It is with heavy hearts that we report that Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington died today at the age of 41. Law enforcement officials stated that his death was ruled a suicide by hanging. His body was discovered in a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates, CA earlier this morning. Chester was currently married, and had 6 children from two marriages. The singer had spoken publicly about his personal demons, including years of struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.Earlier this year, when Chris Cornell committed suicide, Chester and the rest of Linkin Park paid tribute to their fallen friend with a heartfelt rendition of their track “One More Light” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. He also sang at Cornell’s funeral. Chris would have celebrated his 53rd birthday today. You can watch Chester’s haunting tribute to Cornell below:Linkin Park first achieved widespread success with their 2000 debut album Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005, selling more than 10 million copies largely thanks to the interplay between Bennington’s visceral, seething-yet-beautiful nu metal vocals and MC Mike Shinoda‘s hip hop verses. In a 2003 countdown special, MTV2 named Linkin Park the sixth-greatest band of the music video era. The band also made notable strides in crossing genres within popular music, famously collaborating with hip-hop superstar Jay Z for their 2004 mashup album Collision Course, as well as several other artists from various genres on subsequent remix albums Reanimation and Recharge.The band’s seventh original studio album, One More Light, was released this May, and they are currently in the midst of a 54-date world tour featuring opening acts like Sum 41, Snoop Dogg, Wu Tang Clan, and more. No announcement has been made yet regarding the upcoming scheduled shows, though it’s hard to imagine the band performing without Bennington’s distinctively entrancing vocals.You can watch the classic music videos for the two biggest hits from Linkin Park’s debut album, “Crawling” and “In The End,” both of which earned notably extended stints atop the TRL Top Ten video countdown, the most prestigious barometer for music videos throughout the late 90’s and early 00’s:“In The End”“Crawling”Our thought are with Bennington’s family and friends. Rest easy, Chester.[h/t – TMZ]
30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There are still some brands that don’t have Facebook. That statement isn’t a judgement, it’s an observation. One objection I hear from many credit unions that are hesitant to join their peers on social networking sites is the fear of negative reviews. My first step is to point out that whether your brand is using social media or not, consumers are talking about them. Without having a social presence, they can’t be a part of the conversation. How scary is it to think that people are talking about your brand and you have no idea what they are saying!For credit unions who are on social media, no matter how great your service standards are there will always be a handful of unhappy (and very vocal) members who want to take their complaints to social networks. Rodney Gin, the co-founder of SiteJabber, an online community of more than 700,000 users reviewing online businesses recently gave his top 5 tips for dealing with negative reviews online during an interview with Inc. Magazine. continue reading »
Edo State Football Association has concluded plans for a smooth kick off of the inaugural South-south Champion of Champions Soccer Tournament which is billed to run from May 18-21 in Benin.Chairman of Edo FA, Frank Ilaboya, in a statement made available to the media in Lagos said eight teams would be featuring in the maiden edition of the competition which is a gathering of top clubs in the South-south zone of the country.He said the Sam Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin and the Ugbowo Campus Stadium of the University of Benin would play host to the matches.Ilaboya stated that the tournament which is being bankrolled by FROT Group, a Lagos-based firm would serve as an avenue for teams from the zone to get their acts together ahead of the national Federation Cup which kicks off next week.“The tournament is designed for teams from South-south zone to prepare for the national Federation Cup. Our desire is to see the Federation Cup won last year by Akwa United remaining in the zone,” Ilaboya stated.Three teams from the host state, Edo- Inneh Stars, Dynamites and Benin landlords, Insurance FC will feature in the tournament. The winners, courtesy of FROT Group would smile to the banks with N1million, while the runners up would pocket N500,000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
While the All-Star Break provided a rest for the Madison Mallards, this weekend surely a changeof pace. After treacherous weather postponed the Mallards’ Thursday night game, they wereforced to play a double-header on Friday. The Mallards were able to come out with one of thevictories against the Eau Claire Express. Most importantly, they were able to save their energyfor Saturday’s double-header against the La Crosse Loggers, winning both games in decisivefashion.In the first game, the Mallards jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a bases loaded 2 RBIsingle by catcher Adam Davis in the bottom of the first inning. Davis finished the game withthe lone hit, but managed another RBI in the third inning, scoring infielder Reed Gargnani andgiving Davis his 29th RBI of the season.The story of the game was Gargnani, who went 3-for-4 with both of his runs coming off of Davis.Gargnani picked up his sixth double of the season and now has two straight multi-hit games.More impressively, Gargnani has only six hitless games since June 22.Mallard’s infielder Jon Pierre Garcia’s solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning proved tobe the nail in the coffin for the Loggers, as they went on to lose 4-1. Junior pitcher Matt Morganpicked up his third win of the season for the Mallards, while pitcher J.R. Graham picked up hisfourth save of the year.The win enabled the Mallards to head into their second game of the day with a much deservedsense of confidence. Just like in their first game, the Mallards pounced all over La Crosseearly, expect this time they didn’t stop. Mallard’s outfielder Harold Riggins drove in 2 runs in thebottom of the first inning, with infielder Jacob Esch also driving in one run. The hit by Rigginsmarked the 32nd straight game he has reached base safely, which leads the league.The onslaught continued as the Mallards batted around the order in the second inning, puttingup six runs off of four hits. Four of the runs in the second inning came off of Garcia’s grandslam, which marked his second home run of the double header. As if the Mallards needed anymore runs, they continued to pour them on with a three-run inning in the fifth. The Mallardsended up crushing the Loggers 12-1. Mallard’s pitcher Matt LaMothe finished the game with 4strikeouts, picking up his third win of the season. Reliever Nick Rice picked up the save, his firstof the season.While the bats were hot in both games, especially the second game, the pitching was evenbetter. As a matter of fact, in their four games since the All-Star Break, the Mallards have onlygiven up a total of four runs, which is something manager C.J. Thielke is impressed by.“It all begins with starting pitching,” Thieleke said. “Our last four starters [LaMothe, Morgan,Uriegas and Shellhorn] are all providing the team with an effective top of the rotation and that’swhat we’re looking for.”This weekend not only proved to be huge in the standings for the Mallards, moving them intothird place in the division, it also provided a chance for manager Thielke to get a look at some ofthe guys on his bench.“The guys showed great energy,” Thielke said. “It was exciting to see guys, who don’t alwaysplay, produce for us. I think it says a lot about the kind of depth we have on this team.”The Mallards look to extend their win streak to four games heading into their final game of theseries against La Crosse Sunday night. With a win, they could move into a tie for second placewith the Wisconsin Woodchucks, setting them up nicely for a possible playoff-birth.