Kurt Cobain was known as quite the prolific songwriter in his 27 years, but the grunge icon was also a revered artist. In an NYT profile piece on Jeff Jampol, head of Jampol Artist Management, the executive revealed plans to take Cobain’s artwork on the road for fans everywhere.Jampol works with the legacies of artists who have passed, like Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Doors and more. His newest client is the Cobain family, and he is working with Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain in hopes to bringing this artwork to life. The exhibit will apparently feature “Kurt’s works and his art and his possessions,” and is scheduled to appear across the country.“He’s got some amazing canvases that a lot of the world has never seen or even heard of,” Jampol said, and added that Cobain’s work “going to be relevant for centuries.”This story really begins in 2010, when Courtney Love signed over Cobain’s life rights to their daughter. Frances Bean Cobain has been instrumental in creating Montage Of Heck, the documentary that HBO released last year, and various other exhibits. The work of Cobain is crucial to the history of music and culture, and we can’t wait to see what this exhibit brings.
Charles Bradley was 63 years old when his first full-length album, No Time For Dreaming, was released via Daptone Records in 2011. Despite its title, the old school soul and R&B vocalist had spent much of his life chasing dreams, including his dream of putting out a record and performing for packed audiences night after night. These aspirations were what kept Bradley going during what was often a very difficult journey to stardom. Sadly, Bradley passed away at the age of 68, having relished every moment in the limelight that eluded him for most of his life. While we won’t get to see his infectious smile on stage anymore, his music will always be here for all of us.A month before what would have been his 70th birthday, Daptone and their Dunham Records imprint have announced the posthumous release of The Screaming Eagle of Soul’s final album, Black Velvet, due out on November 9th. Black Velvet features ten previously unreleased tracks, pulled from the recording sessions for Bradley’s three albums, including No Time for Dreaming, 2013’s Victim of Love, and 2016’s Changes.The new album includes covers of Nirvana‘s “Stay Away”, Neil Young‘s “Heart of Gold”, and Rodriguez‘s “Slip Away”, as well as a duet with LaRose Jackson called “Luv Jones”, a full-band take on “Victim of Love”, and more. The album’s title track is an instrumental by Menahan Street Band, for which Bradley never got the chance to record vocals.Below, you can watch the official music video for the album’s lead single, “I Feel A Change”, featuring clips of Charles’ performing years, which was released today:Charles Bradley – “I Feel A Change” [Official Video][Video: DaptoneRecords]Culled from Bradley’s Victim of Love sessions, this new version of “I Feel A Change” features organ and horn parts that were added later. As Tommy “TNT” Brenneck, frequent collaborator and friend of Bradley, explains of the song,The lyrics are 100% Charles. Personal yet abstract. Directly from the heart. He truly loved the expression ‘going through changes’ and this was a few years before we would record our rendition of Sabbath’s “Changes” with the Budos. Sadly Charles never got to hear the finished version of this beautiful song.You can see the full tracklisting for Charles Bradley’s Black Velvet below. For more information, hit the Daptone Records website.Charles Bradley Black Velvet Tracklist:01. Can’t Fight The Feeling02. Luv Jones03. I Feel A Change04. Slip Away05. Black Velvet06. Stay Away07. Heart Of Gold08. (I Hope You Find) The Good Life09. Fly Little Girl10. Victim Of Love (Electric Version)View Tracklisting
On Saturday night, Gary Clark Jr. made his musical guest debut on Saturday Night Live. The SNL spot came as the Texas-native Clark continues his media blitz in promotion of his new album, This Land, due to be released on March 1st via Warner Bros Records.The new album marks a noticeable departure from the blues-focused style for which Clark is known. As Clark explained in This Land‘s initial announcement video late last year, “When I started off on the record, it was really about the drums. If the drums aren’t poppin’, you’re wasting your time. … I got all the colors, I’ma paint with all of them. … My punk edge comes from really just wanting to be a punk. Reggae influence? Yes. It goes back to that fusion thing. … When I was growing up, a lot of music venues played lots of different types of music every night. A lot of influences. A lot of stuff going on. It’s in what I do, I guess. … I’m not gonna give you my whole recipe, but the only person who can put rules on it is yourself.”The two new songs Gary performed on SNL embodied that consciously diverse approach. First, he dug into “Pearl Cadillac“, the LP’s falsetto R&B power ballad with plenty of fuzzed-out guitar licks and cresting crescendos. For his second number, Clark went with the album’s title track, “This Land”, the fiery, hip-hop tinged number that made waves when its striking, racial bigotry-focused music video dropped last month. You can check out videos of both numbers below:Gary Clark Jr. – “Pearl Cadillac”[Video: Saturday Night Live]Gary Clark Jr. – “This Land”[Video: Saturday Night Live]Gary Clark Jr. also recently announced a lengthy crop of 2019 summer tour dates. For a full list of Clark’s upcoming tour dates and more information about This Land, head to his website.
While many are familiar with the work of director Alfred Hitchcock, not many know that Hitchcock often integrated Catholic themes into his films.Thomas Hibbs, dean of the honors college and professor of philosophy at Baylor University, highlighted Catholic and noir themes in the 1953 film “I Confess” on Tuesday night in a lecture in the Center for Ethics and Culture’s Catholic Culture Series.The film, which stars Montgomery Clift, centers around the struggles of a priest named Fr. Michael Logan who is suspected of murder and cannot prove his innocence without revealing what he heard in the confessional.“I Confess” fits with the film noir tradition, not only using features like a “femme fatale” — played by the character of Ruth Grandfort — but also with stylistic techniques like eschew camera angels, strong dark and light contrasts and sinister music, Hibbs said.“The raise in the critical acclaim of Hitchcock has something to do with the recognition of Hitchcock as a self-conscious filmmaker; that is, someone who is constantly thinking about the camera,” he said.Hibbs said “I Confess” also draws on the noir use of flashbacks.“In noir films, we don’t move forward out of the past … We move forward, and the past comes up and punches us in the face,” he said.Hibbs quoted Hitchcock’s thesis of films as “the stronger the evil, the stronger the film,” and said this comes across in “I Confess.”“This film builds in a way so the evil becomes stronger in particular individuals, and evil becomes stronger in the sense that it spreads,” he said.Unlike classic noir films, Hibbs said that in “I Confess,” Hitchcock pivots the film with a key scene that draws similarities between Fr. Logan and Christ by showing the priest walking past a statue of Christ carrying the cross.“What we see as viewers … is that Logan is undergoing a passion akin to Christ’s passion,” Hibbs said. “There’s actually a larger narrative here than the narrative of entrapment and unintelligibility and lack of progress [commonly seen in noir films].“The larger narrative is that his suffering is going to pattern on, in some sense, the suffering of Christ. That scene is visually the key scene in the whole movie.”The film ends with ideas from the comedy of remarriage strategy, portraying the “femme fatale” Ruth going home with her husband and Fr. Logan having the chance to renew his priestly vows, Hibbs said.“He has, in this Christ-like trial that he undergoes, an opportunity to recommit himself, to have a second marriage to Christ as a priest,” he said.Hibbs said that while many see Hitchcock as only an entertainer, many of his works explore deep themes.“[Hitchcock’s] best films really show that this popular medium can be a matter through which the deepest issues of high culture are explored through a distinctive medium,” Hibbs said. “This is a film that touches on some of the deepest questions, and does so in a fairly explicit theological way.”Tags: Alfred Hitchcock, Catholic films, Center of Ethics and Culture, Noir
New Jersey begins bidding process for 1.1GW of offshore wind FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Press of Atlantic City:The state Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously Monday to open a bid process Sept. 20 for the nation’s largest solicitation of offshore wind energy.Companies will compete for ratepayer subsidy of construction costs and 20 years of operation costs for 1,100 megawatts of electric generation capacity, according to the BPU. The window to apply will close Dec. 28, and a decision on which projects will qualify for ratepayer subsidy will be made by July 1, 2019.That should give companies enough time to qualify for federal tax credits, due to expire at the end of 2019, said board President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. The tax credits will save ratepayers about 12 percent of the construction costs, he said.It’s the first step in meeting the state’s goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind by 2030, Fiordaliso said, and of reaching 100 percent green energy for the state by 2050. Last week Gov. Phil Murphy called on the board to open two additional 1,200 MW solicitations of offshore wind capacity — one in 2020 and another in 2022.Fiordaliso said the solicitation asks companies to estimate a net economic benefit of their projects, compared to the costs to ratepayers. The BPU will provide a guidance document to help developers calculate net economic benefits. The bid — or bids — with the best mix of cost and economic benefit will be chosen for ratepayer subsidy of construction and operating costs, he said. All income from sale of electricity will be returned to ratepayers.Companies may apply to provide anywhere from 300 MW to the full 1,100 MW, he said. But each company must also provide data on what it would cost for it to provide 400 MW, so all companies can be compared on that measure.More: BPU opens bid solicitation for 1,100 MW of offshore wind
So far, so pessimistic.But the United States has a history of defying gloomy predictions.Economists predicted “secular stagnation” in the 1940s, right before the 1950s boom, and today there are signs that Fed estimates of R* are too cautious.Jason Cummins, the research chief at a major hedge fund and a candidate to lead the New York Fed, points out that capital expenditure is recovering; expectations of capital expenditure are soaring; and the personal saving rate has fallen back to its pre-crisis low.In Washington, the Trump tax cut means that the government saving rate is falling dramatically as well: We are back on the path to a trillion-dollar deficit.Meanwhile in Silicon Valley, some venture capitalists are shifting to capital-hungry projects — medical robotics, next-gen nuclear fusion, satellites and so on.Globally, healthy economies have dulled investors’ urge to park money in the United States because of its safe-haven status. All of which suggests that savings in the United States will be less abundant, demand for them will be more abundant, and the natural interest rate will move higher.Unless markets suddenly reverse themselves, the recent bondcano probably reflects an awakening.When investors revise up their view of interest rates, bond prices tumble.For many professional money managers, these may well be scalding times.But for the economy as a whole, a higher R* would be a sign that the post-2008 malaise is finally healing. Sebastian Mallaby, author of “The Man Who Knew: The Life & Times of Alan Greenspan,” is the Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributing columnist for The Washington Post. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation No matter how many jobs the economy created, many feared it would never return to the pre-crisis condition in which buoyant hiring could coexist with decent returns for savers. This pessimism has been most evident among Federal Reserve leaders.Members of the Fed’s monetary committee regularly publish their views of the appropriate long-run interest rate, known as “R*” in the jargon.This is the interest rate that the economy needs to achieve stable inflation and maximum employment.A high R* is generally good news: It means that businesses want to borrow and expand aggressively, so you can get to full employment even when interest rates are relatively high.Workers can do well even as savers do well.Think back two decades, when unemployment was low, wages were rising and savers enjoyed a risk-free 5.5 percent return on their money. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWall Street is always quick with colorful disaster metaphors, and the latest market convulsion has already been dubbed the “bondcano.” The bad news is that, in the judgment of Fed leaders, R* has come down sharply. Since 2012, the median estimate of the long-run interest rate published by monetary committee members has fallen from a bit over 4 percent to under 3 percent — this means that, stripping out inflation, the estimate for the real interest rate has collapsed by about two-thirds.Businesses seem unexcited about borrowing and investing, the Fed chiefs are saying. Interest rates will have to stay low to generate full employment.For anyone with a retirement fund, this is a grim prospect.The lower the return on savings, the more you have to set aside to afford retirement.For the past several years, admittedly, this truth has been obscured: Stocks have had a glorious run as low interest rates have chased savings into the markets.But that portfolio shift is probably over, and may well have overshot. From here on out, workers seeking to build up their retirement funds may have to save more and work longer. But a little lava spillage can be a hopeful sign.LATEST: Wall Street ends day higher, halting global routFor the first time since the financial crisis of 2008, a strange cloud that has hung over the economy may finally be lifting.By most measures, the economy has performed well since 2008.The recovery has so far lasted for 103 months and will soon rank as the second-longest post-war expansion.GDP is up by 2.5 percent over the past year, not bad for a graying society; unemployment is at a rock-bottom 4.1 percent.But an uneasy feeling has haunted the celebration. How did the economy get stuck in this rut?The gloomy estimates of R* reflect a conviction that, even before the 2008 shock, powerful forces were pushing down on interest rates. The aging of the baby boomers boosted the saving rate.So did the rise in inequality — more of the national income was flowing to people who could afford to save it.The growing supply of capital was met with falling demand for capital, pushing down the natural interest rate further.Slowing productivity gains suggested that there were not that many great machines that businesses wanted to buy — hence sluggish business investment.Even the exciting breakthroughs in Silicon Valley were not capital-hungry.You can launch a ride-sharing company or a digital coin without buying much machinery.
Topics : Facebook Google Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Forgot Password ? “Documenting 75 years of resilience” is a series of special reports by The Jakarta Post to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day, August 17, 1945.The oil industry was once Indonesia’s growth engine, but conditions quickly went downhill starting in the late 1990s, as domestic production declined but consumption kept rising.By around 2000, Indonesia’s domestic oil consumption had exceeded refining capacity, and by 2004, consumption had exceeded production, BP Statistical Review data show.The country began importing crude oil and fuel, straining its trade balance, to meet domestic oil demand. Having become a net oil importer, Indonesia left the powerful Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 2009.Meanwhile, state-owned oil giant Pertamina, the government’s cash cow during the industry’s golden years, is now operating… energy-and-mineral-resources-ministry oil-production OPEC oil-importer oil-and-gas #Indonesia75 pertamina
Sharing is caring! Tweet 29 Views no discussions Share Share Share LocalNews Health professional suggests re-examination of the nurses’ recruitment process by: – May 17, 2012 Stethoscope. Photo credit: etftrends.comRecruiters of nurses on the island have been asked to re-examine the recruitment process so as to attract the best people into the nursing profession.Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Jean Jacob told a recent panel discussion organized by the Dominica Nurses Association that attracting and recruiting the best people into nursing is important to maintain and drive forward high-quality healthcare services in Dominica.“You are not going to put that individual behind a desk. You are going to put that individual to care for people, to understand people… so it’s not just anybody wash foot and come”.There has been concern about the attitudes of some Dominican nurses towards the profession and efforts have been made at a national level to train nurses in customer relations. While Jacob is applauding these efforts she offers this advice.“I think as trainers as a learning institution we have to examine what we do, how we recruit nurses into the profession. I know there is a pre-nursing programme, what is it supposed to do? Is it only to determine academics? Do we look at behaviours, do we look at attitudes during that period to determine whether these are people who should be in the profession”?Jacob is suggesting that proper standards be set in order to identify early weaknesses in prospective nurses.“There has to be some kind of process to examine the people who come into the profession. We have to look at recruitment and what type of behaviours should be tolerated in the profession at a very early stage. I think when we take in students into the profession and then we complain after then it’s after the fact”. The Former Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health is also suggesting that a cadre of professionals be identified to assist in the development of Dominica’s nursing service. Jacob believes it’s important that young nurses know who the trailblazers in the profession were.“As a nursing profession what are we doing to keep our profession visible utilizing the present and the past is also important .I would like the nurses association to consider getting the retired nurses who worked in the community to have a dialogue with the younger nurses to share their experiences and difficulties in the profession”.By: Tarnia GreenGovernment Information Service
Pellegrini stressed he wants Milner to stay at the Etihad Stadium but he admitted the final decision rests with the player himself. “It’s a decision James must take at the end of season, what is better for his future,” Pellegrini said. “I always talk that he is an important player for our team, he can play in different positions because he is an intelligent player. “He always gives 100 per cent but it will be sorted at the end of the season. “I can think (staying at Manchester City) is best him for him but it’s important what he thinks.” Asked if he wanted to keep Milner, Pellegrini replied: “Yes, of course. He is a very important player for us.” Swansea’s defeat ended their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League as Garry Monk’s men will now definitely finish eighth. But manager Monk said missing out on Europe should take nothing away from a campaign which has seen Swansea record their highest-ever Premier League finish and their greatest points tally. “I think we’ve shown quite clearly with the run of form we’ve been on that we wanted to get into Europe,” Monk said. “We pushed all the way to try to get there and it would have been a great reward for the season we’ve had. “But hopefully now we have a chance to recruit properly and try to surpass what we have done this year in the Premier League, although we know it will be tough.” Swansea were criticised by Arsene Wenger for what the Arsenal manager perceived as negative tactics in the Welsh club’s 1-0 smash-and-grab victory at the Emirates Stadium. But Monk said the performance showed that Swansea could take on the best in an attacking contest. “We got criticised last Monday for apparently not playing football, and I wanted the players to show we can go toe-to-toe with one of the top sides when we choose to,” Monk said. “I think we proved we can do that. Yes we lost the game, but if we had taken one or two chances, or Joe Hart had not made some incredible saves, we could have got something from the game. “We didn’t quite get a result, but I think we have shown what a strong group we’ve got and hopefully next season we can be even better.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insisted Joe Hart must keep improving if he is to become the best goalkeeper in the world. “It was a beautiful save in a very important moment,” Pellegrini said after his side had tightened their grip on second spot with a fifth consecutive league victory. “Joe is the number one goalkeeper in England and I think he has improved a lot this season. “Bringing Willy Caballero was good for him, giving him good competition and also working with the goalkeeping coach Xabier Mancisidor. “It’s important for him but he most important thing is he has an open mind. “He is only 28 years old and he must improve in a lot of things, but he is working hard to do it. “It is difficult for a young goalkeeper to be so good at the start of his career and it is difficult to compare him with all the other goalkeepers here. “There are three or four good goalkeepers in this league, but Joe must improve and not think he knows every thing at this moment. Every day he works hard.” James Milner scored City’s second goal and gave another performance full of endeavour and commitment, even though he is out of contract at the end of the season and he may move on this summer. Hart produced possibly the save of the season in City’s 4-2 Barclays Premier League win at Swansea, his flying one-handed stop preventing Federico Fernandez’s 82nd-minute header from making it 3-3. The England goalkeeper made another point-blank save from Bafetimbi Gomis two minutes later before Swansea old boy Wilfried Bony, on as a late substitute, settled matters in injury time with only his second City goal. Press Association
Nigeria once a powerhouse in African football topped the continent and ranked 5th when the ranking system was introduced prior to the World Cup in 1994.Elephants of Cote d’ Ivoire are second in Africa and 35th in the world while Ghana’s Black Stars are rated third best in Africa and 36th in the world.The Teranga Lions of Senegal are fourth and 41st in the world.Other better rated African countries include; Egypt, Tunisia, Cameroun, Morocco, Congo DR, Mali, Cape Verde Island, Guinea and South Africa in the 5th to 13th positions respectively.The other countries that occupied the 14th, 15th and 16th positions are Benin Republic, Uganda and Congo.Argentina remains at the summit of the July FIFA world ranking but only after a tumultuous month of action that resulted in plenty of movement further down.Belgium occupies the number two spot and Colombia, Germany, Chile and Euro 2016 champions, Portugal taking the number three to six positions.The Euro 2016 runners-up, France, Spain, Brazil and Italy make up the top 10 spots in the world.A total of 228 ‘A’ internationals contributed to the new order with those big events in Oceania, Europe and the Americas especially important in propelling nations upwards.New Zealand emerged as the month’s biggest climbers moving up a whopping 54 places to 93rd on the back of an OFC Nations Cup victory that both qualified the All Whites for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and furthered their FIFA World Cup qualifying ambitions.The next FIFA world ranking will be published on Thursday, August 11, 2016.AFRICA’S TOP 10AlgeriaCote d’IvoireGhanaSenegalEgyptTunisiaCamerounMoroccoCongo DRMaliShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaSuper Eagles free fall in global football ranking continued on Tuesday in the July FIFA rankings as Nigeria plunged to 70th position from the 61st it occupied last month. Eagles equally slipped from the 12th spot of June to 17th in Africa.While the poor form continued for Eagles, Nigeria’s major foe in the 2018 World Cup qualifier, the Desert Foxes of Algeria maintained their number one spot at the top of African football.