FINRA warns of Ebola scams

first_img NASAA approves model act for establishing restitution funds Keywords Investor protectionCompanies Financial Industry Regulatory Authority “News coverage of Ebola and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is likely to catch the interest of ‘pump and dump’ scammers looking to capitalize on fears of a potential pandemic,” said Gerri Walsh, FINRA’s senior vice president for investor education. “Investors should be very cautious of any company that claims it is poised for dramatic growth as a result of a purported cure or treatment for high-profile viral diseases.” The alert includes tips for spotting and avoiding investment scams, and it asks that investors who are targeted by promotions containing exaggerated or misleading claims to contact FINRA. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media OSC finalizes DSC bancenter_img The spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa has apparently not escaped the notice of stock fraudsters, according to U.S. regulators, who have issued an investor alert warning about new scams connected to that news event. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Thursday published a new investor alert warning investors about promotions touting stocks in companies that claim to provide products that protect against the spread of viruses, or other harmful diseases. FINRA says that it is aware of several potential investment scams involving companies that claim to be involved in the development of products that will prevent the spread of viral diseases. Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Related news James Langton last_img read more

Cabinet Approves Board Chairs for Agencies Under the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce

first_imgCabinet Approves Board Chairs for Agencies Under the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce UncategorizedNovember 13, 2007 RelatedCabinet Approves Board Chairs for Agencies Under the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has approved the appointment of board directors and chairpersons for several agencies that fall under the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce.This was disclosed by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Karl Samuda, at the (Nov. 13), post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House.The board chairpersons are: stockbroker, Ed McKie, Trade Board; Entrepreneur, Gassan Azan, Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI); Consultant, Cleveland Stewart, Jamaica Business Development Centre (JBDC); Developer, Phillip Gore, Factories Corporation of Jamaica; Entrepreneur, Winston Dear, Kingston and Montego Bay Free Zone; Attorney-at-Law, Peter Goldson, Companies Office of Jamaica; and Richard Fontaine, Consumer Affairs Commission. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedCabinet Approves Board Chairs for Agencies Under the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce RelatedCabinet Approves Board Chairs for Agencies Under the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commercelast_img read more

Canada investment supports more than 3,400 businesses across Ontario to leverage technology and adapt

first_imgCanada investment supports more than 3,400 businesses across Ontario to leverage technology and adapt From: Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern OntarioSince the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses across Canada have been adapting to meet the demands of a new reality. Virtual platforms have presented a solution for managing employees, meeting new customers and working with disrupted supply chains. With support from the Recovery Activation Program (RAP), many businesses are meeting these challenges by learning how to digitize their business to adapt now and be more resilient in the future.Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses across Canada have been adapting to meet the demands of a new reality. Virtual platforms have presented a solution for managing employees, meeting new customers and working with disrupted supply chains. With support from the Recovery Activation Program (RAP), many businesses are meeting these challenges by learning how to digitize their business to adapt now and be more resilient in the future. In June 2020, FedDev Ontario announced a $7.5 million investment through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) for the Toronto Region Board of Trade to offer RAP at no cost to firms across Ontario looking to digitize their supply chains, develop customer acquisition systems and modernize back office operations. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce and local Chambers are acting as referral agents to the program, with strong local knowledge of businesses in their regions looking for digital support. To date, more than 3,400 people have registered for RAP events, including the free Digital Needs Assessment (DNA). By completing the DNA, businesses gain access to a no-cost analysis of their current digital situation. Following the business analysis, immersive training and mentoring opportunities with program partners and industry leaders are available so that businesses can continue their progressive journey to evolve and build future resilience.Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), spoke to RAP graduates via video during a webcast panel. This webcast was one in an ongoing series of free virtual webinars for RAP participants, program graduates and interested businesses.Sarah Wilson, CEO of Canadian Safety Group Inc., and Dorin Radu, Executive Director of Nelson Industrial Inc., both completed one program stream of RAP and are now considered “RAP alumni.” They spoke to the group about the benefits of the program for their businesses.Canadian Safety Group Inc., headquartered in St. Catharines, provides a wide range of workplace safety support services, consultations and courses to help companies manage their safety obligations. Through RAP, the company gained confidence, identified positive trends already in place at Canadian Safety Group and they were able to take steps to improve and expand their online suite of courses and supports.Operating since 1973, Nelson Industrial Inc. is located in Pickering and offers custom-designed metal products for commercial, manufacturing and other industries. As the company worked through the RAP self-assessment, Nelson Industrial was able to identify gaps in the integration of their existing digital platforms. With advice from the experts delivering the online RAP sessions, Nelson Industrial has been able to streamline its digital presence and improve its customer experience. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:acquisition, business, Canada, covid-19, digital, DNA, Economic Development, Federal, future, Government, industry, Investment, Minister, Nelson, resilience, southern, technologylast_img read more

2020 Subaru Outback is more of the same — and then some

first_img Naturally, the 2020 Outback is all-wheel-drive — come on, did you really expect anything else? — but it can now send power side-to-side via a new active torque-vectoring system cribbed from the WRX and STI. Other features include Subaru’s X-Mode powertrain mapping system now with Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes, a 180-degree camera up front, and two new features added to its EyeSight suite of active safety tech. The first, the DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System first seen on the 2019 Forester, is essentially a little camera pointed at the driver, monitoring their face for signs of distractions or fatigue. The second is a new lane-centering function built into the existing adaptive cruise control system.Visually, the Outback is precisely what we’d expect — a lifted Legacy wagon with more aggressive styling cues, just under 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and what Subaru calls body cladding “reminiscent of a hiking boot.” Go figure; the Outback’s always been for the more outdoorsy types. Inside, the Outback boasts improved materials and fit-and-finish, an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system available across most of the lineup, and more connected services, like the ability to be started remotely through an app. All in all, the 2020 Outback promises to be more of the same, but better. Like the Legacy, the Outback gains two new powertrains for 2020. A new, direct-injected 2.5-litre Boxer four-cylinder engine with automatic start/stop serves as the base, rated at 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque. But again, like the Legacy, the big news here is the return of the turbo — a 2.4L turbo-four replaces the normally aspirated, 3.6L six-cylinder engine, pumping out 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are hooked up to a continuously variable transmission, and turbocharged Outbacks can tow up to 1,590 kilograms — more than enough to haul a BRZ or a Miata to the track. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Subaru OutbackDerek McNaughton, Driving We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSOutbackSubaruSUVAWD / 4x4CUV / CrossoverFamily / Mid-sizeGasNon-LuxuryNew YorkFamily VehiclesNew VehiclesNew York Auto Showall-wheel driveCrossovergasolineNon-Luxury When is it coming?Official pricing hasn’t been announced just yet, but expect the Outback in dealers this fall.Should you buy it?The Outback’s always been something of a black sheep among the usual crop of CUVs. Most out there are amorphous blobs, but the Outback tends to err more towards the wagon end of the spectrum. If that sense of distinction isn’t enough to put the Outback on your shortlist the next time you’re looking for a new CUV, then the new platform and powertrains, more advanced safety tech, vastly improved cabin and trademark Subaru capability surely will. What is it?Like thunder follows lightning, the Subaru Outback follows the Legacy into 2020 thoroughly redesigned with a new look, revised platform and powertrains, and more safety tech under the skin.Why does it matter?The Outback isn’t Subaru’s sales leader — though it’s certainly up there there — but it’s Subaru’s bread-and-butter vehicle. Stereotypes aside, it’s the quintessential Subaru, carrying on into 2020 as the jacked-up Legacy wagon it’s always been. There’s a reason why so many people love these things, and the sixth-generation model takes a proven formula and makes it even better.For 2020, the big news is the Outback is underpinned by Subaru’s modular Global Platform architecture, currently found across the entire lineup, save for the BRZ, WRX and STI. The new platform translates into more interior space, improved handling, and even better collision performance — Subaru says the 2020 Outback absorbs about 40 per cent more energy in a collision. last_img read more

Singer takes down images of its Baja-inspired ACS after Porsche objects

first_imgPorsche has apparently asked boutique car manufacturer Singer to remove its latest off-road inspired 911 from its website, since the automaker’s name appears on the coupe without licence.Singer Vehicle Design’s ACS (All-terrain Competition Study) has been removed from the customizer’s website following its receipt of a message from Porsche’s legal department, according to Carscoops.The issue stems from the embossed PORSCHE lettering that adorn the rocker panels of the ACS, as well as the ‘Porsche’ sticker on the rear trunk lid. “We are glad to have a growing community of Porsche enthusiasts. They help us to ensure that so many Porsche cars originally built decades ago remain on the road and are still being enjoyed,” a Porsche representative said in a statement.“At the same time, we have a responsibility to out customers to ensure that Porsche products – designed and engineered by us – can be clearly and easily identified. This can range from an individual component or piece of clothing using our name through to whole cars. We do this by allowing only products created or directly licensed by us to carry the Porsche name.”Singer has yet to respond to requests for comment. The ACS is currently just a one-off for a very wealthy customer, but since Singer has hinted it could build more of them, Porsche wants to make sure people aren’t confusing the thing with a real Porsche product.Whether the ACS will return to Singer’s website after the name is removed remains to be seen. Other vehicles in the Singer lineup also feature the Porsche brand name emblazoned on them, although they appear to be safe for now. Consider this a warning for those who want to ride the coattails of other, more prestigious brands.Porsche is set to unveil its own “Safari” 911 in the coming months, so another wrinkle of the story might be that the German automaker doesn’t want Singer’s ACS to be confused with the real McCoy.LISTEN: We kick off Season 4 with at look at new EVs available in Canada. New Vehicles Singer jumps on ‘safari’ bandwagon with all-terrain Porsche 911 studyby Alex Reid | January 5, 2021 See More Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending Videos First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canadacenter_img advertisement RELATED TAGS911PorscheCoupeLuxuryLuxury CarsLuxury VehiclesNew VehiclesSpeed & Performance We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED ‹ Previous Next › Subscribe to Plugged In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img read more

CU-Boulder Natural Hazards Center Hosts 32nd Annual Workshop July 8-11

first_img Published: June 27, 2007 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The legacy of Gilbert F. White, renowned University of Colorado at Boulder geography professor who died last fall, will be examined during the CU-Boulder Natural Hazards Center’s 32nd annual summer workshop. About 400 invited participants from across the United States and several other nations will gather July 8 through the noon hour July 11 to address such topics as the role of the private sector in disasters, pandemic flu, disaster management in China and the effectiveness of the National Flood Insurance Program. An all-day field trip to the sites of the Big Thompson and Lawn Lake floods will be held July 8. The Hazards Research and Applications Workshop will be held at the Millennium Harvest House at 1345 28th St. in Boulder. The event is not open to public. The opening plenary session on White, who was known worldwide as the “father of floodplain management,” will be held July 9 from 10:15 a.m. until noon. White’s work in natural hazards changed the way people interact with the environment. He founded the Natural Hazards Center in 1974. The annual workshop brings together emergency managers, insurers, planners, government officials, academic researchers and students who study or deal with extreme natural events such as great earthquakes, floods and wildfires. The Natural Hazards Center, part of CU-Boulder’s Institute of Behavioral Science, is funded by a consortium of agencies including the National Science Foundation and FEMA. For more information visit the center’s Web site at www.colorado.edu/hazards.last_img read more

Fitch Ratings upgrades Jamaica Government Sovereign Rating –Outlook Stable

first_imgRelatedDBJ Committed to PPP Programme Photo: Contributed Fitch Ratings upgrades Jamaica Government Sovereign Rating –Outlook StableJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay The declining path of Jamaica’s public debt/GDP due to the National Debt Exchange executed in February 2013 coupled with an increase in primary surpluses and modest economic recovery, andAccess to multilateral funding which has eased external financing constraints. The Government welcomes the positive rating action of Fitch Ratings and is committed to continuous improvement in Jamaica’s fiscal and debt operations thereby facilitating further economic recovery and positive growth. Story HighlightsFitch Ratings on Tuesday, February 25, upgraded Jamaica’s long term foreign currency and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) to ‘B-’ from CCC. The rating agency also raised the short-term foreign currency rating from C to ‘B’.The ratings were supported by several positive indicators. Preservation of broad macroeconomic and financial stability, FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedPrivatization Could Result in US$500M Investment RelatedPM Upbeat on Growth The successful completion of two reviews under the IMF program and the satisfaction of all the quantitative targets and structural benchmarks for the third review, Advertisements Fitch Ratings on Tuesday, February 25, upgraded Jamaica’s long term foreign currency and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) to ‘B-’ from CCC. The rating agency also raised the short-term foreign currency rating from C to ‘B’ and the Country Ceiling from B- to ‘B.’ The outlook was also upgraded to “Stable”.The ratings were supported by the following positive indicators:Reduced financing risks due to fiscal consolidation and the lengthening of domestic debt repayments, Fitch Ratings upgrades Jamaica Government Sovereign Rating –Outlook Stable Finance & Public ServiceFebruary 25, 2014Written by: Ministry of Finance and the Public Service 30 Nationallast_img read more

NHT Employee Named Best Customer Service Officer

first_imgRelatedAdministrator General Says Quality Service Delivery A Priority NHT Employee Named Best Customer Service OfficerJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedVeteran Broadcaster Receives Award Advertisements Photo: Mark BellChief Judge, Carol Royes, presents National Housing Trust (NHT) employee, Ryan Campbell, with the Best Customer Service Officer trophy, during the Public Sector Customer Service Competition awards ceremony on October 9, at the Terra Nova Hotel. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedThree Public Entities in Manchester Cop Top Awards Story HighlightsIt was with joy and a sense of accomplishment that Ryan Campbell hoisted the coveted Best Customer Service Officer trophy.The 10-year employee of the National Housing Trust’s (NHT) St. Catherine office was being rewarded for dedicated and top class service to clients at the Public Sector Customer Service Competition award ceremony held at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel on October 9.Mr. Campbell was selected based on the votes of customers and was praised for his helpful personality and a positive attitude towards his job and clients. It was with joy and a sense of accomplishment that Ryan Campbell hoisted the coveted Best Customer Service Officer trophy.The 10-year employee of the National Housing Trust’s (NHT) St. Catherine office was being rewarded for dedicated and top class service to clients at the Public Sector Customer Service Competition award ceremony held at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel on October 9.Mr. Campbell was selected based on the votes of customers and was praised for his helpful personality and a positive attitude towards his job and clients.He tells JIS News that he is happy be recognised and that the customers acknowledge and appreciate his efforts.“I am elated that the customers have spoken and they have appreciated quality service and it’s an inspiration to continue to work hard and do even better for the future,” he says.Mr. Campbell’s job involves overseeing the operations of customer service and front desk, while monitoring how customers are being treated.He believes his availability to customers is what stood out and gave him the nod over the other nominees. “When customers meet me they feel as if they have known me for a long time because I have a genuine care for their concerns. I go over and beyond, so customers have access to me Saturday, Sunday, every day of the week,” he says.“I dedicate myself to giving quality service so I think they feel that genuine vibration when they come around me and I try to make everyone feel dignified, whether they are getting through or not. Some of the clients may not be qualified for what they came in for, but when they leave, at least they will be thinking that if it was possible, I would have made it happen,” he adds.Mr. Campbell tells JIS NEWS that he is an internationally certified customer service officer, who is occasionally selected by the organisation to train staff in the principles of good customer service and also offers self-development coaching to his co-workers.“(I like to motivate and empower my co-workers) because I realise that once you have a certain mindset you can do anything. I also set the bar for myself at a very high standard and ensure that I don’t drop the ball so I can be the catalyst and pull everyone to remain at a high standard,” he says.As it relates to the future Mr. Campbell tells JIS NEWS “the future is endless for me. I see myself going to great heights. I don’t have any limits but (as long as) I am around people and motivating people, then that’s where I see myself. When I am sharing knowledge and upliftment, that’s when I am most happy.”The competition, staged by the Cabinet Office through its Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Unit, rewards  public sector entities and officers for excellence and improvements in customer service.The National Health Fund (NHF) and the Administrator General’s Department (AGD) were named winners of the Best Customer Service Entity award, taking home the Prime Minister’s Trophy and cash prize of $300,000 each. The NHF won in the ‘multiple location’ category, while the AGD was recognised as having the best single location.The NHT and the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) were first runners-up in both categories respectively. The FLA was also awarded the Cabinet Secretary’s Trophy for ‘The Most Improved Entity’ and walked away with a $200,000 prize.Meanwhile, the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) won $100,000 and the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) trophy for being the ‘Most Innovative/Creative Entity’, plus $50,000 and a trophy for being ‘Most Socially Aware’. NHT Employee Named Best Customer Service Officer Office of the Prime MinisterOctober 19, 2015Written by: Denise Dennislast_img read more

Birds get a place to land

first_imgHomeFeaturedBirds get a place to land Aug. 22, 2018 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsBirds get a place to landAngel Carreras3 years agoBirdBird scootersscooters Nearly a year after the first flock of Bird e-scooters appeared on Santa Monica sidewalks, the city has painted the first parking spaces for shared mobility devices.On Tuesday, August 21, the City of Santa Monica Twitter-teased a part of an upcoming pilot project with something called Shared Mobility Drop Zones. The drop zones would create specially designated, stencil-outlined areas throughout the city where e-scooters and e-bikes could be parked. The efforts come as the city attempts to reign in bad behavior by riders and work with companies to get a handle on the burgeoning industry that relies on the ubiquity of their product for success.“The City of Santa Monica is committed to doing everything we can to ensure safe, convenient, and legal options that protect the public right of way and keep streets accessible to everyone and free of clutter,” said Constance Farrell, Public Information Officer for the City.Farrell says the City hopes drop zones incentivize the public to safely park their e-vehicles, noting emergency ordinances still apply as far as punitive actions for the scooters, such as impounding. The City impounds scooters that impose an immediate hazard or are outside of the legal locations to ride and park, such as the bike path.“Be responsible e-scooter riders,” Farrell said on behalf of the City. “We want everyone to enjoy the streets of Santa Monica.” The following locations have drop zones or will have drop zones by end of week:Olympic Drive and Ocean Ave (installed)Ocean Ave and Colorado Esplanade (installed)Ocean Ave and Arizona (Installed)Parking Structure #4 on 2nd Street (Aug. 22)Across from Parking Structure #6 on 2nd Street (Aug. 22) The following locations will have drop zones early next week:City Hall near Breeze StationPier Ave east of Main StreetMain Street (Sea Shore Hotel)Pacific Ave at Main Street6th Street at Broadway5th Street at Broadway6th Street at [email protected] :BirdBird scootersscootersshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentUniversity to expand into LA’s old Herald Examiner buildingBird donates $50k matching grant to local organizationYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more

Curious City – KOBE, LUDWIG, GOLDEN, AX, MUIR

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsCurious City – KOBE, LUDWIG, GOLDEN, AX, MUIR Jan. 29, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsCurious CityEntertainmentEventsFeaturedNewsCurious City – KOBE, LUDWIG, GOLDEN, AX, MUIRCharles Andrews1 year agobeethovenEmanuel AxJane GoldenLA philharmonicMuir IT’S ALMOST OVERThat cherished Muir Woods Mural, an iconic part of the fabric of our city for more than 40 years, could this week get the death sentence, tossed aside for “something new.”Or, almost over, a successful six-year fight to save it, and then the exciting planning for restoring it through repainting, with all the unique teaching opportunities, the beginning of a new era that would speak volumes about what Santa Monica really values — art, the environment, our history, a city run for the benefit of residents, not outside interests. Are we really progressive, inclusive, good world citizens, or is that just lip service for politicians’ resumes, when you look at our record?I’ll get back to it, but first I feel compelled to write what’s in my heart, heavy in my heart.KOBEAs I ruminate and write this on Monday, inevitably it will become less immediate by the time you read it Wednesday. But when we have genuine moments of insight and clarity that touch our hearts and souls, I think it’s important to preserve them, like fossils in amber.Sunday was quite a day for me. Feeling the pressure of an unusual workload, I nonetheless committed to an important family dinner across town for my nephew Joseph, returning on the US Navy aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln from a tense 10 months in an unstable Middle East situation. I had also committed to the LA Philharmonic performance that afternoon, of a Beethoven program, featuring the renowned pianist Emanuel Ax.And then that morning came the hard to believe news that Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and others had perished in a helicopter crash. As anyone might suspect who knows me as a hardcore, decades-long Lakers fan and a sports fan who pays attention only to basketball, it was devastating, as it was for so many others. My Facebook credo has always been, “Music is life, basketball explains it.” No, I won’t try to explain that to you but it makes perfect sense to me.I certainly did not expect all those elements — family, music, basketball, the fleeting preciousness of life — to intersect in the middle of the Piano Concerto #3.MINOR KEYSThe great Beethoven generally avoided them but this program was all minor keys. I wasn’t thinking of that as I sat enthralled through the powerful opening Carolan Overture, nor as the grand piano was wheeled out for the Concerto, and out strode the venerable Ax (thank God his surname didn’t persuade him to take up the electric guitar instead).I remained enthralled through the first movement, then shortly into the second, the Largo (large, broad, slow, stately), Ax struck a single note that struck me deeply, intimately. It was so sad, that note. And then I listened carefully to the slow continuation of the largo and it felt like an elegy, that day, an elegy for Kobe. Such poignancy.(If you think I’m overdoing this sentimentality for an athlete I never met, I won’t offer a long defense but will point out that I am not alone, especially in LA, and even around the globe. In so many ways he was much, much more than simply one of the greatest basketball players ever.)AS I LISTENED NOWWith a new consciousness I heard the music move from the deep aching sadness of loss to build slowly to a more hopeful realization that an extraordinary life reverberates past its corporeal end.And then… I realized this was also singing an elegy to me of my departed son Chris, gone two years now. Both men were intense, focused, hard workers, perfectionists to a fault always seeking better ways, unshakeable in their moral beliefs, in their desire to do more, to do large things for the world at large, and both were prickly at times, full of big smiles and beloved but not always liked or even likable. Our heroes are always flawed.When you lose someone, their essence clarifies and remains, who they really were in their life lived, beyond successes and failures. If the greatest part of their life was positive and perhaps even heroic, that carries forward and inspires those left behind. Overall, was he someone who stuck to his principles and did his best to leave a better world? Yes, they both did.LAST MURAL REMINDERWrite to your School Board (they have the power of yea or nay on that mural so be nice, be persuasive), at [email protected], and show up at the community meetings, Thursday evening at 7 at SMC, Student Services Center, 1900 Pico, for a discussion of public art with the mural’s artist, Jane Golden; moderated by Mike Myers and Phil Brock of our Arts Commission. Then Saturday morning 2/1, 10-noon, there will be a final forum to hear community input, at the mural site at 721 Ocean Park Blvd., and Lincoln. Both are important to attend if you are intent on saving this mural.And ask yourself: who loves this mural, and who could hate it? What is so compelling about disappearing it? Who stands to benefit? Who loses?Speak up now or say your farewells to a remarkable 41-year resident of Ocean Park.Charles Andrews has lived in Santa Monica for 34 years and wouldn’t live anywhere else in the world. Really. Send love and/or rebuke to him at [email protected] :beethovenEmanuel AxJane GoldenLA philharmonicMuirshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentKobe Bryant leaves lasting impact on women’s basketball2 critically injured in Los Angeles high-rise apartment fireYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author12 hours agoEntertainmentLifeNoteworthyTales of Two DaughtersCharles Andrews12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agolast_img read more