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  • Why Soundcloud Promotion?

    Souncloud has been recently becoming a lot more famous. Originally designed for musicians and artists, people not related to music are also joining in on Soundcloud. Artists on other networks such as Bandcamp also tend to use Soundcloud because of its interactive interface and convenience. Soundcloud made a number of announcements in Texas lately.

    Being Pro is a lot cheaper

    Here is great news for creators: It is now a lot easier to recommend premium service because of their simplicity and cheapness. You can also buy third party promotional packages and purchase soundcloud promotion at soundcloudpromotions.com. The Unlimited service that was before for 59 Euros a month now costs only 9 Euros, that too with more stats and uploads.

    Before: Different levels and multiple options, 12 hours of uploads for 9 Euros.

    Now: 3 Euros a month provides you with unlimited downloads. 4 hours of uploads and 9 Euros a month gives you unlimited number of uploads.

    Soundcloud might not be a perfect service but I would surely recommend it to any producer, podcaster and musician.

    However let’s go into the detail of some complaints associated with Soundcloud.

    Criticism over redesign and anti-piracy measures

    Redesign and anti-piracy measures are the two changes in SoundCloud that have triggered frustration in its users. The redesign although attractive, changed location of some of the website’s features and made it difficult for some users. Many users especially the CDM readers got pretty annoyed over this change. Additionally, users have often fallen victim to the automatic algorithms built to combat illegal music uploads. Recently, reports from angry readers who had gotten their own music blocked have increased. The solution to this is simple: make it really, really easy for users and make anti-piracy measures flexible.

    How to balance law and creators

    Soundcloud is lesser to blame because its management is right in trying to encourage music uploads and stay within the shrines of law simultaneously. Another problem is that they also need to make money. The best way for Soundcloud would be to create avenues for balancing out new music creators and law abidance simultaneously.

    How can you contribute to Soundcloud’s future?

    One thing is certain: we are the main revenue source for Soundcloud. The challenges that Soundcloud is facing does not mean that it is willfully neglecting these pro requests. The problem is that changes are definitely difficult to accomplish. It is doing a …

  • EDW crushed by Lady Comets

     

    One inning can change the complexion of a softball game.

    E.D. White Catholic High School and St. Charles Catholic found that out in Wednesday’s District 10-3A game.

    The Lady Comets held a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning. St. Charles broke the game open with five runs in the inning, leading to an 8-2 win over EDW.

    The win put St. Charles at 18-7 overall and 5-1 in district. The Lady Cardinals dropped to 12-11, 4-2.

    “Yes. We got our butts whipped, and that is fair to say that,” EDW coach Scott Dupont said. “They did it offensively and defensively, and in every way, they could beat us. I don’t know if we came out emotionally ready to play, like the Lutcher game.

    “I do think we responded well early, but after the big inning that is when we got deflated and we hung our heads. That is what I am most disappointed with.”

    The Lady Comets built a 3-0 lead thanks to a two-run home run by Ashley Reine in the first inning. And made it 3-0 in the fourth when Bridgette Millet (3-for-3, RBI) doubled and later scored on an error.

    Offensively, the Lady Cardinals had eight hits, compared to 10 for St. Charles.

    EDW had a chance to get a run back in the fourth. But with one out, courtesy runner Cherie Orgeron was thrown out at home on a fly ball hit by Ashton Andolsek. The double play kept the Lady Cardinals off the scoreboard and gave St. Charles momentum entering the fifth inning.

    St. Charles’ offense found its mark in the fifth with a double, four singles and two walks to score five runs for an 8-0 lead.

    “We hit the ball in that inning as well as we hit the ball all year,” SCC coach David Lowry said. “We took them one at a time with the bases loaded. And Ashley Reine’s home run set the tone for us.

    “Today, we really played well defensively, and it is tough to play on the road. Now, we are in the driver’s seat, and we are happy to be where we are.”

    Jenna Oncale led off the inning with a double.

    Brittany Vicknair and Reine each drew walks sandwiched around Mary Clement’s sacrifice fly.

    With one out and the bases loaded, the Lady Comets played station to station as Millet, Felicia Taylor, Paige Braud and …

  • Producer born on the bayou

    resha Mabile has sweated through flaring temperatures and temperaments in war ravaged Baghdad, met with high-ranking KGB officials aboard a Russian submarine, chatted with fashionista Donatella Versace in Paris and received correspondence from Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unibomber, among the many international figures that have made their way into her documentaries.

    “Being in Baghdad is easier than speaking in front of people,” the Chicago-based producer, Pierre Part native and 1989 Nicholls graduate told a group gathered at her alma mater Wednesday.

    Speaking as part of the Bonnie J. Bourg lecture series in honor of women in history, Mabile, now in her 30s, described herself as a feminist belonging to a generation that “is truly reaping the benefits of a long and difficult struggle.”

    The women’s movement has been a “huge success,” Mabile said, as women today have “so many options.”

    In May, Mabile traveled to Iraq to make the documentary “After Saddam,” which has aired on the Discovery and Discovery Times channels.

    She recounted certain details of her adventures traveling burqa-clad and in a 20-pound bulletproof vest throughout the male-dominated country.

    Mabile said she was told to sit quietly so as not to incite violence, remain covered at all times. She quickly learned that relaxing after a stressful day with a beer (available only on the black market) could have cost her friend his life.

    In secular Baghdad, however, women were relatively free, she said.

    The women of Iraq, according to Mabile, like the rest of society “could feel freedom in their grasp” in the days following the toppling of the former dictator.

    In May, she said, locals were “very grateful to the Americans” for having ousted Hussein.

    They were “definitely much happier,” she said. Now however, with bombs and casualties mounting every day in Iraq, the situation appears increasingly hopeless.

    Mabile advised aspiring journalists in the crowd that starting out small can mean big career gains in the future.

    It is “so important to actually get bylines at a newspaper,” she said. Good internships, attention to international news and persistence are also essential.

    “As small as an opportunity seems,” it can be good practice, she said.

    Emilie Bahr can be reached at 448-7646 or by e-mail at emilie.bahr@dailycomet.com.April 01. 2015 12:08PM

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  • Why no locals interviewed?

    One of the positive statements we hear nowadays is that jobs should be available locally for our educated, talented youth so they can stay home and become productive citizens — hire locally.

    Yet, some of our public bodies in some very conspicuous cases are not doing this. Just recently, the Lafourche Parish School Board selected someone from outside to be superintendent of schools. There were local applicants – one an African-American, who was local, with an earned Ph.D. and who was voted by his peers as the most outstanding principal in the state of Louisiana. His name was not even mentioned to the public. And this was done in the face of our School Board being under court orders, a consent decree, an amended judgment from the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, Judge Marcel Livaudais Jr. “to, in good faith, strive to assure a high quality of education, an appropriate educational and recreational environment … a non-discriminating policy … to actively recruit and retain black educators to work in Lafourche Parish.

    We understand that this administration has informed our board of its intention to hire additional outsiders to carry out its mission for the parish. Now, come! Let us reason together. Don’t we have qualified, motivated people in house to do what needs to be done?

    I personally am sick and tired of poor excuses for not using our local professionals; instead, by our actions, we slap them in the face as inferior.

    We consider our board as honorable. I feel it should lead in hiring locally.

    We hope and pray that this board, who was elected to represent all of us Lafourchians, will take heed and use some of our local professionals – yes, some African-Americans – to fill these positions.

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  • Colonels shut out by Wave

    NEW ORLEANS – A quick start proved to be the difference for the 11th-ranked Tulane University baseball team Wednesday night.

    The Green Wave scored two runs in their first two at-bats and never looked back to beat Nicholls State 4-0 in a non-conference game at Turchin Stadium.

    Nicholls State (9-17) has been shut out five times this season. The Colonels have also lost 12 of their last 13 games.

    The shutout was Tulane’s sixth of the season.

    Tulane (20-7) wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, as Nathan Southard led off with a walk in the bottom of the first inning. After stealing second and third, Southard scored on Brian Bormaster’s sacrifice fly to give the Green Wave a 1-0 lead.

    Nicholls State had a chance to score in the second inning after loading the bases with no outs. But Tulane’s starting pitcher Brian Bogusevic retired the next three batters and the Colonels came away empty handed.

    The Green Wave added another run in the bottom of the second inning when Bogusevic led off with a walk and later scored on Tommy Manzella’s two-out RBI single for a 2-0 lead.

    Tulane added another run in the fourth inning on Southard’s RBI double. Southard drove in Tulane’s final run in the sixth inning with an RBI single for a 4-0 lead.

    Bogusevic (4-2) picked up the win after pitching seven innings and allowing five hits and five strikeouts.

    NSU’s Mark Fernandez (2-2) suffered the loss in his first start of the season. He allowed two runs on one hit and walked four in two innings of work.

    Manzella led the Green Wave offense, going 2-for-2 with an RBI.

    Michael Roberts and Thomas Bourne each went 1-for-3 for the Colonels.

    Nicholls State returns to Southland Conference play Friday when they open a three-game series against Sam Houston State at Ray E. Didier Field. Friday’s game starts at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday’s first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. The series concludes with a 1 p.m. Sunday game. All three games will be broadcast on KBZE 105.9 FM.

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  • Raceland students support cancer patients

    April 03. 2015 12:00AM

    Raceland students support cancer patients

    By Katina A. Gaudet South Lafourche Bureau

    Students gather around Shawn Whitt as others take turns trying to dunk the Raceland Middle School teacher. The event was one of many at the school’s student-initiated benefit Friday to help raise money for local cancer patients.

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    RACELAND — From the highway, motorists would not have guessed any unusual goings-on at Raceland Middle School.

    But the school’s back yard was teeming with students who, if not for a significant event at the school, would otherwise be in class.

    On Friday afternoon, they were allowed a little relaxation in the sun — all for a good cause.

    Students, faculty and staff at Raceland Middle have joined forces to conduct a fund-raiser for a local cancer program that helps patients pay for expenses. School representatives hope to raise between $3,000 to $4,000.

    The idea began after students in Tammy Autin’s homeroom viewed a morning news program that detailed efforts to immunize children in Africa against measles. That led students to look to their own abilities to help others.

    “We decided we never do anything to anybody, so we decided we were going to do something fund and help fight cancer,” said Ryan LeBoeuf, 14, an eighth-grader from Raceland.

    Students did not have to look too far from home for inspiration when deciding what their program would benefit.

    Two of the school’s faculty members, Drue Uzee and Elnora Tate-Wright, have been diagnosed with cancer. That left students wanting to do something that would not only honor their teachers, but also help others like them who are fighting the illness.

    Students quickly found an ally in their teacher, who found that one flyer placed in the teachers’ lounge had quickly transformed a classroom project into a schoolwide function.

    “It blossomed from there,” Autin said. “The whole faculty and administration has been absolutely wonderful. They’ve all been very supportive.”

    Travis Chauvin, 14, also an eighth-grader from Bayou Blue, agreed.

    “We were pretty much the first class to get involved, but after a few days, it just came together,” said Chauvin. “We thought it would be fun for everybody to be out here and have a good time.”

    Despite the fun students experienced from dunking teachers in water, tossing water balloons at one another and riding in a cart pulled by a miniature horse, they say they have not …

  • Council again wrong on bids

     

    Lafourche Parish Councilman Phillip Gouaux is hopping mad over the way five of his fellow-councilmen handled awarding a contract and he is right to be angry.

    The council requested bids from three firms for work on two Community Development Block Grant projects. Two of those firms returned bids, Bordelon, Foreman and Associates in Houma and South Central Planning and Development Commission in Gray.

    Bordelon’s bid came in at $33,700 and South Central’s came in at $27,200. That’s a nearly 24 percent difference between the two bids, but the council gave the work to Bordelon.

    Both firms agree that either one can do the work. What is at issue here is not the competence of the two companies, but the way in which the council doles out public work.

    Clearly, the Parish Council has a duty to the taxpayers of Lafourche Parish to spend their money wisely and only when necessary.

    Spending an extra $6,500 on a professional services contract might be understandable if one of the firms were less qualified in some way. Instead, it assessed both firms on a variety of areas – including whether each is owned by a minority or a woman. (Why that quality would make a firm more qualified is unknown.)

    Bordelon ended up with a score of 93.1, and South Central got a 90. Bordelon won out on the question of ownership, but South Central had higher scores in the other categories, except education, where the two firms each scored 15 points. On federal bids, companies get points added for advanced degrees. That would have given South Central a score of 95, and Bordelon’s would have remained at 93.1. The parish does not distinguish between undergraduate and graduate degrees.

    This whole flap is not the first time the council has run into trouble awarding public contracts.

    Within months of taking office, the Council Five fired the local company that had been performing the parish’s yearly audit and hired a higher-priced accounting firm from outside the parish.

    Eventually, the council was forced by the state Legislative Auditor’s Office to change firms, hiring the firm that turned in the middle bid.

    This council’s battles against good government and common sense are well documented. This seems like just the latest case of the council putting other concerns ahead of the public it was elected to serve.

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  • District is doing its job well

    We never think of water until we open the tap and nothing happens. Then we go into wonderment as to what has happened, then shock when we realize that we have no water to drink, cook or whatever.

    That is exactly what happened when so many of our homes flooded and the North Lafourche water plant also flooded. That plant serves approximately 40 percent of the parish with safe drinking water according to the people in the water district. That area starts just south of Raceland and includes everything north, excluding the city of Thibodaux. But it includes all up to the Assumption Parish line, most of Bayou Blue and all of the Chackbay and Kraemer areas.

    The plant flooded just like so many homes in the area and we were without, or with very little water because it also shut down the plant. I visited the plant after the flood to see firsthand what could be done to prevent this from ever happening again. The first thing I noticed is that the plant was put too far back on the property. It sure cannot be moved now. That would cost just too much.

    The second thing is that the pumps that pump the water are approximately 4 feet off the floor.

    I went to the water district board meeting after that and addressed the members of the district. I suggested that a levee around the plant would have prevented this from happening. They assured me that they were already discussing that.

    Now there is a temporary sandbag levee around the plant and a more permanent concrete one is to be installed.

    The electric panels that could be moved have been raised. By the time you read this letter, there will be, or the district will be in the process of installing, a portable generator that can run the entire plant should electricity go out again. We all are better off because of these people who do care. I personally know at least two of the district members and yes, they are kind, wonderful people. Let’s all hope these people continue to serve all of us and they continue to keep the politics out of their district.

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  • Lockport News: Carnival club to hold Easter dance

     

    There will be an Easter dance sponsored by the Lockport Carnival Club from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Lockport Middle School for children from kindergarten to sixth grade. The admission is $3 per person. There will be refreshments for sale. A sack race will take place during the dance.

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    There will be a tour going to the Bourgeois and Hebert family reunions in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada for the Congress Mondial Acadian Aug. 12 – 19. The tour will inclue the reunions, attending the closing ceremonies at Grand Pre’, visiting the Evangeline train including Port Royal, Annapolis Royal, St. Anne’s University, Digby, Halifax, Peggy’s Cove and more.

    For more information, call Annette at 537-3179.

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    St. Anthony Catholic Church news: St. Anthony’s CCD registration will be held before and after classes in April. A late fee of $5 will be added after May 31.

    The St. Anthony parish family congratulates Kelsey Forrister and Hanson Breaux for receiving the 2015 Eagle of the Cross award. This award is given to outstanding young people based on their involvement in parish minstry. The award was given on March 19.

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    The Lockport Branch of the Lafourche Parish Library will have any Easter storytime Friday. Donations of candy will be accepted. If the weather permits, there will also be an Easter egg hunt.

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    There will be a regular meeting of the Central Lafourche AARP Chapter 4585 at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the VFW home in Raceland.

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    Holy Savior Catholic Church news: The Ladies Altar Society will be cleaning the palms for Palm Sunday at 8 a.m. Saturday in the back of church. Volunteers should bring their own knives and gloves.

    Alida Chocran, Karen Ray and Stephanie Hubbell thanks everyone who gave to the baby bottle fund-raiser for the Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center. The Pro-Life Group also thanks everyone. Please return all baby bottles this weekend. There will be plastic containers at the main entrance of the church for returns for the next two weeks. The bottles are reusable over and over again at other church fund-raisers. Approximately 180 bottles are still out. The total collected was $3,000.

    The Holy Savior parish family congratulates Elizabeth Davaine and Nicolaus Gruidroz for receiving the 2015 Eagle of the Cross award, which was presented to them on March 19 in Houma.

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  • Town wins district Clean City Contest

    GOLDEN MEADOW – Preparation and community involvement were keys to Golden Meadow capturing the title of Cleanest City this year, event organizers said.

    In the town’s first attempt at the Louisiana Garden Club Federation’s Cleanest City Competition, Golden Meadow won in its district, beating out other cities or towns with populations of between 1,501 and 3,500 residents.

    The town will now compete on the state level.

    Those involved said the designation is a satisfying one.

    “We think it’s a pretty big accomplishment for a town of our size to do what we do our first time out,” said Golden Meadow Town Clerk Jamie Liner, adding that the town was sponsored by the Thibodaux Garden Club. “It was a lot of hard work, but in the end, it paid off.”

    Judges with the federation were in Golden Meadow last week assessing the town and comparing it to others of its size.

    The town was judged on the cleanliness of its public buildings, streets and sidewalks, and also on that of its park, business establishments and vacant lots.

    In 1958, the federation sponsored a statewide competition, the intent of which was to instill civic pride and improve the appearance of towns and cities.

    The effort also involved documenting the cleanup of sites with a scrapbook that contains before and after photos.

    Golden Meadow officials were notified of the town’s win a few days after the judges left.

    Preparing for the competition was no easy feat, but town officials promoted the challenge for a few years in the town’s newsletter.

    “We figured it would be a good challenge,” said Mayor Joey Bouziga.

    But the decision to enter was not made lightly.

    “Every year, we kept saying, ëWell, we’re not quite ready,’ ” said Bouziga, adding that the town has undergone much improvement.

    Those improvements include a newly renovated swimming pool and a new walking track in Oakridge Park. The cleanup effort has also seen the beginnings of an informal trash patrol.

    “Everybody’s been picking up trash,” Bouziga noted.

    From the local Sheriff’s Office, which provided trusties to paint the town’s sea wall, to local students who cleaned up their school grounds, most of the town’s population helped.

    Also participating was SWDI, which town officials said was a big help in disposing of the trash piles, a task that took about a week.

    It’s that cooperation and willingness to help that town officials said …