Wilco Announces Knoxville Theater Performances Following 17-Month Layoff

first_imgWilco is back with their first scheduled performances in the U.S. since November 2017.On Tuesday morning, the rock band announced their forthcoming return to the stage when they set up shop for two performances at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN on June 5th-6th.  The two shows will also act as a warmup for their run of European tour dates scheduled to begin on June 12th and continuing over seven performances before wrapping on June 22nd. The band is also scheduled to perform at their Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA the weekend of June 28th–3oth.Related: Jeff Tweedy Performs On ‘The Late Show’ And Admits Embarrassing Lies With ColbertWilco did not reveal whether or not they will have any new material by the time they hit the road this summer. Considering singer/guitarist Jeff Tweedy has written, recorded, and released three solo albums within the last three years (in addition to sparring with political opponents during his shows), the chances of Wilco sharing their first studio effort since 2016’s Schmilco is highly unlikely. Speaking of Tweedy, the band’s principle songwriter just wrapped his own solo run of spring tour dates in support of 2019’s WARMER.Tickets for both newly-announced Knoxville shows will go on sale this Friday, May 3rd, at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can head to the band’s website for more tickets and detailed tour info.last_img read more

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An indictment of Ebola response

first_imgAn independent group of 19 international experts, convened by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), today issued a scathing analysis of the global response to the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.The members of the Harvard-LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola said that while the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak “engendered acts of understanding, courage, and solidarity,” it also caused “immense human suffering, fear and chaos, largely unchecked by high-level political leadership or reliable and rapid institutional responses.”The report, published in the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet, is especially hard on the World Health Organization (WHO), which the panel contends failed to provide the leadership and support needed to deal properly with the outbreak of hemorrhagic fever that infected more than 28,000 people and claimed more than 11,000 lives.The authors of the report, who were affiliated with, but functioned independently from, such disparate organizations as the Council on Foreign Relations, Médecins Sans Frontières, Indiana University law school, and the AIDS Health Care Foundation, reminded readers that the Ebola epidemic “brought national health systems to their knees, rolled back hard-won social and economic gains in a region recovering from civil wars, sparked worldwide panic, and cost at least several billion dollars in short-term control efforts and economic losses.”“The most egregious failure was by WHO in the delay in sounding the alarm,” said Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, K.T. Li Professor of International Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “People at WHO were aware that there was an Ebola outbreak that was getting out of control by spring … and it took until August to declare a public health emergency … Those were precious months,” said Jha.The panel was co-chaired by Professor Peter Piot, director of the LSHTM and co-discoverer of the Ebola virus. Piot said, “We need to strengthen core capacities in all countries to detect, report, and respond rapidly to small outbreaks, in order to prevent them from becoming large-scale emergencies. Major reform of national and global systems to respond to epidemics are not only feasible, but also essential so that we do not witness such depths of suffering, death, and social and economic havoc in future epidemics. The AIDS pandemic put global health on the world’s agenda. The Ebola crisis in West Africa should now be an equal game-changer for how the world prevents and responds to epidemics.”Liberian Mosoka Fallah of Action Contre la Faim International and a member of the panel said, “The human misery and deaths from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa demand a team of independent thinkers to serve as a mirror of reflection on how and why the global response to the greatest Ebola calamity in human history was late, feeble, and uncoordinated. The threat of infectious disease anywhere is the threat of infectious disease everywhere. The world has become one big village.”The global response to Ebola is being examined by a number of different panels, Jha said, including a group at WHO and another at the United Nations. During the height of the epidemic in fall, 2014, Jha met with Julio Frenk, then the dean of the Harvard Chan School, and Suerie Moon, research director and co-chair of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Forum on Global Governance for Health, and a Harvard Chan faculty member. Together, they “decided this deserves independent examination; we can’t let this happen again,” Jha said.“The Ebola outbreak is a stark reminder of the fragility of health security in an interdependent word,” the report reads, “and of the importance of building a more robust global system to protect all people from such risks.“A more humane, competent, and timely response to future outbreaks requires greater willingness to assist affected populations, and systematic investments to enable the global community to perform four key functions: strengthen core capacities within and among countries to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks when and where they occur; mobilize faster and more effective external assistance when countries are unable to prevent an outbreak from turning into a crisis alone; rapidly produce and widely share relevant knowledge, from community mobilization strategies to protective measures for health workers, from rapid diagnostic tools to vaccines; [and] provide stewardship over the whole system, entailing strong leadership, coordination, priority setting, and robust accountability from all involved actors.”Though it pulls no punches in its criticism of the ways institutions and nations responded to the Ebola crisis, the Harvard-LSHTM report is also a positive document, offering 10 concrete recommendations to strengthen public health systems and future responses.Those recommendations fall into four areas: preventing major disease outbreaks; responding to outbreaks; producing and sharing data, knowledge, and technologies; and improving the governance of the global health system, “with a focus on the World Health Organization.”One recommendation is that WHO create a dedicated center “for outbreak response, with strong technical capacity, protected budget, and clear lines of accountability,” and that that center be governed by a separate board independent of the WHO bureaucracy.“Our primary goal is to convince the high-level political leaders, north and south, to seize the moment to make necessary and enduring changes to better prepare for future outbreaks, while memories of the human health costs of inaction remain vivid and fresh,” the report said.“There is a high risk here of not learning our lessons,” said Jha. “We’ve had outbreaks like this before, and often you get thoughtful reviews, and august bodies that look at it, and people say, ‘We will get to this right away,’ and then other things draw our attention. I think we owe it to the more than 11,000 people who died in West Africa to see that that doesn’t happen this time.”last_img read more

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Mayor connects politics, ethics to experience

first_imgIn a time when politics is more often a punch line in a comedy sketch than the act of governing constituents, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s lecture about ethics and politics sent a timely, relevant message to the Notre Dame community. A South Bend native, Harvard alumnus and Rhodes Scholar, Buttigieg talked to students Tuesday afternoon as a part of the Mendoza College of Business’s 2013 Ethics Week Lecture Series and provided perspective on the intersection of politics and ethics. “I fear that sometimes the word ‘politics’ is spoken and the last thing on people’s mind is ethics,” Buttigieg said. The mayor spoke candidly about the nation’s low public opinion of politicians, citing a poll released Jan. 8 by Public Policy Polling that revealed people preferred colonoscopies, NFL replacement referees and Nickelback to Congress, though the U.S. legislative branch ranked ahead of the Ebola virus, Fidel Castro and Lindsay Lohan. “There seems to be a disconnect between the ethical and the political,” Buttigieg said. In order to bridge that fundamental gap, Buttigieg said, politicians must frame their public life and action within two questions: “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” “Now, I don’t mean, ‘Who am I’ in the philosophical sense,” he said. “You need to understand who you are in the sense of what role you play, in what capacity you are making a decision.” The mayor said he personally answered that first question while visiting the site of a child homicide in South Bend to “get a feel for the place” that had been the site of a tragedy. However, his public role as mayor coincided with his personal feelings on the situation as he noticed the mother of the victim. “I almost didn’t go speak with her because I was so anxious,” Buttigieg said. “But it meant so much that I talked to her, and it wasn’t because of anything I said. It was because I was the mayor, and it meant something that the city cared.” The mayor also addressed the tension politicians experience between representing the wishes of their constituents and leading their constituents based on what they believe to be in the people’s best interests. “You want to be faithful to your voters, but at the same time you can’t lead by standing still,” said Buttigieg. In this vein, Buttigieg mentioned President Lyndon B. Johnson as a leader who was “very politically devious” but who ultimately made great strides for voting rights. “When something as meaningful as voting rights for America is on the line, is it worth it to play the game?” Buttigieg said. When the conversation shifted to address the second question of, the mayor emphasized the importance of job as a means to achieve one’s goals instead of viewing a job as the ultimate goal. “If the job is your goal, then as soon as you get the job, you have finished your purposeful journey,” Buttigieg said. Although his academic pursuits took him all over the globe, Buttigieg said he returned to his hometown to make a difference where he knew he could and where it would matter most. “Life brings into confrontation the conflicts and tensions between our roles and our purpose, but in the end, the way in which we resolve those tensions is what we are made of.” Contact Vicky Moreno at vmoreno@nd.edulast_img read more

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Spring?

first_imgBy David StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaWhen does spring begin? Well, it depends on whom you ask.Most calendar makers list the first day of spring as the day of the vernal equinox, which occurs around March 20. This is referred to as astronomical spring. Most atmospheric scientists, meteorologists and climatologists say it begins March 1. The National Weather Service uses March 1 as the beginning of spring for climate summary purposes. Dates for the beginning of the climatological seasons are March 1 for spring, June 1 for summer, September 1 for fall and December 1 for winter.The dates for the beginning of the astronomical seasons are the vernal equinox (around March 20) for spring, the summer solstice (around June 21) for summer, the autumnal equinox (around September 22) for fall, and the winter solstice (around December 21) for winter. Other ways of defining the seasons have been proposed. The one that is the most logical is to define the summer solstice as the midpoint of summer since the daylight is greatest then. The midpoint of winter is defined as the winter solstice since this is when the daylight is least. By this method, summer would be the six and half weeks before and after the summer solstice. Winter would be the six and half weeks before and after the winter solstice. The midpoint of spring would be the vernal equinox. For fall, it would be the autumnal equinox.Other designations of spring include Good Friday or the start of the baseball season. My personal favorite is the Masters Tournament week in Augusta. Once the Masters is over, spring is usually here to stay in Georgia. Of course in Georgia, we can still have a dogwood or blackberry winter cold snap in late April or early May.Regardless of which definition of the seasons one uses, spring in the Southeast is a season of transition. Early spring is characterized by wide swings in temperature with periods of very cold and very warm weather. Freezes are common throughout Georgia during March. Freezes in late April do happen at times, especially in the northern half of Georgia. Snow and ice storms can happen in March, too, which has included a major blizzard in 1993 and an ice storm in the early 1970s.last_img read more

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Uruguay Is “On Top” In Software Technology, EU Ambassador Says

first_imgBy Dialogo November 10, 2009 Uruguay has a level of development in the software industry that puts it “on top” in the region as far as “value and volume of exports” and also in “quality and innovation,” the head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Uruguay and Paraguay, Geoffrey Barrett, said. Barrett so expressed himself at the inauguration of the Software Testing Center (CES), a project for technology evaluation in which the EU has invested one million “non-reimbursable and non-debt-generating” euros. From 2004 through 2008 the EU participated in this pioneer industry in Uruguay through the Enlaces project, through which the EU contributed another million euros and which left “the EU highly satisfied,” according to the community representative. That previous project “succeeded in bringing a measure of order to the dizzying growth of the software industry” and was the reason for the creation of INNOVA, the project that the European block is financing and the National Agency for Research and Innovation is administering, Barrett added. The community representative indicated that Uruguay doubled its software exports in less than a decade and that foreign sales were around 220 million dollars in 2008, adding at the same time that “it’s not crazy” to think that this figure might exceed 400 million dollars in 2010. “The appropriate decisions were taken at the right time, and valuable personnel were brought in from abroad, who trained very capable people in this country, and they in their turn left and came back with new knowledge,” Barrett recalled that a businessman in the sector explained to him shortly after his arrival in Montevideo. The CES is a consortium made up of the Uruguayan Information Technology Chamber (Cuti), the Computer Science Institute of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the Republic, and the Julio Ricaldoni Foundation. Cuti’s president, Alvaro Lamé, emphasized to EFE that Uruguay is the “third-ranking Latin American country in per-capita software exports.” Lamé explained that the center will be dedicated to “consulting about testing, independent testing, and training,” which entails a “mechanism for evaluation and improvement.” The convergence between industry and the academy in the CES will attempt to “contribute quality, value, and productivity to businesses in order to achieve improved positioning and profits in the sector,” in Lamé’s judgment.last_img read more

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The state leases former tourist resorts

first_imgThe Ministry of State Property has announced a public call for bids for the lease of real estate, more precisely the lease of former tourist resorts.Former resorts are located in Gradac, Rab, Biograd na Moru and Slano and Igrane. Although the real estate is in a very bad condition and needs a complete renovation, at least according to the photos shown, but as it is a lease of real estate for a period of 30 years, there is certainly enough time to return the investment.The deadline for submitting bids is December 10, 2018, and you can see all the details and a photo presentation of the resort in the attachment.Attachment: PUBLIC INVITATION FOR SUBMISSION OF BIDS FOR LEASE OF REAL ESTATElast_img read more

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Australian state bans recorder recitals, school choirs

first_imgChildren will be banned from playing the recorder and singing in school choirs across Australia’s most populous state in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus, authorities said Monday.With infections hitting several Sydney schools, authorities in New South Wales moved to prohibit choirs and wind ensembles from Wednesday.”All group singing and/or other chanting activities, as well as the use of wind instruments in group settings, are not permitted,” the local education authority said. That includes the recorder — a gateway to instrument playing for many small children — while dancing will also be off-limits.”School formals, dances, graduation or other social events are not permitted,” the New South Wales education department added.Although public schools in Sydney and the rest of New South Wales have reopened after initial lockdowns, authorities said the new measures would help them operate in the “safest ways possible”.Australia is currently battling to contain a number of coronavirus outbreaks after months of near-zero local transmission.  Read also: New Zealand’s COVID-19 outbreak grows, as Australian cases easeThe country’s second-largest city, Melbourne, is in lockdown and still reporting hundreds of new cases daily, although the number is decreasing. Many of Melbourne’s infections have been linked to aged care homes — where death rates are rising following a peak in cases over the last two weeks.Australia has recorded more than 23,000 cases of COVID-19 and 421 fatalities so far in the pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Applauds Sens. Casey and Toomey For Successful Criminal Justice Reform Bill

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Applauds Sens. Casey and Toomey For Successful Criminal Justice Reform Bill Criminal Justice Reform,  National Issues,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today issued a statement thanking Sens. Casey and Toomey for their votes toward the overwhelming passage of the First Step Act for criminal justice reform:“The passage of the First Step Act in the Senate shows the significant bi-partisan support for this much-needed criminal justice reform. I thank senators Casey and Toomey for their votes in support of this legislation that could make a difference in the lives of the many Pennsylvanians incarcerated in federal prisons with overly punitive sentences. And I encourage the House to pass this when they vote tomorrow.“The wide and varied support for this bill is encouraging. With these positive steps to reform the criminal justice system on the federal level, Pennsylvania can learn and hopefully follow suit with progress on reforms pending in our General Assembly.”Of note, Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to pass Clean Slate legislation. Gov. Wolf signed the Clean Slate legislation in June and has called for more meaningful criminal justice reform including passage of the second round of Justice Reinvestment Initiative or JRI2, bail and pre-trial reforms, Post-Conviction Relief Act expansion, probation and parole revocation and resentencing, and indigent defensecenter_img December 19, 2018last_img read more

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Brexit roundup: MPs to explore UK financial services’ post-EU future

first_imgA cross-party committee of MPs has launched an inquiry into the future of the UK’s financial services after the country has left the EU.The Treasury Select Committee – made up of members of the UK’s lower house of parliament – will examine what the government’s financial services priorities should be when it negotiates the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU and other countries.The inquiry will also consider whether the UK should maintain the current regulatory barriers that apply to third countries.Nicky Morgan, chair of the committee, said: “London is the world’s premier financial centre, and many of us want to keep it that way.” Headquarters of the CSSF, Luxembourg’s financial regulatorThe Luxembourg financial services regulator, the CSSF, has issued a reminder that fund management responsibilities could still be delegated to the UK in the event of the latter leaving the EU without a withdrawal deal, if companies fulfil certain conditions.The CSSF said it was working towards the required co-operation with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) being in place by 29 March in the event of such a “no deal” Brexit.The regulator also reminded Luxembourg firms and investment funds passporting activities into the UK that a temporary permissions regime had been operating since 7 January.Firms and investment funds notifying the FCA under this regime would be authorised to continue existing regulated business within the scope of their current permissions in the UK for a limited period after 29 March while seeking full FCA authorisation.The regime also allowed inbound marketing of EU funds in the UK to continue temporarily.According to Luxembourg for Finance, a public-private partnership established to develop the Duchy’s financial centre, the country’s regulators granted 80 new licences for banks, management companies, alternative asset managers, insurers and investment firms in 2018.This included several financial institutions that had publicly announced their decision to relocate some activities because of Brexit.The agency said 47 financial institutions had publicly disclosed Brexit relocation plans involving Luxembourg, half of which were asset managers.M&G and Columbia Threadneedle are among those who have announced plans to transfer assets to Luxembourg. Others have opted for Dublin. She added: “Brexit will have a significant and long-lasting impact on the financial services sector, including the insurance, retail banking and asset management sectors, in the UK, the EU, and potentially the rest of the world.”The inquiry will weigh up the pros and cons of different possible future relationships with the EU – convergence, equivalence, or divergence.“We’ll also seek to conclude whether it would be in the long-term interests of the UK to align closely with EU financial rules, or to forgo financial services trade with the EU and pursue trade with other third countries,” said Morgan.The committee would also consider “the opportunities outside Brexit”, such as fintech, she added.There is no set deadline for submitting written evidence to the inquiry.  Luxembourg regulator issues Brexit delegation reminderlast_img read more

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It has been renovated, but this art deco Hawthorne bungalow still has soul

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago Of the renovations, Mrs Lane described them as “timeless”, with their focus on retaining as much of the old world charm as possible while updating the home with modern inclusions.The bungalow sits on a leafy 1335sq m corner block, with gardens by Steve Clegg Designs,Character features of the home include a rendered exterior with gabled, terracotta tiled roofing, leadlight glass panes, high ceilings, ornate cornices and polished timber. 119 VIRGINIA AVENUE HAWTHORNEOne of Karen Lane’s fondest memories of their Hawthorne home was watching her three daughters swinging from the giant poinciana tree and creating there own secret hideaways in the garden.“That would be my favourite memory, the girls playing their imaginary games,” she said. The first stage of the renovations involved adding an extension which included a parents’ retreat and a large open living area. The kitchen was also redone and a terrace with polished concrete floors was added.During stage two of the renovations the original bathroom and sleepout were transformed into a pavilion-style bathroom.Mrs Lane said the terrace, which has its own pizza oven, was her favourite spot in the house, and had hosted many family events over the years. In the home’s centre is a spacious lounge room that adjoins a music room and formal dining room. But with those girls now adults, it is time to move on after 17 years, a prospect that Mrs Lane and her husband are doing with a heavy heart.The couple bought the sprawling property in 2002, with the 1930s California bungalow-style house undergoing two renovations.center_img “When we first saw it, it needed work,” she said. “We renovated it over two stages, but what I have always loved about this house is that it is full of surprises.“You can’t really tell just how big the property is until you walk through the front gate and the house still has a lot of its character and soul.” Mrs Lane said the home was close to good schools, amenities, Hawthorne Park and the ferry terminal.“Leaving this suburb, this space, it is the unknown for us,” she said. “We are not sure how we will go downsizing and not having that space, privacy and greenery that we are used to. “But it would suit a family with young children, or even an older couple downsizing from a bigger block, say from Brookfield, who want a garden.“It will be tough to leave.” Three other bedrooms can be found toward the front of the home, while a fifth room can beused as a fifth bedroom or study.Other features include a third fireplace in the formal lounge room, an alarm system, a 7000L water tank, irrigation system, city glimpses, and ducted airconditioning. Marking the transition from the original build into the modern extension is a split-level staircase that leads from the central corridor down to the kitchen, which has timber cabinetry, stone benchtops, stainless-steel appliances, an island benchtop and a breakfast bar.The oversized outdoor terrace can be accessed via sliding doors, and includes a built-in barbecue, bar fridge and the woodfired pizza oven with flume that doubles as an external fireplace. This area overlooks the saltwater swimming pool and lawn, and benefits from breezes all year round.Also at the back of the house is the parents’ retreat, which includes a sitting room with a gas fireplace, a sound system, a built-in bookcase and a bay window overlooking the rear of the property. There is also a master bedroom with an in-built corner lounge, wraparound walk-in robe and an ensuite with a double basin vanity and double shower.last_img read more

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