The King is gone: Blues legend BB King dies at 89
Through his broadcasts and live performances, he quickly built up a following in the black community, and recorded his first R&B hit, “Three O'Clock Blues,” in 1951. He began to . He quit gambling, saying he needed to ensure that he had enough money....
May 15, 2015
One incredibly unsettling possibility for what happens next in Syria
Fighter Jabhat Al Nusra In Raqqa Province Hamid Khatib/ReutersA fighter from Jabhat al-Nusra seen in eastern Syria on May 12, 2013. At times over the past month, it's looked like the Syria conflict might have finally broken out of a bloody two-year ...
May 16, 2015
Don't be fooled by Greece making that IMF payment - the country is still ...
One reason that a compromise is less likely than it was in the past is that politicians and financiers in Europe are far less scared of Greek contagion than they were three or four years ago. Back in the worst days of the euro crisis, it was feared ...
April 9, 2015
Jayne Meadows, actress and TV personality, dies at 95
With that and her marriage, she added, “Instead of being the tortured actress who might have become an alcoholic or whatever, I . . . settled for the security of love, a home, children, money in the bank and 'I've Got a Secret.' ” It was also 1952 when ...
April 28, 2015
Tom Cruises Odd Scientology Bromance
Then, the film alleges, Miscavige made a concerted effort to bring Cruise back in to Scientology, which included having the A-list star be audited around the clock by Scientology exec Marty Rathbun, who says in the film, “I was to facilitate the ...
April 9, 2015
Lyric Opera president Kenneth Pigott remembered with music, laughter
Mr. Caulfield also helped found a competition in which cars race a clock as they climb the hills of New Glarus, Wisconsin. Over the course of his lifetime, he also owned an Austin Healy 100-4, a Jaguar XK120, a vintage Frazer Nash, a prewar BMW 328 and ...
March 13, 2015
Parents slam schools on 'Trip Advisor-style' websites: Commenters blast ...
In one rant, a parent wrote of their child's private school: 'Do not waste your money here. 'Teaching is substandard and you will be Edwin Chan, a 45-year-old financier who is behind the School Reviewer site, said it had grown out of his ...
May 30, 2015
LAS VEGAS — B. B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p. m. PDT. King’s eldest surviving daughter Shirley King of the Chicago area said she was upset that she didn’t have a chance to see her father before he died. For most of a career spanning nearly 70 years, Riley B. King was not only the undisputed king of the blues but a mentor to scores of guitarists, who included Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and Keith Richards. He recorded more than 50 albums and toured the world well into his 80s, often performing 250 or more concerts a year. King played a Gibson guitar he affectionately called Lucille with a style that included beautifully crafted single-string runs punctuated by loud chords, subtle vibratos and bent notes. ” He would make his guitar shout and cry in anguish as he told the tale of forsaken love, then end with a guttural shouting of the final lines: “Now that it’s all over, all I can do is wish you well. King didn’t like to sing and play at the same time, so he developed a call-and-response between him and Lucille.
By this interpretation, the rebel advances are actually a sign of Jabhat al-Nusra's growing influence and strength, along with its success in co-opting more secular rebel groups. Al Qaeda's gains — not the nationalist opposition's As Waleed Rikab, a. The group has made itself so indispensable that it's often the nonjihadist rebel groups that initiate contact and cooperation with Jabhat al-Nusra, Rikab says. "There is an alternative," Rikab says, referring to secular or nonjihadist rebel groups, "but they are too weak and there's no guaranteed that they won’t be absorbed by Jabhat al-Nusra. The "alternatives" are so weak, in fact, that Rikab questions whether Israel should even be cooperating with Syrian opposition groups. Rikab says this could be a misguided policy: "I If Rikab is correct, then Syria isn't really reaching a turning point. Instead, the conditions that have made the conflict so deadly even during its stalemate period — namely the rise of violent jihadist groups, the marginalization of a secular and nationalist opposition, and the persistent survival of Assad in the...
There was some mild relief on Thursday when Greece made its latest payment to the International Monetary Fund, with bond yields sliding . (Yield measures risk, so when they decline it suggests there's less risk of a default. ) That sort of reaction is a bit like having a celebratory drink because you've paid your electricity bill — it's probably not a good signal about your financial health. Greece is currently negotiating a short-term bailout extension that it doesn't really want, offered by European institutions which don't trust the Greek government and approved by other governments that are running out of patience. But even if Greece gets the bailout deal when European finance ministers meet on April 24 (which isn't assured), we'll be back in the same place in about two months. In remarks that must clearly put Greece on a collision course with its international lenders, he said that Greece had no interest in a third bailout or receiving more loans. What Greece wants he said, is a new contract for growth not another memorandum laden with austerity and argued that Greece’s official creditors had committed to start debt relief talks in June. We see a small probability that a deal could be struck with the Europeans that might involve the ECB agreeing to rollover some of the bonds it currently holds.
Financier's warning to EU over Ukraine
Last month the IMF identified a further $15bln funding gap. But no new money is being offered. That says billionaire financier George Soros is a mistake. Writing in the New York Review of Books he said western leaders are underestimating the threat to the EU.
January 7, 2015