Violent Femmes and Ben Folds have announced a late-summer co-headlining tour, set to begin at the end of July and run through the first half of August.The 14-date swing will kick off at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena on July 28th before making its way to Washington, D.C. (7/30); New York, NY (8/1); Asbury Park, NJ (8/2); Boston, MA (8/3); East Providence, RI (8/4); Pittsburgh, PA (8/6); Charlotte, NC (8/8); Nashville, TN (8/9); Indianapolis, IN (8/10); Detroit, MI (8/11); Minneapolis, MN (8/14); Des Moines, IA (8/15); and Kansas City, CO (8/16).This new tour will follow Violent Femmes’ previously announced May co-headlining tour with first-wave American punk heroes X. The busy 2019 touring schedule comes as Violent Femmes continues to promote last year’s release of 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America, a collection of unprecedented live recordings.For Ben Folds, this tour will take place in the wake of the release of his memoir, A Dream About Lightning Bugs – A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons, due out in July.Artist pre-sale for the upcoming dates begins on Tuesday, March 5th at 110 a.m. local time. All remaining tickets will be released to the general public on Friday, March 8th at 10 a.m. local time. V.I.P. packages featuring a Meet & Greet and Q&A with Folds and a signed copy of A Dream About Lightning Bugs will be available for each show.You can check out a list of Ben Folds/Violent Femmes co-headlining tour dates below. For more details and ticketing information, head to either Violent Femmes or Ben Folds‘ websites.Ben Folds & Violent Femmes 2019 Co-Headlining TourBEN FOLDS & VIOLENT FEMMES DATESJuly28 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena30 – Washington, DC – The AnthemAugust1 – New York, NY – The Rooftop at Pier 172 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage3 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion4 – East Providence, RI – Bold Point Park6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Outdoors8 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre9 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater10 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park11 – Detroit, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre14 – Minneapolis, MN – Surly Brewing Company15 – Des Moines, IA – Water Works Park Amphitheater16 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre**Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 11 at 10 a.m. CST in Kansas CityExpand
As of Tuesday, Surabaya has recorded 2,748 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 253 deaths linked to the disease, making it the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in East Java.All other 37 regencies and municipalities in East Java appear red on the provincial administration’s official COVID-19 map.Other regions in the province that appear darker than others on the map include Sidoarjo regency with 683 cases and 59 deaths, and Gresik regency with 183 cases and 20 deaths.In total, East Java has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country with 5,132 cases and 418 fatalities, behind only Jakarta.East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini previously locked horns over two mobile polymerase chain reaction (PCR) labs.The two mobile labs had been loaned by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency for use in Surabaya but were taken over by the province’s COVID-19 task force and sent to Lamongan and Tulungagung regencies instead. (rfa)Topics : Surabaya in East Java has turned into a “black zone” as the region recorded nearly 3,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday.East Java COVID-19 task force head Joni Wahyuhadi said regions with confirmed coronavirus cases across the province appeared red on the administration’s official coronavirus map and would appear darker as they continued to record more cases.“As a region records more cases, it will appear increasingly darker and eventually black on the map,” Joni said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.
John Glen, the economic secretary to the UK treasury, has confirmed the UK’s intent to, “at the very least”, match the ambition of the European Union’s sustainable finance action plan despite current events such as the pandemic and the state of the global economy.Addressing a conference organised by the Investment Association on Monday, he said: “Recent events have illustrated just how vital this agenda is. Although tackling COVID-19 remains the government’s priority, having thrown into sharp relief the importance of the S in ESG, the climate crisis hasn’t gone away, and it is more important than ever that we take environmental, social and governance factors into account as we rebuild our country.”He noted the UK’s “ambition for inter-operable global standards to drive forward the transition to net zero while providing the opportunity for UK asset managers to become global leaders in this field – capturing the opportunity from green finance within the UK market”.He said he would disclose more initiatives the UK is taking in order to match the ambition of the EU’s action plan “in due course”. Glen added that sustainability and responsible investment continued to be at the top of his agenda, and said the investment management sector’s work in this area would also be important as the UK “looks to deepen” its relationship with international partners.Following the Financial Reporting Council’s revised UK Stewardship Code which took effect on 1 January 2020, Glen said he would continue to encourage the asset management sector to adopt it.“We want to help asset managers become effective stewards on behalf of clients by holding the companies they invest in to account,” he said.He also highlighted the UK’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050: “The UK was the first major economy to make such a pledge, and the Treasury is now conducting a review on how best to fund the transition to net zero.”Furthermore, he called for more action from the investment management industry as it played a crucial role “in addressing these issues through the development of responsible investing”.“For our climate, there is more for you to do in making your own net zero commitments; by supporting accurate disclosures through TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures), financing green projects, and moving away from the polluting growth models of the past,” he said.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.
The Center for Excellence in Teaching hosted an event Thursday to inform students about obtaining research opportunities.The event, Now You Know: How To Get Research, featured a presentation with details on finding and acquiring research assistant positions as an undergraduate, along with a panel of students who have participated in research.The CET is an institution that works closely with the Office of the Provost to organize events and discussions about how to improve classroom experiences for students, teachers and teaching assistants.Carson Lam, a freshman majoring in business administration and psychology and an undergraduate fellow for CET, was one of the event’s hosts and helped organize the event so students could discover research opportunities at USC.“I really wanted to do this event because I’ve always wondered about research, and at the end of last semester, I got the opportunity to be a research assistant,” Lam said.“I felt like it would be really cool to just workshop with other students who want to learn about research. It’s a mystery for a lot of students that we want to demystify.”Lam emphasized that research is not just for students interested in the sciences and that it is not necessary to be an expert in the field you want to research in.Brenda Yang, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies and a CET undergraduate fellow, recommended several methods of finding research opportunities, including talking to professors, following up on help-wanted postings and emailing researchers.“There is no formula to getting research,” Yang said. “If you work hard, if you are interested, if you are persistent, it is totally feasible to do.”Speakers at the event also mentioned that there are many opportunities to do research in the summer, on and off campus.Gene Bickers, vice provost for Undergraduate Programs, said involvement in research provides students with a valuable experience outside the classroom.“[Research] is the chance to become active in a new problem,” Bickers said. “It’s an open-ended problem where there’s no known answer, and that can be exciting. It’s also the chance to work with a professor one-on-one or in a small group setting, and it’s a chance to get a lot of good experience with what you may be doing after graduation.”Bickers also stressed the importance of taking initiative to learn about research opportunities as early as possible.Student panelists at the event shared stories of their personal experiences in research. The session concluded with an individual question-and-answer period with the panelists.Kathryn Kinas, a freshman majoring in business administration, said the event opened her eyes to many chances to do research at USC.“After coming to this seminar, I fully intend to approach one of my professors in the future and get involved with the many research opportunities that USC provides,” Kinas said.CET, founded in 1996, aims to provide leadership and support to the development of the university’s learner-centered education and is responsible for programs such as the teaching assistant program.