Mumford & Sons Donate North Carolina Concert Proceeds To Local LGBTQ Organization

first_imgWith Bruce Springsteen making headlines for cancelling a performance in North Carolina over the controversial HB2 law, many artists scheduled to play in the state have been reconsidering their performances. Mumford & Sons took a more active approach to protesting the law, by not only playing a sold out show at the Time Warner Center Arena but donating their profits to a local organization that supports LGBTQ rights.Read the band’s full statement below:Dear friends,We will be playing a show tomorrow in Charlotte, and recent events in North Carolina have got us talking a lot as a band the last few days, so we felt compelled to say something in advance to you.As a band that relishes welcoming everyone to our shows and promoting tolerance, we do want to take a stand with the people of North Carolina who this week are shouting loudly against intolerance, fear and discrimination.Over the years we’ve looked for ways to contribute to the vitality of local communities and, in that spirit, we’re now creating a charitable fund to support those who have made it their mission to pursue love and justice. We will be donating all of our profits from this show to this new fund. And we will start by making a donation from it to a local LGBTQ organisation.As always, we will open the doors to our show to anyone who wants to come, and are excited to get down with the people of Charlotte.M, B, W & Tlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s students react to new president’s election

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s community was introduced to President-elect Dr. Katie Conboy on Wednesday. Students were invited to the Spes Unica Atrium for the announcement of Conboy’s new position. After a speech to the community, Conboy held a meet-and-greet for students at the Cushwa-Leighton Library.  Student reaction to the new president was positive across all grade levels.“I’m not sure if I’ve been here long enough to notice a difference with a new president, but I’m still excited to see what she will do,” first year student Grace Anspach said.Junior Jackie Rojas is one of the students who met Conboy in the library following her speech. “We were in line to try and shake hands with her,” Rojas said. “At first I shook hands with her and introduced myself. I really wanted to give her a hug because I love hugs, but I wasn’t brave enough to ask her. Then the second time she came around, I asked if I could give her a hug and she said yes.”Students are particularly happy about Conboy’s background with women’s colleges.“She seems absolutely fantastic. I think what I like most is that she comes from an all women’s college, so she already has that background” senior Sarah Hautzinger said.Both Conboy’s Holy Cross background and her time as a student at Notre Dame serve as an important consideration for students as well.“I think it’s special that she comes from an all women’s college and has a background in Holy Cross education” junior Giavanna Paradiso said.Paradiso is on the Presidential Transition Committee and is a part of a group of students who interviewed the final candidates.“My first impression of her is just that she is going to get things done,” she said. “She wants as much information as she can, and then she’s going to absorb that and then do what she thinks is the best plan for the College.”Other students were equally impressed with Conboy at their first meeting with her.“Going into it, I was kind of skeptical, especially because of what happened with [former College President] Jan Cervelli,” senior Elisabeth Barrett said. “I was a freshman when she started her first year, so I was kind of under the assumption I’d have four years with her. Then she left so abruptly.” Though Barrett has some concerns about meeting a new president, she said she was particularly impressed by Conboy’s speech.“After the speech she gave introducing herself to everyone, I can see how so far it seems like she’s a really great fit for Saint Mary’s,” Barrett said. “She seems very focused on unity which I think the school needs, especially after the Jan Cervelli debacle.” Rojas also referenced Cervelli’s resignation as an initial cause of nerves.“When I first heard about Jan stepping down, I was devastated because I love her so much, and I felt like I had a connection with her. It just really saddened me that that was happening,” Rojas said. “And then Nancy came around, and I got close to her.” Though Rojas had such close connections to previous College leaders, she said she is looking forward to what Conboy will achieve during her time at Saint Mary’s. Other students expressed optimism that Conboy would reinvigorate the Saint Mary’s community.“I think that’s what excites me about her the most — her new ideas” Paradiso said. “She’s just full of ideas.” Rojas particularly enjoyed Conboy’s emphasis on unity in her intial remarks.“I just really love the indications she gave of the direction that she wants to take the College,” Rojas said. “Making sure we are all able to live together under one roof even though we are so very different but keeping that identity alive and together.”Some students, however, are concerned Conboy would not stay at Saint Mary’s for the long-haul.“I’m optimistic that she will bring a sense of consistency to this position that we haven’t had since I’ve been a student here,” sophomore Grace Dennis said. “I’m hopeful she will work with the students to ensure a great sense of community at Saint Mary’s. My only current concern is that she doesn’t keep any consistency, and we are back to square one in a presidential search again shortly.” Sophomore Campbell Washer agrees with that sentiment.“I think she’s nice and will be helpful, but as far as anything else, I’m not sure. I hope she likes it here and fits in, but I’m just a little wary,” she said.However, Paradiso is confident Conboy will be around for a long time.“It is kind of cool that she got her PhD from Notre Dame. She’s got family here, she’s got roots and she has longevity here” she said.Rojas said she feels that she has already connected with Conboy.“It was just so wonderful to be able to look into her eyes and shake her hand and have that personal connection,” she said. “My hope is that she’ll continue to have that connection with all of us and guide us forward.” Tags: Jan Cervelli, Katie Conboy, Presidential Search, saint mary’s, SMC presidential search commiteelast_img read more

I can hear the flowers a growin

first_imgI am not an early riser but every spring and summer I have reason to get up early and go outside. My garden. I will not be able to produce more than 1 meal a day from my kitchen garden, but my purpose is not strictly food production. The purpose is get my hands dirty in compost as I gently spread it around the base of fragile green plants in April. To watch seeds turn into leafy green shoots, strong and sturdy in May. To be involved from start to finish, with growing something that can nourish both body and soul. To feel connected to the earth and our creator in ways that grocery stores and air conditioning prohibit. To have a few quiet moments among the squash and tomato leaves to watch, listen and as David Rawlings sings about – hear the flowers a growin.Yesterday was a bevy of activity. Blooms have turned to fruit and right before my eyes, squash, strawberries, broccoli, green beans and tomatoes have appeared.  my graden in june Can you see the water traveling from the roots to these perfect fruit? Neither can I but I am amazed it is happening with no assistance from me.green beansThese little guys grew in less than a week. They are almost too lovely to pick and eat and as I admire them each morning, they seem too lovely to place in salad or stew.first squash of the yearA friend may bring her three year old daughter over this weekend to pick. If I am enraptured by this 20 x 8 foot plot at age 30, I think at 3 she too will be excited by the hidden fruit shining beneath the large leaves.Thomas Jefferson apparently said that “Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God .”I don’t labour there but I do feel chosen as I sit, listen, admire, prune and watch a world beyond mine. Not a bad way to spend a few minutes every morning. Maybe one of these days, I’ll even eat the veggies being grown and marvel at how wonderful they taste as well.last_img read more

Quicksilver CEO Lost at Sea

first_imgPierre Agnes, the CEO of of Boardriders Inc. – parent company of Quiksilver, DC Shoes, and Roxy—has been declared missing after a boat he was captaining off the France’s notoriously turbulent western coast washed ashore without him.Agnes had been fishing yesterday morning in the area where his boat was discovered. According to French authorities, he had radioed in earlier that day with the news that thick fog would be delaying his return.“The Boardriders family and entire surfing world are devastated by this news,” the brand said in a statement. “We are concentrating on working with the local authorities on the search and rescue effort and supporting Pierre’s family. Please keep Pierre and his family in your prayers.”last_img

Strong showing at polls from US progressives suggests leftward swing

first_imgAlso in New York, Mondaire Jones, a black 33-year-old who is openly gay and another favorite among progressives, likely will best a crowded field in a neighboring congressional district. Ocasio-Cortez — who along with progressive senators and former presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren endorsed both Bowman and Jones — scored a resounding victory against a well-funded primary rival for her seat representing parts of the Bronx and Queens in the House.All three of the candidates are from overwhelmingly Democratic districts, and primary wins virtually guarantee a congressional seat.”When I won in 2018, many dismissed our victory as a ‘fluke,'” the 30-year-old known as AOC tweeted.  Two years after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned the US political establishment by winning a seat in Congress and becoming one of its best-known members, another upstart New Yorker is gaining attention, one of several likely electoral wins galvanizing the Democratic left ahead of November.Many mailed ballots remain uncounted but early numbers from Tuesday’s primary vote in several states suggest big gains for US progressives, signaling ongoing dissatisfaction among some with the Democratic party’s traditional wing that’s triggering a leftward swing.Jamaal Bowman, a black 44-year-old former middle school principal, appears set to topple Eliot Engel — a 73-year-old white centrist who has spent two decades in Congress — in a district just north of Manhattan, according to a preliminary count from the New York Board of Elections.I’m a Black man raised by a single mother in a housing project. That story doesn’t usually end in Congress.But today, that 11-year old boy beaten by police is about to be your Representative.I can’t wait to get to DC and cause problems for those maintaining the status quo. pic.twitter.com/ijaWpkcxvc— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) June 24, 2020 “We are proving that the people’s movement in NY isn’t an accident. It’s a mandate.”On the state level, leftist Julia Salazar breezed past opponents to maintain her New York senate seat as fellow Democratic Socialist Jabari Brisport appeared poised to join her there.And in Kentucky a progressive insurgent, Charles Booker, delivered a spirited challenge against a powerhouse fundraiser opponent in hopes of securing the Democratic nomination to take on top Republican Mitch McConnell.Kentucky is ready for a new vision. It’s time for new leadership. The race is tight, but as every vote is counted, we can feel the people rising up.We’re ready to #ShockTheWorld. pic.twitter.com/o9QIedd1oB— Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) June 25, 2020The tilt left comes amid social upheaval and anger over a piecemeal coronavirus response and mass unemployment, as well as a surge of anti-racism protests over police brutality.Bowman’s race in many ways encapsulated the moment: Raised by a single mother, he’s lived in public housing and discussed being beaten by police as an 11-year-old.”It’s the confluence of this perfect storm,” said Nadia E. Brown, a scholar of politics and African-American studies at Purdue University.”It’s the pandemic, it’s the economic downturn and it’s this racial unrest — these have given people ample opportunity to think deeply about their role in democracy.”For Emerson Russell-Grad — a member of the Democratic Socialists of America since 2016 who campaigned for Bowman — Tuesday’s wave of progressive wins comes after years of organizing.”Really what it comes down to is building that multi-racial, multi-generational working class movement,” the 24-year-old recent college graduate said.Long road ahead Brown is skeptical that a progressive influx will take over the Democratic party in what she called a “pretty solidly moderate” United States.”But what I think will happen is that these progressives will have a large enough voice… to push those that are in power to rethink some standard policies,” she told AFP.It’s a push already in motion: Along with Democratic Socialist Ocasio-Cortez, progressive Democrats Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts), Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) have made inroads as some of Congress’ most outspoken figures.Brian Arbour, a politics professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, called it clear “the Democratic Party in general is moving to the left” platform-wise, as state healthcare expansion, climate change policies and gun restrictions gain broader support within its ranks.And while progressives can more likely sway voters in urban districts, Arbour noted that Jones’ win came in a more suburban locale.Still, he said, the Democrats “easily nominated Joe Biden” — a moderate in the style of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama set to take on Donald Trump in November — indicating a general inclination to toe the line.But organizer Russell-Grad said leftist Sanders’ presidential primary loss against Biden was part of a “much longer battle.””It goes way beyond just the presidency, it’s at every level of government,” he said. “What we’re fighting for is consciousness-building amongst working people.””Seeing candidates that have never been involved in electoral politics before running and then achieving victories — it really shows that the movement is successful.”Topics :last_img read more

Janbon replaces Marchessaux at BNP Paribas Investment Partners

first_imgJacques d’Estais, BNP Paribas Group deputy COO, thanked Marchessaux for his work at the investment manager over the past six years.“I have every confidence in Frédéric’s ability to reinforce our range of investment solutions for institutional clients, distributors and individual customers in what is a highly strategic business for the BNP Paribas Group,” he said.Marchessaux was also previously head of the company’s institutional business line, a role that was handed to David Kiddie last year.Janbon’s promotion follows on from the appointment of a new head of equity derivatives strategy at BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking.Edmund Shing will be responsible for strengthening the bank’s equity derivatives strategy by developing trade ideas for clients, focusing on derivatives, markets and cross-asset research. Frédéric Janbon is to replace Philippe Marchessaux as chief executive of BNP Paribas Investment Partners.Marchessaux, who oversaw the integration of ABN Amro Asset Management and the investment management business of Fortis into BNP Paribas, is to remain with the company in as-yet-unannounced role.Janbon – who has more than 25 years of experience, including within the derivatives and options market and the interest rate teams within the French Bank – assumed his new role this week.He was named global head of fixed income in 2005, a position he held until last year.last_img read more

Surprising transformation hidden behind deceptive exterior

first_imgThe house at 11 Akora St, MacGregor, is for sale.ON THE outside this MacGregor house looks like your regular, tidy, lowset brick abode.But prepare to be transported upon stepping foot across the threshold. The bathrooms are sleek and modern.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe garage is now a massive master suite, and the ensuite has a deep soaker tub for unwinding after a long day.This area is separated from the other bedrooms by a living and dining room which has polished timber floors.The home’s three other bedrooms are serviced by a bathroom with a double vanity, and a separate toilet.There is also a separate laundry. Pendant lights are a feature of the dining room.Mrs Bellas said she had also enjoyed living in MacGregor due to its quiet atmosphere and its convenience.“It’s really peaceful and it is close to everything,” she said. “It’s a minute to the (Pacific Motorway), there are a lot of good schools around us and all of the shopping centres are walking distance.”The Bellas are now hoping to move somewhere that does not have a backyard.The house is set to go to auction on March 30, 9.30am.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 Inside is a stone feature wall and a fireplace.Maria and Jim Bellas bought the house at 11 Akora St about five years ago and have since taken sledgehammers to walls, turning it into the ultimate contemporary home.“We gutted everything inside and started from scratch,” Mrs Bellas said.“We more or less just left the framework inside and we made the double garage into a bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.”center_img Polished timber floors sweep through the house.The living room is Mrs Bellas’ favourite space of the home.“We did a stone feature wall, and another feature wall with glass and downlighting in it,” she said.“We just sit back and relax in there.“There is an electric fireplace in there as well so it is nice in the winter time to sit and watch a movie.” The garage has been transformed into a bedroom.last_img read more

The Victims of Rho

first_imgWashington Update 7 May 2018Family First Comment: This is why we need legal regulation around abortion laws. www.chooselife.org.nz/review#ImWithBothFor Robert Rho, destroying tiny lives was all in a day’s work. He performed so many abortions, more than 40,000, that one more death probably seemed insignificant — until 2016, when that death was one of his 30-year-old patients.Jaime Morales was six months pregnant when she went to Rho’s office in Queens. It turned out to be the last time she would go anywhere. In snuffing out the life of her perfectly viable baby, the New York doctor managed to sever Jaime’s uterine aorta, rip her cervix, and pierce her uterine wall. Rho knew she was in danger. When the bleeding wouldn’t stop, he had to perform another procedure. It didn’t work, but after she collapsed in the bathroom, Rho sent her home anyway — refusing to call an ambulance.In the car, Jaime slipped into unconsciousness — and by the time her sister reached 911 and got her to a hospital, it was too late. The young mother died. Now, two years later, Rho is in court, where he should have faced 15 years for manslaughter. But, just as the jury was about to weigh in with its verdict, the attorney reached a plea deal with prosecutors that will let Rho off with just months in prison — a victory his lawyers call “monumental.”For the Morales family, who lost so much on that awful July day, Rho’s actions were no “accident.” It was negligence of the worst kind – the sort of criminal callousness that’s taken hold in abortion centers across the country. Assistant District Attorney Brad Leventhal argued that this whole case went beyond malpractice. “It’s about greed and arrogance.” Jaime Lee Morales, he told the jury, “bled to death because this defendant did nothing.”Unfortunately, Rho is just the symbol of a broader abortion movement that cares more about making a profit than providing for the well-being of women. His Liberty Women’s Health of Queens office is closed, but hundreds of other abortion offices are still open and operating without the barest of concerns for mothers’ health. Planned Parenthood has spent millions of dollars fighting common sense standards and safety regulations that would help keep women like Jaime Morales alive. To their dismay, even states with some of the bluest roots stand behind sensible measures like abortion waiting periods, fetal pain bills, hospital admitting privileges, mandatory ultrasounds, licensed staff requirements — and, in a minor’s case, getting a mom or dad’s okay.For an industry supposedly predicated on “women’s health,” you’d think the clinics would be supportive. Think again. These businesses would rather make money than spend any on state-of-the-art care for mothers. Instead of giving women the cutting-edge care they claim to, groups like Planned Parenthood want to subject mothers to clinics with looser regulations than a public pool. No wonder taxpayers are desperate to defund them!https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18E14&f=WU18E05Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Inside Chelsea owner’s £66m private jet

first_imgChelsea owner Roman Abramovich owns a fleet of amazing aircraft. As you can imagine, it’s pretty much a palace in the sky. There’s a stunning banquet hall on board with room for up to 30 guests to wine and dine. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu ReevesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body12 Marvel Superheroes Before The FameWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Top 9 Rarest And Most Valuable Items In The World8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Here’s What Everyday Objects Look Like If Cut In Half A kitchen, office and bedroom with a double bed were also installed on board as part of the modifications. The interior is made of precious metals and fine wood, including chestnut and gold trim. It’s fit for a man worth around £12billion. When you’re one of the richest men in the world, you’ll always have concerns for your safety. That’s why ‘The Bandit’ has the same security system as Air Force One, which transports US president Donald Trump around. Costing around £1.5million, on board is an anti-ballistic system designed to counter any ballistic missiles fired at the plane. So, like Air Force it’s the most secure and safe plane on the planet. Although Roman favours The Bandit, he can pick and choose what he flies in – with a fleet of three to use. He has two other Boeings – a 767-300 (£55million) and a 767-700 (£60million). Again, they feature conference rooms and bedrooms, but they’re not as hi-tech as ‘The Bandit.’ read also:Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s daughter Sofia looking for love That said, they’re still as luxurious – also featuring gold trim throughout their interiors. Roman certainly knows how to spoil himself. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 But the jewel in his collection of private planes is a customised Boeing 767-33A ER nicknamed ‘The Bandit’ worth £66m. Abramovich’s most lavish is his Boeing 767-33A ER that has a banquet hall for 30 guestsCredit: Jet Aviation.center_img Loading… And he keeps ‘The Bandit’ at the Harrods Aviation facility in Stansted Airport, for whenever needs it. But what’s so special about Roman’s wings? The Russian oligarch bought it in 2004 – just a year after he took over the reigns at Stamford Bridge – when Hawaiian Airlines cancelled their order for the plane.last_img read more

Simeone defends Atletico Madrid stars after UCL exit

first_imgDiego Simeone believes Atletico Madrid were weighed down by the pressure and intensity of a long season after  crashing out of the Champions League on Thursday night against Leipzig. Leipzig will face Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals on Tuesday after Tyler Adams’ deflected shot in the 88th minute earned them a shock 2-1 victory in Lisbon. Atletico’s Joao Felix had earlier scored a penalty to cancel out Dani Olmo’s opener. Questions will be asked about Simeone’s future and his ability to turn this Atletico side into winners again, while sticking to his defensive style of play. “I have nothing to say to anyone about what we did this season. It’s a good season, third in La Liga, quarter-finalists in Champions League,” Simeone said. Defeat ends a disappointing season for Atletico, who finished third in La Liga, 17 points behind Real Madrid. “We didn’t have that physical sharpness or rhythm,” said Simeone afterwards. “At the end of a season with so much pressure, so much need to get into the Champions League, and the need to integrate new players. “We came with a lot of hope. The feeling is a lot of bitterness but I know the players gave everything. They gave it their all.” Read Also: Leipzig boss can’t wait to face ex-mentor, PSG coach Tuchel “Next season will be tough, very tough.” Simeone admitted Leipzig were the better team and deserved to go through to the semis. “They were better, faster,” he added. “We gave everything and we leave with dignity, with an opponent who deserves their victory.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?last_img read more