[h/t – Rolling Stone] This past Saturday, Billy Joel made his way to Lambeau Field, the storied home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers for his sole live date this month. Playing to a capacity crowd at the Wisconsin football stadium, “the Piano Man” delivered a set filled with hits from his decades-long career including “Movin’ Out,” “The Entertainer,” “The Longest Time,” “New York State of Mind,” “My Life,” “She’s Always A Woman To Me,” “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant,” and more.Billy Joel Welcomes Axl Rose And Pink For Covers In LA [Videos]Joel also tackled a diverse serving of covers, including AC/DC‘s “Highway to Hell” and Giacomo Puccini‘s “Nessun Dorma,” and even worked in a Led Zeppelin “Rock and Roll” jam in the encore-closing “You May Be Right.” You can watch Joel pick up a Strat and lead the band through “Highway To Hell” on guitar while roadie Chainsaw handles vocals below, courtesy of YouTube user Shane LaRene:However, the surprise highlight of the show was the band’s cover of The Beatles‘ classic “A Day In The Life” from their iconic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Joel had only played the song once before, at his regular Madison Square Garden show in May. At that show, Joel spoke about the personal significance the classic album had on him as a young musician: “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. Fifty years ago, the Beatles put out an album in 1967, it was called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I had just gotten out of high school, it was ‘the Summer of Love’… It was a remarkable album, they were my favorite band, and they inspired me to do what I do now and what I’ve done all my life… this is a tribute to those guys.” Thanks to YouTube user Shane LaRene, you can watch fan-shot footage of the Lambeau rendition below:Billy Joel and his band will play three dates in July, including performances at Madison Square Garden in New York, Progressive Field in Cleveland, and Target Field in Minneapolis. Tickets for the NYC and Minneapolis shows are still available here. You can head to Billy Joel’s website for a full list of his upcoming tour dates this year.
A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters is bringing a romance through old-fashioned pen and paper back to Broadway (what, no Twitter?!), featuring a rotating cast of celebrity pen pals. First up is Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy, with appearances by Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, Martin Sheen and Anjelica Huston on tap throughout the fall. An insert in the Love Letters program announces there are more starry pairs to come, so we started dreaming up a few of our favorite Broadway duos we’d love to see reunite for a limited engagement. Although Love Letters tells the story of a 50-year correspondence, Gurney has encouraged actors of all ages to try the roles on for size—Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt, for example, were in their mid-20s when they performed the play. So, we want to know—which Broadway pair would you like to see team up to play pen pals Andy and Melissa? Cast your vote below! Related Shows View Comments Love Letters Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014
Ladies and gentlemen! The moment you’ve been waiting for! Bryan Terrell Clark begins performances in Broadway’s Hamilton as George Washington on January 10. Nicholas Christopher, who as announced is set to take on the role of John in Miss Saigon this spring, played his final performance on January 8. The Pulitzer, Tony and Grammy-winning musical is playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.Clark was recently seen in the Mark Taper Forum’s production of Immediate Family, directed by Phylicia Rashad. He was last seen on Broadway in Motown: The Musical, and his other theater credits include Fences, Sophisticated Ladies and His Girl Friday. On screen, Clark is featured in the film Collateral Beauty as well as on television in Royal Pains, Person of Interest, Unforgettable, The Unit and The Mysteries of Laura.The current cast is led by Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton, with Brandon Victor Dixon as Aaron Burr, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Hamilton, Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler, Alysha Deslorieux as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds, Seth Stewart as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Jordan Fisher as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton, J. Quinton Johnson as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison and Rory O’Malley as King George.As previously reported, Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam will step in as King George on January 17. Hamilton Related Shows Bryan Terrell Clark(Photo: Sam Rudy Media Relations) from $149.00 Bryan Terrell Clark View Comments Star Files
Along the dry coastline, where the main construction material was adobe brick, whole societies flourished. Archeologist Luis Jaime Castillo is using drones to help map the 1,300-year-old Moche civilization around San Idelfonso and San Jose del Moro, two sites on the Peruvian coast north of Lima. Forget Reapers and Predators. The drones used here are hand-held contraptions that look like they were assembled in a garage with gear from a hardware store. Flores heads a multidisciplinary team brainstorming the best ways to use drones for civilian purposes. “These aircraft are small in size, are equipped with high-precision video or photo cameras and go virtually unnoticed in the sky,” said Andres Flores, an electrical engineer in charge of the UAV program at Peru’s Catholic University. Mapping Ancient Cities “We can convert the images that the drones provide into topographical and photogrammetry data to build three-dimensional models,” Castillo told AFP. One UAV model built by Catholic University engineers is made with light balsa wood and carbon fiber. At a glance the devices look like souped-up hand-held glider. By Dialogo August 16, 2013 Drones are most often associated with assassinations in remote regions of Pakistan and Yemen but in Peru, unmanned aircraft are being used to monitor crops and study ancient ruins. Other potential civilian drone use, Flores said, includes closely observing areas of natural disasters or studying urban traffic patterns. In the thick Amazon jungle, where access by ground is often extremely difficult, drones can be used to study wild animals. “Every time an animal goes by, it can snap a picture,” said Flores. One limitation is that these drones must fly below the clouds. If not their instruments, especially the cameras, could fail, said Aurelio Rodriguez, who is both an aerial model-maker and archeologist. After centuries of abandon some of these ancient cities have deteriorated to the point that they are hard to distinguish in the sandy, hilly region. Some of the earliest human settlements in the Americas are found in Peru. They are equipped with a microcomputer, a GPS tracker, a compass, cameras and an altimeter, and can be easily programmed by using Google Maps to fly autonomously and return to base with vital data. “By using the pictures taken by drones we can see walls, patios, the fabric of the city.” There are thousands of archeological sites, many unexplored, dotting the Peruvian landscape, most of them pre-dating the Incas, a major civilization which was defeated by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. While experts are still dreaming up new ways to use the aircraft, security officials do use drones for military and police intelligence purposes, especially in Peru’s rugged and remote valleys where coca is grown. There are no laws in Peru regulating the civilian use of drones, which allows advocates to push for all kinds of projects. Their use in urban surveillance, however, could be seen as an invasion of privacy. “Up to now we have managed to use them for agricultural purposes, where they gather information on the health of the plants, and in archeology, to better understand the characteristics of each site and their extensions,” Flores said.
LAFCU is celebrating its 80th birthday in a big way.The $630 million asset credit union has transformed a series of six-foot letters representing its name into a community art project.“The artists took it to another level of community involvement and engagement,” says Kelli Ellsworth-Etchison, senior vice president of marketing at the Lansing, Mich.-based credit union. “We’re saying, ‘These are your letters. This is you. You built LAFCU.’”Artists from around Michigan submitted designs. The credit union selected five artists to each paint one of the letters, which are made out of a dense Styrofoam-type material. Themes depicted on the letters range from a photo shoot of LAFCU’s mascot, LAFF-E the Cow, to a representation of the two sides of Lansing—the state Capitol and the community.LAFCU unveiled the completed letters this summer during a jazz and blues concert in downtown Lansing. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield Before I jump into the kind of behavior that warrants an article like this, I want to say that I think most Examiners are good. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to work with many outstanding Examiners and support honest, ethical, and hard-working people at the state and federal levels. That said, there are still too many bad apples out there who need to be called out. I’m in a lot of credit union shops each year – 45 individual stops last year alone – and I see firsthand the stress examinations can cause. Most of the stress is quite normal and to be expected. There’s nothing fun about having our lives turned upside down, but it’s necessary. Exams are an essential part of our business, and we need (thorough exams) to ensure our safety, soundness, and long-term viability. For me, the problem starts when I hear nightmare examiner stories, stories that, if true (and I believe they are), are unprofessional and uncalled for. Most of the bad behavior falls into three buckets that I’ll call “the bad Bs,” and almost all occurs in smaller credit unions.BiasMember Bias. It’s a shame that at a time when credit unions are more focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, they still have to explain themselves to Examiners who display outdated bias, including statements such as,“you should quit lending to deadbeats who have credit scores less than 640.”When faced with this bias, I recommend that the credit union leader take some time to educate the examiner on credit union history and be prepared with research or examples that demonstrate that credit score alone is not a definitive factor in assessment of character.Credit unions that have been Low Income Designated (LID) by the NCUA should share the NCUA’s Supervisory Letter regarding supervision of LID credit unions. The NCUA issued the letter in 2010 and it was incorporated into Chapter 23 of the NCUA Examiner’s Manual – the chapter on LID credit unions. The guidance discusses the characteristics, benefits, and unique challenges of LID credit unions, and it further states: “Examiners should remember; however, all federal credit unions have a continuing obligation to meet the financial service needs of people of modest means…Examiners should consider these member characteristics and take them into account when they evaluate LICU loan portfolios as well as the products and services these credit unions offer.”I’ve written extensively on this topic. You can arm yourself with information from my past articles at CUinsight.com:https://www.cuinsight.com/ncua-thy-right-hand-dost-not-know-thy-left.htmlhttps://www.cuinsight.com/the-seven-myths-of-serving-lower-income-underserved-communities.htmlhttps://www.cuinsight.com/problem-members-vs-members-problems.htmlGender Bias. There are still “good old boy” Examiners who I believe treat female CEOs disrespectfully. It’s a level of disrespect I don’t believe would occur if the CEO were a male. It usually becomes obvious to me when the CEO is sharing the dialogue with the examiner. Comments such as, “I’ve told you before,” “Remember that last time you messed up,” and “We’re never going to approve that, you’ll have to wait your turn.” I admit, I wasn’t there to hear the conversation; it was shared with me in frustration. But I can tell you the effect of the comments was demeaning and were taken to mean the CEO is stupid.When I hear these of situations, I always encourage the leader to not tolerate it and to call out the behavior for what it is. I also encourage them to report this behavior to their Supervisory Examiner. Sadly, the fear of reprisal or retribution is high, and I doubt it gets reported. This is never acceptable and should not be tolerated. I believe that Supervisory Examiners will take these reports seriously. They need to be reported.BulliesThese are the Examiners who are condescending, rude, and unprofessional to credit union leaders, staff and Boards. They overstep their bounds, preying on credit union fear and lack of knowledge of their regulatory rights. These are credit unions that felt coerced into Letter of Understanding Agreements (LUAs), as they honestly thought there was no viable alternative. I’ve seen too many credit unions make agreements that I believe were not the best strategic decision for the credit union or the members they serve.I recently learned of a state examiner who was yelling at the top of his voice at a credit union leader. It’s never okay for an examiner (or anyone else) to yell at you. If they do, tell them that you expect a respectable decorum, or they can leave. Then report it to the Supervisory Examiner and demand an examiner that can professionally deal with the issues at hand. Make sure you understand the roles and responsibilities of Examiners, and your credit union’s rights. Don’t get coerced into something that is wrong or damaging for your credit union. Ask questions, and, if necessary, hire an attorney to give you sound legal advice. Also, NAFCU published an Exam Fairness Guide that is a great resource to help you navigate some exam challenges.Bad Advice I could go on all day here; I’ll try to be brief. There are so many examples of Examiners providing credit unions with advice that frankly, I don’t believe they are qualified to give. Far too many try to fit all credit unions into one-size-fits-all box. For example, they may assume that an indirect loan strategy that worked well for a credit union down the street will work for all credit unions. I also hear the opposite regarding indirect lending from Examiners, that it’s generally bad. I frequently hear recommendations to close branches or layoff people without enough thought to the reputation risk that could accompany some of those decisions. Or suggestions to CEO leaders that the credit union should just merge because there are no viable growth options for the credit union to pursue. Then there’s the specific suggestion on which shop the credit union should merge with.When I hear situations like this, I’m tempted to tell the credit union to get the Examiners “suggestion” in writing on regulator letterhead and ask the Examiner to share in the accountability if their “suggestion” does not go as planned. These situations are best mitigated through due diligence. I’m not apposed to credit unions considering Examiner suggestions. However, like anything else, they need to vet it and consider all the potential implications. Then, if they know it’s the wrong decision, they need to take a stand.Why it mattersCulture kills strategy. A culture that’s driven by extreme risk aversion, i.e. “the Examiners won’t approve,” will not end well. Examiners don’t run our businesses, we do. Unfair or discriminatory biases don’t belong in credit unions, and that includes Examiners. Don’t tolerate it. Credit union leadership in smaller credit unions is frequently a thankless job. Don’t undermine your experience and that of your team, or your quality of life by tolerating inappropriate behavior. YOU deserve better. Following bad advice, whether it comes from an Examiner or any other source could at worst cost you your charter, or at best could set your credit union back years financially. Credit unions – especially smaller ones – don’t have time or money to burn. Scott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details
– Advertisement – At the time, many health economists believed the law’s success would depend on its “three-legged stool” approach: preventing insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, requiring everyone to buy insurance and providing subsidies to make it affordable. If there were no penalty prodding everyone to obtain insurance, the thinking went, many younger and healthier people would forgo it, leaving only older and sicker people in the insurance pool. That, in turn, would force insurers to raise rates, leading more people to drop their coverage in a self-reinforcing cycle.But in fact, after Congress zeroed out the law’s financial penalty for going without health insurance in 2017, it turned out that removing one of the legs had little effect on how many people signed up for coverage through the law’s marketplaces. Enrollment in the marketplaces has decreased slightly since 2017, but it has not shown any signs of a “death spiral,” when only sick people buy coverage and the cost skyrockets as a result.- Advertisement – In a friend-of-the-court brief defending the law, scores of economists concluded that “economic data demonstrate that the A.C.A. remains fully effective and operational even in the absence of the individual mandate.”In addition to the arguments on the constitutionality of the mandate and whether it can be severed from the rest of the law, the challengers must also show that they have suffered the sort of injury that gives them standing to sue. It is not clear that the states and the two individuals who brought the suit can satisfy that burden.A mandate without a penalty, supporters of the law say, does not affect state budgets or harm individuals, who now face no financial consequence for going uninsured.- Advertisement – Lower courts have so far sided with challengers. A federal judge in Texas ruled that the entire law was invalid, but he postponed the effects of his ruling until the case could be appealed. In December, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, agreed that the mandate was unconstitutional but declined to rule on the fate of the remainder of the health law, asking the lower court to reconsider the question in more detail.If the Supreme Court strikes down the entire law, political responses remain possible. If Democrats manage to take control of the Senate along with the House, they could enact a simple legislative fix that would make the case moot. They could bring back a nominal penalty, even of $1. Or they could repeal the individual mandate entirely, deflating the plaintiffs’ argument.
May 8 CIDRAP News story “Smallpox drug does well in first human safety test” The contract was awarded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, both part of the Department of Health and Human Services, the company said. The drug was used, along with other treatments, on an emergency basis last year in a 2-year-old boy who was critically ill with eczema vaccinatum, a form of vaccinia virus infection. The boy, who survived, was infected through exposure to his father, a soldier who had received a smallpox shot. Smallpox vaccine contains vaccinia virus as its active ingredient. SIGA Chief Executive Officer Eric Rose added that the contract “paves the way for ST-246 to provide protection to a much larger portion of the population in the event of a smallpox attack.” The company, based in New York City, said it had previously received a $16.5 million contract to develop the drug, described as “a potent, non-toxic inhibitor of orthopoxviruses.” See also: Sep 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) SIGA Technologies Inc. announced this week that it has been awarded a $55 million federal contract to develop a new formulation of its experimental smallpox drug, called ST-246, and carry out related efforts. Mar 19, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Son of vaccinated soldier has severe vaccinia infection” Dr. Dennis E. Hruby, SIGA’s chief scientific officer, said in the news release, “These funds will support all the studies needed to gain regulatory approval for these new indications. Formulation development, animal efficacy, human safety evaluations, and manufacturing are among the activities needed.” The drug has been tested in an oral formulation so far. The new contract “enables the formulation and advanced development of a new ST-246 parenteral drug product as well as new ways to use the existing oral formulation . . . to combat smallpox,” the company reported in a Sep 3 news release. Sep 3 SIGA news releasehttp://www.siga.com/?ID=81 In a journal article published in May, SIGA scientists reported that ST-246 performed well in the first test of its safety and activity in humans.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion$25 for license plate is price gougingDuring the recent storm, there’s been much talk about price gouging. It seems to me if you purchase something for a dollar and I sell it for $25, this is also a price gouging. Maybe we ought to look into this and advise the governor that the license plate fee is certainly price gouging.Richard SchaefferSchenectadyEditorial cast GE in an unfavorable lightThe Daily Gazette recently ran an editorial on the lawsuit filed by the governor and state attorney general concerning GE’s $1.7 billion clean-up of the Hudson River.The editorial compared filing the lawsuit to a victims impact statement. Victim impact statements are serious business where the court hears from the victim or victim’s family about the type of punishment they would like to see carried out.I don’t think it is fair to compare the state’s lawsuit to a panel evaluating criminal penalties.GE never violated any law with regard to the Hudson River. The company took on a clean-up project despite the fact that hundreds of other companies and municipalities contributed to the river’s current condition over many years. GE spent $1.7 billion on the clean-up. The federal EPA reviewed the results of this effort and issued a certificate of completion. The state took part in the cleanup every step of the way but after the fact decided to challenge the EPA’s finding that the clean-up was properly completed.This is a civil lawsuit filed by one regulatory agency against another not GE. For The Daily Gazette to toss out a comparison to a victim’s impact statement is really off base.Let’s not forget that GE is a major employer in Schenectady and the Capital Region. The Gazette editorial cast the company in an unfavorable light. This is not exactly helpful to our collective efforts to retain GE jobs and attract company investment to Schenectady.Gary McCarthySchenectadyThe writer is the mayor of Schenectady.Assault weapons support is irrationalI am writing in response to the spurious hackneyed Hannity talking points presented by Mr. Jeffrey Falace in his Aug. 31 letter (“Shooters are to blame for shootings.”) Firstly, Seth Ator, the most recent Texas killer did not use “the knife, the hammer, the sharp spoon” in his murderous rampage. He selected an AR-15, a rife designed to inflict maximum carnage in a minimum amount of time, hence the weapon of choice of mass shooters.Secondly, the “very draconian gun regulations” in Illinois are of no concern to gang bangers. They can easily drive to Indiana and legally purchase, either directly or through a shadow buyer, all the firepower they want and then drive back to Chicago. It’s a shame it doesn’t fit the Republican narrative.And lastly, your pea shooters cannot possibly prevent a military takeover by a tyrannical government. A drone armed with a miniaturized warhead can vaporize you, your guns and Schenectady.Get real (and rational).Paul SatorGloversvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
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