Information needed on former Mayor Mark Fagan

first_imgDear Editor.I’m writing an article on former Jersey City Mayor Mark Fagan for the journal The Human Prospect. While I do expect to have an assistant on this project, information on the former mayor was scant ten years ago.He died in 1955, six months before his successor, Frank Hague, left his controversial legacy behind. Mark Fagan’s funeral was held at St. Bridget’s Parish, which closed a few years ago. Since Fagan was a former mayor, which political figures attended his funeral? When he was aging in his downtown home, did any youth meet him? Could such youth still live?Many barely know Mark Fagan’s name. When I wrote about him and Hague a decade ago, many only remembered that he was the last Republican mayor of Jersey City before Bret Schundler. Such is true, but Fagan, by most accounts, was much more than that.Therefore, I want to enlighten people, both in Hudson County and beyond, about this mayor, whose memory has been minimized, mostly because of the city executive who followed him.I ask you to print this letter, and look forward to hearing from people who have information about former Mayor Fagan, or documents relating to his life. He had a sister, who may have had children. My previous inquiries revealed that he had a son, who died young in the 1960s or 1970s. However, indirect descendants of the former mayor may still be alive. If he socialized in his later years, grandchildren of his friends may remember him. Thank you very much!Sincerely,Dr. Michael Walterslast_img read more

Pieminister plans shift to Welsh production site

first_imgBristol-based pie-maker Pieminister plans to move to a new factory in South Wales later this year, because its current production site is being put up for sale.The company is now consulting with staff over a proposed July move to a fully fitted-out 25,000sq ft site in Llantrisant, which has another 60,000sq ft to move into over the coming years.The lease on the firm’s existing 17,000sq ft factory comes to an end in 2012, when it will be sold by the owner. Co-founders Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon looked into buying the site outright and considered other premises in Bristol, but decided these options would put too much financial pressure on the firm.Production volumes at the company, which also operates six shops, have grown from 100 pies a day in 2003 to over 15,000 a day in 2011, with projections of triple this figure in the next four years. Turnover is expected to grow from an estimated £8m in 2011/12 to £18m in 2015.”Main growth will come from a combination of maintaining loyal customers and increasing our customer base through strategic product development of high-quality products backed by a highly interactive marketing programme,” said Hogg. “We also aim to open more retail sites.”last_img read more

Members Of Turkuaz, Snarky Puppy, Allen Stone, Dopapod & More To Play Birthday Bash & Memorial Show

first_imgTurkuaz drummer Michelangelo Carubba is doing it big for his birthday this year with a huge birthday bash featuring an impressive roster of talent. Drawing from bands like Snarky Puppy, The Nth Power, Dopapod, and RAQ, this is sure to be one of our best superjam lineups yet! It’s all going down at The Hall at MP on Thursday, July 28th. Get tickets here.The full roster includes Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz) on drums, Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy) on drums and keys, Steve Watkins (Allen Stone, Juno What) on keys and vocals, Nate Edgar (Nth Power) on bass, Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz) on guitar, The Turkuaz horns (Chris Brouwers, Greg Sanderson, and Josh Schwartz), Scott Flynn (formerly Pretty Lights Live Band) on trombone, Shira Elias (Turkuaz) on vocals, plus sit-ins from Sammi Garrett (Turkuaz) on vocals, Chuck Jones (Dopapod) on bass, Taylor Shell (Turkuaz) on bass, Fro (RAQ) on drums, and many more.In addition to Carubba’s birthday, the event will celebrate the life of former Turkuaz keyboardist Stephen Malinowski, who tragically passed away recently at age 25. Malinowski has played with members of Dopapod and Papa Grows Funk, and toured nationally with the Cha Wa Band and Ana Popovic.“Steve would be playing music right now if he were still alive. So we’re going to do just that,” said Mikey of his dear friend. “That’s the best way to honor him. By donating proceeds to music education through WWOZ in New Orleans, a city that he loved and I love, we can ensure that people are able to continue playing music for a long time.”Proceeds from the show will go to benefit music education in Malinowski’s memory. Tickets are available here.Enter To Win A Table For 6 + Meet and Greet:last_img read more

Live for Live Music NOLA Late Nights 2018

first_img— Thursday, May 3 —The Daze Between Band Ft. Eric Krasno, Dave Schools, Duane Trucks, Marcus King & Deshawn “D’Vibes” Alexander @ Howlin’ Wolf – 9:30 PM [Tickets] — Wednesday, May 2 —The Daze Between Band Ft. Dave Schools, Eric Krasno, Duane Trucks, John Medeski & Tom Hamilton @ One Eyed Jacks – 10 PM [SOLD OUT]FU*K 2017: A Tribute To Those We Lost Ft. Craig Brodhead, Michelangelo Carubba, & Shira Elias of Turkuaz; Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers, & Lyle Divinsky of The Motet; and Special Guests Cris Jacobs, Nate Werth, DJ Williams & The Turkuaz Horns @ One Eyed Jacks – 2 AM [Tickets] — Sunday, May 6 —Herbie Hancock Tribute Ft. Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers, Ryan Zoidis, Robert “Sput” Seawright, Nate Werth @ Maison – 10 PM [Tickets]Purple Party: A Tribute to Prince Ft. MonoNeon, Corey Frye, Ryan Jalbert, Lyle Divinsky, Shira Elias, Sammi Garrett, Casey Russell, Steveland Swatkins, Robert “Sput” Searight, Chris Bullock, Mike “Maz” Maher, Jeff Franca, Will Trask & Megan Letts @ Maison – 2 AM [Tickets] Partners:center_img — Sunday, April 29 —J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation) ft. Aaron Johnston, Marc Brownstein, Borahm Lee, Ryan Zoidis, Eric “Benny” Bloom, Eddie Roberts, Shira Elias Davi Viera, Mauro Refosco, and Gustavo di Dalva @ Maison – 10PM [Tickets]Z-FUNK: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin & Parliament Funkadelic ft. Michelangelo Carubba, Shira Elias, Roosevelt Collier, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Steve Swatkins, Rob Walker, Mike “Maz” Maher & Chris Bullock @ Maison – 2 AM [Tickets] — Friday, May 4 & Saturday, May 5 —Spafford @ Republic NOLA – 2 AM5/4 [Tickets]5/5 [Tickets]2-Night Pass [Tickets]last_img read more

University releases external review of police department

first_imgHarvard initiated an external, independent review of the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) in June, focusing on its internal practices and procedures as well as its interactions with community members. The University hired 21CP Solutions to conduct the examination, and today its final report is being released. The Gazette spoke with Executive Vice President Katie Lapp to discuss the findings and how Harvard plans to implement its recommendations, including a fundamental reimagining of ways to secure public safety and community well-being. Lapp also discussed how the report is guiding the ongoing nationwide search for a new police chief to replace Francis D. “Bud” Riley, who is retiring at year’s end.Q&AKatie LappGAZETTE: Could you begin by reminding us of the rationale for conducting this review, now?LAPP:  This review was both necessary and extremely timely, as it put a clear focus on the work that we as a University community must take on, and which frankly is overdue. The demographic makeup of Harvard has changed significantly over the past two decades, so that our community now includes many more diverse voices who have experienced historically different relationships with police. Many have shared important perspectives on the role of policing in public safety, and we need to be more inclusive of these views in addressing the safety and well-being of our campus community.This reality has been put into harsh perspective this year in particular, amid the context of a national conversation about race and policing following the killing of George Floyd. The Harvard community’s views about the role of the HUPD, and how it needs to evolve, are inextricably connected to this ongoing national dialogue.In my view, this review gives us the right framework to renew, and at the same time reconceptualize, our commitment to the safety of our community. It has given us the opportunity to engage community members, across all stakeholder groups, in a reimagining of what public safety should be at Harvard, and how we can begin to lay the groundwork for deep, sustainable change.GAZETTE: What are the main findings of this report?LAPP:  First off, I’d strongly encourage every member of the Harvard community to read the report. The voices and perspectives of dozens of community members are reflected in the narrative, but the external review process was only one step toward the broader goal of reimagining public safety at Harvard. The ongoing input of students, faculty, and staff, inclusive of the HUPD, will be vital in our ability to successfully, and transparently, redefine public safety and identify the appropriate mechanisms that need to be put in place to achieve that new vision.The report itself, which was conducted by 21CP Solutions, and led by public safety experts Ron Davis, Brenda Bond, and Matthew Barge, provides a roadmap toward this new vision through a community-driven, stakeholder-informed process that will comprehensively evaluate and reappraise how Harvard works to ensure the safety and well-being of its community members. It also recommends immediate areas of improvement within the HUPD, such as communication, strategic management, policies and procedures, and relationships with the community.GAZETTE: Tell us more about this roadmap forward. What does the report suggest Harvard do, and how quickly can Harvard get to work, especially considering that we remain entrenched in a pandemic?LAPP:  The ongoing realities of COVID-19 will indeed be a challenge to this critical work, as it is to many strategic projects across the University, but it’s so important that we sustain the momentum of this community-informed review. And while this process will be a comprehensive one that takes place over time, we are acting now to lay the foundation for the important work that is to come by conducting an assessment of models used by municipalities or other higher education campuses that implement varied response systems to calls for assistance from community members.GAZETTE: Can you explain more about how these systems differ from what Harvard currently has in place?LAPP:  These models take into account how a situation or call for assistance is responded to based on the circumstances of that situation. Obviously, the safety of our community is paramount, but not all calls for assistance require a uniformed officer to respond. That said, the model that has evolved over time here at Harvard and in many communities is that the first reaction is to deploy a police officer regardless of the nature of the call. It’s important that we see what models are being used in other places that draw on other resources or services within the University, such as mental health, to respond to calls for assistance or to supplement a police response. And more than just studying these models, we need to catalog the resources that are currently available at Harvard or might be needed as we consider a potential new response structure.GAZETTE: What are some of the action steps Harvard is taking based upon the recommendations to come out of the report?LAPP:  Harvard will create two groups to pick up the important work this review has started, and we will ensure that these groups are in place within the coming months. Both of these groups will reflect the University’s diversity, and be comprised of students, faculty, and staff alike.By March 31, an HUPD advisory board will be convened to begin to provide guidance and feedback to the HUPD as well as the University on how well the department is serving the community. By April 30, we will announce a facilitating committee that will undertake a structured community conversation designed to clearly define the Harvard community’s expectations with regards to safety and well-being.GAZETTE: What more can you tell us about the facilitating committee and the HUPD advisory committee and the work they will be doing?LAPP:  The members of the facilitating committee are expected to be the coordinators of this community-wide dialogue on reimagining public safety, but it is important to emphasize that they are far from the sole participants in the process. Their task will be to engage Harvard’s diverse communities in conversation on what the systems, processes, and structures for providing safety and well-being at Harvard could look like going forward. And they will have as a guide the material we will be assembling on other models of public safety in addition to Harvard’s existing resources and how they might be utilized to adapt to new models.The HUPD advisory board will consider more immediate-term changes to enhance how the HUPD can advance an inclusive environment for all members of the department as well as improve external relationships with the Harvard community, even as we consider how we can develop a more expansive model of public safety over the long term. To that end, the board will engage department leadership on its progress in implementing the recommendations of this report, as well as provide regular input on additional measures that could help the department in fostering strong relationships across the campus community.This spring, the University will also begin work on a new HUPD annual reporting process which incorporates recommendations from the external report, and we will launch a data dashboard for relevant HUPD performance indicators for review and input by the advisory board, with the goal of having the dashboard operational and available to community members no later than June.GAZETTE: The University is also in the midst of the search for a new police chief. Can you talk about how the findings from this report, and the University’s initial responses, will intersect with the search for a new head of police?LAPP:  The new chief will of course be a necessary part of the solutions and work going forward, and so the report is serving as an important resource as the HUPD chief search committee and University leadership consider candidates.The clear pathways for reform set out in this report will be part of the charge for the new chief, whom we expect to announce in the coming months. I’m hopeful that the input of the broad cross-section of Harvard’s community that informed 21CP’s findings, along with the initial stages of work conducted ahead of the new chief’s start date, will provide invaluable insight into how the new chief can begin to lead toward positive change.GAZETTE: Can you provide an update at this time regarding the search?LAPP:  Since the beginning of the academic year, the committee has held 13 listening sessions with students, faculty, and staff from across the University in an effort to directly gather their diverse perspectives and input on the process and the way forward.We are working with a search firm with a long record of success in higher education and in placing public safety professionals. The firm has done a nationwide search and presented a diverse group of potential candidates for the committee’s review. They are now completing the preliminary application review and will begin first-round interviews via Zoom early in 2021. Our intention is to work hard to identify the right candidate and take the time to do so.Of course, Chief Riley is retiring at the end of the calendar year, and so beginning Jan. 1, Deputy Chief of Operations Denis Downing will serve as the interim chief until the new leader of the HUPD begins their tenure.last_img read more

Rape reported

first_imgA rape was reported Thursday to a University administrator, according to the Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) crime log for Friday.The alleged rape occurred April 2 in a Mod Quad men’s residence hall, according to the entry.Students did not receive an email crime alert from NDSP alerting them that the report had been filed.“There are a number of factors that come into play when deciding whether to send [an email] or not,” University spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email. “The timeliness, or lack thereof, is one, but other components in the fact pattern also are taken into account.”Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and from the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP).Tags: Clery Act, rape, sexual assaultlast_img read more

University projects $100 million loss in revenue in upcoming fiscal year, after $44 million loss in revenue for current fiscal year

first_imgFor the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021, the University is projecting a $100 million loss in revenue compared to the original budget plans, according to a letter to the Notre Dame community Monday.These losses will be due to “increased financial aid expenditures, flat endowment payout, lower auxiliary revenue and projected lower levels of philanthropy,” the letter signed by University President Fr. John Jenkins, provost Thomas Burish, provost-elect Marie Lynn Miranda and executive vice president Shannon Cullinan, said.The University also projects a $44 million loss in revenue for the current fiscal year which ends June 30 due to the prorating of spring undergraduate room and board fees and the loss of auxiliary revenues from the Hammes Bookstore, campus dining outlets, the Morris Inn and more after the campus closed down.“In an effort to mitigate this immediate impact, we, as an institution, enacted a series of measures including freezing staff hiring, stopping or postponing several capital projects and eliminating University-sponsored travel and non-essential spending,” the letter said.In addition to the loss in revenue in the 2021 fiscal year, the University expects to continue to suffer from financial challenges after this year. While the University holds a sizable endowment, the letter said Notre Dame cannot simply direct endowment funds to recover from revenue losses.“The endowment is not a single unrestricted fund that can be utilized when we face budget shortfalls,” the letter said. “The endowment is a collection of almost 7,000 individual funds, most with restrictions created by binding donor agreements that allow us to use the earnings from those funds only for specific purposes, such as financial aid, a professorship or a lecture series.”In order to offset some of the losses for the 2021 fiscal year, the University plans on considering a number of actions. In terms of salary actions, no faculty and staff will receive salary increases until further notice, and senior leaders at the University will take a salary reduction of 5 to 20%.Units across Notre Dame have prepared for 5% budget reductions, and all units will be asked to prepare for a 2.5% budget reduction for the 2021 fiscal year and a 2.5% budget reduction for the 2022 fiscal year, the letter said.The University froze staff hiring in March and will continue to do so until otherwise indicated. While other Universities have already announced the reduction or elimination of the employer 403(b) match for the 2021 fiscal year, Notre Dame will consider this option by holding listening sessions with faculty and staff.“If we were to reduce any portion of the match for a period of time, we would not do so before January 1, 2021,” the letter said.The University leaders said they hope to prevent against furloughs by creating a job bank strategy for staff members.“At this time, we are creating a job pool in the hope of repurposing as many staff members as possible with no or limited work to other units with heightened needs,” the letter said. “For example, we are considering the possibility of reassigning staff who would clean instructional spaces between classes and assist as ushers in large classroom buildings at times of peak activity.”Tags: Brother John Paige, COVID-19, Endowment, John Jenkins, provost, revenuelast_img read more

BRO Athletes: Winter Climbing in the New River Gorge

first_imgIt’s 6 a.m., and bells are chiming. My eyes peel apart from four hours of unconsciousness, a few hours too early after a few beers too many. I slap around for my phone to turn my alarm clock off, cursing the late night game of high stakes trivia that got me into this predicament.But it’s not my phone making the noise. Maybe it’s the alarm clock? Nope. Sounds like a doorbell? What doorbell? My doorbell! Growing tired of waiting at our normal meeting place, my climbing partner David decided to trek down to the source. A common rule among the crew is that anyone that doesn’t make it to the meet-up is considered dead or immobile, but will be given the opportunity to correct their actions at the price of paying for breakfast. Since I was both of those things a few minutes earlier, ham biscuits would be on me. After a shotgun packing job I was in a car and bound for West Virginia.The New River Gorge in West Virginia was not our original destination, having just the night before made the call to scrub plans to go to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky due to a little snow. In this case “a little snow” was 20” of a traffic jamming, ice forming, road ruining weather system known as Thor.Days of pouring over guidebooks, watching videos, and dreaming of rice bowls at Miguel’s fizzled before our eyes as news came in that Lexington, a town 45 minutes away from the Red, was reporting the most snow since 1943. Luckily for the trip, the New only got around ten inches, so we closed one guidebook and opened another. After a cold winter of training in gyms, sneaking outside only to freeze stiff, and staring at pictures of Lynn Hill on Quinsana Plus, I was pretty excited to get back to the New and get on the nuttal sandstone cliffs that pepper the side of the valley.David and I rolled into the parking lot at the New to find we were alone save some tire tracks in the deep snow. The tracks told a story of attempts at parking, spinning, pushing, and retreat. A bit of a concerning start to the day, hopefully the hike to the other side of the hill would be a bit better. We unpacked and repacked our climbing gear as the last member of our crew sauntered in. The sun was beaming and it was already in the high 40’s. The temperatures would turn the friction up to 11, ideal conditions, so long as we could find some South facing, sunny rock that had already shivered off the thick layers of ice that could be seen from the bridge. Luckily we had just the place in mind.The Cirque: an amphitheater of brightly colored, bullet-hard sandstone, it is the crescendo of the 4.5 mile stretch of Endless Wall. Containing some of the hardest, most technical routes in the area, it’s not uncommon to pass a few broken dreams when walking the base of the cliff. Due to its concave shape, lack of tree shade, and South facing orientation, the Cirque is an ideal winter climbing location. Today it was host to a chaotic symphony of shattering glass. A hundred feet above us, giant icicles were warming up, losing their footing, and cascading to the floor below. The steep overhang of the wall kept us safe from the icefall, but every time a refrigerator size chunk of ice dislodged from the top and came roaring down I felt the need to duck and cover.Climbing at the Cirque is nothing less than perfect, albeit on the difficult side. We warmed up on a route aptly named “The Warmup”, where a less than easy start leads into a steep roof that burns the forearms and wakes up the brain cells. After a few laps on the climb we were ready to head to our respective projects for the day. Ricky (our tardy third member) was first on the rotation. A winter of living on homemade cheesecakes had apparently not hindered his superhuman pulling power as he danced up “Trebuchet Jr.”, a technical thinker of a route. Making it past the crux, a botched hand sequence sent Ricky down to the tight end of the rope. A quick rest and he was back on the wall and at the top. “one hanging” a project, where a climber only falls once during their attempt, is considered the last step before actually sending a route. It was Ricky’s first run of the day so he was off to a solid start.Next up was David, my partner for the next 3 days of climbing and sleeping in the slushy mud. David is an odd cat, full of try-hard, physics equations, and grape nuts cereal. David and I had our sights set on a route called “Hasta La Vista” located at the end of the massive wall. Just to the right of the route was a beautiful waterfall, spraying bits of ice and water from the melt above. Chandeliers of ice bordered the spray, making for a beautiful setting for the climber but a nervous belay down near the drop zone. David styled his way through the route and after a few attempts he had the thing mostly dialed.It wasn’t until I was standing below the route tying in that I had the old familiar feeling of dread that comes from not climbing outside for a while. As a personal confession, heights terrify. that might seem weird in a sport where the very name of the game is heights, but in practice it rarely affects me. It’s only when I’ve been away for a while that the fear creeps in. Luckily I have learned to manage away this fear by assuring myself that nothing will break, my belayer is competent, and that as long as I take care to remember the fundamentals I shouldn’t end up like all that ice tumbling down around me.With fear pushed to the back of my mind I tied in and got ready to throw myself outside of the comfort zone once again. I had spent most of my winter training and I was excited to check and see where my fitness was after being away from real rock so long. On my first attempt I fell at the second hard throw, making it a bit further than I had expected for a first attempt. The fall had reassured my mind that falling is a normal part of climbing and my anxiety quieted down. After a few attempts I made it through the throw and up to the anchors. I managed to get on the route a few more times that day but was never able to put it all together. With the light fading, we all hopped on a few more routes, took some pictures of the ice, and discussed what to do next.The day ended like most of our trips to the New, at Secret Sandwich Society talking about how amazing the day was. The secret to climbing with a full tank of stoke is that every climbing day is the best climbing day you’ve ever had. This leads to a lot of enthusiasm and odd looks from non-climbers a table over as you pantomime your favorite moves of the day with a mouth full of french-fries and an IPA sloshing about the table. Ricky was heading back to Roanoke to do some sort of lumberjack woodworking project; as for David and I, we were about to drive into the dark of night, through the back roads West Virginia and into Kentucky. We had heard that temps were on the rise and most of the snow was gone at the Red. It was a bit of a foolish gamble for us to leave dry routes and cozy tents to head into questionable weather. But as soon as we pulled into Miguel’s campground at 1am and saw the fire blazing and tents strewn across the field I knew we made the right decision. That night we were so pooped that I slept in the passenger seat of my truck and kicked David to the bed of the truck with a sleeping pad and a guidebook. As the driver, I had first dibs on car sleeping spots. The next morning with a hunched back, soggy from sleeping in a steamy cab I asked David how he fared in the bed, he said had slept great with a perfect view of the Kentucky sky. Chalk that up to karma and all that gibberish.We rounded out our trip with a few more equally amazing days of climbing. Heading into Muir Valley the first day there and getting on some of the classic routes in the Solarium, “Air Ride Equipped” “Manifest Destiny” and my personal favorite “Super Best Friends”. The second day we finished off the trip by venturing into the Motherload. After spending a good bit of time staring in awe at the Madness Cave, we headed over to Buckeye Buttress to hop on a few more routes before packing it in. We finished off our trip with a few Ale 8’s and a 5-hour drive filled with conversations on climbing, the importance of pi, and how bad we smell.The beginning of spring is always a kick-start for the psych. With a crew of motivated friends, a rope, and a half a dozen routes bouncing around my head, I’m ready to soak in all the good things that spring has to offer. The ice is thawing, bluebird skies are becoming more and more common, and the stoke couldn’t be any higher.last_img read more

Premature end to US state lockdowns could cause needless death, Fauci tells senators

first_imgHe mentioned a slowing in the growth of cases in hotspots such as New York, even as other areas of the country were seeing spikes.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at his daily briefing that his state alone needed $61 billion in federal stimulus to help reopen its economy. He called on Congress and Trump to support legislation that would address funding gaps, a problem he stressed was dogging Republican and Democratic governors.”This economy has been damaged through no fault of anyone,” said Cuomo, a Democrat. “But to get this economy back up again and running, we are going to need an intelligent stimulus bill from Washington.”Some states already have begun reopening their economies and others have announced plans to phase that in beginning in mid-May, even as opinion polls show most Americans are concerned about resuming such operations too soon.New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Tuesday that he intended to announce some tentative moves toward reopening even thought his state, by some measures, is currently the most serious coronavirus danger zone in the United States.Restrictions currently in place allow only essential services to operate. Murphy said any changes would be incremental and determined by progress in curbing the spread of the virus.Cordial Tuesday’s Senate hearing was more cordial than many of Congress’s undertakings in recent years, with members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee addressing the non-partisan health experts politely.Democrats on the committee largely concentrated on the risks of opening the US economy now, while Republicans downplayed that notion, saying a prolonged shutdown could have serious negative impacts on human health and the health of the economy.Asked whether college students can feel safe if classes resume on campuses in August or September, Fauci said that expecting a treatment or vaccine to be in place by then would be “a bridge too far.”Instead, schools and students would have to depend upon expanded testing for coronavirus, tracing of those who have been in contact with infected people and safe hygiene practices, witnesses said.The COVID-19 respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus has infected more than 1.3 million Americans and killed more than 80,600.Fauci, 79, testified remotely in a room lined with books as he self-quarantines after he may have come into contact with either of two members of the White House staff who were diagnosed with COVID-19.Medical researchers have been scrambling to find not only an effective vaccine for coronavirus but also drugs to treat it until a vaccine comes to market.Fauci noted only “modest” results in tests of Gilead Sciences Inc’s remdesivir drug on hospitalized patients.”All roads back to work and back to school run through testing and that what our country has done so far on testing is impressive, but not nearly enough,” Lamar Alexander, the Republican chairman of the Senate committee, told the hearing.Alexander, who is self-quarantining in his home state of Tennessee for 14 days after a member of his staff tested positive, chaired the hearing virtually.Trump, who previously made the strength of the economy central to his pitch for his November re-election, has encouraged states to reopen businesses that had been deemed non-essential amid the pandemic.Senator Patty Murray, the senior committee Democrat, criticizing aspects of the administration’s response to the pandemic, said Americans “need leadership, they need a plan, they need honesty and they need it now, before we reopen.”Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who has clashed with Trump in the past, did so again on Tuesday, when he said during the hearing, “I find our testing record nothing to celebrate whatsoever.” He urged states to follow health experts’ recommendations to wait for signs, including a declining number of new infections, before reopening.President Donald Trump has been encouraging states to end a weeks-long shuttering of major components of their economies. But senators heard a sobering assessment from Fauci, when asked by Democrats about a premature opening of the economy.”There is a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control and, in fact paradoxically, will set you back, not only leading to some suffering and death that could be avoided, but could even set you back on the road to try to get economic recovery,” Fauci said of premature steps.The veteran doctor, who has worked under Republican and Democratic administrations and is a coronavirus adviser to the current White House, noted progress some in the fight against a virus that the medical world is still trying to understand. Topics :center_img Leading US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Tuesday warned Congress that a premature lifting of lockdowns could lead to additional outbreaks of the deadly coronavirus, which has killed 80,000 Americans and brought the economy to its knees.Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a US Senate panel that the virus epidemic is not yet under control in areas of the nation.”I think we’re going in the right direction, but the right direction does not mean we have by any means total control of this outbreak,” Fauci said during the 3-1/2-hour hearing.last_img read more

SoftBank-backed Lemonade raises $319 million in IPO

first_imgThe IPO values Lemonade at $1.6 billion. That is less than the $2.1 billion it was valued at last year, after it raised $300 million in a funding round led by Japan’s SoftBank and which included insurer Allianz SE and Alphabet Inc’s venture capital arm GV. Lemonade has pursued breakneck revenue growth at the expense of widening losses.SoftBank owns a 27.3 percent stake in Lemonade.Lemonade, started in late 2016, says it has digitized the entire insurance process, replacing brokers and paperwork with algorithms. It says it provides insurance policies to homeowners and renters in as little as 90 seconds and claim payments in three minutes.The company will list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “LMND” on Thursday.Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Allen & Co and Barclays are the managing bookrunners for the offering.Topics : Insurance startup Lemonade Inc, which is backed by SoftBank Group Corp said it raised US$319 million in its US initial public offering.Lemonade is the latest company to capitalize on the sharp recovery in US investor appetite for new stocks following the coronavirus outbreak. On Tuesday, US business analytics firm Dun & Bradstreet Holdings Inc raised $1.7 billion in its IPO after it sold more stock than expected and at a price above its indicated range.Lemonade priced 11 million shares at $29 per share, the company said in a statement. The indicated price range earlier on Wednesday was raised to between $26 and $28 per share. Lemonade had previously guided for the offering to be priced between $23 and $26 per share.last_img read more