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  • LoHi Music Festival To Bring Funk To The Streets Of Denver This Weekend

    first_imgOn July 15th, LoHi Music Festival will once again bring music to the Denver masses, with the funk-oriented urban music and street art festival taking over West 32nd Street in Denver’s LoHi district—the area nestled between the Highlands and city’s Downtown—this Saturday. For this year’s event, the theme has been set as “Water Is Life,” and attendees are encouraged to dive in head first and don their finest aquatic costumes for the day. While water is life, we live for live music, and LoHi Music Festival has tapped some of our favorite acts for their full-day lineup.At the top of the bill is the English jazz-fusion and funk powerhouse, The New Mastersounds, whose patented funk-fusion and masterful musicianship have gained them fans spanning across the globe. TAUK, the heavy New York City-based funk quartet, is next on the bill, with the group still riding on the high from the release of their latest album, Sir Nebula, which was released at the tail-end of 2016. The Main Squeeze has been steadily rising the ranks of the scene, and the group’s powerful blend of funk, hip-hop, soul, and rock will keep attendees’ energy high as the sun starts to drop during their afternoon set. Colorado’s own Liver Down The River will start LoHi Music Festival off with a bang, with the six-piece offering their eclectic “funkadeligrass” to kick things off proper. Music will rule the day, and Ichisan’s DJ sets will keep the crowds grooving in between each set, ensuring the music never stops.After The New Mastersounds close out the festival, the party doesn’t stop there. Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom will keep the tunes going till late into the night with an official afterparty. TAUK will be joined by friends LEBO of ALO, Jans Ingber formerly of The Motet, saxophonist Nick Gerlach of Menert Live Band, in addition to other familiar faces. Tiger Party will also perform the official LoHi Music Festival afterparty and will be joined by The New Mastersounds’ own Eddie Roberts as well as Thievery Corporation’s Jeff Franca.LoHi Music Festival opens its doors to Denver at 1 pm this Saturday and runs til 10 pm. Tickets for LoHi Music Festival are available here, while tickets to the official afterparty are available here.[Photo: Stephen Olker]last_img read more

  • Harvard Kennedy School faculty reflect on the death of Kim Jong Il

    first_imgThe death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il brings up many questions about the future of the communist country and the Korean peninsula as a whole, where remnants of the cold war are still felt.“Internally, the North Korean regime will need to show consistently that they’re in command since the U.S. and South Korean militaries are prepared to respond to instability,” said John Park, Belfer Center fellow and senior program officer who directs Northeast Asia projects at the U.S. Institute of Peace. “Washington and Seoul’s concern is that instability will lead to a breakdown of command and control in a country that has active nuclear weapons programs. Beijing’s major concern is a massive outflow of North Korean refugees into the Chinese provinces in the border region.”In terms of the U.S. strategy in North Korea, Nicholas Burns, the Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations and former U.S. undersecretary of state said, “I think sitting tight is very important, expressing strong support for the South Korean and Japanese governments, making sure the North Koreans realize the strength of our alliance. I think that’s where the [Obama] administration is putting its attention and that’s what it should be doing.”Joseph Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, writes, “In the short term of months, I do not expect great change in Pyongyang, but over the next year or so, Kim Jong Un [Kim’s son and successor] may find it difficult to consolidate his power with the old guard, particularly in the army.”last_img read more

  • Law students take Hague Convention case to trial

    first_imgOn Jan. 28, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB) student attorneys Nicholas Pastan ’15 and Breana Ware ’14 found themselves conducting a trial in federal court and asking a judge to decline to enforce a petition brought against their client pursuant to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. In a one-day trial in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the students helped their client testify about the years of sexual and emotional abuse she and her children suffered. They fled in mid-September 2013, when they walked across the Canadian border to the United States.Although Pastan and Ware knew from the beginning that this case was not the typical HLAB case, they never imagined that they would find themselves in a federal courtroom only 12 weeks after signing on as the client’s student attorneys.In early December, Pastan and Ware received notice from the U.S. State Department that the children’s father had filed a petition pursuant to the Hague Convention in Federal District Court in Massachusetts. “We realized that under the Hague Convention, the case had to go to trial in no more than six weeks,” Pastan said. “That’s the amazing thing about HLAB; the second we looked back and said we wanted to represent this woman the whole organization got on board to help.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

  • TOMS Shoes team wins competition

    first_imgA team representing TOMS Shoes brought home the $1,000 top prize in the Notre Dame Entrepreneurship Society’s signature Case Bowl, which gives teams a chance to research products and make presentations.Sponsored by Gino’s East Pizza in Granger, the Case Bowl featured three teams and was held Wednesday night in the Jordan Auditorium in Mendoza at 7 p.m. Red Bull and Clif Bar were the other two companies represented.Each team, comprised of three to four members, was given 20 minutes to discuss its company’s history, its current operations and an examination of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats — known in the business world as a “SWOT analysis.”“Red Bull’s presentation was fittingly characterized by energy and excitement while TOMS used the emotional, cause-driven part of their company to define their presentation,” Entrepreneurship Society vice president and Case Bowl organizer Tom Haylon said. “Clif Bar relied on their passionate speaking and innovative videos to put on a great performance.”Group performances were assessed by three University professors serving as judges based evaluations on their organization, presentation skills, stage presence and creativity. Judges’ votes determined half of the final scores, with the other half coming via text-message responses from audience members.“The team presenting on TOMS narrowly edged Red Bull to become the 2010 Case Bowl champion,” Haylon said.The TOMS team was comprised of five freshmen — Alex Brolick, Erin Cavanaugh, Cristina Couri, Ryan Gisriel and Ally Scalo.Gisriel, the team’s captain, attributed the team’s success to its hard work.“I think we won because we had weekly meetings and we worked hard to get our organization, our speeches, our presentation down solid.  We knew we were battling nerves in a larger hall to a larger audience,” Gisriel said.Gisriel also said the team was motivated by TOMS’ business model and leadership.“The reason we were so committed to weekly meetings and a more involved process was because we wanted to do Blake Mycofkie and TOMS Shoes justice,” Gisriel said. “We really were captivated by Blake’s passion, and as a result we tried to translate that passion into our presentation.”Gisriel said the team will continue to be involved with TOMS Shoes and the Entrepreneurship Society.“With the money, we are each going to buy a pair of TOMS Shoes so not only do we each get a new pair of shoes, but also we are each giving a pair to a child in need,” Gisriel said. “Also, all five members are looking to increase our role in the Entrepreneurship Society and contribute to this terrific club as the years progress.”The Case Study Bowl is the Entrepreneurship Society’s signature event, based on the Harvard Business School’s own case study program. The three-team competition is held once each semester.last_img read more

  • SMC fosters discussion on homelessness

    first_imgSaint Mary’s students hosted a panel discussion on homelessness in South Bend on Thursday evening. Panelists included representatives from St. Margaret’s House, the Youth Service Bureau, Our Lady of the Road and the Center for the Homeless.Kathy Schneider, executive director of St. Margaret’s House, said she hopes to provide women and children with far more than basic necessities: She also wants to promote bonding and friendship.“The most important thing that we do is form a community of people who care about each other,” Schneider said. “I think that is more important than any services we provide.”According to Schneider, 24 percent of the people who come to St. Margaret’s House are homeless, which reflects the flaws in the housing market of South Bend.“It’s very expensive,” Schneider said. “People get into homes thinking ‘This is the answer,’ and it’s really hard. There are a lot of reasons people can’t stay housed.”Mary Hicks, a guest at St. Margaret’s House, said the center played an integral role in helping her turn her life around.“They treated me like I was a person,” Hicks said. “I found my way back. I have a job. I have my own place.”Hicks said her struggle taught her that establishments such as St. Margaret’s House serve as essential resources.“People that are homeless need places like this because I didn’t know where else to go,” Hicks said.Homelessness and unemployment are related issues, Hicks said, because many people can no longer afford to pay rent after they are fired.“People live on the edge,” Hicks said. “Sometimes there can be one thing that goes wrong, and there’s just no safety net.”Christin Kloski, community involvement and volunteer coordinator at the Center for the Homeless, said she works with men, women and families as they try to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Kloski said the Center for the Homeless prepares residents for life after they move out, even providing them with job applications and conducting mock interviews.“We help to serve the homeless and provide opportunities to more than 275 individuals every day,” Kloski said. “The mission of the center is to break that cycle of homelessness.”Brady August, who directs the street outreach program for the Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County, said the program encourages young people to recognize their strengths and resolve their problems before they enter a dangerous cycle of drug and alcohol abuse.“I thought ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could try to catch them when they’re in their teenage years?’” August said. “The mission is to target people [ages] 16 to 24 who are in need or at risk of becoming homeless. We do this through trying to build or establish relationships with young people.”August said individuals who witness violence during childhood may continue to suffer from this trauma, which could hinder their ability to succeed.“They’ve never been to Afghanistan, they’ve never been to Iraq, but they’ve seen people shot in their neighborhoods,” August said. “Guns go off all the time. They’re in a war zone.”Matthew Insley, a staff member at Our Lady of the Road, a ministry of the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker serving as a house of hospitality for those needing a place to stay indefinitely, said the individualistic structure of society contributes to the problem of homelessness.Insley said he encourages everyone to unite in a selfless response to others’ needs because this can reduce the number of people struggling to find or afford a place to live.“Begin to make people’s issues your issues,” Insley said. “That’s what we’re all about at the Catholic Worker.”Tags: Homelessness, saint mary’s, South Bendlast_img read more

  • Jamestown Public Schools Announces Last Day Of School

    first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Public Schools announced the last day of classes for this 2019-20 school year.The last day of school will be Wednesday, June 10, except for Ring Elementary School, which had to close for a day in February due to cleaning from a broken drainpipe.Ring Elementary School’s last day of school will be Thursday, June 11.Each school principal will notify students and families about end of year close out procedures including the return of school property such as textbooks, calculators, library books, novels and athletic uniforms. Principals will also share information about procedures to collect students’ belongings in lockers or classrooms.Those with questions on school closure procedures are asked to contact their school principal for more information. Share: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)last_img read more

  • Congressional delegation secures $1.3 million for VSAC

    first_imgVermont Student Assistance Corporation,The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC) will receive up to $1.3 million in additional funds to continue helping students find grants, loans and scholarships, the Vermont congressional delegation announced today.    The delegation also helped nonprofit lenders like the Winooski, Vt.-based VSAC secure a higher rate from the U.S. Department of Education for servicing student loans. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who serves as a member of the Senate education committee, led the effort on behalf of VSAC, with strong support from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.). ‘At a time of soaring college costs, I have supported President Obama’s move to increase the maximum Pell grant, which enables millions of low- and moderate-income students who go to college, by ending the billions in subsidies that big banks received to issue federally-guaranteed student loans,’ Sanders said. ‘At the same time, we in Vermont value the important work done by VSAC, and similar work done by nonprofits in other states.  Thousands of Vermonters have been able to go to college because of VSAC counseling, both in making higher education available to them and in helping students and their families manage the costs of college. We are very pleased that our ongoing efforts to protect VSAC’s critical role in our state have paid off. VSAC will be able to continue doing the excellent and important work it has done so well over the years,’ Sanders said.Leahy said, ‘No student should be denied the opportunities of a college education because of her or his family’s financial resources.  College costs make it difficult ‘ often, extremely difficult — for families to afford higher education.  I strongly support the Obama administration’s recently enacted expansion of student financial aid and I am pleased that Senator Sanders, Congressman Welch and I have succeeded in convincing the U.S. Department of Education to recognize VSAC’s importance as an instrumental partner in guiding Vermont students through the complexities of financing their college educations.  I continue to hear from students and adult learners across the state that VSAC’s outreach counselors gave them the support system they needed to graduate.  Vermonters have come to rely on the comprehensive programs and collaborative efforts among VSAC, our public schools and the higher education community.’Welch said, ‘This is great news for Vermont students and families. Today’s announcement will allow VSAC to continue doing what it does best, provide high-quality services to Vermonters and increase access to higher education. As college tuitions rise, the services provided by VSAC are integrally important in helping students and families navigate the path to higher education.’ The Department of Education last week announced the higher rate for the first 100,000 loans serviced by VSAC and other nonprofit state lending agencies. The department’s Federal Student Loan Agency has agreed to provide VSAC with $1 million in conversion fees and up to $300,000 to cover initial start-up expenses for implementing a structure to service these new loans, while it continues to provide outreach, support, and loan services to students. VSAC will also be eligible to compete for the assignment of additional loans in the future. VSAC and 15 similar nonprofits throughout the nation have entered into an agreement with the Education Department that begins the process of assigning the initial 100,000 loans. Source: Delegation. WASHINGTON, April 28, 2011last_img read more

  • Largest data breach in history costs Yahoo another $85M

    first_imgYahoo’s 2013 data breach that compromised three billion accounts – the largest of all time – will cost the company an additional $85 million after a newly reached settlement orders the company to pay $50 million in damages, cover attorneys’ fees up to $35 million and provide free credit-monitoring services to victims of the breach.The company revealed the data breach in 2016, though announced last year that all Yahoo accounts had been affected. The breach compromised names, email addresses, birthdates and phone numbers; financial information was not among the stolen data.Yahoo, currently known as Altaba, agreed earlier this year to pay a $35 million penalty to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for failing to notify customers of the breach in a timely fashion. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Inclusion starts at the top

    first_imgThe only way for any diversity and inclusion program to survive and be effective is through leadership commitment. My credit union, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, Chattanooga, has 13 members on the senior leadership team, including president/CEO Todd Fortner, CCE, a CUES member.We have our asset/liability management meeting, which is now virtual, every Tuesday to discuss ideas, provide updates, and find solutions to existing or potential problems. During the weekly discussions, Fortner will present a question or a problem and ask each of us for our input. He wants honest, creative feedback and open dialogue to weigh the pros and cons of every decision.Effective leaders know that you need to surround yourself with people who will be truthful, authentic and willing to challenge your ideas to find better-fitted solutions. If those around you are in constant agreement with you, it is time to surround yourself with new people. Innovation is stifled by groupthink. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Hillary Clinton has to be tired of waiting 4 years for the country to realize she was right

    first_imgBolton’s not wrong, a bit hypocritical considering he wasn’t exactly willing to take a step outside of party lines to divulge details that could’ve been useful during Trump’s impeachment hearings. Then, he was perfectly content solely dangling knowledge of the president’s alleged quid pro quo to promote sales of his book, but now he’s calling on the same Republicans he mimicked in cowardice to risk themselves to acknowledge the truth. Something in me says it just doesn’t work that way, but I’ll admit it would be nice. “We need Republicans to tell the truth too,” Bolton said. “It’s not that hard.” Apparently, it is. RELATED: Trump’s lawsuit against John Bolton is pointless, incompetent, and weakThe Georgia run-off is January 5th. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – And give $3 right now to rip the Senate majority from Mitch McConnell’s cold dead hands. That “dope” has been through five presidential transitions, Bolton pointed out on Twitter. “…and every day that he delays under the pretense that he’s simply asking for his legal remedies ultimately is to the country’s disadvantage,” Bolton said of the president.In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Bolton also negated the previously floated theory that accepting the election results would cost Republican leaders too high a political price. “Well, I have trust in the Republican voters. I believe that if their leaders explain to them that Trump lost fair and square, and that the facts do not support his claims that the election was stolen, that they will come to accept it,” Bolton said. “But if they only hear from Donald Trump it’s not unnatural for them to think, ‘since nobody else on our side of the aisle is disagreeing that what he’s saying is accurate,’ and I think that lays the basis for real distrust in the system, casting doubt on the integrity of our electoral system, the constitutional process.”xcenter_img – Advertisement – I remember with great detail when the former secretary of state had to concede the 2016 election to a reality TV star. I can’t imagine the humility that took, but she did it. Trump at least gets to concede to a former vice president, but he’s making no such concession by his account. He’s instead taken to his usual name-calling and alleging that the election was “rigged” against him. “John Bolton was one of the dumbest people in government that I’ve had the ‘pleasure’ to work with,” the president tweeted Sunday. “A sullen, dull and quiet guy, he added nothing to National Security except, ‘Gee, let’s go to war.’ Also, illegally released much Classified Information. A real dope!”- Advertisement –last_img read more