Prince Estate Sends Trump A Cease & Desist Letter For Using “Purple Rain” At Rallies

first_img[Video: Eryn Allen Kane][H/T Consequence Of Sound] Earlier this month, Donald J. Trump hosted a rally in South Haven, Mississippi, during which the President used Prince‘s classic tune “Purple Rain”. However, recently, the Prince Estate has issued a request to President 45 to stop playing Prince’s music at his political rallies, joining a number of other high-profile artists like Neil Young and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler who have publicly denounced Trump using their songs at rallies.Notes the Star Tribune, after footage of the rally surfaced on Fox News and CNN with the song being played in the background, the Prince Estate issued the following via Twitter: “The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or the White House to use Prince’s songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately.”However, unlike Neil Young and Steven Tyler’s public requests for Donald Trump to abstain from using their music, the Prince Estate’s request seems less likely to be explicitly political. Before Prince’s untimely death in 2016, the famed guitarist and singer was notorious for protecting his music’s rights and for aggressively shutting down any unauthorized use of his music. In that vein, Prince was also selective about what he chose to address politically, frequently avoiding taking sides politically.This is not to say that Prince was non-political; rather, the famed pop icon was very intentional about how and why his music was used. For example, a year before his death, Prince released a protest song with soul singer Eryn Allen Kane that addressed the Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of Baltimore City police officers and the community’s tumultuous response, which has since been renamed the Baltimore Uprising or the Baltimore Riots.last_img read more

WHO: H5N1 strikes two more Indonesians

first_imgFeb 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that a 29-year-old Indonesian woman recently died of H5N1 avian influenza and that another Indonesian, a 38-year-old woman, is hospitalized with the disease.The 29-year-old woman was from Tangerang, the same western suburb of Jakarta where several of Indonesia’s most recent H5N1 case-patients lived. She fell ill on Jan 22, was hospitalized 6 days later, and died on Feb 2, according to a WHO statement. She is listed as the country’s 125th case-patient and its 103rd fatality.The WHO said an investigation into the source of her illness was under way. Lili Sulistyowati, a spokeswoman from Indonesia’s health ministry, said the woman’s neighbors raised chickens, but it’s not known if the birds were infected with the H5N1 virus, according to a report yesterday from Xinhua, China’s state news agency.The WHO also announced that the 38-year-old woman, who is from West Jakarta, is in critical condition. She became ill Jan 24 and was hospitalized 2 days later. She is now confirmed as Indonesia’s 126th H5N1 case-patient, according to the WHO.The source of the woman’s illness is also still under investigation, the WHO said. Sulistyowati told Xinhua that a week ago the woman visited her parents, who live next to a family that raises ducks.Indonesia has been hit hardest of any country by the H5N1 virus. The WHO’s global H5N1 count stands at 359 cases and 226 deaths.See also:Feb 5 WHO statementlast_img read more

Actor Tom Hanks Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

first_img62-year-old beloved actor Tom Hanks, who also has type two diabetes, announce that he and his wife Rita Wilson have both tested positive for Covid 19 and are being treated in an Australian hospital.Both were down in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros. In the film, two-time Oscar winner Hanks plays Presley’s longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker.Tom Hanks’ Statement:“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?We’ll keep the world posted and updated.Take care of yourselves!” – Tom Hanks Warner Bros. had this full statement:“We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual. The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world.The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”last_img read more

Steve Hawkins – 30 Years of Goldsmithing for Kluh Jewelers

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by L. Jeanette Strole Parks for Kluh JewlersSteve Hawkins has been the Kluh Jewelers Goldsmith for over 30 years.The South Sound has both big and small jewelry stores; some are tucked inside malls, and department stores, some are national chains, and a few are family owned shops. While most of them offer repairs, cleanings and custom work, Kluh Jewelers in Lacey has an added advantage for discriminating shoppers; they are proud to have had the same in-house goldsmith for thirty years. That’s right, Steve Hawkins actually works inside the four walls of the store to ensure that the highest quality of attention and care is given to your jewelry. If you happen to be shopping at the South Sound Center store, you might even catch a glimpse of him hard at work behind the windows in the back corner.Hawkins is a craftsman who not only loves what he does, but with such longevity at the family-owned jewelry store, there is an extra level of trust added. Matt Kluh speaks fondly of his working and personal relationship with Hawkins. “Steve is good at his job, treats each piece like it’s his own, and cares about his customers. But he’s also a really nice guy.”The advantages of an in-store goldsmith are numerous. Kluh outlines the whole process of what you can expect when you leave a jewelry item for repair with them. “When a customer brings in a piece of jewelry, we inspect it from top to bottom. We want to be sure to fix everything that is needed to end up with a excellent finished repair. After inspection, the jewelry is photographed and entered into our computer system. Next, the jewelry arrives at my bench. It is inspected again, cleaned and work performed. After the work is finished, the item goes through 2 steps of polishing, an ultrasonic cleaning and finished with a blast of steam. The jewelry is inspected again for quality control and is ready to return to its happy owner.” Most other shops in the area not only send your jewelry out for repair, which means trusting a shipping service with your valuable heirloom or jewelry, but on the receiving end, the goldsmith might be handling jewelry from multiple original stores, which means there is also a higher risk of items becoming lost, damaged or misplaced in the process. So leaving your repairs at Kluh’s immediately gives the customer built-in security. “We know what you left with us, and what we are doing with it.”Hawkins first became interested in the 7,000 year old art of goldsmithing after taking a jewelry making class in high school. Citing his teacher as a source of inspiration, he launched himself headfirst into the world of jewelry making right after high school. “At the age of 18 I went to work at a wholesale trade shop in Spokane where I was paid to learn. My persistence landed me the job because I bugged the daylights out of them knowing this was what I wanted to do.”For one and a half years at that first trade shop job, he did nothing but polishing. As he quips, “My fingers were raw but as soon as the calluses formed I was off and running.” After a total of four years as an apprentice he spent an additional six years of ‘tipping’ (adding new prong-tips to hold gem stones in place) and assembly line jewelry making, “with twenty-two bench jewelers each performing one specific task in building a new piece of jewelry.” He explains that in today’s market, having a whole row of goldsmiths working on an assembly-line piece of jewelry would still be considered a “custom piece of hand made art. Most new pieces from the U.S. today are complete when cast and many include the stones being set in the casting process.”When he came to Kluh’s thirty years ago, he established himself as one of Thurston County’s most reputable goldsmiths very quickly. He had just moved from Spokane to the Olympia area, when he had a chance to get in with the Kluh family. “Story has it that Greg Kluh (Matt’s father) had been toying with the decision of putting a goldsmith in the Lacey store (which at the time was in the heart of South Sound Center mall). Coincidentally I walked in having just moved and the rest is history.”For someone who primarily works on standard gem-stone tips and other repairs at his station five days a week, he also finds a great deal of joy in crafting one-of-a-kind pieces occasionally. “When I‘m allowed the luxury of time and I get to use my imagination to create a piece for a friend or family member. I get to see these pieces again and again and know the joy it brings to someone I care about.”Knowing that his customers are often leaving precious family heirlooms in his care, Hawkins feels extra pleased when he is thanked for a job well done. “It’s a great profession and I still love it as much as I thought I would when I was pestering that trade shop in Spokane to hire me. It takes a lifetime to learn this craft. I’ll never know it all.”He also feels very much like the atmosphere and environment at Kluh’s is like being part of a big family. “There’s a personal touch, so all of us that work there aren’t just a number, we’re part of the Kluh family.”Of course, Hawkins has other hobbies, including playing drums, ukulele and guitar, and listening to music from the 1960s and 70s. “Goldsmithing can be monotonous so the variance of what I do outside of work is a good thing.”He foresees himself being a goldsmith even in the afterlife. “I know I will continue my craft in Heaven because is written in the Bible that the streets are paved with gold and foundation stones are made of precious gems, but in the meantime, as long as I’m physically able I’ll keep on keepin’ on.” Of course, he figures that with the rainy cold winters eventually becoming more disagreeable to him, he might have to eventually do his smith-work “in a warmer climate or perhaps in a little grass shack on the beach.”But until he heads to a tropical isle for retirement, you can trust him to handle your most precious jewelry repairs right in the place where he has been the last thirty years.last_img read more

Three things we learned from the Premier League weekend

first_imgLiverpool had a tricky-looking match on paper at Stamford Bridge but emerged unscathed, winning 2-1 to maintain their five-point gap at the top.But defeats for United and Tottenham, and a tough battle for Arsenal, who recovered to beat newly-promoted Aston Villa 3-2, showed the “Big Six” are not going to have things all their own way this season.Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:Imperious City show hungerWere Manchester City losing their hunger after consecutive Premier League title triumphs?Bernardo Silva (left) scored a hat-trick as Manchester City beat Watford 8-0 © AFP / Oli SCARFFPep Guardiola did not appear especially worried after his side’s 3-2 defeat against Norwich last weekend, saying he still loved his team.They responded to his affection in emphatic fashion, pummelling Watford just four months after smashing them 6-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley.Bernardo Silva, who scored a hat-trick against Watford, said City had wanted to put on a show for their fans.“After the defeat at Norwich obviously we wanted to get the three points and give our fans a good performance,” Silva told Sky Sports.“We were unbelievable in the first 30 minutes, scored lots of goals and had control.”European champions Liverpool are setting a frightening standard as they go in search of their first top-flight English title since 1990 but City are not going to go away.New faces in top sixLeicester and West Ham proved their credentials in their bid to break the iron grip of the Premier League’s top six with victories over Tottenham and Manchester United.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United lost 2-0 to West Ham © AFP / Ian KINGTONBrendan Rodgers’s Leicester have now faced Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs in their opening six games and have more than held their own.Also, the stuttering form of the established powers behind Liverpool and Manchester City means there is little to fear for sides unused to the rarefied atmosphere at the top of the Premier League.United have now won just one of their past five league games, Tottenham have not won away in the Premier League since January and Chelsea are yet to taste victory at home under Frank Lampard.Leicester and West Ham hold a three-point lead over all three and are level with Arsenal, who battled to their first win in four league games at home to Aston Villa.Liverpool back up Alexander-Arnold’s trophy boastBacking his brash words with bold actions, Trent Alexander-Arnold emphasised why Liverpool are such a serious threat to Manchester City’s hopes of a third successive title.Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold © AFP / Ben STANSALLAlexander-Arnold previewed Liverpool’s trip to Chelsea on Sunday by declaring that Jurgen Klopp’s side are determined to become serial trophy winners.Not content with last season’s Champions League triumph, Alexander-Arnold said: “We don’t want to be remembered as that Liverpool team that only won the Champions League. We want to be the team that people can’t remember how many trophies we have won because we won so many.”That kind of talk can put pressure on a team if they are not made of the right stuff, but Alexander-Arnold walked the walk as his blistering first-half free-kick at Stamford Bridge put Liverpool on course for a sixth successive win that moved them five points clear of City at the top.0Shares0000(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 to maintain their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Liverpool beat Chelsea to preserve their perfect record and Manchester City romped to a record-breaking win but elsewhere it was far from business as usual during a dramatic Premier League weekend.City were imperious against Watford, 5-0 up within the first 18 minutes and just one goal shy of matching Manchester United’s Premier League record for the biggest margin of victory — 9-0 against Ipswich in 1995.last_img read more

Perlas embracing tough challenge at Fiba Asia Women’s Cup

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adamson breaks skid, stops Power Smashers for first win Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo from FibaAsia.comThe odds are stacked against the Philippine women’s national basketball team heading into the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup after being drawn in the same group with tournament favorites Japan and Australia.But more than facing a daunting task, Perlas Pilipinas coach Pat Aquino feels facing the top teams in Asia and Oceania is a big challenge that the team should embrace.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “It’s the way to level up. The only thing that can happen to us is to go up. It’s a challenge for us to compete with that kind of level,” Aquino told reporters during the PSA Forum Tuesday.Japan is a two-time Asian champion and will be led by 6-foot-3 forward Ramu Tokashiki, who is currently playing for the Seattle Storm in the WNBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAustralia, on the other hand, will be bannered by four WNBA players in Marianna Tolo, Katie-Rae Ebzery, Tessa Lavey and Laura Hodges.The Philippines, which is now ranked fifth in Asia, had a historic Fiba Asia stint two years ago after finally cracking Level I. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Aquino said this year’s team is not much different from the previous.Making up the PH team, which is also in the same group as South Korea, are Allana Lim, Afril Bernardino, Raisa Palmera-Dy, Camille Sambile, Claire CastroRounding out the team are Andrea Tongco, Janine Pontejos, Chack Cabinbin, Cindy Resultay, Jack Animam, Gemma Miranda and Amby Almazan.The Fiba Asia Cup is set on July 23-29 in Bangalore, India.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

NYK MLC to Form Holding Company in December

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsubishi Logistics Corporation (MLC) intend to establish a joint holding company in December 2018 and merge port and transportation business companies in April 2019.Earlier this year, the duo unveiled plans to integrate management of the four NYK Group terminal operation companies in Japan through a new joint holding company and merge UNI-X Corporation (UNI-X) and Nippon Container Terminals (NCT).NYK Group companies for the management integration include UNI-X, NCT, Asahi Unyu Kaisha and Yusen Koun.To be located in Tokyo, the new holding company will be named MY Terminals Holdings Limited, owned 51% by NYK and 49% by MLC.What is more, the joint company of UNI-X and NCT will have a trade name UNI-X NCT Corporation. The company, owned by MY Terminals Holdings Limited, will also be based in Tokyo.NYK explained in August that the purpose of management integration is to consolidate quality improvement efforts and enhance long-term service stability for port and harbor transportation business.last_img read more

South Florida Is Lucky To Host Its TossUp Matchup With Louisville

Louisville and South Florida play Monday night in the second-round women’s NCAA tournament game that our March Madness predictions have the least certainty about. We’re giving Louisville, the No. 3 seed in the Albany region, a 52 percent chance to beat South Florida and advance to the Sweet Sixteen. It might as well be a coin flip. No other favorite in a second-round game had less than a 66 percent chance of winning.Why is the game so tough to call? It has more to do with the unusual structure of the women’s tournament’s first two rounds than with the teams involved. Typically, the top four seeds in each region get to host the first two rounds. This year, that happened for 15 of 16 top-four seeds. Louisville was the exception, because its arena is busy hosting men’s tournament games. Rather than head to a neutral site, the Cardinals had to travel to the arena of the next highest-seeded team in its quartet: South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa.Home court advantage typically is worth 3.5 points in women’s college hoops. So this scheduling conflict adds up to a 7-point swing in the Bulls’ favor as they look to make a dent in the Cardinals’ 26-4 record against them and avenge a loss last year that effectively knocked them out of the tournament.“Both teams know each other, are very familiar with both styles, with personnel, so it’s a shame we’re meeting this early in the tournament,” South Florida coach Jose Fernandez told the Tampa Bay Times. “But I’m glad we’re home.”That bit of scheduling luck, and not South Florida’s strength, is what boosts the Bulls’ chances so much. South Florida is good for a 6 seed: Our mashup of power ratings and rankings says the Bulls are the 20th best team in the field, so they probably should have gotten a 5 seed. But Louisville might also have been underseeded. It’s the eighth-highest-rated team in the field, which usually is good enough for a 2 seed. The Cardinals won their first-round game by 33 points, compared to a 9-point win for South Florida. Texas, the fifth seed in the Albany region, and No. 4 California were rated much more closely than Louisville and South Florida are. In fact, Texas rated slightly higher than Cal, yet Cal, playing at home in Berkeley, had a two-in-three chance of winning. (Texas pulled off the upset, 73-70.)Monday night’s toss-up game is a good argument for changing the best-teams-host model in the early rounds, for two reasons. First, choosing neutral sites in advance would prevent the double-booking of arenas such as Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center. And second, the women’s tournament probably would have more competitive games if it didn’t boost its already-strong favorites with hosting privileges.Through Sunday, men’s favorites, playing in neutral arenas, have struggled more than women’s teams that get to host their competition. Two of 16 men’s teams seeded fourth or better lost in the round of 64, and five more went down in the next round. The teams averaged a winning margin of 12.3 points in the round of 64 and 4.4 points in the next round. By contrast, all of the 15 women’s teams that were seeded that high and got to host made it to the round of 32, and just three of the eight that played at home on Sunday lost there. The 15 teams averaged a 23.3-point win in the first round and a 9.5-point win in the second round. Some of the difference is due to a wider spread of talent in the women’s field.1The difference between the eighth- and 24th-best teams in our normalized pre-tournament team ratings gives a sense of how big the spread is, since teams of around those levels play typical round-of-32 games. In both the men’s and women’s fields this year, that spread is 5 points. So this year the men’s field is about as spread out as the women’s, thanks in part to the men’s field being unusually top-heavy.Until the women’s tournament removes favorites’ hosting rights, here’s a more modest proposal for schools that have women’s teams as strong as Louisville’s (Elite Eight last year, national runner-up the year before): Don’t host men’s tournament games on the opening weekend, lest you put your women’s team at a competitive disadvantage.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 22, 2017 – Nassau – The Military Police Section of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in a joint effort with the US Embassy Marine Corps, Bahamas Branch, spent this past Saturday sprucing up the country’s World War II Cemetery, which they recently adopted and have committed themselves to caring for.This joint effort was the direct result of a conversation between Chief Petty Officer Lincoln Rolle and Gunnery Sargent Walter Merrith, Head of the United States Embassy Marine Corps, Bahamas Branch who both agreed that cleaning and maintaining the cemetery on a more consistent basis felt like their honorable duty.They removed weeds, mowed grass and painted the entrance to the cemetery.   However, this initial effort is only the beginning of what is expected to be a larger project to overhaul the space.   There are plans for reviving the landscape and repairing broken grave stones.Commanding Officer of the Military Police Section, Commander Fredrick Brown noted that the project taken on comes with no difficulty and that it was an honor to be a part of the effort.Chairman of the British Legion- Bahamas Branch, Comrade Cephas Ferguson was also there and in an interview expressed his appreciation and thanked the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel and all parties involved who made the effort a success.Commander Frederick Brown, the Commanding Officer of the Defence Force’s Military Police and Force Protection Unit extended heartfelt thanks to members of his Unit and the United States Embassy Marine Corps Unit at the US Embassy… “We are grateful for your kind gesture in adopting our small military cemetery.”Also in attendance were Comrade George Collymore (World War II Veteran), Comrade Leonard Knowles (World War II Veteran), Father Andrew Topin (Executive Committee) and Adina Munroe (Executive Secretary at the British Legion Bahamas Branch and Defence Force Representative).Commodore Bethel praised the efforts of the participants in the joint initiative for their acts of patriotism, partnership, and volunteerism.   He also commended the hard work and dedication of Defence Force Reservist and representative at the Legion, Adina Munroe, for the many programs she has coordinated for the purpose of honoring the lives, sacrifices, and memories of members of the British Legion, past and present.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is honoured to be a part of this project and will continue to assist as an organization showing its appreciation to those who have paved the way and fought for the freedoms that every Bahamian still enjoy today. By: Marine Seaman Michael E. Turner II(Photos by Marine Seaman Michael E. Turner II)Captions:   Photo 1: Pictured from Left to Right: Woman Marine Adina Munroe (Executive Secretary at the British Legion Bahamas Branch and Defence Force Representative – Reserve), Comrade George Collymore (World War II Veteran), Father Andrew Topin (Executive Committee), Comrade Leonard Knowles (World War II Veteran) and Commander Fredrick Brown (Commanding Officer of the Defence Force’s Military Police and Force Protection Unit)Photo 2: Representatives from Defence Force’s Military Police and Force Protection UnitPhotos 3 – 8: Defence Force Marines at workcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more