Piano Prodigy Hits All the Right Notes

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleScott Nuss couldn’t believe it when students converged on him asking for his autograph after he performed a concert.“I was like, ‘You want my autograph? I’m just a kid,’” Nuss explained, while sitting at his Yamaha piano in his West Avenue house in Ocean City on Friday afternoon.That concert was on April 6, 2017, at Perry Hall High School in Maryland, where the 13-year-old pianist, complete with a neck-mounted harmonica, performed renditions of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” “My Life,” and “New York State of Mind,” to name a few.“I like the stage. I was really nervous, and I got on stage and waved,” Scott said. “The second I started playing I wasn’t nervous at all because I know the songs.”A few months later, the prodigy, his parents Jill and Brad Nuss, and older brother Grant, moved from Maryland to their vacation home in Ocean City, because they loved it here so much.Scott, an eighth-grade student at the Intermediate School, wrote a song about his love for Ocean City. He hopes the city will make it the town’s official theme song. He plans on playing it to a crowd for the first time at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Ocean City Free Public Library. He has invited Mayor Jay Gillian and Ocean City School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor.“I love Ocean City. We have been coming here ever since we were kids,” Scott said. “We always came here every summer. I wrote the song because I want people to know how great Ocean City is.”Scott, who is known mostly for his Billy Joel music, also plays Elton John, the Beatles and classical music. And despite barely being a teenager, he said he doesn’t like new music or rap. “I like the older songs because they had piano in them. I just like the style better.”He sat down at his piano Friday afternoon and transformed from a teen to a concert pianist as he tapped on the keys and simultaneously played the harmonica while performing one of his favorites, “Piano Man.” Then he stopped and said, “It’s long. I could still play if you want.”The music filled the room.Scott likes performing for charities.But his extraordinary talents branch out into other areas. His generosity and kindness are reflected in his fundraising efforts for St. Jude’s Research Hospital. He and his instructor, Daniel Weiser, raised thousands of dollars that went to helping children with cancer, during the Perry Hall High School benefit concert. Scott hopes to do the same in a concert at Ocean City High School in September.“Scott was watching TV with me and the St. Jude commercials were coming on,” Jill Nuss said. “He felt so sad for the children with cancer.”Nuss said she is Scott’s biggest fan, but she sometimes has to nudge him to perform.But when it comes time for a performance, Nuss said she tries not to bother Scott too much, “Sometimes I’m like, ‘Did you practice enough?’ He always does. Everything always turns out great.”Not only is Nuss a musician, composer and a singer, but he is also a straight “A” student. His favorite class? “It was science but now it is social studies,” he said.He somehow manages time for homework in between his daily 45-minute to an hour-long piano practice, in which he does a mix of his favorite Billy Joel ballads to classical tunes. He has a keen memory, and only has to read a piece of sheet music a couple of times before he has it down.It all began when he was just four. His older brother, Grant, took some piano lessons but lost interest. Scott began taking piano lessons with classical training, then later moved into more contemporary music as his musical tastes developed.The rest is history.And the big question of what he wants to do when he grows up included, of course, playing the piano. “I want to keep playing and writing more songs. Maybe I will be a video production person where I could do videos for companies and make a song,” Scott said.But his ultimate dream would be for his idol, Billy Joel, to show up for one of his concerts.He grinned and said, “It will happen someday.”Scott hopes to someday meet his idol, fellow pianist Billy Joel. Scott Nuss, 13, of Ocean City, a talented pianist, will perform at the Ocean City Free Public Library Jan. 18.last_img read more

7 skills tomorrow’s top leaders are developing today

first_imgThis week, I’ll be at a conference giving a talk on Culture and Storytelling, following which I’ll be part of a panel discussion about the Future of Work, and specifically about developing current, millennial talent into future leaders. It’s interesting to note the skills toward which organizations seem to be migrating as it relates to what they’re looking for in their future leaders. Want to get ahead of the curve? Here are the skills tomorrow’s top leaders are developing today.Being Others-OrientedIt’s funny, because in a prominent report released by the World Economic Forum, they called something similar to this idea “service orientation.” Of course, readers of this blog know that I’m a big advocate of servant leadership, so it’s interesting to see others tip-toe towards something like it.Persuasion, Logic, & NegotiationOr perhaps we could title this section “How to Effectively Persuade and Negotiate without Being a Manipulative, Coercive Jerk.”The old methods of “persuasion” are increasingly frowned upon by an increasingly aware workforce. In the past, if a boss, exec, or CEO wore a nice suit, brandished a smile, said all the right things to the right people (to their faces, anyway), and was dishonest, manipulative, and even Machiavellian in ways that he wouldn’t get caught for, all was well as long as the numbers looked good. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

West Middle School gives 8th graders send off to high school

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton 8th graders received a proper send off Tuesday afternoon as they transition into the high school years. Binghamton’s East Middle School also held a send-off. Educators say they want their students to know they support them and hope they felt they had a proper start to their summer. Teachers and staff at West Middle School held a drive through celebration handing out certificates, prizes and awards to their students.center_img Teachers and staff say the send off have them a chance to say good-bye to their students. “We want them to feel this a little closure for them ending their year here at West Middle School,” said West Middle School Principal Kristine Battaglino. “Going to Binghamton High School, doing their four years over there. We just want them to continue their success. So we’re here to support them.”last_img read more

Realme 7 5G Price, Specifications Leaked by Tipsters; Spotted on Thailand’s Certification Site

first_img– Advertisement – The NBTC site doesn’t provide specific details about the Realme 7 5G. However, if it were to be rebadged Realme V5, we can expect an identical list of specifications. Tipster Abhishek Yadav on Twitter has additionally leaked pricing details of the unannounced phone.Realme 7 5G price (expected)As per the leak, the Realme 7 5G will be priced at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 17,000) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, while its 8GB RAM + 128GB storage version would carry a price tag of CNY 1,899 (roughly Rs. 21,400).Realme 7 5G specifications (expected)In terms of specifications, the Realme 7 5G is said to have a 6.5-inch display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a hole-punch design, and an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 720 SoC. The phone is also tipped to come with quad rear cameras that include a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor, along with two other 2-megapixel sensors. Tipster Abhishek Yadav also mentioned that the Realme 7 5G would come with a 16-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front. Furthermore, the smartphone is said to have a 5,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm headphone jack, and 9.1mm of thickness. All these specifications are identical to those of the Realme V5.- Advertisement – Realme 7 5G is likely to be the next model in the Realme 7 series that has Realme 7, 7 Pro, and 7i. While Realme hasn’t officially provided any details, the new smartphone has reportedly received a certification from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand. The details on the NBTC site suggests that the Realme 7 5G could just be a global variant of the Realme V5.As initially reported by tipster Sudhanshu Ambhore, the NBTC site shows that the Realme 7 5G could carry model number RMX2111. This was previously associated with the Realme V5 that debuted in China in August.- Advertisement –center_img Why are smartphone prices rising in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_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

Put Liberty statue in its rightful place

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I totally agree with Jessie Malecki’s March 14 letter to the editor regarding the proposed relocation of the Statue of Liberty, which has been in the old/new Liberty Park on lower State Street in Schenectady since 1950.I personally have missed it being there during the renovation of the park as I cross the Western Gateway Bridge from the west daily and looked forward to seeing it “greet” me at the entrance to the city.To even consider not replacing this statue in the newly renovated park seems ludicrous to me. Please, Mr. Mayor, get it back where it belongs.RICHARD DICRISTOFARORotterdam JunctionMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusLocal movie theater operators react to green lightFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Local communities provide free internet, gadgets to students amid e-learning barriers

first_imgSimilarly, internet cafes and popular haunts in Yogyakarta have also provided free internet access to local students during the online learning period, courtesy of the fundraising campaign that can be accessed at kitabisa.com/bisasekolah.One local initiative has taken the innovative approach of providing mobile internet access aboard a vintage Volkswagen van that regularly goes around a number of villages across the region.Dubbed “VW Combi Internet Keliling”, the van broadcasts a wireless internet signal as it drives around Sleman regency and Klaten regency from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.A survey conducted by the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) in April involving 1,700 students and 602 teachers in 54 cities and regencies found that 42 percent of students could not afford internet packages, making it difficult for them to make video calls with their teachers.Topics : “We call them ‘Rumah Kembali Belajar’ [‘Learn Again Home’],” Kitabisa program manager Satria said in a statement on Thursday. “The initiative is the result of our concerns regarding the learning situation amid the pandemic, especially among students whose parents are informal workers.”On-site volunteers are present to ensure strict adherence to health protocols among students over the course of the daily learning period, which runs from 6.30 a.m. to 2 p.m., from Monday to Friday, he said.“Every part of the society has a right to education whatever the circumstances,” IRES executive director Hari said.Read also: EXCLUSIVE: ‘Kids feel lonely’ amid extended remote learning period, Nadiem says Amid the slew of technological and financial limitations that come with online learning, several local communities across Java have taken it upon themselves to provide students with free access to electronic gadgets and internet connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic.Karang Taruna Petamburan, a youth organization in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, for instance, has collaborated with nongovernmental organization Indonesia Resilience (IRES) and crowdfunding platform Kitabisa to open makeshift learning centers equipped with smart devices and wireless networks that local students are able to access for free, under the supervision of adult volunteers.  The learning centers, established at the At-Tawadhu mushola and Berase Art Studio, are expected to ensure a more seamless online learning experience for local elementary, junior high and high school students.last_img read more

West Jakarta firefighters save kitten stuck inside water jug

first_imgThe kitten’s head was stuck in the neck of the jug. Eko said it let forth “a pained meow” as it struggled to escape.Read also: The multifaceted roles of Jakarta firefightersThe firefighters cut out the bottom of the receptacle and made a cut in its neck remove the cat. They used a spoon to shield the cat from the blade.“It took about 30 minutes to get the cat out of the jug,” said Eko, adding that the residents took the cat home after the rescue.Firefighters in Jakarta have received a number of emergency requests unrelated to fires, including removing a ring stuck on someone’s finger and rescuing cat from the bottom of a well. (mfp)Topics : West Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency officers have rescued a kitten stuck inside a 19-liter water jug in Tegal Alur, Cengkareng, West Jakarta.Eko Sumarno, the agency’s operational chief, said residents had found the animal inside the vessel.“They felt sorry for the cat, so they took it to a fire station in Cengkareng,” he said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

Putin condemns “unfair” IAAF ban

first_imgIn recent weeks, Russia has announced the introduction of new anti-doping measures, and recruited “50 foreign specialists” to tighten controls for athletes wishing to participate in the Olympics.“For the past six months, samples of our athletes have been analysed by foreign specialists. And these samples were analysed in foreign laboratories. Should we not trust them?” asked Putin.But in a damning verdict, the IAAF said on Friday that the Russian federation was “at least 18-24 months away from returning to full operational compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code”.Share on: WhatsApp The IAAF imposed the initial ban on Russia in November over state-sponsored doping and mass corruption, and first extended it in March on the grounds that the criteria set for reinclusion had not been met.Russia has over the past few months attempted to convince the IAAF that they are conforming to WADA requirements and deserve to return to the world athletics fold. #BREAKING Russia sports ministry ordered doping cover-up at 2013 worlds – WADA investigator— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 17, 2016Putin was speaking after the IAAF Council voted unanimously in Vienna to extend a ban on the Russian athletics federation from international competition, but left the door ajar for some track and field stars to compete in the Rio Games as neutrals.“Responsibility must always be individual and those who have no connection with these violations should not suffer,” said the Russian president who, even before the announcement of the decision, had denied all allegations of “organised stage doping” by Russia.“We ourselves are outraged when we’re faced with doping problems, and we work to ensure that those guilty are punished. But the clean athletes, as they say, why should they suffer? I really don’t understand,” said Putin.“I hope we find a solution, but that does not mean that we’re going to be offended and say that we’re not going to fight against doping. On the contrary, we’re going to strengthen our fight against doping.” President Vladimir Putin on Friday condemned as “unfair” the IAAF decision to extend a ban on the doping-tainted Russian athletics federation, saying he hoped a solution could be found to allow “clean” athletes to compete in the Olympic Games.“Of course it’s unfair,” Putin said during a meeting with journalists.“I’m assuming that we’ll have a discussion with our colleagues in the World Anti-Doping Agency and I hope a reaction from the International Olympic Committee,” he said of a decision which will prevent Russian athletes from competing in the Rio Olympics in August. IAAF extends ban on Russia, leaves door ajar for some track and field stars to compete at Rio Olympics as neutrals https://t.co/xbPuUyUTTU— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 17, 2016last_img read more

Rooney arrested for being drunk and swearing

first_imgThe 33-year-old forward came to the US capital last July, signing with DC United and taking the last-place Major League Soccer club into the playoffs in his first half-season with the squad.Rooney was the centerpiece of United’s marketing campaign as the team opened a new stadium, the English star saying upon his arrival he looked forward to the challenge and enjoyed the relative anonymity afforded by suburban life in America.His contract, which according to the MLS Payers Association pays him a salary of some $2.8 million plus revenue from bonuses and sponsorship, runs through the 2020 season.United open the 2019 MLS season on March 3 against Atlanta United. Pre-season training camp opens in two weeks.bb/djShare on: WhatsApp RooneyWashington, United States | AFP | Former England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney was arrested last month for being drunk and swearing in public and paid a $25 fine Friday, according to multiple reports Sunday.Court records obtained by Washington ABC 7 News and The Athletic showed that Rooney was arrested in Loudon County, Virginia, on December 16 for cursing and intoxication, a misdemeanor for which he was released from custody on his own recognizance before paying the fine and court costs on Friday.Rooney was arrested by the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority at Dulles International Airport, which is located in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington.The former England captain apparently was at the airport after a trip back from Saudi Arabia. He had posted a photo of himself on December 14 from Riyadh at an event.“We are aware of news reports indicating that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December,” DC United said in a statement issued to US media outlets, including the Washington Post.“We understand the media’s interest in this matter but believe this is a private matter for Wayne that DC United Will handle internally.”Rooney is serving a two-year UK drink driving ban stemming from a September 2017 arrest in England.last_img read more