Brian Wilson, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington & More Highlight Pitchfork Fest [A Gallery]

first_imgLast weekend, indie rock titans Pitchfork hosted their annual music festival in Chicago, IL. The festival featured a wide array of performers, eager to display their talents before the large gathering crowd. With sets from bands like Broken Social Scene, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Twin Peaks, Kamasi Washington, Beach House, Sufjan Stevens, Thundercat and more, this was a great weekend of music!Photographer Mitchell Davis was on the ground at the Pitchfork Music Festival; check out his images in the gallery below. Load remaining images More images can be seen in the gallery below.last_img read more

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Lessons in an unappealing law

first_imgCan a room full of Harvard professors and scholars from a range of disciplines find merit in the reasoning underlying a 1927 Supreme Court decision that upheld the forced sterilization of “mental defectives?”Harvard Law School (HLS) Professor Noah Feldman engaged a master class at the Mahindra Humanities Center Wednesday night in Socratic prodding to dig beneath the ruling’s objectionable findings. Feldman led art history professors, psychiatrists, law students, and humanities scholars through a thicket of conundrums to peel away their subjectivity in exchange for the rigor of appellate logic.The case was brought by Carrie Buck, a “feeble-minded woman” committed to Virginia’s state colony and sterilized under court orders. Buck was intelligent enough to write clear letters. Her mother, also deemed feeble-minded by authorities, had similar reading and writing abilities, and Buck’s 9-month-old child, who was deemed to be mentally unfit, went on to be an honor student.Carrie Buck (left), a “feeble-minded woman,” was committed to Virginia’s state colony and sterilized under court orders. Her mother, also deemed feeble-minded by authorities, had similar reading and writing abilities, and Buck’s 9-month-old child, who was deemed to be mentally unfit, went on to be an honor student.But the deck was stacked against Buck. Her lawyer was a founding member of a eugenics association handpicked by the head of the hospital where Buck resided. The lower court decision was affirmed 8-1, with only the lone Catholic member of the court, Justice Pierce Butler, dissenting. And in upholding the Virginia statute that permitted compulsory sterilization, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. famously wrote: “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”Holmes, Feldman said, was “one of the greatest justices of all time,” but Buck’s was “not a case about which to be terribly proud.”Despite widespread criticism, Buck v. Bell has never been overturned, but reasoned coolly by legal scholars and angrily by humanitarians. As third-year law student Lina Kaisey said, “Lawyers in general and Holmes in particular believe we need to comb away the discriminatory, to remove human dimensions from the case.”Indeed, Feldman pointed out, the facts were not before the Supreme Court, only whether Virginia’s compulsory sterilization statute violated Buck’s 14th Amendment rights to life and liberty without due process.The only group the law so protected at that time was property owners, said Feldman, who is the Bemis Professor of International Law, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, and a columnist for Bloomberg View. “What are we to make of this?” he asked, noting that Holmes used almost a humorous tone in the decision, “a confidence in his own superiority.”“Like most people who read the decision, I experienced it as a moral outrage,’’ Feldman said. But in the 1920s, he said, eugenics was considered a progressive cause in the United States. Six years after the decision, Germany took eugenics to a mass scale and only then, Feldman said, did the practice lose favor.For Holmes, a veteran who had been the first Massachusetts man wounded in the Civil War and had been injured in battle twice more, giving up the right to bear children was secondary to the hardships of conscription. He even called compulsory sterilizations “lesser sacrifices … in order to prevent our being swamped with incompetence.”Feldman said that hundreds of thousands of people were sterilized under the statute, the reach of which was reduced by subsequent case law. Still, the sterilization law was still cited in Roe v. Wade as a boundary on rights over people’s bodies.Substantive due process has been a key feature in more recent rulings on abortion, contraception, and gay marriage.But Feldman noted that studying the text and context of Buck v. Bell offers lessons not just for legal scholars, but for humanists. “It is valuable to get under our moral outrage,” he said.last_img read more

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Incoming Love Letters Star Carol Burnett Reveals Her Secret to Stifling a Laugh

first_img View Comments Related Shows Love Letters Beginning October 11, Carol Burnett will have a chance to show off her impeccable comedic timing once again in Love Letters. But A.R. Gurney’s play isn’t all laughs. And as we all know, in the past she’s had a habit of breaking character. On The Tonight Show on October 6, the comedy icon shared with Jimmy Fallon the secret she’s picked up to keep from laughing: just bite your finger…hard. So look out for that at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Later, Fallon gushed about the many outfits Burnett wore on her TV series, including the infamous Gone With The Wind sendup. “There was nobody like Bob [Mackie],” Burnett says of the costumer who designed up to 70 costumes a week for her show. Take a look at the interview clips below! Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014last_img read more

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Produce Safety

first_imgOver the past decade, Americans have fallen in love with locally grown produce, but just because something is grown nearby doesn’t automatically make it safe.Small and beginning farmers, who put a lot of their energy into producing quality vegetables, might not have the education or experience to know how to keep their produce as safe as possible. That’s why University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is partnering with local food advocates and farmers across the state to offer produce safety training.The training helps farmers ensure that they’re providing their customers the safest produce possible and helps them meet new food safety regulations without the added expense of consultants or private trainers.“People just don’t think about some of the issues,” said Judy Harrison, professor and Extension food safety specialist in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “But we know there can be food safety issues with locally grown food just like there can be problems with food that is shipped here from other places if the food is handled improperly.”Harrison has developed training materials for small farms and farmers market managers to enhance food safety at farmers markets. Harrison — along with UGA Extension personnel and educators with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Organics, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetables Growers Association, and the National Farmers Coalition — have conducted Produce Safety Alliance grower training across the state that meets requirements for growers under the Food Safety Modernization Act.Some basic practices covered in the training include following National Organic Program guidelines for appropriate waiting periods between raw manure application and harvesting, water testing, proper composting of manure, keeping animals out of growing areas, using potable water to wash produce after harvest, and keeping produce cool after harvest.Harrison and her partners hosted the training for groups of up to 50 farmers at community centers and UGA Extension county offices across Georgia. At UGA, food scientists Mark Harrison and Laurel Dunn have shared training responsibilities with Judy Harrison. Dunn will lead the program after Judy Harrison retires later this year.So far more than 900 farmers have gone through the low-cost training programs, allowing them to enhance the safety on their farms and to comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration produce safety regulations.Produce safety trainings have three goals: to keep consumers safe and healthy; to help Georgia’s farmers stay compliant with food safety regulations to market safe food; and to help protect the health of Georgia’s burgeoning local food industry.“Food safety is just good marketing,” said Judy Harrison. “Even if your product is not involved in an outbreak, your sales still can be affected. … It only takes one scare to ruin the market.”While consumers may associate food safety issues with dairy or meat products, fresh vegetables are often the culprit. Between 1998 and 2008, about 46% of foodborne illness in the U.S. was caused by fresh produce. The more people opt for fresh, unprocessed produce, the greater the risk of illness when that produce is not handled correctly, said Judy Harrison.To help curb these numbers, the U.S. Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, which updated food safety regulations across several industries, including production agriculture and, for the first time, created nationwide standards for growing, harvesting and handling produce. Under the law, farms may be required to have at least one manager on site who has undergone produce safety training certified by the Association of Food and Drug Officials. If farms are selling small amounts of fresh produce and other foods, and if they are selling it directly to consumers through farmers markets, they may be exempt from the rule. However, even these farms should have some food safety training to keep their customers safe.Celia Barss, owner of Woodland Gardens, a small organic farm in Winterville, participated in one of the UGA trainings. “The information was really great,” said Barss. “The class made it feel less overwhelming. Sometimes the regulations you have to meet feel insurmountable, so we are now doing our best to implement what we can on our farm.”A 12-acre organic farm certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Woodland Gardens is just one type of operation that UGA Extension’s produce safety training programs were designed to help. There are about 20,000 farms in Georgia that involve less than 50 acres, according to the 2017 USDA census of agriculture. Large-scale produce farming operations can also benefit.“We have seen examples across the nation of foodborne illness outbreaks from produce causing not just illnesses, but deaths. And we’ve seen farmers lose their businesses. No one wants either of those outcomes to happen from Georgia produce. Our goal in UGA Extension is to help keep Georgia farms in business and help keep consumers safe,” said Judy Harrison.In Georgia, the 2017 farm gate value was $1.15 billion for vegetables and $704.8 million for fruits and nuts, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.last_img read more

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SBA appoints Jeanne Hulit as regional administrator for New England

first_imgU.S. Small Business Administration announced the appointment of Jeanne Hulit, as the regional administrator in Region I, to oversee the SBA’s programs and services in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The Region I office, headquartered in Boston, oversees the SBA’s district offices in Boston; Augusta; Concord; Montpelier; Providence; and Hartford.“Both the SBA and small businesses of New England will benefit greatly from Jeanne’s lending and community development background,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills in welcoming Hulit.  “With her experience in both the public and private sectors, as well as her commitment to serving her community, Jeanne will be a tremendous asset and advocate for small businesses and entrepreneurs across the region, especially at this critical time when so many are facing tough challenges as a result of the recession.  She has been a great resource for the businesses in my home state of Maine and I know she will do the same for all of New England.”“I am deeply honored and excited about working with Administrator Karen Mills and the Obama Administration to help small businesses in New England weather these difficult times,” said Hulit.  “I look forward to deploying my experience in the financial services industry and economic development to help the U.S. Small Business Administration work effectively with private industry to retain and grow employment in the region.”Hulit has been a senior vice president for commercial lending at Citizens Bank since 2002.  She also served as a vice president for Key Bank National Association for 10 years and as the deputy director of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development for four years.  In addition to being a vice president of Gendron Commercial Brokers and a public affairs manager for Time Warner Cable, Hulit worked for both the Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Portland Region and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States.Hulit is affiliated with several Maine organizations including the University of Southern Maine, U.S. Department of Commerce District Export Council, Maine International Trade Center, Maine Port Authority and Maine Democratic organizations.  She graduated from the American University with a bachelor’s degree in international studies in 1980.  Hulit is the proud mother of two children. Source: SBA, August 11, 2009last_img read more

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Vattenfall plans for coal-free German power sector

first_imgVattenfall plans for coal-free German power sector FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Vattenfall is considering converting its German coal-fired power stations to use fuels including gas or biomass as utility companies in the country brace for a government deadline for phasing out coal altogether.Vattenfall, owned by the Swedish state, operates 2.9 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired power stations in Germany, including the 1.7 GW Moorburg site that only opened three years ago and supplies 80 percent of Hamburg’s electricity.The way German power station operators deal with their coal assets is crucial for investors, jittery ahead of a December announcement from a government-appointed commission about how coal plants will be phased out of Europe’s largest economy. “How long Moorburg will run significantly depends on what the coal commission decides,” Vattenfall board member Tuomo Hatakka told Reuters.An accelerated shutdown of Moorburg would be a major blow to Vattenfall, which spent 2.8 billion euros ($3.2 billion) on the plant. Converting coal-fired plants to fuels such as gas or biomass would also lead to marked drop in generating capacity.Hatakka also said Vattenfall was planning to shut its Reuter West and Moabit coal-fired stations no later than 2030 and partially replace them with industrial waste heat, waste burning, biomass, power-to-heat and gas technology.The use of coal to generate electricity in Germany is on the wane but it is still the most commonly used fuel. In 2017, coal and lignite, or brown coal, accounted for 37 percent of power production, down from 46 percent a decade agoMore: Vattenfall looks to gas and biomass as end of coal power loomslast_img read more

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Confrontation between Police and Shining Path Column Following Incursion into Camp

first_imgBy Dialogo July 24, 2009 Lima, 22 July (EFE).- The Peruvian police exchanged shots with a Shining Path column in a jungle zone of the Huánuco region, following an incursion into a camp belonging to “Comrade Artemio,” the only historical leader of this armed group at liberty, official sources confirmed today. “Comrade Artemio” is believed to have been wounded in the confrontation that took place yesterday, Tuesday, in the locality of Yanajanca (around six hundred kilometers northeast of Lima), although there is still no proof of this, EFE was told by a source in the intelligence bureau of the El Huallaga Police Front who participated in the operation. Following the armed confrontation, in which the security forces suffered no casualties, the members of the Shining Path fled, “leaving behind all the logistics,” the source specified, upon indicating that the camp belonged to “Comrade Artemio.” “Upon taking the camp, bloodstains were found on some items of clothing and on the ground, as a result of which it is presumed that the terrorist criminal known as “Comrade Artemio” was wounded,” the source indicated. “Artemio,” whose identity is not known for certain, commands a column of Shining Path remnants in Upper Huallaga (to which Yanajanca belongs), an area where coca leaf and cocaine are produced. The remnants of the Shining Path, which according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was responsible for more than half of the 69,000 deaths during the years of terrorism (1990-2000), did not acknowledge the ceasefire ordered by the organization’s founder, Abimael Guzmán, following his capture together with the top echelon of the Maoist group in 1992. The source from the El Huallaga Police Front stated today that “packs, uniforms, equipment, ammunition, provisions, and other things” were also found in the Yanajanca camp. In April the Shining Path ambushed Peruvian army troops in the coca-growing zone of the southeastern Valley of the Apurímac and Ene Rivers (VRAE), where the terrorists are commanded by “Comrade José” and “Comrade Alipio,” and killed fourteen soldiers, the highest number of casualties among the security forces in recent years.last_img read more

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Drug Lord “Pichi” Captured in Panama

first_img Panamanian Police arrested Colombian national Edinson Rodolfo Rojas, aka “Pichi,” leader of the so-called “La Oficina del Envigado” criminal organization in Panama on February 10. Rojas was believed to be involved in the murder of 11 people last year, two of whom were counter drug police officers, the Panamanian Police reported. Rojas, age 39, was arrested after the monitoring and surveillance Operation Delta 13 was carried out by the National Police Information Directorate, which allowed his capture in the town of Brisas del Golfo, located in the highly populated San Miguelito district in the outskirts of the Panamanian capital. “Congratulations to the Police for the capture of alias Pichi in Panama, the successor to Sebastian in Oficina de Envigado,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos posted on Twitter after the news was made public. “I thank President Ricardo Martinelli and the Panamanian authorities for their help,” Santos added. In order to detain the alleged successor of “Sebastian” and “Valenciano,” the Colombian Counter Drug Office also participated in the operation. The capture was made possible through intelligence information managed by both countries, according to the Panamanian Police. “Pichi” is also considered the head of Oficina del Envigado, a criminal gang linked to drug trafficking which operates in the Antioquia district, and he is behind much of the violence in Medellín, Panamanian Police added. Rojas was also involved in a massacre in Envigado, a Colombian rural population in Antioquia where nine people were murdered on December 31, 2012, during an alleged dispute between drug trafficking gang members, the Colombian Police posted on Twitter after his capture was made public. Rojas is also allegedly linked to the killing of two police officers in Medellín in July 2012, for which he is suspected of being the mastermind, according to the Colombian Police. Rojas will be expelled from Panama to Colombia, since there is no extradition agreement between both countries. Colombia’s Police had offered $11,000 reward for information leading to the perpetrators of the Envigado massacre. By Dialogo February 12, 2013last_img read more

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Cairns home ticks popular internet search terms

first_imgThis double-storey house at 58-60 Ellison St, Clifton Beach comes with a private, scenic entry and ocean views.TWO of the most searched terms among real estate buyers are lifestyle and home office and this house ticks both boxes, says Cairns Property Office agent Debbie North. She says the five-bedroom property at 58-60 Ellison St, Clifton Beach was now on the market due to sellers wanting to downsize but it was originally built as a timeless, family home. “It’s one of those houses that a family can really enjoy and grow into,” Ms North said. “It doesn’t matter when your kids grow up, there’s still going to be areas for them to have later on. Or if you’ve got older parents, they could move in. This double-storey house at 58-60 Ellison St, Clifton Beach was built with family in mind. MORE NEWS Five Cairns ‘village’ homes Former actor’s FNQ house for salecenter_img “You could spend your whole family life there and not have to worry about outgrowing it.” The double-storey home offers a private escape located at the end of a quiet street, surrounded by forest on an impressive 5327sq m block. “I loved the location because anytime you go up a private driveway and then get to the top, you can’t see anyone, but here you get that ocean view,” Ms North said. “A lot of the time with the forested blocks you can’t see anything and this was a lovely surprise.“What a lot of people don’t have with these hillside blocks with ocean views is there’s no flat land. This double-storey house at 58-60 Ellison St, Clifton Beach comes with a private, scenic entry and ocean views.“Whereas at the bottom of this there’s actually an area where they used to play cricket with the kids and there’s also a decent-sized shed.”Once the journey up the property’s private and scenic driveway is complete and upon entering this house, the owners are treated to a timeless, functional floorplan. “The layout works perfectly for either a combined family with three bedrooms upstairs and two downstairs with an additional living space and bathroom also downstairs.More from newsTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoCool properties on the market in North Queensland right now18 Sep 2020“This would work great for guests, Airbnb or a very large home office. It’s like two houses in one really.”The kitchen has recently been updated and provides lots of stone top benchspace and cupboards plus a servery. “There are delightful timber floors upstairs and high ceilings with an open-plan living area leading to an extensive entertaining deck which takes advantage of the breezes and the views out to Double Island. The pool at 58-60 Ellison St, Clifton Beach comes with downstairs covered entertaining area.“And another large, second outdoor living area downstairs plus an additional covered entertaining area beside the magnificent private pool.“There’s a big move to privacy and having your own space without having neighbours on top of you and this really ticks those boxes.”Ms North said the extra large garage provided good storage and ample parking area for additional vehicles or event a boat. She said her favourite feature other than the timeless timber floors, ample outdoor space and the high ceilings was the property’s location. “ The location gives you the best of both worlds being only five minutes drive to the beachfront at Clifton Beach, four minutes drive to an excellent shopping centre and six minutes drive to Palm Cove and its restaurants while having your own private escape.”last_img read more

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CDM Smith Expert Inspects Potential Bundaberg East Levee Site

first_imgU.S. engineering expert Mike Schmidt joined Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey today to inspect a potential site for the Bundaberg East Levee ahead of community information sessions on 6 June.Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said that this was a great opportunity for locals to hear from a world-renowned engineer about the next project in the Bundaberg 10-year Action Plan.“Whole areas of Bundaberg were devastated by major flooding in 2013, and having met with affected residents, I’ve heard first-hand how it affected them,” he said.“The Premier has also visited Bundaberg to meet with locals who bore the brunt of flooding, and committed to assisting with future flood mitigation efforts.“The purpose of these sessions is to offer as much information as possible to the community and listen to any feedback.”“This project is designed to mitigate the effects of a major natural disaster and increase protection from flooding from the Burnett River within Bundaberg East, South and the CBD.“It’s important we have as many people as possible at the community sessions because so that we get outcomes that best reflect the views of local residents.“We will also be holding an invitation only briefing session for owners directly along the proposed levee alignment with Mr Schmidt and the project team.”Mike Schmidt is a Senior Vice President with worldwide engineering firm CDM Smith. He has guided the implementation of over $1 billion of multi-benefit, capital improvements such as levees.“Our team has been in Bundaberg and are very aware of the extent of flooding and the critical local issues,” Mr Schmidt said.“We have evaluated a range of options to mitigate flooding and have drawn on our experience in the US and other countries to produce a design for the Bundaberg East Levee which also represents best international practice,” Mr Schmidt concluded.[mappress mapid=”25178″]last_img read more

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