Jerry Lewis — the longtime host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day telethon — will step out of his retired role with the iconic charity that revolutionized philanthropic giving in America to help introduce MDA’s revitalized brand this Friday, Jan. 29, at an event in Carnegie Hall.Lewis, who hosted MDA’s telethon until 2011 when he last appeared as MDA National Chairman, taped a special message to the MDA community, urging continued support for MDA and the families he has championed for decades.MDA today released a segment of Lewis’ message in which he says, “I haven’t stopped thinking of all of you … my wonderful friends and the critical work MDA does,” Lewis said. “I think it’s great that MDA has a new look and tagline. We’ve got to keep giving strength, independence and life to all the kids and adults who are fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases.”On Friday, MDA will announce a five-year plan to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases, as scientists and drug developers get closer than ever to lifesaving treatments. It also will unveil a new brand identity and consumer campaign, including a new logo and tagline. The event will be webcast on mda.org at 12:30 p.m. ET and will include appearances by NBC News’ “Today” Natalie Morales, TNT on-air personality and sportscaster Ernie Johnson, “Small Town Big Deal” host Jann Carl and Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s “The Voice.”“Jerry Lewis’ heroic efforts on behalf of MDA families and through MDA telethons have enabled us to help millions of Americans living with muscle-debilitating diseases and make possible progress in research that was once thought unimaginable. We’re thrilled to build on our rich history and have Jerry’s support as we strengthen our mission and introduce the new MDA brand,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks.
Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am believes tech and music are one and the same. Rick Kern/Getty Images Will.i.am is perhaps best known as a musician and lead member of the Black Eyed Peas, but he’s also working to make a name for himself in tech. The singer, songwriter and producer has dabbled in wearables with products like the Puls smartband and the i.am+ Dial smartwatch, and in 2015 teamed up with Gucci to create a luxury phone-free smart band, which never materialized. He’s also launched products like a triangular backpack with speakers and a Foto.sosho iPhone case, and is the founder of i.am+, an AI-centered tech company. Now, Will.i.am is looking toward the future — one he believes will be shaped by tech like augmented and virtual reality. Devices like glasses will augment our world and free up our hands, he says, and technology will be more seamless. He imagines that musicians 100 years from now will have to do more than just write and perform songs. They’ll make VR experiences that audiences can virtually transport to. The future of entertainment is VR and AR. Will.i.am Will.i.am was pensive and enthusiastic about the future of tech when I spoke to him recently at Accenture’s innovation hub at Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. “The future of entertainment is VR and AR,” he said. “You’re creating worlds in VR and enriching environments with AR. I can’t wait for that to be the norm in our entertainment industry.”Ten years from now, he predicts, we won’t be staring at screens. Instead, sleek devices will show content right in front of our faces, eliminating the need for bulky gear resembling a helmet. That’s not to say Will.i.am is looking to create those products himself. His current passion is in artificial intelligence and natural language. His company i.am+ is focused on getting its AI system to be more efficient so that when people talk to a voice assistant, their search takes on a more conversational tone. Will.i.am doesn’t see his passion for music and tech as disparate. In fact, if more people knew how creative tech really is, more kids would want to be scientists and engineers, he says. “It’s the most creative industry in society today,” he told me. “Tech is everything. Music is tech. Our industry was founded on technology. If we saw music and tech as the same and not separate, we wouldn’t have this gap of [tech] jobs that are unfilled.” Now playing: Watch this: 0 4:54 Share your voice Post a comment Microsoft HoloLens 2: A first dive into the future of… Tags Music Tech Industry
Kalna (WB): An alleged serial killer, who targeted middle-aged women when they were alone at home, has been arrested in this small town in East Burdwan district, the police said Tuesday. Kamaruzzaman Sarkar, a small-time trader of discarded materials, is a suspect in the killing of five women and injuring several others in East Burdwan and neighbouring Hooghly districts, the police said. The 42-year old Sarkar, attired in trendy clothes, would enter homes during afternoon hours in the pretext of taking electricity meter readings and then pounce upon the women with a cycle chain and an iron rod, Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata East Burdwan Superintendent of Police, Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay said that the district court has on Monday remanded Sarkar to 12 days in police custody in connection with the murder of Putul Majhi at Goara village here on May 21. The SP said that the police sought Sarkar’s custody to interrogate him on his role in the other four murders, all of which were committed in the same manner. Some women had managed to escape attacks by the diminutive man, whose modus operandi was to strangulate them with a chain and then hit them on the head to ensure death. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “Though he would escape with some valuables from the houses of his victims, but theft does not seem to be the motive. Murdering the women seemed to be his main target,” Mukhopadhyay said. Police said that the accused had allegedly inserted sharp materials into the private parts of some of his victims following their death. “We are interrogating him to understand why he targeted middle-aged women,” the SP said. Sarkar, married with three children, may have had some grudge on women of the said age bracket over some personal issue and this angle is being investigated, said a police officer. The accused, riding a red motorbike and wearing a red helmet was arrested in Kalna on Sunday after being stopped by a civic police volunteer on suspicion. Following the murder of Putul Majhi, the district police had distributed CCTV footage of a suspect wearing a red helmet and riding a red motorbike to all police stations. Sarkar is suspected to have killed Pushpa Das of Anukhal area on January 27, the police said. On April 4, Rita Roy and Mamata Kishku were killed within a few hours of each other in Memari police station area of the district. One Soni Yadav of Memari was also killed in the same manner, the police said. Swarupa Bibi of Rongpara here was one of the lucky few to have escaped his attack. She was allegedly attacked from behind with a cycle chain, but she managed to shrug off the attacker and raise an alarm.