In the past few months, Chance The Rapper has been truly showing himself as a philanthropist, heavily advocating for funding of the Chicago public school system and donating millions of dollars of his own money to prevent school closures. Following an unsuccessful meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, on March 6th, Chance donated one million dollars to the Chicago school system during a press conference at Westcott Elementary. Now, he is keeping up that charitable spirit and inspiring other public figures to do the same.Last Friday, on March 31st, Chance held another press conference, this time at Paul Robeson High School. Chance live-streamed the event, during which he presented a donation of $2.2 million dollars, bringing the total of privately donated funds being put toward the Chicago Public School System up to at least $3.2 million dollars.For this last $2.2 million dollar donation, the Chicago Bulls matched Chance’s donation, also donating one million dollars toward the public school system. Kanye West’s manager Scooter Braun and comedian Hannibal Buress are also cited as figures who helped secure the large donation. Chance also took the time to announce his own charitable organization, New Chance Arts & Literature Fund, which will support schools facing budget cuts or graduation-rate drops.You can check out the video of Chance’s press conference last Friday before. If you want to follow in the footsteps of the Chicago Bulls or Hannibal Buress, you can take Chance’s lead and donate to his foundation here. [H/T Hiphopdx, SportsGood]
Last night, after an impressive two-night run at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Dead & Company made their way to West Valley City for their first-ever Utah performance. With the venue’s scenic Greater Salt Lake City mountain surroundings stretching behind the stately white stone as far as the eye could see, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti transported the eager audience, creating a remote and cosmic vibe akin to “Standing on the Moon.” Set one saw the band deliver an entertaining mix of classic Dead tunes and staple covers like Willie Dixon‘s “Wang Dang Doodle” (> from an energetic “I Need A Miracle”), Bob Dylan‘s “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” Jimmy Reed‘s “Big Boss Man,” and Chuck Berry‘s “The Promised Land.” Set two opened with a classic “Lost Sailor” > “Saint of Circumstance,” followed by a run of three live heavy hitters (“He’s Gone,” “Crazy Fingers,” and “Shakedown Street”) which in turn flowed into a pulsating “Drums > Space.”By the time the atmospherically appropriate Built To Last favorite materialized out of “Space,” the show was bobbing intently through the cosmos, and celebratory renditions of “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” (set two closer) and “US Blues” (encore) helped bring the Salt Lake voyagers safely back to Earth.You can watch fan-shot footage of several songs from the performance 6/7/17 USANA Amphitheatre show below, via YouTube user troop1042:“Wang Dang Doodle”“Jack Straw”“Lost Sailor”“He’s Gone,” “Crazy Fingers” pt. 1“Crazy Fingers” pt. 2“Shakedown Street”SETLIST: Dead & Company | USANA Amphitheatre | West Valley City, UT | 6/7/17Set 1: Feel Like A Stranger, I Need A Miracle > Wang Dang Doodle, Row Jimmy, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Jack Straw, Big Boss Man, Sugaree, Promised LandSet 2: Lost Sailor > Saint Of Circumstance, He’s Gone, Crazy Fingers, Shakedown Street > Drums/Space > Standing On The Moon, Going Down The Road Feelin’ BadEncore: US Blues[Cover photo via Steve Rose]Dead & Company continues their tour this weekend with their highly anticipated two-night stand at Boulder, CO’s Folsom Field. For more information on upcoming Dead & Co shows, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.If you’re heading to Folsom Field for some Dead this weekend, don’t miss the stellar lineup of early and late shows going on around the Boulder Theater and the Fox Theatre, including performances by Nahko & Medicine For The People, The Marcus King Band, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Circles Around The Sun, Boombox, Dopapod and more. For more information, head here.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of Venezuelans in Peru lost jobs as delivery drivers, cooks and casino workers when the coronavirus pandemic began. Many pivoted to other jobs, while others started their own small businesses. But their efforts to make honest livings have increasingly been overshadowed by local attention to the crimes of a few Venezuelans. Activists say that’s fueling xenophobia among Peruvians. With elections coming in April, some politicians have been focusing on migrants who they say are disproportionately involved in crime. But the U.N. says government data belie claims Venezuelans are more involved in wrongdoing.
Finding Neverland How do you stay motivated to finish a piece?Deadlines help. I’ve got lots and lots of deadlines. I’ve got different shows and TV and dramas at the moment. I find that especially with theater—it’s never done for me. It’s not like a book—it’s a living, breathing, organic thing. I wake up every morning convinced that I can improve it and that motivates me.How do you celebrate when you’ve finished a draft? I am a massive whiskey fan—scotch whiskey in particular. So I do like a whiskey, depending on what time of day it is. The one down side of being so busy is that I don’t get much time to actually recognize that something is finished—print it off, look at it, be proud and go and celebrate. I normally have to leap straight on to the next thing, which is sometimes really tough. James Graham is one of the busiest writers in showbiz whose name you (probably) don’t know. At the moment he’s in rehearsal for both the new musical Finding Neverland, for which he wrote the book, as well his new work The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse in London. The latter piece not only stars such top talent as Judi Dench, Hadley Fraser and Catherine Tate, but it will also be broadcast live on election night. Graham also just opened his first film X and Y and has future projects aplenty in the works, including for Neverland producer Harvey Weinstein. Broadway.com caught up with Graham during a break in rehearsal at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to gain some insight into how the hard-working writer does it all.What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write?I have to write early in the morning. I wish I didn’t. I wish I could be one of those romantic, cool writer guys who work into the early hours by candlelight and have a whiskey on the go and music. But for some reason, that just doesn’t work for me. I often write freehand; I’ll just explode some thoughts onto a notepad until I need to start. Then I open my computer, force myself not to turn on the Internet—at least for the first hour—and just begin. I think I write in the morning because I feel ahead. If I were to write at night, I’d feel behind and catching up. Writing in the morning makes me feel liberated.What play(s) changed your life? View Comments Related Shows What are your top tricks for fighting writer’s block?My top tip for fighting writer’s block is often not to do what other people say: Don’t give yourself a break. Don’t take a walk. I actually find the process of putting your head down and allowing yourself to be bad takes the pressure off. Not every single word you write has to be gorgeous and a jewel and the most insightful thing ever. I was once really struggling with the first draft of a play, and the image I had in my head is that it was like a long daunting corridor of death and hell with all these mines and traps and scary things waiting to leap out. You’ve got to put your head down and run through it to the end. Then when you go back, you’ve got something to work with.What’s your most childlike quality?I feel like I’m generally quite childish. I relate to [Neverland subject] J.M. Barrie in that sense—he is like a boy in a grown-up’s body. The most childlike thing about me is that I have a really squealy laugh. When someone really makes me laugh, I sound like an eight-year-old girl. I squeal, and I can’t control it. I used to try and stop laughing, which is a depressing thing. I’m now at peace with my girly laugh.What part of working on a musical surprised you the most?I knew it’s collaborative, but I didn’t realize how collaborative. It’s not just working with composers and directors and choreographers—there’s a whole team of people I didn’t know had jobs in this industry. Normally when writing plays, it’s quite isolated, so to work with a team of 15 people every day is extraordinary. It makes you stay on your game.What writer inspires you?What’s the nitty, gritty hard work of being a writer no one ever told you?The unromantic answer is how much of the business side there is. I’m constantly surprised by how hard I have to fight to have writing time. There are so many emails, so many phone calls, so many meetings that I have on a daily basis. It’s like you’re a self-employed entrepreneur and you’ve got to keep your business running. It’s something I’m not good at, and I’m sure a lot of writers are not good at that practical side of things.What’s your advice to aspiring writers?I think they should actually read play texts. Don’t just go watch plays or films. The texts are like architectural plans for a building. The more you see how the writers build a sentence structure, the more you get to see how the writers build their buildings. That’s how I learnt. You have to find your version of how you’re going to use those tools. You have to open up these manuals. That’s what they are: manuals on how to build plays.What’s your favorite line from Finding Neverland? Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016
In Washington, Assistant Director Valerie Parlave thanked the Nicaraguan Police and Immigration Service for their cooperation in capturing Eric Justin Toth, the U.S. Embassy in Managua told the press. A court in Columbia, South Carolina requested his capture in 2008, and in April 2012 he was included on the “FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List for 2012,” according to the statement. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) congratulated the Nicaraguan government on April 23 for the “crucial role they played” in capturing one of the agency’s ten most wanted fugitives, according to a statement in Managua. On April 22, Nicaragua deported Toth, a teacher wanted by the FBI for possessing and producing child pornography and child abuse, to the United States. She also assured that the Nicaraguan Police did not claim the $100,000 reward offered by the FBI for his capture, since it was a bilateral cooperation action. Toth was in the FBI’s most wanted list after Osama bin Laden’s death, and was detained on April 20 in the northern Nicaraguan city of Estelí, where he was hiding since October, after entering Nicaragua with a fake passport. Nicaraguan Police Director Aminta Granera told the press that they did not find any evidence proving that Toth perpetrated abuses or produced child pornography in the country, and “a mole under his eye” helped confirm his identity. “His arrest was the result of an exhaustive and well-coordinated investigation” between the FBI, the U.S. Embassy Security Service in Managua, and the Nicaraguan Police, the report said. By Dialogo April 25, 2013 “A recent clue led police authorities to Nicaragua, where Toth was living under an alias” and was found after making a purchase, the report added.
Villa’s first real opportunity came in the 22nd minute when Shania Hayles shot straight at goalkeeper Hannah Hampton.Birmingham, who could only name two substitutes due to an injury crisis, looked to soak up the pressure and try to catch Villa on the break.A clever reverse pass from Walker played through Mollie Green in the 31st minute, but her shot was gathered gratefully by Lisa Weiss.- Advertisement – Image:The WSL teams were playing the derby at Villa Park for the first time – Advertisement – Claudia Walker’s fifth goal in five games was enough for Birmingham to beat Aston Villa 1-0 in the first WSL Second City derby on Women’s Football Weekend.Both teams started cautiously playing at Villa Park for the first time with no fans to create a derby atmosphere.- Advertisement – The second half was in need of a spark and Birmingham came out pressing higher up the pitch.They were rewarded in the 72nd minute with the first goal in a top-flight Second City derby when Walker thundered in a shot off the underside of the crossbar after Villa defender Elisha N’Dow could only head Lucy Whipp’s cross into her path.- Advertisement – The best chance came just before half-time when Villa won a free-kick near the right-hand corner flag, but Stine Larsen could only direct her free header wide of the post. Villa couldn’t find a response despite seeing much of the ball in the closing stages, leaving the Blues to take the spoils in an historic derby.Earlier in the day, Manchester United fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with rivals Manchester City, a result that keeps Casey Stoney’s side unbeaten and top of the table.
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The dismantling and recycling of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, one of the most important green ship recycling projects ever carried out in Europe, has been finalized in Genoa, according to the Ship Recycling Consortium.The project was concluded by Italian shipyard San Giorgio del Porto, in partnership with Saipem, less than three years after the ship wreck arrived in Genoa in July 2014.Up to 350 workers were involved since the start of the dismantling operation which lasted around 1 million effective work hours.Total recycled material amounted to over 53,000 tons for almost 4,000 trips to recycling facilities in Italy, while the dismantled material amounted to 8,000 tons with over 850 trips to dismantling facilities.At the beginning of September 2016, the cruise ship’s wreck departed on its final voyage when it sailed to Genoa’s dry dock. The vessel was stripped bare as its internal fitting was removed and its decks were cut after it was moved from its grounding place off the Island of Giglio to the Port of Genoa in 2014.The Concordia incident, which occurred in January 2012, took the lives of 32 people out of a total of 4,252 who were aboard the ship at the time. The grounding of the cruise ship was believed to had been caused by the captain’s recklessness, as the ship came too close to the Giglio island where it got stuck and later collapsed.
Ford’s new car will force you to obey the speed limitThe car Manufacturer, Ford is introducing what it calls Intelligent Speed Limiter technology on its newest edition of its S-Max cars.This is obviously for those people who are speed demons who can’t keep their gas pedals off the metal:The technology enhances the vehicle’s cruise control capabilities with cameras that are able to recognize posted speed limits.The driver can specify a top speed to ensure they’re never accidentally speeding, but when the system is switched on it uses a dashboard-mounted camera to keep an eye on road signs with posted speed limits to automatically increase or decrease the vehicle’s allowed top speed accordinglyIf the vehicle happens to exceed the set speed limit, like when picking up speed driving down a hill, an audible warning alarm is triggered and the vehicle’s engine stops getting fuel until it slows down enough.It’s a smoother response than automatically slamming on the brakes which can be jarring to the passengers and other vehicles on the road.At any time the driver can override the system by just tapping the accelerator, but at that point they’ll have to deal with the stresses of ensuring they’re not speeding.“The system does not apply the brakes but smoothly controls engine torque by electronically adjusting the amount of fuel delivered,” the company said in a press release.The technology seems to be a step in the direction of the driverless car, also known as an autonomous car.
Two more accesspoints will be installed and operational within the year, he added. BACOLODCity – TheDepartment of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is preparing toset up a free wireless internet service within the provincial capitolbuilding and lagoon here. DICT-NegrosOccidental Romeo Tome said the first access point has already been installedinside the building as of Monday. PHOTO BY NEGROS OCCIDENTAL On Oct. 24, theDICT-Negros Occidental launched the free WiFi live site in its provincialoffice along Aguinaldo Street, which is within the vicinity of the ProvincialCapitol and other government offices. Up next in theprovince are nine other municipalities, including E.B. Magalona, Pulupandan,Ilog, Murcia, Candoni, Moises Padilla, La Castellana, Hinigaran, andBinalbagan. One accesspoint located inside the Capitol compound will serve the provincial governmentoffices and their clients while another one will have an effectivity rangecovering the lagoon premises. Thesocio-economic activities get a boost because of easy and faster internetconnection, he added. Republic Act10929, or the “Free Internet Access in Public Places Act”, mainly aims topromote knowledge-building among citizens and enabling them to participate inthe evolving information and communication age. Tome saidapplicants for clearance in the nearby office of the National Bureau ofInvestigation-Bacolod also benefit from the free WiFi access. In NegrosOccidental, the free Wi-Fi first went live in San Enrique town in early Octoberas part of the government’s “Free WiFi for All” program, which also coversfirst to sixth class municipalities. “We are lookingat faster and more efficient delivery of government services once the free WiFiaccess starts,” Tome said, noting that if the internet connectivity increases,the gross domestic product growth of an area also increases. The lawprovides for free internet at access points, such as national and localgovernment offices, public basic education institutions, state universities andcolleges, technology institutions, public hospitals, health centers, ruralhealth units, public parks, plazas, libraries, barangay reading centers, publicairports and seaports, and public transport terminals. (Witha report from PNA/PN)