Timed around the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, the Global Citizen Festival will return for a second year to continue efforts of building a movement to end extreme poverty by 2030.
The festival will be held Sept. 28 in Central Park and will feature headliners Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer. Similar to last year, 54,000 people who participate in social action will be entered into a lottery to win free tickets and about 6,000 VIP tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster, with net proceeds going to charity.
“We want to encourage people who got involved last year to continue to take their involvement to a whole new level,” says Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Poverty Project, the nonprofit that organizes and oversees the festival. He notes that the event’s major themes this year are education, women’s equality, global health and global partnerships. “Our principle objective is to enable people to take action.”
Those who wish to qualify for free tickets can visit GlobalFestival.com and earn points through a variety of social actions, including watching videos, signing petitions and buying artist merchandise. The festival’s presenting sponsor, the Cotton On Foundation, will be selling artist merchandise in the company’s more than 150 stores across America.
“One-hundred percent of the profits raised goes to building schools in southern Uganda,” Evans says. “On [GlobalFestival.com] people earn points through buying those T-shirts.”
The organization is also encouraging people to contact world leaders attending the U.N. General Assembly meeting and urge them to commit funds to education.
“We’re asking world governments to commit and allocate at least 10% of their foreign aid budgets to basic education,” he says. “So on [GlobalFestival.com] you’re going to be able to email and call the offices of these world leaders.”
In addition to streaming the festival, organizers are making it a global event by setting up “live sites” in a handful of cities around the world. “We’re going to live-stream the concert in public locations where thousands of people can see it on a big screen,” Evans says, adding that specific cities will be announced in the coming weeks. “And we’ll have local performers at those live sites.”
The 2013 Global Citizen Festival is presented by the Cotton On Foundation and will be produced by AEG Live and Diversified Production Services, with Ticketmaster serving as the event’s ticketing partner. This year’s talent was booked by a committee comprising Pearl Jam management’s Kelly Curtis and Michele Anthony; Goldenvoice’s Brian Murphy and Rick Mueller; and AEG Live’s Mark Shulman.
Other supporters of this year’s Global Citizen Festival include Kidnected World, Hewlett-Packard, Pratt Foundation, FedEx, Coca-Cola, the Color Run and Riot House, with funding from the Sumner M. Redstone Foundation. Media partners include Clear Channel and Forbes.
“Last year served as the stage for our nonprofit partners to announce a total of $1.3 billion in new fundraising commitments that will have a direct impact on the world’s poor over the next fie years,” Evans says, noting that the World Bank alone committed $500 million to educational efforts.
Samsung has notched up another milestone in its battle for mobile supremacy with Apple and Nokia after it leapfrogged both its arch-rivals in terms of mobile web use for the first time.
Web analytics firm StatCounter reports that the South Korean giant now accounts for a quarter of all mobile web browsing at 25.47 per cent; marginally ahead of Apple on 25.09 per cent and much better than Nokia which fell below 22 per cent.
Just one year ago Nokia had led the field thanks to its stock of older devices still in use.
Samsung didn’t have things entirely its own way however, in the most developed markets such as the US and UK Apple retains a clear lead, growing to account for 54.84 per cent of the market across the pond.
Samsung, by contrast, managed just 18.3 per cent – although this was a significant jump from 12.65 per cent last year.
In its report StatCounter said: “It has been a fascinating 12 months in terms of internet usage and the battle to dominate the mobile landscape. [It has included] the rise of Samsung to overtake Apple globally for the first time, albeit by a very small margin. Casualties along the way have included Nokia, plus BlackBerry, which declined despite efforts to reinvent itself.”
Aodhen Cullen, Statcounter’s chief executive, added: “There is a battle royal under way between the providers of browsers, mobile devices, search engines and social media. What makes the battle fascinating is that many of the big beasts of today’s technology age, including Google, Microsoft and Apple are going head to head.”
Spike Lee’s remake of the Japanese thriller Oldboy has hit the web, and the first look starring Josh Brolin as a man who is mysteriously locked away for 20 years, then suddenly and inexplicably released. The bloody remake also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharito Copley as the film’s big bad Adrien Pryce. Oldboy hits theaters in the U.S. on October 25.
Amanda Seyfried doesn’t believe in trusting her heart.
When considering whether or not she has a future with a member of the opposite sex, the actress tells the latest issue of Elle:
“Everybody I’ve dated I’ve been sexually attracted to immediately. Sparks don’t grow – your vagina doesn’t become more inclined to wanting someone just because you’re around them.”
Well… alright then!
Seyfried has sex on the mind these days because she is starring as Linda Lovelace in Lovelace (watch the Lovelace trailer now!), a biopic of the famous porn star.
“I read the script and I was like, ‘Wow, this is the riskiest thing that’s happening [in Hollywood] right now,’” she says of the part.
“The first thing you think about is that it could have ruined my career. At the same time, I was like, ‘This is my chance to show them, to show the industry, to be recognized.’”
Lovelace hits theaters on August 9 and the August issue of Elle arrives on newsstands July 23. We may need to buy it.
Today Sony Music Unlimited for iOS has gone live in the app store introducing offline mode and high-quality streaming. Subscribers will now have the ability to save songs, albums, and playlists even when there is no internet connection.
When online you will have the option of switching on high quality streaming just be mindful of how much data your using. To check out the new features and download Click Here