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U2 Honored With Palm Springs International Film Festivals Visionary Award

first_imgBono and The Edge accepted the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Visionary Award recently on behalf of U2 with a speech on the power of activism and American bipartisan leadership in delivering more antiretroviral treatment to AIDS patients.This is the first time the award was given to someone other than a filmmaker, and Bono took the opportunity to speak about his band’s advocacy work. The following is a transcript of his entire speech, which Bono delivered at the awards gala on Saturday night.“I guess this is an award for not shutting up and sticking to what you’re good at. This is kind of an award for being a pain in the arse, isn’t it? That’s what this is. And we do understand that people find it insufferable when artists stray out of their box, but for a lot of us in this room, that is the definition being an artist, straying out of your box.“It is worth mentioning that more people live off their imaginations in California than any other place in the world. No other geography comes close. People around here like to ask questions about the real as well as the imaginary world, and this, of course, is the start of being annoying. Demanding answers is when you upgrade to the proper pain in the arse status of the activist, although some people here have managed to do the activist thing without being annoying.“I am of course thinking of Jane Fonda. How could you not? I’m thinking of Meryl Streep in “Sophie’s Choice.” Steve McQueen has challenged intolerance his entire career. Idris Elba, Naomie Harris were activists long before they took on the giant lives of the Mandelas. Julia Roberts, before she took on “Erin Brockovich,” she was an activist and is an activist, and an extraordinary movie star, the definition of, I would say. And we’d like to pause for a minute to consider our Chairman, Tom Hanks, and his stigma-defying, game-changing role in “Philadelphia.” And what Matthew McConaughey has done again now in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Extraordinary performances.“HIV/AIDS has stolen so many lives in this country. 650,000 to be exact, and 23 million lives outside of this country. What people like Harvey Weinstein and groups like amfAR did for the domestic AIDS problem, ONE and (RED) and many others are trying to do for the global AIDS crisis. Our one simple belief is that where you live should not decide whether you live.“Now our leader in this campaign lost a son to the disease. His name was Nelson Mandela, the greatest activist of them all. His genius was a refusal to hate, not because he hadn’t experienced rage, but because he thought love would do a better job. His cleverness was to put aside tribalism and partisanship, the kind of partisanship, I think you’ll agree, that has betrayed this great nation and the great American idea at the heart of it, even in the last couple of years.“It’s ironic that by following an African’s example, American and European AIDS activists like ONE were successful in encouraging Democrats and Republicans here in the US to put aside their differences and work together on what is turning out to be the largest health intervention in the history of medicine. Thank you, America.“You probably don’t know this, but there are now 10 million lives in the developing world saved by antiretroviral therapy, and American taxpayers have paid for about three quarters of them. Thank you, America. 7.8 million sentient souls are alive because of AIDS drugs that the United States of America paid for, and they are not just alive, but allowed to thrive, to have healthy kids, to be alive to raise those kids, to work, to contribute to their economies. And we’re at the tipping point — amazing to be able to say this — we are actually at the tipping point if we keep up the pressure.“We are within reach of declaring the first AIDS-free generation. What a thought. What a thought for this community. And it’s down to the activism of this generation, actors, directors, producers, musicians, but also students, doctors, nurses, priests, NASCAR drivers, soccer moms, CEOs, NGOs, politicians, people who just don’t normally hang out together not just hanging out together but working together. And that’s what it takes.“Edge and myself have had our mind and our values shaped by some important books and scribes, but for us, in truth, it was movies and music that kindled that fire and put our imaginations on a course to meet you tonight. So thank you to the visionaries in this room, and you all know that a vision without a promise is just a fantasy, and we’re not interested in that. Thank you and good night.”Source:ONE.orglast_img read more

Imperial Beach city official shot and killed while vacationing in Mexico

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom December 29, 2017 Updated: 1:59 PM Posted: December 29, 2017center_img Imperial Beach city official shot and killed while vacationing in Mexico IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) — Imperial Beach city officials were shocked to learn of the murder of City of Imperial Beach Administrative Services Director Doug Bradley while on vacation in Ixtapa, Mexico, over the Christmas holiday.Bradley, who was born in Huntington Beach, California, was an avid surfer and was killed on the day before he would have turned 50 years old. He was on vacation in the resort town of Zihuatanejo.News sources from Mexico indicate the State Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) was informed at 8:00 AM, Thursday, December 28, that Bradley had been shot and killed during a robbery in Ixtapa. Bradley was killed after being chased by gunmen in the resort town of Ixtapa about 4 a.m. Thursday, according to news sources in Mexico.Police apparently did not learn of Bradley’s death until about four hours after the incident.“Doug Bradley was loved by all that knew him,” said Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. “He was always positive, loved to surf, and had helped to turn around the City of Imperial Beach’s financial management as well as restructure city administration to make it more efficient and resident friendly. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him.”The City of Imperial Beach is working with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to help repatriate Bradley’s body back to the U.S.Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is a resort region on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, 150 miles northwest of Acapulco and about 1,700 miles south of the U.S. border. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Goodenough New CEO of Summit Business Media

first_imgRELATED VIDEO: Q+A with GoodenoughSummit Business Media has promoted president Andy Goodenough to CEO. Goodenough replaces publishing veteran William R. Reilly, who will continue to serve as chairman and remains an investor in the company. “Going into the formation of Summit in November 2006, my plan was to drive the initial growth of the business for several years as CEO, and then step back to the chairman role,” Reilly said in a statement. Prior to joining Summit, Reilly served as chairman and CEO of F&W Publications (now F+W Media); as founder, chairman and CEO of Primedia; and as president of the Macmillan Publishing Company. Goodenough has more than 30 years of experience in b-to-b media. He served as president of the USB Corporation and as publisher of U.S. Banker before its sale to Thomson Media in 1993. He then served as president of Thomson’s banking publishing/conferences group and launched Highline Media in 2003, which was acquired as part of the formation of Summit in 2006.Earlier this month, Summitpurchased WiesnerMedia’s Denver-based Financial Group, marking the company’s seventh acquisition since its launch. Summit’s current portfolio includes 25 magazines, 150 reference books and electronic products, and 100 live events.last_img read more

MySpace reportedly loses 50 million songs uploaded over 12 years

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 5:30 Internet Services Music MySpace may have lost 12 years of music in a “server migration project.” Lionel Bonaventure / AFP/Getty Images MySpace may have lost your digital memories in a server migration.”As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace,” it said in a note at the top of the site.”We apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer at DPO@myspace.com.” Tags 5center_img Comments Share your voice Andy Baio, one of the people behind Kickstarter, tweeted that it could mean millions of songs uploaded between the site’s Aug. 1, 2003 launch and 2015 are gone for good.”Myspace accidentally lost all the music uploaded from its first 12 years in a server migration, losing over 50 million songs from 14 million artists,” he wrote Sunday.”I’m deeply skeptical this was an accident. Flagrant incompetence may be bad PR, but it still sounds better than ‘we can’t be bothered with the effort and cost of migrating and hosting 50 million old MP3s,’ ” Baio noted.MySpace didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.It might seem like a dim and distant memory now, but MySpace was an essential springboard for musicians like Arctic Monkeys in 2005 and the most popular site in the US in 2006. It was got a makeover back in 2013, when it was refurbished and rebranded as a cool place to share music and video.First published at 5:07 a.m. PT.Updated at 9:44 a.m. PT: Adds background detail. MySpace is still alive but it’s nothing like it was 15…last_img read more

2020 Toyota Prius Prime picks up Apple CarPlay and a fifth seat

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe Prius Prime arrived in the 2017 model year to replace the Prius Plug-In, and it’s remained relatively unchanged since then. Toyota Toyota may have given the regular Prius a redesign for the 2019 model year, but the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid soldiered on unchanged. The automaker will change that, though, with a slew of solid updates for the 2020 model year.Toyota this week unveiled a raft of changes for the 2020 Toyota Prius. However, the aesthetics remain unchanged, leaving the Prius Prime to look like a sharper yet also wackier version of the regular Prius. The two do look a bit more similar, though, thanks to the 2019 Prius’ visual updates. The adjustments focus on interior comfort and tech. Perhaps most importantly, Toyota has added Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM satellite radio and Amazon Alexa compatibility as standard equipment across the lineup. To ensure everybody’s devices are topped off for post-drive adventures, the 2020 Prius Prime now sports two extra USB ports in the second row.Speaking of the second row, it now accommodates three individuals, up from two in previous model years. That’s the major interior update, as the rest are pretty inconsequential. There’s a new extender for the sun visors, the white interior accents have been swapped out for black ones and the front-heated seat buttons have been relocated for easier access. Finally, Toyota also revamped the hierarchy of the lineup. Instead of Plus, Premium and Advanced trims, they’re now called LE, XLE and Limited, mirroring other Toyota vehicles. When the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime goes on sale this summer, it’ll start at $27,600 before destination, rising to $29,500 for the midlevel XLE and $33,500 for the top-tier Limited. Its battery still permits an all-electric range of 25 miles, but taking the gas tank into account, it can run up to 640 miles before it needs more go-go juice. 42 Photos More From Roadshow More about 2019 Toyota Prius • Preview • 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e: Efficient stability 0 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice Toyota Apple 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Review • 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid review: Sip with subtlety reading • 2020 Toyota Prius Prime picks up Apple CarPlay and a fifth seat 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Toyota Hybrids Hatchbacks Post a comment Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 2017 Toyota Prius Prime: Meaner style, greener miles Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags See Alllast_img read more

Bringing the village to life

first_imgMithilanchal Chitraleela – an exhibition of select paintings by village artists of Madhubani is being organised by Lokatma at The Ashok Hotel. The exhibition features exquisite paintings on handmade paper, cloth and canvas. Forms are outlined freehand, using a paintbrush or bamboo pen with/without a metal nib. A variety of vibrant and muted colours, innovatively combining plant/mineral extracts, gum, fabric paints and bazaar powders are used. While each painting expresses individual creativity, all celebrate the Mithilanchal world-view and are organised around five related themes: Devi-Devata: Vedic, Puranic and folk gods and goddesses; Prakriti: Nature as seen in Mithilanchal; Dehaati Jivan: Village Life in the Region; Shubh Parv: Traditional Social and Religious Celebrations; Mahakavya Prasang: Scenes from Four Epic Tales – the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Lorikayana and the Legend of Raja Salhesh.WHERE: The Ashok Hotel, ChanakyapuriWHEN: 9 to 18 August, 10.30 am to 7.30 pmlast_img read more

Laughter on hold

first_imgThird World Comedy, a stand up comedy show designed for the third world countries is going to be staged in the Capital on 23 August. Behroopiya Entertainers in association with Loony Goons and Comedy has organised the show that will feature comedians like – Abijit Ganguly, Nishant Tanwar and Zakir Khan. Third World Comedy is a comedy that highlights the facts from all the third world countries and India also happens to be one of the them. The artistes, with their own perspective, will bring out how Indians don’t realise the difference between our nation and the other developed nations. It will also feature interactions, sketches, improvisation and parody songs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Ganguly has been performing as a stand-up artiste for three years now. Mostly, his sets are anecdotes and he relies on audience relating to what they hear in order to get the laughs.Tanwar is known as ‘Joke Singh’ in the stand-up comedy circuit. He takes digs at stereotypes and Indian culture. Interacting effortlessly with his audience, Tanwar’s humor is universal – connecting with all segments of people breaking social and age group barriers. Khan is the winner of Comedy Central’s hunt for Best Stand Up Comic of India. A cartoon by heart, comedian by nature, a writer by profession and performer by birth, he will take you to a laughter ride. So head over!Where: Alliance Francis de Delhi, Lodhi Road When: 23 AugustTiming: 6.30 pm and 8 pm  Ticket Price: Rs 700, 500 and 300last_img read more

Sublime Text 32 released with Git integration improved themes editor control and

first_imgYesterday, the team behind Sublime Text released Sublime Text 3.2, a text editor that comes with Git integration, improved diff markers, new theme functionality and much more. What’s new in Sublime Text 3.2? GIT integration With this release, the files and folders in the sidebar will now display badges for indicating Git status. In this release, the ignored files and folders are de-emphasized. In Sublime Text 3.2, the Git branch and number of modifications are displayed in the status bar. The commands have now been added to open a repository. Now there are few themes that customize the display of sidebar badges and status bar information. A new setting show_git_status has been added that disables Git integration. Improved editor control This release comes with block_caret setting. The positioning and sizing of gutter icons have now been improved. This release comes with improved IME support for Windows and improved input method (IM) support – fcitx, ibus, etc for Linux. Improved diff markers With this release, diff markers now display added, modified and deleted lines. A new setting called mini_diff now controls incremental diff behavior. With the new Git functionality, diffs can now be calculated against HEAD or the index. Few diff-related commands such as Next Modification, Previous Modification, and Revert Modification have been added. Improved files and folders For Windows, the paths are treated as case-sensitive and the unlock directories are closed. Enhanced themes/UI This release comes with added support for variables and revised JSON format with variables key. Performance has been improved with large numbers of rules in a .sublime-theme. Also, support for macOS native tabs has been added. Window placement and resize performance has been improved. API This release comes with View.set_reference_document() and View.reset_reference_document() for controlling diff generation. Phantoms can now be  drawn correctly in conjunction with draw_centered. Major bug fixes In this release, the Goto Symbol in Project has been fixed. The draw_minimap_border setting is now working. Few users are comparing the performance of Sublime Text with VScode as they think VScode is better. One of the users commented on HackerNews, “I hope Sublime steps up their game, as I think VScode is standing on their shoulders, and competition is good.” Few others think that Sublime is the best editor. Another comment reads, “If all I needed was a great text editor, I would use Sublime. It’s everything I want in an editor.” To know more about this news, check out Sublime Text’s blog post. Read Next Meet Sublime Merge, a new Git client from the makers of Sublime Text Introducing R-Factor, a refactoring tool for React and Redux Typescript 3.3 is finally released!last_img read more

Rep Barrett bill increases efficiency flexibility on farms

first_img State Rep. Tom Barrett’s legislation giving farmers the flexibility to move portable toilet facilities around their fields for farm workers was approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives.Barrett, of Potterville, said farms use portable bathrooms to comply with requirements that field workers have access to toilet facilities within a quarter mile of where they are working.“It’s not uncommon for workers to be harvesting crops in one area and then move to a field down the street,” Barrett said. “To comply with current law, farmers would have to halt operations and wait for a contractor to move the portable toilets before farm operations can resume.”Barrett’s bill would allow farmers to transport portable sanitation facilities without becoming licensed septage haulers if they meet specific criteria.“It’s ridiculous to force people to hire contractors to perform tasks they’re capable of performing themselves,” Barrett said. “Allowing farmers to move these facilities from field to field will increase efficiency and prevent farm activities from coming to a standstill while waiting on a company to perform the routine service.”House Bill 4438 now moves to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Barrett News 20Jun Rep. Barrett bill increases efficiency, flexibility on farmslast_img read more

Hindi language entertainment channel Sony Entertai

first_imgHindi language entertainment channel Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) has launched on the Freeview TV platform in the Greater Manchester area of the UK.The launch means SEN is for the first time available to TV viewers without a satellite, cable or IPTV connection.Shalin Patel, head of marketing and distribution for SEN Europe, said, “It is a historical time for the UK television industry as a whole. For the last 15 years, South Asian language channels were only available on what some describe as ‘secondary’ services such as satellite and cable. With the launch on digital terrestrial in the Manchester region, our viewers can access the channel wherever they are in their home with only the most basic equipment required. This is just another step re-enforcing Sony Entertainment Networks commitment to breaking barriers with true progression.”last_img read more