Bob Weir has been on a tear recently—on Halloween, he performed with Dumpstaphunk, and over the weekend, he sat in with former Grateful Dead bandmate Phil Lesh, Midnight North, and members of Twiddle at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. In a moment of much-needed rest and relaxation, Bobby took to Instagram to share a hilarious video of Woody Harrelson as Lyndon Johnson in his new movie, LBJ, dancing with the music set to Alabama Shakes “Don’t Want To Fight No More”. Accompanying the video, Weir ominously advised: “Don’t eat the yellow acid…”Watch Bob Weir Get Funky With Dumpstaphunk On All Hallows Eve [Full Pro-Shot]Sure, this might not be the most pressing of news, but it certainly brightened our day. Check out the post for yourself below.
Read Full Story When Donna Shalala decided to tackle smoking during her tenure as Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton, she knew that it was going to take more than a new ad campaign to get rates down. So, with data showing that keeping kids away from tobacco is the key – 9 out of 10 smokers start before age 18 — Shalala and her colleagues crafted a strategy to hit the problem from multiple angles, including restricting kids’ access to cigarettes and launching targeted legal battles.Shalala shared lessons from this and other public health campaigns as part of a panel discussion at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on Life Saving Leadership and the Art of Health Policymaking. The November 15 event was sponsored by the Takemi Program in International Health.Shalala was on campus as a Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow, and was joined at the event by Takemi Fellows Mahlet Habtemariam, former director general for the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia, and Sujata Saunik, principal secretary in the government of Maharashtra, India.Moderator Jesse Bump, executive director of the Takemi Program and lecturer on global health policy, said that while examples of bad leadership abound in the news, the behind-the-scenes work of health policymaking can provide examples of leadership that is truly lifesaving.Shalala’s tobacco-control efforts highlight the importance of effectively framing an issue, Bump said. People across the political spectrum value kids’ health, and support initiatives to prevent them from smoking.She advised others who are tackling big public health problems to go at them from every direction. “It’s the only way you can move public health issues,” she said. “I don’t know of any public health campaign that succeeded on public service ads alone.”During her eight-year tenure in Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health, Habtemariam led the development of the country’s first national strategic action plan for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and the first national cancer control plan. Her strategy for getting the NCD plan passed and implemented included working to find allies in government ministries and champions in parliament.For public health professionals in India — home to 1.2 billion people and 22 official languages — crafting policies that can balance the needs of people across cultures can be an immense challenge, Saunik said.Another challenge is knowing when to let go of a program that does not receive support, she said. Chief among her disappointments was an effort to ban public spitting, which can spread infectious disease. Although some improvement was achieved by installing spittoons near garbage cans, the ban was found to be too difficult to enforce. But Saunik has found success with other programs, including plans to mitigate the health effects of extreme heat and to improve newborn survival in intensive care units by promoting the use of clean sheets.—Amy Roeder
Tickets are now on sale to see former Covert Affairs star Piper Perabo in the New York premiere of John Pollono’s Lost Girls. Directed by Jo Bonney and also starring Ebon Moss-Bachrach, the previously reported production will play a limited engagement off-Broadway October 21 through November 29. Opening night is set for November 9 at MCC Theater’s Lucille Lortel Theatre.When Erica, their seventeen-year-old daughter, goes missing during a winter storm, Maggie (Perabo) and Lou (Moss-Bachrach)—former high school sweethearts, now divorced—are forced to confront the legacy of their past decisions. Lost Girls is a hard-hitting drama about a blue-collar family struggling to rise above their limited prospects to prevent history from repeating itself. Filled with passion, twists and dark humor, the play remains at its core a poignant love story.The cast will also include Meghann Fahy, Tasha Lawrence, Lizzy DeClement and Josh Green. View Comments
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia and its partner universities and organizations are using new media to help get the word out about solutions to a long-time issue – animal manure. They’ve combined resources and given animal manure management a home on the Internet. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that, nationwide, 257,000 livestock and poultry operations on 15 million acres of cropland need plans to manage their 780 million tons of animal manure. To help deal with the manure challenge, UGA professor Mark Risse and his colleagues from universities in Washington and Nebraska created the online Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center, now housed on eXtension’s Web site (www.extension.org).eXtension is a nationwide clearinghouse of research-based information on topics ranging from animal manure to financial crisis to science, engineering and technology for youth. Land-grant universities across the nation, including UGA, contribute scientific information to the site. “As we get fewer and fewer resources, we’ve got to be able to work together like this,” said Mark Risse, a UGA Cooperative Extension engineer and animal waste specialist. The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center is designed for one-stop shopping on issues surrounding animal manure. Risse’s goal is to help people indirectly involved in animal manure, whether they deal with policy issues, help animal producers or deliver technical services – and whether they live in Alaska or Florida.Currently, the site averages 10,000 to 20,000 hits a month, and 2,000 people subscribe to the monthly newsletter.Of the 200 to 400 people who listen to their monthly webcasts, each in turn helps about 200 producers each year. That brings the Web site’s impact, through those listeners, to between 40,000 and 80,000 people annually.The number of hits the site gets doesn’t equal success for Risse. “I’m less concerned with numbers,” he said. “Success is that people are finding what they want on our site.”So far, people are finding what they need, and they’re asking for more.The Web site’s reach stretches internationally, too. That was something Risse hadn’t considered, but it isn’t what amazes him most. “Our biggest surprise is the Environmental Protection Agency and policymakers make up 25 percent to 30 percent of the audience for our webcasts,” Risse said. “Our stakeholders find that very good, because they know and trust the information on our site.”The EPA and others aren’t just listening in. They’re using the center to distribute information. The EPA approached the center about doing a webcast in December. That session had their “highest attendance ever,” Risse said. As the EPA discussed its new regulations for confined animal feeding options, 400 people listened.Risse and his colleagues use both webcasts and research briefs to address issues and deliver answers to problems livestock producers may have. They pull from their own research or from expertise from the nation’s top animal specialists. They also have databases of “Frequently Asked Questions” and an “Ask the Expert” platform on the Web site. The site prides itself on “connecting experts with those [who] need the information. Animal producers are getting information from the person in the country who knows the most about it,” Risse said.For more information on the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center’s Web site, visit www.extension.org and click on the Livestock and Poultry Learning Center link.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
At the annual meeting held in July, John Ewing, founder of Smart Growth Vermont, stepped down as Chair of the board. He will remain as an active board member, with the title of Founder. Robin Scheu, Executive Director of the Addison County Economic Development Corporation in Middlebury, is the new board Chair. “After 12 years as Chair I am delighted to transfer the office to Robin who has a long history of non-profit leadership,” said Ewing. “Being very proud of Smart Growth Vermont, its staff, and its vital work, I look forward to a continued active role on the board and as an advisor to the organization.” In addition to her experience leading conservation and economic development organizations, Robin also has 16 years experience as a commercial banker and has served on several non-profit boards. “It’s such an honor for me to follow John as Chair of the Smart Growth of Vermont board,” said Robin. “John was the visionary for this organization and it’s had a great impact across Vermont under his leadership. Thanks in large part to John, Smart Growth Vermont is in a strong position to make even more progress in assisting communities with planning for and managing land use and development. I look forward to serving and to helping guide Smart Growth Vermont on the next stage of the journey.”Other officers were also elected: Cornwall resident Tracy Himmel Isham as Vice Chair, Chad Farrell of Encore Redevelopment in Burlington as Treasurer and Larry Gubb of BILD NorAm of Londonderry as Secretary. Chuck Lief of Colchester and principal of the Hartland Group, was elected as the newest member of the Smart Growth Vermont board.“I am pleased to have been invited to join the Smart Growth Vermont board,” said Chuck. “As a developer I understand the economic opportunities and long term stability which arise in communities that practice careful land use. Smart Growth Vermont has long been the leader in supporting good planning-both visionary and practical. It emphasizes the essential need to balance growth and conservation as we improve the economy and preserve our heritage.”As a principal in The Hartland Group, Community Developers and Consultants of Burlington, Chuck has planned, financed, and constructed mixed-use, mixed-income buildings and neighborhoods, historic restoration, brownfield remediation and green and LEED certified construction. Prior to co-founding the Hartland Group in 2003, Chuck was the first President of the Greystone Foundation in New York, a multi-service community development organization. He also serves on other non-profit boards, including the Intervale Center, Vermont Community Loan Fund, the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, and is a founding trustee of the Naropa University in Colorado. He is a member of the KeyBank New Markets Tax Credit advisory committee, the Financial Innovations Roundtable, and Wall Street Without Walls.Smart Growth Vermont is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to forging growth and conservation solutions for Vermont communities and working rural lands. We work both on-the-ground in communities and at the state level to help develop and implement land use legislation designed to foster growth that works to strengthen our downtowns and village centers while conserving our working landscape and open areas. For more information, please visit Smart Growth Vermont’s website at www.smartgrowthvermont.org(link is external).Source: Smart Growth Vermont. 7.27.2010###
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 20-year-old Brooklyn man was struck and killed by a car Friday afternoon in Bay Shore, Suffolk County police said. Manuel Dejesus-Garcia was attempting to cross Pine Aire Drive at 12:10 p.m when he was struck by a 2012 Honda Pilot being driven by a 23-year-old Brentwood man, police said. Dejesus-Garcia was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The driver of the Honda was not injured and stayed at the scene following the fatal crash, police said. The vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is ongoing, police said.
A second lockdown imposed in England barring effectively all nonessential activity is in effect and due to expire in early December. Johnson has defended the measure, saying that there is “no alternative.” – Advertisement – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after coming into contact with a member of parliament who has tested positive for coronavirus, a government spokesman said in a statement.Johnson, who spent three days in an intensive care unit in April after contracting the disease, is not showing symptoms, the statement said.He was notified about the contact by NHS Test and Trace, a government contact tracing service, that he had come into contact with someone who tested positive and was required to self-isolate.- Advertisement – British Prime Minister Boris JohnsonNurPhoto | NurPhoto | Getty Images “The Prime Minister will follow the rules and is self-isolating,” according to the statement. “He will carry on working from Downing Street, including on leading the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.”The possible exposure came on Thursday during an approximately 35 minute meeting between Johnson and members of parliament, including Lee Anderson, a fellow member of Johnson’s Conservative Party. Anderson later tested positive for the virus.The news comes as the United Kingdom struggles to contain a resurgence of the virus.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
ð² ð¡ððª ð ðð¦ð¦ððð*ð°ð±ð¦ð¯ð´ ðð©ð¢ðµð´ðð±ð±*ð Hey, @Thomaspartey22! ð¤³ pic.twitter.com/XuM95qaAKG— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 8, 2020“When I’ve watched Atletico, it does seem like he sits there and does the dogged work, but when he is away with us he has a lot more to his game than that. ‘I think his record in terms of goals for Ghana (10 goals in 27 games) proves that because every time I seem to go away with Ghana he scores, so he has got that attacking threat as well.Yiadom added: ‘He’s athletic, he’s really good on the ball, he’s skilful and he’s got a great set-piece in him.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘The way he keeps the ball in tight positions when you think he might lose it is really impressive. He just stands out, it’s hard to describe him as a certain type of player because I don’t think I can.‘But personally, and this is going off what I see from him in training and also the games that he has played for Ghana, I think he has the attributes for the No.8 role and to be more of a box-to-box midfielder.‘Atletico obviously are really rigid and extremely disciplined, but having trained with him, I don’t see him as a player who just dogs about and protects the defence – he has got a lot more quality to him than that.’MORE: ‘It’s a great feeling to be part of a family like this’ – Thomas Partey sends message to fans as he speaks out on Arsenal moveMORE: Houssem Aouar happy at Lyon after missing out on Arsenal transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Thomas Partey joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s deadline day signing Thomas Partey is the perfect player to reinvigorate Mikel Arteta’s midfield engine room, according to the Ghanaian’s international team-mate Andy Yiadom.The 27-year-old completed his move to the Gunners on Monday after the FA Cup holders decided to activate his £45million release clause, much to the disgust of Atletico.Arteta had been desperate to strengthen his midfield during the transfer window and although he retained the services of Dani Ceballos, who returned for another year-long loan spell from Real Madrid, he had become heavily reliant on the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny in the early weeks of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementPartey is recognised nominally as a defensive midfielder, but Yiadom believes he is capable of starring in a more advanced position and offer some of the creativity that another of Arteta’s targets, Houssem Aouar, would have done had he not remained at Lyon. ADVERTISEMENT‘He grabs the game by the scruff of the neck,’ Yiadom told Goal. “He has a lot of qualities. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Oct 2020 7:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.2kShares Mikel Arteta told Thomas Partey’s best position by Ghana team-mate Comment Advertisement Advertisement
February 28, 2017 Governor Wolf Statement on President’s Address to Joint Session Healthcare, Human Services, Medicaid Expansion, National Issues, Seniors, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the President’s speech to a joint session:“The President’s address confirmed his plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and put in place a replacement plan that will hurt millions of Pennsylvania seniors, families and local economies.“Repealing the ACA and cutting Medicaid would leave millions of Pennsylvanians without health care, cause seniors to lose home and nursing care, and force small and rural hospitals in Pennsylvania to lay doctors and nurses off and close their doors.“While I appreciate the President’s mention of the opioid epidemic, we need specifics on what the President and Congress plan to do about the 125,000 Pennsylvanians whose treatment coverage they want to end.“These consequences are only made worse by the plan to further cut Medicaid coverage for kids, seniors and the disabled.”# # #MEDIA CONTACT: J.J. Abbott, [email protected] SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
A leading UK lawmaker has backed critics of the UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) – including the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) – regarding the watchdog’s approach to accounting rules and UK law.In a speech to a plenary discussion at an LAPFF conference this month, Baroness Sharon Bowles said: “Looking at the arguments it also seemed to me that LAPFF were on to something.“As various [freedom of information] responses… come to light, evidence is mounting that there has been departure from both the law and what the FRC itself has set out in the past.”The intervention of Baroness Bowles, a former chair of the European Parliament’s Economic Affairs Committee (ECON), in the row over the true and fair view in accounting should come as no surprise. She used her tenure at ECON to carve out a reputation as a competent heavy-hitter who was not afraid to tackle technical issues. Baroness Sharon BowlesCredit: libdemmeps.com LAPFF has long argued that the FRC’s approach to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) harmed long-term shareholders such as pension funds because it failed to give them the protections they should have under the UK Companies Act 2006.Baroness Bowles’ take on the FRC was bolstered by the intervention of a former senior partner at City law firm Herbert Smith. Writing in the Journal of Business law this summer, Edward Walker-Arnott argued: “The FRC orthodoxy does not accord with the law… and is based on the opinions of counsel which are flawed.”In her LAPFF address, Baroness Bowles also warned of the dangers posed by vested interests to effective financial services regulation. She said there was a risk, post-Brexit, that the UK parliament “will get squeezed out and the power will be divided between ministers and financial regulators”.Bowles warns of regulatory captureOf the current trend towards global standards, she said that the benefits of common solutions must also be balanced against the risks they bring.“International standard setting is becoming ever more evident,” she said. “It can be a good idea to have pooled expertise, but at the same time it does lay us open to monolithic thinking and the belief that regulators are above the law. The result can be that everyone makes the same mistakes, responds the same, so it is like removing a fire break.”Baroness Bowles singled out the International Accounting Standards Board as an example of regulatory capture.She said: “It always looked like a very homogenous group of people, all trained the same way, part of the ‘initiated’ who permeate every aspect of political, regulatory and corporate life.”She added that the establishment of a monitoring board for International Financial Reporting Standards in January 2009 appeared “in practice to have become a focus of where to concentrate lobbying.”The European Commission currently has a seat on the board alongside the US Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators.Of her time in Brussels, Baroness Bowles told her audience that she had felt “first hand” the lobbying power of the Big Four accountancy firms against the audit and accounting directives “against well merited changes”. FRC public body status under scrutinyIn a separate development, IPE has secured the release of official papers revealing the full extent of the lobbying effort within central government to help the FRC avoid public-sector scrutiny.Documents from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK government body charged with deciding the FRC’s status as a public body, showed that the accounting regulator’s status had been under review on four separate occasions.In a previously classified document it emerged that, as well as the FRC, the UK government’s Business and Industrial Strategy and Treasury departments both objected to the FRC being designated as a public body.In addition, in one redacted email , the Treasury pressed the ONS to confirm that the FRC was a private-sector body.The official wrote: “[W]e think this is the right outcome but also to do anything else may result in the FRC raising this at a very senior level and/or taking some radical steps such as seeking a judicial review, which could be embarassing for all concerned.”The email continued: “Accordingly, we would be grateful if you could exert some influence over colleagues in the ONS, such that this is addressed asap.”The FRC’s status as a public body has major implications for its oversight of audit firms and the actuarial profession. It also affects all listed and public-interest companies that follow the UK Corporate Governance Code.