first_imgCon Brio, the electrifying rock outfit based out of San Francisco’s vibrant music scene, will stop in Denver for a headlining performance at Cervantes’ Other Side on Saturday, March 23rd. The weekend performance will fall just two shows into the band’s upcoming spring tour, which begins the night prior with a gig in Fort Collins, CO. The band will be joined at the March 23rd show in support by Emma Mayes & The Hip and Em Possible.Related: The Big Melt Adds Robert Randolph, Eddie Roberts, Casey Benjamin, & More To Inaugural LineupThe upcoming performance and tour follow the summer 2018 release of the band’s sophomore studio album, Explorer, which arrives on July 6th via Fat Beats Records. The 11-track album features a mix of recordings which vary in sound and styles ranging from electro-soul to experimental psych-pop. Fans can watch the video below to see and hear the band perform “I Wanna”, one of the singles featured on Explorer.Con Brio – “I Wanna” (Live)[Video: Con Brio]The seven-piece band is comprised of Ziek McCarter (vocals), Brendan Liu (trumpet), Marcus Stephens (tenor sax), Benjamin Andrews (guitar), Patrick Glynn (keyboard), Jonathan Kirchner (bass), and Andrew Laubacher (drums). Their sizable lineup may make for a tough squeeze while performing at venues with smaller stages, but certainly adds to the depth of their sound and liveliness of their already-highly energetic shows. While the group is considered by some as “the best new live band in America,” fans won’t know for sure until they get their ticket to see Con Brio in action while on tour across America this spring!Tickets to the band’s March 23rd performance at Cervantes’ Other Side are now on sale here.last_img read more

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Drew Petersen sits comfortably at a piano, looks briefly at its 88 keys, shuts his eyes, positions his fingers, and plays from memory a complex piece by Fr???déric Chopin.Petersen welcomes challenging adventures, musical and otherwise. He enrolled in Harvard’s Extension School at 14, while maintaining a demanding concert schedule.“I wanted to find a program with academic rigor and with a lot of flexibility to allow me to work around some of my performances and competitions,” said Petersen, a classically trained, professional pianist who will graduate this month from the School and from a two-year diploma program at Juilliard.The running joke in his family is that he has never graduated from anything, having jumped among public, private, and performing arts high schools in his search for the right academic challenge, and a schedule that could fit in with his piano playing. Harvard provided the perfect solution.“I liked the Harvard program so much I just kept going with it, and here I am,” said Petersen, adding that the experience has “drastically improved my quality of life in addition to improving my academic work.”He completed almost all of his coursework remotely through the Harvard Extension School’s bachelor of liberal arts program. In between studying, competing, and performing, whenever he could he traveled to Cambridge to meet with professors and classmates on his way to his bachelor’s degree with a concentration in social science.Those visits to campus proved invaluable.“I feel like meeting the people here really was the best part. … Over the years I think I’ve learned to value the kinds of people who are really, really interested and interesting much more than I would have if I didn’t go to a place like Harvard.”Petersen also took advantage of Harvard Summer School’s eclectic offerings, heading to Greece for an intensive, five-week comparative cultures seminar. He even lived in the Yard one summer on the first floor of the Matthews freshman dorm while taking classes. The only drawback to campus living: tourists.“Waking up and having some people peering into your room at times was very funny.”Petersen can’t remember a time when he wasn’t fascinated by music. He loved everything from ringing church bells to the notes he pounded out on his family’s old upright piano as a toddler. “Any music at all made me very interested, very excited, and I just had to know more about it.”Lessons started at age 5. Less than a year later, he was at Carnegie Hall as part of a young artists program, and at ease in the spotlight. Stage fright wasn’t a problem. “I loved it,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.”Since then his life has been a rush of concerts and competitions and days spent practicing for upwards of six hours. After graduation, he will fly to California for another competition and prepare for concerts in Florida, North Carolina, and New York.His goal when playing is to “communicate something that is inexpressible in any other way. That’s a really beautiful thing.” Unsurprisingly, if he wasn’t a musician, Petersen said he would work in another artistic field, or perhaps do something related to psychology. “Anything that allows me to muse on beauty and art, or human capacity to appreciate beauty and art, would probably suit me.”But for now, the life of a concert pianist beckons.“That is absolutely what I would like to do, what I’ve been aiming at for a very long time now. It’s very unpredictable, but it’s an adventure,” he said, “and I always like a good adventure.”To see a list of 2012-13 Harvard Extension School prize and award recipients, visit the Extension School website.last_img read more

first_imgLast Friday, Notre Dame political science professor Dan Philpott presented his ethic of reconciliation in times of gross injustice as part of a series on the Holocaust currently taking place at the University.“Remembrance: The Holocaust in a Global Context” is a series of lectures, films and discussions planned to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Philpott said his time living in Germany and studying its reconciliation efforts in the aftermath of Holocaust and communism helped inform his ethic.Philpott’s lecture was based on a book he wrote, he said, with the central question being: “What is the meaning of justice in the wake of massive injustice?” He said he aimed to answer that question in a more comprehensive way than others had done before by creating his ethic of reconciliation.Philpott said reconciliation confronts many difficult foreign policy dilemmas in peace building.“Is it justifiable to forgo the prosecution of war criminals in order to elicit a peace settlement? Can conditional amnesties be justified? May leaders apologize or forgive on behalf of entire states or nations? On behalf of dead people? Do states owe reparations to representatives of victims of past generations? How are amounts to be determined? Is forgiveness justifiable, or does it indefensibly sacrifice just punishment?” Philpott said.Reconciliation confronts these dilemmas holistically, he said, by attempting to restore right relationship, address a wide array of wounds and involve all actors proper to the political order — ordinary citizens, state leaders, victims and perpetrators.In order to put these concepts into action, Philpott said it is important to understand the injustices. He said there are at least six kinds of wounds from which victims suffer: the violation of the victim’s basic human rights, the different kinds of harms to the person of the victim (death, permanent injury, lasting psychological and emotional damage, etc.), ignorance of the source of circumstances of the political injustices that harm the victim, failure of the community to acknowledge the suffering of the victim, standing victory of the political injustice and the wound to the perpetrator himself that the crime inflicts, Philpott said.Philpott said his ethic of reconciliation proposes six matching practices to these wounds, aimed at restoration of the victims and of right relationship.“First, building socially just government institutions based on human rights and respect for international law,” he said. ” … Second, acknowledgement of the suffering of victims of the community through restorative political processes. … Third, reparations in the form of material compensation to victims. … Fourth is punishment, which takes place in the form of national or international courts. …“Fifth practice is apology, which is conferred by perpetrators for their own misdeeds and by political officials for acts done in the name of a political order. … The sixth practice is forgiveness, which is purported by individual victims and, in theory but rarely in practice, by a political official on behalf of a group,” Philpott said.The inclusion of both punishment and forgiveness in the six practices is often seen as a point of tension, Philpott said. However, he said both are necessary to address the array of wounds afflicted by political injustices.“The fundamental contention of the ethic is that addressing the range of wounds of injustice both for their own sake, and because they may lead to further injustices, is itself a matter of justice — the justice of right relationship. So too, it is a matter of peace and a matter of mercy,” Philpott said.Tags: Notre Dame Law School, Reconciliation, the Holocaustlast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Inside Climate News:Along a country road east of Lima, Ohio, a company is preparing to build one of the world’s largest renewable energy projects that pairs wind and solar to create a hybrid power source. It’s a rare combination now, but one that’s expected to become more common because of its potential to cut costs while providing a more consistent flow of clean energy.Invenergy is starting with a 175 megawatt wind farm. Within the wind farm, it plans to build a 150 megawatt solar farm. Together, they would produce enough electricity for about 175,000 homes.The wind and solar energy complement each other. They hit their peaks at different times of day and night, allowing them to provide a steadier output together than if each was alone. And they save money because they can share equipment, power lines and workers. The consistency is increasingly important as renewable energy replaces coal-fired plants, which can provide 24-7 power but that also create pollution and contribute to climate change.Most renewable energy development so far has targeted either the sunniest or the windiest areas, without considering locations that could be good for both solar and wind. That’s changing as wind and solar costs decrease and the technology advances. Today, there are many parts of the U.S. where both wind and solar can be profitable, said Vahan Gevorgian, a chief engineer at the government’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado. “It will create economic opportunities for wind in parts of the U.S. where wind [farms are] not present,” he said.In the Midwest, where wind farms are more common than solar, it’s the other way around, with opportunities to put solar panels alongside wind turbines. One example is the Grand Ridge Energy Center in northern Illinois, also operated by Invenergy, which has 210 megawatts of wind, 20 megawatts of solar and 33 megawatts of energy storage.The benefits of wind-solar hybrids start with a simple idea: Solar power is strongest when the sun is brightest, often in the middle of the day. Wind power is stronger at night in many areas of the U.S. By combining the two, a hybrid project has the potential to produce power around the clock. This is important because one of the challenges of managing a power grid is dealing with the intermittent nature of renewable energy.More: Pairing wind + solar for cheaper, 24-hour renewable energy Invenergy plans second wind-solar hybrid in Midwestlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union address of his second term Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.President Barack Obama laid out more than a dozen new initiatives Tuesday in the first State of the Union address of his second term, packing an array of issues into the hour-long speech, including four—climate change, immigration, veterans and gun control—of particular importantance to Long Islanders, a few of whom were in the audience.Obama started off flat while discussing his budget and tax reform proposals, but he worked his way up to an emotional plea for Congress to enact new restrictions on firearms sales to reduce the number of gun deaths nationwide. He sounded encouraged by current immigration reform talks among lawmakers, but the president oscilated between urging the Republican leaders in the House of Representatives to negotiate a compromise on the upcoming deficit reduction plan known as sequestration, and threatening to use executive orders if Congress doesn’t act on global warming.“We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen, were all just a freak coincidence,” Obama said, referring in part to the Oct. 29 hurricane-nor’easter hybrid that ravaged LI and the Northeast. “Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science—and act before it’s too late.”The president remained vague on most of his proposals, choosing to paint a broad picture of the goals he’s setting for the year to come, but did get into some specifics while discussing immigration and, to a lesser degree, gun control.“Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals,” the president said, before rallying for a vote on the bill. “Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because these police chiefs, they’re tired of seeing their guys and gals being outgunned.”Among those top cops was John Aresta, the Malverne village police chief, whose uncle was among six murdered in the 1993 Long Island Rail Road massacre. He was invited to attend by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), whose husband was killed and son injured in the same shooting spree that launched her to the national stage to advocate for gun control.“I personally don’t see a reason why anybody would need a 30-round clip or a 10-round clip for an assault rifle,” Aresta had told Fox Business News  last month shortly after New York State passed sweeping new gun control laws in the wake of the Newtown elementary school massacre in December.Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), the lone Republican among LI’s five-member Congressional delegation, wrote on Twitter that he was disapointed in Obama’s lack of focus on unemployment and deficit reduction, but co-authored an op-ed in Politico expressing support for ensuring background checks for all  gun purchases, with the exception of gifts between family members or temporary transfers for hunters. He noted national estimates that only four in 10 gun buyers are subject to such checks.New York City got two mentions. Obama first touted the heroic nurses who evacuated newborn babies from the NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan during Sandy, signaling Menchu Sanchez by name. She was seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama. He later extolled the benefits of P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York and IBM, where students graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in computers or engineering—a model he wants emulated nationwide.The emphasis on improving education to better the economy dovetailed with his reasons for supporting immigration, a hotly debated issue on LI, where undocumented Hispanic immigrant day laborers have repeatedly been victims of Suffolk County hate crimes in recent years.“Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants,” Obama said, emphasizing that reform must include stronger border security, cutting waiting periods, attracting highly skilled engineers and “establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship—a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and … learning English.”But some immigration issues are easier to solve than others. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) invited as his guests Dania and Nick Marvos, a Little Neck couple who were in the process of adopting a 1-year-old boy named Ari from Russia until two months ago when Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning American adoptions of Russian children. The move was widely seen as retaliation for a recently passed U.S. law punishing Russian human rights violators.“Waiting for news to see if we will be allowed to bring our baby home has been one of the most trying times in our lives,” Dania Mavros said in a statement released by Israel’s office. “Devastating does not capture the emotional roller coaster that we are enduring every day.”Congressman Israel said he is negotiating to help the couple complete the adoption process despite the new Russian law in an attempt to save their son-to-be from growing up in an orphanage. Thousands of other cases are also in jeopardy.Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) invited Dina McKenna of Lindenhurst, whose husband, Sgt. William McKenna, died in 2010 of cancer caused by his exposure to toxic fumes from burn pits the military used for disposing of hazardous waste in Iraq. Bishop had laws passed to curtail the use of burn pits and require the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve its treatment of soldiers exposed to them.“All veterans whose health may have been affected by toxic burn pits must be accounted for and given the health care and support they have earned,” Bishop said in a statement.Obama’s nod to veterans came as he promised to better defend against cyber attacks, end the more than decade-long war in Afghanistan “by the end of next year,” prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons and isolate North Korea for its provocations in testing nuclear weapons potentially capable of being fitted on inter-continental ballistic missles. He reiterated plans to strengthen U.S. missle defense to block such an attack.The commander-in-chief also made clear that while the military will not be sending large numbers of troops abroad for Iraq-style occupations, he vaguely referred to special operations forces that will continue to hunt al-Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan and wherever else they may be hiding. He made veiled reference to the continued deployment of predator drones despite recently renewed controversy over their use to kill American citizens working with terrorists, such as Westbury-native Samir Khan, the al-Qaeda propagandist killed in U.S. airstrikes alongside militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in 2011.“Where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgby: Beth BravermanIt’s hard to believe it’s already been six months since you made those lofty money-related New Year’s resolutions. With 2015 half over, it’s a good time to check back in on your finances to make sure they’re on track and to prevent any big surprises or problems through years’ end.“There’s a lot of weddings and vacations that happen in the summer time,” says Joe Franklin, a certified financial planner in Hixson, Tenn. “But, of course, you want to make sure you’re still putting away enough money and progressing toward your financial goals at a decent pace.”Here are five areas worth trouble-shooting:Your savings. Financial advisors recommend having between three and six months’ savings set aside in a liquid emergency account you can access quickly to take care of unexpected bills or to tide you over if you lost your job. Personal finance site HelloWallet has this handy calculator to help figure out exactly how much of an emergency fund you need based on your income, family situation, and other factors. Once your emergency account is fully funded, it’s time to focus on retirement savings. At a minimum, you should be putting away enough money to get any available employer match, but you should aim to increase that amount to at least 10 percent of your income in order to secure a comfortable retirement. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgDec 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced that the Ebola virus has been found in pigs for the first time, a discovery researchers made when they were investigating outbreaks of porcine reproductive respiratory syndrome (PRRS) at several swine producers in the Philippines.The Ebola virus detected in the swine samples was identified by scientists in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plum Island laboratory, which determined in October that it was the Reston subtype, according to a report yesterday from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The subtype, which was discovered in 1989 at a primate facility in Reston, Va., among monkeys imported from the Philippines, can sicken monkeys, but does not appear to clinically infect humans.Juan Lubroth, senior officer in the FAO’s animal production and health division, said the findings may help researchers edge closer to finding the reservoir of the Ebola virus, Bloomberg News reported today.”Since the 1970s, scientists, veterinarians, microbiologists, and physicians have been looking at thousands of species to see if they can find this elusive reservoir, and we have been pretty much empty-handed,” he told Bloomberg. “This opens up avenues to delve into the ecology and do more searching.”Philippine health officials have collected serum samples from people who worked with or were exposed to the animals, which revealed no Ebola Reston antibodies, according the OIE report. Animals in the area have been quarantined, and livestock officials will conduct more tests on the animals as soon as they receive swine testing kits from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The FAO, in its statement today, said it expects that laboratory tools will be developed to test pigs and other animals throughout the Philippines to determine how extensive the Ebola Reston virus is.It advised against handling pork infected with the Ebola Reston virus, because the risks and consequences of contamination are not known.The OIE said the affected swine producers noted a sudden mortality increase in the animals in mid 2007, which continued into early 2008. It said the infected pigs had clinical signs that were consistent with atypical PRRS infection, which can be linked to more than one pathogen.USDA testing showed that the swine samples were 98% similar to the atypical PRRS virus that has been linked to outbreaks in Vietnam and China, the OIE said, adding that morbidity and mortality patterns were also consistent with the same type of virus.See also:Dec 11 FAO statementDec 10 OIE reportCIDRAP viral hemorrhagic fever overviewlast_img read more

first_imgGraft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has reported the government’s preemployment card program to the Indonesian Ombudsman for alleged maladministration, urging the institution to open an investigation into it.”We urge the government to stop the preemployment card program and we hope that the Ombudsman conducts an investigation related to alleged maladministration in the program,” ICW activist Tibiko Zabar said at the Indonesian Ombudsman office in South Jakarta on Thursday shortly after submitting the report.In its report, the ICW said that the program, a mix of cash aid and an upskilling subsidy, violated several regulations in selecting its partner companies. “We suspect that the program […] management and the digital platforms did not curate [the courses] well,” he said.Tibiko also raised the issue of conflicts of interest in the course curation process. “There is a double role where the digital platform is not only in charge of curating but also organizes the training courses,” he said.Read also: Preemployment card draws criticism as workers ‘need cash aid’Previously, commissioner Laode Ida said that the Indonesian Ombudsman had received many complaints regarding the program, calling its concept unfinished and its technical implementation “half-baked”.The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has also evaluated the program and pointed out the same issues raised by the ICW.Following the KPK’s evaluation, the government has temporarily halted participant registration for the program, promising an overhaul to address the concerns.Topics : The government selected seven companies to aid with the program, which is managed by the office of the coordinating economic minister. They are e-commerce platforms Tokopedia and Bukalapak and online learning platforms Skill Academy by Ruangguru, Pintaria, Sekolahmu, Pijarmahir and MauBelajarApa.Read also: Conflict of interest? Public questions government’s relationship with start-upsICW activist Wana Alamsyah said that the government established a committee for the program on March 17 and signed a cooperation agreement with the partners on March 20 before issuing a regulation on the technical implementation of the contracts, which he said indicated maladministration.Wana also took issue with the digital learning platforms’ curation of courses for the program, alleging that the process was too rushed.last_img read more

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the Manapla municipal police station. BACOLOD City – Charged with acts of lasciviousness, a man was nabbed in Barangay Punta Salong, Manapla, Negros Occidental. Balquin’s apprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant, the police added. The court recommended a P180,000 for his temporary liberty./PN The 25-year-old resident Rolly Balquin was caught around 2 p.m. on June 24, police said.last_img

first_img Fourth on his racecourse debut, the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt finished a fine juvenile campaign when passing the post first in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on Arc day, only to be demoted to third by the stewards for causing interference. The son of Galileo had previously taken Group One honours in the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh. A host of bookmakers have reported significant money for Gleneagles in the ante-post market on the Qipco 2000 Guineas. Ladbrokes cut the Coolmore-owned runner to 4-1 from 6-1 overnight and 8-1 at the start of the week. Spokesman David Williams said: “It’s an interesting time of the year to be seeing support for a Ballydoyle Guineas contender. The price is in free-fall across the betting industry and Gleneagles has emerged as the clear Guineas favourite in next to no time this week.” Betfred also went 4-1, having initially been 5-1 from 6-1. The firm’s Andrew Griffiths said: “Gleneagles has been solid for the Guineas all winter, but market support has really cranked up a notch over the last 24 hours. “Punters clearly have an inkling he could be Ballydoyle’s number one hope.” William Hill mirrored that move, with Jon Ivan-Duke saying: “There is a good strong flow of money for Gleneagles, with a number of four-figure bets on the horse. It’s the strongest move so far for any horse in any of the Classic markets.” Coral are 9-2 from 6-1. David Stevens said: “We’ve seen sustained support for Gleneagles for the Qipco 2000 Guineas in the last 48 hours, suggesting the son of Galileo has been giving off all the right signs at home, and at this early stage of the year he could well be the leading Ballydoyle hope for the Newmarket Classic.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more