Her first show was in 1992. At the end, she said, Lloyd Kiva New, founder of the Institute of American Indian Arts, told her, “First Santa Fe and then Paris!”
Michaels apprenticed with a tailor in Milan, Italy, and with two children in tow, headed to New York City’s garment district. Another career highlight was working with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on two international cultural exchange shows for Native American and South African fashion designers and artists. As the featured artist for the Aboriginal Awards Festival, she showed at Toronto Fashion Week.
Michaels exhibited her fashion at a number of museum and art shows. Still, she kept encountering a pervasive question: “What’s so Native American about her clothes?” Her response was, “I’m Native American so that’s what is Native American about it.”
via Citizen of the Year: Patricia Michaels – The Taos News: News.
“This is a very hopeful time for persons living with hepatitis C,” Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said. “After many years in which the infection was very difficult to treat, hepatitis C can now be cured. We also expect that medications that are easier to use and even more effective will be available in just a few months, and many other promising drugs should be approved for use in the next few years.”
The initiative is titled Hepatitis C in New York City: State of the Epidemic and Action Plan. It is estimated approximately 146,500 people in New York are carrying HCV and only half are aware that they have the infection. Most will not experience symptoms until 10 to 30 years after infection, when life-threatening conditions, such as liver disease, develop as a result of the initial infection.
“Unfortunately, roughly half of those living with HCV infection do not know that they are infected,” Farley added. “With new opportunities to treat and cure this disease, all health care providers in New York City must become familiar with current recommendations for testing and treatment.”
via NYC launches initiative to control hepatitis C prevalence in the city | Vaccine News Daily.
Shut them down until entire plants get cleaned and new training of employees takes place – or 100% inspection at their cost until assured safe – The CDC says the outbreak is ongoing and some illnesses began as recently as two weeks ago. The majority of illnesses have been in California but people in 17 states have been infected, from Texas to Michigan to North Carolina.
Salmonella can contaminate meat during slaughter and processing and is especially common in raw chicken. The infections can be avoided by proper handling and cooking of raw poultry.
The pathogen causes diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within a few days of eating a contaminated product and can be life-threatening to those with weakened immune systems.
via USDA Allows Foster Farms Plants to Stay Open.
Perhaps the United States should consider a shift in its aid policy from the current carrot-and-stick approach to a more substantial coaching and mentoring package. The civil-military relationship in emerging democracies is a particular area in which the United States can help — that is, of course, if it really considers Egypt a friend, not just an ally.
The Arab awakening may have been a tragic and disappointing journey, but at least it taught people that the mess is their own, and that they are the only ones who can sort it out. All the people from the outside world want — including the United States — is straight, honest and impartial support, even if very little money comes with it.
via 4 Reasons Why US Shouldn’t Reduce Aid to Egypt – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.
Royal Mail share buyers make instant £250 as price soars | UK news | theguardian.com.
Billy Hayes, the general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which represents more than 100,000 postmen and women, said Cable had made “one of the stupidest decisions he is ever likely to make as a politician”.
“This is a sham, really. The company has been undervalued,” he told the BBC’s Today programme. “It’s basically David Cameron rewarding his mates in the City. Vince Cable, one of the cleverest men in British politics, has made one of the stupidest decisions he is ever likely to make as a politician.”
Cable dismissed the huge share price rise as “froth” and said people should concentrate on the long-term future the government has secured for Royal Mail as a listed company.
Stockbrokers Peel Hunt said: “This is not ‘froth’; it’s real people buying, selling, averaging down.”
More than 100 million shares had been sold within the first hour of trading on the London stock exchange on Friday. Private investors who bought their shares directly from the government will have to wait until at least Tuesday to sell their shares.
About 690,000 people were granted 227 Royal Mail shares worth £749.10 (at the 330p float price) following overwhelming public demand for the shares.
Fascinating talk with applications in many areas and understanding of innovation – The so-called Damascus steel was originally actually from — not Syria, but from India. It still was produced there in India and then exported to the Middle East so that they could fabricate all these knives and swords and all these things. The interesting aspect of this particular type of Damascus steel is that if you look at the microstructure, you can see all the different types of designs you can get and these are very sharp. The blades are very, very sharp, they’re very strong and therefore they have certain properties which are not easy obtain in other types of steels. And so these were being produced more than 2,500 years ago, but now that particular art is lost. What is the reason why we are not able to reproduce this particular type of material now is because we didn’t know what type of materials they were using.
via In Search of Utopium: The Elusive Metal.