Los Angeles-based neo-soul/indie-pop sextet Fitz & The Tantrums have announced the release of their latest self-titled album, which is set for a June 10th release via Elektra Records. The much anticipated follow-up to 2013’s More Than Just A Dream has already seen the release of the single “HandClap” (check out the official lyric video below).“‘HandClap’ is a primal tale of love and lust, a call to arms in the late hours of the night,” says lead vocalist Fitz in a statement. “It’s the X-rated version of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ happening on a dance floor.”The group has also announced a summer tour that begins in June, but also has a handful of previously-scheduled dates in April and May. Fitz & The Tantrums will headline NYC’s Terminal 5 on June 21st, among many other dates. Check out the album tracklisting and tour dates below:Fitz & The Tantrums Album Tracklisting1. HandClap 2. Complicated 3. Burn It Down 4. Roll Up 5. Tricky 6. Fadeback 7. Run It 8. Get Right Back 9. Do What You Want 10. Walking Target 11. A Place For Us Fitz & The Tantrums Tour Dates:April16 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – 35th Annual Buzzfest30 – West Palm Beach, FL @ SunfestMay21 – Boston, MA @ DCH Hatch Shell – WBOS EarthFest June3 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl – KJEE Summer Roundup4 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre – Live 105 BFD 201613 – Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center – 96x Fest14 – Richmond, VA @ The National15 – Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim Arts Center17 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival18 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club19 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom21 – New York, NY @ Terminal 523 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall24 – Rochester, NY @ Rochester International Jazz Festival25 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall28 – Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird Nightclub29 – Milwaukee, MI @ Summerfest July14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE15 – Columbus, OH @ PromoWest Festival16 – Kansas City, KS @ Sporting Park Stadium – KRBZ’s Annual Beach Buzz Ball17 – North Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Music & Arts Festival19 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theater20 – Little Rock, AR @ Metroplex22 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s23 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues 24 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s26 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater27 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre August18 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades19 – Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheater20 – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park23 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory24 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre26 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall27 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall28 – Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewery30 – Boise, ID @ Summerfield31 – Jackson, WY @ Pink Garter Theatre
After releasing a cryptic video with dates and vague locations last week, Pretty Lights continues to roll out tour date announcements for what is being dubbed the PL Festival. Yesterday saw the first of five performances revealed, with two shows at the Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion on August 5-6. Today, a new video details a two-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre from August 12-13, with a number of special guests.The PL Festival event at Red Rocks will see sets from SuperVision, Marvel Years, Chris Karns, and Maddy O’Neal over the course of two nights. Pretty Lights never disappoints in the Morrison, CO venue, so do not miss this glorious opportunity to catch some amazing shows.Watch the new teaser video below, and head here for the original.
Defending Snowden Related Inside the hacked U.S. election Nearly a decade after Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning shared classified materials illegally downloaded from Defense Department computers with WikiLeaks, the site’s founder, Julian Assange, was arrested in London for his role in the 2010-11 disclosures.Assange, who had been eluding British law enforcement in the Ecuadorian Embassy since 2012, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with bail jumping. He now faces possible extradition to the U.S. by the Department of Justice. In an unsealed indictment, federal prosecutors say Assange conspired with Manning to break into Defense Department computer databases and later himself tried to access the department’s computer system by decrypting the password.Assange’s lawyers claimed he is a journalist and should be afforded First Amendment protections. They said the charges set “a dangerous precedent” for journalism.To better understand the legal, national security, and journalistic tensions at issue, the Gazette spoke with Harvard faculty members Yochai Benkler, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, and Nicco Mele. Here are their views:Yochai BenklerJack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and SocietyBenkler ’94 testified at Manning’s 2013 trial and has publicly defended the disclosure as whistleblowingThe case against AssangeThe indictment combines a narrowly tailored and probably quite strong claim on Assange himself participating in trying to crack passwords to the Defense Department computers with Manning. If that ends up being the core and only part of the indictment, then it’s going to be very hard to argue against it in terms of freedom of the press, because that’s not something that is likely protected under existing precedent and not something that journalists do normally.On the other hand, in describing the indictment and defining the charges, the prosecution seems to be drawing in a wide range of normal journalistic practices associated with national security reporting — using secure communications channels in order to protect the identity of a source, using a secure dropbox for the materials to be delivered. So the indictment has in it very dangerous elements spilling over into chilling national security journalism generally. …I haven’t seen in the public record any assertion of active collaboration of cracking the passwords. That’s new. If they have evidence for it, it’s quite narrow and would allow a prosecution that wouldn’t have major spillover effects on normal journalism. That’s a big if. It is unfortunate that the indictment includes language that turns it from a narrow, more defensible claim.The danger is that the prosecution will use a very narrow, defensible prosecution and hang on it a much broader, looser, and more chilling set of practices that are not distinguishable from simply committing journalism. You could frame anything, except for the cracking, as a conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and ignore the publication. It’s important not to overstate it in the other direction, that if the prosecution does focus only on this, then somehow this also severely impacts freedom of the press. Because certainly, actively participating in cracking passwords to break into computers is not something journalists do.Mounting a First Amendment defense If the prosecution has evidence that there was an actual agreement to — and an active participation in — cracking the password … then the general freedom of the press defense will be weak. If the prosecution has very weak evidence for it and is going to use it as an anchor to then throw up a lot of dust around the general secrecy and Dropbox and this and that, then it does have a real chilling effect.That’s why it’s so critical from the start to distinguish between these two parts. Because if there’s strong evidence for the collaborative cracking, then the impact on freedom of the press is relatively small and the government’s case is relatively strong. If the evidence for that is relatively weak and they’re only using it as a foot in the door to get in all of the normal journalistic practices, then the danger is enormous and it will be important to understand this case primarily through the lens of freedom of the press. We don’t know what the evidence is and we don’t know how the prosecution will structure its case, and that’s going to be the critical question.Rolf Mowatt-LarssenDirector of the Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy SchoolServed more than two decades as a CIA intelligence officerWhistleblowing or leakingWhistleblowing is protected. The U.S. government has certain measures in place to ensure that keeping classified information classified doesn’t mean that if someone sees governmental crimes or malfeasance, they don’t have an ability to notify the proper authorities. That’s been the debate about Manning: whether that was whistleblowing. That’s what WikiLeaks says it was all about.I think the test you have to hold it to is, what was the extent of the disclosure and can you make a reasonable case that Chelsea Manning disclosed that to highlight an unjust war and the other reasons? And the convictions, on 22 counts, [show] it was in the U.S. government’s judgment that it went way beyond any real whistleblowing. You had something like 250,000 State Department embassy cables from around the world that were leaked. How can that possibly relate to a whistleblowing function? It was incredibly damaging to our diplomacy and our connections all over the world with no whistleblowing purpose that you could legitimately claim was calling the public’s attention to governmental crimes or corruption. … It was so indiscriminate, a total of something like 750,000 messages between Defense Department cables and messages and State Department things. I don’t think any reasonable person, if they actually read and look and study the damage that was caused by Manning’s disclosure through WikiLeaks, would come to the conclusion that it was whistleblowing. It was just a massive leak designed to cause harm to U.S. national security interests around the world.Does the public fully grasp the damage caused by the disclosures?No. I don’t think enough people have taken the time to read the facts of the case to see that the way the U.S. government handled it was reasonable. And I think a reason for that is because so many people are caught up in what they regard to be the unjustness of the invasion of Iraq and they conflate that action, in protest to the Iraq War, as the reason why Manning did this. When, in fact, you examine the evidence, that doesn’t hold up. It was a massive release of information designed to hurt the United States, not just make a statement about the war in Iraq. It went well beyond any reasonable person’s understanding of what a whistleblower should do. And I think the same applies to an even greater extent in the Edward Snowden case.Does the Justice Department have the password receipts? We’ll have to wait and see. Presumably, they think they can make that case, or they at least want to show that there was an active effort on Assange’s part to be involved in the actual theft of the information. That is different.I’ve talked to journalists my whole career. First, I don’t talk about classified things with journalists. And I’ve never had a journalist ever try to work with me to obtain information or suggest that I should go steal classified information. I’ve never met any legitimate, respectable journalist who does that. I’m sure there might be people like that. And I think that distinction is what is very important about this case. Because if it’s true and the government can make the case, then that’s a very important precedent to establish through the Assange/Manning relationship.Nicco MeleDirector of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy Former senior vice president and deputy publisher of the Los Angeles TimesShould Assange still be called a journalist?I never thought he was a journalist; I always thought he was an advocate. He’s been a source for journalists. Holding power accountable was certainly part of what his purpose was, so he had some similar values to journalists in holding power accountable, but in many ways was never a journalist. He was much more of an advocate or activist than a journalist. However, he did describe himself as a journalist.Is he using press freedom as a shield to commit crimes?Much more troubling to me is using his status to avoid accountability for the charges of sexual assault. That’s way more disturbing. But I see some of the work he did with Chelsea Manning as an act of civil disobedience that had it not happened, we would not know about government abuse of power. That’s a legitimate course for civil disobedience, in my view. It’s not a legitimate course in the norms and standards of journalism. Again, I don’t see him as a journalist, I see him as a transparency activist who works closely with many journalists.Do the media need clearer standards for who is doing journalism?I think we have pretty good rules about that. The problem is that the public doesn’t recognize them. [There’s] lots of research about how the public does not distinguish well even between op-eds and reported news. In the case of newspapers and opinion, I think it’s probably more a failure of communications or marketing failure. In the case of cable television, where you have reporters, but you also have contributors and advocates and true opinion, I feel like the medium tolerates much more confusion than it should.Interviews have been edited for clarity and length. An analyst on Russian security issues explains how the U.S. probe likely played out, and where it may yet lead Revelations key to reform push, says ACLU lawyer
Governor Wolf Applauds Legislative Action, Will Sign Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Bill into Law SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release, Public Safety, Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement today after the legislature passed Senator Jake Corman’s Timothy J. Piazza Law to combat hazing:“I thank Senator Corman and bipartisan members of the legislature for getting this important bill to my desk,” said Governor Wolf. “Hazing is counter to the experience we want for college students in Pennsylvania. We must give law enforcement the tools to hold people accountable and ensure schools have safeguards to protect students and curb hazing.”The National Study of Student Hazing reports that 55 percent of college students involved in clubs, teams, and organizations experience hazing.Senate Bill 1090 will increase penalties for all of those involved in hazing; requires schools to have policies and reporting procedures in place to stop hazing; and informs students and parents of what is happening on campus. It also establishes clear-cut parameters on hazing for organizations such as fraternities and sororities. October 15, 2018
Propertyology managing director Simon PressleyNATIONAL property analyst Simon Pressley says Townsville is on the cusp of a more prosperous era but a lack of local confidence is holding the region back.Mr Pressley (pictured), who is the head of property investment service Propertyology, was in Townsville earlier this month to speak at the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Hot Property event.He said that Townsville’s diverse economy, huge pipeline of infrastructure projects and history of strong property growth before 2008 were sure signs better times were ahead but more confidence was needed.“I think the outlook of your city has greatness in it but there is a very important missing ingredient and that is confidence,” he said.“I think you’re about to see some price growth and that will be in 2019 and I think at first it will be mild.“If you capitalise on all the infrastructure coming and start talking positively it becomes infectious and your economy can go from busted to really good, really quickly.”Despite Mr Pressley’s optimism Townsville’s property prices are yet to budge. Core Logic’s latest Regional Market Update for the September quarter shows that median house values have dropped by 1.3 per cent in the 12 months to September 2018 to $301,816 and unit values are down 3.9 per cent at $239,543.However houses are selling three days faster compared to August 2017 while units are selling 20 days faster.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr Pressley said there was no doubt Townsville had experienced a tough decade but other regional centres had fared worse only to recover and become some of the hottest real estate markets in the country.He said Townsville needed to capitalise on its proximity to Asia to help boost the economy.“I can’t think of a single location in Australia that has a more impressive list of economic assets,” he said.“You’ve got gold, silver, copper, nickel and coal and you also have beef, mangoes and bananas.“You have that in your backyard and you’re close to someone living in China, India or Vietnam and you’ve also already got a world-class export port and an international airport.”Mr Pressley said Townsville could capitalise on the region’s tourism potential but city leaders would need to be bold and build something out of the box to attract visitors.He suggested a tropical zoo, a sporting museum or a boutique brewery with “The Big Beer Can” to rival Coffs Harbour’s big banana.“What can Townsville put on a postcard to take advantage of the tourism boom worldwide?” Mr Pressley said.“You could have a tropical zoo, a six-star hotel or a regional sporting museum to showcase the great athletes who have come out of regional Queensland. Be innovative and work with your strengths because it will create jobs and it will give people a reason to come here.”
Taiwanese Century Wind Power and Danish Bladt Industries have signed a joint venture agreement on the fabrication of offshore foundations for the upcoming Taiwanese offshore wind business.The joint venture “Century Bladt Foundation Co., Ltd” will provide the market with European fabrication technology combined with local steel construction fabricator.This agreement will match up with the mission of the Taiwanese government, who has allocated 5.5 GW offshore wind park projects.“This agreement is an important milestone for Bladt Industries, Century Wind Power, and the Taiwanese upcoming offshore wind market,” says Lars Kristensen, senior vice president, Bladt Industries. “We have been working on this agreement for the last year, and we are convinced that with this setup we will be able to provide high-end quality structures to the market.”“The Century Bladt Foundation Co., Ltd Agreement is a very important step for Bladt Industries to expand the business into Asia; one of the new growth areas of offshore wind,” says Klaus Steen Mortensen, CEO, Bladt Industries“Together, we will move forward in the offshore wind energy industry, and once again bring Taiwan manufacturing to world-class standards,” says chairman Wen Hsiang Lai.The signing of the JV took place in the presence of members from Taiwanese Government, Ørsted, CIP, WPD, NPI and several other partners.
Connersville, IN —According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, Shawn M. McClung was charged Thursday with Voluntary Manslaughter resulting from the investigation into the death of Denise Pflum lead by The Fayette County Sheriffs Department.The information and probable cause affidavit allege that McClung previously claimed that Denise Pflum was still alive, but has recently admitted that he killed her in March of 1986. The investigation is ongoing regarding the involvement of other parties.The family made an official statement on social media stating, “We appreciate all of the love and support that you have shown us. We appreciate that Denise has become like family to all of you. Our daughter was a special person whom we will never forget, and we know that this community will not forget. We are so grateful for all of those who have followed her story, who have helped with the investigation, and who have shown support and love.At this time we ask that you respect our privacy, and allow us the time we need to mourn and grieve our beloved daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. Denise was a wonderful young woman, her light is never gone. Her love will always remain with us, and with all of you. Thank you for all of your help. We love and appreciate every one of you.”
Roberto Firmino The Reds will take on Brazil’s Flamengo in Saturday’s final.Manager Jurgen Klopp, who flew to Qatar with the first-team squad while under-23s boss Neil Critchley took charge of the Liverpool’s Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday evening, named a makeshift starting XI due to injuries and illness in defence.As a result, Liverpool looked vulnerable at the back and, despite taking the lead early on, could have fallen behind after chances fell to Monterrey’s Dorlan Pabon, Funes Mori and Jesus Gallardo either side of the break.Keita also had more chances to score and was denied twice in the second half by keeper Marcelo Barovero.Funes Mori – the twin brother of former Everton defender Ramiro – shocked Liverpool fans when he pounced on a rebound to equalise three minutes later but the Premier League leaders were persistent, as they have been so often this season.Salah kept the ball in play before teeing up Alexander-Arnold, who slid a cross behind the defence for Firmino to poke home, meaning Liverpool avoided extra time and a potential upset in Doha.Such is the extent of Liverpool’s injury list that Jordan Henderson trained in the centre-back position in Qatar and switched from his normal midfield role to play the full 90 minutes there against Monterrey.Fellow midfielder James Milner also started at right-back as Klopp opted to leave Alexander-Arnold on the bench, while defensive talisman Virgil van Dijk – who has started every Champions League and Premier League game for Liverpool this season – was ruled out through illness.Centre-backs Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren are also out through injury, as well as defensive midfielder Fabinho, who is not expected to return until the new year.So it was no surprise Liverpool’s back four were tested – Pabon got the better of Henderson on several occasions and Milner was caught napping at the back post when Rodolfo Pizarro almost got a touch on the ball in the second half.Monterrey had 16 shots in total, including eight on target, and there was a moment of relief when Joe Gomez – Liverpool’s only recognised centre-back in the squad – was only shown a yellow card for stopping a dangerous counter-attack.In the end, Klopp was forced to bring on regular first-teamers Sadio Mane, Firmino and Alexander-Arnold and but was rewarded as his side eventually got the job done.With Liverpool playing nine games in December, it was crucial Liverpool avoided extra time and they now have the chance to win their second trophy this season in Saturday’s final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Roberto Firmino scored a dramatic injury-time winner – five minutes after coming on as a substitute – to give Liverpool victory over Mexican side Monterrey and book their place in the Club World Cup final.The Brazilian striker, who replaced Divock Origi in the 85th minute, poked in fellow substitute Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross from close range in Doha.Liverpool’s Naby Keita had opened the scoring in the first half after an excellent Mohamed Salah through ball before Rogelio Funes Mori equalised.
The member of parliament for the constituency of St. John in Barbados, Mara Thompson has formally announced that she will not be contesting the upcoming general election.Thompson, the widow of David Thompson, the sixth Prime Minister of Barbados, said that after eight years, she has decided to retire from public life.“I have taken a long hard look at myself and the needs of my family and I have decided to retire from public life,” said Thompson, who made the disclosure at a meeting of the ruling Democratic Labor Party (DLP), General Council late Wednesday.Thompson also thanked her constituents for supporting her over the years.“Just as I walked throughout the constituency and sought the support of the people of St. John when I wanted to become their MP, I am walking around in St. John, knocking on doors thanking the good people of St. John for their support for me over the years. I intend to do so face to face. They will see me. I will continue to visit each home because I want to thank you.”She added that following her husband’s death, her family was “cradled and buoyed by the people of St. John”.“They swept me into Parliament, giving me the very distinct honor of becoming their Parliamentary representative – I consider myself blessed to have been afforded the opportunity to serve my party and my St. John family.”Thompson, who was the first female Deputy Speaker of the House, has also endorsed the party’s General Secretary, George Pilgrim, as her successor.The constituency of St. John has been hailed as the DLP’s most secure seat since 1958.St. John was once held by the late Prime Minister Errol Barrow who died in office in 1987.Former Prime Minister David Thompson, was later elected for the seat, which he held until his death – also in office in October 2010.His widow won the seat in a by-election in January 2011 and also ran successfully during the 2013 general election.A date for a general election – that is constitutionally due by June this year, has not been set although Parliament was automatically dissolved on March 6.
MIAMI, Florida – Montage: A Film Series is a program designed to link communities and people through the art of filmmaking and culture. Montage returns for its 2020 season in celebration of Black History Month for a screening of Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. Montage takes place Thursday, February 27 at 7pm at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. Tickets are FREE and are available at www.ccpompano.org or at the door.“This documentary is a fitting selection for Black History Month,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “As it provides a comprehensive look at American culture through historical archival images that are rarely seen in such totality.”As the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.Bringing to light rarely seen photos shot by both professional and amateur African American photographers, the film opens a window into the lives of black families, whose experiences and perspectives are often missing from the traditional historical canon.These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and its founding ideals. Inspired by the book Reflections in Black by photo historian Deborah Willis, the film features the works of esteemed photographic artists Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and many others.The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 West Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33445.