12 Sep

Hallelujah New Leonard Cohen Live Tribute Album Announced

first_img Facebook GRAMMY winner will be honored through new live album with covers from Lee Ranaldo, Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neill and Delicate Steve, among othersRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 12:35 pm It’s no secret that the late GRAMMY winner Leonard Cohen’s songbook is ripe for interpretation, from Jeff Buckley’s popular version of “Hallelujah” to Judy Collins’ “Suzanne” and Nick Cave’s “I’m Your Man.” Now, Cohen’s legacy will continue to live on through a new live release of covers of many of his classics.Recorded during a live tribute concert in January 2017 at The Bowery Ballroom in New York city, the eclectic mix of artists featured on the upcoming collection includes Sonic Youth alumnus Lee Ranaldo, Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, Josh Ritter, Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neill, Elvis Perkins, Cassandra Jenkins, and Delicate Steve.Songs included in the 16-track collection include “So Long, Marianna,” “Famous Blue Raincoat,” “Bird On The Wire,” “Story Of Issac,” and “Memories.”Titled Sincerely L. Cohen: A Live Celebration Of Leonard Cohen, the album will be released on limited-edition vinyl Nov. 24, following a Sept. 21 digital release. The first single, Delicate Steve’s rendition of “Hallelujah,” is available for preview via SoundCloud.A one-of-a-kind set of covers, this live set is the perfect Cohen remembrance to add to your record collection. Watch Leonard Cohen’s Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech Email Hear Leonard Cohen’s Songs Like Never Before hallelujah-new-leonard-cohen-live-tribute-album-announced Twitter Hallelujah: New Leonard Cohen Live Tribute Album Announced News last_img read more

3 Sep

Indonesia quake kills 2

first_imgResidents gather outside their apartment blocks in Jakarta on early 16 December 2017, following a strong earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale. AFPAt least two people have been killed following a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s main island of Java, an official said Saturday.The quake struck at a depth of 91 kilometres (56 miles) just outside the coastal town of Cipatujah on Java island late Friday, the US Geological Survey said.The tremor was felt across the island including in the capital Jakarta, some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the epicentre.A 62-year-old man in Ciamis and an 80-year-old woman in Pekalongan city were killed when the buildings they were in collapsed, national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.“Several hospitals in several areas have also been damaged and patients had to be evacuated,” Nugroho said.A hospital in Banyumas suffered damaged ceilings, cracked walls and leaks to oxygen pipelines, forcing about 70 patients to be moved to temporary shelters.At least a hundred houses were damaged across West Java and Central Java provinces, the national disaster mitigation agency said.The agency was still evaluating the impact of the disaster and urged people to be cautious and stay alert.Jakarta resident Web Warouw, 50, was on the 18th floor of a building in the capital when the quake struck just before midnight local time (1700 GMT).“Suddenly, we felt dizzy… We then realised it was a quake and immediately ran downstairs,” Warouw told AFP.Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.Some 170,000 lives were lost when a 9.1-magnitude quake and tsunami struck Aceh in December 2004, which also hit coastal areas as far away as Somalia.An earthquake struck the country’s western Aceh province again in December 2016, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.last_img read more

2 Sep

Mumps Confirmed In 7 Detainees At Houston ICE Facility

first_imgCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped, mumps virus particle that is studded with glycoprotein tubercles.Health officials said Saturday seven cases of the mumps have been confirmed at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Houston.The Houston Health Department said that the seven adults were detained during their infectious period. Health officials say there’s no evidence the disease was transmitted outside the facility.The health department is working with the facility on infection control.Mumps is contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing. Common symptoms are fever, headache, and painfully swollen salivary glands that can cause puffy cheeks. Most people recover within weeks. Outbreaks are rare but have happened in Texas and the Houston region.The mumps vaccine is part of routine childhood shots. U.S. health officials recommend that by age 6, all children get vaccinated for mumps, measles and rubella. Sharelast_img read more

30 Aug

What Googles New MobileFriendly Changes Mean for You

first_imgApril 7, 2015 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. On February 26, Google dropped a major bomb in a seemingly-casual blog post on mobile-friendly search results. While the engine has always made mobile-readiness and the easy access of information a priority, it has now spelled out that it will use mobile-friendliness as a stronger ranking signal than ever before. It will also increase the presence of relevant app content in the search results.So what does that mean for you? Basically, if you’ve been holding out on implementing a mobile strategy for your business website, it’s time to make this a top priority. Here’s how to do it.Check your site’s mobile-friendlinessGoogle has made it easy to take the first step toward determining whether your site is set to take advantage of these new changes with its Mobile-Friendly Test. Simply open the page, enter your URL and click “Analyze.”Google will then check your site and report whether or not it’s mobile-friendly. If your site qualifies, the tool will also return a screenshot of how your site currently appears on mobile devices.If your site ranks as mobile-friendly, you’re in good shape, though you’ll still want to read through the following recommendations. Just because your current design passes Google’s test doesn’t mean that there aren’t still ways for you to improve or things you’ll want to watch out for if you go through a website redesign in the future.Related: Proceed With Caution: Should Smartphones Come With a Warning?Fixing mobile-friendliness issuesIf your site fails Google’s mobile-friendliness test, the program will report the specific issues that led to this determination.These recommendations will give you a starting place for the changes you’ll want to make to bring your site into compliance. Google also offers a helpful guide to getting started with mobile-friendly websites you can reference to help resolve these issues.However, be aware that the issues Google reports may not be the only factors influencing your website’s mobile usability. For that reason, it’s a good idea to explore all of the following steps to ensure your mobile visitors are as comfortable on your site as your desktop users.1. Is my site responsive?In the past, website developers had several options to create a mobile site version, including custom coding a separate mobile site, deploying device-specific HTML sites based on the vary HTTP header tag, or using a responsive design that automatically adjusted to account for various device sizes.Today, though, there are simply too many different device shapes and sizes for a single static mobile site to fit comfortably on all potential screens. Google’s official recommendation is now to use a responsive website design. Your developer or designer can tell you if your site uses this protocol. Or, if your mobile-friendliness test reports that your mobile viewport is not set (as above) or uses a fixed-width, there’s a good chance your site is not responsive and should be fixed ASAP.2. Are scripts or other services interfering with my site’s usability?If your desktop site makes use of pop-up lightbox scripts, exit intent banners or other similar types of technology, it’s critical that you ensure these programs are able to accommodate mobile users. There’s simply nothing more frustrating than having a banner pop up across your mobile web browser and being unable to close it.At the same time, be sure that your site avoids the use of file types like Flash that either don’t display at all or display incorrectly on some mobile sites. Google’s priority is to get people the information they want, as quickly as possible — and they can’t do that if your files are too difficult to load.Related: April 21 Is Your Last Chance for Mobile Optimization Before ‘Mobilegeddon’3. How easy is it to navigate my mobile site?In addition, remember that what looks good on your desktop website may not work as well on a mobile device. Keep all of the following considerations in mind as you evaluate your site’s mobile-friendliness.Make sure any tap targets are at least 48 CSS pixels tall/wide, and that you have at least 32 CSS pixels of both vertical and horizontal spacing between each tap target. Doing so will prevent inadvertent wrong-page clicks that can frustrate users.Use a base font with a size of at least 16 CSS pixels. Keep the number of fonts used to a minimum and maintain appropriate vertical spacing between rows of text.Adjust any graphic elements on your site that are currently using a fixed width formatting, as this will prevent your content — even when part of a responsive site design — from sizing appropriately for the viewport.Finally, even if you think you’ve set up everything perfectly, test, test and test some more. Use mobile site emulators to view your website in different sizes and layouts. Ask friends and family members to navigate from their digital devices, or invest in paid user testing that’ll record the actions and reactions of anonymous visitors to your mobile site.It may sound like a lot of work to guarantee mobile-friendliness, but it’s a vital part of keeping your visitors happy and maintaining your site’s search visibility.Related: How Microsoft Is Taking on Google on Its Home Turflast_img read more