New Orleans Musicians Are Organizing A Musical Parade In Protest Of A Donald Trump Rally

first_imgWhen presidential hopeful Donald Trump visits New Orleans, LA this Friday, March 4th, he’ll have some very loud company. A new group, calling themselves Trumpets Trump Drumpf, are planning a second line parade to correspond with the Trump rally at Landmark Aviation tomorrow afternoon.The name is a reference to a recent clip aired on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, where the host points out that Donald Trump’s family changed their name to Drumpf. If you haven’t watched this top-notch piece of journalism from Oliver, tune in below:“We as musicians feel Donald Trump is the ultimate salesman,” says saxophonist Quay Frazier in an interview with OffBeat. “We refuse to be sold blanket statements and lies. People are angry because their wages have not risen in a generation, and they’re looking for a way out. Donald Trump is trying to capture this anger by putting the blame on Mexicans, Muslims, African-Americans, etc, but America is about love and was built by people of all shades and colors. Our music does not discriminate. Our mission is to trump Drumpf with trumpets, to overpower his hate speech with music of love. Let’s show him how it’s done!”More about the second line can be found here. Louisiana primaries are held this Saturday, March 5th, so be sure to get out and vote![H/T OffBeat]last_img read more

Making music that matters

first_imgDon’t ever tell Angélique Kidjo what she can’t do. It’s a waste of time, and always has been.From an early age, the Benin-born singer and activist planned to be an R&B performer like James Brown. She remembers crying “Why are you crushing my dreams?” when her mother told her she could never be just like the Godfather of Soul.But that didn’t stop her. As she grew older, Kidjo realized she couldn’t resemble Brown physically, but it didn’t matter. Resembling him musically, she realized, was what was truly important to her. And so she did.Brown and American music legends such as Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin are among the influences on Kidjo’s long and varied career. Deeply rooted in Africa’s languages and traditions, her work crosses musical boundaries and merges myriad styles. She sings in Fon, Yorùbá, French, Swahili, and English, has recorded with artists as different as U2 front man Bono and minimalist composer Philip Glass, and embraces the notion that music is a universal bridge.“The music we listen to is one music,” said Kidjo by phone from her New York City home on a recent afternoon. Her diverse collaborators, she added, “help me prove that point.”Music is also about learning for Kidjo, a two-time Grammy Award winner who has released 15 albums and a number of World Music chart-topping hits. But she is constantly pushing her knowledge forward, always mindful of her father’s warning many years ago. “The day you think that you’ve learned everything,” he told her, “you might as well go to your grave,”She said that other musicians “learn from me. I learn from them, and that experience is priceless.”Soon, Kidjo will be learning from and sharing her knowledge with the Harvard community. On Nov. 17 she delivers the Louis C. Elson Lecture at Paine Hall, co-sponsored by Harvard’s Music Department and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. The following day, she will lead a master class sponsored by the Office for the Arts’ Learning from Performers program.“Musically, we have a lot to gain from her as a global citizen,” said Associate Professor of Music Sindhu Revuluri, whose course on global pop music includes a key section on Kidjo’s life and work.“If you’ve heard any of her music, it’s not confined to a single place or style. She thinks a lot about transnational connections, diaspora connections over time,” said Revuluri, citing inspirations such as ’70s disco funk, Afro-Cuban, and Latin diaspora influences, along with the blues and West African styles.Students, said Revuluri, can also learn from Kidjo’s activism.She is passionate about her humanitarian work. Since 2002 she has been a Goodwill Ambassador, promoting education for girls and calling for better support for children affected by HIV/AIDS. She has spoken out about the effects of climate change, and against female genital mutilation, and has pushed for efforts to improve public health in Africa in the wake of the Ebola outbreak. In 2007 she partnered with UNICEF to create the Batonga Foundation, which supports secondary school and higher education for girls in Africa.“For me, music is a weapon of peace. And today more than ever, as artists we have a role to play in the stability of this world,” Kidjo said during her Grammy acceptance speech in February. She took home the Best World Music Album prize for “Eve,” which she dedicated to “the women of Africa — to their beauty and resilience.”“That’s exactly the kind of exposure we want our students to have,” said Revuluri, “to be thinking about what it means to be a musical citizen.”Kidjo credits her idol, the South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba, with helping inspire her to use her voice for social change. Makeba’s singing was “so beautiful, so powerful and expressive, full of anticipation for a better world for South Africans,” Kidjo writes in her 2014 autobiography, “Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music.”She also credits her father. Enraged as a teen by South Africa’s apartheid, Kidjo poured her fury into an early composition “Azan Nan Kpe,” or “The Day Will Come.” The original draft “was full of hate and anger,” she recalled, and it was too violent for her father, who told her if she didn’t rewrite the copy, her career as a singer under his roof was finished. Kidjo changed the lyrics, transforming the song into “an anthem for peace instead.”Her father’s words still resonate. “He told me, ‘Be the agent of change, be an agent of something that is bigger than you … but anger is never a solution. Violence is never a solution.’ ”For Kidjo, music and family connections run deep. She began singing with her mother’s theater troupe at age 6, and later sang with her brothers in a band before branching out on her own. For many years, her key collaborator has been her husband, musician Jean Hébrail. Like any couple, they can disagree, she admitted, but their shared obsession for music “keeps us very tight.”“The music,” said Kidjo, “always brings us back to where it’s supposed to be.”In addition to her varied musical styles and humanitarian work, Kidjo is a force of nature, said Revuluri, with a “charisma and fiery personality” that can help “redefine certain dominant narratives.” Kidjo, she said, can stand up to those who think Africa is “all one way … she’s a real model of empowerment and individuality, and that’s one of the reasons I find her so wonderful as a teaching tool.”Bringing Kidjo to Harvard is also in line with the department’s expanding embrace of music from beyond Western traditions, Revuluri added.“In the last 10 or 15 years, we’ve been trying to really broaden our perspective and our students’ perspective, and this is just one of the ways we thought we could make a powerful statement.”last_img read more

Holiday Cheer with Tacky Lights and Beer

first_imgHow the River Rats of Richmond stole the hearts of locals with a flashy deer and lots o’ beerRichmond is known to shine some of the tackiest, wackiest, and most outrageous lights every winter holiday season. We’re talking total coverage from rooftop to the very edge of a lawn. These houses will make you ask yourself, “How can this many lights not be a hazard? And how the hell did someone get up there?”The decked-out houses are spread throughout Richmond and get more and more extravagant every year, making it for a new favorite holiday tradition.This year is especially special for RVA Paddle Sports owner Patrick Griffin, who noticed his poor (not so little) shuttle bus waiting around for summer time. He called up his right hand man Andrew Hawkins, general manager of RVA Paddle Sports, and together turned the bus into something wackier than the lights: a tacky lights tour.Hawkins’s and Griffin’s vision of the tour rapidly exceeded their expectations. They were booked practically every night of November and are completely booked for the rest of this season.“It’s a very personal tour,” says Hawkins. “We have a host and a driver working each tour and the host is there to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves as well as making lots of hot chocolate and passing out cookies.  We really want people to relax and enjoy the trip so we try and take all the work.  We play Christmas trivia as well and that usually gets everyone in a great mood.”Cookies and cocoa aren’t the only perks of this tour. In order to discover who is naughty and who is nice, Hawkins installed a stripper pole in the center of the bus for people to spin around on if they’d like.When asked if they plan on doing it again next year, Hawkins replied, “YES. Next year. More buses.”Keep your eyes peeled for the bus with the glowing deer on it, known as the deer with many names: Rowdy, Rodney, Rambo, and the King of Highway 64.“We have really had a blast this first holiday season,” says Hawkins, “and we are already looking forward to next December.”Here is a holiday ode to the Tacky Lights Tour:The rafting season was no moreLeaving Griffin’s and Hawkins’s week as quite the boreGriffin said, “At least the Holidays are coming fast, but I hope this bitter cold doesn’t last.”Hawkins suggested they make the most of the coldEven though the lack of work was getting oldSuddenly, a bulb went off above Griffin’s head,If it wasn’t for his curiosity, Hawkins would have fledQuick as a cat, that clever Griffin flew to his attic,but when he found no lights, he began to panic.Where were all those lights he had bought?!“There must be a way,” he thought,“to provide the people of Richmond – all wacky,with a bus ride tour that’s even MORE tacky.”He called all his rafts guides and told them to come,bearing silly decorations and lights if they had some.One by one they came with gleeGriffin’s vision was blossoming, they could see!Lights they strung and the bus was topped with a deer.“Now the only thing missing,” said Griffin, “is beer!”He called Väsen Brewing, asking for his tourist to have beerVäsen said, “Don’t be silly, just have them come here!”Griffin and Väsen now had everything set,to provide a night that Richmonder’s would never forget!last_img read more

Govt may deploy more troops in Papua, Minister says

first_imgThe government may deploy more troops in Papua if it deems the escalation necessary to maintain security, Home Minister Tito Karnavian has said, amid reports of tensions between security forces and armed civilian groups in Indonesia’s easternmost province.“The state cannot be outdone by anyone who violates the law, including this armed group. If they kill people, we will enforce [the law]. If there are not enough troops, we will add more,” the former National Police chief said on Thursday, as quoted by said the government was paying close attention to development and prosperity in Papua. He called on members of local armed militia groups to unite with the government and play an active role in facilitating development in the restive province. Those who joined with Indonesia would be guaranteed their welfare, he said, adding that those who had violated the law would still be prosecuted.Tito said the government was considering extending Papua’s special autonomy (Otsus) status, which is slated to end next year, and asked regional heads in Papua to optimize development with the central government funds available until then.Read also: President’s instruction to blame for rights violations, displacement in Nduga: LBH Papua“Please really use [the funds] optimally for development to create jobs. The natural resource potential of Papua is truly extraordinary, as are its human resources, and this [development] will progress quickly,” he said. “If everyone has a job like in West Papua then we hope they will be involved in development, rather than in killing other people.”Actually, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show that the open unemployment rate in West Papua province has remained consistently higher than in Papua province. In August 2014, BPS recorded a 5.02 percent unemployment rate in West Papua and a 3.44 percent rate in Papua. In February 2019, West Papua recorded a 5.28 percent open unemployment and Papua 3.42 percent.Echoing Tito’s statement, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said the government still considered the armed groups Indonesians.“I think this country is very open if they want to surrender, to build. Their citizenship has not disappeared, so just go back to being Indonesian citizens,” Mahfud said.Indonesian Military spokesperson Col. Gusti Nyoman Suriastawa said on Thursday that five members of a separatist group had surrendered to the military and rejoined Indonesia because they “felt insecure” and “wanted to live a normal life with their family”.The five former separatists pledged loyalty to the government in front of military personnel and residents on Wednesday, he said. They then participated in an Indonesian flag ceremony and signed a statement. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

Coronavirus found on Ecuador shrimps in China, state media says

first_imgSince July, several other Chinese cities have also reported cases, including the port cities of Xiamen and Dalian, prompting China to suspend imports from three Ecuadorean shrimp producers.CCTV said on Wednesday the Wuhu restaurant had stored the contaminated products in a freezer since purchase and that all related products in the city had been sealed off.Nucleic acid tests for the virus on workers, food and inside the restaurant, as well as for staff at a shrimp wholesale company and their family members showed negative results, as did tests carried out on staff, food and the environment at other restaurants in the city that bought shrimps from the wholesale company.The novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19, is believed to have emerged in a seafood and wildlife market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.China embarked on intensive screening of meat and seafood containers at major ports after a fresh outbreak of the disease was linked to a wholesale food market in Beijing in June.An Ecuadorian official on Wednesday said China had given approval for one of three companies subject to restrictions to resume exports after Ecuador agreed to improve shipping protocols.Topics : A city in China’s eastern Anhui province found the novel coronavirus on the packaging of shrimps from Ecuador, state media reported on Wednesday, in the latest instance of the virus being detected on imported products.The coronavirus was found on the outer packaging of frozen shrimps bought by a restaurant in Wuhu city when local authorities carried out a routine inspection, CCTV, China’s state television, said.The news broke a day after a port city in eastern Shandong province said it found the virus on the packaging of imported frozen seafood, although it did not say where it originated.last_img read more

Charlie Nicholas blasts ‘disinterested’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Arsenal’s Man City thrashing

first_imgAdvertisement Charlie Nicholas blasts ‘disinterested’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Arsenal’s Man City thrashing Metro Sport ReporterFriday 19 Jun 2020 11:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link171Shares Nicholas hit out at Aubameyang (Picture: Getty Images)‘There is a reason behind just the nine wins from 29. Over the last five or six years, Arsenal’s defence has been poor, not average, but poor. How a team can let this go on for so long is mind-blowing.‘Because they have a game under their belt, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang must be fresh as anything as he looked disinterested. Eddie Nketiah looked sharp but then could not get the service. I would not have any hesitation about him starting against Brighton. He has put muscle on, and his link-up play was not bad for all he got.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Aubameyang has to shake a leg. He either wants to stay or he does not. Why not go and win the Golden Boot for yourself? David Luiz is suspended, Pablo Mari will be out, Granit Xhaka is not a big miss in my opinion, so Brighton will give them issues in attack. ‘Arsenal did look sharp and fit but made bad mistakes, and for having that game under their belt, I think Arsenal will have the edge.’MORE: David Luiz’s Arsenal contract situation will be ‘resolved this week’, says his agent Kia JoorabchianMORE: Rescheduled Premier League fixtures for Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool confirmedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Aubameyang was criticised (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas thought Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looked ‘disinterested’ in Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City and thinks the striker needs to ‘shake a leg’ ahead of Saturday’s clash with Brighton. Aubameyang hardly got on the ball as Arsenal were outclassed by Pep Guardiola’s defending Premier League champions and Nicholas thought his attitude was not quite right. The Gabon international, 31, apologised to Arsenal fans after his display but will hope to bounce back against Brighton on Saturday.Whether or not Mikel Arteta’s side can clinch a top-four finish this season remains to be seen, but Aubameyang is still very much in the hunt to finish the campaign as the league’s top scorer and Nicholas wants to see a vast improvement.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Wednesday was what I expected. The one scenario I did not expect was the team which Mikel Arteta picked,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports. ‘Mesut Ozil was dropped – he has been dropped before in these types of games. He went for youth and he can see where the future is.‘I do not see it as a massive debate or crisis for Arsenal. They are ninth for a reason. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Population set to rise along Gold Coast corridor

first_imgA master-planned community in the Brisbane-Gold Coast corridor has hit another milestone with the sale of its 2000th housing lot.The result at Lend Lease project Yarrabilba, in Logan City, has put the emerging region on track to reach its projected final population of around 45,000 during the next 25 years.Developer Lend Lease, which launched the project in early 2012, revealed the community was now averaging a completion rate of almost 50 new homes per month.Around 500 blocks have sold each year, with a surge of 102 sales in March this year alone.Yarrabilba’s population is now estimated at about 3,000.Lend Lease communities managing director Matthew Wallace says Yarrabilba attracted about 50% of market share in the Logan corridor sales last quarter.“We have affordable land and house-and-land packages in a location that’s hard to match, which ­confirms our unrelenting focus on providing a wide range of housing to meet the needs of the market,” Wallace says.New homes: 6 good reasons to buy off-the-planThe Heagney family are renting at Yarrabilba while they wait for their own home to be built in the master-planned community. Picture: Richard Walker/ News CorporationLand prices start at $147,500 with blocks ranging from 250sqm to 640sqm.Yarrabilba’s completed ­facilities include Logan’s first water playground at the $5 million Darlington Parklands, an oval, childcare centre and service station which incorporates a convenience store.The first display village opened with 30 homes and a new village is expected to be launched in July.The village is about five minutes drive south of Logan Village.Wallace says delivery of an IGA store, medical ­centre and shops is “imminent” while a Coles supermarket, tavern and vet hospital would open next year.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoBoom suburbs: Where do young Aussie families buy?Parks and other infrastructure attract buyers.St Clare’s Primary School is scheduled to start operation in 2017 with construction of the first state primary school to be built the following year.Land buyers Susanne and Paul Heagney are renting at Yarrabilba while they build a new home in the community to raise their two children Matilda and Mikayla.“Yarrabilba is a great ­example of Lend Lease’s commitment to catering to the needs of the community with convenient amenity right on their doorstep,” Wallace says.“We are focused on creating the best places and providing our residents with options for dining, great shopping, entertainment and education, as early as possible.”He says various community groups and regular events are already operating in the area.This article first appeared on the Courier Mail.last_img read more

​Swedish insurer reveals €395 monthly pension gender pay gap

first_img“We also need to discuss the factors that today make women’s lifetime incomes less than men’s, such as why women are in professions with lower wages and why women work part-time to a greater extent. This is what has major consequences for women’s finances here and now, and in the future.”The company said that, according to figures from the Swedish National Mediation Office, women had nearly the same salary as men, but a real gap could be found in pensions that are based on an individual’s income.The study attributed the difference to womens’ absence from the labour market, which includes factors such as the increased number of women in part-time work, but largely the fact that women take parental leave more frequently than men.Women also use a greater amount of their available time off when they do take parental leave, using an average of 72%, according to the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.Data published last week by UK defined contribution provider NOW: Pensions reported that its male members had saved an average £559 (€651) as of last year, while female members had saved on average £433 – a difference of £126. This pension saving gap had increased by more than a third since 2017, the company said.“Women’s pension savings face a double whammy as women typically earn less and are more likely to work part time and take career breaks to care for children or elderly relatives,” said Amy Mankelow, director of communications at NOW: Pensions.“Auto enrolment does little to address this inequality as millions of women are prevented from saving altogether as they earn less than the £10,000 auto enrolment trigger. This means that a large proportion of part-time workers, who are much more likely to be women, don’t have the opportunity to save in the first place.”Additional reporting by Nick Reeve Women in Sweden receive an average SEK4,114 (€395) a month less in pensions than men, according to a new study from pensions and insurance company Länsförsäkringar.The study, which references new income data collected by the government agency Statistics Sweden, revealed differences in income and pensions in seven careers for men and women.The figure of SEK4,114 was based on an average of the seven occupational categories in the study.Emma Persson, private economist at Länsförsäkringar, said: “The fact that we are discussing pay differences between men and women is good and important, but we must not get stuck there.last_img read more

Dana Petroleum extends integrity services deal for UK FPSO tandem

first_imgTechnology and data intelligence specialist Imrandd has secured a two-year contract extension with Dana Petroleum for the provision of integrity services for all of its UK operated assets. Innes Auchterlonie, Imrandd CEO said: “I’m extremely proud of our team and delighted to extend the relationship with our much-valued customer, Dana Petroleum. Imrandd saidthat the contract covers predictive maintenance planning, risk-based inspection(RBI) services, integrity management and data analytics to both of Dana’sfloating production storage and offloading (FPSOs) vessels in the North Sea. The company has been supporting Dana Petroleum with integrity services since being awarded an initial contract in 2016. This renewal secures work for company engineers and the implementation of Imrandd’s data analytics software solution AIDA. Dana’s two UK operating assets include the Western Isles FPSO that takes production from the Harris and Barra fields in the Northern North Sea, 160 kilometres east of the Shetlands and 12 kilometres west of Tern field. Western Isles FPSO; Source: Dana Petroleum “This software enables inspection and maintenance enactment to be rationalised and refocused onto the areas that require it the most – supporting safe, efficient opex reduction”. “As part of our ethos we will ensure Dana continues to receive a differentiated and unbiased service that sets us apart from our peers. We look forward to enhancing our offering further by providing advanced data-driven capability through AIDA. The other is the Triton FPSO which accepts producing oil and gas from the Bittern, Guillemot West & North West fields, Clapham, and Pict and Saxon fields.last_img read more

Gender clinic helps growing number of young transgender people

first_imgThe Age 30 April 2015It takes guts for any grade five student to make a speech in front of their entire school.But imagine what it is like to stand up – for the first time – and tell your fellow students and teachers the most important, most private thing you know.That you were born Molly, but are actually Ollie, a young transgender boy.And you would like to be the school’s wellbeing captain next year, because you know what it feels like to be on the outer.To have kids ask you why you are using the girls’ toilets, because you look like a boy. And boys say you can’t use their toilet, because you’re a girl.How did Oliver feel? He was nervous, really, really nervous. “I used to think I was the only one like me,” he says in a quiet voice.Afterwards, teachers at East Bentleigh Primary School told him they were so proud. Some cried. The kids were OK too, no teasing. And he got the wellbeing gig.Ollie, now 12, has been a patient at the Royal Children’s Hospital’s gender dysphoria clinic for the past two years.The clinic, the only one in Australia, treats children between the ages of five and 18 and has experienced a huge growth in demand since it was established in 2003 by Associate Professor Campbell Paul, a child and adolescent psychiatrist.From two patients in 2003, it has grown to 104 in 2014, with more expected this year. read more