Today is essentially a holiday, as much of Prince‘s catalog is now available for streaming on services like Apple Music and Spotify. Prince was famously against streaming services, but his estate has bills to pay following his untimely death in April 2016, so they cut a deal to bring his deep catalog to most of the popular mainstream music streaming services. While some of his later albums, such as 2004’s Musicology, are not available, there are now nineteen Prince albums available for streaming on Spotify, and twenty-five Prince albums available for streaming on Apple music.Let me repeat that.Let me repeat that. There are now nineteen Prince albums available for streaming on Spotify, and twenty-five Prince albums available for streaming on Apple music. Included in this release are classic albums like 1999, Sign O’ The Times, and Purple Rain, as well as fan favorites like Controversy and the soundtrack from the 1989 film Batman. Praise the funk gods, this is truly a miracle!In honor of this momentous musical occasion, we’ve compiled some of the most essential Prince songs that you can now find on streaming platforms, and have embedded them below for your listening pleasure. You’ll find a healthy mix of hit singles, deep cuts, and songs that are NSFW (looking at you, “Erotic City”…), all of which showcase a different side of Prince’s incredible musical talent. Prince mixed in elements of pop, punk, funk, jazz, and rock, all with an experimental approach that led to one of the most unique catalogs in modern music. Prince’s music was innovative (to say the least), and his full catalog and prodigal output couldn’t possibly be whittled down to just ten songs, so make sure to check out the entire catalog when you have the time.Without further adieu, here’s our list of 10 Essential Prince Songs (that you can now stream online).“I Wanna Be Your Lover” (1979)Released in 1979, “I Wanna Be Your Lover” was Prince’s first hit single. At the age of 21, Prince was still forming his identity (and his ego), and this song sounds like a disco-era Jackson Five record. The song is meticulously arranged, with a thumping beat and harmonized falsetto vocals mixing into pop perfection. The song’s outro showed Prince’s instrumental expertise and was a great launchpad for the over-the-top funky dance party that would mark the rest of his career.“Controversy” (1981)In two short years, Prince had become a controversial figure that had captivated the world of music. With the rise of Reagan-era politics, AIDS, and the crack epidemic, this pulsating single touched on a number of issues that were currently impacting the country. The song’s harmonized, talk-singing vocals and synth-based grooves are reminiscent of Parliament-Funkadelic, who undoubtedly influenced Prince’s overall sound. Prince includes lines about race, sexuality, and belief in god (Prince recites “The Lord’s Prayer” in full during the song) in the song, and turned this political number into the ultimate dance party.“1999” (1982)Prince made the end of the world sound funky as hell with “1999”. Playing off the apocalyptic undertones of the Cold War, Prince’s sinister-yet-playful line of “…life is just a party, and parties weren’t meant to last” connected with a generation of anxious music fans that were eager to ignore the perils of the world around them. “1999” made one thing clear: if the clock is ticking on the end of the world, we’re going to dance our way out.“When Doves Cry” (1984)By 1984, Prince ruled the airwaves. Purple Rain was a total smash, and “When Doves Cry” was the biggest hit from the landmark soundtrack. Prince was his most adventurous on this track, wailing on the guitar over a drum machine and a few synth loops. For an artist so deeply rooted in funk and R&B, Prince’s decision to not include bass on this track ushered in a new era for the world of experimental pop music.“I Would Die 4 U” (1984)Similar to “When Doves Cry”, “I Would Die 4 U” is a case-study in experimental pop music. The lyrics find Prince at his most Bowie-esque, adopting an androgynous personae while declaring true love. Musically, it’s just not realized just how much he pushed music into new territories. It’s reported that neither Prince nor anyone else in the Revolution could play the bass part for this song, so they connected a synth loop to the drum machine and programmed the part digitally, paving the way for more complicated music to enter the world of pop.“Purple Rain” (1984)Perhaps the best power ballad of all-time, “Purple Rain” is a powerful song that finds Prince at the apex of his talents. The combination of R&B, pop, and classic rock elements make for an awesome mixture. Prince’s vocals are passionate, the song has strings and horns there’s a gospel choir on the song’s chorus, and there’s undeniably incredible guitar playing throughout, including on the blistering solo that Prince takes in the middle of the song. “Purple Rain” isn’t Prince’s most fun song, but it’s certainly his most powerful.“Erotic City” (1984)If you didn’t know that Prince was a freak before “Erotic City”, you knew what he was all about as soon as you heard “Erotic City”. Perhaps the peak of Prince’s sexuality, Prince blurs the lines between the words “funk” and “fuck” for a playful, yet straightforward discussion of his own libido. This song marked the first appearance of Prince’s protégé/lover Sheila E, and the back-and-forth between the two singers is electric. Prince would admit later in his career that this song was inspired by Parliament-Funkadelic.“Kiss” (1986)Following the avant-garde Purple Rain, “Kiss” was a welcome return to the funky side of Prince. The song’s iconic guitar part is instantly recognizable, as is Prince’s now-familiar falsetto. The song is one of Prince’s most playful, and it’s impossible to not dance along when it comes on. “Kiss” is one of Prince’s five number one singles.“U Got The Look” (1987)Prince uses vocal effects to hide his voice and his persona on “U Got The Look”, which also features female vocalist Sheena Easton. Easton plays the foil to Prince’s sexually confident lead. It’s another pulsating funk number with an iconic guitar part, showing Prince’s ability to take something simplistic and turn it into something special and unique. There are elements of jazz fusion towards the end of the song, as Prince once again showcased his genre-bending abilities on “U Got The Look”.“Batdance” (1989)Another one of Prince’s five number one singles, “Batdance” is the final track on the soundtrack that Prince provided for the classic Tim Burton film. The song has two distinct parts, propelled by a thumping dance beat and raging electric guitar that marks the song’s beginning and end sections; the middle is straight funk. There are tons of samples from the movie itself, with lots of lines from Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Kim Basinger included in the song. The song is all over the place, but it shows Prince at both his wackiest and his most free.
New England transmission operator projects sharp rise in solar generation through 2028 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:ISO New England Tuesday discussed its 2019 solar power capacity forecast with stakeholders, which showed a regional cumulative installed capacity increase to 6,744 MW in 2028 from 2,884 MW at the end of 2018, a 134% jump.The grid operator’s Final 2019 PV Forecast that was presented to the Distributed Generation Forecast Working Group and posted on ISO-NE’s website, estimates the region will add 463.1 MW of total nameplate installed solar power capacity in 2019. Massachusetts is expected to provide 63%, or 292 MW, of the 2019 increase, with Connecticut providing the second-largest incremental increase of 68.4 MW.The grid operator’s regional annual solar energy forecast estimates 4,047 GWh will be produced in 2019, a figure that increases to 8,511 GWh in 2028.Properly accounting for behind-the-meter solar power output is important because these resources are connected to the distribution system and do not directly participate in the wholesale power markets. BTM solar resources impact the wholesale market by reducing load.BTM solar PV systems are forecast to reduce estimated summer peak load by 707.6 MW in 2019 and 1,050.6 MW in 2028, according to the grid operator.More: ISO-NE estimates solar power capacity will jump 134% over the next decade
Since 1928, La Sportiva has been has been designing high quality footwear to get you to, up, and from the mountains. We’ve been rocking the Nucleo High GTX Boot (La Sportiva’s most breathable boot to date) since April, and we’re smitten. We’ve put these boots to the test in the rolling mountains of the Appalachian Trail, the craggy peaks of Colorado, and the swamps of South Carolina. Each time we’ve been more impressed with the versatility of these leather, medium duty hiking boots.One of our favorite features of these boots is how breathable they are. Gore-Tex has been used in hiking boots for a long time, but the Nucleo features a material called ‘Gore-Tex Surround’. It consists of a polyester mesh insole that allows air to pass under the Gore-Tex bootie insert, negating many of the complaints users have when wearing Gore-Tex. The boots have full waterproof protection, while also BREATHING. It’s like yoga for your feet. We literally walked through the swamp of Congaree National Park and our feet were happier for it. These boots, when used with warm socks, offer good protection in the high snowfields of Colorado. At a pound each (5 ounces under the average weight for leather boots) these lightweight champs are still kicking in the final round.The breathability and waterproofing of the Nucleo, while extremely important to us, were outshined by their most important feature… durability. The Nucleo is made from rugged Nubuck leather and Sportiva’s proprietary Nano-Cell mesh that makes the boot feel indestructible while offering the breathability that you would expect from a synthetic option. While we have put them to the test in the field (scree, talus, and boulder), we appreciate their durability in daily van living. We throw them on, forget to lace them, chuck ‘em out of our mudroom (the step up to get into the van) and otherwise beat these boots up on a daily basis, and they withstand it all. After one particular rainy (think torrential downpour) day, both pairs changed color with the stain of two-inch thick mud. After a quick hose off, we ended up with dry feet and Nucelos with a story.We also like how well the boot grips on different types of surfaces. La Sportiva has a long history of making particularly sticky shoes- it’s their specialty. The Nucleo’s Vibram Nano Sole with Impact Brake System is no exception. This sole was designed to help cushion and stick to terrain when moving fast down hill. The downward push into the front of your boot after a long descent where you end up with hot blisters on the ends of all your toes just doesn’t happen here. Between the Brake System and the lace system, you’ve got a boot that fits like a glove.All boots (especially leather boots) have a break in period. We were surprised how little we noticed them on our first day out. We climbed over 1000ft in the soggy Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Brevard, NC. Over 20 miles later, no blisters, no hot spots, no problem. One of us has fat feet and needs a wide toe box, the other needs flex in the sole to move more naturally while hiking (you guess which is which). We were worried about throwing on new boots and jumping on trail, but the toe box fit perfectly, and the lightness allowed for easy movement. We completely forgot we were wearing them, the perfect outcome for a break in period.On the east coast, we tested these boots on a hike in Table Rock State Park, outside of Greenville, South Carolina. It’s a steep, rugged hike that ascends 2,000 feet to the summit of Table Rock Mountain. It was one of those blistering hot days in the south, where the humidity soaks through your clothes, but we were confident the Nucleo would be our best choice. There was plenty of scrambling on this route and we wanted the trustworthiness of the Gore-Tex sole under our toes. The breathability let our feet stay cool while also keeping us steady on the rocks.We took these boots on our first backpacking trip of the year outside of Buena Vista, Colorado. We packed in 6 miles on the Brown’s Creek Trail and summited Mt. Antero (14,275 ft) on the following day. We did a fair amount of research on our route before heading out, but in early summer in Colorado, conditions change daily. We were expecting mud, snow, and slippery conditions. We found a little bit of all of that and were able to handle it with the Nucleo with no problem. The boots kept us dry on the muddy trails, stuck to the rock as we scrambled up steep boulder fields, and handled the extra thirty pounds of our packs nicely.When you can find one boot that conforms to your feet, and your lifestyle, with ease, it’s a keeper. Feel free to ask us any questions about the boot below, or suggest some hikes on which you think these boots would shine. We will be happy to keep exploring with these boots leading the way.
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The members of a government-sanctioned joint fact-finding team (TGPF) for the Intan Jaya shooting case have convinced the wife and family members of slain Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani to allow the body to be autopsied as part of an ongoing investigation.Benny Mamoto of the National Police Commission (Kompolnas), who leads the field investigation unit, said the autopsy agreement was made during an initial investigation to gather information from Yeremia’s family.“Family consent for the autopsy was given by Yeremia’s family members, so it is only a matter of following up by the investigators,” Benny told The Jakarta Post on Monday. Four members of Yeremia’s family signed a police interrogation report (BAP) affirming their statements as witnesses after previously refusing to sign one, Benny said.He said the statements of the family members were necessary for the initial investigation because they were the last people who were with the victim before he was killed.“The witnesses were the ones who were at the scene of the crime, so the reports are about what they saw, what they experienced, what they heard from the victim and other things related to the victim,” Benny said.Read also: Papuans doubtful over govt team to probe shootings At first, the family members declined to sign the BAP, he said. He believed the reluctance was because of the language barrier, limited knowledge of the law and input from other parties.“We invited religious and community leaders to convince them and explain the legal process and the importance of witness testimony. Their interpreter also signed one, so they felt more comfortable and confident,” Benny added.The joint team has examined the scene of the shooting, the cemetery and the church and has questioned the victim’s family and a number of other witnesses.Benny said the team would continue investigating the shooting despite experiencing an attack reportedly launched by the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) on Friday.“We will analyze and evaluate all the information, and we will report it to the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister [Mahfud MD] as the person in charge,” added Benny.He acknowledged that the difficult terrain and limited transportation and communication access were obstacles for the team.In addition to Yeremia’s death, which occurred on Sept. 19, the team will investigate other deaths that took place around the same time in September, including the shooting of a civilian named Badawi and of two TNI soldiers, Chief. Sgt. Sahlan and First Pvt. Dwi Akbar.The team has been given two weeks, starting from the formation of the group on Oct. 1, to report the results of the investigation to the government.Topics :
PME’s policy funding level had already dropped to 101.6% at November-end, when its €72bn sister scheme PMT reported a coverage of 102.5%.Both metal schemes have been underfunded since 2015. In order to avoid benefit cuts, their policy funding levels must improve to at least 104.3% by the end of 2019 when their five-year recovery plans expire.Meanwhile, at the end of November, the policy funding level of the €206bn healthcare scheme PFZW stood at 101.6%. The coverage ratio of the €406bn civil service pension fund ABP dropped to 104.4% at the same point.Funding of both schemes must be at least 104.3% at the end of 2020 in order to avoid having to cut accrued benefits and payments to pensioners.In November, the policy funding level of BpfBouw, the €58bn pension fund for the construction industry, stood at the relatively safe level of 118.7%.Market and interest rate developmentsMercer said that developed market equities lost 8.2% in December, for Dutch investors operating a 50% hedge of the main currencies. Investments without a currency hedge lost 8.4%. Emerging market equities incurred a 3.5% loss.According to Aon Hewitt, equity markets fell 5% over the course of last year.Equity index performance, Q3 2018Chart MakerIn addition, interest rates continued to slide. Following a drop of 4bps in November, the 30-year euro swap rate – the main criterion for discounting liabilities – fell by 9bps to 1.37% in December, according to Mercer.The consultancy attributed the development to lower inflation expectations, as well as a flight to AAA-rated government bonds.Aon Hewitt estimated that the interest rate fall in November had increased Dutch pension funds’ aggregate liabilities by 1.7%.Mercer reported that only bonds posted gains in December, with euro-denominated government bonds and credit generating 0.9% and 0.3%, respectively.Listed property and commodities lost 6.3% and 7.8%, respectively, it said.According to Aon Hewitt, pension funds’ investment portfolios lost 2.3% on average in December.Mortality data offers small reprieveThe consultancies said the only substantial windfall for Dutch pension funds last year was the switch to new mortality tables, which meant a funding improvement of approximately 1 percentage point on average.Based on Mercer’s funding figures, the financial position of Dutch schemes was little changed over the course of last year: at 2017-end, the average policy funding stood at 107% on average. Relative to the introduction of the new financial assessment framework (nFTK) in 2015, when policy funding was 110% on average, pension funds’ financial health has actually deteriorated.Frank Driessen, Aon’s head of pensions, highlighted that the pensions sector did not have additional time for adjustments necessary to implement a new pension agreement. However, he also said that past experience had shown that politics would not allow new cuts to pension payments.“Under specific conditions, sudden adjustments have turned out to be possible,” he said, adding that “even the tiniest cuts would have an enormous impact on the image of pensions”.UK schemes hit by asset price volatilityMeanwhile, in the UK, JLT Employee Benefits has estimated that December’s volatile market conditions caused the combined shortfall of UK defined benefit pension schemes to increase by £59bn (€65.1bn), more than doubling the aggregate deficit in the space of a month.Across all private sector DB funds the aggregate funding level fell to 93%, from 97% at the end of November and 99% at the end of July – the highest level recorded by JLT during 2018.Over the course of last year, the overall funding level of UK schemes improved slightly from 92% to 93%, as the aggregate deficit improved from a shortfall of £150bn at the end of 2017 to £107bn as of 31 December 2018, JLT said. A number of Dutch pension funds – including four of the largest – have fallen further into the danger zone as a result of falling equity markets and declining interest rates in December, with potential benefit cuts looming on the horizon.Following market declines in early October and December, discounts to pension payments and accrued benefits have become a more real prospect. Consultancy Mercer said that schemes’ coverage ratio had fallen 4 percentage points to 104% on average in December.Mercer added that the “policy funding” level – the 12-month average of the coverage ratio, and the main criterion for cuts and indexation decisions under the Netherlands’ financial assessment framework – had fallen by 1 percentage point to stand at 108% at December-end.During a presentation of its third-quarter figures, the €47bn metal scheme PME indicated that it was already worried about the potential for further recovery of its funding position, which required rising interest rates, according to Eric Uijen, chairman of the executive board.
It sure looked easy on paper, and on the scoreboard.Team Hat-Trick Swayze coasted to the Co-Ed Open Division crown at the Nelson Youth Soccer Winter Tournament held during the holidays at the Indoor Facility on Cedar Street. The Team cruised to the title in the three-team open division.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the squad with Team of the Week honours.