Acclaimed folk singer/guitarist Gregory Alan Isakov announced on Tuesday that he will return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre this summer for a headlining performance on August 4th. The Colorado native has performed at the famous outdoor amphitheater over the last few years, and this time around he’ll take the stage with support from indie-folk trio, Mountain Man, which includes Sylvan Esso singer, Amelia Meath.The August 4th show will be Isakov’s third time headlining a show at Red Rocks, located near his current home base of Boulder, Colorado. He’s returned to the venue the past few years since making his Red Rocks debut back in 2016, with the most recent coming last fall with a show alongside Patty Griffin in September. He’ll return to his hometown venue in August with a new book of songs, as the softly-spoken musician released his seventh studio album, Evening Machines, back in October.Isakov was included in the recent lineup announcement for the 2019 installment Telluride Bluegrass Festival scheduled for this June. He’ll have plenty of time to get warmed up for his appearance at the Colorado festival with a run of his own headlining tour dates scheduled to take place throughout January and February. His 2019 winter tour is actually scheduled to begin tomorrow (Wednesday) night with a sold-out show at The Ready Room in St. Louis.Mountain Man has also built a solid reputation within the Americana and folk scene since beginning their run together back in 2010, although they’ve taken the last few years off to clear room for Meath’s busy schedule as part of synth-pop duo Sylvan Esso. The trio performs most of their material a-cappella, although they often include acoustic guitar to balance the organic sounds of their natural vocals. The trio returned in 2018 to release their first new album since 2010 with Magic Ship.Tickets for the August 4th performance begin general on-sale starting this Friday, January 11th, and can be purchased here.
Read Full Story Children affected by HIV — those who live with HIV-positive caregivers or who are orphaned by AIDS — experience anxiety and depression at levels that are similar to children who actually have HIV, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).Studying nearly 700 10- to 17-year-old children in Rwanda from March to December 2012, the researchers found that HIV-affected children had significantly higher levels of mental health difficulties than children unaffected by HIV. Further, they found no statistical difference in levels of mental health issues between HIV-affected children and children living with HIV.The study was led by Theresa Betancourt, associate professor of child health and human rights in HSPH’s Department of Global Health and Population, and included colleagues from Rwanda, HSPH’s François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights, Boston Children’s Hospital, Partners in Health, Harvard Medical School, and Columbia University.
Zixu Wang | The Observer On Tuesday, student organizations hosted “My Culture is Not Your Costume” to discuss cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes.“We host this event to provide information of minority group’s culture, such as costume’s meanings and relations to the culture, and whether it would be offensive if you put it on,” senior Morgan Lumpkin, vice president of Notre Dame’s Black Student Association, said.While generally recognizing respecting other cultures, the essential question is how to draw the line between “cultural appreciation” and “cultural appropriation,” Lumpkin said.”It’s hard to draw a universal line while it should be different in multiple cases of diverse cultures,” she said. “It usually depends on the people who belong to that culture, so why don’t you ask them, saying ‘Hey can I wear it as a costume on Halloween?’”Law school student Lauren LeVan, who was born in the United States to a mother from the Philippines and a father from Laos, said while some people wear costumes derived from a particular culture as a fantasy, those who are of that culture can find it unfair and disrespectful.“Some costumes have a special link to culture and identity, and it’s offensive when someone who has no relation to or no knowledge of a culture just interjects,” she said.For LeVan, “fantasizing” is the line when it comes to offending.“The rice paddy hat has it’s own function and cultural relation to ancient agricultural civilization,” she said. ”If someone wears it out of context, like on Halloween, I will be uncomfortable. If you even do the fake Asian accent … you are mocking and putting damaging portraits or stigmas on Asians, and I will totally get upset and offended.”LeVan said stances like this can be seen as too sensitive, but her feelings remain unchanged.“Maybe it is sensitive but it’s not your place to tell me how to feel. If you’re offending me, you are offending me,” she said. “Halloween is an occasion of creativity. Why would you do something which could be offensive when you could do something more interesting and entertaining?”Cultural appropriation has implications of racial tensions and power, LeVan said.“There is a systematic unbalance [of] power between majority and minority groups,” LeVan said. “Minorities always think of what is suitable and how to act in social situations [as it] corresponds to surroundings. But I don’t think the majority [ethnicity] have this concern. … It’s kinda painful. That’s why in Halloween it’s important to make everyone equally show concerns to others.”However, since last year, there have been disputes about the event.“Some people accused us of killing Halloween, but we really don’t want to downplay it,” Lumpkin said. “People have [the] freedom to dress how they want, but we also don’t want people to walk into a party and get upset by others’ costumes.”Lumpkin said the goal of the event was not to judge people, but rather discuss ways people can make more respectful and thoughtful costume choices.“You don’t need to be offensive to be funny,” she said.Some faculty members also sent reminders about Halloween costumes and respect for other cultures. On Monday, Diversity and Inclusion of Notre Dame Law School sent an email to all law school students stating, “[We] would like to take a moment to remind everyone to be respectful of the faith, culture and identity of others. Problems can be avoided by simply caring about the way your actions make other people feel.”Justin North, a law student who works in Diversity and Inclusion, said he believes it is possible to celebrate and respect a culture by wearing costumes.”Our nation has long been a melting pot of cultures and is significantly better for it, and there is a significant amount of nuance necessary to balance the good of diversity with the power imbalance between cultures,” he said. “As for me, the costume wearer’s intention and knowledge of the culture they are representing decides whether it is cultural appropriation, but it may not be possible to display appropriate levels of respect and understanding for a culture. Meanwhile, I have no idea where others might draw the line and take offense, so I advise making sure you are informed about the costume choices you make and are able to explain your actions.”Tags: African Students Association, Asian American Association, Black Student Association, Diversity and Inclusion, Jewish Club of Notre Dame, Latino Student Alliance, Native American Student Association of Notre Dame Student groups gathered Tuesday to host “My Culture is Not Your Costume,” a panel about cultural appropriation on Halloween. The organizations sponsoring the event included the Black Student Association, Latino Student Alliance, Asian American Association, Native American Student Association, African Students Association, Jewish Club and Dome-ish. Four students shared their experiences and opinions, mentioning costumes such as blackface and kimonos.
In the 2020-2021 school year, the Katharine Terry Dooley Fellowship will be offered to undergraduate students at Saint Mary’s. The fellowship is designed to help strengthen students’ relationships to the core ideas of social justice not only in their community, but in the world beyond. Applications for the upcoming year are now open and will close on Feb. 24 at 5 p.m.The Katharine Terry Dooley Social Justice Fellowship program will bring together a small group of students chosen to be fellows to receive training in social justice leadership and community organizing. The fellows will then design a social justice project related to an issue or issues they find particularly pressing. Fellows will receive a $500 stipend as well as two academic credits across the two semesters of the fellowship year. It provides resources to fellows seeking to pursue the values set forth by the fund.Saint Mary’s philosophy professor Andrew Pierce talked about the program’s goals and purpose in an email.“The goal of the program is to train a small group of students in justice leadership and organizing, who will then use their newly developed skills to address social justice issues here on campus or in the local community,” Pierce said.The program does not aim to benefit only the students who participate, but also the community at large.“The program strives to deepen the College’s commitment to justice, and to honor the intended purpose of the Katharine T. Dooley fund, which aims to provide a moral and intellectual context for the critical examination of the root causes of societal problems, and to develop creative and thoughtful responses to those concerns,” Pierce said. Applicants can apply through a Google form which will be emailed to all of Saint Mary’s. The application requests an unofficial transcript, a personal statement and a statement of ideas. A letter of recommendation is required later in the application process, but only the name and contact information of the intended recommender is required for the initial application.In addition to financial and educational incentives to pursue the grant, Pierce said the program also offers nonmaterial ones, such as knowledge, experience and validation. “In addition to the stipend and credits, participation in a social justice leadership program like this will be a highly desirable and valuable experience for students from a variety of fields who wish to apply their education, skills and talents to making a difference in the world,” Pierce said. “In a world rife with injustice, leadership of this sort is desperately needed.”Tags: Katharine Terry Dooley Endowment Fund, Katharine Terry Dooley Fellowship, Social justice
China to shutter 8.7GW of coal capacity by year’s end FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:China will aim to shut a total of 8.66 gigawatts (GW) of obsolete coal-fired power capacity by the end of this year, its energy regulator said, part of its efforts to curb smog and greenhouse gas emissions. The National Energy Administration didn’t say how much of the target, equal to just under 1 percent of total capacity, had already been met.All provinces and regions have been ordered to shut coal-fired power units with a capacity of less than 50,000 kilowatts (kW), the regulator said on its website on Sunday.Larger units of up to 100,000 kW in regions covered by large-scale power grids will also be eliminated, along with those that have reached the end of their designed service period, it said.Central China’s Henan province, one of the country’s most polluted regions, is under pressure to shut 1.6 GW this year, while southeastern Guangdong province near Hong Kong will shut 2.3 GW.China has promised to ease its dependence on coal, and it has also forced most of its coal-fired power plants to install ultra-low emissions technology in a bid to curb smog.But while China has cut the share of coal in its total energy mix from 68% in 2012 to 59% last year, overall consumption has continued to increase, and environmental groups estimate that it still has more than 200 GW of new coal-fired capacity in the pipeline.More: China aims to shut 8.7 GW of coal power by year-end – regulator
Costa Rica: Police seize 92 kilograms of cocaine SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican National Drug Control Agency (DNCD) and the Special Airport Security Corps seized 13 kilograms (28.6 pounds) of cocaine hidden inside a suitcase at the airport on April 4, officials said. Agents found the cocaine, divided into 11 packages, in a suitcase suspected of belonging to José R. Ogando Pineda, who allegedly works for a luggage transportation company. Agents are trying to determine where the cocaine came from, where it was headed and whether Ogando is part of an international narco-trafficking ring, according to a DNCD statement. Agents have discovered narcotics in more than 30 pieces of luggage at the International Airport of Las Américas in the nation’s capital so far this year. MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Counter-narcotics agents seized more than 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of marijuana and dismantled a narco-trafficking organization in the department of Tacuarembó during “Operation Heze,” officials said in a statement on April 1. The organization is suspected of trafficking large amounts of the narcotic into the country from neighboring Brazil, police said, according to the Uruguayan website Uruguay al Dia.com. Police arrested eight Uruguayans, including two women, during the raids, which were conducted in Montevideo and the city of Costa de Oro, according to the Uruguayan website Canal10.com. Police also seized two vehicles and an unspecified amount of money. By Dialogo April 07, 2011 I am truly proud of the work to end this terrible problem of drug trafficking in my country. Carabineers and Investigations have done their best to eliminate drug trafficking, which fills us with pride. But I have a feeling of guilt: is it necessary to destroy the doors of houses that are raided? On television the attitude seems to be of a group of criminals who attack a house than a professional police raid. This way of breaking into a home leaves the children who live there forever with serious psychological issues. Should they correct this method? Thanks Dominican Republic: 157 cocaine packages seized from boat BOGOTÁ, Colombia – The Colombian army dismantled three narcotics laboratories belonging to drug gangs in the department of Putumayo. The first laboratory was in the village of Las Brisas in the municipality of Orito, where a makeshift structure housed 875 kilograms (1,925 pounds) of coca leaves, 27 kilograms (59 pounds) of chemicals and 10 gallons of diesel fuel, according to the Colombian website Radio Santafe.com. Soldiers also discovered a narcotics laboratory in the village of El Diamante in the municipality of Mocoa. Military personnel destroyed 135 gallons of fuel, 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of coca leaves, and 17 gallons of chemicals used in the production of narcotics, according to the Colombian website Ejercito Nacional.com. The third laboratory was found by the army in a rural area in the municipality of Puerto Asís. Soldiers found 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of coca leaves, 50 gallons of gasoline and storage tanks. It is unclear which specific gangs operated the laboratories, officials said. Uruguay: Police seize more than 50 kilograms of marijuana Chile: Micro-trafficking arrests increase 50% Dominican Republic: Police seize cocaine shipment at airport SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Counter-narcotics agents seized 92 kilograms (202 pounds) of cocaine stashed in boxes on a truck near the border with Nicaragua, officials said on April 2. The Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security said the police confiscated the narcotic in the city of Peñas Blancas. The cocaine, which was hidden in boxes labeled as sardines, was found in the double lining of the truck’s cab, according to the ministry. The truck driver, Ortiz González, 32, was arrested in connection with the confiscation, officials said. González, who allegedly was transporting the cocaine to Guatemala, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, according to the Guatemalan daily Prensa Libre. SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican Drug Control Agency (DNCD) made three arrests in connection with the seizure of 157 packages of cocaine from a boat near the northeastern Port of Samaná in a joint operation with the navy and the air force, authorities said March 31. The cocaine was found at the port during a routine search, DNCD spokesman Col. Ramón Rodríguez said. Authorities arrested King Ureña, Yvan Miguel Paulino Tyne and Luis Álvarez. Law enforcement agents are searching for Alfredo Pérez Henríquez, according to the Dominican Republican newspaper Listín Diario. SANTIAGO, Chile – Police have reported a 50% increase in the number of arrests in connection with the micro-trafficking of narcotics during the first three months of the year, compared to the same period in 2010. Gen. Aquiles Blu, director of Order and Security of the Chilean Carabineros, said his unit has confiscated 2,000 tons of narcotics during the first quarter of the year. “We have plenty of great news regarding the number of operations carried out by the police,” Blu said, according to the Chilean daily La Tercera. “These interventions are happening because of the community’s cooperation. Thanks to this dynamic, we have had more than 15,000 delinquents arrested for micro-trafficking.” Blu said residents have aided law enforcement agents in the fight against narcotics. “The information that the community gives to us is processed and analyzed with intelligence methods. Then we proceed to the raids and subsequent arrests,” Blu said, according to La Tercera. “This information is primordial to our success.”
July 20, 2020 Español, Press Release, Substance Use Disorder La Administración Wolf anunció hoy que Pennsylvania, a través de su Departamento de Programas de Drogas y Alcohol (DDAP, por sus siglas en inglés), será uno de los tres socios fundadores y el primer socio estatal con Shatterproof en apoyar la estrategia nacional de la organización sin fines de lucro para poner fin al estigma por adicciones en todo el país. Otros socios fundadores incluyen The Hartford y Brian Mendell Memorial Foundation.“Pennsylvania ha liderado los esfuerzos para combatir el trastorno por consumo de sustancias tóxicas y tratar a todas las personas que lo sufren de manera justa y con dignidad”, dijo el Gobernador Tom Wolf. “Una parte significativa implica reducir el estigma y ayudar a las personas a comprender que el trastorno por consumo de sustancias tóxicas no es una falla moral sino una enfermedad digna de nuestros esfuerzos para combatirla, tratarla y curarla”.La estrategia, titulada El movimiento para poner fin al estigma de la adicción, identifica nueve factores comúnmente citados que impulsan la epidemia de opioides, siete de los cuales son parcial o totalmente impulsados por el estigma. Asimismo, la estrategia aborda cuatro áreas clave del estigma, que incluye el estigma público, el estigma estructural, el autoestigma y el estigma contra los medicamentos para el tratamiento.“Durante décadas, el estigma ha echado sombra sobre las personas que luchan contra el trastorno por consumo de sustancias tóxicas y sus familias”, dijo la Secretaria del DDAP, Jen Smith. “Tanto es así, que las personas no se someten al tratamiento de su enfermedad por temor a la opinión de los demás. Eso debe cambiar. La Administración Wolf está encantada de asociarse con Shatterproof para ayudar a concretar el plan estratégico y a romper los obstáculos cruciales para poder ayudar a las personas que sufren a recibir la ayuda que merecen”.Pennsylvania es el primer estado del país en participar en el plan estratégico y se encargará de poner fin al estigma público. El proyecto estatal programado es una alianza entre el DDAP, el Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research (Centro Douglas W. Pollock para la divulgación y la investigación de adicciones) de Penn State University y The Public Goods Project (El proyecto de bienes públicos) listo para presentarse en septiembre de 2020. Luego de la presentación del proyecto habrá más información disponible.“Pennsylvania ha tomado la iniciativa como líder al ser el primer y único estado en ser un socio fundador de la estrategia nacional del Movimiento para poner fin al estigma de la adicción de Shatterproof. Apreciamos el compromiso y la dedicación de Pennsylvania para implementar medidas basadas en evidencia para abordar esta causa profunda de la crisis cada vez mayor de la salud pública. Su liderazgo sin duda impulsará a otros estados a seguir su ejemplo y a unirse a nosotros para permitir que los millones de personas que sufren dejen de sentir vergüenza, busquen y reciban acceso a un tratamiento de calidad y, en definitiva, que encuentren esperanza “, dijo el fundador y CEO de Shatterproof, Gary Mendell.Shatterproof es una organización nacional sin fines de lucro dedicada a revertir el curso de la crisis de adicciones en los Estados Unidos. Shatterproof se centra en garantizar que el tratamiento del trastorno por consumo de sustancias tóxicas en los Estados Unidos se base en investigaciones comprobadas y que erradique el estigma por la adicción. La organización promueve cambios en la política federal y estatal, la reforma respecto del pagador, la evaluación de la calidad de los tratamientos y brinda educación pública a través de programas en Internet.Durante el segundo mandato de la Administración Wolf, el Departamento de Programas de Drogas y Alcohol (DDAP) se centrará en reducir el estigma asociado con el trastorno por consumo de sustancias tóxicas, intensificar los esfuerzos de prevención primaria, fortalecer los sistemas de tratamiento y empoderar la recuperación sostenida. El objetivo de estos esfuerzos será ejercer influencia de manera positiva en el conocimiento y el comportamiento en torno al tema de la adicción.Para obtener más información sobre el trabajo que está haciendo la Administración Wolf para combatir la crisis relacionada con los opioides, visite pa.gov/opioids.Vea el comunicado de prensa de Shatterproof que anuncia la estrategia e infórmese más sobre sus esfuerzos para combatir el estigma.View this information in English. La Administración Wolf anuncia su asociación con la organización nacional sin fines de lucro Shatterproof para poner fin al estigma del trastorno por consumo de sustancias tóxicas SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
15 Namatjira Crt Broadbeach Waters“It was unlike anything else I had seen on the Gold Coast and it really felt like a place I could call home,” the mother-of-two said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“My children were very young at the time and the pool has this fantastic shallow design at one end so I could be in the pool with the kids and we could all enjoy it together.“I also had this amazing vision to create a Hamptons influence with the interiors.” 15 Namatjira Crt Broadbeach Waters“I put in farmer style doors for the kitchen cabinetry to give it a rustic style,” she said.Mrs Parifi said her favourite room in the home is the sunroom with the fireplace. Other highlights of the property include a north-facing aspect and three living rooms. 15 Namatjira Crt Broadbeach WatersTHE white picket-fence, row of pine trees, and lavender-lined garden beds at this Cape Cod inspired house could have come straight out of a fairy-tale book with its quaint style. Homeowner Emma Parifi bought the home with her family in 2002 and said the picturesque character of the home charmed her into sealing the deal. 15 Namatjira Crt Broadbeach WatersMrs Parisi said the family extended the home shortly after buying it and put an extra bedroom, living room and another garage space in. “The size of the land also blew me away when I first saw it, we were previously living on Amalfi Drive and needed something bigger and couldn’t believe the sheer size of this block,” Mrs Parifi said. 15 Namatjira Crt Broadbeach WatersThe four-bedroom home is poised on a 909sq m block and has a number of French doors and windows as well as a Hampton’s inspired kitchen.
The home at 10 Yeeda Ct, Shailer ParkA large rumpus room opens through sliding doors to the poolside deck. Ms Wilson said her favourite part of the home was the front deck. “It’s cool with beautiful views and it’s easy to sit out there and relax,” she said. Ms Wilson said the home was great for entertaining. The home at 10 Yeeda Ct, Shailer Park.Ms Wilson said they wanted a tin house and thought the contrasting pink colour scheme would make it a “bit funky and different”.“When we first built it, people would stop and look all the time, but not so much now. Sometimes I’ll still see a car pull up across the road and have a look,” she said. The home is on an elevated 1120sq m block and has high ceilings, big windows and timber floors. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The home at 10 Yeeda Ct, Shailer ParkThe house has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area open to the front deck. There is also a study, powder room and laundry off the main living space. The master bedroom has a private balcony, walk-in robe and ensuite, and the remaining bedrooms have built-in robes. The home at 10 Yeeda Ct, Shailer Park.THIS striking multi-level home was architecturally designed and built to stand out. Owners Anne and Arron Wilson built the four-bedroom property at 10 Yeeda Court, Shailer Park to be the perfect home for their family of five. “It’s in a lovely neighbourhood and very quiet,” Ms Wilson said. “I found the block of land 16 years ago and said to my husband, ‘This is where I want to be.’ ” The home at 10 Yeeda Ct, Shailer Park“We have our barbecue set up on the front patio so it’s handy to the kitchen,” she said.“When the kids were little we had the barbecue set up on the back patio close to the pool but as the kids became teenagers they could have their friends at the back and we had our adult area at the front.” The property is being marketed by Julie Crittenden of LJ Hooker Kenmore.
Poland’s biggest insurer has struck an agreement to take over pension funds run by one of its biggest banks.Under an agreement reached between state-owned PZU Life and Bank Pekao – Poland’s second biggest bank by assets – PZU’s pension management company is to take over the open and voluntary pension funds run by Pekao Pioneer.The transaction would shrink the number of second-pillar open pension funds (OFEs) to 10, and would be the second in the space of 12 months, following Aegon’s takeover of Nordea’s pension fund in November.Currently OFE PZU “Złota Jesień” is the third biggest by membership and assets, behind those of Nationale-Nederlanden and Aviva BZ WBK. At the end of October, according to the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF), it had net assets of PLN23.5bn (€5.5bn) and a membership of 2.1m, accounting for 13% of total industry assets and 13.2% of the total pension fund membership.The Pekao OFE, whose managing company is owned by Bank Pekao and Pioneer Global Asset Management Company, was the smallest in the industry, with asset and membership shares of 1.5% and 2% respectively.In the case of voluntary pension funds, as of the end of March PZU had PLN32.1m in assets and Pekao Pioneer PLN60.2m.The arrangement is expected to be completed by mid-2018, pending approval from the KNF.Pekao’s relatively small share of the OFE market should address one of the regulator’s main concerns – the avoidance of excessive market concentration – when it considers fund mergers.The consolidation became necessary after Italy’s UniCredit sold its 32.8% controlling stake in Bank Pekao in June to PZU and the Polish Development Fund, with the insurer taking 20%.Under Polish law, an entity and its connected companies can only be shareholders in one and the same pension company, and the event of a merger or acquisition of the type proposed the parties have to establish a new entity to remain compliant.Meanwhile, PZU Group’s recent transactions consolidated its position as one of the country’s biggest investment groups, as well as the government’s policy to “re-Polonise” its financial sector.PZU Life accounts for more than a third of gross written insurance premiums, and is the market leader in employee pension programmes, managing 376 of the 1,036 plans of the end of last year. PZU’s investment fund was second with 122.