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Banned by FIFA, Platini plans to be at UEFA election

first_imgGENEVA (AP) — Michel Platini plans to speak at the UEFA presidential election to replace him next week, despite his current FIFA ban from soccer politics.A spokesman for his Paris-based lawyers said Wednesday that Platini had been invited to the Sept. 14 meeting in Athens by UEFA, and wanted to address delegates as part of a handover of the final two and a half years of his presidential mandate.However, it is unclear if Platini is allowed to attend under the terms of his four-year ban for conflict of interest, over a $2 million payment he received in 2011 from FIFA.A spokesman for FIFA’s judging chamber said: “This would have to be decided by Mr (Hans-Joachim) Eckert as chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee. However, so far, he has not yet received a respective request by UEFA.”UEFA also invited its outgoing president to European Championship matches in June and July since his final appeal case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport failed to overturn the ban.Platini did not attend any Euro 2016 games in his native France despite FIFA ethics committee advice that he could go to stadiums but not discuss business with former colleagues.The election is a head-to-head between UEFA vice president Michael van Praag of the Netherlands and Slovenian soccer federation leader Aleksander Ceferin. Angel Maria Villar of Spain withdrew from the race on Tuesday.England backed Van Praag on Wednesday, though it is a rare public endorsement for the 68-year-old former Ajax club president compared to public pledges for Ceferin among the 55 UEFA members.English Football Association vice chairman David Gill said Wednesday that Van Praag “would be able to provide the strong and credible leadership European football requires at a crucial moment for the global game.”Van Praag is the “right choice to bring all aspects of the European game closer together,” said Gill, who is also a UEFA vice president.France and Germany have backed Ceferin, who was little known before the campaign but has also attracted support in eastern Europe and Scandinavia.Poland’s federation — led by Zbigniew Boniek, a former teammate of Platini at Juventus — also came out for Ceferin on Wednesday.Tensions between the two candidates have risen ahead of attending meetings on Thursday with voters in Copenhagen.Responding to a Norwegian magazine’s investigation into Ceferin’s alleged alliance with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Van Praag wrote on Twitter that UEFA did not need a “power hungry politician.”Denmark’s federation, which hosts the candidates on Thursday, had welcomed Ceferin’s candidacy in June in a joint letter with regional neighbors Sweden, Finland and Norway. The four nations are also preparing a co-hosting bid for the 2024 European Championship.Still, the Danish federation and national league made a joint statement Wednesday that they also want to discuss UEFA’s recently agreed changes to the Champions League for the 2018-21 seasons.The deal guarantees more entries and tens of millions of dollars in prize money to clubs from the top four-ranked leagues — currently Spain, Germany, England and Italy — at the expense of mid-ranked countries like Denmark.The Danish soccer bodies said they shared “great dissatisfaction with the process.”“The process was wrong, the result is wrong,” Danish league CEO Claus Thomsen said. “A fundamental change of the format has been rushed through UEFA and the ECA (European Club Association) even though a new UEFA President will be elected in a week’s time and even though there are no publicly elected leadership in UEFA.”Van Praag and Ceferin both say they oppose Europe’s top clubs breaking away to form a Super League. However, Danish officials say they fear a de facto Super League created within UEFA in partnership with elite clubs.Influential clubs, including Juventus and Real Madrid, were seen to have exploited the absence of Platini, the UEFA president since 2007, to pressure the European soccer body this year for a more favorable deal.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nubia Red Magic 3 will be more powerful than iPhone XS, claims AnTuTu benchmark score

first_imgThe first few months of 2019 have seen a lot of launches in the flagship smartphone segment. Samsung came up with its Galaxy S10 series of phones as well as the foldable Galaxy Fold smartphone. The Huawei Mate X and the P30 Pro have shown incredible technological advances as well. However, Chinese manufacturer Nubia has rumours floating around its next smartphone, which is supposed to be the most powerful smartphone this year. Now, we have some concrete information on the device that does indicate the Red Magic 3 to be a vastly powerful smartphone.Nubia has released the AnTuTu scores for the Red Magic 3. The device in its pre-launch status has managed to lead the charts with a score of 437,522. This score is substantially higher than all the other phones with a Snapdragon 855 chipset. The Red Magic 3’s score even beats the latest iPhone AnTuTu scores. This shows that the device will be extremely capable in terms of raw performance.Part of achieving such a high AnTuTu score is because of its Qualcomm processor. The Red Magic 3, like all other flagship smartphones in the world, will be relying on the Snapdragon 855 chipset. Nubia has already confirmed that the Red Magic 3 will ship with up to 12GB RAM. Moreover, it will run on Android 9 Pie, with some variants expected to get a stock Android interface. While Nubia hasn’t given anything on the battery capacity, it is known that a 30W fast charging solution will fill up the tank quicker than the older models.advertisementNubia’s Red Magic devices have always been known to rule the AnTuTu charts. The Red Magic Mars, which never made it to the Indian market, sat on the top of the AnTuTu chart until the phones with Snapdragon 855 started rolling out. Nubia managed to beat the Kirin 980-powered Huawei Mate 20 Pro with a generation older Snapdragon 845 chip – thanks to immense optimization. Currently, most Snapdragon 855-powered smartphones don’t manage to cross the 400,000 mark on AnTuTu and the Red Magic is the only one that scores way beyond that.The Red Magic 3 is rumoured to sport some serious hardware additions to achieve those performance figures. Nubia says the Red Magic 3 will carry over the shoulder buttons and the RGB LED light strip from the previous models. Rumours even say that the phone will have a dual cooling system – a liquid cooling system as well as an air cooling system. The Red Magic 3 is expected to feature actual fans inside to vent heat out of the system and keep the internals cool for delivering optimum performance.The Red Magic 3 is supposed to launch in India after its global debut and Nubia could price it aggressively against the likes of OnePlus 6T and Honor View 20.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic review: A phone fast at running games but that is allALSO READ | Nubia shows Alpha flexible smartwatch and 5G smartphone at MWC 2019ALSO READ | Forget 5G and foldable phones, 10X zoom camera from Oppo at MWC 2019 is tech you need to know aboutlast_img read more

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Madrid fear ‘really bad news’ on Marcelo

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid fear ‘really bad news’ on Marcelo after injury against Betis Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:48 2/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Marcelo Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Marcelo Real Betis v Real Madrid Real Betis Primera División The Brazilian was withdrawn after just 30 minutes against Real Betis and the club now face a wait to find out the extent of the injury Real Madrid fear “really bad news” on the Marcelo injury front after the Brazilian defender picked up a knock 30 minutes into Sunday’s 5-3 win over Betis.The Brazil international started again for Madrid after scoring midweek against Paris Saint-Germain. But just before the half-hour mark he attempted to play his way out of a tight spot deep in his own half and went down holding his right hamstring without being touched by a Betis player.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Marcelo originally tried to continue but looked to be in severe discomfort on the pitch as it became clear he would not be able to play on. Now the club face a nervous wait, with director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno fearing “really bad news.””We need to wait and see what the doctors say,” he told AS after the match. “He’s had to leave the pitch and it’s really, really bad news. In 48 hours we’ll know the exact extent of the injury.”The injury comes at a tough time for Madrid, who face four La Liga matches between now and March 6, when the club will travel to Paris to take on PSG in the second leg of their round of 16 Champions League clash. Manager Zinedine Zidane is hopeful that the injury won’t be anything major moving forward. “Hopefully it’s something small,” he said. “Tomorrow we’ll see. (Marcelo) said that the sensation is that it is small, but we will see in a few days.”Madrid hold a 3-1 lead over the French outfit after the first leg and sit fourth in La Liga, 17 points back of leaders Barcelona.Marcelo has scored three goals over 28 matches in all competitions this season.last_img read more

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Premier Mayor Community Members Thank Firefighters Organizations

first_imgHundreds of Nova Scotians joined Premier Rodney MacDonald and HRM Mayor Peter Kelly as they thanked firefighters, volunteers, community organizations, RCMP, ground search and rescue workers, and government staff whose courageous efforts saved lives and property during the June 13 wildfires along the Eastern Shore and in Tantallon. The appreciation event was held today, July 3, at Cole Harbour Place in Dartmouth to recognize Department of Natural Resources firefighters, the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service, Halifax Regional Search and Rescue, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Salvation Army for their efforts during the fires. “Today was a wonderful opportunity for everyone affected by the fires to express their gratitude to the everyday heroes who went to extraordinary lengths to stop the large fires and to provide comfort for thousands of evacuees,” Premier MacDonald said. The Porters Lake-Lake Echo fire was the largest wildland fire in an urban area fought in Nova Scotia and the largest fire in more than 30 years. It resulted in the most significant fire-caused evacuation in the province’s history. “For their extraordinary strength, dedication, generosity and willingness to help, they are commended,” Mayor Kelly said. “Everyone worked tirelessly to respond to this crisis and in a manner that was swift, compassionate and effective.” During the event, Premier MacDonald announced that the Department of Natural Resources will provide up to 175,000 black spruce seedlings to homeowners in the Porters Lake-Lake Echo and Tantallon areas. The seedlings will be available during National Forest Week in September. Residents who would like more information about the seedlings can call the department’s Waverley office at 902-861-2560, or the Middle Musquodoboit office at 902-384-2290.last_img read more

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Rapport intérimaire publié

first_imgLa Commission indépendante de délimitation des circonscriptions électorales a soumis et publié son rapport intérimaire, aujourd’hui 1er juin, tel qu’exigé par le comité spécial de l’Assemblée législative. Les membres de la commission ont été nommés à la fin décembre pour établir un maximum de 52 circonscriptions et pour maximiser la parité du pouvoir électoral. La commission a été chargée de créer des circonscriptions dont la population varie seulement de plus ou de moins de 25 p. 100 du nombre moyen d’électeurs. Elle était aussi chargée de fournir des conseils sur la façon dont les législateurs peuvent aborder les préoccupations liées aux régions géographiques, à l’histoire et aux intérêts communautaires, ainsi qu’à la diversité linguistique et culturelle, particulièrement en ce qui a trait aux populations acadienne et afro-néo-écossaise. Différents points de vue et intérêts ont été présentés lors des consultations publiques en mars et en avril. « Les enjeux clés auxquels fait face la commission aujourd’hui sont essentiellement les mêmes auxquels ont fait face les deux commissions précédentes, a dit Teresa MacNeil, présidente de la commission. Il s’agit des circonscriptions protégées, de la parité relative du nombre d’électeurs dans la mesure du possible, et des mouvements de la population qui exigent des ajustements. » La majorité des commissaires ont déterminé : qu’il doit toujours y avoir 52 membres dans l’Assemblée législative; que les quatre « circonscriptions protégées » doivent être conservées; que deux circonscriptions doivent être éliminées, soit une de la région urbaine du Cap-Breton et une de la Nouvelle-Écosse continentale; que deux nouvelles circonscriptions soient ajoutées dans la région d’Halifax en raison de la croissance de la population du côté ouest du port; que les ajustements des limites dans les autres circonscriptions soient guidés par l’objectif de la parité relative du nombre d’électeurs, dans la mesure du possible. Bien que la commission ne soit pas tenue de respecter les limites des comtés ou des municipalités, elle les a utilisés, dans la mesure du possible. Elle a utilisé les circonscriptions électorales actuelles ainsi que des éléments géographiques tels que les autoroutes et les cours d’eau, qui offrent une séparation naturelle des zones de population. Avec l’aide d’Élections Nouvelle-Écosse, les commissaires ont examiné l’ajustement des limites de façon à ce que la population des 48 circonscriptions non protégées respecte la variance de plus ou de moins de 25 p. 100 du nombre moyen d’électeurs. Malgré les défis posés par les changements proposés, la population dans les six régions géographiques de la province se trouve à plus ou moins 10 p. 100 de la moyenne. La population des électeurs des 37 circonscriptions ne varie pas plus de 15 p. 100 de la moyenne, et la population dans 29 circonscriptions ne varie pas plus de 10 p. 100 de la moyenne. La commission a remercié les Néo-Écossais de leur intérêt envers la première phase des travaux et se prépare en vue de la prochaine série de consultations publiques, qui débute le 6 juin à Antigonish. Le rapport peut être consulté en ligne au http://nselectoralboundaries.ca/fr.last_img read more

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JJ Abrams Donates 50000 To CrowdRise Page For Boy Blessed By Pope

first_imgJ.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath have donated $50,000 to a Crowdrise page raising money for the young boy with cerebral palsy who was blessed with a kiss on the forehead from Pope Francis during his trip to the US.The Pope blessed Michael Keating with the kiss last month, and following the incredible moment Michael¹s family launched a CrowdRise page to help raise money for an accessible van and additional medical care.“So many people have reached out to the friends and family of Michael Keating to share in the excitement of his blessing from Pope Francis,” Michael’s parents wrote on the fundraising page. “Many have asked if the Keating’s could use any help. As transporting Michael is always a challenge, a handicap van has been on their wish list for years.“The current handicap accessible vehicle that was donated to them by a family friend is in need of a working ramp and has other maintenance issues. We are raising money to put towards a new handicap accessible vehicle and any other expenses for Michael’s care.”The Keating’s story attracted the eye of JJ Abrams, who wrote “You are an amazing family. Thank you for sharing your story.”Over $100,000 has already been raised on the CrowdRise site.To find out more, and make your own donation, click here.last_img read more

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Metis organization set to release its own report on violence against Indigenous

first_imgThere were only Métis sashes on display at the inquiry.Dennis WardAPTN NewsThe President of Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak (LFMNO) says the organization that represents Metis women will bring forward it’s own report for Metis on Monday.Melanie Omeniho says “we are not under any delusions. We have continuously been reminded what a train wreck that the inquiry became.”LFMNO or Women of the Metis Nation has long been critical of the national inquiry.The group did not support the commissioners request for an extension and extra funding.Last March, Omeniho said the national industry’s hearings and research “have excluded Metis women and girls.”At the time, Omeniho said “since the national inquiry is not including Métis, we will do the work ourselves.  We will make our own recommendations to the Minister based on work done by the Métis Nation, for our Métis women, families, and communities.”Metis National Council President Clement Chartier has also previously expressed his concerns with the inquiry.On an earlier episode of Face to Face, Chartier said he was also disappointed he did not have an opportunity to appear as an individual at the inquiry.“My mother was brutalized and murdered and justice still hasn’t been done but I didn’t get that chance I looked for it but the Inquiry, never contacted my office at all,” he said.Chartier said the only time he ever heard from commissioners was when they were looking for an extension.Read More:Metis National Council takes aim at so called Metis organizationsNational MMIWG inquiry speeding towards failure says latest lawyer to resignOpposition building to MMIWG inquiry extension In an email response on Friday, Omeniho said, “we are hoping that we can at least use the report that has been created as a starting point.”“LMFO recognizes that it has been centuries that brought us here and we are under no illusions that another report is going to resolve and fix it all. We know that working with the Metis families and communities has not happened throughout this Inquiry.”LMFO has standing at the inquiry and Omeniho will be attending the Closing Ceremony on Monday.Omeniho will bring forward a report for Metis women which will also be tabled with the Prime Minister and the other provincial and territorial governments.  Omeniho hopes between the two reports a corner can be turned “on some of the very tragic issues that our community has had to face”dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

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Lamjarred Case US Plaintiffs Attorney Recommends Saads Release Pending Trial

Casablanca — Rifat Harb, the attorney representing the American plaintiff who accused Saad Lamjarred of rape in 2010, is recommending Saad’s provisional release in France pending trial. “My client met with New York State attorneys this week in connection with the case that dates back to 2010,” Harb told Le360, adding that he “did not ask for Saad Lamjarred’s extradition to the U.S.”In June, the U.S. woman had settled the civil part of the case in exchange for an undisclosed sum of money.  On November 28, the NY Post reported that a spokeswoman for the Brooklyn district attorney had confirmed that Lamjarred’s extradition was still “under review.” Today, however, Harb says that this week, his “client signed  a document renouncing all criminal proceedings against Lamjarred.” “I expect that the evolution of the [U.S.] case will have repercussions on the case currently being investigated in France,” adding that “even if the French case is not related to ours, it would be reasonable for Saad Lamjarred to be released on bail until the date of his trial”.Harb’s recommendation could benefit Lamjarred’s French lawyers in pursuit of a temporary release. They had previously requested release on bail, but were denied. Lamjarred, who was arrested in late October on charges of aggravated sexual assault by a 20-year-old French woman, is currently still behind bars at the Fleury-Mérogis prison in Paris. read more

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Instagram policy change riles users who fear their photos could turn into

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2012 3:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Instagram policy change riles users who fear their photos could turn into ads NEW YORK, N.Y. – Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service that Facebook bought this year, is the target of a storm of outrage on Twitter and other sites after a change in its user agreement hinted that it might use shared photos in ads.It’s not clear that anything substantive has changed in Instagram’s new terms of service, which were posted Monday and go into effect Jan. 16. As is the case before, the service reserves the right to use shared photos in any matter it likes, though the photographers keep “ownership” of the photos.The updated terms of service say users agree that their photos could be used “in connection with paid or sponsored content.” The current terms say the service can place ads “on, about or in conjunction with your Content.”The fast-growing site is a popular way to share photos from cellphones. Facebook Inc. bought Instagram in September. The cash-and-stock deal was worth $1 billion when it was announced in April, though that fell to about $740 million by the time it was completed because of Facebook’s falling stock price.The updated terms suggests that Facebook wants to integrate Instagram into its ad-serving system, which can, for instance, promote an item by telling users that their friends “Like” it. The new terms make it clearer that Instagram could use your photos to market to your friends.Instagram announced the change in a blog post, but didn’t explain its intentions. It said a concurrent change to the privacy policy, a separate document, would help Instagram function more easily as part of Facebook.Twitter users were vowing to cancel their Instagram accounts in response to the policy change, complaining that the new terms would essentially let the service sell people’s photos for ads.___Online:Current terms: http://instagram.com/about/legal/termsNew terms: http://instagram.com/about/legal/terms/updatedInstagram blog post:http://blog.instagram.com/post/38143346554/privacy-and-terms-of-service-changes-on-instagram read more

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Snapchat parent rockets higher in Wall Street debut

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The company behind Snapchat closed on a high note in its Wall Street debut, proof, at least for a day, that there’s investor demand for young but still unproven tech companies.Shares of Snap Inc. jumped $7.58, or 44 per cent, to close at $24.48 on Thursday.The company had priced its initial public offering of 200 million shares at $17 each on Wednesday. That was above the expected range of $14 to $16.Snap’s IPO was one of the most anticipated for a technology company since Twitter’s in 2013. That, in turn, had created the biggest stir since Facebook made its debut on Wall Street in 2012. Twitter is now valued at $11 billion, while Facebook is $395 billion. Snap’s closing price Thursday valued the Los Angeles company at $34 billion.Snapchat is best known for disappearing messages and quirky face-filters for jazzing up selfies. It’s popular with young people, but growth has slowed in recent months. That has investors wondering whether the company will end up more like Twitter, with its troubles attracting users and declining stock price, or Facebook, with soaring user numbers and stock price.Thursday’s surge on Wall Street shows that there is initial investor excitement about Snap, but it’s not guaranteed to last. Twitter, for one, soared initially after its IPO, but now trades 39 per cent below its IPO price. Facebook, meanwhile, struggled initially but has since more than tripled its IPO price. by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2017 3:28 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Snapchat parent rockets higher in Wall Street debut read more

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Beside The Points For Monday Dec 11 2017

Things That Caught My EyeGiancarlo Stanton to the BronxThe Miami Marlins traded Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees. Next year the only two hitters with more than 50 homers last season will be playing for the same ball club, with both Aaron Judge and Stanton in the Bronx. Here’s the bigger scoop: Marlins Park blows for batters, and adjusting for the move we’d anticipate his 59 home runs would have been about 66 home runs if he played half his games in a normal park. [FiveThirtyEight]Wildcats favored to win each remaining gameWith a decisive 88-72 win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs last week, Villanova is now rated the best team in men’s college hoops per Basketball Power Index. They have a higher than 50 percent chance of winning each of their remaining games. Their overall chance of going undefeated in the regular season is 0.9 percent though. [ESPN, ESPN]Nine out of 10 times one of these teams wins the titleThe Warriors, Rockets, Celtics, Raptors and Cavaliers are all locks for the playoffs, with our CARM-Elo projections giving them all a greater than 99 percent chance of making the postseason. More to the point, there’s an 89 percent chance that one of those five teams wins the NBA title this year, with the Spurs, Thunder and Timberwolves accounting for most of the other 11 percent of universes. [FiveThirtyEight]Short passes are a prelude to puntsWhen a quarterback threw pass past the sticks on 3rd-and-10 or longer in the first 13 weeks of the season, 42.6 percent of the time it converted and became a perfectly good first down. When a quarterback threw a short pass in the same scenario, a decision made over twice as often, they converted 12.5 percent of the time. Stop doing that guys. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our fun new interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Chaos in the SouthThe AFC West has mostly sorted out its ridiculous three-way competition for their division championship with a Kansas City win over Oakland pushing them to a 71 percent chance of taking the division. It’s the NFC South that is truly anyone’s ball game, except naturally the Tampa Bay Bucs who can be found in their safe space of #4 in the division. New Orleans has a 59 percent chance of winning the division, Atlanta a 22 percent chance and Carolina a 19 percent. Each of those three teams has a 66 percent chance or higher of making the playoffs. [FiveThirtyEight]Toronto, the sports capital of North AmericaJust weeks after their amazing win in the Grey Cup, Toronto now has won their second league championship since American Thanksgiving. Toronto FC beat the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup 2-0 on a winning goal from Jozy Altidore. [SB Nation]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number96 percentWith 2 minutes and 39 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Cleveland up a touchdown over Green Bay with the ball at their own 37 yard line and four yards to convert, the Cleveland Browns had a 96 percent chance of victory and snapping their thus-far totally defeated season. That is not how it went down. Green Bay got that touchdown and pushed the game into overtime, when Davante Adams scored the winning touchdown to continue the Cleveland losing streak. The Browns have three more games. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: Yo Did Giancarlo Stanton Just Get Traded edition College Football See more NFL predictions See more NBA predictions gfoster:This isn’t final yet right?neil:MLBTR says they’re still waiting for him to approvechris.herring:This is insane.[trade confirmed]neil:Whew. Thank god(I don’t enjoy the Yankees getting great players, but I enjoy writing stories that can’t pub even less)Predictions NFL See more college football predictions Oh, and don’t forgetScott Hanson breaks his streak We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe NBA All newsletters read more

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Greater protection needed for endangered seas around South Sandwich Islands

A spokesperson from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “The first 5-year review of this MPA recently concluded, with the independent panel agreeing that the MPA is achieving its conservation objectives, while proposing a number of recommendations for further protection.”The panel did not agree on the closure of the South Sandwich Islands, or whether this would deliver any conservation benefits.“Based on these recommendations a number of additional measures were announced by the Commissioner of SGSSI on 12 December.”These include the expansion the MPA to cover the entire SGSSI Maritime Zone; lengthening the seasonal closure of the krill fishery from 5 to 7 months; extending the no-take closed areas to 23%; prohibition of all commercial mining or hydrocarbons; and prohibition of the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil.”Additional reporting by  Sam Hall and Claisse Opulencia “It is disappointing that so far they have only committed to protection of a fifth of the area highlighted by Blue Belt Charter. That is not good enough. We need bolder change if we are to save precious ocean wildlife and habitats.” Penguins swimming off the South Sandwich IslandsCredit: Jim Wilson/www.irishwildlife.ie   Professor Roberts added: “We were on the cusp of a protected area that could offer a world-class refuge for wildlife, far away from many other human disturbances. It is still possible. All it would require is for government to enact a total ban on industrial fishing around the South Sandwich Islands, to bring it in line with international standards on marine protected areas.” Penguins swimming off the South Sandwich Islands Luke Pollard MP, the Shadow Fisheries Minister, said: “If we are to protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030 the Government must speed up its designation and protection of waters around South Sandwich Islands and other British Overseas Territories.“The Government has committed to leave our environment in a better state than they found it but this announcement falls far short of fulfilling that pledge.”Greenpeace UK said: “The UK Government has committed to protecting nearly a third of the world’s oceans by 2030 yet has stumbled at the first hurdle – the opportunity to protect the waters around the uninhabited South Sandwich Islands in the South Atlantic.“Millions of Blue Planet II viewers watched enthralled the scenes of chinstrap penguins battling extreme weather on these icy volcanic islands. Recent research has shown that these are some of the last remaining wilderness areas on our planet. If the UK is to be a global leader in ocean protection, this must be where to start.” A curious bird inspects a camera on the South Sandwich IslandsCredit: Jim Wilson/www.irishwildlife.ie   A curious bird inspects a camera on the South Sandwich Islands The Blue Belt Charter, which calls for greater protection of waters around UK Overseas Territories, estimates that 87 per cent of the ocean around the South Sandwich Islands has been directly impacted by human activities such as shipping and industrial fishing for species such as krill.It says that even around the far-flung Pitcairn Islands in the eastern Pacific Ocean, only 15 percent of waters have survived as wilderness.Professor Roberts pointed out that waters around the South Sandwich Islands – where thousands of chinstrap penguins live alongside elephant seals and albatrosses – contain unexplored deep sea ridges and hot water springs, thought to contain creatures that have as yet to be discovered.“The government says more science is needed to justify further protection. But we know enough to be sure this environment is rich and fragile and needs to be protected without delay,” he said.The call for greater protection of the South Sandwich Islands has won support across all parties.Theresa Villiers, the Conservative former Northern Ireland Secretary backed the call by the Blue Belt Charter, saying “we need radical action to clean up our oceans”.She added: “Full protection of the seas around the South Sandwich Islands could play a big part in delivering that goal. I want the UK Government to maintain the pressure on the authorities in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands to deliver this. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They have been likened to a “string of snowy pearls set amid the dark blue sea”, a series of islands rich teeming with fish and wildlife on the edge of the Antarctic Circle.But the biodiversity and natural environment of the South Sandwich Islands is threatened by industrial fishing, say campaigners.Environmentalists are now calling for the British Government to issue a complete ban on industrial scale fishing around the islands.They say that although the local authority that governs the territory has recently announced measures to increase marine protection more needs to be done as a matter of urgency.Professor Callum Roberts a marine conservation biologist at York University, said: “The South Sandwich Islands and their associated marine environment are one of the last great ocean wildernesses. Nearly 40 per cent of the seas around the South Sandwich Islands are wilderness.“The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands recently discussed options to enhance protection in the Marine Protection Area and last week announced measures to enhance fully protected areas. However, while banning mining and oil extraction throughout the protected area, they chose to allow industrial fishing to remain in 77 percent of its waters.” read more

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Swick grows in US market adding underground diamond drilling contract at Pogo

first_imgSwick Mining Services, a leading provider of high-quality underground and surface mineral drilling and mineral analysis services, has provided an update on its recent contract tender outcomes and new contract awards that have delivered a significant increase to its order book. As a result of the tender outcomes, Swick is pleased to advise that it has secured A$210 million in new work, bringing the total order book to A$295 million.Given this, and as previously advised, Swick is transitioning some of its underground rigs during Q4 of FY19, which involves the company either reducing rigs or withdrawing from underperforming projects. The new work includes a contractin the United States for Northern Star Resources that will take the company’s international drilling rigs in work to 19 from the current 11, representingaround 35% of Swick’s deployed underground diamond drilling rigs.Swick Managing Director, Kent Swick, said the new work provided Swick with a strong platform for FY2020.“What is important about these redeployments is that they are in line with our strategy of ensuring we are mobilising rigs that are delivering our target margins, whether that be at existing projects or new sites,” Swick said.“We are delighted that this new work will significantly grow our order book, providing Swick with a strong platform to deliver earnings growth in the 2020 financial year.In particular we are pleased to see the growing success from our international strategy, especially in the USA where the award of this contract will see Swick take a leading position in market share.“Our focus is to ensure we deliver on this work safely, reliably, and efficiently for our clients. Meanwhile, despite being unsuccessful for some work we were tendering for, the new deployments ensure our deployed rig count is roughly maintained whilst ensuring the company is well positioned to quickly deploy rigs at new projects if they are secured, with a number of active tenders already in place and additional opportunities at brownfield operating mines to be targeted.”Swick has been awarded a new underground diamond drilling contract at the Pogo gold mine in the state of Alaska, United States by Northern Star Resources (NST). Swick will mobilise a total of eight mobile drill rigs to the mine and expects to commence drilling operations in mid-May 2019. Mobilisation will take place over three-months, with Swick expecting to be at full capacity at Pogo by mid-August 2019. “Swick is proud to be able to be associated with the latest NST acquisition and to continue its strong relationship, with Swick engaged at the Jundee gold mine in Western Australia since it was purchased by NST from Newmont in July 2014. Since that time, Swick has drilled in excess of one million metres of underground core at this site.” Pogo is a three-year contract commencing 1 April 2019.Swick commenced a trial of its underground diamond drill rig and associated drilling technologies at BHP’s Olympic Dam mine in South Australia in September 2017, adding a second rig in July 2018. Swick has recently been requested to provide a further three rigs to the mine, which will take the total Swick rigs at site to five, with the additional rigs to commence work in April 2019. BHP has extended the current agreement to April 2020. Swick says it is pleased to have a greater presence at this world class mine and will continue to build on the safe, productive service it has delivered to date.Swick has operated at Kirkland Lake Gold’s (KL) Fosterville and Cosmo gold mines since February 2017. Across both sites Swick has operated a total of eleven underground rigs, with seven at Fosterville and four at Cosmo, and pursued contract extensions at both sites. At KL’s Cosmo gold mine in the Northern Territory, Swick was awarded a three-year extension, commencing 1 March 2019, to continue with four underground drill rigs as well as an expanded scope that includes underground drilling at nearby Union Reefs. Drilling at Union Reefs could commence during calendar year 2019 (subject to KL board approval). If approved, Union Reefs is expected to require three additional rigs. At KL’s Fosterville gold mine in Victoria, Swick was recently unsuccessful in securing an extension of the drilling contract. Swick has now commenced a staged de-mobilisation process, which is expected to be complete by the end of May 2019.Swick has been an incumbent driller for Newmont Australia at its Tanami gold mine for over 11 years since January 2008, and at the Mt Charlotte gold mine for the KCGM joint venture since March 2016. Since 1 October2018, Swick has operated at these sites under a short-term rates agreement whilst Newmont Australia went to tender. Swick has recently been advised of the tender outcome and was retained in part at Tanami for the grade control scope but was not awarded any of the exploration scope. As aresult, four out of the seven rigs at site will be demobilised during April 2019, leaving three rigs at site under the new agreement. The remaining exploration scope and part of the grade control scope will be undertaken by two other contractors. The Newmont Australia grade control contract commenced on 1 April 2019 and has been awarded for five years and has been executed by both parties. Swick was unsuccessful with the KCGM contract and has de-mobilised its two rigs from that site commencing as of 1 April 2019.last_img read more

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This 104yearold lady has cast her vote Have you

first_img Travis the guide dog tries to sneak in a vote as his trainer chooses his candidates at Scoil Mhuire in Shankill. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Brain and Janet Campbell with their children, Mary (3) and Niall (1 and a half) in Shankill. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Was Niall not happy with his parents first preferences? Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Sisters Naomi, left, and Dorcas Ekada were also spotted in Shankill. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Kate Feeney, Fianna Fáil’s preferred candidate – over Mary Hanafin – in Blackrock. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Source: Sam BoalWatch: Kids tell us what they think is happening today – and what they think of politiciansPoll: Are you voting today?See TheJournal.ie’s Election Coverage here> Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandDOROTHEA FINDLATER CAST her vote in the European and local elections this morning at Guardian Angels National School in Blackrock, Dublin.The 104-year-old told photographer Laura Hutton that she voted for Fine Gael’s Maurice Dockrell, adding that she had voted for his family since the 1920s.Currently, RTÉ News reports a turnout so far of just over 30 per cent. According to its local reporters, a relatively large number of voters have turned out in some areas.Cork City has experienced an unusually high number of early voters, while Dublin languishes behind slightly at 10 per cent.Polling stations will remain open until 10pm. Here are some others who have already had their say.last_img read more

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Doom and Doom 2 no longer classified like porn in Germany

first_imgWould you believe that until today it was very difficult to buy a copy of id Software’s classics Doom and Doom2 if you live in Germany? The reason for that is because since their release in 1993 and 1994 both games have been indexed by the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons.Being indexed puts major restrictions on the sale of such media and classifies it basically the same as porn. Any media on the index can only be sold in a shop, which means no mail order or online sales. This also extends to rentals which the index also bans. Even though such media can be sold in a shop, it cannot be displayed where minors can see it, again restricting where it can be made available to buy.When Zenimax acquired id Software a couple of years ago it decided to try and get a reclassification on both games. Surprisingly, it succeeded and both titles have now been awarded a 16+ rating. Although long since surpassed in terms of both graphics and platforms, Bethesda fully intends to stock the German market with copies of these classics, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get healthy sales if shops and online stores decide to stock them.Lets hope this is a sign that future games released in the region won’t come under such harsh restrictions. If they do, the decision to index a game cannot be appealed for 10 years, which pretty much kills any prospects of it ever doing decent sales.via Joystiqlast_img read more

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GTA IV mod adds timetraveling Back to the Future DeLorean

first_imgModders have done some pretty amazing things with Rockstar’s GTA IV %displayPrice% at %seller% . Standout achievements include adding a playable ATLAS and P-body in the form of a Portal mod, and creating the ICEhancer mod to make the game look absolutely gorgeous on PC.This latest mod takes things up another notch, though. YouTube poster and experienced GTA modder Seedy Random has managed to create a fully-functioning DeLorean from Back to the Future. He’s also added a Marty McFly skin allowing you to play as, and therefore drive the DeLorean as Marty.Implementing a character skin and new car model isn’t that impressive, but Seedy didn’t stop there. As well as modeling the full interior of the car along with its Flux Capacitor, this DeLorean can hit 88mph and does time travel. That’s right, your car disappears leaving behind those recognizable flame tracks.The video is demonstrating what actually happens in-game, and to remain true to the original your car can run out of plutonium.In order to achieve such a complex mod Seedy had to highly customize the game on PC using a large range of mods. He recommends you only attempt it if you are very familiar with GTA IV modding already. He lists the 10 main mods he used in the YouTube description, but says there’s dozens more he didn’t have time to list.Copyright issues aside, I’d love it if Rockstar took the time to gather up the best mods created for GTA IV and offered them as an easy install download pack for PC. But we all know that’s never going to happen.last_img read more

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John Hurt star of Alien and Harry Potter dies at age 77

first_img John Hurt poses with the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Cinema’ backstage at the Bafta Film Awards, 2012 http://jrnl.ie/3210230 64 Comments Jan 28th 2017, 6:38 AM John Hurt poses with the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Cinema’ backstage at the Bafta Film Awards, 2012 Image: Joel Ryan AP/Press Association Images By Associated Press ACTOR SIR JOHN Hurt, who could move audiences to tears in The Elephant Man, terrify them in Alien, and spoof that very same scene in Spaceballs, has died. He was 77.Hurt, who battled pancreatic cancer, died yesterday in London, according to his agent Charles McDonald.Twice nominated for an Oscar for playing the tortured John Merrick in David Lynch’s The Elephant Man and for his role as the heroin addict Max in Midnight Express, Hurt’s career spanned over 50 years.After minor television and film appearances, his breakout came in 1966 as Richard Rich in Fred Zinnemann’s A Man For All Seasons, followed by his portrayal of Caligula in the BBC miniseries I, Claudius in 1976.The British actor brought gravitas to Alan Parker’s 1978 film Midnight Express, for which he received a supporting actor Oscar nomination (he lost to Christopher Walken for The Deer Hunter) and an uneasy humour to Kane in Ridley Scott’s Alien.Hurt had Irish links and previously lived in Wicklow. He had been married to Anwen Rees Meyers for 12 years.Mel Brooks, who directed Hurt in Spaceballs, described him as “a truly magnificent talent”: Share Tweet Email Hurt is unrecognisable in perhaps his most memorable role as the lead in The Elephant Man. He endured eight hours in the makeup chair daily to transform into John Merrick. The elaborate mask prohibited him from sleeping, lying down or even eating while it was on. His would eat his last meal midmorning as the mask was being applied — usually raw eggs mixed in orange juice — and not again until after midnight.“To be quite honest, the film was misery to make because of the physical problems, so if it’s working I’m jumping for joy,” Hurt said in a 1980 interview. Hurt did score a lead actor Oscar nomination for the role, but lost out to Robert De Niro’s performance in Raging Bull.Classic rolesHurt was a prolific voice actor, appearing as Hazel in the animated Watership Down, and as Aragorn in Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings. He voiced The Horned King in The Black Cauldron and provided the narration for Dogville.He also starred in Jim Sheridan’s 1990 Irish drama The Field.In the Harry Potter films, Hurt played the wand-maker Mr Ollivander. In recent years, he appeared in notable fare such as Melancholia, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Only Lovers Left Alive and Snowpiercer.“We’re all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly,” Hurt said in a 2015 interview while undergoing treatments for the early stage cancer.As prolific as ever, Hurt recently appeared alongside his V for Vendetta co-star Natalie Portman in the Oscar-nominated film Jackie as a priest who consoles and advises the recently widowed first lady.Hurt leaves behind a few in production credits, including Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, which is listed as still filming. Hurt plays Neville Chamberlain in the film about Winston Churchill’s charge against Hitler. Gary Oldman plays Churchill.“I have lots of favourite memories but I can’t say that I have a favourite film. I have favorite parts which are not in particularly successful films,” Hurt told The Guardian in 2000.“I’ve worked with people from Fred Zinnemann, John Huston, through to Richard Fleischer, all of those boys from Hollywood and so on and Sam Peckinpah and then the Mike Radfords…“I’ve been incredibly lucky with the directors I’ve worked with. You don’t realise it at the time, it’s just in retrospect if you look back you think, ‘Jeez, when I saw that CV it nearly frightened the life out of me.’ I thought, “That’s not bad for an old drunk.”Read: Prince’s siblings slam ‘mismanagement’ of tribute concert Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 6:38 AM It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt’s passing. He was a truly magnificent talent.— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 28, 2017 Short URL Source: Mel Brooks/Twitter John Hurt, star of Alien and Harry Potter, dies at age 77 The British actor, who was twice nominated for an Oscar, had been battling cancer. No one could have played The Elephant Man more memorably. He carried that film into cinematic immortality. He will be sorely missed.— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 28, 2017 Source: Mel Brooks/Twitter 34,719 Views Image: Joel Ryan AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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State company wages to be cut by 25 pct from new year

first_imgAs of January 1, none of some 120,000 civil servants working at public enterprises, known as DEKOs, will earn more than 2,200 euros per month due to a new pay structure that will lead to all workers at such firms suffering wage reductions of up to 25 percent.Kathimerini understands that the new pay scale means employees will need at least 20 years’ experience and to hold a top managerial position to qualify for the maximum monthly pay of 2,200 euros.An employee with basic education but at least 22 years of experience will earn 1,633 euros a month. All employees at DEKOs will be paid 12, rather than 14, monthly salaries from next year. The same applies to civil servants earning so-called “special salaries,” such as policemen, doctors, soldiers, academics and judges. Municipal workers will also see their wages reduced to 12 installments. The strike by municipal employees protesting efforts to place hundreds of colleagues in a labor mobility scheme is due to end on Tuesday but their union, POE-OTA, has said it will take part in a 24-hour strike by civil servants tomorrow.Speaking to Skai TV yesterday, POE-OTA president Themis Balasopoulos said the union would continue its protests over the next few days. He insisted that the municipal workers had the support of Greek society. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews BLACK PANTHER 2018

first_img Is Black Panther good?Yes!Okay, but is it “especially” good or just another really well-polished, solid Marvel movie?No, it’s an exceptional film – Marvel or otherwise. Probably the best of its type since The Avengers (the first one.)What’s it about?Set not long after the title character’s introduction in Captain America: Civil War, the film takes place all but entirely in Wakanda. Which is a secret civilization hid in central Africa whose science, technology and culture have been light-years ahead of the rest of the world for centuries owing to being built on a gigantic supply of the valuable mineral “vibranium.” But as the newly-crowned King, T’Challa, ascends to both the throne and the symbolically power-armored mantle of “The Black Panther;” the outside world is finally catching up with Wakanda and threatening to discover their long-kept secrets. When a confrontation with an old enemy reveals a surprisingly new and deadly threat, the new King and his allies they encounter new challenges. They must face not only the unanswered mistakes of their ancestors but the prospect of how their world can open itself up and change for the better without putting Wakanda in danger or seeing Wakandan weapons used the endanger the rest of the world.Sounds like a lot more going on than just a superhero movie.Yeah, the most immediately notable aspect of the film is that it’s so much bigger than the title character alone. Imagine if Guardians of The Galaxy had just been called “Star-Lord” – or if the first Star Wars had been “Skywalker” for an idea of just how much more there is to Black Panther than The Black Panther himself. It is really a movie “about” Wakanda both storywise AND thematically. I.E. the idea of what a hyper-advanced/uncolonized Black African civilization could be and what such a civilization’s presence would mean in the world. Where the king wearing space-age jungle cat armor to go on superhero missions is just one part of an intricately-woven narrative that involves the royal family, T’Challa’s friends, his rivals, the various tribes that comprise Wakandan society, the geopolitical ambitions of its government and it’s placed in the wider world.Who directed?Ryan Coogler, late of Fruitvale Station and Creed; here cementing his stature as one of the great filmmakers of his generation – and clearly one of the most effectively ambitious. At times, it almost feels like Coogler, having been tasked with “merely” creating a Black counterpart to the Iron Man or Captain America franchises. But instead decided “Y’know, while we’re here and have Disney’s money to spend – why not also make Black Star Wars, Black James Bond and Black Lord of The Rings?”Who’s in the cast?Chadwick Boseman is T’Challa, giving a finely nuanced performance as a guy who’s ready for everything about being a King except the emotional strain. Lupita Nyong’o is a socially-conscious spy named Nakia, Danai Gurira is Okoye, general of the all-female royal guard. But Leticia Wright has a star-making turn as T’Challa’s younger sister and chief weaponsmith, something like a young female answer to Tony Stark. Daniel Kaluuya from Get Out in a very different sort of role as a childhood friend of T’Challa’s, relative newcomer Winston Duke making a VERY strong impression as M’Baku, essentially leader of “The Big Strong Dude Tribe” and Andy Serkis is an absolute riot as Klaw. Additionally, Angela Basset and Forest Whitaker are on hand as Wakanda’s Queen Mother and High Priest, and Martin Freeman is back as the CIA operative from Civil War.Is it weird that people are acting like this is the first Black superhero movie?I mean… it’s the first Black-led Marvel movie, which means it’s the first Black superhero movie under the current “gold standard” of the genre. But I think a lot of that sort of hype is coming more from a place of being hyped about a quality the movie has that’s not fully defined in the public consciousness yet. There’s never been a huge-budget afro-futurist blockbuster and the idea of a Black director and predominantly Black cast getting together with a truckload of Disney’s money to spend on imagining a hypothetical Black African civilization unmolested by Western colonialism/slavery/etc. is a really big, powerful idea. I can definitely see where the excitement is coming from.Is there anything “wrong” with it?Not really, to be honest. All the important stuff is really, really solid and more often than not outright excellent. What minor issues I noticed were technical: There’s some dodgy CGI in Act 3 and a handful of not-perfect green screen composite shots. But the sequences they occur in are so well-staged, directed and imaginative, it’s hard to care too much. And as with most good action movies of the last decade or so I wish it was about half an hour longer just to let things “breathe” a little more, but… is “so good I want more of it really a ‘negative’ trait?Look, this is the sort of movie where it’s easy to get caught up in the “historically important” aspect, so it’s prudent to be skeptical and objective. But Black Panther is the real deal – a genuine masterpiece of popcorn filmmaking that raises the bar really high for 2018 blockbusters and a near-perfect of… well, itself. 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Pride Music The Soundtrack For The Black Panther Party

first_imgNews Inside Music & The Black Panther Party pride-music-soundtrack-black-panther-party Prev Next Photos: WireImage.com Twitter Prince To Mary J. Blige: 15 Black Music Milestones More than a half-century later, the powerful influence of the Black Panther Party still resonates through musicBillyGRAMMYs Feb 23, 2018 – 12:51 pm Billy Johnson Jr.Music has played an integral role in communicating the message of the black power movement, specifically the works of the Black Panther Party.Just two years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act, in 1966 Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party in Oakland, Calif., to enforce the end of discrimination against blacks and to advocate for better jobs, education, housing, and treatment from police.One of the most influential ways musicians helped the cause was by writing melodic, sing-along songs about the movement that were affirming to black power supporters while also making the message more palatable for music fans who may have shunned Newton and Seale’s rhetoric for being too extreme.Just a glimpse of James Brown’s impact in spreading the pride of black power can be witnessed during his 1969 appearance on Hugh Hefner’s “Playboy After Dark” television series. The Godfather of Soul is cheerfully embraced by the mostly white audience that claps and bobs to the music as he sings the repetitive in-your-face, pro-black chorus, “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud!” Even though only one woman is captured in the footage actually singing along to the very easy to follow call-and-response lyrics, there is no denying Brown’s influence in sharing the movement’s sentiments to the masses via this Top 10 pop hit.Brown was just one of many soul artists who used their platform to create Black Panther Party-influenced protest songs during the 1960s and beyond. Nina Simone, who already had a long history of singing about the need for social change, joined the movement by taking an even stronger stance for the issues.Author Rickey Vincent highlighted Simone’s musical shift in Party Music, his 2013 book about the music of the Black Panther Party.”As an entertainer, the classically trained prodigy had established herself as a musical tour de force as she played concert halls from her native North Carolina to Paris in the early 1960s,” he wrote about the “Mississippi Goddam” singer, who received a posthumous Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. “However, as events in the civil rights movement compelled a reorganization of her views, she developed a protest music repertoire and produced piercing commentary on the changes evolving at the time. In her concerts she openly defied and challenged her predominantly white audiences, often claiming from the stage, ‘This next song is only for the black people that are here.'””[Black power music was] an unbelievable soundtrack to our state of existence.” — Chuck DEven though Motown acts including Marvin Gaye, the Supremes and the Temptations released pro-black songs, label founder Berry Gordy created a subsidiary specifically for more militant works. The Black Forum imprint released eight albums and one single from 1970 to 1973. The roster included Black Panther Party members Kwame Ture (formerly Stokely Carmichael), classically trained pianist and singer Elaine Brown, and funk band the Lumpen.Brown and the Lumpen sang powerful messages like “Until We’re Free” and “Free Bobby Now,” respectively. Music wasn’t their only role in the organization. Brown also served as the chair of the party from 1974 to 1977 and the members of Lumpen maintained regular party duties when they were not performing for a Panther event.The Last Prophets formed in 1968 and influenced Gil Scott-Heron with their political, spoken word that would serve as the precursors to hip-hop. Scott-Heron’s pivotal “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” song (GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, 2014) was released in 1970. His works have been sampled by hip-hop’s biggest stars, including Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Kanye West, Nas, and numerous others.Chuck D, frontman for the politically charged hip-hop group Public Enemy who debuted in 1987, cites Scott-Heron among his list of influences that also include the pro-black works of Mayfield, Brown, Sly And The Family Stone, Parliament Funkadelic, the Staple Singers, and Aretha Franklin.Chuck D recalls how the public rallied for radio stations to play message music.”The music that we all grew up on was on the radio and radio DJs had to play the music that the people wanted,” he says. “So the radio stations had to abide by that or be considered out,” adding that the era of black power music was “an unbelievable soundtrack to our state of existence.”The Black Panther Party influences were certainly felt in Public Enemy’s image and music. Instead of having background dancers a la other hip-hop acts, Chuck D & Co. were backed on stage by the S1W (Security Of The First World), who wore all black with berets or camouflage fatigues.”It was a combination of how the Panther Party had their gear and also how the nation of Islam had their drills,” Chuck D explains.Public Enemy’s anthems like “Fight The Power” and “By The Time I Get To Arizona” demanded equal rights for blacks, and the latter helped the Martin Luther Jr. holiday get reinstated in Arizona in 1992.The Black Panther Party had a personal impact on Chuck D as well.”I was a recipient of the Black Panther Party free lunch program when I visited my relatives in Manhattan,” he recalls. “And then on Long Island, when I was around 10 and 11, they had people in the Black Panther Party who would be on the college campuses for the summer programs and all of the kids from Roosevelt High School and Freeport High School in Hempstead were there for the Afro-American experience. We were well versed in the Panther Party when we were 10, 11 years old.” Inside Music & The Black Panther Party Prince To Mary J. Blige: 15 Black Music Milestones ‘Black Panther: The Album’: 7 Facts To Know Photos: WireImage.com Photo: WireImage.com Inside Music & The Black Panther Party Photo: WireImage.com Photos: WireImage.com Prince To Mary J. Blige: 15 Black Music Milestones Photo: WireImage.com ‘Black Panther: The Album’: 7 Facts To Know Huey P. NewtonPhoto: WireImage.com Photos: WireImage.com Beyoncé at the 60th GRAMMY AwardsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comIn hip-hop, the Black Panther theme often resurfaces. Tupac Shakur’s “Panther Power” was officially released posthumously in 2003; Common and Dead Prez teamed with the Last Poets for 2004’s “Panthers.”When Chuck D was asked if he felt Public Enemy’s work had achieved significance because the group managed to stay true to their sometimes controversial pro-black message and still managed to become one of the first hip-hop groups inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his reply was quick and poignant.”Well, honestly, it’s insignificant if we don’t do s*** with it.” Inside Music & The Black Panther Party Facebook Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Rihanna Album Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Rihanna Album 25 GRAMMY Records Set By African-Americans Black History Month 25 GRAMMY Records Set By African-Americans Photos: WireImage.com Ledisi Email Have Hip-Hop And R&B Music Really Eclipsed Rock? Outside of soul music, the Black Panther Party’s reach extended to rock. The Grateful Dead and Santana played party benefit concerts. Frank Zappa and folk acts Crosby, Stills & Nash and Bob Dylan were among artists who also sang about the movement. While Dylan’s 1971 song “George Jackson” told the story of the Panther leader who was shot and killed while serving time in San Quentin Prison, it was his pre-Black Panther Party song “Ballad Of A Thin Man” that caught the attention of Newton, who is photographed holding the album cover of Dylan’s 1965 album, Highway 61 Revisited, on which the song appears.According to Seale, Newton repeatedly replayed the song as they worked on the first edition of The Black Panther newspaper. In his 1996 book, Seize The Time: The Story Of The Black Panther Party And Huey P. Newton, Seale recalled Newton’s interpretation of “Ballad Of A Thin Man,” saying that he believed Dylan used a circus freak as a metaphor for an impoverished black man, who serves as entertainment for the middle and upper-class white people. Newton stressed that the spectators were, in fact, the real freaks and felt strongly that the song was “saying a hell of a lot about society.”As the Black Panther Party approaches its 52nd anniversary this October, the legacy continues to live on through music. Beyoncé made headlines at the 60th GRAMMY Awards in January for her Black Panther-inspired ensemble, a long, sleek black dress topped off with a hat that resembled, a flatted, oversized beret. In 2016 the “Formation” singer celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party when she performed during Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl set with a sea of background dancers wearing all black and berets over their afros. Watch: Ledisi On Why Black History Month Matters Huey P. NewtonPhoto: WireImage.com Have Hip-Hop And R&B Music Really Eclipsed Rock? Photos: WireImage.com Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Rihanna Album Ledisi Photos: WireImage.com Photos: WireImage.com Have Hip-Hop And R&B Music Really Eclipsed Rock? Watch: Ledisi On Why Black History Month Matters Watch: Ledisi On Why Black History Month Matters Pride & Music: The Soundtrack For The Black Panther Party Huey P. NewtonPhoto: WireImage.com Ledisi 25 GRAMMY Records Set By African-Americans ‘Black Panther: The Album’: 7 Facts To Know Photos: WireImage.com (Billy Johnson Jr. is a Los Angeles-based freelance music journalist, content producer and former senior editor for Yahoo Music. You can follow him on Twitter at @BillyJohnsonJr.)Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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