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Some unconvinced FNM Govt can quell crime

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – The violence in Nassau is so rampant that some believe the government will be unable to get it under control, despite strong efforts by Police and the Defense Force, greater support from the communities and dropping crime statistics overall.    It is the murder rate that continues to escalate for the country and one man in a voice note being circulated following the shooting of murder suspect, Karran Collie in Elizabeth Estates around 10am Wednesday, told friends exactly how he feels.The man claims to Collie, who was shot to death in what was described as a hail of bullets.  The shooting happened on Malaysia Way and Commonwealth Boulevard.  It marks the fourth murder in just days for The Bahamas; the homicide count now stands at 77.    Karran Collie was out on bail for murder at the time of his death.#MagneticMediaNews#couldFNMquellcrime#KarranCollie Related Items:#couldFNMquellcrime, #KarranCollie, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Phoning It In How And Why Musicians Are Making Beats With Their

first_imgNews Facebook Email How Phones Are Becoming Hit Beat Making Machines phoning-it-how-and-why-musicians-are-making-beats-their-phones Phoning It In: How And Why Musicians Are Making Beats With Their Phones Twitter As more and more hits surface from smartphones, here’s why musicians and beat makers are turning to their devices to make bangers Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 24, 2018 – 11:23 am Years ago, the idea that GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning music could be created using a mobile phone might have been a wild one. Now, artists and producers are turning this lofty notion into fact, and just as smartphones have revolutionized the way people connect, the technology is also helping musicians and producers create music.One of the most recognized producers to pull this off has been Steve Lacy, producer and bassist of the Internet who has received GRAMMY wins and nominations for producing beats on his iPhone—”PRIDE.” off Kendrick Lamar’s GRAMMY-winning album DAMN being the most recent accomplishment and the Internet’s nomination for Best Urban Contemporary album for Ego Death being the first.But Lacy’s not alone. England’s singer/songwriter Rosie Lowe told RedBull that her song, “Woman”  was created on her phone while she was riding the bus. If this sounds like a wild idea, hold on. Here are just some reasons why musicians and artists are getting creative with their phones.AccessibleLacy was a high school student 25 miles outside of Los Angeles when he began to make beats on his phone because had no computer. While his connections allowed him to go into the studio at times, he couldn’t always make it there when creativity struck.”Mostly he started making beats all the time. At home. While driving. In class,” Wired’s David Pierce wrote in a profile on Lacy. Lacy would make tracks in parts and upload to the internet on sites like SoundCloud. His beat-making app of choice? Throughout his interview with Wired, he mentions his use of GarageBand several times.Avalon Lurks, an LA-based producer, told Vulture that when he began making music, he didn’t have access to a studio.“I started by making music in my room and sometimes the only mic I would have to record with was the mic attached to the Apple headphones,” he said. “I recorded my last two singles on that, you would never know.”Convenient Creativity or opportunity doesn’t wait for the studio. That was the case for Patrick Noecker from experimental group These Are Powers one night when he got a call to do a show last minute. “I had pedals with me, but no instruments. So I plugged my cellphone into my pedals and started making an audio collage with voicemails, phone sounds, among other things,” Noecker told Vulture. “It totally worked.”Wired’s profile on Lacy highlights that the convenience of having his “studio” on his phone enabled him to show Lamar the track he worked on that would become “PRIDE.”The simplicity of the music-making apps, makes it convenient, too. Lowe told RedBull:“It’s really good for getting ideas down and making drum loops and general vibe. My song ‘Woman’ started with me writing the chorus on iMaschine on the bus.”Adds Character While Lacy now has a computer and probably a lot more access to a studio, making music on his phone is still something he feels strongly about. Wired’s Pierce writes:”He’s also working this way to prove a point: that tools don’t really matter … He wants to remind people that the performance, the song, the feeling matter more than the gear you use to record it.”Producer and DJ King Britt also feels like making music on a phone can produce something meaningful.“With these tools, I was able to create high-quality ideas while on the plane, train or car. It is so much fun,” he told Vulture. “I love the immediacy and limitations that these apps have. It makes you think of being more creative with less.”In case you are wondering how you can get started on beat-making on your phone as you wait for holiday dinners or whenever else, here is a list of apps to start with—have fun!   How Young Musicians Are Using Instagram As A Music Platform Read morelast_img read more

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Gold Sinks to Lowest in 15 Months on Robust US Data

first_imgGold tumbled to its lowest level in around 15 months on Monday after better-than-expected US jobs data boosted the dollar, dampening safe-haven appetite for bullion and pushing silver and platinum to multi-year lows.Gold, which often influences other precious metals, has also failed to capitalise on geopolitical tensions caused by military conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.Cash gold had fallen 0.20 percent to $1,188.37 an ounce by 0325 GMT. It earlier dropped to $1,183.46 an ounce, its weakest since June 2013.Platinum touched its lowest since 2009, silver fell to its weakest since 2010, and palladium hit an 8-month low.”A strong dollar is a major problem for gold. Sentiment is very bearish but I think we expect some kind of rebound,” said Ronald Leung, chief dealer at Lee Cheong Gold Dealers in Hong Kong, who pegged support at $1,180 an ounce.”There’s a little bit of physical buying, but premiums haven’t changed. We have to see what happens later in the day. If demand is coming, of course, it will push up the premiums.”Premiums for gold were quoted at $1.20 to $1.60 an ounce to the spot London prices, unchanged from last week, despite a sharp drop in cash gold prices.The absence of main gold consumer China is weighing on the physical market, which usually sees a pick up in demand from jewellers and retail investors when prices fall.Chinese markets have been shut for national holidays and will reopen on Wednesday.U.S. gold was at $1,189.00 an ounce, down 0.33%.The dollar started the week on a strong note in early Asian trade on Monday, holding near a more than four-year high touched after an upbeat U.S. nonfarm payrolls report increased speculation that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates in mid-2015 or earlier.Data from the Labor Department on Friday showed U.S. non-farm payrolls rose 248,000 last month and the jobless rate fell to 5.9%, the lowest since July 2008, underscoring that the U.S. economy continues to improve.In Tokyo, sellers pushed up premiums for gold bars to 25 cents to spot London prices from zero last week to offset the decline in global prices.”At this moment, demand is not good. But maybe when the holiday in China is over, the premiums may go up further,” said a dealer in Tokyo.Markets in Singapore, a key bullion trading centre in Southeast Asia, were also closed for a public holiday.last_img read more

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Schoolgirls body found in neighbours flat

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationPolice recovered the decomposed body of a schoolgirl in Chattogram’s Hathazari on Sunday night, two days after she went missing, reports UNB.The deceased was Tasnim Sultana Tuhin, 13, daughter of Abu Tayeb of Shahjalal Para, and a Class-VIII student of Hathazari Girls’ High School and College.Meanwhile, police arrested Shahnewaz Munna, 28, son of Shahjahan Siraj, a resident of the same building where Tasnim’s family lives, in connection with the murder, said Belal Uddin Jahangir, officer-in-charge of Hathazari police station.Tuhin’s elder brother said his sister went missing while she was going up the first floor of the building to her home tutor from their ground floor flat.Later, family members filed a general diary (GD) with Hathazari model police station.On suspicion, police detained Munna and interrogated him several times. As they failed to collect any information from Munna, they later released him.The suspicion grew further as police came to know that Munna’s parents were not there in their flat on Friday. Later, police interrogated Munna’s parents, but they did not give any information.As bad smell started spreading around from Munna’s house at night, locals informed the police.Later, police recovered the body from his flat around 9:30pm.Police and victim’s family members suspected that Munna killed Tasnim after having failed to rape her.Hearing the body recovery of the girl, hundreds of people gathered in front of the building and staged a demonstration there demanding punishment of Tasnim’s killer.last_img read more

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HPD Asks For Help To Solve A 2013 Cold Case

first_imgPhoto: Courtesy of the Johnson family (Provided through the Houston Police Department)Dameon Johnson was found shot to death on March 19th 2013 at the 8200 block of Peachtree Street, northeast of downtown Houston and the Houston Police Department is asking for the public’s help to solve the case.The Houston Police Department (HPD) asked Monday for help from the public to solve the homicide of Dameon Johnson, who was found shot to death on March 19th 2013 at the 8200 block of Peachtree Street, north of downtown Houston.According to the initial HPD news release from 2013, “Dameon Johnson, 36, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.”The news release added that “officers responded to a call regarding a major traffic accident” and then “discovered Mr. Johnson in a ditch along the roadway.” Johnson’s vehicle, a 2008 white Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck, was in a ditch on the opposite side of the street and the truck did not appear to be involved in a traffic accident.Further investigation determined Johnson was on his way to work at the time the shooting occurred.Johnson’s murder has become a cold case and, during a press conference held at HPD’s headquarters, Lieutenant Warren Meeler explained that the lack of witnesses has made the investigation “very hard.” “But I know that somebody out there knows something,” Meeler added.“We have no motive, nothing was stolen, so that’s what makes it so much more difficult to solve,” the HPD lieutenant noted.Members of Johnson’s family were at the press conference and his mother, Linda Johnson, emphasized the request for help from the public. “Just, just call and tell us something please. This is been on our hearts so long and we need some closure, and this… I know this won’t give us closure, but it will let us know that people out there did care about our son, ’cause he cared about so many people, so many,” said Johnson, who was visibly emotional.Johnson’s daughter, Asia Johnson, who was 7 years-old when the crime occurred, was also emotional and said: “We need peace. It is very hard to not have an amazing father and I only had one word to say when this happened and my one word was: “Why?””“I feel that, whoever this evil person is should confess and pay for it,” the victim’s daughter added.Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-308-3600.LIVE on #Periscope https://t.co/UiP9svvQJV— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) March 19, 2018 LIVE on #Periscope: HPD investigators & family make plea for information on March 2013 fatal shooting at 8200 Peach… https://t.co/Ewsj2MH684— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) March 19, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

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Playing the long game American Airlines outlines its future

first_img Monday, October 2, 2017 DALLAS-FORT WORTH — The future was the theme at American Airlines’ Media and Investor Day on Thursday. “Today is all about investing in the future,” proclaimed Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO, American Airlines to a group of media and investment companies in Dallas-Fort Worth.The world’s largest airline has seen some massive profits since it merged with US Airways in 2013. From 1978 to 2013, both airlines (AA and US Airways) combined saw a collective profit of just $1 billion over the 35 years. In comparison, post merger, the company saw $19.2 billion in profits between 2014-2017.It could be said the company is going through a cyclical lift in profits similar to the massive earnings it saw in the 1990s before a big dip in the 2000s. Parker wanted to ensure investors that’s not the case. “Our industry and our airline have been materially and permanently transformed,” he said.In the past the company could be accused of being reactive to customers; now, it’s taking a long-term view and isn’t going to let competitors or short-term events like Irma affect its strategy.‘Playing the long game’ continued to the be theme of the event with product upgrades, human resources, and technology being identified as the keys to the future success.Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO, American AirlinesBuilding a world-class product“Bet on American [Airlines] because it’s a winning bet,” said Robert Isom, President of the airline. And with aggressive competitors, especially ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCCs), AA is banking on its network, which as the world’s largest can’t be beat.With nine hubs that are strategically placed across the U.S. (Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Miami, Charlotte, Washington, Philadelphia and NYC), the airline is able to offer 350 destinations, 1,050 nonstops and cater to 35,000 markets.It has also continued to grow the network through partnerships with British Airways and Iberia in Europe, helping it to cater to important business routes like London and Madrid.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoThis year AA is also growing in Asia Pacific with a $200 million stake in China Southern, announced in March, as well as a strenghtened relationship with Qantas.With its partnerships AA has a hulking 950 destinations, 2,800 nonstops and caters to 50,000 routes.“On a peak day we have half a million passengers,” said Isom, attributing the airline’s competitive advantage to its growing network.With capacity in place, AA has looked to cabin classes to cater to more client needs. In response to the pressure put on from ULCCs, AA created Basic Economy, a stripped back version of Economy where clients won’t be allowed a carry-on, seat assignment or upgrades.“Basic economy is not a price-cut,” assured Isom. “We offered a product that was far superior than anything else” referring to their pricing compared to other ULCC airlines. “Basic Economy allows us to better compete.”Isom was quick to note that it’s “still a superior product”, with snacks and drinks, service recovery and the option of Wi-Fi, all of which are major benefits compared to ULCCs.Looking at the other end, AA also has Main Cabin Extra and Premium Economy classes, which have helped filled the gap between clients who want more comfort than Economy but can’t afford the price point of Flagship Business or Flagship First.“Our strategy is working,” said Isom, with surveys showing that customer satisfaction is higher and revenue has grown. AA has also added 13,000 new small- to medium-sized business accounts.There’s a lot more to comeUpgrading its aging fleet is a priority for American Airlines, which has the largest fleet modernization project in aviation history starting in Q, 2017. At this time, the first of 550 narrow-body aircraft will be retrofitted with new seats, satellite Wi-Fi, in-seat power and larger overhead bins.AA will also be younger airline with the delivery of 496 new planes and retiring 469 planes. Without significantly increasing plane numbers, it is looking towards operating bigger planes, being able to offer more premium product,s and having more fuel-efficient planes to increase capacity and profits.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaOn the sales end, AA is adding 132 members to its sales team by 2018, and has also relaunched its groups product with simplified contracts and more flexibility. Also, this past March the airline launched a New Distribution Capability (NDC).l-r: Steven Johnson, Executive Vice President – Corporate Affairs; Maya Leibman, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer; Robert Isom, President; Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO; Derek Kerr, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Elise Eberwein, Executive Vice President – People and Communications.A team effortAA boasts 120,000 team members with an estimated two million customer interactions a day. After United’s dragging incident, the airline is more than aware how important service interactions are. “Everyone has a weapon called a cellphone now,” said Elise Eberwein, Executive Vice President – People and Communications.Initiatives that have been implemented have increased salaries by 39%. Plus AA has introduced health programs that have seen an average 8-pound weight loss per team member, and has increased maternity leave to 10 weeks from 6 weeks.AA will also be seeing a lot of change within its ranks, with 70% of its pilots looking to retire in the next 10 years.TechnologyBeyond the NDC upgrade, the airline recently launched a new app for clients that offers flight information, baggage notifications, a dynamic rebooking tool and ‘iSolve’, which allows AA to offer vouchers or other benefits to cater to complaints.Beyond the app, Maya Leibman, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer reinforced the airline’s commitment to cyber security. It continues to invest in the area to make sure it’s not the next airline to be in the news over a security breach.AA is also looking at machine learning so that when unforeseen issues happen, its back-end programs can switch gears without needing a team to rebuild it.“We are incredibly excited and bullish about our future,” said Parker, who’s confident that the airline isn’t just the world’s largest airline, but also the best. Michael Smith ‘Playing the long game’, American Airlines outlines its future << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Share Posted by Tags: American Airlines, Profit Report, Trend Watchlast_img read more

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