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Montefiore looks to engage West African community in hep-B prevention campaign

08/19/2017 Brooklyn Local News 0

When hepatologist Dr. Samuel Sigal joined Montefiore Health System in November 2015, he said he was “overwhelmed” by the number of hepatitis B patients he was seeing from the Bronx’s large West African community. “There’s a big knowledge gap and [there are] a lot of cultural issues,” Sigal said. “There’s a lot of stigma and a lot of people don’t want to talk about it.” Related article Infecting a patient with hep-C to save his life article continues below advertisement To address the problem, Sigal recently launched the Montefiore Starfish Program, a community outreach campaign that’s named after one of his former patients’ favorite parables. In the story, a passerby encounters a young man who is picking up beached starfish […]

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Stocks turn around on report of Steve Bannon firing from Trump White House

08/18/2017 Brooklyn Local News 0

Stocks were off to a down morning on concerns about the Barcelona terror attacks and President Donald Trump’s agenda for tax cuts and infrastructure spending after criticism of his response to the Charlottesvile, Virginia, unrest. But the trading day turned around for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq after a report presidential adviser Steve Bannon was going to be fired from his senior strategist job in the White House. Multiple reports from CNN and the Washington Post on…

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Eyebeam’s new artist-in-residence cohort is heavy on racial justice

08/18/2017 Brooklyn Local News 0

New York art institution Eyebeam announced this week the new residents for the year that comes, all of whose work focuses on issues of racial inequity in society.The artists will receive $30,000 for the year and 24/7 access to Eyebeam’s facility in Industry City as they continue work on their projects. This year’s theme is trust, as it relates to democracy, ownership or community.“As institutions lose credibility, people are placing their faith in new myths,” the organization writes. “Multiple publics are in constant negotiation and agitation. It is critical to design methods for critique, communication and coordination towards a more open, inventive and just world.”Last year’s residents were Mimi Onuoha, Morehshin Allahyari, Nora Khan, Macon Reed and Karolina Sobecka. (You can […]

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Taxi rivals pitch alternative to city’s wheelchair plan

08/18/2017 Brooklyn Local News 0

A historic meeting took place Friday morning at the Taxi and Limousine Commission offices in lower Manhattan: Companies that are normally at each other’s throats—from ride-hail giant Uber to mom-and-pop livery cab operators—came together to fight a proposed increase in wheelchair-accessible service. Representatives from the entire for-hire vehicle industry outlined to Commissioner Meera Joshi their objections to her proposed rule, which would require that 25% of all trips be in wheelchair-accessible vehicles, whether or not their passengers are using a wheelchair. For-hire vehicles, or FHVs, make pickups requested by app or phone, but cannot legally respond to street hails. Executives from Uber, Lyft, Via, Carmel, the Limo Association of New York, the Livery Base Owners Association, the Black Car Assistance […]