John Medeski’s Mad Skillet Announces Inaugural U.S. Tour

first_imgJohn Medeski is a busy man. The prolific pianist is one of the most renowned players in the live music scene, with countless projects under his belt spanning from Medeski, Martin & Wood, his long-running and critically acclaimed jazz-funk group with Billy Martin and Chris Wood, to Hudson, a relatively new project featuring iconic jazz artists including drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Scofield, and bassist Larry Grenadier.Yesterday, John Medeski announced that another one of his many projects, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, will mount its first-ever U.S. tour in November. Also featuring guitarist Will Bernard, sousaphonist Kirk Joseph, and drummer Terence Higgins, Mad Skillet was born out of the collaborative musical marathon that is New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Coming together during a late-night in 2015, the quartet has appeared multiple times at Jazz Fest in addition to touring across Europe in 2017.For John Medeski’s Mad Skillet newly announced U.S. tour, the band will kick things off with a festival set at Burnet, Texas’ Utopiafest on November 3rd. From then until November 10th, the band will cross the Midwest, with performances in Grand Rapids, MI; Goshen, IN; Evanston, IL (two shows); Cincinnati, OH; and Kent, OH. For the second leg of the tour, the group will hit the Northeast, with a stop on November 11st at Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo, New York.After winding through Boston, Massachusetts, and Cohoes, New York, on November 13th and 14th, on November 15th, the group will land in New York City for a performance at Brooklyn Bowl, followed up by a show at Ardmore Music Hall the following night. To close out their fall tour, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet has scheduled performances at Washington, DC’s The Hamilton on November 17th before their tour-closing performance at the newly opened Asbury Lanes in New Jersey on November 18th.Tickets for John Medeski’s Mad Skillet’s upcoming fall tour go on sale on Friday, August 24th, at 10 a.m. (local). You can check out the full schedule below.John Medeski’s Mad Skillet – Little Gem Saloon’s Ramp Room – New Orleans, LA – 4/25/2016[Video: FunkItBlog] Mad Skillet Upcoming 2018 Tour Dates:November 3 Burnet, TX—UtopiafestNovember 5 Grand Rapids, MI—Elevation at the IntersectionNovember 6 Goshen, IN—Ignition GarageNovember 7 Evanston, IL—Space (2 shows)November 9 Cincinnati, OH—Live at Ludlow GarageNovember 10 Kent, OH—Kent StageNovember 11 Buffalo, NY—Buffalo Iron WorksNovember 13 Boston, MA—Brighton Music HallNovember 14 Cohoes, NY—Cohoes Music HallNovember 15 Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn BowlNovember 16 Ardmore, PA—Ardmore Music HallNovember 17 Washington, DC—The HamiltonNovember 18 Asbury Park, NJ—Asbury LanesView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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A look inside: Winthrop House

first_img Bubbly Harvard Law School student Lea Downey (left) speaks with Andre Royo, who played Bubbles. Chatting up Marlo Harvard Law School student Milton Wilkins (left) and Jamie Hector, the actor who played Marlo Stanfield, speak during the dinner. “Omar’s coming!” Winthrop House resident Lawrence Benjamin ’11 hollered across the Junior Common Room. Doing his best impression of the boys on the streets of Baltimore featured in HBO’s acclaimed television series “The Wire,” Benjamin summed up the excitement building in the room.Fresh from a panel discussion at Harvard Law School, stars from “The Wire,” including Michael K. Williams (Omar), Andre Royo (Bubbles), Sonja Sohn (Kima), Jim True-Frost (Pryzbylewski), and Jamie Hector (Marlo) — plus Donnie Andrews, the real-life inspiration for the notorious antihero Omar, and his wife Fran Andrews — attended a dinner in their honor at the river House.Winthrop residents selected by lottery and a small number of law students jockeyed for seats near the actors. Fans of “The Wire” abounded. Students shared favorite scenes and recited key lines. As the actors arrived, a starstruck student said, “Amazing, Kima said hi to me!”The dinner discussion swirled around topics of race, justice, poverty, and violence. Winthrop House Masters Ronald Sullivan Jr. and Stephanie Robinson hosted. Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree, who is teaching “Race and Justice: The Wire,” a class on the criminal justice system that pulls heavily from the series, spoke about the show’s lessons. The guests reflected on the complexity, connectedness, and realism portrayed across the urban setting through drug distribution, law enforcement, the education system, and institutions of power.“All the pieces matter,” a core phrase from the series, came to symbolize the great strength of its story. The message was not lost on the audience. Dramatic inspiration Rev. Eugene Rivers (center) and Donnie Andrews, who inspired the famous anti-hero Omar, speak during the dinner. Pre-dinner delights S. Allen Counter (left) and Winthrop House Co-Master Stephanie Robinson speak before the dinner begins. Jazzy duo Jennifer Ding ’13 (left) joins Max Meyer ’12 at the piano. Max entertained guests with his seemingly effortless jazz classics. More of an uncommon room Guests gather around the impressively decorated Junior Common Room. Fine dining Winthrop House Co-Master Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. speaks to a dinner guest. Starstruck Harvard Law School student Brittany Brewer (center) speaks to “The Wire” star Andre Royo. Getting ‘Wired’ The evening’s regal-looking menu features the Winthrop House crest. Oh so True Cora True-Frost (from left), Jessica Sequeira ’11, and Jim True-Frost, the actor who played Roland Pryzbylewski, attend the dinner. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer Down to ‘The Wire’ Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree addresses the gathered guests. Down to ‘The Wire’ Strung up on ‘The Wire’ Fran Andrews (from left) and Donnie Andrews are pictured during the dinner. Andrews is the basis for the famous anti-hero Omar in “The Wire.”last_img read more

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FAS staff acknowledged for their contributions

first_imgThey were called “an indomitable asset,” “a consummate creator, innovator, and teacher,” “the glue that keeps it all together,” and even a “walking encyclopedia of Harvard knowledge and connections,” but the dozens of Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) staff who gathered in University Hall last week can now all boast of a new title — Dean’s Distinction award winner.“You have revamped our mentoring program to better meet the needs of our graduate students, enhancing their teaching and communications skills,” Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith told the honorees during the ceremony. “You have worked collaboratively with administrative colleagues, coaches, and departments across the University to build awareness, grow attendance, and generate positive experiences for students and fans attending Harvard sporting events — including the first sell-out crowd for our women’s hockey team. You have embodied the mission of Harvard College by taking time to listen to and counsel students — often well beyond normal office hours — challenging them to have difficult conversations, helping them build a strong intercultural community, and preparing them to lead in a complex world.“You are essential to everything we do,” he continued. “Our faculty and students are incredibly fortunate to have your ideas, your engagement, and your partnership. On behalf of the faculty, I extend my sincere thanks to you.”In all, 59 employees from more than 40 departments were presented with 61 awards by FAS Dean of Administration and Finance Leslie Kirwan at a March 9 ceremony in University Hall.In addition to a number of individual honorees, the awards recognize the work of teams. This year, two were tapped for recognition:The Aurora Teaching Fellow/Teaching Assistant Pilot group was instrumental in completing the first-ever FAS integration between our local system and PeopleSoft and the new Identity and Access Management (IAM) platform. As a result of this collaboration, the system has received positive feedback from end users. The extraordinary effort, actions, and dedication of this group truly assisted in forming the working model and expectation for other functional areas on the roadmap ahead.Dean Michael D. Smith (right) recognizes Adam Aja, assistant curator of collections, and his daughter, Ellie. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Team focused on four strategic initiatives as part of the center’s 60th anniversary — Digital China, Environmental Humanities, China and the World, and Impact and Outreach. In addition to sponsoring digital and environmental postdocs, a digital humanities FAS course, and a new fellowship in Taiwan studies, the team launched a comprehensive rebrand that doubled its online following.Among those who received recognition last week was Economics Department Director of Administration Belynda Bady, who led the Social Science Division’s Culture and Community Initiative, which focused on bringing staff together to improve their sense of community, morale, and engagement.“It feels really wonderful,” she said of receiving the award. “One outcome of the initiative was that recognition is important — for people to say thank you for a job well done goes a long way, and I think what’s great about this award is that it doesn’t just come from your department or your supervisor, but the highest level staff are recognizing the work we do around the university.”For Ann Hall, director of communications for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, receiving recognition from the highest levels of FAS administration was a special honor.“It is always nice to have your work appreciated, but to have it acknowledged by the dean of the FAS is a very special kind of recognition,” she said.Athletics Department marketing manager Andrew Vatistas, who was recognized for his efforts to boost awareness and grow attendance of Harvard sporting events, including the first-ever sell-out of a women’s hockey game, said the award was a much-appreciated recognition of his efforts.“It’s very important [to receive this type of recognition],” he said. “We all get recognition in the Athletics Department from our higher-ups, but it’s great to be able to be here in University Hall and to be recognized by the dean.”Dean’s Distinction 2017 recipients:Adam Aja, Harvard Semitic MuseumBelynda Bady, Department of EconomicsDeanna Behrent, Office of Physical Resources and PlanningJennifer Brown, Harvard University HerbariaLeah Burrows, SEAS CommunicationsJulia Cai, Harvard China Fund and Fairbank Center for Chinese StudiesMark Cellucci, Department of PsychologyPamela Choi Redfern, SEAS Capital Projects and PlanningKathleen Coviello, Department of Romance Languages and LiteraturesDavid Crabill, Harvard College Office of Student LifeHera Daldalian, SEAS Financial OperationsDilek Dogutan Kiper, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyTheresa Dugan, Instructional Media ServicesKerry Foley, Division of Continuing EducationCarla Greenwood, FAS Finance OfficeAnn Hall, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesEmilie Hardman, Houghton Library, Harvard College LibraryWendy Heywood, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyHeather Julian, FAS DevelopmentKathleen Lebel, Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial AidThomas Lee, Office for the Arts at HarvardKrista Lester, Division of Social Science Administrative Support GroupTimothy Letteney, Harvard Museums of Science and CultureBen Marciniak, Office for Faculty AffairsJessica McCall, Division of SciencePaul Millett, HUIT Department of Information Technology Support ServicesWairimu Mwaura, The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race RelationsRebecca Nesson, Division of Continuing EducationKimberly O’Hagan, Department of HistoryPamela Pollock, The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and LearningPatricia Purcell, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyMarisa Reilly, Department of Earth and Planetary SciencesKaren Rynne, Department of MusicCatherine Shapiro, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s OfficeEdward Soucy, Center for Brain ScienceMadeleine Straubel, Department of StatisticsLaura Thomas, Department of SociologyAndrew Vatistas, Department of AthleticsPatrica Vio, Department of GovernmentJon Woodward, Harvard University Museum of Comparative ZoologyAurora Teaching Fellow/Teaching Assistant (TF/TA) Pilot GroupEmily Amendola, Department of Visual and Environmental StudiesDara Greenhouse, FAS Finance OfficePatricia Jenkins, FAS Finance OfficeJoseph Lavin, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyLaura Pascale, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesLauren Raece, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate EducationKaren Rynne, Department of MusicPaula Soares, Department of Visual and Environmental StudiesThom Wall, Department of GovernmentMatthew Wallace, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesCandice Wesson, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate EducationDouglas Woodhouse, Harvard College Program in General EducationFairbank Center for Chinese Studies TeamJulia Cai, Harvard China Fund and Fairbank Center for Chinese StudiesKaren Christopher, Fairbank Center for Chinese StudiesNicholas Drake, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Harvard China FundJames Evans, Fairbank Center for Chinese StudiesSarah Gordon, Harvard University Asia CenterMark Grady, Fairbank Center for Chinese StudiesNancy Hearst, Fairbank Center for Chinese StudiesCaitlin Keliher, Harvard China FundJustin Wong, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studieslast_img read more

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Idina Menzel Reigns, Andrew Rannells Strips and More Lessons of the Week

first_imgWell, it’s still snowing. Just like last Friday. But never fear, cold and wet readers, the Lessons of the Week are here! Let’s sit in front of the fire (or this) with a cup of hot cocoa and revisit the weird, crazy and fun things we’ve learned about our favorite shows and stars over the last seven days.Hugh Jackman Will Be a Four-TimerAnd the 2014 Tony host is…not NPH, Susan Blackwell or Laura Benanti! Hugh Jackman is back, man. (Lin-Manuel Miranda, feel free to use that gem in the Tony rap.)Santino Fontana Has a Thing For WafflesWhile normal stars had childhood crushes on Winnie Cooper and Kurt Russell, Santino Fontana had it bad for Eggo waffles. Well, if they’re so great, why don’t you marry them?Denzel Washington Has a Young MomDiahann Carroll exited A Raisin in the Sun, making way for LaTanya Richardson Jackson, who’s only four years older than her onstage son. Same thing happened in our high school production.Kristin Chenoweth Dreams of Oz (Again)Kristin Chenoweth’s ultimate dream role? A walk-on part in an all-black cast of The Wiz. Later this year, she also hopes to play Denzel Washington’s mother.Rebecca Hall Needs a Magic Eye PosterPoor Rebecca Hall gets so wired after her intense performance in Machinal, she has to stare at the wall for a while just to recover. Anyone have any cute posters of puppies or kitties we could send her?Kelli O’Hara Jumps Out of PlanesThe Bridges of Madison County star, a mom of two, told us she had a mile-high make-out session before jumping out of a plane. Who are you, Kelli O’Hara!? We don’t even know you anymore.Andrew Rannells’ Junk Is PrivateHe’s getting naked on Girls, but Andrew Rannells kept his mouth shut when Katie Couric grilled him about all the tiny details. Well, not tiny… (OK, we totally stole that joke from The Birdcage.)It’s Hard Out There For a Broadway StarIn an unexpected turn of events, Les Miz’s Cosette, Charlotte Maltby, was replaced by Samantha Hill midway through rehearsals. Girl, you and Diahann Carroll need to do lunch.Reese Witherspoon Observes ShabbatThe Book of Mormon’s Ben Platt grew up in Los Angeles, so obviously he had sabbath dinner with Oscar winners. That’s what people do in L.A. But did they really eat carbs? That’d be super weird.Idina Menzel Is Freaking UnstoppableShe’s got a hit movie. A gold record. A new Broadway show. Toddlers everywhere want to be her. Oh, and she’s also performing at the Oscars. Geez, Idina. Why do we even bother getting out of bed? Star Files View Commentscenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

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4-H Congress.

first_imgMore than 1,300 U.S. teens are headed to Atlanta for the 79th National 4-H Congress.”‘Make the Difference,’ the theme of this year’s Congress (Nov. 24-28), tells the story for these young people,” said Susan Stewart, National 4-H Congress director.”Chosen from their history of leadership in communities in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, each of these young people comes to Atlanta with a desire to increase their ability to lead,” she said.The youths, ages 14-19, will attend educational programs and cultural events. They will hear from Miss America 2001 Angela Baraquio, Paralympic gold medalist and author Scot Hollonbeck, Kennesaw State University President Betty Siegel and Atlantan Milton Creagh.18 Educational ProgramsThe delegates will choose from more than 18 educational programs. The topics will range from colorization of America and cultural diversity to the future of agriculture, stress management and teen violence.”Congress delegates will return home better able to ‘Make a Difference’ in their own communities,” Stewart said. “The knowledge gained during their stay in Atlanta will be used to make positive changes in communities across the nation. Atlanta provides an excellent backdrop for the diversity of cultural experience National 4-H Congress offers.”Community Service, TooDelegates will learn community service, too, from a hands-on point of view. They will make more than 200 coats for Atlanta homeless children. Along with Miss America, delegates will also work at Art of the Season, a fund-raising event for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, leading children in making crafts.”Each delegate will also bring a book to donate to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s ‘Reach Out & Read’ program,” Stewart said. “Since National 4-H Congress came to Atlanta in 1998, delegates have annually spread across Atlanta and participated in a wide variety of projects. They are encouraged to start similar community service projects when they return to their own communities.”On the last day of Congress, the delegates will have a youth issues discussion reflecting what they learned during the week.last_img read more

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Record-setting 2.2GW solar park in India now fully operational

first_imgRecord-setting 2.2GW solar park in India now fully operational FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:One of India’s leading private renewable energy companies, Hero Future Energies, recently commissioned a 300 megawatt solar power project at Bhadla solar power park in Rajasthan. With this project, the solar park is now complete with installed capacity of 2,245 megawatts.Bhadla solar park is significant in many aspects. The solar park saw multiple record-low tariffs during some highly competitive auctions. Projects at the solar park were developed by multiple companies through public-private partnership.State government itself developed 745 megawatts of capacity, a joint venture company of IL&FS and Rajasthan government developed 1 gigawatt of capacity, while another joint venture between Adani Enterprises and Rajasthan government developed 500 megawatts.The park hosts 260 megawatts owned by India’s largest power generation company — the state-owned NTPC Limited.In May 2017, two separate auctions of 250 megawatts and 500 megawatts paved way for the lowest-ever tariff bid for a solar power project in India. The first auction saw a bid of Rs 2.62/kWh (US¢4.1/kWh), the lowest at that time. This bid was 9.2% lower than the previous lowest bid in India. Within two days the record of Rs 2.62/kWh was shattered by Acme Cleantech Solutions. The company secured 200 megawatts of capacity in the 500 megawatt auction at Rs 2.44/kWh (US¢3.8/kWh). This remains the lowest-ever solar power bid in India to date. In December 2019, another 750 megawatts of capacity was auctioned. Tariff bids increased marginally to Rs 2.47/kWh (US¢3.8/kWh).SB Energy, a joint venture of SoftBank, Foxconn and Bharti Enterprises, possibly owns the largest capacity in the park at 600 megawatts, secured across three auctions. Other major developers with projects at this solar park include ReNew Power, Acme Solar Holdings, Hero Future Energies, and Azure Power.[Saurabh]More: 2.2 gigawatt solar park in India’s Rajasthan state now fully operationallast_img read more

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Armed Forces Unite to Find Missing Argentine Submarine

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo November 27, 2017 An unprecedented international mega-operation searches for the Argentine Navy’s ARA San Juan submarine, which lost contact with base November 15th, with 44 people on board. Eleven countries joined the Argentine patrol in the area of operations: Germany, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the United States, France, Italy, Norway, Peru, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay. “With international support, we have the best technologies available for vessels and aircraft that participate in the search,” Captain Enrique Balbí, Argentine Navy spokesperson, told Diálogo on November 21st. “The effort is ongoing 24 hours a day, and there are more than one aircraft assigned to a search area at the same time,” he said. The ARA San Juan, a 66-meter long German-made TR-1700 submarine with diesel-electric propulsion, left Ushuaia Naval Base on November 13th for Mar del Plata Naval Base. According to Capt. Balbí, the vessel navigated in an open stretch and “at some point, communication stopped.” Its final radio transmission was November 15th, near San Jorge Gulf, 240 nautical miles (432 kilometers) off the Argentine coast. The Argentine Navy activated a protocol to force the link of all the submarine’s communications systems and delimited a 482,000 square-kilometer search area—nearly equivalent to the size of Spain. During the first few days in the heart of the South Atlantic, Argentine and international rescue workers faced strong winds and waves over six meters high. The improvement of weather conditions on November 21st—after six days of combing the waters—restored hope to the international force and the crew’s relatives. Brazil joins the efforts “We currently have two vessels working in the search area: the [Admiral] Maximiano Icebreaker and the Rademaker Frigate,” Brazilian Navy Commander Christian Hingst, commander of the Tapajó submarine, told Diálogo on November 22nd. “Along with vessels from the other countries, these ships rotate in the search procedures at the request of the Argentine Navy, trying to establish contact with the submarine,” said Cmdr. Hingst. “As a military vessel, the submarine is designed to hide, which complicates its search.” The Brazilian Navy also sent the NSS Felinto Perry, a vessel specialized in rescue of submersibles. “We hope to use it in the next stage of the operation, after contact is made with the submarine,” explained Cmdr. Hingst. “The Felinto will be essential because it has the necessary equipment for the rescue, such as a hyperbaric chamber [which supplies pure oxygen] for the victims.” Cutting-edge technology from the United States More than 50 foreign and domestic vehicles, ships, and aircraft participate in the operation. These include a NASA P-3 Orion airplane and a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon—both equipped with submarine-detection systems. A sound the Argentine Navy captured was analyzed with the help of the P-8. It was eventually concluded that it was not from the submarine. “It may have been a biological noise,” Capt. Balbí told the press. “U.S. Southern Command directed the deployment of U.S. Navy P-8A aircraft, underwater rescue equipment and associated personnel to Argentina to support international efforts to locate the missing Argentine Navy submarine ARA San Juan in Southern Atlantic waters,” U.S. Southern Command said in a press release. In addition, the U.S. Navy sent unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) to support the international effort. The Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron 1, based in Keyport, Washington, operates the Bluefin 12D UUV and three Iver 580 UUV. “During the P-8’s return flight, white flares were spotted. An investigation concluded they did not come from the ARA San Juan Submarine either,” the Argentine Navy reported in a press release. Meanwhile, members of the U.S. Navy Undersea Rescue Command (URC) set off from the port of Comodoro Rivadavia aboard the support vessel Skandi Patagonia, a Norwegian flag ship. Chartered by the oil company Total, the vessel was converted into a “mothership” for the U.S. sailors’ rescue capsule. The United States also sent a Lockheed C-5—its Air Force’s largest military plane used for logistics transport—and two independent rescue assets of the Navy URC, the Submarine Rescue Chamber (SRC) and underwater intervention Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Also joining the effort: the British C-130 Hercules transport plane, a Uruguayan Navy Beechcraft B-200 patrol aircraft, and a Chilean Navy C-295 turboprop equipped with an information processing system, among other resources. Probable explosion On November 22nd, Capt. Balbí informed the press that a “hydroacoustic anomaly” had been detected on the morning of November 15th consistent with the submarine’s last known position—some 30 miles to the north, on the way to Mar del Plata. Argentine vessels were immediately sent to the area with sensors to evaluate the nature of the sound, along with the U.S. P-8 Poseidon and a Brazilian Air Force P-3AM airplane. “This way, with three different means, we are going to see about this sign,” Capt. Balbí told reporters. On the morning of November 23rd, the Argentine Navy confirmed for the first time that there was a “violent event consistent with an explosion.” A report from the Argentine ambassador to Austria, Rafael Grossi, and a detailed analysis from the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization supported the information. The organization, headquartered in Vienna, has a network of seismic and hydroacoustic stations to monitor nuclear tests. According to the report, “an abnormal, singular, short, violent and non-nuclear event, consistent with an explosion,” took place on November 15th. The document confirmed the “hydroacoustic anomaly” the U.S. Navy detected the previous day. Despite the explosion hypothesis, the international search continued against the clock. “As sailors, we have a sense of solidarity and concern for our Argentine sister navy, with whom we have close ties and participate in various joint exercises,” said Cmdr. Hingst. “We do not lose hope. We envision at all times that the submarine will be found, that the crew will be in good health, and that the rescue will happen.” “We’re working hand-in-hand with the international community to support Argentina’s search for the ARA San Juan,” U.S. Navy Lieutenant Lyndsi Gutierrez, of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/4th Fleet Public Affairs Augment team, told Diálogo. “We’re committed to helping our Argentine partners in any way we can and to assist the country in its ongoing search for the missing Argentine submarine. The role of U.S. military forces during this mission is to rapidly respond with critically-needed capabilities to deliver assistance and aid to areas the government of Argentina deems most necessary.”last_img read more

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Schenevus Class of 2020 donates $1,500 to charity after senior activities fall through

first_imgSCHENEVUS (WBNG) — After many of their end-of-year events were cancelled due to COVID-19, the Schenevus Class of 2020 decided to use the money they had raised over the year to donate to charity. Senior Peyton Darling explained, “Especially with our fire department, the way they make their money, they have a carnival every year in our local town and they make a lot of money off that, but they can’t do it this year, so they’re really, really struggling with money right now.” It’s a project that focused on the possible. And, leaves a meaningful mark on the community. Senior Samantha Dixon said, “Things got taken away from us and things get taken away from people everyday, so I think it’s a good thing to give back.” The class turned this upset, however, into an oppourtunity. Cutting three checks each worth $500, the class made contributions to the Susquehanna SPCA, Maryland Fire Department and Oppourtunities for Otsego Emergency Shelter. “I think that they have really set an example and proven that they’re really leaders in the community,” said Haynes. When their planned community service project fell through, they decided to use the money they had raised for some of these events and donate it instead. For the Susquehanna SPCA, Executive Director Stacie Haynes said the money will go toward building a new shelter that will provide for countless animals. Like for many seniors, for those at Schenevus High School, it was a disappointing senior year. Students told 12 News their senior trip, day trip to Great Escape and others were all cancelled due to the pandemic.last_img read more

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Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf rates Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chances

first_img The Chelsea and France hero also doubts Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will finish in the top four despite their promising start to the season and recent signing of Thomas Partey.Asked who is more likely to finish in the top-four out of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham, Leboeuf told ESPN: ‘Maybe none of them, if Everton, Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea keep going!‘With what we have seen, I don’t see Manchester United [finishing in the top-four]. If they don’t react or change things, it’s between Arsenal and Tottenham. Read More / Advertisement Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf rates Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chances Video Settings Read More Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected Read More Advertisement Skip deadline day move to West Ham Read More Comment SPONSORED Skip Ad About Connatix V67539 1 min. story 1/1 Coming Next by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 7:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Top articles ‘Let’s say Tottenham. What I’ve seen from them, I would put them in the top-four.’Liverpool hero Steve Nicol added: ‘There’s not that much separating them all to be honest.‘Most of us had Manchester United fourth or fifth before the season and we’re only four games in.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘On present form, I can’t see that much change coming at Manchester United. Arsenal have got a new strength about them.‘It’s between Arsenal and Spurs for me. If you go on who can take a step forward this year, then it’s not Manchester United because they look like they’re going the other way.‘Arsenal have just signed Partey, who’s a beast in the middle of the park. Spurs have made good signings as well so it seems like Manchester United would be outside of that.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Solskjaer had FaceTime call with Amad Diallo before Man Utd transferMORE: Mesut Ozil left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad by Mikel Arteta PLAY Full Screen Frank Leboeuf has rated Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chances (Picture: ESPN)Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf has dismissed Manchester United’s top-four chances and says Arsenal will also struggle to secure a Champions League place in the Premier League this season.Everton are the only club to take maximum points from their first four games of the 2020-21 season, with Aston Villa also still unbeaten and on the same number of points as Leicester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.Tottenham are currently sixth, having smashed inconsistent Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday, while bid-spending Chelsea are seventh.Man United and Chelsea finished third and fourth respectively last season – behind champions Liverpool and runners-up Manchester City – but Lebouef cannot see the Red Devils replicating that position this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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PFZW to keep tar sands investments despite campaign group pressure

first_img“Simply selling shares alone will not eliminate the problems for the world”Eloy Lindeijer, PGGM“However, we are often unable to accommodate their wishes, as the sum of all wishes does not relate to our central task, which is generating a financial return for a sufficient pension,” said Lindeijer.“As a pensions investor, we want to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement, but via a different route than the one demanded by the environmental organisation.”He added that the exposures were “due to PFZW’s choice to be a passive investor with a globally diversified portfolio in all economic sectors, to keep risks to a minimum”.PGGM’s CIO pointed out that the total carbon footprint of PFZW’s listed equity portfolio had been reduced by 28% during the past two years and that the healthcare scheme’s aim was to achieve a total reduction of 50% in 2020. Earlier this month the asset manager reported that it was halfway towards this goal.Lindeijer added that shareholder engagement was central to PGGM’s investment policy, and that the three firms involved were “each in their own way engaged in the energy transition, and determining what role they see for themselves”.“Simply selling shares alone will not eliminate the problems for the world,” he said, “as there are more than enough buyers for these shares who have neither the experience of conducting a proper sustainability dialogue nor the intention of doing so.”The CIO added that, at 2017-end, PGGM had €6.4bn invested in companies and projects offering climate-related solutions, including sustainable real estate.Greenpeace has also recently protested against Swedish pension funds’ fossil fuel investments. Protesters broke into the offices of AP3 in Stockholm on 13 June and hung a banner outside the building with the slogans “lyd lagen” (obey the law), and ”flytta pengarna” (move the money).A spokeswoman for AP3 said: “Greenpeace haven’t had an honest intent and therefore the prerequisites for a dialogue do not exist.” Lindeijer said that PGGM was often approached about similar cases and had always entered into a dialogue. The €197bn Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW is to retain its stake in three Canadian tar sands companies amid pressure from campaign group Greenpeace.Eloy Lindeijer, chief investment officer at PGGM – PFZW’s asset manager – was quoted in Responsible Investor magazine explaining that the investments would be kept, but “with due regard for sustainability”.Greenpeace had targeted PFZW, the €408bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP, and insurers Aegon and Nationale Nederlanden over their investments, calling them “the Dirty Four”.It chided PGGM for its stakes in Enbridge, Energy Transfer Partners and TransCanada, totalling €66m.last_img read more

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