Kendrick Lamar Wins 2018 Pulitzer Prize, Marks 1st Win For Non-Jazz Or Non-Classical Artist

first_imgToday, it was announced that rapper Kendrick Lamar has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Lamar won the prestigious award for his latest studio album, DAMN., which was released on April 14th of 2017. As the organization behind the prize described DAMN., the album is “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”For the Pulitzer Prize for Music, Kendrick Lamar went up against Michael Gilbertson for his string quartet composition and Ted Hearne for his five-movement cantata for chamber choir, electric guitar, and percussion. Given Lamar’s competition for the 2018 Pulitzer, it’s not necessarily surprising that the rapper’s win is historic—Kendrick’s win this year marks the first time the Pulitzer has been awarded to a non-jazz or non-classical artist.However, since DAMN.‘s release in spring of last year, the album has received praise from fans and critics alike. The album was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and it took home the prize for Best Rap Album. Furthermore, Lamar has become recognized as a brilliant cultural force, it was recently announced that a cultural biography of the rapper is in the works.[H/T Pitchfork]last_img read more

NAFCU, White House staff talk tax reform, more

first_imgNAFCU’s Dan Berger and Carrie Hunt met in turn with key White House staff Thursday to share credit unions’ views and concerns related to coming work in Congress and the administration on tax reform, regulatory relief, strengthening the economy and jobs growth.Berger, NAFCU’s president and CEO, and Hunt, executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel, held successive meetings with Special Assistant to the President for Tax and Retirement Policy Shahira Knight, who is also part of the National Economic Council; and Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Liaison George Sifakis. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

MISSIONARIES FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE TO GATHER IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe largest ever International Gathering of Christian Missionaries is to be held in Donegal in the coming days.The Columba Community of Prayer and Reconciliation is proud to host ‘Welcome Home to Missionaries’ from Friday 7th – 9th June 2013, as part of ‘The Gathering’ festivities happening throughout Ireland.The weekend, held at the IOSAS Centre and Celtic Prayer Garden in Lenamore, Muff, Co. Donegal, will be a celebration of Christian missionaries throughout the world, with over sixty returning home to Ireland especially for this event. Archbishop Eamon Martin will open these events on Friday 7th June at 6pm.Guest speakers from Kenya and the Philippines, including three times nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize Fr. Shay Cullen, will speak of their work. This seminar will be followed by small group discussion on the question “Is Ireland in Need of Mission?”Falling on the feast of St. Columba, the weekend also boasts short dramas highlighting the work and sacrifice of Columba, Ireland’s first Christian Missionary. Missionaries representing the five continents will give presentations regarding and their own work throughout the world.On the Saturday an interactive street pageant ‘The Return of Colmcille’, penned by award-winning writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce, will parade through Derry, City of Culture for 2013, in an entertaining story awash with colour and music. The setting for this festival is in itself a joy to behold. The Island of Saints and Scholars (IOSAS) Centre and Celtic Prayer Garden lies in the idyllic and serene Donegal countryside.The unique venue, dedicated to the saints and scholars of Ireland’s Golden Age between the 5th and 12th centuries, is set amongst six acres of natural bog land, with paths laid among the wild heather and scattered moss creating a peaceful and tranquil opportunity for a walk of reflection and prayer.This year also marks the 1450th anniversary of Columba’s first mission to the island of Iona where he founded his monastery in 563AD. What better time than now then to celebrate and honour the men and women who have followed in his footsteps, dedicating their lives in service around the world.Friday 7th June 6pm: Celtic Peace Garden, IOSAS Centre: Archbishop Eamon Martin opens our seminar, and introduces the guest speakers Derek Roulston, and three times nominee for Nobel Peace Prize Fr. Shay Cullen. Group discussion to follow.Saturday 8th June: Derry City (UK City of Culture 2013) “The Return of Colmcille” Interactive street pageant written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and produced by Walk the Plank which will take place at various points on both sides of the river. Sunday 9th June: 12noon: Mass in honour of St Columba in St Columba’s Church, Longtower, Derry. All welcome.2:30pm Celtic Peace Garden, IOSAS Centre: Welcome Home to Missionaries celebration.MISSIONARIES FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE TO GATHER IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:missionariesPeace GardenThe Gatheringlast_img read more

H.S. Sidhu back as Punjab STF chief

first_imgIn a major administrative reshuffle, the Punjab government on Thursday transferred 26 IPS and five PPS officers in the State.Harpreet Singh Sidhu, who was posted as Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, has been given charge of the Special Task Force as Additional Director-General of Police. He will replace Gurpreet Kaur Deo, who will take over as ADGP (Crime). Last year, Mr. Sidhu was removed as STF chief after a reported tussle between him and the then DGP Suresh Arora.Promotion for threeThree IPS officers — Prabhod Kumar, Rohit Choudhary and Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota — have been promoted to the rank of Director-General of Police. Mr. Kumar has been posted as Special DGP and Director (Bureau of Investigation) while Mr. Chaudhary will take over as Special DGP (Policy and Rules). Mr. Sahota will be Special DGP (Armed Battalions) in Jalandhar.An official statement said ADGP (Admin) Gaurav Yadav has been given additional charge of the litigation wing. ADGP Ishwar Singh has been given charge of law and order while Jitendra Kumar Jain, ADGP (Policy and Rules), will hold additional charge of SCRB as Director.last_img read more

Listen: Brandon Harris’ High School Coach Wants Him To Transfer From LSU

first_imgLSU fans wait in line outside Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans wait outside of Tiger Stadium to watch the football team arrive between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris had a shot to win the quarterback job at LSU this season. After promising performances against Mississippi State and New Mexico State, Harris had a putrid game in the Tigers’ loss to Auburn, completing just 3-of-14 throws for 58 yards in a 41-7 loss. Harris threw just one more pass on the season, an interception against Kentucky. Harris’ high school coach David Feaster doesn’t believe that his former player got a fair shot in Baton Rouge, and encouraged him to transfer to JuCo and eventually another Division I program.Feaster: I tried to talk Brandon Harris into transferring at the break. Since he qualified, he could go JUCO, play 1 yr., go elsewhere— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster: LSU had worst passing game and best QB on the bench— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster: Brandon is dedicated to LSU. He really wants to make it work— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015You’re not biased towards your kid or another but you KNOW when an athlete could play in the collegiate level. -Wilson— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Apparently LSU is still telling WR recruits that “you’re QB, you know, Brandon Harris.”— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster said he was sick of LSU telling lies to the public.— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015If Feaster were Anthony Jennings dad, he’d be upset with Miles for saying this year was a disappointing QB year.— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Between the lack of faith in both Harris and Anthony Jennings, and the fact that LSU has reportedly had contact with potential transfers like Everett Golson and Braxton Miller, Feaster has a point. However, we totally understand why Harris would want to stick it out at a program like LSU.[247Sports]last_img read more

Nebraska OL Coach On What He Looks For In Offensive Linemen, “Best Guys That Are Tough A**holes”

first_imgNebraska flag bearer waves massive Nebraska flag.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Mike Cavanaugh, Nebraska’s offensive line coach who came to Lincoln with former Oregon State coach Mike Riley, knows what he wants to see in his current-and-future Husker players. He, obviously, wants players with talent and ability. But he wants to see something else, too. Cavanaugh wants his offensive linemen to be “tough a**holes.” Mike Cavanaugh on building his offensive line: “We are going to get the five best guys that are tough a** holes.” #Huskers— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) March 19, 2015That has to be music to Nebraska fans’ ears, who are used to watching a tough-as-nails offensive line dominate the line of scrimmage. Nebraska opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against BYU.last_img read more

CDA Hires More Staff to Investigate Child Abuse

first_imgStory Highlights The unit now has a manager and 10 investigation officers deployed island-wide The Development Agency’s (CDA) capacity to effectively address incidents of child abuse has been boosted through the beefing up of staff in its Investigation Unit.Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CDA, Rosalee Gage Grey, told JIS News that the unit now has a manager and 10 investigation officers deployed island-wide.Most of the officers have been placed in the South East Region, which comprises Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine and St. Thomas.In addition, she informed the unit is receiving assistance from students at the University of the Technology (UTech) in carrying out field investigations.This is being facilitated through a three-year agreement between the Government and UTech for collaboration in the area of child and adolescent development.Ms. Gage Grey told JIS News that the students, from Levels III and IV of the Child and Adolescent Development programme, are placed with the CDA during the summer to assist with the investigations among other activities. “That has been going pretty well,” she stated.She informed that the students have assisted the agencyto respond to cases received in a more timely manner. “We are trying to tighten the timelines in which we are able to respond to the needs of our clients and these are children and their parents,” she stated.The Acting CEO said the CDA has been having more interventions within communities through presentations to schools, churches and other community groups.“We take our mandate very seriously and with the resources that we have, we try to meet the needs of the clients through the services that we provide across the island and we believe that we are being very effective in what we do,” she said.The CDA, which falls under the Ministry of Youth and Culture, deals with reports received from the Office of the Children’s Registry, set up under the Child Care and Protection Act of 2004. This is being facilitated through a three-year agreement between the Government and UTech The unit is receiving assistance from students at the University of the Technologylast_img read more

AuroraCanniMed takeover battle goes before provincial regulators

first_imgTORONTO – An acrimonious takeover battle between two Canadian marijuana companies was in the regulatory spotlight Wednesday at a joint hearing involving the Saskatchewan and Ontario securities commissions.Lawyers for both provincial regulators argued that Aurora Cannabis’ request to lessen the consideration period for its all-stock offer be rejected but that CanniMed Therapeutics shareholders’ rights plan to push back against its suitor be removed.Kate McGrann, a lawyer representing staff at both the Ontario Securities Commission and the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan, also told commissioners at the joint hearing that Aurora (TSX:ACB) should be able to buy up to five per cent of CanniMed’s outstanding shares on the open market.Wednesday’s hearing in Toronto kicking off the joint proceedings comes roughly one month after Aurora launched an all-stock, unsolicited bid to acquire Saskatoon-based CanniMed, one of the first licensed marijuana producers in Canada, after both companies called on regulators to intervene.CanniMed has said that Aurora’s offer is inferior to its own proposed acquisition of the Tragically Hip-backed Newstrike Resources (TSXV:HIP), and launched a shareholders’ rights plan to push back.CanniMed has alleged that Edmonton-based Aurora worked jointly with some of its shareholders and Aurora has disputed this, while launching a dissident circular in a bid to thwart the Newstrike acquisition.last_img read more

Salmon habitat to recover from Trans Mountain pipeline work within 2 years

first_imgCHILLIWACK, B.C. – Fisheries and Oceans Canada says work on a Trans Mountain pipeline crossing in a British Columbia stream altered habitat for young salmon, but the creek will return to normal in one to two years.Two biologists with the department visited Stewart Creek in Chilliwack after receiving a complaint from Mike Pearson, a biologist with 30 years of experience.Pearson says the placement of 17 metres of concrete at the bottom of the stream has reduced hiding places for coho and chum salmon and inhibited growth of the invertebrates they eat. The Fisheries Department says the stream bed has been altered from soft sediment to hard substrate, but the natural accumulation of sediment will help re-establish pre-existing conditions.December 20, 2018. Immediately downstream of the TMPL ROW during a post-construction site inspection showing high water levels have reached the delineated high water mark. Sustained conditions such as these will lead to further accumulation of native substrate by natural recruitment – Trans MountainIt also says there are unlikely to have been impacts to salmon from the temporary alteration because similar rearing habitat exists upstream and downstream of the site.Trans Mountain says it agrees with the assessment by the Fisheries Department and it relies on highly qualified professionals to design and implement crossings.last_img read more

Radiological emergency mock drill to be held at NRS and South City

first_imgKolkata: A radiological emergency mock drill will be conducted at two different places in the city on Thursday and Friday to ascertain the preparedness based on the detection, protection and decontamination of radioactive consignments in case of any incident during the movement of hazardous materials.The first mock drill will be carried out at the NRS Medical College and Hospital on Thursday. The process would be conducted for two hours from 2 pm to 4 pm at the radiotherapy department of the hospital. Another mock drill will be undertaken at the South City Mall from 7 am to 9 am on Friday. A press statement issued by the state government says that people should not get panicked as the mock drill is meant to check the preparedness of various agencies and the departments. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe department of Disaster Management and Civil Defence is organising a mock drill on radiation emergency in collaboration with NDRF, disaster management group of both the city police and Bengal police, Civil Defence and Fire and Emergency Department. Various other agencies and departments such as Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Fire and Emergency Services, State Health department and search and rescue team and observers from concerned agencies are extending their support for making the mock drills a success. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayOne of the main objectives of the exercise is to reinforce the efficiency of the contingency plan of the hospital and the shopping mall and familiarisation of roles and responsibilities of the other stakeholders during any emergency situations. It was learnt from the NRS hospital sources, a scenario might be enacted for this drill both at the hospital and the shopping mall where there is always a possibility of radioactive consignment getting exposed to fire. The mock drill will be conducted at critical zones to address any possible crisis situation. A senior official from the NRS Medical College and Hospital said: “The state government has decided our hospital as the venue for conducting mock drill. We have made necessary arrangements at the radiotherapy department where the mock drill will be done.”last_img read more