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Pearl Jam Releases Pro-Shot Footage Of Sting Collaboration In NYC

first_imgJust last weekend, Pearl Jam kicked off a two-night run at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York, NY along their 25th anniversary tour. The band took the Big Apple opportunity to welcome a very special guest to the stage, as they welcomed famed singer Sting to the stage for a cover of Police classic “Driven To Tears.”In honor of the great collaboration, Pearl Jam has treated fans to pro-shot footage of the cover performance. Watch Sting accompany Pearl Jam for “Driven To Tears,” below:Pearl Jam has been on fire during their current tour, continuing to bring out tour debuts on a nightly basis. They resume performing this Sunday, May 8th, at the CTC Arena in Ottawa.last_img read more

Mapping the road ahead for climate research

first_img Related Harvard Project on Climate Agreements holds panel discussion on topic PARIS — The road ahead for climate change policy will entail many twists and turns, and the need for continuous rigorous and relevant climate science will be more important than ever.  With that framing, a group of scholars on Wednesday shared their ideas for improving the process by which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) carries out its research agenda, at a side panel at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris.The panel, titled “The IPCC at a Crossroads,” was co-sponsored by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements (HPCA) and was designed as a follow-up to an October 2015 article in Science, which articulated potential opportunities for IPCC reforms.“Assessment-making means we have to explore options which are relevant for the policymakers and the decision-makers,” said Ottmar Edenhofer, director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). “Because of this … social science and economics is fundamental for any kind of assessment making [and] we want to reflect about the art of assessment making under these conditions.” Charles Kolstad from the Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (SEEPAC) argued that while the IPCC has “proven its value,” it has also received abundant criticism and must identify opportunities to improve both its processes and outputs in order to increase the impact of its research.There has been a lack of government support for IPCC reform in the past, according to Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and faculty director of HPCA.  “After the Paris talks conclude,” he remarked, “governments may have more appetite to reconsider the IPPC’s role in light of a new global climate regime in place.”Carlo Carrero of the University of Venice argued that the panel will need to re-think its communications strategies.“Bureau members and scientists need to deliver their message in a comprehensive and clear way,” he said, pointing to the necessity to expand outreach strategies by using video, infographics and social media. “There is a lot to do, and this organization must learn to speak even to young people and not only to those involved in the policy process.”The IPCC’s newly elected Chair, Hoesung Lee, responded to comments, saying that the Paris talks will be considered as “a new eventful chapter in the history of climate change” and that “the IPCC will provide more clear understanding of the solutions for policymakers” in the years ahead.The side panel built not only on the article in Science, but also on a closely related workshop hosted by the Mercator Institute in Berlin and co-sponsored by HPCA in February 2015.Read the Kennedy School’s Tumblr for more updates. How climate agreement impacts businesslast_img read more

Three Harvard members elected to National Academy of Engineering

first_imgThe National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 106 new members and 23 international members, announced NAE President John L. Anderson this week. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,355 and the number of international members to 298.Three members of the Harvard community were included in the most recent election:Doyle, Francis J., III, John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor and dean, Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for insights into natural biological control systems and innovative engineering of diabetes control devices.Hogan, William Walter, Raymond Plank Research Professor of Global Energy Policy, Harvard Kennedy School for contributions to electricity industry restructuring, electricity market design, and energy policy modeling and analysis.Ingber, Donald Elliott, director, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering; and professor, Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for interdisciplinary contributions to mechanobiology and microsystems engineering, and leadership in biologically inspired engineering.Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”  Election of new NAE members is the culmination of a yearlong process. The ballot is set in December and the final vote for membership occurs during January.Individuals in the newly elected class will be formally inducted during the NAE’s annual meeting on Oct. 3, 2021. A list of the new members and international members follows, with their primary affiliations at the time of election and a brief statement of their principal engineering accomplishments. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Broadway.com Summer Camp, Day 23! Julie Andrews & Carol Burnett Rock Out

first_img View Comments MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT LOOK OUT FOR… 11:55, when Andrews and Burnett give up on the medley and have a “Strangers in the Night” sob session instead. OVERALL CAMP FACTOR Two out of two matching sparkly vests.center_img We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! WHY WE LOVE IT Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett make an adorable duo in this oh-so-campy 1971 Lincoln Center concert. They start off strong with a selection of Beatles songs including “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “With a Little Help From My Friends.” Halfway through, they start to get a little weird, throwing the Sesame Street theme song, “Age of Aquarius” and “Son of a Preacher Man” in there. Ladies, you can sing anything you want, but Ms. Andrews, we do not believe for one second that you get high with a little help from your friends.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events August 20 – 26

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York High Tea at the Walt Whitman BirthplacePoetry, tea, finger sandwiches and mini-pastries? Um. Yes! Part and parcel of the human body’s biological processing of caffeine comes the extraordinary capability of conjuring words of all shapes and sizes, some colorful, some explosive, some as bright and brilliantly radiating as the most breathtaking of supernovae, others as magnetic as true love. This sippin’-good alphabetic spectacular keeps alive a tradition that began in 1860 with Queen Victoria. So come, let’s imbibe this revered nectar together, and celebrate the syllabic nirvana that is the written and spoken word, in all its forms, sounds, and transcendental glory. A guided tour of this hallowed birthplace will follow the gulpin’! [Read More About Walt Whitman, His Long Island Roots & The Walt Whitman Birthplace HERE] Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington. waltwhitman.org $25. 1 p.m. August 20.Old DominionThese Nashville, Tenn. rockers (the majority of which have also lived in Virginia, hence, the state’s nickname as their band name) deliver country splashed with pop and hip-hop that has been winning the hearts and ears of fans across both sides of the Mississippi. Prolific songwriters who aren’t shy of sharing their creations, the group has penned tunes cut by some of country’s biggest names, including: Dierks Bentley (“Say You Do”), Craig Morgan (“Wake Up Lovin’ You”), The Band Perry (“Chainsaw” & “Better Dig Two”), Tyler Farr (“A Guy Walks Into a Bar”) and Blake Shelton (“Sangria”). Raise those glasses high and get ready to be wowed. Whiskey Road opening. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $9.61, $15 DOS. 7 p.m. August 20.SharpiesThese iconic celebrities with sharp tongues will, just like a sharpie, leave a permanent mark on your laugh-box. Introduced by Joy Behar, the hilarity that will ensue is priceless. Emmy Award-nominated writer Eugene Pack pens a script that follows this group of stars at an autograph-signing convention weekend in Milwaukee. Respected Vanessa Williams, Matthew Broderick (Bueller…Bueller… Bueller….), Carol Kane from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and a bunch of others will be here ready to create thunderous applause. A portion of the proceeds from this reading will benefit The Felix Organization, whose mission is to provide inspiring opportunities and new experiences to enrich the lives of children who are growing up in the foster care system. Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. guildhall.org $28. 8 p.m. August 20.Creedence Clearwater RevisitedYou know the band. You love these songs. This is legendary swamp-rock blues rock masters Credence Clearwater Revival’s rhythm section–bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford–performing tunes from the original band’s show-stopping arsenal and recreating the experience of their classic music, minus frontman John Fogarty. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s launched the project in 1995 with the initial intention of solely performing private functions, but have currently perform up to 100 shows a year, reaching out to all generations. The band has been adamant on finding the appropriate players to recreate the pure American spirit that is Creedence Clearwater Revival. Expect endless hits, from “Susie Q” and “Proud Mary” to “Green River,” “Fortunate Son” and “As Long As I Can See The Light,” among many more. Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $75- $39.50. 8 p.m. August 20. Orphans will be at Conlkin Barn Aug. 20-Sept. 5. From left to right: Sean King, Jay William Thomas and Aaron Dalla Villa (Photo by Alan Pearlman)“Orphans”It will be theater in the ‘rough’ in more ways than one when Bonney/King Productions brings Lyle Kessler’s dark drama, “Orphans,” to Conklin Barn in Huntington for a two-week run opening Thursday. The rugged structure provides an intimate venue suited to theater in the round and for this drama, which explores the vagaries of the human soul and longings of individuals who are rough around the edges. “Orphans” premiered on stage in Los Angeles in 1983 with Joe Pantoliano of Sopranos’ fame. The story of lost boys who live on the outskirts of society, yet crave a normalcy, still resonates today. [Read More About This Amazing Production HERE] Conklin Barn, 2 High St., Huntington. brownpapertickets.com $25. 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 20 through Sept. 5.Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band featuring Berry Oakley Jr.Featuring founding member and drummer of The Allman Brothers Band Butch Trucks, celebrate their legacy as he is joined by Berry Oakley’s son, Berry Oakley Jr. Butch Trucks & The Freight Train is a brand new band holding their world premiere at none other than The Paramount in Huntington, NY. “I guarantee ya a smoking night of music,” said Butch Trucks, “We’ll see you there!” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $10-$30. 8 p.m. August 21.Dana FuchsDana Fuchs is renowned for a variety of different talents. On top of being a singer and songwriter, Fuchs is best known for her performance as Sadie in the film Across the Universe and Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway-musical Love. Her raspy-voiced blues rock has led The Dana Fuchs Band and her upcoming solo album Bliss Avenue. “Imagine a sultry, more emotive Janis Joplin, backed by a higher energy version of the late `60’s Rolling Stones,” said Fuchs, “Rock n Roll doesn’t get any better.” Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 8 p.m. August 21.Buddy GuyA master of the blues, the 79-year-old Louisiana performer began in 1953 at the age of 17. Six Grammy Awards and 34 Blue Music Awards later, including 2014’s B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award, Buddy has become one of the most well-recognized performers, not just for the blues, but in general, overall. Don’t miss this rare chance of catching him all up-close-and-personal. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury thespaceatwestbury.com $50. 8 p.m. August 21.Elvis Tribute Artist SpectacularCome honor the King at this annual concert celebrating the era-by-era musical career of Elvis Presley. The Elvis Tribute Spectacular is not only a concert–it is absolutely the best Elvis tribute show–featuring Elvis’ greatest hits throughout the years preformed by top tribute artists. From the early rockabilly and military years, to his time in the movies, to his amazing ’68 Comeback Special and the black leather jumpsuit, to his Las Vegas concert era–nothing is left out! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $40-$50. 8 p.m. August 21.Jessica KirsonThis former Bubbleguppy has been cracking knee-slappin’, side-splittin’, OMG-I-just-spit-up-my-milkshake jokes on Comedy Central, VH1, Oxygen, Bravo and NBC shows, and now she’s coming to make Long Island laugh, loud and often. Guaranteed to give you enough fodder for at least several dozen jokes around the water cooler (or in our case, the industrial-strength Keurig brewer (Thanks, Bev!)), for some time coming. Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $17. 9:30 p.m. August 21, 22.Patty Smyth & ScandalThis singer/songwriter/siren is back fronting her killer band and will undoubtedly deliver all the hits that made them both a celebrated act in the ’80s. Expect hits “The Warrior,” “Goodbye to You,” “Love’s Got A Line On You,” “Hands Tied” and “Beat of A Heart,” among many others. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $50-$65. 8 p.m. August 21, 7 p.m. August 22.Long Island Scottish Festival & Highland GamesTime to get your Scottish on! Pipe bands, traditional Scottish delicacies, dancing and children’s entertainment are just the start. The games include the caber toss (throwing a giant pole), tossing the sheaf (throwing a 16-lb. bale of hay over a bar) and putting the stone (similar to shot put). Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury. liscots.org $17 adults, $15 senioes, $8 kids ages 6-17, kids under 6 free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. August 22.Hatchling Turtle DayOhhh, look at those lil hatchlings! Come celebrate as these tiny reptiles hatch from their egg wombs and open their tiny, curious eyes for the very first time! Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Rte 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. cshfha.org 10 a.m.-3 p.m. August 22.Joan Jett and the BlackheartsThe Long Beach-native and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer will play her classics, including “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You” and “Crimson and Clover.” Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov/parks Free. 7:30 p.m. August 22.Kathy GriffinThe queen bee of comedy will make the audience taste some sweet honey. Fresh with new material that shares her candid experiences about everyday life, this hilarious performance will have audience members falling off their chairs. Don’t stand-up the stand-up comedian, get a ticket! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $135. 8 p.m. August 22.HippiefestTo say that Hippiefest will be “hot fun in the summer time” and a “family affair” would be an understatement, as the legendary group, The Family Stone, will headline this year’s 10-year anniversary tour featuring Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 8 p.m. August 22.JB SmooveSmoove right on over here to this performance, because your enthusiasm will certainly not be curbed! JB Smoove, best known as Leon from Curb Your Enthusiasm, is bringing his own comedic flair and funk to the table. He will definitely bring the ruckus to the ladies, no question about it. An entertaining night awaits! Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. guildhall.org $45. 8 p.m. August 22.Aaron LewisThe Massachusetts-raised Staind frontman has gone all country on us and continues to deliver emotional, powerful tunes such as “Sinner” and “Stuck in These Shoes.” He’s collaborated with Linkin Park and Corey Taylor, and this performance is sure to be a heartfelt, personal show-stopper. With special guest Travis Marvin. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $24.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. August 22.SuffocationThere’s metal and then there’s extreme metal, you know, the kind that pulverizes you, spits you out, and then holds you up as proof that the genre really does resurrect all who obey. Since their revival in 2002, the Centereach band unearthed unmatchable works of heavy brutality. With seven albums already released, the group expects a new album later this year. With Extinction A.D. (CD Release), Anubis, Artificial Brain, Immortal Suffering & Get Ignorant. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 8 p.m. August 22.Funkmaster Flex Birthday CelebrationCelebrate the Hot 97 hip hop DJ, rapper, musician and producer’s day of birth (he turned 48 on Aug. 5) with music and love! The Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St, Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $25-$30. 10 p.m. August 22.Billboard Hot 100 Festival The hype is real with Billboard’s first-ever festival, which is sure to be one of the biggest blow-out performances ever. Yes, your mind will be blown and your feet, well they’ll be hoisting you up in the air and dancin’, dancin’, dancin’! The stacked lineup is absolutely insane, with favorite top-charter artists such as The Weeknd, Holy Ghost, Justin Bieber (hear that, Beliebers?), Skrillex, Fetty Wap, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Tori Kelly, the Chainsmokers, and more! Too many famous people to handle. In other words, the most popular stars are right here, in one area. Don’t miss out the chance to see all of them and celebrate their contributions made in the music industry! Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $75. 1 p.m. August 22, 23.Ryan BroshearFueled by a deep love of country music and a dream to rock out at the Grand Ole Opry, this Oxford, Ohio farm-raised singer/songwriter has gained fans and admirers nationwide by delivering powerful, high-octane performances and songs that speak to the heart and soul. Expect the crowd to sing along to country lifestyle anthem “Let Your Redneck Out” and “Countrything,” which encapsulates his longing to play upon that aforementioned, hallowed stage. With opening acts Alyssa Trahan Whisky Road and Nikki Briar. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $15. 2:30 p.m. August 23.The MilleniumThese self-professed “titanic pop” rockers hail from Wisconsin and have been leaving a sea of fans in their wake as they continue their “It’s So Much Friendlier With…” tour, with some dates (this one included) featuring a “Parents Get In Free” policy. Come rock out and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about! Warming up the crowd are Marina City, An Honest Year, Time Atlas, Take A Breath, Hope Vista, Anson Li, The Skyward Effect and Gianni Paci. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Bway, Amityville. amityvillemusichall.com $12, $14 DOS. 3 p.m. August 23.The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening With Cary ElwesFresh off his New York Times bestseller, As You Wish, The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes is inviting his legions of fans to join him as he reminisces about life on and off the set of the iconic film. For almost three decades The Princess Bride has been a family favorite. After a special screening, the actor himself will discuss classic scenes, as well as share secrets from behind the camera and more. Inconceivable! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $52.50 7:30 p.m. August 23.ZZ TopYou know their beards. You know their hot rods. And you sure as hell know their riffs. These legendary musicians–Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard–have been just absolutely devastating the very boundaries of rock and roll, together, for more than 40 years (!!) and are still simply pummeling with every single gig. Do not miss this chance to experience these Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers in all their glory. Will they play their trademark “Legs”? No question, but only one real way to find out for sure. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $59.50-$129.50. 8 p.m. August 23.Duane KeiserWhat secrets lie within the minds of artists? Why not come listen and find out? This artist will discuss what it means to exist as a painter in the digital age, as well as share his unique take on the current and future state of the Internet and social media as it relates to the artist. He is an innovator behind the “A Painting A Day” phenomenon, where artwork produced on the easel is immediately offered (and in his case promptly sold) on eBay in their auction setting. Refreshments will be served and there will be time to meet the artist. The South Street Gallery, 18 South St., Greenport. thesouthstreetgallery.com Free. 6 p.m. August 24.Ernie Kovacs: TV Comedy PioneerHumans has always sought reasons to laugh, and Ernie Kovac brought such laughter to widespread American audiences with his off-beat visual sketches on television programs long before others began doing so. Learn about this trailblazer way ahead of his time who broke the fourth wall by using comedy for a television medium. He’s the reason milk continues to pour out of your nose after watching The Tonight Show, as many comedians acknowledge him as a source of inspiration. A little bit of knowledge goes a long way! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. August 24.Under the Sun 2015 with Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker & Eve 6This smorgasbord of ’90s pop heroes light up the stage once again on their annual, must-see, must-smile, must- dance tour. Groove to all the hits that made these bands so insanely popular and so insanely amazin’! Among them, Sugar Ray’s “Fly,” Better Than Ezra’s “Good,” Uncle Kracker’s “Follow Me” and Eve 6’s “Inside Out.” [Read About Last Year’s Gig HERE] The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$99.50. 7:30 p.m. August 24.Back to School Victorian Tea PartyThis fun and informative program includes role-playing while teaching social skills, self-esteem and confidence. Children learn dining manners, for example, such as how to properly hold and cut with a knife and fork. Apple juice will be substituted for the hot tea. Participants also practice table setting and introductions. All make their own nametag and place card. Bring a friend, or your favorite doll, or come join new friends at the party! Dress up if you wish! It’s a Back To School Victorian Tea Party! Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington. waltwhitman.org $25. 1 p.m. August 26.AJ BenzaThis celebrated Daily News gossip columnist and author will speak about and sign his new memoir, ’74 and Sunny, a surprisingly tender coming-of-age story of a close-knit yet tough Sicilian-American family that accepts and welcomes a young boy struggling to understand himself. Benza’s distinctive blend of wit, dry humor, and genuine tenderness shines through this candid, compelling memoir about the summer of 1974, when his shy, effeminate cousin comes to live with A.J.’s family, which is dominated by his short-tempered, outspoken, hyper-masculine father. At its core, A.J.’s story is about learning that “being exactly who you were meant to be is the only thing that matters.” Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. August 26Comedy NightDo you like to laugh? Do you enjoy smiling uncontrollably? Do you value losing control of your body as seismic eruptions of hysterical laughter form deep within your belly and push forth, ever-gaining momentum as they roll, quake and shiver outward, eventually radiating toward its external source, culminating in giggles, smirks and smiles that somehow become infectious and spread to all within your proximity? Then you’ll absolutely Love this gig! Comics performing include Kevin Lee, David Cooperman and a surprise guest. Presented by Darcy Novick. Two-drink minimum. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $10. 7:30 p.m. August 26.Masters of Sex: An Evening with Thomas MaierLong Island’s own Thomas Maier is the acclaimed biographer of the human sexuality science pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. He is also a producer of the hit Showtime series Masters of Sex based on his book and starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan. Join Maier for an insightful evening of clips and conversation! Includes book signing reception Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. August 20.—Compiled by Daniela Weinstein, Nicholas Semelak, Chuck Cannini, Timothy Bolger, Elise Pearlman, Ayo Fagbemi and Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img

National COVID-19 task force chief urges public to obey PSBB to pave way for ‘new normal’

first_img“We are worried that people who are still unaware about the risks of COVID-19 will still attend public gatherings and conduct activities that can actually be avoided,” Doni said.In the past few weeks, there have been many reports of people violating the PSBB and physical distancing measures and thronging fast food outlets, airports, traditional markets and shopping malls.In West Java, the region’s COVID-19 task force secretary, Daud Achmad, reported a number of violations of PSBB measures on April 22, including failure to wear masks while driving and violations of the 50 percent occupancy limit for cars and motorcycles.In East Java, a recent online survey conducted by the alumni association of Airlangga University’s School of Public Health found that many places of worship, offices and factories mostly remained operational without health protocols. (dpk)Topics : National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo has urged the public to adhere to large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for the next two weeks to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission and pave the way for a “new normal”.“If we want to break the chain of transmission and start living in the new normal, then these last few weeks are the most crucial moments,” Doni said on Wednesday. “But we cannot stop implementing the PSBB if the public does not comply with the regulations.”He bemoaned the fact that many people were still going out to crowded areas in defiance of PSBB protocols.last_img read more

Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan completes loan move to Roma

first_imgArsenal have loaned Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Roma until the end of the season (Picture: EPA)Henrikh Mkhitaryan has completed a season-long loan move from Arsenal to Roma, both clubs have confirmed.The 30-year-old midfielder came on as a second-half substitute in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham before flying to Italy’s capital the following morning to undergo a medical with the Serie A giants.Though the Premier League transfer window ended on August 8, before the start of the 2019/20 season, Serie A clubs have been able to do business up until their 5pm deadline on Monday afternoon.It’s understood Roma will be paying Mkhitaryan’s £200,000-a-week wages and have the option to buy the Armenian at any time during his stay at the Stadio Olimpico.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Skip Metro Sport ReporterMonday 2 Sep 2019 6:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link378Shares Top articles Read More 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Read More / Mkhitaryan has had an underwhelming 18-month spell at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mkhitaryan started just 19 league matches last term and has only managed nine goals in all competitions since his move from Manchester United in January 2018.His first-team opportunities were likely to be limited under Unai Emery following the arrivals of Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli this summer.MORE: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp won’t be speaking to Mohamed Salah after Sadio Mane outburst Read More PLAY Advertisement Video Settings by Metro Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan completes loan move to Roma SPONSORED Full Screen Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Skip Ad Coming Next Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal confirmed the move in a statement: ‘Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Serie A side AS Roma on loan for the rest of the season.‘Everyone at Arsenal wishes Micki all the best for his season with Roma. The loan is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.’Mkhitaryan said of the move: ‘It’s a great opportunity for me to begin a new chapter, with a great club. I know what this club is all about and I am sure we can achieve great things together.’ 1/1 Comment About Connatix V67539last_img read more

How Matteo Guendouzi has emerged as Unai Emery’s most influential midfielder at Arsenal this season

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi was called into France’s senior squad for the first time in September (Picture: Getty)In fact, quite the opposite has been true. Guendouzi started Emery’s very first game against Manchester City and has amassed 54 appearances already for Arsenal, featuring in 81% of the team’s 66 games under the Spaniard. Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with 58 matches has played more times than the young midfielder.This season, his importance to the side has increased further, evidenced by his six Premier League starts and Emery’s decision to rest him during the Europa League opener against Eintracht Frankfurt last week and the Carabao Cup clash with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.It is becoming increasingly clear that Guendouzi is Arsenal’s prized asset amongst a well-stocked stable of central midfielders.Increased influenceIt has been a chaotic start to the season for Arsenal. After six games they have won three, drawn two and lost one of their matches, scoring 11 goals and conceding 10 along the way.On average, Arsenal have faced over 18 shots per game in the Premier League while attempting just over 14 themselves. Watching Arsenal at the moment is a rather disorientating experience, their matches resembling end-to-end encounters more usually found on a basketball court than a football pitch.Amid that frenetic chaos, though, Guendouzi has flourished. In each of Arsenal’s previous three league matches against Spurs, Watford and Aston Villa, the second halves have offered ridiculous, edge of the seat entertainment and in two of them Guendouzi has been the chief protagonist of the mayhem. Guendouzi will come up directly against his French compatriot Paul Pogba at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)For Guendouzi, trying to reach Pogba’s level should be the ultimate goal. Like Pogba he passes, tackles, covers ground and is useful in transition phases but he is yet to hone his attacking game just yet, despite visible improvements in that regard this season.AdvertisementWith Pogba returning to fitness, Deschamps may well take a keen interest in Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal at Old Trafford when the seasoned veteran takes on the young pretender in what promises to be an absorbing battle in midfield.That Guendouzi is fast-becoming Arsenal’s go-to midfielder in the big games at the age of 20 shows not only how far he has come already, but how much further he can still go.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Oliver Young-MylesMonday 30 Sep 2019 7:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares The French youngster has been a driving force in Arsenal’s midfield this season (Picture: Getty)‘In my mind, I was like, at first I couldn’t believe it. Ten minutes before I was asleep – I thought it was still a dream!’Of the exhaustive number of cliches uttered by professional footballers after receiving their maiden international call-ups, ‘I thought it was a dream’ probably ranks just below the age-old English classic ‘I thought it was a wind-up’ at the top end of the list.The above was Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi’s response to finding out that Didier Deschamps had selected him to join World Cup winners Raphael Varane, Blaise Matuidi and Antoine Griezmann et al in Les Bleus squad for this month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.AdvertisementAdvertisementGuendouzi might have committed the cardinal sin of resorting to cliche to describe what was a life-changing moment, but in his defence, it is easy to see why the news might have felt more like something plucked from his subconscious thoughts than an event that had actually happened.ADVERTISEMENTRapid riseIt has, after all, been a whirlwind 12-18 months for Arsenal’s floppy-haired No.29. As the French squad – drenched by pouring rain and interminable golden confetti – cavorted around the World Cup trophy in Moscow on July 15 last year, Guendouzi was preparing himself for life in a new country having joined Arsenal only four days before from FC Lorient.The then 19-year-old was the fifth and final signing of Unai Emery’s first transfer window and given his professional experience up until that point had been restricted to one full season in Ligue 2 and a smattering of appearances in the CFA – France’s fourth-tier – he was expected to be the least involved of the new quintet. Guendouzi drove Arsenal on during their second-half comeback against Aston Villa (Picture: Getty)The Frenchman was superb in Arsenal’s comeback against Spurs, driving his team on and providing the assist for Aubameyang’s equaliser in the second half. Against Villa, Guendouzi again took the game by the scruff of the neck, winning a penalty before setting up Calum Chambers to score, leading Alan Shearer to describe him afterwards as Arsenal’s ‘warrior’.AdvertisementAdvertisementEven besides those Herculean second-half efforts, Guendouzi has been involved in the thick of everything in Arsenal’s midfield. The statistics back that up; he ranks top for successful passes, joint-top for interceptions, joint-second for tackles won and joint-third for key passes amongst their squad. Guendouzi basically does everything other than shoot.With Dani Ceballos adapting to the pace of the English game and Granit Xhaka struggling to keep up with it, Guendouzi has taken it upon himself to be Arsenal’s deep-lying playmaker, midfield enforcer and box-to-box runner, all rolled into one. It is why his all-action recent displays have drawn comparisons to Cesc Fabregas’ time at the Emirates.Battle of Les BleusAs impressive as Guendouzi’s start to the campaign has been, he would not have been included in France’s latest squad had it not been for Paul Pogba’s withdrawal due to an ankle injury. That Deschamps chose Guendouzi to replace the Manchester United man, however, is telling.Pogba, despite what Graeme Souness and the rest of his critics might claim, is one of the most well-rounded central midfielders in the world, capable of contributing towards all aspects of play from the centre of the pitch due to his technical and physical qualities.During his time at Juventus, Pogba brought energy to an ageing midfield containing Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal. For France, he has taken on the role of tempo-setter to complement the tenacity of N’Golo Kante. At United, he does a bit of both with some attacking flair chucked in for good measure. 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Budget offers limited help to Townsville Market

first_img©Roslyn Budd — www.buddphotography.com.auTHE Townsville housing market will only marginally benefit from the Federal Government’s measures designed to help first home buyers get into the market. Real Estate Institute of Queensland Townsville Zone Chair, Damien Keyes said broadly speaking, the Queensland housing market would not be significantly impacted from announcements in the Federal Budget which was designed to tackle problems that are faced by Sydney and Melbourne markets.“The REIQ has been lobbying the State Government extensively to get the first-home buyer grant broadened to include established homes,” he said. “History tells us that this type of support is popular with young first-home buyers who are anxious to get started on their home ownership journey immediately. “We think that the Federal Government’s super-saver scheme may be significantly less popular than the grant, largely because wages growth has been flat and young first-home buyers don’t have much in their superannuation account yet. It’s a slow-burn approach to getting the deposit together for a home. “However, the super-saver scheme will be more beneficial to those in the regions than their big-city counterparts where first-home buyers need a 20 per cent deposit of more than $140,000 to get into the market and buy a property worth $700,000.“The $30,000 from their superannuation won’t go very far in those markets.”Mr Keyes said one of the most disappointing aspects of the Federal Budget was Treasurer Scott Morrison’s announcement to limit investor activity. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“In particular, we’re disappointed that the Government has limited the allowable deductions for investors, especially around travel benefits,” My Keyes said. “We’re concerned that this may discourage investors from considering regional Queensland as an investment opportunity. “Townsville welcomes all investors and all property buyers, regardless of where they come from and to have our Federal Government actively dampening the potential opportunities is frustrating. “However, our market is resilient and we’re already starting to see some positive signs.” But despite limited support offered to Queensland’s regional housing market, Townsville continued to power ahead on the road to recover, Mr Keyes said.“The vacancy rate data that the REIQ released this week revealed Townsville is still improving,” he said. “Townsville bumped down slightly by 0.2 percentage points from 6.4 per cent to 6.2 per cent and while this is small, in the bigger picture, it’s still moving downward from the recent high of 7.1 per cent last year. “All in all, 2017 and 2018 are shaping up to be good years for Townsville and it does mean that now might be a good time to buy a property.”last_img read more

ECB rate decision to have ‘limited impact’ on Dutch coverage ratios

first_imgThe European Central Bank’s (ECB) decision to reduce deposit rates and extend its quantitative easing programme is likely to have a limited impact on the average Dutch pension fund’s coverage ratio, consultancies have said.In the wake of the ECB’s announcement, the 30-year swap rate – Dutch schemes’ most important criterion for discounting liabilities – increased from 1.48% to approximately 1.6%.At the same time, however, equity markets fell, with the AEX and the Stoxx 50 losing 1.6% and 1.8%, respectively.Dennis van Ek, an actuary at Mercer, said: “The short-term effects on pension funds’ coverage are positive because of the rate increase, but they are negative following dropping equity markets.” He said Dutch pension funds with small interest-risk hedges and limited equity holdings could expect a modest funding improvement.Schemes with extensive interest hedges and relatively large stock portfolios, however, are likely to have the “opposite perspective”, he said.On balance, Mercer believes the rate increase’s impact on Dutch pension funds’ coverage ratios will slightly exceed that of falling equity markets.Neither did Geert-Jan Troost, an investment consultant at Towers Watson, expect Dutch schemes’ coverage ratios to be affected significantly.But Troost noted that those pension funds recently reducing their interest hedges – permitted by regulator DNB as a one-off opportunity to increase their risk profiles – were now at an advantage.Corine van Egmond, ALM consultant at Aon Hewitt, highlighted that the effect of the ECB’s measures would depend on where pension funds’ stock holdings were concentrated.“The funding of a scheme with a relatively large stake in the US will be less affected, as equity markets over there have been relatively stable,” she said.“On the other hand, the rate increase will have a negative impact on euro-denominated government bonds, which will affect the funding of schemes with an extensive fixed income portfolio.”Mercer concluded that the ECB aimed to keep interest rates low for at least the next year.“Pension funds should, therefore, not expect their funding to improve as a consequence of rising interest rates,” Van Ek said.last_img read more