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SweetWater 420 Fest Announces Benefit Auction, Participating Artists, & Charities Of Choice

first_imgToday, SweetWater 420 Fest has announced a new auction titled “4:19 Auctions” which will benefit charities chosen by the artists performing at the Atlanta festival. As noted in a press release, items being auctioned included concert tickets, signed memorabilia, photos, meet and greets with artists, and more.Many artists on the SweetWater 420 Fest’s lineup have signed on for the auction, including headliners String Cheese Incident (benefitting Conscious Alliance), Umphrey’s McGee (benefitting Atlanta Music Project), Tedeschi Trucks Band (benefitting Mr. Holland’s Opus), Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (benefitting Atlanta Community Food Bank), Greensky Bluegrass (benefitting Alliance for the Great Lakes), and others. You can see the full lineup of artists participating in the auction and their charities of choice below, which also includes Vulfpeck, SOJA, Stick Figure, Papadosio, The Motet, The Infamous Stringdusters, Anders Osborne, and many more.Fans who are interested can find out more about the auction here. Mobile bidding for the 4:19 Auctions begins on April 17th and continues throughout the SweetWater 420 Festival weekend. The auctions will be open to 420 Fest patrons and anyone with access to the mobile platform.SweetWater 420 Fest’s 4:19 AuctionsThe String Cheese Incident – Conscious AllianceUmphrey’s McGee – Atlanta Music ProjectTedeschi Trucks Band – Mr. Hollands OpusVulfpeck – TBDJoe Russo’s Almost Dead – Atlanta Community Food BankGreensky Bluegrass – Alliance for the Great LakesSOJA – Water is LifeStick Figure – Jessica’s HavenPapadosio – Dogwood AllianceThe Motet – Atlanta Music ProjectThe Infamous Stringdusters – HeadCountAnders Osborne – Send Me A FriendTauk – Gift of Music FoundationSpafford – Positive LegacySister Sparrow – Little Kids RockMarco Benevento – MusiCaresTaz – St. Lucia Boys Training CenterSouthern Ave – Hart FundThe Mantras – TBDThe Vegabonds – Addiction Prevention CoalitionFunk You – Gas South Corn Hole CharityHedonistas – Gas South Corn Hole CharityMigrant Worker – Gas South Corn Hole CharityThe Orange Constant – Gas South Corn Hole CharityBird Dog Jubilee – Gas South Corn Hole CharityView Alllast_img read more

Center to host video conference with former Guantanamo Bay prisoner

first_imgMembers of the Notre Dame community will explore themes of torture, terrorism and identity Sunday at 4 p.m. as part of an event led by the Center for Civil and Human Rights.Christine Cervenak, associate director for the center, said this event is a collaboration of several groups on campus including the Film, Theatre and Television Department and the Center for Social Concerns. The main event will be a video conference with Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a former prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. Slahi wrote “Guantanamo Diary,” a book recounting his treatment at the notorious prison.“To read his book is to deeply be moved and admire him,” Cervenak said. “In person, he is the person he is in the book. He’s extremely funny, ironic, he’s so articulate in what I think is his third or fourth language and he’s honest.”The book was released about a year before Slahi was released from Guantanamo Bay. Its editor, Larry Siems, is a Notre Dame alumnus from the class of 1981.Through this event, the audience will be given the opportunity to explore the deeper themes of humane treatment and torture, Cervenak said. “For me, he’s the Nelson Mandela of Guantanamo Bay,” she said. “He was innocent, and he suffered the worst torture that we inflicted on detainees. And he comes out on the other side wanting to forgive.”Cervenak said the event is truly interdisciplinary in nature, as evidenced by the efforts of multiple campus departments. In addition to the video conference on Sunday, several other events to invite the public to further engage in conversation. Notre Dame students will perform excerpts from “Guantanamo Bay” at the Philbin Studio Theater in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Center for Social Concerns is also hosting a discussion session about the book. Cervenak said this event is the first university-wide initiative to engage with Slahi’s story.“I hope that [people] take away new questions and new perspectives on how the United States treats its prisoners and especially about the use of torture,” she said.As a human rights lawyer, Cervenak said she has been interested in Guantanamo Bay for quite some time. “There’s something going on in our culture where we’re seeing torture as acceptable under certain circumstances, and I hope that an hour and a half with Mohamedou and our guests will help them understand how this diminishes us as a country,” she said.The event on Sunday will use a forum-style format and will culminate with five students asking their questions to Slahi. Afterwards, there will be a reception and a book sale.“You get the perspective that you wouldn’t get otherwise that you can’t get from any reports at what’s happening in Guantanamo and you get to know this human being,” Cervenak said. “You get to know a fascinating, brilliant, talented human being from Mauritania. A computer engineer from Mauritania who you normally wouldn’t cross paths with.“I would hope that those who’ve engaged with this book take his story and the lessons out to their family, their friends, whatever they do next in their lives. As a Catholic institution we are taught the value of respecting every individual and the dignity of every individual, so exploring how Mohamedou’s dignity was violated should be of interest to all of us.”Tags: Center for Civil and Human Rights, Center for Social Concerns, Guantanamo Bay Diary, Mohamedou Ould Slahilast_img read more

Pre-orders of COVID-19 vaccine top five billion

first_imgChina, Russia Clinical tests of two Chinese vaccine candidates — Sinovac and Sinopharm — are well underway but only a few international partnerships have been announced, the one with Brazil and a possible one with Indonesia.Russia said 20 nations have pre-ordered one billion doses of Sputnik V and that with foreign partners it would be able to produce 500 million doses a year in five countries. Britain, Japan, Brazil Britain, because of Brexit, is negotiating a separate pre-order of 250 million doses from four developers.Japan is counting on 490 million doses from three suppliers including 250 million from Novavax of the United States.Japanese pharmaceutical giant Takeda bought the rights to a Novavax vaccine for Japan, which has funded the research. It would be produced locally.Brazil chose a similar model, ordering 100 million doses from AstraZeneca, and partnering with China’s Sinovac to produce 120 millions of “CoronaVac,” which is already undergoing testing with Brazilians. Europe: 700 million dosesTwo vaccine developers — Oxford/AztraZeneca and Sanofi/GSK — have signed or are in advanced negotiations with the European Commission to provide a combined 700 million vaccine doses. US: 700 million doses President Donald Trump has launched “Operation Warp Speed” in a bid to develop, manufacture and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine to all Americans by January 2021.Hundreds of millions of dollars have been directed to vaccine developers including nearly $500 million to Johnson & Johnson at the end of March.The United States has allocated funding to more companies than other nation in the hope that one of them will come up with the vaccine to counter the highly contagious virus.So far, Washington has handed out at a total of least 9.4 billion dollars to seven vaccine developers and signed manufacturing contracts with five of them to provide 700 million doses.The companies involved are: Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Oxford/AztraZeneca, Novavax, Pfizer/BioNTech, Sanofi/GSK, Merck Sharp and Dohme.  Although none of the coronavirus vaccines under development has proved its efficacy yet in clinical trials, at least 5.7 billion doses have been pre-ordered around the world.First shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine created by Western laboratories have often been snapped up by the United States.Five vaccines — three Western and two Chinese — are in Phase 3 efficacy trials involving thousands of people.center_img Developing countries The  Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), launched in 2017 by Norway, India, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, seeks to ensure that there is “equitable access” to future vaccines.It has pre-ordered 300 million doses from AstraZeneca for dozens of developing countries in a partnership with The Vaccine Alliance (Gavi).Billions of doses would be produced for Asia and elsewhere by the giant Serum Institute of India (SII), the largest vaccine producer in the world.Novavax and AstraZeneca have separately signed agreements with SII to produce a billion doses each for India and low- and middle-income countries on the condition, of course, that they prove their efficacy in clinical trials. In a surprise announcement, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Tuesday that a vaccine dubbed “Sputnik V” — after the Soviet satellite — conferred “sustainable immunity” against the novel coronavirus. As research laboratories around the world race to develop a vaccine, manufacturers have received financing to help them prepare to have millions of doses ready to administer in 2021 or even before the end of the year.Oxford University, working with the Swedish-British pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca, hopes to have results by September while the US biotech company Moderna, partnering with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), is aiming for the end of the year, possibly November. Topics :last_img read more

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