Earlier this week, John Mayer reunited with Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino for their first full-length performance in six years for a set as the John Mayer Trio. The 42-minute set at the famous Apollo Theater was tight and inspired, as the band dusted off their cobwebs in a huge way. Fun versions of “Vultures” and “Gravity” led to a sit in by blues guitar great Robert Cray, who joined the band for multiple songs. The set ended with an awesome version of “Let The Good Times Roll” that featured Cray, Robert Randolph, and a few other blues greats trading guitar solos.Thanks to YouTube user Dear Marie BR, we can now watch this awesome reunion in all of its glory. See below for footage from the full concert, and enjoy the first John Mayer Trio show since 2010.Setlist: John Mayer Trio at the Apollo Theater, New York, NY – 10/27/16Every Day I Have The BluesVulturesGravityChicken In The Kitchen w/Robert CrayLet The Good Times Roll w/JMT, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, and others.
Alvin Poussaint, professor of psychiatry, associate dean for student affairs at Harvard Medical School, and a long-time crusader on children’s issues, warned about the anger and rage that underlies bullying. “I think we have to focus on that anger,” he said.Since many programs operate at the state level, asked Harvard Law School Professor Ronald Sullivan, how can federal authorities create the political will to institute change?Through grant making, Holder replied. “You’d be surprised at the number of cities and neighborhoods that want to try these things.”Asked by Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, about accomplishments in getting to the root cause of violence, Holder acknowledged, “The Justice Department can’t do it alone.”Crime levels decrease with education achieved, he noted, adding, “Some of our best crime fighters are teachers.” When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder uses the word “epidemic” to describe the rise of violence witnessed by children, he is not indulging in hyperbole.Use of the word is part of his mission to recast the problem of violence seen by or done to kids as a public health issue, one that demands responses from multiple institutions — not just law enforcement — to address both symptoms and prevention.On May 6 Holder brought this message to The Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in remarks and a discussion broadcast live via the web and posted as an on-demand webcast.Children’s exposure to violence, which can cause physical, emotional, and psychological harm, is “one of the greatest public safety and public health epidemics of our time,” Holder told the audience.Children today are much more likely than adults to be exposed to violence and crime, from bullying at school, seeing parents strike each other, or experiencing a knife or gunfight, he said.Whether a child is a victim or a witness, he added, “Violence affects the brain as much as it affects the body and the spirit.”Research has demonstrated the cumulative effect of violence, Holder continued, citing a Justice Department study that found “a majority of our children — more than 60 percent of them — have been exposed to some type of crime, abuse, or violence.”According to Holder, these children are more likely to suffer depression or to fail in school; have a greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse as adults; are more likely to develop chronic disease; have difficulty establishing emotional closeness; and are more likely to commit acts of violence.Violence is not limited by region; it can happen at home, school, in the streets, and on the Internet, Holder said: “We must recognize that children’s exposure to violence is a public health issue and it demands a public health response.”He said the problem should be addressed “holistically, not just in fragments” by building on existing partnerships among institutions, and he called for training more professionals to work with children exposed to violence, he said.Alvin Poussaint, professor of psychiatry, associate dean for student affairs at Harvard Medical School, and a long-time crusader on children’s issues, warned about the anger and rage that underlies bullying. “I think we have to focus on that anger,” he said.During the Q&A session, Jay Winsten, the Frank Stanton Center Director for the Center for Health Communication at HSPH, asked Holder about his strategy for turning plans into action.One response is to cast the problem as one of U.S. security and protection, Holder said. “What we’re doing here today is just as important as what we did on Sunday,” he said, referring to the killing of Osama bin Laden. “We have to protect the American people. It’s not a coincidence that we see the greatest amount of violence in areas with the greatest amount of social dysfunction.”Winsten also speculated about changing social norms, noting that efforts to combat drunk driving led to the notion of a “designated driver.” What might be the counterpart in combating behavior around bullying?Holder responded with a personal story about how his own daughter, now 17, was bullied at school in the fifthand sixth grades but never told him about it. “It brought tears to my eyes to hear her describe what she experienced,” he said.
I’d never thought that a spring break jaunt could change a person. But sometime during the Classical Studies 112 class trip to Sicily, I became a true classicist.Maybe it was the hills and fields of Mount Etna, the rural landscapes Pindar wrote about in his epinician odes. Maybe it was our visit to Palermo, Marsala, Siracusa, Piazza Amerina, and the Egadi Islands. Whether all or one, the effect was transformative.A required course for classics concentrators at Harvard, “Regional Study of Sicily” is unlike any other class I have taken. Just as important as the all-expenses-paid trip was the chance to get to know my classmates and professors on a personal level, while getting physically and intellectually closer to the sites and monuments we have studied for years.Our first stop was Palermo, Sicily’s largest city, and the Norman Palace with its famous Palatine Chapel. While the overwhelming mosaics commanded our attention, one of our professors pointed out the polychrome marble floor: Its design elements, like the purple porphyry discs, he told us, were spolia — reused building stones stripped from a Roman structure dating even further back in the city’s history. The Capuchin catacombs were just as intriguing. Beginning in 1599, Palermo’s elite mummified their dead and displayed them inside the maze of the catacombs, where their relatives and friends could visit them.The interior of the Ear of Dionysius, a cave famous for its acoustic properties. Photo by Matthew DeShaw ’18On day three, we arrived in Segesta, a site famous for its unfinished Greek-style temple. Segesta was a settlement of Elymians, an indigenous group who served as intermediaries between the dominant powers in Sicily — the Carthaginians, Greeks, and Romans— at any given time. The temple was apparently built to appeal to the Greeks, but left unfinished to appeal to the Carthaginians.From Segesta we traveled to Trapani, and from there to the Egadi Islands, the site of an instrumental naval battle between the Romans and Carthaginians. While the history is fascinating, some of us were more taken with the ruined castle on the hill overlooking the city. After an arduous, steep climb, the view from one of the towers rewarded us with the most remarkable vista in all of the islands.Our next stop was the capital of Sicily’s wine country, Marsala. While the wine was sweet, the island of Motya, a Carthaginian city destroyed in 397 B.C., was sweeter. Its ruins, some now below the tidewater, hinted at its former grandeur, and a few of us waded through the icy water to walk on the sunken causeway. At Selinunte, a ruined Greek seaport with five temples, we had the amazing experience of climbing the ruins of Temple C, traversing it like an obstacle course from one end to the other.The Greek Theatre in Siracusa (Syracuse), once the most powerful Greek city on the island of Sicily. Photo by Matthew DeShaw ’18A four-hour bus ride, with coastline giving way to fields and farms, took us into Sicily’s interior and the town of Piazza Armerina, known for its isolation and its more than 100 churches. At the Villa Romana del Casale, we saw its famous mosaics, like the Great Hunt, firsthand.Our last stop was the site of my class presentation, Siracusa (Syracuse). Founded in either 734 or 733 B.C., Syracuse was once the most powerful Greek city in Sicily. It was amazing to stand in the land I have studied for so long. We stayed on the island of Ortygia, the old city center. Looking out over the Great Harbor, I remembered that this was the site where the Syracusan navy trapped the Athenian fleet at the end of their disastrous Sicilian expedition.The morning after, I presented the famous sites of the Syracuse Archaeological Park to the class: the gardens; a former stone quarry; the Ear of Dionysius, a cave famous for its acoustic properties; the Greek and Roman amphitheaters; and the Altar of Hieron II, a massive Hellenistic altar with no parallels in the classical world.The trip was finally capped as we made our way to Catania Airport at 3:30 a.m., and saw lava and smoke spilling from Mount Etna, which had erupted earlier. It was a fitting end to a transformative trip, in which a Harvard class was changed from classics scholars to classicists.
Topics : European soccer’s governing body (UEFA) is working on a proposal that could see the remainder of the Champions League condensed into a week-long mini-tournament with the final taking place on Aug. 29 in Istanbul, the BBC has reported.Football, as with most sports around the world, has been brought to a standstill by the COVID-19 pandemic, with all major European leagues suspended and the Champions League stalled in the middle of its round of 16.UEFA wants the Europa League final to be held in Gdansk on Aug. 26 and the Champions League final played three days later, the report said. UEFA is considering two options, one of which is to hold the Champions League quarter-finals and semi-finals across two legs in July and August. This would only be possible if domestic leagues restarted in June.The second option is to play the remaining Champions League ties as one-off fixtures after the end of the domestic seasons and could see the remainder of the competition played out over the course of a week.Both options would be discussed at UEFA’s Executive Committee meeting next Thursday, the report added.The Champions League final was originally scheduled to take place in Istanbul on May 30 and the Europa League final was due to be held in Gdansk three days earlier.
Home loans are likely to be harder to get in 2018 due to tighter lending restrictions.4. MORTGAGE STRESS TO AFFECT MORE HOUSEHOLDSDigital Finance Analytics reports that mortgage stress affects more than 921,000 households nationwide. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThis could climb to more than one million by the end of 2018.DFA attributes the problem to rising living costs, slow wage growth, and larger mortgages (due to rising home prices). THE ICONIC QUEENSLANDER IN DANGER 5. MORE BORROWERS TO DITCH THE BIG FOUR BANKSMore borrowers are likely to refinance their home loans away from the big four banks this year. This trend was demonstrated last year using data from HashChing which showed the greatest exodus (37 per cent of national borrowers with the big four banks) from Commonwealth Bank. With smaller lenders offering variable rate home loans as low as 3.56 per cent, it might be time to jump ship. The Reserve Bank of Australia is expected to raise the official cash rate this year. Image: AAP/Dean Lewins.2. FIXED RATE DEALS IN FOCUSThere will be a greater mix of very low “special” rates to try and attract first time buyers and owner-occupied refinanced business. Many lenders will focus on fixed rate deals, taking account of lower funding rates, but this may change later in the year in line with a strong likelihood that the Reserve Bank will lift the official cash rate. BUY BY THE BEACH 3. MORTGAGE LENDING STANDARDS TO TIGHTEN FURTHERFirst home buyers will need to stump up a bigger deposit to get into the market, according to Digital Finance Analytics principal Martin North.“As a result, I expect more first time buyers will get help from the “Bank of Mum and Dad”, which can be worth as much as $88,000,” he said. Property prices are expected to continue to cool nationally in 2018. Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt.8. MORTGAGE BROKERS TO CONTINUE TO SETTLE MOST MORTGAGESThe latest industry data shows Australian mortgage brokers settled 55.7 per cent of all residential mortgages during the September 2017 quarter, which is up from 53.6 per cent in the same quarter last year. While upcoming changes to mortgage broker commission structures will result in lower lending volumes, brokers will still maintain significant share and their overall footprint will likely continue to increase. It might be time to ditch the big four banks in 2018. Photo: AFP/Peter Parks.6. PROPERTY PRICES TO CONTINUE TO COOLTougher lending restrictions on investors and interest-only loans has increased housing supply, leading to a slowdown in property prices in Sydney and Melbourne. The national median house price index fell to 0.3 per cent in December, according to CoreLogic data, and this trend is expected to continue in 2018. New residential construction is likely to stay strong, as recent building approvals flow through, but there will be a fall in the number of high-rise units released to the market — especially in Melbourne and Brisbane. BRISBANE SET FOR FIRST $20M HOME SALE 7. THERE WILL BE MORE FIRST HOME BUYERS Softening property prices, greater housing supply and government grants/stamp duty concessions (in states such as NSW, Victoria and Queensland) will see more first home buyers enter the market in 2018. In the first week of the year, HashChing noticed a considerable uptick in web traffic, with a 12 per cent increase in home loan inquiries from first home buyers compared to the same time last year. What you need to know to beat the banks when it comes to your home loan in 2018.WITH interest rates expected to head north this year — and the banks to follow suit — you’ll need to know to beat them at their own game.Online mortgage marketplace HashChing and independent consultancy Digital Finance Analytics have shared their top eight mortgage predictions for 2018.Here’s your very own home loan cheat sheet:1. MORTGAGE INTEREST RATES TO KEEP RISINGIf you’re looking to buy a home or refinance your mortgage, aim to get it finalised sooner rather than later because the consensus among HashChing brokers is that the major banks will continue to nudge interest rates higher. HashChing broker George Kozah said the average home loan standard variable interest rate of 5.08 per cent (according to Finder.com.au) could rise about 75 basis points to 5.83 per cent by the end of the year.Most economists also expect the Reserve Bank to lift the official cash rate from its record low of 1.5 per cent in the second half of this year. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE
The majority of new pension design ideas use elements from the development of defined contribution (DC) plans, but defined benefit (DB) plan features still have a role to play in “future proof” pension design, according to PensionsEurope. The argument was the premise of one of two reports that the European pensions trade association launched last week.“PensionsEurope is a thought leader in Europe and we have designed these two reports to stimulate discussion and debate around defined benefit and defined contribution pensions,” said Janwillem Bouma, chair of PensionsEurope.“Good outcomes need to be at the heart the industry and we are confident that the thinking outlined in these publications will help the industry to develop going forward.” The DB-focused report – “Towards a New Design for Workplace Pensions” – discussed the use of DB pension design to strengthen workplace solutions in Europe in the midst of a shift towards DC schemes.“Looking into the strengths and weaknesses of, threats to, and opportunities for DB pension provision, one could conclude that future-proof workplace pensions should not entirely move away from a pure DB system to a pure DC system,” said PensionsEurope. “Rather it makes sense to maintain the strong elements of DB and to combine them with strong elements in the DC world to find a balance between the two extremes.”Introducing the report, Bouma described it as a manual for a new design for DB workplace pensions, aimed at member states and stakeholders “reflecting on or introducing or reforming already existing workplace pension systems”.The other PensionsEurope report – “Principles for Securing Good Outcomes for Members of Defined Contribution Plans Throughout Europe” – covered elements such as plan design, communications, administration, investments, costs and charges, and decumulation.“In light of the increasing reliance on workplace DC pension plans throughout Europe, it is essential that individuals have confidence that workplace pension plans operate in their interests, are robust, well-run and offer value for money,” said PensionsEurope.The reports can be found here.
LifesiteNews 3 July 2013Police in Australia have described as “depraved” the case of a six-year-old boy who was sexually abused by his adoptive homosexual “fathers” and other men who were part of an international child-porn syndicate known as the Boy Lovers network. Authorities in Australia and the US worked together to arrest and charge the men after it emerged that the boy had been offered to men in Australia, the US, France and Germany for sexual exploitation and the production of child pornography from a very young age. Last week one of the men, an American named Mark J. Newton, 42, was jailed in the U.S. for 40 years and ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution to the child, while the other, Peter Truong, 36, from New Zealand, awaits sentencing in his home country.…. Adam was handed over to Newton and Truong five days after his birth in 2005. Australian media covered Adam’s arrival home, describing the two men as happy, loving fathers. In a case of bitter irony, in one article Mark told a reporter that authorities had questioned he and Peter at length when they first brought Adam to Australia, and that he was sure that they were under suspicion of pedophilia. But, he said, “We’re a family just like any other family.” On July 14, 2010, when Adam was 5 years old, ABC Far North Queensland broadcast a story titled “Two dads are better than one” which stated that “becoming parents was hard work for gay couple Pete and Mark, but they’d do it all over again if they had to.”http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/model-gay-adoptive-fathers-sexually-abused-6-year-old-for-years-offered-himTwo dads are better than oneABC 14 July 2010… What followed was two and a half years of bureaucracy before the child received permanent Australian residency and another year before he got citizenship. On arrival in Australia customs quizzed Mark and Pete for hours. Police were also sent around to their house on a Sunday morning to investigate. “When people see two guys together, you know it’s like, ‘Where’s his mother?’ We’ve had a lot of people ask that,” Pete said. “I think that even if one of us was a woman, we wouldn’t have had the same suspicions and problems that we went through.” Thinking back to the police visit, Pete said the police seemed to want reassurance that the situation was ‘right’. They checked if the couple had equipment to raise a child like a bed, clothes and bottles. Mark said he’s sure that they were under suspicion of paedophilia. But despite the difficulties, he said the couple would do it again with no hesitation. “We’re a family just like any other family,” he said with pride.http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:1cEiDz1vtDYJ:abc.net.au/local/stories/2010/07/14/2953694.htm+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca
Share 10 Views no discussions LocalNews DSWMC wants public to respect the smart bins by: – February 7, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share DSWMC Public Relations Officer, Jeno Jacob.A month after the launching of the “Adopt –A-Block” initiative in Roseau the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC) is making a special appeal to citizens to respect the smart bins and refrain from damaging them.The initiative gives businesses within the City the opportunity to take ownership of the various “blocks” around the city which they believe will enable business owners to feel a sense of pride for their respective blocks; thereby ensuring its cleanliness and general upkeep with the understanding that cleanliness also translates into good business.To date, several businesses have supported the initiative and a total of 60 smart bins have placed within the City; however Public Relations Officer of DSWMC, Jeno Jacob has reported that one of the bins has been vandalized.Smart Bin outside the All Saints University in Roseau“The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation is seeking support from the general public to protect the Adopt-A-Block bins in the City of Roseau especially during the Carnival season. Over the weekend one of the litter bins sponsored by Jays Bookstore on Independence Street in Lagon was set ablaze.”Jacob is asking the public to “respect the bins to claim them as their own” as they have been erected as part of the initiative in ensuring a cleaner City of Roseau.He further warns that the smart bins should be used to disposing of litter such as snack wrappings and not tree cuttings or dead animals.“We’re also asking them not to throw cigarette butts in them, grass, tree cuttings, dead animals etcetera.These smart bins are only for litter such as snack wrappings, cans, tins, bottles and such items.” He complimented and thanked the business owners who have supported the initiative thus far and cautioned people “who are bent on destroying the bins and are saying to them that if they are caught they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”. Dominica Vibes News Share
The Rushville Lady Lions swept The JV Batesville Lady Bulldogs 15-5 and 20-8 in a Softball Doubleheader.Batesville vs. Rushville JV Baseball Game 1 (5-9)Batesville vs. Rushville JV Softball Game 2 (5-9)The Lady Bulldogs JV Team’s next game will be on Tuesday (5-13) at East Central to battle The Lady Trojans.Submitted by Batesville Coaches Jody Thomas and Mike Ploeger with Max Preps.
The Bengals are off to a 3-0 start and will face New England in their next game. This game should give the fans a good idea on whether the Bengals can compete for the Super Bowl this year. They have already defeated the Ravens on the road, and a win over the Patriots would go a long way to erasing some of the disappointments that the fans have endured in past years.This years Bengal team is very consistent in all aspects of the game. They can pass the ball, run the ball, and their special teams are very good. The new offensive and defensive coordinators are off to great starts in their positions just like the team is.The continuity with Marvin Lewis at the helm appears to be paying dividends as this Bengal team hasn’t shown the mental lapses that have plagued the Bengals in past years. After Sunday we should have a good idea on how this season is going to play out.