Facebook Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Post Tour: “I Need To Decompress From All This” Mastodon’s Brent Hinds: “I Need To Decompress” mastodons-brent-hinds-post-tour-i-need-decompress-all Twitter Email The metal guitarist reveals he is burnt out from the demands of constant touringAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 6, 2018 – 4:16 pm Brent Hinds, the guitarist of the GRAMMY-winning metal band Mastodon, recently spoke out about how constant touring is wearing him thin and making him feel like he needs some time off to breathe.When “Let There Be Talk” podcast host Dean Delray asked Hinds in an interview last month if Mastodon is working on a new album, Hinds explains that he really needs some time off. He tells the host he’s really feeling run dry by the constant touring schedule and needs a break before he can make music again.”All I care about is my peace of mind, which is leaving me,” Hinds said. “So I need to stop and recalculate myself. I need to decompress from all this and I need to press the restart button and just kind of reboot myself in a way.”With mental health and self-care becoming more openly addressed in today’s music world, other artists have also discussed the demands of working in the music industry, especially the challenges that come with touring. Notably, James Blake has spoken up about dealing with depression while touring. Also, before his tragic suicide, Avicii famously retired from touring, sharing that the demanding schedule of constant shows was directly affecting his health.“It’ll be okay. I can still play music. If people want me to play good music, they need to let me go for a year,” Hinds continues in the interview. News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Mastodon Discuss Band Origins, New Album As Hinds and other artists point out, it is vital for musicians, just like the rest of us, to be able to take time for self-care. And, as his bandmate Brann Dailor shared, their latest album Emperor of Sand came out of a time when they were all going through challenging times in their lives, showing that making music can indeed be a therapeutic process.”Some of the closest people to us were in the middle of some battles with cancer and some heavy-duty illness,” Dailor said. “If we were open and honest with everyone about what the record was about, then we knew that it could maybe have a positive impact with someone else.”Mastodon Reach New Levels Of Heavy On ‘Emperor Of Sand
Facebook is walloped with $5 billion fine (The Daily… Now playing: Watch this: Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions Share your voice It’s a big thumbs-up for Facebook when it comes to attracting and keeping users. James Martin/CNET Facebook said Wednesday that the Federal Trade Commission opened an antitrust investigation into the company, but the heightened regulatory scrutiny doesn’t appear to have slowed down the social network’s growth.The new investigation came on the same day that the Federal Trade Commission announced that it was hitting Facebook with a record $5 billion fine for its earlier privacy mishaps. It also comes a day after the US Department of Justice said it was looking into anti-competition concerns surrounding “market-leading online platforms,” such as social media firms, suggesting that the review would impact Facebook. Still, Facebook showed that users continue to log into the site in massive numbers. The world’s largest social network said that 2.41 billion people now log into Facebook every month, an 8% increase compared to the same period last year. Facebook reported $16.9 billion in revenue in the second quarter, which ran from April to June. That’s above the $16.5 billion that analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected on average.The social network made $2.6 billion in the second quarter. It earned 91 cents per share, falling short of expectations of $1.85. It said that the earnings included several expenses such as the legal costs of the FTC settlement. Facebook FTC Tags Comments Originally published July 24, 1:15 p.m. PTUpdate, 1:21 p.m. PT: Adds background about FTC antitrust investigation and statement from Zuckerberg.Update, 3:36 p.m. PT: Adds comments from earnings call and remarks from analyst. 7:37 5 Facebook revealed little about the new FTC investigation, which it was notified of in June. The FTC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg didn’t address the antitrust concerns in a call with analysts, but vowed to protect user privacy and monitor developers who access data through Facebook’s platform.”This is a major shift for us,” he said. “We’ve built services that billions of people trust every day to communicate with the people they care about. Privacy has always been important to the services we provide and now it’s even more central to our future vision for social networking.”Facebook is expecting people to share more in the social network’s private spaces such as messaging, groups and Stories, a feature that lets you post photos and videos that vanish in 24 hours. At the same time, the company has been expanding into payments, virtual reality, e-commerce, cryptocurrency and other areas. Earlier in the day, Facebook agreed to form a new board committee to help protect user privacy as part of a separate settlement with the FTC. The fine is the largest ever against a company for mishandling of consumer privacy, the FTC said. Lawmakers and advocacy groups argue that the deal didn’t address the core problem: Facebook’s ad business relies on collecting user data.The FTC has been investigating the company since revelations last year that UK political consultant firm Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of up to 87 million users without their consent. The firm, which worked on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, got the data through the owner of a quiz app that scraped information from Facebook users and their friends. The deal isn’t the end of the scrutiny that Facebook is facing from regulators in the US and abroad. The social network is also planning to launch a new cryptocurrency called Libra in 2020, a move that sparked a backlash from lawmakers and nonprofits that think the company should temporarily halt these efforts. Zuckerberg said that the company will work with regulators before launching the cryptocurrency.”We get that these are really important sensitive spaces so our approach has been to try to have a very open dialogue about it,” he said. “Facebook from a few years ago would have probably just showed up and released a product on our own.”Facebook’s stock jumped more than 1% but then dipped after the company’s CFO Dave Wehner said that the company expected revenue growth to slow in the fourth quarter and in 2020 because of a European data protection law, changes to operating systems and product changes that “put privacy more front and center.” The company’s stock is still up less than 1% in after-hours trading to $206.10 per share.Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst with eMarketer, said in a statement that advertisers are still on Facebook because of its massive audience and ad targeting. Still, they’re also paying more attention to the social network’s problems. “Today’s FTC settlement doesn’t appear to have direct impact on Facebook’s business, but there is no reason to think that other regulatory or governmental investigations won’t have an impact in the future,” she said. Mobile Tech Industry 14 Photos
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COPY LINKAD Loading … Workers stand around a crane as it loads wheat onto a ship at Mundhra Port in Gujarat in this file photo. REUTERS/Amit DaveThe slowdown-hit economy may soon get a booster dose from the government with Finance Ministry working on a stimulus package for the industry may include a slew of financial measures ranging from tax cuts, subsidies and other incentives.Official sources said the package would not only aim to reduce the cost for the industry but would also lay out procedures that would further provide impetus to ease of doing business.The economy requires a critical intervention by introducing a stimulus package. We have suggested a package of over Rs 1 lakh croreThis could also include measures by the revenue department to ensure honest taxpayers are not harassed and those who commit minor or procedural violations are not subjected to excessive action. The Prime Minister has indicated about these measures in a recent media interview.As concerned voices rise in India Inc over a consistent fall in demand, the measures would also try to address the issues of raising consumption by providing more money into the hands of consumers & reducing the prices of consumables by reducing indirect tax rates of a host of consumption items.”The economy requires a critical intervention by introducing a stimulus package. We have suggested a package of over Rs 1 lakh crore,” said B.K. Goenka, president Assocham.Already, a separate package is being looked for the auto sector that met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last week. The industry has sought lower GST rates on automobiles and introduction of a scrappage policy that incentivises new purchase. This is expected to beat the slowdown that has resulted in passenger car sales plunging 35.95 per cent in July.The Government will, however, have to weigh the size of the stimulus package given less than encouraging revenue position and and a fiscal deficit that has risen to 3.4 per cent in FY19The collapse of some large NBFCs has been cited as a major factor for the sales downturn as these companies used to provide the bulk of automobile financing.”We hope the government would come out very soon with a revival package of a sort to arrest the de-growth and to bring the industry back to growth path,” SIAM’s Director General Vishnu Mathur said.Fiscal deficitThe Government will, however, have to weigh the size of the stimulus package given less than encouraging revenue position and and a fiscal deficit that has risen to 3.4 per cent in FY19 due to expansionary policies of the previous governments. It has also been kept at a high of 3.3 per cent of GDP in FY 20 as well meaning that this number would again have to be breached to offer a stimulus. Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 36th GST Council meeting, in New Delhi on July 27, 2019. Also seen Union MoS Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur.IANSThe Finance Minister has held meetings with different segments of the industry to understand their concerns and get inputs on path to be taken to come of slowdown. Based on these, a package is being considered that may be announced soon,” sources quoted earlier said.The stimulus is also likely to cover the financial markets that have shown big volatility in recent weeks and particularly after the presentation of Union Budget on July 5 that raised tax surcharge on FPIs.While Finance Ministry officials are not indicating what changes could be made, sources said the matter has been discussed internally and certain changes in taxation on share markets could be announced. Sitharaman met representatives of the financial sector on Friday.In the financial sector, there is a possibility to relook at the long-term capital gains tax (LTCG). Sources said Finance Ministry is studying implications of withdrawing LTCG after the three year holding period. The other taxation on the market transactions such as tax on dividend distribution may also rejigged and so is the case with tax on share buybacks introduced in Budget this year.The Finance Ministry is working overtime to see that economy does not shrink any further as it might lead to a crisis situations where lakhs may lose their jobs. Already, auto sector is seeing job losses and this might soon spread to other sectors that are on the brink of a recession.(Inputs from IANS) Close Vision for the decade | 10 Key points – Budget 2019 – 2020
Relatives break down in tears after Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi dies at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Wednesday. Photo: Hasan RajaAfter fighting for her life for five days, madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi who was set afire in Songazi upazila of Feni succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Wednesday night, reports UNB. She died at the DMCH Burn and Plastic Surgery unit around 9:30pm, said its chief Rayhana Awwal Sumi. The body was kept at the hospital mortuary and it will be handed over to the family following autopsy on Thursday morning, she said. Meanwhile, prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of the madrasa girl. Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s father and brother break down in tears in front of Samanta Lal Sen, Chief National Coordinator for Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute of Dhaka Medical College Hospital on 10 April. Photo: Hasan RazaIn a condolence message, she prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed her sympathy to the bereaved family members. On 6 April, Rafi was set afire an examination centre of Alim examination allegedly by students loyal to principal Sirajuddoula of Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as Rafi had accused him of sexually harassing her. She was immediately taken to the DMCH for better treatment where she underwent a surgery under life support on Tuesday. The operation conducted after discussion with the physicians from Singapore General Hospital as she was not fit enough to be flown to Singapore. On Monday, prime minister Sheikh Hasina directed for sending Rafi to Singapore for better treatment. Ten people, including the madrasa principal, have so far been arrested in connection with the arson attack. On Tuesday, Feni police arrested a student of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, Shampa, over setting fire on Rafi.Nusrat Jahan Rafi.Police said the Alim student was arrested as the victim told her doctors that during the arson attack, she heard that someone was saying, “Shampa let’s go”. On Monday, in a declaration, Rafi told her doctors that four students wearing burqas set her on fire. She identified one of them as Shampa. Meanwhile, a Feni court on Wednesday placed the principal on a seven-day remand and two other people on a five-day one over the incident. The two others are Abser Uddin, lecturer of English department of the madrasa, and student Arif. Shirin Akhter fainted after the death of her daughter and Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on 10 April. Photo: AsaduzzamanOn Tuesday, a court in Feni granted a five-day remand for four people — Nur Hossain, Kefayet Ullah, Md Alauddin and Shahidul Islam — who were arrested in case filed over the incident. Besides, Moazzem Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonagazi model police station, was withdrawn over the incident. The case was filed accusing eight identified people, including madrasa principal Sirajuddoula, lecturer of English Absar Uddin, Feni municipality councillor Maksudul Alam Maksud, and four unidentified ones. Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s brother Mahmudul Hasan (L) and father Abu Musa (R) at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on 10 April. Photo: Aminul IslamOn Wednesday, the case was transferred to the Police Bureau of Investigation.
Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? Mo had said… ‘As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells… and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower… both strange and familiar.’These profound lines by Cornelia Funke narrate my feelings towards Disha’s (as she likes to call herself) book, My Beloved’s MBA Plans, in the most apt way. The book is a wonderful compilation of some beautifully narrated stories set against the backdrop of life on campus and aspirations for an MBA degree. The stories are simple, all tied to one common thread – how much is one willing to let go to fulfil his/her dreams. Disha manages to capture you within the first few pages itself. You’ll find yourself not wanting to put the novel down as you meet some ambitious couples entering the IIM Calcutta campus in the midst of marriage, responsibility and kids. There unfaltering faith in each other and a great level of commitment is what makes their journey victorious. The book is an inspiration for all those aspiring to fulfil their dreams and for people seeking answers to difficult situations in life. It proved to be a refreshing change as opposed to the ‘just another story of life on college campus’. What makes’ this ‘fiction’ novel ‘real’ is the people in it. The writing style is candid yet extremely crisp. The first hand experiences help the reader relate or get guided to the real life experiences of couples who walk the same path to achieve a long-term goal. The narration can get preachy but it’s engrossing nevertheless. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’An honest confession: Every time I flipped through the pages of the book, I felt a sense of giddiness – of being able to relate to a book so much so that it felt funny and scary, at the same time. How the just married Rahul met Dimple, is the story that helped grew the feeling stronger. The story is not of mushy romantic dates or outings but of a bond that is not dependent on physical distances. The story, like a lot of others in the book, seemed perfect for a Yash Chopra movie but managed to Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixconvey a relevant message – how trust can beat all odds. Congratulations on your first novel Disha! My Beloved’s MBA Plans was an exciting page-turner that I found myself not wanting to set down. You not only gave your characters hope, you also gave the word ‘novel’ a new hope as it was far from the romantic cliché.Having spent my precious hours reading this book, I feel I did not make a mistake. For everyone else, grab a cup of coffee and read these interesting tales of togetherness, of separation, and of starting a new journey together.