We could not be more excited for the first annual Fool’s Paradise – a funk-fueled destination beach event hosted by Lettuce – at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, Florida on April 1 & 2, 2016.When the amphitheatre lights go down, the party is not over. In addition to Late Night events featuring Vulfpeck, Break Science, Goldfish and a ‘Fools of Funk’ supergroup, Fool’s Paradise is excited to announce “Fool Moon,” a new late-night offering at St. Augustine music scene staple (and grilled cheese emporium), Planet Sarbez.Less than two miles from the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, each Late Night will feature blowout sets by Jacksonville powerhouse Herd of Watts; on Friday they’ll be joined by Gainesville reggae-funk monsters Morning Fatty, and on Saturday MANẎFEST will kickstart the night, with Orlando’s rock machine The Groove Orient shutting it down.Building on the energy from their Fool’s Paradise sets (Herd of Watts, Morning Fatty, Groove Orient), these after-dark shows will feature live painting, special guests, and a unique art-house ambience, easily making this a “must” for everyone’s weekend plans.Tickets for the main festival are still available but going fast, with extremely limited VIP and hotel packages remaining. Fool’s Moon will be a $10 cover at the door, separate from festival and package ticketing. For more information, head to the event group.Tickets for Fool’s Paradise are moving quickly, and they can be found here!
Four Harvard College freshmen huddled around an iPad, trying to identify the race of the man in the picture before them. It was harder than they thought it would be.“That’s not a race,” said Rachel Gladstone as she looked at one of the choices on the bottom of the screen.“He’s Jewish,” said Morgan Matthews.“Look, you say what it is, and we’ll choose something else,” joked Luka Oreskovic.“How about Red Sox Nation?” asked Jermaine Heath. (It was, to be fair, an actual choice.)The four were playing a learning game designed for “Race: Are We So Different?,” an exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Science (MOS) that tells the story of race in the United States by exploring the science of human variation, the history of the idea of race, and contemporary experience. The students visited the MOS in May on a field trip organized by Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, their teacher last fall for the freshman seminar “The Concept of Race in Science and Medicine in the United States.”“This exhibit is really an extension of the discussion we had in my course about how we organize our societies,” said Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and professor of African and African-American studies. “The goal for students is to understand that race is a human construct, and to be aware of the way that notions about race shape the world around them, which is filled with people of all colors and people who are different in various kinds of ways.”Gladstone said she was surprised to discover her own misconceptions about race when she took Hammonds’ seminar.“We watched a video about kids who were doing an experiment,” Gladstone said. “They took their DNA and sequenced it. They were all different races and they tried to predict whose DNA would be most similar in sequence to each other. I realized that I had preconceptions also about these two people of the same race. I thought that they would have a more similar DNA sequence, but it turned out that actually that wasn’t the case at all. There are physical differences between people, but the fact is that the majority of our DNA sequence is the same, even between people who look different.”At the MOS exhibit, Gladstone’s classmate Heath read about sickle cell anemia and learned that, while it disproportionately affects African Americans in the United States, the disease itself is tied to place, rather than ethnicity. (The gene that causes sickle cell also provides protection against malaria, which mostly occurs in sub-Saharan Africa.) He said the exhibit made him think about the implications of race-based medicine.“There are some underlying problems when you assume that, based only on race, some health problems — for example, heart disease and hypertension among African Americans — will always exist,” he said. “I think that genetic, evidence-based medicine would be a real advance, but right now, I think we tend to interpret results from our own perspective or a false perspective. We may have helpful data, but we’ll interpret it to be about things that are not naturally occurring.”Luka Oreskovic ’14 (from left), Morgan Matthews ’14, Jermaine Heath ’14, and Rachel Gladstone ’14 joined Hammonds (center) at the Museum of Science.The students in Hammonds’ class were themselves a diverse bunch. Heath grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Jamaican immigrant parents. Other students in the class were from Africa or of Asian descent. Matthews looked at a display that showed the world’s genetic diversity and its origins in Africa and reflected on her own experience.“In science sometimes you classify by geographic origin,” she said. “But for me, I’m Canadian. I’m also heavily identified with the fact that my mom’s black and my dad’s white. My geographic origin would probably be Ireland or Africa. Here at the exhibit, you see how people classify themselves, which may not be how scientists would classify them. And how we classify people really affects the science that we’re doing.”Hammonds — a member of the MOS board of directors who returned to the exhibit on May 10 to host a conversation on race with award-winning actress Anna Deavere Smith — said that many young people don’t experience racism or discrimination in the same ways that their parents or grandparents did. The fact that students have grown up in a more diverse society is a good thing, but it can also make it hard for young people to identify the ways that race continues to shape the world around them. As an example, she pointed to President Barack Obama, a symbol to some of a post-racial society. Hammonds noted that the president is usually considered black or half-black, rather than white or half-white, a distinction that has more to do with our notions of race than with science.“Biologically, he’s as white as he is black,” she said. “He can’t call himself white, though, because he is phenotypically not white. That has to do with the way we understand people and the way we look at difference as a part of our world. We think that the legacy of racial difference is history, but it still plays out in our contemporary culture every day.”Matthews stood in front of a display that showed how the U.S. census had changed racial categories over time. She said that the class and the exhibit made her reconsider some of the ideas that she grew up with.“Race was always a concept that was just kind of accepted,” she said. “It’s something from birth that’s so ingrained in you. The class really challenged that notion. There’s a lot of nuance. It’s not just black and white.”
The Center for European Studies (CES) recently announced its 2011-12 student grant winners, continuing its long tradition of promoting and funding student research on political, historical, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual trends in modern or contemporary Europe. Thirty-seven undergraduates will pursue thesis research and internships in Europe this summer, while 12 graduate students have been awarded support for their dissertations over the coming year.CES undergraduate senior thesis travel grants fund summer research in Europe for juniors in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences preparing senior theses. Graduate dissertation research fellowships fund students who plan to spend six months to a year in Europe conducting dissertation research, while graduate dissertation writing fellowships are intended to support doctoral candidates as they complete their dissertations. These grants and fellowships are funded by CES and by the Krupp Foundation. For more information, visit http://ces.fas.harvard.edu/.
Men Against Sexual Violence, or MASV, hosted a screening and panel-led open discussion Monday night focusing on gender and sexuality in one of the most popular episodes of American television sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”“What struck me, apart from everything, is … there’s a list of guidelines that you follow: You follow these rules, you get what you want,” Aman Mital, MASV officer, said.“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is a show following a group of friends that run a bar in Philadelphia. The show is known for its cringe-worthy, offensive humor, as well as “the gang’s” shared vanity and cluelessness about women. In the episode discussed during the panel — “The D.E.N.N.I.S. System” — Dennis, one of the friends, explains his “fool-proof system for getting any chick’s undying love and affection for life.”Mital said the members of MASV visited the Reddit page devoted to pick-up techniques for men. What they found was surprising.“It’s a joke in the show … the things in it are so horrendous that we think that no one would ever do something like that, but that’s the actual technique for a lot of people,” Mital said.According to their mission, MASV is a group dedicated to taking responsibility for men’s role in sexual violence – not just physical, but emotional as well. An aspect of sexual violence that was discussed was the objectification of women by men. Panel member John Johnstin, assistant director of the Gender Relations Center, related the “D.E.N.N.I.S. system” to Ford’s assembly line.“A system is set up to work with interchangeable objects … if you’re running a system, are you actually dealing with individuals? Or are they just interchangeable objects that are there for that purpose?” Johnstin said.The perpetuation of this system in society, Johnstin said, harms both men and women. The discussion touched on how Dennis’s system affects his sister Dee’s perception of her own well-meaning boyfriend’s actions.The discussion delved into the sense of brotherhood seen, for example, in Fisher Hall’s “we are fishermen” chant, Siegfried Hall’s antics in the first pep rally or the hyper-masculinity of the Keenan Revue dance numbers.Finally, the discussion turned to the line between endearing persistence and stalking, as seen in the character Charlie’s seemingly innocent, but ultimately detrimental relationship with a waitress he claims he is in love with. “There’s a difference between wanting to be there for someone, and being obsessive … what you’re really saying is, ‘I don’t care what you want, it’s about me,’” Mital said.Keenan Hall rector Noel Terranova finished the discussion with a call to action.“If there is going to be someone on this campus who does something, has one meaningful interaction that can positively impact someone’s life or prevent something negative from happening, it’s going to be you, yourselves. So I would ask you to do just that, to really engage in this conversation.” Tags: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Men against Sexual violence, misogyny, show
Star Files View Comments Sutton Foster What does Sutton Foster do when she’s not getting Younger? She goes meta and plays a screen star in an online short film. The Tony winner appears in The Nobodies, a Funny Or Die mini-movie written by, directed by and starring Greg Bratman and Dusty Brown. Foster plays Amy, a sitcom star who lets art imitate life a little too much, bringing very obvious elements from her relationship into her show. It’s just like that time in real life when she kept turning into an ogre at night and tap danced on a boat. Take a look at The Nobodies below, which also features Bridesmaids’ Ellie Kemper, 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer, Veep’s Tony Hale and stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan.
Source: MORRISVILLE, Vt., Oct. 21, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Union Bankshares, Inc (Nasdaq:UNB) today announced net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 of $1.44 million or $0.32 per share compared to $1.17 million or $0.26 per share for the same period in 2008. Net Income year to date was $3.95 million or $0.88 per share for 2009 compared to $3.76 million or $0.84 per share for 2008.Total Assets have grown $20.9 million, or 4.9%, to $443.9 million at September 30, 2009 from $423.1 million at September 30, 2008 while total deposits have grown $20.8 million, or 6.0%, to $369.4 million at September 30, 2009 from $348.6 million at September 30, 2008.Loan demand from new customers and refinancings continue to be strong with total loans growing to $351.9 million as of September 30, 2009 from $343.3 million, an increase of 2.4%, or $8.6 million, from the same time last year despite originating and selling $59.1 million residential mortgage loans to the secondary market over the last 12 months. The drop in the Prime Rate from the beginning of 2008 at 7.25% to 3.25% by the end of 2008, where it remains today, has driven the refinancing boom for residential and commercial mortgage customers. The impact of the prime rate drop on variable rate loans and new lower fixed rate loans have more than offset the increase in loan income due to volume growth with interest and fees on loans year to date at $16.3 million for 2009 versus $17.0 million for 2008. The growth in loans has been supported by deposit growth. Net interest income increased $157 thousand, or 3.6%, for the quarter over 2008 and $316 thousand, or 2.4%, year over year. The provision for possible loan losses increased $60 thousand from $185 thousand for 2008 to $245 thousand for 2009 mainly due to the growth in the loan portfolio as past due loans decreased from both September 30, 2008 and December 31, 2008.Expense related to FDIC insurance coverage was $566 thousand for 2009, of which $191 thousand was the special emergency assessment, compared to $37 thousand for 2008. The expense for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 was $101 thousand compared to $14 thousand for 2008 with the increase between years attributable to deposit growth as well as higher “regular” assessment rates.A quarterly cash dividend of $.25 per share was declared on October 21, 2009 to shareholders of record October 31, 2009, payable November 12, 2009.Union Bankshares, Inc., with headquarters in Morrisville, Vermont is the bank holding company parent of Union Bank, which offers deposit, loan, trust and commercial banking services throughout northern Vermont and in northwestern New Hampshire. As of September 30, 2009, the Company operated 13 banking offices and 28 ATM facilities in Vermont as well as a banking office and ATM in Littleton, New Hampshire.Statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements necessarily involve risks and uncertainties, and many factors could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those contemplated in the forward-looking statements. For further information, please refer to the Company’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov(link is external).
The Ministry of Tourism has again prepared a survey of investments in the tourism sector for next year. The survey covered all counties and tourism companies that submitted data on the announced investments for next year. According to the submitted data, in 2019, around one billion and 50 million euros will be invested in Croatian tourism, while investments according to the same survey in 2018 amounted to 940 million euros. The companies will invest around 626 million euros in their tourism projects, while the public sector, ie counties and cities and municipalities from their area will invest 425 million euros. The announced investments in the private sector include investments in hotels, camps, nautical and other types of accommodation facilities, facilities and attractions.According to the data on investments from the survey of the Ministry of Tourism, the largest number of investments, ie the largest amount of total investments is planned in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County with a total of 203 million euros of investments, Split-Dalmatia with 197 million euros of investments and Istria with 175 million euros of investments. to invest 355 million euros in continental counties including the city of Zagreb.As many as eight hotels are opening in Split In the area of the Split-Dalmatia County, as much as 197 million euros will be invested in tourism next year, with the city of Split being the most attractive to investors. As many as eight four- and five-star hotels are being built in Split, which, according to investor announcements, should open their doors to guests in the spring of next year, point out the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board.Ernst Young, an auditing and consulting company, announced in its research that the Split-Dalmatia County is among the most interesting investors in tourism. According to their estimate, by 2022, the investment will cover a total of 9700 hotel rooms, of which almost 6 are brand new rooms in high-categorized four- and five-star hotels.Photo: Pixabay.comMost of them are planned to open in Split, which is chronically suffering from a lack of hotel beds, so eight new larger hotels and a number of smaller ones should fix that picture. Thus, in April, the first Marriott International in Croatia with the Courtyard by Marriott brand should receive its guests, which will open the Dalmatia Tower with 190 rooms and four suites.By the beginning of the 2019 season, it is planned to open the hotel “Amphora Resort” on the Žnjan plateau with a total of 207 rooms, a congress hall, a number of catering facilities, but also three swimming pools and a luxurious wellness. The new pavilion of the “Radisson Blu Resort” with 54 rooms and 15 suites has sprung up on the site of the demolished building of the former hotel complex “Split”. On the site of the former Kalitern Park in Bačvice, work is nearing completion on a hotel that will have 60 rooms and 45 parking spaces on four floors.17 million euros are being invested in the former hotel “Ambasador” on the Split waterfront. The new “Ambassador” will have 101 rooms and suites, 240 seats in the restaurant, spa, gym, nightclub and underground garage with 59 seats, and its opening has been announced for summer 2019. On a plot located east of the bridge connecting the City Port of Split and Bačvice, “Villa Harmony” is being built on five above-ground floors with 26 rooms with an investment of HRK 32 million.With the completion of all these investments that are planned to receive the first guests in 2019, Split should be richer by about 1,5 thousand new top beds in hotels.RELATED NEWS:NEW CATALOG OF INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA PUBLISHED, MOST PROJECTS IN TOURISM
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The LGPS has been lobbying the FCA for exemptions from the rule, while the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in January rejected the regulator’s initial proposal for a workaround, describing it as “costly, complex, and difficult to apply”.However, Phillips said the advisory board was now “very confident” that the FCA would address the concerns in a satisfactory way.“I think what we thought was going to be a huge issue will actually be far less of one,” he said.In February last year, the European Commission delayed the implementation of MiFID II until 2018.Investment return collapses to just 0.1%The overall investment return of the 89 LGPS funds in England and Wales was just 0.1% in 2016, according to its latest annual report, published yesterday. This compared to 12.1% in 2015.The scheme’s advisory board said the decline in performance was “reflective of the difficult market conditions”. It highlighted the FTSE All Share Total Return index’s loss of 3.9% over the period.Despite this, the scheme’s funding position improved over the course of 2016. Assets stood at £217bn (€253bn) at the end of the year, unchanged compared to 12 months earlier, but liabilities fell to leave a deficit of £37bn, £10bn less than in 2015. The UK’s financial regulator is expected to take into account public pension funds’ concerns when finalising the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), according to the chair of the local government pension scheme’s (LGPS) advisory board.LGPS officials were concerned that the wording of the original directive would have meant the pensions funds would be reclassified as retail investors, leading to a potential fire sale of assets they were no longer permitted to hold.Roger Phillips, who is also a member of the committee overseeing the Worcestershire County Council Pension Fund, said he was confident that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) would provide a positive conclusion to the long-running debate about the status of LGPS funds.The Europe-wide rule was designed to protect local authorities’ treasury investments, which are largely held in cash or other highly liquid, low-risk assets. However, UK local authorities also have direct responsibility for the management of pension fund assets – MiFID II rules did not account for this.
Bermuda-incorporated owner and operator of dry bulk vessels GoodBulk has taken delivery of Aquarange, a 2011-built Capesize vessel. The 179,842 dwt bulker, previously known as RS Iron Range, was purchased by GoodBulk from CarVal Investors (CVI), an investment arm of Cargill, on October 26.As explained, the ship is one of seven Capesize bulk carriers acquired from funds managed by CVI and was financed with a combination of cash on hand, availability under existing credit facilities, and the issuance of new common shares.The vessel will be employed in the spot market via the Capesize Revenue Sharing Agreement (Capesize RSA) managed by C Transport Maritime SAM (CTM), GoodBulk said.Including Aquarange, GoodBulk currently has an on the water fleet of ten Capesize, one Panamax and two Supramax vessels operating in the spot market, with an additional six Capesize vessels to bedelivered between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.The company has an option to acquire an additional six Capesize vessels from funds managed by CVI.