Now that the latest Grammy nominations have been announced, Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z have been revealed as the two artists with the most nominations. These brilliant hip-hop artists are very much part of the ongoing cultural conversation. With eight nominations, Jay-Z is certainly one of the the most celebrated hip-hop artists of the moment. Kendrick Lamar also received seven nominations related to his last album, which is entitled “DAMN.” Bruno Mars continued a personal tradition by receiving six Grammy nominations. Apparently, this will be a fairly eventful awards season. The 60th Grammy awards ceremony is scheduled for January 28, 2018. As usual, the ceremony will take place in New York’s famous Madison Square Garden.
Over the course of the next few years, it is likely that Jay-Z will continue to achieve financial success. Throughout his remarkable career, this artist has achieved many amazing things. I feel that rappers like this deserve a lot more recognition. Although Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar have established successful careers, I believe these artists have not received enough recognition for their intellectual qualities. Even though I’m sure these two artists are happy to receive Grammy Awards, they probably feel they deserve more respect from serious cultural critics.
In particular, Kendrick Lamar has made quite a splash in the world of modern rap. As many commentators have noted, Lamar uses his verbal skills to elucidate and explore a number of social issues. When artists go to great lengths to achieve greatness, they usually receive critical acclaim. Unusually, Lamar has been able to combine critical accolades with a burgeoning commercial appeal. It is going to be tremendously exciting to see Lamar and Jay-Z achieve amazing things in the future. While there is still a chance that one of these artists will experience a commercial collapse, both of these rappers seem to be fairly resilient.
Unfortunately, there have been two more reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Quincey’s Illinois Veterans Home. The Illinois Department of Public Health made this alarming announcement on Monday. Fortunately, the two residents who have Legionnaire’s disease are doing okay.
An investigation is now being carried out to find out why residents at Illinois Veterans Home are contracting this disease. This facility has seen outbreaks of Legionnaires’ since 2015. In 2015, twelve residents died of the disease while dozens more only suffered from it. In 2016, five people became sick. In 2017, six people in the facility fell ill to the disease—including one person who died from it.
After these recent two cases, the engineering staff in the facility took water samples, removed faucets and collected mixing valves in an attempt to test for Legionella bacteria.
With the goal of preventing more cases of Legionnaires’ in mind, the staff in the facility flushed fixtures and raised water temperatures.
Legionnaires’ disease is caused by inhaling bacteria that thrives in warm water. It is a serious type of pneumonia. Experts suggest that the residents could have caught Legionnaires’ through the inhalation of water from sources such as sinks and showers.
Illinois Veterans Home is a 132 year old building with galvanized pipes. Some of the pipes are more than 100 years old. These pipes might be where the Legionella bacteria is growing.
Governor Bruce Raunor has declared that there are now plans to make major improvements to the plumbing of the facility. He lived in the facility for a week. Also, U.S. Senator Dick Durban, a Democrat, has promised to call on the Veterans’ Administration for help funding the project. In the past, Durban entertained the idea of closing the facility.
After about two years of Legionnaires’ cases, it’s high time that improvements should be made to the facility!
Musician Rostam Batmanglij recently covered “Like A Rolling Stone,” Bob Dylan’s classic 1960s hit. Rostam was formerly part of Vampire Weekend, the trendy New York band. Apparently, going solo has done nothing to dull Rostam’s edge. In a stripped-down performance on the Sirius radio service, Rostam brought out the sardonic energy of this poetic song. Rostam performed this classic folk-rock number solo and sitting at a piano. When Rostam amicably left Vampire Weekend in early 2016, a lot of people wondered if this artist would be able to maintain his artistic and commercial momentum. In September 2017, Rostam released a solo album called “Half-Light.” When this album received rave reviews, it proved that Rostam can shine in a wide variety of musical settings.
I am going to watch Rostam’s career unfold with great excitement. As a huge Vampire Weekend (VW) fan, I am very excited that Rostam has what it takes as a solo artist. I am confident that Rostam can establish a remarkable career in the years to come. Of course, I wish Rostam had remained with his old band. Artistically speaking, that incarnation of VW had a lot more to offer the world. If Rostam’s solo albums turn out to be very popular, this could build a huge amount of demand for a VW reunion album. Even if VW only reunited for a short tour, this would prove enormously satisfying for long-term fans. Because I am a big fan of contemporary music and oldies, it warmed my heart when I found out that Rostam was a Bob Dylan fan. I think that Rostam’s solo career is entering a crucial phase. If this artist isn’t able to achieve great things within five years of his first solo release, his career may well wither on the vine. Whatever happens to Rostam and Vampire weekend, these musicians deserve enormous respect.
In Michigan, there is a bridge called the Mackinac Bridge. This bridge was officially opened to traffic on November 1st, 1957. The bridge is five miles long and links the two peninsulas that make up Michigan. When it comes to the longest suspension bridges in the world, the Mackinac Bridge is in the top 20.
Ever since 1958, an annual Labor Day event where people walk across the bridge has been held. The event is called the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk.
The Mackinac Bridge Authority is currently thinking about a number of proposals to make the event safer, more economically viable and more capable of fulfilling the needs of its participants.
In 2017, the Bridge Authority decided to close the bridge off for the event—for the first time in history. The decision was made as a result of concerns about the potential of terrorist attacks happening. The Michigan State Police warned that closing off the bridge would cause massive traffic backups. Surprisingly, there were no traffic backups. However, some of the participants had a hard time getting to their destinations on time in order to participate.
Some of the various proposals that the Mackinac Bridge Authority has proposed include shifting the date of the walk, eliminating buses that would service the walkers, moving areas where buses would be loaded and changing the walk’s direction.
Various people from the local community have commented on these proposals. People representing local businesses are against moving the event to a different date because they feel that having it on labor day is important for the survival of local businesses. Even though the event costs abut $200,000 or $300,000, they believe that it pays off when tourists visit local stores and restaurants.
There are other events where changes are also being proposed. These events include the DALMAC Bicycle Tour, the Memorial Bridge Run in May, Bike the Mighty Mac, the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the Big Mac Spring Bike Tour in June.
The 60th Grammy Awards will take place in late January on CBS honoring the best in the music industry for 2017. On Tuesday morning, the nominees for each award were released to the public, led by some big names in rap and hip-hop.
Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar received the most nominations of any artists. The former grabbed eight nominations for his newest album, 4:44. Lamar, meanwhile, was nominated seven times for his latest album, Damn.
Album of the Year will come down to those two, as well as Childish Gambino’s R&B smash Awaken, My Love!, Lorde’s Melodrama, and Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic. Four of those five are also up for Record of the Year, with Lorde being the only one to miss the cut. In her place is Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” a Spanish-American crossover hit.
There continues some overlap for Song of the Year. “Despacito” and “4:44” both made the list of finalists, along with “Issues,” “1–800–273–8255,” and “That’s What I Like.” The difference between Song and Record of the Year is a fine line. The best song is supposedly given for the writing of that song, while best record rewards the performance and singing of that song in question. We will see in January if anyone can capture both awards.
The other main award is for Best New Artist. The five nominees there are Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and SZA. Interestingly, none of the new artists up for this award found themselves nominated in any of the other main categories. That could mean this one is wide open, though SZA garnered the most overall nominations for any female performer.
Within the past couple of weeks, the Kansas Senate voted to classify pornography as a public health crisis.
The resolution that was passed to proclaim pornography as a public health crisis is called Senate Resolution 1762. It has absolutely no legal effect, though it has been passed to show how much of a detriment pornography is to society. Senate Resolution 1762 was passed in a landslide 35-4 vote.
The Resolution states that porn teaches boys to use and abuse girls as objects while it teaches girls that it is their place to be used and abused. It also states that porn increases the amount of violence directed at women and children.
Senate Resolution 1762 is reminiscent of a resolution about pornography that was passed by the Kansas House in 2017. This previous resolution cited a scientific study as it proclaimed that pornography causes issues with sexual behavior among youths, exacerbates self esteem issues, increases the demand for sexual slavery and increases the amount of sexual abuse in society.
Opponents of Senate Resolution 1762 argue that it goes against people’s First Amendment freedoms of making and participating in pornography.
The issue of pornography is a tough one. Consenting adults should have the right to take part in the production of pornography because we have freedom of speech in America. Porn can be thought of as harmless, which it is—to a large extent.
However, there are a lot of legit concerns about the negative effects of pornography. For example, the vast majority of porn that you see on the internet shows unprotected sex, which can be a highly self-destructive activity for people to want to copy. Also, there is a lot porn circulating on the internet where the actors are enslaved adults and/or children—not consenting adults. There is a world of human trafficking behind pornography. There are also very demeaning, strict gender roles in porn, which can exacerbate self esteem issues and how people treat each other in real life.
Described as “the undisputed champion of American rock festivals,” Rock On The Range is happening at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 18, 19, and 20, 2018. The lineup of bands has just been announced, and you should prepare to be blown away.
Headed by Tool, Alice In Chains, and Avenged Sevenfold, this year’s Rock On The Range already promises amazing performances. Add A Perfect Circle, who just released a new album, and Godsmack and you have an awesome throwback to late 90s/early 2000s sound. This will be an amazing and possibly once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans of Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, who is also the vocalist for A Perfect Circle, to see him perform with both bands in the same event! The lineup also includes:
• Stone Sour
• Breaking Benjamin
• Three Days Grace
• Stone Temple Pilots
• Machine Gun Kelly
• Bullet For My Valentine
• The Used
• Tech N9ne
• Black Veil Brides
• Asking Alexandria
• Red Sun Rising
• 10 Years
…and so many more! Check here for the full lineup of bands.
Rock On The Range Tips
-Rock On The Range tickets are available here, and are already selling fast.
-Doors open to the public at 11am each day of the festival.
-Cameras and cell phones are allowed. Check the ROTR FAQ for a list of prohibited items.
-Rock On The Range is an outdoor, all-ages event.
-Have cash on hand, because some food and drink vendors accept cash only.
-The only bags allowed in the festival are drawstring cinch bags no larger than 14″x6″x14″.
-Moshing and crowd surfing are strongly discouraged at Rock On The Range.
-All details are subject to change, so check back at the Rock On The Range website often!
Shafik Sachedina is an avid leader who has initiated a lot of transformations in the corporate world. Currently, he provides services at Jamati institution has the head of the department. Shafik is charged with organizing the programs and activities of Ismaili community. The institution works in collaboration with Institute of Ismaili Studies. He has ensured that the operations of Ismaili community are run smoothly. The Ismaili communities have benefited from his contributions in running their affairs. The Ismaili community strives to provide extensive Muslim education in Asia. Shafik has worked in conjunction with Aga Khan Development to ensure that the Muslim relationship with other people is improved.
The Institute of Ismaili Studies is one of the recognized institutions which provide Muslim studies.it provides a serene environment for learning .it is in the forefront in the advancement of Muslim education. The institution has devised ways of building a sustainable future for the Muslim community. The developments that have been made are due to the productive contribution of Shafik. The institution provides necessary resources that used for learning. Shafik Sachedina has applied skills that he has gained while practicing dental surgery to run the institutions. The achievements that have been realized in the institution is linked to solid education foundation that he built while studying at the University of London.
Institute of Ismaili Studies is dedicating in providing in enabling the students to learn Muslim culture .the study is beneficial in enhancing cultural interaction in the society. The history of a community is fundamental on promoting interaction of various communities in the society. The study of the Muslim culture has been appreciated for improving the relationships of diverse cultures in the society.
Shafik Sachedina has served in various organizations and built his experience in leadership. He is recognized for the improvement Ismaili council while serving as the president of the organization. He improved the international relations while serving in the organization. The Ismaili community has flourished through the leadership of Shafik Sachedina. He has inspired many people to volunteer in helping the community members.
Shafik Sachedina has been involved in expanding the operations of Sussex health care. Currently, he serves as the chairman of the organization. The organization has been taking care of the elderly people in the society for over 25 years. The organization has also provided treatment to people who have neurological problems. His leadership has enabled Sussex health care to get ISO certification. The dental surgeon has led Sussex health care and Institute of Ismaili Studies to achieve their goals.
Read more: A delegation of the Aga Khan Foundation led by Shafik Sachedina meets Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov
The race for governor is wide open in the state of Kansas this year. Multiple candidates have already filed for both the Republican and Democratic Party nominations. One prominent independent candidate is in the race. Six teenagers have also placed their names on the ballot. Now a dog wants to get in on the political excitement.
Terran Woolley from Hutchinson, Kansas is trying to get his three year old dog named Angus on the ballot for the governor’s race. Angus is a brown, wire-haired Vizla. Mr. Woolley, the human, filed paperwork with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office to create a candidate committee for Angus.
It’s not looking good for Angus at this point. The Secretary of State has informed Mr. Woolley that a dog will not be allowed on the ballot. However, the state of Kansas does not currently have a law on the books that states any requirements as to who is eligible to run for governor. That is why six teenagers are on the ballot.
Because of the number of teenagers on the ballot, state representatives are attempting to pass legislation that will finally state the requirements for running for governor. The legislature is close to passing a law that will mandate that no one under the age of 18 can run for governor. If passed, the law will not effect this election cycle, and the six teenagers will remain on the ballot. The law would take effect for the 2022 election cycle.
Mr. Woolley has not commented as to whether he will appeal the Secretary of State’s ruling that Angus cannot be on the ballot. Some people feel that Angus could probably do just about as well in the job as any other candidate.
Indian tribes in the Dakotas, Wisconsin and Minnesota have filed lawsuits against the opioid distributors and manufacturers because of the addiction epidemic. Three trials in North Dakota and South Dakota filed a lawsuit on Monday in federal court against several opioid companies. Tim Pardon is a former United States attorney who used to practice in North Dakota. He stated that Indian communities have been hit very hard by the opioid crisis.
The tribes are seeking compensation for the health care and law enforcement costs that they have incurred due to the opioid crisis. Faron Jackson Sr. is the Tribal Chairman for Leech Lake. Last month, he stated that the tribal communities have endured a lot of challenges over the past few years. He also stated that the opioid crisis is one of the many things that is threatening their communities.
Faron hopes that the lawsuit will prompt the opioid manufacturers to do something about the crisis. Nearly 200 communities have filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers. They stated that many of the manufacturers have sold opiods that were dangerous and unregulated. They also stated that thousands of people have died as the result of the opioid crisis.
It is estimated that opioid deaths have increased by 430 percent since 2000. John Parker is the senior vice president of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance. He stated that his organization does not make, prescribe or dispense medications to consumers. He also stated that the organization is not responsible for how many opioid prescriptions are written.
John stated that political leaders and the health communities have to work together in order to solve this crisis. Everyone is looking forward to finding a solution.