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Rush’s Alex Lifeson Confirms That R40 Was ‘The End Of Touring’

first_imgEven after Canadian power trio Rush wrapped up their R40 tour last summer, the group acknowledged that it would “most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude,” citing drummer Neil Peart’s reluctance to commit to another full-fledged tour. In a recent Rolling Stone interview with Rush axe man Alex Lifeson, the guitar player all but confirms those sentiments, also telling RS how great of a time they had on their last tour playing Rush’s material in reserve chronology.Lifeson explains, “I think that no matter how long it would have been, it would have been too short. Neil was prepared to commit to 30 dates and he told us that right from the very beginning. He didn’t even want to do the tour, to be honest with you. It’s been increasingly difficult for him, but he committed to the tour and we got through it. As far as he was concerned, that was the end of touring.”Peart’s health also played into his decision. “His shoulders were hurting, his arms were hurting, his elbows, his feet, everything,” Lifeson says. “He didn’t want to play anything less than 100 percent. He was finding it increasingly difficult to hit that mark on this last tour. So, all those things combined, I get it. I’m disappointed and I think Geddy [Lee] is very disappointed and we’d love to continue this tour a little bit longer, but we’re off now.”Though Lifeson hasn’t ruled out any one-offs or runs of shows, it’s something he’s yet to discuss with his band mates. He still remains optimistic though, explaining, “Maybe next fall or something like that, we’ll plan something. We took a year off before the last tour and we didn’t discuss anything about the band or work, and everybody had a great time, and we came back from that.” Here’s to hoping we haven’t seen the last of Rush![H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

OZY FEST Announces 2018 Lineup With Common, Malcolm Gladwell, Martha Stewart

first_imgToday, music/food/though/politics/comedy festival OZY FEST has announced the performer lineup for its 2018 event, set to take place at the Rumsey Playfield in New York City’s famed Central Park on July 21st and 22nd.OZY FEST, described by The New York Times as “part music festival, part TED talk, part food fair,” will feature performances from big names in the worlds of music, comedy, sports, media, academics, and beyond. OZY FEST is organized by OZY Media, “the daily information source for important stories told nowhere else.”The 2018 lineup includes musical acts Common and Grouplove; performers Sanaa Lathan, Laverne Cox and Taye Diggs; comedians Chelsea Handler, Hasan Minhaj and Michelle Wolf; authors Malcolm Gladwell, Steven Pinker, Roxane Gay and Salman Rushdie; celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Roy Choi; sports journalist/on-air analyst Jemele Hill (ESPN/The Undefeated), Scott Rogowsky (host of HQ Trivia), TV personality Martha Stewart and many more to be announced.“OZY FEST is a massive party that descends upon New York City, bringing together the most diverse group of performers, thinkers, chefs and entertainers for an unprecedented exchange of ideas and the most fun you’ll have all year” says Carlos Watson, OZY co-founder and CEO. “This year we’re giving you double the fun, taking over Central Park for two days of laugh-out-loud comedy, delicious food and the hottest music. You don’t want to miss it!”OZY FEST 2017 attracted over 5,000 guests who engaged with art, opened their minds to technology, politics and provocative speakers, tasted inventive foods and partied to live music, all in one place. Past headliners have included Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, Samantha Bee, Mark Cuban, Issa Rae, Jason Derulo, Katie Couric, Sen. Cory Booker, Jeb Bush, Eddie Huang and many more. Check out a video recap of OZY FEST 2017 below:OZY FEST 2017 Recap Video[Video: OZY]Tickets to OZY FEST 2018 are available for limited purchase now. For a limited time, general admission tickets are $75 for one day, $98 for two days, and VIP passes are $200 for one day, $244 for two days. The VIP experience includes premier-reserve seating, celebrity meet & greets, and complimentary gourmet food and drinks.For more information, head to the OZY FEST website.last_img read more

Now on air: The women

first_imgA group of avant-garde women involved in Boston’s community radio scene in the 1970s and ’80s gathered Tuesday evening for a soulful reunion that showcased the feminist movement at its deepest.The International Women’s Day (IWD) Radio Project that launched in 1979 and broadcast once a year for 14 years brought together a diverse group who shared one mission: to have a voice at a time when women were hushed in radio media. For the first time since the last IWD broadcast, five pillars of the Radio Project came together to remember and reinvigorate their purpose.“The excitement in the room is really palpable,” said Evelynn M. Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and professor of African and African-American studies, who moderated the event. “They are wonderful people, and the work we did on this both represented a kind of political activity and helped create the very notion that there were feminist communities in the Boston area represented by the programming they pulled together.”The panel members talked about their personal experiences and how the all-volunteer IWD project shaped their lives. The speakers included Melanie Berzon, operations director and host of “Jazz in the Afternoon” on KCSM Radio; Eileen Bolinsky, producer and editor of NPR’s “Here & Now” at WBUR; Madge Kaplan, director of communications and host of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s “WIHI”; Anita McFadden, global marketing manager for talent acquisition at Medtronic; and Kate Rushin, poet, author, educator, and a regular member of “The Nose,” an arts and culture roundtable on “The Colin McEnroe Show,” WNPR-FM, Connecticut Public Radio.“It was rare back then that women hosted in a prominent way,” said McFadden. “[The IWD Radio Project] happened because we thought it could, and a little moment of ‘why not’ turned into an important part of our community’s history and changed lives.”The program included a rolling slideshow of black-and-white images from WNBR at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where each year women essentially camped in the basement for 24 hours to produce the special broadcast that included music, news, poetry, and commentary. During the discussion, IWD promotional recordings from some radio elite were played, including one by Zenzile Miriam Makeba, the singer and civil rights activist from South Africa, and another, “Happy International Women’s Day from Ella Fitzgerald,” recorded after a performance at Boston Symphony Hall.The discussion was held in conjunction with “Radio Contact: Tuning in to Politics, Technology, & Culture,” an exhibit staged by Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments in the Science Center. Hammonds organized the panel after noticing media memorabilia about the IWD Radio Project in the exhibit.“I came to a poster toward the back. I stood there and realized I knew these people and I knew of that program. It was really prominent in the feminist community in that day,” said Hammonds. “So to me, and certainly to the curators, we saw it as an opportunity to say yes, gender played a role in the history of radio and popular culture. It signaled an important shift for me as a historian. Some of them remain in radio today, which is a sign that the IWD programming had an impact.”That influence and the crossover between science and humanities is relevant today, said Audrey Effenberger ’19, a student board member of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.“First, there is still value in radio, but it was also very interesting to hear the stories of people who have worked in radio and related industries and can show us how it all began, how they got here, how they’ve seen it change over their lifetimes,” she said. “I see women in positions of power and succeeding, but there is still a lot of work to do, not just in radio media, but in the world.”Sakia Yasmine of Hull, who attended the discussion, was an engineer at WGBH in the 1980s when she participated in the radio project, and brought her daughter along. “My daughter was in elementary school at the time. We brought food and camped out with the women,” said Yasmine. “It impacted her in that she got to see other women do radio engineering, so she’s never been afraid to do what she wants to do in her own life.”Kaplan said that going to MIT to work on the radio project was like walking through a secret door. She said she could not believe the world she found in the basement studio: one of invigoration, inspiration, and passion.Bolinsky and Berzon agreed, noting the strong women’s voices behind the microphones were not afraid to bring community radio to the forefront then, and are still heard today.The spirited conversation moved from heartfelt memories to the question they raised: Will the women resurrect their radio day? Rushin revealed this was her secret hope.“I think in this time we are living in, we all feel a need for a different kind of conversation to dominate our airwaves. It’s so easy to get caught up in the negativity that we are hearing everywhere we turn, that we are carrying around in our pockets on our devices,” she said. “The need for true dialogue, concerned dialogue, loving dialogue that is intending to fix a problem, is now more than ever.”University of Michigan professor and author Susan Douglas will give a talk titled “From Jazz to Hip Hop: Radio as a Turnstile Between White and African-American Cultures” 6 p.m., Nov. 9 at the Science Center, Lecture Hall D, 1 Oxford St. This is in conjunction with the “Radio Contact” exhibition.“Radio Contact” is free and open to the public through Dec. 9 at the Harvard Science Center, second floor gallery, room 251.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s students attend leadership conference

first_imgAs many students packed their bags for a long week of relaxation, home-cooked dinners and Netflix, some spent the hours before fall break preparing for a weekend focused on social change and leadership.  The Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) sponsored the sixth annual Cincinnati Catalyst Trip, bringing together 14 women on an inspiring intercultural experience, while exploring women’s leadership, race, power and privilege, Mana Derakhshani, CWIL associate director, said. CWIL’s main mission is to “empower women to realize their call to leadership and to develop their intercultural knowledge and competence, critical in today’s increasingly interdependent world,” Derakhshani said.   Being immersed in the diversity and history of the Catalyst Trip is an influential experience for women, both students and community leaders alike, Derakhshani said.   The trip entailed a three-day retreat and a weekend trip to Cincinnati through which seven Saint Mary’s students and seven women from the community came together to discover how they could impact the world around them, Derakhshani said. On the weekend trip, the women visited the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati where the group visited the homes of John Rankin and John Parker, significant figures involved in the Underground Railroad, Derakhshani said. There, the Saint Mary’s women learned about the harrowing effects of slavery in our nation and the role women played in bringing about freedom and equality in our country, she said. Junior Loretto Evans, who attended the trip, said she reacted emotionally to visiting these sites. “The most memorable moment was walking in the woods in Ripley, Ohio where so many slaves escaped freedom,” Evans said. “It gave me chills to be walking through a place where so many risked their lives in the dark night.” After the visit, the women shared their insights, experiences and views about their role as leaders in our society, Derakhshani said. “Learning about the history of slavery, the Underground Railroad and the role of women in the struggle of freedom and equality is essential in understanding today’s intersection of race, gender and class,” Derakhshani said.  “This, in turn, is a stepping stone to discerning how one’s leadership can bring about positive social change.” Evans said the trip empowered her to advocate for social change. “I decided to be involved in the Catalyst Trip because I wanted to be more knowledgeable of other people’s backgrounds and stories from a first hand experience,” she said.  “… I realized that each and every one of us has the potential to make a change in this country, and you cannot let the fear of standing up ever defeat you and leave you sitting down.”last_img read more

Financial aid director, committee make recommendations for higher ed success

first_imgNotre Dame director of financial aid Mary Nucciarone worked as part of the Higher Education Committee of 50, which Wednesday released a report of 36 recommendations for student success in college, according to a Wednesday press release from the University.“The [Higher Education Committee of 50] report is a roadmap to fair access to universities, which is opposite to scandal we have witnessed in recent days,” Nucciarone said in the release. “This group of educational leaders is committed to providing all qualified students, regardless of socio-economic status, the information they need about the many opportunities for postsecondary education.”Nucciarone said the goal of the report is to inform the public on how higher education can be made more accessible.“We believe our report provides practical recommendations on how access barriers can be broken down, particularly for low-income or first-generation students,” she said in the release. “The public policy recommendations are focused on strategies to improve federal aid delivery and holding institutions accountable for educational outcomes.”According to its website, the Higher Education Committee of 50 (HEC50) was formed in late 2017 by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, a nonprofit group of financial aid specialists. The committee featured college presidents, governing board members, enrollment managers, admissions and financial aid staff as well as students. According to the release, the group analyzed policy relating to “access, affordability, accountability and transparency” in higher education to make their recommendations. The project was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The 36 recommendations provided by the committee are designed to improve the affordability of college for students and families while keeping in mind the concerns of taxpayers and college employees, the release said. Recommendations from the committee include calling for the Department of Education to provide more transparency in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, permitting students to file a one-time FAFSA and eliminating higher education tax credits in favor of rolling the funds into the Federal Pell Grant program.As director of financial aid, Nucciarone advises the University on financial aid policy and oversees all Office of Financial Aid operations, including those relating to scholarships, student employment and public relations.According to the release, Nucciarone is a College Board trustee, chair of the College Board Higher Ed Colloquium Planning Committee, serves on the College Board Task Force on Reauthorization and holds a seat on the Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County.Nucciarone and other group members will present the full report to Congress on March 14.Tags: FAFSA, financial aid, HEC50, Office of Financial Aidlast_img read more

Major British brewer plans to green its Africa operations with solar, biomass

first_imgMajor British brewer plans to green its Africa operations with solar, biomass FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Quartz:Diageo, the British owner of iconic brands including Guinness and Johnny Walker, is going green at brewing sites across Africa with an ambitious $218 million investment drive.The beverages multinational will overhaul the electricity mix at its African brewing sites across the continent and install solar power, biomass boilers and new water recovery equipment. The spending consists of an initial $60 million upfront investment in equipment and installation with $158 million earmarked for long-term maintenance and operations costs.The plan will see Diageo switch to renewable energy at three breweries in Kenya and Uganda, adopting biomass boilers which will use sustainable fuel alternatives “such as wood chip, bamboo and rice husks” to create steam power. It will also install new water recovery and solar power systems—to account for 20% of electricity demand—at several sites across brewery sites on the continent.The large-scale environmental plans will use biomass boilers to help cut Diageo’s carbon emissions by 42,000 tonnes a year while new water recovery equipment is projected to save over two billion cubic liters annually. Those are important benefits given African cities are among the most vulnerable to climate change globally.There’s also the added impact on jobs as Diageo’s breweries will depend on local suppliers for biomass fuel for its new boilers. It’s in keeping with broad trends seen on the continent with renewable energy companies already creating jobs at a scale comparable to traditional utilities.More: A global drinks giant is spending over $200 million to build “green” breweries in Africalast_img read more

Training Center Tailors Training To Fit Iraqi Combat Roles

first_img As Iraqi Army battalions continue to train at the Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center near Mosul, U.S. instructors adapt classes to best aid the current unit’s future operational needs. U.S. mentors from 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, adjusted class schedules, focusing on room clearing and techniques for military urban operations for Iraqi soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, on 6 February. “This group spends a lot more time in the city of Mosul, so urban operations is something they are going to need more of,” said Staff Sgt. Don Gillam, an instructor from Troop C, 1st Sqdn., 9th Cav. Regt. Gillam and fellow U.S. trainers ran Iraqi squads through a step-by-step process of how to properly approach a building and how to effectively and methodically clear each room safely. Iraqi soldiers, began the drills with “glass houses,” outlines of rooms marked off on the ground, before moving to walled rooms and hard-sites, or buildings as their skills progressed. “The training is very good for my soldiers,” said Sgt. Maj. Saaod Mustafa, senior Iraqi noncommissioned officer at the event. “If they pay attention to this class and practice on it, it will make them better in their jobs.” Mustafa said that the room clearance training is particularly useful to his men, whose operational responsibilities include cordon and search missions in the urban environment of Mosul. The Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center is very important to the Iraqi Army because it teaches Iraqi soldiers, while building a foundation to train and sustain the force after U.S. forces leave, said Gillam. Gillam, who spent two years as a drill sergeant at Fort Jackson, S.C., said he has seen distinct growth and progression in the Iraqi troops who successfully completed his classes. “They’re motivated to be out here,” he noted. “They like what they’re doing. They like learning, and they want to get better.” The Iraqi NCOs within the units are stepping into leadership roles and taking charge of their squads and platoons more effectively than before, Gillam added. Watching the Iraqi soldiers within the battalion execute the drills, Saaod said he has seen the unit’s skills advance through the continued mentorship by his U.S. counterparts. “My soldiers see a new way of training,” he said, noting the knowledge gained from the collective training. “It’s a new experience.” Saaod mentioned the hands-on aspect of the training, as well as simulations and training aides, which helped to build motivation among his soldiers. His second deployment to Iraq, Gillam said the Iraqi Army (IA) units have made significant progress and are more willing and able to take control and protect the people of Iraq from external threats. As succeeding iterations of IA battalions rotate through GWTC during Tadreeb al Shamil, the U.S. role will diminish, Gillam said, with Iraqi cadre assuming more of the training responsibility for the Iraqi units. Throughout 2011, 3rd IA Div. will rotate its battalions through the 25-day training cycles at Ghuzlani each month as the IA transitions to autonomous military operations. By Dialogo February 21, 2011last_img read more

Olympics: Silva, França off to great start in beach volleyball.

first_img Women’s basketball: Brazil, which has a 1-1 record in five-game group play, faces Australia. Brazil lost its last game, 69-59, to Russia, despite the 15 points scored by Erika de Souza of Rio de Janeiro. LONDON – Here’s what you might have missed from Monday’s Olympic action: Here’s what you should keep an eye on Aug. 1: Men’s soccer: Group play continues with Brazil facing New Zealand, Honduras taking on Japan, Mexico playing Switzerland and Uruguay battling host Great Britain. Honduras is coming off a huge, 1-0 win that knocked Spain out of the medal contention. Brazilian women’s volleyball: In a showdown between the top two teams in the field, Brazil couldn’t overcome a slow start in a loss to the U.S. The Americans won 25-18 and 25-17 in the first two sets before Brazil took the third 25-22. The U.S. won the clincher 25-21 despite 13 kills from Brazil’s Sheila Castro, a native of Belo Horizonte. By Dialogo July 31, 2012center_img Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson: The 23-year-old native of St. Andrew finished a spot out of medaling in the 100-meter breaststroke with a fourth-place finish in 1 minute, 6.93 seconds. It was the best-ever Olympic showing by far for Atkinson, who won a swim-off for the eighth and last spot in the final after the semifinals. She also competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Colombian men’s tennis player Santiago Giraldo: The native of Pereira was defeated in the second round of singles at Wimbledon. He won the first set over Steve Darcis of Belgium 7-6, but lost the next two sets, 6-4, 6-4. Brazilian women’s beach volleyball: Larissa França and Juliana Felisberta Silva, who are the favorites to win the gold medal, continued a strong start to their Olympics with a 21-18, 21-13 win over a Germany’s Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler on July 30. “We made a lot of mistakes, but in the end we wrapped it up,” França told reporters. “Because we are the top-ranked team in the world, we are not supposed to make mistakes.” França, a 30-year-old native of Espírito Santo and Felisberta, a 29-year-old native of Santos, have high hopes after winning the 2011 Beach Volleyball World Championships. Boxing: The round of 16 gets commences, including in a bantamweight division that features Lázaro Álvarez (Pinar Del Rio, Cuba), Robenilson Viera de Jesús (Boa Vista Do Tupim, Brazil), Óscar Valdez Fierro (Nogales, Mexico) and William Encarnación (San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic).last_img read more

4 work choices you’ll regret later

first_img 163SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details All of us act out of instinct from time to time. We throw caution to the wind and we react based on what’s happening around us. Many of these decisions we hurriedly make are not in our best interest. Consider the following four choices you may make in the workplace and why you’ll regret them down the road.Worrying what others will thinkWhen faced with a fork in the road, do you take the road others are expecting you to go down, or you do follow your gut? Making decisions with too much consideration for what others expect can be detrimental to your future, as it prevents you from thinking independently. Sure, it’s good to be empathetic and thoughtful about your colleagues, but be strong and decide the best path for you based on your own experiences.Working too hardYou’re in the midst of a major project or assignment at work and it seems like nothing else matters. If you’re not careful, you’ll get lost in your work and other things around you, especially your personal relationships, will be negatively affected. Remember, there is more to life than professional success. Instead of immediately diving in to your task, take a minute to carefully map out your goals and the time needed for accomplishing them. You may instinctively want to devote everything to your work, but remember the importance of a work-life balance.Taking a job just for moneyWe all have to make a living and our salaries are important to all of us. But, don’t let just the amount of money you bring home determine where you will spend your day-to-day. We are in the office more than we are with our friends and family. So, choose your professional path not solely on your salary, but also on whether or not you’ll mind waking up for work each day. You don’t have to LOVE what you do, but being at peace with your work life and finding some enjoyment out of it is vital to finding happiness.Not speaking upRemember you can be opinionated without being rude and it is possible to assert yourself without being aggressive. If you feel strongly about something at work, express your feelings appropriately and respectfully. In many cases, you will have to look out for yourself and speak up to get what you want in life. So, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there to get ahead.last_img read more

Indonesia, FAO, OIE pledge to publish H5N1 data

first_imgAug 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – In an apparent policy shift, Indonesia promised today to freely share genetic data on H5N1 avian influenza viruses, according to a Bloomberg news report.That announcement comes 2 days after the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) pledged to “systematically” publish avian flu virus sequences and urged others to follow suit.The two announcements raise the prospect of better tracking of mutations in the virus, which should help in the development of vaccines to use in case the H5N1 virus evolves into a strain capable of causing a human pandemic.Indonesia’s health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, said the country will deposit avian flu virus data in GenBank, a public database of genetic sequences, according to today’s Bloomberg report. She said data from the recent family case cluster in Sumatra involving person-to-person transmission would be included.The journal Nature reported Jul 28 that until very recently, Indonesia had shared few, if any, H5N1 virus samples from birds over the past year. Peter Roeder, an FAO official in Indonesia, was quoted as saying the FAO had received no sequence data from poultry viruses from August 2005 until very recently, when 91 samples arrived at an OIE facility in Geelong, Australia.The Indonesian announcement was welcomed by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to Bloomberg. “We are very pleased with the Indonesian government decision. This will be important for the international response to avian influenza,” George Petersen, WHO representative in the country, told Bloomberg.The OIE and FAO announced Aug 1 that their joint network of expertise on avian influenza, called OFFLU, would “systematically make avian influenza virus sequences accessible to the entire scientific community,” according to an FAO news release. The groups promised to send virus samples to the US National Institutes of Health for sequencing and would deposit the sequence data in GenBank.”With this gesture OFFLU reiterates its call to the world’s scientists, international organizations and countries for a global sharing of virus strains and sequences,” the FAO said.Virus strains are often considered intellectual property, and some experts believe that sharing them can possibly hamper research progress and scientific publication, the FAO statement said.OFFLU was launched in April 2005 with the aim of sharing avian flu data and virus samples internally and with the wider scientific community, the FAO said. In February of this year, OFFLU launched a campaign for openness when Dr. Ilaria Capua of Italy, chair of the network’s Scientific Committee, published sequence data on H5N1 strains from Nigeria and Italy and urged 50 colleagues around the world to share their data.In March, the OFFLU Scientific Committee decided “to put new emphasis on the need for further collection, characterization, and exchange” of avian flu viruses and for expansion of sequence data, the FAO reported. At about the same time, Capua and four OFFLU colleagues wrote a letter to the journal Science promising to make H5N1 samples available for sequencing.See also:Aug 1 FAO news release about H5N1 data sharing 1 OIE news release site read more