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Placido Domingo and Operalia Building a Future for Talent

davidweb09 (3819011) writes | 10 minutes ago


davidweb09 (3819011) writes "Placido Domingo is of course first and foremost a singer who has made his mark as one of the greatest artists of the last 50 years. He is known by audiences, young and old alike, across the world and maintains a blazing schedule of performances across the globe, week-after-week, year-after-year as a very youthful 70-something.

The Maestro doesn’t rest on his laurels giving endless farewell appearances and tours, but is an active proponent of new repertoire, constantly adding new roles to his list of over 140 with new commissions. He has been quoted as saying that “when I rest, I rust” when asked if he should be maintaining such a vigorous schedule. Maestro Domingo is also a conductor serves as an administrator in his role as General Director of the Los Angeles Opera and has won 12 Grammys, performed for millions as one of The Three Tenors and whose telecast of Tosca from Rome was viewed by more than a billion people across the globe.

The Sphinx Organization: Diversity and Fostering New Audiences

Two years ago, I had the fortune to work closely with Maestro Domingo in Seville in presenting his very first festival carrying his own name. Not only did it give me an insight into his uncanny ability to understand the delicate balance between pursuing artistic quality with knowing what audiences want, it gave me a sense of his fiercely-focused commitment to the future of the arts.

For Placido Domingo, music and arts education and giving opportunity to those who might not otherwise have the chance or platform to showcase their talent is perhaps the singlemost important objective of his life’s work outside of his achievements as a performer. For this reason, he founded Operalia in 1993: it has since become one of the most important institutions for discovering and launching the careers of the most promising young vocal talent in the world.

On Saturday evening, I attended the finals of Operalia at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. Each year, the competition screens around 1000 applicants from around the world which was narrowed down to the field of 40 contestants who made their way to Los Angeles for the event. The contestants’ expenses are fully paid for by Operalia including hotel, travel and per diem so the competition is open to any singer regardless of income or economic status. The competition’s track record is excellent in that many of today’s stars are alumni and winners from past competitions. It is truly a global event as the competition takes place in a different city each year (the last three years took place respectively in Moscow, Beijing and Verona).

Placido Domingo and Operalia Building a Future for Talent

The level of the talent this year was high and the winners certainly deserved candidates. Mario Chang, a tenor from Guatemala who won first prize, had a powerful and impressive delivery. Joshua Guerrero, a Los Angeles native, impressed with his musicality and the almost sentimental quality of his quickly-paced and old-fashioned vibrato. Amanda Woodbury, at the age of 26, took us through the emotional roller-coaster of Ophelia’s mad scene from Hamlet with the composure and bravura of a seasoned star.

Before Saturday, I had never attended the actual competition. I have however been to many competitions of all sorts and witnessed the stress and the nail-biting tension that pervades the atmosphere of most of these events, which is frankly counterproductive to anything requiring creativity or artistic expression. Operalia is different somehow. Because Maestro Domingo is omnipresent at the competition and he actually conducts the orchestra during all the performances at the finals, his spirit of generosity is evident. One can feel the reasons he has created and supported Operalia in the air.

I had the impression from speaking with several of the contestants that they all came away as winners and learned a great deal artistically and professionally from the experience. Placido Domingo gives them all a sense that he truly cares and that his main purpose is to nurture talent and make sure there is a home and a future not only for the artists of the future, but for the art form itself. Even at the gala dinner afterwards (events like these are normally stiff and staid affairs for me), the food and wine tasted better! Perhaps all of this is why so many of the contestants at Operalia have gone on to have such illustrious careers (unlike most of the other competitions out there today).

In a time when there is so much doom and gloom in the performing arts world, it is heartening to spend an evening with Placido Domingo at an event like Operalia. Maestro Domingo told me after the performances Saturday evening that the only reason he has dedicated so much time and effort to Operalia was to make sure that others might have the same opportunities he was so fortunate to have and that these possibilities should be open to everyone and anyone with talent irregardless of where they come from or what their economic reality might be. We would collectively be much better off if we had more stars and celebrity artists like Placido Domingo dedicating themselves to education and the future of the young and talented.

Bravo to Placido Domingo for this accomplishment. It may be the most important work he is doing.

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Say goodbye to iPod and hello to all-in-one

daneilagrace (3830903) writes | 11 minutes ago


daneilagrace (3830903) writes "As Apple made announcements of the new iWatch as well as all the new features to show up on the new iPhone 6, it also made an unexpected announcement. The iPod will be no more, as your iPhone has all the same capabilities. What do people think of this announcement, and how is this announcement going to change the way we use technology?

Did you hear the news?

The iPod, which was released just a few days after 9/11, will be put to rest at the end of 2014. Sales had dropped dramatically on the device. And though there were still people buying it for access to music and apps, most people who wanted that kind of access were buying either an iPad, iPad Mini, or iPhone. With sales falling, and fewer people buying, it just didn’t make sense to put anymore time or energy into the iPod product.

Some people say it is a good thing because the idea of an iPod simply to store music was outdated with the current technology. This is especially true if you consider that most people keep their music on the cloud to stream from multiple devices anyway. However, there are also the people who are mourning the loss of a device to hold all their music and the ability to upgrade to a newer version whenever they see fit, according to the LA Times. Though the people who are whining about the loss of an iPod probably won’t think about it ever again because they do use their iPads and iPhones for the same things.

All about the all-in-one devices

As we say goodbye to a generation of MP3 player success and hello to the future, you may be wondering what the future holds. Apple apparently sees the future without individual devices for individual things and instead with one all-in-one device that can do everything. The advantages of this are clear. It is a great way to keep all your information in one place, and it allows you constant access to everything you may want or need. But as an advertiser, it also means that advertising to people’s phones is becoming more and more important. As people gravitate more towards smartphones and smartwatches as their main source of communication, having a system in place to contact them through texting is going to be essential to your advertising practices.

Make sure you have a system set up to allow for two-way communication through texting. They should be able to text you with their everyday questions, such as “what time do you open.” And you should have a system in place to automatically respond to create the most personalized and efficient system for communication possible. Texting is never going away and is a feature always transferred over to the new devices. In fact, the iPod allowed for texting before it was discontinued. Make sure you have your texting system in place, and you’ll be able to always reach out to your customers.

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What is VCD?

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An anonymous reader writes "VCD stands for Video Compact Disc, also called Video CD. It’s basically a CD that contains moving pictures and sound. A VCD is capable of holding up to 74/80 minutes on 650MB/700MB CDs respectively of full-motion video along with quality stereo sound. VCDs use a compression standard called MPEG to store video and audio. They can be played on almost all standalone DVD Players and all computers with a DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive with the help of a software based decoder / player. The quality of a good VCD is about the same as a VHS tape based movie while VCD is usually a bit blurrier."
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Glasses-free 3D Advertising Displays Push Sales

melindawang (3787725) writes | 18 minutes ago


melindawang (3787725) writes "Glasses-free 3D technology infuses new energy into advertising displays, however, it is a new technology, the lack of uniform industry standards makes it is not yet perfect, so it is still not widely used in the market. DROMAX firmly believe that the trend of glasses-free 3D is unstoppable, and glasses-free 3D advertising displays will usher in a new era."

Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player New Version 2.10.8 Perfectly Support iOS 8

Anonymous Coward writes | 47 minutes ago


An anonymous reader writes "Apple has just held its September 9 media event 2014 and unveiled two new iPhone models: the 4.7-inches iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inches iPhone 6 Plus, which stand for the biggest advancements in iPhone history and definitely lived up to iPhone fans’ expectations. They both feature an A8 chip, Touch ID, faster LTE wireless, a new 8MP iSight camera with Focus Pixels, and iOS 8. As a response to Apple’s great advancement, Macgo team has launched its new version of Mac Blu-ray Player 2.10.8"
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A Problem With Teacher Begfunding: $56,742 for One Class, $258 for Another

theodp (442580) writes | about an hour ago


theodp (442580) writes "Google's "flash-funding" of teachers' projects via DonorsChoose continues to draw kudos, this time from grateful mayors in Seattle and Los Angeles. And some of the teachers seem to be getting pretty good at playing the begfunding game. In L.A., for instance, almost 6% of the $977,281 Google and DonorsChoose awarded is being used to take 34 kids on "The Trip of a Lifetime." And while the good news over at Alliance Burton Tech Academy High School is that Google is ponying up $56,742 to send Mr. Hermosillo's 34 students to London and Paris, the sad news is that Ms. Garcia's 150 students missed the Google gravy train and will have to settle for $258.93 worth of markers and glue from the Gates Foundation and DonorsChoose."

Torvalds says he has no strong opinions on systemd

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An anonymous reader writes "Linux creator Linus Torvalds is well-known for his strong opinions on many technical things. But when it comes to systemd, the init system that has caused a fair degree of angst in the Linux world, Torvalds is neutral.

"When it comes to systemd, you may expect me to have lots of colourful opinions, and I just don't," Torvalds says. "I don't personally mind systemd, and in fact my main desktop and laptop both run it.""

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Effects of video games on brain

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "Effects of video games on brain : There are lots of conflicts about how video game effects on brains. Some reports suggest that video games can help us in learning, but some argue that they make young generation more aggressive. According to Douglas A. Gentile, games have both negative and positive consequences. The neuroscientists and psychologists accomplished ingenious studies to get results on the actual effects on the brain of video gaming."
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Doha Bank Funds FSA in Terrorism attacke

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lecharm (3800035) writes "In details, the director doubted the transactions of the two Syrian bank customers Moataz al-Khayyat and Mohammed Moataz al-Khayyat.The two men possess a small contracting company in Doha, named UCC.”After they had usual small accounts of deposit, transactions, remittances, and credits, they recently started entering a large amount of weekly money remittances from various sources,” al-Thani informed “ad-Diyar."
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FCA Enforcement Cases

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An anonymous reader writes "To create the financial system much more sensitive to customers. Fcaassist making the financial system with experience peoples and Our financial and regulatory specialists have the technical and industry skills, as well as the excellent relationships with and realizing of regulators, to help our customers meet up with their many risk and compliance commitments. We have worked well with several of the largest global companies, both proactively and reactively, across the world."
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Cold Drawn Seamless Tubes

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "An large or small industrial unit has many mandatory needs that cannot be let gone. Among many such needs falls the necessity to have cold drawn seamless tube in order to transport liquid or gas from one end to the other."
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Android One's price/performance ratio proves to be inferior!

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes | 2 hours ago


Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Slashdot carried the news about the launch of 3 Android One cellphones in India

The truth is, the price / performance ratio of any of the three phones listed was actually ***INFERIOR*** to the entry level smartphones that are on sale in China

For example, in China, consumers are now able to buy a smartphone equipped with a 5-inch display, a 13-megapixel camera and a MediaTek 8-core CPU for US$100. Compare that to the Dream UNO Mi-498, the Android One smartphone from Spice, India, which has a 4.5-inch display, MediaTek 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, 5-megapixel camera, with a price tag of INR7,000, or US$115

If the Chinese smartphone makers can outdo Google in the game, what is the point of Google continuing pushing its Android One phones?

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Whats NEW in I phone v6 and Samsung galaxy Note 4

globalpoint (3830683) writes | 2 hours ago


globalpoint (3830683) writes "1. (Photo of Flint Center in Cupertino, California) âoeIt is great to be back in the Flint Center. Weâ(TM)ve had some amazing history here.â

2. (Photo of original Mac) âoeOn this stage 30 years ago, Steve introduced the Macintosh to the world.â3. (Photo of iMac) âoeAnd on this stage we introduced the iMac, which signaled the rebirth of Apple. Today we have some amazing products to show you. And we think you will agree that this, too, is a very key day for Apple.â

4. (Text: iPhone). âoeIâ(TM)m going to get started by talking about the product that has changed all of our lives. And that of course is iPhone.â

5. (Text: #1 smartphone in the world). "Last year we announced two iPhones for the very first time. Those products helped make the iPhone the top-selling smartphone in the world.â

6. (Text: 98% customer satisfaction) âoeMore importantly, iPhone is the most beloved smartphone in the world with industry-leading customer satisfaction.â

7. (Photo of original iPhone). âoeThe original iPhone set the standard for how the category would forever be defined.â

8. (Photo of iPhones) âoeToday we are launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone. I couldnâ(TM)t be more excited and more proud to show it you now.â

9. (One-minute video of new iPhone 6)

10. (Photo of two new iPhones). âoeThese are the new iPhones. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. To tell you all about them Iâ(TM)d like to invite Phil Schiller up to the stage.â"

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