Last weekend, Brooklyn-based funk army Turkuaz strutted their stuff at The Spot in Providence, RI for quite the tasty performance. The band has been taking no prisoners, following their funky 2015 release Digitonium with some exciting tours and concerts nationwide.Thanks to master videographer MKDevo, we have full show footage from last Friday’s performance, complete with so many Turkuaz classics and a soulful cover of The Band’s “The Shape I’m In” as a concluding encore. Tune in below:Setlist: Turkuaz at The Spot, Providence, RI – 2/26/16Set One: Intro, Percy Thrills (The Moondog), Nightswimming, Murder Face, Babies Makin’ Babies, M’Lady, The Mountain, Let It Ride, Tiptoe Through The Crypto, Snap Your Fingers, Bubba Slide, Coast to CoastSet Two: 20 Dollar Bill, Barking Up The Wrong Tree, Chatte Lunatique, Future 86, European Festivity Nightmare, Digital Love, The Generator, Everyone’s a Winner, Gogo Mister Dodo, The Rules, Lookin’ Tough, Feelin’ GoodEncore: The Shape I’m In
Poor families, like families everywhere, share an age-old parental challenge: getting kids to eat healthy.But recent research by Caitlin Daniel, a doctoral candidate in sociology in Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, shows that low-income parents face a critical burden other parents don’t: They can’t afford the waste that goes hand in hand with getting kids to eat their Brussels sprouts.The research, backed by a Harvard catalyst childhood obesity pilot grant and published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, provides new understanding of one of the forces driving the American obesity crisis. Daniel spoke to the Gazette about the costs of eating well. GAZETTE: Your research sheds light on some of the economic roots of the obesity epidemic as it affects low-income families: food waste and picky kids. Can you describe your work for us?DANIEL: The paper comes from a broader project on the food decisions of parents across the socioeconomic spectrum. It comes at a time when concern about diet-related disease is on the rise. The particular goal of this project is to understand the interplay between economic constraints on the one hand and the ideas that people hold about food on the other. This interest is largely borne of my own personal experience growing up in a lower-income household, where economic constraints were definitely part of food decisions. But I also noticed that social and symbolic aspects of eating were nonetheless present.This interplay between the social and symbolic and economic wasn’t reflected as much as I wanted in public health research on food choices among the poor. It wasn’t reflected in sociological and anthropological research on food and eating either. And my sense was that if we want to understand the socioeconomic disparities in diet quality and diet-related health, we really need to understand the resources people have to procure food, as well as the place food holds in their life in a symbolic and social sense.GAZETTE: Specifically, what did you do?DANIEL: Three summers ago, I started interviewing parents in the Boston area about how they decide what to feed their families: their priorities, their concerns, their challenges, some of their attitudes toward food and eating and health. Then I followed a subset of them — about half of them — on a typical grocery-shopping trip. I had already done the interviews at this time and they knew I was following them — just to see what they did, how they made decisions — and then I sat down with them after the shopping trip to probe some of their thoughts as they were going along.GAZETTE: So how many families did you shop with?DANIEL: I’ve actually done additional shopping trips since the paper was published. At that point, I’d followed 38 people on shopping trips and had done two trips with a small handful of people. And I had talked to 73 parents.Based on her research, Caitlin Daniel found that “the food-desert argument … is predicated on the idea that we go to the closest place that’s available.” Credit: Creative CommonsGAZETTE: So you spent a lot of time in grocery stores. Was there a particular grocery store that people favored?DANIEL: It varied depending on where people lived. A lot of the Cambridge-Somerville people went to Market Basket in Somerville, especially the low-income people. I found this pattern interesting. The food-desert argument — which is very compelling and many people are familiar with — is predicated on the idea that we go to the closest place that’s available. People often lived closer to a different store but would make a monthly, longer trip to Market Basket because the prices were so much lower. The low-income people in Dorchester and Roxbury would go to a place called Save-A-Lot or to a place called PriceRite. And, similarly, these were not always the closest options but the amount that people saved outweighed the inconvenience and time involved in making that trek.GAZETTE: So that’s an indication of the importance of cost to people’s food choices?DANIEL: Yes. Store selection says a lot about the role of economic resources in food provisioning. Absolutely.GAZETTE: Your work focused, of course, on getting kids to eat healthy. Could you talk a little bit about those findings?DANIEL: Very early on, it became clear to me that lower-income respondents minimized the risk of food waste by purchasing what their children like. And often children like food that is calorie-dense and nutrient-poor.It can take children some eight to 15 times to accept the food that they didn’t like at first. Vegetables, for example, are a little bit harder to love than macaroni and cheese, and it can take repeated experience to come to like something like mustard greens or Brussels sprouts. The low-income parents were quite attuned to this possibility of waste because their budgets were often so tight that they couldn’t take an economic hit in the form of food their children wouldn’t eat.I also talked to higher-income parents. They were less on edge about food waste and more inclined to repeatedly introduce their kids to foods they didn’t like at first or to take a risk on something when they didn’t even know if the child would like it.GAZETTE: Does this affect not just the kids’ diet but also the diet of the rest of the family?DANIEL: In some cases, parents ate what they were going to eat anyway and gave something separate to the child. But in some cases parents didn’t want to go through the process of cooking two separate meals. [They] would cook something the child found acceptable and so that would apply to everyone else. For example, I talked to a woman who had recently adopted teenage boys. She loved collard greens and she made collard greens, [but] they wouldn’t eat them. After a while she said, “You know what? No one here is eating collard greens anymore because these boys won’t eat them and we’re going to make something that they’ll accept instead.” So there does seem to be a spillover effect of children’s taste on what the rest of the family eats.GAZETTE: What to your mind is the most striking thing about this study?DANIEL: To me the most important point … is that children’s propensity to reject new foods has implications for how we calculate the cost of a healthy diet.There’s some degree of debate about whether low-income people can actually afford healthy food. On the one hand, people say it’s just too cost-prohibitive to afford a healthy diet on a budget. On the other hand, some people say that with adequate planning and budgeting, lower-income people can actually eat quite a wholesome and healthful diet.But usually the researchers and food-justice advocates who address this question don’t account for waste. For poor parents, waste is very salient and when they assess whether something is affordable or expensive, they don’t just look at the number on the price tag, they also think about whether the food will actually get eaten. In some cases, when the food goes uneaten, something that’s affordable on paper becomes expensive in practice. Currently, ways of measuring food costs don’t account for the cost of waste.You could argue that for adults it’s their responsibility to manage waste: If they buy something and don’t eat it, that’s on them. But in the case of children, waste is a normal and even an inevitable part of eating and taste acquisition. Without accounting for that waste, assertions that low-income households can afford a healthy diet actually overestimate a family’s ability to provide their children with a wholesome diet.GAZETTE: Did any solutions become apparent? Were there low-income families that were successful maintaining or transitioning to a healthier diet?DANIEL: I’ll touch on two points. One is that parents’ tendency to make safe choices isn’t uniform across families. And [two], parents’ tastes — or the tastes of other people living in the household — are also part of this picture.When parents or other family members like a wide range of foods, they can offer the child small portions of what they’re already eating or absorb the waste that the child creates. I did talk to economically constrained families where the parents loved a wide range of healthy foods and they were less concerned about their children rejecting that salad because they would eat what the child left behind. But often low-income parents I talked to had both limited finances and limited palates. And it’s these parents who faced the greatest risk of waste, because if neither the parent nor the child liked the food it would go to waste entirely.GAZETTE: Is parents’ retraining their own palates no small task, when they’re rushing to get off to work and trying to get the kids out the door?DANIEL: There’s the time cost, there’s the cognitive bandwidth — that people often don’t have — to cultivate new habits, and the waste argument applies to parents retraining their palates as well. Parents may need multiple times trying something new before they like it, and waste may be generated in that process, too. So I think that fundamentally this is an issue of economic inequality. We can’t expect people to experiment and take risks on things when their budgets don’t have the latitude to be eroded in that way.How we address economic inequality is a complicated and political question. There are a number of shorter-term policy and programming interventions that could be done. I noticed that low-income parents were quite willing to purchase things that their children had tried outside the home and liked. In these cases, children would say they had tried something at school, say Asian pears or pomegranates, or they had tried something at a friend’s house, like asparagus, and the parent, knowing that the child would eat those things, would express a willingness to purchase them. So if the risk of food waste can be shared across institutions that children are involved in, that’s a way of relieving that burden from families themselves.
The Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) warned community members of two separate scams in a Tuesday email. The first involves an email inviting the receiver to participate in either a “focus group” or a “Notre Dame focus group” and includes a promise of financial compensation.“Once the participant provides some basic information, several other emails may be sent explaining procedures to follow including receiving a cashier’s check and depositing it,” the email said.The second scam — several instances of which have been reported to the University’s Office of Information Technologies — involves a fictitious email that appears to come from Amazon and prompts the receiver “to enter personal information including their credit card information,” the email said.NDPD encouraged the community to keep a careful eye out for fraud, especially around the holiday season.“Scammers don’t take a break for the holidays, and in fact, some ramp up their activity,” the email said.Scammers utilize strategies such as pretending to be a trusted individual or entity, demanding rapid payments in specific forms and threaten people with arrest or other repercussions from law enforcement, amongst other strategies, NDPD said in the email. Additionally, the best ways to prevent yourself from being a victim of fraud is to treat suspicious sounding offers or communications with skepticism, to never hand out personal information and to call NDPD with concerns.NDPD can be contacted at 574-631-5555.Tags: Fraud, holidays, NDPD, phishing, phone scam
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, who is running for Congress to replace Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, picked up a key endorsement at a church breakfast Monday morning from her June 24 Democratic primary opponent, Kevan Abrahams, the Nassau County Legislature’s Democratic Minority Leader.She will face Bruce Blakeman, a Republican, who had been the Nassau County Legislature’s Presiding Officer from 1996 to 1999.In the June primary for the 4th Congressional District, Rice had beaten Abrahams by almost 1,500 votes or 12 percentage points, while Blakeman defeated Frank Scaturro by 4,000 votes or 31 points. In November’s general election, Rice will be on the Working Families Party line, and Blakeman will also have the Conservative and Independence Party lines.According to recent campaign filings, Rice has $800,000 more on hand than Blakeman, with about $1.4 million compared to Blakeman’s $610,000. Rep. McCarthy is stepping down after serving nine terms representing a Nassau Congressional district where registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans, 206,000 to 171,000 respectively, and 135,000 voters belong to a minor party or have no party affiliation.Abrahams and Rice appeared together in Uniondale at a monthly breakfast for local clergy.“I’m pleased to join Kathleen today and offer her my full support in her campaign to be the next congresswoman,” said Abrahams in a press statement. “Although we were opponents in the past, what matters now is that we have come together as allies focused on keeping this seat in progressive Democratic hands. I have the utmost respect for the work Kathleen has done for our community as district attorney, and I have no doubt that she will continue to fight for us in Washington. I’m excited to join her team as we prepare to take on the extremism of the Tea Party and Bruce Blakeman.”“Kevan’s a truly talented and dedicated community leader and I’m honored to have his support,” said Rice in a statement. “While we may have at one time been political opponents, there is far more that unites Kevan and me than divides us. I look forward to hitting the campaign trail with him at my side, and I can’t wait to work with Kevan in Washington as we fight to create more economic opportunity for our neighborhoods being left out of the nation’s financial recovery.”Asked to comment on the endorsement news, Blakeman said he felt fortunate the way it turned out.“I like Kevan Abrahams very much,” Blakeman told the Press. “I’m lucky I’m not running against him because my campaign people thought he was the stronger candidate.”He pointed out that his victory margin in the primary was more than Rice’s. “She just squeaked by,” Blakeman said. “Kathleen’s in trouble and she’s grasping for straws. Basically she knows that the vast majority of the people in the Fourth Congressional District want a change.”Blakeman said he has a “fundamental difference” on policy with both Abrahams and Rice because, unlike those two Democrats, he believes that “faith-based organizations, the synagogues and churches” of the district “do a better job of delivering services to the community than government…I’m looking forward to having a serious debate on that issue.”
The Eiffel Tower joined other global landmarks Saturday in capping a sparkling tribute launched by the Empire State Building in New York to those battling the coronavirus.At 8:00 pm (1800 GMT), when people in France have been clapping daily from windows and balconies to thank health-care workers, the Paris landmark lit up in “sparkling white” to hail “the unfailing courage of care workers confronting the coronavirus pandemic,” said SETE, the company that manages the Eiffel Tower.A half hour later, the lights on the 20th century Montparnasse Tower, another tall landmark in the French capital, transitioned from white to red “to show its support even more intensively, like a beating heart,” the company added. Read also: Google Doodle pays tribute to frontline workers amid pandemicThe nine-day #HeroesShineBright initiative started on April 24 in New York and each night a different color is used there to salute various groups including health care staff, transit workers and police or military personnel, SETE added. Other landmarks that have supported the initiative are the Euromast in Rotterdam, 360 Chicago, the UAE’S Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure, the CN Tower in Toronto, the Macao tower in China, the Busan Tower in South Korea, the Ostankino TV Tower in Russia, the Tallinn TV Tower in Estonia and the OVNI Tower in Slovakia.Topics :
“The premier’s words are always skewed by you local-level people,” Wang said heatedly within earshot of some inspectors.”We’ve lost our basic right to feed our families!”Deemed by city officials as filthy and unsightly, street stalls made an unexpected comeback last week after Premier Li Keqiang said on a visit to Shandong province that roadside vendors provided vitality to China.Days earlier, Li cited media reports about a certain city in western China that created 100,000 jobs overnight after setting up 36,000 street stalls. Up to 30 million people may lose their jobs this year due to the pandemic, some economists say. But the State Council, or cabinet, has yet to announce any new policy in support of roadside vending.Beijing Daily, a newspaper run by the city government, said over the weekend that letting the street market economy proliferate will harm the image of the Chinese capital.The Beijing city government declined to make any additional comments.”Premier Li’s words in Shandong were more of an improvisation, not an official report,” said Liu Shengjun, an independent commentator on the economy.”What he didn’t say but would naturally imply was that the street stall economy must be well regulated too”.Job lossesThe resistance towards street vendors widened on Monday as state television cautioned tier-one cities – traditionally Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen – against chasing short-term employment solutions.Among them only Guangzhou has unveiled new policies promoting street vending.Guangzhou on Friday specified 60 locations in the city where street stalls can be set up. It also imposed restrictions on merchandise type.The street stall economy is more suitable in central and western cities, some state media said.Preventing mass unemployment remains a top concern for the Chinese leadership, with President Xi Jinping pledging to turn China into a moderately prosperous society and eliminate abject poverty by the end of 2020.Beijing street vendors told Reuters they were desperate to boost their incomes.One was struggling with her rent and her son’s mortgage, while a former jeweler with 100,000 yuan ($14,126) of unsold inventories at home was peddling 150-yuan Thai elephant brooches.Yan Ying was selling black tea marketed by a company she was working for.The 30-year-old has not received any wages since February, and if she fails to sell the tea, she will be fired.”Even though the inspectors chased me away, I’ll find other places,” said Yan, who works part-time at Decathlon in the day.”Reality is very cruel.” Clad in black, Beijing’s city inspectors descended on street vendors this week and ordered them to clear out, just days after the Chinese premier had sparked a rush to set up curbside stalls by praising them as a creator of jobs in the coronavirus-hit economy.Wang Yihu, 50, a home decorator whose business has dried up after the COVID-19 pandemic, was in despair.”The premier has already given us support. The power of the Beijing city government couldn’t be stronger than the State Council right?” Wang said as he packed away tens of toy cars in anticipation of being chased away. Topics :
Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force (Satgas COVID-19) to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : The Jakarta administration has announced its plan to put stickers on the houses of residents currently self-isolating.Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono, an epidemiologist of the University of Indonesia, said the stickers would immediately inform officers in the neighborhood about the health status of people living in the marked house. “I think it is essential to use the stickers to inform other people about the health status of residents that live in the house,” Tri said on Tuesday as quoted by tempo.co, adding that it would warn other people planning to visit the house.He went on to say that self-isolating at home would not be easy, although possible. Requirements include the house having a dedicated bathroom for the COVID-19 patient.“Putting on the sticker does not mean that [the government is disgracing the house’s residents, but simply informing other people near that house to stay alert,” he added.Jakarta deputy governor Ahmad Riza Patria said the use of stickers to mark houses was in line with Gubernatorial Decree No. 980/2020 on isolation management for COVID-19 handling.Read also: Kemayoran emergency hospital sees decrease in COVID-19 patientsHe said the rule was made to help officers treat self-isolating patients, and to inform people surrounding the patients.“It is important to let the officers and the neighborhood know that there are residents conducting self-isolation at their homes,” the deputy governor said in a statement, which was made available on Oct. 1, according to kompas.com.However, the plan has also drawn opposition. The Jakarta Ombudsman said the house marking could lead to stigmatization of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients self-isolating at their homes. “People may shun them,” Jakarta Ombudsman head Teguh Nugroho told tempo.co on Oct. 2.He suggested the government increase the role of neighborhood units (RT) and community units (RW) to help monitor residents self-isolating at home, instead of marking their houses.“The cost of ordering RT and RW officers to do the job would be less than renting hotel rooms [for the asymptomatic patients] or sending them to hospitals,” he added. Read also: Jakarta to impose controlled isolation for asymptomatic patientsTeguh further said that Jakarta’s decision to support self-isolation at home was because the cost was too high to send them to hotels and hospitals.“Jakarta will have a poor cash flow if all patients are sent off to hotels and the government’s facilities,” he added.In the meantime, self-isolation centers across the capital have started to fill up as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise.In response, the city administration has prepared other locations as self-isolation centers, which are free to use. Isolation centers in towers 4 and 5 of the former athletes village in Kemayoran – now an emergency hospital for COVID-19 patients in Central Jakarta – currently house 1,984 patients out of a capacity of 3,116, tempo.co reported on Friday. Meanwhile, U Stay Hotel Mangga Besar in West Jakarta and Ibis Style Hotel Mangga Dua in Central Jakarta, which were turned into isolation centers on Sept. 27, have run out of vacant rooms to accommodate symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. The two hotels accommodate 140 and 212 people, respectively. (nkn) #washyourhand #usesoap #keepyourdistance #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #wearmask
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Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) has cleared the final regulatory hurdle for the installation of the Bourne Tidal Test Site in the Cape Cod Canal in Massachusetts, USA.The final approval was received from the US Army Corps of Engineers after several environmental studies and careful review by multiple agencies, MRECo informed.MRECo expects to install the platform in November 2017 at the site located well outside the commercial channel and tucked into an accessible spot near the railroad bridge on the mainland side of the Cape Cod Canal.John Miller, Executive Director of the MRECo, said: “We are very pleased the Corps of Engineers has determined that the Bourne Tidal Test Site will have no impact on the critical mission of the Cape Cod Canal and the local environment.”Bourne Tidal Test Site will consist of a steel test structure comprising two pilings joined by a bridge with test turbine mounted onto the bridge.Water velocity has been measured at over 2 meters/second (4 knots) on the maximum tidal cycle in both directions at the site. MRECo plans to test turbines of up to 3 meters in diameter with maximum output of 100kW for efficiency, power output, robustness and more.MRECo encouraged organizations, individuals, companies, and research institutions interested in using the site for testing their own tidal energy devices and/or marine and remote sensors to contact the organization as it is accepting proposals for testing in the spring of 2018.Funding for the test site was provided by the Seaport Economic Council, according to MREcO.
Stuff co.nz 11 April 2017Some shop workers are upset that changes to the Easter trading laws this year mean many of them will lose one of their few guaranteed days off in the year.In some areas, shops will be closed as usual on Easter Sunday because their council has decided against it, or not yet decided on the matter.But 25 councils have given individual shop owners the option to open or not, enabled by law changes last November.While shoppers might find this confusing, some retail workers are equally unsettled.Yvonne and Allan Pope in Motueka are both in retail and struggle to get a full weekend together.Yvonne’s work includes Sunday, and Allan works a full week. He used to work half of Saturdays too “but I’m 69”.While they now have Saturdays together, they have always looked forward to the compulsory break that Easter Sunday gave them.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/91404407/retail-workers-says-opening-on-easter-sunday-robs-them-of-a-breakRetailers baffled by Easter trading lawsNZ Herald 11 April 2017The “tangled web of confusion” that are New Zealand’s Easter trading laws are proving a headache for shop owners, a retail expert says.A recent law change gave local councils the authority to permit Easter Sunday trading and 25 mostly smaller councils have so far taken up the option.Five councils have continued with the the ban while all major centres are yet to reach decisions. Shops which open in the restricted areas risk a prosecution and $1000 fine.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11836322&ref=NZH_Tw