Femi Kuti & The Positive Force hit Brooklyn Bowl tonight, and we are bursting at the seems with excitement for the afrobeat force to make his way into town. In honor tonight’s show, we thought it’d be fun to take a look back at Femi’s legendary father, Fela Kuti. Fela was a true musical and political visionary, and his impact on modern African music is huge. So, without further adieu, let’s take a look back at the afrobeat master in action.First up, listen to this live recording from 1971 that finds Fela with his Africa 70 band and features Cream drummer Ginger Baker. The playing is fierce and tight, and you can really hear why Fela Kuti is considered one of the best bandleaders of all time.Listen to Fela Kuti – Live! from 1971 featuring Ginger Baker, courtesy of YouTube user jonnquasineNext up, Watch this full video of Fela and his band performing live in Berlin at Berliner Jazztage festival in 1978.Finally, watch Fela absolutely crush it at Glastonbury in 1984. Flanked by dancers and his huge band, the African legend put on a powerhouse performance at the world’s most famous festival. See you at The Bowl tonight for Femi Kuti & The Positive Force! Get tickets here.
Notre Dame awarded an honorary monogram to former Secretary of State and member of the class of 1975 Condoleezza Rice, the University announced in a press release Monday.According to the release, Rice joined former President Gerald Ford and former President Ronald Reagan as an honorary monogram recipient in a “surprise ceremony” Sept. 1. The ceremony took place after Rice spoke at the unveiling of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s Forever stamp.Director of athletics Jack Swarbrick presented Rice with the monogram after she spoke with the Notre Dame women’s basketball team, which Swarbrick said Rice represents.“This is a program that achieves at a very high level,” Swarbrick said of the women’s basketball team in the press release. “They have an important symbol of when they have success. When they succeed in the classroom and when they succeed athletically, there’s a very special and unique honor they earn that they want to share with you.“You represent the philosophy of our coach and this program so well. You said once, ‘We have to move past the idea that women can become leaders to the expectation that they will be leaders.’ That is what this program is built on and that is what these young women represent. They would officially like to make you a Notre Dame monogram winner.”According to the release, the Notre Dame Monogram Club only bestows honorary monograms upon those who “have demonstrated a commitment to the betterment of Notre Dame athletics and the development of Fighting Irish student-athletes and graduates.”Rice achieved this status by acting as a member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2001 before moving on to serve as national security advisor and then secretary of state for former President George W. Bush, the press release said. She was the first African-American woman to hold this position.In addition to her honorary monogram, the University presented Rice with an honorary doctor of laws degree at the 1995 University Commencement Ceremony, for which she was the Commencement speaker.Tags: Condoleezza Rice, honorary monogram, Notre Dame Monogram Club
House urges govt to resume deliberation of controversial bills that triggered massive protests last year
House of Representatives lawmakers have urged the government to resume deliberation of the controversial revisions to the Criminal Code and the 1995 Corrections Law despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.In a hearing on Monday, members of the House’s Commission III, which oversees legal affairs, questioned Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly over the government’s seriousness regarding the two bills, both of which were proposed by the government. Commission III chairman and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker Herman Hery cited the recent passing of a controversial revision to the Coal and Mineral Mining Law as an “inspiration” for the commission to pass the two bills.Commission III deputy chairman Adies Kadir echoed Herman’s comments.Read also: Activists, experts caution against slapdash reform to tackle prison overcrowding“We must resolve the controversy. After all, there has been another bill that was passed despite [public] concerns,” the Golkar Party politician said. Deliberation of the bills was postponed last September following massive student protests in Jakarta and other regions. The students had demanded that the bills be rejected, saying that they were a threat to democracy.Yasonna said he agreed with resuming deliberation but would ask President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s approval first.“I’m ready should the House agree to resume, but I will ask for the President’s approval […] I will officially ask the President’s directions,” Yasonna said.Read also: NasDem calls for fresh start in Criminal Code revision deliberationsThe lawmakers also agreed to ask the House leadership to write a letter to the President to submit a new presidential letter (Surpres) instructing the House to restart the deliberation process.United Development Party (PPP) lawmaker Arsul Sani said the delay in deliberations had hindered the lawmakers’ work in Commission III for almost 10 months, adding that the two bills were on the House’s 2020 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas).“We cannot move on to deliberate other bills, such as the Constitutional Court bill and a bill on judges’ term of office that were initiated by the House,” he said.Topics :
Disney Chief Executive Bob Chapek, in an interview with CNBC, said the company is planning to increase investments in content but he did not say if it was prepared to cut its dividend to finance the strategy.“Managing content creation distinct from distribution will allow us to be more effective and nimble in making the content consumers want most, delivered in the way they prefer to consume it,” Chapek, who took the company’s top job in February, said in a separate statement.In a statement on Monday, Loeb welcomed Disney’s revamp of its media and entertainment structure.“We are pleased to see that Disney is focused on the same opportunity that makes us such enthusiastic shareholders: investing heavily in the (direct-to-consumer) business, positioning Disney to thrive in the next era of entertainment,” Loeb said.Under the changes, Disney’s studios, general entertainment and sports business would come under one division while distribution and commercialization would fall under a separate global unit.Disney said its creative teams would develop and produce programming for streaming and traditional platforms, and the distribution group would decide where customers would see it.Chapek told CNBC there would be layoffs as a result of “centralization” of functions but did not say how many.Kareem Daniel, formerly president of consumer products, games and publishing, will oversee Disney’s new media and entertainment distribution group, the company said.Alan Horn and Alan Bergman will continue to head Disney’s studio operations, which will manage programming from big franchises including Marvel, Star Wars, Disney animation and Pixar. Peter Rice will run general entertainment programming and Jimmy Pitaro will oversee sports.AT&T, which debuted the HBO Max streaming service in May, reorganized in August to combine its film and TV operations under one studio head to better compete in the streaming media wars.Disney said it would hold an investor day on Dec. 10 to provide more information about its strategy.Topics : Disney shares rose nearly 5 percent in after-hours trading to US$130.76.The media and theme parks company launched the Disney+ streaming service in November 2019. It has exceeded its own targets by drawing more than 100 million streaming customers worldwide to Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+.Streaming pioneer Netflix Inc boasts 193 million, but has built that customer base over the 13 years.Loeb had argued that Disney needed to cut its dividend to increase spending on new TV shows and movies to sign up new customers more quickly. Walt Disney Co said on Monday it had restructured its media and entertainment businesses to accelerate growth of Disney+ and other streaming services as consumers increasingly gravitate to digital viewing.Under the reorganization, Disney will separate the development and production of programming from distribution to be more responsive to consumer demands.The move came days after activist investor Daniel Loeb of hedge fund Third Point urged Disney to forgo a dividend payment and double its programming investment in streaming.
Weeks Marine’s new hopper dredge Magdalen has arrived in Buxton (NC) to take part in one of the State’s most critical projects, the Buxton Beach Nourishment scheme.Last week, Weeks’ President Richard S. Weeks announced that the single largest investment in the company’s 99-year history, the Magdalen will start her first project in North Carolina.“We are looking forward to observing her at work and integrating her into our dredging and marine construction family,” said Mr Weeks.The introduction of the Magdalen has effectively doubled Weeks’ hopper dredging capacity. The RN Weeks and BE Lindholm, the company’s workhorse hopper dredges, have combined hopper capacity less than the one of the new dredge.Prior to her arrival, the Buxton Beach Nourishment project was 74% complete with dredge RN Weeks performing the pumping operations.Weeks Marine reported earlier in December that approximately 2 million cubic yards of sand (out of the total 2,600,000) has been placed on the beach.
The BMS 7th Grade Volleyball team are the tourney CHAMPS! They defeated Greendale 25-14 and 25-23.All the girls played extremely hard for this win! It was a team effort and they all never gave up. Ava Powner had 4 aces, 1 kill, and 2 digs. Addison Westrick had 3 aces and 4 digs. Sarah Bedel had 2 aces, 1 kill, and 2 digs. Molly Meer had 2 aces, 2 kills, and 2 digs. Alyson Peters had 2 aces, 5 kills, and 2 digs. Kate Bauer had 1 ace, 3 great hits, and 1 dig. Annie Negovetich had 1 ace and 2 digs. Lydia Haskamp had 1 ace, 1 kill, and 1 dig. Addyson Weiler had 3 digs. Sophie Gesell had 2 kills and 2 digs. They finished the season with a 12-2 record!I am so proud of every single one of you girls! It took every single one of you to make this team complete! Thank you for such a great season! Love, Coach Werner!!
FORMER Middlesex and Sussex batsman Toby Radford has been hired by the WICB as the batting coach for the UAE tour.Radford will join the West Indies squad, who have already reached the UAE, where they will play three T20Is, three ODIs, and three Test matches against Pakistan from September 23.“He has been contracted just for this series,” WICB CEO Michael Muirhead said. “He knows the youngsters well and had done well especially with them.” Asked whether Radford could retain a long-term position, Muirhead said: “Highly unlikely. We’ll engage as and when we need him.”Radford’s appointment is a surprising development considering earlier this week the Welshman had quit as manager of the national academy in Ireland citing “family reasons”.Incidentally Radford had taken the role at Cricket Ireland only in July, having left his job as head coach at Glamorgan last December with one year remaining in his contract.Radford is well acquainted with West Indies cricket and most of the players having worked as assistant coach (batting) during Ottis Gibson’s tenure as coach when West Indies won the World T20 for the first time in 2012.Radford will assist Henderson Springer, who has been appointed caretaker coach after the WICB sacked Phil Simmons earlier this week. (ESPN Cricinfo)
THE Guyana Badminton Association runs off its Badminton World Federation & Pan American Shuttle Time programme today at the National Gymnasium and the Guyana Olympic Association.The programme, which will run from June 23 to 25, 2017 is expected to feature two sessions, the first of which is theoretical and will take place during the mornings from 09:30hrs to 12:30hrs at the GOA officeThe afternoon sessions will take a practical approach at the National Gymnasium with today’s activity commencing at 15:00hrs and going until 19:00hrs. Sessions on Saturday and Sunday start at 13:30hrs and end 17:00hrsThe course will be facilitated by Mr Richard Wong (BWF Shuttle Time tutor & coach).The course teachers will have access to free resources, training and equipment, to support the teaching of enjoyable, safe and inclusive badminton activities to children aged 5-15 years old.Shuttle Time lessons are designed to provide children with a positive image of badminton through many opportunities to have fun, engage with others, and experience success.
Syracuse senior punter Rob Long will have surgery to remove a benign brain tumor, according to a press release from the university’s athletic department. The surgery will force Long to miss the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 30, the final game of Long’s Syracuse football career. Long will not practice with the team leading up to the bowl game at Yankee Stadium, in which the Orange will face Kansas State (3:30 p.m., ESPN), according to the release. The tumor was revealed in an MRI performed on Dec. 2. Long informed the Syracuse sports medicine staff that he was experiencing headaches for several weeks leading up to the MRI, according to the release. Long ends his Syracuse career second in yards per punt (43.3), behind only Sean Reali. He started for the Orange at punter for all 48 of his collegiate games, from 2007-10, totaling 11,381 yards. That mark is also good for second best in school history, behind former SU punter Brendan Carney. In 2010, Long punted 64 times for a total of 2,806 yards. He averaged 43.8 yards per attempt, second in the Big East.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The news of Long’s benign brain tumor and the imminent surgery comes after Long was absent from the football program’s initial Pinstripe Bowl press conference last Friday. Long was originally scheduled to partake in the media opportunity alongside SU head coach Doug Marrone and Long’s fellow 2010 SU captains, Derrell Smith and Ryan Bartholomew. Marrone, Bartholomew and Smith attended the event. Long did not. There was no news of Long’s condition or why he was absent from the press conference at the time. Marrone has not commented as of Monday night. Long commented regarding the news via his Twitter account Monday evening: ‘Thank you for all the support and prayers it is all appreciated by me and my family,’ Long wrote. ‘We are staying strong and positive for a full recovery.’ Long soon followed up the first Twitter post with another. He promised he will be with the Orange for the Pinstripe Bowl. ‘I will be in NYC on December 30 with my teammates at Yankee stadium,’ Long wrote. ‘I refuse to let anything keep me from being there.’ [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm
Mikhail Vinaykin, a Ph.D. candidate in the chemistry department who was known for his “contagious curiosity,” died in a motorcycle accident on Exposition Boulevard on Tuesday morning. He was 24.Vinaykin grew up in Russia and attended St. Petersburg State University, where he received his undergraduate degree in physics. He moved to the United States to begin his graduate program in chemistry at USC in 2009.Scholar · His colleagues remembered Mikhail Vinaykin a student with an engaged mind who was on his way to becoming a gifted scientist. – Photo courtesy of Jahan DawlatyProfessors endearingly referred to Vinaykin as “Misha” and described him as an enthusiastic student who had a knack for the sciences.“I’ve been around for a long time so there’s not many things that surprise me,” said Professor Alex Benderskii, Vinaykin’s research adviser. “But Misha surprised me almost on a daily basis, and that’s really special.”Vinaykin was in his fourth year of the program. His research focused on ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy with a focus on hydrogen bonding and water. Vinaykin’s peers said they remembered his dedication and a commitment that had very few limits.“Misha was highly motivated and very interested in science and knowledge,” said Fadel Shalhout, a graduate student who worked with Vinaykin. “If he experienced problems in research he spent all night in the lab figuring it out.”Professor Jahan Dawlaty, a first assistant professor of chemistry, said he was immediately impressed with Vinaykin when he came to USC. Vinaykin inquired the most and seemed the most engaged in discussions, he said.“Misha asked questions until he had the right answer, which was the sign of a good scientist,” Dawlaty said.Vinaykin was Dawlaty’s teaching assistant for his upper-level chemistry class this semester. He connected with the juniors and seniors he taught, Dawlaty said. The day after Vinaykin’s death, Dawlaty began his class with a minute of silence.“He certainly did have a fan club of students because some [students] only attended his discussion session,” Dawlaty said. “Many students were quite sad and shocked.”Students outside the chemistry department also admired his curiosity.“He was always asking questions and he was eager to learn more about the French language,” said Annie Capaldi, an undeclared freshman in his French class. “I think we all gained a little bit by being in the class with him and witnessing his passion for learning.”Vinaykin, in addition to sharing his passions for the sciences, also had an infectious personality. Graduate students who studied with him said he had a good sense of humor and a love for travel.“In his 24 years of living,” Shalhout said, “he probably experienced as much as a 100-year-old man. He lived life to the fullest.”Vinaykin’s death has left a vacancy in the department that will not be easily filled, Benderskii said.“He absolutely had a big role in the chemistry department,” Benderskii said. “Everyone knew him, and he had a lot of friends and a lot of faculty knew him and were enthusiastic about his prospects.”Columbia University and other top institutions were courting him for his two- to three-year post-doctoral work, according to Benderskii.Vinaykin’s parents are flying into Los Angeles on Thursday from Russia. Plans for a memorial service are pending.