Alabama Sets Dozens Of Dates In 2019 For Their 50th Anniversary Tour

first_img Email News On June 6, 2019 the band returns to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to play the Carolina Country Music Festival.”We never thought playing for tips at the Bowery in Myrtle Beach, S.C., that 50 years later we would still [be] playing arenas, stadiums and festivals,” said Owen, quoted in Rolling Stone. “We are finding out that we are playing to three generations of fans who have followed us and our music.”Their indie debut album, Wild Country, was released in 1976 and their major-label, self-titled debut came out in 1980 on RCA. After placing 30 albums on the Billboard 200 charts, the trio’s most recent release, Southern Drawl, reached No. 14 in Oct., 2015. Their pop crossover success through the 1980s proved that a country group could sing, write their own songs and perform their own music live — like the rock bands were doing.In the category Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Alabama’s two GRAMMY wins were for “Mountain Music” at the 25th GRAMMY Awards and for “The Closer You Get…” at the 26th GRAMMY Awards.Tickets are on sale at the band’s website. So far Sept. 14, 2019 in Peoria, Ill. is their final show, but additional dates are expected to be announced.The Oak Ridge Boys “Still Love To Sing”Read more Always fresh, the iconic country band has more to show their three generations of fansPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 17, 2018 – 1:35 pm Country cousins Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen grew up on separate cotton farms in Lookout Mountain, Alabama, singing in church together as well as studying guitar. On July 4, 1969 they visited another cousin, Jeff Cook, and began their phenomenal ascent as the singing/songwriting country band Alabama. Nearly five decades later, beginning Jan. 10, 2019 in Detroit, Mich., the trio embark on their 50th Anniversary Tour.”It seems only a few days ago, but on the fourth of the July, it will be 50 years since me and Teddy went walking into Jeff’s little house,” Owen told the Tennessean. “We picked a little bit and we sang a song I’d written and we thought, ‘Wow, that’s pretty good.'”Unfortunately, Cook’s battle with Parkinson’s is expected to interfere unpredictably with some of their 27 dates announced so far. But three separate musicians — a guitarist, a violinist and a singer — are on call to fill in for Cook on days he’s unable to perform. Alabama Sets Dozens Of Dates In 2019 For Their 50th Anniversary Tour Facebook Alabama 50th Anniversary Tour Sets Dates For 2019 alabama-sets-dozens-dates-2019-their-50th-anniversary-tour https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpz7cJpHc11 Twitter last_img read more

Forget the Galaxy Fold wheres the Galaxy Home smart speaker

first_imgSamsung originally said the Galaxy Fold would launch April 26. Now it will hit the market in September. Waiting to release a product until it’s essentially perfect is the right move for customers and for Samsung. In times in the past, the company rushed to sell devices before the bugs had been worked out, all in a quest to be first. It has taken a more measured approach in recent years, but Samsung still gets ahead of itself. The Galaxy Fold is evidence of that. After using the device for only days — or,  in some cases, hours — during a short review period in mid-April, several technology journalists had issues with their devices. Some peeled off a thin top layer on the display, which was an essential protective coating, not a removable screen protector. Others had detritus get under the screen itself, causing bumps and bulges. Samsung canceled the release date to explore what happened. “It was embarrassing,” Koh told reporters in Korea. “I pushed it through before it was ready.”samsung-developer-conference-9891The Galaxy Home draws on expertise from Samsung and Harman, the audio business it purchased.  Angela Lang/CNET On Wednesday, 89 days after the Galaxy Fold was to go on sale, Samsung said it has addressed the issues experienced by those reporters. It extended the screen’s protective top layer beyond the bezel, “making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure.” It added “reinforcements” to keep debris from getting under the screen, while new “protection caps” strengthen the top and bottom of the hinge area. Samsung also added reinforcements beneath the Infinity Flex Display, likely to make the plastic screen stiffer, and it reduced the air gap between the Fold’s body and hinge.Samsung doesn’t need another big delay or more problems with the Galaxy Fold. It said it took “the time to fully evaluate the product design, make necessary improvements and run rigorous tests to validate the changes we made.” But this wouldn’t be the first time Samsung’s had multiple problems with a new device. Remember the Galaxy Note 7? Shortly after the phablet went on sale in August 2016, users started reporting overheating problems. Samsung originally tied the issues to a battery flaw and recalled all the Note 7 phones on the market. That didn’t fix the problem, however, and the replacement devices also overheated. Samsung launched a rare second recall in October 2016 and stopped manufacturing the Note 7.Samsung has repeatedly said that it’s learned from that experience. Presumably the tests it’s conducting on the Galaxy Fold, which are ongoing, will head off any issues people could see with the device. We won’t know, though, until reviewers and consumers get their hands on the revamped phone. Then the focus turns to the Galaxy Home. We hope.  Samsung Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge 60 Photos Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Galaxy Fold: Samsung will relaunch the foldable phone in September A Galaxy far, far away? Samsung’s Bixby speaker is still a no-show Samsung goes all in on its Bixby digital assistant Forget foldable phones. Samsung’s Bixby assistant is about to get smarter 8:07 Global smart speaker sales should reach 147.7 million units this year, up 71% from 2018, Strategy Analytics predicted in May. Amazon and Google will each control nearly a third of the market, while the rest will be split between more than a dozen other voice OS platforms, including Apple’s Siri, Alibaba’s Ali Genie, Baidu’s Duer OS and Xiaomi’s Xiao AI, the research firm said. There was no mention of Bixby. When Samsung announced its first smart speaker a year ago, there were already concerns that the device came too late. Even Apple has struggled in smart speakers. Its Siri-powered HomePod has regularly been placed on sale, and Apple in April even slashed the price by $50 to $299, an unusual move for the company. So far, consumers haven’t been willing to shell out more money for better sounding smart speakers.”I struggle to see Samsung really succeeding in bringing an alternative,” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. The situation might have been different a year ago, she said, “but seeing how little progress they’ve made from a Bixby perspective makes me really doubt that they will ever be able to compete with Alexa in the US.”Shaky reputation?Samsung may be starting to develop a reputation for delayed products. Even my un-tech-savvy parents in Iowa know about the Galaxy Fold’s delay. The company worked on foldable displays for years before showing anything to the public. It demonstrated a flexible OLED screen at CES 2013 and gave the first glimpse of the Galaxy Fold at its developer conference late last year. It officially unveiled the Galaxy Fold at the beginning of its Unpacked Galaxy 10 launch in February. The Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch display when folded, and a separate 7.3-inch display when unfolded into a tablet. It starts at $1,980 (about £1,500 or AU$2,800) and comes in four colors: cosmos black, space silver, martian green and astro blue. Users can start using apps like Flipboard on the small, front display and then pick up where they left off when moving to the big, inside display.  Galaxy Fold set for September relaunch (The Daily Charge,… Share your voice Tags 0 Then at the Galaxy S10 launch in February, Samsung co-CEO DJ Koh told CNET the device would go on sale by April. (Samsung PR said it would launch in the first half of 2019.) But it’s now late July, and there’s still no sign of the Galaxy Home. The latest update from Samsung was in the form of comments by another co-CEO — Hyun-suk Kim, the head of the consumer electronics division — who told the Korea Herald in early June that the Galaxy Home would launch in the third quarter. For those of you keeping score, that’s at least three missed launch dates. If the third-quarter timing is true, it could make sense for Samsung to unveil the launch date at the Galaxy Note 10 event in two weeks. It also could wait for the IFA electronics show in Berlin the first week of September. Samsung on Thursday said it didn’t have anything to add at this time. While a smart speaker may not be as flashy or as novel as a phone with a folding screen, it’s a device that has more universal appeal. People would be more likely to buy the Galaxy Home this year than the Galaxy Fold. The foldable device — soon to be the first like it on the market — is more experimental and expensive than other phones, limiting its appeal largely to early adopters. Smart speakers are becoming so common even children know how to use them. Amazon in June said it’s launching an Echo Dot aimed at kids. The company, with its Alexa voice assistant, dominates the smart speaker market in the US, followed by Google.  See also Smart Home Mobile Foldable Phones Smart Speakers & Displays Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Home a year ago but still hasn’t started selling it.  Angela Lang/CNET Late Wednesday, Samsung finally gave us news three months in the making: the revised launch date for its Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone. But there’s another product with an even more complicated and prolonged timeline: the Galaxy Home. Samsung started talking about the smart speaker in early 2018, and it showed off the device during its Galaxy Note 9 unveiling last August. The cauldron-esque speaker is powered by the company’s Bixby digital assistant, which was initially geared as an interface to control 2017’s Galaxy S8. Samsung has expanded the technology into its various appliances and televisions. The Galaxy Home would be Bixby’s first appearance in a smart speaker. We don’t yet know exactly what the speaker will do or how much it’ll cost. When Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Home a year ago, it said it’d go on sale in the second half of 2018. It showed the smart speaker again during its developer conference in November but didn’t specify the launch date. 2018 turned into 2019 with no sign of the Galaxy Home. last_img read more

SAARC officials meet eying 19th summit

first_imgSAARC was founded by Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka while Afghanistan later joined. Senior officials of eight-nation SAARC are scheduled to meet in Kathmandu on 1-2 February apparently to revive the process of regional cooperation stalled by last year’s postponement of its Islamabad summit.Quoting officials concerned, news agencies reported that the joint secretary-level meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) may propose rescheduling of the next SAARC summit, the 19th since the group began its journey in Dhaka in 1985.The decisions to be made at the Kathmandu meet, which is a ‘programming committee’-level one, will be forwarded to the standing committee for endorsement, said the report carried by UNB.The summit, originally scheduled to be held in Islamabad on 9-10 November last year, was postponed as a number of member states including Bangladesh, India, Bhutan and Afghanistan conveyed their inability to attend the summit amid tensions between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue.UNB, referring to The Times of India, said during the Kathmandu meeting, the SAARC member states will also discuss issues such as budget of the SAARC secretariat and five regional centres,last_img read more

DC Teachers Contract Pending

first_imgThe District of Columbia School System is set for the 2017-2018 school year with early openings and a new teacher contract.On Aug. 14, 13 schools on the elementary, middle, and high school levels started classes in the extended year program. This program starts the school year earlier than the traditional term and has more frequent breaks, but a shorter summer vacation.Antwan Williams, the chancellor of the D.C. public schools, joined D.C. Mayor and other leaders in education to announce a new contract for the city’s teachers. (Courtesy photo)D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson said the extended year program is a benefit for everyone involved. “We are able to build on the success that the students have and they will retain a lot of what they have learned,” Wilson said at a news conference at Bunker Hill Elementary School in Ward 5 on Aug. 14. “That’s why it is important to keep students in the classroom.”The extended program has schools in Wards 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8. The only high school is Roosevelt’s STAY program for students who want to get their high school diploma in a non-traditional fashion.Wilson, however, was at Bunker Hill for another reason. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), D.C. Deputy Mayor of Education Jennifer Niles, D.C. Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) and Washington Teachers’ Union President Elizabeth Davis joined him to announce a tentative agreement on a new contract with the District’s public school teachers.“We have a deal,” Bowser said. “Since 2007, the District of Columbia has blazed a trail to better schools – investing more resources in our classrooms, adding exciting new programs for our students at all levels and pouring billions of dollars into our school buildings. Yet for too long, our teachers have not been shown the appreciation nor presented the compensation they deserve. But with this agreement, together we will give our teachers their proper due and send a clear signal that we are all in for kids.”The union’s members have been without a contract since 2012. Under the proposed contract, educators will get a 4 percent salary increase in fiscal year 2017, a 3 percent increase in 2018 and a 2 percent increase in 2019 as well as other benefits. In addition, the school system and the union will work collaboratively on school management issues. Davis said the contract is acceptable.“We make better decisions when teachers are part of the process and it is important that teachers feel valued every day as they work in service of young people,” she said.The District of Columbia public schools employs 4,015 teachers and serves nearly 50,000 students, according to data from the school system. School system data reveals that first-time teachers start at $53,000 a year and says that is the highest in the country for that category.Michele Merriwether, an early childhood education teacher at Bunker Hill, told the AFRO she is glad an agreement was reached. “Honestly, I haven’t read the whole thing [contract] but it seems there are no red flags there,” Merriwether said, referring to possible punitive actions on teachers without recourse. “This contract is long overdue.”The D.C. Council must approve the contract and it will not convene until the end of its summer recess in mid-September.last_img read more

Australia Probes Bitcoin Crime Links as Currency Craves Legitimacy

first_img 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. A top Australian law enforcement agency is investigating bitcoin’s role in organized crime, a senior official said, just as politicians and financial regulators embrace the digital currency as a legitimate part of modern business.The investigation into bitcoin’s crime links by one authority as others embrace it highlights the crossroads governments have reached as they struggle to regulate the five-year-old “cryptocurrency”, a method of making anonymous payments which has surged in popularity around the world.Australian Crime Commission Executive Director Judy Lind revealed for the first time that investigators will monitor “misuse of virtual currencies to facilitate criminal activity” at a national and international level, under an operation named Project Longstrike.”We know that virtual currencies including bitcoin are used as payment methods to facilitate illicit trade on the darknet,” Lind told Reuters in a statement, referring to a hidden part of the Internet where information can be shared anonymously and without revealing the location of its source.”Organized crime groups continue to make use of darknets to harbor trading in illicit commodities, including child exploitation material, illicit drugs and firearms, stolen credit card and identity data, and hacking techniques.”Project Longstrike is just the latest example of Australia’s determination to crack down on bitcoin-enabled crime. Last month, Australia said it extradited to the United States the alleged primary moderator of Silk Road, a website where people bought illegal drugs like heroin using bitcoins.In October, police seized Queensland state’s first bitcoin automated teller machine five months after it opened, with media reporting police believed it was being used by a former motorcycle gang member to deal crystal methamphetamine.Regulators around the world are wary after the Mt Gox bitcoin exchange filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo earlier this year, saying it lost some 850,000 bitcoins – worth about $300 million at current prices – in a hacking attack.Like many countries, Japan has allowed bitcoin trading to continue without establishing a full set of rules on its legal status. U.S. authorities are yet to agree to cohesive laws, while the United Kingdom is seen as a world leader because it has classified bitcoins as a currency.Australian authorities are also trying to facilitate legal bitcoin trades in a country where use of the currency is exploding. Between its 23.6 million people, Australia has an estimated 7 percent of the $5 billion worth of bitcoins now circulating, with reports of online retailers, real estate agents and even pubs accepting bitcoin payments.The Australian Taxation Office has published a guide for bitcoin traders on how to declare their investments, and a parliamentary inquiry is trying to lay the groundwork for a broader regulatory approach to the digital currency.But David Glance, director of the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Software Practice, said Australia appeared to be sending mixed messages.”Politicians singularly fail to understand what (the digital economy) is all about. They latch onto trends and buzzwords,” he said, referring to the tax office guidelines and parliamentary inquiry.”There still isn’t a problem that bitcoin solves, other than buying drugs,” he added.Darknet sites including Silk Road and its successor Silk Road 2.0 did about $3 billion of turnover annually in the year to November, Glance said, equivalent to more than half the total bitcoins now in circulation.Wild WestSenator Sam Dastyari, who is running the parliamentary inquiry, said bitcoins offered a way to “shake up” Australia’s “stale” banking industry. A regulatory system is needed that policed crime without restricting the currency, he said.”There is going to be a place for some kind of digital-style currency. There is inevitability that it will play some kind of role,” Dastyari said.”Do you go and start regulating it first, or wait for the IMF to do it first and come on board?”Australia could soon see the world’s first direct share market listing of a virtual currency exchange, in a sign of how rapidly bitcoin businesses are entering the mainstream.Melbourne-based start-up Bitcoin Group hopes to raise A$20 million ($17 million) and plans to file a prospectus by Christmas which will not include financial forecasts.Bitcoin Group Chief Executive Officer Sam Lee compared the currency to the early “wild, wild west” days of the Internet, and shrugged off concerns that it mainly served as a vehicle for illegal transactions.”We’ve moved far beyond that now,” he said.”We expect (bitcoin currency) to clean itself up as more capital and more smart people flow into the ecosystem.”(Editing by Stephen Coates) This story originally appeared on Reuters December 3, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more