While Arcade Fire continues to work on a new studio album in New Orleans, the group is making time for a handful of performances throughout 2016. This year will see the group play, at minimum, two festivals and one benefit event, comprising the first tour dates for the beloved rockers since 2014’s Reflektor tours.The band will head to Montreal on February 19th, playing a benefit show for KANPE. Founded by band member Régine Chassagne, KANPE is a charity that raises funds and aid for Haiti. The benefit will also see appearances from David Byrne, Saul Williams and The Office‘s Rainn Wilson.Arcade Fire And Preservation Hall Jazz Band Shut Down New Orleans With Second Line For David Bowie [Photos/Video]Then, in July, Arcade Fire travels to Europe for two festivals: Bilbao BBK Live in Spain and NOS Alive in Portugal. Both occur during the July 7-9 weekend, with Arcade Fire confirmed to perform on the Sunday of NOS Alive. If that festival name sounds familiar, it’s because Radiohead was announced as a headliner last week.We’ll be on the lookout for more news from Arcade Fire. Considering 2016 is shaping up to be the year of the revival/reunion, we’re optimistic about more Arcade Fire performances.
Related The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute US$60,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the greater Coeur d’Alene region, in Idaho, in conjunction with the 2016 IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon taking place on Sunday 21 August.With this most recent donation from The IRONMAN Foundation, a total of US$80,000 has been given back to the Coeur d’Alene community this year. The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN events are held.The IRONMAN Foundation’s contribution will provide support to non-profit needs and initiatives within the local community, and brings the total giveback to more than US$715,000 in the region.In 2016, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than US$1.6 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.Community grantsThe IRONMAN Foundation provides charitable support to a variety of local non-profit organizations that recognize citizens in need and support The Foundation’s mission. The Foundation works with community leaders to identify projects and initiatives and to provide funding in order to support worthwhile causes.This year, The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund will distribute US$25,000 in grants to organizations making a positive impact within Kootenai County. One featured grant recipient, the Coeur d’Alene Parks & Recreation Department, will receive a US$10,000 grant to provide low-cost programs with available scholarships for all those who wish to participate in their recreational opportunities.“We as a community are happy to have this partnership with IRONMAN and believe that Coeur d’Alene is the perfect venue for both the IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene triathlon and the IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon,” said Bill Greenwood, Coeur d’Alene Parks & Recreation Director.“Our ongoing relationship over the years with The IRONMAN Foundation has allowed us to provide recreational scholarships to the youth of the area an opportunity that otherwise may have been missed for these children to participate in our activities and for those who could become the next great athlete to be discovered.”Another featured grant recipient, the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, will be receiving a US$10,000 grant to support its third-grade learn-to-swim program, which teaches children critical water safety skills and swim basics. This will be the eighth year The IRONMAN Foundation has supported this important initiative. To date, 5,767 children from 16 North Idaho Schools have participated in the program.“Our goal is to save lives,” said Cynthia Rozyla, Salvation Army Kroc Center Development Coordinator. “The third-grade swim is making that possible and The IRONMAN Foundation has been the key to that success.”“Grant funding is one way that The IRONMAN Foundation leaves a lasting legacy in the communities where IRONMAN races take place,” said Dave Deschenes, Executive Director of The IRONMAN Foundation. “We are pleased to be able to support the Coeur d’Alene region with these community grants.”The IRONMAN Foundation will recognize this year’s community grant recipients at the athlete welcome ceremony taking place at 18:00 on Friday 19 August 2016 at Bandshell City Park.Volunteerism grantsWithin IRONMAN’s race communities, The IRONMAN Foundation provides a grant program to support organizations that have a volunteerism component. This year, The IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund will provide US$35,000 in volunteer grant donations for the IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon.“We are thrilled to continue our support of so many tremendous organizations that selflessly serve others within Kootenai County,” said Christine Perkins, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation. Last year, volunteer grant funding was distributed among 40 community groups in the region.Team IMFTEAM IMF is The IRONMAN Foundation’s fundraising triathlon team. Team members have the opportunity to race in the IRONMAN event of their choice when they commit to raise US$3,500 for The IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund.Three athletes participating in this program through the 2016 IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon have raised over US$10,000, while collectively all of The Foundation’s TEAM IMF athletes have raised over US$412,000 for The IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund in 2016.www.ironman.com/coeurdalenewww.ironmanfoundation.org
MEETING in Modane on May 15, French Transport Minister Jean-Claude Gayssot and his Italian counterpart Pier-Luigi Bersani agreed to push ahead with work on the Mont Cenis base tunnel and the Lyon – Torino high-speed line as part of a programme to divert transalpine traffic from road to rail. Despite severe restrictions being put in place on the Mont Blanc road tunnel, which is expected to re-open next spring, freight traffic between France and Italy is expected to double over the next decade. The ministers want rail to take the bulk of the growth, with traffic via the Fréjus corridor increasing to 20 million tonnes a year. To handle this, Fr300m is being spent upgrading the existing line, and a further round of investment is envisaged for 2002-05.A feasibility study for the base tunnel initiated in 1997 is due to be submitted to the Intergovernmental Commission on July 18. The commission has already selected a preferred routing, for which the estimated cost is Fr6bn for the full tunnel and Fr3·8bn for an initial single bore. The ministers have allocated funds for trial bores in the vallée de Suse next year to test the geology, and the money will be matched by an EU grant.Studies will start this month into the best approach to the tunnel from the Chambéry area, and Gayssot expects to confirm the route from Lyon Satolas to Combe de Savoie in the autumn. Bersani hopes to agree a final location for the tunnel exit and a definitive alignment for the Torino bypass in September. Studies are under way for the route between Bussoleno and Torino.The intention is to start work on the base tunnel by 2006 at the latest, and have the line open around 2015.