Load remaining images This past weekend, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival closed out its 50th annual edition with another four-day weekend of amazing music, food, and NOLA culture.Thursday, May 2nd saw performance on the Fairgrounds by Dumpstaphunk, Ziggy Marley, Mavis Staples, Anders Osborne, Samantha Fish, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Nicholas Payton and The Light Beings, Eric Lindell, Marc Broussard, and Widespread Panic, who welcomed George Porter Jr. during their headlining set at the Acura Stage.Widespread Panic Carries The Torch Into New Orleans’ Legendary Jazz & Heritage Festival [Videos]On Friday, May 3rd, the Jazz Fest crowds were treated to sets by Chris Stapleton, Gladys Knight, Gary Clark Jr., Los Lobos, Kamasi Washington, Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers, Ani DiFranco (who welcomed Ivan Neville for a tune), Sonny Landreth, North Mississippi Allstars, Leo Nocentelli, Papa Mali & Friends, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, and more.Saturday, May 4th featured performances from Pitbull, Diana Ross, Aaron Neville, Galactic, Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, The Soul Rebels, and more in addition to a headlining set from Dave Matthews Band that saw the outfit recruit help from Robert Randolph, Warren Haynes, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.Finally, Sunday, May 5th included performances by Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with the Nevilles, John Fogerty, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, The Radiators, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Cyril Neville’s Swamp Funk, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Kermit Ruffins’ Tribute to Louis Armstrong, and much more.As is the nature of Jazz Fest, it was impossible to catch all the incredible music going on at the Fairgrounds throughout the weekend. However, photographer Adam McCullough captured a broad swath of the performers throughout the festival’s final four days. You can check out a selection of his photos from New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2019 weekend two below.New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival | New Orleans, LA | Weekend 2 | 5/2/19 – 5/5/19 | Photos: Adam McCullough
Fundamental American principles of freedom and justice are at the heart of an unsettling film that was screened at Harvard on May 4.“The Response,” a 30-minute work created by actor, producer, and lawyer Sig Libowitz, is based on transcripts from military tribunals held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, which at one point housed more than 700 people suspected of having links to terrorism. The tribunals were established to determine whether detainees had been correctly classified as “enemy combatants.”In the film, Aasif Mandvi, an actor known largely for his comic work on “The Daily Show,” gives a disturbing performance as a man held for four years because of suspected connections to the terrorist group al-Qaeda. Tight camera shots of Mandvi’s face add to the drama of a tense courtroom scene as he pleads his innocence before three military officials who repeatedly question him about evidence he is forbidden to see.The officials deliberate Mandvi’s fate in the following scene. A heated exchange between two of the three military officers, a Colonel Simms, played by Kate Mulgrew, and a Colonel Jefferson, played by Peter Riegert, highlights the film’s underlying dilemma.“Are you willing to keep him locked up based on suspect evidence he can’t even hear? If we are fighting an ideological war, shouldn’t we be holding on to an idea worth fighting for, say, like the Constitution on the rule of law?” Jefferson asks.Wary of letting a potential terrorist walk away, Simms responds, “We are compelled to make the best decision we can under the laws we were given. Obviously it’s not a perfect solution.”It is left to Libowitz, a conflicted Captain Miller, to cast the deciding vote. The film ends, and it’s left to the audience to decide which choice he makes.The screening at Boylston Hall’s Fong Auditorium and following panel discussion were sponsored by the Humanities Center at Harvard.The status of such detainees is “troublesome from the human rights perspective,” said Jacqueline Bhabha, executive director of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies and the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law, who moderated the panel.The film, said Bhabha, reveals how a complex situation can fall “prey to prejudice and emotion,” in the absence of any clear rules.At the heart of “The Response” are profound questions about the U.S. justice system in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. With its narrative, the film asks its audience to consider what course of action is fair and just during a war on terror; what kinds of restrictions to civil liberties and human rights are acceptable when it comes to national security; and if information gained during interrogations involving torture can be considered reliable.It was at the University of Maryland School of Law, where Libowitz was taking a class on homeland security and the law of counterterrorism, that he first read the military transcripts that took his breath away.“I just knew I had to learn more,” he, said, adding that as he dug into the research he also quickly realized “there was a film there.”Upon completing the film, Riegert said he understood how much he took his freedoms and the American system of law for granted.“I have come to appreciate how little I investigated what American law is and how crucial habeas corpus is to the definition” of the United States.The question of whether or not to give the detainees habeas corpus — a legal standing allowing a detainee to appear in court before a judge to determine whether he or she has been lawfully imprisoned — has become a dizzying juggling act among the Congress, the Supreme Court, and the sitting president since detainees first were sent to the camp in 2002. Ultimately, a 2008 Supreme Court ruling held that the Guantanamo Bay detainees should be granted access to the U.S. judicial system.“Stage one was no process, stage two was the sort of kangaroo proceeding that you saw [in the film], stage three is habeas corpus judicial review proceedings in Washington, D.C., before independent federal judges,” said panelist David Cole, professor of law at Georgetown University.Of the 40 or so such cases that have reached conclusion in the third stage, 75 percent of the time the judges have ruled there is “insufficient evidence to conclude that these individuals are enemy combatants and have ordered them released,” said Cole.“That’s a pretty remarkable statistic,” Cole added, arguing that the convoluted process involving the detainees has resulted in two major costs for the United States.The first, he said, as depicted in the film, is the cost of torture.“When you employ coercive tactics to get information from people, as we did at Guantanamo, you taint that information forevermore.”Cole said the second cost was the approach, taken by the Bush administration, that “going forward, the law will play no part in what you do.”He called the film “critically important” in helping the American people examine whether the last eight years reflected tough, justifiable decisions, or illegal, immoral actions.Panelist Noah Feldman said the film can’t be considered a tragedy in the classic sense because it “sets up a possibility of a structure of horror followed by resolution,” where American systems of justice (or in this case Libowitz’s character, Captain Miller) do the right thing. But the picture in the real world, he said, makes him decidedly more nervous.“My nervousness in the real world,” said Feldman, who is Harvard Law School’s Bemis Professor of International Law, “is about the question of what’s next?”Even if President Barack Obama is able to keep his campaign promise and close Guantanamo, “We are still stuck with the problem of what to do with people who allegedly … are connected to an organization or set of organizations that see themselves more or less at war with the United States,” said Feldman.For Libowitz, the film, which has screened at college campuses, the Pentagon, and the Department of Justice, asks audiences to ponder how to find a balance between national security and civil liberties.“Where we decide we are — what that balance point is — is who we are as a country. I think that is something that everyone has to answer.”
Reigning Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks begin training camp in the Compton Family Ice Arena on Thursday and will host public practices Saturday and Sunday, with a special student event Friday. Tom Nevala, general manager of the Compton Family Ice Arena, said Blackhawks’ General Manager Stan Bowman, a 1995 Notre Dame alumnus, wanted to bring the team to his alma mater to build community. “[Bowman] just happened to be in the area last February … and suggested that they might want to come to campus for training camp if we could work that out,” Nevala said. “They liked the idea of getting their guys all together to do a little team unity exercise instead of operating from their individual homes in Chicago and just coming to the United Center. They thought to spend a few days on campus with a facility like we have here would be a great way to start their next year.” Nevala said the Blackhawks would take advantage of Compton’s many amenities during training camp. “They’re bringing 60 players here so you have to have the locker space for 60 guys, and I think we were able to provide that compared to what they might be used to [at the United Center],” he said. “I think the opportunity to use both rinks [will be helpful] … Maybe they’re going to run practice on one side and the scrimmages that they’ve been advertising in the main arena.” During training camp, the Blackhawks will split up into three different teams and play two scrimmages a day, he said. The Blackhawks are also looking forward to experiencing Notre Dame’s campus for a few days, Nevala said. “I think they just like being in the campus environment, with Eddy Street [Commons] available,” he said. “They’re staying at the Morris Inn. I’m sure they’ll probably go play golf one day and we’re going to try to get them to football practice.” Blackhawks players will also attend a team dinner with the Notre Dame hockey squad Friday, Nevala said. Nevala said it was the Blackhawks’ idea to sell public tickets to Saturday and Sunday’s practices, which are currently sold out. However, Notre Dame was adamant about doing something special for its students, he said. “All along we were hoping we could do something unique for our students while [the Blackhawks] were here,” he said. “We said, ‘Well, how about we do a day with the students when you aren’t selling tickets,’ and it’ll be a unique opportunity for Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students to get in and see them scrimmage if they have time during their lunch break or something. We don’t want anybody skipping class, now.” Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students can attend the Blackhawks’ practice for free Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in the Compton Family Ice Arena with a valid student ID. Nevala said he hopes the Blackhawks cap off their visit to Notre Dame by bringing the Stanley Cup to campus. “We’re hopeful that the Stanley Cup might be on campus at some point during this visit,” he said. “I literally don’t know how long it would be here if it’s going to be here. We’re hopeful it makes its second visit because Stan did bring it here in 2010. After they won the Stanley Cup that year, he used his day with the cup to bring it to campus for the Notre Dame vs. Stanford football game. We’re hopeful it comes again.” Nevala said he hopes the Blackhawks decide to return again next year. “We hope [the Blackhawks] enjoy their time in South Bend and on campus, and maybe they’ll decide this is a good way to start their year again in the future,” he said.
Along with Cerveris (Assassins) as Angel Rick, Osnes (Cinderella) as Margaret and Newman, the production’s cast will also include Isaiah Johnson (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Lord, Vonda Shepard (TV’s Ally McBeal) as Martha, Brooklyn Shuck as Angel Child, Tony Vincent (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Henry Faust and Broadway Inspirational Voices. Tony winner Michael Cerveris and Tony nominee Laura Osnes will star for one-night-only in Encores! Off-Center’s Randy Newman’s Faust. As previously reported, Grammy, Oscar and Emmy award winner Newman will play the Devil in the concert at the New York City Center’s Mainstage on July 1. The show will be directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Marcos Santana. Laura Osnes Michael Cerveris View Comments A darkly comic modern-day take on the Faust story, Randy Newman’s Faust was first seen in 1993. In Newman’s retelling, God and the Devil fight for the soul of Henry Faust, a student at the University of Notre Dame. The musical played at both San Diego’s La Jolia Playhouse and Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, as well as being released as an album with Newman as the Devil, James Taylor as Lord, Don Henley as Henry Faust, Elton John as Angel Rick, Linda Ronstadt as Margaret and Bonnie Raitt as Martha. Star Files
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dave Lacroix David Lacroix is the Project Manager for Credit Union Financial Exchange (CUFX). Contact him to learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org Web: cufxstandards.com Details As technology continues to revolutionize the way members interact with their credit unions, most credit unions remain hard-pressed to keep pace without breaking their budgets.A major source of stress that hinders a credit union’s success is the cost and complexity of core integrations. When each new application requires its own customized implementation into core systems, it creates a significant amount of unnecessary work. Multiplied for each application that needs to be integrated separately, the result is hundreds of hours and other resources needlessly spent.A change in perspectiveInstead of thinking of proprietary core integrations as a problem we have no control over, consider it as a tremendous opportunity to unleash the true potential of credit union value and promote the success of members. “One of the biggest pain points, one of the most expensive things that we do, and one of the things that delays our speed to market, is integrating different software, says Jeff Johnson, chief information officer at BCU. Most of information exchanged in the industry is the same, just organized differently with slightly different naming. The differentiation needed by core providers’ only accounts for 1%-2% of all content. By working together on core integrations, non-valued costs and complexity can be reduced by 98%, and still ensure product and service differentiation of cores. Take control of your system integrationThe technical barriers brought on by proprietary core integrations are a widespread problem for technology service providers and credit unions. An industry enabling initiative led by CUNA Technology Council, Credit Union Financial Exchange (CUFX), is a no-cost, vendor agnostic standard designed specifically to support core and 3rd party integrations to credit unions. Join the growing movement of cores, 3rd party vendors and credit unions using CUFX to enable competive advantage and advance member value. Ask to use CUFX in your next core integration effort and unleash your true potential.
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(WBNG) — New York State is offering rent assistance to help those who have lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic. To apply, you can find the online application at this link. A paper application is available here. New York State residentMedian income must have been below 80 percent of area median income prior to March 1, 2020. Find out that information here.Household must be “rent burdened”, meaning 30 percent or more of the gross monthly income is paid toward rent. You must have lost income between April 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020. New York State will require supplemental information to prove wages were lost during the required time frame. Eligible households must meet the following criteria: The application is open for two weeks from July 16. If you qualify, New York State will provide up to four months of rent.
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Thomas Partey is one of Arsenal’s top transfer targets (Getty Images)Arsenal have been given hope in their pursuit of Thomas Partey as Atletico Madrid are lining up Espanyol’s Marc Roca as the midfielder’s replacement, according to reports in Spain.Mikel Arteta is keen to reinforce his midfield options by adding Partey to his squad this summer.But Atletico have stood firm over the 27-year-old’s availability and will only sell him if his €50m (£43m) release clause is activated.According to Marca, Atletico are in the market for a new midfielder and did consider Ivan Rakitic before he re-joined Sevilla from Barcelona last week.ADVERTISEMENTThe report now claims that Atletico are targeting Roca but the move is dependant on whether Partey is sold this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementAtletico have already rejected Arsenal’s offer of Matteo Guendouzi plus £22.7m in exchange for Partey earlier this summer. Comment Advertisement Arsenal given hope in Thomas Partey transfer as Atletico Madrid target Marc Roja as replacement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 7 Sep 2020 11:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.3kShares Atletico Madrid want Espanyol’s Marc Roca if Thomas Partey leaves the club (Getty Images)It’s also understood that Partey is keen on joining Arsenal before the end of the transfer window but he will not force a move away from Atletico.Atletico, however, have failed to reach an agreement with Partey over a new contract as the Spanish club are keen to increase the midfielder’s release clause.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMeanwhile, Partey was advised by Ghana coach CK Akonnor to turn down a move to Arsenal last month‘Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football. His position is guaranteed and he will always play,’ Akonnor told Starr FM.‘With Arsenal, I’m not too sure. Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying he should not join them].‘I hope that, and I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.