While making their way to a headlining spot at Bonnaroo earlier this month, Pearl Jam decided to take a bit of a detour to Nashville and do some recording at Jack White‘s Third Man Records studio. The group performed a set in the Blue Room that consisted of “Corduroy”, “Pendulum,” a cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Interstellar Overdrive”, and even had White join them during the encore on “Of The Earth”. Eddie Vedder also stepped inside the Voice-O-Graph booth to record a solo number.Pearl Jam Welcomes Jack White At Intimate Third Man Records Performance In NashvilleThird Man Records has announced that they will release the live session as part of their Vault Series. The special release will include a black-and-gold, split-colored vinyl version of the Pearl Jam set, packaged in a custom jacket, along with a pressing of Vedder’s solo number. A hardcover photo book featuring photos of the session taken by Jamie Goodsell will also be included in the release. Members of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club will received $15 off the total cost.For more info on this special Pearl Jam release, click HERE.[via Consequence of Sound]
Source: The Broadway League America may have celebrated jettisoning the monarchy in 1776 this weekend, but on Broadway The Lion King continued its reign. The long-running musical brought in a massive $2,143,344 this week. It was joined in the top five in terms of grosses by perennial faves Wicked, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, and this season’s box office standout An American in Paris. Capacity wise, Tony winning-tuners Fun Home and The King and I continued to have a strong showing. However, on the other end of the spectrum, the currently in preview Amazing Grace will be looking to opening night reviews for a box office bump, while On the Town will be hoping the allure of prima ballerina Misty Copeland provides a much needed boost to takings.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 5:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1.The Lion King ($2,143,344)2. Wicked ($1,864,235)3. Aladdin ($1,598,424)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,382,123)5. An American in Paris ($1,348,052)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. On the Town ($473,731)4. Wolf Hall Parts One & Two ($346,459)3. It Shoulda Been You ($344,925)2. Hand to God ($317,404)1. Amazing Grace ($201,081)*FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Fun Home (103.46%)2. The Book of Mormon (102.61%)3. The Lion King (101.02%)4. Aladdin (100.01%)5. The King and I (100.00%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Hand to God (70.55%)4. It Shoulda Been You (68.89%)3. Amazing Grace (63.51%)*2. On the Town (59.50%)1. Wolf Hall Parts One & Two (59.28%)* Number based on seven preview performances View Comments
April 1, 2005 Regular News Nominations sought for Tradition of Excellence Award Nomination are now being accepted for the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section’s Tradition of Excellence Award, which honors a lawyer for exceptional contributions to, or an exemplary career in, general, solo, or small firm practice. It is presented by the section at a reception and award ceremony held in conjunction with the Bar’s Annual Meeting June 24 in Orlando. The honoree receives an expense paid trip to the reception and an impressive memento of the achievement. This award is reserved for those who have practiced in Florida for at least 10 years. For more information, send an e-mail to Carol Kirkland, section administrator, at [email protected] or by fax (850) 561-5825. The deadline for receipt of nominations is May 13. Nominations sought for Tradition of Excellence Award
We’d like to thank our friends and neighbors in the city of Schenectady and the surrounding towns of Niskayuna, Glenville, Scotia and Rotterdam for their support on May 12 with our 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Your generosity was overwhelming. You can take pride in knowing that a local shelter or food pantry will be able to provide essentials to local families in need over the coming months due to your contributions, which topped 40,000 pounds.This annual food drive involves thousands of letter carriers across the country and has grown to be the nation’s largest one-day food drive. Last year’s collection of 75 million pounds of food nationwide means that, with your help, we’ve provided approximately 1.6 billion pounds of food for needy families since this program began. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Hunger in America isn’t isolated to one region or ZIP code. Some 42 million Americans live daily not knowing where their next meal may come from. Thirteen million children and more than 5 million seniors face hunger each day. Our letter carriers take great pride in distributing your contributions to resouces right in our local community, and the rest of our postal family support and applaud their efforts.But their success is only possible with the support of local residents recognizing the need and pitching in with donations. It’s inspiring to witness our local communities and the Schenectady postal employees working together to combat hunger. Thank you and have a wonder summer.John R. ReillyWilliam B. CooSchenectadyThe writers are, respectively, postmaster and president of NALC Branch 358, AFL-CIO.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
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The West Java Religious Affairs Office has confirmed that the 90 umrah (minor haj) pilgrims who left for Saudi Arabia on Feb. 27 from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport had safely returned to Indonesia.”The latest information we’ve received is that the 90 pilgrims had indeed departed [for Saudi Arabia], but they have [since] returned,” the office’s haj and umrah head, Ajam Mustajam, told The Jakarta Post by phone on Thursday, seven days after the pilgrims were reported as “missing”.The 90 Indonesians had departed on umrah one day before Saudi Arabia announced a temporary ban on all umrah pilgrims in a measure to “limit the spread of the coronavirus epidemic and prevent its access to the Two Holy Mosques”, as quoted in TIME.On Feb. 28, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia listed Indonesia as one of the countries whose citizens were barred from visiting the holy cities of Mecca and Medina as part of its prevention measures.The decision left thousands of Indonesians stranded – some already en route to Saudi Arabia and others who had already checked in at airports around the country.Ajam said that 790 umrah pilgrims from West Java were initially scheduled to depart on Feb. 27. When he was contacted again on March 3, however, Ajam said that only 700 had returned to the country and claimed not to know the whereabouts of the other 90 pilgrims.Ajam clarified on March 5 that the 90 Indonesians had used the services of a travel agency in West Java, and were not part of the official group of pilgrims from the province.“It is not because of an error in the system,” he stressed, referring to the integrated umrah and haj computerized system that maintains records on all pilgrims traveling on the government-sponsored program.“Their whereabouts were being tracked, but the regional office received the information late,” he said.Ajam said that the office was now focusing on serving people who needed the required haj documents and extending or issuing new for umrah and haj permits at the 187 umrah and haj travel agencies in the province. (eyc)Topics :
Finally, they ask that the dialogue with the online platforms be carried out in a more “structured” way, while “a certain number of commissioners” deal directly with platforms.The EU last week called on the internet giants to do more to fight the “huge wave of disinformation” caused by the pandemic, by publishing a monthly report on the actions implemented. The vice president of the EU commission in charge of values and transparency, Vera Jourova, said the reports would have to relate to the nature of the disinformation, the dimension of the network involved, its geopolitical origin and the target audience. The approach is based on the good will of platforms, but she said it was in their interest to gain the “confidence” of their users. The pandemic has already led the EU to ask platforms to put forward information from health authorities like the WHO, and to withdraw advertisements for fake medicines in particular. Topics : Broadcasters, publishers and journalists called on the European Commission on Monday to implement “much stronger measures” to combat disinformation on internet platforms such as Google and Facebook. A joint declaration, signed notably by the European Federation of Journalists, the European Publishers Council and the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT), follows a presentation on Wednesday by Brussels of new measures against disinformation, prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The signatories say they are “alarmed by the rise in online disinformation during the pandemic”, which has had “a devastating impact on public health efforts”. They say the European “code of good practice”, signed in 2018 by internet platforms, “has shown to be inadequate to address the source and drivers of disinformation propagated online”.”There is an urgent need for effective instruments to better assess and successfully tackle the issue,” they write, saying that Europe is over-reliant on the “good will of systemic actors”. Among the measures urged is a “meaningful” sanctions regime to ensure that the co-signatories of the code of practice have an incentive to act. These measures should be applied in a way that “boosts rather than penalizes media” and should ensure that “journalistic freedom, fundamental rights and editorial freedom are guaranteed”.
The US state of California has passed a landmark bill requiring two of the country’s biggest pension funds to consider “climate-related financial risk” when making investment decisions.Senate Bill 964 was passed last week. It requires the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) to identify climate risk in their portfolios and report on that risk to the public and to the legislature every three years. The first report is due before 2020.The two funds – which oversee $590bn (€508bn) between them – must also report their progress towards meeting the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, as well as California climate policy goals.They should also include a summary of engagement activities undertaken by the pension funds in connection with climate-related financial risks. The bill was the first of its kind passed in the US, according to campaign group and co-sponsor of the bill Fossil Free California, and provided a statutory definition of climate-related financial risk.Under the state’s new definition, climate-related risks include material financial risk posed to the fund by the effects of the changing climate. These included intense storms, rising sea levels, higher global temperatures, and economic damages from carbon emissions.The bill also covered other financial and transition risks emanating from public policies to address climate change, shifting consumer attitudes, and the changing economics of traditional carbon-intense industries.The bill must get the approval of California governor Jerry Brown before it can become law.Fossil Free California, which campaigns to end financial support for fossil fuels, co-sponsored the bill with environmental advocacy organisation Environment California.“The risk the changing climate poses to the solvency of large institutional investors, including pension funds and insurance companies, is both inevitable and unpredictable,” said Janet Cox, director at Fossil Free California. “Fund beneficiaries need and deserve the peace of mind that comes from knowing their future security is protected from that risk.”CalPERS and CalSTRS are actively involved in a number of climate change initiatives, including Ceres and the Investor Network on Climate Risk.Most recently, both funds were part of a coalition of investors voting for improved governance at Rio Tinto’s annual general meeting, relating to the company’s membership of lobbying organisations in relation to climate change – although this resolution was defeated.However, both CalPERS and CalSTRS slipped down the Asset Owners Disclosure Project’s 2017 ranking of investors’ climate risk management. CalPERS was ranked 28th out of more than 300 pension funds, 19 places lower than a year before.Investors in Europe and the UK are also facing legislation over climate change and sustainability investment issues. This article was updated on 6 September to remove a reference to the California pension funds reporting on their portfolio carbon footprints, as this was not a feature of Senate Bill 964.
The Borssele Beta offshore substation topside has sailed out from HSM Offshore’s yard in Schiedam to the installation site in the Dutch North Sea, TenneT said. The 700MW offshore grid connection is scheduled to be operational on September 1, the Dutch transmission system operator said. Source: HSM Offshore HSM Offshore constructed both the Borssele Beta and the Borssele Alpha, the first large-scale grid connections to be constructed for TenneT under the National Energy Agreement for offshore wind farms in the Netherlands. The offshore construction on the wind farm started in October 2019 with the installation of the first monopile foundations. Borssele Beta will connect the 731.5MW Borssele III and IV wind farm, currently being built by the Blauwwind consortium approximately 22 kilometres off the coast of Zeeland, to the Dutch grid. The electricity generated at the wind farm will be brought ashore via two 67-kilometre cables to the high-voltage onshore station in Borssele. The Blauwwind consortium comprisesPartners Group (45%), Shell (20%), DGE (15%), Eneco Group (10%) and Van Oord (10%). The Borssele III and IV wind farm will feature 77 MHI Vestas V164 9.5MW turbines installed on monopile foundations and scheduled to be commissioned in 2021.
Indianapolis, In. — The Indiana Senate has agreed to send a hate crimes bill to the governor by a vote of 34-14. Senate Bill 198, initially addressing prison drug offenses, would make tougher penalties for defendants if their crimes were motivated by a real or perceived characteristic, trait, belief, practice, association, or other attributes, including but limited to color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion or sexual orientation.Instead of including the list in the bill, it references the list currently in Indiana law. Some lawmakers expressed displeasure that the bill did not include gender identity, sex, age and ancestry.“Criminals who attempt to instill fear by attacking others based, for example, on who someone loves, who they are, how they identify, how they pray, should know their sentences can, and I believe should, be enhanced to the fullest extent of the law,” Governor Eric Holcomb said.Indiana Democrat Party chairman John Zody says, “Governor Holcomb has always lacked the influence to move the needle with his GOP peers on hate crimes. Now it’s up to him to show the backbone it takes to stick to his principles. In 2018, he warned passing an incomplete hate crimes bill could spark RFRA 2.0. In January, he called on lawmakers to pass a complete hate crimes bill. Now, he has a choice: take a principled stand and veto the bill or declare an empty victory.”