Florida Bands Join Forces For ‘Fool Moon’ Late Night Throwdown Post-Fool’s Paradise

first_imgWe 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!last_img read more

Not black and white

first_imgFour 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.”last_img read more

Melbourne Mercer deems Danish pension system best in world

first_imgSwitzerland (4)73.9 Netherlands (2)79.2 Country (Ranking)Score UK (9)67.6 Country (2013 ranking)Score France (14)57.5 Sweden (5)73.4 Sweden (6)73.4 Australia (3)79.9 Singapore (7)65.9 Austria (17)52.8 Denmark (1)82.4 Finland (4)74.3 Germany / Ireland (12)62.2 Denmark saw its overall rating increase to 82.4 due to improvements across all three categories and increased its lead over both second-ranked Australia and the Netherlands, with scores of 79.9 and 79.2, respectively.The report praised the Nordic country for improving protection of benefits in cases of fraud or provider insolvency, but noted that the better score had been influenced by several minor factors including a higher savings rate.Australia, meanwhile, was congratulated on increasing the rate of the mandatory contribution to Superannuation funds from the current 9.5% to 12%.However, the Australian government last month announced that the current rate would be maintained until 2021, with the increase to 12% now occurring by 2025 rather than the initially planned 2019.The Netherlands, which saw its score increase by 0.9 points to 79.2 compared with 2013, was praised for changes to the conflicts of interest policy.Ranking of ten leading countries within Melbourne Mercer Global Pension IndexTop 10 Countries within Index Denmark (1)82.4 UK (9)67.6 Denmark has retained the only “world-class” pension system, while the Netherlands has fallen to third place behind Australia, according to the latest Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index.New European entrants include Finland, which came fourth and claimed the highest-ever integrity rating of 91.1, while Austria and Italy ranked 17th and 19th, respectively, behind France and Poland, largely due to the each country’s pension sustainability ratings.The Index, in its sixth year and written by David Knox of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies in Melbourne, assesses pension systems on the three broad categories of adequacy, sustainability and integrity.Italy set a record for the lowest overall sustainability rating, which takes into account coverage, contribution levels, demography and government debt, with a score of 13.4 in the category, slightly behind Austria’s 18.9. Switzerland (5)73.9 The worst sustainability score to date was achieved in 2013 by Brazil, when it scored 26, a rating that this year improved marginally to 26.2The final new European entrant, Ireland, ranked joint 12th overall, the same as Germany.Ireland earned a score of 62.2, with a higher adequacy rating than neighbouring UK but ranking significantly behind on sustainability.Ranking of European countries within Melbourne Mercer Global IndexScore of European countries within Index Canada (6)69.1 Italy (19)49.6 Netherlands (3)79.2 Finland (-)74.3 Poland (15)56.4 Chile (8)68.2 It is unclear if the research was already able to take account of the recent changes to the financial assessment framework (FTK).Knox stressed the importance of communicating clearly and concisely with fund members, as the effectiveness of a system was undermined by lack of community trust.He also said the increasing importance of private provision over state pension payments meant communication would be key.“This shift means communication to members has never been more important or come under more scrutiny from members, regulators, employers, consumer groups, politicians and the media,” he said.France and Germany both saw significant increases in their overall ratings, with France’s 4 point rise to 57.5 credited to an increase in the minimum level of pension.Germany, which saw a slightly smaller score increase of 3.7, nevertheless saw its grade improve from a C to C+, as its score rose to 62.2 due to changes to the provision of annuities.Ireland was told it could increase its score by introducing a minimum level of contributions to occupational pensions, a move that would be made possible through the Irish government’s potential auto-enrolment reforms.Auto-enrolment, and the rising contribution rates, benefited the UK, which saw its score rise by 2 points to 67.6, resulting in its overtaking Singapore and remaining ninth, despite Finland’s entry into the Top 10.Poland slipped behind France to 15th after its score fell to 56.4 after declines in both its adequacy and sustainability ratings, while its integrity rating remained unchanged over 2013.The report urged Poland to maintain a “significant” role for the country’s second pillar – months after the state transferred all of the second pillar’s domestic sovereign debt to the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) – and to allow at least part of the private savings to be drawn down as an income stream.Sweden retained its strong position in the Index, increasing its overall rating and only falling to sixth due to the addition of Finland, with Switzerland’s rating remaining constant and also falling one spot to fifth.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to 2014 Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Indexlast_img read more

Harmanpreet bats like Sehwag, aggressive like Kohli, says her sister,Harmanpreet bats like Sehwag, aggressive like Kohli, says her sister

first_imgcricket “She bats like Virender Sehwag and is aggressive like Virat Kohli,” said Harmampreet Kaur’s sister Hemjit, summing up the family’s elation at the batter’s hurricane knock that took India to the ICC women’s World Cup final.Celebrations were on at Harmanpreet’s home in Moga in Punjab after her 171—run knock against Australia — one of the greatest ODI knocks in women’s cricket — steered India into the World Cup final with a 36—run victory.Back home in Moga, friends and well—wishers have been dropping in since last night to congratulate the family.Youngsters from the neighbourhood have been dancing to the beats of Punjabi ‘dhol’ while the family has been busy distributing sweets.“Right from her childhood, she has been playing cricket with boys. Her hunger for runs never dies and this is reflected in her strike rate,” her sister said.“Harman is always positive. On field she always behaves like Virat Kohli and is aggressive like him. However, off-field, she is quite calm and composed. Right from her early days, she treated Virender Sehwag as her batting idol and even bats like him,” she said.About her scintillating knock, Hemjit said, “had it not been a rain—shortened match, she would have scored a double ton and inflicted more misery on the opposition.”Harmanpreet’s innings yesterday even drew comparisons with Kapil Dev’s historic 175 against Zimbabwe during the 1983 World Cup campaign.“If Harman’s innings is being compared with the legendary Kapil Dev, then it is a great honour for her,” her sister said.For Harmanpreet and her sister, their father —— the 52— year—old Harmandar Singh —— has been a role model.“Her first coach has been our father. He was a good cricketer, but due to some circumstances he could not reach where he wanted to in the sport. But today he is able to realise his dream through his daughter,” she said.Harmandar Singh said that Harmanpreet has promised him that India will lift the Cup.“We are all very proud of her feat. The nation is proud of her,” he said.The cricketer’s mother Satwinder Kaur said her daughter has worked hard to achieve what she has done today.“When girls of her age would be carefree, she would sweat it out practicing for hours together. Even at home, she used to practice outside. We are proud of her,” Kaur said.Hemjit, who is an English teacher, said that their parents always supported and encouraged both the girls to achieve their goals in life.“The mindset in the society towards girls is changing and more and more parents are fully backing their daughters to achieve their goals,” Hemjit said. July 21, 2017 Published on 0 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS RELATED ’Kaurnage’ at Derby: Harmanpreet guides India to Grand Finale SHARElast_img read more