Charles Bradley Covers Nirvana, Neil Young, & More In Posthumous Album [Listen]

first_imgCharles Bradley was 63 years old when his first full-length album, No Time For Dreaming, was released via Daptone Records in 2011. Despite its title, the old school soul and R&B vocalist had spent much of his life chasing dreams, including his dream of putting out a record and performing for packed audiences night after night. These aspirations were what kept Bradley going during what was often a very difficult journey to stardom. Sadly, Bradley passed away at the age of 68, having relished every moment in the limelight that eluded him for most of his life. While we won’t get to see his infectious smile on stage anymore, his music will always be here for all of us.A month before what would have been his 70th birthday, Daptone and their Dunham Records imprint announced the posthumous release of The Screaming Eagle of Soul’s final album, Black Velvet. Officially released today, Black Velvet features ten previously unreleased tracks, pulled from the recording sessions for Bradley’s three albums, including No Time for Dreaming, 2013’s Victim of Love, and 2016’s Changes.The new album includes covers of Nirvana‘s “Stay Away”, Neil Young‘s “Heart of Gold”, and Rodriguez‘s “Slip Away”, as well as a duet with LaRose Jackson called “Luv Jones”, a full-band take on “Victim of Love”, and more. The album’s title track is an instrumental by Menahan Street Band, for which Bradley never got the chance to record vocals. Listen to the full record below:Charles Bradley – Black Velvetlast_img read more

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Nuclear Industry Report: As Reactor Growth Slows, Solar and Wind Rise

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:As renewable energy auctions continued to achieve record low prices at or around $30/MWh in Chile, Mexico, Morocco, the UAE and the U.S., the investment flow in the global energy arena has shifted away from nuclear power, resulting in only three nuclear reactors starting construction in 2016.Global nuclear power generation went up by 1.4% in 2016, due to a 23% increase in China, although the share of nuclear energy in electricity generation stagnated at 10.5% (–0.2%), reads the World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR) in an overview of the nuclear power plant data.In terms of worldwide nuclear deployment, the report identifies the “big five” generating countries by rank – the U.S., France, China, Russia, and South Korea – which generated 70% of the world’s nuclear electricity in 2016. And while the U.S. and France accounted for 48% of global nuclear generation, China moved up one place in the rankings.Painting the picture of nuclear’s lackluster performance in 2016, the report shows that the number of new projects worldwide has dropped to a decade low in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster and also due to rising costs, with only three new plants breaking ground in 2016: two in China and one in Pakistan (built by a Chinese company), totaling 3 GW capacity.From a high of 15 in 2010, the number of construction starts of nuclear reactors worldwide dropped to 10 in 2013, eight in 2015, three in 2016, and just one in India in the first half of 2017, show the WNISR findings. Meanwhile, playing the leading role in the worldwide nuclear deployment, China has slowed down its hectic activity from 10 in 2010 to six in 2015 and just two construction starts last year.Ten reactors started up in 2016, of which one-half were in China. Two reactors were connected to the grid in the first half of 2017—one in China, one in Pakistan (by a Chinese company)—the first units to start up in the world whose construction started after the Fukushima disaster began, reads the report.Providing extensive information on operation, production and construction, the reports notes that Russia and the U.S. shut down reactors in 2016, while Sweden and South Korea both closed their oldest units in the first half of 2017, adding that the change of political leadership, such as the one in South Korea, where the new president has already closed one plant and suspended the construction of two more, may bring sweeping changes for the nuclear sector.Thirteen countries are building new reactors, which is one less than in 2015, the report finds, showing that there are 37 reactor constructions behind schedule, of which 19 reported further delays over the past year. In China alone, out of 20 units under construction, 11 are behind schedule.Citing the findings of the REN21 report released earlier this year, WNISR notes that a total of 161 GW of renewable capacity was added in 2016, which is the largest increase ever, with a record growth of solar PV reaching 75 GW, compared to 9 GW for nuclear.The groundbreaking record-low prices for renewables are expected to diminish the share of nuclear even further in the coming years, the report finds, adding that for solar, a learning curve is estimated at up to 24.3% per doubling of cumulative production, with real prices plummeting by 90% since 2009 alone.More: Renewables trouncing nuclear, report shows Nuclear Industry Report: As Reactor Growth Slows, Solar and Wind Riselast_img read more

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‘It’s changed my home’ – US anti-cannabis lobbyist’s warning to NZ

first_imgNewsHub 11 March 2019Family First Comment: Ben Cort – “People don’t understand that we’re not talking about a joint. People are smoking vapourisers that come in the form of functional pens that you can write and then hit… it’s not weed, it’s a concentrate. An 80 percent THC concentrate.”www.SayNopeToDope.org.nzA US anti-cannabis campaigner has warned New Zealand against legalising recreational cannabis after seeing the effects of the drug in his home state of Colorado.Marijuana was legalised for recreational use in Colorado in 2012, meaning anyone 21 years or older can use, carry and grow the drug there.Ben Cort joined The AM Show today to tell his story of addiction to marijuana and how legalisation in some US states has led to increases in addiction and mental health issues.“I spent five years at the University of Colorado hospital when we legalised and we went from seeing paranoia associated with it every now and again to multiple times in a day.”He said legalisation brings with it forms of the drug that have much higher THC levels.“People don’t understand that we’re not talking about a joint.“People are smoking vapourisers that come in the form of functional pens that you can write and then hit… it’s not weed, it’s a concentrate. An 80 percent THC concentrate.”WATCH & READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/03/it-s-changed-my-home-us-anti-cannabis-lobbyist-s-warning-to-nz.htmlLeighton Smith PodcastThis week Leighton speaks to Addiction Treatment Specialist Ben Cort. Leighton learns much more of Ben’s past and his concerns re legalising marijuana. It is really quite chilling. Don’t miss it.https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/podcasts/the-leighton-smith-podcast/leighton-smith-podcast-episode-7-13-march-2019/Ben Cort warns against legal cannabis in New ZealandRadio NZ News 11 March 2019A man who helped lead an unsuccessful campaign to stop a commercial cannabis industry being set up in Colorado is visiting the country to warn New Zealanders not to repeat what he calls a big mistake. A referendum on whether to change the law to allow personal use of cannabis will be held during the general elections next year. Ben Cort has been brought to New Zealand by the Family First organisation, is in our Auckland studio.https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018685971/ben-cort-warns-against-legal-cannabis-in-new-zealandBen Court on Magic TalkMagic Talk 11 March 2019Ben Court, author of Weed, Inc.: The Truth About the Pot Lobby, THC, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry with Sean Plunket on Magic Talk.https://omny.fm/shows/magic/ben-court-on-magic-talkMarijuana debateRhema 11 March 2019Ben Cort is an expert in marijuana with a passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction that comes from his own struggle with substance abuse.  With the debate around the legalisation of marijuana happening in New Zealand Ben joined Andrew in studio to talk about his own journey and the impacts of the commercialisation of the drug. Andrew kicked off the interview with asking Ben about his own struggles wih drug addiction.https://www.rhema.co.nz/shows-djs/days/item/10959-marijuana-debateLarry Williams Newstalk ZB interviews Ben CortStarts at 9’17”Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.continued….Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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