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Pass the word my friend, brother and long-time music collaborator, legendary Motown genius and Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder is bringing his classic “Songs in the Key of Life” to 11 cities with live historic performances, launching Nov. 6 at Madison Square Garden. Wonder stands on a mountain of musical brilliance, including 49 Top 40 singles, 32 No. 1 singles and worldwide album sales of more than 100 million.

We give final acknowledgement and condolences to the family, friends and fans of iconic and innovative jazz-funk musician-composer Joe Sample of the legendary Jazz Crusaders, who passed at 73, as well as veteran jazz music promoter Boo Frazier. They will be missed.


“Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned,” the new play by Tyler Perry, takes place Oct. 9 through 12 for six shows at the Beacon Theatre, 2130 Broadway at 75th Street. Tickets are available via the Beacon Theatre box office and Ticketmaster or by calling 866-858-0008 or visiting

“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr., is now playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. For tickets, visit or

“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit

“Aladdin,” featuring Tony Award winner James Monroe Igleheart as the uniquely modern Genie, is playing now at the New Amsterdam Theatre, located at 214 W. 42nd St. Visit


Youssou N’Dour, the king of Segalese African pop, lights up BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House as part of the “Nonesuch Records at BAM” series Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13.

Avant, with special guest Angela Johnson, performs at B.B. King Blues Club Wednesday, Sept. 17. Call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkings

The Blue Note presents Talib Kweli live with his band, Sept. 18 and 19. The Roy Hargrove Quintet performs Sept. 20 and 21. The Blue Note is located at 131 W. Third St. Call 212-475-8592 or visit

The 10th anniversary of Circle of Sisters, the largest expo in New York City uniting, motivating and celebrating women of color, takes place Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Jacob Javits Center, 34th Street and 11th Avenue. This year’s explosive two-day expo will include film screenings; relationship, health and financial panels; an RB concert and gospel concert; a fashion show; a cooking pavilion; and more! Visit or for more info.

Don’t forget the ever-popular “Amateur Night” with the Show Offs, Top Dog and Super Top Dog at the world famous Apollo Theater, “where stars are born and legends are made.” For a full calendar, visit

Carnegie Hall presents Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela Friday, Oct. 10 at the Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage, located at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. Visit


Brilliant comedienne and actress Wanda Sykes performs Sept. 19 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark, N.J.

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New York City hosts two diverse film festivals this month, providing creative choices for a wide variety of cinematic tastes.

The rich lineup of films in the 52nd New York Film Festival (Sept. 26–Oct. 12) is already getting that pre-award season buzz, especially on the subject of the coveted Academy Award.

Some of the “must-sees” for the NYFF festival include Dominik Graf’s “Beloved Sisters,” Alain Resnais’ “Hiroshima Mon Amour” and Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu.”

“Timbuktu,” opening in the U.S. in 2015 (Jan. 28) but screening this month at NYFF, is directed by Sissako (“Bamako,” “Life on Earth”) and co-written by Sissako and Kessen Tal. The lush and conversational film has already won the Cannes Film Festival’s Ecumenical Jury Prize and was an Official Selection: 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Masters Section.

Starring Ibrahim Ahmed (aka Pino), Toulou Kiki, Abel Jafri and Fatoumata Diawara, the film follows a recent jihadist takeover of northern Mali and the impact it has on a proud cattle herder and his family. The main character lives near Timbuktu, which is now ruled by the religious fundamentalists. Under their law, the people suffer. Music, laughter, cigarettes and even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity.

Also gaining strong industry buzz and screening at NYFF is “Foxcatcher,” starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo (which also screened at the Cannes Film Festival and the TIFF).

Based on true and shocking events, the film is a psychological thriller about Olympic gold medal-winning brothers Mark and Dave Schultz and their tragic relationship with a multimillionaire benefactor, John du Pont. “Foxcatcher” is directed by Bennett Miller from a powerful screenplay by Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye.

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The 18th annual Urbanworld Film Festival kicked off Sept. 17 in New York City, presenting 70 movies, including Zane’s “Addicted” starring Boris Kodjoe, and “Selma,” produced by Oprah Winfrey.

The five-day event began with the opening night film “Beyond the Lights,” starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver and Danny Glover, written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love and Basketball”). “Beyond the Lights” tells the story of a talented young musician on the brink of superstardom struggling with the pressures of impending fame.

Sept. 19, author Zane will be joined by the men of “Addicted”: Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford, William Levy and director Bille Woodruff for a special panel discussion and exclusive look at scenes from the film. “Addicted” is an erotic thriller about desire and indiscretion.

“Our 2014 film slate reflects the significance and esteem the festival has achieved over the past 17 years,” says Gabrielle Glore, Urbanworld Film Festival executive producer and head of programming. “As the largest multicultural festival, we continue to strive to make Urbanworld ‘the’ destination for filmmakers and studios to connect with a diverse movie-going audience.

“This year, we are excited to add an even deeper variety of international films, as well as content that targets the Latino community. With BET and HBO as our partners, we are able to continue to highlight stories that the world needs to see.”

The festival’s nightlife will feature special editions of Urbanworld Music, including a performance by the eight-piece rock/soul band Condola and the Stoop Kids, featuring lead singer and Tony-nominated actress Condola Rashad, daughter of Phylicia Rashad. Urbanworld will also host free community screenings in New York City Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, the Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation in Brooklyn and the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

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“Get ready for the biggest hip-hop weekend in Brooklyn,” said L. Londell McMillan, owner of The Source magazine and founder of this weekend’s mega Source360 event.

The reclamation of hip-hop from the grips of ratchetness, money-focused debauchery and sexually exploitive divisiveness is one of the many motivations behind McMillan’s Source360 event. In the heady Downtown Brooklyn, which encompasses the Barclays Center, Habana Outpost, Milk River Lounge, Brooklyn Moon, Frank’s Lounge and Long Island College. Folks already know that the Wu-Tang Clan “ain’t nuttin’ to [mess] with,” so when they take the stage for their reunion show, “people get ready,” said McMillan, beaming. “Here you have an iconic brand presenting a fresh and innovative event, where hip-hop meets hipster.”

He states that his NorthStar Group and The Source are hosting their inaugural SOURCE360 Expo, a three-day expo, conference, concert and festival covering all channels related to art, music, fashion, film, sports, dance, tech, gaming and digital media. The SOURCE360 Expo will provide attendees with access to top industry leaders, influencers, enthusiasts and brands.

McMillan said that this weekend’s event is where creative artists and artistic activists will collide, right in the heart of Brooklyn’s cultural district.

He determines that the series of events will mark milestones in the global culture and is a testament to how hip-hop has inspired innovation and permeated every aspect of popular culture and creativity. Panel discussions, performances, art exhibits, film screenings, tech summits and more will enliven and entertain attendees, offering both a retrospective and glimpse into the future of hip-hop across various channels as well as the community-at-large.

Over the three days, attendees can find themselves at events at places like the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Barclays Center and Long Island University and throughout the Brooklyn Cultural District. Industry and community leaders such as Run-DMC, Wu-Tang Clan, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Common, Spike Lee, Danny Simmons, MC Lyte, Brandon Martinez, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and others are expected to make appearances. A full-scale reunion concert with the Wu-Tang Clan is set for the Barclays Center Saturday, Sept. 20.

Celebrating The Source’s 25th anniversary, McMillan predicts that this weekend’s affair will be “an exciting and unprecedented opportunity to showcase how innovative and diverse hip-hop is locally and globally.”

The founder of SOURCE360 says, “We are honored to bring this total market experience to the community and hope that it will inspire and embolden people to innovate, network, unite and create more positive contributions to the world.”

Meanwhile, as he pushes the hip-hop mainstay magazine, McMillan adds, “The Source continues to grow and evolve by leaps and bounds. The digital and social media platforms increased more than 300 percent over the past six months. The brand continues to curate authentic, edgy and socially responsible hip-hop content on a local and global scale.”

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HOUSTON, TX–(Marketwired – Sep 17, 2014) – Intergraph is hosting CADWorx Analysis University 2014 (CAU2014) Express training events in Europe starting on October 7, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands followed by October 9th in London, UK; October 13th in Milan, Italy; October 15th in Madrid, Spain, and October 16th in Paris, France.

These one-day events provide in-depth training sessions on Intergraph CADWorx, CAESAR II, and PV Elite designed to help users become better plant designers and engineers, enhancing their organizations’ productivity and collaborative capabilities in design and engineering analysis. They include technical sessions led by experts in the design, construction, and operation of plants and offshore facilities discussing how Intergraph CADWorx Analysis Solutions can help them better meet real-world challenges. During the events, participants have opportunities to interact and share their experiences, and each event concludes with product-focused Special Interest Groups and a networking reception.

For links to each of these CAU2014 Express events, visit For information on Amsterdam, visit; for London, visit; for Milan, visit; for Madrid, visit; and for Paris, visit

For more information on Intergraph CADWorx, visit For information on Intergraph analysis products visit

About Intergraph CADWorx Analysis Solutions
Intergraph CADWorx Analysis Solutions products allow design and engineering to share relevant information seamlessly, thereby maintaining accuracy and improving efficiency. These include CADWorx® Plant Design Suite, for AutoCAD®-based intelligent plant design modeling, process schematics and automatic production of plant design deliverables; CADWorx DraftPro®, for intelligent 2D design and layout; CAESAR II®, the world’s most widely used pipe stress analysis software; PV Elite®, for vessel and exchanger design and analysis; TANK™, for the design and analysis of oil storage tanks; and GT STRUDL®, one of the most trusted, adaptable and fully-integrated structural analysis solutions in the world.

Intergraph, the Intergraph logo, CADWorx, CAESAR II, PV Elite, DraftPro and GT STRUDL are registered trademarks, and TANK is a trademark of Intergraph Corporation. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2014 Intergraph Corp. All rights reserved.

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As UEFA prepares to select the 13 host cities for the 2020 European Championship, Michel Platini’s continent-wide project still faces skepticism and question marks.

Is it an innovative response to Europe’s financial issues and the escalating cost of sports events, or a major logistical gamble?

The selections made Friday could answer some of those questions.

Instead of selecting a host nation, UEFA will pick 12 cities across the continent that will be awarded three group-stage games in the 24-team tournament, plus a single knockout match from the round of 16 or quarterfinals rounds.

Wembley Stadium in London is the favorite to be chosen by UEFA’s executive committee to stage the semifinals and the finals, with rival Germany considering withdrawing Bayern Munich’s stadium from the running to help its chances of hosting Euro 2024 outright.

Whichever cities are chosen, fans and organizers alike are sure to face plenty of challenges.


A lasting memory of the World Cup in Brazil will be the tournament’s ability to create a party atmosphere for the tens of thousands of visiting fans – from the beaches to the jungle. Euro 2020 will be far more disjointed, with the showpiece matches limited to just one city per country for a few days.

Fans accustomed to basing themselves in one or two countries for a month of football will have to rack up air miles following their team across Europe. While trips to the three group-stage fixtures can be booked in advance, the destinations in the round of 16 and quarterfinals will be unpredictable.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said the multinational plan lacks ”soul and heart.”

However, by spreading the tournament out, the burden on a single nation’s infrastructure – from airports to hotels – will be eased, potentially providing more options for fans that cut travel costs.

Financial factor

UEFA is billing the Euros for Europe as a celebration of the tournament’s 60th anniversary, but it was also a response to the Eurozone’s financial crisis and the cost of staging sporting spectacles.

Concerns had been raised in Poland and Ukraine about the spending on airport upgrades to cope with Euro 2012, and on new or existing stadiums. With the Euros expanded to 24 teams from 2016 in France, the pool of countries capable of hosting the tournament on their own will be restricted.

The newcomers

The 2020 format favors bids from countries which never hosted a major tournament before, and have less chance of being able to go it alone.

From the east, there are bids from Azerbaijan (Baku), Belarus (Minsk), Bulgaria (Sofia), Hungary (Budapest) all featuring new stadiums. Existing venues have been proposed by Macedonia (Skopje), Romania (Bucharest) and Denmark (Copenhagen).

From the British Isles, Scotland (Hampden Park, Glasgow), Wales (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff) and Ireland (Aviva Stadium, Dublin) have submitted bids but one is likely to end up disappointed.

”Some of the cities seem far more enthusiastic than others – maybe because some haven’t hosted major sports events before, while some of the other bidders are more established,” UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino told the September edition of Sport Business magazine.

Political issues

Israel’s hopes of bringing games to the 32,000-capacity Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem could be hampered by the fallout from the recent war with Hamas in Gaza, with the outbreak of hostilities an ongoing concern. There is a current UEFA ban on European games being played in Israel.

”The Israeli political situation is described in the bid as complex,” said UEFA’s Euro 2020 evaluation report.

The situation in Russia was later called ”increasingly complex.” The new St. Petersburg Stadium, which is due to open in 2016, is bidding at a time when Russia is isolated in Europe after being condemned for its intervention in Ukraine.

Familiar faces

Bids were not submitted from the hosts of the last three editions of the Euros – Portugal, Austria-Switzerland and Poland-Ukraine.

But the Netherlands, which co-hosted Euro 2000 with Belgium, proposed Amsterdam and the Belgians are bidding with a planned new stadium in Brussels.

Italy, which has hosted the 1968 and 1980 Euros, is bidding with Rome’s Olympic Stadium, the Friends Arena in Stockholm is the entry from 1992 host Sweden, and a new Bilbao stadium is in the running from Spain.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

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Belgian international hardwood importer Vandecasteele has bought a new fleet of Volvo trucks, incorporating a state-of-the-art computer tracking system, at a cost of £1.2m.

The company has invested in 16 new vehicles and decked them all out in its new livery with the red V for Vandecasteele.

“We now have a brand new, more economic ergonomic and reliable fleet that will enable us to serve our customers better,” said export manager Genevieve Standaert. “They are also more comfortable and safer, including such technology as a sophisticated collision avoidance system, so we’ll have happier and, as a result, more efficient drivers.”

The trucks, she added, will also save the company money on fuel and help shrink its carbon footprint.

“Their fuel consumption is about 5 ltrs per 100km better than our previous vehicles and emissions 5-15% better,” said Ms Standaert.

The investment gives the company an all new fleet, with three more vehicles than it used to have. They will travel acorss Europe.

“And the factory-installed Dynafleet computer system will help with routing better and calculate when they will arrive at their destination, with our dispatcher following their progress,” said Ms Standaert.

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Take a look at these cities offering you the best of experiences to make your bachelor party an unforgettable one. Read the article to know more.


Celebrating your bachelor or hen party in London will certainly be a great experience (just remember to keep the weather in mind). Take your friends, hop on the flight and enjoy British Royalty and have an unforgettable experience.

Amsterdam or London, singles just want to have fun!

FOR THE SPORTS LOVER: From football, rugby, cricket and tennis, to more unusual sports on skates and skis, London is host to a wealth of sporting activites.

There are day tours that can be enjoyed at the famous sporting arenas, including premier football clubs. If you follow cricket, then look no further than London fs two famous cricket grounds . Lords and The Oval. There are also many street parties held in various neighbourhoods. During the day, take a trip on the famous open-top buses to explore the city.

For hen and bachelor parties, there is also something called Car Chase option . personal and private tours in a fleet of cars luxury cars. Think Mini Cooper, Bentley, Jaguar and more.

EVENTS: Beginning October 17, Museum Of London will be hosting an exhibition titled, eThe Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die f delving into the mind of the worlds most famous fictional detective, Arthur Conan Doyle fs Sherlock Holmes.

The silent disco phenomenon is a favourite among Londoners, experience the thriving music scenes till Feb 2015, as three DJs battle it out over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics, while you dance the night away at the View from The Shard in Western Europe fs tallest building.


To enjoy a truly unique and unforgettable time in Amsterdam, rent Beer Bikes (like the one, we saw in the movie Queen) for your gang of friends. Beer Bikes are generally available for 2 hours stocked with 30 to 40 litres of beer and have room for 8 to 17 people.

Amsterdam or London, singles just want to have fun!

The starting point for the bike ride is next to Amsterdam Central Station in front of the Chamber of Commerce. The route passes the Singel, many Canals, the Flowermarket and Vondelpark to come back again at Central Station. There is also the possibility to cycle along other locations on request.

Find an organic local brewery next to a windmill with some of the tastiest (and most affordable) brews on tap, visit an authentic Belgian tasting pub and browse bottle shops stocked with beers from across the globe, as well as impressive limited editions.

If live music is your scene, then you fre in the right place. The most happening live music bars are Paradiso and Melkweg. Or perhaps by the end of a boys ‘ weekend you’re ready for something more mellow? Check out one of the several bars and restaurants offering free Sunday jazz and happy hours might just bring a delightful close to the happy times you’ve had.

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David Cameron: holle woorden

Afshin Ellian1712
Afshin Ellian

18 aug 2014

David Cameron wil met hulp van moslimlanden het islamisme bestrijden. Maar wat heeft de strijd tegen het islamitische terrorisme ons het laatste decennium opgeleverd, naast een toegenomen aantal geradicaliseerde moslims?

De Britse premier David Cameron is zeer bezorgd om de veiligheid van Groot-Brittannië en de rest van Europa. Dit doet denken aan de retoriek van oud-premier Tony Blair en de Amerikaanse oud-president George Bush.

De economische crisis en vooral de teleurstelling over de militaire interventie in Irak en Afghanistan hebben geleid tot cynisme en onverschilligheid omtrent het islamitische terrorisme. Europese politici wilden het niet meer over het terrorisme hebben.


In de meeste Europese landen werd bezuinigd op het veiligheidsapparaat. De defensiecapaciteiten zijn overal in Europa afgebouwd – alsof er geen vijanden meer zijn. We zijn in gevaar, zegt premier Cameron in zijn opiniestuk in The Telegraph.

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Peshmerga claimen dood IS-terrorist Khalid K. uit Almere

Hij begint zijn stuk met een verwijzing naar het bestaande cynisme: ‘I agree that we should avoid sending armies to fight or occupy.’ Onmiddellijk daarna zegt hij dat voor zijn kabinet stabiliteit, veiligheid, economische groei en de toekomst van Britten voorop staan.


Daarmee zegt hij dat zijn tekst niet moet worden gelezen als een idealistische oproep in naam van de mensheid. Het gaat om het eigenbelang van Europeanen, en niet primair om het geluk van Irakezen of Afghanen.

Over wat Europa bedreigt, is Cameron glashelder: ‘The creation of an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq and extending into Syria is not a problem miles away from home. Nor is it a problem that should be defined by a war 10 years ago. It is our concern here and now. Because if we do not act to stem the onslaught of this exceptionally dangerous terrorist movement, it will only grow stronger until it can target us on the streets of Britain. We already know that it has the murderous intent. Indeed, the first Isil-inspired terrorist acts on the continent of Europe have already taken place.’

De mist in

Na deze constatering gaat Cameron volledig de mist in: ‘But a humanitarian response alone is not enough. We also need a broader political, diplomatic and security response. For that, we must understand the true nature of the threat we face. We should be clear: this is not the “War on Terror”, nor is it a war of religions. (…) Of course there is conflict between Shias and Sunnis, but that is the wrong way to see what is really happening. What we are witnessing is actually a battle between Islam on the one hand and extremists who want to abuse Islam on the other.’

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Obama haalt opgelucht adem na herovering Mosul-dam op IS

De islam is dus in oorlog met de Islamitische Staat (IS), en met andere islamitische bewegingen. Hier rijzen eenvoudige vragen die door premier Cameron hopelijk kunnen worden beantwoord: wat is de islam, en wie is de leider van de islam die in staat van oorlog verkeert met IS?


Denkt Cameron werkelijk dat door deze uitermate ongeloofwaardige verklaring de Britse moslims zouden ophouden te radicaliseren?

Cameron is ook van mening dat de islamitische dreiging niet zomaar met luchtaanvallen kan worden geëlimineerd: ‘We need a tough, intelligent and patient long-term approach that can defeat the terrorist threat at source.’ Geduld dus!

Dat hoorden we ook van Bush en andere westerse leiders, ruim een decennium geleden. En het heeft niet geholpen – de toestand is van kwaad tot erger geworden. In 2001 liepen minder geradicaliseerde moslims in Europa rond dan nu.


Cameron wil dat er nog meer repressieve maatregelen worden genomen tegen de aanhangers van het islamitische terrorisme. Groot-Brittannië heeft al een wet aangenomen op grond waarvan de genaturaliseerde Britten die betrokken zijn bij het islamitische terrorisme hun nationaliteit kunnen kwijtraken.

Daarnaast hebben de Britten 28.000 documenten en 46 video’s van ISIS van internet verwijderd. Dit laatste is van groot belang. Europa moet actie ondernemen om dit soort terroristische teksten en films van internet te halen.

De Britse premier Cameron wil nog een stap verder gaan: ‘The position is clear. If people are walking around with Isil flags or trying to recruit people to their terrorist cause, they will be arrested and their materials will be seized. We are a tolerant people, but no tolerance should allow the room for this sort of poisonous extremism in our country.’


Dit is niet onverstandig, maar Cameron vergeet dat op de IS-vlag niets anders staat dan de twee basisprincipes van de islam: er is geen godheid dan Allah en Mohammed is zijn profeet.

Hoe moeten we dit rijmen met de bewering dat er een oorlog gaande is tussen de islam en de islamisten? De Britse premier wil samen met enkele andere landen de militaire strijd voortzetten tegen IS. Cameron noemt zijn bondgenoten in die strijd: Turkije, Qatar, Saudi-Arabië, Iran en Egypte.

Qatar heeft alle tegenstanders van Assad – dus ook ISIS – van wapens voorzien. Moeten we met dat land gaan samenwerken? Turkije heeft de grenzen geopend voor Europese Syriëgangers, zodat ze ongestoord naar Syrië kunnen.


Bovendien heeft het Westen in de afgelopen decennia met deze landen samengewerkt om andere filialen van het islamitische terrorisme te bestrijden. Maar de facto creëerden deze zogenaamde bondgenoten nieuwe filialen van het islamisme.

De holle woorden van Cameron klinken op straat in Benghazi, waar hij ooit triomfantelijk tot het volk sprak, als tekens van dwaasheid. Cameron moet eerst zijn misplaatste enthousiasme voor de Arabische Lente verantwoorden.

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Olivia Coffey pointed out several times that few people follow rowing.

If the 25-year-old Watkins Glen native can earn herself a spot on the U.S. rowing team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the sport will start enjoying a higher profile in the Twin Tiers.

Coffey would also be following in the footsteps of her father, Calvin, who won a silver medal in men’s pairs rowing at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

“Rio is the ultimate goal,” said Olivia Coffey, who trains in Princeton, N.J., with about 30 other women for USRowing, which is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body and training organization for the sport in the U.S.

“They all rowed in college. They’re a really competitive group,” Coffey said of her teammates.

Coffey got a taste of international competition last month at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Competing in women’s quadruple sculls, Coffey and her three teammates gave the United State a bronze medal behind gold medalist Germany and silver medalist China.

The U.S. completed the 2,000-meter race in 6 minutes, 12.03 seconds. The Americans were even with China at the 1,500-meter mark before China pulled away to clock 6:10.51. Germany’s time was a world record 6:06.84.

“China had a great last 500,” Coffey explained. “The course conditions were better in the far lanes. We were in the middle. They were able to execute their sprint better than we were.

“Germany broke the world record by two seconds. A ton of world records were broken. They won every race all season. They’re the ones we’re all chasing.”

The U.S. took a bronze in women’s quadruple sculls at the 2012 Summer Olympics in England. Germany got the silver and Ukraine the gold.

Annekatrin Thiele and Carina Baer were in the German boat for the Olympics and the World Championships. None of the U.S. Olympians were in the quad sculls at worlds.

“All the crew is pretty new to quads,” Coffey said.

And to sculls, where two oars are used rather than one that is associated with college rowing. Going from one to two poses a tougher adjustment than might be expected.

“I really struggled with it initially. I still struggle, but I’ve come a long way,” said Coffey, a 2011 graduate of Harvard University, where she was a rowing All-American. “The Europeans, they scull at a young age. I’ve been out of college three years and I’ve only been sculling the past three years.”

In April, Coffey placed third in women’s pairs with Susan Francia at the National Selection Regatta on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J. Francia won gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games in the women’s eight.

The USRowing coaching staff determines what boat each rower goes to, Coffey said.

“I don’t specialize in any boat. I train where the coaches say,” she said.

Coffey added that the coaches use performance markers from odometer tests on indoor rowing machines to see who will eventually make the U.S. Olympic team.

“They’re 6K or 10K tests that measure fitness, longer than the actual race. It challenges you physically,” she said. “The biggest thing is building a cardio base, getting the miles in, testing ourselves on a weekly bases, posting good scores. It’s the incentive to push every day.

“If you slip up or have some bad practices, you won’t make the boat. You have to show up for practice every day and get better. Every fall, a fresh crop of really talented girls come right out of college.”

Though there is no shortage of prospective Olympic rowers, they won’t get rich doing it. Coffey said the U.S. Olympic Committee distributes some funding on a monthly basis that is doled out by the coaches based on performance.

“It’s a big issue for rowers,” she said. “It’s not enough to live off of. This is a full-time job, seven days a week, working out hours per day. You don’t have time for a full-time job.”

Yet Coffey does have a job that leaves her better off than many of her contemporaries. She does equity research for One Equity Partners, a New York City-based investment firm.

Coffey said the company allows her to work from her computer in Princeton, N.J., where USRowing trains. When she gets the time, Coffey goes to the main office, something she has come to enjoy.

“A lot of times I’m pretty exhausted. Going to the office is refreshing,” she said. “I’m surrounded by smart, motivated people. It’s kind of a breath of fresh air.”

Her salary allows her to maintain her own apartment in Princeton. Many of the rowers live with host families in the area.

“Housing is expensive. I appreciate having my own space,” Coffey said. “After a hard day of training, there are times I just need time to lie down and do nothing. That would be rude living with a host family.”

With the World Championships behind her, Coffey said there are no competitive events on the near horizon. She will continue training this fall and start back up in the spring, with an eye toward the 2015 World Rowing Championships that start Aug. 30 in Aiguebelette, France.

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Olivia Coffey

Hometown: Watkins Glen

Current residence and training location: Princeton, N.J.

Events: Women’s quadruple sculls and women’s pairs

Birthdate: Jan. 29, 1989

High school: Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.

College: Harvard University

Coaches: Tom Terhaar and Rob Weber

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Hosting in excess of 300 festivals every year, Amsterdam’s festival agenda spans all tastes and genres. The range of festivals is broad, powerful and diverse, attracting both Dutch and international festivalgoers.

The festival calendar is packed with everything from outdoor film extravaganzas to (multi-day) dance music parties, from kid’s festivals to art and fashion events and from culinary fêtes to chamber music in Golden Age canal-side houses.

Browse the I amsterdam festival agenda below for our selection of upcoming festivals and view the Festival Guide 2014.

Check out short video clips and interviews with festivalgoers from our Festival Reporters and follow on Instagram for all the latest reports on the festival season!

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