Jane Kennedy is an architect with 35 years’ experience in the care and development of historic buildings and has played a key role in securing the future of some of the finest historic buildings in the country.Professor Sir David Cannadine is a distinguished academic with an international reputation, having written pioneering and influential works of history on many subjects, including on the British monarchy.The roles are not remunerated. These reappointments have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Both Jane and Sir David have declared no such political activity.
Shazam, the app that listens and recognizes what song is playing, has been a cutting-edge product since the company’s inception in 1999. The company’s widely useful and universally in-demand audio recognition technology has put them at the forefront of the space for years, and made Shazam one of the most popular apps in the world. To “Shazam” is now widely recognized and utilized as a verb in conversation.According to a report from TechCrunch, the British company is in the process of finalizing a deal to sell Shazam to U.S. tech giant Apple for sums estimated to be north of $400M. The move will allow Apple to further improve their music delivery capabilities and make for a more immersive listening experience for their customers.In recent years, the company has extended the technology beyond helping you remember “who sings that song that’s playing right now” It also integrates with other apps like Snapchat and Apple’s Siri, and it currently sends lots of traffic to other music apps like Spotify and Apple Music, which pay Shazam when those clicks convert to purchases. The Shazam app is now used as an interactive tool for advertisers, bars and restaurants, music venues and more. Shazam’s augmented reality brand marketing service lets you discover content based on pictures that you snap with the app. “You came for music, stay to experience McDonald’s Karaoke, MTN Dew VR Racing and much more,” is the company’s pitch on this feature.It’s not clear which of these operations will carry on post-acquisition, and which of these might be something that Apple would integrate into its own business (and how), but it’s notable that much of what Shazam does is very synergistic with what Apple apple already has in place and in the works. It’s likely that the technology will be used to attract more users to the Apple Music platform.This is not the first large-scale acquisition Apple has made in the music space in recent memory. In 2014, Apple acquired Beats for more than $3B, and absorbed Beats’ executive team–including Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, and Trent Reznor–into the Apple family to continue pushing the limits of the product/service they created with the help of the tech monolith. Beats became the basis for Apple Music, which has roughly 30 million users as of this Fall (Spotify has 60 million paying customers, and 140 million overall).We are excited to see what the inventive minds at Apple will be able to think up to improve the music listening experience using Shazam’s unique technology.[via TechChrunch]
Young voters found more pragmatic than progressive In addition to registering young people to vote, such groups provide access to information about policies and candidates, as well as “the mechanics of actually voting,” said Dawn Boudwin, deputy executive director of network strategy for the Alliance for Youth Action. “We have crews on the ground: calling folks, texting folk, doing relational organizing.”Such outreach matters, she says, “because what we hear is ‘Young people don’t turn out,’ and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Some of this originates in the campaigns, she said. “We don’t invest in turning them out like we do with the Boomers.”The problem may be more fundamental, said Dakota Hall, executive director of LIT. Young people “are not being taught they need to be civically engaged in schools,” he said. His group is attempting to counter this with a high school program that “builds activists and lifetime voters.”“Young people are registering in high numbers. They’re turning out for events in high numbers,” said Hall, pointing to protests and successes with regional actions such as removing police officers from schools. “This is the moment that will determine their lives, especially young people of color.“It’s game time,” he added, looking ahead not only to Nov. 3 but to an energized young electorate that will keep pushing for its issues. “Folks are feeling anxious but also excited to do some amazing work.” Related Getting out the vote Fall poll finds them divided on the scope and style of change needed for the nation American voters don’t hate ambitious women, after all Tova Wang on how young people can affect democracy, in advance of National Voter Registration Day Pulled to the polls Study finds some differences in attitude, though, depending on party All indications are that young voters, those 18 to 29, will line up for next month’s presidential election in record numbers, further advancing the generational shift of political power taking place in America.An online seminar Tuesday hosted by the Institute of Politics and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation handicapped what the balloting may tell us about the future of elections and public policy priorities. At “Young Voters Could Decide the Election: Will They?,” pollsters, academics, and on-the-ground organizers shared the signs of a potential youth wave while also discussing the issues that engage young voters and the obstacles in their way.The growth in youth turnout isn’t news. Opening the Zoom panel, moderator Abby Kiesa, director of impact at the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, discussed the “massive turnout” in 2018, which saw double-digit increases in voters aged 19‒29 in 31 states. But despite rises in participation and voter registration, she said, the complications of COVID-19 put the growing youth influence at risk.Young voters are certainly eager to be involved, said Justin Tseng ’22, co-chair of the Harvard Public Opinion Project. According to the project’s September polling, “This is going to be a youth-driven election,” he said. Indeed, the findings of the national poll of 18- to 29-year-olds point to three conclusions. “Enthusiasm is way up,” said Tseng, noting that 63 percent of respondents said they’d definitely be voting, compared with 47 percent four years ago. Intriguingly, his group also found that the issues that engage young voters have shifted. Although health care, education, and mental health remain concerns, the economy has moved to the forefront, as has the pandemic. In terms of jobs and unemployment, he noted, “Young people are bearing the brunt of COVID-19.” “This is the moment that will determine their lives, especially young people of color. It’s game time.” — Dakota Hall, executive director of Leaders Igniting Transformation Harvard students, staff step up to work elections Finally, said Tseng, young voters are leaning toward Biden by an even larger margin than they supported Obama in 2008, which saw the highest youth turnout sine 1984 (the earliest election for which the project has numbers). While enthusiasm for the Democratic candidate lags behind what it was for Obama, he reported, Biden leads by 33 percent among respondents, while Obama only had a 29 percent lead. (For more findings and results from October polling as it becomes available, see https://iop.harvard.edu/youth-poll.)These numbers are only predictions, of course, and Tseng acknowledged that self-reported “likely” voters don’t always make it to the polls. However, he noted, the gap between likely and actual voters tends to remain constant. “When we see the number of respondents saying that they’re likely voters increase, the number of voters goes up as well,” he said.Michael Hanmer, a professor in the department of government and politics at the University of Maryland, agreed. “Youth turnout is going to be through the roof,” he said. Still, Hanmer, whose studies focus on elections, public opinion, voting behavior, and political methodology, foresees potential problems. “My biggest concern is that with anything that’s relatively new, there’s the potential for mistakes,” he said. “With so many people voting for the first time or voting by mail for the first time, we have to be careful.”The work of helping young voters navigate the system is increasingly falling to advocacy groups like Wisconsin’s Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT), a nonprofit group aimed at increasing Black and brown youth involvement, and the Alliance for Youth Action, a nationwide network of progressive youth advocacy groups.
View Comments Congrats to newest members of the @DancingABC troupe – @dennisjauch, @kirilkulish, @shannonholtz #DWTS #DancingOnGMAhttps://t.co/k2ER1oT9kJ— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 8, 2016 Kiril Kulish(Photo courtesy of Beata Mandell/Fifth Avenue Management) Kiril Kulish is all grown up and heading to primetime. The Billy Elliot title role Tony winner has announced that he will take the small screen as a member of Dancing with the Stars’ dance troupe. But that hardly means he would not “Shine” on the Great White Way again if given the chance.“That is actually a big dream of mine, to choreograph [for Broadway],” Kulish told Broadway.com. “Ever since I’ve been dancing, I never really let other people choreograph for me. I always want to take control. I definitely would love to choreograph a new show on Broadway one day or absolutely be a part of one [again] too.”Lucky for the “Born to Boogie” boy, he will have the opportunity to choreograph on DWTS. “We of course are in a lot of the dancers’ numbers with the celebrities,” Kulish told us. “We get to be on the creative end a bit.” In fact, Kulish was tapped for the ABC series’ kid-version at age 13. However, he was already under contract with Billy Elliot, which would go on to win ten Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical.As for Dancing with the Stars vets Kulish looks up to, he told Broadway.com, “I can definitely relate to [Derek Hough] because he’s very versatile. Derek is a good guy. He told me to just enjoy it.” Triple threat Derek Hough has taken home the DWTS trophy six times and is Broadway-bound for producer Harvey Weinstein’s Singin’ in the Rain revival. Perhaps Kulish will follow in Hough’s fancy footsteps and take another Broadway bow? We certainly think it’d be electric.ABC’s Dancing with the Stars kicks off season 22 on March 21. In the meantime, get psyched watching Kulish bust a move below!
Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “I’ve been involved in some really hellacious World Series weather, the worst being in Philadelphia in 2008,” said Maddon, who managed the Tampa Bay Rays against the Philadelphia Phillies that year. “Football shouldn’t have been played on that day. You get to the most important time of the year and then you ask the players to play under circumstances that really do not contribute to the best baseball.”The weather in Southern California would obviously be a benefit of a bubble postseason. The negative, of course, would be that would mean MLB would be conceding a postseason with no fans.“There’s no question we’re realizing why fans are so significant, probably the biggest part of this game without them here, it feels entirely different,” Maddon said. “Missing the fan element can never be replaced.”Maddon also said you wouldn’t “get the performances you’re looking for” without fans.This year, of course, MLB may not have a choice, so Maddon is OK with whatever happens. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Maddon said he was encouraged by Andrelton Simmons’ workout Monday, his first full day of baseball activity since he sprained his ankle, but he still doesn’t have a precise timetable for his return…A day after Maddon said Julio Teheran simply wasn’t ready after COVID-19 caused him to miss much of summer camp, he said they still plan to keep starting him every fifth game. “I have a lot of faith in him as a professional,” Maddon said. “I’ve seen him. This guy really competes, and he really cares. I believe he’ll get together with Mickey (Callaway) and figure some things out. This is a high-end guy right here, so let’s stay with it.” ANAHEIM — The Major League Baseball postseason might be headed to Southern California, regardless of what the Angels and Dodgers do, and Joe Maddon is all for it.MLB is considering bubble scenarios for the postseason, similar to what the NBA and NHL have done, in order to help protect the sport from the coronavirus.Areas with multiple MLB facilities, including Southern California, are reportedly possibilities to host the postseason.To Maddon, it’s a great idea not just because of the coronavirus, but also the weather. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “For right now, I’ll take any kind of experimentation,” he said, “so we could learn from that. I think this is the time to do it.”RENGIFO FANWhen Maddon looks at Luis Rengifo, he sees a future Ben Zobrist. Maddon managed Zobrist in Tampa and with the Chicago Cubs, carving out a career a super utility player.“This guy’s a high-end, everyday player as utility player,” Maddon said. “I could tell you about Zobrist and how that worked. There’s a lot of similarities with this fella right here, so if he ends up eventually getting some work in the outfield too at some point, you’re going to look for a way to get him in the lineup, every day.”Maddon added that Rengifo also could be an everyday second baseman. One of the issues he still needs to correct is that he strikes out too much.“He has short arms and he’s very strong,” Maddon said. “I think it’s a matter of mental approach, just trying to get him to think a little differently at the plate. … This guy’s work ethic is tremendous.”ALSOJo Adell was not in the lineup Tuesday, the first time in the week since he arrived that he did not play when he was healthy. He had missed two games with a tight quad. Maddon said he wanted Adell to have a “good workout” before the game. They have been focusing on his defense in early workouts. …Related Articles