Top Female Artists Attend Bebe Rexhas Womens Dinner

first_imgNews Twitter Bebe Rexha Hosts Women’s Dinner For Top Artists top-female-artists-attend-bebe-rexhas-womens-dinner Top Female Artists Attend Bebe Rexha’s Women’s Dinner Charli XCX, Avril Lavigne, Kelsea Ballerini, and many more of music’s top women came together for Rexha’s Women In Harmony dinner Brian HaackGRAMMYs Mar 1, 2018 – 2:10 pm In an event billed as both a “celebration” and “conversation,” singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha hosted a special dinner on Feb. 27 for around 40 of music’s top female artists, producers and songwriters, calling the night the Women In Harmony dinner. Facebook center_img Among the musical heavyweights in attendance were Sevyn Streeter, Latin GRAMMY Song Of The Year-winning songwriter Erika Ender (“Despacito”), Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge, Avril Lavigne, Kelsea Ballerini, and many more.”We’re at a time where celebrating women is of utmost importance, and I think everybody in this room has always been a champion of female empowerment,” said Charli XCX of the evening. “This is a room of amazingly talented songwriters, who have had multiple Billboard No. 1s. … It’s important to shine a light on this community.” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 12, 2017 – 11:57 am Bebe Rexha: “I Got You” Inspiration Email One of the best nights of my life. #WomenInHarmony https://t.co/d7ydAeCnJa— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) March 1, 2018Hinting that she plans for the event to continue as an annual recurrence, Rexha told Billboard, “I want it to become what the Clive Davis [annual pre-GRAMMYs Gala] is. … I would love to expand it to executives and just really be a celebration for women in the music business.”Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook Messengerlast_img read more

95pc of Rangamati habitats destroyed in landslides illegal

first_imgThis general view shows dwellings under mud after a landslide in Rangamati on 13 June, 2017. Photo: AFPA municipality mayor of Rangamati district said as many as 95 per cent of the households destroyed in the landslides were illegal.”Less than 5 per cent of the houses destroyed in landslides were legal,” said Akbar Hossain Chowdhury, the Rangamati municipality mayor.The municipality mayor also said the district council actually gave permission to different individuals for settlement. He had no involvement with that, the mayor added.Recently at least 115 people were killed in a series of landslides in the hilly districts of southeast Bangladesh.Rangamati additional deputy commissioner Prakash Kanti told Prothom Alo that landslides killed at least 56 people in the municipality area alone.More than 150 houses were destroyed after landslides hit the areas.Authorities concerned said, according to law, anyone wanting to build a house in the area, must have deeds of the land, soil test reports, and architectural and building permission. That means the authorities only permits pucca (brick and cement) buildings.In reply to this, he said, “Most of the houses were either tin-sheds or of mud. The houses were built without our permission.”You will find a small number of houses there are pucca, Akbar Hossain added.Rangamati district council chairman Brishketu Chakma said, “The mayor can blame us, but we did not give permission for settlements there. He’s wrong.”Local people said some of the pucca buildings also collapsed in the landslides.Asked about it, the Rangamati municipality executive engineer Atikur Rahman said, “The entire hill is 80 feet but, engineers test soil up to 30 feet and submit their report.”On the other hand, some people build houses inside the hills. “Thus, it becomes tough for us to monitor the places.”Hill Tracts Citizen Committee’s president, Goutam Dewan blamed the municipality authorities in this regard.The former chairman of Rangamati municipality and district council said there is lack of coordination between municipality and district council authorities.It is high time to remove the lack of coordination, he added.*The article is rewritten in English by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

Hasina calls Oikya Front leaders political parasites

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina is briefing journalists at her official Ganabhaban residence on Monday, following her four-day official visit to Saudi Arabia.Awami League president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday expressed determination with confidence to smoothly hold the next parlimentary polls within due time despite confusions or what she termed conspiracies.“There will be conspiracies, but we will be able to overcome those. I believe in elections. The election commission will announce the polls schedule,” Hasina told a media briefing at her official Ganabhaban residence, following her four-day official visit to Saudi Arabia.At a rally on Saturday, Jatiya Party (JaPa) chairman HM Ershad, also the prime minsiter’s special emissary, expressed apprehensions over holding of the 11th parliamentary elections due later this year.When asked about such ‘uncertaintity’, Sheikh Hasina alleged, a section of people has been ‘hatching conspiracies and creating suspisions’ to hamper continuity of the democratic process.“The Awami League (AL) will move ahead despite obstacles and puruse development. My party has the strength to face the oppostion,” she said.About forging of the Jatiya Oikya Front or National Unity Front, led by noted lawyer Kamal Hossain, the prime minister claimed that her party is not concerned about the emergence of the new coalition.“I welcome the initiative. There is a necessity and they have been united. If they gain success, what’s wrong,” she told journalists, however, adding, “I don’t see any good politics in it.”On 13 October, the Oikya Front came into being, raising demand for holding free and fair elections, promising change in political culture. Bangladesh Natonalist Party is a major force in it.“We have to see who are united there. They are from different parties with different backgrounds. They are the corrupt, creators of militancy and money launderers. They are also convicted in the 21 grenade attack and 10 truck arms smugglling incidents,” Hasina said alleging that Kamal Hossain formed unity with these forces.“It’s important how the people of Bangladesh view them,” the AL president said. “I have nothing to say [about them]. If the people of Bangladesh want them, let them want,” she added.Asked if the ruling camp would invite the opposition to dialoue if the Front leaders seek it, Sheikh Hasina said, “Any mindset is yet to be created as I have not still received any letter [of request from them].”About splitting  of political parties and alliances, Hasina said where there is a breach, there is reunification. “[We’ve] nothing to worry about.”Dwelling on a seven-point demand including a fair election under a neutral administration, raised by the new coalition, the prime minister said, “Let me wait and see how many demands they come up with ultimately.”On the opposition’s announcement to launch movement to realise their demands, Sheikh Hasina said the government would “do everything if any quarter wants to carry out arson attacks and kill people”.In reply to a few questions on former caretaker government adviser Mainul Hosein, Sheikh Hasina cricticised him for his remaks on journalist Masuda Vatti at a TV talk-show.last_img read more

The Woodlands Symphony Continues Its Resurrection

first_img Share X Listen St.John FlynnConcertmaster Carlo Mauricio (l) and Artistic Director Darryl Bayer (r) of The Woodlands Symphony OrchestraThe Woodlands Symphony Orchestra was originally founded in the early 1990s but was disbanded in 2008.  But now the orchestra has been put back together again and is concluding its Resurrection Season this weekend with a concert, Sunday, May 1st, 7 p.m. at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. It includes Igor Stravinsky‘s Firebird Suite and music from the 25th Anniversary Edition of Zelda, Final Fantasy VII and a suite of selections from Video Games Live. Conducted by Clifton Evans, formerly of Houston’s HSPVA and now director of orchestras at UT Arlington, Sunday’s concert will also include the members of the new Woodlands Area Youth Symphony performing side-by-side with the orchestra for the second half.The orchestra’s artistic director Darryl Bayer and concertmaster Carlo Mauricio talk with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about the Woodlands Symphony rebirth and this weekend’s concert. 00:00 /11:18 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Being Kasturbas voice

first_imgIt takes courage to become the voice of the submissive, in revealing the dark side of the man, who has been tagged as the ‘mahatma.’ Neelima Dalmia Adhar, who earlier wrote best-selling novel ‘father dearest’, took a bold step to unravel the character of Mohandas as a sexually driven, self-righteous and overbearing husband, through her book ‘The Secret Diary of Kasturba’. The spellbinding chronicle of Kasturba’s life speaks of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was sworn to poverty, celibacy and cause for India’s freedom. Completely eclipsed by the man who almost became the God for India’s multitude, the efforts of Kasturba as a wife and a mother went ignorant. She spent sixty-two years of her life juggling the roles of a devoted wife, a satyagrahi and sacrificing mother. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOriginally written in English, ‘The secret diary of Kasturba’ was recently translated into Hindi and launched during an event at the Oxford Book store. Vinod dua, a senior journalist, held a discussion with the author about her book, the idea behind writing it and her connection with the main character.Talking about her wish to write about a strong woman character set in the pre/post independence era, Neelima said, “Kasturba’s story was very close to my heart. We share a lot of commonality in the sense that we belong to quite similar family backgrounds. Moreover, though I was not directly involved in the freedom struggle, the remnants of the time still resonated in my life. My father was a close associate of Gandhi and my mother led the life of Kasturba. So the cry of Kasturba as a wife of Gandhi was quite similar to the cry of Dinesh Nandani (my mother).” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”My father was a megalomaniac with six wives and 18 children. When I started reading out about Kasturba, I found some startling revelations of her life. The more I tuned into her voice, the more I heard her cry. I was compelled to create this character which the history has forgotten. Kasturba came easily to me. Moreover the time was right because we are ready to receive the deconstruction of MAHATMA,” added Neelima.She considers finding the documented material on Kasturba as the biggest challenge. Also, she could not just accuse the ‘father of nation’ without considerable proof as it would for sure hurt the sentiments of his followers. Stating the process of creating the virtual character of Kasturba, Neelima said, “I was handicapped. I had a big challenge finding documented material on her. I tried to gather facts from a various book written on Gandhi and thereby tried to deduce the facts to know what kind of a person she was. Based on the facts I created a sculpture and gave it my voice. Towards the end, I was able to find a woman who was fearless, strong and passionate. She did not like what was happening to her but she let her get into the mould of her life.” The book reveals the trauma she went through when the decision of celibacy was forced on her without consent. The mention of the startling incidences about Gandhi’s arbitrariness, the painful phase of living alone without her husband (when he was in South Africa), the feelings of jealousy, insecurity and possessiveness rising out of his closeness with other women like Mira Bai and Sarla Devi – niece of Rabindranath Tagore, everything is indicative of the never ending misery of Kasturba’s life.last_img read more

New Service Aims to Simplify Ecommerce Payments

first_img Brick-and-mortar retailers wouldn’t dream of sending customers outside the confines of their stores to finalize a purchase. Yet online merchants do it all the time, ushering shoppers away from digital storefronts to third-party payment platforms like PayPal. It’s counterintuitive–and can lead to lost revenue.Roughly two-thirds of consumers abandon shopping carts before completing a web purchase, due mainly to the complexity and length of the checkout process. A new service, Ribbon, promises to eliminate this friction with a patent-pending, quick-and-simple system that enables merchants to take payments via links inserted into websites, e-mail, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.”Why push buyers away from whatever platform they’re already on? Why don’t we keep them there?” asks Hany Rashwan, co-founder and CEO of the San Francisco-based company. “With Ribbon, the buyer never leaves.”Merchants log on to Ribbon and plug in product information, photos and videos; for each item, the service generates a short URL, which sellers can copy and paste anywhere they wish to offer merchandise. Each URL links to a one-page checkout option customized for that platform. For example, if a customer clicks on a product from a seller’s Facebook page, the purchase is completed entirely within the News Feed, for a consistent, user-friendly customer experience.Ribbon works with all major credit cards and processes purchases over a fully encrypted, SSL-secure payments system. All payments are deposited directly into the seller’s bank or PayPal account. Ribbon takes 5 percent of the purchase price and a 30-cent transaction fee–high in the online payments game, but worth it for the convenience, the company claims.Ribbon has thousands of vendors; roughly half market digital products like music. San Francisco rock trio Cloning Dolly turned to Ribbon to sell tickets to a recent concert and plans to offer T-shirts and song downloads in the future. “We posted the Ribbon link directly into our Facebook News Feed,” says singer/guitarist Alejandro De Simone. “People told us buying tickets was easy and fast. The way it’s presented is very intuitive.” May 16, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the April 2013 issue of . Subscribe » 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Commonwealth broadband Africa Forum Dates Confirmed

first_imgAdvertisement The dates for this year’s Commonwealth broadband Africa Forum have been confirmed. It is set to take place from the 18th to 20th Nov 2014 at the Safari Park Hotel.The theme for this year’s event will be Broadband for Accelerated Growth, the event will examine aspects of Broadband, not only developing national Broadband strategies but with an overview of the Commonwealth Broadband strategy and the role of Universal Access Funds.Delving into how countries can transcend broadband implementation to accelerate economic growth. – Advertisement – Commonwealth Broadband Africa 2014 will give attention to the future of technology in Africa and examining how Africa’s expanding marketplace will be accelerated further by the technology innovations that drive growth; from the evolution of mobile technologies from 4G and beyond; watching the trends of cloud computing in emerging markets; new satellite and fibre optic cabling technologies; examining the use and influence of broadband applications and VAs and the rise of the Tech cities. Bringing together Regulators, Governments, Operators, Vendors and Universal Service Fund Administrators, revenue managers it will be a platform for gaining knowledge, exchanging views and seeking partnerships.Key topics:Determining Africa’s broadband futureMobile broadband technologies: 4G and LTEBroadband access and infrastructure aiding developmentDesigning the digital dividend: Future spectrum allocationCloud computing for Emerging marketsBroadband applications Innovation and VAsInclusion. Innovation. Beyond Broadband: The rise of the tech cities.Financing broadband in AfricaStrengthening broadband Public Private Partnerships to accelerate investment projectsCan I kindly request that we start to promote the event again on your site, we will update all banners and email for your reference.last_img read more