March 2

Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Scores Original Music For New Versace Campaign

first_imgBrandon “Taz” Niederauer has had the brilliant experiences of playing with members of the Allman Brothers Band including Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as other notable musicians such as Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Otis Taylor, Gary Clark Jr., Col. Bruce Hampton, Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, Doug Wimbish, John Popper and countless others. He has also played with Umphrey’s McGee, Scorpions, Dumpsaphunk, The Revivalists, Galactic, and so many more. Keep an eye on this kid! In addition to his enormous roster of musical collaborations, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer is no stranger to the fashion world. Having already appeared in several fashion magazines by the age of fourteen, the guitar kid has even participated in a Lady Gaga fashion video, directed by famed photographer Bruce Weber. Weber, known for his work in ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Revlon, and Gianni Versace, as well as his work for Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone magazines, was so impressed with the Brandon’s style–and music–that he tapped Niederauer for a current campaign with Versace.Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Pens Tribute To His Mentor Gregg AllmanNiederauer wrote and recorded the new Versace campaign using his guitar and Pro Tools. “I am so honored to have even gotten the chance,” he tells Live For Live Music. “Things like this don’t happen to everyone. This was a once in a lifetime thing that I am beyond grateful for.” The first clip from the new Versace campaign is below. More extended videos to come. Check it out!last_img read more

March 1

Birth of an actor

first_imgAt Sunday night’s Academy Awards, Harvard graduate Tommy Lee Jones ’69 is in the running as best supporting actor for his role as firebrand abolitionist Senator Thaddeus Stevens in Steven Spielberg’s epic “Lincoln.” A veteran of more than 50 films and 1993’s winner of the same award, the longtime Texan was last year’s recipient of the Harvard Arts Medal. During this interview conducted while on campus, Jones discusses his first glimpse of the foreign turf of New England, and a hard choice he had to make on arriving: Should he focus on football or acting?last_img read more

September 25

AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC: ‘HELP WON’T CEASE’; AC Energy to expand aid to oil spill…

first_img“They are taking care our evacuees very well,” said Treñas in a recent press conference. “We are grateful to the Ayala group and the Philippine Air Force for their support that allowed us to continue to support the needs of the affected communities. Ayala Foundation and Ayala Coop donated the meal packs from Rise Against Hunger Philippines, a hunger relief non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food and other aid to vulnerable communities,” AC Energy Philippines said in a statement. Helping in the unloading of the cargo were members of the Philippine Air Force, the 52nd Air Force Group Reserve and TOG-6. Treñas said the city government is ready to forego legal action against the company “kun masabat man lang tanan nga requirements sang pumoluyo ta.”/PN AC Energy Philippines turned over 1,500 Fortified Meal Packs for rapid distribution to the residents of Barangay Bo. Obrero in Lapuz district and those in Manduriao and Jaro districts. The city mayor revealed that the Ayala conglomerate has expressed intention to carry out more projects such as helping repair public schools and introducing education programs in oil-spill affected barangays. A private aircraft owned by the business conglomerate landed in the city recently, bringing in food packs and relief goods for families in Lapuz district, one of the areas severely affected by the July 3 oil spill.  The oil spill was preceded by an explosion of still unknown origin. Its other affiliates like Ayala Foundation, Ayala Coop, Rise Against Hunger, and Ayala Business Club also contributed. AC Energy Philippines owned Power Barge 102 that accidentally spilled bunker fuel into the coast of Iloilo City affecting several barangays, as well as coastal parts of Iloilo province and Guimaras.  Uniformed officers help move boxes of food packs and relief goods from a private aircraft of AC Energy Philippines at the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. After this, the boxes are carefully disinfected to make sure they are free from the coronavirus. These goods are for families affected by the recent oil spill. RELIEF GOODS The donated boxes were flown in by the Philippine Air Force while the other Ayala business units, namely, Ayala Business Club, Seda Hotels, Globe Telecom and AC Motors, provided logistical support. Each Fortified Meal Pack contained rice, soy, dried vegetables and fruits enriched with vitamins and minerals, and enough to feed a family of eight to 12 members. In Lapuz, Treñas said, the company was also eyeing to fix roads in barangays Bo. Obrero and Mansaya. Mayor Jerry Treñas welcomed AC Energy Philippines’ continued help. Aside from the tons of relief goods, Ayala companies also gave out boxes of facemasks for the residents.  “I am satisfied with what they are doing,” said Treñas. The power firm immediately acted to help the affected families, setting in motion their community reintegration while also distributing thousands of food packs.  ILOILO City – Citing the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, AC Energy Philippines remains committed to sustain its assistance to families affected by the recent oil spill in the waters off this city and Guimaras Island even after completing their community reintegration. According to the mayor, he was pleasantly surprised that AC Energy Philippines housed in several hotels the families displaced by the oil spill to address problems in schools that were initially used as evacuation centers. The boxes were carefully disinfected upon discharge to make sure they were free from the coronavirus. last_img read more

September 16

City top League table following opening win

first_imgThe 2014 champions defeated West Brom 3-0 at the Hawthorns to establish their title credentials.Raheem Sterling’s debut for City lasted 74 minutes before he was replaced, while Irish international James McClean also made his debut for West Brom, but was replaced at half-time as the home side went chasing the game.City captain Vincent Kompany rounded-off the scoring and said afterwards that the squad has been revitalised over the summer.last_img

August 16

Interview with Mr.Cerkez, the youngest Ironman in Bosnia and Herzegovina

first_imgMr. Timur Cerkez is the youngest Ironman in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). He is the current (18-24 category) record holder for the half ironman distance in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After September, he will have a month or two of easy training followed by preparation for the 2020 Ironman European Championship where he also plans on beating his previous record of five hours.He starts the interview by saying that his triathlon journey began early since he has a background in scuba diving so that meant a lot of swimming.“Since I was also a chubby kid trying to lose weight I added running to my regular training,” Mr. Cerkez explains.“Through diving I met one of our first ironman finishers and his stories just blew me away. I knew then that I would do the ironman,” he adds.It took two years of stagnation for that idea to come in motion but it took guts to go straight to the hardest distance so even now he understands his hesitation.When it comes to the special regime, diet and other things that are important for doing sports, Mr.Cerkez says that every person is different meaning they should have a different approach to their training goal. So, the training depends on the individual and his preferred distance.“Smaller distances like the Olympic distance triathlon require more intense workout while the Ironman is composed of long will-crushing workouts,” he explains.“I think the importance of nutrition depends on the needs of the individual. If you want better results you will need to master nutrition but for those casual racers, it’s all about doing what you like and enjoying the process (especially the eating process),” Mr.Cerkez adds.His current plan puts him at 2 workouts per day and 6 training days a week so 12-ish hours. The catch is that he truly enjoys what he does so it becomes easy after some time.When it comes to his plans for the next five years, Mr. Cerkez says he does not actually think about the future too much since thing often go as we want them to.“I would like to be able to get more people into this sport and healthy lifestyles in general. This country has so much untapped potential when it comes to sports because people are used to pushing through when it gets hard so I believe it would be a shame to throw it away. As for myself, in five years I hope to still be in this amazing sport,” he explains.For the end of the interview, Mr.Cerkez gives advice that triathlon is all about individualism when it comes to races. To be better persons should read a lot and listen to those with more experience but also understand their body and its needs. What works with some athletes might not work for others.“But also, just because it’s an individualist sport, it doesn’t mean you should spent all the time alone, use the training period to meet other athletes and get more experience. Last comment is that with other people it’s easy to get lost in all the expensive gear so I suggest those starting out should just aim to have fun and enjoy the sport,” Mr. Cerkez concludes.Interview by Zejna Yesilyurtlast_img read more

January 14

District #13 Gives Rep. Saah Joseph High Honors

first_imgOne of Liberia’s humanitarians and political standouts of District #13, Saah Joseph, has received global and national accolades and recognitions for his tremendous work during the Ebola outbreak that left thousands dead. He invested his entire time and resources to help drive back the attack of the Ebola scourge that was finally eradicated due to his, the government and its partners’ efforts.Though he worked tirelessly without wanting anything in return but to see his nation back to normal, nothing exceptional has been done as a way of paying homage to him for a job well done – until recently.Known as the “Ebola hero” or “Representative without borders” because of the way he and his team fearlessly ventured into every community in search of Ebola victims, Joseph however began his outstanding humanitarian initiatives within his district way before Ebola.That was until Sunday April 31, when he was finally given the recognition deserved, considering he has never asked for it but worked hard for it in his district.where his leadership style, especially during the crisis, which has ignited a call for him to seek a senatorial position when the time comes.This recognition came by the way of a women’s group, the Selehaja Women’s Group and Savings Club. The Club is comprised of vibrant young business women from the Mandingo ethnic group.The “Representative without borders” was honored by the group on Sunday at a well organized program in District#13 for being a savior, not just for them, but the entire country during the height of the Ebola crisis.The occasion was also attended by hundreds of residents including youths, women, men and the elderly. Also present were some stalwarts of the Coalition for Democratic Change, headed by Chairman Nathaniel McGill. Rep. Joseph is a member of the CDC.The women were glad to honor one of their own. “It is a great day to be honoring one of our own who stood with us during one of the most difficult periods in our country’s history,” the group leader, Hadja Konneh said,adding that there were several reasons Why Rep. Joseph was being honored as a true leader and humanitarian.“You made us proud during the crisis because you were the only hope for many Liberians when the virus was raging. “When Liberians were looking up for leadership when none was coming from the central government, you rose up and brought some relief,” she said.During the height of the crisis, Liberians were dying and there was no hope coming from anywhere. “You exhibited true leadership and brought relief to your people,” the group leader said.In a country where public services had virtually collapsed, there were a little over a dozen or less ambulances normally available for the country’s four million population, saving an Ebola patient often came down to phoning a politician with a true humanitarian heart.It is not the Ebola effort that shows Rep. Joseph’s true leadership qualities, she said, adding that the Lawmaker has been highly involved in the empowerment of women, youths and many other residents in the district. “Thousands of young people are being empowered by you. You have also contributed immensely to the development of women here by the markets you constructed for us and many more initiatives,” she said. Rep. Joseph supports thousands of young people at various vocational training institutions in the district.Many of the youth are gaining technical skills at many of the vocational institutions in Monrovia at the expense of the generous Lawmaker, she said.“We have done a lot here in our district and we are poised to do more. We have markets that we can boast about; we have institutions that our young people can attend in spite of lack of funds.“We have 530 young people currently enrolled at the Monrovia Vocational and technical College (MVTC). We have an additional 1800 at the Vision Vocational School,” he said.In response, Rep. Joseph said that he is not worried about his reelection at the polls in October because his works will speak for him.“I want to thank those who organized this program to honor me. This is a clear indication that we have a very good relationship in our district.”He said the honor will also encourage him to do more not just in his district but in Liberia and the world as large.He also lauded the CDC which he said is making him the kind of Representative he is today. “The CDC, along with my people of this district, worked very hard in 2011 which led to my election as Representative.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

December 26


first_imgThe Border Villages Social Integration Project will be formally launched by Cllr. Dessie Larkin Chairperson of the Donegal CDB Peace & Reconciliation Partnership on  at the An Grianan Hotel in Burt tomorrow. Donegal County Council is the lead partner on the project working in conjunction with Inishowen Development Partnership. The project has been funded by the Donegal County Development Board Peace and Reconciliation Partnership through Phase 2 of the Donegal PEACE III Action Plan.During PEACE II Donegal County Council secured funding back in 2002 to develop Town Plans for a number of Border Villages. The rationale for those Plans was to allow controlled development of these satellite villages that were under sustained pressure from the inward migration of new residents, predominantly from Northern Ireland. The Donegal County Development Board Peace and Reconciliation Partnership recognises this issue, and has supported this project to build upon the PEACE II initiative and support an intervention that would see an innovative community led programme of activity to support integration, so as to achieve greater community cohesion in these areas.This programme will run throughout 2012 and be brought to a conclusion in April 2013. Donegal County Council, as the lead partner, will co-ordinate programmes of activity in consultation with the local community groups.This project is about contact, conversation and participation. Some of the activities proposed from the community groups in the area include the following:Support towards developing shared space, e.g. community gardens.Information newsletters, flyers and community event publicity that will make direct contact with new residents in the area, sharing information and encouraging participation in community life.Support for cross-community Parent & Toddler groups, and Community Playgroups to encourage new people to attend and get involved at pre-school level.Support local schools to promote themselves to potential new pupils through school publications and open days.Support to local Residents Associations to build and develop their capacity to deal with issues of common interest.Support for cross-community events at a local level that encourage active participation of new residents.Develop activities that encourage conversation, mediation and new contact while participating in a common interest e.g. walk and talk events.Support for youth clubs to encourage new membership and create opportunities for cross-community discussions / workshops.Encourage cross-border activities that provide a sharing of experiences particularly among the youth in the  border region.While some of these are activities that have come forward from the groups on the ground. Many other activities can be considered at little cost that would have a major bearing on community relations in the border region. Commenting on the project Cllr Dessie Larkin Chairperson Donegal CDB Peace & Reconciliation Partnership has said: “As the difficult economic climate holds its grip on our people, it is more important now than ever before that we pull together as a community and we should encourage one another to get active in our localities to help us to be positive and participate in local community life.“The Border Villages Social Integration Project is a programme of activity that can support small but important actions at a local level and will endeavour to create contact, conversation and promote participation of all citizens living in the Border Towns and Villages in active community life.“I wish to acknowledge the work done to date by the Donegal County Development Board Peace and Reconciliation Partnership, to the Partnership Members and staff who support them, to the Project Officers involved and also to thank the Inishowen Development Partnership particularly  Shauna Mc Cleneghan and Mary Mc Callion for their role in the project.”© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on FOR BORDER VILLAGES TO BE LAUNCHED was last modified: November 14th, 2011 by BrendaShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County CouncilThe Border Villages Social Integration Projectlast_img read more

December 21

Whites ‘in competition with Bolton’ for Stoke striker

first_imgMartin Jol wants to pip Bolton to the signing of Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome, according to The Sun.It is claimed Fulham are competing with Wanderers in an effort to capture the former England Under-21 international, who has scored seven goals this season and is apparently rated at £4m.Terry is nursing an injury.The Guardian report that Chelsea’s interim boss Roberto Di Matteo may be forced to risk John Terry despite doubts over the defender’s fitness.Terry is struggling with a rib injury but with some vital matches approaching, Di Matteo is desperate to include him.The Italian said: “It all depends on how quick he can heal and the pain level he can sustain. As soon as that is possible to do he will train.”Meanwhile, The Sun declare that Di Matteo believes he needs to achieve a top-four finish and win the Champions League to be considered a success.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

December 18

100 years of aviation

first_imgTo mark 100 years of passenger air travel, The Guardian newspaper has produced a stunning interactive which uses live data to show every one of the thousands of commercial planes currently in the air, charts the history of aviation since 1914, and asks what comes next for the industry.The interactive is divided into four sections.The first is the live flight tracking and is fascinating look at all the flights in the air at any one time. The second is about the birth of the airline industry 100 years ago and the third charts the growth over the past century.Final section looks at growth going forward and while fascinating we don’t share The Guardian’s pessimistic outlook on the use of fuel and Co2 emissions.The facts don’t support its outlook. For instance over the past ten years, according to Airbus, while air traffic growth has grown 53 per cent aviation’s use of fuel has only increased by 3 per cent because of a host of improvements in aircraft, engines and other efficiencies.And the industry is well advanced in the use of bio fuels many of which are virtually carbon neutral.AirlineRating’s editors are about to release a new book Aviation and the Environment – The Plane Simple Truth, which highlights aviations incredible environmental record.It will be a free download.To see the Guardian interactive click here: read more

December 18

South Africa speaks at International IT Forum

first_imgSouth Africa participated in the VIII International IT Forum, the first time it took part in the annual gathering. Held over two days on 8 and 9 June, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi represented the country at the event, which was held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.Second #BRICS IT-Forum to take place on 8-9 June in the Russian city of Khanty-Mansiysk as part of @it_forum_ugra— Russia in RSA ?? (@EmbassyofRussia) May 26, 2016#SA Minister @faithmuthambi to participate in the Second #BRICS IT-Forum in Khanty-Mansiysk #Russia on 8-9 June— Russia in RSA ?? (@EmbassyofRussia) May 26, 2016The minister hailed it a success for multilateral relations. The forum allowed South Africa to expand co-operation in communication science and emergent technologies in the BRICS grouping.“The forum created an opportunity for us to develop mass media co-operation agreements and we believe that very soon, the citizens of the BRICS nation states will be shown thetrue picture of a grouping with growing economic and social ties that complement our shared histories and political development,” she said.The minister said data was at the centre of the new global economy and going forward, data analytics would provide improved government communication systems.Muthambi also initiated linking the Gauteng provincial government and the autonomous region of Okrug-Yugra to work towards entering into a techno park partnership.Advancing the field of medicine through technology was also discussed. “The creation of compatible integrated telemedicine systems in the regions of the BRICS countries is well advanced,” Muthambi said.“In fact, we are talking about the combined potential and opportunities of the largest economies of the world, containing more than 40% of the population of the planet to put their resources to protect human health, no matter where citizens live.”Joint action in this field was important, she said,because it was an essential humanitarian task to preserve human health. “Healthy citizens can fully participate in economic endeavours and reach their potential.”Good health is part of South Africa’s National Development Plan outcome 2: A long and healthy life for all South Africans. It is also a key pillar of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more