Cacophony Of Signage Ukelele


They met in the pub Dominion on Wednesday night, as they do each week. Several bankers, teachers, tutors, fire captains, lawyers, graphic artists, students and elderly people, hipsters and squares, poured it over the bar and the back room.

Eighty people crowded into a confined space. At eight o'clock, a countdown has begun. When it reaches zero a blur of hands throbbed wildly, and the outbreak of the inner life in an accident rattling notes, a joyous cacophony of signage ukelele night, the Dominion, had begun.

"Uke is my tonic," said Debbie Fleming, one of the residents. Old and young, talented and tone deaf, hip and square, no matter in this pub, Queen Street East.

This feeling is closed. Suddenly, a small tool that everyone forgot everywhere.

This weekend marks the New York Uke Fest, a three-day event with artists ukulele from Hawaii, Japan, France, South America and Australia, plus a host of workshops, including "The Complete Beatles on ukulele "and" Let's Make Music Hawaiian Style ".

"It was busy," said organizer Jeff Novak, a municipal employee, the 62-year college during the day and a ukulele fanatic in the making. "I am an apprentice in the ukulele. I took a year ago."

Ukulele festivals have sprung up in Florida, Montana, Oregon, northern California, Thailand, Spain and New Zealand - to name a few.

Eddie Vedder, singer of Pearl Jam and Grunge brooding prince, released a solo album of songs on the ukulele, Ukulele Songs called in late May

You can hear the ukulele in commercial jingles (Rice Krispies, Cialis, Travelocity, Etoy) Grammy Awards (Train Hey Soul Sister), it gives backpacks The Cool Kids "and overcrowding in bars in North America and community centers for the weekly jam.

Worldwide sales of ukulele soar, more than 400,000 in 2010, according to a source. Hawaiian ukulele manufacturers are struggling to meet demand. Brooklyn music stores are depleted. Bette Midler has presented Barack Obama with a ukulele as a gift for their daughters.

"Ukulele has not yet reached a comprehensive approach, which was in 1920," said Jim TRANQUADA Ukulele upcoming author of the book: the story. "Then you can walk into any department store in the U.S. and buy a ukulele. They were literally everywhere."

Great Ukulele boom went bust in 1930, has roared back to life in the fifties, before being sentenced to death in the sixties by four boys from Liverpool.

John, Paul, George and Ringo, and the electric guitar was cool. The ukulele? Not so much. Still less by the end of the decade, a strange man with a falsetto voice and a ukulele passed through the tulips and laughter Rowan and Martin In and The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.

"It's not fair to blame the decline of Tiny Tim and the ukulele," says Peter Luongo, director of elementary school and director of Langley, BC student ukulele orchestra of the city is widely regarded as among the connoisseurs ukulele ukulele as the capital of Canada .

"Tiny Tim was a good player, very sincerely. But Rowan and Martin and Johnny Carson are not there to take the instrument seriously. They were there to make fun of it."

Joke stuck. In recent years, ukulele sales sank to historic lows and were counted in the hundreds each year. Scores disappeared from music stores and instruments have been relegated to the dusty corners of the attic of a grandmother, a piece of gadgetry kitsch pop culture, which has its expiry date.

But times change.

Mr. Luongo is a student at Chalmers Doane, a music teacher, a member of the Order of Canada, and ukulele virtuoso, which is the period in which the instrument was to withdraw from the world planted Halifax City Schools Music Director.

"No matter what instrument you choose - flute, trumpet, piano, bass guitar, or mandolin," said Doane in 1977. "Nobody can compare with the ukulele as a teaching of music."

Langley embraced the vision of Mr. Doane. After suffering a few bumps because of cutbacks in the 1990s, the ukulele instrument training for 10 local schools, while Langley together a cast of all-star players students had a summer concert standing in a hotel in Waikiki for 16 years.

In Toronto, the daughter of Mr. Doane, Melanie, star of Juno Award-winning indie pop, led ukulele has a handful of schools. Just the other day, he led a group of students from beginners Withrow Public School in the city on the east side is a song or two for their spring concert. The place erupted.

"Today the kids have never heard of Tiny Tim," said Luongo. "There is no shame. And, frankly, a ukulele is easy to learn.

"I could let you play in 10 minutes. And when you hit your peak and you can not do better than anyone yells.

"People pull out the ukulele fun."

Everything the beginner really needs an Internet connection. YouTube is full of "how-to" video. Ukulele is also cheap - a passable tool costs about $ 50 - and portable.

"The Internet has played a huge role in popularizing the ukulele," said Jim Tranquada. "It allowed members of a dispersed community, which in some cases do not even know they are a community and just thought they were the person who loves strange ukulele, go online and find bulletin boards, websites and videos with lessons. "

Seriously ukulele musicians could be the ultimate test in a longer occurs, the digital sound polite.

"It 's like a pencil, if you are an artist with chalk're going to get the truth," says the Toronto documentary maker, Tony Coleman, who is going through Mighty Uke, awarded for his ode to New ukulele York this weekend.

"You will know if a guy is an artist or not, when all he has is a pencil."

Jake Leonardo Shimabakuro of ukulele players. The Hawaiian 33-year-old has exploded in importance in 2006 after posting a video where he paid tribute to his hero, George Harrison (a closet fan ukulele) with a ukulele version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

It is incredible. We recommend it, because it can more than 8 million other people who have expressed a clip. Mr. Shimabakuro has since recorded with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, carried the Queen and appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Do not laugh, but amazed.

The ukulele is the month of March, but not without resistance.

"We're already seeing some back", said Jim Tranquada. "It got to a point where people start to feel resentment, and people who have played for years are beginning to feel that everything has lost control.

"People make rude comments in the network have seen the logo:. E 'with anarchists Ukueles You can ask my son for 17 years and he will tell you there's nothing more cool ukulele .."

And yet, on Wednesday evening at the Dominion, 80 ukulele jangled merrily away, just as they were the week before. All smiled. He could not stop. What could be colder?
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Jehovah Witness

State of Kansas, broke the Jehovah's Witness, "the constitutional right to use his religion when he was denied the request outside the liver transplant-state, the state Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday.

A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision and ordered the Health Policy Authority Kansas to grant the request of Mary Stinemetz to undergo a liver transplant financed by Medicaid in Nebraska.

"We are very pleased," said Corinne Petrik, an attorney representing Stinemetz.

Stinemetz, 64, had refused to undergo a liver transplant at the University of Kansas Hospital, because she wanted a blood transfusion - something she could not accept as a Jehovah's Witness.

She said the Jehovah's Witnesses follow the Bible to abstain from blood, showing excerpts from the book of Acts, Genesis and Deuteronomy, according to court documents.

Church teaching at the discretion of the members to accept certain fractions of blood and organ donors.

Stinemetz wanted the state to approve a liver transplant in Nebraska, where it could be a bloodless procedure, but his application was rejected because the procedure would take place outside the state.

20 years, Hill City, Kansas woman suffered from primary biliary cirrhosis, a chronic disease that causes the liver to deteriorate and the period of malfunction.

Stinemetz, which is known since last year, would need a new liver, there is no waiting list for organ, and its suitability for transplant has not yet been reviewed.

Repeated efforts to reach the Kansas Health Policy Authority to comment on Wednesday's decision was rejected. It is not known if the agency is considering an appeal before a higher court.

Although the Texas Court of Appeals found that state Medicaid rules do not focus on faith Stinemetz, said state regulations allow exceptions to the general rule that prohibits Medicaid funds to state services.

Since the rules allow for exemptions from the state under the First Amendment could not prohibit Stinemetz the request unless it had a compelling case for what the judges had difficulty finding during oral argument.

The State has failed to suggest the state's interests, let alone a compelling interest to deny the request for prior authorization Stinemetz liver transplant outdoors in the state, "Judge Thomas E. Malone wrote for the court appeals.

The Court held that the price was not a problem Stinemetz deny the fact that costs less than a bloodless procedure, which requires a blood transfusion.

"There's no doubt about it (the government) would allow a liver transplant without bloodshed, if the hospital had offered to pay the Kansas Technology, Malone wrote a 40-page opinion.

Since the bloodless procedure is less costly, the State is "unable to assert that the agency is financially responsible as a money manager in Kansas" by refusing the request Stinemetz.

Stinemetz action was based on 1963 U.S. Supreme Court cases in which the Seventh Day Adventist, who quit her job because she does not work on Saturday, the Sabbath their faith.

That woman has denied unemployment benefits to the state because she could not find a job because of his reluctance to work on Saturday.

The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Seventh Day Adventist, saying the government needed a compelling state interest to justify the violation of the right of anyone to freely exercise their religion.

Kansas Health Policy Authority, meanwhile, makes the case of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, no longer applies. Agency instead, relied on a 1990 Supreme Court case in which two workers from Oregon who was fired for taking peyote for sacramental purposes and were denied unemployment compensation.

The Supreme Court ultimately affirmed the denial of benefits, the decision that the government can enforce laws in a uniform that could violate a person's religion, provided that the law focused on their faith.

But the Court of Appeals Kansas distinction between two cases, and notes that the case was Oregon's illegal activities and that the benefits of the Seventh-day Adventist-related unemployment.

The Supreme Court ruled in the case of Oregon, in situations in which the state may have an exemption system in place, you must have a compelling reason not to extend such exceptions in cases of religious difficulties.

Stinemetz if the appellate court because the Kansas exceptions to its rules, it must have a compelling reason to reject his request.
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Pacquiao vs Mosley MGM Grand In Las Vegas


Manny Pacquiao is really ready for his last Matchup on Saturday, the night Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas? Pac Man's trainer Freddie Roach, who is known for his honest assessment of its preparations for war, "said Manny's training for his fight in November last year against Antonio Margarito was terrible," the worst training camp at their 10 years together, "according to Dan Rafael.

“[Roach] said Pacquiao was unfocused and quite distracted in the five weeks they spent in camp … in Pacquiao's native Philippines. Pacquiao was newly elected to Congress there and was dealing with his political duties while preparing for the bout. He was flat in some sparring sessions, even drawing the ire of his promoter, Top Rank's Bob Arum, who had gone to visit camp for a week.”


And we all know how that game ended.

This time, however, Manny has a lot of fire, which suggests Rafael, could be bad news for Mosley.

"I think this is the best training camp we've ever had," Roach said in a press conference Wednesday, "and I think Manny is at his best. He knows he should be. We face a particular type is highly qualified and experienced.

"I'm very proud of Manny and training camp, he went through," said Roach. "He said at the outset that this was a hard fight, and has trained his ass off right from the start."

If Roach remained faithful to its traditional honest assessments of his trainees Pacquiao should be in shape to impress on Saturday night.
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Herman Cain First Debate On The 2012


To get an idea of foreignness of the first debate on the 2012 presidential elections - the first is an informal competition in 2012 in Punjab - consider this: on the Fox News audience to be carried out immediately by Herman Cain, the event is about to escape from nomination of the GOP.

If you wonder who it is, you're not alone: Pizza parrain's former CEO, who barely registers in national polls, has never had a choice. And is regarded as having virtually no chance of winning the GOP nomination.

But the vast majority of people who sit with Republican pollster Frank Luntz says that Cain won the debate with his frankness and a normal delivery. (And this despite the fact that when asked about what he would do in Afghanistan, said it would consider "the experts and their advice and comments." The Fox News debate moderators seemed incredulous that has not offered a position .) Luntz seemed overwhelmed by the response of Cain, who threw as unprecedented. "Something very special has happened tonight," he said.

Maybe. But the debate was considered a non-event on the device as chairman of the House John Boehner has spent the night to miss it, opting instead for a drink at a Washington steakhouse. "I'll read about it tomorrow," Hotsheet.

No more name-potential candidates - Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, even Donald Trump - an event meant he generated little attention despite its status as the first debate of the cycle. Among the five men onstage - Cain, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Texas Ron Paul, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson and former Senator Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania - only Pawlenty is considered by Washington insiders as having a legitimate chance at the nomination of the GOP.

Pawlenty was to look presidential - despite the company's relatively unheralded - and pulled out a lot. The most difficult moment was when the former governor was asked to defend their past support for the energy cap-and-trade, which has received a few words Boos. Pawlenty to be explained, in part, saying, literally, "No is perfect. "

In its response may be the most interesting of the night, refused to take a lot less likely than his rival Mitt Romney on the right of health care Romney of Massachusetts.

"Governor Romney is not here to defend himself, so I have no intention of choosing him or in a position where he took the Massachusetts" Pawlenty said. Intraparty sparring exhibition, will have to wait.

Pawlenty found a way to go, when President Obama's foreign policy - despite the rise Obama has received about the killing of Osama bin Laden. He said that although the president "has done a good job and I tip my hat to him at that moment," raid on bin Laden does not "sum" of Obama's foreign policy record. In other sectors, Pawlenty has asked the president is "weak."

"The questions that come up when he was president, he got the wrong strategy, every time," said Pawlenty. At one point, he referred to the United Nations as "pathetic."

Santorum, who was on a much more combative of the night, Obama complained that "faced with the mullahs" in Iran during the protests.

"If you look at what Obama has done well in foreign policy has always been a continuation of Bush policy," said Santorum, who said that Obama has "done wrong" whenever others.

90-minute debate was held at Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina, a key early voting state. Candidates not invited to participate with the other, limiting the fireworks.

The first applause of the evening came for Paul, who said the killing of bin Laden was a good opportunity to end the war in Afghanistan. Johnson, a fellow Libertarian, echoed that sentiment, saying the troops should come home "tomorrow."

Asked if they would support waterboarding terror suspects under certain circumstances - an issue rekindled by the killing of bin Laden, Paul, Pawlenty and Santorum raised their hands. Paul and Johnson did not. Both Paul and Johnson also discussed their support for barring the federal government from making drugs illegal. (Moderators pressed Paul on heroin specifically.) Paul drew another distinction with most of the men onstage when he said all foreign aid to the Middle East should be cut and that America should not be running secret CIA prisons.

Johnson, who supports abortion rights, became frustrated with debate moderators at one point, complaining he was not being asked enough questions. He also received the most frivolous question of the night, asked what his reality show would be about if he were offered one.

Santorum was pressed all night on being an extremist - he denied being "anti-Islam" or too socially conservative to win a general election - and pointed to his past electoral successes to cast himself as electable when debate moderators asked if Mr. Obama is unbeatable. (Unsurprisingly, he left out the 18 percentage point drubbing he took in losing his Senate seat in 2006.)

The also-ran nature of the debate was reflected in the fact that moderators asked a cluster of questions focused on the potential candidates who were not present. Paul was asked if Rep. Michele Bachmann had taken his mantle of Tea Party leader; Pawlenty was asked his thoughts on Huckabee. ("I love the Huck," he replied, awkwardly.)

The economy is the most important issue for a plurality of Americans, and the candidates certainly seized on it. Pawlenty, for one, called the National Labor Relations Board's bid to keep Boeing from building Dreamliner 787s at a nonunion plant in South Carolina "preposterous."

It was a good issue for Pawlenty (and Cain, too, who also cited it), because it allowed them to rail against big government, cast themselves as job creators, and spotlight an issue important to South Carolina voters. That's an opportunity they weren't going to pass up. (Indeed, Pawlenty focused on the same issue in a CBS News interview before the debate.)

Polls show a wide-open Republican race led by Romney, Huckabee and Trump, and Thursday night's likely-little-watched festivities were unlikely to move the numbers all that much. For the unknown candidates it was a chance to make a splash - and from that perspective, Cain certainly seems to have acquitted himself nicely. But with most eyes focused elsewhere, Thursday night is likely to be remembered -- if it's remembered at all -- as a footnote in the march to the nomination.
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National Day Of Prayer

"Prayer," said the writer Hannah More "is the cry of faith in the ear of mercy. Confession of the need of Him who alone can relieve." These words were in the world 200 years ago. They are timeless, beautiful memories and that God hears and answers prayer.

Hannah More was also described prayer "trust in trust", the words echo those that are at the mercy of our system of coinage, "In God We Trust."

Although many do not necessarily give a second thought to these words, or a second look, why make the change and move some money with the check-out hand, we must stop this national day of prayer and to consider the wisdom of the words "In God We Trust "still holds for us.

A prayer is said, "moves the hand that moves the world." What a staggering thought, but it's true. And it is just another way to say something about our ancestors believed in deeply: "No God in human affairs.

We need look no further than George Washington, how deep was the reality. 3. October 1789, has promised to tackle the first president of the United States', Washington has issued a notice, which is to recommend "and give on Thursday, 26 next to be devoted by the People of these States a great service and wonderful creature, that is beneficent author of all good that was, that is, or have that November. "

Noted historian David McCullough recently said that when it comes to war for a generation, "we can not know enough about them." Washington issued a proclamation of words to remind us of God, "our help in ages past, our hope for years to come." We must always remember that many of the founders tried to God to guide the future. They have placed their trust in him, and hoped that would be the same.

Closer to our times, the former U.S. Senate chaplain Peter Marshall, said this: "Our Father in heaven, we acknowledge to manage the affairs of men And if a sparrow does not fall to the ground without notice, as we think that you are indifferent to what we say and do here? ".

These words were spoken in the closing of U.S. Senate when the words "In God We Trust" have been approved under the motto to be engraved on our coins. On this National Day of Prayer, we ask would be burned again in our hearts.
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