View comments Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle UEFA will ‘fight’ for Europe’s right to host 2030 World Cup Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ In this file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center, speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Los Angeles leaders this week are trying to sell their plan to host the Olympic Games to visiting members of the International Olympic Committee. APLOS ANGELES — The mayor of Los Angeles is talking to Olympic leaders about having his city wait until 2028 to host the Summer Games in exchange for funding for youth sports programs.At a news conference this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he and Olympic leaders have discussed “what it would take for us to consider one of us going first and the other going second” — a reference to the contest between Paris and Los Angeles for the 2024 Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach wants to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games, and while each city has repeatedly stressed its bid is only for 2024, Garcetti is now acknowledging discussions with the IOC about 2028.“My dream is not so much just to bring the Olympics here, but is to bring youth sports for free to every zip code,” Garcetti said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe IOC meets next week to discuss the possibility of awarding both Olympics later this year. Bach wants to avoid another bidding debacle the likes of which he’s seen this year, with Hamburg, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; and Rome all dropping out. Los Angeles, meanwhile, was the U.S. Olympic Committee’s second choice, after Boston initially got the nod but then saw that bid flounder because of lack of public support.Officials from the LA 2024 bid did not have comment on the Garcetti news conference.
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has a new chief procurement officer. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)The mayor of the District said that she understands the difficulty that Black businesses have getting contracts with the D.C. government and is working to remedy that. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced the city’s new chief procurement officer for the Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP), George Shutter, on May 8. The mayor said that Shutter understands the need for businesses of any size and composition in the District to have a sense that they will have a fair shot at contracting with the city.“I pledge to you that our administration will have open and transparent practices in procurement,” Bowser said. “We are looking at ways for the procurement process to bring D.C. residents jobs and to bring in more small and local businesses.”The mayor announced Shutter in his new job along with Melinda M. Bolling as the director of Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs; Raymond Davidson as director of the Child and Family Services Administration; and Alexis Taylor as director of the Office of Disability Rights.Shutter’s job will be to manage the process the District uses to bid out government contracts and services to the private sector in addition to implementing the federal and District laws under his jurisdiction. He has worked as the chief financial officer for TechnoServe, an international non-profit providing business solutions to address poverty in over 30 countries and was Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector’s executive director in the Middle East, North African, and South Asia, where he opened operations in Dubai’s International Financial Center and developed offices in Iraq.Shutter has also worked as the chief financial officer and chief acquisitions officer for the U.S. Peace Corps.The District was one of the first cities to have a robust minority contracting program, which was started by D.C. Mayor Marion S. Barry in his first term in office from 1979-1983, and continued until he stepped down in 1991. Barry mandated that 35 percent of all District government contracts must go to Black-owned or other minority firms. He also required White-owned firms to subcontract and partner with Black and female businesses.Barry’s mandate has been credited with creating opportunities for Black businesses such as BET and entrepreneurs like real estate mogul R. Donahue Peebles. Later, an effort was made to take the racial element out of city contracting, and local businesses such as engineering giant M. C. Dean, which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, were added as a part of the city’s procurement preference program.Bowser rarely talks about Black firms specifically but has in the past talked about them in the context of “local” and “neighborhood” businesses.In April, the D.C. Council, in a rare racially-tinged vote of 6-5, denied Corizon and its Black partner, MBI Health Services, the city’s jail health care contract largely on the basis of Corizon’s dubious performance in other states that have produced numerous lawsuits. The council rejected the contract even though Bowser and her predecessor, Mayor Vincent Gray, recommended that Corizon get the contract.Shutter said that he is aware of the tension surrounding Black businesses getting city contracts. “I want to improve procurement and contracting services and make sure that we are transparent,” he said.Bowser said that she will make sure that city department heads are fully aware of fair procurement requirements. “I will mandate that procurements professionals in each agency are know the law and contract management,” the mayor said. “Those who do not I will require that they take a refresher course.”In other developments, Bowser said that she is open to the Washington Redskins relocating to the District from Prince George’s County using a newly refurbished RFK Stadium as its playing site. “The infrastructure is there for the team and the United will be leaving RFK in a few years,” Bowser said. “We have reached out to the team [to come back to Washington].”
One of Europe’s biggest names in the EDM industry Quintino was recently in the Capital, getting the groove on at Pangaea. Discovered by Laidback Luke when he was18, Quintino wasted no time marking his territory. In 2011, he decided to join forces with Sandro Silva and continued his ascent into the Dutch Dance Music elite with the release of Epic on Tiësto’s Musical Freedom label. We caught up with the guy for a quick chat. Read on…Tell us about you. How did you start off? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I always had an inclination towards music, not just listening but composing my own stuff. My first step in to this industry was when I met Laidback Luke at a party, where I was supposed to DJ after him. He stayed during my entire set and just seeing him watch made me nervous. After my set he came to me and told me he really liked my music and had a great time. He told me to stay in contact, and that’s how it all started. That’s still one of my best days in my life. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat was the first big break for you?A life-changing break came in 2009 when I released a remix of Cidinho and Doca’s Rap Das Armas, which became a worldwide summer anthem and notched over 10 million YouTube views. There was just no looking back now. How would you define your musical philosophy? I make music which I like and that resulted in a certain style in my live sets which you call the Quintino sound. Each music genre has its own charm, for me its electro/progressive house. But I don’t like to be labelled to a specific music genre, as I said before I play music which I like, so sometimes I play various kind of music genre during my live sets. I never have a preset for my shows. I know which tracks I’ve got and look at the audience, based on their response I decide which track I play and when. Every show is different; I’d like to believe that’s what makes my work so unconventional. How easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think the main issues are?There are so many talented people around the world and everybody wants their music to be heard and appreciated, so you have to be unique, that is definitely a prerequisite! However, the biggest challenge we, as music producers face is to move beyond the circle we have connected with, and make sure our music spreads globally.The biggest change in the DJ scene from now and when I started as a DJ is the popularity of DJs and how people look at them. 10 years ago a DJ would be at a party to support a rock band or pop stars. These days the DJ is the headliner and it’s all about his or her music. What/Who inspires you?One of my biggest inspirations is Tiësto. When I saw him playing at the Olympic Games in 2004, I was so impressed. Last year one of my dreams actually came true and I did several gigs with Tiësto on his college tour in the United Stated. That was really amazing!Are you familiar with Bollywood music? If yes – would you ever work on a remix in that genre? I don’t know much about Bollywood, but I look forward to hearing to some great tracks during my stay in India.