Very few people have innovated modern music like Lester William Polsfuss, more affectionately known as Les Paul. Not only are his guitars prized by many musicians worldwide, but some of his techniques in both recording and musicianship were incredibly inventive and ahead of his time. We salute the late great Les Paul today, on what would have been his 104th birthday.Les Paul was self-taught, learning how to play guitar and rising through the ranks as a country musician. He quickly found a home in the jazz community, working with Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby on new hit songs. Paul became fascinated with the process of recording, and Crosby eventually sponsored his work. Tape delays, multi-track recordings, phasing and more were all ideas pioneered by Paul throughout his career.Though injuries plagued Les Paul in his later career, the man continued to perform every Monday night with a jazz trio at the Iridium in New York, NY. He even won a Grammy award at age 90 for his work on the album Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played!Les was a true musicians musician, revered by any of the countless legends that fans might recognize. In honor of Paul’s birthday, we picked one of the most legendary blues musicians to have ever lived, B.B. King, to show the enormous level of respect given to the legendary Les Paul.Enjoy this footage of Les jamming with B.B. King, David Gilmour, and Eddie Van Halen to celebrate this special day. Enjoy![Video: Acoustic World]
Canadian pop-soul artist ColinResponse is set to release his new self-titled, six-song EP on October 27th, 2017. With a style and swagger reminiscent of a mix between Bruno Mars and André 3000, ColinResponse presents a full, dance-worthy sound backed by his five-piece band, including bass, guitar, drums, keyboards, trumpet, and saxophone. Hailing from Toronto, ColinResponse has been steadily gaining international momentum as a pop-soul artist and performer. As a well-trained multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, bass, guitar, piano, etc.) with close to 100 live performances under his belt, ColinResponse has shared the stage with industry heavy-weights, including Kardinal Offishal, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Wyclef Jean and Erykah Badu, to name a few.ColinResponse has stood out from the competition on several notable platforms, including placing second in Shaw TV and Fontana North’s Urban Star televised talent search competition and first in the industry-vetted and fan driven Hennessy Artistry’s International Talent Quest, where his “She Dances in the Rain” (from his upcoming EP) beat out over 2,000 applicants around the globe.With excitement towards his upcoming release, ColinResponse explains, “This album is a representation of my entire life up to this point. The music is a culmination of everything I’ve learned, it’s everything I’ve ever felt-the hurt, the joy, and the laughter. I made this album to empower people – to bring people together – to let people know that someone else has also felt those same things alongside them.”Today, ahead of the October 27th release of his self-titled EP on October 27th, ColinResponse and Live For Live Music are proud to premiere the official music video for the first track off the ColinResponse EP, “#YouAlreadyKnow.” The music video for the track, which compiles thrilling footage from recent live performances, also features an interesting and strangely prominent visual theme: a T-shirt that the artist wears throughout with Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas‘ face on it.Colin explained the origins of the Fergie shirt inside joke in a comment ahead of the video’s release. “We shot this video on tour, and literally the night before our last show, Fergie released her new song with the exact same name…’You Already Know,’ explains the singer. “I was like ahhhh Hell Naw! How you gonna play me like that Fergie!?
Read Full Story Madelaine “Maddie” D. Boyd ’12, a computer science concentrator in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), was among 20 female undergraduates from across the globe awarded a 2011 Facebook Grace Hopper Women in Computing Scholarship.Boyd and her fellow winners will receive an all expenses paid trip to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Portland, Ore., Nov. 9-12, 2011.The scholarship winners will also have an opportunity to visit Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif..
Jonathan Groff on a beach has never been so devastating. A new trailer for the HBO movie version of Larry Kramer’s award-winning play The Normal Heart is out, and if you have any heartstrings that weren’t tugged after trailers one and two, this may just do the trick. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons and featuring stage favories Groff, Denis O’Hare and Joe Mantello, the film takes a look at the beginnings of the AIDS crisis in New York City before it even had a name. We’ll have to wait and see if any additional footage of the Ryan Murphy-helmed project is released before its May 25 premiere, but frankly, our tear ducts need a break. Star Files Mark Ruffalo View Comments
Identifying pestsThis week, Walter’s office is busy sending soil samples to beanalyzed on the UGA Athens campus. A calloused fruit-tree branchlies on a corner of her desk beside a dog-eared wildlife manual.”I have to diagnose this fruit tree branch first,” she said.”Then I have to help with another squirrel call.”Walter and more than 300 other county agents work through UGACooperative Extension, an outreach program of the UGA colleges ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences and Family and ConsumerSciences. UGA Extension also delivers 4-H youth programmingacross Georgia.Besides helping with gardening questions, county agents fieldcalls on many topics, including wildlife damage control.”We’ve gotten a lot of calls about squirrels in attics over thepast month,” she said. “In the fall, we get calls about how toget rid of bats.”Walter said soil and water samples are the “bread and butter” forher office. “We do lots and lots of soil tests,” she said. “Andit doesn’t stop when we send off the sample for testing.” Reaching out to help people”More and more people from nonfarm backgrounds are moving to thearea,” Skaggs said. “You used to see horse and cow pastures whenyou drove through the county. Now you see more and more newhouses and new businesses.”But people moving in haven’t pushed agriculture out. “We’re stillthe second-largest agricultural county in the state,” he said.Franklin County is No. 1. Personal attentionHomeowners in Jasper County call Walter when they get their soilsample results. “Everyone wants me to explain the test to them,”she said. “Once I meet a person one time, I make sure they knowwhat we can do to help them. And I get them on our mailing listso they know about upcoming workshops and events.”In northwest Georgia, Hall County Extension Coordinator BillySkaggs often helps ‘reverse snow birds,’ Florida transplants whocome to north Georgia to enjoy the mountains in winter. Thesepart-time Georgians have questions about native trees and plantsthey aren’t accustomed to.Skaggs fields calls from first-time homeowners, too. They needlandscaping advice like when to prune and how often to fertilize,he said.The population explosion in Hall County has increased demand forExtension education. “Gwinnett County seems to be spilling overinto our county,” Skaggs said. “Hall County is home to about170,000 people now. The population was 90,000 in 1990.”The people boom has changed the county’s landscape and the typeof phone calls the Extension office gets. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaOn the old Green Acres TV show, Oliver Douglasconstantly turnedto his county agent for answers to gardening questions. Douglasis a fictional oldie, but urbanites moving to the country andturning to county Extension agents for help are real and now.”I’d say 85 percent of the calls I get are from people who areeither new to the county or new to Georgia,” said Jean Walter,University of Georgia Cooperative Extension coordinator forJasper County.”They hear about the Extension office by word-of-mouth or from aradio gardening show like Walter Reeves’ show on WBS (750 AM)radio,” Walter said. To reach these new residents, Skaggs writes a weekly newspapercolumn and hosts a weekly radio call-in show.”A lot of people find out about (us) by reading a column orlistening to the radio show,” he said. “With the sheer number ofpeople moving in, we have to rely on the media to help us getinformation out to the public.”To contact your county agent, just call 1-800-ASK-UGA1 (275-8421)from anywhere in Georgia. You’ll be connected to the UGAExtension office in your county.But you don’t have to go to your county office for help. You canfind the latest UGA Extension information online atwww.ugaextension.com.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County lawmakers Monday repealed the controversial school-zone speed camera program four months into its first school year and six months since its botched debut this summer–blowing an estimated $30-million budget hole.Legislators unanimously repealed–same as they had passed–the program following public outcry over the $80 tickets generated by automated cameras, one each at most of the county’s 56 school districts. Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is expected to sign the repeal, which is effective immediately, his spokesman said.“A program that has no public supper cannot continue,” Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) said after the vote, calling the idea “a well-intentioned peice of legislation that turned sour.”The GOP-controlled Nassau legislature reversed their position after critics flooded lawmakers with complaints, Mangano cut the hours of operation and the Democratic minority sought to put the brakes on the speed cameras. Last week, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, announced the legislature there will nix their speed cameras before they debut next year–a plan that county’s GOP legislative minority likewise took credit for.Nassau’s vote to repeal the camera program followed hours of comments of members of the public who mostly favored the repeal, although a couple urged the legislators to reconsider.“They are violating the constitutional rights of people,” Samuel Levine, a former Nassau County District Court judge, told the legislature, arguing that the Sixth Amendment right for an offender to face their accuser in court is violated when drivers are charged by an automated camera. “And that comes first.”Allison Blanchette, a fellow Long Beach resident, was one of the few who urged the legislature to drop the repeal and instead suspend the program until it can be rolled out fairly with proper notification from flashing lights and signage in all camera locations.“These can work,” she said, echoing the administration’s argument that the cameras did make drivers slow down in school zones, as evident by a 70-percent drop in tickets in the first four months. “The fact is we have a speeding epidemic here.”Legislators will debate plans on how to close the estimated $30-million gap in next year’s budget caused by cutting off the speed camera ticket revenue. Existing tickets will not be dismissed.The cameras garnered more than 400,000 tickets earning about $32 million, with the vendor, Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, expected to get a $7.6-million cut, plus termination fees, Newsday reported.
If Donald Trump loses in November, it’s no secret that most European policymakers will be happy to see his back. But as they envision the possibility of a post-Trump future, many are wondering how quickly the trans-Atlantic alliance can be fixed.Despite US opinion polls showing Biden ahead, officials in capitals across Europe say they are making no assumptions about the likely outcome of the US election.Having failed to anticipate Trump’s first victory, “the German government already burned its fingers,” said Jürgen Hardt, foreign affairs spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party and an expert on US-German ties. “I do not have the impression that the German government is waiting for another president – and I would advise them not to do it.” Still, when they allow themselves to look ahead to the prospect of a Biden presidency, they don’t necessarily see an instant resumption of the easier Barack Obama years. Though tone and style would shift overnight, policy substance on issues from China to Russia to trade could take longer to overhaul.”I don’t expect that, if we have a new president, everything will just fall into place,” said Reinhard Buetikofer, a trade expert for the Greens in the European Parliament.At best, if Biden wins, Buetikofer sees a chance for “revisiting and reforming multilateralism” after years of open US hostility to institutions from NATO and the EU to the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization.There are areas where frictions created by Trump could disappear as soon as Trump does: on climate policy, for example, a President Biden is likely to jump straight back into the Paris climate change accord that Trump quit. The WTO trade dispute mechanism that has collapsed because of a US veto of the appointment of judges could be put back together quickly.European countries that have prized Western unity in rebuffing Russian advances in Ukraine will no longer have to worry that the president of the United States will invite Vladimir Putin to a G7 summit without consulting them, as Trump did last month.”We would review all of the decisions that President Trump has taken,” Anthony Blinken, Biden’s senior adviser on foreign policy, told Reuters, referring specifically to Trump’s threat in recent weeks to withdraw US troops from Germany.Iran, China, tradeBut there are also issues where a Biden presidency may not be able to simply pick up where Obama left off.On Iran, for example, Europe has spent the past three years trying to salvage an Obama-era agreement to lift sanctions in return for curbs on Tehran’s nuclear program. But so much has happened since Trump abandoned the pact in 2018, and so much has unraveled, it may be too late to save it.And there are other issues where Europe and the United States have real differences that are not going to be simple to resolve, even with a friendlier figure in the White House.On China, Biden’s team wants to take a closer look at the security implications of Beijing’s investment in European infrastructure such as ports, said Julianne Smith, a former Obama-era national security official advising Biden’s campaign.Biden is not expected to be any happier than Trump was about European countries’ plans to incorporate technology from China’s Huawei, the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker, in their next generation mobile phone networks.On trade, while Biden is not likely to be as trigger happy as Trump has been to impose tariffs on allies, there are serious disputes. Germany, for example, wants to help the exports of its big car manufacturers.With the elections months away, European countries are still working on their own issues with the US administration.In the Netherlands, that means discussing whether Dutch chipmaker ASML should have a license to export technology to China. In France, the focus is on plans to tax big, mostly American tech companies, after Washington scuppered global talks.European countries with nationalist leaders that have enjoyed warmer ties with Trump may use the next few months to consolidate diplomatic gains. Poland aims to solidify plans for a “Fort Trump” – a long sought-after base of US troops.But any big changes in the trans-Atlantic relationship will have to wait at least until November, said the Paris-based ambassador of a large EU country, predicting a “moment of confrontation” if Trump should win another term.”Everybody is keeping their fingers crossed and will wait.”Topics :
Viv Sawers and her son Hamish, 4, in the dining room of their renovated Coorparoo Queenslander. Picture: AAP image/Claudia Baxter.Viv and Greg Sawers knew they would only be a chapter in the long story of their post-war Queenslander’s life and so they sought to retain much of the home’s character while renovating it to be more family-friendly. The property at 15 Stodart St, Coorparoo, began its life as a two-bedroom cottage built for a war widow Billie Hughes OAM in the 1940s.Ms Hughes was the president of the War Widows Guild of Queensland from 1954-1994 and the president of the national guild from 1981-1986.The Sawers purchased the home in 2010 after falling in love with the art deco features of the original property, including the ornate cornices and original glass and timber doors. The poolside area has been completely revamped. Picture: supplied.Mrs Sawers said her favourite part of the home was the statement formal entry, which features entry columns, glass stack-back doors and a grand entry room with ceiling rose, double-tiered chandelier, hardwood timber floors and a blind window typical of the era.“The light radiates through the glass chandelier and creates a stunning effect on the ceiling and walls,” she said.The Sawers have found the home to be the perfect place to raise their four-year-old son, Hamish, and entertain family and friends. “We’ve had quite a few birthdays here, lots of Christmases, and our son’s first birthday party,” Mrs Sawers said.“It’s been a really fantastic house.”The family are now ready to move on to their next chapter and have placed their home on the market through Amanda Becke of Belle Property Coorparoo. RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: Two yearsTotal spend: $675,000 The new kitchen flows out to the Merbau deck. Picture: supplied.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“We knocked out walls and added big windows to bring the light in, breezes through and generally improved to create an open plan layout,” Mrs Sawers said.The home has an open-plan living and dining area flowing into the living room and out to the rear deck.The kitchen has a butler’s pantry, bi-fold windows, stone benchtops and Smeg appliances.There are also two bedrooms upstairs, along with a study and bathroom.Character remains in the timber floors, art deco windows and doors and the ornate plaster cornices with foliage, sun rays, trapezoidal, zigzags and stepping patterns. Mrs Sawers said they kept the original cornices where possible and sourced handmade replacements from Ornamental Cornice at Logan Village. “The new plaster cornices were carefully selected to reflect the art deco style of the house, she said.” The entry in to the home includes a number of art deco features. Picture: supplied.Mrs Sawers said they didn’t want to demolish the character they loved, so they decided to extend and renovate the “rabbit warren” that was the original home.“We put a lot of blood sweat and tears into the project,” Mrs Sawers said.“We designed (the renovation) with family in mind and we tried to create a home with lots of flexibility.”The couple began in 2013 by raising the cottage, building in downstairs, adding a new Merbau deck and updating the existing pool area.The ground floor now has a living area with kitchenette, three bedrooms, laundry, bathroom and toilet.The second stage of the revamp began in 2018 included a full renovation of the upstairs area, a new paint job throughout, landscaping and a statement entry.
Loading… The amount of flirtation that has gone on between the player and the club is frankly ridiculous at this point; and now that Manchester United seem to have finally lost patience with him, everything looked lined up nicely for the long-awaited move to be completed. Real Madrid have long considered themselves to be favourites to buy Paul Pogba.Advertisement But according to Mundo Deportivo, things might be a little more complicated than that. They say that Inter Milan are now in the race for the France midfielder, which United will welcome.Not only will that allow them to create a bidding war between the two teams to raise the former Juve star’s massively depressed price, it might also mean a chance to get a little revenge on Madrid for their years of gentle tapping up by sending their wanted man elsewhere.Read Also: UEFA open to seasons ending early due to COVID-19Pogba, while he might prefer Real, would still probably be fine with any move to a top club, as long as he gets to leave Old Trafford.Perhaps there’s even a third option – the disruption of the coronavirus chaos means very few big moves this summer, and therefore an unexpected further season for the 27 year old at United.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Asian Actresses Of Irresistible BeautyWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone