With 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 & T
Share 48 Views one comment Sharing is caring! Crispin Gregoire. Photo credit: Facebook profile.A former Dominican ambassador to the United Nations has been assigned a new position within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).Crispin Gregoire who served as Dominica’s ambassador to the United Nations was announced as the Chief of Strategic Monitoring and Support on May 1st, 2012.He is responsible to provide managerial support to five (5) UNDP offices in the Caribbean as Chief of Strategic Monitoring and Support.“I was recently selected from a large pool of applicants for the position to coordinate the Caribbean offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Caribbean. So I operate from the headquarters in New York and I’m directly responsible to provide management support and to oversee the operations in terms of the five offices in Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname. You don’t hear the word Dominica in those names now Dominica is actually supported from the office in Barbados which covers the Organization of East Caribbean States,” Gregoire explained.He will also serve as a broker for mobilization of additional resources for their programs, build strategic alliances with donors and other resource organizations and manage the Caribbean Regional Program undertaken jointly with the CARICOM Secretariat.The UNDP is an “arm” of the United Nations which Gregoire said “focuses on development and improving the lives of people”.They are able to do so through a number of approaches, he clarified.“It focuses on poverty alleviation, we’re talking about ending poverty, improving lives of people, making sure they have access to water, access to energy, access to food. So that is one of the things that the UNDP does”.The UNDP which is an agency of the United Nations establishes partnerships with governments around the world “to help them improve the livelihoods of people”.Dominica Vibes News Share Share LocalNews Former Dominican ambassador takes up UNDP position by: – May 11, 2012 Tweet
THE inaugural Banks Beer Village Cup commenced Tuesday evening at the Victoria Community Centre ground, with three exciting matches. Tiger Bay, Mocha and Plaisance secured vital wins and therefore progressed to the quarter-final rounds.Tiger Bay’s 3-0 rout of Liliendaal came off the boots of marksmen Manasseh Primo (7th), Darien Dickson (18th) and Deon Alfred (29th).Mocha edged East Ruimveldt 5-4 on sudden-death penalty kicks after their match ended 1-1. Michael Charles had opened the scoring in the 17th minute but four minutes later, Travis Blaze found the equaliser for East Ruimveldt.Plaisance whipped Sophia 3-0, with Vincent Thomas scoring a brace (17th and 79th). He received support from Akeem Thomas who netted in the fourth minute.Matches will continue this evening at the aforementioned venue with Pouderoyen in action against Kitty from 18:00hrs before Alexander Village battle Stewartville from 20:00hrs. The final match of the night pits Stabroek against Beterverwagting from 22:00hrs.Meanwhile, at a press briefing yesterday, the title sponsors confirmed their partnership with the event.Communications Manager Troy Peters stated, “We are proud to be on board this venture and it aids us in helping football being played throughout Guyana and we look forward to an exciting tournament.”Organiser Esan Griffith expressed his gratitude for the support of the company and felt the tournament had a productive start and fans can be assured of more riveting action.Griffith also explained the idea behind the tournament was to bring football back to its grassroots and give community teams a chance to showcase their talents.The tournament will see the winning team go home with $800 000 after the grand final set for December 30.The second-placed side will pocket $400 000, third-placed team will collect $200 000, and $100 000 to the fourth-placed finishers.
It’s expected that Jack McGrath, Rory Best and Johnny Sexton will all return.Peter O’Mahony may get a spot in the bench.