ICC World Cup WATCH: Clash between Afghanistan and Pakistan fans during ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match in Leeds

first_imghighlights New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Leeds was expected to be tense due to the strained relationship between the two countries and their cricket boards. However, the tension spilled out in Leeds with both Afghanistan and Pakistan fans being involved in a scuffle. According to an ICC source, the fight broke out because a plane was flown which had Balochistan slogan stating, “Justice for Balochistan”. Apparently, it was an unauthorised plane that flew over the stadium and political messages were visible. Leeds air traffic is reportedly investigating the incident.The insurgency in Balochistan is a guerrilla war waged by Baloch nationalists against the governments of Pakistan and Iran in the Balochistan region, which covers Balochistan Province in southwestern Pakistan, Sistan and Baluchestan Province in southeastern Iran, and the Balochistan region of southern Afghanistan ever since 1948. Baloch separatists argue they are economically marginalised and poor compared to the rest of Pakistan. Being crucial for Pakistan’s economic future, China has invested USD 46 billion in the region. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Before the match between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the break-up began when India’s government felt the need to strengthen ties with Afghanistan to keep in check China’s influence. Cricket was but a vehicle for this charm diplomacy. In the mid-2010s, grants, permission to use Indian grounds as their home venue, and a Test debut against India all reached Afghanistan pretty swiftly.The frosty relations have seen the Afghan players were asked to stop living and playing in Pakistan; they were even stopped from giving Pakistan too much credit for their development as cricketers or talking about their time in Pakistan.Pakistan faces a must-win situation in their remaining two games between Afghanistan and Bangladesh. A loss in either game makes their path to the semi-final incredibly hard. Pakistan’s situation is very similar to Bangladesh. If they win both games, they will knock Bangladesh out. If they win both games, they will have to hope England wins only one game and that New Zealand loses both games by a big margin so that they can finish better than fourth. Pakistan face a must-win situation in the 2019 World Cup.Pakistan’s next two games are against Afghanistan and Bangladesh.Afghanistan played their first Test against India in 2018.last_img read more

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Liverpool star Salah backs Egypt women’s rights campaign

first_imgMohamed SalahCairo, Egypt | AFP | Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has thrown his support behind a UN-sponsored campaign to end violence against women in his homeland Egypt where sexual harassment is rampant.Hundreds of thousands of people viewed an animated video teaching men to respect women and their rights after national team icon Salah shared it online.“Because I’m a man who understands that a man and a woman have the same rights and responsibilities, I decided to support the ‘Because I’m a man’ campaign,” Salah wrote in posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Wednesday.Salah, feted as a hero at home after his late penalty in October sent Egypt to the World Cup for the first time since 1990, is currently the leading scorer in the English Premier League this season.He is also high up in the running for African footballer of the year awards.The video, produced as part of a campaign by UN Women Egypt and Egypt’s state-run National Council for Women, showed a man rejecting widespread stereotypes over the role of women in the country’s conservative society. “Because I’m a chivalrous man, I stood up to violence against women,” a voice says.The treatment of women is a major problem in Egypt where a UN study in 2013 said that 99.3 percent of them had experienced at least one form of harassment and 82.6 percent did not feel safe in the streets.Getting backing by popular figures like Salah is a key way for campaigns to spread their message and UN Women Egypt sent him “special thanks” online for being “one of the first supporters”.Egypt’s qualification for the World Cup sparked jubilation across the nation and days of press coverage, with Salah’s hometown Basyoun renaming a school in his honour.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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first_img:08 Correct me if I’m wrong but is there at least one Black reporter on Fox News? And all the women reporting…not one Black or Hispanic…I’m just asking! Fair and balanced news my xxx !!:07 Bruins, Canucks… hockey finals. That’s all I got. (Oh shut-up that’s all you got too!):06 By the way the WNBA (Women’s Pro Basketball for you not so swift Clairton Grads) has started. YYYEEEAAAHHH !:05 I thought Barry Bonds was going to jail for 100 years and they were going to charge him for starting the Civil War and helping AI Capone get started in business? I told you it wasn’t going to happen. C’mon man!:04 Did you know that Dave Winfield not only was drafted by Major League Baseball where he was a Hall of Fame superstar but the NBA and NFL as well. That’s a Bad Man!!!:03 Next to last call for all boys and girls middle school teams for the new Connie Hawkins Youth Development League. The league starts June 27 (individuals can sign up as well) call Five Starr Corporation at 412-628-4856 ASAP spaces are almost gone.:02 It’s now on the map. The New First Fridays At The Club Health and Fitness Center in Monroeville. “Over 100”-30 and over party people packed the house and jammed to 2:00 a.m. to the funky music and line dance sounds of D.J. Mean-Gee. Thanks to everyone that got our First gig off the ground. Get ready for the next Par-Tay Friday July 1 same place, same time. Line dance 8-9 p.m.…Par-Tay 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. Thanks to the VIP’s that came out. World champion kick boxer Jacquet Bazemore, Pittsburgh Steelers rookies and the always fabulous “Truly Yours Models” Leslie, Crystal, Sunni and Penny. Love Ya Forever!:01 OK, Here it is. It’s Dallas Mavs in six…Take it to the bank!!!“DOUBLE OVERTIME”:00 Bob the photographer and friends, Alia Carter (your fine self) Renee Giles, “Reba”…and The Diamond Models, and Coach Ace you all made it happen…couldn’t have done it without ya !!! :10 OK, for the next to the last time (’cause there will be another brother in jail…I’m just saying) The last problem a Black man has in jail is staying in shape. Plaxico Burress will be ready to play and every NFL Team will take a look at him. Just read the Michael Vick Story!! :09 A big shout out to Angela Harper a steady Overtime reader and still one of Pittsburgh’s most beautiful and stylish women. Ya’ll remember, Angela used to set the tone and the Pittsburgh Entertainment scene. Keep Going Girl! BILL NEALlast_img read more

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Asbury Park’s Trio of Treasures

first_imgBy Mary Ann BourbeauASBURY PARK – Grand Central Station, with its glorious main concourse and Beaux-arts façade, may be getting a lot of attention in 2013 as it celebrates its 100th year. But there is a trio of treasures in Asbury Park that was designed by the same architectural firm.Warren and Wetmore brought its vision to the historic shore resort when they built the Paramount Theatre, Grand Arcade and Convention Hall.Workers restore the rosette ceiling of the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park.Hopefully, those buildings will continue to draw tourists for another 100 years, but right now their future is uncertain. In 2007 Madison Marquette, a real estate investment firm, signed on to bring back the original splendor of the complex. While many structural and aesthetic improvements have been made, the 2011 deadline to install a state-mandated sprinkler system has long passed. Madison Marquette now says the cost, in excess of $1 million, is prohibitive, especially after Super Storm Sandy caused more than $1 million in damage. An agreement reached with the city allows the firm to forego installing sprinklers and close the building if continued operation of the complex is not economically feasible.“We are engaged in conversations with city officials on this issue, and are hopeful that we can find a way to modify how the building is currently used, comply with all code requirements and continue to keep some or most of this great building open to the public,” said Anselm Fusco, senior vice president of Madison Marquette.Pending the outcome of these conversations, no events have been scheduled in the complex after May 1.Since signing on to rebuild Asbury Park’s waterfront, Madison Marquette took on the daunting task of bringing the Paramount back to the splendor that Warren and Wetmore designed. The company made significant restorations to the historical details both inside and out. The crumbling plaster was repaired and the leaky domed ceiling was brought back to its original grandeur. Ripped seating was replaced, technical and mechanical systems were brought up to date and ornamentation was refurbished. Upgrades were made to the plumbing and air conditioning in Convention Hall, and portions of its architectural glory were restored.“When you walk through these buildings, you are taken aback by their beauty,” Fusco said. “There are even design details in areas not seen by the public, and that speaks volumes to the craftsmanship that went into these iconic buildings.”The design started with Whitney Warren, a cousin of the Vanderbilts, who studied architecture in Paris and loved the city so much he lived there for 10 years. When he returned to New York in 1896, he partnered with Harvard graduate Charles Wetmore to form the Warren and Wetmore architectural firm. They first gained prominence when they designed the New York Yacht Club in 1900.Their first high-profile commission was Grand Central Station, which opened in 1913. Their vision brought about the Steinway, Helmsley and Crown buildings; Chelsea Piers; St. James Theater; and the Biltmore, Ritz-Carlton and Vanderbilt hotels in New York.They also designed Michi­gan Central Railroad, the Ritz-Carlton in Atlantic City and the Louvain Library in Belgium, which was destroyed by the Germans during World War I, according to New York Architecture’s website.The inside of the 1,600-seat Paramount Theatre including the balcony and projection area.Meanwhile, back in Asbury Park, a group of local businessmen, hotel owners and city officials toyed with the idea of building a 5,000-seat structure along the boardwalk, but the $500,000 price tag proved too costly. According to the National Register of Historic Places, 10 years passed before any further action was taken and by then, building estimates had quadrupled. By the time Warren and Wetmore submitted their bid in 1927, the cost was more than $3 million, according to the National Register of Historic Places. But the plan was approved in the hopes it would help to draw even more tourists to the tony shore resort.“Asbury Park was the upper echelon of the social circle, so I’m sure they were used to the best,” said Angie Sugrim, promotion specialist for Madison Marquette. The complex, which was completed in 1930, was designed in Italian and French themes with an emphasis on nautical motifs.In the 1,600-seat Para­mount Theatre, one can’t help but notice the sea serpents, mermaids and shell designs in the ironwork, on the seats and on the painted dome ceiling. The outside brickwork features scallop shells and other nautical artwork. Several large copper schoon­ers and lanterns are positioned high up on the balconies. Many of the molds that were used for the plaster work are still in the theater, readily available for use in future renovations.“A lot of care went into designing this place,” said Brandon Vaught, maintenance supervisor for the complex. “I like how every day I find something new in the details.”High up in the rafters is the projection area, where five original film projectors, each 6-feet tall by 6-feet long, sit dusty and untouched. Graffiti signatures fill the concrete walls, some from recent acts that have graced the stage, including the Bouncing Souls and Blue October, and others that date back to the 1930s. Musicians must love the acoustics that Warren and Wetmore included in the domed theater because even today, it provides superior sound for the artists. Sugrim said that during a performance a few years ago, Tony Bennett demonstrated this by singing a song to the audience without a microphone.“The Paramount was built with the idea that the room had to amplify itself,” she said.Rumors run rampant that the buildings are haunted. Some say the ghosts are victims of the S.S. Morro Castle, a cruise ship that once sailed between New York and Havana. On Sept. 8, 1934, the ship caught fire and came to rest on a sandbar in front of Convention Hall. Many of the 137 victims were brought inside the auditorium. Others think the hauntings could be the spirits of two cabaret showgirls who died in a dressing room fire in the Paramount Theatre many years ago. Dressing room No. 8, down at the end of a long, narrow hallway, remains in its burned-out state and the door is always kept locked.“The buildings are definitely haunted,” Sugrim said. “We all hear things, and some of us see things.”The Grand Arcade features restaurants and shops that sell shore decorations, jewelry and Asbury Park memorabilia. It connects The Paramount Theatre, which faces Ocean Avenue, and Convention Hall, located on the beach side.The lobby of the Paramount Theatre.The grandeur of the Paramount design is missing from Convention Hall, but it still has a personality of its own. It was once home to a 700-pipe Kilgen organ, which was used to provide accompaniment for silent movies. Winged seahorse designs can be seen when entering the auditorium, which holds 3,600 people and hosts various events such as concerts, sporting events, tattoo festivals, fishing flea markets and roller derbies.“It’s nice to have a big room like this and make it into whatever you want,” Sugrim said.The nautical theme runs throughout Convention Hall, with two long paintings on either side of the stage featuring striped bass and jellyfish in an ocean scene. Though the water in the paintings is not real, the water that flowed in from Super Storm Sandy was. The basements of all three buildings, where all of the electrical panels are located, were completely flooded and about a foot of water covered the ground floors. The roof and arcade doors sustained damage, beachside stairs separated and sand was piled 5 feet high in the Grand Arcade.“Relatively speaking, we had a lot less damage than the rest of the shore,” Sugrim said.last_img read more

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HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED AT FUNERAL OF FARMER KILLED BY BULL

first_imgThe funeral takes place today of tragic Inishowen farmer Patrick Dowds.Mr Dowds, 65, was killed by a bull at his farm in Burt on Wednesday.Among the chief mourners at his funeral mass at St Aengus’ Church in Burt will be his twin brother George. George was also struck by the same bull but was helped out of the field at Toulette, close to Grianan of Aileach.Hundreds of mourners are expected to turn up from across Donegal for the funeral of a man who was dedicated to farming and who loved fun.The bull has since been destroyed and a full investigation has been launched into the death.HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED AT FUNERAL OF FARMER KILLED BY BULL was last modified: September 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bullfuneralPatrick Dowdslast_img read more

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Man Climbs Glass Like a Gecko

first_imgBio-inspired technologies are starting to reach the market.Gecko PadsA heavy man with a pack climbed up a sheet of glass, and it wasn’t Spider-Man.  It was a volunteer testing out new dry adhesive technology inspired by gecko toes.  “During testing, an operator climbed 25 feet vertically on a glass surface using no climbing equipment other than a pair of hand-held, gecko-inspired paddles,”  a press release from DARPA states.  “The climber wore, but did not require, the use of a safety belay.”DARPA’s Z-Man program has demonstrated the first known human climbing of a glass wall using climbing devices inspired by geckos. The historic ascent involved a 218-pound climber ascending and descending 25 feet of glass, while also carrying an additional 50-pound load in one trial, with no climbing equipment other than a pair of hand-held, gecko-inspired paddles….The goal of the program is to develop biologically inspired climbing aids to enable warfighters carrying a full combat load to scale vertical walls constructed from typical building materials.“The gecko is one of the champion climbers in the Animal Kingdom, so it was natural for DARPA to look to it for inspiration in overcoming some of the maneuver challenges that U.S. forces face in urban environments,” said Dr. Matt Goodman, the DARPA program manager for Z-Man. “Like many of the capabilities that the Department of Defense pursues, we saw with vertical climbing that nature had long since evolved the means to efficiently achieve it. The challenge to our performer team was to understand the biology and physics in play when geckos climb and then reverse-engineer those dynamics into an artificial system for use by humans.”Geckos can climb on a wide variety of surfaces, including smooth surfaces like glass, with adhesive pressures of 15-30 pounds per square inch for each limb, meaning that a gecko can hang its entire body by one toe. The article describes how gecko toes can cling to many surfaces, without glue, using atomic (van der Waals) forces from billions of tiny spatulae on its feet.  One can see many practical applications in the consumer market for this capability.  In addition to “reversible adhesives for potential biomedical, industrial, and consumer applications” mentioned by DARPA, many a kid would love to play Spider-Man or Gecko-Man.Eye CameraAnother example of biomimetics coming to market was announced by IEEE in a press release: “Sony Creates Curved CMOS Sensors That Mimic the Eye.” Coming soon to a camera or smartphone camera near you will be curved detectors that do a better job at light collection.The retinas of humans and other animals line the curved inner surface of the eye. Now, in a bit of biomimicry, Sony engineers reports that they have created a set of curved CMOS image sensors using a “bending machine” of their own construction.The result is a simpler lens system and higher sensitivity, Kazuichiro Itonaga, a device manager with Sony’s R&D Platform in Atsugi-shi, Japan reported on Tuesday at the Symposium on VLSI Technology in Honolulu, Hawaii.There are several advantages to a curved, retina-like sensor: (1) better light collection, (2) better sensitivity at the edges, and (3) less noise per pixel.  “All told, the curved systems were 1.4 times more sensitive at the center of the sensor and twice as sensitive at the edge, according to the Sony engineers.”PhysOrg said no dates have been provided for when the curved sensors will appear in Sony products, but the buzz is that it could be soon.  One photography blog said it promises to be “an impressive leap forward in digital imaging technology.”  Perhaps it would be better described as an impressive leap backward to technology that was already there.Other Biomimetics NewsSpider venom inspires bee-safe pesticide (Science Magazine)It’s springtime for the artificial leaf at Caltech (Nature)Understanding mussels’ stickiness could lead to better surgical and underwater glues (American Chemical Society)The NaysayerAre humans better inventors than nature?  “Simply copying nature is no way to succeed at inventing,” David Taylor challenged on The Conversation.  “Just ask Leonardo da Vinci” whose attempts to copy bird flight never got off the ground.  Taylor sees “bio-inspired engineering” only as a heuristic start.  “At some point you have to give up the love affair, dump nature and move on,” he says.  “The problem is that simply copying nature doesn’t work.”  In human engineering design, he argues, we cannot endure the failure rate nature tolerates, like fractured bones or breaking tree limbs.  Some designs that inspire engineers don’t scale well, he adds.  A tiny mite that runs faster than a cheetah in terms of body lengths per second.  Humans, though, are more interested in absolute speed, not relative speed, so that knowledge is not very practical for engineers.  “Nature can be a wonderful muse, an excellent starting point in the development of a new engineering device or material, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that nature has already solved your problems for you,” he ends.  While he may have a point, the gold rush from engineers bringing bio-inspired devices to market may leave him muttering to himself in their dust.Let’s see Taylor do anything that nature does better.  Let’s see him invent something that mimics a living organism, that develops itself from an internal program, lives off the environment, and makes copies of itself.  If the efficiency, robustness and optimization of nature’s designs were not so good, then whole university departments and companies would not be rushing to copy them.  The better way to express his point is that human engineers have to make compromises that nature does not.  We have to take shortcuts to make cheap imitations of nature’s designs.We apologize for cluttering the Amazing Facts award with DARPA’s dumb remark, “nature had long since evolved the means to efficiently achieve it.”  We cannot take responsibility for the bad habits of our sources. 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Florida Rolls Back Efficiency Goals

first_imgUtilities argue electricity consumption has plunged on its ownFrom Duke’s point of view, power use had already declined dramatically.Since the last state-required energy goals were established in 2009, Duke said, Florida “has experienced the most severe economic recessing since the Great Depression,” resulting in an overall decrease in electricity use by Duke customers of nearly 14 percent. That’s one of the steepest declines in the country, Duke added, where the average drop in energy use has been 0.1 percent.Florida regulators recognized last year that consumers were already reducing the amount of power they used, the utility said, but it wasn’t necessarily due to conservation programs.Duke added that Florida’s energy-efficiency efforts are well established, and that Duke’s own efficiency programs have saved customers more than $1.25 billion on energy bills and offset the need to built 17 power plants since 1981.“While other states have only recently begun energy-efficiency efforts, Duke Energy has been actively promoting energy-efficiency efforts in Florida since the oil embargo in the last 1970s,” Ivey said. “As a result, many of the efficiency savings other states may be seeing now, we in Florida reaped those benefits and savings decades ago.” Lower goals for energy savingsUnder state law, commissioners set 10-year conservation goals for each utility, and utilities respond with specific programs they will use to meet the goals, Sterling Ivey, a spokesman for Duke Energy Florida, wrote in an email. Commissioners can ask a utility to add, drop, or modify a particular program.Conservation programs might target such things as duct sealing, attic insulation upgrades, heat pump replacement, reflective roofing, and upgrades to wall insulation and windows.In its decision last week, the commission was voting on new goals for reductions in electrical consumption for affected utilities — reduction efforts which regulators call “demand-side management.” In Duke’s case, Sterling said, the new 10-year conservation goal is 195 gigawatt-hours, exactly what Duke had proposed.Five years ago, the conservation goal for Duke was 3,205 gWh.Two other utilities affected by the ruling got just what they had requested, far below the goals recommended by two intervenors. Only Flower Power & Light was overruled by the commission, which set a conservation goal of 526 gWh instead of the utility’s proposed goal of 59 gWh. Florida’s Public Service Commission has voted to trim energy efficiency goals sharply and to end solar equipment rebates by the end of next year.According to an article in the Tampa Bay Times, the panel voted 3 to 2 late last month in support of the proposals from the state’s big utilities, which also had the support of the commission’s staff.Utilities had urged deep cuts in energy efficiency programs and an end to solar equipment rebates on the grounds that neither program was cost-effective. The newspaper said that the utility owners argued that it is now cheaper for them to produce electricity than it is to pay for programs designed to conserve it. (This is exactly the opposite conclusion of a recent report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which found the cost of energy conservation programs is about half of what it cost to generate power at a conventional coal-burning power plant.)The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) categorized the rollbacks as “stunning” when compared with the energy goals that the commission established only six years ago.The commissioners agreed to schedule workshops on improving solar energy, but the Tampa newspaper said that might not be enough to prevent a legal challenge to the most recent vote. SACE executive director Stephen Smith was quoted as saying that the commission’s vote might amount to a violation of state law. Solar incentives are “not cost-effective”Florida utilities offered a variety of incentives for photovoltaic (PV) and solar hot-water systems, including a $2 per watt rebate for residential PV systems, with a $20,000 maximum payout. Investor-owned utilities wanted the rebates to end; others, including the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, didn’t.Between 2011 and 2013, investor-owned utilities wrote rebate checks totaling $49.7 million for about 5,600 residential and commercial PV and solar hot-water projects.But the programs treated non-solar customers unfairly, the utilities argued.“The [investor-owned utilities] all agree that the solar pilot programs were not cost-effective and the general body of ratepayers — in particular, non-participants — have been subsidizing the incentives provided to participants installing solar PV,” the commission’s staff analysis reads.In recommending that solar pilot programs be allowed to expire at the end of 2015, the staff agreed with one utility witness who said, “It is simply not a responsible use of taxpayer dollars to promote these programs under any cost-effective test.”“The programs are not cost-effective and experience gained since the last goals proceeding indicates that consumers have continued to install systems without any rebates,” the staff concluded. “The current solar rebates represent a large subsidy from the general body of ratepayers to a very small segment of each utility’s customers.” New power plants are approvedWhile energy efficiency and solar rebates get the boot, the Tampa Bay Times said, “utilities will go into the holidays with their biggest wishes this year, including billions of dollars in new power plants that will come online in the next decade.”That includes a $1.5 billion natural gas plant that Duke Energy wants to build to take the place of the Crystal River nuclear power station and two coal-burning units.The newspaper pointed out that Florida is fighting a trend that is helping other states save energy. In Vermont, for example, energy efficiency efforts — such as subsidies for high-efficiency light bulbs — have helped the state meet more than 2 percent of its annual energy needs through conservation. “In Florida,” the newspaper said, “the number is 0.25 percent — and now dropping.”SACE also had sharp words for the commission. A statement issued after the vote said in part, “Florida’s power companies use a host of methods, rejected long ago by the majority of U.S. utilities and commissions, to support their anemic proposed goals, including arbitrarily eliminating all efficiency measures that have the highest energy savings to customers…“The line between the [Public Service Commission] and the monopoly utilities they are charged with regulating has become increasingly blurred. The massive amount of money poured into political contributions and lobbying by the state’s monopoly utilities is clearly paying off at the PSC — to the detriment of customers. It’s time we removed the word ‘Public’ from the agency’s name.”last_img read more

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Jackson Browne And Bonnie Raitt Announce Benefit Concert At Standing Rock

first_imgJackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joel Rafael, and Bad Dog will perform a benefit concert on Sunday, November 27 for the Water Protectors on the front line and the Standing Rock community.Jackson Browne And Bonnie Raitt Benefit Concert At Standing Rock To Stand In Solidarity With Standing RockThe concert will be held at Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND. Turtle Island Storyteller and founder of the Standing Rock Sioux Camp at Sacred Stone Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, and others to be announced, will speak at the concert.The link to purchase tickets is HERE.All gross proceeds from the concert will benefit the Oceti Sakowin Camp.The Oceti Sakowin Camp is a historic gathering of Native nations, friends and allies, from all walks of life standing in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.“Just as we give thanks for our good fortune and the bounty of our lives as Americans, let us thank the Native people who are gathered here at Standing Rock to protect the natural world and defend our place in it,” said Jackson Browne.“I’m proud to be standing in support of the courageous and dedicated Water Protectors at Standing Rock. This movement is growing by the day with solidarity actions happening around the country, yet the media isn’t covering it nearly enough. Our hope is that this concert will help bring more awareness and media attention to the issues being raised at Standing Rock, and to put pressure on The Obama Administration to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline until protection of sacred sites is ensured,” said Bonnie Raitt.“We are honored to have these great artists stand with us!” says Ladonna.Those who can travel to North Dakota are invited to Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Prairie Knights Pavilion at 6:30 PM.For more information, and to contribute, please visit www.standingrock.org.last_img read more

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MOCA Toronto names director of programs

center_img With the naming today of November Paynter as the director of programs for Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the unpredictable evolution of the museum’s leadership took another turn. Paynter’s appointment comes seven months after Chantal Pontbriand left MOCA as its first-ever chief executive officer. Pontbriand’s surprising departure had occurred less than eight months after she assumed the newly created position.Paynter joins MOCA from SALT, a Turkish not-for-profit institution based in Istanbul and Ankara. British-born and educated at the Royal College of Art in London, Paynter was the founding associate director of research and programs at SALT from 2011 to 2016.She arrives at her new post in Toronto with the museum in the midst of significant transition. The opening of MOCA’s new home (in rented quarters at Tower Automotive Building, a century-old former factory in the city’s west end) has been delayed from the spring of this year to the fall. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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