Papadosio has certainly been on a roll the past few months. Their latest studio album, Pattern Integrities, was released toward the tail end of September, and the band just wrapped up the first leg of the album’s supporting tour. Since their inception, Papadosio has strived to push their limits, constantly searching for new ways to expand the depth and reach of each project they’re involved with. Today, Papadosio released their first ever remix album via their Bandcamp, continuing on with their long-held tradition to seek out new ways to present their music to fans.Pattern Integrities Remixed is a ten-track remix album of Papadosio’s latest album, which features remixes by ten producers who have taken the tracks on Pattern Integrities and put their own spin on them. Artists involved on the new remix album include Bluetech, Kalya Scintilla, and Living Light, to name a few. You can digitally download Papadosio’s first remix album now or pre-order a hardcopy via the band’s Bandcamp.This latest remix album should also be a perfect way to get fans stoked for Papadosio’s sophomore return to Red Rocks Amphitheater on May 6th of this year. The evening on the Rocks, dubbed Re:Creation Red Rocks, will feature what are sure to be unforgettable performances by Papadosio, Sunsquabi, Desert Dwellers, Supersillyus, An-Ten-Nae, and Eliot Lipp. Furthermore, the legendary visionary artists, Alex Grey and Allyson Grey will share the stage with Papadosio, creating their renowned transcendent paintings as the band tears it up. You can get tickets for the Red Rocks shows here after you pick up the band’s new remix album, and stay tuned for Live For Live Music’s full review of Pattern Integrities Remixed tomorrow.
Following months of upheaval marked by revolutions, the Middle East and the West find themselves at a rare crossroads. The opportunity now exists for the two regions to build bridges that can foster new levels of cultural, religious, and political understanding and mutual respect through education.That was the message delivered by a panel of scholars made up of the directors of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centers during a discussion held Feb. 8 as part of the centers’ annual meeting. The international network of academic centers — in addition to the one at Harvard, others have been founded at Georgetown University, the American University in Cairo, the American University of Beirut, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Edinburgh — were created to promote better mutual understanding through informed education about Islam and America.Moderated by R. Nicholas Burns, professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the discussion drew a standing-room-only audience of more than 100 to Loeb House, and focused on three central issues: How will the revolutions of the so-called Arab Spring affect the rest of the Middle East? How can the West combat the rising tide of Islamophobia? And, finally, what can be done to ease anti-American sentiments in the Mideast?“It is very clear that what took place in some countries in the Arab world is an earthquake to the region,” Prince Alwaleed, whose 2005 gift created the Harvard program, said in describing the Arab Spring. “Those nations that did not receive the earthquake — I hope they have received message. No matter how much social change you create in your country, no matter how many financial or economic benefits you give your people, you need to have some political change whereby the people feel they are involved and can participate in the political system.”In examining the fallout from the Arab Spring revolutions, John L. Esposito, founding director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, emphasized that new leaders in countries like Libya and Egypt must respect democratic institutions as a first step toward nurturing their fledgling democracies.“The Islamists who have won, they have to demonstrate that they will walk the way they talk on issues like political pluralism, human rights, and inclusiveness,” he said. “The challenge for the EU and the U.S. is to realize that the old narrative –— that somehow support for authoritarian regimes ensures security and stability — is a failed narrative. The challenge on the other side is that those who come into power have to recognize what the democratic process is like, and to come to appreciate the notion of a loyal opposition.”For Professor Yasir Suleiman, director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at Cambridge University, the revolutions of the Arab Spring were about more than emerging democracies, but represented the beginning of the transformation for millions from subject to citizen.“There is now a debunking of the idea of Arab exceptionalism, or that Arabs don’t want democracy,” he said. “They have demonstrated in a very serious way, paying for it with their blood, that they do want a change. When you think about it, it’s not just a question of freedom and dignity, it’s about something far more important: it’s about emancipation.”While the Arab Spring offers hope for the future for millions living in the Middle East, many Arabs and Muslims living in the U.S. and Europe continue to face discrimination simply because of their background or religion. The answer, said Professor Ali Asani, director of Harvard’s the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, is better education, on both sides.“I think what we are witnessing today is an inability to accept difference,” said Asani. “People talk about a clash of civilizations, but I like to talk about a clash of ignorances. I think at the heart of these phobias, whether it’s anti-Americanism or Islamophobia, is a profound cultural and religious illiteracy.Referring to current political discourses in America that cast doubt on the loyalty and patriotism of American Muslims, he remarked, “We have entered into a culture of fear … and democracy cannot function if we are afraid of our neighbors, and our neighbors are Muslim. Yes, we should be concerned about democracy in other parts of the world, but what about democracy here?”Islamophobia, however, is not a problem that is limited to the U.S., as Professor Hugh Goddard, director of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World at the University of Edinburgh, explained, citing the case of Anders Breivik, whose attack in Norway was sparked by what he believed was political support for Muslims.“One feature I think we should mention is the insidious influence of the Internet,”
continue reading » The House and Senate remain out of session this week as they prepare for the Nov. 6 midterm elections. NAFCU’s award-winning advocacy team remains active in Washington, and encourages credit unions to reach out to their representatives at home on top industry issues.On Capitol Hill, NAFCU is currently defending the credit union industry against efforts to wrap it into the Community Reinvestment Act, and is instead asking that credit unions be granted the ability to serve underserved areas. The association is also pushing for the withdrawal of a proposed rulemaking that would loosen Volcker rule requirements on big banks.In addition, following NCUA action last week to delay its risk-based capital rule by one year, NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees pushing for additional relief. Thaler urged Congress to act on the bipartisan bill the Common Sense Credit Union Capital Relief Act of 2018 (H.R. 5288), which would ensure a two-year delay of the rule. At NAFCU’s leading, this legislation has passed the House three times this year. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Success doesn’t look the same to everyone. Consider the story arcs of fictional characters Don Draper and Peggy Olson of the television series “Mad Men”—the ’60s drama portraying the ad men (and women) of Madison Avenue. Early on, Olson’s talents are recognized by Draper and blossom under his mentorship. By season seven, the roles have reversed, and Olson becomes a declining Draper’s boss. Along the way, she sees the realities and fallacies of success and realizes it’s not always about power or money.Personal and professional success means something different to each of us. Like Peggy of “Mad Men,” most of us navigate many paths to achieve it, experiencing highs and lows along the way and pondering what it is we really want. Amy Herbig, CEO of The BA Group, Northfield, Minnesota, and speaker at CUES School of Strategic Marketing™ (which will be held online this year via a blended learning format), has grappled with this same thought: How can we define success when it differs not only by the individual but by gender?She explains that women carry a long history of struggles, unrealistic expectations and judgment cast by others while trying to find what it means to be “successful” within themselves and their careers. “Success includes attributes that define us overall—education, career, family and motherhood, appearance and physical activity, as well as behavior as an employee, wife, daughter, sister or friend. Unfortunately, the residue from years of fighting for professional equality can linger, with age-old topics of equal pay, sexual harassment in the workplace, and scrutiny for balancing motherhood and a career,” Herbig continues. “Our gender hasn’t always been gracious to one another either—women can be quick to judge other women—not to mention us being our own inner-critics.
Speaking to the parliamentary committee on education and social protection earlier this week, she said there was a need to cultivate a “long-term savings habit” and that the Department for Social Protection (DSP) was currently working on a number of policy options on how to introduce a universal, supplementary scheme.“I am happy that now in particular, with the recovery taking hold and with the agreement in July, we will be in a position to progress this significantly,” she said.“In countries that have done this successfully, it took a number of years and was built up over a very gradual period of time.“This is very much what I envisage happening in the Irish system.”The gradual approach would be required, according to the minister, because incomes in Ireland post-IMF bailout have been too “tight” to warrant a faster rollout.Burton has previously said the system’s launch could be linked to a number of economic indicators, but the specific indicators have not been disclosed.Ireland’s unemployment rate is currently still above 11%.The introduction of mandatory pension saving was seen as preferable by the OECD, with its report labelling auto-enrolment “second-best”, while the Society of Actuaries in Ireland earlier this year also backed a mandatory pension system. Ireland will only see a “very gradual” rollout of a new supplementary pension system but still hopes to publish detailed proposals on the reform next year, according to minister for Social Protection Joan Burton.Burton said the current coverage ratio of second-pillar pensions – which has been static at around 50% of the working population since 1995 – needed to improve “significantly” and noted the OECD’s previous recommendation that Ireland introduce either compulsory pension saving or a system of auto-enrolment.The minister also repeated a pledge, made after she was elected leader of the Labour Party in July, to publish details of a new supplementary scheme in 2015.Burton has previously referred to the system as MySaver, although she admitted the names Shamrock Saver or Celtic Saver were being used.
The scheme assessed 7,700 of 10,000 companies for their sustainable credentials, resulting in a better insight into the opportunities and risks of ABP’s long-term investments.In addition, it has developed additional criteria for excluding companies from its portfolio and added 150 firms to its exclusion list. Last year, it divested from companies involved in tobacco and nuclear arms – banking a €700m profit in the process – and added South Sudan’s government bonds to its exclusion list.PetroChina, Tokyo Electric Power Company and US supermarket Walmart were all excluded because of violations of the UN’s Global Compact on human rights, the environment, and corruption.Renewables, green bonds and engagementABP’s allocation to renewable energy assets increased to €4.9bn during 2018, the report stated, which was €100m short of its 2020 target. Its holdings in sustainable energy at 2018-end equated to 11% of its energy portfolio.Last year, the civil service scheme expanded its stake in green bonds by €2bn to €5.5bn. It has now invested in 141 bonds issued by government-related organisations for financing social and sustainable projects.The report also detailed how the scheme had engaged with Facebook and Apple to prevent the violation of the digital rights of customers, as part of its commitment to improve human rights. ABP also said it had backed the Brooklyn Pledge, which calls on the clothing industry to fight abuses.However, environmental pressure organisations argued that the pension fund was still on a collision course with the goals of the Paris climate agreement.Fossielvrij NL, Both ENDS, Urgewald and Greenpeace said that ABP still had €10bn worth of investments in the fossil fuel industry.Between 2016 and 2018, ABP’s stake in the 44 largest carbon emitters had even increased, they claimed, adding that investments in Russian energy firms Gazprom and Rosneft had doubled and tripled, respectively, last year. The Netherlands’ largest pension scheme has declared itself on track to invest €58bn in assets linked to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the end of next year.The €431bn civil service scheme ABP said in its ESG report for 2018 that SDG-related investments grew by €5.7bn to €55.7bn last year, equating to 14% of its entire assets. Its goal for next year is €58bn.ABP has already exceeded its CO2 emissions reduction goal of 25% relative to 2014. Last year, it had reduced the carbon footprint of its equity portfolio by 28%.It achieved this by setting stricter requirements for large carbon emitters in its investment universe, as well as easing the restrictions for sectors with limited emissions.
Creativity, inspiration and writing dominated the conversation when playwright, screenwriter and actor Jon Robin Baitz spoke to students in Doheny Memorial Library. The triple threat read aloud from his works, chatted with author Dinah Lenney and answered questions from audience members during the event.Multitalented · Playwright Jon Robin Baitz discusses his sources of inspiration and writing method during a Monday event in Doheny Memorial Library. Baitz created the TV series Brothers and Sisters as well as multiple plays. – Caitlin Ito | Daily TrojanBaitz began the evening by reading the introduction to his play Three Hotels and a smattering from the play itself. The excerpts Baitz read told the story of a corporate man well versed in firing employees, earned loud applause from the captive audience.Lenney then asked Baitz a series of questions ranging from how he got his start as a playwright to his inspiration and the differences between writing plays and television scripts.Baitz got many laughs from the audience with his explanation of his writing process.“I honor procrastination and laziness as the unconscious at work,” he said.The plays Baitz creates tend to follow everyday people moving through their daily routines. He also strives to write works that the audience can relate to, often drawing on his experience as a young man in South Africa during the apartheid.“I look to create a kind of moment in plays where you see yourself,” Baitz said. “I want to create a theater where we do feel complicit and we recognize our own fallibility and the potential we have for doing terrible things and, even worse, ignoring terrible things.”Baitz is in Los Angeles while his play Other Desert Cities runs at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Besides Other Desert Cities, Baitz has written several other plays,including The Paris Letter. He has also written for the television shows The West Wing and Alias, as well as created the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters. In addition to writing, Baitz also teaches aspiring playwrights.The event, which spanned nearly two hours, was hosted by the USC Master of Professional Writing program. The MPW program uses Los Angeles’ vibrant entertainment and literature scenes to try to inspire students in multiple genres of writing, including fiction, poetry, and writing for the stage. It is the first multi-genre program in the country, and hosts multiple events throughout the year that range from panel discussions to lectures from guest writers.Prince Gomolvilas, acting director of the MPW program, helped plan the event, and credited Baitz with some of his personal inspiration.“Jon Robin Baitz, for me, is personally one of my playwriting heroes, so I thought this seemed like a wonderful opportunity,” Gomolvilas said. “But the main reason why he’s here is because his play … is running at the Mark Taper Forum and it just seemed very appropriate to bring somebody who has work going on right now.”The audience included both students and adults, many of whom had already seen Baitz’s play and wished to hear more from him. Kiersten Stanley, a freshman majoring in writing for screen and television, said she found the event valuable.“I thought it was definitely interesting to get the perspective of a professional playwright and screenwriter who has had decades of experience in his craft,” she said.Other Desert Cities runs now through Jan. 6 at the Mark Taper Forum in Downtown Los Angeles.