H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Guidance for small business, vaccine updates, G-7 to help developing nations prepare

first_imgSep 14, 2009Feds launch novel H1N1 guidance for small businessesFederal officials today released guidance to help small businesses prepare for the next surge of pandemic H1N1 illnesses. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano emphasized that the most important element is to have a written plan, and the guidance lists steps for doing that. The resource also includes tips for keeping employees healthy, such as encouraging sick workers to stay home, providing for telework, and supplying resources for personal hygiene.http://www.flu.gov/professional/business/smallbiz.html/?date=091409Federal pandemic flu guidance for small businessesGlaxo study supports single dose for adjuvanted pan flu vaccineGlaxoSmithKline today announced that the first results from clinical trials of its adjuvanted pandemic H1N1 vaccine show a strong immune response from one dose, 3 weeks after immunization. The study involved 130 German adults, aged 18 to 60. The antigen content was 5.25 micrograms. Glaxo, the fourth company to report evidence of one-dose efficacy, said it is conducting 15 more studies in healthy adults, elderly people, and children, including infants.http://us.gsk.com/html/media-news/pressreleases/2009/2009_pressrelease_10087.htmSep 14 Glaxo press releaseSebelius predicts early October arrival of first vaccine dosesThe nation’s first doses of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine could be available the first week of October, about a week earlier than expected, US Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said yesterday, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” news show, she said the first doses are earmarked for healthcare workers and high-priority groups. She predicted ample supplies will be available by mid October and said vaccine will be sent to states as soon as it is produced.http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hVaB-P6Q2Xqt9vpMEpG64Yq1bTFQD9AMGQH80Sep 13 AP storyG-7 nations vow to help developing nations with pandemic responseMembers of the Group of Seven (G-7) leading economies plus Mexico at a Sep 11 meeting to discuss pandemic flu measures in Brussels agreed to prioritize pregnant women, healthcare workers, and people with underlying conditions for H1N1 vaccination, the AP reported. The seven nations—Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, and the US—also agreed to share data, coordinate vaccine actions, and help poorer nations fight the virus.http://wtop.com/?nid=106&sid=1760330Sep 11 AP storyICU study: Half of flu patients were previously healthyA review of the first 32 patients with severe pandemic H1N1 infections treated in Spain’s intensive care units found that only half had preexisting medical conditions, though about a third were obese. Most required mechanical ventilation. About 90% of patients had viral pneumonia with severe lung damage, while only one had secondary bacterial pneumonia.http://ccforum.com/content/pdf/cc8044.pdfSep 11 Critical Care studyGISAID re-launches flu databaseA widely used database for influenza gene sequences is available again at the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID) Web portal, according to a press release today. In July GISAID’s database administrator, the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, removed access after a legal conflict. The Max Planck Institute and A3 Systems developed the new version with the world science community. WHO researchers are using it to select strains for the southern hemisphere’s 2010 flu vaccine.http://platform.gisaid.org/dante-cms/live/struktur.jdante?aid=1131GISAID EpiFlu database platformlast_img read more

President mulls creation of tourism, aviation holding firm, designation of international hub airports

first_imgNational flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has also reported a loss of $712.73 million in the first half of this year after booking a net profit of $24.11 million in the same period last year.As part of the transformation effort, President Jokowi said he would also like to reduce the number of international airports in Indonesia and establish a number of international hubs.“We currently have 30 international airports, but 90 percent of flight traffic occurs in just four airports, which are Soekarno-Hatta International Airport [in Tangerang, Banten], [I Gusti] Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Juanda International Airport in Surabaya [East Java] and Kualanamu International Airport in North Sumatra,” he said.I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport and Soekarno Hatta airport are the dominate points of entry for foreign arrivals, with 6.2 million and 2.4 million arrivals in 2019, respectively.The President intends to evaluate the international status of several airports, while transforming eight airports into international hubs, which will include the four airports with the highest traffic.The remaining four airports are Kulonprogo International Airport in Yogyakarta; Sepinggan International Airport in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan; Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi; and Hasanudin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi.Responding to the President’s statement, Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati told The Jakarta Post on Thursday that the ministry was in talks with the SOE Ministry regarding the matter.“We fully support the President’s idea and will take further action to realize it. Currently, we are in discussions with the SOE Ministry and other stakeholders,” she said via text message.Former state-owned enterprises minister Rini Soemarno had previously proposed the formation of an aviation holding company while she was part of the Cabinet.The proposed company was designed to integrate Garuda Indonesia with two state airport operators, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) and PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II), but the plan never materialized.Topics : “I think the current tourism downturn is the right moment to start a consolidation and transformation in the tourism and the aviation sectors, and we could establish an SOE holding firm [for] a unified vision,” he said during a limited Cabinet meeting in Jakarta.Jokowi’s proposal comes after the country saw its economy contract 5.32 percent, for the first time since 1999, with the transportation and warehousing sector suffering a 30.84 percent decline from last year, the steepest drop of all sectors.The pandemic has depressed both the aviation and tourism industries, as people stay at home amid social restrictions. The tourism sector is estimated to have lost Rp 85 trillion (US$5.87 billion) in revenue so far this year as the pandemic unfolds, according to data from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI).According to the association’s data, the hotel and restaurant industry has lost nearly Rp 70 trillion in revenue, while aviation and tour operators have lost Rp 15 trillion in revenue as leisure travel ground to a halt. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Thursday that he is considering forming a holding company for aviation and tourism state-owned enterprises (SOEs), as well as developing international hub airports, to help revive the industries, which have been battered by the COVID-19 health crisis.Jokowi said he aimed to integrate SOE management to improve consolidation and boost tourism, including airlines, airport management, tourism destination operators and hotels.last_img read more

Chemours places workers’ pensions with APF

first_imgFrans van Dorsten, the pension fund’s chair, said Nationale Nederlanden would – in a one-off measure – compensate 91% of the indexation pensioners and deferred participants had missed so far.In addition, the insurer will pay an annual indexation varying from 1.35% to 1.8%, depending on the pension arrangements for the deferred members and pensioners within the pension fund.According to Centraal Beheer APF, the employer will pay €4m for additional inflation compensation for its workers.Thier indexation perspective was already good as the pension fund’s coverage ratio was 130% when the deal with Centraal Beheer APF was concluded, according to the chair.At the end of 2018, Chemours’s company scheme had €1.2bn of assets under management. The Dutch branch of chemical giant Chemours is to place €330m of pension assets of its 475 workers with the consolidation vehicle (APF) of Achmea subsidiary Centraal Beheer.In a press release, APF said that Chemours’ staff pensions will be housed in an individual compartment, which is to receive annual contributions of €7m.Last summer, the pension fund announced it would move €820m worth of pension rights of its pensioners and deferred participants to Dutch insurer Nationale Nederlanden.The pension fund said dividing pension rights of active participants on one hand, and deferred members and pensioners on the other hand across different managers, would make it easier to recover the inflation compensation in arrears for the two latter groups.last_img read more

Jaro fire leaves P180-K damage

first_imgAccording to the Bureau of Fire Protection(BFP), the blaze – which hit the house owned by a certain Lilia – broke outaround 11:15 a.m. on Friday. It was believed that the fire originated froman unattended candle. The BFP declared a “fire out” around 11:33a.m. ILOILO City – Properties worth around P180,000went up in smoke after fire partially damaged a house in Barangay Cubay, Jarodistrict.center_img An officer of the Bureau of Fire Protection checks a house struck by fire in Barangay Cubay, Jaro district on Friday. IAN PAUL CORDER/PN No casualty was reported in the incident./PNlast_img read more

Australia’s Uluru opens for last time ahead of ban

first_imgTourists line up to climb Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia on Oct. 25. AAP IMAGE/LUKAS COCH/VIA REUTERS The closure wasannounced two years ago when fewer than 20 percent of the visitors were makingthe climb.(Reuters) Nearly 400,000visitors flocked to the Australian landmark in the year to end-June, governmentdata showed. YULARA –Hundreds of tourists clambered up Australia’s Uluru on Friday, the day before apermanent ban on climbing the sacred rock takes effect, following adecades-long fight by indigenous people to close the trek.  The Anangupeople, the traditional owners of Uluru, have called for the climb to be closedsince 1985, when the park was returned to the indigenous control. last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2018 Highlights, SRH vs KKR: Rashid Khan stars as Hyderabad win by 13 runs, will face CSK in finals

first_img# Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi New Delhi: In a high profile match, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) clash with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Qualifer-2 of the Indian Premier League 2018.Both the SRH and KKR have enjoyed a stunning season in the IPL 2018 so far and both of the outfits would be eyeing a win which would guarantee them a final against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). SRH lost the Qualifer-1 against CSK, while KKR won the Eliminator against Rajasthan Royals (RR). And this is the final match before the grand finale of the IPL 2018. Both the teams have had a different experience while playing in the Eden Gardens, with SRH winning just 1 against the KKR in 6 face-offs they have had so far and KKR winning the remaining 5.Here are the Highlights of SRH vs KKR:Rashid, MoM: “It was much needed for me, just tried my best to give 100% in bowling, batting and fielding. Full focus was to believe in my skills. Much happy with the batting today which was needed at the end. Started my career as a batsman, and I have the belief. Just try my best to look into the length and play according to the length. Focus was to play straight, that’s what the coaches said. So where the slower ball or anything, played straight and got runs. Can’t have excuses in fielding department. Just try to give my best. Working hard on that and it’s good so far. Want to dedicate my award to those people who lost their lives in a blast back home.”Williamson, SRH captain: It was a great fighting effort from the lads, game ebbed and flowed. Kolkata are an outstanding side. Game could have gone either way. Credit to the way the boys finished off the first innings to get a competitive total. Game was slipping away a bit at the start, but we knew if we held firm, we could squeeze back in the middle. He (Rashid) was brilliant but he’s got another game, so we’re going to keep him wrapped up. He’s had a great season for us. Important we move on and focus on the final. As a team we fight to the very last ball and we showed that again today. Someone like Rashid is the perfect example. Outstanding talent, but he has a great attitude. Real team effort. Dinesh Karthik, KKR captain: “It’s hard to digest. We played a good tournament. But to finish on the losing side doesn’t feel good. We had the game during the chase, but a couple of bad shots and one run-out changed the course of the game. Me, Nitish and Robin should have finished it off, but me not carrying it through is a mistake on my part. Plenty of positives, youngsters have grabbed their opportunities and done quite well so that’s great for the franchise.”# Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 13 runs, and enters the FINAL# 19.3 Overs: OUT! Gill goes and Eden is silent. Shubman Gill c Rashid Khan b Brathwaite 30(20) KKR 160/9# 19.2 Overs: OUT! Mavi finds the fielder in the deep. Shivam Mavi c Rashid Khan b Brathwaite 6(4) KKR 160/8# 19.1 Overs: FOUR! Mavi finds the boundary. KKR 160/7# KKR need 19 off the last over# 18.6 Overs: SIX! Gill goes big, any chances for a dream finish for him? KKR 156/7# 18.1 Overs: OUT! SRH are racing towards the final. Chawla b S Kaul 12(12) KKR 145/7# 17.6 Overs: FOUR! Down the ground by Gill. KKR 145/6# After 17 Overs, KKR are 136/6# After 16 Overs, KKR are 132/6# After 13 Overs, KKR are 112/5# 12.2 Overs: OUT!  Chris Lynn lbw b Rashid Khan 48(31) # 11.6 Overs: OUT! Karthik b Shakib 8(6)# 9.6 Overs: FOUR! Edged and races to the boundary. KKR 93/2# After 9 Overs, KKR are 88/2# 8.3 Overs: OUT! Brilliant work by fielder Rashid Khan.  Nitish Rana run out (Rashid Khan/Saha) 22(16) # After 7 Overs, KKR are 70/1# After 6 Overs, KKR are 67/1# 5.1 Overs: SIX! LYNNsanity! KKR 64/1# 4.5 Overs: SIX! Edged but still goes a long way. KKR 58/1# 4.3 Overs: SIX! Rana slashes it and the ball sails away. KKR 52/1# 3.3 Overs: FOUR! Flicked away by Lynn. KKR 44/1# 3.2 Overs: OUT! Big blow and Kaul strikes with his nuckle ball! Narine c Brathwaite b S Kaul 26(13) KKR 40/1# After 3 Overs, KKR are 38/0# 2.4 Overs: FOUR! Smashed away down the ground. KKR 37/0# 2.3 Overs: FOUR! Narine is on fire. KKR 33/0# 2.2 Overs: SIX! Narine smashes it towards the long off boundary. KKR 29/0# 2.1 Overs: FOUR! Full toss and driven away by Narine. KKR 23/0# After 2 Overs, KKR are 19/0# Kolkata Knight Riders need 175 runs to win# 19.6 Overs: SIX! Rashid finish off in style. SRH 174/7# 19.4 Overs: SIX! AB de Villiers must be smiling now! SRH 165/7# 19.3 Overs: FOUR! Rashid waited for the slower ball and hammered it. SRH 159/7# 19.1 Overs: FOUR! Bhuvneshwar slaps it to the boundary line. SRH 154/7# 18.6 Overs: SIX! Stunning shot by Rashid Khan. SRH 150/7# 18.3 Overs: SIX! Dropped catch and a maximum# 18.1 Overs: OUT! Another one bites the dust. Pathan c Chawla b Shivam Mavi 3(7) SRH 138/7# 17.5 Overs: OUT! Brilliant fielding by Nitish Rana. Brathwaite run out (Nitish Rana/Karthik) 8(4) SRH 134/6# 17.4 Overs: SIX! Dispatched away by Brathwaite. SRH 132/5 # 16.5 Overs: OUT! Narine venom strikes!  Deepak Hooda c Chawla b Narine 19(19) SRH 124/5# 15.2 Overs: SIX! Stand and deliver stuff by Hooda. SRH 119/4# 15.1 Overs: OUT! What a way to send Shakib back, brilliant work by Kuldeep. Shakib run out (Kuldeep Yadav) 28(24) SRH 113/4# 14.3 Overs: FOUR! Hammers it away this time. SRH 109/3# 14.2 Overs: FOUR! Slapped away by Shakib. SRH 105/3# 12.2 Overs: FOUR! Shakib smashes it. # 10.3 Overs: OUT! Saha goes..a bit of fumble by DK but he does the job. Saha st Karthik b Chawla 35(27)  SRH 84/3# 10.1 Overs: FOUR! Smashing shot by Shakib. SRH 83/2# 9.6 Overs: FOUR! Another sweep by Saha. SRH 79/2# 9.2 Overs: FOUR! Delicate sweep by Saha. SRH 73/2# After 9 Overs, SRH are 69/2# 8.2 Overs: FOUR! Perfect cover drive by Saha. SRH 66/2# 7.5 Overs: OUT! Bigger breakthrough than that of Dhawan, Yadav with a stunning googly. Williamson c Karthik b Kuldeep Yadav 3(3) SRH 60/2# 7.1 Overs: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav strikes on his first ball. PLUMB! Dhawan lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 34(24) SRH 56/1# 6.5 Overs: FOUR! Slapped away by Dhawan. He is in superb form. SRH 54/0# 6.2 Overs: FOUR! Straight down the ground by Dhawan. SRH 48/0# 4.6 Overs: FOUR! Saha charges Mavi and smashes a boundary towards deep mid wicket. SRH 40/0# 4.2 Overs: FOUR! Saha just directed it towards the third man boundary. SRH 32/0# 3.4 Overs: FOUR! Picture perfect cover drive by Dhawan. SRH 26/0 # 3.2 Overs: FOUR! Slapped away by Dhawan. SRH 22/0# After 3 Overs, SRH are 18/0# 1.6 Overs: SIX! Flicked away towards the square leg boundary by Dhawan. SRH 14/0# After 1 Over, SRH are 4/0# Dhawan and Saha are at the crease for SRH. Shivam Mavi with the new ball! For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. # Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Carlos Brathwaite, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and have opted to fieldPitch Report: It’s very humid and there’s some cloud around. This is a much better pitch, it’s drier and a bit harder, the ball will come onto the bat a bit better and the spinners will also come into play, says Graeme Smith.KKR Probable XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.SRH Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul last_img read more

We shot ourselves in the foot: Bermuda captain

first_img.. after suffering 2-1 Gold Cup defeat to HaitiSAN JOSE, Costa Rica ( CMC) – Bermuda captain Danté Leverock said his side had only themselves to blame after letting Haiti off the hook in the first half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener, which ended in a 2-1 defeat for the Gombey Warriors on Sunday.Debutants Bermuda, the lowest-ranked team in Group B, missed a hatful of chances in the first half before the six-foot, four-inch captain gave his side the lead on the stroke of halftime with a well-placed header.Leverock, 27, a defender who plays for Irish club Sligo Riovers, said afterwards that Bermuda should have gone into the break with more than a one-goal lead.Zeiko Lewis was the main culprit, missing two gilt-edged chances, while Nahki Wells and Lejuan Simmons both wasted good opportunities, before Bermuda faded in the second half,“In the first half, we were on top,” Leverock told Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newspaper.“We had our chances and at this level you have to take them. The attackers know they have to be scoring those types of chances, but we can’t fault them. They work hard and will win us games.“Some of the guys’ heads are down and it’s up to the leaders in the group to pick them up.”Leverock was pleased with his goal but defeat was a bitter pill to swallow.“To score for my country, in front of my family, is always a good feeling, but I’d rather not score and we win and keep a clean sheet,” he said.“Maybe I’ll look back in a couple of weeks and be proud of myself. Right now, I’m disappointed.”Haiti scored two second-half goals through Frantzdy Pierrot as Bermuda struggled to cope with the searing pace of substitute Derrick Etienne, who swung the momentum in his side’s favour.“They came out very strong and Etienne is a good player and his pace created problems for us,” Leverock added.“Maybe we sat back a bit too much and invited the pressure. Both goals were lapses in concentration.”Lewis, a former team-mate of Etienne’s at Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls, echoed Leverock’s sentiments regarding Bermuda’s missed opportunities.“If we had taken our chances, we could have easily won this game,” Lewis said.“It’s always frustrating to miss chances, but we were all encouraging each other to stay positive for the second half.”Bermuda next take on group favourites Costa Rica, who beat Nicaragua 4-0 in their second game, in Frisco, Texas, romorrow.last_img read more

Aruna Quadri Rises to 27th in ITTF Ranking

first_imgNigeria’s Aruna Quadri has moved nine places from 36 to 27 spot in the November ITTF ranking released wednesday.As the first African to win an ITTF title outside the continent after claiming the men’s singles at the Polish Open, Aruna Quadri gained more points from his Poland victory as well as claimed some points from his qualification to the main draw at the ITTF World Cup in Liege, Belgium. With 2434 points in October to be ranked 36, Aruna Quadri gained 23 more points from his performance in October to be rated 27th in November with 2457 points.Despite drop in his ranking points from 2528 to 2513, Egypt’s Omar Assar holds on to the zenith in Africa as the Egyptian moved a step up from 21 to 20.China’s Ma Long remains the number one player in the world despite losing to Germany’s Timo Boll in the semifinal of the ITTF World Cup while winner of the 2017 ITTF World Cup, Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov achieved the biggest ranking in his career after moving a step up to third spot in the latest ranking.World Cup runner’s up, Germany’s Timo Boll moved to fourth place in the ranking while France’s Simon Gauzy continued his steady rise in the rating as the Frenchman moved from 13 to eighth place in the ranking to halt the dominance of Asians in the ranking. Among the top 10 players ranked in the world, Europe has three players while Asia has seven.In the women’s ranking, for the first time in her career that China’s Zhu Yuling has headed the list, she replaces compatriot – Ding Ning, the reigning Olympic and World champion whose name no long appears owing to a recent absence from the international scene.The effect is that there is a climb of one place for China’s duo of Chen Meng and Liu Shiwen. Chen Meng is now at Number 2 followed by Liu Shiwen.Similarly, it is one position higher for the next three names in the order of merit. Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa is now at Number 4 followed by Japanese compatriots – Miu Hirano and Mima Ito.Efforts of Egypt’s Dina Meshref at the 2017 ITTF Women’s World were rewarded, as the African champion moved from Number 103 to 92nd.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Everything but the Song: There’s always something to be said about the music of ‘Insecure,’ mostly good things

first_imgOpening with Tyler, the Creator’s “A BOY IS A GUN” is a unique yet fitting choice. Though I haven’t quite deciphered the eerie opening sequence with the less-popular “IGOR” track in the background, it works. Passing Randy’s Donuts, a neon “good vibes only” sign, vendor booths and the main stage of what seems to be Issa’s block party, the hook, “You so motherfuckin’ dangerous” with “No, don’t shoot me down,” humming beneath, seems to foreshadow the demise of Issa and Molly’s friendship. Yet, the placement could solely be a sonic choice — more so reflecting Issa’s quirky-Black personality. She’s no Odd Future member but the protagonist of HBO’s comedy series is arguably as odd as Tyler, the Creator himself. Unpacking every song played during the “Lowkey Feelin’ Myself” episode would be nonsensical. Anyone who’s seen the previous seasons is aware of how “Insecure” consistently delivers on the music front. More importantly is how the show’s music choices are effective in complementing an aesthetic crafted over the past few seasons. Featured are unsung heroes, such as Jazmine Sullivan’s work on the title track “Insecure” or popular newcomers like SZA’s “Supermodel” ending season two’s “Hella Questions.” Never does the show feel like a drawn-out music video, à la Hype Williams’ “Belly.” Better yet, the show’s soundtrack is reflective of a new-age of Black television, highlighting familiar settings in a new way — as FX’s “Atlanta” does — while showcasing new talent and fresh ideas.  “This week, we have a guided yoga session set to the Mereba album, along with some herbal enhancements pre-rolled to perfection,” Issa said, with the song playing in the background elevating the show’s storytelling. Erykah Badu’s “Green Eyes,” Goapele’s “Closer” or Amel Larrieux’s “For Real” could have served as the soundtrack to the duo’s smoke-and-yoga session, but they would’ve missed the mark as stereotypical choices for Black women who do yoga and smoke weed. The lesser-known “Sandstorm” is a more subtle choice that resonates with a contemporary audience.  (Sara Heymann | Daily Trojan) For a while, I longed for television to return to the tradition of celebrity musical appearances which populated ’90s sitcoms: think of Boyz II Men on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Yet when imagining a possible Megan Thee Stallion or Lucky Daye cameo, I can’t place it perfectly. It would come off as basic and another way to force celebrity culture down our throats. In lieu of this, “Insecure” gives us a selection of songs that ease us into Issa’s world and heighten moments such as her clique’s appearance at the Kiss ‘n’ Grind party. Taste is rare, especially when it comes to music. Better yet, taste is subjective. Kudos to Rae and Lehman for having it.  Khia’s “My Neck, My Back” was the most annoying placement in the episode. I’d hate to use the word ratchet, but it best defines Issa’s tenant who requests the club anthem during Issa’s fundraiser. Hearing the track was initially funny as Issa’s brother-turned-DJ danced behind a makeshift booth. It also added to the trainwreck that her fundraiser was becoming.  Anytime I hear “We were low, we were high, Jekyll, Hyde / I’ll still stay by your side,” an instant smile graces my face. If there weren’t a Mereba track in this season, I’d honestly be shocked. “Sandstorm,” the single from her 2019 album “The Jungle Is The Only Way Out,” is set to more fly-over shots of Los Angeles, as well as Molly and Issa’s self-care Sunday.  Ellice Ellis is a senior writing about the music industry and social justice. She is also an Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Daily Trojan. Her column “Everything but the Song” runs every other Wednesday. In a 2018 interview with Billboard, music supervisor Kier Lehman described the show’s musical tone: “The style of music they use feels very West Coast, like L.A. — very modern, not a throwback or a stereotype.” I couldn’t agree more, although “My Neck, My Back” is a glaring cliché. It’s representative of a new-age L.A. — it’s music I, as a 21-year-old, would listen to on a trip to Simply Wholesome or with friends at a strip of the beach in between Santa Monica and Malibu.  To the scene’s downfall, “All you ladies pop your pussy like this / Shake your body, don’t stop, don’t miss,” exemplifies the elements of the series that seem almost cherry-picked from Black Twitter. The selection, paired with the character who embodies it, is stereotypical and too on-the-nose. It’s an eye-roll among the other nine songs featured in the premiere, but I’m not surprised. I’m not sure if “Insecure” could survive without its caricatures.  Sunday’s fourth season premiere of “Insecure” opened on a high note. After waiting more than a year to witness Issa (Issa Rae) and her funny, drama-ridden friend group, of course, the expected opening shots of Los Angeles were a delight. Yet, even better than the series’ return was the music used in the premiere. last_img read more

Kwesi Appiah names final 23-man squad

first_imgBlack Stars Head Coach Kwesi Appiah has  named his final 23-man squad for the upcoming AFCON in Egypt, with no place for FC Nantes forward Majeed Waris.The 27 year old misses out along with Hearts of Oak defender Mohammed Alhassan, Kotoko’s Abdul Fatawu, Yaw Yeboah and Ebenezer Ofori.Swansea City midfielder, André Ayew, will lead the Black Stars for this year’s tournament, which has been expanded to 24 teams from 16.The team also includes Kotoko shot stopper Felix Annan, Samuel Owusu and Kwabena Owusu who will be making their debuts at the tournament.The Black Stars will take on Bafana Bafana of South Africa on June 15 in their last pre tournament friendly in Dubai, before the team heads to Egypt.Squad List:Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa, Lawrence Ati- Zigi (Sochaux, Montbeliard, France), and Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana).DefendersAndy Yiadom (Reading, England), Abdul Baba Rahman (Reims, France), Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepe A.S, Turkey), Kassim Nuhu, (Hoffeinham, Germany,) John Boye ( Metz France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belguim), Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir, Turkey)MidfieldersMubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionle, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew ( Fenerbache, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland)AttackersAsamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey and Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain).last_img read more