Online streaming giant SoundCloud has been in financial trouble for some time now, and it seems the company’s founders are considering drastic steps to maintain their product. According to a news item in Bloomberg, the owners of the German-based company are mulling over the option of selling their company for a steep $1 billion sum.Though Bloomberg’s sources wished to remain private during any potential negotiations, SoundCloud is indeed “exploring strategic options” for the business. While they may ultimately opt not to sell, it appears as though serious measures will need to be taken in order to make SoundCloud profitable. The streaming site found a niche as a place for anyone to share and discover music, such as their recently-introduced premium service with fewer ads and increased access. There are also premium accounts for artists, based on storage space and additional features.If SoundCloud is priced at $1 Billion, we can only hope that any corporate entity looking to take over the site doesn’t change it for the worse.
However, the night didn’t end there, as Aqueous’ then continued their night by zipping over to The Sinclair, where moe. was winding down their four-night stand in Cambridge. Guitarist Al Schnier had the idea for members of Aqueous to emerge on the band’s instruments for the encore to surprise the audience. Aqueous obliged, with Mike Gantzer on Chuck’s guitar, Evan McPhaden on a Rob’s bass, Dave Loss on Al’s guitar, and Rob Houk on Vinnie’s drums, to kick off moe.’s Saturday night encore. Aqueous played an improvisational jam before closing with hints of an Aqueous original, “Random Company,” before switching back with the moe. members who closed out with “Comfortably Numb” cover by Pink Floyd. You can also take a listen to the moe. show below, courtesy of taper tgakidis.[Cover photo: Capacity Images]Setlist: moe. | The Sinclair | Cambridge, MA | 4/08/17I: Zed Naught Z > Same Old Story > Bring You Down, Chromatic Nightmare#, Captain America, Montego, Where Does The Time Go? > WaterII: Kids > Lazarus, Letter Home > Faker > Same Old Story > Zed Naught Z, Gone > Deep This TimeIII: Skrunk > Kids, banter, Buster, Angel, St. Augustine > Same Old Story, crowd, al.nnouncementsE: Aqueous band swap, banter/crowd, Comfortably Numb# w/ Water Intro Fake Out On April 8th, Aqueous and Dopapod hit the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Massachusetts, continuing their tour of the smokin’ of the Northeast. Aqueous kicked off the night, and during their five-song set, they invited a special guest out to share the stage with them. For their fourth song, following “Skyway,” which jammed into through “Halfway In, Halfway Out,” the band invited their friend, Dopapod’s drummer Neal “Fro” Evans, to join them on a heavy cover of Queens of the Stone Age “No One Knows.” You can check out a video of this special sit-in via MK Devo below, who caught the cover in all its glory and just released pro-shot multi-cam footage from the night.
By Carla Babb / Voice of America March 17, 2020 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) plans to increase U.S. military presence in the Western Hemisphere while taking on funding cuts to security programs that help Latin American partners counter drug cartels.In written testimony March 11, U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, SOUTHCOM commander, said the U.S. “only enabled the successful interdiction of about 9 percent of known drug movement” recently in Latin America and the Caribbean.Adm. Faller told the U.S. House Armed Services Committee that he’d need significant assets to drastically improve that number, including dozens of ships.“Recognizing these complex challenges in our neighborhood, we will see an increase in U.S. military presence in the hemisphere,” Adm. Faller said, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon after the briefing.Partners vitalThe increase, which coincides with a Pentagon review of the command, will include more ships, aircraft and forces, said Adm. Faller, who declined to discuss numbers.But the increase will not be enough to fully counter the threats, which is “why it’s so important to get partners in the game,” Adm. Faller added.Last year, local partner forces enabled half of U.S. drug interdictions in the region, according to SOUTHCOM.The need for more partner nation participation comes as the latest Pentagon budget slashes SOUTHCOM’s partner security program funds by about 20 percent.“That reduction will mean we’ll have to make some choices and have to defund some programs … that have increased our partners’ ability to do things like counternarcotics,” Adm. Faller said.He added that the increased military presence would help the U.S. offset short-term losses to security cooperation program funding. But he acknowledged that “there might be some areas where we’ll take risks as we look in the future.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that a flood-prone section of Nassau Expressway in the Five Towns will be rehabilitated sooner than expected and that the state would pour $130 million into the project.Nassau Expressway, also known as Route 878, runs from western Nassau County into Queens, carries 56,000 vehicles daily, and is a designated evacuation route for more than 400,000 people.The plan, which was borne out of post-Superstorm Sandy NY Rising discussions, calls for the beleaguered one-mile stretch to be elevated to mitigate flooding while improving upon existing drainage. Cuomo said the project would be fast-tracked to begin in 2019 as opposed to its original starting date of 2025.The governor was critical of past repairs, which he said were done “piecemeal,” and noted that the previous timeline was inadequate.“The problem is that I may be dead by 2025,” Cuomo said during an appearance at the Five Towns Community Center in Lawrence on Sunday. “That’s a long time from now, and who wants to wait and put up with it until 2025?”Cuomo, who is fond of recalling his own experiences while highlighting the need for new projects, painted a nightmarish portrait of past trips along the parkway.“I lived in Hollis, Queens. I had a good friend for many years who lived in Inwood, so I would come down the Cross Island Parkway, come across Brookville Boulevard, which was an undertaking in and of itself,” Cuomo said. “That is like going over the mountains, when you go over Brookville Boulevard. You dodge the potholes and you’re going through a whole marsh area, you wait for a boat to float past as you go through Brookville Boulevard, and then you’d run the floods. It was like a road test for a vehicle, that’s what it was.”“Did you have the shocks to handle Brookville Boulevard, and then did you have the ground clearance to make it through the water on Burnside?” he continued. “So this is a situation that has gone on for way too long.”State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) in a statement said the infusion of cash will “protect a vital piece of infrastructure—and the New Yorkers who rely on it—for decades to come.”Cuomo’s appearance also put him in the same room with indicted Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who in October pleaded not guilty to federal bribery charges.The governor made light of the fact that the pair were in the same room together.“Normally when I’m with the County Executive, we’re in some kind of snowstorm, hurricane, Mother Nature wrath, never-happened-before-but-now-it’s-going-to-happen-to-us situation,” he said. “So to be with Ed when the sun is shining and it’s not raining is really nice and unusual. We are talking about flooding so it’s basically where we’ve been, but let’s give the County Executive a round of applause.”(Photo credit: New York Governor’s Office)
Black Stars defender Jonathan Mensah nodded the match-winner for Evian Thonon Gaillard who pipped Lens 2-1 to manage their first win of the season on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old scored just after the half-hour mark and defended gallantly at the Parc des Sports.Bottom-side Bottom-side Evian had lost four of their last five matches in Ligue 1 coming into this game, but their appetite for goals looked insatiable in the first half, and they were two goals up inside the first half hour.Cédric Barbosa pulled a training-ground free-kick back to the edge of the penalty area and Mensah thrashed the ball toward goal first-time. His initial attempt was blocked but landed kindly, and the big Ghanaian was on hand to thump home past Wylan Cyprien to make it 2-0.Wednesday night’s game is Mensah’s second Ligue 1 goal after scoring for Evian in a 1-1 draw with Stade Reims in 2013.