Leftover Salmon Will Return To ‘The Shining’ Hotel In Colorado For Three-Night Run

first_imgBeloved jamgrass group Leftover Salmon has announced their return to the glorious Stanley Hotel, playing three nights at the Colorado venue from March 10th through the 12th of 2017. The Estes Park, CO venue served as the inspiration for Stephen King’s famed novel The Shining, with its relative isolation amidst the beautiful mountain landscapes.Leftover Salmon has performed at The Stanley on many previous occasions, and will return for this exclusive concert experience. Between lodging, meals, top notch food choices and more, don’t miss out on this special series of shows from Leftover Salmon!Tickets go on sale this Saturday, July 30th, and you can find more information here.last_img read more

Oteil Burbridge Announces New Album & Fall 2017 Tour

first_imgOteil Burbridge has announced full details on his upcoming Oteil & Friends tour, as well as a new solo album Water In The Desert. During his time off from Dead & Company, the bassist will be joined by JGB keyboardist Melvin Seals, Lettuce/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, Further guitarist John Kadlecik, Primus/RatDog/Electric Beethoven drummer Jay Lane, former Nth Power and current Trombone Shorty percussionist Weedie Braimah, and vocalist Alfreda Gerald for a 10-date tour this November.“Let Oteil Sing” Campaign Brings $4K To The Gorilla Doctors Following Dead & Co’s 2017 Summer TourIn addition to the tour announcement, Burbridge also announced a new solo record, Water In The Desert, available for pre-order today. The album was produced by David Ryan Harris (who spent much of 2017 on the road with John Mayer), and will feature some of his favorite players, including brother Kofi Burbridge on keys, Lil’ John Roberts and Sean O’Rourke on drums, Mark Rivers and Alfreda Gerald on vocals, Dave Yoke on guitar and Miguel Atwood Ferguson on strings. “We had a great time making this record. I hope you enjoy it!” says Burbridge in a press release. The album’s release date has not been specified but is expected to drop this fall. You can pre-order Oteil’s upcoming studio album via Pledge Music here. You can also enjoy the title track off Water In The Desert from when Oteil played it at Summer Camp 2015 with Roosevelt Collier and Alfreda Gerald.Oteil & Friends’ tour kicks off on October 31st with a Halloween show at Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA. The tour then moves to Pour House in Charleston, South Carolina for a show on November 1st, before moving on to Athens’ Georgia Theatre. The group then has three dates across North Carolina scheduled from November 3rd through 5th in Asheville, Charlotte, and Raleigh, respectively. On November 6th, the band has a performance at the Fillmore in Silver Springs, Maryland, before heading north for a date at The Rex in Pittsburgh the next night. The tour will end at the Soundstage in Baltimore on November 8, and one at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on November 9. You can head to Oteil’s website for more information.“VIP Experience Ticket” sales will begin on Thursday, August 24th at noon EST. Venue sales will begin on Friday, August 25th at noon EST. [photo by Michael Bloom Photography]last_img read more

Planning for disasters

first_imgIt only took a couple of questions to cut to the chase during a panel discussion on preparedness for national disasters.“Are we ready today for a really large-scale event, bigger than any of those we have contemplated?” asked Herman “Dutch” Leonard, the George F. Baker Jr. Professor of Public Management and moderator of “Oil Spills, Earthquakes, Tsunamis & Meltdowns: Acting In Time Against the Next Disaster” held on Thursday (April 28) as part of the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.Leonard was not idly posing a hypothetical question. He was querying a panel that included some of the top leaders in American homeland security and the military, including representatives from the National Guard, the Coast Guard, and the Navy. These were the very people responsible for coordinating a national response to a crisis, or as Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Dean David T. Ellwood put it, “If all of their phones start ringing at the same time, I would say move out of the building quickly.”A reassuring response came from Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau and a U.S. Air Force four-star general. “We are much better able to handle a large-scale disaster than we were a decade ago,” McKinley said. This is due to improved communications and cooperation among federal agencies and greater ability to create a unified response to establish command and control systems, he said.“But it would be naïve of me to say that we could handle an emergency any better than any other government,” McKinley said.In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill, “the country has learned a lot of lessons,” said Adm. James Winnefeld, head of the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. “We have put together a fairly robust system, a national response framework, a national management system. And if we have a hard time handling a large event in the future, it will be because of capacity, not because of teamwork.” The panel was held in conjunction with the Harvard Kennedy School’s first Homeland Security Executive Program for General and Flag Officers and sponsored by the HKS Executive Education and HKS Program on Crisis Leadership. Bart Stupak, a former Michigan Democratic congressman who chaired the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, zeroed in on one gap in the nation’s preparedness, the reality that local first responders — firefighters and law enforcement officers  — are not “inter-operative.” That means they lack the technology and structure to communicate with each other rapidly in an emergency.If you want to save lives, you have to talk, he said. “We have been talking about [this issue] since 1978 in this country, and it’s ridiculous we can’t do [anything]. …With our technology and our telecommunications, there is no excuse for it, other than a lack of will.”The panel noted that disasters have political and social dimensions that must be incorporated into an overall crisis response. “Any major event is not only a technical event and operational event but also very much a political event,” Leonard noted.Adm. Robert Papp, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, said that when disasters drag out, as in the Gulf oil spill, agencies that initially respond quickly and effectively may become stymied by political and media “overlays.”“Not all of us are completely comfortable in that world,” he said. “Nor sometimes do we understand all that’s involved in that, particularly on the political side.”Juliette Kayyem, assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs in the Department of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2011, who played a key role in the response to the oil spill, noted that responders may be frustrated by politicians who have agendas or who are trying to score points rather than comprehend an overall strategy. But “you’re going to waste a lot of energy if you think it’s going to go away. So one way to think about it is how to manage it.”Kayyem also said the word “homeland” was a “bad term for a variety of reasons.”“I really think it’s 50 homelands and a couple of territorial homelands,” she said.  The BP oil spill was “essentially one event but five different engagements.”In preparing for the future, the country must not only learn from the lessons of 9/11, Katrina, and the Gulf spill, but must prepare for crises as yet unknown, and “something we haven’t thought about,” McKinley said. That is why establishing “pre-need relationships and plans” is key, Papp said.Members of the military comprised much of the audience at “Oil Spills, Earthquakes, Tsunamis & Meltdowns: Acting In Time Against the Next Disaster,” held at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.McKinley warned of complacency and of paralysis at the state and local level caused by a perceived lack of resources.  “We all know that hesitating will cost lives,” he said. “I would caution everybody that we as a nation are going to have to deal with the financial aspects, and we can’t shortchange the response to a major natural or manmade disaster.”Asked about the role of social media in a disaster, the panelists generally agreed that vital technical information could be effectively disseminated via blogs and websites to help “translate” operational decisions. “What we can’t counter is the reality being set by social media,” Kayyem said. “All you can do is try to get a louder message out there.”last_img read more

HKS alumnus steers Apex through rough times

first_imgPreeti Sriratana, M.C./M.P.A. ’12, took the helm of Apex for Youth Inc. (Apex) in early 2009 during a financial crisis and has steered it towards becoming one of the largest mentoring programs for Asian and immigrant youth in New York City today.Founded in 1992, Apex, a nonprofit youth organization originally known as Asian Professional Extension Inc., works with children from underserved communities in New York City by connecting them with professionals who volunteer to mentor them. Through culturally tailored after-school programs, Apex serves youth from first through twelfth grades — helping them build self confidence, explore academic and career goals, develop a sense of community and service, and gain leadership skills.Sriratana joined Apex in 2001 as a fourth grade prep volunteer, eventually becoming a middle and high school mentor before taking on the role of president/chairman. When Sriratana took on the new position the organization was in financial ruin, facing possible bankruptcy. Working with the board and what remained of the team, Sriratana helped to rebuild Apex by retooling its model, growing it almost 50 percent two years in a row, and co-founding and incubating a charter school built from its programs.“There was still a long road ahead,” says Sriratana. “With the tools I gained from HKS and its incredible faculty, I was able to lead my organization through difficult changes and measurably increase its impact in my community.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Following conflict, a turn to the divine

first_imgIt’s been said that there are no atheists in foxholes, but a new study led by Joseph Henrich has shown that the impact of war on religion extends well beyond the front lines.The chair of the Department of Human and Evolutionary Biology, Henrich and a team of international collaborators gathered survey data from several locations around the globe and found that, following the trauma of seeing a friend or loved one killed or injured during conflict, many became more religious. The study is described in a Jan. 28 paper published in Nature Human Behavior.“I became interested in this question through my prior work, which has been focused on how religious beliefs can cause people to cooperate more in a group,” Henrich said. “The idea is that if you can expand the sphere of cooperation, then that group can more successfully compete against others, sometimes even through violent conflict.“But this study suggests that this could lead to a vicious circle,” Henrich continued. “If you receive a war shock and become very religious, and then begin to outcompete other groups through conflict, that could result in a runaway effect.”To understand the relationship between war and religion, Henrich and his colleagues gathered data from more than 1,700 interviews with people in 71 villages scattered throughout Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, and Uganda. Their results showed that, among those who were most exposed to war, membership in religious groups increased by 12, 14, and 41 percentage points, respectively.In addition, the researchers found that those who experienced the trauma of war were likelier to attend religious services and were likelier to rank religion as being significant in their lives than those who were not. And in some cases, those effects were surprisingly long-lived.“One of the more interesting findings was that in some cases we found the effect endures,” Henrich said. “In Tajikistan we find the effect even 13 years post-conflict, and there’s no sense in which it declines.” The three locations were selected, he said, because although all three had experienced civil conflict, none of them included a clear religious or ethnic dimension.“In places like Sierra Leone, both the rebels and the government would go into villages and fire indiscriminately,” Henrich explained. “Some people would be killed or injured and others wouldn’t. That creates a natural experiment — some people are more exposed to the war and some people are less exposed, and then we were able to look at the effect of having this shock on their religiosity.”Importantly, Henrich said, the study only compared those changes in religious devotion among individuals in the same village.“There could be many reasons why people in different villages might be more or less religious,” Henrich said. “It could also be that a particular village was attacked more than another, but by comparing people from the same village we were able to eliminate that variation.”Ultimately, though, Henrich said the study supports the notion, often embraced by historians, that war can drive social changes down the road.“It could affect the direction in which institutions evolve, or the policies that governments pursue,” he suggested. “And there are policy implications as well, because if you’re concerned about religious extremism and you deal with it through violence, then you could make it worse.“Because it has this psychological effect, when you shock a population … new institutions that were impossible previously are more likely to emerge,” he added. “So these war shocks may redirect history in different directions by reshaping institutions and influencing how people think.”This research was supported with funding from the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium, the John Templeton Foundation, the Czech Science Foundation, Title VIII/Department of State, and the University of San Francisco. Related Religion as social unifiercenter_img Belief in a deity helps humans cooperate and live in large groups, studies saylast_img read more

Conan arrives, and the crowd goes wild! (Not really)

first_img The COVID-19 evacuation wasn’t Harvard’s first The danger of ‘misinformation, disinformation, delusions, and deceit’ The University’s history of upheaval in war and peace, contagions and contaminated puddings Students we interviewed in 2017, now seniors, reflect on the friendships forged with their first-year roommates Comedian and late-night talk-show host Conan O’Brien ’85 addressed the Harvard College Class of ’20 Thursday as part of an afternoon of virtual ceremonies that captured the joy, poignancy, and humor of the day.Acknowledging the less-than-ideal scenario of celebrating via Zoom until an in-person Commencement is safe, O’Brien hammed it up, opening with archival footage of cheering crowds, stunt-flying fighter jets, blasting cannons, and a water-saluting tugboat celebrating his speech.“As you sit here today, or stand, or microwave a burrito, or ride a Peloton, or recline uncomfortably in your childhood bed, or mine Bitcoin, or Google ‘Who is Conan O’Brien?,’ you are witnessing many firsts in today’s ceremony,” O’Brien said in a message recorded as he stood, attired in T-shirt, shorts, and Birkenstocks, before a podium on his sunny backyard lawn.A history and literature concentrator and two-time president of The Lampoon, O’Brien thanked Harvard for his honorary degree in “bosonic string theory and condensed-matter physics” (as the words “No idea what he’s talking about” flashed underneath) and gave a shout-out to the day’s true heroes, the IT department. (“Really nice compression, guys. Beautiful, very little buffering.”)He acknowledged that the ceremonies were not typical but that all involved were doing their best to make up for it. “Trust me, we are taking steps to make today’s Commencement feel as authentic as possible,” he joked. “In fact, right now, Harvard is charging each of you $50 for parking in Cambridge.”,Other lighthearted moments came in a photo montage of the years’ highlights and a Faculty Dean TikTok. Then O’Brien set aside his jokes, telling seniors: “You’ve been handed more than your share.” Reflecting that they were born in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, he said, “You’ve only known a world beset by terrorist hate. You’ve grown up with mass shootings and school lockdowns. Horror was completely absent from my childhood. You have now witnessed two economic meltdowns of stunning proportions.“You are remarkable examples to my children of how to be smart, brave, and yes, resilient in a scary world,” he said in his concluding wishes.Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana also spoke about how proud he was of the senior class, though he began by sharing his sorrow for all the losses, large and small, that the global pandemic had wrought for the students, their families, and the world.“But even as we grieve for what you have lost these past few months, today is a moment to think about what lies ahead and to ask yourself: How are you going to move forward with hope into a world that looks different from the one you were preparing to enter?“This is a hard moment, but it is your moment, and I am confident that you will rise to the occasion,” he said. “Your education has prepared you for what lies ahead.”Graduates celebrated remotely throughout the day with their Houses and, in some cases, their academic departments. From the empty dining hall, Dunster House Faculty Deans Sean Kelly and Cheryl Chen and Allston Burr Resident Dean Michael Uy hosted a live Zoom ceremony to honor their students. Almost 350 participants, including House staff and tutors, students and their loved ones, gathered to watch remarks by Kelly, Chen, and Uy, and to toast one another.Kelly, who is Teresa G. and Ferdinand F. Martignetti Professor of Philosophy, said the seniors were “the first class we saw through an entire cycle [as Faculty Deans],” and that they were grateful to have had the chance to share beloved traditions such as the red-tie dinner, the goat roast, and, more recently, virtual trivia nights and senior dinner.“While your College days did not end in the way you would have liked, I hope you will still remember your time here fondly, and eventually with the passage of time, the 7½ semesters on campus will be more salient to you than the last half-semester away from it,” added Chen, a senior lecturer in philosophy.,Uy read out the names of the graduates, and students raised their hands to be spotlighted. Many were gathered with their families, wearing graduation robes and hats, waving Harvard flags, flanked by balloons, and covered with confetti (and champagne).The Department of Statistics marked the day in several ways. In the morning, it posted a video tribute to its graduates, featuring students, faculty, a unicorn Squishy, and senior lecturer Mark Glickman performing “Happy Graduation” (to the tune of “Happy Birthday”) on guitar.Later in the day, the department held two Zoom receptions celebrating the department’s newly minted graduates. At its event for Ph.D. students, department leaders gave congratulatory remarks before members of the dissertation committees spoke about the impact of each graduate’s work.Luke Weisman Miratrix, a department affiliate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, spoke about mentoring Nicole Pashley, who is starting as an assistant professor in statistics at Rutgers University next year.“She’s been one of those students who self-mentors to a large extent,” Miratrix said. “The first day she arrived in my office she clearly told me some things that worked well for her and some things that didn’t. For example, she told me that she liked to listen and then go off and think … What I didn’t realize at the time was that when she went off to think, that meant generating pages and pages of mathematics, which I would then have to read when she came back.”Pashley, who watched the event from her apartment in Cambridge with her husband, Oliver, said she hopes to keep up that work ethic next year, and maybe even pass it on to her future students.,Relatedcenter_img An enduring bond Washington Post’s Baron sends along the Class of 2020 with message that facts, truth matter The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Officials Scheduled To Hold COVID-19 Press Conference Update Thursday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Watch us LIVE at WNYNewsNow.com/liveMAYVILLE – Officials in Chautauqua County are scheduled to provide an update on the novel Coronavirus outbreak Thursday afternoon during a press conference.Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel will be joined by the Chautauqua County Director of Health and Human Services Christine Schuyler during the 3 p.m. update at the Gerace Office Building in Mayville.Viewers can watch the press conference LIVE at WNYNewsNow’s Facebook page. We will also provide full coverage on WNYNewsNow.com and our mobile app.last_img read more

11 Water-smart landscaping

first_imgBefore you decide which plants to keep and which you plan to pitch from your landscape in the spring, consider your future selections’ drought tolerance.”Unfortunately, our plants can’t ring the doorbell and tell us they need watering,” said Jim Midcap, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”If they could talk, they’d most likely tell us they could have used more water and fertilizer last year,” Midcap said. “They’d also tell you they could have developed more flowers and been more robust if you had given them more care rather than just visited when they were flowering.”A quick look will tell youMidcap says a quick look around your landscape will tell you which of your current plants are drought-resistant.”Considering Georgia’s drought conditions, if a plant’s not dead or very stressed, it’s most likely drought-resistant,” he said.Drought plant planningMidcap offers advice to homeowners who are planning to add new landscape plants to their yards despite the ongoing drought.First, divide your landscape into water-use zones.”You should have an area where you group plants that have to be irrigated regularly, other areas for those that have to be irrigated only under drought conditions and areas for plants that rely on rainfall only for their water,” Midcap said.Next, to help your plants survive the drought, apply a layer of mulch. Mulch will help hold water in the soil around your plants.Midcap says planting and establishing your trees and shrubs during the winter can actually help them be more drought-tolerant in the spring and summer.”When you prune your plants, they’re going to grow more and require more water in spring and summer,” he said.Picking drought-proof plantsAbove all, Midcap says the key to having a droughtproof landscape is plant selection.”Pick plants that are tough, durable, resilient and hardy for both winter and summer,” he said. “You also have to look at the drought resistance, light requirement, soil types, space available and pest resistance.”For example, you wouldn’t want to plant hostas in direct sunlight or Leyland cypress in a small area.Once you’ve covered all of these bases, then you can take into consideration what you want to see in your landscape. Do you want an evergreen plant? Or do you care more about having a yard filled with pretty flowers?Midcap recommends the following drought-resistant shrubs for your landscape. Many other drought-resistant shrubs are available from your local nursery or garden center. Glossy abelia, a heritage plant that’s “tough as nails” and doesn’t grow too large. Wintergreen and Japanese barberry, often called “sticker bushes.” The colored-leaf forms are popular, and it’s a tough plant with no known pests. Butterfly bush. It’s a great selection for drought conditions. It’s very drought-tolerant, but it tends to get big. Deadhead old flowers to ensure new ones. Sweetshrub, a native, tough plant that grows well in shade. It’s deciduous, with bold foliage and flowers, and can be found with red (Carolina sweetshrub) and yellow (Athens sweetshrub) fragrant flowers. Flowering quince, a heritage plant that produces flowers early in the spring before the leaves emerge. Hollies (Chinese, dwarf yaupon, Nellie R. Stevens). A standard in the green industry, once it’s established, it’s in for good. Winter jasmine, a tough plant that naturally cascades down banks. It looks like an early forsythia, but doesn’t produce as many flowers. Leatherleaf mahonia, a heritage plant that, once established, is there for good. Southern wax myrtle. This plant wants to be a tree. It grows to look like haystacks pruning. Fortune’s Osmanthus, a very tough evergreen that can stand the test of time. It has small, fragrant flowers in fall. Volume XXVII Number 1 Page 11 center_img By Sharon Omahen Georgia Agricultural Experiment Stationslast_img read more

Civil trial certification standards may be amended

first_img Civil trial certification standards may be amended The changes would allow for a broader definition of ‘trial experiences’ Melinda Melendez Assistant Editor With more and more disputes being settled by alternate means rather than by trial, the nature of civil trial practice has changed dramatically. This phenomenon has prompted the Board of Legal Specialization and Education to examine this issue with regard to civil trial certification and recertification. The BLSE has proposed amendments to the standards for civil trial certification and recertification that would allow for a broader definition of “trial experiences.”“Our purpose is to make sure that everyone who is qualified to be a board certified civil trial lawyer gets an opportunity to do that, and we don’t have an arbitrary standard that is going to prevent them from doing so,” said Judge Ralph Artigliere, chair of the BLSE. “We have learned over the last few years, that in certifying lawyers, you have to take a broader view of what ‘qualification’ means.”There are four basic components that initially need to be met in order to become certified as a civil trial lawyer. These components are experience, peer review, continuing legal education, and an exam. Under the new proposed amendments governing civil trial certification, the experience component will undergo the most significant revision.While current standards are more restrictive in what qualifies as civil trial experience, the proposed amendments, if adopted by the Board of Governors, will allow for a wider range of experiences that will qualify as civil trial experience.Judge Artigliere aptly sums it up: “This component was modified to allow a broader range of experiences because it is more difficult to get jury trials than it was when we first started the certification program more than 20 years ago. With settlements, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution coupled with the increasing expense of going to trial, there are fewer cases going to trial and, therefore, less opportunities to meet the old trial requirement of 15 contested civil cases in circuit or federal court, five of which were before a jury, five of which were conducted by the applicant as lead counsel, and five of which were submitted to the trier of fact. The standards also propose five of the 15 matters occur in the past five years, expanded from the previous time frame of three years. Of these five cases, two must be jury and two must have been handled by the applicant as lead counsel.“Now we are proposing to allow up to three substituted experiences for partial satisfaction of the 15 matters. The substituted experiences may include such matters as evidentiary hearings lasting more than one day, and attendance or teaching at the Advanced Trial Advocacy Seminar. This allows more flexibility in the types of trial experiences than in the past.”While the BLSE has suggested broadening the definition of a qualifying civil trial experience, the main focus of the board has been to accommodate the changing nature of the practice area while maintaining exacting standards for certification and recertification.“The purpose of the board certification program as adopted by the Supreme Court was not to recognize a small group of people, but to identify for the public a group of people who are capable of specializing in a certain area. We do not want to dilute the significance of board certification. We want to make sure that when you certify a lawyer and say they are a trial lawyer, that they are a trial lawyer. The concern has been in the past that if we reduce the number of trials that a lawyer is required to have, then someone may become certified who is not as qualified. So what we’ve tried to do is provide some alternative experiences that would be similar to going to trial that would make sure that the people are qualified, and not water down the requirements,” said Judge Artigliere.The suggested amendments would allow for a broader range of experience in initial certification as a trial lawyer. The process for recertification would also be affected by the proposed amendments.The goal of the proposed amendments affecting applicants for recertification is the same as initial certification: to allow those who are qualified to retain their certification without eroding the standards for qualification. It is the feeling of the BLSE that recertification applicants have already demonstrated and maintained qualification and involvement as civil trial lawyers.“The proposal is to allow substitution of an Advanced Trial Advocacy Course for a trial, or greater credit for a 10-day or more trial, or credit for two cases, of which at least one was a jury case conducted by the applicant as lead counsel (rather than the former requirement of three) and use of an evidentiary hearing for one of the two trials. Again, this gives greater flexibility in trial experiences that qualify toward certification, even more flexibility than is proposed for initial certification applicants,” said Judge Artigliere.The BLSE has received approval from the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar and will present the proposed amendments to the Board of Governors for approval. The Board of Governors is scheduled to consider the amendments at meetings in April and June. March 15, 2005 Assistant Editor Regular News Civil trial certification standards may be amendedlast_img read more

North Korea’s Kim sends ‘get well soon’ wishes for South’s coronavirus battle

first_imgNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent a letter expressing hope for South Korea to overcome a coronavirus outbreak, President Moon Jae-in’s office said on Thursday, as the South battles the biggest epidemic of the disease outside China.The two sides’ exchanges have ground nearly to a halt after the North closed borders and temporarily shut a joint liaison office in a border city to avert an outbreak, while the South added 438 infections on Thursday to swell its tally to 5,766.In the letter delivered on Wednesday, Kim voiced concern over Moon’s health, and expounded what he described as his “honest view and position” regarding the situation on the Korean peninsula, Moon’s office said, without elaborating. North Korea had resumed missile testing on Monday after a three-month pause, prompting Moon’s office to urge a halt.Kim Yo Jong, who is also a senior official of the North’s ruling party, said the exercise was not meant to threaten anyone, deriding Seoul for what she called “perfectly foolish” words and acts.North Korea has not confirmed any virus infections, but state media said people showing symptoms faced a month in quarantine, while further “high-intensity” measures included stricter checks in border areas, at airports and sea ports.Moon offered to help the North’s prevention efforts, but Pyongyang has not responded, officials said.Topics : “Chairman Kim wished to console our citizens who are fighting the coronavirus,” Yoon Do-han, Moon’s senior press secretary, told reporters.”He said he believes we will win, and hoped the health of southern compatriots will be protected.”Moon responded with a letter of thanks, Yoon added.The rare message came less than two days after Kim’s sister, Yo Jong, issued a statement attacking Moon’s office for criticizing a military drill by the North.last_img read more