Face to face with America’s original sin

first_imgGAZETTE: Ilisa, you are a curator and visual anthropologist. How have you engaged with these images over time, within the space of the museum?BARBASH: I have trained as a visual anthropologist, so I am an image-maker and a filmmaker. It has always been very important to me to have consent of the subjects of my work and have them collaborate to an extent in their own representation. With the daguerreotypes, everything happened so long ago, and it’s the clear that consent wasn’t there. So what do I, as a curator, do about the fact that the reason these images came into being was because of slavery and scientific racism? How do I make sure that these images of people are not used for commercial purposes, are not used in a way that is disrespectful?One of the major tenets behind anthropology is that you protect those people at the core of a research project. So I took that very seriously when considering how to frame these daguerreotypes or grant permission to people who wanted to use the pictures. I went through a few years of protecting them, so it was important for me in my article to explore the policies behind protecting them and to look at how artists use the images in a way that allows them to resonate more with people. You see that with Carrie Mae Weems’s work “From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried,” which is centered on the images. In her case and with other artists, the artistic interpretations of the daguerreotypes were more impactful than the usual written scholarly interpretations.GAZETTE: What do you hope readers will gain from the volume?LEWIS: The Zealy daguerreotypes offer a clear, chilling example of how representation and vision have been structured and conditioned in a representative democracy built on an ideal of freedom that was constructed, supported, and enriched by the thoroughgoing support of enslaved labor on stolen Indigenous land. It is one thing to discuss this as an idea. It is another to see the evidence in front of you. These objects contain this braided history. I cannot possibly convey fully how much preparation and processing it takes to teach with and research them, but it has been my experience that knowing about them leaves students forever changed in the best possible way.BARBASH: I hope readers will be able to see these seven brave people as individuals, first, and then as people caught up and exploited by the horrific institution of slavery. We wrestled with the idea of how to present the daguerreotypes of them in the book. We felt that it was important to present them in a kind of gallery, where people can look at them and engage with them in a slow, personal, and measured way. On the right side of the page, you have the life-size version, and on the left, you have a smaller version of the daguerreotype in the open case. As nefarious as their original purpose was, they allow people of today and in the future to see what enslaved people really looked like. To confront that and to tap into the fact that you have this person staring back at you over 170 years makes the evils of slavery so much more real.Interviews were gently edited for clarity and length. Ilisa Barbash will lead a discussion on “To Make Their Way in the World” with John Stauffer, Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, and Deborah Willis at a Harvard Book Store virtual event on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. In 1850 Harvard professor and biologist Louis Agassiz commissioned a study in scientific racism. The resulting images of Jem, Alfred, Fassena, Delia, Jack, Renty, and Drana, a group of people of African descent enslaved in South Carolina, are now known as the Zealy daguerreotypes and have become critical artifacts in the study of enslavement and racism in American history. The images were first discovered by the staff of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in the mid-1970s.A new book co-published by Aperture and Peabody Museum Press, “To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes,” focuses on the challenges and possibilities of examining these images. The volume is edited by Molly Rogers, Deborah Willis, and Ilisa Barbash, and features articles by Harvard faculty including Henry Louis Gates Jr., Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, John Stauffer, and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, and a photography series by artist Carrie Mae Weems.In “To Make Their Own Way in the World,” the writers engage with the historical, artistic, and ethical questions that surround the daguerreotypes and offer avenues for understanding the role of these images in revealing the legacy of slavery in the U.S.“If we are to be ethical stewards of the collections, we must acknowledge and engage with the complex history of the Peabody and anthropology generally. This is especially true as we confront highly sensitive objects like the Zealy daguerreotypes, which bring to life this devastating history and its impact on seven enslaved men and women,” said Jane Pickering, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum. “As the current stewards of these images, we need to provide a platform to ensure this dialogue takes place, collaboratively and transparently.”The Gazette spoke to Barbash, curator of visual anthropology at the Peabody Museum, and Lewis, associate professor of history of art and architecture and African and African American studies, about their work on the book and their experiences of working with the daguerreotypes in teaching and research.Q&AIlisa Barbash and Sarah Elizabeth LewisGAZETTE: This book has been in the works for many years and will be the first encounter with these images for many readers. Why is it so important to tell this story and collect these analyses of the daguerreotypes in a volume like this?BARBASH: We’ve been working on this idea in some form or another since 2008, first with the thought of doing an exhibition and then holding workshops and a seminar at the Radcliffe Institute. The whole purpose of the book was to do as responsible and as thorough a job as possible to frame the daguerreotypes as they make their way out into the world. For many people, this is their first introduction to these images and their very difficult and complex history. But it was never intended that what we were doing would be the last word on the subject. This is the first word.LEWIS: I was asked to be part of this book project when I first joined the faculty in 2015, and what I most appreciated was how collaborative the process was — we developed scholarship as a community. This was so welcome, particularly since we are in an urgent moment, and I would argue a perilous moment, in our country.  This country has been in such moments before, yet this particular one has a distinct character. It offers near-daily reminders of the fragility of rights in the United States and how they have not only been secured by norms and laws, but by regard — how we quite literally see each other, and how we refuse to see each other. The reckoning of our current moment is impossible to understand without rigorous study of culture born of the ocularity of slavery and the history of so-called racial science. The Zealy daguerreotypes are indispensable for this understanding. It is why the work coming out of the Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery initiative, led by Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, is so important. It is perhaps impossible to grasp the nature of how slavery structured sight, regard, and citizenship in a racialized democracy without understanding the history and events that could have produced these images.GAZETTE: The daguerreotypes are very difficult to look at and can provoke deep emotions and responses from viewers. In spite of these challenges, why is it important to examine and analyze them?LEWIS: These images are some of the most important objects not only about the history of slavery in the United States, but also about the marriage of sight, regard, and citizenship in a racialized democracy. Without seeing these images, it is hard to understand why, for example, Frederick Douglass, along with Sojourner Truth, seized on the new photographic medium as a way to advocate for an expanded notion of citizenship and belonging. Their work anticipated a central theme in arts and humanities at large in American democracy: the function of visual representation, specifically, to create counternarratives as both evidence and critique and in civic society as a way to push back against dehumanization.,BARBASH: I feel as if people have to see these images, or they have to be allowed to see these images. The first reason is because they exist, and the second is because I feel that the suffering of the people in these images started with slavery. The photography of them was demeaning, but because that has already happened, I do not want their suffering to have been in vain. And I think it is important for the public to look at them and acknowledge the complexity and all the rights and the wrongs of their existence.GAZETTE: Professor Lewis, you regularly teach courses focused on the daguerreotypes. How do you prepare students to view them?LEWIS: Every year, I do debate whether and how I should let students view them in my courses that engage in the history of photography, race, and citizenship. The men and women are all shown bare-chested and bare-breasted, half stripped, insistently revealed. These are not portraits, an image in which one has any agency or control. They are an early example of the transformation of pictures into data weaponized to support the societal boundaries in American life. The composition of the image also serves as an index of the violence of racial science. So, the main questions I ask myself when teaching are: How can we best honor sitters robbed of agency in their own portrayal? How can we best create the society that should come after a reckoning with this history?Teaching with the Zealy daguerreotypes, whether in HUM 20, American Racial Ground, or my “Vision and Justice” Gen Ed course, requires an enormous amount of preparation on the level of pedagogy and beyond. Bringing students to see them at the Peabody Museum means getting ready to witness them leaving that room altered in ways that go beyond their intellectual growth. I am often witnessing students who have had their ethics and principles challenged and even newly defined as well. In fact, there is a wonderful essay in this volume by [Dillon Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality] Robin Bernstein and Harvard students about [seeing and] teaching from the Zealy daguerreotypes. Inevitably, the questions that come up for them are about access, ownership, legacy, and lineage. What I think I’ve seen most of all is that viewing these objects makes the students ask questions about themselves regarding how they can best contribute to the creation of a more just society. “To tap into the fact that you have this person staring back at you over 170 years makes the evils of slavery so much more real.” — Ilisa Barbash The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Biden tells Merkel he wants to revitalize Germany alliance

first_imgPresident Joe Biden has told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he is looking to revitalize the transatlantic alliance with Germany, a relationship that became strained under former President Donald Trump. Biden and Merkel spoke Monday as part of a series of call from the new president, who is seeking to recalibrate U.S. relationships around the globe after four years of Trump’s more inward-looking “America First” policy. The White House said in a statement that Biden conveyed that he viewed the U.S. partnership with NATO and the European Union “as the cornerstone of our collective security and shared democratic values.”last_img read more

Carroll Hall wins Hall of the Year while Flaherty, Dunne take women’s, men’s titles

first_imgCourtesy of Aidan Cook Residents of Hall of the Year Carroll Hall attended the Kelly Cares 5K in the fall semester 2020.Even though they lie on the furthest edges of the campus, the residents of Far Quad and East Quad won big this year in the Hall Council Presidents (HPC) Hall of the Year contest. For the 2019-2020 year, Carroll Hall won Hall of the Year, Dunne Hall won Men’s Hall of the Year and Flaherty Hall won Women’s Hall of the Year. Carroll Hall was built in 1906 before becoming a residence hall in 1967. The hall puts on a number of events every year including lake cleanup brigades and group workouts where they partner with other dorms, in addition to hosting their signature events: the Lakeside Music Festival and Carroll Christmas. Carroll’s hall president, senior Aidan Cook said these events were more successful than ever. “This year, the goal we set our eyes on was winning Hall of the Year. We wanted to show campus that our size and location were something to envy, not pity,” Cook said. Additionally, the dorm hosted guest speakers events alongside their Men’s Group discussion sessions. The dorm displayed impressive participation in GreeNDot training and won the highest Dorm Based Athletic Attendance Contest, both key components to the HPC’s point-scoring in the contest. They also had the most residents participate in the Kelly Cares 5K. Cook said the long walk to Carroll brings the residents together. “During this return journey,” he said. “We physically distance ourselves from the stresses of campus and classes and come together again in a home where we know, with no exaggeration, every other resident’s name and interests and story. Because of this, we can readily support each other and band together to achieve goals we collectively share.”Cook thanked the HPC and other dorm leaders.“Whether we collaborated with their dorms, sought advice from them in trying to plan new programming or built new friendships with them, these other campus leaders were always there for us to turn to,” he said. Carroll Hall rector Eric Styles said Cook and vice president, senior Jacob Stellon played a huge role in this year’s award, who collectively came up with the Carroll Kitchen food sales initiative. “This is my fourth year as rector, which means the current seniors started with me,” Styles said. “That makes them special to me. I know them really well and have asked much from them, and they delivered. We also had a higher number of seniors elect to remain on campus. It helps to keep the community more mature. They are looking toward their future, and the younger residents see that.” Both Stellon and Cook praised the participation of Carroll residents. “Our community was especially successful this year for a long list of reasons,” Stellon said. “But it all comes back to the fact that we, all 100 of us, worked hard to make it this way.”Built in 2016, the Flaherty bears have resided on East Quad for four years.“In my opinion, Flaherty Hall is so special because of the identity that we have acquired over the past four years,” Flaherty’s president, senior Catherine Dieckman said. “We are no longer being confused with Farley, nor are we considered just a boujeer form of Pangborn. Over the past four years, we have become a dorm that is home to fierce, strong, compassionate women.” Flaherty works each year with Beacon Children’s Hospital to fundraise for monetary and supply drives in addition to holding a DVD collection. They also have established a textbook exchange program, support the Boys and Girls Club of South Bend and the Center for the Homeless and boasted a percentage increase of GreeNDot participation from 19% to 28%. According to Dieckman, some of Flaherty’s most beloved traditions include their signature events such as Project Pumpkin Pie, an event in November where Flaherty’s residents bake 80 pies for the South Bend Center for the Homeless. “This is one of our favorite service events of the year, and we continued this tradition from when the Pangborn community moved into Flaherty,” Dieckman said.The hall also fosters an internal community through their weekly food services, Bearly Baked on Monday nights and Fronana on Thursday nights. Additionally, the hall hosts a barbecue called BearBQs in the fall and spring. “Our hall government makes all of the food, and our girls love it,” Dieckman said. In their presentation to HPC, Dieckman said she and her vice presidents focused on the improvement of their signature events, their work with Beacon Children’s Hospital and the diverse events they held with other dorms. Dieckman also created a one-second-a-day video showcasing the community and work of the residents of Flaherty Hall during her term, which was presented to HPC.“Even though Flaherty Formal, Honey Week — our spirit week — and Flaherty Females Weekend did not occur this year due to the shortening of the spring semester on campus, our Bears still prioritized making memories in the small ways,” Dieckman said. The Men’s Hall of the Year, Dunne Hall, was built in 2016, on East Quad alongside Flaherty Hall. The Sentinels’ signature events include the DunneDance Film Festival — which was held over Zoom this year — and the Dunne Funne Runne. The dorm began a number of new initiatives this year including a parent’s weekend and a mentorship program for its first year residents. The Sentinel president, senior George Lyman said his favorite tradition is the dorm’s annual Jimmy Dunne feast week. “We started out the week with the whole dorm having a steak dinner at South Dining Hall on Sunday night,” he said. “For the rest of the week, we had a bowling night, a Spikeball tournament, a chicken McNugget eating contest and an informal formal at Jays Lounge. That week really brought us together as a hall and helped strengthen our community.” Lyman said the dorm’s presentation focused on improvement. “We wanted to show how much the hall community had grown in one year,” he said. “We talked about all the events that had been started in Dunne this year, like parents’ weekend, weekly service trips to Saint Adalbert’s and more and then talked about how we built on events already created.” Lyman said the dorm’s leadership saw over 100 people attend some hall councils, and he thanked Dunne’s rector Fr. Matthew Kuczora. “This is his last year as our rector, and it is clear to everyone who has lived in Dunne he is truly a special person and deserves some recognition,” he said. “We are going to miss him a lot next year, but the foundations he set up for Dunne will live on.”Tags: Carroll Hall, dunne hall, flaherty hall, Hall of the year, HPC, Men’s Hall of the Year, Women’s Hall of the Yearlast_img read more

Watch Josh Gad Discuss Why His Daughter Needs an Exorcist After Frozen

first_img View Comments It looks like Olaf has a mini Elsa on his hands. Frozen star and Tony nominee Josh Gad stopped by The Tonight Show on July 15, and told Jimmy Fallon that his three-year-old daughter watches the Disney blockbuster so religiously that the spirit of the ice queen has basically taken a hold of her. Sadly, she’s not so crazy about Gad’s own character, Olaf. Apparently, neither are five-year-olds at tiny Toronto airports. Gad also talked about his latest film Wish I Was Here, starring, directed and written by Bullets headliner Zach Braff and featuring fellow Broadway vet Mandy Patinkin, why quinoa makes him want to make a sex tape and the time the English language failed him during his Juilliard audition. Have a laugh with the stage and screen jokester in the clips below! Josh Gadcenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

How to save money on big expenses in 2016

first_img 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Though we’re not even halfway through January, for many of us new years resolutions are quickly becoming a distant memory. According to data from StatisticBrain.com, 29 percent of resolutions don’t make it past the first 2 weeks. In order to help those still hanging in there with one of the most common resolutions — spending less, and saving more — we take a look at some of the things burning the biggest holes in American pockets and how to deal with them.Save on AirfareA recent study by ValuePenguin.com found that Americans collectively stand to save $200 million their airfare expenditures by utilizing reward credit cards. By examining data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the research found that approximately 10 percent of all U.S. households reported airfare spending throughout the year, and a whopping 90 percent had gasoline expenses. While the price of oil has dropped in recent years, airfare prices are still burdened by heavy taxes and fees — making them as expensive as ever.One of the easiest ways to save on airfare is to take advantage of loyalty miles/points and reward credit cards. You don’t have to be a travel hacker to qualify for savings on airfare and hotel stays. Most credit cards can get you 1 percent back on your expenditures, in the very minimum. In the long-haul this can add up to significant savings. continue reading »last_img read more

Data drives smart decisions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Fred Lizotte believes it’s important to not only understand where you’ve come from, but also what role credit unions will play for tomorrow’s members. As the business intelligence manager for Infinity Federal Credit Union, he believes that understanding comes through questioning everything and making smart, data-driven decisions.Lizotte was the driving force behind Infinity’s data warehouse, which has allowed the $343 million asset credit union in Westbrook, Maine, to better serve its nearly 17,000 members. “We need the right data at the right time,” he says.Real-time dashboards and reports are used across all levels of the organization throughout the day: from front-line staff refreshing a “daily production needle” to see the number of new accounts they’ve opened to senior management evaluating the results of strategic initiatives and identifying opportunities for future growth in new markets.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events July 7–13

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Featured Photo: Striking Copper unleash powerful, soulful, infectious blues-folk at 89 North in Patchogue July 9. Never Shout NeverNever Shout Never is an indie-punk band from Joplin, Missouri. The lead singer, Christofer Drew Ingle, has revealed in sonic detail many facets of his musical talent throughout the years, his most ambitious being 2015’s Black Cat. Ingle, who set foot in the music scene at age 16, is known for his relaxed and laid-back songs with deep, emotional lyrics, such as “What Is Love” and “Fone Tag,” might strike an emotional cord with listeners, while his past hits, including “Happy” and “Can’t Stand It” will have them grinning ear to ear. Opening the show are Hundred Handed and Me Like Bees. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 7 p.m. July 7.Stephen “Ragga” MarleySon of Reggae legend Bob Marley, Stephan “Raggamuffin” Marley, is a six-time Grammy Award-winning artist. In 2012, Stephen Marley won Best Reggae Album for Revelations Pt. 1- The Root of Life. His next album, Revelations Pt. 2- The Fruit of Life, is set to drop July 22. Marley was previously a member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, who brought home three Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album. This show also features Jo Mersa Marley, Rica Newell, Ranoy Gordon and Nicholas Laraque. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$85. 7 p.m. July 7. John H. JohnsonPresident and CEO of Edgeworth Economics, professional economist, and author John H. Johnson will be speaking and signing copies of his new book Everydata: Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. July 7. Lee BriceLee Brice looks a little like the English tough-guy action-film star Jason Statham, only with a scruffier beard and a baseball cap on backwards. It’s no surprise, then, to learn that Brice attended Clemson University on a football scholarship. Born in 1979 in Sumter, South Carolina, Brice is a Billboard-chart-bustin’ country music singer who tells it like it is about love and work. Take the title of his newest album, I Don’t Dance. Or how about his song “Upper Middle Class White Trash”? When he’s dispensing lessons on his hit, “Drinking Class,” we sit up and take notice. But he’s probably best known for his “Love Like Crazy,” which was a huge hit for 56 straight weeks. This singer/songwriter is truly an American original, and Tennessee is lucky to have him—but it’s good that those Nashville cats let him loose now and then so he can come play here on our humble Island. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $35-$85. 8 p.m. July 7. Suite 111 and NicolinaNew on the scene, Suite 111 and Nicolina are an up-and-coming pop group. Suite 111 consists of two artists, Lauren Hirsch and Dan Conway. The band will soon be opening for Jesse McCartney at a sold-out show at Madison Theatre. They have performed with famous artists, such as Kendall Schmidt of “Big Time Rush.” The Long Island-based group is known for its intimate acoustic performances, as well as memorable gigs with larger bands. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. July 7.Colin QuinnThe star of the critically acclaimed one-man show on Broadway “Long Story Short,” the off-Broadway hit “Unconstitutional” and the upcoming one-man show “The New York Story” is bringing his act to Long Island. The Brooklyn native went from stand-up comic to TV host and a stint on Saturday Night Live before embarking on his latest projects. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.gov.com $22-$52. 5 p.m. July 8-9. Ultimate ElvisA tribute to Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas show of the ’70s, complete with a full horn section! The Elvis impersonator, Justin Shandor, has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, and on the front page of USA Today. This is widely considered to be the world’s greatest Elvis show! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. July 8. G. LoveThe frontman for G Love & Special Sauce, known for ’90s hits “Stepping Stones,”  “Rodeo Clowns” and “Astronaut,” has made its impact on the world with its unique, laid-back sound. As one of the premier alternative hip-hop bands, attending this show should be a must on all alternative music lovers’ bucket lists. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $20-$23 8 p.m. July 8. Lettuce *POSTPONED TO JULY 14*Lettuce has been performing classic funk for more than two decades. Their unique blend of hip-hop, psychedelia and funk makes lettuce stand out in their genre as an ongoing experiment. Lettuce released their latest album, Crush, in 2015. The band describes the album as being very open in terms of style, while staying true to its funk roots. The band intends on paying homage to classic rock artists, ’90s hip-hop, and classic funk. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$25. 8 p.m. July 8.Vans Warped TourThe nation’s longest-running annual music festival returns with its traveling freak show of pop-punk artists. This year, the lineup consists of a solid, mutant hybrid of punk, metal and rap artists, including: New Found Glory, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Good Charlotte, Sleeping with Sirens, Tonight Alive, Pepper, Sum41 and Yellowcard, just to name a few of the roughly four dozen bands scheduled to perform on multiple stages. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $44. 11 a.m. July 9. Striking CopperHailing from Wilmington, North Carolina by way of Long Island (mostly Seaford), and touring in support of their debut full-length Mirror, Striking Copper crafts blues/folk the way it ought to be: raw, powerful, infectious, “I-can’t-stop-my-feet-from-groovin,’” straight-from-the-very-soul. Fronted by twin-sister redhead firebrands Allie Donnelly and Jacquie Lee—with guitarists Matt Donnelly and Dan Bennett, bassist John Stewart, and drummer Frank Cacciutto weaving sonic tapestries that range from seductive, smoky jazz and transcendental blues to explosive, hellfire rock—this is a band not to be missed, especially at a venue as intimate (and local) as 89 North. Think Zepp and Janis Joplin downing shots of firewater before joining Hendrix and Joni Mitchell onstage for a late-nite/early-morning jam session with Syd Barrett. Yeah. In other words, a must-see. With Space, The New Students & Mild Things. 89 North, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89NorthMusic.com $10. 7:30 p.m. July 9.Long Island Hot Dog FestivalCalling all weiner fans! Amateur cooks, professionals and those who simply love hot dogs will love this event, which includes a hot dog-eating contest, best gourmet dog contest, worst and best tattoos, pin-up contest and live music. Bring the family and come with an empty belly, because all those hot dogs aren’t going to eat themselves! Mike’s Bar and Grill, 742 Middle County Road, Selden. thelongislandhotdogfestival.com Free. 12 p.m. July 9.Local songstress and Blues Hall of Famer Pamela Betti wows Islip’s Treme Blues and Jazz Club July 9!Pamela BettiThis local songstress and Blues Hall of Famer has toured the world and shared stages with the likes of Dave Mason, Poppa Chubby and the Soul Brothers in her 20 years of singing her signature style of blues. Rounding out her eponymous band is guitarist John Haseth, drummer Sal DeVitto and bassist Robert Jack. Check out their album, Pamdemonium, and groove, groove, groove way past dawn! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com Free. 8 p.m. July 9.Sinatra Swings into SummerThis promises to be a night full of dancing and the music of the legend Frank Sinatra. The 19-piece New Millennium Big Band presents an elegant evening of swing and fun! The show will feature all of Sinatra’s summer classics and will make you feel as if Sinatra himself is the one performing. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $35-$39. 8 p.m. July 9. 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. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $10-$50. 8 p.m. July 9. The YardbirdsOriginated in London in the early ’60s, The Yardbirds took the world by storm with hits including “For Your Love” and “Heart Full of Soul.” Their legacy as one of the fastest-rising, most successful bands ensured that The Yardbirds would continue to impact people globally for decades to come. Even today, The Yardbirds have the power to shock musicians and fans alike with their unique, one-of-a-kind music. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. July 9.Almost QueenThis tribute band covering the influential 1970s British rock band channels the spirit of the late, great, Freddie Mercury. The four-piece band brings Queen back to life by featuring all of their music in a high-energy show. Dressed like the original band, Almost Queen gives its audience an authentic Queen experience you will never forget! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $24.50-$39.50. 8 p.m. July 9.Sublime With RomeEric Wilson, the original bassist for Sublime, collaborates with singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez to perform the band’s ska hits—”What I Got,” “Santeria” and “Doin’ Time,” to name a few—in place of the late lead singer, Bradley Nowell, who died of a heroin overdose 20 years ago last month at the age of 28. Like-minded reggae rock bands Tribal Seeds, Dirty Heads and Bleeker Ridge open the show. Chill out for the day and listen to your favorite ska hits and check out our recent interview with Rome. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com. $29.50-$79.50. 6:30 p.m. July 10. Steve EarleThis American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter began in Nashville, released his first EP in ’82, broke through into stardom with his popular ’86 album Guitar Town, and has not surprisingly won three Grammy Awards since. One of his best-known studio albums, Copperhead Road, perfectly shows Earle’s flawless fusion of heavy metal and bluegrass, two genres that had never before been mixed together. His most recent album, Terraplane, peaked at the top of as The Most Popular Blues Album on the U.S. Top Blues Albums list in Billboard. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansset. stephentalkhouse.com $100-$115. 7 p.m. July 10.Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank ZappaWhat better way to celebrate the progressive jazz and rock music of the legendary Frank Zappa than a devoted tribute band led by his devoted son, Dweezil? There is no better way, dear mothers of invention. (Whoa, do you see what we did there!?). The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. July 10.Def Leppard / REO  Speed Wagon / TeslaRejuvenate your love for ‘80s new-wave English rock. After the popular release of their newest self-titled album, Def Leppard is kicking off their national tour with REO Speed Wagon, the hard-rock heroes who gained commercial success in the ’60s, and Tesla, whose “Love Song” isn’t easy to forget. And why would you want to? This is sure to make an incredible show. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $25-$150. 7 p.m. July 11.Michael McDonaldMichael McDonald is bringing some soul to the Island and he’s ready to sing his heart out for fans both old and new. He’ll be performing his solo hits, as well as songs from his past projects, like the Doobie Brothers’ classic, “Takin it to the Streets.” Come hear the legend himself and kick off the summer concert season with the best. You won’t be disappointed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50- $99.50. 8 p.m. July 12.VAXXED: From Cover-Up to CatastropheAn investigation by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, one of the most controversial figures in medical history, into how the Center for Disease Control destroyed data on their 2004 study that showed a purported link between the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. This alarming deception has allegedly contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism, potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime. Guest speaker Jonathan Landsman, the host of NaturalHealth365.com, to follow. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. July 13.YanniYiannis Chryssomallis, also known as Yanni, is a Greek composer, keyboardist, pianist and music producer, whose 18th contemporary album, Sensuous Chill, reached audiences around the globe when it was released last January. Yanni mixes electronic synthesizers with live, symphony orchestras. He is known as a global artist for his employment of musicians from many countries and styles. He has said many times that universal spirituality inspires his music. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary experience. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $45-$139.50. 8 p.m. July 13.Long Island International Film ExpoFor all the movie lovers, the Long Island Internatoinal Film Expo is a must-attend event. The festival is known for featuring films from countries all around the world and is known to attract a celebrity presence. Films vary from documentaries to short movies to movie trailers, and the subjects covered are even more diverse. These films will make you laugh one minute, cry the next, and scream a little later. Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore. longislandfilmexpo.com $8-$110. Runs through July 21.–Compiled by Olivia Booth, Kate Nalepinki, Leo Capobianco, Michael Bakshandeh and Timothy Bolger.last_img read more

Fighting WHO, Trump hands China a PR opportunity

first_imgThe move came just as the United States was rejoicing that its criticism of China was gaining ground, with several countries questioning China’s made-for-cameras deliveries of medical supplies, France summoning Beijing’s ambassador and African nations furious over Chinese discrimination against their nationals.China — which offers a sliver of the more than $400 million sent to the WHO each year by Washington — said it was “seriously concerned” that the US aid cut would weaken international cooperation, while a senior Russian official called Washington “selfish.”Brett Schaefer, a senior research fellow at Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that is usually supportive of Trump, agreed with criticism of the WHO response but said the United States had bungled the message.The United States has already delivered most of this year’s WHO contribution, so Trump’s announcement makes other countries believe falsely that the decision will have a major impact, Schaefer said. Topics : “There has been a great deal of frustration and anger expressed by a number of different countries about China’s response and its role in the spread of COVID-19 around the world, and I think the president’s decision diverts attention from that issue onto the decision of the United States,” he said.Schaefer said that the United States would have been better served by conditioning future WHO aid on an investigation into its COVID-19 response, as well as highlighting the $500 million in bilateral aid the United States has already promised over the virus. With his brash move to stop funding the World Health Organization in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump may score points at home but is handing an opportunity that China is delighted to exploit.Critics say Trump is eager to find a scapegoat as thousands of Americans die from COVID-19, even if there is broad agreement in Washington that the WHO was too eager to please China when the virus first emerged in the metropolis of Wuhan.Trump, who has fiercely criticized UN agencies and foreign aid as part of his “America First” philosophy, said Tuesday that the United States was freezing funding to the WHO for “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread” of the virus that has sickened more than two million people.center_img ‘Self-inflicted wound’ The Trump administration accuses the WHO and its leader, Ethiopian doctor turned diplomat Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, of failing to challenge China’s initial assertions that the virus was transmitted between humans. Tedros flew to Beijing in late January and praised China as transparent.But Trump himself had initially praised China in similar terms and in January said his administration had the virus “totally under control.” Since then, COVID-19 has killed more than 25,000 people in the United States.Derek Chollet, executive vice president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, called the WHO announcement a “self-inflicted wound” that symbolically showed the United States stepping back from its historic leadership role.”And to the extent that the world has been paying attention to the US’s own response, the US is not looking like an ally that can be relied upon,” said Chollet, who served in former president Barack Obama’s administration.”Obviously this is an attempt to try to blame China for this. It could end up playing to the Chinese advantage as they use it to make a case to the world that the US is the problem,” he said. ‘Cutting off ammunition’ But Chollet said it was too early to see if China’s efforts would succeed and said that US allies were accustomed to Washington feuds over funding — in which Congress can reverse course.Senator Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the subcommittee in charge of State Department funding, said Trump was essentially “cutting off ammunition to an ally as the enemy closes in.””Not wanting to take responsibility as the deaths continue to mount, he blames others,” Leahy said.”WHO could have been more forceful with China and declared a global health emergency sooner, but it is performing an essential function and needs our strong support.” Public health advocates also widely condemned the move. Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire who is one of the WHO’s largest private funders, said that the world needed the UN body “now more than ever.””Their work is slowing the spread of COVID-19 and if that work is stopped no other organization can replace them,” Gates said.But Trump, who is gearing up for November elections, enjoyed favorable coverage in conservative media and on the right of his Republican Party.”Good. If the WHO wants to keep getting money from American taxpayers, it shouldn’t be carrying water for the Chinese Communist Party,” tweeted Representative Mark Green of Tennessee.last_img read more

PREMIUMOmnibus bill on shaky ground after layoffs

first_img omnibus-bill omnibus-bill-on-job-creation layoffs DPR house-of-representatives Topics : Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Google Facebook Linkedin The deliberation of the disputed omnibus bill on job creation has met further resistance as the country is facing massive layoffs due to an economic slowdown during the coronavirus pandemic.The draft bill, which seeks to concurrently amend 79 laws including the 2003 Manpower Law, has been vehemently opposed by labor unions that have condemned the bill for cutting labor rights and instead benefitting employers.As millions have been furloughed and laid off, labor unions plan to hold mass rallies nationwide on April 30 to oppose the bill despite a ban on crowds under large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) that have been implemented in Jakarta and other cities.The massive wave of layoffs has seen several parties in the government coalition at the House of Representatives join the public in opposing the bill.The Indonesian Democr… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

Online trade solution program for ASEAN businesses sees few takers

first_img“In the European Union, a similar [trade solution platform] system known as SOLVIT has seen over 10,000 cases compared with 10 cases in ASEAN,” Vergano said.The EU’s SOLVIT is described by the European Commission as “an informal problem-solving network that can help EU citizens or businesses when their rights are breached by public authorities in another EU member state”.In 2019, SOLVIT reported having handled a total of 2,380 cases that fell within its remit, while also receiving an additional 2,977 complaints that were not within its remit.“The concept is trying to minimize long tariff barriers and measures and to have the private sector talk to the government within a system that is free of charge and fully based on the internet,” Vergano said.He added that the platform provided businesses with an anonymity feature in case they were concerned about possible retaliation as a result of filing their complaints.Businesses can expect to have practical solutions within 40 to 60 days upon having their complaint accepted by the central administrator of the ASSIST website. Once a solution is proposed, they can either accept the proposed solution or reject it and look for other channels to resolve their dispute.Vergano noted, however, that the platform was not a silver bullet that could overcome complicated problems such as government inefficiencies or red tape. It is meant to address a specific problem, he said, but it could help build momentum for change.“If we can establish a pattern of 50, 100 requests to the government, with no solution provided, that government will look terrible and there will be further pressure by other ASEAN member states on that government to actually start providing a solution,” Vergano argued.Robert Kwee, the founder of Alfamart Trading Philippines, said during the webinar that there were no specific regulations that served as an obstacle to trading in ASEAN.“But in reality, many players do not open market opportunities,” he said.Trade attache at the Indonesian embassy in Manila, Lazuardi Nasution, cited on July 30 a case where foreign architects working in the Philippines must take a professional exam.The examination, however, was conducted in Filipino, making it harder for Indonesians to work as architects in the Philippines, Lazuardi noted.Topics : An online platform to help business players resolve cross-border trade issues in the Southeast Asia region has been met with a cold shoulder by the region’s economic community, a European Union (EU)-backed facility has shown.In support of the ASEAN regional integration, the EU has helped establish the trade solution platform, dubbed the ASEAN Solutions for Investments, Services and Trade (ASSIST), through its ASEAN Regional Integration Support by the EU (ARISE) Plus technical facility.Paolo Vergano, a trade facilitation expert at ARISE Plus, said the platform only saw 10 cases lodged so far, with five out of the six cases lodged in 2019 being from business councils or business federations.  “ASEAN businesses are not using ASSIST,” Vergano said during a livestreamed outreach event on July 30, as he urged the region’s businesses to utilize the platform.ASSIST is expected to help ASEAN-based enterprises expedite complaint-filing with other ASEAN governments over cross-border trade issues, including non-tariff measures.The increasingly integrated ASEAN economy follows the introduction of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. As of 2018, ASEAN was the fifth-largest economy in the world with a total combined gross domestic product (GDP) of US$3 trillion.ASEAN economic integration continued to contribute to the region’s emerging position as a global growth driver, with intra-ASEAN activity accounting for the largest share of ASEAN’s total trade and its foreign investment in 2018, standing at 23 percent and 15.9 percent, respectively, according to the 2019 ASEAN Integration Report.last_img read more