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  • Moon Hooch, Jackson Whalan, And Lavender Fields To Perform In Boulder

    first_imgBrooklyn-based trio Moon Hooch has developed a sound in a category unto itself. Dance party meets jazz lounge. Busker meets late-night club. However you add it all up, these former students of New York City’s The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music have created a buzz that is carrying itself across the country, and rapidly at that. The band recently announced a headlining spot at Boulder, CO’s The Fox Theatre on Saturday, October 7th with special guests Jackson Whalan and Lavender Fields (purchase tickets here).James Muschler (drums), Mike Wilbur (Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Synth) and Wenzl McGowen (EWI, tenor/baritone sax, clarinet) have developed a raw, kinetic, yet sophisticated sound that vibes perfectly both in the studio and in the live setting. Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2013, the group has kept a fervent pace, as they dropped the exploratory Joshua Tree EP earlier this year, followed by Live at The Cathedral most recently back in mid-July.Another fellow student of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC, Jackson Whalan combines a love of hip-hop, electronic music, live instrumentation and socially thought-provoking lyrics. He has collaborated with Mr. Lif, Jo Jo Mayer & Nerve, Space Jesus, SOOHAN, to name a few, and is just getting things started.Multi-instrumentalist Lavender Fields is most definitely on a natural and spiritual journey of the psychedelic kind, drawing influences from the reggae, dub, electronic and classical genres. Combining analog equipment with the latest music production technologies, while concentrating on the healing sound frequencies found in nature, Lavender Fields is making music for your soul.Tickets to the Moon Hooch show at The Fox Theatre on Saturday, October 7th are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For additional information and show updates, check out the Facebook Event page.Enter to win a pair of tickets below!last_img read more

  • Are You Ready to Be a ‘Win-ologist’?

    first_imgWith technology developments happening at the speed of light – everything and everyone connected, anywhere and anytime – CEOs need to be extremely flexible. They need to react immediately to changing market conditions. Putting this into practice is easier said than done, and requires tech-savviness. The true, modern-day CEO needs to be a Connected CEO. In my opinion, Connected CEOs are a new breed of business leaders who leverage agility, talent and the right partners to keep winning and drive digital transformation throughout their company.The Art of ‘Win-ology’We live in a unique time, where the pace of change is accelerating. Evolutions that previously took 50 years, are now happening in five years. What took five years, has been reduced to five months.What has not changed is the fighting spirit and the drive to win that characterize great CEOs. Or, as I would put it, they want to be win-ologists. According to Gartner’s recent CEO Survey, growth and profit are the number-one priorities of business leaders. Those may seem like obvious priorities, but more interesting is that CEOs also indicate that developing near-term and future digital routes to market are the key ways to drive growth and profit. New digital routes to market allow business leaders to sell more to existing customers or sell to new customers while, at the same time, building the business of the near future, addressing cost and increasing customer loyalty. While the idea of shifting towards digital business used to be something looming on the horizon, in 2017, it has become the main destination. CEOs know they have no choice really: they either have to become an Uber in their market, or risk being ‘Ubered’ by someone else.If CEOs want to become and/or remain win-ologists, they will need to connect the dots between the business and IT. Doing that means bringing several elements together, and can be considered an art. After all, great art succeeds in combining elements like vision, technique, emotion and medium. Likewise, the Connected CEO will need the find the right mix between talent, partnerships and business ability to reach his or her goal.TalentThe Gartner CEO survey shows that 58% of CEOs want to improve in-house technology and digital capabilities. This means that CEOs are ever more open to in-house development of strategic capabilities and especially strategic digital capabilities. From my frequent contacts with customers too, I know that the modern CEO understands how important digital processes, technology and systems are to maintaining a competitive advantage. Great CEOs are willing to invest in technological skills and capabilities.To upgrade your IT department, you will need to understand what drives your pool of ‘intellectual capital’, as I like to call it, and give your employees all the necessary tools. In this way, they will have everything at their fingertips to reach their full potential within your company. It also means recruiting the profiles with the right mindset and skills across not only your CIO but your entire executive board and your entire workforce.This evolution is accelerated now that companies start to realize that there are some downsides to moving too many workloads to the public cloud. They opted for public cloud to decrease cost and increase transparency, but the opposite happened: costs are going through the roof as they add more data services and they lose transparency. It is a commonly held view that companies can deliver services less expensively themselves by using cloud-like concepts in their in-house infrastructure. We live in a multi-cloud world.Gartner’s survey also highlights that deep digital transformation can only be driven if you set the right success criteria from the start. It reveals that 47% of CEOs are under pressure from their board of directors to make progress in the digital field. The best person within your management board to turn to for advice on how to do that is… your CIO. They can help you answer questions on how to grow digitally and how to set the best KPIs. They will also be able to clearly explain new frameworks of reference. Still, if you feel that your CIO is unable to fully focus on digital entrepreneurism due to having too much legacy process and technology to maintain, it might be wise to bring in an additional role. The Chief Digital Officer (CDO) can drive digitization forward while business continuity is maintained. A strong and connected CEO/CIO/CDO trio can put your digital house in order! The Right PartnerBuilding your digital-minded resources is a first step in the right direction. It is important to have the right skill set in-house. However, you cannot expect your teams to be experts in everything. And that’s why you will still need to work with external partners to help you on the road to digital transformation.Picking the right partner is not an easy task, and CEOs rightly expect their technology partner to bring a complete solution to the table, not just a brick in the wall, but an entire wall. A good partner will offer breadth of technological expertise, and people expertise. In the complex world that we live in, a partner needs to understand technology, understand the customer’s industry, understand the company itself and how far it has advanced in its digital transformation.Like the best team surrounds the winner, I want Dell EMC to be the right partner for your business too. Our customer relations are built on trust and long-term engagement. Together, we build the roadmap for your transformation journey.The Need for Speed: Agility Is KeyIt is a delicate balancing act to reconcile long-term plans for digital transformation while maintaining your competitive edge in the short run, especially as more and more agile and disruptive players enter the market daily. As I said earlier, changes are happening faster and faster and, to be a winner, you need to move faster than the market. If you’re not ahead, you’re behind. Agile methods have long been used by IT teams, but have recently found more success in different levels of the organization. Startups often utilize the method for their whole business model, combined with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering. It allows them to architect for change very rapidly and efficiently, and to adapt to customer expectations more quickly, so it is definitely something that should find a foothold in larger organizations.A recent Forbes article stated that modern businesses need to be a combination of: 1) formal structures, 2) big data know-how and 3) action-oriented behavior. I agree with that. You could liken it to a three-legged stool that needs all three elements to keep it in balance. But stepping out of bureaucracy and moving towards adhocracy will be a challenge for many. The right software and the right tools can help you to keep your competitive advantage and do business much faster. After all, every company has essentially become a software company. The Connected CEOTo be a win-ologist, you first need to become a Connected CEO: someone who has a helicopter view at all times and breaks down silos. It’s a tough balancing act between the long term and short term, between business goals and digital transformation goals, and between connecting the right people and talent with the systems within your organization. To be successful on this exciting journey you will need to get the right profiles and partners on board. If you mix these elements in the right proportions, you will create a true work of art.We live in a complex world. It may seem a paradox but, in a complex environment, simple solutions become all the more powerful. Very much like the simplest of drawings can provoke the deepest of emotions.Let’s develop these simple solutions together! Let’s create a work of art together!last_img read more

  • Michigan professor discusses music, culture

    first_imgThe lyrics to country artist Gretchen Wilson’s song “Redneck Woman” could be a solution to modern tension between gender and class, a University of Michigan professor said during a guest lecture Monday. Nadine Hubbs, associate professor of women’s studies and music at the University of Michigan, spoke at Saint Mary’s about popular music’s role in culture and used female country singers to demonstrate issues facing women, particularly those who come from the lower class. Wilson, who grew up in a trailer park and comes from a working class family, sends a very specific message to her listeners with the song, Hubb said. “In the song where she defines herself and her position in society, she says that being who she is, is cool, and being that kind of person has not always been cool.” she said. Hubbs said women in working-class households are expected to cultivate “middle-class manners” in their families, but Wilson’s song is a good example for working-class women struggling to assert themselves against negative stereotypes. She said the singer has a vision of women being proud of where they come from, which shows how popular music can be used as a statement about class misconceptions that often victimize women. “I look at this song ‘Redneck Woman’ as a solution or a detour around that tough predicament [between gender and class,]” Hubbs said. “It’s quite a trick to pull off.”last_img read more

  • Tix Now Available to See Jason Ritter & More in David Mamet’s Ghost Stories

    first_imgTickets are now available to see Jason Ritter, Mary McCann, Arliss Howard and more in David Mamet’s Ghost Stories: The Shawl and Prairie du Chien. The Atlantic Theater Company production will begin previews on May 27 and run through June 28. Opening night is set for June 16 at Atlantic Stage 2.Directed by Scott Zigler, the double bill explores the toll of death and murder. The first follows a bereaved woman (McCann) who consults a small-time mystic (Howard) and his apprentice (Ritter) for guidance. The latter takes place on a railroad car as a friendly card game escalates to jealousy and murder.Rounding out the cast are Nate Dendy, Jim Frangione, Henry Kelemen, Jordan Lage and Dereks Thomas.The production will feature set design by Lauren Helpern, costumes by Linda Cho and lighting design by Jeff Croiter. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015 Related Shows Ghost Stories: The Shawl and Prairie Du Chien View Commentslast_img read more

  • Cape Plumbago

    first_imgGrowing cape plumbago is like having your own ticket to the butterfly wild kingdom. Not only will you be the proprietor of the daily nectar café, but depending on where you live, you will also celebrate young ones, as this is a host plant for the cassius blue butterfly.This comes from someone who has become a recent butterfly geek, if you will. If you are just a lover of color, then know you will be offered the rarest of blue for the garden from late spring through frost. This means that, whether you grow it as a returning perennial, shrub or treat it as an annual, you can relish the beauty of the sky blue flowers.You might wonder why I am touting it now. The answer is that this South African native plant is tough as nails and a persevering performer, even in the torrid temperatures so prevalent during late August and early September. Botanically speaking, it is known as Plumbago auriculata. Its common names are “leadwort,” which I hate; “plumbago,” which is OK; and “cape plumbago,” which I like best.The cape plumbago was chosen as a Texas Superstar plant in 2005, meaning it was promoted from the citrus area of the Lower Rio Grande Valley to the far north reaches of the Texas Panhandle. This also demonstrates that it can be grown in just about any good draining soil with most any pH. We are growing ours at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm as a 36-inch tall shrub in full sun. It blooms on new growth and it will reward you with more blooms when you feel the need to shape it or prune lanky growth.They are very tolerable of a partial-sun environment. We have experienced 18 and 22 degrees Fahrenheit in two of the three winters since I’ve been here, and our cape plumbagos have rebounded nicely. Most sources promote zone8b root hardiness, those in slightly colder zones are finding success with an added layer of mulch in the winter. Don’t forget that you can grow this rare-colored beauty as a terrific annual, too.The sky blue color of the cape plumbago offers many choice partnerships, whether in mixed containers or in the garden. Over the years, I’ve seen them grown artistically with pink wave petunias. My favorite may be to see them combined with the rustic orange of the ‘Beyond Paradise’ copper plant or the fairly new ‘Campfire’ coleus. There is just something special about this blue and copper combination. In much of the Savannah, Georgia, area, deer have become way more than a nuisance, and it gives me great happiness to say the cape plumbago is not on their menu. We grow ours with the yellow shrimp plant, Justicia brandegeeana, and ‘Black and Blue’ salvia, Salvia guaranitica, which are also both deer resistant. In the last few days, we’ve had the cassius blue butterfly laying eggs, as well as various swallowtails and yellow, cloudless sulphur butterflies, which seems to be nature’s version of the complementary color scheme. We have also seen the hummingbird clearwing, a member of the hawk moth family.There is one last plumbago I want to mention. Doctorbush is known botanically as Plumbago scandens. It is native to Arizona, Florida and Texas, and you occasionally find it or the named selection, ‘Summer Snow,’ at specialty garden centers. When I was the director of the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, it fulfilled its mission, bringing in all sorts of butterflies, including the cassius blue. Rare color, butterflies, deer resistance and summerlong performance are strong attributes of the award-winning cape plumbago. I hope you will give it a try and see if you agree that it is great value for your landscape dollar.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. For more information about the Coastal Botanical Gardens, go to www.coastalgeorgiabg.org/.last_img read more

  • Fridays on the Fly: What To Ask When Shopping For Trophy Trout

    first_imgFor fly fishers this side of Alaska, the most likely place to do battle with trout approaching 30 inches is on private trophy water. But depending on the experience you’re looking for, not all trophy waters are created equal. There are questions to ask before dropping a few hundred bucks on a trophy trip.Is the stream fishable year-round?This is a loaded question. Rather than asking about seasonal availability, you’re probing to determine health of the fishery.Many streams in our region have water conditions unsuitable for trout, especially during the heat of summer. This is exacerbated when a stream is stocked with trout in numbers and sizes that far exceed its carrying capacity.If all you want is to catch big fish, this shouldn’t matter. If you’re looking for an experience that’s a little more true to life, find a fishery where trout would thrive without help from humans.What’s your stocking program?There aren’t many trophy waters without a stocking program. Whether it’s to supplement populations of wild trout or to create a whole new fishery, managers typically add trout to keep customers happy.Some operations stock heavily with fish grown to trophy size at a hatchery. Many times, these are sterile triploid trout. Triploids grow quickly and fight hard. They do not, however, have the sleek and colorful appearance of wild trout.Other trophy streams take advantage of existing populations of stream-born trout by feeding and growing them. Such management might also include limited stockings. These fisheries don’t typically grow as many huge trout, but some anglers like the idea—and the looks—of big fish that were raised in the stream.What about feeding?“Supplemental feeding” is a subjective concept. Some managers distribute as much trout chow as their fish will eat in order to grow them as large and as quickly as possible. Others use feedings sparingly to supplement a natural diet.One way or the other, trout in this part of the world don’t consistently grow huge without nutritional help. The trade-off for a stream with scads of enormous trout is the tendency for those trout to disregard natural feeding behaviors. On the other hand, trout keyed on tiny midge larvae are more challenging than those looking for brown pellets.How is the fishing regulated?With private water, it’s possible to limit fishing pressure and enforce catch-and-release regulations. Fish stay in the water and grow large. They can also grow wise.The better trophy streams devise systems to limit pressure, which means the fish will be healthier and a little less wary.Those are some questions to ask when shopping for a trip on private trophy waters. If you’re wondering who to ask, drop by your local fly shop. Even if they don’t run trophy trips, they’ll know about trophy operations in the area.Nick Carter is the author of “Flyfisher’s Guide to North Carolina & Georgia.” It is available on Amazon.com, and autographed copies are available by emailing the author at [email protected]last_img read more

  • Colombia Arrests Leaders of Submarine Cocaine Ring

    first_img “As a result of an investigation of more than six years, the national police captured two of those responsible for sending cocaine to North America using self-propelled, semi-submersible vessels, with (shipments) averaging 20 tons of drugs annually,” the police said in a statement. Colombian authorities have captured two leaders of a 20-ton-per-year cocaine operation that sent drug-laden submarines to the United States, local police said on 3 August. By Dialogo August 04, 2011 Colombia, where drug traffickers take advantage of dense jungles and forests and a weak state presence in some areas, has received millions of dollars in aid from Washington to fight cocaine output, leftist rebels and cartels. Colombia’s new criminal gangs – made up of a kaleidoscope of former paramilitary commanders, ex-cartel members and others – ship tons of cocaine monthly through Central America and Mexico to the United States and to a lesser extent to Europe.last_img read more

  • Why analytics is a credit union industry opportunity

    first_img 86SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Austin Wentzlaff Austin J. Wentzlaff joined OnApproach in 2013 as a Business Development Analyst and is now currently Director of Business Development. He is responsible for developing marketing strategies, driving prospects to … Web: www.onapproach.net Details Analytics has been a prevalent topic for many years but never more prevalent in the credit union industry than it is today.  Just a few years ago, the topic hardly came up, but in 2017, it’s hard to find a credit union not talking about, or planning and budgeting for a proper analytics solution.  This excitement about analytics has gathered widespread attention, involving industries, companies, and individuals new to the field of analytics.Now that there is a lot of buzz around the topic, it is important to understand whose challenge, but more importantly, whose opportunity analytics is.  Analytics is the credit unions’ opportunity.  Not just one individual credit union, but all credit unions – the industry or movement.Credit unions need to understand the value of their data, not just as one credit union’s data, but the value of all credit union data.  Alone, as a single credit union, how do we compete with U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and Citi Group, not to mention the FinTechs like SoFi?  We can’t.  The answer to our biggest challenges is something that is inherent to the credit union industry – collaboration.  While we might not be able to fully execute on analytics alone, we can do it together – as ONE.One of the best things that the credit union industry has ever formed is the Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO).  Doug Petersen, President/CEO of Workers Credit Union says it best:“[CUSOs] provide a means to an end – allowing credit unions the capability to fulfill the financial needs of their members in a cost effective environment through efficient delivery channels.  Plus, they attract the brightest and most innovative minds to the board table, bringing best practices of credit unions across the country, which is a priceless experience.” The CUSO model is exactly what the credit union industry needs in order to tackle the analytics challenge and take advantage of the opportunity.  CUSOs leverage the power of collaboration that already exist within the industry to offer several benefits such as:Economies of ScaleEconomies of scale are achieved when a company produces goods and services on a larger scale while simultaneously lowering average input costs.  CUSOs achieve economies of scale by producing goods or services for several credit unions rather than having a single credit union attempt to replicate the same benefit.  By utilizing the power of collaboration, CUSOs can specialize on a given product or service, which enables them to provide higher-value products and services at a much lower cost.Competitive AdvantageCUSOs offer credit unions the ability to remain competitive by improving efficiencies and producing a wider array of products and services that would be unobtainable without CUSO collaboration.  They enable credit unions to acquire scale and market power along with other resources, such as capital and staff that far exceed their individual sizes.  For example, an analytics solution can take about three years to build and has an initial cost of about $2,000,000 with an additional cost of $200,000 per year to support. With a CUSO; however, credit unions can get the same solution for less than $50,000 upfront and only $40,000 per year to support.Multiple Credit Union PerspectivesThe collaboration of several owners spurs more innovative products and services because there are several different viewpoints, many of which are from the most innovative minds in the industry.  Unlike most other vendors in the credit union space, CUSOs have board members and owners that represent the industry as a whole.  “There can be some overlap with the credit union, but the management team can’t be 100% the same,” says Guy Messick, Attorney/Partner at Messick & Lauer and General Counsel to NACUSO.  This is incredibly beneficial because there are more minds contributing to what’s best for the industry.For Credit Unions, by Credit UnionsOwners of CUSOs are, themselves, credit unions. Therefore, it is in their best interest to do what is best for credit unions.  Rather than focusing solely on profit, CUSOs also focus on the overall well-being of credit unions and their members.  Credit unions, not shareholders, are in control of the CUSO’s product development roadmap and the CUSOs deliver on the roadmaps by leveraging expertise of credit union executives.  Using ideas from the best and the brightest in the industry, both large and small credit unions, ensures best practices are shared and practiced. This results in the best products and services available for the industry. OwnershipThis is easily the most important aspect of a CUSO, especially as it pertains to data and analytics.  WHO OWNS THE DATA and WHO OWNS THE TECHNOLOGY – it needs to be the credit union industry.   When, or if, credit unions start to give away their data and/or the technology that effectively stores, mines, and utilizes their data, they not only give away the value of their data, but they also give away what makes them who they are – their members.  When we start to give away our member data, we start to give away our members.  This industry must hold onto our most important asset, our members.  Which in 2017 and beyond, is their data and the technology required to leverage that data.For all of the reasons above, the CUSO is the only way credit unions can successfully execute on analytics.  Credit unions must realize that this is much bigger than one credit union.  This is an industry opportunity and it many ways, analytics, and digital transformation, is the demise, or prosperous future for credit unions – in all hopes, the latter.  last_img read more

  • Trump should face harassment allegations under oath

    first_imgThen last week, something changed. Three of Trump’s previous accusers reiterated their allegations against him.A group of more than 50 Democratic congresswomen requested that the House take up an investigation into Trump’s conduct.Eight senators have called on the president to resign over the accusations and seconded the demand for a congressional investigation.Of those, Trump focused his ire on New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, whom he implied had traded sex for campaign donations.A congressional probe of the allegations against the president remains highly unlikely, at least while both the Senate and House remain under Republican control.But in theory, such an investigation could make a valuable — even crucial — contribution to the ongoing reckoning. Categories: Editorial, OpinionFor months, the national reckoning with sexual harassment and assault orbited President Donald Trump as if around a black hole — intimately connected to a man who nevertheless remained untouched by it. Truth and reconciliation commissions are about storytelling.The goal is to give perpetrators immunity to encourage them to shed light on past crimes, but also to provide victims with a space in which to speak and be heard.Commissions are about emotion, too: Ideally, they allow people on all sides of a conflict to work through their sorrow and resentment in order to heal.It’s impossible to isolate any one cause of the post-Harvey Weinstein wave.But a great deal of it may come from the rage of American women who have been, unknowingly perhaps, waiting for something to give since Trump’s election.The rawness and catharsis of this moment are bound up with year-old frustration over a country that didn’t find the would-be president’s disrespect for women disqualifying.A real reckoning with harassment and assault requires not only figuring out how to prevent misconduct in the future but also coming to terms with Trump.  Ideally, Congress would focus that investigation on how the epidemic of sexual harassment and assault limits opportunity in the workplace, and it would address the allegations against Trump as part of that investigation.Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks, who came together last week at a news conference to return their accusations of the president to the public eye, have all said they would be willing to testify before Congress.Trump should also be given the chance to speak under oath about his interactions with these women and the authenticity of the “Access Hollywood” tape, which he apparently has questioned.There is an important avenue for congressional inquiry here.As New York magazine’s Rebecca Traister writes, the current crisis is not just about sex but also about sexual misconduct toward women at work: both women’s vulnerability to harassment in the workplace and the economic and professional vulnerabilities that result from that harassment.This is a sex-discrimination problem — and Congress should hear from experts as to how to address this pervasive gender inequity. Trump’s behavior is an example.Like many of the powerful men recently exposed as predatory, much of his alleged behavior took place while the women who accuse him were at work or seeking professional guidance.Now, as president, he is the nation’s most powerful at-will employer.center_img Such hearings on workplace harassment could produce concrete benefits in the form of legislative solutions to systems that stack the deck against victims, such as nondisclosure agreements written into employment contracts.But while pointing to Trump as a test case might be politically satisfying, the end goal of that piece of it is less clear.What comes after the investigation?The behavior the president is accused of, especially because voters were aware of the allegations before the election, probably does not constitute an impeachable offense.The answer is that we should think of the hearing as justification in itself, something akin to a truth and reconciliation commission.In societies rebuilding after devastating conflict— notably post-genocide Rwanda and post-apartheid South Africa – such commissions have encouraged both victims and perpetrators to share their experiences and work toward the truth of what took place.It’s an alternative model of justice focused on healing a wounded community rather than punishing the guilty. Congress almost certainly can’t compel the president to testify if he refuses.And even if Trump appeared, he has shown little indication of a capacity for emotional honesty or remorse.The real value of such hearings would come from listening to the stories of the women who have accused him — women whom he has branded as liars and frauds — giving them a chance to speak and be heard apart from his alleged abuse. Testimony under oath before a bipartisan committee would be an anchor to the truth.For that same reason, it would be a step toward rebuilding a world splintered both by the damage of assault and by the presidential attack not just on truth, but on women’s stories.Quinta Jurecic is an associate editor for the Lawfare blog and a member of The Washington Post’s editorial board.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

  • New Zealand ends COVID-19 free run

    first_imgThe pair were released early from government quarantine and permitted to drive from the city of Auckland to Wellington, the capital – nearly 650km away – before being diagnosed or even tested, health officials said. Their trip was an approved exemption from the mandatory isolation period for new arrivals to the country in order to visit a dying parent. The women had “done everything right” and had not put other members of the public at risk, said Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand’s director-general of health, on Tuesday. (The Guardian) WELLINGTON – New Zealand has recorded its first new cases of coronavirus for 24 days after two women who arrived in the country from Britain were found to be infected.center_img Dr. Ashley Bloomfield speaks after two new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in New Zealand after 24 days without an active case in the country. HOPKINS/GETTY IMAGES last_img read more