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Meet Alice Valdez, a local musician providing art programming for underserved communities

HOUSTON – For some students in Houston, music, art, dance or theater programming may not always be available in school. However, one community-based non-profit organization is committed to underserved youth and adults in the city.

Known as the Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), the organization founded by Alice Valdez provides cultural programming, education resources, community building and events to more than 4,000 students and families each year.

With a mission to help build discipline, self-esteem and cultural pride, MECA founder and Executive Director Alice Valdez has proudly served our community for more than 40 years.

Alice Valdez
Alice Valdez (Copyright Forest Photography 2019.)

Born in El Paso, Texas, Alice Valdez began her music career in elementary school.

“My mother decided that all of us were going to play instruments,” recalled Valdez, founder of MECA.

Valdez began with the clarinet and picked up the oboe in middle school. It wasn’t until college when she began focusing on her career in music with the help of her college professor.

“I started taking oboe lessons from Mr. Henderson from the University of Texas-El Paso. He was the theory teacher and the oboe teacher there,” stated Valdez. “He was just such a strong influence and such a wonderful educator that he really influenced me to go study art and music education.”

Alice Valdez at a MECA event
Alice Valdez at a MECA event (Pin Lim, Forest Photography)

With a dedication to the arts and music education, Valdez would begin a new opportunity in Houston with a focus on minorities and underprivileged communities in the Sixth Ward.

“Some schools had a band, some schools had orchestras, some schools didn’t have a band or orchestras. All they had was maybe visual art and general music,” said Valdez. “Obviously, the suburban schools had much stronger programs, and the inner city programs where

Posted in technology

Meet The ‘Netflix Of Gaming’ That Offers 70+ Games To Indians

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When the government announced a countrywide lockdown in March, the online gaming industry was one of the few online services to benefit from people staying at home. As a result, investor’s interest in the segment has also grown manifold with them pumping funds to tap into the opportunity.

One such online gaming company is Delhi-based WinZO, which recently raised USD 18 million in Series B funding round led by Singapore-based Makers Fund and New York’s Courtside Ventures.

However, one big hurdle for gaming companies in India is to generate revenue as data shows that most Indians opt for free online games. This is considered to be a major reason behind the slow growth of Indian gaming industry and for Indian developers to have been reduced to meagre back offices for international brands.

But, as Saumya Singh Rathore, co-founder, WinZO Games will tell you, the company seemed to have cracked this code as it has been witnessing significant growth both in terms of users and revenue. 

In an interaction with Entrepreneur India, Rathore talks about her as well as her company’s journey and its future plans.

From Trivia To Full Fledged Social Gaming Platform

Before starting WinZO Games, Rathore has held a long, successful corporate career working with the likes of KPMG and Times Group. In the later part of her career, she along with Pavaan Nanda, who is co-founder and chief executive officer of WinZO Games worked at ZO Rooms and Zostel, Tiger Global backed hospitality ventures.


                                                             Paavan Nanda, CEO and co-founder, WinZO Games

After ZO Rooms’ acquisition by OYO, Rathore and Nanda decided to take the entrepreneurial plunge and tap into the huge opportunity that the combination of the internet economy and country’s

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Google, Oracle meet in copyright clash at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tech giants Google and Oracle are clashing at the Supreme Court in a copyright dispute that’s worth billions and important to the future of software development.

The case before the justices Wednesday has to do with Google’s creation of the Android operating system now used on the vast majority of smartphones worldwide. Google says that to create Android, which was released in 2007, it wrote millions of lines of new computer code. But it also used 11,330 lines of code and an organization that’s part of Oracle’s Java platform.

Google has defended its actions, saying what it did is long-settled, common practice in the industry, a practice that has been good for technical progress. But Oracle says Google “committed an egregious act of plagiarism” and sued, seeking more than $8 billion.

The case has been going on for a decade. Google won the first round when a trial court rejected Oracle’s copyright claim, but that ruling was overturned on appeal. A jury then sided with Google, calling its copying “fair use,” but an appeals court disagreed.

Because of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, only eight justices are hearing the case, and they’re doing so by phone because of the coronavirus pandemic. The questions for the court are whether the 1976 Copyright Act protects what Google copied, and, even if it does, whether what Google did is still permitted.

Oracle, for its part, says the case is simple.

“This case is about theft,” Oracle’s chief Washington lobbyist, Ken Glueck, said in a telephone interview ahead of argument. He compared what Google did to plagiarizing from someone else’s speech. When you plagiarize one line from a speech, he said: “That’s a plagiarized speech. Nobody says, ‘Oh, well, it was just one line.’”

But Google’s Kent Walker, the

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Park Seo Joon hopes to meet his Filipino fans again when pandemic is over

a person sitting at a picnic table: Park Seo Joon BSY ad

Park Seo Joon BSY ad

Park Seo Joon just gave us something to look forward to. 

In an interview with magazine Metro.Style, the South Korean actor said he wants to meet his Filipino fans once again after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

“If this situation will be resolved as soon as possible, if there are still people who support me, I hope we can meet up soon,” Park said in the video of his interview.

“I’m also hoping for that and I hope you stay healthy until then,” he added.

Seo Joon recalled the time in 2019 when he was in the Philippines, saying he felt more support in the Philippines compared to when he is in Korea.

“I went to the Philippines for a promotion before. When I am in Korea, I don’t feel the support that much. But when I went there [Philippines], I had an amazing experience,” he said.

Ana endorser for local clothing brand Bench, Seo Joon was in Manila for a fan event at the Mall of Asia Arena.

He enjoyed his time in Manila so much, Seo Joon even vlogged about it.

Seo Joon recently starred in the hit Korean drama “Itaewon Class.” He is also recognized as a leading man in several K-dramas including “She Was Pretty,” “Fight For My Way,” and “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim.”

The South Korean actor also starred in an ad for cosmetics brand BYS Philippines.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mass gathering events including concerts and fan meets have been cancelled or rescheduled due to the safety protocols and travel restrictions imposed.

However, the Korean culture trend has emerged even more amid the quarantine period in the Philippines with more and more Pinoy fans getting into K-Pop music and K-drama series. — Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/LA, GMA News

Posted in technology

Meet Amazon’s Biggest Bull

It is hard to argue with Amazon’s (AMZN) performance in 2020. Even amidst a global pandemic and a struggling economy, all the cards have fallen into place for the e-commerce behemoth. Amazon has seen revenue soar during the viral outbreak and so has its stock. Shares are up by 70% on a year-to-date basis.

However, one analyst thinks the Street has got it all wrong on Amazon. So, is there a bear among the long list of Wall Street Amazon bulls?

On the contrary. Pivotal analyst Michael Levine argues the Street is undervaluing Amazon’s SOTP (sum of the parts). In fact, the analyst calls Amazon “the best mega cap on a multiyear basis” and has just increased his price target to a Street high of $4,500. Levine, therefore, expects shares to add another 43% from current levels. No need to add, but the analyst’s rating stays a Buy. (To watch Levine’s track record, click here)

Levine argues investors are “materially underestimating the earnings power of the business.” The 5-star analyst, however, doesn’t exempt Pivotal from misjudging Amazon’s future earnings potential.

“We and almost every other investor we have spoken to over the years, has been framing the AMZN SOTP valuation wrong,” Levine said. “Amazon advertising is only ~5% of revenues, but is a far greater contributor to overall non-AWS EBIT margins than the street recognizes. Said differently, if advertising was viewed as a stand-along business unit, it would represent well north of 300% of 2020E non-AWS EBIT.”

Levine claims “valuation is often more of an art-form than pure science,” but that after all, what really matters is “what is the underlying earnings potential of the business.”

And here is where after crunching the numbers, Levine arrives at an estimate far above the current consensus. Splitting Amazon’s business