RAPPER XXXTENTACION PRONOUNCED DEAD

Today we mourn the loss of the beloved rapper Jahseh Onfroy (Xxxtentacion) aged 20 who sadly passed when he was leaving a motorcycle dealership in Florida. He was rushed to hospital after witnesses couldn’t feel a pulse. Videos of his lifeless body were posted online but out of respect for him we are not going to show them, his friends also paid respects to him like rapper Kanye West who took to twitter saying:

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Witnesses reported that a Louis Vuitton bag was stolen from the car when the shooting occurred while the gunman fled by a dark coloured SUV. We are going to look at the good things he has done and the thousands of people he has inspired, one of our hosts Kyan being one of them, she said that he inspired her to use her platform to speak about real topics and address real situations rather than sweeping it

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under the carpet and ignoring it. Jahseh created a foundation with his mother called “Helping Hand” where they help young children living in poverty, we are sad to have said goodbye to him, as he had such an amazing influence on the rap industry and wasn’t afraid to express himself while being one of the most real rappers in the industry, he will be remembered for his impact in the world.

May you Rest in peace Jahseh Onfroy

 

 

For more information on his passing head to : http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-19/xxxtentacion-controversial-rapper-shot-dead-in-florida/9885036

 

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Perth Zoo Mourns Loss of World’s Oldest Sumatran Orangutan

 

Perth Zoo is today mourning the loss of the world’s oldest Sumatran orangutan. Puan, who passed away over night at an estimated 62 years old, was awarded the Guinness World Record in 2014 as the oldest known orangutan of her species. Although her exact date of birth was unknown, she arrived in Perth by plane 50 years ago and has been the Queen of Perth Zoo ever since.

Orangutan PuanPuan, the world’s oldest Sumatran orangutan, passed away last night. She had been a Perth local for almost 50 years. Source: The West Australian, Photo by: Alex Asbury

Puan was a great-grandmother and had 54 descendants in total, and her genes accounted for almost 10% of the total captive population.

Puan was euthanised after age-related complications were affecting her quality of life. She was described as a patient, independent matriarch, the “quiet and dignified leader” of her colony.

Her full obituary, written by zookeeper Martina Hart – who has cared for her for the last 18 years – has been released by Perth Zoo this morning.

Is Humility as Sunny as it Sounds?

“Calling the world from isolation”, The Gorillaz dropped a hot summery track, with an accompanying music vid on May 31. ‘Humility’ was released in order to tease The Gorillaz’ new album ‘The Now Now’ which is set to release one the 29th of June. The song itself carries a very beachy vibe throughout, it also features The Gorillaz’ trademark synth sound, some uplifting guitar riffs along with some vocals from 2D, something the fans felt ‘Humanz’ sorely lacked. All these pieces come together to prove that The Gorrilaz are at their strongest when they leave the darkness at the doorstep and get uplifting and trippy. However, while the song is undoubtedly upbeat, the lyrics themselves might tell another story.

Some backstory before we dive into that; before the songs release, the bands founder and bassist, Murdoc Niccals was arrested and thrown in prison for smuggling. He has since been replaced by former powerpuff girls villan and leader of the Gangreen gang, Ace. It is unclear how he came to join the group though it is known that he and the bands guitarist, Noodle are good friends. green.jpg

The main vocalist and the star of the video, 2D has had a long and troubled history with Murdoc, so you’d expect him to say something about his bandmate, but he hasn’t, at least not on record. 2Ds appearance in the video for ‘Humility’ has lead people to believe that 2D is happy with Murdoc out of the picture, however the lyrics make 2D look as though he’s torn between feeling free without Murdoc, and with the isolation of being in the band without him. this can be found in the first verse of the song.

“Calling the world from isolation
‘Cause right now, that’s the ball where we be chained
And if you’re coming back to find me
You’d better have good aim..” 

Here 2D seems liberated, almost cocky at the fact that Murdoc is beyond reach ‘…if youre coming back to find me, you’d better have good aim..’ however, the very next line tells a different story:

“Shoot it true
I need you in the picture
That’s why I’m calling you..”

It looks like 2D is pleading for Murdoc to try to come back to “shoot it true”. He even says outright that he needs Murdoc “in the picture” and that he is calling out to Murdoc. this continues into the chorus:

“I’m the lonely twin, the left hand
Reset myself and get back on track…”

He is battling with himself, debating wether or not he should miss Murdoc or if he should reset himself and “get back on track”. Then he decides:

“I don’t want this isolation
See the state I’m in now?”

2D says this at the point in the video where he looks his absolute happiest “See the state i’m in now?” this is a warning, this happiness isn’t real its a front that 2D is putting up, probably for the sake of the rest of the band, but deep down, 2D is broken, he misses Murdoc deeply. even though 2D wants so badly to be free from him, he needs Murdoc. Its understandable seeing as theyve been making music together for nineteen years. Before Noodle, before Russel it was just 2D and Murdoc. and now they’ve been separated, seemingly for good.  Now all 2D can do is make music, not only to express these feelings, but in an attempt to call Murdoc…out of isolation.

Perth Zoo suffers a death of world’s oldest Sumatran orangutan

It feels quite surreal to have said goodbye, we all know that life isn’t infinite, but for some reason Puan has always just seemed to be the one who might prove us wrong.

Puan was born in approximately 1956, and has passed away at the grand old age of 62. In saying this, Puan may have been older than what we thought, as she was wild born, so her age has been calculated via old stories, notes and dates long gone. In 2016 she was awarded a Guinness World Record for being the oldest living Sumatran orangutan in the world.

Puan is one of the more difficult members of our colony to write about – she’s not as outgoing as Sekara, as sweet as Utama or as placid as Dinar, but she certainly holds a special place in everyone’s hearts, and her legacy is quite simply incredible. There really aren’t words to describe Puan and the impact she has had on not only the breeding program at Perth Zoo, but also on the people who over the past 50-odd years have cared for her.

Perth Zoo's Puan arrived at Perth Zoo in 1968.,
Perth Zoo’s Puan arrived at Perth Zoo in 1968.,Picture: Alex Asbury.
Th zoo can’t stress enough how incredible her legacy is. She’s a mother to 11 children (most wild orangutans reproduce 4 times in their lives), a grandmother, and a great grandmother. She has 54 descendants, 29 still living, and those descendants are spread across 5 European zoos, 3 in the United States, Singapore Zoo, Adelaide Zoo, Perth Zoo, and of course, Sumatra. Her genetics count for just under 10% of the global captive population.

Impressive statistics.

Puan has 54 descendants around the world.
Puan has 54 descendants around the world.Picture: Alex Asbury

Puan was a ‘hands off’ individual. She was somewhat aloof, the zookeeper that handled her remembers being told early in her career – ‘Puan will decide when and if you may touch her’! When they weighed her they knew they had one chance and one chance only, if they weren’t on the ball and watching closely, she certainly wasn’t going to sit on those scales again. As Kylie Bullo once said to me – ‘Oh Puan, bless her, she never fails to make you feel unworthy’! If they weren’t quick with her dinner, or they kept her inside a minute longer than she deemed necessary, she would let them know by tapping her foot to make them hurry along. they always knew were they stood with Puan.

Puan with her baby in 1974.
Puan with her baby in 1974.Picture: The West Australian

Over the years Puan’s eyelashes had greyed, her movement had slowed down and her mind had started to wander. But she remained the matriarch, the quiet, dignified lady she had always been. Puan demanded and deserved respect, and she certainly had it from all her keepers over the years. She was the founding female of the best breeding colony in the world. She was the invaluable teacher to our youngsters before they were released to Bukit Tigapuluh. The maker of the most amazing nests, and the lady who took no nonsense from her children over the years, but was also the most nurturing mother we had.

Perth Zoo's Puan, the 62 year old Sumatran Orangutan, has descendants all around the world.
Perth Zoo’s Puan, the 62 year old Sumatran Orangutan, has descendants all around the world.Picture: Supplied.

Rest in peace Puan, may you climb happily in the jungles of the sky. Thank you for giving us your legacy, and I promise we’ll look after your family.