Premiere: Ginger Root Releases “Ohio” Video premiere-ginger-root-one-man-band-charming-ohio-video Premiere: Ginger Root Is A One-Man Band In Charming “Ohio” Video Email News Ginger Root from Southern California is following the footsteps of Toro Y Moi’s atmospheric beats and Vulfpeck’s funky sounds. Watch the exclusive premiere of their latest video for “Ohio”Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Oct 25, 2018 – 9:23 am SoCal band Ginger Root led by singer/songwriter Cameron Lew is making atmospheric pop music that will have you pressing play over and over again for their infectious upbeat rhythms. The band’s latest video single “Ohio” is no exception.Lew’s soft vocals instantly put you at ease as an equally soft piano and guitars, drums and bass that he plays all by himself, come together. Wearing his signature black rimmed glasses and a helmet in the video, Lew is surrounded by ’70s neon-style lighting as a camera rotates around him playing all his instruments. The video was originally set to be shot outside in Huntington Beach, Calif., but due to strong winds that Lew says “never [happen] in Huntington Beach,” the set had to be taken indoors.Influenced by Toro Y Moi, the band’s latest music is reflective. Songs on Ginger Root’s most recent album, Mahjong Room, are about trying to figure out the future. Many of the songs were written during a time in which Lew, who has a film school education, was thinking of dropping out of college. But “Ohio” was actually about the moments after his time in school.”‘Ohio’ is about me debating whether to move far away from home after college,” Lew told the Recording Academy. “For a quick moment before graduating, I wondered what it would be like if I just up and left Southern California, left my friends, left my family. Not necessarily to Ohio, but somewhere totally different than where I’m from.” Facebook Twitter “Ohio” is representative of a kind of change that is just hard to imagine. “January’s cold/Where I’ll be when I move to my Ohio/But why is it so hard to believe?” Lew sings.A huge fan of GRAMMY winner Feist’s songwriting, Lew is practically a one-man band in Mahjong Room, the follow up to Ginger Roots debut EP Spotlight People. The rising frontman got his start in music when his parents gifted him a guitar for Christmas just so we would have “something to do.””After learning through the included DVD, I started to pick up other instruments,” he said. “It wasn’t until high school were I learned how to record what I was playing, where music became a huge part of my life.”Catch Ginger Root live on a U.S. tour with Houston trio Khruangbin:Nov. 27 – Minneapolis, MN @ First AveNov. 28 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic TheatreNov. 29 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music HallNov. 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union TransferDec. 1 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music HallToro Y Moi Nods To Fellow Creatives With Playful “Freelance”Read more
Share your voice Comments Gaming Star Wars: Battlefront 2 triggered an outcry over loot boxes. EA Microtransactions in games are responsible for huge profits for the games’ developers. However, one US senator has proposed legislation that may put an end to the controversial practice. Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, said Wednesday that he’d introduce legislation banning “manipulative video game features aimed at children.” Called the Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, the bill would prohibit loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions. “Social media and video games prey on user addiction, siphoning our kids’ attention from the real world and extracting profits from fostering compulsive habits,” Hawley said in a release. “No matter this business model’s advantages to the tech industry, one thing is clear: There is no excuse for exploiting children through such practices. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”The new rules would focus on games aimed at minors as well as games “whose developers knowingly allow minor players to engage in microtransactions,” according to the release.Loot boxes are in-game caches that players typically purchase with in-game currency and that contain random in-game items. They became a prominent issue in 2017 with the release of Star Wars Battlefront II, in which players could purchase crates holding various power-ups that helped them progress in the game and be more competitive when playing against others online. There are other games that don’t have a randomized box with in-game power-ups but still have in-game currency. The currency can be used to buy items or more playtime that’ll give an advantage over people who choose not to spend additional money. Games with microtransactions that don’t have a randomized or pay-to-win aspect, such as Fortnite, appear to be safe from the effects of this legislation as it’s currently written. Stanley Pierre-Louis, acting president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, the lobbying group for the video game industry, said on Wednesday that parents already have controls to limit or prohibit in-game purchases. “Numerous countries, including Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, determined that loot boxes do not constitute gambling,” Pierre-Louis said in an email. “We look forward to sharing with the senator the tools and information the industry already provides that keeps the control of in-game spending in parents’ hands.” So far, Hawley has only outlined the legislation and hasn’t introduced it to the Senate. 6 Tags
Sony Pictures has threatened microblogging website Twitter with legal action if it didn’t block out individuals and accounts that have constantly posted content from the leaked emails exposed by hackers. In a letter addressed to the General Counsel and Secretary of Twitter, Sony’s attorney David Boies cautioned that if any “stolen information continues to be disseminated by Twitter in any manner,” the studios would hold it accountable.Sony especially asked Twitter to take down the account of Val Broeksmit, a musician who kept posting screen shots of the leaked emails from the hacks from his Twitter handle @BikiniRobotArmy. Sony asked twitter to remove any material from the leaks on the website and destroy them.Sony’s demands were drafted as follows:”We ask that you promptly suspend the Account Holder’s Twitter account and:(1) notify us using the contact information provided below;(2) take all reasonable actions to prevent your company and any of your employees, independent contractors, agents, consultants, account holders, or anyone who may have access to your files from examining, copying, disseminating, distributing, publishing, downloading, uploading, or making any other use of the Stolen Information;(3) arrange for and supervise the destruction of all copies of the Stolen Information in your possession or under your control, particularly information protected under U.S. and foreign legal doctrines protecting attorney-client privileged communications, attorney work product, and related privileges and protections, as well as private financial and other confidential information and communications of SPE’s current and former personnel and others, confidential personnel data, intellectual property, trade secrets and other business secrets and related communications;(4) confirm that such destruction has been completed; and(5) comply with all future requests with regard to any other account holder seeking to disseminate the Stolen Information via Twitter.”Twitter hasn’t commented on the letter yet.Meanwhile, Sony Pictures has agreed to release the James Franco- Seth Rogen starring political satire movie “The Interview” in select theatres in the United States. The decision comes days after it pulled the film out after the hacker group threatened to blow up theatres screening the movie. The hacker group, which calls itself the “Guardians of Peace,” breached Sony’s cyber security system and exposed confidential data ranging from employee salaries, social security numbers, previously unpublished pilot scripts and private e-mails as well.Experts say the hacks could cost Sony Pictures over $200 million.
ReutersSalt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group’s steel wing—Tata Steel aims at achieving 20 percent women workforce by 2020 to ensure gender diversity in the company, a top company executive told Mint.”Gender diversity is essential, and not having it can be detrimental to business. A diverse workforce ensures that we have different mindsets dealing with challenges in different ways, and this helps us strategise better,” Mint quoted a Tata Steel chief diversity officer and chief group HR Atrayee S Sanyal.Sanyal of Tata Steel said that the company has set a target to increase women in its workforce from current 11 percent to 20 percent by end of this decade.”We are definitely planning to employ a large number of women in the coming years. Tata Steel, as an equal opportunity employer, believes that women can perform any role with equal competence as that of a man,” Sanyal explained.Sanyal said the company has not restricted itself in defining certain roles or levels where they will employ women. The firm’s diversity targets have been taken for the overall organisation and it is open in employing women across all roles and levels.”Our recent Take 2 policy aims at filling these gaps due to maternity and child care leaves by hiring women who are experienced professionals on project basis for short-term engagement. This is a mutual benefit as we have a good replacement resource for a woman and it also becomes a platform for those women looking to resume their careers,” the business publication quoted Sanyal as saying.On difficulties faced in hiring women employees with the required skills in core sectors likes manufacturing, mining and engineering, she said that availability is gradually improving.”It is supply-led demand to a great extent. Engineering institutes need to have more women and only then companies can recruit women in these areas. We engage early with various leading institutes that helps us capture the best women talent in the early years of engineering,” she added.Sanyal explained that a mix of people with diverse views encourages innovation and problem solutions, thereby leading to increased profitability and opportunities for business. “Our recruitment sensitisation handbook clearly mentions that at an equal level of merit and competence, we would prefer a female candidate but we consider merit as the ultimate criterion for selection,” she added.
Arif Hossain HawladerPolice finally on Tuesday arrested a local leader of ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s student wing, Bangladesh Chhatra League, on charges of raping six women and releasing the videos of rape scenes on internet.The arrestee, Arif Hossain Howlader, was the general secretary of Narayanpur union unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Bhedorganj upazila in Shariatpur.BCL expelled Arif on 11 November after one of rape victims filed a case with Bhedorganj police station against him.Allegations have it that Arif, a bachelor student at a local college, secretly installed video cameras in bathrooms to shoot videos of housewives’ bathing, and used them to blackmail the women. This is how he raped at least six women, according to allegations.He released videos containing scenes of rape since 15 October.Police said they have arrested Arif from Joyontika river in Saikka Bridge area of Gosairhat upazila of the district.Police’s assistant police super (ASP) for Shariatpur’s Gosairhat circle Thandar Khairul Hasan told Prothom Alo that police arrested Arif while he was returning to Gosairhat from Chandpur by a trawler.He said police tracked down Arif by tapping his phone.Read more: Accused of six rapes, BCL leader yet to be arrested
Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneThe United States Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., on June 26, 2017.A U.S. Department of Labor proposal that could change how workers in Texas and the rest of the nation receive tips is facing greater scrutiny after a report revealed the department withheld an unfavorable economic analysis. Released last December, the proposal would give employers greater freedom to decide where their employees’ tips go. Businesses like restaurants could share “front of the house” workers’ tips with “back of the house” workers, such as dishwashers and cooks, or they could pocket employees’ tips for themselves. The proposal would only apply to employers who pay a full minimum wage of $7.25. The Trump administration has said the plan is an attempt to help decrease wage disparities between tipped and non-tipped workers.But a Bloomberg BNA article says that Labor Department leaders scrapped an economic analysis of the proposal that revealed workers could lose billions of dollars under the new tip proposal.Under the plan, Texas could see $676.3 million of tips transferred from employees to employers’ pockets in a year, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank. But Texas groups disagree on the estimated impact of the proposal.Some U.S. businesses, including those in Texas, have a choice on how to pay tipped workers. One is to pay tipped workers the federal minimum tipped wage of $2.13 — as long as employers opt for a “tip credit” in which employers promise that the money made in tips will amount to minimum wage or higher. A second choice is to pay the workers the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and allow them to also take tips. California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska, Wisconsin and Guam are required by their respective states to pay tipped employees the full state minimum wage plus tips. The new proposal would provide employers that pay workers full minimum wage an option to take and share their tips. Richie Jackson, CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association, argued that the Labor Department plan wouldn’t affect most Texas workers; he believes the majority of Texas employers use a tip credit.“It’s really a non-issue in Texas,” Jackson said. “The rule will not be something that is applicable to most employers who employ tipped workers in Texas.”Ed Sills, a spokesman for the Texas AFL-CIO, said tips should be the sole “property of the people that own them,” and he challenges the argument that the proposal is supposed to close the wage gap between tipped and non-tipped workers.“The wage inequality gap between front of the house and back of the house workers can be addressed by employers,” Sills said. “The way to do it is to pay the back-of-the-house workers more than they do.”A Texas Workforce Commission spokeswoman said the agency does not track how many businesses in Texas use a tip credit.According to the Bloomberg BNA story, the U.S. Department of Labor’s internal analysis showed that employees’ tipping losses under the proposal reached into the billions and department officials told staff to change the data methodology to “lessen” the impact. Although later calculations showed reduced tip losses, senior officials were still uncomfortable with including the numbers in the public proposal, the article added. The department received White House approval to publish the report on Dec. 5, withholding the economic analysis.In January, the Labor Department issued a 30-day public comment period, allowing people to express their opinions on the proposal. As of Thursday, the public has five days left to respond by the Feb. 5 deadline. Currently, the proposal has over 147,300 formal comments. The department says it will evaluate the responses before making a decision. The new tipping proposal would disproportionately affect women, the Economic Policy Institute said in its report. Of the $5.8 billion nationally in tips per year they estimate would be shifted from workers to employers, $4.6 billion — nearly 80 percent — would be pulled from the pockets of women working tipped jobs, the report says. These high numbers for women can be attributed to the fact that women are more likely to both be tipped and earn lower wages.As the debate continues to unfold, Texas service workers are monitoring and expressing concerns about unintended consequences.Tim Rinkerman of Austin said the tips he gets between his two jobs at a coffee shop and a restaurant are vital. Under the new proposal, he’s worried some employers might not be honest if allowed full control of tips.“When you’re making minimum wage, it’s kind of hard to get by,” said Rinkerman. “It’s not cool [for businesses] to have the ability to pocket tips.”
You couldn’t have believed it if I told you Kimi Raikkonen had won the Abu Dhabi! You would have been in shock and said, “It just couldn’t be. Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel must have won it -Surely!?” Well as the event unfolded, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was as exciting as they come. Raikkonen’s win must have been celebrated all over the motor-sport world, following his recent return to F1.Can the Finn do it all over again? Well, we’re into the last two races as we head to the USA. For most of the drivers, the Championship is pretty much over. But for Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, ‘it’s not over – until it’s over…’ Alonso, who is now chasing the German after what could be one of the best drives I’ve seen this year – coming in third from a start in the pit-lane – it’s hard to see Alonso beating Vettel.The Red Bull team had it all to ‘drive for’ at Abu Dhabi, but Mark Webber found himself with DNF (Did Not Finish) after a collision. But it’s evident that they have two very powerful cars and their performance has been consistent so far. So heading into Austin, Texas, I’m no doubt that the Vettel (@11/8) and Webber (@8/1) will deliver.So where does this leave the McLaren’s? Well, if you have been keeping up with my blogs, you would know I’m a fan of the Brit drivers, and there’s no doubting their ability – but McLaren keep letting them down. The consistence is weak, and they just haven’t been able to capitalise on some crucial circuits. Take Abu Dhabi for instance; Hamilton was odds going into Sunday. He was a certainty to at least finish top three. He dominated the races at the beginning, and when we thought it was all over, the problems began; an engine failure let Hamilton down yet again.Jenson Button managed a fourth place finish but again the complaints of lack of speed were on the agenda. Some good defensive driving from Button I think maintained his position. So where does this leave the McLaren duo ahead of Austin? Hamilton is currently (9/4) and Button (10/1). If it goes to plan, a top three finish can’t be rule out.On to the Ferrari team; you just can’t help but think how stressful it has been for the boys in red. As a driver, Alonso has shown is prowess this season with an impeccable consistency. I can’t rule him out of a top four finish. Massa has proved to Ferrari he is a strong second driver and has retaining his contract next year. But it would be great to see him compete in the top five in Austin. As they currently stand, Alonso (5/1) and Massa (50/1).Austin, Texas is a place I would love to be flying to, especially as the cold weather has settled in now. Although there was some doubt cast over whether the USA Grand Prix would take place, it has been confirmed. The track supposedly takes influence from Silverstone and hosts a steep climb from the start into a turn one hairpin. With a 120,000 capacity, I’m sure all the fans will be geared up for fantastic race.I wonder who your money will be on?