Just over a year ago, Prophets of Rage–a politically-charged supergroup comprised of Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy, and B-Real of Cypress Hill–burst into existence with an angry bang. The outfit, described by Morello in 2016 as “an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit,” came together for a string of summer amphitheater shows following their widely buzzed-about maiden shows in LA and Brooklyn featuring a mix of material by RATM, Pubblic Enemy, and Cypress Hill. The band also promised that they would be recording original music.Today, Prophets of Rage officially made good on their promise of new material with the official announcement of their self-titled debut album, set to premiere via Fantasy Records on September 15th. The band also shared a video for the album’s first single, aptly named “Unfuck The World.” The track begins with the sights and sounds of Vietnam War-era air raid drills and images that evoke all the fucked-up-ness of American in 2017–Trump cutting healthcare, the looming influence of Big Pharma and other powerful political lobbies, war in the Middle East, and more.You can watch the new Michael Moore-directed video for “Unfuck The World” below, via Prophets of Rage’s Facebook page:Prophets of Rage continue their current world tour with a performance at Rock Im Park in Nurnberg, Germany this Saturday, June 3rd. You can see a full list of upcoming tour dates via the band’s website. You can also see a full track list for Prophets of Rage below, via iTunes (pre-order for the album is available now):Prophets Of Rage TracklistRadical EyesUnfuck The WorldLegalize MeLiving On The 110The CounteroffensiveHail To The ChiefTake Me HigherStrength In NumbersFired A ShotWho Owns WhoHands UpSmashit[Cover photo via Prophets of Rage Facebook]
With the whine of furious bees, two drones raced three times around Harvard Stadium, rolling and tumbling before a crowd of about 500, then swooping through a goalpost and landing on the artificial turf.But that wasn’t the coolest part.The coolest part was that the spectators could see what drone pilots were seeing as they navigated their pigeon-sized crafts via remote control and special goggles. Screens set up for the audience, nestled under a net tent to guard against a wayward drone, showed every swoop and swerve in real time. This allowed spectators to understand why competitors in the newly formed Drone Racing League say they feel that they are flying “like Superman.”The demonstration culminated “Making Robotics Fly,” an Oct. 10 event that showcased applications for drones and drone technology. On hand were representations from half a dozen drone-related companies, plus robotics engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and students, children, and others fascinated by the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles.The event was staged as part of HUBweek, a collaboration among Harvard University, MIT, The Boston Globe, and Massachusetts General Hospital designed to showcase innovations and ideas in this region’s scientific, artistic, and technology communities.Saturday afternoon’s drone session was organized by Harvard Business School (HBS), the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the investment firm XFund. Their sponsorship underscored the primary goal of the event: to bring together engineers and entrepreneurs and see what the two perspectives could produce in the emerging field of drones.Michael Kolowich ’74, M.B.A. ’80, co-founder of Boston-based DigiNovations, and his son, Rob, demonstrated the company’s video drones. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“This style of event has never been done before,” said Logan Campbell, an organizer and co-founder of the drone-consulting company Aerotas, which he launched during his last year before graduation from HBS. Usually, he said, drone events are held in tents, so people don’t get a sense of how delivery drones operate. “So we flipped that around; we put the people in the tent to let the drones show off their technology.”During the event, a drone from the West Coast-based Matternet delivered a T-shirt across the field to the event’s mistress of ceremonies, Sally French. French, the social media editor of the Wall Street Journal digital network who dubs herself “Drone Girl,” spoke of the power when engineers and entrepreneurs — “nerds and used car salesmen,” as she put it — get together.In another demonstration, Harvard alumnus Michael Kolowich, co-founder of the Boston-based DigiNovations, showed off one of the company’s video drones and even staged a crowd “selfie” via drone.The presenters, however, mostly focused on the practical uses for drones, not just their “cool” features. Matternet, for example, has been testing drone delivery in Switzerland, and company representatives spoke of creating systems to deliver medicine to remote Third World communities without transportation infrastructure. Drones have been used to find lost hikers, to monitor crops, and even to collect whale DNA, French said.Drones “have a wide variety of applications: in agriculture, in surveillance, in construction, in security,” said Hugo Van Vuuren ’07, XFund co-founder. “We’re trying to show the public how this burgeoning new industry is coming together.”An obstacle to wider public acceptance of drones, Campbell said, is the word itself, which many Americans associate with military applications. But “this isn’t military technology anymore,” he said. “We are focusing on the positive, commercial aspects of it and how this technology can help people.”It can also be entertaining. Drone Racing League CEO and founder Nick Horbaczewski ’03, M.B.A. ’08, predicts drone racing will become as popular as Formula 1 auto racing.“Our drones are all about speed,” he told the crowd. “They are as small and light as possible. They are designed with carbon fiber frames to make them more durable.” Unlike camera drones, racing drones aren’t stabilized, and the video feed is low-definition to make it as fast as possible for the pilots. Moreover, “If you’re not crashing, you’re not racing.”Horbaczewski’s mere suggestion of a future drone race between Harvard and MIT was enough to send a thrilled buzz through the crowd.
Students and faculty spilled into the aisles of a DeBartolo Hall auditorium Monday evening as two renowned experts discussed liberation theology as a means to end poverty. Harvard professor Paul Farmer, a medical anthropologist, physician and founder of Partners in Health, an organization that provides healthcare and medical treatment to poor people around the world, said people could not end poverty if they did not understand it. “Real service to the poor involves understanding global poverty,” said Farmer. “An understanding of poverty must be linked to efforts of ending it. Poverty is structured evil. Understanding it is not the same as fighting it, but if we believe that knowledge informs practice then we can really make progress.” Notre Dame theology professor Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez agreed that understanding, was a means to end global poverty. “When we speak about the preferential option for the poor we are speaking about persons, not about poverty,” Gutierrez said. “Without fraternity, sympathy and community we have not committed to ending poverty.” Ending poverty is not an easy goal, Farmer said, but it is not impossible. “As long is there is poverty and inequality, we humans will need accompaniment —practical, spiritual and theological — to understand why and how they work so that we may attempt to eradicate it,” Farmer said. Gutierrez agreed that poverty is not a quick fix. “Poverty is not a destination, it’s a situation,” Gutierrez said. “Addressing poverty is not a one-time cure. It’s a constant adjustment.” Gutierrez coined the term “liberation theology” in the 1970s, which originated from the Latin American Catholic Church and addresses the poor’s ability to embrace suffering with hope just as Christ did. Gutierrez acknowledged the difficulty of reconciling suffering and the notion that an all-powerful God loves those who suffer. “The challenge we must face is how to say to poor persons, ‘God loves you,’” Gutierrez said. Liberation theology, however, is one answer to this challenge, Gutierrez said. “Theology changes to adapt to the historical demands of the time,” Gutierrez said. “It is a reflection of the daily life of a person and of the way to be Christian. Theology acts as the medium between living faith and announced faith.” Farmer said the fight to end poverty should be one of solidarity rather than charity. “Liberation theology is an inexhaustible font for understanding poverty,” Farmer said. “We live in one world, not three. Nothing else I have seen from earthquakes to floods to violence will lead me to believe otherwise.” Farmer emphasized the importance of comprehending poverty’s existence before attempting to end it. “It’s not easy to listen,” Farmer said. “It’s hard and sometimes painful. These experiences tried me in some ways that I cannot forget. I am determined to understand why poverty exists and how it functions in the modern world.” Farmer listened, studied Scripture and derived meaning from what he learned within the Latin American context. “Poverty is not a result of random acts of nature,” Farmer said. “Human beings constitute and create the social world and shape it.” Gutierrez said poverty is an issue that needs to be addressed on every front. “Poverty means death,” Gutierrez said. “For the poor in Latin America and all around the world, this means dying before their time. Death is not only a social issue, not only a matter of a social doctrine; it’s more than that — it’s a global issue and we need to rethink from the position we are in.” The preferential option for the poor means serving the least fortunate comes before all other concerns, Gutierrez said. “Preferential means they are first,” Gutierrez said. “It does not mean all the poor are good or generous or very gentle. Not all of them are good persons, but because God is good we must work to end their suffering. We are not really in solidarity for the poor unless you are against poverty.”
Les Liaisons Dangereuses Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Liev Schreiber & Janet McTeer Tony winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber are currently in preview in Les Liaisons Dangereuses and they stopped by The Today Show on October 17 to talk about the revival. After admitting to an onstage mishap at an early performance, Schreiber revealed about McTeer: “we have a similar kind of athleticism about acting…we’re really well matched, I’m having the time of my life.” His costar added: “I’d seen Liev on stage…and he’s just a brilliant actor and I thought that would work, that’s fun, that’s dangerous.” You can catch Christopher Hampton’s masterwork at Broadway’s Booth Theatre. View Comments
For the week of September 4, 2010, there were 628 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, an increase of 12 from the week before. Altogether 8,102 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 641 from a week ago and 2,535 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,749 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 29 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,370 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 48 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)
Military commanders from throughout the Americas recently discussed international cooperation, training, science and technology, education and other topics during the XXX Conference of American Armies (CCA). Army commanders and other military representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Uruguay, the United States, and Canada met for the conference in Mexico City from Oct. 21 through Oct. 25 2013. The Army of Belize, the Conference of Central American Armed Forces, and the Inter-American Defense Board participated as observers. “It is an honor to participate in an event of this importance, used to address the major challenges of the Armed Forces in the region, and to foster an atmosphere of camaraderie,” said Gen. Werter Araya, President of the Council of Delegates of the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB). Two-year agreements were passed as a result, and delegations showed respect for the laws of each of the member states at all times. Colombia prepares to receive the CCA The CCA was formed in 1960 as an international forum of Army commanders of the Western hemisphere. It is governed by internal rules approved by all commanders of CCA member states. The 20 countries which are CCA member states include Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The five observer armies are from Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, and Suriname. Climate change concerns Helping civilians Many of the Armed Forces in the Americas help their civilian populations during such natural disasters. For example, the Mexican military assisted more than one million civilians who were affected by Hurricane Ingrid and Hurricane Manuel, which slammed into the country’s Pacific coast in September 2013. Mexican security forces have assisted the population in several other major natural disasters and accidents in recent months: • In July 2013, Army soldiers and Civil Protection units, including local police agents, worked together to evacuate more than 1,000 people from several municipalities in Chihuahua state which suffered severe flooding caused by four days of heavy rains. • In April 2013, hundreds of municipal police officers in the Federal District and eight nearby states streamed onto the streets to provide security and greater visibility after an earthquake shook the region. The earthquake was felt in Michoacan, Guerrero, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Morelos, Puebla, Veracruz and the State of Mexico. In recent years, strong earthquakes caused serious damage in Peru, Costa Rica, and Chile, The Armed Forces of each of those countries helped the civilian populations of their respective countries. The new mission is to modernize Colombia’s National Army will host the CCA in 2014 and 2015. Colombian authorities are prepared to host the conference, said Maj. Gen. Juan Pablo Rodriguez, the military commander representing the Colombian delegation. “We continue to move forward without faltering faith in the cause, to consolidate the challenges the future has posed for the National Army of Colombia, to continue empowering as an integral force that devotes its efforts to the achievement of peace and the welfare of the population,” Rodríguez said. “Natural disaster relief, environmental conservation, the fight against drug trafficking, and ongoing mutual cooperation will be the key pillars to strengthening our bonds of friendship,” the military official added. The next CCA is scheduled to take place in Colombia in February 2014. The 16 commanders who participated in the CCA agreed that the Armed Forces of the continent must modernize in order to confront new threats. The military commanders who participated in the 2012 CCA in Peru concluded that the Armed Forces of their countries should have the most advanced technology to detect and neutralize improvised explosive devices, which are used by terrorist groups. The participants of the 2012 CCA also pledged to modernize their military forces. The effects of climate change – such as extreme weather – were one of the key topics military commanders discussed during the conference. Climate change can lead to extreme weather, such as strong storms or droughts, according to a consensus of scientists. Extreme weather can impact the civilian population. Military commanders approved the “Operations Guide for Disaster Relief.” The guidebook will help the military forces of different countries in the Americas maintain cooperation and communication when helping the civilian population during natural emergencies, officials said. By Dialogo November 08, 2013 History of the CCA testing
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU’s lobbyists are back on Capitol Hill today pressing the need for a national data security standard for merchants, privacy notice relief, parity in federal coverage for Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTAs) and more as the 113th Congress reconvenes its lame-duck session.The lame-duck session of the 113th Congress come to a close this month. NAFCU has been thanking lawmakers for their support of credit unions in their press for regulatory relief and for their continued support of the credit union tax exemption – and it will seek their continued support on these issues going into 2015. In the meantime, the association will be pressing for action on these key bills as the Congress winds down:S. 2699 and S. 2698, the “Regulatory Easement for Lending Institutions that Enable a Vibrant Economy (RELIEVE) Act,” both of which would ensure credit unions parity with FDIC-insured institutions concerning deposit insurance coverage on Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTAs);S. 635, the “Privacy Notice Modernization Act,” to eliminate redundant annual privacy notice requirements.S. 1577, the “Mortgage Choice Act 2013,” which seeks to provide relief on points and fees on qualified mortgages.These issues will be competing for attention in coming weeks, when key players will be looking to pass a stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies and departments working past Dec. 12, defense spending, terrorism risk insurance reauthorization and more. continue reading »
For more information, visit their website. Elderwood said this calling system will provide updates for families of residents as conditions change at the facility. They say this system is only available for families of residents and is integrated with their electronic medical records. “There is a first case of COVID-19 in a staff member or resident at our facilityEach time there is a death due to COVID-19 related illnessEach time there are three or more potential cases subject to testing or monitoring within a three-day spanEach time there is a subsequent confirmed diagnosis or death related to COVID-19” For more coronavirus coverage, click here. WAVERLY (WBNG) — Elderwood at Waverly announced they will be introducing an automated calling system on Monday, May 4. Elderwood says this new system will allow the facility to comply with strict guidelines made by New York State and The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). To comply with these regulations, Elderwood says all family members will receive an automated message when:
The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has sold a £640m (€868m) private equity (PE) portfolio as it prepares a shift towards greater direct investment.The portfolio, sold to Ardian, comprises the pension scheme’s stakes in 13 PE funds, but USS said in a statement that the sale of any one managers’ fund would not preclude it from working with them in the future.Geoffrey Geiger, head of private equity at the fund’s wholly owned asset manager USS Investment Management, said the sale on the secondary market was an effective way to adapt its portfolio as it shifted towards a greater number of direct PE investments.“Within our private markets team direct investment experience extends across multiple asset classes, sectors and geographies,” Geiger added. “At the same time,” he said, “we recognise the value of investing in funds managed by [general partners] who share USS’s values and we will continue our active allocation strategy.”The statement by USS added that it would continue to commit to a “concentrated group of GPs with whom [we] will work in partnership”, citing the opportunity for co-investments alongside direct investments.The industry-wide fund, the largest in the UK with £48bn in assets, last year hired a number of new staff for its private markets team, currently responsible for around one-fifth of fund assets and comprising property, infrastructure, private debt, inflation-linked debt and equity, special situations and private equity.It hired Emma Singh, a former private equity controller at UK in-house pension manager BP Investment Management, to help manage the fund’s new direct investment strategy.The private markets team in October last year wholly acquired Moto Mospitality, a UK motorway services firm, only to later sell a 40% stake in the firm to CVC Capital.It returned 17.9% over the course of the 2014-15 financial year.
The Spectator 2 Feb 2013The Dutch experiment in legalised prostitution has been a disasterIn 2000 the Dutch government decided to make it even easier for pimps, traffickers and punters by legalising the already massive and highly visible brothel trade. Their logic was as simple as it was deceptive: to make things safer for everyone. Make it a job like any other. Once the women were liberated from the underworld, the crooks, drug dealers and people traffickers would drift away.Twelve years on, and we can now see the results of this experiment. Rather than afford better protection for the women, it has simply increased the market. Rather than confine the brothels to a discrete (and avoidable) part of the city, the sex industry has spilt out all over Amsterdam — including on-street. Rather than be given rights in the ‘workplace’, the prostitutes have found the pimps are as brutal as ever. The government-funded union set up to protect them has been shunned by the vast majority of prostitutes, who remain too scared to complain.Pimps, under legalisation, have been reclassified as managers and businessmen. Abuse suffered by the women is now called an ‘occupational hazard’, like a stone dropped on a builder’s toe. Sex tourism has grown faster in Amsterdam than the regular type of tourism: as the city became the brothel of Europe, women have been imported by traffickers from Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia to meet the demand. In other words, the pimps remained but became legit — violence was still prevalent but part of the job, and trafficking increased. Support for the women to leave prostitution became almost nonexistent. The innate murkiness of the job has not been washed away by legal benediction.…Legalisation has not been emancipation. It has instead resulted in the appalling, inhuman, degrading treatment of women, because it declares the buying and selling of human flesh acceptable. And as the Dutch government reforms itself from pimp to protector, it will have time to reflect on the damage done to the women caught in this calamitous social experiment.http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8835071/flesh-for-sale/