Tenacious D Packs Festival Supreme Lineup With Music And Comedy Blend

first_imgNow in its fourth year, Tenacious D continues to impress with their annual Festival Supreme event. Set for October 29th at the Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds in Los Angeles, CA, the festival has announced a great lineup that mixes music, comedy, comedian musicians, and more.The lineup includes Flight of the Conchords, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Patton Oswalt, Mac DeMarco, Sarah Silverman, Will Forte, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Nancy Whang, Eric Andre Live!, Music of Wet Hot Summer and so much more.You can see the full lineup on the poster below, and head here for more details.last_img read more

Spreading the word on sustainable development

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Bad roads are a longstanding problem across Nigeria, blamed for high rates of vehicle fatalities and impeding development of Africa’s largest economy.Hadiza Hamma wants to help with this, and to teach others in her home country how to take on community-improvement projects.The first student to complete the master’s degree requirements for the Division of Continuing Education’s new Development Practice Program, and one of only four who will receive it this month, Hamma also won the Dean’s Prize for her capstone project, a community-development plan for construction of a road that will dramatically improve the quality of life in the town of Afaka.“The road is a lifeline for the community because it connects the community to the rest of the city,” said Hamma. In its current poor condition, she said, the road is a health and safety risk, prone to recurring accidents as well as dust (during the dry season) and flooding, which is aggravated by poor drainage, among other factors.The practical experience will enable Hamma to teach sustainable development from a multidisciplinary perspective at the University of Abuja, where she a senior lecturer.The road project, sponsored by Aflac Plastics Ltd., a private company in north central Nigeria, will enable safer, easier trade. “This will improve the socio-economic life of the people and engender peaceful co-existence between the community and the company,” Hamma said.Such an outside-the-box, public-private collaboration is just what the Development Practice Program is designed to foster. “When we started the program, we were thinking in terms of global development practice, with strong human health and well-being and sustainability components,” said program director Thomas P. Gloria.Developed to empower mid-career professionals to tackle the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development, from climate change and poverty to gender inequality and access to sanitation and clean water, the program seeks to “leverage local knowledge through global practice,” said Gloria. With her focus on enabling economic empowerment and resilience of women as well as her commitment to life-long learning, “Hadiza has become the personification of our program,” he said.That Hamma, a lawyer and academic, earned this degree while teaching full time at her alma mater, the University of Abuja, and raising three children suggests she already had superior management skills. However, Hamma said the program gave her hands-on experience with the step-by-step planning necessary to get such a project off the ground. “I just want to open my eyes and see myself in Widener Library right now. And I want to visit the Harvard Coop, all over again.” — Hadiza Hamma “In class, we students operated as a consulting firm,” she said, noting the leadership of William O’Brien, an associate professor of the practice at Clark University who also serves as instructor-adviser for the Extension School class. O’Brien acted as the student firm’s “managing partner.” The class had to master the practicalities of development planning, such as risk assessment and mitigation, stakeholder engagement and funding, and identifying milestones as key performance indicators. “We had working sessions where we discussed each consultant’s research and progress and obtained feedback from the rest of the consultants,” Hamma said. This resulted in “the final deliverable,” the community development plan.Hamma said the practical experience will enable her to teach sustainable development from a multidisciplinary perspective. “That is, to be able to blend my law background with the science, economics, and social aspects of development,” she said.“Before, I’d think, ‘There’s a problem. The government should do something about it,’” said Hamma. “Now I can work on it. I can get my students to come together and engage on issues of social responsibility.”Hamma began her own journey toward a degree in the summer of 2017. Originally intending to pursue a certificate program, she enrolled in two of the four required courses. “I wanted to do short courses because I thought it will be difficult to cope with starting a new degree,” she said. Very soon, she realized that she wanted more — and that she wanted to pursue a degree.“I fell in love with the program,” she said. “In such a very little time I learned so much more than I thought I could learn in such a short while.”While Hamma was able to come to campus last summer, she fulfilled the remainder of her degree requirements online. Despite the restrictions of online learning — including, in her case, a five-hour time difference — she found the process as engaging as in-person classes.“I was surprised to find out how easy and convenient it was to do online learning,” she said. Materials were easily downloadable, and the fact that lectures were recorded allowed her to view them on her own schedule — and rewatch them as she pleased.Engaging in live discussions and collaborating on projects, she said, “I’d get so engrossed I’d forget I was in my house.”Hamma said she is disappointed about missing Commencement on campus [which has since been postponed following the outbreak of COVID-19], but she hopes to be able to make the trip back sometime soon. “I just want to open my eyes and see myself in Widener Library right now,” she said. “And I want to visit the Harvard Coop, all over again.”last_img read more

University confirms plans to construct new graduate student family housing

first_imgNotre Dame plans to construct new housing for married and parenting graduate students to replace the University Village and Cripe Street apartments, a report from the South Bend Tribune said Thursday.The 180-unit complex will be located on Cripe Street and is expected to be completed in August 2019. The Cripe Street apartments are scheduled to be demolished and a Holladay Properties development is set to be constructed on the current University Village location.University spokesman Dennis Brown told The South Bend Tribune the University is “in negotiations with a third-party developer to create a new Notre Dame related property with amenities for married and parenting graduate students.”A third-party developer would construct and operate the new apartments on University property, the report said. A new road connecting Douglas Road and the east side of the development is also included in the plans. Rental rates for the apartments have not been released.The South Bend town council gave “a positive recommendation” for the new development Wednesday, the report said. The county board of zoning appeals will hear the University’s rezoning request May 9.The development plans were made possible by the University’s acquisition of new properties on Cripe Street, the report said.“As we said from the beginning, we were looking at all sorts of different options to help replace the University Village,” Brown said to the South Bend Tribune. “We’re fortunate that this opportunity came about with these properties.”If the board approves the new developments, construction will begin as soon as possible, the report said.Tags: Construction, Cripe Street, graduate student housing, University Villagelast_img read more

Small Fruit Discoveries

first_imgAustin has a moderate winter chilling requirement of about 500 hours, so it’swell-adapted to the Georgia coastal plain. If you’re in the Piedmont or mountainsand have had success with Climax, you’ll likely have good results with Austin, too.Both bloom at about the same time. The Austin berries ripen a few days ahead of Climax and have a good flavor.They’re firm, but not as firm as Climax. And the bushes are quite productive. In many of these counties, blueberries are now a major crop. Bacon County alonehas seven blueberry packing or blueberry-raisin processing plants. He helped get funding for blueberry and muscadine breeding positions. Twoyoung scientists, T.O. Brightwell and B.O. Fry, picked up the breeding work theU.S. Department of Agriculture and UGA staff had started on a small scale in the1920s. After about 15 years, their efforts began to pay off. In the late ’50s they releasedthe rabbiteye “Tifblue” and the muscadine “Higgins.” These were the first of themodern Georgia small fruit cultivars. Georgia growers have more than 4,000 acres of blueberries, mostly in the pineyflatwoods of Southeast Georgia. These combined 100-plus years of fruit-breeding have helped form the South’slargest small-fruit industry. And they help millions of Georgia home gardenersenjoy blueberries and muscadine grapes. When Brightwell and Fry retired, Drs. Austin and Lane replaced them. Theyreleased the important blueberries Climax and Brightwell and the muscadine tablegrapes Fry, Summit and Tara. Small fruits (berries and grapes) are great for home gardens. We’re lucky inGeorgia to have a rich history of small fruit breeding. As I understand it, Cason Callaway, now best known for Callaway Gardens butalso a Georgia legislator in the 1940s, saw the potential for small fruits here. The blueberry and muscadine industries are built on cultivars bred at theUniversity of Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton and the GeorgiaExperiment Station in Griffin.center_img Scarlett is a female-flowered muscadine with beautiful red fruit. The color is muchbrighter and more attractive than Higgins. The grapes are large and taste verygood. Scarlett vines have been productive all around the state. If you’d like to buy plants or vines of these two new cultivars, contact the countyextension office for a list of nurseries. More than 1,200 acres of muscadine table grapes are grown in Georgia, too. Theseare the quarter-sized “Scuppernongs” seen in Southern grocery chains in Augustand September. Two new cultivars have just been released: Austin, an early-ripening rabbiteye,and Scarlett, a red-fruited muscadine. Blueberries contain the same phytochemicals as cranberries (another species in thesame genus), which help prevent urinary-tract infections. The blue pigments,called anthocyanins, are active antioxidants. In the past few years, USDA and Mississippi State research has found healthbenefits from blueberries and muscadine grapes. A newly formed co-op has even shipped them to Yankeeland, where expatriateSoutherners and health-conscious folks are forming a new group of buyers. Muscadine grapes are one of the world’s richest sources of ellagic acid (thought tohelp prevent cancer) and resveratrol. That helps reduce heart disease in theso-called “French paradox.” (Frenchmen with rich diets who drink red wine havemuch less heart disease than expected.) Besides these recent finds, blueberries and muscadine grapes are also rich indietary fiber, which helps prevent colon cancer. They’re chock full of vitaminsand minerals, too.last_img read more

Growth through partnerships

first_imgNorthwest Community Credit Union in Morton Grove, Ill., was formed in 1939 with a church-based membership, and parishioners comprise most of its membership even today.But in the past two years, President/CEO Jose Garcia has embarked upon two strategic partnerships to diversify and strengthen the $58 million credit union.First, Northwest Community established a fully student-run branch at St. Xavier University in Chicago. Recently, the credit union developed a select employee group relationship with Special Olympics of Illinois, and soon will launch its first campaign geared toward that constituency.“We feel that if we could establish a relationship, those organizations will promote the credit union among the constituents they serve,” Garcia tells the CUNA News Podcast. “We feel that strategy is best versus trying to grow within the community one member at a time.” continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PREMIUMOJK, IDX seek to educate, increase protections for growing number of retail investors

first_imgTopics : IDX OJK stock-market stocks retail-investors market-manipulation protection disgorgement-funds Facebook Log in with your social account Google Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? The Financial Services Authority (OJK) and the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) have unveiled new initiatives to help educate and improve protections for the country’s growing number of retail investors during the pandemic.On its 43rd anniversary commemoration on Monday, the IDX launched several initiatives, such as virtual trading to educate new investors before they make the jump into the actual stock market, and e-IPO, that gives retail investors wider access to participate in the primary market of an initial public offering.Meanwhile, the OJK also plans to launch disgorgement funds, first floated last year, to cushion investors losses resulting from criminal acts, instead of investment failure. Disgorgement is the legally mandated repayment of gains received through ill-means imposed by the courts on wrongdoers.“The [disgorgement] fund [proposal] is currently go…last_img read more

UK pensions industry warns of Budget announcement’s impact on DB

first_imgThe UK pensions industry has begun digesting the surprise announcement by the government to overhaul the way it taxes and restricts savings in defined contribution (DC) vehicles, with warnings on the implications for defined benefit (DB) savers.Yesterday, in his annual Budget speech to Parliament, chancellor George Osborne announced a raft of changes to the DC at-retirement market.A tax surcharge on DC savers accessing the full value of their savings is to be removed, as is the compulsion for pots to be annuitised.However, in its policy consultation, the government said it needed more detailed analysis on whether to allow DB savers the same allowances. It has already moved to block the DB savings to DC vehicles in the unfunded public sector pension scheme, and may spread this across funded DB schemes.John Ball, head of pensions at consultancy Towers Watson, said: “The government is thinking about going further and erecting a wall between private sector DB and DC schemes in order to avoid suppressing demand for Gilts.”The impact on DB investments was a key concern in the consultation released by the government.With UK schemes being vast owners of government debt, as well as corporate bonds, any need for trustees to shift assets to maintain appropriate cash levels to match bulk outflows would hamper growth and liability-matching assets.“Given that the stock of defined benefit liabilities and assets exceeds £1.1trn (€1.3trn), even relatively small changes to this stock could have a significant impact on financial markets,” the government conceeded in yesterday’s annoucement.Ball also said the removal of the need to annuitise would require DC pension schemes to overhaul current investment strategies.“Where savers do not make investment decisions themselves, the strategy is usually to protect them against swings in annuity prices as they approach retirement,” he said. “It could be back to the drawing board.”While industry reactions to the Budget announcement were generally positive, the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) said the move was “perplexing”.The pension fund lobby group’s chief executive, Joanne Segars, pointed to a contradiction between auto enrolment, the flagship policy to increase pensions coverage, and allowing savers unrestricted access to their pension.“Experience tells us that people are often ill-informed and make poor decisions about financial planning for old age,” she said.“It is concerning there appears to be little robust modelling to reassure us the government has understood the risk that a number of people will run through their pension pots far too quickly.“We fear these reforms, without careful scrutiny, will leave a large swathe of people vulnerable to poverty in old age.”However, on the other side of the table, the Society of Pension Consultants fully backed the government proposals, calling them a “breath of fresh air”.President Roger Mattingly said: “In one fell stroke, [Osborne] has broken down the barriers to the customisation of individual benefits for those living in increasingly modern circumstances.”Jan Burke, a partner at consultancy Aon Hewitt, admitted the firm was concerned running costs for DC schemes would increase.“There is an inevitable need to review administration, scheme design and in particular the default design, as well as the additional communications to members who will need to understand their new options and how this might influence their investments,” he said.last_img read more

ULCV Milano Bridge Joins K Line

first_imgJapanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has taken delivery of Milano Bridge, a 14,000 TEU containership newbuilding.The ultra large container vessel (ULCV) was handed over to the company by Hiroshima Shipyard, part of Imabari Shipbuilding, on January 18.Featuring a length of 365.9 meters and a width of 51.2 meters, the boxship flies the flag of Panama. The 146,931 dwt vessel currently has a market value of USD 92.6 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.As explained by the company, Milano Bridge is same as the series of containerships delivered in 2015 and the first vessel belonging to the second generation. It will be deployed in the Asia-Mediterranean service (MED2) under THE Alliance.K Line has five ULCVs scheduled for delivery this year, bringing the total number to ten units. Additionally, its total container fleet comprises more than 60 vessels.Earlier this month, K Line and its two compatriot shipping companies Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) said that their new joint venture company, Ocean Network Express, received all necessary merger approvals from local competition authorities.The three companies are integrating their container shipping businesses, including terminal operation businesses outside Japan. The JV would operate a fleet totaling 1.4 million TEUs, placing it as sixth in the market with approximately 7 percent of global share.last_img read more

Many researchers taking a different view of pedophilia

first_imgLos Angeles Times 14 Jan 2013In 1999, Christiano was caught buying child pornography. Now 36, he said he has never molested a child, but after five years of state-ordered therapy, the attraction remains.“These people felt they could snuff out the desire, or shame me into denying it existed,” he said. “But it’s as intrinsic as the next person’s heterosexuality.”In the laboratory, researchers are coming to the same conclusion.Like many forms of sexual deviance, pedophilia once was thought to stem from psychological influences early in life. Now, many experts view it as a sexual orientation as immutable as heterosexuality or homosexuality. It is a deep-rooted predisposition — limited almost entirely to men — that becomes clear during puberty and does not change.The best estimates are that between 1% and 5% of men are pedophiles, meaning that they have a dominant attraction to prepubescent children.Not all pedophiles molest children. Nor are all child molesters pedophiles. Studies show that about half of all molesters are not sexually attracted to their victims. They often have personality disorders or violent streaks, and their victims are typically family members.By contrast, pedophiles tend to think of children as romantic partners and look beyond immediate relatives. They include chronic abusers familiar from the headlines — Catholic priests, coaches and generations of Boy Scout leaders.http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/14/local/la-me-pedophiles-20130115Other pedophiles are “good people who are struggling,” said Dr. Fred Berlin, a psychiatrist who heads the Johns Hopkins Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit. “They’re tortured souls fighting like heck not to do this. We do virtually nothing in terms of reaching out to these folks. We drive it underground.”last_img read more

Drug-testing compulsory for weed-smoking kindy teacher

first_imgNewsHub 11 May 2017Family First Comment: “The council ruled Ms Harrington’s behaviour “reflects adversely on her fitness to teach” and “is of a nature that brings the teaching profession into disrepute”. Her use of cannabis was said to be “the antithesis of the standard expected, irrespective of the setting, personal or professional, in which it occurs”, considering teachers are expected to “both teach and model positive values for their students”.”Well put!Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Hope the politicians are taking note – especially those who want to liberalise dope laws.A preschool teacher who refused to take a drug test will have to take one every three months for the next year if she wants to keep her job.Bobbette Hanna Harrington of Kreative Kidz Childcare Centre in Rotorua told her boss in September 2015 she’d smoked cannabis in the past.Her boss organised regular, random drug testing in February the following year, and in April Ms Harrington was chosen.Told she’d lose her job if she didn’t take the test, Ms Harrington instead opted to resign. A month later she got a new job at another early childhood centre, Te Whare Whitinga o te Rā.In the meantime however her former employer reported Ms Harrington to the Education Council. Te Whare Whitinga o te Rā was aware of the situation, and offered its full support, according to the Education Council’s report on the matter.The council ruled Ms Harrington’s behaviour “reflects adversely on her fitness to teach” and “is of a nature that brings the teaching profession into disrepute”.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/05/drug-testing-compulsory-for-weed-smoking-kindy-teacher.htmllast_img read more