As they continue to celebrate their 25th anniversary, The String Cheese Incident has announced the latest round of 25th Anniversary Incidents.On Monday, SCI announced that they will celebrate Halloween with a three-night run at Austin, TX’s Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre on October 31st, November 1st, and 2nd. The following weekend, the band will head to Chicago, IL’s Auditorium Theatre on November 7th, 8th, and 9th.Next up for The String Cheese Incident is a performance at Cumberland, MD’s DelFest on May 24th, followed by a three-night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on May 25th, 26th, and 27th. SCI will then offer up back to back two-night runs over 4th of July weekend, with performances at Louisville, KY’s Iroquois Amphitheater on July 3rd and 4th, followed by a pair of shows at Atlanta, GA’s Fox Theatre on July 5th and 6th. The band will return to Dillon, CO’s recently-renovated Dillon Amphitheater for two nights on July 16th and 17th before making their way to Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre for three shows on July 19th-21st. SCI will also make summer festival appearances at Electric Forest, The Peach Music Festival, and FloydFest.A special SCI pre-sale for the band’s Austin and Chicago runs begins this Wednesday, May 15th at 11 a.m. (MST) here (no codes will be required). Public on-sales will take place this Friday, May 17th through local venue outlets.For ticketing information and a full list of The String Cheese Incident’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.
Read Full Story Women who experienced physical, emotional, or sexual abuse as children are more likely to have a child with autism than women who were not abused, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Those who experienced the most serious abuse had the highest likelihood of having a child with autism — three-and-a-half times more than women who were not abused.“Our study identifies a completely new risk factor for autism,” said lead author Andrea Roberts, research associate in the HSPH Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “Further research to understand how a woman’s experience of abuse is associated with autism in her children may help us better understand the causes of autism and identify preventable risk factors.”The study appears online March 20, 2013 and in the May 2013 print issue of JAMA Psychiatry. It is the first to explore the relationship between a mother’s exposure to childhood abuse and risk of autism in her children.The authors examined data from more than 50,000 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II. They found that it was not just women exposed to the most serious levels of abuse who had higher risk of having a child with autism, but also a large number of women who experienced moderate abuse.
Read Full Story More priority needs to be given to protecting the world’s estimated 111 million welders and other workers from exposure to potentially toxic welding fumes, according to David Christiani, Elkan Blout Professor of Environmental Genetics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He was among 17 scientists from 10 countries who met in March 2017 at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, to review scientific literature and evaluate the carcinogenicity of several welding chemicals to humans.An executive summary of the monograph, entitled IARC Monograph on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans, was published online April 10, 2017 in The Lancet Oncology. The entire volume (#118) will be available online via http://monographs.iarc.fr/.“The Working Group found new evidence to support the conclusion that welding fumes are a likely cause of lung cancer in humans, possible cause of kidney cancer, and definite cause of melanoma of the eye,” Christiani said. In addition to fumes, welding can expose workers to radiation and asbestos, which are known to cause cancer.Two other chemicals evaluated — molybdenum trioxide (sometimes used in welding) and indium tin oxide (used to make computer screens) — were determined to be possibly cancer-causing in humans.The IARC is a World Health Organization body that has among its activities to produce independent scientific consensus reports on the causes of cancer. These monographs, 118 to date, have been used by governments for protective regulations for years and have included reports on air pollution, diesel exhaust, smoking, sedentary behavior, diet, asbestos, and radiation.
An initiative to prevent domestic violence has helped 13 Saint Mary’s students so far this school year, director of the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) Connie Adams said. Adams presented to the Student Government Association (SGA) at its meeting Wednesday to discuss the Green Dot program, an initiative to help prevent domestic violence. BAVO began its office this year at the College, and the fact that students have used it shows the need for this kind of action on campus, Adams said. “There is such a need here and these are issues that affect all of us,” she said. The Green Dot Initiative encourages people to not ignore violence or situations that may lead to violence when they see it, Adams said. “Green dots are very simple decisions, very simple actions we can take in our everyday lives,” she said. “[Green dots are] those times when you witness something that doesn’t seem quite right [and] finding ways when you see those things happen that you can really do something about it, taking that extra step.” Adams said there are many different motives why people avoid these situations, even when they suspect violence may be an issue. “There are a lot of reasons we don’t take that extra step; we’re embarrassed, we wonder if what we see is really what we see, or we’re shy and don’t want to get noticed,” she said. According to Adams, one in four women will experience violence in their lifetime, which creates red dots, or acts of violence that she said do not need to be the case. “If we do nothing it is an acceptance of what is happening and every time we accept it, it’s a red dot,” she said. For students interested in helping with the program can attend an informational meeting in the basement of Holy Cross today at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a training session on Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for students. Adams said there are limited slots, so students should RSVP if they are interested. Students who are interested can contact her at [email protected] Rachael Chesley, student body president, also discussed two new SGA initiatives being launched next week; the Board’s new website and its Discount Program, which will provide student discounts at select vendors when they are out in the South Bend community. Chesley said the Board will be working to market the website to students and hopefully making it part of the “Quicklinks” on the main Saint Mary’s site. “We want to try to get students to utilize it now so it becomes more habitual and they use it all the time,” Chesley said. Information about the Discount Program will be included on the new website. Students will be able to use their ID cards to receive the discounts. “[Students] don’t have to register for it,” Chesley said. “It’s just a benefit for students.”
Eleven hundred backpacks scattered across South Quad Wednesday held a heavier message than the book weight they usually carry.The backpacks were a suicide awareness exhibition called “Send Silence Packing,” and each one represented one of the 1,100 college students who commit suicide each year. The exhibition was a collaborative effort between Active Minds, a non-profit organization, and the Notre Dame’s National Alliance on Mental Illness Club (NAMI-ND).Each backpack acted as a small token of remembrance for one of the lives claimed by suicide. Sophomore Courtney Koch, a member of NAMI-ND said she hoped this display would act as a conversation-starter on campus and convince students to ask more questions about mental health.“Mental illness is a legitimate health issue and should be treated with the same amount of seriousness as we treat physical illnesses,” Koch said. “It’s not just something that should be pushed off to the side.”NAMI-ND president junior Katie Paige said the planning process for the exhibition started at the end of last spring when the club received approval from Active Minds. Paige said the event received overwhelming support and in many ways, it was a collaborative effort from many different groups on and off campus.“It’s been a long process, but an extremely rewarding one as we fight to end the stigma of mental illness and suicide,” Paige said. “I believe that this powerful display will force people to stop, think and start talking.”Koch said the stigmatization of depression and mental illnesses was the driving force behind event, and the group aims to help reduce some of those misconceptions.“What a lot of people don’t understand is depression is not just sadness,” Koch said. “Everyone feels sad, but depression is a legitimate disorder that could be chemical or an event in your life that triggers it.”Senior and former NAMI-ND president Maggie Skoch said her personal journey and stories of other Notre Dame students’ journeys kindled her passion to spread awareness for mental illnesses.“I think it’s easy to provide people with a statistic, to say that suicide and mental health issues are things that need to be addressed,” Skoch said. “What this display does really well is take what is a mere statistic and brings it into the real world, into a display, and it fosters conversation as a result.”NAMI-ND representatives volunteered to set up the exhibit, and many of them distributed informational fliers throughout the day. Koch said she hopes this event prompts people to strike up a conversation with the NAMI-ND representatives.“I’d like for people to be shocked by this event and to feel like this is too much and there shouldn’t be this many victims,” Koch said.Skoch said “Send Silence Packing” last came to campus in the spring of 2014, and she said she hopes to repeat the event’s success in battling the stigma of mental illnesses.“In my four years here, this conversation has gained a lot of momentum and I think I’ve witnessed myself in various interactions, and on a broad level, a breaking down of that stigma,” Skoch said. “This awareness is the goal of this event and other events that NAMI sponsors … and what the Notre Dame community is working towards through the various efforts on campus.“’Send Silence Packing’ makes tangible a very difficult topic and issue through a visual display The hope is that this event itself will bring about the continuation of a conversation that’s already happening … a conversation about mental health at Notre Dame, America and across the world.” Tags: mental health awareness, NAMI-ND, send silence packing
Ha. Bike Magic dubbed this the “Most Epic of MTB Fails.” That may be overkill, but this is a fairly awesome fail, and it does have MTB.Downhill mountain biking is a discipline that is taking off here on the East Coast, and for good reason. It looks like a blast, albeit a breakneck, balls-out, super-dangerous blast. The guys that can pull it off make it look easy; the guys that can’t end up in viral videos. This one starts off innocuously enough with a few bros hanging out waiting to drop in. Dude in blue and white takes the lead with confidence as our hero follows with the GoPro. Things are looking good for a hot second as the trail looks buffed and the first drop goes swimmingly for both riders. Then we hit the straight away, and things get interesting…
The GOP field is already crowded even without King. There are currently 14 candidates, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who announced a run earlier this week. The terrain is likely to get even more cramped with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker expected to announce bids for the nomination, which would bring to 16 the number of Republican presidential candidates.King, the current chairman of the House subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, had been mulling a run since at least July 2013. That summer, King emailed donors and acknowledged having misgivings about potential candidates’ ability to handle national security issues.“While I’m nowhere near ready to declare my candidacy, I am concerned about the lack of a coherent national security and homeland security and counterterrorism policy by the Republican Party,” King said in the email. “So, I won’t rule out a possible run.”RELATED: Law Enforcement, Peter King At Odds About Which Extremist Groups Pose Greatest ThreatsKing then hit the road. He traveled to New Hampshire nine times and made stops in Rhode Island and Vermont, he told CNN.Over the years, King has built a reputation as a national security hawk. He frequently appears on cable news programs to discuss counterterrorism issues, thus building his reputation among like-minded Americans outside New York State.In his interview, King said he was “concerned” that Sens. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) were monopolizing “the airwaves,” and “getting out what they thought was their Republican message.”“I wanted to counter that,” King said.The Congressman has not been shy about criticizing Paul and Cruz for their positions. In May, he said Paul should seek the “Democratic nomination,” and also blasted Kentucky’s junior senator for critical comments he has made about the National Security Agency. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Republican presidential field is only four candidates shy of assembling a capable roster for a pick-up softball game. But, if such a game would occur, Long Island’s most outspoken Congressman would not even be on the bench, forget about mowing down batters with high heat.Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), LI’s most provocative and boisterous elected official, acknowledged Wednesday he is not seeking the Republican nomination for president. King had been toying with the idea for nearly two years, teasing Long Islanders unenthusiastic about former Republican Gov. George Pataki’s candidacy.“I’ve decided not to run,” King told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Wednesday. “It was a great experience. I would loved to have the opportunity to run, to go all the way; I think I can more than compete with any of those that are in there.“The reality is as far as money, the fact that I do have a full time job on the intelligence and homeland security committees, it’s just not in the cards,” he continued. “I don’t want to be taking up other people’s time. I don’t want to have 19, 20 candidates, whatever its going to be.” As for his chief concern: “There are candidates in the race who are raising national defense issues,” he told CNN.King did not say which Republican he’d support, but he is willing to help if called upon.“I’ll do everything I can to work within the Republican Party,” King said.
BlackRock, National Association of Pension Funds, Univest Company, Pension Fund ING, BNP Paribas Investment Partners, JP Morgan Asset Management, Mercer, Finisterre Capital, Generali Investments Europe, Natixis, RobecoSAM, AP4BlackRock – Simon Pardoe has been appointed head of DC Proposition to develop bundled and investment-only UK workplace defined contribution services for employers and their employees. He joins from Legal & General, where he was most recently responsible for workplace savings strategy, proposition and market development.National Association of Pension Funds – Graham Vidler has been appointed head of external affairs. He joins from the National Employment Savings Trust, where he was director of communications and engagement. Before then, he worked on pensions from a variety of perspectives as a researcher at the House of Commons, policy adviser for the Association of British Insurers, head of policy at Which? and head of marketing at Norwich Union Life.Univest Company – Loek Sibbing has announced that he is to step down as chairman of the €20bn asset manager for the 80 pension funds of multinational company Unilever, on 1 June. He said he would now take on “new challenges” and that he wanted to share his experience and expertise with other companies. He said it was too early to make further announcements about the next step of his career. Pension Fund ING – The €18.5bn pension fund of banc-assurer ING has appointed Rients Prins as chairman as of 1 March. He succeeds Peter de Bruijne, who had been at the helm for five years. De Bruijne is to take on a new job outside ING. Prins has been a board member of the pension fund since 2012.BNP Paribas Investment Partners – Colin Graham has been appointed CIO and head of TAA & Research in the Multi-Asset Solutions team. He joins from BlackRock (formerly Merrill Lynch Investment Managers), where he was co‐head of the Global Multi‐Asset Strategies team. Before then, he worked as an actuarial consultant at Mercer.JP Morgan Asset Management – Stéphane Casagrande has been appointed head of institutional clients for Switzerland. He joins from BNP Paribas Investment Partners in Switzerland, where he was head of institutional sales and consultant relations. He has also held positions at ECOFIN Investment Consulting and Credit Suisse Asset Management.Mercer – Mark Rowlands has been appointed to lead sales and marketing for Mercer’s defined contribution and savings business. He joins from Partnership Assurance, where he was head of corporate partners. Prior to that, he spent seven years at AXA Corporate, where he held a number of different roles, including head of business development and head of consultant relationships and corporate partnerships.Finisterre Capital – The emerging market specialist has appointed David Burnside as a partner and head of business development. Prior to joining Finisterre, Burnside was at BlueBay Asset Management from July 2010, where he was a partner and head of alternatives. Before then, he spent seven years as head of European institutional marketing for Financial Risk Management.Generali Investments Europe – Hervé Gay has been appointed to the European Credit Research team as senior credit analyst. Before joining GIE, he was a senior sell-side fixed income credit analyst and deputy head of credit research at Société Générale in Paris.Natixis – Eric Le Brusq has been appointed global head of equity derivatives sales. He joins from LBDD Finance, a financial advisory specialist for institutional investors, where he was chief executive.RobecoSAM – Lucas van Berkestijn and Cécile Churet have been appointed as sustainability investing client specialists. These newly created positions will serve as a link between RobecoSAM’s research and product development activities and institutional clients.AP4 – Susan Linkvist has been appointed COO at the Swedish national buffer fund. She replaces Agneta Wilhelmson Karemar, who retires on 1 May but is on leave until then.
Companies looking for financing would issue preferred shares for the fund in which asset owners can invest in.The proposal stems from research activity that Fahlenbrach conducted with his colleague Erwan Morellec, professor of corporate finance at EPFL, and Jean-Pierre Danthine, former vice president of the Swiss National Bank.It is based on the assumption that pension funds, or other institutional investors, often lack enough expertise and resources to carry out due diligence on companies.“The second problem is that the money a pension fund can deploy in a small and medium sized company, let’s say up to CHF5m (€4.5m), is not enough to carry out all the due diligence that it is necessary,” Fahlenbrach explained, adding that the solution is viable long term.Financing for small and medium sized companies in Switzerland is limited to own capital injection or a bank loan.“An entrepreneur that takes money from the bank has to pay back the debt and the interest, no matter the economic uncertainty, and in uncertain times, entrepreneurs may be reluctant to take loans because they do not know whether they generate enough revenue to pay interest and principal,” he said. “An entrepreneur that takes money from the bank has to pay back the debt and the interest, no matter the economic uncertainty”Rüdiger Fahlenbrach, professor at the Swiss Finance Institute of EPFLThe COVID-19 pandemic caused the Swiss GDP to fall by 2.6% in the first quarter of 2020, according to the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).The Swiss government has given guarantees for SMEs emergency loans.“The government has essentially provided guarantees for about $17bn of bank loans, and we envision that the fund of funds could be started by converting these bank loans into preferred shares, held by the newly created fund.”Fahlenbrach stressed that the participation of the state does not make the fund public, but added that in uncertain economic times it would need capital from the government in the form of equity on top of money from institutional investors.“The state is necessary in the fund right now because there is still a level of uncertainty on whether the economy is going to recover, but when things are more stable, then the fund can run without the participation of the government,” he said.If the economy recovers, companies will not default and pay the dividends, the state may opt to divest its part in the fund to other investors, he added.So far, he said, the proposal has been pitched to bankers, while the essential question remains: is there interest from pension funds or institutional investors in such a fund of funds and appetite for this financial instrument?“I would hope so, because Swiss entrepreneurs would get access to a new source of funding that does not dilute their voting rights, and is not as strict as a bank loan,” Fahlenbrach said.“There are only so many public companies they could invest in, and the fund is an additional financial instrument to deploy money in Swiss francs that is not public equities, large corporate bonds or Swiss government bonds,” he added.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Swiss pension funds, and other institutional investors, may rely on a fund of funds instrument to invest in small and medium sized companies in times of crisis, Rüdiger Fahlenbrach, professor at the Swiss Finance Institute of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), told IPE.“In a fund of funds, a private company does the due diligence to find small and medium sized companies that need financing. It creates a large portfolio of preferred shares in the companies, and the pension fund or institutional investor then buys parts of the fund,” Fahlenbrach said, adding that the vehicle would lead to portfolio diversification.Another instrument to attract investments in the local economy, linked to the idea of fund of funds, is a new type of security – cumulative preferred shares – that offers more flexibility to companies.Fahlenbrach explained: “Preferred shares do not offer shareholders voting rights, there is no fixed maturity date to pay back a principal” and a company is allowed skip a dividend payment during difficult times, but such dividends are accumulated and paid at a later date.
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition 28 July 2020Family First Comment: We are told that euthanasia is “compassion.” But how compassionate is it when last year in Canada, hundreds of sick people were euthanized because of loneliness? The country’s 2019 MAID [medical assistance in dying] Annual Report found that 13.7% of the 5,631 Canadians killed by doctors asked to be lethally injected because of “isolation or loneliness.” If my math is right, that’s about 771 people, or 64 a month, or two per day.The country’s 2019 MAID [medical assistance in dying] Annual Report found that 13.7 percent of the 5,631 Canadians killed by doctors asked to be lethally injected because of “isolation or loneliness.” If my math is right, that’s about 771 people, or 64 a month, or two per day. Good grief!Some of the other reasons people gave for asking to be killed:Loss of ability to engage in enjoyable activities, 82.1 percent. That’s a serious concern, but with proper interventions, it can be overcome.Loss of ability to perform activities of daily living, 78.1 percent. Ditto.“Inadequate control of pain (or concern about it),” 53.9 percent. That’s a scandalously high percentage. Palliative and hospice pain-control experts will tell you that most serious pain in terminal illnesses can be successfully alleviated.Loss of dignity, 53.3 percent. Again, this is a serious concern but can be overcome with appropriate care.Perceived burden on family, friends, and caregivers, 34 percent. In other words, people put themselves out of their loved one’s misery.Emotional distress/anxiety/fear/existential suffering, 4.7 percent.These statistics are scandalous and should make Canada deeply ashamed.Alas, most Canadians are proud that their doctors can legally kill sick people whose deaths are “reasonably foreseeable.” Not only that, but the country is now engaged in the process that will expand the conditions qualifying for lethal injection, including incompetent people with dementia if they asked to be put down in an advance directive.READ MORE: https://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2020/07/hundreds-of-sick-canadians-euthanized.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.