socks off like nothin’ you’ve ever seen before. Don’t miss her for an incredible night! Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. $53-$150. 8 p.m. August 9.Mazl-TovDon’t be a klutz, and have the chutzpah to go see this concert! You shmooz you loose if you don’t watch this centennial celebration of the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene. Fershtay? No, no, no, don’t misinterpret me. I didn’t say thirsty, I asked if you understood! This theater is the longest continuously producing Yiddish theater company in the world. Mazl-Tov, which means good luck, by the way, will present a precious repertoire to capture the soul of the Jewish people. Expect touching love songs, sentimental ballads, and outrageous humor, all imbued with optimism and faith. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. $35-$55. 8 p.m. August 9.Ballroom With a TwistAudiences who can’t get enough of reality television will enjoy Ballroom With a Twist’s very special guest star Chris Soules, a Dancing with the Stars contestant and star of the most recent season of ABC’s The Bachelor. Some lucky audience members will be getting a rose and a chance to dance with the hunky farmer-turned-reality TV star onstage! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. August 9.Peter PanWhether you’re young and flying to Neverland for the first time or grown up and still hoping for Peter to return, it’s time for a little faith, trust, and pixie dust. Follow the Lost Boys, live a pirate’s life with Captain Hook, dance with the Indians, or flee the clock-ticking crocodile. Don’t forget, follow the second star to the right and fly straight on ’til morning! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $18.50. 11 a.m. August 11.Joan Jett: 1970s – 2012One of Long Island’s musical jewels is Joan Jett, a powerhouse performer whose emotional connection with audiences helped establish her style and propelled her to the top of the charts with international success. Joan first met fame as a guitarist in The Runaways, where she could hone her songwriting skills and gain fans. After five albums, when The Runaways disbanded, Joan formed Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, sending a sonic blast of pure Rock and Roll to the popular music of the late ‘70s. This program will spotlight her great creations such as “I Love Rock and Roll,” “Bad Reputation,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Runaway,” her wonderful cover of “Crimson and Clover,” and many, many more for a living tribute to this talented lady, who was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $15. 7:30 p.m. August 11.AmyThey tried to make me go see this Amy Winehouse screening, but I said yes, yes, yes! You ain’t got the time to not see this tear-jerking documentary on the late Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse was a legend in her own right, a pop star with soul. With just two albums to her name, this British icon brought passion, inspiration and vitality to her songs. Sadly, she was not able to find harmony in her own life as her personal chaos overshadowed her artistic gifts far too soon. Why don’t you come on out and see this insightful film as soon as possible? Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. $15. 8 p.m. August 11-12.Graham NashFor more than 40 years, this British Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s voice and music has echoed the encouragement of peace and social and environmental righteousness. Check out his captivating biography Wild Tales, released last year, and join him for a night of social harmony and soaring songs. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $60. 8 p.m. August 12.Meteor ShowerFor this night of nights, officials are allowing stargazers in after normal closing time at three New York State parks on Long Island: Jones Beach, Sunken Meadow and Montauk—to view the Perseids Meteor Shower. The usual stargazing permit requirements are also being waived for seekers of these magical stardust voyagers as those meteors rocket across the cosmos, capturing viewers’ hearts, imaginations, and inspiring all who bear witness. Visitors must remain near their vehicles and are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring bug spray and reclining chairs—no binoculars needed. Just keep your eyes wide open and neck nimble. Jones Beach State Park West End II, Sunken Meadow State Park Field 3 and Montauk State Park upper parking lot. Free. After dark, August 12.—Compiled by Daniela Weinstein, Chuck Cannini, Kaitlin Gallagher, Nicholas Semelak, Ayo Fagbemi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

Alibaba spends five times as much on subsidies to export Singles Day

first_imgBEIJING — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is pressing into overseas markets as competition heats up around the Singles Day shopping festival the company launched 12 years ago in China.Akin to Black Friday or Cyber Monday in the U.S., the shopping event started as a day of mass discounts on Alibaba’s online shopping platforms on Nov. 11. The promotional period has since expanded to at least Nov. 1 to 11, while other Chinese e-commerce companies such as have piled in.This year, JD reported 32.8% growth in transaction volume to 271.5 billion yuan ($40.4 billion) from 2019. That’s faster than the 26% increase Alibaba disclosed, albeit to a far greater figure of 498.2 billion ($74.1 billion) in gross merchandise volume (GMV). GMV is a metric most commonly used in e-commerce that measures the total dollar value of goods sold over a certain period of time. – Advertisement – People wait in line in front of the AliExpress pop-up store in Paris on September 24, 2020.Geoffroy van der Hasselt | AFP | Getty Images In addition, Li said the company launched about 100 freight charter flights to Europe during the roughly two-week Singles Day shopping period. That’s about seven flights a day, up from two during off-peak periods.Outside of the shopping festival, investment in logistics has cut delivery time to Spain and France by about 30% to 10 working days for some cross-border products, according to AliExpress. The company is also building out its warehouse system in Europe, through which merchants can pre-stock goods and deliver select products within three days to Spain, France and Poland, and five to seven days in other parts of Europe.Ken Chen, who runs a Shenzhen-based LED light business called Tranyton, said Europe is his primary market and he’s been pre-stocking warehouses there in anticipation of a doubling in sales this Singles Day from last year. Chen said typical monthly business revenue averages $500,000. It’s not clear how much AliExpress contributed to Alibaba’s Singles Day sales this year. The business unit said the sales of goods sold in overseas warehouses in the first minute of Nov. 11 equaled that of the first 60 minutes last year.International retail commerce accounted for 5% of Alibaba’s revenue in the quarter ended Sept. 30, marking growth of 30% from a year ago. Overall revenue for the period rose 30% from a year ago to $22.8 billion.The opportunity and competition in e-commerce is rising as stay-home policies enacted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are accelerating demand for online shopping around the world.Amazon reported a 37% increase in net sales to $96.1 billion in the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30. The company has come under significant scrutiny from European regulators over data use that potentially gives Amazon an unfair advantage over other sellers.AliExpress has been trying to get local sellers to join its platform, beginning with Russia, Spain, Italy and Turkey early last year, according to the company. The platform offers the same livestreaming sales tools that have surged in popularity in China, and launched real-time translation for some languages.Whether these efforts to replicate success in China’s e-commerce market will work in Europe remain to be seen.One overlooked factor for the rapid growth of the online shopping ecosystem in China is the development of digital infrastructure there, noted Felix Poh, partner at McKinsey.Growing competition in ChinaHeavy subsidies are common in China’s cut-throat internet industry, where survival often depends on a start-up’s ability to quickly attract and retain a massive group of users. The strategy is to capture a large base that can then be monetized.Alibaba shares are down more than 10% over the last five trading days, while those of JD have fallen more than 7% after the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) released draft guidelines against internet industry practices that create monopolies.“The draft mentions that the use of subsidies, discounts, and traffic support provided by platforms, despite favouring consumers, may potentially deter fair competition among market participants (i.e., by setting prices below costs),” Morgan Stanley analysts said in a report Wednesday. “This could affect Alibaba’s promotional activities, although to what extent such subsidies will be regarded as a violation of antitrust rules remains uncertain.”Overall, the analysts expect the regulatory scrutiny to have less effect than it would have in previous years due to existing competition. Morgan Stanley estimates Alibaba’s GMV will fall to 59% of the Chinese market this year, down from 76% — or more than three-fourths — six years ago when the company first went public.Indeed, the company’s latest quarterly report showed new monthly active users on mobile rose 7 million from June to September, the smallest increase on record, according to analysis from Chinese tech news site 36kr and confirmed by CNBC.The total of 881 million accounts for well over 90% of the 932 million mobile internet users reported for June by government agency China Internet Network Information Center.In logistics, while there is significant growth overseas by Chinese players, the businesses often lack staff overseas with sufficient experience, and face many other challenges such as capital and regulation, Charles Guowen Wang, director at think tank China Development Institute, said. He noted the opportunity within China still remains quite large.Alibaba remains a giant in China, but its rival Tencent is gaining ground.More people are also using popular messaging tool WeChat for shopping through in-app mini programs, which now has more than 400 million daily active users, the Tencent-owned app disclosed in September. For January to August, GMV of physical products purchased through mini programs more than doubled from a year ago.“I think we’ve also seen the rise of direct to consumer program, which also the WeChat mini program,” Poh said. “In terms of scale and relevance, it’s exponentially increased in the last 18 months.”center_img – Advertisement – For Alibaba, it said the GMV figure is the total value of orders and shipping charges settled through digital payments system Alipay for transactions such as ones on the company’s China retail marketplaces, and international-focused e-commerce platforms Lazada and AliExpress.AliExpress generally connects Chinese sellers with overseas buyers, allowing foreign businesses and consumers to buy directly from factories in China. While removing middlemen can make products much cheaper to buy, sheer distance and an underdeveloped logistics network can mean weeks-long delivery times.To speed up delivery and reduce costs for customers, AliExpress boosted subsidies by five times for logistics operations this Singles Day, compared with last year, Li Dawei, head of AliExpress Supply Chain, told CNBC in a phone interview this week. The business unit works with Alibaba’s logistics arm Cainiao as well as local delivery companies in other countries.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

LBH APIK raises funds for emergency domestic violence shelters

first_imgThe Jakarta chapter of the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (LBH APIK Jakarta) is raising funds to support victims of domestic violence amid a flood of cases as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.The foundation will use the money to provide temporary shelter for domestic abuse victims.LBH APIK Jakarta spends Rp 2.9 million (US$201.14) per month per person to provide temporary safe houses and daily necessities, including food and clothing. “There are currently five female victims of domestic abuse living in emergency shelters. They have brought along their children,” LBH APIK Jakarta wrote in a statement. “The victims will need approximately two months to get their cases settled [in court].”The foundation is accepting monetary donations and in-kind contributions to be sold to raise money for the victims. Donors can send the items to LBH APIK Jakarta’s office on Jl. Raya Tengah No. 31 in East Jakarta or drop them off there. Monetary donations can be wired to the foundation’s account.Read also: Victims of domestic violence struggle to access help during quarantineLBH APIK Jakarta received 366 reports of domestic violence between March 16 and June 30, an average of 110 reports a month. It received 60 to 70 reports a month last year.Women living with violent partners have found themselves trapped and unable to access help as many people have been required to stay home to limit the spread of COVID-19. The foundation found that not all victims could leave the house as most of them were financially dependent on their husbands.Government domestic violence shelters require applicants to provide negative COVID-19 test results and to have filed a formal letter of complaint with the police against their abusers to be admitted to the shelters. LBH APIK Jakarta’s shelters have no such requirements.Topics :last_img read more