DJ Soul Sister Talks Art Neville, James Brown, More Ahead Of Denver Comes Alive [Interview]

first_imgDJ Soul Sister is already a prominent figure within the New Orleans music scene, and the “Queen of Rare Groove” is still climbing. She’s been on the air at the venerable radio station WWOZ for 25 years with her wildly popular show, “Soul Power,” and has earned a reputation for getting the party movin’ proper, sometimes throwin’ it down for as long as four hours!DJ Soul Sister is prone to setting the table for a who’s who of NOLA funk music and beyond. This all-vinyl funk DJ extraordinaire is always in demand in her home city, and she’s making her Colorado debut at Denver Comes Alive at Denver’s Mission Ballroom on January 31st [Get tickets here].Live For Live Music‘s B.Getz had a chance to catch up with DJ Soul Sister as she prepares for the big gig at Denver Comes Alive at the end of the month. Throughout the conversation, they spoke about her favorite memories of the late Art “Poppa Funk” Neville, how she got her start at WWOZ, her favorite James Brown album, and more. You can read their conversation below.Live For Live Music: People are very excited about the Denver Comes Alive event on January 31st, at which you are playing. Also on that fantastic bill, George Porter Jr. is leading a tribute to Art Neville and Dr. John with an all-star collective of musicians. As a native New Orleanian, could you please share or reflect on a special memory or moment about “Poppa Funk” Art Neville?DJ Soul Sister: I absolutely revere Art Neville, probably the same reasons that most everyone loves him. Because he is a pioneer of not only New Orleans music but funk in general, and what we know today as rock n’ roll, essentially. I have personal reasons why I love him as well. When I was little, my dad had a copy of the Fire on the Bayou LP by The Meters. That album came out in 1975. He bought it when it came out, and I remember I would listen to that record. That was one of my favorite records to listen to.Another memory… I’ve been at WWOZ for a good 25 years, but my show [Soul Power] originally was a late-night show. It was a midnight to 2:00 a.m. time slot that I did for many years. The station staff decided that they were going to move it earlier, to the slot that I have now, which is 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. I’ve been at 8:00 to 10:00 for a long, long, long, long time. I didn’t like the decision at first, but…I will always remember: Art Neville called in once to ask me what I was playing! It was a song by the funk group Slave, called “Just Freak”, which was released in 1978. He called and I knew it was him, because we have caller ID at the station [laughs]. So I saw it, and I can’t pick up all the calls, but I picked that one up [laughs]! It said A. Neville. And then that voice came on. It was not a prank call. He wanted to know what song it was. So I told him, and he was like, “right on. Thanks.” I’m like, “oh my God, Art Neville is listening to my show!”Live For Live Music: That’s amazing. Thank you for sharing that memory. 25 years at WWOZ! That’s pretty incredible too. I’ve tuned into your show through the internet, and a time or two (dozen) when I’ve been in town. I read that you were initially volunteering at the station before you had a show. That’s how it began for you there at WWOZ?DJ Soul Sister: I started with OZ in ’94, because I graduated from high school in ’93. I started volunteering at OZ just administratively, just to get involved, right? When I walked into OZ, the thought of being on [air] there was… It was never a thought. I never went to OZ wanting to have a show, never in a million years. I was a freshman in college when I started. That was ’94. I started volunteering, answering phones and things like that, helping during the fund drive. I would go once a week on Thursdays to help out.Live For Live Music: You mentioned graduating from high school. Is it true that back then, you dressed up as George Clinton for Halloween? If it is, please tell me that story. Why him? What were your classmates’ reactions like?DJ Soul Sister: I did, my senior year. Yes, I did. I have honestly no other recollection [about that] than I dressed up like him. During that time, that was when George Clinton had his long, colorful hair extensions. I was inspired because I’d just seen him for the first time live (in concert). My first George Clinton and P-Funk All Stars show was October 17, 1992. I’m a senior in high school. That show… It just turned me out! I already loved P-Funk, but to see them live at the Saenger Theater changed my life.Everyone could dress up for Halloween at my school and I chose George Clinton. I wish I had a picture because it was a really good costume. No one in my class knew who I was because again, I’m Class of ’93. This is ’92. Most of my classmates, they’re not listening to P-Funk. They’re listening to what’s current at the time. I always would talk about the funk, so much so that they all thought I was completely nuts [laughs]! That’s what I loved. My classmates, they found it humorous, let’s say that. I had to teach people about the funk. That was what I was there to do.Live For Live Music: And you are still doin’ it to this day. Clearly, it’s your calling. It’s what you do on every level, whether it’s through Soul Power or the DJ sets, or a number of other things. Speaking of Soul Power, let’s talk about the Godfather of Soul, the late James Brown. I read an interview where you stated The Payback is your favorite?DJ Soul Sister: The Payback LP is my favorite James Brown album.Live For Live Music: That’s saying something, because he has such a huge collection. What about The Payback, as an album, speaks to you?DJ Soul Sister: Any James Brown scholar will tell you that he was more of a singles artist. His strong point was singles or individual songs, not so much full-length albums. The Payback as an album from start to end is unparalleled. It’s perfect. The whole album is absolutely perfect. There’s not one song on the album that I don’t love. It works as a cohesive unit. It’s all sorts of things. There are beautiful ballads. There are hard funk numbers. Interesting in all sorts of ways. I just like to always mention it because people don’t think of James Brown as an album artist. That album is the one that if anyone was like, “okay what’s the James Brown album?” The Payback, that’s the one studio album. Because his live albums? All of his live albums are amazing, too.Live For Live Music: The fact that you are steadfast a vinyl DJ in this era—when the majority of DJs are employing laptops, CDJs, Ableton and Serato and the like—is admirable and impressive. It’s always drawn me toward you, made me more inclined to hear you play than a DJ with a memory card. I’m curious if being so loyal to vinyl—what with all the records and crates, equipment, and other prohibitive considerations—ever gets in the way of you being able to do what you do. The sheer volume of gear, so cumbersome… makes travel a different issue, among others.DJ Soul Sister: That’s interesting. Well, I can answer that in a few different ways. As far as the cumbersome aspect… Let’s say I’m DJing… Let’s say I am doing a show locally that is four hours. I generally will bring four crates of records. Each one holds about 60 to 70 LPs. You can do the math. I don’t mind bringing them because that’s what I’ve signed up to do. When you commit to vinyl life, that is what happens. I keep in shape so that I can do it. But yes, it gets harder for flying.That’s why I’m excited to play the Denver Comes Alive show, and they’re really committed to me being there. Because I can’t be there unless they make it happen for me to be there—tech-wise, logistically, there’s all sorts of things. Transporting vinyl can be hard, but I would have it no other way. I just love vinyl, but I’m not a vinyl snob.Live For Live Music: Unlike computer DJs, you cannot bring thousands of songs. You gotta be very selective in curating in advance, but I feel like the payoff is huge. Doesn’t matter if it’s you or Jamie XX or whoever. A vinyl DJ set, I can feel it, and it feels more authentic, To go into the club and hear a DJ play vinyl, there’s a warmth. There’s just a certain oomph to it that you can’t get, you can’t create digitally. It’s a physical analog thing.DJ Soul Sister: Now as far as digital DJs… The technology is great for people that use it, as long as you use the technology and you don’t let the technology use you, meaning… if you are mixing, you have to know the music. I heard someone recently DJing with a computer. I guess the computer programs sync up the songs so that they match beats, so you don’t have to do it manually, which is… With vinyl, you’re doing it by ear.Live For Live Music: With the software stuff, oftentimes I hear some songs get all messy with pitch correction, they speed it up, all that. There’s got to be an art to it.DJ Soul Sister: Yeah. The song [the DJ was playing on a computer] was sped up so much, it didn’t even sound natural anymore. You have to remember that songs that I’m dealing with, they’re not created on computer programs or anything. I consider them works of art. You don’t want to alter them too much so that they become de-humanized. But that’s the only thing that I notice, sometimes. But if people use digital, as long as they’re in it for the music, and not just being a “DJ,” then right on.Live For Live Music: I’ve loved plenty of DJs that use software, but there’s something that comes with vinyl, and there are few DJs out there that still do it properly, like yourself. I’m really grateful that you care so much, whether it’s lugging the records around or having that ear for it, because it really makes the experience with you that much more… It’s feels more real, more authentic. Now, it’s just not people in New Orleans who get to hear it, but people in Denver and hopefully beyond.DJ Soul Sister: Thanks. They might not even notice that I’m playing vinyl. They might not even see me. I just want them to hear good mixing. Then hear the music. I don’t even know what I’m going to play. I never really know until I show up. You always bring more than you need. I might bring 200 records and only play 50, but at least in my arsenal, I know I have… If I hear something in my head then I know to have… at least that I have it at my disposal.Live For Live Music: When you are playing a set, you react to the audience, right? Like, you may not have thought you’d play something. Then you look onto the dancefloor and feel a vibe, and think “I’ve got something for that.”DJ Soul Sister: That speaks to something, an unpopular opinion that I talk about. Unpopular when I say it. That is, this notion of reading a room. When people say, “oh, you read the room. You read the crowd.” I don’t read any… I don’t read anybody. When George Porter is up there… Ivan Neville up there or Oteil Burbridge is up there, they’re not looking into the audience for guidance, or like they need help. They are artists. They’re going to give you their art and play how they’re feeling. That music is going to translate through them, move through their instrument. For me, my turntables and the songs that I bring are my instruments. That’s why I call myself a “DJ artist,” because I only play as I feel. I don’t have mental telepathy. I don’t know what anyone wants to hear anyway. I’m not there to read people’s minds.L4LM: I love that. I love that you just gave it to me straight like that. You make a lot of sense there, that perspective.DJ Soul Sister: I’m there as an artist to share my experience through what I bring, and play how I play it.L4LM: Word. I appreciate that. And I sure as hell respect it too. One more thing before we go, please. Most DJs that I know have their thumb on the pulse of what’s hot on the local scene. Having been born and raised in New Orleans, and since you are a preeminent DJ in that iconic musical city, who are some up and coming NOLA-based artists we should look out & listen for?DJ Soul Sister: The GRID. Neospectric. And Cole Williams, she’s known as the “Punk Empress of African Rock”.Live For Live Music: Yes! Thanks so much for taking a few minutes to chat with me. See you on January 31st at Denver Comes Alive!DJ Soul Sister: I can’t wait to jam with all of you for my first time in Denver!Don’t miss Denver Comes Alive on January 31st at Denver’s Mission Ballroom featuring DJ Soul Sister, Oteil & Friends, and exciting collaborations like Ghost-Live, Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper: A Tribute to Art Neville & Dr. John, Star Kitchen & Friends, and more. Tickets are available here.last_img read more

PNG future brightens with 7 on 7

first_imgThings didn’t go the way fans might have expected on the Reservation last season. Loss after loss piled up for the Port Neches-Groves football team with the only note of hope shining from the young players in the starting lineup.After the coaching staff decided to move away from spring workouts this year and wait for two-a-days in August, that left an even longer gap between the disappointing end of the 2012 campaign and when fans could see the first glimmers of the 2013 Indians appear.Luckily, there was a bridge from one season to another this summer in the form of the 7-on-7 football tournaments and games that the Indians participated in along with a number of local teams. Played without offensive or defensive linemen, with no blitzing and no running the ball, it’s a passer’s best friend. It was also just the tonic for quarterback Ky Walker, after the junior broke his hand minutes after making his first start under center for the Indians.“I’ve preferred this much better (than spring workouts),” Walker said. “We aren’t wearing pads in spring and we’ve cut down on injuries a little bit, which I like. As far as 7-on-7 goes, this is one of my favorite parts of preparation. It’s basically what I do without the pressure of a d-line. It’s fun. It’s just coming out here and having a good time.”The Indians ended their 7-on-7 season on Tuesday, playing in a bi-weekly scrimmage against area teams like Hamshire-Fannett, Little Cypress-Mauriceville and Beaumont West Brook. PN-G played in two different state qualifying tournaments, making the semifinals in Lufkin. “The preparation is important, but it’s also about the team bonding with your receivers. My recievers are at my house every night. We just like being together. It’s awesome.”That experience with teammates is exactly what should help junior running back Brant Halfin. Last season, Halfin played for the JV as a sophomore, so the time bonding with his offensive skill position teammates is a great way to prepare for two-a-days.Even if the 7-on-7 experience isn’t always a great one for running backs.“We’re bonding better,” Halfin said.  “Without pads you can’t do much. Our team is bonding and our chemistry is much better than it was last year. It’s just hard to do much without pads. You can’t block, which is what I’ll be doing a lot. You can’t run the ball. I just run normal pass routes, gos and flies, but I’m more of a decoy in this offense.”The 2013 season will open for PN-G and other teams that did not participate in spring workouts on August 5.center_img However, only teams who make it to the finals of the qualifiers get tickets to the state tournament in Leander.“The one in Lufkin, we did really well,” Walker said. “We beat Atascocita, Lufkin and Tyler John Tyler. They were all very big schools. They were big, tall and fast. John Tyler reminded me a lot of West Orange-Stark. Personally, I think we have one of the best 7-on-7 teams around.”Because 7-on-7 isn’t an official event, coaches can’t instruct players at games. But, that doesn’t mean the timing and chemistry the team builds isn’t vitally important for the approaching season.“I can’t even stress how important this is,” Walker said. “Me and my friends are out here I don’t even know how often. Even if it’s just in the yard, we’re throwing. That preparation, that timing, the more you can prepare like that, the more it carries over to Friday nights.last_img read more

Hillary and Clinton Scribe Lucas Hnath on Why He’ll Leave If the First Couple Comes to the Show

first_img Despite its title, Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton is not a bio-play. The piece, directed by Joe Mantello and starring Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow, is a “mythic” version of the first couple in an alternate reality. Written in 2008 and reworked more recently, the play grapples with the politics of marriage and power and the pull of charisma. Hnath received a 2017 Tony Award nomination for Best Play for A Doll’s House, Part 2, which, this year, is the most produced play in America. His other plays include Red Speedo, The Christians, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Isaac’s Eye and Death Tax. His drama The Thin Place will be seen off-Broadway next year, and his new work, Dana H. (which is a real-life story based on his mother), will premiere in Los Angeles this summer. Here, Hnath talks about the internal debate that sparked Hillary and Clinton, which opens at the Golden Theatre on April 18.What inspired you to write Hillary and Clinton?I think it was the Iowa caucuses I was watching on C-Span. I was watching these two people argue with each other about who to vote for. I don’t even remember the specifics of what they were saying, but if I can piece it back together it was something along the lines of: Who seems like a nice person? Who seems authentic? Who seems like they’re telling the truth? A lot of things that you don’t really have evidence to verify any of it. It seemed that a lot of decisions were being made on somewhat specious grounds. It made me go back and think about when people are deciding who to vote for, how much is actually based on hard evidence versus an emotional response. That was the beginning of a train of thought that took me to this play. Laurie Metcalf & John Lithgow in Hillary and Clinton (Photo: Julieta Cervantes) Laurie Metcalf in Hillary and Clinton (Photo: Julieta Cervantes) Related Shows View Comments Lucas Hnath (Photos by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) Show Closed This production ended its run on June 23, 2019 What a way to put that.It’s troubling. When we vote, we are very attracted to the extroverts. And Hillary is an introvert. At least my version of Hillary—and again, I won’t claim to know the real humans and can’t really speak fully to them—what she, as positioned in the play, represents is kind of boring, you know? It’s not attention-grabbing in the ways that maybe Bill was. And we get caught up in the exciting candidate. Again, I’m nervous about that impulse. I want a boring leader. [laughs]How would you feel if the Clintons showed up at your play?I mean… [very long pause]Would you stay in the house or would you have to leave?Oh, I would have to leave! I don’t really want to see their reaction to it. I think it would be a very weird thing for them to watch because, at the same time, it’s not really a play about them. It’s a play about this sort of mystic version of them. I would be very nervous.Would it make you nervous because of the liberties you’ve taken or is it something else?That’s part of it. I’m having my cake and eating it too, because I am saying things about their legacies that are not necessarily complimentary. Then again, it already makes me very nervous to watch my own plays. I watch them to do work. I go in with things I want to work on, things I want to listen for and figure out. At the moment the show’s frozen, and there’s no more work to be done, I have nothing to do. I hate that feeling of watching a play and not having a job to do.It must kill you to have them published.Oh, yeah. It feels like a death. It feels like the plays are getting put in a grave. The political landscape has changed wildly since 2008, but you haven’t changed the basic structure and timing of the play.Right. When I was doing this big revision, I was acutely aware that my brain would want to wink at or reference 2016. Anytime I was really conscious that my head was doing that, I would strip out those impulses. I would not follow that path because I suspected—and I think it’s been confirmed—the audience will be thinking about 2016 while they’re watching it. That’s unavoidable. They’re doing a lot of the work for me. For me to reference it would actually take you out of the moment of the play, which is set in 2008. I think it does take on more significance when you’re watching a play about Hillary dealing with the possibility of losing 2008, and know that there’s not just one loss. All the decisions that get made in 2008 feel like they are part of what might have led this person to what happened in 2016, if that makes sense. There is a line and one of the scenes where Barack says something like, “The decisions we make in this room are very important.” That’s as much of a wink as I make to 2016.You’ve written about many familiar figures and real people in your work. What draws you to that?It’s fun—the game of knowing that people are coming in with preconceived notions. It also applies to something like [the 2015 play] The Christians, too, where I’m picking a subject that I know people are bringing baggage to. Not that everybody’s notions are uniform; people have different ideas they bring into the theater. But, with certain subjects that are really charged, you can start to study and figure out, “OK, a lot of people think this, and a lot of people think that.” What can I add to the conversation that upends or flips it or implicates the audience in a train of thought that maybe if they thought it through a couple of steps further, they’d realize, “Oh, I don’t know that I like that idea so much.” You know?What are some of those ideas in Hillary and Clinton?I strongly suspect that the audience is coming in enjoying the character of Bill. And there’s a couple of moments where the play says, “OK, you think this character’s fun. Yeah, he’s kind of a bad boy.” But what was the actual result of that? When all is said and done, what are people remembering when they think of Bill? What’s the legacy of Bill? And it’s satisfying to see the audience catch up to that. And there’s a moment in the play where I just lay it out.The question really lands?Yeah, a lot of people, when they think of Bill, the first thing they think of is, you know…his non-presidential activities. Hillary and Clinton What is at the root of the Clintons’ relationship that interests you?Among other things, there’s a debate happening that has something to do with thinking versus feeling. I think it was one of the earlier sections of the play where I wrote an argument between Bill and Hillary about how she should be running her campaign. Bill was making a case for an appeal to emotions, and Hillary was making a case for appealing to people’s ability to think critically. I think in this marriage, there is also a fight between thinking versus feeling. That might be a root that resulted in the play because that’s a fight I’m having in my own head all the time. I’m very suspicious of feelings; I don’t trust them.You wrote this play more than a decade ago. What made you want to come back to it?I had written it in 2008. This was well before I was a playwright who—forget having representation—nobody read my plays back in 2008. [laughs] I was just writing plays and throwing them into a drawer and going on to the next one. By the time anybody would read them, this was a play that was quite old for me. I wasn’t really showing it to people. The first production of the play happened in Chicago. [The play premiered at the Victory Gardens Theatre, directed by Chay Yew, in April 2016.] That was the original version. But, not this past December but the December before, [producer] Scott Rudin emailed me one morning and said, “Can you send me Hillary and Clinton?” I sent it to him, and he called me and said he wanted to option the play. I said, “Well, it’s a play that I feel very far from right now. I don’t write like that anymore.” The original conception of the play had a lot of, for lack of better term, whimsy and quirk to it. I told him all the things that I didn’t particularly like about the play, and he said, “Well, you could change those things if you want!” I had no intention of working on Hillary. I was happy to just let that play, sit and never go any further.What changed?I just had this moment—I went for a run up and down the Hudson, and started to hear the play in my head. I went home, opened a new document, and I just started writing the play again from memory. I felt free in the course of writing it again to change anything I wanted. It was a really exhilarating rewriting process. It was like having a second chance with a play. I’m proud of the prior version of it, but I felt like there was more that it could have done. The arguments could have been tougher.last_img read more

Q&A On COVID-19 With Dr. Justin Green At LAMC

first_imgDr. Justin Green in his office at Los Alamos Medical Center just prior to pandemic. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comBy CAROL A. CLARKLos Alamos Daily [email protected] L. Green MD, PhD, MBA, FACS is a hometown boy who following his 1980 graduation from Los Alamos High School, left town to study, practice medicine and serve in the United States military.After operating a private practice in Rapid City, S.D., and serving as chief of trauma surgery, emergency surgery and critical care at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Green has moved back to Los Alamos.“There’s nothing like being home,” Dr. Green said. “I love it here … I really missed it … it hasn’t changed much at all.”During his high school years, Dr. Green served as an ER and operating room orderly at Los Alamos Medical Center. There he came to know and admire longtime surgeon Michael Jackson. He explained that it was during that time that he felt the calling to become a surgeon.Now a Board Certified General/Critical Care Surgeon specializing in General/Thoracic Surgery, Surgical Oncology and Critical Care Surgery, Dr. Green joined the Los Alamos Surgical Associates team a few months ago at LAMC. He practices all aspects of acute care surgery with particular interests in trauma surgery and critical care. His research interests include the biochemistry of primary and secondary metabolic processes in critical illness, as well as complex coagulopathies in trauma and critical illness. This week, the Los Alamos Daily Post presented Dr. Green with a series of COVID-19 related questions submitted mostly by readers. He answered the questions with the understanding that the answers are solely his opinion or judgment and may not necessarily reflect the position of LAMC, Life Point Health or any governmental public health agency:Q & APost: How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting normal hospital operations at LAMC?Dr. Green: LAMC has implemented a rigorous screening process, limited visitors, and provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to staff and patients. Elective surgical cases and routine clinic visits have been severely limited. Training of all staff has increased significantly, and physical isolation barriers have been constructed throughout the facility. Each of these measures, while essential to protecting the health of patients and staff, has had an impact on the hospital operationally and financially.Post: How many people has LAMC tested for COVID-19?Dr. Green: Readers are referred to www.nmhealth.org which will show testing data and results in real time. Post: How many of them have tested positive?Dr. Green: There have been 6 persons in Los Alamos County who have tested positive for COVID-19.Post: Can LAMC test for antibodies? Dr. Green: No. There are reference laboratories in Santa Fe and Albuquerque who are conducting antibody testing. I would caution readers that all antibody tests are not equivalent in terms of usefulness, i.e. sensitivity and specificity. Highly sensitive tests should capture all true positive results, while a highly specific test should exclude all true negative results. Only tests with sensitivity and specificity of greater than 95% should be accepted as providing a useful result. Readers should also be aware that, although preliminary data is encouraging with regard to the virus provoking neutralizing antibodies (antibodies capable of providing humoral immunity), rigorous trials will be required to ensure that neutralizing antibodies are produced, that they are produced in adequate numbers to confer some degree of immunity and that they remain active for a reasonable period of time.Post: How many patients have been treated at LAMC for COVID-19 since the pandemic began (since March)?Dr. Green: LAMC has treated numerous patients with flu-like symptoms, some of whom did have or likely had COVID-19, since March.Post: How many patients at this time are being treated for COVID-19 at LAMC?Dr. Green: There are currently no patients with COVID-19 at LAMC.Post: Have any patients at LAMC died from COVID-19?Dr. Green: There have been no recorded deaths in Los Alamos County due to COVID-19Post: How many beds does LAMC have?Dr. Green: Forty-sevenPost: How many of those beds are already occupied?Dr. Green: Hospital census changes in real time, from day to day. Post: How many ICU beds does LAMC have?Dr. Green: FourPost: How many of those beds are already occupied?Dr. Green: ICU census changes in real time, from day to day. Post: What plan does LAMC have to expand capacity if it becomes necessary?Dr. Green: LAMC has a comprehensive operational plan to expand inpatient capacity to treat patients affected by COVID-19, or by any other large scale medical disaster.Post: What will happen if LAMC gets a sudden surge of patients who need transport to Albuquerque? Dr. Green: Under the direction of the State Department of Health, all hospitals within the state of New Mexico have been assigned to operational regions for the purposes of care and coordination during the COVID-19 pandemic. Decisions regarding transfer and transport of COVID-19 patients are made through a single coordinating office within the Department of Health.Post: What should a member of the community do if they believe they have COVID-19?Dr. Green: Anyone who believes they are suffering from COVID-19 or have had a significant exposure to a person known to have COVID-19 should contact their primary care physician for directions regarding testing, treatment and quarantine requirements. Patients without a primary care physician may call the LAMC Emergency Department (1-505-662-4201) or the hotline at the New Mexico Department of Health (1-855-600-3453). Excellent online resources are also available regarding COVID-19 in New Mexico at the State Department of Health website (nmhealth.org).Post: Why are the COVID-19 positive cases so low in Los Alamos (NMDOH has listed the same 6 cases every day since April 14)?Dr. Green: The incidence of COVID-19 in disparate geographic regions, including Los Alamos County, is a complex and multifactorial paradigm for which many components remain unclear. It is my personal opinion that the willingness of citizens in Los Alamos County to follow the CDC/NIH/Department of Health guidelines for social distancing, wearing of face masks, self-quarantine and enhanced hygiene has significantly contributed to the lack of community spread.Post: Is LAMC allowing elective surgeries again?Dr. Green: In accordance with the direction of the State Department of Health, elective surgeries are now being accomplished at LAMC. Significant restrictions are still in place to optimize patient care and safety.Post: How is the pandemic effecting the OB/GYN Department at LAMC?Dr. Green: The Ob/gyn Department is operating under the same constraints as the rest of the hospital. Post: How many babies have been born at LAMC during the pandemic (since March)?Dr. Green: SevenPost: Does LAMC have adequate PPE?Dr. Green: YesPost: How many ventilators does LAMC have?Dr. Green: FourPost: How many staff members does LAMC have available to care for COVID-19 patients?Dr. Green: All staff, in all occupational specialties, have undergone extensive training that allows them to safely and effectively care for COVID-19 patients. Post: There are conflicting opinions about safety measures to protect against COVID-19 – do you think masks and gloves are important for the public to wear?Dr. Green: There is reasonable evidence that demonstrates the wearing of face masks significantly decreases the transmission of the virus through respiratory droplets. Wearing a face mask not only decreases the risk of a person contracting the virus, it also decreases the risk of an infected person unknowingly transmitting the virus to others. The evidence for wearing gloves is less robust. It certainly does not hurt but frequent and vigorous hand hygiene by a 20-second soap and water wash or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is quite effective in killing the virus on a person’s hands. Whether a person wears gloves or frequently sanitizes their hands, it is equally important to avoid touching one’s face, as that is a likely portal of infection for the virus.Post: Do you think it is too early to make concrete assertions about COVID-19?Dr. Green: Absolutely. The scientific and medical community has made unprecedented progress in the months since the first COVID-19 infection occurred. That being said, there still remains an enormous amount of work that must be done before a good understanding of the biology and the pathophysiology of the virus is completely understood.Post: Can you recommend any home remedies or supplements that can help people strengthen their immune system to fight the virus?Dr. Green: There are currently no homeopathic/naturopathic remedies or supplements that have been demonstrated to augment the immune system in peer reviewed, randomized/controlled clinical trials. It is clear, however, that patients who are malnourished or unhealthy due to other medical comorbidities fare much worse than otherwise healthy individuals. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with an adequate intake of vitamins, minerals and foods is essential to improving the body’s physiology and immune response to any disease process.Post: Is it true that sunshine and fresh air help?Dr. Green: To a limited extent. It has been demonstrated in rigorous studies that the COVID-19 virus is killed by a particular spectrum of ultraviolet light (UV-C). Unfortunately, the high energy UV-C wavelength is the smallest component of the total ultraviolet composition of sunlight. It is the wavelength that is most filtered out by the ozone layer in the upper atmosphere. Sunlight will eventually kill the COVID-19 virus on a variety of surfaces, but it is not practical to rely on decontamination of body surfaces by sunlight. Readers should also be strongly discouraged from using UV light sources for decontamination. In order to be effective, the source must produce UV light at the required wavelength and for the required duration of time. Such a device should absolutely not be utilized on the body, as it will cause severe skin damage and potentially blindness.Post: What is the biggest challenge you have encountered on the job during this pandemic?Dr. Green: For me, the greatest challenge was not being able to provide routine medical and surgical care to the community. While it was absolutely necessary to decrease routine care and procedures to safeguard our vulnerable populations and maintain a capacity to care for those afflicted by COVID-19, I very much missed seeing my patients and caring for them day to day.Post: Have you witnessed acts of heroism among staff at LAMC?Dr. Green: Every day, I see acts of selfless dedication and heroism from staff in all disciplines at LAMC.  From the facilities crew who built the isolation system for the ICU to the nurses/doctors and allied health providers who provide daily care to any patient, regardless of whether or not they are infected, every person at LAMC has put the health and safety of the community above their own. The community should be incredibly proud of these fine folks.Post: What does LAMC need from the community?Dr. Green: The administration, medical staff and operational staff of LAMC are grateful to the community for its ongoing support and generous donations of PPE. We are also grateful to the many citizens of Los Alamos who have provided ideas for dealing with the pandemic. At this point, the continued support of the community is our most pressing need. I am also hopeful that the community will continue to acknowledge and follow the public health guidelines to continue social distancing, wearing a face mask in public and practicing meticulous hand hygiene as these are proven and highly effective measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community.Post: Is there anything else you would like the community to know?Dr. Green: Despite the misery and death caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe that we are truly fortunate to have the best and the brightest minds in science and medicine working diligently toward an understanding of the virus and ways to mitigate its effect on humans. The contributions of American scientists and physicians, such as those at Los Alamos National Laboratory, cannot be overstated. While an enormous amount of work remains to be done, and we are far from seeing the end of the misery and death worldwide, I think there is significant cause for optimism: We know that simple measures such as social distancing, meticulous hygiene, quarantine/contact tracing and face masks significantly decrease the risk of illness. We are also seeing broad strides in vaccine development and the care of patients stricken with COVID-19. This pandemic, tragic as it has been, has also provided a hard and introspective analysis of how the United States and other countries must increase preparedness, improve public health, improve population health, decrease healthcare disparities and bolster disease awareness. It is my belief that we will, in time, control the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenge going forward will be to take the ‘lessons learned’ from it to heart so that the next organism that jumps from animals to humans – and there will definitely be a ‘next’ – can be met with a robust and effective response to lessen the overall toll of human suffering.About Dr. GreenDr. Green received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology/biochemistry as well as a master’s degree in biochemical toxicology from Texas A&M University in 1984. He also completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of North Dakota in 1987. He completed a combined MD/PhD degree in biochemistry from the University of Kansas in 1994. Dr. Green completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1999. He completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Children’s Mercy Hospital in 2016. He is Board certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He also is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Examiners and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.Dr. Green can be reached at Los Alamos Surgical Associates, [email protected]last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Feb. 9

first_imgTrump says he must have a wall, not called by any other name, except that he said it could be a barrier or a fence.He said he might close the government again if he didn’t get wall funding, but then he said the wall is being built right now. A wall is being built right now? By our soldiers? Then why did he shut down the government?Figures suggest it cost our economy, not even thinking of the hardships endured by furloughed workers, from $3 billion to $11 billion. Even if it was the lesser figure, that is too much.A secure border isn’t the issue here. Everyone agrees that we need that. The issue is the word “wall,” the item promised on the campaign trail which must be fulfilled so that people will vote again for Trump. Have we taxpayers just added $3 billion worth of votes to Trump’s campaign fund with his shut-down? And if Trump decides to shut down the government again, I want all the workers to go to their representatives for food and support.No more going to their kind neighbors and churches. No more Americans taking care of their own.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNew York has lost all of its human decencyAt church on Sunday, our pastor described the grim reality of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act.He explained that a baby only moments from birth can be killed and those babies lucky enough to survive can be left to die.I looked at my 8-year-old daughter who until now was coloring in the pew. She looked up with tears streaming down her face.“What are we going to do?” she asked. “I don’t want this to happen.”My 8-year-old knows this abortion expansion law is immoral.She feels empathy for the babies who will suffer and die because of this legislation. A smart man with no political experience would have selected the most reputable, experienced and honorable people possible. But instead he searched the swamp for the likes of Manafort, Flynn, Pruit, Zinke, Bannon, Conway and his family, just to name a few. The results have been disastrous in every way possible. I pray that we don’t get stuck with him for another four years. We deserve better. He’s definitely a pimple on the path of progress.Jane ReisengerSchenectady Regret decision to vote for murderersDid you vote for a murderer? I’m ashamed to say, but I did when I cast my vote in the last election.Bill A00021, also known as the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), was signed into New York law on Jan. 22, thereby allowing third-trimester abortions for any reason, and making it legal for a baby, miraculously surviving a late-term abortion, to be denied medical care, suffer and die.Phil Steck, Angelo Santabarbara and Carrie Woerner, I don’t want to be part of your murderous agenda. I don’t want to be an accomplice in your cowardly attempts to retain your status and standing as an “Assemblyman or woman,” a member of the go-along-to-get-along crowd, in order to maintain your self-centered, love-the-power, love-the -spotlight charade.But you made me a part of this when you ran for election and hid behind a facade of garbage. And I voted for you. I believed you, your earnest messages of morality, “concern for all” and “I will work for you” lies.You pulled the rug out from under those of us who believed in the steaming piles of false pretenses you shoveled in your electoral barns by declaring you were moral, upstanding citizens. Nothing could be further from the truth when you fast-tracked this awful, awful bill. I don’t want to be a part of this, but my vote for you makes me a murderer by default, and I don’t know how I’m going to live with that.Laurie CoxNiskayuna No, go to the people who are not willing to fight for them. Go to the politicians who are playing with people’s lives. Janice WalzScotia Wall opposition not same as open bordersI am responding to James Homan’s Feb. 3 letter, accusing those who don’t support a border wall of being in favor of an open border.  How ridiculous.The most recent Democratic proposal includes $22 billion for border security. This money would be for new agents; scanners, sensors and other technological solutions; and new boats and planes.It also includes $500 million for food and medical care. And all this is at a time when border crossings or attempted border crossings by undocumented people are at historic lows.Above all, we must remember that applying for asylum at a port of entry is entirely legal. Those applying are not “illegals.” We can’t handle four more years of TrumpAnother presidential campaign is looming on the horizon and it’s not a happy thought. We are still remembering what a fiasco, actually more like a circus, occurred in 2016. The clown-in-chief, wearing his foolish cap, and clapping for himself night after night.I don’t recall any original or brilliant ideas for the betterment of the country being introduced.His agenda was primarily locking up Hillary, building a wall that Mexico would pay for and dismantling the accomplishments of Obama.Thanks to some help from his Russian friends, he became our leader.  His agenda has not changed. If anything, it has gone from bad to worse. So far, no Republican has been gutsy enough to come forward to challenge him in 2020. This is another not so happy thought.center_img Trump wall not worth another shutdownI’ve listened to President Trump’s recent speeches and read articles in the paper, and I’m confused. A far better and cheaper solution would be for the government to enforce the e-Verify program, where employers are responsible for verifying that people they hire have legal permission to work in the United States. We also need to relieve the backlog in the immigration courts.And finally, we must remember that the majority of those in the United States without proper documentation actually entered legally. For the most part, they are people who have overstayed their visas.Faith DonovanNiskayuna Grateful to kindness after DeMasi deathI would like to thank the many people who showed us kindness and compassion at the passing of my brother, Frank DeMasi, who died so unexpectedly in January.The news stories, the concern from co-workers and students and parents, and the love from members of Frank’s church and neighbors brought much comfort during a horrible time in our lives.Thank you so much. May God’s best be yours.Jackie DeMasi AllardSaint Joseph, Mich. But our Democratic law makers are celebrating, gallivanting around in their fuchsia pink outfits.Have we lost all human decency? Have we become so wedded to our political party that we only care about winning at all costs, even if it means destroying the most innocent and precious of living beings — a human baby?Do we not care about our doctors and nurses who now shoulder the burden of committing murder for fear of losing their jobs? Gov. Cuomo once said if you are pro-life, you are not welcome to live in the state of New York. He is a man of his word.He has made New York the abortion capital of the world with no conscience, with no caring about the suffering of innocent victims — a sweet baby and her mother who will have nothing but regret and a broken heart. Jennifer RichardBurnt Hills No quick fix for bad government officialsI truly believe I have heard enough misguided statements coming from our government officials.Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to give financial aid to undocumented immigrants. He also wants to give them driver’s licenses, thus giving them a New York address and solving the mass exodus issue. He wants us to believe that the exodus is the result of our cold winters. Oh, please.Yet let us not look so far and take a close look at our very own Schenectady council. Quite some time ago, this paper ran an article regarding the up-and-coming demolition of the Olinder building on State Street. As I read it, I could not help but think that somebody was throwing a large loop and would end up with the whole corner lot. And so it is, the new building has a footprint that covers the old  Nicholaus Building.Maybe I have a different perspective than most, but I find it very hard to believe that our state and local governments feel they can back-door deal and toss their power around, and we’ll just sit back and take it. I, for one, can see no quick fix for the state of our disrepair. But as for me, the fix is simple. Hello, Montana.Andrew GreinerGlenville More from The Daily Gazette:HIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needlast_img read more

Time To Prep For The Number One Summer Party

first_imgEating EssentialsHalsey Farm StandHalsey Farm StandWhat could be more patriotic than buying your vegetables from a family farm that pre-dates the Revolution? The Halsey family have maintained a farm since 1747. Declare your dependence on their farm stand for your fruit and vegetables. www.halseyfarm.comClamman Seafood MarketClammanThe tradition of a Hamptons Clambake on the beach may feel under siege, but Southampton’s the Clamman sources the best seafood and shellfish to make any party go swimmingly. www.clamman.comPeconic Prime MeatsNext door to the Clamman and making your July 4th food shopping a one-stop shop, come and see the high-quality fare put together by the team of passionate butchers. Contact them on Facebook.Round Swamp FarmRound Swamp FarmRound Swamp Farm is the East End’s go-to spot for fresh baked goods and farm quality market food. Visit the Bridgehampton location, or East Hampton store that started it all. www.roundswampfarm.comEast End BeveragesOld Whalers Style Sag Harbor RumOld Whalers Style Sag Harbor RumMake “The Montauk to Manhattan” — mix over ice 2.5 oz Sag Harbor Rum, half-ounce sweet vermouth, and two dashes of orange bitters. www.sagharborrum.comLiV VodkaLiV VodkaMix an authentic Long Island Iced Tea with Long Island Vodka using LiV Vodka from the first distillery on the North Fork of Long Island since the 1800s. www.lispirits.comPine Barrens Barrel Reserve Botanical Dry Gin NVIt’s a quintessentially Hamptons gin and tonic using triple-distilled locally grown potatoes as a base. The gin is then finished in oak barrels to add flavors of tangerine, lemon meringue, caramel, and nutmeg. www.newyorkcraftspirits.comRough Rider BourbonRough Rider BourbonA Hamptons-style old fashioned with 114 proof Rough Rider Bourbon — The Happy Warrior. A high-rye straight bourbon finished in French oak ex-brandy casks. www.lispirits.comLet There Be FireworksSouthampton Fresh Air Home’s American Picnic with fireworks by Grucci will be held on Friday, July 5, from 5 to 7 PM. www.sfah.orgSag Harbor’s John A. Ward Independence Day Fireworks display will be on Saturday, July 6, starting at 9:30 PM. www.sagharboryc.comMontauk Stars over MontaukMontauk’s “Stars over Montauk” display will light up the skies on July 4, (with a rain date of July 5) at 9 PM, with fireworks launched from Umbrella beach and visible all around. www.montaukchamber.comShelter Island’s 62nd Annual fireworksShelter Island’s 62nd Annual fireworks display will be held on Saturday, July 13, at 9 PM, with a rain date of the following day. www.shelterislandfireworks.com Sharelast_img read more

Transcendental mediation

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Wonders & blunders

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Brace! Brace!

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

ShoreTension promotes safer mooring

first_imgAccording to Martijn Breuer, managing director at ShoreTension, the system significantly reduces movement caused by strong winds, currents, swell or passing ships. When using traditional mooring lines movement is always present, he highlighted. “In extreme conditions, the tremendous pressure this exerts on the ship can cause the mooring lines to snap with potentially serious consequences … The ShoreTension system mitigates this risk significantly. Ships are moored to the quay much sturdier and therefore much safer.”In actionThe cylindrical ShoreTension system exerts a constant pressure to the ship’s mooring lines, which are fastened to bollards on the quay. “This requires no electricity except for an external hydraulic system that only needs to be used once to get the system at the correct tension. After that, the cylinder of the ShoreTension hydraulically moves along with the forces that the mooring line is exposed to,” Breuer explained. “The ShoreTension provides a high tension and pays out the line, coping with the peak loads without exceeding the minimum breaking load (MBL) of the line,” he continued. “By doing this, the system dampens the ship’s motion and absorbs the energy of the ship. When the peak loads are over, the ShoreTension heaves in the line with the energy stored and returns to its initial position.”For additional security, the ShoreTension is used in combination with a high-quality mooring line made of HMPE, a super-strong synthetic fibre developed by DSM Dyneema. Moreover, the system is carbon neutral, as is does not require an external energy source.Breuer highlighted that the systems allows terminals to operate more efficiently; ships are moored alongside the quay with greater stability, promoting unhindered operations and reducing the risk of damage during the loading and discharge of cargoes.The ShoreTension system has already been used on ultra large container vessels, bulk carriers, tankers, cruise ships and many heavy transport operations.  www.shoretension.comlast_img read more