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Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. CALIFORNIA STORMS

Latest round of rain hammers Southern California overnight, snarling traffic with freeway mudslide, but no region-wide problems.

2. SONY HACK

Sony Pictures Entertainment hack escalates beyond corporate espionage to threats of violence against moviegoers.

3. VOLCANO CORP. ACQUISITION

Royal Philips NV of Amsterdam to acquire San Diego medical equipment maker Volcano Corp. for $1.2 billion.

4. BUSIEST US-MEXICO BORDER CROSSING

$741 million improvement project slashes wait times at San Diego-Tijuana border crossing.

5. FIGHTING ALLERGIES

Napster co-founder Sean Parker, lifelong sufferer of allergies to nuts, shellfish and other foods, donating $24 million for allergy research at Stanford.

Article source: http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_27153765/5-california-things-know-today



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Globecomm announced today that it has donated desktop computers to a
school in the Tanzanian village of Selela to aid the mission of the
Tanzanian Support Foundation to help small communities become more
self-sufficient in education, healthcare, hygiene and clean water. A
total of 14 computers, which were last used for e-welfare support for
military operations in Afghanistan, and associated equipment will reach
the school in 2015. The Foundation has also contracted with an
organization called Viafrica to provide installation, maintenance and
training for teachers and students.

The efforts of Globecomm and the Tanzania Suppport Foundation are
matched by the Montessori Lyceum Flevoland (MLF), a secondary school in
Almere, Netherlands. A workgroup of teachers and students from the
school, calling itself “Project S,” has raised money and purchased
teaching materials to improve education at the Selela school. A student
group led by two teachers will travel to Selela in 2015 to give the
Tanzanian students computer lessons and familiarize them with the
technology.

“Globecomm is lucky to have these enthusiastic and knowledgeable
partners,” said Globecomm CEO Keith Hall. “Technology is our business
and we are proud to donate the equipment to such a good cause. The
Foundation and Project S will make sure that the gift of technology
delivers on its potential.”

Globecomm was introduced to the Foundation by one of the company’s
employees, system engineer Tristan Linnenbank, who is based at Globecomm
Europe in the Netherlands.

“Our school is grateful for the donation of Globecomm,” said Kitty Kill,
communications manager for the Montessori Lyceum Flevoland and a member
of Project S. “With the donation of the computers and other devices, the
students of our school will be able to help the students in Selela get
connected with the world. Together we have been able to make the
students in this small African village more self-supportive. We teach
our own students awareness and to take care of the environment. Using
pre-used computers is an excellent form of recycling and sustainability.”

About Globecomm

Globecomm is a leading global communications provider serving government
and commercial markets in over 80 countries. Globecomm employs
engineering expertise in consulting services, system design and
integration, maritime and mobile communications, media services, and
mission critical networks, to provide its customers the optimal
solution. Globecomm is dedicated to improving communications and
leverages its world-class, global network to offer end-to-end, managed
service communications solutions worldwide.

Based in Hauppauge, New York, Globecomm also maintains offices in
Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Germany,
United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and
Afghanistan. For more information, please visit www.globecomm.com.

About Tanzania Support Foundation

Tanzania Support Foundation supports people in Tanzania in the fields of
education, health care, sanitation and clean water. The foundation has
so far focused on the Selela village, located in the Rift Valley, near
the Ngorongoro crater. Tanzania Support does not want to concentrate on
short-term aid, but rather to invest in long-term development. In
consultation with the local population it has been determined which
initiatives to develop, for which they are responsible themselves. Since
its establishing in 2009 numerous results have been achieved. www.tanzaniasupport.org

About Project S

To learn more about Project S and the Montessori Lyceum, visit their
FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/MLFvoorSelela

Article source: http://www.sys-con.com/node/3266346









AMSTERDAM and SAN DIEGO, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) and Volcano Corporation (NASDAQ: VOLC), a global leader in catheter-based imaging and measurement solutions for cardiovascular applications, today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Pursuant to the agreement, Philips will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Volcano for USD 18.00 per share, or a total equity purchase price of USD 1 billion (approx. EUR 800 million), to be paid in cash upon completion. The board of directors of Volcano has unanimously approved the transaction and recommends the offer to its shareholders. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.

In the last few years, Philips has created a leading image-guided therapy business through strategic investments in RD, partnerships and technology licenses. Today, Philips has a rich portfolio of interventional imaging equipment, navigation tools, and services, and a sizeable global customer base, including each of the top 50 U.S. Heart Surgery and Cardiology hospitals. One in every three interventional X-ray systems sold globally is a Philips system. These systems provide the visual maps that allow the clinician to guide thin, tube-shaped instruments called catheters through the body, to the area of interest and perform the minimally invasive treatment.

In image-guided treatments of the heart and blood vessels, there is an increasing trend to use advanced catheters that are capable of producing ultrasound images of the interior of blood vessels (intravascular ultrasound or IVUS) or perform blood flow measurements (fractional flow reserve or FFR). There is a growing body of clinical evidence that the use of such technologies in conjunction with interventional X-ray helps improve procedural outcomes.

With 2013 sales of approximately USD 400 million, San Diego, California-based Volcano is a leader in catheter–based imaging and measurements for minimally invasive diagnostics and treatment of coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease. Volcano is the only company in the industry with a leading position in both IVUS imaging and FFR measurements. In addition, the company possesses the broadest product portfolio around these two technologies, a leading IP position and a nascent peripheral vascular therapeutics business that targets a segment with a double-digit growth rate.

The combination of two industry leaders will create new sources of recurring revenue streams and increase sales growth for Philips in the EUR 4 billion image-guided therapy market opportunity. Sales growth will be accelerated through Volcano’s close customer relationships associated with its disposable products and channel synergies that will create cross-selling opportunities between both companies’ existing customer bases. Furthermore, the combination of Volcano’s proven clinical development and commercialization capabilities with Philips’ next generation of imaging and measurement technologies, will allow Philips to introduce new solutions in higher growth segments such as the minimally invasive treatment of heart rhythm disorders and structural heart diseases. These are promising segments growing at double-digit rates.

“The agreement to acquire Volcano significantly advances our strategy to become the leading systems integrator in image-guided therapies,” said Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Philips. “Volcano’s impressive and unique product portfolio is highly complementary to our strong offering in live image-guidance solutions, creating an opportunity to accelerate the revenue growth for our image-guided therapy business to a high single-digit rate by 2017. Our combined sales forces will be able to capture immediate cross selling opportunities, while our joint RD teams will be able to develop new solutions to address significant unmet needs in the minimally invasive treatment of cardiovascular diseases.”

Mr. Van Houten added: “Image-guided therapies provide significant benefits for healthcare systems and patients, including reduced patient trauma, shorter recovery times and hospital stays, and lower costs. As a result, our clinical partners and customers are asking for a tighter integration of imaging and measurement technologies to enable such therapies. This transaction allows us to provide our customers with an integrated solution to improve procedural outcomes at a decisive stage in the health continuum.” 

“I am very excited that Volcano will become part of Philips and join forces with its leading image guided therapy business,” said Scott Huennekens, Volcano President and Chief Executive Officer. “This transaction will be beneficial for our shareholders, customers, partners and employees. There is a large and growing global market opportunity for image-guided therapies, and as part of Philips, we gain the scale and resources needed to accelerate our goals of improving patient outcomes on a global basis, lowering cost and delivering innovative diagnostics and therapies in the coronary and peripheral markets. In addition, our shared expertise in the image-guided therapy market will allow us to further globalize our leading IVUS and FFR product offerings and enter new product areas.  We look forward to working closely with Philips and ensuring a smooth transition and closing.”

Upon completion of the transaction, the Volcano business and its 1,800 employees will be part of a dedicated, new image-guided therapy business group within Philips, which will be led by Philips executive Bert van Meurs, an experienced leader in the health care industry with a proven track record in the image-guided therapy market.

Financials
The acquisition will create a strategically and financially compelling combination that will provide higher growth, additional operating leverage through more productive sales operations, and enhance commercialization opportunities in new, adjacent segments. Philips will drive operational performance improvements through cost synergies and the implementation of proven productivity improvement methodologies such as Lean.  As a result, the transaction is expected to be accretive to Philips’ reported earnings per share by 2017, and Philips targets an EBITA margin for its image-guided therapy business group of around 20% by 2017.

The transaction is structured as a cash tender offer by Philips for all of the issued and outstanding shares of Volcano, to be followed by a merger in which each share of Volcano not tendered in the tender offer will be converted into the USD 18.00 per share price paid in the tender offer. Pursuant to the merger agreement, the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including certain regulatory clearances in the US and in certain non-US jurisdictions. The tender offer is not subject to any financing conditions. Philips intends to finance the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and the issuance of debt.

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 115,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

About Volcano Corporation
Through its multi-modality platform, Volcano is the global leader in intravascular imaging for coronary and peripheral therapeutic devices. The company’s broad range of technologies makes imaging and therapy simpler, more informative and less invasive and offers physicians and their patients around the world with industry-leading tools that aid diagnosis and guide and provide therapy. Founded in cardiovascular care and expanding into other specialties, Volcano is focused on improving patient and economic outcomes. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Volcanocorp.com.

Forward-looking statements 
This release may contain certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of Philips and certain of the plans and objectives of Philips with respect to these items, including without limitation completion of the tender offer and merger and any expected benefits of the merger, and certain forward-looking statements regarding Volcano, including without limitation with respect to its business, the proposed tender offer and merger, the expected timetable for completing the transaction, and the strategic and other potential benefits of the transaction. Completion of the tender offer and merger are subject to conditions, including satisfaction of a minimum tender condition and the need for regulatory approvals, and there can be no assurance that those conditions can be satisfied or that the transactions described in this release (the “Transactions”) will be completed or will be completed when expected. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans,” “expects,” “expected,” “scheduled,” “estimates,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “potential,” “continues” or “believes,” or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events, conditions, circumstances or results “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future and there are many factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, (i) the risk that not all conditions of the Offer or the merger will be satisfied or waived; (ii) uncertainties regarding the two companies’ ability to successfully market both new and existing products; (iii) uncertainties relating to the anticipated timing of filings and approvals relating to the Transactions; (iv) uncertainties as to the timing of the tender offer and merger; (v) uncertainties as to how many of Volcano’s stockholders will tender their stock in the tender offer; (vi) the possibility that competing offers will be made; (vii) the failure to complete the tender offer or the merger in the timeframe expected by the parties or at all; (viii) the outcome of legal proceedings that may be instituted against Volcano and/or others relating to the Transactions; (ix) Volcano’s ability to maintain relationships with employees, customers, or suppliers; (x) domestic and global economic and business conditions; (xi) developments within the euro zone; (xii) the successful implementation of Philips’ strategy and the ability to realize the benefits of this strategy; (xiii) legal claims; (xiv) changes in exchange and interest rates; (xv) changes in tax rates, raw materials and employee costs; (xvi) the ability to successfully exit certain businesses or restructure the operations; (xvii) the rate of technological changes; (xviii) political, economic and other developments in countries where Philips operates; (xix) industry consolidation and competition; and (xx) other risk factors described in Volcano’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Any forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information known to Philips on the date of this announcement. Neither Philips nor Volcano undertakes any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Additional Information

The tender offer described in this communication (the “Offer”) has not yet commenced, and this communication is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any shares of the common stock of Volcano or any other securities. On the commencement date of the Offer, a tender offer statement on Schedule TO, including an offer to purchase, a letter of transmittal and related documents, will be filed with the SEC by Philips and a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 will be filed with the SEC by Volcano. The offer to purchase shares of Volcano common stock will only be made pursuant to the offer to purchase, the letter of transmittal and related documents filed as a part of the Schedule TO. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ BOTH THE TENDER OFFER STATEMENT AND THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT REGARDING THE OFFER, AS THEY MAY BE AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. The tender offer statement will be filed with the SEC by Clearwater Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Philips Holding USA Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Philips, and the solicitation/recommendation statement will be filed with the SEC by Volcano. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of these statements (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov or by directing such requests to the Information Agent for the Offer, which will be named in the tender offer statement.

SOURCE Volcano Corporation

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Article source: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/philips-to-acquire-volcano-to-expand-global-leadership-position-in-image-guided-therapy-market-300011004.html


Denmark’s Aalborg City Business Association is turning to a smart sensor network to monitor and analyze the impact of large-scale events, starting with its Christmas market. Known as BlipTrack, the technology tracks the public’s mobile phones and tablets to provide useful data that can be put to use in easing the flow of urban traffic, optimizing retail setups and more.

The solution, developed by BLIP Systems, makes use of a series of sensors placed at strategic points, designed to collect data from Wi-Fi devices. The system has been used in the past to manage traffic flow in train stations, and in Amsterdam Schiphol, Dubai International and Toronto Pearson airports.

The visually-unobtrusive Indoor Sensors feature a directional antenna design that allows for accurate positioning of smartphones and tablets, collecting data from around 50 percent of all people in the target area. They provide detailed stats about users, including their movement patterns and how long they spend in each area.

The data is translated into a real-time, online graphical user interface – presenting graphs and dashboards for analysis, and integrating Google Maps where appropriate.

The data is presented in a real-time, online graphical user interface – presenting graphs,...

In the case of Aalborg City, the network will be used to observe the number of shoppers, recording when and where they spend time, allowing the municipality to control the flow of people and cars. It will also give shopkeepers the opportunity to streamline their future retail operation, adjusting how many staff are on the shop floor at any one time, and tweaking opening hours in accordance with demand. The city has signed an initial contract to use the system for four years.

Given the advanced tracking capabilities of the solution, there are obvious privacy concerns to contend with. The company believes it has things covered, with the solution retaining no personal information, and with raw data being encrypted and uploaded to secure servers. This method of anonymizing collected information brings the system in line with the Data Protection Act.

Source: BLIP Systems

Article source: http://www.gizmag.com/denmark-city-blip-tracking/35237/


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Lady D
One of the hardest working DJs in the business, Darlene Jackson, a.k.a. Lady D holds a special place among Chicago’s house artists. A staple on the local DJ circuit she’s been on the decks with the likes of Ron Trent, DJ Psychobitch, Terri Bristol and Ron Carroll. No conversation about the second wave of house music in Chicago or the Chicago nightclub scene is complete without at least mentioning her role in the city.

A founding member of the iconic female DJ collective Superjane, Lady D has blazed a trail in dance music that’s led the way for subsequent generations of DJs and producers, male and female alike. Synonymous with house music both at home and abroad, her compilation Naked Kaleidoscope helped solidify her reputation as a skilled and soulful house DJ. Having performed at events held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Art Institute, Millennium Park and Lollapalooza as well as at underground events across the city, Lady D says she feels “like I’m really a part of the fabric of Chicago… I always say I’m an ambassador of Chicago.” While Lady D still performs regularly in Chicago, she devotes much of her time and energy to raising her high school aged son. “House music is about positivity so it’s important to keep doing what I’m doing. I pass along everything I demonstrate in my playing to my kid-to persevere, to uplift and to have fun!”

What follows is part one of an edited conversation with Lady D.

CHICAGOIST: You mentioned that you’d be performing at the Art Institute (at the time of this interview). That seems to be a part of the Lady D world—playing around these institutions in Chicago.

LADY D: I’ve been lucky like that. I’ve been able to do [these types of events]. I did something [at the Willis Tower] for Social Media Week, on the 82nd or 84th floor, from like, 6 to 8 p.m. The sun was setting, it was just beautiful. What a great perspective! I played a party on a CTA train, that went from one side of the city to another—from Howard to 95th Street, and then around the Loop for a while. We crossed the Chicago river, it was just awesome! I’ve played a few places around the city, the Merchandise Mart I do a Halloween party every year for this group called Good Works. They do a big charity Halloween ball, with about 3,000-4,000 people. And they donate that money to certain organizations. It’s lovely because I feel like I’m a native daughter of Chicago and I get to do these things that are very Chicago. I was in a campaign for the Chicago Public Library, and an ad for the CSO. I was featured in Chicago magazine. I feel like I’m really a part of the fabric of Chicago, and it’s only natural to be featured in Chicago magazine. I always say I’m an ambassador of Chicago.

C: Do you perform abroad a lot?

LADY D: I did a while. It’s slowed down over the years, well, I’m a mother, I’m a single mom. Charged with raising a child, you can’t really travel as much, and there are a few things that are prohibitive. Being a mom and having to be hands on because you don’t have a partner that’s helping you. It limits the time that you have to spend in the studio, as well. If you don’t have projects out, you’re not going to get those types of touring bookings. So I did quite a bit when my son was younger, because I had a lot of family support—my parents, his grandparents. They were very very helpful. And you know, it was OK if I was gone a week. When they’re young it’s not as crucial as when they get to high school, middle school. I would say between 1999 and 2010, probably that decade, I was pretty active in going out and performing internationally.

C: When I talk to house DJs they almost always tell me the same stories about playing in Chicago and it being a niche genre, but then they travel abroad and play these massive clubs and events for thousands of people.

LADY D:

I would say the celebrity around house music has always been bigger in Europe—places like London, France, Germany, Amsterdam—than it ever has been in the United States, apart from Chicago. That’s a common experience that many people have. Ron Carroll, who I’ve worked with quite a bit, I remember the first time we were traveling in France, and people were literally pointing and staring, we were in the South of France, and people were calling his name, “Ron Carroll, Ron Carroll!” I was like, “wow, these people know you, they’re into you.” Girls would stop him and say something. A lot of times people will have seen him on a European label. European labels are really about that business: they are pushing it, marketing, they have a strategy in place, and they are getting those plays, those buys, those spins on the radio. And it creates a certain market for it, a certain style. In America, the house music thing has taken a long time to catch on, and it’s been whitewashed by EDM, so you don’t have that experience for people here. But when I do go through Chicago, I’m always surprised when people say “hey, I know you.” My face is recognized, whether or not I realize what for or how. It still catches me off guard. I always think to myself “they must think I’m somebody else.”

C: Other than the business side of it, why do you think dance music is so much more popular in Europe than in the U.S.?

LADY D: I think for a couple of reasons. Americans are slow to embrace new things, slow to embrace change. I would say there might be a racial component to it. There’s a little bit of a prejudice about really embracing something that looks and feels different from everything that you know. Because house music has been such an independent label thing, major labels tried to catch on, but never really got the hang of it, never really developed the departments for it. I think they maybe thought it was too faddish. Maybe the faces were too colorful. They didn’t have enough, where they thought they would attract the fanbase they want. When I was just beginning to DJ in the 90’s, it was like ok, here’s this music, we have these parties, go to these raves, you see all these kids, thousands and thousands of kids, really into this music, why wouldn’t you market it? I wish I had been an AR person or record executive. They just did not have people that were in touch enough to know, this is what kids are into, this is what they like. And even if they did, maybe they just thought, you know, this is too crazy, this will never work, what was bubbling up from the underground. And here we are, 20 years later.

C: You mentioned a racial component between the popularity of dance music in Europe and in the U.S.

LADY D: I think that with most things, Europeans—and you can go back to the ’50s or the ’60s—blues artists—they saw a lot of success in Europe, they didn’t seem to be second-class citizens, relegated to the chipmunk circuit. They went over and played all the major festivals and venues; they couldn’t believe their stardom overseas, and there seemed to be an appreciation for their music. And coming from a racist society, a two-class society, they just embraced them, they embraced people because of their music and did not hold them back because their color. And that’s always been part of the European history, going back to the ’50s and ’60s. That’s just their M.O. They appreciate black music, they appreciate soul music. Whereas here, they’ve spent a lot of time trying to recalibrate soul music into a more digestible form, you know, white artists taking black songs and doing them, and that sort of thing. It’s just a historical fact. They didn’t really look at it like that, they appreciate the music.

C: The passing of Frankie Knuckles really highlighted this for me, that house is a minority music, that was popularized in gay discos, and when you look at pictures of house parties in the 1980s, you see lots of black people in gay discos. And it goes over to London and it becomes something artistic and tasteful. Right now, the big deep house act out of Europe is Disclosure.

LADY D: [laughs] right! I’m a big fan of Disclosure, I think they’re doing it right. That imitation is flattery. I think they’ve done their homework, bringing a modern sound to something that they really appreciate. They’ve been really creating a sound that’s very similar to some of our Chicago artists. Why? I don’t know—I would say the marketing was right, the time was right. Maybe the fact that people were coming out of the hip-hop era, and the way that it exploded and wanting something different. Young people are the people that go go to clubs and are out at night have the disposable income to spend on these things. People that have families and jobs less so. And maybe there’s a familiarity going on there. People want to see what looks like them, built like them, is more relatable in their mindset. No hate on Disclosure, I really like them, I saw their show at the Aragon recently, and was really impressed, I had a great time. You can’t throw any shade on them.

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Lady D working a crowd in Milwaukee

C: Do you think that, this younger generation of kids that are getting into dance music, have the same sort of racial baggage that the older audience might have?

LADY D: It’s a two-fold issue. Kids are clued in enough to go back and look into the history of anything—not just, you know, EDM and where it comes from, but anything. I mean, our ways of getting information have changed so much and it’s so immediate, and a lot of things are completely disposable. It’s in one ear and out the other. This digital society we have is all caught up in [the internet], and they get information so quickly, and they lose it so quickly, that it really takes a certain type of person, to say, OK, I really like this.

It’s something parents have instilled in them. It doesn’t come naturally, because of the delivery of information. When we were younger, we had to go to the library, or your parents had a set of encyclopedias, so there was a lot more reading, and you had to get into something to learn about it. So I don’t know that we’re creating children that are as inquisitive. You know my son, he buys vinyl, he’s into vintage guitars; he’s the type of kid that’s always looking a little further back than what’s right in front of him. I would say he’s a renaissance kid; he’s the exception, not the rule.

C: Where do you think that house fits in the pantheon of black music in America?

LADY D: If you had a timeline and you put all of the American music forms, the black american music forms, it’s right there on that timeline. It gets it’s own dot. It’s modern, it’s not that old. House and hip-hop are cousins, born from the same mother, rock and soul. It’s just as big; historically that will prove out. I think you’re starting to see some of that acknowledgement. With the passing of Frankie Knuckles, you’re getting that; it seems like it’s starting to snowball a little more.

C: Do you feel like house music fits in the world of black music as something separate and distinct, or do you consider it as being a part of American music?

LADY D: I think it’s both. I don’t think you can deny that it was born out of the black or gay experience—it’s also gay music—it was born out of all that. You can’t say it’s one thing. Yes, it’s American music in the same way that black Americans are American.

C: Talking about some of the identity and ethnic history of house music, it seems that there’s two sides to house music, black house and Latin house. Do you think that those two have stayed divergent, or that they’ve come together and that distinction is no longer relevant?

LADY D: If you look back at our history, say we go back to the (WBMX) Hot Mix 5 days; the Hot Mix 5 was great! You had the black guys, the Latino guys the white guys. There was this melting pot of different styles. Just because you were black didn’t mean you really only liked the black ones. It would change from week to week, depending on who had the best mix that week. You could be like “oh I love Farley,” then you’d be like “Ralphie Rosario threw down this week!” In terms of where you went to experience house music, though, you didn’t have a lot of South Side kids trekking over to the West Side to go to parties. They had their own culture of house music and how they experienced and interpreted it, how they danced and interacted with it.

They were doing the same thing, the gymnasium parties, the Catholic school parties. They had different styles, though. The DJs and sounds they were playing, though, were a little different. I always thought the Mexican style was faster, more trackier. They really focused more on the Latin sounds and artists. It was just different, a different playlist. But at the end of the day, it’s the same thing, right? kids going to parties, listening to music. Yeah, maybe there’s a divergence in the sense that there was a geographical divergence. It’s like the Galapagos [Islands]: there’s still evolution occurring. A slightly different species, but part of the same family. I don’t feel like there’s a real Latin presence, as there was at one point in time. There was a time when Latin-style house was really big, there was a time when gospel style house was really big.

These things kind of go in and out. There’s still Latin DJs and Latin artists—Little Louis, even Lego, he plays a very Latin oriented set. I remember I was playing an outdoor party, and I wanted to play a Latin-style set, and I really had to go back into my crate to get stuff. A lot of it was 1999 to 2003. So much hot Latin music from that time. People were like “yeah, Latin house!” You know, you don’t hear that so much anymore. A lot of it has merged into other house.

Part two of this interview will run tomorrow. To tide you over until then Lady D put together an exclusive mix for Chicagoist readers to stream and download. Enjoy!

Lady D will be spinning at Double Door on Sunday, Dec. 28, Foreign Exchange at Subterranean on Saturday, Jan. 3, at Smart Bar with SuperJane on Jan. 22, and at For The Love of Chocolate Gala on Feb. 28

Article source: http://chicagoist.com/2014/12/16/keeping_the_beat_alive_lady_d.php


Tuesday, December 16, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

ALGOMA UNIVERSITY

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Algoma University’s Music Department will be hosting a fundraiser on Friday, January 9 at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn and Suites, which will feature special performances from Duo Turgeon and the Comedics.

The evening, titled “From the Sublime to the Ridiculous”, begins at 7 p.m.

Duo Turgeon is a world-renowned husband and wife piano duo.

Drs. Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon, two members of Algoma U’s Music faculty, have established themselves as one of North America’s prominent piano duos, having performed hundreds of concerts at venues such as the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Yong Siew Toh Concert Hall in Singapore, among others.

Duo Turgeon is the only North American piano duo to have taken first prizes in both the International Schubert Competition for Piano Duos (Czech Republic) and the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition (Miami).

They have given world premiere performances of works by John Corigliano, Aaron Copland, Alex Pauk, and Libby Larsen.

The Comedics are a group of doctors and associates who specialize in keeping their audience in stitches, and follow the motto that “laugher is the best medicine”.

In the past 15 years, they have donated their time and talent to events that have raised over two-million dollars for local charitable groups, including Bon Soo Winter Carnival, Canadian Red Cross, Sault Area Hospital, among others.

In 2010, they group was awarded the Sault Ste. Marie Medal of Merit for their contributions to the community.

The Comedics is comprised of Gene Turgeon (vocals and lyrics), Bob Maloney (vocals, electric, acoustic guitar), John Pearson (vocals, acoustic guitar), Rob Askin (bass guitar), Denise Lacroix (vocals, acoustic guitar), Colette Chiarello (vocals), Phil Greco (percussion), Frank Greco (keyboard), Tony Kajnar (electric guitar), Mike Lacroix (sound), and Rob Rock (lights).

The event aims to raise funds for the Music department at Algoma University.

The funds raised will go toward creating scholarships for students in the Music program thereby attracting more students to the program, and equipping the department with more instruments for students to perform with.

“We are very excited to be performing in the first-ever Music fundraising event,” said Dr. Edward Turgeon, a member of Duo Turgeon, and Chair of the Music department. “This event will help bring recognition to the growing program at Algoma University as well as showcase the musical talent within the city. It is sure to be an entertaining evening that will help benefit the University and the City of Sault Ste. Marie.”

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Sault Ste. Marie Community Theatre Centre Box Office in the Station Mall or online at www.kctc.ca.

Tickets are $40 per person.

A cash bar and reception begins at 7 p.m. and the performances follow at 8 p.m.

This event may not be suitable for children.

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Article source: http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=83046


The Rosetta team named euronews’ People of 2014

The euronews newsroom has elected the men and women working for the Rosetta mission as euronews’ ‘person’ of the year for 2014. On November 12, 2014, looking to understand the origins and evolution of the Solar System, a tiny probe called Philae touched down on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, a distant comet deep in space. To reach its target, Philae’s mothership, Rosetta, had travelled some 6.5 billion kilometres over 10 years. Despite a rough landing, the mission is considered the most scientifically significant step in spaceflight since the Moon landings in 1969.

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I’ve never gone through therapy, but I know that the process is one of self-examination. Questioning yourself and your experiences and trying to be enlightened by them, by really taking a straight and hard look at them. And that’s exactly what I had to do on the PCT. My mind would wander in directions as I hiked that it wouldn’t go in my normal life. And of course, writing the book was another layer of that because I had to look really deeply at the journey itself. I don’t write for therapy, I don’t hike for therapy, I don’t travel for therapy. But they all three end up being therapeutic in the end.

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Pacific Crest Trail (Photo: Junaid Dawud/Flickr)

Is that therapy better than Prozac?

I don’t know! I’ve never taken Prozac. I guess I have to try Prozac so I can compare.

One of the wonderful things about being the author of Wild is, in telling my own story, I have been the recipient of so many other people’s stories. So many people see themselves in my journey. People often say to me, “I did a trip like this, too.” Sometimes it’s a hike, sometimes it’s not a hike, but it’s always a journey. Essentially, the travel experience took you outside your regular life and allowed you to see more clearly the life you have at home. I know that’s been transformative to so many people, and not just people in our time. You can look at some of the most ancient narratives we have, and they’re about people going on journeys and coming back changed from them.

That’s got to be really touching personally to know you’re helping so many people realize that same time in their lives.

Oh, it’s incredible. I’ve had all these experiences, meeting Oprah, the fun stuff with the movie, becoming friends with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. But all of that pales in comparison to the feeling I have when people tell me my book changed their life or moved them in some significant way. That’s so amazing to me. That’s the thing I think any writer hopes for. It means everything to me. I’m totally humbled by it.

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Reese Witherspoon in Wild (Everett Collection)

What is it like seeing your story played out onscreen? 

Bizarre. It’s so fun to sit there and watch. I delight in it. Obviously there are hard scenes, some of the saddest scenes of my life are there on the screen. But it’s always a surprise to me. Every time I see it, I kind of can’t believe it.

What are some other trips you have taken since? 

My husband and I hiked for three weeks on the Continental Divide Trail in New Mexico. We’ve gone on several backpacking trips. Before we had kids, we traveled all over Guatemala and around Thailand. About a year after Wild came out, our lives had been so crazy because of book events, and I knew we just had to get away. My husband and I and our two kids went on a six-week trip to Australia, Singapore, Laos, Thailand, and Japan. We’ve also gone together to Europe a couple times, to Poland and France and Amsterdam. Travel is a big important part of my life. I feel like it’s an investment. Some people invest in boats or cars or houses. I invest in experience. I think one of the greatest gifts I can give my children is to show them the world. I didn’t get to travel very much as a child, and I never left the country until I grew up, but I really love that my kids get to have this wonderful experience of feeling what it’s like to visit cultures around the world.

What trips do you still want to take?

If you said to me right now, “If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?” I would say New Zealand. I’ve always been curious about it. I hear it’s beautiful and fabulous, and there’s wonderful hiking there. I would love to go to Iceland. All these island places on the periphery of the world, it’s always been intriguing to me. I’ve never been to Italy; that’s high on my list of places I must go. My family and I are going to Greece this summer. We’ve never been there, but we’re going to go to the island of Patmos. There’s hardly anywhere in the world that I wouldn’t want to go, but those are a few topping my list right now.

So New Zealand is overall your dream trip?

Yes, right now. That changes, of course. When I go to New Zealand, somewhere else will be in the front of the line. One of the most fun assignments I had was for Afar magazine. They did this thing called Spin the Globe, where they literally spin the globe and land wherever, and they give you 24 hours’ notice of where you’re going. So last year, I did that, and I went to Andorra. I wasn’t even aware that Andorra was a country. I was like Andorra? Andorra? It’s a tiny, teeny country. I had a blast.

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New Zealand (Thinkstock)

What is your best advice for women who want to take a trip to heal themselves?

Remember that we always idealize trips in advance, how wonderful they’re going to be, how glorious they’re going to be. You never imagine the time that you lose your wallet, or your plane is delayed for three days, or you get a terrible sunburn, or your hotel room is horrible, and the people next door keep you awake… any number of travel nightmares that we’ve all gone through. We don’t think of it ahead of time. But my experience is always that misery pays off on a trip. Whenever I’ve been miserable on a trip, where something has gone bad, those are the things that are memorable and contribute to my idea of the trip as a meaningful one. I always tell my kids that. There’s lots of misery in travel. It’s in retrospect that those miserable stories are the ones we tell and laugh about.

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Reese Witherspoon in Wild. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

I would say that in my family, the main travel stories we tell are hilariously miserable. This one time in Cambodia, my husband ate at this restaurant, and hours later he was so sick that he pooped his pants. And nothing makes our family laugh harder than him telling that story. Haven’t we all sat around a table and just taken turns telling poop stories from traveling? Those are the ones you remember. My advice would be to just go for it, and know that it’s not always going to be fun and that’s a good thing. If it were only fun, you’d have really boring stories.

What advice do you have for a woman who wants to take a trip alone?

Do it. Don’t listen to people telling you that you shouldn’t or you can’t. I think it’s an incredibly empowering experience to travel alone. And sometimes it’s hard, and sometimes it’s lonely, and a lot of times it’s uncomfortable. And that’s true even for me. You do sometimes feel outside of things. But I think that the best things can rise out of that discomfort. Learn how to have fun by yourself, and make your own sense of fun. Obviously you need to be careful and take precautions and be aware of particular vulnerabilities that are real when you’re traveling alone, but I don’t think that’s the story you should listen to the hardest. The story you should listen to the hardest is the one in your own heart that says, “I want to do this. I want to allow myself to be a traveler of the world, and I don’t need a companion to do it.”

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Surprisingly, headline events such as the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Fifa World Cup in Brazil and the Scottish independence referendum failed to make an impact on a list that is for the most part the domain of holiday mainstays.

Paris claimed the top spot, in a year that saw the opening of the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne, while the US came in at second and third (the nation as a whole, then the perennially popular New York City). Spain, the number one destination among British holiday-makers, marked the halfway point, followed by the only domestic destination on the list, Cornwall. Amsterdam rounded off the list, possibly assisted by the reopening of the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum in 2013.

Marginally more interesting was Google’s list of “rising holidays” – destinations that have seen a biggest increase in searches this year.

Several are duplicates from the top 10 list, but interesting additions include Iceland, Portugal, Benidorm and Greece. Iceland is making a play as a stopover destination for North America, with several flights launching next year. Wow Air is taking off for Boston and Washington DC while Icelandair is launching flights to Portland and Orlando – all flights are via the capital, Reyjkavik. Portugal has topped several “best value” destination lists this year, while Benidorm may have had a boost from the eponymous TV series.

 

GOOGLE’S TOP 10 HOLIDAY SEARCHES

Paris

USA

New York

Australia

Spain

Cornwall

Italy

Turkey

Dubai

Amsterdam

Article source: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/most-googled-2014-iceland-croatia-and-benidorm-among-the-most-popular-rising-holiday-destinations-9926414.html