32nd Annual Tibet House US Benefit Brings Patti Smith, Jason Isbell, Jon Batiste, Angelique Kidjo, & More To Carnegie Hall [Photos]
The 32nd annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert was held on February 7th to a sold-out audience.The event, which has been captivating audiences for over three decades, was created to support the Tibet House US. Founded in 1987, the nonprofit institution was created at the request of the Dalai Lama to provide the continued preservation of Tibet’s rich cultural history. Amidst the opulence and cultural heritage of Carnegie Hall, the event played host to a diverse range of celebrated artists. Composer Philip Glass, who once again served as the artistic director for the event, explained to the crowd that “everyone who plays here is a gift.” A gift, indeed, with a stellar lineup that included the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Jon Batiste, and Nathanial Rateliff, to name a few.A group of Tibetan monks opened the show with a traditional chant, and as their six voices became one, a profound resonance was created, one powerful enough to raise the consciousness of the room and set the stage for a night of memorable performances. The first artist to take the stage was avant-pop artist Laurie Anderson, accompanied by celebrated cellist Rubin Kodheli. Anderson dedicated her composition to her teacher, Tibetan Buddhist lama Mingyur Rinpoche, who taught her that “everything is love.” A highlight of her set was her leading the audience in a collective scream, inspired by Yoko Ono‘s social media reaction to Trump’s 2017 election.Tibetan musician Tenzin Choeyal lightened the mood with a melodic and enchanting rendition of his song, “Heartstrings”, backed exquisitely by The Scorchio Quartet (who also joined Debbie Harry, New Order and Jon Batiste later performances). Chris Robinson and Neal Casal of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood added a little swagger to the event with “California Hymn”, invoking the roots-rock majesty of The Band.Jason Isbell followed with a striking departure from his typical repertoire, trading in his typical folksy ballads for an experimental instrumental guitar set. Debbie Harry, sporting a cape that read “Stop Fucking the Planet,” performed a haunting deconstruction of her hit, “Heart of Glass”, with support by Philip Glass on piano. The Patti Smith Band performed The Rolling Stones’ “I’m Free”, featuring teases of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”. Members of New Order, including Bernard Sumner, roused the audience with “Ceremony,” “Love Vigilantes” and a cover of David Bowie’sBe My Wife”.Standouts of the evening included Nathaniel Rateliff and Jon Batiste‘s rollicking cover of Sam & Dave‘s ‘Hold On, I’m Comin’”, Patti Smith’s spoken-word “Prophecy’s Lullaby” into Midnight Oil‘s“Beds Are Burning” (which had the audience dancing in their seats), a stunning two-song piano set by the ever-adroit Jon Batiste, and Stephen Colbert‘s surprisingly sober reading of Allen Ginsberg‘s poem, “Birdbrain”, accompanied by Glass on piano. African artist Angelique Kidjo, dubbed by TIME magazine as “Africa’s premier diva,” ended the night with her stunning vocal range, leading a boisterous group finale of Talking Heads‘ “Once in a Lifetime”.Below, you can view a gallery of photos from the event courtesy of photographer Jeremy Gordon.For more information about Tibet House, head here.32nd Annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert w/ Jason Isbell, Patti Smith, Nathaniel Rateliff, & More | Carnegie Hall | New York, NY | 2/7/18 | Photos: Jeremy Gordon Load remaining images
Harvard’s first commencing scholars — all nine of them — got their diplomas in 1642. Since then, University-wide, there have been nearly 450,000 graduates. But how many of them were ever attacked by pirates?At least one: Clarence Mendel Agress ’33, a California cardiologist, researcher, and late-in-life novelist who is now 101. In the early 1950s, off the west coast of Mexico, he and a friend — both amateur yachtsmen — were making a daring, long-distance run to La Paz in a 32-foot Grand Banks powerboat. Bandits waylaid the pair in an area aptly called Pirate’s Cove. “We had to fire a shotgun at them to keep them away,” he said.Agress’ latest adventure was a visit to Harvard in late May. There were no pirates, unless you include the ones in costume in Harvard Square. But the retired doctor had a big crew with him: about 15 members of his family, representing four generations. Agress was in Cambridge for his first Commencement since late in the Eisenhower administration.On the day of event itself, May 30, he had a moment of surprise. “I was the only one of the class at the 1933 table.” He had done some research, and figured that something like 11 College graduates from his year were still alive.Being a 1933 graduate of Harvard College makes Agress one of the last living members of the class that inaugurated Harvard’s House system. Lowell and Dunster opened in 1930 and five others in 1931.Agress transferred to Harvard after a freshman year at the University of Texas, lived in a boarding house his second year, and by his junior year was one of the first residents of Winthrop House.Coming back to Harvard wasn’t like motoring across the ocean to La Paz, but Agress still had to get his sea legs. “It looked strange,” he said of his first glimpse of the Yard in more than 50 years. “Maybe it was because of all the furniture and the paved walks. I was really disoriented until I saw the John Harvard Statue.”He and his family hired a driver and took in the sights of Boston. Of course the tour included points of interest in Harvard’s older corners. Agress looked up Winthrop House, recalling that there had once been an entrance off the street. He remembered the first time his tutor wheeled up to that door on a bicycle. As for nearby Lowell House, Agress said, it “still seemed to be in the right place.”Lowell House — named after A. Lawrence Lowell, the Harvard president who inspired the House system — reminded Agress of a story more than 80 years old, one that “nobody ever found out about,” he said.“I played pranks,” he began. In those days, that was helped along by his complete access to the Harvard tunnel system. (He was studying a subterranean insect.) On the night of a formal dance at Lowell House, Agress bought a pig in Boston, greased it up in Cambridge, and set it loose in Lowell. “What a commotion that caused,” he said. Afterward, Agress returned to Winthrop, put on a suit, and went to the dance.He was never fingered for the greased-pig caper, but nevertheless acquired a covert reputation for mischief-making. Later, when a cow got pushed into the Lowell bell tower, all eyes were on the future doctor. (Let history note: Clarence Agress was not responsible for that one.)The years Agress spent at Harvard were eventful principally because of the new House system. But there were smaller, near-forgotten moments of history. The first “smoker” — official party — for the class, in early 1930, involved “music, speeches, cheese-throwing,” according to a Class Album account. During his sophomore year, the Faculty Club was being built, along with the Wigglesworth dormitories. Widener introduced its first turnstiles (for security), regular riots broke out in the subway after hockey games, and a debate flared up over the propriety of adding the names of Harvard’s German World War I dead in Memorial Chapel. (They got a plaque.)In the spring of Agress’ junior year, a student riot in Harvard Square had to be quelled with tear gas and billy clubs. By the Class’ senior year, house sports were thriving (Agress played golf for Winthrop), and the Harvard Lampoon announced the election of James Bryant Conant as president before the Corporation even knew about it.Agress went on to be a man of astonishing accomplishments. He served in the China-Burma-India theater for five years in World War II; learned Chinese during his service (he still keeps up); hit the high seas (later co-building a yacht with his friend Walter Matthau); took up the Hammond organ; learned to paint in oils; dabbled in astronomy; wrote “Energetics,” a book on fitness and longevity; and penned a line of novels (he is working on his ninth).Early in his medical career, Agress decided to both practice and research. Just after the war he helped pioneer the use of radioactive iodine to treat thyroid disease. He later founded the first cardiology unit on the West Coast, invented the first heart catheter, treated Hollywood stars (he won’t say who or how many), devised the world’s first blood test to predict heart attacks, and — to stop far short of saying everything — invented the first injectable enzyme to break up the blood clots that form after a heart attack. (Up to that point, pathologists insisted that all such clots were postmortem.)Agress is a modest man, but he did say, with pride, “I’ve probably saved more lives than anybody at Harvard.”One other invention of his was out of this world. During the 1960s, Agress headed a team that devised a heart monitoring system for astronauts. “When [Neil] Armstrong stepped on the moon,” he said of the first landing in 1969, “he was wearing my gadget.”In the 1980s, Agress was regularly playing golf and tennis and running up and down the hills of Bel Air with his schnauzer, Shana. Today, he still stays fit, and looks it. At Commencement, Agress was on foot in the alumni procession. Ahead of him, from the classes of 1929 and 1930, were two men in wheelchairs.You never know where memory will go. For Agress, of all the sights at Harvard, only the Charles River seemed the same as 80 years ago. He remembered a winter day when the river had frozen over. “We all went ice skating on this utterly smooth surface,” said Agress. “I never will forget that.”
Press Association Butland will not want to spend the season warming the bench, but Hughes insists he will only go on loan if the right deal can be done. The Welshman said: “Jack’s an outstanding young keeper and it’s about making sure he develops. If there’s not the right opportunity, and we don’t think it’s advantageous to his development, then he won’t go out, he’ll stay with us.” Stoke were at Wrexham’s Racecourse Stadium for a friendly against Hughes’ home-town club and the visitors came away with a 1-0 victory, Jonathan Walters scoring the only goal six minutes after half-time. Stoke only returned from their pre-season trip to the US on Thursday, and Hughes used 20 players in a combative encounter against the Conference side. It was the Potters’ third victory in a row after wins over FC Dallas and Philadelphia Union. The latter was marred by an injury to winger Brek Shea, who damaged medial ligaments in his left knee. Hughes was furious with the tackle on the United States international, who is likely to miss the first month of the season. That is a shorter lay-off than was feared, and Hughes said: “He’s got an injury that will keep him out for a number of weeks and he won’t make the start of the season, but thankfully it’s not as bad as we thought initially.” The Stoke boss, who took over from Tony Pulis in May, has been quiet in the transfer window, with defenders Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa his only senior signings. Hughes has been linked with a number of players, including Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair and American striker Juan Agudelo, and is hoping to do further business before the window shuts. “It is something we need to look at in certain areas but sometimes it doesn’t happen,” said Hughes. “We’ll do our best to make it happen if we think the right players are available.” Aston Villa were also victorious in their friendly against Shamrock Rovers in Dublin. Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke both scored in the first half in a 2-0 win, which saw Aleksandar Tonev and Jores Okore come through 45 minutes each following injury. Stoke boss Mark Hughes is mulling over whether to send England goalkeeper Jack Butland back out on loan or keep him at the Britannia Stadium. The highly-rated 20-year-old joined Stoke from Birmingham in January but was loaned straight back to the Championship club for the remainder of last season. Potters number one Asmir Begovic had been linked with a move to one of the Premier League’s big guns, but Liverpool opted for Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet and interest in the Bosnian has subsided.
Indian Premier League IPL 2019 playoffs scenario: Mumbai Indians, four other teams in intense battle for two spots
highlights Mumbai Indians need only one win to seal their spot in the playoffs.Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals are in the fray.Only Royal Challengers Bangalore are eliminated from the playoffs. New Delhi: Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings are battling it out for a top-two spot in the points table. However, for the remaining two spots, there are five teams still in the fray. Mumbai Indians are in a good position to seal a spot in the playoffs while for the fourth spot, teams like Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad are involved in a major tussle. A loss for either of the teams could result in major complications in their quest for the playoffs. With just four days to go for the end of the league stages, the qualifying for the playoffs has once again gone down to the wire. Here is what the remaining teams need to do in order to seal their spot in the playoffs. Chennai Super KingsPosition: 1 (Qualified)P – 13, W – 9, L – 4, Points – 18Remaining games: vs Kings XI Punjab (May 5)What they must do: MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings have virtually assured themselves of a top-two finish after beating Delhi Capitals. They must hope that Mumbai Indians lose one more game to seal a spot in the top two.RELATEDDelhi CapitalsPosition: 2 (Qualified)P -13, W – 8, L – 5, Points – 16Remaining games: vs Rajasthan Royals (May 4)What they must do: Delhi Capitals have sealed their spot in the playoffs and a win against Rajasthan Royals will seal their top-two spot. However, a loss against Rajasthan Royals could see them slip to third in the event of Mumbai Indians winning one of their two games.Mumbai IndiansPosition: 3P – 12, W- 7, L-5, Points: 14Remaining games: vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 2), vs Kolkata Knight Riders (May 5)What they must do: Mumbai Indians can seal their spot in the playoffs with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, if they lose both their games, then Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad might be in a pole position to knock them out.Sunrisers HyderabadPosition: 4P -12, W – 6, L – 6, Points: 12Remaining games: vs Mumbai Indians (May 2), vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (May 4)What they must do: A loss against Mumbai Indians will make their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore a must-win. If they win against Mumbai Indians but lose to Royal Challengers Bangalore, they must hope Rajasthan Royals lose to Delhi Capitals and that Kings XI Punjab loses to Chennai Super Kings. If Kings XI Punjab wins against Kolkata Knight Riders, it must be by a small margin.Rajasthan RoyalsPosition: 5P – 13, W – 5, L – 7, Points: 11Remaining games: vs Delhi Capitals (May 4)What they must do: Rajasthan Royals have to win against Delhi Capitals. If they win, they will have to hope Sunrisers Hyderabad lose both their games and that Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab win only one game. They will have to hope Mumbai Indians beat both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders while Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders but lose to Chennai Super Kings.Kolkata Knight RidersPosition: 6P – 12, W – 5, L – 7, Points: 10Remaining games: vs Kings XI Punjab (May 3), vs Mumbai Indians (May 5)What they must do: They have to win both their games. If they win only one game, they will have to hope Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad loses both their games to Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab lose to Chennai Super Kings. Kings XI PunjabPosition: 7P – 12, W – 5, L – 7, Points: 10Remaining games: vs Kolkata Knight Riders (May 3), vs Chennai Super Kings (May 5)What they must do: They have to win both their games. Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders are in the same boat. If Kings XI Punjab wins both their games, they will knock Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals out. If they win one of their games, they will have to hope Sunrisers Hyderabad lose both their games as even one win will be enough for the Hyderabad franchise due to their high net run-rate. Royal Challengers BangalorePosition: 8P – 13, W – 4, L – 8, Points: 9Remaining games: vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 4)What they must do: Royal Challengers Bangalore can spoil Sunrisers Hyderabad’s party by beating them in their last league game. They are the only team to be eliminated from the playoff race. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#Interviews#news#Products Yammer came to the market with one of the first microblogging services. In the span of their existence, a number of companies launched their own versions of an activity stream. But Yammer looks like they have the customers to prove they have a hold on their sector of the market.At today’s Enterprise 2.0 conference, Yammer announced that 50,000 networks have been established with its service. We asked Yammer’s Steve Apfelberg what the size of these networks look like. He said they run from a few people to a few thousand, with an average of about 25 to 50 people per network. He declined to provide details about the number of paying clients but said they are showing revenues. But if you did the math, it could be extrapolated that Yammer has 1.25 to 2.5 million customers. How many of those are paying for the Yammer service? You look around the Enterprise 2.0 conference and it becomes apparent that microblogging is the hot feature for companies on the exhibit floor.A few of these companies started as wiki providers and added microblogging which helped diversify their products. It’s a strategy that works when larger clients want an all-in-one application. But Yammer says they get feedback from clients who want the Yammer service to go deeper. They prefer Yammer’s singular focus.For Yammer, that means deeper active directory integration and fits into enterprise SaaS applications around sales and customer service use cases. That would make sense. Applications of all varieties are integrating into Salesforce.com. For Yammer, Sharepoint integration makes sense, too. By acting as a one point product, a company like Yammer can be flexible with where it integrates.Here’s an interview with Apfelberg and a demo of the Yammer service: Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… alex williams
By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] Financial Management (PFM) program personnel often counsel military families about the financial implications of lifestyle transitions. This includes the decision by a service member to cohabitate with a civilian partner or for two unmarried service members to live together.Unmarried couples do not qualify for joint income tax filing status, spousal Social Security benefits, or the estate tax spousal exemption. In areas such as these, unmarried partners are treated as single individuals. In other areas of personal finance, however, unmarried partners operate much like married couples. For example, there are economies of scale (e.g., one cable bill instead of two) and the need to jointly pay household expenses.Image via Pixabay.com/CC0Major areas of personal finance that unmarried partners need to consider are cash flow management, taxes, insurance, property ownership, retirement planning, and estate planning. The longer a couple lives together, the more likely they will need to jointly make important financial and legal decisions. Below are nine financial recommendations to share with service members who are cohabitating: Develop a Method for Bill-Paying- Consider holding separate credit cards and bank accounts and divide household expenses evenly or proportionate to each partner’s income. Keeping assets separate avoids the problem of becoming liable for a partner’s debts. If financial accounts are commingled, creditors can seize the assets of one partner to pay the debts of the other.Know the Law- Check with an attorney about the impact of cohabitation on alimony and child support from a previous marriage. State laws vary. In some states, payments may be affected. Social Security benefits are not affected, however, which is why some retirees choose to live together but not marry so they won’t suffer a reduction in income.Make Gifts Carefully- Be aware of the gift tax implications of retitling individual assets with a partner. While spouses can transfer assets to each other free of tax, unmarried partners, like all single individuals, can generally make gifts to others only up to the annual gift tax exclusion ($15,000 per person in 2018).Consider Purchasing Joint Property Coverage- Find out if this is an option. Insurance companies may allow this if both partners have an ownership interest in property being insured. Many insurance companies also allow someone with renters insurance to add a partner for less than it costs for two separate policies. Consider increasing the coverage, however, to reflect the increased value of both partners’ possessions.Make it Legal- Prepare a binding legal contract called a cohabitation agreement which, similar to a prenuptial agreement for married couples, is designed to resolve potential problems before they occur. The contract should specify how assets will be divided in the event that the relationship ends, who owns what percentage of joint assets, and plans to handle events such as the death or disability of a partner.Understand the Fine Print– Be aware that, if both partners sign loan documents, an apartment lease, or a contract with a utility company, both are legally responsible for payments, even if one partner moves out.Consider Beneficiary Designations– Consider naming an unmarried partner as a beneficiary on self-directed retirement plans (e.g., IRAs) and/or a life insurance policy in the case of long-term relationships.Keep Good Records– Keep a file with receipts to document which partner paid for large purchases. With unmarried couples, the IRS presumes that whoever dies first owned the property unless the surviving partner can prove otherwise with receipts, cancelled checks, credit card statements, etc.Draft a Will and Keep it Current– Unlike surviving spouses in a married couple, unmarried partners will not inherit anything automatically through state intestacy laws if a partner dies without a will. Instead, surviving blood relatives will receive the deceased partner’s property, even if relationships are strained.Join us Tuesday, August 28, 11 a.m. ET for the second webinar in the Family Finances series, Financial Planning for Life Events. RSVP here.
Napoli coach Ancelotti: We beat Liverpool with the long ball!by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with his players for victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Dries Mertens converted a penalty and Fernando Llorente made the most of a Virgil van Dijk error at the Stadio San Paolo for a 2-0 result.“It’s always tough against Liverpool, from the first minute to the last. We had to sacrifice ourselves, but without losing our identity,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.“We tried a bit too hard to play it out from the back and lost some dangerous balls, while they were aggressive in their pressing.“The game was always in the balance, but I particularly appreciated the way we defended with the basics when it was still 0-0 and that’s what allowed us to have those late chances.“I want to see a team that believes in itself and its quality. I really liked the way we played when we weren’t in control. Llorente helped out, the players were tired and the first goal was from a long ball – which isn’t our usual approach, but it’s not an insult to do that sometimes. This team must know how to do everything.“We brought in important players who improve the quality level of the squad and have different characteristics to what we had before. I have to keep them motivated and that’s not easy, especially when UEFA still have this rule forcing you to keep a short bench and it’s painful sending players to the stands.”He added: “We felt confident on the second goal, it was near the end and we were a goal up. You can press high at times, not at others, it’s about maintaining your identity and also being able to do everything. I liked our quality, but also how we played ‘ugly’ when we needed to.“I asked Giovanni Di Lorenzo how many Champions League games he’d played before and he said none. Oh well, it wasn’t bad! The same goes for Alex Meret, that was his debut, as well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lloris: Tottenham must maintain consistencyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveHugo Lloris says Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to lose their consistency.Spurs have finished in the top three in the Premier League for the past three seasons.After making the final of the Champions League last term, Lloris insists the North London outfit must maintain their high standards.”Now we’ve arrived at an age where we’ve got the experience to have an impact towards the team,” he said.”Hopefully we will go in the same way.”When you arrive at a level, the important thing is to do everything to stay at the same level, especially the level we arrived at last year, as the runner-up of the Champions League.”It’s not a coincidence. We’re doing something well, we’re building something strong.”But we cannot drop the level. We need to build the consistency to improve, to get even closer to what we are all looking for – trophies.”
Earlier this week at GLSEN’s Respect Awards in New York City, Glee’s Matthew Morrison was honored with the Inspiration Award for portraying a shining example of the vital role a supportive educator can have in creating an affirming, positive and supportive school culture for LGBT students.Glee’s Matthew Morrison Honored At GLSEN Respect AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty Images/Craig BarritOther honorees of the night included John Stryker, Desiree Raught and Johnson & Johnson.Raven-Symoné At GLSEN Respect AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty Images/Craig BarritGuests in attendance included Raven-Symoné, Anneliese van der Pol, Maulik Pancholy, Sutton Crawford, Rain Dove, Rain Pryor, Kevin Thomas and Kimberly Reed.Glee’s Matthew Morrison At GLSEN Respect AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty Images/Craig BarritThe GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.GLSEN has led the way on LGBT issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work through the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, GLSEN’s Ally Week.
NEW DELHI: A three-year-old boy died after he allegedly was run over by a 25-year-old student in Delhi. The incident occurred in Nihal Vihar area on Sunday afternoon when the deceased, identified as Ahil, was going with his grandmother. It is said that the student was reversing his car after he noticed that the road has been blocked and allegedly ran over the boy, who was coming from behind, the police said.Ahil was rushed to a hospital in Paschim Vihar where he was declared brought dead, said a senior police officer. Ahil’s father runs a saloon in Nihal Vihar. The police were soon informed and the boy was rushed to the hospital. However, later he succumbed to his injuries. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSoon, the accused was identified and was arrested and a case under Section 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered, police said. More sections could be added once the investigation is complete. The post-mortem was conducted on Monday and the body has been handed over to the family, the police added. On March 29, a 4-year-old boy Ajam Ansari was killed after being run over by a Maruti Ecco van in south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar.