Red Carpet Concert: Chantil Dukart

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & Culture | Juneau | KRNN | KXLLRed Carpet Concert: Chantil DukartAugust 31, 2016 by Annie Bartholomew, KTOO Share:The latest Celebration Sessions Red Carpet Concert video features Miami-based jazz musician Chantil Dukart. She performs her song “The Future Is Our Friend” in a studio shared by Rico Worl and Christy NaMee Eriksen who curated the eight-part series.The Celebration Sessions Red Carpet Concerts are a collaboration between KTOO, Kindred Post and Trickster Company. Watch other Red Carpet Concerts with Lily Hope, Silver Jackson, and Stephen Qacung Blanchett.Share this story:last_img

News / IMO slammed for lack of transparency and ingenuous policy-making

first_img By Alexander Whiteman 04/04/2018 Transparency International (TI) has slammed the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) over a lack of transparency.A report by TI found that while administrative activities were “easily accessible”, other areas were less candid.In particular, it cites delegate accountability and voting practices, as well as financing and information linked to internal nominations and elections.“A lack of transparency in two areas shields delegates from public scrutiny, firstly with IMO reports not normally reflecting positions taken by individual representatives,” it adds.“Secondly, journalists are forbidden from naming speakers in open plenary sessions of the assembly without first gaining their consent.”It also notes the IMO’s policymaking process was “open to abuse”, with larger states having greater sway over the voting process, and the lack of regulation over the way governments appoint delegates allowed private companies to take the lead.“For example, Brazil appointed five ‘advisors’ from Vale SA, a multinational company with substantial shipping interests, to its national delegation,” the report says.“There’s no requirement for delegates to publicly declare conflicts of interest, thus the IMO and public is unaware the full extent which private interests are representing governments.”It lists nine areas the IMO needs to address to improve transparency, including engaging in open dialogue with its external stakeholders. In addition, it suggests policies to improve the decision-making process, including requirements for delegates to be members of domestic civil services.“A guiding UN principle is that member states must represent citizens’ interests when they meet to discuss transnational public interest and promotion of global public goods,” it says.“Appointment of companies to represent and determine government position on behalf of national delegations leads to partial privatisation of intergovernmental policy-making in shipping.”You can read the report here. The IMO’s London headquarterslast_img read more

People / ACS appoints Chris Fisher as its US business development director

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 05/01/2021 Mr Fisher added that the role is “highly exciting at this particularly interesting time for aviation”. Air Charter Service has announced the appointment of Chris Fisher as its US business development director, based with the New York team.Mr Fisher has worked at several forwarding companies, including Damco, where he worked in government services, and was the charter and projects director for HAE Group. Prior to that, he spent some 12 years at ACS rival Chapman Freeborn.“We are thrilled to have Chris on board to add his diverse experience working with the government, as well as within the private sector, to our team,” said Justin Bowman, Air Charter Service’s CEO.“He brings highly valuable international experience in freight forwarding that will be a great asset to our business. Chris has a great track record within the industry and we are always looking to bring individuals with new experiences into our company so that we can better service our customers.”last_img read more

Experimental treatment appears effective against gonorrhea in small study

first_img Related: HealthExperimental treatment appears effective against gonorrhea in small study Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium that causes gonorrhea infections. NIAID A case study in the fast-rising threat of antibiotic resistance Related: By Helen Branswell Nov. 7, 2018 Reprints Please enter a valid email address. A new oral antibiotic drug currently in development appears to be effective at treating gonorrhea, an infection for which there is a critical need for new therapeutic options, a study published Wednesday suggested.The findings are the result of a Phase 2 trial, a small study done to determine if further, larger studies are warranted. Evidence from larger Phase 3 trials would be needed to persuade the Food and Drug Administration or other regulatory agencies to license the one-dose drug, zoliflodacin.But the data, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, appear to be good news to a field that is overdue for some. Since the dawn of the antibiotic era, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium that causes gonorrhea infections, has steamrollered its way through all the drugs that have been placed in its path.advertisement But these are the last treatments in the antibiotic armamentarium to reliably cure gonorrhea; already there are signs this combination’s power is eroding. Resistance to azithromycin is rising and there have been a few cases of resistance to ceftriaxone reported as well.Each new case unsettles the cadre of doctors who treat the common sexually transmitted disease, knowing as they do that very hard-to-treat or even untreatable gonorrhea infections may soon loom on the horizon.Gonorrhea is spread through sexual contact, and infection can occur in the genitals, the rectum, and the throat.If it is not successfully treated, gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility in women and sterility in men. Babies can contract it from infected mothers during birth, which can leave the infant blind. It increases a person’s risk of contracting HIV and can lead to joint infections in rare cases. Planning is currently underway for a Phase 3 trial for zoliflodacin; the trial is expected to start in 2019. The Phase 2 trial was financed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Phase 3 will be co-financed by Entasis Therapeutics — which owns the intellectual property — and a nonprofit group called Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership, or GARDP.In exchange for help developing the drug, GARDP will receive an exclusive license to the drug that will allow it to bring it to market at an affordable price in 160 low- and middle-income countries — if it’s approved. Entasis, which is based in Boston, retains the rights in high-income countries.The Phase 2 results look promising. Zoliflodacin was nearly as effective as ceftriaxone at curing gonorrhea infections in the urethra and in the rectum, though the number of people who had rectal infections was small and therefore the results have to be viewed with some caution.However, the drug didn’t appear as effective in curing infections in the pharynx — an infection site that has bedeviled other oral antibiotics as well. Even though the trial was small, Handsfield didn’t hold out a lot of hope that a Phase 3 trial would come to a different conclusion.“I think it will surprise experts in the field if the Phase 3 trial shows strong efficacy for pharyngeal infection. I suspect it will not, based on admittedly small numbers in this trial,” he said. Helen Branswell @HelenBranswell No more ‘sledgehammer’: As gonorrhea grows resistant to antibiotics, researchers look to bespoke treatments About the Author Reprints He and the trial’s principal investigator, Dr. Stephanie Taylor of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, didn’t feel that would prevent the drug from being licensed, if the Phase 3 trial shows it is effective against urethral and rectal gonorrhea.Taylor said a number of other antibiotics that have been the standard of care in the past had similar problems combatting pharyngeal gonorrhea. The belief, she said, is that the oral administration makes it difficult to get a high enough concentration of drug in the throat to quell the bacteria.But Dr. Lindley Barbee, an assistant professor of infectious diseases at the University of Washington and medical director of the Public Health – Seattle & King County STD Clinic, said having an antibiotic that can’t routinely cure pharyngeal gonorrhea would not be ideal — especially if ceftriaxone fails and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention needs to recommend zoliflodacin as a first-line therapy.“I really believe that any regimen that’s going to be recommended at the CDC level needs to be able to eradicate the [bacteria] from the pharynx because the site goes underscreened so often,” said Barbee, who was not involved in the study.“I do think it’s something we need to think about, thinking on the big picture — the population level. What happens if we put forward a drug — and make it a standard of care — that doesn’t treat one anatomic site and potentially even induces resistance because of that anatomic site?” she asked.The Phase 2 study involved very few women, a limitation of the work. Taylor said it is hard to enroll women in this type of trial. Research safety rules require that women enrolled must have been on and continue to use effective contraception for the duration of the trial to ensure they are not given an experimental drug while they are pregnant.“In all other drugs that have ever been studied, the regimens that work well for urethral gonorrhea in men also work well for genital infection in women and generally they work well for rectal infection in women and men having sex with men,” Handsfield noted.The drug works by a different mechanism than other antibiotics — a feature that experts hope might make it less vulnerable to the development of antibiotic resistance. But Taylor wasn’t ready to count out wily gonorrhea.“Well, you know, gonorrhea has developed resistance to every drug in the past. So, yes, we’re hopeful,” she said. “But you know, considering historically what has happened we have no idea. We’ll know that answer in a few years.” Leave this field empty if you’re human: The current recommended treatment for gonorrhea is a combination of an injectable antibiotic, ceftriaxone, and another that comes in pill form, azithromycin. Experts hope that the use of two drugs — so-called dual therapy — will slow the development of antibiotic resistance to the drugs.advertisement Privacy Policy Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. “If the promise of these results is confirmed in Phase 3 studies, then zoliflodacin stands to become a very important drug in gonorrhea treatment worldwide. That’s in the future, but that’s the promise that this study suggests,” said Dr. Hunter Handsfield, a professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Washington’s Center for AIDS and STD. Handsfield was not involved in the study. Tags Bostoninfectious diseasespublic healthlast_img read more

WATCH: Adorable Mountmellick boy Kyllian wows on Late Late Toy Show

first_img By Siun Lennon – 30th November 2018 Community Six year Kyllian Forde may have just found his way into every heart in the country after his adorable and highly informative appearance on the Late Late Toy Show tonight.Kyllian from Mountmellick showed he is a sparky little character and his personality bowled over Ryan and audience members, as well as the millions of viewers glued to their television screens.The senior infant Rock NS pupil won a spot on the book review section of the toy show tonight, Friday November 30.Little Kyllian impressed Ryan with his knowledge of the M7, M50 and M1.Ryan knew all about Kyllian’s love of the band Picture This, and the band even invited Kyllian to their sound check before their concerts in the 3 Arena! Pinterest Twitter Facebook Council Community WhatsApp Facebook Twitter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening center_img Pinterest Home We Are Laois WATCH: Adorable Mountmellick boy Kyllian wows on Late Late Toy Show We Are Laois Previous articleComerford leads the way as The Harps claim U-19 hurling gloryNext articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, December 1, 2018 Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSKyllian FordeLate Late Toy Show Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WATCH: Adorable Mountmellick boy Kyllian wows on Late Late Toy Show WhatsApp SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Portlaoise lend their support to hurlers ahead of Leinster final Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

Behind North Korean Plan to Reopen State Stores

first_img Behind North Korean Plan to Reopen State Stores There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest The North Korean authorities recently announced the intention to sell all industrial products in state-operated stores, soon after announcing the revised “10th-day famers markets,” which open only on the 1st, 11th and 21st of every month, starting from next year. According to an inside source in North Hamkyung Province, a new instruction on the sale of industrial products in state-operated stores was introduced during the latest cadres’ lectures. As rumors of the large-scale entry of Chinese goods onto the market due to Chinese loans circulate among people, there has been in a flutter in the market.The source stated that the idea of industrial product sales was introduced during a cadres’ lecture on the 29th of November under the title, “measures to improve the current situation and people’s lives,” which also explained the transformation of the current market system into the “10th-day farmers market” system. In the source’s opinion, “It signifies the government’s attempt to monopolize the industrial-product market, which was actively and spontaneously established by the people after the ‘march of tribulation’ in the late 1990s. Industrial goods to be sold in the state-operated stores would include both Chinese and North Korean products. During the lecture, it was stated that “All industrial goods that have been passing through the jangmadang (markets) must now be sold in the state-operated stores and only vegetables or certain agricultural products can be sold within the farmers markets,” which suggests the prohibition of individuals selling food-related products and industrial goods. With regard to the backdrop of this policy, the authorities explained that, “The current market was a temporary measure taken by the state considering the difficult situations caused by the march of tribulation. However, the markets after some time deviated from the state’s intention and socialist economic principles and have become a hotbed of crimes generating capitalist and anti-socialist trends. Therefore, we are ridding ourselves of all markets and reviving the farmers market.”The source explained that this measure does not seem to “simply control the markets. But if they begin selling industrial products in the state-operated stores, they would be able to circulate money within the regime that has been circulating within private markets and among individuals by tying purchase profits to national banks. He said, “Due to the jangmadang, the gap between the rich and the poor has widened. And, because money is not flowing within the regime, the authorities are getting rid of private sales to revive the banks so as to recover the regime economy… It seems the state-controlled economy will become better next year” he added. However, the source also relayed that “Although they announced the selling of industrial goods only in the state-operated stores from next year, nothing, regarding exactly when and how, was mentioned during the lecture.” “There is also another rumor that even ‘procurement stores’ would have to sell products on the same price level with the state-operated stores, or they would have to close down. It basically signifies that the regime will not permit any form of private sales, by selling all products that had been sold by individuals” he added. The source reported that there have been heated debates on this decision among North Koreans. “Famers gladly took this decision that industrial goods will sell in state-operated stores because they have been complaining that they sold agricultural products at next to nothing while buying industrial goods at such a high price. They are expecting that industrial goods will cost less than now” the source reported. “However, workers in urban areas are extremely concerned that they cannot sell anything in the jangmadang. An average workers’ salary is 1,500 North Korean Won and if individuals are not permitted to sell, workers’ families will be harshly affected” he forecasted. The source continued on and said, “Even though they say workers get paid well, how are they expected to live when a pair of military boots costs 9,000 North Korean won. One month’s salary is not even half a kilo of rice.”The source in the end expressed concern because workers began “explicitly complaining about cadres who only fill themselves up. I personally think that there will begin a massive war within the markets starting from New Year’s Day”. By Daily NK – 2008.12.10 1:24pm SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] NewsEconomylast_img read more

Gilkes: OSC should alert the public about client calling policy

David Gilkes Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:44Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -2:44 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Graduating CU Student Launches Project to Fight Child Malnutrition in Nepal

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:Getting InvolvedCampus Community Published: May 4, 2010 Mark Arnoldy, a University of Colorado at Boulder senior set to graduate on Friday, doesn’t like peanuts. As a matter of fact he avoids them like the plague because he is highly allergic to them.Ironically, a project he has been working on for more than two years relies specifically on peanut butter to combat childhood malnutrition in Nepal.After finishing his junior year at CU-Boulder in 2007, Arnoldy took a year off from school to travel to Nepal where he taught in a school and piloted an education program. One day, he mistakenly ate some food that had peanut sauce in it and started to go into anaphylactic shock. He turned out OK, but the episode had a lasting affect on him.”It was a very short time after that that I came across some research describing how peanut butter was literally solving the problem of malnutrition around the world,” Arnoldy said.”I came to find out that half-a-million children in Nepal are malnourished. While it seems irrational that someone who is allergic to peanut butter wants to build a project around peanut butter, I just couldn’t turn away because it seems like it happened for a reason that is beyond me.”Since that summer he has now been to Nepal five times to lay the groundwork to produce and distribute the peanut butter product called NepalNUTrition. He also traveled to Haiti to study an organization there that uses peanut butter to combat malnutrition. President Bill Clinton featured his project during the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference in 2009.Arnoldy spent six months in Nepal last year finding a factory location, evaluating distribution chains and working with local partners and government officials to get his program underway.Then, just a week ago, Arnoldy learned that he had been awarded a Fulbright grant to continue his work in Nepal. He plans to spend the next two years there building the program.”I’m hoping to build it to such a point that I can leave and it will be run entirely by Nepali staff,” he said.While at CU, Arnoldy said he took full advantage of the numerous opportunities that are available to students to develop his leadership skills. He was a Puksta Scholar and was a member of the Presidents Leadership Class.”These academic community programs provided not only financial support, but also gave me the connections and training that I needed to really feel confident enough to be able to do something like this,” Arnoldy said.While he will miss a lot of things about CU, Arnoldy says he will miss the energy of the student body most.”I’m going to miss the energy and the enthusiasm and the desire to make a difference in the world that is found in so many people on this campus,” he said. “Not to mention the beautiful setting.”After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Arnoldy also headed-up a campus campaign called “CU Stands With Haiti” that ended up raising more than $100,000 to help the relief efforts.Arnoldy is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Once he completes his Fulbright grant, he plans to return to the United States to pursue an MBA and attend medical school. CU-Boulder student Mark Arnoldy poses with President Bill Clinton during the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference in 2009. (Photo courtesy Mark Arnoldy)last_img read more

Blood Clotting Remains a Mousetrap for Darwin

first_imgEvolution Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Intelligent Design Blood Clotting Remains a Mousetrap for DarwinJonathan [email protected] 22, 2020, 6:32 AM Recommended Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists Jonathan WittExecutive Editor, Discovery Institute Press and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and CultureJonathan Witt, PhD, is Executive Editor of Discovery Institute Press and a senior fellow and senior project manager with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. His latest book is Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design (DI Press, 2018) written with Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola. Witt has also authored co-authored Intelligent Design Uncensored, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, and The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot. Witt is the lead writer and associate producer for Poverty, Inc., winner of the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award and recipient of over 50 international film festival honors.Follow JonathanTwitter Share Behe says a better explanation is that blood clotting was intelligently designed. His critics have responded to his argument over the years. Here Behe returns the favor. His most prominent interlocutor on the matter is the recently deceased Russell Doolittle. Behe shows that Doolittle misread the paper he relied on to refute Behe. Professor Behe also responds to Kenneth Miller and Keith Robison. According to Behe, his critics have managed to provide little more than hand-waving, smoke screens, and the sweeping of crucial problems under the rug. Tune in to catch some of the back and forth, and for a deeper look at this challenge to modern evolutionary theory, pick up a copy of Behe’s new book.  TagsA Mousetrap for Darwinblood clottingEric Andersonevolutionevolutionary theoryfunctionID the Futureintelligent designirreducibly complex systemsKeith RobisonKenneth MillerMichael BehemousetrappodcastRussell Doolittle,Trending Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Image credit: Vector8DIY, via Pixabay.On a new episode of ID the Future, Michael Behe continues discussing his new book, A Mousetrap for Darwin, with host Eric Anderson. Here the focus is the blood clotting cascade. Behe has argued it’s irreducibly complex, like a mousetrap, and that blind evolution couldn’t build it one small functional step at a time. Download the podcast or listen to it here. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

The Evolution of OperaLesque

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. When it comes to putting on a production, the people at the Alpine Theatre Project want to keep the audience on their toes and in rapt attention.That’s why when ATP hosts an opera performance, it’s actually a mix of opera, the tantalizing art of burlesque, and some aerial circus acts thrown in. All together, you get OperaLesque, a relatively new offering from ATP that runs this year from Aug. 23-25 in Whitefish.This is the second OperaLesque performance this year, with the inaugural performance held in February as a Valentine’s Day treat in ATP’s new space, The Garage. The performances sold out quickly, said Luke Walrath of ATP, and the second round of performances happened because the artists had such a good time the first time.“It was actually the artists themselves who wanted to do it again,” Walrath said. “All of their schedules were open for one week in August and they said, ‘We want to come back out.’ They hadn’t done anything like it before.”OperaLesque was the brainchild of ATP artistic director Betsi Morrison, who wanted to do something special during the final weeks of winter. When she researched adding opera to aerial and burlesque performances, she learned it was a burgeoning art form in major cities and possible to do here.The first run of shows in February had one show during which the burlesque performers would take everything off, and Walrath said that show was the most popular. So for the upcoming run, all shows are like that, adults only, with nudity.“Last time around we had some regular shows and then we had the pasties-off late-night show,” Walrath said. “Everybody wanted to go to that. So this time, all three shows are at 9; we wanted to make it a little bit later to give it more of a late-night vibe.”The show features some of the nation’s greatest opera singers, coming from the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera companies.Performers include Marcy Richardson, the Singing Aerialist, who works with Company XIV and won the 2018 Dora Award for Outstanding Performance in Opera; Glenn Seven Allen, a tenor with the New York City Opera; Melanie Long, a mezzo-soprano with the New York City Opera and member of acclaimed burlesque troupe the Hot Box Girls; Sharin Apostolou, performer with the New York City, Utah, Central City, and Delaware operas; Jorrell Williams, a baritone with the Metropolitan Opera and soloist at the Lincoln Center Orchestra; and Billy Thompson on piano.The setup for the performance is different this time too, with two runways forming an X of stage space in the room, and a pole in the middle for Richardson’s pole dancing. Everything will be decorated with a circus theme in mind.“It’ll be interesting because it is the same singers, the same artists, but a completely different set,” Walrath said. “The whole thing is going to have this circus-sideshow-midway feel.”The room’s setup means the show will be happening in front of, above, and all around the audience, Walrath said. The space only has room for 60 audience members, and ATP is selling tickets in tables of four, two, and single. Cocktails will also be available.And the shows are selling fast — as of Aug. 19, there were only two tickets left for the Saturday evening performance.Walrath said the enthusiastic response to the first OperaLesque performances indicates that these shows will be met with the same thunderous applause.“All three show are no holds barred,” he said. “If we’re going to do (a performance) again, we need to change it up so we’re not remounting the same show. This is going to be a little spicier.”Tickets are $45 per person, $130 for a table for two, and $260 for a table for four. Tables include table service and other refreshments. For more information, visit or call (406) 862-7469. Emaillast_img read more