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Nigel Barkers Taylor Swift Photo Book To Be Auctioned For Charity

first_imgBoys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Sony Electronics have announced the beginning of a limited edition auction of Eight Hours/Taylor Swift, a 34 page, oversized photo book featuring the 6-time Grammy award winning artist, Taylor Swift, photographed by renowned fashion photographer Nigel Barker.Ten copies of the limited edition books, donated by Sony, signed by both Barker and Swift, will be auctioned off on eBay, with all proceeds benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of America.The book is a collection of Barker’s photos taken on Sony cameras during “one 8-hour day” with Taylor on location in Southern California. It is one of the most extensive photo collections of Swift published to date. The creative vision for the book was conceived by Swift and Barker and is a fusion of three themes that represent the different sides of Taylor: every day casual, Hollywood glamour and performer chic.The auction runs through December 17 and can be found at eBay here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

DRAKE HYPES RAPTORS WIN IN MONEY IN THE GRAVE VIDEO

first_img Login/Register With: DRAKE HYPES RAPTORS WIN IN ‘MONEY IN THE GRAVE’ VIDEORapper hoists Toronto’s NBA trophy at OVO Fest, lounges with Rick Ross in new black-and-white clipDrake chills with Rick Ross and celebrates the Toronto Raptors’ NBA championship onstage in his new “Money in the Grave” video. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Advertisement The clip opens with Drake exiting a vehicle as an excavator digs out a grave nearby. From there, the rapper hangs out on a basketball court, sips wine with a cigar-smoking Ross and performs live at Toronto’s OVO Fest after the Raptors’ victory (while decked out in the jersey of Percy “Master P” Miller, who played for the team in the 1999 pre-season) READ MORE DRAKE DROPS NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘MONEY IN THE GRAVE’ FEATURING RICK ROSSDrake has unveiled his moody new black and white music video for “Money in the Grave”, featuring Rick Ross.The Canadian rapper can be seen boarding private jets and sipping fancy wine in the clip, also filming some scenes from a construction site. READ MOREDRAKE AND RICK ROSS SHARE VIDEO FOR “MONEY IN THE GRAVEHaving teamed up on a pair of new tracks this year, Drake and Rick Ross have now shared a video for “Money in the Grave.”Directed by Theo Skudra, the black and white clip opens with Drake at an oil well in the dead of night, backfilling an open hole in the earth as his entourage looks on. READ MORE Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Commentary Cleveland Browns should think about playing Colt McCoy

With week one of the NFL season officially in the books, let the quarterback controversy in Cleveland begin. I realize that you cannot fully judge a team, or a player, based on their performance in one game, but it’s hard not to when the statistics are so shockingly terrible. Cleveland’s starting rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, who was 12-35 for 118 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday, threw four interceptions (tied for most in the NFL), averaged 3.4 yards per attempt (worst in the NFL), accounted for zero touchdowns, and had a completion percentage of 34.1 (worst in the NFL). Weeden also boasted a quarterback rating of 5.1. Let me say that again, 5.1. The next worst passer rating in week one belonged to fellow rookie Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins. His rating was 39.0, or almost eight times higher than Weeden’s. Tannehill had one more attempted pass than Weeden but accounted for 101 more yards, one less interception, and eight more completions. Weeden’s numbers aren’t just bad, they’re leaps and bounds ahead of- or rather behind- his competition. Backup Browns quarterback Colt McCoy must be licking his chops. In his first start in 2010, McCoy attempted two fewer passed than Weeden, but threw for 163 more yards and actually managed to complete a touchdown pass. Including the preseason, Weeden has started four games this year but has yet to find the end zone once. I’m starting to wonder if he remembers where it is. In McCoy’s rookie season, he threw nine interceptions in eight games. Weeden has almost half that total in one game. Granted, Weeden’s first game came against last season’s top rated defense, but McCoy’s first game was against the Pittsburgh Steelers who went to the Super Bowl that year. Looking at the Browns’ quarterback situation in the long term, McCoy has two more years of NFL experience and is two years younger. While McCoy hasn’t blown anyone away with his numbers in the last two seasons, he hasn’t exactly been blessed with a plethora of offensive weapons around him. In his rookie season the team’s two leading receivers were a tight end and a running back. In half a season in 2010, McCoy had more yards on fewer attempts than the other two previous Browns quarterbacks combined. In 2011, McCoy had more passing yards than Cleveland’s 2009 team and the 2008 team which included Pro Bowl receiver Braylon Edwards and Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow. McCoy’s leading receiver last year was rookie Greg Little. Ask anyone outside of Cleveland who Greg Little is, and you’re likely to get nothing but blank stares. McCoy may not have the greatest record or statistics, but he did pretty well considering he had zero offensive weapons around him. Weeden had better show progress, quickly, or he may find himself on the bench where he belongs. read more

Ohio State wrestling not overlooking Michigan as No 1 Penn State looms

Walking into the first practice of the week at the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility, it seems clear the Ohio State wrestling team does not lack confidence. With upcoming matches against rival Michigan and No. 1 Penn State, the Buckeyes are treating this week like any other. “We’re trying to keep everything the same,” said redshirt sophomore Drew Stone. “We did good against Illinois, so we’ll have to replicate everything like that.” Coming off a 25-9 win against the Fighting Illini Friday, the No. 6 Buckeyes (10-2, 4-2 Big Ten) will take on Michigan (8-5, 2-4 Big Ten) and the 2012 national champions, Penn State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten), over the weekend. In their most recent matches, the Wolverines lost a close match to Purdue, 19-18, while the Nittany Lions crushed Illinois, 37-0. Although Michigan might not pose as big of a threat as Penn State does, OSU redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber said the team is not taking the Wolverines lightly. “We have to be ready for both teams and not be too up or down for the matches,” the defending 133-pound NCAA Champion said. “Penn State is No. 1 so that’s a big matchup, but Michigan is very good too, so we have to make sure we don’t look past them.” OSU coach Tom Ryan could not agree more, saying that the team needs to treat each opponent equally. “We have to prepare for everybody,” Ryan said. “We need to make sure we know what their strengths and weaknesses are and work hard.” Michigan has four wrestlers ranked in the top 20 in their respective weight classes. The Nittany Lions have eight, six of which are in the top five. “Right now they (Penn State) have a couple of individuals that are really good,” Ryan said. “I mean real good. They have a great coach. They’re committed to their program. They’re in a wrestling state. They have a lot of good things going on there but so do we. We look forward to wrestling them.” The Nittany Lions are not the only team with an impressive lineup, as the Buckeyes feature nine wrestlers ranked in the top 20, including two in the top five. Ryan said the Buckeyes will have to take advantage in the 133- and 141-pound weight classes, as those are the only two classes where Penn State does not have a top 20-ranked wrestler. “The lighter weights really have to step up,” Ryan said. “We have to pick up bonus points at 133 and 141.” Those weight classes at OSU are manned by the team’s highest-ranked wrestlers, Stieber, No. 1 at 133-poundsand his brother Hunter Stieber, No. 2 at 141-pounds. However, the Buckeyes will need to hold their ground against Penn State’s upper weight classes of 184- and 197-pounds. OSU redshirt freshman and 16th-ranked Kenny Courts will face off against junior and No. 1-ranked Ed Ruth in the 184-pound weight class. The 197-pound weight class features OSU sophomore and 13th-ranked Andrew Campolattano against No. 3-ranked Quentin Wright, a senior. Overall, Ryan said he wants his team to hold nothing back, as he expects the match to be a close one. “It could come down to a point here, a point there,” Ryan said. “We’re going to need a total team effort to beat these guys.” OSU is scheduled to travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan at 6 p.m. Friday and then heads home to battle Penn State at St. John Arena at 4 p.m. Sunday. read more

Columbus Blue Jackets lose fifth in a row fall to New York

Michael Chaput (39) of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Mats Zuccarello (36) of the New York Rangers battle for a puck during a game at Nationwide Arena Nov. 7. The Rangers won, 4-2. Credit: Courtesy of MCTGiven the directions the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers have been sliding lately, it hardly comes as a surprise that the decisive goal Thursday came off a Columbus stick and into their own net.Mark Letestu failed to control the puck to the right of Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, watching in horror as it slid into past the posts. The goal, credited to Carl Hagelin – his second of the night – turned out to be the difference in a 4-2 decision, as the Rangers won their fifth game of their last six contests to improve to 8-8-0.“That was embarrassing hockey tonight, and to me that’s losing hockey, the way we played. We got exactly what we deserved,” Jackets coach Todd Richards said after the loss.The loss was the Jackets’ fifth in a row, dropping them to 5-10-0 overall in front of a modest but lively crowd of just under 12,000 at Nationwide Arena.“We shouldn’t have to talk about [the effort], but unfortunately right now we’re talking about it…we should hold each other to a high standard and be able to know that the guy sitting next to us in the dressing room is going to go out and perform and do his job and do everything he can to help the team win,” Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky said.There was no shortage of familiar faces on either bench, as the two teams met for the first time since a pair of blockbuster trades between them during last season. Former Jackets Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, and John Moore – each acquired in the trade deadline deal for Marion Gaborik – made their return to Nationwide Arena, while Gaborik, along with Rick Nash trade acquisitions Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov faced their former teammates for the first time.Nash, the Blue Jackets franchise leader in nearly every offensive category, was unable to make his return to the ice in Columbus as he continues to deal with concussion-related issues. Nash has only been able to play in three games this season.Hagelin got the scoring started early in the first, when he deflected a shot past Bobrovsky and into the net. The Jackets answered back late in the period, with defenseman Fedor Tyutin sneaking one past Rangers backup goalie Cam Talbot. Talbot started in place of star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who did not play after the Rangers’ victory Wednesday against the Penguins.In the second period, it was again a deflected shot early in the period that put the Rangers back in front, when captain Ryan Callahan registered his second goal in as many nights. After Letestu’s own goal put the Rangers up 3-1, Jackets rookie defenseman Ryan Murray answered back with a goal off an assist from James Wisniewski – the 200th point of Wisniewski’s career.However, the Jackets were unable to break through and tie the game in the third period, eventually surrendering a goal on an empty net by Ryan McDonagh that put the game away.“We had the same start last year.  I know it’s not ideal, but we’ve got to take a step back tomorrow and regroup, and figure out how we can win here Saturday…times like this test the character of the individual, but you can’t let yourself get down,” Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson said.Richards did not agree with Johnson’s assessment of using last season’s turnaround as motivation, however.“It’s a different year. It’s different. We’ve got different players. An 82 game schedule. It’s different,” Richards said.The Jackets will attempt to get back on track at Nationwide Arena when they take on the New York Islanders Saturday. That puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. read more

Report Manchester United agree terms with £53m star

first_imgManchester United have reportedly agreed on personal terms with Juventus’ Alex Sandro for a move this summer, claims 101GreatGoalsThe Red Devils are in the market for a new left-back following Luke Shaw’s disappointing spell at Old Trafford.The England international is expected to leave United this summer after falling out of favour with head coach Jose Mourinho, who had instead opted to use Ashley Young in Shaw’s favoured left-back position last season.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…But now the Portuguese coach is keen to sign a specialist left-back for next season and has listed Sandro as an ideal replacement for Shaw.The 27-year-old has established himself as one the best in the world in that position in recent years at Juventus and would make a good fit to Mourinho’s playing style at United.But Juventus are demanding £53m for their highly-rated Brazilian, which may prove to be a major stumbling block for United – despite having already agreed on personal terms with Sandro.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday June 1 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Saturday, June 1, 2019:#1) Wilmington Annual Fishing DerbyThe Wilmington Recreation Department is sponsoring the 37th Annual Fishing Derby at Silver Lake from 8am to 11am. This multigenerational event for youth and non-professional adults began in 1983. The Derby allows the Town to showcase its finest natural resource while participants have a chance to learn or improve their fishing skills.Participants must register in the Bath House. Prizes will be awarded for the Heaviest Bass and Heaviest Non-Bass in both age groups.The cost to participate in the Derby is $5 for those ages 18 and over, and $2 for anyone age 17 and under. Worms will be available for purchase. There will be shore fishing only – no boats. No fishing license is required for this event only. Rain date is Sunday, June 2, 2019.The Recreation Department would like to thank Jim Buckley and the volunteers who make this event possible. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the Recreation Department at 978-658–4270.#2) Wilmington Annual Art ExhibitArtists from Wilmington and surrounding towns will compete once again for ribbons, as well as cash prizes, in the 39th Annual Art Exhibition.  The event takes place at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington). The reception and exhibit are open to the public, and free of charge. Come, and meet your local artists!Exhibit Hours:Friday, May 31, 6:30pm-8:30pm: Reception with refreshments and live musicSaturday, June 1, 1pm-4pm: Artists can be seen working on their paintings#3) DEADLINE To Participate In Town Wide Yard SaleThe Wilmington Memorial Library is sponsoring its fifth annual Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 8am to 2pm.This is an opportunity for residents to join the fun by being either a seller or a buyer. More than 70 Wilmington homes participated last year!For those wishing to host a yard sale at their home, applications can be found HERE.The application fee is $15.  Applicants will receive one large sign and directional signs; lots of free advertising; and maps of sale locations. Applications are being accepted at the library from Monday, April 29, 2019 to Saturday, June 1, 2019.For those wishing to shop at the sales, the library will provide an online and paper map of yard sale locations starting Tuesday, June 6. The sales will happen rain or shine, at each homeowner’s discretion.#4) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#5) Drop-In Baby Times At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a drop-in baby times at 9:30am. Babies and their caregivers will enjoy this fun storytime that includes rhymes, songs, books, scarves, shakers, bubbles and more. Infants through 24 months. 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related37th Annual Wilmington Fishing Derby At Silver Lake Set For June 1In “Community”Wilmington Recreation Department Announces Winners Of Town Fishing DerbyIn “Community”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”last_img read more

Quota system to be reexamined after budget Finance minister

first_imgAbul Maal Abdul Muhith. File PhotoFinance minister AMA Muhith said the government will re-examine the quota system of the public servant recruitment after the national budget.”We will re-examine the quota system after the budget”, he said while addressing a meeting at the finance ministry on the occasion of handing over a dividend cheque by the Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB)on Tuesday.Defending the quota system he said quota must be there to advance the disadvantaged group of the society. “But there might be reconsideration about the percentage of quota for different groups”, he added.Muhith’s remarks on quota system came against backdrop of the postponement of the countrywide agitation by students until May 7 following a meeting with roads and transport minister Obaidul Quaderon on Monday.The finance minister said, possibly, right now percentage of quota is much more than requirement. But when candidates are not found from the quota, the posts are filled up with the candidates from the merit list.Currently, 56 per cent recruitment in public sector is made from quota reserved for different groups while 44 per cent is made from merit list.last_img read more

HISD Planning More Than 200 Million In Budget Cuts To Address Deficit

first_imgTravis BubenikKashmere High School, one of the Houston schools that has faced the threat of a state takeover amid the district’s budget problems. On Tuesday, district officials praised the school’s recent turnaround and growing enrollment.Houston’s school district is working on a plan to overcome a more than $200 million budget deficit. On Tuesday, Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza said despite some rumors circulating in the community, charter schools are not part of the plan.HISD currently owes the state more than $200 million – and possibly as much as $269 million – in “recapture” payments, money that districts deemed “property wealthy” have to share with other districts.Hurricane Harvey made the problem worse, causing students and their families to leave town.“We’re anticipating not only a drop in property taxes, in the valuations, but also a loss of student enrollment,” Carranza explained at a ceremony marking renovations at Kashmere High School. Carranza said officials are gearing up for what he called “extensive and drastic” budget cuts. He said the plan will not include turning public schools into charters, but it will have a big impact. He noted that 80% of the district’s budget is for employees.“Cuts are cuts,” he said. “Our goal is to keep that as far away from the classroom and teachers and teaching positions and the instruction that happens in schools as possible, but next year will look significantly different than it looks this year, because when you cut $200 million plus, it’s going to effect everything you do,” he said.In a statement, the district said Carranza is recommending a “shift to a more centralized budgeting process” for schools in the 2018-2019 school year. Under this process, the district said, principals will retain authority over hiring decisions, but the district will make sure schools have “essential positions” such as nurses, counselors and librarians.“This change is an effort to maximize the district’s limited funding while continuing to drive its initiatives,” the district’s statement read.Meanwhile, the district has what Carranza called “preliminary plans” to improve 15 under-achieving schools that are facing the threat of a state takeover. (Kashmere High School is among the schools facing that threat, though in December, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath approved a “turnaround plan” for the school that, if successful, could stem off state intervention.) Carranza said while nothing is finalized, the plans for improving schools could include campuses partnering with colleges, non-profits or community organizations. Sharelast_img read more

White House To Withdraw Controversial Nominee For Top Environmental Post

first_img Share Anthony Behar/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesUpdated 8:38 a.m. ET A White House official confirms with NPR that Kathleen Hartnett White’s controversial nomination to head the Council on Environmental Quality is being withdrawn.The Washington Post first reported the decision to drop Hartnett White’s nomination. Citing anonymous administration officials, the Post says Harnett’s nomination couldn’t win enough favorable support, “with some Senate Republicans raising questions about her expertise.”Hartnett White has drawn criticism for her comments on climate change. The former Texas regulator has a history of questioning established science that man-made greenhouse gases are a major contributor to climate change.As the Post noted, when Hartnett White testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, “she said that while humans probably contribute to current warming, ‘the extent to which, I think, is very uncertain.’ “Hartnett White suggested in 2014 that fossil fuels helped lead to the end of slavery because they “dissolved the economic justification” for it. The next year she wrote that carbon dioxide is “the gas of life on this planet.”“Hartnett White suggested that climate regulation is a conspiracy pushed by communists,” Mose Buchele of member station KUT reported in November. He said that she has “called renewable energy unreliable and parasitic.”While promoting a book she co-wrote in 2016, Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy, Hartnett White praised fossil fuel energy for doing “work that we otherwise would have to do [ourselves].”Though she worked as a top regulator heading the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Jim Marston of the Environmental Defense Fund told Buchele that Hartnett White stands out for an “unusual” opposition to regulations.But Buchele says Hartnett White told him years before that “she supported regulations, just not at the expense of growth and that industry is actually essential to a healthy environment.”The CEQ post is responsible for coordinating across agencies to develop environmental policy. Hartnett White’s nomination expired last year after Democratic opposition stalled her confirmation. Before reports on Saturday that Hartnett White would no longer be considered for the role, Trump re-nominated her last month to restart the process for Senate confirmation.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Aretha Franklin The Queen of Soul Dies at 76

first_img– / 7Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died Thursday in her home city of Detroit after battling pancreatic cancer. Her death was confirmed by her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn. She was 76.Franklin sold more than 75 million records during her life, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. She took soul to a new level and inspired generations of singers who came after her.No one’s life can be condensed to one word — but Aretha Franklin came close when she sang one word: “respect.”“Respect” was written by the great Otis Redding. In his version, a man is pleading, offering his woman anything she wants in exchange for her respect. He sang: “Hey little girl, you’re sweeter than honey / And I’m about to give you all of my money / But all I want you to do / Is just give it, give it / Respect when I come home …”Aretha changed those lyrics to demand parity. “Oooh, your kisses,” she sang, “Sweeter than honey / And guess what? / So is my money …” In her hands, “Respect” became an empowering song — for black women and for all women. It was a No. 1 hit in 1967, and it became her signature song.Franklin was 25 years old when “Respect” was released. But she had been singing since she was a small child in her father’s New Bethel Baptist Church.“Someone found a footstool in the office and put it here on the stage, and they put it there for me to be seen because I was so small,” Franklin told NPR’s Morning Editionin 2004.Aretha Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tenn. — but she was raised mostly in Detroit. Her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, was a famous preacher, and her childhood was steeped in both music and the burgeoning civil rights movement. Her family was close friends with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who often stayed at their home. Some of the most important gospel artists of the day came to visit regularly as well, including Clara Ward and the Famous Ward Singers, Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke.It was Franklin’s father who introduced her to the recording industry. Nicknamed “the man with the million-dollar voice,” C.L. Franklin was among the first Christian ministers to record his sermons (making dozens for the JVB and Chess labels) and to do radio broadcasts of his Sunday addresses; his 1953 sermon “The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest” is part of the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.Franklin told PBS’s American Masters in 1988 that when she was a child, her father would coach her. “He would give me different records to listen to, to see if I could emulate them on the piano, different vocalists to listen to.” These were gospel artists like Ward and Jackson. But the young Aretha listened to popular music, too. And as she toured with her father she met R&B artists like Fats Domino and Bobby Bland.There was also her Detroit neighborhood: It was filled with future Motown stars like Diana Ross, the Four Tops and Smokey Robinson, who grew up right around the corner from her.Franklin made her first album for JVB when she was just 14 years old. It was a collection of gospel songs that included “Precious Lord (Take My Hand).”Four years later, she confided to her father that she longed to cross over from gospel to secular music. So C.L. Franklin helped her make a demo that led to a contract with Columbia Records, initially working with the legendary producer John Hammond. Decades later, Hammond told NPR that when he first heard her, his response was, “‘This is the best thing I’ve heard since Billie Holiday. Who is she?”In 1961, the bluesy “Won’t Be Long,” from her first Columbia album, Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo, became Franklin’s first song to reach the Billboard Hot 100.After making seven records for Columbia over a six-year span, she signed with Atlantic Records — and that’s where she became the “Queen of Soul.”At first, Atlantic wanted her to record at the Stax studios in Memphis, but Stax did not want to pay for the sessions. Instead, Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler took Franklin to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama.The Wexler/Franklin pairing proved magical. Franklin brought her own material to the label, and Wexler encouraged her to play piano in her recording sessions. And from 1967 to the mid-’70s, Franklin released a string of classics. The first was “I Never Loved A Man” — with her sisters as backup singers — followed by “Do Right Woman — Do Right Man,” “Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Think,” “Rock Steady” and “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do).”At the same time Franklin was turning out hits, she was also deeply involved in the civil rights movement. As she told American Masters, her father was a close friend of King’s. “My dad brought him to Detroit,” she recalled, “and introduced him to the city of Detroit through the New Bethel Baptist Church.”Comedian and activist Dick Gregory told American Masters that the Franklins helped fund the movement, directly and through access to Aretha. “If Martin needed money,” he said, “he could make one phone call to Rev. Franklin, and that money was there — and also that Rev. Franklin could deliver his daughter, over what managers and record executives would say.” And Franklin and Harry Belafonte toured together to help raise money for the civil rights movement.Franklin’s songs helped the nation through the assassination of King and through the Vietnam War. She told NPR in 2004 that veterans have told her how her songs sustained them. “On occasion,” she noted, “I hear that some of them helped them get through the service — and I’m delighted by that.”In 1980, Franklin switched labels again — this time to Arista Records, where she began to work with producers like Luther Vandross and Narada Michael Walden. Her pairing with Walden resulted in a string of hits in 1985: “Freeway of Love,” “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” and a duet with The Eurythmics’ Annie Lenox, “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves,” produced by The Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart.She played with the Rolling Stones, and when tenor Luciano Pavarotti became ill, she filled in for him at the 1998 Grammy Awards, singing the aria “Nessun Dorma” from the Puccini opera Turandot.For all her professional success, Franklin had a turbulent personal life. Her mother died before Aretha was 10 years old. Her father was shot in an attempted robbery and lingered in a coma for five years before he died in 1984. She had two children before she was 17, and two more later during two marriages that both ended in divorce. She struggled with her weight and with smoking. Franklin continued performing, but she rarely toured because of a fear of flying.Still, in 2009, she sang for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Additional reporting by NPR’s Anastasia Tsioulcas. Aretha Franklin received just about every award a singer can get, including 18 Grammys (plus The Recording Academy’s Grammy Legend Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award), the Presidential Medal of Freedom and, in 1987, an induction as the first woman into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She performed until she couldn’t anymore — because being the Queen of Soul was second nature to her.center_img Sharelast_img read more

Full Show NonCitizen Voter List Political Roundup And DNA Testing For Cancer

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 Listencenter_img X On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Harris County officials say thousands of residents who showed up on a state-circulated list of potential non-citizen voters should not have been on the list. The Texas Secretary of State initially flagged 95,000 Texas voters as potential non-citizens. Now, that office is telling counties that some of those voters don’t belong on the list it sent out. We delve into the latest developments.Also this hour: From the government shutdown ending (for now), to the results of the Texas House District 145 race, to controversy over a Tweet from the Harris Co. Republican Party on Holocaust Remembrance Day, our experts weigh in on the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Then, last week, DNA testing company 23andMe announced FDA approval of a test for consumers to find out if they have the genetic predisposition for a particular kind of colorectal cancer. A local gastrointestinal oncologist discusses the pros of cons of such tests.And we talk with pianist Sarah Rothenberg about her 25 years as the artistic director of the local music organization Da Camera.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Thank You Softball

first_imgLove always,Sid Melton, The Dirtiest Kid on the Diamond Thank you softball and thank you Card Nation. Most athletes only get four years to play the sport they love, but I was fortunate enough to get five. Despite having to sit out my junior year due to injury, I feel lucky to have been able to play for an extra year, and am thankful for a higher power knowing that I needed it. Story Links Looking back at my career as a Louisville Cardinal, I can honestly and genuinely say that I gave this sport everything that I had. I let my passion for the game show and I am happy that I did all that I could do to leave my heart on the field in my final regional appearance. Of course, it was not all easy all the time, but no true love story ever is. My time at UofL was about more than just playing the sport I love. I was given the opportunity to become an educated, young woman, who was able to toss the ball around with her best friends. My name and the word softball have been said in the same sentence for most of my life. Growing up, I played every sport that I could. I loved being known as the girl who was faster than all of the boys, the girl who could jump the highest, and the girl who could throw any type of ball well. However, being known as the girl in softball pants covered in dirt was by far my favorite compliment. No matter what team I was on I would always pride myself on being the dirtiest one out there. I always thought that the dirtier I was, the harder I played.center_img My time as a Cardinal has ended after five beautiful years. Our parents always tell us how time moves far too fast, and oh, were they right. Soon, my scratches will heal, my scars will fade, and my locker will be occupied by the next eager freshman to go where I have gone. I feel an unmeasurable amount of gratitude for this sport. As much as I wish I could continue my journey as a collegiate athlete, I cannot. I will forever cherish my years as a Cardinal, and will continue to love my sport, but just as a spectator. I carried that idea with me throughout travel ball, high school ball, and ultimately college ball. There are very few photos of me in a clean Louisville jersey.  To me, that means I played hard. Being able to play softball at Louisville and wear those ten letters across my chest has been my biggest accomplishment to date. During my five years I have made friends who quickly became more like family. I have shared in experiences that were both amazing and traumatic. Softball has led me to every corner of the country and given me more than I had ever expected. #L1C4 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Gurusaday museum A priceless collection of rare artefacts

first_imgKolkata: The Gurusaday museum, set up in the year 1961, highlights the exquisite collection of Bengal’s rare art and culture. There are 2325 specimens collected by Gurusaday Dutt, an ICS officer, during his tenure as a district magistrate and collector between 1929 and 1939. An agreement was signed between the President of India and representatives of Gurusaday Dutta Folk Arts Society in 1984 over the maintenance of the museum. Dutt, who had travelled to the West, thought that the art and folk of rural Bengal should be showcased to attract people from across the world. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe museum situated on Diamond Harbour Road off Joka is a treasure of folk art and culture. The museum provides an enormous collection of different kinds of kantha stitch that have been a part of Bengali tradition for decades. As one enters the museum, there are mesmerizing kantha stitch items towards the left and central part of the Museum. There is the sujni kantha bed sheet with a central lotus surrounded by flowers, fish, elephants, tigers and birds, all stitched in geometric designs. There is also a huge collection of different designs of beytan kantha, durjani kantha and the arshilata kantha, which is used for covering mirrors, to protect it from dirt. The last one is the rumal kantha, which was and is still used in designing handkerchiefs. There are paintings from the 19th century undivided Bengal, showcasing various mythological characters like Labh-Kush, Radha-Krishna and Dissembling Vaishnava. There is a section of wooden masks with the face of Asuras.The last gallery is a circular frame, with the upper frame containing terracotta plaques of temples, square paintings and wooden dolls. The lower frame has moulds for mango paste or aamshotto, sweet-meat mould, jewelleries made of paddy and shells, old musical instruments made in Birbhum, which include Dhol and Damaru. However, the artefacts have to be maintained properly so that they can be preserved for years.last_img read more

Exercise counters brain shrinkage in Parkinsons disease

first_imgprotecting the brain from shrinkage, aerobic exercise may slow the progression of Parkinsons disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system, says a neurologist.In an editorial published online in the journal JAMA Neurology, neurologist J Eric Ahlskog from Mayo Clinic in Minnesota recommends that modern physical therapy practices should incorporate aerobic exercise training and encourage fitness for patients with Parkinson’s disease.Aerobic exercise means vigorous exercise, which makes you hot, sweaty and tired, Ahlskog explained. This could include activity such as walking briskly or using an elliptical machine. That does not mean stretching or balance exercises are not helpful, Ahlskog noted. Those types of exercises help with Parkinson’s symptoms, such as rigid muscles, slowed movement or impaired posture and balance. But to help fight the progression of Parkinson’s disease, including dementia — one of the most feared long-term outcomes of the disease, aerobic exercise enhances factors that potentially have a protective effect on the brain, Ahlskog noted.For instance, aerobic exercise liberates trophic factors —small proteins in the brain that behave like fertiliser does when applied to your lawn, he said citing scientific studies.Exercise helps maintain brain connections and counters brain shrinkage from Parkinson’s disease as well as from brain ageing, Ahlskog noted.last_img read more

Russian technology investment firm GS Group is due

first_imgRussian technology investment firm GS Group is due to launch a new set-top-box that it claims will help facilitate the Russian viewers’ switchover from analogue to digital television.Speaking at the Digital & Connected TV Russia conference last week, Andrey Bezrukov, strategic marketing director of GS Group, announced a GS box that will combine satellite and terrestrial TV.The new E503 model of digital set-top-box will appear under the brand of General Satellite and is due is to enter the market this summer, he said.The device will “combine the functions of receiving both satellite and terrestrial digital signals,” enabling customers using satellite pay TV to also receive terrestrial signals, according to GS Group.last_img