Toronto mayor meets members of hiphop community to talk gun violence solutions

first_imgTORONTO – Mayor John Tory met with three prominent members of Toronto’s hip-hop community on Friday to discuss possible solutions for the recent spate of gun violence in the city.Filmmaker Director X posted a message on Instagram saying he joined rapper Kardinal Offishall and producer Taj Critchlow to start talks they hope will lead to “solutions both long and short term.”The music video and movie maker said it’s part of Tory’s outreach to a number of members of the local hip-hop community following a string of shootings that left three people dead and at least eight injured over the past week.“I want the youth to know that there are people who truly care about their well-being and their future,” the director wrote in his post.The meeting followed recent efforts by members of the hip-hop community to crowdsource feedback on social media from their Toronto fans about recent events.Kardinal has previously addressed the gun violence in his own social media posts, saying that a “lack of community funding and programming” has led to “desensitized youth with a lack of resources,” but he firmly denied it has anything to do with music.“This is about a need for leadership to increase, this is about many things — but this is not about a correlation between rap and violence. Not today. No thanks,” he wrote in a July 1 post on Instagram.A day earlier, two men associated with the local rap scene — 21-year-old Jahvante Smart, also known as Smoke Dawg, and 28-year-old Ernest Modekwe — had been killed in a shooting in the downtown area.Those men were among the 11 people that were shot over a week’s span beginning on June 29. In one of the shootings, four people were injured in Toronto’s Kensington Market neighbourhood with one of them dying in hospital.Kardinal expressed optimism about the initial meeting with Tory, noting that the mayor “read over every last comment.“Sometimes we look at our officials and politicians as being out of touch with marginalized communities, but I will say that he is very much aware of the large task that is at hand and was very receptive to a lot of our ideas that were put forth,” he posted.“Having lived in various neighbourhoods across the city, we were able to speak to him from the perspective of being residents but also as people of influence who wish to use our platforms to elevate the city and subsequently the country.”The rapper said he believes there is “no one solution” to the issue, but he explained to the mayor the “importance of an empathetic outlook” towards the community that brings people together, rather that isolates them.The meeting came as Tory also sat down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Friday morning to discuss various issues, including gun violence. Tory has said all three levels of government must work together to address local gun crime.“While we know this is a complex problem and there is no single, quick fix, I know that the prime minister is as committed to finding solutions and keeping people safe as I am and as are the women and men of the Toronto Police Service,” the mayor said in a statement.“The Prime Minister pledged in our meeting to doing everything possible to get federal funding to our city as quickly as possible to help us increase our efforts to stop gun and gang violence.”Kardinal said he hopes his meeting was the first of several with Tory.“I am no social worker, professional educator or any of these amazing people that spend countless hours, days and years elevating our neighbourhoods — but I’m somebody ‘from the area’ who has deep roots in the community and who cares,” he added, encouraging others to continue to make suggestions and share their own experiences.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

Alberta loses new TV series to Vancouver

first_imgAdvertisement Ghost Wars, starring Vincent D’Onofrio (Jurassic World, Daredevil) and Kim Coates, is being helmed by veteran show runner Simon Barry (Continuum). It follows outcast Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia) who must overcome the town’s prejudices to harness his psychic powers and save everyone from a mass haunting. It will appear on SyFy and Netflix later this year. “Unfortunately, Alberta is the only province or state that puts a cap on film rebates,” Oakes explained. “At one time Alberta had the best film rebates in North America, and now it does not. Hot on the success of Fargo, Hell on Wheels and Van Helsing, Calgary’s Nomadic Pictures is hitting the ground running with a new sci-fi series called Ghost Wars. Advertisement He added the 2017 budget provided $34 million for the Alberta Media Fund (though it was slashed by about $3 million), and that they support cultural industries through other grants like script development and mentorship. Oakes stressed Alberta still has incredible crews and talent, and it was a very tough decision. Nomadic annually does between $75 million and $100 million in production, but this year they’re projecting between $175 million and $200 million. “In the meantime, our company has an incredible slate of projects to do, and we need to take it to a jurisdiction that best fits the show location-wise and financially,” he added. The company has had a consistent and constant dialogue with government officials, including Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda. Oakes acknowledged the province is facing a challenging time with their budget and oil revenue. Advertisementcenter_img In a statement, Minister Miranda said the government recognizes the value of the screen-based industry. But unlike their previous efforts, Ghost Wars won’t be filmed in Alberta. Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We continue to explore ongoing support for the sector within the current fiscal environment,” he said. Chad Oakes, co-chairman of Nomadic Pictures, said the decision was made to film in Vancouver because the Alberta Media Fund has a cap of $5 million per project. Twitterlast_img read more

RSS helping Congress candidates CM

first_imgBeldanga/Bhagabangola (Murshidabad): Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee urged people to cast their votes against the BJP to punish Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his misdeeds and at one breath, alleged that the RSS is backing Congress candidates in Berhampore and Murshidabad constituencies. She reiterated that the BJP will not get more than 70 seats in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.She addressed two rallies at Beldanga under Berhampore and Bhagabangola under Murshidabad Lok Sabha seats on Monday. In 2014 polls, Adhir Chowdhury of the Congress was elected from Berhampore by 3.85 lakh votes and Badrudduja Khan of CPI(M) won the Murshidabad seat by over 18,000 votes. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”In the past five years, Modi has not done anything for the good of this country. He has only divided the nation and the economic condition of the country has gone down. Under these circumstances, cast your vote against the BJP to punish Modi for his misdeeds,” she said. Banerjee alleged that the RSS is backing the Congress candidate in Berhampore and Jangipur. Without naming Adhir Chowdhury, the sitting MP from Berhampore and Abhijit Mukherjee, the sitting MP from Jangipur, she said: “RSS workers are backing the Congress candidates in both these constituencies. CPI(M) is also backing the candidate in Berhampore constituency. The Congress, CPI(M) and BJP have inked secret deal to back the Congress in Murshidabad,” she said, adding “RSS preaches Hinduism in the Hindu dominated areas and talk about the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship Bill in the Muslim-dominated areas.” It may be mentioned that the CPI(M) is openly backing Chowdhury in Berhampore against the RSP candidate Id Mohammad. CPI(M) cadres holding red flags are shouting slogans for Chowdhury. Continued on P7last_img read more

Ohio State mens basketball trying to turn improvements into wins at Wisconsin

OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) goes up for a shot during a game against Maryland on Jan. 31 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 61-66. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorAlthough the Ohio State men’s basketball team put forth a much better effort against Maryland on Sunday, it still lost.Sure, it was only by five points, 30 fewer than when the two teams met in mid-January, but OSU coach Thad Matta wouldn’t call it a moral victory.He’s “never been a big fan” of them, he said after the 66-61 loss. But, as the Buckeyes get set for a road game against Wisconsin on Thursday at 7 p.m., Matta acknowledged that his team gained some confidence from taking the now-No. 4 Terrapins down to the wire.“I told the guys what a drastic improvement from two and a half weeks ago,” Matta said on Wednesday. “There is some good things happening.” Players reinforced the team’s overall disdain for so-called moral victories, but they did say they feel like the 30-point improvement against one of the nation’s top teams serves them well heading into the Badgers’ hostile environment.“It just shows that if we play the right way, we can play with, and potentially beat, anybody,” sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop said.Freshman forward Mickey Mitchell added that despite coming up short, they “did a lot of things better.”One area, though, that the Buckeyes still need to improve upon is finishing out the first and second halves on the right note. For such a young team, having just two 20-minute periods can be a change of pace. With that comes the potential for focus and intensity to wane as play progresses. Fixing that has been a focal point in practice.“We kind of have mental lapse, lose our minds a little bit,” Bates-Diop said. “Take a deep breath, one possession at time … and just execute.”If OSU cannot manufacture that consistent focus and avoid costly mistakes down the stretch, it will continue to cost it against the Badgers and beyond, Matta said. Parallels on paper Based on what the stat sheet indicates, there are a lot of similarities between the Badgers and Buckeyes.The team’s averages are within two points of each other offensively, while opponents are averaging just a one-point difference. OSU sits at seventh in the Big Ten standings. Wisconsin is No. 8.Even with all the similarities, both statistically and in regards to the game’s impact on conference seeding, the Buckeyes’ approach is the same.“Every game for our team has significant importance,” Matta said. “I just want us to go out there and play our best basketball.”For that to happen, OSU will have to take care of what Bates-Diop calls Wisconsin’s “three-headed monster.”The Badgers’ troika consists of juniors Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig and redshirt freshman forward Ethan Happ. Combined, the trio scores 61.7 percent of Wisconsin’s points and collects close to half its rebounds.Bates-Diop said the whole team needs to “key in on those guys” to have a chance to win. Matta shared his player’s assessment, but he warned that too much attention on three players could lead to an unsung hero stepping up.“You can’t let another guy get going,” he said.Beyond the Badgers After Thursday night’s showdown at the Kohl Center, OSU will have a few days off before preparing for a rematch against Northwestern. OSU won the first meeting 65-56 on Jan. 6.The Buckeyes and Wildcats are set to play on Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

Winter sports recap Laczynski wins gold womens basketball first in Big Ten

Laczynski skates against a Finnish defender in the 2016 USA evaluation camp. Credit: Courtesy of USA HockeyWhile students were away from campus and taking a break from classes post-Fall Semester, there were still several teams in competition during the break. The featured event was the Playstation Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve in Glendale, Arizona, where the No. 3 Ohio State football team took on No. 2 Clemson in a College Football Playoff semifinal.In the end, 2016 delivered one more punch to the gut of Buckeye Nation before the clock struck midnight as the Buckeyes were embarrassed 31-0. Thus, prompting a change in direction on offense with the hiring of a quarterbacks coach and the expected hiring of former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson for OSU’s offensive coordinator in 2017, first reported by Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.Spring Semester has begun, so here’s a recap of news across OSU athletics.Tanner Laczynski wins goldBefore break, OSU men’s hockey freshman forward Tanner Laczynski was invited to tryout for the United States hockey junior team ahead of the World Junior Championships in Canada. Laczynski made the team and contributed to a 7-0 record and a gold medal in the games.Team USA beat Team Canada 5-4 in a shootout in the gold medal match after falling behind twice by two goals at 2-0 and 4-2. Laczynski played in all seven games and scored a goal against Slovakia in the preliminary round.While Laczynski was away from the team, No. 11 OSU lost to Miami (Ohio) at home, then split a series with No. 2 Penn State, winning the first, 3-0, and losing the second, 4-2. The Buckeyes are now ranked No. 10 in the country.OSU hosts Arizona State for two games this weekend.Five Buckeyes declare for NFL draftJunior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley, redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown and junior H-back Curtis Samuel all announced their intentions to forgo their remaining eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.OSU starting quarterback redshirt junior J.T. Barrett is returning to the Buckeyes, along with defensive ends Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore has yet to announce his intentions to return to or depart from the program.Men’s volleyball begins title defenseThe top-ranked OSU men’s volleyball team began its season this past weekend, raising the 2016 national championship banner at St. John Arena. OSU faced off against the University of Southern California Trojans and the UCLA Bruins.In the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, OSU beat USC and No. 2 UCLA 3-1. Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen led the Buckeyes with 28 kills, hitting .340. The reigning National Player of the Year also had 11 digs and three blocks. Senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson had 27 kills in two games.OSU hosts George Mason on Tuesday.Men’s basketball sliding fastFollowing a 13-point loss to then-No. 2 UCLA, the OSU men’s basketball team won two nonconference games against Youngstown State and UNC Asheville. On New Year’s Day the OSU men’s basketball team started Big Ten play at Illinois, needing victories to put itself in the NCAA tournament picture. Coach Thad Matta’s team lost in Champaign, Illinois, then dropped a close game to then-No. 20 Purdue, 76-75 at home. On Sunday night, the Buckeyes lost by 10 at Minnesota, beginning 0-3 in Big Ten play.OSU is now 10-6 with no signature wins and will be going forward without junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who is one of the most versatile players on the team. Bates-Diop averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in over 23 minutes this season. He is undergoing a season-ending surgery this week on a stress fracture to his shin.Next up for OSU is a showdown in Madison, Wisconsin at the 18th-ranked Badgers. The Buckeyes then return home for a Sunday game against Michigan State.WrestlingThe No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team improved to 6-0 and 2-0 in conference with a win against No. 17 Wisconsin on Jan. 6. Bo Jordan, Myles Martin, Nathan Tomasello, Kollin Moore, Micah Jordan and Luke Pletcher all won their matches in a 23-15 team victory.OSU hits the mat next on Sunday at Illinois.Women’s basketballThe No. 11 OSU women’s basketball team slugged through a tough nonconference schedule, which featured games at No. 1 Connecticut, a neutral-site game against No. 2 Baylor and home games against No. 14 Miami (FL) and No. 5 South Carolina. Since classes broke, OSU has earned a 4-0 Big Ten record and sits alone in first place.Last time out, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 26 points in a 96-87 win over Michigan. The National Player of the Year candidate ranks sixth in the NCAA averaging 23 points per game. Mitchell currently ranks fourth all-time in career scoring at OSU with 2,110 points. Jantel Lavender is the all-time leader with 2,818 points.OSU plays at Michigan State on Tuesday.Women’s hockeyAfter ending the first half of the season with two consecutive blowout losses to No. 1 Wisconsin, the Buckeyes regrouped for two wins against Penn State on Jan. 6 and 7. OSU outscored the Nittany Lions 11-0 over the two games.Six different players scored for OSU in its 6-0 victory on Saturday to improve the Scarlet and Gray to 10-10-2 in 2016-17. Under the direction of first-year coach Nadine Muzerall, the OSU defense has improved to No. 4 in penalty kill and No. 13 overall.OSU next plays Bemidji State on Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. read more

60yrold arrested following discovery of compressed marijuana at his home

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKwakwani businessman nabbed with ganjaNovember 23, 2018In “Court”52 pounds compressed marijuana found in Prashad Nagar houseOctober 23, 2016In “Crime”Canje man arrested at Weldaad with 13, 800 grams of cannabisJanuary 7, 2018In “Crime” A 60-year-old man is now in police custody assisting with investigations after he was found with a quantity of cannabis in his possession on Monday morning.According to information received, an intelligence led operation by ranks attached to the Guyana Police Force’s Narcotics Branch resulted in the discovery of five taped parcels of compressed cannabis in the suspect’s home.The illegal substance which weighed in excess of twenty-seven (27) kilograms, was reportedly hidden in a freezer of the sexagenarian’s Haslington, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home.The suspect is being processed for Court tomorrow. read more

Early detection saves lives Hundreds walk to raise awareness about Breast

“Early detection saves lives” was the chant as hundreds took to the streets of Georgetown to raise awareness on Breast Cancer as part of the activities to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The march, which was organised by the Ministry of Public Health commenced and culminated at Parade Ground on Middle Street.Leading the march was Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, his wife Sita Nagamootoo, First Lady Sandra Granger, Public Health Ministers Volda Lawrence and Dr Karen Cummings along with several cancer survivors.Cancer survivor Desiree Edghill said that the walk differed from the others in that it allowed cancer survivors to feel embraced. “When people see survivors walking I think that gives them some hope that I can fight this and I think what was good about this walk also is that there was a lot of education happening on the way… so I think it is important that we continue to walk and continue to let people know that early detection saves lives” Edghill underscored.Also, a survivor, Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence who describes herself as a ‘cancer warrior’ said raising awareness is important since many women experience the symptoms but are afraid to let people know or face the issue head-on.“When we come out in the public and we show them that even a minister or anyone, it does not matter who you are but you can have cancer and you can be a survivor, you can war against cancer. So, this is to encourage to come out and do their breast checks” Minister Lawrence stated.Minister Karen Cummings noted that the huge turnout demonstrates that more people are aware of the issue. The Minister said that, “we certainly want to reduce the morbidity and mortality of cancers in general and more importantly breast cancer which is very common among women. So, I know that persons will learn to examine themselves every month so they can save their lives.”One of the participants, Proverbs Jones came out to lend her support to those battling with cancer. “It is important to show respect to persons battling with breast cancer. I know it is not easy so they need motivation” Jones stated.October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Governments and civil society groups and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) use this annual observation to raise awareness about the disease and garner funds that will go towards research for treatment and a cure. (DPI) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFirst Lady calls for early screening in fight against breast cancerNovember 1, 2015In “Business”Breast cancer survivors urging women to take early action against diseaseOctober 22, 2018In “Health”Cancer Warrior, Volda Ann Lawrence tells her storyOctober 24, 2018In “Health” read more

Attempt to lure police with suspicious object report in Armagh

first_imgPOLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland  are investigating the possibility that a report about a suspicious object may have been an attempt to attract police to the area to be attacked.Earlier this evening the PSNI said it was investigating reports that a suspicious object had been left in the Tullygally area of Craigavon.Police later confirmed that no suspicious object was found and the area was cleared. However one police vehicle had a window smashed when responding to the incident and the PSNI said reports may have been “an attempt to lure” police into the area.last_img read more

Parents told to ensure no overnight Scouting Ireland trips go ahead without

first_img Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 7:06 PM Image: Leah Farrell 63 Comments 33,036 Views Short URL Parents told to ensure no overnight Scouting Ireland trips go ahead without safe number of supervisors Tusla says an ‘immediate review’ of the current standards around the supervision of children should be undertaken. Feb 27th 2019, 1:41 PM By Christina Finn Image: Leah Farrell Share23 Tweet Email3 Updated Feb 27th 2019, 7:06 PM MINISTER FOR CHILDREN Katherine Zappone has said this evening that parents should seek assurances that no overnight scouting trips take place without adequate numbers of trained supervisors.Earlier today, the minister told the Dáil that Tusla has written to Scouting Ireland, calling for an “urgent review” into the manner in which the organisation manages child protection concerns and disclosures.The letter also called for Scouting Ireland to “consider the viability” of continuing with overnight trips. In total, Tusla issued eight recommendations, including calling for an urgent board of management “without delay”. Since this afternoon, the minster has met with the Chief Social Worker within her department and other senior officials. Zappone said Scouting Ireland’s future is dependent on the organisation acting on each of eight recommendations made by Tusla in its correspondence. Scouting Ireland has been instructed to co-operate with a Tusla review of child protection concerns as well as the handling of disclosures from children. Training It has also been outlined that Scouting Ireland will be directed to work with Tusla to define a robust framework for the supervision of children – while all volunteers must be trained on child safeguarding. Scouting Ireland must meet the Children First experts in Tusla within the next week, and the organisation must look at all key personnel responsible for safeguarding within the organisations and make sure they fulfil all the required criteria. The minister said the CEO of Scouting Ireland will be the main point of contact for Tusla regarding Children First policy, adding that the issue of the safeguarding and protection of children must be elevated to board level within Scouting Ireland. In relation to the overnight trips, Zappone said parents must seek assurances that there are adequate numbers of trained supervisors on the trip, adding that Scouting Ireland must ensure that each of these supervisors knows the exact steps to take if a child comes to them with a concern or if something happens.“Parents who seek these assurances and ask sensible questions are behaving reasonably and responsibly,” he said. Helpline In terms of the final recommendation, the minister has asked Tusla to open a helpline tomorrow – independent of Scouting Ireland.The helpline 086 6040337  opens from 10am to 4pm. “I wish to commend the child safety and protection officials in Tusla who engage everyday with organisations, groups and companies working with children to ensure robust safeguarding procedures are in place. They remain committed to working with Scouting Ireland,” concluded the minister. Since last year, Scouting Ireland has been conducting an internal probe into claims of historic abuse, and most of the cases identified dated between the 1960s and 1980s. Zappone said in November that her understanding was that those alleged abusers were no longer working at the organisation, and that the CEO of Scouting Ireland confirmed to her that reports have been made to An Garda Síochána and Tusla.Those who have already come forward must be properly supported and counselled, Zappone said, adding that the same level of support must be offered to any further victims who come forward. The chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Children, Fine Gael’s Alan Farrell said today’s news is a very worrying turn of events. Farrell said he will be writing to Scouting Ireland to request that the organisation appears before the committee as soon as possible. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Quiet zones advance in Vancouver

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council on Monday approved a resolution of intent to form a local improvement district so 467 homeowners near the Columbia River can pay for the railroad crossing safety upgrades necessary for establishing quiet zones at Southeast 139th, 144th, 147th and 164th avenues.The city started working on quiet zone proposals soon after the Federal Railway Administration issued guidelines for the zones in 2004.Several residents testified Monday in favor of the proposal. Nobody objected to the proposal, which will be finalized later this spring.If the project stays on track, construction will start this summer and train horns could be silenced — except in the event of an emergency, such as someone on the tracks — by fall.The idea of an LID has been around since 2005, when the Federal Railroad Administration approved the concept of quiet zones, said Matt Ransom, the city’s project development and policy manager.Details emerged earlier this year on a three-tiered system in which people who live closer to the tracks would pay the most money.The current estimate of the project, including design work, is $818,000. The city could issue 20-year bonds, and homeowners could make annual payments with their property taxes or make one discounted, early lump sum payment.The owners of 218 lots labeled “Tier 1” could pay $177 a year or an early payment of $2,475. Owners of 95 “Tier 2” lots could pay $124 a year or an early payment of $1,733. Owners of 154 “Tier 3” lots could pay $53 a year or an early payment of $743.last_img read more

Keb Mo Taj Mahal Samantha Fish Mavis Staples 2018 Blues Music Awards

first_imgAnnual celebration in Memphis, Tenn., brings together blues performers, industry representatives and fans to celebrate the best in blues recordings and performances GRAMMYs Jun 15, 2018 – 1:17 pm Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ are riding a steady wave of blues momentum. The dynamic duo emerged as the big winners at the 2018 Blues Music Awards on May 10, taking home Album of the Year honors for their acclaimed TajMo project. This recognition follows their shared GRAMMY win for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. News Facebook Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 15, 2018 – 1:17 pm Meet The 2018 Blues Hall Of Fame Inductees Keb’ Mo’, Taj Mahal, Samantha Fish, Mavis Staples: 2018 Blues Music Awards NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 15, 2018 – 1:17 pm Inside The 2018 Blues Awards In Memphis At the Blues Awards, TajMo also captured Contemporary Blues Album honors. In addition to their joint wins, Mahal won Acoustic Artist and B.B. Entertainer of the Year while Keb’ Mo’ took Contemporary Blues Male Artist.”It’s a great honor,” says Mo’. “I don’t know what to say. I’m just really surprised.”Designed as a showcase of the year’s best in blues recordings and performances, the annual Memphis, Tenn.-based celebration doled out 26 awards. Like the GRAMMY Awards’ American Roots Field, which includes awards for contemporary and traditional blues, the Blues Music Awards recognize the artists who have helped bridge blues’ storied lineage and those who are pushing the genre into an exciting future.Surely an apt title for the awards, “The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere” by Rick Estrin & The Nightcats picked up Song of the Year honors. The band also earned Band of the Year and Estrin, a master harmonica player, took home Traditional Blues Male Artist.Blues/soul band Southern Avenue — comprising five young musicians, fronted by Tierinii Jackson — picked up Best Emerging Artist Album for their eponymous 2017 debut album. Released on the legendary Stax label, the LP has been likened to a breath of fresh air for the genre with its own unique blend of gospel-tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting.A star surely on the rise, Samantha Fish earned Contemporary Blues Female Artist honors. In 2017 the Kansas City, Mo., native released Belle Of The West, an LP produced by Luther Dickinson that authentically incorporates blues, Americana and country elements.A trio of formidable blues women were also recognized. GRAMMY nominee Beth Hart, who can wail and sing as quiet as a feather, was honored with Instrumentalist — Vocals. The legendary Mavis Staples took home Soul Blues Female Artist and Ruthie Foster won the Koko Taylor (Traditional Blues Female Artist) award.Host Steven Van Zandt lent an enthusiastic voice to the event, showing his respect and support for the genre that started it all.”Whether it’s soul music or rock music, it’s all kind of based in the blues,” said Van Zandt. He went on to talk about how the music serves to get more young people involved. “It’s putting a lot of instruments in kids hands, and the more of that we can do the better.” Who Won Big At The 2018 Blues Music Awards? keb-mo-taj-mahal-samantha-fish-mavis-staples-2018-blues-music-awards Twitter On the day prior to the awards, the Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place, honoring performers, music industry professionals and recordings of stature.”The Blues Hall of Fame is the pinnacle honor for anyone who’s worked in or performed in the blues industry,” says Barbara Newman, president and CEO of The Blues Foundation. “It is an honor of a lifetime of achievement in blues.”Performers inducted into the blues hall this year included the Aces, Georgia Tom Dorsey, Sam Lay, Mamie Smith, and Roebuck “Pops” Staples. Among the recordings recognized were B.B. King’s 1967 album, Blues Is King, Bo Diddley’s “I’m A Man,” Joe Turner’s “Roll ‘Em Pete,” and the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame-inducted “Green Onions” by Booker T. & The MG’s.In all, the action in Memphis proved the blues are more than just the foundation of the music we love — they are alive and kickin’!Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYsRead morelast_img read more

Peaceful sitin programmes after Eid Khaleda

first_imgBNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia speaks at an iftar programme at Emmanuel`s Convention Centre in Gulshan of the capital on Sunday. Photo: BNPBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday urged people to get ready to take to the streets with ‘peaceful sit-in programmes’ after Eid-ul-Fitr to save the country from Awami League’s grasp, reports UNB.”We call upon people to be aware of Awami League. We all must get united to free the country from their [AL’s] clutches,” she said.Speaking at an iftar programme, Khaleda, also former prime minister, further said, “We’ll have to take to the streets, if necessary, with peaceful programmes after the eid.”Jatiya Party (Zafar), one of the partners of the BNP-led 20-party opposition alliance, arranged the programme at Emmanuel’s Convention Centre in Gulshan of the capital.Khaleda voiced anger over the attack on BNP leaders’ motorcade Rangunia upazila in Chittagong and demanded stern action against the perpetrators.”I want to know how many people have been arrested over the attack on our secretary general. The attackers must be arrested and punished immediately. I want proper trial of the incident,” she said.In a message in her twitter account, the former prime minister also said, “I don’t have words forceful enough to denounce the heinous, cowardly & shocking attack on BNP secretary general & other leaders. This is an attack on democracy, politics, human rights & indispensable tolerance. The consequences of this can’t be good at all.”Earlier in the day, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and some other party senior leaders were injured as local Awami League supporters allegedly attacked their motorcade at Isakhali in Rangunia upazila of Chittagong on their way to landslides-hit Rangamati.Protesting at the attack, Khaleda said the incident has proved that the ruling party men are behind all the incidents of terrorism and anarchism in the country.She alleged that people have got fed-up with the soaring prices of essentials, hike of gas and power tariffs and the government’s repressive acts. “I would like to urge people to come forward to save yourselves, your family members and relatives from repression and suppression. Let’s force the government to hold the next election under a neutral government with our united efforts.”The BNP chief said the 11th parliamentary election will surely be held under a non-party neutral government, and Awami League will have to take part in it quitting power.She warned that no party will join the election if it is held under Awami League government. “The country’s people won’t allow anyone to hold such polls.”last_img

2 Sirajganj minor boys drown

first_imgTwo minor boys drowned in the Korotoa river at Ghatina bridge area in Ullahpara upazila in Sirajganj on Friday night, reports UNB.The deceased are Ahad, 3, son of Helal Uddin and Rashidul, 3, son of Hafizul, both residents of Shahjahanpur village of the upazila.Family members said Ahad and Hafizul slipped into the river from Ghatina bridge while playing and drowned.A fisherman found the floating bodies in an area adjacent to the bridge and recovered those around 11:00pm.last_img

Migrants Apprehended At Southern Border Top 100000 For Second Consecutive Month

first_img Share Jacquelyn Martin/APU.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost testifies by a photo of agents with children during a Senate Judiciary Border Security and Immigration Subcommittee hearing.The number of migrants apprehended at the Southern border surpassed 100,000 for the second consecutive month, according to new figures released by the Trump administration.U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended 109,144 migrants in April. That is more than 5,400 over the total in the month of March, and it is the highest monthly total since 2007.The chief of the Border Patrol, Carla Provost, told a Senate Judiciary panel that “our apprehension numbers are off the charts.”“We cannot address this crisis by shifting more resources. It’s like holding a bucket under a faucet. It doesn’t matter how many buckets you give me if we can’t turn off the flow,” she said.As unauthorized border crossings have increased, the Trump administration has required some asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico as they await their court hearings in the U.S.Immigrant advocates had challenged that policy, and a federal judge in San Francisco had issued an injunction. But a federal appellate court ruled Tuesday that the program can continue as the issue moves through the courts.Officials say many of the migrants attempt to cross as families, traveling in large units, from Central America.“Guatemala and Honduras have seen over 1% of their total population migrate to the U.S. in the first seven months of this fiscal year,” acting homeland security secretary Kevin McAleenan said in a speech Tuesday as quoted by the Washington Post. “One department of Guatemala, Huehuetenango, has seen almost 35,000 of its residents — close to 3% of the population — migrate to the U.S. in that time frame.”Provost said some of her agents are spending as much as 40% of their time tending to families with children, serving as “child care professionals, medical care givers, bus drivers and food service workers.”The administration has asked Congress for $4.5 billion in supplemental funding to deal with the border crisis.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Mario Kart 7 exploit discovered Nintendo refuses a fix

first_imgNintendo has acknowledged, but refused to fix, a glitch in 3DS racer Mario Kart 7 that allows players to bypass a significant portion of a track.Players can intentionally run off the track on the Maka Wuhu track and be placed back on the track at a point that lets them skip the middle third of the course. The YouTube video above demonstrates how to do it, and since players will be doing it online, you may as well learn how as well.A Nintendo rep coincidentally named Buddy Roemer wrote back to a fan with the Big N’s bad news – the bug won’t be patched – and a truly unique reason for the non-response to the issue. “We are aware that it is possible,” wrote Roemer in a message published by StickTwiddlers. However, there are no plans to update the game since removing the bug would “create an unfair advantage” for those owning the original, unpatched cartridge. Unlike home console platforms such as the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, the 3DS doesn’t have enough internal storage to store patched game files, so cartridge releases are final and can’t be patched. In typical Nintendo style, the company takes a staunchly old-school stance in its hardware development sometimes. So, ironically, the company is refusing to patch the glitch in order to maintain fair play.via StickTwiddlers.last_img read more

Final Fantasy VII is way more expensive on iOS than on consoles

first_imgEveryone’s excited about the Final Fantasy VII remake eventually coming before the robot uprising (but not before the director discovered he was directing). Some people are excited about the PC port of FFVII coming to the PS4 so we can enjoy some upscaled materia grinding in the years before that. Now, there’s a new reason to be excited: Final Fantasy VII is on iOS.That’s great, now we can play FFVII in the bathroom, that should be fun. There’s a really stupid problem with the mobile port, though, and it’s one Square Enix has had with iOS and Android for years. FFVII  is $16 on iOS. It’s $10 on PSN. The PSOne Classic version of Final Fantasy VII is just $9.99, and it works with the PS3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation TV. The iOS version has a 60% markup. Final Fantasy III, IV, (and After Years), V, VI, and Tactics are all available on iOS as well, for $16 (except for FFIII, which is $17). They’re all on PSN for $10.The FFVII markup is simultaneously more and less gross than the other FF games on iOS. On one hand, it’s a much larger and more complex game to port than the earlier Final Fantasy games. On the other hand, it doesn’t do any of the menu tweaks to make the game touchscreen friendly; you have to use an on-screen gamepad overlay to navigate menus and do anything. They managed to put in both more and less effort than they did on the other Final Fantasy games.If you don’t have a Vita (and statistically, you don’t), $16 isn’t an awful price for a game like Final Fantasy VII. But considering it’s been $10 to $12 on PSN and Steam for years, this pricing is just gross. Square Enix has this awful habit of overcharging for game ports. Here are some games that are less expensive than any main series Final Fantasy game on iOS:FTL ($10)XCOM: Enemy Within ($10)Banner Saga ($10)Transistor ($10)Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic ($10)Monster Hunter Freedom Unite ($15)Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ($7)Bastion ($5)Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath ($3)Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition ($10)Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition ($10)Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition ($10)Legend of Grimrock ($5)Shadowrun: Dragonfall: Director’s Cut ($3)Those are all games ported to iOS that were made years after FFVII. I’m just saying. You can pick up the overly expensive iOS version of FFVII here.last_img read more

Satellite proposed to send solar power to Earth

first_img © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: … nkins_sps_alpha.html Image credit: John Mankins IAA says ‘Yes We Can’ to power plants in orbit Citation: Satellite proposed to send solar power to Earth (2012, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Mankins idea is a bio-mimetic approach, meaning it’s based on the way something in nature goes about handling a similar situation. In this case, it appears that something is the common flower, which uses its petals to collect solar energy. Mankins idea is to build petals out of an array of many small mirrors that would direct sunlight to solar cells. The energy created by the solar cells would then be converted to microwaves which would be broadcast or beamed back to a receiving station on Earth, where electricity (perhaps as much as tens of thousands of megawatts) would be generated from the energy in the microwaves. To make the project feasible, the mirrors and solar cells would be small and lightweight so that they could be easily transported into space using conventional transport vehicles. And because it would be component based, construction costs would be much lower than other proposed ideas. ( — Artemis Innovation Management Solutions has been given some seed money by NASA to look deeper into a project the company first proposed last summer; namely, building a satellite that could collect energy from the sun and beam it back down to Earth to add to the electrical grid. Building such a satellite has been bantered about for several decades by various groups and scientists, but until now, no one had come up with a design that would work given all the constraints of the time. But now, an idea proposed by longtime NASA engineer John Mankins, now with Artemis, has clearly created enough interest within NASA that some money to investigate the idea is being offered. The project called Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large PHased Array (SPS-ALPHA) would make use of thin filmed mirrors to reduce weight which would be curved to take maximum advantage of the sunlight it receives. Also, the satellite would sit far enough away from planet Earth so that it would never be in the dark, allowing for a constant stream of microwaves.The initial seed money is to carry out a feasibility and proof of concept study. If NASA likes what it sees, the next step would likely be the construction of a pared down, cheaper version of the project working from a near Earth orbit. If that works out as planned, than the full scale satellite would be built and sent up, perhaps becoming the game changing solution to energy production that so many researchers the world over have been looking for. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Google Glass Specs on specs API docs mark busy week

first_img © 2013 Google Mirror API: Menu Items How It Feels [through Glass] In related news, Google is showing MyGlass, which allows the user to configure and manage the Glass device. “If you don’t have Glass, then downloading this will be a waste of time,” said the note. Google this week also published documentation for the Mirror API. This is the programming interface for developers, to create related Google Glass services. “Today we’re releasing the API documentation and a bunch of example code, so even though the API is in a limited developer preview, you can start dreaming with us,” Google developer programs engineer Jenny Murphy said, in a post this week. Citation: Google Glass: Specs on specs, API docs mark busy week (2013, April 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Google Mirror API: Timeline Cards Officially announced for Glass Explorer edition, the spec details presented this week carry the official word about display, camera, storage and battery life. The display is described as a high-resolution display being the equivalent of a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away. Google Glass will have a camera that is capable of capturing 5-megapixel images and video at a resolution of 720p. Google Glass owners can expect 12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. As for battery use, typical use will translate into one full day; Google said, however, that features such as Hangouts and video recording will be more battery-intensive. Concerns about wearable comfort are addressed: The device will come with adjustable nosepads, with extra nosepads in two sizes. The Audio is described as Bone Conduction Transducer. Connectivity is Wifi-802.11b/g and Bluetooth. A micro USB cable and charger will be included. Compatibility? Any Bluetooth-capable phone. ( —For those who are just plain curious if not serious about owning Google Glass, the specs are here on Google Glass. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: … … en& … rs/posts/ … en& Google Mirror API: Contacts The documentation focuses on “Glassware,” including guides for Java and Python. The documentation goes into ample depth for writing “Glassware.” According to the Google developers site, “The Google Mirror API allows you to build web-based services, called Glassware, that interact with Google Glass. It provides this functionality over a cloud-based API and does not require running code on Glass.” The major features are described. Google Glass advocate to developers: Seize the moment (w/ video) Explore further Perhaps the best attention getter in Google’s packet of news announcements rests with the FAQ page. It reveals that Google is seeking to avert complaints and mishaps both. “As you probably know, most states have passed laws limiting the use of mobile devices while driving any motor vehicle, and most states post those rules on their department of motor vehicles websites. Read up and follow the law! Above all, even when you’re following the law, don’t hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road. The same goes for bicycling: whether or not any laws limit your use of Glass, always be careful.”Google’s advice also extends to those who might think about wearing Google Glass while doing things that are dangerous for their eyes: “Glass can’t protect your eyes from flying debris, balls, sharp objects, or chemical explosions. Using Glass while operating heavy or inherently dangerous equipment, or engaging in physical sports, could distract you, cause Glass to impact your eye, and lead you to harm yourself or others.”In answer to the question, “Is glass useful everywhere,” Google cautions that noisy areas will affect being able to hear Glass and using voice input commands. Bright sunlight will also affect the user’s ability to see the Glass screen. As for privacy concerns, Google said, “Also, you may be in certain places like a doctor’s office where those around you don’t feel comfortable being photographed or captured on video…Above all, be considerate.”last_img read more

Submit report in a week on pending cases over clearance of postretirement

first_imgKolkata: Expressing his displeasure over a number of pending cases in legal forums particularly related to clearing of dues of teaching and non-teaching staff post-retirement, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday sought report within seven days from the district inspectors of schools.The minister chaired a review meeting with officials related to school education across the state and gave instructions that immediate steps should be taken to clear pending dues of retired teachers and non-teaching staff thereby, putting an end to litigations. It may be mentioned that most of the cases pending in legal forums are related to delay in payment of pension and gratuity of teachers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior official of the school education department who was present in the meeting said the minister was also critical about the lack of vigil on the part of school inspectors in a number of districts in the state. He also pulled up some of the officials concerned for their negligence in keeping a track of the activities in schools. “Some of the District Inspectors claimed that they had visited 70 to 80 percent of schools in their respective districts but the minister furnished documents of the school education department that revealed that they had not covered more than 50 percent of them,” an official said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”We want to have a clear idea of the student-teacher ratio and other infrastructural facilities of various schools in the state and for this, field visit is necessary. You cannot prepare a report sitting in your own office. I have made it clear that strong action will be taken against negligence in such work,” Chatterjee said. It may be mentioned that the department for the last few months has been pressing for rationalising the student-teacher ratio in the schools across the state. “There are more teachers in schools where there are less students and vice versa. This cannot go on,” an official pointed out. He also made it clear that no English medium schools can be opened without the nod of the Education department. It may be mentioned that a handful of schools in Alipurduar had started English medium without having the minimum of infrastructure which attracted the ire of the minister.last_img read more