first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Kanehsatake Mohawk nation will be back voting for a new council Saturday.Accountability, transparency and integrity is what is expected from a band council.But for the three candidates running for grand chief, something else is needed.APTN’s Danielle Rochette reports.last_img

first_imgAPTN National NewsResource revenue sharing was a hot topic at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association’s annual conference this week in Saskatoon.With dropping oil prices and concerns Saskatchewan could soon be faced with a recession, urban municipalities wanted a guarantee the province wouldn’t alter or cut its revenue sharing agreement.While Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall wasn’t clear on whether municipalities will get those dollars, he was clear the money wouldn’t end up in the hands of First Nations.last_img read more

first_imgNew York: US President Donald Trump, along with his family and businesses, on Monday sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an attempt to stop them from complying with Congressional subpoenas issued as part of a probe into foreign political influence. The subpoenas — which the Trumps described in their suit as “intrusive and overbroad” — were issued to several banks by the Democratic-majority House’s intelligence and financial services committees, which are looking into the president’s finances as part of a larger probe into election meddling by Russia. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe lawsuit is the latest step in Trump’s fightback against the Democrats, and alleges that the subpoenas have “no legitimate or lawful purpose.” “The subpoenas were issued to harass President Donald J. Trump, to rummage through every aspect of his personal finances, his businesses, and the private information of the President and his family, and to ferret about for any material that might be used to cause him political damage,” said the suit, filed with the US federal court in the Southern District of New York. “No grounds exist to establish any purpose other than a political one.” The suit accuses Congress of stepping beyond its law-making mandate into law enforcement, and says the subpoenas violate the privacy rights of Trump and his family.last_img read more

The External Affairs Ministry said that Professor G.L Peiris will brief the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers on the Commonwealth Summit scheduled to be held in November.Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, who has been making very critical remarks about the Sri Lankan government over human rights issues, is expected to attend the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) According to the Commonwealth Secretariat, the meeting will take place at the UN Headquarters building in New York. External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris will come face to face with Foreign Ministers from the Commonwealth during a meeting in New York later this month.The External Affairs Ministry said that Minister Peiris will be attending the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in New York on September 26. Report by Easwaran Rutnam The meeting will be taking place while the Foreign Ministers are in the New York for the UN General Assembly which begins that week. read more

The World Heath Organization (WHO) described the research into creating a vaccine as “a precautionary measure” following the outbreak, which has also decimated the bird population in Viet Nam, Japan and the Republic of Korea.Officials at laboratories within WHO’s Global Influenza Network are aiming to have prototype viruses for vaccine production ready for manufacturers within four weeks.The highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus has been isolated from specimens taken from two of the recent fatal cases in Viet Nam, WHO said. Scientists are still determining how similar it is to the strain of the H5N1 virus identified in Hong Kong last year. read more

How your portfolio should react to the economic uncertainty surrounding Trump TORONTO – While stock markets have been surprisingly resilient following the victory of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, investors are still anxiously wondering what to expect with their portfolios in the weeks and months to come. Here are five considerations investors should take into account as they ponder how to react to Trump’s historic win.Don’t act rashly: “You shouldn’t have a knee-jerk reaction to anything when it comes to investments,” says Jason Heath, a fee-only financial planner with Objective Financial Partners in Toronto. While stock markets have remained relatively stable in the wake of Trump’s victory, Heath says investors who sold their stocks following the sharp market declines after the Brexit panic in June — when Britain unexpectedly voted to leave the European Union in June — paid a dear price when markets rebounded days later. A similar scenario occurred following the 2008-09 financial crisis when stocks sold off significantly but later rebounded, albeit more slowly.Review your financial plan: During times of economic turbulence, always make sure your financial plan is up to date. That means having clearly defined investment goals and a portfolio that has been designed to help you reach them, says Marc Lamontagne, a certified financial planner with Ottawa fee-based investment firm Ryan Lamontagne Inc. A properly constructed portfolio should take into account your savings goal, risk tolerance and time horizon, which helps you select the right diversified mix of stocks and bonds.Stick to your strategy: Predicting the market in the short term is impossible, which is why it’s important to focus on fundamentals. Heath says that when investors experience a big movement in stock markets, either upwards or downwards, the best strategy is to focus on rebalancing between asset classes as opposed of trying to predict where the markets are heading. “Everyone has access to the same information more or less. It’s not like somebody can outsmart somebody else,” he says. “Information travels so quickly that by the time you read something about stocks, currencies or commodities, markets generally have already responded.”Look for buying opportunities: How financial markets have responded to Trump’s victory shows that they’re quite resilient right now, says Lamontagne. “So if you’re someone whose been sitting in cash,” he says, “maybe it’s a good time to invest.” Heath adds that if U.S. stocks do wind up shedding 10 per cent of their value in the coming weeks, investors might view it as a buying opportunity.Make peace with market volatility: Heath says investors should expect to continue to deal with global market uncertainty over the next six months, as U.S. stock markets represent about 50% of the world’s stock market. “I think one of the big challenges for the U.S. economy and the U.S. stock market is going to be that a lot of the proposals Mr. Trump has made are going to cause instability and big changes,” he says. “Time will tell.” by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 10, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 10, 2016 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“Syria could be on the edge of an abyss. This war has resulted in a humanitarian calamity without parallel in recent history,” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres. “When a war sweeps up a nation, there can be nothing more important to its people than open borders.” Mr. Guterres, along with Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, is currently in Baghdad, Iraq, which is home to 200,000 Syrians.“Now is the time for the global community to come together to ensure the violence ends and the healing begins,” Ms. Cousin said. “The children of Syria are depending on us not just to meet their needs today but to provide hope for a better tomorrow.”Mr. Guterres and Ms. Cousin expressed their appreciation to Iraq for welcoming fleeing Syrians and working with UN organizations to address their basic needs in spite of security challenges in the region as well as a population of 1.1 million Iraqis who are internally displaced.During their visit, Mr. Guterres and Ms. Cousin met senior Iraqi officials, who expressed their concern about meeting the needs of rising numbers of refugees as well as security problems and worry that the conflict could spread.The UN officials noted that the presence of thousands of refugees creates a tremendous stress on communities, and pledged to actively engage development actors to help host communities so their infrastructure is bolstered and their burden is eased.They called on donors to boost funds to assist Syrian refugees in Iraq as needs escalate. In the last two weeks alone, 46,000 Syrians crossed the border in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. They also thanked Government of Iraq for its announcement of a donation today of $10 million to UNHCR to assist refugees in the country.Ms. Cousin noted that in Iraq food assistance is provided to refugees primarily through a voucher – a food delivery mechanism that allows refugees to purchase groceries in local shops and help stimulate the host country’s economy.“A WFP voucher gives refugees the ability to access the food available, support the local economy and makes them feel more welcome by the local community,” said Ms. Cousin. She noted that food is readily available in the Kurdistan region but that refugees lack the means to feed themselves without humanitarian assistance.The two UN officials will proceed tomorrow to northern Iraq to visit refugee camps sheltering thousands of Syrians. read more

“Wildlife crime is a serious and growing problem worldwide,” said the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) ‘ in releasing Guidelines on methods and procedures for ivory sampling and laboratory analysis in support of the deployment of forensic technology to combat elephant poaching. Led by UNODC, as a member of the consortium, the Guidelines were developed together with experts from around the world.Flagging the “critically high levels” of elephant poaching in Africa, the document said: “There is strong evidence of increased involvement of organized crime groups, and in some areas rebel militia, operating through well-developed criminal networks.”UNODC said that the current levels of elephant poaching in Africa are unsustainable and could lead to local extinctions across many African elephant range countries.UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said in a press release: “We believe that the use of the Guidelines will support more timely, thorough and effective investigations, resulting in an increased number of successful prosecutions and a reduction in this illegal trade.”Intended for worldwide use, the guidelines are aimed at first responders, investigators, law enforcement officials, forensic scientists, prosecutors and the judiciary, according to UNODC. “Their purpose is to facilitate the use of forensic science to the fullest extent possible in order to combat wildlife crime, and in particular, to combat the trade in illegal ivory through the provision of guidance to support transnational criminal investigations and law enforcement operations,” it said. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretary-General John E. Scanlon said “the guidelines will help increase the use of forensic technology, a crucial tool in the fight against wildlife crime, to determine the origin of seized wildlife specimens, and support the identification and arrest of suspects.”Political momentum for urgent action has been building, according to UNODC.In 2013, the 16th CITES Conference of the Parties adopted measures to encourage the increased use of forensic technology to fight wildlife crime. And last year at the African Elephant Summit held in Gaborone, Botswana, governments pledged to tackle the illegal ivory chain and called for the development of a network of forensic labs. The guidelines will support these actions, UNODC said.Under the umbrella of ICCWC, the CITES Secretariat, INTERPOL, UNODC, the World Bank and the World Customs Organization (WCO) are working together to bring coordinated support to wildlife law enforcement agencies and networks at national, regional and global levels to enhance global cooperation and capacity to combat wildlife and forest crimes. read more

Car production YTD 2001 fell by 16.8 per cent Car production in July 2001 fell by 7.3 per cent Car production decline slows as export numbers grow Production figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: Car exports in July 2001 rose by 4.1 per centFor more details and Commercial Vehicle Production figures see the attached press release. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Ohio State senior outfielder Shea Murray stands in the box against Purdue on April 1, 2017 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team was coming off their most dominating win of the season and first Big Ten win in a 13-2 victory over Purdue after scoring nine runs in the first four innings.But the tables turned on Saturday as the Boilermakers pounded out six runs in the first four innings and held on to that early lead to win, 6-1.Purdue put its leadoff hitter aboard in each of those innings and every time, that runner came around to score. The inability to keep the leadoff batter off base was a problem for the Buckeyes, said OSU coach Greg Beals, and one that cost them the game.“They got the leadoff guy on the first four innings. Two of them, we let them on base freely,” Beals said. “They were hit batsmen or a walk. We ended up having eight of those total for the night. Didn’t pitch the ball nearly as cleanly as we needed to be successful.”Taking their first lead of the series, the Boilermakers’ leadoff hitter reached base on a first-pitch hit-by-pitch and later came around to score on a groundout to the shortstop. A leadoff double and sacrifice bunt put a runner on third for freshman third baseman Mike Madej who punched a single through the left side of the infield to bring the score to 2-0. Junior right fielder Alec Olund lined a triple into the right field corner, scoring Madej from second. Olund scored later in the inning on a groundout, increasing his team’s lead to four runs.The Boilermakers again scored runs on groundouts, one in both the third and fourth innings to raise the score to 6-0.Feltner was able to keep the leadoff batter from reaching first base and scoring for the first time all night in the top of the fifth inning. Sophomore left fielder Nick Dalesandro grounded out to Feltner, who stared down Dalesandro after he fielded the ball.“There was no words said by Feltner. He stared him down,” Beals said. “I don’t like it, but it’s that fine line between you want your guys to have some competitive juice, but you want to make sure they’re controlling it properly and using it properly.”Beals said that emotions just got the better of him, but that they had a discussion and cleared up the situation.“We talked about it, we addressed it and he knows his emotions got away from him a little bit there,” Beals said.With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Buckeyes strung together three straight hits, capped off by an RBI double from redshirt senior right fielder Shea Murray that brought the score to 6-1.Murray finished the game with three of the Buckeyes’ eight hits and both the team’s doubles. It was the first career multi-hit game for the pitcher-turned-outfielder.“I had runners on first and third, on the corners, and my thought process there was just trying to hit something far and deep and I kind of got out in front of it and took it down the line,” Murray said.Making the transition from pitcher to outfielder for Murray has taken some time to reach a point where he feels completely comfortable with his game, but he said he has really been feeling more confident both in the field and at the plate.“As far as defensively, I feel really comfortable. That’s something that you can get thousands of reps in over the course of time off fungos, off intersquad games and stuff,” Murray said. “I think I’m starting to feel a lot more comfortable at the plate. I think a lot of comfort at the plate comes from confidence. So a game like this obviously helps out a lot towards the confidence side of it.”The Boilermakers were provided with a strong performance from sophomore starting pitcher Gareth Stroh. Though he entered the game with a 6.83 ERA, he allowed just one run to cross in 7.2 innings. OSU mustered only six hits, one extra base hit and no walks, while he struck out two.Beals was impressed by the outing of Stroh and credited the Boilermakers’ starter with putting a lot of movement on his fastball.“He’s got a little bit of angle and deception on that fastball. Kinda that typical lefty that’s got some left-handed deception to it,” Beals said. “A little bit disappointed in our inability to get things going a little earlier off of him. Throwing a lot of fastballs to us, I thought we would make an adjustment the second time through the lineup.”Redshirt senior starting pitcher Jake Post was again unavailable to start Saturday, but Beals confirmed he will be starting on Sunday.“Jake Post is going to take the start tomorrow. Jake’s continued to get better throughout the week,” Beals said. “He tweaked the back a little bit — kind of old-man back — and he’s been able to progressively get better.”Despite the injury, Post has been eager to get back out on the mound in his senior year, Beals said.“He’s a senior and it’s going to be a big game for us,” he said. “We need to win this home series and he wants the ball so we’re going to give it to him.”Post will deliver the first pitch of Sunday’s game at 1 p.m. as OSU looks to take the rubber match against Purdue. read more

Kolkata Knight Riders 200 for 9 (Rana 59, Russell 41, Tewatia 3-18) beat Delhi Daredevils 129 (Maxwell 47, Pant 43, Narine 3-18, Kuldeep 3-32) by 71 runsAndre Russell sends one into the stands BCCI(ESPNcricinfo) Is Andre Russell the most valuable T20 player in the world? He has the stats (and the Smart Stats) to back such a claim, and on Monday he added to his vast body of work with a brief and brutal assault that transformed the mood of what had until then been an edgy battle for first-innings points.Russell came in with Kolkata Knight Riders 113 for 4 in the 14th over. He departed 22 balls later, having added 61 to his team’s total in the company of the impressive Nitish Rana. He only faced 12 balls, but he hit six of them for six.Knight Riders finished with exactly 200. This was a difficult target against Knight Riders’ spin attack, on a pitch offering a good amount of turn. Delhi Daredevils needed a strong start; they ended up slipping to 24 for 3. It was all uphill from there, and Daredevils didn’t have the legs for the climb, with none of their batsmen getting into double figures apart from Rishabh Pant and Glenn Maxwell, who threatened briefly to make this a contest with a 62-run stand for the fourth wicket in 33 balls.Daredevils were bowled out for 129, with 5.4 overs still to play.Uthappa and Rana make up for misfiring Narine and LynnChris Lynn likes pace, but doesn’t score as quickly against spin. Sunil Narine likes spin, but isn’t too fond of fast, short bowling (16 off 20 balls against this type of bowling last season, and four dismissals). It’s a hard opening pair to plan against, and Daredevils, having chosen to bowl, went all pace at the start. It worked: Trent Boult started the game with the first maiden of the season, to an off-colour Lynn who struggled for timing, and then sent back Narine with a well-directed bouncer.After that early dose of pace, it was all spin from overs 6-10, presumably in an effort to keep Lynn quiet. Daredevils managed that, as Lynn ended the 10th over batting on 28 off 25, but the batsmen at the other end compensated, with Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana hitting five sixes between them in that phase. Knight Riders ended the first half of their innings at 85 for 2.Russell ruins Shami’s nightIt remained like that for a while: runs coming quickly at one end but not quite at the other. Mohammed Shami, varying his pace constantly, went for only 11 in his first two overs, the 11th and 13th of Knight Riders’ innings, and sent back Lynn with a well-disguised knuckleball. Vijay Shankar and Chris Morris, meanwhile. went for 12 and 15 against Rana and Dinesh Karthik in the 12th and 14th overs.Neither team could really say it was significantly in front at the start of the 15th over, which began with Russell batting on 0 off 0. Twenty-two came off that over, with Russell ramping, lofting and muscling Shami for three massive sixes. In between, he miscued one, only for Jason Roy to drop him, diving forward after running in from long-on.Rana was the dominant partner in the next over, pulling Morris for six and then holding his shape to carve a slower one over point for four, before Russell versus Shami resumed. Three more sixes came off this over, off three very different deliveries – a wide, full slower ball; a length ball; a bouncer – and 20 runs in all.It took a perfectly directed yorker from Boult to send back Russell in the 18th over. Then Rana played a couple of outrageous shots himself – a middle-stump yorker from Boult squeezed past short third man, a scything square-drive off Morris that made deep point redundant – before falling for 59 off 34 in the penultimate over. With Knight Riders’ batting might almost extinguished, Rahul Tewatia took three wickets and only conceded one run off the last over, but the damage had been done.Early wickets seal the dealRoy came into this match fresh off a match-winning, unbeaten 91 in a chase of not dissimilar magnitude against Mumbai Indians. There would be no repeat here. Piyush Chawla bowled the first over, no doubt because of Roy’s dodgy T20 record against legspin, and had him stumped down the leg side when he spotted him charging out of his crease too early. That was Roy’s 12th dismissal to legspin in 27 innings – in that time he has scored 190 runs against them at a strike rate of roughly 126.Russell’s pace and bounce did for Shreyas Iyer, who fended a rising delivery to slip, and when Gautam Gambhir chopped on against Shivam Mavi, Daredevils had lost a wicket in each of their first three overs.With no option but to keep playing their shots, Pant and Maxwell kept the game alive for a little longer, but with such a large chunk of Daredevils’ resources already depleted, it was a matter of time before Knight Riders would reassert their dominance.Both fell to Kuldeep Yadav; Pant smashed him straight to deep midwicket in the ninth over, and Maxwell, having just struck successive sixes off him in the 11th, holed out attempting a third in a row. Morris and Shankar, the last two recognised batsmen, fell in the space of three stump-to-stump balls from Sunil Narine, enabling him to pick up his 100th and 101st IPL wickets. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew captain Iyer’s 93* off 40 blows KKR awayApril 27, 2018In “Sports”Chahar, spinners maintain CSK’s perfect home recordApril 9, 2019In “Sports”Andre Russell steals the show as Knight Riders make it two in twoMarch 27, 2019In “latest news” read more

first_imgTHE GAA’S PROBE into allegations of biting during the Leinster football final have come to nought because of Meath’s decision not to pursue the matter.Meath and Dublin were informed on Tuesday evening that no charges would be brought against any Dublin player despite Meath manager Mick O’Dowd’s claims that defender Mickey Burke was bitten.TV footage and picture stills showed Burke’s hand coming into contact with Dublin forward Eoghan O’Gara’s mouth during a 63rd minute fracas.Burke subsequently approached referee Padraig Hughes and claimed that his finger was bitten.But while the experienced defender made a precautionary visit to Navan Hospital that evening, he refused to follow up with a formal complaint.Both Meath and Dublin were contacted on Monday and given 24 hours to make written submissions on the matter, which they both did.But following a meeting of Meath officials on Monday evening, it was decided not to pursue the issue and when Burke made a similar decision, the matter had to be dropped.It’s the second time in two seasons that allegations of biting against a Dublin player have come to nought because of a lack of evidence.During last year’s national league, Dublin’s Kevin O’Brien was issued with a proposed three-match ban for an incident involving Donegal’s Paddy McBrearty, though McBrearty chose not to give evidence to a hearing.Earlier this year, Dublin forward Jason Whelan received an eight-week ban for ‘inflicting injury recklessly’ following allegations of a bite during an O’Byrne Cup game.There is no guarantee, however, that O’Gara would have been sanctioned even if Burke had formally complained of a bite.Dublin chairman Andy Kettle confirmed the issue is ‘done and over with,’ though declined to comment any further.Dublin, who defeated Meath by 16 points, play an All-Ireland quarter-final tie on 9 August, while Meath are out on Saturday week in a final round qualifier against Armagh.Sky Sports News is moving channel and it has a new name>Limerick determined to show that glory days were no flash in the pan>last_img read more

first_imgLG voit la vie en relief avec son Optimus 3D CubeLG n’en finit plus d’annoncer de nouveaux mobiles avant le Mobile World Congress 2012…LG Optimus 4X HD et…l’Optimus 3D Cube, évolution du premier mobile en relief de la marque sorti l’année dernière.Alors que le Mobile World Congress de Barcelone ouvrira ses potes dès la semaine prochaine, LG compte bien ne pas se laisser submerger par les annonces de ses concurrents et présente quasi quotidiennement ses prochains modèles de mobiles prêts à investir les boutiques des opérateurs dans les prochains mois.Et c’est au tour de l’ancien Optimus 3D, sorti l’année dernière, d’obtenir sa mise à jour et un léger lifting avec la présentation du LG Optimus 3D Cube. Le téléphone gagne en effet plus de deux millimètres d’épaisseur, passant aujourd’hui à 9,6 millimètres, pour un poids de 148 grammes. Son écran a lui une taille de 4,3 pouces, et possède toujours sa fonction d’auto-stéréoscopie, à l’instar des écrans de la Nintendo 3DS.Le processeur se montre également plus musclé, passant d’1 à 1,2 GHz, et toujours double-cœur. La mémoire interne se voit doublée également de 8 à 16 GB. Les appareils photos sont de 5 mégapixels à l’arrière, avec mode de prise de vue 3D et seulement 300.000 pixels pour la caméra de visioconférence, rappelle le site Les Mobiles.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?L’Optimus 3D Cube ajoute une fonction d’édition de la vidéo et des photos en relief directement sur le téléphone, ajout interessant puisque de toute manière, peu de gens ont un moniteur 3D sur leur ordinateur. Enfin, toutes ses fonctionnalités seront disponibles sous sous Android 2.3 Gingerbread à sa sortie. Le constructeur a promis une mise à jour vers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, sans donner plus de précision.Le LG Optimus 3D Cube sera disponible dès le mois de mars en Corée du Sud, les dates à l’international devraient être communiquées lors du Mobile World Congress dès la semaine prochaine à Barcelone. Le 23 février 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Madonna Is Working Hard On New Album These Dark Circles Are For

first_img Inside Madonna’s Hard Work On Her New Album madonna-working-hard-new-album-these-dark-circles-are-all-my-fans Madonna Is Working Hard On New Album: “These Dark Circles Are For All My Fans” News Facebook The pop icon recently shared that she is currently working on her 14th studio album. What can we expect from the singer who has reinvented herself time and time again? We have some thoughtsAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 2, 2018 – 3:38 pm The GRAMMY-winning Queen of Pop aka Madonna has put out countless enduring hits over the years, and has played a role in many iconic moments in music, fashion and culture, but she is far from finished. The singer has confirmed that she is working on her next album to be released in 2019. What can we expect from her 14th studio album? Twitter Email Never one to follow the crowd or current trends, but instead creating and shifting them herself, the pop icon has famously reinvented herself time and time again. Now, as she launches a new product in her skincare line – complete with a futuristic aesthetic and a high-fashion campaign to match – she reminds us that this is just a side-gig. In a recent interview with fashion and beauty site WWD, she discusses the line and her own personal approach to beauty, subtly adding that she is working on new music. “I’m finishing my record, which I’m going to release next year. Yep, in between rose mist spray and serums, I’m actually making music. Can’t quit my day job,” she shares.Her most recent album is 2015’s Rebel Heart, and touches on some of the themes and sounds we’ve heard from Madonna over the years. Its songs include edgy religious overtones on “Holy Water,” “Devil Pray” and others, heavy dance floor beats on “B***h I’m Madonna,” which features Nicki Minaj, and tongue-in-cheek social commentary throughout, especially on “Illuminati.”As Madonna does best, she supported Rebel Heart with a no-holds-barred world tour complete with plenty of costume changes, dance sequences, breathtaking stage design and, of course, provocative religious themes including large crosses which were danced upon. It could be argued by some that she has “done” the religious commentary motif to its fullest and we are ready for the next phase of the star, but why? It is something that she does well and has weaved into her style and music in different ways and at different points over the years, and it is pretty certain that she could do it in a new, refreshing way.In fact, at this year’s MET Gala, for which the theme was, quite fittingly, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the star performed three songs, her breakout single “Like A Prayer,” a new unreleased single “Beautiful Game,” and Leonard Cohen’s classic “Hallelujah.” In May, she teased the new song on social media, but to date the only recording of it is from that performance, whose video she finally shared with fans months later, on her 60th birthday in August. We can only hope that this will be the first single off of her upcoming album and a taste of what we can expect from it. The song gave us full Madonna drama and intensity, with the lyrics critiquing the current state of the world. “It’s a beautiful game, that I’ve never learned./People tell me to shut my mouth, that I might get burned./Keep your beautiful lies, ‘cuz I’m not concerned./’Cuz your world is such a shame, ‘cuz your world’s obsessed with fame,” she sings.The song felt powerful following “Like A Prayer,” and perhaps is a hint that she is going back to her roots a bit more in her sound, as the 1989 album of the same name also gave us such lively pop classics including “Express Yourself” and “Cherish.” We can only wait to see if her next album offers a taste of upbeat pop tracks, some dancefloor-ready jams, a heavy dose of socially critical commentary and perhaps even a few unexpected collabs.Madonna’s Electronic Music Pioneering ‘Ray Of Light’: For The RecordRead morelast_img read more

first_img Out of an abundance of caution for the flying public, the @FAANews should ground the 737 MAX 8 until we investigate the causes of recent crashes and ensure the plane’s airworthiness.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 12, 2019 In response to the crash, Boeing on Monday offered condolences to the victims in a release and said the company has been developing a flight control software enhancement for the 737 Max and that the FAA expects to make the enhancement mandatory no later than April. “Boeing has been working closely with FAA on development, planning and certification of the software enhancement, and it will be deployed across the 737 MAX fleet in the coming weeks,” Boeing said in the release. “The update also incorporates feedback received from our customers.”Also on Monday, the FAA said in a tweet that it’ll issue a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) for Boeing 737 Max operators, which means it’ll allow this model of aircraft to make flights. The FAA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  Post a comment Tags UPDATED #FAA Statement on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.— The FAA (@FAANews) March 11, 2019 Tech Industry Politics The crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 was the 2nd devastating & alarming tragedy involving Boeing’s new 737 Max 8 planes in less than 5 months. These 2 catastrophic accidents—both claiming the lives of all on board—call into serious question the safety of these aircrafts.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) March 12, 2019center_img Wang Shoubao/Getty Images Lawmakers are moving in bipartisan fashion to ground Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the US. Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Dianne Feinstein of California as well as Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah are asking the Federal Aviation Administration to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft until an investigation into the cause of a crash in Ethiopia is done, according to CBS News. On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia’s capital, killing all 157 on board. It’s the second deadly crash in recent months involving Boeing’s new 737 Max 8 plane.  “Until the cause of the crash is known and it’s clear that similar risks aren’t present in the domestic fleet, I believe all Boeing 737 Max 8 series aircraft operating in the United States should be temporarily grounded,” wrote Feinstein in her Monday letter, which was sent to the FAA. “This aircraft model represents only a small fraction of the domestic fleet, and several other countries have already taken this important step, including China and Indonesia.” Blumenthal and Romney have echoed similar concerns on Twitter. Regardless of Boeing’s software updates, several other countries have already grounded the aircraft. On Tuesday, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority banned the Boeing 737 Max from flying in or over UK airspace, according to BBC News. China, France and Germany have also reportedly grounded the aircraft.  Originally published March 12, 8:57 a.m. PT.Update, 12:48 p.m.: Adds Boeing’s statement regarding the Ethiopia crash and a software update.  0 Share your voice Aviation Boeinglast_img read more

first_img He’s not the superhero crime-fighter yet, but in the first trailer for his pre-Batman film, The Lighthouse, Robert Pattinson can be seen battling an octopus and chaotic visions, all in black-and-white.Pattinson plays one of two lighthouse keepers (with Willem Dafoe) in director Robert Eggers’ follow-up to the supernatural horror hit The Witch. And if the trailer released by A24 today is any indication, The Lighthouse promises to be just as hypnotically unsettling.The Lighthouse, which premiered in Cannes and was inspired by a real-life story, involves lighthouse keepers in a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.The trailer shows Pattinson and Dafoe first arriving at the island, but then starts showing the two lighthouse keepers descending into the brink of madness, with hallucinations and weird visions, as stormy weather batters the island.“How long have we been on this rock? Five weeks? Two days? Help me to recollect,” Dafoe asks Pattinson.Are they both going mad? Maybe.(Credit: A24)In an interview with Deadline at Cannes, Eggers described The Lighthouse as “something a little weirder” than his 2015 breakout The Witch and calls it “more dreadful than horror.”The hypnotic vibe is enhanced even more by the cinematography. The film was shot entirely on black-and-white 35mm film with an aspect ratio of 1.19:1, an almost-square frame that was used in the early sound years by filmmakers including Fritz Lang and G.W. Pabst. According to IMDb, a custom cyan filter emulated the look and feel of orthochromatic film from the late 19th century.The Lighthouse hits theaters on October 18, 2019.More on Every Tarantino Movie Is the ‘Best Tarantino Movie’‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Trailer Resurrects the FranchiseTom Hanks Channels Mister Rogers in New ‘Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Trailer Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgThanks to Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, which brought its youth group from California to join Salvando Corazones for a week of community service in Nuevo Arenal. The group painted the Salvando Corazones children’s home.The students also volunteered in schools, organized two soccer games in the plaza and held a fiesta for the community in the town gymnasium. Everyone enjoyed the food and music, and parents and children joined in various games, including relay races. G-PAW (Guanacaste Province Animal Welfare) foundation is sponsoring a spay/neuter clinic in Río Piedras and Tilarán at the Salón Comunal Aug. 18-19. Coordinator Judy Reisman requests that people contact her by email to make appointments ( The cost is $10 per animal. Sponsorships are welcome. Remember, patients should not eat or drink for 12 hours before surgery. The Robson and Chambers Explorers Group selected Costa Rica as this year’s destination for their annual survey of places to visit. The group is based in St. Louis, Missouri, with associates in Colorado and North Carolina. Their Trans Balo bus included two professional Costa Rican tour guides, who are keeping the group’s itinerary full and moving at a rapid pace.At a stop for lunch in Nuevo Arenal, Cary Robson and Butch Chambers expressed favorable impressions of Costa Rica’s natural beauty, environmental diversity and friendly people. Next stop: Playa Conchal, on the northern Pacific coast.Welcome to first-timers Melinda, Wes, Tyra, Wade, Bobbie, Michael, Jon and Sarah, all of whom are eager to share Costa Rica’s “pura vida.” –William & Jean Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

The South African citrus industry has been greatly

first_img The South African citrus industry has been greatly affected by numerous issues in the country’s ports over recent weeks, but with the port operator taking action against its employees and meeting with government representatives today, it is hopeful that a resolution is near.Problems, including congestion, low container availability, and more recently, a port worker ‘go-slow’, have severely impacted the two terminals at Port Elizabeth – Port Elizabeth Container Terminal (PECT) and Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT). Over the past few days there have also been issues at the Port of Durban and Cape Town.”Our concerns in the past have already been around Durban Port, which takes around 70% of the [citrus], so the issues at Port Elizabeth sort of caught us a bit off guard,” said Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA).He said the PECT and NCT – which collectively handle almost a quarter of citrus shipments – have not kept up with the rapidly growing volumes coming from the Eastern Cape.”Very early on in the season we alerted Transnet, the port operator, to the fact that they needed to make sure there was sufficient infrastructure available,” he said. But he emphasized that this has not happened.In addition, one of the two cranes that recently blew over has not been replaced.The situation worsened a few days ago when port workers started to go on a ‘go-slow’, with work moving forward at a “snail’s pace”. This has led to an even greater build-up of containers waiting to be shipped, lower container availability, and significant delays, which impacts fruit quality and sales.Hannes de Waal, CEO of the Sundays River Citrus Company, estimates the “enormous delays” are costing the region around 50-100 million rand (US$3.5 – 7 million) per week.”There are always six, eight, nine vessels outside the port. We’ve had containers sitting in the terminal for more than 20 days now, and you just can’t afford it,” he said.He added that in the Sundays River Valley and nearby regions, this year’s crop has been a good one thanks to some rains after the drought. But he said that “it’s been a mess” since these port problems began.Some South African citrus is being diverted to Cape Town and Durban, but there have also been problems at those ports more recently too. EU to consider activating South African citrus saf … Avocado, coffee and citrus ‘threaten global food … You might also be interested in In a statement on Thursday, Transnet said that along with the “protracted ‘go-slow'” by workers at the NCT, operations at the Durban Container Terminal have “also been affected by equipment failure and a high-level of absenteeism”.”Furthermore, a decline in performance levels at the Cape Town Container Terminal has been noted,” it said.However, it also said that it has “suspended a number of employees at [NCT] for engaging in illegal industrial action” and that “discussions are also being held with labor with a view to normalize port operations”.And according to de Waal, Transnet’s management was due to meet with representatives of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (AgBiz) on Thursday to try and find a solution to the crisis.”We caught the attention of the presidency and a number of cabinet ministers, so as far as political pressure is concerned we’ve done everything we could,” he said. “We’ll hopefully see a positive result soon, [but] if this continues for a very long time we’re going to have a lot of damage.”Chadwick added that the CGA is engaging with Transnet and the port’s custodians to ensure that they understand the urgency of the situation.High citrus volumes in EuropeAside from the port issues, de Waal commented that this campaign has been “a very different year for us than last season”, with generally more challenging market conditions.He said that Spain’s bumper crop of oranges and lemons has led to fruit lingering in the market for longer than normal, with prices overall tending to be lower than last year. But he didn’t expect it would be a bad year.”Until now things have been fine, although we expected Europe to have started clearing by now. I think the success of the South African citrus season is very much going to depend on what happens in the next month,” he said. “If Europe clears of orange and lemons we should have a very good season overall.”Chadwick commented that it seemed as though grapefruit shippers had enjoyed relatively strong market conditions in Europe, amid a significant decline in forecast exports. The grapefruit industry is now expected to export 15.7 million cartons, down from the estimate of 17.1 million.Meanwhile, the lemon forecast is down from 22 million to 21.4 million and Navel oranges are down from 26.9 million to 24.5 million, while the soft citrus estimate remains steady at 18.3 million.The total citrus forecast is down from 137.2 million cartons to 131.7 million. 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Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories “His scheme works, we all trust it and we’re ready to go,”Washington said regarding Horton.Horton was hired in February of 2011, but because of thelockout was not given much time to implement his defensivescheme going into last season. “I’m a lot more confident with the defense. I think a lotof guys are more confident with the defense,” Washingtontold media after the final practice of the offseason. “Nowwe can just play rather than think so much.”The team will now go their separate ways until late Julywhen they regroup in Flagstaff for the start of trainingcamp.“It’s still a progression, obviously. I think OTAs andminicamp gave us a little help in getting to that point oftraining camp,” Washington said. “I think when trainingcamp comes we’ll be a lot more confident.”Washington plans to visit with family during the break andlet his body rest before training camp and another taxingseason. After a strong finish to last season the defensive unithopes to build on that momentum going into training camp,but Washington knows it won’t come without struggles. “It’s going to be a challenging year for us with theoutside linebackers and a lot of new guys but I thinkthey’ll pick it up as we go along with training camp,”said Washington. “Having this time off will definitelyhelp rest the body, so we’ll be fine.”center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Rookie-only minicamp, OTAs and the two-a-day-practiceminicamp are all officially over for the ArizonaCardinals.While most of the focus for the Cardinals this off-seasonhas been on the quarterback battle between Kevin Kolb andJohn Skelton, third-year linebacker Daryl Washington knowsjust how crucial it was for the defense to get its firstfull off-season completed under second-year DefensiveCoordinator Ray Horton. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

Paphos prepares to welcome winter visitors

first_imgPaphos is gearing up to welcome thousands of visitors during the winter period, with around eleven thousand beds in all categories of accommodation in operation, according to initial figures.That means that around 200,000 winter visitors could be accommodated in the popular coastal destination, according to the Paphos regional board of tourism.A spokesman for the board told the Cyprus Mail that the challenge now is to encourage high occupancy of these available beds for the coming winter period.“Although there are a number of hotel beds that won’t operate in the district of Paphos during the winter as they are undergoing renovation or extension, we will have several thousand beds in full operation and have the capacity to accommodate more than 200,000 visitors in the winter period December 2017 – March 2018,” he said.The total number of beds available in Paphos is 27,635, of which 75% are 5 and 4 star units. However, so far there hasn’t been a winter season where all are in operation. All sorts of accommodation, including hotel apartments will be available for visitors this winter, the spokesman said.“Our target, if you like, is to reach the figures of 2001, which was the best year and around 18,000 to 20,000 of our total beds were available.”More recently, Paphos is estimated to have attracted around 100,000 winter visitors while its capacity could accommodate more than double that, he added. Only around 55% of the beds will be in full operation for the winter months, mainly between December and March.The tourist spokesman said that based on official data for 2016, Paphos is estimated to have attracted approximately 38% of the total arrivals of some 1,200,000 visitors to Cyprus, of which 950,000 arrivals took place in the months of May-October.“This shows the obvious prospect of extending the tourist season especially for the period of November to April and positive steps to lengthen the period have been taken in recent years.”Despite the efforts of all interested parties, based on the data available, the winter season is expected to be a difficult period, in line with last year, he said. This is due to continuing limited air links connecting Paphos with priority markets.“ A considerable number of tour operators do not include Paphos or Cyprus in their programmes, and Cyprus, to some, still has the image that it is a destination for summer holidays rather than an all-year-round destination.”However, he noted that there are encouraging signs from airlines for further expansion of their presence in Cyprus and Paphos in particular, although no time frames have yet been fixed, he said.In addition, niche markets such as athletic tourism, which is popular in Paphos, are helping to ease seasonality issues, he noted.“There is room for expansion and we hope to have more and more units running on a full-year basis over the next few years, he said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more