Load remaining images The Marcus King Band rolled into New York City on Friday night, where the rock band from South Carolina delivered an electrifying performance in front of a sold-out crowd at Irving Plaza. The band’s young frontman and lead guitarist, Marcus King, appeared to be more than ready to take the stage for another loud night of southern rock as part of their ongoing North American tour in promotion of their 2018 studio album, Carolina Confessions.The night began with a quieter performance from the tour’s support act, Ida Mae. The duo comprised of singer Stephanie Jean and guitarist/singer Chris Turpin provided early attendees with their more romantic styles of British folk-rock, an impressive feat considering that most in the audience were there to turn up the volume and let loose after a cold and snowy work week. Marcus King and his band took the stage shortly after 9:15 pm, and would go on to provide the sold-out Manhattan venue with a fun and soulful performance over the next two hours.King was quick to begin playing around with that distortion-driven guitar of his, as he began furiously adventuring his way up and down the fretboard from the moment the lights went out. The band started the show with a quick jam and some swirling swells courtesy of King before grooving right into “Virginia”, “Where I’m Headed”, and “Ain’t Nothing Wrong”. The majority of the night’s performance was framed around the new material off of Carolina Confessions, as the band made sure to include new tracks including “8 a.m.”, “Side Door” and “Homesick” in the first half of the set. The middle of the performance was also anchored down with a rocking medley of “Always” and The Meters‘ “He Bite Me” before a thunderous drum solo courtesy of Jack Ryan sent the entire two-floor room into a frenzy of excitement.Like most New York City concerts within the jam/rock scene, Friday night’s performance included its fair share of special guests. On this night it was Snarky Puppy saxophonist Chris Bullock who joined the band’s horn section on stage for a few songs towards the latter half of the set. The show was also highlighted by the surprise appearance from frequent MKB collaborator Eric Krasno, who came out to join in for during the show’s encore.Below, you can check out a selection of video clips from the performance in addition to a gallery of beautiful photos from the show courtesy of photographer Kevin Cole.The Marcus King Band – Encore ft. Eric Krasno[Video: The Marcus King Band] The Carolina Confessions Tour continues with a scheduled performance at the Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton, Massachusetts on Saturday evening, November 17th. For a full list of The Marcus King Band’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band website here.The Marcus King Band | Irving Plaza | New York, NY | 11/16/18 | Photos: Kevin Cole
Read Full Story Children born with HIV in the U.S. were less likely to adhere to their medications as they aged from preadolescence to adolescence and into young adulthood, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Additionally, the prevalence of detectable viral load — an indication that the virus is not being managed by medications and a factor that’s often associated with nonadherence — also increased with age.The study is one of the first to examine why different age groups stop adhering to treatment. While the factors related to nonadherence varied by age group, youth who were concerned about side effects of the drugs were less likely to be adherent at most ages.“As they approach adulthood, many youth face challenges, such as entering new relationships, managing disclosure of their HIV status, and changing to an adult HIV care provider. Ensuring successful HIV medication adherence before and throughout adolescence is critical,” said lead author Deborah Kacanek, research scientist in Harvard Chan School’s Department of Biostatistics. “We found that the factors that either supported adherence and a suppressed (undetectable) viral load, or made it harder for youth to adhere to treatment, varied depending on their age.”The study was published online ahead of print in AIDS.In the U.S., approximately 12,000 children, adolescents, and young adults are living with perinatally acquired HIV, meaning that they have lived with HIV since birth. Globally, 1.8 million adolescents live with HIV. Adhering to regimens of antiretroviral therapy (ART) is key to managing the disease and reducing the risk of transmission. Sticking to a daily regimen of medicine, however, is especially challenging for adolescents and young adults, who are navigating a range of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional changes.Adherence can be more complicated for youth growing up with perinatal HIV, whose lifelong experiences with HIV, stigma, and multiple antiretroviral medications may pose challenges to achieving viral suppression that are different from youth who acquire HIV later in life.To better understand these challenges and why young people may not adhere to their medications, researchers followed 381 youth with perinatally acquired HIV for an average of 3.3 years. The youth were participants in the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study, which follows children and youth born with HIV or born exposed at birth to HIV to determine the impact of lifelong HIV and the long-term safety of antiretroviral regimens.The preadolescents, adolescents, and young adults in the study ranged from age 8 to 22 and were recruited from 15 different clinical sites in the U.S, including Puerto Rico. As part of the study, the researchers examined results from blood tests that measured viral loads, and they examined nearly 1,200 adherence evaluations in which study participants or their caregivers self-reported any missed doses of medication in the prior seven days.The researchers found that from preadolescence to young adulthood, the prevalence of nonadherence increased from 31 percent to 50 percent. In addition, the prevalence of detectable viral load among the same age groups increased from 16 percent to 40 percent.
LES SABLES-D’OLONNE, France (AP) — French sailor Yannick Bestaven has won the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world race after more than 80 days alone and an unusually close final few hours to determine the winner. Bestaven wasn’t the first to cross the finish line. That honor went to countrtyman Charlie Dalin in the French port of Sables-d’Olonne late Wednesday. Bestaven was third across the line but given a time bonus of 10 hours for helping a fellow sailor who capsized off South America in late November.
LONDON (AP) — Politicians from Britain, Northern Ireland and the European Union have held talks to ease post-Brexit trade tensions that have shaken Northern Ireland’s delicate political balance. British Cabinet minister Michael Gove, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic and the leaders of Northern Ireland’s Catholic-Protestant power-sharing government held a video conference about the problems that have erupted barely a month after the U.K. made an economic split from the 27-nation EU. Northern Ireland authorities have halted veterinary checks and withdrew border staff from Belfast and Larne ports after threatening graffiti appeared referring to port workers as targets. Pro-British unionists in Northern Ireland strongly oppose new customs checks that are a product of Brexit.
Staff, stuff, systems and space. Those are the four things Paul Farmer said are necessary in order to combat infectious pathogens in healthcare deficient areas.On Tuesday, Farmer, a physician, anthropologist, chief strategist and cofounder of Partners in Health, gave a lecture entitled, “Taking up the Challenge of Poverty: Why Accompaniment Matters” that tackled the complexities of the Ebola outbreak and accompaniment, which consists of long-term health care provision on the community-based level.“Every single one of the documented Ebola outbreaks since 1976 have the same story,” Farmer said. “They are all due to poor infection control. Even the most recent outbreak, the story is the same. They simply don’t have the staff, the stuff, the space or the systems to stop the epidemic.”Farmer said the Ebola epidemic is primarily focused in Liberia, Sierra Leon and Guinea. According to Farmer, Ebola is a type of zoonosis pathogen, meaning it is an animal pathogen that ends up in humans. He said these pathogens, which can adapt to multiple hosts, often lead to death.“Why these three countries and no others? All the neighboring countries were effected — but not a lot. Why? These countries were uniquely vulnerable because of the extraordinarily weak health systems that collapsed not only because of wars, but because of extractive institutes that did not feel the need to reinvest in health and education,” he said. “The real story is one of continued extraction, colonial rule, and then, after independence, continued extraction and eventual civil war.”In order to contain Ebola, Farmer said the worldwide response has largely been segregation, which is inefficient.“This ‘control-only’ paradigm is the one that we only advance officially, as the world, to stop Ebola. The focus was on isolation, containment, quarantine and segregating those who fall ill,” he said. “If you’re putting people put into a holding room with no proper food and water … of course they are going to perish.”According to Farmer, those infected with Ebola often do not seek medical attention, as they know that the hospital will be largely understaffed and unable to provide effective treatment. Therefore, Farmer said, family members often end up taking care of the sick.“It’s a concentric cycle of caregiving without proper accompaniment. It’s not caregiving in improper fashion — it’s that these people need accompaniment to care for the sick and help bury the dead,” he said. “This is a big problem. A ‘disease-control’ only paradigm that did not have caregiving in the middle of it was the main reason that Ebola stayed at home … it’s because people knew they would end up in horrible places [like understaffed medical centers].”“The healthcare deficiencies in these countries has led to understaffed and decaying hospitals that are unable to serve patients,” Farmer said. “That is why accompaniment matters.”It is necessary that the healthcare systems in these countries be improved and strengthened, Farmer said.“Accompaniment is not just about being a nice person; it’s about having expert mercy linked to pragmatic solidarity. This is a technical matter, but it is not enough to have a technocracy,” he said. “We need to have compassionate, merciful and just healthcare systems, and that is part of accompaniment.”Farmer also said emergency responses to epidemics never lead to health system strengthening, training, capacity building or research, which are critical to ensuring that an epidemic does not occur again.“Surely there has to be progress, and we have to get better about thinking of health system strengthening,” Farmer said. “These matters are regarded as not urgent enough [during epidemics]. But, nothing is more important then building a health system that prevents people from falling ill or dying in the first place.”Tags: Ebola, epidemic, Healthcare, poverty
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pexels Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – It’s like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, and every similar day combined, today is National Family Day.National Day Calendar says the National Center on Addiction created the day back in 2001.The organization’s interest comes from research showing teens who eat meals with their families, are less likely to abuse substances. They’re also healthier, and they do better in school.Of course, not everyone has children and not all children have parents in their lives. So, whatever your biological or chosen family looks like, Monday is a time to honor those you love.Take a family photo and share it using #NationalFamilyDay.
Employers in tourism oppose the increase of the sojourn tax without first analyzing the efficiency of the system of tourist boards and the effects of existing financial resources from the sojourn tax and without ensuring the efficiency of collection and proportional burden of all forms of accommodation-tax payers.At the proposal of the Decree on determining the amount of the sojourn tax for 2018, they sent a negative statement to the Ministry of Tourism and HUP i CCC, and during the public consultation the key opinion was given by key associations of entrepreneurs in tourism: Association of Employers in the Croatian Hotel Industry, HUP-Association of Hospitality and Tourism, Association of Hoteliers at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Croatian Camping Association, HUP-Association of the Nautical Sector, Association of Boat Accommodation Service Providers-charter at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.Employers believe that before making a decision on any changes in the arrangement and increase the sojourn tax, it is necessary to analyze the existing financial income and fulfill the purpose and task of tourist boards. Only when the necessary changes are defined and the system of tourist boards is reorganized through the adoption of the long-announced new Law on Tourist Boards and the new Law on Sojourn Tax will it be possible to determine the financial needs of the system and define necessary increases of sojourn tax based on expected effects. In this way, the representatives of the tourism industry communicated with the relevant ministry during the preparation of the new Sojourn Tax Act, after which the Ministry of Tourism put into the procedure only a proposal to increase the sojourn tax through the adoption of the current Decree. Also, as they point out in their statement, the increase of the sojourn tax would be another unjustified burden for Croatian tourism after the increase of VAT and real estate tax. Namely, the sojourn tax, although not paid directly by employers but by tourists, is an integral part of the final cost of accommodation paid by the guest, ie an integral part of the total price of all accommodation services with which Croatia competes in the tourism market. Any additional burden reduces the competitiveness of the Croatian tourism sector, which is in stark contrast to the strategy for the development of Croatian tourism and the EU recommendations to reduce the fiscal and parafiscal burdens of the economy. Revenues from the sojourn tax are already growing significantly due to the growth of arrivals, so that the increase in 2016 amounted to 6%, or HRK 25 million. “Associations of employers in tourism do not oppose changes to the current model of residence tax, but our unique position is that the system should be regulated first, ie the long-announced new Law on Tourist Boards and the new Law on Tourist Tax, which will specify activities in more detail. carried out by each individual level of the system of tourist boards in the Republic of Croatia, as well as the precise, ie more transparent purpose of the funds collected on the basis of the sojourn tax We believe that the Ministry of Tourism will respect the position of key associations in the tourism sector and review the justification for adopting the current proposal to increase the sojourn tax and postpone the proposed changes to the sojourn tax for now. We are available to cooperate in all necessary analyzes in order to make the best decision together in the interest of stable growth and development of Croatian tourism. ” conclude employers in tourism.Related news: THE LAW ON RESIDENCE TAXES IS CHANGED. GET INVOLVED IN THE PUBLIC DEBATE!
Researchers from the Institute of Economics, Zagreb Marina Tkalec, Ivan Žilić and Vedran Recher published in the prestigious scientific journal in the field of tourism the International Journal of Tourism Research scientific paper “Effects of the film industry on tourism: Game of Thrones and Dubrovnik” in which they evaluate “On tourist results in Dubrovnik-Neretva County.The results of the evaluation carried out using the method of assessing the effect of treatment suggest that the filming of the “Game of Thrones” in Dubrovnik had a very positive effect on tourism results. According to the results of the evaluation, in the period from 2012 to 2015 alone, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County was visited by an average of 60 more tourists every year due to the filming of “Game of Thrones”.Cumulatively, during the entire analyzed period, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County was visited by 244.415 more tourists due to the filming of the “Game of Thrones” in Dubrovnik, who realized almost a million and a half more nights (1.441.395 more nights). The guests who visited the county motivated by the “Game of Thrones” also spent a total of 126 million euros in the analyzed period.Scientists from the Institute of Economics, Zagreb, also found that the filming of “Game of Thrones” in Dubrovnik (it should be noted that Dubrovnik was the original filming location to which locations in other counties were added in later seasons) led to positive tourist results. in other counties, but this spillover effect to other counties was not subject to evaluation of the published work.Photo: InstagramOne of the most popular series in the world, “Game of Thrones”, began filming in Dubrovnik in 2011 in its second season. Dubrovnik was chosen as the location for King´s Landing, the fictional capital of the seven kingdoms that appears frequently in the series. The rich and exceptionally preserved Dubrovnik’s cultural and architectural heritage fits perfectly into the medieval context of the series, which is why images of Dubrovnik’s city walls, Lovrijenac and Lokrum often appear in the series. These recordings left a strong impression on the viewers of the series, raising the global visibility of Dubrovnik and stimulating the demand for tourist visits to that city.”Evaluations of this type are of great social and economic importance because they enable policy makers to assess the profitability of possible investments of public funds in attracting production companies that would shoot new films and series in Croatia in the future. Such evaluations should be done for all other forms of spending public funds and subsidies, so that both taxpayers and policy makers are sure that investing public money through certain public policies is both economically and socially justified.”From the Institute of Economics in ZagrebUnfortunately, in Croatia such evaluations are very rare, so decisions on spending public funds are usually made without any prior evaluation, while subsequent evaluations of the efficiency of spending these funds are either not done or conducted at a very superficial and insufficiently professional level.You can read the whole scientific paper here
In the wine-growing year 2016/2017 The total domestic consumption of wine in Croatia is about 1 hectoliters, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.Wine balance in the wine year 2016/2017 it includes the following items: total, which consists of production, total imports and initial stocks, total consumption, which consists of total domestic consumption, total exports and final stocks, and the degree of self-sufficiency and consumption for human consumption per capita.Other wines have the largest share in total domestic consumption, with 50,8% (slightly more than 509 hectoliters). In the wine-growing year 000/2016 the average consumption per capita was about 2017 liters of wine, while the degree of self-sufficiency is about 22%.Source: CBSIn production the most represented wines with a protected designation of origin (59,2%)Production of wine with a protected designation of origin in the wine-growing year 2016/2017 is 449 hectoliters. Varietal wines in the total production are represented with 760%, and other wines with 6,4%.RELATED NEWS:ISTRIAN WINERY ANNOUNCED THE DEVELOPMENT OF A STRATEGY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF WINE AND VITICULTURE UNTIL 2030CROATIAN WINES ARE INCREASINGLY RECOGNIZABLE IN EUROPE
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