Christina Aguilera Disses “The Voice”, and Says She’ll Never Be Back

first_imgQuote, “I’d just take everything off . . . the makeup, all of it . . . and I’d blast hip-hop, or Nirvana, ‘Creep’, Slayer . . . anything like that to get me out of that zone, that TV mode.” “Billboard” asked her when she’d return, and she said she’d rather talk about, quote, “positive things.” But apparently, she was in the mood to rant.  She said, quote, “[‘The Voice’] became something that I didn’t feel was what I had signed up for in Season One.  You realize it’s NOT about music.  It’s about making good TV moments and massaging a story. “I didn’t get into this business to be a TV show host and be given all these [rules].  Especially as a female:  You can’t wear this, can’t say that.  I’d find myself on that show desperately trying to express myself through clothing or makeup or hair.”center_img She also called “The Voice” an “energy sucker” and a, quote, “churning hamster wheel.”  And she said that during her last season, she was “longing for freedom” when she went home every night. CHRISTINA AGUILERA was one of the original coaches on “The Voice”, and she did six of the first 10 seasons.  She hasn’t been on since the spring of 2016 . . . and she does NOT want to come back.last_img read more

What Spotify Looks Like (Screenshot)

first_imgSpotify, the red-hot European music service that’s like iTunes, Pandora, MOG and more combined, released a new version last week that integrates with Facebook last week. I’ve been hearing about Spotify for months but hadn’t actually seen it before – it’s not available in the United States yet and no one knows when it will be. Even traveling to Europe, downloading the app and then coming back to the States will get your account shut down after a grace period streaming from a US IP.Thanks to a friend though, I got a copy of Spotify a few days ago! I can report that it is simply awesome, and I’m just using the free version so far. Here’s an annotated screenshot below, in case you’re as curious as I was. This may be old news for some uber-hip types, but I’m guessing most readers haven’t seen the interface before. I hadn’t. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#music#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Here’s the company’s official screencast below about the latest version. Dear Spotify: please launch this in the US as soon as possible, please!last_img read more

Boutique Crawl Alert: It’s A Wonderful Life On Fabric Row – Thursday, December 12

first_imgIt’s a Wonderful Life on Fabric Row Fabric Row (4th Street between Catharine and  Bainbridge Streets) is back in action. This section of town is packed with boutiques, and it’s gearing up for a rebirth. And, what better time to set it off than the holidays? The Row will be making its holiday debut with an event entitled “It’s A Wonderful Life On Fabric Row.”  The event is a stroll between three of the areas top-notch shops, which include: Bus Stop Boutique, Moon and Arrow and Armour.  During the stroll, don’t worry about the cold. Cocktails will be served courtesy of Art in the Age and trust, they know their mixology.  A special Instagram promo will also be available to shoppers.  Instagram For A Deal Anyone who Instagrams a picture of their shopping stroll and mentions @busstopboutique, @moonandarrow or @armour_philadelphia and captions the photo with #fabricrow will receive 10% off their entire purchase! An event like this brings the holiday season to life. Make someone’s holiday extra special with a gift found only on Fabric Row as you support small businesses and shop local.   Event Details It’s A Wonderful Life On Fabric Row When:  Thursday, December 12, 6-9 p.m. Where:  Fabric Row, 4th Street between Catherine and Bainbridge Streets Cost: Pay as you go More Info: hyloboutiques.comlast_img read more

Szczesny to renew with Juve

first_imgJuventus stopper Wojciech Szczesny is close to renewing his contract to 2024, according to Sky Sport Italia expert Gianluca Di Marzio. The former Arsenal keeper has been with Juve since signing in the summer of 2017 for €14m, following a loan spell at Roma. He signed as a back-up ‘keeper to Gigi Buffon in 2017-18, shadowing the legendary player for a season before taking his position as the veteran left for Paris Saint Germain. Szczesny has been the first choice since then, even with Buffon returning to the club this season. The Pole’s contract expires in June 2021, but Di Marzio reports that his contract will be extended to 2024. He’s made 74 appearances for Juve, and has kept 37 clean sheets. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Rainn Wilson To Emcee Comedy For A Cause

first_imgThe Hollywood Wilshire YMCA (Hollywood Y) will celebrate its 10th annual Comedy For A Cause fundraiser at the Sunset Strip’s world-famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood from 8 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22.Emceed by comedic actor, Rainn Wilson, and hosted by sitcom star, Mike O’Malley, the star-studded benefit will provide an entertaining evening of stand-up comedy by Hollywood’s top entertainers to benefit the Hollywood Y. The evening will begin with a VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. during which guests will mingle with the performers and take delight in hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks provided by local sponsors. The evening will begin with an introduction by O’Malley at 8 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.“What better way to celebrate kids and families within the Hollywood community than with a night of great comedy at the Laugh Factory,” says Rainn Wilson, star of NBC’s The Office. “I used to be a member of the Hollywood Y when I first came to Los Angeles, so to be able to spend the evening supporting its programs is of great personal pride for me – it’s going to be a lot of fun.”“The support we’re getting from the Hollywood community, including from those in front of the camera and those behind the scenes, is amazing,” says Laurie Goganzer, Executive Director and Group Vice President of the Ketchum-Downtown and Hollywood Wilshire branches of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. “We’re so grateful to be able to bring L.A. community members and TV’s funniest people in the same room for the purpose of supporting kids and our youth programs.”Comedy For A Cause brings together acclaimed comedians who volunteer their time and talent to showcase a line-up of stand-up comedy in support of the Hollywood Y’s youth programs, which are dedicated to instilling leadership qualities in its community’s children.Only 250 tickets will be sold for this exclusive fundraising event and can be purchased for $250 per person. For more information, click here. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event. To sponsor Comedy For A Cause, contact Natasha Radojcic, Associate Director of Development for the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA at (323) 762-8749.Comedy For A Cause (formerly “Comedy For Kids”) is an annual entertainment showcase held by the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA. Past talent includes comedy greats such as Jay Leno, Tim Allen, George Lopez, Andy Richter, Patricia Heaton, and Ray Romano. Comedy For A Cause is one of Hollywood’s main showcase events committed to supporting the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA’s youth programs, which provide tailored activities to develop character, leadership, health, and wellness among children and teens. More than 110,000 youth participate in Hollywood Wilshire Y programs ranging from preschool to wellness opportunities. For many low-income youth, the Y may be the only access to such activities – opportunities that provide a path to maturity, to college and to a brighter future.last_img read more

Wilfully and recklessly Human rights tribunal awards compensation for First Nation children

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered Canada to pay compensation to First Nation children, youth and families who were taken from their homes on reserve and put in care of the state.“This ruling is dedicated to all the First Nations children, their families and communities who were harmed by the unnecessary removal of children from your homes and communities,” the ruling says.In the ruling issued Friday, the tribunal awarded $40,000 to each child who was taken from their parents for reasons other than sexual, physical or psychological abuse.Under the Human Rights Act, the tribunal panel of chair Sophie Marchildon and Edward Lustig were allowed to award a maximum of $20,000 per victim.They could add another $20,000 if the discrimination was found to be wilful and reckless.“The Panel finds that it has sufficient evidence to find that Canada’s conduct was wilful and reckless resulting in what we have referred to as the worst-case scenario under our Act,” the ruling says.“This case of racial discrimination is one of the worst possible cases warranting the maximum awards.”According to the report, there are between 40,000 and 80,000 on reserve children who were made wards of the state between 2006 and 2017.Each child would receive compensation – along with their parents or grandparents – at a figure yet to be fully determined.The total compensation package, unless challenged by Canada, will reach into the billions of dollars.“The Tribunal’s finding that Canada wilfully and recklessly discriminated against First Nations children demonstrates how little Canada learned from the residential school and the 60’s scoop apologies and class actions,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS).“They knew better and did not do better resulting in tragedy for another generation of First Nations children, families and Nations.”According to the ruling, a number of factors play into who is eligible for compensation.Children living on reserve or in the Yukon, and taken into care unnecessarily, were removed from their homes on reserve due to abuse but were placed outside their extended families or communities and thus did not benefit from least disruptive measures, or as a result of a gap, delay and/or denial of services, and was placed in care outside of their home, family and community in order to receive those services.The panel is also ordering full compensation for parents and grandparents who were caring for a child who was unnecessarily removed.“No amount of compensation can ever recover what you have lost, the scars that are left on your souls or the suffering that you have gone through as a result of racism, colonial practices and discrimination,” wrote the tribunal. “This is the truth.”The case against the government was filed with the Tribunal in 2007 by the FNCFCS and Assembly of First Nations (AFN).The two groups argued that Canada discriminated against First Nation children in care by not funding child welfare services to the same level as children living off reserve.In 2016 the Tribunal agreed and ordered Canada to stop it’s discriminatory practices and followed up with several warnings.The issue of compensation was fought by government lawyers who argued, among other things, that the tribunal didn’t evidence from any victims in order to gauge the amount of harm done in order to put a price on that harm.The government says it’s reviewing the ruling.“We want to ensure that, first and foremost, we continue to place the best interests of the child at the forefront,” Kevin Deagle, policy advisor for Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan, said in an email.“Our government is committed to seeing the unmet and longstanding needs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children met.“Our government is committed to closing socioeconomic gaps, and that’s why we’ve invested $21.4 billion in Indigenous housing, education, healthcare, infrastructure, and clean water– all key elements in improving the lives of Indigenous children.”The government also outlined in the email it has put investments into First Nations child welfare including $1.2 billion since 2016, and introduced Bill C-92 – a law that, while flawed, will revamp the First Nations, Metis and Inuit child welfare system.Canada has 30 days to appeal the ruling.But the tribunal’s ruling has more to do with what the government hasn’t done over time, rather than what it’s doing today.“In British Columbia, I have witnessed the harm to First Nations children and families caused by removing children when supports in their homes, families and communities should have been considered or improved,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, in a statement to media.“The Tribunal found massive systemic discrimination and said it was willful and reckless on the part of the Government of Canada. This is something we have known in our own families and communities for a long time.”The government, FNCFCS and the AFN have until Dec. 10 to work out a process to identify, and then distribute the compensation to those who are eligible.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

We Talk Curling And Stats With The Guys Who Won The Gold

Embed Code It all started as a predawn tweet: More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed But after the U.S. men’s Olympic curling team won gold in Pyeongchang, we knew it had to become reality. So, on Friday, despite bad weather in the Northeast — which left Nate calling in from an airport tarmac after his flight was diverted — I was joined in the FiveThirtyEight podcast studio by Olympic champion curlers John Shuster, Tyler George and Matt Hamilton.We talked about curling analytics, the team’s new celebrity fans and where the sport goes from here. You can listen to it on your phone by subscribing to our NBA podcast, “The Lab,”1Sadly, we don’t have a curling podcast feed … yet. or by clicking the play button below. By Neil Paine Here are some excerpts from the conversation.On advice for first-time curlers:Hamilton: “My best advice would be, don’t fall. In my first game at the Olympics, I fell. So don’t go down — it’s still hard ice. But in seriousness, if you go in with an open mind and are really curious about the sport itself — not just the throwing aspects, but actually immersing yourself in what curling is about — you’ll find all these people who are so willing to help and teach and get you into the strategy, which is really the draw. … Making shots is great, and it felt good when you made your first couple of shots in curling when you tried it, but when you finally learn why you’re throwing that shot, why making that shot set you up later in the game to win, it’s just a remarkable feeling. It really is like chess on ice, just that mental game mixed with a finesse game, mixed with the brute force of sweeping. It has all the aspects of a really fun game.”On preparing with analytics guru Gerry Geurts of CurlingZone.com:Hamilton: “He sat us down at our summer camp and explained to us where we sat [among] elite players at certain things, like with the hammer/without the hammer, up by one with the hammer/down by one with the hammer … and it went on for all of the potential scoring scenarios. And he gave us feedback [on] which positions we could be better at, which ones we’re really good at, where we need to keep doing what we’re doing. Then he gave us some info on other teams in those same kind of numbers. … I’d be lying if I said that didn’t come into play at all.”On the flaws of using curling percentage to judge players and teams:George: “It’s incredibly subjective because it depends on what types of shots you’re playing. And the way that they do stats for the television events [is] really simplistic because they’re only going on make/miss or how close you were to making the shot [but] not factoring in the difficulty of the shot. … So for the viewer at home, looking at our percentages, they probably thought that we weren’t playing nearly as well as our record would imply. … But a lot of that is because we’re playing with a lot more rocks in play. We’re making a lot more difficult shots, but the viewers are not seeing that.”On the role analytics might have in the game in the future:George: “There’s a major change coming up next season where they’re literally changing the rules in the game, where stats are going to have to be applied to figure out what the best strategies are … (Editor’s note: The change involves being able to add one extra protected stone to the area in front of the house.) It doesn’t seem like much — it’s only one more rock that you can’t take out to play — but it completely changes the strategy of how you start ends out, and they’ve been using it in Grand Slam events so far. So you see it maybe six or seven times a year, and teams are still kind of tinkering with strategy on how to defend, especially [because] it’s a way more offensive game. … Stats are going to be huge in figuring out the best ways to go about defending with this new strategy because we just haven’t done it that much.”On whether curling will be able to capitalize on its newfound popularity:Shuster: “I think you’re going to see it because [of] the ratings that we were getting during the Olympics and the ratings we’ve been getting with “Curling Night in America” the last couple of years. What happens is, we haven’t had national television coverage between Olympic cycles, and then every Olympics we get more and more coverage and the ratings get better and better. And then all of a sudden, NBC Sports Network ran “Curling Night in America,” so we had a weekly show going on. After we won the gold, they’re going to show one live game every single day during the world [championships] that are coming up in Vegas. … I think curling right now could be on [the same] trajectory as something like poker was 10 years ago. If the world championships are high-quality, entertaining TV this year, people are going to demand it more, and we’re going to start seeing it on more of a regular basis moving forward.” read more

30 NFL teams survey Buckeye prospects at Pro Day

Ohio State football players showed their talents for 30 different NFL teams at the Buckeyes’ Pro Day in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Friday. Thirteen players, including running back Daniel “Boom” Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey, offensive tackles Mike Adams and J.B. Shugarts, linebacker Andrew Sweat and center Mike Brewster, attended the workout. Scouts from every NFL team except the Chicago Bears and New York Jets came to take in the action and evaluate the NFL hopefuls. Herron compared the day to a job interview. “(There were) a lot of great coaches out here,” Herron said. “You just want to put on the best show, be at your best.” The Buckeyes’ Pro Day, which was led by OSU football strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti, schedule featured events such as the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, three cone drill, broad jump and individual position drills. The 40-yard dash, which is considered by many as one of the most important measurable heading into the NFL Draft in April, saw only 10 Buckeyes and three non-OSU participants participate in the drill as Posey, Adams and Brewster opted to not test their 40-times. Posey said the day’s events were the best part of the drafting process. “This is the best part, man. Just football,” Posey said. “Running routes, catching balls, I feel like I do that the best. I just wanted to come out and make sure I catch everything today.” Shugarts said he met with several teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs. “I was doing a lot of board work with the Chiefs,” Shugarts said. “I just got done with that … Just going over pass protections, they asked us our favorite run plays.” While the purpose of the day was for Buckeye football players to prove to NFL scouts they have the ability to play at the next level, players’ family, friends and a number of former OSU players showed up to watch the action for themselves. Notably, former Buckeye football players Beanie Wells, Jim Cordle, Doug Worthington, Bobby Carpenter, Joey Galloway, LeCharles Bentley, Chris Spielman, Andy Katzenmoyer and Dick LeBeau attended. Additionally, current OSU football players such as Braxton Miller, Etienne Sabino, Travis Howard and Bradley Roby also came to support their former teammates. Other players who took part in the day’s trials were Dionte Allen, Nate Ebner, Donnie Evege, Aaron Gant and Grant Schwartz. In some ways, Friday’s combine was one of the last chances for OSU players to improve their NFL Draft status in the eyes of teams around the league. Officially, the draft opens on April 26. Andrew Hollern contributed to this story. read more

How the Ohio State baseball team passes the time during rain delays

Rain delays are a big part of baseball, and the Ohio State baseball team was reminded of that this past weekend. During rain-outs, the players have to keep themselves entertained, and the Buckeyes have a few preferred pastimes they use while waiting to participate in America’s pastime. A game can be delayed when rain causes low visibility for players, the field isn’t playable due to pooling or standing water or if there is lightning in the area, according to the Major League Baseball rule book. The umpires at the games make rulings about rain delays. Delayed games might be resumed when the weather improves to the umpires’ liking, or the field is cleared of water, but are canceled and can be made up in a doubleheader if the problem persists. The OSU baseball team had two games postponed due to rain. The most recent weather-related interruption in the Buckeyes’ schedule occurred Saturday when OSU’s afternoon game against Nebraksa was rained out and rescheduled for Sunday as part of a doubleheader. OSU lost both games, 5-4, and 17-9, respectively, and lost the series, 2-1. The Buckeyes also had seven games rained-out and cancelled last season. Buckeye players said no one has done anything comparable to the viral videos of minor-leaguers jousting or holding a dance competition, but they like to have fun during weather delays. “We haven’t had any jousting, but we had our manager slide across the turf when it was raining,” said senior outfielder Dave Corna. “But for the most part, we’re just fooling around and staying loose.” Senior pitcher Andrew Armstrong said the Buckeyes haven’t had a chance to bust out anything too crazy since there’s only been one rain delay. Armstrong also said as a team, they like to stay relaxed during delays before and during games. “It all really depends on what you feel like doing,” Armstrong said. “Some guys like to have fun and do stuff. We’ll go and play two-ball, a practice game or we’ll watch TV. It depends on the mood of the game. Like, if we’re losing probably not a lot, but if it’s before the game we’ll just have fun.” Players said they like to stay relaxed during the delays in the middle of games, but coach Greg Beals said the players tend to keep working as well. “You try to keep it loose,” Beals said. “Some guys will go in (to the team clubhouse) and play cards or play XBOX, and some guys will even hit in the batting cages. Other guys will just sit in the dugout and play the name game. A bunch of different stuff goes on.” Beals said his team is full of guys with lots of personality, but the fun will stay in-house when the tarp is rolled out onto the field because of rain. “We’ve got some good characters in our club, but we’re not the type to go out on stage and do it,” Beals said. “We’ll keep it in the clubhouse.” read more

Womens Basketball Jennifer Sullivan joins coaching staff

Former Missouri State assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Jennifer Sullivan is joining the Ohio State women’s basketball team as an assistant coach after spending five seasons with the Lady Bears, Ohio State announced Friday. In her five seasons in Springfield, she helped lead the Lady Bears to 93 wins and four postseason appearances, making the NCAA Tournament in 2016. “I am really excited to add Jennifer to our staff,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said in a press release. “Her basketball knowledge and her diverse background will be a great asset as we continue to build a championship program.”From 2001-2005, Sullivan was a three-year starter at Memphis, recording 800 points, 310 rebounds and 99 steals during her career. “I’d like to thank coach McGuff for giving me this opportunity and I am excited to join the Ohio State women’s basketball program,” Sullivan said in a press release. “His brand of basketball is fun and exciting and I can’t wait to add my skills to the staff and help continue the success the team has enjoyed in recent seasons.”Prior to her coaching stint at Missouri State, Sullivan was the associate head coach and the recruiting coordinator at the University of Louisiana Lafayette from 2012-2013. Also, she spent three seasons as an assistant at Arkansas State. read more