Thursday, May 21, 2015
As of press time, JAYR’s new album is about to turn gold anytime soon. I’m not misleading you on the title but I’m just anticipating it will become gold sooner than we would all expect with the album promo tour happening all over the Philippines right after the finale of ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’.
ELEVATED, is an all-original album JayR produced under his own recording label Homeworkz Music. This massively anticipated new album is already available in all record bars and available for downloads via iTunes and all digital retailers now.
In celebration and promotion of the record’s presence in the industry, JayR together with other Homeworkz artists Mica Javier, Francheska Farr, Glaiza de Castro, Salbakuta and rock band Kley took the stage during Homeworkz Music Blog Con a month ago at Tree House Makati.
Elevated is comprised of 14 tracks with collaborations from Kyla, Q-York, Mica Javier, Jhing, Gabi Wilson, Marié Dibgy, Jimmy Muna, AJ Rafael and Kris Lawrence. JayR’s current single You Are Not Alone feat. Queen of R&B Kyla, has reached the top 10 chart of Pinoy Myx Countdown.
Elevated Album Tour is now brewing and will start hopefully after the finale of ‘Your Face Sound’s Familiar. For dates and venues, you can check jayrsmusic.com or through his social media accounts, Facebook.com/rnbjay1 Twitter- @rnbjayr Instagram- @rnbjayr His new mobile app is now available for download at Google Play. Just search JayR and you can download it for free.
Elevated has been receiving extensive critical acclaim from top digital outlets and from his co-singers in the industry. Kyla said on an interview that JayR’s new album has a different flavor compared to his previous collaborations. Kris Lawrence on the other hand said JayR’s has taken Philippines’ R&B to the next level with standard being elevated.
For all the latest updates and events of the HOMEWORKZ ARTISTS, you check their social media accounts: FACEBOOK: homework music; TWITTER: @homeWorkZMusic & INSTAGRAM: @homeworkzmusic.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Battle Creek series is a show I would recommend to anyone looking for a good cop saga. The series delicately intertwines the lives of the former FBI turned Battle Creek police officers, played by Josh Duhamel, along with his partner, portrayed by Dean Winters. The cast projects a true down to Earth feel, centered in small town, USA, and the office love interest of Winters, though a bit slow in the lead to potential romance, leaves enough intrigue that promises something may be coming in the future.
However, there is one big problem with my recommendation for the show to others. CBS, the network that produces the series, has decided to cancel the show after season one ends, which ultimately breaks my heart. I guess I’m a sucker for the series. I had looked forward to seeing what would come of the show the cast’s relationship with each other in season two. My only hope is that perhaps CBS will change their mind and bring it back, but given their history of kicking a good show to the curb, I seriously doubt it.
The quirky relationship between Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters in season one, was a bit off. The characters got along for the most part, but there was some underlying tension between them that left this viewer thinking that there was more to the story that was yet to unfold, and that may have been part of the plan all along. It’s not too often, okay rarely, if ever, that you hear of a higher ranking FBI agent take on a lower position of authority, such as a local police officer, thus, it leaves me to wonder the reasons and wanting more.
However, for Winters, whose character has already put on plenty of experience with the force, the pairing with Duhamel doesn’t exactly hold a lot of initial appeal. Duhamel’s experience with the FBI’s ways differs from Winter’s own views on how situations should be handled or dealt with and the two occasionally butt heads over how to approach a situation, however, in the end they generally work it out. Duhamel’s character’s approach, at least when compared to Winter’s character, is more formal with a by the book attitude, whereas Winters character is more laid back. While the two characters are partners, they seem to have no interest in entertaining a friendship that goes beyond work.
Getting back to Battle Creek, however, the one thing that drives me absolutely insane is when a network starts a series, but doesn’t finish it. It’s like sitting down with a good book, reading the first few chapters so that you’re drawn into the story, and then finding out that the rest of the book is full of blank pages.
It seems that CBS is notorious for cancelling shows that I get into and I cannot begin to express the frustration that can cause a dedicated viewer. I used to watch The Crazy Ones series back in 2013 and 2014 religiously, I might add. However, despite the show’s witty characters and the business and funny plot, it was also cancelled after season one and before the show could come to fruition and be loved by many.
Now, I have that same level of frustration all over again with Battle Creek. I just hope CBS gives Josh Duhamel a better series! Make him a superhero!
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Trails of destruction and a growing death toll left Nepal after a 7.8 magnitude earth quake hit the country last Saturday. (Photos credit to www.nbcnews.com)
The 7.8 earthquake struck at noon on Saturday on the densely populated Kathmandu Valley. A 6.6 magnitude aftershock was felt an hour later and a number of smaller aftershocks rippled until Sunday morning. The epicenter of the earthquake was located 80 km north west of Kathmandu and has a shallow depth of 11 meters. US Geological survey calls the quake’s epicenter, which was located on a thrust fault, as one of the most seismically hazardous regions on earth.
Locals reported that the earthquake lasted for several minutes. As the earth’s shaking intensified, people rushed outside their homes and onto the streets. Large cracks opened up in the streets, floors and walls of houses. Several buildings collapsed and clouds of dust swirled around the ruins.
The powerful earthquake was even felt in neighboring places like India, Tibet, Pakistan, China, Lahore, Dhaka and Bangladesh. It even caused avalanche in Mt. Everest. The earthquake, which is of the same magnitude as the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 was said to be 22 times stronger than the one which hit Haiti in 2010.
Avalanche in Mt. Everest
The earthquake also triggered massive avalanches in Mt. Everest. The avalanche swept the Khumbu Ice Fall, which is one of Mt. Everest’s dangerous spots, and the Base Camp where most international climbing expeditions camp.
The deadly avalanche has buried some people in their tents and has left around 30 people injured. As of writing, more than 200 climbers have already been rescued but an unspecified number of people are still missing. Other climbers have already left the base camp to look for safer places.
Damage to Life and Property
The earthquake has left more than 3000 people dead and more than 6,500 injured. Villages outside Kathmandu have also been buried by landslides so officials warned that the number of casualties may still rise with the continuation of the search and rescue operations.
Efforts are still pouring in to look for survivors and to rescue people which may have been trapped inside buildings. Authorities, volunteers, and locals are all digging through piles of bricks and rubbles by their bare hand to help recover the bodies of those who may have been buried alive in the collapsed structures.
The disaster has also left a huge extent of damage to Nepal in terms of property. Buildings and houses have been reduced to the ground leaving people camped up in tents out in the streets. Millions have been left starving and homeless.
In hospitals which have been affected by the powerful quake, doctors and nurses have been seen moving patients outside into the parking lots where thin mattresses have been spread to the ground. Still, a lot of injured people are filling up these hospitals and the hospital staffs are overwhelmed.
Apart from the damage caused to buildings and structures, the earthquake has also left damage to the cultural heritage of Nepal.
The earthquake has reduced Nepal’s architectural jewels to the ground including the UNESCO-recognized monument, Dharahara Tower. The tower is one of Nepal’s landmarks which was built by Nepal’s royal rulers back in the 1800s. Other cultural landmarks which were heavily damaged by the earthquake include the Durbar Square in the Old City, the 16th century Vatsala Druga, buildings in Patan’s 3rd century Durbar Square and other century year old temples.
According to Nepali Times editor Kunda Dixit, “this damage culturally speaking [is] an incalculable loss.”
Meanwhile, while organized relief and rescue operations is still generally absent in the area as government officials and employees have been affected themselves, aid from different international agencies and foreign government have poured in the aftermath of the disaster.
However, though international rescue teams, donations and other forms of aid has been coming in, they’re still not enough as the United Nations have estimated more than 6 million people affected. What’s worse is that most of these people are located in remote areas which are reachable only by foot or has been blocked by landslides so getting the help in these areas poses a great challenge to international agencies.
Nepal is a relatively poor country in Asia. Much of Nepal’s economy relies greatly on its tourism. It has a rich scenery and cultural heritage but has limited resources. It has also been plagued with political and economic instability for the last number of years. The challenge therefore is how Nepal can rebuild itself as a nation and rise after this disaster.
Mayweather vs Pacquaio: “The Fight of the Century”
Dubbed as “The Fight of the Century”, the much awaited MayPac fight is finally going to happen this Saturday, May 2 at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Considered also as one of the richest bouts in world boxing history, the tickets for the big event was sold out in just a matter of seconds, nine days before the much anticipated fight. The most expensive ring side seats reached up to $ 77,500 while the general admission tickets were pegged at $ 4,500.
But before watching the much awaited fight, here are some of the things that you need to know about the May-Pac fight:
Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.
• 38 years old
• 47 – 0 with 26 KOs
• Height: 5 ft 8”
• Reach: 72”
• With 24 world title fights
• Ranked by Forbes as the world’s highest paid athlete last year at $ 105 million.
• Trained by his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr. with Rafael Garcia and Roger Mayweather.
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao
• 36 years old
• 57 – 5 – 2 with 36 KOs
• Height: 5 ft 6”
• Reach: 67”
• With 19 world title fights
• A Congressman in the Philippines
• Trained by Freddie Roach with Justine Fortune and Buboy Fernandez.
Aside from the record selling tickets in general sales, the May-Pac fight is also expected to double the prior record when it comes to pay-per-view revenues. Other revenue sources like sponsorship and merchandise, closed-circuit TV and international broadcast sales are also expected to bring in a lot of returns. The fighters are guaranteed at least $ 150 million to be divided among themselves.
Before agreeing to the fight, Mayweather imposed a number of conditions.
First, the revenue will be divided in a 60-40 share in his favor.
Second, both of the fighters will have to undergo a random blood and urine drug testing by the US Anti Doping Agency. If any of the fighters would turn out positive, the fight will be cancelled and a 4 year-ban will be imposed. It can be recalled that Mayweather Sr.’s comments that Pacquiao uses steroids lead to a defamation suit filed by Pacquiao’s camp against the Mayweather camp.
Third, if Mayweather losses, he is entitle to a rematch. But if it’s Pacquiao who will lose, he won’t be entitled to one.
What’s at stake?
Aside from the undefeated title and status of Mayweather, at stake are also his WBC Welterweight and WBA Super Welterweight titles. Pacquaio’s WBO Welterweight crown is also on the line.
The winning fighter will receive a newly created belt which is valued at $ 1 million. The belt features the faces of Mayweather and Pacquiao as well as Muhammad Ali and José Sulaimán’s.
Both fighters has already arrived at Las Vegas, however they had separate entrances. Mayweather arrived at the MGM Grand while Pacquiao made his own entrance at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, his Las Vegas residence. Mayweather was greeted by a band and the loud scream of his fans. While Pacquaio received a warm Filipino welcome and was caught saying to his fans: “"Don't get nervous. I'm the one fighting, so relax." Though the fighters have separate entrances, they’ll meet face to face again for Wednesday’s press conference at 4:00 pm and Friday’s weigh-in at 3:00 pm.
As to the fight on Saturday night, the gates will be opened at around 2:00 pm local time. But the main event is expected to begin only at around 11:00 pm.
The referee for the actual fight is Kenny Bayless, known for his “What I say you must obey” phrase. The jury will be composed of Burt A. Celements, Dave Moretti and Glenn Feldman, renowned judges in their own right.
The lead promoter in charge of the fight and its other events is Mayweather Promotions. Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank, though has more experience, has to defer and make compromises just to make the fight happen.
With the much awaited fight fast approaching, both fighters have been quoted to say a few words on the fight of the century.
Mayweather: “I’ve always got the remedy to solve the problem and come out on top. I don’t know if he can make adjustments. I’ve always been able to make adjustments . . . I’ve never wanted to win a fight so bad in my life.”
Pacquiao: “"I'm very excited and my confidence is 100 per cent. Any time I am the underdog, I like that. It means my killer instinct and focus is fully there. This is the moment I believe he will experience his first loss."
As to who will emerge victorious and claim the title of the best boxer of this generation, boxing fans will have to wait for Saturday night’s results.
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