02Mar/21

Electron And Tom Hamilton’s American Babies Take On New York [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Load remaining images Last night, Electron and Tom Hamilton’s American Babies took to New York City, where they played the Highline Ballroom. The show, originally scheduled for the B.B. King Blues Club took over the new venue, with the American Babies putting on a stellar set to get the crowd primed and ready for Electron’s headlining the performance. The supergroup, composed of the Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner, Lotus’ Mike Greenfield, and Tom Hamilton of the American Babies and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and branded as “The best band that doesn’t exist,” lived up to the hype they’ve steadily built despite the scarcity of times the group has been able to come together to perform. You can check out photos from last night show below, courtesy of Stephen Olker and Andrew Blackstein.last_img read more

02Mar/21

Mike Gordon Releases “Mike’s Feb/Mar 2018 Faves” Playlist

first_imgPhish bassist Mike Gordon has released a new playlist, “Mike’s Feb/Mar 2018 Faves”, comprised of Mike’s favorite jams from his 2018 west coast tour. The playlist is now available via LivePhish for LivePhish App subscribers. Joined by his regular touring outfit consisting of guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist/organist Robert Walter, drummer John Kimock, and percussionist Craig Myers, Gordon and his quintet hit the road hard in 2018, releasing a plethora of new music and debuting unique covers.The playlist opens up with “Pendulum” and a cover of Tower Of Power’s “You Strike My Main Nerve”, two cuts from February 10th, 2019 at Portland, OR’s Wonder Ballroom. A trio of tracks from Gordon’s February 11th show at Stateline, NV’s Montbleu Resort Casino come next, with originals “Up And Down” and “Long Black Line”, along with the second “You Strike My Main Nerve” cover included in the playlist. Mike includes 3 more tracks off 2017’s OGOGO with “Go Away”, “Victim”, and “Whirlwind”, as well as covers of Rancid’s “Ruby Soho”, Max Creek’s “Just A Rose”, Jon Cleary’s “Got To Be More Careful”, and more.Mike Gordon and his ensemble are gearing up for their upcoming 2019 winter tour, which will begin on Friday, March 8th at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse before makings stops at Asheville, NC’s The Orange Peel on March 9th and Nashville, TN’s The Basement East on March 10th. The tour will continue March 12th with a performance at Charleston, SC’s Charleston Music Hall before the band heads north with stops at Rocky Mount, VA’s Harvester Performance Center (March 13th); Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club (March 15th); Asbury Park, NJ’s Asbury Lanes (March 16th); Jersey City, NJ’s White Eagle Hall (March 17th); and Buffalo, NY’s Town Ballroom(March 19th). Mike Gordon and his band will wrap up the tour with a special four-night run at Cambridge, MA’s The Sinclair from Thursday, March 21st through Sunday, March 24th.For more information on ticketing and upcoming tour dates, head to Mike Gordon’s website here.“Mike’s Feb/Mar 2018 Faves” Tracklisting:1. “Pendulum” – Portland, OR – 2/10/182. “You Strike My Main Nerve” – Portland, OR – 2/10/183. “Up And Down” – Stateline, NV – 2/11/184. “Long Black Line” – Stateline, NV – 2/11/185. “You Strike My Main Nerve” – Stateline, NV – 2/11/186. “Just A Rose” – Santa Cruz, CA – 2/12/187. “Ruby Soho” – Santa Cruz, CA – 2/12/188. “Go Away” – Los Angeles, CA – 2/16/189. “Yarmouth Road” – Los Angeles, CA – 2/17/1810. “Victim” – Los Angeles, CA – 2/17/1811. “Whirlwind” – Phoenix, AZ – 2/21/1812. “Trapezoidal Sunshine” – Brooklyn, NY – 3/10/1813. “Got To Be More Careful” – Brooklyn, NY – 3/10/1814. “Noon To Noon” – Albany, NY – 3/11/18View Tracklistinglast_img read more

26Jan/21

Panel encourages reform of civil society

first_imgPartisan politics went under the microscope Monday evening as the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) hosted the first event in a series of seminars, titled “From Battleground to Common Ground,” featuring an interdisciplinary analysis of the state of American political discourse. Rosie McDowell, director of International Community-Based Learning Outreach at the CSC and organizer of the discussion panel said the CSC wants to focus its efforts this year on encouraging civic engagement. “The CSC theme for the year urges active participation in civil society according to individual talents, visions and vocations,” McDowell said. English professor John Duffy said American civil society is in a state of crisis. “We are at a time in our public discourse where there is no agreement on fact, no criteria for expression of language, how to govern or decide what is appropriate or how to use similes, metaphors and other figures of speech,” Duffy said.  “Nor do we save a place for deliberative discourse, where participants can acknowledge uncertainty and that they might be wrong … Instead what we see are assertions and counter-assertions hurled back and forth – that is what I consider the crisis of public argument.” Duffy said the public discourse has created a charged atmosphere. “Toxic public rhetoric is a fact of everyday life,” Duffy said.  “It is a form of entertainment, it is a corporate product that is bought and sold.” Political science and peace studies professor David Philpott said this toxicity is emblematic of the increased polarization in American politics. “Polarization technically does not mean nastiness, it means that opinions are distributed far to the left and to the right,” Philopott said.  “Whatever [explanation] one likes, it is clear that our political discourse has gotten nastier and far more mean spirited.” Philpott said clearly drawing the line between religion and politics has become only more complicated in the modern civil discourse. “Much liberal enlightenment is premised on the idea that good politics is secular politics … and making an appeal to religion is problematic,” Philpott said.  “But, secularism can be highly divisive as well; nastiness is hardly confined to the religious, it’s found among religious and secular alike.” In this atmosphere, the challenge to maintain an open mind has only intensified, Philpott said. “Another proposal is to maintain a healthy sense of doubt and skepticism… too often the virtue of doubt is made only to the position the recommender does not find persuasive, not to the recommender’s own position,” Philpott said. Margaret Pfeil, professor of theology, said Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris suggests a framework capable of building a more balanced discourse.  This document reflects the attitudes Pope John XXIII exhibited during his lifetime, she said. “Pope John XXIII acted as an intermediary speaking with both [former leader of the Soviet Union Nikita] Khrushchev and the Kennedy administration during the height of the conflict,” Pfeil said.  “In this situation he gave primary importance to the dignity of each person involved rather than to the ideological issues at stake … this enabled him to win even Khrushchev’s trust because Khrushchev knew that he respected the dignity of all of the Soviet citizens, of all the citizens of the world.” This universal respect allows for cross-factional discourse, she said. “John XXIII’s appeal to peace through respect for human dignity offers room for common dialogue … it might be asked whose voices are heard [in the dialogue], and if there are elements of truth and participation in determining the common good,” Pfeil said.  “This is something to consider as we mark the anniversary of September 11th [Tuesday], what it would look like for love to reign instead of fear.” Philpott said acknowledgement of universal dignity will be a necessary component to any solution. “The broader restoration of the right relationship requires the struggle that respects the dignity of the opponent and seeks to find what is right to her own position, to perhaps amount to a fuller synthesis of justice,” Philpott said. A less caustic political climate will develop when the rhetoric used to engage politically changes, Duffy said.  “I think virtuous discourse has to start in other settings … our politics are so deeply compromised that this will not be possible until there is a popular movement for a better kind of language, and until we model that language we won’t get it from the people who inhabit our public spaces,” Duffy said. Educators and students are responsible for modeling this type of ethical discourse, Duffy said. “In a sense this is a very deep existential crisis that we have, that there is no agreement on fact … this is something we have to work at,” Duffy said. “I was once bemoaning to myself that I don’t know if this was possible or not, but my wife said you wouldn’t be in education if you really believed that.  I think education is where you begin, we need to look very hard at the way we understand our communicative practices.” Duffy said the Notre Dame community is the perfect place to enact this change. “Our task is to pursue knowledge, to ask deep questions,” Duffy said.  “We live a life not all that different from the students in Plato’s academy: incredibly privileged.  The change has to come from people like us who have these opportunities and the capacity to share and spread them.”   Contact Nicole Michels at [email protected]last_img read more

26Jan/21

SMC club hosts ‘Week of Action’ to explore child immigration policy

first_imgLa Fuerza, a club that celebrates Latina culture at Saint Mary’s, organized a “Week of Action” on campus this past week to address pressing issues facing the Latin community, sophomore Maria Hernandez, president of the club, said.Hernandez said the theme of the week was “Into the Unknown: The Immigration Journey of Unaccompanied Minors.” She said she thought this theme was especially important as there was an influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the U.S. from Latin America this past summer.“This was not the first time unaccompanied minors have come to the United States,” Hernandez said. “This has been and will continue to be an ongoing issue within the immigration sphere.“This recent crisis has exposed the many issues within the immigration system. These issues range from humanitarian to political issues — which is why La Fuerza decided to cover this particular issue from a variety of perspectives.”A panel of community members spoke about their experiences with immigration Tuesday, Hernandez said.Jose Alvarez, a senior at Holy Cross, spoke about the experience of his five-year-old cousin, who traveled from Honduras to Mexico via plane and then was sent across the border with ‘coyotes,’ people who smuggle immigrants into the U.S., Hernandez said.Hernandez said it was important for students to hear Alvarez’s story because the audience was able to put a face to the week’s theme of immigration and unaccompanied minors.Alvarez also showed a video of his cousin reuniting with his aunt in the U.S. after the long journey.After the journey, Jose’s cousin said he just wanted to eat pizza, which helped strengthen the audience’s connection to the child, Hernandez said.Throughout Alvarez’s story, there was also a great amount of information about how his cousin was treated while in the custody of the immigration system, Hernandez said.“[Alvarez shared] how his cousin was given one sandwich a day [while in custody] and a thin ‘aluminum foil’ type blanket which did not keep him warm,” she said. “Jose also shared how his cousin had to sign a paper stating he understood his basic rights.”On Wednesday, Fr. Daniel Groody, associate professor of theology and director of immigration initiatives at the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, spoke about his experience working on the border of U.S. and Mexico, Hernandez said.Representatives from Saint Mary’s Republican Club and Democrat Club also engaged in a political debate about immigration Thursday as part of the week’s events, Hernandez said.Overall, the week was designed for students to understand multiple viewpoints about child immigration because there are many injustices surrounding the issue, Hernandez said.“There is a lack of intercultural understanding, which is why we wanted to cover a wide variety of perspectives, because many people have different understandings of this issue,” she said. “We find it necessary to offer all perspectives to tackle this issue, to improve the lives of these children and learn what we can do to ensure their situation gets better.” Tags: Immigration, La Fuerza, unaccompanied minors, Week of Actionlast_img read more

18Jan/21

Jude Law Will Headline Obsession

first_imgJude Law(Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images) We’re a keeping a close eye on this production…with this talent attached, who knows what life it could have after London! Two-time Tony nominee Jude Law is set to lead a stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s film Obsession at the Barbican. Helmed by Ivo Van Hove, a 2016 Tony nominee for directing A View From the Bridge and who is currently represented on Broadway by The Crucible, the show will begin performances on April 19, 2017. Obsession is scheduled to officially open on April 25 and play a limited engagement through May 20.“I’d heard great things about Ivo van Hove and when I saw A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic and then Antigone at the Barbican I knew he was someone I really wanted to have the opportunity to work with,” said Law in a statement. The actor received Tony nods for his work in Hamlet and Indiscretions. On screen Law garnered Oscar nominations for The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain; other film credits include Gattaca, Enemy at the Gates, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Road to Perdition, Alfie, Closer, The Holiday, Contagion, Hugo, Anna Karenina, Side Effects, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes series.Drifter Gino (Law), powerful and graceful as a puma, encounters Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife Giovanna at their roadside restaurant and petrol station. He and Giovanna are so irresistibly attracted to one another they begin an affair while plotting to murder her husband. But the crime does not unite them in this chilling story where passion can lead only to destruction.Visconti’s first feature film, 1943’s Obsession, is based on James M Cain’s novel The Postman Always Rings Twice and gave rise to Italian neorealism, a cinematic movement highlighting the struggles of ordinary people in a time of upheaval.Following Kings of War, Obsession is part of the Van Hove’s residency at the Barbican; additional productions set for the lineup include Roman Tragedies and After the Rehearsal/Persona. View Commentslast_img read more

18Dec/20

Rock Extraterrestrials The Flaming Lips Invade The Space At Westbury

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Psychedelic experimental space-noise rock extraterrestrials the Flaming Lips deploy their intergalactic tractor beam of kaleidoscopic aural supernovae and legendary theatrics at The Space at Westbury on Saturday, March 11 in a mesmerizing show bound for the books of must-attend Long Island concerts.For more than three decades these sonic hellraisers hailing from Oklahoma have been re-writing the rules of rock and roll, melding the realms of music, science fiction and experimentation into the most beautifully bizarre and involuntarily contagious expressions of love and chaos created by earthlings, and continue to be one of the most exciting, electrifying, and magnetic bands in existence.Led by founding members and martian rock masterminds Wayne Coyne on vocals and guitar, bassist Michael Ivins and multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd, the Flaming Lips are as known for their extraordinary live performances as much as their Grammy Award-winning tunes. A Lips show, as any attendee who has ever witnessed one can attest, is anything but ordinary. Giant costumed creatures, smoke, puppets, enigmatic video projections, balloons, copious amounts of confetti, mushrooms, rainbows, gigantic hands that shoot lasers—even a monstrous, translucent man-sized bubble, which Coyne navigates atop the audience—the Flaming Lips literally and figuratively transcend any singular art form and instead transport fans into their own unique world, one beyond comparison and free of labels, stereotypes, or really, any other “concert” experience. Coyne and Drozd’s songwriting might as well be an interdimensional black hole, in that past one layer is an infinite amount of others, all embodying various possibilities explored and shared with audience members via this multi-sensory tapestry of theatrical amplified paint.At the center is an exploding universe of love.Touring in support of their latest foray into the unconventional, this year’s Oczy Mlody (Polish for “Eyes (of the) Young,” the Lips’ 14th studio drop, the band have a vast sea of releases to draw from—with the melodies, time signatures, arrangements and songs as diverse as their album and song titles. Their first, 1986’s noisy, punkish Hear It Is, includes tracks “Jesus Shootin’ Heroin,” Charlie Manson Blues” and “Godzilla Flick.” 1993’s Transmissions from the Satellite Heart contains perhaps the band’s most well-known single, as well as its biggest radio hit, “She Don’t Use Jelly.” 1997’s experimental Zaireeka features eight songs across four CDs, which ideally are to be played simultaneously on separate audio systems to create its intended harmonics. 1999’s The Soft Bulletin and 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots both achieved critical and commercial success and remain fan favorites. Standout tracks from The Soft Bulletin include: “The Spiderbite Song,” “What Is the Light?” (“An Untested Hypothesis Suggesting That the Chemical [In Our Brains] by Which We Are Able to Experience the Sensation of Being in Love Is the Same Chemical That Caused the “Big Bang” That Was the Birth of the Accelerating Universe”), “Waitin’ for a Superman” (“Is It Getting’ Heavy?”) and “Suddenly Everything Has Changed” (“Death Anxiety Caused by Moments of Boredom”). Those from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots include: “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” (Pts. 1 & 2), “It’s Summertime” and “Do You Realize??” the latter also a popular charting single, and ranked #31 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Best Songs of the 2000s.” All that being said, pretty much every single Flaming Lips tune is an amazing, otherworldly entity onto themselves, across various, multi-tiered levels, and in the intimate confines of The Space at Westbury, they and all the aforementioned elements of this mind-bending band combine to create a rock and roll experience guaranteed to be absolutely unforgettable and unquestionably one for the books of epic Long Island concerts.Do not miss this gig. Repeat: Do Not Miss This Gig!! Featured Photo: Psychedelic experimental space rock extraterrestrials the Flaming Lips invade The Space at Westbury on March 11! (Photo: FlamingLips.com)The Flaming Lips destroy The Space at Westbury, at 250 Post Ave. in Westbury, on Saturday, March 11. Opening the show is Clipping. For tickets and more information, visit thespaceatwestbury.comlast_img read more

18Dec/20

Mangano Rebuffs Latest Calls From His Party to Resign After Arrest

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Leaders of the Nassau County Legislature’s majority are calling for the resignation of their longtime Republican ally, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, seven months after he was arrested on federal corruption charges.On Monday, the same day that the county executive delivered his seventh State of the County address, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) sent Mangano a letter urging him to step down. Mangano swiftly rebuffed the calls, just as he did immediately after his arrest—although he still hasn’t said if he’ll run for a third term this fall.“The perception that you have abused the privileges of your office calls into question your ability to lead Nassau County as you are forced to address the defense of the federal allegations that have been made against you,” Gonsalves wrote, which was also signed by Deputy Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) and Alternate Deputy Presiding Officer Howard Kopel (R-Lawrence).“Our constituents no longer believe that you are working for their benefit,” the letter said. “What is clear to us is that in order to combat this perception, you must relinquish your role as county executive.”The charges are related to Mangano’s alleged role in an kickback scheme in which his friend Harendra Singh gave the county executive’s wife, Linda, a no-show job in exchange for lucrative county contracts. Ed, Linda, and former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, who resigned four months ago, all pleaded not guilty. They are due back in court Wednesday for their next pre-trial hearing.Republican state senators had called for Mangano’s resignation immediately following the arrests.In a statement Monday, Mangano characterized Gonsalves’ letter as “election season nonsense” and noted that her campaign had failed to report donations to the New York State Board of Elections. As a result, a judge fined her campaign $14,000, Newsday reported.“I ask that residents see these shenanigans for what they are—a cheap political stunt orchestrated by a politician who, herself, broke the law,” Mangano said. “For the past seven years, I have effectively governed Nassau County and will continue to do so.”Gonsalves said that Mangano’s response to her letter further proves her point.“County Executive Mangano’s response underscores what the majority said in our letter seeking his resignation,” she said. “He is distracted from governing and needs to concentrate on clearing his name.”If Mangano were to resign, the legislature would have to appoint a replacement. A spokesman for Gonsalves said they do not have any candidates in mind, should that occur.last_img read more

18Dec/20

CUDE ‘opened my eyes’ to credit unions’ role

first_img continue reading » Andy Reed, CEO of Texas People Federal Credit Union in Fort Worth, Texas, knew his job at a credit union was different than a “regular job” before attending the National Credit Union Foundation’s Credit Union Development Education (DE) program.But it wasn’t until he attended the program that he found himself learning lessons and experiences that he intentionally lives out each day.“Through the DE program, I discovered the profound mission at the heart of the credit union movement was vibrant, the rich history of the movement was empowering our future, and the real issues facing global society were being meaningfully impacted by our work,” Reed says.Reed was a loan officer at a large credit union when he attended DE. He credits the program with seeing the role credit unions play in the world a little differently.“Graduation from DE in 2007 left me eager to align myself with like-minded people who were deeply committed to the social mission of credit unions,” he says, adding that he started volunteering to raise money for the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, eventually taking a leadership role in local credit union efforts to support the hospitals. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

20Nov/20

Alfredo Morelos: Steven Gerrard says Rangers striker has hunger back and is aiming for Champions League | Football News

first_img“But he’s definitely in a better place in terms of his form and how he looks. He’s smiling and seems happy, which is fantastic for everyone connected with Rangers.” Alfredo Morelos celebrates scoring for Rangers against BenficaImage:Morelos has scored 84 goals in just 154 games for Rangers Steven Gerrard says Alfredo Morelos is gunning for the Champions League after the Rangers record-breaker rediscovered his hunger for goals.The Colombian has had a lean start to the campaign but two strikes in his last two Europa League outings have seen him move past Ibrox great Ally McCoist to become the club’s all-time top scorer in continental competition with 22 goals.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – All those goals have come in UEFA’s second-tier tournament but Gerrard knows the 24-year-old has ambitions to go even higher.He said: “Yes, he was very happy after the game about his record-breaking (achievement). I think he’s got his hunger back and you can see it in his eyes, he wants to go and score more goals in the competition.“I know he’s got dreams and aspirations of playing in the Champions League one day, which is good for him.” Morelos became the first player to reach double figures in the Europa League for Rangers with his goal against Benfica, and he has now netted 84 times in just 154 games for the club.Gerrard added: “In terms of where he’s at, the goals are back, the hunger is back, the sharpness is back.“I don’t really like comparing him to (the Alfredo) of old because it’s about the now and what he is offering moving forward.- Advertisement –last_img read more

18Nov/20

Chikungunya fever gains foothold in Europe

first_img In recent years, epidemics have occurred in India and on various Indian Ocean islands, including Comorros, Mauritius, Reunion, and Seychelles. A major epidemic struck Reunion, a French territory, between March 2005 and June 2006, sickening an estimated 266,000 people, about 35% of the population, according to Eurosurveillance. Several hundred cases occurred in France during the Reunion epidemic, but nearly all were linked to the island epidemic, the report says. Eurosurveillance reporthttp://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=3260 CDC information on chikungunyahttp://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/ The Eurosurveillance report does not say whether the index case-patient reported mosquito bites, but an online news report by the journal Nature says authorities think the virus “spread among the dense population of tiger mosquitoes” after the man’s illness. There is a possibility that the same thing could happen in the United States, since the two mosquito species that can spread the virus are found in the Southeast, according to an official with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But he said the likelihood of that is “relatively low.” Flahault suggested that the very dense mosquito population in and around Ravenna had spurred the outbreak, according to the story. He said the Italian climate has grown warmer and more humid, favoring the proliferation of mosquitoes. Chikungunya usually causes fever, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle and joint pain, and a rash, according to the CDC. The disease is not life-threatening. Symptoms typically last a few days to 2 weeks, but fatigue or joint pain sometimes lingers for weeks to months, the CDC says. “The current outbreak of chikungunya fever in northeastern Italy . . . marks the first recorded occasion that this virus has been transmitted by mosquitoes within Europe,” the report states. The report says A albopictus is found in several other European countries, including Albania, France, Belgium, Montenegro, Switzerland, Greece, Spain, Croatia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, and possibly more, suggesting a potential for further spread of the disease. Could disease spread to the US?The United States has recorded some chikungunya cases among returning travelers, but no transmission of the disease, according to Dr. Ned Hayes, a medical epidemiologist with the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases in Fort Collins, Colo. But he said the two mosquitoes that can spread chikungunya—A albopictus and Aedes aegypti—are found in the southeastern United States. “For chikungunya to be transmitted in the US, you need to have a viremic person or mosquito introduction in an area where both susceptible persons and the predominant mosquito vector are present,” Hayes said. “Both those conditions exist in the US, so I think the importation of chikungunya is a concern.” Epidemics described as cyclicalThe World Health Organization (WHO) reports that major chikungunya epidemics “appear and disappear cyclically,” with quiet periods usually lasting 7 to 8 years but sometimes as long as 20 years. Chikungunya clinically resembles dengue fever, which is widespread in the tropics, according to the WHO. The chikungunya virus was first identified in 1953 during an epidemic in Tanzania, according to the CDC. Europe has had scattered cases of chikungunya before, mainly in travelers from parts of Africa and Asia where the disease is established. But the outbreak this summer in Italy’s Ravenna province was spread by mosquitoes, according to a report published Sep 6 by Eurosurveillance Weekly. The name “chikungunya” is Swahili for “that which bends up,” a reference to the stooped posture associated with joint pain. There is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for the illness, which is caused by a virus of the genus Alphavirus. But the risk of indigenous transmission is “probably relatively low in the continental United States,” mainly because of socioeconomic and lifestyle differences that tend to limit the spread of mosquito-borne viruses like chikungunya, dengue, and yellow fever, Hayes said. For example, air conditioning and window screens help protect people from heavy exposure to mosquitoes, he explained. Hayes said the key message is that people should be aware of mosquito-borne illness risks, especially when traveling, and take steps to protect themselves from bites. Travelers who have a fever on returning to the United States should seek medical attention and inform health authorities of any infection.center_img Eurosurveillance says the disease was mild and self-limiting in most patients, but joint pain was intense and often persisted after the fever abated. One patient, an 83-year-old man with severe underlying health problems, died. Antoine Flahault, who coordinates French research on chikungunya, called the Italian outbreak a “world first” outside the tropics, according to a Sep 7 BBC News report. Writing in the journal Quotidien du Medecin, he said the virus’s movement into Europe was “worrying without being alarming.” Italy reports 166 casesIn the Italian outbreak, officials recorded 166 cases, most of them in two neighboring villages, according to Eurosurveillance. The outbreak is believed to have started after a man from India fell ill while visiting one of the villages in late June. The epidemic peaked in the third week of August. “It’s possible, if the virus should become endemic in, say, the southeastern US, that it could provide a locus for spread to other parts of the country, but I wouldn’t think it would spread like West Nile virus,” he said. Birds have helped spread West Nile across the continent since the disease emerged in New York City in 1999. Sep 10, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A recent outbreak of the debilitating tropical disease known as chikungunya fever in northern Italy apparently marks the mosquito-borne infection’s first foothold in Europe, according to European health authorities. Chikungunya does not commonly spread from person to person, Hayes said. However, it can spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus, and it could probably be spread via blood donated by an infected person, he said. But infected people have the virus in their blood for only a short time. “We don’t even know why West Nile disease [another mosquito-borne viral illness] became endemic in North America but not in Europe, even though the virus and the vector are present on both continents,” Evelyn Depoortere, an epidemiologist at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm, told Nature. However, areas where dengue transmission already occurs or is possible may be more vulnerable to chikungunya, Hayes said. Such areas include parts of Florida and Texas, plus Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. But scientists quoted in the Nature story said they don’t know enough to predict whether the disease will spread to other European countries that have A albopictus. WHO Southeast Asia information sheet on chikungunyahttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs327/en/ See also: If chikungunya did gain a toehold in the United States, it would be unlikely to spread across the continent, in Hayes’s opinion. Although the Italian outbreak was associated with A albopictus, the primary vector for chikungunya is A aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito, the CDC says. It was not until the end of August that investigators zeroed in on the diagnosis of chikungunya, using serologic testing and polymerase chain reaction (PCR), the Eurosurveillance report says. In addition, the virus was detected in local Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, also known as tiger mosquitoes, by PCR. CDC information on A albopictushttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/arbor/albopic_new.htmlast_img read more