Saint Mary’s professor researches bats

first_imgLaura Kloepper, an assistant professor of biology at Saint Mary’s, will be joined by two undergraduate students to study bat echolocation this summer thanks to a grant from the Office of Naval Research 2016 Young Investigator Program Award (YIP), for her project “Biologically inspired approaches to overcome mutual interference by active sensor system.”According to the Office of Naval Research website, “YIP seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their  first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment … and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.”Through her project, Kloepper will combine biology, physics and engineering to determine how bats manage to avoid interference when leaving caves at over 1,000 bats per second.“They’re making these echolocation sounds in really dense groups, and they should be ‘jamming’ each other, but somehow they’re able to overcome this challenge and still be able to use their echolocation,” Kloepper said. “Everything we know now says they shouldn’t be as good at echolocation as they are, which means we’re missing something that they’re doing.”As society gradually moves towards a more automated society, the Navy and general public have an increased interest in sonar and radar technology due to its influences on everything from unmanned vehicles to backup sensors on cars, she said.To explore bat echolocation and interference, Kloepper will use the program money over the course of three years to fund a team including herself, two Saint Mary’s students and engineers to study bat caves.“My work really is about as interdisciplinary as you can get,” Kloepper said. “I’m in the biology department but I use math, I use physics, I use computer programming. I use all these different fields of science in my work so I need to have the right team of people for this project to succeed.”This summer, Kloepper, her dog and two students will road trip from South Bend, through Kansas and New Mexico and down to Texas, stopping at various bat cave sites along the way. At the sites, they will set up camp and record the sounds of bats with microphones in various arrangements, Kloepper said.She said the information, paired with video analysis and thermal imagery, will be collected during the night and then analyzed during the day by the team and the help of some engineers. She said she is excited to provide this sort of focused field experience to Saint Mary’s juniors Stephanie Dreessen and Cassi Mardis.“I think first and foremost it’s going to give the students a taste of what field work is truly like,” she said. “We do a lot of lab stuff on campus, but at most undergraduate institutions it’s hard to get a taste of what real field work is like. They’re also going to get a taste of what it’s like to do a long term project.” Kloepper said having time with students in remote areas lacking cell phone service and Wi-Fi breeds a great intense and scientific environment“We’re going and recording the bats at night, and then during the day we’re sitting around the bunkhouse or campfire and we’re talking about what we observed, talking about what we’re finding in our data analysis, getting into really great science and life discussions,” she said. “I craved something like that as a student, and I never got that opportunity until I was in graduate school.”Kloepper said she feels like an excited little kid when she thinks about going back to the caves and doing research, and she is excited to share that enthusiasm with her students when they step into the bat caves wearing rattlesnake protection boots up to their knees, tyvek suits, full face respirators and head gear to protect against the ammonia and histoplasmosis of the bats. “A bat cave is the most bizarre, interesting environment,” Kloepper said. “You feel like an astronaut walking on another planet when you have the gear on like that.”“It wasn’t until graduate school that I really got that field work, that gritty kind of the day in-day out work, when you’re so engrossed in your project … and you can’t stop thinking about it,” Kloepper said. “Some people hate that but I love it. I think situations like that bred creativity. When you’re in the midst of a question, that’s when you have the thing in the back of your head that says ‘huh, I wonder if … ’  and that can turn into its own research.”Kloepper studied at Boston University and taught high school biology before pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii, where she studied dolphin echolocation. Kloepper’s interest in bats started during her post doctoral research after she saw a bat cave and identified a gap in bat research concerning echolocation in large, dense groups, she said.“Science is never just this ‘ask a question, get the answer you’re done’. It’s an ongoing process, you’re always building questions on prior work. So when you can find that small area of a field where there hasn’t been much work done, you have much more opportunity to get ask bigger questions. I think I’ve done a pretty good job identifying the opening, the gap in the research and trying to say ‘ok, let’s take it from here,’” she said.Kloepper said as both a professor and researcher, she embraces the opportunity to be the face of science for her students and for people who’s only image of a scientist comes from textbook pictures of Einstein or Darwin.“You don’t have to be this old man cloistered away to do science,” she said. “The reality is not most scientists are like that. We’re young, we’re excited about our work, we’re on Twitter. This project isn’t just scientific papers with our colleagues. The most effective communication is when you can share your results and communication with the world … and everyone loves bats.”Tags: bats, Saint Mary’s College, sciencelast_img read more

Student petition calls for Jenkins’ resignation following apparent breach of University health, safety protocols

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins was seen without a mask and in close proximity to other maskless individuals while attending the nomination ceremony of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court Saturday. His actions sparked a range of reactions among faculty and students, including the creation of a petition calling for his resignation.The petition “calls for the resignation of Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C. as University President, effective immediately, for failure to comply with COVID-19 protocols.” In the plans laid out by the University before the beginning of the semester, wearing a mask and remaining physically distant are “key responsibilities” required of every member of the Notre Dame community.University vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne said Jenkins and all others in the Rose Garden for the ceremony passed a nasal swab test before entrance.“Only when the test results returned negative were they and others in their group escorted into the Rose Garden for the ceremony,” Browne said in a statement.Ashton Weber, co-writer of the petition, said the measure has a total of 218 signatures as of Monday night, 18 signatures more than needed to pass on to the student body senate.Editor’s Note: Ashton Weber is a columnist for the Viewpoint section of the Observer.The petition, bearing the necessary amount of valid signatures, will be brought forth and considered as a resolution at this Thursday’s senate meeting, student body president Rachel Ingal confirmed in an email.  The measure was met with mixed responses from the Notre Dame community. “I think what motivated the three of us to kind of speak out was frustration,” junior Patrick Kelly-Dutile, one of three Notre Dame students involved with writing the petition, said. Kelly-Dutile said Jenkins’ apparent disregard for University health and safety protocols affects not only Notre Dame, but the entirety of the South Bend community.“The South Bend community, for one, is counting on us because we are in a sense we are living on their turf,” Kelly-Dutile said. “Because we have people that are relying on us, and because there’s people around the country and around the world that are relying on everyone to do their part, we felt that seeing Fr. Jenkins appearing to disregard CDC guidelines, in terms of not wearing a mask and not social distancing, struck a nerve for us.”Kelly-Dutile said at the root of his dismayed reaction is his love for Notre Dame.“That’s the reason why I see it fitting to hold myself, to hold my friends and to hold the administration to such a high standard, because I care about those things,” he said. “I want to see those things be safe and healthy and be able to continue in person, as we are right now.”In regards to those who do not believe the pandemic is something to worry, Kelly-Dutile said he believes Jenkins’ “hypocrisy should make them mad as well,” regardless of their feelings about the virus. This incident is the second time Jenkins was accused of breaking protocol, having issued an apology for a previous transgression in early August.However, not all students share the opinion that Jenkins should resign from office. “I think a formal apology should be issued to the students,” first-year Gabrielle Penna said. “I was very disappointed with his failure to protect himself and the Notre Dame community this past weekend at the nomination.” Instead of asking for his resignation, however, Penna said she calls for forgiveness and understanding. “He’s given us the opportunity to show the world that it’s possible to continue living safely throughout COVID,” she said. “I think to go out of his way like that for the student body shows just how much he loves and cares for the University. I think there just needs to be accountability. He needs to acknowledge when he does make those mistakes, because we all are trying our best.”Fr. Jenkins issued an apology to the Notre Dame community for his actions in an email Monday evening. “I failed to lead by example, at a time when I’ve asked everyone else in the Notre Dame community to do so,” Jenkins said in the statement. “I especially regret my mistake in light of the sacrifices made on a daily basis by many, particularly our students, in adjusting their lives to observe our health protocols.”First-year Elle Akerman said she believes the petition is an overreaction. “I feel like they just need to take a step back and think about what they’re doing, and what this means for Fr. Jenkins,” she said. “I am definitely 100% against it.” Akerman said she does not think the issue is serious enough for his resignation. She said that by not adhering to guidelines, “[Jenkins] himself realizes that it is not that big of a threat. I feel like he should bring that back to campus and make rules based off of that.” Instead of creating a petition, she said talking about the issue with Jenkins is a more successful way of handling the situation. “I just don’t see any reason that he should resign or even think of resigning,” she said. “So, to me, the petition is almost silly and …  not worth it.”Several students also took to social media to encourage their peers to use the University’s COVID-19 incident report system to report Jenkins’ actions. The goal, according to senior Lan Anh Dinh, was to catch the attention of the administration. “I think that they talk a lot about leading by example, but then we’ve seen how, in previous cases of Fr. Jenkins’ actions, and this past weekend … It just kind of feels like empty promises, almost,” Dinh said. Dinh said she was “highly dissatisfied” with Jenkins’ apology statement. “A part of me even feels like it might not have been Fr. Jenkins who wrote the email,” she said. However, Dinh said she is not sure Jenkins’ resignation is the answer.“I do think that Fr. Jenkins has acted recklessly and has been a bad example, not only for his students, the faculty and staff, but also for the whole country,” Dinh said. “I am wary [about the petition], I don’t know what that would mean. I don’t know what the process is to select a new president for a private Catholic university. Although I do believe that a level of accountability has to be taken, or has to be acknowledged.”Tags: COVID-19, petition, resignation, University President Father John Jenkinslast_img read more

122 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Chautauqua County On Friday

first_img340 2 12.50% 0.6% Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 14048- Dunkirk20 62 1.9% 3.8% 13.77% 454.8 90+99 6 3 3 14723- Cherry Creek1 32 0.00% MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department reported 122 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.In an update to the COVID-19 Dashboard, local health leaders say there are 731 cases active countywide with 190 actives in the greater Jamestown area.There remain 42 people hospitalized in the county, with the seven-day average percent positivity rate increasing to 12.5 percent.To date, there have been 5,424 total cases of the virus with 4,646 people recovering and 47 related deaths. More data released from the county is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence Number of Vaccination Doses3622 0.54% 463.3 37 2 223.6 14724- Clymer0 15 2 14781- Sherman1 Total Cases 0.0% 21 1006.9 12.4% Fatality Rate 1409 0-390 478.2 338.7 14716- Brocton7 301.8 102 14710- Ashville8 4 550.8 50-59793 14722- Chautauqua1 14712- Bemus Point14 3.3% 8 40-49747 14736- Findley Lake0 14726- Conewango Valley0 42 119 2.4% 646.8 14718- Cassadaga0 0.8% 26.0% 14787- Westfield7 6 25.03% 1 14720- Celoron0 149.6 176 60-694 28 1.1% 14747- Kennedy1 168 1.1% 2 80-8920 287.2 7 1.9% 14062- Forestville1 169.4 101 0.8% All Ages47 14769- Portland2 0-19678 14728- Dewittville1 50-593 COVID-19 Cases by Known Age Percent 2.2% 14767- Panama1 14 14750- Lakewood5 20 Updated 1/13/21; These numbers are updated as we are able 14733- Falconer1 14138- South Dayton0 3.6% 159 463.4 2 0.26% 14738- Frewsburg3 132 80-89206 0.3% 190 14740- Gerry4 Yes3004 17 2.4% 0.5% 12.30% 11 499.8center_img 44 0.60% Second Dose 14081- Irving3 691.5 5424 590.8 837.6 1121.5 3.1% 13.46% 6.77% Number 0.5% 233.0 23 82 Active Cases 290.4 691.0 109.3 New Cases 70-7912 1.1% No1003 43 178 Number 14775- Ripley1 208 5 11 14782- Sinclairville2 11 194 0.3% 14757- Mayville4 100.0% 4.04% 9.71% 18 0.3% COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 25 3.9% 12.30% 615.2 Total 20-29963 731 0.87% 15 14701- Jamestown20 Total Deaths 25 0.8% Percent 1.5% 28 Percent of Total Cases 122 30-39730 0.8% 60 563.8 Age Group 0.38% 60-69667 First Dose 743.5 3.80% 1.83% 211 70-79367 675 740.7 18.5% 14784- Stockton0 451.7 5 74.97% Age 167.5 41 181.2 3.2% 132 0.3% 14136- Silver Creek5 58 316.2 17.75% 40-494 0.7% 2 90+4 520.3 Symptoms 7 15 35 14063- Fredonia9 192.3 31 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.06%US Fatality Rate: 1.7%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/29/2020Doses of Vaccine Administered for Chautauqua County Residents 1002 3.27% Zip Code Fatality Rate by Age Group Percent of County Residents2.79% Symptoms Known4007 68 Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I hope everyone understands the third column at top (“Active Cases Rate”). This allows comparisons between zip codes allowing for differences in population. As an example: Bemus Point at 1006.9 is over twice as bad as Jamestown which is only 478.2. The number of actual cases is misleading since Jamestown has a much higher population..last_img read more

Vermont regulators approve CVPS solar project, highlight educational value

first_imgRutland Town will soon host one of the largest – and most visible – solar projects in the state. The Vermont Public Service Board has approved Central Vermont Public Service’s plans to build a 50-kilowatt solar array along Route 7, just south of the black water tower near the CVPS Rutland District Service Center.  Several elements of the project have been planned and will be built or installed by Stafford Technical Center students, including a shed, signage and landscape designs.CV Solar and Wind, a small Rutland company, and ReKnew Energy Systems Inc. of South Royalton will oversee construction of the project with assistance from Stafford students.  “We believe this will become the preeminent educational site in the state for renewable energy,” CVPS President Bob Young said.  “Combined with a local hydroelectric station, Glen Station, which sits just across the road, the solar project will provide a working classroom for students interested in how energy can be produced through clean, renewable sources.”The educational aspects of the project prompted special note from the PSB, which also highlighted local students’ involvement.“Unlike most utility projects reviewed by the board, the project is designed to be highly visible in order to fulfill one of its intended purposes — public education of photovoltaic projects,” the PSB said. “The integration of educational materials and interpretive signs into the project design, along with the proposed installation of new plantings, represents appropriate mitigation for any changes associated with the removal of existing trees…  Parking and pedestrian access, educational signs, plantings, and the equipment shed, all designed by local high school students at the Stafford Technical Center in Rutland, are intended to enhance both the appearance of the site and the educational value of the project for local students and the general public.”Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will complete the high-voltage electrical work. The project will include about 265 solar panels, each 3 by 5 feet wide, arranged in 33 post-mounted arrays. The project is the latest in a long line of renewable energy ventures at CVPS.  The company owns 20 hydroelectric facilities scattered across the state, pioneered energy production from methane through CVPS Cow Power™, and is funding studies on energy production from lake weeds and farm-grown algae.  CVPS was the first utility in the world to put wind-generated electricity onto the grid in 1941.“CVPS has always had a low-emission power portfolio and a tradition of exploring and educating our customers about new technologies,” Young said.  “This project will be a continuation of that tradition.”Construction is expected to begin in earnest after Stafford students return to school in the fall.Source: CVPS. July 27, 2009.last_img read more

Ecuadorean Military Uses Mounted Patrol on Peruvian Border

first_img The Ecuadorean Armed Forces are using mounted patrols in some areas of the Peruvian border (south) in order to counter fuel smuggling as part of a measure that will be extended to other areas of the country, the Joint Command reported on April 11. The areas under control include villages of the Andean province of Loja, near the border with Peru, where there are “trails used by traffickers to smuggle products,” the Command reported. “This kind of patrolling facilitates reconnaissance in areas that are inaccessible for vehicles and people on foot, allowing for careful planning of future operations and determining the means of access based on the type of terrain,” he added. The command noted that the Military will extend this kind of patrols to other regions in the country. The Peruvian and Ecuadorean governments are boosting development in border areas, where antipersonnel mines were planted during an undeclared war that confronted both nations in early 1995. In October 1998, both countries signed peace agreements in Brasília, putting an end to an old territorial dispute that led to several conflicts. By Dialogo April 15, 2013last_img read more


first_img Briefs CELEBRATING 15 YEARS as the self described “rebellious group” of the Bar, the Public Interest Law Section recently honored two legal giants with one award. PILS established the Chesterfield Smith Public Interest Law Lifetime Achievement Award, to honor the late president of both the ABA and The Florida Bar, and named former Supreme Court Justice Gerald Kogan as its first recipient. “To be compared with Chesterfield Smith is indeed an honor that I never would have expected in my lifetime,” Kogan said at the PILS luncheon in Miami. “To call Chesterfield Smith a hero, that is correct. To mention me in the same breath as Chesterfield as a fellow hero, I don’t know if I could ever live up to that particular designation.” But PILS Chair Carolyn Salisbury deemed both lawyers heroes as she focused on their philosophies about making pro bono legal work mandatory for all licensed lawyers. At the PILS luncheon in 2003, just months before his death, Smith said in his keynote address: “We, as lawyers, cannot simply work for ourselves and our deep-pocketed clients. We, as lawyers, must discharge our professional obligations always to help provide access to the legal system for all citizens.” Similarly, Salisbury quoted from Kogan’s dissent when the court did not adopt mandatory pro bono more than a decade ago: “The people most seriously affected by this court’s action today are the ones who are not present, the people who cannot afford an attorney and thus cannot afford to appear before us to argue their side of this issue. These are the people that because of the economics of our legal system have been excluded from the same level of legal services available to more affluent residents of Florida.. . . As attorneys, we are all too often seen by the public as dour and greedy. Try as we may, we will never shake this unseemly image until we have demonstrated to the public that we take our constitution seriously and that we will live up to a dictate even if it diminishes our own pocketbooks. The time has come to do just that.” Pictured from the left are Jackie Allee Smith, Smith’s widow, Kogan, and his wife, Irene. CLEARWATER BAR ASSOCIATION Young Lawyer Division volunteers pose with just a few of the toys foster children had to choose from at it recent Holidays in January program at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The aquarium has been opening its doors for Holidays in January participants for the past several years. Pictured from the left in the front row are Jewel White Cole, Julie Jouben, and Kim Campbell. In the back row from the left are Michele Hintson, Brian Shuh, Stephanie Bolton, Jeanne Hoffman, Christy Pemberton, Nick Ottaviano, Jon Jouben, and Keith Meyer. Campbell and Jouben co-chaired the event for the Clearwater young lawyers. Jaramillo, McGrane get Foundation nod Miami attorney Julio C. Jaramillo of Miami and former Bar President Miles McGrane III of Coral Gables have been elected by the Bar Board of Governors to three-year terms on The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors.The board acted at its January meeting, and the terms will begin on July 1. Bill would name Jax courthouse after Simpson The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill in February naming Jacksonville’s new federal courthouse after former U.S. Judge Bryan Simpson.The bill now goes to the Senate. Simpson became a U.S. district judge in 1950 and was appointed to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1966. Known for courageous civil rights decision, he wrote orders desegregating schools, pools, golf courses, and the zoo and sided with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in lifting a ban on nighttime civil rights marches in St. Augustine, according to U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla.“Judge Simpson was known as a giant of the federal legal system in Jacksonville,” Rep. Brown told her House colleagues. Briefs March 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 2016 Summer Concert Lineup

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Embed from Getty Images By Kate NalepinskiThe Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 2016 summer concert series has a strong, diverse lineup this season that features big name pop stars to classic rockers and alternatives in between. As of early June, tickets are still available for every show, with one exception. Janet Jackson had announced on Sept. 10, 2015 her plans to play Jones Beach on June 25—the first artist to publicly commit to a 2016 concert at the venue—but she’s postponed her tour after getting pregnant. Here’s a preview of this summer’s shows at the Jones Beach amphitheater:KTUphoriaThe Jones Beach summer season kicks off with media frontrunner KTU’s lineup of pop and alternative artists, including Pitbull, Backstreet Boys, Enrique Iglesias, Mike Posner, The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha. You can’t say this group has a common genre but there’s certainly something for everyone. Whether alternative listeners are interested in DJ duo The Chainsmokers, best known for their 2014 hit single “selfie,” or sultry, Spanish-hit lovers are waiting to hear Enrique Iglesias, all will be pleased by the artistic mix. All ticket-holders are invited to the Pregame, an official pre-party celebration before the concert. $25-$199. 7 p.m. June 4.Lynyrd Skynyrd / Peter FramptonLynyrd Skynyrd’s newest studio album release, Last Of A Dyin’ Breed, set the band on the road for yet another national tour with what is sure to be a breathtaking live performance on Long Island. Don’t worry, they’ll play their greatest hits, including “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama.” This summer Peter Frampton, famous for his hugely selling double-live album of 1976, and his chops as a rock-n-roll hero from Humble Pie, joins Lynyrd Skynyrd on the bill. $20-$125. 7 p.m. June 5.Peter Frampton (Facebook)BLI Summer JamA flawless array of hipster hits and radio jams joins forces for the BLI Summer Jam. Featuring artists such as Meghan Trainor (“Dear Future Husband”), Iggy Azalea (“Fancy”), Fifth Harmony (“Work From Home”), Charlie Puth (“One Call Away”) and Troye Sivan (“Wild”), this concert is something that shouldn’t be missed. Also performing will be Shaggy, The Chainsmokers, Rachel Platten, DAYA, Hailee Steinfeld and Melanie Martinez. The variety is simply irresistible because all the tunes are breezy and fun, just right for a great afternoon by the beach. $10.61-$175. 3 p.m. June 11.Joe Walsh / Bad CompanyThis will be “one hell of a night!” Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh is a great guitarist and unique vocalist known for his sizzling work with the James Gang and The Eagles, as well many solo recordings with Paul McCartney, the Foo Fighters and others. Formed in 1973, classic rock group Bad Company, famous for Grammy-nominated tunes “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Shooting Star,” rocks on stage this summer with Walsh. $20-$169. 7 p.m. June 14.Jason Aldean / Thomas Rhett / A Thousand Horses / We Were HereThis year’s ACM “Entertainer of the Year,” Jason Aldean, will serenade Jones Beach with songs off his newest album, “Old Boots, New Dirt”, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Country Albums Chart. Thomas Rhett, who has previously toured with Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line (a band that will play later in the season at the theater), takes the stage with “A Thousand Horses,” the low-country, powerful rock band that originated in Nashville. Opening the show will be We Were Here. $40.25-$65.50. 7:30 p.m. June 17.Taking Back Sunday at Tower Theater on April 13, 2014 (Photo by Alexandra Healey)Taste of ChaosKings of punk and emo, Dashboard Confessional and Long Island’s own Taking Back Sunday, headline the “Rockstar Energy Drink Taste of Chaos” tour this summer. Dashboard Confessional’s lead singer, Chris Carrabba, is credited with writing famous 2000’s songs such as, “Vindicated,” “Hands Down,” and “Screaming Infidelities.” Taking Back Sunday, who released their most recent album in March of 2014, is credited as the quintessential emo band from the US. Pop-punk bands Saosin, The Early November, and Motion City Soundtrack also join in the fun. $26-$75. 5:30 p.m. June 18.Dave Matthews BandIn celebration of their 25th anniversary, the Dave Matthews Band returns to Long Island to perform for their legions of fans here. The acoustic rock superstars have sold over 30 million records and consistently tour around the world. They are known for featuring jazzy improvisational reworkings of their songs, so every show sounds unique. $75-$85. 8 p.m. June 21.More outdoor fun, LI: Here’s all the outdoor movies playing on the Island this summercenter_img Sting / Peter GabrielEnglish new wave rock royalty Sting and Peter Gabriel are taking their Rock Paper Scissors tour to the beach. Sting, the former frontman of The Police, and Gabriel, who led Genesis, both went solo years ago, but they still play the ’80s hits that rocketed their previous bands to stardom. Peter Gabriel’s lyrical melodies and Sting’s trademark high-pitched raspy voice will be on display. Imagine: two Englishmen on Long Island! $45-$250. 8 p.m. June 24. StingJourneySan Francisco-based Journey, one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time and possibly one of the greatest rock bands in history, is touring with fellow Californians, The Doobie Brothers, winners of four Grammy awards. Also performing will be Brit rocker Dave Mason, a key figure in the band Traffic. $39.50-$155. 7 p.m. June 27.Weezer / Panic! At The Disco / Andrew McMahon in the WildernessTouring to promote their self-titled 10th studio album that dropped in March, Weezer, which popped on the scene in ’94 with “The Sweater Song” and methodically churned out myriad hits since, will celebrate their awesomeness with Panic! At The Disco. Panic! is a well-known alternative band. With the recent release of the single, “Death of a Bachelor” (about lead singer Brandon Urie’s new marriage), and their new album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, this dynamic duo is sure to please. $25-$75. 7:30 p.m. June 30.Slipknot / Marilyn Manson / Of Mice & MenSlipknot, recognizable as the mask-wearing kings of nu-metal, are touring to promote their new album, .5: The Grey Chapter. They’ll be performing with Marilyn Manson, the self-described “Dark Prince,” “Vampire of Hollywood Hills,” and “The Pale Emperor,” who had so much fun scaring your parents last year that he’s back for more fright nights. Opening the show will be Of Mice & Men, a metal screamo band from Orange County, Calif., that’s rapidly growing in popularity after their 2010 release of Second & Sebring. $30-$70. 6:30 p.m. July 6.Marilyn MansonVans Warped TourThe nation’s longest running annual music festival returns with its traveling freak show of pop-punk artists. This year, the lineup consists of a good mix of punk, metal and rap artists, including: New Found Glory, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Good Charlotte, Sleeping with Sirens, Tonight Alive, Pepper, Sum41 and Yellowcard, just to name a few of the about four-dozen bands scheduled to perform on multiple stages. $44. 11 a.m. July 9.Sublime With RomeEric Wilson, the original bassist for Sublime, collaborates with singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez to perform the band’s ska hits—”What I Got,” “Santeria” and “Doin’ Time,” to name a few—in place of the late lead singer, Bradley Nowell, who died of a heroin overdose 20 years ago last month at age 28. Like-minded reggae rock bands Tribal Seeds, Dirty Heads and Bleeker Ridge open the show. Chill out for the day and listen to your favorite ska hits. $29.50-$79.50. 6:30 p.m. July 10.Def Leppard / REO  Speed Wagon / TeslaRejuvenate your love for ‘80s new-wave English rock. After the popular release of their newest self-titled album, Def Leppard is kicking off their national tour with REO Speed Wagon, the hard-rock heroes who gained commercial success in the ’60s, and Tesla, whose “Love Song” isn’t easy to forget. And why would you want to? This is sure to make an incredible show. $25-$150. 7 p.m. July 11.BARCELONA, SPAIN – JUNE 24: Joe Elliott of Def Leppard performs on stage at Poble Espanyol on June 24, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jordi Vidal/Redferns via Getty Images)YanniYiannis Chryssomallis, also known as Yanni, is a Greek composer, keyboardist, pianist and music producer, whose 18th contemporary album, Sensuous Chill, reached audiences around the globe when it was released last January. Yanni mixes electronic synthesizers with live, symphony orchestras. He is known as a global artist for his employment of musicians from many countries and styles. He has said many times that universal spirituality inspires his music. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary experience. $45-$139.50. 8 p.m. July 13.Florida Georgia Line / Cole Swindell / The Cadillac Three & Kane BrownThe brothers who make up Florida Georgia Line, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, will perform their tasteful hit single, “Cruise,” which sold 10 million copies, making FGL the first-ever country band to receive RIAA’s Diamond certification. Supporting acts include Cole Swindell, who has written singles for country boys such as Scott McCreery and Luke Bryan, in addition to releasing two albums, joins FGL this summer. Kane Brown, who joins The Cadillac Three on this tour, is an up-and-coming country star, whose first EP was only released a year ago. $32-$76.75. 7 p.m. July 17.Gwen Stefani & EveThere’s “No Doubt” Gwen Stefani will put on an incredible performance with Eve, despite enduring the emotional aftermath of her recent divorce that got so much attention in the tabloids. In her “This is What the Truth Feels Like” tour, Stefani plays new and old hits, so anticipate hearing, “Make Me Like You,” as well as “The Sweet Escape.” Rapper and hip-hop artist, Eve, who hails from Philly, opens the show. Want to see what the platinum superstar songstress looks like on stage? Then here’s your chance. And, by the way, Eve just might steal the show herself–or maybe these two ladies make an amazing duo! $29.95-$179. 7 p.m. July 21.Gwen StefaniJosh Groban and Sarah McLachlanAside from his first four solo albums going multi-platinum, Josh Groban was recently Grammy-nominated for his 2016 album, Stages. Brunette-beauty Sarah McLachlan joins Groban on their “Stages Shine On” tour, where she’s sure to please with her emotional artistic ballads and her high-vocal range. $32.50-$170. 7:30 p.m. July 22.Laid Back FestivalThe second year of this annual country outing features Gregg Allman, the former leader of Southern-rock stalwarts, the Allman Brothers. The other members at this year’s Laid Back Festival just so happen to be the Allman Brother’s group of close friends, including Jason Isbell, America, The Marshall Tucker Band and many more. If you’re into Gregg Allman’s past work, the last performer on this year’s lineup features Warren Haynes, The Allman Brother’s lead guitarist. $20-$125. 4 p.m. July 23.Darius RuckerAs the former leader of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker has found much success as a country singer. His first three solo albums, Learn To Live, Charleston, SC 1966 and True Believers, all topped the Billboard Country album charts before he dropped his latest, Southern Style, last year. Opening the show is the fun trio, Dan + Shay & Michael Ray, adding a country-blues touch to the “Good For a Good Time” tour. $32-$51.75. 7 p.m. July 24.LI’s own Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.Heart / Joan Jett and the Black Hearts / Cheap TrickThe combination of Heart, Joan Jett and the Black Hearts and Cheap Trick may be one of the strongest lineups to hit Jones Beach this year. It certainly hits Long Islanders where we live! Their “Roll Hall Three For All!” tour is sure to have old and new fans jamming out to everlasting hits such as “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock and Roll,” “I Want You To Want Me,” and “Barracuda.” A lineup like this is hard to miss. Jones Beach may produce its own tidal wave! $31-$175. 7 p.m. July 28.Disturbed / Breaking Benjamin / Alter Bridge / Saint AsoniaThe latest album from Disturbed, Immortalized, was an automatic fan-favorite, but the heavy-metal band has been wowing audiences with their raw voices and aggressive nature since ’94 when they were originally called “Brawl.” Breaking Benjamin co-headlines this tour, whose new record, “Dark Before Dawn,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 charts. Check them out with opening acts Alter Bridge and Saint Asonia. $29.95-$79.95. 6:30 p.m. July 30.Counting Crows / Rob ThomasIf you can sing every lyric to “Accidentally In Love,” or even if you just enjoy a talented classic rock band, don’t miss out on seeing Counting Crows and Rob Thomas perform live. Rob Thomas is not only famous for his prior role as the lead singer of Matchbox 20, but he also worked with Santana on one of the most recognizable rock songs to date, “Smooth.” $26-$80.50. 6:45 p.m. July 31.Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz & Co. will be rocking Jones Beach.Brad PaisleyPossibly one of the most recognizable modern country singers, Brad Paisley has sold more than 12 million albums, won three Grammy Awards, 14 CMA Awards and has become a registered member of the Grand Ole Opry. Paisley set a record back in ’09 for most consecutive singles reaching the top spot in his genre. If that doesn’t impress you, take a listen to his ’05 classic, “She’s Everything.” Warming up the crowd is Tyler Farr, an up-and-coming country singer, and Maddie And Tae, whose single, “Girl In A Country Song,” went platinum. $30.25-$90.25. 7:30 p.m. August 4.Snoop Dogg, Wiz KhalifaThe Snoop D-Oh-double-G, a.k.a. Snoop Lion, and the like-mindedly good time rapper Wiz Khalifa are taking “The High Road” tour, presented by none other than Mary Jane, for a day at the beach. Don’t be surprised to find a large cloud of smoke wafting over the venue for this one. It could get kind of hazy, even if the night starts out clear. Warming up the crowd will be Jhene Aiko, Kevin Gates, DJ Drama and Casey Veggies. $25.75-$150. 7 p.m. August 9.Goo Goo Dolls / Collective SoulThe Goo Goo Dolls, best known for the emotional ’98 hit song “Iris,” are touring to promote their 15th album, Boxes, released this year. Joining them on the road are fellow indie/alternative champions Collective Soul. Opening the show is Tribe Society, whose indie-rock fusion album was released in April, and So Alive in Boxes. $29.50-$159. 7 p.m. August 12.Blink-182Blink-182Pop-punk royalty Blink-182 joins fellow punk groups All Time Low and A Day To Remember for their “Bored to Death in California” tour. Blink releases their new album, California, on July 1, which features a variety of mature, yet angsty, tunes for head bopping. At the show, Blink is sure to play pop-punk hits, like “What’s My Age Again?” and “All The Small Things.” All Time Low, most notable for their songs, “Weightless” and “Remembering Sunday,” last year released Future Hearts, a relatively touchy-feely album containing all the punk they’re known for. $45-$99. 7 p.m August 13.Black SabbathSabbath’s tour is literally titled, “The Final Tour by the Greatest Metal Band of all time; Black Sabbath: The End.” Need we say more? The Godfathers of Metal–Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler–are performing on stage for the last time before calling it quits after almost 50 years of touring. 7:30 p.m. August 17.Billboard HOT 100 Music Festival [2 day]This year’s Billboard HOT 100 Music Festival features the songs you’ve been jamming out to on the radio, including Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For,” Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman,” J. Cole.’s “Apparently,” Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” and Martin Garrix’s “Animals.” A lineup like this is simply so irresistible with their plethora of poppy hits. And you can’t name a better venue for catching these acts that have made the soundtrack for the summer of 2016. $99. August 20, 21.Jimmy BuffetJimmy Buffet & The Coral ReefersThe musician best known for his paradise-themed songs is a perfect performer for a summer concert at Jones Beach. Perhaps what’s more popular than seeing the godliness of Jimmy Buffet & The Coral Reefers themselves is the pre-show Parrothead tailgate, where Buffet fans unite and celebrate the season, which fans spend months preparing in advance. Grab your George Forman grill and listen to “Margaritaville” ASAP. $56-$156. 8 p.m. August 25.Prophets of RageA mashup of anti-establishment musicians, Prophets of Rage includes Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, who joined forces with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord. This anarchy-ridden lyric group is launching their “Make America Rage Again” tour on July 19 in Cleveland, Ohio – coincidentally the time and location of the Republican National Convention, so it’s a safe bet that Cleveland will rock. The tour concludes in San Diego, just weeks before Election Day. Rock out and #TakeThePowerBack. 7 p.m. August 28.Rascal Flatts & Kelsea BalleriniRemember bopping out in your car to Rascal Flatt’s ’06 hits, “Life Is A Highway” and “What Hurts The Most”? Relive that decade-old nostalgia with these sweet jams. Kelsea Ballerini, newfound nominee for CMT’s #SocialSuperstar award, rocks out as an opener. 7:30 p.m. September 1.ZZ Top & Gov’t MuleLast (but certainly not least), hirsute Texas boogie stars, ZZ Top and Gov’t Mule, close out the Jones Beach summer concert series in style. Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes is known as the longtime guitarist with The Allman Brothers. The rock and Roll Hall of Fame trio from ZZ Top represent the epitome of classic, roots-rockin’ boogie and bottom-bustin’ blues: a perfect ending to a mind-blowing, wave-making season of fun in the sun and good times at night. $25-$99.50. 7:30 p.m. September 9.,Alure cube,Alure cubelast_img read more

‘Covid cases in U.S. should peak in January’

first_img– Advertisement – Scott Gottlieb, former Commissioner of the FDAAdam Jeffery | CNBC – Advertisement – The next two to three months will be difficult for Americans as the coronavirus sweeps the nation and the second surge of the virus picks up steam, says Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the FDA and a CNBC contributor speaking at CNBC’s first Workforce Executive Council Summit on Thursday. As he points out, even as drug manufacturers make progress on a vaccine and treatments, epidemiologists, scientists and public health officials are warning that the United States has yet to see the most difficult days of the outbreak.“We are three to four weeks behind Europe now and we are headed in the same direction in terms of the progression of the disease,” he said. “We are not moving fast enough to change our behaviors, reduce mobility and take policy actions to stop the trend.”“Looking at the epidemic curve, Covid cases will peak in January and we will see cases starting to decline in March,” Gottlieb predicted. – Advertisement – “Hopefully, we should have some semblance of normalcy in the summer of 2021. By that time, it’s hoped the older population will be vaccinated. By the fall of 2021, the vaccine will be more available to people of all ages.”Although the U.S. has more tools to fight the virus than ever before, it will take time for them to be available for widespread use. Pfizer and BioNTech released early data from their late-stage vaccine trial on Monday that indicated it was more than 90% effective. If authorized, the vaccine could be available to a limited number of people as early as December, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Pfizer said it can make enough doses of its two-dose vaccine to immunize about 25 million out of roughly 331 million Americans before the end of the year.- Advertisement –center_img Looking at the epidemic curve, Covid cases will peak in January and we will see cases starting to decline in March.Dr. Scott Gottliebformer FDA commissioner Disease statistics tell the grim story. New cases are rising in 47 states and D.C., according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by John Hopkins University. They reached about 144,000 on Wednesday. Hospitalizations hit 65,300, with 12,000 ICU admissions. The regions taking the biggest hit: North and South Dakota, Utah, parts of Texas and Wisconsin, Dr. Gottlieb said. The sheer volume of new cases cannot be explained by increased testing alone, because daily new cases are outpacing the rise in testing, the health expert noted.“The biggest challenge the health system will face will be having enough health care personnel to handle the workload,” according to Dr. Gottlieb, who is also a board member of drug companies Pfizer and Illumina.Already governors are taking steps to slow the spread to avoid a contagion. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he will impose a handful of coronavirus restrictions on residents and businesses across the state as it tackles several “hotspot” outbreaks. Restaurants and bars licensed by the State Liquor Authority will be ordered to close at 10 p.m. beginning Friday. Gyms will also be forced to close at that time, he said. The state will also ban gatherings of more than 10 people in a private residence, he said.A ‘dark winter’ lies ahead“In the weeks ahead we will see hospitals overwhelmed and that could galvanize change,” Gottlieb said. “It’s important people get flu shots since contracting the flu along with Covid doubles the risk of dying from the coronavirus.”The good news is that Dr. Gottlieb does not anticipate a big flu season in the U.S. this year because of social distancing and face-mask wearing measures that have been taken by the public.For business leaders trying to make a game plan, it’s hard to navigate through this unprecedented health crisis. There is a web of human, legal and financial considerations to grapple with.Dr. Gottlieb suggested that business leaders remain vigilant and keep health and safety issues top-of-mind. Covid testing, social distancing, PPE safety gear including masks, should remain a priority. So should maintaining healthy building environments, including good air filtration systems.One company doing a good job is Amazon, according to Dr. Gottlieb. “Amazon has its own lab and routinely tests its employees for Covid-19. It also aggressively does contract tracing if an employee tests positive for the virus. What the company is really doing is providing a tripwire for the community.” The upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah and New Year’s create the potential for super-spreading events across the country, experts concur.last_img read more

The British The Times and The Sun nominated Croatia for the best destination in the world

first_imgAs this is a great PR in the British market, we should definitely take advantage of this moment, and in addition to voting, share all this information together through our social channels. At the moment, any positive PR is very important. The Times & The Sunday Times are currently the best-selling print newspaper in the UK, read by almost three million people a day, while The Sun is one of the most popular newspapers with a monthly reach of over 37 million readers. In the shortlist of the award, which is being awarded for the eighth time this year, Croatia is in the company of the world’s best destinations, namely France, Turkey, the USA, Dubai, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Thailand. Photo: Oliver Sjöström, pexels.comcenter_img Voting will last until the end of October, and the final winner will be decided by readers who can vote via the next link. In addition to the best country category, one can vote in 12 other categories like best city, airline and tour operator. Croatia has been shortlisted for the prestigious award Best Country award 2020 by a popular British newspaper The Times& The Sunday Times i The Sun awarded to the best country in the world. last_img read more

Diary of… a property manager

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