Sammy Hagar Taps Bob Weir, Dave Grohl, & More For “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” Benefit Concert

first_imgMetallica’s James Hetfield and Sammy Hagar launched Acoustic-4-A-Cure back in 2014 to fund research efforts for San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital, the Pediatric Cancer Program at the University of California. This year’s benefit concert is taking place May 15th at the Fillmore and will feature Bob Weir, Sammy Hagar, Vic Johnson, Sarah McLaughcla, Steve Vair, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Don Felder, Mick Fleetwood, and Dave Grohl (who will be sitting in for James Hetfield as he is away on tour), among other very special special guests, who will be performing acoustic sets with true once-in-a-lifetime musical moments, collaborations, and more.Tickets to the intimate event are limited to two per customer, and go on sale March 31 at 10AM exclusively through Live Nation. All proceeds go to funding research for children’s brain tumors. More information can be found on the event’s website.last_img read more

Understanding what plagues us

first_imgThe topics waiting to be discussed read like the writing prompts of a dystopian novelist, yet the mood in the packed Knafel Center last week was upbeat.“Contagion: Exploring Modern Epidemics,” the cornerstone of the Radcliffe Institute’s 2017–2018 Science Symposium, featured a diverse group of researchers, journalists, and physicians discussing their work on infectious diseases and virulent social epidemics such as gun violence.The keynote speaker, Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has covered global public health for decades, sketched a history of the major infectious disease outbreaks of the 21st century. In each case, from yellow fever to Zika to HIV, Garrett showed how failures of governance contributed to the severity of the epidemic.Garrett said there is need for improved local and national disease-management entities, but also called for better global organization. She pointed out that the majority of global health infrastructure is dependent on funding from only two sources, the U.S. government and Bill Gates, either of which could choose to withdraw funding, leaving the world vulnerable.“Violence concentrates just like an epidemic within populations,” said Andrew V. Papachristos of Yale University. Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute“What we’re trying to deal with is supranational problems: They know no borders,” Garrett said, expressing concern that current trends toward nationalism would harm global health policy. She told the audience to anticipate many deadly epidemics thanks to exacerbating factors such as climate change and antibiotic resistance.Other panelists discussed research advances that could help control epidemics. Kevin M. Esvelt, assistant professor at MIT, talked about his lab’s effort to genetically engineer mice to become immune to Lyme disease and so reduce the number of Lyme-carrying ticks, which transmit the disease from deer or mice to people. Another panel explored uses for big data, such as analyzing rich molecular data to better understand disease or gathering population-level data to track and possibly curtail epidemics.The final panel broadened the scope of what could be thought of as an epidemic. Daphne C. Watkins, assistant professor of social work and psychiatry at University of Michigan, spoke about a “gender epidemic” in which adherence to traditional definitions of manhood is damaging the mental health of young black men.Andrew V. Papachristos, associate professor of sociology at Yale University, examined how gun violence spreads through vulnerable populations — particularly young black men, and especially those with gang affiliations — much like a pathogen.“Violence concentrates just like an epidemic within populations,” Papachristos said. A map of the social network of gun violence victims looks like a map of disease transmission. Those who associate most closely with the affected — or infected — are most at risk of becoming victims next.“Exposure matters,” Papachristos said.Brandeis University’s Andrew Kolodny recommended that the U.S. use outbreak-containment techniques to tackle the opioid crisis, starting by eliminating sources of infection — unnecessary prescriptions. Kevin Grady/Radcliffe InstituteExposure was also an important concept for Andrew Kolodny, co-director of opioid policy research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, who described perhaps the largest epidemic facing the U.S. today: opioid addiction.The dominant factor in addiction is repeat exposure, Kolodny said. Though people with opioid addictions may turn to black-market drugs like heroin, Kolodny made a strong case that overprescription of painkillers, not recreational drug use, is the source of exposure driving the U.S.’s skyrocketing rate of overdose mortalities.The social epidemic researchers drew on the lessons of infectious disease as well as the language. Kolodny recommended that the U.S. use outbreak-containment techniques to tackle the opioid crisis, starting by eliminating sources of infection — unnecessary prescriptions.The epidemics covered were diverse and daunting. Still the speakers shared an optimistic philosophy: The better we understand these problems, the closer we come to ending them.last_img read more

Robinson Center celebrates 10th anniversary

first_imgA little more than 10 years ago, Marguerite Taylor walked into the building on N. Eddy Street that would become the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC), without knowing how the facility would become an integral part of the neighborhood. “We stood here trying to figure out what we were supposed to do,” said Taylor, the associate director for Adult Programs. “It has grown into a great place.” The RCLC serves as a community resource for the people of South Bend, specifically the Northeast Neighborhood, Taylor said. It began as an off-campus educational initiative created in partnership between Notre Dame and the Neighborhood. The RCLC offers everything from afterschool tutoring for children in grade school to computer classes for the elderly to telephone service for a resident to use, Taylor said. They also hold community meetings there, with residents with different backgrounds coming together to give input. “It’s a safe, neutral place,” Taylor said. “Everyone has the right to talk.” According to the 2009-2010 RCLC Annual Report, more than 16,200 guests signed into the RCLC during the year. Jennifer Knapp Beudert, the manager of the RCLC, said the RCLC programming reaches an additional 3,000 people outside of the building with programs in South Bend community schools. “The foundation of everything we do is relationships,” Beudert said. “Our new slogan is ‘A decade of changing lives, one relationship at a time.’ It’s all about relationships.” During the morning and early afternoon, adults participate in activities ranging from Wii Bowling and fitness to book and computer clubs. After 3 p.m. the rooms transform, bringing in a crowd of young children and college tutors from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, among other volunteers. Notre Dame sophomore Linda Scheiber is one of the tutors, and she helps seventh-grader Joy Brown. “I’ve been here a year,” Scheiber said. “We help with pretty much all subjects, math and reading the most.” Brown said she went to the RCLC when she was a little girl, and she recently came back to get some help with homework. “[The help from tutoring] is good,” Brown said. “I enjoy being here.” Sophomore Isaac Harrington said he has helped seventh-grader Paul Ferguson for two years. “My roommate wanted me to start coming with him,” Harrington said. “It was fun, so I kept coming.” Ferguson said he was grateful for the help. “If I didn’t have tutoring, I probably wouldn’t be getting my homework done,” he said. Beudert said around 300 college student volunteers help each semester, with around 130 in both afterschool tutoring and the Take Ten program, an initiative going to local schools to teach students violence prevention and conflict resolution. Others help in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and adult programming.  Dr. Jim Frabutt, who serves on the RCLC Advisory Board, said the RCLC emerged out of a plan to find a way to have better relations with the community. “It’s a neat success story for Notre Dame and the Northeast Neighborhood,” he said. “It’s a great start, a great foothold. It’s one of the biggest assets Notre Dame has in terms of relations with the community. It serves as a great example of how these partnerships work.” Frabutt said the RCLC touches everyone, no matter what age, because of the community it fosters. “That’s why this place has a 360-degree perspective,” he said. “It touches the lives of college students, faculty and local students.” Taylor said the way the RCLC was designed was instrumental in its community feel. Through community meetings during the months before it opened, residents had a large input of what they wanted the building to be. “It’s not what we want it to be,” Taylor said. “It’s what the community wants it to be.” Tonight, the community is invited to an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to celebrate the anniversary, Taylor said. There will be speakers and special guests, as well as music. “[The RCLC] is truly a reflection of the neighborhood,” Taylor said. She is the third of five generations to live on Francis Street and lives two blocks from the building. In fact, the center is named after her mother, Renelda Robinson, whom Taylor said was the heart of the neighborhood. “She was a community activist,” Taylor said. “She died before she could see it. She’d be thrilled if she could see it now.”last_img read more

Darren Criss Gets Ready to Rock the Wig & Fishnets in Hedwig

first_img Related Shows View Comments Darren Criss Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Star Files How excited are we for Darren Criss to bring it home, Sugar Daddy? The former Glee star will be stepping into the internationally ignored song stylist’s high-heeled boots in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on April 29 and he’s already in rehearsal for the role. Here is the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner with Spencer Liff, who is in charge of the Tony-winning revival’s musical staging, getting ready to rock the Belasco Theatre. Just try and tear Criss down! Hedwig and the Angry Inchlast_img

Georgia Apple Festival Arts & Crafts Show

first_imgTOP RACES AND EVENTS TO HIT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEARGeorgia Apple Festival Arts & Crafts ShowWhen: October 12/13 & 19/20, 2013Where: Ellijay, Ga.What: Apple FestivalStart time: 10 amWebsite: georgiaapplefestival.org/Celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes of the fall harvest in the beautiful Appalachian community of Ellijay, GA. Georgia’s Apple Capital comes to life with over 250 arts & crafts vendors, food concessionaires, and children’s activities. Visit historic downtown Ellijay for Apple Arts on the Square and the always popular Scarecrow Invasion!The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, and Gilmer County invite everyone to come and enjoy the 42nd year of the Georgia Apple Festival. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. There is a parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on October 12th. The parade is on October 19th and begins at 10 AM in historic downtown Ellijay.EVENT [email protected] or send them a message by clicking here.CHECK OUT OUR FULL LIST OF THE TOP RACES AND EVENTS OF THE END OF THE YEAR IN OUR FALL RACE & EVENT GUIDElast_img read more

Gun Shot Wounds and Artisan Beef Jerky: The Age of Entitlement

first_imgI had a dream last night that I got shot two times in the chest while heating up a burrito in the microwave at this “Stab and Grab” gas station on the South Slope of downtown Asheville. Getting shot hurt like hell, and it definitely ruined the shirt I was wearing, but otherwise it didn’t slow me down. I waited for the microwave to ding, paid for my burrito and carried on with my errands.I spent the evening prior to that dream bar hopping through Asheville’s formerly sketchy South Slope neighborhood, where the “Stab and Grab” has been a fixture for decades. I say “formerly sketchy” because just a year ago, the neighborhood was full of abandoned warehouses and chain link fences capped in barbed wire. Admittedly, “sketchy” is a relative term (this is Asheville, after all, even our sketchy bits have an edge of whimsy and charm), but in general, most people skipped over the South Slope on their way to better-lit parts of town. But within the past year, a number of breweries, pubs and stores have opened, making the neighborhood a bonafide destination, particularly if you’re into beer.Last night, my friends and I knocked out a fast trail ride on an urban system, then pedaled straight to the South Slope to check out the neighborhood’s newest resident, Tasty Beverage Co., which is quite possibly the greatest bottle shop in the history of bottle shops.It was opening night, and Tasty Beverage Co. was all shiny and new. The beer was organized in a beautiful, OCD kind of way—by state but also by season and also by style. A massive cooler was stocked with beers you could drink on premise, but there were also rows and rows of choices meant to be savored at a later date. I could get lost on those aisles for days geeking out on the different beers—plenty of local options, naturally, but also wild styles from breweries that are hard to find in these parts.And of course, there’s a bar. You can’t open a business in Asheville without a solid bar. In fact, I refuse to shop at your place of business if you don’t offer beer on tap. I don’t care if you sell children’s clothes or tires, give me at least three solid craft beer options while I peruse your wares, or I’m not even going to bother setting foot in your store.I’m not sure when I became so entitled. I have the same issue with grocery stores. If the store doesn’t have a Starbucks and sushi restaurant, I’m going elsewhere for my Lucky Charms and kale. And I’ll go out of my way to fill up at the gas station that has free wi-fi and an artisan pretzel maker on site. Even if I’m not in the mood for a pretzel and email session, it’s nice to know those options are available while I pump gas.Tasty Beverage Co. caters to entitled ass holes like me. It has everything I could possibly want, from that rare milk stout on tap to the jar of locally-crafted beef jerky (just $2 a stick!). It’s only a matter of time before a rodeo of food trucks sets up outside the store. I wonder, will I still make the trek into the “Stab and Grab” for microwavable burritos, or will I succumb to the allure of the food truck offering a $9 grilled cheese? Or hell, maybe the “Stab and Grab” won’t even be there in another year. It’ll probably get converted into a Beanie Bar, where you knit your own wool beanies while drinking local kombucha. What will I dream of then?http://tastybeverageco.com/beer/last_img read more

Perú, Uruguay, and Argentina strengthen cooperation on security issues

first_imgIn an effort to strengthen cooperation in the fight against transnational crime, Perúvian Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano recently conducted official visits with his counterparts in Uruguay and Argentina. In his meeting with Cateriano, Rossi offered Argentina’s cooperation with Peruvian authorities in the area of technological upgrades to radar installations, naval units and submarines. In turn, Cateriano invited Rossi to visit SIMA’s facilities and to witness the launch of Perú’s Navy new sail training vessel “La Unión” on December 22. Cateriano met with Uruguayan Defense Minister Eleuterio Fernández and Argentine Defense Minister Agustín Rossi on September 25 and 26, respectively. During his visits, he emphasized the importance of their participation in the XI Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas, which Perú hosted from October 12-14. The three countries have close bonds and share many of the same security concerns, such as the need to combat international drug trafficking groups. Collaboration on issues of security between the three countries is framed within official agreements, such as the Cooperation Agreement in the Area of Defense, which was signed by Perú and Uruguay in 2011, and ratified in May of 2013. Thanks to this document, Peruvian-Uruguayan bilateral cooperation in military areas includes the exchange of information in dealing with natural disasters. The two countries also agreed to share resources in the removal of antipersonnel mines, and to engage in student exchanges in military academies. Perú’s cooperative efforts with Argentina and Uruguay has a bright future. “With Uruguay and Argentina there is a very rich agenda to develop. These are sister countries that have extensive experience in defense matters that we would like to benefit from through exchanges of cooperation,” said Librado Orozco, Director General of International Relations of the Peruvian Ministry of Defense. Military officials from the three countries view these cooperative efforts as successes and seek additional opportunities to collaborate on security issues. Industrial and military cooperation The three countries have close bonds and share many of the same security concerns, such as the need to combat international drug trafficking groups. In turn, Fernández stated that Uruguay has been developing simulation software for flights, naval operations, and artillery. The Uruguayan defense minister also stressed the importance of coordinating joint operations in the case of radiation and bacteriological disasters, by implementing an emergency system with shared reserves to combat such accidents. Collaboration on issues of security between the three countries is framed within official agreements, such as the Cooperation Agreement in the Area of Defense, which was signed by Perú and Uruguay in 2011, and ratified in May of 2013. Thanks to this document, Peruvian-Uruguayan bilateral cooperation in military areas includes the exchange of information in dealing with natural disasters. The two countries also agreed to share resources in the removal of antipersonnel mines, and to engage in student exchanges in military academies. Currently, Peruvian Armed Forces personnel are taking part in eight peacekeeping operations throughout the world. “There is nothing today that keeps us at a distance from these two countries, on the contrary, there is a lot of closeness at all levels, relations have been harmonious and the respective governments have done much to bring this about. That’s why the high level of cooperation in defense comes naturally and is not surprising,” security analyst Ernesto Velit said. Currently, Peruvian Armed Forces personnel are taking part in eight peacekeeping operations throughout the world. “There is nothing today that keeps us at a distance from these two countries, on the contrary, there is a lot of closeness at all levels, relations have been harmonious and the respective governments have done much to bring this about. That’s why the high level of cooperation in defense comes naturally and is not surprising,” security analyst Ernesto Velit said. Perú’s cooperative efforts with Argentina and Uruguay has a bright future. Cateriano met with Uruguayan Defense Minister Eleuterio Fernández and Argentine Defense Minister Agustín Rossi on September 25 and 26, respectively. During his visits, he emphasized the importance of their participation in the XI Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas, which Perú hosted from October 12-14. Similarly, Perú and Argentina have agreed to the Draft Framework Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation in Defense. This agreement allows for the exchange of students and instructors for training purposes, joint instruction in the best and safest ways to remove land mines, and cooperative exercises in how to respond to natural disasters. Their military forces also collaborate in the areas of scientific research and Antarctic navigation. Industrial and military cooperation Similarly, Perú and Argentina have agreed to the Draft Framework Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation in Defense. This agreement allows for the exchange of students and instructors for training purposes, joint instruction in the best and safest ways to remove land mines, and cooperative exercises in how to respond to natural disasters. Their military forces also collaborate in the areas of scientific research and Antarctic navigation. “With Uruguay and Argentina there is a very rich agenda to develop. These are sister countries that have extensive experience in defense matters that we would like to benefit from through exchanges of cooperation,” said Librado Orozco, Director General of International Relations of the Peruvian Ministry of Defense. Cateriano briefed Fernández on the Peruvian naval industry’s development of multipurpose vessels, river platforms for civilian assistance, tugboats, ocean patrol vessels and tuna fishing vessels in SIMA’s naval shipyards. In addition, he highlighted Perú’s construction, in partnership with South Korea, of the KT-1 training aircraft, used for enforcing no-fly zones. In an effort to strengthen cooperation in the fight against transnational crime, Perúvian Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano recently conducted official visits with his counterparts in Uruguay and Argentina. By Dialogo October 30, 2014 Cooperation between the three countries extends beyond peacekeeping missions: Perú, Uruguay, and Argentina are also working together on matters involving each country’s military industry. And the defense ministers discussed potential avenues of further collaboration during their meetings. Cateriano briefed Fernández on the Peruvian naval industry’s development of multipurpose vessels, river platforms for civilian assistance, tugboats, ocean patrol vessels and tuna fishing vessels in SIMA’s naval shipyards. In addition, he highlighted Perú’s construction, in partnership with South Korea, of the KT-1 training aircraft, used for enforcing no-fly zones. Cooperation between the three countries extends beyond peacekeeping missions: Perú, Uruguay, and Argentina are also working together on matters involving each country’s military industry. And the defense ministers discussed potential avenues of further collaboration during their meetings. Military officials from the three countries view these cooperative efforts as successes and seek additional opportunities to collaborate on security issues. In turn, Fernández stated that Uruguay has been developing simulation software for flights, naval operations, and artillery. The Uruguayan defense minister also stressed the importance of coordinating joint operations in the case of radiation and bacteriological disasters, by implementing an emergency system with shared reserves to combat such accidents. In his meeting with Cateriano, Rossi offered Argentina’s cooperation with Peruvian authorities in the area of technological upgrades to radar installations, naval units and submarines. In turn, Cateriano invited Rossi to visit SIMA’s facilities and to witness the launch of Perú’s Navy new sail training vessel “La Unión” on December 22. last_img read more

Developers to split City fringe scheme

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COVID-19: Regional leaders mull withdrawing from race if elections not postponed

first_img“I am not sure the pandemic will end before December. If the regional election is going to be held on Dec. 9, I better withdraw my candidacy.”Purnomo verbally conveyed his intention to the PDI-P Surakarta chapter’s executive board chairman and the city mayor, FX Hadi “Rudy” Rudyatmo, who expressed full support of the move.Read also: Three parties ready to nominate Gibran if PDI-P picks another candidate in Surakarta”We’ll soon send a letter to the Central Java PDI-P [chairman] regarding this matter,” Rudy said. At least two candidates who are expected to run in the upcoming simultaneous regional elections in Central Java have expressed thoughts about stepping back from the race if the voting day remains set at Dec. 9, arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic may not be over by then.Surakarta mayoral candidate Achmad Purnomo and incumbent Wonogiri Regent Joko “Jekek” Sutopo, both of whom are politicians of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), separately announced that they would soon submit letters of withdrawal for their candidacy to the party’s Central Java chairman if there was no change to the election date.”I choose to focus on handling COVID-19 rather than conducting a political campaign during the pandemic,” said Purnomo, who is currently the deputy mayor of Surakarta city. Jekek said the government should maintain its focus on addressing the pandemic in the meantime. “There’re still a lot to do regarding the outbreak. We can postpone the election, but not the COVID-19 response.”The government and the House of Representatives previously agreed to reschedule the voting day for this year’s simultaneous regional elections to Dec. 9 from September due to the health crisis.The decision was made after a hearing conducted on April 14 involving the House Commission II overseeing home affairs, Home Minister Tito Karnavian, the General Elections Commission (KPU), the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) and the Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP).The government said it would soon draft a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on the postponement of the voting day, which is scheduled to be held simultaneously in the country’s 270 regions.The KPU previously suggested three alternative dates for the voting day, namely Dec. 9, 2020, March 17, 2021, and Sept. 29, 2021.Topics :last_img read more

Liverpool move closer to title with 4-0 win over Palace

first_imgLiverpool were back at their lethal best to beat Crystal Palace 4-0 at Anfield on Wednesday, moving within two points of securing the Premier League title.The victory, with goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane, ensured Juergen Klopp’s side could be crowned champions on Thursday if second-placed Manchester City fail to win at Chelsea.Should Pep Guardiola’s side win at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool could finish the job with a victory in their next game, against defending champions City, on July 2. Salah doubled the advantage, a minute before the interval, chesting down a cross-field pass from Fabinho before skipping goalwards and slotting home.Brazilian Fabinho made it 3-0 with a thundering drive from 25 meters out before Mane added the fourth, finishing off a classic break from Liverpool’s front three.Mane started the move, slipping the ball inside to Roberto Firmino who found Salah on the right, the Egyptian delivering a perfect pass to the on-running Mane who confidently drove home.Liverpool have 86 points from 31 games with City 23 points behind ahead of their trip to Chelsea. “We’ve worked hard for this over the past few years and as a squad this is what we’ve dreamed of. We’re in a good position so hopefully we’ll be able to get across the line pretty soon,” said right back Alexander-Arnold, whose superb free kick broke the deadlock.It was such a dominant performance from Klopp’s side, who had been held to a 0-0 draw by Everton on Sunday, that Palace did not have a single touch in Liverpool’s penalty area — the first time that has occurred in the Premier League since Opta began collating such stats in 2008.After the Liverpool anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was played in front of the empty stadium, Roy Hodgson’s Palace suffered an early blow when Wilfried Zaha limped off injured in the 15th minute.Alexander-Arnold fired Liverpool ahead in the 23rd minute with a perfectly-executed curling free kick into the top corner.center_img Topics :last_img read more