News 61st GRAMMY Nominees Celebrate Pre-GRAMMYs In L.A. linda-perry-fred-armisen-weird-al-more-attend-la-grammy-nominee-reception Facebook Out of the roughly 800 GRAMMY nominees, 221 come from Los AngelesJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 2, 2019 – 5:15 pm The pouring rain did not keep Los Angeles-based GRAMMY nominees from attending the L.A. Chapter Nominee Celebration Saturday morning, just a week before the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10.Out of the roughly 800 GRAMMY nominees, 221 come from Los Angeles, said L.A. Chapter Executive Director Qiana Conley during the brunch event. Held at the 1920s classic-themed Delilah restaurant in West Hollywood, the weather did not affect the excitement going around the room one bit.For multi-GRAMMY nominated Linda Perry, her nomination for Producer Of The Year, Non-clasical at the 61st GRAMMY Awards could result in a historic win. “My particular nomination is a little bit different than the rest because a female hasn’t been represented in this category for over 14, 15 years,” she said. “If I win, I will be the first woman to have ever won Producer Of The Year, so it feels pretty special and I am extremely honored to be in this position, but I hope that we can move forward and we don’t have to wait another 14 years to have a woman represent.”Beyond Perry’s potentially historic nomination, there was a special excitement among first-time nominees, including comedian Fred Armisen, whose Standup For Drummers is nominated for Best Comedy Album.”It is the best feeling [to be nominated] not just cause it was a surprise, but because I just love the GRAMMYs,” said Armisen. “I really grew up, like everyone, obviously, on music, but I saw a picture of David Bowie with John Lennon and Paul Simon sort of backstage at the GRAMMYs in 1975, [and] I think and it just always looked really cool like the perfect hangout.” Golden gramophone winners, meanwhile, also milled around and enjoyed the perks of the pre-GRAMMYs festivities: For GRAMMY winner Weird Al Yankovic, who is a Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package nominee for Squeeze Box: The Complete Works Of “Weird Al” Yankovic this year, loves the “free food before the show and [the] free food after … that’s always my favorite part,” he said. Yankovic, who has won four GRAMMYs and been nominated a whopping 16 times, also said that he never, ever tires of being a nominee: “It’s happened to me before, but it never gets old. I never get jaded about it. I get very excited every time I get to be a part of the GRAMMY festivities and it’s always nice to have validation from your peers and its a great hang, it’s a wonderful party.”Tune in to CBS on Feb. 10 to see who wins a golden gramophone at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. 2019 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominations List Twitter Email Linda Perry, Fred Armisen, Weird Al, & More Attend L.A. GRAMMY Nominee Reception
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, May 14, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: Cut Scout Pack 361 is holding a Registration Night from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Wilmington United Methodist Church. Learn more HERE.In The Community: Wilmington residents are invited to an interactive presentation called “The Truth About Vaping,” organized by the Tewksbury Police Department and the Tewksbury Congregational Church. This event for parents of teens takes place at 7pm at the Church (10 East Street). Learn more HERE.At The Library: Baby Laptime at 9:30am. Everyone Communicates, Few Connect at 10am. Exploration Station: Spring Animals at 10:30am. Maker Mondays: 3Doodlers at 3:45pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Blood Pressure at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Will Bowling at 12:30pm. Quilting at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: 10 Wilmington High School games are scheduled. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, September 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Forensic investigators search on the platform at Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain, September 15, 2017. Photo: ReutersThe Islamic State group on Friday claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on a packed London Underground train the same day that injured at least 29 people.“The bombing on a metro in London was carried out by a detachment of the Islamic State” group, it said in a statement published by its Amaq propaganda agency.
President Donald Trump faces increasing pressure to take tougher measures against Saudi Arabia over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.Trump says that Saudi Arabia is a “spectacular ally” and that he’s not convinced that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto leader, was directly responsible for the 2 October slaying of the editorial columnist for The Washington Post inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.But there are increasing calls for more action amid a growing consensus that the crown prince, who controls virtually all major levers of power in Saudi Arabia, must have known about the operation.The pressure is coming from Democrats and Republicans in Congress and U.S. allies abroad.France’s top diplomat said Monday that his country was mulling sanctions against Saudi Arabia. Germany on Monday announced that it has banned 18 Saudi nationals from entering Europe’s border-free Schengen zone because of their suspected connections to the killing. German officials, who earlier banned new weapons exports to Riyadh, also said they are halting previously approved arms exports.Over the weekend, Trump called reports that the crown prince ordered the killing “premature.” He said that it was “possible” and that it was also possible that people will never know the truth.“Donald Trump just says, ‘Will anybody really know?’ as if our intelligence agencies are incapable of making an assessment,” senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Monday.He said CIA Director Gina Haspel and National Intelligence director Dan Coats need to “come out and provide the American people and the Congress with a public assessment of who ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.”Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat insists that the crown prince had “absolutely” nothing to do with Khashoggi’s death, but U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that he ordered the killing, according to a U.S. official familiar with the assessment. Others familiar with the case caution that while it’s likely that the crown prince had a role in the death, there continue to be questions about the degree to which he was involved.Vice President Mike Pence told reporters that Trump on Tuesday would review information about Khashoggi’s death and then make his decisions about the United States’ “enormously important strategic relationship” with Saudi Arabia, which is aligned with the United States in pushing back against Iran.The president leaves Tuesday to spend Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago, his estate in Palm Beach, Florida. The following week, the president and the crown prince will attend the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires. Saudi media reported Monday that the crown prince will be present, bringing him face-to-face with Trump and leaders from Turkey, Canada and Europe, among others.The United States has stepped up its opposition to Saudi Arabia’s war against Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen. Saudi airstrikes in the war in Yemen have killed thousands of civilians.In recent weeks, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis have called for a cease-fire in Yemen, and the U.S. has announced it would stop refueling Saudi Arabian aircraft fighting the Houthis. The U.S. also has sanctioned 17 Saudi officials suspected of being responsible for or complicit in the killing.Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says sanctioning people who are already imprisoned — including some facing the death penalty in connection with the killing — will have little effect. Paul said the president should cut off arms sales to the kingdom, an action that Trump has repeatedly said he did not want to take.Late last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that calls for suspending weapons sales to Saudi Arabia; sanctions on people who block humanitarian access in Yemen or support the Houthi rebels; and mandatory sanctions on those responsible for Khashoggi’s death.“There must be a transparent, credible investigation into Khashoggi’s murder,” New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in introducing the bill with two Democratic and three Republican colleagues.“On Yemen, the administration’s recent decision to suspend U.S. aerial refueling for the Saudi coalition absent an actual strategy for ending this conflict is empty action,” he said.Some foreign policy experts advocate for a complete reset on relations with Riyadh.Emile Nakhleh, a former member of CIA’s senior intelligence service, said that since the crown prince assumed power three years ago, he has turned his country into a “strongman autocracy” that can’t be trusted.“His ruthless power grab, repression of potential challengers within his family, and crackdown on all opposition to his policies and projects inside and outside of Saudi Arabia have put American-Saudi relations at risk,” Nakhleh wrote in an op-ed Monday in the online intelligence newsletter The Cipher Brief. “He feels empowered to crush his potential rivals within the ruling family by his close relationship to President Trump and Jared Kushner.”Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, has worked with the crown prince on various issues, including on how to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.