Golden Age of Steam

first_imgBy Jack Marley-PayneiLiKETRAiNS are an interesting prospect: dressed in British Rail uniforms, bearded and surly, they play epic songs about obscure historical events (viz the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Percival). Thankfully, in person they are friendly and unpretentious- pretension being a quality they are keen to deny their music possesses. ‘The stories just seem to come to us,’ singer Guy Bannister explained. ‘Sometimes we hear about something that sticks in our mind – we don’t go out searching.’  This is well illustrated by the inspiration for their new single ‘The Deception.’ After a drunken night in Paris, trumpeter Ashley found a message saved on his phone instructing him to research Donald Crowhurst. The band discovered he had entered a race to sail around the globe and claimed to have achieved a record time. In truth, he had just been messing about in the Atlantic.Though the choice of topics seems impersonal, the band undeniably have a passion for the music. As each song reaches its inevitable climax, all members thrash their instruments with all their might. They explained that their aim is to ‘bring history to life.’ ‘The subject can be so dry in textbooks. Putting it in a song can help people empathise with the characters.’ This, however, can be hard to do when the lyrics are often little more than a few clichés said over and over – ‘I needed you like I needed a hole in the head.’The music itself is out of step with current fashion. Their songs often last well over five minutes and have long slow builds, a sharp contrast to the up tempo, dance friendly indie that dominates at the moment.  ‘We thought all that was going to end with Arcade Fire,’ Guy confessed. He believed Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party were good at what they did, but that the trend had run its course. Arcade Fire seemed to promise a return to more serious music with greater dynamic variation. As we all know this was not to be: superficiality has just kept rising since then. World conquering or not, they are keen to keep going. With a cult following, known as railcard holders, their tour is going well and they seem in good spirits (and clean to boot). Guy is already talking of a new album: ‘We definitely want it to be different but we’ve no idea how.’ This is an admirable sentiment since there is a distinct lack of variety on their most recent release. The aspirations of their music are promising and it certainly can be rousing. Its lack of invention and catchy melodies, though, mean it is unlikely iLiKETRAiNS will be starting a revolution any time soon.last_img read more

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Will Not Return In 2019

first_imgOkeechobee Music & Arts Festival will not return in 2019. Producers of the annual multi-day music festival named after its home in Okeechobee, Florida announced on Thursday afternoon that will be taking a year off in 2019.The announcement comes a few months after rumors began to spread online that the music festival would not return next year. Okeechobee Fest, as its often referred, was initially launched in 2016 by its parent company, Soundslinger LLC, and featured a 2018 lineup that included Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, Halsey, and Travis Scott when it returned for its third year back in early March.“After much consideration and looking at many different options, we have decided to take a fallow year and not hold our annual Okeechobee Fest in 2019,” the statement shared by festival organizers on Thursday reads. “For the past three years, we have witnessed 100,000 strangers from all walks of life, come together to our home of Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Florida, to live, laugh, listen, sing, dance, learn, create, meditate, downward dog, eat & drink, explore, give back, embrace and live OMF’s mantra to Be, Here, Now.”The announcement, which can be read in full via the statement below, also goes on to state that the producers are hoping for the event’s return to Sunshine Grove in March 2020. The announcement didn’t go on to reveal any specific reasoning for the 2019 cancellation, although the over-saturation of the North American festival circuit could be to blame.Okeechobee’s programming has included an impressive mix of electronic, hip-hop and pop music since launching just two years ago. Other notable artists who have also performed at the event include Kings of Leon, Flume, Pretty Lights, Kendrick Lamar, The Roots, and The Flaming Lips, just name a few.Disappointed fans can click here to revisit Live For Live Music’s coverage from Okeechobee 2018, in addition to watching the “Official OMF 18 Aftermovie” below, which was also shared on Thursday following the 2019 cancellation announcement. “Passage : The Official OMF18 Aftermovie”[Video: Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival]last_img read more

Embedded EthiCS wins $150,000 grant

first_img Related Perspectives on gene editing “This [award] underscores the importance of Harvard’s liberal arts and sciences education in our society, because systems should not be designed without taking societal norms and conditions into account,” said Grosz. “By linking together two different parts of the College’s curriculum, we are able to teach students of computer science how to think through the ethical and social implications of their computer systems’ design and implementation choices.”Through its open-access repository, which will be further developed by this award, Embedded EthiCS will help other colleges and universities incorporate ethical reasoning activities into their courses, thus reaching a wide range of undergraduate students.“I’m particularly excited by the opportunity … to make the Harvard Embedded EthiCS course modules openly available,” said Nagpal. “For my CS189 robotics class, we developed a module on robots and job automation, and I have many robotics colleagues in other universities who want to bring such material into their classrooms too.” Embedding ethics in computer science curriculum Harvard initiative seen as a national model center_img “Embedded EthiCS has allowed the students in my class to think critically about matching markets and recommender systems, lifting up and shaping our conversation in a way that I couldn’t have managed by myself,” said David Parkes, George F. Colony Professor of Computer Science.Embedded EthiCS has been a successful and popular pilot program at Harvard, and today’s award will help ensure its long-term success. The grant will help provide concrete activities and assignments that incorporate current technical concepts, data, and ethical issues that are salient to students and relevant to their future work in technology. It will also support the distribution of pedagogy across the curriculum, so that students in various courses can encounter diverse ethical issues and solutions.“Seeing current, real-world examples makes a big difference, because students can dig deep into the conflicting values that always come with ethical questions,” said Radhika Nagpal, Fred Kavli Professor of Computer Science at SEAS. “Students can leverage the technical material they are in the process of learning and see how a technical solution has value implications. For example, in my robotics class, students work with robot hardware on an automated warehouse application, but they also see the technical limits of automation that only allow certain things to get automated. For the ethics lecture, we tackle the question, are we automating the right jobs? Are we actually making society a better place? And for whom?”The award will also be used to add CS postdocs to the teaching lab in which Embedded EthiCS modules are generated and workshopped, increasing CS expertise there and enhancing the technical depth of the modules.“By including computer science postdocs in the teaching lab team, this award will enhance the collaboration between computer science and philosophy,” said Stephen Chong, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at SEAS. “I anticipate it will lead to the development of Embedded EthiCS modules with tighter integration of computer science content, and enable us to gather more real-world case studies. This can spur deeper engagement from the students as they think through the ethical and social implications of the course material.”The challenge is an ambitious initiative to integrate ethics into undergraduate computer science curricula and pedagogy at U.S. colleges and universities. It fuels the conceptualization, development, and piloting of curricula that integrate ethics with computer science — bridging the sciences and humanities. The hope is that this coursework will not only be implemented, but also scaled to colleges and universities across the country and beyond. Students of computer science go on to be the next leaders and creators in the world, and must understand how code intersects with human behavior, privacy, safety, equality, and many other factors. On Tuesday, Barbara J. Grosz, the Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), was named a winner in the Responsible Computer Science Challenge, a $2.4 million competition run by some of the biggest names in tech and civil society: Omidyar Network, Mozilla, Schmidt Futures, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies.The $150,000 grant Grosz received will support the Embedded EthiCS program. A collaborative undertaking of the computer science and philosophy faculties, Embedded EthiCS seeks to teach the next generation of computer scientists to design systems that are morally and socially responsible. Consistent with the collaboration showcased by the Embedded EthiCS program, Grosz’s proposal for the challenge was developed with Alison Simmons, the Samuel H. Wolcott Professor of Philosophy and interim chair of the Philosophy Department, as well as with other faculty and graduate students from the Computer Science and Philosophy departments who work on the program.“Harvard is seeking to create a new generation of computer scientists who are focused on what software should and shouldn’t do as much as they are on what software can do,” said Simmons. “This award will allow us to further enhance the ongoing collaboration between the Computer Science and Philosophy departments through increased cross-learning and cross-teaching.”Led by Grosz and Simmons since 2017, Embedded EthiCS makes ethical reasoning integral to Harvard’s computer science education with a distributed pedagogy that introduces ethics directly into courses across that curriculum. It works by embedding philosophers into courses to teach modules that explore ethical issues raised by course materials.“Embedded EthiCS is a truly special feature of the Harvard computer science curriculum, and we are grateful to Barbara, Alison, and their team for developing it,” said Salil Vadhan, Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. “What makes it unique compared to efforts at other universities is that ethics modules are spread throughout our computer science offerings, rather than being confined to a single course about ethics in computing. This teaches our students to realize that there are societal and ethical implications of almost everything they will do as computer scientists, and to always evaluate solutions to technical problems along these axes along with traditional criteria such as computational efficiency.”The success of the program can be tied directly to Grosz and Simmons’ leadership in addition to the dedicated computer science faculty and the extraordinary work and creativity of both computer science and philosophy graduate students. The award will enable the team to design better in-class exercises and assignments based on day-to-day, real-life tech challenges. “This [award] underscores the importance of Harvard’s liberal arts and sciences education in our society, because systems should not be designed without taking societal norms and conditions into account.” — Barbara Grosz Harvard researchers, others share their views on key issues in the field last_img read more

Northern players shine at St Rule Trophy

first_img The St Rule Trophy, played over the New and Old courses at St Andrews, turned into a Cheshire and Lancashire celebration thanks to Emma Goddard, Bethany Garton, Emily Taylor, Charlotte Wild and Brogan Townend. Emma Goddard (Royal Liverpool Ladies’) was runner-up on five-under par for the 54-hole event, finishing two shots behind the winner, Scottish champion Laura Murray. Emma (image © Leaderboard Photography) had posted the clubhouse target of five-under-par 222 with half the field still to come in, after scoring four-under-par 72 in the final round on the Old Course. In the end only Laura Murray overhauled the Cheshire player. Emma had a startling recovery from a double bogey six at the comparatively simple first hole when she birdied the next five holes and also the ninth to be out in four-under-par 34. She bogeyed the 11th but birdied the 13th in level par 38 home. Bethany Garton (Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lancashire) saved her best to last, shooting the low score of the tournament in the final round with a six-under 70 which lifted her into a share of third place on her debut appearance. The 18-year-old had 31 putts in a bogey-free round. Irish strokeplay champion Emily Taylor (Royal Lytham & St Annes) won the U18 event for the Lawson Trophy. Her final round of 71 was the joint second best and included six birdies with just one bogey. The field of 17 competitors aged U18 was a record for the tournament, which was first played in 1984. Overall, Emily tied for seventh place with Charlotte Wild (Mere, Cheshire), who had a great run in the middle of the final round with birdies on the fourth-fifth-sixth and then on the eighth-ninth-tenth. Charlotte is a past English strokeplay champion. Charlotte, Emily and Brogan Townend (Pleasington, Lancashire) combined to give England second place in the international team event, two shots behind the winners, Scotland. Leading final scores Par 227 New Course (first round) par 75, CSS 76 Old Course par 76, CSS 78 76 220 Laura Murray (Alford) 73 74 73 222 Emma Goddard (Royal Liverpool Ladies) 75 72 72 223 Bethany Garton (Royal Lytham) 74 79 70, Jenny Haglund (Sweden) 73 78 72, Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 74 75 74 224 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 76 77 71 225 Emily M Taylor (Royal Lytham) 76 78 71, Charlotte Wild (Mere) 78 73 74 226 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) 76 74 76 227 Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies) 75 77 75 228 Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 76 76 76, Clara Young (North Berwick) 79 76 73, Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 77 78 73 231 Emilie Lundstrom (Sweden) 78 81 72 232 Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies)  74 75 83, Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) 80 76 76, Ami Storey (Ponteland) 79 77 76, Jess Wilcox (Blankney) 78 79 75 233 Chloe Williams (Wrexham) 79 79 75, Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) 74 77 82, Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 76 85 72 234 Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies) 78 80 76, Susan Jackson (Ladybank) 77 78 79 235 Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) 80 78 77, Lauren Blease (Burhill) 76 81 78, Samantha Birks (Wolstanton) 75 83 77, Joelle Van Baarle (Belgium) 82 78 75, Brogan Townend (Pleasington) 76 81 78 6 Jun 2012 Northern players shine at St Rule Trophy last_img read more

Yorkshire women to defend county title

first_img5 Jul 2014 Yorkshire women to defend county title Yorkshire will defend their title as the women’s English County Champions after they won a thrilling climax to North Region county match week at Northumberland Golf Club. The champions – who have won the national title 12 times – will be challenged at County Finals at Belton Park, Lincolnshire, from September 15-19, by the winning teams from the other five regions. They are: Lincolnshire from Midlands North; Buckinghamshire from Midlands South; Hertfordshire from the East; Gloucestershire from the South West; and Hampshire from the South. Yorkshire squeezed through to County Finals after a countback of games won at their regional match week, after they tied with Lancashire and Cheshire with four match wins apiece. Yorkshire’s 34 points beat Lancashire (30.5) into second place, just ahead of third placed Cheshire (30).  The other North region counties are Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria. Yorkshire are pictured after winning the 2013 national title (image © Leaderboard Photography). Lincolnshire, who won this title in 2011, will be making their sixth consecutive appearance at County Finals and will be playing on home ground at Belton Park. They won the Midlands North regional final at The Leicestershire, winning all five of their matches. The runners-up were Nottinghamshire. The other counties in the region are: Leicestershire & Rutland, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Derbyshire. Buckinghamshire last represented Midlands South at County Finals in 2012. They clinched their place at their county match week at Northampton Golf Club, where they won four out of a possible five points. Northamptonshire and Worcestershire & Herefordshire both won three matches, while the other competing counties were Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Warwickshire. Hertfordshire, who won the national title four years ago, had a perfect five wins from five matches at the East region week at Gog Magog in Cambs & Hunts. The runners-up were Essex and the other competing counties were Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Cambs & Hunts. Hampshire won all four of their matches at the South Region week at Muswell Hill in Middlesex. The runners-up were Surrey and the other competing counties were Kent, Middlesex and Sussex. Hampshire have won the national title three times, all in the 1990s and most recently in 1995. Gloucestershire emerged as South West champions at Yeovil in Somerset with 3½ points from five matches. They pipped both the hosts, Somerset, and Cornwall, who both had three points. The other competing counties were Wiltshire, Devon and Dorset. The draw for County Finals is: Monday 15 September Gloucestershire v Hertfordshire Hampshire v Lincolnshire Yorkshire v Buckinghamshire Tuesday 16 September Hampshire v Yorkshire Hertfordshire v Lincolnshire Buckinghamshire v Gloucestershire Wednesday 17 September Lincolnshire v Buckinghamshire Gloucestershire v Yorkshire Hampshire v Hertfordshire Thursday 18 September Gloucestershire v Hampshire Hertfordshire v Buckinghamshire Yorkshire v Lincolnshire Friday 19 September Yorkshire v Hertfordshire Buckinghamshire v Hampshire Lincolnshire v Gloucestershire Each match consists of three foursomes in the morning followed by six afternoon singles.last_img read more

Impeach me Ill jail you – Philippines Duterte dares foes to test

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint FILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during their joint press statement with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 31, 2019. Kazuhiro Nogi /Pool via ReutersFILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during their joint press statement with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 31, 2019. Kazuhiro Nogi /Pool via Reuters Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened opponents with prison if they try to impeach him, the latest in what a top U.N. official and an Asian lawmakers’ group this week called a pattern of persecution and assaults on free speech.Duterte vented his anger late on Thursday amid intense media scrutiny and accusations that he is siding with China over a June 9 sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel, which happened inside Manila’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).The maverick leader has echoed Beijing’s line that it was an accident, not an intentional ramming, and shrugged off the presence of Chinese fishermen inside the Philippine EEZ, saying he would allow it out of friendship.Some high-profile critics, among them a top judge and a former foreign minister, have called that a breach of the constitution, or worthy of his impeachment.“Me? Will be impeached? I will jail them all,” Duterte told reporters. “Try to do it and I will do it. Son of a bitch.”He added: “I am challenging you to do it. You really want to force my hand into it? Okay. You sons of bitches, do it. Yes. File it.”A report on Tuesday by the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights chided the Duterte administration for what it said were threats and aggressive rhetoric and trumped-up criminal charges against opponents that amounted to “deliberate effort to muzzle critics and weaken checks and balances.”U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday said there was a “very real risk of violence” for Filipinos who speak out, noting threats were publicly made by state officials.While Duterte’s popularity and mandate have been bolstered by a recent midterm election, the sinking incident has put the domestic spotlight on cracks that are appearing in his much-trumpeted foreign policy of non-confrontation with China in return for economic incentives.Some analysts say China’s offers of high-interest infrastructure loans and promises of massive investments have won Duterte’s acquiescence, but with much of that yet to materialise and China further militarising its artificial islands and strengthening its fishing militia, Duterte risks looking like he is being duped.Asked on Friday about threats to jail opponents, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte was merely upset that people could not see he had the country’s interests at heart.“He cannot understand why people are against his policy,” Panelo told reporters.WhatsApplast_img read more