first_imgRetailers and manufacturers adore BOGOFs (buy one get one free) but these special offers damage brand equity and overall brand value, according to The Oxford Research Agency.Defra is looking to ban BOGOFs, as research shows they are the main contributor to 30% of all food being thrown away. As a result, the agency believes that this is a good time for brands to find other promotional mechanics that deliver ’brand health’ and consumer rewards.Bombarding consumers with a BOGOF offer on a product for a short-term ’blitz’, to raise awareness and boost sales, damages brand equity, it says, while the strongest brands are nurtured and grown over time, with longer-term promotions on areas such as health being used to connect and form a relationship with consumers. The agency advises that companies should also focus on quality, as higher-quality brands have been proven to achieve a larger market share and better profitability compared to inferior competitor products.Ensuring your brand has a clear and unique position in the market is also vital it says, whether this is achieved through the brand name, packaging, quality, image or service standards.last_img read more

Phil Lesh Kicks Off Halloween Run With Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, & More [Full Show Audio]

first_imgPhil Lesh is celebrating Halloween with a three night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The Grateful Dead bassist kicked things off last night with Luther Dickinson on guitar, Larry Campbell on guitar, mandolin, and vocals, Barry Sless on guitar and the pedal steel, along with drummer John Molo, keyboardist Jason Crosby, and vocalists Teresa Williams and Nicki Bluhm. The Dead tunes were in full force, with the female vocalists trading harmonies throughout the night. An 18+ minute version of Cream‘s “Crossroads” took the cake for the most powerful jam of the evening, followed by the encore’s 16-minute “Turn On Your Lovelight.”Thanks to taper CTDave, you can listen to the full show’s audio below:The show will go on tonight, with Scott Metzger, Luther Dickinson, Barry Sless, Jason Crosby, John Molo and Nicki Bluhm. Last night’s lineup will return for the October 31st show.Phil & Friends @ The Capitol Theatre 10/28/16:Set ITill The Morning ComesPeggy-OUncle John’s Band >Cumberland BluesRollin’ and Tumblin’River Deep, Mountain HighSugareeSet IICasey JonesMidnight HighwayCrossroad BluesUnbroken ChainKeep Your Lamps Trimmed and BurningHelp on the Way >Slipknot! >Franklin’s TowerE: Turn on Your Lovelight[Photo by Marc Millman via The Capitol Theatre Facebook]last_img read more

The Nostalgics, a Harvard Motown band

first_imgOne of the many student-led musical groups on campus, The Nostalgics keep a Detroit sound tradition alive as Harvard’s Motown and soul band. Recently, the group won Harvard’s battle of the bands competition. As its prize, the group played at the House of Blues in Boston at an inter-House formal involving Quincy, Leverett, Dunster, Cabot, and Currier Houseslast_img

Where art blends with activism

first_imgTunisian artist eL Seed took his spray paints out into the cold last week to create an example of “calligraffiti” in the Science Center’s plaza. The canvas featured the eponymous Arabic phrase in stylized black and gray whorls over a field of purples.The French-born artist completed the work, which he called “Taking Back the Purple,” in five hours.“For those of us who are nonartists, it is a really amazing thing to go from a blank canvas to a descriptive and deep collage of thought and color,” said Paul Beran, director of the Outreach Center at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES).EL Seed describes his work as occupying a middle ground between classical Arabic calligraphy and action painting. He first used calligraphy to help connect with his own Arab identity. Failing to find a teacher, eL Seed studied on his own. His lack of formal education in calligraphy, coupled with the intuitive, reflexive movements encouraged by spray painting, led him toward a freer approach to shape and color.But he is not satisfied with merely creating beautiful works.“You have to be a kind of ‘artivist,’ an artist and an activist at the same time,” he said. “And I believe that is the duty of art: to speak what other people do not want to speak. Say loudly what other people don’t want to say.”The conditions in the streets that help him speak so loudly sometimes dictate changes in his artistic plan. Last week, one can of gray began to change color in midspray, prompting a consult with another graffiti artist in the audience. When the wind whipped the canvas too violently to continue, eL Seed would break to speak to his audience in English, French, and Arabic. The artist took those opportunities to thaw his cold, bare, paint-covered fingers, but also to discuss the current political situation in Tunisia.“They say that artists create revolutions, but in Tunisia it was the contrary: The revolution created the artists.”EL Seed drew inspiration for his work from a visit to Tunisia in December. He was there to paint a mural in Kairouan commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Tunisian uprising. The locals supported his project but begged him not to use purple, which had been the color of former ruler Ben Ali’s regime. Sensitive to the political weight of the color, eL Seed obliged, but later reconsidered his stance.“Just as the people take back their freedom of speech, as an artist, I need to take back this color.”He sees his art as a vector for change, hoping that viewers develop a feeling of taking back what is theirs. He told many stories of popular participation in December’s project, describing citizens who had “never picked up a can” of paint joining him for up to eight days of work. Now, some of those street-art novices are painting their own murals. That artistic initiative, said eL Seed, instills a sense of pride that bodes well for the future of Tunisia.“That is the proof of a participatory democracy,” said eL Seed, “when you involve the people in a project.”While eL Seed was the only one to wield the spray can last week, he had what amounted to an artistic consultant in the crowd. Tamer Sameer, a Saudi Arabian street artist who studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, stepped forward to advise eL Seed how to resolve a few wind-influenced lines. Sameer took the work’s political message to heart.“He is like a guide to me,” said Sameer. “When I return to my city, I’d like to cover all the walls like this.”last_img read more

Sleep apnea among health problems hitting the poor hardest

first_imgThe poor are disproportionately afflicted with a wide range of health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, infant mortality, and dental disease. Sleep deficiency and disorders including sleep apnea also are particularly common among minority groups and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, according to Harvard School of Public Health’s Michelle Williams, Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Epidemiology. Sleep apnea causes breathing to briefly stop during sleep and can elevate risks for serious health problems, including heart failure and pregnancy complications. In an August 28, 2012 article on the Huffington Post, co-written by Harvard Medical School’s Susan Redline, Williams writes that the high prevalence of sleep apnea among the poor may be caused by exposure to air pollution, which can cause inflammation in the tissues near the throat. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Three strong women

first_img“I always thought I was winning,” said Kay Hagan, the former U.S. senator from North Carolina, as she sat in a quiet nook at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) reflecting on her re-election defeat last November. “I knew it was going to be a close race, but I really thought that, at the end of the day, I would prevail.”Hagan, a Democrat, ran what many analysts considered a flawless campaign for her second term against Republican challenger Thom Tillis. The Democrats had counted on Hagan to be one of the few bright spots for them on election night, and to survive the tide of conservative anger at President Barack Obama in the 2014 midterms that pulled down Democratic candidates nationwide and gave Republicans control of both houses of Congress. But the undertow was too much even for Hagan’s well-executed effort.In hindsight, she blames herself, the Democrats, and Obama for not talking up positive economic indicators such as low gas prices, declining unemployment rates, and record stock-market gains more aggressively. News coverage of the Ebola pandemic and hostage beheadings by ISIS “sucked the wind out” of the Democrats’ strong economic message, she said.“We ceded that message. We did not take hold of it,” said Hagan. “Had [Obama] given his State of the Union address in October, I would be in Washington.”Instead, Hagan is in Cambridge as a Spring 2015 Fellow at HKS’ Institute of Politics along with former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Christine Quinn, the former speaker of the New York City Council. The three women have been in the trenches of American politics for decades and have the battle scars to prove it. They’re all “firsts” — the first woman in their city, state, or party to hold their elected post. Each recently ran in tough, high-profile campaigns for top federal, state, and city office, respectively. And each stumbled.Each of them sat down with the Gazette recently to talk candidly about their experiences, and to discuss the hard-won advice and encouragement they’re offering students, particularly young women, about what it takes to make it in political life.“There was a narrative that I was a horrible candidate,” recalled Coakley. “And I agree, we could have done some things better, but I think the narrative was useful to people to explain why there was now a Republican senator in Massachusetts.”Few outside Boston’s insular political scene knew much about Coakley before she entered a special election in 2010 to serve out the late Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate term, running against a little-known Republican state senator named Scott Brown. Coakley’s shocking defeat in the historically blue state came at a precarious moment for passage of the Affordable Care Act. Undaunted, Coakley went on to run a much stronger race for governor in 2014, losing narrowly to Republican Charlie Baker as the first woman Democratic gubernatorial nominee.After harsh criticism from across the political world for her loss to Brown, Coakley said she gave a lot of thought to how that might affect her candidacy for governor in 2014.“So I purposely said, ‘I’m not going to do it unless I can put the team together, [and] I have time to ramp up; I’m going to get my husband and my family out on the trail with me’ — all of the things which we didn’t have time or didn’t do in the last race. In the end, we came very close; we lost by 40,000 votes,” said Coakley of the governor’s race. “Given the outside money and the outspending by the Republican Governors Association, a lot of people would say that Baker should have won by more than he did.”As NYC Council speaker, Quinn was the early front-runner in the Democratic primary race for mayor of New York City in 2013, enjoying crucial support from Michael Bloomberg, the popular, outgoing mayor. The only woman and openly LGBT candidate in an all-male field, Quinn’s initial momentum appeared strong, with The New York Times producing a documentary about her run called “Hers to Lose.” Quinn would eventually place third to public advocate Bill de Blasio, now the current mayor.Some theorized that Quinn’s unexpected flameout came because she was an openly gay woman.“The first person responsible when you don’t win a race is the candidate,” Quinn said. “I think we need to talk about the realities of sexism and homophobia more — to admit it, to understand it, to overcome it. [But] that wasn’t always my philosophy. I used to think there was no point in talking about it a lot because if you were talking about it, you were wallowing in it. And if you were wallowing in it, you weren’t overcoming it. So that played out in the campaign.”As a gay woman running, Quinn said, it was only natural that “there was going to be extra scrutiny; there was going to be sexism and homophobia. And being the frontrunner, you have the wind at your back, but you also have a target on your back.”The three say that, as in everyday life, female candidates are still held to different and often higher standards than male candidates. They are also expected to present themselves to voters in ways that either comport with narrow, stereotypical expectations of how women should act publicly or counter negative assumptions.“I’ve been called a lot of things in my career,” said Quinn. “‘Ladylike’ was never one of them — and that is fine, in my opinion. I’ve always been proud to say ‘a big, pushy broad is who I am,’ and I think we needed to own that more and put that out there earlier on” in the campaign. “I think we didn’t find a way to make that the positive that it was.”Coakley believes that female candidates are frequently caught in a double bind and are more quickly and easily criticized when they make a mistake.“Being competent or working hard has never been an issue for me. I’ve been in jobs that people deem I’m competent in, think that I work hard at, and I’m good at. I’m proud of that,” said Coakley. “But then it is: ‘You have to smile more,’ which is true. I think the expectation is that men may or may not smile, but if a woman isn’t smiling, that’s a different image. If you’re too competent, then you don’t have a heart. But if you’re too emotional, ‘Oh, my God, how are you going to make tough decisions?’”During a televised debate one week before the election, she and Baker were asked, “When was the last time you cried?,” a question some observers thought was designed to accentuate Coakley’s steely mien. Coakley spoke of attending a memorial service that day for a friend who had died of leukemia. Baker offered an emotional tale of an unnamed New Bedford fisherman whose two sons had to give up college football scholarships in order to work in the state’s dwindling fishing industry. After reporters tried unsuccessfully to verify the fisherman’s identity and noted that Baker had told the same tale years before, Baker allowed that he might have misremembered some of the story’s key elements.Coakley doesn’t think the question targeted her, but it did underscore a double standard. The fisherman story was “an amalgam at best. But he was given a pass on that, and I never would have been.”When Hagan first arrived in the U.S. Senate in 2009, she made waves after insisting that the Senate’s men-only pool be opened up to women. “I’d have guys come up to me and say, ‘Why do you want to use the pool? It’s kind of small,’” said Hagan. “And I’d say, ‘Because you do and I don’t.’”Despite such retrograde traditions, Hagan said she hadn’t encountered the kind of sexual harassment that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and others have said they’ve experienced, and that sexism on Capitol Hill stems from ignorance rather than spite. “I wouldn’t say that it’s unfriendly; I would say it’s an unrecognized issue.”“I think, with anything, you’ve got to pick your battles,” said Hagan. “You’ve got to figure out what battle is one of the most important at that time, and you’ve got to go after it aggressively. You can’t pick a fight with every issue, because then I think women tend to be seen as: ‘She’s just somebody who complains.’”Although more women are winning elected offices than ever, men still vastly outnumber them. The three said there are several factors that keep more women from throwing their hats into the ring, from the burdens of fundraising to the relentless and increasingly vitriolic tone of political media.“I think that keeps good people from running. Does it have more of an effect on women than men? I don’t actually know the answer to that question, but I think the viciousness of campaigns nowadays is certainly affecting the overall candidate pool, and that has an effect on women, without a doubt,” said Quinn.“I think there are two or three key issues. One is, for women, they want to wait until the time is right,” said Hagan. “I tell them, ‘There’s never going to be a perfect time, so don’t wait on it.’ And the second thing is, women typically need to be recruited, even in 2015. Women want to be the most qualified person at whatever it is they do. Men don’t think that way.”The soaring costs of running a viable political campaign mean that candidates have to be able to call upon supporters who can — and will — write bigger and bigger checks.“I think that’s daunting for women, particularly if they haven’t had to raise money” before, said Coakley. “It’s hard, and it takes an enormous amount of time to be on the phone. In Massachusetts, where the limits are very low, every candidate spends a huge amount of time just raising money. And if you don’t have a network of people who can give money and raise money for you, it almost becomes a barrier to getting involved.”Despite the difficulties, all three say they still counsel and encourage young women to get into politics, but to go in with their eyes open and with a full understanding of the challenges ahead.“Well, this is true for men and women: You have to have a reason you want to be the elected official,” said Quinn. “What is it you bring to the table; what is it you’re passionate about; what is it you believe you have the unique ability to fix that someone else doesn’t have? You need to be willing to work hard, and you have to be willing to bear up under scrutiny, and you have to accept that you will operate, for better or worse, in a field where things will get unpleasant.”“They’ve got to get experience, like to work on campaigns, work for candidates, develop issues you care about, understand the mechanics of what it means to be a candidate, and how you put a campaign together. And then figure out if that’s something you can do, or you want to do.” said Coakley.Hagan says Sheryl Sandberg’s bestseller, “Lean In,” is instructive in that it identifies how many smart, ambitious women sometimes feel twinges of self-doubt just below the surface. She advises young women to recognize this is probably a gender-related commonality, but then to, “Get over it. Get over it! I’ve been telling women this here at Harvard: Be one of the first people to ask questions in your class. Don’t sit back and let the guys ask all the questions. … Don’t always feel like you have to do the grunt work.”As for their own political futures, Hagan was undecided about whether she’ll go after Republican Sen. Richard Burr’s seat in 2016. “I’m really being encouraged to do that, but there’s a lot out there, and I’m not saying yes nor no at this time,” she said.Coakley said she isn’t sure what’s next, but thinks her days in elected office are probably over. “I think [that] for now. I never say never, but I’ve got so many other things I want to do and I’m interested in.”Quinn said she hopes to be a candidate again one day. In January, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced that Quinn will serve as a special adviser, focused initially on extending the State University of New York’s (SUNY) new comprehensive rape and sexual-assault policy to all private and public colleges and universities statewide. New York state currently has the largest number of schools in the nation under federal supervision for Title IX compliance.“I haven’t started yet because I’ve been here, but I’m continuing, as I say, to annoy people in Albany,” she said.Taking Down DOMA | PolicyCastFormer Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a spring 2015 fellow at the Institute of Politics, recounts the legal journey that ultimately led to the US Supreme Court’s 2013 decision to strike down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act — a major victory for the LGBT rights movement.last_img read more

COVID: CDC Says Second Wave May Be “More Difficult”

first_imgShare: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) App users, tap here to watch video.WASHINGTON – COVID-19 might give new meaning to the phrase: “home for the holidays.”Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tells the Washington Post, a second wave of the Coronavirus, later this year, could be “more difficult” than the current strand.Last week President Trump unveiled suggested benchmarks for states to start easing social distancing measures, but Redfield called for state officials to continue promoting social distancing and to increase contact tracing and testing. More than 45,000 people in the United States have died from the Coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.last_img read more

Driver Ejected During Crash After Allegedly Driving Erratically

first_imgShare: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) Image by New York State Police.PORTLAND – The driver of a luxury SUV who was spotted allegedly driving erratically in Chautauqua County on Monday afternoon is in the hospital after he was ejected from his vehicle during a crash.New York State Police tell WNY News Now 21-year-old Eric Jarrett, an Erie County resident, allegedly traveled at “extremely high rates of speed” in a 2021 Audi Q3 on Route 5 in the Town of Portland.Police say law enforcement observed the vehicle driving within the speed limit in Dunkirk prior to the crash, only later receiving 911 calls about the Audi traveling at high rates of speed.A resident, later flagging down a State Trooper, reported the crash on North Swede Road. Jarrett was found outside of the vehicle when first responders arrived on scene. He was taken to Brooks Hospital and then transferred to ECMC.Police say charges are pending against Jarrett and the exact cause of the crash remains under investigation, however, speed could be a factor.Officers do not yet know why the man was traveling at extreme speeds.last_img read more

Mobile Visitor Center or “Blue Cow” from Rogoznica, from this year in Šibenik

first_imgYou remember the ingenious Mobile Visitor Center – a tourist office on wheels, that is. blue cows of our tourism from Rogoznica? RELATED NEWS: The Mobile Visitor Center operates on the principle of an Info Office where tourists can find out all the useful information about the contents of the destination, where they are most often moving at that moment. With its adaptability and accessibility, the van provides an opportunity for quality questioning of guests about their satisfaction with their stay in the destination and advising local actors in tourism about the values ​​of the destination and its identity. The promotional designed cult VW van is a mobile office of the Rogoznica tourist board that has been delighting guests and locals for the fourth year in a row. This year’s old timer has undergone a thorough restoration and improvement of functions, so now by opening the roof, it is transformed into a real Info office on wheels, and with its informality and attractive appearance, it wins the attention of passers-by. INGENIOUS, PHENOMENAL, THIS IS A STORY – ROGOZNICA GOT A TOURIST OFFICE ON WHEELS Synergy of the Tourist Board of Rogoznica and Šibenik  Marijo Mladinić, director of the Rogoznica Tourist Board, also recognized that every successful promotion means harmonizing communication messages and telling an authentic story about the place and people in order for guests to gain a clear picture of the destination: “We see a great advantage of associating with the city of Šibenik, which as the umbrella brand of our region adds value to our small town. The guest does not know the spatial division and from his perspective Rogoznica and Šibenik are part of one destination. Through this cooperation we want to show that there are no territorial borders in terms of tourism, and that synergies create better visibility for the whole community.. ” “We are happy to support this innovative project and in the long run we would like the entire Šibenik-Knin County to act as one entity that can offer the guest so many different values ​​in a small space. The essence of this project is innovation, mobility of information and accessibility to the guest. This is exactly how we want to act as a destination on the market”, Added Dino Karađole, director of the Šibenik Tourist Board. TZ ROGOZNICA – BLUE COW OF OUR TOURISM Photo: Šibenik Tourist Board Well done for the synergy and view of tourism beyond its imaginary boundaries, which tourists neither see nor are interested in. They are interested in quality, authentic and diverse content.  As the promotion in this way proved to be more than successful, from this year the Mobile Visitor Center near Rogoznica will promote and cover the area of ​​Šibenik and its surroundings. Rogoznica and Šibenik have chosen to associate in communication with guests and invest in quality destination promotion.last_img read more

Germany, as our main emitting market, expects a recovery only in August or September

first_imgAccording to the study, the coronavirus pandemic in Germany is not expected to end before August or September, reports Germany, as our main emitting market, expects a recovery only in August or September If we look at the “optimistic” estimates of the study from Germany, unfortunately we can hardly expect that there will be any tourist activities in the main tourist season. Although, of course, everyone in tourism hopes that there will still be tourist activities, realistic estimates and logic tell us that tourism will recover only in the spring of 2021. Also, there are many factors as well as too many unknowns around the coronavirus, so it is extremely difficult to plan and predict anything. According to Maniz economics professor Klaus Wälde, who co-authored the study, Germany is currently at the beginning of an epidemic and the peak of the pandemic is expected in June, while a full recovery is expected in Germany or even September. . Germany is traditionally our main emitting market, and so it was last year. The total turnover in 2019 (overnight stays) is dominated by the German market (19.5%), followed by the domestic market, followed by the markets (12.73%) Slovenia (10%) and Austria (7%). Over 2200 family accommodation service providers participated in the survey, mostly from the Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Split-Dalmatia and Istria counties. As many as 94 percent of them offer exclusively accommodation services, only 3 percent bed and breakfast, and only 2 percent are engaged in rural tourism.  And when the whole situation calms down we still don’t know if the coronavirus will return to the time of flu at the beginning of this winter, ie if it will stay or just disappear like SARS, and if scientists will find a cure for the coronavirus. Not to mention psychological fear, job losses, falling consumption, etc.… These data are “rough and optimistic forecasts”, the scientists explained at the end of the study, because the key issues related to the coronavirus pandemic have not been resolved yet and there are too many assumptions. Also, there are currently 10.366 cases of coronavirus and 146 deaths in Austria, and 802 cases and 15 deaths in Slovenia. Currently, the main issue and hope of the tourism sector is that part of the main tourist season will be saved, especially private renters, in order to achieve at least some tourist traffic and earn some money. All 16 regions in Germany were affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and according to data from 31.03.2020. in Germany, there are 62.000 cases of coronavirus infection and 583 deaths, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute RKI. The most affected regions are Hamburg, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, which record the most infected. If we look at the current situation around the coronavirus, where we have more questions and assumptions than answers, we can very, very optimistically expect that we will still achieve some tourist traffic in the main tourist season. A survey conducted by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce among family accommodation providers showed that over 90 percent of them feel the effects of coronavirus on business in the form of reduced bookings, and 60 percent estimate the current financial damage at up to HRK 50.000.  However, the current situation regarding the development of the coronavirus tells us that it is not realistic to expect any tourist activity this year, let alone in the main tourist season. Unfortunately, for all of us in the tourism sector, both me personally as the author of this article and the reader of the same. Although we are a car destination (78% of guests come to the destination by car, 15% by air, 4% by bus / Tomas Summer 2017) in the current situation where we are all in isolation, where borders are closed, air traffic is grounded it is difficult to expect rapid border opening and any tourist activity. Ultimately, no one knows exactly how long this crazy situation will last, and only then does the easing of measures and the gradual opening of borders begin. Also, the survey reveals to us that Germany is a key emitting market for three quarters of the surveyed renters. / / / MOST LESSORS ESTIMATE FINANCIAL DAMAGES IN THE AMOUNT OF HRK 50.000 DUE TO THE CONSEQUENCES OF CORONAVIRUS Over 90 percent of renters are feeling the effects of coronavirus on their business in the form of reduced bookings Scientists from the Universities of Mainz and Hamburg and an interdisciplinary research group have developed an “optimistic scenario” around the current development of the coronavirus epidemic in Germany. If we look at the current broader picture, unfortunately, tourism can expect an awakening only from next year, and of course not in the same numbers as before.last_img read more