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LCD Soundsystem Announces Late-Night Lollapalooza Shows

first_imgLCD Soundsystem is showing no signs of slowing up, as the recently reunited act has announced two more club shows surrounding their Lollapalooza appearance on Sunday, July 31st. The group will play Chicago’s Metro on July 29th and 30th. The 1,100-capacity club shows, which sold out in mere minutes after being announced, will feature paperless tickets in order to avoid scalpers.Visit Metro’s website here for more information about the shows.last_img

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Listen To A Classic 3-Set Phish Show At Nectar’s From 30 Years Ago Today [Audio]

first_imgAs Phish worked their way from a Vermont novelty to national sensation, one venue played a pivotal role in this transformation. Nestled in Burlington, VT, a small club called Nectar’s gave the jam group a stage for their wild antics on a regular basis. The band’s gathering grew with each passing performance, garnering a word-of-mouth following that you just had to see to believe. After 35 years of playing together, the word “Phish” has been uttered by quite a lot of mouths.The show played on this date in 1988 was typical for Phish at the time, mixing some of their original music with choice covers like Allman Brothers Band’s “Whipping Post” and ZZ Top’s “La Grange.” Tons of the band’s classic original songs were already in the mix, including “The Curtain With”, “Alumni Blues”, “Golgi Apparatus”, “Fluffhead”, “The Sloth”, “Fee”, and more.The third set (yes—three whole sets!) opened with the calypso vibes of “Ya Mar”, which led the band to welcome reggae vocalist Jah Roy to the stage for a light-hearted patois improv “Jam” that heavily incorporated the band’s name. They even managed to work in a “Harpua” before closing out the show with “Run Like An Antelope”.Thankfully, a master recording of the night is available for us all to enjoy. Tune in below, transferred by Jimmy Sellers, remastered by Ben Mohr, and uploaded to YouTube by fromtheaquarium:Phish – 5/24/88 – Nectar’sSetlist: Phish | Nectar’s | Burlington, VT | 5/24/88Set 1: The Curtain With, Rocky Top, Funky Bitch, Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues, Peaches en Regalia, Golgi Apparatus, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, Suzy Greenberg, FireSet 2: Jesus Just Left Chicago, Fluffhead > Whipping PostSet 3: Ya Mar[1] -> Jam[1] > Halley’s Comet[2] > The Sloth, I Didn’t Know[3], La Grange, Fee, I Know a Little, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Corinna, Harpua, Run Like an Antelope[1] Jah Roy on vocals.[2] Richard Wright on vocals.[3] Richard Wright on drums, Fish on trombone.Notes: Ya Mar and the ensuing jam featured vocals from Jah Roy; the jam contained One Love quotes from Jah Roy and Trey. Halley’s Comet featured vocals from Richard Wright. I Didn’t Know featured Wright on drums and Fish on trombone. BBFCFM contained Flintstones theme teases from Trey. The master recordings confirm this listing as the correct performance order. Many recordings of this show circulate with an incorrect song order, an incorrect date (May 25, 1988) and an incorrect venue (Ian’s Farm, Hebron, NY)last_img read more

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Heroes, day by day

first_imgFamed actors, scholars, politicians, and musicians are among the many luminaries who have joined Harvard President Drew Faust on the Sanders Theatre stage. “But I have never been in better company,” Faust told an enthusiastic crowd on Thursday as she introduced Harvard’s 2013 Harvard Heroes, including a speedy cafeteria checker, a revolutionary library cataloger, a development rockstar, and a digital pioneer.The festive ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of men and women from across the University, unsung contributors who are nominated by their peers for their exceptional efforts and service to Harvard. The honorees form an eclectic and selective group; they represent only one-half of 1 percent of the Harvard staff, and are recognized for a range of criteria, including the ability to adapt to change, foster a culture of diversity and inclusion, lead, innovate, and demonstrate caring for others.“Thank you, Harvard Heroes, for your dedication to supporting and advancing the University’s mission of teaching and research. Each of you is committed to personal excellence and collective success, giving your best effort week after week, year after year, and — for some of you — decade after decade,” said Faust.Members of the Harvard community, friends, and families filled the hall to hoot and holler, clap and cheer for the 60 honorees whose talents and accomplishments are as diverse as the Harvard Schools and departments they represent.Timothy Collins, a maintenance technician at Harvard Medical School, keeps the campus’s low- and high-pressure boilers running smoothly, and also helps his colleagues “let off steam” by leading them in jiujitsu classes. In her role as communications manager at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Meghan Sandberg helps to produce and distribute Harvard Design Magazine and is always “eager to help others,” said Faust. Custodial crew chief Michel Montimer “finishes tasks in a flash,” noted Faust, as part of his work for Harvard Campus Services.It’s the second season that the 18-year-old program has been University-wide but the first time it has honored those who help keep Harvard green. Ten women and men from across Harvard also were recognized for their efforts to improve Harvard’s environmental sustainability.“The incorporation of Green Heroes into the Harvard Heroes program is an exciting step forward in further embedding sustainability throughout the University,” said Heather Henriksen, director of the Harvard Office for Sustainability. “This new partnership with HR leaders is also a natural fit because our Green Heroes demonstrate many of the core attributes of a Harvard Hero in the way they act as environmental leaders in their workplace by strengthening community, promoting One Harvard collaboration, and inspiring others to innovate and act for change to benefit the University’s mission.”As a Green Hero, Jen Doleva, endowment, gift, and chart of accounts administrator, saved paper and money at the Harvard School of Public Health, encouraging her colleagues to compost, recycle, and take the stairs. “It isn’t easy being green,” Faust said, “but you make it easier.” Another Green Hero, Michael Goodwin, assistant director of operations at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, helped to introduce local foods at the Gutman Library café and partnered with the School’s Green Team to launch a composting program.Gail Collmann Griffin flexes her green thumb as the director of gardens and grounds at Harvard’s Dumbarton Oaks, helping it to flourish and making one of the University’s most “breathtaking resources” more accessible and sustainable, said Faust.One hero was deemed an MVP for keeping members of the Harvard community moving, literally. “You are … a clutch contributor season after season,” said Faust of Patricia Henry, senior associate director of athletics, who works closely with Harvard’s varsity teams and intramural and recreational programs.Some heroes braved the elements to get their jobs done. Gale-force winds didn’t stop Paraison Francois, building services assistant at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, when it came to keeping some of the University’s buildings in shape. Faust called his arrival at work during last year’s Hurricane Sandy and blizzard Nemo “a testament to your diligence and dedication.” In the words of his nominator, read Faust, “It is people like [you] who really make Radcliffe and Harvard a great place to work.”Harvard Executive Vice President Katie Lapp opened the event and introduced a brief video tribute honoring another group of Harvard Heroes, members of the University community who made “innumerable contributions” during the Boston Marathon bombings and the days that followed. We were moved, said Lapp, “by the many acts of bravery and generosity in the face of fear.”What makes the event so special, say its organizers, is the opportunity if affords Harvard staff members to honor their peers. The fact that the number of nominees doubled from last year, said Mary Ann O’Brien, director of planning and program management for Harvard Human Resources, is a sign of the recognition program’s broad appeal.“It’s a chance for Harvard employees to call out the accomplishments of their co-workers, especially when that contribution may not be easily visible to managers,” said O’Brien. As Harvard becomes less decentralized and more interdependent, she added, “People really need to rely on each other to get work done, and they really appreciate it when co-workers go above and beyond to collaborate, support them, provide great service, and make everyday work easier.”Attendees enjoyed live music and summery treats such as watermelon, gazpacho, and macaroni and cheese at a post-ceremony reception in Annenberg Hall. Amid a rush of warm wishes and hugs from family and friends, Bridget Duffy, honored for her work as an administrative coordinator in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, reflected on the importance of the event.“You are seeing a lot of people who are behind the scenes, doing things like being more green, or supporting people, not just doing the work, but doing the work well and caring about the community and the University as a whole.”The comments of Marilyn Hausammann, Harvard’s vice president for human resources, during the ceremony echoed those sentiments. “It is my hope that all of you, family members, friends, colleagues, managers, University leaders,” Hausammann said, “will be as inspired as we are to work beside these folks in Harvard’s world-changing mission.”“I am just grateful,” Duffy said of her award. “I love Harvard, and I am just really grateful to be here every day.”last_img read more

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Guatemala and Mexico Update Border Security Strategy

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo January 12, 2018 In the fourth quarter of 2017, representatives of the Guatemalan and Mexican Armed Forces held the fourth Local Meeting of Border Commanders at the headquarters of the Mexican Army’s 36th Military Zone in Tapachula, Chiapas. Commanders planned the joint mission to reinforce security operations against transnational organized crime along the two nations’ border. “We seek to receive ongoing feedback through the review, coordination, planning, and joint efforts between both militaries,” said to Diálogo Guatemalan Army Colonel Carlos Arnoldo Álvarez Valdez, commander of the Mountain Operations Brigade. “[We want] to minimize the impact of these common threats on people in both countries through periodic meetings in which the successes of our joint operations can also be made public.” Through prior coordination with the appropriate authorities in their respective countries, military leaders manage operations for Guatemalan and Mexican personnel to cross the sea border, when pursuing a suspicious target or one close to the neighboring country’s border. Attendees pledged to improve existing security protocols and increase military units’ capacities to deal with border issues. “Border commanders from the Guatemalan and Mexican armies, navies, and air forces planned a strategy for land, air, and sea patrols that both countries will roll out in the coming months,” Guatemalan Army Brigadier General Walter Orlando Sánchez López, commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade, told Diálogo. “We updated our communications procedures to coordinate more quickly and effectively.” According to Brig. Gen. Sánchez and Col. Álvarez, Mexico’s border is vulnerable, given its highly porous nature. Such porosity enables a continuous flow of criminal activities, like narcotrafficking, arms trafficking, human trafficking, and contraband. “It’s a factor that limits the ability of our armed forces and law enforcement to operate,” Col. Álvarez said. “These kinds of face-to-face meetings give us the opportunity to go further as a nation and region. The agreements reached concern the efforts the Guatemalan government makes in the Northern Triangle, along with El Salvador and Honduras,” Brig. Gen. Sánchez explained. “These threats affect us all. Our work needs to be combined to have strategic coverage.” According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Guatemala is a transit route for South American cocaine and heroin headed for the United States. The report indicates that Mexico is the main transit country and distribution source for illegal narcotics bound for the United States. “It’s worth noting Mexican cartels move into our territory to control logistics routes to smuggle drugs northward,” Col. Álvarez said. “They also exert pressure to maintain control over society and encourage acts that limit the state’s presence and make the area ungovernable.” Substantial advances Within the framework of the agreements reached, Guatemalan service members highlighted the advances made in the area of security in their shared border zone. “The relationship with the Mexican Armed Forces’ high command is a resounding success. It [the high command] makes decisions to coordinate operations, intelligence information or our counterintelligence relationships, and our own needs,” Brig. Gen. Sánchez said. Each of the Guatemalan and Mexican military forces has 18 contact patrols that meet at designated points along the border and walk together through a predetermined sector to conduct surveillance and law enforcement operations. In 2017, the patrols paved the way for approximately 1,500 support operations by the Guatemalan Army in the border area. “Among the most substantial advances, the presence of soldiers in areas on the Guatemalan side of the border where there was no government services since the country’s internal armed conflict, stands out,” Col. Álvarez said. “Coming back to reincorporate into the community and support our people—with all the affection, appreciation, and compliments of the population for our troops—is an invaluable achievement,” Brig. Gen. Sánchez added. Strict surveillance In these strategic operations against criminal organizations, Guatemala brought in additional personnel from the Tecún Umán Interagency Task Force, established in mid-2013 to bolster surveillance and security operations and step up the interdiction of shipments passing through the border region. Guatemala’s Special Naval Force also conducted operations in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in support of these security operations. “Our oceans, rivers, and roads are key to shipping narcotics northward across the continent. That’s why it’s necessary to maintain a strict coordinated surveillance,” Brig. Gen. Sánchez said. “Transnational organized crime has its own resources and manages its own information. They know we’re after them, that we’re denying them freedom of action, and that we have coordinated border security operations at the national, bi-national, and regional levels.” For the Guatemalan Armed Forces, it’s important to operate in accordance with established protocols and procedures. “Always based on our laws and regulations and respect for human rights. We feel proud of our work and our contribution to peace not only in the region but also for the security of all Latin Americans,” Brig. Gen. Sánchez concluded. The border commanders’ next meeting will be held in the first quarter of 2018, in Guatemala.last_img read more

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Marguerite Littman, the Inspiration for Holly Golightly, Dies at 90

first_img“She wove legends while you were with her,” said Ben Brantley, the former chief theater critic for The New York Times and a longtime friend. “I remember someone saying you can’t take her seriously, but there was such seriousness in her frivolity. It was an existential choice.“If you were sick, she was there,” Mr. Brantley continued. “She didn’t push darkness into a corner. She once said relationships should be ‘as light as a butterfly, a pale, pale shade of beige.’ Life was somber enough.”In 1986, at the peak of the AIDS epidemic, Ms. Littman, who was then living in London, wrote to 100 friends asking them each to contribute 100 pounds to become a founding member of what would become the AIDS Charitable Trust, a powerhouse of fund-raising in Britain for more than a decade. Those famous friends all kicked in, and would continue to do so.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – One bonanza was the sale of “Hockney’s Alphabet,” with letters drawn by the artist and essays by authors like Iris Murdoch, Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro, edited by the poet Stephen Spender. (Mr. Vidal, writing about the letter E, began his essay with typical acidity, “I never liked the look of E. …”)And just before her death in 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, long a supporter of AIDS organizations, donated her wardrobe to be sold at an auction to benefit the trust, among other charities. It raised more than $3 million. In 1999, Ms. Littman stepped back from the trust, and it was rolled into the Elton John AIDS Foundation.“Marguerite was a true vanguard in the war on H.I.V./AIDS,” Mr. John and David Furnish, the organization’s chairman, wrote in an email. “In the ’80s, people dying of AIDS were treated like lepers — shunned from society because of fear, ignorance and bigotry. With her customary wit and indefatigable life force, Marguerite steamrollered in where others feared to tread and raised millions.”Marguerite Lamkin was born on May 4, 1930, in Monroe, La. Her father, Ebenezer Tyler Lamkin II, known as Ebb, was a prominent lawyer. Her mother, Eugenia Layton (Speed) Lamkin, known as Layton, was a homemaker.Marguerite studied philosophy at Newcomb, a women’s college that is now part of Tulane University in New Orleans, before attending Finch College in New York City. When her brother, Hillyer Speed Lamkin, a playwright and novelist, headed to Los Angeles with a contract from the producer Jerry Wald, she followed him. Marguerite Littman, a honey-voiced Louisianian and literary muse who taught Hollywood to speak Southern, but who left her most enduring legacy as an early force in the fight against AIDS, died on Oct. 16 at her home in London. She was 90.Peter Eyre, a longtime friend, confirmed the death. He said she had been ill for some time.- Advertisement – Mr. Wald, she told Ms. Horyn of The Times, thought she looked like a young Susan Hayward, and sent her to a vocal coach to erase her accent. When that exercise failed, she became a coach herself, stretching the vowels of Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”She was briefly married to Harry Brown, a screenwriter and a friend of her brother’s who was said to be an alcoholic. When he threatened her with a gun one night, she fled to Mr. Isherwood and Mr. Bachardy’s house, saying she was going out for lamb chops, and never came back. Another brief marriage, to Rory Harrity, an actor, ended in divorce. By that point, Ms. Littman had moved to New York City and was working for Glamour magazine as an advice columnist.She also worked for the photographer Richard Avedon as an all-around fixer, cajoler and aide-de-camp when he was putting together “Nothing Personal” (1964), his searing portfolio of American identity, with his high school friend James Baldwin. The book’s portraits of civil rights workers, segregationists, children of slaves, Daughters of the American Revolution and lunatic asylum inmates offered a startling collision of humanity, and Ms. Littman’s overwhelming charm and persistence helped Mr. Avedon secure most of them. Yet, Ms. Horyn recalled in a phone interview, “She was always comfortable in her skin, comfortable in the places she landed. She could navigate in a lot of circles and not boast about it. I don’t think she had anything to prove. For all her zest, there was a seriousness about her. She had missions to accomplish.”In 1965, Ms. Littman married Mark Littman, a British barrister, and they settled in a house on Chester Square in London, the Belgravia neighborhood that has also been home to Margaret Thatcher and Mick Jagger. There Ms. Littman gave what became storied lunch parties that began with Champagne laced with orange liqueur, moved onto jambalaya made with apricot jam and ended with a nap. “It was great for starving artists,” the Swedish photographer Eric Boman said.Her house “was like a fantasy world, with all these paintings by Hockney,” Mr. Eyre said. “You could say she was sort of fantastic herself. A fantasist. Her mind and her memory and her accent. Her husband said to me one day, ‘Do you find Marguerite’s accent has gotten heavier?’”Ms. Littman’s brother died in 2011, and Mr. Littman died in 2015. She leaves no immediate survivors.“I would say Marguerite had many talents and did many things, but her greatest achievement was her AIDS advocacy,” said Ms. Blair, whose decades-long friendship with Ms. Littman deepened through their AIDS work. “I would also say she was someone, how shall I put it, who lingered in people’s minds.” “She rang me in the morning,” Ms. Littman told Cathy Horyn of The New York Times in 1999, when she was honored for her AIDS philanthropy by the Harvard AIDS Institute alongside the boldfaced names Judith Peabody and Deeda Blair. “She said: ‘I have a wonderful idea. I’m going to give you all of my dresses.’ I didn’t know quite what that meant. I thought, Oh, God, do I dress that badly?” “Nobody could resist her,” said Neil Selkirk, a photographer and filmmaker who interviewed Ms. Littman for a documentary about Marvin Israel, the painter and art director who designed “Nothing Personal.” “She also knew everyone. She knew the head of the asylum.” She also knew the terrifying Democratic Party boss and segregationist Leander Perez — whom Mr. Avedon captured pumped up with aggression, teeth clamped on a fat cigar — because he had shot pigeons with her uncle.They received death threats on their Southern tour. “We’d been run out of every town in Louisiana,” Ms. Littman told Mr. Selkirk. “We were scared the whole time.” – Advertisement – By all accounts hypnotically charming, Ms. Littman, who landed in Los Angeles at midcentury, counted among her closest friends the writer Christopher Isherwood and his partner, the artist Don Bachardy, as well as Gore Vidal, David Hockney and, famously, Truman Capote, who is said to have distilled that charm into his most famous character, Holly Golightly of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”“She was a rarefied creature — generous, restless,” the Irish novelist and memoirist Edna O’Brien wrote in an email, adding, “She was like a character in fiction.”An oft-told story about Ms. Littman goes like this: Mr. Capote and Ms. Littman were sitting at the pool at Cipriani’s in Venice in the late 1970s when Ms. Littman pointed out an extremely thin woman. “That is anorexia nervosa,” she declared. And Mr. Capote replied, “Oh Marguerite, you know everybody.”last_img read more

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Novel Baswedan receives anticorruption award in Malaysia

first_imgA Malaysia-based foundation called the Perdana International Anti-Corruption Champion Fund (PIACCF) has bestowed an award on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan.The award ceremony on Tuesday evening also marked the launch of the new foundation, which sees itself as a support system for anticorruption officials who are intimidated, criminalized or threatened in carrying out their duties.Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad presented the accolade to Novel and to the late Malaysian deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais – who was represented by his brother Richard – for their contributions to fighting corruption. Morais was abducted and murdered in 2015 while investigating a corruption case.Meanwhile, Novel had acid thrown into his face by two attackers in 2017, severely injuring his eyes.“I want to say thank you for the attention, support and award given by this international foundation,” Novel said after receiving the award, as quoted by news agency Anatara.“Just now we talked about the threats and risks that people who fight to eradicate corruption face. But when the world pays attention, it is no longer just the domain of each country, which I hope can provide new strength for everyone who chooses to fight corruption,” Novel said. KPK worker’s union head Yudi Purnomo Harahap said the KPK was proud of the award Novel had received. “[Eradicating corruption] is very risky, because fighting against corrupt officials is not an easy struggle. Those who commit graft often have a lot of money, connections, power and authority,” Yudi said. “Novel has dedicated the award to everyone involved in eradicating corruption in Indonesia.” (hol)Topics :last_img read more

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Indonesia records another single-day high in new COVID-19 cases

first_imgJakarta saw the highest number of new cases with 760, followed by East Java with 367 and East Kalimantan with 206.National COVID-19 Task Force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said that three of Jakarta’s municipalities in Jakarta remained “red zones” in the past four weeks, and showed no signs of improvement.“West Jakarta, Central Jakarta and North Jakarta recorded continuously increasing numbers of cases […] Residents must put more effort into implementing health protocols to contain the disease transmission,” Wiku said in a press conference on Thursday afternoon.But despite the deteriorating situation, the task force has given the green light for city authorities to reopen movie theaters.“We will prepare the complete regulation soon, which will include every aspect pertaining to health protocol implementation, following the task force’s recommendations,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Wednesday.Wiku said that reopening movie theaters would contribute to public health “because people’s immunity can increase if they are happy.”Topics : The Health Ministry confirmed 2,719 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, another new one-day high. The new cases bring the official count of cases nationwide to 162,884.Thursday’s death toll of 120 was also the third-highest daily increase recorded since the outbreak began in March.last_img read more

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Manchester United’s Rashford apologises to fans after Spurs thrashing

first_img“First and foremost I’m a United fan. This is my club. I’m so proud to wear this shirt but there are no excuses, it’s just not good enough and to every single fan around the world that tuned in today, I’m just so sorry,” Rashford tweeted.”You deserve so much better than that. I would have stayed away from social media tonight but you deserve to hear from me during the highs and the lows, there is no hiding.”I feel horrible but I promise you we will do better.”Defender Luke Shaw said the result was “embarrassing” and that the players had to take more responsibility. Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has apologised to the club’s supporters following their 6-1 hammering by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.Spurs’ Son Heung-min and Harry Kane each scored twice as manager Jose Mourinho celebrated a victorious return to the club which sacked him 22 months ago.The result at Old Trafford equalled United’s worst defeat in the Premier League era. They were previously beaten 6-1 by local rivals Manchester City in October 2011. “A club like United shouldn’t be losing, but losing in this way … it really hurts and it is kind of embarrassing because I feel like we have let a lot of people down today who were watching at home,” Shaw told Sky Sports.”We’re the players on the pitch and we need to have very high standards. The players we have, have quality but it hasn’t been showing.”We need to look at ourselves in the mirror as individuals but as a team … we’re nowhere near it at the moment.”United visit Newcastle United in the league on Oct. 17 after the international break.Topics :last_img read more

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Weekly Update: Advocating for Criminal Justice Reform, Creating Jobs, and Promoting STEM Education for Women

first_imgWeekly Update: Advocating for Criminal Justice Reform, Creating Jobs, and Promoting STEM Education for Women The Blog,  Weekly Update STEM Education for WomenLast Monday, First Lady Frances Wolf hosted a roundtable at the Governor’s Residence to discuss how to promote the engagement and success of young girls in computer science and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. The First Lady was joined by educators, government officials, community members, and business leaders to focus on how to increase participation of girl and young women in STEM.“Last year, twice as many boys took computer sciences courses than girls, yet over the next 10 years, 71 percent of new jobs will require computer science skills,” the First Lady said. “It is important that we bring those who are on the front lines of this work to the table to look at the barriers to girls and young women entering STEM education programs and careers, and what we can do to reverse this trend.”Furthering his administration’s support for Pennsylvania’s women, Governor Wolf declared April 10, 2018, Equal Pay Day in the commonwealth on Tuesday. April 10th marked how far into the year women had to work to earn the same as men earned in 2017.Jobs that PayLast week, Governor Wolf continued his commitment to Jobs that Pay by announcing Pennsylvania Cherry LLC’s plan to establish operations in Mercersburg Borough, Franklin county, creating more than 40 new Pennsylvania jobs. On Friday, he announced that Bell & Evans will expand in Bethel Township, Lebanon county, bringing more than 1,000 new jobs and supporting the operations of 3,000 Pennsylvania farms.Independent Redistricting CommissionGovernor Wolf released a statement on Wednesday, stating his opposition to the House State Government Committee Republican majority’s attempt to gut and replace House Bill 722.“This is partisan politics at its worst and it shows a flippant disregard for thousands of citizens that have spoken in favor of independent redistricting and ending gerrymandering.After the last few months, it should be clear that the solution to our broken redistricting system is not putting more power in the hands of partisan politicians. This is wrong, and it is an affront to our democracy. I urge the full House to reject this partisan political power play and demand a vote on a truly independent redistricting commission.”GrandfamiliesOn Tuesday, Governor Wolf supported both state and federal proposals to aid grandparents who have assumed sole care-giving responsibilities for their grandchildren, especially those affected by the opioid epidemic. The legislative proposals backed by the governor include those by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne and Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks, and U.S. Senator Bob Casey’s federal legislation, which passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate and is now in the U.S. House. These bills would help ensure that grandparents have access to all the services possible to help them with their duties as caregivers and guardians.Criminal Justice Reform The governor joined with Senator Greenleaf and Secretary John Wetzel on Thursday to outline a package of eight criminal justice reforms. These reforms are long overdue and will help to provide consistency and uniformity in the system.“The debate about how we can fix our criminal justice system is complicated, and over time that debate has changed to reflect the modern realities and issues present in our system,” Governor Wolf said. “I believe that we can improve the criminal justice system, so that we can protect victims while also ending a cycle of incarceration that has left so many people feeling trapped, helpless and without an opportunity to return to society after they have been released.”For a list of proposed reforms, click here.Governor Wolf’s Week, April 8–14, 2018Monday, 4/9/18Shorter Standardized Tests Begin This Week for Many Pennsylvania StudentsFirst Lady Frances Wolf Hosts Girls and Women in STEM Roundtable Discussion at the Governor’s ResidenceTuesday, 4/10/18Governor Wolf Proclaims Equal Pay Day in PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Cherry to Create 42 New Jobs in Franklin CountyGovernor Wolf Backs Bipartisan Bills to Help ‘Grandfamilies’ Affected by Opioid CrisisGovernor Wolf Announces Grant Approval to Robert Morris University through Manufacturing PA Initiative to Strengthen Pennsylvania’s WorkforceEqual Pay Day, 2018Wednesday, 4/11/18Governor Wolf Supports Marsy’s Law for Crime Victims Constitutional AmendmentGovernor Wolf Opposes Gutting of Independent Redistricting Commission BillThursday, 4/12/18Governor Wolf Leads Call-to-Action for Criminal Justice ReformGovernor Wolf Announces 2018 PHARE Funding to Support Affordable Housing Across PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces Tax Credits and PennHOMES Funding for Affordable Multifamily Developments in PennsylvaniaFriday, 4/13/18Governor Wolf Announces Creation of More than 1,000 Jobs Through Expansion of Bell & EvansGovernor Wolf Announces Nearly $3.5 Million in Strategic Innovation Grants to Help Boost Workforce Development in PennsylvaniaWolf Administration Holds Final Regional Summit on Warm Hand-Offs for Opioid Overdose SurvivorsHighlights from TwitterI was proud to join @CorrectionsPA Sec. Wetzel, @SenGreenleaf and state legislators, and advocates today to announce our proposed reforms to PA’s criminal justice system to protect victims and help end the cycle of incarceration. pic.twitter.com/av3U6MZfrl— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 12, 2018 Students, parents, teachers, and others have told us that too much classroom time is used for test taking. These changes reduce testing time while maintaining the rigor of the PSSAs, and allow us to put the focus back on learning rather than teaching to a test. https://t.co/o8c7W9E9aP— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 9, 2018 April 16, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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What lies ahead for housing prices in 2020?

first_imgIf you want to know what lies ahead, start by looking at the clues behind you.Almost anyone who owns real estate would give their second garage to know what will happen to prices in the future.Will they go up and, if so, by how much? Where will this happen, and when? What is the house and unit price outlook across Australia in 2020? To give our crystal ball a solid foundation, we asked CoreLogic RP Data for a statistical snapshot of prices and sales in all capital cities in February 2010. We also asked for comparative sale numbers and median sale prices from February 2015.Hopefully, this five-year snapshot will reveal trends that help us forecast what lies ahead for Australia’s capital city housing markets.So here’s the low-down: What does the data all mean?According to Cameron Kusher, CoreLogic RP Data’s Senior Research Analyst, “the standout message” is that Sydney, and to a lesser degree Melbourne, has been the star performer over the past five years.“All the others (capital cities) have been fairly muted,” Kusher says.“One question people often ask is ‘why haven’t all the markets grown equally when recent interest rates cuts are national’?“Well the reason we have seen such strong growth in Sydney and not in other markets is more because of overseas migration to Sydney, which has been fairly strong because of its job opportunities, because New South Wales’s migration away has been low since 2010 and also because there’s a shortfall in housing.Sydney is seeing a strong rise in both nominal and real home values.Overseas migration to Sydney has shot up growth in the city.“It is these factors that have all contributed to its price rises, whereas Brisbane and Perth both experienced losses, in South Australia, the Olympic Dam extension didn’t go ahead and that impacted Adelaide’s market, Hobart has been weak economically for the past decade and Darwin and Canberra are both strongly tied to government spending, which has been largely curbed in recent years.“The takeaway message is Australia’s property market is far from a one-size-fits-all.”What housing trends do the experts see in the next 5 years?While interest rates stay historically low, Sydney and Melbourne’s house prices will continue to grow, Kusher says.“It is hard to see that happening as strongly as it has this past five years but as long as the fundamentals remain, there will be growth. As interest rates start to rise, we will see this growth tapering.”Investor Nathan Birch, Co-Founder of Binvested, agrees there’ll be “a couple more years of solid growth” in Sydney.“Maybe not quite the double-digit growth we’ve seen in the previous few years, as there is still a shortage of supply and a strong confidence level based around the historically low interest rates,” Birch says.“I see Victoria, Western Australia and the ACT staying flat or maybe even coming down a bit from current levels.”More from newsBest growth suburbs under $550,00016 Jun 2015Up-and-coming suburbs set to boom20 Apr 2015Staying put: Aussies holding onto their homes for longerStefan Miraglia, Director of Independent Property Consulting, thinks the outlook for Adelaide is positive.The New York Times named Adelaide a top ‘place to go’ earlier in the year.“Many experts are tipping that we should see some good growth over the next five years if you buy in the right areas and invest wisely,” Miraglia says.“Record low interest rates have tempted many investors to get back into the market and more potential first home buyers are looking to get into the market.“This alone should see median house prices move up over the next five years but also throw into the mix the Chinese who are looking to invest abroad and we should see some good growth of around 5% per annum.”But there’s also some likely upswing ahead for Hobart and Brisbane, predicts Kusher.Brisbane may grow, now that former government’s public job cuts are over.“You will probably start to see some growth in these cities, particularly as Sydney and Melbourne prices push higher and some homeowners decide to sell up and retire to cities with lower price points.“Brisbane may start to grow, given its government has just changed and all the former government’s public job cuts are over.“Adelaide will be impacted by the car industry closing down in coming years – that will have some impact on home prices – Perth has been impacted by the fall in commodities and this will continue for some time and Canberra could go either way, particularly if we do see a change in government between now and 2020.”Building approvals: Interstate migration and the property marketlast_img read more

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