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Behind the show, pages (and pages) of pain

first_img Related Brenneman, Peck bring actress’ triumphs and trials to life Through the centuries, countless artists have tapped their suffering for creative inspiration. Add playwright and performer Michael Yates Crowley and director Michael Rau to that list.Crowley and Rau are the duo behind a new offering at Oberon, “Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (In the Lydian Mode),” a quirky multimedia cabaret that examines intersections of pain, illness, and art with a little help from the unlikely pairing of Ludwig van Beethoven and Ayn Rand.It’s also a show with deeply personal roots.Crowley has known the nightmare of migraines, debilitating headaches that can strike without warning and incapacitate the sufferer for hours — sometimes days — since he was a boy. Now he is putting his pain on stage.The show grew directly out of the migraine diaries (“dry data”) he began compiling in high school. The entries tracked his sleeping and eating habits to identify lifestyle choices or even weather patterns that might be affecting his migraines.Eventually Crowley’s inner poet took over, transforming his journals, he said, into “an extremely weird way of describing what was happening to me.” He blended characters from his imagination with his daily routines and medical research about the headaches. Later, his longtime friend Rau helped him see the theatrical potential in those words. The spirituality of the stage The two met at their Illinois high school, where they shared a love for the stage. They worked on Shakespeare plays as teens and remained friends and collaborators through college and beyond. In 2007, they founded a company, Wolf 359, and began producing their own shows. In 2012, they piled Crowley’s 15 years of headache information and daily musings on the floor. Rau, Crowley said, “cut things up and mushed them together.” What emerged were two very different approaches to illness inspired by two very different cultural icons, the German pianist and composer Beethoven and the Russian-born American libertarian author Rand.Recovering from a serious illness, Beethoven wrote his lush “String Quartet in A Minor, Opus 132,” in 1825. He titled its third movement “A Convalescent’s Hymn of Thanksgiving to God, in the Lydian Mode.” A recent performance of the movement was described by a reviewer as “an almost mystical meditation on overcoming illness.”But while Beethoven used illness as inspiration, Rand had no time for pain or suffering. She “denied illness and weakness entirely and refused to accept it,” said Crowley, and adopted the approach that “if you are sick, then it must be in your head.”Following the Oct. 22 performance, Crowley and Rau (pictured) will take part in a discussion about art and illness. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThrough song and dance, monologue and mayhem, Rau and Crowley investigate those opposing viewpoints. Crowley in the lead portrays a range of characters: himself, Rand, Beethoven, and even a drag queen, in an effort to probe pain and suffering.Rau said the show, viewed through the lens of Crowley’s migraines, is “a perfect exploration of this idea of what do you do with suffering.”“Everyone will experience something bad happening at some point in their life,” Rau said, and the show asks important questions such as: “What do you learn from that? What do you take away from that? How do you handle that when it happens?”Harvard’s Fanny Peabody Professor of Music Alexander Rehding said Beethoven, who composed some of his greatest works after going deaf, is inextricably linked to the notion of overcoming suffering and adversity. “That’s what we take away from Beethoven’s biography,” said Rehding, “and that’s what we hear in his music.”Following their performance on Oct. 22, Crowley and Rau will take part in a discussion about art and illness with Rehding and Harvard Medical School professor and writer-in-residence at Massachusetts General Hospital Suzanne Koven.For Crowley, making art of his suffering has helped him come to terms with it. During a break from afternoon rehearsals this week, he called facing and sharing his pain so directly “freeing.”“I think so many other times in your life you are forced not to deal with pain or not to interrogate it or not show it or not talk about it. Pain is very uncomfortable for other people. It’s very uncomfortable for anyone to see someone else in pain or to hear them talk about it. And so to have this platform or this place in which you can be free with that … there is something very cathartic about it.”“Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (In the Lydian Mode),” Oct. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Oberon.last_img read more

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Cooperative Security Location Comalapa at the Forefront of Combating Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo May 02, 2019 The combined fight partner nations and the United States undertake against narcotrafficking never lets up. The Cooperative Security Location (CSL) Comalapa, in El Salvador, highlights regional efforts to disrupt narcotrafficking groups that travel across Central America from the south to reach the United States. CSL Comalapa, located on the air base of the same name, operates under the U.S. Navy to support Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South), one of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) three task forces. From El Salvador, the site provides round-the-clock logistics and infrastructure support to U.S. Navy combined interagency counter-drug operations, humanitarian missions, and search-and-rescue operations. “We represent our [the United States] long-term commitment to the Western Hemisphere and our partner nations. Our mission is to provide operational support to both manned and unmanned aviation units that participate in JIATF South’s detection and monitoring mission,” said U.S. Navy Commander Addison G. Daniel, commander of CSL Comalapa. “Our mission supports SOUTHCOM’s security efforts by disrupting threat networks.” Strategic partnership The site is operational since August 2000, as a result of a security and defense cooperation agreement between the United States and El Salvador. Since then, CSL Comalapa has helped prevent narcotics, worth millions of dollars from reaching its destination. In 2018 alone, CSL seized drugs worth $6 billion. “We are satisfied with [our handling of] the narcotrafficking issue. SOUTHCOM’s support, and that of its different agencies specialized in countering [narcotrafficking], is important,” said Salvadoran Army Major General Félix Edgardo Núñez Escobar, head of the Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff. “A factor that strengthens our effective efforts against narcotrafficking is the timely information that CSL provides, with aircraft’s continuous monitoring of different suspicious vessels they detect, from their departure in South America to their entry into our national territorial waters. This allows us to have close, effective communication with the [Salvadoran Navy’s] Trident Naval Task Force until we seize the shipment and arrest the criminals.” CSL Comalapa has strategic value not only for the United States, but also for El Salvador. “CSL Comalapa allows El Salvador to showcase its partnership with the United States and all the countries in the region that narcotrafficking affects,” said U.S. Army Colonel Elliot Harris, senior Defense official at the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador. “El Salvador has been particularly reliable and good at what they do, to the point where their efforts individually, as part of the collective maritime interdiction team, have fundamentally changed the way narcotraffickers do their trafficking in the Eastern Pacific.” Counter-drug operations Counter-drug operations are combined and interagency; they are carried out with the participation of the Salvadoran Armed Force, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service, among others. “CSL Comalapa, JIATF South, and SOUTHCOM play an integral role in the fight against narcotrafficking; it’s truly the best example of interagency efforts,” said Gene Crouch, DEA attaché in El Salvador. “The Salvadoran Navy goes out in support of DEA investigations and the U.S. Embassy efforts. They make the seizures, and CSL is right there along with them to make these seizures happen.” JIATF South’s Command Center, located at the U.S. Naval Air Station Key West, in Florida, sends the information so that CSL can start interdiction operations. With P-8, P-3C, and C-130 Hercules aircraft, among others, CSL personnel conduct surveillance flights to detect drug cartel vessels and aircraft in transit. “We provide hours and hours on station [from the zone being monitored] to allow our partner nations to come in and intercept the vessels,” said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Rodrigo Cunha, a tactics officer with Patrol Squadron 16. “If you don’t have anybody on top seeing what’s going on and providing the imagery to the endgame to support the prosecution, it would be like [the interdiction] didn’t happen.” According to U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Brandon Adams, assistant officer in charge of Patrol Squadron 16 War Eagles, CSL is JIATF South’s direct resource. “We monitor narcotraffickers and smugglers in transit from inside the region up towards the north. We generally detect vessels such as speedboats and pangas which go pretty fast,” he said. “Our relationship with El Salvador is very good,” Cmdr. Daniel concluded. “To El Salvador we offer job opportunities and we infuse money back into the local economy, but a number that you can’t necessarily make tangible is the fact that we increase security both here, in El Salvador, and for the region.”last_img read more

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Early look at payday rule shows important reforms, concerns

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA’s initial analysis of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) small-dollar proposed rule found some important reforms to predatory lending, but consumer-friendly credit union products appear to be swept in as well. CFPB Director Richard Corday praised the credit union lending model during the bureau’s field hearing Thursday, and has told CUNA to inform the bureau about credit union products that are affected by the rule.The CFPB’s proposal adds restrictions on payday, title, and high-cost installment loans that meet certain requirements.CUNA will work closely with the CFPB to highlight parts of the proposal that could add to credit unions’ regulatory burden. Several CUNA-requested changes were made from the versions of the proposal released in March 2015 via the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act.The NCUA’s Payday Alternative Loan (PAL) program is mentioned a number of times in the rule. It is a short-term, small-dollar product with interest limited to 28% and application fees capped at $20. continue reading »last_img read more

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Widespread pandemic: Learnings and implications evident in first quarter data

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr First quarter call report data provides an indication of how credit unions initially responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the industry likely won’t realize the full impact of the crisis until 2021 or later, this early reading provides insight into what to expect in the second half of 2020, including:A record year for mortgage lending, primarily driven by refinancing activity. Origination balances in the first quarter of 2020 almost doubled first quarter performance from one year ago.A lower loan-to-share ratio as consumer lending slows and share balances increase amid members conserving cash.A negative impact on revenue from lower interest rates and reductions in non-interest income resulting from fee waivers and lower interchange income after a sharp drop in card transaction volume during stay-at-home orders.A significant increase in provision for loan losses as credit unions buffer themselves against the economic fallout of double-digit unemployment. Most don’t expect to begin realizing losses until later in 2020 and into 2021 but do prefer to get ahead of potential issues.A fall in net income from the combination of lower revenue and higher provision expenses.Although the outlook is sobering, credit unions entered this year with a stronger financial profile than ever before. Asset and capital balances are more than double where they stood entering the Great Recession, operating efficiency is greater, and delinquency is lower. Perhaps most importantly, member relationships are much stronger as measured by product usage and average balances. continue reading »last_img read more

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The Masters: Groups, tee times for opening round at Augusta National | Golf News

first_img The Masters Verdict November 12, 2020, 10:30pmLive on 1222 Larry Mize, Andrew Landry, Lukas Michel (Aus) (x)1233 Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood (Eng), Kevin Na1244 Xander Schauffele, Jason Kokrak, Henrik Stenson (Swe) 1616 Danny Willett (Eng), Rickie Fowler, John Augenstein (x)1627 Phil Mickelson, Abraham Ancer (Mex), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut)1638 Adam Scott (Aus), Collin Morikawa, Tyrrell Hatton (Eng)1649 Justin Thomas, Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng), Brooks Koepka1700 Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy (NIrl)1711 Zach Johnson, Justin Rose (Eng), Cameron Champ1722 Victor Perez (Fra), Sungjae Im (Kor), Brendon Todd The Masters – Live November 12, 2020, 12:30pmLive on Starting from Hole 1 1200 Lucas Glover, CT Pan (Tpe), Corey Conners (Can)1211 Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III, Jazz Janewattanond (Tha) When’s The Masters on Sky Sports? – Advertisement – Starting from Hole 10 1200 Sandy Lyle (Sco), Jimmy Walker, Yuxin Lin (Chn) (x)1211 Webb Simpson, Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn)1222 Kevin Kisner, Adam Hadwin (Can), Scottie Scheffler1233 Jon Rahm (Esp), Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa)1244 Patrick Reed, Paul Casey (Eng), Tony Finau1255 Tiger Woods, Shane Lowry (Irl), Andy Ogletree (x)1306 Jordan Spieth, Gary Woodland, Ian Poulter (Eng)1317 Graeme McDowell (NIrl), Si Woo Kim (Kor), Nate Lashley1605 Justin Harding (Rsa), Shugo Imahira (Jpn), Nick Taylor (Can)1616 Chez Reavie, Sebastian Munoz (Col), Byeong Hun An (Kor)1627 Bubba Watson, Matthew Wolff, Tommy Fleetwood (Eng)1638 Francesco Molinari (Ita), Billy Horschel, Cameron Smith (Aus)1649 Bernhard Langer (Ger), JT Poston, Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa)1700 Fred Couples, Max Homa, Dylan Frittelli (Rsa)1711 Jose Maria Olazabal (Esp), Andrew Putnam, James Sugrue (Irl) (x)Watch The Masters this week live on Sky Sports, with all four rounds exclusively live on Sky Sports’ Masters channel. Live coverage beings with Featured Groups from 12.30pm on Thursday. – Advertisement – 1255 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Jason Day (Aus), Abel Gallegos (Arg) (x)1306 Vijay Singh (Fij), Lanto Griffin, Tyler Duncan1317 Mike Weir (Can), Rafa Cabrera Bello (Esp), Matt Wallace (Eng)1605 Sung Kang (Kor), Erik van Rooyen (Rsa)center_img Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy have been grouped together for the first two rounds of The Masters
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China car sales slump 92 percent in first half of February on virus

first_imgChina car sales plunged 92 percent during the first two weeks of February as the coronavirus outbreak kept buyers away from showrooms.It was even worse in the first week, when nationwide sales tumbled 96 percent to a daily average of only 811 units, the China Passenger Car Association said in a report released earlier this week. Deliveries this month may slide by about 70 percent, resulting in a roughly 40 percent drop in the first two months of 2020, the association said. The figures exclude minivans.“There was barely anybody at car dealers in the first week of February as most people stayed at home,” PCA Secretary General Cui Dongshu wrote in the report. Dealers gradually restarted operations in the second week of February, when daily sales of passenger cars stood at 4,098 units, still a decline of 89 percent from a year earlier, he said. The situation is expected to improve in the third week of February, Cui said in an interview Friday.The numbers underscore the extent by which sales have been affected in the world’s largest market for automobiles. Even before the outbreak, auto sales in China were heading for an unprecedented third straight annual decline because of a slowing economy and trade tensions with the US.China’s commerce ministry said Thursday it will work with other government departments on more measures to stabilize auto sales and reduce the impact of the epidemic on demand. Separately, Chinese policy makers have been discussing extending subsidies for electric-vehicle purchases beyond this year to revive sales, people familiar with the matter have said.Topics :last_img read more

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‘We didn’t know’: Bali authorities in the dark as COVID-19 patient dies on resort island

first_imgA 53-year-old foreign woman holidaying in Bali became Indonesia’s first COVID-19 fatality on Wednesday, but local authorities were only informed after her death that she had tested positive for the disease.The Health Ministry had identified the woman as Case 25 in a press conference on Tuesday evening but neglected to inform Bali’s provincial administration.”Today, early in the morning, at 2:45 a.m., a foreign national under observation at Sanglah Hospital died,” the chairman of Bali’s COVID-19 task force, Dewa Made Indra, said at a press conference in Denpasar on Wednesday. Yurianto previously said the ministry would stick with its policy of not announcing where confirmed cases were being treated or what country foreign patients were from.Both the Health Ministry and the Bali administration declined to reveal the patient’s nationality, but British media have reported that she was from the United Kingdom. A British Foreign Office statement received by The Jakarta Post said the office was “supporting the family of a British woman who has died in Indonesia” but stopped short of confirming that the woman was Case 25.A Flourish survey visualizationDewa said that Case 25 had a history of chronic illness, including diabetes, high blood pressure as well as pulmonary disease. He said that, despite not knowing that the patient had tested positive for COVID-19, she had received the same treatment a COVID-19 patient would have received. “[She was treated like a COVID-19] patient because her symptoms were similar to those of the disease and she was under observation,” he said.Dewa said the patient had been cremated at around 12:30 p.m. local time in Mumbul, Badung.”Because the patient was under observation for COVID-19, her body was handled according to the procedures for handling infectious diseases,” he added.According to the Bali Health Agency, Case 25 arrived on the island on Feb. 29 and was admitted to a private hospital after complaining of fever on March 3. After her condition failed to improve, she was taken to Sanglah Hospital on March 9.The Health Ministry said Case 25 was an imported case – meaning she is not believed to have contracted the virus in Indonesia – but has declined to say where she arrived from.Dewa said his task force had traced the 21 people who had close contact with her and told them to go into self-imposed quarantine. The husband of the deceased, who accompanied her on the trip, is under observation.So far, according the Bali Health Agency, 48 people have been observed for COVID-19 in the province. Thirty-eight have tested negative and been discharged, while nine others, all foreigners, are still under observation and waiting for their test results.As of Wednesday, Indonesia has confirmed 34 COVID-19 cases in the country. Topics : Dewa, who is also the secretary of the Bali administration, said the administration had not received any information on the patient’s test result until local officials called the Health Ministry themselves after the patient’s death.”Because this patient died in the isolation room, under observation, we tried to get confirmation from Jakarta. We hadn’t received her laboratory test results yet,” he said. “[After calling the ministry,] we were told that the patient who died was Case 25, who was announced as COVID-19 positive yesterday.”Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto explained that, once a patient’s test result came back, the ministry would inform the doctor in charge.“Once the lab says the test is positive, the doctor is immediately informed and the doctor informs the patient,” he said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. “Whether the doctor communicates [the results] to the regional administration is another matter.”last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Statement on Confirmation of Estelle Richman to the SRC

first_img Education,  Press Release,  Statement Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement congratulating Estelle Richman, former senior adviser to the United States secretary of Housing and Urban Development and secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare, on her confirmation as his nominee to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission:“Estelle’s experience is unmatched and her breadth of knowledge and grasp of a diverse array of policy issues make her a perfect fit for the School Reform Commission. In only two years, I have worked with the legislature to begin to restore the funding that was cut from Philadelphia schools under the previous administration that resulted in mass layoffs and cuts to important areas like transportation, security, and janitorial services. Working with the legislature, I have fought to restore the cuts of the previous administration by securing more than $640 million additional for education at all levels, including $97 million that will go into Philadelphia classrooms. The school district is now back on more secure financial footing, but we have more work to do, and Estelle will be an asset to help me continue my work toward a more robust public education system in Philadelphia.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Statement on Confirmation of Estelle Richman to the SRCcenter_img May 10, 2017last_img read more

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Loan sharks circle poor

first_imgStuff.co.nz 21 December 2013Christchurch’s most at-risk residents are being targeted by dodgy lenders and by mobile-truck shops, with some scouting for sales outside welfare agencies, the City Missioner says.Michael Gorman is calling for tougher laws on high-interest payday loan companies after a resident visited the City Mission seeking help for what he says was “one of the worst loan schemes we’ve ever seen”.He also sought a tightening of rules around mobile-truck shops, saying his staff frequently noticed lenders parked up outside the building trying to attract customers.Mission social worker Connie Smart said a desperate mother-of-four recently visited the mission unable to repay a credit from an online short-term loan company.She had borrowed just over $500, but was faced with an annual interest rate of 584 per cent, to be paid over three weeks – accruing her almost as much as she borrowed in interest.A clause in the contract granted the loan company legal power of attorney to take 20 per cent of her income directly from her employers if she defaulted on a payment, until the loan was paid.http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9542137/Loan-sharks-circle-poorlast_img read more

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Active Baseball Hit Leaders

first_imgWhen the season came to an end this year, the top 7 active hits leaders in MLB included the following people.  You will notice that the majority of these players are 40 or beyond.1.  Derek Jeter – 3,451 at age 402.  Alex Rodriquez – 2,939 at age 383.  Ichiro Suzuki – 2,834 at age 404.  Adrian Beltre – 2,590 at age 355.  Manny Ramirez – 2,574 at age 426.  Albert Pujols – 2,511 at age 347.  Bobby Abreau – 2,490 at age 40All of these players with the exception of Pujols have played a lot of their career in the American League where Pujols is now finishing his career.  I would venture to guess that this list is limited to the American League because of their designated hitter rule.  Some of these guys have not played an actual game in several years.  They only bat.last_img read more