How To Choose The Right Streaming Music Service — A Guide

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout GroovesharkNumber of Songs: 13.2 millionPrice (monthly): Free (unlimited) / $9 per month for premium Geographic Availability: Everywhere but Germany and DenmarkMobile Platforms: HTML5 Web app, plus Android and an unofficial Windows Phone appOffline Syncing: NoSound Quality (bit rate): VariesWeb App: YesKiller Features: More fluid catalog with rare (and sometimes unauthorized) materialUsers: 20 million monthly uniques (not the same as registered users) Related Posts SpotifyNumber of Songs: 20 millionPrice (monthly): Free for desktop (limited) / $5 – $10 for premiumGeographic Availability: 23 countries (mostly western Europe & U.S.)Mobile Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 8, SymbianOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): 160 kbps on desktop & “low bandwidth” mobile; 320 kbps option on mobileWeb App: YesKiller Features: Ability to import local MP3s; 3rd party add-on apps are excellentUsers: 24 million RdioNumber of Songs: 20 millionPrice (monthly): Free for desktop (limited) / $5 – $10 for premiumGeographic Availability: 24 countries (mostly western Europe & The Americas)Mobile Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Android, Windows Phone, BlackberryOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): 192 kbpsWeb App: YesKiller Features: Vastly superior UI designUsers: Unknown  DeezerNumber of Songs: 20 millionPrice (monthly): Free for desktop (limited) / $5 – $10 for premiumGeographic Availability: 182 countries (U.S. launch expected in 2013)Mobile Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackberryOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): Up to 320kbpsWeb App: YesKiller Features: Ability to import local MP3sUsers: 26 million  RhapsodyNumber of Songs: 16 millionPrice (monthly): $10Geographic Availability: U.S. onlyMobile Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Android, Windows Phone, BlackberryOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): 128 kbps – 192 kbps on desktop; 64kbps on mobileWeb App: YesKiller Features: Sells high bitrate MP3s for downloadUsers: 1 million (paid) 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#digital music#grooveshark#rdio#spotify#streaming music It’s going to be an interesting year in online music. The all-you-can-stream music subscription space is set to heat up, with rumored Spotify competitors from Google and Amazon potentially in the offing and an already-huge European service called Deezer planning to launch in the U.S. In the meantime, there are already a number of music subscription services to choose from, depending on where you live. None of them are perfect. Spotify and Rdio generally the lead the pack, each with its own impressively massive library of music. Spotify wins points over Rdio for letting you import your own MP3s, whereas Rdio’s interface design, especially on mobile, is vastly superior to that of any other offering.Then there are solid offerings from Grooveshark and MOG, both of which face an uncertain future, for completely different reasons. MOG was acquired by headphone maker Beats Audio, which plans to launch a new service called Daisy this year. Meanwhile, Grooveshark has faced a barrage of lawsuits from record labels, who accuse the startup of copyright infringement, but remains standing… for now.Which service is right for you? It depends on how much you value things like audio control, design aesthetics, music selection and user control. A year from now, the landscape may well look totally different and we’ll be updating this post accordingly. For now, here’s a comparison of the major all-you-can-stream music services.  john paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… MOGNumber of Songs: 16 millionPrice (monthly): Free for desktop  / $5 -10 for premiumGeographic Availability: United States and AustraliaMobile Platforms: iOS and AndroidOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): 320 kbpsWeb App: YesKiller Features: Streams are high quality audio by defaultUsers: 500,000last_img read more

Wordless Wednesday — A Girl’s Salute

first_imgThis post was created by Anne Adrian, Social Media Strategist with the Military Families Learning Network.The photo embedded here was posted in Flickr by the U. S. Armylast_img

Rajasthan universities to adopt villages

first_imgAll public universities in Rajasthan will adopt one village each in the State every year to convert them into “smart villages”. Their focus would be on the creation of infrastructure and evolving facilities for education, Chancellor of universities and Governor, Kalyan Singh, has said.Mr. Singh, who visited Bharatpur over the week-end, said the Maharaja Surajmal Brij University had adopted two villages, Halena and Barso, in the district and launched efforts to improve the quality of life of villagers. He said he would himself review the progress of work every month.Interacting with the residents of the two villages, the Governor said tubewells would be installed in Halena to resolve the problem of drinking water scarcity and action taken for rain water harvesting. He said the lone government school in Barso would be upgraded and the Chambal drinking water project would be extended to the village.last_img read more

India is one victory away from qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup but…

first_imgAdvertisementWhile the country is busy rejoicing India’s victory over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, a certain group of boys aged 16 and below are trying to etch their name in the history books. Yes, you guessed it right. India is just one victory away from qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup!India held Indonesia in a nervy encounter in their last matchTomorrow, India will take on South Korea in the Petaling Jaya Stadium in Malaysia at 6:15 pm IST, with a spot at the FIFA U-17 World Cup up for grabs.On paper, the South Korean side is the clear favorite as they hammered Australia 3-0, Afghanistan 7-0, and Iraq 2-0 en route to the quarter-finals of the AFC U-16 Championship. Meanwhile, India qualified by the skin of their teeth by holding Indonesia and Iran to a 0-0 draw and managing a 1-0 victory over Vietnam courtesy of an 85th-minute penalty from Vikram Pratap Singh.Congratulations to our U16 boys as they have qualified to the quarter-finals of the Continental Championship after 16 long years. #StarsOfTomorrow #WeAreIndia #BackTheBlue #Indianfootball pic.twitter.com/6jsNBKdSrU— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 27, 2018Both the sides are yet to concede a goal in the tournament, but South Korea achieved it with the mantra of ‘attack is the best defense’ while India accomplished it with a disciplined and gutsy display of some best defending the tournament had to offer. South Korea is expected to blaze all the guns from the word go whereas India will look forward to holding them and capitalize on the counter-attack.One interesting aspect of the match is that there would be no extra time if both the teams can’t get a victory in regulation time. The game would go directly into a penalty shootout if the scenario rises. Niraj Kumar had already saved a penalty against Iran whereas his South Korean counterpart was rarely tested in the tournament. India might have an edge if the game goes to the penalty shootouts! Advertisementlast_img read more

BCCI willing to host mini IPL in September: Anurag Thakur

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to host a shortened version of the Indian Premier League outside the country in the month of September every year, starting with 2016.BCCI president Anurag Thakur has said that the dates and rest of the details regarding the “mini IPL” will be announced in due course.It is believed that USA and UAE are being considered as the possible venues for this tournament which will involve all the eight teams. A three-week window is being worked out for the league.”In the month of September, the BCCI is willing to host a mini IPL or IPL overseas with all the eight teams participating,” Thakur said at the end of the board’s inaugural cricket conclave held in Dharamsala on Friday.”(It will be) a shorter format, not home and away matches but a lesser number of matches; in a two-week window we would be able to complete it,” he added.BCCI working committee has given a proposal for a mini-IPL overseas later this year.Looking at details: Anurag Thakur,BCCI chief ANI (@ANI_news) June 24, 2016last_img read more

Euro 2016: Germany storm into quarter-final after crushing Slovakia 3-0

first_imgGermany’s first penalty miss at a European Championship for 40 years proved but a footnote Sunday as the team eased into the quarterfinals with a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Slovakia. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage)Goals from Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez and man-of-the-match Julian Draxler ensured the world champion did not rue Mesut Ozil’s missed spot kick early in the first half. (Also read: Belgium thrash Hungary 4-0, meet Wales in quarters) Up next for Germany is a quarterfinal-clash against two-time defending champion Spain or old rival Italy for what will undoubtedly be one of the most-anticipated matches in the next round.Germany produced its best performance of the tournament yet, showing its defensive resilience as well as attacking ambition in a display that augurs well for the tougher challenges ahead. (Also read: Antoine Griezmann brace fires France into quarter-final)”Today was a good performance, in defense and in attack,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said. “But with due respect to our opponent, this was not an indicator for how the tournament will go on. We have to improve further to be successful.”Boateng scored as soon as the eighth minute when his shot from outside the area took a slight deflection into the left corner of the Slovakia goal. It was the fastest goal scored by Germany at a European Championship.”It was about time it went in,” Boateng quipped over his first international goal in 63 appearances. The 27-year-old had been doubtful for the game, but he overcame a calf injury to play.advertisementOzil had the chance to make it 2-0 six minutes later from the penalty spot after Martin Skrtel shoved Mario Gomez, but goalkeeper Matus Kozacik guessed the right way and palmed away his effort.It was the first missed penalty by a German player at the European Championship since Uli Hoeness shot over the bar as Czechoslovakia defeated West Germany 5-3 in a penalty shootout in the 1976 final. Antonin Panenka famously scored the winning penalty with a chip down the middle.Germany had further chances to double its lead in the first half – Thomas Mueller had a host of opportunities but his peculiar record of never having scored at the European Championship has now been extended to nine matches. Ozil also went close.GOMEZ SHINESGermany’s pressure eventually paid off, when Gomez doubled the score in the 43rd after Draxler eluded Juraj Kucka to set up the simple finish.”It’s such a nice moment,” said Gomez, who missed out on Germany’s World Cup win in 2014 due to injury and poor form. “I want to enjoy it and not think of the past. It’s such fun to play in this team.”Kucka had moments earlier come close to leveling for Slovakia only to be thwarted by a fine reflex save from Manuel Neuer.’HAPPY TO HELP THE TEAM’Draxler killed off any lingering hopes of a Slovakia comeback with a 63rd-minute volley from close range.”The coach asked me to do it. He has given me a lot of confidence,” said Draxler, back in place of Mario Goetze, who started each group game. “It’s not important if it was my best-ever game or not. I am just happy I could help the team.”With the game settled, Loew introduced some players, including Lukas Podolski for his first appearance in the tournament, while resting Boateng, Draxler and Sami Khedira ahead of the quarterfinal match in Bordeaux on Saturday.”Now the games that we’re looking forward to are coming. They’re why we came to the European Championship. Of course we want the title. And for that you have to beat such teams,” Gomez said.BIGGER CHALLENGES AHEAD Germany is the only team remaining at Euro 2016 that has yet to concede a goal. In fact, Loew’s side hasn’t conceded a goal since it lost 3-1 to Slovakia in a pre-tournament friendly in Augsburg on May 29.”We feel sorry,” Kozacik said. “Germany dominated from the beginning. They probably prepared better after we defeated them in the warm-up game.”Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik, who was involved in his side’s few forays forward, looked back on a campaign that yielded a 2-1 win over Russia and a scoreless draw with England.”It’s a pity the way we lost,” Hamsik said. “But looking back at the whole championships, I am happy what we achieved.”Loew is looking forward to the bigger challenges ahead, with France a possible semifinal opponent.”I think we have to become even stronger if we want to play a decisive role in this tournament,” Loew said. “Of course, we will improve against better opponents.”advertisementlast_img read more

FIFA Confederations Cup: Germany feeling like winners before Chile final

first_imgGermany will take on Chile in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final feeling like they have already won tournament after a fine run with a second-string team has yielded several top prospects for next year’s World Cup defence.Coach Joachim Loew is not a huge fan of a the eight-team event that acts as a dress rehearsal for the subsequent year’s World Cup and he opted to rest many of his first-choice players for the Russia tournament rather than shorten their off-season.Among those missing are Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira, Manuel Neuer and Marco Reus as Loew opted to take a team made up of young hopefuls keen to gain valuable tournament experience with 2018 in mind.Loew got more than he bargained for, however, and will be spoilt for choice on Sunday with several players, such as joint top-scorers Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner, and Lars Stindl, showing great promise at the Russian event.While a title against the South American champions, which would be Germany’s first in this competition, would be more than welcome, Loew is more interested in preserving team spirit ahead of the showdown in St Petersburg.”The boys are having fun, they are hungry for success,” Loew told reporters. “You can really feel that. I think what we are seeing is the creation of a team here.”It is this team spirit that has carried the Germans through the tournament after Loew’s squad selection initially raised eyebrows with the team having never played together before.advertisement”Chile are the strongest opponents in this tournament, we know them pretty well and we expect them to go for it in the final,” added Loew, whose team drew 1-1 with the South Americans in a group stage encounter.”They will be trying flat out to pull it off, as they are coming to the end of their season, and we will have to try and counter that.”We know the Chileans are flexible in their game. They have been pursuing their own style for many years now, a very good and positive development.”Hard-working Chile will again seek to challenge Germany for possession using a high-octane pressing game orchestrated by Alexis Sanchez but a better conversion rate of any chances that come their way is crucial to their hopes of success.They wasted a number of good opportunities in the semi-final against Portugal before edging out the European champions on penalties to reach their third final in three years after Copa America successes in 2015 and 2016.”We are from a country that might not be used to these kind of situations,” captain Claudio Bravo said of Sunday’s final.”So, by playing football, we have the chance to make our people happy so they can forget about their problems. That’s the most beautiful thing of all,” the goalkeeper added.last_img read more

SPORT-RACE 2

first_img2nd race : Nugu Dam Plate (Div-II) 1200M:2nd race : Nugu Dam Plate (Div-II) 1200M: Ireland (Babu Krishna Kishore) 58 Kiran Rai first Amazing 59 John second Forest Queen 55 Raghu third Precious Script 58.5 TS Jodha fourth Not Run: Accelarating Star and Elica Rest all ran Won by : Lnk, 1-1/2ls and Shd Time: One min:12.69 seconds Tote: Rs 83 for win.Rs 19,Rs 10 and Rs 140 for places Favourite : Amazing Winner trained by : V Appachu Forecast : Rs 197 Quinella : Rs 59 Shp: Rs 43 Trinalla: 70 pct Rs 11,356 30 pct Rs 6,083. (more) PTI CORR KKU RBSlast_img

iPhone SE 32GB gets huge Rs 8,000 discount, now sells for Rs 17,999

first_imgApple’s iPhone SE as of now is one of the most affordable iPhones one can get in India. Considering the Cupertino giant’s latest flagship, the iPhone X, is priced close to Rs 90,000, fans will be pleased to hear that the iPhone SE is still within grasp for many as it is now priced at Rs 17,999 for the 32GB variant, down from  Rs 26,000. The iPhone SE can be purchased at this new price via Amazon India.Notably, this is the second time the iPhone SE has been brought down to this price. The latest pricing comes at an interesting time as Apple last week hiked the prices of its iPhones due to increase in custom duty from 10 per cent to 15 per cent. Luckily, the iPhone SE was an exception as it is the only iPhone to be assembled in India by Wistron since June 2017.At this new price, the iPhone SE has never been more attractive. Despite the iPhone 8 and iPhone X in the picture today, the iPhone SE is continues to provide a fluid and snappy experience. It also supports the latest iOS 11 for those wondering, but it will run on iOS 10 out-of-the-box. You not only get a solid performance, but great cameras as well.The iPhone SE sports a 4-inch (640×1136) display and runs on the company’s own A9 chip coupled with 2GB of RAM AND 32GB of internal storage. The phone features a 12-megapixel rear camera with 5-element lens and TrueTone flash and a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera. Unlike the iPhone X, the iPhone SE comes with Touch ID, for fans who still prefer Apple’s old biometric solution.advertisementAlso Read: Forget iPhone X, iPhone SE at Rs 17,990 is a steal dealAt Rs 17,999, the iPhone SE goes against the likes of mid-range Andriod phone like the Moto G5S Plus, Nokia 6 and Xiaomi Mi A1. While the latter three are stock Android phones, they come with processors that are arguably slower than Apple’s A9 chipset. In addition to the price cut, Amazon is also offering up to Rs 15,100 on exchange, which makes it an even sweeter deal.last_img read more

b-plus: server performance for development of algorithms and artificial intelligence

first_img Continue Reading Previous Interface Concept: XeonD-15xx processor-based 6U VPX DSP boardNext Parasoft: new ways take the manual effort out of certification For computing-intensive applications such as the development of algorithms or artificial intelligence in vehicles, b-plus offers the robust 19″ Dual-CPU Server platform “DATALynx ATX3”. An integrated short-time UPS specifically for this performance class in combination with a CPU liquid cooling system for high operating temperatures now allows high-end CPU and graphics performance up to +60°C in the automotive environment.Compared to its competitors, the new ATX3 is characterized by its special power supply and UPS, which was developed according to the requirements of the LV124 specification. Because the usual automotive power supply is not constant, the DATALynx ATX3 can also be operated without external protections in the event of voltage interruptions, under voltage and overvoltage. The connection to an additional UPS and the use of additional backup batteries or external voltage transformers is therefore no longer necessary.For the microcontroller based UPS, the developer receives an additional configuration software, which allows temperature monitoring, fan control and status information on the system and integrated battery, and in addition also allows the adjustment of the UPS behavior. For example, you can configure whether controlled shutdown is more important for data security in the event of a power failure or whether logging as long as possible is more important for a higher data volume.In contrast to the predecessor version DATALynx ATX2, the ATX3 can now take two CPUs and two graphics cards up to 850W instead of one CPU and one graphics card. With b-plus liquid cooling for processors and the use of industrial components, the smooth operation of the system up to an operating temperature of +60°C is guaranteed without any loss of performance. Thanks to the compact design of the liquid cooling connection, the mechanical load that is usually placed on the CPU and mainboard by large heat sinks is much lower, thus enabling extremely efficient cooling even with increased vibration requirements.The robust basic system of the DATALynx ATX3 with up to 10 internal drives has been specially designed for use in the automotive environment. For the development of tomorrow, the platform with the new Storage Add-On now offers an extension of up to 12 additional removable drives. The 7 PCIe expansion slots also underline the great flexibility offered by the system.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

2015 NTL Finals Day Update

first_imgPlease find attached the finals draw and finals structure for finals day of the 2015 National Touch League. To view, please click on the attachments below.Related Filesmodified_draw1-pdfmodified_draw_structure_and_format1-pdfRelated LinksModified Finals Drawlast_img

‘Balotelli gave me €2000 to drive a scooter into the sea’

first_imgMadcap former Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli has been up to his usual tricks while on his summer holidays, reportedly paying a man to drive a scooter into the sea.Balotelli has also had spells with the likes of Inter, AC Milan, Liverpool and Nice, before signing with Marseille during the January 2019 transfer window on a contract until the end of the season.But, despite his clear footballing ability, he more often hits the news for his outlandish off-field stunts, including famously setting his bedroom on fire after setting off fireworks indoors.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare And while he may be taking a break from the sport over the summer, his penchant for mischief seemingly never rests. A bar owner in the Naples seaside neighbourhood town of Mergellina revealed that Balotelli promised him €2000 if he would pilot his moped into the water. And the man duly obliged, stripping down to his underwear – while, presumably for safety reasons, keeping his trainers on – and speeding off the quayside and into the Bay of Naples. “My moped was only worth €600 anyway,” he later told reporters as he celebrated a quick profit off the football star, who held up his side of the bargain and paid out. Balotelli also shared the video on his Instagram page, attracting laughs and criticisms alike for the stunt. But, perhaps most incredibly, he also shared footage of the moped being fished out of the water – and still in working condition!While he frolics on the coast, the much-travelled striker is likely to be making yet another move before the summer transfer window comes to a close. Parma are one team that have been linked with his services, with the club confirming their interest after missing out on Daniele De Rossi. “Balotelli is someone we like, and so do many other teams,” Parma director Daniele Faggiano stated in an interview with Radio Kiss Kiss last week.”We’re looking at a lot of strikers, but it’s not easy.”Whether the Serie A side or indeed any other potential suitors will look favourably upon Super Mario’s famous pranks, of course, is another story entirely as he looks to fix himself up with a club for next season.last_img read more

Report: 4-Star Freshman QB Is Transferring

first_imgMiami players running on the field for a game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 23: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Sun Life Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)It appears the Miami Hurricanes won’t just be losing important members of their coaching staff this winter. With one more game left this season, the ACC powerhouse will be without a vital part of its offense in the future.Jarren Williams barely saw the field this year, as the dual-threat quarterback was still learning Mark Richt’s system. Now, the freshman will look for another college to call home.Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports is reporting that Williams will transfer from Miami later this month. The four-star recruit is expected to be in the NCAA Transfer Portal by Dec. 21.Breaking: Sources tell me that former 4-star QB Jarren Williams will transfer from Miami https://t.co/5ydxseHSRU— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) December 19, 2018This would force Williams to miss the entire 2019 season due to NCAA rules, barring a waiver.Miami couldn’t find consistent production from the quarterback position, as the staff constantly flipped between Malik Rosier and N’Kosi Perry. Considering that Williams never saw his opportunity on the gridiron with the Hurricanes, he could be in pursuit of greener pastures.The Hurricanes already lost several incoming recruits over the past few weeks, and this latest news won’t make life any easier for the storied program.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Min. Floyd Green and Junior Chamber

first_imgMinister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green (right), in discussion with President, Junior Chamber International (JCI), Jamaica, Dwayne Gayle (left), when he visited the Ministry, National Heroes Circle, Kingston,, on Friday (July 27). At centre is Vice President, JCI, Rhonda Anderson. The JCI is an international non-profit organisation that creates an atmosphere within which young people between 18 and 40 years of age can develop their leadership skills. The JCI movement also seeks to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive changes in society.last_img

Chili Peppers Chad Smith To Lobby Congress On Importance Of Music Education

first_imgOn March 19 and 20, artists Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bernie Williams, former NY Yankee and Latin Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist join leaders of the music instrument and products industry in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress on the importance of comprehensive music education in our nation’s schools.Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (photographed here) and Other Renowned Artists Join Music Industry’s DC Fly-In to Advocate for Music Education.Credit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Photo Credit: Laura GlassThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) organizes the annual Advocacy Fly-In on behalf of school music education programs in public schools, to promote the benefits that playing music can have for children and teens, and to assure that federal education policy and funding advance access to music learning for all children.Smith, long known for his music-education advocacy efforts adds his voice to NAMM’s Advocacy Fly-In and efforts to support music in America’s schools. “I am a perfect example of someone who’s been musically educated exclusively throughout grade school, middle school and high school by the public school system,” the GRAMMY-winning drummer said. “If there hadn’t been a music program in my public schools, I would not be where I am today. Every kid – and I mean everyone – needs a chance to learn and grow with music.” Smith also works with the Percussion Marketing Council’s (PMC) “Percussion In The Schools” program, The Boys Club of Milwaukee, The Collective School of Music, Harlem NYC Jazz, Fender Music Foundation, Little Kids Rock and as an ambassador for Music Drives Us.Pressure on funding for school music programs continue as many districts struggle with budgets and regulations that force schools to narrow their scholastic offerings at the expense of important core academic subjects, music and arts education.The issue of music education in schools is also close to the heart of longtime music-education advocate and gifted jazz guitarist Williams, who attended previous NAMM Advocacy Fly-in and has taken up the cause as a national advocate for music education. “As a student, music was available to me in my public school in Puerto Rico. It fostered discipline in me, and the ability to perform under pressure,” he said. “A lot of what music taught me led to my success in other areas – including professional baseball. Music has a profound effect on kids, and education must include music and the arts.”According to a Harris Poll, school principals report higher graduation rates in schools with robust music and art programs than do those without programs (90.2% as compared to 72.9%). In addition, those that rate their programs as “excellent” or “very good” have an even higher graduation rate (90.9%). Schools that have music programs have significantly higher attendance rates than do those without programs (93.3% as compared to 84.9%).Nearly 30 NAMM Members, executive committee and industry representatives will join Smith, Williams and NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond for this year’s DC Fly-In March 18-20. “NAMM Members envision a world in which every child has a deep desire to learn music and a recognized right to be taught; and in which every adult is a passionate champion and defender of that right,” Lamond said. “Our work in Washington seeks to further that aim.”NAMM’s annual Advocacy Fly-In gives NAMM Members the opportunity to advocate to their Members of Congress for policy and funding to support music and arts education. This advocacy effort includes one day of preparation at the Kennedy Center and another day of personal meetings with representatives and other influencers. Sessions are preceded by an issues briefing and training, after which NAMM Members hit the halls of the U.S. Capitol and Congressional office buildings to lobby their representatives about the importance of music education and needed changes to assure access for music learning. During the trip NAMM Members are also trained on developing state-level advocacy efforts for music and arts education that they can take back to their communities in time for school budget season.last_img read more

Thunder Bay police turn to the province for help to stop gang

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThunder Bay police are seeking help from the province to try and slow the drug trafficking and gang violence in the city which includes a homicide last week.It was the city’s third homicide in two weeks and seventh this year.The latest was Geoffrey Corbeil, 35, who was originally from Lac Des Milles Lac First Nation northwest of Thunder Bay but has been in Thunder Bay for some time.Corbeil was known to police as a former Native Syndicate gang member and investigators say the killing was likely drug-related.In the last three weeks, police have made 22 drug arrests.“Now we’re seeing so much Fentanyl and as we all know very addictive, very dangerous and it’s just becoming more and more prevalent,” said Staff Sgt. Shawn Harrison.Earlier this week, police seized Fentanyl from two residences with an estimated street value of approximately $85,000.Many of the arrests involve people from southern Ontario and are known gang members.“They’re males and they’re usually in their early 20’s to mid 20’s,” said Harrison.Harrison said Thunder Bay and the surrounding area is a lucrative market for drug traffickers.He said the city has a lot of people with substance abuse issues – and that is what is attracting the gangs.“What these guys will do is sell or not sell them, provide them some drugs and at that point there’s an owe that’s required, right,” he said.“So to pay off your debt I’ll have to come in your house and almost essentially force their way into it and they’ll sell out of their residence.”Harrison said with gangs comes the violence that is associated with them.And the problem there he said, is that the violence is so bad that it is silencing victims.“They have a tendency to use violence. There’s also an intimidation factor they wield to keep people in line. We do find we do encounter large amounts of fear by people and thus having a hard time getting statements, witness statements, victim statements for that matter.”Harrison said they’ve been able to execute several search warrants in local city residences with the help of other police services in the region who are seeing the same problem.“They can charge more up in Thunder Bay for drugs than they can for in southern Ontario and even more so up in the northern communities. So we see that are they are moving out of the Thunder Bay area and thus the partnerships we made.”The Thunder Bay police requested assistance from the province in September.In a statement to APTN, the police chief said she recently sent a second letter to the province and so far no commitments have been made.A ministry spokesperson said they’ve received one letter but not a second.wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img read more

King Mohammed VI Offers Condolences to Muhammed Alis Family

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has sent a message of condolences and sympathy to the family of boxing legend Muhammed Ali Clay, who died Friday at age 74.The Moroccan monarch expressed to Muhammad Ali’s family members, friends and admirers, “his heartfelt condolences and sincere feelings of compassion following the disappearance of a distinguished figure who has been, throughout his life rich with remarkable sporting achievements, highly admired worldwide.”“With the death of this champion, Morocco has lost a dear friend who had affection and admiration relations with the kingdom,” King Mohammed VI said in this message.The King recalled that that Muhammad Ali paid several visits to the Kingdom, including the visit he paid to Morocco in the holy month of Ramadan in 1998, “during which he attended a religious lecture and was decorated by our late father late King Hassan II with a royal Wissam in recognition of his distinguished sporting career and his high human qualities.” read more

Somalia Security Council urges comprehensive global response to maritime piracy

22 November 2011The Security Council today reiterated its condemnation of maritime piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, noting that the crimes continue to pose a threat to peace and security in the region, and called for a comprehensive international response to the scourge. In a resolution adopted unanimously the Council recognized the need to investigate and prosecute not only suspects arrested at sea, but all those who facilitate piracy, including key figures of criminal networks involved in organizing, financing and benefiting from piracy.The Council renewed its calls on States and regional organizations that have the capacity to take part in the fight against piracy to do so, in accordance with today’s resolution and international law, by deploying naval ships, arms and military aircraft, and through seizures of boats, vessels and any other equipment used to carry out acts of maritime piracy, or for which there is reasonable ground to suspect that they will be put to such use.The 15-member United Nations body encouraged Member States to continue to cooperate with Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in the fight against piracy, and took note of the TFG’s primary role in combating piracy.The Council also extended for another year the authorization under which States and regional organizations cooperating with the TFG may enter Somalia’s territorial waters to suppress piracy and use all necessary means to stop the crime.It urged Member States to assist Somalia, at the request of the TFG and with notification to the UN Secretary-General, to strengthen its capacity to bring to justice those using the country to plan, facilitate, or engage in acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea, stressing that any such measures must be consistent with international human rights law.The Council reiterated its decision to continue its consideration of the establishment of the specialized anti-piracy courts in Somalia and other States in the region with international participation and support.States should also criminalize piracy under their domestic law and consider the prosecution of suspects, the imprisonment of convicted pirates or facilitators and financiers of acts of piracy, the Council stated in its resolution.The Council urged all States “to take appropriate actions under their existing domestic law to prevent the illicit financing of acts of piracy and the laundering of its proceeds.”The resolution also calls upon States, in cooperation with the international police organization, Interpol, and the European law enforcement agency, Europol, to further investigate international criminal networks involved in piracy off the coast of Somalia, including those responsible for illicit financing and facilitation. read more

Apple sanctions phonerepair shops for iPhone fixes

NEW YORK — There may soon be more places to get an Apple-sanctioned fix for a cracked iPhone screen.Apple said Thursday that it will sell tools and parts to independent phone-repair shops in the U.S. and later in other countries. Repairs at these shops, though, will be limited to products already out of warranty.Customers with in-warranty repairs will still need to visit an Apple store or one of more than 5,000 authorized service providers worldwide, including all Best Buy stores in the U.S.Though many unofficial repair shops have been offering basic fixes such as screen replacements, they aren’t necessarily using Apple parts or qualified technicians, leading to variations in quality. Now, these shops will be able to buy parts directly from Apple, as long as they have an Apple-certified technician to make those repairs.With iPhone sales on the wane and people hanging on to their phones longer, Apple is trying to ramp up its services business, with offerings such as music subscriptions. It plans to launch a video streaming service this year.The Associated Press read more

UN team arrives in Liberia to survey needs of proposed peacekeeping force

The 11-member team will submit recommendations for the size, structure and mandate of a UN force, as requested by the Security Council.”We…talked about Monrovia, where things seem to be moving,” Mr. Annan told the press after a meeting this morning with United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. “We are making progress, both on the political and the military front, and we hope that in the not-too-distant future we will be making even greater strides.”The Liberian Government and two rebel movements signed the peace accord on Monday, paving the way for an interim government to take power in October to rebuild the nation and prepare for elections in two years’ time.The deal – brokered by representatives from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould Abdallah – was signed two-and-a-half months after peace negotiations began in Accra, Ghana, and just one week after former President Charles Taylor left the country for exile in Nigeria on 11 August.Meanwhile on the humanitarian front, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) joined an inter-agency mission that moved beyond Monrovia to get a clearer picture of displacement and humanitarian needs in areas outside the capital.The joint-team went to Tubmanburg, a town about 50 kilometres north of Monrovia, where an estimated 20,000 people have been displaced amid the recent fighting. UNHCR said the displaced have been surviving mainly on cassava leaves and palm cabbage, and are in desperate need of food, health care and sanitation. The local hospital is empty, with all the medicine and equipment looted. Makeshift medical facilities have been set up at a nearby church.In Monrovia itself, security is still problematic, with daily reports of looting, carjacking, rape and burglary. The World Food Programme (WFP) continued distribution to some 9,000 displaced people, bringing the total number receiving food aid this week to 45,000. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners continued their operation to chlorinate some 3,000 wells around Monrovia. read more