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Review: All Eyez On Me (15) – Aberdeen Evening Express

Posted: July 5, 2017 at 9:05 am

In the Oscar-nominated 2015 musical biopic Straight Outta Compton, the fortunes of gangsta rap group N.W.A. briefly intersected with Tupac Shakur.

It was a tantalising glimpse at one of the defining artists of a generation, who took hip hop by the scruff of its bling-laden neck in the 1980s and 1990s.

Director Benny Boom throws the microphone solely to Shakur in All Eyez On Me and fashions two decades of political activism, gang warfare and strife into an overlong and dull montage of a life cut tragically short in a drive-by shooting on the brightly lit Las Vegas strip.

Three screenwriters choose a clunky framing device to bring the central figure into woozy focus.

A nameless interviewer (Hill Harper) visits Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr) in Clinton Correctional Facility in 1995, where he is serving time after being convicted of first-degree sexual abuse.

I have it on good authority that the FBI has a 4,000-page file on you, smirks the interviewer.

Only 4,000 pages?! cockily replies the rapper.

That cocksure swagger fails to translate to Booms pedestrian picture, which never clearly conveys why US authorities might be gathering so much information on Shakur, and how a boy from humble origins in East Harlem impacted greatly on popular culture.

The framing device fractures chronology for anyone, like me, who isnt au fait with Shakurs musical canon.

In a series of flashbacks, Shakur recalls his formative years in New York City, watching police victimise his mother Afeni (Danai Gurira), who is a defiant and active member of the Black Panther Party.

When he later ends up behind bars, she instructs him to remain strong.

Your bodys in prison, not your mind, she growls.

He forms a close friendship with Jada Pinkett (Kat Graham) and joins the group Digital Underground before striking out on his own.

Scenes from music videos are faithfully recreated.

Ultimately, Shakur joins Death Row Records and forges a pact with the labels devil, Suge Knight (Dominic L Santana), who answers complaints from his artists with violence.

Gradually, Shakurs friendship with fellow performer Biggie Smalls (Jamal Woolard) deteriorates, lighting the fuse on the infamous east and west coast rap war.

All Eyez On Me is littered with lyrical one-liners Dont let something you do for 50 seconds get you 50 years but a clear sense of what made Shakur tick is absent.

Rather than lionising the singer turned actor, Booms picture portrays him as deeply disagreeable: arrogant, selfish and tragically myopic in his pursuit of fame.

His seminal songs including Brendas Got A Baby and Keep Ya Head Up profess personal empowerment and courage in the face of adversity.

Alas, Booms disappointing sermon delivers a lesson about the corruptive power of celebrity that we have heard many times before, and from more charismatic preachers.

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Siskiyou native develops ‘Rivers for All’ program – Taft Midway Driller

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During his high school years, Paul Gillingham participated in many outdoor programs and camps through the Siskiyou Family YMCA, including a raft guide course they offered. That course inspired Gillinghams love and respect for rivers and was a driving force behind his decision to develop the outdoor education program Rivers for All.

As a boy growing up in Siskiyou County, Paul Gillingham was surrounded by rivers. During his high school years, Gillingham participated in many outdoor programs and camps through the Siskiyou Family YMCA, including a raft guide course they offered. That course inspired Gillinghams love and respect for rivers and was a driving force behind his decision to develop the outdoor education program Rivers for All.

The mission of Rivers for All is to increase river access among local, under-served populations through low-cost, river-focused adventures that deepen connection to local watersheds and build leadership in our communities.

Having participated in cub scouts and boy scouts in his childhood for a combined ten years, Gillingham recalled that the skills he learned and fun he had with troop made him want to pursue more outdoor adventures. He also credits his father, Charlie Gillingham who volunteered countless hours to help with many boy scout troop activities with instilling a desire in him to help others.

After obtaining his raft guide certification through the Siskiyou Family YMCA, Gillingham worked at YMCA summer camps, taking campers on rafting adventures on Siskiyou rivers. Friends of his also worked as raft guides at the camps. After looking back on those times years later, Gillingham reflected, "Lots of youth groups came through the summer camp. Even though it was for them, we felt like we were the campers, and we learned a lot from them. We were super lucky."

Gillingham graduated from Yreka High School in 2008 and moved to Arcata, California, where he worked as a raft guide while obtaining his bachelors degree in environmental science from Humboldt State University. He was also co-director of a program through HSU called LEAP: Leadership Education Adventure Program. After earning his degree, Gillingham moved to White Salmon, Washington, and continued to work as a raft guide while honing other outdoor skills.

Though residents in Siskiyou County are accustomed to rivers - the Klamath, Salmon and Scott, just to name a few within the countys borders after Gillingham moved out of his hometown of Yreka, he witnessed firsthand that many youth lack easy access to rivers.He knew from countless hours spent enjoying rivers and all they have to offer, that those youth were missing out on the many lessons rivers can teach us.

Gillingham explained, Ive learned so much from rafting and being a guide: Humility, good judgment, decision making, personal empowerment, confidence ... the list goes on. The rush of navigating whitewater rapids helped Gillingham build upon other concepts that translate directly to the real world as well. I had to get comfortable with being scared, he said, and being OK with taking a risk and being OK with not taking a risk, too.

Out of his years of experience both learning and teaching in the outdoors, Gillingham said, "I wanted to create [Rivers for All] for other kids, as a way to give back."

With the help of his friend Heather and assistance from the nonprofit CultureSeed which helps passionate people raise money for projects and programs through seed funding Rivers for All was launched.

Rivers for All is currently working to raise $4,000 toward its goal for the 2017 summer season: To provide 60 local youth with a free rafting program on the White Salmon or Klickitat River in the Columbia River Gorge.

Three thousand dollars will go toward 60 youth rafting this 2017 summer, which equates to $65 per youth. As RFA acquires more gear and resources, the cost per youth will go down. The remaining $1,000 will go toward the printing cost of Rivers For All T-shirts which will be sold at rafting companies and RFA events which will generate more funds to help RFA expand its outreach.

Gillingham said he counts himself lucky to have grown up with so many opportunities for easy and free river access and that the more youth get to experience the joy and beauty of rivers firsthand, the better communities will come to understand the important role rivers play in our lives.

Rivers for Alls fundraising site notes, Local residents often dont have the same opportunities to connect with the rivers in their backyards yet they are the ones most connected to the health of our rivers. Youth that would benefit most from an "outdoor classroom often cant afford participating in recreation. We need your help to change that!

To donate to Rivers for All, visit generosity.com/education-fundraising/rivers-for-all-outdoor-education-program. More information can be found by visiting facebook.com/riversforall.

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New Political Party Offers Empowerment – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Posted: June 25, 2017 at 2:05 pm

Sunday, 25 June 2017, 7:25 pm Press Release: Kia Koe

New Political Party Offers Empowerment June 23 2017 Kia Koe Party Press Release Tags: Politics, voting and policies.

Newly launched political party Kia Koe offers empowerment through online submissions.

Best possible parliamentary democracy Empowering people by inclusion in policy development Role of law and justice is constantly reconsidered and reapproved Question and re-approve the various roles of Government re services and expenditure. Limit the role of government to only those functions necessary

As a newly fledged political platform, Kia Koe makes itself available to everyone including minors over the age of 12 while those under 16 are limited in what they can vote for. Nz.kiakoe.org provides a better approach for politics using four of six categories Information (Facts), Financial Info, Environment, Education, Health and Spiritual. Kia Koe is highly transparent, especially in all aspects of accounting. It has easy to use tools to enable the members in their choices. Kia Koes concept originator Chris Kernot says when people sign up for Kia Koe (which means 'You choose.') they can comment using the four categories for a more rounded outcome. This way it enables an effective parallel thinking process that helps commenting and most importantly policy decision making and ranking be more productive, focused, and mindfully involved, Kernot offers. Before you comment you must read all prior comments. I see that as essential in order to add a new view. By reading, embracing, including and refining views, policies take shape in Kia Koe. By ranking how important a policy is to you, it rises in the list. Kia Koe members can then rate their personal reaction to the policy from do not support to strongly support. By including a view called The Other Side of the Coin, members can consider both negative and positive views producing more balanced options or scenarios. This is creating opportunities for policy development at grass roots level across all sectors of society. It ensures current generations are responsible for the ownership of their own political direction. We are setting up platforms for our future custodians, our children, concludes Kernot. nz.kiakoe.org

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Contractors Unleash their Beasts at CEO Warrior event held in new training facility – Contractor Mag

Posted: June 24, 2017 at 2:11 pm

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. More than 80 home service business owners, including plumbing, HVAC and electrical contractors, from across the U.S., Australia and New Zealand attended the CEO Warrior Circle Mastermind event Unleash the Beast June 13-16. This was the first event to take place at the new CEO Warrior 10,000-sq.ft. training facility.

CEO Warrioris a business consulting, training, and mentoring firm, providing tested and proven methods to defeat the roadblocks that prevent small to mid-sized businesses from achieving their ultimate success. The new training facility houses three separate training quarters, so different events can occur simultaneously. In addition to the Warrior Fast Track Academy and CEO Warrior Circle training events for business owners, there are new one- and two-day course offerings in leadership, sales, marketing, service management and customer service for staff members of all levels.

CEO Warrior Circle event draws business owners from the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industries.

This is going to take our warrior movement to the next level, said Mike Agugliaro, founder of CEO Warrior. We can now offer 10,000 square feet of the greatest business training on the planet. I saw a need for more training that would make a real difference and help business owners become warriors at home and at work.

According to Shayna Shadowen, owner and office manager of Service Detectives, Energy, Illinois, workshops are meant to help you better yourself personally. Shadowen has attended seven CEO Warrior events, starting in May 2016.

Shayna Shadowen and Judy Giannone.

Mike really helps you to face your fears and personal roadblocks head on, explained Shadowen. Every exercise is about learning and growing and bettering yourself. It doesn't matter if you have a service company, a dog training company, or a consignment company, it all boils down to becoming a better you. Then you take back your growth to your business and apply the practices in your everyday life. Your company can't fail.

What Mike has created in this CEO Warrior event is powerful beyond measure and this is built for serious CEOs interested in moving the needle of their service businesses, said O.P. Almaraz, CEO of Allied Restoration Services Inc., Los Angeles. After being a part of CEO Warrior for four months, my company had a record breaking $1,000,000 month. Mikes mentorship has propelled me to grow from $4 million to a projected $6.5 million in my first year. There is nothing more powerful than a changed mind.

Breakthrough limiting beliefs

Contractors stood holding a cup filled with water for as long as 25 minutes. This is tougher than what you realize.

The Warrior Circle event, Unleash the Beast, featured a combination of training sessions on leadership skills, proven business strategies and personal empowerment exercises. The CEO Warrior training system has a unique approach, inspired by Agugliaros straightforward style and martial arts training, to help business owners create mental focus, strategic thinking, resiliency, respect and a warrior spirit to take their own businesses to the next level. Business owners participated in personal empowerment activities such as fire walking, fight training and board breaking exercises.

This is a roll-up your sleeves, get dirty and get information type of event, said Agugliaro. Everybody has a bigger purpose in life, but at the end of the day, most people are not doing the things they need to do to fulfill their bigger purpose. When the attendees leave, they can take strategic steps to change their businesses, their relationships and their lives.

Agugliaro lead individuals through a meditation practice at the beginning of the event, so each person could dig deep and uncover within themselves unconscious barriers that are affecting their lives and businesses.

After the meditation practice and before diving into the first days empowerment activities, Agugliaro asked business owners to focus on a few critical ideas presented during the event and to focus on only those few not the many of ideas and to be candid during the event and play full out. Agugliaro also instituted that each team use a talking stick to improve communication.

Often times, people try to communicate a message when there is distraction happening, said Agugliaro. This can create confusion, which can be a shared issue. Once confusion is shared this can lead to delusion, and now the confused employees are stuck. Often people in this position end up frustrated and may even get angry this is a bad place to be.

A talking stick is a foundation for improved communication. The talking stick first creates boundaries only the person with the talking stick can talk, explained Agugliaro. Without boundaries you end up with something like Animal House.

Tuesdays empowerment activities consisted of the Weakest Link and breaking boards. The Weakest Link challenged business owners strength and balance. Business owners stood holding a cup of water with foam numb chucks for as long as possible. During the board breaking, everyone wrote down on their boards what is holding them back in business and life (hopefully they were able to uncover these barriers during the meditation earlier in the day). Agugliaro then lit the boards on fire each person taking their turn to break through their board with their bare hand, thus breaking through their limiting beliefs.

Candace Roulo breaks through a board on fire with assistance from Mike Agugliaro.

Motivation was key during these empowerment activities. At one point a business owner told their teammate, I have your back I am not going to let you fall.

After the activities Agugliaro asked, What would it be like if you said that [I have your back] at your business? How would that change the overall culture?

At the end of the day, teams shared their thoughts on what they learned the first day of the Warrior Circle event. Some of those thoughts include:

The second day of the CEO Warrior Circle Mastermind event, teams had more activities to complete, which included a fire walk at night.

Walking on fire is an amazing parallel to life, said Almaraz. Every human being was born with an immense amount of potential, yet somewhere in our adolescence we shirk ourselves to fit in. We condition our minds to think that we're not good enough or not worthy, so we stop trying new things. The inward self-reflection, before the firewalk, writing down our own limiting beliefs, and acknowledging our past does not determine our future this part of the fire walking practice is the ultimate game changer. And walking over hot coals, something that seemed impossible, is now my reality. And if I could do that, I can certainly breakthrough my past limiting beliefs!

I had my biggest breakthrough when we did the fire walk, said Kelley McKay, president of McKays Heating & Cooling. I had to be fearless to walk across the 1,200 degree coals, and when I entered that state of mind I realized that's the state of mind I should be entering when it comes to growing my business.

Dean Jackson talks marketing at the CEO Warrior Circle.

Create an experience for the customer

During the CEO Warrior Circle event, Agugliaro had a guest speaker, Marketing Guru Dean Jackson, visit to talk business and marketing strategies.

Jackson said business owners need to stop thinking of their business as one thing, but as three separate divisions: the Before Unit, During Unit and After Unit.

During the Before Unit we are looking to get into the customers home for the first time here and get them into home management, explained Jackson. While in the Before Unit you need to think with the end in mind. What is it that you want to do? What kinds of clients would you love to have? Here you identify your dream clients and target audience and figure out the range of budget for the Before Unit. How much would you pay to get these clients? Its important to narrow your focus here (segment and avatar) and select one target at a time.

Then there is the During Unit, when contractors deal with jobs all day long and create the experience for the customer, then they go to the next job. Jackson advised that contractors should look at all the customer calls that come in on a daily basis to find out how many are emergency calls and how many are proactive calls (when a contractor goes to a job to prevent emergencies from happening).

The During Unit is the core experience you have with the customer, said Jackson. Establish that when they have a need they will call you. While you are in their house you need to establish additional opportunities.

According to Jacksons and Agugliaros book Breakthrough DNA The Service Code; 8 Profit Activators You Can Trigger in Your Business Right Now, this is delivering a dream come true experience designed from the clients/customers perspective and providing an after sale service (even after you have already been paid).

Also while in the During Unit you need to establish that you are the customers plumber/HVAC tech for life. You need to say to your customer, While I am here lets do an HVAC audit. At this time contractors can point out potential issues that are coming down the road, which can be dealt with in a proactive away before there is an emergency.

You need to have the mindset that you will take the customer under your wing and give them opportunities to prevent problems, said Jackson. If you have a lot of repeat business this means that you are the customers person to call back. You created some sort of impression for this to happen. The greatest asset is being an incumbent in someones home.

And last, but not least, there is the After Unit, which focuses on nurturing lifetime relationships.

The After Unit is a thriving part of your business, explained Jackson. These customers already like and trust you.

According to Jackson this is where you nurture customers and referrals.

You always have to generate referrals, explained Jackson. How and why do referrals happen? The reality is people refer companies or other people they know because it makes them feel good. We are wired to share things and steer away from bad things.

My biggest take away from this event came from Dean Jackson, said McKay. He gave us a new way to think about our business. He explained a before unit, during unit and after unit. Viewing each individual step and creating a timeline of each step has opened my eyes to new ways of delivering the ultimate customer experience.

Brian Kurtz was also a guest speaker at the event. Kurtz has been a serial direct marketer for over 35 years. During his career, he was responsible for the mailing of close to 2 billion pieces of direct mail and the distribution of millions of impressions and promotions on a wide variety of offline and online media.

To download and read Breakthrough DNA The Service Code; 8 Profit Activators You Can Trigger in Your Business Right Now visit: http://breakthroughdna.com/.

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CEO Warrior teaches business owners how to achieve wealth, freedom and market domination by using the tools and skills Mike Agugliaro, founder of CEO Warrior, used to build his home service business into a $32 million-plus business in 10 years. The Warrior system uses a unique approach to training, inspired by Mikes straightforward style and martial arts training to create mental focus, strategic thinking, resiliency, respect and warrior spirit to take business owners to the next level. CEO Warrior targets the specific areas each business needs to address, eliminate, enhance or add in order to reach their business goals and attain what every business owner want in the end: financial independence. For more information about CEO Warrior, visit CEOWARRIOR.com.

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Why Women Are Booking More Adventure Travel Than Ever – Travel+Leisure

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It was New Year's Day 2012, and Allison Fleece was feeling unmoored. On a whim, she e-mailed a group of her most intrepid friends. "This time next year," she wrote, "I want to be standing on the roof of Africa." The following winter, she was on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, exhausted and giddy, with nine women beside her. She turned to Danielle Thornton, a climbing buddy who would soon become her best friend. "This is what all travel should be like," she said.

The next year, Fleece and Thornton headed back to Kilimanjaro this time leading a group of 29 women from 11 countries on the first trip of WHOA Travel, their fledgling adventure-tour company for women. In their previous lives, Fleece, now 31, had been an education advisor and Thornton, 34, a creative director at an ad agency. But a few months after their Kilimanjaro expedition, they'd quit their jobs, Googled how to form an LLC, and launched a travel business. WHOA stands for Women High on Adventure or Women Hooked on Awesomeness, depending on whom you ask.

It's one of the latest additions to the growing list of women-only adventure companies outfitters that cater to a generation of female travelers who prefer surf weekends and mountain-climbing expeditions to the spa weekends of old. The idea goes back to the late 1970s, when women who'd come of age in the era of second-wave feminism began starting scrappy adventure programs, outdoorsy relatives of the feminist music festivals and conferences that were then sprouting up around the country. By the late 90s, upscale operators had joined the fray, courting luxury travelers often widowed or divorced retirees who had the time and money to travel but didn't want to be the loner in a group of couples. More recently, with a certain demographic of women rebranding feminism as less a political calling than a lifestyle choice one focused on personal empowerment and self-care female-centric travel companies are retooling and expanding once again.

"We were around back when women-only travel was kind of a joke," says Jennifer Haddow, who seven years ago took over Wild Women Expeditions, a Canada-based company founded in 1991. "People didn't really see why it was valuable." Now veteran outfitters like Haddow are diversifying their offerings to take advantage of a growing market. Wild Women has added horseback riding in Mongolia and cycling, trekking, and rafting in Thailand to its original roster of kayaking and canoeing trips in Ontario and British Columbia. Adventure Women, a 35-year-old Massachusetts company that changed hands last year, has begun catering to younger clients with its "adventurettes" bespoke getaways, like long weekends of riding, river floating, fine dining, and massages in Montana, for women who don't want a traditional bachelorette party in addition to its bucket-list journeys to places like Ireland and Nepal.

Some lifestyle companies outside the travel industry see all-female trips as a way to extend their brands. REI's recently expanded Outessa program brings women to different U.S. mountains for long weekends of yoga, hiking, and bonding. The sporting-goods giant has also ramped up its backpacking- and camping-centric REI Women's Adventures, which offer rugged outdoor experiences in locations ranging from Africa to America's national parks. For the crystals-and-Coachella crowd, the bohemian apparel brand Free People operates FP Escapes. Its wellness-focused itineraries, including superfood cooking classes in the Andes and yoga workshops in Yelapa, Mexico, come with cleanses, meditation rituals, new-moon ceremonies, and Instagram-ready accommodations like tepees and tree houses.

For some upstart outfitters, personal growth is as central to the mission as having fun. Damesly, founded last year, emphasizes professional networking and skill building, combining volcano hikes in Iceland and surfing lessons in Hawaii with workshops on topics like video editing. Fit & Fly Girl's health-focused retreats come with daily workout classes and nutritious meals. Explorer Chick has several offerings for beginners to develop wilderness survival skills and learn backpacking basics.

But for all the attention these programs devote to women's individual well-being, many also emphasize social responsibility and making lasting connections in the places they visit. "You can't just show up to sell women stuff. You have to be participating in the communities and engaged in their issues," says Wild Women's Haddow. "Clients respond to authenticity." For her company, that means striving to partner exclusively with women even in places like Nepal, where female guides are hard to find and supporting social-justice groups. On its Morocco trips, Adventure Women brings guests to a women's textile cooperative outside Fez to speak with the artisans about their lives and work. Before its Kilimanjaro treks, WHOA puts guests up at a nonprofit hotel that funds a primary school for area children; travelers' fees also help sponsor two local women to join the group on every climb. The company operates a similar program for its Machu Picchu treks.

Despite the wide range of experiences offered by these companies, all tend to attract travelers who, whatever their age or background, have reached a turning point in their lives. If you can handle whitewater rafting down a Peruvian river or summiting a 10,000-foot peak, a cross-country move or a divorce doesnt seem quite so insurmountable. Physical challenges expunge emotional pain, and many women find it more comfortable to tackle them in the company of their peers, even if theyre strangers.

Kelly Luck, 42, booked her Kilimanjaro trip with WHOA after a grueling battle with breast and thyroid cancer. On a cold, clear night this past March the 8th, International Women's Day Luck summited the mountain with 30 other women. "I don't think I could've done this with my husband," she says. "Being there with this powerful collective of women was the only way for me to go. It makes you so strong."

The kind of sisterhood Luck and Fleece both found on Kilimanjaro is one that more and more women seem to want. "We as a gender are done compartmentalizing ourselves," Fleece says. "We like to go out for a nice dinner in heels, but we can also put on hiking boots and camp on a mountain for seven days. And women are realizing that there are others out there who want the same thing."

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Cellist On The Rise – New Haven Independent

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Cafe Nine celebrated the start of summer with an evening of rebirths, as Virginian cellist and composer Wes Swing returned for his second performance this year flush with new music, a novel appreciation for synthesizers, and an album fizzing with a message of revival.

Swing is a splatter-painter in the music industry, concocting musical palettes that mix classical with pop, indie with folk, as part of an emerging trend in the field of strings. His stylings infuse classical instruments with the splendors of modernity.

Its kind of like indie-classical meets dream pop, Swing said of his music, though cautioning, weve struggled a lot with genre.

At Cafe Nine Wednesday night, Swing showcased hits off his new album, And The Heart, released earlier this month on June 2. It brimmed with lyrical and melodic confidence. He offered a form of musiccello indie folk popthat you wont find many other places.

He began the concert bathed in shadows and dim red and green spotlights, resting his cello companion across his body as he plucked a tune of tranquility and called out soothing lyrics from the first single off his new album, Mirrors. Eyes closed, rocking gently from side-to-side, Swing transformed the space around him as he invited the audience to enter a musical dreamscape.

Tinges of sadness and hope, optimism and resilience, spanned the evenings set list, as Swing presented songs like And the Heart, The Next Life, and Missing Winter off his freshly released album. Accompanied by a bass and a violin, he paired the new set with a favorite from his first album, Instrumental 1 and a clever cover of Bjorks Unravel.

The new album comes six long years after the release of his first album, Through a Fogged Glass, in 2011, and tells a fierce tale of personal empowerment and loss of identity.

The formation of Swings second album occurred after the artist struggled with a hiatus from music. Combating a wrist injury that conflicted with his cello playing and a weighty spell of depression, Wes Swing at one time found himself disengaged with his musical calling.

I had a lot of difficulty before I wrote the music, Swing said. I was living in San Francisco, quit music basically, and was dealing with depression I just wasnt productive at all. It was when I started to feel better, that the music came out.

Swing crafted And the Heart in 2014 and 2015. He conjured up Mirrors while flying on a plane, a peculiar setting that inspired Swing with the emotions it brought out in him.

I was feeling like myself, he revealed. I was feeling confident and happy, and it had been a long time since I had those feelings so deeply.

As his friendliness with music reformed, another partnership opened up in Swings life. Swing teamed up with old friend and guitar champion Paul Curreri, who led production for And the Heart. Curreri had suffered a recent wrist and throat injury that halted his performing career, forcing him to consider production instead.

It was kind of an interesting thing, Swing recalls. He and I had the same wrist and throat injury at the same time. He cant play anymore. This album for both us was coming back to music. In a way, redefining who we are as musicians.

Swing is gearing up to release a music video for Mirrors with a dance he choreographed himself, and continues to compose songs hes hoping to record early next year.

I feel more comfortable in my own skin, he said, and I know what I want more in recording and life.

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Business Owners Gathered for CEO Warrior Circle Event in new Training Facility – PR Newswire (press release)

Posted: June 23, 2017 at 6:07 am

The event featured a combination of training sessions on leadership skills, proven business strategies and personal empowerment exercises. The CEO Warrior training system has a unique approach, inspired by Mike's straightforward style and martial arts training, to help business owners create mental focus, strategic thinking, resiliency, respect and a warrior spirit to take their own businesses to the next level. Business owners participated in personal empowerment activities such as fire walking, fight training, and board breaking exercises.

"The goal with these personal empowerment activities is to shift mindsets, to help business owners realize how limiting their beliefs are," Agugliaro said. "This discovery surprises most people when they learn that they are unconsciously placing limitations on themselves."

Guest speakers at last week's event were marketing experts Brian Kurtz and Dean Jackson. Kurtz has been a serial direct marketer for over 35 years. During his career, he was responsible for the mailing of close to 2 billion pieces of direct mail and the distribution of millions of impressions and promotions on a wide variety of offline and online media. Jackson fell in love with marketing as a young boy when he first realized that selling on commission was way easier than renting himself out by the hour for a regular job. Both Kurtz and Jackson shared some of their most innovative marketing strategies that helped multi-million dollar companies become successful.

The next major CEO Warrior event for business owners is the Warrior Fast Track Academy, September 19-22. Registration is limited to 30 attendees, so interested business owners are encouraged to book their spots soon.

CEO Warrior works with business owners across the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, creating a global movement in the home services industry. The company helps tradesmen grow their businesses and have the lifestyle they want from the business they have.

To find out more about CEO Warrior, visit https://CEOWARRIOR.com.

About CEO WarriorCEO Warrior is a business consulting, training, and mentoring firm, providing tested and proven methods to defeat the roadblocks that prevent small to mid-sized businesses from achieving their ultimate success. CEO Warrior teaches business owners how to achieve wealth, freedom and market domination by using the tools and skills Mike Agugliaro, founder of CEO Warrior, used to build his home service business into a $32 million-plus business in 10 years. The Warrior system uses a unique approach to training, inspired by Mike's straightforward style and martial arts training to create mental focus, strategic thinking, resiliency, respect and warrior spirit to take business owners to the next level. CEO Warrior targets the specific areas each business needs to address, eliminate, enhance or add in order to reach their business goals and attain what every business owner want in the end: financial independence. For more information about CEO Warrior, visit CEOWARRIOR.com.

Media Contact: Heather Ripley Ripley PR 865-977-1973 hripley@ripleypr.com

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Bermy Bouncers to compete overseas | The Royal Gazette:Bermuda … – Royal Gazette

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Published Jun 22, 2017 at 12:03 pm (Updated Jun 22, 2017 at 10:29 pm)

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Bermudas national youth jump rope team is gearing up to compete on the global stage next month.

The Bermy Bouncers will take part in the World Jump Rope Championships in Orlando, Florida, from July 2-9, before heading to Seattle for an invitational jump rope and gymnastics camp.

In Orlando, the youth team, comprising girls and boys aged 9 to 15, will be joined by an adult competitive team, the Bermy Bounce Backs, with both teams competing in power-based speed and freestyle events. The Bermy Bounce Backs are aged 19 to 50 and over, and are led by former Bermy Bouncer Sophia Richmond.

The Bermy Bouncers are run as an arm of the Bermuda Heart Foundations Jump 2B Fit active outreach programme, which aims to produce youth ambassadors for the island who are passionate about jump rope, physical activity, civic engagement and personal empowerment.

A press release said: Our jumpers train three times a week for 2 to three hours, comprising a mix of strength, conditioning and endurance training, as well as working to enhance their single rope, double Dutch, speed and freestyle jump skills.

Although the sport may be a new one, and not one widely recognised, the hard work and dedication put forth by these Bermudian youth is something that should be highly recognised. Our team takes what other athletes use as a conditioning tool and makes a sport of it. Jump rope is one of the most physically challenging sports there is and these youth and adults are planning to represent our island proudly.

Watch the Jump 2B Fit 2016 documentary here. The Jump 2B Fit programme is also on Facebook.

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Gavin Arthur and the Summer of Love – San Francisco Bay Times

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By Dr. Bill Lipsky

Whether they believed he was a creative spirit, a colorful nonconformist, or a kooky eccentric, everyone thought Chester Alan Arthur III, known to everyone as Gavin, was memorable, a true only in San Francisco personality. The grandson and namesake of the twenty-first president of the United States, he was well known as both a sexologist and an astrologer. Openly bisexual, he published The Circle of Sex in 1962, where he explained that sexuality was a circle with twelve orientations, each corresponding to a sign of the zodiac.

Arthur was a lifelong activist, deeply involved with both the Beat Generation and the early gay rights movement. He also became an influential leader of the Haight-Ashbury counterculture, where he was part of the discussions to bring together different groups of the Bay Areas counter-culture simply to experience being with each other. Using astrology, Arthur set the date for the first Human Be-In for January 14, 1967, in Golden Gate Park.

Some 30,000 celebrants attended. Many identified as hippies. They heard Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Learywho famously told them to turn on, tune in, drop outLenore Kandel, Gary Snyder, and others speak about some of the basic tenets of the counterculture: personal empowerment, communal living, higher consciousness (achievable with the help of psychedelic drugs), and radical political awareness. Others simply enjoyed the days good vibrations and groovy sounds.

The event made the Citys hippie scene world famous and led first to the Easter Vacation Onslaught and then to the transformative Summer of Love. Young middle-class Americans from all over the country tripped to San Francisco, with or without a flower in their hair, leaving the comfort of their parents homes or the conforming drabness of their dormitories for a Neverland where there would be free love, free pot, free food and a free place to sleep.

Once in San Francisco, they traded in their button-down shirts and their sorority sweaters for tie-dyed shirts and fringed jackets. Khaki pants gave way to frayed bell bottoms, and granny dresses replaced pleated skirts. In their rebellion against conformity, everyone wore beads. At its center, Haight-Ashbury quickly became both a mecca and a tourist attraction.

Among the head shops and psychedelic clothing stores of a neighborhood that embraced self-discovery, personal freedom, an if it feels good, do it attitude, sexual liberation, and free love, the newly arrived found an established, vibrant LGBT community. It flourished even before the Summer of Love, at least back into the 1950s, and had created a lively main street for itself.

During the decade of the Summer of Love, Margaret Forster and Charlotte Coleman opened The Golden Cask at 1725 Haight in 1962, a bar and restaurant popular with both gay men and lesbians. My Place #4 opened at 1784 Haight in 1963. The next year, Rikki Streicher opened Mauds around the corner at 937 Cole, at the former site of The Study, also a bar. Early customers included singer Janis Joplin and activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon.

At the time Mauds opened, California law forbade women from being bartenders in clubs they did not own, so the honor of pouring drinks in the early years went to men from nearby gay establishments. Because many lesbians lived in the Haight, Mauds became a popular, then a legendary watering hole for a generation of women, a place where they could meet, find each other, discover community, gossip, hug. When it closed in 1989, it was the longest surviving lesbian bar in the country.

1965 was a banner year for the Haights expanding LGBT community. The Golden Elephant opened at 530 Haight, while The Nite Lite opened a block away at 668 Haight. Blighs Bounty, which became the neighborhood bar most popular with black men, opened nearby at 782 Haight. Less than a block from Mauds, there was Bradleys Corner at 900 Cole; popular with both men and women, it featured spaghetti dinner for 69 cents on Tuesdays.

There was more to come. In 1966, The Lucky Club opened at 1801 Haight, and in 1967, the year of the Summer of Love, Nick ODemus established Taste of Leather 545 Ashbury, the first gay-owned leather business in the Bay Area. Dozens of other bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops tied to the burgeoning counterculture movement went into business during the next 10 years.

1967 brought both setbacks and good news for the LGBT community. On March 7, CBS broadcast The Homosexuals. The first such television documentary seen by a national audience, it was described as the single most destructive hour of antigay propaganda in our nations history. The Episcopal Diocese of California that year, however, urged the state to abolish the laws regulating private sexual behavior.

By the end of the Summer of Love, an estimated 100,000 people journeyed to San Francisco, hoping to join, or at least behold, the Citys counterculture. On October 6, the Diggers, a neighborhood group of activists and performers, held a funeral service for Hippie, devoted son of Mass Media, to indicate that the tremendous cultural experiment, which was the Haight-Ashbury, had ended. It had, they felt, been co-opted, sanitized and commercialized out of existence.

The LGBT community, however, survived the invasion. Gavin Arthur, who died in 1972, surely would have been gladdened by how LGBT culture and community endured in the Haight for another decade and now prosper throughout todays San Francisco.

Bill Lipsky, Ph.D., author of Gay and Lesbian San Francisco (2006), is a member of the Rainbow Honor Walk board of directors.

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Will Artificial Intelligence really become a threat to humanity? – Access Ai

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The highly contentious and arguably irresponsible comments from Alibaba founder Jack Ma around AI and its likelihood of creating a third World War will have done little to inspire confidence in those that harbour fears around the subject of intelligent machines.

For some, the two words placed together spark a sense of dread, trepidation or even fear. For others, it represents the beginning of an exciting new digital world with untold benefits and opportunities.

Unfortunately, however, its often the former,which seems to seep more into peoples consciousness.

Its perhaps then of little surprise that in recent survey by the British Science Association (BSA) that 36% of respondents believe that AI will eventually takeover or destroy humanity.

A history of scaremongering

Its not difficult to see why. For years now, the subject of AI has largely experienced a love-hate relationship with the media and entertainment industry. This is largely thanks to sensationalist headlines and storytelling, which more-often-than-not represent AI in a negative light.

It doesnt take long discussing the subject of AI before all the usual suspects get a mention; 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968), Blade Runner (1982), The Terminator (1984), iRobot(2004), Ex Machina (2011) et al. A generation of largely damning representations falling under the horror genre.

Little evidence to back-up Robophobia Its also worth noting that, whilst fears exist around AI, there is actually very little real life evidence to back up such anxieties of AI, in particular with robotics.

In fact, robots are technically responsible for only two deaths in the past 30 years neither of which were directly associated with machine intelligence.

Robert Williams, a worker at a Ford Motor Company factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, holds his place in history as the first person, after accidentally being hit by an industrial robot arm on January 25, 1979. The family successfully sued for $15 million.

The second was Kenji Urada, a maintenance engineer at a Kawasaki Heavy Industries plant, who was killed in 1981 while working on a broken robot. The report stated he failed to turnit off completely, resulting in the robot pushing him into a grinding machine with its hydraulicarm. Ouch!

Real concerns

But its not just the Hollywood writers sending fears into humanity.The subject of autonomous weapons being developed in the military to do harm against humans, and super-computers being built to surpass the abilities to that of the human brain is one, which is causing much debate in the AI community.

Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk (pictured) has been particularly vocal of his concerns, describing AI as potentially the biggest threat to humanity, even once describing the potential threat as more dangerous than nuclear bombs.

Such are his concerns, Musk recently donated $10 million to the Future of Life Institute (FoLI) as part of a global research programme to ensure AI remains beneficial to humanity, and not run the risk of getting out of control.

I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence, says Musk. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, its probably that. So, we need to be very careful. Im increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we dont do something very foolish.

The rise of powerful AI will be either the best or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity. We do not know which. Stephen Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking is another high profile person to express his anxieties around the importance of ensuring AI is governed appropriately.

The rise of powerful AI will be either the best or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity. We do not know which, said Hawking during the opening of a new AI lab at Cambridge University in 2016.

A report from Forrester stated: Getting more sophisticated isnt the same as being able to understand, and computers arent going to take over the world because theyve started out thinking humans or developed evil intentions. But the fear of machines unleashing a major destructive event isnt as misplaced as it may seem, and Skynet-type scenarios [Terminator] could conceivably evolve if humans misjudge the extent to which they should trust software to make appropriate decisions.

The greater the degree of unpredictability in an AI-powered system, the greater the likelihood that unforeseen negative outcomes will occur. Thats why humans and their ability to reason will remain an essential part of the equation for the foreseeable future, possibly forever.

American physicist Michio Kaku added: No one knows when a robot will approach human intelligence, but I suspect it will be late in the 21st century. Will they be dangerous? Possibly. So, I suggest we put a chip in their brain to shut them off if they have murderous thoughts.

It seems probable that once the machine thinking method had started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers. Alan Turing

So,,is AI really all about robots that are one day being hell-bent on destroying mankind? Of course its not at least not for a while yet anyway.

Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI), is the term to look out for when thinking of AI as something you can compare to what youve read in a book or seen on the big screen.

The general definition of ASI is a level of intelligencesuperior to any level of human intelligence and will (potentially), if allowed, be in complete control of its own decision making.

This form of AI is something which has been discussed by some of the worlds leading tech companies and world leaders as potentially having a detrimental impact on the human-race if, not governed correctly.

The idea of ASI is not new and has been discussed (loosely) since the definition of AI was first coined back in 1956.

Alan Turing, the godfather of AI, famously stated: It seems probable that once the machine thinking method had started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers They would be able to converse with each other to sharpen their wits. At some stage therefore, we should have to expect the machines to take control.

But when will this happen? Again, there is no concrete answer. Oxford University professor, philosopher and author Nick Bostrom, wrote in his latest book, Superintelligence, that, based on several expert surveys, this level of human level intelligence could arrive between 2075 and 2090. Other reports suggest much later or even not at all.

Perhaps for now, its best to leave that one for the kids to worry about.

Industry is taking action

These concerns are not being ignored by the tech industry and measures are being taken.

In September of last year (2016) , US tech giants Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Google and IBM joined forces to ensure the opportunities and benefits of artificial intelligence are maximized in society and fears around safety are addressed.

The move saw the creation of a new non-profit organisation called Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society.

The main purpose is to collaborate on ways to advance public understanding of AI and its benefits, to research and publish best practices on the challenges and opportunities within the field and to tackle any ethical concerns over trustworthiness, reliability and robustness of the technology.

A vital voice Over the past five years, weve seen tremendous advances in the deployment of AI and cognitive computing technologies, ranging from useful consumer apps to transforming some of the worlds most complex industries, including healthcare, financial services, commerce and the Internet of Things, commented IBM AI Ethics Researcher Francesca Rossi.

This partnership will provide consumer and industrial users of cognitive systems a vital voice in the advancement of the defining technology of this century one that will foster collaboration between people and machines to solve some of the worlds most enduring problems in a way that is both trustworthy and beneficial.

Historic collaboration Microsoft research managing director Eric Horvitz, described the deal as a historic collaboration, and claimed early discussions already held, have already proved valuable.

Were excited about this historic collaboration on AI and its influences on people and society, said Horvitz. We see great value ahead with harnessing AI advances in numerous areas, including health, education, transportation, public welfare, and personal empowerment.

This partnership will ensure were including the best and the brightest in this space in the conversation to improve customer trust and benefit society.

Ralph Herbrich, Amazon Director

Were extremely pleased with how early discussions among colleagues blossomed into a promising long-term collaboration. Beyond folks in industry, were thrilled to have other stakeholders at the table, including colleagues in ethics, law, policy, and the public at large. We look forward to working arm-in-arm on best practices and on such important topics as ethics, privacy, transparency, bias, inclusiveness, and safety.

Exciting opportunities Amazon Director of Machine Learning Science and Core Machine Learning Ralf Herbrich, said he was excited about the opportunities the partnership will provide by bringing together the industrys leading personnel for the first time in such an environment.

Were in a golden age of Machine Learning and AI. As a scientific community, we are still a long way from being able to do things the way humans do things, but were solving unbelievably complex problems every day and making incredibly rapid progress.

This partnership will ensure were including the best and the brightest in this space in the conversation to improve customer trust and benefit society. We are excited to work together in this partnership with thought leaders from both industry and academia.

Huge step DeepMind/Google Co-Founder and Head of Applied AI Mustafa Suleyman (pictured), described the partnerships as a huge step forward for the industry.

Google and DeepMind strongly support an open, collaborative process for developing AI. This group is a huge step forward, breaking down barriers for AI teams to share best practices, research ways to maximize societal benefits, and tackle ethical concerns.

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