Three days ago, Kendrick Lamar posted a mysterious teaser video that saw him hint at a 12/16 date in Brooklyn with American Express. The next morning, Billboard revealed that the seven-time Grammy Award winner and master of all things Hip-Hop would be performing a secret show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg the following day. The show sold out immediately.Lamar’s partnership with AmEx comes at the end of another hugely successful year for the rap phenomenon, who won five out of eleven nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards for To Pimp A Butterfly, coming after two wins for good kid, m.A.A.d city. The Compton native made even bigger strides in his fame when he released untitled unmastered. earlier this year documenting a collection of unreleased demos that originated during the Butterfly recording sessions. This album came in the middle of the night with no title, no artwork, no song names, completely untouched. It was a brilliant masterpiece from the bottom up.So when news broke that one of the most prolific artists in Hip-Hop would be playing a small venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, people freaked. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to play for a room like this,” he said, after a rip-roaring “Levitate” to open up the one-set performance. The Wesley Theory was tight, with a simple set up for drums, bass, guitar, and keys. In a career-spanning setlist, every song felt like the anthem for the night. From the early day’s “A.D.H.D” and “Swimming Pool (Drank) to “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” to his newer, universally acclaimed hits like “King Kunta”, “Alright”, and songs off the untitled unmastered. Every single person in that room had a moment with themselves. I’d estimate less than 300 people were lucky enough to stand before King Kendrick during this intimate performance. The stage was built further out than normal at the 550-cap room, and production staff took up half the banisters in all four corners. The entire show was filmed, with over 35 minutes of it shared through Kendrick’s Facebook Live.The music was for everyone, drawing from jazz, funk, soul, and spoken word. As he mentions in the beginning clip of the Facebook Live video, Kendrick often incorporates freestyle in his rap verses. We all watched with eyes wide open as he’d lock in to certain people in the crowd and go against the recorded lyrics. It was pure and heavy art, music, and improvisation.Toward the end of his set, that we wished would last forever, the master went against the script and invited fans to the stage to freestyle over beats made by the band. At random, he picked three people to join him and his band. The first person did not do well, and was consequently booed off the stage. The second person did a fantastic job, going back and forth with Kendrick like a real pro. It was obvious that his dreams were coming true before us all, and for that he earned enormous applause. The third person went a cappella, digging deep into the poetic field of dark, political topics that Kendrick is so well known to explore in his own music; his name is Kemba and can be found on YouTube. All three of these performances are also included in the Facebook Live performance below.Kendrick Lamar closed the night with “i”, which won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. From beginning to end, the performance was a testament to the truth. Closing out what seems to be one of the most confusing, ratchet years of our lifetime, Kendrick continuously uses his spotlight to open the doors to conversations of social grievances and political impurities. His ability to unabashedly confront these issues with such profound modes of artistic expression is a revitalizing reality that demands reprise. 2017 will inevitably bring a revolution in musical messages as we face big changes in our country’s morale. When art imitates life, in these tumultuous times, we should all be sure to consume it. It certainly helps with the taste.Watch the set-closing “i” below, as shot by myself:Watch “Swimming Pool (Drank)” into “m.A.A.d city”:[photo via Instagram user @jnsilva]
Living wills spell out your end of life wishes November 15, 2003 Regular News Living wills spell out your end of life wishes The concept is foreign to many — a living will — planning for life after life as we know it. It’s difficult enough planning for death — deciding how you want things to be once you’re gone. But what if you don’t have the ability to decide? What if you’re not gone, but can’t communicate? How will your “will” be carried out?The declaration known as a living will has statutory backing (F.S. Ch. 765), allowing a person to plan for incapacity, and if desired, to designate another person to act on his or her behalf and make necessary medical decisions.“A living will is implemented when you can no longer make decisions,” said Christine Whitney, chair of the Health Law Section of The Florida Bar.Whitney noted that this implementation cannot occur until two things happen:• The patient has no capacity to make decisions.• The treating doctor and a consulting doctor find the patient is either in a terminal condition, in a permanent vegetative state, or has an end-stage disease.“I think everyone needs to have a living will,” said Louis Guttmann III, chair of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar.“If someone has thought about the issues they should use this vehicle so that their wishes are carried out.. . . They need to document whatever feeling they have so there is no ambiguity.”“The tragedy surrounding Terri Schiavo underscores the need for all Floridians to have a living will,” agreed Florida Bar President Miles McGrane.The Florida Bar is doing its part in educating about the procedure by putting information about living wills and other advanced care directives on its Web site at www.flabar.org.Whitney said the Health Law Section also has put up standard forms for living wills on its Web site at www.flabarhls.org. Whitney also said there are three basic types of forms — those created by the legislature, those drafted by organizations such as Partnership for Caring, and, if desired, forms for specific needs. These can be as detailed as to whether you prefer to have music played, and if so, whether it be Bach or Beethoven.“You probably need an attorney present if you’re not going to use a standardized form,” Whitney said.As the standard procedure goes, once a determination has been made that a person is incapacitated, that person’s living will is reviewed for validity. Standard forms have been reviewed before and won’t leave as much confusion as to intent.“You don’t actually need a form,” Whitney said. “You can give oral instructions if they are properly written on your hospital chart.”Whitney said that a living will needs to be witnessed by two people, and the contents of the will can be changed at any time, even as to the refusal or acceptance of treatment.“The acquisition of a living will should not be a presumption that one wants to continue living if incapacitated,” said Laird Lile, chair-elect of the RPPTL section. “It only addresses what that person’s wishes are.”Laird also pointed out that having something in place is better than nothing.“If you can’t make the decision and you are going to [die] because two doctors have said so, this is your chance to have your wishes fulfilled,” said Whitney, but she advised that families dealing with like circumstances should consult a hospital’s ethics committee before any decisions are made.“Religion and ethnicity can come into this,” Whitney said.For example, if one of the doctors who reviews the validity of the living will has a religious belief against ending a person’s life, that doctor might not vouch for the incapacity of the patient.Alternatives to a living will include designating a health care surrogate or a durable power of attorney. The power of attorney shifts decision-making for all aspects of a person’s life to the designee. The health care surrogate is designated solely to make medical decisions.Whitney said that sometimes a health care surrogate is more effective than a living will in that a written declaration can cause confusion. That’s where the designation of a health care surrogate is a critical decision — a responsibility that must be understood by the surrogate.For more information on living wills and health care advance directives visit the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org.
A subsidiary of publicly listed tobacco company Gudang Garam will start the development of Kediri Airport in East Java in April, with a target to finish first-phase construction by April 2022.Kediri Airport is one of the government’s national strategic projects and will be located around 20 kilometers from the city center. It is expected to reduce the overburdened Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, which is around a two-hour drive from Kediri.The company has met all major technical requirements to build the airport. Kediri administration acting secretary Dede Sujana said that out of the total land needed to build the airport, only 0.6 percent had yet to be acquired. Budi Karya said the government would let Gudang Garam choose an airport operator.”We will provide a special guideline for whoever is capable of managing the airport,” he said. “But air traffic control must be handled by AirNav Indonesia.”Gudang Garam, through its subsidiary Surya Dhoho Investama, will spend around Rp 10 trillion (US$732.4 million) to acquire 457 hectares of land needed for the airport and for construction.After the first phase is complete, Kediri Airport is expected to accommodate around 5 million passengers, bigger than the capacity of nearby Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport in Malang.Once completed, it will have a 3,000 meter by 45 m runway to accommodate a wide range of aircraft, from Boeing B777s to Airbus A350s, as well as a passenger terminal, cargo terminal and parking area.Nyaman, a citizen of Grogol village in Grogol district, Kediri regency, East Java, tends to his cow on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, within the site where a new airport will be developed by cigarette company Gudang Garam. Kediri administration acting secretary Dede Sujana said that out of the total land needed to build the airport, only 0.6 percent had yet to be acquired. (JP/Asip Hasani)Transportation Ministry director general of civil aviation Novie Riyanto said the airport would serve domestic flights, while Juanda Airport would focus on international flights for the East Java area.Kediri Airport will focus on serving passengers from nearby East Java cities along the southern Java coast, such as Kediri, Tulungagung, Trenggalek, Blitar, Madiun and Pacitan, he added.“The airport will be a new [transportation] lane for other areas in southern Java, which is very crowded,” Novie said. “As you know, the southern Java area is very developed with the existence of Kertajati Airport in West Java, Jenderal Sudirman Airport in Central Java and Wiradinata Airport in Tasikmalaya.”The idea to build a new airport was first initiated by East Java Deputy Governor Emil Dardak to help boost tourism and agriculture in the southern part of East Java. Several regencies previously expressed their interest in hosting the airport before Gudang Garam decided on Kediri.Topics : “Two years is enough time to finish phase one, considering that the [new] Yogyakarta International Airport in Kulonprogo was finished [in] about a year a half,” Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said during his visit to Kediri over the weekend. Kediri Airport, which would be the first-ever in the country to be fully funded by the private sector, will be developed in three phases under a public-private partnership scheme with a concession period of 30 to 50 years. “This means that some part of it will be given to us [the government] while Gudang Garam has the right to operate it for 30 years to 50 years,” said Budi Karya. “This is a good example for other regions to use the same [financing scheme].”Read also: Gudang Garam-funded Kediri airport to break ground in March
Morrison rejected growing calls to remove statues of white leaders, including one of the country’s first prime minister, Edmund Barton, which is located near an Aboriginal burial site. Barton played a key role in drafting the national constitution, which negated Aboriginal rights.Morrison said the initial motives of protesters were “fair”, but the push for removal of the statues was being driven by political agendas.Australia on Tuesday recorded its first day without any community transmissions of COVID-19 since the crisis began. It has recorded 7,285 cases, including 102 deaths. Australian officials warned Black Lives Matter supporters they could be arrested if they breach coronavirus restrictions to take part in public protests, as debate erupted over the country’s own indigenous history.Prime Minister Scott Morrison drew strong criticism on Thursday after he said “there was no slavery in Australia” during a discussion of the early days of British settlement, which he acknowledged was “pretty brutal.”Historians, Aboriginal activists and some lawmakers expressed shock and dismay at the comments. “Slavery of indigenous, men, women and children is well documented,” said Sharman Stone, a former federal lawmaker and now politics professor at Monash University. “Slaves worked in pearling, fishing, the pastoral industries and as domestic labor.”The Black Lives Matter movement has refocused attention in Australia on the mistreatment of indigenous Australians, including Aboriginal deaths in custody.Victoria state officials confirmed on Thursday that one of eight new cases of COVID-19 reported on Thursday was a man who attended the Melbourne weekend rally. More unauthorized protests are planned for Friday.”We will start writing tickets of A$1,000 ($700) and we can use all of our powers to move people on,” New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller told 2GB Radio. “If you don’t move on, well then you’ll be arrested.” Topics :