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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 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


Private schoolboy who dreamed of being a heart surgeon becomes latest stabbing

The murder scene in Hale BarnsCredit:REUTERS/Phil Noble The murder scene in Hale Barns Yousef lived with his mother Deborah, 54, and 15-year-old brother Mazen in a modest terrace around eight miles away. His father Ghaleb is thought to be Lebanese.He is understood to have won a scholarship to the city’s exclusive Manchester Grammar School, the UK’s largest independent day school for boys, which commands annual fees of more than £12,500.A neighbour of his family, who asked not to be named, said she believed he was visiting school friends who live in Hale Barns when the tragedy unfolded.“Yousef was a lovely lad, a dedicated, double A* student who wanted to be a heart surgeon,” she said.“He didn’t have a bad bone in his body.“They are a beautiful family who keep themselves to themselves and it’s very sad. Everyone here is devastated.“It’s just a shame for a young lad with so much potential to have his life taken so young.” “A team of dedicated detectives have been working throughout the night and into today trying to establish exactly what happened. The investigation is in its very early stages and we continue to remain open minded about why Yousef was attacked, and we would like to speak to anyone who may have information that can assist.“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was walking or driving in the vicinity of Gorse Bank Road or Sunbank Lane at around 6:30pm. These people may not realise it but they could hold vital information to assist the investigation and help Yousef’s family get the answers they deserve.” Forensic tents were erected on the grass verge on Sunday and the area was cordoned off with police tape as forensic officers got to work.The owner of the bungalow nearest the scene said he and his wife and son knew nothing of the tragedy until they left the house to go for dinner on Saturday evening. The man, who refused to be named, said: “It was like Blackpool illuminations with all the lights.“The boy was leaning against a tree outside. I didn’t know him.”“By the time we came out to the drive the police were there – we hadn’t heard anything.”He said local residents appeared to have alerted two private security firms which were also at the scene and said many of the properties had their own CCTV.“There have been a couple of bad break-ins round here so people will have been on the lookout but this is not what you expect,” he added.“How many lives has it ruined…just one moment of madness.”Tributes for Yousef poured in last night as Greater Manchester Police appealed for information. Ayla Oglu wrote online: “He was such a good lad, very clever and caring. He could have gone to the best universities, why did it have to end like that absolutely gutted.”Detective Superintendent Phil Reade, Head of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “This is an incredibly tragic case which has seen a teenage boy sadly lose his life.“Yousef’s family has understandably been left devastated by his death and the thoughts of the entire investigation team remain with them at this difficult time. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He was rushed to hospital at around 6.45pm on Saturday but died later.Two 17-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of murder and remained in police custody on Sunday night. They are understood to be the sons of well-off local families who both run their own businesses. Two mountain bikes found at the scene were seized by police. Will always remember the school trips with Yousef, he never failed to make us laugh and could put a smile on anyone’s face. Taken too young. Please donate everything you can. RIP Makki x— Dan Lawes (@LawesDan) 3 March 2019 A gifted private schoolboy who dreamed of being a heart surgeon has become the latest victim of the UK’s knife crime epidemic.Yousef Makki, 17, from Burnage, Manchester, died just hours after Jodie Chesney, also 17, was  stabbed to death in an “unprovoked attack” in her local park on the outskirts of London.The scale of the crisis prompted Sajid Javid, the home secretary, to call a meeting with police chiefs this week as he warned such “senseless” violence could not go on.A new analysis of NHS data suggests there has been a 93 per cent rise in the number of children being treated for wounds caused by knives or other sharp objects in the last five years.Yousef’s stunned family yesterday joined the growing number forced to mourn the sudden loss of a much-loved child.The bright A* student was found slumped against a tree on Gorse Bank Road in the affluent Manchester suburb of Hale Barns, near Altrincham. The street is lined with sprawling detached homes worth upwards of £800,000. read more


From Auckland to Athy Carbery was Irelands first 1995born international

first_img From Auckland to Athy: Carbery was Ireland’s first 1995-born international We sat down with the breakout star of Ireland’s stunning November series last year. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 30th 2017, 9:30 PM Carbery in Leinster colours at U18 level in 2013. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOCarbery did also play with his school, Árdscoil na Tríonóide, which was primarily a GAA-playing one. They generally overachieved and very nearly made the Junior Cup in Carbery’s time, which would have been a huge deal.His first Leinster jersey was earned with Dan van Zyl’s Leinster U18 Clubs, for whom Carbery played alongside current Munster openside flanker Conor Oliver, who he also teamed up with at Blackrock College for his final year of school.While Carbery loved playing with Árdscoil na Tríonóide and Athy, doing his Leaving Cert. year in Blackrock was important in his development, as he played fullback in a 2014 Leinster Schools Senior Cup winning team that also included Jeremy Loughman, another who had come from Athy and Árdscoil.“It was more like a professional set-up in Blackrock,” says Carbery. “It fuelled my determination to do better. Training every day and trying to be where you want to be – I loved it.”Carbery was capped by Leinster at U19 and U20 levels, while he represented the Ireland U18 Clubs and U20 sides, subsequently moving into Leinster’s sub-academy after school for an important year of skills and physical development.Carbery spent his first year out of school playing for UCD side but opted for a move to Clontarf last season.The 2016 AIL title was a big moment for the young man, particularly as he grew into the controlling role at out-half, having initially spent time at fullback for ‘Tarf.“It was a change, actually, being a regular starter in my first real season of senior rugby,” says Carbery.“Being with the older lads, you have to settle in quickly. Clontarf is such a good club, you’ve got a family feeling to it, so you’re part of something that’s more than just a team.” Carbery and Clontarf celebrate. Source: Colm O’Neill/INPHOLeinster began to understand exactly how promising Carbery was and handed him a debut against Glasgow last March, after the out-half had been 24th man on several match days.After an excellent pre-season with Leinster last summer, during which the visiting Graham Henry underlined Carbery’s ability, he has not looked back.Watching the out-half play is a delight, with his creativity, rapid footwork, passing game and decision-making all standing out. Though some players find the step up into professional rugby to be difficult, Carbery has taken everything in his stride.“It is harder, but you’ve also got better players around you, so they make your job – especially as a 10 – easier,” explains Carbery.“You have a nine who consistently puts the ball on a plate for you and a forward pack who gets you the ball and players outside you who are able to read and see space.“I remember I did a kick against New Zealand into the corner and I didn’t even see it. Simon Zebo told me, he was outside me and said, ‘Space, left corner.’ So before I had even seen the space, I knew where I was going to kick it.“Having players who are smart and able to see the game, read the game, really helps me as a 10.”Carbery mentions the likes of Rob Kearney, Zane Kirchner and Johnny Sexton as having had positive influences on him in the Leinster environment, while Ian Madigan was a kicking partner for much of last season. Carbery is hungry for more Ireland caps. Source: James Crombie/INPHOHaving played with Tim Schmidt at underage levels with Leinster – Carbery kept Schmidt on the bench when still playing scrum-half with the U19s – he knew Ireland head coach Joe before linking up with the senior Ireland squad.He embraces the high expectations set by Schmidt in national team camp and has some hope of being back out at Carton House before the end of the current Six Nations.Carbery is a pretty chilled out guy by his own admission, but he understands that after a meteoric rise, he must now work harder than ever to achieve his goals.“Coming out of school, I sat down and said, if everything goes well, I wanted to be an international rugby player with some sort of Lions [honours] as well,” says Carbery.“I didn’t really know how to get there or when it was going to happen, so that’s the end goal.”Joey Carbery is a brand ambassador for Europcar, who provide a range of car and van mobility solutions to both commercial and domestic customers, either on a long or short-term basis, through an expanding nationwide network of branches. The proposition is simple. You only pay for what you need when you need it, there is no contract, maintenance or depreciation charges, which makes sense for an increasing number of businesses and consumers.- This article was updated at 15.30 on 31 January to correct an error that had stated that Joey Carbery’s father, also Joey, is a New Zealand native. He was, in fact, born in Athy before emigrating to New Zealand in his youth.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share321 Tweet Email1 Short URL How different is professional rugby to the good old days of amateurism?‘There’s more to life than rugby’: What happens when a player is forced to retirecenter_img Source: article is part of The42′s Class of 95 series, a week-long examination of professional rugby in Ireland.JOEY CARBERY WAS in New York last week to take a breather before his career roars back into gear over the next month.The 21-year-old ducked away with his girlfriend, Robyn, as his time out of the game after ankle surgery in December comes to an end.With the out-half now back in training, a return for Leinster against Treviso awaits in two weekends’ time and Carbery could yet feature for Ireland in the closing rounds of the Six Nations.Last week’s visit to the Big Apple was the Athy man’s second time in the US. You probably know all about his other trip to the States – a week in Chicago last November.This time a year ago, Carbery hadn’t even made his Leinster debut, but those who keep a close eye on the All-Ireland League would have been well aware that one of the most promising talents in the country was showing his quality for Clontarf.A Pro12 debut came in March, the Ulster Bank League title with ‘Tarf in May, a first Leinster start in September, his Champions Cup debut in October, a win against the All Blacks on his Test bow in November, then further caps against Canada and Australia.Sitting in New York, Carbery was able to reflect on a remarkable rise, one that meant he was the first player born in 1995 – the year rugby went professional – to play for Ireland.“It’s sinking in a little bit more now,” says Carbery. “It’s so good to look back on and it gives me a lot of confidence as to what might happen in my career.”New York also meant anonymity. Carbery celebrates Ireland’s win over the All Blacks. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOCarbery is as modest as they come and laughs shyly when admitting that he has been stopped in the streets of Dublin for selfies and autographs since Ireland’s win over the All Blacks. The slagging from his friends keeps him humble.As was well flagged before and after the famous clash with the All Blacks, Carbery is a native of New Zealand.His father, also Joey, is a native of Athy who emigrated to New Zealand at the age of two.He came back to Ireland to play rugby as a young man, meeting Amanda – also from Athy – and convinced her to move back to New Zealand with him. Joey is one of three offspring, with Ciara and Culann making up the Carbery clann.Carbery was born in Auckland but the family moved to Dargaville on the North Island when he was two or three: “It was pretty cool growing up and being able to walk to the beach five minutes away.”His first experience of playing rugby was at the age of five, at least in terms of organised games. But his father, a rugby coach after his playing days ended, and his granddad had introduced him to the oval ball as early as they possibly could.Such is the way of life in New Zealand, where skills work begins without children even realising it.“I remember getting my first mouthguard when I was two or three, trying to put it in,” says Carbery. “I’ve always had a rugby ball in my hand.“We always had a rugby ball, me and my mates. You’d play it before, during and after school – all the time. Every PE session was just rugby, so even the girls would be involved.“It’s rugby-mad and I think it does help because you always have a rugby ball in your hands. That helps with skills and it’s good fun as well.”Mils Muliaina and Dan Carter were childhood heroes, and Carbery still has a ball that the former All Blacks fullback signed for him in his youth back in New Zealand. Carbery is a brand ambassador for Europcar. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOWhile he grew up dreaming of wearing a black jersey, Carbery’s mother ensured that his Athy roots were also in sight too.“I’d always be torn between the two,” says Carbery. “I remember going to a few of the Lions games in 2005 and wearing an Irish jersey, so that was cool. I really liked Brian O’Driscoll back in the day, but it was a pity we didn’t see more of him in 2005.“All through the years, all my mates idolised him as well. Not many people would have known too many Irish players [in New Zealand], but he was one of the world’s biggest stars.”When Carbery was 11, the family moved back to Ireland and he admits it was “pretty tough” as he took his time to settle. That said, the presence of his mother’s family made the transition easier.Sport helped too, of course, and though he played a bit of soccer and football, rugby continued to dominate the landscape, particularly with his father coaching him all the way through the grades at Athy RFC.Involvement with the North Midlands regional set-up from U15s upwards was helpful for Carbery’s development, with Adam Byrne and Peter Dooley passing along that route too.Carbery played scrum-half, out-half, outside centre and fullback in his youth, although the 10 shirt was his preference. Having played with Athy up to U19s level, Carbery takes some joy in representing the club at the highest level now.“It definitely makes me proud and I know a lot of the younger people in Athy would know about me and be more inclined to play rugby because of it,” says the Leinster man.“I think it just gives everyone a bit of confidence that you can play at a high standard, wherever you come from, rather than just going to a big school.” By Murray Kinsella 27,489 Views Follow us: 4 Comments Monday 30 Jan 2017, 9:30 PMlast_img read more


Googles Hip Hop History Doodle is DJ Hero 3

first_imgStay on target 11 Ways the Wu-Tang Clan Shaped Geek CultureSpotify’s Rise to Power Dramatized in TV Mini-Series In case anyone is looking for a reminder as to why diversity at Google is important, check out the newest Google Doodle. To celebrate the 44th anniversary of hip hop, the welcoming but once marginalized urban genre that now dominates all of music, Google turned its homepage into an interactive tutorial for turntablism. It’s basically DJ Hero 3, the Game of the Year.But before setting you loose on the virtual 1s and 2s, Google first turns things over the legendary Fab 5 Freddy, past host of the classic “Yo! MTV Raps,” to explain how the art first came to be. Freddy takes us back to August 11, 1973 where 18-year-old Jamaican-American DJ Kool Herc performed at a Bronx back-to-school party.To keep the crowd dancing, Herc juggled two vinyl records to stretch out the instrumental break, and basically invented an innovative and massively influential new musical technique. These breaks later formed the basis of beats rappers would perform over, in case you’re still wondering why so many hip hop songs use retro samples. If that sounds interesting to you, might I suggest watching The Get Down on Netflix?With the history lesson out of the way, the homepage then turns into a virtual turntable, complete with logo graphic by graffiti artists Cey Adams. Browse through bedrock hip-hop tracks available like “Clean Up Woman” by Betty Wright, “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash, “Darkest Light” by The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, and even some original Google 808 drum machine tracks.Pick two songs, lay the records down, and create your own mix by hopping between tracks or scratching and rewinding the vinyl. The turntable has fairly basic functionality you’ll find in many DJ apps. But the auto-syncing, beat-matching, pitch-shifting, and cross-fading are all forgiving enough to prevent users from making music that sounds truly bad. Again, it’s like DJ Hero or The Magic iPod, but you have more choice over which songs you play. There are even achievements and social sharing. The turntable also has a handy link for looking up hip hop history.Hopefully, like other Google Doodles, we’ll be able to keep improving our DJ skills with this app long after the birthday celebrations are over. Maybe Google will even add new tracks over time? The project’s executive consultant is YouTube’s Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen, who used to run Def Jam Records and genuinely seems to want to share the culture with more people. So he has to have a ton of connections. I need to know how long I have to wait before somebody will let me make my epic Smash Mouth/Kendrick Lamar remix “Damn, You’re an All Star.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


Brock Lesnar says he doesnt care what Stephanie McMahon has to say

first_img July 1, 2016 at 2:07 am WWE should not renew the contract with Lesnar or WWE should allow Undertaker to win against Lesnar at HIAC- this guy is just taking big money with limited appearances – WWE should invest that money for some other Wrestling Talents. Lesnar doesn’t care about Wrestling anymore. I hate him. Boooo.. TheCyberZon TheCyberZon July 4, 2016 at 6:31 am Commissioner Foley July 1, 2016 at 9:26 pm not sure why everyone’s getting bent out of shape about this, all his points are valid. he may not be the most tactful person in the world but the fact is this is what he wants to do, his contract allows for it, and he’s totally right to go for it without caring what some internet trolls think. those who are his fans are fine with it, those who don’t like him will whinge, welcome to the internet. Yeah, go on overpaying this guy to wrestle 4 or so matches a year and put him on your current videogame cover WWE. Continue to spit on the other guys & girls who bust their asses 300+ days a year and risk injury to be overworked by your pathetic company to give the keys to the kingdom to a greedy, odious man who has no problem saying he doesn’t give a sh*t about your company other than the money he gets from it.As a wrestling fan I was going for Brock at UFC 200 but ever since comparing himself to Bo Jackson, I hope Mark Hunt Holly Holms his ass to pop his over-inflated ego because Ronda Rousey is Miss humble compared to him. I bet there will be more than a quick mention if Brock were to come out victorious. WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon honored with 2019 Worldz Titan Award Now Playing Up Next Why do they have to put it on TV? The wrestling websites are carrying it. Free publicity and it looks like WWE isn’t happy about it. They win without ever mentioning it. Now Playing Up Next July 1, 2016 at 2:06 am Pinterest When it comes to wrestling, business & creative decisions go hand in hand when it comes to who gets signed for how much and onto TV. If you don’t realize that then you don’t know what you’re watching. I also see you couldn’t cite even 1 concrete example if WWE is getting their money’s worth out of Lesnar and if he’s worth the disrespect he shows them. Go suck Brock’s cock, loser. Don’t get mad because all you know how to write are totally retarded paragraphs.And stop pretending to be Mick Foley! You soil his good name with your belligerent drivel. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Braun Strowman Dan Mortensen Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Comments are closed. It’s called dyslexia being an imbecile is regardless of one’s spelling and grammar perhaps you should learn that spelling and grammar do not measure someones mental ability so unless you’re about to tell me you are special then you have no excuse. And clearly they do or they woukdnt have resigned him twice? Lol Vince and hhh both spoke about his marketing appeal on their buisness conference calls and what he adds to the buisness perhaps you should take the time to listen to one mate it may make you better informed. The statistics they have spoken about can not be denied. It seems you a random iwc fan boy is sat doubting Vince and the wwe on buisness. You can slag off his creative all you want champ but when it comes to the wwe you can’t doubt his buisness sense…..but keep trying. But honestly without joking or snide personal insults seriously catch one of those quarterly shareholders calls 90% boring stuff but if you want to learn more about the inner workings it’s a real eye opener to what the wwe sign people for. For example the social media market the wwe get almost double the amount of tweets and mentions when brock is in a segment or match. Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Brock Lesnar Steven Herrera Now Playing Up Next TheCyberZon Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match July 1, 2016 at 1:53 am 18 COMMENTS Yeah continue the pay the guy who draws more on shows,than everyone on your roster…. Continue to put the multi cross platform athlete that will actualyl sell your game to none wwe fans on covers Whilst your points on his ego might just be valid if you don’t understand why they do it and the marketing behind it.. You are an imbecile my friend. No no wwe 2k17 would get as many buys with Kevin owens on the cover right. Get a brain cell July 1, 2016 at 2:29 am Commissioner Foley Facebook king July 3, 2016 at 5:20 am hmm… all a “work” for his eventual wwe return? June 30, 2016 at 11:48 pm Google+ good pointcenter_img WhatsApp i stopped reading after your totally retarded first paragraph when you compared people moaning about creative to business decisions……. that ends this conversation because you aint got a f***** clue they are 2 totally different things…. please god shut up Since you have so many brain cells tell us; does WWE really get their money’s worth out of him? I’m not sure they do. Does he really bring in enough money to make up for what they pay him minus all the PPVs no one bought when the WWE title wasn’t on the line while he was champion? Do non-Lesnar PPVs, aside from Wrestlemania, in general get more buys/Network subscriptions vs those he’s there for. Do the Raws he shows up for get on average higher ratings then when he’s not there? And how many fans go to events just to see him anyway? I’d like to see some hard numbers on that. Produce them if you can “mr. commissioner.”As for who should be on the cover of WWE2k17, oh I don’t know, someone who actually works there on a regular basis? Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, even Roman Reigns despite the mixed reactions he gets, or someone from WWE’s past or present who doesn’t publicly spit on the company. Maybe WWE should try harder to build on the talent it already has instead of always relying on part-timers or nostalgia acts to carry the company. How’s that for a multi brain cell strategy, “mr. commissioner”? Now Playing Up Next TheCyberZon TheCyberZon But WWE has very low regard for the “IWC”. For them, if it’s not on Raw, SmackDown, or WWE Network it doesn’t exist. b d Pure work. July 1, 2016 at 11:03 am Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? Videos Articles well keep ur money hungry ass in the UFC and don’t come back to WWE since ur sensitive to opinions u squash more ppl than u actually put over i don’t even know why everyone believes this man is far better than Roman in skill hell Roman may have flaws in his mic skill and his ring skill isn’t the best but hell we are witnessed to see the same german suplexes ended with a F5 with a Kimura Lock thrown in maybe everytime Lesnar is in a ring Unless they put this on WWE TV, I’m not so sure. Now Playing Up Next Glenn Wolf July 1, 2016 at 3:31 pm Brock Lesnar took part in a UFC conference call on Thursday to promote UFC 200 on July 9 and was quite vocal according to The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online.During the call, Lesnar was asked about a comment by WWE’s Stephanie McMahon in a recent interview with Business Insider where she was asked about Lesnar returning to UFC adding, “We are not supporting the fight necessarily.”Lesnar, in response, didn’t seem to take too kindly to her comments.“I don’t care what she says. I really don’t give a sh*t. This isn’t about my fans. This is about me living my life, being the person I want to be. Granted, without the fans and everything, none of us would be able to do this. I get that.  But I don’t sit up at night wondering, ‘is my drawing power gonna be hurt’ or ‘are my WWE fans gonna tune in and watch me do this.’ I don’t give two sh*ts about that. This is about me. I want to get in there and be an athlete again. That’s what this is about.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Plenty of people can and do doubt WWE’s & Vince’s current business sense including past wrestlers & various other personalities like Mick Foley, the guy you’re pretending to be, who have all voiced their discern about WWE’s creative direction for the past 3 years or so. So industry insiders are also questioning WWE’s business decisions, not just “iwc fan boys.” And they’re not wrong. Various wrestling sites have all reported that general interest & TV ratings are at their lowest since 1997.So the only hard evidence you can point to about Lesnar’s mass appeal is that WWE gets more tweets during his segments. That makes them money how? Lesnar creating social media buzz isn’t tangible proof of his positive effect on WWE’s bank account. Since you have nothing better to do with your life than supposedly listen in on these long conference calls, let’s hear some specific details & hard evidence then about if WWE really gets their money’s worth out of him other than vagaries about marketing appeal. Or, once again, how about WWE tries harder to build on the talent it already has instead of always relying on part-timers or nostalgia acts to carry the company. It worked for the Rock & Wrestling Era, it worked for the Attitude Era, it even worked for the Ruthless Aggression Era. Then they won’t have to overpay millions of dollars to some arrogant, money-grubbing @sshole who 1) barely works for them, 2) can’t even hold his own microphone, and 3) publicly disrespects the company paying him all that money.It’s also my experience that only special people use the term “IWC”. The IWC doesn’t exist in a vacuum separate from “real” wrestling fans. Realistically every wrestling fan has access to the internet so the internet wrestling community and real fans who watch & go to wrestling events are all one in the same. Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? July 2, 2016 at 12:26 am Demond Theepitomeofsarcasm Jso July 1, 2016 at 3:01 am Dan Mortensen July 1, 2016 at 7:49 am July 1, 2016 at 1:39 pm Only if they put this on Raw and/or SmackDown. TheCyberZon July 1, 2016 at 7:00 am July 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm Videos Articles July 3, 2016 at 3:13 am b d Commissioner Foley WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) July 6, 2016 at 8:30 pm Twitter TheCyberZonlast_img read more


Possible Champions League draw for English teams

first_imgWith all English teams set to feature in the draw for the Champions League last 16, there is a huge possibility they could face some tricky ties considering their group stage positions.Man City finished as group winners despite an opening day defeat at home to Lyon, while Liverpool, Spurs, and United could only settle for the second spot.While the three second-place finishers will be delighted to move onto the next stage, they might not be as happy when they learn their fate in the last 16 draws on December 17.UEFA rules state that teams who played in the same group cannot be drawn against each other, and neither can teams from the same country.With that in mind, these are the potential opponents for the Premier League teams in the upcoming draw.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Man City’s potential last 16 opponents: Roma, Ajax, Schalke, Atletico MadridMan United’s potential last 16 opponents: PSG, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto.Spurs’ potential last 16 opponents: PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus.Liverpool’s potential last 16 opponents: Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Barcelona.last_img read more


Monday Update Swan Lake Fire Remains Highly Active Community Meeting Wednesday

first_imgAshford: “The majority of the movement on the fire is away from the community of Sterling. It’s heading to the east as it moves to higher elevations in the Chugach National Forest.” The next community Meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 10, at 6:00pm, at the Cooper Landing Elementary School, 19030 Bean Creek Road, Cooper Landing. Jonathan Ashford with the State Division of Forestry: “The community of Cooper Landing has been really impacted by smoke from the fire. We’ve heard from folks that they have concerns and would like updated information on the fire.”  The weather pattern will continue hot and dry with high temperatures around 90-degrees through Monday. Later in the week, high temperatures are expected to decrease as clouds and relative humidity increase. Winds have been predominately out of the north but a change to a southerly direction is anticipated. For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at The containment line north of the Homer Electric transmission line is holding well as small areas of interior vegetation burn, further increasing the depth of the fuel break created to protect the community of Sterling and the Sterling Highway. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Hot, dry weather is challenging fire personnel in all areas of the fire. The east flank continues to move upslope and into higher elevations along the mountain ridge line. The fire is estimated at 96,889 with 394 personnel assisting with the fire. Air quality monitoring stations have been set up near Cooper Landing and Seward. Real time reports are available 24-hours a day at and click on the Monitoring PM2.5. Crews are working to improve the Skyline Trail to create a fuel break along the southeast corner of the fire to prevent fire spread along the highway. Helicopters will continue to utilize water drops to cool areas producing heat north of Upper Jean Lake.last_img read more


STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Ryan Tonra Named To Deans List At Seton Hall

first_imgSOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is pleased to announce Ryan Tonra, of Wilmington, has qualified for the Fall 2018 Dean’s List.After the close of every semester, undergraduate students completing all courses with a GPA of 3.4, with no grades lower than “C”, qualify for the Dean’s List.About Seton HallAs one of the nation’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous majors, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership – developing students in mind, heart and spirit – since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 80 rigorous majors, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and caring global citizens. Its attractive main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles by train, bus or car to New York City, offering a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The university’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark. For more information, visit The above announcement is from Seton Hall via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Carlee Sutera Named To Dean’s List At Seton Hall UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Carlee Sutera Named To Dean’s List At Seton Hall UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more


Twitterati have a field day at Mani Shankar Aiyars expense after he

first_imgMani Shankar Aiyar is trending on social mediaTwitterWith just five days remaining for the final phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, known for his controversial remarks and conspicuous by his absence this election season, shot into the limelight again. He justified his ‘neech’ jibe at Prime Minister Modi in 2017 by describing them as ‘prophetic’ and attacking him with other strong words such as vacuous and foul-mouthed in an opinion piece penned for Rising Kashmir, an English newspaper.While this has led to intense debate on news channels, the social media too is abuzz with reactions to Aiyar’s attack on PM. However, as is often the case in the cyberworld, it’s not just outrage or anger that is on display but also a great sense of humour. Many members of the Twitterati have decided to poke fun at the veteran Congress leader by making jokes and memes about him.Rajya Sabha member and senior columnist Swapan Dasgupta, who is helping BJP’s campaign in West Bengal, put out a sarcastic tweet that also takes a jibe at him. “Welcome back my good friend Mani Shankar Aiyar. Reassured that you weren’t there in Balakot. The BJP regretted your absence during the campaign but there is still the final over left,” wrote the former editor on his timeline.But he wasn’t alone in combining criticism with a sense of humour. There were plenty of others. Here are some of the funniest tweets that have been seen on the social media platform. Mani Shankar Aiyar being welcomed. By BJP supporters.— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) May 13, 2019last_img read more


For Catalan separatists trial of leaders is personal

first_imgThis combination of file pictures created on 26 October, 2018 shows jailed Catalan separatist leaders (TOP L-R) Raul Romeva, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Turull, Oriol Junqueras, Josep Rull (BOTTOM L-R) Jordi Cuixart, Carme Forcadell, Dolors Bassa and Jordi Sanchez. Photo: AFPWith vigils and concerts outside prisons, Catalan independence supporters for months have shown their backing for 12 separatist leaders who go on trial on Tuesday over their bid to break the region away from Spain.Now that the highly anticipated trial is finally about to get underway at Spain’s Supreme Court in Madrid, they have vowed to step up their protests in another show of solidarity.While just 12 leaders will sit in the dock over their role in the failed 2017 independence bid, many Catalan separatists feel they are also being put on trial for having taken part in a banned referendum held on 1 October that year.”I’m a lifelong separatist and I voted on 1 October, it’s as if I was being tried,” said retired teacher Eugenia Fernandez at a recent vigil held for the detained Catalan leaders at the picturesque Plaza de la Vila de Gracia square in Barcelona.”We’re here because of the huge injustice that our government is in jail or exile for doing what we asked them to do — fight to set up a Catalan republic,” the 67-year-old said.The vigil Fernandez took part in has been held every Monday evening for the past 15 months at the square in Gracia, a bohemian district of the Catalan capital which is also its most pro-separatist.People held up large black and white images of the Catalan leaders, as well of those who fled abroad after the failed independence bid, along with the word “freedom” in Catalan and English.Only the chime of a clock on top of an imposing 19th century tower in the centre of the square broke the silence.Nine of the leaders have been charged with rebellion, with some also accused of misuse of public funds. They have all been in pre-trial detention for months, some of them for more than a year.Unifying cause “This is a reaction against the brutality of this trial, which is not against a few people but is instead against Catalan political feeling,” said award-winning Catalan writer Ramon Solsona, who read some poems at the vigil.Similar events have been held across the northeastern region, where the leaders have obtained near-martyr status among many separatists who see them as “political prisoners”.The 12 defendants face prison sentences of between seven and 25 years if convicted, with former Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras at risk of the longest sentence.Catalonia’s president at the time of the secession bid, Carles Puigdemont, is not among those on trial since he fled to Belgium where he regularly receives visits from top Catalan separatists.With Catalan separatist parties divided over strategy — some calling for more civil disobedience while others favour dialogue with Spain’s central government — the cause of the jailed Catalan leaders helps keep them united.Judging all of usPolls show the region remains split over the issue of independence, and separatist protests — which in the past drew over a million people — appear to have lost strength.Pro-independence groups have responded by holding smaller events to show support for the detained separatist leaders.The defendants were moved from prisons in Madrid to jails in Catalonia shortly after Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez came to power in June in what was seen as a goodwill gesture.Since then separatists have gathered regularly outside of the Catalan jails where they were being held, holding concerts, camping outside overnight and forming human pyramids, called “castells”, a Catalan tradition.Separatist parties and associations have vowed to stage a wave of protests during the trial, starting with demonstrations on 12 and 16 February in Barcelona, followed by a general strike across Catalonia on 21 February. A major protest is scheduled in Madrid on 16 March.Protests are also planned outside of Spain, in Berlin, Paris, Brussels and London.”In the end, they are judging all of us. They are judging an entire people and its right to self-determination,” Catalan president Quim Torra said last month at an event with relatives of the jailed leaders.last_img read more


Reflecting on native culture

first_imgWhen fashion gets the color of culture, the outcome is always something new from the maker’s end. In same way ‘Indypindy’ has brought fashion items dedicated towards women but it also presents a fusion of international and local cultural extravaganzas. ‘Indypindy’ organised a two-day fashion couture event recently at LGF Navjeevan Vihar in the national Capital. It houses some of the best designers in their domains to deliver top notch and state-of-the-art products whether it is a saree, skirt or a clutch! The event witnessed the gracious presence of Sandeep Marwah, Director AAFT who encouraged the budding designers for adapting the idea of ‘Indypindy’ which focuses on the concept of ‘Make in India’.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event was also graced by the presence of Dr Shalini Sharma who imparted solutions at her special sessions on palmistry mixed with numerology to give the visitors simple solutions to their life issues. ‘IndyPindy’ is a brand name inspired from two words “Indian” and “Pind” which means an Indian village. As the name suggests it is a group of Indian nomad designers who travel across the country and showcase their designs and unique collection to the diverse audience present in each part of India.The designers take up the designs from the rural and local area reflecting the native culture and fashion of the place and driving it to a national and international platform give rural handicrafts and designs complete exposure.last_img read more


Now we are legal I hope to retire to Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgThen there was, Matthew Crawford, a cross-dresser who was well known in our community. She stood and lived in her truth by confronting gender norms.They, along with so many others, added a stone in the movement that paved the way. Their boldness and courage in a time of intense ignorance and fear must never be forgotten.I never thought I’d see this dayTo be honest, I thought I would never live to see this day. Jason Jones, a Trinbagonian LGBTI rights activist did it. And as the song goes: ‘He did it, his way.’He took the blows but never lost sight of the dream. A dream of equality and justice for his Trinbagonian brothers and sisters.Crowds greeted Jason as he left the court. They stood united in a rainbow of diversity against the tide of hate and bigotry. They sang the national anthem with a new found sense of national identity. We all know the words ‘Here every creed and race find an equal place’. And this time, they had special meaning to those who felt that they had no place in a society that they lived, worked and loved.Now more than ever they must stand united. Too many people have responded to the decision to decriminalise with more hate. So our community must continue to demonstrate that love is love.While they have won this fight, they still have a long battle ahead. They are facing harassment and veiled threats of violence. But despite this, they must demonstrate more than ever before ‘Your love not better than mine, my love not better than yours.’They must stand. Yet, they do not stand alone. The diaspora stands with them. I stand with you.Also on Gay Star News:Why I sobbed tears of joy when Trinidad and Tobago decriminalized homosexuality Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Love won.The news that Trinidad and Tobago has decriminalized homosexuality meant love won.Across the seas in a foreign land that has offered me safety, I felt it. I felt the carnivalesque energy and beauty of a land whose watchwords include tolerance.Trinidad and Tobago is the land of my birth. And it is the land that robbed me the full enjoyment of my human rights, denied me protection when I needed it and policed my sexuality. This land that now presents me with hope that I can return in my later years and retire with my husband.Outside the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain, the wave of emotion matched with the wave of rainbow flags signaled that justice had come.I also remembered the people who had fought and died in the quest for this day of decriminalisation, and who never got to see it.Trinidad and Tobago’s great LGBTI heroesI remember Godfrey Sealy, the first openly gay HIV positive man in Trinidad and Tobago who spent his life educating and challenging HIV related stigma. He used not only his voice but his playwriting skills staging One Of Our Sons Is Missing which addressed  HIV and bisexuality, at a time when it was considered a taboo.Godfrey’s backyard was home to many community meetings, performances and Pride celebrations. His home had become a place of safety for many, including trans sex workers who ‘worked’ the streets at night.I remember Geoffrey Stanford, a gay rights and HIV activist and educator who facilitated weekly MSM chat rooms in Godfrey’s backyard. This was the early days of an organization known today as Friends for Life.And I remember Deni James, a relentless advocate for men-who-have-sex-with-men and HIV-positive people. Deni single-handedly spearheaded an MSM organization devoted to the HIV/AIDS awareness and education, who wrote my first coming out story as a gay man living with HIV. Why I sobbed tears of joy when Trinidad and Tobago decriminalized homosexualitySee the moment LGBTI people in Trinidad and Tobago found out they wonTrinidad and Tobago government challenges decriminalization of gay sexRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : David Soomarie welcomes the news from Trinidad and Tobago. Love won. Two simple words that matter to LGBTIs in Trinidad and Tobago who have been continuously told they are less than human because of who they are and who they love. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more


Fannie Maes SingleFamily Business Suffers from Credit Expenses

first_img Share Fannie Mae reported that business in their single-family sector experienced a massive loss for the fourth quarter 2015 and full year 2015, just one day after FHFA Director Mel Watt stated during an address in Washington, D.C., that risks facing the agency (namely the GSEs’ declining capital buffer) are “certain to escalate” the longer the conservatorships of the GSEs continue.The GSE reported an annual net income of $11.0 billion for 2015—a decline of 23 percent from the previous year’s net income of $14.2 billion, according to its earnings report for Q4 and the full year 2015, released Friday.The decline in year-over-year net income for Fannie Mae was primarily driven by a substantial decrease in the amount of income the GSEs received from settlements resolving lawsuits related to private-label mortgage-related securities sold to Fannie Mae, and increased expenses incurred due to single-family foreclosed properties on which the loan is owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae.Single-family net income was $936 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, down considerably from $2.0 billion in the third quarter of 2015. Fannie Mae attributes the decline in this sector to “a shift to credit-related expense in the fourth quarter from credit-related income in the third quarter.”The total year-end single-family business net income for 2015 reached $5.1 billion, compared with $8.5 billion in 2014. This is also due to “a shift to credit-related expense in 2015 from credit-related income in 2014,” Fannie Mae said.Despite the nearly one-quarter drop in net income from 2014 to 2015, Fannie Mae reported a positive net worth of $4.1 billion as of December 31, 2015, and the Enterprise’s financial results for the year drew praise from CEO Timothy J. Mayopoulos.“Our strong 2015 results demonstrate our commitment to improving both our company and the broader housing finance system,” Mayopoulos said. “We are listening closely to our customers so we deliver industry-leading solutions that make doing business with us easier, more efficient, and more certain. We are evolving our business model so we better serve the industry and taxpayers, and fulfill our essential role in making affordable mortgage and rental options available for millions of people across the country.”Fannie Mae announced these results just one day after fellow GSE Freddie Mac reported a 17 percent drop in annual net income in 2015, from $7.7 billion down to $6.4 billion. They year 2015 was the fourth consecutive year of profitability for both GSEs, though the profits have been steadily declining since 2012—their first year of profitability since the 2008 taxpayer-funded bailout.Click here to see the full earnings report. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Servicing Earnings Fannie Mae Profits Single-Family Business Treasury Draws 2016-02-19 Staff Writercenter_img February 19, 2016 632 Views Fannie Mae’s Single-Family Business Suffers from Credit Expenseslast_img read more


The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories “I’m not sure, they probably didn’t think I’d be feeling as good as quick as I am, but you know, the main thing is the scenario that they went through last year losing so many people and so many people getting hurt,” Johnson said, “they were probably thinking the roster spot is so important to hold for so long and not knowing how quick I’d be able to get back.”That may be true, at least in part. Even in the best-case scenario, Johnson still would have missed a significant amount of time, and keeping him on the roster would have left the team a little thin while it waited for him to return to the field.Johnson said when the team approached him about the idea he was not quite sure about what going on I.R. would mean, that he was thinking he would be able to come back in time for the playoffs.“But there’s nothing I can do about it right now,” he said. “I understand it’s not about me, it’s about the team, and hopefully we can get to that game.”The entire situation is a tough break for Johnson, who did not arrive with much fanfare but quickly showed he still had plenty left in the tank and could be a valuable player for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. The former Tennessee Titan and New York Jet often spoke of how happy he was in Arizona with all the talent around him and the likelihood that he would get to the playoffs for the first time since 2008, his rookie season. Now, all he can do is watch as his teammates look to pick up where he left off and get to a part of the season where Johnson could play again. At the time of the injury, Johnson ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing yards. He had struggled some during the weeks leading up to that point, running for 247 yards on 85 carries in wins over the Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals and 49ers, the game in which he got hurt. But even with that slump and missing the last two weeks, his total of 814 ranks 10th in the league.Since Johnson went out, rookie David Johnson has picked up the slack at running back, tallying 191 rushing yards and another 52 receiving yards with one touchdown in Arizona wins over the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings.Until he’s able to return — if he’s able to return — Chris Johnson said all he can do is get healthy and be a cheerleader. After all, the only way he gets to play again this season is if his teammates do well without him.However, Johnson admitted it did not necessarily have to be this way. He’s confident the decision to put him on Injured Reserve had more to do with opening up a roster spot than his own health. Not that he’s upset about it, mind you. Just that he’s pretty sure with the way things are going he’ll be able to run outside at some point in the next couple of weeks. Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) warms up before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact For a player who had been a picture of health over his first seven seasons in the league, it’s an unexpected and unwelcome situation to be in.“It’s crazy, it’s crazy, but even though I got hurt and stuff like that, it wasn’t a good situation, you know it had me down and stuff like that,” Johnson said. “But just what I came back from this offseason, this is nothing compared to what that was. I’ll be alright.”center_img The 30-year-old spoke to reporters for the first time since the injury Tuesday and said at the time the it happened, he did not think it was all that severe.“When I first walked off the field and when they took the X-Ray we didn’t see anything I guess because where I was feeling the pain at, it was lower than where the actual crack was at,” he said. “When we actually flew back and I had gotten back, it had swelled up a bit and I couldn’t even walk on it or whatever.“But ever since then it’s just been rehabbing and just getting back healthy.”Though the injury is season-threatening, it’s not officially season-ending. Johnson is eligible to practice six weeks from when the injury occurred, and could appear in a game two weeks after that. That means, as long as his leg continues to improve, Johnson could get back on the practice field the second week of the postseason, and then be activated for Super Bowl 50.Johnson said he felt good about his prognosis when the MRI revealed no structural or ligament damage, and Tuesday had just come from running in the pool when he stopped to chat. He did not sport a noticeable limp while walking around, and said his leg “feels really good.” Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. — Chris Johnson was one of the best stories of the 2015 NFL season, a player who had gone from a late-training camp pickup to the starting running back for one of the league’s best teams.Then, suddenly, he wasn’t.Johnson suffered a fractured tibia during Arizona’s 19-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12, and within days was placed on the Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more