Listen To A 19 Year Old Prince Crush Every Instrument On Funk Fusion Jam Sessions

first_imgIn the wake of Prince’s untimely death, which was announced earlier today, we wanted to share some of his unbelievable music. Fortunately, we were lucky to find a true musical treasure from the archives: Loring Park Sessions ’77.  The mind-blowing improvised funk sessions feature a 19 year old Prince on keys/guitar, Andre Cymone on bass, and Bobby Z on drums, held in the Loring Park office rehearsal room of Prince’s first manager, Owen Husney. Prince also takes on drums and bass throughout the session, switching it up for a thoroughly impressive session.This is a must-listen for any fan! These eight instrumental tracks sound more like well-crafted compositions rather than the improvised jams that they are.Kick back and funk out, below:[via Mitch A-Palooza]last_img

Little Sisters of the Poor to receive Evangelium Vitae Medal

first_imgMother Loraine Marie Maguire and the Little Sisters of the Poor will receive the 2016 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal in the spring, the University announced in a press release Oct. 5. The award honors individuals who have supported and advanced the pro-life movement. O. Carter Snead, the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, stated in the press release that the work and witness of the Little Sisters of the Poor “embody the goods at the heart of the Evangelium Vitae Medal. Their unwavering defense of the unborn in the HHS mandate litigation alongside their longstanding work to care for the elderly poor offers a beautiful and powerful witness to the unique, inviolable dignity of every person, from conception to natural death. Their work is a testament to the radical solidarity and hospitality at the core of the Gospel of Life.”The Little Sisters of the Poor are an international organization of women religious whose mission is to assist the elderly poor. The congregation operates in 31 countries and includes 30 homes in the United States. These homes support more than 13,000 low-income seniors by providing health care and assisted living services. “In 2012, led by Mother Loraine, the Little Sisters of the Poor became the face of religious nonprofit organizations struggling against a federal mandate to facilitate access to contraceptives and drugs that, according to FDA labeling, may function by causing the death of newly conceived human beings,” the press release stated. According to the press release, the Evangelium Vitae Medal consists of a specially commissioned medal and $10,000 prize, which will be presented at a banquet that will be held on Notre Dame’s campus in April.Tags: Center for Ethics and Culture, Evangelium Vitae Medal, religious libertylast_img read more

Kate Shindle, Robert Petkoff & More Set for Fun Home National Tour

first_imgKate Shindle & Robert Petkoff(Photos courtesy of Broadway Booking Office) Broadway alums Kate Shindle, Robert Petkoff and Susan Moniz will lead Fun Home on the road. The three take on the roles of Alison, Bruce and Helen Bechdel, respectively. The national tour of the Tony-winning musical will launch on October 2 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio.Director Sam Gold will re-stage Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s musical for proscenium houses. The Broadway production, which currently plays the Circle in the Square Theatre, is presented in the round.Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, Fun Home charts the artists’ quest to come to terms with her father’s unexpected death and her own sexuality. As she moves between her unique childhood at the family’s funeral home, her freshman year of college and the present, Alison dives into the story of her unstable father, who was grappling with his own identity.Shindle has appeared on Broadway in Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jekyll & Hyde and Wonderland. She is also the president of Actor’s Equity Association. Petkoff’s Broadway credits include All The Way, Anything Goes, Ragtime, Spamalot and Fiddler on the Roof. Moniz, a Chicago-based actress, appeared in the 1994 revival of Grease.The cast will also include Abby Corrigan as Medium Alison, current Broadway Fun Home understudy Alessandra Baldacchino as Small Alison, Karen Eilbacher as Joan, Robert Hager as Roy, Lennon Nate Hammond as John and Pierson Salvador as Christian. Rounding out the company are Anthony Fortino, Sofia Trimarchi and Michael Winther. Carly Gold will play Small Alison at select performances.Fun Home premiered off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 2013. The show transferred to Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre in 2015, and went on to win five Tony Awards including Best Musical. Tesori and Kron made history as the first female writing team to win Best Score. View Commentslast_img read more

Mosquito Season

first_imgGeorgians only face a few more weeks of mosquito season, but the state’s residents need to stay vigilant to keep mosquito populations in check.Fueled by what seems to be weekly rain showers or storms across the state, Georgia’s mosquito population is higher than average this year, said Elmer Gray, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension entomologist and mosquito expert.“Populations are already up, and with standing water everywhere and forecast intermittent showers through August, we’re poised to see even more mosquitoes in the next few weeks,” Gray said.Gray reminds residents to use mosquito repellents and to wear long sleeves and pants as often as possible while they’re outdoors making the most of the end of the summer.In north Georgia, the biggest problem is the containers in and around our homes, offices and parks that hold standing water. Mosquitoes breed in these environments.Asian tiger mosquitoes lay eggs and develop in anything that can hold water: clogged downspouts, watering cans that are left outside, children’s toys or the dishes used to catch water under potted plants.“People don’t understand how diligent they have to be in emptying out their containers,” Gray said. “Really, we’re at the point that there is so much in the environment, with this frequent rainfall, that there are going to be pockets of water where these mosquitoes can breed.”While they’re voracious daytime feeders and can make sitting on the back porch miserable, Asian tiger mosquitoes don’t typically carry diseases.What’s more worrisome is the proliferation of southern house mosquitoes that have also emerged during this wet weather.Southern house mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus, and several populations have been found to carry the disease this summer.“There’s been a lot of West Nile (virus) found in mosquito populations in Lowndes County, Chatham County, DeKalb County and Brunswick, (Georgia,)” Gray said. “They basically have found it in almost every place where they do this kind of surveillance and testing.”And it’s being found at rates much higher than last year, Gray said. For example in 2017, only 13 percent of the mosquitos trapped in DeKalb County carried the disease. This year 23 percent of the mosquitos found have carried the disease. Southern house mosquitoes are most active — and West Nile virus transmission is most common — during late summer and early fall, and the period from Aug. 15 to Sept. 15.So that number might go up. About 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus show no symptoms. However, a small population of those infected will experience body and joint aches, rashes, vomiting, and diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Older Georgians are much more likely to become seriously ill from West Nile virus.These mosquitoes tend to feed at night, so that’s when people need to be the most cautious. Gray recommends long-sleeved shirts and long pants as well using an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved mosquito repellent. Only products that have been tested by the EPA have been scientifically proven to be safe and effective. This is not the time to try homemade bug repellents, he added.When using repellents on children, parents should spray the repellent on their hands and then apply it to their child. Only the skin that is covered by the repellent will repel mosquitoes, so make sure to provide good coverage.For more information about mosquito control, see the UGA Extension publication “Stinging and Biting Pests” at or read more

EIA estimates show U.S. coal production continuing to decline

first_imgEIA estimates show U.S. coal production continuing to decline FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Total U.S. coal production for the week ended April 6 fell 10.6% year over year to 12.5 million tons from 14.0 million tons, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.For the 52 weeks ended April 6, production was 735.1 million tons, representing a year-over-year decline of 3.8%, while year-to-date coal output dropped 9.3% year over year to 181.2 million tons.The western region’s coal production for the week reached 6.8 million tons, posting a 7.8% reduction from the prior year’s 7.3 million tons. Data for the western region covers Powder River Basin mines.Coal production from Appalachian mines totaled 3.4 million tons, sliding 13.7% from the year-ago week’s 4.0 million tons.The interior region’s production shrank 13.5% to 2.3 million tons, compared to 2.7 million tons a year ago. Interior region data covers mines in the Illinois Basin.More ($): U.S. weekly coal production falls 10.6% YOYlast_img read more

Terra-Gen, Mortenson plan world’s largest solar-plus-storage project in California

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Developer Terra-Gen LLC and construction company M. A. Mortenson Co. Inc. plan to break ground in the first quarter of 2021 on a massive 1,118-MW solar complex with 2,165 MWh of energy storage capacity in Kern County, Calif., the companies announced Dec. 10. It is heralded as the largest such project in the world.The Edwards & Sanborn facility will “push the industry to new heights,” Brian Gorda, Terra-Gen’s vice president of engineering, said in a statement. Gorda cited Mortenson’s “cutting edge battery experience” and history building large-scale solar farms as critical to completing a project of this scale. The facility will rely on more than 2.5 million solar panels and over 110,000 lithium-ion battery modules, the companies said.Scheduled for full completion by the end of 2022, the Edwards & Sanborn complex merges projects initially developed separately by Terra-Gen, combining the Sanborn Solar Project and the Edwards Air Force Base Solar Project. Both are located between Edwards Air Force Base and the town of Mojave, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence and Kern County data.The projects are underpinned by contracts with Edison International utility subsidiary Southern California Edison Co. as well as community choice aggregators Clean Power Alliance and East Bay Community Energy, with some of the output contracted for delivery in August 2021.Kern County planning documents indicate the projects ultimately could combine 1.1 GW of solar with 4 GWh of storage.Owned by private equity firm Energy Capital Partners LLC, Terra-Gen is developing several large renewable energy-plus-battery storage projects in the area, including at historic wind farms and solar projects.[Garrett Hering]More ($): 1.1-GW solar farm with 2.2 GWh of storage to break ground in California Terra-Gen, Mortenson plan world’s largest solar-plus-storage project in Californialast_img read more

ACT contributions will provide aid and assistance following disasters

first_imgACT contributions will provide aid and assistance following disasters ACT contributions will provide aid and assistance following disasters While the ravages of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast were still being widely reported, Florida was for the second year in a row in the midst of a hurricane season that would not only disrupt lives and property here, but also interrupt legal practices and the courts.Even with all that has been learned recently about disaster preparedness, no one can be entirely ready to deal with the aftermath of tragedy. Some results simply defy expectations, however cautious. That’s why The Florida Bar set up the Florida Attorneys Charitable Trust — ACT — a 501(c)(3) for the exclusive purpose of charitable activities associated with disaster relief.Inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, and recalling Florida’s experiences after Hurricane Andrew, ACT/Attorneys Charitable Trust is a permanent fund offering Florida attorneys an avenue for donations to provide aid and assistance following disasters that curtail legal processes and court activities or which result in reduced citizen access to legal services.“Unlike your donations to The Florida Bar Foundation — which help to provide legal services to low-income people — your support through ACT/Attorneys Charitable Trust will specifically go toward relief efforts aimed at individuals, families and also fellow Bar members,” said President-elect Hank Coxe. “In Louisiana after Katrina, a hastily formed fund provided grants to lawyers and set up temporary business centers for displaced bar members’ use, but it took several months to collect and distribute the donations.”Coxe said in Florida the Bar must be able to react quickly, and with a well-funded ACT/Attorneys Charitable Trust, the Bar will be positioned to provide disaster relief when needed. May 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

£1.3bn Irish dance

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Corruption convictions nearly double in China over last year

first_imgMore than a million officials have been punished under the anti-corruption campaign so far, which has been a cornerstone of Xi’s seven-year tenure.Critics have accused the campaign of targeting Xi’s political enemies. The Supreme People’s Court also reported that there were 22 trials under the controversial martyrs’ law, which criminalizes all insults to Communist heroes.Several internet users and even an online comic platform have been punished since the law was introduced in 2018.There was also a notable increase in the number of prosecutions last year for cyber crime and intellectual property infringement, at 33 and 32 percent respectively.The report also said that more than 2,500 people were prosecuted for coronavirus-related criminal offences between February and April this year. The latest high-profile targets of the anti-corruption campaign include former shipbuilding executive Hu Wenming and ex-deputy national security minister Sun Lijun, who were both placed under investigation for “serious violations of discipline and the law” in May and April respectively.Last year also saw a 50 percent rise in the number of cases involving Communist Party members transferred to prosecutors for investigation, according to the report, which was discussed Monday afternoon.China is holding its delayed annual National People’s Congress this year, but with much stricter controls on access and many sessions closed to the media due to the coronavirus outbreak.A total of 25,000 trials involving corruption, malfeasance and bribery were concluded last year, which led to 29,000 people being convicted, according to the Supreme People’s Court work report released Monday.  Topics :center_img The number of convictions related to corruption in China nearly doubled last year, according to a report by Beijing’s top prosecutor, as President Xi Jinping ramped up his crackdown on graft.According to the annual report from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate submitted to the national parliament, 18,585 people were prosecuted for crimes related to corruption in 2019, a 90 percent year-on-year increase.Sixteen cases involved former provincial or ministerial-level Communist Party cadres, including former Yunnan party chief Qin Guangrong, who was accused of taking bribes.last_img read more

Property demand index names Gold Coast rental market as country’s hottest

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe Oracle penthouse at Broadbeach is on the rental market for $3000 per week.The report noted that a lack of affordable housing in the country’s big cities was forcing people to turn to renting instead of buying a home.Harcourts Coastal property manager Brent Martens said he wasn’t surprised that so many Gold Coast postcodes made the national list.“It’s just the lifestyle that the Gold Coast offers,” he said.“We’ve got the beach on our doorstep and plenty of new shops and cafes up here.” This Isle of Capri property is available for rent for $4,000 per week.Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said given that one third of Queenslanders rented, it was essential they felt secure and supported to stand up for their rights.“We are considering a variety of measures to ensure Queenslanders have confidence in a fair rental sector, including greater flexibility of tenure, cheaper rent options, greater ability to respond to tenant breaches and more freedom for tenants to treat the property as their home,” he said. The Oracle penthouse at Broadbeach is on the rental market for $3000 per week.The report credits the Coast’s beachside lifestyle and strong, job-creating economy with being particularly attractive to young people.“The upcoming Commonwealth Games and the new light rail are also attracting more people to the area,” the report stated.“The huge demand from renters on the Gold Coast supports further property investment as well more development, but increased development needs to be well thought out to avoid oversupply in the future.” Eight Gold Coast postcodes top the national REA Group Property Demand Index.IT’S official. The Gold Coast is the hottest rental market in the country with eight local postcodes topping the national REA Group Property Demand Index.Released today, the index also names Queensland’s top postcodes for renters with Gold Coast suburbs scoring all 10 spots.Kirra topped the list, followed by Tugun, Miami, Reedy Creek and Bilinga.Rounding out the top 10 were Merrimac, Mermaid Waters, Burleigh Waters, Clear Island Waters and Coolangatta.center_img You can rent 3137 Riverleigh Drive, Hope Island for $3500 per week.Mr Martens said rentals were being snapped up within hours of hitting the market and up to 30 groups were inspecting each property.It comes as the State Government puts out a call for tenants to stand up for their rights after the Unsettled — Life in Australia’s private rental market report revealed more than half of tenants across the country did not exercise their rights from fear of being black-listed, having their rent increased or being evicted.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell said the Coast needed to move away from a tenant verses landlord mentality.“At the end of the day, tenants need landlords to buy properties for them to rent, and if there’s ever an imbalance then a separate set of hardship problems would come along,” he said.“I’m all for a balanced situation. It can’t be one-sided or in favour of one or the other.” This Isle of Capri property is available for rent for $4,000 per week.last_img read more