Slash Joins School of Rock’s Kids for a Jam Sesh

first_imgSlash & Brandon Niederauer He’s in the band! School of Rock’s pint-sized power players were in for a treat when Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Slash recently surprised them during a rehearsal. He joined the kids in performing the band’s classic hits “Sweet Child O’Mine” and “Paradise City.” While Slash is certainly Mount Rock royalty, Bobbi MacKenzie, Brandon Niederauer and the rest of the kid cast were totally poised playing with the Guns N’ Roses icon. Check out the jam session, captured on camera by Rolling Stone, below and see School of Rock’s kids shred eight times a week at the Winter Garden Theatre! View Comments Related Showscenter_img School of Rock – The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019last_img read more

Japanese firms see rising risk of stranded investment as tide turns against coal worldwide

first_imgJapanese firms see rising risk of stranded investment as tide turns against coal worldwide FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Marubeni Corp’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said on Monday it is increasingly difficult to sell stakes in coal-fired power plants due to growing criticism of the power stations which emit high levels of carbon dioxide.“To sum up, it is becoming harder to sell stakes in coal power plants as coal has run into a lot of flak,” Masumi Kakinoki told an analyst meeting, when asked about attitudes towards coal power amid global efforts to tackle climate change.Marubeni pledged in 2018 to halve its net coal power generating capacity of about 3 gigawatts (GW) by 2030 to cut greenhouse gas emissions. As of March 2020, it held 2.7 GW net coal power capacity.“The best solution is to stop and scrap the plants, but we need to sell our stakes to parties with an interest in owning them as there are many power stations that are still valuable and needed for regions or countries,” Kakinoki said. However, he added that the company needed to avoid selling the stakes at a large loss, or to buyers who may resell them quickly.Last week, peer Sumitomo Corp booked a special loss of 25 billion yen ($241 million) in its April-September half year on its stake and lending in the Bluewaters coal power station in Australia.Mitsui & Co Ltd CEO Tatsuo Yasunaga also said last month that the company plans to sell its remaining stakes in coal-fired power stations by the end of the decade as it aims to achieve its 2050 net zero emission target.[Yuka Obayashi]More: Marubeni CEO says becoming harder to sell stakes in coal power plantslast_img read more

Cuomo Draws Supporters, Protesters to Suffolk Fundraiser

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo drew more than 1,000 protesters Monday night outside Villa Lombardi in Holbrook when he came to speak before a packed crowd at the Suffolk Democratic Party’s annual spring dinner.While those rallying outside boisterously protested Cuomo’s position on issues ranging from education to the environment and gun rights, Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Richard Schaffer and Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs both called the fundraiser a success.“We’ve broken all records in terms of attendance as well as money raised for Governor Cuomo!” Schaffer boasted from the stage, recalling the crowds he’s seen in the 14 years he’s been chairman. He reportedly raked in $410,000 from 550 attendees, with the average price of an individual ticket set at $300. As Jacobs put it, looking at the enthusiastic audience with admiration, “This is a very successful night for Richie Schaffer!”Schaffer’s goal for November, he proclaimed, is to ensure that Suffolk voters give the governor the largest county plurality in New York. Judging from the number of protesters lining both sides of Main Street as he spoke, that achievement may not come easily this fall—at least in Suffolk.“I remember the old days in Suffolk,” Cuomo told his supporters. “I remember when Democrats didn’t win. I remember when people believed that Democrats couldn’t win in Suffolk. But I watched the Suffolk Revolution…. I watched Democrats rise up.”Today not only does a Democrat, Steve Bellone, hold the Suffolk County executive post, but Democrats also have a majority on the county legislature. In the governor’s speech, which lasted less than 15 minutes, Cuomo congratulated Schaffer for working “his magic” on the local and the county level.A different spell was working outdoors on the people carrying signs knocking the governor and loudly shouting, “Hey hey, high-ho, Cuomo’s got to go” among other chants. It was clearly a mixed crowd. There were teachers, parents and school kids opposing the governor’s Common Core academic curriculum with its emphasis on teacher evaluations and standardized tests.Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke in Holbrook on Monday.“We just really want to get Cuomo out of the classroom and let us do our jobs,” said Jennifer Ronayne, a fifth-grade teacher in the Connetquot school district.Emma Rennard, a fifth-grader in the Comsewogue school district, was carrying a sign that said, “I love my teachers. My school’s the best, but I have to refuse the state test.”Gun rights advocates wanting to repeal the New York Safe Act, which requires universal background checks on gun purchases and bans assault weapons. The governor had pushed its passage after the Newtown school shooting in Connecticut. One sign held by a Bayport man in a cowboy hat and gray mustache who declined to give his last name used the image of automatic rifles as the letters “F” and “K” to spell out an obscene verb to be inveighed against Cuomo.Environmentalists were on hand to remind the governor to “ban fracking now!” Hydraulic facturing, or “fracking,” refers to a controversial method of drilling for natural gas that has been linked to air and water pollution in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania where the practice has been approved. A de facto fracking moratorium has been in effect for years while New York studies the issue and Cuomo remains mum.Holding a blue sign with white letters that read “Support medical marijuana in New York” was Donna Schwier, a disabled registered nurse from Medford.“I think we should have safe access to medical marijuana,” she said. “There are thousands of New Yorkers suffering. In some cases it’s a matter of life and death.”She wanted the governor to throw his weight behind a bill now bogged down in the state Senate that’s been proposed by Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island), who is a member of the small group of independent Democrats that are in a power-sharing agreement with Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the Senate Republican leader and a Cuomo ally. The Assembly, under Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), is poised to pass the bill.Also making their presence known were people still struggling to get their lives back in order after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Dominick and Jill Russo from East Rockaway have been living in an RV in their front yard while waiting for the governor’s much-touted New York Rising relief program to pay them enough so they can fix their home and move back indoors.“It’s been 18 months we’ve been fighting,” said Russo, who was holding a sign that said, “Homeless with a mortgage! Living in RV for 17 months with family of four plus a dog and a cat.”Nearby another woman was holding a sign that read, “Thanks to flood insurance and New York Rising, my house still has NO GUTS!”For the most part the protesters were spirited but peaceful. No arrests were reported, but the police were on hand to escort the benefit participants who had to cross Main Street to enter the venue. The crowd at the entrance subjected them to taunts like “Shame on you! Andy’s puppets!”One Suffolk Democrat who ran the gauntlet joked that “I’m usually on the other side of these things.”The themes raised by the protesters got short shrift in the governor’s speech. Cuomo defended his record on capping property taxes, raising the minimum wage, promoting job growth and passing the marriage equality act “for all New Yorkers.” And in an ironic twist, considering that his father was also governor once upon a time, he boasted, “Not since Nelson Rockefeller was governor have there been four on-time budgets in a row.”The closest he came to addressing the Common Core controversy was when he said that New York spends more money per student than any other state but the results are mediocre at best. That’s why he supports the new teacher evaluation system, he said.“We can see what teachers are working well, what schools are working well; and teachers who need help, we can get them the help,” he said. “I believe evaluating performance works for everyone…and we want to get our students the best education we can.”As his speech reached its climax, the attentive audience started applauding so loudly that some of his litany of accomplishments were drowned out.“We said we were going to end the ‘tax-and-spend madness’ and we did!” Cuomo shouted. “We have the lowest middle class tax rate since 1953!”Then he was gone, with chants of “Cuomo! Cuomo!” ringing in the ears of the crowd, erasing any lingering memories of the protests they’d heard when they arrived.last_img read more

NCUA’s Bill Myers shares how small credit unions can thrive in 2016

first_imgWe’ve been hearing a lot of talk the last couple years how credit unions have been growing by leaps and bounds. Word has it, however, that it’s only the larger credit unions that are growing — not the smaller ones. To get the real story on this issue, we invited NCUA’s Director, Office of Small Credit Unions Bill Myers on the show to share his numbers.We also discussed other issues smaller credit unions are facing on daily basis that are making business challenging, as wells as what larger credit unions can do to help out and how he sees this group faring in 2016. Bill not only shows us how smaller credit unions can survive, but they can thrive this year. Let us know your thoughts. Enjoy! continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

WHO sees role for older antivirals in some H5N1 cases

first_imgMay 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Clinicians should use oseltamivir (Tamiflu) as first-line treatment for H5N1 avian influenza, but they should consider giving one of the older antiviral drugs along with it in some circumstances, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends.In new guidelines issued May 19, the WHO also said physicians should consider using one of the older drugs—amantadine or rimantadine—as first-line therapy if newer drugs are not available and surveillance indicates local strains of the H5N1 virus are susceptible to the drugs.”This is the first time we clearly state the possibility of dual therapy to be considered in case you are facing an H5N1 outbreak,” said Nahoko Shindo, a WHO medical officer who helped draw up the guidelines, as quoted in a May 19 Reuters report.The guidelines address the use of the neuraminidase inhibitors (NIs), including oseltamivir and zanamivir (Relenza), and the M2 inhibitors—amantadine and rimantadine—in treating patients with known or suspected H5N1 infection. The M2 inhibitors, also known as adamantanes, are cheaper than the NIs, but they have not previously been recommended for use in H5N1 cases because the likelihood of viral resistance was considered too high.However, recent data suggest that some strains of H5N1 are susceptible to the older drugs. An analysis of more than 600 H5N1 viruses collected in Southeast Asia showed that most samples from China and Indonesia lacked genetic characteristics signaling resistance to amantadine, whereas most samples from Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia had those characteristics. The report was published by the Journal of Infectious Diseases.The new WHO guidelines were drawn up by an international group of clinicians with experience treating H5N1 patients, along with other experts, at a meeting in late March. The panel systematically reviewed and graded the evidence for the drugs’ effectiveness.Evidence rated as slimSince no results from controlled trials of medication use in H5N1 cases are available, “Overall, the quality of the underlying evidence for all recommendations was very low,” the 138-page WHO report states. The evidence includes results of lab and animal studies and indirect evidence from studies of antiviral use in patients with seasonal influenza. The recommendations are classified as “strong” or “weak,” depending on the quality of the relevant evidence.The WHO says that if a patient has a confirmed or strongly suspected H5N1 case and NIs are available, “Clinicians should administer oseltamivir treatment (strong recommendation); zanamivir might be used as an alternative (weak recommendation).”Oseltamivir comes in capsule form, whereas zanamivir is taken with an inhaler. The WHO says zanamivir has lower bioavailability outside the respiratory tract than oseltamivir, but it may be active against some strains of oseltamivir-resistant H5N1 virus.The guidelines say clinicians should not use amantadine or rimantadine alone as first-line treatment if neuraminidase inhibitors are available. However, “Clinicians might administer a combination of a neuraminidase inhibitor and an M2 inhibitor if local surveillance data show that the H5N1 virus is known or likely to be susceptible (weak recommendation).”If clinicians try this combination therapy, they should collect “detailed and standardized clinical and virological data” from the start of treatment, the document adds.If NIs are not available, the WHO advises, “Clinicians might administer amantadine or rimantadine as a first-line treatment if local surveillance data show that the H5N1 virus is known or likely to be susceptible to these drugs (weak recommendation).” The report adds that rimantadine generally has a better side-effect profile than amantadine.The guidelines say that for now, the recommendations on using antivirals for treatment of H5N1 cases are the same as those for early treatment of adults and children with seasonal influenza.However, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised physicians last January to stop using amantadine and rimantadine for the rest of the flu season, because the dominant flu strain had become highly resistant to them. More than 90% of influenza A(H3N2) isolates had become resistant, the agency said at the time.Preventive use of antiviralsThe WHO also issued recommendations on preventive use of the antiviral drugs in people with potential exposure to H5N1 (postexposure prophylaxis).The agency said that where available, oseltamivir or zanamivir should be used preventively in high- and moderate-risk exposure groups, including pregnant women, continuing for 7 to 10 days after exposure. The drugs probably should not be used prophylactically in low-risk exposure groups, the document says. High-risk groups are defined as household or close family contacts of a strongly suspected or confirmed H5N1 patient.Amantadine and rimantadine should not be used preventively if NIs are available, the WHO advises. But if NIs are not available, the older drugs could be used in high- and moderate-risk groups if local surveillance data show that the virus is likely to be susceptible to them.The WHO authors also looked at the possible use of other supplementary treatments in H5N1 cases, including corticosteroids, immunoglobulin, interferon, and ribavirin. “There was no basis to make a recommendation for use of any of these medicines outside the context of a randomised trial, but ribavirin particularly should not be used in pregnant women (strong recommendation),” the report says.See also:Full text of WHO guidelineshttp://www.who.int/medicines/publications/WHO_PSM_PAR_2006.6.pdfMay 12 CIDRAP News story “Study suggests older antivirals could help fight H5N1”last_img read more

Engine parity addressed in Modified rules

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Engine parity along with body issues are addressed in IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified rules for 2014.Maximum height for rear spoilers on Modifieds powered by a crate engine was reduced from three inches to two.“We were reluctant to make any changes on the fly or any drastic changes in 2013,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root emphasized. “That is how we decided to make the small reduction in the spoiler height. It’s inexpensive and easy to fix. It was the most logical step for us to take.”“With all that being said,” he continued, “if we experience a parity issue between the crate and claim engine options and if there is a need to do so, we reserve the right to further adjust during the racing season in 2014.”Rules for IMCA’s largest division are published in this month’s newsletter. They’ll be posted on the IMCA website in early January.“Parity between the two engine options continues to be extremely important to IMCA. The crate motor is not going to make any more horsepower,” said Root. “We are matching the known variables with the crate motor with the unknown and changing racer-to-racer variables regarding the claim option.”Clarifications to body rules specify that the nose extend no higher than the front of the hood; that the hood must cover the radiator; no complete car covers are allowed, while rear tail covers are permitted only in the personal pit area; and solid sail panels are required.All shocks must completely collapse at any time and no suspension stops of any kind are allowed.Also clarified was the rule stating no adjustable throttle bore or sleeve-type carburetor spacers can be used.2014 procedures, which include the higher penalties for attempting to cheat the crate engine seal, will also be posted on the IMCA website early next month.No change will be made in the bonus point system employed in 2013.“This year, we had some of the tightest national points battles in years,” Root noted. “It’s clear the bonus point system is not something that needs to be messed with.”last_img read more

Hagerstown hosts East Coast Nationals for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars May 24-25

first_imgHAGERSTOWN, Md. – All roads lead to Hagerstown Speedway for the May 24-25 East Coast Nationals for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars.  Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. both days. Hot laps are at 7:30 p.m. with racing to follow. The Hampton Inns on Interstate 81 and on Interstate 70 are the official hotels for Hagerstown Speedway and reservations can be made by calling 301 739-6100 or 240 420-1970.  IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and E3 Spark Plugs State points will be awarded. Two $300 to win, $150 to start features will be held if there are 70 or more entries on Friday.  The event is co-sanctioned by the Virginia Sprint Series, Pennsylvania Sprint Series and Laurel Highlands Sprint Series, and also features Carolina Sprint Tour and Mid Atlantic Sprint Series competitors. center_img Saturday’s main event pays $1,000 to win and $500 to start. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students ages 13-17 and military, and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 and there is no entry fee. The track website is www.hagerstownspeedway.com. Grandstand tickets can also be purchased online.last_img read more

Spurs quartet closing in on return

first_imgTottenham could be near to full strength for next week’s game against Manchester City after Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho, Sandro and Younes Kaboul all came through a friendly against West Ham. Kaboul had been sidelined for two months with a thigh problem while the other three had not played since December. All four are now closing on in a return to competitive action ahead of Wednesday’s huge match against Manchester City at White Hart Lane. Press Associationcenter_img Sandro came off at half-time during the behind closed doors friendly on Thursday while Kaboul, Paulinho and Vertonghen all played an hour before being substituted. Manager Tim Sherwood, who was at Upton Park to watch the 3-0 win, was happy to see the quartet back in action. “It is great news to see so many lads returning from injury at such a crucial time,” Sherwood told Spurs TV. “They have come through okay and it’s good to see them get some minutes under their belts. There is nothing like playing. “With players of this quality coming back to fitness it reinforces the fact that we have strength and depth in the squad. They are players with real quality and ability. That’s what I look for.” The only two players who have also been sidelined through injury of late – Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela – did not feature. Harry Kane scored twice and Milos Veljkovic also found the net in the 3-0 win. Germany midfielder Lewis Holtby, who may leave Spurs this month, provided all three assists. last_img read more

Ferris forced to retire

first_img Press Association The 35-cap back-rower had hoped to shake off the problem once and for all and secure a new Ravenhill deal, yet he has now been forced to admit defeat. “It is every young rugby player’s dream to represent their province and their country and I have been enormously privileged to have done both,” said the 2009 Grand Slam winner in a club statement. “I have shared a pitch with so many talented players over the past nine years and I want to thank my team-mates at Ulster and Ireland for the support that they have given me. “I also want to thank the IRFU as well as the strength and conditioning coaches and medical team at Ulster Rugby, for all their hard work, patience and backing over the past year and a half. “I have had a great career, met many wonderful people and I hang up the boots with no regrets.” Injury robbed Ferris of a Test place on the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa, one of few gaps in an impressive CV. Ferris made his senior Ulster debut in 2005, quickly establishing himself at both provincial and international level. And Ulster rugby director David Humphreys admitted the bullish back-rower was earmarked for stardom from the very start. “I would like to thank Stephen for the outstanding contribution that he has made to Ulster Rugby,” said Humphreys. “We knew from the day and hour that he walked into the Academy that he was an exceptional talent. Through dedication and hard work he developed into one of the best forwards in the world game. “He has always played an important leadership role within the squad and he helped mentor and inspire others. “While we are sorry to be losing Stephen, we recognise and celebrate the exceptional rugby career that he has had and wish him every success in the future.” While Ferris calls time on his career, his former Ireland colleagues are preparing for the first of two Tests against Argentina this month. Argentina are resting many of their frontline players for the matches, with the opening Test taking place at the Estadio Centenario in Resistencia this weekend, but Ireland prop Mike Ross believes the Pumas will still provide stern opposition. On what Ireland can expect from their hosts, Ross said: “The same thing we always get from Argentina, a hard physical performance. “I know they are missing a lot of their big names but the team they have got has just come off a good run of six or seven victories in a row against teams like the Waratahs A and a good few professional sides. “They won’t have the Lobbes or some of the big names you come to expect when you are playing Argentina in Argentina but it doesn’t make it an easy game by any means. “We have got some video of some of their games so we will be looking to go with that over the next couple of days and make sure we know what each player is going to bring.” The British and Irish Lions loose-forward suffered serious ankle damage in PRO12 action for Ulster against Edinburgh in November 2012. The 28-year-old fought back to make three Ulster appearances this term, but has since suffered a recurrence of the same issue. Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris has been forced to retire after the ankle problem that sidelined him for 16 months struck again.last_img read more