Pathway To Paris Adds Jim James, Talib Kweli, Dhani Harrison, & Lucinda Williams

first_imgPathway To Paris is a concert that coincides with the Global Climate Action Summit, bringing together high-profile musicians, artists, activists, politicians, and other public figures to advocate for cities to work to address climate change. The event takes its name from the Paris Agreement, a global agreement secured by the U.N. that encourage countries to mitigate their greenhouse-gas emissions, and seeks to encourage cities to meet and exceed the Paris Agreement’s climate targets.On September 14th, the fourth-annual Pathway To Paris concert will be held at San Francisco’s Masonic. Today, augmenting the event’s initial lineup announcement in July, Pathway To Paris has added a number of additional artists including Jim James, Dhani Harrison, Talib Kweli, and Lucinda Williams. Previously announced artists and public figures on the lineup include Karen O, Tony Hawk, Patti Smith, Flea, and Bill McKibben. Other musicians on the bill include Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Eric Burdon, formerly of War and The Animals, Tibetan musician and activist Tenzin Choegyla, and French pop-soul singer Imany.In addition to the musical performances, Icelandic visual artist Olafur Eliasson has created a special interactive piece for Pathway to Paris, which will engage the audience in a collaborative work of art. As noted in a press release, “Artist Olafur Eliasson will turn the whole audience into artists by creating an interactive collective artwork. Eliasson leads a choreography that motions its audience to hold up a Little Sun solar lantern. The result is a visually striking solar-powered ‘sunrise’ which raises awareness for climate action and energy equality.”All proceeds from the fourth-annual Pathway to Paris concert will be donated to 350.org, Pathway to Paris, and the United Nations Development Programme. For more information and ticketing, head here.last_img read more

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From Tonga to Tercentenary

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Many students come from great distances to learn at Harvard, but few have traversed such disparate worlds as Moana ′Ulu′ave. You might even say her journeys would make a fantastic story.Born to parents and grandparents from the South Pacific island nation of Tonga, ′Ulu′ave, 26, grew up among the frosty peaks of Salt Lake City, Utah, where her family settled in 1986 to find better economic and educational opportunities and to be close to the spiritual heart of their Mormon faith.Her grandfather once farmed taro and manioc (cassava) roots; her mother, Losaline, works at a book bindery; her father, Alama, was until recently a maintenance worker at the University of Utah. All set high expectations for ′Ulu′ave and her five sisters.“He used to drive us around and point out the law school and the medical school and say, ‘One day you’re going to come here,’” said ′Ulu′ave, a spoken-word storyteller and writer in the Arts in Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), who is receiving her master’s degree. “I always thought it was strange that he didn’t have that dream for himself.”Despite living half a world away, Tonga’s rich cultural history and oral traditions were always close at hand. ′Ulu′ave’s grandmother is known as “a keeper of stories,” while her father often makes videos of storytelling to preserve them for future generations. “I grew up with them telling me stories,” she said. “I didn’t know I was learning those things, but the stories were everywhere. I just had to pick them up and tell them as well.”Beyond class, ′Ulu′ave helped lead a weekly writing course at a women’s prison in Framingham, Mass., as part of a program run by Boston University.“For me, prison means something different. I come from a working-class background. I have friends who are in prison. I look around and I think: These women could be any of my relatives in a lot of ways,” she said. “For a lot of women there, education is redemptive. You’ve been punished, that’s why you’re in prison, and the only thing of your own that you have is your mind. And here you are, exerting that power that you have to obtain a piece of paper that says ‘Hey, you’re still valuable in society.’”A Gates Millennium Scholarship winner, ′Ulu′ave graduated from Brigham Young University in 2012, leaving the familiar, communal comforts behind to live in Cambridge, “a place that has no context for me,” she said. “I was so surprised at how much the relationships here meant to me. I didn’t know I’d find community.”“Moana has got this incredible joy and humor, but she is a deeply and profoundly serious person,” said Steven Seidel, the Patricia Bauman and John Landrum Bryant Lecturer on Arts in Education and director of HGSE’s Arts in Education Program. “She’s enormously intellectually curious and hungry,” with a very clear sense of the importance and power of community, he said.′Ulu′ave received the Intellectual Contribution award, an honor given annually to one student in each HGSE master’s program.“So many of her peers nominated her for that award and spoke about being inspired by her as … one of the few Tongan students to ever come to Harvard,” said Seidel, “but also just as someone who is both growing and curious and evolving and also so deeply rooted in her values and the values of her culture. It’s been inspiring to all of us — certainly inspiring to me.”As the first in her family to earn an advanced degree, ′Ulu′ave said dozens of far-flung relatives will join her here to celebrate.“In terms of my community and my family, this is making real a lot of dreams that they’ve had for generations. And when I say, ‘I am graduating,’ the indigenous ‘I’ is always the ‘We.’ So, ‘We are graduating.’ I appreciate all the sacrifices that were made even before I stepped on this campus.”last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf to Join Legislators, Advocates in Recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day

first_img Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today will join legislators and advocates in the Capitol rotunda for a rally and press conference in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day. Friday, June 7 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day.“The time has come to end gun violence in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “We need to end mass shootings; we need to end homicide shootings; and we need to end suicides by gun. We’ve made progress over the past year at developing common sense measures to reduce gun violence, such as stopping domestic abusers from accessing guns during the time they are most likely to kill their victims.”The rally, sponsored by Sen. Art Haywood, brought together legislators and advocates to raise awareness on gun violence. Those attending are encouraged to wear orange in a show of support. Additional events and rallies are planned across the commonwealth through June 9.“This was the fifth Gun Violence Awareness Day,” Sen. Haywood said. “The first had 13 people in attendance and now there are hundreds across the state. This is the first unanimous consent after four prior efforts. I thank the Pennsylvania Senate for unanimous consent.”Speakers at the rally in addition to Gov. Wolf and Sen. Haywood will include Sen. Jay Costa, Sen. Vincent Hughes, Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, and gun violence advocacy groups Moms Demand Action and CeaseFirePA.Gov. Wolf has shown consistent support for commonsense gun violence reduction legislation, including universal background checks. He first called on the General Assembly to pass a package of domestic violence bills in October 2017, including Act 79’s domestic violence gun safety protections. One year later, he signed Act 79, the first law in 14 years to address gun violence. He has also consistently called for more action to reduce gun violence.“Think of how many families we can impact, how many mothers would have their sons and daughters come home, how many children would have their parents, if we continue to work together to end gun violence in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “I’m so proud to be here today with all of you as we continue to fight for this important cause. By working together, we can reduce crime, protect our citizens, and give communities more peace of mind.” June 05, 2019 Gov. Wolf to Join Legislators, Advocates in Recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Daycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Cairns real estate identified as most affordable

first_imgAn aerial view of part of Cairns CBD. Picture: Skystock.CAIRNS real estate remains some of the most affordable in the country, in contrast to major metropolitan centres, says Real Estate Institute of Queensland zone chairman Tom Quaid.Mr Quaid’s comments came after a recent report revealed an improvement in housing affordability in Queensland.The 2018 March quarter edition of the Adelaide Bank/REIA Housing Affordability Report also showed the median family income required to meet loan repayments had decreased.The proportion of income required to meet loan repayments dropped from 27.6 per cent in the December 2017 quarter to 27.5 per cent in this year’s March quarter.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“Cairns still remains relatively affordable in the scheme of things, both from the perspective of its median house price of just north of $400,000, and in real terms,” Mr Quaid said. “It all comes down to what people are looking for though and whether they are realistic in their expectations. If you are looking for brand-new property with all the mod-cons, then expect to pay more in most cases. “It’s the same when it comes to location, with certain suburbs attracting a premium that can make them feel out of reach. For those that look at property as a building block however, there is still good choice to be had in housing in the $300,000s, particularly when you look at the south side of Cairns and some of our city fringe suburbs.”REIA president Malcolm Gunning (pictured above) said the report found the proportion of median family income required to meet average loan repayments decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 31.3 per cent. He said rental affordability declined in all states and territories except for Western Australia and the Northern Territory, with the proportion of median family income required to meet rent payments increasing by 0.1 percentage points to 24.8 per cent. Mr Gunning said the number of loans also decreased across the country by 16 per cent.“Since the last edition of this report, the east coast residential property market has moved … from a seller’s to a buyer’s market,” he said.last_img read more

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Women of Troy eke out late victory over Oregon

first_imgA road date against Oregon was all the USC women’s basketball team needed to get back on track offensively.The Women of Troy (15-11, 9-6) beat Oregon 87-84 at Mac Court for their second consecutive victory.  Sophomore guard Ashley Corral knocked down five 3-pointers and led four other USC players in double figures with 23 points.Putting points on the board was not a problem for the Women of Troy against a high-octane Oregon squad that entered the game second in the country in scoring.  USC, which was held below 60 points in its last five games, eclipsed the 60-point mark early in the second half.A series of runs by both teams marked the second half.  USC seized the lead on the opening possession with a 3-pointer by freshman forward Christina Marinacci.The Women of Troy would stretch the lead to nine before Oregon made it close late.  Neither team led by more than three points in the half.Clutch free-throw shooting and some key offensive rebounds helped the Women of Troy avenge an early-season loss to the Ducks.  USC trailed 82-80 late in the game when Marinacci rattled in a pair of free throws.  The Women of Troy would not trail the rest of the way.Corral knocked down four of six free throws in the final minute to preserve the win for USC.  In a reversal of an earlier game this season, the Women of Troy got an extra possession after knocking a missed free throw out of bounds off an Oregon player.  USC lost a game to California on a similar play.Big performances on the glass by Marinacci and senior guard Hailey Dunham helped USC outrebound Oregon 34-30.USC trailed 47-46 at the break despite shooting more than 50 percent from the field in the first half.  Three players for USC reached double digits in points in the half.  Sophomore guard Briana Gilbreath paced all scorers with 15 points.  Corral and Dunham added 14 and 10 points, respectively.Oregon led 18-11 early when USC coach Michael Cooper picked up a technical foul.  His outburst prompted a 17-9 run by the Women of Troy that put them ahead 28-27.Oregon senior Taylor Lilley — who erupted for 36 points and a school-record nine 3-pointers in the first meeting between the two schools — scored 14 points in the first half and finished with a team-high 22 points.  Backcourt mate Michaela Cocks added 16 points for the Ducks.Redshirt junior guard Jacki Gemelos and Marinacci each scored 13 points for USC.  Dunham finished with 12 points and added seven rebounds for the Women of Troy.USC moved into sole possession of third place in the Pac-10 with the victory. The Women of Troy look to sweep the season series against Oregon State on Saturday.last_img read more

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Mason City man pleads not guilty to burglary

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man accused of burglary has pleaded not guilty. On the night of May 18th, police responded to 811 10th Northeast on the report of two men fighting in the house with one being armed with a knife. The caller said the occupants of the home were able to disarm the suspect but he fled before officers arrived. A victim at the home received injuries to his back and neck. Another call came in about an injured man bleeding from his arm located a block away at 844 9th Northeast. After interviewing witnesses and a victim at the 811 10th Northeast location, 30-year-old Jared Kropf was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Kropf pleaded not guilty to the charge last week, with his trial tentatively scheduled to start on September 15th in Cerro Gordo County District Court. Another person was arrested while hiding in the residence at 844 9th Northeast. 37-year-old Jessica Sturm was wanted for possession of contraband in a correctional facility and escape from custody as a felon.  Last week as part of a plea agreement she agreed to plead guilty to both charges. Sturm was given a five year suspended prison sentence, placed on five years probation, and was sentenced to spend 180 days in a residential facility.last_img read more

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Nine-star Belgium book Euro place, Dutch fight back to beat N. Ireland

first_imgLukaku scored twice as Belgium reached Euro 2020 by putting nine past San MarinoParis, France | AFP |  Belgium became the first team to qualify for the 2020 European Championship finals as Romelu Lukaku scored twice in a 9-0 thrashing of San Marino in Brussels on Thursday, while the Netherlands needed a late comeback to beat Northern Ireland.Lukaku took his record Belgium international tally past 50 goals as Roberto Martinez’s Group I leaders opened up an unassailable 11-point lead over third-placed Cyprus with three games remaining.The world-number-one ranked side booked their spot at next year’s tournament, which will be played at 12 venues across Europe, after seven straight qualifying wins.Russia appear set to take the second automatic slot from the group, after a 4-0 win over Scotland moved them eight points ahead of Cyprus.Belgium will be one of the favourites as they look to lift a first major international title when the Euros get underway on June 12.“In my eyes, nine countries have the talent to win the Euro,” said coach Martinez. “What will make the difference is how you face adversity. It’s necessary to sacrifice yourself for your teammates.”Their victory at the King Badouin Stadium matched their record winning margin of nine goals, having previously beaten Zambia and Gibraltar 9-0 in 1994 and 2017 respectively and hammered San Marino 10-1 in 2001.“Nine-nil is a good result but we would have loved to have scored one more and broken that all-time record,” said Inter Milan striker Lukaku.The first breakthrough arrived when Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans fed Lukaku, who fired home his landmark goal in the 28th minute.The floodgates then opened, as Nacer Chadli slotted into the corner from the edge of the area three minutes later, and visiting defender Cristian Brolli scored a comical own goal 10 minutes before the interval.Lukaku wasted little time in making it 51 Belgium goals, before Toby Alderweireld and Tielemans made it six before half-time.Substitute Christian Benteke drilled in number seven with 11 minutes remaining, 18-year-old Yari Verschaeren scored his first international goal from the penalty spot, and Atalanta defender Timothy Castagne completed the rout in the 90th minute.– Dutch break Northern Irish hearts –Memphis Depay’s late brace rescued the Netherlands a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland which sent Ronald Koeman’s men top of Group C. The Oranje, bidding to reach a first major finals since finishing third at the 2014 World Cup, are level on points with both Germany and Northern Ireland, who have played a game more, but lead on head-to-head record.Michael O’Neill’s visitors were dreaming of a first-ever away win over the Dutch when substitute Josh Magennis headed them in front with a quarter-hour to play.But Depay levelled in the 80th minute, and Luuk de Jong bundled the ball home at the back post in the first minute of injury time to deny Northern Ireland a crucial point before Depay grabbed his second.“We are devastated with the nature of the defeat,” O’Neill told Sky Sports. “We have to win our two remaining games, they are very difficult, Netherlands home and Germany away.”Russia sent Scotland tumbling to a fourth straight qualifying defeat which leaves the Nations League playoffs next March as the Scots’ only possible route to Euro 2020.Artem Dzyuba’s excellent double and goals from Magomed Ozdoev and Aleksandr Golovin mean Russia will qualify with a draw in Cyprus on Sunday.– Croatia close on qualification –Croatia took control of Group E by beating Hungary 3-0 in Split, while Slovakia jumped into second despite being held to a 1-1 home draw by Wales.Luka Modric’s fifth-minute strike and two goals for Bruno Petkovic sent last year’s World Cup runners-up Croatia four points clear of third-placed Hungary.Slovakia fell behind in the first half when former lifeguard Kieffer Moore scored on his international competitive debut for Wales, but secured a draw thanks to Juraj Kucka’s brilliant 53rd-minute volley.Elsewhere, Robert Lewandowski netted a hat-trick, taking his tally this season to 18 goals for club and country, as Poland won 3-0 at Latvia to strengthen their position at the top of Group G.They sit three points clear of closest challengers Austria, who saw off Israel 3-1.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Kids Learn Tips On Rip Currents, Sharks

first_img“They’re a little scary, but if you know more about them, you can be respectful, not fearful,” said Williams, a post-doctoral coastal ecologist at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken.In a shark encounter, do not splash because the shark could take it for prey, such as a seal, Williams said.Teresa Sperber, a member of the board of the Library Association, which does fundraising and programming for the library, said she arranged Williams’ talk because she was familiar with Sea Grant after two of her children – Paul, 12, and Cecilia, 8 – attended camp at Sea Grant this summer. “I thought it was very informative,” Sperber said. “I think the kids learned a lot in a fun style,” Sperber said. About 20 children and five adults attended.Williams conducts two other programs for the community, a for-adults version of the one presented at the library and another on dune management, also for adults. Williams can be reached through Sea Grant, 732-872-1300, or at [email protected] Story and photos by Joseph SapiaRUMSON – With swimmer Michael Phelps racking up gold medals for Team USA in the Summer Olympics, it may be interesting to know he is much slower than a common Jersey Shore visitor.Rip currents can move “two times as fast as an Olympic swimmer,” said Amy Williams, a coastal ecology extension agent for the Sandy Hook-based New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium.That was one of the facts presented in “Ocean Hazards: Sharks and Rip Currents,” a children-oriented talk Williams did at the Oceanic Free Library, here, on Wednesday, Aug. 10.A rip current is “a current of water that rips you away from the shore,” Williams said. When waves come in, the water has to go back out – the channeling of that outgoing water in one location is a rip current.Aside from avoiding panic and swimming parallel to the shore, try to get a lifeguard’s attention if swimming in a rip current, Williams said. “Rip currents take you out to sea, but they stay on the surface,” she said. “They don’t go out very far.”Mary Catherine O’Connor, 9, who lives in the borough, said she came away with new knowledge. “I learned sharks don’t mean to attack you and a lot about rip currents and how to be safe in them.” Her sister, Eleanor, 11, said she learned that to get out of a rip current: swim parallel to the shore to escape the narrow funneling of water.Margot O’Connor of Rumson holds her daughter, Claire, 6, while attending a talk at the Oceanic Free Library, Rumson. O’Connor is vice president of the library association.The children also learned that a swimmer is safer if using a flotation device, and panic is a main reason people get in trouble in rip currents.Williams talked about shark attacks.In 2015, for example, there were 96 reported shark attacks worldwide, with only six deaths from these, Williams said. Of the 300 to 400 species of sharks, only three – great white, bull and tiger – are known to attack humans, she said.last_img read more

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BACK IN THE SADDLE

first_imgBACK IN THE SADDLE–Jockey Flavien Prat gets his first win since being seriously injured Sept. 17, as he guided Belvoir Bay to an emphatic 7 ¼ length win in Sunday’s $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita. A French native, Prat, 23, returned to riding on Saturday following multiple spinal fractures and a collapsed lung.last_img

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BATTLE FOR RADIO LICENSE HOTS UP AS HIGHLAND MAN JUMPS TO RIVAL CONSORTIUM

first_imgThe consortium bidding against Highland Radio for the upcoming radio license has scored a major blow by scooping one of its leading contributors.Professor Roy GreensladeProfessor of Journalism Roy Greenslade is a well-known voice over the local airwaves on the Shaun Doherty Show.But the former Daily Mirror editor, who has a house in Ballyare, has joined rival Charlie Collins’ Donegal Commercial Radio Broadcasting Ltd as an independent director. The new signing will be seen as a huge feather in the cap of the rival group who, along with Highland, must submit their application to the Broadcasting Association of Ireland by Monday next.Greenslade, who divides his time between Brighton and Donegal, is an international media commentator and columnist with The Guardian.The Tirconail Tribune reports that he joins other big hitters on the board of the new consortium including businessmen Paddy Simpson and US-based Danny Doohan.They will have to put together an impressive package together if they are to oust Highland who are the most successful local radio station in the country. It is thought that the BAI will opt for an oral hearing from both groups which will be heard in Co Donegal before Christmas. BATTLE FOR RADIO LICENSE HOTS UP AS HIGHLAND MAN JUMPS TO RIVAL CONSORTIUM was last modified: September 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Highland RadioProfessor Roy Greensladeradio consortiumlast_img read more

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