Gorillaz’ Damon Albarn Refused To Record With Prince Because He Couldn’t Smoke In The Studio

first_imgYesterday, Gorillaz made headlines, as the animated hip-hop group detailed their forthcoming album, The Now Now, and shared two new singles, a music video, and a listing of tour dates with fans. Given this announcement, frontman Damon Albarn has been on a media tour, with the famed musician stopping in with Gordon Smart of Radio X to chat about the new release.During Albarn’s talk with Smart, the conversation steered toward Albarn’s almost collaboration with Prince. As noted by Pitchfork, Albarn told listeners that at one point he was invited to Paisley Park “to go and play with Prince.” However, while most people would jump at the opportunity, the Gorillaz leader turned down the invitation, noting that he refused to go after he found out that Prince didn’t let people smoke in his studio.“I was having a drink and a fag—I don’t actually smoke anymore, knocked that one on the head—but if you can’t be who you… If I’ve invited someone to my studio, they’re my guest, and there aren’t any conditions like that,” Albarn explained. He continued, “Anyway, it’s like, I can have a cigarette outside if I needed it—I’d be fucking excited, right? Why the fuck would I not want to fucking go mad if I’m with Prince? I’d rather not do it and not get pissed off with the whole thing. It’s just one of those ‘could have been’… I’ve got a few of those.”Gorillaz 2018 Tour Dates06/01 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock Im Park06/03 – Mendig, DE @ Rock Im Ring06/09 – Dublin, IE @ Malahide Castle06/15 – Barcelona, ES @ Sónar Festival06/21 – Chiba, JP @ Makuhari Messe07/05 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/06 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival07/07 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival07/11 – Bern, CH @ Gurtenfestival07/12 – Lucca, IT @ Lucca Summer Festival07/14 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live07/19 – Nyon, CH @ Paléo Festival07/21 – Carhaix, FR @ Vieilles Charrues07/22 – Paris, FR @ Lollapalooza Paris07/25 – Kiev, UA @ U-Park Festival07/28 – Moscow, RU @ Park Live Festival08/09 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival08/11 – Ovington, UK @ BoomTown Fair08/16 – St. Pölten, AT @ Frequency Festival08/17 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival10/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *10/09 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *10/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *10/13 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center *10/14 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #10/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Demon Dayz Festival* = w/ The Internet# = w/ Little DragonView All Tour Dates[H/T Pitchfork]last_img read more

From bodysuits to bikinis

first_imgBefore itsy-bitsy, yellow polka-dotted bikinis detonated on American beaches, women had few options for what they sported in the water. The standard bathing suit for a woman at the turn of the 20th century was around nine yards of wool or flannel that covered everything but her head.Marilyn Morgan, a manuscript cataloger in the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute, is studying the history of bathing suits in America, uncovering lots of secrets — and skin — along the way.It’s a project that began more than a decade ago when Morgan was a doctoral student in history writing her dissertation. While researching, Morgan was scouring newspapers when she noticed something peculiar: front-page articles devoted to women swimmers.“This was in the mid-1920s,” she recalled. “So these women swimmers had Babe Ruth to contend against, and the boxer Jack Dempsey, and yet there were more front-page articles on women swimmers than on Babe Ruth.”Morgan had never heard of these sportswomen, aside from Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel. “You don’t read about this when you read women’s history,” she said. “It’s just not there.“And yet swimming was advertised as the sport for women, which I found so interesting. Newspapers said women were just naturally better at it. They thought it was this pure form of activity because women weren’t sweating, they weren’t grunting, and you couldn’t see their bodies in the water.”Her book in progress, titled “Beauty at the Beach: Marathon Swimmers, the Media, and Gender Roles in American Culture, 1900-1940,” examines not only the evolution of bathing suits but also this pioneering troupe of female long-distance swimmers who became a media sensation at a time when other female athletes “were criticized for being too muscular,” said Morgan.Women would even compete against men, according to Morgan. “First they covered themselves in seven pounds of lard because the waters were so cold,” she said.Morgan’s book also will cover topics ranging from the development and marketing of women’s swimwear to the roles that female swimmers played in women’s suffrage. She’s also interested in the emergence of bathing suits in Hollywood and their appearance in the Miss America pageant (which caused it to be “shut down in 1927 for being too risqué,” Morgan noted), and on “Learn to Swim” campaigns, which swept the country promoting swimming as a “desirable activity for women.”“Even at Radcliffe College,” said Morgan, “every woman had to swim to be able to graduate.”Last fall, the Harvard University Library (HUL) awarded Morgan a three-month leave through the Extended Professional Development Opportunity Program to work on her independent project. Morgan plans on taking weeks off at a time, traveling to Washington, D.C., and New York City, among other places, to continue her research and to write.“I am extremely grateful for these wonderful resources that the HUL makes available,” said Morgan, who in 2007 received the Douglas W. Bryant Fellowship, also from the HUL.Morgan says her everyday job collecting and archiving letters, journals, bills, cards, and other artifacts of women’s history involves “imposing order on chaos.” Perhaps to find balance amid the cartons of donations that arrive at the Schlesinger each day, Morgan volunteered last year to teach free yoga classes to Radcliffe Institute staff and fellows inside the Radcliffe Gymnasium — and she’s in the process of being certified as a yoga instructor.“I feel really lucky that I get to do what I do for work,” said Morgan. “And I like that I can offer something small back to the Radcliffe Institute community.”last_img read more

China’s Xi calls for unity in fighting virus, climate change

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping has called for cooperation in fighting the twin challenges of the pandemic and climate change in an address to the World Economic Forum. He said Monday that humankind only has “one Earth and one future” and must pull together to avoid conflict and resolve differences through respectful dialogue. Much of what the Chinese leader said was a reiteration of Beijing’s usual stance on such issues. Xi was speaking from Beijing to the virtual gathering that is taking place in lieu of the annual in-person meetings in Davos, Switzerland, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum has said it plans to hold its annual meeting in person in May in Singapore.last_img

Former ND administrator dies at 81

first_imgSr. Jean Lenz, former assistant vice president for student acffairs, died Saturday at a retirement home in Joliet, Ill., after a long illness. She was 81. An alumna of Notre Dame, Lenz worked as an administrator, rector and adjunct professor for the University. University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh described Lenz as a “friend, counselor and almost-confessor.” “The time students spend with her exposes them to goodness, fun and deep beauty,” he said. “Her teaching brings them face to face with the Christ in whom she deeply believes.” A Chicago native and a Franciscan sister of the Congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, Lenz earned her master’s degree from Notre Dame in 1967. She was one of the first women rectors to serve on campus following the University’s transition to coeducation in 1972. Lenz served as rector of Farley Hall from 1973 to 1983, when she was appointed rector and chaplain of the London Program. In 1984, she was appointed vice president for student affairs and served intermittently as an adjunct professor of theology. In 1998, she received an honorary degree from the University of Portland for her service as a mentor to students. She published an anecdotal account of her life of service, “Loyal Daughters and Sons,” in 2002. In 2007, her name was added to the Wall of Honor in Notre Dame’s Main Building. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Retirement Home in Joliet, Ill., followed by a funeral Mass at 7 p.m. Burial will be Thursday at 9 a.m. in Resurrection Cemetary in Romeoville, Ill. University President Fr. John Jenkins will preside over a Mass of Remembrance for Lenz, which will be held Feb. 6 at 5:15 p.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.last_img read more

South Bend statue of Hesburgh, MLK honors civil rights movement

first_imgGretchen Hopkirk Fr. Theodore Hesburgh and Martin Luther King Jr. joined hands at a Chicago rally in 1964, singing “We Shall Overcome.”The photograph became a permanent part of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in 2007, and a copy of it was gifted to former President Barack Obama when he gave the Commencement speech in 2009.“President Obama knew of Fr. Hesburgh’s involvement in civil rights and actually said to him, ‘I wouldn’t be here today if it had not been for you,’” Tim Sexton, associate vice president for public affairs, said. “So when we look back at the symbol of that picture and that statue, we have to continue to remember both men as we continue to push forward to exemplify change.”Despite its emblematic nature, the photographer’s identity remains unknown.In 2016, Langland was tasked with creating the statue by the City of South Bend due to his reputation as a national artist.“I was aware of the work of a local artist, Tuck Langland, and he was the first person who came to mind when we were searching for a sculptor to complete this work,” Jitin Kain, deputy director at South Bend’s department of public works, said.Hesburgh is recognized as a civil rights champion, Kain said, especially since he was one of the main architects behind the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.Kain, who was tasked with completing the fundraising, identifying a location and selecting an artist for the project, considers the statue more than a simple commemoration of the civil rights movement — he sees it as a representation of the community coming together as a whole.“The entire project represents community-wide collaboration and commitment to the idea of civil rights and social justice, which Fr. Hesburgh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. both stood for,” Kain said. “During the entire process, the community and donors came together in the spirit of collaboration and provided the funds necessary for the monument. In many ways, it represents the work and commitment of the two leaders who are depicted in the sculpture.”The sculpture’s installation represents an approximately $300,000 city-led project that was funded through both public and private donations.“We had strong commitments from the University of Notre Dame, including a couple of generous donors who helped make this possible,” Kain said. “Additionally, we received significant grants support from the Community Foundation. Local residents and businesses also came together to provide the rest of the support to make the monument possible.”After an approximately 18-month-long process of collecting funds and creating the piece, the sculpture was unveiled in a ceremony held in June 2017, exactly 53 years after the rally originally took place in Chicago.According to Kain, several hundred people attended the ceremony, including former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, University President Fr. John Jenkins and several community leaders.Events included a march from the Civil Rights Heritage Center to downtown South Bend and a lineup of speakers. The ceremony finished with the sculpture’s unveiling and the group coming together to sing “We Shall Overcome.”Sexton described the event as “the mix of South Bend,” and said the event demonstrated an important sense of community unity.“As a community we still have opportunities for improvement, but I think this was a way of showing we can come together,” Sexton said. “These are two men who exemplified what we want to be, and that’s why it was so special to see the diversity at the actual dedication.”Tags: Father Hesburgh, Father John Jenkins, Martin Luther King Jr., Mayor Pete Buttigieg Two men joining hands stand firmly at Leighton Plaza.At times, people visiting the area pose next to them taking pictures. A historic snapshot, the statue featuring Martin Luther King Jr. and University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh permanently preserves an aspect of the civil rights movement in downtown South Bend.Created by local artist, Tuck Langland, the bronze statue depicts the iconic photograph of Hesburgh and King at the 1964 Soldier Field rally in Chicago, when both men came together to sing “We Shall Overcome.”last_img read more

Executive chefs reflect on Notre Dame campus dining in light of COVID-19

first_imgIzzi Barrera | The Observer Students pick up food in South Dining Hall to eat outside socially distanced or in their dorms in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.However, cooking has more meaning than just combining ingredients to create dishes to the two chefs. Cooking is about creating relationships and bringing joy to students on campus. Larson finds fulfillment in creating food for students and being a part of the Notre Dame experience.“We get to learn from the students,” Larson said. “That’s probably the most rewarding part, getting to see all these students for four years and watching what they do. At times it can feel thankless like any other job, but it also connects you to people that you don’t get connected to in a normal kitchen environment. There’s always someone to meet and there’s always something to learn.”The new protocols surrounding COVID-19 have completely transformed campus dining. In the past, students were able to serve themselves in a buffet style. Now, food must be boxed up and taken to go in a sustainable manner. In the beginning, Larson and Macerata received a lot of negative criticism.“In the beginning of this, it was kind of nightmarish for us to be honest,” Macerata said. “We did a complete turnaround overnight. That’s one thing we learned. Here’s what we know today, tomorrow might be different. We didn’t do well right off the bat, but we never gave up. Every day we came back and kept trying and we kept adapting every single day and even hour by hour.”Over the last few months, dining increased in efficiency and variety, while keeping COVID protocols in mind. For example, the dining halls began to provide more inclusive options, like adding a vegan line and fresh desserts. The dining hall reopened for in-person dining with plexiglass shields on Oct. 5.Larson and Macerata plan on adjusting as needed in the upcoming months.“I don’t think we’ve stopped changing at all,” Larson said. “We’re still figuring out how do this the best way we can and get back to our identity as chefs. I think that we’re still uncertain about the future.”At the end of the day, Macerata said it all comes back to serving students and bringing joy to the community.“I don’t have a favorite dish to make, but I do have a favorite reaction. If I make something, and I see the customer smile,” Macerata said. “They’re genuinely truly happy and it doesn’t matter what it is.”Tags: Campus DIning, executive chef, NDH, SDH Gregory Larson and Giuseppe Macerata, executive chefs for North Dining Hall and South Dining Hall respectively, are juggling much more than just ingredients this year.Maintaining safety for the campus community and kitchen staff, while also being responsible for providing fresh food, is no easy task. However, the campus dining staff is working hard to make food for thousands of undergraduates while adhering to COVID-19 protocols.For Macerata, cooking has always been a part of his identity. He grew up in family restaurants and has been a chef at Notre Dame for nearly 25 years.Larson started working at Notre Dame in 2004 and worked his way up to the executive chef position. He hadn’t always planned on cooking – it was a necessity at first and became a hobby later. After realizing cooking was his passion, he completed culinary school before moving to South Bend.The executive chef position at Notre Dame is centered around student life, Larson said. Dining on campus is an essential facet of residing on campus.“Our primary focus is residential dining and making the students feel welcome and feel at home,” Larson said. “It’s about giving variety and keeping it interesting and making sure that happens.”Larson and Macerata’s position also includes managing staff and maintaining safety, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.“It’s not only food safety but physical safety and staff and things like that, and we are responsible for all of it,” Macerata said.However, their roles as chefs on a college campus are unique in many ways. They don’t work in a typical kitchen environment because they don’t serve typical customers.“We’re given parameters and then we push the boundaries of the parameters,” Macerata said. “We’re able to push the boundaries on food and the experience which is really cool. This industry is constantly evolving, so if we put our feet in the mud, we get stuck.”last_img read more

One More Patient Recovers From COVID-19, No New Cases Reported Monday

first_imgWNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – One more person has recovered from COVID-19 in Chautauqua County.Health officials during their Monday afternoon update also reported no new cases today.So far, there remain a total of 37 confirmed cases with four active, 29 recovered and four deaths.As of 4:30 p.m. Cattaraugus County has not yet provided a COVID-19 update. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

China can significantly increase solar generation by cutting local air pollution—study

first_imgChina can significantly increase solar generation by cutting local air pollution—study FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:China’s efforts to reduce chronic air pollution could increase its ability to generate solar power by up to 13% by allowing more sunlight to reach the earth, according to a new study published on Tuesday.China’s so-called photovoltaic potential fell by an average of up to 15% between 1960 and 2015 as a result of pollution, climate researchers from Switzerland, the Netherlands and China said in a report published by the Nature Energy journal. Reverting back to 1960s radiation levels could increase power generation by 12% to 13%, the researchers said, boosting Beijing’s efforts to increase solar’s contribution to the national grid and bring down costs.China has been working to curb choking levels of pollution by cutting coal use, improving fuel standards and encouraging cleaner forms of industry and energy. Hazardous airborne particles known as PM2.5 fell by 42% in 74 major cities from 2013 to 2018.The country’s total installed solar capacity stood at 170 gigawatts at the end of 2018, about 9% of total generating capacity. Solar last year produced 177.5 terawatt-hours of electricity, about 2.5% of the total.China is keen to boost the profitability of solar firms in order to reduce the subsidies paid to renewable energy providers, with the rapid rise in new capacity creating a payment backlog expected to reach 60 billion yuan ($8.7 billion) by next year.The average price paid to solar producers has already been cut from more than 1 yuan/kWh in 2011 to around 0.3 yuan/kWh this year. Regulators said earlier this year that subsidies would be cut to zero by 2021 for onshore wind power generators, meaning they would sell power at the same price as traditional energy sources. Experts say solar could also reach “grid price parity” very soon.More: China’s war on pollution could boost solar power – studylast_img read more

Rio Redeploys Cops To Slums For World Cup, Olympics

first_imgBy Dialogo May 05, 2010 Rio de Janeiro state authorities Tuesday said they were repositioning crack police units to combat drug gangs in city slums ahead of the 2014 football World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. The redeployment to a complex of 16 slums near Rio de Janeiro’s international airport known locally as “the Gaza Strip” is especially aimed at putting an end to turf wars that often block major link roads into the city and cause collateral casualties. Eleven people died last weekend in clashes between gangs and police. Officials have already started erecting barriers along 7.6 kilometers (4.7 miles) to hem in the gangs, and incidentally to muffle traffic noise for slum residents. The official in charge of security for Rio, Jose Mariano Beltrame, said the lasso will progressively tighten around the crime-ridden areas. “We need more room… so the police can train in shooting, even from helicopters,” Beltrame said, according to the O Globo daily. A third of Rio’s urban population of six million live in the city’s 1,000 slums, making them a formidable security challenge ahead of the two international sporting events.last_img read more

Time to designate an inventory attorney

first_img Time to designate an inventory attorney Members may comply with the new rule online at floridabar.org January 1, 2006 Regular News Time to designate an inventory attorney To protect clients of an attorney who unexpectedly dies or otherwise becomes unable to practice, the Florida Supreme Court recently amended Bar rules — at the Bar’s request — to provide that members who practice in-state must designate an inventory attorney.The amendment to Rule 1-3.8 takes effect January 1, and the best and easiest way to designate an inventory attorney is to do it online at floridabar.org.Inventory attorneys take possession of the files of a member who dies, disappears, is disbarred or suspended, becomes delinquent, or suffers involuntary leave of absence due to military service, and no other responsible party capable of conducting the member’s affairs is known. The inventory attorney has the responsibility of notifying all clients that their lawyer is no longer able to represent them. The inventory attorney also may give the file to a client for finding substitute counsel; may make referrals to substitute counsel with the agreement of the client; or may accept representation of the client, but is not required to do so.Designated inventory attorneys will be contacted when the need arises and will be asked to serve. Because circumstances change, the designated inventory attorney is not obligated to serve. Inventory attorneys are not directly compensated but may receive reimbursement from The Florida Bar for actual costs incurred while carrying out the duties of an inventory attorney.Only those members who practice in Florida — regardless of where they live — must make a designation. Members who are eligible to practice in Florida, but who do not do so are not required to designate an inventory attorney.Lawyers who practice in Florida — regardless of whether they reside in the state — even if they have only one client (such as in-house counsel or if they represent governmental entities) are required to designate an inventory attorney. Who is not required to designate an inventory attorney? A Florida Bar member who lives in another state and does not practice at all in Florida is not required to designate an inventory attorney, even if the nonresident member is eligible to practice law in Florida.Florida judges and other members who are precluded from practicing law by statute or rule also are not required to designate.Florida resident members engaged in other occupations, even if eligible to practice law in Florida, are not required to designate. Who may be designated as an inventory attorney? Only other members of The Florida Bar may be designated as an inventory attorney.Designated inventory attorneys must be eligible to practice law in Florida. They are not required to be practicing, only that they be eligible to do so.Resident and nonresident members of the Bar may be designated as inventory attorneys. How are inventory attorneys appointed? When the need for an inventory attorney arises, Bar counsel will verify that the designated inventory attorney is eligible to practice law in Florida and shall contact the designated inventory attorney. If the designee agrees to serve, Bar counsel will file a petition with the local circuit court for appointment of the inventory attorney and secure an order of appointment. How do I designate an inventory attorney? The easiest way is to visit Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org. Go to “Member Profile” and look for the “Inventory Attorney Designation” link and fill out the online form. You must already be registered and have an online password to be able to fill out and submit the online form. Members who are not yet registered may follow the instructions on the Web site and fill out the form once they receive their password.The second way to make a designation is to clip the form at the end of this article, fill it out and mail it to: The Florida Bar, Department of Lawyer Regulation, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300. How often must I make a designation? Once a designation is made another designation is not required unless the originally designated inventory attorney is no longer willing or able to serve. In such event designation of another inventory attorney may be made online or by the form below.The text of the amendment reads: RULE 1-3.8 RIGHT TO INVENTORY (e) Designation of Inventory Attorney. Each member of the Bar who practices law in Florida shall designate another member of The Florida Bar who has agreed to serve as inventory attorney under this rule. When the services of an inventory attorney become necessary, an authorized representative of The Florida Bar shall contact the designated member and determine the member’s current willingness to serve. The designated member shall not be under any obligation to serve as inventory attorney.last_img read more