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first_imgDavid Byrne is officially hitting the road this spring for a solo tour. Marking his first solo tour since 2009, and following a year of touring with St. Vincent, the Talking Heads frontman is also expected to bring along some new material. With a new album in the works, David Byrne confirms six U.S. dates in March of 2018. Opening up at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey on March 3, David Byrne will go on to perform in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Buffalo, New York, Hershey, Pennsylvania, Waterbury, Connecticut, and conclude in Kingston, New York. Also scheduled to perform at Lollapalooza festivals in South America and at Roskilde Festival in Denmark, be prepared to see more of David Byrne in the festival scene of 2018.According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, Byrne will perform Talking Heads hits such as “Burning Down the House,” “Life During Wartime” and “Psycho Killer.” David Byrne will also play music from his upcoming album, reportedly scheduled for March in coordination with the tour. Tickets for these six dates go on sale Friday morning.Yesterday, David Byrne’s Facebook mysteriously updated to the below photo, possibly hinting at these new announcements. Keep it in mind as we await more news from Byrne’s camp.In celebration of all this, watch David Byrne perform “Psycho Killer” solo in the dated video below.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

first_imgThe Game fulfilled its traditional role as the classic fall showdown when a second-half deluge lifted the Crimson over Yale.last_img

first_imgRuth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will receive this year’s Radcliffe Medal on May 29 during Radcliffe Day, an annual celebration of Radcliffe’s past, present, and future. The Radcliffe Medal is presented annually to an individual who has had a transformative impact on society.The Radcliffe Day lunch in Radcliffe Yard will feature remarks from retired associate justice David H. Souter ’61, LL.B. ’66, and Kathleen M. Sullivan, J.D. ’81, will engage Ginsburg in an expansive conversation that will explore her work as an advocate and a jurist. Sullivan, a former professor of law at Harvard and Stanford and a former dean of Stanford Law School, is a partner in Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.Radcliffe Day is open to the public and draws a crowd of hundreds, with strong representation from Radcliffe College, Radcliffe Institute, and Harvard alumni, as well as University leaders. Registration is required.last_img read more

first_imgBy EMMA BORNE News Writer On Thursday, Clemens Sedmak, professor of moral and social theology at King’s College in London, spoke on dignity and justice at the annual Center for Social Concerns Fr. Bernie Clark lecture.   The lecture, titled “The Deep Practice of Human Dignity,” focused on three key ideas: the concept of human dignity, the concept of integrity and the concept of deep practice.  Sedmak said human dignity is not only a concept, but also a way of life.  “[Human dignity] is a way of experiencing, a way of thinking and a way of acting,” Sedmak said. “Dignity is not only something that can be used as a concept; you need to do it. It needs to have this kind of cash value.”   Human dignity is closely related to human integrity, Sedmak said.  “The concept of dignity and integrity are linked because of the focus on vulnerability in both. … Human dignity needs an understanding of vulnerability,” she said. “Vulnerability is important because it violates integrity.” In order to understand others’ vulnerability as a concept, Sedmak said, “we have to understand our own vulnerability.” Sedmak said understanding our own vulnerability in turn allows us to practice human dignity, clarifying the third point of his lecture.   Humans need to practice human dignity for the simple reason of being human, Sedmak said. “The concept of human dignity is command and the command consists in saying: value the human person because she is human,” Sedmak said. “And that is where the justification stops.”  Even in a difficult circumstance, Sedmak said the practice of human dignity comes with the concept of being whole-hearted.  “Deep practice has these two properties: there are adverse circumstances… and secondly a moment of whole heartedness,” Sedmak said. “If you want to appropriate a skill under adverse circumstances, you must be fully motivated.” Though deep practices are not easy, Sedmak said deep practices are essential to human dignity.  “If we want the concept of dignity to have friction we need to appropriate it by way of deep practices,” Sedmak said.  Contact EmmaBorne at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: Lorie Shaull / CC BY-SA 2.0SWANTON, Vt. — The number of people apprehended for illegally crossing from Canada into the United States along its northern border has nearly tripled over the past three years, and a growing portion are Mexican citizens, according to federal data.One Mexican man who crossed illegally to work on a Vermont dairy farm said it was easier than trying the southern border.U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics obtained by The Associated Press after a public records request provide new detail on what was apparent anecdotally: Along the border from Maine to Washington, 446 of the 1,586 illegal crossers apprehended in the 2019 fiscal year were Mexican, or 28%. That’s up from 20 of 558, or just 3.6%, in 2016.The numbers also increased for Romanians — many identified as ethnic Roma — and other nationalities, such as Haitians and Indians. Those tallies don’t include apprehensions for reasons other than illegal crossings, such as overstaying visas. This year’s data will likely look different because of travel impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael McCarthy said there’s been “a decline in illegal entries” since the arrival of the virus and the border closure, though he didn’t have specific numbers. But they’re expected to pick up again as travel resumes.A former U.S. Department of Homeland Security attache in Ottawa said she wasn’t surprised by more illegal crossings from Canada, though that total remains less than 1% of southern border apprehensions.“Like water at the lowest point, migrants will find their best way in,” said Theresa Brown, now director of immigration and cross border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington.The Vermont farm worker, Diego, said he illegally crossed from Canada in 2017 because it was safer and cheaper than crossing the southern border.“The person who was going to get us across was recommended by a trusted friend and there was no risk that we were going to be cheated,” said Diego, 26, who’s from the Mexican state of Tabasco and spoke in Spanish. He spoke on condition that his full name not be used because he’s in the U.S. without authorization.Diego arrived via the northern border’s busiest sector for apprehensions: a 295-mile (475 kilometer) stretch across northern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire that had more than half the northern border arrests last year, up from 38% in 2016. An informal review of criminal cases filed against people apprehended in Vermont and upstate New York over the last two years indicates most were trying to reach areas away from the border, such as New York City.The sector’s chief border agent, Robert Garcia, attributes its increase in illegal crossers to its proximity to Toronto and Montreal and the U.S. East Coast; increased focus on security along the U.S. southern border; and changes in Canadian entry requirements.In 2016, Canada lifted its requirement that Mexican citizens apply for visas to enter the country, as part of efforts to strengthen ties with Mexico. A similar change for Romanian citizens took effect in 2017.The Canadian government “monitors its immigration system closely” and takes seriously the responsibility for the shared border with the U.S., a statement from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said.“Visa-free travel does not guarantee entry into Canada,” it said, noting such travel could be suspended if necessary to preserve the system’s integrity.Diego said he and four adults he didn’t know flew to Toronto from Mexico, waited days in a motel before traveling overland to Montreal, then took a taxi to a town near the Quebec-Vermont border. A guide took them to the border and told them that once they crossed, they should run across a plowed field to someone who’d be waiting.“They were there and they took us,” he said. “We had the luck.”Diego said the trip cost about $2,500, and he heard the person who arranged his passage was later arrested and deported to Mexico.In another recent smuggling case, a Canadian citizen born in El Salvador was extradited to the United States and charged with running a yearslong operation that crossed people from Canada into Vermont and New York.The Border Patrol says smugglers are willing to move around. In Maine — statistically one of the quietest areas on the border — a defendant apprehended in December admitted making six trips to northern Maine in a month to transport about 12 people to New York City.“If that made the hair on the back of your neck stand up a little bit, I would say it did on mine as well,” said Jason Schneider, the Border Patrol’s acting chief patrol agent for the sector that includes all of Maine.last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – A heat advisory has been issued for Chautauqua County due to excessive heat index values that are forecasted for Thursday afternoon.The National Weather Service in Buffalo is calling for heat index values in the mid-90s from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday in Chautauqua, Wyoming and Southern Erie counties.Officials say hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.They recommend drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room, staying out of the sun, and checking up on relatives and neighbors. Additionally, young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles. It is also recommended to wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.last_img read more

first_imgThe BAE Systems Pension Scheme has announced it has reached an agreement with its plan sponsor, the British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company BAE Systems, which has proposed a contribution worth £1bn (€1.2bn).The move follows details of its latest actuarial valuation, as of 31 October 2019, which highlights the need to accelerate deficit recovery contributions into the BAE System’s section of the pension fund in the coming months.The Airbus Section of the scheme is unaffected by these developments, it said. The next actuarial valuation for that section will be undertaken as at 31 March 2020.Following the merger on 1 October 2019 of its pension schemes – the BAE Systems 2000 Pension Plan, the Alvis Pension Scheme, the Shipbuilding Industries Pension Scheme and the BAE Systems Pension Scheme – the new trustee board agreed with the company to bring forward the actuarial valuation of the BAE Systems section to 31 October 2019 from the previously scheduled date of 31 March 2020. The fund said the actuarial valuation of the section showed a funding level of 92% with a deficit of £1.9bn. The trustees have now agreed to a new deficit recovery plan with BAE Systems with the one-off payment of £1bn.The scheme said this payment represents an acceleration of deficit contributions that would otherwise have been payable in the period to 2026 under the pre-merger recovery plans of all four merging schemes.Furthermore, in line with those recovery plans, around £240m of deficit funding will also still be paid by 31 March 2020 followed by approximately £250m by 31 March 2021, it added.Before agreeing the basis and outcome of this actuarial valuation and the new deficit recovery plan, the trustees took professional advice and consulted The Pensions Regulator (TPR).Later in the year the trustees will provide section members with a funding update which will include further information about this actuarial valuation.The effective date of the next BAE Systems section’s actuarial valuation must be no later than 31 October 2022, but trustees expect that it will be 31 March 2022.The next actuarial valuations for the other UK defined benefit schemes – the Royal Ordnance Pension Scheme, the Royal Ordnance Senior Staff Pension Scheme and the BAE Systems Executive Pension Scheme – are unaffected and  will be as at 31 March 2020.last_img read more

first_imgWith Queensland’s new smoke alarm legislation rolling out across the state, it’s a good time to check if your home is up to safety standards.The Queensland government revised its smoke alarm regulations to ensure all households are prepared with the right tools and technology to keep their homes – and themselves – safe.We spoke to Inspector Alan Musk, Community Engagement Manager of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), to get his top tips for preventing fire hazards in your home.1. Update your smoke alarmsAs of last year, all homes in Queensland are required to have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms. For anyone unsure, there are two common types of smoke alarms: ionisation alarms and photoelectric alarms. Photoelectric smoke alarms “see smoke”, while ionisation “smell smoke”.“In any residential home, because of the building and home furnishing materials in use today for everyday items  such as chairs, tables, wall coverings and building material, [things] will smoulder and smoke before they actually ignite. Householders need every second possible to escape and that is why  photoelectric smoke alarms are legislated for residential properties to provide those seconds needed,” Musk confirms.Check your smoke alarms regularly and update them if need be. Picture: GettyOn top of giving people more time to get out of the house, this system also aims to prevent smoke inhalation, which can be a life-threatening issue if a blaze starts while you’re asleep.In Queensland, as of 2017, all new builds and homes undergoing major renovations are required to install photoelectric alarms, so it’s worth getting a jump on the installation especially if you’re already making updates to your home. You are also required to install photoelectric alarms if you’re selling your home and the alarms were manufactured more than 10 years ago. Other existing homes must update their technology by 2027, and if you own a rental property, you’ll need to make the switch by 2022.2. Connect your smoke alarmsThe new regulations also require Queenslanders to ensure smoke alarms are interconnected, which means regardless of which room you’re in, you can be alerted to any potential fires in the home.“If one goes off, [all alarms] go off simultaneously,” explains Musk.“That means everyone is aware, and that gives everyone that chance to get out of the house.”3. Have a fire blanketFire blankets or fire extinguishers can help in the event of small fires in your home, particularly in the kitchen.“The best thing to have is a fire blanket,” Musk says.“The blankets have two hand holds at the back, so your hands are covered, it’s also long enough to cover the top part of your body. Then the idea is that you place the blanket over the pot [flame] and that smothers the fire. Also remember to turn off the cooking appliance when safe to do so.”Having a fire blanket in the house is something every family should make a priority. Picture: Getty4. Ensure your alarms are well placedThe correct positioning of your smoke alarms is vital. Not only should they be placed 30cm away from ceiling corners, the alarms should also be positioned away from appliances like air-conditioning units.To adhere to Queensland government legislation, smoke alarms should be placed in every bedroom,  in hallways which connect bedrooms or if there is no hallway then between the bedrooms. If there are no bedrooms on a storey, at least one smoke alarm should be installed along your home’s main exit route.5. Pay extra attention to your kitchenKitchens are literal hot zones when it comes to fire hazards. Musk says it’s vital to pay attention to whatever you’re cooking: Don’t get distracted, watch any oil splatter and make sure cloths and tea towels are kept away from heating elements or open flames.“Have a lid near you so if anything happens you can put a lid on it. The biggest thing we talk about in the kitchen is don’t use water [to put out flames]. It will flare up and spread the fire while possibly causing serious injury to the person,” he says.It’s important to ensure your smoke alarm is working when cooking and preparing food. Picture: Getty6. Dust off your appliancesWhen the seasons change and you swap your heater for your fan, or vice versa, make sure you give the appliance a good dust before putting it to use.“Read and understand the instructions, make sure the cords aren’t frayed, keep [appliances] clean, and wipe them down and get the dust off them,” instructs Musk.Similarly, make sure you clean the lint out of your clothes dryer, which can otherwise be a common source of laundry fires.7. Clean your gutters, downpipes & drainsPrepare for bushfire season or electrical storms by ensuring your yard is cleared of  tree and garden litter and loose items, particularly on top of and underneath your home.“If you’re in a bushfire area, clean your gutters, install a gutter guard so you don’t have leaves falling into the gutters and clean up debris in the yard,” Musk says.  Keeping your gutters clear will also help when storms strike preventing overflow and water entering the house.8. Check electric blankets before useIf your electric blanket has been in storage, make sure it isn’t creased or cracked, the wiring in the blanket isn’t frayed and it’s not overheating before putting it to use.Make sure your electric blankets are in working order before switching on. Picture: Getty“The other thing we’ve found is that people tend to put babies on electric blankets,” Musk warns.“We recommend you don’t do that. Even at low temperatures, they could get a burn.”9. Keep your eye on your electricityQFES warns against overloading power points and recommends you only use four-outlet, safe power boards with overload protection.Keep an eye on your sockets and turn them off at the wall whenever possible. Also check to make sure power cords aren’t frayed and that any electrical cords are out of reach of kids, Musk says.10. Have a fire safety planWhile it doesn’t prevent hazards, it is vital to your safety to have a plan in place for you and your loved ones.“Go to the QFES website; you can create your own escape plan, [detailing] where people are, where they can go, where they should meet, where people are when they’re asleep, what would be their exit route and who is going to make the call to Triple Zero (000).”Having a fire plan is the best thing you can do to protect your family. Picture: GettyIn the event of a bush fire, you will need to prepare early, gathering important documents and items together and decide whether you will stay or leave.All information provided by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.last_img read more

first_imgBatesville, In. — Giesting Financial is partnering with Prime Capital Investment Advisors (PCIA) to expand its breadth of services and support to better serve its clients. This move will also better position the Giesting Financial team for future growth.“We have known of Prime Capital Investment Advisors for some time and have been impressed with their leadership team and operational structure. Recognizing the benefits we can provide our clients, agreeing to the partnership was an easy decision,” said Mark Giesting, owner and principal of Giesting Financial. “This partnership will provide us access to PCIA’s robust technology platform and operational structure, including their Investment Advisory Committee. For our advisory clients, this translates to expanded services through Charles Schwab, PCIA’s custodian; access to a broader array of investment solutions; and potential cost savings through the operational efficiencies we gain. Overall, it will allow us to strengthen our client relationships.”The partnership will also allow the firm to offer retirement plan consulting services to area businesses through PCIA’s retirement plans division, Qualified Plan Advisors.“Mark and his team have built a tremendous business based on the same principles we operate under at PCIA – serving clients to help them achieve their life’s ambitions. We could not be more excited to welcome them to our network of advisors,” said Glenn Spencer, CEO of PCIA.This partnership comes on the heels of a recent announcement that Giesting Financial has expanded to open an office in Columbus, Indiana. The firm will retain its current brand to mitigate disruption for its clients.“2018 has been a year of growth for PCIA. We are thrilled that Mark and his team have agreed to join PCIA and leverage our resources to better serve the Indiana market as we continue our plan to build a national brand and serve clients across the country,” said Tim Hakes, president and vice chairman of Prime Capital Investment Advisors.last_img read more

first_imgIntersecting this meet-you-halfway approach is an uptick in the athleticism of wide receivers, a product of the multiple-receiver sets now the norm all the way down to youth football.“I think in today’s day and age where these guys were starting 7-on-7, it’s almost like AAU basketball,” Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said. “The receivers are so much more advanced in terms of their fundamentals coming into college and the league than maybe they have been in the past. It’s really just the NFL offense that will take time. “So I think there’s some guys sitting here today that I think will have a chance to make a pretty immediate impact, and I’m excited about that.”Washington Redskins coach Ron Rivera said today’s prospects are primed for the pro game as never before. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe upcoming NFL draft features a tantalizing class of wide receivers expected to make an immediate impact as rookies.It’s a tall task even for an exceptionally deep group that’s expected to produce up to a half dozen first-round picks Thursday night. Receivers face one of the hardest adjustments to the pros because they have to absorb a monster playbook, beat press coverage and elude D-backs who are quicker, stronger and savvier. Associated Press Sometimes the gamble pays off; sometimes it doesn’t.“One of the things that makes it tough to evaluate is that there’s so much difference playing at the National Football League level because of all the defenses we see and all the adjustments they have to make,” said long-time talent evaluation expert Gil Brandt, a Pro Football Hall of Famer.Quarterback is the only position with a steeper learning curve, Brandt suggested.“These guys have to do a lot more things in the NFL as far as adjustments — and do it quickly,” he said. “And the other thing is separation. There’s a lot of guys that can run fast but they can’t separate.”Mark Dominik, a SiriusXM NFL Radio host and former Buccaneers general manager, said receivers go from facing “18-, 19- and 20-year-old young men who aren’t as strong or as physical as they’re going to end up being” to “going up against a 29-year-old man and it’s a huge difference. “I think that’s why you see receivers bust, just because of the different player they’re going against.”That is starting to change, however.Teams are more willing than ever to bypass the old wait-and-watch standby for a plug-and-play approach with bigger, faster, quicker pass-catchers coming out. Calvin Ridley and D.J. Moore made big splashes in 2018, followed by Deebo Samuel, DK Metcalf, Marquise Brown, Terry McLaurin and A.J. Brown, who wasted no time establishing their credentials last season.“Last year was a good year in terms of a bunch of rookies coming in and having a lot of success, but if you look over the last several years, that second- and third-round receiver group has arguably been better than the first-round group,” said NFL draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah. Deep receiver class faces high hopes for immediate impactcenter_img Top-end receivers this year include Colorado’s Laviska Shenault, Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, LSU’s Justin Jefferson, Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk and Clemson’s Tee Higgins.“This receivers’ class is honestly unbelievable in my eyes,” Lamb said. “You can’t really go wrong with anybody you draft” in any round. “You’re going to get a great pick.”Whether in search of a crisp route-runner, a deep threat, a fearless player going over the middle or even taking the direct snap, there’s someone for everyone in this year’s draft.“I think this class is going to do great things,” Shenault said.Right from the start, no less. ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 “The challenge in scouting the position is it’s almost like two different games for college and the NFL in terms of what routes you’re asked to run, which are very limited at the college level,” Jeremiah said. “You watch a college game on Saturday you’re going to see a bunch of slants, hitches and go’s. It’s very limited in terms of what they ask them to do, very limited in terms of them having to read coverage and sight-adjust their routes. They don’t see very much press coverage.”Reading and reacting to coverage and keeping defenders from knocking them off their routes can prove difficult even for receivers who dominated college competition.“There’s just a lot of adjustment there, but I give the NFL credit,” Jeremiah said. “I think the last couple of years we’re seeing the NFL be a little smarter with the transition period for these guys and figuring out ways they can get them on fly sweeps or bubble screens and just get the ball in their hands and let them make plays, simplifying it a little bit while they’re young before they can grow and evolve into everything you want them to be.”Jeremiah said last season in particular provided “the blueprint to get these guys on the field and improve that track record at the position.” April 19, 2020last_img read more