Beloved pop icon Prince passed away earlier this year, leaving behind a wake of loyal supporters and admirers everywhere. The Purple One was adored around the world, but perhaps nowhere as much as his home state of Minnesota. While other artists might have abandoned the locale for big city life, Prince instead set up shop at his Paisley Park manor and poured funds into the local community.Though Prince passed away on April 21st, the University of Minnesota had been planning to award Prince with an honorary doctorate for not only his artistic contributions, but for his philanthropic and social ones as well. The nomination comes posthumously, and a ceremony will be detailed for later this year.“As Minnesotans and people around the world continue to celebrate Prince’s life and contributions to society, the University is privileged to award the honorary degree posthumously,” said President Eric Kaler on the U of M website. “Prince was transformational in American music and culture, and we are extremely proud of his many accomplishments, as well as his efforts to give back to his home state, a legacy we hope to continue.”“He changed the world’s view of what it meant to be Minnesotan,” said Michael Kim, Director of the University of Minnesota’s School of Music. “He demonstrated that far from provincial and unassuming, Minnesota’s creative talents were cutting-edge and brilliant. I can think of no better way to express the University’s esteem for one of Minnesota’s own sons, and one of the most talented and influential performing artists of all time.”There’s nothing but love for Prince. RIP.[Photo via Chad Anderson Photography]
Countries around the world are devising massive economic revival plans after the COVID-19 pandemic, which first emerged in China late last year, paralyzed the global economy.China, the world’s biggest polluter and a signatory of the Paris climate agreement, has invested heavily in renewable energy.But it also has nearly 250 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity under development, larger than the coal fleets of the United States or India, according to the June report by Global Energy Monitor and the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air.”It is deeply concerning that new coal power plants are still being planned and financed, even though renewables offer three times more jobs, and are now cheaper than coal in most countries,” Secretary General Guterres said. Topics : Coal power has no place in a post-coronavirus economic recovery plan, the UN chief said Thursday in a speech broadcast in China, which has reportedly stepped up production of the polluting energy source.”There is no such thing as clean coal, and coal should have no place in any rational recovery plan,” Antonio Guterres said, in a video address televised at Beijing’s Tsinghua University.”We need to stop wasting money on fossil fuel subsidies and the funding of coal,” he said.
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The 16-time Grand Slam winner had not finished the year at the top since 2013, with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray doing so after that.“One year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being No. 1 again at the end of the season,” said Nadal, who missed large parts of 2016 because of a troublesome wrist. “It has been an amazing year.”Nadal’s comeback has been truly remarkable, even by his lofty standards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHe reached three Grand Slam finals this year, losing to Roger Federer at the Australian Open and winning a 10th French Open title before clinching the U.S. Open for the third time.“It was impossible for me to think about (being No. 1) coming back from a tough period without playing, and with so many injuries in the last couple of years,” said Nadal, who also finished as No. 1 in ’08 and ’10. “It means a lot. After almost 10 years since the first time.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nadal is also the oldest year-ending No. 1, testimony to his relentless determination.“It’s about the passion for what you are doing. It’s about the mentality of waking up every morning with the right motivation to go on court and improve something. That’s the winning mentality, no?” he replied, when asked what drives him. “The passion to improve something and practice every day with the right attitude to try to make that happen … not everybody is able to do it.”The only downside this season has been always losing to Federer, who leads the ATP Tour with seven titles.Federer has beaten Nadal four consecutive times — not dropping a set in three of them — and the 19-time Grand Slam champion was in outside contention for the No. 1 ranking before pulling out of Paris to focus on the season-ending ATP Finals in London next week.The 21-year-old Chung broke Nadal in the ninth game of the first set and held for 5-5. But Nadal took the first set after breaking Chung to love.ADVERTISEMENT Russian gold medalist disqualified for Sochi Olympics doping Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Chung saved four break points in a fourth game of the second set lasting 12 minutes, holding for 2-2. But Nadal accelerated after that and served out the victory on his second match point.Nadal, who is tied for a record 30 Masters titles with Djokovic, has never won the tournament in Paris. He will next face Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who beat 15th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-2.Third-seeded Marin Cilic won 6-4, 6-3 against Borna Coric in an all-Croatian match.Cilic, who had 13 aces, will next play 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. He eased past Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-1.No. 4 Alexander Zverev lost to Robin Haase 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, and No. 9 John Isner beat Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (2), 6-7 (11), 6-3.Haase next plays No. 13 Juan Martin del Potro, who eased past Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-2, 6-2. The big-serving Argentine needs to win in Paris to have a chance of reaching the Finals in London.Isner, who lost last year’s final to Murray, faces No. 6 Grigor Dimitrov. He beat Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4.Frenchman Lucas Pouille kept alive his slim chances of qualifying for London with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Feliciano Lopez, but No. 12 Kevin Anderson’s chances took a blow after a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 loss to Fernando Verdasco.No. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s bid to reach London is over following a 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 loss to Julien Benneteau in an all-French match.Benneteau plays No. 7 David Goffin of Belgium, who won 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 against Adrian Mannarino.Also, No. 16 Jack Sock of the United States had 14 aces in a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) win against Kyle Edmund and faces Pouille in Thursday’s third round. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Hyeon Chung of South Korea during the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. 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Valencia Rarest of feats Re “Iraq war backers must admit our errors” (Viewpoint, March 18): Daily News Opinion Editor Chris Weinkopf performs that rarest of feats: revising his opinion in print. The re-examination of his views on the wisdom of invading Iraq, based on the tenets of his faith as well as strategic considerations, panders neither to the right nor the left – it just expresses his thoughts. It would be refreshing to see such openness not just in journalism, but in the government as well. – Doug Lasken Woodland Hills Section 8 housing Re “Housing program crumbles” (March 17): The article seems to imply greed on the part of landlords to evict Section 8 tenants. For many years, in spite of L.A.’s rent control, many apartment owners were eager to accept tenants on Section 8. But over at least the last few years, the escalating ineptness and nonresponsiveness of the Housing Authority of the city of Los Angeles has prevented units under Section 8 from even keeping up with rents allowed under the economically absurd rent-stabilization ordinance. If the city’s Housing Authority became competent and businesslike, many owners would again accept Section 8 tenants. – Victor N. Viereck Valley Village And other pet beliefs Re “Same old song” (Your Opinions, March 16): So now we have another proposal why those goofy scientists are pushing the theory of global warming: They’re doing it for the money. It’s not from concern for humanity; it’s simple greed. Michael Crichton, on the other hand, wrote his novel decrying the theory because he’s a humanitarian who wanted and got his invitation to the White House. Perhaps your readers could pool their resources, back a movie from Crichton’s book and slip in their other pet convictions: Evolution is a total fraud; there really were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2003; Jesus is buried in James Cameron’s tomb. – Mary Black Winnetka Beatle letters The Beatle letter writers are really tripping. Calling them terrorists? Saying they opened eyes to the horrors of war and dirty politics? Claiming they bamboozled America? All hogwash, I say. I’m sorry if Larry Williams and others lost relevance, but fans made their own choices. The artists mentioned are wonderful. There’s room for them all. Obviously, the Beatles loved American rockers. The world is a better place if only for the listening pleasure the Fab Four gave so many, but they were about making music. Idolizing, attaching political-social importance and bitter jealousy are all silly. Get over it. It’s about the music! They rocked! – Kevin Fennell Canoga Park Read closely Re “This is the USA” (Your Opinions, March 16): Poor Salvador Gallegos didn’t understand my comments about Mariel Garza. I called her an opportunist – not greedy or a dictator. I took umbrage with her general statement that the American spirit has a tradition of exploiting every possible opportunity. I love my country and our Constitution, as well as the generous spirit of many Americans. If Gallegos had not jumped to conclusions, he would have understood my annoyance with Garza’s comments. Furthermore, I’m now annoyed with Gallegos for suggesting I’m a member of the club that wants to confiscate a successful hard-working person’s money. I happen to be a hard-working citizen who thinks Gallegos is unaware of what the neocons in the form of the Bush administration have done to our country. – Elaine Wernet Northridge As God intended Pat Knepley and Roger Olsen are dead right when they say that “Gore’s shrill propaganda” on global warming is “far from fact” and that we shouldn’t “buy what Al sold us” about it. I mean, isn’t Gore the nut who said that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal” and that “most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures … is greater than 90 percent, likely due to human greenhouse-gas concentrations?” What a load of – huh? He didn’t say that? Well who did? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? Whatever. I’m a right-winger. I don’t know how to look stuff up. (I get my facts from Rush and Bush, as God intended.) – Jeff Wolverton Los Angeles Money floats Re “Teachers OK 6 percent raise, decry glitch in payroll checks” (March 16 ): I have a question for that man who calls himself a mayor and who wants to run the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as for the buffoons on the school board: Why are you collecting your paychecks ahead of the 20,000 employees who are still waiting for theirs? What is wrong with the glitch in this picture? Personally, I recommend a trip for each of you that the taxpayers probably wouldn’t mind paying for: a hunting trip with Dick Cheney. – Debbie Gordon Woodland Hills Walter Reed hospital The fact that politicians and high-ranking military enjoy luxurious treatment and excellent medical attention on the top floor of Walter Reed Medical Center while, underneath them, on the lower floors, the true heroes and protectors of democracy suffer filth and shoddy medical care shows how our government treats its wounded veterans like dirt under the others’ feet. – Helen Logan-Tackett Fullerton Ruby the elephant I think there should be elephants in zoos. The 6- to 9-acre compound at the L.A. Zoo will be a much nicer place than the tiny pens that Ruby and Gita had, so why not allow a few to remain there “on view”? We “sacrifice” animals all the time for food and byproducts (sorry, vegetarians), and there are many people who abuse and misuse pets without punishment, so why not, for the sake of our children, allow a few of the gentle giants to reside in zoos? A cartoon drawing, a photo in a book and a written description will never compare with letting a young child stand next to a real live elephant for understanding and awe. Don’t let that experience be lost for the sakes of some radical animal-rights activists. – Jackie Houchin Sun Valley Support our troops No support when the generals said it would take more troops. No support when troops were reinforcing military vehicles. No support to keep towns and cities secure. No support for proper rehabilitation conditions. But billions and billions of U.S. support dollars to many foreign nations. – Ken Garrison Rosamond160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Education Revolution” (Our Opinions, March 16): Socioeconomics is the key word in education. For example: Some small districts, such as the Beverly Hills district, have excellent scores and graduation rates, but a small district in Compton is one of the worst-performing school districts in California. The same equation will apply if we compare districts such as San Marino and Lynwood, both small districts – one a top performer and the other one of the lowest performers. If we look at the Los Angeles Unified School District, some schools in the Porter Ranch area are among the top performers in the nation, while some schools in the South Central area are the lowest. Politicians and others who never expended any time in the ghettos of America are never going to get it. Schools are just as good as the neighborhoods where they stand. Socioeconomics is the key to education. – Federico Iches