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We’re in a DC ‘news void,’ but that's going to change after Congress returns from recess
Publisher:  FOXNews
Monday, 19 August 2019 00:07

Real estate speculation in Greenland. Brett Gardner and Aaron Boone going crazy and getting tossed from every game possible this month for the Yankees. Airport workers slipping travelers notes, telling them they are “ugly.�

PoliticsNation 8/18/19
Publisher:  Newsvine
Monday, 19 August 2019 00:07

PoliticsNation is hosted by Al Sharpton, one of America's most renowned civil rights leaders.

Sun Aug 18 '19 Announcement from Marimba Around the World: Sticks and Stone Album
Publisher:  Indiegogo: Announcements
Monday, 19 August 2019 00:06

We spent a certain amount of time considering recording space options.  This included studios but moreso concert-halls.  Which also cost money.  In the end, we decided to go with a known variable, which we had actually already worked with before.  That is, the Osbaldeston home.  As it turns out, log cabins are known to have great accoustic properties for recording.  Theirs is just outside of Adrossan.  On top of being both a beautiful physical and auditory space, it being a home also offers a certain degree of comfort and relaxation, which we think will put us in the right mindset.  

This is Dale's living room, from when we shot some music videos here early February (by the way, check out our most recent release, 2nd of our 5).   It usually has couches in it.   

This time, the situation is different though too.  We cannot have any uneccesary noise.
-How much do you have to pay a family (and renter tennent) to not live in their house for a week?
-How much would we have paid for a concert hall?

Bringing the marimba in on Saturday (after playing at the downtown market in the morning), it was fun to meet up with our friend Josh.  We jammed a little bit of our Persian arrangement with him.  Cool to have some bass!

So, in this environment, we will again be bringing in a certain sound engineer who just happens to have the most killer portable setup.  

From tomorrow (Monday):  Game on!

Kendrick Perkins Drops Houston Rockets, Jamal Crawford Bombshell on Twitter
Monday, 19 August 2019 00:06

Jamal Crawford to the Houston Rockets?

Kendrick Perkins tells Jamal Crawford that that would be a solid move.

Jamal Crawford is still a free agent and there are still teams interested in him.

many teams are showing interest in the veteran shooting guard.

Houston added Russell Westbrook this offseason.

Westbrook spent his entire career with the Thunder and has gone from an extremely talented young player with upside to one of the NBA’s best point guards. The 30-year-old guard will head into year No. 12 of his NBA career in 2019-20, and will do so while playing alongside former Thunder teammate James Harden.

The star guard was all smiles and even broke out a little dance after the news of the trade at his comedy show last month in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

As for Jamal Crawford: Last year, Jamal Crawford shot just around 33% from three point range. He averaged 3.6 assists per game which was his highest mark since 10 years ago when he was the lead man for the Knicks.

At 39, Crawford can still truly help an NBA team. That impact will significantly be seen off the court where he can be a mentor for a team with young guards. The Sixers, Nets and Lakers seem like the ones who have the biggest need for that veteran presence.

The Philadelphia 76ers had interest in Jamal Crawford last summer.

Philly added Al Horford as a great veteran presence this summer after losing Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick. Philly who has young guys like Matisse Thybulle, Zhaire Smith, Josh Richardson, and Marial Shayok could use someone like Jamal Crawford.

“I would be honored to play there,” Jamal Crawford told me last summer on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.

“But things obviously have to take its course and I kind of got to sit back, but who wouldn’t want to play there?”

“From a leadership standpoint, having that vet who’s been through those wars and challenges, somebody who can get a shot when the play breaks down, especially in the playoffs. And where Philadelphia is going to get judged, ultimately, is their playoff success. They’re becoming one of those teams.”

Crawford is also a fan of Ben Simmons.

“You can tell, watching him play, he doesn’t play with an agenda,” he told  Scoop B Radio.

“You know, a lot of young guys try to establish themselves first. It looks like he’s just trying to win, whatever that is.  He may get you 25 points, he may get you 10 assists, he may even get 18 rebounds. It’s just about winning that particular game.  I love how he plays the game. He’s very cerebral, always looking for his teammates and looking for the advantage down court, so that’s what I love about him.”

We’ll see where Crawford decides to go, but there is definitely interest out there on the marketplace.

Venezuela's No. 2 official is reportedly in secret talks with U.S. officials. Trump keeps suggesting a naval blockade.
Publisher:  The Week
Monday, 19 August 2019 00:06

The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuelan socialist boss Diosdado Cabello, an alleged drug kingpin and the second most powerful person in Venezuela, after President Nicolás Maduro, The Associated Press reported late Sunday, citing a senior U.S. administration official. Cabello, 56, met with a U.S.-backed envoy in Caracas last month, the official said, though it isn't clear if Cabello is acting on Maduro's behalf or, as the official suggested, negotiating safety guarantees if he helps topple Maduro.

AP isn't reporting who Cabello is meeting with, but Axios said Sunday that National Security Council official Mauricio Claver-Carone has been communicating with Cabello through emissaries, and U.S. officials tell both Axios and AP that Cabello is among a handful of top Maduro officials who have secretly reached out to the U.S. An unidentified Cabello aide disputes that, telling AP that the U.S. has been chasing Cabello, and Cabello would only meet with U.S. officials with Maduro's permission. Cabello did not take part in April's failed uprising.

Trump, meanwhile, is getting frustrated that Maduro is still in power, and he has suggested publicly and pushed "more vividly" in private for the U.S. to set up a naval blockade along Venezuela's coast, five current and former officials tell Axios. "They added that to their knowledge the Pentagon hasn't taken this extreme idea seriously, in part because senior officials believe it's impractical, has no legal basis, and would suck resources from a Navy that is already stretched to counter China and Iran."

Trump "literally just said we should get the ships out there and do a naval embargo," one source who's heard Trump's comments told Axios. "I'm assuming he's thinking of the Cuban missile crisis. ... But Cuba is an island and Venezuela is a massive coastline. ... It would need massive, massive amounts of resources; probably more than the U.S. Navy can provide." Former Defense Secretary James Mattis long stonewalled Trump's demands for a military option for Venezuela, Axios reports.

USCIS May Court Disaster With Untested H-1B Visa Registration System
Publisher:  Forbes Real Time
Monday, 19 August 2019 00:04

Business and education groups warn a new USCIS electronic registration system for H-1B petitions could be a disaster.

A niche product and tailored customer service: How DTC brands can thrive by being what Amazon isn’t
Publisher:  Digiday
Monday, 19 August 2019 00:03

From Sears and Kmart to Toys “R� Us and RadioShack, the torrent of recent store closures has prompted all of us to ask: Is Amazon killing retail?

One thing is certain — the “Amazon Effectâ€� has irrevocably changed the world of retail. Overshadowed by this sprawling giant and amidst the global shift towards online shopping and declining foot traffic, many retail stores are undoubtedly concerned about maintaining their competitive edge.

The good news is that while the digital revolution gave birth to this hegemonic retailer, it also unveiled a plethora of creative resources for marketers. And while Amazon does boast the world’s largest marketplace, there are still opportunities for DTC brands to thrive.

Here’s how brands can leverage the new landscape — and Amazon’s limitations — to stay competitive:

Imaginative, experiential retail
We’re in the age of pop-ups, drops and partnerships, and retail environments are becoming increasingly fluid, nimble and inventive.

With direct access to consumers and highly personalized data, retail brands now have the ability to create branded ecosystems in the right place, at the right time, for the right audience. With the abundance of customer data, powerful geolocation technology, trend forecasting tools and access to real-time feedback, brands have more power, flexibility and creative autonomy than ever before in history. And despite the stereotypes of millennials and GenZers being glued to their screens, much of this cohort is actually desperate to unplug and get out of the house.

According to a report by Ofcom, one-third of consumers in the US and UK has expressed concerns over the impact that their smartphone has on their wellbeing, with 1 in 5 consumers having taken a digital detox.

With growing concern over screen addiction and a desire to seek tangible, real-world experiences, retail brands have an opportunity to exploit the multidimensionality and multisensory possibilities of physical spaces in new and imaginative ways. From IKEA’s VR Experience to Adobe’s “Store of the Future,� we’re already seeing waves of retail brands transform physical spaces from inventory-led environments into more interactive and immersive playgrounds that foster deeper connections with consumers.

Focusing on singularity, not universality
Amazon’s mammoth size is usually perceived as its strength, but it actually creates some limitations. The company will never boast the flavor, story and cohesive community of a niche retail brand, nor will it be able to engage with customers in curated, personalized or creative ways.

As a result, there are ample opportunities for brands to stand out in the current market by focusing on exactly what Amazon is not. By narrowing in on niche product, exceptionally creative and tailored customer service, curated messaging and a narrow target audience, retail brands can naturally attract customers who hold a special affinity for their distinct offerings and brand story.

Luxury retail brands are in a particularly strong position, as the one category Amazon has had trouble cracking is the luxury goods market. Not only do these brands embody unique qualities like legacy, expertise and exclusivity, but the millennial and GenZ cohorts are also increasingly seeking out exclusive experiences and products.

A report by Bain & Co estimates that by 2025, millennials and GenZers will account for 25 percent of the global personal goods luxury market. By staying niche, embracing distinctiveness and leveraging all that’s possible with a more singular category and existence, brands can focus on individualized value and carve out a competitive advantage.

Cultivate a cohesive community
One of the most powerful forces of the digital revolution has been the organic emergence of online retail brand communities and tribes.

Thanks to the open, dynamic platforms of social media, customers can unite in shared passion and connection to a brand. In turn, brands can convert these communities into advocates and influencers who happily promote the brand and its story to their social circles. Over time, these communities can become powerful vehicles for gaining insight, crowdsourcing for product dev decisions, igniting buzz around events and product launches and building meaningful identity.

Creative, post-sale relationship building
While most retail brands will likely never beat Amazon when it comes to volume of infrastructure and data, there is one area of business and engagement that direct-to-consumer brands can really excel in: post-sale.

Beyond its return policy, Amazon doesn’t provide much post-sale value. For direct-to-consumer brands, the opportunities to continue engagement after the sale are endless, whether it’s through custom tutorials, exclusive invites to experiential events or sneak peeks into future product releases.

Looking forward
It might feel like the future of retail is Amazon, but a diversified marketplace is a stronger marketplace. And all available research about consumer behavior and psychology tells us that people crave a variety of choice and highly personalized experiences.

Instead of anticipating struggle, brands and marketers should shift their focus onto their individual strengths and offerings, as well as the plethora of exciting, creative resources that have emerged in the recent past. By taking advantage of the new landscape in fresh and imaginative ways, and by staying committed to cultivating niche offerings with exceptional customer service, any brand, no matter its size, can build and sustain a loyal community of consumers.

The post A niche product and tailored customer service: How DTC brands can thrive by being what Amazon isn’t appeared first on Digiday.

Publisher: News - English - America
Monday, 19 August 2019 00:03

Selangor were again held at home in the Malaysia Cup group stage, this time drawing 1-1 to PDRM on Sunday.

TV Guide: Date, time and where to get your football fix
Publisher: News - English - America
Monday, 19 August 2019 00:02

Goal lists out the television listings of all the major football activity from across the world

Sun Aug 18 '19 Announcement from I am Love - An NYU Thesis Film
Publisher:  Indiegogo: Announcements
Monday, 19 August 2019 00:02


Dearest friends, family, backers and suppporters,


It's been a while since this incredible journey started -- and also since you last heard from us. We've been busy trying to craft the most truthful and powerful film possible over the last few months!

We're currently finalizing the editing process; all the pieces are coming together and the film will soon be finished and born!

We wanted to take a moment to finally share with you... the film's first teaser trailer!!!

Here's the link:

We hope it gives you a bit of a taste of what's to come. Hope you enjoy it!

Once again, thank you all for your generosity and support. We couldn't have done this without every single one of you.

Our very best and until next time,


The director and producers. 





Queridos amigos, familiares, doadores e apoiadores,


Faz um tempo que essa jornada incrível começou -- e que vocês não recebem notícias de nós. Estivemos ocupados tentando criar o mais verdadeiro e pontente filme possível durante os últimos meses.

Atualmente, estamos finalizando o processo de montagem/edição; todas as peças estão se encaixando e o filme vai logo nascer!

Queríamos compartilhar com vocês, finalmente... o primeiro teaser trailer do filme!!!

O link é esse:

Aqui fica um gostinho do que está por vir. Esperamos que gostem!

Mais uma vez, muito obrigado por toda a generosidade e apoio. Não teríamos conseguido realizar isso tudo sem cada um de vocês.

Até breve, 


O diretor e produtores. 


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