Quincy Jones

Quincy Delight Jones Jr. is an American record producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and film and television producer. His career spans over 60 years in the entertainment industry with a record 80 Grammy Award nominations, 28 Grammys, a Grammy Legend Award in 1992. Jones came to prominence in the 1950s as a jazz arranger and conductor, before moving on to work in pop music and film scores. In 1969 Jones and his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African-Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for "The Eyes of Love" from the film Banning. Jones was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on the 1967 film In Cold Blood, making him the first African-American to be nominated twice in the same year. In 1971 he became the first African-American to be the musical director and conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony. In 1995 he was the first African-American to receive the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, he has tied with sound designer Willie D. Burton as the second most Oscar-nominated African-American, with seven nominations each.

Jones was the producer, with Michael Jackson, of Jackson's albums Off the Wall and Bad, as well as the producer and conductor of the 1985 charity song "We Are the World", which raised funds for victims of famine in Ethiopia. In 2013, Jones was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as the winner, alongside Lou Adler, of the Ahmet Ertegun Award, he was named one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century by Time magazine. Quincy Delight Jones Jr. was born on the South Side of Chicago on March 14, 1933, the son of Sarah Frances, a bank officer and apartment complex manager, Quincy Delight Jones Sr. a semi-professional baseball player and carpenter from Kentucky. Jones' paternal grandmother was an ex-slave in Louisville, Jones would discover that his paternal grandfather was Welsh. With the help of the author Alex Haley in 1972 and Mormon researchers in Salt Lake City, Jones discovered that his mother's ancestors included James Lanier, a relative of poet Sidney Lanier. Jones said, "He had a baby with my great-grandmother, my grandmother was born there.

We traced this all the way back to the Laniers, the same family as Tennessee Williams." Learning that the Lanier immigrant ancestors were French Huguenots who had court musicians among their ancestors, Jones attributed some of his musicianship to them. For the 2006 PBS television program African American Lives, Jones had his DNA tested, genealogists researched his family history again, his DNA revealed he is African but is 34% European in ancestry, on both sides of his family. Research showed that he has English, French and Welsh ancestry through his father, his mother's side is of West and Central African descent the Tikar people of Cameroon. His mother had European ancestry, such as Lanier male ancestors who fought for the Confederacy, making him eligible for Sons of Confederate Veterans. Among his ancestors is Betty Washington Lewis, a sister of president George Washington. Jones is a direct descendant of Edward I of England, whose ancestors included French, Rurik and Swiss nobility. Jones' family moved to Chicago as part of the Great Migration.

Jones had a younger brother, an engineer for the Seattle television station KOMO-TV until his death 1998. Jones was introduced to music by his mother, who always sang religious songs, by his next-door neighbor, Lucy Jackson; when Jones was five or six, Jackson played stride piano next door, he would listen through the walls. Lucy recalled; when Jones was young, his mother suffered from a schizophrenic breakdown and was admitted to a mental institution. His father divorced his mother and married Elvera Jones, who had three children of her own named Waymond and Katherine. Elvera and Quincy Sr. had three children together: Jeanette and future U. S. District Judge Richard. In 1943 Jones and his family moved to Bremerton, where his father got a wartime job at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. After the war, the family moved to Seattle. In high school, he developed his skills as a arranger, his classmates included Charles Taylor, who played saxophone and whose mother, Evelyn Bundy, was one of Seattle's first society jazz band leaders.

Jones and Taylor began playing music together, at the age of 14 they played with a National Reserve band. Jones has said he got much more experience with music growing up in a smaller city because he otherwise would have faced too much competition. At age 14, Jones introduced himself to 16-year-old Ray Charles after watching him play at the Black Elks Club. Jones cites Charles as an early inspiration for his own music career, noting that Charles overcame a disability to achieve his musical goals, he has credited his father's sturdy work ethic with giving him the means to proceed and his loving strength with holding the family together. Jones has said his father had a rhyming motto: "Once a task is just begun, never leave until it's done. Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all." In 1951, Jones earned a scholarship to Seattle University, where a young Clint Eastwood—also a music major—watched him play in the college band. After one semester, Jones transferred to what is now the Berklee College of Music in Boston on another scholarship.

While studying at Berklee, he played at Izzy Ort's Bar & Grille with Bunny Campbell and Preston Sandiford, whom he cited as important musical influences. He left his studies after

Tourism in Hong Kong

The tourism industry has been an important part of the economy of Hong Kong since it shifted to a service sector model in the late 1980s and early 90s. There has been a sharp increase of domestic tourists from Mainland China following the introduction of the Individual Visit Scheme in 2003; the total tourism expenditure associated with inbound tourism reached HK$7,333 per capita in 2011. According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board Overall visitor arrivals to Hong Kong in 2010 totalled just over 36 million, a 21.8% increase over the previous year. The numbers included 22.5 million mainland Chinese arrivals, 8.2 million short-haul arrivals, 4.8 million long-haul arrivals. In July 2011 more than 3.8 million visitors arrived in Hong Kong, equivalent to more than half of Hong Kong's population and setting an outright record for a single month. Along with the strong growth in the number of Mainland visitors, most other long and short-haul markets are performing healthily with double-digit growth over 2006.

Among long-haul markets, Europe and the Middle East took the lead with arrivals of 1,916,861, an 11.1% increase that made this Hong Kong's best-performing market region in 2006. While facing increasing competition from Mainland cities and Macau, the Hong Kong Tourism Board works with authorities and trade to make Hong Kong an essential component in all combo and multi-destination itineraries. Tourism, along with international trade and financial services are the three main sources of income for Hong Kong. According to Hong Kong's finance secretary, since the protests of 2019, tourism has plunged by 40% compared to 2018. In December 2006, there were 612 hotels and tourist guest houses in Hong Kong, with 52,512 rooms; the average occupancy rate across all categories of hotels and tourist guesthouses was 87% for the whole of 2006, a one-percentage-point growth compared with 2005 despite the 7.4% increase in Hong Kong's room supply between December 2005 and December 2006. During 2006, 62.7% of all visitors stayed one night or longer, a trend reflecting Hong Kong's increasing importance as a regional transport hub.

The Tourism Commission was established in May 1999 to promote Hong Kong as Asia's premier international city for all visitors. A Tourism Strategy Group, comprising representatives from the Government, the HKTB and various sectors of the tourism industry has been established to advise the Government on tourism development from a strategic perspective. Most visitors arriving to Hong Kong were from the following country or territory of residence: Almost any of the districts of Hong Kong can be considered a tourist destination; the following locations are areas marked as main attractions. Including New Kowloon Including the Outlying Islands Hong Kong has a number a events throughout the year that are aimed at attracting visitors; the authority claims. First organised in 1996, the International Chinese New Year Night Parade is one of the most important celebratory events during Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, it was held during day time on Hong Kong Island, from 2004 onward the event has been held during night time in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Apart from the decorated floats, the parade features local and international performance groups. The 2018 parade attracted over 150,000 spectators, half of them were visitors. To facilitate entry of visitors, various measures were introduced in 2002; the quota of the Hong Kong Tour Group Scheme of Mainland visitors has been abolished since January 2002. The number of Mainland travel agents authorized to organize such tours has increased significantly. Nationals from some 170 countries can visit Hong Kong visa free for period from seven days to 180 days; the Individual Visit Scheme was introduced on 28 July 2003. The Scheme has been extended and now covers Guangdong province, Beijing, Chongqing and nine cities in Fujian and Zhejiang. In 2006, over 6.6 million Mainland citizens traveled to Hong Kong under the IVS, 20.2% more than 2005. The HKTB continues to promote the destination to business and leisure travellers through its worldwide "Hong Kong – Live it, Love it!" campaign. Leveraging on the opening of several new attractions from 2005 onwards, the HKTB has designated 2006 as "Discover Hong Kong Year".

The global marketing campaign makes use of a series of strategic promotions to showcase the new image of Hong Kong and promote it as a "must-visit" destination in 2006. The HKTB began its travel trade promotion in May 2005 and rolled out the consumer promotions worldwide in late 2005. Aloagreement, a series of joint overseas marketing initiatives is being conducted with Macau and the nine provincial tourism bureaus concerned. In the years up to till 2012, birth tourism in Hong Kong had been increasing. Pregnant mainland women seeking to give birth in Hong Kong to benefit from the right of abode, their parents came from mainland to give birth in Hong Kong, which resulted in their children gaining the right to abode and enjoy social welfare in the city. Hong Kong citizens expressed concerns that the pregnant women and babies put heavier burden on Hong Kong's medical system; some of them called mainland people "locusts" which take away Hong Kong's resources from locals. Over 170,000 new births where both parents were mainland people between 2001 and 2011, of which 32,653 were born in 2010.

CY Leung's first public announcement on policy as Chief Executive-elect was to impose a'zero' quota on mainland mothers giving birth in Hong Kong. Leung further underlined that those who did may not be able to secure the right of abode for their offspring in Hong Kong. Since 2012, there have been more mainland parallel traders coming to the northern parts

Imagine That (film)

Imagine That is a 2009 American comedy film starring Eddie Murphy directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and written by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson. It centers on the relationship between a workaholic father and his daughter, whose imaginary world becomes the solution to her father's success; the film had its world premiere at the Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios Lot in Los Angeles and was widely released on June 12, 2009. It was a box office failure, received mixed reviews from critics. Murphy was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor for his work in the film; the film was a co production between Nickelodeon Movies. Evan Danielson is a successful financial advisor, working at the same securities firm for eight years as their top account manager, until Johnny Whitefeather was hired as his rival. Whitefeather seems to have the whole company under some spell as he spiels his nonsensical idioms filled with Native American mumbo jumbo; these top executives seem more content with chanting Indian style noises rather than listen to how they can make money through sound investments.

When Evan discovers that his daughter, Olivia, is somehow able to tell the future within the financial world by using her'goo-gaa' comfort blanket and her imaginary friends, he discovers he has an invaluable upper hand now at the office. During work, Olivia accidentally drew all over Evan's 11:00 worksheets for a meeting. Outraged, Evan goes to the meeting and he shows off the paperwork like ChemStar is sparkly and Yellowfin get married, that brought confusion to his workers. In order for Evan to ask these imaginary friends any question he must travel through the imaginary world, through a dense forest, past a dragon, through caves, walk through France. Before, Evan, a part-time father had no time for his daughter, now is forced to play with her and by her rules. After only a couple of days with her, he rediscovers the inner child within himself and genuinely has a lot of fun playing these imaginary games with Olivia. Whitefeather begins to search for Evan's secret; when he finds out that Evan was just playing with a wakalyapi blanket, he purchases a six thousand dollar blanket and forces his son to tell him the "future" and making him hyperactive by making him drink many cans of Red Bull.

Whitefeather and Evan are now competing for the position of heading the Western division of the company D. D. E. In order to be prepared for the most important presentation of his life, Evan must once again invoke the use of the Goo-Gaa blanket and meet up with the princesses; the only problem is that Olivia is spending the night at her friends house, there is no way for Evan to obtain the Goo-Gaa without taking it from her. The presentations will be held on the day of Olivia's class play. Evan manages to get Olivia to give him the Goo-Gaa, but she is soon seen crying because he seems to care only about the blanket, not her. Evan tries to get the princesses' attention. Evan starts working on his presentation; as hours pass, he stretches, the Goo-Gaa falls on the floor, but he continues working without noticing. Evan decides to go to the presentation instead of Olivia's class concert. Johnny gives his presentation. It's Evan's turn; when he is about to present, he decides to go to Olivia's class concert, leaves the presentation.

As he drives over, he changes into a king costume. Back at the class concert, Olivia is about to sing her solo part all of a sudden Evan appears dressed as a king, Olivia starts singing, delighted to see him. After the class concert, Evan starts talking to Olivia about how sorry he is for misusing her blanket, not caring about her, for using the princesses for the wrong reason. Meanwhile, the owner of the company, D. D. E. Appears, wants to talk to Evan, he and Evan talk, he decides to give the position to Evan because of how much Evan cares about his family. Evan accepts. Evan goes back to Olivia, they both start waving, as a gust of wind blows, some leaves form into the shape of a person fly off into the sky. Evan, Olivia's mother, Olivia leave happy; the film's production ran from September 10 to December 14, 2007. Filming locations included Los Angeles; the score to Imagine That was composed by Mark Mancina, who recorded his score with an eighty three piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Sony Scoring Stage.

The film soundtrack features several covers of Beatles songs, such as "Got to Get You into My Life", "Nowhere Man", two different versions of "Here Comes the Sun", while the song "All You Need Is Love" plays a part in the film's plot. On its opening weekend, the film opened #6 grossing $5.5 million in 3,008 theaters with an $1,830 average. The film went on to gross $22.3 million worldwide office bomb. This opened similar to Eddie Murphy's previous summer movie, Meet Dave, which had a lackluster opening week. However, Meet Dave received worse reviews than Imagine That; the film was released in the United Kingdom on August 14, 2009, failed to reach the Top 15. About the movie's failure, Murphy said: "The movie didn’t have a chance at the box office – it’s just me and this little girl and a blanket." He said he considers the movie one of his worst movies he made said: "If I want to cry, I'll put on Imagine That." The film received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 41%