London Metro gives free coverage for one fundraiser each day

first_imgLondon Metro gives free coverage for one fundraiser each day About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. For the next two months London Metro is featuring one volunteer fundraiser and their campaign each day in the newspaper. Their Fundraiser of the Day campaign series features every day a different fundraiser using JustTextGiving.Anyone fundraising using that service can ask Metro to feature them.How to get featuredTo be considered, fundraisers should email [email protected], explaining why they deserve to be featured, together with a link to their JustGiving page, their JustGiving text code, and a hi-resolution image of them. Staff at the Metro will then choose one each day.The promotion began on 18 February and will run until 22 May so there are plenty more opportunities to get a fundraising campaign in front of London commuters.The features are quite prominent, in bright JustTextGiving red.Charities that have been featured include Beating Bowel Cancer and The Dallaglio Foundation:Fundraiser of the Day in the Metro (London) Howard Lake | 27 March 2014 | News Tagged with: corporate Digital Events Justgiving London mobile sms Advertisementcenter_img ResultsHas one of your charity’s fundraisers been featured in the Metro? Do you know if it boosted donations? Do let us know in the comments below. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fundraiser of the Day for The Dallaglio Foundation  46 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Bolivarian Venezuelan Embassy opens Hugo Chávez Library

first_imgThe Embassy of Bolivarian Venezuela inaugurated the Hugo Chávez Library in Washington on July 31, the week marking what would have been the late president’s sixty-first birthday. The new library reflects the contributions of Chávez’s visionary leadership in advancing continental integration and development, and empowering the most oppressed and marginalized sectors of Venezuelan society.Venezuelan Ambassador-designate Maximilien Sánchez Arvelaiz being interviewed.The program featured Oliver Stone’s film “My Friend Hugo,” with glimpses of Chávez’s energy, warmth and reciprocal love with the red clad masses — men, women and children. Remarks by Ambassador Designate Maximilien Sánchez Arvelaiz explained how the library’s photo displays of Chávez with many authors highlight his love of reading and books.A spectacular mural, spanning a whole wall and painted collectively, depicts Chávez at the United Nations with an internationalist representation of people from around the world. An Iranian woman in the audience commented on the longstanding friendship between Iran and Bolivarian Venezuela.The new Chávez Library refutes U.S. imperialism’s demonization and justification for sanctions against Bolivarian Venezuela.  A brochure on social programs published by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the U.S. describes the new reality. It states: “In the past, Venezuela’s oil wealth benefited a few. Today, it benefits a few million.” These benefits include social programs for health, education, nutrition and human rights, covering Indigenous people, people of African descent and workers in general. Also guaranteed are gender equality and the right of every person to vote.Chávez’s leadership in continental integration through the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America — initiated together with Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and other formations — was an important factor changing the U.S. posture toward revolutionary Cuba to begin direct talks and re-establish embassies.Although the library is a work in progress and currently open only by appointment, it is already an important source for information about Chávez and the Bolivarian process that continues today.WW photos: Cheryl LaBashFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

OAS adopts resolution on protecting journalists

first_img Americas Protecting journalistsInternational bodies Freedom of expression News June 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Americas Protecting journalistsInternational bodies Freedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails the adoption by the Organization of American States of a resolution on increasing protection for journalists and combating impunity for crimes against them. It is the first time that the OAS has passed a resolution on this crucial issue. News Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more The resolution was adopted by the OAS general assembly meeting in the Mexican city of Cancún. Regarded as part of the regional organization’s duty to promote and protect human rights, it also recognizes the importance of the work of journalists in the region.The resolution is the result of an initiative by the office of Edison Lanza, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and had the active support of such countries as Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru.It calls on all OAS member states to:- Condemn murders of journalists and take special measures to protect journalists and to prevent attacks against them.- Combat impunity for crimes of violence against journalists by appointing special independent prosecutors, adopting specific protocols and methods for investigating and trying cases, and providing judicial officials with training on freedom of expression and the safety of journalists.- Publicly reaffirm the right of every journalist to receive, seek and impart information without any form of discrimination.- Encourage and reinforce member state cooperation with the IACHR and the special rapporteur’s office, especially on the issue of combatting impunity for crimes against journalists.“In view of the increase in violence against journalists throughout the Americas, we are very enthusiastic about this resolution’s adoption by the countries of the OAS and we share all of its recommendations,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.“This resolution marks a new stage in the growing awareness of the western hemisphere’s governments of their responsibility to protect journalists and promote the work of the media.”The resolution stresses the fundamental importance of freedom of opinion and expression in development and reinforcing effective democratic systems. It also recognizes that journalists investigating stories involving human rights violations, organized crime, corruption and other kinds of serious illicit behaviour are often exposed to aggression and violence leading to self-censorship that deprives society of information in the public interest.RSF shares this assessment and hopes that, although the resolution is not binding, governments will respect the undertaking they have given and will quickly implement the envisaged measures. Newscenter_img June 22, 2017 – Updated on June 28, 2017 OAS adopts resolution on protecting journalists Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS Receive email alerts June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Americas WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports to go further Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF sayslast_img read more

COVID-19 Means Nobody is Sleeping Soundly, Including Pasadena Engineers Who Work From Home

first_img Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Community News Subscribe More Cool Stuff Top of the News center_img GuRu Wireless Inc., a small Pasadena startup that’s working to develop millimeter-wave wireless power technology for commercial use, is showing how engineers could continue to be productive by using innovative work-from home strategies in the midst of a pandemic.Florian Bohn, GuRu Inc. CEO, said Work From Home for engineers will not be limited to video-conferencing alone, because work will not only involve graphs or text that can be shared online, but circuits and parts to design and to test as well.Featured on the electronics industry website FierceElectronics, Bohn said Work From Home for their engineers has been a little more involved.“Now when people test, they set up a test at a home session and take some of the equipment home or have things shipped there,” Bohn told FierceElectronics. “There’s overhead to hauling or shipping things home and you have to be very clever and efficient about who does what in a team and in what way.”The publication said GuRu engineers are using various well-established electronic design automation (EDA) tools to design integrated circuits and printed circuit boards and to conduct simulations for thermal, mechanical and electromagnetic effects.“We do drop test simulations, antenna simulations, thermal simulations – you name it and they can do it all,” Bohn said.The simulations, Bohn said, are run on the mainframe in GuRu’s main office such that their Work From Home engineers’ home computers are basically a terminal running on remote.“The software that is running is running remotely and all you have on the screen is display data that’s fairly low bandwidth and far less than streaming video,” Bohn explained.One thing GuRu Inc. tries to do for their Work From Home engineers is help them get the best possible internet connection with a VPN (virtual private network), which is ideal for online electronics development work.“Every employee needs the best connection so that it’s almost transparent that you are connected remotely,” Bohn said in the FierceElectronics interview.For fabrication and testing at home, Bohn recommends allocating a good amount of desk space for such tasks, even at the patio or the garage.Last year, GuRu Wireless, which evolved from Auspion Inc., introduced itself as the first company to offer room-scale, multi-watt, multi-device, safe wireless power-at-a-distance using millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology. In November 2019, the company said it had received $15 million in Series A funding from Kairos Ventures and BOLD Capital Partners, and will use the funds to complete commercialization, obtain FCC approval of its first products and add new management and engineering talent.GuRu’s technology is rooted in the lab of Caltech Professor Ali Hajimiri, who with Bohn and Behrooz Abiri founded GuRu to continue developing systems that could send energy over distance, including collecting solar power in space and transmitting the energy wirelessly to Earth.Since its founding in 2017, the company has transformed its core technology into commercially viable solutions while operating in stealth mode.To learn more about the company, visit CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News COVID-19 Means Nobody is Sleeping Soundly, Including Pasadena Engineers Who Work From Home By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 2:24 pm STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a commentlast_img read more

Missing man found safe and well

first_img WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – August 13, 2020 Facebook Gardai have confirmed that an Omagh man , who had been missing, has been located and is safe.He was reported missing in Donegal on Saturday last, and after extensive searches in Letterkenny yesterday, attention turned to Dublin following evidence he may have travelled there by bus.No further details have been released by gardai. Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Twitter Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleCowan available for Glens European tie after signing new dealNext articleBundoran lifeboat involved in Mullaghmore rescue News Highland Missing man found safe and well Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Blankenship volunteers with TV show

first_img Television often gets a back knock but sometimes it should get kudos.Nick Blankenship is a prime example.One of his favorite shows is ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The television show was Blankenship’s inspiration to get involved, first, with the Pike County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and then as a volunteer for an “Extreme Makeover” in Montgomery this week. Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Brundidge native Felton meets President Obama Letitia Felton (Bryant) didn’t exactly apply for an Army ROTC scholarship on a lark but then she didn’t expect to… read more Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Blankenship said the popularity of the television show is, perhaps, the main reason that so many people have volunteered.“But I think that a lot of people just want to do something good for somebody,” he said.“It’s a pretty emotional to see what these ‘Extreme Makeover’ families have gone through and how deserving they are of having a good place to live.”The Jordans lost a daughter in 1995 to domestic violence and, eight years later, their son died at the hands of a drunk driver.They are now strong advocates for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. They open their home each week to more than 100 young people who need a safe place to hang out.Monica Jordan began working for the State of Alabama’s Crime Victims Commission and later became a prominent speaker for M.A.D.D. by holding meetings in their homes.The “Extreme Makeover” experience fueled Blankenship’s desire to help make life better for deserving families. He is the maintenance technician at Troy Place and has enlisted the help of the employees in assisting with the construction of the 11th Pike County Habitat for Humanity home in late March.“We had already signed on with Habitat before I had the opportunity to volunteer with ‘Extreme Makeover,’” Blankenship said.“We are hoping that the residents of Troy Place will volunteer to work with Habitat on the house that will be built in Troy or make a donation to the local Habitat. It’s good to be a part of such worthy causes.” Sponsored Content Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 10:08 pm Thursday, February 19, 2009 Latest Stories Blankenship was so impressed with the good things that “Extreme Makeover” does to provided better homes for very deserving people that, when he heard that an “Extreme Makeover” house would be built in Montgomery, he went online to volunteer.“It was just something that I wanted to do,” Blankenship said. “Aronov Homes was chosen to construct the home and a lot of volunteers were needed. I went up on Tuesday and Wednesday and helped with packing up things from the house so that it could be demolished. I helped move things around and helped the crew get things set up. There were about 300 volunteers.”Blankenship said he got to meet the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s design team and host Ty Pennington, “but only to shake his hand.” “It was just exciting to be a part of it,” he said.Montgomery residents Monica and Brady Jordan, their daughter and three grandchildren will be the recipients of the new home which will be constructed over the weekend and ready for the family on Monday.“I have to work on Monday so I don’t know if I’ll get to go up there or not,” Blankenship said.“I might go this weekend just to watch. There are so many volunteers, about 3,000, that they are having to schedule work times.” Skip By Jaine Treadwell Blankenship volunteers with TV show Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Ocean City Pro Surfer Andrew Gesler’s Career Coming Full Circle

first_imgAlex DePhillipo & Andrew Gesler“Time is a funny thing,” Andrew Gesler mused during a recent conversation with OCNJDaily.“To be able to grow up with the sport I love and to be another link in a long chain of people who have (advanced the sport) has been pretty amazing. In a way my career has been a parallel to surfing’s growth.”And Gesler has ridden the sport’s surging popularity as adroitly as a Pipeline barrel. “My focus has progressed from competition to the media side of the sport,” he said.  I am really lucky to be doing something that I love and making a living at it.”The 32-year-old Gesler is an Ocean City native and Ocean City High grad who grew up on Wesley Road and still considers North Street beach “my home break.”He went from standing up on his boogie board to mastering his first used board around age 10 to becoming a member of the 7th St. Surf Shop’s team as a teenager. He put their sticker on his board, their clothes on his back and in exchange was given entry fees to local surf contests and a 50 percent discount on things he bought there.Around the water his whole life and encouraged by parents Keith and Kathy, a pro surfing career soon became his dream, his passion and his ambition – much to the chagrin of guidance counselors.“I was a good student, taking (advanced placement) physics and calculus. When teachers and counselors asked what my plan was, I said ‘the plan is to surf.’  They said ‘that’s not a plan’ and I said ‘it is to me.’ At that point I was committed.”It wasn’t long after graduation that he began competing and winning contests all over the East Coast. He picked up some early sponsors and was soon traveling around the country. He basically received free clothing, surfboards and a budget to travel to events. His compensation was incentive-based.“I was a professional, but it was a hard life. I was selling some of the boards I received just so that I could eat.”Despite the minimalist existence, he performed well on the waves and when he was 20 years old got a call that changed everything.“It was during a trip to California that one of my sponsors informed me that I was going to Australia to compete and then would be entered in three events in Brazil. “It was pure excitement at that point. I had been struggling up to that point. Here I was on a plane with guys I was in awe of growing up, like Chris Ward, and within a couple days we were friends. It was certainly a quantum leap.”In 2005 Andrew’s career took a different turn when his daughter Rory was born and single fatherhood presented some new challenges. He stepped away from incentives and held out for events that guaranteed a paycheck.  But he felt as if his career was in jeopardy.For a period of about a year, I wasn’t feeling good about my surfing or that I was still relevant. But Chris Drummy, a representative of Fox clothing, one of his main sponsors, renewed his contract and gave Gesler a raise.“That reaffirmed my purpose and confidence that I could still compete on a national level,” he said.Around that time, the Internet changed the sport and how the pros were compensated. It previously had to do with the print media.  “Before, you could make $10,000 from a sponsor for getting on the cover of Surfer magazine.  Things shifted to websites and hits and technology.  You could make real money.”Influenced by high school buddy Robbie Beach who had made some early surf videos, Gesler partnered with Alex DePhillipo to form Darkfall Productions. They made surfing videos, films and did video production work for businesses, including the Borgata Hotel and Casino. He picked up Hurley Clothing as a major sponsor along with Heritage Surf Shops.“I had come full circle, surfing on the boards I had used as a kid. The single fin short board I learned to surf on was shaped by Dan Heritage. I still compete. But mostly I do ambassador type work for Hurley and focus on the video side.”Readers may check out his work on the website currently resides in Egg Harbor Twp with his wife Jeannine and son Gavin. Rory lives with him in the summer and with her Mom in California during the school year. Life is good and he knows he made the right decision to pursue his favorite sport as his profession.Today surfers can watch the weather on numerous websites, follow other surfers on Instagram and Facebook, watch their latest sessions and competitions on Surfline.“Sometimes I wish I could go back and watch myself when I was younger, but we didn’t have that stuff back then. I’m excited to see where we are going next.”“I owe surfing a lot,” he said. “Surfing has given me most everything I have in my life.”last_img read more

O.C. Wins “Favorite Beach” Contest — Again

first_imgOcean City dignitaries enjoy another year of their town winning the title of “Favorite Beach.” By Maddy VitaleHow many times could you say Ocean City has done it again? Apparently as many times as “America’s Greatest Family Resort” wins New Jersey’s “Favorite Beaches” poll.The contest is through the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. The results of the 2019 survey were announced on the Boardwalk at the Ocean City Music Pier Friday.Ocean City dignitaries, including the mayor, city administration and City Council members and officials from the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, attended the event.“Ocean City, America’s Greatest Family Resort, is so honored to be named the number one beach in New Jersey,” Mayor Jay Gillian said after the ceremony. “It really shows that we have a quality of life, second to none, that so many guests, second homeowners and year-round residents enjoy.”Ocean City beaches are popular among families.Michele Gillian, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce said, “We are honored to be voted New Jersey’s best beach again this year.”She added that in addition to the pristine beaches, the resort offers a lot more.“From our beaches, to our Boardwalk, to the downtown and our back bays, we offer something for everyone,” Gillian noted.Debuting in 2008 as New Jersey’s “Top Ten Beaches,” the consortium survey was initially designed to encourage friendly competition and camaraderie among popular Jersey Shore communities along the coast, according to a press release.Representatives of the Chamber of Commerce said Ocean City has taken top honors in the poll for 11 years.Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the contest was rebranded “Favorite Beaches” to diversify results so that all areas of the state’s oceanfront would be recognized to create a sense of unity and support, officials said.Sunbathers get a jumpstart on their weekend Friday morning in Ocean City.Danica Bellini, communications specialist for the consortium, called the contest a lot of fun.“When I began two years ago, the first job I had was to work on this,” she pointed out. “Our organization is about protecting and sustaining the beaches. This contest is a fun way for everyone to showcase their beaches.”Here is the list of favorite beach winners provided by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium:2019 Overall Winners:Ocean CityMargate ATLANTIC COUNTY:Top Favorite BeachesMargateBrigantineAtlantic CityLongportVentnorCAPE MAY COUNTY: Top Favorite BeachesOcean CityWildwood CrestSea Isle CityCape MayWildwoodMONMOUTH COUNTY: Top Favorite BeachesAsbury ParkSpring LakeSandy Hook – Gateway National Recreation AreaBelmarOcean GroveOCEAN COUNTY: Top Favorite BeachesSeaside HeightsPoint Pleasant BeachBeach HavenIsland Beach State ParkBarnegat LightFor more information about the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium visit For information about Ocean City visit Boardwalk is a popular attraction in Ocean City, in addition to its clean beaches.last_img read more

Press release: World leading microbeads ban comes into force

first_img We are absolutely delighted to see the final stage of the microbeads ban that Fauna & Flora International recommended two years ago coming into force today. The robust definition of microbeads used in this ban is world-leading and should finally put an end to the sale of rinse-off products containing microbeads in UK shops and online. Microbeads might be tiny, but they are lethal to sea creatures and entirely unnecessary. We have led the way in banning these toxic pieces of plastic, but this is by no means the end in our fight. We will now press ahead with our proposals for a deposit return scheme and ban other damaging plastic such as straws”. A ban on the sale of products containing microbeads has come into force today as part of the Government’s world-leading efforts to prevent these harmful pieces of plastic entering the marine environment.From today, retailers across England and Scotland will no longer be able to sell rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products that contain microbeads – the tiny pieces of plastic often added to products such as face scrubs, soaps, toothpaste and shower gels.Just one shower alone is thought to send 100,000 microbeads down the drain and into the ocean, causing serious harm to marine life. The Government’s ban – praised by campaigners as one of the toughest in the world – will now prevent billions of microbeads ending up in the ocean every year.Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said: Dr Sue Kinsey, Senior Pollution Policy Officer at the Marine Conservation Society, said: Obviously this is just the beginning in the fight against plastic pollution, but the government’s strong action on this specific issue has put a spotlight on the threat the oceans face. We hope the Government will apply the same ambition to dealing with other plastics that threaten our seas and ocean life, and meet their commitment to achieve cleaner and healthier oceans”. We are delighted that this robust microbead ban has come into force. This is the strongest and most comprehensive ban to be enacted in the world so far and will help to stem the flow of microplastics into our oceans. We believe that this signals a real commitment on the part of this Government to clean up our seas and beaches and we look forward to seeing further actions to combat plastic waste”. Today’s announcement follows January’s ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads.It sits alongside the Government’s 5p plastic bag charge – which has taken nine billion bags out of circulation – and recent proposals for a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and a ban on the sale of plastic straws, stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds.It also forms part of the 25 Year Environment Plan commitment to eliminate avoidable plastic waste and sits alongside the Treasury’s call for evidence on how changes to the tax system could be used to reduce single use plastics.With the microbeads ban now in place, the Government is exploring how other microplastic sources enter our marine environment. Last month £200,000 was pledged by the Government for scientists at the University of Plymouth to explore how tiny plastic particles from tyres, synthetic materials like polyester, and fishing gear – such as nets, ropes and lines – enter our waterways and oceans.The Government also launched the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance earlier this year to help eliminate single use plastic and address marine plastic pollution across the Commonwealth. As part of this member states have pledged to take action on plastics, be this by a ban on microbeads or committing to eliminate avoidable plastic waste.Dilyana Mihaylova, Marine Plastics Projects Manager at Fauna & Flora International, said:last_img read more

Karl Denson Talks ‘Gnomes And Badgers’, Stevie Wonder, Football, Touring With The Rolling Stones, & More [Interview]

first_imgSaxophonist, flautist, singer-songwriter, and bandleader Karl Denson rolled into 2019 with many things to be thankful for. On March 8th, the San Diego-based musical mastermind unveiled the latest LP with his Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe project, Gnomes and Badgers, marking the first KDTU release in five years as well as the first release on his own imprint, Seven Spheres Records.In addition to two-plus decades with KDTU and funk/jazz/soul quintet The Greyboy Allstars, Denson was given a life-changing opportunity to join rock & roll legends The Rolling Stones following the death of longtime saxophonist Bobby Keys in 2014. The Rolling Stones recently postponed their highly-awaited North American tour due to a Mick Jagger health issue, but should be back on the road soon with rescheduled dates, marking the band’s first extended run of shows in the U.S. since 2015’s Zip Code tour, though they played Desert Trip in Indio, California, two Las Vegas arena gigs, and two private shows in 2016.Despite decades of involvement with New Orleans’ music scene and the annual Jazz & Heritage Festival, Denson’s 2019 Jazz Fest itinerary leaves the veteran musician more excited than ever. In addition to Denson’s variey of late-night endeavors, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is returning to the Jazz Fest fairgrounds for the first time since 2005. With his massive wave of recent success and accomplishments, Live For Live Music‘s Sam Berenson had a chat with Karl Denson to discuss the inspirations behind Gnomes and Badgers, personal time with Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, his love for the game of football, and more.Sam Berenson: The new record, Gnomes and Badgers, sounds fantastic. What sparked your desire to get back into the studio after five years?Karl Denson: Well, I’m kind of always in the studio—in and out of the studio, really. It takes me that long to complete a work. I’m kind of slow. Touring so much, it’s hard to balance it all out sometimes with trying to make records, trying to tour, and all the other stuff. For this record especially, there was a real process of a learning curve that was forcing itself on me. I knew I needed a new record, and I knew I needed a lot of new vocal tunes, so that was a big part of the challenge for this record, writing vocal tunes.SB: With that, I wanted to hear a little bit about the recording process. I know the new release marks your first release on your own imprint, Seven Spheres Records.KD: I did this record, and I really thought it was a good record. We talked to a few record companies, and nobody really was biting. I just told my manager, I was like, “I don’t really wanna wait around and try to get approval from somebody else,” especially the way things are now, where you can do your own thing. Early into the process, I just told him, “Let’s not bother. Let’s go ahead and do this ourselves. I’ve got another record in my head, and we’re gonna just forego all the nonsense, and do it ourselves, and take it right to the people.” From there, the record’s out now.Karl Denson – “Change My Way”[Video: KarlDensonVEVO]SB: Did doing everything on your own ramp up your workload?KD: It’s definitely a bit of a workload, in terms of spending my own money to promote it and do all that stuff. My manager’s working a bit harder than he would normally work, ’cause he’s taking care of all the ins and outs of actually releasing a record, so kudos to him. I think, in this day and age, it’s kind of like we are able to do what we wanna do, in our own space and time, so I’m just taking advantage of that as a citizen of the inter-web.SB: Totally, yeah, it’s awesome that that opportunity is always there. Let’s talk Stevie Wonder for a minute. I know you mentioned him being an inspiration for Gnomes and Badgers.KD: Stevie Wonder, among other people, but Stevie Wonder’s just been a seminal influence on my life; as a black man and a black person. That was my youth, growing up and listening to Stevie Wonder. On this record, once I got the band really locked in and felt like we were all on the same page, I think it just led to being able to look at Stevie Wonder, Rufus & Chaka Khan, and Labelle, and these bands that are the original funk bands, as kind of what we were aspiring to.SB: Anders Osborne has been a long-time friend of yours, a collaborator with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and he also joined you for some of the songwriting and recording on the new album. How did you guys get to know each other in the beginning?KD: I met him through mutual friends and the New Orleans connections, but I think Robert Walter is how I actually met him. We didn’t really hang out or anything, but it was more of a cold call that I made. I was looking for a guitar player/singer to do The Rolling Stones tribute with me, years ago, and we called Anders. Anders was available, and so that’s really how I met him. He popped up, and it was awesome. It was just a match made in heaven. To see how talented he was, it was just really fun. We did a Sticky Fingers tribute together, he was amazing, and then we became friends. We’re also both avid football fans.Anders, Ivan Neville, and I are always in close communication throughout the football season. Over the years, we’re always texting each other, during football season especially, just to see what’s up, and what happened with the game or whatever. So, Anders became a friend, and then when it was time to do the new record, I dug up an old version of “Change My Way” from when my band was first working on it, which is really funny, because it’s totally different. The band was a little confused by that song, but then I went down to New Orleans and did a writing session with Anders, he totally got it. He’s been a really great resource for me over the years.SB: Switching gears to The Stones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are larger than life figures in the music world. I was curious what your relationship’s like with them, on more of a personal level.KD: They’re the bosses and they’re the Rolling Stones, so they’re super nice, man. Mick is all business, so I don’t really bother him. He really has his work face on, all the time, and he does a lot. His day is jam-packed. Keith is way more laid back, so I’ve had a lot more time with him, in terms of just kicking it. The whole band, they’re amazing cats, and it’s really fun to watch them now. They’re enjoying each other, they’re enjoying their catalog, and it’s just a pleasure to watch.SB: That’s interesting how differently they operate. Where’s the most memorable place you’ve played with The Stones since joining the band? I know you’ve visited some really cool international destinations.KD: I would have to say Havana. The Cuba thing was… unfortunately, it was very short. What’s so fun about playing with The Stones is that we play only two days a week, so most places we go, we get to stay for three or four days. When we traveled to Havana, we only spent two nights there, so that was a little bit of a drag, but that was still something that I’ll never forget. I’m gonna definitely go back at some point, but going there for the first time with The Stones and seeing all of those people was something I’ll never forget. I think it was a half of a million people, or a quarter of a million people out there watching the show, and they were really incredible. The best thing about that show, really, was that the crowd’s reaction wasn’t a normal reaction. I think part of their reaction was sheer awe. By having something that big come to them, half of the time, it wasn’t just claps or cheers, it was just jaws dropped.SB: With that, you’re talking about enormous stadium crowds when you’re touring with The Rolling Stones. Deep down as a musician, do you feel any differently on stage with The Rolling Stones, opposed to playing a local San Diego show or a late-night show in New Orleans during Jazz Fest?KD: Well, the biggest deal with The Rolling Stones is those four guys. That’s the weirdest part of it, is just being on stage with those four guys. The show, musically, it’s not as challenging as my shows, because I play the whole time, and I sing, and I’m jumping around. With them, I play a third or a quarter of the time. It’s much easier, in terms of that, but still, it’s The Rolling Stones, so that’s the biggest deal. I feel like I’m part of the audience, in a certain way. I’m there with 70,000 people, and we’re all watching those four guys.SB: Had you ever seen the band before you joined them, live?KD: No.SB: Speaking of Jazz Fest, despite The Rolling Stones unfortunate cancellation, Tiny Universe is returning to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest proper for the first time since 2005. You must feel a little extra excited about Jazz Fest this year.KD: Yeah, I mean, this year in general is pretty epic for me with the release of my new record. We’re wishing Mick a speedy recovery. Everyone was sorry to hear about the shows being postponed, but obviously health comes first in a situation like this. This is just a little bump in the road. That being said, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is ready to get down to Jazz Fest. This will be our third official fairgrounds performance, which is a major milestone for the band. And, as always, we have a handful of after hours shows planned around the city during both weekends that will be big fun for everyone!SB: I wanted to end on a more personal level. San Diego is where you call home. With the little free time you do have when you’re not on the road, recording, or rehearsing, what do you like to do with your free time?KD: I am a world-class putterer. I just putter around the house.SB: Oh, putter-er. I thought you meant putting, like golf.KD: Nope. I thought you might think that. I’m talking puttering, like my dad. Today, I’m gonna practice a little saxophone. I’ve been practicing guitar again lately, gardening, some Tai chi. I’m gonna walk to the ocean and climb the stairs until I get a nice sweat up. Oh yeah! Cooking, I’m really into cooking, I just kind of hang out at my house, and I’ll get out and walk to get out of the house, but I’m really pretty content here by myself.SB: You mentioned bonding over football with Anders and Ivan. Lets talk a little football since you’ve expressed your love for the game. Who do you root for?KD: I am a lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fan.SB: This year was an exciting year for you guys, continuing on the up-and-up.KD: This year is the beginning of my dynasty, that I’ve been waiting my whole life for.SB: Do you get a chance to go to games?KD: Yes. Actually, just in the last few years, I’ve started doing it with my son. It’s become one of our fun things to do. We hit a couple of games a year, so we’ve gone to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City a few times now. We were lucky enough to catch the opening game here in L.A. against the Chargers, as well. Also saw that crazy Rams vs. Chiefs game in L.A. Yeah, so it’s a fun thing. I told my son, I go, “You’re very lucky with this Patrick Mahomes thing, ’cause you could very well have 15 years of great football before you go back to the dark ages, which I’ve just come out of.”SB: Yeah, he’s one of those athletes that you don’t see every day. He’s kind of like a LeBron James in terms of his freakish athletic ability.KD: Yeah, he’s a bit of a freak, and I was a little nervous that they actually got rid of Alex Smith this past season. I like to see the rookies sit on the bench as long as they can. I think it’s something that they don’t do enough of now, because they give them so much money, but I think a lot of times they get wrecked by the speed of the game, and they’re not ready for it. I think they did a really good job, and kudos to Alex Smith for taking things so well. I read a few interviews with Mahomes and his family, talking about how much of a professional Alex Smith was, and how much of a mentor he was for Mahomes, so I think Mahomes is ready for the whole thing. Next year is gonna be a big year for me.SB: Well, I look forward to seeing how they do, and I’ll be thinking of you when I watch the Chiefs. Thanks for taking some time to chat, Karl.KD: Anytime, it was my pleasure.Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s Gnomes and Badgers is streaming now on all major platforms. For more information and a list of Denson’s upcoming tour dates, head here.If you’re heading to New Orleans during Jazz Fest, don’t miss all the exciting after-hours shows Live For Live Music has planned to keep the party going all night throughout both weekends and the daze between! Check out a full list below. For more details and ticketing information, head here.Jazz Fest After Dark: L4LM Top Pickslast_img read more