Demi Lovato Brings Mental Health Front And Center During Tour

first_img Twitter The GRAMMY nominee is raising awareness for mental health while on tour through her CAST on Tour program, which kicked off Feb. 26 in San DiegoRenée FabianGRAMMYs Feb 27, 2018 – 2:24 pm As she embarks on her Tell Me You Love Me tour in support of her 2017 album of the same name, Demi Lovato isn’t just sharing her inspirational music with fans around the world, she’s making a difference by raising awareness for mental health.For the second consecutive tour, the GRAMMY nominee is again bringing along CAST on Tour, an initiative of the mental health advocacy organization CAST Foundation. She previously teamed with the recovery center during last year’s co-headlining Future Now tour with Nick Jonas.The pre-show sessions will allow Lovato and Mike Bayer, founder/CEO of CAST Centers and chairman of the CAST Foundation, to discuss mental health awareness while giving space to attendees to share their own personal experiences with mental illness.The initiative kicked off Feb. 26 in San Diego, where Lovato invited student survivors of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., to attend the session. Lovato also brought the students — Julius Castillo, Mackenzie Marie Chapman, Samantha Megan Deitsch, Maia Hebron, Eden Hebron, and Sarah Stricker — onstage during her performance later in the evening, in addition to inviting the audience to donate toward mental health resources for the students impacted by the school shooting through a CAST Foundation text donation.Tonight is the night! We also have #CASTontour back!! Make sure you guys are following @castcenters and @castontour on Instagram for a chance to join us and see who is speaking — Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 26, 2018CAST on Tour will follow Lovato for 20 tour dates, including stops Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Philadelphia, among others, concluding on March 31 in Tampa, Fla. Lovato’s world tour, with special guests DJ Khaled and Kehlani, will continue around the globe through June 27.”Bringing CAST on Tour was very important to me because I want to be able to reach and inspire my fans. Tonight was our first night of the tour and it was incredibly special,” Lovato said in a statement. “I was able to bring out and meet a few of the students that had to experience the shooting in Florida on the 14th. It was such an honor to meet them and hear their courageous stories. I want to make sure their voices are being heard and we can provide them with the mental health and post-trauma care they need.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email Facebook Demi Lovato Advocates For Mental Health On Tour demi-lovato-brings-mental-health-front-and-center-during-tour Demi Lovato Brings Mental Health Front And Center During Tour News last_img read more

Belkin readies new USBC and Lightning headphones at CES 2019

first_img Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Headphones Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 85 Photos Enlarge ImageBelkin’s RockStar headphones with Lightning connector arrive this summer. Now word yet on pricing. Belkin Belkin makes an accessory called the Rockstar Lightning Audio + Charge Splitter that allows you to use your Lightning headphones while charging your Lightning-equipped Apple device. Now it’s announced a new RockStar in-ear Lightning headphone that’s due to ship this summer followed by a USB-C version of the same product.There’s no word on pricing yet but hopefully they’ll sound better and cost around the same as a pair of Apple Earpods, which can be found online for around $25. You can also (obviously) make calls with them. Here are the Belkin RockStar headphones’ key specs:Durable construction with MFi certification.Silicon ear tips provide enhanced fit and seal for noise isolation.Sweat and water resistant.On sale summer 2019 from Belkin.com.RockStar Headphones with USB-C Connector coming later this year.Available in black or white.rockstar-lightning-whtEnlarge ImageIn white. Belkin Tags 0 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • Belkin readies new USB-C and Lightning headphones at CES 2019 See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Post a comment Apple • CES 2019 Belkin CES Products Applelast_img read more

Raising womens workforce can raise GDP by Rs 46 lakh crore in

first_imgIncreasing the women’s participation in the country’s workforce could add Rs 46 lakh crore ($700 billion) to India’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2025, according to a study.Bridging the gender gap will boost the economic activity in the country, resulting in incremental GDP growth of 1.4% per year, said a study by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI).”About 70 percent of the increase would come from raising India’s female labour-force participation rate from 31 percent at present to 41 percent in 2025. This would bring 68 million more women into the economy over this period,” said the report.Currently, the contribution of women to India’s GDP stands at 17%, which is much lower than the global average of 31%.”The Indian economy will obviously gain if we bridge the gender gap in the workplace, but this gap cannot be plugged if we don’t consider gender equality in society and change our social attitudes and unconscious bias towards women,” Moneycontrol.com quoted Rajat Gupta, Director, McKinsey & Company India, as saying.According to report titled ‘The Power of Parity: Advancing Women’s Equality in India’, the time spent by Indian women on unpaid work is nearly 10 times higher than the time spent by men on such work.”If this unpaid work could be valued and compensated, it would contribute USD 0.3 trillion (Rs 20 lakh crore) to India’s economic output,” the report noted.Besides, India’s GDP will see a contribution of $2.9 trillion from women in 2025, if they “play an identical role in labour markets as men” the report added.last_img read more

Audit Prompts Changes To Help Houston Fire Departments Building Inspectors

first_imgThe Houston Controller last week released an audit of the Houston Fire Department’s Life Safety Bureau, which inspects buildings. City Controller Chris Brown told “Houston Matters” that, as an example, only 526 of Houston’s more than 5,000 apartment buildings were inspected in the last two years — well below the bureau’s goal of 470 apartment inspections per month.“It could have been that they have inspected more of these units. They don’t have records that are accurately reflecting that they had, in fact. There were records that were found on older databases, in logs and even in notepads in the various inspectors’ desks.”New Fire Chief Samuel Pena is already implementing changes, and says he wants to improve the bureau’s database.“We’re not able to share information between departments to refine our risk-based approach. If the Department of Health has cited a particular company because their range hood extinguishing system is clogged with grease, that’s important for us because that could present a fire hazard.”Pena says a consultant is helping develop a risk-based inspection program. It would prioritize buildings that need more frequent inspections, such as petroleum or chemical companies, schools and day cares and so on. X 00:00 /01:15 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more

When music met physics

first_imgThey claim to be interested in quantum physics but are one of the upcoming metal bands in the city. Intrigued? We are too. Here’s talking to Heisenberg on what makes them tick, physics or music, or both.Where does the name of your band come from?Heisenberg was a renowned physicist. The members of our band have been fascinated with quantum physics and the name goes off pretty well when you are writing songs which deal with waves, consciousness and uncertainty in life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How did you start off?We were playing for various bands, sessioning for some, sharing our members and generally doing covers at college fests. Soon we realised the limitations of being another cover band. So we hit the studio in 2010 to record our first song, Thickskinned, which was a very rough recording with midi bass track and very weird programmed drums — but it helped us strengthen our profile and allowed us to participate in a lot of great college fests. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat is your original brand of music? Do you guys have a signature sound?We haven’t found our signature sound yet but we are a heavy metal band with a lot of influences from jazz, Indian classical as well as groove metal groups. How has it been thus far?We have been around for two years now. Though there were no issues about the line-up initially and we were still learning the tricks and ways a band gradually learns from experience- dealing with our tones, gear, trying to balance college life with this and later, trying out a lot of people (which was a frustrating time for us). Now we have the right people to deliver the right sound and take this journey in the right direction.How did it feel to perform with three other bands at Metal Battle I?These are one of the finest upcoming bands in the scene. We had heard a lot about Winter Gate. Silent Existence and Jehovah are killer too. What plans for 2013?We hope to play more gigs, travel to new places and let people know about what we do. Also, expect an independent album release.last_img read more

Tamang set to meet North Bengal Varsity authorities to resolve impasses

first_imgDarjeeling: Binay Tamang, chairman, Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, will convene a meeting with the authorities of University of North Bengal and principals of various hill colleges affiliated to the university on September 8 at the Lalkothi, the GTA secretariat in Darjeeling.The meeting is aimed at finding a solution to the impasses that have cropped up, with the university having introduced the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). College authorities apprehend that the winter vacations will have to be done away with, under the CBCS. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHill college students, anticipating multiple problems, especially in winters, had appealed for intervention by both the state government and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). The students of Southfield College (formerly Loreto College, Darjeeling), recently submitted memorandums to the MLA, Darjeeling and chairman, GTA, requesting them to take up the matter with the state government. “The meeting will be attended by the Vice-Chancellor, registrar and secretary, Undergraduate Council of the University of North Bengal. The GTA aims at creating a conducive environment for students, hence the meeting has been convened to find a way out,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe GTA had written to the university for a meeting to resolve the impasse. In reply, the registrar, University of North Bengal, in a letter dated August 20, confirmed the participation of the university authorities on September 8. “The University of North Bengal has to conduct all the undergraduate examinations for its affiliated colleges, irrespective of locations of the hills and the plains. The stipulation of 90 teaching days per semester have the mandate of the UGC, which has to be followed while the undergraduate examinations are conducted,” stated the letter. The letter further stated that the university believes in deliberations and democratic practices. “The Vice-Chancellor shall certainly hear from the hill college principals to resolve the issue in the joint meeting,” added the letter. Under the CBCS system, examinations will be held every six months. Sessions will be from July to December and from January to June. The duration of each class will be for an hour, with 5 classes a day. There is no break in this system. Under the annual system, the hill colleges would break for winter recess in January and restart in mid-February. “We are anticipating curtailment of winter recess to accommodate this new system. This will cause numerous complications for students, especially girls,” stated Dipika Thapa, student representative, Southfield College.last_img read more