How much free music is available online?

first_imgTags:#Multimedia#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img I was going to leave a comment at Lucas Gonze’s weblog, but I may as well usetrackback and hope he sees this. Lucasposted a follow-up to his “whine that policing unauthorized music on Webjay isturning into a huge drag”. He is considering a form of community moderation (suggested bySeb Paquet). I thought “Jim” left aninteresting comment in response to this. The last thing he said was:“Of course, with webjay, there is a more black-and-white issue. Is thematerial obviously illegal or not?”This touches on what I wrotethe other day about not being able to link to Lucid 3 and other New Zealand musicusing WebJay. Following on from Jim’s query, I’m wondering how much of popular musicis available free online? For example, if I wanted to create a playlist of myfavorite songs in the Billboard Top 100 this week, how many of those songs would beavailable to me as free links? Anyone know an estimate?How about more ‘niche’ music – like for example New Zealand music? It would be reallyinteresting to find out what is the ratio of free linkable songs (which I herebychristen with the acronym FLS) to songs you have to pay to listen to, for eachgenre of music. Does bluegrass for example have a higher FLS ratio than blues? Thehigher the FLS (Free Linkable Songs) ratio, the better. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… richard macmanuslast_img read more

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Mashery: APIs the Key to a Thriving Cloud

first_imgEditor’s note: this is a “Sponsor Post” by one of our long-term sponsors. These posts are clearly labeled as such, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts, and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Cloud computing has arrived. You can scarcely open a computer magazine or business journal without coming across an article about this transformative new approach to providing web-based services. Cloud computing is undoubtedly shifting the landscape. But what many observers miss is that, while cloud computing has arrived, only through APIs will its full business potential be realized.A (Very) Brief History of Cloud ComputingA few years ago, Google capitalized on the idea of using huge clusters of cheap computers and building software with a high fault tolerance, so that when its machines would go down, the overall system would still function properly. Amazon used the same approach, with a twist. The company’s vast, distributed architecture lent itself to a standardized provisioning of computing resources. As the provisioning process became more standardized, and it became easier for Amazon to roll out new services, the company started selling on-demand access to its massive, distributed computing infrastructure.The rest is history. And more cloud computing providers have appeared, each with its own approach. GoGrid, for example, offers flexible server specifications and interconnection options. Salesforce.com provides an application infrastructure with database, security, workflow, and other capabilities already in place. Ning emphasizes simplicity, giving its users the ability to roll their own social networks without any programming knowledge.Without APIs, There Is No Cloud ComputingCloud computing is not simply another type of application service provider (ASP) offering. The ASP and hosting providers of years gone by offered a set of software services from within a walled garden. These services were tied to specific hardware and software configurations.In contrast, cloud computing draws its strength from its connections to the outside world, through APIs. These APIs fall into three general categories:Control APIs, which allow cloud infrastructure to be added, reconfigured, or removed in real time, either by human control or programmatically based on traffic, outages, or other factorsData APIs, which are the conduits through which data flow in and out of the cloud.Application Functionality APIs, which enable the functionality that end users interact with, such as shopping carts, wikis, and widgets.Control APIs: The Key to Cloud Computing FlexibilityNearly all cloud services allow (or even require) deployment and configuration through APIs. When you use Amazon’s EC2 service, you are using the EC2 API to dynamically configure virtual servers. When you use Google’s App Engine, you are using an API to run your web applications on Google’s infrastructure. These control APIs are integral to the capabilities of all cloud computing providers, performing functions similar to those of a conventional data center dashboard. In fact, some observers believe a significant reason for the failure of Sun’s network.com cloud (which has been taken down) is that it could not be controlled through APIs and therefore lacked the flexibility that developers expect from cloud services.At first, control APIs were limited to individual cloud providers, but that is starting to change. GoGrid has made its Mashery-powered control API available under a Creative Commons Share Alike license, so that other cloud providers can use and modify it to suit their needs.Data APIs: Essential Conduits for All Cloud-Based ApplicationsThis is an exciting development, but the real magic in cloud computing happens when data interchange APIs move between clouds. The web itself provides the underlying infrastructure, while applications, data, and services are delivered via interconnected clouds.We are now starting to see some of the benefits of cross-cloud applications. For example, Lasso2Go, an impressive contact information service, makes use of Amazon and Salesforce.com’s clouds, as well as the APIs for the iPhone and other devices. The Amazon data interchange APIs have been merged with other data interchange APIs, enabling a seamlessly integrated cross-cloud application.In a completely different market, soundpushr demonstrates the power of APIs. Using APIs from Amazon, Flickr, the Hype Machine, Last.fm, and YouTube, soundpushr gives music enthusiasts the ability to search for and instantly find music, videos, and photos of artists they like. The search tool does not use bots to crawl the web. Instead, it connects directly to data sources in the Amazon and YouTube clouds, as well as ones at Flickr, the Hype Machine, and Last.fm.Application Functionality APIs: The Final LayerApplication platform APIs provide functionality beyond data access. For example, they give Ning the ability to provision configurable social networking sites from an array of centralized services. But application platform APIs can do more. The social shopping site Kaboodle leverages the Shopping.com API to provide product information, and then adds its own social networking features. The possibilities for application functionality integration are already being explored, and as more APIs become available, we can expect even more exciting combinations.A Thrilling FutureOver the last six months, we have seen an amazing transition in Web 2.0. Organizations ranging from retail giants like Best Buy to content providers like the New York Times to service providers like Netflix to powerful institutions like the World Bank are opening their content and services to developers and partners.We are witnessing a revolution. Content and services that were previously trapped in systems that required great effort to get pushed out to the web are now part of a much larger set of connected cloud eco-systems. Information, functionality, and services can now be delivered at the point and time that users want it. And APIs are the foundation that makes this all possible.If you enjoyed this post then check out Mashery.com, the leading provider of API management services. rww sponsor 1 Tags:#cloud computing#Sponsors#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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10 months agoREVEALED: Mourinho rejected Real Madrid contract offer just weeks ago

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Mourinho rejected Real Madrid contract offer just weeks agoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho turned down a contract offer from Real Madrid just weeks ago, it has been revealed.Mourinho was shown the door by United yesterday after two-and-a-half years in charge.And El Pais says Real president Florentino Perez moved for Mourinho in October after the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui. The proposal involved a pre-contract, which would have seen Mourinho leave United in June for Madrid. However, the Portuguese turned down the offer.A source revealed: “An agent close to the parties indicated that the proposal included the commitment to hire Mourinho before July 1, with a penalty of five million euros by Madrid if the agreement was not consummated on that date.”The offer was worth €15m-a-year – and could yet be reignited now that Mourinho is a free agent. last_img read more

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Why Is The US So Good At Womens Soccer

Even though the United States is a bit insecure about its place in the world’s most popular sport, the U.S. women’s national soccer team has been dominant on the world stage for nearly a quarter-century. Tonight it will face off in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup against Germany, with nothing less than the title of “greatest of all time” at stake. Each team has two World Cup championships, and they’ve been the two top-ranked teams in the world since FIFA’s rankings began in 2003. The winner will take the lead in World Cup finals appearances and will have the inside track to finish atop 2015’s rankings.So how did we get here? Basically, it boils down to two things: 1) Women’s soccer has been on a great run for the past 30-plus years in the U.S., to the point where it’s poised to become our most popular women’s sport, and 2) the rest of the world has been relatively apathetic and/or hostile to the women’s game.U.S. women’s soccer truly seemed to arrive in the public’s attention after the 1999 World Cup. If you’re old enough to have experienced the excitement and drama of it, there’s no way you could ever forget:This success didn’t come from nowhere. Since almost immediately after the implementation of Title IX (which became law in 1972, with compliance required by 1978) U.S. women’s soccer has grown like crazy. Probably the cleanest and easiest venue to see how this has played out is at the high school level; the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has high school athletics participation data going back to the ’70s:In the late ’70s, the number of high school women playing soccer was in the low five figures. By the time America won the World Cup in 1991, there were more than 120,000. By the time it won in 1999, there were more than 250,000. Now it is approaching 20 percent of all high school female athletes — about 375,000 — and has surpassed baseball/softball as the third-most-played team sport.Soccer has grown both by taking women from other sports and by capturing a disproportionate share of “new” female athletes as more young women began to play sports. Note that the percentage decline for basketball — by far the most mature women’s sport in the country — looks steep, but the change in total number of players is fairly small (there were more women playing high school basketball in 2013-14 than in 1976-77.) Soccer, though, has still been adding numbers to its ranks rapidly, despite a bit of a slowdown in its growth shortly after 1999:Soccer looks like it has a good chance of taking the top spot in the next 10-20 years. Yes, volleyball has been on a nice run of late, and looks likely to pass basketball as the most-played sport as early as this year. But volleyball is down from its peak (see chart above), and the upper limit for soccer is still unknown.For as much as the rest of the world loves soccer, it has been much slower to embrace the women’s game than the U.S. In England, women playing soccer was effectively banned (at least at venues that hosted men’s teams) from 1921 to 1971, and in Germany it was banned from 1955 to 1970. At around the time Title IX was heating up in the United States, women’s international soccer basically didn’t exist. According to FIFA, there were only three national teams and two international matches played in 1971.And while the women’s game is still growing worldwide, it has a long way to go. The latest comprehensive statistics from FIFA come from its “Big Count” in 2006. In it, women made up about 11 percent of registered soccer players worldwide, and just 13 percent of youths. While the Big Count hasn’t been updated, more recent studies haven’t suggested any major shifts, and FIFA still uses a figure of 12 percent in its literature.What’s worse, even those numbers are being skewed — by the United States. In that same report, the U.S. had more than 1.5 million registered female youth players — more than half of the world’s total. Take all U.S. youth out of the equation, and just 8 percent of the young soccer players in the rest of the world were female in 2006.Also, in the U.S., women’s soccer has more parity the higher up the ladder you go. Of all FIFA-registered youth in the U.S., 40 percent are female. In high schools, young women make up 47 percent of all soccer players. In the NCAA, 53 percent of soccer players are female, including 61 percent of those in Division I.Given that we pretty much started out on a similar playing field and have devoted more interest to women playing soccer in this country, I’m actually led to wonder why it is that we’re not even more dominant.For example, Germany has probably the most robust network of young women playing soccer outside of the U.S. Per capita its network is about the same as America’s: The U.S. has about five times as many registered youth women’s players as Germany (based on the data in the FIFA country-by-country factbook), fitting well with a population difference of about 5x for 15-24-year-old females (judging by here and here).If all else were equal, the U.S. should be smoking Germany: Both countries have similar youth participation rates, and we have five times more youths to draw on.This isn’t the type of sports mystery that can be easily solved, but the best answer is probably something along the lines of “they take soccer more seriously.” And there are some pretty good hints of that in FIFA’s data: For example, 94 percent of all the FIFA-registered players in the U.S. are youths, compared with only 31 percent in Germany. In raw numbers, that means we have a little more than 100,000 relatively serious adult female players compared with Germany’s 650,000 plus. While I generally think youth or high school participation is a great proxy for potential talent pools, in this case I think the adult participation disparity tells you quite a bit about each country’s soccer culture. We may have the numbers advantage, but we don’t treat soccer as a national passion project.At least not yet. Give us a couple more wins in Canada and we’ll see.CLARIFICATION (July 1, 10:30 a.m.): The “rise of soccer” chart has been labeled to reflect that hockey includes both ice and field variants. UPDATE (July 1, 7:20 a.m.): Tuesday night, the U.S. women’s national team beat Germany 2-0, making this article’s headline even more prescient than usual. Below, Benjamin Morris looks at how America’s unique youth soccer culture has helped ensure the dominance of the USWNT. read more

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Bauserman hopes preseason performance leads to playing time in the fall

Joe Bauserman picked the wrong era to try to be Ohio State’s quarterback. Early in his OSU career he was forced to compete with a highly touted recruit in senior Terrelle Pryor and is now entering his final year battling another highly touted recruit in freshman Braxton Miller. However, the redshirt senior has been given a golden opportunity to be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes throughout Pryor’s five-game suspension. Pryor, along with offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Coach Jim Tressel will join them for failing to report their violations. Bauserman said that although the situation isn’t ideal, he is making the best of the opportunity. “It’s all you can ask for sometimes,” he said. “Under the circumstances, it sucks. You’d like to have all five of those guys, and it’s tough. But it’s an opportunity and I’ll try to take advantage of it.” Bauserman played football and baseball in high school and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB draft. He played three seasons in the Pirates’ farm system before walking on to the OSU football team. The 25-year-old former Minor League pitcher said he doesn’t miss baseball and is only concerned about the football team. “I don’t even think about it,” Bauserman said. “I’m focused on one opportunity and what’s going on right now.” Bauserman has fought all spring to get a leg up on the three other candidates looking to replace Pryor during his suspension. Miller, redshirt sophomore Kenny Guiton and redshirt freshman Taylor Graham each threw a touchdown pass in Saturday’s Spring Game. Bauserman said he thought he had a successful spring. “I feel good about what I did,” he said. “I have no control about whether I’ll be playing or not. It’s up to coach Tress and coach Sic (quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano) if they’re going to give me a chance.” He said there will always be excitement with major recruits coming to campus but that he has everything in his game that those recruits have. “People want excitement. A guy that they’ve never seen before is going to get them thinking about it,” Bauserman said. “It doesn’t bother me. I feel like I can play at this level just as well as anybody else.” Senior center Mike Brewster said Bauserman’s experience should help him in the competition. “Joe’s a real solid guy. He knows the offense. He’s going to make the smart play. That’s what you want from your quarterback,” Brewster said. “I think Joe will be the No. 1 probably going into camp and, you know, he’s comfortable back there and that always makes you feel good if your quarterback knows everything about the offense.” Bauserman, however, said he does not know what Tressel will decide. “You try to get out there and do what you can do, and at the end of the day, coach will make the right decision,” Bauserman said. Junior defensive lineman John Simon said he has been impressed with Bauserman during spring practice. “Joe’s had a terrific spring for us throwing passes on the money,” Simon said. “(He’s a) great scrambler, always finds the open receiver, so I think he’s doing a nice job for us.” Bauserman said he has the skills and mobility it takes to be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. “You have to be somewhat mobile to be able to slide up in the pocket, have quick feet, get from progression to progression, move around and get out of some sticky situations sometimes,” Bauserman said. Although Bauserman was the first quarterback on the field for the Buckeyes during the scrimmage, he did not throw his touchdown pass until the final play of the game. He said he hopes the Spring Game helped his stock as the starting quarterback. “I feel good about what I did today,” Bauserman said. “We made some strides and got better as a team. I have no control if I’m going to be playing. It is up to coach Tressel. Today is about getting better.” read more

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Mens Soccer Ohio State hosts Cleveland State in 17th annual Connor Senn

Ohio State men’s soccer head coach Brian Maisonneuve watches the Buckeyes play in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-7-2, 0-3-1 Big Ten) returns to the pitch Friday night as it takes on Cleveland State in the 17th annual Connor Senn Memorial Match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The match will feature a tribute to the legacy of former Ohio State men’s soccer player Connor Senn, who collapsed during a match at the University of Akron in 2001, and died later that evening. Cleveland State (2-5-1, 1-2-1 Horizon) comes to Columbus fresh off a victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago, powered by a hat trick by junior midfielder/defender Vlad Jandric.Between the pipes, Cleveland State has trotted out a pair of freshmen this season, alternating between Nicklas Rulle and Alex Gyerman. Gyerman has played almost twice as much as Rulle and has compiled a 1.32 goals against average and a .759 save percentage. Meanwhile, Rulle comes into Friday’s match with a 2.40 goals against average and a .417 save percentage.On the other end of the field, one of the strengths of Ohio State has been the play of redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried. Siegfried has a 1.44 goals against average and a .681 save percentage.He said has continued belief and confidence in the 10 teammates in front of him. “It’s about getting our confidence back. I don’t think there’s a game this year that if we didn’t play it over we have a good chance of winning,” Siegfried said. “I think that everyone feels that, coaching staff feels that, players feel it and so just getting that confidence when we roll the ball up Friday night, just having that for 90 minutes is going to do it.”Offensively, the Viking attack is spearheaded by two players, Jandric and junior forward Gabriel Pewu, both of whom have three goals on the season.Ohio State head coach Brian Maisonneuve talked about the offensive skill that Cleveland State possesses.“Cleveland State’s a good team, I mean they’re very good going forward. Similar to Rutgers is they can hurt you going forward, they have some really good pieces, some good athletes and good soccer players and they’re dangerous on the offensive side,” Maisonneuve said.Maisonneuve also said the team hopes for an improvement after an exhibition match that occured between Ohio State and the Vikings this past spring.“They like to possess the ball but yet they’re athletic enough to go direct, so they’re going to cause some challenges,” Maisonneuve said. “I know we played them in the spring, and the result didn’t go our way, so the guys know what they’re all about, and I think they scored 5 on us in the spring, so they’re a dangerous attacking team for sure.”The Buckeyes and Vikings are scheduled to start at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. on Friday. read more

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Neville continues attacking Ed Woodward

first_imgOn Monday Night Football the ex-Manchester United footballer continue throwing “punches” to the Red Devil’s CEOAfter a not very successful summer transfer window for Manchester United.And after a bad start of the 2018-2019 Premier League season.Football Legend Gary Neville has been attacking the Red Devils’ CEO, Ed Woodward, all day.Tonight on Monday Night Football he still had many things to say.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Woodward trying to justify to the media why he’s not backed the manager, it undermines Jose [Mourinho]… it’s been messy…,” Neville said as reported by Give Me Sport.“The CEO of the football club sat in his spot for two minutes after the game and I don’t want to see him do that.”“At the end of the game, stand up, shake the hands of the opposition, tell him well done, smile and be bigger than that,” he added.“The Club need serious footballing people who know how to make decisions about football. Moyes was sacked in the middle of the season, LvG was sacked after winning the FA Cup, Mourinho isn’t a typical United manager.”“The clubs structure has gone out the window,” he explained.last_img read more

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Lyft sues San Francisco to block other bike sharing companies

first_imgLyft said it made several attempts to use the dispute-resolution process in its contract prior to filing the lawsuit, but that SFMTA hadn’t participated. It added that it’d made a onetime exception to its exclusivity contract to allow Jump to provide e-bikes while it was still developing its e-bike model.Lyft recently signed an agreement with SFMTA to provide another 4,000 hybrid electric bikes that’ll be deployed in the next few weeks, on top of the 4,500 bikes it already provides. A report by the San Francisco Examiner added the SFMTA argues that Lyft’s exclusivity contract only covers bike share services using sidewalk docks, but that Jump is “dockless.” Lyft’s complaint argues that a bike share program can be made up of bikes that are locked in docks, bikes that are dockless, or both. “As we will explain to the court, the agreement between Motivate and the city was about a docked bike share system,” John Coté, communications director of the Office of City Attorney Dennis Herrera, told CNET in an emailed statement. “It does not give Lyft the right to a monopoly on bike sharing in San Francisco. Lyft can seek a permit for dockless bikes on equal footing with everyone else.” Originally published June 7.   Update, June 10, 10:10 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Office of City Attorney. Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Uber versus Lyft: Best tips to save you money when you hail a ride Electric scooters are sending scores of people to the… Read also 0 3:07 Mobile Culture Mobile Apps Ford GoBikes have an exclusivity agreement in San Francisco, Lyft argues. Sean Hollister/CNET Lyft has filed a lawsuit to block San Francisco from granting bike share permits to other companies. Lyft entered the San Francisco Bay Area bike share market last year by acquiring Motivate, the company behind Ford GoBike. Uber is in the market thanks to its Jump acquisition in April 2018.  The suit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court on Friday, is asking for a temporary restraining order against the city and county of San Francisco. Lyft is “eager to continue investing in the regional bike-share system,” but San Francisco must “honor its contractual commitments to this regional program — not change the rules in the middle of the game,” a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement.  Under its 10-year contract with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), Lyft says it has exclusivity in providing bike sharing services. The complaint asks for the court to “prohibit” San Francisco from “issuing bike share permits, entering into contracts or agreements, or taking any other measures that would disregard, dilute or otherwise prejudice Motivate’s exclusive right to operate a bike share program in the public rights-of-way in San Francisco as to all types of bicycles, including, but not limited to, traditional pedal bikes, e-assist, electric assisted or electric bikes (“e-bikes”), stationed or docked bikes, and/or stationless or dockless bikes. “Motivate seeks both injunctive relief and declaratory relief to protect its negotiated right to exclusivity for a bike-share program.”  Tags Legal Lyft Uberlast_img read more

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Malaysia police search exPM Najibs home

first_imgMembers of the Royal Malaysia Police stand outside the entrance of former prime minister Najib Razak`s residence in Kuala Lumpur in the early hours of 17 May 2018. Photo: AFPMalaysian police searched the home of scandal-tainted former premier Najib Razak on Thursday as the new government probes a massive graft scandal after sweeping to power in historic elections.At least a dozen police vehicles converged on Najib’s family compound in the capital Kuala Lumpur in the early hours, with a number of officers entering the home, an AFP journalist saw.Najib’s lawyer said officers had searched the ex-leader’s home and an apartment for over six hours as part of an investigation into money-laundering, but no arrests were made.The new government, headed by 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad who secured a stunning election victory last week, has vowed to probe allegations Najib oversaw the looting of a sovereign wealth fund.”The police just took some handbags and some clothes,” lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal told AFP, adding that Najib had cooperated with the officers.”We have no indication yet if police will make any arrest.”Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor, deeply unpopular due to her reported love of costly overseas shopping trips, was known to have a vast collection of designer clothes and handbags.The search came just hours after politician Anwar Ibrahim — a key figure in the alliance that swept to power, who had been thrown in jail under Najib’s rule — was released, triggering euphoric scenes.It is an ominous sign for Najib, whose all-powerful ruling coalition was ousted after governing Malaysia for six decades.The unexpected result has been blamed in large part on public anger over the scandal involving the fund, called 1MDB.Najib established 1MDB and is accused of deep involvement in the looting — charges he has repeatedly denied. Nearly $700 million had appeared in his personal bank accounts while billions more are unaccounted for.’Justice is coming’Mahathir, who ruled from 1981 to 2003, came out of retirement to spearhead the anti-Najib campaign and has found himself back in the country’s top post.He has ordered that Najib, his wife, and others linked to 1MDB be barred from leaving Malaysia pending investigations.As word of the police presence circulated on social media, scores of journalists and citizens gathered at Najib’s home, where they remained into the early hours.Mimie Lai, 45, said she came to “see what happens to the ex-prime minister and all the scandals… involving him and his wife.””I feel that finally justice is coming, somebody heard… what the people are praying for,” she said, adding that Malaysians wanted an end to widespread corruption that set in under the longtime ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.In the hours before the raid, Najib went to a mosque for special prayers ahead of the Islamic holy month Ramadan, which begins Thursday in Malaysia.Anwar’s release captivated the nation, with ecstatic supporters and journalists mobbing him and shouts of “Reformasi” (Reform) — his rallying cry — ringing out as his motorcade raced through the streets.The 70-year-old declared a “new dawn for Malaysia” and insisted he had buried the hatchet with old foe Mahathir, with whom he had joined forces to oust Najib.His case has gripped Malaysia for two decades. He fell out dramatically with then ally Mahathir in the late 1990s and was thrown in jail on much-questioned charges of sodomy and corruption.He was released after six years and helped to unite a hapless opposition but was thrown in prison again in 2015 in what critics said was another effort to neutralise him as a political threat.last_img
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This Is Not Going To Be Easy El Paso Students Start School

first_img Share Mallory Falk/KERANearly 60,000 public school students in El Paso, Texas, begin school on Monday.On Monday, nearly 60,000 public school students in El Paso, Texas, will start the school year amid an air of mourning, fear and resilience.The first day of school in El Paso’s largest district comes more than a week after a mass shooting at a local Walmart left 22 people dead. According to a police affidavit, the suspect charged in the attack later said he had intentionally targeted “Mexicans.”“It’s not at all, in any way, a typical start of school,” says Juan Cabrera, the superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD). “This is not going to be easy. This is going to be difficult and we are really taking this very seriously.”According to Cabrera, the school district has been contacting families affected by the shooting in order to connect them to support services. No EPISD students were killed, but Cabrera says El Paso is a close-knit community and some students have family members who were directly involved, or know people who were at the Walmart during the attack.Others — like Genesis Contreras, 7 — witnessed the shooting themselves.Genesis starts second grade on Monday. She and her family were in the store when the gunman opened fire. They escaped, but Genesis’ mom, Erika Contreras, says the experience has rattled them.“That first night, she kept telling me, ‘I don’t want to go to sleep,’ ” Contreras recalls. “I had to sleep with her and she cuddled me so hard because she was so scared and I knew that she was gonna have nightmares.”Genesis has slept with her mom every night since the shooting.Contreras says Genesis’ school knows about what she experienced, and it will have counselors available to provide support on Monday if Genesis needs it.The district says its counseling office has provided teachers guidance for how to support students who were affected by the shooting.“Having a week in between before the start of the school has really helped us,” explains Manuel Castruita, who heads the district’s counseling and advising department. He says all last week, teachers and administrators were in professional development, talking through what happened, and brainstorming ways to help students.“The first day of school, it’s a new start, a new beginning. So we have an opportunity to really set the tempo.”Castruita says on Monday some school administrators will hold a moment of silence, “acknowledging the tragedy that took place.” But he notes it’s a delicate balance: You want to be open about what happened, without retraumatizing students. He says the district will rely heavily on the social/emotional learning tools it has been implementing over the past several years.According to Castruita, the district also has strong support services, thanks to partnerships with outside organizations and a number of licensed professional counselors.“We’re not starting from ground zero or from scratch,” he says.In a video address to parents on Saturday, Superintendent Cabrera talked directly to those who felt uncertain about heading back to school: “We know your concern is genuine, but so is our commitment to provide safe learning spaces for our students,” he said. “EPISD schools are safe and we sincerely hope you feel reassured that when your kids are with us, they are our No. 1 priority.”The district’s job, according to Cabrera, is “to make sure [students] are safe, happy, sound mentally and physically, and to make sure they’re prepared for learning.”In some cases, that may mean talking about the shooting. “Kids know this is happening around them,” Cabrera says. “The worst thing we can do is not let them speak or not let them talk about what’s going on.”Genesis — who loves science and is excited to do experiments and learn about tornadoes — is more focused on starting a new year of school with a new teacher.“I’m really scared,” she says. “I know it’s gonna be a lot harder.”Her mom is also nervous. “I just wish and I pray that no matter what, she’s strong,” Contreras says. “I know she’s a child, and at any moment, she could decide that this is the moment where she breaks and wants to cry.”Contreras is glad that Genesis’ teachers and counselors will be there with her, and she trusts they will be looking out for her daughter. And with Genesis back in school, Contreras says she’ll be able to turn her attention to another pressing matter: her own mental health, after witnessing a mass shooting.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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