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first_imgTech giant Apple is currently in talks with streaming service TIDAL to acquire the platform and use it to bolster their own service, Apple Music, according to sources close to the matter. Although negotiations are still underway, and confirmation and terms of the deal are still unconfirmed, Apple’s streaming efforts would surely stand to benefit from TIDAL’s exclusive relationships with various high-profile artists like Kanye West and Madonna. The issue of artist royalties from streaming has become more and more pertinent in recent years as the record industry has shifted away from purchased digital and physical units and toward a more streaming-based model. With declining record sales, artists now have to make the majority of their money from touring, and many feel that this may have an overall negative effect on the quality and quantity of new music that new artists are able to bring to fruition. Hip Hop mogul Jay Z purchased TIDAL in March of 2015 for $56 million in an attempt to route a larger portion of the proceeds from music streaming to the artists rather than large corporations.As Jay Z said in an interview with Billboard following the purchase, “For someone like me, I can go on tour, but what about the people working on the record, the content creators and not just the artists? If they’re not being compensated properly, then I think we’ll lose some writers and producers and people like that who depend on fair trade. Some would probably have to take another job, and I think we’ll lose some great writers in the process.” Jay sold equity stakes in the company to nearly twenty other artists, marketing the endeavor as the first artist-owned streaming service and offering perks like exclusive releases for paying subscribers. The infographic below, via Information Is Beautiful, which shows the disparities between artist payouts for streaming between the various competing services, illustrates Hov’s noble intentions in purchasing TIDAL:However, Jay’s big plans for TIDAL have not gone as well as expected. A year after the purchase, TIDAL’s subscription numbers are well below expectations, still trailing Apple and Spotify‘s services by considerable margins, leading to a smaller net payout for artists via TIDAL despite their higher per-stream rates. Furthermore, a handful of artists have brought legal action against the company for problems with payment. Earlier this year, John Emanuele from the band The American Dollar filed a class-action suit claiming that TIDAL has yet to compensate the band for any of the royalty payments accrued from the streaming of the band’s 116 copyrighted songs on the platform. This has prompted Jay Z and Tidal to mount a concurrent suit against the company that sold them the service last year, saying that the user numbers they presented were fraudulent.Despite publicly remaining behind his venture, Jay Z has been shopping the company around to big tech companies for months, having reportedly taken meetings with Facebook and Samsung as well. While it is unclear how Apple would incorporate TIDAL’s current structure into their own efforts, if Apple does end up purchasing the company, the already-competitive streaming industry will become an even smaller club, consolidating more power with fewer large corporations and making it harder and harder for artists to change the status quo, as Jay and his partners originally sought to do with TIDAL.last_img read more

first_img Jersey Boys ends its 10 plus-year stint on Broadway on January 15, 2017, but for now, they’re hanging on to what they’ve got. The Tony-winning jukebox musical leapt to seven figures this past week, grossing $1,085,083. This marks its highest gross since January 2015. Expect the show’s numbers to remain in this range as crowds come to clap along to those Four Seasons tunes one last time at the August Wilson Theatre. Meanwhile, A Bronx Tale, the show expected to soothe those mourning the loss of Jersey Boys, had its highest gross so far in its opening week, taking in $723,675. With a New York Times Critics’ Pick badge to boot, expect this number to increase in its post-opening, post-press performance weeks.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending December 4:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($2,233,259)2. The Lion King ($1,899,705)3. Wicked ($1,736,046)4. Aladdin ($1,502,623)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,385,348)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Les Liaisons Dangereuses ($465,106)4. Heisenberg ($423,787)3. The Cherry Orchard ($384,179)2. In Transit ($267,726)*1. The Encounter ($183,243)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (101.89%)2. Hamilton (101.55%)3. Dear Evan Hansen (98.86%)**4. Beautiful (96.80%)5. Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (96.30%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Paramour (68.28%)4. The Phantom of the Opera (67.36%)3. Fiddler On The Roof (65.90%)2. On Your Feet! (65.21%)1. The Encounter (58.46%)* Number based on eight preview performances**Number based on seven preview performances and one regular performance (opening night)Source: The Broadway League View Comments Mark Ballas in ‘Jersey Boys'(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)last_img read more

first_imgIn her tenure with the National Park Service Davis has worked in a variety of other national parks including some in the southeast, such as Guilford Courthouse in North Carolina, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park in West Virginia, Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia and the Blue Ridge Parkway. At Yellowstone National Park a man has always held the highest ranger position—until now. Sarah Davis, a 20-year veteran of the National Park Service, has been named the park’s 18th chief ranger and the first female chief ranger to officially serve in the roll. In her new position, which Davis begins in December, she will oversee law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency services, fires, special permits and trails, among other things.  Watch for pedestrians as you approach areas with parked cars.Check for signs that restrict roadside parking.Choose a spot that will not be damaged by tires on soft ground.Do not park on a narrow shoulder with a steep drop off.Park vehicles with all wheels off the road.Check for oncoming traffic before exiting your vehicle.Know before you go as cell service is limited. Photo: U.S. Forest Service photographed parked vehicles in a roadway Fall weekends bring beautiful weather, changing leaves and hoards of hikers and leaf peepers to Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. In order to avoid blocked roadways that can lead to accidents and delay emergency responders, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is asking the public to avoid obstructing traffic while parking at popular outdoor locations.  Free screening of the documentary film MOTHERLOAD at the Vinegar Hill Theatre in Charlottesville on October 19center_img The free screening of the film will be held at Vinegar Hill Theatre in Charlottesville on Saturday, October 19 from 3:00- 5:00 pm. The event is made possible through the Greenways Strengthening Systems grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit  U.S. Forest Service asks public to “be a hero not a hazard” while parking at popular outdoor locations The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and The Piedmont Environmental Council are hosting a free screening of the documentary film MOTHERLOAD, in which a cargo bicycle becomes a vehicle for exploring motherhood in the age of climate change. The film follows director and new mom Liz Canning as she strives to understand the tension between modern life and our human need to explore the world in active ways. Along the way, Liz encounters cultural resistance in the form of bikelash, especially as it pertains to women and mothers.  Yellowstone National Park has a female chief ranger for the first time in the park’s 147-year history If trailhead parking is full and you must park on the side of the road, USFS offers these tips:last_img read more

first_img One of the Mexican men captured might be connected to the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the largest drug organizations in Mexico, the Ministry said in a statement. Ecuador, traditionally considered a transit country for drugs headed towards the United States and Europe, confiscated about 42 tons of drugs, the majority of which was cocaine, in 2012, compared to 26 tons in 2011, and 18 tons in 2010. By Dialogo May 09, 2013 The vessel sailed through Ecuadorean waters and it could not be reached by the country’s National Navy units, according to the Ministry. Three crew members who identified themselves as Mexican nationals were on board, and set the ship on fire with the drugs on board after being discovered. The seizure might be related to a case of a Mexican-flagged ship that was carrying four tons of cocaine, and which was intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard in international waters near Mexico, according to information given by Ecuador to the DEA. center_img The operation, called ‘Aluvión,’ was carried out in the provinces of Guayas and El Oro – on the Peruvian border – and also produced the arrest of five Ecuadorean nationals and the seizure of $277,000, stated the Ministry of Interior. After operation ‘Aluvión’, which included the seizure of the Mexican vessel with four tons of cocaine, Ecuadorean Minister of Interior José Serrano told the press that his country has seized 15 tons of drugs so far in 2013. On May 7, Ecuadorean authorities seized 457 kg of cocaine, which possibly belonged to the Sinaloa Cartel, during an operation where they arrested four Mexican nationals. last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Bethpage-based Kravet Inc., the industry leader in the to the trade home furnishings industry, is hosting a not-to-be-missed groundbreaking event — its first ever Designer Home Furnishings Warehouse sale open to the public.The fifth-generation family business is offering up to 85 percent off retail prices on more than 45,000 yards of upholstery and drapery fabric by the roll. Starting at $5 per yard, the possibilities are endless. More than 400 pieces of furniture, including sofas, sectionals, chairs and tables, and 300 decorative accessories, including mirrors, wall art and more will be for sale, as well as wall coverings, trimming and carpet.For 100 years, Kravet Inc. has helped designers and homeowners looking to spiff, spice, or spruce up their decor by offering superior, unique home furnishings that appeal to shoppers of various styles. The family’s commitment to innovation has helped the company grow from its humble beginnings to a global leader, representing brands and designers from all over the world. And now, for a limited time only, hundreds of these items will be available with astronomical savings.The sale of the perfect springtime opportunity to rejuvenate the home or office with materials found under one roof at unbeatable prices.Designers and design enthusiasts alike can immerse themselves in this home furnishings paradise, discovering new inventory and floor samples from luxury brands Kravet, Lee Jofa and Brunschwig & Fils. [email protected] is the go-to brand for superior decor in the widest range of colors, patterns and textures. Kravet is known for its extraordinary quality and offers the finest fabric, furniture, wallpaper, trimming, carpet and drapery hardware.Lee [email protected] Lee Jofa embodies English design with fresh and refined fabrics in a wide range of styles, including both classic and contemporary designs.Brunschwig & [email protected] Brunschwig & Fils is one of the interior design world’s most prestigious sources for exclusive fabrics, wallpapers, trimmings, furniture and carpet, with a distinct point of view.FurnitureSofas, sectionals, and chairs. Tables ranging from dining to coffee to accent and side. Kravet’s furniture is available in an array of styles, upholstered in vibrant patterns and plains, too. Choose from traditional, modern and transitional.Carpet and rugsThe world will truly be at your feet with Kravet’s wide range of both traditional and modern themed carpets in a variety of sizes, and knotted floor coverings from Nepal, India and Pakistan in sizes ranging from 3×5 up to 12×15. Featured rugs are comprised of all wool, wool/viscose, wool/bamboo or wool/silk. Styles range from traditional eastern rugs to modern and contemporary abstracts, as well as transitional patterns and textures. Decorative accessoriesEmbellish simple sofa pillows with vibrant trimmings. Vases, bookends, wall mirrors and more can enhance a home’s style in an instant.WallpaperAccent any space with superior style, durability and dimension with Kravet’s permanent wall coverings, available in vinyl, grasscloth textured wallpaper and more. Choose from a variety of colors and patterns—geometric, striped, traditional and the ever so elegant chinoiserie.FabricReupholster living room or dining room furniture or create delightfully delicate drapery. Fabric is available in hundreds of styles, colors, patterns and textures. Choose from weaves and textures to prints, in wool, chenille velvet, linen, cotton and more in a traditional, floral or modern style or bold solids to make a statement.Doors will open for designers on April 26 & 27 and the public on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shipping will be available on premise. Credit cards will be accepted.Kravet is located at 225 Central Ave. South in Bethpage. Call 516-293-2000 for more information.last_img read more

first_imgThe villas also have matching $1.595 million price tags.The main has an ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and balcony while the other two bedrooms have build-in wardrobes.Mr Spence said the downstairs living areas were his favourite part of the villas.“I think the kitchen area opening up to the pool is special,” he said.The villas are listed on the market for $1.595 million each. Why close the house up when you live in a city with amazing weather year-round. The gourmet-style kitchens have fully-integrated fridges, pyrolytic ovens and marble island benches with matching splashbacks.The living areas flow seamlessly outside onto decks with gardens and plunge pools.Upstairs, there are three bedrooms. Now that’s a beachside villa.MARBLE, Blackbutt timber floors and imported Turkish ceramic tiles characterise a pair of contemporary villas at Mermaid Beach.No expense has been spared in the design and construction of the Petrel Ave residences, which are 250m from the beach.Owner Rory Spence, who designed the villas, said they had a modern style unlike many other properties on the Gold Coast. Who wouldn’t want to cook in this kitchen. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe deck is designed for entertaining.“I guess it’s a bit of a twist on the contemporary beach house,” he said.The two-storey properties have similar floorplans with an open kitchen, living and dining area forming the centrepiece.The living areas are framed by floor-to-ceiling windows and doors to make the most of natural light.MORE NEWS: Rare position attracts house hunters in droves MORE NEWS: Tree house snapped up for almost $2m Every inch of the bathrooms are luxurious. The matching villas each have three bedrooms.last_img read more

first_imgTreñasparticularly wanted to see local war heroes such as Teresa Magbanua, GeneralMartin Delgado and General Macario Peralta in the murals. Accordingto Mayor Jerry Treñas, once done the Sambag murals would be inaugurated on Oct.24. “Sa Muelley Loney pila ka buildings(owners) nagsugot nga pintahan ta,”said Treñas. This mural in Barangay Sambag, Jaro, Iloilo City features prominent Iloilo structures such as the provincial capitol, city hall, Iloilo Convention Center, old Jaro municipal hall, the jeepney, and Dinagyang Festival Warriors. The city government will beautify the metropolis with murals, artworks painted or applied directly on walls or other permanent surfaces. The first batch of these murals would be painted in Barangay Sambag, Jaro district. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Gusto naton mga local artists ang maobra,” said Treñas. “Para nga madumduman sang mga Ilonggo ang mga heroes naton,” heexplained. Asidefrom walls, the city mayor said, overpasses and even posts would be painted,too. AfterBarangay Sambag, the next walls to be painted are those along Muelle LoneyStreet in the City Proper. center_img Topreserve the murals and protect them from vandals, the city mayor said,barangay officials and residents would be enlisted to take care of them./PN FineArts students of the University of San Agustin and Iloilo Science andTechnology University would be tapped for the murals. Buthe also appealed for volunteer artists. Thefirst batch of these murals would be painted in Barangay Sambag, Jaro district. DaviesPaints would provide the paints. ILOILOCity – The city government will beautify the metropolis with murals, artworkspainted or applied directly on walls or other permanent surfaces.last_img read more

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first_img The Chelsea manager and the Frenchman endured a difficult relationship during the Mourinho’s first stint at Stamford Bridge, when he infamously called his Gunners counterpart “a voyeur” for commenting on his rivals. However, Mourinho told how a series of chance meetings at several football tournaments following his 2007 Chelsea departure led the two men to form an unlikely friendship. Jose Mourinho has revealed his new-found respect for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. “I started meeting him in UEFA, at the Euros (European Championships), the World Cup, we had dinner and so on,” the Portuguese said in several newspapers. “And when you are not in the same league and when you are not playing against each other, it is easier to know people, it is easier to go deeper. It is easy to speak about football, he’s a very nice guy. “I respect him a lot and I will show my respect always. (In) football sometimes even if you are friends and respect each other, you say something the other doesn’t like and you react. “But at the end of the day I respect him a lot and I have the feeling that he is the same in relation to me. I wouldn’t bet on one single problem between us.” Mourinho also claimed he never doubted the intentions of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. The pair parted ways by mutual consent in September 2007, with Mourinho leaving the club as its most successful manager with six trophies in three years. However, the self-titled ‘Special One’ returned to the Blues this summer after spells at Inter Milan and Real Madrid, and hailed the Russian’s foresight. “There was always the question, ‘When is he going to sell it?’ ‘Is he in love with the club?’ ‘Is he in love with football?’ ‘Is he doing this for the right reasons?'” Mourinho said. “Peter Kenyon (then chief executive) and I were worried about just creating the right conditions and having a good base. Roman was always going for more, always going for the future. He said, ‘If we can build 15 pitches here, why build only four?’ “We said: ‘Because four is what we need now – two for the first team, one for the reserves and one for the youth’. He said: ‘No, no, if we can build 14 or 15, then do it for the future, for the kids. The thing is not just to have the reserves and the first team here, it’s to have all the teams here. Why train at Brentford if we can have everybody here? So the academy has the same conditions as the first team’.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgFollow Nick on Twitter @NickSelbe Following USC’s 14-10 loss to Notre Dame, interim head coach Ed Orgeron focused on the positives from the game, most notably his players’ effort, rather than the negatives. Orgeron has his team’s sights set on shoring up its self-inflicted mistakes as it prepares to play Utah on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.Injury woes · Redshirt junior tight ends Randall Telfer (above) and Xavier Grimble were both ruled out for Saturday’s game against Utah. Their absence leaves USC with only one healthy scholarship tight end available. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“There were a lot of positives to come out of the game,” Orgeron said. “Guys fought really hard to give us a chance to win. Obviously, we have to eliminate the penalties that really put us back in some bad situations, especially towards the end of the game.”Open AuditionsJunior kicker Andre Heidari continued to struggle against Notre Dame, missing twice in three attempts. For the season, Heidari is 6-for-11 in field goal attempts and just 2-for-7 in kicks 30 yards or longer. Because of his ineffectiveness, Orgeron has decided to open the kicking competition this week in practice.“We need to make field goals,” Orgeron said. “We’re gonna open up the field goal kicking competition this week to see who’s the best one out there. Andre has done a lot of good things for us, but we’ll give somebody else a shot this week in practice.”In 2011, Heidari was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award for the nation’s best kicker and was named first-team All-Pac-12 after making 15-of-17 field goal attempts. Last season, he dealt with injuries and made just 10-of-16 field goal attempts, but still made the 2012 All-Pac-12 honorable mention list.Tough Up FrontThe Trojans’ much-maligned offensive line played well at the onset of Saturday’s game, but wilted in the second half. Notre Dame’s top two defensive tackles, Louis Nix III and Stephon Tuitt, eventually wore down USC’s offensive line and made it difficult to open up running lanes.“We struggled a little bit in the second half, especially in some crucial situations,” Orgeron said. “Tuitt is a really good player and he gave us some fits. We thought that we played pretty good against Nix inside, but in some crucial times, their defensive lines made some plays.”USC finished the game with 129 rushing yards on 31 carries, good for 4.2 yards per carry. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler was sacked twice, and Notre Dame finished with seven tackles for loss.Injuries MountingAs if USC’s injury woes couldn’t get any worse, Orgeron had more bad news about his team’s health. Redshirt junior tight ends Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble were ruled out for Saturday’s game, as well as freshman tailback Justin Davis.“Randall and Xavier are gonna be out, I don’t know how long, but they’re not gonna be playing this week,” Orgeron said. “Davis will be out, and Marqise is questionable again. We have a lot of guys questionable.”Gaining ConfidenceLost in the team’s overall poor play has been Kessler’s steady improvement throughout the season. Since taking over as the team’s full-time starter, Kessler has completed 61 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. This has led to a renewed sense of confidence in the Trojans’ signal caller.“I really like the way Cody’s playing,” Orgeron said. “He’s making plays, running the ball, making good decisions. He had that one interception [against Notre Dame], he’s had one turnover in two games. He’s really becoming a leader and has a lot of gumption. He has a lot of guys believing in him.”Tough ChallengeLooking ahead to Utah, Orgeron noted the team’s strong performance in big games. The Utes notched their biggest win since joining the Pac-12 two weeks ago when they defeated Stanford 27-21. Utah has given USC fits each of the last two seasons, with the Trojans’ two wins coming by an average of just 9.5 points.USC’s offensive line will likely be tested yet again against a very stout Utah front seven.“[Utah is] a powerful team,” Orgeron said. “Good on the lines, very big offensive line, great running game. They gave Stanford problems, obviously. Their defense leads the Pac-12 in sacks. They get up for big games, and we know they’ll get up for us.”For the Trojans, the focus is on regrouping after a tough loss and getting a much-needed conference victory to jump back into the race for the Pac-12 South crown.“Here’s the deal: We told our guys this is game three of our new season. Utah is ahead, now we’re just gonna take it one game at a time. Be positive. Bounce back. Rely on the team — one heartbeat. Continue to move forward and fix the things that we did wrong.”last_img read more