The Strokes will reportedly reunite in 2019 for a global tour.Today, The Strokes have confirmed their first headlining performance of 2019 at Bilbao BBK Live Festival in Bilbao, Spain. Marking their first confirmed performance since 2017, the festival appearance will “kick off their global comeback,” according to event organizers in a press release. The Strokes will be joined by Thom Yorke, Weezer, Brockhampton, Hot Chip, Vince Staples, and more on the festival lineup.While the New York City rock and roll heroes haven’t released a full-length studio album since 2013’s Comedown Machine, the future of The Strokes has been somewhat uncertain. 2016 saw the band release a four-song EP, Future Present Past, and play a handful of shows and promotional gigs. In 2017, The Strokes performed a series of high-profile music festivals, including Lollapalooza Brasile, Chile, and Argentina, which brought in their biggest audience of over 90,000 to date. There were rumors of a new album in the works, but guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. debunked those theories in 2017.Meanwhile, Julian Casablancas released a solo album, Virtue, with The Voidz earlier this year, and Albert Hammond Jr. released his fourth album to date.With one date on the calendar and a “global comeback” to go, we’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed for more music from The Strokes.
They want to be in the room where things happen, and they want other women there with them.That was the overarching message from a four-person panel of female health professionals at Harvard. “Women in the Global Health Workforce” focused on the need to keep pushing for gender equity and empowering female leaders —and data from bodies like the World Health Organization and Women in Global Health show there is a ways to go on that road. Women currently account for around 70 percent of the global health workforce but hold only about 25 percent of its leadership positions, they found.“The bottom line is that women play an incredibly important role in the health care workforce and in the health system, but very often their contributions represent an invisible subsidy to the health system because they are not fully recognized, they are underpaid, they are not paid at all, and they are not represented in decision-making bodies,” said Ana Langer, professor of the practice of public health and coordinator of the Dean’s Special Initiative on Women and Health, during her opening remarks.Langer said that in response, the Global Health Institute and the Women and Health Initiative this year created the Jane Jie Sun Women in Global Health LEAD Fellowship —named after its leading supporter, the CEO of international travel agency Ctrip.com —for rising female leaders from low- and middle-income countries. Four fellows were chosen for the two-year leadership program from among more than 300 applicants from 29 nations.Panelist Shabnum Sarfraz, a former chief executive for a public health agency from Pakistan, told how in her 15-year-career male bosses would often took credit for her work. “It happened once, it happened twice, it happened until I decided, ‘No more,’ ” she said. “That was a defining moment for me because it pushed me to take up leadership roles, roles that I had been actively supporting or doing behind closed doors.”,Stela Bivol, the director of the Center for Health Policy and Studies, a nonprofit focused on disease response and health systems strengthening in Eastern Europe, said that even in countries that have made serious gains in gender equity, it’s important to keep pushing for continued progress and combat the negative responses women often face as they get ahead.“In terms of social representations, we are better off than many other places, but there are many other challenges,” Bivol said of Moldova, where the last five health ministers were women and more than half of hospital management professionals are female. “One thing that I wanted to say about the story of women like me in the country, in my social network, is [that] a lot of women who have good education and have achieved certain positions have an issue: getting married or staying married.”Another common thread among the panelists was the role mentors played in setting them up for success, especially when it came to navigating the workforce and asking for what they needed in largely patriarchal countries.“You have to negotiate your role with your father to give you an equal opportunity for education as your brother,” Sarfraz said. “Then you have to negotiate with your husband as you want to work and raise your children —so you have to negotiate your time. You have to negotiate with your boss. That negotiation always is there. “It happened once, it happened twice, it happened until I decided, ‘No more.’ That was a defining moment for me because it pushed me to take up leadership roles, roles that I had been actively supporting or doing behind closed doors.” — Shabnum Sarfraz Listen up Jess Weiner on upcoming gender equity summit, body diversity, Laverne Cox, and Barbie $1.5M gift kick-starts Sexual, Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative at Medical School How workplace harassment programs fail Transforming transgender care “It’s not about just opening the job to people,” she said. “You have to provide them with a conducive environment, and women have very different requirements.”On the other side of mentorship, Sai Subhasree Raghavan, the founding president of Solidarity and Action Against the HIV Infection in India (SAATHII), said women who are used to having men being put before them need help to overcome imposter syndrome. “Many women do not think they deserve to be in leadership and they don’t believe they can be good leaders and they don’t believe they can overcome it,” she said. To counter this, she said, they must be taught to be secure and confident in themselves and their own abilities.That may include having the confidence to walk away, said Maureen Luba, an award-winning youth and reproductive health advocate from Malawi and one of the inaugural cohort of Women in Global Health LEAD fellows. After her boss told her she was coming off as too aggressive in meetings with prominent men from other organizations, she read between the lines and knew it was because she was a woman. “I knew I couldn’t just continue. I had to do something,” Luba said. “So, I had to make a tough decision. I had to leave.”Looking back, she knows it was the right choice. “I don’t think I would be where I am right now,” she said.The discussion was hosted by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as part of Worldwide Week at Harvard. 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CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device Reaction to Stephen Curry’s left hand injury suffered Wednesday night was swift and universal:“Are you kidding me?”It appeared to be an innocent play. Curry attempted to split two defenders on his way to the bucket. He fell to the floor. While he was bracing on the floor, the Phoenix Suns’ Aron Baynes fell on Curry. Baynes later apologized to Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “It was just a random basketball …
Twitter/@TDeck68Ohio State hasn’t been shy about celebrating its accomplishments under Urban Meyer, and this year after winning the national championship they put up a street sign on campus that reads “The Undefeated Way.” OSU offensive tackle Taylor Decker drove by the sign after workouts on Friday morning, and seems inspired to get another sign put up in 2016.Was driving back from workouts and saw The Undisputed Way street sign….goosebumps, but the preparation for next year has already begun— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) February 6, 2015The sheen of this season’s victory definitely hasn’t worn off in Columbus, but expect the Buckeyes to come out as focused as ever in the fall.
TAG Heuer, the avant-garde of Swiss watchmaking, and Cycle for Survival, the movement to beat rare cancers, have announced The TAG Heuer Cycle for Survival Fundraising Challenge.The unprecedented digital competition includes notable athletes, actors and artists dedicated to fighting back against rare cancer by funding cutting-edge research.With the help of its ambassadors, TAG Heuer is raising money for Cycle for Survival’s 2018 campaign with a social media kick-off. 100 percent of every dollar raised goes to groundbreaking rare cancer research and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which owns and operates Cycle for Survival. TAG Heuer is the official Timepiece and Timekeeper of Cycle for Survival.The following TAG Heuer ambassadors are participating in the fundraising challenge:• Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots • Patrick Dempsey, American Actor • Tim Howard, Goalkeeper, U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team • Alexander Rossi, Professional Racing Driver and 2016 Indianapolis 500 Champion • Alec Monopoly, American Graffiti ArtistTim Howard shared, “As a TAG ambassador, I am honored to partner up with Cycle for Survival. Its direct impact to raise funding for the research of rare cancers is critical. We have to continue to fight this battle together, and I hope to make a difference in any way I can. Join the movement and get your sweat on while helping others who really need it.”Alexander Rossi added, “Cancer has touched us all. It’s hard to know what to say or do anymore – whether it’s offering prayers, giving hugs or donating to charities. But let’s keep doing ALL those things. Cycle for Survival is a wonderful way to raise awareness for rare cancer research, and I’m proud to be an ambassador and a fundraiser.”Each TAG Heuer ambassador has a personalized fundraising webpage where supporters can make tax-deductible donations to Cycle for Survival. TAG Heuer will match each donation that is made to the ambassador’s pages. Everyone who donates to any ambassador’s page will be eligible to win a TAG Heuer Cycle for Survival Connected Modular 45 watch, generously provided by TAG Heuer. The first Swiss Made luxury smartwatch powered by Intel and Androidwear 2.0 includes technical features such as built-in GPS, interactive apps and is water resistant up to 50 meters.The ambassador who raises the most money by March 31, 2018, will be declared the winner of the TAG Heuer Cycle for Survival Fundraising Challenge. For links to the ambassadors’ fundraising pages and updates on the challenge, click here.Cycle for Survival’s signature indoor cycling events will take place in 16 cities across the country in January, February and March. Registration for the 2018 events is open at www.cycleforsurvival.org. More than 34,000 participants and 230,000 donors are expected to support the movement this year.Cycle for Survival has been named the fastest-growing athletic fundraiser in the United States for the past four consecutive years.The movement has raised more than $145 million since it was founded in 2007, with $115 million raised in the past four years.TAG Heuer has a long history of supporting cycling, dating back to 1946 when the brochure of Swiss watchmaker HEUER mentioned utilizing pocket chronometers to time races and trials. Most recently, the brand has partnered with the BMC Racing Team, 10 major races in the UCI international calendar and is also the Official Timekeeper of Giro d’Italia.
OTTAWA – Those feeling anxious about the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the rest of the world could use a little predictability, and both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May say Canada can help.The two countries are working towards a new bilateral free trade deal to take effect after the U.K. achieves its so-called Brexit from the European Union, the two world leaders revealed Monday after a morning of meetings in Ottawa.What’s more, they said, the template for that deal would be the long-heralded Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA, between Canada and the EU that comes largely into effect this week.“There is no question that CETA, which eliminates well over 90 per cent of all barriers to trade between Canada and the European Union … will make an excellent basis for ensuring a smooth transition in a post-Brexit world,” Trudeau told a joint news conference.“After that, there will obviously be opportunities for us to look at particular details that could be improved upon for the specific needs and opportunities in the bilateral relationship between the U.K. and Canada.“But as a strong basis for a smooth transition, CETA is perfectly designed, and will be able to ensure — for investors, for companies and for workers and consumers — a smooth transition.”The British prime minister agreed that using the Canada-EU agreement as the basis for a forthcoming new bilateral deal makes sense for everyone.“We want to ensure that for businesses and individuals, that there is as smooth a changeover, when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, as possible; we want to see as little disruption to economies and to people’s lives,” said May.“That’s why we believe it makes sense to take the trade agreement — which the U.K. is part of, it’s part of the European Union — with Canada, and say that that is the basis at that point at which we leave for a bilateral relationship with the U.K. and Canada.”May said she has already discussed the approach with the European Union.The Canada-EU trade deal took seven years to come together — including some tense eleventh-hour negotiations with Wallonia, a tiny region of Belgium that ended up holding a deal-killing veto over the pact — but Trudeau suggested things would move more quickly this time.“Within the European Union, the U.K. is the largest trading partner that Canada has, so the U.K. was deeply involved throughout those negotiations towards CETA, obviously, over the past seven years,” Trudeau said.“It will form the basis for the way we move forward in a post-Brexit Europe.”May also spoke of working “swiftly.”The U.K. is Canada’s fifth-largest merchandise trade partner, amounting to more than $25.3 billion in both directions last year.The trade deal, however, was not the only headline-making development out of May’s first official visit with Trudeau, who took the opportunity to ramp up his government’s fight with U.S. aerospace giant Boeing.The Liberal government, Trudeau said, won’t do business with a company he accuses of attacking the domestic aerospace industry and trying to put people out of work.Boeing launched a trade dispute with Montreal-based rival Bombardier earlier this year.May also has a stake in the dispute, as Bombardier has a factory in Northern Ireland.The two leaders met Monday ahead of Trudeau’s trip to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly, where May will also be speaking this week, including on ways to curb the use of the Internet by terrorists.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was off 1 cent at $5.0460 a bushel; Mar. corn rose 1.60 cents at $3.7520 a bushel; Dec. oats was up 1.20 cents at $2.7620 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 6 cents at 8.88 a bushel.Beef was lower and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle fell 1.20 cents at $1.2380 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off .90 cent at $1.4810 a pound; Dec. lean hogs was up 1.63 cents at .6278 a pound.The Associated Press
NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street Monday after enormous swings the previous two days.Representatives from the U.S. and China began a round of trade negotiations, and investors’ hopes that the two sides will finally make progress in talks have sent stocks higher recently. But investors remain fearful that the trade dispute is far from a resolution.Retailers made some of the largest gains Monday while utility companies fell. U.S. stocks soared more than 3 per cent Friday as investors reacted to the upcoming trade talks as well report showing strong hiring by U.S. employers in December.Investors also responded positively to comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. The jump wiped out a large loss from the day before.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index added 13 point, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,544 as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 32 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 23,480. The Nasdaq composite gained 54 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 6,794. The Russell 2000 index rose 10 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,391.Any progress on ending a dispute that has resulted in both sides imposing tariffs on billions of dollars’ of each other’s exports would be welcomed in the markets. The South China Morning Post, citing a person familiar with the matter, reported that Trump plans to meet Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, held on Jan. 22 to 25. Last month, Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met and agreed to hold off on further tariffs for 90 days.SHAKING THE TREE: Discount retailer Dollar Tree rose after activist investment firm Starboard value disclosed a stake in Dollar Tree and pushed it to consider changes, including selling the Family Dollar business it bought in 2015. Starboard says Family Dollar’s struggles are hurting the company’s stock price and that Dollar Tree should consider raising prices on some items. It nominated seven candidates for seats on Dollar Tree’s board of directors.The stock climbed 4.1 per cent to $96.67. Elsewhere, Amazon rose 1.3 per cent to $1,596 and Home Depot picked up 1.2 per cent to $175.73. Automakers also rose, with General Motors up 2.6 per cent to $34.18 and Ford gaining 1.1 per cent to $8.17.POWER FAILURE: The parent company of Pacific Gas & Electric sank after Reuters reported that the company might file for bankruptcy protection as it faces potentially huge liabilities connected to deadly wildfires in California. The cause of the Camp wildfire hasn’t been determined, but PG&E reported an outage around the time and place it begin. The fire killed at least 86 people and destroyed 15,000 homes. PG&E also faces lawsuits related to wildfires in 2017.The company’s stock dropped 20.5 per cent to $19.41. PG&E stock traded at almost $70 a share in October 2017 and was valued at about $48 in November 2018.LILLY AND LOXO: Eli Lilly will buy Loxo Oncology for about $8 billion as it bulks up on cancer treatments that target gene abnormalities. Lilly is known for insulins including Humalog, but has emphasized cancer drugs over the past several years, and one of its top-selling products is the cancer treatment Alimta.That makes the second big pharmaceutical acquisition announced in the new year. On Thursday Bristol-Myers Squibb agreed to buy Celgene for $74 billion in cash and stock, one of the largest drug industry acquisitions of all time. Loxo soared 66.3 per cent to $232.63 and Eli Lilly dipped 1.2 per cent to $113.30.POLITICAL RISKS: The partial shutdown of the U.S. government stretched into its third week and there were few signs of progress in staff-level talks over the weekend. That means many hundreds of thousands of federal workers aren’t getting their paychecks, which could slow the economy.Meanwhile British legislators will vote next week on proposed terms for Britain’s departure from the European Union. The government of Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to a deal with European Union leaders in November, but a Parliamentary vote on the package was cancelled because it was clear it would be rejected. It’s not clear if May will be able to get the proposal through Parliament next week. That raises the possibility that the U.K. will leave the European Union without any kind of economic deal, which could have severe effects on the British and European economies.ENERGY: Oil prices continued their recent rally. U.S. crude rose 2.9 per cent to $49.33 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was up 1.9 per cent to $48.17 per barrel in London.BONDS: Bond prices edged lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.66 per cent from 2.65 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 108.37 yen from 108.51 yen. The euro rose to $1.1465 from $1.1400. the British pound rose to $1.2780 from $1.2740.OVERSEAS: Germany’s DAX shed 0.8 per cent and the FTSE 100 in Britain fell 0.6 per cent. The CAC 40 in France was also 0.6 per cent lower.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 2.4 per cent, while South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.3 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng climbed 0.8 per cent.____Associated Press Writer Annabelle Liang contributed from SingaporeMarley Jay, The Associated Press