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Why US soccer star Megan Rapinoe doesn’t sing the national anthem

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/artisteer(PARIS) — As the national anthem played before the U.S. women’s national team took on Thailand in the FIFA Women’s World Cup last week, the team stood in a row on the field.A camera panned down the line of players during the broadcast, showing each with her hand over her heart, mouthing along to the song.At the end of the line was Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain and one of the biggest stars of the team. She stood impassively, hands at her sides, not singing along.Rapinoe’s silent observance of the anthem is part of a years-long protest by the athlete.In September 2016, Rapinoe was one of the first athletes to follow then-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s lead in kneeling during the anthem to protest racial oppression and police brutality against black people.“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it,” she said at the time, according to The Associated Press. “It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”She further explained her demonstration in an October 2016 piece for The Players’ Tribune, where she cited “over-policing, racial profiling, [and] police brutality.”U.S. Soccer, the governing body of the sport and national team, while not naming her, did not support her kneeling, according to reports at the time. “As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the National Anthem is played,” the group said in a September 2016 statement, according to a tweet from sports reporter John D. Halloran.Months later, U.S. Soccer added a policy requiring players to “stand respectfully during the playing of the national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.” U.S. Soccer declined to comment to ABC News.Since then, Rapinoe has followed that rule, standing during the anthem, but she regularly does not put her hand to her heart nor does she sing along like her teammates.“I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart,” she told Yahoo! Sports in May. “I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.”She told Yahoo! Sports she’s still driven by inequality and injustice and added that she believes under the presidency of Donald Trump — who she called “sexist,” “racist” and “not a good person” — she is “a walking protest.” (Trump for his part has said he’s the “least racist” person and insisted that he respects women.)In the Yahoo Sports interview, Rapinoe did not back down from criticizing U.S. Soccer, who she is also suing — along with her 2015 World Cup teammates — for gender discrimination, which the organization has denied.She called U.S. Soccer’s references to patriotism to stop her protest “pretty cowardly,” likening it to the NFL.“We can actually have a conversation, instead of just telling me that it’s a privilege to pull on the jersey,” Rapinoe added. “Like, of course it’s a privilege for me to pull on the jersey. Part of that privilege is representing America, and representing America is representing all of America.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lundcenter_img June 16, 2019 /Sports News – National Why US soccer star Megan Rapinoe doesn’t sing the national anthemlast_img read more

Interview: Tim Lefebvre Talks David Bowie, Whose Hat Is This?, & Tedeschi Trucks

first_img[Video: Sofar Sounds]Scott Horowitz: Were the special effects on his voice done live too?Tim Lefebvre: No, actually that was done after. The guy who mixed the record is Geoff Stanfield, one of my favorite mix engineers and producers. I told him what it was about—it being one show where we all improvised. He’s good at cutting stuff up and making moments out of it, so he did that to Kokayi’s voice. He doubled it up, put delays and little cool musical ear-candy things on it. When I heard it back, I was just like, “Fuck yes.” It was so good. We did a little editing before I handed it off to him, but basically, he ran with it and just made all the sonic stuff. For a live record that just was off the board, it came out great. I’m really stoked about it.SH: Has having Whose Hat Is This? as a free-jazz outlet outside of TTB brought more improvisational jamming into TTB shows?TL: Well, a lot of TTB is predetermined, but there are moments in the show where it’s built in where we just kinda play free and it’s cool. It’s great that Derek [Trucks] can let that happen, and people enjoy it. Although, you look out in the audience, sometimes you can see their faces, they’re like, “Uh …” You know, sometimes a little mystified. Because it can be like [John] Coltrane’s Interstellar Space. But at a TTB show, you get the full universe of music.SH: How do you enjoy being in such a big band like TTB that keeps gaining popularity? Also, what’s it like being led by Derek and Susan?TL: Well, I love playing for these audiences—they’re so fun. The audience keeps growing and growing so it’s cool. Just from my own standpoint, you know? I’ve helped write some of these songs so it’s cool to see the reaction of people to what you’ve had a part in. It’s cool to be appreciated like that. And it’s cool to be appreciated by Derek and Sue [Tedeschi] and everybody in the band, because they’re awesome people. You know, they don’t tell me what to do musically, and hopefully, I’m doing it in a tasty and good way.It’s just a rush to play in front of this many people. I come from playing in small clubs with people basically breathing down your neck. Which is cool; it’s another kind of high, but the high from this, especially when the band’s really clicking, is pretty amazing.We’ve had about ten shows, in my estimation, that were totally like the Holy Grail. Where it didn’t even matter if the audience went crazy or not. Like, we played a gig at the Chicago Theater on a Saturday night in January. The second set was one of the best we’ve ever done. Period. It was incredible.We were basically taking the set and improvising with it, just starting songs off differently. Everybody was just playing and everybody was just totally locked in, it was incredible. Obviously, Kofi [Burbridge] and Derek were just taking these solos that were just insane. And the rhythm section was right behind them and just propelling everything forward. It was something to behold—and it was in front of four-thousand people!“Angel From Montgomery” > “Sugaree” – Chicago Theatre – 1/26/2018[Video: IZEoftheWorld]SH: What do you think is going on when that happens in a live-music setting?TL: It’s definitely a higher wave, man. It’s hard to describe. I get it from Whose Hat Is This? too; there’s a higher thing going on where you just feel it in your stomach—it’s like you’re fucking giddy. You don’t even feel like you’re playing. It’s all happening, you know what I mean?SH: Is there anything you’re consciously doing that helps facilitate those moments?TL: Well, if everybody’s in a wiseass, daring kind of mood, that always helps because we know the songs really well. It’s just a matter of how far you wanna go with them. You don’t wanna alienate the audience either by just playing it very esoterically or something.But there are ways to play familiar stuff so that people can enjoy it in a different way. That’s what can set a band apart or not set it apart, as you know. Just being able to play a song differently kind of every night, if you can, if you can manage it. Some songs are to not to be played differently every night. But some are, and those are the ones that I think people are there to see.SH: On your social media accounts, you’re always posting different gear and really experimental sounding stuff. Is that just personal practice, exploration of sound, or are you working toward something with it?TL: I just discovered Mattoverse, this guy from Wisconsin, who’s making exactly what I needed: analog machines. I can still play bass and have it lock up to the machines, and that’s another crazy great development for me. I’ve been searching for that. It’s the next move in my sonic journey. We’ll see what comes out of it, because I haven’t been able to make something that’s a complete statement yet. But, once I have this stuff altogether, I’m gonna do some shows where I’m just improvising, breaking out the analog stuff. I’ll bring a bass, but it’s just gonna be analog with noise and just see what happens.There are a couple pedals I have that’ll lock up to the tempo of the drum machine, so I can time the bass stuff to it. I’ve got enough weird bass sounds where that’s just gonna be a given, but it’s discovering the old analog stuff that’s kind of a new challenge for me. It’s fun. [Video: racheleckroth]Scott Horowitz: How did the ‘Whose Hat Is This’ project start?Tim Lefebvre: Well, in 2015, Tedeschi Trucks Band went to Europe, and because of my touring before I joined Tedeschi Trucks, I knew some club owners over there. Especially my friend Sedal—he owns the A-Train in Berlin. So I hit him up, I was like, “I got this collective improvisation group from Tedeschi Trucks, and we’re gonna be in Berlin, blah blah blah.” So we had a successful gig, and the engineer happened to multi-track record it, so that’s how we put out the first record.SH: So, the band’s first record is the band’s first show, which was completely without-a-net improvised?TL: Basically yes, that’s right. Totally from scratch. Un-preconceived. Also, magic. But yeah, and the reason why Whose Hat Is This? came to be is we were starting the second set and somebody left a brown hat on J. J.’s snare drum. So J. J. grabs the emcee mic, and he goes, “Does anybody know whose hat this is?” You can hear it. It’s the first line on the record—like a public service announcement.<a href=”http://whosehatisthis.bandcamp.com/album/whose-hat-is-this-3″>Whose Hat Is This? by Tim Lefebvre, Kebbi williams, J.J. Johnson, Tyler Greenwell</a>Scott Horowitz: The music is a bit of a departure from what the 4 of you are normally doing in Tedeschi Trucks Band. What is it like switching gears like that with those guys?Tim Lefebvre: Well, it’s where we came from, for the most part. Like Kebbi Williams is very much a free improviser, and I’m coming from that a little bit too. And the drummers obviously play together a lot. Just as a playing experience, it’s pretty great because it’s this open canvas. I can create any sound I want. I try to find something and let the guys can go off on it. So that Kebbi can build a thing and go nuts, and go out in the audience and scare people.SH: The world needs more Kebbi!TL: Yeah! It’s true. Kebbi’s one of my favorite improvisers in the world. Also, because of his big personality, he goes out and is actually selling free jazz to people. He’s in their faces playing—it’s really hilarious. But, it’s also cool. Instead of people onstage with long faces just kind of moping around playing free, which, to me, people have a harder time understanding—instead, somebody’s out interacting with the audience the way Kebbi is. That kind of helps them get reeled in a little bit, so it’s super cool. So yeah, it’s a really fun band. The two drummer thing makes it super exciting too because it’s always this massive groove to lay stuff into.SH: How do you make that work? A lot of jam bands or whatever sometimes easily fall into a formulaic and, in my opinion, boring mode of playing when they’re trying to improvise but are really just soloing in one key or another.TL: Yeah that’s right. We start totally from scratch. Un-preconceived. What makes it work to me is like, sometimes we just start noodling around and somebody suggests a groove, and sometimes it takes a few minutes, but we all lock into this thing, and then, all of a sudden, it’s this huge marching animal. The searching stops, and all of a sudden we’re on this groove and it’s pretty tight. It’s like this kind of confident, marching forward thing. Especially when Kebbi’s playing cool shit over it and the groove is this deep, haunting, also kind of angry sounding—electronic. I’ve done a lot of improvising for a lot of different people, and I really get off on this band because it’s a cool, unique, new sound to me.SH: What you shared with me from the new Whose Hat Is This? album sounds very locked in. Especially with the new layer of vocals from Kokayi. How did he end up in the Whose Hat Is This? mix?TL: Yeah, you can definitely hear it lock in on the new record. Again, that was all totally off the cuff that night—it just kind of all happened like that. And Kokayi was basically composing on the spot. It just was a serendipitous kind of night. Kokayi an amazing artist, really.The reason why I originally knew him is because he was doing improvising stuff with my cohort Jason Lindner. What really kind of put him on the map was him doing his own hip-hop stuff in D.C. for a long time, but he was out with Steve Coleman and the Five Elements in the ’90s and 2000s. He’s been working with Steve Coleman for a long time. So he’s been part of the M-Base improvisation scene. I just kind of felt a kinship with him, so I recruited him to come and sit in with us, and it just turned into this magic performance.Whose Hat Is This? with Kokayi Scott Horowitz: Was his terminal predicament something you were aware of?Tim Lefebvre: Well, we knew he was very sick, but we didn’t know it was terminal. I mean, with cancer, you never know—my mom died from it also. He had just come off a round of chemo, but he went into the live room and sang all the songs with us. We tracked in three different week-long sessions. He kept getting stronger and stronger. He got healthy enough to do those videos—“Blackstar” and “Lazarus”—and write the play, Lazarus. And then he got sick again towards the end of 2015.SH: How did you land the gig playing on the Blackstar album?TL: Well, that’s an operating band—it’s the Donny McCaslin Band. It’s me and Mark Guiliana and Jason Lindner, and Donny. We’ve been playing together as a unit for a long time. So, Maria Schneider, who Bowie was initially interested in doing the record with, didn’t have time to work with Bowie, so, she handed off this CD we did with Donny McCaslin called Casting for Gravity. He loved it, and he came to see us at the 55 Bar and decided to use us. Kind of an incredible, flash-in-the-pan, once-in-a-lifetime thing to happen.SH: Wow, that’s a pretty epic project to just come about like that.TL: Yeah, like, “What do I do now?” But we all knew what to do because he had sent us the demos and we were comfortable playing music with each other. I mean, these guys are all homies of mine. When I lived in New York, we played a lot together. It was easy to do the songs because we already had chemistry. We could just launch into stuff and go places and see if they liked it or not. It was really cool.SH: Having been able to witness someone like Bowie craft something like Blackstar, were there any takeaways you carry with you now as you’re starting to do more record producing yourself?TL: I just think he did the record he wanted to do. Since nobody’s really selling records anymore, why do a record that conforms to something? It’s just one of those things like, “Let’s do something original.” Why would you do something that’s been done before? Because you’re gonna sell hundreds of copies, maybe a couple thousand. Why not be brave? This is what Bowie taught me—why not be brave and do the record that’s really brave and artsy.Now that I’m producing a little bit more, helping artists have a vision that doesn’t include “Well I want this to sound like Katy Perry”. Though, nothing against Katy Perry—I admire her! It’s just that it’s done already and people are already imitating that. Whatever you’re hearing on the radio, if it’s out and released, it’s already passé, and there’s something new on the horizon. So, if Bowie can do something like that, why can’t I? I mean, I’m not David Bowie, but still. Why not set the bar that high?SH: You produced a new album for Rachel Eckroth. How did that go? I really enjoyed the new single you shared.TL: It came out really great, I’m super excited about it. It’s a good collection of songs. Really good musicians. it just naturally came together and I’m hoping she can explode into being a major star. She’s got this cool kind of indie sounding voice. She’s also very good with pedals and electronics. Her sonic concepts are interesting and the way things fit around her voice is really cool. This new record is pretty hard hitting for her, considering.SH: That single you sent me was “Dark Waters”, right?TL: Yeah! That was just kind of my ode to T Bone Burnett. You know, sort of swimmy, David Lynch-y, soundtrack-y thing like Twin Peaks. Kinda foreboding. I came up with that in the hotel room, and then Rachel wrote the rest of the song. Then, I got Doyle Bramhall to play guitars on it and Matt Chamberlain to play drums. It was one of those things where I just wanted people who knew what to do on it. It wasn’t gonna be any mystery.What was funny was I got Matt Chamberlain because I had the Matt Chamberlain Loop Loft Collection, so I pulled up something similar to what he actually put down. I told him to get more creative when he actually recorded the track. I happened to pick the right guys, and then Rachel sang some magic on it. It was super easy, and it just came together really quickly. That was the last song we worked on.Rachel Eckroth – “Dark Waters”center_img Tim Lefebvre is currently on the road for Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul tour. He and his TTB bandmates, drummers Tyler ‘Falcon’ Greenwell and J. J. Johnson and saxophonist Kebbi Williams’ side project, Whose Hat Is This?, has a new album dropping on November 16th via Ropeadope. His contributions to David Bowie’s Blackstar album are well known, and soon, he will be heard contributing fresh takes on Bowie’s redone Never Let Me Down album. Live For Live Music contributor Scott Horowitz had the chance to speak with Tim about these projects as well as his recent forays into producing records.Scott Horowitz: You were involved in the re-recording of David Bowie’s Never Let Me Down album. What was it like coming up with new parts for old Bowie tunes, and how’d that project come about?Tim Lefebvre: Bowie recruited Mario McNulty, who engineered “the next day” to redo the record. He got all the files from the label, and management was all gung-ho on it. So, in March, we went in and basically recut the record with me and Sterling Campbell initially. They kept some of the acoustic guitars. They kept all of Bowie’s vocals. They kept anything distinctive to the song.But it was interesting to reinvent the old songs. You know, also Reeves Gabrels is on it, so when I heard the mixes with Reeves, Sterling Campbell, and David Torn, it sent tingles down my spine. You know, the sound of Bowie in the ’90s was Reeves Gabrels—between Tin Machine and the albums Outside and Earthling, all those really great records. So to hear me playing with Reeves and those guys on a Bowie record was surreal. Super cool, super cool.SH: You spent a lot of time with David Bowie while recording Blackstar. A few years removed, what are your takeaways from being able to work with him on such a heavy record?TL: Yeah, there’s a lot of great things that came from that. It should be noted that he was a lovely guy and just an absolute pleasure to work with. He knew what he wanted with the music. And also, working with Tony Visconti was really cool too, because he’s obviously a legend also.Basically, it was a quiet thing. We were just kind of making the record with a small group of people. We also got into insulting each other. He’s British—that’s one of his things, he’s very sharp at that. He was like Ricky Gervais where he finds a weakness in you to needle and just goes at it. It was really funny and really human.last_img read more

Reflecting on 2019-20

first_imgThis year was one like none other. It ushered in anniversaries across the University, new innovations in science, technology, and health, and projects in the arts. The community also faced an unprecedented challenge as the COVID-19 pandemic put life as we know it on hold.In the true spirit of Harvard, students, faculty, and staff were still able to reach out from around the world to support their communities, whether by producing personal protective equipment for health care workers, or by helping to feed vulnerable populations.Whether through shared triumph or hardship, the Class of 2020 has continued to rise to the challenge. Here are some of the highlights from the 2019-2020 academic year.June 2019The College announced a new Academic Resource Center, originally slated to open in August. It plans to offer a range of student support services, including workshops, consultations, and coaching.By collaborating with other universities and sharing collections, Harvard Library made 90 million books available to its users.Philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss, M.B.A. ’65, contributed $131 million more to the institute that bears his name, with the goal of solving some of the world’s most complex challenges in health care and the environment.The Faculty of Arts and Sciences announced new ethnicity, indigeneity, and migration positions. These positions will cross divisions with a focus on Latinx, Asian American, and Muslim fields.,The Arnold Arboretum hosted Actors’ Shakespeare Project performance of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” in the Leventritt Garden, with more than 1,500 in attendance.Harvard Art Museums received a $1 million gift from George Ho ’90, Henry Ho ’95, and Rosalind “Sasa” Wang, to support the work of student guides, ambassadors now known as Ho Family Student Guides.,In the Harvard Microrobotics Lab, decades of research culminated in a moment of stress as the tiny, groundbreaking RoboBee made its first solo flight.July 2019Sarah M. Whiting joined the Graduate School of Design as its first female dean.,Students brought rain gardens to campus as a sustainable and aesthetic way to improve water quality and prevent walkway flooding.,A Harvard Summer School archaeological dig at one of Peru’s most important sites led to a rare find for one student.Wyss Institute researchers developed an adhesive gel, inspired by slug secretion, which acts as a responsive wound dressing.Magnetic scans performed on sculptures from Monte Alto, Guatemala, suggest that  Mesoamericans both understood magnetism and had uses for it.August 2019Harvard recommitted $20 million to create local affordable housing.A tree in Harvard Forest outfitted with sensors, cameras, and other digital equipment sent out on-the-ground coverage on Twitter.,Harvard Ed Portal program offered fun, skill-building activities for local students in its fourth year of Harvard’s Summer Explorations.Stephanie Paulsell is named interim Pusey Minister at the Memorial Church.,The Class of 2023 made themselves at home during Moving Day.Harvard College launched Service Starts with Summer Program for incoming first-years.,The Wyss Institute developed ultra-soft underwater grippers that use fettuccini-like fingers to catch and release jellyfish for research, without harm.The “Donkey Show” ended after a decade-long run at the A.R.T.More than 1,500 first-years fanned out around Greater Boston for a day of volunteering at schools and nonprofits.September 2019 Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin launched Radcliffe Engaged, a new strategic plan with an explicit focus on real-world impact, application, and collaboration.The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies celebrated 50 years of building a community of thousands of faculty, scholars, and students who advance the study of Europe in all corners of the globe.,William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor Emeritus at the Knafel Center, who influenced the national conversation on race and class in America over the past half century, was celebrated with a three-day symposium.The Immigration Initiative at Harvard (IIH) — a new University-wide effort launched with support from the Graduate School of Education — brought together Harvard students, researchers, and policy leaders to advance innovative research about immigration.A crowd of college, high school, and elementary school students were joined by Harvard faculty for a daylong global rally in Harvard’s Science Center Plaza over the inadequate response by world leaders to the quickly worsening climate crisis.Dean of Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education Huntington D. Lambert, who nearly doubled the School’s programs since his arrival in 2013, announced his retirement.,Harvard’s Allston ArtLab opened up for creative research.October 2019 A federal judge ruled in favor of Harvard in an ongoing lawsuit, upholding its practice of including race as one of many factors considered in reviewing applications to the College.,Muppets took over Sanders Theatre to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Graduate School of Education’s collaboration with “Sesame Street.”Newly minted Nobel laureate William G. Kaelin of Harvard Medical School reflected on the discoveries and innovations that led to the coveted prize.Professor of Developing Societies in the Department of Economics Michael Kremer was part of a trio that won the Nobel prize in economics for their work determining the effectiveness of world poverty programs.,Harvard Band celebrated its centennial.Harvard University received a $20 million gift from philanthropists Lisa Yang and Hock Tan, an alumnus of Harvard Business School, to establish the Hock E. Tan and K. Lisa Yang Center for Autism Research at Harvard Medical School. The latest gift brings the total autism-related research funding provided by Yang and Tan to nearly $70 million.Athletics director Bob Scalise announced his retirement after more four decades at Harvard in various roles.,Queen Latifah was among those honored at this year’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal awards ceremony in Sanders Theatre.November 2019,Out of Town News, the 64-year-old landmark of Harvard Square, sold its last edition to make way for a new visitor information booth.A first-of-its-kind First Generation Harvard Alumni Red Book, produced by the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), shared the stories of Harvard alumni across class years and Schools who were the first in their families to attend college.Harvard School of Dental Medicine joined other Boston-area dental schools to provide more than 50 endodontic treatments on “Teeth Worth Saving Day.”The Kennedy School created a national crisis simulation to explore cryptocurrency and the dangers of large sums being secretly sent to hostile nations.An innovative new private-public partnership led by Harvard and MIT aimed to accelerate research in the promising science of cell and gene therapy.,A Radcliffe exhibit explored the complicated life of activist and scholar Angela Davis.December 2019David H. Rosmarin developed a program that combines spirituality with counseling to treat patients at McClean Hospital.,Tishman Speyer slated to develop first phase of Enterprise Research Campus in Allston. The firm’s proposal focuses on public realm, sustainability, diversity, and affordable housing.Researchers in an ultracold environment got a first look at exactly what happens during a chemical reaction.Robin Hopkins Arnold Arboretum Faculty Fellow received two National Science Foundation grants in excess of $1 million to study how plants choose mates.January 2020Jack Strominger looked back on the trailblazing achievements his biochemistry lab made in its 50-year history, and his plans as an emeritus professor.,Harvard astronomers discovered a giant gaseous structure made up of interconnected stellar nurseries, which transforms a 150-year-old theory.Harvard Law School announced the launch of the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic, which will engage in a range of strategies for advancing LGBTQ+ rights.Former Harvard tight end and current San Francisco 49er reflected on the lessons he took from the Ivy Leagues to the big leagues.,Elizabeth Banks was roasted and toasted during Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year ceremony.February 2020,Recent alumi Joshuah Campbell and Gabe Fox-Peck were Oscar nominated for best song in “Harriet.”Ben Platt, Hasty Pudding’s Man of the Year, received a musical tour of Farkas Hall and the coveted Pudding Pot.,A project to make complete visual digital records of three 3,000-year-old coffins turned up a painting of a deity.Me Too founder Tarana Burke received the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership Gleitsman Award.Harvard University scientists announced a collaboration with Chinese colleagues on development of novel coronavirus therapies and improved diagnostics.African and African American Studies celebrated 50 years with a symposium.,Harvard Art Museums opened “Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection,” drawn from one of the largest and most significant gifts of art ever promised to the University.March 2020,Massachusetts General Hospital’s Wellman Center physicians provided medical expertise and laser surgery to children in Armenia with disfiguring skin conditions.Harvard University announced the suspension in-person classes and shift to online learning in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus.March 13 marked the first confirmed case of an individual in the Harvard community testing positive for COVID-19.President Larry Bacow announced that the University’s 369th Commencement ceremony will be postponed and a virtual University-wide graduation ceremony will replace it on May 28.,For the first time, Harvard Medical School’s Match Day celebration went virtual, informing graduating students of their clinical training, internship, or residency programs via emails and Zoom calls.Teams of Harvard scientists from a variety of Schools joined the frantic race to find a treatment for the coronavirus as the global pandemic intensifies.April 2020The Harvard community adapted quickly, and rallied around solutions to the COVID-19 crisis including opening hotels to first responders, donating masks and equipment, and supporting the local school systems.Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic worked furiously to ensure that the most vulnerable are fed during the coronavirus pandemic.,Larry and Adele Fleet Bacow shared their experience contracting and recovering from COVID-19.Harvard and MIT donated $250,000 each to help the city of Cambridge establish a temporary emergency shelter for homeless residents.Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School of Design began fabrication of personal protective equipment (PPE) and patient isolation hoods (PIH) for area hospitals.The Semitic Museum changed its name to the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East to reflect the collections and research conducted there.The University set a goal to have the endowment reflect “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the first net-zero pledge among U.S. endowments. Additionally, a new Presidential Committee on Sustainability was created to advise University leadership on sustainability vision, goals, strategy, and partnerships.,Alumnus William Giannobile was announced as the new dean for the School of Dental Medicine.Harvard launched an emergency grant program for Allston-Brighton in response to COVID-19-related community needs.The Harvard Horizons Symposium showcased eight scholars studying topics from implicit bias to religion and Hollywood.Harvard Graduate School of Education celebrates 100 years of indelible impact on the field of education.May 2020Harvard researchers collaborated on the How We Feel app, which uses crowdsourced data to help fill information gaps created by the COVID-19 testing shortage.,A Harvard-developed tool allows policymakers to base their economic decisions on fresh information.The Harvard-led Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (MassCPR) awarded $16.5 million to 62 research projects that all have the potential to impact patients within the next 12 months.Harvard planned for a virtual University-wide graduation ceremony honoring the Harvard Class of 2020.last_img read more

Rio de Janeiro To Host Next CISM Day Run

first_imgBy Dialogo January 27, 2011 I want to participate Every year in February, soldiers from many International Military Sports Council (CISM) countries get together to celebrate CISM’s anniversary and to promote the practice of sports in the military. On that day, soldiers of many countries are invited to participate either in a running or skiing event for peace. Last year’s CISM Day Run gathered more than 300.000 soldiers from 42 participating countries. The aim this year is to see 500.000 military running and celebrating CISM Sport for Peace. The city of Rio de Janeiro will host next February 20th the CISM Day Run – the Run for Peace. It has been held since 2006 in many cities in the world. The organization was founded in 1948 after World War II with the purpose of integration and peace among nations. This year, there will be a worldwide announcement of the 5th Military World Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, on July 16-24 2011. Along the CISM Day Run – Run for Peace- there will also be the Walk for Peace in Rio de Janeiro. Both events will be held in Flamengo Park, with start and finish at the World War II Memorial Monument. Entries are open to the civilian and military public and will take place from January 25th to February 16th, on the official website of the Rio 2011 Games (http://www.rio2011.mil.br). It will have a 10 km run, while the Walk for Peace, will have 3 km, both starting at 9 am. In order to get the gear, the participant must take 1kg of non-perishable food or cleaning items and toiletries that will be used for the victims of the storms in Rio de Janeiro mountainous region. The event is supported by the Athletics Federation of the State of Rio de Janeiro, CISM, Municipality of Rio de Janeiro, Ministry of Defense and Federal Government.last_img read more

‘Be responsive to strategic plans’

first_img continue reading » The most important document board members review is not the monthly board packet, it’s the credit union’s strategic plan.“We see board books as retroactive of what happened instead of what could be,” says Meredith Vaughan, director at $5.8 billion asset Ent Credit Union in Colorado Springs, Colo. “Don’t be responsive to board books. Be responsive to strategic plans.”Vaughan participated in a panel at the 2019 CUNA Roundtable for Board Leadership in Phoenix that examined the board’s role in strategy. Other members of the panel were Frank Chinn, board chair at $1.3 billion asset Unitus Community Credit Union in Portland, Ore., and James Sackett, vice chair at $1.3 billion asset Firefly Credit Union in Burnsville, Minn.To develop the strategic plan, Vaughan says the board sets the “master goal” for the credit union, but doesn’t get into details on how to achieve that goal. The CEO and leadership team finalize the operating details and put together the strategic plan, which the board approves at the annual retreat. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img From left: Meredith Vaughan, Frank Chinn, and James Sackett.last_img read more

Dutch Deliveroo workers covered by transport sector scheme, court rules

first_imgDeliveroo argued that the “mandatory participation rule” did not apply and that there is no obligation to pay. It sees itself as a technology company that offers a platform – via a mobile phone app – for takeaway orders. Deliveroo must enrol its employees in the Netherlands into the transport sector scheme Vervoer, a court in Amsterdam has ruled.Vervoer, which runs €28bn on behalf of transport sector workers, had asked the court for a statement confirming that Deliveroo had been within the scheme’s coverage since its foundation in 2015, and as such was obliged to pay employer contributions.This way, the pension fund was attempting to prevent employees from claiming pension rights years later under a Dutch rule that allows some people to claim benefits even without contributions.Deliveroo has stated it will appeal. During this time, the company does not have to pay overdue contributions.  Source: DeliverooDeliveroo is in dispute with Dutch transport sector scheme Vervoer regarding pension contributionsHowever, the subdistrict court in Amsterdam ruled that the core activity of Deliveroo was to deliver meals from restaurants. The company also profiled itself as such, the court said, while previous contracts with restaurants also mentioned “sales and delivery services”. The court made short shrift of Deliveroo’s own profiling as a technology company. Customers placing their order in a digital environment was only a means to have the meals delivered, it ruled. In most cases Deliveroo takes care of the meal delivery itself.The judge also took into account the number of deliverers Deliveroo worked with for a long time, in relation to its office staff. In 2017, for example, the company had 1,117 deliverers under contract and 100 people in its main office. According to the court, the office staff should also be enrolled in Vervoer as their main duty was to support the delivery of meals. Deliveroo disagreed with the court’s decision that former employees should be covered by the pension scheme.Until Monday it had not been made public that the transport fund had taken legal action against Deliveroo. In February the pension fund told Dutch pension industry publication Pensioen Pro that it would not be making a statement on matters that concerned individual employers. However, according to Monday’s ruling, the pension fund reported to Deliveroo in 2017 that it was obliged to pay contributions. The meal delivery company objected but Vervoer still sent a bill for €632,372 for the period up to and including 1 July 2018, based on the employee data provided. Deliveroo only paid €400 of this.Deliveroo’s drivers were employed directly until 2017, after which their contracts were converted to so-called partner agreements. From then, they were classified as self-employed. Since 1 July 2018 no delivery staff have been working at Deliveroo under full-time employment contracts. In his ruling on Monday, the judge stated that the mandatory participation rule of pension fund Transport would not exclude self-employed people, though the fund requested not to rule on the status of those contracts. However, earlier this year, another judge did just that: in a lawsuit between trade union FNV and Deliveroo, the court ruled that the meal delivery service should still treat its delivery staff as employees and not as self-employed persons. Deliveroo has also appealed in this case.Vervoer declined to comment to Pensioen Pro regarding whether it intended to collect contributions from Deliveroo for self-employed workers.The rise in the number of self-employed workers has led to concerns in the Netherlands, the UK and other countries about their ability to save for a pension.Further readingAuto-enrolment: A call for clarity Jenny Condron of the UK’s Association of Consulting Actuaries makes the case for expanding auto-enrolment to areas such as the self-employed sectorDutch construction scheme targets self-employed workers BpfBouw, the €56bn Dutch pension fund for the country’s building industry, wants to boost its membership by attracting self-employed workerslast_img read more

Acreage properties popular with families

first_img82 Dunlop St, KelsoTHIS Kelso home would be perfect for a family wanting plenty of space to spread out while not being too far away from the action.The five-bedroom, two bathroom home at 82 Dunlop St is on 1.4ha with the opportunity to subdivide four extra blocks. It’s on the market for mid to high $600,00’s.RE/MAX Townsville selling agent Michele Hyde said acreage is popular with families seeking a semirural lifestyle. “We’ve had interest from people who are interested in subdividing the block as well as people who just want a great house on a big block,” she said. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The thing about a property like this is you’re not far from anything, yet you have the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere. It is your own rural paradise. People are realising you can have this amazing rural lifestyle with still a fairly quick commute to the city.”The house itself is huge with large living areas and bedrooms and verandas all around.There is also a 160sq m shed which could be used as a workshop or oversized garage.The gardens also include a resort-style pool, stable and double carport. 82 Dunlop St, Kelso, will be open for inspection on Sunday from 12.30pm to 1pm. For more information call Michele Hyde on 0403 345 545.last_img read more

‘I feel like a burden sometimes’: Dying woman urges public to say no to euthanasia

first_imgRadio NZ News 7 September 2020Family First Comment: Thank you Vicki for your bravery and your conviction!“Vicki’s greatest fear is that people will feel pressured to end their lives earlier than they need to. “The coercion thing is one of biggest concerns for me about this bill, people say it wouldn’t happen – well we already have an elderly abuse problem in this country. So I already know what I feel like, like my family don’t make me feel like a burden, but I also feel like a burden sometimes and I’m not getting that pressure.”Protect.org.nzA woman dying of cancer is urging New Zealanders to ‘pull the plug’ on the proposed euthanasia law, saying people could be coerced into an early death.The public will be asked to vote yes or no to the End of Life Choice Act, in a referendum on election day.The Act would allow terminally ill people who are given six months or less to live and who are experiencing unbearable suffering, the option of medically assisted dying.Vicki Walsh, who is now 53, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme in June 2011.The aggressive brain cancer is nicknamed ‘The Terminator’ and those who have it typically die within 14 months of diagnosis.But nine years later, Vicki is still around, living near Palmerston North with her husband and two adult children.She has been taking the drug Avastin – which has cost her $24,000 – and the mass in her brain has halved.“I was always told there was nothing more that could be done,” she said. “So in eight years, nine years, things have changed, so I got another surgery, I got radiation and now we’re having this drug that we’re paying for.”But there was a moment after her diagnosis where she felt helpless and depressed.She said she watched people, who were battling the same illness overseas, choose euthanasia and felt she should take her own life.“I actually felt kind of gutless, I was looking at my husband and we were trying to keep life normal and I had a bit of a stroke and it ended up really, really big and I just felt that this is it for me,” she said.“It had been several weeks, it wasn’t just an overnight thing, and I just thought, if this is how it’s going to be, I don’t want to live like this anymore.”But Vicki changed her mind in the last moment.Had she gone through with it, she said she would have missed out on watching her grandchildren grow up.“If you’d asked me if I want to live like I am now, I would have viewed my life 15 years ago as not having much of a quality of life now” she said. “I love my life, you know, I love my life.”Vicki said she didn’t want to see people suffer, but felt the End of Life Choice Act was not watertight.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018762966/i-feel-like-a-burden-sometimes-dying-woman-urges-public-to-say-no-to-euthanasialast_img read more

Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday retailer information

first_imgBatesville, In. — Walmart will open at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will be open on Black Friday. More information about specials is here.JCPenney will open at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to 5 p.m. on Black Friday. A rundown of their deals is here.Macy’s will open 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and 6 a.m. on Black Friday – Their deals are detailed here.Best Buy will open 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and 8 a.m. on Black Friday. The Black Friday flyer is here.   Kohl’s opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Hours on Black Friday vary by location. Here is their Black Friday ad.Target will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving. The Target Black Friday add is here.Sears will be open from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and at 5 a.m. on Black Friday. The Sears Black Friday circular is here.Toys R Us will be open on Thanksgiving Day at 5 p.m. and at 8 a.m. on Black Friday. The Toys R Us Black Friday information is here.Old Navy will open at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday information is here. , Black Friday Hours: TBD.Dick’s Sporting Goods opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and at 5 a.m. on Black Friday. The Dick’s Sporting Goods ad is here.Home Depot Black Friday information is here.Pet Smart CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day and will open at 7 a.m. Black FridayDillard’s CLOSED Thanksgiving Day.hhgreg CLOSED on Thanksgiving and opens at 7 a.m. on Black FridayGuitar Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday information is here.Sam’s Club CLOSED on Thanksgiving – Black Friday information is here.last_img read more

Eric Mayes named GSC Runner of the Week

first_img Oct. 4, 2007BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Junior Eric Mayes (Pensacola, Fla.) became the first ever Argonaut Cross Country runner to earn the runner of the week honors in the Gulf South Conference. Mayes finished third in the Gulf Coast Cross Country Stampede this past weekend to help his team to a second place team finish. He covered the 8k (5 mile) run in 27:13, ironically finishing just behind last year’s All-American Michael Padilla. Interestingly, Padilla never won the runner of the week award, despite owning five of the top 10 performances in Argonaut history.Mayes finished last Saturday’s race only behind Travis Stewart (Rutgers) and Padilla (running unattached). Therefore, Eric was officially the 2nd place finisher among the 60 collegiate runners. By finishing ahead of all the runners from a strong Florida Gulf Coast team and all the runners from Regional rival Florida Tech, Mayes earned the respect of the Gulf South Conference voters for runner of the week. Eric previously earned a Second Team All-GSC Selection in 2006, for his performance in the Conference Championships.UWF graduate Michael Padilla never won the award despite finishing his career as an All-American. Padilla had several worthy performances over the last couple of season, but each time he had a great race, someone else had a landmark performance also. However, it was only fitting that Padilla finished five seconds ahead of his former teammate Mayes during the performance that would give the Argos their first ever GSC runner of the week award. Print Friendly Version Eric Mayes named GSC Runner of the Week Sharelast_img read more