Just one day after the shooting of “The Voice” singer Christina Grimmie at The Plaza Live Theater in Orlando, tragedy has once again struck the Florida city as news broke in the early morning with regards to a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub, that has left 50 dead, and at least 53 injured. According to reports, at around 2am, an officer responded to shooting outside of the club, and engaged the shooter.‘Voice’ Singer Christina Grimmie Shot And Killed At Orlando ConcertOrlando Police Chief John Mina and other officials said the shooter then ran into the nightclub, which turned into a hostage situation in which the shooter, identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, opened fire inside the club. “It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” detailing that the shooter had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and “some type of (other) device on him.”Police responded to the scene and a standoff ensued, with SWAT teams making the decision at 5am to rescue the hostages. Authorities broke down the door with an armored vehicle, assisting 30+ people escape the scene, at which point a shootout with Mateen broke out, who was shot and killed, but not before the worst mass shooting in U.S. history occurred.Mateen has been “on the radar” of U.S. officials, but was not under a specific investigation at the time of the shooting. FBI assistant agent Ron Hopper said that investigators are “looking at all angles right now” in search of a motive behind the shooting, which has all the makings of a homegrown terror attack.We send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the victims and families of this terrible tragedy.[via CNN and ABC News – image via Getty Images]
Last weekend marked the return of the annual Luna Light Music & Arts Festival, bringing together an elite lineup of talents for a true festival for live music fans. One of the themes of the event were top notch collaborations and jam sessions, including one with Medeski, Martin, Russo & Benevento that you can watch here. Another occurred during a performance from Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, which saw the band welcome three different keyboardists at various points and the full horn section of Snarky Puppy.Hamilton first welcomed out Holly Bowling, who sat in on an opening run that included “Synth Driver,” “This Thing Ain’t Goin Nowheres” and the Grateful Dead’s “Cumberland Blues.” The Disco Biscuits’ own Aron Magner followed suit, joining in for the “Cumberland Blues” and staying on for “An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark.” Magner would remain on stage, while the band brought back Holly Bowling and also introduced Hamilton’s JRAD bandmate Marco Benevento for a rousing rendition of “At The Show.”At that point, Bowling left the stage, but the band wasn’t done with their guest stars! The Snarky Puppy horns were then introduced, and they accompanied American Babies (with Benevento and Magner) on a rendition of “Old Time Religion.” Finally, the set closed with the Puppy horns and Marco Benevento joining Tom Hamilton’s American Babies for one remarkable rendition of “Fever Dreams.”You can watch this all-star set-closing jam session below, thanks to American Babies!Do not miss Tom Hamilton’s American Babies on tour, especially for their exciting Masquerade Balls stopping in major cities across the country. With a Beatles tribute set for Saturday, October 29th at Chicago’s The Tonic Room (get tickets here) and a David Bowie tribute set for the following Saturday, November 5th at NYC’s American Beauty (get tickets here), there’s no reason to miss out! More information about these special shows can be found here.Check out the full Tom Hamilton’s American Babies setlist and audio from Luna Light, below![via taper Rich Steele]Setlist: Tom Hamilton’s American Babies at Luna Light Music & Arts Festival, Darlington, MDSet: Synth Driver*, This Thing Aint Goin Nowheres*, Cumberland Blues*^, An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark^ > At The Show*^#, Old Time Religion^#$ > Fever Dreams#$* with Holly Bowling^ with Aron Magner# with Marco Benevento$ with Snarky Puppy Horns
This article is part of a series introducing new faculty members.Robert Reid-Pharr was an unfocused student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 when a professor assigned historian Drew Gilpin Faust’s biography of James Henry Hammond, a book that would inspire not only Reid-Pharr’s studies but also his career path.Reid-Pharr joined the faculty of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) in July as the first full tenured professor in the program. The author of four books, including “Once You Go Black” and “Archives of Flesh,” he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mellon Foundation.Reid-Pharr will teach two courses this semester, “The Male Black Body” and “The Gender of Celebrity.”Q&ARobert Reid-PharrGAZETTE: Welcome — or, more accurately, welcome back. How did your experience as a visiting F.O. Matthiessen professor two years ago set the stage for your permanent role here?REID-PHARR: I was the third Matthiessen professor. My classes were packed with students hungry for the material. It gave me a great sense of where they are coming from, though I felt like many of them had one too many commitments. You really want to be right there present with them and have them present with you.GAZETTE: Can you talk about your academic path, and how you came to WGS?REID-PHARR: I taught for 24 years as an English professor at Johns Hopkins and the City University of New York. It’s interesting to now be under the auspices of the social sciences, and I’m really happy to be moving to an interdisciplinary program. I have a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale. I’m over the moon at coming to WGS at Harvard because it has an expansive opportunity, and also because I get to express the broader range of things that interest me.I was having a lackluster college career at UNC, then I took my first-ever women’s studies course, with Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, and we read in her course a biography of James Henry Hammond written by Drew Gilpin Faust. It was an amazing account of this white Southern planter and so interestingly done and asked such interesting questions that I thought: I can do something like that. I’d never seen something like that — the idea that you could do a piece of history in a biography in that way.It set me thinking that this world wasn’t as closed as I thought it was. It changed my trajectory. I was a junior, limping through college, then I started taking women’s studies and African-American studies, and that gave rhyme and reason to my study. I didn’t know these were things I could pursue seriously. I was one type of student and overnight I turned into another type of student.GAZETTE: Your appointment comes at a time when many classes in the program are facing overenrollment. What about the WGS curriculum is making such a deep connection with students?REID-PHARR: Let’s be frank about it. In 2016 when I taught here, people thought a woman named Hillary Rodham Clinton would be president. The fact that her candidacy was as strong as it was showed we have wildly different attitudes about women, gender, and leadership. It didn’t work out in 2016 like many thought. We’ve instead heard Donald Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tape and his relationship to women, seen how men comport themselves, what gender norms are in the workplace, and then the #MeToo moment.Students aren’t showing up just because they find it interesting. These issues are at the center of what’s going on in our country in 2018 and will have a profound effect on the elections in November. I know we’re in a watershed moment in how we deal with gender, race, and sexuality for the next generation. The students are there because they’re being forced to confront these issues. I’m expecting heavy enrollments for the foreseeable future. Even though there’s real stress in who will teach the courses, it’s a good thing for WGS and Harvard and the students.Interview was edited for clarity and length.
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » My fiance and I just bought our first home. We decided to go with an out-of-state lender thinking we’d get the best rates and lower closing costs that way… but boy were we wrong!We were referred to this mortgage company and told that they “specialized in working with young couples to make it easier,” but their process turned out to be nothing of the sort!After the long and drawn out experience of working with an out-of-state lender, we both realized that we would have been MUCH better off working with our Credit Union or even a local bank. Over the last five months we had to make numerous phone calls to check in to see where our loan was in the process. The lender contacted our employers multiple times to verify our employment, and they always seemed to give us the run around when we asked any questions.
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Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comm. AM. Kamal said the detainees took advantage of heavy rain to make their escape. Hospital staff discovered the breakout after entering the isolation room to offer the detainees a meal. They found it empty.“It is very unfortunate that these inmates escaped from quarantine because they could transmit the virus to other people,” Kamal said. The police are pursuing the escaped detainees. They have urged the public, including the detainees’ relatives, to report to the police if they have any information about the whereabouts of the escapees.The Jayapura COVID-19 task force reported last month that COVID-19 rapid tests had shown 40 detainees to be positive for the virus. Of the figure, 11 were officially declared positive after undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.Twenty detainees were subsequently admitted to the Bhayangkara Police Hospital, 16 to Marthen Indey Hospital and the rest to the Navy Hospital.Jayapura Police personnel will be tested for COVID-19. (dpk)Topics : Four Jayapura Police detainees who were in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 have escaped from the Bhayangkara Police Hospital in Jayapura, Papua.The inmates, identified by their initials HM, MW, IT and M, fled the health facility by breaking the iron bars of the room they were in on Wednesday.
Hate Crime, Human Services, It’s On Us PA, Press Release, Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on the upcoming week of legislative sessions, which follows a week of movement on bills important to victims:“Last week, both statute of limitations reform and domestic abuser gun violence prevention bills advanced in the House. This is welcome progress and I urge the Senate to follow suit and get these bills to my desk without hesitation.“However, many bills still need to advance to ensure the legislature can complete its work for victims before this session expires. I urge the House and Senate to continue making progress on victim reforms related to human trafficking, gun violence, sexual harassment, campus sexual assault and hazing.“Pennsylvania has a strong track record of supporting and protecting victims and I hope both chambers will do the right thing and pass these reforms before their sessions expire.”Two weeks ago, Governor Wolf issued a call to action for victims and outlined his priorities for the end of the legislative session, including:Child Sexual Abuse: Governor Wolf has urged action on the four recommendations of the statewide grand jury into clergy sexual abuse that would eliminate the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse and allow for survivors of child sexual abuse to file civil claims against their abusers and the institutions that enabled them.Domestic Violence: Since 2017, Governor Wolf has pushed for a package of bipartisan Senate bills to combat domestic violence and protect survivors. Only one bill has reached his desk.Sexual Assault: Governor Wolf unveiled a bipartisan “It’s On Us” legislative package in September 2017. These bills focus on empowering and protecting victims of sexual assault, especially on college and high school campuses.Gun Violence: Governor Wolf has supported many bills to reduce violence and protect individuals from becoming victims of gun crimes, including taking guns more swiftly from domestic abusers and creating a new red-flag emergency order to keep guns away from dangerous individuals.Sexual Harassment: Governor Wolf and legislative Democrats introduced nearly two dozen bills to combat sexual harassment and improve treatment of victims. None of them received a vote with House Republicans who opted instead to further study the issue.Hate Crimes and Discrimination: Members of the LGBTQ community in Pennsylvania lack protections from discrimination and hate crimes, which means victims have inadequate recourse in the face of violence and discrimination. Governor Wolf has supported protecting all Pennsylvanians since taking office and will work for protections of the LGBTQ community.Human Trafficking: Governor Wolf supports Senator Greenleaf’s SB 554, Safe Harbor legislation to protect the child victims of human trafficking from being prosecuted for crimes they were forced to commit. The bill awaits action in the House.Hazing: Governor Wolf has long-supported the Pennsylvania Timothy J. Piazza Law to give law enforcement the tools they need to hold people accountable and we must ensure schools have proper safeguards to protect students and curb these practices. The bill awaits action in the House. Governor Wolf Urges Legislature to Continue Progress for Victims of Crime and Abuse SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 01, 2018
The kitchen at 65 Skyview Ave, RochedaleMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The all-white kitchen has stone countertops, an island bench, stainless steel appliances and a walk-in pantry. Both the dining and living areas open to the patio and low-maintenance yard with lawn and established garden. There is also a study, a laundry and a powder room on the ground floor. Upstairs, the big master bedroom has a dressing room and an ensuite with bathtub, twin basins and a separate toilet. The second bedroom also has a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite while the two remaining bedrooms have walk-in robes and one has access to the family bathroom. The Tasmanian oak staircase at 65 Skyview Ave, RochedaleThere is also a second lounge room on the upper level. The property has ceramic tiles and timber floors throughout, ducted airconditioning and a neutral colour scheme. Ms Li said the kitchen was a standout space in the home and the Tasmanian oak staircase was a striking feature. She said the home was in a quiet neighbourhood but was still close to shops, schools and bike tracks with easy access to Brisbane city or the Gold Coast.The property is being marketed by Emily Xiong from LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills. The home at 65 Skyview Ave, RochedaleThis two-storey modern home was built with family in mind. The property at 65 Skyview Ave in Rochedale is only two years old and was constructed by Plantation Homes. Owner Julie Li said the home was designed to suit all types of families from young couples with a baby, through to older families with teenage children or extended families with adult children or grandparents at home. “It’s a good home for family get-togethers and there is enough room for everyone to have their own space as well,” she said. The main living spaces are on the ground floor of the home, including the theatre room and the open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas.
The Dutch Pensions Federation has embraced the government’s proposed “general pension fund” (APF) and called for its speedy introduction. Responding to a consultation on the concept legislation, the lobbying organisation said the APF could be a “proper alternative” for pension funds in or near liquidation. In a letter to Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for Social Affairs, it said: “It would be a shame if the APF arrived too late for these schemes, all the more because there is much interest for the concept.”The APF is meant to become a third type of pension fund in the Netherlands, replacing the cross-border defined benefit vehicle API, which never really took off. The Pensions Federation said the APF’s speedy introduction was crucial, as many schemes wished to transfer their pension plans before 1 January 2015, the deadline for a number of changes for the industry. It suggested the current proposals could be easily adjusted for a not-for-profit alternative, to avoid concluding collective pension arrangements at one of the few commercial insurers in the market.It also argued that “all kinds of pension funds”, including closed schemes, should be allowed to adopt the APF model. But it also called for clarity on the position of industry-wide schemes that implement both mandatory and non-mandatory pension plans.In addition, all board models should be allowed without additional requirements, limitations or too strict or opaque supervision, it said, which could impede the APF’s succesful introduction.The Pensions Federation said too many restrictions had made the existing Dutch multi-company scheme unattractive.Although in the proposed concept, the APF could operate as a commercial entity, the Federation said the debate on this should be postponed for the sake of expediting the decision-making process.
NeoGrowth and Ascent Meditech both operate mainly in India“We want to substantially increase impact investing for a sustainable world – so we are delighted to be supporting the largest equity fund by a dedicated impact manager in emerging markets,” said Philippe Le Houérou, CEO of International Finance Corporation, a lead investor in the fund, said the World Bank subsidiary wanted to “substantially increase impact investing for a sustainable world”. He added: “We want more and more investors who are looking to do well while also doing good.”Further reading Social Impact Finance: Bonds to help Asia’s ‘missing middle’ women Rural women entrepreneurs in India will this year, for the first time, access loans generated through a social impact bond, reports Elisabeth Jeffries Public Markets: Hard to pin down A mishmash of blurred definitions and terminology borrowed from ESG and sustainability is marring the progress of impact investing in public marketsImpact investing: Tricky, but worthwhile According to the International Finance Corporation, in the past three years there has been substantial growth in the use of the word ‘impact’ as a brand for mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, and the number of impact-branded funds in public markets has grown from 13 to 62 since 2008Varma backs human rights initiativeFinnish pensions insurer Varma has signed up to the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI), a global campaign for better disclosure of company workforce management practices and improved job standards.The WDI has more than 120 signatories from international investors with over $13trn in assets under management, including Nordic bank Nordea and Danish pension fund PKA.Hanna Kaskela, director of responsible investment at Varma, said: “Human rights violations in companies or their subcontracting chains are similarly serious in terms of reputation risk as environmental factors. “Consumers want to buy responsibly produced goods and pay attention in their purchasing decisions to how companies treat employees in the production chain.”Varma added that the WDI provided its signatories with significant and comparable data on their own and supply chain employees. The LeapFrog fund has already invested in financial firms WorldRemit and NeoGrowth, and pharmaceuticals companies Goodlife Pharmacy, Pyramid Pharma and Ascent Meditech. Specialist impact fund manager LeapFrog Investments has raised $700m (€623m) for its latest private equity fund, targeting healthcare and financial services investments in Africa and Asia.The company claimed the amount raised was a record for a private equity fund run by a dedicated impact investment manager. Investors included Dutch pension fund SBZ and asset manager Kempen, as well as a number of insurance companies, international development funds and foundations.Andrew Kuper, founder and CEO of LeapFrog Investments, said: “Today’s announcement marks an unprecedented level of commitment to independent impact investment managers, with a new fund backed by diverse best-in-class institutional investors.“It also marks an important moment for responsible private equity. As our third fund and largest fund, it is a decisive demonstration that meeting the real needs of under-served people is great business.”