Brian Eno Releases 21-Minute Ambient Track From Upcoming Album [Listen]

first_imgBrian Eno has released the first track to his upcoming album, The Ship. The 21-minute title track features Eno in his typical state of sound exploration, creating a hauntingly ambient landscape.The electronic pioneer explained the song: “The Ship started as an Ambient work intended for a multi channel sound installation in Stockholm, but during the making of it I discovered that I could now sing a low C – which happens to be the root note of the piece. Getting older does have a few fringe benefits after all. From that point the work turned into an unusual kind of song…a type I’ve never made before where the vocal floats free, untethered to a rhythmic grid of any kind.”He continues, “On a musical level, I wanted to make a record of songs that didn’t rely on the normal underpinnings of rhythmic structure and chord progressions but which allowed voices to exist in their own space and time, like events in a landscape. I wanted to place sonic events in a free, open space.”The album, which also features a cover of the Velvet Underground‘s “I’m Set Free” is available for pre-order at Eno’s website, which you can check out here. The Ship will be available via Warp on April 29th.[via Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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Return Of The Space Cowboy: Why Jamiroquai Playing The U.S. Has Everybody On Cloud 9

first_imgPioneering British electro-funk titans Jamiroquai have not played a concert in America since 2005, and it’s been a decade since bandleader Jay Kay told the media he planned to quit music to focus on flying helicopters and finding his future baby-mama. In the interim, an entire generation of American fans has been denied the glory that is Jamiroquai live, wishing and wondering whether they would ever experience the majesty of this music in concert on U.S. soil. Beginning with last spring’s promising comeback album Automaton, Jamiroquai has inched closer and closer to a stateside return, with hardcore American fans chomping at the bit as the band tore up festivals and stadiums the world over. On the newest record, we learned that Jay Kay found his soulmate and started a family, he’s accumulated a myriad of sportscars, flown quite a few choppers as well; transmitting from aboard Cloud 9, the enigmatic singer has made it clear the band is ready to make up for lost time. Heavily hinted at since Automaton‘s release, it seems our collective prayers have finally been answered, with no less than five highly anticipated appearances scheduled for this side of the Atlantic. After so many years of stateside silence, it’s high time to delve into why Jamiroquai’s return to the U.S. is getting so much buzz across the interwebs. Please enjoy this detailed dive into the Way-Back Machine, a personalized primer on the band as we run down their historical relevance, and celebrate Jamiroquai’s return to the United States with a deafening roar.“Just Another Story” – Montreux Jazz 1995[Video: Zsolt Horváth]Jamiroquai’s sonic styles and funky aesthetics have found their way into pop music, modern funk, electronic, and even inform jam band trends too. From STS9 to The Motet, Deep Banana Blackout, The Main Squeeze, Turkuaz, or even Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Jamiroquai has inspired and influenced generations of jam culture with a patented brand of jazzy, soul-fueled, organic dance music. Over the course of their lengthy absence, one can hear Jamiroquai’s direct influence on U.S. radio, be it Bruno Mars or Daft Punk, both Grammy-winning recording artists that owe a debt in substance and gratitude to the path Jamiroquai blazed. Millennial heroes Tyler the Creator, Anderson .Paak, Chance the Rapper, and The Internet have all publicly championed them in the press and on stage, putting the quasi-forgotten band’s name back in lights. The name Jamiroquai blends the concept of a “jam-session” with the tribe of Iroquois, as singer Jay Kay assembled a musically-tight and socially-aware ensemble that came of age in the Acid-Jazz era of early 90’s Britain. This band of badasses rode in on bubonic basslines, classic funk drum breaks, DJ cuts, a raucous horn section, and spirited vocal deliveries from a magnetic, charismatic frontman. Breaking in behind the success of their peers Brand New Heavies, Sony Music won a bidding war for Jamiroquai’s services, and the label would release the band’s prolific output over the next decade. Tokyo, Ebisu 1995[Video: TiagoVarejao]Kicking down the door in late 1992 with a demonstrative debut single “When You Gonna Learn?”, Jamiroquai was instantly impossible to categorize or quantify. 1993’s debut LP Emergency on Planet Earth was an anachronism in the culture, a vibrant fusion funk drawing on obvious influences like Stevie Wonder and more obscure inspirations such as Gil Scott Heron. Jamiroquai was born of the acid jazz/acid house revolution. They uncorked marathon sessions that fit right into English dance music culture, and built up a dedicated, vocal following. Jamiroquai were nothing if not innovative, even as the rock press slagged them early on for their retrofitted stylings.After the band made a sharp impression with Emergency, vocalist/B-Boy/bandleader Jay Kay recruited young bassist-extraordinaire Stuart Zender to join founder/keyboardist Toby Smith. The three would synchronize as the foundation for the group’s finest era and offerings. From within Smith’s sublime songwriting and riveting Rhodes work, Kay mined the Zen to unleash his torrent of torrid lyrical exercises; soul-drenched soprano that walked the spectrum from falsetto to croon, plus a dash of hip-hop swagger to boot. Crystallized versions of “Hooked Up” and “Too Young To Die” show an unprecedented range and attack, as Jay Kay made his presence felt and heard with frenzied displays of vocal gymnastics to match the band’s machine-gun funk workouts. Their sophomore album and crowning jewel, 1994’s The Return of Space Cowboy, is a smoked-out celebration of all things funk, soul, jazz, trip-hop, and a prototype for the sonic gumbo we lovingly call “jam”. Zender’s virtuosic bass lines glide atop the pulsating drums of newly recruited beat-machine Derrick McKenzie, amid horn blasts and record scratches, the didjeridoo reverberated from the furious jamming styles. All-world percussionist Sola Akingbola joined the fray, mixing tribal riddims with elements of reggae, afrobeat, and dub. Wallis Buchanan delivered the patented didjeridoo jams—at the time, it was a calling card for the band’s unmistakable sound—as was (the then-innovative) onstage turntablist DJ D-Zire, who cut up vinyl with the group in real time. “Journey to Arnhemland” is fantastic voyage in shanti-bass long before that sound ever made it to Burning Man, while the grandiose beauty of the title track remains stunning nearly twenty-five years on.Jay Kay’s wild capoeira-infused, B-Boy dance routines accompanied the band’s kaleidoscopic adventuring, and his persona became a crucial element of the band’s performances. Despite clearly paying homage to their forefathers, Jamiroquai rewrote the rulebook for what’s possible from a live funk band. Have a listen to live takes on “Mr. Moon”, “Light Years” and later “High Times” from the classic lineup/era. The group organically blossomed into a veritable jamband, without ever plugging into the burgeoning scene that was simultaneously taking shape across the Atlantic (it’s safe to say they were not even aware that there was such a scene in the States). They had an improv-heavy set that rotated tunes frequently, took off on wayward explorations, and never seemed to play a song just exactly the same way twice.Phoenix Festival 1997[Video: pablotronix]With three full-length LPs and five years of steady gigging across Europe and beyond, Jamiroquai had established themselves as underground kings on the global come-up, with more commercial success directly in their path. “Virtual Insanity,” from 1996’s wildly-popular Travelling Without Moving, saw the band achieve multi-platinum sales and international acclaim for their groundbreaking single and accompanying music video. With it came big egos, interpersonal disputes, MTV awards, and their first world tour, which brought them to the US for a series of theater dates.  They were on every radio station and television talk circuit, on every club’s soundsystem, and booming out of every car stereo; Jamiroquai was ubiquitous in 1997. This particular space and time is widely considered to be the band at its absolute zenith, and the music speaks for itself. Peep the timeless bounce of anthem “Alright”, the translucent romance of “Cosmic Girl”, tribalized mayhem juxtaposed with salacious R&B on “Use the Force“, the Caucasian cannabis skank of “Driftin Along”, the ungodly funk and fury of “High Times”, and Travelling Without Moving‘s title track. This material was a clear evolution from the first two albums, with Jamiroquai diversifying bonds and dropping mad bombs that continued to defy genre.The classic era of Jamiroquai came to a close when Stuart Zender left the band acrimoniously in 1998; Traveling Without Moving was sadly the last record for this particular lineup, and the band’s trademark sound continued to evolve as the personnel changed. A new era was cemented with the release of 1999’s Synkronized, a departure in more ways than one. This album aesthetically turned a corner with futuristic elements and textures, fully embracing new technology, electronic music, drum machines, sampling. This approach was met with mixed reviews from longtime funkateers, as Nick Fyffe replaced Zender but did little to help fans forget the beloved young bassist. Twenty years on, the music on Synkronized remains ahead of its time, which is nothing if not the Jamiroquai brand.  Synkronized lacked the jazzy explorations of earlier work but broke new ground (“Butterfly“, “King for a Day”), and placed a laser focus on the electronic dance idiom (“Planet Home”, “Supersonic”). The embryonic seeds for what the U.S. labeled “jamtronica” were flourishing across the pond, as Jamiroquai barrelled in on the year 2000. Milan 2001[Video: The Tribe with the Vibe]Wallis Buchanan and the didj jams were phased out on 2001’s criminally underrated A Funk Odyssey, which would also be keyboardist/founding member Toby Smith’s last recording with the band. (Smith would sadly pass away last April after a lengthy illness; his contributions to Jamiroquai will live on forever.) In spite of an evolution away from their organic roots, the funk returned in a major way as advertised. A Funk Odyssey explored even more realms of dance music culture (“You Give Me Something”, “Little L”, “Twenty Zero One”), with the band utilizing fabrics native to house, nu-disco, and even techno during yet another sonic reinvention. With the exception of “Black Crow”, which lamented the absence of spirituality in society, Kay began to shy away from overtly socially conscious lyrics. Conversely, their music and messages became far more accessible and universal as they matured.The songwriting on AFO was pared down into simpler arrangements, but the hooks became meatier, the choruses more anthemic. Club culture was always alive and well inside of Jamiroquai, but by 2002 it had moved to the forefront; much as the jam community in the U.S. was gravitating to electronic stylings. There was (and remains) a deep divide between old-school fans of the Zender/Toby-helmed acid jazz/groove era, and younger Jamiro-freaks who were introduced to the band’s more modern sounds by way of club remixes and tastemaker DJs. A Funk Odyssey is the proverbial tipping point of this discussion, and if I may humbly opine, the last truly great Jamiroquai album.From the turn of the millennium, things began to trend in the wrong direction for Jamiroquai in the United States. Look no further than their show at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on September 10, 2001. After the tragic events of 9/11, Jamiroquai’s U.S. promo tour was aborted, and the band returned to England after only one show.  Synkronized single “Canned Heat” was curiously reborn into American culture, getting featured in the slapstick comedy film Napolean Dynamite. This newfound zeitgeist was coupled with the unrelated Dynamite LP, released to little fanfare in 2005. As a result, Jamiroquai became interminably linked with that movie’s unabashed silliness (the scene is hilarious, after all); by proxy, the band devolved into somewhat of a tongue-in-cheek punchline for a generation of music fans. Instead of being seen through the prism of innovation and eclecticism as they should, fans were turning up at their shows wearing “Vote for Pedro” tee shirts. Verona 2002[Video: JamiroquaiVEVO]In late 2005, a seemingly under-the-radar mini-tour of North America featured a slew of new band members, including the tremendous bassist Paul Turner (Annie Lennox) and keyboardist Matt Johnson, the latter becoming Jay Kay’s principal songwriting partner. The pair joined guitarist Rob Harris, who’d quickly become a trusty asset to Jay Kay with his sharp and dynamic attack. Longtime members Akingbola and McKenzie round out the band’s modern core lineup that tours to this day. The new band acquired some long overdue mojo, and Jamiroquai set about tearing up packed houses in the fall of 2005. The quick tour saw the invigorated crew destroying rooms from Atlantic City to Chicago, Los Angeles to two sold-out engagements at midtown Manhattan’s Best Buy Theater. Walking out of that magnificent show into the blustery New York night, the feel-good vibes were fleeting. As he left the stage, Jay promised a return in March of 2006; now we know that 2005 theater run would be the last time that Jamiroquai set foot in the United States (or Canada for that matter) for thirteen long, agonizing years. Those of us who were lucky enough to have tasted the magic of live Jamiroquai up through 2005 have longed for what might have been. Trapped in funk purgatory, it felt like a stillness in time. Chicago 2005[Video: TiagoVarejao]In the interim, Jay Kay and company toyed with the idea of quitting music altogether, coming together in 2010 to record the largely-forgettable Rock Dust Light Star, an album that never even saw proper release in the States for nearly two years. “White Knuckle Ride” and “She’s a Fast Persuader” stuck out from the bunch, but for the most part, fans were left wanting. Getting ignored like that can certainly explain the lack of touring over here, yet the band did numerous support dates around the world.  Year after year, Jamiroquai would play a select assortment of high-profile concerts in soccer stadiums globally, dotting their itinerary with exclusive and expensive private engagements for the world’s elite. Their global popularity never waned, it was American’s fickle tastes that always did; Jamiroquai played concerts of all sizes and varieties around the world while the United States was denied the privilege. Yet a glimmer of hope remained.U.S. tour dates seemed more and more unlikely as time wore on, a distant dream deferred, would the space cowboy ever return? That haze finally lifted with 2017’s encouraging cosmic reboot, as Automaton proved the crew had more than a little petro left in their tank. The most striking additions are the fantastic “Cosmic Babes”- Valerie Etienne, Lorraine McIntosh, and Elle Cato provide mesmerizing, shimmering backing vocals that act as a sizzling foil for the frontman. Harris and Turner specifically have proven to shine in this era, and Johnson’s arsenal of keyboards creates a wall of sound. Despite the lack of horns, the new material is a gigantic leap toward the stars. The first album in seven years is chock-full of dancefloor burners ready for the stage. Slabs on slabs of disco-fueled bass grooves, walls of analog synth, bombastic electro-beats, and the trademark Jay Kay attitude–all of it a bit more mature, and trading in sophistication.The kickoff “Shake it On” was born to open a concert, it’s thunderous bottom-end, sexy clavinet, and rump-shaking funk is the ultimate proclamation: We’re baaaaack!  “Dr. Buzz” is the band doing their best intergalactic Steely Dan, “Cloud 9” continues in a tradition we’ve come to love; while the title track, and stutter-step smooth “Vitamin” offer a glimpse into the mad future. For the first time in several albums, some authentic throwback hip-hop grooves come to the surface within the park jam “Nights Out in the Jungle“. We can only hope that “Nights” and “Vitamin” find their way onto the stage when the band finally returns to the States.After hinting at the possibility throughout 2017, Jamiroquai finally announced that they would indeed be returning to the USA several times in 2018. With five dates unveiled, the band carefully curated a concert slate with two appearances at Coachella in April and stand-alone shows at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (April 17th) and New York City’s Forrest Hills Stadium (September 8th). Quite possibly the most earth-shattering news of all, on Friday Jamiroquai was revealed as a headliner for the sixth annual Suwannee Hulaween, in a stealthy official video featuring the Jamiroquai “Buffalo Man”—subtle but undeniable proof that Jay Kay and his band will appear at the legendary Spirit of Suwannee Music Park this fall. Jamiroquai is without question “the ultimate get” for any festival.  I’ll go out on a limb and say that this is the most exciting book in Suwannee Hulaween’s already-storied history. Being intimately familiar with the Hulaween magic, and having caught this band on each of their four US tours (1997, 1999, 2001, 2005), I can unequivocally declare that Jamiroquai at Suwannee Hulaween is nothing short of a match made in heaven. The HULA community and Suwannee River are brimming with the type of vibrant energy that is tailor-made for a Jamiroquai dance party. The festival cuts a wide swath between traditional jamband vibes and psychedelic electronic music; that is quite specifically Jamiroquai’s DNA, and they are the quintessential band to unite the HULA clans. Manifest destiny, indeed.The cat in the hat is finally back! Do you know where I’m comin’ from? Jamiroquai’s triumphant return to the United States is virtual insanity, your opportunity to scratch the bucket list proper. The Automaton tour has been one scorcher after the next. Who knows if they will ever come back to this corner of the earth again? It’s been thirteen long-ass years of drifting along, so we can only implore you to use the force, shake it on, and come out to the funktion!  Coachella. The Bay. The City. HULA! We’ll see you on the dance floor, with canned heat in our heels!   Viña 2018[Video: saldanaca]words: B.GetzSpecial Thanks to @JamiroFan2000 and Jamiroquai-The JamilyIn Loving Memory of Toby Smithlast_img read more

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A different side of van Gogh

first_imgDon’t worry — he’ll be back.Vincent van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin,” an image of the artist framed against a brilliant green background, one of the Harvard Art Museums’ most beloved works, is on loan to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam this spring and early summer.In the interim, another Harvard treasure, a Picasso rarely on view due to light sensitivity, will fill its place in the ground-floor gallery dedicated to the collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906. “The Blind Man,” a 1903 watercolor, depicts an eyeless figure, his head tilted skyward. The haunting composition was created during the artist’s blue period, “in which images of impoverished men and women can be interpreted as allegorical representations of the five senses,” notes the accompanying text.Still, museum officials didn’t want to take a van Gogh out of circulation even briefly without offering a striking substitute. Those who venture to the second-floor gallery, filled with works by masters such as Degas, Monet, and Sargent, will find a different gem by the troubled (and supremely gifted) Dutch artist, on loan from the Van Gogh Museum while the self-portrait is away.“Snow-Covered Field with a Harrow (after Millet),” painted in 1890, depicts a stark, frosted landscape. In the foreground rests an abandoned plow and a harrow; a ruined tower stands in the distance. Van Gogh’s skill with the brush stirs a silent movement in the frame. In the painting’s upper left corner, a flock of birds, perhaps startled by an unseen passerby, rises to meet the sky. Lower, the landscape’s sharp strokes make the ground “look like it’s undulating or moving on its own,” according to Cassandra Albinson, Margaret S. Winthrop Curator of European Art, who helped facilitate the recent loans.,Albinson’s eye is also drawn to the purple undertones captured in the white of the snow. “It’s something that struck me when I first saw it — that purple,” she said, noting that van Gogh was mimicking earlier impressionists known for infusing winter scenes with rich violet hues.In deciding which work to choose from a selection of options offered by the Amsterdam museum, Albinson and other museum officials wanted something that could stand in contrast to their current van Gogh holdings as well as complement other material in Harvard’s collections. “Snow-Covered Field” was the perfect fit.“We don’t have a pure landscape painting by van Gogh so this was something that was very special for us to briefly be able to exhibit,” said Albinson.The painting will also be an important teaching tool. Van Gogh was inspired in his composition by “Winter (The Plain of Chailly),” an oil painting and series of pastels by the French artist Jean-François Millet dating to the 1860s. One of those pastels, part of the museums’ collections, is on display next to the loaned van Gogh.“As a teaching museum, I was really interested in thinking about why van Gogh would have wanted to work from an image made by another artist,” said Albinson.,Sadly, it seems part of the answer involves the artist’s inner demons. As a patient at a clinic in southern France, struggling to recover his health, van Gogh longed for inspiration, enlisting the help of his brother, Theo, who sent him a black-and-white print based on Millet’s earlier work. The etching sparked van Gogh’s imagination, leading to “Snow-Covered Field.” He referred to such efforts as “translating” a fellow artist’s work.Van Gogh transformed Millet’s work “into something completely his own by accentuating the frozen furrows and the textured sky, changing the scale, and applying carefully chosen colors (some of which have now faded),” notes the display text.But while van Gogh’s style is familiar to many, the meaning behind his work is often less clear. Perhaps it’s partly because he identified with Millet’s “position as a painter of rural scenes imbued with deeper meaning,” said Albinson. The curator hopes viewers will use their imaginations when interpreting the landscape, much as van Gogh did with his palette and brush.“Van Gogh’s touch and personal attack on the canvas make you think about what he is trying to say and wonder why he goes to all that effort, especially here, to reinterpret another artist’s work,” said Albinson. “But I don’t think we need to feel any pressure to understand exactly what he is trying to say, and that’s one of the things that’s most interesting to me about his work. It evokes a very special feeling that in turn gives you a set of questions that it asks you to grapple with.”last_img read more

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Fundamental Attributes of an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

first_imgFor many organizations moving to a hybrid cloud environment is still uncharted territory. EMC Information Infrastructure CEO David Goulden recently discussed the drivers behind hybrid cloud and how it helps organizations innovate rapidly while still delivering enterprise-grade performance and resiliency.So if everyone sees the value, what is holding companies back? What are their concerns with hybrid cloud? Security, data protection and availability tend to bubble to the top. The promise of hybrid cloud is to deliver IT-as-a-service for consumers to access the resources they need when they need them. The IT department must be able to maintain the visibility and control they need, while automating delivery of services to consumers, all without putting the business at risk.A well-run hybrid cloud provides the tools needed to define the applications and services the IT department wants to offer consumers, including options for data protection, security and compliance.Selecting an application or IT service is like an a la carte menu for the consumer. They go to a service catalog and choose the sizing and performance characteristics. They can also select the type of data protection services they need such as backup, disaster recovery and continuous availability – all of these have already been defined by the IT organization in advance.Security features can be offered in much the same way, with options for encryption to guard data against theft no matter where it resides in the cloud.However, not all decisions on security and protection features should be left up to consumers. Some protection must be baked into the solution. For example, protection against unauthorized access is critical and organizations need granular firewall protection between application layers. A hybrid cloud solution should also be able to securely isolate environments within the cloud.Building in security, data protection and availability is fundamental to a well-run enterprise hybrid cloud, which is why we have all of them as part of our Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution.Make sure they are part of the solution you choose to invest in too.last_img read more

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Jamestown Man Arrested After Allegedly Throwing Table, Smashing Lamp

first_imgShare: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) WNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown man was arrested Thursday afternoon following a domestic dispute at a residence on E. 6th Street.Jamestown Police, who were working with state troopers part of the city’s GIVE detail, say Michael Connolly, 18, allegedly threw a table and smashed a lamp inside the home.Connolly also, according to police, violated an order of protection to stay away from those living at the property.Police say he was arrested and charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal contempt and aggravated family offense. Connolly was taken to Jamestown City Jail pending arrangement in the case.last_img read more

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Tom Torti named new chamber chief

first_imgLake Champlain Regional Chamber of CommerceAnnounces New President to Replace A. Wayne RobertsTom Torti has been selected by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber ofCommerce Board of Directors as the new President of the Chamber toreplace A. Wayne Roberts, who will be retiring at the end of the year. “The Board is very pleased to announce that Tom Torti will be the nextPresident of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, followinga thorough and national search process, noted Karen Marshall, LCRCCBoard Chair. “Tom’s solid background in leading and managing complexorganizations, and his experience in policy and state governmentoperations, will provide a solid foundation for his leadership of ourorganization. Tom will be a strong voice for the business community andprovide a seamless transition as we begin new chapters for the Chamberwith the retirement of A. Wayne Roberts.” Mr. Torti will remain in his position as Secretary of the Agency ofNatural Resources (ANR) until after the General Election in November of2006. In a statement issued by the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Mr.Torti stated: “I am excited to be the next President of the LakeChamplain Regional Chamber of Commerce. Although Wayne leaves big shoesto fill, he has pointed the organization in the right direction and Iam eager to work with a vibrant, diverse and growing membership as wellas a solid team of highly respected Chamber staff.”Mr. Torti has been the ANR Secretary since January of 2005. He wasappointed by the Governor to this position after having served as theCommissioner of the Department of Buildings and General Services foreight years. Mr. Torti worked under both Democratic and RepublicanAdministrations, an important attribute for the Chamber’s Board whostrive to be non-partisan in their interactions with the GeneralAssembly and the executive branch of state government. John Dwyer, a member of the Chamber’s Executive Search Committeedescribed the national six-month search process as an intensive, butinteresting exercise in which the committee found a wealth of dynamic,highly qualified list of final candidates to choose from.  “It was adifficult choice, in that each of the candidates possessed exemplaryskills and background. However, Mr. Torti’s ability to work with avariety of stakeholders and people, his financial acumen in overseeingmulti-million dollar budgets and his collaborative manner inestablishing a vision for an organization and then seeing it through inhis work at the state level, is exactly what we are looking for in ournext President.”Mr. Torti has an extensive career in state government and has servedthe local community in various ways including the Essex Selectboard andPlanning Commission, Chittenden County Metropolitan PlanningOrganization, Chittenden County Transportation Authority and variousEssex sports leagues. The Lake Champlain Regional Chamberof Commerce is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote andsupport the healthy environment and quality of life that makes the LakeChamplain Region of Vermont the ideal place to live, work and dobusiness. You have received this message because you authorized theLake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce to e-mail you.To change your or your company’s e-mail contact information, pleasecall 863-3489 or e-mail [email protected](link sends e-mail). Toreply directly to the sender of this e-mail, please hit “Reply.”last_img read more

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Winter glut of flu vaccine worries health officials

first_img Like Francis, Ehresmann blamed the vaccine glut largely on the late arrival of much of the supply. “It’s a matter of timing,” she said. “The manufacturers weren’t getting the product to providers until very late—in November. There’s a fairly narrow window of opportunity with the consumer for flu vaccination.” “We always have a little vaccine left over at the end of the season, but I’ve never had in excess of 100 doses. This is really extreme for us,” Francis said. “This vaccine can’t be returned, and it costs over $100 for a 10-dose vial. So it’s close to a $6,000 loss.” Jan 30, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Dr. Anne Francis, a pediatrician in Rochester, N.Y., says her group practice typically has a few doses of influenza vaccine left at the end of the flu season. But as of last week, with the demand for vaccination nearly gone, the clinic still had 580 doses on hand. Stoller was critical of Sanofi for not announcing the production problem earlier. “Sanofi was not making decisions based on public health, they were making decisions based on their shareholders,” she said. Oct 17, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Flu vaccine delay affects toddlers” Tomsky declined to comment specifically on Stoller’s complaint that Sanofi was slow to report the problem with the slow-growing vaccine strain, but said, “We’ve been careful to project our demand and our production in a way that supports public health and meets customer needs.” “Many decisions about production and ordering have to be made not only by providers but by manufacturers early in the year,” said Allen. “The concern is that if we have millions of doses and they’re not purchased, the manufacturers are going to have to look at how many doses they will produce next year. It’s important not only for the seasonal flu, but that we continue to maintain capacity in the event of pandemic flu.” “I think the demand has definitely waned,” Smith added. “We’re currently having a mild flu season, with 34 confirmed cases so far. We’re trying to keep the momentum going for immunization, but it’s sometimes hard to get the community motivated. . . . There are some people still seeking immunization, but the vast majority have given up.” See also: The company used a “multiphase” distribution strategy, meaning all customers received part of their order by the end of September, she said. “The remainder of the order was shipped through October and November and sometimes early December, but most received it in October and November.” Translated into percentages, that means that 24.3% of the total for the year (through December) were shipped by the end of September and 68.2% were shipped by the end of October. The corresponding figures for previous years were as follows: 2005, 34.7% and 72.8%; 2004 (when close to half of the US supply was lost because of problems at a Chiron plant in England), 31% and 74.6%; 2003, 58% and 92.5%; and 2002, 61% and 99.6%. Smith, the Colorado immunization coordinator, echoed the idea that education is part of the answer to the recurring problems in matching flu vaccine supply to the demand. “We do need to let people know that 100 million doses don’t come out on one day, that there has to be staggered distribution,” she said. “When we were producing much smaller amounts [in the past], it was easy to get it all out. With this amount there has to be staggered distribution.” Jennifer Armstrong, a GSK spokeswoman in Philadelphia, said the company made a total of about 25 million doses of its two flu vaccines, Fluarix and Flulaval, for the US market this season. Another pediatrician, Jill Stoller, MD, of Woodcliff Lakes, N.J., said her group practice avoided having a lot of unused vaccine, but only because they canceled an order for 1,000 doses from Sanofi as soon as they heard about the delay. After canceling, they ordered 500 doses from Chiron (now part of Novartis), which they were able to get immediately. The group also bought 1,300 doses of FluMist, the nasal-spray vaccine from MedImmune. “There’s significant concern that there’s a lot of vaccine out there that hasn’t been used,” said Kristen Ehresmann, manager of immunization, tuberculosis, and international health at the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul. “It’s definitely in the thousands of doses” in Minnesota. “And it’ll be millions of unused doses at the national level.” None of the companies was prepared to talk about how many doses they expect to make for 2007-08 or how many their customers are ordering. “We recognize that there are many doses that are going unused at the moment,” said Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the National Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Local health departments administer flu shots in public immunization clinics, and some also channel doses to private providers as well, Ehresmann said. “The unused vaccine is happening to all vaccine providers whether public or private. . . . Both sectors are feeling the stress of the unused vaccine—and the fiscal impact.” Educating the publicPublic health agencies have been trying for years to convince the public that October and November are not the only months for flu vaccination. They point out that the vaccine doesn’t materialize all at once, but “comes out like water out of a hose,” in Allen’s words. This season the CDC promoted the week after Thanksgiving as “National Influenza Vaccination Week” in an effort to boost December vaccinations. Stoller, who serves on the executive committee of the American Academy of Pedatrics’ Section on Administration and Practice Management, says many pediatricians have been left with a lot of vaccine this winter. “I talk to people all the time, and I know there were offices with hundreds and hundreds of doses left,” she said. Other states also are seeing signs of a vaccine glut, though officials were not as emphatic as Ehresmann. “I can tell you that anecdotally I’ve been receiving calls from public health departments that they have doses on hand they’re willing to sell to folks or give to folks if needed,” said Roberta Smith, who heads the adult immunization program for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Those range from a few hundred to 3,000 [doses].” Karen Lancaster, a MedImmune spokeswoman, said her company made 3 million doses of FluMist for this season. “We began shipping in July, and all doses were released for distribution by the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] the end of September,” she reported. The oversupply comes after a record year for flu vaccine production. The CDC had estimated total production for the US market at 110 million to 115 million doses. Allen said manufacturers have told the CDC they had shipped 102.4 million doses by the end of December—well above the previous record production of 95 million doses, set in 2002. (He didn’t have information on how many doses have been produced but not sold.) Smith said she was unsure to what extent late vaccine shipments were to blame for the current oversupply. “I had some providers who called in August and had vaccine, but there were also providers who didn’t get theirs till the end of November, beginning of December,” she said.center_img Unused doses cause financial lossesIn Minnesota, Ehresmann said many local health departments are reporting they have hundreds of doses of flu vaccine left. “Given the fact that we’re into January, there’s not a lot of confidence that the public will pursue that vaccine now,” she said. The problem was that most of the vaccine didn’t arrive until mid-November, more than a month later than usual, Francis said. “With the vaccine arriving so late, it was logistically impossible to get the same number of people [vaccinated] as if we had gotten the vaccine in, say, early October,” she said. “Once January hit, there’s been very little interest in getting flu vaccine.” If health departments can’t use the vaccine by the time it expires at the end of June, they have to dispose of it, she said. “It’s a loss for the local health departments—and there’s no surge capacity in their budgets.” Francis said her clinic’s doses typically arrive in late September or early October, “which gives us 2-1/2 months to distribute them to patients, including children,” she said. But the delay this year left too little time to vaccinate people before demand evaporated. Manufacturers mum on unsold dosesFlu vaccine manufacturers contacted by CIDRAP News wouldn’t reveal how many doses remain unsold, but one, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), acknowledged having a “substantial” number. “I don’t have specifics, but we still have a substantial number of vaccines [doses] available,” she said. As a result, she has cut back her vaccine order for next season—3,000 doses, instead of the 3,500 she had ordered for this year. Francis’s situation apparently isn’t unusual this year. A combination of record flu vaccine production with some distribution delays and a mild flu season has created a glut of unused flu vaccine this winter, a situation that could lead to problems next season, according to public health officials. Distribution timingFigures provided by Allen of the CDC show a somewhat slower flow of vaccine from manufacturers this season than in previous seasons. In 2006, according to manufacturers’ reports to the CDC, they shipped no doses in August, 24.9 million in September, 44.9 million in October, 30.2 million in November, and 2.3 million in December. Sanofi Pasteur made somewhat more than the 50 million doses it expected to produce for this season, said spokeswoman Patty Tomsky, but she couldn’t give a production total or say how many doses have not been sold. “The season isn’t over and we’re still selling, so I can’t give a final number yet,” she said. It’s also worth noting that several million doses were shipped in August in each of the previous 7 years, whereas none were shipped in August 2006, according to the CDC data. August numbers for the earlier years ranged from 2.7 million in 2001 to 19.6 million in 1999. Few people are seeking a shot at this point, she added. “In the Northeast we’re seeing very little flu, so it’s not on people’s minds.” The company began shipping Fluarix in early September and Flulaval immediately after it was approved for the United States on Oct 5, Armstrong said. Most doses were out the door by the end of November, with a few delivered in December. Palmer said a combination of mild weather and relatively few flu cases has probably suppressed demand for vaccination. Clinics struggled with delaysLast October, Sanofi Pasteur, the leading flu vaccine supplier for the US market, said a slow-growing strain of influenza A(H3N2) would cause distribution of its Fluzone vaccine to be about 3 weeks later than last year. Two other manufacturers, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis, were also said to have had some problems growing that strain. The delays particularly affected pediatricians, because Fluzone is the only vaccine licensed in the United States for children aged 6 months to 3 years. She expressed concern that flu vaccine providers will be “reconsidering” their orders in view of the current oversupply. But the situation isn’t all bad, in her view. In 2002, about 83 million doses of vaccine were distributed, leaving manufacturers with 12 million doses they couldn’t sell, according to Allen. The following year, 2003, producers cut back their output to 86.9 million doses. In Texas, Emily Palmer, an assistant press officer with the Department of State Health Services in Austin, said, “Anecdotally we’ve heard of a couple local health departments that are offering the vaccine for free. We also have heard that some areas are looking for preservative-free vaccine and they haven’t been able to find any.” She also noted that Sanofi is increasing its vaccine production capacity, with work under way on a new manufacturing plant and a formulation and filling facility. “Once we get both of those online, we expect our capacity to double,” she said. “The good news is that this year [the amount] is the most vaccine we’ve ever had in our history, so we know what our capacity is. It’s refreshing that we know we have that capability,” she said. “Our consistent message has been that vaccination into January and even into February most years is still very good advice,” he said. “In most years the season peaks in February or later. But we’re going up against history. In the past most people have received their vaccinations in November.” CDC influenza sitehttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/ Health officials worry that if vaccine manufacturers can’t sell all of their supply, they’ll cut back production for next season, and if healthcare providers are stuck with unused doses, they’ll order less as well. That could lead to fewer people getting vaccinated next year—and undercut the public health goal of increasing vaccine production capacity and demand in the interest of pandemic preparedness.last_img read more

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Spain tries to stop coronovirus spread from Italy

first_imgTopics : Spain tried Wednesday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from Italy after eight cases of the flu-like disease were detected within a 24-hour period all linked to the country.Hundreds of tourists remained confined to a Tenerife hotel Wednesday for a second straight day as a precaution after a an Italian and his wife tested positive for the disease which has so far killed 11 people in Italy. The couple are in quarantine at a Tenerife hospital.Two other Italians who were part of the same group of holidaymakers who flew to the island and were staying at the hotel have also tested positive, health authorities on the Canary Islands said. Four other cases have been detected in mainland Spain — two in the Madrid region, one in the Valencia region and one in Barcelona, that of a 36-year-old Italian woman who lives in the city and had recently made a trip to the north of Italy, the worst affected region.All eight cases must be confirmed by a second test as required by Spain’s protocol for suspected cases of the disease.Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa late on Tuesday advised people not to travel to northern Italy and other global hotspots for the disease such as Wuhan in China, South Korea, Japan and Iran “unless it is essential”.He also said all patients in Spanish hospitals with respiratory illnesses of “unknown causes” would undergo tests to see if they had coronavirus.center_img Spain is home to over 240,000 Italians and it welcomed 4.5 million visitors from Italy last year.Spain had so far registered two confirmed cases of coronavirus, both in foreigners.The first case was that of a German man on La Gomera island in the Canaries who tested positive on Jan. 31 followed by a British man who tested positive in Mallorca in the Balearic Islands on Feb. 9. Both recovered.last_img read more

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Canadians wary of COVID-19 spikes in neighboring US

first_imgShelly Reid, a 44-year-old schoolteacher in Calgary, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set “a great example … right from Day 1,” and Canadians took his message on staying home, distancing, and handwashing seriously.”The numbers themselves show how well we’ve done,” Reid said as she celebrated Canada Day with friends in Ottawa. “The United States is such a leader on the global stage, I thought they would have set an example by their actions. Clearly, they’ve shown otherwise.”In March, Canada and the United States agreed to close the border to all but non-essential travel. Those measures are due to expire on July 21, and Trudeau has said discussions are taking place about what to do next.According to a poll by Abacus Data, 88% of Canadians want the border to remain closed. A spike in COVID-19 cases in the United States has become a hot topic for Canadians, who unfurled their maple-leaf flags to celebrate Canada Day this week just days ahead of 4th of July celebrations south of the border.The spread of the novel coronavirus has slowed steadily in Canada over the past eight weeks, but outbreaks are worsening in many US states, with Florida shattering records on Thursday by reporting more than 10,000 new cases in one day.The two countries share the world’s longest demilitarized land border and their economies are closely linked, with 75% of all Canada’s goods exports heading to the United States. Most Canadians have family and friends living across the border. “Canadians pay huge attention to what is happening in the United States, and they are very concerned,” said Frank Graves, president of polling company EKOS Research. “What’s clearly been a disastrous reopening (in parts of the United States) has caused a rebound of prudence in Canadians.”Canada Day celebrations, which usually include live fireworks and concerts, were entirely online for the first time ever this year.Eric Sladic, a 51-year-old delivery driver in Ottawa, says the two countries are not only neighbors, but “brothers.”The way Trudeau’s Liberal government and provincial leaders, who often are members of rival parties, worked together during the pandemic was “spectacular,” Sladic said, and stood in stark contrast to the polarized politics of the United States.”People not pointing fingers and blaming each other, but actually getting on the same page, that’s a point of pride on Canada Day.” Topics :last_img read more

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Victims of domestic violence struggle to access help during quarantine

first_imgThe woman told LBH APIK that her husband had physically and sexually abused her during quarantine but that she could not flee because she had nowhere to go and he watched her every movement. “She said he had often beaten her in front of the children,” Uli said.“It took almost a month to finally help get her and her children out of the house and place them into a safe house. She left the house quietly one morning while her husband was asleep,” Uli said. “Similar situations have happened to many others who contacted us, which is horrifying because they cannot leave their houses like on normal days before the COVID-19 pandemic.”As the coronavirus has forced people to stay home, women living with violent partners have found themselves increasingly isolated from others and from resources that can help them. They have been trapped with their abusers in their own homes and have been exposed to increased violence.Not every victim can leave the house and find shelter, especially when they rely financially on their husbands and have no family or friends nearby to help. Some victims seeking help from LBH APIK are in this situation. Many of them have decided to bear life in the abusive environment “until the pandemic shows signs of easing”, Uli said.Read also: Jakarta records spike in domestic violence reports during work-from-home periodIn the three and a half months between March 26 and July 7, LBH APIK Jakarta recorded 122 cases of domestic violence – nearly half of the 249 domestic violence cases it handled last year.Access to domestic violence shelters during the pandemic, Uli said, had become more important than ever. However, state-owned shelters required victims to provide documents showing negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid antibody test results and proof that the victim had lodged a formal complaint with the police before the shelter accepted the applicant.“They are afraid, abused, traumatized, trapped for months during the pandemic. Yet they are required to go to the police station first and need to think about how they will get the rapid test. Not to mention that not all of them have money for the test,” Uli said. “These long processes take time and prevent them from getting immediate help.”The absence of a fast government response has prompted LBH APIK to provide independent emergency shelters for the victims. Some other independent entities have provided similar shelters.LBH APIK is seeking more funding to support its independent safe houses. They are also accepting donations of basic daily supplies for victims living there.United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Indonesia deputy country director Sophie Kemkhadze described gender-based violence as one of the “invisible consequences of these [health] crises”.“They are invisible because, sometimes, they are hard to detect or because those who are affected prefer to stay silent,” Kemkhadze said in a recent public discussion.Read also: Activists, survivors step up campaign for sexual violence bill after another delayJakarta Integrated Care Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children (P2TP2A) head Wiwik Andayani said the organization had received 540 reports of domestic violence against children between January and June. Some 75 percent of the victims were girls.Wiwik said its hotline had been available 24/7 to help women and children in need long before the pandemic hit Jakarta.But not every P2TP2A branch in Indonesia is as well-prepared as the branches in Jakarta, which are supported by sufficient facilities and qualified staff, said Margaretha Hanita, who works on the UNDP’s project to raise awareness about gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.Recently, a 14-year-old rape survivor from Way Jepara, East Lampung regency, Lampung, was allegedly raped and sexually abused multiple times by the head of a women’s shelter run by the regency’s P2TP2A.Margaretha called on authorities to cut the bureaucratic red tape to access safe houses, urging both the government and civil society groups to help improve the quality of P2TP2As throughout the country.“Victims can no longer stay at their own home; they need to recover. Rapid tests can be taken later. Hopefully, [Indonesia] will apply this,” she said.Another challenge, Margaretha said, was that there were no facilities available that allowed the police to receive and investigate the cases online during the pandemic.Read also: House drops sexual violence eradication bill from this year’s priority listWhile the number of cases of gender-based violence during the pandemic has been quite high, lawmakers dropped a long-awaited sexual violence eradication bill from this year’s legislative priority list earlier this month, a move activists have described as ironic.The bill, if passed into law, would make the government responsible for giving victims of sexual abuse protection and access to justice. Under the current law, victims are not entitled to any help from the government. They have to spend their own money to bring their cases to court or for counseling and rehabilitation.“The pandemic shows how pivotal it is to pass the bill into law,” Uli said. “She would send WhatsApp messages to our hotline early in the morning or at noon, when her husband was asleep,” said Uli Pangaribuan, a lawyer representing a victim of domestic violence, about how her team was contacted last month.“She was very discreet,” Uli from the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice’s Jakarta office (LBH Apik Jakarta) told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.“She asked for our help but forbade us to contact her out of fear that her husband, who had been working from home for the past three months, would notice. She never called. She only texted, and she immediately deleted all the messages after she updated us.”center_img If you have been a victim of domestic abuse and need crisis support, please seek help from the organizations in your area. The following contact information may be of assistance:LBH APIK Jakarta: 081388822669, 02187797289 or [email protected]: 081317617622 or 082125751234Komnas Perempuan: 0213903963 or [email protected] government’s Sejiwa program: 119 ext. 8, 082125751234, 08111922911 or [email protected] Pulih: 02178842580, 08118436633 or [email protected] :last_img read more

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