Endangered Language Fund Grants

first_img on October 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm March 7, 2011 Published by Site Default Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Log in to Reply Deadline: 20 April 2011Open to: researchers and language activists from any country, also institutions (no overheads covered)Grant: less than $4,000 in sizeThe Endangered Language Fund provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic field work. The work most likely to be funded is that which serves both the native community and the field of linguistics. Work which has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to the other will also be considered. Publishing subventions are a low priority, although they will be considered. Proposals can originate in any country. The language involved must be in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. Endangerment is a continuum, and the location on the continuum is one factor in our funding decisions.Eligible expenses include consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc. Overhead is not allowed. Grants are normally for a one year period, though extensions may be applied for. Expect grants in this round are to be less than $4,000 in size, and to average about $2,000.EligibilityResearchers and language activists from any country are eligible to apply. Awards can be made to institutions, but no administrative (overhead, indirect) costs are covered.Application ProcessApplications must be submitted electronically. Applications must be received by April 20th, 2011. Decisions will be delivered by the end of May, 2011.There is no form, but the information requested below should be included in the first page of an electronic document, preferably a PDF file. Email the single file containing all the material to: [email protected] InformationCOVER PAGEThe first page should contain:Title of the projectName of language and country in which it is spokenName of primary researcherAddress of primary researcher (include email and, if possible, phone.)Amount requestedPresent position, education, and native language(s).Previous experience and/or publications that are relevant.Include the same information for collaborating researchers, if any. This information may continue on the next page.DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECTBeginning on a separate page, provide a description of the project. This should normally take two pages, single spaced, but the maximum is five pages. Be detailed about the type of material that is to be collected and/or produced, and the value it will have to the native community (including relatives and descendants who do not speak the language) and to linguistic science. Special consideration will be given to projects that involve children. Give a brief description of the state of endangerment of the language in question.BUDGETOn a separate page, prepare an itemized budget that lists expected costs for the project. Eligible expenses include consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc. Overhead (indirect) costs are not allowed. Estimates are acceptable, but they must be realistic. Please translate the amounts into US dollars. List other sources of support you are currently receiving or expect to receive and other applications that relate to the current one.LETTER OF SUPPORTTwo letters of support are recommended, but not required. These can be included in the electonric file or sent separately. Note that these letters, if sent separately, must arrive on or before the deadline (April 21st, 2011) in order to be considered. If more than two letters are sent, only the first two received will be read.No mail or fax applications will be accepted. If you have any questions, please write to our address (300 George St., Suite 900, New Haven, CT 06511, USA) or email to: [email protected] official webpage. Tweet Similar Stories LinkedIn 0 Dear Festo,Congratulations on your work researching the Acholi language, but unfortunately Mladiinfo is not in charge of the funding. We only inform others about the opportunities. Please see the original website of the Endangered Language Fund above to contact them for more information.Kind regards,Mladiinfo team +1 By Festo Okidi says: Endangered Language Fund Grants Reddit By Mladiinfo says: 2 thoughts on “Endangered Language Fund Grants” Dear Sir/madam, I have just seen this advert, October 2012. I wonder whether you will shortly be holding another round of application. Over the past 15 years, I have been researching the Acholi language, mainly spoken in Northern Uganda but with similarities with other Nilotic languages spoken in Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The language has not been fully written and with the 24 years of war that has just ended, the means of propagation namely the elders and other speakers have been depleted. Moreover, the war that raged in the area lead to further mis-interpretation of the cultures (a basis for the fluency in the language) as you might have seen in the activities of the Lord’s resistance Army, a party in the conflict. Please let me know whether you would be interested in sponsoring my study of ‘The Structure of Acholi Language.’ Recently I self-published Acholi Proverbs, following my earlier publication of ‘Acholi for beginners.’ It is a language I am passionate about and would like it preserved. Kind regards Share 0 on October 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm Traineeships in the Directorate General Budget & Finance at European Central Bank (ECB) Pocket ← Internships at the Secretariat of the AER, France, Belgium Trimo Job Positions: Engineering, Architecture, IT, Economics →last_img read more

PhD Studentships in Precision Agriculture at Ghent University in Belgium

first_img WORLD AGRICULTURE PRIZE D-Prize Challenges June 27, 2017 Published by ivanovatamara +1 Reddit ← HR Officer at WHO LinkedIn 0 International Summer School LUM Jean Monnet – ILIRIA → Pocketcenter_img Senior Programme Officer at FAO Similar Stories Tweet Deadline: 30 September 2017Open to: international studentsBenefits: EUR 23787 per year (EUR 1982 per month)DescriptionGhent University is now accepting applications for fully funded 5 Ph.D. Studentships in Precision Agriculture within the Department of Soil Management, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering in Ghent University (UGent) in Belgium. The aim of the project is to establish a research platform combining cutting-edge soil and crop sensors, modeling and system control technology for managing farm resources (seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, water, and manure) site-specifically, with the final goal of establishing a precision agriculture center in Flanders.EligibilityThe candidate should fulfill the following requirements:Have or will soon have an MSc degree in Agriculture Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Agronomy, Mechatronics Engineering or Mechanical Engineering;Should have knowledge in the use of basic engineering software and modeling languages, such as MATLAB Toolbox, LabVIEW, DaisyLab, AutoCAD, or C++…..Desirable to have knowledge in sensing technologies, modeling, and control theory;Good contextual understanding of agricultural systems, precision agriculture and the ability to work in the field with agriculture machinery;The candidate should have a high level of proficiency in English sufficient to communicate effectively with colleagues and write papers and reports;Good practical problem solver / Ability to find appropriate solutions to academic and technical problems;Ability to work as a member of a team within a dynamic research group.BenefitsUniversity offer fully funded Ph.D. positions starting between 1st November 2017 and 2nd January 2018. Approx. EUR 23787 per year (EUR 1982 per month) based on a full working week (38 hours).How to apply?Applications should be submitted by not later that 30th September 2017, enclosing the following documents:Cover letter outlining your motivation, research, and teaching experience;Detailed CV and publication record;Your MSc degree or an interim document if you are still finishing your MSc;A verified transcript of your MSc and BSc degrees;Indicate your interest in the above 5 Ph.D. projects;Two reference letters from academic members.For more information please visit the official web page. PhD Studentships in Precision Agriculture at Ghent University in Belgium Share 0 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. last_img read more

HFZ Capital launches new fund for REIT investing

first_imgShare via Shortlink Ziel Feldman (iStock)HFZ Capital’s Ziel Feldman, known for luxury condo developments, has launched a new fund for REIT investment.The developer, along with a group of partners that includes Lionbridge Capital, plans to purchase shares of publicly traded real estate investment trusts that may be undervalued because of the pandemic, according to Bloomberg.The group has put $50 million of seed money and hopes to raise up to $500 million.“We’re in the very businesses we’re investing in,” Feldman told Bloomberg. “We have real-time information from brokers [and] we’re seeing the rent collections and leasing activity from our own portfolio.”ADVERTISEMENTRead moreMob got claws into HFZ projectMeet the HFZ exec accused of taking bribesMarket’s not cooperating with HFZ’s High Line project The venture has already purchased stakes in Vornado Realty Trust and Ventas.“The highest returns you can get today are in the public market,” said HFZ’s Adam Feldman, who is the co-manager of the fund.The move is a shift away from Manhattan’s condo market, which HFZ has invested heavily in, but which has been hurting for some time.After the pandemic hit, an already sluggish sales environment dried up even further as home showings were called off and economic uncertainty set in. Because of the conditions, developers — including HFZ — have entertained bulk deals.[Bloomberg] — Sylvia Varnham O’Regan Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsHFZ Capital GroupREITSziel feldmanlast_img read more

SADC renewable energy entrepreneurs urged to apply for support facility

first_img TAGSIRENASACREEESADC Previous articleS.Africa: Wind sector beams with joy on IPP progressNext articleTanzania: Stiegler’s Gorge power project to commence construction Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policy Featured image: Stock The SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) has partnered with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to establish the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Support Facility.The facility seeks to enhance and strengthen the capacity of small to medium entrepreneurs in assessing the business potentials of sustainable energy, develop viable business plans and loan requests, and manage and maintain their businesses successfully.Furthermore, the facility seeks to increase the confidence of financial institutions in sustainable energy systems and create linkages between the entrepreneurs and financial institutions. Read more: Gambia renewable energy entrepreneurship syllabus effectedRenewable energy entrepreneursIn the SADC region, renewable energy entrepreneurs are at the forefront of efforts to extend access to modern energy services as they are often the best placed to offer tailor-made local solutions.Such entrepreneurs, however, face serious challenges including business management and operations, as well as bringing their innovative ideas to fruition.To overcome some of these challenges and strengthen the capacity of SADC-based renewable energy entrepreneurs, SACREEE and IRENA are inviting these entrepreneurs to submit their applications for technical support in the following areas:Refining renewable energy project proposals in order to reach bankability.Enterprise development through the Facility’s mentorship and training programme.The applications will go through a selection process and the successful applicants will be contacted.Please note that this is a technical support facility and that no financial assistance will be provided.To learn more about this call, interested parties can contact the SADC Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Support Facility on this email address: [email protected] UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development BRICS Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Generationlast_img read more

‘Water must be paid for’ should become 11th commandment

first_img Generation Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Featured image: Stock If ever there is an eleventh commandment, it should be “water must be paid for”, delegates were told on the last day of the African Utility Week.Chief manager investments and programmes in Kenya’s Water Services Trust Fund Willis Ombai roped in the Bible during a panel discussion, where experts discussed the pricing of water and explored different finance models for water infrastructure.Case studies from Denmark and Kenya were shared. Read more: Harvesting icebergs: a solution to solve water and energy challengesOmbai said water is generally understood as a public good. “So, it becomes difficult when we start talking about tariffs. Our mantra is water must be paid for.” Kenya’s Water Services Trust Fund is governed by a Board of Trustees and “acts as a fund for mobilising resources and providing financial assistance towards capital investment costs of providing Water Service and Sanitation”.About 26,9 out of 46 million Kenyans have access to water. Ombai said the development of the water sector in Kenya has been constrained by a limited public purse and private funding had to be considered.One of the delegates raised the issue of people who are willing to pay for bottled water in a shop, but water from their taps by government is not regarded in the same way. How do we get people to pay?Former banker Andre Kruger said the poor might not be paying because they are not getting proper services. “But the poor own cell phones so this notion that the poor cannot pay, is a misnomer,” he said.Private Public PartnershipsQuestions were also raised during the session on why Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) in the water sector are so slow in countries like South Africa, especially since they can provide necessary technical skills where government has capacity problems.According to Kruger there is not sufficient understanding of PPPs, especially in the local government sector. “Many in the metros do not even know about PPP regulations.” He said there are 135 PPPs in the country currently, but the national treasury is set to double this figure.Kruger explained when government decides on PPPs it stays in charge and still is responsible for delivery of the service and to see that it is delivered.“So, they are responsible to ensure the poor, their constituency, get the services. In these contracts it is clearly defined what the role of the private sector should be. What we have in the PPPs is an opportunity on a project basis to deliver services cheaper and to a wider context than what the government is currently delivering.” Kruger also stressed the job creation prospects of these projects. “There is an opportunity to extend services and for the poor to get water at a cheaper price.”Head of unlisted investments and portfolio manager at Mergence Investment Mark van Wyk highlighted the risks that investors consider. “The question is always will people pay (for water).”Some of the proposals raised during the session are to sensitise the public that water must be paid for since it is a service that is provided.Van Wyk said it is important to note that people are paying for the transportation of water to their taps and the benefit they get from it.Written by Alicestine October Finance and Policy TAGSAfrican Utility Week and POWERGEN AfricaKenyawaterWater Services Trust Fund Previous articleSA energy minister optimistic about driving sector investmentNext articleAbout Allbro Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

NJ Senate’s transit committee listens to passengers’ travel woes at Hoboken…

first_img TAGScommutersmass transitmetropolitan transportation authorityNJ Transitsteve sweeney SHARE FBW says Prime Cycle’s new location violates state guidelines for Hoboken waterfront Jersey City high school teacher suspended after rant calling George Floyd ‘a f***ing criminal’ NJ Transit bus and rail riders typically vent their commuting woes on social media, but last night they had the opportunity to do it in front of the state Senate’s NJ Transit Committee during a hearing at the Hoboken Terminal. Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) recently organized the committee, made up of three Democrats and three Republicans, to investigate why train cancellations and bus delays are happening more regularly at the country’s third largest mass transportation system.Just before the hearing kicked off around 5 p.m., we interviewed the senate president about the goals of the committee.He has said publicly that his committee is willing to pursue subpoenas of transit executives in order to gather the information the committee needs to come up with solutions.“The goal here is one, we have to identify a reliable source of funding for NJ Transit, not just today, but for the future. Because we require five-year budgeting for the agency, and where we are now the next four years they’re in a deficit,” said Sweeney.Multiple commuters then had the chance to tell the committee about their traveling travails and possible improvements.A bus rider, LaToya of Elizabeth, who didn’t provide her last name, rides the bus route numbers 48, 62 and 115 to get to work and run errands.She told the committee it would benefit her if there were more buses on her route and extended operational hours, not just for her work commute because she works non-traditional work hours, but also for her son’s doctor appointment, who has special needs.“Currently, it costs me $2.55 to get my son to the doctor, but at times the buses aren’t on time, so therefore I have to use Lyft or Uber, which will be $20 out of my pocket to get my son to the doctor on time, or I else I have to pay for cancellation fees,” she said.Another commuter, Roger Heitman, lives in the Jersey City Heights and is a board member of the non-profit Riverview Neighborhood Association.Last summer, he a saw a lot of social media posts by residents who were complaining about bus service on the 119 and 87 bus routes.He and his non-profit colleagues then collected about 800 petition signatures that were presented to Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), who in turn secured a meeting with NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett and bus managers last fall.Heitman noted that since the meeting it’s been a mixed bag.“We’ve had mixed results. We have gotten a few extra trips on the 119 bus that goes into Manhattan and there’s been some improvement with the transportation issues coming from the Heights into Hoboken regarding traffic signals, but by and large we don’t see a whole lot of improvement,” said Heitman.He added that every time that he and his colleagues have a meeting with NJ Transit officials, they are told that there are a lack of bus drivers, lack of buses and lack of space at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey bus terminal.“I know they have purchased more buses, but it still seems to be an insurmountable problem at this point.”New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers President Len Resto, a group that advocates for improved and expanded rail and bus service, was delayed in getting to the hearing from Chatham because of a train cancellation.He spoke at length about the problems plaguing the agency, completing his testimony by recommending a series of changes, including a reconstitution of the NJ Transit board to include more than three board members.That statement elicited a response from Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37), who noted that she has said publicly and to the governor’s office that the Senate Select Committee on NJ Transit has not been in agreement with the first group of nominees to the board.“Some of them did not have the requisite backgrounds, so we are in negotiations with the administration to put forth names of people who have a background such as advocates like your organization, train riders, bus riders themselves …”“I’d be happy to be considered,” Resto said playfully.“I’m not offering the position right now,” Weinberg responded in a similar fashion.She agreed with Resto that the board should include more members so more voices of the public can be heard.During a media scrum after the hearing ended, we followed up to ask Sweeney what type of reliable funding source could be identified, given that across the river New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be enacting congestion pricing for all autos and trucks entering the business district south of 96th Street to shore up the agency’s capital plan.He responded that the committee is still on a fact-finding mission, given that today’s hearing was the first of several whereby the committee will be interviewing and speaking with commuters and transportation experts, and then working with the legislature and Gov. Phil Murphy (D) to make the necessary changes.“We’re open to ideas, we’re going to be listening to people and we’re going to try and figure it out. We don’t have anything today, this was the first hearing. If I had the solutions to all these questions, day one, what’s the sense of doing the hearings. We would just go ahead and fix things. But this is not going to be a long-dragged out process, we want to move quickly,” said Sweeney.Despite a Fiscal Year 2020 capital budget allocation of $1.422 billion, Sweeney noted that the transit agency is facing hundreds of millions of dollars of funding gaps starting in FY 2021.According to NJ Advance Media, the funding gap will be $138 million in FY 2021, followed by $220 million in FY 2022, $304 million in FY 2023 and $392 million by FY 2014.We streamed the entire public hearing to our Facebook Page and can be viewed below: Community By Marc Bussanich – November 14, 2019 8:12 am 3 NJ Senate’s transit committee listens to passengers’ travel woes at Hoboken Terminal HobokenPolitics & Policy November 15, 2019 10:49 am at 10:49 am Bayonne Delays Facebook Twitter Previous articleTaxi driver treated for minor injuries after crashing into telephone poll in West New YorkNext articleSweeney backing Jones in Democratic state chair fight: ‘I think LeRoy unites the party’ Marc Bussanich NJT Failcenter_img Having Sweeney at the helm of the Transit Committee is a joke. He doesn’t care about the mess in north Jersey and if there aren’t any contracts available for his union buddies he doesn’t want to find a solution. Let’s have REAL hearings with REAL leadership. Then we may see REAL solutions. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Yup. Honestly, why do they even bother trying to spin positive PR? It’s not like we can fire NJT and hire a different transit authority. CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network oy vey 3 COMMENTS November 15, 2019 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm Community We have seen these NJT dog and pony shows many times before and little or nothing positive ever happens for people who pay the bills. November 14, 2019 11:01 am at 11:01 am Comments are closed.last_img read more

Jennifer Dulos’ family wants her declared dead to bring ‘closure,’ attorney says

first_imgNew Canaan Police DepartmentBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — The family of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos wants her declared legally dead so they can have “closure,” according to a family attorney.The mother of five vanished in May 2019 amid a custody dispute with her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos. After months of suspicion, Fotis Dulos was arrested for his wife’s murder in January 2020. A few weeks after his arrest, Fotis Dulos died in an apparent suicide.The Dulos’ five children remain under the guardianship of Jennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber.Farber and the children “really want closure,” Farber’s attorney, Richard Weinstein, told ABC News on Friday. “The kids read every article, Gloria reads every article. And it just opens up these wounds.”“We don’t want to be dealing with this two and three years from now,” he said. “We want the [Fotis] Dulos estate resolved and eventually we can open up her [Jennifer Dulos’] estate and get her estate resolved.”“I don’t know of anybody who actually believes that Jennifer is alive,” Weinstein added.The criminal case remains ongoing as Fotis Dulos’ girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, and his friend, attorney Kent Mawhinney, were arrested in connection to Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.Troconis has pleaded not guilty to charges of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit murder. Mawhinney has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder.Meanwhile, the five Dulos children “are doing great,” Weinstein said. “They really are doing wonderful, and thank God for Jennifer’s friends, because they’ve just been tremendous.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Women’s Junior WCh 2014: First bad day for Norway and Germany

first_imgJunior Women’s WCH 2014: Norge girls are the most convincing Related Items:croatia handball 2014, women’s junior world championship 2014 Women’s Junior WCh 2014: Norway, Sweden and Croatia are out! Women’s Junior WCh 2014 1/4 finals: Denmark VS France, Germany against Hungary Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Recommended for you Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsDenmark beat Germany 26:25 (12:13) in the derby match of the Women’s Junior World Championshiop 2014 in Croatia. Croatia beat Norway 25:20 and that was the first defeat for Scandinavian girls. After Round 4 still five teams had 100%….37 2014-7-3 16:00 FRA-COD 29:17(14:8)38 2014-7-3 18:15 SWE-HUN 20:21(12:10)39 2014-7-3 20:30 POR-JPN 34:28(21:15)40 2014-7-3 16:00 ROU-CHN 39:25(19:12)41 2014-7-3 18:15 SLO-RUS 27:36(15:20)42 2014-7-3 20:30 TUN-BRA 25:28(9:16)43 2014-7-3 16:00 KOR-URU 45:22(25:11)44 2014-7-3 18:15 CRO-NOR 25:20(14:14)45 2014-7-3 20:30 KAZ-CZE 19:39(6:19)46 2014-7-3 16:00 NED-SRB 33:28(15:16)47 2014-7-3 18:15 GER-DEN 25:26(13:12)48 2014-7-3 20:30 ARG-ANG 29:24(18:13)STANDINGS ShareTweetShareShareEmaillast_img read more

How to trick Trump into telling the truth

first_imgAs Donald Trump approached the 1,000th day of his presidency last week, the Washington Post fact-checking team commemorated the milestone by noting that he had made 13,435 false or misleading statements since occupying the White House, an average of 13.4 falsehoods a day. The Post’s tally, as well as similar efforts by FactCheck.org, PolitiFact and CNN’s Daniel Dale, all but prove that the author of Trump’s wetware must have selected “lie” as his default setting.In his hourlong remarks during a Monday meeting with his Cabinet, Trump was at it again, repeatedly lying and stretching the truth. He lied about the number of people who attended his recent Dallas rally. He falsely claimed that President Barack Obama tried to call North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “11 times.” Once again, he falsely asserted that he was “bringing our soldiers back home.” He bent reality with the stupid claim that no president besides George Washington ever forfeited his salary—when both Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy did so. He called the emoluments clause “phony.” And so on and so on. CNN’s Dale and co-author Tara Subramaniam identified 20 fibs from Trump’s Cabinet monologue.A lesser liar might be deterred by platoons of fact-checkers dispensing “Pinocchios” and “Pants on Fire” labels to his utterances, but Trump is anything but a lesser liar. No matter the amount of truth-squading the press throws at him, he remains determined to manure the discourse with his lies. It’s enough to make the most dedicated fact-checker stop tracking Trump and assume that every word he speaks is a lie. So should we give up on monitoring him? Of course not. The weatherman doesn’t suspend his forecasts just because they fail to discourage hurricanes, tornadoes and superbolts from inflicting mayhem. But perhaps the fact-checkers could be persuaded to augment their approach. Fact-checking starts with the premise that politicians mostly tell the truth and offer only the occasional brazen lie. Trump’s case reverses that equation—his true statements are his notable outliers. Because they are so unique, perhaps we should start giving them greater notice in hopes of nudging the president in the direction of accuracy and honesty. As a petulant but devoted reader of the press, Trump would notice a headline reading “President Trump Said Something True Yesterday,” and maybe tamp down on the lying.The idea that we could prod Trump toward honesty might overestimate his relationship with the truth.Subjecting the president to this sort of operant conditioning through press coverage is not an entirely new idea. Michael Kinsley tried something like this two years ago in a brief series of New York Times opinion pieces under the rubric of “Say Something Nice About Trump” that sought to reinforce the president’s policy successes and his creative destruction of the political order. But Kinsley’s project didn’t do much to steer Trump toward the truth. For that, I think we need to heed the finding of psychological researchers who, several years ago, found that children who lied habitually were more open to reform if told that truthfulness was good than if told lying was bad. Chiding the liars for lying seemed only to make them lie more. Trump’s childlike demeanor—his tantrums and fits, his narcissism, his breath-holding when he doesn’t get his way, his heavy reliance on “mean words,” his endless pouting—hints that treating him like a kid and rewarding him for truth-telling rather than punishing him for lying might pay modest dividends.The fact-checkers at PolitiFact already do a version of this by keeping a running score of disputed Trump statements ultimately judged to be true (5 percent of the 723 Trump statements examined so far). A more comprehensive list of things Trump has gotten right won’t turn Lyin’ Trump into Honest Abe overnight. But in a political culture starved for an agreed-upon set of facts from which to debate, a pamphlet (however slim) of collected Trump truths would come in handy, especially should a national security or economic crisis strike. Such a pamphlet might also benefit the president and his staff by giving them a sense of where to find common ground with their foes. I’m agnostic on who this job should go to—it could go to the fact-checkers, the commentariat, or even Chris Cuomo. Can’t you just imagine him in a muscle shirt scribbling like mad on a whiteboard about Trump’s latest expression of truth?The idea that we could prod Trump toward honesty might overestimate his relationship with the truth. Does he even know the difference? As the writer Windsor Mann tweeted this week, “When Trump tells the truth, it is by accident.” We probably don’t want to do anything that might increase the number of Trump accidents, lest we inspire one that causes everything to go kablooey. But even Pinocchio, the Washington Post fact-checkers’ avatar of lies, was capable of telling the intermittent, rare truth. If a boy born with wood for brains could achieve personhood by proving himself brave and truthful, there’s got to be hope for Trump.Jack Shafer is POLITICO’s senior media writer. Also On POLITICO What if Trump wins? 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Twiddle Announces Virtual “Roots Tour 2020”

first_imgTwiddle has announced the digital “Roots Tour 2020” presented by Live From Out There. The tour will see Twiddle return to its roots in honor of 15 years playing together.This announcement comes as the latest installment from 11E1even Group‘s ongoing Live From Out There venture. The series of webcasts was introduced via Nugs.tv in March as the first wave of concerts and tours were canceled.Related: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Announces ‘Homefest: A Virtual Flock Party’In a press release, the band said that the virtual tour will run from July 9th—26th and will see a mix of original concerts, VIP experiences, archival footage, and unreleased shows. “Roots Tour 2020” will include nine new concerts that will be filmed at unique Vermont venues that were paramount to the band’s development, including a gig at Castleton University where Twiddle formed in 2005. Frontman Mihali Savoulidis said of the tour,With the Summer tour canceled, we wanted to take this time to do something really special, head back to all the different venues that hold a special place in the band’s career going all the way back to Castleton College where Ryan and I first met. Along with the 9 live-streamed sets and virtual meet and greet experiences, we are digging up early never before seen footage and unreleased shows. This is going to be something really special for us and very excited to relive some of these special moments from our career.“Roots Tour 2020” is part of Live From Out There‘s “Virtual Summer Tour Series”. The string of streams will include performances from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Goose, Kitchen Dwellers, Aqueous, and SunSquabi. Early bird passes for Twiddle’s “Roots Tour 2020” are available now on the newly-launched Live From Out There website.Twiddle also posted a video to Facebook announcing the tour, with a brief look back at the band’s history.Twiddle “Roots Tour 2020” Announcementlast_img read more