Month: August 2019

Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund joins BlackRock and KKR in landmark Abu Dhabi oil investment

View of Abu Dhabi’s skyline at sunset from Dhow Harbour in the UAE. Getty Images Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC has joined major Wall Street investors in a landmark oil pipeline partnership with Abu Dhabi’s National Oil Company (ADNOC), bringing the total investment in the project to nearly $5 billion. The move, which will see GIC invest $600 million in select ADNOC crude pipeline infrastructure, follows a deal signed in February between the United Arab Emirates’ national oil company and U.S. heavyweights BlackRock and KKR. The $4 billion agreement marked the first time institutional investors joined forces with a Middle

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Kamala Harris has a student debt forgiveness plan, but it’s complicated

Sen. Kamala Harris Elijah Nouvelage | Reuters Student debt has become a central issue in the 2020 presidential campaign. First, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., proposed canceling $640 billion of it. Then Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he’d erase all $1.6 trillion of it. Now Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has released a plan to forgive student debt. Well, sort of. Borrowers will have a lot of boxes to check before they can get the $20,000 in student debt forgiveness on the table in her proposal. They will have to be 1) a Pell Grant Recipient who 2) starts a business in

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Jury told Katy Perry hit ‘Dark Horse’ earned $41M

LOS ANGELES – The penalty phase of a copyright infringement trial over Katy Perry’s hit “Dark Horse” opened Tuesday with attorneys for the creators of a Christian rap song telling jurors that the pop superstar’s 2013 song earned $41 million overall.

The figure will be a key point of contention in determining how much Perry and her collaborators owe the makers of the 2009 song “Joyful Noise.” Most of the dispute will centre on the $31 million Capitol Records received from the song. The label contends that after factoring in costs, its profit was a mere $630,000.

Perry’s lawyers say her “Dark Horse” earnings amounted to $3.2 million, minus $800,000 in costs.

“I don’t want to give away any spoilers here, but some of the costs, get ready to roll your eyes,” said attorney Michael Kahn, who represents “Joyful Noise” artist Marcus Gray.

Capitol Records defence attorney Aaron Wais said during opening statements that the old adage about spending money to make money is true with songs such as “Dark Horse.”

“What makes a Katy Perry song profitable? Katy Perry,” Wais said.

Testimony about Capitol Records’ costs in creating and promoting “Dark Horse” will begin Wednesday.

On Monday, a jury returned a unanimous verdict that found the pop hit copied elements of “Joyful Noise,” a song Gray released under the stage name Flame.

“Dark Horse,” a hybrid of pop, trap and hip-hop sounds that was the third single of Perry’s 2013 album “Prism,” spent four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2014. It earned Perry a Grammy Award nomination and was part of her 2015 Super Bowl halftime performance.

While copyright infringement claims are common in music, they rarely result in such losses for high-profile artists.

A jury in 2015 returned a multimillion verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell over their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.” The judgment, which remains on appeal, was in favour of the children of Marvin Gaye, who sued alleging that “Blurred Lines” copied from their father’s hit “Got to Give It Up.”

A 2016 trial over the Zed Zeppelin hit “Stairway to Heaven” ended with a jury concluding that its signature riff did not significantly resemble the song “Taurus,” written by the late Randy Wolfe and performed by his band Spirit. That case is also on appeal.

Jurors in the “Dark Horse” case found all six songwriters and all four corporations that released and distributed the songs were liable, including Perry and Sarah Hudson, who wrote only the song’s words, and Juicy J, who only wrote the rap he provided for the song. Perry was not present when the verdict was read.

Other defendants found liable were Capitol Records as well as Perry’s producers: Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut, who came up with the song’s beat.

Gray’s attorneys argued that the beat and instrumental line featured through nearly half of “Dark Horse” are substantially similar to those of “Joyful Noise.” Gray wrote the song with his co-plaintiffs Emanuel Lambert and Chike Ojukwu.

Her attorneys argued that the song sections in question represent the kind of simple musical elements that if found to be subject to copyright would hurt music and all songwriters.

“They’re trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone,” Perry’s lawyer Christine Lepera said during closing arguments Thursday.

The defendants’ musical expert testified that the musical patterns in dispute were as simple as “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

But the jury of six women and three men disagreed, finding that the bumping beat and riff at the centre of “Joyful Noise” were original enough to be copyrighted.

Perry and the song’s co-authors testified during the seven-day trial that none of them had heard the song or heard of Gray before the lawsuit, nor did they listen to Christian music.

Gray’s attorneys had only to demonstrate, however, that “Joyful Noise” had wide dissemination and could have been heard by Perry and her co-authors. They provided as evidence that it had millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify, and that the album it’s included on was nominated for a Grammy.

“They’re trying to shove Mr. Gray into some gospel music alleyway that no one ever visits,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Michael A. Kahn during closing arguments, when he also pointed out that Perry had begun her career as a Christian artist.

Jurors agreed, finding that the song was distributed widely enough that the “Dark Horse” writers may well have heard it.

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Follow Katie Campione at https://twitter.com/katie_campione and AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton at https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton .

Katie Campione And Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press



The Show, Pink was in the Zurich Letzigrund Stadion – view

A bit of Cirque du Soleil at the Letzigrund: As Pink (39) yesterday evening, it quickly becomes clear: The singer is in her best shape. In all respects. During Pink the acrobatics Deposit delivers your vertigo, sitting every sound. The voice of Alecia Beth Moore, Pink is called with civil name, is as good today as 18 years ago, as “Get the Party Started” worldwide Charts by storm.

trapeze show, fireworks, and feminist Videos

In the more than two-hour Show in the US-pop star provides around 48’000 Fans to a perfectly choreographed Show: To turn Hitsongs such as “What About Us”, “Just like A Pill” or “Beautiful Trauma” Pink above and on the stage of your dancers swing through the air, to land effortlessly.

The entertainer served their Fans a trapeze show and fireworks, shows on the video screen, images of her broken youth and a feminist Clip, in which she makes her daughter’s courage to be self-aware and to remain non-conformist – a Potpourri of pink’s Pop-culture.

goosebumps moment for the Cover-Version of

Then, a first goosebumps moment when the Cover Version of Cindy Lauper’s “Time After Time”: The singer lets the audience sing, thousands of cell phone lights, like the eyes of mothers and daughters, couples, old and young Fans.

Between Songs, the mother of two happily flirts with the audience: A young woman in the first row, a message of Love high, gives Pink a long, intimate hug. She gives autographs forearms and commented on this, laughing: “I love it, directly on the skin to sign.” Pink gets Plüschtierli given to Biberli and a bag of Basler Läckerli, which reads, “Next Stop, Basel?”.

The platinum blonde American seems to be the exchange with your Swiss audience to enjoy, looks happy and relaxed. Throws a flag with the Swiss cross on the shoulders and says: “I love this place.”

Pink flying over the audience

Shortly before the end of the Show Pink flies “So What” – of several ropes attached to, yet again, across the crowd and lands on steel pillars in the middle of the stadium – the audience holds the breath. The singer turns around on itself, remaining in the Handstand stand,n then the same again loszuwirbeln. It is a contribution Acrobatics, with the help of the artist, loose in any circus could occur.

At the last ballad “Glitter in the Air” (English: glitter in the air) it starts to make sense figuratively to rain. The Schalk is back in hot pink eyes: “This is perfect. Now I can make a Wet T-Shirt Contest,” she says, laughing, the Fans with laughter.

So much honest charm and attitude like the Swiss audience. A pink and perfect completion of the stadium concert of the season in 2019.

Ski: algae and Broccoli-health makes Carlo Janka strong – view

He drives a single into the Top Ten, in ninth place in the downhill in Soldeu, – Carlo Janka, from his own claims in the last Winter meet. The self-analysis of the last Swiss overall world Cup winner (season 2009/10): “I’m going to physically work very hard. I need more Power, the race can pull to.” to detoxify

To his body, the Grisons, whose lädiertes cross is grown band back together, in the spring – in culinary terms – the toughest time of his life. “I was fed during six weeks of almost exclusively of green stuff. No meat, no Pasta. A lot of algae, Broccoli and salad. Since this course, I feel that in my body again, everything is better in the river.”

The cross with the cross

From 88 to 78 pounds of Obersaxer hungry in this time. “Carlos sight has gave me downright scared, when he appeared in may to the first training session,” says Janka conditioning coach Michi Bont.

But in the meantime, Janka body gorgeously designed – he brings currently 90 kilos of muscle mass on the balance. In contrast to the last six years, the 32-Year-old put in training again, a lot more Weights.

“Carlo is no longer dare to because of his back problems for years in the heavy weights,” says Bont. “Therefore, he lacked in the races, often the energy. Now, we have developed a strength training, with which he can cope with much higher loads, without the back becomes stretched.”

pregnant lady

Nevertheless, a problem area remains the back. At the end of last week, he felt a Tweak in the cross, which is why he trained with Mauro Caviezel, alternatively, on the BMX track in Domat/Ems.

In deeper descent squat-Position is accomplished the two by using in-line Skates on the course. “A run on this railway will take approximately two minutes and ten seconds,” says Bont. “So we can have a world Cup downhill with respect to the load limit can be simulated. The legs burn in the last third of the race will be just as fierce as on the track.”

Janka pulls through his runs on the BMX track, despite burning legs fully. So he impressed hockey Star Nino Niederreiter, who is trained in the summer of Bont. “I know Carlo for a good four years,” said Niederreiter, “but so strong as it is now, I’ve seen him in Training, never.”

by the end of next week, Janka indents with Beat Feuz and co. to glacier training in Zermatt. After returning from the Valais, he has to prove himself in a different role – his highly pregnant lady Jenny has at the end of August, the date of birth.

Avaya, Tenfold to Deliver Better Intelligence

Avaya, Tenfold to Deliver Better Intelligence

August 1, 2019

Tenfold’s telephony integration capabilities to feed customer interaction data directly into service and CRM management platforms

Avaya and cloud telephony integration specialist Tenfold are teaming up to connect call centers with service and customer relationship management (CRM) systems to feed client interaction activity directly into applications for retention and analysis. The intent is to improve operational efficiency and value through better customer support analytics, the companies say.

“Customer expectations have changed, putting demands on sales and service teams to deliver personalized and contextual experiences at scale in real time. Our joint clients will benefit from this strategic partnership, creating seamless integrated experiences for their customers and employees across all interactions and channels,” said Jeff Cotten, CEO of Tenfold. “Voice powers more than 60 percent of customer interactions, but typically, voice interaction data lives across siloed systems, limiting companies’ ability to operationalize AI. This partnership will unlock that data, connecting it into a company’s CRM [system and] empowering joint customers to drive predictive customer engagement.”