Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Clockwise from left: Flushing’s Main Street, City Point in Brooklyn and Bronx’s Fordham Road (Getty)Manhattan retailers are still waiting for the return of tourists to 5th Avenue and employees to Midtown offices, but some retail corridors outside of the central business district have seen metrics return almost to where they were before the pandemic.Vacancies and rents in the Bronx’s main retail area, Fordham Road, are near normal, the New York Times reported. The vacancy rate is 3 percent, according to the Fordham Road Business Improvement District.Read moreManhattan retail market awaits recovery as vacancies rise in Q1Retail spending in New York falls in February but here comes the stimulus checksStores seeking bargains as NYC retail eyes rebound Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, new residential development has aided projects such as City Point where nearby residents have frequented Trader Joe’s and Target. Regina Myer, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, said this boosted pedestrian counts to 91 percent of 2019 levels on the corner of Fulton and Hanover Place in December, benefiting Fulton Mall shops.In Queens, about 1,000 of 6,000 restaurants have closed, according to Thomas Grech, president and chief executive of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. As reports of anti-Asian crimes flow in, businesses in Flushing and Brooklyn’s Chinatown have also been hurt.But consumer interest in shopping, restaurants and food on Main Street has risen 16 percent since the pandemic, according to Yelp.New York’s so-called forgotten borough, Staten Island, is also seeing retail come back to life, the Times reported. Empire Outlets, an outdoor mall near the ferry terminal, has lost about 65 percent to 70 percent of its visitors and four retailers, according to Joseph Ferrara, a principal at the mall’s developer, BFC Partners. But foot traffic jumped 20 percent between February and March and parking increased 140 percent.Manhattan is showing signs of coming back, but not all of its mainstays will. Noted Italian restaurant Del Posto will close permanently, the Times reported, and a similar eatery will open in its place. Its executive chef, Melissa Rodriguez, and a group of investors are behind the effort.[NYTimes] — Keith Larsen Tags BronxflushingManhattanRetail
The rapid warming of the West Antarctic Peninsula region has led to reduced sea ice cover and enhanced glacial melt water input. This has potential implications for marine ecosystems, notably phytoplankton growth, biomass, and composition. Fifteen years (1997–2012) of year-round size fractionated chlorophyll a (Chl a), phytoplankton pigment fingerprinting and environmental data were analyzed to identify the relationship between sea ice cover, water column stability and phytoplankton dynamics in northern Marguerite Bay, Antarctica. Over the investigated period, both summer (December–February) and winter biomass declined significantly, 38.5% and 33.3% respectively. Winter phytoplankton biomass was low (< 0.25 μg Chl a L−1) and consisted on average of 69% diatoms, 5% cryptophytes, and 20% haptophytes. Summers following winters with low (< 65 days) sea ice cover were characterized by decreased stratification strength and relatively low (median 20 μm) fraction was strongly decreased in the low biomass years, from 92% to 39%, coinciding with a smaller diatom fraction in favor of nanophytoplankton ( 95%) during summers with average-to-high biomass. We advance a conceptual model whereby low winter sea ice cover leads to low phytoplankton biomass and enhanced proportions of nanophytoplankton, when this coincides with reduced stratification during summer. These changes are likely to have a strong effect on the entire Antarctic marine food web, including krill biomass, and distribution.
The Disco Biscuits will return to Colorado this May for the jamtronica act’s annual Bisco Inferno run. This year, the run will see the group play three nights at Denver’s Ogden Theatre from May 24th to 26th ahead of their headlining performance at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sunday, May 27th. Joining the Biscuits for the final act of this four-part musical adventure will be two of the most exciting “next-gen” bands in the jam scene: the Arizona-based up-and-comers of Spafford and Los Angeles’ jazz-funk trio Organ Freeman. It’s undeniable that the Disco Biscuits have been on a tear at this particular juncture in their 20-plus-year career. With some of the most patient, consistent, and innovative jams they’ve played in years and creative setlist decisionmaking, the Biscuits are having their own renaissance of sorts. Most of the die-hard, ardent Bisco faithful overwhelmingly agree that it’s a good time to be a fan of the Philly trance-fusion act, as the quartet of bassist Marc Brownstein, guitarist Jon Gutwillig, keyboardist Aron Magner, and drummer Allen Aucoin continue their musical evolution. After a recent run in Washington, D.C., at the 9:30 Club (review and video here) and the capitol’s brand-new venue, The Anthem—along with upcoming New England and Philly runs prior to their return to the Rocky Mountains—the Biscuits are primed and ready for what is sure to be a memorable 2018. Red Rocks is going to be straight fire, you can count on that. The Disco Biscuits – Set 2 – The Anthem – Washington, D.C. – 01/13/2018[via The Disco Biscuits]After almost a decade of plugging away tour after tour, the last two years have seen Spafford enjoy a meteoric rise in popularity, quickly becoming one of the music scene’s most-buzzed-about live bands. The Arizona-based quartet—composed of Brian Moss (guitar/vocals), Jordan Fairless (bass/vocals), Andrew “Red” Johnson (keys/vocals), and Cameron Laforest (drums/percussion/vocals)—has become known for their brilliant improvisation, genre-bending sound, and energetic live performances. The Biscuits and Spafford are no strangers to one another either, as Aron Magner sat in with the up-and-comers for an exploratory journey through their own “Mind’s Unchained” > “Mad World” at this past year’s Suwannee Hulaween.Spafford with Aron Magner – “Mind’s Unchained > Mad World” – Suwannee Hulaween – 10/28/2017[via SpaffordMusic]The buzz surrounding Organ Freeman is palpable. The explosive instrumental jazz-funk fusion trio out of L.A. recently completed their biggest year yet, releasing a brand-new sophomore LP, Respect My Art, to overwhelmingly positive reviews. The trio of guitarist Erik Carlson, drummer Rob Humphreys, and organist/key bassist Trevor Steer are actively changing the shape of the game and becoming one of the most dynamic live acts around. It’s full steam ahead for Organ Freeman!Organ Freeman – “Go by Richard, Not By Dick” – The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY – 11/25/17[via Organ Freeman]Tickets for the Bisco Inferno run—with three nights at the Ogden Theatre and a Red Rocks Amphitheatre performance with Spafford and Organ Freeman—are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.
Load remaining images On Friday, April 4, 2018, Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle performed a solo set at Garcia’s in Port Chester, NY, along with sets from Rob Compa (Dopapod) and Danny Mayer and Mary Corso (Eric Krasno Band). While most of the musicians in the room come from jam band roots, they all took a singer/songwriter approach to the evening–much to the delight of their most loyal fans.During their performances of originals and covers, Danny & Mary’s set included a beautiful cover of Leon Bridges‘ “Coming Home”; Rob Compa delivered an outstanding take on Fleet Foxes‘ “Oliver James”; and Mihali provided a powerful version of “Round Here” by the Counting Crows.Thanks to photographer Andrew Blackstein, you can see some shots from the evening below.Mihali, Rob Compa, Danny & Mary | Garcia’s | Port Chester, NY | 4/6/18 | Photos: Andrew Blackstein Photo: Andrew Blackstein
Three guest speakers from the Career Center came to Wednesday’s Senate meeting to follow up with the group’s previous conversations about how to improve the center’s services for students of all majors. Associate vice president of Student Affairs Lee Svete began the conversation by specifically discussing freshmen and the Career Center. “We have a new responsibility in working with first-year students,” Svete said. “It’s not easy to get the attention of first-years, but we want to get on early ground with them.” Associate director of the Career Center Laura Flynn works directly with science and engineering majors and emphasized the importance of networking. “We have the career fairs, two in the fall and one in January,” Flynn said. “Networking face-to-face with the companies is key. About 80 percent of jobs and internships are found through networking. In preparation for the career fair, we certainly do all the resume-writing workshops, interview preparation and networking prep.” She directly addressed a specific concern brought up by the senators in their previous discussion that the Career Center does not do enough for non-business students. “I know I work with the science students and many of them feel they don’t have the resources available for the science students that they have for the business majors, and Arts and Letters students feel the same way,” Flynn said. “That’s certainly not true. It’s just very easy for businesses from Chicago to come here and recruit, so on the outside it seems like it’s only for the business students. Many pharmaceutical companies are based on the west and east coast, so it’s expensive for them to come.” Flynn also emphasized the importance of externships and job shadowing programs. “Last year several Film, Television and Theatre students were able to travel to Los Angeles to network, Arts and Letters students went to Chicago to work with business companies and science students went to Cincinnati and worked for GE,” Flynn said. “We are for all students, and we want to help all of you get jobs and internships.” Svete discussed the important connection between student government and the Career Center, acknowledging that this year the two groups have been especially in touch. “We love getting your feedback on how to help us get engaged with more students, serve them effectively and continue to set the bar so high,” Svete said. “It was the student government who helped us give access to all students to the network of hundreds of alumni across the country. We follow every single graduate until they say they don’t need any help, up until three years after graduation. And that’s one-on-one advising.” Assistant director of the Career Center Kevin Monahan works specifically with business and alumni career programs but spoke on the discrepancy between services for business students and those for Arts and Letters students. “Our two most recent staff members are specifically for Arts and Letters students wishing to get into the business world,” Monahan said. “The number of students seeking jobs six months after graduation is equal for Mendoza and the College of Arts and Letters, and it’s a small number.” Members of the Senate offered up further suggestions for the Career Center including more advertising and a de-formalization of the process of making an appointment with a counselor there. Student body vice president Katie Rose then asked senators how the group can assist victims of Superstorm Sandy. “Usually the student government gets involved whenever there is a major national disaster,” Rose said. “For Hurricane Sandy we are letting some of the groups on campus who are really passionate about it take over, but we are still going to be there to make sure that all of the funds collected are centralized and distributed. That being said, we are looking for charities for the money to go to.” Morrissey Manor senator Billy McMahon suggested the American Red Cross as well as a group called Occupy Sandy, a grassroots effort located in the New York area. Similarly, Veronica Guerrero from Walsh Hall talked about a blog titled Humans of New York that transformed from a documentary on the life of New Yorkers to an effort to raise money.
By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaThe grace and beauty of a snake’s slither is often overshadowed by the paralyzing anxiety it can cause. But knowledge is a cure for that fear, says a University of Georgia expert. “Snakes are like any other wildlife. We should enjoy them. Look at it, learn about it and let it go on its way,” said Wade Hutcheson, the UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator in Spalding County. “Take a few moments to talk about snakes with children so they are aware they are in their environment. And so they can know to go the other way.” Snakes typically steer clear of humans. However, if your house is surrounded by woods or has streams or swamps nearby, you may see an occasional snake. Poisonous or notWhile any snake can bite, only six of the state’s nearly 50 snake species are venomous. Georgia is home to three kinds of rattlesnakes — the Eastern diamondback, timber and pigmy — along with cottonmouths, copperheads and coral snakes. “Without getting real close, there is not a fool-proof method to determine if a snake is poisonous,” he said. “Knowing their markings and proper identification is the only sure way.” Get a good guidebook with descriptions and photos to learn which snakes to avoid. The UGA Extension guidebook Snakes of Georgia and South Carolina costs $5 and is available through UGA Extension county offices. For information on how to identify snakes and color photos, see the UGA Savannah River Ecology Lab’s Herpetology Web site at www.uga.edu/srelherp/.Remove the welcome matSnakes need food, water and shelter to live. Removing these necessities from your landscape will keep them out of your yard and house. “The best thing a homeowner can do to reduce the chances of seeing a snake is to clean up and clean out,” Hutcheson said. “Reduce clutter that will attract the rodents and insects snakes eat or items that could be hiding and resting places.”Clean up brush, rock and trash piles, mow tall grass and weeds and remove things snakes hide under. Clean up clutter in yards, open garages, on porches and in open storage buildings. Remove shrubs right next to the house foundation and other things close to the ground, especially around buildings. Keep things such as firewood and lumber stacked 12 inches above ground or off the floor and away from walls. Snakes like damp, cool and dark spots. Look for these areas and change them if possible. Don’t let pet or bird food sit out. This attracts rodents, which in turn attract snakes. Clean food storage areas regularly and keep pet food and trash sealed.“Keeping the area clean will reduce the reasons why the snake wants to be there,” Hutcheson said. “If he can’t find what he needs, he will move out.” Unwanted house guestTo prevent snakes from entering your home, seal holes around and under the house. If one does find its way into your house, use a damp burlap bag to remove it, he said.“The damp burlap will attract the snake, and there is a good chance he will crawl under it,” Hutcheson said. “Then, you can pick it up (with a shovel) and take it outside.” Hardware stores sell glue-board traps. Once the snake is trapped on the board, take it far from the home and pour vegetable oil on the snake and trap. The oil will cut the glue and allow the snake to escape.Several companies remove wildlife from homes for a fee and take measures to prevent them from returning.Remember, most snakes in Georgia are nonpoisonous. If you are bitten and not sure if the snake is poisonous or nonpoisonous, go to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. (April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
“The facade was shot, it is completely destroyed (…) it is an attack perpetrated by drug trafficking against AfroReggae,” José Junior, the NGO’s coordinator, told Brazilian radio station CBN. In addition, Junior said that several young people that participate in social work organized by the NGO, were being threatened. By Dialogo August 05, 2013 Fifteen days ago, the NGO reported that one of their departments in Alemão Complex had been set on fire. The Alemão Complex, dominated by drug trafficking for several years, was retaken by the Army and the Police in 2010 in an operation that took several months, with confrontations that left 37 dead. Since 2008, Rio de Janeiro has been working against time to “pacify” poor neighborhoods in the city that are controlled by drug traffickers and paramilitaries, before the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. A well-known Brazilian NGO, AfroReggae, reported a new attack against its premises located in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, and blamed drug trafficking networks for the attack. The AfroReggae office in Vila Cruzeiro favela suffered the attack when two people on motorcycles opened fire against the facility, the Police told the press. After that incident, Junior said that AfroReggae suspended activities in the complex to keep their collaborators out of danger.
More information about COVID-19 in Cortland County: Corpora says that anyone who has appointments with County services or at County offices should call before arriving. All school districts in Cortland County will be closed starting Wednesday, March 18 to Monday, April 13. School buildings will remain open for staff. All services at the County Department of Motor Vehicles will be by appointment only or through the drive thru window. (WBNG) — The Cortland County Administrator, Robert Corpora issued a state of emergency on Sunday. All Cortland County senior centers will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17. The press release says that meals on wheels services will continue to operate, but their deliveries may be modified. The Horizon House program will also be closed until further notice. In a press release, Corpora says that by doing this, it allows officials to activate all resources necessary to keep the public safe. An emergency declaration allows officials to purchase goods and services quickly. In the press release, Corpora says that daycare providers should prioritize childcare for first responders and “essential employees” only. Corpora says, public and private sector employees should contact their employers to determine whether or not they are essential. Call 211 for information, including questions about food, transportation, events and gatherings, cancellations, and other human service needsCortland County Health Department will continue to send out public updatesCheck FacebookGo to the Cortland County Health Department website for up-to-date information For more coverage of the coronavirus, click here.
Second in a two-part series examining the numbers and epidemiologic factors surrounding the virus that many experts believe could lead to the next pandemic. Part 1 explored why the apparently lower number of human H5N1 cases in early 2007 does not mean the pandemic threat is receding.May 17, 2007 (CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Before this week, it might have been easy—albeit wrong—to draw the conclusion that the pandemic threat was lessening. But when the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 16 confirmed 15 human H5N1 cases and 13 deaths in Indonesia, dating back to January, official WHO data now show that this year’s tally of avian influenza in humans is at least keeping pace with 2005, when media coverage of H5N1 reached its zenith. (See the sidebar, “Keeping tabs on H5N1 media coverage.”)The WHO confirmation may produce a spike in news coverage, which might help correct the misimpression given by greatly diminishing news coverage that H5N1 is a fading risk and put the issue back on the radar screen of top executives. “If it’s not in the media, for the average American it’s out of sight, out of mind,” says Penny Turnbull, senior director of crisis management and business continuity planning at Washington, DC–based Marriott International, Inc.From Jan 1 to May 16 of this year, 43 official human cases of H5N1 were reported, with 27 deaths. This compares with 98 cases and 43 deaths for all of 2005. Even with the newly confirmed Indonesian cases, 2007 numbers still appear to be off 2006’s pace of 115 cases and 79 deaths for the entire year. Although the pandemic threat isn’t fading, it could look that way to those not fully informed.Pandemic preparedness planners, say Turnbull and other experts, need to frame the situation to more accurately reflect the reality that the pandemic threat is, ultimately, not about case numbers.This is a difficult task, given that many in the field may have given the impression that it was about numbers, says Peter Sandman, risk communicator and Weekly Briefing deputy editor. “We need to take some of the blame for the misimpression, because we put too much emphasis on the number of human cases and human deaths,” he says.Pandemic preparedness planners can help correct that misimpression by communicating to senior executives that the real threat to business lies not in numbers but in failing to use this time to fortify their business.Striking a balanceKeeping up the pandemic preparedness momentum relies on identifying “teachable moments” rather than reporting on each new human H5N1 case, Turnbull says. “It’s finding a very judicious balance between providing good, valuable information and getting the timing right,” she says. “You don’t just want to keep on issuing reports and updates when there’s nothing of much value to report on.”For example, she says, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) release of its “Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation” report in February and its recent guidance on masks were good opportunities to present new, concrete information to senior executives. National Emergency Preparedness Month, in September, will provide another chance to drive home the importance of being ready.Strategies that you want the company to adopt don’t necessarily have to be couched in terms of pandemic preparedness; indeed, Turnbull says some strategies may be better received by pandemic-weary executives if presented under the general heading of seasonal flu mitigation or disaster preparedness.”You want to use these opportunities to reinforce the behaviors that you want to see happening during a pandemic,” she says.Another teachable moment might be the Apr 26 announcement that Roche was cutting back on production of the antiviral Tamiflu because governments were not buying as much as predicted, Sandman says. While a senior executive who does not want to invest in a stash of Tamiflu that may expire before a pandemic occurs may view that news as proof that the need to prepare is not as urgent, a planner can use this as an opportunity to argue that now the company could buy a supply without worrying that the purchase might be taking it away from emergency workers.”Of course, you should admit that Roche has found a smaller pandemic preparedness market for Tamiflu than it—and preparedness experts—hoped,” Sandman adds. “But your company isn’t planning to sell Tamiflu; it’s planning to use it. Roche’s sales problems have very little to do with whether the XYZ Corporation needs an antiviral stockpile to keep operating in a pandemic.”Working with numbersBecause people in the pandemic preparedness field have always pointed to the growing number of human H5N1 cases and bird outbreaks as an indicator of the pandemic threat, they’re in a weak position to turn around and say the numbers aren’t important, according to Sandman. “The number of people that caught the disease is absolutely irrelevant,” he says. “The disease that causes a pandemic is one nobody’s caught yet. We should have been saying so all along.”Now, the people who never wanted to spend money on preparedness can use those very numbers to try to prove their point. “I bet the numbers are giving very valuable ammunition to people who want to argue that this issue isn’t worth their company’s time and investment,” Sandman says.Likewise, the strategy of giving the public the impression that a pandemic was imminent (because otherwise no one would prepare) has also backfired. “Nobody says we know it’s imminent, but we certainly have given the impression that it’s imminent,” Sandman says. While that strategy seemed to mobilize the public for about a year, by now many Americans, feeling misled, have shrugged off the threat.Reframing pandemic preparednessRather than backing off from communicating about pandemic issues, reframe them, Sandman says.Focus on the potential destruction. “Good pandemic preparedness warnings are about the potential magnitude of the risk—not the probability of the pandemic,” he says.Use the insurance industry analogy. You can say, Sandman says, “It’s not like hedging is unknown in our business. We spend a lot of money in our business on getting ready for things that may or may not happen. If there is a pandemic and if it’s severe, the impact on our company can be huge.”Emphasize that the world is fragile because of our just-in-time economy. Many people mistakenly believe that the world is much better prepared to handle the effects of a pandemic now than it was in 1918. “We’re more vulnerable to pandemics than we ever were before,” he says.Point out that business continuity isn’t about media popularity. “Companies are supposed to make a business judgment about which issues deserve sustained attention,” Sandman says. “I would tell my management that, now that the media focus is elsewhere, companies are the only force capable of preparing their employees.” Individualizing the planStephen Redd, MD, director of the CDC’s Influenza Coordination Unit, says that the slightly lower numbers of human H5N1 cases in 2007 haven’t produced pandemic fatigue in the government sector. “There’s no evidence that we’re at reduced risk of a pandemic, so we understand that we need to continue all the work that we’ve been doing for the past several years,” he says.To keep up the pandemic preparedness momentum during the past year, Redd and his team conducted a 24-hour tabletop exercise followed by a 48-hour exercise. “Those experiences have helped us realize that there are a lot of challenges and a lot of things we still need to do,” he notes.Redd recommends that businesses conduct these drills as a continuing cycle of activity. “The cycle is to develop a plan, exercise the plan, and then, based on the results of those exercises, revise the plan,” he says.Another process that keeps preparedness planning in the forefront is to charge employees with getting themselves and their families ready for a pandemic. According to Redd, “I think it does help reduce the risk of complacency for people to need to do something for themselves.”
Haaland continued his incredible run of form since signing for the Bundesliga title chasers when he tapped home in the 67th minute to pull one back for the away side after Davie Selk and Leonardo Bittencourt had put Werder two ahead in the first half-an-hour. The strike means the 19-year-old has scored in each of his appearances for Dortmund despite only making one start and playing barely two matches’ worth of football in the few weeks since his arrival in Germany.On this occasion he entered the field as a half-time substitute, but three minutes after his goal Milot Rashica put the hosts 3-1 up and put his side through to the next round, despite Giovanni Reyna pulling one back with 12 minutes remaining.Werder will be joined in the next round by Fortuna Duesseldorf and Eintracht Frankfurt after their wins over Kaiserslautern and RB Leipzig, and Schalke, who squeezed past Hertha Berlin 3-2 thanks to Benito Raman’s extra-time winner.Erling Braut Haaland has scored eight goals in four appearances for Dortmund since arriving in DecemberRead Also: Pogba tells Man United pals he still wants to leave in summerKrzysztof Piatek thought he had made a dream full debut for Hertha following his move from AC Milan when he put the away side two ahead six minutes before the break.But Schalke struck back in the second half through goals from Daniel Caligiuri and Amine Harit before Raman finished off a lightning counter-attack in the 115th minute to send the home fans into raptures.Bayern Munich take on Hoffenheim in one of four matches on Wednesday as the last eight line-up is decided.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… An astonishing eighth goal in four appearances for teenage striking sensation Erling Braut Haaland couldn’t help Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup quarter-finals after they were knocked out 3-2 at Werder Bremen on Tuesday.Advertisement Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year