Bruce Springsteen was in New York City over the weekend, where he attended the Kristen Ann Carr Fund benefit event at Tribeca Grill Loft on Saturday night. The one-night event in lower Manhattan aimed to raise money for medical progress against soft tissue cancer sarcoma, and was named in branding after the daughter of Springsteen’s co-manager, Barbara Carr, whose daughter passed away from sarcoma back in 1993.Related: Bruce Springsteen Shares Full ‘No Nukes ’79’ Madison Square Garden Performances To Live ArchiveSpringsteen’s surprise appearance was highlighted with a performance alongside the Tangier Blues Band, the rock outfit of notable rock photographer and director Danny Clinch. With Springsteen leading the way on guitar and vocals, the band performed a pair of covers including Johnny Rivers‘ “Rockin’ Pneumonia and Boogie Woogie Flu” and blues standard “Down the Road Apiece”. Fans who couldn’t make it to Saturday’s event can watch the video below to relive the band’s performance of “Down the Road Apiece”.Bruce Springsteen with Tangier Blues Band – “Down the Road Apiece”[Video: Mitch Slater]The pop-up performance on Saturday acted as the latest gig in which Springsteen has delivered for his New York City fans over the last few years. Springsteen wrapped his highly-acclaimed theatrical show, Springsteen On Broadway, just this past December after 236 performances since launching at the Walter Kerr Theatre in October 2017. The show has since been professionally recorded and released as a concert special on Netflix.[H/T Billboard]
Directed by two of the company’s seven artistic directors, Shana Carroll and Sébastien Soldevila, Séquence 8 premiered in Lyon, France in 2012, and has been produced in 15 countries worldwide. The production marks the company’s first full-length work for New York audiences since 2011’s Traces. View Comments Roll up, roll up to City Center! Séquence 8, the internationally acclaimed nouveau cirque spectacular, will make its New York premiere next spring. The show will begin performances at New York City Center on April 16, 2015 and play through April 26. From the inventive circus company behind Broadway’s Pippin comes Séquence 8, a nouveau cirque show that explores human emotions so intense that they explode into highflying acrobatics. Starring eight performers from the Montreal-based Les 7 Doigts de la Main (The 7 Fingers), the emotionally intimate Séquence 8 redefines the meaning of the word “circus” through a unique fusion of acrobatics, hip-hop, humor and propulsive music.
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Making Houses Resilient to Power OutagesCreate Resilient HousesGas Lines Point to a Need for ResilienceBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterMaking the Case for Resilient DesignResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense Storms Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More ResilientResilient Design: Dramatically Better Building EnvelopesResilient Communities Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a DisasterLocal Food and ResilienceScary Stories for Halloween Vulnerabilities to power outages and other problemsTropical Storm Irene in 2011 uncovered some vulnerabilities in Vermont. Heavy rainfall on saturated ground resulted in dramatic flooding in parts of Brattleboro, Wilmington, Halifax, Newfane, and other towns. Some communities were cut off for as much as a week. Other places lost power for an extended period of time. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Irene, of course, wasn’t the first storm to cause blackouts or close off roads, and it certainly won’t be the last. Such occurrences happen almost every year from ice storms, snowstorms, heavy rainfall, and derechos that knock down trees. Other parts of the country have to worry about wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Even drought and heat waves can contribute to power outages if power plants have to shut down due to lack of cooling water or cooling water that’s become too warm.There is also concern about issues like political strife around the world, which could threaten heating oil or gasoline supplies, and terrorism, including hacking into the power distribution system to bring down the power grid — cyberterrorism. (For a scary video of what hackers can do to a generator, check out this declassified YouTube video from the Department of Homeland Security showing the Aurora Project.) There is even concern about “space weather” or coronal discharges from the sun that could cause widespread power outages.This got us thinking on the Dummerston Energy Committee about preparing for such problems. What can a community like ours do to become more resilient? RELATED ARTICLES Ancillary benefits of resilienceMany of the strategies that can help a community become more resilient also help residents in other ways. If we improve the energy performance of our houses enough that they will never drop below 50°F at night during a power outage, as my wife and I are doing with the Leonard Farmhouse I’ve been writing about in this column, those houses will require very little energy during normal times for heating and cooling.If we pay attention to efficiency in choosing our appliances and lighting so that key loads can be served with a back-up generator or islandable solar-electric systems, our electric bills will be kept low, saving us money and keeping our utility companies from having to invest in expensive new power plants.If we use water resources more frugally and provide for rainwater harvesting, our lawns and landscapes will be more likely to be kept green in the event of a drought.If we create communities in which we can get around in the event of a gasoline shortage — or an inability to pump gas (as occurred with Superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey last year) — these places will be more walkable and pedestrian friendly. In the process, we are finding, such communities provide a better quality of life and become more sought-after in today’s housing market, boosting property values.These are win-win solutions, and our energy survey in Dummerston will help us identify strategies for boosting our resilience while saving residents money and delivering other ancillary benefits. Community resilienceWe realized that it would be useful to find out what percentage of Dummerston residents have emergency generators. How many have water supplies that can be accessed when there’s no power? What percentage of houses in the town can be heated with wood if there were either a shortage of heating fuel or an extended electricity outage that meant we couldn’t use our furnaces or boilers? How many renewable energy systems are there in town that can provide power when the utility grid is down? Are there places with emergency power where residents can charge cell phones during extended power outages?Resilience is a significant focus this year of the Dummerston Energy Committee. We’re intrigued, for example, about establishing resilience hubs around town that would satisfy key needs in the event of emergencies. This is something my wife and I want to provide with the Leonard Farm property we’ve purchased in West Dummerston, and it plays a role in some of the decisions we’re making with the house and barn.Our hope on the Energy Committee is that just by answering questions about these issues on our survey, residents will start thinking about resilience. This is a major focus of mine — especially since launching the nonprofit Resilient Design Institute in 2012 — and I’m hopeful that by raising awareness about resilience, more Dummerston residents will incorporate various resilience strategies into their homes. Doing so will help our community weather future storms and power outages relatively easily. The Dummerston Energy Committee, on which I serve in my home town, is conducting an energy survey.Partly, we are conducting this survey to understand how our town uses energy — both in our homes and in our vehicles. We have a goal in Dummerston, articulated in our Town Plan, to reduce nonrenewable energy consumption 40% by 2030, and we’re trying to establish a baseline from which to measure our success in achieving that long-term target.But we’re also conducting this survey for another reason that may be more important: to gauge how resilient our town is.
HALIFAX – An Indigenous member of Dalhousie University’s board of governors says she was subjected to institutionalized racism at a recent meeting, prompting an apology from the board’s chairman who insisted Dalhousie is not led by racists.Kati George-Jim of the T’Sou-ke First Nation in British Columbia, a student representative on the Halifax university’s oversight board, says she was repeatedly interrupted, patronized and ignored at a meeting in June.When she spoke up — admittedly breaking rules that govern the meetings — George-Jim says she was harshly reprimanded by the board chairman, Lawrence Stordy.“The chair lost his temper. It was full-blown how you discipline a child,” she said in an interview Wednesday. “He was yelling and no one in the room stopped him or challenged him.”After leaving the meeting in tears, George-Jim wrote a six-page letter to the board reflecting on what she called systemic racism at Dalhousie.“The aggression I felt resonated through my body. I couldn’t breathe,” she said in the letter. “The antagonistic reaction I endured from the chair is what I have been struggling to grasp.”She read the letter at a board meeting Tuesday, something one board member said shows the university wants to hear her voice and work harder on equity, diversity and inclusion.“I welcomed the letter by Kati because we have to deal with these issues head on,” said Kevin Hewitt, an ex-officio member of the board of governors, chairman of the senate and associate professor of physics and atmospheric science. “We’re not putting our heads in the sand thinking this doesn’t exist.”“The fact that she was given an opportunity to speak uninterrupted is reflective of our efforts to deal with difficult issues of institutionalized racism and all the other ‘isms’ that are not unique to Dalhousie,” said Hewitt, who is African-Canadian. “She was provided with a platform and the time to express rightly her opinion on these issues … this is a positive step towards reconciliation.”Stordy said he apologized to George-Jim and that her views are very important to him, the board and the university at large.“I was sorry she felt disrespected and wanted to make sure she knew we wanted to hear her voice,” he said in an email. “I truly regret the unintended impact that my comments had on Ms. George-Jim.”Stordy said George-Jim was given the “unique opportunity” to speak at length at Tuesday’s meeting, and said her voice is important as the university continues on the path to reconciliation.The incident represents a blow for a university that has faced scandals in recent years.In late 2014, a group of male Dalhousie University School of Dentistry students were found posting misogynistic comments online about female classmates, a discovery that roiled the university for months.Dalhousie was rocked by another online scandal less than a year later, when an Instagram account called The Dal Jungle with sexual photos of female students was exposed.“The dentistry incident forced us to examine ourselves like in any crisis, and so the question of institutionalized racism was a part of those conversations that followed,” Hewitt said. “We have to work to become aware of implicit or unconscious bias that is a product of the society in which we exist.”While Stordy called George-Jim’s speech “powerful,” noting that it touched on a number of things including missing Indigenous women, he took issue with the suggestion that he discriminated against her.“No one on the board or in management is a racist obviously and we have promoted diversity tirelessly as a board strategic objective,” Stordy said.George-Jim, a fourth-year political science student, called the incident “probably the most overt form of discrimination I have ever felt in my life,” but stopped short of calling board members racist.“I’m not calling anyone racist,” she said. “Not one person is racist, it’s the system we work in and operate under.”George-Jim added: “It’s entrenched in Dalhousie in general. I sit on a room full of portraits of old white guys staring down at me.”Candace Thomas, a member of Dalhousie’s board of governors and a partner at Halifax law firm Stewart McKelvey, said great strides have been made to increase diversity among the university’s governing body.“The majority of people on the board are women, which is very unique when we look at university boards in Canada,” she said. “And we have other diverse voices within that.”Thomas, an African-Nova Scotian from East Preston, said she could not recall details from the June meeting, but said there was no yelling.“There was something that happened, and there was an apology made — a very sincere and honest apology,” she said. “I was a little surprised that it was still lingering, but those are her feelings.”Thomas added it’s essential for students to have a voice in the governance of the university, but that the board chairman needs to give all members a chance to speak and maintain order.Thomas said there are issues at large institutions, but that Dalhousie has made efforts to be inclusive.“We each have a voice at the board,” she said. “We’re all given an opportunity to speak at every meeting that I have been at.”Stordy, also a partner at Stewart McKelvey, said the board will continue to explore ways to make all members feel comfortable.“While we are committed to effective board governance, this commitment will not override the principles of inclusion and respect,” said Stordy.
OTTAWA – Canada’s share of the fastest growing industry in the world has been shrinking over the last decade — and a new report says it’s time to step it up or miss out on a trillion-dollar opportunity.The Ottawa-based Smart Prosperity Institute report — to be released today in Vancouver at the Globe Forum Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business — says clean technology will be a $2.2-trillion industry worldwide by 2022, with an estimated $3.6 trillion of investment up for grabs globally between now and 2030.However, Canada’s market share in the global clean tech industry has fallen 12 per cent in the last decade, and will continue to contract without a solid, long-term commitment to growing the industry, said institute co-chair Stewart Elgie, a professor of law and economics at the University of Ottawa.“Clean innovation is the big global economic prize in the next decade that leading nations are pursuing around the world,” Elgie said. “If Canada wants to win that race, we’ve got to raise our game.”However, the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change lays out a number of policies that will compel more clean tech innovation in Canada, he said, including a price on pollution with a carbon price, to be in place across Canada by the start of next year, as well as a promised national clean fuels strategy, better energy efficiency standards and limits on greenhouse gases like methane.There also needs to be significant government funding available to help get good Canadian ideas through the development stage and to market. Canada does well at coming up with ideas and making them work, Elgie said, but it’s not so good at commercializing those ideas and scaling up production, often because of a lack of available capital.The private sector is often still leery about clean technology, because it’s all very new.“The truth of it is every major commercial technology of the last century has involved significant public investment and public support,” Elgie said. “Every one — even the oilsands, which has had billions of dollars in public investment before it ultimately became commercially viable and the private sector ran with it.”Last year, Canada jumped three spots to number four on the Global Clean Tech Innovation Index, a measure of where the best clean technology ideas are expected to come from in the next decade. But if Canada can’t provide the financial help to get those good ideas out, it will miss out on huge opportunities, he warned.Of course, not everybody sees the Liberal government’s policies — particularly the carbon price — as helpful.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, new Ontario counterpart Doug Ford and Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservatives, have all promised to cancel or roll back carbon pricing if elected. They call carbon pricing a tax that will make Canada uncompetitive, particularly up against a U.S. that doesn’t have a similar burden.Kenney, for one, has called it a “massive tax on everything” and “a massive wealth distribution scheme requiring a massive bureaucracy to administer.”The report says encouraging clean innovation requires government both pushing and pulling industry along. That means setting standards that encourage the new technologies, such as a promised renewable fuels standard, aimed at encouraging ways to ensure fuel consumers like cars and furnaces produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions.— follow @mrabson on Twitter
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday sought JNU’s response on a plea by several women students seeking early hearing on a contempt petition filed against the varsity and a professor who is accused in a sexual harassment case. Justice J R Midha issued notices to the university, its vice chancellor, professor Atul Johri and Delhi Police on the early hearing application and listed the matter for consideration on July 2. The court also called for the records of the main petition on the next date. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe students sought early hearing after the court on May 3 listed the contempt as well as the main petition for hearing on October 31. In the main petition, the students have challenged the clean chit given by JNU’s Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to the professor. The ICC report of July 23 last year followed the high court’s May 29, 2018 direction to the committee to find out whether a prima facie case of misconduct was made out against the professor to suspend him from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaAdvocate Vrinda Grover, appearing for the women students, said there was urgency on hearing because the petitioners are scholars who will not be able to complete their PhD if not given access to the laboratory. She said the contempt petition has been filed against JNU, its vice chancellor and the professor for allegedly “wilfully disobeying” the earlier directions of the high court given in its orders of May 29 and May 2, 2018. The plea said the court had directed that Johri will have no access to a particular laboratory and the authorities will give complete access of the laboratory and separate keys to the students. It said the petitioners have learnt that on the request of Johri, the executive council of JNU in February allowed him access to the laboratory in School of Life Sciences and delegated teaching responsibilities back to him. The plea sought contempt proceedings against JNU, VC and Johri and that the resolution passed in the EC’s meeting be stayed.
OSU coach Thad Matta barks orders to his team during a game against Michigan State in the 2015 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago on March 13. OSU lost, 76-67. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith the Ohio State men’s basketball team heading into its seventh straight NCAA Tournament with a unique mix of freshmen and seniors, coach Thad Matta said he doesn’t want his team playing for him, or themselves.“The biggest battle cry they have heard from me throughout this year has been play for one thing, and one thing only, and that’s Ohio State,” he said.Matta’s reasoning for what some might call his own version of the ‘Buckeye Battle Cry,’ came from an unusual, but personal experience.The 11-year OSU coach was getting lunch at a sandwich shop before a game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., when he came across two elderly people donning Buckeye gear, he said.“They said, ‘Coach Matta we are shocked to see you sitting in here on game day, could we take a picture with you? This is our Christmas gift to each other,’” Matta recalled. “(They said) ‘We live in Toledo and we came to Chicago to watch the Buckeyes.’“I wonder how many guys on this team would understand what that means? It touched me, and it made me say, ‘Damn it Thad, you’ve got to win for those two people who saved their money to come watch us play in Chicago.’”With a current roster that has just four Ohio natives on it, the OSU men’s basketball team also holds five freshmen and six seniors, but Matta said he wants them to come together and win for the school and its fans.“It’s a heck of a lot bigger than us. We have something that we have to represent. I think when we do that, we play pretty good basketball,” Matta said. “I don’t care what (class) you are, just represent the university.”The senior class on the OSU roster has seen almost all there is to see when it comes to the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the Final Four and the Elite Eight before being bounced in the first round last year against Dayton.The current senior class has just one Ohio native on it — forward Jake Lorbach, who joined the team prior to the 2012-2013 season — but is hungry to get back to past glory.“I can’t speak for everybody, but I have a good feeling everybody is going to play their hardest basketball right now,” senior guard Shannon Scott said. “We might not shoot the ball well, we might get outrebounded and all that stuff, but (they) are not going to have more heart than us on the court.”The Buckeyes were given a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament and are set to play Virginia Commonwealth, a team that made its own Final Four run just a year before OSU’s seniors walked into Columbus.Senior forward Sam Thompson said while he doesn’t know much about the Rams, he remembers their Cinderella run.“I was a fan when they made their deep run. We know that they are going to play hard,” Thompson said. “They are going to play with a ton of energy, and we are going to do the same thing.”Going back to Matta’s theme, Thompson said that regardless of their seeding in the tournament, he came to OSU for a reason.“This is the best time of the year, this is what we came to Ohio State to do – to play in the NCAA Tournament and have a chance to compete in the month of March,” Thompson said.The Buckeyes will have a chance to do just that on Thursday as they are set to tip against VCU from Portland, Ore.
Battle Ground – Battle Ground Public Schools is asking the community, parents and staff to share their thoughts and ideas for the district in an anonymous, online survey.In light of Assistant Superintendent Mark Ross replacing Superintendent Mark Hottowe, who will retire this year, the district is gathering feedback to prepare for the leadership change, according to a news release.The survey, which uses online program Thoughtexchange, will ask participants about what they appreciate about the district, their concerns, educational opportunities for students and what questions they have for the district.To receive an invitation, to participate, visit signup.thotex.com/battlegroundps/bHJ.