Dopapod Brings The Funk To Fayetteville [Photos]

first_imgOn December 5th, Dopapod continued their extensive tour in support of their recent sixth studio album, MEGAGEM, with a concert at Fayettesville’s George’s Majestic Lounge. The show opened up with an energetic “Vol. 3 #86” that got the crowd moving. Almost halfway through the close-to-nonstop first set, the crowd really started filling in and flowing more freely as “Trickery” went into “Sleeping Giant”. After a particularly intense “French Bowling”, the band transitioned through “Flipped” and “Nerds”, with the two smashed together into a unique and altered tune. The band ended their first set with “New James.” The first set felt like an entire show altogether.Watch Dopapod & Members Of The Motet Slay TLC’s “Waterfalls” [Pro-Shot Video]After a monstrous first set featuring flawless transitions and heavy improvisation, the band took a break and began their second set with “Please Haalp”. Picking things back up where the band left off at set break, the song’s rhythmic and simple, albeit catchy, introduction featured keyboardist Eli Winderman, who laid the basis down for the smooth number. Upon finishing “Please Haalp”, Dopapod brought the high energy back with a rocking “Present Ghosts” and a standout “Weird Charlie”. “Weird Charlie” housed a monstrous, peaking jam that highlighted Dopapod’s unique sound and that featured teases of “Aerials” throughout.EXCLUSIVE: Dopapod’s Rob Compa Talks Allman Brothers, Phish, And Future Dopapod PlansAfter the jam, Dopapod moved into a” Turnin’ Knobs” sandwich housing an unfinished “Picture in Picture”. The band concluded their last set with “Cure” before departing the stage. For encore, Dopapod returned with two covers that drove the crowd into a frenzy, starting with AC/DC’s “TNT” and then finishing up with Britney Spears’ “Toxic$”. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to their website, plus check out photos from the show below. Setlist: Dopapod | George’s Majestic | Fayettesville, AR | 12/5/2017 Set I: Vol. 3 #86 > Trickery, Sleeping Giant > French Bowling, Flipped, Nerds, New JamesSet II: Plaese Haalp, Present Ghosts, Weird Charlie* > Turnin’ Knobs -> Picture in Picture^ -> Turnin’ Knobs, CureEncore: TNT% > Toxic$*contained Aerials teases | ^ unfinished | % AC/DC cover | $ Britney Spears Dopapod | George’s Majestic | Fayettesville, AR | 12/5/2017 | Photos: Brandon Johnsoncenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

A man of endless curiosity

first_img“I had trouble deciding what to do,” says postdoctoral fellow Emre Basar, sitting at a bench in Professor Judy Lieberman’s lab in Harvard Medical School’s Immune Disease Institute. Small wonder. Basar, who already obtained an M.D. and is now pursuing a Ph.D., acknowledges that he has been “interested in a lot of things, particularly medicine, engineering, and business.”Born in Istanbul and educated at a French-bilingual school in Germany, Basar is fluent in German, French, English, and Turkish, and reads and writes Latin. Now he is seeking to understand how small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) can be harnessed as a drug against HIV and breast cancer. His global-minded, integrative approach to science, and life, is helping to build connections in research at Harvard and beyond.Basar earned his M.D. from the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany, finally deciding on medicine, he says, because it encompasses such a broad range of knowledge. “Medicine starts with biochemistry and physiology, but also includes clinical and practical components,” he says. “Not only do you have to know the pathobiology, you also have to interpret MR (magnetic resonance) images, know how to stitch the skin, and understand how to talk to a patient. Medicine has such a broad range of interactions and knowledge fields,” he says.Basar’s decision to attend medical school was also strongly influenced by his father, a professor of civil engineering and computational mechanics who died in 2002. “My father was an outstanding scientist and teacher, who truly cared about people and used his education to better the lives of others,” Basar says. For Basar, a natural networker with a love for travel, medicine offered the opportunity to explore new worlds, both intellectually and physically, while following in his father’s footsteps by helping others.Basar began his studies at Ruhr-University Bochum with a full stipend awarded by the German National Academic Foundation, which aims to build an interdisciplinary and international outlook among scholarship recipients.During medical school, Basar had a number of clinical rotations and fellowships throughout the world. One of the most influential was a practical in a private hospital in Istanbul. “My first real insight into clinical experience was early on in my medical studies: I was working at the German Hospital in Istanbul when the city was hit by a huge earthquake. I think there were 20,000 people killed. And due to the chaos caused by the earthquake, I had to help,” says Basar. “I had the chance not only to assist, but to perform some surgery myself, which was exceptional after only one year at medical school.”Basar was surprised by how much he enjoyed working in a clinical environment. “At the beginning of my medical studies I thought I would be more interested in biology or biochemistry. I didn’t think that I would like the clinical aspects as much, in particular the operations and having contact with patients,” he says. “But interestingly, I ended up enjoying this part the most.”In addition to his time abroad in Turkey, Basar attended a training fellowship at Imperial College in London, had a medical clerkship at the Hochgebirgsklinik in Davos, Switzerland, and completed an internship in the Neurointensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.Basar enjoyed living in Boston so much that he returned to the city after completing his M.D. “I wanted to do biomedical research, and I knew that I would come back to Harvard to combine graduate studies with a postdoc. It had to be Harvard because the access to hospitals and the biotechnology industry surrounding Boston, you can’t beat,” Basar says. “Also, Boston is a very international city and I like that.”In May 2005, Basar started a research fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), working to optimize an existing vaccine against anthrax. Although the vaccine component he tested proved to be inferior to the existing vaccine, Basar views the time as important to his career because he learned research techniques vital to biochemistry and immunology.“I became more familiar with what research is,” Basar says. “During medical school, my focus was on surgery, so my research fellowship at the Brigham helped me develop research techniques and get a sense of what’s important in science and the emerging trends in the field,” he says. “It was during my time at BWH that I became very interested in RNA interference [RNAi] and its applications in translational research.”Basar compares the current scientific interest in RNAi to the excitement caused by gene therapy two decades ago. “Craig Mello and Andrew Fire got the Nobel Prize for unveiling the mechanism of RNA interference, only eight years after their discovery. Normally, it takes decades to get a Nobel Prize; however, RNAi is an incredibly important technique: barely a decade after its discovery it has already revolutionized biomedical research.” Basar says.According to Basar, both gene therapy and RNAi can be harnessed to regulate gene expression. While gene therapy targets the DNA in the nucleus of the cell, “RNAi affects the cell only at the messenger RNA level, which is more elegant and safer as the cell’s genomic information remains untouched,” he says.Basar explains that genes are encoded in DNA and are then transcribed into messenger RNAs, which are in turn translated into proteins. Because proteins play a pivotal role in the regulation of all kinds of cellular processes, defects in their function or regulation can lead to disease. “In the case of AIDS, for instance, it is the immune cell receptors CD4 and CCR5 that are critical for HIV transmission,” Basar says. He explains that both CD4 and CCR5 are proteins that mediate binding of the virus to the cell membrane and hence enable HIV to penetrate and infect immune cells.According to Basar, one way to induce RNAi is by introducing small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) into a cell. Once delivered into the cytoplasm of the target cell, siRNAs bind to their complementary messenger RNA and when this happens the messenger RNA is cleaved and destroyed, he says. “If you transfect cells with siRNAs targeting the CCR5 co-receptor, RNAi will dramatically downregulate the expression of this receptor,” he says, and as a result, HIV will not find any binding site on the cell membrane to enter the cell. “When you knock out the CCR5 receptor, the door for HIV to enter its target cell is closed,” Basar says.During his work at BWH, Basar became very interested in harnessing RNAi to fight AIDS and cancer. “I started to look for a lab that combined RNAi with HIV or cancer research,” Basar says. Later that year, at an HIV symposium, Basar met Lieberman, a senior investigator at the Immune Disease Institute at Harvard Medical School, and was intrigued by her research. Lieberman’s lab was studying ways that RNAi could be used to create drugs for the prevention or treatment of viral infections, like HIV, and cancer. In fact, Lieberman’s group was the first one to successfully use siRNAs to inhibit genital herpes simplex virus transmission in mice.Basar joined Lieberman’s team in 2006 and his first research project was focused on the development of an siRNA-based topical microbicide to prevent vaginal HIV transmission in mice. As a result of this research, Basar and his colleagues have developed two promising strategies based on RNAi technology and plan to publish their findings soon.Basar is now applying the knowledge he gained working on an siRNA-based HIV microbicide toward developing new methods of siRNA delivery into breast cancer stem cells. At the same time he has become more and more interested in understanding how siRNAs are trafficked within a cell.Although RNA interference offers an exciting new approach for drug development, one major obstacle for using siRNAs as therapy remains their delivery into target cells, says Basar. “The big question, in the context of RNAi, is: How can you deliver siRNAs into different target cells? And how can you ensure that siRNAs, upon uptake into cells, translocate into the cytoplasm to become functional?”Basar thinks that this mechanistic question will occupy him and other researchers well into the future. “How are siRNAs binding to a cell, how are they taken up into a cell, and what’s their fate once inside the cell? There are so many questions,” he says. “A few years ago, I couldn’t understand how a scientist could spend a decade focusing on understanding a biological mechanism, because as a physician my focus has always been translational research,” he says. “Now, I’ve become the scientist interested in the mechanisms of siRNA trafficking.”Basar says that the biological processes underlying HIV and cancer are far more complex than he initially imagined. “That’s why you have to combine the knowledge of many researchers to get the most out of science.” Basar believes that building bridges and improving communication between scientists is just as important as the research itself.“Science has a bad reputation for not reaching out, for not networking and getting outside the lab,” Basar says. “Nowadays biomedical research requires a high degree of specialization, which is very costly, so it’s important to team up with other people to share knowledge and take advantage of the special skills research fellows have developed over years,” he says.In an effort to build social bridges across Harvard, Basar served as co-chair of the Harvard Medical School Postdoctoral Association for two years, where he coordinated a series of networking events. He also joined with fellow German students in 2008 to organize the first Harvard German Conference, which featured Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German secretary of state, as the keynote speaker.Basar has also expanded his networking efforts outside the lab by becoming a partner of the start-up company InterNations, the first online international community geared toward connecting expatriates and other globally minded people. Basar regularly helps organize InterNations events in Boston. “Building an international network and getting people together inspired me; it’s a very intriguing concept,” he says.But using science to help others remains Basar’s core inspiration. “For me as a physician it’s exciting to work on a drug, to work on something that immediately translates into healing a disease,” Basar says. “There’s a possibility that our research and contributions will help fight disease and hopefully positively impact health. That’s the power of research.”last_img read more

Retreat focuses on faith, experience

first_imgStudents took a break from the stress of college life Friday and Saturday to reflect on their faith. Around 60 freshmen attended the third 24-hour Freshman Retreat at the Sacred Heart Parish Center. Father Pete McCormick, director of the Freshman Retreat Program, said participants had a chance to form support structures with other freshmen and adjust to the college environment. “Some freshmen think what’s going on with them is unique to themselves, when in fact it’s really a commonality between them,” McCormick said. “Often times, freshmen worry that they are the abnormal ones. This retreat helps them settle into the Notre Dame experience.” McCormick said his role requires more behind-the-scenes preparation. “I do a lot of work preparing the sophomore team [leaders] and working with other leadership to organize the retreat,” he said. “During the retreat, I listen to confessions, conduct adoration and celebrate Mass.” McCormick said the Freshman Retreat is a great outlet for freshman to meet their classmates. “[It] exposes freshmen to a variety of people they would not otherwise come into contact with on campus,” McCormick said. “It gives freshmen time to expand their horizons.” Freshman Emily Potucek said meeting people was one of her goals for the retreat. “I’ve done similar retreats in high school and thought it would be cool to do with my Notre Dame class,” Potucek said. “I wanted to make more friends in my class.” Potucek said participants mingled while discussing academics, social life and faith. “We talked about adjustment to college and adjusting to the second semester,” Potucek said. “We also talked about where we are in our faith journey and how we can practice our faith here at Notre Dame.” Echoing McCormick’s thoughts, Potucek said the retreat gave her the opportunity to converse with other freshmen who share similar interests. “It was a great chance to see how other freshmen are practicing their faith here,” Potucek said. “It was nice to meet other people who also hold that as a priority.” Freshman Melanie Mironovich said the retreat was a perfect way to step back from the stress of college life. “You get really stressed in college, so the retreat was a good way to relax and get away from schoolwork,” she said. “[The retreat is a chance to] slow down and really think about your choices … You’re forced to think about things you wouldn’t normally think about. It makes Notre Dame feel more like a community.”last_img read more

Is Shopping Coded in Our DNA?

first_imgDear EarthTalk: I don’t hear much about the environmental impacts of our consumer culture any more, but it seems to me that our “buy, buy, buy” mentality is a major contributor to our overuse of energy and resources. Are any organizations addressing this issue today? – M. Oakes, Miami, FLThere is no doubt that our overly consumerist culture is contributing to our addiction to oil and other natural resources and the pollution of the planet and its atmosphere.Unfortunately the tendency to acquire and even horde valuable goods may be coded into our DNA. Researchers contend that humans are subconsciously driven by an impulse for survival, domination and expansion which finds expression in the idea that economic growth will solve all individual and worldly ills. Advertising plays on those impulses, turning material items into objects of great desire imparting intelligence, status and success. William Rees of the University of British Columbia reports that human society is in a “global overshoot,” consuming 30 percent more material than is sustainable from the world’s resources. He adds that 85 countries are exceeding their domestic “bio-capacities” and compensate for their lack of local material by depleting the stocks of other countries.Of course, every one of us can do our part by limiting our purchases to only what we need and to make responsible choices when we do buy something. But those who might need a little inspiration to get started should look to the Adbusters Media Foundation, a self-described “global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age.”Among the foundation’s most successful campaigns is Buy Nothing Day, an international day of protest typically “celebrated” the Friday after Thanksgiving in North America (so-called Black Friday, one of the year’s busiest shopping days) and the following Saturday in some 60 other countries. The idea is that for one day a year we commit to not purchase anything, and to help spread the anti-consumerist message to anyone who will listen, with the hope of inspiring people to consume less and generate less waste the other 364 days of the year. The first Buy Nothing Day took place in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1992 with a few dozen participants, but today hundreds of thousands of people all over the world take part.In recent years some anti-consumerists have added Buy Nothing Christmas to their agendas as well. Some ideas for how to leverage Buy Nothing Christmas sentiment without looking too much like Scrooge include giving friends and family “gift exemption” cards and asking shoppers in line at a big box store, “What would Jesus buy?” Beyond Buy Nothing Day and Buy Nothing Christmas, the Adbusters Media Foundation stokes the fire of anti-consumerism throughout the year via its bi-monthly publication, Adbusters, an ad-free magazine with an international circulation topping 120,000. Do yourself a favor and subscribe…and cancel all those catalogs stuffing up your mailbox in the meantime.CONTACTS: Adbusters,; Buy Nothing Day, read more

New Cassel Man Sentenced for Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was sentenced Thursday to 35 years to life in prison for shooting a 31-year-old man to death after the gunman and victim got into an argument in their hometown of New Cassel two years ago.A Nassau County jury had found Naqunne Jackson guilty in December of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon following a week-long trial.“This sentence will ensure that this defendant will be held accountable for taking the life of a young man and will not be a threat to the public for a very long time,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Prosecutors said Jackson shot William Moody two times after an argument on Prospect Avenue at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2013.Moody was later found dead from his injuries near the scene of the shooting on State Street. Nassau County police arrested Jackson three days later.last_img read more

Joy Mangano: Long Island’s Mother of Invention

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York “When you are passionate and love what you do you keep doing more and more of it, so I just don’t stop,” says Joy Mangano speaking enthusiastically to the Press from her sprawling home in St. James.Clearly, for the inventor, designer and home shopping queen, that could not be more true. For nearly 30 years, Mangano has been living her dream by simplifying everyday challenges with smart, innovative products that make a difference to millions of people. Her breakout product was the Miracle Mop®, the first-ever self-wringing cotton mop that enabled one to wash and bleach the mop head for reuse, followed shortly by her velvety non-slip Huggable Hangers, selling more than a record-breaking billion units. The obstacles she overcame as a single mother raising three children early in her career proved so inspirational that in 2015, a Hollywood movie called Joy, based on her real-life story and starring Jennifer Lawrence, was made.Now a grandmother, she is continuously reinventing herself. During our interview, the mother of invention talked about many of her other products — My Little Steamer®; Forever Fragrant®, and Memory Cloud Pillow®, to name a few — her next product launch, and her new book, Inventing Joy, that gives readers a blueprint for success.Jennifer Lawrence, Joy Mangano and Bradley Cooper at the opening of the 2015 movie about her life.Long Island Press: How do you define success?Joy Mangano: My definition of success has nothing to do with the money. It has to do with achieving what you love to do and to set out to do a goal and complete that. I have reached success on different levels and at different times. If you keep on putting one foot in front of the other, you will have success.LIP: You overcame incredible odds to get where you are and you are a role model. What can you share?JM: The difference between myself and someone else, who may not have achieved what they wanted to, is to have the courage to keep going forward. You have to have that ability to believe in yourself. My path changed all the time drastically. Even though you have this one goal, I ended up on TV with a product, which was never my goal. I wanted to be in Kmarts across the country. I followed wherever that path went and just kept on going.LIP: Was that drive instilled in you as a child?JM: It was not. It was something that I had to bring out. To this day I keep on having to bring it out. I have a famous saying in the principles in my book, “A no is not a no.” I still hear “No” every day even as a successful businesswoman. A no to me is a starting point. It is a place to step back and say, “OK, what do I have to do to turn that around to a yes? Is there something about the product or something I need to adjust?”LIP: Tell us a little bit about the early years of building your empire.JM: When I needed people to work I went to the local church. They would ride their bicycles and today they drive beautiful cars to work. I still have the manufacturing facility and offices here so everyone who worked for me can always work for me. I have had people with me for 25 years, and some of those are family. And let me tell you, when you have success, you have to look around you, because the people around you help to make that success.Joy Mangano with the product that launched her career, The Miracle MopLIP: You could live anywhere in the world. What made you stay on Long Island?JM: I was born in Brooklyn and I grew up in the Huntington area and raised my children out here in Smithtown. My business was built on Long Island. It is home. There were many times when it was fortuitous for me to move the business between QVC or HSN in Florida but it was always part of my deal with anybody that my business remain [on Long Island] because I will never forget where I started.LIP: Did you think the movie Joy, inspired by your life, was an accurate depiction?JM: Yes, absolutely. When David O. Russell finished filming he had a five-and-a-half hour movie because my life is such a roller coaster. It was very real, but just a part of the story. It was Hollywood. Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro were amazing. Jennifer was brilliant. She deserved the Golden Globe Award for best actress. I’ll never forget sitting at Twentieth Century Fox studios when I saw the movie for the first time, and all the executives were around me wanting to see my reaction. It was so surreal.LIP: Did you know the film’s director before? And, was it your idea to bring the movie to Twentieth Century Fox?JM: The answers to both are no and no. I am an inventor and a product person. Years  ago, I was a judge on a TV show very different from what Barry Diller started on USA Network. The producer of that show said, “One day I am going to make a movie about your life. It is so fascinating.” I got a call a few years later and he said, “Joy, I am in here with all these Hollywood producers. We are going to make a movie about your life.” Shortly after, the phone rings and it is David O. Russell. Hundreds of hours later, the movie is made. It was amazing. Interestingly enough, a very prominent producer in the theatrical world, Ken Davenport, is now making a musical, Joy, based on my life. I cannot wait to see it.LIP: What a year it has been with the #MeToo movement, with some even calling 2018 the Year of the Woman. As a powerful female, are you partial to women in industry?JM: In all honesty, I am partial to people. I love people. I love my customer. I dream about my customer when I am designing something. Twenty-five years ago, I was the only woman in so many meetings. It is always a hard road for various people for various reasons. Globally, I say you need to earn your seat at the table.Joy with her three children: (l to r.) Jacqueline, Christie and Robert Miranne.LIP: When you were raising three small children alone, how did you find your courage?JM: It was a very long road with lots of challenges but if I ever stopped you wouldn’t be sitting here talking to me today. It was during the late ’80s, early ’90s. My family was Italian. My grandmother and great grandmother came from Italy and I was raised to grow up, get married, have children, and cook and cook and cook. When I told them I was getting a divorce it was like the end of the world happened. Talk about having to have courage. I was starting a business and I was finally going to do what I have always wanted to do.LIP: It must be an incredible feeling knowing that you were there when home shopping was just starting to capture an audience. Would you say you changed the game?JM: Yes. I changed the game and I am still changing the game. I think we have made so many changes in that industry. Nothing else existed at the time. It was the early ’90s. Home shopping and buying something from the TV was very unique.LIP: Your TuffTechTM Luggage Collection sold out of nearly 30,000 sets in less than an eight-hour period when it made its debut on HSN in 2016. Tell us about that.JM: People probably don’t know I have been designing luggage for well over 10 years. That little old saying, ‘When everything gets complicated you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.’ Well, I did. I reinvented the wheel. Ninety-seven percent of luggage damage is from wheels that break. I created a wheel with SpinBallTM technology. This luggage gives you 20 percent more packing space. It is unbelievable, and the material is TuffTech TM. It is the same material they use in bulletproof vests so it doesn’t tear or rip easily. I am so proud of the luggage, as proud as I am of the Miracle Mop®.LIP: Are there any new products we should be on the lookout for?JM: I can’t say yet but it is very big. You will be able to throw out 15 things with this one thing. How does that sound? It will be out at the end of the year and let’s just say it is [based on] almost 10 years of science.LIP: Can you tell us some things that your fans may not know about you?JM: A lot of people don’t know that I introduced with Chef Ming Tsai the first ceramic nonstick technology. It changed the cooking industry, now it is everywhere. When I discover something and discover innovation I go after it. It doesn’t matter what industry. For me, it is for the consumer to have a better product, a healthier product, a safer product.LIP: So many people face hardships that can get in the way of their dreams. What would you tell them?JM: It is easy to say, ‘I can’t do it!’ Who doesn’t wake up on occasion and say, ‘How am I going to get through this?’ That has happened to me many times. You have to look within and then use the people around you. If you have positive people, go to the person who is going to say, ‘You know you can do this!’last_img read more

New PM Castex: France’s low-profile coronavirus czar

first_imgCastex, 55, mayor of Prades, a small town in the southern Pyrenees mountains, is no stranger to the corridors of power since his time as an advisor to ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy.”A senior civil servant who knows the health world perfectly well and who is impressively efficient,” said the now former premier Philippe when Castex was nominated to design the easing of the coronavirus lockdown.France’s gradual easing of the lockdown has been regarded largely as a success, with life returning to normal across the country but with no sign of the feared “second wave” yet.Castex was twice chief of staff for Xavier Bertrand, who was health minister and then labour minister under the presidencies of Jacques Chicac and Sarkozy. The new French prime minister Jean Castex is a low-profile civil servant and local politician from the right, who recently gained prominence for drawing up policy to ease the coronavirus lockdown.For supporters, Castex is a hugely impressive bureaucrat who will rapidly master the brief of prime minister and handling relations with President Emmanuel Macron, who sits atop a presidential system where the premier is very much number two.But detractors have already rubbished the appointment, asking why Macron has bothered to replace Edouard Philippe, also a right-winger who has served for three years, with more of the same. At the time Castex had to deal with a number of sensitive cases, such as a pension reform and a law which forced strikers in the transport sector to provide a minimum service. “His warmth and charm are incredible and he is naturally humble and empathic,” said a colleague who worked with Castex when he was head of the health cabinet, who asked not to be named.”I’ve never seen anyone with such unanimous support all the time,” said the same source.Castex’s politics are resolutely right-wing and has said in the past that his is “completely comfortable with that fact.”Father of four daughters, Castex was until January the coordinator between ministries in preparation for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and head of the National Sports Agency. “He’s a jack of all trades, he has connections everywhere and he knows what to do at the right time and in the right place,” said ex-advisor to Sarkozy Franck Louvrier. Xavier Bertrand, now head of France’s northern Hauts-de-France region, tweeted that “I know and I appreciate the qualities” of Castex as “a servant of the state.” “They will be essential in the difficult times that we are going to face,” he said.But left-wing MEP Manon Aubry was dismissive. “Everything changes so that nothing changes! A man of the right replaces a man of the right to pursue the same anti-social and anti-ecological policies,” she said on Twitter.Topics :last_img read more

Trump to dominate Republican convention in bid for campaign momentum

first_imgPresident Donald Trump will try to recover momentum in his uphill re-election struggle at this week’s Republican Party convention, telling Americans that he has answers to the coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil and racial unrest.Trump and his top aides strived over the weekend to put an optimistic spin on what will be a mostly online convention as he prepares to head Monday to North Carolina to formally launch the four-day event.”I think we’re going to see something that is going to be very uplifting and positive, that’s what I’d like it to be,” the president told Fox News. Provocative lineup The Republican convention will be Trump-centric, with each of the four days expected to feature an appearance by the president and also by at least one member of his family.Some of the guests are clearly aimed at riling up Democrats, who spent their convention last week savaging Trump as a failed leader.These include a Missouri couple who brandished firearms at a group of anti-racist protesters marching past their mansion in June — an image that quickly went viral.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to deliver a speech Tuesday in support of Trump during an official visit to Israel. Such a directly political intervention by the nation’s top diplomat while abroad would be highly unusual.The president plans to deliver his acceptance speech Thursday from the lawn of the White House, shrugging off criticism over the use of the presidential residence for campaign purposes. Help from ‘The Apprentice’ The event comes only four days after the Democrats — in a history-making all-virtual convention of their own — formally crowned former vice president Biden as the party’s presidential candidate. Trump, whose rise from New York real estate mogul to political prominence was boosted by his reality TV show “The Apprentice,” has turned to two of the program’s producers to help with convention planning, according to reports.The Republicans’ effort is expected to incorporate more live broadcasting — an approach holding both opportunity and risk — than the Democratic event.Trump is expected to try to impart the best possible spin on his efforts to battle the coronavirus, but polls show most Americans trust Biden far more than him to deal with it.The president faced further criticism over the weekend from someone uncomfortably close: his sister Maryanne Trump Barry, heard on secretly recorded tapes provided to the Washington Post describing him as cruel, a liar and a man of “no principles.”Jason Miller, Trump’s senior campaign advisor, responded angrily on NBC, saying, “It’s shameful that the Washington Post came and ran the story yesterday, literally the day after the funeral services for (the president’s brother) Robert Trump.”Miller joined other Republican aides in dismissing the Democrats’ convention, calling it a “massive grievance-fest” from a party with no “vision for the future.”The candidates are scheduled to hold three debates, the first on September 29, before Americans cast their ballots on November 3. Topics :center_img Dealing with the virus Charlotte, North Carolina is where the party originally planned to hold its convention before the pandemic intervened, forcing first a shift to Florida and then a quick reimagining of the event as mostly virtual.A few hundred Republican supporters are slated to gather in Charlotte to hear Trump speak on Monday, but Republican chairwoman Ronna McDaniel insisted that the gathering was being handled safely.”We tested everybody before they came to Charlotte. We have been testing people on-site,” she told NBC.Convention speakers includes former ambassador Nikki Haley and Donald Trump Jr. on Monday; First Lady Melania Trump and Pompeo on Tuesday; and Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday.While Democrats heard from all living former Democratic presidents as well as former presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, former Republican president George W. Bush is not expected to appear. Bush has been a critic of Trump’s. He sought to draw a sharp contrast to the just-ended Democratic convention, which he has called the “darkest, angriest and gloomiest” in history.Republicans, facing polls that give Democrat Joe Biden an eight to 10-point lead, were also hoping for a boost from Trump’s announcement Sunday of what he claimed was a “historic” breakthrough in plasma therapy against COVID-19, which has killed more than 175,000 people across the country.Trump told reporters the therapy, which has been given emergency authorization for use, shows “an incredible rate of success.” However, this went much further than his own health officials’ cautious welcome of the treatment, in which blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients is used to treat new cases.Challenged by a reporter to explain the apparent contradiction, Trump passed the question to one of his experts, then ended the press conference.last_img read more

Frank Lampard rules Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek out of FA Cup final with injury, but confirms N’Golo Kante and Willian return

first_imgFrank Lampard rules Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek out of FA Cup final with injury, but confirms N’Golo Kante and Willian return Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jul 2020 2:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShares Lampard will be without Loftus-Cheek for the final (Picture: Getty Images)The Brazilian’s contract will expire at the end of the season and the club are said to be unwilling to offer him the new three-year deal his representatives are demanding.However, Lampard confirmed that both Willian and Kante will be available to play against the Gunners.‘Kante and Willian are in the squad and we will see if they are fit enough to be involved. Ruben Loftus-Cheek picked up a small problem,’ the English boss said.And when asked if the Brazilian will give 100 per cent effort despite his contract situation, Lampard said: ‘Yeah, because I have known him for many years and his mentality has shown since the restart. He has given everything.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAfter securing a top four spot and Champions League football for next season, Lampard has a chance to win his first piece of silverware as a manager.When quizzed on what it would mean for him to lift the trophy, the Blues boss said: ‘I would be delighted to and if you get to a final you want to win it.‘It will be difficult, many a great manager haven’t won things, but now we are here I want to win it.’MORE: Cesc Fabregas explains why Arsenal need FA Cup triumph more than ChelseaMORE: Why Chelsea decided against signing Manchester City-bound Nathan AkeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Loftus-Cheek is out with another injury problem (Picture: Getty Images)Frank Lampard has ruled Ruben Loftus-Cheek out of Chelsea’s FA Cup final against Arsenal with injury, but confirmed N’Golo Kante and Willian will be back in the squad.Loftus-Cheek has endured a torrid time with injuries having missed the majority of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.The 24-year-old finally made his long-awaited comeback as a substitute in the 2-1 win away at Villa last month, but a minor problem will keep him out of Saturday’s showpiece at Wembley.Meanwhile, Kante and Willian, who were both doubts for the final, will make the match day squad, which is a major boost for Lampard’s side.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFrenchman Kante had missed Chelsea’s previous six games after picking up a hamstring injury in the 3-0 win over Watford earlier this month.Willian, who was left out against Wolves last weekend, was reportedly set to be dropped for the game with the uncertainty surrounding his future. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

BW in LPG retrofit move

first_imgBW LPG, the world’s largest liquid petroleum gas shipping company, has signed contracts including future options for the delivery and retrofitting of four LPG-propelled dual-fuel engines in its fleet.BW LPG claims in a statement that this move is “a world’s first initiative.” The company expects the first retrofitting to take place in conjunction with scheduled drydockings starting 2020.With LPG propulsion, BW LPG says it would reduce its sulphur oxide emissions by up to 97 percent, allowing for full compliance with all current and future sulphur emissions requirements.This means the retrofitted ships, when operating on LPG, will go beyond IMO’s global 0.5% sulphur emissions cap to also be in full compliance with Emission Control Areas (ECA) and Sulphur Emission Control Areas’ (SECA) 0.1% sulphur cap, according to BW LPG.“BW LPG has been preparing for IMO 2020 for years… We will be the global pioneer in operating next-generation, high-tech green ships with dual-fuel propulsion,” Martin Ackermann, BW LPG chief executive said in the statement.last_img read more