With Apple gearing up for the launch of their Beats Music streaming service, Taylor Swift made headlines by pulling her music, including the popular 1989 album, from the service’s catalog. With her motives questioned, the pop singer wrote an open letter to Apple detailing her concerns with the new service.To sum the note in two sentences, Swift concludes her note with a telling analogy. “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”T-Swift is referring to Apple’s plan to provide a three month free trial service of Beats Music, all the while not compensating artists for those three months of music. She admits that the three months won’t actually affect her, but that it will affect the music community as a whole.“This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.”Swift also gives Apple the benefit of the doubt, calling them a “historically progressive and generous company” and asking them to reverse “this particular call.” You can read the full letter here.
The championship field is down to eight, which means the race for the championship is right around the corner.With the NASCAR playoff contenders trimmed down even more after the Hollywood Casino 400, the odds for some drivers are looking better and better. Martin Truex Jr. is still in contention for a shot at his first title. Jimmie Johnson is one round away from competing for an unprecedented eighth.But there are six other drivers who still have championship dreams of their own.Which four drivers do you think will make it to Homestead-Miami Speedway and compete for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup?Click the link below to vote. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Poll
Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, discussed the importance and implications of interfaith narrative and dialogue in a lecture titled “Interfaith Leadership: Engaging Religious and Non-Religious Diversity in the 21st Century.” The lecture was sponsored by Notre Dame’s Multicultural Student Programs and Services.Patel, who also serves as an member of the Inaugural Advisory Council for the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, said the need for coexistence and cooperation among various religions would become a defining question of our time.“The question of how people orient around religion differently, or interact with one another, whether that be based on conflict or cooperation, will be one of the most engaging questions of the 21st century,” he said.Patel said becoming an interfaith leader is a process that involves viewing one’s identity as a person of faith as an opportunity to create relationships among multiple communities of faith, which helps establish cooperation and dialogue.“You could look to make [your faith identity] a barrier of division, you could look to make it a bludgeon of domination or you could look to make it a bridge of cooperation,” Patel said.Patel said civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist, was an example of a successful interfaith leader because he took inspiration from the peaceful protests of Mahatma Gandhi, a Hindu, and cooperated with prominent leaders of multiple religions.“Martin Luther King is many, many things, but amongst them, he is certainly an interfaith leader,” Patel said.Patel said interfaith leadership is developed through three key experiences or “moments.” He said these moments include being inspired by a person or ideal of another faith, engaging and cooperating with people of multiple religions and observing and collaborating in solutions to combat interfaith violence.“You being inspired by an ideal or a person from a different religion; you recognizing and lifting up your memories of partnering with people of different religions whose endeavors are beautiful and great and holy; you recognizing the scourge of religious violence and thinking to yourself, ‘there has to be something done about this and I will take some responsibility’ — these are the kinds of moments that help you craft your own story of interfaith leadership,” Patel said.Patel said interfaith dialogue requires youth leaders who create inspiring and innovative discussion on faith. He focused on the concept of storytelling in the process of developing as an interfaith leader and said interfaith leaders “tell new stories to the world and embody those stories in their lives.”He said storytelling involves creating narratives and environments that are defined by similarities among, rather than by division of, people of different faiths.“Part of what leaders do is shape environments that make salient the commonalities between people from different religions,” Patel said.Tags: Eboo Patel, Gandhi, interfaith, interfaith dialogue, Martin Luther Kind, Multicultural Student Programs and Services
by Tim McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc shares rose rapidly in after hours trading Wednesday to over $110 per share on the news that Coke would buy 10 percent of the company. The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR), based in Waterbury, Vermont, announced today that the companies have signed a 10-year agreement to collaborate on the development and introduction of The Coca-Cola Company’s global brand portfolio for use in GMCR’s forthcoming Keurig Cold at-home beverage system.Under the global strategic agreement, GMCR and The Coca-Cola Company will cooperate to bring the Keurig Cold beverage system to consumers around the world. In an effort to align long-term interests, the companies also entered into a Common Stock Purchase Agreement whereby The Coca-Cola Company will purchase a 10 percent minority equity position in GMCR.This is seen by analysts as a direct response to the success of SodaStream, the at-home soda maker.Under the terms of the equity agreement, The Coca-Cola Company will acquire 16,684,139 newly issued shares in GMCR for approximately $1.25 billion, which represents an approximate 10% ownership in GMCR (after giving effect to the issuance). The newly issued shares have been priced at $74.98, which represents the trailing 50-trading-day volume weighted average price (“VWAP”) as of market close today.After the news was released, shares shot up over 30 points by 5 pm to over $110 in after hours trading. Shares opened at $109.89 Thursday on heavy volume before falling back to around $105. The 52-week range is $42.25 – $89.66. Coke and SodaStream were both up modestly following the news.SEE Q1 2014 RESULTSAs part of the strategic collaboration, GMCR will be The Coca-Cola Company’s exclusive partner for the production and sale of The Coca-Cola Company-branded single-serve, pod-based cold beverages. The two companies also will explore other future opportunities to collaborate on the Keurig® platform.”With The Coca-Cola Company as a global strategic partner in our multi-brand at-home Keurig Cold beverage system, we believe there is significant opportunity to premiumize and accelerate growth in the cold beverage category by empowering consumers with an innovative, convenient way to freshly prepare their favorite cold beverages at the push of a button,” said Brian P. Kelley, President and CEO of GMCR. “This global relationship combines The Coca-Cola Company’s unparalleled brand, distribution and marketing strengths with GMCR’s innovative technology and beverage system expertise.”Kelley is a former Coke executive.”Our 2020 Vision calls for decisive and timely action to continuously improve and evolve our global system to best serve our customers and consumers around the world,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company. “This agreement demonstrates our creative approach to partnerships and ability to identify and stay at the forefront of consumer trends driving the industry. By pairing The Coca-Cola Company’s brand leadership and global footprint with GMCR’s innovative technology, together we will be able to capitalize on the many exciting growth opportunities in the single-serve, pod-based segment of the cold beverage industry. Importantly, this partnership provides our consumers with a convenient way to enjoy the brands they love through in-home preparation.”The investment is expected to close in March 2014, subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals.GMCR’s Keurig Coldâ ¢ single-serve beverage system is currently under development with expected availability in GMCR’s fiscal year 2015. Keurig Coldâ ¢ will use precisely formulated single-serve pods to dispense freshly-made cold beverages including carbonated drinks, enhanced waters, juice drinks, sports drinks and teas in consumers’ homes with the one-touch simplicity, quality and variety that North American consumers love about the Keurig® brand hot system platform. The cold system is expected to be a similarly open-architecture platform like the Keurig® hot system.GMCR’s Use of ProceedsGMCR intends to execute a meaningful share repurchase program to reduce dilution from the transaction. This will be executed under the Company’s existing $1.1 billion share repurchase authorization. In addition, GMCR intends to use a portion of the proceeds from the new equity issuance to fund anticipated capital expenditures for its Keurig Coldâ ¢ beverage system over the next several years.BofA Merrill Lynch served as financial advisor to GMCR and Baker & McKenzie LLP is acting as legal advisor.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative Keurig® Single Cup brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and donating a portion of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. For more information visit: www.gmcr.com(link is external). To purchase Keurig® and Green Mountain Coffee® products visit: www.Keurig.com(link is external), www.greenmountaincoffee.com(link is external) or www.keurig.ca(link is external).GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its website, www.GMCR.com(link is external), including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its website regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.ATLANTA & WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)-2.5.2014
Related After hosting the inaugural Challenge Anhui, Challenge Family is keeping its focus on China in 2020 and is introducing a new race in this ‘triathlon minded region’: Challenge Wuhan. The new Wuhan race in Central China’s Hubei province will take place on 24th May 2020. It gives athletes an opportunity to undertake an early season event across Middle Distance, Standard Distance and Junior Challenge race options.“China is a very interesting market for us,” said Challenge Family President Zibi Szlufcik. “Our last race, Challenge Anhui, reached over 1 million people with its live stream, so the potential is huge. We definitely think we can take this to an even higher level with not only Challenge Anhui, but also the now introduced Challenge Wuhan.”At Challenge Wuhan, athletes dive into Mulan Lake where the organising team notes ‘they will be surprised by the boundless, clear-as-a-mirror waters.’ The bike course will directly lead to Mulanshan Scenic Area, with two laps for the Middle Distance and one lap for the Standard Distance. During the ride athletes go around the lake, ‘crossing amazing nature and including some average climbs.’Zibi Szlufcik added, “The venue is very spectacular. It includes something for every type of athlete and is a treat you don’t want to miss if you love this sport. Don’t forget about the very kind people in this region, who will make your stay very pleasant for sure. If you have never have been in China before, this is a perfect way to combine your holidays with a race to remember.”Wuhan is already known as one of China’s largest cities and many international races have been held in the area. Challenge Wuhan will follow tournaments such as the Wuhan Open tennis tournament, Military World Games, FIBA Basketball World Cup and more.Zibi Szlufcik continued, “For us it’s very interesting to organize a race in this sport-minded region. We’re pretty sure there will be many spectators around the course to support every athlete on their way to the finish line.”www.challenge-family.com
LinkedIn Share Share on Twitter Researchers at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging have completed a study that revealed differences in the way brain inflammation — considered a key component of AD– is expressed in different subsets of patients, in particular people with Down syndrome (DS) and AD.People with Down syndrome have a third copy of Chromosome 21, and that chromosome is the same one responsible for the production of a molecule called amyloid precursor protein. Amyloid overproduction can lead to brain plaques that are a cardinal feature of Alzheimer’s, so it is not surprising that nearly 100 percent of people with Down syndrome develop Alzheimer’s disease pathology in their brain by the time they are 40.“People develop Alzheimer’s disease at different ages, but it’s typically in their 60s, 70s, or 80s,” said Donna Wilcock, an assistant professor at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and principal investigator for the study. “It’s a little easier to study Alzheimer’s disease in Down syndrome because of the predictability of the age when adults with DS develop signs of the disease.” Share on Facebook Email Pinterest In Wilcock’s study, some interesting data emerged that will shape the way scientists look at AD as manifested in various subsets of the population. Using brain autopsy tissue from a group of people — some with DS/AD, some with AD alone, and some healthy, Wilcock and her team were able to determine differences in the way neuroinflammation was expressed in people with DS.In previous studies where Wilcock and her colleagues identified different types of inflammation in AD brains,, two families of inflammatory markers — called M1 and M2a — were each present to varying degrees in the sample population representing early AD cases, indicating a notable level of heterogeneity in the way the AD disease process begins in the brain. But in the late-stage AD cases, there was a high degree of homogeneity with high levels of the markers M1, M2 and M2c.“If you think of it in terms of a roadmap, there is almost always more than one way to get from Point A to Point B, and that seems to be the case in disease progression as well,” said Wilcock.In this most recent study, the team found that the inflammatory response in DS/AD brain tissue was significantly greater than that in tissue from AD patients. Further, there was an elevated level of markers for M2b,that was not replicated in tissue from sporadic (i.e. ideopathic) AD cases.. In other words, AD in the DS brain had a very different neuroinflammatory profile than AD in people without DS.“It has been generally assumed that AD presents the same way in people with Down syndrome as it does in people without DS, but our work demonstrates that this is not the case,” said Wilcock. “This will have important implications for the study of AD treatments, as some treatments might be effective with people without DS but not those with DS, and vice-versa.”Wilcock’s work has been published online in the Neurobiology of Aging. This study was part of a larger DS Aging study at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging funded by NIH/NICHD (Head and Schmitt), and was also funded by a research grant awarded to Dr. Wilcock through a partnership between the Alzheimer’s Association, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and the Linda CRNIC Institute for Down syndrome.
“We reasoned that if infants were able to learn about a new communicative signal, they might now succeed in object categorizing while listening to tones, despite having failed in prior studies while listening to tones without any prior exposure to them,” said Brock Ferguson, lead author of the study and a doctoral candidate in cognitive psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern. “That is, they might treat this new ‘communicative’ sound as if it were speech.”In contrast, Ferguson said, if infants couldn’t interpret this new signal as communicative, or if their categorization in the subsequent task could only be ‘boosted’ by speech, then infants should fail to categorize objects while listening to tones as they had in all prior studies.“We knew that speech could promote infants’ learning of object categories. Now we know that for infants, this link to learning is broad enough to encompass many communicative signals — including ones to which infants had just been introduced,” Ferguson said.Sandra Waxman, senior author of the study, director of the Project on Child Development, faculty fellow in Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research and the Louis W. Menk Chair in Psychology at Northwestern, highlighted the powerful implications of this work for the understanding of infants’ intricate coordination of social, language and cognitive development.“Infants’ success in accepting this entirely novel signal as communicative is astounding,” Waxman said.“This shows that infants have the social capacity to recognize an entirely new social communicative signal in their environment. And once recognized, they can use it to support cognition. Babies, like adults, are already on the lookout for new ways that the people around them communicate with one another,” Waxman said.“What the [beep]? Six-month-olds link novel communicative signals to meaning” will be published in an upcoming issue of Cognition. Researchers have long known that adults can flexibly find new ways to communicate, for example, using smoke signals or Morse code to communicate at a distance, but a new Northwestern University study is the first to show that this same communicative flexibility is evident even in 6-month-olds.The researchers set out to discover whether infants could learn that a novel sound was a “communicative signal” and, if so, whether it would confer the same advantages for their learning as does speech.To do so, they had infants watch a short video in which two people had a conversation — one speaking in English and the other responding in beep sounds. Infants were then tested on whether these novel beep sounds would facilitate their learning about a novel object category, a fundamental cognitive process known to be influenced by speech. Could the beeps, once communicative, have the same effect? Indeed, the researchers found that after seeing the beeps used to communicate, the infants linked beep sounds to categorization just as if they were speech. Email Pinterest Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter LinkedIn
Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. said today that the federally funded contract for beach replenishment from Elberon to northern Deal has been awarded. It will complete the second and final phase of the beach replenishment from Elberon and Loch Arbour.The project will cover the area stretching from Lake Takanassee in Elberon to Philips Avenue in Deal.The Army Corps of Engineers awarded the contract for the $86,722,210 project to Manson Construction Company.Work to replenish this stretch of the shore will begin this fall and will continue into 2016. The funding for this project is part of the Sandy aid package that Congressman Pallone fought for in Congress.“After a hard fight in Congress for the Sandy relief funding New Jersey deserves, I am glad to see this important beach replenishment project poised for completion,” said Congressman Pallone. “Beaches are a fundamental part of life for residents and the tourist economy, and they must be protected and maintained.”This contract will cover the placement of 3 million cubic yards of sand for reconstruction of the shoreline. It also includes lengthening 10 existing stormwater outfalls, and notching a groin at Phillips Avenue.[mappress mapid=”21111″]
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Magic circle firm Linklaters, the latest City outfit to reveal its autumn retention rate, is to retain 84% of its trainee cohort.The Silk Street-based firm said today it is taking on 47 of its 56-strong group of trainees.Excluding resignations, the firm made offers to 95% of the cohort. Six trainees decided not to accept. The figures are down on last year, however, when the firm offered jobs to all 56 trainees. The retention rate then was 91%, following five resignations.As the Gazette reported last week, Slaughter and May leads the way in the magic circle so far, taking on 29 of 32 trainees.Allen & Overy had 47 trainees on its programme, all of whom applied. The firm made offers to 41 and 40 accepted, giving it an 85% retention rate.The outlier is Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which recorded a sharp dip on last year.The magic circle firm offered contracts to 29 of 41 trainees this time, with 27 accepting a role (66%).