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  • Phish Pianist Holly Bowling To Play Official Twiddle New York Pre-Party

    first_imgAcclaimed classical pianist Holly Bowling will give an intimate performance at Garcia’s at the Capitol Theatre on 5/7 presented by Live for Live Music to warm up the crowd for Twiddle and TAUK’s highly anticipated appearance in the main venue later that evening. Holly is best known for her elaborate and creative interpretations of Phish songs for piano, including the famous 35+ minute “Tahoe Tweezer”. Proceeds from the show will serve to benefit the White Light Foundation. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, 3/18 at 10 AM. Holly’s out-of-the-box approach to tributes of Phish, the Grateful Dead, Disco Biscuits and beyond has landed her recognition from some of the jamband greats themselves, even granting her the opportunity to play with some of her idols this past Jam Cruise including Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee and Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits. Listen to that stunning performance below.Since then she’s gone on to jam with Pink Talking Fish at Aura Music Fest and delighted fans all over with her Phishy piano jams. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Holly in such an intimate setting, from 4-6 PM on Saturday, May 7th.Enter to win a VIP Presidential Booth for four to Twiddle and TAUK at the Capitol Theatre! Find out how here.last_img read more

  • Harvard to digitize Cuba library collections

    first_img Read Full Story The Cuba Studies Program of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce that the Harvard Library has begun an important process of digitization of some of its most important Cuba-related resources. The digitization of the José Augusto Escoto Cuban History and Literature collection, ca. 1574–1920, is now underway. The Harvard Library houses the largest collection of unique Cuban monographs in the United States. Over the next two years, Harvard aims to digitize monographs produced in Cuba before 1923 and make them freely accessible.The Escoto collection comprises autograph manuscripts, correspondence, historical documents, printed items, and other materials relating to Cuban history and culture. It includes 63 boxes of clippings, drawings, lithographs, portraits, sketches, individual issues of journals and newspapers, decrees, orders, obituaries, pamphlets, and leaflets, among others. Some of the subjects covered in the materials are censorship, religion, commerce and industry, conspiracy and independence, laws and legislation, military, piracy, political parties and elections, printing and publishing, public finance and taxation, schools and education, slavery and slave trade, statistics, and theater.Eduardo Torres Cuevas, director of Cuba’s José Martí National Library, visited Harvard last spring. “The digitization of the Escoto collection is of crucial importance to the study of Cuban history and culture,” he said.By digitizing this collection, Harvard University will contribute to the Cuba Libro Project, which involves the libraries of the University of Florida, Harvard University, UCLA, the University of Miami, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Florida International University, and the New York Public Library in a collaborative effort with the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí to provide greater knowledge of, and access to, Cuban bibliographic history held in libraries in the U.S. and Cuba.Additionally, Lynn Shirey, the librarian for Latin America, Spain & Portugal, is currently planning an additional digitization proposal that would increase accessibility to Cuba-related special collections (documents and archives) from several Harvard libraries, including the Museum of Comparative Zoology Library, Houghton Library, and the Harvard University Archives. Harvard libraries are the home to some of the most important Cuba collections outside of Cuba.The University honors its commitment to expand academic cooperation and research interests between Cuba and Harvard by making its resources more widely accessible to academics in the US and Cuba. These efforts follow on the Memorandum of Understanding that Mark C. Elliott, vice provost of international affairs, signed with Aurora Fernández, vice minister of Higher Education of Cuba, on Dec. 16, 2017, to expand collaborative research and cooperation between Harvard and Cuban universities and research centers.last_img read more

  • Photos! Disenchanted Has an Opening Night Fit For a Posse of Princesses

    first_img Related Shows You’ve never seen princesses like this before! The stars of the no-holds-barred new musical Disenchanted celebrated their official opening night on December 4, 2014 at off-Broadway’s Theatre at St. Clement’s. Directed by Fiely A. Matias (bottom left) and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino (bottom right), the fairy tale sendup tells the story of a posse of irreverent princesses who ditch their poisoned apples and glass slippers. After the show, the stars of Disenchanted took an adorable snapshot (above, clockwise from top left): Anthea Neri (understudy), Jen Bechter (Sleeping Beauty), Soara-Joye Ross (The Princess Who Kissed the Frog), Lulu Picart (Hua Mulan), Alison Burns (Belle), Karen Burthwright (understudy), Becky Gulsvig (Cinderella), Michelle Knight (Snow White) and Erin Lee Peck (understudy). Check out these photos from the opening night celebration, then see Disenchanted through January 25, 2015! View Comments Disenchanted Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015last_img read more

  • Tickets Now On Sale for Theatrical Event The Ride

    first_imgFancy entering a traveling theater? Tickets are now available The Ride, the Big Apple attraction that uses New York City and its iconic landmarks as the backdrop for a theatrical event that blurs the boundary between tour and performance. All buses depart from 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, in front of Senor Frog’s.The Ride’s custom, multi-million dollar motor coaches come equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, including 40 plasma TV screens and over 3000 LED lights. The improv-trained hosts ensure that each performance is fresh depending on what’s happening on the street that day. You will delight in pop-up presentations along the 4.2-mile route through Midtown and Times Square by The Ride’s talented ensemble of actors, singers, dancers, and instrumentalists.Please note that alcohol is not allowed on The Ride and children must be of at least six years of age to board The Ride. View Comments Related Shows from $74.00 The Ridelast_img read more

  • Brazil: Military Occupies Nine Slums

    first_img BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau – The African nation formed a counter-narcotics agency to stop South American-based traffickers from moving drugs through the country en route to Europe, Justice Minister Mamadou Djalo Pires said. “[Formation of the agency is] the result of cooperation and partnership between the governments of Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia,” he said, adding the agency also is supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), according to Agence France-Presse. The agency, to be comprised of 100 police officers, migration services, and borders and customs agents, will be part of the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) mission to combat narcotics trafficking and organized crime. The contract to establish the agency was ratified by the ministries of justice, finance and interior of Guinea-Bissau, a former Portuguese colony. UNODC said more than 40 tons of cocaine was trafficked through the nation from 2007 and 2009. Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia already have established counter-narcotics agencies. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Twenty-three suspects have been charged in connection with trafficking narcotics and money for Colombia’s North Valley cartel throughout the Caribbean and the United States, U.S. federal authorities said on Feb. 4. The suspects allegedly smuggled Colombian cocaine into the United States. They allegedly channeled the proceeds back to the cartel through deposits and transfers that appeared legal, said Roberto Escobar Vargas, the special agent in charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Puerto Rico, which headed the investigation. The suspects are accused of laundering about US$3 million during the course of a year, Escobar said, adding the cartel likely made a lot more money using its associates throughout the Caribbean and the U.S., according to The Associated Press. Twenty-one of the suspects have been taken into custody in Colombia, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, New York, Miami and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The suspects apprehended outside Puerto Rico will be extradited to the island to answer to money laundering and narcotics charges, U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez said at a news media conference. The majority of those arrested are not high on the cartel’s hierarchy. But authorities apprehended a man identified as Ricardo Betancourt Muñoz, who allegedly is the primary money broker for the cartel’s operations in the Caribbean. Muñoz was arrested in Colombia, officials said. Brazilians Marcelino Rojas Junior, 29 and the group’s alleged leader, Fabiano Silva Cabalheiro, 24, were taken into custody, as were Paraguayans Absdan González, 21, and Gladys Andrea Duarte González, 27, according to the Argentine website Law enforcement officials also confiscated nine motorcycles, two cars, firearms and an unspecified amount of cash, officials said, according to Argentina: 106 kilograms of marijuana seized Guinea-Bissau creates counter-narcotics agency ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay – The National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD) arrested four suspects in connection with the seizure of 58 kilograms (127 pounds) of cocaine in an operation carried out in the city of Pedro Juan Caballero, officials said on Feb. 6. The narcotic was found in one of the three residences agents raided this past weekend in the department of Amambay, which is on the Brazilian border. RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – A force of about 1,000 military and law enforcement agents took control of nine slums from narcotics traffickers on Feb. 6, officials said. The security force, which was backed by 21 vehicles, had little trouble during their two-hour operation to free the slums from the grip of the narcotics traffickers, officials said. “The situation is calm and we have completed the first part of the operation – controlling the territory,” said Col. Lima Castro, a military spokesman, according to CBN radio. Residents expressed gratitude. “Thank God, the occupation took place peacefully and the community did not suffer,” said Morro dos Prazeres favela neighborhood association Elisa Brandão, according to O Globo newspaper. José Mariano Beltram, the public security secretary of the state of Rio de Janeiro, said he was pleased by the security forces’ work. “The priority is to conquer the territory without having more stray bullets, or dead and wounded civilians,” he said at a media conference, adding police and military personnel did not fire a single bullet during the early morning operation. Officials also said police and military personnel are conducting a month-long search for weapons in an effort to make Rio’s slums safer. Police have occupied slums that are home to a combined 26,000 residents. The operation came three months after police and military personnel got rid of narcotics traffickers in the Complexo do Alemão slum. Colombian cartel targeted by U.S. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – A Paraguayan woman and her partner, an Argentine man, were arrested in the northern province of Formosa in connection with the seizure of 106 kilograms (233 pounds) of marijuana, police said on Feb. 5. The marijuana, stashed in the trunk, back seat and spare tire, was discovered during a traffic stop near the Paraguayan border, law enforcement officials said in a statement. Paraguay: 58 kilograms of cocaine seized By Dialogo February 10, 2011last_img read more

  • Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events February 18 – 24

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York SofusThis New York City jam band blends enchanting melodies, fat bass lines, and funky grooves to create an irresistibly danceable new sound. The band consists of Mike “Merlin” O’Donnell on guitar and vocals, Mike Mirino on bass, Matt “Papa” Clements on keyboard, and vocals and Kurt Sommer on drums. Every show is refreshingly unique and satisfyingly mind-altering! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave, Westbury. $10. 8 p.m. February 18.Puddle Of MuddThis Kansas City-based ’90s alt-rock quartet will play their hits, including “Blurry,” “Psycho” and “She Hates Me.” Opening the show are Killcode, Blue Movie, For The Kill, What They Died For and After Augustine. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $20, $25 DOS. 7:30 p.m. February 19. Southside Johnny & The Asbury JukesLong regarded as the Godfather of the Jersey Shore Sound, John Lyon, better known by his stage name, Southside Johnny, is an American original. Growing up in Ocean Grove and graduating from Neptune High, he followed in Bruce Springsteen’s shoes running down the boardwalk, hitting the high notes and laying it low with that bluesy soulfulness that only he can croon. It helped that Steven Van Zandt, the Boss’ compadre, penned Southside Johnny’s signature song, “I Don’t Want to Go Home.” And yes, that’s Southside and the Jukes performing as a bar band at the frat party in that action-packed classic Adventures in Babysitting. The guy’s been doing it right and working his ass off, and we’re lucky to have him around keeping it real. Opening the show will be the Legendary saxophone player Phil Kenzie will warm the crowd up with his S.O.S.S. show—the “Save Our Sax Solo”—taking fans on a musical journey through the history of the rock and roll sax solo from The Beatles to The Eagles. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $14.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. February 19.Ana PopovicThis award-winning, hard-touring guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add to the mix her incredible stage presence, all of which makes her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $30-$35. 8 p.m. February 19. Long Island WinterfestMiles to Dayton, Toby Walker and Andrew Fortier will be performing. Miles to Dayton’s music happens at a personal level, their message of love blending elements of folk, rock, classical, and funk into an irresistible invitation. Walker blends the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz into his own unique style.  Fortier’s newest record Your Smile Convinced The World, is filled with personal, heartfelt songs, words put to music that reflect a life in progress, his urgent voice and gorgeous melodies punctuating each and every tune. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $20, $25 DOS. 8 p.m. February 19.Cathy Kreger and Kirsten MaxwellTwo of Long Island’s own leading ladies of folk present a double feature. Maxwell just released her debut album Crimson, a compilation of 11 original songs about love and longing. Kreger’s melodic voice and guitar have earned her a place on stage with world-class acts, including Bonnie Raitt, David Bromberg, the Band, Patti Larkin, Maria Muldaur, Taj Mahal and Aztec Two-Step. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. $15. 8 p.m. February 19. Genoa City ConversationsCelebrating more than 40 years of The Young And The Restless. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.50-$149.50. 1 p.m. February 20.The Fab Four“Rocky Raccoon,” “Blackbird,” “Helter Skelter,” “Octopus’s Garden” and so many more—these “Fabulous” mop-tops pay a moving, sonic tribute to all that is phenomenal and extraordinary about the genuine, legendary group. Come and dance. Sing along! We love you Ringo! The Ultimate Tribute to The Beatles. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$65. 8 p.m. February 20. Richard MarxSinger, songwriter, musician and producer Richard Marx has made history with a string of indelible hits that span both radio-ready rock tunes like “Don’t Mean Nothing” and “Should’ve Known Better,” and stirring romantic ballads like “Hold Onto The Nights” and “Right Here Waiting.” The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums and scored a total of 14 No. 1 singles. He is the only male solo artist to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts. Quite simply, Marx has created the soundtrack to the most memorable moments in people’s lives. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $55-$60. 8 p.m. February 20.ACELead by the smooth baritone voice of The Platters alumnus Everette Hairston, ACE brings together all the elements of soul, Motown, funk, reggae and blues into a brilliant ensemble that has got something for everyone. Whether listening to one of Everett’s stories from the road, Craig’s mind blowing harmonica solos or Mark’s table side serenade, ACE brings an energy to the room that’s unmatched. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. $10. 8 p.m. February 20.FabolousThis Brooklyn-based hip hop artist will get the party started with his hits, including “Breathe,” “Make Me Better,” “Baby Don’t Go,” “Throw It in the Bag” and “You Be Killin’ Em.” He’ll be performing with Funk Flex. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $27, $40 DOS. 10 p.m. February 20.WhitmanlandA closing reception will be held for this exhibit, showcasing the historic Long Island environs of generations of the Whitman family, who first settled here in mid-17th century. It features the Birthplace, 21 related sites, a 1730 deed, a letter from Whitman’s sister, a farm bell, 10 historic artifacts, paintings and photos that depict the evolution of the birthplace. Rejoice in the transcendental syllabic supremacy of the legendary bard! Learn about Long Island’s role in helping forge his timeless poems and songs! Meet a descendant of the Whitman family! Sing sing sing-sing sing! Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington. Free. 2 p.m. February 21.Exploring Art… Making MemoriesWith the understanding that artistic experiences stimulate new pathways of learning, expression, and memories, the museum is offering a unique program for individuals living with dementia and their care partners. Specially trained professionals will lead an interactive tour of selected works and encourage group discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required. Space is limited. Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. $10. 1 p.m. February 22. Fara AugustoverThis author and Long Island native will speak and sign her new children’s book Harmony Hears a Hoot, a about a young owl name Harmony who relates to kids with and without hearing loss and teaches tolerance with her adventures! Follow Harmony on her first day of school as she meets new friends, enjoys her classes, and teaches everyone what it’s like to have something unique about themselves. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. February 23. You Got To Have Soul: 1960s-1980sJoin host Bill Shelley in celebration of Black History Month with an evening of classic Soul Music including the influences of rhythm and blues, gospel, jazz, funk, free-form poetry and more! Some of the greats who will be showcased will be Ike and Tina Turner, Otis Redding, Gladys Knight, Sam and Dave, Curtis Mayfield, Ray Charles, Roberta Flack, Al Green, The 5th Dimension, Ronnie Spector and many more. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. February 23.Adam LambertThis American Idol star has been wowing crowds around the globe via his vocal collaboration with Queen—filling in for, and keeping the memory alive, yet never replacing, the legendary Freddie Mercury (Lambert’s own personal idol)—and this local, intimate performance is that all-too-rare chance to see the singer all up close and personal! Yes, Lambert most definitely hits all the high notes. Warming up the crowd will be Alex Newell. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $35-$85. 8 p.m. February 23.last_img read more

  • The power of personal relationships

    first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The increased ability to leverage data makes tools such as Net Promoter® Score (NPS) more valuable than ever for credit unions seeking to deepen member relationships.For instance, Suncoast Credit Union in Tampa, Fla., uses NPS not just as a measuring stick, but also as a stepping stone to loan and product growth, as well as improved operational efficiency.The $7.6 billion asset credit union has generated $3 million in product sales since it implemented NPS in May 2015. And its three-employee member relationship team doesn’t get paid through sales incentives, according to Darlene Johnson, Suncoast’s senior vice president of member experience.“It’s really about member relationship-building,” she says. “If you deepen relationships, sales happen organically.”NPS gauges the loyalty of an organization’s relationships with its customers, or in a credit union’s case, its members. continue reading »last_img read more

  • In turbulent times like these, credit provides the financial support members need

    first_imgIt’s hard to believe that we’re almost eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic. The last several months have given us a roller coaster of an economy that has left many consumers financially-vulnerable and uncertain about their long-term financial outlook. Looking at the data from thousands of credit unions within the CO-OP Credit and Debit portfolio, we’ve seen member spending levels climb back over the last few weeks; however, with many Americans still unemployed and the next government stimulus package potentially in limbo, we can still expect some bumps in the road to recovery ahead.If history is any indicator of what we can expect in the upcoming months, then we’ll likely see a shift to credit spending among credit union members. A review of September payment transaction data across CO-OP’s credit and debit portfolios indeed shows that credit purchase activity is picking up after months of depressed volume, while debit spending is beginning to fade. Credit transaction counts and amounts increased for the month by 16% and 17%, respectively, compared with September 2019. This tells us that as more consumers suffer from reduced income and access to cash in their checking accounts, they are relying more on credit for daily expenses.History also tells us that credit unions are well-equipped to respond to economic turbulence and the resulting shift towards credit. This is because consumers tend to flock towards the lower interest rate credit cards and better terms that credit unions can offer. According to TRK Advisors, in the months following the Great Recession of 2008-2009 card balances at traditional banks plummeted while credit unions actually saw an increase in card balances.Interestingly, credit unions have also fared better historically than large issuers in managing credit portfolio risk. During the Great Recession, bank charge-offs hit a high of over 9%, whereas credit union charge-offs maxed out at slightly above 4%, TRK Advisors found.All of this tells us that there are distinct economic advantages to growing your credit portfolio. But going beyond that, credit is more important than ever because it provides the financial support your members need. While large issuers and credit card providers continue to slash credit lines, credit unions can be the compassionate payments alternative (as they always have been). In the early months of the pandemic, this meant offering skip-a-payment and interest relief programs to members, which we saw many of our credit unions do. Now, credit unions should focus on capturing top-of-wallet opportunities within their cardholder base and supplementing their card programs with tools like card controls and alerts that help members track and better manage their spend. Credit Card Top-of-Wallet Opportunities Ahead of the Holiday Shopping SeasonWith digital expected to dominate a much larger portion of holiday shopping this year, now is the time to start pushing to get your cards into your members’ digital wallets. Consider offering special incentives on high-volume online shopping categories. Within CO-OP’s credit portfolio, we have seen strong year-over-year growth across the following categories: Home supply and hardware stores – pandemic Do It Yourself projects continue to be a popular trend as members spend more time at home.  3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Beth Phillips Beth Phillips is Director, Strategic Growth, for CO-OP Financial Services (, a payments and financial technology company serving credit unions. Beth has been with CO-OP since January 2016 … Web: Details Wholesale clubs – we’ve seen a trend towards bulk-shopping at big box retailers like Walmart, Target, Costco and Sam’s Club, where members can purchase necessities like groceries and medications along with home goods and other items. By visiting fewer stores, consumers are likely looking to limit their exposure to COVID-19. Car rentals – car rentals have been on an improving trend since the beginning of the summer, perhaps reflecting cardholders’ desire for “staycation” and “local experience” activities as safer and more economical alternatives to traditional vacations. In contrast, most travel categories, including airlines and hotels, continue to struggle.  This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text Niche spend categories – political organizations, online gambling and digital goods continue to show phenomenal growth year-over-year. In the case of political contributions, this is not surprising given this year’s presidential election cycle. And perhaps my favorite trend to see has been the remarkable growth in snowmobile dealer purchases!Get Ready for Amazon Prime Day on October 13Amazon surprised us all by announcing that their highly-anticipated Prime Day moved from July to October 13 this year. We have seen significant increases in Amazon spending all throughout COVID-19, including double-digit year-over-year growth every month since April (and 50% year-over-year growth in September). With Prime Day set to kick-off the holiday spending craze, some experts are predicting we may see close to $10 billion in sales this year. If you haven’t been doing so already, make a last-minute push to get your credit card top-of-wallet ahead of Amazon Prime Day. Consider sending an email blast to cardholders reminding them to put your card in Amazon’s wallet. A simple reminder can lift placement in digital wallets. Even if you weren’t able to spin up a campaign ahead of next week, fear not as we anticipate that, given the close proximity between Amazon Prime Day and the holidays, this year we’re going to see a prolonged spending boost that will last over the next several weeks. (CO-OP’s SmartGrowth team can help you there.)As the pandemic recession continues, one thing is certain: credit unions can and must continue to support their members by focusing on payments. Payments are the foundation upon which members build primary financial relationships with their credit unions. In turbulent times like these, payments can help you address the needs of your most financially-vulnerable members while also driving deeper member relationships. Need help analyzing your payments strategy? CO-OP’s SmartGrowth experts are ready to work with your credit union to help you analyze your portfolio data, identify your members’ needs and develop a strategy to help meet them. last_img read more

  • Kate Murray, Mike Scotto Challenge Nassau DA Madeline Singas

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two candidates from both sides of the aisle announced plans to run this fall against Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, a Democrat who replaced her former boss four months ago.Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray accepted the Republican nomination Wednesday as the GOP candidate to be the county’s top prosecutor. Her nomination came the same day that Michael Scotto, a former Manhattan prosecutor and Port Washington native, declared his candidacy during a news conference at the New York State Supreme Court building in Mineola. Singas started campaigning for the post shortly after taking it over.“My District Attorney’s office will be blind to political, monetary or family ties,” Scotto said.  “Justice must be meted out objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of money, wealth, power or identity.”Scotto, 50, intends to give Democrats a choice in the September primary against Singas, 48, of Manhasset, who was sworn in as acting district attorney Jan. 6 on the same day that her predecessor, Kathleen Rice, became a member of Congress. Rice had selected Singas, who had been Rice’s chief assistant.The winner of the primary will go on to face Murray, 52, in a special election for the post that will be held on Election Day, which falls on Nov. 3.“I will take my experience as a leader and a lawyer to reshape the District Attorney’s Office to ensure a safer Nassau County for all of our residents,” Murray said in her acceptance speech at Wisdom Lane School in her hometown of Levittown.All three candidates are lawyers, but Murray, who previously worked for the state Attorney General’s office, is the only one who has previously run for elected office and won. The former state Assemblywoman won her sixth term as town supervisor last two years ago. Town Councilman Anthony Santino, the spokesman for the Nassau County Republican Committee, is reportedly running to replace her as town supervisor this fall.Scotto and Singas both touted their outsider status. But, Singas’ campaign would only comment on Murray, not Scotto.“Madeline Singas is a prosecutor, not a politician,” Isaac Goldberg, Singas’ campaign manager, said in a statement in which he noted that Murray “has not been in a courtroom since the 1990s.” He added: “Nassau County needs a tough, aggressive prosecutor as District Attorney and that’s what Madeline Singas will be because that is what she’s been her entire career.”last_img read more

  • World population in 2100 could be 2 billion below UN projections

    first_imgFor high-income countries in this category, the best solutions for sustaining population levels and economic growth will be flexible immigration policies and social support for families who want children, the study concluded.”However, in the face of declining population there is a very real danger that some countries might consider policies that restrict access to reproductive health services, with potentially devastating consequences,” Murray cautioned. Earth will be home to 8.8 billion souls in 2100, two billion fewer than current UN projections, according to a major study published Wednesday that foresees new global power alignments shaped by declining fertility rates and greying populations.By century’s end, 183 of 195 countries — barring an influx of immigrants — will have fallen below the replacement threshold needed to maintain population levels, an international team of researchers reported in The Lancet.More than 20 countries — including Japan, Spain, Italy, Thailand, Portugal, South Korea and Poland — will see their numbers diminish by at least half.  China’s will fall nearly that much, from 1.4 billion people today to 730 million in 80 years.Sub-Saharan Africa, meanwhile, will triple in size to some three billion people, with Nigeria alone expanding to almost 800 million in 2100, second only to India’s 1.1 billion. “These forecasts suggest good news for the environment, with less stress on food production systems and lower carbon emissions, as well as significant economic opportunity for parts of sub-Saharan Africa,” lead author Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, told AFP.”However, most countries outside of Africa will see shrinking workforces and inverting population pyramids, which will have profound negative consequences for the economy.”  866 million people over 80 “It is imperative that women’s freedom and rights are at the top of every government’s development agenda.”Social services and healthcare systems will need to be overhauled to accommodate much older populations.As fertility falls and life expectancy increases worldwide, the number of children under five is forecast to decline by more than 40 percent, from 681 million in 2017 to 401 million in 2100, the study found.At the other end of the spectrum, 2.37 billion people — more than a quarter of the global population — will be over 65 years old by then. Those over 80 will balloon from about 140 million today to 866 million.Sharp declines in the number and proportion of the working-age population will also pose huge challenges in many countries. “Societies will struggle to grow with fewer workers and taxpayers,” noted Stein Emil Vollset, a professor at the IHME. The number of people of working age in China, for example, will plummet from about 950 million today to just over 350 million by the end of the century — a 62 percent drop. The decline in India is projected to be less steep, from 762 to 578 million.In Nigeria, by contrast, the active labor force will expand from 86 million today to more than 450 million in 2100.These tectonic shifts will also reshuffle the pecking order in terms of economic clout, the researchers forecast.center_img A new multipolar world By 2050, China’s gross domestic product will overtake that of the United States, but fall back into second place by 2100, they predict.India’s GDP will rise to take the number three spot, while Japan, Germany, France and the UK will stay among the world’s 10 largest economies.Brazil is projected to fall in ranking from eighth today to 13th, and Russia from the number 10 spot to 14th. Historical powers Italy and Spain, meanwhile, decline from the top 15 to 25th and 28th, respectively.Indonesia could become the 12th largest economy globally, while Nigeria — currently 28th — is projected to crack the top 10. “By the end of the century, the world will be multipolar, with India, Nigeria, China and the United States the dominant powers,” said Richard Horton, describing the study as outlining “radical shifts in geopolitical power.”Until now, the United Nations — which forecasts 8.5, 9.7 and 10.9 billion people in 2030, 2050 and 2100, respectively — has virtually had a monopoly in projecting global population.The difference between the UN and IHME figures hinges crucially on fertility rates. The so-called “replacement rate” for a stable population is 2.1 births per woman.UN calculations assume that countries with low fertility today will see those rates increase, on average, to about 1.8 children per woman over time, said Murray.”Our analysis suggests that as women become more educated and have access to reproductive health services, they choose to have less than 1.5 children on average,” he explained by email.”Continued global population growth through the century is no longer the most likely trajectory for the world’s population.”Founded in 2007 and supported by the Bill and & Melinda Gates Foundation, the IHME had become a global reference for health statistics, especially its annual Global Burden of Disease reports.  Topics :last_img read more