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Christine Thompson to lead animation production at Dark Slope – Kidscreen

Christine ThompsonToronto-based virtual production studio Dark Slope has signaled its continued focus on the kids animation sector with the promotion of a key exec.
Christine Thompson has been named head of animation production at the studio, which launched in 2018 with a focus on immersive media (VR) and now has its sights set on the metaverse, multi-sensory experiences and high-tech animation projects. Thompson has been with Dark Slope since day one, overseeing CG-animated series, motion capture projects and asset prep for immersive projects in Unreal Engine.
At Dark Slope, her credits include the music-focused Babble Bop! on Peacock and Nickelodeon’s Ready Set Dance 2. Previously, at Brown Bag Films, Elliott Animation and Guru Studio, she worked on series such as Total Drama: Pahkitew Island, Bunsen is a Beast, The Fairly Odd Parents and PAW Patrol.
She has also overseen immersive projects such as Waking Wonderland, an AR experience from Atlanta-based Illuminarium Experiences and Canadian VR studio Secret Location that features animation and interactive technology.
Dark Slope president Dan Fill recently spoke with Kidscreen about the company’s metaverse ambitions, describing a strategy of  blending gaming, animation and VR to revitalize old formats and create a new, more immersive form of TV. He predicts that the metaverse is about 10 years out, but that in the interim, kids will increasingly expect more interactivity out of their content.
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Lightweight Audio Recorder Market Key Trends And Opportunity Areas – Designer Women – Designer Women

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LIVE Transfer Talk – Bernardo Silva wants to join Xavi Hernandez's Barcelona project – ESPN

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The summer transfer window is here, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
Bernardo Silva has informed his agent that he would like to join Barcelona this summer, reveals Sport.
After joining Manchester City in 2017, the 27-year-old midfielder is reported to be looking for a new challenge and he is keen to make the switch to Camp Nou after Barcelona revealed their interest in him this summer.
Negotiations are set to take place in the coming weeks as the Blaugrana look to strike a deal with the Premier League champions, though Pep Guardiola’s side are reportedly looking for a minimum transfer fee of €100 million to part ways with the Portugal international.
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has made signing Silva a priority target this summer as talks continue over a potential deal involving Frenkie de Jong and Manchester United — and it looks as though Silva has been identified as De Jong’s replacement.
Silva made 35 Premier League appearances last season, contributing to 12 goals.
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21.46 BST: While AC Milan have been credited with interest in Chelsea playmaker Hakim Ziyech for some time, the details of how such a move could be structured have been kept under wraps. The Athletic, though, reports that the Serie A champions are negotiating a loan deal for the 29-year-old former Ajax standout.
21.13 BST: Christian Pulisic wants to remain at Chelsea this season, according to the Mail, despite reports suggesting he could be used as a makeweight in a swap deal for Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt. The 23-year-old United States attacker is confident that he can make an impact for the Blues next season, having contributed to eight goals in 22 Premier League appearances in the 2021-22 campaign, though he would like to make more starts than the 16 he made across all competitions.
20.40 BST: Real Madrid have reached an agreement to extend the contract of Rodrygo until 2028, reports Marca. The 21-year-old winger’s new deal sees him remain at the Santiago Bernabeu with a reported release clause of €1 billion. The Brazil international has been a priority for the LaLiga champions this season, having made 37 appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s side last term.
20.07 BST: Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Joao Moutinho has signed a new one-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Monday. The 35-year-old was reported to be looking for a two-year deal, but after being convinced by Bruno Lage of his importance to the club’s project, he has agreed to remain at Molineux for another 12 months despite interest in his signature from around Europe.
19.34 BST: Everton have joined the race to sign Chelsea striker Armando Broja, according to Sky Sports. The Toffees are reported to have made contact with the Londoners regarding a bid for the 20-year-old Albania international, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Southampton last season. Frank Lampard’s side are the latest club to challenge for his signature, with West Ham United and Newcastle United also keen on landing him.
19.01 BST: Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic is close to reaching an agreement to join Fiorentina on loan and a deal could be completed as soon as this week, sources have told ESPN.
The 24-year-old was rated as one of Europe’s hottest young strikers when he signed from Eintracht Frankfurt for a €60m fee in 2019, but he has failed to settle at the Bernabeu — scoring just three goals in LaLiga — and isn’t in coach Carlo Ancelotti’s plans this season. Talks are now focused on whether the terms of the loan will see him play for La Viola for just one year, or until June 2024.
A number of teams have enquired about the Serbia international, sources said, but Fiorentina were the most attractive destination for the player. Teammate Alvaro Odriozola spent last season on loan at the Serie A club and impressed after going through similar struggles when he joined Madrid.
18.28 BST: Bayern Munich have emerged as contenders for the signature of Matthijs de Ligt after the Juventus centre-back held positive talks with the Bundesliga champions, reports Sky Sport Germany‘s Florian Plettenberg. The Serie A club are demanding a transfer fee between €60m and €80m, and the Netherlands international is keen to make the switch to the Allianz Arena despite interest from Chelsea.
17.55 BST: United States midfielder Tyler Adams has agreed to join Leeds United, with the transfer set to be announced this week, sources have told ESPN’s Tom Hamilton. Jesse Marsch‘s team will pay a transfer fee in the region of £15m, which would increase to £20m with add-ons, and the 23-year-old is set to fly to England in the next 48 hours for his medical. Read the full story.
17.22 BST: Leeds United are edging closer to signing Feyenoord winger Luis Sinisterra, according to De Telegraaf. The Premier League club are reported to have identified the 23-year-old as a replacement for Raphinha, who is expected to leave Elland Road this summer, amid interest from Chelsea and Barcelona. Jesse Marsch’s side are willing to pay a £23m transfer fee to land the Colombia international.
16.49 BST: Chelsea have been told Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo could be willing to join them, but the club are yet to decide whether to make a formal offer, sources have told ESPN’s James Olley. Ronaldo has informed United of his desire to leave Old Trafford in pursuit of Champions League football, but there are few realistic options for the 37-year-old, who earns around £500,000 a week. Read the full story.
16.16 BST: Canada international and former Orlando City SC and Besiktas forward Cyle Larin has joined Club Brugge on a free transfer, the Belgian club announced on Monday. The 27-year-old has signed a three-year contract, having been the subject of interest from Tigres of Mexico and Olympiakos of Greece.
Cyle is a Bruges Boy! 🔵⚫ Welcome to the family, @cylelarin16!
15.43 BST: Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz is being tracked by AC Milan, says Goal.
Luiz, 24, was signed from Manchester City in July 2019 and has attracted the interest of Arsenal before. However, Milan are reported to be in talks over a €30m move.
The Brazilian only has one year left on his contract, and appears unwilling to sign new terms.
15.20 BST: Canada international Adriana Leon has joined Manchester United on a one-year contract from West Ham United.
Leon, 29, spent three-and-a-half seasons at West Ham and made 59 appearances. A versatile forward, she scored 13 goals. She won Olympic gold with Canada at Tokyo 2020 and has 81 senior caps.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled and honoured to join this historic football club. To be the first Canadian female player to play for Manchester United fills me with immense pride and excitement,” she said in a statement. “I can’t wait to join this talented group and put on the famous red jersey.”
15.11 BST: Real Betis have confirmed the signing of Luiz Felipe.
The centre-back, 25, has joined Betis on a free transfer from Lazio, signing until 2027.
15.00 BST: Barcelona have confirmed the signing of ex-Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen on free transfer after his contract expired.
Welcome to Barcelona, Andreas Christensen!
14.55 BST: Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe is surplus to requirements at the Emirates, but the Gunners are struggling to find a destination for him, reports The Sun.
Pepe, 27, was signed for £72m from Lille in 2019 but has flopped and now wants to move on.
Arsenal want a transfer fee of at least £25m, but may accept a loan move to get his £140,000-a-week wages off the books, with clubs from Spain’s LaLiga reportedly interested.
14.44 BST: The Athletic claims Chelsea are considering a move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, 37, wants to leave Man United this summer to play Champions League football. However, United insist they won’t be letting him depart, given he has a contract until 2023.
Chelsea’s new co-owner Todd Boehly has already recently held a meeting with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes, in which a transfer was discussed, but it remains to be seen whether United would let him leave for a rival.
14.22 BST: Joao Moutinho has signed a one-year contract extension with Wolves.
Moutinho, 35, joined the club in the summer of 2018 and has impressed ever since.
Wolves technical director Scott Sellars said: “In Joao’s time at the club, he’s been vital, bringing real experience and quality to the group, so to get him resigned is a massive boost for us all. With contracts, it’s about getting to a place where everybody’s happy, the club and the player, and it isn’t always easy, but in the end what matters is the outcome and we’re very happy with it.
“He’s a huge influence in the dressing room, with the younger players, and sets standards that they follow. His and Bruno’s relationship is very important. As a coach, you like players who can solve things on the pitch, and Joao is certainly one of them.”
14.00 BST: Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips has moved to Man City for £42m.
New Manchester City signing Kalvin Phillips discusses the impact Pep Guardiola had on his decision to sign for the Premier League champions.
13.40 BST: Real Sociedad are closing in on the signing of Celta Vigo winger Brais Mendez.
Mendez, who was a reported target of Real Madrid in previous transfer windows, is set to join the Basque outfit in a €14m transfer, Diario AS reports.
Real Sociedad were looking to bolster their attacking line and had considered signing Real Madrid’s Take Kubo on a permanent transfer, but the Spanish champions were reluctant to let the Japan international leave.
Mendez will undergo a medical this week with Real Sociedad before putting pen to paper on a six-year contract. He scored four goals and set up five more in 37 league appearances for Celta this past season.
13.12 BST: Villarreal president Fernando Roig says his club has no need to offload any of its stars, including Pau Torres.
The Villarreal centre-back is considered one of the best defenders in LaLiga and has fully established himself within the starting XI for Spain, too. Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have reportedly monitored Torres’ progress in recent seasons and are keen to sign the 25-year-old this summer for around €60m.
“We don’t want to sell,” Roig said. “We are ok as we are. “I would love for Pau Torres, who has a contract with us, to continue playing at Villarreal for many years. It’s what I want, I don’t know what will happen. I would love for him to have a great first half of the season, then go to Qatar [for the World Cup] and then finish the campaign.”
Torres is under contract with Villarreal until June 2024 and has been offered a contract extension.
12.45 BST: Christian Eriksen has agreed to join Manchester United, sources have told ESPN.
The midfielder, who is a free agent, is set to sign a three-year deal once a medical is completed.
The 30-year-old spent the second half of last season at Brentford where he scored once in 11 games. He has turned down the chance to re-sign for Brentford to move to Old Trafford.
Tottenham also lodged an interest in Eriksen but after Antonio Conte stepped back from a deal, United were able to swoop in.
12.22 BST: Barcelona have confirmed the signing of midfielder Franck Kessie on a free transfer from Italian champions AC Milan, the club announced on Monday.
Kessie, 25, has joined Barca on a four-year deal after his contract expired with Milan on June 30.
The Ivory Coast international’s move to Camp Nou ends his five-year stay at the Rossoneri where he made 224 appearances and scored 39 goals.
He becomes Barca’s second signing of what is expected to be a busy summer following the arrival of Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, also on a free transfer.
12.19 BST: Veteran midfielder Santi Cazorla has signed a one-year contract extension with Qatar Stars League club Al Sadd.
Cazorla, 37, joined Al Sadd from Villarreal two years ago and his previous deal was going to expire this summer. The former Arsenal star scored six goals and set up nine more in 22 games this past season.
Cazorla wrote: “The club has exercised their right to extend my contract and I will play one more year at Al-Sadd. New coach, new motivations and a clear aim! Improve from what we did last season.”
12.06 BST: Juventus are monitoring Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes as a potential replacement for Matthijs de Ligt, Gazzetta dello Sport reports.
De Ligt is expected to join Chelsea this summer and Juve want to strengthen their defensive line after losing veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini, who joined Los Angeles FC last week.
Gabriel, 24, is under contract with Arsenal through June 2025. The Brazilian made 35 league appearances for the Gunners and is considered a key player for Mikel Arteta, with the club reportedly only willing to accept bids higher than €40m.
12.00 BST: Wolfsburg have announced that Poland international Ewa Pajor has extended her contract with the club until 2025.
Pajor, 25, could even stay longer as there is also an option to extend by a year.
The striker joined the club in 2015 and has made 135 appearances across all competitions. She has won the league five times and German Cup seven times. During the 2018-19 season, she was the Frauen Bundesliga’s top scorer with 24 goals. She has 69 international caps and has scored 46 goals.
11.43 BST: Rodrigo De Paul is determined to stay at Atletico Madrid, Diario AS reports, despite interest from Serie A clubs Juventus and Roma.
De Paul, 28, joined Atletico last summer and impressed at times last season — making 36 appearances in LaLiga and scoring three goals — without making himself an undisputed starter.
According to AS, De Paul is focused on improving in his second season in Spain, and securing a place in the Argentina team for the World Cup in Qatar.
11.24 BST: ICYMI — Leeds United are closing in on the signing of United States midfielder Tyler Adams from RB Leipzig for a transfer fee in the region of £15m, sources have told ESPN.
Adams, 23, is set to agree to a move to Elland Road that would see him reunited with his old manager Jesse Marsch, who coached him at both the New York Red Bulls and RB Leipzig. The U.S. international likely will replace Kalvin Phillips after Manchester City signed the England midfielder.
If the move goes through, Adams will become the fourth signing of Marsch’s tenure, following the arrivals of Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen and Marc Roca.
11.00 BST: Leeds United have signed Manchester City midfielder Darko Gyabi.
Gyabi, 18, has signed a contract until the summer of 2026, having played predominantly for the City U23 side last season.
“I am really excited! Obviously I have seen that they’ve given the young players a lot of opportunities in the first team here,” the England U18 midfielder said. “I think it was nine debuts in the Premier League last season, so that’s really good! I know a bit about the club, it’s a great club.
“The fans are what has attracted me the most. I played here last season and the fans were crazy in an Under-23s game! So, I can’t imagine how that’s going to be in a full stadium.”
10.45 BST: Where might Cristiano Ronaldo end up this summer?
Mark Ogden lays out the teams that may have interest in Cristiano Ronaldo.
10.18 BST: Real Madrid winger Peter Gonzalez — who made his first-team debut last season after impressing at youth level — could be headed to Real Valladolid on loan, according to Diario AS.
The 19-year-old forward is rated as one of Madrid’s most talented young prospects and started for their reserve team Castilla over the last two seasons.
AS reports that Valladolid president — and Madrid legend — Ronaldo Nazario could help clinch a deal as Valladolid look to strengthen following their promotion to the first division.
10.00 BST: Manchester City have completed the signing of Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
ESPN reported earlier in June that Premier League champions City will pay an initial £42m to sign the midfielder with another £3m due in add-ons.
Phillips, 26, will compete for a place in midfield with Rodri and replace Fernandinho in the squad after the Brazilian departed at the end of last season following nine years at the Etihad. He joins in time for City’s preseason tour of the U.S.
With the signing of Phillips and Erling Haaland already done, City are now set to focus on their pursuit of Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella.
09.47 BST: Udinese’s Nahuel Molina, Tottenham’s Emerson Royal and Wolves’ Nelson Semedo are all options in Atletico Madrid’s search for a right-back, according to Marca.
The departure of Kieran Trippier to Newcastle in January left a “huge gap” in the team, the newspaper reports, and Atletico are now in the hunt for a “top quality” signing to replace him.
Argentina international Molina, 24, is a favourite but may prove difficult to prise away from Udinese, while Emerson and Semedo have both been Atletico targets in the past.
Meanwhile the player Atletico signed to cover the loss of Trippier during the January window — Daniel Wass — could be on his way out of the club already, Diario AS reports. The former Valencia player suffered a knee injury in his first game for Atletico in February and failed to convince coach Diego Simeone on his return.
According to AS, Real Sociedad and Getafe are both keen on Wass, although Atletico may end up keeping him as a back-up option, with another right-back Sime Vrsaljko having already left the club this summer when his contract expired.
08.55 BST: Record reports that Joao Palhinha will undergo a medical on Monday with Fulham to complete his transfer from Sporting CP.
Palhinha, 26, arrived in London on Saturday and is expected to sign a five-year contract with The Cottagers. Fulham have reportedly agreed a payment of €20m plus €2m in add-ons for the 26-year-old defensive midfielder.
The Portugal international made 27 league appearances for Sporting this past season as the club finished runners-up to FC Porto in the Primeira Liga.
08.41 BST: Lautaro Martinez has confirmed he will remain at Inter Milan.
Martinez, 24, signed a contract extension until June 2026 last October but has attracted the attention of several top European clubs after scoring 25 goals in 48 appearances with the Serie A champions last season. Inter are considering letting a top star depart this summer to balance their books but it will not be Martinez.
The Argentina international striker replied to a post shared by Inter and wrote: “It’s almost time, another year together.”
08.30 BST: Arsenal have completed the signing of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, the club announced.
ESPN reported earlier in June that Arsenal were confident of landing the Brazil international amid rival interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
Sources also added that Arsenal will pay £45m plus a further £10m in add-ons to sign the striker.
“I’m very excited,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said. “The club has done a tremendous job to recruit a player of this stature. I know Gabriel personally very well, and we all know him well from his time in the Premier League and being really successful here.
“This is a position that’s been on our radar for a long time now and we have managed to get a player that we all wanted, so I’m really happy.”
Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens debate whether or not Gabriel Jesus would be the right signing for Arsenal.
AS Monaco are looking to make a move for Switzerland international Breel Embolo, reports Foot Mercato. The 25-year-old striker has recently been tracked by Lyon. But having already completed a move for Takumi Minamino, Monaco are hopeful of taking advantage of Embolo’s contract situation, as he has just 12 months left on his deal with Borussia Monchengladbach. He scored eight goals in 28 league appearances last season.
– Discussions are set to continue between AC Milan and Chelsea for the signature of Hakim Ziyech, reveals Fabrizio Romano. It is reported that Thomas Tuchel is willing to allow the 29-year-old attacking midfielder to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, with Ziyech open to making the switch to the Serie A champions.
Alessio Romagnoli is set to wait for Lazio to finalise a move for him despite receiving an offer from Fulham, writes Calciomercato. The 27-year-old centre-back is a free agent after his deal expired with AC Milan, and it is reported that while the Cottagers have proposed a four-year contract to him worth €4m per season, he plans to wait to continue talks with Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Denzel Dumfries wants to stay at Internazionale this season despite interest from across Europe, understands Calciomercato. The 26-year-old wing-back has attracted interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich in recent weeks, though the report suggests that he wants to continue in the Serie A with the Nerazzurri, after an impressive campaign last season saw him contribute to nine goals in 33 league appearances.
Valencia forward Maxi Gomez is set to complete a U-turn on his plans to leave the club, after a positive meeting with manager Gennaro Gattuso convinced him to stay at the Mestalla, according to Mundo Deportivo. Atletico Madrid have been linked with a move in recent weeks, but it looks as though the Uruguay international is now keen to get back to preseason under Los Che’s new head coach.


Nature Hear-Through: All-new Hisense U5120G Soundbar Launches in South Africa – PR Newswire APAC – PR Newswire Asia

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — World-renowned electronics manufacturer, Hisense, has recently announced the launch of the newest generation of U5120G Soundbar in South Africa. Available from June 29th at Takealot, Tafelburg, HiFi Corp, and Hirsch’s, the powerful and easy-to-use U5120G Soundbar will retail for R7999 and is expected to be a popular addition to at-home entertainment systems, providing a theatre-like experience for consumers.
The innovative U5120G Soundbar comes with 11 in-built multi-directional speakers and a 180-watt wireless subwoofer for a total of 510 watts of high-quality audio. The 8-inch subwoofer can process sounds as low as 40Hz, adding deep and powerful bass effects to movies, TV shows, games, and music. The devices feature easy connectivity and are Bluetooth compatible, meaning setup is clean, easy, and painless.
As to audio experience, speaker positioning inside the U5120G Soundbar creates a surround system with real 5.1.2ch sound.  A user remarked that, unlike traditional surround sound systems, which have one "sweet spot" seat for the best surround effects, with an intuitive DTS Virtual:X feature and Dolby Atmos, the U5120G Soundbar provides them with an immersive 360-degree surround sound that is warm and heartfelt at any seating position in their TV room.
The U5120G Soundbar can process high-resolution audio, giving sound quality comparable to that of recording studios and concert halls. Its Hi-Remaster technology enables it to upscale the sound quality of other input sources such as CDs and MP3s. Many users praised this feature, claiming that it amplified the compressed audio into an expanded, warmer and richer audio signal that adds depth and dimension to music or movies. For higher-end audio requirements such as movies and games, the U5120G Soundbar also supports 4k and 3D, processing data without quality loss and greatly improving the overall entertainment experience.
According to user feedback, the U5120G Soundbar is easily wall-mountable. It is also easy to set up, with a single remote that supports EzPlay and intuitive menus for customization and switching between different audio modes. If users do not wish to change audio modes manually, the AI EQ mode supported by Hi-AT technology offers sound optimization for each scene. Whether watching sports, a movie, or the news, listening to music or playing a game, AI EQ mode can detect and adjust to the best sound experience.


Tesla’s Berlin Factory Pauses Production For 2 Weeks Due To Issues – Screen Rant

Tesla will reportedly halt production at its Berlin factory temporarily. The company is expected to resume operations in two weeks’ time.
Tesla will reportedly halt production at its Berlin factory for two weeks due to multiple problems. The report comes just three and a half months after Tesla’s German Gigafactory opened amid much fanfare in the presence of CEO Elon Musk and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. On opening day, Tesla delivered to buyers the first batch of 30 Model Y cars that rolled out of the factory. The handover ceremony and associated festivities reportedly included loud music, with Musk even shaking a leg as the customers and their families cheered and clapped.
Initially announced in 2019, Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin is situated about 20 miles southeast of central Berlin in Grünheide, Germany. Once fully operational, the factory is expected to produce batteries, battery packs and electric powertrains in addition to assembling the Model Y. It is one of the many global Tesla Gigafactories, including Giga Nevada (in Storey County, NV), Giga New York (in Buffalo, NY), Giga Shanghai (in China) and Giga Texas (in Austin, TX).
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According to a report from German newspaper Bild (via Fortune), Tesla has decided to halt production for two weeks at its Berlin Gigafactory due to at least three major problems. First is the long manufacturing time that is creating a problem for the company in terms of meeting the already-high demand for its Model Y crossover. In addition, the company is also struggling with a lack of skilled workers, preventing it from going full-steam ahead with production. Finally, Tesla workers are also being required to spend time fixing flaws on already-assembled cars, thereby increasing both costs and production times.
According to the report, the current pause in production will help Tesla carry out extensive modifications to the plant’s operations to help remedy some of the issues. The company reportedly believes that some of the steps it will put in place will enable production to resume later this month at a faster pace. Once the modifications are done, the plant is also expected to move from two shifts to three as part of the company’s plans to increase productivity. Tesla expects its new plans to significantly increase output in the coming months and help the factory attain its full potential.
The report about Tesla’s decision to halt production at Gigafactory Berlin comes just over a week after Elon Musk described the Texas and German factories as “gigantic money furnaces” in interviews with a couple of YouTube channels. Tesla has also been having problems in Germany on the regulatory front, with the country’s road traffic agency recently forcing the company to recall 59,000 Model 3 sedans and Model Y crossovers due to a software glitch that could cause the failure of the eCall system.
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Piedmont Players presenting The Sound of Music – WBTV

SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) – The Piedmont Players will soon be presenting The Sound of Music at the historic Meroney Theatre in downtown Salisbury.
With Music & Lyrics by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, the Sound of Music is a tuneful and heartwarming musical based on the real-life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world’s best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II.
Maria, the tomboyish postulant from an Austrian Abbey, becomes the governess to seven children in the home of a widowed Naval captain, Captain Von Trapp. Maria, through her own trials and tribulations, brings a fresh love of life and music into the home. Piedmont Players’ production, directed and choreographed by Executive Director, Bradley Moore, is a fresh take on the classic musical. This production features a much smaller cast than usual, 16 people, some of whom play as many as three roles; a unit set – nothing coming in and out throughout the performance; a focus on the characters, the story, and the music; simplified costumes; and perhaps a slightly darker and moodier take on the usual world of the show. This production is unique to Piedmont Players, and perhaps even to the world.
For those that can’t keep the music inside them, there will be a special SING-ALONG performance of The Sound of Music on Saturday, July 30 at 2:30 PM. At this performance, the audience can sing at the top of their lungs with the cast as they perform the show on stage.
Piedmont Players Theatre’s cast includes: Caroline Monroe as Maria; Joey Moray as Captain Von Trapp; Jenny Carroll as Mother Abbess/Frau Zeller; Wendy Weant as Sister Berthe/Elberfeld/Frau Schmidt; Laura Raynor-Williams as Sister Sophia/Elsa; Molly Bronson as Sister Margaretta/Von Schreiber; Eric Slipp as Franz/Zeller; Bailey Daugherty as Rolf; Logan Flaherty as Max; Madisyn Prater as Liesl; Aidan Melton as Friedrich; Maggie Cross as Louisa; Asher Pethel as Kurt; Kimora Cooper as Brigitta; Aymen Bronson as Marta; and Ada Bronson as Gretl.
Producers are Edward & Susan Norvell, Charles Dabbs, David Post, & DKM Media.
The Sound of Music will be performed Friday, July 15 at 7:30 PM Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 PM Sunday, July 17 at 2:30 PM Friday, July 22 at 7:30 PM Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 PM Sunday, July 24 at 2:30 PM Friday, July 29 at 7:30 PM Saturday, July 30 at 2:30 PM
The special singalong performance is Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 PM Sunday, July 31 at 2:30 PM Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.
All performances will take place at the Meroney Theatre,  213 S Main Street Salisbury.
Tickets: $23 for adults; $21 for seniors/students/military. Tickets are available at or by calling 704-633-5471.
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Ashanti aims to bring women to Web3, says ‘owning is important’ at NFT music meetup – Cointelegraph

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Best Online Master's in Cybersecurity Degrees in 2022 – Fortune – Fortune

Across sectors, ransomware attacks and threats are on the rise, making the cybersecurity industry one of the fastest-growing and most critical industries in the world. Companies, governments and organizations will need more experts to keep their data—and your data—safe from bad actors. To meet this demand, graduate degrees in the field continue to expand and develop. For those seeking a flexible way to enter the cybersecurity arena, Fortune has ranked the top online master’s in cybersecurity programs in 2022. In total, we included 20 programs in this year’s list.


Apple Begins Selling Refurbished Mac Studio Models – MacRumors

Apple today began selling refurbished Mac Studio models for the first time in the United States, Canada, and select European countries, such as Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
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In the United States, two refurbished Mac Studio configurations are currently available, including one with the M1 Max chip (10-core CPU and 24-core GPU) for $1,799 (down from $1,999 brand new) and one with the M1 Ultra chip (20-core CPU and 48-core GPU) for $3,599 (down from $3,999 brand new). Inventory on Apple’s refurbished store fluctuates often, with additional configurations likely to be added over time.
Apple says every certified refurbished Mac undergoes full functionality testing, is put through a thorough cleaning process and inspection, and is repackaged in a new box with manuals and a power cord. Apple’s refurbished products are covered by Apple’s one-year limited warranty and 14-day return policy, and are eligible for AppleCare+ coverage. AppleCare+ for the Mac Studio is priced at $169 or $59.99 per year on a rolling basis.
Released in March 2022, the Mac Studio resembles a taller Mac mini, with holes on the back and bottom of the enclosure for airflow. Available with up to a 20-core CPU and up to a 64-core GPU, the Mac Studio is the fastest Mac ever based on benchmarks.
On the back of the Mac Studio, connectivity options include four Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, one HDMI port, one 10-Gigabit Ethernet port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack with support for high-impedance headphones. On the front, there is an SD card slot, along with two USB-C ports or two Thunderbolt 4 ports depending on the configuration.

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JCESC was prepared as OhioRISE went live | News, Sports, Jobs – The Steubenville Herald-Star

Jul 4, 2022
STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Educational Service Center has been preparing as part of a new initiative to help children with behavioral health needs which went live Friday.
This February, JCESC was among 20 regional providers to receive grant funding through Ohio Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence to coordinate services in eight area counties including Jefferson, Belmont, Harrison, Carroll, Columbiana, Monroe, Tuscarawas and Stark. The initiative is being overseen by Aetna Better Health of Ohio, but JCESC will serve as one of the community-oriented care management entities and received a little more than $1.1 million to defray start-up costs for local programming. So far, officials have created 20 new positions to assist the effort with the potential for 100 more jobs upon the enrollment of participating families.
CME Program Director Linda Trushel said the primary focus was to have the necessary staff and tools in place when the program begins.
“The coordinators have been reaching out to families who might qualify and telling them what the program can offer. If the family is willing, the coordinators meet with them to complete a Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths assessment to determine eligibility for the program,” she said.
Trushel noted that as enrollment grows, more care coordinators will be needed to coordinate services. Two offices are opening in Canton and Steubenville to aid that effort and employment opportunities are available on the JCESC website under the “About” tab.
“There were 19 jobs created with 14 care coordinators, a program director, two secretaries, one in the fiscal department and one for IT support, but we can have up to 100 employees based on enrollment of families in the program. The care coordinators work directly with them to help children with various behavioral health needs,” Trushel said.
The coordinators, along with Trushel and JCESC Superintendent Chuck Kokiko, have met with Family and Children First Councils, school districts, children’s services and juvenile justice systems within the participating counties to explain the program, and the employees have also been undergoing training since March 7 to make the transition a smooth one.
“This is a brand-new program and there’s a lot of prepping, orienting and training to get in place,” she added. “We are doing a lot of outreach and are excited to get the program off the ground to help families in our region.”
While JCESC will coordinate services, other agencies will provide counseling and therapy to the children. Additionally, Kokiko said the JCESC has had a lot of support since the project award helping to prepare for the go-live date.
“Our progress would not be possible without the support of the JCESC board,” he added. “They have made themselves available whenever needed and completely supported the project. Current and new staff also worked diligently to see that JCESC would be ready for Day One enrollments, and the Ohio Department of Medicaid and Aetna have been a tremendous source of assistance since the onset of the program. I would like to thank everyone who has got us to this point and we look forward to providing resources to children and families who will benefit from OhioRISE.”
JCESC became involved with OhioRISE after looking to expand outreach services beyond grades K-12 and address issues schools face today. Leaders noticed an increasing number of challenges surrounding mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities among students which ultimately could impact schools and families. Working with organizations such as the Family and Children First Council, Help Me Grow, Early Intervention and ENGAGE, as well as growing programs including alternative schools, Virtual Learning Academy and Jefferson Health Plan, helped prepare for becoming a CME. When Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Aetna would oversee the program, JCESC leaders realized it would create access to knowledge and resources the service had to offer and would enable the regional CMEs to maintain local services for local children and families.
About 2,335 youth ultimately would be served throughout the region with an overall estimate of 60,000 children statewide. The network to support them includes moderate care coordinators and intensive care coordinators and a majority of the new hirings would fall within those categories. Qualifications range from helping children through mental health and child welfare to developmental disabilities, juvenile justice and behavioral health care.
Ohio Department of Medicaid officials said OhioRISE was the state’s first highly integrated care program for youth with complex behavioral health and multi-system needs. The remaining CMEs provide community mental health and substance abuse, specialty care coordination, hospital and educational services. They include Unison Health, Harbor, National Youth Advocate Program, Choices Coordinated Care Solutions, CareStar, Lighthouse Youth and Family Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Healvine, Integrated Services for Behavioral Health, the Village Network, the Buckeye Ranch, I Am Boundless Inc., Wingspan Care Group, Coleman Health Services, OhioGuidestone, Positive Education Program, Ravenwood Health and Cadence Care Network, while some of those organizations are in partnership with the Child and Family Health Collaborative. OhioRISE will be available to youth under age 21 who are Medicaid-eligible.
For information on public and partnership opportunities, contact Kokiko at (740) 283-3347 or [email protected] and Trushel for children’s referrals to the program at [email protected] (740) 792-4011, ext. 502. A resource directory is also available on the JCESC website at under the “OhioRISE” tab with more details on the OhioRISE webpage at
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How ‘Stranger Things’ Landed Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ for Epic Finale (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety

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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched Episodes 8 and 9 of “Stranger Things 4,” now streaming on Netflix.
If Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” was the official song of Memorial Day weekend, then Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” may well have been the one for Independence Day weekend.
Thanks to the latest season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Bush’s 1985 hit — which saves the character Max’s life — soared toward the top of the U.S. charts after it was featured in season 4. In the second volume of season 4, the Eddie Munson character (Joseph Quinn) heads into the Upside Down with the rest of the Hawkins crew and promises to take on the evil Vecna.

In the scene, Eddie grabs his guitar and plays “Master of Puppets” by Metallica, performing “the most metal concert ever.” As he riffs on his guitar, the bats surrounding Vecna’s lair are lured away, leaving Steve (Joe Keery), Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Robin (Maya Hawke) to attack the demon.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has said the song, from Metallica’s 1986 breakthrough album of the same name and widely considered one of the band’s all-time classics, is essentially about drugs and how addiction controls people, but its lyrics can be perceived to be about many master/puppet situations. It runs at an epic 8:35 and ranges from crushing riffs to a progressive-rock middle section.
The show’s music supervisor, Nora Felder, explains that executive producers Matt and Ross Duffer — a.k.a. the Duffer brothers — had woven the song into the script during pre-production.
“It was another one of those ‘it has to be this song,’ moments,” Felder says. “This part of the story was anticipated to be a pivotal and especially hair-raising scene in which Eddie heroically stood tall for the fight of his life. I believe the Duffer Brothers felt that playing ‘Master of Puppets’ throughout the extended scene was the clear choice. No other song was discussed further, and we jumped in to clear it straight away.
The track was a perfect match for Eddie since it not only amplified the episode’s most thrilling scene, but “in some ways, aligns with Eddie’s seemingly arrogant and edgy in-your-face public persona.”
Until that moment, Eddie has been misunderstood. Felder says, “The Talisman-like qualities of Eddie’s guitar and punk metal music help him reconnect to his closely-guarded traits of love, care, and courage.”
Felder adds, there are similarities between Vecna and the drugs referenced in “Master of Puppets.” She says, “They share similarities in that they each have life-destroying powers that rob people of their essential personal powers. The aggressive up-tempo metal sound belies its cautionary psychological and socially conscious lyrics, which are rooted in a sensitive concern for others. The sensitive side that we’ve seen in Eddie, which is clearly evident in the scene when he meets up with Chrissy, is similarly masked and concealed by Eddie’s abrasive public image.”

When it came to securing the needle drop, all clearances had to go directly through the band. She says, “I got in touch with Metallica’s management office and carefully went over the scene and what the intent would be. I knew the clearance would be taken seriously as we had used one of their songs (‘The Four Horseman’) in season 2 and had learned at that time that they were fans of the show. ‘Master of Puppets’ is a pretty significant song in their catalog, and I think it’s considered a favorite in their live shows. I wanted to be respectful in making sure that Metallica fully understood what context the song was being used in, plus how integral it was to the scene and for this exciting new character, Eddie Munson, who no one had met yet in previous seasons.”
The band signed off on the pitch.
Eddie plays an instrumental version of the beloved song, and yes, that is Quinn actually playing the guitar. Felder confirms, “Yes, Joseph did take time to learn the guitar riff and was actually playing along to a guide track. Everyone thought he did a great job.”

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And this is episode 160 of the Top Left Corner recorded Monday, July 4th, 2022. I’m your host, Jay Velázquez, welcoming you to the show, and I hope that you’re having a good Independence Day. Whatever you might be doing — maybe you’re going to a parade or grilling up some burgers and dogs or maybe getting ready to go to a baseball game or fireworks — I hope it’s safe, healthy, happy, and maybe you leave a little bit of time in your schedule for a little contemplation. Contemplation about what to Americans is the 4th of July. Riffing off Frederick Douglass’ “What, to a Slave is the 4th of July?” I think that this is a year that we should be doing some introspection about the nature of this country. And, you know, we’re going to be doing that on shows like the Top Left Corner and probably, oh goodness, certainly Growl. Other shows we’ll be talking about it going forward because it’s a conversation that is long overdue. What exactly is this country? I think a lot of the times we think we know. But if we’re not talking about it, if we haven’t reached some sort of consensus about what is the United States of America, and what do we what do we aspire to be, and are we actually doing those things that would get us there, then we’re not really, we’re just sort of on autopilot.
And I think, you know, when you put yourself on autopilot, this is where you get. But we’re not going to dwell on the negative too much today. We have other shows to do that, as I said. But we do have on this show today, we have a great conversation that is about something truly liberating, which is music. We have as our guests the Berkshires Academy for Advanced Musical Studies founder and Executive Director, Richard Boulger and Director of Development and Communications, Jane Forrestal, who are here to talk about the grand opening of this new music academy in its new home in building six of the Western Gateway Heritage Park. And they’re going to be throwing a big old hoedown on July 17th from 1 to 5 p.m.. And it is going to be featuring so much music. It is going to be headlined by the legendary drummer and founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Jaimoe Johanson, performing with BAAMS’s faculty, students and friends, including Richard Boulger, Victor Jones, Alex Blake, David Gilmore, Dario Boente, Kris Jensen, Gina Coleman, Jim Taft, Braden Collins, Luke Zeto and probably possibly other surprise guests. So mark that slot July 17th all afternoon pretty much as as booked because you should be there food and drink will be available from the freight yard pub and you can get more information by emailing [email protected]
Since I’ve spent enough time talking, why don’t I liberate you from listening to me? And we’ll get to that conversation with Richard Boulger and Jane Forrest. All right. Here on the top left corner.
Top Left Corner: [00:00:00] And with me on the line is Richard Boulger, who is the executive director of the Berkshires Academy’s for the Advanced Medical Studies. Welcome to the top left corner, Richard.
Richard Boulger: [00:00:13] Thank you, Jason. It’s great to be with you. Good morning.
Top Left Corner: [00:00:16] So, you know, this is as it always is, it’s casual conversation. You know, we like to just sort of meander a bit. That’s our style here. And never more so than when we’re talking about music. It’s a subject that we we delve into quite a bit here. It’s one it’s one of the things that I started The Greylock Glass for to promote local music. And I’m so excited to hear and share about share news about this this awesome new institution. First, give us a sense of why this academy was conceived.
Richard Boulger: [00:00:55] Well, for me, it’s been a lifetime of searching and studying and with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd and many other masters, and taking so many complex ideas that they share with me and put them through a filter so that they would be accessible to young people. And for the past 20 years, before moving back to the Berkshires, I actually spent several years living in New York and teaching in Brownsville and Brooklyn and some of New York’s more underserved communities, if you will, and had great success with helping young people tap into their talents and really see firsthand transformations in their lives, not only as young musicians, but it would directly carry over into their lives as human beings. With that said, in 2020, my partner Jane Forrestal, and I decided that we are both from originally raised in North Adams, and after so many years we thought, wouldn’t it be great to bring this back to our home, to the Berkshires? And so we have taken this lifetime of experiences and now we believe it’s such an opportunity and we’re so excited to share with young people in Berkshire County and greater regional areas, to really give kids an opportunity to tap into their talents as young musicians and as artists. The the premise of this Berkshires Academy for Advanced Musical Studies is that the teaching methodology that we use, and that’s called the learning system that I’ve developed, and it’s based on the fact that your musical instrument is actually an amplifier of what you are hearing, thinking and feeling. So we teach kids that they are the source, they are the source of music, and we teach kids how to express their own unique life experiences, their emotions and all that they are as human beings.
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Top Left Corner: [00:03:08] That’s very cool. And and I feel like you’ve you’ve made that you’ve given the description before because that was really a nice complete package delivered as if as if you were pitching it to a bunch of parents who might not be thinking, okay, well, my kid’s school offers music instruction, but what would be the benefit of going to a of of of going beyond that? What sorts of things would students be doing or would would youth be doing in the academy that they’re not getting at as good as the school’s music program might be? What sorts of things are going to differentiate that?
Richard Boulger: [00:03:56] Yeah, so stereotypically in almost all situations, what you see with kids when they first start to learn Music Day one generally consists of a case with an instrument inside. That’s one component. The second is a book that normally comes with that, an instructional book. The third is a music stand to put actually put the paper or the music sheet music or book onto the stand. And then you have the music instructor. So you have all these and of course the students. So you have all these different elements at one time being introduced to the kid, the child, the student. And so what I found is years ago, as a young person, just learning how to play music was it was this overwhelming and that the focus for many years was really on an external source of the source of sound was coming from an external experience, in this case, a written piece of music and a band instructor conducting and leading. And so the difference. Is it bombs? We teach our kids that they are the source. We have a whole learning system that is really based in teaching kids how to hear, how to hear, how to think and how to even feel their experiences and put that into sound. So we have a whole teaching methodology that’s very unique. And as I mentioned earlier, that was given to me through two master musicians, Freddie Hubbard and Donald Bird, none of which both Freddie and Donald never wrote these things down, these ideas down. So I’m truly humbled and blessed to be able to carry forth their ideas and share it with young students.
Top Left Corner: [00:05:37] Now, I think that’s a very holistic approach. And I couldn’t agree more that that the source you only have to look at, look at young children to see that they’ve got the they’ve got the music in them. It’s already there, you know, whether or not they are sort of, you know, naturally drawn toward, you know, strings or percussion or singing or whatever it might be. It doesn’t take a lot to draw it out of them. What is the age group that you’re talking about for for for this academy? Are we talking young kids or older kids? What what’s the range?
Richard Boulger: [00:06:24] Well, right now we’re primarily focusing in on kids 12 to 18. And that’s that’s where now our primary focus. We’re also planning on extending this our offer, our the opportunity to work with older adults, if you will, fairly we’re thinking in the fall we’ll be extending out that offer. So I myself personally have had the same teaching methodology used on several so-called non-musicians professional people. I have students who are lawyers or people in finance or doctors, graphic designers, etc., and they consistently find that in going through this process of learning the learning system, they there’s a direct carryover from how they have evolved musically, but also in their own professional lives, how they communicate with their colleagues. And they just see pronounced changes in their overall lives in addition to their musical growth and gains.
Top Left Corner: [00:07:19] This is a great area for it, and I think it’s a great area for it because, number one, there is an arts foundation here, but it’s also a great area because we do not actually have the same. Musical landscape, a live performance landscape that say the Pioneer Valley does North Northampton, you know, in the middle of the five colleges area, they’ve got many more venues that you can you can play at. We don’t have a lot of venues here, and I’m really hoping that with an increased saturation, it will sort of just sort of spontaneously generate maybe some more interest in in live performance. Tell me something about your views on and this is a big, big thing for me. There’s a lot of folks here who are you know, they’re putting on shows that are like tribute bands, which, you know, they’re fun, you know, a Beatles tribute, a, you know, Led Zeppelin tribute, whatever. And but it does tend to crowd out the space for original music. So when you’ve got tribute bands, cover bands, and that seems to be the the bulk of what’s what’s on offer on a Friday night. How do you compete with that with with original music? How do you get people to the audiences? Because, you know, the the missing part of the equation in all of this is that music is shared and the audiences have to be receptive. So what what can we do as a as a as a region to help nurture these audience, as audiences, as well as the artists themselves?
Richard Boulger: [00:09:15] Hmm. That’s a that’s a great question. I think on some level, it really does start with younger generations in terms of educating kids at a younger age. And as they grow and get older, they’ll have the the insights, the wiring and the brain, if you will, in terms of the awareness that they can have to perceive as listeners and appreciate original music ultimately and the creative process. I wanted to just touch upon something you said about tribute bands as opposed to creating original music. I always remember what Donald Byrd shared with me the one time he shared actually several, several, several times when I was working with him. It probably the lasting sounds in my mind when I think of Donald Byrd, where he used to always say to me, don’t do what they did do as they did and don’t do what they did do as they did. And I think that that’s sort of a mantra that’s been driving me for many, many years, that it’s one level to be able to and I say this very respectfully to so many great musicians, but I see it as in some way, if you’re playing what’s already been played over and over again, there’s some form of regurgitation.
Richard Boulger: [00:10:29] And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I just feel that we also should celebrate the the magic and the majesty of the creative moment, the possibilities of sound that can can evolve if we’re open to that. And I think being here in the Berkshires, there’s just so many, I guess I’d call them sacred spaces and places like Greylock. My goodness, Natural Bridge. Yeah, the list goes on and on and on. And what does that sound like? How do we get young kids to be able to tap into go to these places and in the moment tap into these experiences and have a genuine transference of sound through their instruments in the moment, communicate on that level. So we’re really we’re really interested in helping kids compose, improvise, create their own music. And to your point, we hope to be able to start to as soon as we can, having our original groups of young musicians going out and playing in the community. Very.
Top Left Corner: [00:11:33] Very event. Very cool. That’s that’s the way. That’s definitely the way. And and, you know, the idea that there might be a Berkshires sound, whether it’s rock or jazz or blues, that’s a that’s a neat idea. I would love to I would love to sort of see what all of that distillation sort of generates when it comes to, you know, what do you what do you think of when you hear, you know, Berkshires Berkshires folk Berkshires blues. And and I see I see a lot of opportunity for that. This obviously, how many how many students do you expect to be able to have at any given week or month? Do you have a limit?
Richard Boulger: [00:12:21] Right. So for our jazz camp, which is coming up, this would be our fourth jazz camp this August 15th through the 19th, where we have 30 to 50 slots open for kids. And that’s that’s about a 50 sort of our our high end. And 30 is somewhere in there. So we are definitely encouraging. Young people to visit our website and sign up for that. Ww That Berkshires Academy AMS dawg. They can they can have more information on the jazz camp. Moving into the fall, we are also in the number of about 60 to as high as maybe even 100 students depending. But we have because of the nature of what we’re teaching, it’s each student we see, each student has their own voice. It’s not a cookie cutter generic type of approach here. It also like to say that I have handpicked a faculty that I am just so thrilled with. I consider each one of these musicians world class in every way. Number one, they all have. They’re all fantastic recording artists who tour with major, major, major labels and or artists themselves. That’s number one. So they’re fantastic musicians. Number two, they’re great teachers. They’re passionate about what they do. They they want to help each kid open up the tap into their potential. And number three, they’re just really good human beings. And to me, you’ve got to have a good heart. You’ve got to be a good person, have a good spirit to be able to connect with kids. Because ultimately what we want to do is inspire, inspire young people to want to play with the world that we live in. Sometimes more kids are interested in video games or being on a phone. How do we get kids back into playing music and really discovering the magic of the possibilities of playing a musical instrument that’s always.
Top Left Corner: [00:14:16] Well, having having two teenagers myself, that is an ever present question in this household. How do we make sure that they’re getting the the diverse set of experiences that, you know, that I had? You know, I was fortunate to have a bunch of, you know, musician, miscreant friends. And, you know, as a singer, we we absolutely were suffused with music, whether it was playing in garages or in dive bars or wherever it was. We that was part of who we were and what we what we did. And, you know, for those people who weren’t in the bands, they hung out. You know, they they were there, you know, often kind of hanging out and probably doing things that we weren’t, you know, would not have made our parents happy. But, you know, that’s kind of part of it, too, I suppose. Jane, I know that you can speak to a few other elements of bebop. What what would you say is. Well, first of all, just give us your sort of assessment of where this is going and and how it operates as an organization and how it’s going to sort of function within the broader community.
Jane Forrestal: [00:15:42] Sure. Well, that’s I can talk about that for a whole day. Yeah. So. So Band really is an organic organization that grew out of we’ve held three Berkshires Summer Jazz Band Day Camp. That showed us how energized the kids have been from learning alongside each other and with our faculty. And we really saw after the let’s see, our second day of camp, that’s when we really began to seriously think about how to bring this home and how to make it work. So the one parent said to me, I’ve never seen my daughter so energized to go home and practice new things that she’s learned about piano into in the span of two days. Chatting with with people after the child has been there for a day or two in the midst of the camp. And it’s an easy format. It’s not stressful. We start at noon, we finish at about 430 in the afternoon. It’s celebratory. It ends the camp ends with a big Friday night gala where students and faculty perform together. There’s usually solos, many solos taken. There’s usually an original song composed by the entire group that gets performed, sort of like the big world premiere of a brand new song that just came out of a week together. So one of the things that we feel about. Bringing this home is that this is a region that. Yes. It has a really strong cultural base. It has families who care about their children’s education and opportunities. But there’s not a lot of of options, as, again, we’ve heard from parents, they’re having to for additional learning. So if you have the kid who likes to play basketball during gym, will they join a league after school or they join the team? What does a music student do with their additional drive? Parents find themselves driving weekly to Northampton, to Albany, to Cambridge, Mass. And that this is a change for the region to be able to just find these resources right in their own backyard.
Top Left Corner: [00:18:07] And private private instruction is extremely expensive, too. I’m not we can talk about that a little bit later.
Jane Forrestal: [00:18:13] It is. And the expense part of it is that this is not a cheap undertaking we have in any regard. When you’re when you’re running an institution, serving a population of young people, it’s expensive. There are insurance policies to be bought and software and technical equipment, all the bills you can imagine to run something, and yet you want to make it as affordable as possible for the average family. Because one of the things that happens when a child considers an activity or a family considers it, the first thing they want to know is, can we afford it? Is it going to be just too much on us on top of all the other expenses of raising kids? And so what we’ve done is we structure our tuition to be affordable. We we are looking for a lot of support from the community, especially big business, who frankly have been doing so well in recent years that we would we would really hope that people. Realize the gift that that’s sitting right here in their midst and help us move this forward.
Top Left Corner: [00:19:27] I feel the same way about The Greylock Glass. So when you find those big businesses, you can send them my way. And whatever they have left over, they can they can help support The Greylock Glass. But, you know, the good news is that you are a 500 13c nonprofit, and that means that there are grants out there. Have you been have you been able to find things that that are good match grant opportunities?
Jane Forrestal: [00:19:55] Sure. Yeah. There are plenty of opportunities out there that are a good match. And one of the things that we ran up against, which is now beginning to shift when we first opened, was we opened in the midst of a pandemic. So the existing nonprofit culture that exists that that was already in operation here really needed huge help to just survive, to not have to close their doors. A lot of nonprofits depended on attendance, ticket buying and so on and so forth. And if you cannot reach your audience, everything ended. In our realm, we had to pivot. We went through something similar. We had to pivot all of our learning to online for the last two years during the school year. So the whether or not we qualified for grant moneys or survival money, there were there were grants put out to help nonprofits survive. We didn’t qualify because we were not in existence prior to January one, 2020. Right. We weren’t funded until April. So that cut out a lot of opportunity. However, the other thing that’s going to happen is people really are able to grasp what they can see and hear and experience. And now that the pandemic is beginning to truly lift, we’re coming back together as human beings in one space. Kids are going to be able to learn in person. People are audiences are going to be able to hear our people perform, whether it’s faculty, students or both. And, yes, I mean, you mentioned more live music venues in the region. That’s one of the things that BAAMS hopes to hopes to offer as well. So on a semi-regular basis that we put on BAAMSs presents just great events that audiences are going to love.
Top Left Corner: [00:21:58] That’s fantastic. Do you do you imagine whether you’ll be able to do it now or in the future that you’ll be able to come up with any sort of sliding scale or any scholarships?
Jane Forrestal: [00:22:09] Yes, we have been we have been offering scholarships. We really don’t want to turn anybody away who’s got any interest in studying with us. So it can be sometimes it’s a it’s a really happy situation where we’ve already received a grant from a town that says we want to support kids from name the town to attend your camp. And that’s what these funds should be used for. So when they’re earmarked like that, it’s a no brainer. We can easily help those kids out in other cases. Sometimes I have to say, okay, I’m going to go. I’m going to make ten phone calls and I’m going to try to find this tuition money for this particular student if we don’t have the funds already earmarked in our in our coffers. So it’s it can be a challenge. We. In general because the tuition is already so affordable. If you compare attendance at, say, the camps at Berkeley, we’re about a third of what they’re charging. And we’re here again. We’re right here in the beautiful Berkshires.
Top Left Corner: [00:23:17] Oh, yeah. And listen, you know, the price comparison, I’m sure, is is pretty stark when, you know, when you think of someplace like Berkeley. I am glad to hear that you do have awareness that for some families there is zero extra dollars available for these sorts of things, but tons of interest. So it’s it’s great that you’ve you’ve taken that taking the lead and creating a sort of as many as you can fit in the door regardless of ability to pay. Let’s let’s talk. And by the way, if if you haven’t hit the Mass Cultural Council, there are there’s some there’s some good grants that I think I remember seeing over the last couple of years that that probably fit pretty closely to your mission. So if I remember if I remember the names of the specific grants, I’ll send them your way. The this event. Now let’s let’s get to the reason that we’re talking the the the event that caught my eye and Gina Coleman who is I’m happy to see part of part of this event she sort of hit me to this. And it is a really fabulous sounding night of of music. Tell us about this. Is it what’s the function of it? Is it a fundraiser? Just give me the give me the skinny on here because this is going in the calendar.
Richard Boulger: [00:25:00] Yeah, it’s it’s actually an afternoon of music. So it’s July 17th, which is a Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and it’s outdoors. So people should like bring a lawn chair and dress accordingly. But yeah, it’s an amazing event and this is sort of our way of saying We’re here. This is our grand opening celebration. And it also serves as the only big fundraiser of our summer to raise money for the jazz camp, for us to equip our new facility with a few more things that it certainly needs as any necessary things that we find when you start up. And then going into the fall lesson offerings and running the organization into the fall of 2022. So we’re hoping for a big turnout. We’re very excited to I don’t think we’re we’re talking with Jaimoe, who as you, you know, is is sort of our special guest, Allman Brothers Band, legendary founding drummer Jaimoe is is coming to play. And he he doesn’t think he’s ever played in North Adams. So this is sort of history in the making as well.
Top Left Corner: [00:26:12] It’s never too late to have a debut. And.
Richard Boulger: [00:26:16] Exactly.
Top Left Corner: [00:26:16] So this is Sunday, July 17th, 1 to 5 p.m. and this is at Heritage State Park, which is which is a great space that has been underutilized. But this is your new home now.
Jane Forrestal: [00:26:31] It is, in fact, where because of the number of guests that we expect, we’re going to be down in this sort of a central area, the courtyard area, our building is they’re building sixes all the way at the end on the left hand side of the park. It’s it’s beautifully laid out for our purposes. There’s really not much that we need to do to it to make it work. There’s two different larger performance and presentation spaces where we can also do ensemble rehearsals. Then there’s several smaller spaces with the ability for students to go in and practice or even record. That’s one of the things we’re so excited to be able to be doing eventually in the building is to record the kids original music and teach them about how to do it instead of handing something to them, teach them how to fish.
Top Left Corner: [00:27:23] Mm No, absolutely. And today it is so much easier. And I’ll bring Richard back in to the conversation here, because today you can have a laptop and that’s about it. If you if you to get started, it’s amazing what, what, what people are doing, which was already underway. I mean, let’s face it, the Internet made things like collaboration across continents for musical projects possible. And then with the. The pandemic, people started looking for even greater ways. But, you know, you can have a laptop and and do some amazing stuff. So the just the very art of recording, of music production and recording is has changed drastically in the last 20 years or so. So that’ll be interesting to see what what the students do. Richard, this is going to be an afternoon of just smoking hot music. Tell us about who’s going to be there and what we’re going to hear.
Richard Boulger: [00:28:35] Yeah, Jason. So we have we have some fantastic musicians who are going to come out in addition, of course, to Jamal, as Jane mentioned. We have guitarist David Gilmore. David is a longtime faculty member. Also, all of our members, for the most part, are going to be are also our faculty members advanced. But David has been teaching at Berklee, Berklee College of Music since 2006, long time touring with Wayne Shorter and just so, so many other great artists. That’s Dave. We have another drummer, Victor Jones, who has just met longtime drummer of Stan Getz. Chaka Khan. He’s just a fantastic, great drummer. We have the great Alex Blake on bass. Alex is a former member of Sunrise Orchestra and Sonny Rollins and Freddie Hubbard and just the who’s who of the music world. Let’s see. Keep running down the line. And we have a great pianist named Dario Valente who just won his, I think his third Grammy Award or something. So he’s doing pretty well. And let’s see, we also have a few more. We have some dear friends of ours who are going to be joining us. Also, we have a childhood friend of mine who’s now a master musician in his own right now, Jim Taft, fantastic vocalist and drummer. And just he’s a super musician and of course, the one and only Jenna Coleman. Mr. Blues, I’m just so grateful for Gina. She’s every time I’ve had a chance to work with her on a series of her projects and everything that she serves up is just pure soul.
Richard Boulger: [00:30:27] So we also finally have a great saxophone player will be joining us, Mr. Chris Jensen. Chris Jensen and I go way back to my days when we first started studying at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford at the School of Music back in the mid eighties. And Chris is an alumni excuse me, Chris is an alumni of Dickey Betts, Great Southern for nine years, and also the Maynard Ferguson Band for a long period of time. And Chris is actually the reason why I got involved myself, was introduced to Jaimoe and consequently started touring with Gregg Allman’s band and the Allman Brothers. So everything’s sort of coming full circle for us as sort of an extended family, if you will, of musicians and coming together for a common cause, which is to bring a spirit and energy, if you will, of just trying to introduce the community to what the possibilities of music are. I would say that there’s no rehearsals for this. There’s no music on stands. We’re just going to show up and tap into the moment and we’re going to play. And I think that’s sort of the spirit of what we honor is, is that the music itself will tell us what it wants to do. So I just couldn’t be more excited about July 17th.
Top Left Corner: [00:31:47] Nm Likewise, this is going to be great food and drink from the freight yard pub nearby. So people have they can bring their appetites for for vittles as well as, as music. The what it’s an outdoor show. Just, I don’t want to jinx anything obviously but do you have any is able to be something you can pull inside if need be.
Richard Boulger: [00:32:18] To be honest with you, we’re sort of rolling the dice here. We’ve got the number we’re looking for is we’re anticipating 400 folks to show up. So that’s about where we’re that world of a number, somewhere in that ballpark. And if it rains, it rains. But we’re sort of having faith in the guys will be good to us for that day.
Top Left Corner: [00:32:39] That’s a you know, a lot of events this summer have done pretty well. So I’m going to I’m going to guess that that the gods will be good to you. Well, any I guess we have the website in the show notes. I’ll put a link to not just the. Academy, but also the event bright tickets. Tickets are on sale, I assume, right now for this event. And probably once people start hearing about this, I have a feeling there’s you’re going to want to you’re going to want to scooch. You’re going to want to hurry up and grab these tickets. Because 400 people that’s you know, that sells out quickly when it’s this caliber of of a production. I think that that’s what I want people to take away from this is that you’re not going to get this every weekend anywhere. This is a star studded band. And like you said, a bunch of musicians who are able to actually let the music make the decisions. And that’s not everybody. You know, that’s that’s something that, like you said, there’s no music stand. There’s no you just you just going, I can’t wait for it. It’s going to be great. Let me just ask you one final thing. Are there any dates, deadlines for. Pre-registering for classes that students need to know about.
Richard Boulger: [00:34:21] Right. So our jazz camp is this summer. The fourth jazz campus Jane mentioned is going to be August 15th through the 19th. And so we would ask students to sign up as soon as they can. And we’ve got some slots still open, but we are getting students that are really starting to sign up. So if you have a child student who wants to join us, a young music student in your circles, please visit our website. And definitely we’d love to work with each of you.
Top Left Corner: [00:34:51] Well, this sounds great and I’m looking forward to it. Richard and Jane, thanks so much for coming on the Top Left Corner and telling us about this.
Richard Boulger: [00:35:00] Thank you, Jason, and thank you to and all of your listeners. Thank you so much.
Well, there you have it. Quite the event, don’t you think? It’s going to be a lot of talent, a whole bunch of music, and it is for a great cause. And I really hope that people both locally and even maybe visitors who are here for the summer, for a couple of weeks, they give their kids a chance to to experience this intensive musical academy. I think it’s going to be great. Just having knowing there’s a jazz camp around means that there’s going to be some great recitals coming up, some some cool recitals to go to. So I think we’ll have the link, of course, in the show notes and and I hope to see you there.
So that’s our show for the day for this week. Tune in next week for whatever it is I have on tap. I don’t know exactly yet. I’ve got a couple of options, but sure, until then, stay safe. Be good to each other and go easy on yourself.
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For The World Games 2022, Birmingham puts on its biggest shows ever — with help from UAB artists – University of Alabama at Birmingham

TWG ART StreamKendra Weeks and Marci Turner, UAB Department of Theatre alums, are coordinating costumes for The World Games 2022.The most extravagant performances in Birmingham’s history are taking place for The World Games 2022 this month, and artists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham are using their skills to make it happen.
The opening and closing ceremonies July 7 and July 17 at Protective Stadium — on par with Super Bowl halftime shows in production — will feature superstar performing artists, musicians, dancers, props and more, with elaborate choreography and stage design, original musical arrangements, and hundreds of costume changes.  
University Professor of Music Henry Panion III, Ph.D., is artistic director for The World Games 2022, overseeing the creative production in areas including audio, orchestration, visuals, dance and drama, among others. Faculty, staff and students from UAB are contributing their know-how in music, costumes, organization, talent, performance and more.
The festive musical and theatrical shows will have a 75-piece orchestra with members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, a 120-member youth choir, a 120-member gospel choir, a 100-member concert choir, auxiliary percussionists, herald trumpets and more, as well as dancers and field pageantry artists. Some of those performers may have up to four costume changes.
The opening and closing ceremonies will include a slate of iconic artists representing a broad range of genres and styles including pop, rock, gospel, hip-hop, R&B, country, and Latin. Among them are Bootsy Collins as master of ceremonies, Nelly, the band Alabama, Tuskegee native Lionel Richie, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Sara Evans, Yolanda Adams, Jamey Johnson, Ruben Studdard, Sheila E., Martha Reeves, Taylor Hicks, Yung Bleu, Bo Bice, Worth the Wait, Pastor Mike J, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Read more and buy tickets at
“These ceremonies will be unlike any previous,” Panion said. “This is truly going to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, as The World Games have not been in the United States for more than 40 years.”
He has written more than 45 new orchestral works for this production, including new orchestral arrangements of the artists’ hit songs, as well as fresh arrangements of songs like “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Bo Bice and Dr. Panion resizeHenry Panion with Bo Bice of “American Idol” fame.
Photo credit: Connor Lancaster for Henry Panion.
First brought on to write and work with the music, Panion became creative director and now oversees 11 creative departments for The World Games 2022. In designing the show, he recruited people from here and all over the country to contribute their talents in making the shows a success.
Playwright and Associate Professor of Theatre Lee Shackleford worked with Panion to write the announcer’s scripts and wrote four very short films to be broadcast during the opening ceremonies. Shot by Emmy-winning director Mike Edwards, the vignettes are about the potential and power Birmingham has had from the beginning and the promise it holds for the future.
The schedule for rehearsing the ceremonies in locations around town has been very detailed. Putting on a performance with just one artist is challenging — the logistical needs of organizing all the performers involved is massive.
“I can’t think of anything in Birmingham when we have had that many artists together at one time. On two different shows, just take your pick; whichever show you want to come to will be amazing.
“I am really honored. I am really grateful,” Panion said with a smile, “but I have never worked so hard in my life.”
herald trumpetsHenry Panion III, Ph.D., with James Zingara, DMA, far right, and Steve Roberts, DMA, second from right, with the herald trumpet group.
Photo credit: Connor Lancaster for Henry Panion.
UAB faculty, staff and students from the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Music are helping create and support music in the ceremonies. Student interns are doing audio engineering and music score work.
Professor and assistant director of Bands Gene Fambrough, DMA, leads an epic drumline: A group of 14 UAB Music students and Clay-Chalkville High School students will come out on the field with Sheila E., in a scene that also features Nelly and Bootsy Collins. Among the performers are a group from the UAB Marching Blazers’ flag corps and a small chorus group from the UAB Gospel and Concert choirs.
Recording engineer James Bevelle will run the sound. Associate Professor James Zingara, DMA, and Steve Roberts, DMA, are working with a herald trumpet group. Associate Professor Brian Kittredge, DMA, and Assistant Professor Reginald Jackson, Ph.D., are assistant choral directors.
Assistant Professor of Music Technology Craig Brandwein is the librarian over the myriad orchestrations and arrangements. Working with Brandwein as orchestra library assistants are Mary Brandwein and music students Arrany Spence, Maddie Dannelly, Mark Borden and Mollie Flotemersch, who are coordinating and assembling the folders of music for each musician. Keyboardist and producer Greg Phillinganes, a 2021 UAB Distinguished Visiting Professor, is working in the orchestration department and performing in the band. 
For some of the ceremonies’ “really cool” interlude music, pieces created by students in UAB’s music technology program were incorporated. One work, “Sounds of Birmingham,” cleverly fuses factory and industrial sounds to bridge two important scenes in the theatrical component of the show. Student Kitwan McCoy and two program graduates, Connor Lancaster and Josh Ford, are also working with Panion at his Audiostate 55 Recording Studios.
On the plaza, music technology students will staff a small mobile studio station — almost like a photo booth — in the Microsoft tent. People can go in, play a little and come out with some new music.  
Costume and design for the ceremonies is led by Twyla Grider, who engaged Department of Theatre Chair and Professor Kelly Allison as a theatrical consultant. Two Theatre alumnae, Marci Turner and Kendra Weeks, are the co-costume coordinators, working with a team of seven UAB students as costume technicians. The students, Anna Medders, McKenna Shaw, Terrell Miller, Morgan Rankin-Taylor, Søren Klinger, Briana Scott and CJ Romano, will also be on the wardrobe crew backstage for the opening and closing ceremonies.  
TWG UAB Theatre Costume shop 17 resizedTheatre student Anna Medders works with spray dye to distress shirts for costumes.The custom-designed costumes are being prepared for the stage by laundering, steaming and ironing, and the team is altering some other purchased pieces, making alterations to borrowed and rented costumes, and dying and distressing other pieces. On one Saturday, the costume team did 60 fittings for dancers and color guard, with one to four costumes per person, at Miles College, where field rehearsals were taking place. 
“It takes a whole lot of organizing for more than 400 performers, and many of them have multiple costume changes during the performances,” Allison said. 
Costume construction is a relatively small part of the job compared to the amount of prepping and organizing required for the project, but it is much more than the Theatre UAB crew typically does for a stage production in the department. Some of the costume construction is being done in studios in other states. Nearly every space in the department has been filled with racks of costumes.  
“When we are done, all of the costumes will require about 100 linear feet of hanging space,” Allison said. “It is a big project, to say the least.”
They are also building new costumes, including some for the celebrity performers. One cool item? A cape for Sheila E.
A highlight is the new World Games 2022 theme song “Hope of Alabama,” co-written by Panion, Owen — of the beloved group Alabama — and Alison Owen, which will be performed during the finale of both ceremonies.
Alabama seldom has an opportunity to tell our own story; the story is usually told by others, Panion says. The idea behind the theme song and its music video is to reflect the whole of what our state is. 
“For me, having an opportunity to show that we really are more together than people would think or know is powerful,” he said. “We don’t want to discount our past or hide our past. We want to embrace our past; our past is who we are — but we are a lot more than our history.” 
That sentiment is in one of the first lines of the song, and “American Idol” winner and Alabama native Taylor Hicks sings it. This is the first time in history that the three “American Idol” stars Hicks, Bo Bice and Ruben Studdard have performed or recorded together, and the first time that they and an “American Idol” judge — Owen — have performed together like this, Panion says.
haleigh black crop photo by Tonya WiseHaleigh Black
Photo credit: Tonya Wise Photography
Artists to represent The Magic City have been selected to perform on The World Games 2022 Plaza. One performer tapped to play is violinist Haleigh Black with UAB Arts in Medicine. In her role as AIM artist-in-residence, Black provides music as a positive distraction for patients, guests and staff. She gives weekly performances in UAB Hospital public spaces, leads group workshops, and engages in research to further the field of arts and health.
For The World Games 2022, Black will perform with The Davis Little and Haleigh Black Quartet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. The quartet includes guitarist Davis Little, upright bassist Ryan Brown and percussionist AJ Covey. The group draws musical inspiration from different world cultures, and their unique and lively performance is filled with improvisation, fun rhythms and catchy melodies.  
Additional UAB performers on the Regions World Games Sound Stage are listed below. Check The World Games 2022 Plaza schedule for the latest information.
Make plans to visit UAB and UAB Medicine at The World Games Plaza from July 7-17, where nearly 20 units will host hands-on activities that highlight UAB’s broad and unique expertise — you can play accessible video games, explore art therapy, test your sports vision and learn lifesaving skills from UAB nurses, all at the new City Walk. See a full list of units and activities online.


Auburn’s SEC Network Takeover live stream (7/4): How to watch online, TV, time, full schedule –

Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl met with reporters Tuesday, June 21, and showed his support for the Auburn baseball team. (YouTube)
The SEC Network Takeover returns to the SEC Network starting Monday, July 4, and kicks off with the Auburn Tigers. The takeover will be live streamed on DirecTV Stream, which offers a free trial.
It will also be live streamed on fuboTV, which offers a free trial.
The takeover is the third of 14 in which each school stands in the spotlight, getting an entire day filled with their greatest moments from the past year, including SEC Championships, SEC Storied films, regular-season showdowns, spring football, SEC Network original programming and more.
Auburn’s SEC Network Takeover will take place Monday, July 4.
DirecTV Stream, which offers $30 off over your first three months, also has a free trial.
There are four options of DirecTV Stream, but the Entertainment Package doesn’t carry the SEC Network:
The Entertainment Package, which consists of 65+ channels, is $54.99 until the promotion runs out April 30. It’s the basic package for can’t-miss entertainment – including ESPN, TNT, Nickelodeon and HGTV.
The Choice Package has more than 90 channels and is $74.99 during the promotion. The channels in ENTERTAINMENT, plus MLB Network, NBA TV, college sports networks, and more. Enjoy Regional Sports Networks with no additional fees.
The Ultimate Package has more than 130 channels and is $89.99 during the promotion. Everything in CHOICE, plus Oxygen, Golf Channel, NHL Network, Universal Kids and more.
The Premier Package has more than 140 channels and is $134.99 during the promotion. Everything in ULTIMATE, plus HBO Max, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax and more.
DirecTV Stream offers a free trial that doesn’t require much effort.
To sign up, enter a phone number, email address and credit card, and you’ll receive five days of the service without charge.
Auburn’s SEC Network Takeover will be televised on the SEC Network.
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.
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Bushra Bibi Seeks 'Traitor' Tag for PTI Opponents in Alleged Audio Recording – Newsweek Pakistan

Former first lady Bushra Bibi, left, and Focal Person to PTI Chairman on Digital Media Arsalan Khalid
A new alleged audio of former first lady Bushra Bibi and Arsalan Khalid, the focal person to PTI Chairman Imran Khan on digital media, went viral on social media over the weekend, with the party offering conflicting statements on whether or not it considers it genuine.
The alleged audio appears to be a phone call between Bushra and Khalid in which the former is heard expressing disappointment over the functioning of the PTI’s social media team. Claiming that the PTI had started tagging PTI opponents as ‘traitors’ on the instructions of the ousted prime minister, she questioned why this campaign had slowed down in recent days.
“Imran Khan asked you to [operate] the traitor hashtag; so many people called, your social media was active and it has not been active for a week,” she said, adding that what was done was done but it was now time to prep for the next stage of the campaign. She said that PTI dissident Aleem Khan and others would soon start speaking against Imran Khan, herself, and her friend Farah Khan and said this should be countered.
“They will create so many stories and will share people’s statements as well, you do not need to create an issue out of this, call them traitors on [social media],” she directed Khalid, who said this would be done. “Aleem Khan and others will speak as per a plan, so you have to link them with traitor,” she allegedly instructed. “You have to raise the [U.S. threat] letter on social media and say that we know the letter is authentic. We know that they gathered to betray [the country] and to save themselves they have joined the traitors,” she claimed.
“Now you have to ensure that [this issue] does not die down,” the former first lady is allegedly heard saying. “The other thing that I wanted to say to you, Arsalan, is that they will say a lot of things about Farah and me. You have to link that with traitor,” she said, adding that anyone questioning how Khan had been aware of the so-called conspiracy in advance should also be branded a traitor.
PTI clarifications
According to Geo News anchor Shehzad Iqbal, Khalid refused to confirm or deny the contents of the alleged audio to him. He said the PTI worker had merely said that the people who leaked the audio should be questioned on its accuracy. By contrast, in a posting on Twitter, he claimed that the voices in the audio had been “edited” by splicing together “thousands” of recorded clips.
In a press conference on Sunday, Imran Khan’s Chief of Staff Shahbaz Gill also claimed the audio clip was “fabricated” and accused the government of running an “organized campaign” to discredit the former first lady. He also threatened to make public the contents of phones of PMLN leaders who had been arrested during the PTI’s tenure.
In a press conference on Monday afternoon, PTI leader Shireen Mazari appeared to offer tacit admission for the veracity of the call by saying only a forensic investigation could determine if it was fake. Instead, she directed her ire at the “illegal wire-tapping” that had produced it, noting that the Supreme Court had declared phone tapping unconstitutional.
Maintaining that the conversation was “cut and pasted,” she said it was not “political” and claimed this was all part of a “conspiracy” against the PTI. “This was [leaked] by the people who brought this government into power,” she claimed, in an apparent reference to the security establishment, who the PTI has repeatedly urged to force early elections by ousting the incumbent government.

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Central PA 4th Fest returns Monday with fireworks, live music, more – WJAC Johnstown

Central PA 4th Fest returns Monday with fireworks, live music, more  WJAC Johnstown

Review – Bright Eyes Seized Their Indie Crown at Mission Ballroom – 303 Magazine

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Bright Eyes brought the “highs and lows” to Mission Ballroom. The Mile High City welcomed indie band Bright Eyes last Thursday night, June 30, for their first tour since the pandemic. This spring and summer tour supports their latest full-length album Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was. An arrangement of unique styles hit the stage with a fiery presence. Sans guitarist Mike Mogis, who was out with COVID, the band stepped out of the dark into the eyes of their awaiting fans. Their animated and funky vibes provided a pulsating release for any anguish Thursday night. 
Doors opened as the sun set in the cloudy sky, allowing for the seasoned audience to settle with their beers and peers. Platform combat boots and mom jeans filled the venue. General admission included general seating, likely to allow guests to enjoy the show comfortably. Many moved their party after one too many shots of Maker’s MarkFans brought anyone they could think of to the show.
Hurray for the Riff-Raff lit the stage pink with their kaleidoscopic and mind-expanding sound as the opener for the night. Led by Alynda Segarra, the band floated onto select tour dates. Their hour set was filled with guests like three-fourths of Canine Heart Sounds and instrumentalist Miwi La Lupa from the Bright Eyes backing band. Segarra’s “nature punk” voice carried through the crowd like a sonic wave. Each note enchantingly left the audience in a dreamy haze.

Bright Eyes sported a Snellen Eye Chart in the background — the eye chart most commonly used for eye exams. The play on their moniker was inspired by a scene from Planet of the Apes. The audience lost their minds when Bright Eyes’ backing band hit the stage. This crowd was ready and would not be disappointed. Shirts were lost within the first three songs. And who could pull off mic drops on the intro? Conor Oberst. He had the right after nailing a dance break and capturing the energy of the audience within seconds. “I need my oxygen,” he said with sweat caked in his hair.

Bright Eyes switched between emotions rapidly. During one song your heart raced along with the sticks hitting each drum; the next, you could feel a tear sliding down your cheek. Bright Eyes took the audience through grief, trauma and survival. Oberst took a moment to remind everyone to take the next person’s health into consideration because, as the age-old saying goes, you don’t know what they’re going through. “Everyone had plans in 2020,” he said. The band not only touched on the political but also unfolded memories of the past two and a half years.
The mastery behind the backing band was breathtaking. The variety of instruments included clarinet, baritone saxophone, violins and more. The various style changes progressed throughout the show easy as a breeze. The band was all smiles as they played along to the experimental indie rock featuring head-turning soloists with a clear passion for their art. The set list spanned the breadth of their catalog, but Bright Eyes’ emotional take on indie-folk primed the crowd for whatever was to come next, including an emotional encore.
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Jul 5
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As the summer sun settles over Denver, this season’s trends have transpired in remembrance of retro styles. The 1970s is making a comeback, fused with Y2K nostalgia and contemporary designers.

Here at 303 Magazine, we curated looks according to trends predicted to break into the summer scene. @roller_city_west’s nostalgic atmosphere provided the perfect backdrop for a retro-inspired fashion editorial. This photoshoot plays around with vintage styles while also implementing a modern edge.

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Jun 23
For 12 years, the Boulder Airport has been home to the annual 1940s Ball, celebrating all things aviation. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the 1940s Ball on June 18 took attendees back in time while embracing the fashion, food, planes and style of the 40s.

We’ve compiled our favorite looks from the event, including fabulous dresses, matching couple outfits and more.

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Bobby Stuckey, Bryan Dayton, Steve Redzikowski, Amos Watts — these are names pretty much any culinarily-inclined person in Colorado is likely to know. Their restaurants — Frasca, OAK at Fourteenth, Acorn and now The Fifth String — fundamentally changed the local landscape, bringing the finest and most-lauded cuisine the state had ever seen.

Time marches forward and now the youngsters are running their own kitchens. In a six-month period in 2021, Rich Byers, Samuel McCandless and John Bissell took the helm at Jill’s, Corrida and OAK respectively and have been making food visibly impacted by their mentors while continuing to push the envelope in a gratifying way.

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Pride Month has finally arrived and celebrations are already exploding across the Denver area. Wherever you feel called to party this month, our favorite festivals are back and ready to host all. Whether you are a fan of craft beer, sand volleyball or parades — there is an event for all this month in the Mile High City. Here is a glimpse of some of our favorites.

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Jun 17
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'Evil does eventually die': Scathing obituary published in Florida newspaper – WTLV-WJXX

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Placed between loving tributes to a woman who died from Alzheimer’s and a 96-year-old World War II vet, the Florida Times-Union published an unusual obituary: Not a celebration of life, but of death.
“From a young age, he was a ladies’ man and an abusive alcoholic,” the obit reads, “solidifying his commitment to both with the path of destruction he left behind, damaging his adult children, and leaving them broken.”
Lawrence H. Pfaff Sr.’s obituary doesn’t tell a story of accomplishments or fond memories. Instead, the shocking obituary published in the July 2 Florida Times-Union says his passing “proves that evil does eventually die.”  
Pfaff had family, including children, the obituary says, but was “a dad to none” and “incapable of love.” 
The author would’ve paid $167.83 to have the obituary published. The obit form says that submissions must comport with “editorial guidelines,” but does not specify what those are. By law, it is not possible to defame a dead person.
The obituary can be read in full here: 
“Lawrence H Pfaff Sr. was born in Belmont, NY, on April 16, 1941. He passed away on June 27, 2022, living a long life, much longer than he deserved. He is survived by his three children, no four. Oops, five children. Well as of 2022 we believe there is one more that we know about, but there could be more. His love was abundant when it came to himself, but for his children it was limited. From a young age, he was a ladies’ man and an abusive alcoholic, solidifying his commitment to both with the path of destruction he left behind, damaging his adult children, and leaving them broken.
Lawrence, Sr’s hobbies included abusing his first wife and children. He loved to start projects but never followed through on any of them. He enjoyed the life of a bar fly for many years and had a quaint little living space, studio, above his favorite hole in the wall, the club Nashville.
Lawrence, Sr. did spend over 20 years in the NYPD, but even his time in service was negligent at best. Because of his alcohol addiction, his Commanding Officer took away his gun and badge, replacing them with a broom until he could get his act together.
Lawrence, Sr. did claim to be clean and sober for over thirty years, but never worked any of the twelve steps, including the eighth and ninth steps with his children, making amends. He possesses no redeeming qualities for his children, including the ones he knew, and the “ones he knew about.”
It will be challenging to miss Lawrence, Sr. because he was narcissistic. He was incapable of love. Lawrence, Sr.’s passing proves that evil does eventually die, and it marks a time of healing, which will allow his children to get the closure they deserve. Lawrence, Sr. can be remembered for being a father to many, and a dad to none.”
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Stock Market Today: Dow, S&P Live Updates for July 4, 2022 – Bloomberg

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US equity-index futures and European bonds fell as investors worried about the twin threats of dwindling economic growth and stubborn inflation. 
Contracts on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 dropped at least 0.3% each after the underlying indexes capped their 11th decline in 13 weeks. European stocks rose for the first time in four days as dip-buyers emerged. The dollar erased its losses. Italian bonds tumbled with investors watching domestic political tensions. US markets were closed for Independence Day holiday.