Corporate music – Alabama Bluegrass http://alabamabluegrass.org/ Tue, 16 Aug 2022 11:35:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://alabamabluegrass.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Corporate music – Alabama Bluegrass http://alabamabluegrass.org/ 32 32 Linklaters Business Leader Talks Geopolitical Risk, Nandos and Little Mix https://alabamabluegrass.org/linklaters-business-leader-talks-geopolitical-risk-nandos-and-little-mix/ Tue, 16 Aug 2022 10:23:01 +0000 https://alabamabluegrass.org/linklaters-business-leader-talks-geopolitical-risk-nandos-and-little-mix/ Simon Branigan, Global Head of Business at Linklaters, has been with the firm since 1998. He was promoted to Partner in 2009 and in June 2021 took over the global business. During his tenure with the firm, he advised on various major transactions including the £1.6bn merger of OneSavings Bank and Charter Court Financial Services […]]]>

Simon Branigan, Global Head of Business at Linklaters, has been with the firm since 1998. He was promoted to Partner in 2009 and in June 2021 took over the global business.

During his tenure with the firm, he advised on various major transactions including the £1.6bn merger of OneSavings Bank and Charter Court Financial Services and Capita in connection with its £701m rights issue. pound sterling. Here, he’s talking about takeout from the office and rushing into Buckingham Palace’s bathrooms to take a call.

Home office or “real” office?

For me, this is the real office. I like being around people, around the team, I like the noise, the buzz, the energy. It’s always good to have a mix, but for me it’s definitely the office in person.

What advice would you give to young corporate lawyers starting out?

Always take care of your teams and it will pay dividends throughout your career, and always put yourself in the customer’s shoes in everything you do.

Why did you become a lawyer?

I watched a lot of television when I was a kid. There are no lawyers in my family, I come from a working class Northern Irish background and used to watch LA Law (which definitely dates me!). I was convinced this was the law, life as a lawyer was as glamorous as LA Law, so I thought, “I’ll take a slice of it.” Also the fact that everyone wore fantastic suits and ties. No one in my family had a job that required suits and ties, so I was very impressed.

What is the professional moment you are most proud of?

I have three. When I was elected partner because, still today, it is a privilege; when I was named global head of the company; and seeing very junior lawyers progress, either being elected to a partnership themselves or becoming more experienced. Especially the junior attorneys I’ve worked with, you see them with clients and think back to when they sat down with you as an intern and you can see the progression. It makes me incredibly proud.

…and did you have a worse day at work?

Each day is like a big party! But there is one, as a junior attorney, I was emailing very late at night. I did a spell check because I was very well trained. Unfortunately there was an autocorrect so I emailed the lawyer on the other side with all the clients in CC’s which started”Dear asexual” because their name was corrected automatically. At the time, I thought the world was going to end. Now I look back and think that’s hilarious. It’s the only email I’ve received in 24 years, so it’s not that bad, but it was definitely a bottleneck!

The most memorable deals you’ve worked on and why?

The acquisition of ABN Amro in 2007 will always be memorable. It was huge, involving around 70 jurisdictions and it was really like 20 agreements in one. I also acted for House of Fraser when it was sold to their Chinese buyer at the time, it was smaller but incredibly complex, mainly because of the personalities involved.

Where’s the most absurd place you’ve taken a work call?

I’m a master at finding quiet lanes in central London when I suddenly have to do a conference call. I’m like a carrier pigeon, able to find a quiet place without traffic even near Regents Street! But maybe Buckingham Palace men’s toilets are good!

What are the main risks and opportunities that your customers currently face?

Overall, in the immediate term, it will enter slightly choppier waters. Of course, this also creates opportunities for clients, but for some there is a geopolitical angle, especially with China and Russia, which will create risks for some clients who have a greater presence in these jurisdictions.

What are the main risks and opportunities facing law firms today?

I would say there is still a lot to play for in many jurisdictions, from Linklater’s perspective, such as the United States. We will be more and more active, I hope, in the United States in the future. Likewise, general competition is a risk, particularly US law firms in the UK, but also expansion into other jurisdictions where we have offices. There is real growing competition in the war for talent.

What annoys you the most about being a lawyer?

Lawyers who fixate on small points and lose sight of the big picture. Especially the points that their customers don’t care about, but they see the world is about to end if they give up on that point. He does no one a favor and does not act in the best interests of the client.

How sustainable are pay rate increases for junior lawyers?

We have to be flexible on that. We have been through a number of years where there is fierce competition in the marketplace and, unsurprisingly, this is leading to rising wages, led in large part by corporate America. We have to be very clear about our offer. Salary is incredibly important, but we also have to recognize that we offer something in addition to very high salaries. If it was just a matter of money, many of us would go work somewhere else and do something else. It’s important but it can’t be the only thing holding people back.

You’re stuck working late at the office, what food do you order and what music will get you through?

With the expensive taste I have – Nandos chicken pitta, medium spicy, with fries. Also their mashed potatoes are amazing and it comes from someone who is Irish! My taste in music is terrible. It would be anything from Sigala, Kygo or (and embarrassingly I shouldn’t admit it but it’s true) Little Mix.

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Blockchain Music App ‘Single’ Announces Collaboration with Shopify, Standardizing NFTs for Creators https://alabamabluegrass.org/blockchain-music-app-single-announces-collaboration-with-shopify-standardizing-nfts-for-creators/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 20:33:39 +0000 https://alabamabluegrass.org/blockchain-music-app-single-announces-collaboration-with-shopify-standardizing-nfts-for-creators/ By Christos Makridis Creatives ranging from artists to musicians to podcasters have experienced a renaissance over the past decade with the rise of social media and other digital tools. But aside from those going viral, making a living as a creative isn’t easy — until now. Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) allowed creatives to connect directly with […]]]>

By Christos Makridis

Creatives ranging from artists to musicians to podcasters have experienced a renaissance over the past decade with the rise of social media and other digital tools. But aside from those going viral, making a living as a creative isn’t easy — until now.

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) allowed creatives to connect directly with their fans, reducing their reliance on middlemen. For the first timecreatives can now sell NFTs on Shopify – one of the largest digital e-commerce platforms – through Onlya blockchain, music and video company from Solana.

NFTs rose to prominence in 2021 with $40 billion in sales and surpassed it with $42 billion in 2022 despite the “crypto winter”. according to analysis by Chainanalysis.

Many creators, ranging from musicians to YouTube influencers, often create merchandise to build community. But managing inventory and sourcing supplies is a full-time job in itself. Since 2006, Shopify has served as a mainstay in the creative economy, allowing them to connect their fans with merchandise without taking on the burden of all the logistics that come with the territory.

“Over 50 million people worldwide are online creators, and over two million of those people use their creativity to earn a full-time living, but there’s still a hugely fragmented ecosystem when you look at the tools available to creatives, artists and musicians to reach fans with their art and make a living at the same time,” said Tommy Stalknecht, Founder and CEO of Single.

Publishing tokengating content and commerce on the Single app allows creators to upload any file to the single platform and create it as an NFT on the Solana blockchain, instantly appearing in their Shopify storefront for buying alongside traditional goods. “It shouldn’t be any harder for anyone to collect digital goods because they’re physical, so we want to make sure people can buy NFTs just as easily, creating instant value for fans,” Stalknecht said.

“Token trading offers creators the ability to engage with their true fans by unlocking unique trading experiences through NFTs. Shopify views NFTs as community building and engagement tools. The launch of Single’s new artist and creator-focused features in their Shopify app helps more merchants unlock new, engaging commerce experiences,” said Chevy Walcott, business development manager at Shopify. “Our investment in Single and our growing blockchain ecosystem demonstrate our commitment to further increasing participation in Web 3.0 and expanding business opportunities for creatives, artists and musicians,” Walcott said.

Web3 natives often refer to NFTs holding “utility” or benefits outside of the intrinsic value of the NFT. But creators have had limited tools to provide utility, making it difficult to take full advantage of the Web3 economy. Single’s announcement is a game-changer. Now, a musician who mints NFT music and sells it to fans not only creates immediate value (i.e. the music), but also additional benefits, for example, benefits on store merchandise.

Other Web3 companies are also leading the way in empowering the creative economy. Audius offers artists the opportunity to earn revenue from their streams. And unlike Spotify and traditional streaming services, artists keep 90% of the revenue they earn and receive rewards from the $AUDIO token.

“The direct engagement and commerce between artists and their fans, and the significant revenue this can bring, is disrupting the music business as we know it today,” said Roneil Rumburg, CEO and Co-Founder. from Audius. “This year, the Audius community is focused on building the tools available to artists on the platform to deliver new types of paid products and experiences directly to their fans,” Rumburg said.

This change means creators will have a direct way to generate revenue, connect with fans through Web3 technology, and increase their own independence.

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Murfreesboro City Council Approves New Live Entertainment Campus https://alabamabluegrass.org/murfreesboro-city-council-approves-new-live-entertainment-campus/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 20:43:00 +0000 https://alabamabluegrass.org/murfreesboro-city-council-approves-new-live-entertainment-campus/ MURFEESBORO, Tenn. (WSMV) – Murfreesboro City Council voted on Wednesday to approve a new live entertainment campus meant to give the town a tourism boost. The city of Murfreesboro has entered into a development agreement with Notes Live Inc. to develop the entertainment campus, according to a city press release. The project, located at the […]]]>

MURFEESBORO, Tenn. (WSMV) – Murfreesboro City Council voted on Wednesday to approve a new live entertainment campus meant to give the town a tourism boost.

The city of Murfreesboro has entered into a development agreement with Notes Live Inc. to develop the entertainment campus, according to a city press release.

The project, located at the southeast corner of Medical Center Parkway and Gateway Boulevard, includes a 4,500-seat outdoor amphitheater in the Murfreesboro Gateway called “The Sunset Music Colosseum on the Stones River.” The project also includes plans for Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse and Tavern, a casual upscale restaurant and Boot Barn Hall, a 400-seat table, acoustically designed music and corporate venue that can be converted into stadium seating to accommodate 1,400 guests.

The project will include improvements to infrastructure around the site.

Together, the venues are expected to hire 200 full-time and part-time staff and feature weekly concerts. Murfreesboro officials expect the sites to attract about 800,000 customers a year.

The statement said the construction of Bourbon Brothers and Boot Barn Hall will take approximately 18 months. The amphitheater will take 20 to 24 months to complete, after approval of the design by the Planning Commission and Murfreeboro Council.

“We are thrilled to finalize the deal for the high-quality entertainment business featuring live music both indoors and outdoors,” Mayor Shane McFarland said in the press release. “The public-private partnership will add an attractive amenity to our town and elevate Murfreesboro to the Nashville music scene. On behalf of City Council, I thank Notes Live for this substantial investment. We can’t wait to see construction and live performances kick off, as well as the necessary infrastructure improvements at Medical Center Parkway.

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Why the Irish economy is hot https://alabamabluegrass.org/why-the-irish-economy-is-hot/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 04:01:43 +0000 https://alabamabluegrass.org/why-the-irish-economy-is-hot/ This is an audio transcription of the FT press briefing podcast episode: why the Irish economy is hot Marc FilipinoHello from the Financial Times. Today is Tuesday, August 9, and it’s your FT News Briefing. [MUSIC PLAYING] China continues to deploy its military might. Investors wonder if the rally in US tech stocks will last. […]]]>

This is an audio transcription of the FT press briefing podcast episode: why the Irish economy is hot

Marc Filipino
Hello from the Financial Times. Today is Tuesday, August 9, and it’s your FT News Briefing.

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China continues to deploy its military might. Investors wonder if the rally in US tech stocks will last. And European economies look really gloomy, but there is one small exception. I’m Marc Filippino and here’s the news you need to start your day.

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The United States yesterday announced an additional $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine. It is the largest military package since the start of the Russian invasion. In total, the Joe Biden administration sent nearly $10 billion in security aid to Ukraine. And this latest round comes as Ukraine prepares for a new offensive in the south of the country. He wants to recapture the city of Kherson and prevent Russia from using the Dnipro River as a natural barrier. US aid will include, among other things, ammunition and armored medical vehicles.

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China continued its military exercises around Taiwan on Monday. They are seen as a response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan last week. She is the highest-ranking US official to visit Taipei in decades. Our correspondent in Taiwan, Kathrin Hille, reports that the Chinese military has also crossed an unofficial demarcation line in the Taiwan Strait.

Catherine Hille
Both sides mostly stuck to that, so they stuck to their side of that unofficial line. China started crossing it again more frequently in times of high tension about two years ago. But now they have told state media that they believe they have succeeded in erasing that midline completely. And they also started talking about how these exercises are conducted in their own waters and therefore legitimate. So it seems that they actually took advantage of this opportunity to establish a more frequent military presence much closer to Taiwan.

Marc Filipino
And what would that mean, Kathrin? What could crossing this line lead to?

Catherine Hille
Well, that’s important because the People’s Liberation Army could, if they had the capacity, start operating much more often, maybe even regularly on the Taiwan side of the Taiwan Strait. It just means that you could, with little or no warning, really, they could suddenly be over our heads here. So really, the next step leads to the big question of whether the United States will take action, do something.

Marc Filipino
And another issue, Kathrin, is actually between Taipei and its main defender, Washington. You reported that the two sides disagreed on military strategy toward mainland China. Can you tell us a bit more?

Catherine Hille
The United States has pressured Taiwan to forget about big, prestigious platforms like new warships and more new fighters, and instead focus on very down-to-earth capabilities that would allow something as a guerrilla force to wage a bloody war, preventing the PLA from gaining full control. So basically some of the things that have proven to be quite effective in Ukraine, in defending against the Russian onslaught, but the Taiwanese military still thinks that just focusing on those things like small portable missiles that are very mobile and cheap and coastal defense missiles, etc. is not enough. And they think last week kind of proves their point because if they hadn’t had their own fighters to rush against the Chinese, maybe the Chinese air force, of course , would have approached much more quickly. There is therefore this great disagreement which fundamentally prevents Taiwan from rapidly strengthening its defenses.

Marc Filipino
This is the FT’s China correspondent, Kathrin Hille, in Taipei.

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Financial markets saw a huge sell-off in tech stocks in the first half of this year. The Nasdaq even slipped in a bear market, but things turned around. The Nasdaq has rebounded nearly 15% since last month, in part because second-quarter earnings were better than expected. But investors are divided on how long the tech rally will last. Here’s FT asset management reporter Chris Flood explaining why some people think tech stocks will continue to rise.

Chris Flood
So yeah, I mean, the reasons for the optimism is because there’s a very strong secular growth story behind technology investments. I mean, new technologies like cloud computing are becoming developments of real substance. The greatest popularization of electric vehicles. The widespread expectation that companies are going to have to keep spending on technology to ensure they can stay competitive, of course. Another reason for optimism is that some investors believe that improving valuations will further stimulate M&A activity. And perhaps we might even see strategic buyers, mature tech companies, stepping in to strike deals to bolster their own businesses.

Marc Filipino
So Chris, what’s the argument against the rally? Why do other investors think the rally will end and we will see a sell off like we saw earlier in the year?

Chris Flood
So I guess there are two sets of concerns. The first would be that we are not done with earnings downgrades. So, although valuations have fallen, there may be further earnings weakness in the second half of this year and as we approach 2023. A second reason for caution is that some strategists are wondering whether this is what is described as a bear market bounce, as if it were just a temporary respite. Seeing these bear market bounces was a common feature of the last time the Nasdaq was in an extended bear market between 2000 and 2003. So the jump we’ve seen since July has some strategists thinking this won’t be the beginning of a sustained recovery.

Marc Filipino
Chris Flood is the FT’s asset management reporter.

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Europe’s economic outlook is quite bleak. Growth is close to zero and a recession is looming. But there is Ireland. The Emerald Isle’s economy is hot. In the last quarter, it rose by more than 6% and the government is enjoying a massive windfall of corporate tax revenue. This is Jude Webber, correspondent for the FT in Ireland.

Jude Weber
So multinationals and these are tech giants like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Meta, they’ve crowded into Ireland because Ireland for years had a corporate tax rate of just 12.5% . These companies, and they also include pharmaceutical companies, like Pfizer, these companies have done very well during the pandemic. And when their profits increase, their corporate tax payments to the Irish Treasury obviously increase. And so Ireland has just taken in all this money from the multinationals.

Marc Filipino
Now, Jude, as you point out, employment and foreign investment are also at record highs. Considering all this, do the Irish feel richer?

Jude Weber
Well, Ireland is quite expensive. So that means higher prices that we see everywhere, higher fuel prices, higher food prices. So it’s very painful for a lot of people. But Ireland has another particular problem, that of housing. And it’s not caused by the pandemic and it’s not caused by the war in Ukraine. It is caused by a housing shortage. So basically everyone is struggling and people are looking to the government in this budget next month. They are counting on the government to give them some relief. And the government has already helped people with their utility bills. And so people want more.

Marc Filipino
Do the government and economists expect strong growth to continue?

Jude Weber
They’re very concerned that we’re riding the crest of the wave, if you will. But things could change. You know, if you have a downturn in the United States where a lot of these companies are based, they might end up making less profit. And if they make less profit, they pay less corporate tax. So the fear is that this is all very nice to have, but it’s actually very volatile.

Marc Filipino
Jude Webber is the FT’s Irish correspondent.

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You can read more about all these stories on FT.com. This has been your daily press briefing on FT. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the latest trade news.

This transcript was generated automatically. If by any chance there is an error, please send the details for a correction to: typo@ft.com. We will do our best to make the change as soon as possible.

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Ex-rebel sworn in as Colombian president in historic turn: NPR https://alabamabluegrass.org/ex-rebel-sworn-in-as-colombian-president-in-historic-turn-npr/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 09:50:46 +0000 https://alabamabluegrass.org/ex-rebel-sworn-in-as-colombian-president-in-historic-turn-npr/ Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro speaks to students at Externado University in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, July 26, 2022. Fernando Vergara/AP hide caption toggle caption Fernando Vergara/AP Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro speaks to students at Externado University in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, July 26, 2022. Fernando Vergara/AP BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia’s first leftist president will be sworn in […]]]>

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BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia’s first leftist president will be sworn in on Sunday, promising to fight inequality and heralding a turning point in the history of a country haunted by a long war between the government and guerrilla groups.

Senator Gustavo Petro, a former member of the Colombian guerrilla group M-19, won the presidential election in June by defeating conservative parties that proposed moderate changes to the market economy but failed to connect with voters frustrated by rising poverty and violence against human rights leaders and environmental groups in rural areas.

Petro is part of a growing group of left-leaning politicians and political outsiders who have won elections in Latin America since the pandemic erupted and hurt incumbents who have struggled against its economic aftershocks.

The ex-rebel’s victory was also exceptional for Colombia, where voters had historically been reluctant to back leftist politicians, often accused of being soft on crime or allied with guerrillas.

A 2016 peace accord between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia diverted much of the voters’ attention from the violent conflicts taking place in rural areas and highlighted issues such as poverty and corruption, fueling the popularity of left-wing parties in national elections. .

Petro, 62, has promised to tackle Colombia’s social and economic inequalities by increasing spending on poverty programs and increasing investment in rural areas. He described US drug policies, such as the forced eradication of illegal coca crops, as a “big failure”. But he said he would like to work with Washington “on an equal footing”, building projects to fight climate change or bring infrastructure to rural areas where many farmers say coca leaves are the only sustainable culture.

Petro also formed alliances with environmentalists during his presidential campaign and promised to make Colombia a “global power for life” by slowing deforestation and taking steps to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.

The new president said Colombia would stop granting new licenses for oil exploration and ban hydraulic fracturing projects, even though the oil industry accounts for almost 50% of the country’s legal exports. He plans to fund social spending with a $10 billion-a-year tax reform that would raise taxes on the wealthy and cut tax breaks for corporations.

Petro also said he wanted to start peace talks with the remaining rebel groups who are currently fighting for drug routes, gold mines and other resources abandoned by the FARC after their peace agreement with the government.

“He has a very ambitious agenda,” said Yan Basset, a political scientist at Rosario University in Bogota. “But he will have to prioritize. The risk Petro faces is that he is tackling too many reforms at once and getting nothing” through Colombia’s congress.

At least 10 heads of state are expected to attend Petro’s inauguration, which will take place in a large colonial-era plaza in front of the Colombian Congress. Stages with live music and large screens will also be placed in the parks of downtown Bogota so that tens of thousands of citizens without invitations to the main event can also participate in the festivities. It’s a big change for Colombia where previous presidential inaugurations were more somber events limited to a few hundred VIP guests.

“We want the Colombian people to be the protagonists,” Petro press chief Marisol Rojas said in a statement. “This inauguration will be the first taste of a new form of government, where all forms of life are respected, and where everyone is integrated.”

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Warner Bros. Discovery proposes a “10-year plan” for DC https://alabamabluegrass.org/warner-bros-discovery-proposes-a-10-year-plan-for-dc/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 15:20:00 +0000 https://alabamabluegrass.org/warner-bros-discovery-proposes-a-10-year-plan-for-dc/ WB Studio TourPhoto: Matt Winkelmeyer (Getty Images) Can DC chart a course out of Marvel’s shadow? This has been the question for 10 years (since Christopher Nolan concluded Batman trilogy). The new head of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, thinks he has the answer, which is… the same thing the guys before him tried to […]]]>

The WB Discovery guy thinks he can fix DC with a ten-year plan

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Can DC chart a course out of Marvel’s shadow? This has been the question for 10 years (since Christopher Nolan concluded Batman trilogy). The new head of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, thinks he has the answer, which is… the same thing the guys before him tried to do, basically.

“You look at Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, these are known brands all over the world,” Zaslav said on the infamous WB results call (by The Hollywood Reporter). “We did a reset. We’ve restructured the business that we’re going to focus on, where there will be a team with a 10-year plan focused solely on DC. We believe we can build a much more sustainable business.

Oh, geez, a 10-year plan? Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? It’s a weird bit of corporate gaslighting to pretend we weren’t all there for Zack Snyder’s attempted verse. Also, it’s not really a “reset” when a single movie (bat girl) has been undone and the rest – all of whom are still tangled up in the Snyderverse to some degree – are go forward (Even the dreaded Glow film).

“It’s very similar to Alan Horn’s structure, [former Disney CEO] Bob Iger and Kevin Feige came together very effectively at Disney,” Zaslav said, as if copying and pasting the MCU playbook worked for any of his predecessors. He might want to consider Feige to be someone directors really want to work for; the boss of Marvel’ compassionate response at Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah after bat girl was canned only makes Zaslav and DC even worse in comparison.

But Zaslav is determined to “focus on quality” and “not release any movies until they’re ready,” which sounds more like the basics of the film industry than an innovative new strategy. “The goal is to grow the DC brand. To grow DC characters,” he said. “But also, our job is to protect the DC brand, and that’s what we’re going to do.” DC fans will surely sleep better knowing this is the guy protecting their beloved heroes.

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Warner Bros. kills the movie ‘Batgirl’, $90 million in https://alabamabluegrass.org/warner-bros-kills-the-movie-batgirl-90-million-in/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 15:39:24 +0000 https://alabamabluegrass.org/warner-bros-kills-the-movie-batgirl-90-million-in/ By Anastasia Tsioulcas | NPRWednesday, August 3, 2022 Actress Leslie Grace at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2021. Grace filmed the title role in bat girl – which the studio has permanently shelved. Jason Kempin/Getty Images In a move that shocked Hollywood watchers for the amount of money wasted, Warner Bros. Discovery announced […]]]>

By Anastasia Tsioulcas | NPR
Wednesday, August 3, 2022

In a move that shocked Hollywood watchers for the amount of money wasted, Warner Bros. Discovery announced on Tuesday that it is shelving all plans to release the near-completed film. bat girlwith actress Leslie Grace.

The film was originally planned with a budget of $75 million which had ballooned to $90 million, due to COVID-related delays. It was directed by the duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, whose credits include the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence 2020 vehicle bad boys for life as well as the recent Disney+ series Ms. Marvel.

In a statement reported by multiple media outlets, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. wrote: “The decision not to publish bat girl reflects the strategic shift in our leadership with respect to the DC Universe and HBO Max. Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actress and this decision does not reflect her performance.”

Warner Bros. did not respond to NPR’s requests for comment.

Tuesday, the specialist magazine Variety reported that the film was planned under the direction of Jason Kilar, CEO of WarnerMedia, and Ann Sarnoff, CEO of Warner Bros., and was originally slated for release on the HBO Max streaming platform. Since then, David Zaslav has become CEO of the new company Warner Bros. Discovery and canceled its streaming-focused business plans. The fate of bat girlaccording Variety, seems to have been linked to these strategic wars.

When the bat girl the news was first reported, however, it was via the New York Postyou – and an anonymous source speaking to the newspaper squarely blamed the poor hearing tests. “They think an unspeakable bat girl going to be irretrievable,” the source told the Job.

At the same time as bat girl met the axe, the studio also announced that the film Scoob! : The holiday haunt was also put on hold. It was a sequel to the 2020 film Scoob!whose Variety wrote in her review: “These are tough times, and parents can be grateful to have a virtual babysitter to entertain their kids for 90 minutes, in which case, Scoob! is surely more effective than sitting them in front of the aquarium.”

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Mo Ostin, music powerhouse who puts artists first, dies at 95 https://alabamabluegrass.org/mo-ostin-music-powerhouse-who-puts-artists-first-dies-at-95/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 01:38:49 +0000 https://alabamabluegrass.org/mo-ostin-music-powerhouse-who-puts-artists-first-dies-at-95/ “For me, the artist is the person who should be in the foreground,” Mr. Ostin said in 1994. Yet the industry has recognized the importance of his work. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, and the Recording Academy presented him with a President’s Merit Award in 2014 and […]]]>

“For me, the artist is the person who should be in the foreground,” Mr. Ostin said in 1994.

Yet the industry has recognized the importance of his work. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, and the Recording Academy presented him with a President’s Merit Award in 2014 and a Trustees Award in 2017.

He was born Morris Meyer Ostrofsky on March 27, 1927 in Brooklyn to immigrant parents who came to the United States from Russia during the Communist Revolution of 1917. When he was 13, he moved with his parents and brother, Gerald, to Los Angeles, where the family ran a produce market.

He was a music fan from an early age, but his introduction to the music world came by chance. Living next door to his family was brother Norman Granz, who owned the Clef Records jazz label and promoted concerts in the 1940s and 1950s. During his college years at the University of California, Los Angeles , where he majored in economics, Mr. Ostin ended up helping Mr. Granz by selling programs for his concerts. He married Evelyn Bardavid in 1948.

A graduate with honors, Mr. Ostin enrolled in UCLA law school but dropped out in 1954 to support his wife and young son. A job opportunity also presented itself through Mr. Granz, who hired him to be Clef’s controller at a time when the label’s roster included such prominent jazz artists as Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie. Parker.

Clef eventually changed its name to Verve; around the same time, Mr. Ostin also changed his name.

Towards the end of the 1950s, Frank Sinatra tried to buy the label, inspired by its artist-friendly approach. But he lost out to MGM Records, a disappointment that led him to form his own company, Reprise, in 1960. He appointed Mr. Ostin as executive vice president, with the mission of modeling the new company on Verve.

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Stir Studio Kitchen in the Cleveland area offers cooking classes in Hudson https://alabamabluegrass.org/stir-studio-kitchen-in-the-cleveland-area-offers-cooking-classes-in-hudson/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 10:07:06 +0000 https://alabamabluegrass.org/stir-studio-kitchen-in-the-cleveland-area-offers-cooking-classes-in-hudson/ Stir Studio Kitchen, the entertaining Cleveland-based cooking class home, is opening a new location in downtown Hudson. Charlie Denk first opened Stir in 2019 in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland and expanded to Chagrin Falls a year later. Now Stir is expanding to Hudson and starting classes in August. Stir will be located at […]]]>

Stir Studio Kitchen, the entertaining Cleveland-based cooking class home, is opening a new location in downtown Hudson.

Charlie Denk first opened Stir in 2019 in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland and expanded to Chagrin Falls a year later.

Now Stir is expanding to Hudson and starting classes in August. Stir will be located at 16 Clinton St., in the First & Main development.

Visitors to Stir will not only learn how to cook a delicious meal, but also have fun, Denk said.

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“We try to move away from educational cooking classes,” he said. “We’re not a place to bring a notebook. The kitchen isn’t rigid. At Stir, you should feel like you’re partying.”

Charlie Denk, owner and founder of Stir Studio Kitchen, removes packaging from an oven at his new location in Hudson.

Denk said Stir is a unique cooking class company. He doesn’t sell merchandise because he wants people to feel like they’re in their own kitchen. The recipes are accessible and adapted to allergies and other dietary restrictions.

“We want to be hospitable and memorable. We don’t source ingredients from a crazy market that you don’t have access to,” he said. “Everything we cook with, you can also cook with.”

Blending classes focus on individual recipes to create a complete meal. In August, Stir will teach guests how to cook a variety of international dishes from India, Italy and Asia.

Blending classes focus on individual recipes to create a complete meal.  In August, Stir will teach guests how to cook a variety of international dishes from India, Italy and Asia.

This summer, Stir’s seasonal dish is homemade cornbread with honey butter, pork tenderloin dressed with minced fennel and apple, and a side herb potato salad. And to top it off, a vanilla pastry cream with peaches is offered for dessert.

Denk said he and his team try to focus on adventurous and unique recipes that aren’t local staples.

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Globant’s Be Kind Tech Fund invests in voice technology platform ping to help drivers get home safely https://alabamabluegrass.org/globants-be-kind-tech-fund-invests-in-voice-technology-platform-ping-to-help-drivers-get-home-safely/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 13:16:00 +0000 https://alabamabluegrass.org/globants-be-kind-tech-fund-invests-in-voice-technology-platform-ping-to-help-drivers-get-home-safely/ Be Kind Tech Fund’s first investment in its mission to support startups that mitigate the misuse of technology and create a more respectful digital world ping technology allows commercial drivers to hear messages aloud in 105 languages, making processes hands-free, reducing texting while driving and helping to improve overall driving habits Be Kind Tech Fund’s […]]]>
  • Be Kind Tech Fund’s first investment in its mission to support startups that mitigate the misuse of technology and create a more respectful digital world
  • ping technology allows commercial drivers to hear messages aloud in 105 languages, making processes hands-free, reducing texting while driving and helping to improve overall driving habits
  • Be Kind Tech Fund’s investment will help fund ping’s business development and expand worldwide availability

SAN FRANCISCO, July 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Global (NYSE: GLOB), a digital-native company focused on reinventing businesses through innovative technology solutions, today announced that its Be Kind Tech Fund has invested in pinga US-based voice platform company that helps businesses eliminate distracted driving by enabling commercial drivers to hear their smartphone messages and emails read aloud in over 105 languages, creating a safer experience for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

As the Be Kind Tech Fund’s first investment – alongside investments from other companies – the fund has helped ping raise a $5 million joint funding round, which will see the company deploy its patented technology to hundreds of gig economy businesses around the world. In addition to expanding ping’s reach, the investment from the Be Kind Tech Fund will allow the company to leverage Globant’s existing network globally.

Founded in 2021, the Be Kind Tech Fund is the first and only venture capital fund entirely focused on supporting startups seeking to mitigate the misuse of technology. Since its launch, the Be Kind Tech Fund has partnered with The george washington university, as well as investors such as Riverwood Capital, IDB Lab, Nazca and entrepreneurial organizations such as Endeavour, LAVCA and Newlab. The Center for Humane Technology has also joined the Fund as an advisor. By establishing an ecosystem of like-minded organizations in influential sectors – from education to venture capital – the Be Kind Tech Fund is leading the creation of a new support system for mission-driven tech startups.

“ping is a perfect example of the type of startup we had in mind when creating the Be Kind Tech Fund,” said Guibert Englebienne, Co-founder of Globant, President for Latam and Globant X. “We want to ensure technology is harnessed for the benefit of society, and we admire Ping’s innovative use of patented voice technology to help drivers get home safely – a growing issue as the economy gigs continues to grow exponentially. We look forward to helping ping achieve its goals, providing its team with expert guidance from our ecosystem and contributing to its success.”

“Millions of gig economy drivers are put at risk every day by the constant notifications and alerts sent to their smartphones via a variety of apps, which contribute to distracted driving and often lead to accidents,” said declared Garin TorinCEO, ping. “Our goal is to keep drivers and passengers safe by eliminating distractions and helping them get home safely. The Be Kind Tech Fund’s mission to prevent the misapplication of technology is perfectly aligned with the purpose of our platform, which makes this support of the Fund and its ecosystem particularly significant.”

According to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving costs the economy $129 billion per year and 11 lives per day. To help mitigate this risk, ping has developed a patented Drive Mode voice platform that can integrate directly into applications from automakers, insurers, music services, podcast platforms, and fitness apps. , as well as on-board telematics and commercial fleet management software. Additionally, ping can be white-labeled to build branded apps for cities, insurers, and mobile carriers. In addition to reading messages aloud, ping can also help drivers be safer by alerting them to hard braking and acceleration, excessive lane changes, speeding, and phone manipulation while driving.

CameraMatics, a cloud-based vehicle operations platform, has integrated voice ping technology to improve safety and help commercial and fleet drivers avoid distractions that can cause accidents. “Ping technology opens a new phase in fleet security with its proven ability to reduce distractions while ensuring critical updates are communicated,” said Mervyn O’CallaghanCEO, CameraMatics. “With the integration of ping into CameraMatics, we are now able to provide the most comprehensive security solution on the market.”

For more information on the Be Kind Tech Fund or to join the ecosystem, please visit www.bekindtechfund.com. For more information on ping, please visit www.pingloud.com.

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About Global
We are a digital native company that helps organizations reinvent themselves to create a path forward and unlock their potential. We are where innovation, design and engineering meet.

  • We have more than 24,500 employees and we are present in 19 countries working for companies like Google, Electronic Arts and Santander, among others.
  • We were named a global leader in CX enhancement services by the IDC MarketScape report.
  • We were also the subject of a business case study at Harvard, MITand Stanford.
  • We are a member of the Green Software Foundation (GSF) and the Cybersecurity Tech Accord.

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About the Be Kind Tech fund
Launched in 2021, the Be Kind Tech Fund is a 10 million US dollars venture capital fund administered by Globant Ventures. The fund aims to help global startups seeking support in developing apps, products and platforms focused on mitigating the negative effects of technology, such as online harassment and abuse. , data privacy and security, AI biases, screen time abuse and information. bubbles and polarization.

If you are an entrepreneur or startup focused on mitigating the negative impacts of technology, or would like to learn more about the Be Kind Tech Fund, please visit www.bekindtechfund.com and join the revolution.

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