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

Morning glories

first_imgIt is the jewel of Harvard’s weeklong Commencement celebration, the morning on which the Yard is crowded with graduates old and new, and in which pomp and play and pride seek full measure.“That’s the idea, that nothing changes,” said Victor Ford ’53 of the Commencement pageantry today (May 27). Ford, pastor emeritus at First Church in nearby Charlestown, where College benefactor John Harvard worshiped, stood with his cane near Johnston Gate.Beginning the day was the traditional Senior Class Chapel Service at the Memorial Church. The dais belonged to the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church.“You have not survived four years here simply to be lost in the universe,” Gomes told the seniors, some of them sitting up on the altar and some spilling into the aisles. “Something of the greatness and the goodness that is in each of you will survive, and in certain cases even prevail.”He cautioned the students against striving for the kind of greatness that is too often tied to a drive simply to achieve. Instead, Gomes urged the graduating class to aim, above all, for goodness.Gomes acknowledged that some listeners may perform great deeds, such as finding a cure for cancer or a “sensible way of explaining the economy,” and that he would be grateful for their successes. But he suggested that most of the graduates would simply be “called upon to do small and ordinary things as well as possible.”Gomes added, “If you do that well, you will have remade our world and your little corner of it, you will have justified our high hopes in you, and you will have given substance to the ancient vision for a new heaven and a new Earth.”“Know that the world will be a better place,” he said, “for your honest participation in it.”Gomes’ message resonated with Laurel Macey of Winthrop House, a human evolutionary biology concentrator who will work in a research lab at the Harvard School of Public Health in the fall.“I liked that he reminded us that we should not strive for greatness, we should just strive for goodness, and then great things will follow,” she said. “That’s an important message for Harvard students … that sometimes it is more important to just be good.”Excitement rose in the Old Yard as seniors, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered to form their long procession lines. The parade, an annual ritual replete with bright, multicolored academic gowns and hoods, processes through the Yard and into Tercentenary Theatre, the outdoor area between the Memorial Church and Widener Library, which was first used in 1936 as a ceremonial gathering point to celebrate the College’s 300th anniversary.Fred Abernathy, Gordon McKay Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Abbott and James Lawrence Research Professor of Engineering, stood atop his traditional small podium near Johnston Gate and organized the procession. He called out facts and figures from years gone by to correspond with a particular alumni class, as well as humorous quips.“Slowly for the honorands. Don’t march too fast; it is not a race,” said Abernathy of the group of speedy honorary degree recipients hurrying by, which included actress Meryl Streep. She wore tinted glasses and a pair of impressively high wedge shoes.Inside the Yard, Sheriff of Middlesex County James V. DiPaola opened the Morning Exercises with three sharp raps of his silver-tipped staff. His call was loud, resonant, and stentorian: “This meeting will be in order.”The words are one of the traditions during Commencement Week’s biggest day. But a few things do change — the degree recipients, for one, all 7,125 of them this year, on the 359th Commencement. The recipients of honorary degrees change too. There were 10 this year, from retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice David H. Souter ’61, LL.B. ’66, to education innovator Freeman A. Hrabowski III and iconic actress Meryl Streep.But even the honorands can’t escape at least one short-term Harvard tradition: the tight, bright, punning descriptions of them by President Drew Faust. “A formidable man of steel,” she called sculptor-in-metal Richard Serra, “he has knocked sculpture off its pedestal.”Harvard Provost Steven Hyman brought his own game to Faust’s wordplay. “Merrily we honor,” he said in an introduction, “Meryl Streep.” The Academy Award-winning actress, who sat on stage next to Souter, stood and blew a kiss to the audience when her degree was conferred. Though it wasn’t her hardest role (Streep has been nominated 16 times for the Oscar, winning two), it was the performance everyone had been waiting for. The crowd went wild.There were also wild crowds, School by School, as degrees were conferred on the graduates. The newest grads of Harvard Law School waved wooden gavels. Kennedy School grads threw inflatable globes into the air, and those of the Graduate School of Education waved books.For more serious traditions, there are the three orations by graduates.The Latin Salutatory by Mary Anne Marks ’10 included a phrase that most observers recognized, “multum laboris,” or, “a great deal of work.” That’s university life, in any language.Chiamaka Lilian Nwakeze ’10 delivered the Senior English Address, “Poetry for Chemists,” an argument that a liberal arts education deepens understanding of the sciences. It is “a scaffold on which individuals are formed,” she said, a broad education that bestows “an interconnected consciousness … for a total picture of reality.”Comedian James “Jimmy” Tingle, who received a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School, rocked the house with the Graduate English Address, even while confessing he spent his boyhood thinking of Harvard as simply “a good place to steal bicycles.”Tingle started as a street performer in Harvard Square. “I don’t want to brag, but two years ago I performed in Europe,” he said, and then paused. “And I have to say: excellent country.”Tingle also described his temporary academic stumbling block, a required course in statistics. If he can pass statistics at Harvard, he said, then one other thing is certainly possible: “world peace.”last_img read more

Home ownership doesn’t guarantee happiness: Survey

first_imgHome ownership doesn’t guarantee happiness according to new research.SCRIMPING and savings for a home getting you down? Perhaps it’s time for a reality check: Owning a home doesn’t necessarily guarantee happiness, new research has found, with more than half of those with mortgages unhappy.Researchers have found that the majority of Aussies consider their home loan a burden rather than a blessing.The Gateway Mortgage Holders Sentiment Report found that 56 per cent of those who were currently paying off a mortgage or have paid off a mortgage found it a burden that somewhat limited their lifestyle. Just 44 per cent saw their home loan as a benefit that helped their lifestyle – something Gateway chief executive Paul Thomas believed pointed to a broader problem of Aussies being heavily indebted.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago“Around three-in-ten households (29 per cent) were classified as ‘over-indebted’ (by the Australian Bureau of Statistics),” he said. “In fact, the ABS research also revealed owners with a mortgage were the most likely households to be over-indebted (47 per cent)”. Getting your money into a home is only part of the challenge.Queenslanders were less likely to consider their home loans a burden (47 per cent view their home loan negatively) while those in Victoria (59 per cent) and New South Wales (56 per cent) were more likely to be pessimistic.“It’s not surprising to find that many view paying off their home as an encumbrance. It’s one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in life, so borrowers need to do their due diligence before buying a property. There are many advantages to owning your own home and while a mortgage is considered ‘good’ debt, borrowers need to make sure they’re not overstretching themselves and taking on more than they can handle,” Mr Thomas said.Aussie attitudes to mortgages have grown more negative in the past two years, the research found, with only 40 per cent seeing their home loan as “at least somewhat of a benefit” (down 5 percentage points).”“We know times have become tougher over the past few years. CoreLogic recently reported property price growth across all capital cities is at a seven-year high (12.9 per cent). Not to mention, wages growth remains stuck at a record low, sitting under 2 per cent. All these factors seem to be contributing to our dissatisfaction when it comes to the cost of home ownership.”last_img read more

Linda Carole Pitts

first_imgLinda Carole Pitts was born on July 15, 1946 in Brookville, the daughter of John J. and Lloyd A. Strohmier Smith. In her teen-age years, she was active in band at New Salem High School, sang with the Wen Melas Choir and participated in 4-H. Later, Linda worked for the Schnadig Corporation for over 25 years and raised 4 children. She was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Rushville. Linda enjoyed family gatherings, sewing, reading and spending time with her beloved dog, Gus. On Friday, August 11, 2017, at the age of 71, she passed away at St. Vincent Hospital.Those surviving who will cherish Linda’s memory include her children, Frann (Phil) Hedges of Indianapolis, John Pitts, and Raelynn (David) Smith, both of Carmel; grandchildren, Kristin Hedges, Michael Smith, Jeffrey (Amber) Pitts Jr., Darrin Smith, Shanna Smith, Richard Ryan and Kourtney Hedges; one brother, Tom (Linda) Smith of Rushville; one sister, Janice (Jack) Hunt of Greenfield, and 2 nieces and 1 nephew. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Allen Pitts, Sr., and a granddaughter, Nichole Rene Hedges. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Services, officiated by Roy Ice of St. Paul United Methodist Church will begin at 2 p.m. and burial will follow in Big Cedar Cemetery, Whitcomb.Memorial contributions can be directed to St. Paul United Methodist Church of Rushville or to the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Linda Pitts.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Battle Lady Chargers And Lady Twisters On The Links

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs shot a score of 187 at Hillcrest Golf Course Thursday. Unfortunately, Oldenburg and North Decatur only had 3 golfers so they couldn’t post a team score.For the Bulldogs. Emma Weiler 36, Sarah Ronnebaum 45, Chloe Murphy 52, Tori Harpring 54, Madelyn Pohlman 58.Sydney Parker led North with a 47. Katy Kinker 54. Laronda Schwartz 60. Emerald Simons led OA with 54.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer and Chargers Coach Madeline Childress.last_img

Edo 2020: Ondo athletes protest non-payment of camp allowances

first_imgRelatedPosts Why Ondo athletes will be absent at Youth Sports Festival – Council Ondo sports council sacks FA secretary Athletes of the Ondo State Sports Council on Monday protested non-payment of camp allowances by management of the council after the state government had reportedly approved funds for the purpose. The athletes, who paralysed activities at the sports council, accused the General Manager, Wande Fabuluje, and the state Commissioner for Sports, Dotun Owanikin, of incompetence and shortchanging them of their camp allowances. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the National Sports Festival, billed to have started on March 20, was postponed by the Federal Government as part of measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country. The leader of the protesters and Chairman of the labour union in the council, Moses Usifo, said the general manager had promised the athletes their allowances last Thursday. Usifo said: “Since 2018, we have been facing a big build-up of fraud in the Ondo State Sports Council and we say enough is enough. “In 2018, government released N75 million for the purchase of equipment, out of which N25 million was embezzled. “We wrote a petition and some people were begging us to withdraw it, but we are still standing on the petition. “We want to use this medium to plead with the Ondo State Government to take proper action on the incompetence of the general manager of the sports council. “Government has released money for the National Sports Festival. “While athletes had been decamped, they have not yet been paid since Friday. “The general manager told us that the money would be paid on Thursday, but they have yet to pay. “The athletes are stranded and angry, hence our protest.” Osifo said the council needed competent hands who knew much about sports management, adding: “There is nowhere in the world where camp will be disbanded without athletes being paid.” Also, the state Basketball Coach, Fisayo Bello, said the athletes were supposed to be at home with their parents as ordered by government due to COVID-19 threat, adding, however, that transportation and other camp entitlements had not been paid. Bello said Owanikin had promised the athletes that all allowances would be paid before the close of the camp. He accused the general manager of misappropriation of funds since he assumed office in 2018, stressing that the state athletes were tired of him being the head of the sports council. He said: “The National Sports Festival 2020 has been postponed and the commissioner gave his word that every allowance should be paid. “This was why they cancelled so many sporting activities. “By now, athletes are still in camp without being fed, while no allowance has also been paid. “Meanwhile, the funds he (the governor) has been releasing, he (General Manager) has been misappropriating them since his assumption of office in 2018. “We are saying No, we don’t want him anymore, we are saying enough is enough.” When contacted, the general manager, however, described the allegations that the athletes were still in camp as false. Fabuluje said camp had been disbanded, following government’s directives. He said the athletes had started receiving alerts in batches since Friday as approved by the state government. Fabuluje said the protesting athletes were those who belonged to the batch that had not received payment. “As I am speaking with you now, I am in the bank and their allowances are being paid,” he said. On the allegation of misappropriation of funds, the general manager said it was not true, maintaining that he had been given clean bill of health by the state House of Assembly and the Department of State Services on the allegation.Tags: Dotun OwonikinEdo Sports FestivalOndo State Sports CouncilWande Fabulujelast_img read more