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Rollins Band

Rollins Band was an American rock band from 1987 to 2006, formed in Van Nuys and led by former Black Flag vocalist Henry Rollins. They are best known for the songs "Low Self Opinion" and "Liar", which both earned heavy airplay on MTV in the early-mid 1990s. Critic Steve Huey describes their music as "uncompromising, cathartic fusions of funk, post-punk and jazz experimentalism, with Rollins shouting angry, biting self-examinations and accusations over the grind."In 2000, Rollins Band was included on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, ranking at No. 47. Rollins was the singer for the Washington, D. C. punk rock band State of Alert from October 1980 to July 1981. Afterwards, he sang with California punk rock band Black Flag from August 1981 to August 1986. Black Flag earned little mainstream attention, but through a demanding touring schedule, came to be regarded as one of the most important punk rock bands of the 1980s. Less than a year after Black Flag broke up, Rollins returned to music with guitarist Chris Haskett, bass guitarist Bernie Wandel, drummer Mick Green.

This line-up released two records: Drive by Shooting. The music was similar to Black Flag's, though it flirted more with heavy funk. Soon after, Rollins formed Rollins Band with Haskett, bassist Andrew Weiss, drummer Sim Cain. Live sound engineer Theo Van Rock was credited as a band member. Critics Ira Robbins and Regina Joskow described this line-up as a "brilliant, strong ensemble... the band doesn't play punk, but what they do together has the strengths of both. The group's loud guitar rock with a strong, inventive rhythmic clock borrows only the better attributes of metal, ensuring that noise is never a substitute for purpose." Rollins's tour diaries from this era details the personal and creative tensions that led to Weiss being fired following the End of Silence tour. These diaries were published by Rollins's 2.13.61 company as See A Grown Man Cry and Now Watch Him Die. The band's new bassist was jazz and funk veteran Melvin Gibbs, who'd been recommended by guitarist Vernon Reid of Living Colour, a friend of the Rollins Band since the first Lollapalooza tour.

Cain and Gibbs had both played in different versions of guitarist Marc Ribot's band. Gibbs performed on Ribot's album Rootless Cain on Requiem for What's His Name; the first video from 1994's Weight, "Liar", was a huge hit on MTV, with Rollins sporting numerous costumes. The band appeared at Woodstock'94, Rollins was a guest-host for several MTV programs, including 120 Minutes; this version of Rollins Band had some of the most overt jazz leanings of the band's history: Gibbs had begun his career with Reid in the 1980s jazz fusion group of drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson, worked with Sonny Sharrock on albums like 1987's Seize The Rainbow. These influences, along with Rollins' obsession with the late'60s/early'70s electric/fusion era of iconic trumpeter Miles Davis, shaped this version of the band's music. During the sessions for Weight, Rollins Band recorded with free jazz saxophonist Charles Gayle, though these sessions remained unreleased for ten years at Gayle's request to avoid conflicts with his contractual obligations.

The Gayle sessions were released in 2003 as Weighting. In 1996, there was a legal battle with the band's former label Imago Records. Rollins claimed "fraud, undue influence and economic coercion" on the labels' part, they signed with the new major label DreamWorks Records, who released 1997's Come In And Burn. The album had a minor hit with the single "Starve" and the band appeared on Saturday Night Live to promote the album. However, Come In and Burn was not as successful as Weight and, after touring for Burn, Rollins dissolved the group, citing creative stagnation. Rollins replaced the Haskett-Gibbs-Cain lineup with the Los Angeles rock band Mother Superior, retaining the name Rollins Band, released Get Some Go Again and Nice, they released a two-disc live album, The Only Way to Know for Sure. This line-up was a more straightforward hard rock group: their first album featured "Are You Ready?" A cover of a Thin Lizzy song, featuring Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham. In between other commitments, Rollins reunited the Haskett-Gibbs-Cain lineup.

In a blog entry on, Rollins admitted, "Actually we have been practicing on and off for months now getting it together... It's been cool being back in the practice room with these guys after all these years."The band opened some concerts for X, played on the first-season finale of The Henry Rollins Show on August 12, 2006. Rollins told Alan Sculley of The Daily Herald that this reunion with Haskett and Cain would not become long-term unless the group decided to write new songs: "Let's put it this way. I don't want to go out and hit America again without a new record, or at least a new album's worth of material. Otherwise the thing will lack legitimacy... Miles Davis would never do that, and I'm not into a greatest-hits thing. I think a band, if you're going to be around, you should be moving forward and putting in the time and worki

Spark Capital

Spark Capital is a venture capital in the United States, responsible for early stage funding of numerous successful startups including Twitter, Oculus, Warby Parker, Cruise and others. It has branches in Boston, San Francisco, New York City. Spark Capital was launched in 2005 by Paul Conway, Santo Politi, Todd Dagres, they have raised five early stage funds, two growth funds. The first fund, for $265 million, was raised in 2005; the second fund, for $360 million, was raised in 2008. The third fund, for $360 million, was raised in 2010; the fourth fund, for $450 million, was raised in 2013 and its closure was announced in late February. Partner Bijan Sabet told TechCrunch that this brought Spark Capital's money under management to $3 billion; the fifth fund, for $400 million, was raised in 2016. Spark Capital raised two growth funds; the first Growth fund, for $375 million, was raised in 2014. The second Growth fund, for $600 million, was raised in 2016. Spark Capital was founded in 2005 by Bijan Sabet, Paul Conway, Santo Politi, Todd Dagres.

Other people who have joined the company since its inception include Megan Quinn, Kevin Thau, Jeremy Philips, Nabeel Hyatt. According to a Forbes article, Spark Capital's success can be attributed to maintaining focus on technology startups in the media and mobile sectors. Further, information-sharing within the company was organized so that all partners can work with a portfolio company, not just the partner assigned to that company. Spark Capital has been known for co-investing with Union Square Ventures. In fact, many of Spark Capital's top picks, including Twitter and Foursquare, were made via partner Bijan Sabet and were joint investments with Union Square Ventures, made by partner Fred Wilson. Other firms with which Spark co-invests include SV Angel, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, First Round Capital. Sabet says that Spark Capital's portfolio companies do not use non-compete agreements, which he says have been a key factor in limiting startup growth in New York and Boston. Bijan Sabet, partner at Spark Capital, invested in Twitter's second round in June 2008, along with Jeff Bezos and additional investments from past investors such as Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, Sabet accepted a board seat at Twitter.

According to Hatching Twitter and Wilson played a crucial role in facilitating smooth leadership changes at Twitter in October 2008 and October 2010—ousting Jack Dorsey to install Evan Williams in 2008, ousting Williams to install Dick Costolo in 2010. In November 2013, shortly after Twitter's IPO, Sabet wrote a blog post expressing his gratitude to Twitter, both as an investor and as a user of the service. A Forbes article about Spark Capital quoted Sabet as attributing Spark Capital's success to the partners themselves' use of the products of the companies they invested in enabling them to better understand the companies from the perspective of consumers. Spark Capital was one of the early investors in Tumblr, where they co-invested with Union Square Ventures, paying the same amount for the same share, with Bijan Sabet as the assigned partner from Spark Capital. Following the sale of Tumblr to Yahoo! for US$1.1 billion, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures each took home $192 million from the deal.

Spark Capital has invested in multiple rounds of location-based social networking company Foursquare, starting in June 2011. Spark capital invested in Oculus VR in both Series A and Series B funding rounds, subsequently sold to Facebook for an estimated $2 billion; the company's General Partner Santo Politi joined the board of directors. Spark capital invested in Cruise in the Series A funding rounds, the company's General Partner Nabeel Hyatt joining the board of directors. In December 2016, Spark Capital led a series B funding round for Pendo, a platform driven by data that helps companies deliver experiences with respect to software; this was in collaboration with Salesforce Ventures, Core Capital Partners, Battery Ventures, IDEA Fund Partners, Contour Venture Partners. The company's General Partner Megan Quinn joined the board of directors. Spark Capital led a Series B funding round for Niantic, a software development company which developed augmented reality mobile games Pokémon Go and Ingress in November 2017.

As part of the $200 million funding deal, Spark's partner Megan Quinn joined Niantic's board. Official website Spark Capital at Crunchbase

Horn Of Africa Development Initiative

The Horn Of Africa Development Initiative is a non-profit organisation based in Marsabit, Kenya. Founded by Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan in 2003, the organisation's mission is to champion justice and development in northern Kenya through advocacy, facilitation of education, community cohesion, livelihood support programs. HODI began in 2003 as a community based organisation in Kenya; the initial focus of the organisation was to address the inequality of access to legal services for the poor people of Marsabit. In 2007, HODI became registered as an NGO; as of November 2017, the HODI staff has grown to over 25 members. HODI serves 7000 people, with offices in Marsabit and Moyale, Ethiopia; the organisation is known for its use of a program known as "Shoot To Score, Not To Kill" through which football is used as a voice in the advocacy for peace among members of different ethnicity in northern Kenya. The football program focuses on "disarming" the mind to accept those who are different, promotes peaceful acts on the football field.

The games have 3 halves. Since 2008, this program has been helping to stop children from falling into ethnic rivalry and violence. "Shoot To Score, Not to Kill" puts an emphasis on empowering soldiers, young people, as well as resolving conflict peacefully between tribes at war. Some of the young girls that started playing football with HODI in the early days have since become coaches and captains for the future generation of players. HODI has hosted their "Kenya-Ethiopia Cross Border Football for Peace" event which brings young people, including warriors from conflicting clans, to play football. At these conferences, there are two parts; the first part sets out to talk about conflicts, peace resolution action plans. The second half is the football tournament. Through their education program, HODI empowers women and girls to have an active voice in their communities; this program trains women about alternative livelihoods. After graduation of the program, those women become role models in their communities, continue to educate future generations.

HODI trains paralegals, to provide legal aid to less fortunate people that would otherwise not have those services. 2012 - The HODI Girls' Championship assembled 200 teenage girls from different villages and tribes in northern Kenya. The tournament helped bring awareness, break down the silence around traditional practices that are harmful to women, such as child marriage and female genital mutilation. In January 2011, Adan received the Stuttgart Peace Prize for her work with the Horn of Africa Development Initiative "combining soccer and emancipation". In 2015, the organisation won a Beyond Sport Award for sport for social inclusion.2008 - Seven girls were kidnapped from a HODI football game, were tortured. HODI founder, spent two years searching for them, retrieved three, but was not able to retrieved the remaining four. Recent Kenyan conflicts have been fueled by climate change induced drought. 2007-2008 Kenyan crisis Official website

Conflict analysis

Conflict analysis or conflict assessment is an initial stage of conflict resolution in which parties seek to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics in their relationship. When there is a disagreement in the methods used to achieve an end result, there is a disparity between a unified vision and direction, opposing sides are subject to conflict. If these sides misinterpret one another, a problematic situation can spiral out of control rapidly. Conflicts are not always linear in nature. Members of multiple organizational levels with varying statuses can all partake in conflict; when undergoing analysis, it is integral to understand the reasons that spark such disagreement to reach its resolution. Many schools, such as Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, George Mason University, Nova Southeastern University, University of the Rockies, Wayne State University have programs related to conflict analysis and resolution. There are various subsets of conflict analysis such as environmental conflict analysis, which deal with specific types of disputes.

In certain occasions a conflict atlas is used to show graphically the analysis of the conflict. The prefixes macro- and micro- are used in conjunctions with conflicts to denote the scale of the conflict, macro referring to a larger scale conflict and micro referring to a conflicting situation on a smaller scale. Conflicts can arise at different levels, from intrapersonal to interpersonal issues as well as between two individuals or between two countries as a whole; the outcome dictates. When a result is the change in the status quo, that conflict is now referred to as a revolution. Celia Cook-Hoffman defines'Identity' as "how individuals and collectives see and understand themselves in a conflict." Identity plays a vital role in a conflicting situation. How the opponent perceives their competition dictates how they will move forward with the conflict. Conversely, the opponent is aware of how they are perceived and understands they are obligated to maintain their reputation throughout the conflict.

This can give rise to defensive tactics as well as to retaliation. In this aspect, identity is not unlike reputation. Identities are a social construct, once cemented, are impossible to alter. Snyder writes. Gender proves to be significant in the analysis of conflicts. Women are to be perceived as individuals who have no control of a conflict. Snyder notes that women are "considered legitimate targets and make up 90 percent of all casualties." The majority of refugees are females. In conflicts such as war, widows are forced to become the new head of the household, assuming all the responsibilities that their husband would do so; when contemplating a resolution of a conflict, the lack of inclusion of women from an issues inception to execution has an effect on post-conflict analysis. Rothbart notes that factors that spark international conflict are "struggles between beliefs and environmental conditions as they are as they should be." Another motive that inspires conflict is the need for retribution.

It is said that major conflicts can arise from underlying historical disagreements that bubble over periodically. It is found that the aggressor's identity plays a role in causation of a conflict. In times of war Korostelina writes that "non-combatants suffer most" because they are nothing but victims of any conflict. More innocent civilian blood is shed than any other conflict-related party. Korostelina adds that civilians "are war's survivors or its collateral damage accentuating the fact that prisoners of war are to be the individuals who suffer most during any conflict. Bercovitch notes. Bercovitch lists these methods as "negotiation, conciliation, judicial settlements, resorts to regional agencies and arrangements." Conflict Conflict continuum Conflict management Conflict resolution Conflict theories Conflict transformation Cost of conflict Mediation Negotiation Peace Peace and conflict studies Restorative justice Amsterdam Center for Conflict Studies Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management

Tayla Roberts

Tayla Roberts is an Australian professional basketball player. Roberts began her professional career for the Australian Institute of Sport, she would to go on to receive the WNBL Rookie of the Year Award. Roberts has spent time with a range of WNBL teams in her young career. After the AIS, Roberts was signed by the defending champions, Bulleen Boomers, she had a one-season stint with the Sydney Uni Flames. After a one-year absence, she signed with the defending champions in the Bendigo Spirit. For the 2015 -- 16 season, she returned with the rebranded Melbourne Boomers. Roberts had an successful and influential youth career for the Australian national team. Roberts made her international debut at the 2009 FIBA Oceania Under-16 Championship in Brisbane, where she took home Gold and secured Australia's place at the inaugural Under-17 World Championship the following year. Roberts would go on to represent Australia at the FIBA World Championship in France where Australia placed seventh. At this tournament Roberts averaged 16.1 points per game.

She transitioned to represent the Gems at the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Chile. At this tournament she was the highest scorer in any single game, scoring 41 points against Japan. Despite averaging 15.9 points per game on a strong Australian team, the team narrowly missed out on bronze, placing fourth

Slowly We Rot

We Rot is the debut album by American death metal band Obituary. It is the only Obituary album to feature bassist Daniel Tucker. Guitarist Allen West returned for the third album The End Complete, it was re-released on January 1997 with remastered sound and liner notes. Despite being recorded in standard tuning and Fender Stratocasters, it is considered to be one of the band's heavier efforts; the remainder of the band's output has been recorded in D tuning. All music by Obituary, all lyrics by John Tardy. ObituaryJohn Tardy – vocals Allen West – lead guitar JP Chartier - lead guitar on tracks 13 and 14 Jerome Grable - bass on tracks 13 and 14 Trevor Peres – rhythm guitar Daniel Tucker – bass Donald Tardy – drumsProductionsExecutive producer: Monte Conner Arranged by Obituary Produced, recorded & engineered by Scott Burns Mixed by Scott Burns, Donald Tardy & John Tardy Mastered by Mike Fuller Slowly We Rot at Media Club