Matchday 3 (June 2-4)Gp A: KCCA v Rivers, FUS v AfricainGp B: Swallows v Mouloudia, Sfaxien v PlatinumGp C: Smouha v Hilal, Zesco v LiboloGp D: Mounana v Horoya, Mazembe v SuperSportMarchday 4 (June 20-21)Gp A: Rivers v KCCA, Africain v FUSGp B: Mouloudia v Swallows, Platinum v SfaxienGp C: Hilal v Smouha, Libolo v ZescoGp D: Horoya v Mounana, SuperSport v MazembeMatchday 5 (June 30-July 2)Gp A: KCCA v FUS, Rivers v AfricainGp B: Swallows v Sfaxien, Mouloudia v PlatinumGp C: Smouha v Zesco, Hilal v LiboloGp D: Mounana v Mazembe, Horoya v SuperSportMatchday 6 (July 7-9)Gp A: FUS v Rivers, Africain v KCCAGp B: Sfaxien v Mouloudia, Platinum v SwallowsGp C: Zesco v Hilal, Libolo v SmouhaGp D: Mazembe v Horoya, SuperSport v MounanaNote: group winners and runners-up qualify for quarter-finals Share on: WhatsApp KCCA striker SserunkumaCONFEDERATION CUP: Mazembe begin group campaign against MounanaJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Uganda’s KCCA have got a tough group in the CAF Confederation Cup where they will face Tunisian, Nigerian and Morocco opponents.FUS Rabat of Morocco, also former winners of the secondary competition, face Club Africain of Tunisia, Rivers United of Nigeria and KCCA of Uganda in Group A.The group stage of the 14-year-old competition was increased from eight clubs to 16 this year in a new format.A cash boost guarantees all clubs $275,000 (250,000 euros) while the winners pocket $1.25 million.CAF Confederation Cup title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo will begin their group campaign in May at home to CF Mounana of Gabon.Mazembe and Mounana were placed in Group D with SuperSport United of South Africa and Horoya of Guinea when the draw was made in Cairo on Wednesday.Popularly known as the “Ravens”, the club from southern Congolese city Lubumbashi are the second most successful in CAF competitions with 10 titles.Mazembe outclassed Mouloudia Bejaia of Algeria 5-2 on aggregate last year to win the Confederation Cup for the first time after finishing runners-up four years ago.They began this year in the richer and more prestigious CAF Champions League only to be demoted after a shock qualifying loss to CAPS United of Zimbabwe.Only six of the 16 Champions League demotees survived a play-off phase in which they were pitted against survivors from two rounds of Confederation Cup qualifying.Record three-time Confederation Cup winners CS Sfaxien of Tunisia were placed in Group B with Platinum Stars of South Africa, Mouloudia Alger of Algeria and Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland.FUS Rabat of Morocco, also former winners of the secondary competition, face Club Africain of Tunisia, Rivers United of Nigeria and KCCA of Uganda in Group A.Zesco United of Zambia, Recreativo Libolo of Angola, Al Hilal Obeid of Sudan and Smouha of Egypt are in Group C.Matchday 1 (May 12-14)Gp A: FUS Rabat (MAR) v KCCA (UGA), Club Africain (TUN) v Rivers Utd (NGR)Gp B: CS Sfaxien (TUN) v Mbabane Swallows (SWZ), Platinum Stars (RSA) v Mouloudia Alger (ALG)Gp C: Zesco Utd (ZAM) v Smouha (EGY), Recreativo Libolo (ANG) v Al Hilal Obeid (SUD)Gp D: TP Mazembe (COD, holders) v CF Mounana (GAB), SuperSport Utd (RSA) v Horoya (GUI)Matchday 2 (May 23-24)Gp A: Rivers v FUS, KCCA v AfricainGp B: Mouloudia v Sfaxien, Swallows v PlatinumGp C: Hilal v Zesco, Smouha v LiboloGp D: Horoya v Mazembe, Mounana v SuperSport
Facebook31Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Capital Medical CenterHospital services and patient care were not disrupted after a vehicle crashed into a wall of Capital Medical Center yesterday afternoon. The vehicle damaged a brick and glass wall of the hospital’s outpatient registration waiting room. No one was seated near the wall at the time of the incident.A structural engineer from the City of Olympia determined that the building was safe for continued occupancy. Contractors were brought in to construct a temporary wall overnight which closed off the damaged area so repairs could begin.Patients and visitors to Capital Medical Center should not expect any change in the services the hospital provides.
Sir Michael StouteChris RichardsonLanfranco DettoriPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the winners of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf is Queen’s Trust owned by Cheveley Park Stud. We’re joined by the winning trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, as well as winning jockey, Frankie Dettori, and Cheveley’s managing partner, Chris Richardson, on the left. Sir Michael in the middle and Frankie on the right as we look up at them. Sir Michael, if I could start with you, and perhaps you could just describe the race as you saw it for us? We’d just like to hear it in your words?SIR MICHAEL STOUTE: Yeah, well, Frankie and I had a good chat. You don’t tell him too much. He knows his way around here. I was a little bit concerned about the 11 draw, but fortunately it looked as though it was going to be a really honest pace, which there was.THE MODERATOR: Frankie, you alluded in your last post race interview that the hot pace might have helped you today, the fast pace of American racing. Could you just describe the trip that you had that looked like a good one?LAFRANCO DETTORI: Yeah, the pace was solid early. I was a little bit outpaced, but let her find her feet. When we got to the backstretch, basically tried to find the spot where I could get in a challenging position, and I was very fortunate mid-turn that I got behind the favorite. And then on the straight, the first jump on me, and my first reaction, I thought, well, I’ll be a good third. Then she started to motor and, you know, it’s funny. It’s a sure straight, but those last hundred yards make a big difference, and she got into top gear, and we flashed past the line, I was pretty much sure that we won.THE MODERATOR: Very good. And, Chris, it’s been perhaps a frustrating year not being able to break through at the highest level with this filly. Can you just talk about the campaign and then stepping up today?CHRIS RICHARDSON: Yes, no, well, she’s a very talented filly, as Sir Michael has always maintained. It’s very exciting to have had a homebred to be able to be competing at this level. Sir Michael has been with Mr. and Mrs. Thompson for over 35 years, and it’s wonderful having had a little bit of a mixed introduction to the Breeders’ Cup to come here and have a fantastic day.The filly is hugely talented. We’ve seen her perform. She’s had good draws and been a little unlucky in a number of the races that she’s been competing in at the Group 1 level. And she’s shown a terrific turn of foot, and past horses like her, a true champion in the final stages of her last three starts. That was certainly shown today.And, Frankie, you couldn’t have given her a more clever ride. It was just a joy to watch. And you turning in for home, she would run to the line, and my goodness, she certainly did. So it was just fantastic.THE MODERATOR: Michael, this is your third win in this race, and we were just asking about the decision to come over here for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. What specifically about this filly did you think suited her for this race?SIR MICHAEL STOUTE: Well, she’s run a great race in the Nassau behind Minding. She had every chance that day, she just wasn’t quite good enough. But it was an excellent performance. I looked at what was going to be lining up. She hadn’t had a tough season. She was unfortunate, again, in her final start in England. Came through it well, and I thought I really would like to have a crack at this Filly Mare Turf. But I needed to persuade, and I wasn’t optimistic about it, because I knew their stand. But fortunately they came up with an affirmative, and thank God they did.Q. Frankie, this is your first time racing on her. Did she show you anything that you weren’t expecting today?LAFRANCO DETTORI: No, I rode her before she came to America one morning, and she didn’t give me much of a feel, but Ted Durcan, who I was working with, said she’s not very flash working in the mornings. But her form has been solid. I’ve been watching her all year. I knew we had a chance because the way the race was going to set up.Q. Sir Michael, in terms of her run today, was it a lot like the Nassau? Was it the same sort of form as that particular race?SIR MICHAEL STOUTE: Well, the Nassau had six. There were 13 today, and we were drawn 11, so it was always going to be a different ball game. We were just very prominent in the Nassau. But here, Frankie had to be sharp and clever because the draw worried me a little bit.Q. Chris, I know it’s early to think about, but would you mind maybe laying out a few of her potential targets for next year if you’ve had a chance to think about that?CHRIS RICHARDSON: Well, I obviously haven’t spoken to David and Patricia Thompson as yet. Obviously we are — she has got a huge amount of potential. She certainly will be staying in training next year. No doubt Sir Michael will speak to them and we’ll map out a plan as long as she obviously comes out of this race well. You know, it’s a shame that Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, Pat and David Thompson, are not here, but they are fantastic supporters of breeding and racing on an international level. The Breeders’ Cup have been fantastic in looking after us, and the support and back-up, and to come here and to actually win is a dream come true. It really is. I can only praise the trainer and the jockey, really, and the filly who, as I say, it’s just one of those special fillies.THE MODERATOR: We’re thrilled to have you all here. Thrilled you brought this filly, and we’ll hope to perhaps to see her back here again next year.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
Warren Wells streaked through Raiders history like a comet, the prototypical Al Davis deep threat whose career was derailed by personal demons but whose staggering talents were unforgettable to those who saw him up close.Wells died Thursday of congestive heart failure at age 76 in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, a story first reported by NBC Sports Bay Area.“When you think about the vertical game and the AFL, he was a big part of that,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a phone interview. …
The word “reboot” assumes a prior boot. You can’t reboot something that never booted up in the first place. The American Psychological Association is calling for “rebooting psychotherapy.” Is it even booted up? The press release begins with an admission that questions whether psychotherapy ever got powered on. The damaging quote from the American Psychological Association is right in the first paragraph: Psychotherapy has come a long way since the days of Freudian psychoanalysis – today, rigorous scientific studies are providing evidence for the kinds of psychotherapies that effectively treat various psychiatric disorders. But Alan Kazdin, the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology at Yale University, believes that we must acknowledge a basic truth – all of our progress and development in evidence-based psychotherapy has failed to solve the rather serious problem of mental illness in the United States. If a reboot would simply get the solution software running again, all would be well. But this statement calls it a “basic truth,” one that must be acknowledged, that “all of our progress” has failed to solve mental illness. Was that not ostensibly its goal, its mission? To be sure, the remainder of the press release focuses on problems with getting the goods to the patients that need help, but nine months after Kazdin dropped his bombshell, he is challenging his colleagues “to rethink the current mental health system in order to make adequate treatment available and accessible to all who need it.” This is followed by three bullet points on improving the delivery of psychotherapy. But nowhere is there affirmation that the treatments actually cure anyone, even if “rigorous scientific studies are providing evidence for the kinds of psychotherapies that effectively treat various psychiatric disorders.” It would seem that if the rigorous studies are such a good mousetrap, the world would beat a path to psychotherapy’s door. Indeed, just before the bullet points, another damaging admission was made: “Now, in the latest issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, several eminent scientists have come forth in response to Kazdin and Blase’s article, highlighting important points that will need to be addressed before the mental health care system can be overhauled….” The last sentence is a distraction: “United States Department of Veterans Affairs has already developed and implemented new and innovative programs to address the mental health of its veterans.” Innovative is nice, and addressing a problem is praiseworthy, but no evidence was provided the VA has any better a track record at solving mental illness. This makes psychotherapy sound like a government project gone wrong, a bridge to nowhere, a design plan that never produced a working prototype. If serious points must be addressed before the mental health care system can be overhauled, the software isn’t up and running, and there is no way to reboot it. See also “Psychotherapy Struggles to Demonstrate Scientific Validity” from 11/13/2005 and three prior articles about psychotherapists struggling to define what mental illness is (2/17/2010, 2/28/2010, 4/21/2011). Did the brain evolve? See 11/09/2007 and 10/22/2010. Did you notice the oblique slam at Freud? He was the king of the hill in his day; now he is a joke (4/27/2011). Psychotherapy has undergone so many revolutions in its brief history it is unrecognizable. Now they tell us that in 2011 it has still ”failed to solve the rather serious problem of mental illness in the United States.” But they want to improve the delivery of this failure! The chaotic history of psychotherapy, from couch talk to mythical unconscious divination to electric shock to drugs to non-directive counseling to whatever is the fad today, is enough to warn the wary to keep away from the charlatan industry with its self-admitted failure to achieve its own goals. The human mind is too complex an entity to submit to the pseudoscience of psychology, and the mixed bag of psychotherapy. A psychotherapist can never get into a patient’s mind, or understand all the complexities of causes and effects that produce outward symptoms. The best that can be done is external observation: such-and-such a drug makes Joe less violent, an electric shock makes him forget his paranoid delusion, a horror movie makes Joe (but not Sam) sleepless, calm music relieves manic depression. Some things might work in some patients as far as improving outward symptoms, but they can never prove that the psychotherapist has addressed the root cause. A lot of treatment reduces to common sense (2/21/2010), without the need for a shrink to tell you the obvious. What if sin is real? What if sin produces real guilt, not just feelings of guilt? Giving the patient a drug or calm music will only put a band-aid on the surface. By ignoring the spiritual and moral dimensions of human beings, secular psychotherapists are limiting themselves to partial toolkits at best. What if the necessary therapy for the “mentally ill” patient is forgiveness of sin that gets at the root cause? Pastors have numerous true accounts of transformed lives, criminals turned into saints, addicts into missionaries, wolves into lambs, when they faced their true guilt and kneeled at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ. Talk about empirical evidence! What if “mental illness” is an oxymoron? There is physical illness, and everyone acknowledges that brain damage can lead to bizarre behavior. These can be treated as physical illnesses, not “mental illness.” In many Christian churches, there is a whole movement called Biblical counseling that, in contrast to psychotherapy, treats the root cause of behavioral problems (the ones lacking a physical cause) as sin. Their patients often reach a profound sense of relief when they get straight talk about their sin problems, instead of the runaround about “mental illness” the shrinks offer with their pseudoscientific band-aid solutions. Psychotherapist, heal thyself. Show the goods, or you don’t get a reboot. You just get the boot.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
6. That 6-story UV-filtered glass-encased library? Those are books were personally collected and acquired by King George III from the 18th century. Location:London, United KingdomN 51° 31.735 W 000° 07.653 If you’re ever in London with a couple of hours to spare, consider tackling the amazing The British Library Multi-Cache. At this time, I would like to give HUGE THANK YOUS to geocacher extraordinaire zephyrsailor for taking me all over London to see this an other amazing caches. 🙂Anyhoo… The husband and wife geocaching team of Nickie! & Brian~! hid the Multi-Cache in January of 2011. Bryan writes, “I’ve been given co-credit for the cache, but it was really all Nickie’s work, I just tested out some of the maths involved.” The difficulty three, terrain one geocache was placed with the permission of the British Library. Geocachers explore several key locations in the library to discover clues in paintings, plaques and signs.Start outside the library in the piazza at the statue of famed English mathematician, astronomer, and physicist Sir Isaac Newton. 3. Ready for your mind to melt? Feast your eyes on Paradoxymoron by Patrick Hughes. The Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebook, and Beatles manuscripts are housed here.3 million new items are added every year.If you saw 5 items a day, it would take over 80,000 years to see the entire collection.The six-story King’s Library, started by King George III (reigned 1760-1820), is showcased here.It hosts Multi-Cache GC2M0AF with close to 1200 Favorite points! Facts about the British Library:* 7. Who takes care of all these historical books and artifacts? The Conservation Centre. Head over there for the answer to stage “G”. 5. Head into the Sir John Ritblat Gallery to find a very large globe donated by a very historical figure. 4. Check out the scale model of the library. (No, it’s not a center for ants.) Difficulty:3Terrain:1 9. Next stop is the Newsroom where you can find news sources from the 1600s. You will be greeted by a bust of Sir John Lawrence. 8. There is an entire Manuscripts Reading Room at the British Library, and you’ll see a painting of 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer Robert Harley as you enter. 2. Come back to the foyer inside the building to the statue of Sir William Shakespeare. Maybe you’ve heard of Bill’s work? SharePrint Related”The British Library” GC2M0AF GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 10, 2011October 10, 2011In “Community”Top 10 Geocaches of the Week 2017December 27, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”Death in Venice — Geocache of the WeekMarch 1, 2017In “Community” Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Woohoo! Now get all the clues you solved and enter them into N51 GH.CAI W000 DB.EJF. This will take you to Stage 2, located outside. Inside this container you will find the location of the final stage, located back inside the library. This cache is very large and can hold many trackables, lots of SWAG, or even a small child! Write something lovely — you and the cache owner have earned it. Cheerio! *Thanks to TimeOut London and the British Library for extra information! 10. Your final stop is the Map Reading Room foyer where you will find a GIANT atlas. Multi-cacheGC2M0AFby Nickie! & Brian~!
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PERPETUAL 52 – Eze 23, Pido 8, Sadiwa 8, Tamayo 3, Mangalino 3, Hao 3, Coronel 2, Ylagan 2, Dagangon 0, Casas 0, Clemente 0, Singontiko 0, Yuhico 0, Lucente 0.Quarters: 17-5, 39-15, 64-39, 85-52. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Despite the win, Meneses said that the Heavy Bombers should not be complacent going into the last four games of the eliminations.“We have to stay focused. We’re not yet in. Anything can happen and every game counts,” he said. “We can’t be complacent. We should be worried about our team, and all we have to do is do our jobs.”Prince Eze was the lone bright spot for the Altas with 23 points, 20 rebounds, and three blocks, as he failed to get enough support from his locals.The Scores:JRU 85 – Dela Virgen 18, Poutouochi 16, Mendoza 12, Grospe 8, David 8, Teodoro 8, Lasquety 6, Abdul Razak 5, Bordon 2, Mariano 2, Mate 0, Pontejos 0, Sibangan 0, Sawat 0.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients NBA: Cavs’ Smith doesn’t mind coming off the bench after Wade’s arrival “It was our defense which was our main weapon earlier. It was our good defense which translated to good offense for us,” said coach Vergel Meneses.Dela Virgen ignited the rout scoring six in the first period to finish the game with 18 points on a 4-of-8 shooting from three along with eight assists and three rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAbdel Poutouochi added 16 markers and seven boards, while Jed Mendoza had 12 points, six rebounds, and two assists in the win.JRU remained ahead of pack at solo third place with its 8-6 card, while Perpetual continued to drop in the standings with its third straight defeat for a 4-9 record. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University made quick work of Perpetual with an 85-52 blowout to reinforce its hold of the third spot in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Heavy Bombers held the Altas to just five points in the first quarter as they jumped to a 39-15 halftime advantage and extended the lead to as much 35, 83-48, off a MJ Dela Virgen trey late in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next
Watford v Arsenal Arsenal lack ‘cojones’ – Deeney hammers Gunners after Vicarage Road collapse Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 05:39 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Watford v Arsenal Arsenal Watford Premier League Watford’s club captain helped turn the game around in a win over the Gunners, whose showing did not impress him much Troy Deeney accused Arsenal of showing a lack of “cojones” after they let a one-goal lead slip away to lose 2-1 at Premier League rivals Watford on Saturday.The visitors appeared on course to make it five wins in a row in all competitions thanks to Per Mertesacker’s first-half goal – only to concede twice in a dramatic final 20 minutes at Vicarage Road.Newcastle 7/2 to beat Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Deeney equalised from the spot after Hector Bellerin was adjudged to have fouled Richarlison inside the area, a decision Arsene Wenger branded “scandalous” in his post-match interview .However, Deeney – who also had a hand in his side’s winner, challenging goalkeeper Petr Cech for a loose ball that eventually broke into the path of scorer Tom Cleverley – insisted Arsenal’s failure to hang on had nothing to do with referee Neil Swarbrick’s penalty call.90 – Arsenal have lost to a 90+ minute winner in the Premier League for the first time since January 2012 (Bobby Zamora for Fulham). Stung.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 14, 2017 “I’ve heard Wenger’s already blaming that [the penalty] as the reason they lost,” Watford’s club captain told BT Sport. “Well, I’m not one to tell Mr. Wenger about himself, but the reason they lost wasn’t due to one penalty.”Having a bit of cojones, I think the word is. Whenever I play against Arsenal – and this is just a personal thing – I go up and think ‘let me whack the first one, then we will see who wants it’.”I came on today and jumped up with Mertesacker – I didn’t even have to jump up actually – nodded it down and the crowd gets up. They all just backed off.”For me, as a player, I just think happy days. That’s my strength, so if you’re going to let me do that against you, you’re in for a tough afternoon.”Deeney also had harsh words for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who was guilty of missing a one-on-one chance by shooting straight at Heurelho Gomes.”[They didn’t have] the ruthlessness,” Deeney continued. “I don’t think there’s many top Premier League teams that would have the chance that Ozil had and be so naive and just nonchalant with it.”I’m old-school Arsenal. I loved watching Arsenal, my son’s an Arsenal fan. [Ian Wright] doesn’t miss those. Thierry [Henry] doesn’t miss those. Even [Emmanuel] Petit, [Patrick] Vieira, [Paul Merson]… they’re ruthless.”He missed it and was like ‘Ugh, we’ll get another one’. Unfortunately, this is the Premier League now and everyone’s catching up. You don’t get another one.”
Twitter/@LSUfootballFor LSU football, today was a day to give back to a community still reeling from devastating flooding.The LSU football team took a break from training camp today to give back to those in need. Head coach Les Miles and his players visited the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge to spend time with evacuees from the serious flooding that has plagued the area.Other LSU teams, such as men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and baseball, visited Celtic earlier in the week.The LSU Football team arriving at Celtic Media. pic.twitter.com/RrWhJoyH1Z— LSU Footbal (@LSUfootball) August 18, 2016Some of the media in attendance, including The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger and CBSNews’ Alyssa Estrada, also shared photos and footage. “Y’all got the best team this year, coach.” #LSU pic.twitter.com/y9hrCItlBZ— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 18, 2016Awesome job by Miles and his team, and really the entire LSU athletic department, for giving back to their community.It looks like they were able to put a smile on the face of people who could really use one.
In a first of its kind program, GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Ashanti has released her newest single, “Let’s Go,” but needs fans’ help to bring it to life.Until fans hydrate the song with digital water by using the hashtag #DrinkUpAshanti on social media, the song is low-fi and the video is stripped down. The more donations, the better the sound and sharper the video, until it’s ready for everyone to download and enjoy.This collaboration is Ashanti’s latest work with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and its Drink Up effort, which encourages everyone to drink more water more often.“With their hard work and creativity, groups like Drink Up have encouraged people across the country to drink more water, and they have helped increase demand for — and sales of — healthier products,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “From talking fountains to surfing competitions and now through partnerships with artists like Ashanti, Drink Up is proving that if we promote healthier options in fun and exciting ways, and make those options affordable and accessible for families, we can continue to make the healthy choice the easy choice.”By using the hashtag #DrinkUpAshanti, anyone can help replenish the single and music video, which are available at DrinkUpAshanti.com. The more often the hashtag appears on Instagram or Twitter, the more ‘hydrated’ the single becomes, until eventually the complete song is released.Simultaneously, the song’s video will transform from a black, white and gray color scheme to a gorgeous, richly colored palette that features flowers created by the aggregated tweets. Fans will also be able to go on DrinkUpAshanti.com and see which aspects of the video their tweets brought to life.“I love that my song is being used to encourage people to make a really easy choice: drinking more water every day,” Ashanti said. “It’s even more rewarding when it’s being done in a creative, positive way. Drinking water is in … it’s just cool and sexy. You are what you drink, so drink up. It’s also a pleasure to work with the First Lady again to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.”Previously, Ashanti lent her talents to Partnership for a Healthier America by participating in an album titled, Songs for a Healthier America released in 2014.Led by PHA, Drink Up was launched in 2013 to encourage people to drink more water more often. “Let’s Go” will be released in four phases, from dehydrated to hydrated. Each time someone uses the hashtag, they will be able to see and hear the results of their contribution. The song will fill in little by little, and once fully hydrated, it will be released for sale on iTunes.“This collaboration with Ashanti is a whole new way for a brand and an artist to work together, and we are looking forward to seeing how quickly Ashanti’s fans can make her newest single drop,” said Drew Nannis, PHA’s chief marketing officer.The #DrinkUpAshanti social campaign and music video have been created by ad agencies Y&R (Young & Rubicam) and VML New York.For more information about Ashanti, visit: ashantithisisme.com. For more information about Drink Up, visit www.YouAreWhatYouDrink.org