Brandi Carlile & Maren Morris Perform Powerful “Natural Woman” Duet In Honor Of Aretha Franklin & Carole King [Watch]

first_imgOn Wednesday night, CMT honored the brightest stars in the world of country music at their annual Artists of the Year ceremony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. This year, however, the roster of honorees was notably different from previous editions of the ceremony: All of the 2018 honorees were women. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Hillary Scott, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman were among the talented females recognized. The women-centric event was a coup for the country world, which has long been overwhelmingly male-dominated.As part of the award show’s live entertainment, two powerful vocalists—Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile—delivered an appropriately stirring rendition of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, the Carole King-, Gerry Goffin-, and Jerry Wexler-penned anthem popularized by the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The performance was introduced by Smokey Robinson, who grew up alongside Aretha in Detroit and remembers her as one of his oldest friends.Notes CMT News, Maren Morris has been covering the song on tour on a regular basis since Franklin’s passing earlier this year. She has also cited Carole King as one of the biggest influences on her own songwriting work. In a recent interview with CMT, Morris explained the impact of seeing Franklin perform “Natural Woman” in King’s honor at her Kennedy Center induction ceremony. As Maren explained,When Aretha passed, I remember seeing that video from the Kennedy Center from a couple years ago, where Aretha was honoring Carole. Just the power this woman had in these really tumultuous racially tense times, gave this R&B singer one of the biggest songs of her entire career. And it just didn’t matter the color of anyone’s skin, or their sex for that matter. They panned the camera to Barack Obama who was crying at ‘Natural Woman’ because it hits all of us. We all have mothers, wives, and sisters.You can watch Brandi Carlile & Maren Morris perform “Natural Woman” at the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony below, as well as a clip of Morris’ award acceptance speech:Brandi Carlile & Maren Morris – “Natural Woman” [Carole King/Aretha Franklin cover][Video: CMT]Maren Morris Artists of the Year Acceptance Speech[Video: CMT][H/T CMT News]last_img read more

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Lime bikes to be removed from South Bend, tri-campus community

first_imgLime, the transport company which operates and maintains the green, dock-less Lime Bikes in South Bend and the tri-campus community, will remove all of its bicycles from South Bend as well as Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross by “mid-May,” an email from the University announced Friday. The bicycles have been in South Bend and on the campuses since the summer of 2017.“The effort is already underway,” the email said. “The mobility company, which is transitioning away from pedal bicycles in favor of electric bicycles and scooters, recently informed the University of this decision.”Lime will contact users with “balances on their Lime accounts” about refunds in the near future, the email said.The email said the University remains committed to sustainable transport.”The University remains committed to safe, sustainable and affordable transport solutions for students, faculty and staff, and will continue to explore opportunities for increased mobility on campus that do not contribute to transportation-related emissions,” the email said.Concerns or comments should be directed to green@nd.edu, the email said.Tags: Lime, LimeBike, South Bend, sustainability, transportationlast_img read more

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Jamestown Woman Pleads Guilty To Maintaining A Drug House

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) BUFFALO – A Jamestown woman has plead guilty to maintaining a drug-involved premises.The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that Brandi Whitford, 24, took the plea Tuesday.Prosecutors say the charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $500,000 fine.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that between September 2019 and October 23, 2019, the defendant and co-defendant Richard E. Kinsey Jr. used a residence on Newland Avenue in Jamestown, to manufacture, distribute, and use methamphetamine. On September 6, 2019, investigators executed a New York State search warrant at the residence, recovering three firearms.A fourth firearm was thrown from the residence during the execution of the search warrant. Investigators also recovered methamphetamine throughout the residence, approximately $12,045 in US currency, assorted ammunition, and drug paraphernalia, including scales and packaging material.Charges remain pending against defendant Kinsey. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.The plea is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division; and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, under the direction of Acting Jamestown Police Chief Timothy Jackson.Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.last_img read more

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Idina Menzel Wants to Duet With You, Carly Rae Jepsen Does Windows & More Lessons of the Week

first_imgThis week on Broadway flew by, but before we let it go (“let it go…can’t hold it back anymore!”), let’s revisit some of the weird, wacky and wonderful stuff that happened over the last seven days. Check out everything we learned on the Great White Way this week!It’s Now OK to Sing ‘Let It Go’ In PublicA sing-along version of Frozen is hitting theaters nationwide. If you need some vocal tips, there are several thousand four-year-old fans (and some puppets) who really know how to nail Elsa’s emotional arc.HBO Isn’t Buying Patti LuPoneSorry, LuPone superfans, but the network isn’t biting on the People in Jersey pilot. If we ran HBO, we’d air the series between her laundromat sleeper hit Love Cycle and reruns of Life Goes On, but sadly, no one asked us.Peter Pan (Not Laura Benanti?) Will FlyNBC, it’s great you’re airing Peter Pan live, but aren’t you forgetting something? There aren’t any good roles for Sound of Music scene-stealer Laura Benanti. You could have done The Music Man or My Fair Lady, but nooo… And don’t even think about casting her as Nana.Jessie Mueller Lives in a Giant MusicalHere’s what we learned from Beautiful star Jessie Mueller’s vlog: She never stops singing, whether she’s making coffee or showing off her opening night zit. She’s like that hyper kid in drama class who was always running around belting showtunes and—wait, that was us.Mick Jagger Always Gets What He WantsRolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger wants to produce a Broadway show—no, not a big, flashy bio-musical about himself. Instead, he hopes to adapt his documentary about lesser-known backup singers, 20 Feet From Stardom, for the stage. What a mensch!Jean Valjean Now Has Enormous GunsRamin Karimloo wasn’t kidding when he said he was hitting the gym to play prisoner 24601 in Les Miz. Jean Valjean and Rocky Balboa and their six-packs should go on fitness dates together (Workout mash-up song: “Eye of the Tigers Come at Night”).LBJ Was (Practically) a Meth DealerWorried Bryan Cranston gave up Walter White for good? Fear not! He says his new role, President LBJ in All the Way, has more in common with the fearless antihero than we think. For instance, LBJ always cooks his Blue Magic in his undies. But really, who doesn’t?Meryl Streep Is a Matinee LadyOutside Mullingar star Debra Messing was pretty starstruck herself when eight-gajillion-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep stopped by after the Wednesday matinee. If you need us, we’ll be at the Friedman until we’ve absorbed every molecule of talent she might have left behind.Carly Rae Jepsen Wanted to Be a MaidElla would do anything to go to the ball, but new Cinderella headliner Carly Rae Jepsen’s sights are set a teensy bit lower: Her childhood goal was to play “Maid #3” in a Broadway show. Hey Carly, the floors at the Broadway.com offices are muddy, wanna come over?We Were Bradley Cooper’s First TimeThe Elephant Man star Bradley Cooper gave Broadway.com a shout-out at the SAG Awards—his Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Three Days of Rain was the first (and only, until now) trophy he ever won! Was it good for you, Brad? Star Files Idina Menzelcenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Slipstream: A New Netflix for Outdoor Enthusiasts

first_imgA group of skiers from Vancouver saw a lack  of outdoor films and documentaries within the streaming market dominated by Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. Many outdoor films require purchasing the movie for a price similar to subscribing to Netflix or a similar service. Why wasn’t there a provider that specialized in outdoor films?Slipstream has several different sections of movies including environmental, climbing, biking, running, skiing, surfing, and more, so what ever your sport, chances are Slipstream has you covered.  Beginning at just five dollars a month, subscribers receive unlimited access to over 300 outdoor movies and documentaries with more being added each week.Learn more here.last_img read more

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Justice Approves Huge Indigenous Reservation In Brazilian Amazon

first_imgBy Dialogo March 23, 2009 Ten of the eleven judges of the highest court in Brazil gave the go-ahead for the creation of a huge indigenous reserve in the Amazon, covering an area equivalent to over half of Belgium, despite the protests of the white ranchers who live there and want more land. The trial has not ended, and the eleven judges should now set the deadline for white landowners to leave the reservation and decide whether to put additional conditions on the area, such as allowing the Armed Forces free access and the establishment of an environmental park. The Raposa Serra do Sol reservation occupies 17,000 acres in the state of Roraima, which shares a border with Venezuela, and has a population of 19,000 members of five indigenous ethnic groups. In dispute for over three decades, the reservation was created by the government in 2005, when the state gave farmers a year to leave the area. But in 2008, a police eviction operation was suspended at the request of the justice, who decided to examine the case. Roraima’s authorities claim that rice production in the reserve accounts for 7% of its GDP, and that the indigenous reservation occupies more than 40% of the state, plus another 26% designated for areas of protected environment. Several dozen aborigines closely followed the trial in the Brazilian supreme court, dressed in their traditional clothes: naked torsos, paint, and feathers. They were awaiting the definitive conclusion of the trial and the official proclamation of the result. The demarcation of the reserve is a “debt of the country’s ancestors to the indigenous inhabitants,” Judge Ellen Gracie stated. The decision of the STF is the key to the future of the country’s indigenous policy, which recognizes 12% of its territory for such reserves.last_img read more

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Argentine Armed Forces Aid Flood Victims

first_imgBy Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo February 28, 2018 Unrelenting rain lashed northern Argentina prompting the Armed Forces to provide logistical and humanitarian assistance.last_img

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sends class message to Hector Bellerin after Arsenal return

first_imgAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain is no stranger to knee injuries (Picture: Getty)Liverpool ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sent a classy message to former team-mate Hector Bellerin after the defender’s long-awaited return from injury.The Spaniard managed over an hour in an U23 game for Arsenal on Friday night in his first appearance for the club in over nine months.The defender tore his ACL last season but is now deep into the road to recovery and hopes to feature for the first team in October.Oxlade-Chamberlain is no stranger to knee injuries having spent a year on the sidelines in 2018 and he was quick to congratulate Bellerin on his return.ADVERTISEMENT PLAY Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sends class message to Hector Bellerin after Arsenal return Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 21 Sep 2019 7:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.5kShares 1 min. story Taking to his Instagram page, Bellerin wrote: ‘255 days and the day has finally come for me to get back out there. Can’t describe how much I’ve missed this!’AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd Oxlade-Chamberlain wanted to let the Spaniard know how happy he was that he was back: ‘Well done my bro! hard work paid off 🙌🏽💪🏽buzzing to see you back out there ❤️’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalLiverpool have already played Arsenal this season, beating the Gunners 3-1 at Anfield in August.Bellerin will be well up to speed again when the Gunners take on the Reds again in the final weeks of the season in May.MORE: Ian Wright backs Liverpool to beat Chelsea in Premier League showdown Advertisementcenter_img Video Settings Comment Full Screen About Connatix V67539 Advertisementlast_img read more

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UK roundup: PLSA, USS, PPF index, PIC

first_imgFTSE 350 companies should publish more information about culture and working practices, according to a letter sent by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA).The association argued that better disclosure of the makeup of workforces and company policies “can have a material effect on a company’s performance over the long term”.The letter has the backing of pensions minister Richard Harrington, the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and Newton Investment Management.Elizabeth Fernando, head of equities at USS Investment Management, said: “A company’s workforce is a key driver of its long-term performance and productivity, so good information on corporate culture and working practices is valuable to us as long-term investors.” The PLSA published a “toolkit” titled ‘Understanding the worth of the workforce’ in July giving pension funds guidelines on the information they should be getting from companies in which they invest.Elsewhere, UK pension funds’ aggregate funding position improved during October to 81.4%, according to the latest Pension Protection Fund index.The 5,945 pensions in the index had a collective shortfall of £328.9bn (€369.2bn) at the end of last month, down by more than 21% from September’s figure.However, the deficit is still more than £100bn higher than at the same point last year.One fund on a more secure footing is the ICI Specialty Chemicals Pension Fund, which has secured a £140m buy-in with Pension Insurance Corporation.The transaction is the third conducted by the pension and covers all pensioners not insured with the previous two deals, which took place in 2015.Chairman of trustees Alan Bates said the fund’s de-risking strategy “allowed us to complete this transaction despite the current uncertainty in the markets”.The £650m pension is separate from its much larger sister fund, the £10bn ICI Pension Fund, which has also undertaken a series of buy-ins over the past three years.In other news, the UK government has been urged to consider abandoning guarantees for the state pension by a group of MPs.The Work and Pensions Committee said the government should abandon the so-called ‘triple-lock’ for the payment in an effort to address “intergenerational unfairness”.Frank Field, chair of the committee, warned that “the working young … face the daunting challenge of getting on in an economy skewed against them”.The triple lock guarantees pensioners an increase of 2.5%, the inflation rate or the average earnings growth rate – whichever is higher.The Work and Pensions Committee instead suggested a “smoothed earnings link” to keep increases at least in line with inflation, and a lower limit for payments linked to average earnings.last_img read more

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Kingman review proposes replacing FRC with new, stronger regulator

first_imgCaroline Escott, PLSAThe UK’s pension fund association expressed “hope” that the measures proposed in the Kingman Review would “help ensure that a new body can work better towards the interests of investors”.Caroline Escott, policy lead for investment and stewardship at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, said: “Although we believe that the Stewardship Code was a significant step forward, we support moves to ensure the code helps schemes tell how well their asset manager is doing on stewardship.“We welcome the review’s recognition that the FRC needs to develop deeper relationships with the investor community, but think that a key step in doing so would be to ensure that the FRC, or its successor body, employs more staff with investor practitioner experience and expertise.”Chris Cummings, chief executive of the Investment Association, said asset managers would “welcome the clarity of responsibilities” the proposed new regulatory body would bring and that investors were “strongly” supportive of the recommendation that corporate and audit quality reviews be published.“We look forward to more details on the proposed overhaul of the Stewardship Code,” he added. “Investors will want the new body to have a cultural-bias towards stewardship to signal the importance of investors fulfilling their responsibilities.”Audit market faces reform after CMA study The Kingman Review made 83 recommendations in total, including putting the new organisation in charge of regulating major audit firms, ending self-regulation through trade associations, and for reviews of audit quality and corporate reporting to be made public. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) should be scrapped and replaced with an independent statutory regulator with “the interests of consumers of financial information, not producers” at its heart, an independent review of the body has recommended.The new body should be accountable to parliament, have clarity of purpose and mission, new leadership, and new powers, according to the review led by John Kingman, chairman of Legal & General.Business secretary Greg Clark, who asked Kingman to lead the review of the FRC, said the government would “take forward the recommendations set out in the review to replace the FRC with a new independent statutory regulator with stronger powers”.Several stakeholders – most notably the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum and former MEP Sharon Bowles – have been calling for the FRC to be abolished for some time.  The UK’s audit regulator needs to be replaced with a stronger watchdog, says John KingmanThe review also advocated a “fundamental shift in approach” to the UK’s Stewardship Code – currently overseen by the FRC – saying that “serious consideration should be given to its abolition” if in its upcoming revised form it could not focus on “outcomes and effectiveness” rather than policy statements.The new regulator also needed to engage at more senior level in a much wider and deeper dialogue with UK investors, both fund managers and representatives of end-investors.The review also recommended that regulation of the actuarial profession should move to the Prudential Regulation Authority.The FRC is currently the regulator for auditors, accountants and actuaries, sharing this responsibility with the relevant professional membership bodies. It is also the body responsible for setting the UK’s corporate governance and stewardship codes. A new version of the former was published in July, while the FRC was due to present a new stewardship code for public consultation before the end of the year.Kingsman’s criticismsKingman said that although some of the FRC’s critics overstated their case, he had “sympathy with the view that the FRC has tended, overall, to take too consensual an approach to its work”.“The FRC’s approach to its own governance has also not been consistent with either its public importance, or its role in championing governance in the corporate world,” he added.Elsewhere in the report, the FRC was likened to “a rather ramshackle house” that was just about “serviceable, up to a point, but it leaks and creaks, sometimes badly”.“The inhabitants of the house have sought to patch and mend,” the review report continued. “But in the end, the house is built on weak foundations. It is time to build a new house.”Investor reactions The release of the Kingman review coincided with the UK’s competition watchdog today launching a consultation on proposals for “robust reform” of the audit market to address a shortfall in audit quality.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has proposed legislation to: split audit from consulting services; introduce measures to substantially increase the accountability of those chairing audit committees in firms, and impose a ‘joint audit’ regime giving firms outside the four dominant providers a role in auditing the UK’s biggest companies.CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli said: “We have moved fast to come up with a comprehensive package of proposals for legislation, which we will now consult on.“Successful reform of the audit market will require legislation, in combination with planned improvements to regulation as recommended by Sir John Kingman.”The CMA launched a study on the audit market in October.Auditor procurementSeparate to his review of the FRC, Kingman was also asked by the business secretary to consider whether there was any case for changing way in which audits were currently procured, particularly for major companies of public interest.In a letter to Clark, Kingman said there was a case for “radical change” in relation to who appoints company auditors, but that for reasons including firm investor opposition, he would advise the government to consider more “modest and focused approaches”.The radical change Kingman had sketched out involved company auditors being appointed by the FRC successor body instead of by the company’s board, with shareholders to be given the same right of veto on this appointment as they currently had on a board’s proposed auditor appointment.The Kingman review report can be found here.last_img read more

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