WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy grew at a robust annual rate of 4.2 per cent in the second quarter, the best performance in nearly four years, though economists believe growth has slowed in the current quarter partly because of a drag from trade.The performance of the gross domestic product, the country’s total output of goods and services, was unchanged from an estimate the Commerce Department made last month, the government reported Thursday.The strong GDP performance has been cited by Trump as proof that his economic program is working.“We’re doing much better than anybody thought possible,” Trump said at a Wednesday news conference.However, a big part of that growth reflected a temporary rush to ship soybeans and other U.S. exports out before penalty tariffs triggered by Trump’s get-tough trade policies took effect.Economists believe growth has slowed in the current quarter to between 3 per cent and 3.5 per cent, still a solid pace. While trade boosted GDP by 1.2 percentage point in the second quarter, due to a surge in exports, it is expected to trim growth by around 1 percentage point in the third quarter. Some of that weakness may be offset by businesses rebuilding their inventories at a stronger pace.“Growth still looks quite strong,” Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist for High Frequency Economics, said in describing the revised GDP report for the second quarter. He said he was forecasting third and fourth quarter growth at around 3 per cent “before momentum starts to fade in 2019.”A 3 per cent growth average in the second half of this year would leave the annual growth in 2018 at 3 per cent. That would be the best performance since 2005, three years before the 2008 financial crisis pushed the country into the worst recession since the 1930s.The country is currently in the 10th year of an economic expansion, the second longest in history. But growth has averaged a lacklustre 2.2 per cent, making this the weakest recovery in the post-World War II period.Trump often noted that performance when he campaigned for president, blaming the weakness on Obama administration economic policies. He pushed a $1.5 trillion tax cut through Congress last December and has emphasized deregulation and vowed tougher enforcement of trade agreements as ways to boost growth.The administration is projecting growth will return to sustained rates of 3 per cent or better over the next decade. However, others disagree with that assessment, forecasting growth will slow sharply in coming years as the impact of the tax cuts and increased government spending this year begin to fade. There is also an expectation that rising interest rates from the Federal Reserve will temper growth.The Fed pushed its key policy rate up for an eighth time on Wednesday to a new range of 2 per cent to 2.25 per cent.As he has done recently, Trump criticized that move, but Fed Chairman Jerome Powell told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday that outside criticism would have no impact on the Fed’s efforts to follow its mandate of promoting maximum employment and stable prices.The Fed indicated that it planned to stick with its plan to raise rates one more time this year and another three times in 2019.The government’s third and final look at second quarter GDP showed only minor and off-setting changes. Consumer spending, which accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity, was unchanged at a solid growth rate of 3.8 per cent. Business investment grew at a strong 8.7 per cent rate, up slightly from last month’s estimate of an 8.5 per cent growth rate.
17 August 2011The United Nations humanitarian chief today stressed the need to further scale up efforts to assist the millions of people suffering in Somalia and the wider Horn of Africa, warning that more lives will be lost to famine and disease without urgent action. There are already 3.2 million people on the brink of starvation in Somalia, where the UN has formally declared a state of famine in five regions in the southern and central parts of the country. They are among the 12.4 million people across the wider region, encompassing Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia, who are in need of food and humanitarian assistance owing to the effects of the worst drought in decades.“We’ve demonstrated, I think, how much can be accomplished when aid agencies are given the resources they need and can get to where they need to get to,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, who just returned from a three-day visit to Kenya and Somalia.“But we’re faced with a still spreading famine in Somalia and with such a scale of suffering that every effort needs to be made and sustained in the months ahead,” she told a news conference in New York. Ms. Amos, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said the aid effort by the UN and its partners is accelerating. “Hot meals are being given every day to almost 100,000 people. Half a million people are getting clean water, which is crucial as we seek to prevent the spread of cholera and other diseases. An emergency measles vaccination campaign to reach 88,000 children and 46,000 women is already happening.“Nonetheless, it is clear that even in Mogadishu the famine has already claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people and it will kill many more if we do not further scale up our efforts,” she stated. “We need to get more food and nutritional supplies, water, sanitation and hygiene equipment, and medical care to those who are in desperate need,” she added, while also noting that the crisis is not limited to Somalia.According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are some 875,000 Somali refugees and asylum-seekers in neighbouring countries, with Kenya, Yemen, Ethiopia and Djibouti hosting more than 90 per cent of them. About 1.5 million more Somalis are internally displaced, mostly in the south-central region of the country.“Even as Kenyans and Ethiopians confront the impact of the drought on their own communities, they are hosting hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees who have fled conflict and famine and now live in vast, overcrowded camps,” she said.In Ethiopia, humanitarian agencies have provided food aid to some 3.5 million Ethiopians and 226,000 refugees. In Kenya, 1.3 million drought-affected people have received food aid. So far donors have provided more than $1.3 billion to for the relief effort in the Horn of Africa, but just under $1.2 billion is still needed. “There are still many lives that need to be saved in the Horn of Africa,” said Ms. Amos.
On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 20.15 points to 15,193.18, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 73.15 points to 22,341.49. The S&P 500 index was up 5.79 points to 2,506.02 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 20.56 points to 6,469.03.The Canadian dollar was trading at 81.88 cents US, down from Friday’s average price of 82.09 cents US.The November crude contract was down 38 cents to US$50.06 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up nine cents to US$3.12 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $13.00 at US$1,312.20 an ounce and the December copper contract was up one cent to US$2.96 a pound.
Pedon visits his father in hospice care following the Buckeyes’ 80-64 victory over Michigan State on Jan. 7. Credit: Courtesy of Ryan PedonRyan Pedon still remembers the exact seats he sat in for Ohio State men’s basketball games in St. John Arena with his father, mother and sister when he was growing up.Section 7A, row 14, seats 1, 2, 3 and 4.For nearly 15 years of his childhood, Pedon sat in those seats next to his father, Felix Pedon. Ryan, hired to be an assistant coach for the Buckeyes in June, remembers the time spent in that arena as well as anything else from his youth. His mind often wanders back to those seats, especially now — now that he could be close to losing his best friend.Felix has battled Lewy body dementia since his diagnosis eight years ago. At age 86, after years of watching Ryan’s games as an athlete, and now as a coach, he is nearing the end of his battle.Ryan, who departs Thursday for the Big Ten tournament in New York City, is unsure if his father will be alive when he returns.“My gut says about a week, but I don’t know,” Ryan said Tuesday. “I don’t know what to base that off of. I’m not a doctor. Just kind of watching him, looking at him in his hospice bed right now. He’s peaceful. I don’t think he’s having trouble breathing at the moment, so maybe a week or two.”On most road trips, Ryan has been able to effectively compartmentalize his feelings. He said he is always trying to balance his roles as a coach, father, husband and son.But given the health of his father, Ryan’s trip to New York for what could be several days will be different.Felix has always had a family member by his side since his diagnosis. Now that his health is beginning to fail him, Ryan might not be there at the end, something with which he has made peace.“At this point, I think I know my dad would want me to be with the team,” Ryan said, breaking down in tears. “And as much as I’d like to be there for him at the end, you put your faith in the man above and you’ve just sort of got to let the chips fall where they may. Sort of, you leave him in the Lord’s hands. I think that’s probably the best thing I could say.“I’ve got to be there with our team and hope I’m around when it happens, but if I’m not, then I know we’ll have other family that will be here.”—If there was a golden child in the family, it was Ryan, said Dean, his second-oldest half-brother. Felix was always heavily invested in sports, having played tennis until a knee operation in 2008, as well as coaching basketball, baseball and football at St. Catherine’s high school for several years.Dean said Felix knew once Ryan, his fifth son, was born, he had a future basketball player.“My dad came out and he was so proud that he had another boy,” Dean said. “He said, ‘He can dribble with both hands and he goes right to the basket.’ And that truly is how he introduced Ryan to me.”From an early age, Ryan’s parents encouraged him to play basketball — to a certain extent. Ryan had a basketball “bigger than he was,” said his mom, Sally. He took it with him wherever he went, until his mom found it deflated in the trunk of the family station wagon one summer.Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon looks onto the court during the Buckeyes’ final home game of the 2017-18 regular season on Feb. 20, 2018. Ohio State won 79-56. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Assistant Sports EditorWhile Sally expressed concern that her son was becoming too “one-dimensional,” Felix encouraged the habit, building a basketball hoop in the backyard above the garage and frequently playing with Ryan. He even put lights around it so Ryan could continue playing until midnight, often keeping the neighbors awake.When they couldn’t play in the backyard, they went to a local community center.Ryan and his dad were so close, Ryan made him the best man at his wedding in 2010. It was, as Felix shuffled down the aisle, that the family doctor — who was a friend and neighbor in attendance at the wedding — noticed what he believed to be symptoms of Parkinson’s.His disease was originally diagnosed as a form of Parkinsonism, Sally said, but around a year later was identified as Lewy body dementia after Felix underwent multiple tests at Ohio State.“I didn’t know a lot about Lewy body, and I certainly did a little bit of research, but it was something that we found out would be a gradual, you know, sort of a gradual progression,” Ryan said.Given that it is a slow-moving disease and his dad still seemed to be in relatively fine condition — though he began to lose motor skills — the family felt fortunate in some respects. “I don’t want to make it seem like in 2010 it was a death sentence either, because it wasn’t,” Ryan said. “The last eight years, it was probably a blessing that we could see it coming a little bit, too, as opposed to — when it’s a loved one, I think we’re all different with how we respond to death of loved ones. Everybody’s different, but I know our family, we were appreciative that we were able to say our goodbyes and sort of see it coming.”—For a while, most of the Pedon family was away from Columbus. Four of the five sons lived out of state, as did Ryan’s sister, Amy. However, Ryan was hired to join head coach Chris Holtmann’s staff at Ohio State in the summer, bringing him back home to his father.Men’s basketball assistant coach Ryan Pedon sits with his father, Felix Pedon in the Schottenstein Center during a family visit in 2017. Credit: Courtesy of Ryan PedonHaving grown up the son of a Buckeye fan and raised as one, Ryan felt pride at the chance to be able to tell his father that he would be coaching at Ohio State. It had always been a dream of the Pedon family for Ryan to be able to return to Columbus. The dream, unfortunately, was met with a morbid moment.“When I told him I was coming to Ohio State — I’m sorry I’m getting choked up a little bit here,” Ryan said, “But he said, the night I told him I was coming to Ohio State, he said, ‘I can die a happy man.’”Shortly after being hired, Ryan took his parents and his high school basketball coach on a tour of the Schottenstein Center. The group ventured throughout the arena, seeing where the shoes are kept in the locker room, the coaches’ offices and the court with empty seats.Sally said Felix was so proud and that it felt like a dream come true for him to receive a tour of the Buckeyes’ home arena by his son — one of the coaches.Felix was in better shape during the tour of the arena, but as the season neared, his health declined. Ryan said he is unsure if his dad was even able to comprehend or fully watch a game with Ryan as an Ohio State coach on TV given his current mental state.“The saddest thing is he was looking forward to — that was his goal in rehab this fall was to get better and stronger so he could go to that [Nov. 5 matchup against Wooster],” Sally said. “It was sad that he did not get to make that game or any this season.”Ryan visits his dad as frequently as he can. Often, he goes by himself when he can find the time. Whether it’s on the way home from games, before a road trip or just some free time, Ryan tries to spend time with his dad whenever possible.“It’s been pretty cool to be able to go, and with the season we’ve had and go there and tell him that, ‘Dad, we just beat the No. 1 team in the country. We beat Michigan State,’” Ryan said. “You go after games, and sometimes I’ll go real early in the morning. Sometimes I’ll go real late at night. But I just go and sit there and just talk to him.”Ryan has not opened up about his father’s disease much with his fellow coaches. In fact, Holtmann said he asks Ryan about his father more often than Ryan brings him up. Holtmann said he knows Ryan has gone through a lot and encourages him to take time off should he need it.“He needs to know he has my blessing to do that and more than anything, I’m encouraging him to do that, if that’s what he feels like he needs,” Holtmann said. “But he also may feel like, hey, like he told me, ‘My dad would want me to be doing this.’”Even with Ryan having said it has been nice to have the eight years with his father rather than an unexpected loss, Ryan will be losing the person he calls his father, his role model, his best friend.Sally, who has spent countless hours watching the two play pickup basketball outside and going with them to play golf, knows it will be hard on Ryan. It will be hard on everyone in the family. “I’m proud of my kid,” Sally said. “It’s the end of an era. Ryan and his dad have been the closest of all the children.”When he steps onto the team bus that will take him to the airport to board a plane for New York City on Thursday, Ryan won’t know for certain whether he will see his father alive again.But he will forever see his father in his memories, always in that same row, always in the same seats.
Adobe isn’t really known for making hardware, but that might be about to change with the announcement of the company’s new digital stylus called Project Mighty, and a companion ruler called Napoleon. Together these tools could allow for a kind of interaction with digital content that previously required expensive graphics tablets and a lot of experience with professional-level software.Project Mighty looks like any other capacitive stylus, but it’s pressure-sensitive. Samsung has used Wacom technology to build the pressure-sensitive S Pen system for its Note devices, but Project Mighty essentially grafts that ability onto any touchscreen device, provided you’re using a compatible Adobe app.The stylus connects to the tablet or phone via Bluetooth, and relays pressure information through the app. Thus, the screen doesn’t have to understand how much force is being applied with Project Mighty — the app handles all the heavy lifting. The stylus will have a rechargeable battery and some undisclosed amount of internal storage. Adobe also refers to it as “cloud” enabled, but it’s not clear if that means the corresponding apps, or the pen itself.The anonymous app used to demo Project Mighty on an iPad was set up to understand regular touch interaction as well, and this is the first hint of some very interesting functionality. Because the app knows the difference between your finger and the stylus, you can still manipulate objects, zoom, erase, and more with multitouch gestures.The Napoleon ruler has a similar tie-in with Project Mighty. The app will know where the ruler is when it’s on the screen and uses that as a guide for drawing straight lines and other shapes. It’s like a more powerful version of snap settings in Photoshop.This is all still in the early stages. We don’t know anything about pricing, possible release window, or even much about what software/hardware these tools will work with. Adobe might still scrap the project, or completely redesign everything before you get a crack at it. Hopefully it becomes a reality because it looks mighty interesting.
Entering a new school is probably one of the hardest things a child can do, but add the fact that they don’t know the language and meet a completely foreign school system, hard is an understatement. With the new wave Greek migration to Australia because of the financial crisis, Australian schools are seeing an influx in Greek international students. These students come with varying levels English proficiency, are used to a completely different school system and are thrown into a brand new culture they don’t have a lot of knowledge of. Their friendship base has been left in Greece, and their parents are just as confused as they are to their new surroundings. In the past two years, the number of Greek families moving to Australia has doubled, but numbers are still small. In Victoria, according to the Australian Greek Welfare Society , 111 families relocated to Australia in 2012-2013, up from 58 from 2011-2012. Those families need to enroll their children in schools quickly and are faced with high costs, whether it be fees or uniform costs. For the child, they understand they have to start from zero, with the pressure to make friends early on and to fit in creating a lot of anxiety. Cross cultural counsellor and organisational psychologist, Jasmine Sliger, says Greek migrant children will be finding extreme pressures entering school in Australia. “You’re going to have kids that are anxious and anxiety is a big component for migrant children, especially if they’re not speaking English,” she tells Neos Kosmos. The anxiety about saying something wrong or not being accepted by their peers can manifest itself into serious problems. Bullies hone in on those insecurities and can make the process of settling in very difficult. If a child lacks confidence to speak up or feel like their concerns will go unheard, problems can arise that will affect their ability to learn and assimilate. Ms Sliger deals with many Greek migrant families on a weekly basis, and says Greek mentality is sometimes to blame for problems not getting the right attention in the household. “When you migrate, sometimes the Greek culture is not one necessarily that deals with authentic feelings. “Some families are really excellent with emotion and are able to hear their children and some say, well, “pull your head in, you just have to suck it up.” Ms Sliger says parents must be more receptive of changes in behaviour in their children that might indicate that they are suffering from bullying. Issues like “fear of going to school, sleeplessness, trouble eating, crankiness, and being excessively cranky for nothing, so maybe it’s a two issue and they come with a 10 response”. Currently research shows that one in four students experience some form of bullying in Australia. Bullying behaviour peaks in the middle primary school years and the first year of high school with younger children more likely to bully others physically or verbally, and progress to social bullying behaviours including exclusion and manipulation. For the first time since the wave of migration in the 50s and 60s, child migrants are at risk of being isolated and bullied at school. Bullying specialist and psychologist, Evelyn Field says although time has passed, bullying hasn’t changed its character. “Thirty or 40 years ago, Greek children would have been more likely to have been bullied, as were the Italians, but at the end of the day, bullying is really about one kid feeling insecure and picking on someone else that feels insecure,” Ms Field tells Neos Kosmos. Since that time, the Australian Government has introduced policy in every state and territory to fight bullying under the National Safe Schools Framework. The Framework provides school communities with a vision, a set of guiding principles and the practical tools and resources that will help build a positive school culture. Alphington Grammar has welcomed a quite a few new Greek students in the past couple of years and has put in place a transition and support program that gives international students a personal mentor and a buddy to help them settle in. “We have three teachers that handle all the international students, one speaks Greek, one speaks Chinese, and one speaks English,” Alphington Grammar principal, Dr Vivianne Nikou tells Neos Kosmos. “The three teachers sometimes visits them at home, they have special excursions, they have special lunches for them.” Dr Nikou believes times have changed for Greek migrant children, and that Australian society has matured when dealing with multicultural students. “You hid your nationality back then, where as now they are quite happy to have their full European or Asian name,” she says. Similarly, St George Orthodox College in South Australia believes new Greek students will feel at home with the fact that all students there learn Modern Greek, and will be able to help them settle in much quicker. “Their English language learning is accelerated because all students learn Modern Greek and can interpret, translate and explain what is not understood,” Principal Raffaela Del Vecchio tells Neos Kosmos. For parents seeking more information about bullying, visit the Government’s website www.bullyingnoway.gov.au/. Children needing help or someone to talk to can call the Kids Helpline for free on 1800 55 1800 or visit the website www.kidshelp.com.au/For access to private psychologists in your area, contact the APS Find a Psychologists Service on the toll free number 1800 333 497 or conduct your own search on the APS website at www.findapsychologist.org.au. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
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Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman has died from injuries she sustained when, police said, she and her husband were struck near a Wal-Mart in Homestead by a driver who fled from the scene, Saturday afternoon.According to Homestead Police, the victims were each riding their own motorcycle in the area of Southwest 137th Avenue and 288th Street when they were struck, at around 2 p.m.Investigators said the subject was leaving the Wal-Mart parking lot when he crashed with both motorcyclists. He then drove away from the scene.Paramedics airlifted the couple to Jackson South Community Hospital, where the female victim died from her injuries and her husband remains in stable condition.Meanwhile, area residents directed police officers to the driver’s whereabouts. Officers apprehended him in a nearby parking lot.Police identified the deceased victim as 48-year-old Reina Castaneda and the driver as 80-year-old Miguel Ortiz.Ortiz has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.
US president Donald Trump on Thursday hailed the fact that five of the “most wanted” Islamic State leaders have been captured recently, including Abu Zeid al-Iraqi, one of the main collaborators of the organisation’s chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.“Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!” Trump tweeted, referring to a coordinated operation to arrest the men by Iraqi and US intelligence agencies, Efe reported.Among the IS leaders captured are four Iraqis and one Syrian, according to the New York Times, citing Iraqi sources.The result of the three-month operation to capture the terrorist leaders, who had been hiding in Syria and Turkey, represents an important victory for the Iraqi and US intelligence agencies.Two Iraqi officials explained to the New York daily, on condition of anonymity, that they had been following the trail of several of the IS leaders for months, but early this year they received intelligence information that led to their arrests.An Iraqi unit responsible for undercover missions had traced one of those detained – Ismail Alwaan al-Ithawi, known as Abu Zeid al-Iraqi – from Syria to the Turkish city of Sakarya, about 100 miles east of Istanbul, the Times reported.Abu Zeid al-Iraqi, one of the main associates of top IS leader Abu Bakr, had been living in Turkey with his Syrian wife under his brother’s identity.The terrorist, who was in charge of making bank transfers into the accounts the IS maintains in different countries and one of Abu Bakr’s closest confidants, was captured by Turkish authorities and handed over to Iraq.Iraqi and US intelligence spent several weeks interrogating Abu Zeid to acquire information about the location of the other leaders, who were in hiding.Saddam al-Jammel, a Syrian who had headed the IS operations near the eastern Syrian town of Deir al-Zour, and Abu Abdel al-Haq, an Iraqi who had been the group’s head of internal security, were two of the terrorists captured, The Times reported.
UPDATED: In the 11 years since it was founded as a platform for DJs to post their mixes, SoundCloud has become so popular that a genre of hip-hop was named after it. But the company struggled in its efforts to become a fully-licensed, above-ground platform, and nearly went out of business last year before reorganizing under new CEO Kerry Trainor. Since he took the helm, the company has worked to streamline its platform for artists via a partnership with rights-clearance organization Dubset and last week finally launching its long-in-the-works Premier program, which allows artists to upload and monetize their content without a record label or aggregator. (Spotify recently announced a similar program, currently in beta.)Its contract for Premier came under harsh scrutiny in an article The Verge posted Friday morning under the headline “SoundCloud’s New Artist Contract Is a Raw Deal for Musicians.” In it, the publication pointed out several restrictive elements in the contract around its payment dates and percentages, and particularly in that artists are asked to sign away their rights to sue SoundCloud. The contract, which is available to all eligible for Premier membership (although full details are apparently not available until a person actually signs up), was provided to The Verge by an artist named Sweeps. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 SoundCloud contested some of the claims, albeit in a broad sense, in a statement provided to Variety Friday afternoon. “The SoundCloud Premier monetization program operates on a fixed net revenue share of 55% and monthly royalty payments paid net 45 days to creators, which exceeds most other platforms,” it reads. “SoundCloud Premier is completely non-exclusive, the creator always retains all their content rights, and reserves the right to exit the agreement at any time. We are always looking for ways to simplify our agreements for the benefit of our creator community, and will take the opportunity here to avoid future confusion.”According to the Verge report, points in SoundCloud’s Premier agreement include:*The broad release of all claims against the company (called a “covenant not to sue”) and a mandatory arbitration clause. Artists who sign the agreement agree to never sue SoundCloud or assist in someone else’s lawsuit against SoundCloud, and to take any disputes to arbitration instead of court — including legal action over any past illegal use of the artist’s recordings by SoundCloud, and if the artist leaves the Premier program or SoundCloud. Tunecore and YouTube have similar terms, although The Verge reports that Spotify’s contract does not.*SoundCloud may make changes to its payment program — including changes in rates, fees and even closing it completely — at any time without advance notice, or any notice at all. “It is Your responsibility,” the agreement says, “to check these Terms and Conditions on the Platform from time to time for updates.”*The payment schedule is hazy: While the promotional wording says artists will be paid each month, the contract states that SoundCloud may elect to pay artists only when they reach $100 in revenue. The contract says that “SoundCloud will calculate Your Net Revenues on a monthly, quarterly or another accounting period basis SoundCloud elects to use.” This is a fairly common practice with record labels. *Similarly, there is a lack of clarity about how streams on different platforms are monetized, with a reference to revenues on a “tier by tier basis” that suggests streams by free users may pay less than ones from paying users.*The contract gives artists six months to audit or challenge statements after they are issued, less than the industry standard of two years.The covenant not to sue in particular was criticized by attorneys contacted by the publication. Jeff Becker, an entertainment and media attorney at Swanson, Martin & Bell, said, “This agreement will allow artists to monetize the exploitation of their music on SoundCloud only if the artist agrees to forego all existing claims he or she may have against the company,” adding that it is “unusual, at best, for a platform to open their terms and conditions with a provision that requires the artist to entirely release it of all prior violations and infringements committed by that platform.”Lita Rosario, an attorney who represents Missy Elliott and Sisqo, added, “If you find that SoundCloud didn’t send you the amount of money you’re owed, you’re prohibited from suing them for breach of contract,” Rosario says. “I don’t see how they can have someone agree in advance that they’re not going to be able to sue them for failing to pay an account.”“I think the broad release of claims and covenant not to sue will be challenged in court,” Rosario continued. “The language is much too broad.” Popular on Variety
This Colombian musical revelation brings together two of the most traditional instruments of Colombia, the marimba from South’s Pacific coast and percussions from the North. The sound created by both the instruments are an exquisite blend of music which has come to represent the Colombian rhythm.Carlos Balanta, artistically known as Batermiba, has created his own unique musical ensemble combining traditional marimba with drums, bells, cymbals and a pair of congas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’And as if this wasn’t enough, he spices up his performances with his vocals. A trained percussionist from Santander de Quihchao (Cauca), Carlos Balanta, started his musical journey early at the age of 12. Since the very beginning Balanta has experimented with mixing traditional rhythms with newer musical beats keeping intact the soul of his music that is essentially Colombian.The show promises to be a revelation for music lovers in Delhi opening the doors to some great sounds and rythmns as Baterimba takes over the Capital next month. Mark the date and head over. You don’t want to miss this! When: 4 AugustWhere: India International Center, Lodhi RoadTiming: 6.30 pm onwards
Ecatepec, Mexico — A bus that attempted to dodge a small car ended up crashing into the base of a pedestrian bridge injuring at least 20.The accident happened on Tuesday on Line 1 of the Mexico-Pachuca highway at the height of the Cuauhtémoc Norte station when a public Mexibus crashed into a concrete bridge base. Preliminary reports say that the driver of the bus attempted to dodge a car that was about to invade his lane when the crash happened.At least 20 people were injured including the bus driver who was pinned inside the bus by the concrete column. He was reported to be in serious condition.Emergency personnel were called by numerous witnesses to the accident. The injured were transferred to area hospitals.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
It’s that time again… A whole year has passed! While it may seem as if it flew by, it was filled with millions of memories and happenings. So why not throw a party! If you are in need of games to take your party to the next level, read on…Having a New Year’s party can be a bit nerve-wracking. The idea of organising something that will be a grand memory to reflect upon is taxing. Hell, planning a gathering that will be the one that starts everyone’s year off right can become downright hectic.But have no fear. Here are 3 game ideas you can try with your family or friends:1- Drinking game: Sip and Flip. For this game, you will need several plastic drinking cups and beer. Have everyone sit at a table. Fill a cup about halfway full and place one in front of each player at the table. When the game starts, they will race to drink the beer and place the cup open side down on the table. Then they must use their fingers to flick the cup in an attempt to flip it right side up. The first person to get it done wins that round. This continues until someone has won three rounds or others tap out and leave a winner.2- King of Kisses: A couple of bags of Hershey Kisses are all you need for this game! As your guests arrive, you will give each female guest five kisses. The men must try to obtain the kisses from the females by wooing them in some way. They can make them laugh, serenade them, dance for them, or do whatever it may take to earn a kiss.The man with the most kisses at the end of the night will be crowned the King of Kisses and wins a prize (a huge Hershey Kiss is a cute gift). If you want to allow another winner, you can ask the King to choose a Queen of Kisses and she also wins a prize. It can be whoever he likes. This game is a bit of friendly competition, great for mingling and full of laughs. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 3- Oh the memories: This game requires only a keen sense of observation for the player. It requires everyday objects (like a seasoning packet, a small toy, a bow and a key chain, pens and paper). As your guests arrive, you will assign them an object and write it down on the paper with their name next to it to keep as a reference for later.Then you will need to have papers with everyone’s names written on one side and a blank space next to each name for filling in at the end of the game.The object of the game is for them to keep the object visibly on them at all times. It can be kept in their hand, hair, tucked behind the ear or wherever else, as long as it remains visible throughout the evening. When you are ready to call the game, collect all of the objects and display them on a tray or table. Then you will give everyone a pen and paper.They will write down the object and the person who held it for as many of the objects as they can.The player who has the most correct wins!DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
The Costa Rican Social Security System, or Caja, plans to open smoking cessation clinics in hospitals countrywide to help folks kick the habit. But coming to the aid of smokers really isn’t a choice for health officials, and Caja Executive President María del Rocío Sáenz Madrigal said on Wednesday her agency is legally obligated to provide support by the 2012Control of Tobacco and its Harmful Effects on Health Law.The law calls for funding to be made available to clinics from a ₡20 ($0.04) tax on every cigarrete sold.Under the Caja’s new plan, each hospital must form an interdisciplinary team composed of doctors, psychologists, nutritionists, social workers and nurses, among other specialists.The Caja currently offers smoking cessation clinics in the capital at Hospital México, San Juan de Dios and Calderón Guardia, and at hospitals in Alajuela and Heredia.By next year, the agency expects to open clinics in Puntarenas, San Carlos (Alajuela), Guápiles (Limón), Pérez Zeledón (southern San José), Max Peralta (Cartago) and at the National Psychiatric Hospital. Health officials will open clinics in all public hospitals by 2016, Sáenz said at a press conference.The Caja also will provide educational materials, beds, audiovisual equipment for keynote speakers and medical equipment for respiratory exams.Smoking cessation programs include eight weekly sessions averaging three hours each, doctor checkups and prescriptions. Participants also receive nutrition and healthy lifestyle information, and therapy sessions for nicotine dependence.Participation is open to all Caja insurance holders 18 and older who reside in a hospital’s area of coverage.Caja officials hope to help at least 3,000 smokers each year when all of the clinics are fully operational.According to Caja figures, 14.2 percent of Ticos older than 20 are active smokers. Smoking is linked to risk factors for the two leading causes of death in Costa Rica: cardiovascular disease and cancer. Facebook Comments Related posts:Hotel owners to request changes in anti-smoking law Costa Rica’s Supreme Court declares anti-smoking bill constitutional Tobacco company wants overhaul of Costa Rica’s smoking ban No smoking ban in Costa Rican bars, restaurants goes into effect
Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Parents, stop beating yourself up Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How men can have a healthy 2019 “If we continue to operate business as usual, and we all draw from the same pie and Cuba is in the equation … there will be serious economic and employment consequences,” he said in a phone interview.The association seeks to create a Caribbean Basin Tourism Initiative to help boost investment and travel across the region with help from the U.S. The plan would be modeled on the Caribbean Basin Initiative, a U.S.-led program in the 1980s that sought to boost trade in the Caribbean and Central America.The association proposes the plan in a report that warns of Cuba’s impact on the Caribbean and that was sent to the U.S. International Trade Commission.The report calls the opening of travel to Cuba for U.S. visitors “the biggest and most disruptive pebble to be dropped into the Caribbean pool in fifty years.”From January to early May, Cuba saw a 36 percent increase in U.S. visitors from the same period in 2014. It also had a 14 percent jump in other international arrivals, and Caribbean tourism officials say they expect those numbers to keep rising.“Those countries whose focus has been on the United States as their primary source market and who have not felt any competition from Cuba … will be surprised at how sophisticated and effective the Cuban marketing machine has become,” the report says. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Caribbean tourism officials are pushing for a partnership with the U.S. government because of concerns that warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba will result in a significant loss of visitors to the rest of the region.Cuba has seen such a surge in visitors that the fragile budgets of many tourism-dependent islands will be hit hard if they don’t take action, Frank Comito, CEO of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, said Wednesday. Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories The association said the islands where the tourism business could be most affected are those closest to Cuba.It is unclear whether tourism officials on those islands support the association’s plan or whether they have taken steps to help attract more visitors. Tourism officials in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas did not return messages for comment.Comito said the region should work together to boost overall investment and travel to the Caribbean.“It’s a little idealistic, but I think you need an element of that in this,” he said. “A stronger Caribbean benefits everyone, including Cuba.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
It appears that the Gold Coast is unlikely to get its controversial new cruise ship terminal until at least 2018, with confidential documents revealing both the Government and the Gold Coast City Council are in dispute about on how to deliver key elements of the project.Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate appears to be maintain cruise ships will dock on the Gold Coast in two years, previously announcing a Carnival liner set to dock on September 30, 2015, with documents obtained under Right To Information showing his determination to achieve the deadline, with council officers being secretly briefed on investigating an interim terminal north of Sea World Nara Resort, goldcast.com.au reported.The Queensland Government though has opposed the move, concerned it could torpedo the bid for a permanent facility, with Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney reported to have privately told the Mayor it will be left to the market place to determine a more realistic date, with State planning bureaucrats listing the delivery date as 2018.State planners have also warned Mr Seeney of five major risks for the Coast terminal, including potential competition from a cruise ship terminal earmarked for Luggage Point at the mouth of the Brisbane River, with a Gold Coast Bulletin report in November last year detailing how the Brisbane City Council in its Neighbourhood Plan for Pinkenba-Eagle Farm had set aside a future area for a deep-water cruise ship terminal at the mouth of the Brisbane River.Other major risks, provided in documents, show government planners have questioned the commitment of the cruise ship industry to a Broadwater port and acknowledged “community concerns about environmental harm” to the development of Crown land north of Sea World and on Wavebreak Island.Recent letters between Mr Seeney and Cr Tate also raise questions about which agency will drive the project, with a briefing note to Mr Seeney providing background on the secret Sea World Nara north option, explaining, “Cr Tate has requested his staff investigate an interim cruise ship terminal option”. The department had concerns the interim cruise ship terminal “may compromise future developments including a permanent cruise ship terminal”. “It could add unnecessary costs on the State and as yet provides no certainty on visitations by cruise industry companies,” the letter reportedly read.The reports go on to say that State government officials have questioned the “business case” and estimated initial capital dredging costs could be $50 million, which would lead the Council to ask the state for funds, with the government having provided the new Gold Coast Waterways Authority with a four year maintenance budget of $30 million, but that did not include a capital dredging allocation.In a letter to Mayor Tate, Mr Seeney also detailed his concerns about the council’s intention of buying back the terminal for $1, which he argued “poses a risk” to securing a commercial contract, saying “I was surprised to read in your letter the council’s intention to purchase the cruise ship terminal, once constructed for $1”. “This poses a risk to the upcoming transaction in that it significantly impacts the commercial viability of a cruise ship terminal,” the letter read. “Further, it adds a condition to the market place when the success of the approach to market will minimise significantly the conditions we imposed.”Mr Seeney also addressed the Council’s repeated requests for funding commitments for infrastructure network upgrades linked to the project saying, “this is inconsistent with the state’s ‘no net cost/no risk’ approach to this project”.”I propose that we await the responses to the Expression of Interest invitation to assess the extent to which the state and council infrastructure may be impacted.”Cr Tate in a letter to Mr Seeney had reinforced the council’s position to exclude Doug Jennings Park at the north of The Spit from the Expression of Interest process, but Mr Seeney replied, “the inclusion of Doug Jennings Park in the land on offer signals to the market that this approach to the market differs from previous approaches and is an invitation to the market to think laterally about what is possible, and to outline this in their EOI”.Source = eTB Cruise Expert
PTM Nakita Byrne Makes History The proud TravelManagers team (from left) BPM Julie Anderson, CEO Joe Araullo, Executive General Manager Michael Gazal, PTMs Nakita Byrne and Kim Mason, Chairman Barry Mayo and PTM Merran WigginsPTM Nakita Byrne Makes History with Avis Scholarship Award WinPersonal travel manager (PTM) Nakita Byrne has more than one reason to celebrate after being crowned this year’s winner of the Avis Travel Agents Scholarship of Excellence in Sydney early this week.Thirty-year-old Byrne representative for Wellington in New South Wales, was honoured to be nominated as a finalist, and completely surprised and humbled by her award win.“I had applied for the scholarship in previous years, so I felt blessed to being a finalist. It’s an absolute privilege to be recognised in this way. To be honest, winning was a complete surprise as I knew I was up against some extremely strong and accomplished competition. I am grateful to have worked with some inspiring people in travel over the last 13 years who have all helped me get to where I am today. Honestly, I’m blown away. This award means so much to me.”Byrne pays tribute to TravelManagers and her colleagues including PTM Kim Mason, representative for Cronulla in Sydney who was also a finalist.“My last three years as a TravelManagers’ PTM has been my most rewarding. My greatest reward is planning an incredible holiday for my clients and with two children under three years, being able to work in an industry that I love that also affords me flexibility and work-life balance really is the icing on the cake. My congratulations to all the other finalists, in particular my colleague Kim who is as passionate about travel and providing exceptional customer service as I am.”For TravelManagers, the 21st year of Avis Travel Agents Scholarship of Excellence will be one for the history books. As Executive General Manager Michael Gazal explains, “It’s a trio of firsts for TravelManagers.”“Nakita’s win is significant as not only is this TravelManagers inaugural award win, we actually had fifty percent of the finalists with Kim Mason also in the running and for thefirst time all finalists were home-based travel professionals. We congratulate both Nakita and Kim on their significant achievements. They have embraced the home-based technology and they certainly deliver on the TravelManagers’ promise of providing expert advice with exceptional and consistent customer service. It is this attention to detail that sets them apart from the rest of the industry.”Gazal sees Byrne’s win and Mason’s finalist nomination as further demonstrating TravelManagers growing dominance and commitment and strength of its PTM model.“Last night was the 21st year of Avis Travel Agents Scholarship of Excellence and with 21 being a symbol of initiation into adulthood, it was fitting that for the very first time all finalists were home-based travel professionals. I really see this as a coming of age for TravelManagers home-based technology and with PTMs strong focus on individual customised travel planning and personalised service it really does seem to be the way of the future.”Traditionally only written entry submissions were eligible. Yet this year Avis allowed other forms of entries in addition to the written submission.“Social media is a huge part of my business and keeping in touch with my clients so I jumped at the chance to present my initial qualifying presentation by video and highlighting the social media tools I use daily. It was a fun way to communicate my key messages and I had lots of fun doing it too,” says Byrne.For Byrne, this experience highlighted again how much she loves being part of the TravelManagers family.“I have received so many congratulatory wishes from my fellow PTMs, it makes me realise how incredibly lucky I am to be a part of the TravelManagers family. We all genuinely care about each other’s successes and you can’t ask for more than that.”Byrne is looking forward to next year with excitement.“To now have twelve months professional coaching with Polonious Resources is massive for my business. I’m from a small country town and opportunities like this, even to attend these big events such as Cruise 360 and the AFTA National Travel Industry Awards don’t come around often – and of course the overseas trip just tops it all off! I’m really excited for what this next year will bring!”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599 About TravelManagersTravel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2017. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases. Source = TravelManagers
RenderingGo back to the e-newsletter >Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced on 27 August its market entry into Romania with the opening of the Sheraton Bucharest Hotel.“As a market debut for Starwood and Sheraton, Romania symbolises an important expansion opportunity while also putting Sheraton one step closer to its goal of opening more than 150 new hotels over the next 5 years,” said Dave Marr, Global Brand Leader, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. “Demonstrating best-in-class design and offerings in a historically rich part of the world, Sheraton Bucharest Hotel is an excellent addition to the brand’s global portfolio.”Sheraton Bucharest Hotel features 270 spacious guest rooms, including 27 Executive Suites and 1 exquisite Presidential Suite. Guests can make use of the Fitness Centre, which includes 2 massage rooms and spa treatment facilities, and the Sheraton® Club lounge offering guests views of Bucharest as well as complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments, and free Wi-Fi.“Sheraton has a robust footprint across Europe, and we are delighted to continue to increase our portfolio with developments in strategic new markets such as Romania,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East. “The emerging city of Bucharest presents immense growth potential, and we look forward to welcoming travellers to our most iconic hotel brand.”The hotel boasts 1200sqm of combined meeting and event space. The hotel offers 10 conference rooms, 2 ballrooms and 1 distinguished boardroom. Each conference room can hold between 10 – 400 people, and together, the 10 rooms can accommodate up to 1400 individuals. All spaces are equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and are backed by an outstanding events team.Two dining venues provide a variety of culinary options—from a contemporary twist on Romania’s cuisine at Avalon to the world-renowned Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Benihana—in addition to Centro Sweets, which offers a selection of desserts, from freshly baked cakes to tantalising tarts.In addition to Sheraton Bucharest, key openings this year included Sheraton Lake Como Hotel, the brand’s 8th in Italy, Sheraton Ufa in Russia and Sheraton Samsun in Turkey.Go back to the e-newsletter >Rendering
Go back to the enewsletterONE65, a multi-level culinary concept envisioned by James Beard Award-winning, Michelin-starred executive chef and partner Claude Le Tohic, offering four distinct modern French cuisine dining experiences under one roof, is slated to begin a phased opening beginning this northern autumn.Occupying six floors in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square at 165 O’Farrell Street, ONE65 celebrates modern French cuisine with ONE65 Patisserie on the first and second floors for classic French pastries and casual breakfast and lunch offerings, including takeaway; ONE65 Bistro on the third floor for lunch and dinner; ONE65 Lounge for cocktails and fine wine and spirits; and fine dining at O’ by Claude Le Tohic on the fifth and sixth floors. The first and third floors are slated to open this northern autumn, with the other spaces opening in the following months.“With ONE65, I wanted to create a morning-till-night, modern French culinary destination, accessible to everyone, without pretence, offering high-quality cuisine in a friendly and welcoming environment,” said Le Tohic. “Each floor has its own personality, its own food, to please every audience.”ONE65 PatisserieLocated on the street level with additional seating on the second floor, ONE65 Patisserie is a contemporary French grand patisserie with classic bistro seating. The Patisserie will offer modern casual dining and takeaway, with convenient breakfast and lunch options. The menu will feature an extensive range of house-made delights, including delectable, freshly baked French pastries, bread, ice-cream and chocolates, along with barista service and a selection of wines available by the glass or bottle.ONE65 BistroThe Bistro at ONE65, located on the third floor, will serve lunch and dinner menus that showcase local, seasonal fare minimally prepared to allow the ingredients to shine. An open kitchen, featuring a Josper charcoal oven imported exclusively for ONE65 from Spain and the only one of its kind in San Francisco, services the entire building and connects guests to the food preparation. The Bistro menu features contemporary California/French “comfort” food.ONE65 LoungeOne of the city’s few upper floor bars, ONE65 Lounge is a sophisticated destination bar overlooking Union Square and providing sweeping views across its skyline. The lounge will serve an extensive range of cocktails, fine wines and whiskies in a luxurious, intimate setting. A special menu designed for the lounge provides a selection of inviting options designed to enjoy with drinks.O’ by Claude Le TohicTaking the O’ from O’Farrell reminded Le Tohic of the French eau, meaning water. From this, Le Tohic has personally developed a refined culinary concept and a menu based on the elements of water, fire and earth. Luxurious but not pretentious, O’ will offer modern French cuisine with elegant and attentive service.Design ConceptONE65 is a unique concept housed within a transformed National Registry historic building led by San Francisco-based D-Scheme Studio. The original French Beaux-Arts style has been preserved and enhanced with stylish and modern touches. Each restaurant has its own design vision, yet all are connected through the placement of art by Christian Andrade and D-Scheme Studio’s architect and president, Marc Dimalanta.An emphasis was placed on sustainability, with recycled and sustainable materials dictating much of the Bistro’s design. From the recycled cork flooring to the recycled porcelain panelling – the first of its kind in the US – the Bistro will encompass a tactile and pared-back aesthetic, with raw cloth napkins, tufted leather banquettes, wooden table tops and recycled China crockery.For more information visit www.ONE65sf.com.Go back to the enewsletter
FILE- In this April 19, 2017 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the world premiere of “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” at Radio City Music Hall, during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, in New York. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) by Mesfin Fekadu And Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Aug 16, 2018 7:06 am PDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.She died at her home in Detroit — “one of the darkest moments of our lives,” her family said, in a statement released to The Associated Press by publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world ,” the family said, adding that funeral arrangements would be announced in coming days.Franklin, who had battled undisclosed health issues in recent years, announced her retirement from touring last year.A professional singer and accomplished pianist by her late teens, a superstar by her mid-20s, Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time . Her gifts, natural and acquired, were a multi-octave mezzo-soprano, gospel passion and training worthy of a preacher’s daughter, taste sophisticated and eccentric, and the courage to channel private pain into liberating song.“She was truly one of a kind,” said Clive Davis, the music mogul who brought her to Arista Records and helped revive her career in the 1980s. “She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world.”She recorded hundreds of tracks and had dozens of hits over the span of a half century , including 20 that reached No. 1 on the R&B charts. But her reputation was defined by an extraordinary run of top 10 smashes in the late 1960s, from the morning-after bliss of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” to the wised-up “Chain of Fools” to her unstoppable call for “Respect.”Her records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn’t honour her enough. Franklin won 18 Grammy awards. In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Fellow singers bowed to her eminence. Said Smokey Robinson, who grew up with her in Detroit: “This morning my longest friend in this world went home to be with our Father. I will miss her so much but I know she’s at peace.”Political and civic leaders treated her as a peer. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a longtime friend, and she sang at the dedication of King’s memorial, in 2011. She performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and at the funeral for civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. Clinton gave Franklin the National Medal of Arts. President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, in 2005.Bill and Hillary Clinton issued a statement mourning the loss of their friend and “one of America’s greatest treasures.” For more than 50 years, they said, Franklin “stirred our souls. She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry.”Franklin’s best-known appearance with a president was in January 2009, when she sang “My Country ’tis of Thee” at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. She wore a grey felt hat with a huge, Swarovski rhinestone-bordered bow that became an internet sensation and even had its own website. In 2015, she brought Obama and others to tears with a triumphant performance of “Natural Woman” at a Kennedy Center tribute to the song’s co-writer, Carole King.Franklin endured the exhausting grind of celebrity and personal troubles dating back to childhood. She was married from 1961 to 1969 to her manager, Ted White, and their battles are widely believed to have inspired her performances on several songs, including “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone,” ”Think” and her heartbreaking ballad of despair, “Ain’t No Way.” The mother of two sons by age 16 (she later had two more), she was often in turmoil as she struggled with her weight, family problems and financial predicaments. Her best known producer, Jerry Wexler, nicknamed her “Our Lady of Mysterious Sorrows.”Franklin married actor Glynn Turman in 1978 in Los Angeles but returned to her hometown of Detroit the following year after her father was shot by burglars and left semi-comatose until his death in 1984. She and Turman divorced that year.Despite growing up in Detroit, and having Robinson as a childhood friend, Franklin never recorded for Motown Records; stints with Columbia and Arista were sandwiched around her prime years with Atlantic Records. But it was at Detroit’s New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father was pastor, that Franklin learned the gospel fundamentals that would make her a soul institution.Aretha Louise Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee. The Rev. C.L. Franklin soon moved his family to Buffalo, New York, then to Detroit, where the Franklins settled after the marriage of Aretha’s parents collapsed and her mother (and reputed sound-alike) Barbara returned to Buffalo.C.L. Franklin was among the most prominent Baptist ministers of his time. He recorded dozens of albums of sermons and music and knew such gospel stars as Marion Williams and Clara Ward, who mentored Aretha and her sisters Carolyn and Erma. (Both sisters sang on Aretha’s records, and Carolyn also wrote “Ain’t No Way” and other songs for Aretha). Music was the family business and performers from Sam Cooke to Lou Rawls were guests at the Franklin house. In the living room, the shy young Aretha awed friends with her playing on the grand piano.Franklin occasionally performed at New Bethel Baptist throughout her career; her 1987 gospel album “One Lord One Faith One Baptism” was recorded live at the church.Her most acclaimed gospel recording came in 1972 with the Grammy-winning album “Amazing Grace,” which was recorded live at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in South Central Los Angeles and featured gospel legend James Cleveland, along with her own father (Mick Jagger was one of the celebrities in the audience). It became one of the bestselling gospel albums ever.The piano she began learning at age 8 became a jazzy component of much of her work, including arranging as well as songwriting. “If I’m writing and I’m producing and singing, too, you get more of me that way, rather than having four or five different people working on one song,” Franklin told The Detroit News in 2003.Franklin was in her early teens when she began touring with her father, and she released a gospel album in 1956 through J-V-B Records. Four years later, she signed with Columbia Records producer John Hammond, who called Franklin the most exciting singer he had heard since a vocalist he promoted decades earlier, Billie Holiday. Franklin knew Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. and considered joining his label, but decided it was just a local company at the time.Franklin recorded several albums for Columbia Records over the next six years. She had a handful of minor hits, including “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody” and “Runnin’ Out of Fools,” but never quite caught on as the label tried to fit into her a variety of styles, from jazz and show songs to such pop numbers as “Mockingbird.” Franklin jumped to Atlantic Records when her contract ran out, in 1966.“But the years at Columbia also taught her several important things,” critic Russell Gersten later wrote. “She worked hard at controlling and modulating her phrasing, giving her a discipline that most other soul singers lacked. She also developed a versatility with mainstream music that gave her later albums a breadth that was lacking on Motown LPs from the same period.“Most important, she learned what she didn’t like: to do what she was told to do.”At Atlantic, Wexler teamed her with veteran R&B musicians from Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, and the result was a tougher, soulful sound, with call-and-response vocals and Franklin’s gospel-style piano, which anchored “I Say a Little Prayer,” ”Natural Woman” and others.Of Franklin’s dozens of hits, none was linked more firmly to her than the funky, horn-led march “Respect” and its spelled out demand for “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”Writing in Rolling Stone magazine in 2004, Wexler said: “There are songs that are a call to action. There are love songs. There are sex songs. But it’s hard to think of another song where all those elements are combined.”Franklin had decided she wanted to “embellish” the R&B song written by Otis Redding, whose version had been a modest hit in 1965, Wexler said.“When she walked into the studio, it was already worked out in her head,” the producer wrote. “Otis came up to my office right before ‘Respect’ was released, and I played him the tape. He said, ‘She done took my song.’ He said it benignly and ruefully. He knew the identity of the song was slipping away from him to her.”In a 2004 interview with the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times, Franklin was asked whether she sensed in the ’60s that she was helping change popular music.“Somewhat, certainly with ‘Respect,’ that was a battle cry for freedom and many people of many ethnicities took pride in that word,” she answered. “It was meaningful to all of us.”In 1968, Franklin was pictured on the cover of Time magazine and had more than 10 Top 20 hits in 1967 and 1968. At a time of rebellion and division, Franklin’s records were a musical union of the church and the secular, man and woman, black and white, North and South, East and West. They were produced and engineered by New Yorkers Wexler and Tom Dowd, arranged by Turkish-born Arif Mardin and backed by an interracial assembly of top session musicians based mostly in Alabama.Her popularity faded during the 1970s despite such hits as the funky “Rock Steady” and such acclaimed albums as the intimate “Spirit in the Dark.” But her career was revived in 1980 with a cameo appearance in the smash movie “The Blues Brothers” and her switch to Arista . Franklin collaborated with such pop and soul artists as Luther Vandross, Elton John, Whitney Houston and George Michael, with whom she recorded a No. 1 single, “I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me).” Her 1985 album “Who’s Zoomin’ Who” received some of her best reviews and included such hits as the title track and “Freeway of Love.”Critics consistently praised Franklin’s singing but sometimes questioned her material; she covered songs by Stephen Sondheim, Bread, the Doobie Brothers. For Aretha, anything she performed was “soul.”From her earliest recording sessions, she defied category. The 1998 Grammys gave her a chance to demonstrate her range. Franklin performed “Respect,” then, with only a few minutes’ notice, filled in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti and drew rave reviews for her rendition of “Nessun Dorma,” a stirring aria for tenors from Puccini’s “Turandot.”“I’m sure many people were surprised, but I’m not there to prove anything,” Franklin told The Associated Press. “Not necessary.”Fame never eclipsed Franklin’s charitable works, or her loyalty to Detroit.Franklin sang the national anthem at Super Bowl in her hometown in 2006, after grousing that Detroit’s rich musical legacy was being snubbed when the Rolling Stones were chosen as halftime performers.“I didn’t think there was enough (Detroit representation) by any means,” she said. “And it was my feeling, ‘How dare you come to Detroit, a city of legends — musical legends, plural — and not ask one or two of them to participate?’ That’s not the way it should be.”Franklin did most of her extensive touring by bus after Redding’s death in a 1967 plane crash, and a rough flight to Detroit in 1982 left her with a fear of flying that anti-anxiety tapes and classes couldn’t help. She told Time in 1998 that the custom bus was a comfortable alternative: “You can pull over, go to Red Lobster. You can’t pull over at 35,000 feet.”She only released a few albums over the past two decades, including “A Rose is Still a Rose,” which featured songs by Sean “Diddy” Combs, Lauryn Hill and other contemporary artists, and “So Damn Happy,” for which Franklin wrote the gratified title ballad. Franklin’s autobiography, “Aretha: From These Roots,” came out in 1999, when she was in her 50s. But she always made it clear that her story would continue.“Music is my thing, it’s who I am. I’m in it for the long run,” she told The Associated Press in 2008. “I’ll be around, singing, ‘What you want, baby I got it.’ Having fun all the way.”___Online:For more, visit https://apnews.com/tag/ArethaFranklin