Icahn plans bid for truck maker Oshkosh that values company at 3B

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Billionaire investor Carl Icahn plans to make an unsolicited bid for truck maker Oshkosh Corp. that values the company at almost $3 billion. Icahn says he also plans to nominate his own slate of directors in a bid for control of the company.The activist investor said Thursday that he will make a tender offer worth $32.50 per share in cash, a 21 per cent premium over Oshkosh’s latest closing price.Icahn had sought seats on the board unsuccessfully last year. He said management has taken a passive attitude toward the company’s future and wants it to be more active. He said he already owns about a 10 per cent stake in the company.Oshkosh asked its shareholders to take no action on the offer until the board reviews it. The company said its board will advise shareholders of its position within 10 business days.The company, based in Oshkosh, Wis., makes fire and emergency vehicles, commercial equipment like cement mixers and natural gas tankers, military vehicles like tactical and assault trucks, and access products including scissor lifts, towing equipment, and aerial work platforms. It reported $6.13 billion in revenue in the first nine months of its current fiscal year.Its shares gained $2.99, or 11.1 per cent, to $29.84 in afternoon trading after rising as high as $31.30 earlier in the day, its highest price since July 2011. The shares are up 36.6 per cent since July 25, the day before the company’s fiscal third-quarter report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Icahn plans bid for truck maker Oshkosh that values company at $3B; prepares for proxy fight by News Staff Posted Oct 11, 2012 3:54 pm MDT read more

Police Driver error caused explosive train derailment outside Baltimore 7 citations issued

by Kasey Jones, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2013 5:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BALTIMORE – Error by the garbage truck driver who tried to go through a railroad crossing and was hit by a CSX freight train caused its derailment, explosion and fire, Baltimore County police said Thursday.Officers issued seven traffic citations to John J. Alban Jr. in the May 28 crash. The charges, which include negligent driving, are all misdemeanours. They carry fines that can be paid, or Alban can contest the citations in court.Police said neither drugs nor alcohol was a factor in the crash.The 45-car CSX train crashed into the trash truck. A hazardous chemical in one of the rail cars likely caused the explosion and fire that investigators say damaged buildings as far as a mile awayAlban owns Alban Waste LLC, which is near the Rosedale rail crossing where the crash occurred. He was hospitalized for days after the crash, which caused $625,000 worth of damage to the train and tracks and an untold amount of destruction to nearby businesses and homes.Earlier this month, the National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report that said stop signs at the crossing were faded and displaced, including one that was hung upside down and facing away from the road.CSX has filed suit in federal court in Baltimore against Alban and his company for negligence in the derailment.Thursday’s police report on the investigation concluded: “The cause of this crash is driver error on the part of … John J. Alban Jr.”A woman who answered the phone at Alban’s home Thursday said “goodbye” and hung up. Police: Driver error caused explosive train derailment outside Baltimore; 7 citations issued read more

Ban urges Group of 77 nations to contribute to future development agenda

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the bloc of developing countries known as the Group of 77 and China to actively engage in the design of the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and share the experiences acquired in attaining these anti-poverty targets.“The G-77 and China have been working hard to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). There can be no let-up as the 2015 deadline draws near,” Mr. Ban told the group’s annual ministerial meeting, held during the margins of the 67th session of the General Assembly.“Developing countries have proven their potential for sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth. Many of your economies are attracting large foreign investment flows. South-South cooperation is flourishing – offering important opportunities for growth.” Mr. Ban said. “We need your experiences, your ideas and your perspectives to succeed.”The eight MDGs, agreed on by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’The post-2015 development agenda will be closely linked to the commitments made during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Mr. Ban said, and will need to involve not just governments but also members of the private sector, non-governmental organization and other partners to fully achieve its goals.Partnerships will also be a key element to advance development, and the post-2015 agenda will reflect the need to share responsibilities among all countries, Mr. Ban added.“We need more solidarity, more compassion, more reaching out to break down barriers and build bridges of trust,” Mr. Ban said. “We must build on the constructive experience we have gained through the MDGs, and we must address other challenges, including the demand for political inclusion and democracy that is ringing loudly across the world.The UN chief called on the G-77 and China to support the new development agenda and to remain involved across the UN agenda. “I count on the Group of 77 and China to support this agenda and help us foster a United Nations that can better serve our world,” he said. “Collectively you make your voices heard in virtually all areas of our work.”The group decided today that Fiji will take over its leadership in 2013, replacing Algeria. read more

New Zealand defeat Windies women by onerun

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT20I: NZ hold on for narrow win over Windies womenMarch 14, 2018In “Sports”Windies women suffer second defeat in T20IMarch 16, 2018In “Sports”Windies women suffer second defeat to New ZealandMarch 8, 2018In “Sports” Anna Peterson is congratulated after one of her three wickets Cricket Australia/Getty ImagesJust the way they had welcomed West Indies on their shores – with a one-run win in the first ODI – New Zealand sealed the T20 series in similar fashion in New Plymouth, and kept the visitors away from their first win of the tour. Chasing 135, West Indies needed five to win from the last over with six wickets in hand but offspinner Anna Peterson took two wickets and added a run-out on the penultimate ball to add to West Indies’ woes. When they needed three off the last ball, Merissa Aguilleira failed to connect to a flat delivery and only managed a leg bye.West Indies showed their intent by making captain Stafanie Taylor open along with Hayley Matthews, and they were scoring at more than run a ball before offspinner Leigh Kasperek trapped Taylor lbw for 14. West Indies wobbled further when Kasperek struck again in her next over and 17-year-old Amelia Kerr – the fifth bowler to bowl by the seventh over – had Matthews caught for 14. Deandra Dottin’s boundaries and Aguilleira’s patience put the chase back on track by taking them past 70 in the 12th over but Kasperek had Dottin also stumped, in the same over.Even as Suzie Bates kept rotating her bowlers, Aguilleira and Kycia Knight scored briskly for the fifth-wicket stand and brought the equation down from 60 off 48 balls to 12 from 12. They collected seven from the penultimate over but Peterson conceded only three in the last over and stole the win. Kasperek finished with 3 for 31 and Peterson ended with 2 for 25.Earlier, West Indies opted to bowl but saw openers Sophie Devine and Bates race past the 50 mark in the sixth over, after Devine collected 18 runs off Shamilia Connell in the third over. Devine was soon bowled for an 18-ball 41 by Matthews and West Indies pulled things back from there.Even though Bates moved along to score her 16th T20I half-century, she didn’t find much support with only two other batsmen – Maddy Green and Amy Satterthwaite – reaching double-figures. Matthews collected two more wickets for her 3 for 24, Dottin took 2 for 23 while Taylor ended with a miserly 4-0-19-0 to restrict New Zealand to 134 for 7. They lost four wickets in the last 16 balls but Bates struck a four on the last ball of the innings to remain unbeaten on 52, which eventually turned out to be useful runs.The remaining two T20s will be played on Thursday and Sunday. (ESPNcricinfo) read more

World energy consumption to grow 49 by 2035 – International Energy Outlook

first_imgWorld marketed energy consumption is set to grow 49% between 2007 and 2035, driven by economic growth in the developing nations of the world, according to the Reference case projection from the International Energy Outlook 2010 (IEO2010), released yesterday by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). “Renewables are the fastest-growing source of world energy supply, but fossil fuels are still set to meet more than three-fourths of total energy needs in 2035 assuming current policies are unchanged,” said EIA Administrator Richard Newell.The global economic recession that began in 2007 and continued into 2009 has had a profound impact on near-term prospects for world energy demand. Total marketed energy consumption contracted by 1.2% in 2008 and by an estimated 2.2% in 2009, as manufacturing and consumer demand for goods and services declined. In the Reference case, as the economic situation improves, most nations are expected to return to the economic growth rates that were projected prior to the downturn. Total world energy use in the Reference case rises 49%, from 495 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2007 to 739 quadrillion Btu in 2035.The report says that China and India are among the nations least impacted by the global recession, and they will continue to lead the world’s economic and energy demand growth into the future. In 2007, China and India together accounted for about 20% of total world energy consumption. With strong economic growth in both countries over the projection period, their combined energy use more than doubles by 2035, when they account for 30% of world energy use in the IEO2010 Reference case. In contrast, the projected US share of world energy consumption falls from 21% in 2007 to about 16% in 2035.Other report highlights include:• From 2007 to 2035, total world energy consumption rises by an average annual 1.4% in the IEO2010 Reference case. Strong economic growth among the non-OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) nations drives the increase. Non-OECD energy use increases by 2.2%/y; in the OECD countries energy use grows by only 0.5%/y• Petroleum and other liquid fuels remain the largest energy source worldwide through 2035, though projected higher oil prices erode their share of total energy use from 35% in 2007 to 30% in 2035• In the absence of additional national policies and/or binding international agreements that would limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions, world coal consumption is projected to increase from 132 quadrillion Btu in 2007 to 206 quadrillion Btu in 2035, at an average annual rate of 1.6%. China alone accounts for 78% of the total net increase in world coal use from 2007 to 2035• World net electricity generation increases by 87%, from 18.8 trillion kWh in 2007 to 35.2 trillion kWh in 2035. Renewables are the fastest growing source of new electricity generation, increasing by 3.0%/y in the Reference case; followed by coal-fired generation, which increases by 2.3%/y• In the IEO2010 Reference case, world industrial energy consumption grows 66%, from 184 quadrillion Btu in 2007 to 262 quadrillion Btu in 2035. The non-OECD economies account for about 95% of the world increase in industrial sector energy consumption in the Reference case• In the IEO2010 Reference case, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rise from 29,700 Mt in 2007 to 42,400 Mt in 2035 – an increase of 43%. Much of the increase in carbon dioxide emissions is projected to occur among the developing nations of the world, especially in Asia.The IEO2010 highlights can be found on EIA’s web site at: www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/ieo/index.htmllast_img read more

MineWare releases underwater digging capability for its Pegasys Dragline Monitor

first_imgIn a global industry first, MineWare’s Pegasys Dragline Monitor has extended its capability to support underwater digging. Enhanced with MineWare’s new Machine Terrain Mapping (MTM) Technology module, Pegasys can now help miners locate and recover material up to 100 ft below water. MineWare North America Regional Vice President Greg Ladewig said this is a significant development for the mining industry globally, making underwater materials retrieval safer and more efficient.“Identifying and reaching mineable material on the pit floor is a key challenge for underwater dragline digging and dredging operations,” he said. Equipped with MineWare’s MTM technology, Pegasys addresses this issue by enabling operations to locate mineable underwater reserves that were previously out of reach. “Miners can now get a much clearer picture of what’s beneath the surface, improving visibility, productivity and efficiency.”Bedrock Resources was the first to adopt the technology at their limestone mining operations in Florida, USA. The system has been in place for 11 months. “Pegasys has provided Bedrock with a new level of situational awareness of their underwater digging conditions,” said Ladewig. “During a two-week re-mining period, Bedrock successfully recovered approximately 49,000 additional tons of material that may have otherwise gone unrecognised. This technology represents a major step forward for the industry with significant potential for productivity gains in dredge mining, re-mining and the mining of flooded areas— where operations traditionally need to cease. These inaccessible or hard-to-reach areas are now back on the table.”MineWare’s MTM technology has also been successfully implemented by a coal mine in South Africa. Ladewig said the team was quick to implement the technology after substantial rain caused the coal pit to become submerged in 32 ft of water. “Utilising Pegasys’ new capability, the mine was able to productively continue their operationswith little to no downtime,” he said. “Pegasys uses bucket position information to allow operators to mine underwater where they cannot visibly see. This reduces the risk to personnel and improves efficiencies, while also assisting with slope management by reducing the risk of the machine undercutting itself. This latest development is another example of the high degree of flexibility and interoperability built into our Pegasys system. We are continually working on ways to improve our technology for our customers, with practical solutions that meet common industry challenges across the mining value chain.”Pegasys’ new underwater digging capability is now available to all existing and new Pegasys customers in global mining markets.last_img read more

Quinn Group assets sold to former company executives for tens of millions

first_imgIt’s basically a consortium I put together after I got tired of people asking for a political solution to the Quinn problem, so I decided to put together a business solution.Read: “Anglo are using our money to make us the most hated family in Ireland”>  Read: Everything you need to know about the Quinn saga, but were afraid to ask> FORMER EXECUTIVES OF the Quinn Group have secured a deal worth around €100 million for several companies linked to the manufacturing empire of the former billionaire.The deal was agreed late last night between the Quinn Group Resolution Corporation, several directors of which are former Quinn executives, and Aventas, which is responsible for managing many of the former Quinn group assets.Former Quinn group executives involved include former chief executive Liam McCaffrey, financial director Daragh O’Reilly and group development officer Kevin Lunney.Due diligence on the deal is expected to begin today, with the deal to be completed by the end of the summer.The size of the deal is thought to be just less than €100 million.Every company that was part of the Quinn manufacturing group in Cavan and Fermanagh, with the exception of the Quinn glass factory, is included in the deal.Northern Irish businessmen John Bosco O’Hagan and Ernie Fisher are also involved in the QBRC.The deal was financed by Endless LLP. The consortium had several bids for the former Quinn group companies rejected before finally having an offer accepted last night.Leitrim County Councillor John McCartin, who led the consortium, told TheJournal.ie last_img read more

An Exceptional ASA Recruiter Reward – Putting You in a Blue Ridge

first_imgYour engagement in recruiting ASA members could bring you to a whole new state of mind – a trip to the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.You and guest could be among the group of ASA recruiters who will spend an exciting, fun-filled, four-days/three-nights at the Biltmore Estate, expenses paid.Explore the 8,000-acre Blue Ridge Mountain backyard and create memories to last a lifetime. Savor exceptional dining with the freshest ingredients from field to table. On this November 2015 trip, you will experience the wonder of Biltmore wreathed for the holidays. The celebration presents Christmas on a grand scale with more than 40 trees accented with miles of ribbon, garlands and lights.How do you become eligible for this reward?Recruit at least 30 ASA members in the 11 months between Oct. 1, 2014 and Aug. 28, 2015 and your name will be entered into a drawing for this exciting recruiter reward and recognition. At least seven recruiters will win this ASA Recruiter Reward Trip, scheduled for Nov. 17-20, 2015.For information about the contest and rules click here.last_img read more

Legal Complaint Alleges Drop in Radio Industry Values Spurred Emmis Acquisition Failure

first_imgAccording to a legal complaint filed last week in Indiana Superior Court, the equity partner that pulled out of an agreement that would have had CEO Jeff Smulyan’s JS Acquisition buying regional magazine publisher and radio broadcaster Emmis Communications Corp. did so because of a drop in asset values across the radio industry.The five-page complaint indicates that JS Acquisition entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with Alden Global Capital on May 24. Under terms of the agreement, Alden was to help finance JS Acquisition’s $90.2 million offer to buy Emmis’ roughly 37.6 million outstanding shares of Class A common stock and to take the company private. But as JS Acquisition and Alden spent the next several weeks negotiating with a group of stockholders that indicated it would vote against certain amendments to the terms of the agreement, the common stock of other publicly traded radio broadcasting companies “plummeted.”The complaint says that on August 6 and again on August 7 Alden confirmed the new terms of the agreement (an increase of the new notes from 60 percent to 77.5 percent of the face value of the preferred stock and a $3.1 million increase in the original issue discount applied to Alden’s original investment agreement) and that the holdout group also subsequently approved. However, by August 20, Alden informed JS Acquisition that it was rejecting the new terms and later said the transaction was made “unattractive” by the “precipitous drop in asset values in the radio industry.” Filed on September 15, the complaint alleges breach of contract by Alden Global. “We entered into an agreement with Alden, believing them to be fair and trustworthy individuals,” Smulyan says in a statement. “What we experienced was far different. No one should suffer the same fate at Alden’s hands.” A representative from Alden did not immediately return a request seeking comment.last_img read more

Article 370 Confused Congress disintegrating says Shivraj

first_imgPanaji, Aug 18 (IANS) A confused Congress is disintegrating in face of the NDA government’s brave decision to abrogate Article 370, BJP national vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan said here on Sunday. Chouhan, who is in Goa to address party workers as part of the BJP’s pan-India membership drive, also said, that the ruling party expects Sonia Gandhi to articulate the Congress’ views on the recent developments related to Jammu and Kashmir, because Rahul Gandhi had already run away from the battle. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us “Congress is disintegrating. Rahul and Sonia Gandhi have not said anything. Sonia ji should articulate the opinion of the Congress party. We do not expect Rahul Gandhi to speak. Rahul has become ranchoddas (deserter). It was his job as president to strengthen party after loss. But he opted out first,” Chouhan said. “Congress is still wrapped in confusion. Different leaders are making different comments on the issue. I do not even know if it is a party or something else. Some leaders are openly supporting the decision to abrogate Article 370, while some are speaking Pakistan’s language,” Chouhan further said, adding that Congress’ woes will end once the party rids itself from the influences of dynastic and family raj.last_img read more

BSE closes points 5039 up on March 31

first_imgNew Delhi, March 31 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 50.39 points up to stand at 222390.36. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 6.55 points up to stand at 6702.45. Unitech and Suzlon Energy were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 15.39% and 12.03% along with SAIL and Hindalco with an increase of 10.05% and 8.75% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include ONGC and IDFC with a decrease of 2.99% and 2.91% along with Dr Reddys Lab and Bajaj Holdings with a decrease of 2.52% and 2.32% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 127.76 points at 13,255.29 while the banking sector is down 12.70 points at 14,572.46 and the realty sector is up 40.44 points at 1,468.4. The Indian currency is up 0.66% at Rs 59.91 per dollar.last_img read more

Two Afghan mosques attacked at least 72 killed

first_img.Suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 72 people including children, officials and witnesses said.One bomber walked into a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in the capital Kabul as people were praying on Friday night and detonated an explosive, one of the worshippers there, Mahmood Shah Husaini, said.At least 39 people died in the blast at the Imam Zaman mosque in the city’s western Dasht-e-Barchi district, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.No group claimed responsibility. But Shi’ite Muslims have suffered a series of attacks in Afghanistan in recent months, many of them claimed by the Sunni Muslim militants of Islamic State.Separately, a suicide bombing killed at least 33 people at a mosque in central Ghor province, a police spokesman said.The attack appeared to target a local leader from the Jamiat political party, according to a statement from Balkh provincial governor Atta Mohammad Noor, a leading figure in Jamiat.Again, no one immediately claimed responsibility.last_img read more

Trump Jrs wife files for divorce

first_imgDonald Trump, Jr., (R) his wife Vanessa (L) and their daughter Kai (C) attend the White House senior staff swearing in at the White House on 22 January, 2017 in Washington, DC.The wife of Donald Trump Jr, the US president’s eldest son, filed for divorce on Thursday in New York, according to several American media reports.Vanessa Trump, nee Haydon, married Donald Jr in November 2005. The couple, both 40, have five children between the ages of three and 10.According to multiple media reports, the former model filed for an uncontested divorce, meaning proceedings will not include a dispute over custody and assets.Queried by AFP for confirmation, the Trump Organisation did not immediately respond.Several weeks ago, The New York Post tabloid had reported the couple had marital woes, citing Donald Jr’s frequent travel and, like his father, a penchant for social media site Twitter.In mid-February, his wife, who normally shies from media attention, found herself in the headlines after she opened a letter sent to her husband that contained a mysterious white powder.The powder was harmless but Vanessa Trump was hospitalised as a preventative measure, along with her mother, who was there when she opened the envelope.On 1 March, a 24-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested and charged with sending a threatening message and powder.last_img read more

FarmBot is the geekiest backyard gardening setup ever

first_imgNot everyone is blessed with a green thumb, but don’t let that deter you from growing your own vegetables at home. Just enlist a little robotic help and you’ll be fine.A new creation called  (logically enough) FarmBot is ready and willing to help you. The FarmBot itself is like a re-purposed CNC machine. Instead of carving CAD creations out of wood or metal, it tends to raised garden boxes.There’s a game-like drag-and-drop interface that lets you lay out your garden. It’s sort of like Plants vs. Zombies, only without the sense of impending doom. Once you’ve chosen your plants and arranged them how you want, FarmBot will bust out the tools and get to work.To stay on top of its chores, FarmBot has a cleverly designed head that it can fit with a number of different tools. When it’s time to plant, it snaps on the seed injector, a needle-like attachment that pokes seeds down to the appropriate depth. The soil tester’s “fangs” let FarmBot keep tabs on moisture levels, and the watering head refreshes parched plants.Vegetables aren’t the only thing that will grow in well-watered soil, of course. Weeds are bound to spring up, but they’re no problem for FarmBot. A camera attachment lets FarmBot pinpoint the locations of unwanted garden guests and the sinister-looking weed suppressor pounds young weeds into oblivion.With a FarmBot in your yard (or on your rooftop) you might never have to pay for produce again, and all you have to do is supply the seeds, water, and power, though you can even let nature take care of the last two if you like. It’s not that difficult to hook up solar cells and modify the design so that it draws water from rain barrels.You can pre-order a FarmBot for $2900. That’s a lot of money, but the company says that you can break even in just five short years based on current produce prices. If you’re down with an intense DIY project, you can build your own FarmBot and save a few bucks. It’s built around a Raspberry Pi and completely open source. You can find everything you need—from the files you need to 3D-print parts to the software that runs the show to the crop info it taps from—on openfarm.cc.last_img read more

TAKEONRACISM – Is racism colour blind or selective

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Racism? Strong word, yes, but let’s look the issue straight in its partially unseeing eye.Our real question is: “Is racism colour blind or selective?”Colour blindness (also called race blindness) is a sociological term for the disregard of racial characteristics when selecting which individuals will participate in some activity or receive some service.Colour blindness is the racial ideology that posits the best way to end discrimination is by treating individuals as equally as possible, without regard to race, culture or ethnicity.Also read: #TAKEONRACISM: Is my dog racist?Also read: #TAKEONRACISM – Facebook man threatens to kill whites and Indians and Aids-rape their kidsAlso read: #TAKEONRACISM- Ladysmith couple who love each other to bits However, colour blindness alone is not sufficient to heal racial wounds on a national or personal level. It is only a half-measure that, in the end, operates as a form of racism.When race-related problems arise, colour blindness tends to individualise conflicts and shortcomings, rather than examining the larger picture with cultural differences, stereotypes and values placed into context.Many people are just selective in who they want to speak to, no matter what race or colour they are.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Madonna offers a needy tryingtoohard mess of an

first_imgMadonna offers a needy, trying-too-hard mess of an album FILE – In this May 4, 2019 file photo, Madonna accepts the advocate for change award at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York. The 13-track “Madame X,” Madge’s first LP since the underappreciated 2015’s “Rebel Heart,” sees her predictably collaborate with the hot young things of pop, Swae Lee, Anitta, Quavo, Maluma, with results that are fine, but boring. It seems more like a checklist than the spark of partnership. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2019 11:57 am PDT Madonna, “Madame X” (Interscope)These days Madonna is wearing an eyepatch for dubious reasons. But it’s her ears that seem to have failed her.The shape-shifting Queen of Pop has missed badly with “Madame X,” a needy, trying-too-hard mess of an album that sounds like Madonna threw up on Madonna. Even she admits: “It’s a weird kind of energy.”She used to thrill with endless new looks and an edge to her pop, but that was decades ago. Now she’s like that daffy aunt who shows up at the holiday party inappropriately dressed, slightly high and offering to buy beer for the teenagers.The 13-track “Madame X,” Madge’s first LP since the underappreciated 2015’s “Rebel Heart,” sees her predictably collaborate with the hot young things of pop — Quavo, Swae Lee, Maluma, Anitta — with results that are fine, but boring. It seems more like a checklist than the spark of partnership.In “Madame X,” she sings — too often computer-altered — in Portuguese, Spanish and English, covering all bases. There’s reggaeton, Latin pop, trap, disco, African drumming, dancehall and gospel choirs. There’s a restless churning even in the same song and — with Pablo Picasso and Jean-Paul Sartre referenced — a whiff of pseudo-intellectualism.Why “Madame X”? She has told us: “Madame X is a dancer. A professor. A head of state. A housekeeper. An equestrian. A prisoner. A student. A mother. A child. A teacher. A nun. A singer. A saint. A whore. A spy in the house of love. I’m Madame X.”In other words, everything and nothing. JUST WANT ME, she seems to ask. Perhaps she’s too exhausted to even construct a new coherent persona. She leaves it up to us. And leaves behind a sonic jigsaw puzzle that even recycles from her past, referencing saying “a little prayer” several times.Even her hammy attempt to push the boundaries in “Dark Ballet” — a return to her Joan of Arc obsession — starts promising enough but drifts into a computer-altered pile of jumbled, pointless slogans that eventually dissolves into Tchaikovsky.Madonna has plenty to say but none of it is very coherent. She seems to be referencing Trump when she sings “Get that old man/put him in a jail/where he can’t stop us” on “Batuka,” but it’s never clear. Yet when it comes to the cloying “Killers Who Are Partying,” she’s overly blunt: “I’ll be Islam/If Islam is hated,” she sings with a faux British accent. “I will be a child/If the children are exploited.”She even steps on herself, needlessly. One of the album’s best song is the last, “I Rise,” which she has said is about gay and marginalized people. But she samples a speech from Parkland School shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez. So is it really about gun control? Madonna can’t even get that message straight. (And, Madge, if you’re so anti-gun, you might want to skip using gunshots as a “wake up call” in “God Control”).Madonna here is sticking with the same gimmick that made her a mega-star: borrow cool stuff from others — voguing, Marlene Dietrich, Latin music, EDM — and adopt it as her own. But these aren’t good days for Madonna. We are hungry for authenticity and she’s hiding behind a bejeweled eye patch._____Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitsMark Kennedy, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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