Top 5 Spotify Apps For Music Discovery

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App john paul titlow Tags:#discovery#lastfm#music#Recommendation Engines#spotify Spotify wasn’t built for discovery. The Swedish music streaming company realizes this and instead of trying to natively bake a zillion features into its service, it launched a platform for third party developers about a year ago. Spotify’s app directory now features almost 60 HTML5-based add-ons for the service’s desktop client. These apps perform a lot of different functions – some are social, while others sonically augment album reviews from big name publishers. The thing for which they’re probably most useful is discovering music you might like but may never have heard otherwise.1. MoodagentSince launching on Spotify last year, Moodagent has been one of the most interesting apps on the platform. That’s because it takes standard algorithmic music recommendations and beefs them up with emotional intelligence. There are at least a dozen apps that let you build a playlist based on related artists, but Moodagent factors in the mood of each song to build out something that feels more consistent. The options look broad, but are surprisingly powerful. A playlist can be sensual, angry, happy, tender or some combination of all four. You can even base them on tempo, playing back a series of similarly paced songs. Tie these characteristics to the same kind of artist-to-artist matching algorithm that fuels so many other music-discovery apps, and you have a uniquely intelligent system for finding new music. 2. has been around for a decade now, but the Internet radio and music recommendation service is still a reliable tool for discovering new artists. It works by keeping track of everything you listen to and using a Pandora-style algorithm to recommend related artists and albums. It’s a simple concept, but one that apparently holds up quite well over time. Existing users of will feel right at home in its Spotify app, which more or less frames a slightly modified version of the service’s usual interface into Spotify’s desktop client. The results occasionally need to be tweaked, but on the whole the recommendations are pretty solid. A few albums in my own physical record collection landed there thanks to’s ability to turn up hidden gems.  3. Swarm.fmOh great, another social music-discovery app. Ho-hum.Actually, is pretty useful. It uses data from Facebook to show you what music your friends are listening to, even if they’re not signed up for If they are, that data becomes much more detailed and easily explored. will also let you know if any artists in your own collection have new releases, which is far more relevant than the new releases coughed up by Spotify itself. That tag cloud on the home tab might look like just another collection of metadata, but it’s actually informed by your social music data. I listen to a number of artists who don the tag “space rock” – and when I click that tag, it shows me dozens of similar bands. I can then sort those artists by popularity and what’s trending on, which is a good way to pinpoint worthwhile listens.4. ShareMyPlaylistsWhen I first opened ShareMyPlaylists, I thought “Oh, this is looks fairly generic.” Alternative, Classical, Blues, Dance. One-size-fits-all playlists.I was wrong. When you scroll down, you see a wide variety of very specific playlists: Beatles covers, the songs sampled by Nas and music from Quentin Tarantino films, songs featuring Moog synthesizers. It’s a random conglomeration of curated listening experiences, but one that is well worth browsing. ShareMyPlaylists has something for absolutely everyone. Devotees of popular music from the charts can browse the “Top 50” tab while those with more under-the-radar tastes will find plenty of new stuff under the “Recommended” tab, which finds playlists based on the artists you listen to the most. If nothing in either section suits your mood, you can always run a search or use the app’s built-in playlist generator. 5. The Hype MachineIt’s been a wildly popular MP3 aggregator on the Web for years, so it only makes sense that The Hype Machine would find its way into Spotify’s app store. It’s right at home on top of the streaming service’s massive library of music. The Hype Machine eschews the complex algorithm in favor of human-curated playlists. Specifically, it aggregates tracks from popular music blogs across a wide range of genres, each of them very heavily populated. Dream Pop, for example, isn’t exactly a top 40 genre of music, but the Hype Machine pulls together no fewer than 100 different blogs classified as such. It’s loaded with music, all hand-selected by Internet tastemakers and guaranteed to introduce you to something you haven’t heard before. A Growing Universe Of Music Discovery AppsNarrowing this list to just five selections wasn’t easy. There are plenty of discovery apps on Spotify worth checking out – top charts from We Are Hunted and Billboard and social music from TweetVine, Soundrop and Sifter. Depending on your tastes, the critic-curated recommendations from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NME or KCRW can be invaluable. It’s also worth mentioning that the new, supposedly Pandora-killing Spotify Radio feature is worth playing with. Its Echo Nest-powered recommendations are not quite as granular and effective as Pandora’s, but they’re quite good. Not only can you create a station based on any album or artist, but you can build one off of an entire playlist. This is pretty powerful. For instance, if you’ve starred a lot of music on Spotify, you can build a radio station based solely on those favorites. Here’s another Spotify Radio trick: The app will let you generate a Spotify a playlist based on your dozen or so most-played  albums of all time. You can then start a Spotify radio station based on that playlist, which is sure to contain a few tracks you’ll love, but have never heard before. And isn’t that the point of music discovery?center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts last_img read more

“Soft SOPA” & How Copyright Disrupts Technological Innovation

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Copyright. Innovation. Free speech. These firestarting issues and the relationship between creation, law and technology were the topics in a Sunday panel that just may have been the sleeper hit of SXSW.Speakers included Andrew Bridges, partner at Fenwick & West LLP, Margot Kaminski, the executive director at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, Wendy Seltzer, policy counsel at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Derek Khanna, a former Republican Study Committee staffer, and surprise guest Ben Huh, the chief executive of Cheezburger. All have been influential in speaking out against and litigating civil liberty cases pertaining to ACTA, SOPA and PIPA.After the panel, ReadWrite spoke one-on-one with Bridges, whose 30-year career has included representing clients like Google and MasterCard in cases involving copyright, trademark and unfair competition. Bridges spoke on the lessons stemming from the hour-long panel:ReadWrite: You have lots of criticisms of the copyright system. Can you explain your objections? Andrew Bridges: Copyright is elevated to a level of importance in our society and our politics that it does not seem to deserve. If you actually took some copyright policies and extended them into other arenas, the consequences would seem absurd. Let’s say we decided to apply the Six Strikes principal. Say you send out one of those mailers for a subscription to Time Magazine. And you check the box that says bill me later. Let’s say that they start sending you Time Magazine, and after 2 or 3 issues they send you the bill, and you never pay. But in the meantime you have 6 or 8 issues before they cut you off for not paying. My proposal is let’s adopt Six Strikes and knock somebody off the postal system. You don’t pay for it, you don’t get to use the postal service any longer. Or let’s say somebody blows through a toll plaza 6 times, does that mean you don’t ever use the highways anymore? In the world of DMCA take-down notices, the copyright holder sends 6 wrongful take down notices, maybe they should lose access to the copyright system itself. Why is this limited to occasional, or amateur or individual persons who induce copyright infringement and why are they subjected to these type of penalties?ReadWrite: How is copyright disruptive to technology?Andrew Bridges: New technologies do disrupt existing business models. They do disrupt current expectations of profits and revenues. Actually copyright law itself has its own disruptive function. The function of copyright law as it has evolved is indeed to disrupt innovation and to disrupt new technologies that threaten the interest of copyright holders. Frankly all copyright legislation has been in reaction to new technologies that are developed. And copyright law has sought as its purpose, interfering with, limiting, pampering and indeed disrupting innovation of technology, business plans, even disruption of consumer choice.ReadWrite: For example?Andrew Bridges: It’s illegal to operate a business where you rent CDs out. Under copyright law, it’s illegal to watch on your DVD player, a DVD that a Greek friend of mine brings over as a present, because it has region coding. That’s a disruption of a user experience, by copyright law. We talk about disruptive technologies, but I think we’re talking about both disruptive technologies and disruptive law. I think if we have to look at rival disruptions,  on the one hand [disruption] of business models and our expectations, and the other side [disruption] of technological developments and innovations and consumer choice, then I tend to cast my allegiance on the side of those who are disrupting older business models. That is how an economy grows, by creative disruption. That’s exactly how innovation enriches our culture and gives us the progress of science and the useful arts.ReadWrite: How out of whack are the penalties for copyright violation?Andrew Bridges: A woman in Minnesota got hit with a jury verdict of $1.5 million for downloads without any evidence that she actually shared anything with anybody else. That law allows statutory damages, which I call fictional damages because they [are] divorced from any proof whatsoever. The law allows fictional damages of $150,000 per work infringed. And that includes $0.99 downloads. So the ratio between penalty and loss revenue is excessive… 150,000 to 1. Let’s put copyright in the broader context. If I jump the turnstile of the New York City subway, If the copyright proportionality damages applies, it would be OK for that penalty fare to be $370,000. It’s as ridiculous in copyright law as it is in subway law.ReadWrite: So who’s at fault here?Andrew Bridges: People are focusing on Congress, [but] that’s misplaced… after SOPA. Because things don’t have to happen in Congress for bad things to go off. Even though SOPA failed, SOPA is now in some respects the law of the land. Because we now have Soft SOPA. We have the government putting pressure on advertising networks and putting pressure on payment processors, unofficially, to take the same measures that SOPA was going to require them to [do]. But now it’s a sort of ‘if you know what’s good for you, could you pretty please, wink-wink’ method.ReadWrite: Can you give an example of that pressure?Andrew Bridges: There are payment processors notifying companies that they are no longer willing to process payments for them. It’s happening. It happened with three of my clients. It’s part of what the administration calls its ‘voluntary cooperation initiative,’ which the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel describes in her annual report. And we have advertisers blacklisting certain sites, and telling sites. ‘We’re not going to place advertising on your site because people tell us you’re not a good site.’ So that’s happening. And it’s being done as “Oh it’s just a private decision.” But it’s no secret that the government is encouraging these private decisions. So that’s why I call it Soft SOPA.Photo courtesy of Wendy Seltzer. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#copyright#privacy#security#SXSW 2013 adam popescu A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster deal

first_imgMOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Paul could have signed a new deal with the Clippers at $34 million a year had he opted out, but can now sign a five-year, $205 million maximum extension with the Rockets under NBA salary cap rules.“When friends of mine are happy then I’m equally as happy for them. Congrats to my brother CP3 on choosing his own direction,” tweeted Chicago guard Dwyane Wade.Paul and Harden reportedly discussed the possibility of a partnership at length and hope to ignite the Rockets, who went 55-27 last season but lost to San Antonio in the second round of the NBA playoffs.The Rockets, who won NBA crowns in 1994 and 1995, have not suffered a losing season since 2005-06 but have reached the Western Conference final only once in 20 years, losing that to eventual champion Golden State in 2015.Paul, obtained by the Clippers in a 2011 trade with New Orleans, is a nine-time All-Star who spent six seasons with each club and has averaged 18.7 points, 9.9 assists and 2.3 steals over 834 NBA games.ADVERTISEMENT While players and teams can begin free agency talks on Saturday, no deals can be signed until July 6. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Los Angeles Clippers stars Chris Paul (left) and Blake Griffin. AFPFILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES, United States — Chris Paul was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in the first major NBA talent move of the off-season with free agency looming Saturday.The 32-year-old point guard, who helped the United States win Olympic gold in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 at London, joins shooting guard James Harden in what might be the NBA’s most dynamic backcourt next season.ADVERTISEMENT In exchange, the Rockets sent to the Clippers forward Sam Dekker, guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams plus a 2018 first-round NBA Draft pick, according to reports by the Houston Chronicle and ESPN.“It’s tough to say goodbye but I will always have great pride and love for the chance to be a part of Red Nation!” Beverley tweeted in confirming the deal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLas Vegas oddsmakers trimmed the Rockets’ odds of winning next year’s NBA crown from 30-1 to 15-1 after the move was revealed while dropping the Clippers’ chances from 40-1 to 100-1.Paul agreed to opt in for the final year of his $24.2 million contract, allowing the Clippers to make a sign-and-trade deal with the Rockets, Yahoo Sports reported. Paul faced a Wednesday deadline to opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. Santos denies flopping ala Pennisi, insists Smith hit him above shoulder China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s opening weekend

first_imgShare on Twitter Premiership 2017-18: team-by-team preview of England’s rugby union season Share via Email 3) Rare winning start for impressive GloucesterGloucester’s last-gasp victory over the defending champions was notable for a number of reasons. It was only the second time in seven years the Cherry and Whites have won their opening league game of the season and there was an unmistakable sense of fresh purpose under their new head coach, Johan Ackermann. The South African is well aware one decent result does not guarantee a top-six finish but he was delighted by the way his players hung on when the Chiefs launched their inevitable late rally. “The squad has talked a lot in pre-season about being resilient,” he said. “This is a good base to work on.” Exeter’s players felt at least one of the home side’s tries was debatable but there was no disputing Jason Woodward’s thrilling match-winning score, nicely teed up by Billy Twelvetrees. Robert Kitson• Match report: Gloucester 28-21 Exeter• Baxter challenges Chiefs to play like champions4) Irish feel benefit of season in second tierOne game may be too soon to draw conclusions but the theory that a season in the Championship does a team no harm was given further weight by London Irish’s performance. Those established Premiership clubs who have gone down say the agony of having to release so many employees will never compensate for any upside. That said, the Exiles do appear to have been sharpened and refreshed not just by the indignity of relegation but by the back-to-basics virtues of a season touring “proper” rugby clubs. As an argument for relegation it is hardly persuasive but neither should relegation prove disastrous to those clubs with the wherewithal to bounce straight back. MA• Match report: London Irish 39-29 Harlequins• Ten things to look forward to this season Support The Guardian Gloucester Premiership Pinterest 5) Lovobalavu shines in attacking encounterDai Young opted against rushing Elliot Daly back for the start of the season after a long season culminated in the Lions’ drawn third Test with New Zealand, and after Gaby Lovobalavu’s debut it is easy to see why. The Fijian produced a number of eye-catching offloads but more significantly in Young’s eyes he has a robustness in defence that was not seen often enough last season. Considering they leaked five tries, there remains room for improvement defensively and the same can be said of Sale. Indeed, it is hard to read too much into a contest in which, with the sun shining, both sides were willing to attack with abandon. It was an entertaining afternoon in which Wasps ultimately had too much class. But both will have to tighten up if pre-season ambitions are to be realised. GM• Match report: Wasps 50-35 Sale• Sale’s new owners share vision of success6) Worcester are already under pressureThe Premiership season is only a week old but already there are grey clouds looming at Worcester. Resoundingly beaten by Newcastle on the opening night, they now have a run of four matches that includes hosting last season’s top three, starting with Wasps on Sunday. Add in the fact that there is a growing injury list – the outlook on Ben Te’o’s arm injury does not look good – among what was already a small squad, not to mention that Francois Hougaard, their influential scrum-half, is away on international duty, and there is cause for concern for Gary Gold. London Irish’s morale-boosting bonus point victory at Twickenham means Worcester cannot afford to end that sequence of matches at Sixways empty-handed. GM• Ten things to look forward to in the new rugby season Topics Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Northampton Bath Twitter 1) Bath put pre-season travels into practiceTodd Blackadder was in little doubt over where Bath needed to improve this season. Poor away form was not a problem limited to his side last season but there can be little doubting it ultimately cost them a place in the last four. Blackadder believes the issue was mental; that for no reason other than different surroundings his team did not play with the authority they did at The Rec in front of their own supporters. So in pre-season Blackadder took his squad on the road to Cardiff and London Irish to jolt them out of their comfort zone. Judging by their resilience at Welford Road it has worked a treat and, considering he can welcome Sam Underhill, Charlie Ewels and Dave Attwood back to bolster his pack, there is genuine reason for early-season optimism at Bath. Gerard Meagher• Match report: Leicester 23-27 Bath• The Recap: our best coverage straight to your inbox2) Should Mallinder walk away from Saints?The age-old question for a game like this: how good were Saracens and how bad Northampton? Yes, it helps a team look brilliant when opponents miss tackles but then again it is amazing how many tackles opponents miss when the other team plays brilliantly. One other question, though, will never go away for as long as Northampton continue to suffer these hideous indignities. How much more can they take before changes are made to the regime? They say every coach, no matter how good, has a shelf life with a given team. Jim Mallinder may need a new challenge, as much for himself as for his club. Michael Aylwin• Match report: Saracens 55-24 Northampton• Saracens fear salary cap could affect homegrown stars• Schalk Brits to savour final season with Saracens before retirementcenter_img Read more Leicester Share on WhatsApp Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s action Saracens features … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Gaby Lovobalavu of Wasps escapes a tackle from Sale’s Faf de Klerk of Sale Sharks at the Ricoh Arena. 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Everyone’s Making Fun Of These 2 Florida State Fans Tonight

first_imgTwo FSU fans in the crowd at a game.Florida State is losing to Virginia Tech 17-3 in the fourth quarter right now in Tallahassee. It has been a rough season opener for the Seminoles thus far.Even a couple of the home fans are having a tough night. During the third quarter, the ESPN camera panned to a group of men decked out in Florida State colors.That isn’t unusual in and of itself, but what was weird is that two of those guys were wearing FSU superhero costumes.To say they are taking some abuse on Twitter would be accurate.Grown men dress up as superheros at FSU game— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) September 4, 2018At what point do you look in the mirror and realize you are an adult?— Derek Tyson (@DerekJTyson) September 4, 2018Believe in something even if it means sacrificing everything.— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) September 4, 2018Florida State— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 4, 2018Fans, you do what you will but…unless you are unable to drive a car…don’t wear a cape. Yeah, I’ve already changed my mind, don’t do what you want if that thing is wearing a cape.— Josh McCuistion (@JLMcCuistion) September 4, 2018IF you insist a cape is the move, though, couple it with a mask to hide your identity and protect your loved ones… from the embarrassment— Josh Helmholdt (@JoshHelmholdt) September 4, 2018Something a little bit different with Florida State football fans ?— WonderousATX (@wonderousATX) September 4, 2018Note to those fans: love the enthusiasm fellas, but next time, just leave the costumes at home.last_img read more

4-Star WR David Bell Among Top Recruits Deciding At Army All-American Game

first_img4-Star WR recruit David Bell runs after a catch.YouTubeMany of the top names are off the board, but we still have a few months before the usual National Signing Day in February. The U.S. Army All-American Game remains a big spot for blue-chip commitments as well, and in a few weeks, four-star wide receiver David Bell will be one of them.Bell is the No. 2 player in Indiana, and his recruitment is quite Big Ten-focused.Back over the summer, he announced an All-B1G top five, which appears to be the one that he is sticking with: Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State, and Purdue.Top 5 (No specific order) #RipD3️⃣— David Bell (@TheRealDBell_) June 8, 2018Even with recruiting powers like Ohio State and Penn State involved, Purdue football might be the favorite for David Bell.The Boilermakers have had two impressive seasons to start Jeff Brohm’s tenure, and have serious momentum.Brohm proved that he can make star freshman a huge part of the offense right away, with his use of receiver Rondale Moore this year. At 6-foot-2, Bell’s a much different player than Moore, but it didn’t go unnoticed.From USA Today earlier this year:“I don’t think we’re similar,” Bell said with a laugh. “He’s a lot quicker and faster than I am. But if I do go there, I think we would make a good combo with him on the inside and me on the outside. It would be hard to double team both of us. It’s amazing that he’s on the Biletnikoff watch list as a freshman. I’m happy for him.”90-percent of the 21 247 crystal ball predictions have Bell as a Boilermaker, with Penn State and Ohio State splitting the additional predictions.Moore is the No. 101 player in the country and No. 17 wide receiver. The U.S. Army All-American Game will be played on January 5.last_img read more

Southwest Monsoon likely to be below normal this year Skymet

first_imgNew Delhi: Monsoon rains may be “below normal” this year, Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, said on Wednesday attributing it to the El Nino phenomenon.The monsoon is likely to be 93 per cent of the long period average (LPA), it said. Anything between 90-95 per cent of LPA falls under the “below normal” category. LPA is the average of rainfall between 1951 and 2000, which is 89 cm. If the forecast comes true, then this will be the second consecutive year of a below normal rainfall. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’East India, along with a major portion of central India, is likely to be at a higher risk of being rain deficient, especially during the first half of the season. Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Coastal Andhra Pradesh are most likely to see normal rains throughout the season, the forecast said. Agriculture, the major contributor to the Indian GDP, still heavily relies on seasonal rains. Skymet CEO Jatin Singh said June may see rainfall of 77 per cent of LPA, while July is expected to witness rainfall of 91 per cent of LPA. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAccording to the forecast, June and July are likely to witness “below normal” rainfall. August and September are likely to witness rainfall of 102 per cent and 99 per cent of LPA, Singh said. “There is a 55 per cent chance of a below normal rainfall, zero chances of an excess and above normal rainfall and 30 per cent chance of a normal rainfall,” the forecast said. Skymet blamed the El-Nino behind a possible below normal rainfall. The El-Nino phenomenon is linked to the warming of Pacific waters. El-Nino has an impact on the monsoon, Air Vice Marshal (retired) G P Sharma, Skymet President (Meteorology and Climate Change), said. “The Pacific Ocean has become strongly warmer than average. The model projections call for 80 per cent chance of El Nino during March-May, dropping to 60 per cent for June to August. “This means, it is going to be a devolving El Nino year, though retaining threshold values all through the season. Thus, Monsoon 2019 is likely to be below normal,” Sharma said. He added that the three-monthly Nino index shows that by MJJ (May-June-July), there is a 66 per cent chance of El Nino, 32 per cent chance of neutral and two per cent of La Nina. La Nina is linked to cooling of Pacific waters and is generally believed to be good for the monsoon. The saviour factor, the Skymet said, could be IOD (Indian Ocean Dipole) which is likely to be in the neutral or positive phase during the monsoon. Thus, it may be able to absorb some of the El Nino blues and possibly would support rainfall during the second half of monsoon, Sharma said.last_img read more

Solo sailor Jessica Watson named UN youth representative against hunger

Eighteen-year-old Ms. Watson, who completed the non-stop voyage around the world last year in her yacht Ella’s Pink Lady, joins a growing group of celebrities, sportspersons and statesmen worldwide who are promoting WFP’s work and giving a voice to the hungry.She will focus on child hunger and inspire both new generations and opinion makers as she raises awareness and funds for WFP’s school feeding programmes.“It’s a real honour to be working with WFP and to join the fight against child hunger,” said Ms. Watson. “Children cannot learn on an empty stomach and by providing nutritious daily meals, WFP is helping to build a better future for children, their families and their communities as they struggle to escape from hunger,” she said.WFP provides school meals to an average of 22 million children each year in around 60 countries. School meals play a vital role in breaking the hunger-poverty cycle.Poor households must often choose between sending children to school or to work in fields, streets, factories or sweatshops. WFP’s school meal programmes encourage parents to keep their children in school by providing food and sometimes take-home rations that help to feed the child’s family as well.“We are delighted to have Jessica on board. Her desire to make a difference to children’s lives, coupled with her boundless energy, will be a real asset,” said Amir Abdulla, the WFP Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, who is visiting the Australian capital, Canberra, this week.“Jessica Watson is already inspiring young people in Australia and beyond and her leadership will ensure the voices of hungry school children are heard,” he added.In her role as Youth Representative, Jessica will help introduce a new generation to WFP’s work by using social media and online tools, including the agency’s innovative fundraising and engagement platform, WeFeedback, which harnesses the power of social networking to raise money for school meal programmes. 25 May 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appointed Jessica Watson of Australia, the youngest person to sail alone non-stop around the world, as the agency’s Youth Representative in support of the global fight against hunger. read more

China plans to take 6 million older polluting commercial vehicles off road

BEIJING, China – China’s government plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities.The plan also calls for filling stations in Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities to switch to selling only the cleanest grades of gasoline and diesel, according to a Cabinet statement issued Monday.The order comes after China failed to meet official pollution-reduction goals for 2011-2013, the statement said. It said vehicles registered before 2005 that fail to meet cleaner emissions standards will be “phased out,” though it did not say how.It called the country’s environmental situation “extremely grim.”China’s major cities are smothered in eye-searing smog. The country has some of the world’s strictest emissions standards, but authorities have refrained from enforcing them until now to avoid forcing older, pollution-belching trucks off the road and hurting small businesses.Monday’s announcement suggests authorities have settled that conflict in favour of environmental protection following reports on the mounting health and economic costs of pollution.Plans call for retiring 5 million older, polluting vehicles in Beijing, the nearby port of Tianjin and the deltas of the Yangtze River, around Shanghai, and the Pearl River, around the southern business centre of Guangzhou, according to the statement. It gave no details on where the remaining 1 million vehicles due to be taken off the road were.China has about 240 million vehicles on the road, and half are passenger cars, according to the Ministry of Public Security.China is the world’s biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold. Sales rose 15.7 per cent last year to 17.9 million vehicles. Sales growth is slowing but analysts still expect an increase of 8 to 10 per cent this year.Taxi fleets and public buses in major cities have been required to switch to cleaner-burning natural gas or battery power. The government is promoting development of an electric car manufacturing industry.City governments in Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities have imposed curbs on new vehicle restrictions in an attempt to reduce smog and traffic congestion. China plans to take 6 million older, polluting commercial vehicles off road to clear air In this photo taken Monday, April 25, 2011, cars clog a main thoroughfare in Beijing, China. China’s government plans to take 5 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities. The plan also calls for filling stations in Beijing, Shanghai and other major urban areas to switch to selling only the cleanest grades of gasoline and diesel, according to a Cabinet statement issued Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted May 26, 2014 11:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

St Louis upset of Memphis headlines NCAA Tournament action at Nationwide Arena

Day one of the NCAA Tournament in Columbus Friday did not disappoint. Midwest No.11-seed North Carolina State, Midwest No. 3-seed Georgetown, West No.9-seed Saint Louis and West No.1-seed Michigan State all won, advancing to the third round. Georgetown and N.C. State is scheduled to meet in the first game at Nationwide Arena at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, with MSU and SLU 30 minutes following, with berths to the Sweet 16 on the line. Midwest Region’s No. 11-seed North Carolina State upsets No. 6 Seed San Diego State, 79-65 Playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006, the No. 11-seeded North Carolina State Wolfpack (23-12) upended No. 6-seed San Diego State (26-8), taking advantage of its superior play in the paint on the way to a 79-65 victory. N.C. State got a team-high 22 points from junior forward Richard Howell, and sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown added 17 while grabbing nine rebounds. “I thought today inside around the basket we were able to get a lot done,” N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. “And I thought Richard (Powell) in the first half was just sensational. And it wasn’t just him. But Richard really set the tone for us offensively.” It was a two-man show for SDSU, as sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin (23) and junior guard Chase Tapley (19), combined for 42 of the Aztecs’ 65 points. SDSU coach Steve Fisher attributed the loss to N.C. State’s size. “It’s one thing to be big. It’s another thing to be big and good. And they’re big and good. And we had a hard time with their size,” he said. N.C. State outscored the Aztecs’ 38-18 in the paint. During the first half, neither team was able to pull away, with the lead changing six times and N.C. State on top, 33-29, after twenty minutes. The beginning of the second half was more of the same, but towards the midway point, SDSU started to miss shots, and NCST didn’t. The Wolfpack shot 65 percent from the field in the final twenty minutes, with the Aztecs only managing to hit 37 percent of their second-half shots. Midwest Region’s No. 3-seed Georgetown defeats No. 14-seed Belmont, 74-59 Georgetown and senior guard Jason Clark weren’t going to be denied this time. After being one-and-done in their previous two NCAA Tournament trips, the No.3-seeded Hoyas, propelled by Clark, played with insistence Friday, cruising past No.14-seed Belmont, 74-59, in the second round. Clark led the way for Georgetown (24-8), pouring in a game-high 21 points, while Hoyas’ freshman forward Otto Porter scored 16 and senior center Henry Sims added 15. Sophomore forward Blake Jenkins dropped a team-high 17 points for Belmont (27-8). “I think it was definitely a sense of urgency, not just for me but the whole team,” Clark said. “We know what we’ve done in the past. So it was a big thing for us to get this win today.” The urgency showed early, as Clark scored 10 of Georgetown’s first 14 points. Along with Clark’s play, the Hoyas’ used a major size advantage inside to take a 36-27 lead into half time. The lead remained around the 10-point mark for the majority of the second half. Belmont coach Rick Byrd said his team was not able to make any runs against the Hoyas’ zone defense. “I just didn’t predict that we’d face zone or that we’d do as poorly as we did,” he said. “But (Georgetown’s zone is) a great one. They’re well taught, and they’ve got great athletes.” Georgetown’s efficiency on the offensive end allowed it to stave off any Belmont runs as well. The Hoyas shot 61 percent from the field, including nearly 70 percent in the final 20 minutes. West Region’s No. 9-seed Saint Louis beats No.8-seed Memphis, 61-54 In the most competitive game of the day, No.9-seed Saint Louis (26-7) held all but one No. 8-seed Memphis (26-9) player to single-digit points in a 61-54 victory. Billikens junior guard Kwamain Mitchell led all scorers with 22, and SLU senior forward Brian Conklin played tough inside against bigger Memphis defenders, adding 16 points. Conference USA Player of the Year Will Barton was the only Tiger in double-digits with 16 points. Memphis sophomore forward Tarik Black, who Barton said Thursday was the Tigers’ biggest advantage heading into the game, was held to four points and only played 19 minutes due to foul trouble. SLU frustrated the Tigers by preventing them from getting out and running. “Honestly, they didn’t even – they didn’t have nobody on offensive boards, just one guy, and the rest of their players got back on defense,” Memphis sophomore guard Joe Jackson said. “So they basically took away the fast break, and we played into their hands, just settling for bad shots.” The first half saw back-and-forth play with the teams tied, 23-23, after 20 minutes. SLU held Memphis to 33 percent shooting, 1-of-8 from 3-point range in the first half. “To keep (Memphis) to 23 points in a half is really good, but look, that’s what we pride ourselves on is our defense,” SLU junior forward Cody Ellis said. Memphis used a 7-2 run early in the second half to get up 37-29, thanks in part to a few steals by Barton and sophomore guard Chris Crawford. The Billikens followed with a 14-5 run of their own. After a long, shot-clock beating three pointer by Mitchell, SLU led, 48-44, with fewer than five minutes to play, and held on for the victory. “We could have given up and went down, 10, 15 points, but the guys kept fighting back, making big shots and knocking down key free throws,” SLU sophomore forward Dwayne Evans said, who scored six points and grabbed 11 rebounds. West Region’s No.1-seed Michigan State beats West No.16-seed LIU Brooklyn, 89-67 It was closer than expected for the first 25 minutes, but eventually, No.1-seed Michigan State (28-7) proved why it is a top-seed, as the Spartans topped the No.16-seeded LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (25-9), 89-67. MSU senior forward Draymond Green led the way with a triple-double, pouring in 24 points while adding 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Spartans’ centers sophomore Adrien Payne (16 points and seven rebounds) and junior Derrick Nix (18 points and eight rebounds)-combined for 34 points and 15 rebounds. “Those guys are monsters. They’re really good players and they’re really skilled. That’s why they’re a No.1 seed,” LIU Brooklyn coach Jim Ferry said, LIU Brooklyn jumped out to a five-point lead early, but it didn’t last long, as the Spartans started to feed their bigs, exploiting the Blackbirds lack of size inside. Greeen, Payne and Nix combined for 24 points and 16 rebounds in the first half, as the Spartans scored 34 of their 42 first-half points in the paint. A balanced attack kept LIU Brooklyn in the game, with eight different players scoring in the first twenty minutes. MSU led, 42-37, at the end of the first half. The Blackbirds held strong early in the second half, but a 28-12 run by MSU allowed the Spartans to cruise for the majority of the game’s final minutes. “It was a big win for us, on a team that I think is a very solid, good team. I was concerned (early), but I thought we took control in the second half,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said. read more

Katanga and Gécamines sign Memorandum of Understanding

first_imgKatanga Mining has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its joint venture (JV) partner Gécamines that will be the basis for amending the Kamoto Copper Co (KCC) Joint Venture Agreement to incorporate provisions of the February 7, 2008 Agreement releasing the Dikuluwe and Mashamba West deposits; merging the DRC Copper and Cobalt Project (DCP) and KCC joint ventures; and addressing requirements of the DRC Government resulting from the review of mining partnerships with Gécamines.Key provisions are:1. 75% of the share capital of the merged JV is allocated to Katanga’s wholly owned subsidiaries KFL Ltd and GEC and 25% to Gécamines; consistent with each of the existing joint venture agreements.2. Share capital of the merged JV will be increased from $1 million to $100 million.3. Upon implementation of the merged JV, 5% of all additional joint venture funding until the project reaches 150,000 t/y of copper output will be non-interest bearing and the remaining 95% will bear interest at a rate not greater than LIBOR plus 3%.4. The royalty rate for equipment and facilities provided by Gécamines as well as for ore reserve depletion will increase from 1.5% to 2.5% of net revenues.5. The first cash payment to Gécamines for transfer of mining rights under article 4.3 of the February 7, 2008 Agreement is $5 million and will be made on implementation of the merged JV.6. The Board of KCC will be increased to eight members, three of whom will be appointed by Gécamines, and KCC will assume day-to-day management of the merged JV’s operations within 12 months from the date of this MoU. This will result in the elimination of the current operating agreement with Kamoto Operating Ltd.These changes, together with provisions of the February 7, 2008 MoU, will be integrated into the merged JV document that will preserve existing relevant terms and provisions of the DCP and KCC joint ventures.Arthur Ditto, President and CEO of Katanga stated: “I am very pleased that this MoU addresses outstanding matters affecting joint venture business, including Government requirements from the mining review, and that we can deal with everything in one merged joint venture agreement. We look forward to a closer working relationship with Gécamines and getting the full financial and operating synergy that merging the two joint ventures will bring for the benefit of everyone.”Paul Fortin, Director General of Gécamines also noted: “This joint venture is very important to Gécamines and to the economy of the DRC, and we believe the MoU provides a positive framework for its future success.”Katanga Mining operates a major mine complex in the DRC producing refined copper and cobalt. The company has the potential to become Africa’s largest copper producer and the world’s largest cobalt producer, with a targeted annual output of over 300,000 t of refined copper and over 30,000 t of refined cobalt by 2011.last_img read more

FUCHS highlights importance of representative oil sampling

first_imgSampling oil correctly and regularly can help highlight potential problems in mining machines before they become serious, said a technical expert from a leading lubricant manufacturer. Andy Brown, of FUCHS LUBRICANTS, said sampling can help reduce costs by unearthing issues with a machine before it breaks down completely, therefore minimising downtime. But he also warned that oil samples must be taken correctly in order to produce the most accurate results.FUCHS LUBRICANTS offers the CENT sampling service to its customers, producing clear, precise feedback in the form of graphs and reports along with suggestions for remedial action. The state-of-the-art production management tool indicates wear trends, additive levels and sources of contamination. In 2016, FUCHS carried out around 27,000 sampling reports from across all industry sectors the company is involved in. Many of those reports were for mining machines. Brown said: “If you examine the condition of the oil through sampling, you can see problems before they escalate and become bigger issues. Customers send the sample to us and we look at viscosity, additive levels, wear levels, oxidation, and contaminants such as coolant ingress, dirt ingress and soot levels. All of these things can tell us the condition of the oil and the condition of the engine, gear box or hydraulic system. “When samples are taken over a period of time, you can start to trend results and see things like bearing wear, cylinder wear, and coolant contamination. For example, if there is a lot of dirt in the oil maybe the air filter hasn’t been changed, or perhaps they’ve got a split somewhere in the air in-take system.”He adds: “It’s a powerful tool because downtime can be so costly. You can spot a problem and replace something for a nominal amount rather than leaving it and having catastrophic problems. Industrial machines need to be ready to use when you need them otherwise you run the risk of costly downtime. However, the way sampling is done is massively important and it’s the bit that everyone gets wrong. I remember an occasion when a company was extremely concerned that their vehicles were generating excess soot out of the exhaust. We carried out extensive analysis on samples they gave us which confirmed their initial fears and there was a major investigation involving the engine manufacturer, the vehicle manufacturer and the filter manufacturers. I asked the company how they had taken their samples and they had no idea. It transpired that the samples had been taken after a weekend when the vehicles had stood idle and were cold. The engineer had opened the sump and taken the first bit of oil that came out. This was the worst-case scenario as when oil has sat for three days, a lot of particulates will drop out and go to the bottom. You need to take a sample either when everything is running/circulating so nothing is dropping out, or as soon as possible after it is switched off.”In the case above when it was sampled properly, there was no soot in the oil so whatever had caused the problem, it was nothing to do with soot in the oil. “It’s when and how you take the sample that is critical. The analysis side is easy but you can get completely the wrong answer if you haven’t sampled it right.” Brown said that the sample taken needs to be representative of the rest of the oil. Generally, this will be after it has passed through the engine but before it gets to the filter, the filter will remove contaminants. A vampire pump can be used with a tube which is fed into the correct position. Crucially, the same sampling technique must be used every time.Brown added: “If you haven’t got a strategy of how to take samples and four or five people are doing it differently all the time, you’ll get the scattergun approach. One person is doing it one way, someone else a different way, sometimes in the evening, sometimes in the morning. You end up with a random set of results. If you’ve got a process but it’s not right, you can get some consistent results but they are actually wrong. Sampling is very much worth doing – and it’s worth doing right.”last_img read more

THW Kiel confirms Momir Ilic is leaving at the end of the

THW Kiel announced that they will not be prolonging the contract with Momir Ilic, which expires on the 30th of June 2013. After joining THW Kiel in 2009 from Gummersbach, it is now certain that Momir Ilic will have to seek for a new club. Ilic is another in the series of players that announced that they will be leaving THW Kiel which include Omeyer and Narcisse, while Marcus Ahlm will be retiring at the end of the season. ← Previous Story Alexandros Vasilakis joins LNH club Toulouse Next Story → Dan Beutler to continue career in Qatar? ahlmMomir IlicnarcisseomeyerTHW Kiel

Public Accounts Committee chair calls for CRC to come clean on topups

first_imgFIANNA FÁIL TD and chair of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, John McGuinness, has called on the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) to make an immediate statement on charitable money that was used to top-up the salaries of senior staff.Commenting today on the news which emerged yesterday afternoon, McGuinness said it was “deeply concerning”.The committee is expected to received a report from the HSE in the next week about funding for the CRC and if found to be unsatisfactory, he said representatives from the clinic will be called before it.Before that, I am calling on the CRC to make a comprehensive statement and come clean on the payments to staff that were funded by charitable donations. If this does not happen promptly I will call the CRC to appear before the PAC.He said the statement must be full and frank and cover every aspect of their funding and where the money is going.“The behaviour by the CRC is simply not good enough, the public will not accept it and I will not accept it,” he continued. “People give their hard earned money to charity with the expectation, in this instance, that it goes towards children and adults with a range of disabilities. This is a gross breach of public trust and the CRC must now explain itself in an open and transparent way.”Read: Ross calls for immediate resignation of CRC Board over salary top-ups>last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img Get the 9 at 9 News audio Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Jack Jelly No Comments Short URL Mar 27th 2019, 7:51 AM Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 7:51 AMcenter_img 8,229 Views Image: Shutterstock/Jack Jelly EVERY MORNING, brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #LAURA BRENNAN: The funeral of the HPV vaccine campaigner, who died of cervical cancer last week aged 26, will take place today in her home county of Clare.2. #BREXIT: MPs will meet at Westminster today to vote on their preferred Brexit option as pressure mounts on Prime Minister Theresa May. 3. #CORK: The baby whose mother was found dead at Cork University Maternity Hospital on Monday has also died.4. #ROAD SAFETY: The EU has said a provisional agreement has been reached with member states that will see new road safety technologies become mandatory on vehicles sold in Europe from 2022 onwards.5. #GROUND CONTROL: US President Donald Trump’s administration has announced that it is speeding up plans to send US astronauts back to the Moon, from 2028 to 2024.6. #WRC: A woman who claims her manager sexually harassed her with inappropriate touching and conversation has been awarded €11,850 following a hearing before the Workplace Relations Commission. 7. #EMERGENCY LANDING: A Boeing 737 MAX aircraft made an emergency landing yesterday after experiencing an engine problem as it was being ferried from Florida to California.8. #BUSCONNECTS: The National Transport Authority is set to tell an Oireachtas committee today that it has received 30,000 submissions on its ambitious BusConnects plan. 9. #WEATHER: Today will be mostly dry and cloudy with some sunny spells, Met Éireann has forecast.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Share4 Tweet Email3 By Cónal Thomas The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning.last_img read more

ATM Keypads Arent as Gross as You Think They Are

first_imgStay on target Dutch ATMs Now Show Missing-Children AlertsProgrammer Finds ATM Flaw That Let Him Withdraw $1 Million in Cash Good news, everyone! The ATM keypads you’re forced to touch every time you need to withdraw a few bucks? Turns out they’re not the festering disease transmitters you thought they were.British website Netdoctor recently ran a headline that asked, Are ATMs a Health Hazard? If you’re familiar with Betteridge’s law of headlines, then you know that the answer to any question in a headline is almost always “no.” While that’s certainly true of this one, there’s an asterisk worth noting.Recently, NYU researchers set out to “investigate New York City’s urban microbiome,” according to Netdoctor. While they didn’t necessarily plan to determine just how dangerous the ATMs in New York City were, they learned quite a bit during their research. They tested more than five dozen machines in Manhattan and Queens, and their report was surprisingly reassuring.In spite of being fondled by hundreds or even thousands of people every day, ATM keypads really aren’t all that disgusting. They do reveal some interesting truths about the neighborhoods in which they’re located, though… like whether chicken or fish is a more popular main with residents.Some nasty discoveries were made, of course. Among them: Trichomonas Vaginalis, a parasite that can cause vaginitis in women and urethritis in men and Toxoplasma gondii, which spreads toxoplasmosis.Don’t go running for your towel yet. The NYU biologists said that the microbes they collected might no longer have been active and that the amounts collected may have been too small to pose us any real danger even if they were active.last_img read more


first_img Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Oct. 3 (Jamaica Information Service): A New Kingston business owner is reaping the benefits of reduced energy costs, following the installation of a US$30,000 photovoltaic solar system at her premises.Operator of the Oasis on the Oxford, Lorraine Clunie, is encouraging other small business owners to take the step towards renewable energy, following a dramatic reduction in her electricity bills after just three months.“My light bill was coming to about $150,000 per month, sometimes even as high as $210,000. I installed the 15-kilowatt system in June and the following month I received a bill for $40,000 and after that my light bill went down even further to $20,000,” she said. Mrs. Clunie, who was speaking to JIS News at her company on Oxford Road, following a tour of the premises by Energy Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, on October 3, said there were times when she considered closing her business, as the energy cost had become quite unbearable. “There were times when just to pay the light bill, I was not able to pay my staff or to pay my lease,” she noted.“I got to a point where I didn’t know what to do and then I heard a statement from the Minister encouraging persons to go solar and so I became aware of the possibilities and the benefits that could be derived,” she added.Mrs. Clunie said after doing some research on solar energy, she decided to acquire the system using her credit card, importing a part at a time. “I didn’t have all the money at once, so I decided to buy it piece by piece. It took me nine to ten months to acquire the entire system and to get everything here. And the major thing was that I didn’t have to pay any duty on the system, because of the Government’s duty free policy on renewable energy systems,” she told JIS News. She informed that her system, which includes 81 solar panels, now provides all the energy she needs to run her New Kingston business complex, which houses the Red Snapper Restaurant, the Thirsty Man pub, and Elegant Weddings.Mrs. Clunie is now in the process of applying for a licence from the Office of the Utilities Regulation (OUR) for Net Billing to sell excess energy to the Jamaica Public Service (JPS).“I would encourage small business owners to just get with the programme. The fact is I am now much better off and this system will pay for itself in about 18 to 20 months,” she says.In the meantime, Minister Paulwell told JIS News that the installation of the system demonstrates the importance of using those incentives that the government has provided to small businesses to lower their cost of electricity.“This is a good model for small businesses and it has slashed their electricity usage and costs significantly, making the business so much more viable and productive,” he noted.“So, when we say that each person has a responsibility to reduce the cost of electricity, this is one of the models that we want to promote,” the Minister said.He pointed out that once the system is installed, it is maintenance free for almost 20 years. “You make back your money in four years and you’re able to generate a significant profit from it, so it is definitely a win, win,” the Minister said. Related Items:jamaica, Lorraine Clunie, Oasis on the Oxford, solar system Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaicalast_img read more

Katy Perry Honored With amfAR Award Of Courage For Support Of HIVAIDS

first_imgThe popstar was celebrated at the amfAR Gala, sharing “today I understand that a courageous life is the only one worth living” Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 22, 2018 – 1:05 pm GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Katy Perry may be best known for her music, with catchy hits like “Dark Horse,” “Swish Swish” and “California Gurls,” but she is also a passionate advocate and activist. On Oct. 18, the popstar was honored with the amfAR Award of Courage for her ongoing support and advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Katy Perry Honored With amfAR Award Of Courage katy-perry-honored-amfar-award-courage-support-hivaids-research News Email Twitter Facebook Katy Perry Honored With amfAR Award Of Courage For Support Of HIV/AIDS Research At the 2018 amfAR Gala Los Angeles, an annual star-studded fundraising event for amfAR’s work to end HIV/AIDS through scientific research, Perry gave a passionate acceptance speech, critiquing the non-accepting community she grew up in and acknowledging her queer fans and honoring their courage.”Today I understand that a courageous life is the only one worth living. I come from a Bible-thumping background that wasn’t particularly open or accepting of curiosity,” she said. “I may not have known it then, but daring to ask questions and redefine right and wrong when everybody around me spoke in absolutes was my first attempt at a courageous life.”She continued, “To my LGBTQ-plus family who is disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, I’ve always felt such a deep connection to, and gratitude for your bravery to live your authentic truth. It’s a gift to all of us and you deserve to be safe, seen and celebrated.”With support from Perry and others, the gala alone raised $1.7 million for the charitable organization, which, with the Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative, is working to develop a cure by 2020. The evening also honored TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie and featured performances from GRAMMY-nominated “Goldfinger” singer Shirley Bassey.In addition to being a longtime supporter of AIDS/HIV research, Perry was also given the UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award in 2016 and has been a Goodwill Ambassador with the organization since 2013. She has donated to causes near to her heart over the years, including in 2011 when she donated $175,000 of proceeds from her California Dreams Tour to 50 non-profit organizations.Dolly Parton To Be Honored As 2019 MusiCares Person Of The YearRead morelast_img read more

2200 saplings distributed

first_imgVijayawada: Lions district coordinator, Global Worming along with the students of Bhashyam School organised an awareness programme, rally and human chain at Rythupeta of Nandigama to mark World Pollution Day on Thursday. About 2,200 saplings were distributed to the students and villagers on the occasion. The chief guest of the programme was Nandigama sub inspector Ramakrishna. He said everyone should feel the responsibility to plant saplings and see that it grows into a big tree and protect the environment. He said that greenery would bring down the temperature levels and make living better. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Lions district coordinator Ramireddy Sridhar said that for better health one should have good environment, fresh air to breath, pollution free drinking water apart from money. Plants and trees play a key role in protecting the environment and everyone should take it as a challenge to plant saplings which is the need of the hour. He further said that everyone should stop using plastic carry bags as it is one of the major hazardous things adding to pollution. Lion M Amaraiah, M Satyanarayana, Rajappa, Nageswara Rao, teachers, students and villagers were present.last_img read more