Recording Registry adds albums by Janet Jackson, Nas

Recording Registry adds albums by Janet Jackson, Nas

The Library of Congress selects titles for preservation because of their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape.

LOS ANGELES — Janet Jackson’s socially conscious album “Rhythm Nation 1814,” Louis Armstrong’s jazzy “When the Saints Go Marching In” and Nas’ debut release “Illmatic” are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry.

The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that Labelle’s song “Lady Marmalade” and Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year. The national library chose a few more memorable titles including Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection.”
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said they received about 900 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the registry.
“The National Recording Registry will preserve our history through these vibrant recordings of music and voices that have reflected our humanity and shaped our culture from the past 143 years,” Hayden said in a statement.
The library selects titles for preservation because of their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape. The titles have to be at least 10 years old.
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The registry is adding the 1941 Christmas Eve radio broadcast by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Others that made the list include the soap opera theme song, “The Guiding Light,” Connie Smith’s single “Once a Day,” Albert King’s album “Born Under a Bad Sign.”
Phil Rizzuto’s 1961 radio play-by-play of Roger Maris’ 61st homerun — which surpassed Babe Ruth’s previous record. — was added to the registry.

Alexander Zverev takes another shot at Roger Federer during Miami Open

Alexander Zverev complained about being behind Roger Federer in the world rankings last week and the problem is still bugging the towering German. Zverev reached the US Open final last year, where he lost to Dominic Thiem after surrendering a two-set lead.
The 23-year-old also made it through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open last month.

However, he remains at No 7 in the world rankings because the ATP changed their system due to coronavirus.

Points accumulated over 24 months are temporarily used to rank players, rather than the traditional 12-month period.

That means Federer, who had not played a competitive match for over a year, sits one place above Zverev.

Last week the youngster fumed: “I am the biggest Roger Federer fan, but he has not played for a year and is ranked higher than me.

“I played a Grand Slam final, a Masters 1000 final. The system is just a disaster.”

After arriving at the Miami Open, where he is one of the favourites to win the title following Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s withdrawal, Zverev refused to let the issue lie.

“I know what I would change, but it doesn’t really matter because I’m not the one deciding,” Zverev said.

“The ATP or whoever is in charge, I don’t think they really completely care about my opinion, to be honest.

“No offense to anyone, but I think there’s other players that they might listen to more, they might listen to their opinions more because they are just greater champions and they deserve to be listened to more.”

Zverev then asked the Miami Open press conference room if he should be ranked above Federer.

“I could ask you guys this back. Do you think I should be seven in the world with how I recently played?” he said.

“You think I should have not moved one spot up maybe? Maybe one spot, two spots, three spots?

“There should be some movement otherwise the rankings are just the same kind of. It’s very difficult to surpass someone.”

On the upcoming Masters 1000 event, Zverev said: “I’m looking forward to Miami.

“I’m looking forward to the upcoming weeks. I hope I can build on my recent form and continue to play even better.”

Kate Garraway fans unleash fury as viewer brands Finding Derek doc 'shameful'

More fans flooded the comments section, urging the user to “walk a mile in Kate’s shoes” before judging.

“So sad that you feel compelled to post this. Feel really sorry for you. You must be really miserable. I hope life gets better for you so you don’t have to troll others,” one retorted.

Another added: “I’m sorry you feel this way, she was doing it to show what people not just herself are going through. As @benshephard said she has a voice which others don’t. Instead of being rude how about learn and be understanding.”

“Kate and her children have shown tonight the hell they are dealing with, have been and will continue to deal with but you get a ‘feeling’ and felt the need to tell one of her closest friends/work colleagues that she did this for her journalism career, shame on you,” a third commented.

Dolly Parton tribute concert Netflix release date: When is new concert out?

What is Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute?

Every year the charity wing of The Recording Academy, which also runs and awards the Grammys each year, choose someone who is to be honoured for their charitable contributions.

The charity wing of this group is called MusiCares, and given the prestige of The Recording Academy, it is a great honour to receive this.

As part of it, other famous names and sometimes even previous winners come together to celebrate that person, performing their songs both with the singer and alone.

Dolly, winning in 2019, became the first country music artist to win the award, making it even more momentous.

The concert took place at the Los Angeles Convention Centre on February 8, 2018.

Holidays abroad cancelled: How to get a refund if your holiday has now been made illegal?

From next week, foreign holidays will be illegal under drafted legislation which runs until June 30. People who try to travel abroad without a reasonable excuse could face a hefty £5,000 fine if the law is passed. MPs will vote on the new regulations in a Commons vote on Thursday.

When will holidays abroad resume?

People are already not allowed to travel for non-essential reasons under the current lockdown rules.

However, per the Prime Minister’s roadmap, the ‘Stay at Home’ measures are expected to ease on March 29.

So the new ban on foreign travel and associated fine is being implemented to prevent people from travelling abroad as lockdown measures begin to lift.

READ MORE: Package holidays: TUI, BA, easyJet, Jet2 & Virgin updates[1]

While the legislation will run until the end of June, in theory the date foreign travel can resume could be moved forward.

Sources told the Times newspaper that the legal ban on holidays until June 30 was for “legislative convenience”.

The Government’s review on when to restart travel is due on April 12, 2021.

The roadmap states May 17 could be the date foreign travel could restart, however the PM has stressed any easing of lockdown measures will be based on “data, not dates”.

How do you get a refund if your holiday cannot go ahead?

If a holiday is cancelled, MoneySavingExpert outlines the customer should receive a refund.

MoneySavingExpert explains: “As a general rule, if you’ve paid for a trip and then the travel firm cancels, you should be due a refund.

“Yet that hasn’t always proved easy with cancellations due to the pandemic.”

Several holiday companies are offering customers refunds and the option to rebook for holidays cancelled over the coming weeks.

Holiday operator TUI has confirmed it will not be operating any holidays or flights from the UK on or before May 16, 2021, and customers will have the option to rebook or get a refund.

The TUI website explains: “We’re working as quickly as possible to contact all impacted customers and are continuing to work through bookings in departure date order.

“You should have received an official cancellation email from us by March 5, explaining the different options available to you.

“These include changing your booking to a new holiday with a rebooking incentive, receiving a refund credit note with an additional rebooking incentive, or the ability to simply cancel your booking and receive a full cash refund within 14 days.”

Unseen footage shows what Ronaldo said to Pepe before Champions League exit

Juventus vs Porto turned into a nightmare for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The superstar saw his Juventus[1] side dumped out of the Champions League in dramatic fashion, raising serious question marks over his future in Turin.

The game was also significant for Ronaldo for another reason – it meant he got to take on former Real Madrid[2] and Portugal team-mate Pepe for the first time as an opponent.

And new footage released by the Champions League, unseen at the time of the game, shows how much that meant to Ronaldo as it captured a private chat between the pair.

Pepe looked to be forced off early on in the second leg of their last-16 tie when he went down with an injury.

Cristiano Ronaldo was facing Pepe for the first time as an opponent and urged him to carry on after he picked up an injury

He needed medical attention as Juventus prepared for a corner and Ronaldo was adamant he needed him to stay on.

“Carry on playing,” Ronaldo said as he shook Pepe’s hand as he left the pitch.

“I’m going to win and it’s going to be with you on the pitch.”

Pepe was able to continue but, unfortunately for Ronaldo, he was unable to get the better of his long-time team-mate.

A late free-kick, which went through the legs of Ronaldo, gave Porto victory after extra-time to set up a quarter-final clash with Chelsea[3].

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Ronaldo, meanwhile, has been the subject of plenty of intense criticism in Italy after Juve’s Champions League misery.

Former Italy striker Antonio Cassano has branded him a “failure” at the Turin club.

“Juventus signed him to win the Champions League, but they’ve done worse with him than they’ve done before,” he told Corriere dello Sport .[5]

“They’d also won the Scudetto [Serie A title] without him. I think he’s been a failure.”

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Review: Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville Complete Edition – Dig For Victory


Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked)

It’s been a long and weird road for the Plants vs. Zombies franchise. What began as a simplistic and quirky tower defence title eventually led to the creation of a surprisingly high-quality shooter spin-off series. The latest release in this series, Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville, originally saw its debut on other platforms in late 2019 and post-launch support lasted for about a year before the developers chose to move on.

Now, all that extra content has been added into the base game and all the microtransactions have been pulled out, giving us the fittingly titled “Complete Edition”. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville isn’t necessarily anything groundbreaking for the hero shooter genre, but it contains more than enough well-designed and engaging content in both single-player and multiplayer to be well worth looking into.

The premise of Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville is fittingly goofy, as it follows the endless struggle between an endless horde of zombies desperate for human brains, and the legion of garden plants which the humans have employed to fend off the hordes. A central narrative isn’t really present here in the offline mode, rather you just sort of bounce around between various wacky characters to fulfil basic requests for them. Humour is obviously a big part of the experience and it straddles that blurry line between cheesy Saturday morning cartoon jokes and cringe-inducing ‘holds up spork’ gags.

Captured on Nintendo Switch (Docked)

Whichever game mode you choose, Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville never strays too far from its hero shooter premise. Each team has a dozen characters that cover a variety of roles, such as Attack or Defence, and have predefined kits that nicely mark out some strengths and weaknesses for each character. The Foot Soldier Zombie, for example, can put out a decent amount of damage and do so from a safe distance, but they’re rather squishy and melt quickly under sustained enemy fire. Classes are somewhat mirrored between the two teams, but there are some subtle differences to differentiate them a bit. For example, the Peashooter (the Plant version of the Zombie Foot Soldier) has a slightly slower rate of fire than its counterpart and has a slightly tweaked move set to compensate.

Getting kills with a class will earn you EXP towards it, and new levels then unlock new upgrades you can equip to further tweak a build for that character. One upgrade may decrease ability cooldown times when you land a critical kill, while another might expand the time a poison bomb stays active. All of them are useful in some way, but the limited number of upgrade points you have means you can only equip a handful of them at a time. Luckily, you can freely swap upgrades around when you’re not in combat, which encourages the player to keep experimenting until they find a proper playstyle.

Indeed, that’s a big part of the Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville experience. Having twenty-four characters to play, plus all the possible combinations of upgrades for them, gives you a lot of angles to approach the gameplay of Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville and that goes a long way towards giving it oodles of replayability. It takes hours to master the nuances of all the classes, and while there is certainly a much higher number of offensive-based classes, there’s enough variety between all the playstyles that you’re sure to find a few favourites.


Captured on Nintendo Switch (Docked)

In the PvE mode, there are four main campaigns to work through, each taking around 5-8 hours to clear. You’re given the option to play for either the Plant or the Zombie teams, and each team has one exclusive map while one is shared between them. Whichever side you choose, you essentially play through a bite-sized open-world game wherein you run errands for various NPCs and complete some sidequests as you do so. Collectables and treasure chests are scattered liberally around each map, and you’re sure to come across plenty of enemy hordes as you rush to your next objective. There’s some variation in quest objectives, one may have you defending a point while another requires you to find three collectables by defeating enemies, though it doesn’t take too long for the quest design of this offline mode to start getting a little same-y. It doesn’t help that these campaigns are balanced around the main attack classes, so you’re fighting an uphill battle if you want to try running them with defence classes.

That said, there’s no shortage of incentives to keep you engaged if you can get past the repetition of mission objectives. Killing enemies and finishing quests nets you both coins for usage back in town and experience for furthering your character’s build. Additionally, each campaign has its own achievement system of ‘medals’ which encourage you to go for 100% completion, and the medals can then be used to get exclusive skins and other goodies. Considering that the original release not only had a battle pass system but also some rather hefty microtransaction usage, this adds up to a ton of extra stuff to unlock that’s now included in the game for the base price. Just in this single-player mode alone, then, you’re looking at probably around thirty or so hours if you want to try getting everything.

Captured on Nintendo Switch (Docked)

Then there’s the multiplayer to consider, which is arguably the main draw of the whole experience. There’s a nice array of modes on offer spanning the typical shooter game modes like team deathmatch or capture the flag, and while there isn’t much here that you won’t find in other modern shooters, it’s tough to be disappointed with the content on offer here. It’s a blast trying out and levelling up all the classes, and the mixture of game modes and maps ensures that it’ll be dozens of hours before things begin feeling too stale.

All of this is well and good, though the main drawback in our experience is that performance can be dicey whether you’re playing docked or handheld, no matter what mode you’re playing. The framerate never goes above 30 FPS, but when there’s any substantial action happening on screen, it usually seems to dip to sub-20 FPS levels. It’s not bad, but the framerate being all over the place does have an effect on gameplay and will more than likely contribute to a few missed shots. Gyro controls help to compensate for this somewhat, but there’s a lingering sense that Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville could’ve used a little more optimization for the Switch’s humble hardware.

Conclusion

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville Complete Edition more than lives up to its name. A huge amount of content, lots of replayability, and an overall charming aesthetic make this an easy recommendation for anybody looking for a solid new shooter for their Switch. That said, just bear in mind that it often runs into performance issues and that the single-player offering can prove to be a little repetitive in the long run. If you can get past those issues, this release will surely prove to be worth both your time and money.

RT’s Boom Bust looks at the battle between Amazon and its workers over better pay and benefits

The latest Amazon workers’ strike in Italy is a sign of the increasing pressure the e-commerce giant faces in Europe and the US over alleged labor law violations, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, filed with the National Labor Relations Board to hold a unionization vote back in November 2020. The company, owned by the world’s richest person, Jeff Bezos, has run a massive campaign to counter the efforts of its employees to unionize.

READ MORE: Thousands of Amazon workers in Italy go on strike in row over labor conditions

“We know that Amazon spent millions of dollars on union-busting tactics in Alabama,” former Amazon employee Christian Smalls told Boom Bust, adding that he talked to people employed by the mega-retailer in Bessemer just weeks ago.

“I can tell you now, the workers were receiving a lot of misinformation,” he said.

For more stories on economy & finance visit RT’s business section

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Harvest Your Crops with the ID@Xbox Farming Sale

Spring has sprung and the sun is finally out, which means it’s time to grab our tools and tend to our crops. Whether you like to explore space, protect your crops from zombies and alien species, or just relax and become the ultimate farmer, we have put together a list of some of the best farming sims from independent developers and discounted them up to 70% off from March 23 to 29 as part of the ID@Xbox Farming Sale on the Xbox Store. Here’s a few seeds to get you started:
Slime Rancher (70% off) Explore a vast alien frontier, build and customize your space ranch. Slime Rancher is the tale of Beatrix LeBeau, a plucky, young rancher who sets out for a life a thousand light years away from Earth on the ‘Far, Far Range’ where she tries her hand at making a living wrangling slimes. With a can-do attitude, plenty of grit, and her trusty vacpack, Beatrix attempts to stake a claim, amass a fortune, and avoid the continual peril that looms from the rolling, jiggling avalanche of slimes around every corner!

Stardew Valley (40% off) You’re moving to the valley! Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life after you inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness!

Astroneer (50% off) Astroneer is set during the 25th century Intergalactic Age of Discovery, where Astroneers explore the frontiers of outer space, risking their lives in harsh environments to unearth rare discoveries and unlock the mysteries of the universe. Work together to build custom bases above or below ground, create vehicles to explore a vast solar system, and use the terrain to create anything you can imagine.

Farm Together (35% off) Start from scratch, with a small plot, and end with a huge farm that extends further than the eye can see. Grow crops, plant trees, take care of the animals, and much more! Spend your hard-earned money in new buildings and facilities for your farm, earn experience to unlock hundreds of new items, hop onto your tractor and speed up the tasks, but watch out or you’ll run out of gas.

Farming Simulator 19 (33% off) Become a modern farmer and develop your farm on two huge American and European environments, filled with exciting new farming activities, crops to harvest and animals to tend to. With over 300 authentic vehicles and machines from all the leading brands, including the prestigious John Deere – but also Case IH, New Holland, Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Valtra, Krone, Deutz-Fahr, and many more. Grow your farm online with other players and download community created mods for an ever-expanding Farming Simulator experience!


This is a small sample of all the great games waiting for you and on sale from March 23 – 29. Kickback, relax, and experience the ultimate farmer adventure. You can find the full list of games at Xbox.com.

Oscar Polanco, Product Marketing Manager, ID@Xbox

Alan Titchmarsh gives fellow gardeners advice on growing plants from seeds

“Then you must try and keep it growing evenly.”

Alan recommended finding a part of your garden where the soil is “good”.

If you don’t have good soil in your garden, then you need to work on making it better with some homegrown or shop-bought compost.

“Work it into the soil, make sure it’s got decent light,” Alan added.