Bob Weir, Patti Smith, & Flea To Headline San Francisco’s ‘Pathway To Paris’ Benefit Concert

first_imgPathway To Paris is a concert that coincides with the Global Climate Action Summit, bringing together high-profile musicians, artists, activists, politicians, and other public figures to advocate for cities to work to address climate change. The event takes its name from the Paris Agreement, a global agreement secured by the U.N. that encourage countries to mitigate their greenhouse-gas emissions, and seeks to encourage cities to meet and exceed the Paris Agreement’s climate targets.On September 14th, the fourth-annual Pathway To Paris concert will be held at San Francisco’s Masonic. Heading the lineup is Patti Smith, the famed singer-songwriter and poet whose daughter, Jesse Parris Smith, co-founded the event with Rebecca Foon (both of whom will also appear during the show). Also headlining is Bob Weir, the famed Grateful Dead guitarist, and Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Other musicians on the bill include Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Eric Burdon, formerly of War and The Animals, Tibetan musician and activist Tenzin Choegyla, and French pop-soul singer Imany.In addition to the musical performances, Icelandic visual artist Olafur Eliasson has created a special interactive piece for Pathway to Paris, which will engage the audience in a collaborative work of art. As noted in a press release, “Artist Olafur Eliasson will turn the whole audience into artists by creating an interactive collective artwork. Eliasson leads a choreography that motions its audience to hold up a Little Sun solar lantern. The result is a visually striking solar-powered ‘sunrise’ which raises awareness for climate action and energy equality.”As noted by Jesse Paris Smith,In the world of music, the best way to improve is through collaboration. This is the same with the critical issue of climate change. We must join together to make this the most ambitious collaboration of our century. We will not be able to implement crucial and challenging solutions to climate change, plastic pollution, and all urgent environmental problems as long as we stand divided. Inseparable from the issue of climate change is the need for world peace, global communication, and an international collaboration unmatched by any event in human history.All proceeds from the fourth-annual Pathway to Paris concert will be donated to 350.org, Pathway to Paris, and the United Nations Development Programme. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 13th, at 10 a.m. (PT) via LiveNation.com, with tickets also available via all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone. For more information, head here.last_img read more

Stop trying to attract everyone in your advertising

first_imgby: Joe SwatekMany advertisers, including credit unions, waste advertising budgets by producing ads that don’t attract the audience who most want the product or service they’re promoting.With a little care and knowledge of what to look for, it doesn’t need to be that way.One of the biggest mistakes advertisers make is to assume they can attract everyone. It’s not possible. Your prospect field is limited to those who need the product or service you’re offering. With banking products, that’s an especially important factor.When you’re advertising with readable media, whether direct mail, newspaper ads, brochures, web pages, online banners, and so on, your best bet to gain a prospect’s attention is with the headline.Here’s an example of an ineffective headline one bank’s real print ads use:(Bank Name) financing that fits your needs! continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Marine tech certification takes step forward with Lloyd’s Register

first_imgThe MET-CERTIFIED project has welcomed aboard the certification body Lloyd’s Register (LR) which will be providing its expertise to progress the development and global standardization of marine energy devices.The LR’s involvement with MET-CERTIFIED will assess the value of universal marine energy certification schemes to help provide confidence to private and commercial investors seeking to invest in marine energy projects.MET-CERTIFIED is an initiative that seeks to increase the adoption of insurable and therefore bankable marine energy projects through the development of internationally recognized standards and certification schemes, and by testing and verifying technologies against International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards for marine energy converters.Peter Davies, Principal Specialist of Renewable Energy for LR says: “Certification helps to reduce perceived risks of new or upcoming technologies used in marine energy power generation projects and can help to increase market confidence in how devices perform and their structural integrity, as well as helping this sector attract previously untapped finance schemes and making exporting marine energy technology across the world easier.”The initiative has been backed by EU funding in the amount of €5.6 million received in December 2016, and covers England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium, known as the Interreg 2 SEAS region.MET-CERTIFIED is evaluating the entire process of certification, from concept to construction through to installation of a full-scale floating platform for tidal turbines with the support of a number of industry partners.The initiative is of huge importance to the marine energy industry and particularly for stakeholders wanting security and knowledge in how technology can be, and should be, certified – critical to stakeholder groups such as banks and insurers through to consenting authorities, end-users, test facilities and classification authorities, MET-CERTIFIED said.“Together with nine other partners from the Interreg 2 SEAS region we are working on standards and certification schemes for marine renewables both at the national and international level. LR will be providing updates to the project on current developments in standards and certification schemes.“Also we will be providing feedback to the standards and certification committees from a lessons learnt assessment by implementing the standards and certification schemes across eight test models,” added Davies.Millions of devices that contain electronics, and use or produce electricity, rely on IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems to perform, fit and work safely together.Likewise, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment (IECRE) in Renewable Energy Applications aims to facilitate international trade in equipment and services for use in renewable energy sectors to maintain the required level of safety.last_img read more

Lady Bulldog Netters Prevail Against Lady Wildcats

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs were 3-2 winners at home against Franklin County.Jenna Ertel was a winner at No. 2 singles. Maggie Walsman and Lily Esser teamed up to win at at No. 2 doubles as the score was knotted 2-2 with one match to play. Corinne Stone and Betsy Harmeyer secured the team victory with a three-set win at No. 1 doubles.Winners in junior varsity play were Kayla Stone, Caroline Kellerman and Carly Fitzpatrick.Courtesy of Bulldogs AD Bryan Helvie.last_img

Jamaica and Namibia Agree Visa Waiver Programme

first_imgStory Highlights Jamaicans traveling to the Republic of Namibia for business or tourism will not be required to obtain a visa. Previously, Jamaica unilaterally waived visa requirements for Namibians entering the country as an expression of solidarity and support during Namibia’s liberation struggle. Namibia today reciprocated this action. It’s the first of several agreements between both countries, as Prime Minister Andrew Holness began a full day of discussions with the Namibian President HE Dr. Hage Geingob. Jamaicans traveling to the Republic of Namibia for business or tourism will not be required to obtain a visa.The Governments of Jamaica and Namibia this morning (July 23) agreed to a visa waiver programme.It’s the first of several agreements between both countries, as Prime Minister Andrew Holness began a full day of discussions with the Namibian President HE Dr. Hage Geingob.Previously, Jamaica unilaterally waived visa requirements for Namibians entering the country as an expression of solidarity and support during Namibia’s liberation struggle. Namibia today reciprocated this action.Speaking at a joint press conference with President Geingob in the Namibian capital Windhoek, Prime Minister Holness said both countries have now cemented a deeper bond.Prime Minister Holness declared that his official visit to Namibia is of strategic importance.“You know we have two beautiful countries, but we scarcely ever get to enjoy the beauty of our countries. We need to encourage travel between our two countries for tourism. I’ve welcomed the announcement by your President of the waiver of visa requirements for Jamaicans; Jamaica had long ago abolished visa requirements for Namibians,” stated Prime Minister Holness.Jamaica and Namibia are also working to secure a stronger relationship in several areas including trade, investment, banking, sports and culture.In addition, Prime Minister Holness stated there will be greater opportunities for the people of both countries.“I think that there is great opportunity for us to continue our exchange of people. We can build a strong human capital base in education. We welcome Namibians to study at our Universities. We welcome Namibians to come and train with us in athletics and sporting endeavors. We believe that there can be significant opportunities between our two countries for trade,” said Prime Minister Holness.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness and Namibian President Geingob have recommitted to ensuring the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group remains.“I also welcome the public support of your President to ensure that the African Caribbean and Pacific arrangement remains intact,” said Prime Minister Holness.Noting that there are some countries who feel it better to negotiate with Europe bilaterally, Prime Minister Holness believes that Jamaica and Namibia can also be efficacious in that regard.“We are stronger together and the liberation struggle may have ended for many Africans but the new struggle is now for our economic independence and our economic liberation and it makes no sense for us to separate on this matter,” argued Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister is slated for a series of Government and cultural activities in Namibia for the remainder of his working visit.last_img read more