A Letter From Cheryl Musgrave

first_imgDear Friends,The final vote totals have finally come in. Vanderburgh County Republican voters have chosen me as their nominee for County Commissioner.I’m humbled by your support. Over the past several months, I’ve gotten to meet new friends and to re-acquaint myself with old friends. Reaching out to voters has been challenging at times–but it has always been rewarding.As many of you know, our campaign faced an uphill battle. Yet the voters have spoken, and we must all respect what they have said. Now is the time to put the divisions of the past behind us and unite to bring forward-looking, innovative, and independent leadership back to the Civic Center. (You can read more in the Courier & Press.)I will be in touch with you about the general election over the coming months, and I ask for your continued support in November. For now, we need to build a foundation to allow us to succeed. If you can donate any amount–even $25 or $50–it will help us retool for the general election. But if you can’t, I hope that you will continue to offer your thoughts and prayers in the weeks and months ahead.Thank you again, and I will see you on the campaign trail.Sincerely,Cheryl Musgrave FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City Chamber Honors Taleses with Citizen of the Year Award

first_imgPatty and Jon Talese share a laugh while accepting their 2018 Citizen of the Year award at the Chamber of Commerce awards gala at the Flanders Hotel. By Maddy VitalePatty Talese told a crowded room at the historic Flanders Hotel on Tuesday night that a large part of the success of her and husband Jon’s Ocean City restaurant, Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro, she owes to the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Jay Gillian.The Taleses, of Ocean City, were the winners of the 2018 Citizens of the Year award and accepted their honors during the gala. “I want to thank the mayor,” Patty Talese said while standing next to her husband at the podium. “We couldn’t have done it without you or the Chamber. Our success is because of your success. You bring the people over the bridge and we are so thankful. You make it easy for us. If we didn’t have this great town, we couldn’t do it and that is pretty much why we are standing here.”Mayor Jay Gillian shakes the Taleses’ hands while Sea Isle Mayor Leonard Desiderio and Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson look on.According to the Chamber, the Taleses, a longtime family in the community, were selected for the award because they do so much for the community, from participating in many community events to donating to causes and supporting the schools.They also have served on a number of boards and organizations in town throughout the years, including the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ocean City Tourism Development Commission, Business and Neighborhood Development and Downtown Merchants Association.The Taleses have four children: Alex, Joseph, Sophia and Jon Jon, who have all worked in the family business. Alex and Joseph opened the business with them and have been there every day for 10 years.Patty Talese said donating their time to the community is easy.“Ocean City has such a strong sense of community. It is very easy to give back. Ocean City is like a big family. We are so fortunate that we live in this town,” Talese added.Master of Ceremonies Michael Hartman announces the award recipients with Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian.Executive Director of the Chamber Michele Gillian, Mayor Gillian and Chamber President David Allegretto all noted that the Talese family has been dedicated, valuable members of the community.“The Talese family has done so much,” Mayor Gillian said. “They continually invest in the Ocean City community.”The Chamber Service Award was given to Phil Perri. Perri has served on the Chamber Board of Directors for many years representing the Forum Motor Inn. He served as president of the Chamber in 1992 and 1993.Mayor Jay Gillian presents an award to Phil Perri.Michele Gillian said of Perri, “Phil Perri drove a lot of projects forward. Phil means so much to the Chamber of Commerce. Phil has always brought us down to reality with his experience. He has always been at the forefront and has done so much.”In addition to the Citizen of the Year Award and Chamber Service award were a host of honors given to businesses for Outstanding Business and Beautification Awards.The Oves family was honored for celebrating 50 years in business. From left, Mayor Jay Gillian, Chamber President David Allegretto, Freeholders Jeffrey Pierson and Sea Isle Mayor and Freeholder Leonard Desiderio with the Oveses.The Business Renovation/Improvement Award, an award that is granted to a business that has taken an existing building and made physical and internal renovations to significantly improve its condition, was presented to Bungalow Bowls, 13th Street Bathhouse, Jilly’s Candy Factory, Chatterbox, and Spotted Whale.LaScala Pizza and Sand + Stitch was awarded the Outstanding Landscaping/Signage Award for their new signage.Nauti Donuts and Bennie’s Bread received the Business New Construction Award.The Outstanding New Business Award was presented to Beachin’ Bakery, Coastal Consign and Design, Dockside Kitchen, Farm Stand at 14th, Totally Tubular Aqua Park and Salt Works Studio.This year’s Outstanding Civic, Community, Non-Profit Organization Award was presented to Ocean City Colony ClubSNJ Today and Ocean City Coffee Company received Outstanding Use of Technology Award.Executive Director of the Chamber Michele Gillian and Mayor Jay Gillian present Jennifer Bowman and Kookie Kids with the Outstanding Service to the Community Award.The Outstanding Service to the Community Award was be presented to Jennifer Bowman and Kookie Kids. Drew Fasy, of Ocean City, said of the awards ceremony, “This event really shows how unique Ocean City is and how the business community and community itself really work together to make Ocean City a special place.”Special Awards were also presented for milestone anniversaries. These businesses included:10th Anniversary – Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro20th Anniversary – Goldcoast Sotheby’s25th Anniversary – Johnny B Goode Ice Cream Parlor30th Anniversary – Mallon’s Homemade Sticky Buns45th Anniversary – Osborne’s Inn50th Anniversary – Oves50th Anniversary – Sea Gull Shop90th Anniversary – Bob’s Grill90th Anniversary – Ocean City Pops Orchestra95th Anniversary – The Flanders Hotel115th Anniversary – Shoemaker Lumber Company325th Anniversary – Cape May County Cape May County Administrative Aide Denis Brown, Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson, County Administrator Beth Bozzelli, Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian and Freeholder and Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio receive the Chamber award for Cape May County being in existence for 325 years.Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen, left, and resident Drew Fasy enjoy the night.Junior Miss Ocean City Julia Mary Wilson poses for a photo with Master of Ceremonies Michael Hartman and her mother Melissa Wilson before she sings the National Anthem.Patty Talese holds her award and a bouquet moments after she and Jon Talese are honored.last_img read more

Trey Anastasio Debuts More Acoustic Kasvot Växt, Transforms & Examines “Guelah Papyrus” In Santa Barbara [Photos/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Wednesday night, Trey Anastasio played the second show of his late-2018 acoustic solo tour at Santa Barbara, CA’s The Granada Theatre. The Santa Barbara show continued in the same vein as the entertaining tour opener in Arizona on Monday—which featured Kasvot Växt acoustic debuts and entertaining stories from years past—as Trey further tested his audience’s familiarity with “Norwegian pop” and told genial, off-the-cuff tales from years past.After kicking off with “Cavern”, Trey moved into the rare, beautiful Tom Marshall collaboration “Sleep”, followed by easy-going runs through “Farmhouse” and “Water In The Sky”. As Trey began to reflect on the origins of the Story Of The Ghost ditty he’d just finished, a particularly vocal fan shouted for “Shade” from the audience. Quickly snapping out of his nostalgic tangent, Trey replied, “OK!” before adjusting his capo and obliging the request—affirming the long-held maxim that he’ll take your song requests, but only if he wants to play them. “I like when people request songs that I like,” he mused.Following some banter about horse legs, Trey moved into instrumental “The Inlaw Josie Wales” for the second time in as many shows. As he finished the tune, he began to laugh, admitting “Sorry, I started thinking about another horse thing. I won’t keep talking about horses all night.” But he couldn’t help himself, continuing, “If a horse breaks his leg in the Kentucky Derby, he gets shot…[audience laughs]…I think that’s what happens! And if the horse wins, he gets to fornicate [shrugs]. You guys think I’m making this up again. … If the horse falls and breaks his leg, he gets shot. And if he wins, he gets to fornicate. True? It’s tough. It’s a tough race.”Moving on, he got a little more serious, paying tribute to his friend “Captain Kevin,” a “member of our [Phish] family” who recently lost his father with a rendition of “Miss You”. After picking up the pace with “Back On The Train”, Anastasio started into Kasvot Växt fan-favorite “We Are Come To Outlive Our Brains”. A clearly elated Trey expressed his gratitude to the audience as they tentatively began to sing along with the song’s chorus. “Thank you,” he smiled. “You guys are familiar with, uh, Norwegian pop music.”The show continued with 3.0-vintage tunes “Steam”, “Light” (featuring more banter about Trey’s songwriting “addiction”), and “Joy” before digging further back in the Phish catalog with “Dog Faced Boy”. Next, Trey dusted off A Picture of Nectar classic “Guelah Papyrus” for just its third time in the acoustic setting. While many selections in the acoustic Trey repertoire don’t deviate too significantly from their original Phish versions, “Guelah” sounded transformed—like a wistful lament from a Medieval romantic—making for one of the evening’s musical high points.Trey continued his musings about writing songs with old friends, noting, “I realized I’m in the home state of my friend, Dave. … I had a very interesting upbringing in the sense that my group of friends from grammar and middle school … songwriting was our social life. … One of them was Tom Marshall, who’s written so many songs with me. But Tom and I had a group of other friends … and their names appear in a lot of songs. For instance, my friends Rog and Pete, from the song ‘Wilson’, where it says ‘Rog and Pete the same.’ They were two of the people we wrote with. But Dave shows up in a lot of songs. He’s in ‘McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters’—’he looks too much like Dave’—and this [last] song, ‘Guelah Papyrus’… ‘Guelah’ is Dave’s mother. We used to sit in the bedroom … [laughs]I felt bad about this … The line says ‘and through the bedroom door intrude, a fretful frown and spoil the mood. And though I’d never really stand that tall. She’d tilt my frame, she’d watch me fall. This is the work of Guelah Papyrus.’”He continued, “What the song was, we would sit inside each others bedrooms—this particular song was written in Dave’s bedroom … It’s almost like Where The Wild Things Are … we would go off in these 15-, 16-year-old lands, and we’d be lost in these crazy songs, like the one i just sang. Then all of a sudden—Knock knock knock…’Turn it down!’ … ‘And through the bedroom door intrudes, a fretful frown and spoil the mood’ … But the reason I feel bad about it is because one day, Dave’s mom approached me and said [frowning], ‘I don’t have a fretful frown.’ I felt really terrible! [laughs]. Anyway, I’m talking about Dave a lot… Dave is an amazing guy. In high school, we were really a band of misfits…bespectacled gingers…and Dave was a math geek.” Trey went on to gush about how proud he is of Dave, who went on to help create the widely-used orchestral composing program Finale before being headhunted by Apple.“So Dave,” he finished, “thank you for programming my phone. Except that I hate it. It’s ruining my life…a guilt machine. But if you touch it in the right place, a pizza appears at your door—amazing.” Realizing he had gone way out on a tangent, Trey brought the show back to the music, explaining, “I’m gonna sing one now about Dave’s dad—Dave’s dad was named Elihu” before starting into “Sample In A Jar”.“Backwards Down The Number Line” came next, followed by the instrumental “Till We Meet Again”. As he began to move into “Shine”, Trey explained, “I wrote this song like a month after Coventry. Such a mixed-up time. This is a weirdly optimistic song. I was flying down to Atlanta … I was taking off in the plane … you start to see the lines on the ground, how insignificant and small everything is [on the ground], you sort of get a dose of perspective for a minute. The first line of this song was trying to address, straight-on, the problem that me and like everyone in the scene were having at that time, which had been completely taken over by ‘the dark side.’ We had been trying to fix that for a couple years and it was really hard to fix, so we were basically stopping trying to address it. But I still had this massive amount of hope—even after Coventry and when we stopped, I just knew that I loved my friends and that we were gonna get over this somehow, it wasn’t gonna be easy, but… That turned out to be true, but … I couldn’t really anticipate the backlash-y feelings that … you know, it was pretty intense for a couple years. But as I was taking off on this plane, I wrote this song very quickly … I think now that there’s some time that’s gone by, it’s kind of easier to play it. Now that I’ve said this, maybe some of the references of the lines on the ground and going through water and surfing through the air might make a little more sense.”From there, Trey stuck to his guitar for the remainder of the night, working through Phish favorites “Ghost”, “My Friend, My Friend”, and a set-closing “Chalk Dust Torture” > “Harry Hood” > “Chalk Dust Torture” sandwich. Finally. Trey returned for an encore mix of old and new: Kasvot tune “Turtle In The Clouds” (among the newest batch of Phish songs) and “The Lizards”, a staple of Trey’s earliest work, The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday.Check out a gallery of photos from the show below via photographer Matt Rea. You can also watch a selection of crowd-shot videos from the performance via YouTube user free4202130:“Sleep”“Water In The Sky”“Shade”STORY > “Miss You”“We Are Come To Outlive Our Brains”“Steam”“Guehla Papyrus” STORY > “Sample In A Jar”STORY > “Shine”“Chalkdust Torture” > “Harry Hood”“Turtle In The Clouds”[Video: free4202130]View VideosTrey Anastasio’s solo acoustic tour continues on Friday, December 7th with a performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA. For a full list of upcoming dates, head here.Setlist: Trey Anastasio (Solo Acoustic) | The Granada Theatre | Santa Barbara, CA | 12/5/18SET 1: Cavern [1], Sleep[1], Farmhouse[1], Water in the Sky[1], Shade[1], The Inlaw Josie Wales[1], Miss You[1], Back on the Train[1], We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains [2], Steam[1], Light[1], Joy[1], Dog Faced Boy[1], Guelah Papyrus[1], Sample in a Jar[1], Backwards Down the Number Line[1], Till We Meet Again[1], Shine[1], Ghost[1], My Friend, My Friend[1], Chalk Dust Torture[1] > Harry Hood[1] > Chalk Dust Torture[1]ENCORE: Turtle in the Clouds[1], The Lizards[1][1] Trey solo acoustic.[2] Trey solo acoustic; first acoustic performance by Trey.Trey Anastasio Solo Acoustic | The Granada Theatre | Santa Barbara, CA | 12/5/18 | Photos: Matt Realast_img read more

Learning beyond the gates

first_imgMarcel Moran ’11, a biology concentrator, plans on a career in medicine. But last semester he stepped aside from problem sets and laboratory experiments to venture into a course called “Reinventing Boston: The Changing American City.”In a small way, Moran ended up reinventing himself, or at least changing the way he perceived the city across the river. His final project was a case study of the recently built Dudley Village Homes development in Dorchester, and how design — lighting, window placement, even playground layouts — can encourage community, reduce crime, and create a welcoming sense of safety.Moran, whose Boston ties had been limited despite growing up in Cambridge, told the story of his foray into design, sociology, and urban history at the winter advisory board meeting last Friday (Jan. 29) of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. The institute aided the course by arranging for local experts, many of them Harvard graduates, to be guest speakers.“This lets you see Boston happening in real time,” he said of the course, a Gen Ed offering that satisfies the “United States in the World” requirement. “There are no hypotheticals.”Moran was joined by two other students with similar stories.Stephanie Miller ’10, a sociology concentrator, wrote a paper based on interviews with the directors of three Boston theater companies. “This class gave you that opportunity to have that collective experience” of living in a city, she said. “It’s a wonderful way to learn.”And Hermioni Lokko, a third-year student at Harvard Medical School pursuing a joint master’s in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), teamed up with two others on an institute-aided project to assess emergency preparedness at the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, a place Lokko said she had never been before.She co-wrote her fall paper for MLD-601, an HKS operations management course co-taught by Guy Stuart and Mark Fagan. (Stuart is an HKS lecturer in public policy. Fagan is a senior fellow at HKS’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government.) The course requires practical engagement outside the classroom.“It was,” said Lokko, a native of Ghana, “a wonderful way to get out of the Harvard bubble.”The Dorchester project was an introduction to the world of community health centers, she said, giving students a chance to apply classroom lessons in the real world and to learn what it takes to execute a project. Among the many unexpected lessons, said Lokko, is that data doesn’t always come in handy spreadsheets. She and fellow students, in assessing the center’s capacity, for instance, spent time counting chairs, observing client flow, and evaluating floor plans.Courses that blend traditional learning with hands-on experiences in Boston encourage “engaged scholarship,” said institute executive director David Luberoff, who co-taught the recurrent undergraduate course with Christopher Winship, Harvard’s Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology.“The goal is to take advantage of geography,” he said, “and give students the chance to better understand what they are learning in the classroom by having them see it and do it in the community.”The advisory board event also featured an overview of state and local fiscal issues by three officials, all of them former Rappaport Urban Scholars at HKS. They liked the idea of activity-based learning, a practical and positive facet of the town-gown relationship.“We’re getting great horsepower on issues” from students, especially in “decision-making support,” said Barbara Burke, a senior adviser to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. She works with the institute and faculty members to develop and carry out course-based projects.Burke called the students “neutral, smart, fact-based individuals.”A good addition to the concept would be a systematic view of Harvard courses that require on-the-ground projects in Boston, perhaps “mapped against” the policy needs of the city, she added. “You have a lot of assets.”Continuity from course to course would help too — with successive semesters of students building on each other’s work, said Rappaport advisory board member Tiziana Dearing, M.P.P. ’00. She is president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, a client for several institute-supported projects.Like several other advisory board members, Dearing was a guest speaker in the Boston class, where the two weekly lectures usually featured local experts in areas including education, housing, the arts, public safety, business, social services, politics, governance, and public policy.Moran said the speakers helped to create a sense of excitement and vitality in the classroom. “There’s definitely a buzz about this course,” he said. “There’s a feeling this was something special.”“Engaged scholarship” widens a student’s sense of how and where learning occurs, and it also encourages pathways to public service, said Christine Heenan, Harvard’s vice president of Harvard Public Affairs and Communications, who attended the Rappaport meeting. Learning in the classroom alone, she said, “makes it easy to stay too close to campus.”In addition to the students and elected officials, the two-hour meeting in HKS’s Taubman Building included two more special guests, by way of a large-screen video link in the back of a fifth-floor conference room: real estate developer and philanthropist Jerry Rappaport ’47, LL.B. ’49, M.P.A. ’63, and his wife Phyllis.In 1997, they and other members of the family created the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation. In 2006, the Rappaport family and foundation provided an endowment gift to fund the core operations of the Rappaport Institute. The Harvard-wide entity aims to strengthen ties among the region’s scholars, students, officials, and civic leaders.From the den of his Florida home, Rappaport said he was happy to see that Harvard’s students and scholars were helping local leaders address key issues. In so doing, he said, “the academic world has really benefited.”last_img read more

Glamour honors Ryu

first_imgHarvard College student Annemarie Ryu ’13 was honored on April 4 as one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 College Women. A native of Rochester, Minn., Ryu is concentrating in social anthropology. The competition has recognized 10 students from across the country for the past 55 years for their campus leadership, scholastic achievement, community involvement, and unique, inspiring goals. The 10 winners are also profiled in an editorial feature in the May 2012 issue of Glamour, which hit newsstands nationally on April 10. Ryu has installed latrines and water-purification units in the Dominican Republic, created a text message appointment reminder system for pregnant women in India, and is starting a company that will sell south Indian jackfruit in the U.S. to benefit farmers in India.last_img read more

Sandy Duncan Begins Performances in Finding Neverland on B’way

first_img View Comments Sandy Duncan Believe! Sandy Duncan, who starred as Peter Pan on Broadway in 1979, will take on the role of Madame du Maurier in Finding Neverland on February 12. The three-time Tony nominee replaces Carolee Carmello, who has departed the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning new musical for Tuck Everlasting. Duncan will remain with the production through March 27.Along with Peter Pan, Duncan received Tony nods for The Boy Friend and Canterbury Tales; she has also been seen on Broadway in Chicago, My One And Only and Love Is a Time of Day. She received Emmy nods for Funny Face and Roots; other screen credits include The Hogan Family.The cast at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre also currently includes Tony Yazbeck, Laura Michelle Kelly, Kelsey Grammer and Teal Wicks.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie (Yazbeck) and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kelly). Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan. Related Showscenter_img Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016last_img read more

Colombian Authorities Shake Up the Drug Trade

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo June 19, 2017 Coincidencia por tratarse de una operación conjunta integrada por varias fuerzas armadas? Independientemente cuanta droga dejaron pasar y con cuanto dinero fueron sobornados. Ojo que esto requiere una investigación bastante minuciosa. Backed by Infantry Battalion No. 46 (the “Voltígeros del Ejército”), the Antinarcotics Police of Urabá and the Prosecutor General’s Technical Investigation Corps, troops from the Colombian Navy’s “Neptuno” 73 Anti-Trafficking Task Force seized 1,124 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride in Carepa, in the Gulf of Urabá region. During a May 5th inspection of cargo ship containers, the operating unit of the Navy and National Police found the drugs inside boxes of bananas bound for Belgium. According to the Colombian Navy, the joint operation prevented more than $67 million from falling into the hands of drug-trafficking groups. “This seizure is the result of the working strategy developed by the Colombian Armed Forces, the National Police, and the Attorney General to take on the transnational criminal organizations that use large vessels to take drugs to the biggest consumer markets located in North America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania,” Rear Admiral Juan Francisco Herrera Real, commander of the “Neptuno” 73 Anti-Trafficking Task Force, said to Diálogo. On April 22nd, local authorities also confiscated 400 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride from a container on another vessel. The drugs, valued at more than $13 million, were found on a ship headed for the port of Río Haina in the Dominican Republic. Almost 90 percent of international trade is transported by sea containers. A large number of containers navigating the world by sea is a major target for drug traffickers, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime website. Criminal groups change shipping strategies “Up until the previous year [2016], most drug shipments were sent via smaller, go-fast type vessels. What we have seen this year is that the dynamic has changed a lot,” Rear Adm. Herrera said. “Today the shipment of drugs through Colombian ports is increasing along the Caribbean coast of Colombia.” According to naval authorities, the shift in trafficker strategy was confirmed by the more than six metric tons of cocaine seized on April 2, 2017, in the Port of Barranquilla. This seizure of drugs hidden in metallic boxes inside a container headed for Europe is considered the biggest since 2008 when 10.5 metric tons of cocaine were going to be unloaded in this same port for later shipment to the Mexican port of Veracruz. “Drug trafficking is highly mutable; it adapts to circumstances and uses all of its ingenuity to transport and hide the drugs in its quest to evade security forces and the police,” Néstor Alfonso Rosanía, director of the Security and Peace Studies Center in Colombia, told Diálogo. “Maritime transport allows for moving a greater amount of cargo to criminal networks at a lower operational cost, and allows for quick profit-making,” he added. Strengthening the port system, a shared responsibility In order to prevent transnational criminal organizations from transporting drugs in containers owned by legitimate companies, Colombia has been applying the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS), since 2004. The ISPS initiative establishes an international framework to detect and evaluate possible maritime security threats and to take preventive measures to protect ships and port facilities from terrorism, drug trafficking, piracy, and other threats. “Although we have had achievements at the local and national levels, it is important to bolster our plan for protecting containers and port facilities to neutralize the outflow of drugs because, just as a container and a ship can be used to bring in drugs, explosives can likewise be brought in,” said Rear Adm. Herrera. In 2017, security forces and local authorities have also increased their communication with international port agencies in the European Union, Central America, and the United States in order to facilitate cooperation against criminal activity. They likewise have reinforced their efforts at the ports, addressing everything from how goods arrive to the identification of companies that could pose a risk. “Colombia, the largest coca leaf producer in the world, needs legal backing to go beyond port protection in order to stem the outflow of drugs via containers and commercial vessels. All those who use them to illicitly smuggle goods must be sanctioned,” Rosanía said. “This work is not just the responsibility of the security forces.” He added that port authorities also must be more committed and assume greater responsibility. “We cannot continue allowing ships to transport drugs. We are working to ensure that certain things that are classified as administrative penalties become crimes like we did with Law 1311,” stressed Rear Adm. Herrera. Law 1311, approved in 2009, penalizes the use, construction, transport, and trade of submersibles and semisubmersibles for illicit purposes, with penalties ranging from six to 12 years in prison. The legislation, which arose from the difficulty in penalizing the use of these marine vehicles, allows for the unambiguous identification of those who are implicated. “With a legal framework, operations against the use of containers and vessels to ship drugs out will benefit. It will not be easy; to move forward will require willpower on the part of a court with jurisdiction. For the moment, the Colombian Navy will continue its strategy in the fight against this illegal activity,” Rosanía concluded.last_img read more

Small is beautiful vs the magic roundabout

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Sperm containing virus raises small risk of COVID-19 spread via sex: Study

first_imgAllan Pacey, a professor of andrology at Britain’s Sheffield University, said the studies should not be seen as conclusive, since there were some technical difficulties in testing semen for viruses. He said the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in sperm did not show whether it is active and capable of causing infection.”However, we should not be surprised if the virus which causes COVID-19 is found in the semen of some men, since this has been shown with many other viruses such as Ebola and Zika,” he said.Sheena Lewis, a professor of reproductive medicine at Queen’s University Belfast, stressed that this was a “very small study” and said its findings were in keeping with other small studies showing low or no SARS-CoV-2 in tests of semen samples.”However, the long-term effects of SARS-CoV-2 on male reproduction are not yet known,” she said. Chinese researchers who tested sperm of men infected with COVID-19 found that a minority of them had the new coronavirus in their semen, opening up a small chance the disease could be transmitted sexually, scientists said on Thursday.A study by doctors at China’s Shangqiu Municipal Hospital of 38 men hospitalized with the disease found that six of them, or 16%, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in their semen.The researchers said that while the findings were preliminary and based on only a small number of infected men, more research is needed to see whether sexual transmission might play a role in the spreading COVID-19 pandemic. Topics :center_img “Further studies are required with respect to the detailed information about virus shedding, survival time and concentration in semen,” the team wrote in a study published in JAMA Network Open.”If it could be proved that SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted sexually … [that] might be a critical part of the prevention,” they said, “especially considering the fact that SARS-CoV-2 was detected in the semen of recovering patients.”Independent experts said the findings were interesting but should be viewed with caution and in the context of other small studies that have not found the new coronavirus in sperm.A previous small study of 12 COVID-19 patients in China in February and March found that all of them tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 in semen samples.last_img read more

US narrowing support to seven COVID-19 vaccine candidates, expects them to be free for many

first_imgThe Trump administration aims to narrow its financial support to about seven experimental coronavirus vaccines from the 14 it has been working with so far, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Tuesday.US government officials also said that they expect many Americans to get an approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19 at no charge once it begins distribution, potentially in January.“For any American who is vulnerable, who cannot afford the vaccines, and desires the vaccine, we will provide it for free,” a US government official said during a call with reporters, requesting anonymity. Topics : The Trump Administration previously announced it has put more than $2 billion behind three vaccines in development, one being tested by AstraZeneca Plc along with the University of Oxford, a Moderna Inc candidate and one from Johnson & Johnson. It has also given more than $30 million each to Merck & Co and Sanofi SA for their separate vaccine efforts.A government official said it was still deliberating which companies would ultimately be among those it will support, based on the success of closely watched trials and manufacturing capability.The New York Times reported earlier this month that the White House had selected five companies: Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer Inc, J&J and Merck. center_img The official also said that based on conversations with commercial health insurers, it expects a vaccine to be covered with no out-of-pocket costs, similar to coverage policies insurers have put in place for COVID-19 related medical services.”We will be working with insurers,” the official said.The Trump Administration last month launched “Operation Warp Speed” – a joint HHS and Department of Defense program – to accelerate development of coronavirus vaccines, treatments and diagnostics.The effort has “maximized the possibility” of having a vaccine before year end, the government official said.last_img read more