Beloved vocalist Elise Testone and her band’s guitarist, Adam Fallen, recently had a unique opportunity to give back to the community. Back in August, the two joined up with a non-profit group called OMG Everywhere, which creates unique workshops for children to experience the magical intersection between film and music. More info here.OMG Everywhere thrives on teaching children how to be creative, and the workshop with Testone had children create their own music video for her original song, “Help Me.” By partnering with experienced filmmakers, these children were able to express themselves creatively through the creation of a new music video, ultimately giving them an incredible life experience that won’t soon be forgotten.“It was so much fun watching these kids confidently execute their ideas,” said Elise.After the weeklong session, the children put together this marvelous new video. You can watch their creation below, and find the original here.Elise Testone will be on the road throughout the fall, hitting venues up and down the East Coast for a number of engaging performances. She has a number of her own headlining performances, and will also be an artist-at-large at Brooklyn Comes Alive this weekend. She’s also taking lead vocal duties for a very special “Haunted Houses Of The Holy” tribute to Led Zeppelin on Halloween in Brooklyn, NY, and has a number of shows with Keith Jenkins of the James Brown Band on the schedule.You can see Elise’s full tour schedule below, and head to her official website for details.10/20 – The Abbey at Appalachian Brewing Company – Lancaster, PA w/ Roxy Roca.10/21 – The Main Pub – Manchester, CT w/ Roxy Roca10/22 – Brooklyn Comes Alive – Brooklyn, NY – Artist-At-Large10/29 – Putnam Den – Saratoga Springs, NY – w/ Candy Ambulance & Annie In The Water10/31 – The Hall MP – Brooklyn, NY – Elise Testone Present’s “Haunted Houses Of The Holy” An All-Star Tribute To Led Zeppelinfeat. Tim Palmieri (guitar, Kung Fu), Adrian Tramontano (drums, Kung Fu), Jed Lingat (bass, Elise Testone), Trey Cooper (keys, Elise Testone).11/2 – Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ – w/ Des & The Swagmatics11/3 – 8 x 10 – Baltimore, MD – w/ Cara Kelly & The Tell Tale11/5 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA11/17 – Rabbit Hole – Charlotte, NC *11/18 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC – w/ Big Mean Sound Machine *11/19 – Hometeam BBQ – Charleston, SC – 10th Anniversary Block Party w/ Home Team All-Stars11/20 – Pawley Island Tavern – Pawley Island, SC11/23 – The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC *11/25 – The Whiskey – Wilmington, NC *11/26 – Barrelhouse South – Savannah, GA **Featuring Keith Jenkins of James Brown Band on guitar
This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Fleeing war in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan and dislocation across the Middle East, tens of thousands of people sailed the Aegean Sea in flimsy boats trying to reach Europe, generating the world’s worst refugee crisis since World War II.More than 4,500 miles away, Bennett Capozzi ’17 felt compelled to do something.The Winthrop House resident contacted Emergency Response Centre International, an organization in Greece that provides humanitarian aid to refugees, and offered to volunteer. After he secured funding for a six-day trip during January term, he traveled by himself to the island of Lesvos (also known as Lesbos), a gateway to Europe because of its strategic location.A Spanish volunteer collected Capozzi and two German volunteers from the airport and took Capozzi to the Kara Tepe refugee camp, which houses about 700 people, including children and families. With other volunteers, Capozzi took part in building a theater, patrolling the camp, and search-and-rescue operations for refugees making the perilous sea crossing at night.It was a sobering experience for Capozzi, a History & Literature concentrator who grew up in a close-knit family in Wellesley, a well-to-do suburb of Boston. It taught him to count his blessings, he said, and develop compassion for the suffering of others.“I realized how privileged I am,” said Capozzi. “But it also made me think that … in another life, I could have been making this journey.”Capozzi now ponders a career in government or public policy that might serve to help some of the millions of refugees in the Middle East region.“In the long term, I’d like to work shaping policy in the region,” he said, “because I think that our country and the world aren’t going to be safe or stable until we address the pressing issues in the Middle East.”To be better prepared, Capozzi will begin studies in January at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan. There, he plans to hone his Arabic, which he learned at Harvard. His proficiency in modern standard Arabic has allowed him to follow the news on Al Jazeera and read “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in Arabic. At the institute in Amman, he hopes to gain fluency in Levantine spoken Arabic, which includes dialects spoken in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territories.In the interim after graduation, Capozzi will work with Boston Foods, a group founded at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab). Run by students, the group assembles and distributes healthy, low-cost food packages to low-income families in metro Boston.Capozzi’s stint at Boston Foods will be covered by the Pforzheimer Public Service Fellowship, which Harvard offers to students who want to pursue public service in the year after graduation.Boston Foods aims to fight food insecurity and obesity, serving about 70 families at five community centers, Capozzi said. “It provides a much-needed service and gives me an opportunity to engage with communities outside of the Harvard bubble.”Among his memorable experiences inside the bubble was a visit to his literature class by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison; his time on the varsity sailing team; his work as a Harvard tour guide; and the moments he spent with his group of eight close friends watching movies, playing cards, or just hanging out.“There is a lot of room for people to be goofy and have fun,” Capozzi said of his best memories. “You have to remember you’re 20 years old and you don’t need to have everything planned out.”A highlight of Capozzi’s Harvard experience was his time was at the Crimson Key Society, a student group that gives Harvard’s official historical tours to guests and the public. He said the best part was sharing his excitement about the college with strangers, and seeing the surprise on their faces when they learn unexpected facts about the nation’s oldest university.One of Capozzi’s favorite moments is when he leads visitors into Memorial Hall, the imposing Victorian Gothic building on Quincy Street that commemorates Harvard students who fought in the Civil War. Visitors are always impressed by its marble floors, stained glass windows, and black wood paneling.Visitors are also struck by Annenberg Hall, the freshman dining hall, which resembles Hogwarts’ Great Hall in the Harry Potter series. “You can hear a collective gasp,” said Capozzi. “People go, ‘Ahhh, this is so cool.’”On a recent afternoon, Capozzi’s group included his mother, who came with two friends to tour campus for the first time. Capozzi said his mother not only learned “a new historical side” of Harvard, “she saw what I have been doing for four years.”And the years ahead? Capozzi hopes polishing his Arabic will better equip him for work helping refugees from the Middle East.“I’m increasingly interested in working in government or some sort of public policy role. In the long term, I hope to come back to the United States after having worked in the Middle East and North Africa. The other day, I went to listen to Samantha Power [U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017]. We need more people like her.”
Benson: Legislature committed to preserving the court system Senior Editor Florida lawmakers are committed to maintaining the quality of the state’s court system as they take over more funding of trial courts and they welcome input from the legal community, according to state Rep. Holly Benson, R-Pensacola.Benson addressed the Bar Board of Governors at its December meeting. The night before, she and Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, had received The Florida Bar President’s 2003-04 Legislative Award for their work last year on the court funding issue. (Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, also received the award later in the month in Miami.)“We remain committed to preserving our court system,” said Benson, who chairs the House Special Committee on Article V, which is overseeing the state’s taking over more trial court funding, pursuant to a 1998 constitutional amendment. “We want to preserve one of the best court systems in the country and make it accountable to users and the public.”Last year, the legislature passed HB 113A which provides an outline on what expenses will be assumed by the state and which will remain county responsibilities.There will be the inevitable glitch bill to fix problems with that legislation, Benson said, although most changes appear to be noncontroversial. She invited lawyers to go to Myfloridahouse.com, read HB113A, and pass along their recommendations for any improvements.“My mother was a high school English teacher, so I’ve been edited all my life,” Benson told the board with a smile. “I’m used to it.”She likened the funding change to a statewide bank taking over 67 small, independent local banks — each with its own accounting system.The legislature will face many complex questions this year as it seeks to come up with more funding for county and circuit courts, Benson said. Issues include who pays for ongoing cases opened prior to July 1, 2004, the date in the constitution that the state assumes its greater responsibility, and how to handle county employees who will become state employees under the funding switch. Lawmakers will also likely consider raising filing fees to help pay court costs.The legislature is also looking for ways to standardize due process costs, Benson said, for such things as court interpreters, expert witnesses, conflict attorneys, and similar expenses.Legislators will welcome guidance from the Bar and lawyers as it tackles those and other topics.“As the people who go to courthouses on a regular basis, tell us what systemic improvements you would like to see,” Benson said, adding those can include such things as digital court reporting and online access to court records.“Offer us comments on legislation as it goes through the system,” she continued. “Tell us what we can do to improve it.”Benson praised the Bar for commissioning TaxWatch to study the court funding issue, saying it has been a struggle for legislators to determine the proper level for state funding. “I look forward to getting that report,” she added.The legal community also needs to work with Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, Benson said, who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee that sets funding for the judicial system.Bar President Miles McGrane told Benson that the Bar and lawmakers share the goal of preserving the “quality of the court system.”“We thank you for your hard work and we appreciate all you have done and we are here for you,” he said. “We may not always agree with you, but we will do that in a very polite way.” January 1, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Benson: Legislature committed to preserving the court system
71 Robertson Place, Fig Tree Pocket has great water views. Picture: realestate.com.auThere’s nothing quite as soothing as staring out across a water vista.Whether that’s the ocean, a lake or the river, water views are pretty hard to beat. We’ve found three of the best water views currently on the market. Jason Adcock from Adcock Prestige has a four-bedroom Brisbane riverfront home at 71 Robertson Place, Fig Tree Pocket, listed for sale. The water views at 55 Lather Rd, Bellbowrie are very impressive. Picture: realestate.com.auThe five-bedroom home is listed through Mark Shorrock from RE/MAX – Profile Real Estate.It sits on 1.04ha of land and comes complete with 50m of river frontage. The home offers four living areas, a lounge, family, dining and rumpus room.The property also has a championship tennis court and a practice wall, as well as a professional golf putting and chipping green. The Brisbane River view at 71 Robertson Place, Fig Tree Pocket. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home sits on an elevated 3535sq m site, which includes a tennis court and swimming pool. It has 45m of south-facing river frontage.The two-level home was designed by award-winning architect Denis Mullins.Amenities include an outdoor terrace with an in-built barbecue, while inside is a games/media room and a bar with industrial washers and fridges.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThere is a seven-car garage and the home is surrounded by sub-tropical gardens with water features. The home is at the end of a cul-de-sac.If being surrounded by water appeals, then a property at 8 Cowry Close, Tangalooma, could be the perfect one for you.Listed for $1.165 million, the eight-bedroom home is being marketed through Julie Vines from Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty. Plenty of water views from 8 Cowry Close at Tangalooma. Picture: realestate.com.auThe property is within the separate private estate attached to the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort.From its hilltop position, the home has views over the beach. The deal includes a diesel Pajero 4WD and an electric golf buggy.It already returns an average $90,000 a year net.Alternatively, if it is lots of land and absolute riverfront you are after, a home at 55 Lather Rd, Bellbowrie, will be auctioned today at 3.30pm.
Champions Manchester City fell eight points behind Liverpool in the title race after suffering a shock home defeat against Wolves.Adama Traore scored twice in the final 10 minutes as Wolves won in the top flight at Manchester City for the first time since 1979.Traore scored the first 10 minutes from time as the visitors capitalised on a mistake from Joao Cancelo. He added a second on the break deep into injury time. City have now dropped five points in their opening four home games of the season, having dropped just three in the whole of last season and seven the year before that.David Silva came closest for the hosts when he hit the bar with a second-half free-kick. Raheem Sterling also had a shot blocked in the scramble that followed.It was only the second time in 45 league games that City have failed to score. The last time that happened at home in the league was against Huddersfield in May 2018, by which time they had already won their first title of the Guardiola era.Traore had not scored since September 2018 but the £18m man made no mistake as Wolves twice broke clear of the home defence. Raul Jimenez provided the assist on both occasions.It is 20 years since Wolves last beat City away from Molineux and 40 since they did so in the top flight. The impact of this victory could have a significant bearing on the title race, so fine are the margins in the battle between the champions and leaders Liverpool.City and Wolves had both been engaged in European combat this week – and the fact City were at home, rather than travelling 4,000 miles to Turkey and back – and had an additional two days’ rest, should have given them a clear advantage.That they failed to make the most of it was almost entirely due to their own failings.Through either misplaced passes by Riyad Mahrez or Nicolas Otamendi, or the latter man needlessly charging out of position, Wolves forwards were allowed to run free three times in the opening half, straight down the middle of the pitch.Patrick Cutrone screwed one opportunity badly wide and Jimenez appeared to be clipped in the penalty area by Fernandinho, costing him a shooting chance. In between, Fernandinho, currently operating as a makeshift central defender, denied both men with a magnificent double block.City thought they had survived the worst. But as they pushed for a winner in the final 10 minutes, their mistakes finally cost them.This time, Cancelo lost possession, allowing Jimenez to race on. As Otamendi slipped, the Mexican rolled the ball to Traore, who finished cleanly.As City’s desperation increased, Traore’s pace was too much for them. And in the final minute of stoppage time, Jimenez again fed the £18m signing from Middlesbrough, who completed his first double since February 2018, when he was still on Teesside.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Putin and Pele at the World Cup draw todayTweets about @FIFAWorldCup Moscow, Russia | AFP | Russian leader Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Friday opened the ceremony for the 2018 World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow.“Our country is looking forward to the championship and intends to hold it at the highest level,” Putin said in the televised address.“We have loved this sport a long time, with a strong affection that stretches across the country,” he said, promising to “do everything for (the championship) to be a grand sports festival.”“I am sure that the forthcoming World Cup will be a huge factor in the development of the sport both in the Russian regions and throughout the whole world.” The football world descended upon Moscow to find out who will play who, when and where at the competition next year.The setting, by Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral, could scarcely be grander.The success of the tournament is a matter of personal pride for Putin after the Russian strongman helped wrest the June 14-July 15 competition from England in an ugly 2010 battle before relations with the West dramatically collapsed over Ukraine. Share on: WhatsApp
Police in Miami- Dade county have arrested a 22-year-old man after he allegedly vandalized an area church.Roberto Rubio was taken into custody on Sunday after surveillance video captured him shattering windows and smashing potted plants at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, located near Southwest 107th Avenue and Miller Drive.He has since been charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure and was given a $5,000 bond.Rubio was also ordered to stay away from the house of worship.