Watch Dave Chappelle & T.I. Hop In On Impromptu “Rubber Band Man” Jam In New Orleans

first_img[H/T Offbeat] New Orleans is certainly known for their impromptu jams, taking place on all sorts of street corners at all hours of the day and night. Last night, it was Dave Chappelle and rapper T.I. that engaged with fellow NOLA musicians for an enormous jam session outside of Rare Form on Frenchmen Street. Lettuce’s trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom and saxophonist Khris Royal were part of the jam, following their show with Danny Abel & Friends at The Maison.While of course the best way to experience these kinds of moments is in real life, a few Instagram clips have emerged. French producer Frederic Yonnet was on site, and shared this video of the “Rubber Band Man” jam:last_img

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Titan Shows Its Surface to Cassini

first_imgTime to Titan their theories; Cassini scientists are both fascinated and puzzled by surface features coming to light from the first encounter July 2 with Saturn’s large atmosphere-shrouded moon Titan.  At a news conference July 3, some of the initial findings were unveiled: methane clouds hovering over the south pole, linear dark and light markings (signifying possible tectonic activity), and circular and concentric features that might be related to impacts.  A composite image produced by filters from the visual and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) was released.  Some of the more puzzling features include:No glint of large liquid regions was found (see 10/16/2003 headline).The dark and light areas have opposite compositions than expected.  The light areas, thought to be ice, may be hydrocarbons, and the dark areas, thought to be hydrocarbons, may be the ices. A huge cloud of neutral hydrogen, bigger than Saturn and its rings, follows Titan around.  The magnetospheric imaging instrument (MIMI) imaged this cloud which consists of molecules stripped away from Titan’s upper atmosphere.Data should get better and better.  Cassini has 45 targeted flybys of Titan planned.  This one was from 210,600 miles away, but on October 26, Cassini will zoom past Titan from only 750 miles.  Over the coming years, the radar instrument will map most of the surface like Magellan did Venus.  The most adventurous day of all will be the Jan. 14, 2005 landing of the Huygens Probe on the surface.These findings are consistent with prior observations that are making it difficult to believe Titan has been in its current state for 4.5 billion years.  The atmosphere is eroding quickly and leaving traces of its erosion in the huge cloud that is leaking away.  No large lakes or deposits of hydrocarbons are yet visible.  These preliminary interpretations will await further elucidation from the high resolution data in the flight plan.  Stay tuned.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Poverty summit gets experts thinking

first_imgRory Brooks is the founder of the Brooks World Poverty Institute which researches methods to reduce and eradicate poverty. (Image: Ray Maota) The inaugural Global Poverty Summit has given experts in global poverty reduction a platform to deliberate on ways in which poverty can be alleviated throughout the world. The summit was held at Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg, from 17 -19 January 2011 and is the brainchild of businessman Dr Rory Brooks of the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI), based at the University of Manchester.At the summit, 50 experts on the subject of poverty discussed whether the World Trade Organisation’s Doha Development Agenda talks will be able to reduce poverty in developing countries.Also on the agenda were the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the UN Development Programme. These are a set of goals endorsed in 2000 by nations around the world in an attempt to reduce global poverty by 2015.Brooks said: “Over the last decade, the plight of the poor has come under the microscope and talking about ways to reduce it, is the first step to its reduction.”He added that when funding research into global poverty eradication strategies, it’s vital that the research is able to go on and influence policy, which ultimately produces improved outcomes.“This is why we felt it was important to support this Global Poverty Summit in Johannesburg,” he said.BWPI research director Rorden Wilkinson said: “Johannesburg is a good example of the stark inequalities within the city. That’s why we chose to host the summit here.”Speakers at the summit included Nobel economics laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz; Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, secretary-general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development; and David Hulme, professor of development studies at the University of Manchester.Millennium Development GoalsIn 2000 world leaders signed the Millennium Declaration from which eight MDGs were drawn. Leaders accepted collective responsibility to reduce poverty in their own countries as well as globally.The MDGs are:to eradicate extreme poverty and hungerachieve universal primary educationpromote gender equality and empower womenreduce child mortalityimprove maternal healthcombat HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseasesensure environmental sustainabilitydevelop a global partnership for development.“The MDGs have been a success because they have provided the moral underpinning and have catalysed collective action,” said Hulme. “It is vital that we all continue to strive to meet the targets set out in the MDGs, but the MDGs represent a bare minimum of what needs to be done to reduce poverty and halt the growth in inequality.”At the summit, delegates reached a consensus that for MDGs to succeed, especially in Africa, it was necessary to establish national plans specific to individual countries.Trade talksDiscussing the impact of the Doha round of talks on food security, delegates endorsed a proposal that countries should have the right to implement measures to combat food price volatility.“The Doha Development Agenda negotiations started a decade ago but they have yet to bring any meaningful contribution to reducing poverty,” said Stiglitz. “It is time to bring the talks to a close, but successfully doing so requires courage and sacrifice by the rich countries. They’ve got to accept that they are going to have to pay for the change.”Wilkinson said: “No industrial country got to where it is today without significant state intervention. Global trade negotiations need to recognise this reality.”The delegates also came to the conclusion that trade rules cannot be applied equally to rich and poor countries, but that there should be provision for countries at different stages of development.For example, developed countries could grant duty-free and quota-free access to their markets for least developed countries, and these developed countries could also boost the export capacity of lesser countries through trade assistance.Other topics under discussion included intellectual property rights and agriculture.The Brooks World Poverty InstituteEstablished in 2006, the Brooks World Poverty Institute is based at the University of Manchester, where Rory Brooks graduated in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in management sciences.BWPI founder Brooks also runs MML Capital, an investment firm which has invested over US$1.4-billion (R9.8-billion) in more than 70 emerging companies across Europe and the US.Brooks and his wife Elizabeth support various causes, including the Institute of Cancer Research in London.BWPI aims to create and share knowledge that will help eradicate poverty and inequality in the North and South; and to bring about change in international policies that foster poverty.last_img read more

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Standardisation to Drive Shippings Digital Transformation

first_imgzoom Standardisation can enable the effective collection, storage, exchange, analysis and use of data, while contributing to improved data quality and sensor reliability in the maritime industry, a new paper by classification society DNV GL shows.The position paper sets out the importance of standardisation in enabling the growth of digital applications in the maritime industry.Whether for operational optimization, model calibration for digital twins, design optimization or other applications, the maritime industry is exploring the opportunities offered by digital technologies. The first demonstration and pilot projects are already well underway and the industry is asking what is needed to transform these into fully scalable products. The answer could be a greater emphasis on standardisation.“Standards are used in many industries to advance efficiency, safety and environmental performance,” Pierre Sames, Group Technology and Research Director, DNV GL, said.“With the rise of the Internet of Things in shipping, we believe that many stakeholders can benefit from developing a standardisation strategy to take advantage of a more digital maritime industry,” Sames added.DNV GL’s new position paper discusses the need for standardisation in six key areas: Ship data models, sensor naming and referencing, maritime taxonomies and code books, sensor metadata, shipboard data recorder, as well as sensor quality and reliability. However, as future technologies develop, there may be a need for new standards to support other applications, such as model-based simulations and autonomous ships.“Standards are a key factor in removing barriers and enabling the growth of digital applications in the maritime industry and we hope this study will inspire others to invest in the development and adoption of standardisation,” Sames concluded.last_img read more

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Soledad OBrien To Be Honored With Civil Rights Award

first_imgAward-winning broadcast journalist, executive producer, advocate and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien will be awarded the Dorothy I. Height Award at the YWCA USA Annual Conference on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in Washington, D.C. at the Grand Hyatt Washington.This award is presented to an individual who has had a national impact in the field of racial justice in the United States. Honorees are selected based on criteria that reflect Dr. Dorothy I. Height’s significant civil rights contributions: service in a leadership role, commitment to racial equity and a high standard of courage, integrity and steadfastness in support of the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.“For more than two decades, Soledad O’Brien has brought issues of racial justice to the forefront, and right into our living rooms,” said YWCA USA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. “From her coverage of major news stories, like Hurricane Katrina and the crisis in Haiti, to her examination of what it means to be black and Latino in America. Through her professional commitment to racial justice, and her personal mission to help disadvantaged young women across the country get a college education, Soledad O’Brien exemplifies the life and work of civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height, and we are honored that she will join us at the 2014 YWCA Annual Conference.”“I am humbled to receive an award named for civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Height, who spoke out on issues of race, class and gender, and devoted her life to furthering justice and freedom for not only women, but for people of all races and gender,” said Soledad O’Brien. “Journalism provided me with a national platform to talk about racial issues, to ask the tough questions and have those uncomfortable conversations, and I am committed to continuing that dialogue.”Soledad O’Brien is a dedicated philanthropist and advocate in the fields of racial justice. Over the past decade, she was at the forefront of the biggest news stories, and she was the originator of the critically acclaimed documentary series on race, Black in America and Latino in America. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, O’Brien co-founded with her husband Brad Raymond “The Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation,” which awards scholarships to 25 disadvantaged young women to attend college.The Dorothy I. Height Award is presented as part of the annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, which celebrate women from across the United States who have demonstrated excellence, leadership, and integrity in their fields and in their communities, serving as role models for other successful women. For more than 150 years, the YWCA has honored leaders whose work has truly made an impact on women’s empowerment and racial justice. In addition to the Dorothy I. Height award, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards include honorees for contributions in four key areas of public life: Corporate Social Responsibility, Military/Veterans Affairs, Philanthropy and Policy, and Civic Engagement. Previous honorees at the Women of Distinction Awards gala include former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, actress and activist Eva Longoria, philanthropist Patty Stonesifer, Sharon Love, co-founder of One Love Foundation, and Allstate Insurance Co.last_img read more

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Julian Fantino new Conservative candidate

first_imgAPTN National NewsTYENDINAGA, Ont.–Few people know the former head of the OPP and the Conservative Party’s newest candidate Julian Fantino like Mohawk activist Shawn Brant.Fantino announced Tuesday that he would be running in an upcoming by-election for the Toronto-area riding of Vaughan.“If the good society of Canada decides to put Fantino in, those are consequences that they will have to bear,” said Brant. “We should only hope that this government doesn’t place him in charge of Aboriginal affairs… I don’t think his running for office will serve the people of Canada or their values and principles.”Brant and Fantino squared off several times over the past decade.Their first interaction came shortly after attacks of Sept. 11 when Brant was an activist with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty in Toronto and Fantino was police chief of Toronto.Brant was asked to respond to a letter from Fantino who had requested that poverty activists end their campaign against Ontario’s Mike Harris’ government in light of the terror attacks in New York City and Washington DC.“I said the circumstances of First Nations people were not affected by what happened on Sept. 11 and that plans would be continuing as they were,” said Brant. “I penned that letter in 2001 and that was the start of Fantino’s campaign against not only us, but First Nations people as well.”Their most intense confrontation, however, came on June 29, 2007, the first National Day of Action.Brant and several Mohawks had blockaded Canada’s busiest thoroughfare, Hwy. 401, along with a secondary highway and a main railway.Fantino’s OPP were preparing to raid the Mohawk positions if the blockades didn’t come down.Transcripts of Fantino and Brant’s telephone conversation during the early morning hours of June 29 have since been made public. They offered a rare, unvarnished glimpse of the former OPP commissioner in action.“(Fantino) doesn’t have any regard or consideration for Aboriginal people,” said Brant. “I think that became clearly apparent and evident in the nature of the conversation I had with him.”During the conversation, Fantino threatened to “destroy Brant” and warned him that “your world’s going to come crashing down.”Brant said Fantino was threatening him with death. A threat also issued to Brant’s brother.“He said to a family member, my brother, that the next time he would see me would be in a morgue,” said Brant. “That’s who he is and I don’t think that he will serve the vast majority of the Canadian public well.”The Vaughan riding was vacated when former Liberal MP Maurizio Bevilacqua gave up his seat to run for mayor of Vaughan.last_img read more

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Beach Enclave Long Bay opens in high season high spirits

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 24, 2016 – Development along Long Bay Beach is advancing and Tuesday, a new luxury experience was opened by Beach Enclave which introduced a new collection of beach villas.The experience, they say is unparalleled, in a media statement, CEO and Co Founder, Vasco Borges explains:  “We are thrilled to offer home owners a remarkable travel experience, while also offering a seamless experience for home rentals in one of the most spectacular settings in the world.” This is the second series of villas for the BE collection; Beach Enclave North Shore features 10 barefoot living villas and Beach Enclave Long Bay features two designs in five villas.  Media and officials were invited to the grand opening on which happens during one of the tourism peak seasons for these islands… and Vasco said they selected Long Bay as home to their second enclave because it boasts “a secluded beach, stunning sunrises and sunsets and incredible wind sport opportunities nearby.”These villas are a multi-million dollar second home ownership opportunity too, at just under $4 million on Long Bay and up to nearly $9 million for the third installment of Beach Enclave on Grace Bay which begins construction in 2017 and already sold out in the first project, Beach Enclave North shore; rental per night is $2,500, plus taxes.Providenciales still ranks as one of the top five islands in the world according to Trip Advisor.last_img read more

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