Editor’s Note: The application for this position is currently closed. Thanks everyone for your interest, and check in for more job openings in the future! Attention grammar-savvy music lovers! Live For Live Music is happy to announce that we are currently opening applications for a new full-time writer position. We are looking for an experienced writer to join our editorial team, with the opportunity to move into the role of an editor based on performance. As a staff writer for L4LM, you’d be a key part of our editorial team, helping us write, edit, and research daily articles, including cutting-edge music news, engaging features, and more. Check out more about the position and what we’re looking for below, and to apply, head here.Staff Writer Day-to-Day ResponsibilitiesWrite hyper-polished, well-structured, and compelling posts about music news on WordPressEdit and proofread written pieces before publicationResearch unfamiliar topics for fact-checking and to inform articlesPost and schedule content on social networks, and monitor engagementStay on top of happenings in the music world, and identify potential storiesDevelop, research, and write longer features (e.g., interviews, premieres, marketing features)Required Experience, Skills, & TraitsPrevious experience as a writer or editor (preferably for a digital outlet)Excellent command of the English languageA proven ability to write engaging copy with logical organizationA proven ability to self-edit and find and fix grammatical errors and typosKnowledge of and presence on various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)Ability to work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with one rotating 9-5 shift each weekend (either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)Knowledge of and passion for music (specifically jam, funk, bluegrass, rock, indie, EDM, soul)Goal-driven—both personally and for the team’s overall successTime management—a self-starter with an ability to prioritize assignments and meet deadlinesProfessional—can work with artists, management, and publicists while keeping their coolGood attitude—positive, passionate, and flexible with a willingness to learn new thingsAdditional Desired SkillsInterest and past experience in the music industry and/or journalismFamiliarity with SEOExperience using WordPress or other content management systemsExperience using team/project management applications (Asana, Basecamp, Slack)Strong research and interviewing skillsLocation: Remote (though preferably New York City-based/within Eastern Time Zone)Full-time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, plus one full-day rotating shift each weekend (either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)If you’re interested in working for Live For Live Music as a paid, full-time staff writer, apply for the position here.
Today, Epicenter Festival has announced the lineup for their inaugural event in 2019, set to take place on May 10th, 11th, and 12th in Rockingham, North Carolina. The three-day festival will be led by performances from Korn, Rob Zombie, The Prodigy, Tool, Judas Priest, The Cult, Foo Fighters, Bring Me The Horizon, 311, Mastodon, Tom Morello, Yelawolf, Evanesence, Bush, The Cult, and many more. You can check out the full lineup on the poster below.Tickets for the inaugural Epicenter Festival will go on sale this Friday, December 14th, at noon EST via the festival website. You can also read their amusing FAQ response detailing the concepts of “moshing” and “crowd surfing”—which you know will happen, given the artists on the bill—and the festival’s policies about them here.Watch the festival’s lineup announcement video below:Epicenter Festival Lineup Announcement Video read more
Consumers are increasingly choosing sustainable investments with socially responsible and environmentally-friendly goals. While there is promise in this area, there also is the potential for companies to claim to be more environmentally or socially responsible than they actually are. Now scientists at City University of New York (CUNY) and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have partnered with UBS Asset Management to develop a scientific framework to help investors judge whether companies’ actions, products, and services support the environment and human wellbeing. The framework seeks to identify investments that promote four United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals — access to clean water, and maintaining human health, food security, and reducing climate change. UBS Asset Management and the Dutch pension fund PGGM Investments are using the metrics to test the concept on a $2.1 billion portfolio of public equities.In a Policy Forum, published Feb. 2, 2018 in Science, John Spengler, Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation at Harvard Chan School, and co-authors describe an ongoing effort to develop standardized metrics to determine how companies impact people and the environment. They note that the basic information that companies declare in sustainability assessments is not standardized and is difficult to verify. For instance, a small renewable energy company in an area with high air pollution could generate greater positive impact on human health than a larger company in a region with cleaner air.“We need to reframe sustainable development in terms of building our collective natural, human and social capital,” said Spengler in a Feb. 5, 2018 Forbes article. “In order to do this our financial institutions need clear signals that the goods and services of companies are actually healing natural systems and providing for the wellbeing of society.”Other Harvard Chan School authors of the Science article include Ramon Sanchez and Jonathan Buonocore.Read a press release: CUNY, Harvard scientists team with UBS Asset Management on sustainable investing framework Read Full Story read more
For the last three years, The Shirt Project has contracted with Alta Gracia Apparel, a fair trade clothing factory located in the Altagracia province of Dominican Republic, to produce The Shirt. In an event sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns and the Higgins Labor Studies Program, two women who work at the factory in the Dominican Republic, a member of the Alta Gracia educational staff and a member of The Shirt committee sat down for a panel on the garment company and its work with Notre Dame. Mary O’Neil | The Observer Panelists from Alta Gracia Apparel and The Shirt Committee discuss the positive community impact of the factory which produces The Shirt.The Shirt Project was founded in 1990, and its proceeds go towards the Rector Fund, which helps students afford football tickets and participate in other activities not covered by financial aid. Funds also aid students with “extraordinary medical costs,” junior Molly Howell, vice president of The Shirt Project, said.Howell said The Shirt committee’s partnership with Alta Gracia has been a largely positive experience.“They came to us in 2012 and really impressed us,” Howell said. “… It’s been a great collaboration. They do so much for the people in the Dominican Republic, and the social aspect of that really stood out to us.“They’ve been incredibly accommodating in terms of design, and they allowed us to change the fabric this year. In addition to being this amazing company that does so much good for the people in the Dominican Republic, they also have a really solid business model.”Rachel Taber, community education coordinator for Alta Gracia, spoke about the company and served as translator for the two women visiting from the Alta Gracia factory.“Alta Gracia is the first-ever, living-wage college apparel project,” Taber said. “Sometimes people think of a living wage as a family wage because it is enough to support a family of five.“It is more than three times what your average Dominican garment worker would be making otherwise. This has a really profound impact on this community, as many people in this room have been able to see themselves.”The factory’s policies have greatly impacted the community, Taber said. The higher wages provided by the company allow for workers to engage in opportunities that would otherwise be impossible.“Kids are going to school where they weren’t able to before for lack of resources like school supplies,” she said. “The children of garment workers are now enrolled in college, pursuing their dreams, and even the workers themselves [can pursue an education]. People have access to medical care; people have become entrepreneurs in their own hometowns … actually employing other people in their community. It’s such a powerful ripple effect.”Yenny Perez, a single mother of five children, is a worker at the Alta Gracia factory. She spoke about her experience with the company as Taber translated from Spanish.“Since I have started working at Alta Gracia, my life has made a 180,” Perez said. “We have the saying in Spanish that it is the difference between heaven and earth. I have been able to do things at home and take time to do things with my children.“Before I worked at Alta Gracia, even sending all of them to school was a huge challenge. I had to pick which one of them would get to go. Now, all of my children are enrolled in school; my two oldest daughters are enrolled in the university. This hasn’t just been a big change for me; it has been a big change for all the workers and also for our local economy in Altagracia.”Maritza Vargas, a 49-year-old factory worker with five children and one grandchild, talked about specific policies at the factory that have improved the working conditions, particularly for women.“At Alta Gracia, we as women feel like we’re on a whole new level,” Vargas said, with Taber translating. “As women, we are treated well and respected. Our right to be a mother is respected.“At Alta Gracia our right to be a mother is fully respected and accommodated on the job. When it’s time to give birth, they are given full pregnancy leave, and postpartum, they are also given rights to tend to their babies properly.“Some of the benefits that mothers enjoy are that they are allowed half a day out of the schedule to bring their child to the doctor or to any checkups that they could possibly need. They are also given one hour each day to go home and breast feed their child, to make sure it gets proper nutrition. They are also given time and the support of a childcare center that they can take their child to.”Vargas said that the Alta Gracia factory represents a model of garment production that allows for human dignity but also profit.“It’s a great pride to work at Alta Gracia,” Vargas said. “We’re showing the world together that this can be done. You can have a factory where people are treated like humans, with respect, like equals. You can have a factory where people are paid a dignified wage and this is something that can be done all over.”Tags: Alta Gracia, labor, living wage, The Shirt, The Shirt Project read more
Seven years in the making, Valley Uprising is a feature-length documentary by Sender Films that explores the history of climbing in Yosemite National Park, aka The Valley, as well as the counterculture roots of outdoor sports.Come out in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday evening October 18, for a showing of this incredible look at the birth and evolution of modern climbing in the U.S. Valley Uprising tells the story of the bold men and women who broke with convention and redefined the limits of human possibility in America’s legendary national park.For the past 60 years, generations of climbers have dropped out of society and made a pilgrimage to Yosemite, living a simple life among the pine trees while dedicating all their time and energy to climbing the valley’s soaring granite walls. As the legendary Yosemite pioneer Yvon Chouinard says in the film, “The idea of devoting your life to climbing didn’t exist anywhere else. No one expected to ever have a job. We were going to be hoboes, basically. And we were going to climb forever, and that was the extent of it.”Valley Uprising tracks the evolution of climbing in Yosemite, but also the rivalries between climbers, and the increasingly tense relationship with the National Park Service – as their freedom-loving, extreme bohemian lifestyle chafes against the rules and regulations of the federal government. Generation after generation of Valley climbers has carried the torch, pushing the limits of climbing, pissing off the authorities, and vying for supremacy on Yosemite’s cliffs.Narrated by American film and stage actor Peter Sarsgaard. The film features digitally-animated archival photography, spectacular climbing footage and interviews with Yosemite climbing legends – from pioneers like Royal Robbins, Lynn Hill and John Long to cutting edge modern athletes like Dean Potter and Alex Honnold.The local sponsor for this screening is Rocky Top Climbing!Ticket Information: $16.50 sold online read more
I watched the Nov. 12 Bears vs. Packers football game with special interest—and not just because I’m a longtime Bears fan leading a Wisconsin-based association. I was also reflecting on the learning going on. For the uninitiated, the Bears organization started playing rookie Mitchell Trubisky as its first-string quarterback on Oct. 9. The No. 2 overall NFL draft pick, Trubisky was a starter for one season at North Carolina before going pro. During that season, he completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 3,748 yards, 30 touchdowns and six interceptions playing for a solid team in the competitive Atlantic Coast Conference.So clearly, the Bears drafted a quarterback with potential. But I was thinking that Sunday about how the Bears could develop this talent—and what credit unions could learn from the process. Here are four ways I think the Bears—and your credit union—can bring along the best players, including rookies: When I wrote this column, Trubisky had five starts and led the Bears to victory twice, unfortunately not against the Packers. I’m hoping strategies like the four above will help Trubisky reach his potential and the Bears win more games. I hope they’ll help you develop your team members and achieve your goals, too. Commit to developing future leaders. When the Bears put Trubisky in the starter spot, they committed to helping him succeed. Just by committing to developing Trubisky, the Bears have taken an important first step toward him becoming a successful pro quarterback.Offer opportunities to learn on the job. A key way football players grow is by getting time on the field during a game that counts. You can practice a two-minute drill all day, but the pressure is different in a real game with a real opponent. At CUES, we have a variety of team members leading each of our strategic initiatives. This gives them opportunities to learn while they work for organizational wins. You can do the same in your shop.Look for formal learning opportunities that promote the application of theory. I’m sure the Bears coaches are teaching Trubisky their playbook—plus every QB success technique they can think of. But then they send him out on the practice field—and the game field—to apply what has been taught. When you shop for formal educational offerings for the team members you’re developing, look for ones (like CEO Institute) that include projects that ask attendees to apply their learning directly to their work. Look for educational opportunities that incorporate movement into the learning process. The research is clear that exercising the body has a positive and measurable impact on brain function. Football players have a built-in outlet for physical exercise that should enhance playbook study. Knowing that learning benefits from incorporating exercise, CUES complements formal learning with opportunities to ski, fish, hike or otherwise get outside and get the muscles moving during CUES Symposium: A CEO/Chairman Exchange and its “Execu” programs (Execu/Summit®, Execu/Net™ and its new Execu/Blend™). 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Details read more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 12-year-old girl died a day after she was shot while she was inside her Hempstead home on Friday evening, Nassau County police said.Officers responded to a 911 call at a Dartmouth Street home, where they found the victim, Dejah Joyner, suffering from a gunshot wound at 5 p.m., police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where she is listed in grave condition. She died Saturday.Homicide Squad detectives determined that a single gunshot was fired from the street and struck the child while she was in her living room, police said.Police are offering a $75,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.Detectives request anyone with information regarding the above crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous. read more
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Thirteen financial institutions including mobile payment service providers and peer-to-peer lending platforms have been granted access to the government’s civil registry data to expedite data verification as well as to prevent fraud and accelerate financial inclusion.The institutions signed memorandums of understanding (MoU) with the Home Ministry’s Population and Civil Registration directorate general (Dukcapil) on Thursday that affords the institutions access to civil registry data, including citizenship identification numbers (NIK) and e-ID card (e-KTP) details.The 13 distribution channels include privately owned Bank Oke Indonesia, financial technology (fintech) peer-to-peer lending companies PT Digital Alpha Indonesia (Uang Teman) and PT Ammana Fintek Syariah, e-wallet OVO, multifinance firm PT Astrido Pasific Finance and foundation Yayasan Dompet Dhuafa Republika. “We want to give our support, so that the tasks and the purpose of your organizations can run smoothly by fast verification through access to Dukcapil’s data,” Home Minister Tito Karnavian said during a live-streamed signing event on Thursday.Read also: Government trials facial recognition system to improve social aid disbursementHe added that, not only would the agreement allow for more efficient processes, it could also prevent possible fraud, as users of these 13 platforms would need to be verified against Dukcapil’s database before being granted loans or financing.According to Home Affairs Ministry data, as many as 2,108 other institutions have signed the same agreement. Banks account for more than half of that figure, followed by higher education institutions. “We have to be able to utilize data in ways that comply not only with the rule of law but also the privacy rights of the Indonesian people,” Tito stressed. Dukcapil Director General Zudan Arif Fakrulloh emphasized that, in line with the principle of data privacy, the partnership only authorized access to requested data in order for the user-institutions to conduct cross-verification and did not grant access to Dukcapil’s entire database. The institutions also have to fulfil several legality aspects as well as obtain a recommendation from the authority of their respective field, such as the Financial Services Authority (OJK), before getting the access. Prior to the agreement, the institutions said parts of their verification process were still done manually, or that they partnered with third parties to help them verify users’ data.Sharia peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform Ammana Fintek Syariah founder and CEO Lutfi Adhiansyah told reporters during a press conference following the MoU signing that the agreement enabled the company to compare data that it had already gathered to quickly complete its Know Your Customer (KYC) process.Read also: Requests for loan restructuring on the rise as COVID-19 hits P2P borrowers“The verification with Dukcapil’s database will only be done with our users’ consent,” he said, adding that the company had already obtained security data management certification as one of the requirements to get a recommendation from the OJK.Financial services provider Pendanaan co-founder and CEO Dino Martin, who is also the representative of the Indonesian Fintech Lenders Association (AFPI), added that the partnership would increase the company’s ability to pursue its financial inclusion agenda, as it assisted the process of digital onboarding and expanded access when the company’s reach was limited due to the ongoing pandemic.“This partnership is also a response to welcome the new normal, in which people are now closer to the digital world in many aspects, including the financial aspect,” P2P lending startup Uang Teman CEO Aidil Zulkifli said during the live-streamed press conference on Thursday. Topics : read more
‘No plan, no logic’ EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said in “some member states, the situation is now even worse than during the peak in March”.The death rate has not returned to the levels seen earlier this year but new infections are soaring once again, prompting the bloc’s disease control agency to flag seven countries of “high concern”.The countries, including Spain and several of the EU’s eastern states, have “an increased proportion of hospitalized and severe cases” among older people and rising death notification rates.Although France was not among those nations, it has tightened its measures — closing some restaurants, workplaces and gyms as businesses already hammered by the earlier lockdown struggle to stay afloat.Bars in Paris and 10 other cities will be forced to close early and the southern city of Marseille will see restaurants and bars close completely. Local officials have reacted with anger and frustration.Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Thursday she had lodged a formal protest, particularly over the closure of gyms.”How will the fact that we can no longer exercise help us, while sport is an important part of keeping us healthy with strong immune systems,” she asked.Health experts also warned that governments risked losing the trust of the population.Hagai Levine, an epidemiologist who is part of Israel’s anti-coronavirus taskforce, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rush to ease the first lockdown caused the current crisis.”When there is no plan, no logic, the public loses its trust,” he said. But he added that the outlook remained “very challenging”.The economy in the United States, which is battling the world’s worst outbreak, also had some rare good news with a 4.8 percent rise in home sales in August. Vaccine? No thanks For some, that lack of trust also extends to the rush to get out a vaccine, with nine candidates worldwide currently in final clinical trials.In Russia, a vaccine has already been approved even though full clinical trials have yet to be completed, raising concerns about its safety.On Thursday, Russian cosmonauts set to blast off for the International Space Station (ISS) said it was too early to get the vaccine touted by President Vladimir Putin.”I’d personally say that I would not get vaccinated because I tread very carefully on this issue,” said Sergei Ryzhikov, the leader of the next expedition to the ISS in October.The rollout of a vaccine is seen as crucial in many walks of life, particularly sport, where those events that are taking place are generally behind closed doors.However, Olympic boss Thomas Bach said the postponed Tokyo Games could take place next year even without a vaccine.”A number of big sport events have been successfully organized recently,” he said, pointing for instance to the success of the Tour de France.Elsewhere in the world of sport, Swedish striker and AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 38, has tested positive for coronavirus, his club announced on Thursday.Meanwhile South Africans took up a “dance challenge” issued by President Cyril Ramaphosa, uploading choreographed videos to the 2019 hit song “Jerusalema” by producer Master KG that has lifted spirits during the pandemic. Israel, which closed schools and imposed restrictions on workplaces and leisure activities last week in a second nationwide lockdown, toughened its rules still further on Thursday.Most workplaces and markets are to be closed and prayer meetings and demonstrations will be severely restricted, as the country battles the world’s worst per-capita infection rate.The strict measures imposed during the earlier phase of the epidemic, which has now infected more than 30 million and killed more than 950,000, crippled businesses and helped to plunge the world into recession.On Thursday, the IMF said the economic outlook was brighter now than it had been in June, with a spokesman suggesting that some parts of the global economy were “beginning to turn the corner”. The European Union raised the alarm on Thursday over the coronavirus pandemic, saying it is worse now than at the March peak in several member countries, as governments in Europe and beyond reimpose drastic measures.France reported an all-time high in new daily cases of over 16,000, one day after announcing tougher infection control measures especially for hard-hit Mediterranean city Marseille.And Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned that a new lockdown could be needed in Athens unless the public can help bring down new cases by respecting distancing and mask-wearing measures. Topics : read more