The West Indian Manatee, or sea-cow as they’re affectionately known, is no longer considered endangered according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), as such they have been downgraded from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. They were originally enlisted as endangered around 50 years ago after overhunting and collisions with boats dramatically reduced their population sizes.

In 1991 the population in Florida was around 1267, nowadays there are more than 6,300 in Florida alone and researches estimate around 13,000 live in their natural habitats around the Caribbean and the northern coasts of Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.

Cindy Dohner, FWS Southeast Regional Director, said in a press release ;”The manatee’s recovery is incredibly encouraging and a great testament to the conservation actions of many. Today’s proposal is not only about recognizing this progress, but it’s also about recommitting ourselves to ensuring the manatee’s long-term success and recovery.”

So not completely out of danger yet but it’s looking pretty good for the old sea cow. Well done to all involved!


Jamie Foxx, has been hailed a hero after saving a driver from a burning truck after a crash just outside the actor & singer’s home in Hidden Valley. The driver is said to have been speeding and became trapped in the burning truck after he struck a drainage pipe and some concrete sending the vehicle spinning and rolling until eventually it came to a stop on its passenger side and caught fire.

Foxx heard the crash, called 911 then rushed to the scene of the accident. With the help of another neighbour, they smashed the window with EMT scissors, cut the seatbelt and pulled the driver to safety.

Biggups Jamie Foxx!


13 year old Jibil Muhammed Faris has been hailed a hero by local fire service after saving 2 young children after a hoverboard/segway thingy/whatever exploded at his friends’ house. As the hoverboard exploded he led his friends to a safer room whilst the house filled with flames and smoke, keeping a cool head and reassuring his younger friends. The saddest part of this story is the fact that a few days after the explosion the house was burgled, as Jibil put it; “It’s just wrong because when somebody’s been kicked down already and they get kicked down even more and they have even less – they have nothing now.” too right.

To be honest, the little dude does a much better job of explaining what happened here, he also does a decent job of shutting Eamonn Holmes down too. It’s fair to say this is my new favourite kid.

 


Four members of a paramusical ensemble are using new technology to create music with their minds. The  members are unable to speak or move, however, The University of Plymouth, alongside the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, have developed this new technology which reads EEG signals from the brain.

The paramusicians wear an EEG cap and are shown a screen, on the screen are 4 options of musical phrases to choose from. Each musical phrase has a flashing, coloured light associated with it and the musician picks one of the phrases by concentrating on the flashing colour. The EEG cap picks up not only signals relating to which flashing light has been selected, but also how intense the brain waves are, which can be used to denote volume, for example.

Once a phrase is selected it is then shown to a person playing an instrument on a separate screen for them to play.

Now it took me a while to get my head around that, and I’m not sure how well I’ve explained it, but it’s a pretty nice thing to hook up for these guys and music therapy can be a huge help for people with various disabilities so we’re fully on board with ideas like this. Check out the BBC’s report below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Ecosia is a web-based social enterprise with such a positive ethos that you’ll be ditching Google in no time. Just like the Californian conglomerate, they earn money from companies that pay to appear at the top of the results page. However, unlike Google (who last year earned a ridiculous $67.39 billion from advertisement revenue alone!), Ecosia guarantee at least 80% of their profits will go directly towards planting trees.

 

Since inception in December 2009, Ecosia has helped plant over 3.5 million trees through the donation of around £2.2 million to partner organisations, such as the Belgian charity Entrepreneurs Without Frontiers. They are currently focussing on reforestation in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso, which suffered a devastating drought in the 1970s.

 

As well as being good for the climate, tree planting has had a great impact on the quality of people’s lives in this area of north west Africa. They can once more graze cattle and plant crops over a much wider area, and local women are employed to collect seeds that are stored for future projects. In some areas the average income has doubled and as a result the number of children enrolled in primary education has increased ten fold.

 

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Once you make Ecosia your default search engine, you’ll be informed how many trees your searches have helped plant via a small icon in the corner of the screen. In 2009 a spokesman from the World Wildlife Fund said: “If only 1% of global internet users accessed Ecosia for their web searches, we could save a rainforest area as big as Switzerland each year.” Why not help make this awesome idea happen?

 


Following on from a wave of successful sold out nights in recent weeks featuring My Nu Leng, Redlight and Hospital Records, this week The Tuesday Club welcomed the Bristol-based DJs behind popular YouTube channel, Eton Messy. They delivered a sublime three-hour set that served to fully justify the influence and acclaim they have received.

Eton Messy’s YouTube channel was set up in 2011 as a means of sharing the latest in cutting-edge dance music, with an emphasis on garage and different strands of house music. Over the years the channel has played host to exclusive tracks from artists such as Disclosure and Bondax, who were given some of their first major exposure in this way. With almost 350,000 subscribers, Eton Messy’s online presence goes from strength to strength – the brand’s club nights also started in 2011, and have established the DJs as gifted live performers.

To the surprise of some punters considering the popularity of Eton Messy, the night only saw sets in Studio with the larger Foundry area, where Tuesday Club events are typically hosted, sealed off. As a consequence of this, however, there was a more intimate atmosphere and clubbers soaked this up during resident DJ Andy H’s opening set, where he proved his versatility by selecting tracks that perfectly complemented the sound of the night’s headliners.

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Treating a packed Studio to a marathon three hours, Eton Messy began at midnight and eased people in with the first few songs. It was clear from the outset that the range of tracks played was going to be a varied one, with productions from house veterans such as Riva Starr mixed in with newer contributions to the genre from the likes of Bondax. It was to Eton Messy’s credit that they sustained a mixture of sounds across the three hours, while not relying on mainstream dance tracks – instead, they received very warm crowd responses just on the strength of underground favourites and relatively obscure material from up-and-coming producers connected to their channel.

Following a somewhat relaxed start, things intensified following the first hour with Eats Everything’s anthemic ‘Dancing (Again!)’ getting everyone hyped up; the reaction when it dropped suggests that Eats Everything’s own visit to The Tuesday Club next week will be very special indeed. There was a vibrancy in the room throughout the three hours that came as a consequence of Eton Messy’s excellent live mixing skills coupled with their genuine love of, and expertise surrounding, futuristic house and garage music. Their passion for the genres that they specialise in shone through courtesy of the tracks they selected and the cohesion they managed to achieve across the 180 minutes.

The sounds gradually became more ambient as the headline set entered its third and final hour. Elements of techno and even some soul-based material were infused alongside the house and garage that went down so well all night, successfully maintaining a distinct sound (similar to the overall style running through their online content) yet remaining unafraid to switch things up. As the night finally came to a close, to a rapturous reception, the reasons behind Eton Messy’s popularity appeared crystal clear – they are dance music fanatics themselves, who use their production skills to provide other dance lovers with an eclectic, interesting selection of tunes.

As usual, the atmosphere and enthusiasm of The Tuesday Club crowd enhanced what was a great night overall. Eton Messy showed over the course of three hours that the hype attached to their brand exists with good reason. Their clear specialist knowledge, top picks from the house and garage scenes and the seamless mixing of their live show made for a very entertaining and satisfying night.#

 

Written by: Dominic Penna

Twitter: @DominicPenna

 

Photography by: Elouisa Georgiou Photography

 

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Turkish turned renowned French disco DJ, Dimitri from Paris, packed out Sheffield Moor Theatre Delicatessen, on of Sheffield’s best upcoming venues, with his funky twist to on electronic music.

Nice Like Rice are slowly cementing themselves at the forefront of Sheffield’s independent nights, with their humorous yet slick design and marketing. Walking into the venue I had high hopes of what NLR and Cosmic Disco would offer, and I wasn’t disappointed. There was a 1970’s panache vibrating through the air as pinned up all around the room were rotating disco balls. Further, around many corners multi-coloured chequered screens, reminiscent of a 70’s dancefloor. The décor worked well, reflecting the lights to create dashes of multi-coloured beams all around the room. Banana Hill DJ’s warmed up proceedings, playing a funked up cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ with a live band, before Dimitri’s five hour cosmic set.

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Dimitri started slow, playing the DJ Gregory mix of ‘Let Me Love You’ by Bunny Mack which sent the room into a ‘Saturday Night Fever’ mode. Green lights splashed around the room, mixing with the smoke creating a cool cloud above. As Dimitri continued, his backing track was a constant beat of a smooth four-on-the-floor drum pattern, something which everyone could consistently two step to. As the night progressed the main room was full and no one could get in or out. Dimitri had his crowd hanging on his every track.

Playing a lot of his own mixes Dimitri threw in his remix of legend Teddy Pendergrass’, ‘You Can’t Hide From Yourself’, from his 2010 album ‘Get Down To the Philly Sound’. Dimitri, sweating, smiling and grooving on stage to his own beats, then dropped in the Sister Sledge remix, of ‘Lost in Music’ wavering through the room funk, soul and disco in one hit. At this point the room was filled with an array of multi coloured lights, cementing the 70’s atmosphere.  Unbeknown to how Dimitri managed it, he successfully dropped in Disclosure’s ‘Holding On’. Everyone around went wild, because, who doesn’t like a bit of Disclosure? Dimitri successfully established himself as a current DJ, blending retro disco with modern hits.

What made the night come to fruition was Dimitri dropping The Bee Gee’s ‘You Should Be Dancing’, which sweetened the atmosphere into the happy go lucky night it was. Many a girl lost it all around, shoulder dancing to Chaka Kahn’s ‘I’m Every Woman’. Including myself.

It’s safe to say Dimitri kept spirits high and traced the evolution of 70’s disco with his own spin. One packed room in an abandoned Woolworths on the Moor, in reyt lovely Sheffield it may have been, but Dimitri’s funk and Disco consumed us all. It truly was a groovy night; all that was missing was the flared pants and 70’s afros.

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Written by: Holly Dibden

Photography by: Liam Taylor Photography

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90s babies of Sheffield descended on The Tuesday Club on 9 February for a night hosted by Lobster Boy Records. Alongside appearances from Mella D and Melé, both of whom receive regular national radio airplay and have been tipped for big things, the night’s star attraction Redlight drove the capacity crowd into a frenzy with a phenomenal headline slot.

Lobster Boy Records was founded by Redlight in 2009 as a home for dance music created by a varied selection of respected artists. Lobster Boy has seen considerable growth in the seven years since then, as shown by the size and popularity of its debut UK tour. Gracing The Tuesday Club for the Sheffield date of the tour were three of the label’s biggest names – Melé, Mella Dee and Redlight himself, who has enjoyed popular acclaim while remaining a progressive and respected name in British dance music.

Kicking off proceedings was The Tuesday Club’s resident DJ Andy H, who mixed dancehall classics with newer efforts from the likes of Stormzy and Preditah during an entertaining 90 minutes. This built the mood nicely for what was to come, encouraging early arrivals to showcase their moves in between trips to the bar. Foundry filled up in time for his final tunes and the last few songs he chose were particularly well received as a result. Andy H succeeded in hyping everyone up through a wide range of cuts – there was a real buzz in the air by the time he stepped away from the decks.

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Next up was Melé who, having been announced for Parklife Festival earlier on in the day, proved perfectly why he is so in demand among festival and club night bookers. Once more, we were in for an eclectic selection influenced by conventional deep house but also more tropical rhythms. In a versatile set with its own distinct vibe, his original material stood out, in particular the pulsating, bass-heavy ‘Ambience’.

Melé gradually upped the energy levels throughout his set in anticipation of the evening’s headliner, and the rise in tempo was reflected in the increased energy in the room. It became tighter at the front with so many people wanting to get a good spot for Redlight, while also really getting into what Melé had to offer. He selected a strong and uplifting range of songs, maintaining a steady hold over the audience by means of his talent and keeping the crowd guessing as to what was coming next – even playing a couple of “guilty pleasures” that were given more credibility through remixes.

As the biggest name on the night’s bill, and an in demand producer in his own right, Redlight received huge cheers when he took over from Melé and he did not disappoint – an absolutely sublime hour followed. Redlight mixed tracks from his impressive recent debut album ‘X Colour’ with older work and remixes; his bass-heavy version of Skepta’s ‘That’s Not Me’ drew the first huge response, closely followed by a reworking of The Weeknd’s ‘The Hills’ which added depth and menace to the original. From this point onward, there wasn’t a single disappointing song in a set that seemed to flow perfectly. 2014 single ‘9TS (90s Baby)’ saw drinks go flying and chaos at the front, a sign of just how responsive everyone was.

Everyone seemed fully immersed in the music and with good reason for the duration of Redlight’s performance. He consistently delivered big tunes in quick succession – ‘X Colour’ tracks ‘Gold Teeth’ and ‘Metronome’ went down particularly well out of the original material that he played. The quality of sound in Foundry added further to the atmosphere, with the basslines ear-splittingly loud at times. As Redlight’s hour-long slot eventually came to an end, the strength of the applause showed just how well Redlight worked the crowd while showcasing his immense mixing and production skills. Interestingly, he didn’t play his best known tracks ‘Lost in Your Love’ and ‘Get Out My Head’ – perhaps fitting with his somewhat less commercial new direction in the years since those releases, and how he has progressed as a producer.

Redlight was always going to be a tough act to follow, but Mella Dee seemed to take this prospect in his stride. He is a London-based rising star who took the opportunity to show that he deserves all the praise currently coming his way. He retained a large crowd size, with the majority staying to see the night out rather than leaving once the headline slot had finished. The jungle and dancehall vibes heard earlier in the night were continued nicely by Mella Dee, who worked the crowd well and sustained energy levels with big drops and good use of samples.

Mella Dee’s set was probably the most unpredictable of the night, featuring a couple of curveballs including a lengthy remix of indie classic ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ that blended in surprisingly well with his other selections. Energy levels didn’t drop among those who stayed until closing time, a testament to the quality of the night’s acts but an exceptional Tuesday Club crowd who responded very well to what they heard throughout the night. As things finally wound down, people were left satisfied (and in my case craving a takeaway) in light of an exceptional night.

Lobster Boy’s visit to Sheffield was a real treat, with Redlight, Melé and Mella Dee all proving their worth as some of the most talented DJs of the moment while demonstrating the amount of talent signed with the label. Topped off by the energy of those in attendance, it was a truly enjoyable night displaying top quality bass-driven music throughout three creative and euphoric sets.

 

Written by: Dominic Penna

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Throughout January there has been, and will continue to be, a “pay-as-you-feel” pop-up cafe on Matilda Street in Sheffield. The cafe is a collaborative project between the student and graduate run Foodhall Sheffield and Camerados, an organisation that helps to develop small businesses with vulnerable people, the project has also had input from SASS (Sheffield Alcohol Support Service) and the Samaritans.

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Foodhall are a “freecycling” organisation ran by students and graduates, they collect surplus and unused donations from places including supermarkets, restaurants, cafe’s etcetera, and with the food that would have otherwise gone to waste they make meals and serve them in their cafe. The system helps reduce food wastage, which is still a massive problem especially in the Western world, as well as providing hot meals for people who may not have been able to afford to eat otherwise. The “pay-as-you-feel” system works exactly as it says, there are jars left on the tables around the cafe and people can leave as much or as little money as they feel. They are currently based in a disused warehouse space and all of the furniture has been donated, freecyled or upcycled.

Donated Games

Donated Games

As mentioned earlier, Camerados help people who are experiencing difficult times such as addiction, domestic violence, homelessness, mental health issues, to set up “micro-businesses” based on their particular skill sets and also the local market. The turnover is rapid as it is a 6 day programme ran over 5 weeks and helps to develop self esteem and team-working skills as well as providing experience and, in the most successful cases, jobs.

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Blankets & Hot Water Bottles

There are several slightly “radical” ideas that Camerados are looking at in the form of some slightly thought provoking questions such as;

What if Scouts worked in prisons? What if prostitutes looked after my kids? What if homeless people helped bankers through their tough time? What if Samaritans ran Starbucks?

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Camerados

This last question is what brought about the Pop-up cafe. The thought process is that, during a crisis or a difficult time in, most people go to meet friends or family in either a pub, bar or cafe and chat about what’s going on in their lives. So, along with the guys at Foodhall, they decided to set up a “comfort spot” where people can go for cheap food, hot drinks, music, games and things to entertain their kids. Throw in some super friendly staff who are on hand to chat or help out or just to listen and not judge and you’ve got an idea of what it’d be like if Samaritans ran Starbucks.

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Foodhall Sheffield

The menu changes daily depending on what food has been donated but is always of a high standard and I can personally vouch for it’s deliciousness as I’ve been in several times since it has been open both as a volunteer and as a customer.

Foodhall Sheffield

Foodhall Sheffield

After spending a few days helping out it soon became abundantly clear how much of a fantastic project this is, from watching a homeless lady who hadn’t played piano since school play a duet with Maff, founder of Camerados (Click here for video), to receiving little notes like this…

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…it’s obvious that the cafe is having a positive impact on the Sheffield’s local population.

The cafe is still in need of volunteers and donations as it will be running Tuesday-Saturday 10am-3pm until Saturday 30th January so if anyone would like to get involved please get in touch at any of the links below…

Foodhall Links: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Camerados Links: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram