50% Of New Guitar Players In The U.S. & U.K. Are Women, New Study Finds

first_imgWhile we commonly think of newbie guitar players as teenage boys toiling away in their room, it turns out that the common cultural image of new guitarists is only half correct. In a recently released study in collaboration with consultancy Egg Strategy, the famed guitar company Fender found that women actually make up 50 percent of all U.K.-based beginning and new guitar players, mirroring the results of a study three years ago of guitarists in the United States. With this information, Fender plans on adjusting its marketing plans to better target these aspiring women guitar players.Of the representative sample of emerging guitar players, in both the U.S. and U.K., women consistently composed half of the customer base for new guitar players. As Rolling Stone notes, while Fender has released information about women as new guitarists, the instrument maker has not released any additional data about age or other demographics. However, per Rolling Stone,Fender’s study also found that 72 percent of guitar players pick up a guitar for the first time to gain a life skill or improve themselves; 61 percent also simply want to learn how to play songs by themselves or with close friends and family, as opposed to trying to make it big. And 42 percent say they view guitar as part of their identity.Fender will use these findings to inform its marketing campaigns in the future. After receiving this study’s and the U.S.-based study’s findings, the company has begun to form relationships with female artists and has plans to highlight women in future ad campaigns. Though headlines have previously noted that the electric guitar is on its way out—prompting legendary guitarist Eric Clapton to note, “Maybe the guitar is over”—given that Gibson recently filed for bankruptcy, it seems as though Fender is trying to pivot and draw in this massive, untapped demographic to help its sales figures. For example, in 2016, the company sought to market toward millennials with a special guitar line focused on women-led bands like Warpaint and Bully.As Fender CEO Andy Mooney told Rolling Stone,The fact that 50 percent of new guitar buyers in the U.K. were women was a surprise to the U.K. team, but it’s identical to what’s happening in the U.S. …There was also belief about what people referred to as the ‘Taylor Swift factor’ maybe making the 50 percent number short-term and aberrational. In fact, it’s not. Taylor has moved on, I think playing less guitar on stage than she has in the past. But young women are still driving 50 percent of new guitar sales. So the phenomenon seems like it’s got legs, and it’s happening worldwide. [H/T Consequence Of Sound]last_img read more

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In defense of books

first_imgIn “The Case for Books” (2009), Harvard University Library Director Robert Darnton questions the future of books in a rapidly digitized world.He knows that they will never be truly obsolete, though they are transforming. In an age when e-books threaten to supersede printed ones, when Google is scanning and making literature available online, when Kindle allows long-form reading on a digital platform, and when many publications are sinking into bankruptcy, how much longer can readers hold on to good old-fashioned paper?“Digitization is transforming the communication systems of the modern age without replacing print,” consoles Darnton, noting that the death of the book is predicted all the time, but more books appear in print each year.“Soon one million new titles will be published annually throughout the world. The codex — a book you read by turning pages as opposed to the volumen, a scroll that you unroll to read — is one of the greatest inventions of all time. Two thousand years old and still going strong, stronger than ever in print form.”Darnton’s own book is part history of the form, part plan for the future. He argues that the value of the book cannot be surpassed, though digitization has its rewards.“In an e-book, you can provide endless supplementary material in various formats — archives, photos, films, and hyperlinks to other sources.”Next year, Darnton will publish a book with Harvard University Press about Parisian street songs. “The reader of the print edition will be able to tune in to the online material and hear the songs sung to their original tunes, while following text on the page.”But this library leader also has concerns about the difficulties of preserving digital works: “Their hardware and software will become obsolete; they are fragile; their digits can unravel, and their metadata may not be adequate to locate them, years hence, in cyberspace.”Darnton agrees that the physicality of books provides irreplaceable pleasure, saying, “They delight the eye, feel good to the touch, and even smell good.” He tells of a French producer of e-books who “offered its customers a sticker that they can put on their computers and scratch to produce a musty smell like that of an old volume.”How’s that for staying power? And, of course, there’s that child wizard.“Publishers have learned from Harry Potter that there is a public out there, eager to devour a well-told tale.”last_img read more

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Students start campaign asking University administrators to uphold previous Title IX standards

first_imgTwo Notre Dame students are starting a campaign asking University President Fr. John Jenkins to uphold previous Title IX standards in spite of recent policy changes made by Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.Sophomore Elizabeth Boyle, one of the creators of the “StaND 4 IX” campaign, said the campaign is largely in response to DeVos’s September decision to rescind the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) and 2014 Q&A Guidance for Sexual Assault. According to the StaND 4 IX website, the DCL “provided an interpretation of Title IX, presenting clear guidance to colleges and universities about their obligations in sexual misconduct cases,” and “clearly stated survivors’ rights.”DeVos’s decision to rescind these directives came shortly after the University’s administration made changes to Notre Dame’s Title IX policy, something Boyle said makes her “very nervous” about how the University will handle sexual assault cases in the future.“Secretary DeVos is giving schools the option to choose things such as their evidence standard [and] to follow the 60-day timeline or not, so we have this unique opportunity as this wonderful institution to take that moral high ground,” Boyle said. “ … I think that ability to choose our next steps was what inspired us to take this on and to ensure that we are this incredible university steeped in Catholic moral values, as we put out there.”Sophomore Isabel Rooper, the other creator of the StaND 4 IX campaign, said the University has made great strides in handling Title IX cases over the past several years, and the campaign asks the University to continue making progress.“Part of what we care about is making sure that the University continues moving forward,” she said. “And so that’s what we’re striving to get a commitment for with this letter, is to make sure that the University continues moving forward and making good on that promise to support and protect survivors of sexual violence, and have a fair and reasonable process.”Boyle said one of her biggest concerns about the rescinding of the DCL is the removal of the Preponderance of Evidence standard — which requires complainants to prove an incident of sexual assault is “more likely than not” to have occurred — and the removal of a 60-day timeline for investigating and concluding Title IX cases.The 60-day timeline is the typical timeframe identified in the DCL for how long a Title IX case should take to resolve. While the timeline was not strongly enforced before DeVos rescinded the DCL, Boyle said the only thing that could hold the University to that standard is community members speaking up on behalf of survivors.“Now I think the biggest push is going to come from student activists,” she said. “[It will come] from saying, ‘Hey, if you’re having a case that’s over 100 days long, you’re re-traumatizing the victims of assault, you’re putting them through this process again.’ So the difference is going to be in saying … that Notre Dame has this choice, and we pride ourselves on making the right choice, the choice that has the higher morality and protects people.”Notre Dame has conducted investigations that have lasted longer than the 60-day timeline while the DCL was in place, such as a case that resulted in an ongoing lawsuit from a former student. Rooper said the campaign asks the University to recommit to the 60-day standard in order to minimize the trauma for all parties in a Title IX investigation.“We understand that there are sometimes extenuating circumstances that make it difficult for a university to complete an investigation within 60 days,” she said. “ … But the goal of having the University commit to that timeline … is to be able to hold the University accountable and say Title IX investigations are really difficult [for] the complainant and the respondent alike, and containing that investigation as much as we can will be beneficial for all parties involved in Title IX cases.”The campaign, which will send an open letter to Fr. Jenkins on Nov. 17, also asks the University not to resort to mediation in cases of sexual misconduct and calls for the creation of waivers for the six-semester housing requirement so that “survivors of sexual misconduct and other forms of discrimination” can move off-campus.“Ideally, what we would like to see is a waiver system that doesn’t require the victim survivor to share their story in order to be able to move off campus,” Rooper said. “ … We think that that’s a form of re-traumatization for victims and asking too much of persons who have already been ostracized or felt excluded from our community in some way.”This request extends beyond Title IX to issues of discrimination against groups such as racial minorities and the LGBT community, Boyle said.Rooper stressed that everyone can contribute to this campaign, and said sexual misconduct “isn’t a partisan issue.”“This is something that we should all be on the same page about and that we should all decide that we need our university to commit to a fair process which will support survivors,” she said. “ … People can have differing opinions on what we’re working on, but we think it’s really important that people consider what’s happening nationally, because this is a really big and significant time for Title IX changes right now and people need to pay attention.”Tags: Betsy DeVos, Fr. 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Vermont among highest in per pupil spending

first_imgIn 2008, public school systems spent an average of $10,259 per pupil, a 6.1 percent increase over 2007. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia spent above this amount; 32 spent less. Vermont was fifth highest at $14,300.These data come from Public Education Finances: 2008, which provides tables on revenues, expenditures, debt and assets (cash and security holdings) of elementary and secondary public school systems with data for the nation, states and school districts. The tables also include more detailed data on spending, such as instruction, school lunches, transportation and salaries, among others.”This report on public school spending shows us how taxpayer money is being spent on education,” said Lisa Blumerman, chief of the Governments Division at the U.S. Census Bureau. “Public education is the single largest category of all state and local government expenditures. These data provide a detailed picture of how available resources are spent within the public education system.”Public school systems received $582.1 billion in funding in 2008, up 4.5 percent from 2007. Of that amount, state governments contributed 48.3 percent, followed by local sources, which contributed 43.7 percent, and federal sources, which made up the remaining 8.1 percent.Public school systems’ spending was up 6.0 percent in 2008, totaling $593.2 billion. Total current spending was $506.8 billion(85.4 percent), of which $304.8 billion went to instruction, followed by $175.9 billion, which went to support services, such as transportation and school maintenance.Total school district debt increased by 7.9 percent in 2008 to $377.4 billion.Other highlights:States and state equivalents that spent the most per pupil were New York ($17,173), New Jersey ($16,491), Alaska($14,630), the District of Columbia ($14,594), Vermont ($14,300) and Connecticut ($13,848).States that spent the least per pupil were Utah ($5,765), Idaho ($6,931), Arizona ($7,608), Oklahoma ($7,685) and Tennessee ($7,739).Instructional salaries made up the largest spending category for public elementary and secondary education at $203.5 billion (40.2 percent) in 2008.The percentage of public school funding from the federal government was highest in Louisiana (16.8 percent),Mississippi (16.0 percent) and South Dakota (15.2 percent) and lowest in New Jersey (3.9 percent), Connecticut (4.2 percent) and Massachusetts  (5.1 percent).The percentage of funding from state government was highest in Vermont (88.5 percent), which surpassed Hawaii (84.8 percent) this year, where elementary and secondary education is run by the state government, followed by Arkansas (76.0 percent). The percentage of funding from state government was lowest in Nebraska (33.0 percent), South Dakota (33.2 percent) and Illinois (33.8 percent).Among states, the percentage of funding from local governments was highest in Illinois (58.2 percent), Nebraska (57.3 percent) and Connecticut (57.3 percent) and lowest in Hawaii (3.0 percent), Vermont (5.0 percent) and Arkansas (13.4 percent).The $254.1 billion schools received from local sources included $218.4 billion from taxes and local government appropriations. Property taxes accounted for 63.7 percent of revenue for public school systems from local sources.The data used in the tabulations came from a census of all 15,569 public school districts. As such, they are not subject to sampling error. Although quality assurance methods were applied to all phases of data collection and processing, the data are subject to nonsampling error, including errors of response and miscoding. For more information, visit the Census Bureau’s Web site at http://www.census.gov/govs/school/(link is external).Source: US Census. WASHINGTON, June 28, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In The data can be accessed at http://www.census.gov/govs/school/(link is external).last_img read more

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Weekly unemployment claims show increase

first_imgFor the week of September 11, 2010, there were 674 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, an increase of 46 from the week before. Altogether 7,378 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 724 from a week ago and 2,426 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,681 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 68 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,385 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 15 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

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Hauppauge Man Admits $1.3M Foreclosure Scam

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A disbarred attorney from Hauppauge has admitted scamming 10 families out of $1.3 million in home equity during a foreclosure rescue fraud scheme that caused some victims to lose their homes.Barry Stephen Zornberg pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge William Wall at Central Islip federal court to charges of lying to federal investigators.“A license to practice law is not a license to steal or lie,” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement.Prosecutors said the 54-year-old man conducted real estate closings and allowed Bethpage-based Empire Property Solutions, LLC, a company billed as a home foreclosure rescue specialist, to use his law firm’s escrow accounts to hold and transfer funds during the scheme.Zornberg falsely told federal investigators that he advised the victims to not participate in the scheme when, in fact, he encouraged the victims to sign over their homes to the firm, thereby losing title to their homes, authorities said.Victims were told they would “refinance” their homes with Empire, when, in reality, the homeowners were tricked into transferring title in their homes to straw buyers and paying large fees, according to investigators.John Rutigliano and Kenneth Kiefer, who ran the company, were indicted in 2011 on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Kiefer has since pleaded guilty. Rutigliano pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.Zornberg faces up to five years in prison. He agreed to pay a total of $1,261,149.50 to the victims. His sentencing has not yet been scheduled.last_img read more

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Gold Coast family home offers modern living with a twist

first_img88 Tamworth Drive, Helensvale is a sight to behold.“We really liked the character of it,” Mr Peri said. “It’s got a lot of the older timber features and we much preferred that than a brand new home.”But the couple, who have two sons — Liam and Eli — knew they could transform the property into something spectacular.They installed the centrepiece pool, landscaped the property and had new retaining walls built. The kitchen.“We also re-did the bathrooms, repainted inside and outside, put in ducted airconditioning, new fans, plantation shutters and blinds” Ms Ahec said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It’s still got the beautiful character, we just basically modernised it.”Entertaining is a breeze with the wraparound veranda, built-in barbecue area and poolside cabana. Enjoy relaxing on the deck.The house also lends itself to dual-living — the main residence on the upper level features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sunken lounge and billiards room.The studio, on the lower level, offers one bedroom, a bathroom and living areas. A double garage and storage area is also on the lower level. AUCTION RESULT NO-ONE SAW COMING HOMEOWNERS SITTING ON GOLDMINES 88 Tamworth Drive, Helensvale.THE unique character of this federation-style home stands out from the street.It’s exactly why Memory Ahec and Andrew Peri bought the Tamworth Drive property in 2016. There’s plenty of style throughout the house.ON THE MARKETAddress: 88 Tamworth Drive, HelensvaleAgent: Frank Gardner, Ray White Sovereign IslandFeatures: Claw-foot bath, raked ceilings, study, timber floorsArea: 1484sq mAuction: June 30, 10.30am, on-siteInspections: Saturday and Sunday, 1pm — 1.45pmlast_img read more

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Bahrain Bans Sand Dredging in Muharraq and Jarada Island

first_imgBahrain’s HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has ordered the relevant authorities in the country to stop extracting sand and to prevent operations in the marine areas north of Muharraq and around the Jarada Island.According to his orders, the freezing of operations will be applicable until a study on the impact of digging and sand dredging on the marine environment is conducted.Bahrain’s state news agency (BNA) said in its announcement that the Prime Minister’s orders came in line as response to sailors and diving enthusiasts, who said that marine areas might be affected by sand dredging activities.Supreme Council for the Environment (SCE) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mohammed Mubarak bin Daina also paid tribute to the Prime Minister for this decision, adding that the council would carry out the study which aims to assess the impact of sea sand extraction before submitting a report to Al Khalifa.The order was welcomed by fishermen and environmentalists, according to local media.last_img read more

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Spurs, Arsenal target Lihadji under fire

first_img It has been claimed that the 17-year-old forward has rejected a £7,500-a-week deal with the Ligue 1 side. Rothen said: “It is unacceptable that he refuses this contract.Advertisement Spurs and Arsenal target Isaac Lihadji has come under fire from former French international Jerome Rothen for refusing to sign a contract extension at Marseille. Promoted Content17 Mind-Blowing Makeovers By Makeup Artist Vanessa Davis5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian ActressesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooEvery Movie Starring Sylvester Stallone From Best To WorstWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical “The goal when you are trained at a club, is to grow in the club, even more so when you are at a club like Marseille where he had a real chance of being in one of the three biggest clubs of France. Read Also:Mourinho slams FA ball used in Tottenham’s draw with Middlesbrough “What shocks me is the player. What does he want to do? Already his mentality isn’t good. “Marseille, it must make you dream.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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Palace: Metro Manila ready for GCQ shift

first_imgMANILA – The National Capital Region (NCR) is ready for further easing of restrictions to curb the spread of SARS-coV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)“NCR is ready based on the data we have seen, but we need the cooperation of everyone,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual press conference. “Nakikita nating datos ay bumagal ang doubling rate.” “Nakapaghanda naman po tayo ng mas maraming lugar kung saan natin ico-confine ang mga asymptomatic patients dito sa Manila,” he added.Based on the Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 40, which is pending for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval, Metro Manila may be downgraded to GCQ after almost two months under ECQ.Roque said that it will be up to the local government units, in coordination with the IATF EID, to decide on implementing localized lockdowns in their areas.Under the GCQ, “high-risk” barangays that will log more than two new cases of new COVID-19 in a seven-day monitoring will be deemed “critical zones.” Entry and exit will be barred in these areas, where patients will be isolated and their close contacts will be tested for the coronavirusEssential and clothing stores in malls will be opened, while leisure and dine-in restaurant services are still barred. MRT, LRT, taxis and tricycles with one passengers will also be allowed./PNlast_img read more

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