SC nod to Puri eviction drive

first_imgSolicitor General of India Tushar Mehta and Supreme Court-appointed Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar said on Saturday that the Odisha government’s decision to remove structures within a 75-metre radius of Shree Jagannath Temple was in sync with the grand design to make Puri a heritage city.“The development projection made by the State government for Puri is in the interest of the people,” said Mr. Kumar, adding that the administration is holding negotiations as it proceeds with the demolition and no one is being coerced. The Puri administration had begun demolition of structures near the 12th century Jagannath Temple, including centuries-old mutts, from the fourth week of August following a Cabinet decision.last_img

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Derek Jeter among 18 newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter smiles as he speaks during a news conference in Miami. Derek Jeter is among 18 newcomers on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot, announced Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, and is likely to be an overwhelming choice to join former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera in Cooperstown after the reliever last year became the first unanimous pick by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)NEW YORK — Derek Jeter is among 18 newcomers on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot. He is likely to be an overwhelming choice to join former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera in Cooperstown after the reliever last year became the first unanimous pick by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.A 14-time All-Star shortstop and five-time World Series champion, Jeter hit .310 with 3,465 hits in 20 seasons and was the 1996 AL Rookie of the Year. He has been CEO of the Miami Marlins the past two seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luka Doncic has 42-point triple-double, Mavs top Spurs LATEST STORIES Other newcomers announced Monday by the BBWAA include Cliff Lee, Josh Beckett, Jason Giambi, Paul Konerko, Rafael Furcal, Bobby Abreu and Alfonso Soriano.Holdovers include Curt Schilling, who received 60.9% last year, Roger Clemens (59.5%), Barry Bonds (59.1%) and Larry Walker (54.6%). Schilling rose from 51.2% in 2018. Walker, on the ballot for their 10th and final time this year, increased from 34.1% in 2018.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBonds and Clemens, whose candidacies have been tainted by allegations of steroids use, are both on for the eighth time. Clemens rose from 57.3% in 2018 and Bonds from 56.4%.Ballots are sent to more than 400 BBWAA members with at least 10 consecutive years in the organization, and a player must appear on at least 75 percent to gain election. Ballots must be mailed by Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 21. Rice industry paralysis MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?center_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Anyone elected will be inducted July 26 along with any selections by the Hall’s modern era committee, which meets and votes at San Diego on Dec. 8.Players remain on the ballot for up to 10 years, provided they receive at least 5 percent of the vote annually.Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina were elected along with Rivera in the 2019 BBWAA vote.The ballot: Bobby Abreu, Josh Beckett, Heath Bell, Barry Bonds, Eric Chávez, Roger Clemens, Adam Dunn, Chone Figgins, Rafael Furcal, Jason Giambi, Todd Helton, Raúl Ibañez, Derek Jeter, Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, Paul Konerko, Cliff Lee, Carlos Peña, Brad Penny, Andy Pettitte, J.J. Putz, Manny Ramírez, Brian Roberts, Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Alfonso Soriano, Sammy Sosa, José Valverde, Omar Vizquel, Billy Wagner, Larry WalkerADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

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Allegro: advanced transmission speed sensor ICs with ASIL B certification

first_img Continue Reading Previous Advantech B+B SmartWorx launches range of LoRaWAN wireless solutionsNext ST: 8-bit MCUs with rich analog and DMA in low-cost SO-8 package Allegro MicroSystems Europe released its most advanced transmission speed sensor family members, complete with ASIL B certification. The A19520, A19530, and A19570 magnetic sensor ICs are the product of nearly 20 years of application-specific experience and technological advancement – including GMR and Hall effect technology – making them ideal for meeting the demanding requirements of today’s transmission applications.The A19520, A19530, and A19570 magnetic sensor ICs measure speed and direction information and integrate EMC protection capacitors. The sensors also incorporate Allegro’s SolidSpeed Digital Architecture, a groundbreaking mixed-signal architecture that enables the widest dynamic range of air gap, distinction of vibration versus rotation, stray field immunity, and highly adaptive performance.Each product brings a unique offering to the family. The A19520 allows compatibility with existing transmission designs, thanks to its industry-leading performance and selectable output protocols. It uses Hall effect technology and a two-wire interface. The A19530 provides advanced signal processing, open/short detection capability, and selectable speed or speed and direction output protocols. It uses Hall effect and a three-wire interface. Using GMR and a two-wire interface, the A19570 brings the same high algorithmic performance as its Hall effect counterparts—but at significantly larger air gaps and with flexible device orientations.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Why Ditching Plastic Straws in Drinks Is Important

first_img A Brief History of Bubble Tea and the Best Flavors to Try Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind “It’s a really good allegory for how ideas move through this industry and ultimately become impactful at a large scale,” says Chad Arnholdt, a bartender who started the sustainability-focused consulting firm Tin Roof Drink Community \with Claire Sprouse. “Four years ago, if you’d said I’d be talking to the Wall Street Journal about straws, I would think you were kidding.”These days, Tin Roof presents its ideas on a nationwide stage, such as the recent Bar Convent Brooklyn, a convention for bartenders and owners from around the country. Here, Arnholdt and Sprouse offered up ideas to calculate the costs and benefits of every element contributing to a bar’s carbon footprint the way one might calculate labor, supplies, and ingredients on a regular basis to keep a bar running in prime condition. Among other environmental and sustainability issues the duo offer when designing or updating bars and restaurants is a comprehensive and regularly updated guide to the ever-expanding roster of available straws.Straws are among the most easily “lost” bits of plastic, escaping sanitation systems and being washed into rivers and oceans.A focus on straws is important, even in the face of so many overwhelming environmental issues. According to National Geographic, Americans alone use 500 million straws every day. (That tallies up 182.5 billion in one year, if you’re a fan of numbers). It also makes sense if you think about it: Frappuccino or iced coffee in the morning, Coke at lunch or in the movie theater, and a vodka soda (or two) at night. Boom! You’ve used (and tossed) three straws in one day. Multiply by 325 million people.In March 2016 (on World Water Day), Bacardi announced it was launching a No Straw Movement in partnership with participating bars. The goal was to convince bars, bartenders, and customers that they could suck down rum and Cokes, daiquiris, and perhaps even mojitos minus that little piece of plastic (or with a more sustainable alternative). Perhaps because it was early in the game or perhaps because the initiative came from a relatively large company, the move was met with a surprising amount of resistance both online and off. Prominent bar owners scoffed at it as a publicity stunt or an example of a brand strong-arming owners for support.Bacardi persevered. Soon, many drinking establishments both small and large began launching their own initiatives. Before giants like McDonalds UK and Burger King UK announced an end to plastic straws in their stores and before New York City and other municipalities began contemplating city-wide straw bans, award-winning bars like Dante and The Dead Rabbit  (both in New York) were replacing plastic straws with paper, metal, and intriguing alternatives like bamboo, seaweed, or even pasta. Other spots — The Velveteen Rabbit in Las Vegas and nightclub China Blue in Boise, Idaho — have removed straws altogether. New York’s Aussie-themed Burke & Wills offers straws only on request for most drinks and has seen demand drop by as much as 75 percent, according to owner Tim Harris.It’s also important to remember that, for the most part, straws are a luxury.There are some pretty straightforward arguments for eliminating single-use plastic straws. The most obvious is supported by videos of massive oceanic garbage patches and turtles with straws extracted from their nasal passages. Straws are among the most easily “lost” bits of plastic, escaping sanitation systems and being washed into rivers and oceans.It’s also important to remember that, for the most part, straws are a luxury. Essentially, we want straws because we’ve been trained to want straws. The first paper straw was patented in 1888, the first plastic ones appeared in the 1930s and escalated in popularity in the ‘50s and ‘60s. While early Sumerians used gold straws to filter out solids in beer, humans spent most of their first million years not using straws. Besides, at most spots where you’re drinking, the glassware is clean enough you don’t need to worry about picking up cooties.As with any tide shift, there are obstacles. Alternatives tend to be more expensive than plastic (which can add to operating expenses significantly when serving between 500 and 2,000 drinks on a busy night). Hay and pasta versions create allergy risks (and, like paper, may disintegrate before the drink is finished). Reusable straws (metal or plastic) must be cleaned and are easily swiped. Easily offended, Yelp-happy customers may not take kindly to their rooftop bar suddenly ditching straws or replacing them with weird alternatives. Some drinks, like slushies, milkshakes, and Tiki cocktails practically require a straw. And some people with disabilities or sensitivities have difficulty drinking without them.Reggae Bus cocktail at the Polynesian, photo by Danny Miller.“We first switched to compostable straws about 18 months ago and continued to use them the way most places would, with one in pretty much every drink,” says Chad George of Denver’s The Way Back, which emphasizes sustainability across the board. “But I started seeing research that if compostable straws don’t get processed properly, they don’t break down and can still end up in hazardous situations. About three months ago, we switched to Aardvark paper straws that are biodegradable in any environment.” George says the bar also switched to straws-on-request and say consumption drop by over 90 percent, “which more than offset the added cost of paper.”At The Polynesian, a new bar in Manhattan, Tiki cocktails rule. Almost by definition a straw is mandated, as icy drinks in deep, narrow glassware is the norm. Bar manager Emily Collins says the bar uses biodegradable cornstarch-based straws for upwards of 500 drinks each night. “Straws have been the hardest task to put together on this program,” she says. Price is definitely elevated, and finding places that weren’t on backorder for three months took a lot of research.” She notes the goal is to switch to custom paper straws as the bar is able.Aardvark and other producers are also partnering with spirits brands to offer bulk discounts to bars and restaurants that make the switch. Zirkova, a new vodka label out of central Ukraine, has launched the Oceanic Standard initiative in partnership with Oceanic Global, an advocate and consultant for sustainable solutions to the plastic trash clogging the seas. Oceanic Standard, which launched in March 2018, has created a “toolkit” of sustainable business practices for bars and restaurants, as well as incentives to help defray the costs associated with switching to alternatives.We’re hopeful this straw movement will eventually expand to bigger issue.“Lea d’Auriol started Oceanic Global two years ago, and she’s done so much already,” says Tarajia Morrell, communications director for Zirkova (which also donates 10 percent of its revenue to charitable and social causes). “She realized hospitality is a huge culprit when it comes to single-use plastic, and together we wondered, how can we move the needle on reducing it. Zirkova helped to launch the Oceanic Standard program, and the toolkit. We tend to take for granted the things that are available are our only options. Change comes when industry leaders demand what we need.”Like Zirkova, Maker’s Mark bourbon has also created an initiative with Aardvark paper straws to buy the first order for participating bars (where allowed, since each state’s laws differ). During the lead-up to this year’s Kentucky Derby (“Mint Julep Month”), the brand emphasized that the cocktail was one of the reasons straws took off in popularity, claiming that the paper straw was created in 1888 specifically for the julep. Maker’s Mark highlighted the initiative taking the mint julep back to its roots, and notes it is “already committed to using sustainable straws at our own facilities and events, and have helped get some of our larger partners on board.”Straw-free solutions are also evolving. Last year, Starbucks introduced a sippy cup-style lid for its Nitro Cold Brew Coffee, eliminating the need for straws, according to a spokesperson. Now available in the U.S. and Canada, many people report discovering them used on other cold drinks the brand offers. The coffeehouse also touts reusable cups for both hot and cold drinks at checkout. While plastic lids are generally still single-use items, they are less likely to work their way out of the sanitation cycle and into waterways (and overall it means less plastic trash). Expect other chains to follow suit.We’ve got you, General Okoye. #WakandaForever pic.twitter.com/IDB4eDYkrM— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 12, 2018The point is, not only can elimination of single-use plastic straw happen on a large scale, it’s not going to be long before we even miss them. “There was a time that non-smoking sections and non-smoking restaurants were not popular,” says R.J. Melman, president of Lettuce Entertain You. The hospitality group operates 120 distinctively different restaurants and nightclubs across nine states and is removing plastic straws from all of them beginning in fall 2018. “Public opinion shifted over time and now the thought of smoking indoors is almost unheard of. Straws, to me, fall in this same category. While alternatives are expensive, and there is a portion of the public that may be upset, the greater good of the Earth outweighs the small opposition.”For Chad Arnholdt and many others in the industry, single-use straws are the tip of the (melting) iceberg when it comes to environmental responsibility. Increasingly, bars and restaurants incorporate reclaimed materials and low-energy appliances into construction. Bars like The Last Word in California compost up to 90 percent of bar waste (think lime peels, coffee grounds, napkins) while London’s elegant White Lyan didn’t use ice in its drinks (ice machines hog both water and electricity, and a lot of ice gets dumped at the end of each night). But Arnholdt argues there’s a lot more to do, and much of it is out of the hands of the individual bar owner.SPmemory/Getty Images“For me, the 800-pound gorilla is national packaging laws in the U.S.,” he explains. He cites the high-volume bars in Las Vegas’s Bellagio hotel that serve whiskey cocktails on draft. Rather than being able to buy a barrel or reusable 10-gallon jugs of, say, Maker’s Mark (the way many other products are purchased in bulk), “the laws require the bottle be marked for retail. So that’s say, a palate of 360 individual bottles, caps and wax seals thrown in the trash every week. It’s mandated waste.”Arnholdt adds: “We’re hopeful this straw movement will eventually expand to bigger issues: How sourcing of products is done, how packaging is done. How can I reduce my footprint in real and measurable ways?” If the philosophy continues to expand at the McDonald’s and Marriotts of the world, the Earth could witness real change indeed.Arnholdt argues those moves are not only environmentally beneficial, they can be profitable as well. He cites The Cheesecake Factory, which notes on its website that installing efficient heating and cooling systems saves the company $45,000 annually. “Money saved! That’s the magic word,” says Arnholdt. “If a large space replaced its trendy Edison bulbs with LEDs, you could save $5,000 a year and lower your carbon footprint.”So, bars, restaurants, and cities are getting in on reducing straw consumption. What about individuals? Here are a few nearly painless ways to participate:Avoid asking for straws when you don’t need them.Consider sticking a few straws (reusable like Final Straw, paper, or simply the extra plastic ones that accumulate with each take-out order) in your bag or backpack and use them as needed. Bringing your own will register as a decrease in demand at Wendy’s or Tiki McFlinty’s Party Bar.If your drink comes with a straw, ask your server if you can use the same one on a refill or new drink.Support bars and restaurants that have found alternatives to single-use plastic. Organizations like Straw-Free Salt Lake City highlight participating restaurants in their area.Talk to the staff at your local watering hole. If they’re considering making the jump but don’t know how, have them reach out to Bacardi, Aardvark, Oceanic Global, or any of the many brands and organizations actively involved.Try going straw free. It’s not easy, to be sure. But according to Ocean Conservancy, if just 25,000 people pledge to “skip the straw,” we would reduce consumption by 5 million straws each year. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling center_img By now you’ve likely seen several articles and essays discussing the significant environmental issue that is single-use plastic: bags, cups, water bottles, six-pack rings, and especially plastic straws. You’ve probably seen the stories about municipalities (including New York City) and companies (like McDonald’s) addressing the issue (1,300 UK locations of McDonald’s are replacing plastic straws with paper and shareholders are voting on whether to expand the program globally). Starting July 1, Seattle becomes one of the first cities in the U.S. to ban plastic straws and utensils commonly handed out at restaurants.But did you know the hospitality industry has been tackling the issue head-on over the past few years? Despite the fact straws seems like a drop in the ocean compared with other waste — our rampant burning of fossil fuels, deforestation of the Amazon, and pumping of CO2 into the atmosphere — attacking sippers is not a straw man argument (pun intended). It’s a small piece of the puzzle that, now we’re at a tipping point (or is it a sipping point?), can and will lead to an extensive re-examination of our relationship with plastic. The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Qatar Petroleum Shell Join Forces in LNG Bunkering

first_imgzoom Qatar Petroleum’s Wave LNG Solutions and Shell Gas & Power Developments are looking to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine fueling infrastructure at strategic shipping locations across the globe.Under the framework agreement, signed on June 13, the parties said that they plan to evaluate and progress the development of LNG bunkering facilities at various locations across Europe, the Middle East and East Asia.The deal follows two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) Shell and Qatargas signed with industry partners in 2016 to explore LNG bunkering opportunities in the Middle East.“LNG demand for bunkering is expected to increase significantly over the coming years and we believe there is real potential for such demand to reach up to 50 million tons per annum by 2030. Obviously, achieving this figure requires focused investments and the right partnership model, similar to the one we are establishing today,” Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatar Petroleum’s President and CEO, said.The framework agreement comes on the back of the increasing numbers of ship owners and operators who are turning to LNG over traditional marine fuels in response to tighter sulfur and nitrogen oxide emissions regulations.“As two of the world’s leading LNG suppliers, Shell and Qatar Petroleum have the capability and experience to deliver LNG as a marine fuel to ship owners and operators who must meet tougher emissions regulations from 2020,” Ben van Beurden, Shell’s Chief Executive Officer, said.In October 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced the introduction of a global 0.5% sulfur cap from 2020.LNG bunkering provides the shipping industry with a new fuel that helps meet the industry’s environmental and economic objectives.last_img read more

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Publication du rapport Automne 2016

first_img POUR LES DIFFUSEURS : Cet automne, le vérificateur général Michael Pickup a déclaré que le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance nécessite l’implantation d’une procédure de planification rigoureuse de ses immobilisations pour ses 400 écoles utilisées pour éduquer 118 000 étudiants. Une nouvelle école de 21 millions de dollars a été approuvée pour Eastern Passage malgré l’absence d’une analyse pour supporter cette décision. De plus, quatre projets d’une valeur de 63 millions de dollars ont été approuvés par le cabinet malgré leurs faibles résultats au classement effectué par les responsables des comités bureaucratiques. Le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance supervise de façon adéquate les établissements de service de garde licenciés responsable de 16 000 enfants, par contre, ils devront améliorer la surveillance des agences responsables pour les services de garde en milieu familial qui s’occupent de 1 200 enfants. Il doit aussi clarifier les politiques entourant les infractions sur des éléments hautement prioritaires telles que l’absence ou l’expiration des vérifications sur la maltraitance des enfants et sur les antécédents criminels du personnel de garderie. Bien que les contrôles se soient améliorés depuis notre audit de 2009, le Département des services internes a encore du travail à faire afin d’améliorer la sécurité des informations dans le système AMANDA, qui enregistre environ 9 millions de dollars en frais. Les services internes devraient aussi évaluer la valeur du contrat de service pour le système AMANDA qui lui a coûté environ 50 millions de dollars jusqu’à maintenant. La province doit assigner la responsabilité des infrastructures essentielles à un ministère. Malgré l’acceptation de la Stratégie nationale pour les infrastructures essentielles, le gouvernement n’a pas de plan en place pour faire face à ses engagements. Globalement, davantage doit être effectué, incluant un partenariat avec le secteur privé afin de promouvoir la résilience des infrastructures essentielles lorsque des événements tels que des désastres se produiront dans le futur. -30- Contact aux communications : Darleen Langille 902-424-4108 Courriel : darleen.langille@novascotia.ca Le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance n’a pas de processus de planification établi en place en ce qui a trait aux immobilisations sur le long terme, a déclaré le vérificateur général M. Michael Pickup dans son rapport publié aujourd’hui, 30 novembre. “Une approche générale désorganisée au niveau de la prise de décision ainsi que le manque de processus de la part du ministère l’a mené vers des résultats inconsistants,” a déclaré M. Pickup. Une nouvelle école de 21 millions de dollars a été approuvée pour Eastern Passage malgré qu’aucune analyse ne supporte cette décision. Les éléments probants rassemblés au cours de l’audit ont démontré que le ministère était préoccupé par rapport à l’impact qu’une nouvelle école secondaire pourrait avoir sur les écoles existantes dans la région. “Je suis vraiment déçu que le ministère ait indiqué qu’il ne révisera pas cette décision qui porte un impact aussi négatif sur les écoles des régions avoisinantes,” a déclaré M. Pickup. Quatre écoles ont été approuvées par le Conseil Exécutif malgré le fait que l’évaluation effectuée par le comité n’atteigne pas la note de passage. Ces quatre projets ont été demandés par les conseils d’administration des écoles, mais ont été classés derrière d’autres projets non-approuvés au niveau du comité bureaucratique. Pendant que le cabinet prend sa décision finale, les Néo-Écossais doivent s’attendre à ce que les ressources limitées soient utilisées de façon ciblée pour les endroits dont les besoins sont plus grands. “La province doit prendre certaines décisions à propos des écoles P3 au cours des prochaines années,” a déclaré M. Pickup. ” Les décisions devaient commencer à entrer en action à partir de juin 2016. Au moment de notre travail d’audit, le ministère n’a pas géré le processus de façon adéquate car leur analyse n’a pas été effectuée en temps opportun et n’était pas suffisamment étayée.” Le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance a besoin d’en faire davantage pour surveiller les agences licenciées responsables des garderies en milieu familial qui fournissent des soins auprès de 1200 enfants. “Les inspections du ministère sur les centres de la petite enfance licenciés, responsable de 16 000 enfants, ont identifié des infractions, et nous avons constaté que la plupart des correctifs sont apportés dans les meilleurs délais. “Le ministère doit clarifier les politiques entourant la correction des infractions sur des éléments hautement prioritaires tel que l’absence ou l’expiration des vérifications sur la maltraitance des enfants et sur les antécédents criminels du personnel de garderie.” Le ministère a indiqué la disponibilité et l’accessibilité économique des services de garde comme prioritaire, mais n’a pas clairement défini ce que cela voulait dire ou établi des mesures de performance pour évaluer le tout. De plus, les programmes pour promouvoir la disponibilité et l’accessibilité économique de ces services n’ont pas rencontré leurs objectifs. Le ministère a récemment publié une étude des services de garde qui incluait cinq recommandations pour améliorer la disponibilité et l’accessibilité économique des services de garde. L’audit sur AMANDA Case Management and Compliance System au Département des services internes a permis de constater que même si la gestion des technologies de l’information s’est améliorée depuis notre audit de 2009, des améliorations supplémentaires sont nécessaires afin de mieux protéger la sécurité des informations dans AMANDA. AMANDA contient des informations personnelles, des registres de permis d’entreprise et des résultats d’inspections relatif à la sécurité du public, services de garderie, foyers de soin spéciaux et accidents de travail. Les services internes doivent mieux gérer le contrat avec le pourvoyeur de service pour AMANDA. Une évaluation du rapport qualité-prix du contrat de service pour AMANDA devrait être complétée. Depuis 2004-05, la province a payé le prestataire de service plus de 50 millions de dollars pour ses services et une moyenne de 4 millions de dollars annuellement. La province n’a pas identifié d’infrastructures essentielles, ni de propriétaires d’infrastructures essentielles, qui pourrait avoir un impact sur les Néo-Écossais et n’a pas assigné la responsabilité de le faire à un ministère spécifique. En 2009, le Centre conjoint des opérations d’urgence a accepté la Stratégie nationale pour les infrastructures essentielles. Par contre, ils n’ont pas mis en place un plan qui rencontrait cet engagement et ne se sont pas vu donné un mandat clair sur les infrastructures essentielles en général. Seul le ministère de la Santé et du Mieux-être a planifié une protection pour les infrastructures essentielles et ce, de sa propre initiative. Ce faisant, il a aussi considéré la Stratégie nationale. “Davantage de planification doit être effectuée pour assurer la résilience des infrastructures essentielles requises pour la sécurité et le bien-être des Néo-Écossais lorsque des événements négatifs se produiront dans le futur,” a déclaré M. Pickup. “Des partenariats avec le secteur privé sont essentiels car ceux responsables pour les infrastructures essentielles telles que les services publics, les communications et les services de transport se fient les uns sur les autres pour la coordination de la reprise des opérations lors d’un désastre.” Le rapport contient 23 recommandations, toutes sauf une ont été acceptées par le gouvernement. La seule exception concerne le réexamen de la décision relative à la nouvelle école secondaire dans Eastern Passage. Le rapport complet ainsi que quatre courts vidéos sont disponibles à www.oag-ns.ca.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Captain Gillis Bridge The Captain Gillis Bridge, on Trunk 19 near Port Hood, is opened to one lane with a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Detours for truck traffic will remain in place. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, Richmond County, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30-center_img CONTINUING WORKlast_img read more

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Insurance coverage concerns may leave Ubers expansion to Winnipeg at curb

first_imgWINNIPEG – The ride-hailing company Uber is considering giving Winnipeg a pass over concerns about insurance rates its drivers may have to pay to operate.In a submission to Manitoba’s Public Utilities Board, Manitoba Public Insurance is proposing four different rate options that would see Uber drivers pay five per cent above their all-purpose coverage.The provincially owned insurance company says the rate model is fair, gives drivers choice and prevents other vehicle owners from subsidizing Uber vehicles.But Uber argues such a policy could be cost prohibitive for some drivers and says unless a blanket insurance model is chosen it won’t offer its service in Winnipeg.The city and provincial government have previously paved the way for ride-hailing companies to start March 1, 2018.The city’s cab industry has been critical of the decision, saying Uber drivers will pay lower rates and create an unfair playing field.MPI’s proposal says rates for ride-hailing drivers would be different depending on the time of day the operator wants to pick up passengers, or whether it’s on a weekday or weekend.Uber’s submission to the utilities board says those time bands could be cost prohibitive for drivers who work part-time only.“Based on the deficiencies in the MPI proposed product versus the type of insurance that is available to ridesharing companies in cities across North America, Uber will, unfortunately, be unable to consider expansion of services to Winnipeg on March 1, 2018.” wrote the company.Uber rival, Lyft, said in a statement to CTV that it also has serious concerns about the insurance proposal.“We don’t believe it would allow true ridesharing to operate in the province. We look forward to continuing to work with the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation to find a way forward that expands Manitobans’ access to affordable, reliable transportation options like Lyft.”MPI, in a statement to the same network, said the proposed insurance rates for private vehicle-for-hire operators is consistent with other jurisdictions.“The proposed insurance model ensures that vehicle-for-hire operators are insured in a separate insurance class that will prevent cross-subsidization of loss experience with other major vehicle classes. Under the model, there is flexibility for vehicle-for-hire operators to select specific time bands in which they intend to provide for-hire services,” said the Crown insurer.Manitoba Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew, who has backed the cab industry and its concerns, said MPI’s rate application is reasonable.“It seems a little surprising that Uber is saying things aren’t fair when they’re being offered the chance to operate in Manitoba for something like 25 per cent of what the taxi industry has to pay to do business here.”A board decision on MPI’s application is expected Monday. (CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

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Fundy tidal power project delay continues

by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 1, 2016 1:48 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 2, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – One of the giant turbines destined for the Bay of Fundy will be hauled by barge to Halifax for final preparations in the coming days, however, exactly when it will be installed is still unknown.In a statement, Sarah Dawson of Cape Sharp Tidal said the plan to install two 1,000-tonne turbines in the Minas Passage remains on hold indefinitely after getting the go-ahead from Nova Scotia’s environment minister.The turbine will be moved to Halifax for ballasting work and final inspections, she said. The operation will create more room at the shipyard in Pictou, N.S., to finish assembling the second turbine.One of the five-storey high turbines was scheduled to be transported to a test location near Parrsboro in June.Environment Minister Margaret Miller put the project on hold early last month, saying the province had yet to approve a proposed environmental effects monitoring program, but allowed it to proceed a little more than a week ago.According to Dawson, Cape Sharp chose to delay the project to futher consult with various stakeholders who feel they haven’t been heard.She said among those being consulted are local fishers who have voiced strong opposition to the project over concerns that the instream tidal turbines can’t be made safe for the ecosystem.“We’ve spoken to many fishers over the past weeks and months — and in fact years,” she said. “Like everyone who has an interest in the Bay of Fundy, we believe that a number of industries and interests can co-exist responsibly.”Cape Sharp’s turbines are expected to generate enough electricity to power 1,000 homes.The company, a partnership of OpenHydro and Emera, is one of several who plan to test different turbine technology in the Bay of Fundy. Fundy tidal power project delay continues read more

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Ovechkin Is The Best Player To Never Make A Conference Final

42N. Backstrom85.937000 12Jeremy Roenick105.682310 45Zach Parise85.054010 5Pierre Turgeon119.482200 26Brett Hull96.456000 17Keith Tkachuk99.791100 10Jarome Iginla112.450010 36Pavel Bure93.113010 50Henrik Sedin83.654010 Alexander Ovechkin’s Capitals have never managed to make it past the second round of the NHL playoffs. Sidney Crosby is largely to blame.The playoff futility of the Ovechkin-era Capitals has reached almost comic proportions as the team has made it nearly an annual tradition to squander a great regular season with a first- or second-round exit each April. And the Penguins are the team that’s most responsible for that history of failure: In their nine playoff appearances from 2008 to 2017, Ovechkin’s Capitals have been eliminated in the second round by the Penguins on three occasions. And each time, Crosby’s Penguins have gone on to lift the Stanley Cup — including both of the last two years.Another second-round series between the two teams kicked off on Thursday night, and if the result of that game is any indication, the Capitals might be looking at more of the same. Despite scoring just 17 seconds into the first period, holding that 1-0 lead for more than two periods, and then taking a 2-0 lead 28 seconds into the third period on a snipe from — you guessed it — Ovechkin, the Capitals managed to, somehow, lose to the Penguins. It feels like déjà vu all over again for the Capitals and their tortured fanbase.But regardless of how this series ends, it’s a safe bet that it will be competitive. Despite their inability to progress to the conference finals or beyond, Ovechkin’s Capitals have played a lot of playoff hockey — in the 16 series they’ve been involved in since 2008,1Excluding the one they’re currently contesting with the Penguins. they’ve played 103 games, or 92 percent of the maximum number of games they could have played had all 16 series gone to a seventh game.Perhaps it’s because the Caps are just 3-7 in game sevens during his tenure, but there’s a misconception that Ovechkin has been subpar in the postseason, which has clouded his legacy as one of the two or three best left wingers in league history. The 32-year-old Ovechkin has never missed a playoff game his Capitals have been involved in, and he’s averaged more than half a minute more ice time in the playoffs than he gets in the regular season. He earns slightly fewer points per game in the playoffs than the regular season — .95 versus 1.12 — but so do Crosby and Patrick Kane, and you won’t see anybody questioning their legacies. And for what it’s worth, Ovechkin has outperformed Crosby when they’ve met in the playoffs — 28 points to 24 over the course of four head-to-head series.2Including their ongoing series, which began last night.You’d think a guy who’s won seven Rocket Richard trophies as the league’s top goal scorer (the most ever since the award was first handed out in 19993Bobby Hull also led the NHL in scoring seven times, but he did so long before the Richard trophy was awarded. Bobby Hull is pretty good company.), three Hart Memorial trophies as the league’s MVP (one more than Crosby, mind you), and who this season became just the 20th member of the 600-goal club might command a little more respect. But the Ovechkin narrative — however unjust — revolves around playoff failures.To be fair, those failures are manifold. They’re also amplified by their contrast with Ovechkin’s regular-season dominance. From 1987 to 2018, Ovechkin has earned more point shares than any other player through their age-32 season. Among the top 50, only four players 32 and under failed to claim even a single conference finals berth: Teemu Selanne, Brett Hull, Ovechkin’s teammate and power play provider Nicklas Backstrom, and Ziggy Palffy. 48Phil Kessel84.522002 38Peter Forsberg91.241402 2Jaromir Jagr144.044202 7Mats Sundin116.543200 30Anze Kopitar95.030102 24Ryan Getzlaf97.452301 44Jonathan Toews85.440203 14Luc Robitaille102.445110 15Theoren Fleury101.560101 25Corey Perry97.152301 21Ilya Kovalchuk98.520010 20B. Shanahan99.163103 37Daniel Sedin92.554010 22Patrick Kane97.840203 furthest round reached 28A. Mogilny96.261111 29Patrick Marleau96.155300 6Joe Thornton118.664200 Show more rowsIncludes players whose entire careers have come since 1987, the first season in which the NHL used its modern 16-team, best-of-seven series playoff format. Point share totals are regular-season only. For players in the 2018 playoffs, furthest round reached totals include the round their team is currently in.Source: Hockey-Reference.com 9Mike Modano115.243121 27Mark Recchi96.441101 31Vincent Lecavalier94.921101 43V. Damphousse85.963101 47Jeff Carter84.531212 16Marian Gaborik101.430201 19Rick Nash99.222110 33Eric Staal94.420101 34Sergei Fedorov94.143113 23Paul Kariya97.732010 ▲▼Player▲▼point shares▲▼1st Rd▲▼2nd Rd▲▼Conf Final▲▼Final▲▼Won Cup▲▼ 8Evgeni Malkin115.733113 40Patrik Elias87.463012 4Joe Sakic125.930402 1Alex Ovechkin152.737000 32Jason Spezza94.743110 13Marian Hossa104.061121 18Eric Lindros99.511210 Ovechkin’s playoff record is uniquely disappointingNumber of playoffs by furthest round reached, among forwards with the most point shares through their age-32 seasons, 1987-2018 But some of these players had more shots at glory after their age-32 season. Things didn’t end up working out for Palffy (and they obviously haven’t worked out yet for Backstrom), but Selanne and Hull remained productive in their mid-to-late 30s. Each man was blessed with longevity and an ability to mostly escape calamitous injury, and each finished his career having hoisted at least one Stanley Cup. Hull was 34 when he finally got the job done (in dramatic fashion), while Selanne was 36.Who knows exactly how much longer Ovechkin’s career will last, or how much longer he’ll remain the NHL’s best goal-scorer. To this point, he’s been like Selanne and Hull, able to avoid career-jeopardizing injury while remaining one of the league’s elite forwards. It’s difficult to sustain scoring numbers like Ovechkin’s for a single NHL season, let alone well into one’s 30s. But nothing of what Ovechkin does in the future — or what he did in the past — will matter if he’s able to lead his Caps to postseason glory this spring.So, could 2018 be different? Could this be the year the Capitals finally flip the narrative? This Capitals team is in many ways worse than those that won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2010, 2016 and 2017 (and they’re already down a game in yet another second round series). They score less relative to their competition, and they give up more shots, which means they also give up more goals. But maybe being unburdened by the weight of the expectations that come with being the league’s best regular-season team is exactly what the Capitals need. There’s a lot of hockey left to play in this series, and it’s anyone’s guess as to who will emerge victorious.If the Capitals can exorcise their Penguin-shaped demons, there’s no telling how far they can go in these playoffs. And even if they crash out in the conference finals, at least Ovechkin will get to wash off some of the stink that has followed him in his otherwise brilliant career. 46Joe Nieuwendyk84.671102 3Sidney Crosby137.933113 41Patrice Bergeron86.134011 49Ziggy Palffy84.221000 39Steven Stamkos88.811210 11Teemu Selanne105.732000 35Dany Heatley93.711210 read more

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So two emus walked into a house in Galway

first_imgSOME PEOPLE WOULD be happy if a leggy bird showed up unexpectedly at their home and refused to leave.We’re kidding. That would just be weird.But that was the problem facing a Galway householder who got something of a surprise when two giant birds which appear to be emus – both almost 2 metres high – turned up in her garden on Monday and were in no rush to go anywhere.“Nobody knows a thing about where they came from. They just walked onto her land,” Imelda O’Brien of the Galway & Claddagh Swan Rescue told TheJournal.ie.The woman living in the house in Knockdoe fed the two giant birds (pictured) when it became clear that they were looking for food and didn’t want to leave. She contacted the rescue centre in a bid to trace the owners.“She was quite afraid of them,” said Imelda O’Brien. “Even though they’re extremely tame, they’re huge – I think you could almost even get up on their back, they’re so big”.She speculated that the birds could have come from a pet farm or a wildlife park, but may have travelled a long distance.Emus are the second-largest living bird in the world after ostriches and can run at speeds of up to 48 kilometres per hour for large distances.The Galway &  Claddagh Swan Rescue has placed an appeal on its Facebook page for the owners to come forward. In the meantime, the birds have been taken into the care of Galway County Council which is keeping the animals in an open space until their owners can be found.Hopefully the birds aren’t trying to emu-late* the Great Escape and manage to make their way home.*Sorry. We’re so sorry.Read: There’s a new ‘UCC Bird of the Day’ Facebook page already >last_img read more

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Geek deals 50 off Nook Color Androidbased eBook reader

first_imgWe are all familiar with two of the most competitive, quickly evolving gadget markets around today: e-readers and tablets. Between the battle of everyone vs. Amazon’s Kindle in e-readers, and everyone vs. Apple’s iPad in tablets, we gadget lovers have reaped the benefits when it comes to such stout competition.One of the more interesting products in these markets is one that actually falls into both categories: Barnes and Noble’s Nook Color e-reader. Don’t mistake this for the lower end “e-Ink” Nook. The Nook Color has a 7-inch IPS screen and is stuffed full of the same electronics you’ll find in a tablet like the Galaxy Tab, or Motorola Xoom. Also like all other non-iPad tablets, the Nook Color runs a customized version of Android, which means you can load other versions of Android and customize to your heart’s desire.AdChoices广告The Nook is also unique because it allows for book sharing. You can download the Nook app on a plethora of devices, not just e-readers. You can share books with your friends and family members, just like you would with a physical paper book.With Buy.com offering refurbished Nook Colors for $199, this is easily the best value in Android tablets, even if you’re keen on rooting and loading custom ROMs. We hear this deal is limited to the stock on hand so don’t wait too long for this one.Get the deal at logicbuy.last_img read more

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Google célèbre le premier homme dans lespace

first_imgGoogle célèbre le premier homme dans l’espaceAujourd’hui, le moteur de recherche rend hommage au premier voyage dans l’espace effectué il y a tout juste 50 ans par le russe Youri Gagarine.Le 12 avril 1961, l’astronaute Youri Gagarine devenait le premier homme à voyager dans l’espace. Aujourd’hui, cela fait donc tout juste 50 ans que les Russes ont entamé la conquête spatiale. Un anniversaire qu’a décidé comme à son habitude, de célébrer le géant américain Google avec un tout nouveau logo.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Sur la page du moteur de recherche, nous accueille donc un Doodle animé représentant le décollage de la fusée du célèbre astronaute accueilli en héros lors de son retour sur Terre.  A Moscou en Russie, l’ambiance est aussi à la fête. Pour célébrer l’anniversaire du premier voyage spatial, un énorme feu d’artifice de 50 salves sera tiré ce soir dans le ciel de la capitale.Découvrez quelques clichés d’époque de Youri Gagarine en cliquant ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/youri-gagarine/youri-gagarine-pionnier-de-l-039-espace_art13842.html   Le 12 avril 2011 à 11:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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UC San Diego Medical Center nurses rally for better benefits

first_imgUC San Diego Medical Center nurses rally for better benefits Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 5:18 PM Posted: January 25, 2018 January 25, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — UC San Diego Medical Center nurses rallied outside two hospitals Thursday as part of actions across the state amid contract talks between the UC system and the union.The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United held the pickets and rallies outside Thornton Hospital in La Jolla and UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest earlier Thursday to press their demands in the contract negotiation process regarding scheduling, retirement benefits and overtime policies, according to the union.“We have been in bargaining with UC for over eight months with dozens of takeaways still on the table that affect our ability to best care for our patients and undermine our quality of life,” said Maureen Berry, a nurse at UC Irvine. “As a public university, UC must respect and protect the patients and the communities we serve.”The union says that its proposals would involve scheduling registered nurses based on patient illness needs rather than budgetary goals, protect nurses from being deployed in areas in which they have no expertise, and maintain protection from mandatory overtime. The union represents 14,000 RNs at UC hospitals, medical centers and student health centers.Demonstrations were also held at UC Irvine Health Douglas Hospital, Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica and three others.The demonstrations in San Diego did not disrupt patient care, a spokeswoman said.A UC system spokeswoman said its proposal includes market-competitive wages, the same health insurance benefits as other UC employees and no change in pension benefits for current nurses.“The university believes its proposal reflects the skills, contributions and dedication of its nurses,” the spokeswoman said. “We hope to come to an agreement with CAN as soon as possible to continue delivering excellent care and services to our patients.” , last_img read more

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Advertised salaries fall for fifth consecutive month in September 2018

first_imgAdvertised salaries in the UK are showing a fifth consecutive month of negative growth, according to the latest data from job website Adzuna.The statistics show the average advertised salary in September 2018 was £33,415, compared with £33,470 in August 2018; this represents a fall of 0.3%. However, advertised salaries have grown 4.7% overall since July 2017.Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, said: “It’s worrying to see salaries declining once again, just as real wages were looking like recovering back towards where they were in 2012. Given the competition for jobs is at an all-time low, we’d expect salaries to rise as [organisations] compete for the remaining top talent.“That said, I am buoyed by the fact that over 180,000 British workers will see a bump in their pay from this month, as the [voluntary] living wage rises to £9 per hour across the country.”The rise of the country-wide rate of the voluntary living wage from £8.75 an hour was announced by the Living Wage Foundation on 5 November 2018, along with an increase of the rate for London, from £10.20 to £10.55 an hour.The fastest growing job sector for advertised salaries is teaching, with an average of £31,185, up 16.5% year on year. At the other end of the scale are advertised salaries for domestic help and cleaning jobs, standing at an average of £16,778, having fallen 12.8% over the year.The data from Adzuna also shows a drop in the number of advertised job vacancies in the UK, with the September 2018 total of 1,121,754 showing a fall of 1.4% from the August figure of 1,137,904.There has been a 12% year-on-year drop in the number of applications for British jobs from France, Germany, Italy and Spain.Hunter said: “Brexit is clearly having an impact on the health of the UK job market. Adzuna’s data clearly shows vacancies and wages feeling the pressure and, interestingly, migration patterns for jobs look to be changing as application rates for British jobs drop from workers on the continent.”last_img read more

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GRAMMY Nominees In Their Own Words Brandi Carlile HER Shawn Mendes Janelle

first_imgNews Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Sufjan Stevens Read more Between The Buried And MePhoto: Courtesy of Between The Buried And Me Bring Me The HorizonPhoto: Courtesy of Bring Me The Horizon FEVER 333 Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: FEVER 333 Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Angela Aguilar On the other side of the timing coin, first-time nominee Protoje felt his third album, Ancient Future, would be the one to land him a GRAMMY nod. While it wasn’t to be, his fourth album, the aptly titled A Matter Of Time, earned a nomination for Best Reggae Album. The experience also earned the Jamaican artist a little extra wisdom.”Winning a GRAMMY was definitely a goal when I started out. It’s in the back of your mind always, you know, maybe one day I’ll get that GRAMMY award, I’ll be nominated. So I guess I thought about it but I was not obsessing on it,” Protoje told us in his first-time nominee interview. “I didn’t expect to get nominated on my fourth [album] because I thought the third was the sure thing. That’s how it goes sometimes. It just works out that way. I was delighted when I heard that [A Matter of Time] was nominated. Things happen, and when it’s your time. You don’t have to worry about anything. Take your time and see what happens.”With talent and wisdom well beyond her years, breakout R&B phenom H.E.R.’s sees her five GRAMMY nominations, including Best New Artist, Album Of The Year and Best R&B Album, as an affirmation.”It feels like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be,” she told us in her recent first-time nominee interview. “It’s so easy to question your art, even to question what you’re doing, to question the path that you’re on. But this is such confirmation for me; “you’re exactly where you need to be, you’re doing all the right things.” It just feels amazing, it feels like I found my objective and I’m fulfilling it. I’m so blessed.” Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: H.E.R. H.E.R.Photo: Sue Kwon NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 8, 2019 – 7:15 pm Chloe x Halle Backstage At The GRAMMYs Tia FullerPhoto: Jerris Madison But the award for the most on-the-spot reaction has to go to R&B/pop heroine Janelle Monaé, who learned of her Album Of The Year nomination for Dirty Computer live on CBS during the big nominations reveal back on Dec. 7. Always a class act, Monaé exuded the perfect pairing of humility and pride in her reaction to the nomination.”This album is so much bigger than me, it’s not about me, it’s about a community,” Monaé said, live on the air. “Being a young, black, queer woman in America, there was something I had to say, a group of people I wanted to celebrate, and I’m happy to be representing them. I hope they feel seen, I hope they feel heard. I hope they feel loved. & I hope they feel celebrated.” Exclusive Interviews Meet The First-Time Nominees | 61st GRAMMYs Tia FullerPhoto: Jerris Madison Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: H.E.R. Angela Aguilar Email Prev Next Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Protoje Bring Me The HorizonPhoto: Courtesy of Bring Me The Horizon Between The Buried And MePhoto: Courtesy of Between The Buried And Me TOKiMONSTAPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Oli Sykes Angela Aguilar Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Tia Fuller Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Sufjan Stevens FEVER 333 TOKiMONSTAPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Angela Aguilar Between The Buried And MePhoto: Courtesy of Between The Buried And Me GRAMMY Nominees In Their Own Words: Brandi Carlile, H.E.R., Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monaé & More Protoje Like many nominated artists, country starlet Maren Morris took to social media to share her excitement at being nominated a whopping five times this year. The ever-clever Morris even reference the lyric of the thrice-nominated collaboration with Zedd and Grey, “The Middle,” complete with the obligatory ALL CAPS added for emphasis:”WHY DON’T YOU JUST MEET ME AT THE GRAMMYS! 5 nominations?! I am so honored @RecordingAcad and so proud of all my GRAMMY NOMINATED FRIENDS.” H.E.R.Photo: Sue Kwon Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: TOKiMONSTAcenter_img Protoje Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: FEVER 333 Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Paul Waggoner Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Sufjan Stevens Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Protoje Facebook Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: FEVER 333 Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Paul Waggoner Find out if your favorite artists, songwriters, producers, engineers and more will take home GRAMMY Gold by watching the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10 live on CBS. Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Tia Fuller Sufjan Stevens How Does Being GRAMMY-Nominated Feel? grammy-nominees-their-own-words-brandi-carlile-her-shawn-mendes-janelle-mona%C3%A9-more On the eve of the 61st GRAMMY Awards, we round up all the feels from a few of this year’s most-nominated artistsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 9, 2019 – 2:02 pm Most of us can barely begin to imagine the feeling of being nominated for a GRAMMY Award. Even artists who have dreamed big enough to visualize the moment likely feel something unexpected when it finally arrives. On the eve of Music’s Biggest Night, let’s eavesdrop on a few GRAMMY nominees’ thoughts on being nominated for the 61st GRAMMY Awards, in their own words.Related Article: 2019 GRAMMYs Viewer’s Guideo: Where To Watch Music’s Biggest NightFor top female nominee Brandi Carlile, timing is everything when it comes to her landmark GRAMMY year, which saw the singer/songwriter score six nods, including Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year.“I know I wouldn’t have been ready for this in my early 30s,” Carlile told The Gurardian recently. “I would have got stressed out, not slept, got sick, drunk too much. I would have gone wrong, you know? I know what it feels like to not have recognition. It doesn’t feel bad. But this feels a lot better.” Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: H.E.R. Tia FullerPhoto: Jerris Madison Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Oli Sykes Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Protoje .@ShawnMendes opens up about being nervous for the #GRAMMYs and caring too much about what others think. pic.twitter.com/nsYqpaVPX9— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) January 28, 2019Chloe x Halle are on a roll after their stellar Super Bowl opening performance made even Beyoncé proud last Sunday and hitting the GRAMMY Stage for the first time this Sunday. For the versatile sister-duo are, who are up for Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album, their nominations are the result of some heavy-duty goal visualization, yet still, it seems too good to be true.”It’s so surreal. This has always been like a big dream come true for us,” Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halle told us backstage during rehearsals for the GRAMMYs. I remember we would always put GRAMMYs on our vision boards every year, and I even had a fake GRAMMY posted on my ceiling.” Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 8, 2019 – 5:33 pm Watch: Brandi Carlile 2019 GRAMMYs Rehearsals Angela Aguilar Being nominated for a GRAMMY is overwhelming enough, but performing on the show can introduce a whole new level of nerves. Chart-topping pop heartthrob Shawn Mendes, who boasts nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album and Song Of The Year, admitted he’s more than a little apprehensive about stepping onstage at the GRAMMYs for the first time.”I was thinking about, you know, being really nervous for the GRAMMYs and then trying to think about, more and more, about what it is that makes me nervous when I’m performing. And, to be completely honest, true and vulnerable with you guys, I realize that I care so much about what people think: whether it is whoever is sitting in the audience, or what people are thinking online or what people are going to write about the thing after that,” Mendes said, opening up in a car video filmed on his way to rehearsals. Bring Me The HorizonPhoto: Courtesy of Bring Me The Horizon Sufjan Stevens Sufjan Stevens Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Tia Fuller FEVER 333 TOKiMONSTAPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Angela Aguilar Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Paul Waggoner Meet First-Time GRAMMY Nominee Oli Sykes Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: TOKiMONSTA Meet The First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: TOKiMONSTA H.E.R.Photo: Sue Kwon Protojelast_img read more

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Thai princess apologises after illfated run for PM

first_imgThis picture taken on 24 March, 2010 shows Thai princess Ubolratana Rajakanya visiting the Thailand pavilion at the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo. Thai princess to run for prime minister with Shinawatra party: party official said on 8 February. Photo: AFPA Thai princess has apologised after her short-lived candidacy for prime minister earned a royal rebuke from her brother — the king — and sent jitters across the politically febrile country just weeks before elections.Thailand has been mired in political drama since Friday, when princess Ubolratana’s name was submitted as a prime ministerial candidate by the Thai Raksa Chart Party.The party is allied with the powerful Shinawatra clan, which has won all elections since 2001 but whose patron, the billionaire ex-premier Thaksin, lives in self-exile to avoid jail.Ubolratana’s unprecedented bid to enter frontline politics unravelled within hours after King Maha Vajiralongkorn decried the entry of a royal into the political fray as “highly inappropriate”.Thailand’s monarchy is seen as above politics, although royals have intervened in public during times of political crisis.The princess was disqualified as a prime ministerial candidate by the Election Commission on Monday, which cited the royal command. It is now discussing whether to refer Thai Raksa Chart to the constitutional court for dissolution.In an Instagram post late Tuesday the 67-year-old princess apologised for her role in the drama.”I’m sorry that my genuine intention to help work for the country and fellow Thai people has created a problem that shouldn’t happen in this era,” she wrote.It was tagged with a hashtag: “#howcomeitsthewayitis”.Ubolratana is the first-born of former king Bhumibol Adulyadej, but she gave up her royal titles when she married an American in 1972.After her divorce, she moved back to Thailand where she is regarded by the Thai public as a part of the royal family.While she said she was exercising her rights as a commoner to stand for premier, the palace statement said she is “still a member of the House of Chakri”, referring to the name of the dynasty.The monarchy in Thailand is considered sacred and revered by its people, and is under the protection of draconian lese majeste laws. The king’s word is considered final.The scuttling of her candidacy and potential moves to dissolve the Thai Raksa Chart party is a blow to Thaksin Shinawatra’s political machine.The party was set to add to the vote bank of the bigger Shinawatra electoral vehicle, Pheu Thai, in an election where secondary parties are targeting seats via the party list system.Thaksin and his sister Yingluck — who was overthrown in the 2014 coup — live abroad to avoid convictions they say are politically motivated.Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who toppled Yingluck’s government, is running for prime minister in the March 24 poll.Party executives from Thai Raksa Chart have expressed contrition after the upheaval, but said they would challenge any attempt to disband the party.A media organisation affiliated with the Shinawatras was also in the crosshairs this week.Voice TV, owned by Thaksin’s son Ponthongtae, was ordered Tuesday by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to go off-air for 15 days after two of its programs caused “confusion and provocation”.last_img read more

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Fannie Freddie Profit Sweep Raises More Questions

first_img May 30, 2016 554 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Depositions unsealed last month showed that key officials at the GSEs may have known they were about to be profitable in 2012. Now the judge wants to see more.A federal judge ordered the unsealing of seven previously sealed depositions related to the sweeping of GSE profits into Treasury (the Net Worth Sweep) with results that sparked an industry-wide discussion over whether the government knew that the GSEs were about to become profitable in 2012 at the time the Net Worth Sweep was enacted.Now Judge Margaret Sweeney in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, who is presiding over Fairholme Funds’ lawsuit against the government over the Net Worth Sweep, has stated that she wants to review all the documents that the government has kept private to this point regarding any litigation over the government’s conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to a blog post from Investors Unite is a coalition of private investors committed to the preservation of shareholder rights for all invested in the GSEs.Fairholme Funds, a Florida-based mutual fund that is one of the biggest GSE investors, sued the government in 2013 over the profit sweep, and the suit is still pending. Fairholme’s suit is one of approximately two dozen lawsuits filed against the government by shareholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the Net Worth Sweep.“Judge Sweeney made clear in unsealing seven documents last month that sparing public servants from embarrassment is not a reason to hide the operations of government from the public,” the blog post on Investors United reads. “Indeed, these recent revelations go to more serious issues at the heart of litigation over the Sweep—the rule of law and transparency in government.”The question of whether or not the government was invoking executive privilege by keeping documents related to the Net Worth Sweep sealed was first brought up by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in April 2015. The topic was recently revisited in a white paper by law professorSaikrishna Bangalore Prakash.“Indeed, these recent revelations go to more serious issues at the heart of litigation over the Sweep—the rule of law and transparency in government.”Investors UniteAccording to Investors Unite, the documents released in the last two weeks contain even more hints that government officials knew about the pending profitability of the GSEs when the bailout agreement was amended in August 2012. The blog post cites Jim Parrott, who in 2012 was a senior adviser in the White House on housing policy, sending an email to senior officials at Treasury the day the Net Worth Sweep was announced stating that diverting Fannie’s and Freddie’s profits would eliminate “the possibility that they ever go (pretend) private again.”Lawyers for the government have claimed that the GSEs were in the midst of a “death spiral” in the years immediately following their combined $187.5 bailout in 2008, and that the Net Worth Sweep was enacted in order to protect taxpayers. Investors Unite notes, however, that the newly unsealed documents point out that in 2012 just before the Net Worth Sweep began, Fannie Mae executives characterized the next eight years as the “the golden years of GSE profitability.”Indeed, 2012 was the first year of profitability for the GSEs after the bailout and they have remained profitable since (though Freddie Mac has taken a loss in two of the last three quarters). Under the pre-August 2012 terms of the bailout agreement, the GSEs were required to pay only a 10 percent dividend on their draw from Treasury.The documents that Sweeney has ordered unsealed in the last two weeks can be viewed by clicking here. Fannie, Freddie Profit Sweep Raises More Questionscenter_img Share Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE Profit Sweep 2016-05-30 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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Raphael Saadiq calls Oscar nomination a huge mile

first_imgRaphael Saadiq calls Oscar nomination a ‘huge milestone’ by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Mar 1, 2018 9:53 am PDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTA – If Raphael Saadiq had a choice, he would rather be heard than seen.But Saadiq’s behind-the-scenes musical work has thrust him into the limelight once again. The musician earned an Academy Award nomination for his co-writing efforts on Mary J. Blige’s “Mighty River,” an original song from the Netflix film “Mudbound.”Saadiq called the Oscar nod for best original song a “huge milestone” in his career, but he is trying to stay even keel. When he first heard the news of the nomination through a friend’s text message, he just smiled.“I’ve always worked diligently no matter what,” he said in a recent interview. “I’ve always worked to the highest standards no matter who I am working for. I like to be behind the scenes instead of out front, but this just means to me that the quality of work I have embarked upon speaks to the testament of who I am as a musician, composer and a person who works with a lot of people.”For years, Saadiq has been creating songs as a solo artist and for many other music artists including Justin Timberlake, John Legend, D’Angelo, Kenny G, Snoop Dogg and Erykah Badu. He made his debut in the late 1980s as the lead singer of R&B group Tony! Toni! Tone!, which had hits like “Feels Good” and “It Never Rains (in Southern California),” among others. He left the group in 1996 and went on to win a Grammy for best R&B song for his work on Erykah Badu’s “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop).”Saadiq wrote Solange’s “Cranes in the Sky,” which won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance last year. He’s also the composer on HBO’s comedy series “Insecure” starring Issa Rae.With “Mighty River,” it is Saadiq’s first Oscar nomination. He said Blige, who is also nominated for best supporting actress for her role in “Mudbound,” approached him about recording a song for the film.Saadiq said he along with Blige and Taura Stinson co-wrote the song before he even saw the movie. He would normally rather watch the film beforehand, but he was well prepared thanks to filmmaker John Singleton, who groomed him for such situations.“He started me off with ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and ‘Higher Learning’ giving me notes and never letting me see the film,” Saadiq recalled of Singleton’s method. “He gave me the characters, and I took it from there. All I had (for ‘Mudbound’) was Mary’s storytelling, which was great. She is very passionate on how she speaks and what she wants. Through Mary’s eyes, that’s all we had to go on.”Saadiq drew some inspiration for the song’s title from a couple of music legends.“I’ve always liked songs that had something with river in it,” he said. “From Al Green’s ‘Take Me to the River’ to Neil Young’s ‘Down By the River,’ and in gospel and church, there’s always something about the river that was very powerful. …. We just sat there and added mighty to river. Mary loved it. As we wrote the lyrics, it just kind of popped out.”When Saadiq attends the 90th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, he said he’ll be thinking of everyone who helped him hone his skills as a musician. He credits all of his collaborators and three high school music teachers in Oakland, California.Even though Saadiq’s calls the Oscar nod a high point, he’s focusing on upcoming projects. The self-proclaimed “studio rat” said he’s looking to record new music with Solange, the third season of “Insecure” and a studio album, which he hopes to release this year.“I live, eat and breathe the studio,” he said. “I just want to make records to be played in front of people.”___Online:http://www.raphaelsaadiqofficial.com___Follow Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MrLandrum31___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeasoncenter_img FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2018 file photo, Raphael Saadiq arrives at the 90th Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Saadiq along with Taura Stinton and Mary J. Blige are nominated for an Oscar for original song for “Mighty River,” from the film “Mudbound.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

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