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Is this one better than the original? – Insights News

Review: Trolls World Tour Starring Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Walt Dohrn

Poppy and Branch are back with a musical adventure that wants to bring all of the trolls together. The follow up to the 2016 hit film has the whole world of trolls under threat. Not from the giants of the land, but a hostile take over from within the ranks of the ever-growing universe of these musical munchkins. All of the old gang is back to take on the newest menace to their sparkly way of life, rock-n-roll.

To catch you up on things in the land of the trolls, Poppy(Anna Kendrick)has been serving as queen and Branch(Justin Timberlake)serves at her side. Things seem to be going well in their land of hugs, sparkles and spontaneous songs. Until Poppy receives an invitation to come to a special party that is being held by Queen Barb(Rachel Bloom)of the Hard Rock Trolls. Her goal is to bring all of the lands of the trolls together again. Yet, unknown to Poppy and the rest of the trolls, she hopes to do it by bringing them all under the rule and music of Hard Rock.

This invitation causes confusion and excitement amongst the colourful and energetic population. Poppy looks forward to the opportunity to meet all of the different troll nations, but King Peppy(Walt Dohrn)rushes in with a warning. He shares the history of the various lands of the trolls and why they had not been known to Poppy and her people before.

The various musical factions had all lived together as one nation until they realised that they could not agree on one musical style. Pop, Funk, Classical, Techno, Country and Rock all had the magical strings that kept them together to make special music together. Then when they realised they were not compatible, the leaders of each group took their string and formed their communities. Poppy and Branch would need to determine if they would join Barb in unifying the lands or to remain isolated and protect their happy land of Pop.

After the syrupy, sweet success of the original film and the soundtrack, a sequel was inevitable for Poppy and multi-coloured friends. Thankfully they decided to go down a different path than the first film and stay within this imaginative world of the Trolls. To keep from the dark and creepy world of the giants makes this adventure more appealing and accessible to families. Not that it does not get dark at times throughout this journey, but Trolls World Tour proves to be a better film than the first.

Even though the title song is not as catchy as the original, the rest of the story is engaging and will keep all ages entertained until the end. The message of unification and embracing differences can border on the cringe-worthy at times, it is still one that needs to be heard at this time in history. This is handled well by the inclusion of the various musical styles and allows for a whimsical and toe-tapping experience that provides something for every musical taste. Director Walt Dohrns team manages to deliver a familiar story that is a fun lesson for families to enjoy together.

What should parents know about the Trolls World Tour? In this modern era of filmmaking, childrens movies can be a minefield of hidden messages and agendas. Trolls World Tour does have a message, but there is no secret lesson. It is a tale that has been told, but the musical stylings of the Trolls do offer something fresh for parents to enjoy with their children. The film actually can allow mums and dads to have some fun talking about the various types of music, unless you are a fan of Smooth Jazz. If your family enjoyed the first film, this one is even better and not as scary as the first.

Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music. George Eliot

Trolls World Tour forces us all to admit to what styles of music we enjoy or dislike. What is it about music that permeates the soul and impacts us all? What is your favourite style (you can have more than one) and how did it become part of your life? Parents, friends, school or movies. They all can play a part in determining your daily playlist, but have you thought about why you like these tunes?

Music is central to most cultures and celebrated in the Bible. How does music hold such power over our existence as humans? What does God have to say about the work of music in our lives? Thankfully God does not leave us wondering, the Bible does have the answers to this amazing aspect of humanity.

Passages on music: Psalm 104:33, Psalm 95:1, Psalm 105:2, Psalm 150, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, James 5:13

Russell Matthews works for City Bible Forum, The Edge and Reel Dialogue. This article was first published on theCity Bible Forum website.

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‘High Fidelity’ Season 2 Would Have Focused on Cherise – Decider

HulusHigh Fidelitycancellation stings quite a bit, but its made even worse by the fact that DaVine Joy Randolphs hilarious record store employee Cherise was set to ground the second season. In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, star Kingsley Ben-Adir revealed thatHigh FidelitySeason 2 was supposed to be Cherise-focused, but Hulu canceled the comedy before it had the opportunity to fully tell her story. What could have been!

When asked about Hulu canceling its High Fidelity reboot, an announcement that shocked fans and critics alike, star Ben-Adir was clear that he is not happy about the decision, particularly because he knows the writers had something special planned for the second season. Annoyingly, Season 2 was really gonna be a Cherise-focused season, he told the LA Times. [DaVine Joy Randolph] was gonna become the lead of the show, and the story was leaning toward being about where shed come from, her heartbreaks and her family background. And they stopped it just as that was about to happen.

Randolphs character spent much of the first season propping up Kravitzs Rob, but in the latter half, she began to branch out on her own. At the end of the season, Cherise puts herself out there as an artist with a performance of Stevie Wonders I Believe (When I Fall In Love), but viewers are left in the dark about her future. Will the self proclaimed musical visionary finally be recognized for her talents?

Ben-Adir added that Kravitz would have brought something unique to a potential second season, as the star was intimately involved with every aspect of production. From a selfish point of view, I think its a shame because I had such a good time working with Zo [Kravitz], said the actor, who played Robs ex-boyfriend Mac. From what I read when I first went for it, she elevated it and really brought it to life as an executive producer. She was involved in everything: the tweaks, the rewrites, the edit, the detail, the reshoots, the rock, all of that stuff, thats all Zo, a super-talented person in all areas of storytelling, doing her thing.

I also enjoyed building that relationship with Zo so much, Ben-Adir continued. Its a little bit heartbreaking because we were playing this Black couple onscreen but no one goes to jail, and no ones brother or dad is in prison. We were just two Black people in love, and we never spoke about that fact. Its important for all people to see Black people represented in a way where its just like, Were just normal, we just do regular things too.'

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The 20 best rock albums of 1977 – Louder

In 1977 the first Star Wars movie premiered, Elvis died, and Jimmy Carter became US President.

Elsewhere, the The Atari 2600 was launched in North America, football superstar Pele played his final professional game, and the Soviet Union launched the Soyuz 24 space mission.

In music, Patti Smith fell offstage while supporting Bob Seger in Tampa, Florida, legendary New York disco Studio 54 opened, Michael Schenker disappeared after a UFO show at The Roundhouse in London, Marc Bolan was killed in a car accident in North London, and a Gallup poll declared America's favourite band to be Kiss.

These are the 20 best albums of 1977.

AC/DC - Let There Be Rock

Building upon their ferocious debut, AC/DC proved that their riff-tastic, swaggeringly sexy (sexist?) songs werent a fluke.

The title track, Bad Boy Boogie and Hell Aint A Bad Place To Be show off Angus and Malcolm Youngs way with a bluesy riff, but its the closing song that is quintessential DC. Yes, this is the album that gave us the hilarious tale of Whole Lotta Rosie.View Deal

David Bowie - Low

Teaming up with Brian Eno, David Bowie released two albums in 1977 (the other was Heroes), and Low was the moody, atmospheric meisterwork that showed how far the chameleonic songwriter had moved on from his Ziggy Stardust days.

Sound And Vision is the most accessible song of a challenging, but brilliant set.View Deal

Eric Clapton - Slowhand

Despite his prowess as a songwriter, Eric Clapton has always managed to turn around a good cover version. And thats the case on Slowhand as he makes JJ Cales Cocaine his own.

His compositions impress too this is the place where Wonderful Tonight and Lay Down Sally first saw daylight. This is Eric Claptons most accomplished (and varied) solo record.View Deal

The Clash - The Clash

Of the debut albums from the big punk three (Sex Pistols, Clash and Damned), the Pistols brought fierce nihilism, the Damned were the most fun, while The Clash spoke to you about your life.

Joe Strummer snarls with intelligent indignation on Career Opportunities and Janie Jones while Mick Jones provides some surprisingly melodic guitar. An album in love with the rocknroll woah.View Deal

Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True

Marrying a punk simplicity with a dash of pop rock, Declan MacManus announced Elvis Costellos arrival with his snarky debut.

The brittle but brilliant (and enduring) ballad Alison is in direct contrast to the garage rocknroll of the first three tracks, highlighting Costellos versatile way with a tune. Trivia fans should also note that Huey Lewiss early band Clover provided some of the instrumentation.View Deal

The Damned - Damned Damned Damned

UK punks first album, The Damneds raw debut helped set the blueprint for punk rock, and featured guitarist Brian James firmly to the fore in songwriting terms.

Assaulting your ears with Neat Neat Neats pulsating bassline (courtesy of Captain Sensible), it never lets up for a second, while seventh track New Rose is an undisputed classic, irrespective of genre.View Deal

Ian Dury - New Boots And Panties!!

After having spent time honing his chops in the London pubs, New Boots And Panties!! saw the larger than life Ian Dury step out on his own.

Distinctly British, and distinctly brilliant check out the lyrics of Billericay Dickie and Wake Up And Make Love With Me for conclusive proof its also the album that included Blockheads, the song that gave his new backing band their name.View Deal

Electric Light Orchestra - Out Of The Blue

Jeff Lynnes ELO had come along way since it formed from the ashes of The Move. By the time of this double-album, Electric Light Orchestras massive sound incorporated orchestral arrangements and multi-layered harmonies with perfect pop melodies, the antithesis of the punk uprising of the time.

Wild West Hero, Mr Blue Sky and Turn To Stone became three of the biggest hits they ever had.View Deal

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

If ever proof was needed that friction, heartbreak, drug use and chaos can produce great art, then Fleetwood Macs Rumours has to be Exhibit A.

Somehow the likes of The Chain, Dont Stop, Never Going Back Again and Go Your Own Way still sound as great today as they did the first time around.View Deal

Foreigner - Foreigner

First blasting into our consciousness via the slick Feels Like The First Time, Foreigner stamped their intelligent, massive-sounding radio rock all over their debut album.

Cold As Ice is an exercise in brilliant melodic rock, while Long, Long Way From Home characterises where guitarist Mick Jones and vocalist Lou Gramm would take their band in the years that followed.View Deal

Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel

Stepping out of the shadows of a hugely successful band to go it alone is a brave step. And its one that former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel made with ease and panache.

His first album free from Phil Collins et al saw him lose the long-winded complexity of his prog roots in favour of shorter, sharper, more knowing songs, such as Solsbury Hill.View Deal

Heart - Little Queen

Casting off their little Led Zeppelin tag, sisters Ann (vocals) and Nancy Wilson (guitar) built upon the promise of Hearts debut album Dreamboat Annie with their second release.

Fusing bludgeoning rock (the relentless rifferama of Barracuda) with gentle mandolin-led folk (Dream Of The Archer, Love Alive) to great effect, the band proved that they had one of rocks finest vocalists in their line-up.View Deal

Pink Floyd - Animals

Yup. Its the one with the pig. Pink Floyds follow-up to the seminal Wish You Were Here was a very different beast to its predecessor. Its a meagre five tracks long, but Roger Waters songwriting is reaching its most complex, experimental and demanding.

Despite only sharing one composer credit (on the whopping 17-minute long Dogs), David Gilmours stylish guitar sets the tone of this nihilistic, disturbing work.View Deal

Iggy Pop - Lust For Life

Rejuvenated for the masses thanks to the use of its title track in Danny Boyles film adaptation of Trainspotting, Iggy Pop's second release of 1977 cemented his reputation as a founding father of US punk.

Teaming up with David Bowie (who produced and cowrote), Pop proved through the likes of Lust For Life, Success and The Passenger that he was now a bona fide solo star who could survive without his Stooges.View Deal

Rush - A Farewell To Kings

A Farewell To Kings gave Rush one of the biggest hits of their career in the shape of Closer To The Heart a song that is one of only a scant handful of Rush tracks which clock in below the three-minute mark.

But such brevity is not indicative of the album as a whole with the heavily synth-led Xanadu and closer Cygnus X-1 (which also serves as a conceptual prelude to 1978s Hemispheres album) taking centre stage.View Deal

The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Heres The Sex Pistols

12 tracks that changed the world, this was the album that turned rocknroll on its head. Anarchic, chaotic and rebellious in both musical and lyrical terms, the world had never heard anything like Johnny Rottens sarky, disparaging sneer underscored by Steve Jones and Paul Cooks ramshackle, breakneck cacophony before.

God Save The Queen, Anarchy In The UK, Pretty Vacant, Bodies its a hard rock classic.View Deal

The Stranglers - No More Heroes

Following up their well-received Rattus Norvegicus released earlier in the year, Hugh Cornwell and his Stranglers perfected their surreal art punk take on the world.

Lyrically theres some near-the-knuckle material lurking on this album (I Feel Like A Wog), but some great tunes too: Dagenham Dave, Something Better Change and the title track.View Deal

Television - Marquee Moon

Art rocks finest hour Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyds guitar interaction is at the heart of this beautiful LP.

Marquee Moon (the song) with its extraordinary instrumental passages shows that there was a lot more to 70s New York new wave than Blondies pop rock excursionsView Deal

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Plotting the path through the energy transition – Hydrocarbon Engineering

The current COVID-19 crisis is a game changer for everyone and that includes the energy sector. Moving forwards, we can never talk about business as usual; we are not going to go back to what we had six months ago, the world is a different place. The economy is different, people's perception of health is different. The virus is going to be with us for quite a while to come and people will behave differently.

This will clearly influence the pace and manner of the energy transition. All the available fuels need to reassess their position, and this provides Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) an opportunity to flourish. As a portable, low-emissions fuel it can have a big impact on both air quality and carbon emissions and is readily available at a reasonable price.

Last year witnessed a surge in climate awareness, with protests around the world reflecting the growing concern around climate change, backed up by stark warnings from scientific advisors. Across Europe, politicians are reacting with the UK and France signing historic net zero emission targets into law and other European countries and the EU itself moving in this direction. It is not just government, but city leaders reacting too, not just to greenhouse gases (GHG) but to air pollution with major cities from Madrid to Amsterdam and Paris developing low-emission zones to improve air quality.

Air quality is one of the most pressing public health concerns of the 21st century and is a significant driver of energy policy. The increased focus on air pollution seen in recent years can be attributed to heightened awareness and greater public pressure on political bodies to tackle this urgent, often fatal issue. Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) statistics revealed that not only are over 90% of the worlds population breathing air that exceeds WHO recommended limits, but an estimated 7 million deaths a year can be attributed to that pollution. Of these deaths, around 90% occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Despite the ambition, so much of our economic activity and productivity around the globe still depends on the availability and exploitation of reasonably priced energy. Whilst moving away from fossil fuels is inevitable, the pace and direction of this change is a significant challenge for organisations operating at the sharp end of the economy. It could of course also provide opportunity.

Progressing from where we are now to where we want to be is going to be a journey, and the speed that we travel along that route will determine the fuel strategy. Whatever way you look at it, natural gas and LPG should have a contribution to the move to a low carbon world in a practical and pragmatic manner; for the energy transition must be a pragmatic one which does not leave people behind. It cannot be a strategy where if you are living in the cities, you have access to green, renewable electricity, but if you live in rural areas there is no alternative other than to use coal, kerosene, diesel or biomass. There must be an acceptance of the role for cleaner fossil fuels.

The energy transition means moving from one state to a new state and I think it is true and fair to say that whatever appliances we use, whether it is a boiler, car or a stove, they will be different to the ones we use now. How long that transition will take is not yet apparent, but it can be accelerated by switching to gas. Take a boiler. Moving from an oil-fired boiler to a gas-fired boiler will deliver lower emissions for heating. That can be achieved at a far lower cost than switching to a boiler fuelled by electricity or a heat pump system. Here there is a trade-off but, in the post COVID-19 economy, where governments will critically assess the cost benefit of the emissions reductions that they are putting in place, a pragmatic switch to LPG is an ideal option.

A quick win by moving to gas from oil is a practical step that we should be taking in the short term to improve our climate and our air quality, as part of a transition to a future world that should be zero carbon. Given the current global financial situation, the transition may take a little bit longer than we were hoping for and given the level of public debt, it must be cost effective.

There are multiple strands to LPGs contribution to the decarbonisation agenda including domestic use, transportation, process heating, industry and agriculture. Many studies show the extensive morbidity and mortality associated with poor air quality and as populations and car usage grow, this is only going to be exacerbated. The busier that towns and cities become, irrespective of infrastructural changes and road building, congestion will worsen. Whilst many countries are pursuing an electrification pathway for domestic needs and consumer vehicles, the infrastructural support required, and battery restrictions associated with EVs render them largely inappropriate for heavy and medium goods vehicles. LPG offers a lower particulate matter and GHG alternative to petrol and diesel that is well suited to such vehicle types and elicits both environmental and financial benefits.

As well as being essential to the effective decarbonisation of transportation fleets, LPG can also play a role within the domestic sphere, offering a lower carbon fuel for household heating and cooking. This is particularly true of off-grid households often in rural areas which may be reliant on costly electrical heating, highly polluting oil or biomass boilers.

Another area of opportunity lies in industry, where there is an urgent need to decarbonise. In 2017, the industrial and commercial sectors accounted for 44% of total energy consumption in the US and produced over 5000 million t of CO2 (MtC02). Tackling the emissions produced by these sectors would make substantial inroads in reducing emissions and, without a shift in the types of fuels industry and commerce are utilising, it is unlikely that any carbon or GHG reduction targets will be met.

LPG has traditionally been a co-product of the oil and gas industry and a large proportion of the product still comes from oil and gas sector with over 62% at present coming from natural gas processing and production. As we look to the future there is a third or perhaps even a fourth area of LPG production. In fact, in the future it will probably be inaccurate to call it LPG, because LPG is a petroleum product. We believe that the next generation of propane and butane, which are the gases that make up LPG, can come from renewable and bio sources, such as waste oils, animal fats or cellulose sources, such as wood.

This bioLPG will make up a large proportion of our future demand. Significant volumes of bioLPG can be produced as a by-product of fuels such as bio-kerosene or biodiesel When we look at the production forecasts of biodiesel and, in the future, bio-kerosene, we are confident that there will be a significant future supply of bioLPG.

BioLPG production has been growing rapidly over recent years. Currently the fuel is predominantly produced from hydrotreated bio-oils in refineries. However, bioLPG can be produced in several ways and through numerous processes, such as gasification and pyrolysis - which are already proven technologies, and from various feedstocks including agricultural residues and municipal waste.

The final strand of this approach which is beyond a biofuel is renewable LPG or renewable propane. An example of this would be to use green, renewable hydrogen combined with sequestered CO2 from industrial flue gas, or even directly from the air. With this we can synthesise short chain hydrocarbons including propane. This is a truly circular solution. When you burn it, you recapture the CO2 and create new sources of fuel. This is only in the R&D stage now and at present the cost of renewable green hydrogen is high, but perhaps in the future as we move towards a green hydrogen-based economy it will be increasingly viable.

As the global community intensifies its desire to combat the effects of climate change and seek ways to reduce GHG emissions, LPG can offer significant near-term solutions. LPG is not only among the most attractive options for reducing GHG emissions, it is abundantly available today in many parts of the world through existing distribution channels. In the post COVID-19 world rather than the dash back to oil, which many people foresee, we need to think about gas as an intermediate option. Switching to LPG can help to immediately improve air quality and reduce GHG emissions in many applications and parts of the world. When combined with other environmental cost, and performance advantages, LPG is an ideal clean energy for a low-carbon world.

Written by James Rockall, CEO and Managing Director, WLPGA.

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JIMI HENDRIX And JOHN BONHAM – Two New Books Celebrate The Lives And Music Of Late Rock Legends – bravewords.com

Sadly, this September marks 50 years since the passing of Jimi Hendrix and 40 years since the passing of John Bonham. To celebrate both legendary and influential artists, respected author/journalist Greg Prato has assembled two new books, Avatar Of The Electric Guitar: The Genius Of Jimi Hendrix and Bonzo: 30 Rock Drummers Remember The Legendary John Bonham. Each book is priced at $19.99 for the paperback and $9.99 for the Kindle version:

It is widely believed that Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time...and quite possibly, THE greatest. All you have to do is compare what rock guitar sounded like before Jimi burst on the scene in the late 60s, and what it sounded like after. And in addition to trailblazing new sounds and approaches, his influence reached beyond just the guitar community he quickly became the literal poster child for the psychedelic rock movement, due to his unique fashion, song lyrics, and a now-iconic performance at Woodstock. But sadly, Jimis story also remains one of rocks most tragic dying at the age of 27 on September 18, 1970 (just as he was playing some of the biggest concerts of his career and entering a new musical phase). To mark 50 years since his passing, 'Avatar Of The Electric Guitar: The Genius Of Jimi Hendrix' has been assembled comprised of interviews with renowned guitarists (including Kirk Hammett, Alex Lifeson, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, and Kim Thayil, among others), discussing what made Jimi so special, and ultimately, a legend.

Few rock drummers remain as universally praised as Led Zeppelins John Bonham. Listen to any Zeppelin album, and you will hear a virtual showcase on expert rock drumming while never getting in the way of the groups other members and their contributions, singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and bassist John Paul Jones. But sadly, one of rocks all-time greats died tragically young he was only 32 years old resulting in the end of one of rocks most celebrated bands. To mark 40 years since his passing, 'Bonzo: 30 Rock Drummers Remember the Legendary John Bonham' has been assembled comprised of interviews with some of the top drummers of rock (including Kenny Aronoff, Mike Portnoy, John Dolmayan, Brian Tichy, and Steve Gorman, among others), discussing what made Bonham such a special and unforgettable drummer.

Greg Prato is a writer and journalist from New York, whose writing has appeared via such outlets as Songfacts, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and BraveWords. He is also the author of several popular books, including Take It Off: Kiss Truly Unmasked, Touched By Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story, and A Rockin' Rollin' Man: Bon Scott Remembered, among many others. And you may have even heard him on one of his many radio or TV appearances, which include interviews on The Howard Stern Wrap-Up Show, Eddie Trunk Live, and Feedback with Nik Carter and Lori Majewski. Avatar Of The Electric Guitar and Bonzo are his 31st and 32nd books overall.

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The HoopsHype Weekly: Ranking the Top 10 players in the 2020 NBA playoffs so far – Hoops Hype

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TOP 10 PLAYOFF PERFORMERS:With the playoffs set to resume later today, we decided to rank the Top 10 performers so far in the 2019-20 postseason. Statistics and team results were taken into account. Lets get to it.

10. Jimmy Butler: Hes not even Miamis leading scorer in the playoffs (that distinction would belong to Goran Dragic), but theres no doubt Butler was instrumental in the Heats first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers. Not only did the All-Star swingman post a 20/5/4 stat line in four games, his outstanding defense, particularly on the productiveTJ Warren, helped Miami cruise to a series victory.

9. Anthony Davis: The Lakers big man leads all playoff participants in average plus/minus at +16.0, and has absolutely dominated Portlands frontcourt through four games, averaging 26.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. If he keeps up that level of production, L.A. will be awfully hard to stop on theirhunt for No. 17.

8. Rudy Gobert: Averaging 17.6 points (on 69.8 percent shooting, no less), 10.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks, Gobert has been a big reason why the Jazz currently have a 3-2 series lead over Denver. In particular, him keepingfellow star big man Nikola Jokic somewhat in check in their matchup has been huge for Utah. Jokic has an average -4.6 plus/minus in the series.

7. LeBron James: After a slow start to his time in the bubble, LeBron has been spectacular in the postseason, especially after Game 1 of L.A.s matchup against Portland. Overall for the playoffs, James is averaging a 25/10/10 triple-double while shooting nearly 43 percent from beyond the arc, playing the role of creator and still doing his fair share of scoring for the Lakers wonderfully.

6. Jayson Tatum: The No. 9 leading scorer in the postseason at 27 points per game, Tatum took full advantage of Philadelphia being without Ben Simmons and absolutely dominated whoever matched up against him for the Sixers.Bostons 4-0 sweep of Philadelphia was in large part thanks to Tatums excellence in the series.

5. Giannis Antetokounmpo: It shouldnt come as a surprise, but Antetokounmpo, named this seasons Defensive Player of the Year this week, has seen his regular-season greatnesscarry over into the playoffs. The Greek Freak is averaging 31.3 points, 15.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists against Orlando, obscene marks that should worry every team remaining in Milwaukees path.

4. Luka Doncic: Despite a couple of quiet outings against the Clippers, Doncic is still posting a 30/10/9 stat line in the postseason, including a 43-point, 17-rebound, 13-assist performance, which featureda game-winner that will be on highlight reels for the rest of his career.

3. Jamal Murray: The Nuggets guard has had All-Star potential since being drafted by Denver, but he hasnt quite seemed to putit all together until now. Murrays ascension these playoffs has been nothing short of spectacular to behold and the duelhes been having with the No. 1 player on this list is basketball entertainment at its finest. Through five games, Murray is averaging nearly 31 points while shooting 55.7 percent from the floor and 52.4 percent from deep. Oh, and hes turned the ball over just seven times over those five games, an impressivefeat considering the ball-handling duties he has.

2. Kawhi Leonard: Paul George may be going back and forth between being Playoff P and Pandemic P for the Clippers, but his teammate, Leonard, has been steady as a rock all playoffs long. Leonard is averaging 32.8 points in the postseason (the second-best mark among all players) to go along with 9.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals. With the level hes been performing at, Leonard is more than capable of leading the Clippers all the way to a title in his first year with the team.

1. Donovan Mitchell: It was a pretty easy decision choosing the first-place finisher on this list, as Mitchell has been outrageouslygood since the playoffs began, dropping at least 30 points four times in five games and at least 50 points twice, including a 57-point performance, the third-highest postseason scoring total in league history. Like Murray, it appears Mitchell has used the 2019-20 playoffs to go from being merely a good player into a great one, and itll be fascinating to see what hes able to do if Utah advances to Round 2 over the weekend.

NBA PLAYERS BOYCOTT:Our own Michael Scotto takes you behind the scenes of what went into the Bucks decision to boycott their game and the ramifications of it. The boycott (really more of a strike) was a moment that will be talked about for years to come.

ANOTHER TRAGEDY:In the year that just wont stop, NBA players react to the heartbreaking news about the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, most famous for his role as TChalla in Black Panther.

Rest in peace, Chadwick, and thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us.

BRODIE RETURNS:Good news for Houston, as Russell Westbrook is ready to return from the quad injury that kept him out of the first four games of the playoffs.

KIDD TO PHILLY?Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd is reportedly quite interested in Philadelphias head coaching vacancy.

That could be disastrous considering his strong personality and the ones already in the Sixers locker room, but it could also be interesting to see what Kidd, a non-shooting lead guard himself back in the day, might be able to do with Ben Simmons.

SHAKEUP COMING?Speaking of Philadelphia, Michael Scottotalked to coaches and league executives to find out what they think the Sixers should do with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Trade one? Trade both? Trade neither? Tough decisions ahead for Elton Brand and Co.

HIGH PRAISE:Kevin Durant recently made very interesting comments about burgeoning star Luka Doncic, calling the young phenom a (expletive) problemwhile discussing how refined his game is.

STAT BLAST:LeBron James has scored more points in the playoffs than a lot of memorable players scored in their entire regular-season careers. Dont believe us? Just look through some of the names here.

MAMBA DAY:In celebration of Mamba Day early this past week, we put together this awesome gallery of Kobe Bryant with every trophy he won in his career, including the Oscar in 2018. We miss you, Mamba.

COVID-19:Pelicans owner Gayle Benson hastested positive for coronavirus, though her symptoms reportedly havent been bad enough to require hospitalization. Heres hoping she gets better soon.

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When Katrina Kaif Went Flirty Chic in Some Bright Florals, Ruffles and a Whole Lot of Cakes! – Report Door

She turned a year older last month! Katrina Kaif ringed in her homebound birthday celebrations with some gorgeous looking cakes and a pretty gorgeous self! Dressed in her favourite hue of red, Katrina Kaif roped in some florals and ruffles this time around. Flirty and fun, Katrina flaunted a De La Vali red floral mini dress complimented by flirtatious ruffle edging to create the perfect laidback look. A strikingly tall and lithe frame, a gorgeous face coupled with a rare wit and charm, she is one of the few actresses to have retained an ultra-glamorous and chic fashion game. With social media shenanigans garnering a whopping following of 42.5 million on Instagram, Katrina Kaif never misses dropping in a drool-worthy style for fashion lovers and critics alike to lap up.

Pretty patterns, soft prints, easy silhouettes are all hallmarks of fun, easy fashion. Setting the mood alight with her attitude and style, despite a reserved demeanour, heres how Katrina aced the spring style.Katrina Kaif Sparkles in Pink in This Kay Beautys Tutorial!

It was a De La Valis red floral mini ruffle dress worth 265(approximately Rs.26,209). The dress was teamed with pulled back open hair, subtle glam and a radiant smile.Yo or Hell No? Katrina Kaifs Very Own Pride Moment and Her Attempt to Rock All Colourful Look.

Katrina Kaif in De La Vali (Photo Credits: Instagram)

On the professional front Katrina was last seen in Ali Abbas Zafars Bharat with Salman Khan. She will be seen in Rohit Shettys action film, Sooryavanshi with Akshay Kumar. While Akshay essays the role of DCP Veer Sooryavanshi, the chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad, Katrina will be seen essaying the role of his wife, Aditi Sooryavanshi. The film will be released on 27th March 2019.

(The above story first appeared on Report Door on Aug 31, 2020 01:00 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website reportdoor.com).

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Planning Commission Very Divided on URP Proposal, but Does Barely Support Approval – The Peoples Vanguard of Davis

By David M. Greenwald

How divided was the Planning Commission on Wednesday over the University Research Park Mixed-Use project? They recommended approval by a 4-3 vote, after pulling out the affordable housing and architectural site plan.

The project is located in a vacant lot along Research Park Drive to the south of I-80. The proposal will consist of four buildingseach just under 30,000 square feet with four floors of residential apartment units over one floor of office/open plan tech space.

The project proposed a total of 160 dwelling units, including 32 studio units, 96 one-bedroom units, and 32 two-bedroom units.

The project is planned to provide a total of 138,431 square feet of residential space and 26,912 square feet of office/open plan tech space. The proposed buildings height is 60 feet.

Two of the biggest hurdles proved to be the affordable housing plan and the overall architectural site plan.

On affordable housing, the city made the determination that the project qualifies for the Vertical Mixed Use Exemption pursuant to Section 18.05.080 of the Citys Municipal Code that was in effect for this project at the time of the application submittal in March 2018.

Although the Citys Affordable Housing Ordinance was amended in January 2019 with current requirements which included revisions to the exemptions, the proposed project was submitted prior to the amendments, the city staff reasons, but they will require under the Sustainable Communities Project guidelines that the provision of affordable housing be included as part of the project, regardless of local waivers. Therefore, the applicant has proposed that the payment of in-lieu fees to satisfy the requirement for affordable housing.

This triggered some heavy differences of opinion among the members of the planning commission.

Emily Shandy said, I share the concerns raised previously about affordable housing in this project. I have a strong preference to see those affordable units included on site in this project. Thats the main sticking point for me on this one.

Darryl Rutherford expressed frustration on the affordable housing after speaking to Mark Friedman of Fulcrum, and he felt there was a real need to include housing on site.

He suggested that perhaps the applicant could cut back on the expense of the design and the materials, and maybe if we reduced that we could actually meet the inclusionary affordable housing component that this commission, the social services commission and many many people in this community want to see.

He said this is incumbent upon the developers who are asking the city to do a lot.

Ultimately he said he couldnt support the project without more benefits given back to the community in the form of meeting an affordable housing commitment.

But Greg Rowe argued, We all need to sort of step back in the concerns we have about affordable housing. He noted that this was the outcome of attempting to address the issue of climate change and encouraging transit priority projects.

He noted that this was the result the state streamlining CEQA projects that demonstrating they would reduce VMT by being near high quality transit. Part of that trade off is reduced CEQA requirements (for which this project was CEQA exempt) and they also had a maximum of five percent affordable housing under state law.

Its a trade off, he said. We may not be happy with that but thats what our state legislature decided they wanted. He said, Its a balancing act. It is what it is.

Emily Shandy added, I am disappointed that this is yet another project coming before us thats sort of an island of buildings in the middle of a sea of parking.

Darryl Rutherford said, The design seems a little oddpretty industrial. He added, It just doesnt have a Davis feel to me.

He noted the attempt to move to a more modern design but he said, It still doesnt seem to fit the community.

Herman Boschken, who ultimately provided the deciding vote on the project, called it a very sterile design, which he compared to Russian Housing where he spent some time. There is nothing much redeeming about the architectural style.

Boschken noted that, given the close proximity to campus, it is an open question as to who will live there and he went so far as to argue if housing for students got tight, this could become a student housing project.

Im inclined to approve the project, he concluded. But Im not completely happy with it.

On the other hand, David Robertson was strongly opposed to it from the get go.

For one thing, he was angry that the city keeps pushing forward these projects without updating their overall planning.

He acknowledged that we need housing now and will need housing after this project.

Will we ever run out of the need for housing in the city of Davis? Probably not while Im alive, he said. When are we going to start addressing the issues on a broader scale of what is it were trying to achieve as a city? Or are we just going to keep proposing housing and hope that it matches up?

He said, This to me is a city issue. But he noted that this project is actually 80 percent housing and 20 percent office space. Were going to build more housing and think that somehow its going to match up with the paltry amount of non-residential thats being put on this site.

But Greg Rowe had a different take, noting how lucky we are that Mr. Friedmans company bought this property back in 2016, because UC Davis offered almost as much money for this entire business park. Had they successful in doing that, that would have been the loss of millions in property tax revenue for this city and this is proposing to move forward with something that is pretty positive, pretty progressive.

Steve Mikesell also noted his agreement with Greg Rowe and disagreement with David Robertson. We make a mistake thinking about this as only a housing project, he said.

He sees it as an extension of the research park that is immediately adjacent to it.

We need to think of this as one piece of one part of the Interland Property, he said, noting that there are plans to upgrade it over time.

He noted that this is a local company, not a NYSE property. We are absolutely as lucky as can be that not only did the university not buy this parcel, but it is a developer who is as well respected as Mark Friedman and Fulcrum, he said. I have a lot of trust about the way they are putting this together.

While Mikesell said he felt good about the design of the project, others disagreed and, in fact, pulled out the approval of the site design from their recommendations.

Emily Shandy said, The more projects we accept that we dont really feel are the best projects for this community at that location at this time, the more of those subpar projects we accept, the lower were setting the bar for the next project that comes before us.

Mark Friedman, the applicant, pushed back on some of these comments. One of the conundrums they have is how to meet many competing objectives.

When we put this project together we were very focused on a number of benefits that we thought were important to the community, Friedman explained. One of the things we wanted to do was the densify the site. We felt it was an environmental good to create a place where people could walk to work.

He noted that it is extraordinarily more expensive to build high than is to spread out. This was acknowledged in the city ordinance that had exempted mixed use development from having to provide affordable housing. That was an acknowledgement that this project was more expensive and there were other benefits that they chose that outweighed those.

He said that he could agree to add more affordable housing and other bells and whistles, but all Im doing is getting further from the feasibility and farther away from delivering housing.

He told David Robertson that he appreciates his comments, But quite frankly I dont understand how the community is better off, how you solve your housing problems by making projects so infeasible that nobody builds them.

Friedman put it bluntly, I ask you to vote this project up or down. I promise that it will be beautiful if you allow us to build it. But Im not willing to redesign it.

Ultimately the motion would pass 4-3 with Robertson, Rutherford and Shandy opposing it.

David M. Greenwald reporting

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Here are some Scottish locations that might suit PM’s taste for adventure – The National

THErevelation that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiance Carrie Symonds and their baby son Wildred are to take a fortnights holiday in Scotland from next weekend has got the Jouker wondering just exactly where they could be going.

Purely in the spirit of welcome and absolutely without the help of VisitScotland weve come up with some locations that might suit the PMs taste for adventure. They will obviously want to get away from it all and go somewhere the paparazzi will not dare to follow, so that rules out 99% of the country.

Hes just been to Orkney and to Moray to see his chum Dougie Ross, of course so we can rule them out, too. And somehow we cant see them in a single end in Glasgow city centre so we have had to look elsewhere.

He could do a bit of an adventure playground research holiday in Greenock Town Centre in Inverclyde; Carntyne West and Hagill in Glasgow; Ferguslie Park in Paisley; Alloa South and East in Clackmannanshire; Buckhaven, Denbeath and Muiredge in Fife; and Cliftonville in North Lanarkshire. The alert among you will have spotted that according to the Scottish Government, these are the half-dozen most deprived areas in Scotland it would be a "see how the other half live"jaunt, and we dont think Old Etonian Boris would be up for that, somehow, especially now that the price of Buckfast has risen.

No, he would be much better off going for a bit of isolation. Rockall springs most readily to mind as its the furthest bit of Scotland from anywhere, but the accommodation is pretty poor non-existent, actually and those pesky Irish might just use the PMs presence to invade and claim the territory they consider to be theirs.

Far better to avoid a possible international incident and camp out on St Kilda. Its a World Heritage site, after all, and there are some military types resident there so the PM could always borrow their toilets as the National Trust for Scotland has closed down their bogs due to the coronavirus pandemic. But a captive audience of a million would surely be attractive, even if puffins and other seabirds dont have the vote yet.

READ MORE:Boris Johnson to head to Scotland for two-week family holiday

We strongly recommend Gruinard, the so-called anthrax island situated between Gairloch and Ullapool. In a biological weapons experiment it was deliberately contaminated with anthrax during World War II, and 80 sheep died even though they had not declared war on the UK. After decontamination it was declared safe in 1990. Wouldnt it be a lovely gesture by the PM to pitch his tent there and show that the whole of the Precious Union is perfectly safe?

Theres a few other islands we could suggest. Why not Inchconnachan in Loch Lomond, currently on the market and a snip at 500k. There used to be wallabies on the uninhabited island, but they emigrated during the Governments hostile environment phase, allegedly. The good people of the nearby Vale of Leven, which used to be known as Little Moscow, might possibly object to the ultimate Tory in their proximity, but thats a small price to pay for enjoying the beauties of the Loch.

Inch Kenneth off Mull is an ideal holiday home but may be haunted by the ghost of Unity Mitford, the aristocratic Nazi-lover who shot herself in the head at the start of World War II but survived. She took ill on the island which was owned by her family and died in Oban aged 33 from meningitis caused by the bullet still inside her skull. Wouldnt want all that right-wing history being raked up, so probably not ideal for Boris.

Scarba is our last recommendation. Its a lovely wee island just north of Jura, with its very own spectacular whirlpool, Corryvreckan, thats well worth a visit. Just dont take the wife and bairn One thing to remember, PM, is that we are doing lockdown things differently here in Scotland, and that dreadful woman in Bute House might just close the Border and trap you here for an extended holiday. And dont count on her for a few nights at her wee but n ben.

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How to rock all types of womens leather jackets like a pro – Business MattersBusiness Matters

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Murs and Slug Surprise Release First New Felt Album in Over 10 Years Felt 4 U – mxdwn.com

Ariel King August 9th, 2020 - 3:38 PM

Murs and Atmospheres Slug have released their fourth Felt album,Felt 4 U,following an 11 year hiatus. The duo preceded the albums release with Name In Ya Mouth, a standalone track. Ant of Atmosphere helped to produce the album.

Felt 4 U comes as the first Felt album not to have been dedicated to a celebrity, instead the album is dedicated to the fans. Blimes, The Grouch, Aesop Rock and Shepard Albertson all have appearances on the new album, a first for the rap duo.

Name in Ya Mouth helps to set the tone forFelt 4 U, Murs and Slug returning with their smart verses and swelling beats. Somebody say that money is the root of all evil/ I guess it is/ Thats why I came to the party dressed like an exorcist, the track begins. Im not perfect but Ive got purpose, is flown over the heavy synths which take listeners back to the roots of rap.

The album incorporates funk, soul, blues and country. The album takes on a summer feel, allowing each of Felts albums to take on one of the four seasons.Felt 4 U comes as the followup to 2009sFelt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez. Previous Felt albums had been produced by The Grouch, Ant and Aesop Rock, with all three contributing toFelt 4 U in some way. Ants production creates a deeper layer within each track, perfectly encapsulating each songs tone.

Nevers Enough introduces the album as Mars and Slug rap about how their lives have improved since their last album. Both started families over the past ten years, and explore themes related to their changing lives throughout the course of the album.

Find My Way takes a deeper tone from the opening track, mixing in soul as Murs and Slug explore difficult themes in searching for themselves and paying the price for all they have achieved. Ants production stand out as lyrics discuss driving away with their wives.

Dont Do Me Like That comes back to the higher tones, lyrics portraying familial struggles and struggling with trust in a relationship. Both rap about arguments with their wives, highlighting the difficulties found in starting families.

Trees swings around as Murs and Slug reminisce on their childhoods, talking about how they have matured since them. They pull on violence in their lyrics and sing about smoking weed, parts of the production brining in slight psychedelic synths as record scratches highlight the end of the track.

Through The Night falls into a funky tune as it takes on a slow tone, Mars and Slug turning to romance. The instrumental matches the romantic undertones of the track, creating a transcending tone.

Freeze Tag pulls on blues in its beginning before the beat picks up. I wasnt born I was hatched on the moon, Slug sings. Murs and Slug switch off on the lyric Stop, hold it, freeze, each flinging themselves into their verse. Ants production takes on a disco inspiration, pushing listeners to get up and dance.

Sticks & Stones brings in a smooth and heavenly tone as Murs raps about violence as a child. Everybody with a heartbeat got beaf, Murs says as he speaks about having to protect himself as he was growing up. Slug comes in to talk about watching cartoons and football as he was a kid, the two giving a stark contrast on the way each grew up. He then discusses the amount of money currently poured into the military, questioning why.

Underwater lends an underwater bass feel, the track bringing back disco. Blimes feature flows and swirls as the track bubbles, Mars coming in to rap about wanting to be with a girl. Just no if we ever split/ I am not mad. The track marks the first love song on the album, Slug reminiscing on his relationship prior to having kids. I love this house that weve built together, he says.

Alexander Freal creates a harder sound, the booming beat bouncing underneath Slugs raps. Murs and Slug speak of Chicago, rapping about running away. They both switch off seamlessly, sounding almost as if they have the same thoughts.

Hologram introduces The Grouch and Aesop Rock, all four artists switching off over a heavy beat and electric strums. They switch into a darker tone as each raps about how they dont care about fame or those who come to try and grab their attention.

Crimson Skies slows the track down as they both rap about paying full price for shit I didnt really ask for. They take on a melancholy tone, the track featuring Shepard Albertson. Watching this apocalypse in real time/ Its not at all how I thought it would be, the lyrics state. The track could take many different meanings in reference to the current state of the world, from loss and personal struggle to the ongoing world events which have thrown much of the country into chaos.

Borboleta ends the album with strums of a piano and a positive summer feel. They take on sweet tones as the track ends with Murs and Slugs children chanting, my family, my family. Their lyrics speak on their children, wanting to raise them in the best way possible and watch them grow up and make the world their own.

Felt 4 U tracklist:

1. Nevers Enough2. Find My Way3. Dont Do Me Like That4. Trees5. Through The Night6. Freeze Tag7. Sticks & Stones8. Underwater (feat. Blimes)9. Alexander Freal10. Hologram (feat. The Grouch & Aesop Rock)11. Crimson Skies (feat. Shepard Albertson)12. Borboleta

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PM must remember we’re doing lockdown differently on Scotland visit – The National

The revelation that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiance Carrie Symonds and their baby son Wildred are to take a fortnights holiday in Scotland from next weekend has got the Jouker wondering just exactly where they could be going.

Purely in the spirit of welcome and absolutely without the help of VisitScotland weve come up with some locations that might suit the PMs taste for adventure. They will obviously want to get away from it all and go somewhere the paparazzi will not dare to follow, so that rules out 99% of the country.

Hes just been to Orkney and to Moray to see his chum Dougie Ross, of course so we can rule them out, too. And somehow we cant see them in a single end in Glasgow city centre so we have had to look elsewhere.

He could do a bit of an adventure playground research holiday in Greenock Town Centre in Inverclyde; Carntyne West and Hagill in Glasgow; Ferguslie Park in Paisley; Alloa South and East in Clackmannanshire; Buckhaven, Denbeath and Muiredge in Fife; and Cliftonville in North Lanarkshire. The alert among you will have spotted that according to the Scottish Government, these are the half-dozen most deprived areas in Scotland it would be a see how the other half live jaunt, and we dont think Old Etonian Boris would be up for that, somehow, especially now that the price of Buckfast has risen.

No, he would be much better off going for a bit of isolation. Rockall springs most readily to mind as its the furthest bit of Scotland from anywhere, but the accommodation is pretty poor non-existent, actually and those pesky Irish might just use the PMs presence to invade and claim the territory they consider to be theirs.

Far better to avoid a possible international incident and camp out on St Kilda. Its a World Heritage site, after all, and there are some military types resident there so the PM could always borrow their toilets as the National Trust for Scotland has closed down their bogs due to the coronavirus pandemic. But a captive audience of a million would surely be attractive, even if puffins and other seabirds dont have the vote yet.

READ MORE:Boris Johnson to head to Scotland for two-week family holiday

We strongly recommend Gruinard, the so-called anthrax island situated between Gairloch and Ullapool. In a biological weapons experiment it was deliberately contaminated with anthrax during World War II, and 80 sheep died even though they had not declared war on the UK. After decontamination it was declared safe in 1990. Wouldnt it be a lovely gesture by the PM to pitch his tent there and show that the whole of the Precious Union is perfectly safe?

Theres a few other islands we could suggest. Why not Inchconnachan in Loch Lomond, currently on the market and a snip at 500k. There used to be wallabies on the uninhabited island, but they emigrated during the Governments hostile environment phase, allegedly. The good people of the nearby Vale of Leven, which used to be known as Little Moscow, might possibly object to the ultimate Tory in their proximity, but thats a small price to pay for enjoying the beauties of the Loch.

Inch Kenneth off Mull is an ideal holiday home but may be haunted by the ghost of Unity Mitford, the aristocratic Nazi-lover who shot herself in the head at the start of World War II but survived. She took ill on the island which was owned by her family and died in Oban aged 33 from meningitis caused by the bullet still inside her skull. Wouldnt want all that right-wing history being raked up, so probably not ideal for Boris.

Scarba is our last recommendation. Its a lovely wee island just north of Jura, with its very own spectacular whirlpool, Corryvreckan, thats well worth a visit. Just dont take the wife and bairn One thing to remember, PM, is that we are doing lockdown things differently here in Scotland, and that dreadful woman in Bute House might just close the Border and trap you here for an extended holiday. And dont count on her for a few nights at her wee but n ben.

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Bon Iver enlists Springsteen and nods to Minneapolis homeless charity on new single – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Justin Vernon, with Jenn Wasner on piano, last year at the New Yorker Festival. / Ben Gabbe, Getty Images/TNS

Fresh off his prominent guest stint with one of pop music's biggest hitmakers, Eau Claire'sindie-rocker-to-the-stars Justin Vernon now has one of rocks all-time biggest names guesting on a new Bon Iver single, which hes using to call attention to Minneapolis Sanctuary Movement and other charities.

Bruce Springsteen is credited alongside Vernons longtime cohorts Jenny Lewis, Elsa Jensen and Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) as backup vocalists on AUATC, an acronym for Ate Up All the Cake..

Unlike Vernonsvocals on Taylor Swifts new album Folklore, the Boss isnt exactly up front and center in the short, 2-minute,gospel-flavored experimentaltrack. A press release for the song from Bon Ivers publicist just nodded to Springsteen as and more. But his participating nonetheless adds mojo to the songs anti-greed lyricism and the good causes beingtouting with its release.

A new nonprofit launched to help the homeless populations in Powderhorn Park and other areas badly damaged after the George Floyd tragedy, Minneapolis Sanctuary Movement is listed among several other organizations that Vernon urgedfans to explore, take action and support in the spirit of the song.The other causes listedare the National Independent Venues Association (NIVA, the national lobbying organization headed by Dayna Frank of First Avenue), 350.org, theEqual Justice Initiative and Eau Claire-basedRed Letter Grant.

In a lengthy statement posted with the song Wednesday, Vernon wrote:

We must continue the fight to topple capitalism as we know it, and recognize our collective participation in its dominant institutions.BonIveracknowledges our own position within and use of capitalistic practices. It is with recognition of our privilege that we are fully committed to using our unique platform to challenge and change capitalism within our industry, and far beyond.

A music video was also offered up with the single, created by Aaron Anderson and Eric Timothy Carlson with choreography by TU Dance alumnus Randall Riley. More Twin Cities connections: The track was co-produced by Minneapolis-based studio wiz BJ Burton and features Minnesota musicians Barbara Jean Meyers and JT Bates, the latter of whom also drums on three tracks on Swifts new album.

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This August, TV ventures through The Swamp, Lovecraft Country, and the Lower Decks of Star Trek – The A.V. Club

Wed call Pan Y Circo the next best thing to breaking bread with our family and friends, but this Amazon Original is so clearly an upgrade to our own quarantine dinners and company (we only say this after five months) that we cannot in good faith make that comparison. In this series thats part travelogue, part Zoom conference, Diego Luna hosts politicians (including Juan Manuel Santos, the former president of Colombia), actors (like his compa, Gael Garca Bernal), and activists like Odilia Romero of the Bi-National Front of Indigenous Organizations over exquisite meals prepared by renowned Mexican chefs. In addition to great food, each of Pan Y Circos seven episodes will feature discussion of such weighty topics as abortion, gender violence, migration, and climate change. Earlier this year, Luna and Garca Bernal helped us stave off cabin fever with Ambulante En Casa, a digital version of their itinerant documentary film festival, Ambulante. [Danette Chavez]

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Once an Outlaw to perform at Wildcat Inn Aug. 20 – Conway Daily Sun

JACKSON Once an Outlaw, featuring members of the Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, Foghat, Southern Rock All Stars and Blues Project, will be appearing for two special acoustic shows on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 5 and 7 p.m. at the iconic Wildcat Inn & Tavern in Jackson.

Local guitarist Chuck Farrell of Tuftonboro who also can be seen with Jon Butcher, James Montgomery, Barry Goudreau and the Shadow Riders, rounds out this three guitar line up.

Once an Outlaw started when Chris Anderson of the Outlaws, AJ Vallee of the Southern Rock All Stars and Farrell (along with members of the Peacheaters) hooked up for a run of New England shows last fall. It was so well-received that a 20 date summer/fall Northeast tour was scheduled. Like many other tours in 2020 it got torpedoed.

The group added bassist Jeff Howell, formerly of the group Foghat, to the line up when he filled in on a show in Albany, N.Y. After some discussions and gentle persuasion he became a permanent member.

The final piece to the puzzle came with Chris Hicks of the Marshall Tucker Band. Hicks was scheduled to do a 30 date farewell tour with Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker in 2021. With the recent passing of Daniels, Hicks had an open schedule.

Hicks and Howell already knew each other from their time in the Outlaws and when he heard of the new project things just came together.

The first round of rehearsals are scheduled in mid/late August here in the Lakes Region with another round after the first of the year in Nashville.

What better place for rehearsals than here in New Hampshire in the summer says Farrell.

The shows will be outside with limited seating (50 per show). This will make for a memorable intimate experience.

The inn and the band have worked together to be able to bring this much needed show to the MWV for only $20. We decided to make this affordable for everyone.

Local musician and host of the Cold River Radio Show Jonathan Sarty will be the MC and opens both shows.

In case of rain the rain date will be Monday, Aug. 24.

Tickets are available by calling the Wildcat Inn at (603) 356-8700

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Pedestrian killed by car driven by K-pop boy band 2AM’s Seulong in Seoul – Manila Bulletin

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K-pop artist Im Seulong, 33, of boy band 2AM is under police investigation after he hit and killed a pedestrian, who was reported to be jaywalking, in South Korea on Aug. 1.

According to the police, the car accident happened at about 11:50 p.m. last Saturday on a road in Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul.

Seulong was driving an SUV amid heavy rain when he hit a man in his 50s who was crossing at a red light, according to Korean media. The victim was taken to a hospital but died.

The police found that Seulong was not under the influence of alcohol when the accident happened.

In a statement, Jellyfish Entertainment, Seulongs agency, said We would like to pray for the salvation of the soul of the victim who passed away in the accident and express our deep condolences to the family of the deceased, according to JTBC Plus.

It explained that on August 1, Im Seulong caused a traffic accident due to slippery road conditions while driving. The car he drove collided with a pedestrian crossing the street. Immediately after the accident, Im Seulong took relief measures at the scene, but unfortunately the victim passed away on the way to the hospital.

After receiving the investigation at the police station in the right order, Im Seulong was allowed to return home. However, at present, he is suffering a serious shock both physically and mentally. The accurate results of the police investigation have yet to come out, so we cannot disclose details about this incident. We hope you all will understand, Jellyfish said.

The agency added, However, we know how painful it is for the bereaved family of the victim so we sincerely apologize to the family. Once again, our condolences go to the bereaved family and may the victim rest in peace.

Under Koreas traffic accident law, a driver of a vehicle who commits a crime provided for in Article 268 of the Criminal Act by reason of a traffic accident shall be punished by imprisonment without prison labor for not more than five years or by a fine not exceeding 20 million won [about $16,737 or P821,000].

Article 268, according to the Korea Legislation Research Institute, states that a person who causes the death or injury of another by occupational or gross negligence, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than five years or by a fine not exceeding 20 million won.

The investigation will determine if Seulong was negligent, taking also into account that the man was jaywalking at the time.

Korean netizens expressed support to Seulong, saying it was not his fault. Some of the comments, according to Netizen Buzz, are: He should not have to apologize for this, the fault lies with the person who jaywalked, Jaywalking in the rain at night theres no way a driver can avoid that and you put your life on the line every time you jaywalk. I feel bad for the driver than the pedestrian in this case.

Seulong debuted in 2AM in 2008. He signed up with Jellyfish Entertainment early this year.

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WWE news: Who were the best Superstars in the 2000s? – GIVEMESPORT

From the infamous Attitude Era to Ruthless Aggression, the greatest showmen in sports entertainment have been voted for by the WWE Universe on ranker.

Ranker is a popular destination for crowdsourced rankings. In this instance, fans all around the world have been voting for their favourite WWE Superstars.

There is a vast criterion for voting for your favourite wrestler; championship reigns, promos, in-ring performances - these must all be taken into consideration.

The 2000s represented a great time for WWE, as it produced some of the most world-renowned stars we think of today.

After an extensive vote, here are the top 30 WWE superstars of the 2000s.

The seven-foot giant is a legend in the wrestling industry. Boasting two WWE title reigns, Big Show has successfully transitioned through eras of wrestling seamlessly.

The Big Dog divides opinion amongst the WWE Universe, but its difficult to argue with his accomplishments. A triple crown champion, WrestleMania main eventer, Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank winner, Reigns has done it all and still has years left at the top, so his inclusion on this list could be somewhat premature.

Captain Charisma comes in at 28. Perhaps best known for being one half of one of the greatest tag teams in WWE history with partner Edge, Christian totally reeks of awesomeness.

Rollins burst onto the scene as a member of The Shield alongside Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. Like Reigns, he also has a stellar record in WWE and will be around for years to come, making his inclusion controversial. What cannot be disputed, however, is the Monday Night Messiahs talent. Rollins is a truly outstanding ring technician.

Matt Hardy, like his brother Jeff, are cult heroes amongst the WWE fanbase. Their legendary feud with Edge and Christian is justification alone for both Hardy Boyz being on this list.

Despite the controversy around his death, the Rabid Wolverine is ranked number 25. A series of breath-taking matches against the likes of Eddie Guerrero and Randy Orton will live long in the memory of WWE fans.

Here comes the pain! Lesnar is quite frankly a freak of nature. His first title reign came at just 25 years of age; an indicator of how highly he was rated by the higher ups in the WWE. The former UFC heavyweight champion can still be seen taking his opponents to suplex city till this day.

The Nature Boy is without question one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Stylin and profilin since the 1970s, its testament to his timelessness that he makes a list based on the 2000s - Woooo!!!

The Devils Favourite Demon is another legend of the sport. Standing at seven feet tall, Kane is an imposing and deceptively agile athlete, who has Chokeslammed his way through different eras.

Despite being best remembered for his infamous Pipe Bomb promo, CM Punk was also involved in his fair share of great matches. Such was his following, his unsuccessful UFC run still wont taint his reputation in the eyes of his supporters.

At 20 is one of the original WWE divas. Lita was involved in some of the most controversial storylines in WWE. Her feud with Trish Stratus is arguably the best between two female wrestlers in WWE history.

Yes! Yes! Yes! At number 19 its the worlds toughest vegan Daniel Bryan. Bryan is an outstanding technical wrestler and a real fan favourite.

Can you dig it, sucka? The five-time WCW Champion was as entertaining in the ring as he was outside of it. His supermarket segment with Steve Austin is still hilarious viewing, whilst his feud with Triple H in 2007 remains shrouded in controversy.

There are fewer superstars more fun to watch in full flow than RVD. An innovator in the ring, his martial art-like style was revolutionary, meaning his spot in the rankings is fully deserved. His judgement leaves a lot to be desired, though.

Trish, like her counterpart Lita, is an original top diva in WWE. With seven WWE Womens title reigns, her inclusion on this list more than justified.

Responsible for some of the greatest wrestling matches in the 2000s, Kurt Angle comes in at number 15.

Whether dispatching his opponents with the mighty Spear or the fearsome Jackhammer, Goldberg was one of the most dominant wrestlers of all time. Perhaps not the best technically, Goldberg was always capable of putting on good matches through sheer intensity.

The master of the 619 is another superstar with cult hero status. Mysterios high octane style won admirers around the world, and his 2006 Royal Rumble win remains one of the most emotional occasions in WWE history.

You just made the list! Y2Js ability to constantly reinvent himself sees him placed at a highly respectable 12th. The Ayatollah of Rock n Rolla has legendary matches against the likes of Shawn Michaels and Edge on his resume, whilst he also holds the record for most Intercontinental title reigns with nine.

The late great Eddie Guerrero was simply adored by WWE fans. Before his untimely passing in 2005, Eddie was well on his way to becoming the top star in sports entertainment. A comfort to us all is WWE title win against Brock Lesnar at No Way Out in 2004 - a truly priceless moment.

The Enigma is the first superstar in the top 10. His legendary Swanton Bomb finishing move has put away many a contender. Despite his personal battles with addictions, Hardy is still loved and respected for his unique style and happy-go-lucky personality.

The Animal got his big breakthrough as the muscle in the Triple H-led faction Evolution. After eventually turning on him, Batista went on to have a highly respectable singles career, including two Royal Rumble wins and four WWE title reigns.

Most wrestlers we know and respect cite Shawn Michaels as their inspiration. A truly phenomenal athlete, the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels overcame a career threatening back injury to cement his place as one of the greatest of all time.

Triple H comes in just above his long-time best friend Shawn Michaels at seven. During his time as The Game, Triple H put on legendary matches against the likes of Cactus Jack and The Rock, all whilst being the smug heel that you just loved to hate.

The Rated R Superstar has recently come back to in-ring competition. But during the early-to-mid 2000s, Edge was the most decorated WWE Superstar on the roster. Almost always champion, Edge certainly lived up to his ultimate opportunist gimmick.

Perhaps the man with the most popular finishing move, and the youngest ever WWE champion, its third generational star Randy Orton at five. Orton always managed to remain relevant, and his run as the Legend Killer will go down in WWE folklore.

The most electrifying man in sports entertainment, Dwayne The Rock Johnson is ranked at number four. Whenever this man had a microphone to his lips, viewers everywhere were on the edge of their seats. The Rock is an all-time great, no doubt about it.

The Phenom terrified his opponents for decades. Despite losing his WrestleMania unbeaten streak at the hands Brock Lesnar, Undertaker is still regarded as the greatest performer at the show of all shows. After recently announcing his retirement, The Deadman leaves as an impossible act to follow.

The man who changed the face of the WWE. Cena sold out arenas all around the world, whether being booed or cheered, Cena sparked an unprecedented reaction amongst the WWE fanbase. It would take a whole other article to list his achievements, but the Dr. of Thuganomics is a true WWE great.

The biggest draw in WWE history, The Rattlesnake Stone Cold Steve Austins controversial, anti-establishment, baddass approach won the hearts of WWE fans far and wide. When you think of wrestling, you think of Steve Austin. And thats the bottom line, because Stone Cold said so!

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Battered by Covid-19, the fishing industry nervously awaits Brexit outcome – Irish Examiner

Future management of rich marine resources is coming into sharp focus, as Britain withdraws from the EUs Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

We can expect skirmishes at sea, but hopefully nothing like the Pirates of the Caribbean and sword-twirling Capt Jack Sparrow characters on the decks of galleons.

However, as Sparrow once said, not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

The treasure, in this case, may be the 64% of the lucrative mackerel fishery and 43% of prawns caught by Irish vessels in British waters.

In that context, as new marine minister Dara Calleary told the Irish Examiner earlier this week, Britain withdrawing from the CFP is a deadly serious threat to livelihoods of Irish fishing communities.

Killybegs Fishermens Organisation (KFO) chief executive Sean ODonoghue believes that a no-deal Brexit would be particularly challenging for blue Europe, with potential for many sea skirmishes, over coming months.

Its not just Ireland that is affected by British withdrawal from the CFP though, as I believe the French fleet will up the ante, ODonoghue predicts.

You could have flashpoints everywhere from Rockall to the North Sea to the Celtic Sea and English Channel, with the British Navy, the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency, the Dutch, French and Belgian navies out at sea, and our Naval Service having an enormous area to control, says ODonoghue.

Already, there have been some clashes. Two years ago, French and English vessels were in dispute over scallop grounds in the English Channel. Recently, Scottish fishermen reported a number of incidents which they believe are symptomatic of an effort by certain EU vessels to hold on to traditional grounds.

A German-registered Spanish gillnetter which was filmed allegedly trying to foul the propeller of a Scottish vessel west of Shetland in early June was detained this month near Rockall by the Naval Service patrol ship, L William Butler Yeats, for separate alleged breaches of EU fisheries legislation.

Figures speak volumes about the value of Irish waters to EU fleets, with Castletownbere, the largest whitefish port, being a transhipment point for foreign landings. A Bord Iascaigh Mhara snapshot of the industry records the value of seafood at over 1 billion, with first sale value of fish landed into Irish ports at 424 million in 2019.

While Irish landings were valued at 291m of that total, non-Irish landings were quoted at 133m.

Displacement to Irish grounds of European vessels with quotas in British waters is another negative aspect of Brexit. In the past few weeks, there have been anecdotal reports of Spanish gillnetters who never normally fished off the Irish south-west coast showing up on whitefish grounds.

It is as if some track records are being laid down by the Spanish, who have always been much better at this than Ireland, said a seasoned industry observer.

Fisheries biologist Dr Peter Tyndall of the National Fishermens Development Group says Brexit is an opportunity for Europe to accept that Ireland suffered a serious injustice in the original EU access deal.

Ireland had 24% of EU waters on accession, and was allocated just 3.8% of the total allowable catch in 1983, but was offered access to the European market.

Those percentages have changed as the EU has grown, with Ireland now having 10% of the sea area, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs Brexit fact sheet. By value, Ireland accounts for 36% of the average value of landings from the Irish Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ), followed by France (18%), the UK (16%), Spain (15%), and the Netherlands (8%).

So, if Britain wants to play hardball, then the quotas given to the British-registered Spanish vessels for stocks off the Irish west coast should revert to Ireland, says Dr Tyndall.

Founding editor of the fishing industrys monthly The Skipper publication Arthur Reynolds believes that recognition that Ireland has a moral right to greater access to its own waters must be central to any Brexit negotiations.

Germany didnt have to open up access to Ruhr coalfields. France didnt have to open up access to its vineyards. Ireland and Denmark were the only two member states with a surplus of fish when the CFP was drawn up, Reynolds says.

Reynolds cautions that he is not talking about increasing catches to an unsustainable level to compensate Ireland, but about a more equitable share out among EU coastal states of the existing resource.

The Covid-19 pandemic may have knocked Brexit off headlines, but it also exposed how dependent the British fleet is on the European market a market which collapsed from March, when restaurants closed.

So Covid-19 shows that Britain needs to be able to secure value for its fish, Dr Tyndall says.

Castletownbere Fishermens Co-op manager John Nolan was disappointed to see how protectionist some EU partners became.

Our Irish whitefish industry is largely export-led, and we experienced a situation where prime Irish monkfish could not be sold in France, and we ended up having to let it go for fishmeal at 10c a kilo, Nolan says.

The EU had signalled that member states could relax State aid rules. But the temporary tie-up compensation scheme, eventually introduced by former marine minister Michael Creed, was designed to fail, says Irish South and West Fishermens Organisation chief executive Patrick Murphy.

I dont begrudge the beef farmers the 50m which the outgoing government has given them, but it beggars belief that an industry like fishing where people risk their lives to produce food should be treated in this way, Murphy said.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine said the tie-up supports would range from 6,000 per month for a maximum of two months for the very largest vessels over 24 metres, to 500 per month for a maximum of two months for the very smallest vessels under six metres in length.

That sort of money would barely cover insurance costs, said an east coast vessel owner of the scheme, which covered only two of the months of June, July and August. He said it did not acknowledge the efforts of skippers who took a responsible course of action in tying up from mid-March. When markets closed, the only place to store fish was in the sea, and not in cold storage, said the skipper, who did not wish to be named.

Overall, some 65 applicants (about 3% of the entire whitefish fleet) were offered the compensation in June.

Worse was to come, however, as some inshore boats had applications rejected for a failure to produce evidence of sales notes, through no fault of their own. This documentation is the responsibility of buyers to return, and for the States Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) to monitor.

The National Inshore Fishermens Association said this anomaly has wider and serious implications, as it suggests the State was not accurately recording the inshore sectors full economic value.

New marine minister Dara Calleary has been told in no uncertain terms by industry organisations that a more robust compensation scheme must be considered.

Offshore renewable energy

As if Brexit and Covid-19 arent enough, the new government has ambitious plans for offshore renewable energy, which has proved contentious in certain British coastal areas.

Fixed offshore wind farms earmarked for the east Irish coast could have serious impacts on the valuable whelk fishery on the Kish bank and the prawn grounds off Co Louth.

A 30-year strategy for offshore renewable recently published by the Eirwind consortium says the fishing industry has to be treated as the primary stakeholder, and recommends a forum be established between the two industries which would focus on issues such as regulations for fishing vessels to work as guard boats, shared interests in marine conservation, and best practice in compensation against loss of livelihood.

Eirwind is an industry-led collaborative research project, aimed at developing a blueprint for offshore wind development in Ireland. It is part of MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine at University College Cork.

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