In May of last year, Chris Cornell, the famed Soundgarden and Audioslave singer, passed away, sending shockwaves through the music community. In July of this year, Chris Cornell’s wife, Vicky Cornell, announced that she was donating a life-size bronze statue of her husband to the Museum of Pop Culture in Cornell’s home city of Seattle. Over the weekend, after two months of delays, that statue, which was created by Nick Marras, was finally unveiled.As Vicky Cornell explained during the statue’s initial announcement,Even though Chris’ music touched the lives of millions around the world, there is no better place than Seattle to honor and celebrate both his contribution to music history, as well as Seattle’s unique place in popular music, with an enduring symbol of a beloved artist, father, and husband. … Our children and I are deeply moved by the continued outpouring of love, compassion, and support, and this is our gift to the Museum of Pop Culture and to Seattle – our gift back to the tight-knit community that gave him his start.Placed by the gold south entrance of the Museum of Pop Culture, Nick Marras’ sculpture depicts Chris Cornell in an iconic pose, with the singer wearing his characteristic combat boots and dog tags and playing his Gibson Memphis guitar. For the unveiling, Chris Cornell’s children did the honors, though Vicky Cornell and the Artistic Director at MoPOP, Jasen Emmons, both spoke to the late Grammy-winning singer’s influence.As Jasen Emmons noted during his remarks, “The clouds tonight somehow feel right for someone who brought us so much dark, beautiful music.”Added Vicky Cornell, “He was the voice of a generation, and an artist that continues to draw us closer together, forever.” [H/T Consequence Of Sound]
Although more children today are surviving cancer than ever before, young patients successfully treated in the 1970s and 80s may live a decade less, on average, than the general population, according to a study by Harvard researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health.Depending on the type of cancer, the estimated loss of life expectancy ranges from four years to more than 17 years, the scientists report in the current issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Causes of the premature deaths include recurrences of the initial cancer, new cancers caused by drug and radiation therapy, and other delayed complications from cancer treatments.The study, based on a computer model, is the first to estimate the lifetime toll of childhood cancer and the grueling but increasingly successful treatments for diseases such as kidney and bone cancers, leukemia, and brain tumors. About 10,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer annually, and the five-year survival rate has risen to about 80 percent overall.Jennifer Yeh, PhD, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Center for Health Decision Science and first author of the report, said she was surprised when the analysis projected a 10-year average loss of life expectancy. “For a group of patients fortunate enough to have survived their initial cancer, to still have this considerable extra risk is disheartening,” she said.However, Lisa Diller, MD, clinical director of Pediatric Oncology at Dana-Farber and Children’s Hospital Boston, who is the senior author of the paper, said that recent changes in treatments and the increasing use of less-toxic “targeted” therapies may lead to better long-term outcomes in the future.“The study is based on how children were treated in the 1970s and early 1980s,” said Diller, who directs the Perini Family Survivorship Center at Dana-Farber. “It is our hope that when we see data from more recent cohorts of patients, there will be improved life expectancy as a result of some changes that pediatric oncologists have made.”For example, pediatric cancer doctors have been tweaking treatment regimens to minimize harm to normal tissues and organs while assuring that treatments remain effective for cancer control. Radiation beams are being more tightly focused on the cancer, oncologists are avoiding chemotherapy agents that can damage particular organs, and some children are receiving drugs aimed at preventing toxicity to these organs along with their cancer drugs.Yeh said there is often a “disconnect” when young patients, following successful treatment, switch to a primary care physician for adult care. “Many times the primary care physicians aren’t as familiar with the history of the treatments and the higher risks” of serious complications their patients face, she said.Diller added that because most physicians will see very few patients with a history of childhood cancer, they may not be alert to symptoms that could signal a recurrence or a new cancer. For example, she said, the common complaint of heartburn would normally not be cause for great concern in someone without a prior history of cancer, but in a survivor, it should be investigated as a possible indicator of stomach cancer.“It is not reasonable to expect a primary care doctor who has one childhood cancer survivor in his or her practice to know about all the prior treatments used and their long-term after-effects,” said Diller. “As pediatric oncologists we should be arming the patient transitioning to adult primary care with personalized information about their treatment, and creating a survivorship care plan for them.”The additional risks of illness and death conferred by childhood cancer and its treatments have been studied previously, but findings were not translated into estimated life expectancy, said the scientists. Their new research drew on data collected in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) on individuals who were under age 21 when diagnosed with cancer between 1970 and 1986, and who survived at least five years. Those patients have been followed only for 20 to 30 years, Yeh said, so lifetime outcomes aren’t yet known.The HSPH and Harvard scientists and their collaborators used a mathematical simulation model that converted the excess mortality risk estimates from the CCSS into estimated life expectancies for the survivors compared to the general population. Among their projections were these:For all types of cancer, life expectancy was decreased by an average of 10.4 years, or 17.1 percent, ranging from 4.0 years (6.0 percent) for kidney cancer survivors to about 17.8 years (28.0 percent) for brain and bone tumor survivors.One in four survivors would die from recurrences of the original cancer or from new cancers developing as a result of treatment. One in 20 would die from non-cancer-related causes such as heart and respiratory damage caused by cancer therapy.The risks of premature death are highest in the first few decades after diagnosis and treatment, leveling off in later years. “These results suggest that recognition and treatment of illnesses associated with late effects in the first 35 years after therapy for childhood cancer will probably result in improved longevity,” the authors wrote in the report.Patients treated in the more recent years of the CCSS study fared better than those treated earlier, giving hope that changes in cancer therapies will lead to longer lives.In 2007, the CCSS began recruiting a new cohort of childhood cancer survivors treated between 1987 and 1999. When the results become available, the authors plan to estimate how improved methods of delivering cancer treatment may reduce the impact of cumulative long-term effects on survivor life expectancy.“This study highlights the potential for comprehensive survivorship care,” said Yeh. “We are hopeful that this care, including appropriate screening and greater awareness among primary care physicians, can reduce the mortality risks associated with a history of childhood cancer.”Other authors of the study are Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School, Sue J. Goldie, MD, MPH, of HSPH Center for Health Decision Science, and Ann C. Mertens, PhD, of Emory University in Atlanta.
The Elephant Man Mark your calendars! Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, starring Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Bradley Cooper, has finally set Great White Way dates. The Tony-winning drama, directed by Scott Ellis, will begin performances at the Booth Theatre on October 18 and officially open on November 13. Joining the previously announced Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola in the cast are Anthony Heald as Ross/Bishop Walsham How, Scott Lowell as Snork/Pinhead Manager/Lord John, Kathryn Meisle as Miss Sandwich/Princess and Henry Stram as Carr Gomm/Conductor. The Elephant Man will play a limited engagement through January 18, 2015. The Elephant Man revolves around the real-life John Merrick, a severely disfigured 19th-century Englishman who struggles to live with dignity. The play premiered on Broadway in 1979 and won three Tony Awards, including Best Play. It was revived in 2002 with Billy Crudup in the lead role. View Comments Cooper, Clarkson, Nivola, Lowell and Stram appeared together in the 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival production of the play, also under the direction of Ellis. A Cooper-led revival was originally on the table for a fall 2013 run. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is currently planning its future, developing its official 10-year strategic plan. To get public input, the college has scheduled several regional meetings across the state.The college prepares students for jobs in Georgia’s No. 1 business, agriculture, conducts cutting-edge research and educates the public through UGA Cooperative Extension offices across the state.Six regional meetings have been set from 8:30 a.m. until noon on the following dates:January 12 – Tifton- Tifton Campus Conference CenterJanuary 25 – Griffin – Stuckey AuditoriumJanuary 31 – Eatonton – Rock Eagle 4-H CenterFebruary 15 – Gainesville – Georgia Mountain CenterFebruary 21 – Acworth – North Metro Campus of Chattahoochee TechFebruary 29 – Lyons – Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center“Strategic planning is just a fancy way to explain the process of assessing where you are, determining what your strengths and weaknesses are, determining where or what you want to be in the future and making a realistic plan to get you there,” said Laura Perry Johnson, co-chair of the planning committee and a UGA Extension 4-H specialist. CAES Dean and Director Scott Angle’s goal is to have a “concrete plan” that will direct the college as it moves forward and, hopefully, as resources increase. “In times of limited resources, strategic planning is even more important,” said Jean Bertrand, co-chair of the committee and CAES associate dean for academic affairs. “Having a plan is essential so you can focus what resources you do have on the programs and areas where you are best positioned to have maximum impact.”Like UGA’s current strategic plan, the CAES plan targets 2020.Members of the college’s administration and strategic planning committee will be attending ag-related programs and events to gather input from across the state. Participants are encouraged to register for the regional meetings at caesplan.caes.uga.edu/index.html.If you are unable to attend a regional meeting but would like to submit your recommendations, go to the website caesplan.caes.uga.edu/index.html . Feedback can also be sent to [email protected]
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A woman was caught in the crossfire of a fight that between several men that escalated into a shooting in Inwood early Wednesday morning, Nassau County police said.The 31-year-old victim, who was not involved in the original altercation, was shot and wounded in the pelvic area on Bayview Avenue at 12:30 a.m., police said.The suspects ran away. The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was admitted for a non-life threatening gun shot wound.Fourth Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a time for credit unions to take a closer look at how they are protecting systems and data while raising awareness for the growing threat of cyber breaches. The recent Equifax breach has taught us all just how important and serious cyber security awareness is at both the employee and member level.To kick off Cyber Security Awareness Month, we caught up with Paul Love, chief information security officer for CO-OP Financial Services, to get some tips and advice for credit unions when it comes to cyber security.Stay Vigilant“Credit unions have a special relationship with members that other financial institutions don’t enjoy,” said Love. “They have trust. Our members are expecting their information to remain safe and secure, and we have an obligation to ensure protection at the levels they expect.”According to Love, many breaches occur when organizations get careless about their basic security policies and practices.“There are very few hacks that occur in the way movies sensationalize these events,” he said. “Most of the time, securing data gets down to fundamentals. For example, an employee clicks on a phishing e-mail, or a system goes unpatched.” continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Giring reportedly intends on pursuing presidential candidacy through the PSI for the 2024 election. Several “Giring for 2024 president” billboards were seen in Jakarta bearing his image.https://twitter.com/infojakarta/status/1294637442142633986However, Grace declined to comment on the matter. “Be patient. We’ll explain it when the time is right.”Giring decided to take a hiatus from his musical career to focus on politics in late 2018.He was a legislative candidate during the 2019 election. However, he failed to obtain a seat at the House of Representatives after the party failed to meet the legislative threshold at the national level of 4 percent of total votes. (ggq)Topics : Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) chairwoman Grace Natalie has appointed Giring Ganesha as the party’s acting chairman while she goes abroad to pursue a master’s degree.Grace said on Monday that Giring, who is also vocalist of pop band Nidji, represented “young and creative” people and was capable of leading the party. The PSI has billed itself as a political party for young people and has a strong social media presence. It has declared its support for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration.“Among my considerations was our experience working together over the past several years. Giring can represent the young and creative people,” Grace said, as quoted by kompas.com.She will reportedly pursue a master’s degree in public policy and public affairs at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore for one year.Read also: PSI hit but not knocked out as it looks to new round in 2024 election
Generous tax conditions and record low rates sparked a rise in buyer numbers across the country.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoRateCity.com.au money editor Sally Tindall said the fall was “complete vindication for APRA” though the banks were “making hay out of the APRA intervention” charging 39 basis points more for owner occupiers paying interest-only and 30 basis points more for investors paying interest-only.“Now the banks have proven to APRA they can remain well under the cap, they’re looking to loosen the screws. Over the last month we’ve seen the big four and a range of challenger banks drop rates for fixed rate interest-only lending, some to pre-March 2017 levels,” she said.“This is only the beginning. The banks have overshot the mark by half so we expect they’ll continue dropping interest-only rates to rebalance their books.” AVERAGE RATES: Owner-occupiers, principal & interest 4.31 per centOwner-occupiers, interest-only 4.7 per centInvestors, principal & interest 4.76 per centInvestors, interest-only 5.06 per cent (Source: RateCity.com.au, March 2018) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The interest-only loans floodgates could soon be reopened. Picture: Janine Eastgate.INTEREST-only loans have crashed to a historic low, a precursor that could spark the next big investor boom in the property market.The dramatic decline came off an Australian Prudential Regulation Authority edict for lenders to slash the loan category to below 30 per cent of all new loans they write.Lenders have gone even further than APRA required, halving the category within a year to make up just 15.22 per cent of new lending in the December quarter (compared to 36.26 per cent in the three months to March).That responsiveness means APRA — which holds power over banks, credit unions, building societies, insurance and superannuation industries — is well satisfied and it’s already issued soothing words promising an end to interest-only hostilities soon.Coupled with generous negative gearing provisions, the loans helped fuel housing investment borrowing to levels not previously seen in the Australian market.
This went against the legislation set out in IORP I, which requires all schemes operating across borders to be fully funded, at all times.The proposal from the European Commission to relax this was widely welcomed by industry experts across Europe, who said it was a step towards enhancing cross-border pensions activity within the EU, one of the stated aims of the Directive.However, yesterday, it emerged that the IORP II Directive, which is due to published on Thursday, has once again changed, with the original wording from IORP I reinstated.Walsh said if the Commission did not amend the cross-border rules, it would be because the Directive in its current form did not include any other legislation on funding, and instead solely focused on governance and transparency.“It’s not an argument we endorse,” he said.The reason other solvency regulations for pension schemes were not currently included was due to significant political opposition, Walsh said.“On the other hand, the relaxation of cross-border scheme rules would be straightforward,” he said. “It would command a lot of support from stakeholders – they could easily get it through. It’s a very different matter.”However, Francesco Briganti, director of the European Association of Paritarian Institutions of Social Protection, jumped to the defence of the Commission.He warned of a race to the bottom should cross-border schemes be allowed to match national regulation.“If a particular jurisdiction allows lax funding, you could get schemes based on that situation,” he said.“In other words, an honest regime requiring high or full funding would be penalised. The Commission has no choice but to stick to the status quo seen from IORP I. There would be unfair competition, and countries with strict regimes would lose schemes to the more lax ones.”Views from Ireland, however, fell more in line with that of the NAPF.Chief executive of the Irish Association of Pension Funds Jerry Moriarty said it was a strange decision that went against the purported aim of IORP II.The UK and Ireland are home to a significant amount of the EU’s cross-border pension schemes, with 27 schemes domiciled in the UK operating in Ireland, and 16 the reverse. The UK’s National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has criticised the lobbying faced by the European Commission, after it appeared to reverse its decision to allow cross-border pension schemes to be unfunded.James Walsh, the organisation’s lead on European Union policy, told IPE the NAPF would be very disappointed if the IORP II proposal did not include the relaxation of funding rules, as expected.He said he suspected stakeholders had lobbied the Commission “with different views from those held in the workplace pensions area”.In a leaked draft of the Directive, wording was included that allowed a defined benefit pension, spread across more than one EU member state, to be funded according to regulations in the home state.
Damen Shipyards Group plans to establish a service hub in the Russian port of Novorossiysk as it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Delo Group of companies.The LOI was inked during the NEVA 2017 trade fair in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Under the terms of the agreement, the cooperation between the duo regarding the new service hub will commence before the end of 2017.As explained, the primary aim of the service hub will be to optimize services provided to the growing number of Damen vessels operating in the Black Sea area. Currently, more than 30 vessels that Damen built are operating in the region. This is set to increase in the coming months as Delo Services will take delivery of three Damen tugs in November. In addition, the handover of the fourth tug is scheduled for 2018.“Having a service hub here will allow Damen to react very quickly to any service or maintenance issues, by which Damen ship owners can increase the uptime of their vessels. Moreover, an ongoing service programme can also lengthen the entire lifetime of a vessel while reducing the total cost of ownership,” Damen said.In addition to providing service support to vessels in the area, the new service hub will also have relevance to operations at Aleksino Port Marina Shipyard, according to Damen.Part of DeloPorts, Aleksino Port Marina Shipyard is a ship repair facility located in the Port of Novorossiysk, on the north-eastern coast of the Black Sea.