Last night, City of Hope, a charity benefiting cancer research, held its 2017 Spirit Of Life Gala, called “Music, Hope & Healing” at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. At the event, Coran Capshaw, founder of Red Light Management and all around music business impresario, was honored with the Spirit Of Life award for his contributions to the charity. Amongst the many huge contributions that Capshaw has had to the music business is his longtime role as manager to Dave Matthews Band, whom he discovered in Virginia back in the early 90s and helped establish as a touring powerhouse. When Phish reunited in 2009, Trey Anastasio brought in his old friend Coran to be their new manager, and he has helped guide them back to prominence as one of the best and most unique touring acts in the world. As such, at last night’s event, both Trey Anastasio of Phish and Dave Matthews performed short acoustic sets at the City of Hope gala, before Preservation Hall Jazz Band finished the evening with a full set of music.Anastasio was up first, and he delivered newer material from the Phish catalog. “More” and “Miss You” from Big Boat were both performed, with the latter following a story about the City of Hope foundation’s focus on neuroendocrine cancer, which took the lives of both Trey’s sister, Kristy Anastasio Manning, and Phish and Dave Matthews Band’s longtime agent, Chip Hooper. “Miss You” was written for Kristy, and Anastasio dedicated the song to Hooper and his family. To close his mini-set, Anastasio performed a new song that was debuted in Las Vegas, dubbed “Soul Planet”.Trey Anastasio Band Keeps It Rolling In Santa Ana, Debuts Bob Marley Cover [Photos/Videos]Matthews, who is also Capshaw’s best friend, followed Anastasio, and he performed several of Dave Matthews Band’s biggest hit songs. He played “Bartender”, “Grey Street”, and “Don’t Drink The Water”. Before “Bartender”, Matthews joked that Capshaw had requested that song be played, but he couldn’t understand why because it wasn’t a radio hit. It was that kind of night.After both Anastasio and Matthews were finished with their small sets, Preservation Hall Jazz Band took the stage and wowed the crowed with their authentic New Orleans sound and passionate performing style. All around, it was a night filled with amazing music while helping to raise money for an excellent cause.Thanks to our good friend, Instagram hero @ragingruth, you can watch a few videos of Anastasio, Matthews, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Below you can find short videos of “Miss You” and Anastasio’s brand new song, as well as “Bartender”, “Grey Street”, and “Don’t Drink The Water” from Matthews, and a clip of Preservation Hall Jazz Band.Trey Anastasio – “Miss You”Trey Anastasio brand new songDave Matthews – “Bartender”Dave Matthews – “Grey Street”Dave Matthews – “Don’t Drink The Water”Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Several members of the Harvard Law School faculty and more than a dozen alumni were named to The National Law Journal’s list of 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.In publishing its first list since 2006, the journal said its goal was to identify members of law’s power elite. The list recognizes the 100 lawyers in the United States “who have shaped the legal world through their work in the courtroom, at the negotiating table, in the classroom or on Capitol Hill.”Harvard Law School Professors Laurence Lessig and Cass Sunstein ’78, and Lecturers on Law Martin Bienenstock, Dale Cendali ’84, Thomas Goldstein and William Lee were included on this year’s list. Several of the alums on the list have also taught at HLS.See the full list of faculty and alumni on the Harvard Law School website. Read Full Story
It was described as a historic event as hundreds of black alumni from across generations gathered at Harvard University over the weekend, many representing its graduate Schools.“This is an opportunity for African-American alumni from across all of Harvard’s 14 Schools to come together, not only for fellowship, but also to exchange ideas and really engage in today’s issues,” said Lawrence Adjah ’06, president of the Harvard Black Alumni Society.Harvard Black Alumni Weekend 2014 (Oct. 10-12), the fourth such gathering since 1999, was only the second time that it has been open to graduates of all Schools. In the past, events for black alumni were organized by the societies of one or several Schools at a time and focused on undergraduate students. The Harvard Black Alumni Society, one of 46 Shared Interest Groups for Harvard alumni, organized this year’s event with the help of the Harvard Alumni Association.With the conference open to all graduates this past weekend, more than 700 people participated in three days of events and discussions focused on reconnecting — or connecting for the first time — alumni to the University and to each other.Harvard President Drew Faust in her opening address at the conference, Friday evening, recognized another touch of the event to Harvard’s long history.“We have a lot to celebrate,” said Faust. “One hundred and fifty years ago this year, Harvard’s time without black students came to an end, beginning a trail of milestones at once unimaginable — you all being Exhibit A, with the nearly 10,000 black alumni of Harvard. A lot has changed,” she added.The Class of 2018 includes students from 69 countries and every state in the union. It also represents a class with the most African-American students in the University’s history. The accomplishment is in part because of ongoing recruitment and increased financial aid to undergraduate students, Faust said.But in recognizing the significant change for African-Americans at the University and across the nation over history, Faust said many challenges still remain to be solved. Only one in 10 of the Harvard faculty are black, Latino, or mixed race. And many students of color say that even if the student body is more diverse, they still struggle with challenges of inclusion and connectivity to the University.“Even as we mark the achievement of the 10,000 and the inspiration … we know that the road to social justice remains long and difficult, and we know the courage and commitment it requires,” Faust told attendees. “You are here and I am here because of people in Harvard’s own imperfect past who were willing to get into necessary trouble. So we celebrate Harvard and our great possibilities, and let us also celebrate the sense of purpose of so many who preceded us.”The Harvard experience for every student is unique and challenging. But for black students there are added challenges of race and culture.Kimberly Willingham, Ed.M. ’96, said she felt a strong connection to her college friends and to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, but not so much to the University as a whole. In the nearly 20 years since her graduation, she has not felt an incentive to stay connected with Harvard because of her experience on campus.“The graduate School is somewhat isolated, but I also felt as a student of color — at least 20 years ago, I don’t know what it looks like now — that you walked around and didn’t see a lot of people who looked like you,” said Willingham, an assistant elementary school principal with the Boston Public Schools. “I don’t necessarily feel there was a place for me. So I don’t think I’ve been too excited about reconnecting.”Her friend and classmate Christina Brown, Ed.M. ’96, said she also struggled connecting with the University when she was a student, as well as an alumna living in the Boston area.“I’m interested to see where Harvard is in terms of race and diversity,” she said about the conference.The weekend featured a series of panel discussions spanning topics from the current events surrounding the shooting of a young black man in Ferguson, Mo., to fashion, technology, entrepreneurship, and activism.“This is just an amazing event,” said Cheryl Joyner, M.B.A. ’90, lead co-chair of the event. “We are trying to create the idea that we are One Harvard, truly One Harvard. And there are truly so many aspects of who we are as One Harvard, and we are trying to feature that throughout the course of the weekend.”A packed Memorial Church listened as panelists examined the “state of affairs” at Harvard. Among the panelists were Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree (from left); Karen Jackson-Weaver, a senior associate dean at Harvard Kennedy School; and moderator Jacqueline Adams, M.B.A. ’78. Photo by Scott EisenThe opening panel discussion of the weekend focused on important issues of diversity and improving connections between the University and students and alumni. On Saturday morning hundreds of people filled the pews of the Memorial Church for the discussion.The panelists included Charles Ogletree, professor at Harvard Law School; Karen Jackson-Weaver, senior associate dean for degree programs and student affairs at Harvard Kennedy School; David L. Evans, senior admissions officer for Harvard College; and Abigail Mariam, a senior at the College and a liaison for the “I, Too, Am Harvard” campaign. Jacqueline Adams, M.B.A. ’78, an Emmy Award–winning former correspondent for CBS News, moderated the conversation.The challenge of improving diversity on the Harvard campus involves not only increasing the number of black students in undergraduate programs, but also making sure those students come from diverse economic and social backgrounds, panel members said.However, the task does not end at graduation. The measure of diversity on the Harvard campus as a whole is also a function of diversity in the ranks of the faculty, administration, and staff, they concluded.A key to solving these problems, said Evans, is encouraging more students of color to pursue graduate studies so they can become the professors, researchers, and university administrators of the future. The University, he said, needs to identify and work with students who show potential for graduate programs and make sure they are aware of the many financial assistance programs available to them.“We have to give them the confidence to apply,” said Evans.But the progress on campus is also related to the state of race relations off campus and across the United States. The nation elected its first African-American president, and there are more opportunities for black men and women in academia and the job market. But in many ways, the fight for equality continues. And that point for panel members was made very clear with the recent fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Missouri police officer.Ogletree said that when he leaves campus, many people, including police, see him as just another black man. He said he was recently a victim of racial profiling in California, where he was stopped by an officer for apparently no other reason than driving a luxury SUV in a troubled neighborhood.“I still see young people pulled over and arrested, and I wonder how much has really changed,” said Ogletree during the panel discussion. “I am not seeing the amount of progress I expected, given all the people in this room. Why?”The idea behind Harvard Black Alumni Weekend is to help foster these types of in-depth discussions about difficult issues and to build a network that will lead to change on and off campus.“We see this as a galvanizing weekend to renew our purpose and look outward,” said Adjah. “I think the school is doing a tremendous job creating an environment where people feel they are part of this campus.”
To much of the world, the Arctic is seen as a faraway, isolated region populated by polar bears and not much else.“The truth is that the Arctic is so much more than that,” said Halla Hrund Logadóttir, a co-founder of the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, during an Arctic Innovators event Wednesday at the Kennedy School.The region’s 4 million people, spread among eight countries, are seeing their lives upended by rapid climate change, Logadóttir said, as communities are lost to rising sea levels and new oil, gas, and fishing resources open up for the first time.The Arctic Initiative’s Arctic Innovators program allows students to develop ideas to tackle these challenges and improve the future of the Arctic, which has also become a bellwether for climate change worldwide. The program’s first cohort presented ideas at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland in October and discussed their ideas with experts at the Arctic Innovation Lab.But Wednesday’s event, held in the Kennedy School’s Bell Hall, challenged the students to take a semester’s worth of work and condense it into a two and a half minute pitch.Some proposals sought to utilize emerging technologies to meet the region’s unique demands, such as drones that would deliver essential goods like food and medical supplies to remote populations. Other ideas focused on using the power of national and subnational governments to enact change in the Arctic. One student proposed setting up a fund for climate migrants by imposing a $1 levy on plane tickets in and out of the Arctic.After the presentations, the audience and a panel of judges voted, independently, for the winning presentations. Both groups picked the same winner: Gabrielle Scrimshaw, who pitched what she said would be the world’s first investment fund for ventures owned by indigenous people, primarily in the booming tourism industry in northern Canada.Indigenous communities in Canada’s north often lack the access to capital needed to start tourism businesses, she said, but some indigenous communities in other parts of the country “are sitting on millions of dollars of capital from land-sharing and resource agreements, looking for avenues to invest.”The issue is personal for Scrimshaw, a member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation who grew up in a town of 800 people in Saskatchewan. She co-founded the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, and in 2013 the Huffington Post named her one of “3 Young Aboriginal Canadians To Watch.” This June, she wrote about her childhood and the oppression long faced by aboriginal Canadians in an op-ed published in The New York Times.With Scrimshaw named the winner, Chris Colbert, Director of Harvard’s Innovation Lab, closed the event with a pitch of his own, encouraging students to apply for its Venture Incubation Program to further develop their ideas and give them a chance to compete for a cash prize in Harvard University’s President’s Innovation Challenge. — Jacob Carozza Read Full Story
Ott says planned coal and nuclear retirements on PJM grid are not a threat FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:About 18,000 megawatts of coal and nuclear plants — enough to power 13.5 million homes — are slated to permanently shut across the eastern U.S. grid. And the region still has enough electricity to keep the lights on, according to the chief executive officer of the grid operator.In fact, “we could sustain essentially in the 30,000 megawatt range,” PJM Interconnection LLC Chief Executive Officer Andy Ott said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “If it gets beyond that, then we start to look at the alternatives for firming up resources.”Ott’s comments echo the results of an analysis PJM conducted last year that showed the grid remains reliable despite the dozens of coal and nuclear power plants going out of business because of cheaper natural gas generators and new renewable energy sources. The findings fly in the face of the Trump administration’s warnings that the retirements threaten the resilience of the grid and the nation’s security.PJM runs a grid that stretches from Washington, D.C., to Chicago and a market that supplies power to more than 65 million people. Should it need to firm up resources, Ott said, the region could look into options including building more natural gas storage tanks; sourcing more trucks to deliver fuel; and finding ways to keep at least some coal and nuclear plants online.Gas plant operators should meanwhile increase the amount of supplies they keep on site to five days’ worth, he said, up from about 30 to 40 hours’ worth now. Adding battery storage to wind and solar farms could also improve reliability, Ott said.More: CEO of largest U.S. grid says it’s fine if 30,000 megawatts shut
By Dialogo March 03, 2011 The UN International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has removed Colombia from its list of countries meriting “special observation” for drug production and trafficking, as a “word of encouragement” for its efforts in that field, the organization announced on 1 March. “Colombia is coming off the special observation list in 2011,” Camilo Uribe, a member of the board and its rapporteur, declared at a press conference in Bogotá. “It’s a word of encouragement from the board, so that this country continues to fight,” the board member added, before specifying that Colombia nonetheless continues “to be the world’s largest producer of cocaine up to now.” “This doesn’t mean that cultivation, trafficking, and consumption have disappeared; it means that state institutions have been strengthened, that the judicial system has been empowered,” he maintained. According to United Nations data, Colombia produced around 410 tons of cocaine in 2009, making it the world’s leading producer of that drug. Nevertheless, it fell out of first place in the production of coca leaf, a place now occupied, according to the most recent data from 2009, by Peru, which had not been in that position since 1997. Uribe specified that the decision was taken at the INCB’s most recent meeting, which ended on 4 February and at which it was decided “to evaluate the countries that have stayed on the list.” “Being on that list is not a sanction of any kind, to make that clear,” he added. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos expressed his delight that his country has come off the INCB list, on which, he said, “we were for very many years,” unfortunately. “It’s not only the number of tons of cocaine seized by the police or the Army or the National Navy; it’s the drastic, phenomenal change that’s been seen” in the fall in coca production, Santos said during a public event in Vistahermosa, in the central department of Meta. In his turn, Interior and Justice Minister Germán Vargas received the news “with pleasure.” “We continue confronting the challenge of reducing supply and demand. Day after day, for decades, Colombia has been working (against drug trafficking). No other country has sacrificed so much in the fight against drugs,” he emphasized. The UN agency’s annual report on drugs was released on 2 March. The expert explained that although Colombia launched an aggressive eradication policy in 2002, a reduction in estimated cocaine production, which has gone from around 670 tons a year to less than 500, was only seen beginning in 2008. Before that date, he explained, traffickers succeeded in “tripling” coca-leaf productivity. Colombia has also reduced the cultivation of poppies, the base for heroin production, going from around 7,000 hectares in 2002 to around 267 hectares in 2010. Finally, Uribe warned about the situation of Peru and Bolivia, countries he invited to strengthen their “measures to reduce supply,” in order to prevent a “balloon effect,” the migration of production and trafficking from one country to another when repression increases. That effect resulted in cultivation “moving from Peru to Colombia at the end of the 1970s, and now we don’t want it to return to Peru or to any other country in the region,” he concluded.
The naval rescue ship Nis Randers was previously owned by the German Maritime Rescue Service (DGzRS). It is 23,3 meters long and 5,5 meters wide, with a hull built of aluminum and a maximum speed of 19 knots. Rosenbauer is equipped with a water cannon for extinguishing fires with a capacity of 5000 liters per minute, and the ship comes with an auxiliary boat “Onkel Willi”, 6,9 meters long and 2,3 meters wide, which can move at a maximum speed of 17 knots. The purchase of the lifeboat is the company’s contribution to the local community, and will contribute to safety on the high seas, facilitate the work of local emergency services and improve the tourist offer of Kvarner. The company Liburnia Riviera Hotels presented yesterday in Marina Admiral the naval rescue ship “Nis Randers” which will be used in the area of Opatija and the entire Kvarner. In addition, “Nis Randers” will contribute to the diversity and attractiveness of the tourist offer of this area because the boat will be available for tourist rental, offering all those interested in the experience of sailing and vacation on a lifeboat. “Only a week after we presented the investment in the renovation of the historic Opatija Hotel Kvarner, we are pleased to demonstrate for the first time what the naval rescue ship “Nis Randers” can do to reduce the consequences of danger on the high seas throughout Kvarner. In order to contribute to the local community, we plan to make this ship available to local emergency services and we hope that it will fully fulfill the purpose for which we procured it and significantly improve the safety on the high seas of this beautiful bay. “, said at today’s event Heimo Waldemar Hirn, CEO of Liburnia Riviera Hotel. Namely, the ship will be available to local emergency services and greatly assist them in reducing the consequences of danger on the high seas and thus improve safety in the entire Kvarner region. Following the recently unveiled renovation investment Hotel Kvarner worth 23,5 million euros and a long-term plan of additional investments in Opatija and Kvarner worth more than 100 million euros, the company Liburnia Riviera Hotels with the purchase of this ship emphasized its focus on investing not only in real estate and employees, but also in the local community.
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The fire broke out early in the morning of September 11, Seoul time. Fortunately, there were no casualties or injures reported. According to local media reports, the sinking took place due to the flooding caused by the fire fighting on the deck of the cable layer. The ship went down after more than 12-hour long firefighting campaign. Built in 2000 by Volkswerft shipyard in Germany, the Responder sailed under South Korean flag – managed by subsea cables services firm KT Submarine. The fire was extinguished by, among others, Korean SAR and coast guard ships. Cable laying ship Responder sank on the afternoon of September 12 Seoul time, west of southern tip of Tsushima island in East China sea off the coast of South Korea. Also formerly known as Maersk Responder, the vessel has a total length of 106 meters and a breadth of 20 meters. All 60 people on board evacuated to a nearby smaller cable laying ship, which was working in pair with the Responder.
WILLIS, Texas – Gator Motorplex honors one of its own this weekend at the second annual Kent Lewis Sr. Classic.The veteran driver will be among the Southern United Sprint Series drivers running in the $1,000 to win, minimum $325 to start non-winged event on Saturday, June 6.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds are also on the card with the IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprints, along with Lone Star 600 Sprint Cars, limited modifieds, stock cars and pure stocks.There is no entry fee.Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $25 for kids.Racing starts at 7 p.m. Saturday. More information is available at the www.gatormotorplex.net website.