Are E-Cigarettes/Vaping “Better” Than Regular Cigarettes?

first_imgI tell them the answer is complex.Let me start with this statement: all currently available data tells us that e-cigs/vaping are less harmful than tobacco use. That being said, it’s been shown that most smokers who casually attempt to quit smoking using e-cigs end up smoking both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes.Additionally, youth who start with using vaping devices are more likely to also become cigarette users.What is an e-cigarette? defines e-cigarettes as battery-powered devices that work by heating a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales and exhales. The e-cigarette liquid typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerin, flavorings, and other chemicals.As indicated in the photo, there are many kinds of e-cigarettes. Some look like traditional tobacco products and some do not.Photo from drugabuse.govYou may have heard your teenager or college student talk about JUUL. It’s the brand name of an e-cigarette that resembles a USB or “flash” drive. According to the non-profit group Truth Initiative, in just two years on the market, JUUL has already “amassed nearly half of the e-cigarette market share.”Photo from’s in an e-cigarette?There are a number of chemicals involved in e-cigs/vaping. First is the PEG, polyethylene glycol, which is the “carrier” of the other contents in vaping devices. (In JUULing, we don’t know as much about the “carrier” substance.)PEG is thought to be a harmless food additive and is the same medium often used for theatric “smoke” and lighting effects at concerts and shows. We know that people with lung conditions can have trouble with PEG, and studies are only now looking at PEG as a heated, inhaled substance.Second is nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive substance that causes people to become hooked on these devices and all tobacco products. Nicotine is no longer thought to be an otherwise harmless chemical, and has been linked to the development of COPD, and implicated in other negative health outcomes. (According to the product website as it relates to nicotine, a single JUUL cartridge is roughly equal to a pack of cigarettes, or 200 cigarette puffs. third is formaldehyde and heavy metals. Formaldehyde is a probable carcinogen – it can cause cancer – and promotes respiratory issues such as bronchitis. Vapor from e-cigs has as much formaldehyde as cigarette smoke. On top of that, to generate vapor, e-cigs heat the chemicals inside the device, leading to heavy metal particles from the heaters being detectable in the vapor/smoke.Are teens using e-cigarettes?In a recent report regarding tobacco/nicotine use in Indiana, it was stated that 29% of Hoosier 12th graders report the use of e-cigarettes/vaping. This number is similar to national trends.Teen vaping is a major public health concern, and here’s why:As I mentioned earlier, vaping is a gateway drug. Youth who start with using vaping devices are more likely to eventually become cigarette users as well.There is concern about the effects of nicotine on the developing adolescent brain, especially the part responsible for regulating attention and judgment.We know that smoking among adolescents is associated with impaired attention, working memory and ability to concentrate. Nicotine is thought to be the cause of these problems.There are studies that support smoking as a risk factor for an impaired cognitive function later in life.Nicotine addiction is incredibly hard to break. Kids could be setting up a habit they may struggle with for the rest of their lives.Another point of note is that many—if not most—e-cigs products are sponsored by big tobacco companies. These companies are interested in maintaining their market share, and in my opinion, they’re not too concerned about whether their market is people who vape people who smoke cigarettes or both.We—parents, doctors, society—should be concerned about the use of flavors, such as bubble gum, cotton candy, ‘frutti tutti’ and other tastes that are clearly used to entice young people into using these products.One of my favorite expert authors on the subject of tobacco, vaping, and marketing of such products is Dr. Stanton Glantz who is a professor of medicine at UCSF.In his writings, Dr. Glantz points out that the FDA has been relatively ineffective in limiting the use and protecting children from e-cigs. He strongly recommends that local communities create ordinances to restrict uthe se of these products. (This strategy has worked well in California.) Taxation of vaping products can also reduce rates of youth vaping. It’s been proven to work with traditional tobacco products.Dr. Glantz has published multiple articles about the marketing of vaping products. Here is one of particular interest:, Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies has published a recent article, With the Jury Out on Vaping, Clinicians Pause to Identify the Cons of E-Cigarettes. The article discusses key social factors that influence adolescent e-cigarette use, along with significant statistics regarding this issue in the United States. Also highlighted is how e-cigarettes are often a gateway to tobacco use.To learn more Here are some additional websites to help explain the basics of e-cigarettes and the health effects of smoking and/or vaping: FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Are E-Cigarettes/Vaping “Better” Than Regular Cigarettes?David Ryon, MDDeaconess Pulmonary & Critical Care11/09/2018As a doctor specializing in lung diseases, I have seen the negative outcomes that result from smoking and tobacco use. I also know that patients, who are trying so hard to quit, often begin using e-cigs, vaping devices, etc. instead of cigarettes. Many patients ask me if “vaping” is a better option than cigarettes.last_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare YESTERYEAR-DOWNTOWN EVANSVILLE  STREET, 1949Business boomed in Evansville in the post-war years, and Main Street was still the city’s most important commercial hub. This picture shows the 200 block of Main, looking towards Third Street. In the foreground at left are the Carlton Hotel and a sign for the WJPS radio studio; on the right are numerous clothing stores and Hermann’s Candy Company. In the background, the tall Citizens Bank building (right) and Old National Bank.FOOTNOTE: We want to thank Patricia Sides,  Archivist of Willard Library  for contributing  this picture that shall increase people’s awareness and appreciation of Evansville’s rich history.  If you have any  historical pictures of Vanderburgh County or Evansville please contact please contact Patricia Sides,  Archivist Willard Library at 812) 425-4309, ext. 114 or e-mail her at read more

Operation Groundhog nets several drug-related arrests in Kosciusko County

first_imgDerek Charles Krichbaum, 36, of Warsaw Charge: Probation Violation $5,250 surety and cash bond Previous articleAutomatic tickets for work zone violations proposed in IndianaNext articleWeekend winter storm expected to drop several inches of snow on Michiana Brian Davis Joshua Brant Hawthorne, 40, of Winona Lake Charge: Visiting a Common Nuisance $400 cash bond By Brian Davis – January 29, 2021 0 271 Google+ Amanda Joy Justice, 37, of Claypool Charge: Visiting a Common Nuisance $400 cash bond Pinterest Facebook Daniel Byron Slone, Junior, 34, of Warsaw Charge: Possession of Methamphetamine $5,250 surety and cash bond Twitter Christopher Dwight Spangle, 35, of Warsaw Charge: Visiting a Common Nuisance $400 cash bond Cassandra Kay Secor, 31, of Warsaw Charges: Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Obstruction of Justice $30,500 surety and cash bond Joshua Lee Herr, 40, of Nappanee Charge: Visiting a Common Nuisance $400 cash bond Brandon Lee Warren, 42, of Warsaw Charges: Two Counts Dealing Methamphetamine, Failure to Appear $41,200 surety and cash bond The defendant’s charge (arrest) is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) 43 is a collaborative law enforcement unit, consisting of officers from the Warsaw and Winona Lake Police Departments, the Indiana State Police and the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office. If you have information on suspicious drug activity, drug trafficking, or drug suspects; please contact NET43 at [email protected] or by telephone at 574-372-2494. Ashly Danielle Johnson, 30, of Warsaw Charge: Visiting a Common Nuisance $400 cash bond Facebook Andrew Taylor, 31, of Syracuse Charge: Visiting a Common Nuisance $400 cash bond WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Google+ Robert Keith Powell, 30, of Warsaw Charge: Possession of Methamphetamine $5,250 surety and cash Operation Groundhog nets several drug-related arrests in Kosciusko County Nicholas Andrew Irvine, 28, of Warsaw Charge: Possession of Methamphetamine $10,250 surety and cash bond Lowell Kenneth Collins, 54, of Warsaw Charge: Visiting a Common Nuisance $400 cash bond Nicholas Scott Stahl, 30, of Etna Green Charge: Visiting a Common Nuisance $400 cash bond Haleigh Renae Johnson, 28, of Pierceton Charges: Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia $5,250 surety and cash bond Larry Ellis Konkle, 53, of Warsaw Charge: Possession of Methamphetamine $5,250 surety and cash bond Nicole Rae Pearson, 31, of Warsaw Charge: Visiting a Common Nuisance $400 cash bond Bryan David Trager, 57, of Warsaw Charge: Maintaining a Common Nuisance $5,250 surety and cash bond Twitter (Carli Luca/95.3 MNC) 21 people have been arrested after a massive narcotics sweep in Kosciusko County.The Sheriff’s Department says after several months of covert surveillance and undercover operations conducted by NET43, multiple people were incarcerated on numerous charges and what officials call high-priority arrest warrants. Narcotics and firearms were also seized in the raids.Arrested: Michael Andres Catalan, 22, of Warsaw Charge: Dealing Marijuana $5,250 surety and cash bond William Paul Clutter, 41, of North Webster Charges: Two Counts Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia $10,500 surety and cash bond Pinterest Kira Margaret Tuttle, 38, of Columbia, IN Charges: Two counts Possession of Methamphetamine, Manufacturing Paraphernalia $15,500 surety and cash bond WhatsApplast_img read more

Press release: Young consumers give boost to legal downloading and streaming

first_img The variety of legitimate services now available to consumers is extraordinary and our world-leading creative industries have made great strides in meeting the demands of viewers and fans, so there really is no excuse for the ongoing use of illegal services. Today’s findings are a positive step forward in stamping out online copyright infringement, but we cannot afford to be complacent. We are committed to tackling piracy and helping this vibrant sector go from strength to strength through our Creative Industries Sector Deal, a major part of our modern Industrial Strategy. Note to editors made commitments through the Industrial Strategy Creative Industry Sector Deal Eddy Leviten, Director General of the Alliance for Intellectual Property, added: British IP Day is a celebration of the creativity that brings great products, brands, design and content to consumers worldwide. Today we are taking that message to Parliament and ensuring that MPs across the political spectrum understand the need to protect IP and support creators of all kinds. The OCI Tracker is a valuable measure of progress in the UK in the use of legitimate content services but piracy levels remain at one quarter of the population, which is still far too high. The government is taking action to tackle online copyright infringement through a range of activities: in a unique partnership with UK Music, launched Music Inc in 2013, an app to give gamers an insight into the modern music industry as well as education them on aspects of copyright Key findings from the OCI tracker include: the UK has a lower overall infringement rate (25% of online content consumers) than both Canada (26%) and Australia (38%) levels of infringement varied by content type. TV programmes recorded the highest levels of infringement (23% amongst consumers of TV), with music (18%) and films (19%). Whereas infringement of software has decreased from 26% in 2017 to 20% this year. Infringement of sports content was 21% an increase in the share of consumers citing convenience, quality and fears of viruses/malware/spyware as reasons for choosing paid for services over free services 65% of those who consumed any of the six key content types during the past three months paid for at least some of it (an increase from 60% in 2017), this is partly due to increased spend on subscription services amongst infringers there was a decline in the use of BitTorrent software (from 11% of infringers in 2017 to 7% this year), while the use of Kodi remained relatively unchanged (used by 12% of infringers) infringement levels down 7% points from 2015 for 16 to 24 year olds decrease of 5% points in the use of illegal services since 2013 joint funding with DCMS for the Creative Content UK campaign, Get it Right from a Genuine Sitecenter_img IPO funding of over £7.5 million for the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit in 2015 launched a portal for free IP and copyright education resources from the IPO and industry including the Industry Trust, UK Music and ALCS launched a new series of Nancy & the Meerkats to encourage children to think about ownership of IP, whether music, video or information on the web worked with Industry to fund a campaign fronted by Crime Stoppers to raise awareness of the risks involved in using illicit streaming devices continuing to work with search engines and copyright owners to ensure that copyright infringing websites are removed from the front page of search results. The Alliance and its members are active participants in the Sector Deal roundtables which can help to drive down piracy and counterfeiting and allow genuine content and goods to flourish. We look forward to working collaboratively to achieve concrete results.”Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Nick Court of the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Department (PIPCU) said: It is encouraging to hear that consumers are favouring subscription streaming services and that illegal streaming is becoming less attractive, especially to the young. Digital piracy is a problem that has a number of risks associated with it, including enabling children to watch inappropriate content, and we continue to encourage people to use legitimate services in order to avoid falling victim to such risks. We are hopeful that the younger consumers who are using these legitimate services will lead the way in encouraging all users to do the same. While overall levels of piracy remain the same compared to 2017, there has been a drop in illegal activity by some groups. This is especially true amongst young consumers, with over half of 16 to 24 year olds now paying to access at least one subscription service.The latest figures, from the Online Copyright Infringement (OCI) tracker, are published on British IP Day. The annual tracker measures the level of online copyright infringement in the UK. The UK has led the way in measuring online copyright infringement in this way with Australia, and more recently Canada, using the same method.Sam Gyimah, Minister for IP, launched the report at the Alliance for IP British IP Day event. He said: The UK survey was funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and was undertaken by Kantar Media. The survey was conducted between March and May 2018. It’s the eighth wave of a large-scale consumer tracking study into the extent of online copyright infringement, as well as wide digital behaviours and attitudes, among people ages 12+ in the UK.last_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Name the 2016 Oscar Nominees You’d Like to See on Broadway

first_imgThe staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. When the Oscar nominations came out earlier this week, all we could think of was which of the acting nominees we want to see on Broadway (or back on Broadway). Whether it’s the Broadway-bound Saoirse Ronan, Tony winners Eddie Redmayne and Bryan Cranston, three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance or the gaggle of movie stars who have never been on the Great White Way, there is a lot of talent we’d love to see on stage. As we process all of this awesome fantasy casting, we asked you to rank the 2016 Oscar noms you want to come (back) to Broadway on News Reporter/Resident Emoji Expert Ryan McPhee kicked off this new challenge with his top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! View Commentslast_img read more

Drug Trafficking Grows In Peru, Newspaper Says

first_imgBy Dialogo August 05, 2009 Drug trafficking has grown in Peru to the extent that revenues from cocaine exports total some $22 billion, equivalent to 17 percent of gross domestic product, the business daily Gestion reported. Peru’s drug czar, Romulo Pizarro, estimates that foreign drug cartels’ earnings from peddling Peruvian cocaine have risen by $3.8 billion since 2004, the newspaper said. The problem “is inside our borders and appears set to grow,” Pizarro, who heads Peru’s Devida anti-drug agency, said Tuesday. This figure is not only equivalent to 17 percent of GDP, which totaled $127 billion in 2008, but it is bigger than any legitimate sector of the economy, according to Economy and Finance Ministry figures, Gestion said, noting that manufacturing accounts for 16 percent of national output. A U.N. study released in June said Peru, where 56,000 hectares (138,271 acres) are planted with coca, produced 36 percent of the cocaine in the world in 2008. Of the total cocaine produced in Peru, some 60 percent was exported to the United States and Europe, 35 percent to Asia and the remainder to various countries in Latin America, analyst Jaime Antezana told Gestion. While a kilo of cocaine goes for $1,500 in Lima, a gram of the drug fetches at least $100 in New York and $172 in Europe. Drug trafficking also harms the domestic economy because it drives down the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar due to the large supply of the currency, economist Cesar Peñaranda said in a column published by Gestion. “This money increases the risk of corruption, so it distorts the functioning of the market,” Peñaranda said.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events Feb. 5 – 11

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Disruption: Create or AdaptTEDxMelville, an independently organized TEDx event, is a daylong forum that features 10 thought leaders and innovators who plan to speak on the impact of disruption on society from the business owner to the consumer to the individual on areas and industries ranging from wearable technology to art, communications, entrepreneurship and more. RXR Realty Conference Center, 58 South Service Rd., Melville. $99. 9 a.m. Feb. 5.Girls With GuitarsBeauty and virtuosity combine in this universe-shattering melding of sizzlin’ songs and thermonuclear gorgeousness so searingly spectacular it will melt not just attendees’ ears and hearts but their very souls. Seven of the hottest women in country music today—Maddie & Tae, RaeLynn, Lauren Alaina, Katie Armiger, Kelsea Ballerini and Kristy Lee Cook—will simply set this stage aflame as they perform hit after hit after hit from their respective arsenals. Bring some fire extinguishers. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. $20. 7 p.m. Feb. 5.Amy HelmAmy Helm will be dropping her first solo album this spring, but don’t wait until then to hear the soulful sounds that this talented musician can produce. Helm, adept at both gospel and blues, founded the band Ollabelle, and is the daughter of famed musician Levon Helm. But she has walked her own path, one that leads her to Long Island as part of her nationwide tour and eventually to her long-awaited solo album. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $35-$40. 8 p.m. Feb. 5. Bryan GalloLong Island-native Bryan Gallo is a veteran of the local music scene. The singer/songwriter, who has performed at a number of the top music venues on the Island as well as several notable events, recently released his debut album, The Party Guest. Gallo is as passionate as they come. See for yourself why he has become such a popular figure among LI musicians. Opening the show are Chris Connolly, Quarter Horse and Butchers Blind. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue $10. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6.Borgo PassThese guys know how to rock—and spread the New York sludge core. Borgo Pass, a metal band from Long Island, has garnered worldwide attention and has quickly amassed a devoted following. Their shows are powerful and relentless, and best of all, unpredictable. Inspired by ‘60s and ‘70s hard rock/metal, Borgo Pass has infused a more modern influence into its unique, one-of-a-kind style. Warming up the crowd are local hellraisers John  Wilkes Booth, .49 Grain, VonHell and The Hard Way. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $10, $12 DOS. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6.Lisa LampanelliThis is one comedian that doesn’t hold back. Lisa Lampanelli, aka “The Queen of Mean,” is not afraid to push a few buttons in her quest to insult anyone—especially celebrities—with a pulse. Seriously, no one is safe. Get ready for some cringe-inducing jokes, spiked with an extra shot of attitude and moxie. Lampanelli has performed at the top comedy clubs in the country and her comedy specials have aired on a number of cable TV networks, including HBO and Comedy Central. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.75-$63.25. 8 p.m. Feb. 6.Robin Zander BandThis dedicated band, fronted by Cheap Trick singer and rhythm guitar madman (yes) Robin Zander, lives and breathes rock. This merry band of music maniacs boast decades of individual experience, and have been friends for years, united in their love of delivering show-stopping rock and roll fury at each and every live gig they perform. These guys leave it all out on the stage and take no prisoners. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $50-$55. 8 p.m. Feb. 6.Scars on 45Scars on 45 is a English indie rock band who got a big break in the States when CSI: New York ran their song “Beauty’s Running Wild” and Grey’s Anatomy featured their tune “Heart on Fire.” But their first real break came years before that, when Danny Bemrose broke his foot playing soccer, ending his professional career prematurely, and compelling him to have a ball making music with his friend Stuart Nichols. Soon they were joined by David “Nova” Nowakowski on piano and keyboards. Then one day Nova was hanging out with his college classmate Aimee Driver, the story goes, when she suddenly chimed in on a Cure song from the kitchen where she was making tea. He convinced her to join the band so she could harmonize with Bemrose. It’s worked out well with their earnest artistry and pop purity reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and Coldplay. The band got their name from reading an interview with Emmylou Harris, who said her dad used to scold her for listening to his record collection and “getting scars on his 45s.” These Brits have probably already logged more miles hitting the highways of America than many Americans alive today ever will! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. $25. 8 p.m. Feb. 6.Black ViolinArmed with a viola and a violin, this South Florida twosome, Wilner “Wil-B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, take Bach’s “Brandenburg” uptown to meet the backbeat of the South Bronx. They freely blend the highbrow and the hoedown, with jazz, r&b and folk to boot. This dynamic duo has dazzled bigwigs at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball, bedazzled audiences on Broadway, where they had 16 sold-out shows last November at the New Victory Theater, and invigorated venues ranging from the Apollo in Harlem to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin. As Wil-B explains, “You’ve got the classic music and the hip-hop, the mother and the father, and they kind of run the thing!” Indeed they do. It’s an amazing running music machine that bridges genres and generations. Once they joined Alicia Keyes on the Billboard Awards show in 2005, they never looked back. As Kev explains, “It takes 10 years to become an overnight sensation!” Get strung out on Black Violin! Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. $25. 8 p.m. Feb. 6.Hops and PropsMore than 100 craft beers from the ever-growing number of microbreweries on Long Island, plus a selection of suds from around the world—all under the roof of the museum dedicated to the region’s rich history in flight. Come support your local brewers, one pint at a time! VIP hour starts an hour earlier than the event. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City. $65-$95. 7 p.m. Feb. 7.Edgar WinterEdgar’s music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop. From his critically acclaimed 1970 debut release, Entrance, he has demonstrated his unique style and ability to cross the genre lines and do the unexpected. With more than 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. He continues to thrill audiences with his live performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. The Suffolk Theatre, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $50. 8 p.m. Feb. 7.The Yannis Pappas ShowThe hilarious young up-and-coming comic Yannis Pappas grew up in Brooklyn, went to high school in Manhattan and college in Washington, D.C. Perhaps best known for his work on VH1’s Best Week Ever and currently co-anchor of the satirical news show, Fusion Live, he’s also done standup, off-Broadway and Comedy Central. His collaborative videos with his pal Jesse Scaturro on Ditch Films is a YouTube sensation. Yes, he’s got the Greeks in his pocket—one of his best characters is Mr. Panos, a helluva Hellenic booster who owns the fictitious Baby Socrates Diner in Queens—but Pappas is hard to pigeon-hole. Another character he does is Maurica Rodriguez, a pre-op transsexual Puerto Rican from the Lower East Side looking for a husband from Westchester to help “her” complete herself. Race relations, sexual relationships, celebrity couplings, and economic uncouplings, all topics are fair game in the fertile imagination of Yannis Pappas. Genius! Charisma! That’s what we’re talking about! Featuring Mr. Panos and Maurica. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $30-$35. 7 p.m., 10 p.m. Feb. 7.Hannibal BurrisThis cool comedian from Chicago is also an actor, a writer, a musician and a magician, as well as the co-host, if you can call it that, on The Eric Andre Show, which occupies the deep end of Adult Swim. He’s riffed on The Late Show about flicking pickle juice from his fingers to flavor his ham sandwiches and recently he’s been jiving jocosely with the talented pair of funny women on Comedy Central’s Broad City. Burris has been seen on 30 Rock and in Zac Efron’s Neighbors. He’s totally wack. No lamb is not sacrificed, no goat escapes scalping, no ox goes ungored. And when Burris brought up the multiple sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, this no-holds-barred, deceptively laid-back comic in glasses made national news as his routine went viral. What Burris does is always catching somebody off guard—and that’s a good thing. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $25-$35. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. Feb. 6.Monster JamGrave Digger, Carolina Crusher, El Toro Loco, Mohawk Warrio, Bounty Hunter, Iron Outlaw, Aftershock and Krazy Train are in town to crush as many cars as possible. Who will win the donut contest? Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. $15-$59.85. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 2 p.m. Feb. 8.Remembering Things PastAn opening reception for an exhibit that features foreign-born artists working in America, those featured in this magical exhibition all came to the States at different stages in their lives and incorporate past interests, memories, and experiences of their home country into their artwork. The variety of their forms and subject matter reflect the uniqueness of their experiences. Through March 29. Islip Art Museum, Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Hall, East Islip. Free. 1 p.m. Feb. 8.Akiko KobayashiThis New York-born violinist is an enthusiastic solo and chamber music player, noted by the IBLA Grand Prize Competition for her “remarkably precise and honest playing, with no artificial effects” and The Boston Musical Intelligencer as “excellent…top-notch.” Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Hway., Great River. $5. 2 p.m. Feb. 8.Harmony for HopeCurrent Affair and Play Back perform at this fundraiser for the AMT Children of Hope Foundation Baby Safe Haven charity, an extraordinary cause. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh $45. 3 p.m. Feb. 8.African Diaspora: Music and Dance in the Old and New WorldsThe audience will experience West African drumming and dancing; South African choral music; concert music by African, Latin American and African-American composers; and Cubop (Cuban bebop) and Calypso dances for Big Band choreographed by Mickey Davidson. Highlights include performances by Hofstra student musicians and dancers; ensembles from Hempstead and Uniondale High Schools; and invited guest artists, including the internationally acclaimed Imani Winds, a woodwind quintet dedicated to bridging European, American, African and Latin American musical traditions. John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. $12. 5 p.m. Feb. 8.The Ken Kresge Jazz TrioMusic from Gershwin and Porter, Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis, to Broadway and beyond. Beautiful vocals and instrumentation all wrapped into one night of amazing music! Ken Kresge has performed for live audiences around the world and was a past winner of the Michelob Jazz Search. Not to be missed! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. $45. 7 p.m. Feb. 8.Black Veil BridesInspired by ’80s glam hair metal bands Motley Crue and Kiss, Black Veil Brides are a makeup and glitter-filled tour de force. With rockin’ guitar licks and an arena-rock vibe, these cats won’t disappoint their huge and staunch fan base looking for retro-rock fun. With Memphis May Fire & Ghost Town. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$45. 7:15 p.m. Feb. 8.Interplay Jazz OrchestraThis will be one special gig when the Interplay Jazz Orchestra celebrates the 40th birthday of their co-director Gary Henderson! They are the only local big band that plays all original compositions written by its members. A live performance is simply a must as the band weaves it magical chemistry to entertain audiences with swinging interludes. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. $10. 7 p.m. Feb. 8. Sunset BoulevardJoin Foster Hirsch–the “Dean of Film Noir”–for the 65th anniversary of the ultimate Hollywood Noir. Arguably the greatest movie about Hollywood, Billy Wilder’s masterpiece stars Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Erich Von Stroheim. Cinema Arts Cerntre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10 members, $15 public. 7 p.m. Feb. 9.Local HAlternative rock duo Scott Lucas and Joe Daniels bring their guitar, drum, and vocalist-driven sound from their hometown in Zion, Illinois to Long Island. Fans will appreciate their always creative, always energetic live show the band keeps packed with audience participatory surprises. Will they rock out on classic crowd-pleaser “Eddie Vedder”? Only one way to find out! With opening acts The Glazzies and Nifty Breed. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $15, $17 DOS. 7 p.m. Feb. 10.Nigel BarkerThis accomplished fashion photographer (who looks like the model he once was) was blasted into pop culture infamy as a longtime panelist on Tyra Banks’ reality-competition show America’s Next Top Model and is now the host of the Oxygen network’s reality show The Face. Barker will be signing his newest book Models of Influence, which features 50 influential models spanning the past 75 years in stunning photography, with discussions on each model’s impact on the presiding culture of their era. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. Feb. 11.Filth BombsCalling all punks! Calling all punks! Punk night is here to declare that “Punk is not dead!” Local three-piece punk outfit Filth Bombs headline this badass show that aims to revive what they call on Twitter “Long Island’s dying punk scene.” Will there be an endless barrage of power chords? Yes! Will there be anti-authoritative lyrics, anarchist rants, an endless supply of beer and jaded attendees wearing sleeveless Ramones T-shirts, Converse All Stars and bondage pants? Most likely. Will there be chaos, fury and unity among fellow punk rockers? Most definitely! With Nonsense and Bad Head. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $10, $12 DOS. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11.John PizziHilarity, magic and bizarre, talking wooden puppets combine in the comedic tour de force that is Pizzi, who’s been leaving audience members across the country in stitches with his knee-slapping brand of standup and ventriloquism. Armed with his jokes and a small army of characters, get ready for laughs that’ll continue long after this must-see appearance! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. $45. 8 p.m. Feb. 11.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian, Jaime Franchi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III.last_img read more

AMiERY Simple Lounge Pants Hit So Many No. 1 Marks on Amazon

first_imgGet the AMiERY Women’s Comfy Casual Pajama Pants for prices starting at just $17, available on Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 12, 2020, but are subject to change.These AMiERY pants are up for grabs in a wide range of prints and solid shades that will easily match your personality. You can pick between florals, animal prints, stripes, polka dots and so much more! If we’re being real with you, we plan to rock these lounge pants every day — and will only be taking them off when a formal occasion is on the calendar!See it: Get the AMiERY Women’s Comfy Casual Pajama Pants for prices starting at just $17, available on Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 12, 2020, but are subject to change.Not what you’re looking for? Check out more styles from AMiERY and shop all of the clothing, shoes and jewelry available on Amazon! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at [email protected] Happy shopping! – Advertisement – These pants from AMiERY are a major bestseller on Amazon — and not just in one category. They nabbed the top spot in the sleepwear section and in two different women’s pants pages. But what exactly makes them so fantastic? For starters, the fabric featured is ultra-lightweight and the material has ample amounts of stretch to it. That’s the first thing so many reviewers note about these pants in their testimonials, so it was only fair to share with the class.Shoppers also love the fit of these pants. They sit right at the hips and have an adjustable drawstring in the waistband, which is likely one of the reasons these have been suitable for over 20,000 proud owners. The pant legs fit on the loose side and flare out, which creates a comfortable, relaxed silhouette!AMiERY Women's Comfy Casual Pajama PantsAMiERY Women’s Comfy Casual Pajama Pants AmazonSee it!- Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.We know we talk about loungewear a lot, but it’s for good reason. Has there ever been a time in history that society has embraced sweats and baggy tees as much as right now? You already know why it’s been all about loungewear for the past eight months or so, especially if you’re still living the work-from-home lifestyle.- Advertisement – With hunkering down on the horizon and the weather getting increasingly cooler, we’re ready to restock our collection with some comfy pants. There are plenty of options out there, but we found a pair on Amazon that we absolutely couldn’t ignore!AMiERY Women's Comfy Casual Pajama PantsAMiERY Women’s Comfy Casual Pajama Pants AmazonSee it!Get the AMiERY Women’s Comfy Casual Pajama Pants for prices starting at just $17, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 12, 2020, but are subject to change.- Advertisement –last_img read more

China threatens countermeasures as Taiwan prepares for US visit

first_img“China will take strong countermeasures in response to the US behavior,” Wang said, referring to Azar’s visit.While he gave no details, China last month said it would impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin for involvement in US arms sales to Taiwan.Taiwan has batted away China’s criticism, saying Beijing has no right to comment.Washington broke off official ties with Taipei in 1979 in favor of Beijing. The Trump administration has made strengthening its support for the democratic island a priority, and boosted arms sales. China on Thursday threatened to take countermeasures over a trip to Taiwan by US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, as the Chinese-claimed island geared up for its highest-level US official visit in four decades.The visit, which begins on Sunday, adds to tensions between Beijing and Washington over everything from trade and human rights to the novel coronavirus pandemic. China calls Taiwan the most sensitive and important issue in its bilateral ties with the United States.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a daily briefing in Beijing that any attempt to deny or challenge the “one China” principle, which states that Taiwan is part of China, would end in failure. Azar, who is scheduled to meet President Tsai Ing-wen, is coming to strengthen economic and public health cooperation with Taiwan, and support Taiwan’s international role in fighting the pandemic.Taiwan is locked out of most global agencies, such as the World Health Organization, due to the objections of China, which views the island as a Chinese province that is not entitled to any of the rights that statehood confers.Taiwan Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang said Azar and members of the US delegation would be tested for coronavirus before leaving for Taiwan, and again upon entry at the airport.Only if they are negative will they be allowed in.”They must wear masks at all times,” Chuang said.”There are rules on where they can go,” he added, saying that Taiwan’s often-crowded night markets would not be on the list for private visits.The members of the US delegation will also have to maintain social distancing when meeting government officials, Chuang said, adding they would use dedicated elevators “to avoid any risks”.Taiwan has won praise for its steps to control the coronavirus, including strict border quarantine controls and the widespread wearing of masks, which have won broad public support.It has reported 477 cases of the coronavirus and seven deaths. Most cases have been imported, and only a small number of people remain in hospital or isolation.The United States has had more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other country, and the wearing of masks has become a heated political issue, with some people objecting to what they see as an infringement of personal freedom.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Former college student arrested over ‘bondage mummification’, sexual assault

first_imgAt least three people have reported Gilang to the police. Officers have questioned them and several other witnesses and raided his rooming house to collect some of his belongings as evidence, Aris said.Gilang is currently in the custody of the Surabaya Police to be questioned intensively over the allegations, he added.Read also: Surabaya student investigated for so-called ‘sexual mummification’ of multiple victimsThe case gained nationwide attention recently after several victims took to Twitter to share their accounts of being tricked by Gilang into performing an act known as “bondage mummification” under the pretense of academic research. The police in Surabaya, East Java, have detained a former student of Airlangga University (Unair) alleged to have sexually assaulted multiple victims after tricking them into helping him to do academic “research”.The suspect, identified only as Gilang, was apprehended on Thursday in Kapuas, Central Kalimantan, with the cooperation of local police personnel, the head of Surabaya Police’s mobile detective unit, First. Insp. Aris Risky, said.”[Gilang] was transported to Surabaya this morning after undergoing a COVID-19 rapid test in Kapuas Regional General Hospital,” Aris said as quoted by on Friday. One user with the handle @m_fikris wrote that he and his friend agreed to participate in Gilang’s thesis “research” about “wrapping” in July after Gilang persistently begged him, saying he was at risk of failing his studies for not finishing his thesis. Gilang was in his fifth year of university.Gilang sent instructions for @m_fikris and his friend to take turns covering each other’s bodies, including their mouths and eyes, with duct tape. He also instructed them to wrap their bodies in jarik (traditional Javanese cloth) and later asked them to record the process and to send him the footage afterward.Another victim who spoke to The Jakarta Post said that when they were both university freshmen, Gilang had drugged him, covered his entire body with a blanket, and groped him when he was sleeping at Gilang’s rooming house after a university event in 2015. “I confronted [Gilang] the next day, and he admitted all his actions,” said the victim.On Wednesday, Unair announced that it had officially expelled Gilang from the university’s School of Cultural Sciences as its investigation had found that he had committed sexual assaults on the victims. (nal)Topics :last_img read more