Half-year revenues at magic circle firm Allen & Overy fell by 7% as the City giant became the first to announce its financial performance results over the past six months. Revenues fell from £548m to £511m during the six months to 31 October. More than half of the firm’s turnover was generated outside the UK. The firm said that it has benefited from increased demand for high-end litigation, restructuring and regulatory work. For the year ending 30 April 2009, revenues at the firm rose 7% to £1.09bn from £1.02bn in 2007/08. Over the same period, profits fell 4% from £447m to £431m, while profits per equity partner fell 9% from £1.1m to £1m. Managing partner Wim Dejonghe said of the half-year results: ‘As expected, market conditions remain challenging for us and our clients. Despite last year’s drop-off in activity carrying over into the first few months of this year, we have recently seen an increase in our activity levels. This is highlighted by our involvement in some high-profile international instructions, such as the sale of Gatwick Airport, the government of Abu Dhabi’s bank bailouts and each of the first four major UCC foreclosures on landmark properties in the US in 2009. ‘While everyone adjusts to the new size and shape of global markets, demand for high quality legal advice remains. Now we have our capacity right and have improved cost controls, our increased activity levels mean we are cautiously optimistic about what lies ahead. We have made significant strategic investments, such as the recent lateral hires in high yield and litigation, and where we see further opportunities to improve our position we will continue to invest.’
The Iloilo-Mendiola tussle is set at 4 p.m. to be followed by the matchup between two-time defending League champions Ceres-Negros FC and Green Archers United FC at 7 p.m. The Ilonggos is at second and remains in striking distance for the League title with its 43 points, on 14 wins, one draw and three losses, behind Ceres-Negros that had 50 points. MANILA – Kaya Futbol Club Iloilo aims to keep its mastery of Mendiola 1991 FC when the two football clubs square off in the 2019 Philippines Football League today at the Aboitiz Pitch in Lipa, Batangas. Kaya Iloilo head coach Noel Marcaida reminded his players not to take Mendiola lightly as the latter was coming off a convincing 4-1 victory over the Philippine Air Force FC on Sunday. “It’s important to have control of the tempo from start to finish, especially as they (Mendiola) are coming from a commanding victory,” Marcaida said. “It’s important that we stay sharp and build momentum heading into our busy run of fixtures.” Today’s encounter will be the third time that the two teams face each other this season. Kaya Iloilo first defeated Mendiola on June 19 to the tune of 6-3 before following it up with a 5-0 blanking on July 27. “We can’t allow ourselves to concede an early goal to Mendiola like what happened in our first encounter,” Marcaida said. “Also, they are very good at defending deep and breaking very quickly when they recover possession.”/PN
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Iwade, who set a personal best of 2:23:52, had already qualified for the Sept. 15 race in Tokyo, but Kayoko Fukushi (2:24:09), who finished eighth, and Miyuki Uehara (2:24:19), who was ninth, clocked sub-2:25:00 times to meet the qualifying standard for the MGC.Sairi Maeda (2:25:25), Mizuki Tanimoto (2:25:28) and Ayano Ikemitsu (2:26:07), who placed 10th, 11th and 12th, also earned MGC berths, bringing the entry tally for Japanese women to 14.“I still had strength in my legs in the end. I think I did well,” said Iwade, who improved her personal best set at the Nagoya Women’s Marathon three years ago by 46 seconds.Iwade was eight seconds behind Fukushi in eighth at the 40-km point but moved up three places over the final two kilometers. She was the only competitor who entered the race having already qualified for the MGC.Visiline Jepkesho (2:22:58) and Valary Jemeli (2:23:01), the two Kenyan runners who moved to the front around the 35-km mark, finished second and third.The Nagoya Women’s Marathon was the last domestic chance for Japanese women to qualify for the MGC. Mizuki Tanimoto smiles after finishing 11th at the Nagoya Women’s Marathon on Sunday at Nagoya Dome. Tanimoto was one of five Japanese runners to qualify for the Marathon Grand Championship, which will serve as a qualifier for Tokyo 2020. | KYODO Kayoko Fukushi, Nagoya Women’s Marathon, Grand Marathon Championship, Reika Iwade, Miyuki Uehara NAGOYA – Namibian runner Helalia Johannes on Sunday won the Nagoya Women’s Marathon, a race through which five Japanese punched their tickets for this fall’s Marathon Grand Championship, which will serve as a qualifying race for the 2020 Olympics.Johannes broke away from a three-woman lead pack to win in 2 hours, 22 minutes and 25 seconds in the race, which started and finished at Nagoya Dome, while Reia Iwade finished fifth for Japan’s best result. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS KEYWORDS
Deputy House Speaker Hans Barchue has termed as “frustrating and disappointing” Liberia’s education system.According to the Grand Bassa County lawmaker, politics has overshadowed the learning process forcing students to be more interested in “talking politics than focusing on educational materials that will keep them on par with their foreign counterparts.”The current status of the education system is seriously “dysfunctional and needs complete overhauling,” declared Barchue.“The reading and speech capacity of our students is very poor to the extent that sometimes you feel ashamed when some of our students speak in public places.“Nowadays, on our national holidays like Flag Day, Armed Forces Day and Independence you find no programs instituted by school authorities under the supervision of the Ministry of Education befitting these celebrations and all we do is politics.“No programs (are offered) to educate students on the significance of these historical events in our country and that needs to stop right now.“This country will go nowhere when these things are not addressed because this time around, the Legislature intends to checkmate the Education Ministry about most of its deliverables projected under the National Budget,” Rep. Barchue warned.He challenged the new Education Minister George Werner, to ensure that projects captured in the Budget to be implemented by his ministry across the country are effectively executed.The House is keen on adequately performing its oversight responsibility to make sure that whatever is placed in the Budget for school construction, purchase of desks, text books, chairs and other school materials are delivered.He spoke over the weekend at a charity program in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County where thousands of books for elementary and junior high students were brought in for distribution in Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Margibi.Deputy Speaker Barchue frowned on education authorities from the three counties, particularly District and County Education Officers (DEOs & CEO) for failing to attend the program.He noted that gone are the days when government functionaries made blanket projections about projects that should be undertaken without providing specifics.“Let’s embrace development and forget politics at this time, building institutions and making sure that what is promised in the budget will be supported by the first branch of government,” Rep. Barchue urged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share This!Are you an over-packer when it comes to a Disney cruise? Going on your first cruise and not sure what to pack? Here’s some tips to help keep your bags as light as your spirits!What to Pack for EveryoneThere are some items that are must-have for everyone in your party.Passport/Birth Certificate and ID, travel documents, and insurance cardsFor some cruises, a government-issued ID and birth certificate are acceptable, but I highly recommend a passport for all cruises. For specifics about who needs what, click here. You’ll also want to bring travel documentation (phone numbers if you’re using private transportation to/from the port, info about your plane tickets, etc.), car insurance cards (if you’re driving), and health insurance cards. If you’re boarding your pets, also bring the contact information of the place where you’re boarding them. If you’re delayed coming back, giving them a courtesy call or email is a good idea. Same is true if you have someone watching your house while you’re gone. If you’re delayed, you’ll want to be able to contact them and let them know when you’ll be back.Credit cards and cash (and your DVC membership card)While you are on the cruise, it is largely a cashless system. You don’t pay for your main dining room meals, and everything that you do pay extra for (specialty coffee from Cove Cafe, merchandise, drinks from the bar, and so on) will be charged to your room. I do recommend bringing cash with you, however. Although room service is free, it’s still nice to tip the people who run to bring you Mickey bars at 3 AM. I also really support tipping extra for the four tipped positions that you encounter (stateroom host, head server, server, assistant server). In almost every occasion, they’ve gone so far above and beyond expectations that I firmly believe they’ve more than earned extra beyond the suggested daily amount. Also make sure that you have some money to tip the porters for helping you with your luggage at the port. Carrying dozens of suitcases in 90 degree weather deserves a good tip in my book! If you’re going on port excursions or plan to do a lot of shopping in foreign ports of call, check to see whether U.S. currency is accepted or whether places add a “tourist fee” if you don’t use local currency. Some places I’ve found charge 30% extra for U.S. prices compared to the price in local currency, and that can add up. If you’re a DVC member, make sure to toss in your DVC membership card, as there’s often discounts on board when you have that with you.Stateroom space is at a premium on your Disney cruise.ClothesGo ahead and put out all the clothes that you are planning to take with you. Remember to include formal clothes, day clothes, evening clothes, costumes for pirate night, a multitude of swimwear and coverups, multiple clothing changes each day, and enough shoes to make Imelda Marcos blush. All good? Now, take at least 1/3 of it and put it away. Every cruise I’ve been on (11 so far), I’ve cut back on the amount of clothes I bring, and I still end up coming home with never-worn clothes. Bring one outfit that you use for both Palo and formal night. Think about whether your kids will want to dress up for dinner or are they likely to want to stay in shorts and a shirt. If you want to dress up in the evening, bring a skirt or pants that you can wear for a couple days at dinner (as you’ll likely only wear it for a couple hours each day). Ask yourself if you really need to go over the top for Pirate Night clothes, or will you most likely skip that for a jeans and a pirate-themed t-shirt. Does your child need a costume to match every single character you’re going to see on board? Will your kid likely want to put on a swimsuit cover-up, or will a towel from the pool deck work just as well? If you’re wearing flip flops for 90% of your vacation, how many pairs of socks will you *really* need? One place where I do double up on clothing, however, is swimsuits — I always bring two per person, one to be hanging up to dry and a dry one to change into. Changing into a wet swimsuit can be extremely uncomfortable in a cool stateroom. Also, even though it may seem counter-intuitive for days where temperatures will be creeping into the 80s or 90s, make sure you pack a jacket for everyone. The dining rooms and theaters can be cold, and I’ve even had nights in the Caribbean in July where the breeze on deck has been cold enough I’ve wanted a jacket. Of course checking the weather forecast before you go is a must for cruises to non-tropical ports of call as well.Overnight bag and freezer bagsOn the last night of your cruise, unless you are doing express walk-off in the morning by carrying your own luggage, you’ll put your packed suitcases outside the door to be whisked away to see you after you leave the ship. That means that you’ll somehow need to get your sleep clothes, essential toiletries, and anything else you don’t want in your checked bags off the ship. For people who have been on more than one Disney cruise, your Castaway Club returning guest gift is likely a bag of some kind that can help with that–but the newest design of the bags certainly won’t fit the clothing for a family of four! Make sure to have some sort of overnight bag with you, whether you pack it with you for use on the last day or have everyone use a day pack that they carry with them on embarkation day and take their stuff out on debarkation day. As for the freezer bags, toss in a handful of empty ones to pack wet clothing, as you won’t have a lot of time between your beach day at Castaway Cay or your final dip in the pool and the deadline for the suitcase to be packed.The bag you get as a returning guest is a lovely gift, but it won’t hold a whole family’s overnight needs.ToiletriesYes, you are able to buy essential toiletries on board, but you will pay an up-charge, and they won’t have the full selection of items that you’d find at your local store. Bring travel sizes when possible to help save on space (and put them in a freezer bag in case any of them should leak). For women, this may be a good time to reduce your makeup routine. Especially on tropical cruises, makeup can be almost comical to maintain, and no matter how waterproof you think that mascara is, it won’t survive a day in and out of the pool. Think essentials for hair, makeup, and jewelry, and you’ll still be looking your best because you’ll be looking relaxed and sun-kissed. (Seriously, vacations make you look and feel at least 10 years younger!) One place not to skimp, however, is medicines. At a minimum I bring my allergy medicines (including topical in case of mosquito bites), something in case of stomach distress, and some form of cough and cold medicine. Again, you can find items on board (and in ports of call), but you will pay a premium and they may not have your medicine of choice. Plus, if you end up with the onset of illness at 2 AM, the shops won’t be open to sell you something to relieve your discomfort.Cell phone and power cordYes, I get it — cruises are a great time to unplug. That said, I’m a big fan of bringing a cell phone on board, even if you leave it in airplane mode the entire time. Cell phone cameras are likely as good as any point-and-shoot camera you’d be likely to pack, and the Disney Cruise Line app is an extremely helpful tool at your fingertips. Thinking about packing a flashlight or a travel alarm clock? Your phone likely has those built in. Think you’ll need to do a lot of writing on your phone to create the next great novel at sea? I bring a folding Bluetooth keyboard to use with my phone (or, if I’m going all out, my iPad mini) instead of bringing a full laptop. Also, because I know that I use electronics a lot, I do bring a portable battery and its charger. It may be useful to bring a waterproof case for your phone if you plan to use it near water (or near a frozen drink of your choice), and a small cell phone purse can be a wonderful thing to carry that phone for both guys and gals.Sun protection gearAlthough this advice can be less important on Alaska or European cruises, it is absolutely essential for cruises to tropical destinations–don’t skip on sun protection gear. Sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen are a must, and I’d also recommend a rash guard if you plan to spend a lot of time out at the beach. If you know that no matter what you do, you’re likely to be peeling before the end of your cruise, also pack some after-care lotion or aloe.Stateroom-identifying decorationsThis may seem like a bit of a waste of space, but I’ve found it is incredibly helpful to pack some sort of decorative magnet to put on your stateroom door. Yes, you will know your stateroom number by the end of your cruise — but for the first few days, having something on the door will save you steps as you won’t keep walking past it. (Speaking from experience here. Who knew the distance between forward and midship was that short?)What to Pack for AdultsSpecialty clothesIf your cruise includes a meal at Palo or Remy, make sure you read the dress code requirements and pack accordingly. If it doesn’t, give some serious thought to whether you want to dress up at all for dinner. Yes, all cruises have a formal night (and some have a semi-formal night). It isn’t a requirement to dress up, however. Feel uncomfortable being the only person not in tux and tails? Don’t fear — many people opt to skip the ballgowns on formal night. Still not sure you want to feel out of place? Formal night is a great night to do a casual dinner in Cabanas. Are you a hardcore fitness buff? Know that you won’t be able to go the length of your cruise without hitting the gym? Want to do the Castaway Cay 5k? You’ll want to bring workout gear, but ask yourself how much you really need to bring.If attending Palo or Remy, you will need to bring special clothes.HeadphonesWhether your plan includes listening to Enya encouraging you to Sail away, sail away, sail away, or Moana helping you see how far you’ll go, it doesn’t take a lot of room to toss in a pair of earbuds, and it can be a nice thing to have for sitting on a deck chair and watching the sunset.R&R itemsAlthough this fits in the “try not to overdo it” category, even though there’s plenty to do on a Disney cruise, sometimes it is nice to take some down time with a good book (or eBook reader), or play some cards on your verandah. Don’t bring the whole library or full-size board games (which are available on board the ship), but tossing a couple small items in your bag can be a fun diversion on a lazy sea day.What to Pack for KidsI’ve written my list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to packing for young kids here, but a few items bear special emphasis for kids up through the tween years.BlanketFor young children, a lightweight travel blanket can be a wonderful addition to your suitcase. During the day, your stateroom host converts the folding couch bed back to a couch. For afternoon naps, it’s still a great place to sleep, but a travel blanket makes it that much more comfy. And if the kid’s not using it, a parent might also enjoy cuddling up under a blankie for a quick nap.Special friendsYou also will want to bring a “special friend” for young kids, especially if it is the first cruise and they need a friend to help them get to sleep. But be careful not to overdo it — I’ve seen many stories about a favorite friend who got left behind on the ship. Keeping track of one friend is easy, but the whole menagerie may be hard.ToysOn my first cruise, our daughter was turning two and we brought toys. Lots and lots of toys. We put them in a drawer in the room…..and that’s where they stayed for the duration of the cruise. There was so much to do that she simply didn’t have time to play with those toys. I’ve also seen people try to bring sand toys, snorkels, and all sorts of things to use on Castaway Cay. Save your self some sanity and leave large amounts of toys at home. Maybe bring something for a young child to do during mealtime (as meals can be lengthy affairs), and maybe a small bucket and shovel for Castaway Cay. In the kids’ area on the island, Scuttle’s Cove, they have plenty of toys for the kids to play with in the sand, so whenever our daughter wants to play in the sand, off to the kids’ area she goes!Baby and toddler essentialsFor really young kids, bringing diapers, swim diapers, or training pants, plus wipes and diaper rash cream is good for peace of mind, even though it can take up a lot of suitcase space. And although there’s an abundance of food on board, if your child will have a total meltdown without a morning snack of Cheerios, it doesn’t hurt to toss a sealed box in your suitcase.Those Pesky Questionable ItemsAlthough not on my list every time, there are a few other items that I consider if I have room. If I don’t, and I find I really want them, most of them are available on board. These include:Cups and water bottles. Yes, cups are available at the drink stations. I do prefer my own reusable Tervis cup and water bottle, however, and having a secure lid makes me feel better when carrying three drinks down to my stateroom.Popcorn bucket. For a short cruise, I don’t bring one. For a long cruise, where I’m likely to see several movies and a multitude of evening shows, the popcorn bucket provides savings. If I’m really not feeling like packing it, I pick one up on the first day. Easy peasy.Spare eyeglasses. I’m now at the point where seeing anything in print without eyeglasses becomes a bit of a challenge. An extra pair doesn’t take up much room, and gives me security that I’ll be able to see everything clearly in the odd event my regular glasses break.Cooling cloths. I only bring these if I know that I’m going to be on a port excursion where it is likely to be hot or if I expect to have an outside muster station on a day with an uncomfortably high temperature. Otherwise, no need.Lanyard. Yes, you’ll get a free one unless it is your first cruise. I have one that I like with multiple pockets for the couple of cards that I need to carry different cards. It isn’t a must, but since I’m wearing it, I’m not *technically* packing it, right?Magnetic whiteboard and marker. If I’m just traveling with my family, we tend to use the chat function in the DCL app on our cell phones to keep in touch. If I’m traveling with less tech-dependent people, a whiteboard on the stateroom allows for notes to be left about who is where and doing what.Insect repellent. Yes, Zika (and other mosquito-borne illnesses) are still a thing in parts of the world. Truth told, I’ve only gotten one mosquito bite in all my sailings, and that was on a sea day after leaving Florida. Still, if you are traveling to a place with a high likelihood of mosquitoes or doing excursions that would take you to their favorite habitats, packing insect repellent is a good idea. Depending on the cruise, I have seen industrial size mosquito repellent lotion bottles available for use when going ashore, but it is not a guarantee.If all else fails, you can buy what you need or want on ship.By paring down our packing list over the years, we now carry less luggage for an 11-night cruise than we did for a 7-night cruise when we started cruising. For short cruises, I’m pretty determined to see if we can make it work with just one carry-on backpack per person. Staterooms are small, storage is at a premium, and negotiating luggage can be a source of stress. Remember, there’s very little that you can’t buy on ship or in port if you really need it, so give it a whirl packing light.Have any other must-bring items that make your list? Let us know in the comments.
Share This!Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16. (You remembered to get Dad a gift, right?) All this week we’ll be featuring advice, observations, and words of wisdom from some of our favorite Disney Dads. Up today is Pongo, the patriarch of the 101 Dalmatians clan.“As far as I could see, the old notion that a bachelor’s life was so glamorous and carefree was all nonsense. It was downright dull.” – PongoWho are your favorite Disney dads? Have you learned any fatherly wisdom from a Disney dad? Let us know in the comments.
29 November 2012 South Africa achieved a massive R2.2-billion cost reduction in the R5.9-billion tender awarded to three pharmaceutical companies on Thursday for single-dose antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for the government’s HIV treatment campaign. Making the announcement in Pretoria, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said that the majority of South Africans on state-sponsored ARV treatment for HIV would, from April 2013, need only one tablet instead of the current three per day. Motsoaledi said South Africa had managed to reduce the cost of the tender – for a single dose of the triple combination of tenofovir, entricitabine and efavirenz – by 38%, a massive saving of R2.2 billion.‘Means we can treat more patients’ The price of the three-in-one combination is R89.37, which Motsoaledi described as now the world’s lowest price for this product. The tender was awarded to South African companies Aspen Pharmacare and Cipla Medpro along with US firm Mylan Pharmaceuticals. “This new tender has moved from an original cost of R8.1-billion to R5.9-billion for two years,” Motsoaledi said. “This savings means we can treat more patients with the same budget.” Motsoaledi said, from April, all pregnant women who were HIV positive would be given the single dose combination during pregnancy and breast feeding, regardless of their CD4 count. At least 80% of patients on ARV treatment would also be able to switch to the single-dose combination, though Motsoaledi noted that those who couldn’t switch for any reason could still take individual ARV drugs.Benefits of the single-dose combination Motsoaledi said the single-dose combination had major benefits for patients, and not only in terms of compliance with the daily routine; the combination meant fewer side-effects, and easier logistics and storage. “The fixed dose combination … is more effective than dual therapy and has fewer side-effects for the pregnant mother, in addition to its convenient dosage regimen.” The drugs will be available in all 3 000 registered health facilities across the country, said Motsoaledi, adding that there would be no more delays in supply, as experienced with the previous supplier. “We have asked the suppliers to give us their commitment on this, and all three of them have done so.” Dr Francesca Conradie, clinical adviser for TB/HIV at Wits University’s Clinical HIV Research Unit, said the new combination would not be harmful to pregant mothers in any way. “Simplification of the tablets is so much easier for mothers, and it will lead to better results,” Dr Conradie said. UNAids country coordinator Dr Catherine Sozi commended South Africa for being able to access the effective drugs at a small price. “The reduction in cost is way beyond what we’ve hoped for,” Sozi said. Source: SANews.gov.za
Today, 70 percent of US consumer Internet traffic is video, and it’s growing every day with over-the-top (OTT) providers delivering TV and movies to consumers, broadcasters and enterprises streaming live events. Cloud computing is changing the landscape for video production as well. Much of the work that used to require dedicated workstations is being moved to servers in data centers and offered remotely by cloud service providers and private cloud solutions. As a result, the landscape for content creation and delivery is undergoing significant changes. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas highlights these trends. And Intel will be there highlighting how we help broadcasters, distributors, and video producers step up to the challenges.Intel processors have always been used for video processing, but today’s video workloads place new demands on processing hardware. The first new demand is for greater processing performance. As video data volume explodes, encoding schemes become more complex, and processing power becomes more critical. The second demand is for increased data center density. As video processing moves to servers in data centers, service cost is driven by space and power. And the third demand is for openness. Developers want language- and platform-independent APIs like OpenCL* to access CPU and GPU graphics functions. The Intel® Xeon® processor E3 platform with integrated Intel® IrisTM Pro Graphics and Intel® Quick Sync Video transcoding acceleration provides the performance and open development environment required to drive innovation and create the optimized video delivery systems needed by today’s content distributors. And does it with unparalleled density and power efficiency.The NAB 2015 show provides an opportunity for attendees to see how these technologies come together in new, more powerful industry solutions to deliver video content across the content lifecycle—acquire, create, manage, distribute, and experience.We’ve teamed with some of our key partners at NAB 2015 to create the StudioXperience showcase that demonstrates a complete end-to-end video workflow across the content lifecycle. Waskul TV will generate real time 4k video and pipe it into a live production facility featuring Xeon E3 processors in an HP Moonshot* server and Envivio Muse* Live. The workflow is divided between on air HD production for live streaming and 4K post-production for editorial and on demand delivery. The cloud-based content management and distribution workflow is provided by Intel-powered technologies from technology partners to create a solution that streams our content to the audience via Waskul TV.Other booths at the show let attendees drill down into some of the specific workflows and the technologies that enable them. For example, “Creative Thinking 800 Miles Away—It’s Possible” lets attendees experience low latency, remote access for interactive creation and editing of video content in the cloud. You’ll see how Intel technology lets you innovate and experiment with modeling, animation, and rendering effects—anywhere, anytime. And because the volume of live video content generated by broadcasters, service providers, and enterprises continues to explode, we need faster and more efficient ways of encoding it for streaming over the Internet. So Haivision’s “Powerful Wide-Scale Video Distribution” demo will show how their Intel-based KulaByte* encoders and transcoders can stream secure, low latency HD video at extremely low bitrates over any network, including low cost, readily available, public Internet connections.To learn more about how content owners, service providers, and enterprises are using Intel Xeon processor E3 based platforms with integrated HD Graphics and Intel Quick Sync video to tame the demand for video, check out the interview I did on Intel Chip Chat recently. And even if you’re not attending NAB 2015, you can still see it in action. I’ll be giving a presentation Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time. We’ll stream it over the very systems I’ve described, and you can watch it on Waskul.TV. Tune in. © 2015, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.
Rock and roll royalty filled the majestic Capitale Wednesday night as the national nonprofit, Little Kids Rock, hosted its eighth annual benefit in Lower Manhattan to support public school students and music teachers with donated instruments, curricular resources, and training.The sold-out event featured performances from musical greats led by Musical Director Will Lee and generated over one million dollars in donations.“Music changes kids and kids change the world,” shared David Wish, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Little Kids Rock. Those sentiments were echoed by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins who received the organization’s Humanitarian Award. Loggins spoke about being able to express himself through music as a teen when words failed and how he has watched the same in his daughter. “Music speaks to the heart,” Loggins said. ” It taught her who she is, and it taught me who I am.” Little Kids Rock students joined Loggins onstage and brought the crowd to their feet with a rendition of Mitch Ryder’s “Devil With a Blue Dress” which segued into Loggins’ toe-tapping hit “Footloose.”Loggins then joined the legendary Sam Moore in a fantastic duet of “I Thank You” after Moore drove the crowd wild with “Soul Man.” High School senior Ian Ackerman joined Moore on lead guitar for the performance. “I can’t believe I just got to play with him,” Ian said. “That man is an icon. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be on stage with someone I have so much respect for.”Speaking of respect, 30 Rock star, Tracy Morgan was brought to tears when 12-year-old Little Kids Rock student Denaijah Pimentel performed an impromptu duet of “My Girl” with the one and only Smokey Robinson. Morgan shared his admiration for Smokey as he presented him with the “Rocker of the Year” award. In accepting the award, Robinson shared how important music education is. “I am an advocate for the arts in our schools,” Robinson said. “Putting arts back into the schools where they have been eliminated from is something we all should be part of because music is the international language.”Following his remarks, Robinson performed some of his most beloved hits including “I Second That Emotion.” And backed by Little Kids Rock students, he brought the crowd to a roar with the grand finale performance of “Get Ready,” the last chart-topper he wrote for the Temptations.The event’s performances and festivities highlighted an astounding milestone Little Kids Rock had achieved this year: enriching the lives of more than 500,000 inner-city public school students through bringing them free instrumental music lessons rooted in the popular music that they know and love. Little Kids Rock provides music teachers with the training, curricula, instruments, and continuing support they need to teach their kids to be life-long music makers. Coinciding with the celebration, the event’s title sponsor, The Hot Topic Foundation, challenged Little Kids Rock supporters to help reach the next half million music makers through the Half A Million Music Makers campaign. All donations received by Little Kids Rock through 12/31/2016 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by The Hot Topic Foundation, up to $500,000!For more information about the title sponsor, The Hot Topic Foundation, click here.
If you’re going to publicly weigh the pros and cons of what a man has done then weigh both, not just the part that supports your argument…— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) February 23, 2017 Dan Le Batard said Magic Johnson’s skills don’t fit his new role with the Lakers, which Keyshawn Johnson found bigoted. (Screenshot/Twitter)Dan Le Batard quickly responded to Keyshawn Johnson and Michael Wilbon, who both criticized him for saying Magic Johnson is unqualified to lead the Los Angeles Lakers’ basketball operations.Speaking on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” show Friday, Feb. 24, Le Batard stood by his assessment.“It sounded like I was saying that [Magic Johnson] only gets jobs because he’s famous and charming,” Le Batard said. “People made the argument, ‘He’s a good businessman.’ Well, of course, he’s a good businessman. So is James Dolan, so is the owner of the [Sacremento] Kings [Vivek Ranadive], so was Donald Sterling. I was talking about, is it a translatable skill set? You’ve seen Magic Johnson’s tweets, they’re obvious. He’s not a basketball visionary when he’s raving about [Shanghai Sharks guard] Jimmer Fredette.”On Thursday, Feb. 23, Le Batard said Magic Johnson has not proven successful in any of his post-basketball endeavors. He concluded the charitable NBA great had no business being promoted from his advisory role Tuesday after the team terminated General Manager Mitch Kupchak.“Magic Johnson is charming,” Le Batard said. “But Magic Johnson was given a late-night television show because he’s famous and charming. Failed in 11 shows. Magic Johnson was given a head coaching job of the Lakers because he’s famous and charming. Failed in 16 games.”Keyshawn Johnson responded to Le Batard’s claims on “ESPNLA Mornings with Keyshawn, Jorge & LZ” later that day and defended Magic’s short-lived late-night talk show gig.“I can’t tolerate this dude!” the retired NFL wide receiver said. “I can’t tolerate him saying these things about Magic Johnson because his facts are completely wrong! He got a talk show coming out of the NBA because they were trying a late-night talk show with African-Americans … The talk show business is hard! How many people fail at it?”Johnson then implied Le Batard’s stance was founded in racism, an assertion co-host Jorge Sedano disagreed with.“I’m going to read between the lines,” Johnson said. “I’m going to read between the lines on this one. To me, he’s saying ‘because he’s a Black dude,’ that’s the way I look at it …”Michael Wilborn, co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon The Interruption,” tweeted in defense of Magic Johnson’s business acumen, saying Le Batard should have considered all aspects of the Hall of Famer’s career into account and not just his failures.So LeBatard bases Magic’s worthiness on a failed talk show and failed coaching career but not the 25 years since of success in business?— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) February 23, 2017