UPDATE: After the rumor that Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime performance would feature a hologram of Prince was met with widespread criticism from family, friends, and fans, percussionist Sheila E. took her concerns to J.T. himself. “Family, I spoke w/ Justin 2nite and he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince & the Purple fans,” Sheila E. wrote in a tweet last night, after she saved the day. “I look 4wrd 2 seeing what I’m sure is going 2 be a spectacular halftime show. There is no hologram.”As Consequence of Sound points out, Prince denied any interest in performing alongside a holograph of a deceased musician in an interview with Guitar World in 1998. “Certainly not,” he responded to the idea. “That’s the most demonic thing imaginable. Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing… it really is demonic. And I am not a demon.”To relive Prince’s magical 2007 performance, click here.Justin Timberlake will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday night, marking the pop star’s first appearance at the big game since his infamous 2004 collaboration with Janet Jackson. In typical Internet fashion, the upcoming show has led to plenty of speculation, including rumors that Timberlake will team up with Jackson once again. Others have even theorized that an *NSYNC reunion is the works, which is within the realm of possibility considering the Super Bowl got Destiny’s Child back together when Beyoncé headlined in 2013.However, TMZ reports that neither of those rumors will come to fruition when Timberlake takes the stage in Minneapolis. According to the celebrity gossip site, one big surprise that fans can expect to see on Sunday night is a hologram honoring hometown hero and former Super Bowl halftime show performer Prince, who died of an accidental opioid overdose at age 57 in April 2016.TMZ’s report is light on details, so there’s no telling if the hologram will be used for a tasteful tribute or something more akin to Coachella’s digital resurrection of Tupac in 2012. Either way, the publication does have reason to believe that there will be a whole lot of fireworks–both literal and metaphorical–at U.S. Bank Stadium when defending champions the New England Patriots go to head-to-head with the Philadelphia Eagles.[h/t – TMZ]
Last October, alternative rocker Beck released his long-awaited thirteenth studio album, Colors. Colors sees Beck fuse the dreaminess of his 2014 release, Morning Phase, with the electronic looping and rhythms of his ’90s works. Though Morning Phase won him a Grammy award for Best Album, Beck never intended for the 2014 release to be so successful. In a 2016 Rolling Stone interview, Beck said that the album was only released “just so we would have something out, because we were going on tour.”Similarly, when asked about the writing and recording process behind 2017’s Colors, Beck said, “There’s a substratum to a lot of the songs—songs within other songs, choruses that became bridges… It’s not far from how I made my first couple of records.”Almost exactly a year from Colors release, Beck has just unveiled a new music video for the title track, directed by Edgar Wright, who was most recently commended for his crime/thriller flick, Baby Driver. The new music video features Beck, actress Alison Brie, and a crew of dancers in full-body blue suits (not to be confused with Blue Man Group), with some well-thought-out choreographic work. The video is a true testament to Beck’s avant-garde style, with dashes of colorful psychedelia sprinkled in.Watch Beck’s new music video for “Colors” below:Beck – “Colors” (Official Music Video)[Video: Beck]The only upcoming appearance slated for Beck is a headlining slot at Memphis’s Mempho Music Festival, this upcoming Saturday, October 6th.For more information on this weekend’s Mempho Music Festival, please visit their website.[H/T Jambands.com]
What makes Derek and Sissela Bok happy? Family tops the list. Sharing in each other’s work also ranks high.The former Harvard president and his wife, a current Harvard fellow, offered their perspectives on happiness, the impact it has on teaching, and their approaches to well-being in political and philosophical contexts, during a discussion on Tuesday (Sept. 28) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE).Howard Gardner, the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, moderated the discussion.The couple is well-schooled in the topic. Derek Bok recently penned “The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn From the New Research on Well-Being,” while his wife Sissela is the author of “Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science.”In addition to family, the Boks said they revel in each other’s opinions and intuitions. Reviewing and editing each other’s work, sharing ideas and insights, and discussing books and articles is also rewarding, they agreed. Derek Bok said he was grateful to be able to draw on his wife’s vast knowledge of fields such as philosophy, literature, and psychology, calling that “hugely helpful” in his own work.Responding to a question about the role that media can play in people’s happiness, Sissela Bok, a senior visiting fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, said children as early as age 2 have a capacity for empathy and concern for others. “That can be either fostered or it can be eroded and worn down,” she said, “by the messages that come from the culture.”Children, she argued, have to resist messages from media that inundate them with visions of happiness and violence, and learn to “be skeptical” from an early age.Derek Bok said the overall conclusion drawn from his research concerns what fundamentally makes people happy. It’s ultimately not a flush bank account that sits at the true center of happiness, he said, but what people do that brings lasting joy.“On the whole, the things that happy people do and the things that make you happy tend to be things that are good for society and good for other people,” said Bok, such as being active in your community, being in a strong marriage, and engaging in “senseless acts of kindness.”In relating happiness to the academic realm, Derek Bok said less attention should be placed on the drive to develop a competitive workforce, and more should be geared toward creating a better-rounded education.Developing “ skills in the workplace comes at the expense of things that make people happier, like art and music and civic engagement … exercise, sports, and athletic pursuits,” said Bok.In colleges, teachers need to do a better job of informing students about “different professions, different vocations, different callings, and what we know about the effect they have on happiness.” Professional schools too should do more than just teach facts, but offer their students a vision of how they can “achieve a real sense of self-worth and fulfillment in a profession.”
Read Full Story Major volcanic eruptions in Iceland have disrupted flights and affected communications throughout Europe and the Northern Atlantic in recent years, making headlines worldwide. Large volcanic eruptions are known to alter climate for extended periods of time by releasing massive clouds of ash and gases into the stratosphere which can lower surface temperature — by blocking the sun — or alter precipitation patterns.Despite the broad geographic impact of such events, until now scientists believed that particles ejected from Icelandic volcanoes do not reach the European Alps due to the relatively large distance from the source. All ice cores collected in the Alps until now have shown no distinct layer of volcanic particles (tephra).A new article just published shows that—with a large enough volcanic eruption, under certain atmospheric conditions—ash can reach the European Alps and be captured in the ice record. The article, first-authored by Harvard undergraduate Matthew Luongo ’17, is the result of a partnerships between the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard (SoHP), and the Climate Change Institute (CCI) at the University of Maine, where Luongo was trained by world-renowned volcanologist, Professor Andrei Kurbatov.This discovery indicates that SoHP-CCI researchers can now study how similar eruptions have affected climate and weather patterns for at least the last 2,000 years. Drilling and collecting ice cores from glaciers is a time-tested method of studying past climate conditions. This article analyzed a core from the Colle Gnifetti glacier, in the Swiss-Italian Alps.A recent SoHP-CCI expedition collected the Colle Gnifetti core. The data obtained from it represent the highest resolution climate and pollution record in existence thanks to the use of a next-generation laser ablation ICP-MS system, at the W. M. Keck Laser Facility at CCI. With this record, SoHP-CCI scientists and historians are studying climate and pollution patterns from every year for the last two millennia, in most cases even reaching further precision within a year.Using a scanning electron microscope with energy-dispersive spectrometry, Luongo analyzed filtered, insoluble particles obtained by melting ice chips. He identified six in a layer dated to the nineteenth century. Analyzing their geochemical signature allowed the authors to conclude that the ash originated from a single volcanic eruption, likely Icelandic in origin. Luongo narrated his experience in the SoHP blog.This discovery of volcanic ash in the Colle Gnifetti ice core is highly significant because tephra, when geochemically matched to a certain eruption, allows precise dating of its ice layer. Other, similar volcanic markers within the core will help refine the dating of each layer. The study thus shows how the Colle Gnifetti ice record will contribute to our understanding of the climatic impact of volcanic eruptions in the past, informing our understanding of the future.The research was funded by the Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Elizabeth Rausing, the W. M. Keck Foundation, the National Science Foundation, SoHP, and CCI. It was published in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
In Johannesburg, South Africa, a student tells her father she will be a graphic designer. She now has access to a whole new world of learning thanks to a computer and the internet in a Dell Solar Powered Learning Lab. Her father talks about how technology is changing the lives of his daughter and her peers, as he sits outside the new lab. He believes in his daughter.In his words, “It has changed my child’s life so much.”Shipping containers arrive for the new labs now located in Boakmoso, South Africa and Diepsloot, South Africa.You can hear this father’s first-hand perspective and other great testimonials related to the Dell Solar Powered Learning Lab at Waverly Girl’s High School – built in partnership with Dell’s Youth Learning Partner, Sci-Bono – by visiting our StorysphereThis father and his family are part of the 30 million South Africans who live in poverty. Sadly, children are most vulnerable to poverty. If children are poor, they are less likely to go to school. The youth then bear the burden of unemployment – they graduate from poverty as children into poverty as adults, with little to no skills or future.Dell has been playing its part to try and break this cycle through its Solar Powered Learning Labs.These labs are made possible by Dell’s Youth Learning program, which partners directly with non-profits to provide innovative technology solutions, charitable donations and expertise to address challenges faced by underprivileged youth around the world.In 2014, the first Dell Solar Powered Learning Lab went live in Lagos, Nigeria.This fantastic initiative helps deliver sustainable and affordable connectivity to schools in some of the most underprivileged areas of the world. Using a combination of solar power, energy-efficient Dell Wyse technology and air-cooled servers, the labs are built into well-lit, well-ventilated shipping containers and help take electricity supply out of the equation while bringing internet connectivity into the heart of communities. This solution uses less than four percent of the energy of a typical PC.It’s a journey that began almost five years ago following one speculative email from a young man who had spent time traveling around Africa with his family and saw the poverty first-hand. He asked Dell to help. We did.Michael Collins, senior vice president of Dell EMC Channel EMEA, understood the issues and the limitations poverty can force upon young people, and wanted to make a difference. Together with other colleagues he helped bring the idea of the Solar Powered Learning Lab to the Dell Giving team, which leveraged its strong partnerships with nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations to make the labs a reality.Collins says, “We needed a place where underserved students could come and access this technology and learn. I’m hugely proud of the incredible work the team has accomplished so far – but this is only the beginning. We want to bring more Learning Labs to more students around the world. As Nelson Mandela said, it always seems impossible until it’s done.”Dell also built a lab in Colombia in 2016 and by mid-October this year, we opened two more labs in South Africa, bringing the total to 13 across Africa. Dell Solar Powered Learning Labs is an ongoing project, with plans for four more new labs early next year in Kenya, Morocco and Mexico.Mmatebogo Makhubedu, principal of the Diepsloot Secondary No.3 in South Africa, shared her perspective on the Dell Solar Powered Learning Lab that opened at her school a few months ago.“As an underprivileged school, a school without infrastructure and resources, this is an experience we will always honor and keep in our hearts,” she says. “The fact that our students are taught how to code in high school is something we never thought would happen. Coding prepares our young people for careers, which are scarce. With this project, we have given them an opportunity.”The impact of the Solar Powered Learning Labs has been truly incredible to date. Nearly 7,500 students have benefited from the project, not including countless members of the community who also have access to the labs, which seat up to ten people. The technology access and subsequent learning of new skills, together with a renewed sense of self-confidence, has given people a huge boost in job opportunitiesI recently experienced our impact first-hand during my visit to the SHAWCO community center in Cape Town, South Africa. I met a young man named Evans and during a sharing session with the community, he talked about how he’d been teaching himself how to code – and how the Dell Solar Powered Learning Lab was helping him learn more. Evans has only one hand and despite his disability, he is a fast and passionate coder. Evans gained access to an apprenticeship with the help of Dell professionals that were inspired by his hard work.Dell pre-sales engineer Ruan Malherbe is a great example of an employee who has volunteered his time and expertise to help make our labs possible.Malherbe helped install all 11 of our Dell Solar Powered Learning Labs in South Africa. He traveled during his personal time to do so – and used his IT skills to coordinate things like the hardware and software installations and testing. Malherbe also helped our partners understand the lab technology so they may manage it.“It has meant a lot to me, to help the underserved to access the Internet and connect with people – and to give learners access to great technology while being environmentally friendly,” Malherbe says. “It is a great feeling to see the excitement on the faces of the community members every time we unveil a new solar lab.”I agree with him whole-heartedly! It is a great feeling.It’s a pleasure to be a part of the video featured below, highlighting the value our labs are providing around the world. For me, seeing the joy and the hope in these kids – when they access technology for the first time – reinforces my belief that in this world, we should give more than what we receive.Programs like the Dell Solar Powered Learning Labs reflect Dell’s DNA: To use our technology and expertise to enable human progress.This article shares one example of how Dell is committed to driving human progress by putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet. We call this our Legacy of Good.Explore our FY17 Annual update on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan at legacyodgood.dell.com.Related articles:https://blog.dell.com/en-us/bringing-tech-education-to-global-youth-via-volunteerism-and-re-imagining-the-classroom/https://blog.dell.com/en-us/dell-education-model-uses-technology-solar-and-shipping-containers/https://blog.dell.com/en-us/solar-powered-labs-take-tech-enabled-learning-off-the-grid/
Commencement speaker Cardinal Timothy Dolan will receive one of six honorary degrees awarded at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony May 19, according to a University press release. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree, the release stated. Gu Binglin, president of Tshingua University in Beijing, will receive a doctor of science at the ceremony, according to the release. Binglin has led the field of condensed matter physics and computational materials science. He has taught physics and researched at Tshingua, after stints in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as dean of Tshingua’s Graduate School, and as vice president of Tshingua. Sister Antona Ebo will receive a doctor of laws at the ceremony, according to the release. Ebo has worked as an activist for human rights, marching with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Ala., and Montgomery, Ala. Ebo was also the first black woman religious to lead a hospital. She later served as president of the National Black Sisters’ Conference. Marilynne Robinson will receive a doctor of human letters for her work as an author, the release stated. She won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for her novel “Gilead,” among other prestigious awards. Her novels, books, essays and articles have earned her a reputation for “rigorous reasoning and a salient moral vision, often drawing from biblical narrative,” the release stated. Morton Schapiro will receive a doctor of laws for his work as an expert on the economics of higher education and college finances and affordability, according to the release. Schapiro is currently serving as the 16th president of Northwestern University. He began his career as a faculty member at Williams College in Massachusetts in 1980 and left in 1991 for the University of Southern California, where he taught and served in administrative posts, the release stated. Kenneth Stinson, a 1964 Notre Dame graduate, parent and member of the board of trustees, will receive a doctor of laws, according to the release. Stinson is chairman emeritus of Peter Kiewit Sons Inc., a large construction firm, the release stated. He earned his graduate degree from Stanford University before serving three years in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps. University Spokesman Dennis Brown said all are welcome to submit nominations for honorary degree recipients to the President’s Office. “We select individuals for honorary degrees who have made significant contributions to society,” Brown said. “They are not selected on the basis of celebrity; some are more well-known than others, but all of them are extraordinarily accomplished in their fields.” Brown said people are selected from various fields, from law, the arts, entertainment, education, the Church, politics, business, media and other areas. University President Fr. John Jenkins makes the final decisions after consulting with Board members and senior leaders of the University, he said. Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three days before the No. 1 sporting event in America was to begin in New Jersey, my 17-year-old son asked me, rather smugly I thought, the obvious question: “Where you watching the Super Bowl, Dad?”So I told him his mother and I were invited to watch it with friends nearby.“Too bad,” he replied. “I’m going to the game.”I was thunderstruck. But he was telling the truth. His friend’s father had just given away four tickets he’d acquired because he was going to be out of state. Each one was listed at $1,500.And so, despite all our advice about getting there early, my son and his three pals—all seniors at Northport High School—boarded a 3 p.m. train in Huntington for the 6:30 p.m. game, knowing they were cutting it close. It didn’t matter.They were able to reach their seats, five rows back from the end zone, an hour before kickoff, having gone through a security checkpoint outside the New Jersey stadium where armed SWAT teams and National Guard stood vigilant. My son said those guns “looked sick.”That’s where this particular group of LI teens ran into their first, and only, long line of the day. Their LIRR train hadn’t been crowded with football fans, although they were more conspicuous as they made the connection to NJ Transit at Penn Station. Strangers were high-fiving each other if their NFL team logos matched, with the typical greeting being, “Go Hawks!”That’s shorthand for the Seattle Seahawks, the No. 1 ranked defensive team in the NFL. They ultimately proved their prowess over the No. 1 ranked offensive team, the Denver Broncos, whose 37-year-old quarterback, Peyton Manning, was no match for the aggressive attack he had to face every time he took the snap.Or even tried to. Within the first seconds, as an omen of the game to come, the Broncos’ center snapped the ball over Manning’s head into the end zone, where a Broncos player landed on it for a safety, putting two points on the board for Seattle. So for a while the Super Bowl score resembled a World Cup soccer match until the Seahawks kicked a three-point field goal. And then they never looked back, until the blowout was over, 43-8.That score almost added up to a price of a Spartan meal for two at the game, with Pepsi (not Coke!) going for $6, $11 for hot chocolate, $14 for a foot-long hotdog, and craft beer for $16 a pop. I’d given my son a fistful of cash and it was barely enough. He didn’t come back with change, but at least he did return with souvenirs.Spectators had been given a bag of swag as they entered the stadium, complete with hand warmers, knit gloves, and a seat cushion, thanks to Pepsi and other corporate sponsors for this most corporate sporting event. The most important item of apparel was a special black wool cap fitted with colored lights that would be digitally activated. An announcer told the fans in the stands when to don their headgear for the half-time show, so they could become part of the scenery when Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed. For those on hand, my son reported the acoustics were great and the special effects were “awesome,” with laser lights dueling like sabers in the darkness, fireworks exploding overhead and the crowd’s own craniums turning red and blue as waves of color swirled around the stadium.In the third quarter a brief rain fell, but it was never uncomfortably cold for those watching the game live outdoors—a big concern in the weeks leading up to it.By half time, only the Broncos were feeling an icy chill in the air. They were outplayed and outgunned, embarrassed actually, despite having a Hall of Fame quarterback like Manning calling the plays. He was never able to light the fire that would have jump-started his team’s comeback.People watching this crushing defeat that bordered on boring—the worst curse of a Super Bowl—wondered how the Broncos might have fared with their ex-quarterback Tim Tebow on the field, since he kept showing up in entertaining cellphone ads and he had more impact on screen than his former teammates did on the gridiron. (Of course, he had no impact when he was a Jet.) I rooted for Peyton because he was the old guy, but I liked Seattle more than Denver because it’s one of my favorite cities in the world. So I couldn’t care less who won but I did want a closer game. But that was not in the cards.For my son and his friends, whose favorite teams did not reach this year’s Super Bowl, it was still a great experience, perhaps a “once in a lifetime” kind.“We were so grateful we got to go,” said Tyler, one of his pals. “Too bad the Broncos sucked.”Yes, it was, but at least those of us watching Super Bowl XLVIII on screen had a relatively amusing selection of high-priced commercials to enjoy. I could’ve used a wardrobe malfunction for added interest but so it goes. There’s always next year.
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The main responsibility of the taskforce is to safeguard China’s political system. “Political security is related to national safety and people’s well-being,” according to the notes.Referencing the fight against coronavirus, the notes said a government can only guarantee its people’s safety if it maintains a stable political environment.The taskforce is part of the “Build a Peaceful China” coordination group set up in April and led by Guo Shengkun, China’s top law enforcement official.It’s launch comes after China’s parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong at the end of June which punishes crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.Hong Kong has been rocked by large, and sometimes violent, pro-democracy protests since mid-2019.The new security laws have been criticized by pro-democracy activists, lawyers and foreign governments who fear it would be used to stifle dissent and undermine freedoms the former British colony was promised when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.The day after the law came into effect, one man was arrested for carrying a Hong Kong independence flag. China has launched a special taskforce to ramp up political policing to maintain social stability, said the official Procuratorial Daily, the latest move to rein in dissent over Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus and protests in Hong Kong.The taskforce should “crack down on all kinds of infiltration, subversion, sabotage, violent terrorist activities, ethnic separatist activities, and extreme religious activities,” according to the undated notes from a meeting of the taskforce published in the paper on Monday.The news of the taskforce came on the same day that a Beijing law professor who has been an outspoken critic of China’s ruling Communist Party and President Xi Jinping was taken away by authorities. Topics :
Mahir farm has sold 15,000 goats, sheep and cows via social media platforms ahead of the festival that starts on Friday, accounting for at least 80% of the season’s profit, Gaffar said.The animals at the farm are also certified as COVID-19 free and undergo daily health checks by a veterinarian, he said.Another farm owner in the area, Ahmad Risyad, said having online sales meant buyers did not have to visit his premises.And for one of his customers, buying livestock this way has clear advantages.”It’s safer to do the transaction online, and it is much cheaper,” said Reza Wibisono, 24, who received a delivery of sheep purchased online for 3.1 million rupiah ($214). As Indonesian Muslims prepare to celebrate the Eid al-Adha festival, farms are seeing a boom in online sales that limit the need for people to visit farms during the pandemic to buy the goats, sheep and cows traditionally sacrificed at this time.Health experts have been concerned about the risks of the coronavirus being spread during religious festivals in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country when people typically gather in mosques and homes, or travel to their home towns.Mahir Farm launched online sales of livestock in 2018 and this year the farm near Bogor, south of the capital Jakarta, has seen sales surge 50% compared to 2019. Topics : “We know that people rarely go out or they are worried about interacting with others during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Azmi Abdul Gaffar, 22, who is one of the farm’s owners.Indonesia has reported more than 100,000 coronavirus cases and over 4,800 fatalities, the highest toll in East Asia.”That’s why this [selling online] is an answer to the problem,” said Gaffar.During Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world traditionally purchase livestock and after slaughter the meat is distributed to poorer members of the community.