Damon Albarn Says New Gorillaz Album Is Complete, Live Rehearsals Are In Action

first_img@_JackWinstanley he told me he’d got a new hat for the gorillaz tour and started dancing I’m literally crying— Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 22, 2017Dope.[H/T Dancing Astronaut] One lucky fan had a glorious interaction with Damon Albarn of Gorillaz, who apparently revealed that the new album is “finished” and that live tour rehearsals are currently in practice. Jack Winstanley was waiting outside a venue that he works at when he scored the conversation with Albarn, then proceeded to share the news with the world in a series of tweets. See below:DAMON FUCKING ALBARN pic.twitter.com/z4ZQ5z0asA— Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 22, 2017 @sidneyphlegm he says they’ve just finished the album and they’re rehearsing right now!! — Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 23, 2017last_img read more

PECO counters data on city pole fires

first_img“Now, consumers are asking. Is thissabotage to mask the reality that the new power distribution franchise holderis not capable of serving Iloilo because they have no distributioninfrastructure in place at all,” Cacho added. Other concerns originated from forcemajeure and bad weather conditions, flash overs, and the presence ofvegetation, he stressed. The PECO report, which covered theyears 2017 to 2019, stated there were 709 post fires recorded by the Bureau ofFire Protection (BFP) and of these, only 138 involved PECO’s own poles. PECO’s franchiseexpired on Jan. 19 this year and it failed to secure one from Congress overmounting consumer complaints such as poor service quality and safety,unfriendly customer relations and frequent power outages, among others. PECO is the current power distributorin Iloilo City and the company’s rival is More Electric and Power Corp. (MOREPower) which is aiming to expropriate PECO’s distribution assets. PECO is currentlyoperating under a provisional Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessityfrom ERC to prevent disruption in power distribution until MORE Power securesthe city’s power distribution system or sets up its own./PN Regarding the recent two-day poweroutages, Cacho said, “The blackout in the entire Panay Island, and simultaneouselectric pole fires in the city, were beyond the control of PECO yet it wasused to show us in a bad light by overlooking the facts and stating mereassumptions.”center_img The ERC started an investigation lastweek after receiving a complaint about poorly maintained distribution lines,power outages, and hazardous electric posts. Cacho added that there have beensecondary lines/drop wires, transformer leakage, defective transformers, bustedfuse cut-outs that were brought about by pilferage or illegal connections. MORE Power has secured a 25-year powerdistribution franchise in Iloilo City from Congress. ILOILO City – In its “Post FireComprehensive Report” submitted to the Energy Regulation Commission (ERC),Panay Electric Co. (PECO) insisted that four out of five pole fire incidentshere were poles owned by telecommunications companies (telcos). It beliedearlier reports that the company was involved in over 700 pole fires in thissouthern city. “Regarding the 138 items attributableto PECO poles and equipment from 2017-2019, short circuits on service lines arethe most common issues reported to customers which are caused by additionalloads, customers allowing relatives or neighbors to attach on single serviceconnection,” stressed PECO head of Public Engagement and Government AffairsMarcelo Cacho.last_img read more

Football to move forward after injuries

first_imgFreshman quarterback Kedon Slovis will have to gauge this offense’s new speed while improving his own rhythm, something he expressed as a current weakness. Arizona was the second straight game without an interception for Slovis, who compiled 232 passing yards and two touchdowns after a slow first quarter. On the offensive side, junior tailback Stephen Carr is recovering from a hamstring strain and redshirt freshman tailback Markese Stepp suffered a torn ankle ligament that requires surgery and up to five weeks of recovery. Freshman wide receiver Munir McClain requires season-ending surgery for an ACL tear.  Two days after a dominant 41-14 win over Arizona, USC’s offense focused Monday’s practice on the quick turnaround before its road game against Colorado Friday.  Redshirt freshman running back Markese Stepp tore an ankle ligament during Saturday’s game and will miss three to five weeks. (James Wolfe / Daily Trojan) The Trojans hope that those answers lie in their deep roster. After a breakout performance with 103 rushing yards and two touchdowns against the Wildcats, freshman running back Kenan Christon was given the green light for the Colorado game. Christon will join redshirt junior tailback Quincy Jountti and redshirt senior cornerback Dominic Davis in filling the void at the position.  Friday may be the game for USC to finally turn its road struggles around as the Buffaloes are in the midst of a three-game losing streak. Both their offense and defense took embarrassing hits in a blowout loss to Washington State last weekend, meaning the Trojans’ patchwork lineup could still make easy work of the Buffs. “There’s injuries that happen all through the country and all college teams,” Helton said. “As a coach, we’re not paid to make excuses. We’re paid to find answers, and we’ll find those answers.” Helton expressed his confidence in their recovery and the team’s ability to make the necessary adjustments. “I feel a lot better [since] I first started playing here from the Stanford game, even getting reps from practice. As the one [quarterback], you get a lot more,” Slovis said.center_img Head coach Clay Helton provided updates on a roster that has been riddled with injuries the past few weeks.  Helton said Slovis will need to improve his decision-making within the pocket moving forward. Going into Slovis’s fourth start, Helton emphasized “letting the game come to him” as he improves his ability to escape the pocket for five or six-yard gains to avoid sacks. Four players missed the Arizona game, including redshirt senior defensive lineman Christian Rector and sophomore inside linebacker Palaie Gaoteote IV, who are both out indefinitely with ankle injuries. The other two, sophomore cornerback Olaijah Griffin and redshirt sophomore cornerback Greg Johnson, practiced Monday.  Colorado will be the fourth road game for the Trojans, who have yet to win a game outside the Coliseum. The narrow loss at No. 8 Notre Dame highlighted some defensive weaknesses but also proved the offense’s potential, with Slovis throwing for 255 passing yards. “I don’t know if it really matters that much being on the road,” Slovis said. “We haven’t won on the road, but you can see we can play well on the road. We did it with Notre Dame.” None of the six players injured Saturday are medically cleared for Friday’s game. Both redshirt freshman outside linebacker Abdul-Malik McClain and sophomore safety Talanoa Hufanga are out with shoulder dislocations. Standout freshman defensive end Drake Jackson suffered a high ankle sprain and returned to the sidelines Saturday in a boot.  Coming off a short week of rest, the Trojans’ performance in Colorado will provide a solid test of the bench’s ability to keep USC alive until its key players return. “Next man up” is the motto moving forward, but every lineup has an expendable limit. It is yet to be seen if the Trojans have reached theirs.last_img read more

Tourism marketers need to better understand Gen Z

first_imgTravel and tourism entities need to adapt to the expectations of Gen Z, consumers in their teens, because Gen Z is unlike previous generations.According to Carolyn Childs, co-founder of MyTravelResearch.com, Gen Z members are 100 per cent digital natives, born after 1995, who have grown up in an era of mobile devices and smartphones.They live in a world that is neither offline or online, but one seamless, interchangeable zone and are multi-taskers with short attention spans.Marketers will therefore have a much better chance of reaching them if they ‘game-ify’ their offer. If marketers don’t grab them quick with their marketing pitch, they will lose them in the blink on an eye, says Childs.Gen Z members have global values and want results at the press of a button, they demand respect, respond well to visual media, and can process information quickly.“They are proactive in that Gen Z see it as their job to make things right,” she argues. “They perceive the world as damaged and compromised by the more selfish generations that went before them.”Childs argues that Gen Z’s innate comfort with mobile technology has earned them respect from older generations, who have more money, but no instinctive digital know-how. Gen Z is heavily influenced by post-financial crash values.“In a globalised world defined by multi-culturism, diversity, bigger inequalities, and wrenching social change, Gen Z sees it as their job to make things right. They have little empathy with outmoded left versus right political parties. They see themselves as skilled, resourceful, flexible and comfortable working on their own towards a collective good,” says Childs.One of the big challenges facing tourism marketers trying to woo Gen Z members is how to market nature and outdoor experiences to a generation for whom “playing in the street has gone”.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more