Watch Killer Mike Interview George Clinton And Talk (Barber) Shop In This Special Video

first_imgLast week, NPR Music sat Atlanta rapper Killer Mike down with George Clinton and asked Killer Mike to interview the funk legend. The interview, which took place at Killer Mike’s Atlanta SWAG Shop (a.k.a. Shave Wash and Groom Shop), was special to say the least, with the musicians realizing the similarities the two share both musically and personally. The interview was recorded, so now you can watch the two get into it as they discuss a huge range of topics from their shared experiences as former and current barbershop owners to the origins of Funkadelic to getting political with music to collaborations with Outkast. You can watch the fourteen-minute interview dubbed Shop Talk below, courtesy of NPR Music.last_img read more

Vampire Weekend Teases New Songs In “120 Minutes Of Harmony Hall Guitars” Release [Watch]

first_imgVampire Weekend recently shared a two-hour long audio clip titled “120 Minutes of Harmony Hall Guitars”, which teases their new song “Harmony Hall”, set for release this Thursday, January 24th. “Harmony Hall’s” upcoming release will also be accompanied by a new tune “2021”.Recently, frontman Ezra Koenig revealed that Vampire Weekend will release an 18-track double album, FOTB, which will be preceded by the band releasing two new tracks from the record, once a month through March. The upcoming songs will mark Vampire Weekend’s first new material since 2013.Pitchfork notes, “the ‘120 Minutes of Harmony Hall Guitars’ video features a graphic labeled ‘The Sacred Tree of the Sephiroth,’ and shares a structure with the traditional ‘Tree of Life’ diagram used in Jewish Kabbalah doctrine.” Watch Vampire Weekend’s new “120 Minutes of Hall Guitars” video below:Vampire Weekend – “120 Minutes of Hall Guitars”[Video: Vampire Weekend]Head to Vampire Weekend’s website for more information and a list of the band’s upcoming tour dates.On a recent podcast episode of the “Time Crisis” radio show, Koenig dove into his love for Twiddle, marveling the band’s festival Tumble Down, as well as their song “Jamflowman”. Fans can click here to listen to the entire episode in full.[H/T Pitchfork]last_img read more

Theda Skocpol, superfan

first_imgThis is the first in a series that explores how Harvard professors spend their down time.The New England Patriots didn’t have much chance of winning their playoff game against the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday, many analysts said. But a group of supporters at Andy’s Diner in Cambridge had all put their faith in the home team — and wrote their projected winning scores on a paper napkin the week before. The betting was hot, with a free breakfast on the line.Among those diehard fans was Harvard political scientist Theda Skocpol. For years, the Cambridge resident has been a regular at the diner, along with her husband, Bill, a physicist and Boston University professor emeritus. It was Bill who won a plate of raisin French toast and bacon Monday morning for his prediction of a 36‒14 Pats win, which came closest to the 41‒28 score.Despite her losing bet (she had the Patriots at 21‒20), Skocpol was thrilled with the team’s win. Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard and the author of 21 books, and her professional passion is comparative and American politics and social policy. But her other passion is the gridiron.Over coffee and a bagel at the diner, Skocpol explained how her love affair with football began 18 years ago when she was searching for a way to relate better to her then-teenage son, Michael. “I went out and bought a bunch of books, including ‘Football for Dummies.’ I didn’t realize how intellectual this game is, as well as of course enjoyably physical,” she said. “The gladiator part, I liked too.”Eventually, Michael protested that his mother’s interest had become “too much,” joked Bill, who sat across from his wife in a booth beneath a picture of former Patriot nose tackle Vince Wilfork. But Michael was too late. Skocpol was hooked.Her son, now a clerk for Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, had unwittingly “created a monster,” teased Jimmy Dres, who runs the old-school breakfast-and-lunch place just outside Porter Square. His restaurant is a gathering spot for a few early rising fans who love talking politics, life, and football with Dres and Kelly Butler Pinksen, longtime Andy’s waitress and a Patriots convert.Skocpol is no casual fan. “She breaks down the game as good as anybody,” said Dres. “She sees it all.”,Last Sunday, the Harvard professor who’s an expert at analyzing the American political landscape analyzed the game instead. She praised the blocking of Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski and reflected on his possible retirement. She said the playoff game hadn’t been as close as the score, and credited the final Chargers touchdown to the skill of tight end Antonio Gates. Looking ahead, Skocpol said New England has a chance against Kansas City because Patriots head coach Bill Belichick “will come up with something that fits the circumstances.”Monday-morning quarterbacking at the diner is a weekly ritual for Skocpol when she’s in town. Win or lose, she greets the diner’s faithful at 6 a.m. sharp for breakfast and a game recap before work. If the Pats win, she wears her dark blue Tom Brady jersey — and keeps it on to teach her classes that day if it’s a playoff win.Tom Cunningham, building manager at the Harvard University Press, first encountered Skocpol about 10 years ago when she corrected a statistic. “We were talking football, and she piped in, and that was it. A friendship was born,” said Cunningham, who cheered for the Patriots even during their leaner, non-trophy years. “Theda’s a bigger fan than I am,” he said, “and I have been watching football for a lot longer.”Skocpol ventured to a game in Foxboro only once. After retiring as dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2007, she received tickets as a parting gift. Stuck in traffic on a cold and wintry day, she, her husband, and her son didn’t arrive until halftime. For the remainder of the game, they were “sitting in icy water.”“I decided after that I’m for TV,” she recalled.Skocpol watches a number of games on weekends and takes note of trades, stats, injuries, and even weather reports for the cities where the Patriots are scheduled to play. When the Pats make the postseason, she transforms her home into an after-Christmas football shrine. The wreath on the front door is replaced by a Patriots hat; the decorations on the tree become Patriots-themed; out wobble the bobble heads; other Patriot memorabilia covers the Harvard chair in the corner.Skocpol’s NFL knowledge has even come in handy during her research. Working on a current project that tracks the local effects of federal policy changes in non-metropolitan sections of North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, she said her ability to talk football has helped smooth her way in conservative areas that might otherwise view an East Coast scholar with suspicion. It creates a common interest.“Doors in the research open especially when I meet business group leaders. They are usually guys who care about the Steelers, Packers, etc. They rib me for being a Patriots fan, we talk a little football, and then get on with it,” wrote Skocpol in an email from Ohio. “Football is a broad American language, and it is good to speak it.”,She also talks football when at Harvard with faculty members who are Pats fans, including Robert Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy emeritus at Harvard Kennedy School, whom she emails regularly. “I just got one from him today giving the statistical odds of going to the AFC conference game eight years in a row,” she said. “He says it’s one in 100 million.”Despite those odds, she is hopeful for the conference championship against the Kansas City Chiefs, a team the Patriots edged earlier in the season. She thinks the keys will be similar to the Chargers game. “[They had] Gronk blocking along with the linemen, and they opened up the lanes for the runners and just really pushed San Diego back,” said Skocpol. “The thing about football is that the visible part is the passes down the field, but the part that may count the most is which line is able to push the other one off.”She is wary of the Chiefs’ nimble young quarterback and likely league MVP, Patrick Mahomes, “who runs and throws across his body, so he is totally dynamic. He is the Tom Brady of the future … so it’s going to be hard for the Patriots to keep up with that.”And then there are those stadium acoustics. “The other problem with Kansas City is you can’t hear yourself think,” said Skocpol.According to Guinness World Records, the loudest sports stadium roar ever recorded happened in 2014 at Arrowhead Stadium during a 41‒14 Chiefs victory over … New EnglandTo neutralize the noise the Patriots “are going to have to come up with silent counts,” she said, “and they are going to have to be disciplined on the line.”Her research travels over the next week mean Skocpol will watch the game at her sister’s home in West Virginia. But as she headed to the airport on Monday, she assured her diner friends that she will represent their team on the road.“I am taking along the jersey,” she said.last_img read more

Mexico gets China’s Sinovac vaccine paperwork for approval

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico says the Chinese manufacturer of the Sinovac vaccine has submitted paperwork for approval in Mexico. Another Chinese firm, CanSino, has submitted partial paperwork. Mexico is running out of vaccines, and has placed its hopes on CanSino’s single-shot dose. But the results of a Phase 3 trial and the estimated efficacy rate has not yet been revealed. Mexico would presumably require those figures for approval. Mexico has been promised 8 million doses of CanSino vaccine by March.  Mexico also recently approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, but won’t get that, or more doses of the Pfizer vaccine, until later this month.last_img read more

Cops: Manhattan Man Nabbed In Fatal Carjacking of LI Volunteer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Edwin Gutierrez was charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal carjacking on Friday, Nov. 28.Suffolk County police and federal agents Friday apprehended a 48-year-old Manhattan man suspected in last week’s carjacking death of a 69-year-old soup kitchen volunteer in North Bay Shore.Edwin Gutierrez was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and attempted grand larceny. He will be held overnight at the Third Precinct and will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.Suffolk County Homicide Squad detectives and U.S. Marshals arrested Gutierrez near his home on West 156th Street in Manhattan, authorities said.The arrest came exactly one week after Gutierrez allegedly attempted to steal a Hyundai from a Pine Aire Drive 7-Eleven parking lot early in the morning and then ran over the owner of the vehicle when he attempted to stop him, police said.Dionel Ramirez, of North Amityville, was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead.Ramirez left his car running while he went inside the store to pick up food he was going to deliver to a soup kitchen, police said.last_img read more

Lawmakers defend Health Minister from Jokowi’s criticism

first_img“Pak Jokowi wasn’t completely correct about [the budget disbursement]. It’s a pity for the minister,” commission chairwoman Felly Estelita Runtuwene said after the hearing.Read also: Jokowi uses reshuffle threat to spur Cabinet into actionThe NasDem Party politician explained that while the COVID-19 budget for the health sector had increased from Rp 75 trillion to Rp 87.55 trillion, of the total, only Rp 25.73 trillion was managed by the Health Ministry.Of the Rp 25.73 trillion, Felly said Rp 1.503 trillion had been allocated for COVID-19 test kits, Rp 33.53 billion for laboratory services, Rp 21.86 trillion for health services, Rp 136 billion for pharmacy and medical devices, Rp 1.96 trillion for health workers and Rp 229.75 billion for public health programs. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives Commission IX, which oversees health care, have defended Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto over President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s criticism of low spending on the health sector amid the country’s struggle to contain COVID-19.In a video of a closed-door Cabinet meeting on June 18, published by the Presidential Secretariat on Monday, Jokowi threatened to reshuffle his ministers for their slow outbreak response. He specifically called out the Health Ministry for having spent only 1.53 percent of its Rp 75 trillion (U$ 5.2 billion) budget.House Commission IX members held a hearing with Terawan on Monday morning and asked the minister about the criticism. They decided that the President’s criticism was “not completely correct”. “Of that total, only Rp 1.96 trillion is on the ministry’s DIPA [budget execution lists] and 17.6 percent has been spent; Rp 331.29 billion for health workers’ incentives and Rp 14.1 billion for compensation for the death of health workers,” she said.She added that the rest of the budget was still being reviewed by the Finance Ministry.“It is not included in the Health Ministry’s DIPA, so it can’t be spent yet.”[RA:;Frontline health workers left waiting for promised stimulus::https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/05/22/frontline-health-workers-left-waiting-for-promised-stimulus.html]The rest of the Rp 87.55 trillion allocated for the health sector was managed by the Finance Ministry and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), she added.“However, we will keep an eye on the Health Ministry’s spending, which indeed isn’t optimal.”Golkar Party lawmaker Melki Laka Lena echoed Felly’s sentiments.”The President’s speech on low spending in the health sector must be seen in the right context,” the said commission’s deputy chairman.Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMJobs law offers tax incentives to attract investment

first_imgThe government is hoping that the new tax incentives introduced in the recently passed Job Creation Law help to grow the economy by attracting more investment and creating jobs.The Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency head, Febrio Kacaribu, said Monday that the new incentives, in addition to the ones offered in Law No. 2/2020, could make Indonesia’s tax regime more competitive globally.The jobs law eliminates income tax on dividends earned in Indonesia and on certain income, including dividends earned abroad, as long as they are invested in the country. It also introduces 10 percent value-added tax (VAT) on coal and relaxes administrative sanctions and taxes for foreigners with certain expertise.The provisions in the omnibus law aim to complement several regulations in Law No. 2/2020, which was issued earlier this year to gradually lower the corporate income ta… Forgot Password ? Topics : Log in with your social account Linkedin Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Omnibus-Law-on-Job-Creation job-creation-law taxation-director-general-Suryo-Utomo tax-collection tax-revenue tax-incentivelast_img read more

BNEF: Offshore Wind to Hit 115GW Mark by 2030

first_imgThe global offshore wind market is set to grow at a 16 percent compound annual rate from 2017 to 2030, reaching a cumulative capacity of 115 gigawatts (GW) compared with 17.6GW today, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).The core markets of the U.K., Germany, Netherlands and China will drive installations, but in the next decade, Taiwan and the U.S. will also become gigawatt markets, according to the new report.Source: BNEFChina is expected to take over the U.K. and lead the offshore installations by 2022, according to the report.Looking at the U.S., BNEF increased the forecast by 85% in the new report based on new state targets, including the State of New York’s 2.4GW target by 2030.BNEF expects annual installations to peak in 2027. After 2028, the expiry of offshore wind subsidies and a lack of regulatory transparency will result in a slowdown, BNEF said.last_img read more

Ivanovich creates big impression at Leopardstown

first_img Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “Really you should be talking to Joseph (O’Brien) as he has done all the work with this horse. He’s always been a natural jumper. He handled the ground but you would imagine that he will be a horse that will appreciate much better ground. ” Copy That continued on his upward curve in the Paddy Power ‘One Account Multiple Ways To Bet’ Handicap Hurdle. Eddie Harty’s four-year-old was 11-8 favourite to back up his Galway win and after jumping the last behind Ancient Sands, stepped up a gear to score by six lengths. Ivanovich Gorbatov made an impressive start to his jumping career in the Paddy Power ‘Download Our New iPhone App’ 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown. The Willie Mullins-trained Let’s Dance was all the rage on her first start since leaving France and featured near the head of the Triumph Hurdle betting. She raced in second and passed long-time leader Newberry New turning for home, but Ivanovich Gorbatov was in her slipstream and without Barry Geraghty having to get too serious, the 100-30 chance eased past the favourite en route to a two-and-a-quarter-length victory. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

USG Senate meeting covers upcoming budget

first_imgDuring the Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting, newly appointed Treasurer Tiffany Chang announced the various budget expenses for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year.“In regards to income, we get our budget from a $64 stipend per student per semester, with a base number of 15,000 students,” Chang said. “We also get carry-over income from previous years.”Chang then discussed the budget divisions for Student Affairs programming: the volunteer center, LEAD programs and Conquest.“We’re trying to have Conquest cover more of the production part of the program because it is one of the biggest events on campus,” Chang said. “We want to take the burden off of Concerts Committee, because now they have to cover both the artist[s] and production.”All USG branches received an increase in funding for next year. The professional academic fund received $40,000 in expenditures, philanthropy received $82,000, leadership received $77,000 and discretionary received $112,000.Chang said some parts of the budget were allocated to ensure a better team dynamic and development.“It’s in our bylaws that allocations are used to better establish our team and make it more cohesive so that everybody can talk about their vision and really have a face outside of the office,” Chang said.Chang said there has also been a $2,000 increase in public relations funds.“This increase happened because this year, our USG website got hacked eight times in a week,” Chang said. “So this is for more security.”The Academic Culture Assembly also presented their proposals during the meeting. Hannah Nguyen, the incoming director of ACA, explained the assembly’s mission is to “encourage the merit of learning through interdisciplinary exploration and programming.”Some of ACA’s signature events include Beyond Books, EDmonth, TEDxTrousdale and Study Nights.Nguyen discussed ACA’s goals for this upcoming academic year, highlighting specific events that would attract a large gathering of students.“We want to foster mental health awareness and advocacy,” Nguyen said. “We also want to maximize potential of our signature events, such as Study Nights.”ACA’s Study Nights are a space for students to unwind during finals. Added features of Study Nights would include massages, puppies, a drawing wall, food vendors, free blue books and scantrons, care packages from the health center and counseling services. Study Nights have drawn over 3,000 students each semester.Other goals included growing EDmonth, solidifying its platform for education justice and establishing of the ACA community building, which ACA explained would offer support, guidance, exposure, monthly one-on-one meetings, organization meeting visits and member organization mixer events.“We just really want to expose students to the academic possibilities on campus … especially for transfer students, who might not know what major and minors they can pursue, or which student organizations they can join,” Nyguyen said.Nguyen also said ACA’s mental health awareness week runs from Oct. 5 Oct. 11. The week contains such sample events as a slam poetry night at Ground Zero, speaker events, workshops and forums.“One thing I really want to stress about mental awareness week is that we really want to ensure that this programming translates into action and change for students,” Nyguyen said.Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Chang said USG represents a base number of 16,000 students. They actually represent a base number of 15,000 students. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more