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Toby Keith Will Play A “Men Only” Show In Saudi Arabia During Donald Trump’s Visit This Weekend

first_imgTomorrow, May 20th, during President Donald Trump‘s diplomatic visit to Saudi Arabia, bro-country superstar Toby Keith will play a free show in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. An outspoken supporter of the embattled POTUS, Keith was one of the (very) few mainstream artists Trump was able to recruit for his inauguration celebration earlier this year.Toby Keith has built a massively successful country career on songs like “I Love This Bar,” “Whiskey Girl,” “Drunk Americans,” and “Beer For My Horses.” But for this empirically bizarre performance, there will be no bars, whiskey, drunk Americans, or even girls in sight (although there may, in fact, be some horses around somewhere). That’s right: In keeping with the Middle Eastern country’s strict adherence to a conservative interpretation of Islamic law, there will be no women allowed at the performance.Saudi Arabia adheres to a conservative interpretation of Islamic law: Alcohol is strictly prohibited, unrelated men and women are required to be segregated in public, and women are forbidden from doing a number of things that men can do, including driving a car and, apparently, going to see Toby Keith concerts.The Associated Press reports that in addition to the concert, Saudi Arabia has arranged for an extensive schedule of events for Trump’s two-day trip. The various public figures involved in the itinerary include Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir (who has previously been indicted as a war criminal by the International Criminal Court), Fox News anchor Bret Baier and, of course, nobody with a vagina.Of course, the barring of women from the performance is a symptom of the social climate in Saudi Arabia and not necessarily a reflection of Keith’s or Trump’s personal views (though POTUS’s history of sexist behavior is well-documented). That said, just the thought of a sweaty, sober, Trump-ified sausage fest in the sweltering Saudi Arabian heat headlined by Toby Keith makes Fyre Fest seem like Heaven on Earth.[via NBC][Cover photo via Reuters (Trump), Bio.com (Keith)]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

Innovation Loads First Hornsea One Monopiles

first_imgImage source: DEME GroupGeoSea’s jack-up Innovation has loaded the first set of monopile foundations in Vlissingen (Flushing), the Netherlands, and is now en route to install them on Ørsted’s 1.2GW Hornsea Project One wind farm off the UK, DEME said.In total, the Innovation will install 174 monopile foundations, produced by EEW SPC, at the site located some 120 kilometres off the coast of Yorkshire, according to DEME.EEW OSB will manufacture 86, Bladt Industries 68, and Steelwind Nordenham with the Teesside-based Wilton Engineering 20 transition pieces for the project.The Hornsea Project One wind farm will comprise 174 Siemens 7MW wind turbines, three offshore substations and a reactive compensation substation (RCS). Once fully operational in 2020, it will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world.Ørsted is the sole owner of Hornsea One. The company also has the project rights to the Hornsea Project Two and Three, which have the potential of further 3GW offshore wind power capacity in total.last_img read more

NBA playoffs 2019: Raptors’ Nick Nurse praises Kawhi Leonard’s ‘big-time’ performance

first_imgLeonard stated that the victory was all that mattered to him. “This individual stuff, it’s not big for me,” Leonard said. “To reach these goals, it’s great when you do it and you could win. “But our focus is every game trying to win the ballgame. That’s why we’re playing this game. We’re not playing so I could score 50 or get 40 points; we’re all on this team trying to say, ‘Raptors win’ at the end of the day.” Clinical [email protected] Game HighlightsWatch: https://t.co/uW1LkoBdLv pic.twitter.com/bAvfNwtQ7U— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 28, 2019″A big-time performance at both ends,” he told reporters. “I just like the force he’s playing with at both ends, but especially when he’s getting the ball. “He’s pushing it up the floor. He’s punching the gaps with force. He’s determined to get to spaces. I guess I should not be surprised, but that was pretty cool to watch.”  NBA playoffs 2019: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ‘surprised people stayed’ for ‘odd’ Game 7 Nick Nurse saluted a “big-time performance at both ends” from Kawhi Leonard after he inspired the Toronto Raptors to a 108-95 victory in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Leonard scored a career playoff high 45 points and claimed 11 rebounds as the Raptors won at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday. center_img NBA playoffs wrap 2019: Raptors cruise to win; Nuggets outlast Spurs in Game 7 The Raptors superstar also became only the sixth player in NBA history to pour in at least 45 points, grab 11 rebounds and make three or more three-pointers. Raptors head coach Nurse praised the contribution that the outstanding forward made both in attack and defense.  Related Newslast_img read more

Lacey Public Hearing on Emergency Housing Facility Regulations Update Planned for…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe City of Lacey Planning Commission invites the community to a public hearing on the updated, proposed amendments to the Emergency Housing Facility Regulations on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at 7:05 p.m. at the Lacey City Hall Council Chambers, 420 College Street SE. Interested parties can view the documents prior to the public hearing by visiting ci.lacey.wa.us/GetInvolved.Following the initial public hearing on the proposed amendments to the Emergency Housing Facility Regulations held on May 21, 2019, the Lacey Planning Commission held two worksessions to discuss the input received from the community and City of Lacey staff. The August 6, 2019, public hearing will include the updated, proposed amendments to Lacey Municipal Code 16.64 to establish a permitting process for, and standards associated with, emergency housing facilities for the temporary accommodation of homeless people. The amendments will apply within the City of Lacey.If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you may submit your comments by:Mail: City of Lacey, Department of Community & Economic Development420 College St SELacey, WA 98503Email: [email protected] received by mail or email must be received by 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2019, to be considered. Comments received by this deadline and during the public hearing will become part of the record and will be used in the decision-making process.For more information, contact Ryan Andrews, Planning Manager, at [email protected] or (360) 491-5642.last_img read more