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Safaricom Youth Orchestra students Undergo e-learning Classes

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Members of the Safaricom Youth Orchestra are set to receive music lessons through e-learning.
The orchestra has been facilitated with 4G enabled mobile handsets from Safaricom to facilitate the lessons.
 With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the physical practice sessions, the over 80 students who make up the orchestra will now receive music instructions from home, with the first online class which started on May, 16th, 2020.
 “We acknowledge the significant role that music plays in our daily lives, more so to the 10-17-year-old boys and girls who get the chance to play for the Safaricom Youth Orchestra. Being in the technology industry, we aim to bridge the divide brought about by the restriction of movement by enabling the students to get access to their music tutors through e-learning,” said Peter Ndegwa, Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom.
 The orchestra draws together 45% of its students from public schools, 30% from the Ghetto Classics program, and 25% from private schools with aim of providing the necessary skill to become Kenya’s next generation of professional musicians.
 “Interaction among students and with their music tutors goes a long way in shaping who they are. Not only are the students equipped with musical knowledge but the personal development and leadership skills necessary to inform their way of living. On behalf of the Orchestra, I wish to thank Safaricom for enabling the students to get back to class and for always supporting us since we started this transformative initiative,” said Elizabeth Njoroge, Safaricom Youth Orchestra Manager.
 Safaricom has also partnered with Eneza Education, Longhorn Publishers, and Viusasa to provide free access to educational content for Primary and Secondary school students studying from home since the beginning of April. Students have access to revision content on the SMS-based Shupavu291 free of charge following a waiver of the KES 3 subscription fee. Learners can also access Longhorn E-learning, Shupavu Web, and Viusasa Elimu through a free daily education bundle accessible via *544#.
 Started in 2014, the orchestra has over the years seen 120 of its members graduate from its program, with some its stellar performances showcased at the Safaricom International Jazz Festival performing alongside world-renowned international artists such as Marcus Miller and the late Manu Dibango.

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#BeApp Partners with Coca-Cola for Fans 60 Days fun Galore

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NAIROBI, May 22, 2020 – #BeApp, a new live music streaming platform, and Coca-Cola have launched the Coke Studio Sessions, in an exclusive collaboration featuring a diverse line-up of musical performances for fans to enjoy for over 60 consecutive days.

 Live performances from more than 100 artists across the globe, including Katy Perry, Anitta, DJ Khaled, Bebe Rexha, Miguel, Cast of Hamilton and Steve Aoki will begin streaming today to refresh fans one virtual performance at a time and support the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Coke Studio Sessions marks the official debut of #BeApp, the social live music streaming platform from tech industry veterans Ray Smith and Ross Mason. #BeApp is an immersive, digital destination for fans to enjoy live music in a new way. Unlike other virtual concert platforms, #BeApp will offer a variety of interactive features, including:

  •          In-App Sharing: Sharing feature will encourage fans to invite friends and family to join them   during the livestream.
  • Currency/Points: By continuously interacting and sharing through the app, fans will earn in-app points and currency that can be redeemed for prizes, functionality upgrades and more.
  • Prizes and Upgrades: Prizes include upgraded access to “front row seats,” artist shout-outs during the livestream and #BeApp swag.
  • Front Row Seats: “Front row seats” offer fans a greater digital presence during the livestream, including having the user’s photo and name visible to all viewers.
  • Donations: Fans will have the ability to make a donation to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to support Covid-19 relief efforts.

 “#BeApp was designed for digital connection through a shared love of live music, and people need that connection now more than ever,” said Ray Smith, founder of #BeApp. “We’re thrilled to have Coca-Cola as our exclusive launch partner as we introduce #BeApp to fans around the world through unique new experiences.”

 The first weekend of streaming will include performances from Diplo, Kaskade, DJ Khaled, among others, and kicks off at 2H00 am EAT on 15th May. Re-Runs of live content will air at 6.00pm on 15th May. Additional artists will be announced across Coca-Cola and #BeApp social channels.

 “We know that people may feel lonely or isolated as a result of the pandemic, and Coca-Cola remains committed to uplifting the human spirit and fostering connection while we’re apart,” said Ricardo Fort, Vice President, Global Sports & Entertainment, The Coca-Cola Company. “By providing 60 days of live, interactive music content that fans can share and enjoy with others, we hope that Coke Studio Sessions will provide small, daily moments of entertainment for those adjusting to their new normal.”

Throughout the 60-day program, fans will have the opportunity to contribute directly to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to support Covid-19 efforts.

The Coca-Cola Foundation has donated over $14 million to individual Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world in response to Covid-19 and will additionally match up to a collective total of $3 million in consumer donations made through this program.

 “The American Red Cross is grateful for partners like The Coca-Cola Foundation for stepping up during this difficult and uncertain time,” said Koby Langley, Senior Vice President of International Services for the American Red Cross. “The Coca-Cola Foundation’s contribution supports the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network’s efforts to slow the spread of this disease and alleviate suffering that the pandemic will cause. We are deeply grateful for their generous support during this challenging time.”

Fans will be able to join the livestreams on #BeApp, which can be downloaded for free on iOS or Android devices, as well as on Coca-Cola YouTube and Facebook: Facebook

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Autopsy shows pilot of Kobe Bryant Helicopter crash was not high on drugs or alcohol

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Autopsy results of the victims of the crash that took the lives of Basketball player Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi Bryant, along with 6 other passengers and the pilot have been released by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office .

Kobe, his daughter, the pilot and the other passengers on the plane died after the helicopter slammed onto a hillside at  a high speed of 184 MPH on 26th January 2020 in Calabasas, California.

The autopsy documents reveal that Kobe and the other victims died of blunt trauma, but an outstanding takeaway from the autopsy results is that the pilot Ara Zobayan, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol as toxicology tests came back negative.

“Toxicological testing did not detect the presence of alcohol or drugs of abuse. Substances tested for include: benzodiazepines, cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, marijuana, opioids, phencyclidine, and amphetamines.” the report by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office read.

 

 

The report comes after Vanessa Bryant and surviving family members of other passengers sued the pilot and Island Express, which chartered the helicopter, for negligence and carelessness in the helicopter crash as other professional pilots have said Zobayan should not have been flying at such a high rate of speed in blinding fog.

The report also comes after the representative of the late pilot who was flying the helicopter claimed the people on board were responsible for the fatal crash.

The late Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player. As a shooting guard, Bryant entered the National Basketball Association directly from high school, and played his entire 20-season professional career in the league with the Los Angeles Lakers.

 

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He’s a danger to the community’ Judge shuts down R.Kelly’s third attempt to get out of jail over Covid-19 fears

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A judge has denied singer R.Kelly’s request to leave jail due to the possibility of him contracting Covid-19, labeling Kelly a ‘danger to the community’ and a ‘flight risk’ .

This is the third time R.Kelly’s attempts to leave jail on ‘health conditions’ is being dismissed by the court as he is being held in prison over child sex abuse allegations, transmission of STDS and kidnapping.

In his motion for bail, which was filed earlier this month, Kelly complained that he was diabetic and overweight and therefore more susceptible to Coronavirus complications, and complained that conditions in his prison had become filthy, and it was only a matter of time before he caught the virus.

 

 

His two previous attempts to leave jail have been dismissed as the court felt his ‘Health’ reasons were not strong enogh to grant him bail.

Judge Donnelly, while dismissing Kelly’s application, said Kelly’s crimes involve the sexual abuse of minors that stretched for almost 25 years, and allegations like those do not merit bail. The judge said that although Kelly has insisted that if set free, he’d return to Illinois to stand trial like he did in his 2008 child porn trial, the grand jury found probable cause that he bribed witnesses in that case, and she doesn’t want a repeat of that alleged behavior.

”The defendant is charged in Illinois and New York with extraordinarily serious crimes, for which he faces a long prison term if convicted,” Judge Donnelly wrote in her decision

 

 

“That prospect makes him a flight risk. The nature of the charges—which include crimes against minor victims, threats against potential witnesses and paying bribes to keep witnesses from cooperating—make him a danger to the community, including that he could attempt to tamper with prospective witnesses.”

Kelly’s trial starts later this year.

 

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