Disco Biscuits Cover The Dead With Tom Hamilton, Play ‘Funky Town’ With Jen Hartswick & Natalie Cressman

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits closed out the 7th AURA Music Festival last night. The band played two sets, holding nothing back in the Spirit of the Suwannee, a place they can pretty much call “Home” this time of year. The set opened with a nearly thirty-minute double nod to the Grateful Dead, welcoming Tom Hamilton for both “Scarlet Begonias” and “I Know You Rider.” The jams ensued, and Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band) joined the party for a “Funky Town” dance extravaganza.“Scarlet Begonias”>”I Know You Rider”The second set kept the energy high, naturally so, with a “Home Again” > “Caterpillar” closer. Listen to the full show below:Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at AURA Music & Arts Festival, Live Oak, FL – 3/5/16I: Scarlet Begonias (with Tom Hamilton)-> I Know You Rider (with Tom Hamilton), Spacebirdmatingcall-> Pimp Blue Rikki-> Morph Dusseldorf (ending only), Funky Town (with Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman)-> SpacebirdmatingcallII: Morph Dusseldorf-> Mulberry’s Dream, Caterpillar-> Fifth of Beethoven, Home Again-> Caterpillarlast_img read more

Social security

first_imgNicholas A. Christakis, M.D. ’89, M.P.H. ’89, used to work in the building adjoining that of James Fowler ’92, Ph.D. ’03, on Harvard’s campus. They did not know each other personally, though they shared a similar interest: social networking. A mutual friend finally introduced the two, and now years later a book is born out of their collaboration. (Fowler now teaches at the University of California, San Diego.)Its title? “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives.” Christakis finds it appropriate that a social network was essentially responsible for a book on — ta da! — social networking. And now Christakis and Fowler are presenting their findings to the greatest social network of all — the world.In “Connected” they explore the myriad ways we influence those around us: family, friends, co-workers, friends of friends, friends of their friends, and so on, and so on, and so on. In short, they say, our lives are chain reactions with potentially enormous effects.Christakis’ interest in these effects emerged during his work as a hospice physician (he is also a social scientist at Harvard Medical School) in the mid-1990s. “I was taking care of seriously ill people,” he recalled, “and I began thinking about the widower effect: If one spouse dies, the probability of the other dying is significantly increased.”Christakis began investigating “the spread of health phenomena in bigger health networks,” and the ways we’re influenced by people up to three degrees removed from us, including those we may not know. The book covers vast turf, from how our friends’ friends can help to make us gain or lose weight — or quit smoking — to the prominence of online social networking and how its presence informs our lives.“All kinds of bad things spread through social networks: suicide, germs, drug abuse, unhappiness,” he said. But good things come too.“Happiness, information, love, kindness. We even find our spouses via networks,” he said, noting that 70 percent of people marry a friend of a friend. “All these people looking for their soul mate … when really only one out of the 10,000 people — within three degrees removed from us — will be our spouse.”Named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” for 2009, Christakis said his desired influence hits closer to home. He joked: “I just wish I was influential with my kids.”last_img read more

Music and meaning, the Marsalis way

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srrk-jCJvio” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/srrk-jCJvio/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> “In a few minutes, we are going to talk about improvisation. You are about to see it,” Harvard President Drew Faust told the crowd at Sanders Theatre on Monday evening as jazz great Wynton Marsalis took up his trumpet.The acclaimed musician, bandleader, composer, and instructor didn’t disappoint, jamming with members of the Harvard jazz community in an impromptu rendition of Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time.” The crowd roared in joy.The performance preceded Marsalis’ conversation with Faust about music and creativity that also celebrated the release of “Music as Metaphor,” a video version now on the Harvard YouTube channel of the appearance that launched his lecture and performance series at the University in 2011. The eventual six-part program grew out of Faust’s commitment to incorporating the arts more fully into campus life, in part by bringing more performers and artists to Cambridge to engage the community directly.Beginning in 2011 and over the next three years, Marsalis made six visits to campus for wide-ranging forays into history and culture, viewed through a musical lens. He punctuated his talks with pulsing performances that helped illustrate America’s eclectic musical heritage, the embrace of improvisation, the roots of jazz in New Orleans, the history of orchestral jazz, the relationship between American music and social dance, and song styles in popular music.On Monday, Faust returned to a number of themes Marsalis had touched on during his lectures, including the role of improvisation. Listening and developing a “constant dialogue” is key to improvising, said Marsalis, who is managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.Members of the Harvard Jazz Band joined Marsalis onstage. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer “You are constantly reassessing where you are. It’s a challenge.”Listening to each other is key not only in music, but in life, said Marsalis, who lamented the lack of connection he sees today between those who are more interested in their cellphones and earphones than in each other.“We are lost in a certain way,” said Marsalis, “and we need to assess and find our way and be for real about who we want to be.”Even with his years of experience, numerous recordings, and awards, Marsalis said he is still learning. He often takes cues from younger performers he has taught who have called him out for addressing them as if they were still high schoolers instead of accomplished musicians.“I said, ‘Hey, I am so used to doing it, I am going to try and change it, but what you have to do is call me on it.’ And I think just like that, a year and a half or two years of them calling me on it all the time, it was educational.“If you are going to lead, you have to lead. But you also have to learn.”The meaning of music is profound for Marsalis. While he was able to play all of the notes from an early age, he said it took him years of practicing and studying the history of musical styles and genres and listening to great artists to grasp what it means to soar beyond the notes on the page. Understanding the music, he said, means being able to “reveal to someone how you actually feel about something.”“The meaning is what you can perceive of the value of — the kernel, the essence of — the thing and how it relates to all of us … and if you can draw that thread then you can begin to touch people.”Marsalis with President Drew Faust before the event. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe son of the renowned jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, who at age 82 still performs on Fridays at Snug Harbor in New Orleans, Wynton showed a gift for the trumpet early. At 14 he played with the New Orleans Philharmonic. He later attended Juilliard. He performed with jazz legends and assembled a band, signed recording contracts, and eventually won honors, including nine Grammy Awards. At the same time, his commitment to jazz developed in tandem with his devotion to classical music. He has performed with leading orchestras around the world and won Grammys for Best Classical Soloist with an Orchestra in 1983 and 1984. He also won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1997 for “Blood on the Fields,” a complex jazz oratorio.In keeping with Marsalis’ tradition of blending discourse with performance, members of the Harvard jazz community, led by Yosvany Terry, senior lecturer on music and director of jazz ensembles, performed a selection of works before the talk.The event also helped to mark the 10-year anniversary of Faust’s call to create a University-wide arts task force. The chair of that committee, Stephen Greenblatt, Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, introduced the performance and discussion and said the task force had embraced making the arts an “integral part of the cognitive life of the University.” In the decade since, in addition to bringing a wider range of artists to campus, Harvard has introduced curricular developments in arts practice, including an undergraduate track in architecture and the Theater, Dance & Media concentration, a number of January arts intensives, and a masters’ program at the Graduate School of Design in Art, Design, and the Public Domain.Greenblatt called Marsalis “one of the most intellectually exuberant and generous of the great artists who have contributed so much in recent years to Harvard,” and thanked Faust for her vision for the arts and for bringing Marsalis to campus.With his series, Marsalis offered the Harvard community not only a history of the country and culture though music, but also a “way to resistance,” said Jorie Graham, Boylston Professor of Oratory and Rhetoric, during her opening remarks.“I mean the resistance to everything that would dehumanize us, make us deaf, or unwilling to trust our bodies’ gut-take on, yes, the truth.”She thanked Marsalis for “not only teaching us, but showing us how to teach.”“As the poet [Philip] Larkin said of Sidney Bechet [a founding New Orleans jazz musician], ‘On me your music falls as they say love falls, like an enormous yes, and it is greeted as the natural noise of the good.’”last_img read more

Lice Treatment

first_imgDrop the chemicals and grab the metal comb: A little elbow grease is the best way to get rid of head lice, says University of Georgia insect expert Paul Guillebeau. Whether a child picks up head lice from school, a friend or a family member, the key to controlling and eliminating the pest’s population is with a metal comb and consistent brushing. Chemicals are available, but some head lice populations have built up resistance to ingredients – like permethrin and pyrethrin – commonly found in head lice shampoo.“The best organic method by far is combing head lice out with a lice comb,” said Guillebeau, who is a UGA Cooperative Extension insect pest management/pesticide coordinator. “Depending on how long and curly your child’s hair is, getting rid of lice can be easy but time consuming.”Guillebeau’s daughter had head lice while she was in elementary school. He and his wife got rid of the lice by combing her hair every day for several days. They also used mousses and baby oil to help find the nits (the egg stage of head lice) in her hair.Head lice are highly adapted to one host – the human body. Once they fall or are swept off a person, they only have a few hours to live unless they find another person’s head to call home.The pests are most commonly seen in pre-kindergarten- and elementary-aged children. Outbreaks tend to die out once students reach middle and high school age. And head lice are seen very rarely on adults. One theory for why younger children catch head lice more than any other age group is that “when you get into middle and high school, you have your own place for your coat and hat,” Guillebeau said, repeating what he had discussed with some teachers. “In elementary school and at daycares, the children’s hats and coats hang together. Lice can’t fly and can’t jump. They’re also so tiny that they can’t possibly crawl very far, so it seems like a good theory.”Social stigmaHaving head lice doesn’t mean a child is dirty, or has dirty hair. In fact, the opposite is often true.“Head lice don’t prefer dirty, nasty hair,” Guillebeau said. “It has nothing to do with personal hygiene. They prefer nice, clean hair.”As an insect, head lice are a more of a nuisance than anything else. They don’t harbor or spread diseases. But many people, unless they’re recent transplants to the United States, tend to be bitterly mortified about head lice. “Sometimes people who come here from other countries, where maybe head lice are not considered to be such a catastrophe as they are here, don’t understand what all the hoopla is about,” he said.Guillebeau once helped a principal who had a head lice problem at her school. At the root of the problem was a family who recently immigrated to Georgia. The principal visited the family at home, and when she was talking to the father, “a louse climbed out of his hair and took a stroll across his forehead,” Guillebeau said. “Being new to the country, the family didn’t understand that to be pariah.”The principal explained the situation to the family, and after they understood how strongly head lice are feared in the U.S., they took care of the problem.Tips for treatmentCombatting head lice requires special tools, and the first is a metal comb. “They do a better job than plastic combs,” he said. The second is mousse or baby oil to help make nits easier to see.Elbow grease is the next most important tool. “For a few days, comb through the hair every day,” Guillebeau said. “Then after doing it two or three days in a row, wait for about five days and do it again.”Make sure to comb a child’s hair from the scalp to at least three or four inches out to get all of the nits and lice.Also, look for a shampoo that has a higher fatty acid content, such as a shampoo designed for people with damaged hair. “I’m not saying it’s a cure-all, but certain kinds of regular shampoo you can buy have a higher fatty acid content, and there is some evidence that those do a better job of killing head lice,” he said.For parents who do buy a head lice shampoo, it’s important to remember that one application is not enough. “Lice lay eggs that are cemented to the hair shafts,” he said. “There’s not really any way to get rid of head lice in one treatment, and it may take more than two times.”Ultimately, Guillebeau said, don’t use dangerous home remedies. He’s heard of parents who use kerosene and pesticides not meant to be sprayed near children, much less used on their heads. When in doubt, call the pediatrician, he said.For more information on head lice, visit headlice.org. UGA Cooperative Extension also has two publications on head lice, one for parents and another for schools.last_img read more

Conservation Remains the Focus for Costa Sunglasses

first_imgFor one sunglass manufacturer, conservation is all about sustainable fishing; and the company works with partners around the world to help increase awareness and influence policy so that both the fish and fishermen of tomorrow will have healthy waters.More than 30 years ago, a group of anglers banded together with a goal to build the clearest, best performing sunglasses, able to withstand harsh fishing environments. Costa continues today with a mission to not only help people see what’s out there, but to protect sustainable sport fishing at the same time.In 2011, Costa began its partnership with music star Kenny Chesney to design a signature line of sunglasses with proceeds from the sale of each pair benefiting habitat restoration programs with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). The program has raised more than $80,000 since it began.Costa also recently worked with its partner, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT), to develop and support Project Permit — a five-year tagging program designed to collect never-before-seen data on permit fish in Florida and the Caribbean. Since its inception, Project Permit has expanded into Mexico. The program is starting to see an increase in tag returns, which will help provide important research to inform future fishery policies and regulations.Costa-Project-Permit-2In 2012, Costa helped open the first sport fishing tourism program in Guyana, a first of its kind in the country. As seen in the award-winning film, Jungle Fish, the Rewa village on the Rupununi River now has the capacity to bring fly anglers in to fish for monster arapaima, creating jobs and generating sustainable economic development for the region. Since opening, the sport fishing lodge has remained at capacity, hosting up to 24 fly fishing anglers per year. Recently, the program won a $500,000 grant from Compete Caribbean, with the goal to expand the sport fishing tourism efforts to several other villages in Guyana. Exploratory efforts are taking place to learn how this sustainable sport fishing program can be introduced to other parts of the world.Currently, as a support partner to OCEARCH — a shark tagging research program aiming to replace fear with facts — Costa helps develop and collect all of the multimedia content from each expedition. The content is then shared online allowing educators, scientists and shark enthusiasts alike to take part in important conversations about one of the planet’s top predators. In 2014, OCEARCH is on a mission to South America, visiting the Galapagos Islands, Chile, and Brazil to expand its tagging efforts to include yellow fin tuna, wahoo, rainbow runner, skip jack, White sharks and Tiger, Hammerhead, Bull, Blacktip and Silky sharks, among other species.An important part of Trout Unlimited’s (TU) expanding Youth Education efforts, the “5 Rivers” program organizes campus groups to provide students an opportunity to learn fly casting and fly tying and also to participate in off-campus volunteer activities on the members’ home waters. Costa worked with TU to develop the program, which now boasts chapters at 26 colleges and universities.For the past five years Costa has hosted a now-legendary “party with a purpose” on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa. Instead of marketing at other people’s events, Costa decided to control the vibe. The event brings national acts to a music festival to raise money for sport fishing programs. Since the event began, thousands of University of Alabama students have helped raise more than $200,000 for groups including The Billfish Foundation and Coastal Conservation Association. Costa also works to support the Center for Coastal Conservation and the Turneffe Atoll Trust to protect the Belize fishery.“In order for the sport fishing industry to continue to grow, we must work together to protect the resources and attract new people into the sport,” said Costa president Chas MacDonald. “Without the fish, there are no anglers. Protect the fish, and they will keep the anglers participating in the sport and growing the business opportunities.”Costa-Project-Permitlast_img read more

Mountain Mama: Kayakers Were My Weakness

first_img“I want to do fun things with him,” one twenty-something woman said to another as I sat behind them in the neighborhood cafe, eavesdropping. “I want to have fun together.”Her friend leaned over the stack of nursing books between them to ask, “Where is he today?”“Kayaking.”“Don’t worry, it’ll be different when you’re married – then you’ll be really together.” She gave her friend a half-hug, but the about-to-be-married-to-a-kayaker woman shook her head.“I hope so. He used to take me rafting. We used to go on long walks near the river.”I wanted to interject, to tell her how I’d been seduced by that dangerous thinking. Five years ago I met an extreme kayaker who chased the seasons instead of a salary. Skinny-dipping and swapping life stories under the full moon, life seemed perfect as weeks passed on the river and in his arms. Smitten by his quiet confidence, I ditched my own plans and followed him to Southern Appalachia to see if the life I’d dreamed of living near the river was actually possible.I invented a story, extrapolating our future life together based on that magical month. I imagined us traveling to South America together, him to instruct kayaking, while I’d work on my boof and hone my writing, inspired by the adventures we’d no doubt have. I dreamt of the sweet cabin in the mountains that we’d return to and decorate with art we purchased during our travels. He’d loop me into his adventurous lifestyle and expand my horizons.The woman confided to her friend how worried she was about her fiancé’s job prospects, how she couldn’t afford to support him and put herself through nursing school, and how she wanted to stop mothering him and instead have fun with him. But I didn’t say anything that afternoon in the cafe, figuring if she was anything like me, someone else’s words wouldn’t make a difference.I had this thing about kayakers. Kayakers tend to be passionate, intense, and exciting and when they’re around, their personalities can be intoxicating. I saw myself in that worried nursing student – like me, she was a responsible professional and prioritizing the “right” things over the fun thing. And I worried for her, that in marrying a kayaker she might make the same mistakes I had made, that she would hope and wish for the attention of a man, waiting for him to take her to do the things she wanted instead of doing them herself, to expect that her partner would somehow turn her into the person she wanted to become instead of doing the work herself.I thought back to a friend who attempted to intervene on my kayaker obsession. During a heart-to-heart after a bottle of wine she stared me in the eye and said, “You don’t need to date a Class V paddler. You’re already Class V.”I disagreed, I didn’t paddle Class V. Or if I did, it was an easy Class V rapid that another paddler coached me down. No, I wasn’t a Class V boater nor did I have the guts or determination to become one.I spent over a year yoking my aspirations to the path of that extreme kayaker. The more I expected of him, the more he retreated to the river. When he finally left, it sunk in that dating a kayaker and being a kayaker was not the same thing.Somewhere along the way I forgot me. I love to travel. I love to run and practice yoga. I love paddling too, big splashy waves, without a lot of consequences. I love to hole up in cafes and write. I love pedicures and sharing deep conversations over bottles of wine. I had this dream of buying a sailboat and island hopping. I started to realize that living in the shadows of the extreme kayaker made me forget about who I wanted to be, about who I already was.I saw with the clarity that time lends what my friend meant when she said I didn’t need to date a Class V boater. She was trying to tell me that I could live the authentic, righteous life I associated with that label, that I was already a pretty cool person, me, all by myself, without a man at all. Somewhere along the way I’d forgotten that.I started to inhabit my own passions and dreams until an extraordinary thing happened. I realized I no longer relied on anyone else for my identity. The more I focused on my life and interests, the more I really enjoyed being me. I had become enough, more than enough, fully engaged in my life.For the first time in a decade, I wasn’t crushing on, dating, or recovering from dating a kayaker. I went paddling after that day in the café and realized how much I still love being on the water. Moving with it and being near it energizes me and I wondered if perhaps I confused my love for rivers with loving kayakers. I thought about the nursing student as I paddled, hoping that she would go out and have fun on her own terms, whether or not her fiancé joined her. I hoped so.I still believe in the fairy tale, for me and for that nursing student. But I’ve rewritten my version of it so that prince charming doesn’t have to wear a skirt, obsess over kayak porn, or disappear when it rains.last_img read more

Police Crack Down On Curacao Drug Ring With Ties To Hezbollah

first_imgBy Dialogo April 30, 2009 Police from seven countries arrested 17 people in Curacao suspected of involvement in an international drug ring with links to Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, Dutch authorities said. The group is suspected of having traded in some 2,000 kilograms of cocaine per year, the Dutch prosecution service said in a statement. “The group shipped containers with cocaine from Curacao to the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Jordan,” it said. “From Venezuela, containers with drugs went to West Africa and then to the Netherlands, Lebanon and Spain. Carriers smuggled the cocaine as airline passengers from Curacao and Aruba into the Netherlands.” The proceeds were allegedly invested in several countries, said the statement. “The organization had international contacts with other criminal networks that financially supported Hezbollah in the Middle East. Large sums of drug money flooded into Lebanon, from where orders were placed for weapons that were to have been delivered from South America.” The suspects were from Curacao, the largest of the Dutch Antilles islands, as well as from Venezuela, Colombia, Lebanon and Cuba, said the statement. The arrests were the result of a joint operation between the police and justice authorities of Curacao, the Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States.last_img read more

CUNA seeks payday rule that facilitates credit union participation

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA continues to analyze the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) 1,300-plus page proposal on short-term, small-dollar loans. The CFPB has agreed to brief CUNA members on the proposal, and CUNA is currently working to schedule the briefing.The CFPB’s proposal adds restrictions on payday, title, and high-cost installment loans that meet certain requirements.“This rule is incredibly complicated with a lot of moving parts. We’d like to see a rule that will not only allow credit unions to remain in the market but also encourages even more credit unions to fill the needs consumers have for small dollar credit, we’ll be carefully looking at the proposal and working with the CFPB to educate them about how the rule could detrimentally impact consumer friendly credit union products if not properly tailored,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan.Donovan added that an early concern is potential compliance issues, and the additional burdens that would mean, particularly for small credit unions with limited compliance resources.CUNA appreciates the CFPB’s recognition that it can use its authority under Section 1022 of the Dodd-Frank Act to “conditionally or unconditionally exempt any class of covered persons, service providers, or consumer financial products or services.” CUNA has been urging the agency to use Section 1022 to tailor its rules to target the bad actors in the financial services marketplace, and not to add to the already burdensome regulations that credit unions face in the wake of the financial crisis. continue reading »last_img read more

Philippines becomes first country to shut financial markets thanks to virus

first_imgThe Philippines halted stock, bond and currency trading until further notice, becoming the first country to shut financial markets in response to the widening coronavirus pandemic.The closures take effect Tuesday, according to statements from the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Bankers Association of the Philippines. The moves follow President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision on Monday to widen a month-long lockdown of the capital region to cover the country’s main Luzon island, home to at least 57 million people. The virus has infected at least 140 people in the Philippines and killed a dozen.Philippine equities have tumbled more than 30 percent this year, among the biggest declines in Asia, as stocks around the world plunged on fears of a global recession. A US-listed exchange-traded fund that tracks the Philippine market fell by a record 19.5 percent on Monday after the bourse announced it was shutting. Topics : “This restricts exit the mechanism so it won’t be taken kindly by investors who don’t like their flow of funds constrained,” said Manny Cruz, strategist at Papa Securities. “What the market would do when trading resumes depends on the state of global markets. We will see a sharp selloff if the global weakness continues and a sharp rebound should there be a recovery worldwide.”Shutting markets during times of crisis is extremely rare but not without precedent. America’s stock market closed for almost a week after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, while Hong Kong halted trading in the wake of the Black Monday crash in 1987. Greece shut its stock market for about five weeks in 2015.A survey of international investors conducted by the Hong Kong stock exchange in December 1987 found unanimously that the closure had negatively affected the exchange’s international reputation and had eroded confidence in the Hong Kong market, at least in the short term.While some commentators have argued that countries including the US should consider temporary market closures, exchanges and regulators have mostly downplayed or rejected the idea. Bourses in Korea and Indonesia said they have no plans to shut trading, while Australia’s exchange said it and market regulators “have a range of measures, some of which have already been taken, to maintain the market’s orderliness and resilience.”center_img US Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton said in an interview on CNBC Monday that stock markets should continue to operate. Nasdaq Inc. CEO Adena Friedman told Bloomberg TV that “it’s much better” to keep the markets open, citing companies’ capital-raising needs and saying “pent-up issues” can occur with closures. The New York Stock Exchange sent a note after-hours Monday saying all NYSE Group markets including trading floors would “continue to operate normally tomorrow.”Here is what market participants are saying about the exchange halt:Tomo Kinoshita, global market strategist at Invesco Asset Management.“As fewer people are able to participate in the markets, it does expose the market to more volatility. It’s a tough situation, and of course it’s not desirable. But as a short-term measure it may make sense.”Jingyi Pan, a market strategist at IG Asia Pte in Singapore“Given that sentiment is a strong driver for equities at present, one can look at the Chinese market and the extended Lunar New Year holidays as a comparison. The latest shutdown comes in tandem with the lockdown of the capital region and could aid in containment efforts in the short term.If the situation improves, this could work out positively for the market and reduce the volatility in the short term as it did China even if the market returns to some adjustments initially. The drawback would be if the situation continues to worsen, that could see to further panic selling when the market reopens, though current trends does suggest increased social distancing does help with the coronavirus situation.”Justin Tang, head of Asian research at United First Partners in Singapore“Think of it as a circuit breaker on steroids. There is rampant fear at the moment as evidenced by the unprecedented volatility. The enemy is ourselves in that we are really reacting to a loss of control over the situation given that no one really knows how far this can go – just as it was on 9/11.The suspension will hurt those who rely on trading for an income but will provide time for participants to calm down and evaluate the situation rationally. A weekend is hardly sufficient for that.”Jonathan Ravelas, strategist at BDO Unibank Inc.“I think it is smart move because the market is already in hysteria. Sometime taking a step back allows investors to rethink their position and digest the flood of information out there. This is a health crisis we are facing and it seems the market reaction has been too exaggerated.”last_img read more