28-year-old Swedish electronic dance music artist Avicii dies in Oman

Monday, April 23, 2018

On Friday afternoon, Swedish electronic dance music artist Tim Bergling, stage name Avicii, was found dead in Oman’s capital Muscat, stated his publicist Diana Baron. Baron did not specify the cause of Bergling’s death in the statement and added, “the family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time.” Bergling was 28 years old.

Born on September 8, 1989, in the Swedish capital Stockholm, Bergling released his first single in 2007. His single Levels, released in 2011, received a Grammy Award nomination. He released his debut album True in 2013; singles from True include Hey Brother and Wake Me Up. In October 2015, he released his second album Stories. Bergling has won American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards. He received second Grammy nomination for Sunshine, which he collaborated with David Guetta.

In 2014, Bergling collaborated with Carlos Santana and Wyclef Jean to release We Will Find a Way, one of the anthems for that year’s FIFA Men’s football World Cup in Brazil. In March 2014, Bergling was hospitalised. He had surgery to remove his gall bladder and appendix that year, and had previously suffered from pancreatitis in 2012. He announced quitting touring in early 2016, after performing at the Ultra Music Festival.

Speaking to Billboard magazine, Bergling said he stopped touring for the health complications. He added, “The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me […] I’m more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think”.

In his twelve-year career, Bergling collaborated with Madonna, David Guetta, Jon Bon Jovi, Rita Ora, Coldplay, Aloe Blacc and Robbie Williams. Bergling had about eleven billion streams on music streaming platform Spotify. Bergling released his final EP called AV?CI (01) in 2017, which was nominated for a Billboard award recently.

In an interview with VEVO Lift, Bergling explained about his stage name saying, “the name Avici means the lowest level of Buddhist hell”. He said he added an extra ‘i’ since someone else was using that name on MySpace.

After Bergling’s death, pop singer Madonna tweeted, “So Sad……. So Tragic. Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim. ? Gone too Soon.”

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5 Reasons To Use A Buyer’s Agent

By Tina Abraham

Real estate transactions come with risks, competition, and expenses. With your financial and family future on the line, there are five reasons to use a buyer’s agent in order to give you a fighting chance.

The buyer’s agent is a Realtor that has gone through special training with the National Board of Realtors. The training authorizes the Realtor to use the specialized sub-title in addition to the Realtor title they already carry. The Realtor is a real estate specialist. Therefore when you attain the help of a buyer’s agent, you are also getting the experience and training of a Realtor.

A buyer’s agent does many things that decrease the risk of purchasing a home for their clients. They also increase the overall satisfaction of the sale, because they look for specific qualifications and amenities. Here are some of the steps a buyer’s agent will take to give you the highest level of happiness with your new home.

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1. The buyer’s agent will make sure that there are the correct inspections, appraisals, and market analysis complete to ensure that your purchase is made with a full understanding of what to expect after the completion of the purchase. The buyer’s agent or Realtor will make good recommendations to let you know whether the home is safe for your family.

2. A Realtor, or buyer’s agent knows the market. They will also know if the price the sellers are asking for is the price you should be paying. They will also know how to negotiate a better price for your benefit. Therefore, you will be making your purchase for the best deal possible.

3. A Realtor, or buyer’s agent will know what the newest listings are. They pay for listing information that keeps them up to date on the newest and the best. This is why the Realtor or buyer’s agent will be able to help you find a home easier and give you a much broader set options to look at. Realtors also work close with each other to help meet the needs of their clients. Since the majority of homes for sale are exclusively listed with a Realtor or real estate agent, some times the only way you will get this information is through a Realtor. Also a Realtor will use all their tools to gain the best list of homes for you. This would be the use of the MLS or nationwide multiple listing service, their company listing service, and many other options.

4. A Realtor will likely know a home is for sale, before it ever hits the Internet. An MLS listing of a home can take between one and ten days to show up. By that time the home could already be sold. Word of mouth just like in any other business works for you. You need to find the right home, so your Realtor will tell other realtor’s about you, and then that Realtor will look at what he has. It is just like having a personal liaison in your corner doing all the work for you.

5. Realtors or buyer’s agents understand the contracts, legal documents and the complexity of the overall closing process. Your Realtor will know how to complete the consumer-mandated seller’s disclosure, the environmental and structural reports, among all the many other legal reports. Your agent will also interpret the information in the transaction that may be more difficult to understand.

There are many reasons to use a buyer’s agent. The biggest thing to remember is that in most cases the buyer’s agent is paid from the commission from the sale of the house. Therefore, you really would not be paying anything extra. So having the security of having someone on your side is more logical than any other move you will make when purchasing a home.

About the Author: Tina Abraham is one of the leading Wilmington, NC real estate agents Tina specializes in helping people sell their house or buy the home of their dreams in the internationally famous Wilmington, NC market.Visit Tina for or call (910) 790-7484 today!


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Tyco executives found guilty

Saturday, June 18, 2005

The former CEO of Tyco International, Dennis Kozlowski, as well as CFO Mark Swartz are convicted of taking more than $600 million from the company. Charges include grand larceny, securities fraud, conspiracy, and falsifying business records.

The first trial ended in a mistrial after one juror received a threatening letter. Nancy Salomon says of the second trial that the “Defense was counting on the jury not reaching a verdict; they had used their challenges during the jury selection process to kick almost every potential juror who had a college degree, or had any business experience or Wall Street experience off the jury … they were hoping that this case was just going to be too confusing for the jury.” While the jury did take 11 days to arrive at their decision, they found Kozlowski and Swartz guilty on 22 of the 23 counts. To combat the aggressive jury selection strategy undertaken by the defense, the prosecution “basically gave the jury several credit hours worth of an MBA“, teaching them about following paper trails and detecting falsification of business records. It paid off during deliberation as the jury requested over 100 documents to review.

Kozlowski and Swartz directly stole approximately $150 million USD from Tyco and acquired $430 million more by inflating the company’s stock value and then secretly selling company shares. Bail was set at $10 million each. The two former executives face a minimum of eight years in prison, up to a maximum of 25 years. In addition, Kozlowski is accused of evading $1 million in sales taxes on six paintings that he bought in 2001 in a separate New York State case, and Swartz faces tax evasion charges in New Hampshire. If convicted in these cases as well, they would face up to 30 years in prison.

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Ariel Sharon’s brain shows activity

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon remains in a coma after 10 days.

Medical experts on the outside say that Sharon’s failure to regain consciousness does not look well for his recovery.

On Wednesday, doctors began reducing the level of sedatives with the intent of drawing Sharon out of an induced coma. Hospital officials say that Sharon remains “lightly sedated”, but are not sure when he will wake up once they stop giving him the sedatives.

New reports say an EEG has shown that Sharon has activity on both sides of his brain and doctors say that’s the most “promising” signs they have had since they started to bring him out of the coma. Doctors also say that activity in both lobes doesn’t indicate anything about the extent of the brain damage. “It is another piece of information that on its own means nothing,” said Dr. Gal Ifergan, a neurologist at Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva, who is not treating Sharon.

Although he has activity on both sides of his brain, Sharon could still have extensive brain damage, Ifergan said. He also said that it’s “very worrisome that he hasn’t woken from his coma”, yet.

There are 2 major types of stroke, and Sharon has had both. The first was a mild stroke Dec. 18 caused by a blood clot that lodged in an artery in the brain, cutting off blood flow and causing minor damage. The second occurred just one day before he was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a hole in his heart. This one was a severe cerebral hemorrhage

“After nine days he has had very slow progress and that indicates more permanent injury to a level where his quality of life is affected,” Dr. Demetrius Lopes, a Rush University Medical Center neurosurgeon said. “And then decisions will have to be made,” he added.

Sharon’s condition is still critical but stable.

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Fire kills eleven at oil worker housing in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia

Monday, August 31, 2015

A fire in the eastern Saudi city of Alkhobar tore through a housing complex for oil workers yesterday, killing eleven, according to civil officials.

The Radium complex is rented by oil firm Aramco for their employees. According to nearby resident Mohammed Siddique the fire broke out early in the morning. Siddique says the building contains locals, as well as Westerners and Asians. The cause is unclear but the civil defence ministry tweeted “Cars and furniture caught fire in the basement of one of the towers”.

Over 200 people were injured. Firefighters scaled the burning tower on ladders, and helicopters were on-scene. Other towers in the complex were evacuated. Thick smoke from the blaze complicated rescue efforts.

Aramco CEO Amin H. Nasser said the firm is “deeply saddened to learn of the fatalities and injuries. We offer heartfelt condolences to the families. Our immediate priority is to provide full support to those affected by this tragic incident.” Aramco, which produces and exports more crude oil than any competitor worldwide, say the fire is under investigation.

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Care For Your Pets By Scheduling A Regular Visit With An Animal Clinic


Whether you are new to owning an animal, or you have spent most of your life being around animals, it is important to have your pet seen by a veterinarian. When you consider your pet a part of the family you want to make sure they remain in good health. So why not take your pet to visit a veterinarian on a regular basis? It is important that the veterinarian and your pet get to know one another. A veterinarian is like a partner to you in making sure your pet stays healthy. When your pet visits a vet in Chicago regularly then they can quickly recognize when something is not right and can treat it sooner.

The Benefits of a Reliable Animal Clinic

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When people take their pets to an animal center they want to know that their animal is being well taken care of. An animal clinic that is reputable is one to choose for your pet. The professionals that work at an animal clinic have the experience and knowledge concerning treatments they provide for all the animals that visit. Each employee cares and is friendly with you and your pet. They will make sure to answer all your questions and they provide you with correct information on how to take care of your pet’s needs.

Services They Provide for Your Extended Family Member:

* Emergency Services * Affordable Kitten and Puppy Wellness Plans * Laboratory Services * Regular Health Examinations * Senior Pet Programs * Teeth Cleaning and Extractions * Laser Surgery * Free Dental Care-Anesthesia * Parasite Prevention * Vaccinations

A Veterinary Animal Clinic Provides Each Animal with Proper Care

No matter if it is your first time visiting the animal clinic or you are a regular client an experienced team treats everyone with the same friendly and courteous respect. They want you and your pet to feel comfortable during the visit. Your pet is like family to you that is one of the many reasons why you should take your pet to get the proper treatment they deserve. Whether you make an appointment for your pet to be seen by a veterinarian because they have an injury, they need a regular checkup, or to have tests done, you can trust that your pet is in great hands with a team of experts. Most animal clinics offer a variety of ways to make payments such as cash, checks, debit cards and all major credit cards.

Portage Park Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic is a vet in Chicago that provides a wide selection of services for animals. Contact them today via their website, or call for more information.

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Víctor Valdés to play in Belgian Pro League; Manchester United loans Valdés to Standard Liège till season end

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

On Sunday, Manchester United announced the loan of their Spanish goalkeeper Víctor Valdés to Belgian club Standard Liège for the rest of the season.

Last year, Valdés signed an 18-month contract with the English club, but the three-time UEFA Champions League winner was given very little opportunity at Old Trafford. He made only two appearances for The Reds last season, after David de Gea was injured. Relations between Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and Valdés were not good. Van Gaal did not pick him for the pre-season tour to the United States, saying Valdés was unwilling to play a game with the under-21 team.

This season, Valdés was not allowed in the locker room, and van Gaal prevented him from training with the main squad and the under-21 team. The official team photograph omitted him.

Valdés was a member of Spain’s squad for the World Cup in 2010 and for Euro 2012, collecting a winner’s medal both times. Per Manchester United’s statement, “Manchester United and Standard Liege have reached agreement for the temporary transfer of goalkeeper Victor Valdes, effective until the end of the current season. The deal is subject to formalities being completed.”

On Instagram, he posted a photo that read “Thank you all for your support during these months of hard work for me, i will never forget! See you soon!”

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World’s highest railway links Tibet to rest of China

Saturday, July 1, 2006

The first trains were flagged onto the Qinghai-Tibet Railway line, the world’s highest railway line connecting the Tibetan capital Lhasa with Golmud in Qinghai, China. At its highest point in the Tanggula Pass, the railway line reaches an altitude of 5072 metres.

The line is designed for travel at speeds of 100 km/h on frozen ground to 120 km/h on non-frozen ground. The cabins are supplied with oxygen because of the thin air at the high altitudes. The windows have ultra-violet filters to keep out the sun’s glare. Cooling pipes have been used to ensure the ground remains frozen.

Air trips to Tibet are expensive and road trips slow and dangerous.Three trains, each carrying 900 passengers are scheduled to run daily along the line. The basic tickets cost 389 yuan to go from Beijing to Lhasa. The trip should take just under 48 hours. According to state television the tickets for the inaugural trip sold out within 10 minutes.

Speaking at the flagging-off ceremony in front of the Golmud railway station, the Chinese President Hu Jintao said, “The project is not only a magnificent feat in China’s history of railway construction, but is also a great miracle of the world’s railroad history,”

The Chinese government states that it spent more than US$95 million reducing the environmental damage of this railway. Passengers will not be able to open the windows of the train to litter. There will be a rubbish train to pick up refuse from various sites along the line.

Critics claim that the railway will be used to assert control over Tibet as the line can quickly transport Chinese troops to Tibet during unrest.

They also claim that the railway will damage both the environment and the culture of Tibet. Tibet is home to many endangered species such as the Tibetan antelope.

On Friday, 3 women from the United States, Canada, and Britain were detained for displaying a banner saying “China’s Tibet Railway, Designed to Destroy” at Beijing’s main station.

“It’s the first direct, low-cost, quick, and easy way for migrants to arrive in central Tibet. This will lead to the overwhelming of Tibetans and competition for scarce jobs. The eventual idea is the dilution of Tibetan language, culture and identity,” said Lhadon Tethong, executive director of the New York-based Students for a Free Tibet.

“The railway line itself is not a cause of concern for the Tibetan people,” said Thupten Samphel, spokesman for the Dalai Lama’s government in exile. “How it will be used is the main concern.”

“Despite the rosy economic forecasts and dire predictions of Chinese control, the train is unlikely to touch off social disaster or commercial windfall,” said Andrew Fischer, an economics researcher at the London School of Economics.

“When the railroad opens the commercial service and more people move in and out of the region, I think it will be good for the outside world to know more about Tibetan culture,” Zhu, the railway official, said. “No culture can develop and thrive in a closed environment.”

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Signs You May Need A Nursing Home Abuse Attorney In Monroe County

byAlma Abell

When you send your loved one to a nursing home, you assume they’re going to be taken care of. In fact, you may have toured many facilities to find the best one for them. Unfortunately, no matter how nice a nursing home may seem, the potential for abuse is there. The following are a few signs you want to look out for to make sure your loved one isn’t being abused by the people who are supposed to care for them.

  • Signs of Bruising or Cuts – While bumps and falls do happen, all bruises, cuts or other injuries should be documented and explained. If you’re noticing more bumps and bruises than you would expect, even if they’re documented, you may want to look into it further.
  • Weight Loss – Rapid weight loss could mean your loved one isn’t eating enough. While it could be due to a loss of appetite, it may also be that they’re not being given enough food.
  • Torn Clothing – Clothing and other personal items should be taken care of. If you’re noticing tears in clothing that aren’t from normal wear, you may want to inquire about them.
  • Missing Personal Items – Missing personal items are almost always a cause for concern. If their items are disappearing regularly, you’re going to want to find out why.
  • Strange Behaviors – Even though your loved one is getting older, you may want to look out for any strange behaviors. They could be acting differently because they’re worried about something happening to them.
  • Unusual Financial Transactions – Financial abuse is one of the most common types of abuse and it’s difficult to detect. Make sure you check their bank accounts regularly to make sure there’s nothing unusual.

These are not the only signs of abuse, but they are a few you can watch for. It’s important to check on your loved one regularly to ensure they’re safe while they’re living in the nursing home. If you do notice anything that seems out of the ordinary, you may want to speak with a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in Monroe County to find out if there is abuse. If you suspect or know of abuse that is occurring and you need a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in Monroe County, you could look here.

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Interview: PRS, the UK’s music royalty collection society

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

PRS for Music is the UK’s music royalty collection society tasked with working on behalf of copyright holders, specifically authors and music publishers. Founded in 1914, the PRS is a non-profit organisation with 350,000 UK businesses holding PRS licenses. The society works in conjunction with PPL which collects fees on behalf of the copyright holders of the actual recording.So, if a cover version of a song is played on UK radio, PRS collect a fee on behalf of the original writer and publisher, whilst PPL collect a fee on behalf of the record company of the cover. In a recent Wikinews interview, Paul Campbell, founder of Amazing Radio, an unsigned UK radio station, lambasted PRS for their “barmy standard contract” and their outdated equipment. That interview can be found here.

The music industry is changing and the way we use music is continually changing

Wikinews reporter Tristan Thomas interviews PRS, following up on Campbell and others’ criticism as well as finding out about future plans.

((Wikinews)) Firstly, thank you for the time in doing this interview.

((WN)) Last year, you were involved in a high profile dispute with YouTube. Can you briefly explain to our audience what that was all about and the final outcome of it?

((PRS)) PRS for Music was the first collecting society in the world to license the YouTube service, meaning if music videos were watched online then our members – who created them – would receive a small royalty payment. When we went to renew the licence that YouTube held we couldn’t agree as to how much should be paid and exactly what should be covered within it. We believed that music had become a much larger part of the YouTube service and that YouTube/Google should reflect the increased use of our members’ creative talent in the amount they paid.

The great thing is that we kept talking to YouTube throughout the dispute and managed to reach an agreement in September which meant that the videos could be accessed again by UK YouTube users and that our 65,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members would be paid.

((WN)) How many artists do you represent and how much did you collect during 2009 for them?

((PRS)) We represent 65,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We haven’t released our 2009 figures yet but in 2008 we collected over £600m for them. The main sources of revenue come from recorded media (CDs, DVDs etc), international use, public performance use and use in television, radio and online.

((WN)) Paul Campbell in a recent interview with us said the following:“PRS has a barmy standard contract for using their members’ music online. It requires us to pay them a fixed percentage of ALL revenue from that website – whether or not the revenue is derived from their members’ work. So if we had 100,000 songs from non-PRS artists on, and one song from a PRS artist, we’d have to pay them a percentage of the revenue from ALL 100,000 songs. I.e., we’d have to take money out of the pockets out of non-PRS artists to pay to PRS. That would be immoral.”How do you respond to that?

((PRS)) Anyone using music in a commercial way – such as a radio station – is required to obtain the permission of those that created the music. This could be numerous writers, publishers and a record label for each song, possibly in different countries around the world. By obtaining a PRS for Music and PPL licence in the UK you are ensuring you have those permissions for over 10million musical works. Obviously much of the music used on radio comes from non-UK writers who may not be members of PRS for Music. Radio and television stations give us almost 100% accurate reports of their music use through their own playlists; this data then enables organisations such as ours to work out who should be paid and how much. PRS for Music has 144 agreements in place with similar societies around the world, resulting in us representing almost 2 million writers worldwide. If French, American, Spanish, Australian or any other writer’s music is used we will pay the respective societies so they can pay their members.

Is PRS’ standard contract “barmy” as Paul Campbell asserts?
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Similarly a writer of musician may be ‘unsigned’ by that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t earn from their music when it is used by others. Many bands, writers and performers are currently unsigned but by being members of PRS for Music they ensure that they can begin earning vital royalties that allow them to continue with their musical career.

((WN)) How does the PRS ensure that artists outside the UK are properly compensated when their music is used within the UK, such as Thai or Chinese restaurants paying their PRS dues and exclusively using music which is from outside Europe?

((PRS)) As mentioned before PRS for Music has agreements in place in over 90 countries around the world to ensure that when music is used the right creators are rewarded. The system – built up over the last century – works both ways and when UK music is used internationally, PRS for Music receives royalties from foreign societies so we can pay our members. In 2008 £139.8m was collected from UK music use abroad, with the UK being one of only a few net exporters of music in the world.

((WN)) There have been a few cases in which PRS have been forced to apologise, exemplified by the threat of prosecution and a fine towards “singing granny” Sandra Burt, a shelf-stacker who sung to herself whilst stacking shelves. How has PRS moved forward from these incidents in order to ensure they do not happen again?

((PRS)) If we have made mistakes we will of course put our hands up and say so. For example when we were approached about the Sandra Burt case – by a journalist incidentally and not Sandra – we did give out slightly incorrect advice, although the questions were a little ambiguous. Once we realised our mistake we contacted Sandra to explain that she wouldn’t need a licence to sing to her customers and offered our sincere apologies. As an organisation we are very quick to admit where we get things wrong and ensure they are put right. We’re proud of our record with our customers and currently have 350,000 businesses choosing to use music in the UK.

Once we realised our mistake we contacted Sandra

To put the complaints in context we have only have 1 for approximately every 5,000 customer contacts we make. This is an exceptionally low ratio and there are many firms who would be envious of a record like this. During 2009 our complaints fell by 50% and we appointed an independent ombudsmen who could handle any complaints if they were not resolved internally. As of January 2010 no complaints have needed to be passed on to the ombudsmen.

((WN)) How does the PRS work with musicians who are not signed to major labels, may make music available for download via their own websites or MySpace, and do not have the financial resources to protect their copyright?

((PRS)) Many of the PRS for Music membership is not signed to a major record label and we represent creators from all genres of music in the UK and abroad. By joining PRS for Music, which only costs £10 deferred to your first royalty payment, you ensure you can begin earning royalties whenever your music is played, performed or reproduced. We have worked hard to license such sites as YouTube, MySpace, Spotify and Sky Songs to name a selection to ensure our members can be rewarded when their work is used.

Our membership team also work hard to support our creators holding showcase events, offering advice of how to get their music used as well as legal and financial advice.

((WN)) Finally, what future plans do you have as an organisation in order to further protect and enhance your members work as new technologies emerge over the next few years?

((PRS)) PRS for Music will continue to be at the forefront of licensing new digital and online services to ensure creators are paid. We aim to get the balance right to ensure new products and music services can launch and develop, but that also they pay for the music they use.

The music industry is changing and the way we use music is continually changing (it always has) but we’ll still be at the forefront enabling people to use music whenever they want, and rewarding those that have created that music.

((WN)) Thank you for taking the time out for this interview. Good luck for 2010.

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