Two File Lawsuit Against Unicorn Meat, Allege Vision Damage at ‘Return to Bubble Kingdom’

first_imgBy Justin CharlesRemember ‘Return to the Bubble Kingdom’? The huge, end of summer warehouse party in Brooklyn hosted by Unicorn Meat NYC, featuring performances by Conspirator and Two Fresh among others, that promised tons of quirky visual features to excite guests. Along with ‘large scale art installations’, ‘choreographed performances’, and ‘holograms that float in the air above the dance floor’, a major selling point was a ‘black light reactive waterfall on the dance floor’.How do you get a ‘black light reactive waterfall’ into a Brooklyn warehouse? Apparently by filling a swimming pool with glow stick chemicals. Gothamist is now reporting that two 19 year old women, Rocio Marie Cabrera and Sarah Deodath, both of the Bronx, have filled a lawsuit against both the promoters and the owner of the warehouse. They claim the pool left them with permanent vision impairment.Update:Unicorn Meat has Released This Statment on Their Website:As a small event organization, we work hard to create diverse, entertaining, but ultimately safe parties for our clientele. It’s all about doing good things and having fun — for us and our clients. We have become a leading event company in Brooklyn by doing just that.  We try to support not only ourselves, but also other talented musicians, performers, and visual artists, through our events.We understand that claims have just been made – with massive and unnecessary publicity, both online and in mainstream media — that two individuals were injured at one of our events.  We are of course concerned, as we pride ourselves on sponsoring safe events. We have not been served with any papers yet or arranged counsel.  We do not know the full details of the accusations.  We do know that no one else has come forward with similar claims.  Yet dozens of other people participated in the same activities that allegedly produced injury.We just found out about all this in the last 24 hours or so.  It has been a chaotic situation for us.  We have not had a chance to investigate the facts.  We know nothing about the people who are complaining about what happened at the event, if anything.  We don’t know whether there is any legitimacy to the claims.  We do know that one of the people complaining lists her place of employment as a hair styling salon that also manufactures and sells their own products. Those products, such as hair sprays and gels, can cause eye irritations.  We will want to investigate the possibility that she developed an irritation from her workplace or other location but we haven’t done this yet.  We just don’t know – and, again, no one except the two people complaining has reported any similar issues to us.  We do intend to respond to this litigation in a responsible, thoughtful, and professional way, with help from counsel.– From Alex Kay, owner. Twenty-four-year-old, New York area native who has developed a great reputation from providing others with fun and safe entertainment.last_img read more

Twisted Sister – The Sound Of Thunder

first_imgWords by Bob Wilson Photos by Wayne Herrschaft The current line-up of Twisted Sister is Dee Snider (vocals), Jay Jay French (lead/rhythm guitar), Eddie ‘Fingers’ Ojeda (lead/rhythm guitar), Mark ‘The Animal’ Mendoza (bass guitar), and Mike Portnoy (drums). A Concert To Honor A.J. PeroTwisted Sister brought “The Sound Of Thunder” tour, a concert honoring the memory of drummer A.J. Pero to the Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, New Jersey on June 13th.With front man Dee Snider reminding one of a cross between Roger Daltrey and Phyllis Diller with serious abs, Twisted Sister were certainly visually quite a site to behold.The band went from the bars to the stars, and even found the controversial Snider testifying before the United States Senate back in 1985 with John Denver and Frank Zappa.  Exalted by MTV to the (silver) stars and into America’s consciousness, the group followed in the footsteps of Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls.  They had less makeup than Kiss, and more balls than your average Long Island bar band.Anthony Jude Pero died at the young age of 55 on March 20th, 2015 of a heart attack.  A.J. was traveling on the tour bus of the band Adrenaline Mob on their way to a show.  The drummer was rushed to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, but he could not be revived.  A.J. would often come to dine with the roadies, and love to meet the fans.  Guitarist Jay Jay French was quoted as saying, “The nice one died”.  He loved the vocation he had chosen, and the people that surrounded him.  It seems fitting that he passed on his way to rock, with the wheels of the tour bus rolling along.Twisted Sister performed an 18 song set, opening with What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You).The drum kit was handled studiously by Mike Portnoy, formally of Dream Theater and Adrenaline Mob. The band did not skip a beat, with highlights including Stay Hungry, The Beast, You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll, I Am (I’m Me), and the band’s signature tunes We’re Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock.  Portnoy played a memorial solo with A.J. Up on the screen, while the audience chanted his name, and reacted with visceral emotion.  While the drummer’s life was being celebrated, so also was the band’s history which started in 1972.  The theme of the set list seemed to be aimed at defying Father Time, who the aging rockers have realized is a real mother. Both a CD and DVD are set to be released of the memorial shows.  The first of the shows was held in Las Vegas on May 30th at the Joint Hard Rock Hotel, with Skid Row also on the bill.Tonight’s show was opened by Four By Fate, and Billy Mira and the Hitmen.  Twisted Sister will hit a few dates around Europe, and return to the USA.  Their last scheduled show this yearis on September 12th at the Grand Casino for the Grand Rocktember Music Festival III.last_img read more

Mary Lee Ingbar, pioneer in field of health economics, dies at 83

first_imgMary Lee Ingbar, Radcliffe ’46, Ph.D. ’53, M.P.H. ’56, who was a pioneer in applying quantitative and sophisticated computer analysis to the developing field of health economics in the 1950s and 1960s, died in Cambridge, on Sept. 18.Ingbar was especially interested in the relationships between cost, quality, and outcomes of medical care.  She brought insights from the fields of econometrics and operations research to bear upon the variability of the costs of medical care from one health care setting to another; to this end, she developed what in all likelihood was the first comprehensive statistical and econometric computer software program for analyzing hospital costs. In this work, she collaborated closely with Professor John Dunlop of Harvard (later U.S. secretary of labor) and Lester D. Taylor.  She and Taylor wrote “Hospital Costs in Massachusetts” (Harvard University Press, 1968), one of the first econometric studies of hospital costs ever to be published.In the early 1970s, while associate professor of health economics at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical School, Ingbar was a member of the California Hospital Commission, where she participated in the design and implementation of an innovative program for detailed reporting of hospital expenses and health outcomes, which allowed comparisons of costs and efficiencies of care, and helped to establish the oversight of then-emerging forms of health care delivery, such as health maintenance organizations.In the late 1970s and 1980s, Ingbar worked to advance the use of computerized databases to track health care events, costs, and outcomes in medical care delivery systems that were growing increasingly large and complex. During these years, she held professorships at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.Ingbar remained a principal research associate of the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School for the remainder of her life.  She served as an Overseer for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as a member of the Corporation of Partners Healthcare System. Ingbar was very active in the American Public Health Association (APHA); she was a member of the APHA Governing Council and a chairperson of the APHA Medical Care Section. She was consultant on health economics to many organizations, and in recent years served on the Council of the Alumni Association of the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.Ingbar was born and raised in New York City. Her mother, Ruth P. Mack, was a noted economist. Her stepfather, Edward C. Mack, was a professor of English literature at the City College of New York.  John E. Mack, her stepbrother, was a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and received the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for his biography of T.E. LawrenceMary Lee Ingbar was married to Sidney H. Ingbar, an internationally recognized expert on thyroid gland disease and William Bosworth Castle Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is survived by her three sons, David Ingbar, M.D. ’78, of Minneapolis; Eric Ingbar of Carson City, Nev.; and Jonathan Ingbar of Portland, Ore.Donations in honor of Mary Lee Ingbar may be made to the Lung Cancer Alliance and High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program. A memorial will be held at a later date.last_img read more

Salting Error Causes Multiple Maryland Accidents

first_imgDave Buck, spokesman for Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA), says trucks went out overnight to pretreat for possible precipitation Saturday. They transported four people for checkups. A spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue says between 4:30 and 6:30 a.m. the department responded to 8 collisions on the Beltway between Connecticut Ave. and Rockville Pike. He says one truck was operated by a contractor and loaded with both salt brine and liquid magnesium. The truck treated the west side of the Beltway between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. This is the area where the accidents occurred. MSHA has the truck and is investigating why it was used and how it was loaded with the wrong materials. Buck sayscenter_img Maryland State Police were kept busy Friday morning with accidents on the Beltway near Georgia Ave. WUSA Images: Beltway Crashes MSHA has salted and conditions are improving.last_img read more

New Mathematical Formula Unveiled to Prevent AI From Making Unethical Decisions

first_imgThe AI has a vast number of potential strategies to choose from, but some are unethical and will incur not just moral cost but a significant potential penalty if regulators levy hefty fines or customers boycott you – or both.That’s why these mathematicians and statisticians came together: to help business and regulators by creating a new “Unethical Optimization Principle” that would provide a simple formula to estimate the impact of AI decisions.RELATED: In World First, AI System Develops New Drug, Cuts R&D Costs By 80%, Moving it to Trials For OCD Patients in 1/5 the TimeImage credit: deepak pal, CC licenseAs it stands right now, “Optimization can be expected to choose disproportionately many unethical strategies,” said Professor Robert MacKay of the Mathematics Institute of the University of Warwick.“The Principle also suggests that it may be necessary to re-think the way AI operates in very large strategy spaces, so that unethical outcomes are explicitly rejected in the optimization/learning process.”They have laid out the full details in a paper bearing the name “An unethical optimization principle”, published in Royal Society Open Science on Wednesday 1st July 2020.POPULAR: Researchers Create AI System That Can Predict Epileptic Seizures One Hour Ahead of Time With 99.6% Accuracy“Our suggested ‘Unethical Optimization Principle’ can be used to help regulators, compliance staff and others to find problematic strategies that might be hidden,” said MacKay. “(The) inspection of which should show where problems are likely to arise and thus suggest how the AI search algorithm should be modified to avoid them in future.”Reprinted from Warwick CollegeBe Sure And Share This Intriguing Solution With Math Lovers On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreResearchers from the UK and Switzerland have found a mathematical means of helping regulators and business police Artificial Intelligence systems’ biases towards making unethical, and potentially very costly and damaging choices.The collaborators from the University of Warwick, Imperial College London, and EPFL – Lausanne, along with the strategy firm Sciteb Ltd, believe that in an environment in which decisions are increasingly made without human intervention, there is a very strong incentive to know under what circumstances AI systems might adopt an unethical strategy—and to find and reduce that risk, or eliminate entirely, if possible.Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly deployed in commercial situations. Consider for example using AI to set prices of insurance products to be sold to a particular customer. There are legitimate reasons for setting different prices for different people, but it may also be more profitable to make certain decisions that end up hurting the company.last_img read more

Erma Lee Balque

first_imgErma Lee Balque, 81, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017. She was a native of Port Arthur, TX and was a member of Historic Israel Chapel AME Church. Funeral service will be Saturday, at 11:00 A.M. at Historic Israel Chapel. Rev. Theo Mays officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. Interment will follow at Live Oak Memorial Park. Service entrusted to Hannah Funeral Home, Inc.last_img

Former Chief Justice Quince inducted into Warren E. Burger Society

first_img Dec 06, 2019 News in Photos Former Chief Justice Quince inducted into Warren E. Burger Society Peggy Quince, the first African-American female to serve as chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, has been inducted into the National Center for State Courts’ Warren E. Burger Society.The Burger Society honors individuals who have used their time, talent, and support to the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in exceptional ways. It is named for the former chief justice of the United States who helped found NCSC in 1971. The induction ceremony took place November 21 in Washington, D.C.Quince was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court in 1998, and in 2008, she was named chief justice, a position she held for two years. She retired in January 2019. She served on NCSC’s Board of Directors for six years, chairing the Programs Committee and providing advice on the development of the long-range strategic direction for NCSC.Before serving on the Supreme Court, Quince was on Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals for five years, was an assistant attorney general in the criminal division for 13 years, and an attorney in private practice for three years. She also has been involved with numerous legal and civic organizations over the years.last_img read more

State Provides Los Alamos Retired And Senior Organization 400+ Free Boxes Of Food For Seniors; Disabled Residents

first_imgNew Mexico Aging and Long Term Services Department has provided the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization with more than 400 free food boxes for seniors over 60 or those with disabilities. You do not need to be a member or live in Los Alamos. You will be asked to provide your name, address, phone number and birthday, and a staff member will load your box into the vehicle. Call 505.662.8920 to arrange a pick, and free delivery is available in Los Alamos and White Rock. Visit to learn more about the free membership and services available. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen/LARSOlast_img read more

Who’s new at the town hall?

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CBRE buys Denmark’s Cederholm

first_imgCederholm, CBRE’s affiliate since 1999, employs 60 people and has offices in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Kolding.According to Mike Strong, president of CBRE for the EMEA region, the company sees strong growth in the Danish property market, based on changing economic principle’s including ‘the erosion of the traditional preference for owner-occupancy among local companies, which has made sale-leaseback transactions an attractive option.’Key building-blockHe said: ‘Denmark and the entire Nordic region is of strategic interest to our clients. Cederholm is a well established business with an excellent reputation and strong market position in Denmark. This transaction is a key building-block in the development and expansion of our operations across Scandinavia.’Henrik Cederholm, managing director at Cederholm, said: ‘Full integration with the world’s largest commercial real estate services provider makes perfect sense for the future expansion of our business.’last_img read more