first_imgOn Thursday, February 1st, the music world lost another world-class talent as Dennis Edwards, longtime lead singer of Motown legends the Temptations, passed away in a Chicago hospital just two days before his 75th birthday. His death was confirmed by Rosiland Triche Roberts, one of his booking agents. She did not specify the cause. Before joining The Temptations, Edwards put his gospel singing background to work with another Motown group, the Contours, best known for their 1962 hit “Do You Love Me”, which they recorded before he joined them. The Contours opened for the Temptations in the late 1960s, and when the Temptations lead singer David Ruffin left the group in 1968, Edwards was asked to take his place. As groups like Sly and the Family Stone surged in popularity, Edwards’ voice was one of the main ingredients in The Temptations’ left turn into psychedelic soul and funk territory.Shortly after Dennis Edwards joined the group, the Temptations won their first GRAMMY Award for the upbeat “Cloud Nine” (1968). They won another GRAMMY for the funk anthem “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” in 1971. That song, as well as the other two big Temptations hits from that era—“I Can’t Get Next to You” and “Just My Imagination” (on which Kendricks sang lead)—both reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart. The Temptations received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement award in 2013. In 1989, Edwards became the only group member outside the “Classic 5” lineup (Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, and Eddie Kendricks) to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Temptations.You can watch Edwards and The Temptations perform “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” below via YouTube user MOMOFUNKONE:Rest in peace, Dennis. Your memory lives on through your music…[h/t – Billboard][Cover photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images for Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, via Fox5]last_img read more

first_imgChina survives, mostly.For those of you on the edge of your seat wanting to know how the global climate crisis turns out, that’s the short answer.But to skip to the end would be missing the point of Professor Naomi Oreskes’ latest book, a novella called “The Collapse of Western Civilization.” Because, though the book is fictional, it is fact-based, and the lessons it holds lie not in the fanciful outcome but in how the world gets there.And that part of the story, unfortunately, is quite serious.In crafting their cautionary tale, Oreskes and co-author Erik Conway of the California Institute of Technology relied heavily on scientific predictions of what is likely to happen by the turn of the century should the world not pick up the pace in responding to climate change.Rising seas, killer heat waves, and lengthy droughts all take their toll in the book, published in July by the Columbia University Press. Both the Greenland and the West Antarctic ice sheets collapse, with the heat and the rising water leading to mass migrations, food shortages, riots, disease outbreaks, and wide-scale extinction. By 2093, Western Civilization as we know it is kaput.Oreskes, a science historian whose last book, 2010’s “Merchants of Doubt,” tackled the links between the tobacco wars and climate change denial, said she and Conway wanted to translate the reams of material predicting what could happen if climate change is ignored from scientific jargon into something easily understood. Further, they decided on a fictionalized account by a future historian as a way to tell the story in an engaging way.“We took all the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] model projections and asked, what does that look like?” Oreskes said. “Erik and I took that best guess and put it in a story that is easy to read.”Though the research took a while, much of the book’s narrative was penned over several weeks of downtime in Australia, Oreskes said.The fictional approach gave Oreskes and Conway free hand to talk about 2023’s Year of Perpetual Summer, the Great Collapse of the ice sheets after 2073, and the coming fossil-fuel frenzy sparked by shale gas and melting Arctic ice, which makes matters worse by by opening vast areas to oil exploration.Perhaps most frightening are the portions that reflect modern history — the failed Copenhagen climate talks of 2009 are remembered our “last best chance” to avert disaster, and 2012’s “year without a winter” is seen as another ominous warning that the West ignored.Perhaps most importantly, Oreskes and Conway go to great lengths to show how it all went wrong. They begin by pointing out that there was nothing sudden about climate change. Not only was it slow, we knew it is happening. Not only did we know that it was happening, we knew why it was happening. And, perhaps most damning, not only did we know why it was happening, we knew how to stop it and yet failed to act accordingly.In Oreskes and Conway’s telling, there is plenty of blame to go around. Though the “carbon-combustion complex” — pro-fossil fuel forces — gets central billing, the story also implicates scientists for failing to get their message across and adhering to overly strict definitions of scientific certainty, and politicians for not acting on that message, however inexpertly delivered.China survives for two reasons, Oreskes said during an interview. First, though the nation is building coal-fired plants rapidly and has recently become the world’s largest annual greenhouse gas emitter — though it still lags the U.S. on a per-capita basis — it is also furiously building renewable-energy plants: hydro, solar, and wind. Once the scale of climate change becomes apparent and its leaders decide to take action, the country has significant infrastructure in place to kick-start the process.The second reason is China’s authoritarian form of government, which allows it to respond more rapidly as a nation to global-scale calamities.Oreskes said the choice of China was also the outgrowth of an ongoing discussion between her and Conway — “the irony conversation.” The pair’s research indicates that one motivation for those who oppose climate action is fear that climate change might be used as an excuse for excessive regulation, harming democratic government and economic freedom. The novella, she said, highlights the irony of that position: Deniers are raising the risk of a disaster big enough to favor the survival of more authoritarian forms of government.Though the book has enough villains to go around, it is short on heroes. Oreskes makes no apology for that.“This is a historian of the future looking back,” Oreskes said. “This is a story about failure.”last_img read more

first_imgFormer Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has offered his hospital in his native Ivory Coast to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, a local politician said.Drogba, who scored 65 goals in 105 appearances for his country and won the Champions League with the English club during his playing career, has proposed the use of the Laurent Pokou hospital in Abidjan.”We thank Drogba for this gift considered as an act of patriotism,” the head of the city’s regional council Vincent Toh Bi said. Topics : The center located in the Attecoube district is not yet in a working state but can be used in a period of crisis.”It’s up to the state to validate it and make it functional,” the director of Drogba’ foundation, who run the unit, Mariam Breka said.Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak four people have died and 533 cases have been registered in Ivory Coast.last_img read more

first_imgA house-and-land development in Logan, Queensland.Ms Porter said there was also a lot of new stock coming to the market in the form of house and land packages. “This is starting to push a huge amount of supply into the market,” she said. Ms Porter predicts consistent growth for Brisbane house prices in the year ahead, with renovated houses likely to continue to sell well.“A tip for young players — renovate in Brisbane,” she said.“Renovated properties in Brisbane sell a lot better. Add value and you will see an uptick.” Property commentator predicts steady growth for Brisbane house prices. Urbis property economics and research director Paul Riga.But Ms Porter is not just concerned about the Brisbane unit market.“Down the southeast pocket of Queensland, towards Logan and Ipswich, we’re going to start to see some pain I think towards the end of 2018,” Ms Porter said. “We’re starting to see the local council cracking down on a lot of the granny flats being illegally rented. A lot of people have purchased these properties with the idea of getting a dual income, but this is being stripped away from them. “There is also a little bit of pressure on interest rates, and vacancy rates are creeping up.” SUBURB TIPPED TO OUTPERFORM High-rise apartments under construction in Brisbane. Picture: Marc Robertson.BRISBANE’S oversupplied apartment market and parts of southeast Queensland’s housing sector are headed for a “bloodbath” in 2018, according to one property commentator.Buyer’s agent and former valuer Anna Porter, principal of Suburbanite, has some blunt advice for unit investment holders in Brisbane — get out now.“Steer completely clear of units,” she said.“They’re incredibly oversupplied and there will be a bloodbath in the unit market over the next couple of years. “Lending will tighten, values will retract and rent will be hard to maintain.” GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE One property commentator warns Brisbane’s unit market is headed for a “bloodbath”. Photo: Adam Armstrong.The latest Urbis apartment report revealed 300 new units were sold in Brisbane in the September quarter of 2017, with the average sale price dropping more than $80,000.Another 7100 apartments are expected to reach settlement in 2018. Urbis property economics and research director Paul Riga said Brisbane apartments were still selling, even in the current market conditions.“Established local developers with a reputation for quality product and strong networks are achieving great results,” he said.“For the rest of the market, it is certainly harder than it was 18 months ago but sales continue to tick over quarter after quarter.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago POSITIVE EXPECTATIONS FOR BRISBANE last_img read more

first_imgThe prize had been donated by Ray White New Farm.At auction yesterday, the ‘mystery buyer’s’ house at 34 Satinwood Court, Bardon, sold under the hammer for a street record price of $4.275 million. There have been 21st birthday parties on the tennis court and in the pool house of 34 Satinwood Court, Bardon.Nationally, Ray White spokeswoman Amanda Myler said the sale was the highest auction result across Australia and New Zealand for Ray White in preliminary data collected yesterday, with 230 Pacific Parade, Bilinga coming second with $1.865 million, and Sydney’s 4 Glenugie St, Maroubra selling under the hammer for $1.357 million. <<> CHECK OUT THE AUCTION ACTION FOR SUNDAY WATCH THE HOLY SPIRIT FETE AUCTION HERE This property was the first house built on Satinwood Court at Bardon and has the best views.The bid remained unchallenged and the gavel fell less than a minute later.The sale is the second highest price for a property in the affluent inner western suburb of Bardon which tucks into Mt Coot-tha with views to the city.The successful bidders, a family of five, looked relieved as onlookers welcomed them to the neighbourhood.“Even though I’m in a lot of commercial transactions, this is a little bit more emotive isn’t it?” the new owner, who did not wish to be identified, said.Ray White New Farm Principal Matt Lancashire said the sale sent a strong message to the market.“Buy before Christmas because there’s nothing wrong with the market,” he said.In other auction results, Urban Property Agents Paddington sold 34 Abraham St, Red Hill under the hammer for $1.3 million to a young family. Eleven bids was all it took to sell 34 Satinwood Court, Bardon at auction.Bidding started at $2.8 million and within three minutes had climbed to $3.9 million.Mr Cush trilled out the final bid for a good 30 seconds before the auction paused and interested parties negotiated privately for 15 minutes.They returned with a negotiated auction bid of $4.275 million which put the property on the market. Speaking after the auction, the ‘mystery buyer’ and seller of Satinwood Court said the school fundraiser was one of the nice elements to the sale of his house.“It blew the school auction out of the water,’’ he said. “But it was very sweet once we did it, all the principals were hugging us and the teachers were hugging us, so it’s lovely that that money goes to the school.”Ray White New Farm Principal and auctioneer Haesley Cush is a proud Holy Spirit School parent and led the auction before a crowd of 50 onlookers. “I’m really quite excited,” Mr Cush said.“And we’re doing this pro bono for the school.”Five local registered bidders (one on the phone from Coffs Harbour in New South Wales) took the five-bedroom house on 3519sq m to auction just after 10am.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThis room was full of contemplation before auction on Saturday as bidders sat on the couches wondering if they would get to call this place home.Bidders gathered around the infinity pool overlooking the city skyline and the full-sized tennis court below. A home with a heart. The record-breaking sale of 34 Satinwood Court, Bardon also benefited an inner city school.ONE of the richest auctions in Australia this weekend took place in Bardon, but it was an inner city primary school that was the real winner.A ‘mystery buyer’ at the Holy Spirit School fete auction last month, bid $89,500 to secure the prize of a full real estate marketing campaign including the cost of commission on the sale of a house.last_img read more

first_imgILOILO City – A member of Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit shot two people, killing one and injuring another, in Barangay Bolo, Maasin, Iloilo. Police investigators said the shooting happened at around 9 p.m. on May 6. Maderable fled after the incident but eventually turned himself in to authorities on Thursday afternoon. He was identified as Rene Maderable of Barangay Dagami, Maasin, a police report showed. Meanwhile, Dexter John Cordero, also a resident of Barangay Dagami, survived the shooting. He was recuperating at the Ramon Tabiana Memorial Hospital in Cabataun, Iloilo.center_img The victim, Regiene Esperidion, 24, of Barangay Camansi, Maasin, succumbed to a gunshot wound on the chest, it added.  Esperidion and Maderable figured in a heated argument prior to the incident. But it was not immediately established what triggered the altercation. He was now detained in the lockup cell of the Maasin municipal police station, facing charges./PNlast_img read more

first_imgPatricia “Patty” Ann Feller, 74, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017 at her home in Aurora.She was born April 14, 1943 in Madison, IN, daughter of the late Russell and Helen (Roberts) Jones.Patty worked many years as a telephone operator, hospital insurance clerk and finally as a bank teller at the current US Bank locations in Aurora and Dillsboro.She was an avid reader, antique collector, and a very talented lady. She spent many years sewing quilts and crocheting afghans and such for family and friends. She made costumes for grandkids and could paint anything. She painted gourds and made other crafts that are all across the States and even abroad. She loved spending time with her family and making others happy. If there was anyone that met the definition of wife, mother and grandma….Patty was it!Surviving are her loving husband of 56 years, Dennis Feller of Aurora, IN; two children, Jeff (Tanya Stromme) Feller of Moores Hill, IN, and Lisa Grindstaff of Columbus, OH; a Sister, Carolyn (Tom) Bate of Seymour, IN; five grandchildren, Jessica Bowling (Jason Baker), Ethan Feller, Nicholas Stromme, Alec Hopper, and John Bryant Grindstaff; and two great-grandchildren, Cameron & Carter Baker; many nieces, nephews and other family.She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy Wayne Feller; parents, Russell and Helen Jones; brothers, Robert and Russell Jones and grandson, Jarren Hopper.Friends and family will be received Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held Monday at the funeral home at 11:00 am.Interment will follow in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Moores Hill, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

first_imgSunderland head coach Gus Poyet will return to former club Tottenham expecting no favours from old friend Tim Sherwood. Poyet’s men have won none of their last six league games and went into the weekend four points adrift of safety, a situation which worsened on Saturday when Fulham, Crystal Palace and West Brom all won to leave them three points further behind and at the foot of the pile. Poyet will hope the experience of men such as skipper John O’Shea and central defensive partner Wes Brown will help to pull them through, although he is well aware they are more used to winning trophies from their time together at Manchester United rather than fighting for their lives. He said: “I’m sure they don’t like to be in this situation. The other one is easier. That pressure of being in there to win is beautiful. Poyet admits there is pressure on his players, but he insists there always is and that it should not make any difference. He said: “It’s a good excuse. When I went on to the pitch and went across the line and played 200 games, it didn’t matter where I was playing, the pressure was always the same. “Sometimes I ask myself if I am on another planet now and football has changed that much.” The 46-year-old Uruguayan spent three years at White Hart Lane as a player and had a spell there as a coach too before launching his managerial career. He played in the same Spurs side as current manager Tim Sherwood, a man he hopes is given the chance to make his mark on the team amid speculation that a replacement is already being lined up. However, he knows will receive no sympathy from his one-time team-mate as he looks for the victory he so desperately needs to give the Black Cats renewed hope that they can out of Barclays Premier League relegation trouble. Poyet said: “No chance. From Tim Sherwood? No, no, no, no favours.” Indeed, Poyet admitted he would much rather have Sherwood alongside him rather than in the opposite dug-out. Asked what kind of a character he is, the South American replied: “Top-class, I like him a lot. I like him with me, I don’t like him against. “He knows football, he cares about football. He knows the club well, he knows the players because he has been there for a while, he knows what the fans want. “He has got a strong character, a presence. I don’t know him as a manager day-to-day or tactically, but from outside he has all the attributes to be a very good manager.” Sunderland’s mission in North London, and indeed for the rest of the season, is clear. Only victories will get them out of trouble and that cannot happen quickly enough with just eight games remaining. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgJohannesburg: South African mountaineer Saray Khumalo on Thursday became the first black woman from the continent to reach Mount Everests summit.Saray Khumalo has been mountaineering for charity and awareness purposes for about six years, as she has been raising funds for the education of her country’s children.“A short while ago, Saray N’kusi Khumalo reached the top of the world. With her birth in Zambia, Rwandan bloodline and now a South African, this sister of Africa has achieved her goal of becoming the first black woman from Africa to summit Mount Everest,” Summits with a Purpose, a platform founded by Khumalo in 2013, announced on Facebook.“It will be two days before she arrives back to Base Camp and shares with everyone about her achievement,” they added.This was Khumalo’s fourth attempt to climb Everest, which at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) is the highest peak on Earth. Bad weather in 2014 and a devastating earthquake in 2015 in Nepal held her back from reaching Everest’s peak.This journey is dedicated to Thandi Ndlovu Children’s Foundation which aims to help marginalized and orphaned children in South Africa.In 2012, Khumalo climbed Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters) in Tanzania as well as Aconcagua (6,962 meters) in Argentina. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – No play was possible in the day/night, third “Test” between Windies “A” and Sri Lanka “A” on Thursday.Rain forced the umpires to abandon play with a ball being bowled around 5 pm – about three hours after the scheduled start – on the first day at Sabina Park in the Jamaica capital.The three-match series is level 1-1, after Windies “A” won the first “Test” by an innings and 13 runs at the Trelawny Multiplex on the Jamaica north coast two Saturdays ago, and Sri Lanka “A” recovered to win the second “Test” by 280 at the same venue a week laterlast_img read more