‘Mick Jagger’ by Philip Norman (Book Review)

first_imgBob WilsonPhilip Norman’s former offerings of THE STONES, SHOUT!, RAVE ON, JOHN LENNON, and ELTON JOHN are fine rock history recorded by someone covering the music scene of the Rolling Stones since their inception.  Norman interviewed Jagger in 1965, and had a firsthand view of the scene that gave us the British Invasion.  The author views the story of The Beatles and the Stones as “intertwined”, and tells Mick’s story within this context.Norman relates that Jagger feigns a type of amnesia on the events of his own life, and once returned a million dollar advance to a publisher for his proposed autobiography.  On this rare occasion, money was secondary to having to relate details from his journey to justify the payoff.  The story of Jagger’s rock and roll circus life suffers from lack of details from the participant’s own recognizable mouth, which we sense could be far more exciting for some “personal dish” and details to quote from.  Unfortunately, few are available, and we are offered a historian’s pastiche of the life of the premiere frontman in rock.Mick went by “Mike” well into the formation of the Stones, and hated being referred to by his stage name. The blues of Muddy Waters offered the “Rollin’ Stones” their name, and originally they saw little hope of chart success. Morphing from “Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys” into the familiar logo, the group broke into fame as the mirror image of the “safer” softness of the early Beatles.  Northern and southern England seemed a proper geographic mirror image to view the two groups in text, linked together in a breath as the greatest musical exports of their generation.Mick and Keith’s drug bust, early questions of Mick possibly being of mixed race, romantic entanglements, Hell’s Angels, and musical evolution are described faithfully, and with anecdotes from some insiders, as well. Mick’s obsession with Angelina Jolie will attract an audience entertained by today’s tabloid mindset, and “there is nothing wrong with that”. As the pages turned, one could not help but wish that the late Brian Jones would have been the focus of the author’s talents here. A musical genius with more out of wedlock children than guitar strings and no apparent conscience, screamed for more detail. Jones’ relationship with Anita Pallenberg included Nazi SS uniforms, whippings, and bandmate Keith’s pining to “rescue” Pallenberg from Jones, and suffering silently in a brotherly code. All of this, while the group went through a transitional power shift from Jones, to Jagger and Richards, as Jones wasted away before everyone’s eyes.Mick loved Marianne, who loved Keith. Keith loved Anita while standing in the shadows, and Anita loved Brian.  Brian wanted Anita to tie him to their bed, and whip him with both dressed in the Nazi Regalia. To paraphrase J. Geils, love did not only “stink” among the Stone’s crowd, it was positively fetid. Mick’s story is worth the read, and the author did not merely recycle his previous Stones’ work.  We are left wanting more of a personal insight and account, but it is not available as of this date, at least.  Fans of Mick and the boys will not be disappointed, and it is an overall solid effort from a veteran journalist.  Fans also may not be overwhelmed, complete satisfaction having required a more personal glance of the subject’s viewpoint.Rating: 3/5last_img read more

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(Video) Using Soccer to Fight AIDS in Africa

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore25-year-old filmmaker Silas Hagerty spent this summer in Zambia documenting the rise of football (soccer) as a tool to fight HIV/AIDS in local African communities. As Zambian Football announcer Denis Lewewe states in Hagerty’s new film, “Football is religion.” When a soccer ball hits the ground in Africa, people unite. Through this powerful platform, knowledge is spreading and stories are being told… ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ One of these stories involves the mission of Grassroot Soccer that utilizes the popularity and the power of soccer to help reduce the incidents of AIDS, providing African youth with the skills and support to live HIV free. Hagerty’s film released yesterday in observance of World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) is called Lusaka Sunrise. Its use of upbeat music and joyous images of football fans makes this 7-minute film easy on the senses. Powerful testimonies by kids who have lost their whole families to AIDS brings home to Westerners the urgency of the problem. However, hope is what this New York filmmaker returned home with, and a moving montage at the film’s end leaves the viewer hopeful too… (Lusaka Sunrise Website) last_img read more

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Cease-fire in Gaza Conflict Announced by Egypt, US

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBREAKING: The Egyptian government announced that Israel and Palestinian leaders in the Gaza strip have agreed to halt hostilities after eight days of Israeli bombardment of the enclave and hundreds of rocket strikes inside Israel.Standing alongside Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who engaged in intensive shuttle diplomacy aimed at ending the conflict, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr told a news conference that the cease-fire would begin at 9 p.m. local time (2 p.m. in Washington). (READ the story in the Washington Post)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Lance Armstrong Surgery Today, Still Plans on Giro

first_imgLance is having surgery today for his broken collarbone, suffered in a 10-rider pile up during the Vuelta a Castilla y León bicycle race this past weekend.  X-rays indicated the fracture was more serious than originally thought, so he’ll be getting a plate inserted to stabilize his mid-shaft clavicle fracture.  Armstrong indicated it was broken in more than one place.Regarding the upcoming Giro d’Italia, which starts on May 9, Armstrong said:“This is a very common cycling injury and you hear of guys able to race in two weeks and other guys that race two months later,” he said. “Four to six weeks seems long to me but again, time will tell. Obviously the Giro is on people’s minds and that’s about five weeks away. In my opinion I think the Giro is still very doable.“Fortunately I’ve done a lot of off-season work that I think will help me through this,” he said. “I think my condition was really coming to a place where I was going to be able to ride at the front of the races and that’s good news and bad news — bad news that I wasn’t able to show it in the races, but the good news is that if you get injured with good form you can come back with decent form. You aren’t starting from rock bottom.”The accident apparently shook him a little, he called it “the biggest setback I’ve had in my cycling career.”“I knew it hurt like hell and whenever you have a big pain like that your mind tells you to feel it to make sure nothing is sticking out, but at the same time you’re a little scared to feel it,” he said. “So I took a quick brush with my hand over my collarbone and what I thought were cables from my radio in fact weren’t. So I realized then it was broken pretty good.“Lying in the ditch in that situation, you’re asking yourself, what the hell am I doing here?” he said. “But I think that’s a normal reaction and I don’t feel that way today necessarily, although I’m feeling a lot of pain and ready to get this behind me. It was definitely a shock. I’ve raced bikes for a long, long time and never had anything like that. Quite honestly, it’s part of racing and to go as long as I’ve gone without having something happening like this is basically a miracle.”Photo from Lance’s Twitter stream.last_img read more

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US Treasury Dept issues Flexible Capital Fund CDFI certification

first_imgThe US Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) has certified the Flexible Capital Fund, L3C, ased in Montpelier, as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). CDFI certification means that an organization meets the following requirements: has a primary mission of promoting community development; predominantly serves eligible target markets; and is a financing entity that provides development services.‘The CDFI certification validates our investment fund as a mission-based funder focused on community development,’ says Janice St. Onge, president of the Flexible Capital Fund. ‘Certification allows the Flex Fund to apply for grant and equity capital through the US Treasury’s CDFI Fund. If successful in application, these funds could help us reach our capitalization goal of $4.0 million, provide loan loss reserve funding (critical to reducing our portfolio risk), and help us raise additional funds to provide critical technical assistance in support of our portfolio companies.’’ The Flex Fund currently has investments in Vermont Smoke and Cure in Hinesburg, Farmers To You in Berlin, Aegis Renewable Energy in Waitsfield, Liz Lovely Cookies in Waitsfield, and The Vermont Butcher Block and Board Company in Williston.’ ‘ ‘Certification as a CDFI is also attractive to prospective accredited investors who are looking for not only a financial, but also social returns. In addition to now being able to seek federal funding, we believe certification will help us to attract additional private investment as well,’ St. Onge adds.The Flex Fund joins the ranks of other CDFI certified lending institutions in Vermont including the Vermont Community Loan Fund, Northern Community Investment Corp., Community Capital of Vermont, Opportunities Credit Union, and Rutland West Neighborhood Housing Services.’ ‘ The’ Flexible Capital Fund, L3C’ is a mission-based investment fund that provides ‘equity-like’ financing in the form of royalty loans and subordinated debt to targeted Vermont growth companies in value-added agriculture, forest products, renewable energy, and waste management. Flex Fund investments are combined with business assistance to ensure borrowers have the support they need to stay and grow in Vermont. As a Vermont Licensed Lender, the Flex Fund is the first business lending program in Vermont focused on providing royalty financing for growth stage businesses’and one of only two such programs of its scale in New England. With royalty financing, instead of taking a piece of ownership in the company, a lender provides debt that the company repays by sharing a piece of their gross revenue over a fixed period of time. The Flex Fund’s innovative royalty/revenue-based financing allows for income and upside to investors while preserving ownership and mission with founding entrepreneurs.’ www.vsjf.org/what-we-do/flexible-capital-fund(link is external)’ www.facebook.com/flexfund(link is external)last_img read more

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E-filing is underway

first_img E-filing is underway E-filing is underway February 1, 2011 Regular Newscenter_img About 25 cases were filed electronically in the first few days that Florida’s electronic filing system was available in selected counties, and several more counties have been approved to join the system.The Florida Courts E-Filing Authority met January 11 to review the legislatively mandated e-filing system that opened the previous week. The authority is in charge of the Internet portal that is the gateway to the system, which will eventually allow Florida lawyers to file paperwork in any state court when they have access to a computer and the Internet.The authority also approved a request from the Florida Courts Technology Commission to beef up the information collected on the initial filings.Melvin Cox of the Florida Association of Court Clerks, who is overseeing the computer operations for e-filing, told the authority that the first set of court clerks working with the e-filing system has selected volunteer attorneys and is working with them on the initial filings.“Before we do something live, we want to make sure we’ve tested it,” Cox said. “We’re going to ask the clerks initially to identify what we call pilot attorneys. These are attorneys who are willing to work with us and understand how e-filing works.”Those test filings work out any bugs, and then the system can be opened to more attorneys, he said.And there is interest. More than 500 attorneys throughout the state have registered with the e-filing system, although most still cannot file.Plus, a second batch of counties has asked to begin e-filing through the portal. The board approved adding those counties in the coming weeks. They are Broward, Orange, Marion, Collier, Franklin, Jackson, and Leon counties. They will join Lake, Columbia, Duval, Gulf, Holmes, Lee, Miami-Dade, Putnam, and Walton counties, the initial counties selected for e-filing.Currently, five of 10 trial court divisions are approved for e-filing, although not all participating counties are accepting filings in all five divisions. Those divisions are dependency, circuit and county civil, probate, and family.Cox said a page has been added to the portal website,, that shows which counties are accepting e-filing and in which divisions they are accepting cases.The authority asked that counties come to the authority when they are ready for e-filing, rather than adopting a set schedule. That, members said, would limit delays in getting counties added to the site.The board approved expanding information collected when a case is e-filed, complying with a request from the FCTC, which noted that procedural rules require certain data to be captured when a case is filed, either by paper or electronically. Cox noted some of the information is voluntary, but other data is needed, including eight necessary additional items the FCTC sought on civil filings.That includes such things as the full names of parties, addresses, demands for jury trials, class action requests, and the like. Six voluntary questions include gender and racial information. The board agreed to expand the system to include the necessary information, but tabled the optional data, pending further discussion.On other matters, the board:• Discussed necessary education to help lawyers and their staffs master the e-filing system. That includes online tutorials to help users. The board saw a demonstration of how registration and case filing works.• Viewed a demonstration on what’s called the Access to Justice, or A2J for short, that could be added to the portal later. That project will help pro se litigants. Cox said it asks pro se parties a series of questions and then generates necessary forms from the answers they give.• Discussed how some counties, such as Manatee, that previously established e-filing projects, will be incorporated into the portal.The board set its next meeting for Tallahassee on February 15.last_img read more

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Price increases for Air Products

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Klaipedos Nafta to expand LNG infrastructure

first_imgPress Release, August 26, 2014; Image: Klaipedos Nafta Klaipedos Nafta, implementing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal project, said it is getting interest from market participants regarding LNG reload into railway wagons, LNG trucks and LNG bunkering. In order to determine the potential demand of such LNG services and amounts, the company announces a public market consultation. This is to inform market participants, who intend to use LNG in Lithuania, the other Baltic states and Poland, that SC Klaipedos Nafta is considering the development of land-based LNG infrastructure – the construction of the LNG terminal in Klaipeda port to provide new services.It also aims to better understand the need for LNG in different areas of scope: the use of a liquid or, after regasification, compressed gas in the transport or as an alternative energy source for industries.As it is already known, Klaipeda LNG terminal is to be operational from 1st January 2015 and will provide LNG regasification and reload services.However, environmental requirements to ship fuel are tightening, therefore ship owners are interested in alternatives to conventional ship fuels and LNG bunkering infrastructure at the port of Klaipeda. Such services are provided or will soon be provided in an increasing number of LNG terminals in Europe, for example, Zeebrugge LNG Terminal in Belgium, “Enagas” controlled LNG terminals in Spain.“We hope that during market consultation the companies will express the need to use the new services of Lithuanian LNG terminal, and it will lead to new and innovative LNG infrastructure and technology development in Lithuania and throughout the region,” says Rokas Masiulis, CEO of SC Klaipedos Nafta.The company has received European Union support for the development of new LNG infrastructure preparatory work.last_img read more

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Hutchison Ports Thailand Reaches 15 Million TEU Milestone

first_imgHong Kong-based port and terminal operator Hutchison Port Holdings said that 15 million TEUs of containerized cargo have passed through the company’s outpost in Thailand since the start of operations in 2002.Hutchison Ports Thailand (HPT) organized an event at Terminal C1C2 in Laemchabang Port on October 21 to mark the milestone. The attendees witnessed the ceremonial loading of the 15 millionth TEU container onto OOCL’s container ship  M.V. Arica.HPT is Thailand’s largest container terminal operator and is currently managing and operating Terminals A2, A3, C1 and C2 at Laemchabang Port with 15 quay cranes and 39 container yard cranes.It will soon commence the construction of new deep water facilities at Terminals D1, D2 and D3 to meet the anticipated growth in Thailand’s economy.Stephen Ashworth, Managing Director of HPT, said: “This is a significant milestone made possible by the passion and commitment of our employees. We will continue to improve the service we provide to our customers through further investments in equipment and technology and I have every confidence that we will be celebrating the next 15 million TEU in no time at all.”last_img read more

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Ibarrondo eyes Liebherr boom system

first_imgThe SL20F2 boom is based on the Liebherr SX system, with boom extensions measuring 3.5 m wide. According to Liebherr, only one additional component is required for the extension from the SX system to the SL20F2.At a hook height of 113 m, the boom system has a lifting capacity of 140 tonnes. Liebherr says this makes it ideal for the erection of wind turbines with towers measuring up to 100 m in height.A 400-tonne capacity head for hoisting heavy loads can also be installed on the system instead of the lattice fly jib.Mikel Ibarrondo, managing director of the group, said the company decided on the mobile crane version, rather than the LG 1750 crawler crane, as a result of its better mobility and slightly higher lifting capacity.According to Ibarrondo, the crane will be used for the construction of wind farms. It will also be utilised for industrial applications as well as for heavy lifting operations at chemical plants and other construction projects.www.grupoibarrondo.comwww.liebherr.comlast_img read more

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