East London burst pipe leaves homes without water – BBC News

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What pandemic? Crowds swarm the Great Wall of China as travel surges during holiday week – CNN

(CNN) — The scene at the Great Wall of China this past week would have been unthinkable just months ago.

Photos of the tourist attraction in Beijing last weekend show massive crowds crammed along the winding wall, pressed together in close quarters and squeezing past each other through narrow doorways. Most are wearing face masks — but a number of people, including young children, pulled their masks down to their chin, and a few seem to have foregone masks entirely.

It’s Golden Week — an eight-day national holiday, one of China’s busiest annual travel periods, and a major test for the country as it emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.
China‘s official reported virus numbers have stayed low since the spring. There have been a few flare-ups, including a cluster in Beijing in June, but these were met with immediate lockdown measures and mass testing, and the outbreaks were contained within a few weeks.

With close to zero local transmissions, people flocked to bus stations, airports and transit hubs to travel around the country for the holiday, which kicked off on October 1. Local authorities competed to attract tourists, with provincial and municipal governments issuing travel vouchers and tourist attractions offering free or discounted tickets.

The Great Wall has geared up for the rush of tourists as well. The most popular section of the wall — the Badaling section — reopened at the end of March, albeit with new restrictions like requiring visitors to reserve tickets in advance.
Chinese tourists crowd in a doorway on a section of the Great Wall on October 4.

Chinese tourists crowd in a doorway on a section of the Great Wall on October 4.

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In a notice released on September 29, the Badaling Special Administrative Region Office — a government agency that manages the Great Wall — warned visitors to continue following restrictions during the holiday season.

These restrictions include social distancing by keeping one meter (about 3.3 feet) of distance between each other. “It is strictly forbidden to gather together,” the notice said. Earlier guidelines on the Great Wall website reminded tourists to wear their face masks throughout their entire visit, and urged them to “obey the guidance and management of the museum staff.”

Neither of these restrictions seemed to be closely followed this week as bare-faced tourists crowded together on the wall.

Normally, more than 10 million people visit the Great Wall every year. The Badaling section, notoriously overcrowded with both local and international tourists, is so popular that officials instituted a cap of 65,000 visitors per day as of June 2019.
Tickets for the Badaling section of the Great Wall sold out completely during the Golden Week holiday.

Tickets for the Badaling section of the Great Wall sold out completely during the Golden Week holiday.

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When the section reopened in March, new restrictions capped the number of daily visitors at 30% its usual capacity. Ahead of the Golden Week celebrations, authorities raised that cap to 75% of normal capacity, meaning a daily limit of 48,750 visitors.

The Golden Week holiday — the longest in China along with the Lunar New Year holiday — has traditionally seen middle-class Chinese travel abroad in large numbers. But this year, visa restrictions, quarantine requirements, a lack of international flights and the ongoing danger of Covid-19 means that Chinese travelers are looking domestically for travel instead.

In just the first four days of the holiday, 425 million domestic tourist trips were taken in China — generating more than $45 billion in tourism revenue, according to data from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

“We have seen more tourists this year than in previous years. The number of daily tourists has doubled since we exempted the entrance fee,” said an employee at Wuhan’s Yellow Crane Tower attraction last week, according to state-run media Global Times.

This week’s relaxed restrictions and flouting of social distancing rules are in stark contrast to the anxiety that overshadowed China’s last major travel period — the Lunar New Year holiday in late January, as the coronavirus outbreak swept through Wuhan.

On January 23, two days before Lunar New Year’s Day, the Chinese government locked down Wuhan — but by then, the virus had already spread across and beyond the country, as hundreds of millions of Chinese people traveled for the holiday.

As more information emerged about the virus, Chinese transit hubs emptied; those still traveling were typically decked out in full protective gear, including plastic gloves, ponchos, helmets, face coverings and goggles.

The sense of imminent danger has largely faded now, said Chen Qianmei, a 29-year-old from the southern city of Guangzhou, who flew to Shanghai last week for the holiday.

“I think China has (the virus) under pretty good control,” she told CNN. “I’m wearing masks and bringing alcohol wipes with me to clean my hands, especially before eating — although in Shanghai, few people wear masks now.”

CNN’s Nectar Gan contributed to this report.


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Colorado State Board of Education District 3 candidate Q&A – The Denver Post

Why are you seeking public office?
I wish to serve my state and to address education issues I feel passionate about. I want to advocate for equity in per pupil funding across the state and for teacher pay that meets the cost of living. I want to work toward increased funding for our public schools and be a voice for rural Colorado schools, students, teachers and parents.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
My top three priorities are 1) increased and equitable per pupil funding, 2) increasing graduation rates and 3) incentives to bring about more and better vocational training

Does the state Board of Education have a role to play in supporting schools struggling to meet expanded technology and health/safety needs during the pandemic? Explain your answer.
The State Board of Education should work closely with the Department of Public Health and Environment to ensure the provision of continually updated guidance to help districts create safe conditions for schools. It should work with the Legislature to ensure districts have funds to expand virtual learning technology to rural students and to meet the hygiene needs and personal protective equipment. State Board representatives should work closely with school districts to create safety plans and be their voice in negotiating funding for those needs.

What’s working and not working about the way Colorado measures school performance?
Standardized tests do not take into account that some school districts have a large number of students living in poverty or do not have English as their mother tongue. Their performance in school is tied more to their home circumstances than their school. The quality of schools and teachers (and students) should not necessarily be judged by the outcomes on these tests. These tests should signal school populations that need extra funding and help. The measurement of performance also includes growth over time, which is probably the most important measurement.

Is the way the state funds K-12 education working? Why or why not, and if not, what should change?
The purpose of the School Finance Act is to achieve equity in per pupil funding across the state. It backfills school districts that do not raise sufficient funds locally. State budget cuts have forced reductions in some factors that would make funding equitable across districts. The state’s per-pupil funding is on average $2,000 below the national average. Teacher pay is low across the state, especially in rural areas, and rarely meets the local cost of living. We should repeal the Gallagher Amendment, because of its unintended consequences, causing local funding to be insufficient and putting pressure on the state budget.

Joyce Rankin has not returned the questionnaire.


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Live Arts Scene | Live Music and Arts – Journalscene.com

Live Arts Scene

ART On the Square gallery, 420 Nexton Square Dr., Summerville, 843-871-0297, Daily from noon to 6 p.m., https://artonthesquare.gallery/.

CHARLESTON SPORTS PUB, 9730 Dorchester Road, Summerville, 843-900-0393.

Oct. 9, 7-10 p.m., Shane Clark

CORNER HOUSE CAFÉ, 1609 Beech Hill Road 843-377-8844

Oct. 10, 7-9 p.m., Cat Strickland

CUPPA MANNA, 100 S. Main St., Summerville, 843-900-5840.

Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Keith & Nathan Miller.

DORCHESTER COUNTY LIBRARY, 506 N. Parler Ave., St. George, 843-563-9189, https://dorchesterlibrarysc.org/

FLOWERTOWN PLAYERS, 133 S. Main St., Summerville, 843-875-9251, info@flowertownplayers.org.

GEORGE H. SEAGO JR./SUMMERVILLE LIBRARY, 76 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, 843-871-5075, https://dorchesterlibrarysc.org/.

HALLS CHOPHOUSE NEXTON, 300 Nexton Square Dr., Summerville, 843-900-6000.

Music every night 6-9 p.m.

Gospel Brunch every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

HOMEGROWN BREWHOUSE, 117 S. Main St., Summerville, 843-879-9342.

Oct. 8, 7-9 p.m., Fleming Moore/Eric Barnett/Mike Freund.

Oct. 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hunter Moss.

Oct. 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mike Freund.

MAIN STREET READS, 115 S. Main St., Summerville, 843-875-5171, www.MainStreetReads.com.

Oct. 8, 6-7:30 p.m., Young Adult Book Club, “Temple of Eternity” by R. Scott Boyer.

Oct. 8, 7-8 p.m., Reader Meet Writer, Beverly Willett, Author, “Disassembly Required.”

Oct. 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Book Signing with Beverly Willett, Author, “Disassembly Required.”

Oct. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Main Street Writes/Open Writer’s Group.

Oct. 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Thrill in the ‘Ville Book Club, “When No One Is Watching” by Alyssa Cole.

OAK ROAD BREWERY, 108 E. 3rd No. St., Summerville, 843-695-9886.

Oct. 9, 7-9 p.m., Chris Roberts.

Oct. 10, 7-9 p.m., Jon Hanks.

OFF THE CHAIN SANDWICH SHOPPE, 100 W. Richardson Ave., Summerville, 843-879-3696.

Oct. 10, 12-3 p.m., Shane Clark

PALMETTO FLATS RESTAURANT, 975 Bacons Bridge Road, Suite 148, Summerville, 843-419-6430.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Fridays, Ron Durand.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, Keith and Nathan Miller

PUBLIC WORKS ART CENTER, 135 W. Richardson Ave., Summerville, 843-860-0742, PublicWorksArtCenter.org.

Oct. 9, 7-8:30 p.m., “Invisible Hands,” Documentary screening with Filmmaker Yulian Martinez.

Current Exhibits: Pop-Up Show in Lobby: Artist Pedro Rodriguez. East Gallery is first SPARK Community Art Show. West Gallery is SPARK Invitational Exhibit of 17 artists on Theme of Water. South Gallery, downstairs, American Traditional Rug Hooking show by Dawn Shaw.

THE SUMMER BREEZE, 600 Boone Hill Road, Summerville, 843-697-6195.

Oct. 9, 9 p.m. to midnight, Matt Furlong.

Oct. 10, 9 p.m. to midnight, Reaking Havoc.

THAI TACO SUSHI BAR & GRILL, 109 Holiday Dr., Summerville, 843-261-2121.

Oct. 9, 7-10 p.m., Mike Peifer.

TIMROD LIBRARY, 217 Central Ave., Summerville, 843-871-4600, http://thetimrodlibrary.org/ .

TOP DAWG TAVERN, 9512 Dorchester Road, Summerville, 843-873-2700.

Oct. 7, 7-10 p.m., Chris Sullivan.

Oct. 9, 8-11 p.m., Drew Marler.

WINE & TAPAS BAR, 103A South Main St., Summerville, 843-771-1131.

Oct. 9, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Ryan Frankett.

Send your live music dates to Mary@ProPublicist.com for inclusion in this lineup.

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Baylor Photography snapshots authentic moments in Baylor community – The Baylor Lariat

During Baylor football’s game last year against Oklahoma, Cedar Park doctoral student Aadil Sheikh photographed the crowds of Baylor faithful looking forward to the game. Photo courtesy of Baylor Photography.

By Carson Lewis | Assistant Digital Managing Editor

Baylor Photography provides a variety of content for the university, and despite some minor challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, has been proceeding without much trouble.

Usually working from the university’s Clifton Robinson Tower before the pandemic, student workers for the department were issued kits with a camera body and lenses at the start of this year and were instructed to upload their photos electronically.

The department, under the University’s Marketing and Brand Strategy team, has evolved over the years. Under the watch of Robbie Rogers and Matthew Minard, Director of Photography and Assistant Director of Photography respectively, who joined the team around the same time in 2005, the organization developed in a way to provide what an authentic view of campus to an outside audience.

“When you see a marketing team, you’re expecting this one-sided message, and one thing we’ve always stayed true to is being authentic,” Rogers said. “There are good times and bad at Baylor — we’re being authentic.”

Minard said that Rogers’ and his experience in the field of journalism helped to set a strong basis for the department’s focus on storytelling.

“Both [Rogers’] and I’s backgrounds are in Journalism. We both worked in newspapers … We’ve always had the mindset when we came to Baylor that we want to be storytellers,” Minard said. “It’s always about the people that are here.”

Despite the high quality of the photos produced, Rogers and Minard said that many of the student workers who come to be employed in their office aren’t professional photographers, and a lot of training for the task comes through on-the-job learning.

“We get them on board, and within a couple weeks we have them knowing everything about camera exposure, getting out on campus, and taking on a creative side that a lot of them have really never thought too much about because they’re so involved in their studies,” Minard said. “Very rarely do we ever take on photography students. Most of the time it’s students from the sciences, or engineering or the business school.”

One of the student photographers who works with Rogers and Minard is Cedar Park doctoral student Aadil Sheikh, who has worked with the department since leaving The Baylor Roundup staff.

Sheikh said the training at the Roundup prepared him for the work he’s currently doing. He said that in order to catch authentic photos, he has to blend in.

“A lot of it is capturing the moment. If I’m there, I don’t want people trying to fake their reaction to something,” Sheikh said.

Sheikh has photographed some iconic views, especially when related to McLane Stadium’s biggest games. While the amount of opportunities for photographers to work inside the stadium during games this year is limited, Sheikh covered a lot of last year’s Football success, with some photos coming from outside the sporting cathedral of the Stadium.

In one photo, taken at the close-fought game against West Virginia on Halloween, Sheikh took a long exposure shot of the stadium as fireworks exploded.

Athletics – Football vs West Virginia – McLane Stadium – 10/31/2019 - exterior, fireworks, night, evening
In another photo taken by Sheikh, fireworks explode on Halloween night, when the Bears faced the West Virginia Mountaineers in a tight game that ended with a Baylor victory. Sheikh used a tripod and long-exposure techniques in order to capture the moment. Photo courtesy of Baylor Photography.

“I convinced Matt and Robbie that ‘Hey, let me take photos of the fireworks from the bridge.’ This is one of my favorite vantage points, because not only do you get McLane Stadium, but you also get the river and the bridge in the background,” Sheikh said.

While the pandemic might make shots like this less common to come by for student workers, Rogers and Minard believe their department will continue telling stories, and making students feel like they fit in the Baylor community.

“That is one of our goals, is to really be a place where you could believe you can be here,” Rogers said. “I mean that’s what I want for every student at Baylor — is to fit here, and to find their place, and to find what they’re supposed to do.”


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Bucks’ Milford Township supervisors review security camera quotes – WFMZ Allentown

MILFORD TWP., Pa. — The Board of Supervisors in Milford Township, Bucks County reviewed vendor quotes for security cameras to be installed at some of its township properties.

The board wants cameras at four properties, including the municipal and public works headquarters, two parks and the recycling center.

The board asked township IT manager Chris Kletzing for a third price quote to be reviewed at its Oct. 20 meeting, in addition to the two already submitted by undisclosed but local companies.

The supervisors also requested a detailed, side-by-side comparison spreadsheet outlining all the specific details and pricing for all properties under consideration.

The first quote received for $7,195 was for the purchase and installation of five cameras to be installed at the municipal building, and the associated connections to computers hardware allowing for playback and viewing.

The second quote, near $24,000, included the municipal building, in addition to surveillance equipment installations at Molasses Creek Park. Additionally, this much higher quote included technological features and advances that Kletzing suggested would most likely be unnecessary for Milford.

The board is interested in having both the township’s public works building and Unami Park outfitted, however, the park will require more equipment installed for adequate connectivity and proper surveillance.

Cameras are also being considered for installation at the municipal recycling center in a special effort to curtail illegal dumping there.

The supervisors also discussed the idea of installing the cameras in phases among the properties in order to spread the cost over several budget years.

In other business, the supervisors said Faith Christian Academy would be responsible for submitting a land development plan for its property in order to install an artificial turf soccer field. The field would measure 240-by-360 feet and be located to the east of its football field.

The school requested permission to forego the usual planning commission and land development approvals, since the field previously offered similar features when it was owned by the local school district.

However, since the school also plans on repairing the parking lot and installing new bleachers, sidewalks and lighting, the board felt a formal land development plan would be required.


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Gig economy: New Hampshire workers opt into freelance work – Manchester Ink Link

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Alex Surak knew he wanted a long career in graphic design. But he couldn’t see that happening at the agency that he was working for. There didn’t seem to be much room for advancement, and he knew especially in the small New Hampshire graphic design community it would be a long time before he rose to the level of art director. 

“I felt capped at this place,” said Surak, 26, of Goffstown. “There wasn’t a whole lot of room for growth.”

So, Surak decided to branch out on his own and start a business as a freelance graphic designer. He’s been freelancing for about three years now, and hasn’t looked back. 

“With freelance, I could do more in my profession,” he said. “I could pick and choose what I wanted to do, and I didn’t feel I was capped.”

Roughly 36 percent of the American workforce does freelance work, according to NPR. Freelancers are self-employed people who do contract work, ranging from consulting to artistic work. Nationally the number of people freelancing has increased by 2 million in the past year, according to a study from Upwork, a platform that connects freelancers with work. 

There’s no data on how many New Hampshire residents take this approach to their careers. The Department of Labor doesn’t keep those statistics, said Rudy Ogden, Deputy Commissioner of the Department. No one at the University of New Hampshire, which often has economists familiar with the New Hampshire economy, studies this area of the economy, according to UNH’s press contact. 

However, the interest in self-employment support during the pandemic indicates that many Granite Staters are self-employed, often freelancers or gig workers. For example, 13,000 applications were submitted for the state’s Main Street Relief program, but 4,700 of those were rejected because they were from self-employed individuals, who didn’t qualify for that program. 

In response, the state launched the New Hampshire Self Employed Livelihood Fund. Roughly 8,500 people applied for that fund, Gov. Chris Sununu said in July. Since the program was for people who have had a loss in income this year, it’s likely that the number of self-employed people is larger than that.

Alex Surak felt that a freelance career would give him more growth opportunities as a graphic designer. Courtesy photo.

An unclear picture of the gig economy

Despite the growing number of people freelancing, there’s little data available, says Erin Hatton, a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Buffalo in New York. Hatton studies labor markets and has written about the gig and temporary workforce. 

“Data on this sector are really hard to come by, in part because there’s a lot of diversity in this sector,” she said. “I don’t know if there are concrete numbers.”

For example, the descriptor “self-employed” can apply to freelancers like Surak who chose this type of work, or gig workers for companies like Instacart or Uber. Oftentimes, gig workers have been pushed into the work by limited job options or low pay, Hatton said. While traditional freelancers set their own hours, wages and projects, gig workers usually need to follow company protocol and wages. 

“The difference is one of control,” Hatton said. 

Many economists, including Hatton, believe that gig workers should be classed as employees. 

“The problem is that gig companies are misclassifying employees as independent contractors,” Hatton said. “When they do that, they get out of all the costs and responsibilities that we as a society have attached to employment,” like paying overtime or unemployment, for example. 

The overlap between traditional freelancers and gig workers complicates measuring this growing sector of the economy. 

“It does confuse the terminology, but [companies like Lyft and Uber] are purposefully confusing it,” she said. 

Ogden, at the Department of Labor, said that the department is conducting more investigations into whether companies are misclassifying employees as independent contractors. 

“As time goes on it’s an increased focus for us, because we’re seeing companies try to off load certain costs or insulate themselves from certain costs,” he said. 

Despite the gray area, economists agree that untraditional work is growing during the pandemic. 

“We are in this very real economic crisis and unemployment is sky-rocketing. There’s been a very paltry government response, so people are doing whatever they can,” Hatton said. “The gig economy is one of those places where they’ve sought work and found it.”

With freelance work likely here to stay, policy changes like making affordable health insurance more widely available outside employee-sponsored plans and allowing gig workers to access unemployment (which they can do during the pandemic) could make more people comfortable with freelancing, Hatton said. 

“The way we have our economy structured, most workers desire stable employment,” she said. “If we structured it a different way, workers would be more free to seek out gig work.”

Tara Bamford, a freelancing planning consultant, works with towns around New Hampshire. Courtesy photo, by Chris Jensen.

Opting into the gig economy

Shaun McGahey, 35, of Epsom, started working in the gig economy for security. She began delivering groceries via the app Instacart in April to supplement her work as a service advisor. 

“I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with my work and COVID,” she said. “I figured since I’m a fairly healthy woman, [I could do] grocery shopping for someone who didn’t feel safe.”

She knew the downsides of Instacart when she started, like the fact that pay is unpredictable. But, she liked that she could do it on her own time, without any commitment. She’s made anywhere from $75 to $550 a week with her gig work. 

“While it’s not something I would depend on to provide day-to-day, I definitely feel it helped keep us sane knowing we at least had income if anything happened,” she said. 

Tara Bamford, 60, lives in East Thetford Vermont, but freelances entirely for New Hampshire-based clients. Before becoming a freelance planning consultant in 2017, Bamford worked for 10 years as the planning director for the North Country Council in Littleton. Prior to that, she was the executive director of the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission in Lebanon from 1999-2007. 

When she was ready to move on from her position in Littleton, freelancing seemed like a desirable option. 

“At my age it seemed like the logical thing to do,” she said. If she were to pursue another traditional job, she would have had to move — which she wasn’t interested in — or work for one town, whereas she’d always taken a regional approach to planning. Freelancing allowed her to continue with the type of work she wanted to do. 

“I feel like I’m not spread so thin, trying to do so many things, so I can give a lot of attention to each client. It feels great to be able to stay focused on one project and work when I am most productive, without regard for the clock or calendar,” she said. “That’s really rewarding.”

Bamford said she nets slightly less as a freelancer than she would in a traditional job. However, she saves on driving time and costs like dog sitting, so she says her financial situation has remained about the same. Overall, “it’s been totally a positive,” she said. 

Surak feels the same. Before he got into full-time freelancing he spent a year freelancing on the side while working his agency job. That allowed him to build his contacts and get a feel for the ebbs and flows of freelance work. 

“A lot of the time it’s really slow for a little bit, then ten people want something done,” he said. 

At first he had to convince himself — and his parents — that freelancing was a viable career option in New Hampshire. 

“I don’t have the Boston or New York atmosphere, the big cities where you can find clients by throwing a rock and you hit one,” he said. “In New Hampshire, you have to market yourself more.”

Both Surak and Bamford said that their workload decreased initially during the pandemic, but has been on track with previous years over the summer and fall. Even during the pandemic and possible recession, Surak is confident in his decision to freelance. 

“I find more fulfillment doing freelance than I ever did at a 9-5,” he said. 

These articles are being shared by partners in The Granite State News Collaborative. For more information visit collaborativenh.org.


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From from the Editors | Investigation results in no evidence of additional quote fabrication – The Daily Orange

The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.

Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to the opening of an investigation into the conduct of a Daily Orange columnist who fabricated a quote in a column.

The Daily Orange’s Opinion section has completed its investigation into the authenticity of quotes that former columnist Christian Andreoli included in his five columns published in The D.O.

We did not find any additional evidence of quote fabrication upon conclusion of the investigation. The fabricated quote in Andreoli’s most recent column, which prompted the investigation, has been removed. We’ve also added a correction to the post.


The Opinion section contacted all 10 sources whom Andreoli quoted in his columns during his three semesters writing for The D.O. The sources all confirmed that their quotes were accurate.

Andreoli was removed from his position as a columnist at The D.O. prior to the start of the investigation in accordance with our zero-tolerance policy regarding plagiarism and fabrication.

Additionally, the Opinion section has conducted a mandatory workshop with its staff to review journalism ethics and proper writing procedures to ensure this incident is not repeated. If you have any questions about our ethical or editorial policies, please contact editor@dailyorange.com.

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Johnny Nash, reggae singer best known for I Can See Clearly Now, dies aged 80 – The Guardian

Johnny Nash, a singer-songwriter and performer of the million-selling anthem I Can See Clearly Now, has died at the age of 80.

Nash, who had been in declining health, died of natural causes at home in Houston, the city of his birth, said his son, Johnny Nash Jr.

Nash rose from pop crooner to early reggae star and was in his early 30s in 1972 when I Can See Clearly Now topped the charts. He had already lived several show-business lives. In the mid-1950s, he was a teenager covering Darn That Dream and other standards, his light tenor likened to the voice of Johnny Mathis. A decade later, he was co-running a record company, had become a rare American-born singer of reggae and helped launch the career of his friend Bob Marley.

Nash, also an actor and producer, was among the first artists to bring reggae to US audiences. He peaked commercially in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when he had hits with Hold Me Tight, You Got Soul, an early version of Marley’s Stir It Up, and I Can See Clearly Now, still his signature song.

Reportedly written by Nash while recovering from cataract surgery, I Can See Clearly Now was a story of overcoming hard times, with a swelling pop-reggae groove, the promise of a “bright, bright sunshiny day” and Nash’s gospel-styled exclamation midway: “Look straight ahead, nothing but blue skies!”

Johnny Nash performs on Top of the Pops in 1972
Johnny Nash performs on Top of the Pops in 1972. Photograph: Michael Putland/Getty Images

The rock critic Robert Christgau would call the song, which Nash also produced, “2 minutes and 48 seconds of undiluted inspiration”.

Born John Lester Nash Jnr, he grew up singing in church and by age 13 had his own show on Houston television. Within a few years, he had a national following through his appearances on The Arthur Godfrey Show, his hit cover of Doris Days A Very Special Love and a collaboration with peers Paul Anka and George Hamilton IV on the wholesome The Teen Commandments (of Love).

Mash also had roles in the films Take a Giant Step, in which he starred as a high school student rebelling against how the Civil War is taught, and Key Witness, a crime drama starring Dennis Hopper and Jeffrey Hunter.

In the 1960s, Nash convinced his manager and business partner Danny Sims, with whom he formed JAD Records, to sign up Marley and the Wailers, who recorded Reggae On Broadway and dozens of other songs for JAD. Nash brought Marley to London in the early 1970s, when Nash was the bigger star internationally, and with Marley gave an impromptu concert at a local boys’ school.

Nash’s covers of Stir It Up and Guava Jelly helped expose Marley’s writing to a general audience. The two also collaborated on the ballad, You Poured Sugar On Me, which appeared on the I Can See Clearly Now album.

Johnny Nash and Estelle Hemsley in the 1959 film Take A Giant Step
Johnny Nash and Estelle Hemsley in the 1959 film Take A Giant Step. Photograph: Archive Photos/Getty Images

Although overlooked by Grammys judges, I Can See Clearly Now was covered by artists ranging from Ray Charles and Donny Osmond to Soul Asylum and Jimmy Cliff, whose version was featured in the 1993 movie Cool Runnings. It also turned up everywhere from Thelma and Louise to a Windex commercial, and in recent years was often referred to on websites about cataract procedures.

“I feel that music is universal. Music is for the ears and not the age,” Nash told Cameron Crowe, then writing for Zoo World Magazine, in 1973. “There are some people who say that they hate music. I’ve run into a few, but I’m not sure I believe them.”

The fame of I Can See Clearly Now outlasted Nash’s own. He rarely made the charts in the following years, even as he released such albums as Tears On My Pillow and Celebrate Life, and by the 1990s had essentially left the music business. His last album, Here Again, came out in 1986, although in recent years he was reportedly digitising his old work, some of which was lost in a fire at Universal Studios in Los Angeles in 2008.

Nash was married three times and had two children. He had loved riding horses since childhood and as an adult lived with his family on a ranch in Houston, where for years he also managed rodeo shows at the Johnny Nash Indoor Arena.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his daughter, Monica, and his wife, Carli Nash.


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Freelancing in times of Covid-19 – Scientist Live

According to the FinTech Times, there’s around five and a half million self-employed people in the UK and about half of these are freelancers. As medical device manufacturers across the world react to the outbreak of Covid-19, these freelancers could offer manufacturers the vital skills needed to tackle the virus. Here Ramya Sriram, digital content manager at Kolabtree, the freelance platform for scientists, shares three examples of Covid-related projects that freelancers can help with.

While the coronavirus pandemic has sparked uncertainty for many companies, medical device manufacturers and other critical industries must continue operations to limit the negative impact of the virus. The novelty of Covid-19 means that little research about the virus already exists and manufacturers may lack the inhouse skills needed to conduct projects related to the virus. So, how could hiring freelance specialists ensure the success of new projects? 

Decontaminating workspaces 

The UK Government has issued detailed guidance around decontaminating and cleaning non-healthcare related settings, including workplaces such as laboratories and offices. Specifically, businesses must disinfect surfaces that symptomatic people could have touched, such as objects “visibly contaminated with body fluids” or “all potentially contaminated high-contact areas”, including door handles and phones. 

As a result, dedicated cleaning companies and decontaminators now require an effective solution that can disinfect surfaces, including electronics, safely and has a residual killing effect for use in any work environment. 

Research from the Journal of Hospital Infection suggests that ethanol with a concentration of 78 to 95% is one of the most effective biocidal agents in reducing coronavirus infectivity. So, hiring a freelance expert qualified in formulation chemistry or a similar field, can help manufacturers find the most effective agent and achieve the best concentration for a new product. 

Clinical trial design

The UK Government recently pledged £52.5 million to Oxford University to fund clinical trials for a Coronavirus vaccine. It can take months to develop vaccines, so working with freelancers to design effective clinical trials can streamline the process.  

For example, over 100 Covid-19 vaccines are currently in development that manufacturers must test to gain approval from regulatory bodies. A freelance clinical trial expert can effectively design the trial by selecting population/sample size, deciding the length of the trial and designing the phases and parameters.

Reviewing research papers

Since the outbreak in Wuhan, China last December, there’s been a huge growth in the number of journals and research papers dedicated to understanding the coronavirus. To illustrate this, a simple Pubmed search of “Covid” generated 4,090 reports between December 1, 2019 and April 16, 2020 alone. These include editorials, expert insights into the pandemic and reports on clinical data. 

Journals will always review and evaluate research before publishing to check that it stands up to academic scrutiny. The sudden surge in Covid-19 research means there’s now an even greater need for research like this to be evaluated while it’s relevant because of the continuous developments in our understanding of the virus. A freelance medical writer can check over your work and confirm that it’s ready to submit to a journal. 

At these unprecedented times, medical companies may need support to successfully complete product development, testing or research projects. The expertise they require could exist in the millions of freelancers across the UK and further afield. 


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