When you see the words “Metallica” and “Napster” in the same sentence, it’s hard not to think the worst. Napster was integral in starting the massive shift in the music industry that has rendered your CD collection essentially obsolete, and metal giants Metallica were integral in bringing the fledgling company down in 2000.After Napster gave the masses access to an endless pool of free music via their pioneering peer-to-peer file sharing platform, Metallica was among the most vocal to speak out against Internet music piracy, filing a lawsuit against the company in early 2000. In a statement to congress in July of 2000, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich lamented, “Napster hijacked our music without asking. They never sought our permission. Our catalog of music simply became available for free downloads on the Napster system.” At the time Metallica were upset over “I Disappear,” a song recorded for the Mission: Impossible II soundtrack which, much to the band’s dismay, leaked and actually received radio airplay before the final mix was even completed. The band soon discovered their entire catalog was up on the P2P network. Metallica has stated that they were never financially motivated to file the lawsuit but rather simply wanted control of their music.Metallica v. Napster, Inc. became a landmark case for the music industry. Along with effectively shuttering the notorious tech start-up (and many programs like it–remember LimeWire? Kazaa?), the case began to set a precedent for Digital Rights Management, an issue which remains at the center of the Internet-centric modern music marketplace.However, while disputes over streaming royalties, exclusive releases, and more continue to inspire conflict between artists and the Internet companies that peddle their work, it seems that Metallica and Napster have mended fences: Yesterday, Napster announced that Metallica’s entire catalogue will now be available on their platform . Yes, you heard that right. As if 2016 hasn’t already been strange enough, you can once again get Metallica’s music on Napster.Having since cleaned up their act and relaunched as a legal subscription streaming service, the company delivered the news yesterday, amid significant buzz around the rollout of Metallica’s new album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct this week. “The release of Metallica’s new album comes at an incredible time for streaming music with streaming subscriptions accounting for almost half of industry sales in the first half of 2016,” Napster said in a statement. “Today, Napster is a legal, paid subscription service with a catalog of over 40 million tracks. We are thrilled to bring Metallica’s full catalog–including their latest new album–to Napster subscribers around the world.”Metallica’s new album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, is being rolled via various platforms this week, with the official release set for this Friday, November 18th.[h/t – Billboard]
Music icon Paul McCartney is preparing to release his brand-new solo album, Egypt Station, on Friday, September 7th. To celebrate the new album, McCartney is heading to New York for a secret release show, which is set to be webcast live for free via YouTube at 8:30 p.m. on Friday.Paul McCartney – Live From NYC – Free Webcast[Video: PAUL McCARTNEY]The mysterious live performance is not the only aspect of McCartney mania hitting the Big Apple to celebrate Egypt Station. McCartney will also hit 30 Rockefeller Plaza tonight, September 6th, for a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In addition, if you happen to be buying a ticket for the New York subway system this week, the ticketing machine may just give you a special piece of Paul McCartney memorabilia: custom promotional Paul McCartney MetroCards. Sir Paul has been building the anticipation for his new album for months. Since the album’s announcement in June, McCartney has shared several singles from the LP, including “I Don’t Know”, “Come On To Me”, and the innuendo-centered “Fuh You“. He’s also done a number of promotional appearances to promote the release, including a nostalgically staged stroll across Abbey Road and a tear-jerking “Carpool Karaoke” segment with late-night TV host James Corden.In addition, McCartney has begun rolling out dates for his ‘Freshen Up’ Tour, marking his first full-blown live shows since his 2016–2017 ‘One On One’ Tour. So far, his only confirmed North American dates include four September stops in Canada as well as late-Spring 2019 shows in Raleigh, NC; Greenville, SC; Lexington, KY; Madison, WI; and Moline, IL; with further dates expected to be announced. See below for a full list of upcoming Paul McCartney tour dates.Upcoming Paul McCartney ‘Freshen Up’ Tour DatesSeptember 17: Quebec City, QC – the Videotron CentreSeptember 20: Montreal, QC – Bell CentreSeptember 28: Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS PlaceSeptember 30: Edmonton, AB – Rogers PlaceMay 27: Raleigh, NC – PNC ArenaMay 30: Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness ArenaJune 1: Lexington, KY – Rupp ArenaJune 6: Madison, WI – Kohl CenterJune 11: Moline, IL – Taxslayer CenterView Tour Dates
Read Full Story Harvard University has been awarded a $506,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for use by the Harvard Art Museums to establish a new Summer Institute for Technical Studies in Art (SITSA). The program, designed for graduate students from art history programs across North America who are interested in broadening their experience with object-focused technical inquiry, methodologies, and instruction, will begin in June 2017. It builds on the accomplishments of the Summer Institute in Technical Art History (SITAH), developed by and conducted at New York University over the past five years.The new Institute will emphasize holistic interdisciplinary training by providing access to the robust collections of the Harvard Art Museums and neighboring institutions’ collections, as well as the expertise of curatorial and conservation staff, faculty, living artists and others whose knowledge may be relevant to specific themes of the workshop. The curriculum is designed to reveal the intrinsic power of art—through close looking at artworks in local collections, a variety of demonstrations and hands-on experimentation with artistic materials and techniques, lectures and discussions, and visits to artists’ workshops.“The Summer Institute for Technical Studies in Art will expose emerging scholars and aspiring museum professionals to meaningful object-based experiences, and will help them establish a professional network committed to interdisciplinary collaboration in the areas of conservation and physical history of art,” said Martha Tedeschi, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums.
Accompanied by advocates for disabled Vermonters, Governor Peter Shumlin today signed S.90, a bill designed to ensure the state’s statutes, policies and other documents use respectful language when referring to people with disabilities. The bill creates a working group to, among other tasks, identify words that should not be used in Vermont statutes and regulations, and suggest words that reflect a positive view of people with disabilities. In addition, the report will identify specific statutes related to respectful language that should be addressed by lawmakers. ‘In addition to being respectful in our day-to-day language, we need to review our official documents and policies and remove the words that are hurtful and demeaning toward our disabled friends, family members and neighbors,’ Gov. Shumlin said. The committee membership includes appointees by the Governor, at least one high school student, the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights, Green Mountain Self-Advocates, the Vermont Center for Independent Living, Vermont Psychiatric Survivors and others. ‘I personally thank these groups and everyone involved in bringing this issue to the forefront,’ Gov. Shumlin said. The report is due to lawmakers by Nov. 1.Source: Governor’s office. 5.11.2011
Brazil hopes to capitalize on the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games to advance its goal of becoming the world’s third largest information technologies and communications market, said an industry senior executive in an interview. “Today we are the fifth largest market in the world of information technology and communication (ITC), valued at $ 210 billion dollars,” said Antonio Gil, President of the Brazilian Association of Companies (Brasscom). Brasscom, which includes local and foreign companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Ericsson and Lenovo, is developing a study with global management consulting firm McKinsey on how Brazil can reach third place worldwide, after China and the United States by 2022. Gil, a former IBM executive, said Brazil’s ITC strengths include its sophisticated financial services, electronic voting and tax systems; as well as, the widespread use of these technologies in energy, agriculture and industry. In 2010, Brasscom, which works closely with the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology and other government agencies, coordinated the development of a roadmap that identified opportunities for information technology in the two major sporting events. “Data from this study revealed that these major sporting events will generate investments of about $57 billion, of which 10% will be allocated to information technology, either directly to data and image transmission systems, or indirectly to areas of security, health, transportation and infrastructure,” the association pointed out. “For the Olympics, it is estimated that 36 billion images will be sent from Rio [de Janeiro] to the rest of the world”, illustrated Gil. “Today, Brazil has 250 million cellular phones, more than the population (of 191 million). But they are expensive due to high taxes, equivalent to 45% of the total price. Imagine if such taxes could be lowered by half,” he added. This month, the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology announced a $250 million dollar program to promote initiatives in the software and information technology industry, in an attempt to reduce the gap with developed countries. The goal is to train 50,000 new professionals by 2014, and 900,000 by 2022, all of whom will be added to the current 1.2 million professionals in the sector. The government also recently launched a $2 billion dollar program called “Science without Borders,” which will award 75,000 scholarships to Brazilian students over the next four years so they can attend prestigious foreign universities. Information technology currently represents around 4.5% of Brazil’s gross domestic product, a figure that should increase by 6.6% in 2022, according to Brasscom. The country has 74 technology parks, located mainly in the richest regions of the south and southeast, according to the Brazilian Association of Developing Entities of Innovative Entrepreneurship (Anprotec). By Dialogo September 04, 2012
By Olufemi Terry / Share America September 25, 2019 Along with licenses issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, these measures provide safeguards for the Venezuelan people’s access to humanitarian goods and activities of the interim government under Juan Guaidó.“The United States is acting assertively to cut off Maduro financially and accelerate a peaceful democratic transition,” U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said of the U.S. sanctions at a meeting of the Lima Group on August 6 in Lima, Peru.In issuing the executive order, Trump cited Nicolás Maduro’s “continued usurpation of power” and the former regime’s human rights abuses. Since Maduro came to power in 2013, his corruption and economic mismanagement have brought economic disaster to a country that was once the richest in South America. According to U.N. reports, more than 4 million Venezuelans have been displaced.According to credible reporting by nongovernmental organizations, the regime has committed 6,856 extrajudicial killings and arrested 2,939 people on political grounds in the past year.In response, the U.S. has enacted multiple sanctions targeting Maduro, his family and members of his regime, as well as entities that enrich the former regime. Fifty-five countries, including the United States, have recognized Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president.The new sanctions prohibit U.S. persons (including anyone present in U.S. territories) from transacting business with the former Maduro regime.Some countries have been supporting Maduro in the hope of recouping earlier loans.“Do not double down on a bad debt,” Bolton warned in discussing the latest sanctions. “The quickest route to getting repaid is to support a new legitimate government.”
The US Open Tennis Tournament was just over a week or so ago. Serena Williams was dominant in taking the women’s title again. She is certainly one of the most dominant figures in tennis today, and for that matter, in the history of the game. If you think about the older tennis champions, they were all smaller in build than the modern player. Most of today’s ladies are on the upper range of height and build, and they hit the ball with tremendous force. Gone are the days of volley tennis and here to stay seems to be power tennis.The men’s game is the same. There are 2 or 3 men on the pro tour who are 6’7″ or taller. They hit the ball at a speed of nearly 150 miles per hour. You just thought Aroldis Chapman could throw the baseball hard, but his speed is slow compared to these serves. Also, think of the court coverage that these tall men have over someone like Arthur Ashe.When you think about it, this is the same trend that is taking place in all phases of human development. Most people are bigger and stronger today. If you don’t believe so, go to the historical museums in Washington, D.C., and check the size of the beds that our forefathers slept in. Tennis player Eisner would need 2 of these beds put end-to-end so he could lay down in them.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Public Safety approved State Representative Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) proposal that would provide funding for the Indiana Fire Academy.According to Frye, the Indiana Fire Academy operates based on a ‘spoke and wheel’ management style with a central location branching out to regional facilities, which can be used by all Hoosier firefighters and first responders to host classes and training.Frye said the academy will also offer training in water rescue, hazmat emergencies, low and high angle rescue and vehicle crash site rescue.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/FryeFireAcademyFunding.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Frye’s proposal, House Bill 1309, heads to the House Committee on Ways and Means for further consideration.
Nick Trenchard was the IMCA Modified winner Saturday at Southern Oregon Speedway. (Photo by Carole Bryan, Shadows of Light Photography)By Don Martin IIWHITE CITY, Ore. (Aug. 18) – Taking the lead from Jantzen Knips on the fourth lap, Nick Trenchard went on to win his second IMCA Modified main event Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway.It had been a last-minute decision for Trenchard to go racing. He’d won the $2,000 prize in the Roger Haudenshild Tribute race earlier this year and has positioned himself as one of the favorites to win the $5,000 R. Charles Snyder Salute on Labor Day Weekend.Knips raced into the early lead ahead of Duane Orsburn. Dave Duste Jr. led Trenchard around Orsburn on the second lap and a high pass on the fourth lap gained Trenchard the lead.Moments later, Knips spun for a caution flag. Trenchard pulled away after a couple later restarts and won ahead of Albert Gill and Zach Fettinger.Matt Sanders became the seventh different Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner in as many events this season at White City, holding off a late challenge from Rich McCoy.
Sherwood saw his fifth-placed side maintain the pressure on Liverpool in fourth with a thumping 4-0 victory at Newcastle on Wednesday night, their first win in the league at St James’ Park since August 2004. Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Fulham kept them three points clear, but the Spurs manager is confident there will be twists and turns to come. Sherwood said: “It’s very tight. I see it going down to the last month of the season, that’s for sure. “It’s going to be tough for anyone to maintain the run we are all having. We seem to be not climbing above anyone at the moment, you are not letting yourself get free in that fourth spot. “Liverpool are doing excellently and we have just got to make sure we keep breathing down their necks. “Liverpool are up there at the moment and you would say that they are favourites (for a Champions League place), but we think we can put a charge together. We have got to believe in that. “We know how difficult it is going to be. But it’s not only Liverpool, there are other teams in this race.” Striker Emmanuel Adebayor fired the visitors ahead in the 19th minute after Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul could only parry Nabil Bentaleb’s left-wing cross into his path, and that was to prove something of a theme. Krul could not hang on to the Togo striker’s stinging 53rd-minute shot either and Paulinho stabbed in the rebound, and although the Dutchman made a good stop to deny substitute Andros Townsend seven minutes from time, Adebayor scuffed the loose ball past him. Krul’s misery was complete with two minutes left when substitute Nacer Chadli sent a long-range shot across him and inside the far post to wrap up a comprehensive win. Asked if he could demand any more from Adebayor, who now has nine goals since being recalled to the fold, Sherwood said: “We are always asking for more, but I am not sure we are going to achieve that at the moment. He’s at the top of his game. “He’s a real credit to the football club at this present moment in time. He’s an example for all our young players to look up to, someone who applies himself on and off the pitch and the training field. “He never leaves anything on the training field, he works very, very hard and it mirrors that when he steps on to the field.” Sherwood and his players left a wintry Tyneside revelling in a fine performance and deserved victory, but as they headed south, a post-mortem was taking place in the home dressing room. The defeat was Newcastle’s fifth on the trot on their own pitch in all competitions. It was also the club’s fourth home loss in succession in the league, the first time they have endured such a run since 1987. In addition, the last three games have seen them concede 10 goals, score none and fail to pick up a point, and despite the sale of Yohan Cabaye and injury and suspension problems, that was simply not good enough for manager Alan Pardew. The 52-year-old, who marked 150 games at the helm, said: “I don’t want to stand there in my 150th game and watch a performance like that. I don’t care about how good Tottenham were, it doesn’t interest me. “They were good, but my team has to be better than that. I am not going to go into any more detail than that. “I made my views very clear in the dressing room. That’s where they will stay.” Meanwhile, Sherwood confirmed that midfielder Erik Lamela could be out of action for a month. He said: “It’s not good. He had a thigh strain and he over-compensated and now he’s got a back injury. We are hoping it won’t be months, but it may be a month or so.” Press Association Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood is expecting the battle for the top four to go all the way down to the last month of the Barclays Premier League season.