Boundary condition of grounding lines prior to collapse, Larsen-B Ice Shelf, Antarctica

first_imgGrounding zones, where ice sheets transition between resting on bedrock to full floatation, help regulate ice flow. Exposure of the sea floor by the 2002 Larsen-B Ice Shelf collapse allowed detailed morphologic mapping and sampling of the embayment sea floor. Marine geophysical data collected in 2006 reveal a large, arcuate, complex grounding zone sediment system at the front of Crane Fjord. Radiocarbon-constrained chronologies from marine sediment cores indicate loss of ice contact with the bed at this site about 12,000 years ago. Previous studies and morphologic mapping of the fjord suggest that the Crane Glacier grounding zone was well within the fjord before 2002 and did not retreat further until after the ice shelf collapse. This implies that the 2002 Larsen-B Ice Shelf collapse likely was a response to surface warming rather than to grounding zone instability, strengthening the idea that surface processes controlled the disintegration of the Larsen Ice Shelf.last_img read more

Casualties in Didcot collapse

first_imgA collapse at Didcot A power station in South Oxfordshire Tuesday was responsible for the death of at least one person, with three others presumed missing.Five more were seriously injured and taken to John Radcliffe Hospital. Their injuries have been described as non-life-threatening.In a press statement made on Wednesday, Andrew Stevens, Director of Planning and Information at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said, “We can confirm that of the five patients brought to the John Radcliffe Hospital as a result of the major incident at Didcot on Tuesday, 23rd February, one patient was discharged last night, and three further patients will be discharged today. One other patient remains with us in a stable condition.”Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive of Oxford University Hospitals, added, “I would like to thank all our staff who responded so quickly and efficiently last night to the major incident. I would also like to thank patients and visitors to our hospital for their understanding and patience as we dealt with the situation.”The Didcot A site has been in a state of disrepair and disuse since operations ceased in March 2013. Demolitions of its six cooling towers have been ongoing since last year.The firm responsible for preparing the demolition, Coleman and Company, had never been responsible for taking down a power station previously.In a corporate video posted to YouTube in December, project director Kieran Conaty said, “The client was made aware that this was our first power station – we’d never done anything like this. But we’re that type of a company that we learn to adapt.”The search continues for the three who are missing after the accident. Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue service Chief fire officer Dave Etheridge said in a statement on Wednesday, “We are working with structural engineers and demolition experts to establish a safe way of working on site. In addition, the military is supporting the search for the missing people.“They will be using a mini remote control vehicle to assist with the search for survivors at the site. This provides us with enhanced capability and their equipment and expertise will be invaluable.”last_img read more

Wadham student suspended over work for radical Islamist group

first_imgThe Counter Extremism Project describes the group as ‘Islamist’ and ‘Jihadist’, seeking to “unite Muslims under one Islamic Caliphate”, but the Home Office has previously ruled that the group does not advocate violence, but described it as “‘anti-Semitic, homophobic, and anti-Western”. “This matter first came to light so that a thorough investigation could take place. We can now confirm that, following the investigation, the suspension has been lifted. Following this enquiry, his suspension was lifted, an Oxford University Spokesperson has told Cherwell: “Oxford has worked in close consultation with local police Prevent leads over these allegations and the student in question was suspended immediately. The third year engineer, described his wish to “rebuild” the organisation in Oxford to an undercover Daily Mail reporter, stating that he was “close” to getting other students involved in the group. According to the reporter in question, he has been investigated for the views expressed on Islamist terrorism and ‘Jihad’. Speaking to The Daily Mail, a Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society (an anti-extremism think-tank) Emma Fox described the situation as “a grave threat to the safety of students at Oxford that should never have been allowed to fester”, going on to say ‘‘that such an insidious group has found its way into such a prestigious campus shows the depths of Britain’s extremism problem.” A correction was made to this article on the evening of the 9th March. It was brought to Cherwell’s attention that the suspension referred to in this article was no longer in effect, as implied by the previous version. A student at Wadham College was suspended by the university after revealing he tried to recruit Oxford students for Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist extremist organisation. The suspension has since been lifted. Hizb ut- Tahrir exists legally in the United Kingdom, and membership is not proscribed by the government. center_img The organisation has been banned in at least 13 countries worldwide, whilst multiple violent acts have been attributed to members of the group. On 2nd July 2015, Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain published a press release rejecting the creation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Hizb ut-Tahrir is a political organisation, which seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate and Sharia Law across the countries in which it operates. In 2004, it was banned from university campuses by the National Union of Students, as it was deemed to “threaten, demonise and attack the lives of students” and was considered to be “responsible for supporting terrorism and publishing material that incites racial hatred.” Cherwellunderstands that the student’s identity was verified by another member of theHizb ut-Tahrir group. In the short video, published online on the 8th March, the student outlines the past presence of ‘a few brothers’ at Oxford, who have subsequently left, leading to his attempts to ‘rebuild’ the organisation within the university. He also expresses support for Hizb ut-Tahrir (a group banned from campuses for their support of radical Islamism), as well as for the possibility of influencing “the whole [Muslim] community” with just “2-3 brothers.” At the University of Oxford we take our responsibilities under Prevent extremely seriously and will always act to safeguard all our students.” The student, Wadham College and the university have been contacted for comment. last_img read more

Scientific Study Shows Music Evolves In The Same Way As Life

first_imgLike any other living ecosystem, music also experiences evolution. It inevitably becomes a product of environmental factors, cultural effects, and human impact, which are all intrinsically influenced also by time. A study was published last year, entitled “The Evolution of Popular Music,” that sought to decipher such evolutionary trends within this artistic phenomenon. Research concluded there to be three main evolutionary leaps: soul, disco, and hip-hop.The study was fascinating, analyzing the musical fossil records from over the last fifty years. An engineer at Queen Mary University of London, Matthias Mauch, conducted his research by dissecting thousands of songs from the “U.S. Billboard Hot 100” between 1960 and 2010 and pursuing a comparative, technical study. His team analyzed 30-second samples of over 17,000 songs to determine the trends within this fifty year time span. Because music is highly mathematical, it can easily be separated between harmonics, chord changes, rhythm, and timbral qualities. Patterns are then identified using information retrieval and text-mining tools.Despite popular beliefs that diversity in music is decreasing over time, Mauch’s study found the opposite. The collected data provided no evidence of chart homogenization, however, it did show that music trends contain periods of stasis followed by quick rapid change. “You take something that exists. And that in biology would be genes. But it’s not genes here. You just take some styles. You recombine them, like genes are recombined, and you change them as well—a bit like mutation,” Mauch explains. Past trends suggest that while some might assume music to be in a plateau of unoriginal, re-presented content, we could actually be on the verge of some sort of musical revolution. Music, as an ever-evolving creature, has gone through it’s own fair shares of makeovers over the last fifty years. The future isn’t as bleak as we may think!IFLS demonstrates the evolutionary timeline perfectly:From 1960 onwards, the dominant seventh chord all but disappeared from music. Examples of this chord can be found in “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets or “I Feel So Bad” by Elvis Presley. This was treble-ing news as it signaled the ‘death’ of jazz and blues.Mauch says 1964 was the first of our three music revolutions: the rock and soul revolution. For rock, think “Sympathy For The Devil” by The Rolling Stones, and for soul recall “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye.The dominant seventh chord was replaced with the minor seventh: “Lady Marmalade” by LaBelle or “That’s The Way (I Like It)” by KC & The Sunshine Band as the ‘60s crept towards the ‘70s.By the end of the ‘70s, Mauch comments: “We can really see the influx of funk, which is really turning into disco,” with hits like Tragedy by The Bee Gees.As the ‘80s rolled in, it signaled the disco, new wave and hard rock revolution in 1983. However, the ‘80s became a sluggish time for the progression of music. 1986 stands out as a period of minimum change in diversity where chart-toppers all sounded the most alike. For example, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by The Communards, “Living On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi, and “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna were all hits in 1986.Just when music was in a progression depression, it was saved by rap and hip-hop in 1991. Tracks like “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J led the biggest explosion of change in music since 1960. “This is so prominent in our analysis, because we looked at harmony—and rap and hip-hop don’t use a lot of harmony. The emphasis is on speech sounds and rhythm,” said Mauch, whilst discussing which elements of music they used to categorize the songs.This brings us to modern day music; anything after 2010 wasn’t included in the analysis. How would you define modern music? Is it the incendiary sounds of bands like the String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, and Phish? Or is it taking a more electronic route, selling out arenas with DJs like Bassnectar and Pretty Lights? Perhaps Miley Cyrus defines the contemporary moment of modern music. With the common denominator being passion, it all comes down to the musical DNA we all grew up listening to, how it’s influenced our creative trajectories, and how it comes together in a way that can be packaged, re-packaged, and sold in the end.As you can see, we’ve been here before. The only constant being change is what justifies this matter. Science says!“Mama Said Knock You Out”last_img read more

Leftover Salmon Gears Up For Expansive 2018 Fall Tour

first_imgThis fall, Leftover Salmon is hitting the road hard, continuing the genre-blending Colorado act’s yearlong celebration of their latest album, Something Higher, a follow-up to 2014’s studio album, HighCountry, and 2016’s standout anniversary live album, 25. Produced by the band’s long-time producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Something Higher was recorded at the famous Wavelab Studio in Tucson, Arizona, in analog and shows Leftover Salmon at their finest—drawing upon and infusing a dizzying breadth of influences ranging from zydeco to R&B to jazz, blues, bluegrass, and more.Already, Leftover Salmon has completed the first successful leg of their Something Higher promotional tour. In the spring, the band rolled embarked on a nationwide tour, and across the year, Leftover Salmon has continued to check off major landmark moments. On May 5th, the band played a special home state show at Morrison, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, co-headlining with iconic Grateful Dead original bassist Phil Lesh and his spin-off project, The Terrapin Family Band. At the show, the group had a number of surprises in store for the sold-out crowd, including the band’s surprise sit-in with Phil and company to kick off the bassist’s set.With a number of festival appearances across the summer—including leading their own, second-annual music festival, Fish Out Of Water Festival, in Taos, New Mexcio—Leftover Salmon is now looking to the future, with a number of upcoming fall tour dates on the calendar. First up is an appearance at the inaugural Waterloo Festival in Austin, Texas, on September 9th, followed by a show at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl with Colorado up-and-comers The Jauntee on September 13th and a festival set at Wormtown Music Festival on September 14th. From there, the group will finish out their weekend run with dates in Norfolk, CT, and Allston, MA, on the 15th and 16th.On September 21st, Leftover Salmon will hit Atlanta’s The Tabernacle for a joint performance with other bluegrass favorites, The Infamous Stringdusters and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. The next day, on September 22nd, the band will head to Black Mountain, North Carolina’s Pisgah Brewing Company for the third-annual Blue Ridge Jam, also featuring Spafford, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Jon Stickley Trio, and others. After an appearance at Florida’s Sing Out Loud Music Festival on September 23rd, the band will head to Falls Church, Virginia on September 28th before performing North Carolina’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival on the 29th and Philadelphia’s Mann Center For The Arts on the 30th.For October, Leftover Salmon starts things off with a non-stop six-day run, with stops in Pittsburgh, PA; Kent, OH; Covington, KY; Indianapolis, IN; Chicago, IL (for the inaugural Big Weekend, which boasts a number of other high-profile jam artists on the bill); and Nashville, TN across October 2nd through 7th. After rolling through Suwanee Roots Revival on October 13th and 14th, the band takes a few weeks off before commencing their highly anticipated Halloween run. On October 25th, the band will perform in Grand Junction, Colorado’s Mesa Theater before heading west for a Widespread Panic afterparty at Las Vegas’ Brooklyn Bowl on the 26th. By way of a stop in Salt Lake City on the 27th, Leftover Salmon will celebrate Halloween during the launch of a brand-new venue in the Colorado mountain town of Frisco, 10 Mile Music Hall.As Vince Herman told Live For Live Music, “We are all pumped up looking at the schedule ahead of us this fall—some great festivals, lots of East Coast adventures, and up into New England for some rowdy leaf-changing fun. Plus, we’re kicking it all off at the legendary Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn. Come get some leftovers…”You can check out Leftover Salmon’s full fall 2018 tour dates below. For more information and ticketing, head here.Leftover Salmon Upcoming 2018 Tour Dates9/9 – Waterloo Festival – Austin, TX9/13 – Brooklyn Bowl w/ The Jauntee – Brooklyn, NY9/14 – Wormtown Music Festival – Greenfield, MA9/15 – Infinity Music Hall w/ The Jauntee – Norfolk, CT9/16 – Brighton Music Hall w/ The Jauntee – Allston, MA9/21 – The Tabernacle w/ Infamous Stringdusters and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades – Atlanta, GA9/22 – Pisgah Brewing Company – Black Mountain, NC – 3rd Annual Blue Ridge Jam w/ Spafford, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Jon Stickley Trio, more9/23 – Sing Out Loud Music Festival – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL9/28 – State Theatre w/ Two Ton Twig – Falls Church, VA9/29 – Wide Open Bluegrass Festival – Raleigh, NC9/30 – Mann Center for the Arts – Philadelphia, PA – Philly Bluegrass Revival10/2 – The Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA10/3 – The Kent Stage w/ Rumpke Mountain Boys – Kent, OH10/4 – Madison Theater w/ Rumpke Mountain Boys – Covington, KY10/5 – The Vogue w/ Rumpke Mountain Boys – Indianapolis, IN10/6 – Park West w/ Amy Helm – Chicago, IL – The Big Weekend10/7 – 3rd & Lindsley w/ Davisson Brothers Band – Nashville, TN10/13 & 14 – Suwanee Roots Revival – Live Oak, FL10/25 – Mesa Theater w/ Stray Grass – Grand Junction, CO10/26 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV – WSP after-show10/27 – The Commonwealth Room – Salt Lake City, UT10/30 & 31 – 10 Mile Music Hall – Frisco, COBolded shows are club performancesView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Mempho Music Festival’s Second Year Impresses With Post Malone, Nas, Beck, Phoenix, Janelle Monáe, & More

first_imgPhoto: Keith Griner Load remaining images The second annual Mempho Music Festival took over Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee over the weekend–quickly going from a “never-before-heard” to a “not-to-be-missed” festival in a matter of 48-hours. For its second year, the two-stage festival expanded to have on-site camping, a silent disco, and an interactive fire dome featuring sets from DJ Logic and Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza until the wee hours of the night.With music going from 11:00 am until 2:00 am, the eclectic lineup varied from Memphis local legends like The Bar-Kays, Lucero, and Juicy J & Project Pat to internationally recognized superstars Beck, Post Malone, and Nas. The 14-hour day lineups were rounded out by genre-spanning artists like Phoenix, Janelle Monáe (popularly considered the musical highlight of the weekend), Mac DeMarco (who welcomed Brandon “Taz” Niederauer for a rendition of the Grateful Dead‘s “Fire On The Mountain”), George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Milky Chance, Rich The Kid (who brought Famous Dex with him), Larkin Poe, Eric Gales, and many more.Memphis-based producer Boo Mitchell assembled a legendary tribute to Royal Studios, which featured William Bell, Bobby Rush, Al Kapone, Frayser Boy, Hi Rhythm, and more performing songs by Otis Redding, Al Green, Booker T & The MGs, and more from Memphis’ storied catalog.Chuck Leavell, keyboardist and musical director of The Rolling Stones, brought together Bernard Fowler, Lisa Fischer, Karl Denson, Darryl Jones, and Tim Ries for a rare “Stones Throw” set, performing the music of The Rolling Stones.On Friday night, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe delivered their “Eat A Bunch of Peaches” set to the late-night crowd, slamming through originals and tunes by the Allman Brothers Band.On Saturday night, Robert Randolph’s Mempho All-Stars continued the late-night tradition with MonoNeon, Nate Smith, Ivan Neville, Karl Denson, Isaiah Sharkey, Julia Magness, Katrina Anderson, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and more.Meanwhile, for fans that paid the extra money for a Super VIP experience, there were private performances from Brent Cowles and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer & Friends (feat. Doug Wimbish and Raghav Mehrotra) on Saturday, and McKenna Bray, Dan Luke & The Raid, and Papa Mali, Wally Ingram, Eric McFadden, and Bobby Vega on Sunday.While continuous music kept fans happy all weekend long, it was the natural splendor and perfect weather of Shelby Farms Park that performed as the biggest rock star at Mempho Music Festival. Without a doubt, the park, which is five times the size of Central Park and plays host to over 20 bodies of water, attracted new fans from all over the country (some even from Switzerland!) for a beautiful October weekend. While the music festival will only happen once a year, fans are encouraged to return to Shelby Farms Park all year round for the variety of activities, like canoeing, horseback riding, and zip-lining, that it has to offer.Check out the full gallery from Mempho Music Festival, including the *actual* live debut of Post Malone’s new haircut, below, courtesy of photographers Keith Griner, Eric Allen, Aaron Bradley, Patrick Hughes, Carlie Adair, and Austin Friedline from the official Mempho Music Festival media team.last_img read more

August weather

first_imgFor Atlanta, this was the third-warmest August and the second-warmest six-month period since records began in 1878. All National Weather Service stations in Georgia were in the top 5 warmest Augusts and top 2 warmest six-month periods. This summer was one of Georgia’s top 5 warmest on record.Many record-high temperatures were broken or tied at all major city airports except Atlanta this month.Rainfall in August was less than normal with the exception of a few widely scattered areas. It was particularly dry near the coast, where departures from normal of up to four inches were seen.The highest monthly total precipitation from NWS reporting stations was 5.05 inches in Columbus (1.28 inches above normal). The lowest was in Augusta at 1.19 inches (3.13 inches below normal). Valdosta received 2.31 inches (3.19 inches below normal), Macon 1.41 inches (2.69 inches below normal), Savannah 2.68 inches (3.88 inches below normal), Alma 2.34 inches (3.07 inches below normal), Athens 2.44 inches (1.09 inches below normal), Brunswick 4.20 inches (2.07 inches below normal) and Atlanta 1.51 inches (2.39 inches below normal). A one daily rainfall record was set at Columbus Aug. 8, where 3.28 inches was reported at the airport. This broke the old record of 0.99 inch set for the date in 1981.The highest single-day rainfall from a Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network station was 4.12 inches near Fayetteville in Fayette County Aug. 7. An observer near Comer in Madison County reported 3.03 inches Aug. 6. Another observer in Richmond Hill in Bryan County reported 3 inches Aug. 9. The Richmond Hill observer had the highest monthly total of 8.81 inches, followed by an observer on Tybee Island with 7.07 inches.There were no tornadoes reported in August, but severe weather, mostly as high winds, caused scattered damage somewhere in Georgia on 14 days during the month. And the vicious cycle continued in August, which brought sparse rainfall and hot temperatures to Georgia for the seventh straight month, increasing drought across the state.In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 83 degrees F (3.6 degrees above normal), in Athens 82.7 degrees (3.1 degrees above normal), Columbus 85.5 degrees (3.6 degrees above normal), Macon 84 degrees (3.1 degrees above normal), Savannah 84.8 degrees (3.3 degrees above normal), Brunswick 85.3 degrees (3.5 degrees above normal), Alma 84.7 degrees (3.4 degrees above normal), Valdosta 84.5 degrees (3.3 degrees above normal) and Augusta 84.4 degrees (3.9 degrees above normal).last_img read more

Latin American police must be proactive: Gen. Oscar Naranjo

first_img Security officials should evaluate approaches which work and those which do not when developing strategies to fight crime, said Raul Benitez Manaut, a security analyst at the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE). “ We must consider successes and failures in implementing policies of public safety,” Benitez Manaut said. Security officials must be willing to adapt to changing circumstances, Naranjo said. For example, in the 1990s, some Central American countries were initially unprepared for an increase in violent gang activity, he said. Many of these gangs collaborated on drug smuggling enterprises with transnational criminal organizations, such as Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel, which is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. During the last 10 years or so, several countries, such as Honduras, began using its military to perform domestic law enforcement work, fighting gangs and drug cartels, Naranjo pointed out. Accountability Multiple law enforcement responsibilities Focusing large amounts of time and energy on fighting drug trafficking affects the ability of police agents to focus on other threats, said another seminar panelist, Monica Serrano, an organized crime analyst at Colmex. “It seems that the impact drug trafficking has had on the security policies in the region is closing a window of opportunity to deal with other no less important threats,” Serrano said. Many organized crime groups engage in multiple illegal enterprises apart from drug smuggling, such as human trafficking, kidnapping for ransom, extortion, and large-scale oil theft. Latin American national police must take a proactive approach to preventing crime, rather than reacting to it, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, the former director of Colombia’s National Police, said during a recent safety seminar. Naranjo, who is currently a security adviser to the Mexican government, spoke about the need for proactive law enforcement during a seminar at the College of Mexico (Colmex) on Sept. 11, 2013. He spoke during the “Seminar on Violence in Mexico.” Safety is a “democratic value” which should be treated as a “right and a responsibility,” Naranjo said during his talk. Criminology should take precedence over other social sciences when it comes to understanding the root causes of crime, he said. center_img By Dialogo September 27, 2013 Analysis is crucial In addition to training capable and honest security agents, governments should also evaluate the effectiveness and integrity of their judicial systems, Naranjo said. Those who break the law must know that the criminal justice system will hold them accountable. “Until citizens see that there is there is a price to pay when committing crimes and that this price will go through the justice system, the rates of violence will not diminish significantly,” Naranjo said. Security forces must maintain the highest levels of professionalism, Naranjo said. “Whatever police model a Latin American country adopts, four police stigmas need to be combated: the arbitrary use of force, inefficiency, corruption, and the lack of solidarity. “Police that do not resolve citizens’ problems and engage in any of these four failures end up being despised,” he said. I think that in Mexico we need a especial soldiers, other systems and less corruption as Naranjo said, but What happen with the people who live in the combat area?The people of some states are getting accustomed to have soldiers in their streets, parks, public squares etc. I think that one factor that the goverment has lost is the time . The people has lost the distance between soldiers who go to the war in other countries as heroes ,and the soldiers who sleep in their auditoriums, schools, because this is the reality. I want to know more about how the training academy for prepared officers works.last_img read more

Center Lane Stationery in Levittown Closing Despite Cash Mob

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Avi Ghandi, a gregarious Indian immigrant and owner of Center Lane Stationery in Levittown, still laughs with his customers despite holding a going-out-of-business sale before his decade-old shop closes down on Christmas Eve.When his patrons first heard that he had thoughts of shuttering his windows for good, they organized in June a cash mob, which is like a flash mob, but instead of dancing, participants surprise struggling businesses with a rush of much-needed customers.The grassroots economic stimulus turned into a short documentary, Cash Mob for Avi, which was screened at the Big Apple Film Festival last month and made headlines worldwide. Supporters even donated about $20,000 via fundly, a fundraising website—but it still wasn’t enough to save the shop stocked with balloons, greeting cards and gifts.“The economy is hurting really bad,” said Ghandi, who has worked seven days weekly running the shop for the past 10 years.“I have to pull the curtain,” he told the Press between customers. “I have no choice.”Like many small business owners, he partly blames big box stores such as Walmart for siphoning off customers. Privately held office-supply, stationery and gift retailers nationwide have seen profits swing from positive to negative in recent years, according to a Forbes magazine analysis. The industry has also suffered from customers shopping online as well as their replacing traditional greeting cards with digital alternatives such as web-based e-cards, according to Ghandi and the report.Despite the downturn, Ghandi remains upbeat, thanks in part to the love his community has shown over the past six months. The movie may not have won awards when it was screened at Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan on Nov. 6, but it won viewers’ hearts.“There was a real buzz of emotion in the room during the film,” video producer Liz Morris said afterward. “There is clearly something about Avi and the story of Levittown love that people connect with. Everyone can think of an Avi in their life.”The documentary follows a day in the life of the 63-year-old shopkeeper and his wife, Bharati, who recently underwent cancer treatments. On film, both are overcome with emotion amid the flood of customers. His friends and regulars, Craig and Celeste Hamilton Dennis, organized the cash mob—and filmed the outpouring of support.The video now has more than a half a million views on YouTube. Half of the $20,000 the mob raised was collected in a single day, according to the organizers. They will still donate the $20,000 to Avi Ghandi, who has yet to find a buyer for the business he bought for $200,000. Instead of helping him stay in business, they hope the donation will smooth his transition to another job—he recently applied to be a school translator.“I wish this story had a Hollywood ending,” Celeste said. “I wish I could say that the cash mob saved his store and swayed his landlord to lower the rent. But the reality is that him staying there isn’t sustainable.“There’s going to be yet another orange ‘For Rent’ sign on Center Lane Village Green,” she continued. “It’s heartbreaking, and a huge loss to the community. The way he cares about his customers, listens to them and makes them feel like they matter is really something special to witness. They’ve been crying left and right upon hearing the news.”last_img read more

How President-Elect Biden Has Managed Trump’s Refusal to Concede

first_imgStill, she acknowledged: “I know he wants to get started on the transition. He would like some support from the administration to do that. But he’s going forward based on his own resources.”- Advertisement – “Biden’s path to victory in his administration is going to be by putting forward bold plans to address Covid, the economy, climate change and racial injustice,” said Garrett Blad, a spokesman for the Sunrise Movement, a youth-driven progressive organization that is focused on climate and has sought to shape Mr. Biden’s appointments. “Working with the G.O.P. elite who right now are trying to undermine our democracy we do not believe is a strong way forward.”Mr. Biden’s advisers and allies have also acknowledged that they are in fact troubled by the possible ramifications from the Trump administration’s refusal to give Mr. Biden and his transition team access to federal agencies as well as intelligence briefings.The head of the General Services Administration has not formally recognized Mr. Biden as the winner of the election, a step that allows the transfer of power between administrations to proceed.As more time passes, that refusal becomes more problematic, Biden aides say. But even so, they are showing little eagerness to raise the temperature or to wage a legal battle.“We’re not interested in having a food fight with the G.S.A. administrator or anyone, really,” Jen Psaki, a Biden transition adviser, said on Friday. “We just want to get access to intelligence information, to threat assessments, to the ongoing work on Covid, so that we can prepare to govern.”In the meantime, Mr. Biden was taking a break — or something resembling a break. He traveled on Thursday to his vacation house in Rehoboth Beach, Del. “He’s earned, certainly, a couple days off,” Ms. Psaki said.Thomas Kaplan reported from Washington, and Katie Glueck from New York. Those steps, to prepare to govern and to combat the pandemic that has upended American society, followed convention and unfolded without drama. Mr. Biden has decades of experience in Washington to draw on, and his initial moves after winning the presidency demonstrated a familiarity with how one administration typically passes the torch to the next. “It’s a reflection of the president-elect’s desire to project stability at a time of great instability,” said former Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa, an early Biden supporter.What was not typical — far from it — was the reaction of Mr. Trump, who continued to refuse to concede, and to make false claims about election fraud. But Mr. Biden pressed on and passed up the chance for aggressive confrontation, treating the president of the United States as if he were a heckler shouting from the bleachers who would eventually tire and go home.This week, Bob Bauer, a Biden campaign adviser and former White House counsel, described Mr. Trump’s election-related legal challenges as “noise,” while Mr. Biden’s sister and close political adviser, Valerie Biden Owens, downplayed the significance of any postelection commentary offered by the president.“It doesn’t matter what Donald Trump says,” she said on “Axios on HBO.” “It doesn’t matter. Joe is president-elect. He will be sworn in on Jan. 20.” Mr. Biden himself suggested Mr. Trump’s refusal to concede was more of a stain on the president’s name for the history books than an imminent obstacle for the Biden transition, telling reporters on Tuesday: “How can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”Asked how he expected to work with Republicans if they would not even acknowledge him as president-elect, Mr. Biden responded with a smile: “They will. They will.”Not everyone is so confident that Republicans will engage — or that Mr. Biden should even prioritize trying to work with them. The Presidential TransitionUpdated Nov. 13, 2020, 4:04 p.m. ETcenter_img WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. ran for president insisting that President Trump was an “aberration” who did not reflect the character or views of the American people.And in his first week as president-elect, Mr. Biden’s remarks and activities suggest an effort to dismiss Mr. Trump further: this time, as a nuisance.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden, who spent much of the week working from the Wilmington, Del., area, held calls with Pope Francis and the leaders of many of the nation’s closest allies, taking initial steps toward his goal of repairing the country’s standing on the world stage following a campaign in which he emphasized his relationships with world leaders.After spending months stressing the need to follow science, he named a group of experts to advise him on the coronavirus pandemic, and on Friday he issued a statement calling for “urgent action” as virus cases continue to surge.And he named Ron Klain, a veteran Washington figure who served as the Ebola czar in the Obama White House, as his chief of staff, a pick that was well received across the ideological spectrum within the Democratic Party.- Advertisement – As he refuses to concede, Mr. Trump has stoked fear and anxiety among many Americans, and he has plainly slowed critical transition processes, to the concern of the Biden team. Yet publicly, Mr. Biden and his aides are seeking to project steadiness. They have ignored Mr. Trump’s tweets, they are building out a White House staff and they are working to model how a shift away from four years of presidential tumult can be done — and how Mr. Biden is likely to behave once he is in the White House.“He is not going to get his knickers in a twist around Donald Trump’s bad manners,” said former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Democrat of Illinois, who served in the Senate with Mr. Biden. “He knows that he’s going to be president on the 20th of January.” – Advertisement –last_img read more