The funk (and fun) does not stop with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, as they’ve just announced additional dates for their Fall headlining run in support of their upcoming studio album, Pizazz. In addition to the previously announced shows, the high-energy Baltimore-native psychedelic funk quartet will play a trio of Colorado shows in early October (in Boulder, Steamboat Springs, and Aspen). The band has also added a show at the newly opened Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY on 11/24, the legendary Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT on 11/30, Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on 12/1, Saratoga Springs’ Putnam Den on 12/2, Philadelphia’s Theatre of Living Arts on 12/8, and Mr. Smalls Theatre in Pittsburgh on 12/9.Flamingosis will serve as support for the Brooklyn, New Haven, Boston, and Saratoga Springs shows. The Magic Beans will open for Pigeons in Philly and Pittsburgh. See below for a full list of “Pizazz Tour” dates. For more information, or to purchase tickets to any of the upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.[Cover photo via Phierce Photo by Keith Griner (Instagram: @PhiercePhoto)]
The Harvard Union of Clerical & Technical Workers (HUCTW) and Harvard University announced today that they have agreed to engage a team of experienced mediators in an effort to resolve negotiations on a new contract. The HUCTW-Harvard Agreement expired on June 30, 2012, and the parties have an understanding that the terms and conditions of the prior agreement continue to be in force.While there has been a great deal of honest exchange, and some progress has been made, both sides have expressed the hope that mediation will help the parties constructively address differences over the salary increase program and health care issues.The agreed-upon mediators are Lawrence Katz, Robert McKersie, and Arnold Zack. Mediation sessions have been scheduled for the second and third weeks of January.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Some poorer countries are getting tired of waiting to get vaccines through a United Nations program, so they are striking out on their own. Countries including Honduras, Serbia and Mexico have cut their own private deals. Experts are increasingly concerned that these go-it-alone efforts could undermine a United Nations-backed program to get COVID-19 shots to the neediest people worldwide. In past disease outbreaks, less wealthy countries generally waited for vaccines to be delivered by the U.N. and others. Many are now taking matters into their own hands. Those deals could leave fewer vaccines for the program known as COVAX.
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian lawyer says authorities have freed an Al-Jazeera journalist after more than four years in detention. Mahmoud Hussein walked free from a police station Saturday afternoon, a few days after a court ordered his conditional release pending investigations into the charges. Hussein, an Egyptian working for the Qatar-based satellite network, was detained at the Cairo airport in December 2016, when he arrived on a family vacation from Doha. His release came a month after Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain ended their dispute with Qatar, which included severing diplomatic and economic ties with energy-rich Qatar. The four nations had also demanded the closure of Al-Jazeera, which Qatar rejected.
Krysta Rodriguez(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Krysta Rodriguez Tapped for YoungerBroadway and Smash alum Krysta Rodriguez will appear on Younger‘s upcoming third season. TVLine reports that she is set to take on the role of Kim, a no-nonsense publicist (we suspect no statement jewelry); Rodriguez’s episode is scheduled to air on October 12. Headlined by two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, the TV Land series will premiere on September 28.Roundabout to Honor Frank LangellaFour-time Tony winner Frank Langella will be honored with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre at Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2017 Spring Gala. The event is set to take place on February 27 in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. Langella won his fourth Tony this year for his performance in The Father and according to Deadline, he’s currently eyeing a revival of the Broadway-aimed Arthur Kopit’s Oh Dad, Poor Dad Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad. The production is circling a summer bow at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse.Rufus Bonds Jr. Replaces Norm Lewis in ManchaBroadway alum Rufus Bonds Jr. (Rent, Parade) will be tilting at windmills on the 5th Avenue Theatre stage when he takes over the role of Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. He steps in for the previously announced Norm Lewis in the production, who has withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts. The production will run in Seattle from October 7 through October 30, officially opening on October 13.Memorial Celebration Announced for Irene BunisFamily, friends and the Broadway community will come together to celebrate the life of beloved wardrobe supervisor Irene Bunis on September 26 at 3PM at the Winter Garden Theatre. The venue is the former home of Mamma Mia!, which Bunis kept vibrantly befitted in spandex and platform boots for fourteen years. Donations in her memory can be made to Broadway Cares/Broadway Fights AIDS and Memorial Sloan Kettering.New Sneak Peek of Rocky HorrorVictoria Justice, who will play Janet in Fox’s Rocky Horror remake, has posted the below Twitter video of the iconic “Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch-A Touch Me” number. Shivering with antici…pation for the film? Helmed by Kenny Ortega and also starring Laverne Cox, Heathers’ Ryan McCartan, Broadway alum Reeve Carney, Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford and more, it will first air on October 20. View Comments
Corporate demand in Australia for green energy expected to hit record level in 2020 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:2020 is expected to be a record year for corporate renewable energy Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in Australia with governments and businesses investing $AU2.4 billion and buying over 1GW through the year.The Business Renewable Centre Australia (BRC-A) latest annual State of the Market report says the recent growth of renewable PPAs in Australia is “one of the major changes to the market for large-scale renewable energy” in the country.According to the BRC-A, since 2017 there have been 79 corporate PPAs negotiated in Australia, contracting 3GW of renewable energy generation, with over half being negotiated with new solar and wind farms. It’s played a key role in packing up the slack created by the federal governments decision to not extend the renewable energy target. The report identified over 1GW of renewable PPAs signed in 2020 as of the middle of November, led by state and local governments, and companies.NSW still trails Victoria for corporate PPAs overall, but that may not last long considering how little Victoria signed during 2019-20 and how much New South Wales signed, and its plans to sign under its renewable transition roadmap (12GW by 2030). Queensland signed the second most amount of corporate PPAs in the 2019-20 financial year.Through PPAs, governments and businesses contract to buy electricity and/or green certificates from renewable energy projects at an agreed price. Other than securing renewable electricity supply, PPAs also serve as a way to hedge against electricity costs while also providing renewable energy projects with revenue certainty, which helps land cheaper finance.[Joshua S Hill]More: Corporate demand for wind and solar hits record level of $2.4bn in 2020
40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Imagine a website so intelligent it could understand all your financial goals and give you the optimal advice you need to accomplish them. Does that sound like science fiction? Well, artificial intelligence (AI) is making sci fi reality for credit union website designs.Artificial intelligence enables machines to interact with humans in ways that mimic human communication and understanding. In the case of credit union website design, this might look like a “bot” that’s designed to answer your questions and help work through concerns.What would this look like for a credit union? Picture this scenario:Human: I want to save an emergency fundBot: Good thinking. You should save enough money to cover 6 months worth of expenses without having any income. If you were to open an account today, how much money could you deposit into a savings account?Human: $0 continue reading »
13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As Congress works this week to fund the government past April 28, CUNA will be engaged in the process as it seeks to see 2 particular issues addressed: funding for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) exemption authority. Funding for the government is set to expire Friday at midnight.Credit unions are among the financial institutions that can be certified as CDFIs for the work they do serving under- and un-banked communities.Certified CDFIs can apply for grants and other awards through the Treasury’s CDFI Fund. The fund was zeroed out for the remainder of this fiscal year (and for the next fiscal year) in President Donald Trump’s budget.CUNA has written to congressional appropriators and issued an action alert to push for CDFI funding, while multiple credit unions have used CUNA’s Member Activation Program (MAP) to activate members and employees to push for funding as well.
The ARV shortage was more serious than in the early weeks of the pandemic. The two organizations found in late March that 47.6 percent respondents had only a month’s worth of ARV medication left.Read also: Health groups call for better access to HIV drugs amid COVID-19 crisis”More and more people are lacking ARV stocks,” said Ary Bumi Kartini, a JIP researcher involved in the study. “We must work together with the Health Ministry and other community-based organizations to ensure the availability of ARVs at national and regional levels during the pandemic.”People with HIV/AIDS need to take ARV drugs every day to maintain and improve the quality of their lives and help prevent the spread of the infection to others. The medication can be accessed through health facilities, mostly hospitals.But 473 of the 1,035 respondents in the survey said they were reluctant to visit health facilities for ARV drugs because they feared exposing themselves to COVID-19.The coronavirus outbreak has also mentally and financially affected people living with HIV/AIDS, with 41 percent of respondents saying they experienced “serious anxiety issues regarding the condition of their health, family and the stigma of HIV status”.The number of respondents who said they were not able to meet the needs of their families increased from 236 in March to 474 in August. Those who had lost jobs also increased from 275 respondents in March to 458 respondents in August.In the August survey, some 200 respondents said they could no longer pay rent for their homes.“And only 54 percent of the total respondents surveyed in August had received social aid,” Ary said, adding that all respondents had said they needed help to have safe access to ARV treatment and counselling for anxiety and depression.Although health resources are now focused on handling the COVID-19 outbreak, Nurjannah said the government was still trying to ensure that 90 percent of people with HIV would be aware of their status, 60 percent would get ARV treatment and 90 percent would have their viral load suppressed by 2024.But even without taking the COVID-19 pandemic into account, ARV coverage in Indonesia remains among the lowest in the Asia-Pacific region to date.A recent global report by UNAIDS shows that the COVID-19 pandemic risks blowing HIV progress way off course. It found that missed targets have resulted in 3.5 million more HIV infections and 820,000 more AIDS-related deaths since 2015 than if the world was on track to meet the 2020 targets.The World Health Organization (WHO) said in July that more than a third of the countries in the world said they were at risk of running out of life-saving AIDS drugs because of supply disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The WHO found that the failure of suppliers to deliver ARV drugs on time and a shut-down of land and air transport services, coupled with limited access to health services within countries as a result of the pandemic, were among the causes of the disruptions.Topics : COVID-19 has killed eight people with HIV/AIDS in Indonesia, and 77 people with HIV have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry has said.Some 543,100 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Indonesia, according to ministry data.“People with HIV should be 100 percent disciplined in following health protocols. Wear your masks, wash your hands,” the ministry’s HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases subdirectorate head, Nurjannah Sulaiman, said at a recent public discussion on the impact of the pandemic on people with HIV/AIDS. “[…] Because they belong to the vulnerable population,” she said, adding that COVID-19 patients with comorbidities, including those of HIV/AIDS such as chronic kidney disease, have worse outcomes than patients without comorbidities.The pandemic hit Indonesia as the government and the rest of the world continued to try to reduce HIV infections and help people with the virus live longer and healthier lives. As outlined in the 2016 UN Sustainable Development Goals, Indonesia aims to end the global HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030. This includes zero infections, zero deaths and zero discrimination.But now, seven months into the pandemic, access to imported antiretroviral (ARV) drugs remains a problem in Indonesia.A nationwide survey of 1,035 people with HIV carried out in August by the Indonesian office of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and nonprofit organization the Positive Indonesia Network (JIP) showed that 52 percent of respondents had only enough ARV drugs to last for a month.
Governor Wolf Announces Infusion of $5.5 Million into Venture Capital Funding to Spur the Growth of Small Businesses SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 22, 2019 Economy, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the reinvestment of $5.5 million from the New PA Venture Capital Investment Program into four venture capital funds to support the growth of early-stage Pennsylvania companies.“Supporting small businesses means investing wisely in early-stage companies that just need a little bit of funding to take off,” said Governor Wolf. “Venture capital is a great way to do that. Pennsylvania has a long history of innovation, and this funding helps continue that story today. This will support our small businesses, which is vital for the health of Pennsylvania’s economy.”Approved at today’s Commonwealth Financing Authority board meeting, the funding comes from the returns from previous investments from the New PA Venture Capital Investment Program. Venture capital funds are used to invest in early-stage small businesses that require additional funding to successfully grow. In addition to helping support small businesses and creating jobs, New PA is also a revenue generator for the commonwealth. All of its investments and assets are valued at 1.38x the amount invested since the program began in 2006.The funding will be distributed to venture funds managed by the following:• 1855 Capital, $1 million – located in State College, 1855 Capital focuses specifically on businesses emerging from research efforts at the Pennsylvania State University at both its main and branch campuses.• Activate Ventures, $2.5 million – located in Bethlehem, Activate Ventures focuses on highly-experienced sales-minded entrepreneurs who can manage high-growth businesses.• Mountain State Capital General Partners, LLC, $1 million – located in Pittsburgh, Mountain State Capital General Partners focuses on providing funding opportunities for early-stage technology companies in the Greater Appalachian region.• NSH III GP, LP (NewSpring Health), $1 million – located in Radnor, NewSpring Health focuses specifically on growth-stage health care and health care-related companies.Through the infusion of additional venture capital to support the growth of small business, the New PA Venture Capital Investment Program boosts Pennsylvania’s small business sector alongside other initiatives like the PA Business One-Stop Shop. The PA Business One-Stop Shop assists entrepreneurs and small business owners with planning a business, registration and permitting, hiring employees, and funding and technical assistance. The PA Business One-Stop Shop consolidates information from many agencies into one easy-to-use website. It is intended to take the guesswork out of many business operations and procedures and serves as an equalizer for any who want to start and run a business in Pennsylvania. Since its creation in February 2018, the website has assisted more than 123,000 entrepreneurs and business owners who have visited the website to learn how to start and grow a new business.Also at today’s CFA meeting, the board approved a low-interest loan through the First Industries program which supports agriculture projects across Pennsylvania. R&F Family Farms in Northumberland County was approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 3.5 percent rate through SEDA-Council of Governments. The project involves the construction of a 4,800-head hog finishing facility in Shamokin to expand the farm’s hog production capabilities.For more information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.