Band Takes Stand For LGBTQ Rights By Performing In Drag In North Carolina [Photos/Vidoes]

first_imgOn May 25th, MarchFourth is launching a Kickstarter for their fourth studio album, Magic Number, which was recorded at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans, LA, produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman and featuring Stanton Moore and Trombone Shorty. Depending on your pledge, you’ll be able to pre-order the album through the program when it goes live later this month. Needless to say, this record is going to be off the charts!Catch MarchFourth later this month when they swing through Summer Camp for a late night Sunday set that promises a multi-faceted, indelible experience, as well as various guerilla parades throughout the weekend! They’ll be sure to keep it fresh all the way through! MarchFourth is a genre-breaking force of nature in the world of entertainment. Carrying nearly twenty musicians, dancers, and artisans around the country for a show that defies categorization and implores free-spirited joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring ambience sets the band apart from any other touring band. Able to catch the attention of any, the cast of characters recently used their position to an advantage of power.Following the new laws in North Carolina against the LGBTQ community, and the recent concert cancellations that some headlining acts chose to respond with, members of MarchFourth decided to respond to the situation in a different way. After a late night drunken conversation about the matter, the band unanimously decided to go forward with both their North Carolina shows, in Durham at Motorco and headlining the LEAF Festival outside of Asheville, in full drag. Over the weekend, they chose to perform in dresses, makeup, wigs, and all, both to poke fun at the state’s governor and to stand in solidarity with those who are being persecuted for who they are. While performing this way in the North Carolina towns was certainly a risky move, they were pleased to be overwhelmingly supported by their fans. Their sets, some of their best ever, included a brassy version of Prince‘s “Purple Rain” and “Hot Stepper” from their upcoming album.Purple RainHot Stepper“It was pretty surreal going on after Juan de Marcos and the Afro Cuban All Stars, them in suits and gowns,” trumpeter Paul Theodore Chandler told us about his experience at LEAF Fest. “And then it’s us getting on but with all the dudes in gowns and makeup. F***ing awesome.”Here are some stunning photos from their LEAF Festival performance, courtesy of Sandlin Gaither Photography:last_img read more

CUNA backs bill to study impact of HMDA data collection

first_img continue reading » CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote in support of a bill that would call for a study of the data required by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The Homeowner Information Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA) was introduced by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.).“Your legislation would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to complete a study on the data the CFPB is requesting from lenders. Studying the impact of increased data points will ensure that consumer data remains secure and not unnecessarily disclosed,” Nussle wrote. “It is important to do the study immediately, as credit unions have already begun the process of moving towards implementation of the rule. The GAO study will help to identify and reduce the risk of fraud or identity theft associated with the rule.“Furthermore, assessing the impact of increased data reporting will ensure that credit unions, which did not cause the financial crisis, are not overly burdened with unneeded data reporting,” Nussle added.CFPB’s amendments to the HMDA rule significantly increased the amount of data mortgage lenders, including credit unions, are required to provide. While the Dodd-Frank Act outlines 17 required data points, CFPB requires more than double that. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The three big Warriors things that will be defined by these NBA Finals

first_imgWhen the 2019 NBA Finals tips off Thursday, the Warriors will be taking on more than the Toronto Raptors, they’ll be taking on history.The Warriors have already become the first modern-era team to go to five-straight NBA Finals, but now, they have a chance to win four titles in five years — something else that has not been done since the Boston Celtics did it in a league of eight teams in the 1960s.Win the title and the Warriors’ run is inarguably one of the greatest in the modern history of …last_img

Don’t sell South Africa short: Tutu

first_img24 November 2004Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has criticised South Africans who sell their country short, saying many seem to be “embarrassed” by the nation’s successes.“The result is that we have tended to be despondent, to seem to say, ‘Behind every ray of sunshine there must be an invisible cloud, just you wait long enough and it will soon appear’”, the Nobel laureate said during the second annual Nelson Mandela Lecture in Johannesburg on Wednesday.At the same time, he warned against “party line-toeing”, calling for open debate on the problems still facing the country.Tutu said that the country – which he termed “Madibaland” – had come a long way and was now reaping a number of socio-economic and political fruits, and producing more heroes and heroines every day. This, he said, called for a celebration – but not for pessimistic South Africans.“I think we should change our perspective”, Tutu said. “If we are forever looking at our shortcomings and our faults, then the mood will be pervasive and pessimistic and in a way we will provide the environment that encourages further failure.”The Archbishop Emeritus was the second person to deliver the Nelson Mandela Lecture, following in the footsteps of former US President Bill Clinton, who presented the inaugural lecture in 2003.Tutu reminded his audience of apartheid’s draconian laws and the “scariest” moment, when the nation was on the brink of what he described as “comprehensive disaster, a bloody conflagration”.“But it didn’t happen … We really have much to celebrate and much for which to be thankful”, he said, marvelling at mixed-race couples who would once have been victimised by the police and the way the new society was reflected in the demographics of the school near his home.The world was still mesmerised by the way in which South Africa had transformed itself from a brute regime to a constitutional democracy, Tutu said, adding that by working together, the country could become a huge success.Call for open debate on problemsAt the same time, Tutu conceded that the country had problems, the most serious of which was HIV/Aids, and called for robust, open debate on such issues, saying: “The truth cannot suffer from being challenged and examined”.“We should debate more openly, not using emotive language, issues such as affirmative action, transformation in sport, racism, xenophobia, security, crime, violence against women and children.“It should be possible to talk as adults about these issues without engaging in slanging matches”, Tutu said. “My father used to say, ‘Don’t raise your voice; improve your argument’.“We want our society to be characterised by vigorous debate and dissent, where to disagree is part and parcel of a vibrant community, that we should play the ball not the person, and not think that those who disagree, who express dissent, are ipso facto disloyal or unpatriotic.“An unthinking, uncritical, party line-toeing is fatal to a vibrant democracy”, he warned.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Karuna House: One Project, Three Certifications

first_imgAre the developers of a project called Karuna House — Oregon-based builder Hammer & Hand, Holst Architecture, and their collaborators — inviting skirmishes between certification programs? Maybe a little bit.According to information on the Hammer & Hand website, “The Karuna House’s client, a leading proponent of smart climate policy and sound land use, is pursuing the project as a case study to shed light on the ways that the leading green building certifications and standards complement one another, and the ways that they may conflict.”Under construction on a perch in Yamhill County that overlooks the Willamette Valley, northwestern Oregon’s wine-growing region, Karuna House is designed to qualify for Passivhaus, LEED for Homes Platinum, and Minergie-P-ECO certifications. That’s a pretty full green menu. As Hammer & Hand principal Sam Hagerman, who also serves as president of the national Passive House Alliance, observes, the design/build team is left with “a fairly narrow path to navigate through.”A siting workaroundBy the first week in November, the site had been prepped with straw wattles to divert water and limit sediment runoff, and the team had foundation work well underway, with foundation beds leveled and compacted, and expanded polystyrene structural-foam slabs aligned and anchored in place. (The project’s structural fill was built up using native fill excavated from various locations on the site, eliminating the need to import fill from elsewhere.)Even though construction is still in the early stages, the Karuna team has already had to develop a few workarounds to keep the project in compliance with the three sets of certification requirements. An October 27 Hammer & Hand blog post notes, for example, that even though LEED for Homes favors constructing homes in existing neighborhoods rather than on greenfield sites, LEED credits for Karuna’s exceptional energy efficiency are expected to offset those lost because of the project’s location.An alternative to site-applied spray foamIn addition, Mingergie-ECO prohibits site-applied spray foam, a material that had been specified in the original design plans. The project team decided to switch to high-density cellulose insulation and, to fill gaps, acrylic-impregnated expanding foam tape. Mingergie-ECO also prohibits treated lumber inside the building’s air barrier – which had been specified, in compliance with code, for the sill plate. The chosen alternative: a borate-treated sill plate installed over a structural EPDM gasket.And, finally, code requires hood exhaust units in kitchens – a nonstarter for Passivhaus and Minergie-P certifications, whose requirements also nixed the notion of using conventional dryer vents in the house. Holst and Hammer & Hand addressed the hood exhaust requirement by locating the heat recovery ventilator near the kitchen and installing a recirculating fan with a grease filter between the kitchen intake and the HRV. For the dryer, the solution is to install a closed-cycle heat pump dryer.So, there are no real conflicts yet among the three certification systems, but the team acknowledges there’s still plenty of time and opportunity for that, as well as more workaround challenges.The three-bedroom home will have 3,261 square feet of interior space and is expected to cost about $2 million. It will incorporate three foundation strategies: slab on grade, platform framing (decking above a slab), and a full basement. Expanded polystyrene under each foundation element will bring the foundation R-value to 56. The R-48 exterior walls will have 2×6 studs filled with cellulose and 6 in. of exterior polyisocyanurate foam. Similarly, the roof’s 16-inch-deep I-joist rafters will be filled with cellulose, and 8 inches of EPS will cover the roof sheathing, bringing the R-value of the roof assembly to 92.last_img read more

Motor Vehicles Act ‘a Tughlaqi order’, says Madhya Pradesh Transport Minister

first_imgTerming the new Motor Vehicles Act a “Tughlaqi” (arbitrary) order, Madhya Pradesh Transport Minister Govind Singh Rajput said the high revised fine rates could burden common people and the Act would not be implemented in the State for now.“The Central government has increased the fine rates by such an extent that it would be beyond the capacity of common people to bear it,” he said. “I will talk to Chief Minister Kamal Nath about it and wherever necessary, relief will be extended.”Besides government officials, transport experts and even road users were being consulted on this, said Mr. Rajput.He however agreed that hefty fines should be imposed on those caught for driving under the influence of alcohol. “The government should amend some parts of the Act. That is why we’ll not implement it for now.”last_img read more

SEA Games: Coach wants to see more from Perlas

first_imgMOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Neymar slams Barca bosses after PSG home debut Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We have a gruelling schedule so we need to be on our feet always,” said Aquino.Perlas plays Indonesia on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Perlas Pilipinas head coach Pat Aquino. Photo from Fiba.comKUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas came away with an 88-54 rout of Singapore, but head coach Pat Aquino was still not happy about it.Aquino felt the Philippine women’s team needed to play with more discipline and hard work despite the team applying full-court pressure all throughout the game and converting baskets in the open floor.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony “I told them that we need to defend very well so we can execute our offense well,” Aquino said of his team’s opening day win in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games here.He singled out Afril Bernardino, the towering forward, who topscored with 16 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“She really came out to play tonight, in the Fiba-Asia she was missing but tonight she deserved being the top scorer,” added Aquino.Providing help was Janine Pontejos and Camille Sambile who had 13 and 10 points, respectively.last_img read more