first_imgLate last month, Anderson .Paak announced that he will release yet another new album, Ventura, on April 12th. The new record comes as a quick follow-up to .Paak’s acclaimed late-2018 release, Oxnard. Along with the news of the new record, the rapper/drummer/bandleader announced that he will hit the road for a lengthy tour dubbed the Best Teef In The Game Tour featuring support from Thundercat, Mac DeMarco, Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, and more.Today, Anderson .Paak has shared the first single from Ventura, “King James”, a grooving west coast slow-burn that makes good on the artist’s recent promise of “lots of soul” in the near future. You can listen to Anderson .Paak’s new single, “King James”, below:Anderson .Paak – “King James”[Video: Anderson Paak]Related: THERE WILL BE NO SIMPIN’: Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals Kick Off ‘Andy’s Beach Club’ World Tour in San FranciscoThe new single is not the only exciting Ventura news to surface this week. .Paak also shared the album art and tracklist for his new album, which boasts a number of exciting featured artists including André 3000 (Outkast), Smokey Robinson, Lalah Hathaway, and more.Check out the tracklist for Anderson .Paak’s Ventura below. For more information on Ventura, the Best Teef In The Game tour, and more, head to his website here.Anderson .Paak – Ventura Tracklist1. Come Home (feat. André 3000)2. Make It Better (feat. Smokey Robinson)3. Reachin’ 2 Much (feat. Lalah Hathaway)4. Winners Circle5. Good Heels (feat. Jazmine Sullivan)6. Yada Yada7. King James8. Chosen One (feat. Sonyae Elise)9. Jet Black (feat. Brandy)10. Twilight11. What Can We Do? (feat. Nate Dogg)View Tracklistlast_img read more

first_imgToday the University awarded a total of 6,787 degrees and 52 certificates. Harvard College granted a total of 1,552 degrees.Graphic by Jason Figueiredo and Sarah Sweeney/Harvard Stafflast_img

first_imgThe University of Notre Dame recently ranked No. 1 on Best Value Schools’ Top 25 Universities for non-profit and community service, ranked by their return on investment.The results indicated Notre Dame ranked No. 10 in ROTC participation among students and alumni, No. 23 in service staff, courses and financial aid support and No. 35 in community service participation and hours served. The Best Value Schools’ website singled out Notre Dame for the No. 1 ranking based on the University’s Center for Social Concerns (CSC). The survey took into account the CSC’s active role in the community and commitment to service as well as the school’s Catholic identity, which promotes community outreach among students and faculty, according to the website.CSC associate director of research and assessment Jay Brandenberger fosters this foundation of volunteering on a daily basis through his involvement in directing research, partnering with the community and working with on-campus academics.“Forty-plus student service and social action clubs work with center coalitions with educators [among others],” Brandenberger said.According to the CSC webpage, the Center offers a variety of programs to foster student involvement. These programs include the Appalachia service trip, energy and health seminars and summer service learning programs (SSLP).Senior Mary Schmidt participated in one such SSLP this past summer at KIPP Ascend Primary School in Chicago. She said her work included assisting the chief of operations with day-to-day tasks, training summer interns and developing a school library.“They are reaching out to neighborhoods afflicted with social injustices and making it known that they hold these children to the same standards as the ‘majority,’” Schmidt said. “KIPP teaches that it is not only possible for these children to attend college, but it is expected of them.”Schmidt, whose ultimate goal is to attend medical school, said social injustices surround each profession, but in recognizing this, her experiences have given her new perspectives on poverty and social issues.“I hope to incorporate what I’ve learned and have been exposed to into my medical profession,” she said. “Each life is special. Everyone’s backgrounds are unique. “Notre Dame has now given me the tools to not only apply my knowledge to medicine, but to serve those I encounter in my profession.”Brandenberger said this commitment to service by both the University and its students is “one of the best ways to live our mission.”And this mission is evident in the number of students who choose to volunteer – according to the University’s service webpage,  the CSC has a student participation rate of approximately 80 percent, and about 10 percent of students dedicate one year or more to service post-graduation.“The service aspect of Notre Dame forms well-rounded individuals who succeed after graduation not only in their professions, but in preaching and living the values of service, justice and equality that have been instilled within us,” Schmidt said.Tags: Center for Social Concerns, Community Service, CSC, Non-profitlast_img read more

first_imgVermont Law School,When my students first begin to study law, they have a tendency to focus on the holding of the case, such as ‘Preliminary Injunction Denied.’ It’s like reading the headlines in a newspaper. But any good lawyer knows that the most important part of the decision is often found in the footnotes. And in Judge Murtha’s decision denying Entergy a preliminary injunction, the footnotes say far more than the headline.But let’s start with the headline: Yes, Judge Murtha ruled no preliminary injunction because Entergy did not convince him that it would suffer irreparable harm between now and the September 12 hearing on the merits. Judge Murtha essentially called Entergy’s bluff. To paraphrase the decision: ‘You’re really going to shut the plant down in the next two months if I don’t grant the injunction? Really? I don’t think so.’ The decision to either order new fuel rods or suspend operation is a business decision made difficult by litigation, but any harm to Entergy is neither likely nor imminent.  Judge Murtha went out of his way to state that he is not making any ruling on the likelihood Entergy will ultimately prevail.Entergy didn’t get the preliminary injunction, but it also didn’t lose the case. If you read the footnotes, you will see that Judge Murtha has tipped his hand about the merits of the case. Or at least he has signaled to the state that it better have some answers to some hard questions he’ll be asking.Let’s start with footnote #2:  Here it is (and I have taken the liberty of highlighting the important stuff) :Defendants argue the Vermont Senate’s February 23, 2010, 26-4 vote against reading Senate bill S. 289 for a third time amounts to ‘no legislative action’ on Vermont Yankee’s petition. (Prelim. Inj. Hr’g Tr. at 130:3-21, June 24, 2010 (Doc. 83).)The ‘Legislative Policy and Purpose’ section of Act 160 suggests ‘the general assembly,’ which comprises two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives, ‘shall grant the approval or deny the approval’ of a petition for operation and storage of spent nuclear fuel beyond March 21, 2012. 2006 Vt. Laws 160 § 1(f) (LexisNexis). The substantive provision of the enactment speaks only of ‘approval’ and appears to allow inaction by the Senate to prohibit continued operation. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 30, § 248(e)(2). The State’s position is that Vermont’s statutes do not require a final determination of a petition and Acts 74 and 160 themselves amount to a decision to prohibit continued operation. (Hr’g Tr. 132:19-24, 134:22-24, 135:2-13 (’a decision was made in Act 74 and Act 160â ³ although the legislature is ‘always free to take it up’).) Vermont Yankee’s petition for a renewed license, filed March 3, 2008, is in a suspended docket before the Public Service Board. Entergy argues that because this legislative inaction, which amounts to a one-house ‘pocket veto,’ is to be given significant executive effect, this Court may consider events in 2010 in determining Entergy’s claim that Act 160 is preempted as applied. Id. at 62:9-13, 40:8-11, 68:25-69:2. The arguments on this question may warrant further development at trial. It is also unclear to the Court how a legislative scheme that does not require final determination of a renewal petition for a nuclear plant is compatible with the safe decommissioning of a plant. Cf. 10 C.F.R. § 2.109(c).Translation: The Court is concerned that the statute giving the Legislature the power shut down Vermont Yankee by simply doing nothing, thereby placing VY in legal limbo, may be seriously flawed. And if Vermont loses because the statute does not have the proper checks and balances among the branches of government, nor the proper due process requirements, then the Court never  has to get to the harder legal question of field preemption.Now let’s look at footnote #3 (I have again highlighted the important parts):The Court is aware the challenged statutes contain words that may or may not permit consideration of preempted grounds for granting or denying certificates of public good, and that the legislative history of the challenged enactments contains numerous references to ‘safety,’ some of which may be problematic, some of which may merely reflect legislators’ responsible recognition that Vermont cannot regulate radiological health and safety. Act 189 commissioned a study of ‘reliability,’ which initiated ongoing oversight at Vermont Yankee that appears to examine numerous aspects of radiological safety affecting reliability. It is not clear if reliabilityoversight pursuant to that enactment is still ongoing. The Court believes the parties’ arguments warrant further development on full evidence offered at a trial on the merits.Translation: Vermont must convince this Court that the statutes in question were not enacted because of radiological concerns. The Court is not yet convinced. This is critically important and the crux of Entergy’s case. If Vermont can’t convince Judge Murtha that the Legislature was regulating for reasons other than safety, then, again, the Court never has to reach the harder legal question of field preemptionHere’s what is NOT in any footnote or in the decision: the Memorandum of Understanding. Not even a passing reference. Judge Murtha told the parties in footnotes  #2  and #3 the issues on which the case will proceed ‘ the procedural integrity of the law, and the rationale behind the legislature’s actions. The argument that Entergy waived the right to bring this lawsuit or that it has breached its contract with Vermont is MIA (missing in action), and DOA (dead on appeal).Bottom line from the footnotes: Judge Murtha hasn’t yet made up his mind on the merits, but he strikes me as skeptical about Vermont’s case. As one of my colleagues noted after reading the opinion, the state better get its act together for the trial. But given the actions of the Vermont Legislature that lead to this case, it may be too late. [1][1] Just a final thought:  My colleagues and I have often suggested that this case could ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. I am not so sure of that anymore. If Entergy ultimately prevails on the issues from footnotes #2 or #3, then there is really no pressing legal issue for the highest Court to address. If the trial Court finds as a matter of fact that the statutes have some fatal flaws, the Second Circuit is likely to give deference to those findings. It is only if Vermont wins the case on the merits that the Supreme Court would have to address whether a state that refuses to issue a certificate of public good because of concerns other than safety is still preempted from doing so because Congress has occupied the field and never intended states to have such power. In light of Judge Murtha’s opinion, it is just not clear to me that any Court will reach that question. Of course, like any good unpaid talking head, I reserve the right to change my opinion. July 19, 2011. Cheryl Hanna is a lawyer and professor at Vermont Law School.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The last thing he wanted was to be recognized. Wearing a fisherman’s cap and rubber boots, the famous writer walked the streets of what he dubbed “a handsome town,” chatting with locals at Cove Deli or relaxing at The Black Buoy bar with his dog Charley. Sag Harbor offered him peace, he told friends and colleagues. Recently, on August 16, to honor the writer posthumously, officials broke ground on what will become John Steinbeck Waterfront Park. The 1.25 acre property will connect with its iconic windmill and Long Wharf Village Pier through a walkway. The grassy parkland, one of the last remaining waterfront parcels downtown, is open to the public. The picturesque scene is a far cry from the dust-stripped earth and starving migrant farmworkers whose hardscrabble existence Steinbeck captured in The Grapes of Wrath. His novel earned accolades from peers and readers — selling 10,000 copies per week at one point — but if not for this college dropout’s sharp reporter’s eye, the searing story would have been limited to magazine articles.SHY BUT SMARTJohn Ernst Steinbeck Jr. was born in Northern California in 1902. By the time he was 14, the shy but smart kid was locking himself in his room, writing poetry and stories. He wanted to be a writer.He attended Stanford University for five years but quit in 1925. Moving to New York City, he worked briefly in construction and as a newspaper reporter, but returned to Monterey County to do manual labor while developing his beautiful and simple writing style. As Steinbeck labored over words and physically exhausting work, the decade-long Great Depression created chaos as more than 1 million Americans fled the dried-up Midwest and Southern Plains, heading to California. But with too many laborers and too little employment, unemployed workers’ ramshackle tent camps proliferated. In 1936, the San Francisco News hired Steinbeck to write “The Harvest Gypsies” series about the corruption-plagued government camps and horrific conditions the migratory families endured. Steinbeck described them as “nomadic, poverty-stricken harvesters driven by hunger and the threat of hunger from crop to crop, from harvest to harvest … The migrants are needed … and they are hated.”In 1937, documentary photographer Horace Bristol proposed a photo essay to Life magazine about the workers, inviting Steinbeck to visit the camps. Life rejected the pitch saying it was “not important enough,” Bristol told the Los Angeles Times, but Fortune magazine approved.Steinbeck and Bristol traveled together, documenting the social phenomenon. Bristol remembered Steinbeck as “an extraordinarily sensitive man,” recalling that “the writer’s approach was so soft and good that no one could take offense,” reported the Times.But the investigative journalist realized the story was too big for a magazine: It should be a novel. That 1939 book revealed the farmworkers’ plight. His years of blue-collar labor enabled him to write what he knew — masterfully — earning him the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and the Nobel Prize, and his book was made into an Oscar-winning film. Some of Bristol’s photos were published in Life  that year and were used to cast the movie.On receiving the Nobel Prize, Steinbeck said the writer’s duty was “dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement.”CHARLEY AND SAG HARBOROver the next decade, Steinbeck served as a New York Herald Tribune war correspondent and wrote another best-selling novel, East of Eden. In 1953, he rented a Sag Harbor cottage, and in 1955 bought a small house in Sag Harbor Cove. He loved the village and helped found and co-chaired the Old Whalers’ Festival, now called HarborFest, and helped create the windmill next to Long Wharf.He spent mornings writing in the property’s shed or on his boat, writing his Newsday column or another novel, The Winter of Our Discontent. He wrote to editor Elizabeth Otis, “I can move out and anchor and have a little table and yellow pad and some pencils … Nothing else can intervene.”Afternoons were spent fishing or hobnobbing at Sal and Joes or Baron’s Cove resort, or with Truman Capote, Kurt Vonnegut, and other writers at The Black Buoy, his beloved standard poodle in tow.Steinbeck’s legacy includes 31 books, including Tortilla Flat and Of Mice and Men. His last work was Travels with Charley, about seeing America with Charlie after departing from Sag Harbor. His son Thomas Steinbeck told The New York Times that his father “ had been accused of having lost touch with the rest of the country. Travels With Charley was his attempt to rediscover America.”John Steinbeck died of heart disease in New York City in 1968.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Santa Cruz metropolitan area is the worst affected by coronavirus in Bolivia and accounts for almost half of the country’s more than 60,000 cases.Some 85 percent of the bodies were “positive cases for COVID-19 and cases with COVID symptoms, so they will be recorded as suspected cases,” said Rojas.The rest died of “other causes, meaning death from an illness or a violent cause,” he added.According to the national epidemiological office, the western regions of Cochabamba and La Paz are experiencing a “very rapid increase” in coronavirus cases.Andres Flores, director of the Forensic Investigations Institute, said that between April 1 and July 19 more than 3,000 bodies that were recovered outside of hospital settings had been identified as either confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases.Bolivia has recorded more than 2,200 confirmed coronavirus deaths among its 11 million population.Topics : Bolivian police said on Tuesday they recovered more than 400 bodies from streets and homes over a five-day period, with 85 percent of the dead believed to have had coronavirus.A total of 191 bodies were recovered in the Cochabamba metropolitan area alone from July 15-20, with another 141 collected in La Paz, national police director Coronel Ivan Rojas told journalists.In the country’s biggest city, Santa Cruz, authorities recovered 68 bodies.last_img read more

first_img MORE NEWS: Housing affordability the best it’s been in two decades REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said the list of popular areas was not surprising. “They are close to beaches and major infrastructure and are in that affordable (price) range,” he said. “A lot of them would have low-rise to medium-rise apartments, which are popular with owner occupiers.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMr Henderson said Rainbow Bay was the Gold Coast’s “little pocket gem”. “Rainbow Bay has one of the most idyllic swimming spaces on the Gold Coast and an iconic surf break, plus great places to walk and parkland area. It’s a bit more relaxed than other parts.” chief economist Nerida chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the Gold Coast market had started its positive shift from the downturn a lot faster than other parts of Australia. “There’s really not much negativity for the Gold Coast market,” she said. “When we compare it to what has happened in Brisbane with enormous levels of development, to the extent of over building, we certainly haven’t seen that on the Gold Coast. “We are seeing high rental demand and there are obviously jobs and potential for people to start businesses.“You can move to the Gold Coast and pay less for a mortgage or rent and you have more disposable income to do more things, like start a business.” MORE NEWS: Beach house proves bigger isn’t always better An apartment for sale at 12/2-4 Boundary Lane, Tweed Heads, is in the Rainbow Bay locale.The Gold Coast’s median property price, which includes both houses and units, has dropped 1.5 per cent to $532,500 in a year, with a 0.7 per cent decrease in the last quarter, according to the report. “The ScoMo bounce and two interest rate cuts are all breathing new life into Australian property,” it said. “Demand has started to increase … search activity has seen a bump (but) we are yet to see any real uplift in the number of people listing properties for sale and pricing data is yet to reflect a change in conditions.“Queensland is leading the way in the recovery. Brisbane has been the first capital city off the block in terms of price growth and Mackay is right now the top regional growth area in Australia.” 1. Rainbow Bay 2. Wilston3. Currumbin4. Tugun5. Currumbin Waters 6. Elanora 7. Holland Park8. Mermaid Waters9. Sunrise Beach10. Reedy Creek QLD’s most in-demand areas for apartments The Gold Coast flooded the list of Queensland’s most in-demand suburbs for apartments.THE Glitter Strip has weathered the tumultuous property conditions felt across the country well, with much of its real estate still in hot demand.The Gold Coast flooded the list of Queensland’s 10 most in-demand suburbs for apartments, in’s latest Australian Property Market Report for July. Seven of the city’s locales were the state’s top searched areas for buyers. Rainbow Bay topped the list, with Currumbin, Tugun and Currumbin Waters all in the top five along with Brisbane suburb Wilston. The Gold Coast region overall had high demand on the site, with an average of 905 property views per listing — the second highest in Queensland behind the Sunshine Coast with 969. “Searches in southeast Queensland out of Sydney suggest that growth continues to come from an exodus from NSW,” the report said. “While there is a clear affordability edge, it is jobs that are making the move possible.” The city also notched some of the highest rental demand, alongside Hobart and Melbourne, which was put down to job opportunities on the Gold Coast. last_img read more

first_imgFrench liquefied natural gas containment system specialist, GTT, reported an 8.7 percent rise in revenue for the first nine months of 2019. The company said in its report its revenue reached €199.7 million ($222.1 million) for the period under review, which compares to €185.7 million in the corresponding period last year.The company further noted that the revenue from the second to the third quarter of 2019 rose by over 20 percent.Commenting on the results, Philippe Berterottière, chairman and CEO of GTT said, “With 40 orders for LNG carriers during the first nine months, of which 14 in the third quarter, business activity has been particularly strong.”He added that the inflow of orders over the last two years is starting to have a positive effect as revenue has increased substantially from one quarter to the next.GTT noted that the 40 LNG carriers on order in the first nine months will all be equipped with its Mark III Flex+, Mark III Flex and NO96 GW, with deliveries scheduled between end-2020 and end-2022.The company’s order book, at the end of September 2019, excluding LNG as fuel, stood at 120 units, including 100 LNG carriers, six ethane carriers, six FSRUs, two FLNGs, and three gravity-based structures for the Arctic LNG 2 project, a first for the company.The order book also includes three onshore storage tanks, GTT said.Additionally, the company has also booked a total of 18 orders from the LNG as fuel segment at the end of the period under review.last_img read more

first_imgParents’ synthetic cannabis abuse left children in home with little food and no power Stuff 5 November 2018Family First Comment: The harms of drugs – all drugs. Marijuana. Synthentic drugs….“There had been a lack of food in the house for long periods, the prepaid electricity in the home often ran out and the defendants had been using cannabis and its synthetic equivalent. The children were aware and disclosed that the majority of their household money was spent on drugs rather than on food for the family.”#DrugFree2025www.SayNopeToDope.nzA couple spent the majority of their household income on drugs, leaving their two children with little food in a home sometimes without electricity, a court was told.The man and woman, from Taranaki, have each pleaded guilty to two charges of ill treatment/neglect of a child under 18 years of age between August 2016 and June 2018.The defendants cannot be named in order to protect the victims.The neglect case came to light in June 2018 and was precipitated by an argument the man and woman had over their relationship issues and “not pot” – the common name given to synthetic cannabis.The police summary of facts outlined how the male defendant moved out of the house and days later the children left as well to stay at another address.Both children were spoken to by a specialist police interviewer on June 13 where they disclosed there had been a lack of food in the house for long periods, the prepaid electricity in the home often ran out and the defendants had been using cannabis and its synthetic equivalent.READ MORE: read more