first_img FINANCIAL GAIN Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By The Penny Hoarder Ben Wallace and Daniel Tew, CPAs with Jackson & Thornton, spoke to members of the Business and Finance Academy and the Future Business Leaders of America at Pike County High School Wednesday.Students learn the dos and don’ts of lendingStudents at Pike County High School who plan to make their way in the business world received good, sound advice from two young men who know how it’s done.Ben Wallace and Daniel Tew, CPAs with Jackson & Thornton, spoke to members of the Business and Finance Academy and the Future Business Leaders of America at Pike County High School Wednesday. Email the author You Might Like Chili Country Christmas stars storyteller Donald Davis Nationally acclaimed storyteller, Donald Davis, will be in concert at the annual Chili Country Christmas event at the We Piddle… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Next UpSharon Denison, Academy director, said the presentation was a feature of Alabama Society of CPAs’ Classroom Blitz program, which, annually, focuses on a segment of the business industry. This year’s topic “Borrow – Use, Don’t Abuse,” is part of the National Endowment for Financial Education curriculum.Wallace and Tew told the students that establishing a good credit rating is essential to borrowing money. But establishing a good credit rating doesn’t have to wait until they are members of the workforce.A savings account may be opened at most banks with a minimum of $25-$50. Print Articlecenter_img Published 5:27 pm Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “Open a savings account and put whatever amount you can in it on a regular basis,” Tew said. “That way, you get in the habit of saving and also have an established bank account.”Most banks require a minimum of $100 to open a checking account and Wallace said that, once a checking account is opened, it is important to maintain it.“Credit cards are good ways to establish a credit rating but don’t go overboard,” he said. “Put small amounts on the credit card and pay off the credit card each month. Don’t be late with your payments. Pay ahead. That way you can build a good credit rating.”The students questioned Wallace and Tew as to whether employers prefer hiring graduates of the larger universities. Tew said employees at Jackson & Thornton come from both small and large universities, including Auburn, Alabama, Troy, AUM and Wallace College.“Employers are looking for the best of the best,” Wallace said. “And, when you are employed, work hard. Be a part of the team but also stand apart by going the extra mile.”Wallace said it is important for employees to carry their weight.“Go in every day and work hard,” he said. “Make yourself a valuable employee. Don’t just do what is expected of you. Do more. That’s job security.”Tew said going the extra mile at work doesn’t mean that one can’t maintain balance in life.Working an extra 30 minutes is not a lot of extra time but it could be enough to “set you apart,” he said.Wallace said that working hard and going above and beyond pays huge dividends later.“Those who aren’t willing to do that will, look back in 10 years, and wish they had,” he said. “You never know when hard work is going to pay off. It could be when you least expect it. But, when it pays off, it usually pays big.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Spot-kick decisions irk Mourinho

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes a wrongly-awarded penalty in the 1-1 draw with Southampton denied his side an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League. The Blues are six points clear of second-placed Manchester City with a game in-hand, but for the second successive match against Southampton, Mourinho bemoaned decisions by the match officials. Mourinho was fined £25,000 for saying there was a “clear campaign” against his side after Cesc Fabregas was denied a penalty and booked for diving instead in the December 28 draw at St Mary’s. Press Association The Blues boss on Sunday was frustrated Nemanja Matic was penalised – allowing Dusan Tadic to score from the spot and cancel out Diego Costa’s first Premier League goal for almost two months – and Branislav Ivanovic was not awarded a spot kick at the other end. “I’m happy with the situation. I’m happy with the six-point lead, but I’m not happy with the result,” Mourinho said. “If you remember our two matches against Southampton: in one game, one penalty that is not a penalty and in another game a penalty that was not given. You are speaking about six points transformed into two points.” Mourinho was clearly upset with the penalty decisions, but bit his tongue on this occasion. He said: “My opinion is not important. Important is Mr Mike Dean (the referee). “His decision was a penalty and his decision was no penalty on Ivanovic.” Ivanovic may have been clipped by Tadic, but fell theatrically, dissuading Dean from pointing to the spot. Asked about the fall, Mourinho deferred to his media officer sitting alongside, saying: “You have to control me, if not…” Mourinho was told television pundit Graeme Souness – with whom he had a public exchange of views this week after the Scot criticised Chelsea’s conduct in the Champions League exit to Paris St Germain – thought Matic had conceded a penalty. “Graeme Souness says also that it’s more a reason to criticise a player who asks for a yellow card than a player who kicks somebody in the chest,” Mourinho added. “I went to Sky and they told me their pundits said it’s a penalty. I went to BBC and they told me it’s not a penalty. I went to the radios and they told me it’s not a penalty. “Pundits are paid to wear my suit, but I’m not paid to wear their suit or to comment on their comments. “If one day I become a pundit, I will wear a manager’s suit. I will win every game, because pundits win every game, and then I can be critical and I can be phenomenal like they are.” Matic was replaced by Ramires soon after a second-half foul on Sadio Mane which could have seen him booked for a second time and sent off for a second successive Premier League game. “When that penalty is given you have to believe that the second yellow card can come,” said Mourinho, who referred to Ramires’ sending off at Aston Villa last season. Mourinho was pleased with his players’ response to the European elimination on away goals to PSG as their grip on a first title in five years tightened after Manchester City lost at Burnley on Saturday and Chelsea drew on Sunday. “I’m happy with the players’ reaction,” he said. Mourinho feels third-placed Arsenal, who are seven points behind, are still in the title race, but does not know what to expect from the Gunners, who the Portuguese believes have an easier run-in than the Blues. “More teams are in the race,” Mourinho said. “For me, which momentum? 3-1 against Monaco or 3-0 against West Ham? It depends on the momentum. “If somebody tells me in August that at the end of March we are six points in front and one match in hand, I would sign immediately. No doubts.” Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was “very pleased” with his side’s display. “To get a good result against them you need luck, you need a great goalkeeper, you need great organisation in a team and we had that,” Koeman said. “(I am) proud of the team. That gives a very good feeling.” The Dutchman felt Saints – for whom Mane and goalkeeper Fraser Forster starred – deserved a spot kick, but refused to criticise Dean for not dismissing Matic early in the second half. “In my opinion it’s a penalty, yes,” Koeman added. “It’s difficult jobs for referees. (Matic on Mane) is a foul that maybe can be a yellow card and that means his second one. “It’s always difficult. I’m not supporting referees showing eight, nine, 10 yellow cards every game. “In my opinion the referee did a great job today.” last_img read more

Aston Villa v QPR: five key battles

first_imgSee also:Ramsey plays down Villa’s injury problemsQPR’s Yun ruled out of Aston Villa gameVargas’ season is ended by knee injuryRamsey expects to work with Sherwood againQPR defender Dunne returns to actionRangers defender Dunne returns to actionFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Darwinism Produces Sociopathic Ideologies

first_imgLook at what some evolutionists are saying about the implications of their theory for human society.Racist genes: Here’s a provocative title from National Geographic: “Are there genes for intelligence, and is it racist to ask?” Racism is surely one of the most divisive social problems in America and many parts of the world. Creationists do not deny differences in IQ, but believe all humans are “created equal” and have intrinsic dignity because they are souls made in God’s image; they are more than their genes. To an evolutionist, all traits are genetic and follow ancestral lineages. In her article on genetic editing and the search for “intelligence genes,” author Robin Henig tiptoes about the implications, not wanting to resuscitate two specters of the past: “the work could support racist notions of biological differences, and that it could make those designer smart babies a reality.”That’s why scientists are now being called upon to consider whether it’s ethical to study the genetics of intelligence. Researchers should think about “limits we should place or steps we can take to be sure we don’t repeat historical errors,” such as forced sterilization of the “feeble-minded” in the early 20th century, said Mildred Solomon, president of the Hastings Center, a bioethics think tank.In early December, the Hastings Center gathered a small group of scholars and ethicists in New York City to discuss the future of intelligence research. Earlier in the week, a more international gathering had debated the ethics of editing human genes—and both groups wondered whether some studies could lead so directly to dangerous applications that they shouldn’t even be done in the first place.Henig forgot to mention that the “historical errors” were committed by evolutionists following Darwin and his half-cousin, Francis Galton, the father of eugenics. Forced sterilizations that followed were direct results of eugenics, as documented by John West in Darwin Day in America. A sequence at the end of Ben Stein’s 2008 documentary Expelled shows a museum curator at the infamous Hadamar prison stating that the ten thousands of murders of mentally retarded that occurred there, including of children, were based on Darwinism.Evolutionary suicide: Another provocative title is found on Science Daily: “Is suicide a tragic variant of an evolutionarily adaptive set of behaviors?” The implication is that if some animals do it, humans (as just another evolved animal) do it, too, because of evolution. The article considers the opinions of an evolutionary psychologist who offers “a framework in which suicide is viewed as a tragic variant of what typically serves as an adaptive tendency towards self-sacrifice among humans.” The word adaptive is code for what natural selection produces by blind, unguided evolutionary processes.Evolutionary free ride: Another paper on the “evolution of cooperation” has appeared in PNAS. It offers a new twist on the assumptions going into evolutionary game theory, but it still sees cooperators and selfish free-riders as products of natural forces. If free-riding is just an adaptation, it’s not really wrong.The mind in the brain: One of the most serious divides between theists and materialists concerns mind-body dualism. Most readers will remember the heart-wrenching case of Terry Schiavo, considered to be in a “persistent vegetative state” (PVS) and therefore not really a person deserving full rights. Consequently, judges allowed her to be starved to death by removal of her feeding tube against the earnest pleas of her parents, to fulfill her husband’s wish. New experiments will send shivers up the spine of those considering Terry’s possible unspoken anguish during her final painful days. New Scientist offers evidence that some people classified as PVS can work out math problems in their head. “Maths helps ‘locked-in’ pair show awareness for first time,” Helen Thomson reports. Patients were shown a math problem while brain activity was monitored.Two of six participants diagnosed as being in a vegetative state, one of three people in a minimally conscious state and two people who had recently emerged from a minimally conscious state were able to correctly communicate their answers to the sums with accuracies that could not have occurred by chance.If Schiavo and others let die because of PVS had been tested with this method, would the judges have ruled differently?Biblical creation is the only worldview that supplies dignity to the individual and true morality to society. Abandon it for amoral evolution at your own risk. See the Moral Argument for God in a short video by William Lane Craig on YouTube.(Visited 65 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gesture Control Wants to Move Us Away from Our Keyboards

first_imgCate Lawrence As companies work to move us beyond our smartphones they are fundamentally changing the way we interact with devices. As voice activation is becoming more mainstream, it’s only a matter of time before gesture control makes its big splash. Anyone who likes to binge watch TV while cooking knows the pain of having to stop kneading dough to pause a show or move to the next episode. In comes Bixi, a device that’s the brainchild of French startup Bluemint Labs. It connects with iOS or Android phones and tablets via Bluetooth LE.However, Bixi does more than just control smartphones. It can operate a GoPro Camera, adjust connected lighting or other smart home devices through gesture control. There’s also a built-in microphone and support for Amazon’s Alexa meaning it can accept verbal commands also.  Bixi currently supports eight gestures, with the intention to add support for more types of gestures as people get more comfortable with Bixi. The device’s sensors easily differentiate between horizontal, diagonal, and vertical swipes.I spoke to Chief Marketing Officer Pierre-Hughes Davoine to find out more at IFA 2017. He explained that the company was currently in conversation with several automotive companies and OEMs to discuss the future integration of their technology into their products. The company intends to release the API of Bixi App to developers who can make new use-cases to be integrated into the main Bixi App via ‘In-App’ Purchases.It;s not the first time this technology has been proposed. Car insurers, Ingenie released research this year predicting the functionality of the cars of the future. They forecast that keys will be eschewed for a fingerprint sensor, iris scanner or other biometric systems to identify you as you walk up and open the door. The windows will have AR capabilities and embedded touchscreen. Some driving functions will be carried out through gesture controls and voice activation instead of buttons and a steering wheel.Kinemic brings writing to the airFounded in March 2016, German startup Kinemic takes Bixi’s ideas several steps further with not only gesture control but the ability to write in the air (as if signing your name perhaps) and click on an ‘air mouse.’  I’ve seen a demonstration of the writing capability in person and it’s something quite wonderful. Kinemic enables the gesture control of digital devices – such as PCs, smartphones, wearables or AR glasses. Their focus is industrial customers can use the technology to improve their processes to become safer, more ergonomic and faster.  They’ve piloted with the pharmaceutical and automotive sectors and won a place in the DeutschBahn (Germany’s national railway) MindBox Accelerator in July this year, providing them with hands-on access to the railway sector.MYO ArmbandsA slightly earlier application is MYO armbands by Canadian based Thalmic Labs that uses, as the name implies, electromyography, a sensor technology that is typically used in the medical world, to pick up electrical impulses from muscles. These allow users to control computers, toys, and other devices. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy to communicate with the device it’s paired with.The company offers SDKs for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Andriod. Some keen developers have already developed a plethora of use cases ranging from surgical applications to controlling drones. There’s even a marketplace for apps developed. Amazon’s Alexa fund invested in Thalmic Labs‘ US series B last fall although it’s unclear what the company will focus on next. Tags:#AR#Bixi#featured#gesture control#industrial#kimenic#Myo#VR Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

A Letter to Executive Leaders About Unaddressed Operational Challenges

first_imgI would be the very first person to tell a sales force to continue to prospect and sell through operational challenges. It is too difficult to regain that discipline once it has been lost, and it is never, ever a good idea to allow your pipeline to wither away.I would also be the first person to tell a sales force to take the difficult calls from their clients when there is a service failure, owning the outcome and giving the transaction, the task, to the person responsible doing whatever needs to be done. I would tell a salesperson to have a presence and to be accountable, even when it’s painful (scratch that, especially when it is painful).If the operations team is having trouble executing, I would be the first person to tell the salesperson to meet with their client to help get changes made on their side, when that is what is necessary. I would also tell them to turn their sales skills towards their own company leadership to get the help they need to take care of their clients.But as it pertains to the systemic challenges that cause salespeople to lose clients because they go unresolved, I must tell you as leadership and operations that you need to make the changes necessary to correct the issues in a way that is sustainable. When you don’t make improvements, you can cause the sales force to pull up the reins and slow their efforts.Imagine that right now you have operational challenges of the first order. You are failing clients, and the sales force is doing their part to help hold things together. But these problems don’t get better. Instead, they persist and get worse over time. Even though your sales leadership team is tough, forcing their salespeople to move away from the reactive, customer service role they still need to play, the sales force does everything they can to avoid prospecting and win new business.What you must know is that salespeople trade in a currency called trust. When they sell something they know is going to fail, they know that will be the very last time they sell anything to that customer. They will work very hard not to do anything that would destroy that trust. More still, you want them to have the trust that allows them to walk in, make a recommendation, have their client take their advice, and leave with a new project or new order or new initiative. They can’t do this if what they sell is guaranteed to fail.There are always operational issues. The sales force needs to be able to deal with the things that happen day-to-day in the business. But the exceptional challenges need more attention, and they need to be resolved in a meaningful way.If you are in leadership, you must have the will, the determination, and the resourcefulness to make the changes necessary to correct operational issues that have persisted for too long. If you don’t, you are putting the brakes on your sales efforts, and you will undoubtedly suffer lost clients and decreasing revenue. In this case, you need to go first.last_img read more

Nadal travels long road to win 16th Slam title at US Open

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side It has been a long journey for Nadal to his latest Grand Slam glory.Nadal won an under-12 regional crown at age eight and by 12 had captured Spanish and European age-group junior titles.By 15, he had turned professional and was facing such foes on the global circuit as Anderson.At 17, Nadal won his first match against Federer.At 19, he won the 2005 French Open in his debut, the first of nine Grand Slam titles in 10 years he would claim on the red clay of Roland Garros, cementing a legacy as the greatest player ever seen on the surface.It was early in his career when Nadal began his habit of biting the championship trophies he wins.Nadal added Wimbledon crowns in 2008 and 2010, an Australian Open title in 2009 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2010 by defeating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, becoming the youngest in the Open era (since 1967) to complete the four-event career sweep.And only Nadal and Andre Agassi can say they have a career Grand Slam and an Olympic men’s singles gold medal, Nadal having claimed his in 2008 at Beijing.Nadal, the sixth left-hander to win a US Open title, added another crown at Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2013, again downing Djokovic in the final.Knee injuries took a toll throughout his career, costing him nine Slam appearances, and after he failed to even reach a Slam semi-final in 2015 and 2016 some figured his greatest moments were behind him. Nadal wins US Open for 16th major title View comments READ: Nadal wins US Open for 16th major titleThe triumph moved Nadal three shy of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 19 Slam singles titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe US Open was the final Slam at which Toni, Nadal’s long-time coach and inspiration, will join him, instead of taking a role directing Nadal’s youth academy.In his victory speech, Nadal reflected on what Toni has meant to his life in building the grit to overcome numerous knee injuries. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with his winning trophy after defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their 2017 US Open Men’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 10, 2017. Nadal raced to a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 rout of South African giant Kevin Anderson. AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADNEW YORK — Rafael Nadal reflected on his roots as a child prodigy from the island of Mallorca and on the influence of his uncle Toni on Sunday after winning the US Open title.The 31-year-old Spaniard defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 for his third US Open title and his 16th career Grand Slam crown after having taken a 10th French Open trophy in June at Roland Garros.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim But Nadal roared into the Australian Open final, losing to Federer, then captured his record 10th French Open crown in June, setting the stage for his title run in the Flushing Meadows fortnight.Only Nadal, Pete Sampras and Ken Rosewall have managed the feat of winning Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s and 30s.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “It’s not one lesson. Diary is in the head from 3 years old,” Nadal said.“Probably without him I’ll never be playing tennis. I’m thankful I had somebody like him pushing me all the time.“Because he gave me motivation I could get through all the problems I had in my career. I can only thank him for making me stronger.”When Nadal reclaimed the world number one ranking last month, it was the first since in more than three years he had topped the list.And when Federer lost in the US Open quarter-finals to Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal was ensured of keeping the top spot.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Pleased to meet you When the Beatles met the Stones

first_img AFP The Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts, left, Mick Jagger, center, and Keith Richards during a “12-12-12 Concert For Sandy Relief” at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Rolling Stones announced April 3 a highly anticipated nine-city North American tour ahead of their first gig in London’s Hyde Park in more than four decades. Don Emmert/AFP Everybody knows how adorably goofy and good-natured the Beatles could come across in their radio and television interviews, especially during the first flush of Beatlemania. In real life, however, they often struck people differently. Writer Barry Miles recalls that when the Beatles relocated to London from Liverpool in the spring of 1963, they seemed bent on projecting an “an intentionally intimidating image.” The teen-oriented Boyfriend magazine went so far as to describe the Beatles as “almost frightening looking young men.” When they weren’t smiling, the magazine said, “they looked wicked and dreadful and distinctly evil, in an eighteenth century sort of way.”It probably would not have been easy, in the spring of 1963, to impose upon the Beatles, or to ask them for a favor. Nevertheless, on the afternoon April 14, Giorgio Gomelsky – a Soviet-born, Swiss-educated rhythm and blues promoter – approached the Fab Four at a television studio where they were taping their third appearance on the pop music show “Thank Your Lucky Stars.”“Hey you guys, you’ve got to listen to this band on the way home tonight,” he pleaded. “You’ve got to come see this band when you finish recording the show, it’s on the way back, you’ve just got to come.”He was talking about the Rolling Stones. And his timing was propitious. Having recently arrived in London, the Beatles and their entourage were curious to find out what was happening in the city’s music scene.Sure enough, shortly after the Stones started their second set at the Crawdaddy Club, in Southwest London, bassist Bill Wyman was “staggered” to look up and see “four shadowy figures” standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the audience, all of them dressed in matching suede overcoats and leather caps. “S—, that’s the Beatles!” he recalls exclaiming to himself. Keith Richards tells the story similarly: “We’re playing a pub … and we’re whacking out our show and everybody’s having a good time, ya know? I suddenly turn around: there’s these four guys in black leather overcoats standing there. Oh f— me! Look who’s here!”The Beatles’ road manager, Neil Aspinall, thought the Stones were just “OK” that night – not particularly better or worse than a typical Liverpool band playing at the Cavern Club. But the Beatles were more effusive. “I remember standing in some sweaty room and watching them on the stage,” Ringo said years later. “Keith and Brian, wow! I knew then that the Stones were great.” George was struck by the tremendous enthusiasm of the Stones’ fans. “The audience screamed and shouted and danced on tables,” he recalled.No one lingered around or chatted with fans for very long after the gig, since Brian Jones had invited the Beatles and their crew over to the Stones’ slummy Edith Grove apartment. The richest first-hand account of what happened next comes from James Phelge, who was living with Mick, Keith and Brian at the time. When the Beatles arrived, Phelge recalls, “they carried themselves with the air of a professional outfit. … All the members of their entourage were smartly dressed in the same dark-colored overcoats as the band, giving the appearance of one big team.” A few in the Beatles’ camp may have been disgusted by the putrid condition of the Stones’ dimly lit flat – the piled-high dishes, overflowing ashtrays, and accumulated rubbish – but Phelge says that Paul, at least, “did not seem unduly perturbed by anything – the look on his face said, ‘I’ve been here before.’”All night long, records spun successively on the turntable, and the members of each group shared their musical likes and dislikes. The Stones played the Beatles five demo tracks they’d just recorded at IBC Studios, and they were eager to show off their treasured collection of American imports. They were caught off guard, however, when Lennon was sharply dismissive of one of their heroes, the blues legend Jimmy Reed.Another big topic was how to make money in the music business. Until that point, no British pop acts had been able to maintain their success over the long term, and everyone thought it was only a matter of time before the Beatles’ pubescent fans moved on in search of someone else to idolize. Even the Beatles believed that. At the time, they were chiefly concerned with parlaying their brief burst of popular success into the biggest possible financial windfall. The most the Stones could have hoped for is that they, too, would have a brief run at the top.Despite being the hottest group in England at the time, in some respects the Beatles may have felt apprehensive in the Stones’ company. Like many Merseysiders of Northern England, the Beatles were sensitive to any hint of condescension from their Southern neighbors. They dreaded being stereotyped as Scousers, hicks or provincials. That may well explain why they could seem so standoffish to outsiders; it was a defensive posture.Meanwhile, the Stones fancied themselves hip Londoners; they were obsessed with a particular style of cool – which they associated with reticence and self-possession – and so they were bemused by the Beatles’ amiable goofball shtick: their corny repartee and obvious eagerness to please. They were also proud to have built up a cult following with the “right” type of fans: discerning bohemians, as opposed to the hysterical teenyboppers the Beatles were winning over. They didn’t yet have a record contract, but they surely sensed that one was in the offing.John likely enjoyed talking with Brian, perhaps the most musically gifted and deeply knowledgeable member of the Stones. When the two fell into conversation they discovered that they both had infant sons named Julian. (Lennon’s son was only six days old.) But Jones’ musical knowledge could also be intimidating. Years later, Lennon recalled the moment that night when Brian asked him whether it was a harmonica or a harp that he’d played on “Love Me Do.”Oblivious to the subtle distinction between the two instruments, Lennon answered, “A harmonica with a button,” meaning a chromatic harmonica, of the type that was used by the jazz and big band acts of the ’40s and ’50s. (Lennon had shoplifted it from a music store in Arnhem, Holland, in 1960.) A “harp,” or diatonic harmonica, offers fewer notes, but allows players to get a wailing bluesy sound by bending pitches. All the classical bluesmen used harps, and an aficionado like Jones likely would have regarded chromatic harmonicas as passé.Lennon apparently came around to that view as well. Six weeks later, on June 1, 1963, the Beatles were getting ready to perform Chuck Berry’s “I Got To Find My Baby” for the BBC radio show “Pop Goes the Beatles.” When deejay Lee Peters tried to introduce the song by saying that it would feature Lennon on the harmonica, Lennon sharply cut him off.“Harp! It’s a harp,” Lennon said.“What’s a harp?” Peters asked, obviously taken aback.“The harp. I’m playing a harp on this one.” “You’re playing a harp?”“Harmonica I play on ‘Love Me Do.’ Harp on this one.”There wasn’t any “rivalry” yet between the Beatles and the Stones, of course. But for all they had in common, the members of the two bands must have recognized they had some opposing qualities as well. It wasn’t for nothing that in January 1988, when Mick Jagger inducted the Beatles into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, he dwelled at some length about the very first time he met the Beatles. He didn’t regard them as the least bit cuddly or lovable. 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Rep Howrylak plan protects vulnerable adults from acts of coercion

first_img Categories: Howrylak News,News 07Sep Rep. Howrylak plan protects vulnerable adults from acts of coercion A proposal introduced Thursday by state Rep. Martin Howrylak provides penalties for an individual who attempts to extract sexually explicit visual material from vulnerable adults, including seniors and the mentally or physically disabled.The dangerous trend has become more common with technological advancements such as smart phones and social media. According to the Justice Department, people with intellectual disabilities are victims of some of the highest rates of sexual assault with a rate seven times that of people without disabilities.The idea for this legislation comes from a local resident to whom this nightmare scenario occurred, Howrylak said. The young woman was preyed upon and her vulnerable status was used to the perpetrator’s advantage. Unbeknownst to her parents, the young woman fearfully complied with these requests as this “bad man,” in the young woman’s terms, barraged her with coercive commands.” Because no current Michigan law covers this situation, the suspect was sentenced to less than a week in jail for his actions at the city level.“It’s the role of state government to ensure that the public is protected,” said Howrylak, of Troy. “My bill is very simple – it cracks down on the act of coercing, persuading or outright blackmailing someone who is vulnerable into providing them with explicit material. We’ve seen a spike in this disturbing activity with the rise in technology and Michigan should be on the forefront of deterring it.”If passed, House Bill 6347 would protect vulnerable adults from anyone who may request, persuade, convince, threaten, command, force, or coerce them into providing sexually explicit visual material. A violation of this would result in a misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. HB 6347 has been referred to the House Law and Justice Committee for consideration.last_img read more