Metallica Returns To Massachusetts After Eight Long Years [Photos]

first_imgPhoto: ATS Photography On Friday night, the legendary Metallica took to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, marking the group’s first show in Massachusetts in eight years. Massachusetts was the fifth stop in Metallica’s WorldWired Tour in support of the Californian band’s tenth studio album, Hardwired To Self-Destruct—a double-album that was released last November and features twelve new songs that pick up right where 2008’s Death Magnetic left off. (The deluxe edition also features a third disc with over a dozen live recordings from various shows).12-Year-Old Son Of Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Debuts With Korn For South American Tour [Videos]Compared to the original all-thrash metal band they used to be, the band’s recent music displays an overall more balanced sound that lends itself to broader audiences, seemingly resulting in more album and concert ticket sales. Undoubtedly, Hardwired To Self-Destruct was a huge commercial success, debuting at #1 on Billboard 200 and taking the title of best-selling metal album of the year. Surprisingly, it was also the third largest album debut of all of 2016, proving that metal is certainly not dead. On the contrary, it is alive and well, reiterated by the boisterous Boston crowd that gathered at the New England Patriots’ home turf on Friday evening.Metallica Released Eleven New Music Videos Yesterday [Watch Them All]The show started with two songs off their new album, title track “Hardwired” and “Atlas, Arise!” before dropping into the classic “For Whom the Bell Tolls” off of the 1984 album Ride The Lightning. Metallica played three tunes from the band’s sophomore album, which went six times platinum and had a profound effect on the metal scene in America and across the globe. The remainder of the setlist weaved between hits of old and new and gave fans from all generations a solid representation of their discography. The band also played five songs from the self-titled album Metallica, often referred to as the “Black Album,” which features the infamous songs “Enter Sandman” and “Nothing Else Matters,” both of which have become staples in Metallica sets over the years.Watch Metallica, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots Perform “Enter Sandman” With Classroom InstrumentsIn a time where our nation seems to be more divided than ever, we are fortunate to have the often-thrashing and always-emotive music of Metallica to provide a soundtrack that allows us to let our aggressions in a socially acceptable way. That seemed to be the uniting theme as lead singer James Hetfield addressed the crowd: “It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you come from, what religion you follow, who you voted for. If you are here, you are Metallica Family.”If you ever had any doubt at how uniting this message can be, just look at the list of stadiums across North America that Metallica have been jam-packed with fans in black T-shirts and ripped jeans. Despite the “angry asshole” stigma metal fans sometimes get, the community showed its true colors Friday night, coming together and head banging to music new and old in complete harmony. It inspires hope in humanity to see sweaty tatted-up dudes in the mosh pits, helping each other of the ground and holding up lost wallets, phones, watches, and missing shoes—lots and lots of missing shoes. An occasional flying cup of ice cooled the crowd whether they liked it or not. On the way out of the gates, it was nothing but high-fives and hugs. The ‘Metallica Family’ is alive and well.Check out the complete set list below, along with the full photo album from photojournalist Adam Straughn (ATS Photography).Setlist: Metallica | Gillette Stadium | Foxborough, MA | 5/19/17Hardwired, Atlas, Arise!, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fuel, The Unforgiven, Now That We’re Dead > Full Band Drum Solo, Moth Into Flame, Wherever I May Roam, Halo On Fire > Kirk Hammet Solo > Rob Trujillo Solo (Chris Cornell Tribute), Motorbreath, Sad But True, One, Master of Puppets, Fade to Black (‘Eye of the Beholder’ intro), Seek & DestroyE: Fight Fire with Fire, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman (‘Frayed Ends of Sanity’ outro)[cover photo image by Josh Skolnik / Adam Straughn] Photo: ATS Photographycenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

An interim dean for Radcliffe

first_imgPresident Drew Faust announced today (April 29) that Lizabeth Cohen, Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), will serve as interim dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, beginning July 1. The current dean, Barbara J. Grosz, will step down at the end of this academic year.“I am very pleased that Professor Cohen has agreed to lead the Radcliffe Institute while the search for a permanent dean is under way,” said Faust. “She is a top scholar in her field, an active University citizen, and a former Radcliffe fellow whose broad intellectual interests and collaborative style will make her an excellent leader of Radcliffe during this transition year.”“As a Radcliffe fellow and Harvard faculty member, I have watched the institute over the past decade become a dynamic part of the University’s intellectual life.” said Cohen. “Radcliffe has established itself as a rarity among institutes of advanced study, for its strong connections to a university community and for its deep commitment to furthering scholarship on women, gender, and society. I consider Radcliffe a model of vibrant, boundary-crossing collaborations in the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. These are important times for the institute, and I am eager to do my part during this next year to continue the progress made by Drew and Barbara.”An expert on 20th century American social and political history, Cohen is author of “Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939,” which won the Bancroft Prize in American History and the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent book, “A Consumers’ Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America,” explores how an economy of such consumption shaped social life, culture, and politics following World War II. Cohen has published widely in top history and urban studies journals, winning numerous awards and distinctions. Her writings have also appeared in edited collections and popular venues including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the American Prospect, and the Boston Herald. She is also co-author with David Kennedy of a widely used United States history college textbook, “The American Pageant.”Cohen’s current book project, “Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age,” considers the benefits and costs of rebuilding American cities through the life and career of urban planner Edward J. Logue, who contributed to major redevelopment projects across the Northeast, including the “New Boston” that emerged in the 1960s.In addition to her scholarship, Cohen has made significant contributions to Harvard’s institutional life since arriving in 1997 from New York University. Cohen has served as chair of the Department of History, director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History and co-chair of the Harvard College Curricular Review’s working group on pedagogy, which released its final report in 2004. She served as co-chair, with Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Graduate School of Design, of the Common Spaces Steering Committee, and continues to serve on the Advisory Committee for Common Spaces Projects.Cohen has been a longtime member of the FAS Standing Committee on the Status of Women and served on the Harvard Task Force on Women in 2005. She has also been a member of the Tanner Lectures Committee, the Social Sciences Chairs Council, the History Department Planning Committee, the FAS Resources Committee and Faculty Council, and administrative committees for the Charles Warren Center, the History of American Civilization Program, the Center for History and Economics, and the joint Ph.D. program between the Graduate School of Design and FAS, among other assignments.Among her many honors and awards, Cohen has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Radcliffe Institute. In 2001, she served as president of the Urban History Association. During the 2007-08 academic year, Cohen taught at Oxford as the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History. Cohen received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her master’s and doctorate in American history from the University of California, Berkeley.last_img read more

Nepal team that scaled K2 receive hero’s welcome back home

first_imgKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A team of 10 Nepalese climbers who became the first to scale the world’s second-highest peak during the harsh winter season have received a hero’s welcome on return home to Nepal. Mountaineers, supporters, friends and family lined the Kathmandu airport on Tuesday to greet the climbers with garlands and cheers as a police band played tunes. They were then driven around city in open trucks. The winter climb marks another achievement for Nepalese climbers who for decades worked as porters and guides for foreign mountaineers but now are setting their own records and running expeditions on the highest peaks. K2 had remained the last peak above 8,000 meters (26,240 feet) in the world that was yet to be climbed in the winter.last_img read more

Professor explores effectiveness of fair trade

first_imgAs part of the Kellogg Institute’s lecture series, professor of economics and international studies Bruce Wydick from the University of San Francisco gave a talk titled “Does Fair Trade Coffee Work? The Taste of Many Mountains, a Novel about Fair Trade Coffee, Globalization and the Poor” on Tuesday afternoon at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.The lecture addressed the theme of globalization and poverty in developing nations with particular emphasis on the fair trade coffee movement and Wydick’s novel on the topic.Noting the contrast between the efforts of wealthy countries and the results of poverty alleviation efforts, Wydick said “what makes us feel good may not be what they need at all” and posed the question “Do we want to help the poor or just feel better in the belief that we have helped the poor?” To illustrate this point, Wydick asked the audience to think of three consumer products they bought for themselves and three donations or consumer choices they made to help the poor and to what extent they had thought about their effectiveness.“We often do not make the same effort to investigate if things like Tom’s shoes or fair trade coffee worked well as we do with our own personal products,” he said.Wydick spoke about aid programs that seem to have no beneficial effect and those that do. He said, “programs like one laptop for every child, free shoes and micro finance have been shown by randomized control trials to have no effect.” In contrast, “mosquito bed nets, unconditional cash grants and de-worming programs are the most effective.”Wydick addressed the paradox between the failure of microfinance and the success of unconditional cash grants.“Ten years ago, everyone thought microfinance was a silver bullet,” he said.However, Wydick said cash grants succeed because they increase the purchasing power of poor families.Turning to the issue of fair trade coffee, a system intended to help poor farmers by selling coffee at a guaranteed price, Wydick listed 10 reasons why the well-intentioned program does not work.“It encourages people to grow more coffee, lowering prices and farmers’ profits. The flawed design of the system undermines its own benefits; the cost of certification for fair trade standards alone can eliminate the price advantage,” he said.Wydick also cited a study that found the net income of fair trade farmers did not change over 14 years. He said fair trade incentivizes the use of poor-quality beans and “the cost of environmental sustainability maintained by the system is imposed on the poor.”“It does not help the poorest growers” Wydick said, pointing to how fair trade focuses on Latin America but largely ignores destitute areas of Africa.He said fair trade lacks transparency and funding often goes to administrative costs and dubious projects.“It is inefficient at transferring consumer goodwill to coffee growers, and it addresses superficial poverty issues instead of root causes,” he said.He said there is a stark contrast between the marketing, on which fair trade spends millions, and its measured impact, and said “direct trade is arguable better for the poor than fair trade.”Tags: Bruce Wydick, fair trade coffee, Hesburgh Center for International Studies, Kellogg Institute, povertylast_img read more

Encounter South Bend plans to give students a different perspective

first_imgThis upcoming Friday, instead of staying in their dorms to study, students at Saint Mary’s have the opportunity to engage in the South Bend community. The Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) has organized buses to take students to multiple locations including an urban farm, a pay-it-forward coffee shop, and more.“At the Office we see as our mission as engaging, connecting and serving,” OCSE director Rebekah DeLine said. “The Encounter helps by engaging our students in the community — generally on a specific theme — connecting them to organizations doing amazing work, and then ultimately we hope that students will go back out into the community and serve. In addition, Encounters enable us to look more deeply at societal and root causes, which sometimes a day of service will not. So, this particular Encounter scheduled for Friday will allow us to look deeply at how our consumerist culture can be harmful to the environment and even our own city, and how we can counter that through the buying power that we have.”This trip is set to challenge those who attend to rethink how they live, work and play, and how those things make an impact on the world, according to the flyer. This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, where attendees will go from place to place. Lunch, coffee, dessert and transportation will all be provided.“It is important to go to events that involve the community so you can immerse yourself in the culture of that area and you can become a well-rounded adult,” junior Libbey Tierney said. “Being involved in the community is essential for becoming a well-rounded adult in some ways because it shows you things that you may have never seen before.”Getting involved in the surrounding community is an important goal for both Saint Mary’s and OCSE. They both work in combination to give students the opportunity to expand their grasp on events outside the campus.“It is a part of our mission at Saint Mary’s [to engage in opportunities like those offered by OCSE],” DeLine said. “It is a part of the core values, community and justice, that we hold dear. We feel, as the mission statement says, that the OCSE is core to promoting a life of ‘social responsibility’ and responding ‘to the complex needs and challenges of the contemporary world.’ Furthermore, from a strictly practical sense, being in the community, engaging with service and serving with our community partners provides a skill set and opportunity for growth that’s not readily available in just a classroom setting.”To register for the event, students can email ocse@saintmarys.edu or use the QR code that can be found on numerous posters throughout Saint Mary’s campus. Other events like this run by OCSE can be found on the organization’s Facebook and Instagram updates or through weekly updates at their email above.Tags: encounter south bend, Office of Civic and Social Engagementlast_img read more

Ronkonkoma Man Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 29-year-old Ronkonkoma man was killed when he crashed his car in Valley Stream on Thursday night.Nassau County police said Navado Pratt was driving an Infiniti G35 on Peninsula Boulevard when the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into the PSEG Long Island high tension transmission tower at 11:45 p.m.The victim, who was ejected from the vehicle and was found in the water, was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

City limits

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Park life

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Bukalapak gains 3 million new merchants, mostly in smaller cities

first_imgBukalapak has seen 3 million new merchants join its e-commerce platform in the first seven months of the year, with the strongest growth rate recorded in rural areas and smaller cities.Bukalapak president Teddy Oetomo said on Friday that a big portion of the company’s growth had come from outside of Indonesia’s five biggest cities, also known as tier-one cities.“Almost 70 percent of our TPV comes from the outside of the tier-one cities due to our previous infrastructure penetration through our [offline] partners,” he added, referring to the total processing value (TPV). Topics : The survey found that around 30 percent of the respondents said they were new to online marketplaces, and 40 percent of those respondents said they would continue to use e-commerce after the pandemic.Furthermore, Bank Indonesia (BI) recorded a 26 percent increase of e-commerce transactions during the pandemic.Besides significant business-to-consumer merchant growth, Bukalapak also saw a 32 percent increase in merchants for its business-to-business and business-to-government procurement platform between January and August compared to December last year.The significant growth in activity on its procurement platform, dubbed Buka Pengadaan, has been supported by rising demand from companies for health equipment, such as masks, disinfectant and rapid test kits.“As of August, we recorded a 48 percent increase in demand for procurement from corporations through Buka Pengadaan. During the pandemic we’ve seen an increase for maintenance and service operations (MRO), health and pharmaceuticals and also electronics,” Buka Pengadaan’s director Hita Supranjaya said.As the number of merchants and transactions continues to grow, Teddy said, Bukalapak planned to increase its monetization and improve its revenue to reach profitability in the future.According to the company’s data, Bukalapak has increased its earnings before interest depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) by 60 percent between the fourth quarter of 2018 and the second quarter of 2020.“We all know that increasing growth through ‘burning cash’ isn’t sustainable. Therefore, over the last 18 months, we have adopted initiatives to increase our monetization to create a more robust financial situation,” Teddy said.center_img “This also become an advantage for us as our market rarely overlaps with other e-commerce platforms,” he said during an online press conference.According to the company’s data, Bukalapak has partnered with 5.4 million warung (food stalls) and individual agents through its Mitra Bukalapak program, with 4.5 million partners located on Java island. Revenue generated from Mitra Bukalapak’s offline partners makes up 30 percent of the platform’s total revenue.E-commerce platforms in Indonesia, including Bukalapak, have seen strong growth of transactions and user activity as the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed consumers away from brick-and-mortar stores and toward online marketplaces.According to a survey conducted by management consulting company Redseer in May, Indonesia’s e-commerce sector is projected to grow 50 percent to reach US$35 billion this year from $23 billion in 2019 due to the pandemic.last_img read more

Equity, bonds drive 2.8% quarterly return at TNO pension fund

first_imgHowever, it added that it incurred a 1.2% loss on its 65% cover of the interest risk on its liabilities, following rising swap rates.During the last quarter, the coverage ratio at Stichting Pensioenfonds TNO improved to 108.5% – 4.3 percentage points more than the required minimum coverage at year-end.However, CIO Hans de Ruiter warned that a significant increase in rates or falling markets could still have an impact on funding.“The liabilities must be discounted against the three-month average of the forward rate, contrary to our fixed income investments, that must be valued against the current rates,” he said.“This means a rates increase during the last quarter would only cause a limited drop of liabilities, whereas this would cause an immediate decrease of fixed income holdings.“Therefore, a rates increase poses a bigger risk for our scheme’s funding than a decrease.” The €2.5bn pension fund of TNO returned almost 2.8% during the third quarter, taking its year-to-date result to 0.7%.It said the return was mainly due to positive results on its 24% allocation to listed equity and its 58% bond portfolio, which generated almost 4.7% and 0.4%, respectively.By contrast, the pension fund of the technical research institute lost 1.4% and 0.6%, respectively, on its holdings of non-listed property and private equity.The scheme’s full hedge of the main currencies added 0.3 percentage points to its quarterly result, it said.last_img read more