Young Professionals Urged to Start Planning Early for Homeownership

first_img The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is advising young professionals to start planning early for homeownership. The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is advising young professionals to start planning early for homeownership.Speaking to JIS News recently, Assistant Environmental Planner at the entity, Zanetta Scott, said that having adequate funds for a house deposit continues to be a major deterrent to becoming a homeowner.As such, the entity is encouraging young people to explore financial products that will enable them to invest and save wisely for homeownership.“We often hear young professionals being encouraged to save for their pension, but, to add to that, we are also encouraging young persons to start saving for that house deposit once they start working,” she said.Senior Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Richard Jones, for his part, is advising young people who are able to purchase a home to act promptly as real estate appreciates quickly.He said that a single young professional earning between $150,000 and $200,000 per month should be able to afford a $6-million to $7-million home.“Buy now, buy as early as you can to avoid facing inflationary pressures; don’t wait if you can help it. Once you can afford something now, buy it, because a starter house isn’t necessarily the house you will retire in,” he said.He noted that being a young homeowner offers benefits such as lower mortgage rates with longer payment plans and more predictable housing costs.Mr. Jones told JIS News that come 2019, the HAJ will be developing three new housing schemes that will be attractive for young professionals. Speaking to JIS News recently, Assistant Environmental Planner at the entity, Zanetta Scott, said that having adequate funds for a house deposit continues to be a major deterrent to becoming a homeowner. center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Anatomy Of A Viral Hit Acoustic Cover Song

first_img Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 16, 2018 – 11:41 am Donna Missal Covers “Iris”: GRAMMY ReImagined News In Mendes’ case, he spent his early teenage years covering everyone from Adele and Rhianna to Leonard Cohen and Lynyrd Skynyrd on his way to pop stardom. Cara covered the likes of Amy Winehouse, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, and more. For these two budding pop stars, covers were the ticket to success. But cover songs are all around us (consider the popularity of modern singing competition shows). And as an emerging artist, covers can be a tool to get your talents in front of a new audience. So what makes a cover work and what doesn’t? Perhaps a revisit of Mike Masse’s 2010 viral cover of Toto’s “Africa” can shed some light.It’s tempting to look at the video’s 11+ million views and point to the success of the source material – after all, you read it right here that “Africa” is allegedly considered by science as the “best” song ever (a case we would bet is far from closed). But as SonicBids’ blog points out, the crux of why this YouTube cover took off like a rocket is talent. Masse’s voice not only evokes visions of Toto singer-at-the-time Joseph Williams, he sings the song with a combination of skillful accuracy and authentic passion listeners are looking–or rather listening–for today.What about the look? Masse’s video is a single shot of he and a bandmate playing at a pizza parlor. In fact, many viral YouTube cover videos rely on their low visual production quality to highlight the musical performance. [However, for the best of both worlds, check out the cover versions of GRAMMY ReImagined]. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 28, 2018 – 2:18 pm Shawn Mendes On Connecting With His Fans & More Email A closer look at how viral videos reveal key takeaways for artists looking to mix their taste and talent with YouTube to find a new audienceGRAMMYs Oct 26, 2018 – 3:17 pm Posting a cover on YouTube is a well-worn path for independent artists seeking to traverse the internet jungle and land the attention of an audience. From Shawn Mendes to Alessia Cara, many artists of many genres have taken this tack to success, but many, many more have tried and missed the mark.center_img Twitter Anatomy Of A Viral Hit Acoustic Cover Song How Acoustic Covers Can Become Viral Hits anatomy-viral-hit-acoustic-cover-song In the case of many viral hits, choosing the right cover is where the magic happens. A familiar tune can bridge the gap between the eager fan and an unfamiliar artist, but a quick search of any of today’s biggest songs can also turn up a sea of competition. But popularity doesn’t necessarily mean a song should be avoided. A request for Weezer to cover “Africa” recently caught enough web attention to convince the band to tackle the classic, so clearly all of the song’s fans worldwide still hadn’t–or couldn’t–get enough.SonicBids’ analysis goes on to note that Masse’s consistency in posting new material on YouTube contributed to the success of their “Africa” cover, but also reiterates the importance of the talent of the collaborators you choose, calling out spot-on harmony vocals from bassist Jeff Hall as the viral video’s x-factor. “Don’t work with musicians unless they meet your standards,” the blog advises, wisely.Despite the strategy, for many artists, there is a joy of covering songs that is a reward in itself. Sometimes it’s easier for songwriters to get lost in a composition they didn’t create, the same way it’s easier to get lost in a house you didn’t build. The trick is knowing what will take off next and, more importantly, having the talent and consistency to capitalize on the opportunity. Happy covering!GRAMMY ReImagined Is Back With More Covers Read morelast_img read more

This Puja Park Street to come alive in all its glory

first_imgKolkata: The only street in the world renamed after ‘St Teresa of Calcutta’ has been decorated during Durga Puja.It may be mentioned that during the Puja, lakhs of people throng Mother Teresa Sarani, popularly known as Park Street, because of the famous eateries and the ambience.The place happens to be one of the favourite destinations of people in midst of pandal hopping. Park Street becomes the first choice of many while eating out during the puja days with their near and dear ones. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeFor the first time ever in the city’s history, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had taken the step to decorate Park Street during different festivals. During Christmas, the place gets illuminated in resplendent shades.Similarly, during Durga Puja as well, initiative has been taken to decorate the place and lights have been put up across the street.There are permanent iron structures across the road on which lighting arrangements are put up, giving a new look to Park Street. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken several steps to attract foreign tourists to Bengal and thousands of foreign tourists, who visit Kolkata, like to go to Park Street at least once for its never-endingstreet food collection. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state government also organises Durga Puja immersion carnival every year and it takes place on Red Road, situated close to Park Street. The immersion carnival attracts tourists from different parts of the country and abroad as well. This year, the carnival will be held on October 23 in which Durga idols of famous Pujas in the city and its outskirts will be passing one after the other on decorated tableaus.Thousands of people gather along Red Road to get a glimpse of the extravagant carnival and people from different parts of the world too visit Red Road for the same.last_img read more

Baker Institute paper Persian Gulf states have new role to play in

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute paper: Persian Gulf states have new role to play in Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution HOUSTON – (Sept. 17, 2014) – The shifting regional geopolitics of the Middle East have created new opportunities for the Persian Gulf states to engage in Arab-Israeli conflict resolution, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Image credit: thinkstockphotos.com/Rice University“The Gulf States and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution,” authored by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, proposes a set of policy recommendations on how the Gulf states can engage with regional and international partners to create new pathways for action and cooperation. Ulrichsen is the fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute, who specializes in the political, economic and security trends of the Middle East and the changing position of Persian Gulf states in the global order.“The late August announcement of a cease-fire to end the latest round of violence in Gaza offers an opportune moment to devise fresh approaches to Arab-Israeli conflict resolution,” Ulrichsen said. “Moreover, the changing landscape of Middle East politics provides multiple points of entry for discrete, issue-specific and technocratic-led cooperation among all principal regional states. Above all, the emergence of the Gulf states as proactive regional actors makes it imperative for international actors and multilateral agencies to identify ways of working together in pursuit of a common objective.”There is little to no formal state-to-state contact between the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — and Israel; geographically, the Gulf states are not, and have never been, “frontline states” in the Arab-Israeli dispute, Ulrichsen said. His paper documents a range of mechanisms that can, and in fact already do, constitute a practical basis for involving the Gulf states in regional mediation and conflict resolution initiatives.These range from the projection both of direct and indirect influence over the various Palestinian factions to quiet cooperation on technocratic and “nonpolitical” issues such as energy and water. Moreover, the Saudi proposed Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 remains the most comprehensive and credible plan to bring about a durable settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ulrichsen said. In the 12 years since the plan was unveiled, a realignment of regional geopolitics has created a convergence of interest between most GCC states and Israel over issues such as the Muslim Brotherhood, violent extremist groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), Iran and Arab Spring challenges to the status quo. “GCC states’ responses to the political upheaval combined a more expansive capability with greater policy intent and positioned them at the heart of regional policymaking as the Middle East and North Africa emerge unsteadily from the Arab Spring,” Ulrichsen said.He concluded: “As regional powers with a wide array of political and economic leverage, the Gulf states can play a significant role that goes beyond the provision of humanitarian assistance in conflict-afflicted environments to encompass a range of innovative conflict resolution tools as well.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Ulrichsen, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Paper: http://bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/20f674a4/CME-pub-PolicyReport61.pdf.Ulrichsen bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/kristian-coates-ulrichsen.Ulrichsen on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Dr_Ulrichsen @dr_ulrichsen.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more