How much do you owe me?

first_imgIf you don’t know how much mortgage commission is due to you, then a new app has been launched that – along with its introducer portal – enables agents to be given real-time information on all their mortgage referral leads including commission owed and progress.Built by Bournemouth-based tech firm Introvice, the service is claimed as a first for the estate agency business.Called My Business Leads, the whole system including its app is free for estate agents to use; it is the financial and mortgage advisors that they refer mortgage leads to who pay for the service, for a fee of £36 a month.Estate Agents can contact Introvice or recommend the system direct to their existing mortgage advisors and be rewarded with a £50 Amazon voucher for any that join.Alternatively, they can contact Introvice to find advisors in their area already using the system.“We’re really excited to launch a system that works brilliantly for both financial advisors and estate agents,” says its sales director Katie Hartley.“The days of relying on spreadsheets and emails is now a thing of the past, which makes it a win-win for all involved.”Introvice is not the only company trying to recently disrupt the mortgage referral world for agents. Just before the pandemic began, hybrid firm Agency Online said it would pay mortgage brokers £500 to refer its home selling service, which will be paid out of its average post-completion fees of £775.introviceagentonline Bournemouth-based tech firm Introvice My Business Leads real-time information on all their mortgage referral leads Katie Hartley proptech app December 17, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » How much do you owe me? previous nextProptechHow much do you owe me?The Negotiator17th December 2020049 Viewslast_img read more

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Assistant Professor, Citrus Genetic Improvement Horticulturist (53270)

first_imgIndividuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/68864and submit:Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the positionand qualifications relative to the credentials listed aboveCurriculum vitaeContact information (including email addresses) for three (3)individuals willing to write letters of recommendationUnofficial transcripts This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 60%research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 40%extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) available in theCitrus Research and Education Center, Institute of Food andAgricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. Thisassignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Ahorticulturist with training in plant breeding, fruit treephysiology or fruit tree management is being sought to join theUF-CREC citrus genetic improvement team. The successful candidateis expected to become intimately familiar with the UF-CREC citrusgermplasm and current breeding program activities, and wouldparticipate in the identification and evaluation of advancedselections in scion and/or rootstock field trials withcollaborating growers throughout the state. The successfulcandidate will develop a research program that also focuses on thedevelopment of production and management systems for newly releasedand advanced processing or fresh fruit scion selections, as well asrootstock candidates, emerging from the citrus breeding pipeline.Research may also include determining the optimum rootstock(s) andtree spacings for specific selections; addressing any emergingproblems with new selections, including disease management, treeand fruit characteristics, canopy management, fruit thinning, etc.,as necessary to maximize yields of high quality fruit. Thesuccessful candidate is expected to participate in the fruit/juicedisplays that are held several times during the season, and todevelop an extension program that will support and encouragecommercialization of UF-CREC scions and rootstocks by providinginformation to growers derived from scion/rootstock field trials,on how best to grow them to maximize tree survival andproductivity. Extension information will be delivered throughtimely research and extension publications, field-daydemonstrations, and through the UF-CREC Citrus Improvement website.Interaction with collaborative growers and research programs fromthe wide range of other disciplines represented at the CREC (soilscientists, plant pathologists, entomologists, economists,engineers, food scientists and microbiologists) is expected. Thefaculty member will be part of a core team of scientists thatrespond to emerging citrus industry threats, needs, andopportunities. Tenure will accrue in the Horticultural SciencesDepartment . The faculty member will participate actively inundergraduate and graduate education by chairing graduatecommittees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis anddissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, andpublishing the results with his/her graduate students. The facultymember will seek contract and grant funding to support his/herprogram. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty areexpected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas– Research, Teaching and Extension – regardless of the assignmentsplit specified in the position description.Background Information:The successful candidate will be located at the Citrus Research andEducation Center, Lake Alfred, FL. The CREC is an internationallyrecognized research center with research, extension, and teachingprograms in agricultural engineering, biotechnology, breeding andgenetics, horticulture, economics, entomology and nematology, plantpathology, physiology and biochemistry, post-harvest, soil science,water management, fresh fruit handling and processing. The Centerhas a staff of more than 250 people including 25 faculty members ofthe Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University ofFlorida. See the CREC website for more information ( http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu).Required:An earned doctorate in Horticulture with emphasis on fruitbreeding, physiology, management, or a closely related discipline,is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbaland written communication, interpersonal relationships, andprocurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive ofthe mission of the Land Grant system. Candidates must also have acommitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, globalinvolvement, and accountability. Experience in horticulturalphysiology, plant breeding, and field trial experimental design andstatistical analysis is required.Preferred:Postdoctoral experience is highly desirable. Preferred expertiseareas include post-harvest physiology, molecular genetics, genomicsand biology, plant stress biology, host/pathogen relationships, andbiochemistry, as related to plant production.This position has been re-posted. Previous applicants are stillunder consideration and need not re-apply.To ensure full consideration please apply online and submitadditional materials by February 28, 2021. Position will remainopen until a viable applicant pool is determined.NominationsNominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the completename and address of the nominee. This information should be sentto:Please refer to Position # 53270Dr. Fred G. GmitterChair, Search and Screen CommitteeUniversity of FloridaCitrus Research and Education Center700 Experiment Station RoadLake Alfred, FL 33850-2299Telephone: 863-956-1151Facsimile: 863-956-4631Electronic Mail: [email protected] Information Selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institutionoutside of the United States are required to be evaluated by aprofessional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of CredentialEvaluation Services (NACES) .If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. The University of Florida is a public institution andsubject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and PublicRecord laws.The University of Florida is anEqual Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadlydiverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Institute of Food and AgriculturalSciences is committed to creating an environment that affirmsdiversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class,ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularlywelcome applicants who can contribute to such an environmentthrough their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professionalservice. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy adiversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoorrecreational activities, and social opportunities.#category=64The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

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They’re at it like Were-rabbits

first_imgWallace and Gromit: the Curse of the Were-rabbitCreator Nick Park’s lovable duo hop onto the silver screen this week in their first full-length feature, an amusing clay-clad tale of bunnies and bungling pursuits. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit opens to find our twosome’s little village fraught with anxiety over the upcoming Giant Vegetable Contest. Residents madly cultivate their precious veggies while living in constant fear of   rodent attack. A recent outbreak of greens-seeking rabbits threaten not only the prize-winning produce but the Contest itself. Even Gromit is concerned. He nurtures a big, beautiful marrow squash, each night tucking it tenderly beneath covers before setting a greenhouse intruder alarm.Wallace and Gromit’s humane pest-removal services are soon called in by the twig-framed, frizz-haired Lady Campanula Tottington (voiced with enchantingly scatter-brained, high-pitched timidity by Helena Bonham Carter). The Anti-Pesto, as they are known, go to work ridding Lady Tottington’s property of dozens of rabbits but soon encounter a pest less easily removed: Victor Quartermaine, Tottington’s swaggering suitor, voiced with perfect snootiness by Ralph Fiennes. Quartermaine, who seeks Lady Tottington’s hand in marriage, senses Wallace and Tottington’s mutual romantic interest and sets out to destroy the Anti-Pesto.He is accompanied in this task by his faithful, fanged, gun-toting pooch, Philip (one of the film’s most amusing characters, with a prissy prance to match the firearm he clenches between great white canines). Philip’s snarlingly comic dealings with Gromit provide some of the best moments in the film.  Watching our wide-eyed Gromit look on while Philip struggles daintily with a feminine change-purse aboard an unpiloted plane is quite enough to satisfy an appetite for wordless humour.In the meantime, Wallace has begun self-experimenting with a new invention: a mind-altering machine intended to erase unwanted thoughts. Using the device to link his own brain to those of captured rabbits, Wallace harnesses lunar power to transmit his brain waves to the carrot-loving bunnies, feeding them currents of anti-veg propaganda. Quel surpris, the experiment goes horribly awry, leaving Wallace and a single rabbit comically affected, their minds strangely fused.The once-bubbly village is suddenly frozen by fear.  The appearance of a monstrous Were-Rabbit has thrown the sacred Contest into true danger.  In the midst of this curfuffle, Wallace and Gromit’s Anti-Pesto are commissioned to capture the beast, but find their humane removal tactics questioned when they fail to rid the village of its vegetable-demolishing fiend. Quartermaine is called in to exterminate the creature and so begins a trigger-happy safari towards  glory and uproarious fun.The adaptation of the Wallace and Gromit stories to full-blown feature-length status remains somewhat strained, as the characters have only previously appeared in film shorts, memorable and wildly imaginative though they were.  At times the action, though playful, feels a bit like a merry-go-round: amusing but repetitive. Certain sequences are significantly tedious, in view of the ninety-four minute running time. Regardless, Wallace and Gromit’s banter is warmly consistent with their previous shorts. Wallace comfortably inhabits his fromage-adoring character, and Gromit does not disappoint those fans wishing to see the Charlie Chaplin-esque silent comic take up his knitting needles in true wifely fashion.On the whole, Park and fellow director Steve Box deliver a light and lively adventure, punctuated by several moments of absolute hilarity.  Puns and parodies bounce throughout the film, tucked away in shop windows and newspaper headings, and emerging out of toothy, smiling clay mouths. Another hidden delight is the innuendo concealed behind the pretext of the vegetable competition. “The beast!” a yokel cries at one point, “he’s ravaged my wife’s giant melons!” The chuckles of the film are to be found in these details: self-conscious, witty, and as yummy as Wallace’s trademark stinking bishop cheese. All this makes Wallace and Gromit as eccentrically English a cinematic experience as you’re likely to encounter for time to come.ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005last_img read more

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21st Annual Air Festival Saturday 10a-3p at the Ocean City Airport

first_imgMatt Grande gave his son, Jackson, a look inside the cockpit of a 1940 Waco biplane at last year’s festival. This Saturday, the Ocean City Airport Assn., holds its 21st Annual Air Festival, at the Municipal Airport, 26th and Bay Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The airport grounds will be packed with unusual airplanes including Classics, Ultra Lights, Warbirds, Antiques, and Home Builts. Admission is free.Highlight of the ground display will be a rare, World War II B-25 Mitchell Bomber that gained fame for its durability and flexibility during that conflict. It was brought to national attention in April of 1942 when General Jimmy Doolittle led fifteen B-25’s from the air craft carrier “Hornet” in America’s first attack on mainland Japan. The B-25 will take off from the Airport at the conclusion of the Festival at 3 p.m. It is made available to Ocean City by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum.Rows of model airplanes are another attraction at the municipal airport.From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. the N.J. Pine Barrens RC Club will present an exciting model airplane exhibition. Some of the miniature jets will attain speeds of 100 miles per hour while performing exciting maneuvers. An advertising banner pick-up is also scheduled for noon.Children even get the chance to fly their creations in a paper airplane contest.The event will be child friendly with a paper airplane making and flying contest at 11 a.m. There will be categories for children from 4-12. First place winners will receive a free ride on a real airplane, The Red Baron. There will be face painting and a paper clip sculpting contest is scheduled. The Ocean City Board of Realtors will present a Bubblemania spectacular, a peaceful explosion of bubbles of all sizes to benefit Shore Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Wing at 1:30 p.m. Doug Jewell of Air Circus on the Ocean City Boardwalk and his crew will be flying kites.Jack Kehoe, of Upper Township, showed off his 1954 Chevy Bel Air convertible at the 2016 festival. It was one of the antique autos displayed last year.There will be an antique auto display, military vehicles and helicopter and airplane rides for a fee. Food vendors will be on site and a DJ will provide background music. Call (609) 525-9223 for information.last_img read more

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THERE WILL BE NO SIMPIN’: Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals Kick Off ‘Andy’s Beach Club’ World Tour in San Francisco

first_imgOn the heels of Oxnard, his wildly-popular Aftermath debut and third full-length LP, the hottest artist across the cultural zeitgeist is Anderson .Paak. I’d add arguably, but if we’re being honest about the mainstream and the underground, it’s hardly a contest. The Dr. Dre-helmed smash-hit album scorched the charts upon detonation in November, a veritable mushroom cloud for the enigmatic singer/rapper/drummer/bandleader with the mountain of mojo. Dominating playlists in the streets and between the sheets since he dropped his iconic sophomore masterpiece, Malibu, in 2016, the man they used to call Breezy Lovejoy is clearly on some other shit.After selling out theaters from coast to coast on the strength of the Oxnard buzz and throwing down already-legendary live sets (like Suwannee Hulaween 2016, and here in San Francisco on a nostalgic New Years Eve 2017), now comes time for Brandon Paak Anderson to take it back to the stage and prove it all over again. I would not—and DID NOT—bet against him.[Photo: Anderson .Paak Twitter]From barber to coffee shop, stoop hang to corner spot, skate park to lift line, liquor store to health food stand, there was a palpable sense of clairvoyant anticipation rippling around the country as this tour approached, exacerbated from steady flame to five-alarm-fire when, on Sunday night, .Paak collected his first-ever Grammy for the pre-Oxnard single, “Bubblin’”. No doubt buoyed by the win, after the ceremony, homie showed up and showed out at The Roots‘ legendary annual GRAMMY-JAM in Los Angeles, a crown prince holding court ’til the wee hours of the night. Less than twenty-four hours later, it was go time at The Masonic in San Francisco. Anderson .Paak responded by putting the whole game on notice.As usual, .Paak rallied road warriors The Free Nationals for yet another stateside sojourn as his trusty backing band. He randomly met them in the parking lot of an apartment building nearly a decade ago—still in the Breezy era—and the squadron remains his ride or die to this day. The First Church of Goon Baptists added ubiquitous trumpet player Maurice “Mo Betta” Brown (Talib Kweli, Tedeschi Trucks Band, MEGAWATT) to the touring lineup for maximum impact and swagger. Stakes were high as Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals barreled into the Bay Area for the opening night of the curiously-named, hilariously-themed Andy’s Beach Club, aka the Oxnard World Tour 2019. Sold out to the gills, the capacity crowd was raging, and people were ready for battle on what was nothing if not a manic Monday night at the Masonic.Just after 8 p.m., opener Taylor Parx sufficiently warmed up the rapidly filling venue, delivering some colorful pop-tinged R&B over programmed beats and recordings. In short order, the Masonic was brimming with an enthusiastic massive who respectfully enjoyed Parx but were audibly frothing for the main event. After a short intermission, the lights went down and, in an instant, the curtain up. Then, a deafening roar inflated the room. Silhouettes appeared behind the stage veil, a lusty groove began to saunter from the speaker stacks, the sweet smell of sensi a natural mystic in the air.Hold on and ride for your ownTogether in spirit formWith your hands I can holdIn your heart there is hope..Paak was clad in a bucket hat and patterned tie-dye getup that would have made the late Hunter S. Thompson blush. The Gonzo was strong, “The Chase” was on, the Prodigal Son had returned, and before long, the natives were restless. The blaxploitation swag that defines Oxnard‘s opening salvo was the ideal embarkation point for what would be a streamlined seventy-two-minute smoke-show. To start, .Paak and the Free Nationals were hidden behind an enormous stage-wide curtain, only visible in the shadows of a colossal sun. The man of the hour laid down his first of many funky beats on a trap kit, sitting atop a comically-large drum riser, setting the proverbial tone whilst singing his heart out on “The Chase”. He then darted into view to an ovation, reveling in full frontman mode on Oxnard cut “Who R U?”. The Free Nationals continued to rock the house behind the curtain until it came down in earnest for the crunkalogic “Bubblin’”.“Bubblin’”[Video: Instagram user @Foiiiis10]On this night, it seemed an intention had been set and laser focus placed on the team thriving onstage as a true live band instead of relying on backing tracks so heavily as they have in the past. Rest assured, the hip-hop sh*t remained a major element, and it was left to the steady hands of Lo_Def (Callum Conner, DJ and programming), who scratched and sampled in pre-recorded parts while the band (and the funky drummer) coalesced around these cuts. It was crystal clear by the time the boys unleashed the intoxicating ratchet-trap of “Bubblin’” that, indeed, killing was their business—and on this night, boy was business ever good. When the charismatic .Paak arrived (with yo’ mama) at the Marriott for a belly-flop, the response was a thunderclap that threatened the structural integrity of The Masonic.The Free Nationals are the perfect foil for Anderson .Paak. Onstage, they move together as one with visible kinetic chemistry. Jose Miguel Serrano Rios handles guitar duties on the wing, while Kelsey Miguel Gonzalez holds him down on bass and background vocals.  Maybe most impressive of the “Free Nash” cats is keyboardist Ron Jerome Avant, aka T-NAVA, who complimented .Paak with choice contributions on (homemade?) synths, Fender Rhodes and piano.There was a percussionist in the wings who augmented .Paak on a drum kit next to the large riser. Throughout the show, he would support .Paak as he toggled from front and center back to the main drum set that looked out at the whole theater. Omnipresent NYC horn hero Maurice Brown is the newest member of the touring ensemble, as the trumpet wizard was added just in time for this tour. Mo Betta kept it classy, and got in where he fit in all night long.“Anywhere”[Video: Instagram user @cali_fabricated]Piloting the wayback machine toward 2012 debut Venice for the gully, profane “Milk & Honey”, .Paak raced back to the drum kit and lit up hi-hats and sizzlin’ snares like a human 808 machine while simultaneously spitting the furious verses with authority. The low-end rumble sounded like a locomotive rolling, but the master of ceremonies never once lost his cadence while banging out the beats. With a giant jumbotron flanking the entire band and arena-rock pyrotechnic explosions, Anderson .Paak embraced some ambitious production elements to create Andy’s Beach Club. However, the focus and attention on the stage was placed squarely on the music early and often. It stayed there for the duration of the performance, as .Paak repeatedly left jaws agape with his feverish energy as both rambunctious bandleader and dazzling drummer.The juiced-crew forwarded Kaytranada’s boisterous bass-anthem, “Glowed Up”, and once again, our safety was in question as the masses lost their minds on the dancefloor. Apparently sensing imminent danger, .Paak steered the bombastic Quebecois ship to a safe space, a well-lubricated punky-reggae-skank that slowed our roll considerably, but did not for a moment dim our glow. .Paak channeled that vibe into three consecutive Oxnard joints, beginning with the pointed, topical “6 Summers.” This quasi-controversial number featured impassioned, empowering pleas atop an irresistible hip-hop jam with a provocative hook. From there, most of the Free Nationals left the stage as Lo_Def and A.Paak detoured into some proper boom-bap aesthetics on “Saviors Road”. While the lush 9th Wonder production rang out into the ether, .Paak took the opportunity to stage dive into the audience and horizontally-deliver the verses from his back, crowd surfing and spitting atop the outstretched arms of the teeming GA floor. Before you knew it, there he was back up on the drum riser, crooning sweet nothings on “Smile/Petty”. Nothing short of amazing, here we stood under his greatness, and he’d only been on stage for half an hour.Among the most beloved cuts found on what many consider a perfect album, Malibu’s “Heart Don’t Stand a Chance” arrived to 3,500 swollen heart chakras bursting wide open. Again, .Paak assumed his throne on the drum kit and belted out the number, which was delivered in a Dilla-fied style. .Paak had that classic Detroit-deli, flam-snare rim-shot going, the patented off-beat/on-beat click with T-NAVA’s Fender Rhodes voicings way up in the mix. The track featured a short and sweet keytar solo, while Maurice Brown’s trumpet serenaded skyward and the whole room sang at the top of their lungs. .Paak offered this humble nod to Mr. Yancey with much style and grace, yet without ever really deviating from what makes “Heart Don’t Stand a Chance” so special to so many, the paean’s bold emotional quotient. The man whose name was on the marquee kept it real as the stone in your crown, and he held the entire room in the palm of his hand.“Heart Don’t Stand a Chance”[Video: Instagram user @jobrien505].Paak gave his bandmates some well-deserved shine for The Free National‘s tune “Beauty & Essex”, which provided the singer a brief breather before he commandeered the enraptured room into a chilled-out take on the West Coast G-Funk of Oxnard’s “Anywhere”. Unfortunately, the track’s featured guest, Snoop Dogg, didn’t show up blunt-in-hand rocking a mink and a pair of gators, but T-NAVA was on point with those bright and bouncy pianos. .Paak made sure to remind everybody that when it comes to doing it anywhere, there’s no shame in a little 112, but if you’re really trying to knock boots, the true playas know that El Debarge is still the rhythm of the night..Paak then stunned the Masonic by digging deep for Venice cut “Might Be”, and before anybody could even think about finding a sink, you could hear the panties hit the floor. This tune does something serious to the ladies, and the entire venue was levitating on half-a-cup of that lean and ’bout a half an ounce of that tree. The chosen one kicked the seductive verses with panache, and got his shimmy on proper. “Might Be” cracks a window into how .Paak carried it half-a-dozen years ago when he first put this song down on wax. Then came the dusty boom-bap drop that announces the Madlib-produced “The Waters” (Malibu). Despite the chilly temps, this was some pure, uncut hood gospel. We’re a long way from the Chumash casinos, but damn if the kid wasn’t rollin’ like Doc Holliday, a visionary in a vintage Chevy, cookin’ gumbo and whippin’ up voodoo like a Jefferson Parish pastor, with Mo Betta Brown and the Fellowship of Free Nationals right by his side..Paak reappeared behind the drum kit for the Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave-produced gem “Trippy”—in this writer’s opinion, the finest cut on Oxnard. The live rendition lacked J. Cole‘s hot verse but more than made up for it with a grandiose, layered arrangement complete with .Paak pounding out that patented Daddy vibe atop the gigantic riser. The psychedelic overtones within “Trippy” resonated deeply in the city that hosted the original Summer of Love. Again, the Free Nationals laid a lush foundation and Maurice “Mo Betta” Brown found some dynamic spots for trumpet tones to soar. A couple of classics followed, beginning with the passionate R&B pleading of “Put Me Thru”, which saw keyboardist T-NAVA get his Chick Corea on quite nicely as .Paak flexed his jazz-kit chops a bit as well.“Suede”[Video: Instagram user @cali_fabricated]Next up was a sweet departure in “Suede” from NxWorries, .Paak’s revered collaboration with undergound producer Knxwledge. During this ice-cold afrodesiac, .Paak watched from the stage as chicks furiously cooked grits and twisted spliffs, and again the voluminous females in the building made their thirst and appreciations known. As the new jack smooth criminal showed love to Marvin Gaye and Bloodstone whilst thieving more hearts then he could ever fit in his stick bag, the show entered the home stretch with the atomic bomb that was Hi-Tek-helmed banger “Come Down”.Vocalist (and opening act) Taylor Parx joined the Free Nationals to lend a hand on Oxnard lead single “Tints”. The boys-plus-Taylor cut K-Dot‘s verse and instead just leaned back with a vibe thanks to the colorful Parx and .Paak’s ability to connect with just about any kind of artist. The performance was a joyride down the 101 highway, wind in their hair, just a fun and funky jam to close out the main set in just under an hour. The band took a quick bow and retired for a few moments while the capacity crowd howled for an encore.“Come Down”[Video: Instagram user @cali_fabricated]The full band returned for the elastic space-cowboy bounce of Pomo’s “Am I Wrong” (Malibu).  “Am I wrong to assume, if she can’t dance, then she can’t ooh?” It was a funkadelic dance party in the Masonic as the bass rode out like an ancient mating call. .Paak took a quick and quirky drum solo before dropping into Kaytranada’s filthy housequake “Lite Weight”, which mined every last ounce of sexiness in the building in a torrid, merciless four-on-the-floor freakout that saw copious amounts of rump-shaking permeate the facility. But there was one more order of business: the proverbial elephant in the room, whose name was Larry.For the final time this evening, .Paak hopped back on the towering drum riser and assumed his position at the kit, while asking the engrossed massive if we had any love for his late friend Mac Miller. My heart froze and the hairs on my body stood at attention while a giant photograph of a beaming dynamic duo was projected out over the sea of people, some of us visibly overcome. Anderson .Paak could have understandably taken one more song to bask in the glow of his own shooting star, but chose an emotional sendoff for his man Malcolm to close down the inaugural party at Andy’s Beach Club. The Free Nationals led .Paak into the smooth-as-butta funk of “DANG!” from Mac’s 2016 LP The Divine Feminine, and one couldn’t help but hang onto .Paak’s chorus for dear life.I can’t keep on losing youOver complicationsGone too soonWait, we was just hangin’I guess I need to hold onto, dangThe people that know me bestThe key that I won’t forget, too soonI can’t keep on losing youMac Miller’s nonchalant flow was piped in through the speakers and, in tandem with his brilliant smile gleaming atop the entire theater, it was almost as if we were visited by the dearly departed emcee—if only for a couple of verses and a hook. The light, fun frolic inherent in this breezy jam was somewhat overshadowed by a heaviness, the solemn reminder that half of this brotherhood is no longer here in the flesh. I held out hope that the boys would segue into “Cheers”, the emotional centerpiece of Oxnard that reveals an otherworldly tribute to .Paak’s fallen friend. It is the ultimate song of respect, admiration, grief, and memorium. But after further review, I came to a realization that, should they begin “Cheers”, there was simply no way in hell that I could have controlled my sobbing. How could I expect Anderson .Paak to get up there and perform this stirring ode when he obviously is still reeling from the tragic loss. “DANG!”,, along with seventy-ish minutes of all-killer-no-filler, was more than enough to satiate this superfan. So instead of wishing for anything further, we danced the short remainder of the night away in total gratitude and poured yet another one out for Larry Lovestein.[Photo: Upful LIFE]The performance was a short one, but not by .Paak standards, as most of his live sets hover around an hour and change. That said, the whole show was just over seventy minutes long, and felt like a bolt of lightning. In an instant, it was over. The shell-shocked Masonic massive began to file out of the venue while enormous lines snaked away from the merch tables and just about every overheard conversation was singing the praises of the man they used to call Breezy Lovejoy. Somehow, thanks to Maurice Brown, I found myself in the backstage bowels of this archaic Bay Area institution, hanging out in the hallway by the green rooms. Before long, members of the Free Nationals and then the prodigal son himself appeared, Cheeky Andy cheesin’ hard with a magnum of Moet in hand.  My man popped that bottle with hella swag—2003 Hov woulda brushed his damn shoulder off. Amazingly, here I was, present in this indescribable moment, as this iconic artist—who doubles as a personal hero—offered a post-sold-out-tour-opener champagne salud: to his band, his crew, his team, and to life. What luck I had… to be here, now.Before I knew it, just about everybody else seemed to briefly disappear, and for a few seconds, it was pretty much just me and .Paak standing across from one another in this backstage hallway. People were milling about nearby, but he seemed to be a little bit lost in his own thoughts for a moment. Maybe he was appreciating his hard-earned success, or maybe reliving a little bit of onstage magic from just earlier. Alas, I had a window to approach him and give thanks, and I really wanted to ask him to pardon my interruption and just tell him this:Thank you… for not being afraid to smile. The world needs more like yours.Thank you… for taking the draconian rulebooks for emcees, R&B singers, drummers and genre-producers and completely setting them ablaze.Thank you… for continuing to shine a light on the dearly departed Mac Miller. I can, in fact, feel his spirit alive within your songs, your swag, and your smile. Rest, Easy Mac.Thank you… for making timeless, personal art that brings people together. You wear your heart on your sleeve, and your music transmits to all walks of life. I KNOW you’re young, Black, gifted, and nothing short of AMAZING. Take a motherf*cking bow!Thank you… for coming to the Bay Area for NYE 2017, for that concert was my very first date with my partner (and now-fiance). Twenty-six months later, your rhythms and isms are the heartbeat soundtrack to our eternal dance.Thank you… for sharing your life-journey in song, with all of us. For showing the world that from poor choices, situations beyond our control, personal trauma, heartache and pain… can come an epic narrative of stoic resilience, euphoric inspiration, and triumphant rebirth. Because as a convicted felon who has struggled with substances, your story and your glory give me life, and both have propelled me toward higher heights then I’d ever dreamt possible. “But what don’t kill me is… MOTIVATION.”I had waited many, many moons for the opportunity to tell Anderson .Paak all of these thoughts and so much more. I may have even practiced in the mirror a time or two, though I never imagined I’d actually have the chance. But when the situation presented itself, just minutes after such a highly-anticipated, emotionally-enthralling concert experience, I kind of just froze up. I was partially star struck, but wanted to respect this man’s personal space, as he gives us so much from the stage and the studio alike.But I needed a minute, just gimme a minute.So, akin to a busy drum-fill that doesn’t really belong in a song, I let all of that stuff just fly by… way too many notes anyway, right? In lieu of Stanning-out on dude at his own green room door, instead I just played the wall, didn’t ask for a picture or even really say much of anything at all, adjusted the tilt of my Kangol, offered a knowing glance, then a wide grin, and finally a nod and I’m out. Then I took one more deep draw off that tasty spliff, sent it back to big homie Mo Betta, and stepped into the San Francisco night… Goddamn GLOWED UP.words: B.Getzlast_img read more

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Photos! Whoopi Goldberg Goes ‘Dancing in the Street’ with the Cast of Motown

first_img Related Shows Whoopi Goldberg isn’t letting the winter blues get her down! The View co-host took a field trip to Broadway’s Motown the Musical on December 30, 2014 to heat things up with stars (from left) Nik Walker (on for Byran Terrell Clark as Marvin Gaye), Krystal Joy Brown, Charl Brown, Josh Tower and more. After rocking out to dozens of hit Motown songs, Goldberg stopped backstage at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to hang out with the cast, including Motownplayers (below, from left) N’Kenge, Moeisha McGill, Aaron Kaburick, Dashaun Young, Tracy McDowell, Sabrina Sloan and Jaquez Andre Sims. Check out these photos from her visit, then see Motown through January 18! View Comments Motown The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015last_img read more

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STEAM

first_imgIn rural Georgia counties, STEAM programs are having an impact on kids, teenagers and adults. STEAM is designed to integrate science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics subjects into various education disciplines. The goal is to teach students how to think critically and use engineering or technology in creative approaches to real-world problems while building on students’ mathematics and science base.During the month of July, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H agent Randie Gray will be teaching students about STEAM-based careers in a 4-H day camp every Wednesday in Hancock County.Working closely with children in Hancock County through the Georgia 4-H program, Gray’s spent two months selecting lesson plans that engage youth with fun, hands-on activities, from incubating chickens to making bubble gum and model airplanes with the goal of introducing them to new concepts and skills. “I think STEAM is a way to break the cycle of poverty by teaching kids skills that will help them to get 21st-century jobs,” Gray said. “I think in a small county like Hancock, there’s not a lot to do, not a lot of options for the kids compared to those who live in urban counties.” Nearly 80 youths attended last year’s camp, which was taught by 4-H team leaders and two adult volunteers.Kids teaching adultsWhile Hancock County uses STEAM to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s opportunities, four counties in northwest Georgia have joined forces to form the Tech Changemakers program. Created through a grant from Microsoft and the National 4-H Council, the program is designed for youth to teach digital literacy skills to adults.Stephanie Skojac, the UGA Extension 4-H agent in Murray County, partnered with the local senior center last fall to hold monthly technology classes taught by 4-H’ers. The students taught 15 adult students how to grocery shop online, use Facebook and use video-calling services like Skype and Facetime.“The adults loved it and such a high number of students came every month; it amazed me,” Skojac said. “We had T-shirts made that say 4-H Tech Changemakers and all the students are proud to wear their shirts. I’m really impressed with the program.”About 25 4-H students participated each month, and the senior center has requested the program be offered again this year.As broadband internet access continues to improve in rural communities, these adults will now be more equipped to use the resources at their disposal, Skojac said. Georgia 4-H members in Catoosa, Gordon and Whitfield counties have joined the program this year.“I think with this particular initiative, companies are realizing that it is important for our whole population to have STEAM skills, so we’re flipping the model. Instead of having adults teach youth, we’re having the youth teach older adults,” said Allie Griner, UGA Extension 4-H agent in Gordon County. “How to get an email address is a very simple concept for some of us, but for adults not used to technology it’s a huge thing to be able to do that.”A love for engineering sparked by STEAMGeorgia high school senior Madison Moore is using her experience in STEAM to educate others in Emanuel County about its value. A student at Swainsboro High School in Emanuel County, Moore has developed a love and passion for engineering through the STEAM curriculum at her school.An active 4-H member, Moore integrated both of her passions by becoming a 4-H STEAM ambassador. She attended a training camp last summer to learn what an ambassador does and how to teach children.One of the requirements for an ambassador is to complete six learning and six sharing experiences. One of her sharing experiences centered on teaching engineering-focused STEAM lessons to youth in her county. She created a STEAM club through 4-H to spread her knowledge and love of STEAM to students in elementary and middle schools. They met once a month during the past school year, and Moore taught lessons about the engineering design process, aerodynamics, inertia, and kinetic and potential energy. She also led hands-on activities like building rockets, making a volcano and launching a catapult.“I really enjoy presenting these kids with the opportunity to learn the kinds of things that I wished I could have learned when I was their age,” Moore said. “I hope to fill their minds with knowledge, which will hopefully fuel their passion for STEAM as well.”Moore plans to attend Kennesaw State University with hopes of pursuing a career as a drafter or civil engineer.“Engineering has really had a huge impact on my life. It has helped me find out who I was and become who I am now,” Moore said. “I believe that engineering and technology education is important because it impacts everyone. Everything you see around you was created by an engineer — from your cellular device to this building.”In three years of engineering education, Moore developed leadership and problem-solving skills and learned how to use power tools. Following the STEAM pathway also earned her a diploma seal for completing the Technology and Engineering pathway at Swainsboro High.“By exposing students to STEAM and giving them opportunities to explore different STEAM-related concepts, they will have a chance to develop a passion for it and hopefully decide to pursue a job in a STEAM field,” Moore said. “A curriculum that is STEAM-based has real-life situations to help the student learn.”last_img read more

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U.S. Will Increase Its Troops in Afghanistan

first_img Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered the deployment of another 1,400 U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan, where they could begin to arrive starting in mid-January, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing U.S. officials. “The rationale is to take advantage of the gains we have made over the last several months and apply more pressure on the enemy at a time when he is already under the gun,” Pentagon spokesperson Geoff Morrell said, according to the daily. The troops could arrive in Afghanistan starting in mid-January, ahead of the Northern Hemisphere spring, a time when fighting increases, and will be sent to the south, near Kandahar, The Wall Street Journal said. Commanders are also studying proposals for a temporary increase in front-line forces, the article added, affirming that the total increase could be up to three thousand men, if the plans are approved. The United States invaded Afghanistan at the end of 2001 – following the 11 September attacks – and has maintained troops there since then. An official U.S. report issued in December mentioned an upcoming “responsible reduction” of forces in Afghanistan – currently around 100,000 men – to begin in July, although without forecasting a complete transfer of control to the Afghans until 2014. By Dialogo January 07, 2011last_img read more

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Guatemala and El Salvador Reactivate Bi-National Border Police

first_imgBy Dialogo October 31, 2012 Guatemala and El Salvador reactivated the bi-national Border Police on October 29, aimed at protecting common border areas and safeguard the wellbeing of those who travel between both countries, informed a Guatemalan official source. “The security plan, which involves the Guatemalan and Salvadoran police forces, integrates the national security strategy driven by both governments,” said the director of the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (INGUAT), Pedro Duchez, in a statement. The plan “is particularly relevant, because guaranteeing the security of those who visit Guatemala is a priority, and El Salvador is the main source of visitors into Guatemalan soil, a market that has grown 6.9% compared to 2011,” he stated. According to INGUAT, from January to August, 392,437 Salvadoran tourists entered Guatemala. The Chief of the Guatemalan National Civil Police, Gerson Oliva, said that the Guatemalan police force will be integrated by 32 people and 10 mobile units. Guatemala and El Salvador used to have a bi-national police that safeguarded the roads that connect both nations, but it was discontinued four years ago. “With this reactivation, we are taking the first step to strengthen the protection of the border roads towards Guatemala City and El Salvador,” indicated the chief of police.last_img read more

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Consumers face stiff challenges to saving

first_imgAmericans want to save money, and are trying to save money. But a new survey from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) shows consumers are having a hard time putting money away, even though they are increasingly optimistic about the future.The challenges may sound familiar. Mounting credit card bills, staggering student loan debt, payments on a new car that may stretch six or seven years into the future, and the day-to-day needs of a growing family.“CFP Board Consumer Advocate Eleanor Blayney says the U.S. economy has come a long way since the depths of the recession, but most Americans, regardless of income brackets, are just finding it hard to save for the future. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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