Residente Leads Latin Grammys Nominations With 9 Nods

Puerto Rican rapper Residente’s first solo album post-Calle 13 has received a leading nine nominations for this year’s Latin Grammys, including for record, song and album of the year.
Colombian sensation Maluma follows him with seven, Shakira’s comeback gathered six, and Juanes, Mon Laferte and producer Kevin Jimenez ADG received five nominations each, the Latin Recording Academy announced Tuesday. The announcement was delayed by nearly a week after last year’s devastating earthquake in Mexico and hurricanes Irma and Maria, which have devastated the Caribbean.
This year’s ceremony could provide Juanes with the opportunity to break his record tie with Calle 13: Both acts have won 21 awards each.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s megahit “Despacito” got four nominations: record and song of the year, as well as best urban fusion/performance for its remix with Justin Bieber and best short form music video for its clip.

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Guitarist Joe Walsh, Friends Stage VetsAid Concert

Joe Walsh is known for his guitar skills as a member of The James Gang and later as a member of the rock super group, The Eagles. He has received multiple Grammy awards, was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, and was a Kennedy Center Honoree.
But not many people know Walsh is also the son of a flight instructor who was killed while on active duty in Japan in 1949.
The 69-year-old guitarist told VOA that because of his own history, he wanted to help the families of veterans, especially those coming home from Afghanistan.
“We’re at war, Walsh said. “This is an ongoing war with no end in sight. And there are more and more troops coming home. And the transition back to civilian life is almost too big of a mountain to climb. And I just decided that I can do something about it to help,” he added.

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Cancellation of Taiwan Music Festival Sparks Fears Over Chinese Agents

A cross-straits music festival on the campus of Taiwan’s most prestigious university has sparked fears that the influence of the Chinese Communist Party, which claims sovereignty over the democratic island but which has never ruled it, may be on the rise.
The “Sing! China: Shanghai-Taipei Music Festival” was halted by authorities at National Taiwan University after mass protests by students on Sunday prompted scuffles between pro-independence and pro-Beijing groups.
Three students were injured by a member of the pro-Beijing Patriot Association wielding a stick, and police said they had taken in a 61-year-old man surnamed Hu for questioning.
Protesters accused China’s Communist Party of using the concert, which had been jointly planned by Taiwan’s cultural affairs department and the mainland Chinese TV show Sing! China, as part of its United Front propaganda strategy used by Beijing to advance its interests overseas.

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Uber Says It Will Cease Quebec Operations Over New Rules

Uber said Tuesday it will cease operations in Quebec next month if the province doesn’t rescind new rules it introduced last week.
Quebec Uber boss Jean-Nicolas Guillemette said it will stop operating on October 14 if the government doesn’t back down.
Transport Minister Laurent Lessard said Friday the province would allow Uber to continue to operate provided Uber drivers are required to undergo the same number of training hours as traditional taxi drivers, which is 35 hours, instead of the 20 hours required previously.
Guillemette said the province didn’t consult with the company before introducing the new rules. He said that makes it impossible for the service to continue in Quebec. He said there are no training requirements in any other Canadian city and called it a “deal breaker.

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U.S. Military Chief Warns Against Pulling Out Of Iran Nuclear Deal

The top U.S. military commander has warned against pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, saying doing so would complicate U.S. efforts to reach agreements with other nations.
General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the comments September 26 in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
His remarks come as U.S. President Donald Trump continues to criticize Tehran, and the landmark 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama in conjunction with other world powers.
The agreement curtailed Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting punishing Western sanctions. Trump has called the deal “an embarrassment.”
Dunford told senators that Iran was complying with the deal.

Hungary Threatens ‘Pain’ For Ukraine Over Controversial Language Law

Hungary has pledged to block Ukraine’s further integration with Europe after Kyiv enacted a controversial education law that critics say will restrict the study of minority languages in schools.
Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on September 26 that the consequences for Kyiv would be “painful” after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the measure making Ukrainian the required language of study in state schools from the fifth grade on.
“Hungary will block all steps within the European Union that would represent a step forward in Ukraine’s European integration process,” Szijjarto said in comments to the Hungarian news agency MTI that were also posted on the Hungarian government’s website.
“We can guarantee that all this will be painful for Ukraine in future,” Szijjarto added.

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