US bins 60m contaminated Johnson and Johnson covid jabs

first_img Also Read: UK to offer all COP26 delegates vaccine ahead of conference More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.com Farah Ghouri The FDA plans to allow the distribution of 10 million doses across the United States or to other countries, but would issue a warning they cannot guarantee that Emergent followed good manufacturing practices.  Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Also Read: Pharma executives study whether mix and match vaccines creater stronger Covid immunity The Biden administration had planned on sharing doses of both Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines as part of its strategy to distribute vaccines to other countries, but it was forced to delay this while the FDA completed a review of the Baltimore facility. Emergent production was paused and its responsibility to produce the AstraZeneca vaccine stripped. The FDA ordered Johnson & Johnson to assert direct control over the manufacturing of its vaccine there. The doses were produced in a factory in Baltimore operated by Emergent BioSolutions, where federal regulators have been conducting a review over the course of several weeks. Emergent workers accidentally contaminated a batch of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine with a key ingredient used to produce AstraZeneca’s leaving the FDA unsure of what to do with 100 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines, and 70 million AstraZeneca doses.  center_img Regulators in the US have ruled that 60 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine will need to be discarded because of suspected contamination, according to reports.   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to decide if Emergent can reopen the premises, which have been closed for around two months as a result of the regulatory concerns. The fate of over 170 million doses of vaccine have been left uncertain after they were put on hold when a contamination was discovered.  Share Friday 11 June 2021 4:31 pm (Photo by Sirachai Arunrugstichai/Getty Images) by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAll Things Auto | Search AdsMost Affordable Camper VansAll Things Auto | Search AdsPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsGameday NewsMichael Oher Tells A Whole Different Story About ‘The Blind Side’Gameday NewsBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsBrake For It40 New Features In The 2021 Ford BroncoBrake For ItDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily Funny US bins 60m contaminated Johnson and Johnson covid jabs Tags: Coronavirus Pharmaceuticals Vaccinelast_img read more

Fundraiser set up for local volunteer group after controversy over Mississippi flag

first_imgArts & Culture | Community | JuneauFundraiser set up for local volunteer group after controversy over Mississippi flagJuly 20, 2015 by Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO Share:The Mississippi Magnolia flag flies on Egan Drive, in downtown Juneau. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/KTOO)Former Assemblyman Marc Wheeler has set up a fundraiser for local volunteer group Friends of the Flags. Wheeler has so far raised more than $500 of the campaign’s $1,000 goal.The funds will support Friends of the Flags, “and their courageous decision to replace the Mississippi state flag with the Mississippi Magnolia flag,” according to the website.Friends of the Flags is a volunteer group that organizes and maintains the all-states’ flags display in downtown Juneau during the summer. After a monthlong debate over removing the flag—which has an image of the full Confederate flag in its upper left corner —the flag was removed last Saturday morning.The funds will be donated to the group after paying the cost of replacing the flag, approximately $120, according to the website.Share this story:last_img read more

Put On A Happy Face

first_imgUncategorizedPut On A Happy FaceBy app3 – August 20, 2010365ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThe audience that paid to sees Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix at the Geffen last Saturday night got their money’s worth—and a fix of nostalgia. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Rosie” (Bye Bye Birdie) and “Chim Chimney” (Mary Poppins) were among the numbers that lit up a clap-happy crowd at the sold-out show.Van Dyke’s acapella quartet, which formed after bassist Mike Mendyke approached the icon at a Starbucks in Malibu a decade ago, performs mostly at benefits; this one raised money for the Geffen and the educational non-profit Determined To Succeed. Much of Van Dyke’s narration during the show (he buffered each diddy with an anecdote or two) addressed his age. “I am…what’s left of Dick Van Dyke,” he joked to open the show, flashing shock-white teeth that matched an impressively lush head of hair. He entertained with stories about auditioning for the role of Albert in Bye Bye Birdie and working on The Dick Van Dyke Show with Mary Tyler Moore, whom he doubted at first because of her “Mid-Atlantic, Katherine Hepburn kind of delivery”. “Do you think she can do comedy?” he asked Carl Reiner, the sitcom’s creator, at the time. “That was the first and last time anybody asked that question,” Van Dyke quipped.Several times during the concert, the entertainer chuckled at his own senility, acting confused about the program schedule and relying on his significantly younger group mates for direction. “He’s so charming!” my friend said during one song. I agreed, though I wondered how improvised his moments of forgetfulness really were. Then Van Dyke genuinely lost his place; he overtly inspected his watch during one song and dance. It was funny, but also kind of sad. In an intentionally melancholy moment, Van-Dyke dedicated the beautiful and evocative “Baby Mine” from Dumbo to his “lady,” little known entertainer Michelle Triola Marvin, who died last year. Van Dyke lovingly remembered how she would barge into his home practices only to announce assuredly that “somebody’s flat.” Again: funny, but also sad.Most of the show’s tone was lighter, though. With an inimitable pendulum-leg swing, a swift kick-step, and his mellifluous voice, 84-year-old Van Dyke kept up with the Vantastix the whole ninety-minute show. In an instance of maybe-improv, Van Dyke invited a flustered Shirley Jones from the crowd to join the quartet in a rendition from The Music Man. “Tell me when I’m supposed to come in, will you?” she requested before they began.Between acts, Van Dyke shared how grateful he is for his career. “In my life, I’ve had more fun than the law allows,” he said. Towards the end of the show, Geffen’s producing director Gil Cates (once also the producer of Mother’s Day, the game show that Van Dyke hosted) honored the icon’s career by announcing that one of the theatre’s dressing rooms would be named after him.The audience walked and wheeled themselves out of the theatre smiling, only to be greeted by champagne, pastries and an ice cream cart with do-it-yourself toppings. Guests in their seventies and eighties were abuzz with talk of ice cream, which flavor to get, which toppings to put on. The whole scene made me want to stay a little while longer.Photograph by Jordan Strauss TAGSL.A. Culture2010August 2010Previous articleRamblin’ ManNext articleMy LA to Z: Landon Donovanapp3 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.What Defines a Successful Immigrant?The Undocumented Immigrants Who Are Redefining ‘American’last_img read more

How David beat Goliath: Advocacy groups seized a moment, and found allies, in bid to loosen vaccine patent rights

first_imgHealth Tags advocacyCoronavirusSTAT+Vaccines [email protected] Washington Correspondent Nicholas Florko reports on the the intersection of politics and health policy. He is the author the newsletter “D.C. Diagnosis.” Lev Facher @levfacher What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. @NicholasFlorko What’s included? Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. WASHINGTON — They’ve plastered a pharmaceutical CEO’s face on the side of a rented truck to protest “corporate welfare.” They’ve purchased Johnson & Johnson stock so they could attend the company’s annual shareholder meeting, at which they politely protested high drug prices and executive pay. In recent days, they’ve picketed the headquarters of vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna.Yet for all their incitement, progressive groups like Oxfam, Public Citizen, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and Doctors Without Borders have long been seen by mainstream Washington more as irritants than power players in debates over health care. Before this week, the notion of a small-dollar advocacy coalition landing a major blow against the pharmaceutical industry seemed more likely to play out in an Aaron Sorkin drama than in real life.center_img About the Authors Reprints [email protected] Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Nicholas Florko By Lev Facher and Nicholas Florko May 7, 2021 Reprints Log In | Learn More Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. GET STARTED Alex Hogan/STAT How David beat Goliath: Advocacy groups seized a moment, and found allies, in bid to loosen vaccine patent rights last_img read more

North Korea-China trade suspended due to frozen Amnok River

first_img SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] By Daily NK – 2017.02.11 1:38am News North Korea-China trade suspended due to frozen Amnok River NewsEconomy Small Chinese vessels (used for smuggling with North Korea) anchored in the Yalu River as the river freezes.Image: Daily NK Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News Smuggling and some trading activities between North Korea and China have been temporarily suspended due to the freezing of the Amnok (Yalu) River. Cross border exchange between the two countries often relies on the use of small boats to ferry goods between Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province, and Dandong, Liaoning Province.“The Amnok River began to freeze due to plummeting temperatures from last November, so trade and smuggling activities have been suspended. Residents are waiting for the winter cold to pass at the end of February, and are repairing their ships,” a source in North Pyongan Province told Daily NK on February 5.“The authorities have issued administrative instructions to the state fisheries including the Amnok shipping office to suspend all trade as well as fishing, and focus on repairs. But the fishermen themselves are more interested in smuggling because the state isn’t paying for the repairs.”“Even the state fisheries offices are engaged in smuggling in order to survive and make loyalty contributions to the regime. Some managers of state-run fisheries have recently been approaching private smugglers, who reportedly earn around 200,000 RMB a year, for business propositions,” the source added.According to the source, the state fisheries eschew official trade and resort to smuggling when official operations are suspended, because their primary concern is a loss of market competitiveness. Moreover, smuggling is critical in offsetting the costly customs tariffs incurred during official trade. Operations are supported by border patrol officials who collude with the smugglers. Border guards, who are in charge of border security and preventing defections, are bribed heavily in return for allowing the smugglers to operate freely.“The ones who are suffering the most from the recent freezing of the Amnok River are the officials manning the border posts. They are having a hard time because bribes have dwindled,” added a separate source in North Pyongan Province.“Most smuggled goods are traded in Dandong and Dongjiang, and merchants there are also affected. There are literally hundreds of Chinese vessels anchored at Dongjiang Port in Dongjiang City waiting for smuggling to resume.” Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

Five Judges Appointed to Higher Office

first_imgRelatedFive Judges Appointed to Higher Office Advertisements RelatedFive Judges Appointed to Higher Office FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Five judges were yesterday (Jan. 6) sworn into higher offices within the judiciary, during a ceremony held at King’s House.His Honour Martin Gayle, Her Honour Marva McDonald Bishop and His Honour Bertram Morrison, were sworn in as Puisne Judges in the Supreme Court while Her Honour Sarah Thompson James, and His Honour Frank Williams, were appointed to act as Puisne Judges. The appointments take effect today (Jan.7).Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, in presenting the instruments of appointment, stated that the judges have distinguished themselves in their profession. “Their selection and promotion to the position of Puisne Judge is an indication that Jamaica still produces professionals of high calibre, who can manage our judicial affairs,” Sir Kenneth Hall said.He congratulated the judges on their appointment and encouraged them to “continue to serve this country with distinction, as you seek to maintain the highest standards of excellence for which our justice system is renowned.”Chief Justice Zaila McCalla, in her remarks, stated that high standards are expected from the new appointees as they carry out their duties.“As we go about our daily lives, it is expected that we will remember always, the position that we hold. Judges are open to increasing scrutiny even in our private lives and we have to be mindful of that. The people look to us to uphold the rule of law in our country,” she pointed out.She noted further that “awesome responsibilities are being placed in our hands. We are required to be firm and resolute in our actions at times, but also mindful that we have to demonstrate humility and compassion when required.”In the meantime, she informed that legislation, recently passed, has allowed for increases in the number of judges at all levels of the judicial system and steps will be taken to make additional appointments. “But it is a process which takes time. We have to have applications; the necessary consultations must be made and interviews conducted,” she pointed out.On another matter, Justice McCalla said there is need for a new Supreme Court “as we have outgrown the space at the Supreme Court and we are urgently in need of space to accommodate judges, documents and support staff.”“We have seen meaningful changes in recent times and we are optimistic that with the recently established Court Implementation Committee, the year 2009 will see the long overdue expansion of the Supreme Court, hopefully to premises right across the street from where the court is housed,” she expressed.Meanwhile, Justice Martin Gayle, in his response on behalf of the appointees, said that every Jamaican, regardless of colour or class, must be given the fairest treatment before the courts. “We know the people of Jamaica have placed much confidence and trust in the judiciary. It is important that the judiciary settle disputes expeditiously and with easy accessibility. The citizens of this country are within their rights to seek speedy disposals of their pending cases in different courts at different levels,” he stated.He added the time has come for the courts to respond to the Jamaican people by “adopting a creative and activist approach and new techniques for the quick dispensation of justice, so as to convey confidence in the judicial system.”center_img RelatedFive Judges Appointed to Higher Office Five Judges Appointed to Higher Office UncategorizedJanuary 8, 2009last_img read more

Achievement of casual employment certainty is welcome but rest of IR Omnibus Bill must not be adandoned

first_imgAchievement of casual employment certainty is welcome but rest of IR Omnibus Bill must not be adandoned Australia’s leading business groups welcome the passage through the Senate of amendments to the Fair Work Act that will deliver much needed certainty regarding casual employment. The amendments will provide:A clear definition of a ‘casual employee’;Protection against unfair ‘double-dipping’ claims that would have imposed costs of up to $39 billion on employers and led to widespread business closures and mass job losses; andRobust conversion rights for casual employees.We appreciate the extensive efforts made by the Government to develop the moderate and sensible package of reforms in the IR Omnibus Bill, and the support of Senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts in working constructively with the Government on all the measures in the Bill.It is deeply disappointing that Senators Griff, Lambie and Patrick could not find a way to support measures in the Bill that would encourage the employment of hundreds of thousands of Australians.It is important that the Government does not abandon the rest of the Bill and further efforts need to be made over the months ahead to secure support. Otherwise, employers will be left with:An enterprise agreement system that is withering on the vine because of an unworkable Better Off Overall Test and Fair Work Commission approval requirements that are almost impossible to navigate;An award system that is far too complex and inflexible; andThe lost opportunity for project life greenfields agreements to drive investment and jobs.The legislation was the outcome of an extensive Government consultation process over the past nine months involving working parties of industry and union representatives. A sensible compromise was reached on the casual employment provisions aimed at boosting confidence, investment, job creation and wages.This statement is released by:Jenny Lambert, Acting CEO, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)Jennifer Westacott AO, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia (BCA)Steve Knott AM, Chief Executive, Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA)Denita Wawn, Chief Executive, Master Builders Australia (MBA) /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:ACCI, AusChamber, Australia, Australian, Australian Chamber, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australian Industry Group, Business Council of Australia, Chamber of Commerce, Commission, employment, enterprise agreement, Fair Work Act, Fair Work Commission, Government, Investment, legislation, Pauline Hansonlast_img read more

COP President “We are urging all companies and all investors to join race to zero”

first_imgCOP President “We are urging all companies and all investors to join race to zero” It is a pleasure to join you all today at the end of a fantastic summit.This is a vital year for climate action. In November, the countries of the world will meet in Glasgow for the next United Nations Climate Conference COP26Our ambition is that it will be a watershed moment when the world gets on track to avert the worst effects of climate change, to limit global temperature rises and to make the goals of the Paris Agreement, a reality.That is the international deal the world signed in 2015 to tackle the threat of climate change.This includes a commitment to limit global temperature rises to well below two degrees, aiming for a 1.5 degree rise. To keep that 1.5 degree target alive we must halve global emissions by 2030 and reach global net zero emissions by the middle of the century.As president of COP26 one of our central aims is to put the world on a path to net zero to keep the 1.5 degree target alive.And that means governments taking action, but it also means companies coming on board.And this is vital for two key reasons.Firstly, meeting the goal of the Paris Agreement and limiting global temperature rises depends on changes across the real economy.Secondly, action from companies encourages action from countries. To make bold commitments governments need to know that they will be welcomed and not resisted by business.We’re urging all companies and all investors to join the race to zero campaign ahead of COP26. And we’ll be celebrating new recruits on our COP26 social media channels.And I know you’ve heard about the recent zero campaign already of this summit. This commits you to reach net zero by 2050 at the latest, and a science based targets to get there.And I want to emphasise why joining is so important ahead of COP26.We’re at a critical point in the fight against climate change. Climate action that is not in line with the Paris Agreement is simply not enough.The race to zero is a gold standard. These are robust and rigorous targets based on the science that showed net zero is not some vague aspiration for a distant point in the future, but a concrete plan for the here and now.Joining is not only good for the planet, it’s good for business. 70% of the global economy is now covered by net zero targets. So ultimately, business practices are going to have to shift, they’re going to have to go green, and you’ve got a choice to make. Whether you lead the charge, catch up as the world changes around you, or you fade away.Joining the race to zero ahead of COP26 can keep you ahead of the curve. Being part of this campaign can save you money by encouraging you to work more efficiently.And it shows your customers and investors that you’re serious about climate action, and about taking the enormous opportunities presented by the clean economy.Don’t just take my word for it. We’re hearing the same from some of the leading names in the business community.Back in 2018, Anand Mahindra said at Davos and I quote, “everything our group of companies has done to try to improve energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has given us a return.”Earlier this year, I interviewed Bill Gates, who spoke about the tremendous opportunities presented by the global move to a clean economy.Just last month David Prezzano, Managing Director of HP in the UK and Ireland, said that sustainability had been a factor in their winning a $1 billion worth of business a year.Action across supply chains is a vital part of corporate climate action. And I know you have heard a lot about that already today.Using your purchasing power to drive down emissions allows your impact to be multiplied numerous times, and helps to future proof your business.Companies like IKEA and L’Oreal are taking tangible action, and I urge all of you to join them. Work with your suppliers to drive down emissions and to remove deforestation from your supply chains.Play your part in this vital year for climate change, drive meaningful climate action across the corporate world and help to deliver COP26 as the moment that we put the world on a path to making the goals of the Paris Agreement, a reality.Thank you. /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:agreement, Bill Gates, climate change, conference, Government, greenhouse gas emissions, IKEA, Ireland, Paris, President, social media, supply chain, sustainability, UK, UK Government, United Nations, zero-emissionlast_img read more

Clark County TODAY • Episode 24 • March 10, 2020

first_imgClarkCountyToday.com presents original documentary series — WATCH TRAILER There is still just one known case of COVID-19 in Clark County, but the number of people being tested rose to nearly 20 on Monday.Read more Posted by Jacob Granneman|Friday, March 13, 2020 |in : NewsClarkCountyToday.com presents original documentary series — WATCH TRAILER The up and coming nonprofit, Friends of Frog Ferry (FFF), held their second press conference this week, and delivered several new pieces of information regarding the proc…Read more Friends of Frog Ferry makes progress towards goal of Portland-Vancouver passenger ferry service Clark County TODAY • Episode 24 • March 10, 2020Posted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Tuesday, March 10, 2020in: Newsshare 0 Chris Brown highlights the top stories from ClarkCountyToday.com: ‘Rocky Mountain’ free documentary series coming next week on Clark County Today; Coronavirus Update; Public Health says 18 being tested for COVID-19; SR-503 barrier project could prevent cross-over accidents; Friends of Frog Ferry makes progress towards goal of Portland-Vancouver passenger ferry service; York Elementary students get visit from Seahawks player. Posted by Chris Brown|Tuesday, March 10, 2020 |in : NewsConcrete barrier coming to SR-503 where three died in head on crash Friday Friends of Frog Ferry makes progress towards goal of Portland-Vancouver passenger ferry service Posted by Chris Brown|Monday, March 9, 2020 |in : Health, NewsPublic Health says 18 being tested for COVID-19 center_img A concrete barrier will soon be installed along SR-503 from 154th Avenue to Main Street in Battle GroundRead more Posted by Jacob Granneman|Tuesday, March 10, 2020 |in : NewsFriends of Frog Ferry makes progress towards goal of Portland-Vancouver passenger ferry service Public Health says 18 being tested for COVID-19 “Rocky Mountain” is a three-part, free documentary focusing on the issues surrounding Yacolt Mountain Quarry here in Clark County. Watch the trailer here and get ready fo…Read more Concrete barrier coming to SR-503 where three died in head on crash Friday Posted by Jacob Granneman|Tuesday, March 10, 2020 |in : NewsFriends of Frog Ferry makes progress towards goal of Portland-Vancouver passenger ferry service The up and coming nonprofit, Friends of Frog Ferry (FFF), held their second press conference this week, and delivered several new pieces of information regarding the proc…Read more AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : Friends of Frog Ferry makes progress towards goal of Portland-Vancouver passenger ferry service Next : Concrete barrier coming to SR-503 where three died in head on crash FridayAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Laughing Matters – Jerry’s Memoir Is On The Market!

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsLaughing Matters – Jerry’s Memoir Is On The Market! Aug. 14, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsFeaturedLaughing MattersNewsLaughing Matters – Jerry’s Memoir Is On The Market!Jack Neworth10 months agojerry rosenblumLaughing MattersEleven years after he started, Jerry finished just had his memoir published. Courtesy image. Before I clarify how I became the “co-writer,” the far more remarkable event is that Jerry Rosenblum, who moved here in 1963 and who’ll turn 99 in January, just had his first book published, An Angel On My Shoulder. (Ever busy Jerry’s already only half-joking talking about a sequel, An Angel on My Other Shoulder.)Spanning from 1922 to 2020, Angel contains 98 fast-paced and uniquely varied chapters, one for each year of his life. Born and raised in Brooklyn, imagine that Jerry remembers the excitement of Lindbergh’s 1927 landing in Paris and feeling comforted by FDR’s first fireside chat in 1933.Jerry’s book is often touching, funny and filled with colorful characters. Many are famous, like Muhammad Ali who wound up the world’s most recognized person and some infamous like mobster union official Alan Dorfman, who wound up with a bullet in his head. (Ouch!) Jerry knew them both.Exceptionally congenial, Jerry is blessed with an infectious sense of humor and a unique ability to have a front row seat at many historic events and met a number who made that history. (I refer to Jerry as the “thinking man’s Forrest Gump.”)However, Jerry also writes about the extremely difficult times in his life, such as his father’s passing when Jerry was 12 and his having “to be the man of the house” to help support his family. As is tragically happening currently, he and his family were evicted during the Great Depression and Jerry recalls sadness and helplessness as his family’s furniture was piled on the sidewalk.  And he remembers in vivid detail the dangers of his Navy service at Pearl Harbor during WWII.Typical Jerry, he feels overcoming these challenges made him stronger and have contributed to his longevity and wonderful life. The fact is, Jerry’s the most positive, upbeat person I’ve ever known. (Hopefully you might meet him as I’ll spell out later.)In a painstaking labor of love, for the past year Jerry and I thoroughly rewrote a manuscript he first began in 2008. Almost daily over the phone, we talked over needed changes at 7 am  and 11 pm. (And to lighten our load, Jerry would invariably slip in a few classic borscht belt jokes.)On occasion, Jerry wondered if his positive nature was rubbing off on me. I joked, “For that I’m going to need blood transfusions.” The truth is I was extremely fortunate in our Tuesdays with Morrie  “lessons about life” relationship. To think, I was almost too busy to meet Jerry back in 2009.A regular reader of my column, Jerry got my number from a mutual friend. He had just finished his manuscript and wondered if I would read it.  He was 87 and hadn’t written anything before, so, I’m embarrassed to say, I was thinking of a polite way to pass.Just then Jerry mentioned he had spent 50 successful years as a salesman and store manager in the men’s clothing business. My late father, whom I still miss dearly, owned a men’s shop for 30 years so I couldn’t say no.Jerry persuaded me to read his manuscript. Imagine having to break the news to an 87-year-old his life story needed a spine to connect the vignettes, tension where appropriate and humor always. Jerry took my advice like the mensch he is and kept re-writing. (Confirming “writing is rewriting.”)I stayed in close touch and wrote columns about Jerry’s age-defying exploits of winning amateur senior singing contests, taking luxury cruise ships around the world and being the sole guest on two podcasts when he was a mere 96.  Finally, Jerry got a commitment from a publishing company for his book and asked if I’d help. The day we finally finished the rewrite, Jerry commented, “What I wrote was the cloth which you turned into a fine suit.The “fine suit” goes back in time and chapter by chapter works it’s way to the present. But before we flashback to 1922 and Jerry’s birth, Chapter 1 is entitled “AOC And Me!” It details Jerry’s friendship with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (Jerry wrote her two campaign songs, and when she lovingly thanked him on  Instagram it got 1 million views in a day.)The chapter includes their warm visit at a Bernie rally in Venice this past December and wonderful photos of the two of them together. (Meanwhile, Jerry’s on Instagram himself with 21,000 followers!)Readers often ask if Jerry is still sharp. Besides being a voracious reader current on everything, he has 50 songs, many from Broadway musicals, he knows by heart any of which he’ll sing at a drop of a hat. (Actually, you don’t even need the hat.)Trust me, knowing Jerry is inspiring. As AOC said, “He spreads joy and acts of kindness.”An Angel On My Shoulder is at http://bookstore.dorrancepublishing.com/ and click on “search,” or (800)  788-7654. It’s also available at Amazon. To buy his book and meet Jerry in person, call (310) 451-5383 as he offers social distance curbside service. 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