New York’s Governors Ball, currently underway on New York City’s Randall’s Island, has announced that newly formed supergroup Prophets of Rage have been added to the festival’s Sunday lineup. The group, made up of members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, and more, will hit the Bacardi House Stage at 6:30pm on Sunday. Prophets of Rage’s GovBall set will mark their third-ever performance, after making their debut in Los Angeles earlier this week.
Following his high profile appearance during the Super Bowl LIII halftime show on Sunday night, Big Boi has announced a reunion tour with Atlanta hip-hop collective Dungeon Family.The April stretch will see Big Boi join up with fellow veteran Dungeon Family acts like Goodie Mob, Organized Noize, KP The Great, Sleepy Brown and more for stops in Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, and Asheville. As of now, there is no word on whether Big Boi’s Outkast counterpart, Andre 3000, will take part in the Dungeon Family reunion tour. You can listen to Dungeon Family’s sole album, 2001’s Even In Darkness, below:Dungeon Family – Even In DarknessIn addition to the Dungeon Family tour announcement and the Super Bowl appearance, Big Boi has released a video for new single, “Doin’ It”, which features Sleepy Brown. The “Doin It” single, originally released last week, also includes “Return of the Dope Boi” ft. Dungeon Family cohorts Killer Mike (Run The Jewels) and Backbone. Check out the video for “Doin It” below:Big Boi ft. Sleepy Brown – “Doin It” [Official Video][Video: Big Boi]New tracks and tours aren’t the only ventures Big Boi is pushing following his Super Bowl appearance. He also just launched a new clothing line. You can cop your own ATLiens satin jacket (as seen during the halftime show performance) via the Outkast website.See below for a full list of Dungeon Family tour dates. For more details and ticketing information for the upcoming tour, head to the tour website here.Dungeon Family 2019 Tour Dates04/14 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues04/16 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works04/17 – New Orleans, LA @ The Fillmore New Orleans04/18 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory04/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theater04/22 – Washington, DC @ The Howard Theater04/23 – New York, NY @ Terminal 504/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore04/25 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues04/27 – Asheville, NC @ Salvage StationView Tour Dates
A program to help Colombian citizens heal from the murder, kidnapping, and violence of that country’s long-running civil war is the most ambitious of its kind, a new Harvard analysis says, but it’s so big that there are serious questions about whether it can reach its goals.The program seeks to compensate between 5.2 million and 7 million people — 11 to 15 percent of the nation’s population — for harm suffered since the civil war began in 1964. So far, some 5.2 million people have registered with the program, and 400,000 have received reparations.“We were really not aware of how exceptional it is,” said Kathryn Sikkink, the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). “Just on scale alone, it’s off the charts.”While Sikkink and colleagues expressed admiration for the program’s ambition and the speed with which it has ramped up from a staff of two or three in 2013 to 5,000 today, they also expressed doubt whether it was robust enough, and would have the resources, to compensate everyone who qualifies by the time the reparations law expires in 2021.“I think in terms of getting people to register for reparations, it’s been a huge success. The caveat is whether they will be successful in carrying it out by 2021,” said Phuong Pham, an assistant professor of medicine who is a research scientist at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and who worked on the report.The report was drafted by a team made up of Sikkink, Pham, Assistant Professor of Medicine Patrick Vinck, and Douglas Johnson, director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Each took the lead on a major section, with Sikkink conducting a comparative analysis of “transitional justice” programs in 31 other countries, Pham conducting survey research to see how the program is being received by the population and those it seeks to serve, and Johnson providing an analysis to offer advice on how the program can achieve its aims.Their work caught the eye of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, an HKS alumnus who was re-elected recently at least partly on the strength of his peace-making efforts. The reparations program has figured in negotiations with the largest rebel group, FARC, and Santos asked Sikkink and Pham to travel to Colombia in June to present their findings.“That’s the best we can hope for from any research, that somebody takes some action based on it,” Pham said.Colombia’s civil war, the last in Latin America and one of the longest in the world today, dates at least to the 1960s. The conflict has cost hundreds of thousands of lives, displaced millions, and involved several armed groups. Peace, Sikkink said, would be a major advance not just for Colombia, but for the world.
Who are they: Neil Joseph, the presidential candidate, is a sophomore from Columbus, Ohio, living in Stanford Hall. He studies political science and economics with a minor in Middle Eastern studies. Currently, Joseph serves as treasurer of the sophomore class and sits on the financial management board, which oversees spending for all campus clubs and student organizations.Noemi Ventilla hails from New York City and resides in Pasquerilla East Hall. The sophomore majors in political science and peace studies and serves as the current sophomore class president.Michael Yu I The Observer First priority: Continuing conversations with students, administrators and faculty. “If we were elected, from Wednesday until April 1 we would continue to meet with students directly because we realize that’s the best way to get good ideas and see what students want and need from student government,” Joseph said. Top priority: Joesph/Ventilla said their biggest overall goal would be ensuring that students have a say in big University decisions in the future. They hope to establish communciation lines that will last beyond a single year and include more student voices in conversations about topics from Campus Crossroads to the P.E. program. Best idea: As sophomores, Joseph and Ventilla said they would leverage the two years they have left on campus to leave a long-term impact. Ventilla said she believes past administrations would have benefitted from the chance to serve two terms or at least remain on campus after the first term to accomplish long-term goals. After the 2015-16 term, they said they would consider either running for re-election or providing consultation to the next administration. Worst idea: When asked about plans for big issues facing campus such as sexual assault or diversity and inclusion, Joseph/Ventilla repeatedly brought up the new P.E. program as an opportunity to address these concerns in a classroom setting. While it’s true that the new structure of P.E. provides an opporunity to broaden the scope of required sexual assault prevention education for students, that alone cannot suffice as a plan to deal with the broader question of how to prevent and respond to incidents on campus.Most feasible: Joseph/Ventilla’s suggestions for improving the quad markets that began this year are specific and relatively simple. They would like to give student vendors a chance to sell items alongside the South Bend representatives, and their suggestion to use the markets as an opportunity for networking and engagement with South Bend businesses seems like a good step toward improving relations between Notre Dame and the community beyond.Least feasible: The pair admitted they “have heard from the administration that it’s not feasible” to change the dining hall setup, and yet they emphasized it as a major part of their platform. Adding take-out boxes to carry out dining hall food would be detrimental to the communal meal-sharing experience that is a hallmark of life on campus. Furthermore, the suggestion that leftover meal swipes be transformed into flex points seems highly unlikely. Notable quote: “Although we both come from a programming background, we have both been on the administrative and policy side of things too. That really informed our decision to run, because as much as we love the programming side, the changes we wanted to see and do were only possible on the policy side.” — VentillaFun facts: Joseph has visited the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Ventilla was born in Hungary before she moved to New York City as a child. Bottom line: Joseph and Ventilla have worked closely together on two class councils, and they make a very charismatic and compelling team. However, their proposals seem largely shortsighted and fail to take into account the bigger cultural and social issues that students have come to expect action on. They have a keen sense of the potential for change on campus in the coming year but do not seem to have fully developed their big picture plans.
View Comments The Real Thing Tony winner Stephen Dillane, Gina McKee, Francesca Annis and more have been enlisted for Donmar Warehouse’s 2016 spring season. Three plays are scheduled to run at the London theater— Anthony Weigh’s Welcome Home, Captain Fox!, Nick Payne’s Elegy and Brian Friel’s Faith Healer.The season will kick off with a comedy of identity, lost and found—Welcome Home, Captain Fox!, Weigh’s new version of Jean Anouilh’s hit 1937 work Le Voyageur Sans Bagage. Directed by Blanche McIntyre, the family drama will feature Francesca Annis, Michelle Asante, Barnaby Kay, Rory Keenan, Katherine Kingsley, Trevor Laird and Fenella Woolgar. The production is scheduled to play a limited engagement February 18, 2016 through April 16, with opening night scheduled for March 1.The Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke will then reunite with the Donmar’s writer-in-residence Payne to helm the world premiere of Elegy. The show imagines a near future in which radical advances in medical science mean that it’s now possible extend life, but at what cost? Opening night is set for April 27; the production will run April 21 through June 18.For the last play in the season, Lyndsey Turner will direct Friel’s Faith Healer, starring Dillane as Frank and McKee as Grace. About the possibility of genius, and the certainty of failure, the revival will play June 23 through August 20, with opening night scheduled for June 28.
New Scottish offshore wind farm comes online FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享BBC News:A major North Sea wind power development off Aberdeen which was opposed by Donald Trump has generated its first power.A total of 11 turbines make up the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).Power from the wind farm, developed by Swedish energy group Vattenfall, is being exported to the National Grid.Mr. Trump battled unsuccessfully in the courts to halt the project before he became U.S. president. He said they would spoil the view from his Aberdeenshire golf course at Menie.The 11 turbines are the most powerful in the world with a total generating capacity of 93.2 MW. It is estimated the wind farm will produce the equivalent of more than 70% of Aberdeen’s domestic electricity demand.The first turbine was installed at the beginning of April, with 21 kilometres of cable connecting them to a substation at Blackdog.More: Aberdeen wind farm opposed by Donald Trump generates first power
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:US petroleum giant ConocoPhillips says it will install a 4MW battery storage array at its Darwin LNG plant to enable it to switch off one of the gas turbines that power the facility and cut its fuel and emissions by around 20 per cent.The Texas-based Conoco says it will be the world’s first LNG plant to install a battery to reduce both emissions and fuel consumption from the gas turbines that power such energy-hungry plants, which liquefy natural gas for export, and the company sees it as a template for other LNG facilities to follow.The Darwin LNG plant – which opened in 2006/07 and was the first in the Northern Territory – currently uses five 4MW gas turbines, with one running as “spinning reserve”, or backup in case of a failure elsewhere, and one kept in reserve for ship loading procedures. The addition of the 4MW lithium-ion battery – the provider is apparently not yet settled – means that one turbine can be closed down and the remaining three turbines can be run at maximum efficiency.The company did not provide the storage capacity in terms of megawatt hours, but a fact sheet sent to Renew Economy indicated that the battery may be deployed in 1MW units with 30 minutes of storage each, pointing to a 4MW/2MWh configuration. That makes sense because the battery will likely work in a similar vein to the Newman battery at the Alinta gas fired power station in the Pilbara mining region of Western Australia, where it has removed the need for back-up turbines to run all the time, and has significantly reduced costs and fuel consumption.That 35MW/11.4MWh Kokam lithium-ion battery, located next to its 178MW Mt Newman gas-fired generator, has also challenged conventional thinking by showing that a battery can provide sufficient inertia to the local grid in the absence of thermal generator.ConocoPhillips says the addition of the battery array will allow it to add renewables to the Darwin LNG power plant – which is off grid – to further reduce fuel costs and emissions. This will likely focus on solar PV given the resources in the area.More: Conoco to install big battery to cut emissions at Darwin LNG facility New Conoco battery storage project will cut costs, lower emissions at Australian LNG plant
Yes: Just build the damn thingMany of the arguments against building the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada’s tar sands to refineries in the Midwest and Gulf Coast, center around the fact that extracting and refining this type of oil is more energy intensive than conventional oil production. Unfortunately, those arguments are built upon the misconception that if we don’t build the pipeline, our demand will magically decrease or that the tar sands will lie dormant and not be developed.The U.S. currently consumes 20% of the world’s oil despite representing only 5% of the world’s population, and our demand isn’t decreasing anytime soon. Not building the pipeline simply means we will continue to rely on importing more oil from the Middle East, Venezuela, and Nigeria, instead of from our friendly neighbor to the north.Of course, if we don’t build the pipeline, we could still easily contract with TransCanada for the development of the tar sands, but instead rely on a series of railways and tanker trucks, with the resulting higher costs and increased carbon emissions, to deliver the crude to our refineries. And if we assume that we’re not interested in tapping into the third largest pocket of oil on earth, do we really think that China and other developing nations are not going to jump on the chance to take advantage of this resource?A recent report from the State Department confirmed that the decision to build the pipeline does nothing to impact climate change, since the tar sands will likely be developed anyway. Not building simply means we’re either importing a higher percentage of our oil from unstable countries, or paying higher costs to import the same crude in a less efficient manner.This all doesn’t even touch on the 16,000 American jobs that will be created manufacturing and building the pipeline, or the increased property tax revenue that local governments and school districts will see once the pipeline is in operation. When you consider all of this, it’s no wonder that 66% of Americans support the pipeline. It’s time for us to go with the flow.Dustin Paulson studied journalism and worked in the State Legislature in Florida. He now lives and works in North Carolina. N0: Want water? Don’t build the pipelineJust a few weeks ago, the Pegasus pipeline, an oil pipeline owned and operated by ExxonMobil, sprung a leak, spilling at least a half-million gallons of crude oil into a neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas. Video shot by a fleeing resident showed the oil flowing like a black gooey stream through suburban yards and into the streets. Nearly two dozen homes were evacuated and residents were left with no clear idea of when they’d be allowed back into their houses. Oil soon spread to a large lake nearby.The Keystone XL pipeline would be three times larger than the Pegasus pipeline and carry almost ten times more oil.The proposed Keystone pipeline would connect the tar sand fields of Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska and would allow Canadian and domestic oil to flow all the way to Texas oil refineries. Along the way, the pipeline would run through many ecologically sensitive areas as well as the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the largest fresh water reservoirs in the world and the source of drinking water for millions of people and thousands of farms.If the Keystone XL pipeline is built, it’s a matter of when, not if, it will spring its own leaks. Sections of the pipeline that were built a year ago have already spilled 12 times, despite projections by pipeline operators that they would only see one leak per seven years. A large spill in the Keystone XL pipeline like the one that happened in Arkansas could have devastating effects on our economy, rob millions of people of clean drinking water, and permanently knock out a large chunk of U.S. agriculture output.There are a lot of other great reasons not to built the Keystone XL pipeline (it would deepen our dependence on fossil fuels, worsen global warming, and create more incentive for the further mining of destructive oil sands), but for me, the chances of it poisoning one of our nation’s greatest natural resources is the deal breaker. We can’t allow the short-sighted profit motives of a handful of oil companies to override our responsibility to properly manage our water resources.Shea Gunther writes about environmental issues for Mother Nature Network.What do you think? Join the debate by entering your comments below.Further Reading: Check out the story of Ken Ilgunas, the man who thru-hiked the length of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.
It’s no secret that credit unions offer better lending rates and a customer experience that’s focused on members first. This may be why credit union loan growth is approaching its fastest pace in almost two decades.Today, this reality benefits millions of credit union members and drives loan officers to technology tools that can simplify and streamline lending events.Considering this, what if your credit union loan officers could provide even more focused interactions with members at the time of the loan? What if they could save time and reduce data-entry errors? Multiply the improved productivity by monthly loan volume, and imagine the boost to your bottom line… That’s real revenue.This doesn’t have to be imaginary thanks to new integration between lending technologies that can protect credit union loans and support members’ financial security. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr President and CEO of Allied Solutions Pete Hilger Thursday dove into the lending landscape before, during and after the pandemic and provided insights into how credit unions can adapt. Hilger encouraged credit unions to be bold and proactive as they navigate and leverage the new lending and risk management environment.“If you think about the investments we were all making to prepare for big data, digital, whether we have branches or don’t, and how we interact with our members – one of the things that this pandemic has provided is an opportunity to really, out of necessity, accelerate getting to those long term benefits that are going to make us more competitive in the industry we represent,” said Hilger.Hilger noted where potential challenges may arise, such as a spike in refinancing applications, the need to leverage new technology for lending services, a highly competitive market with lower consumer demand for loans, and a decrease in new loan originations. He offered resources and ideas for credit unions looking to be creative in the face of challenges, and encouraged outsourcing where possible.In addition, Hilger noted how further complications arise when face-to-face interactions are nearly impossible.