Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. COLCHESTER COUNTY: College Road Sections of College Road in Bible Hill will be reduced to one lane from Main Street to Village Line Avenue for repaving until Monday, Nov. 30. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Local Area Office: 902-956-2365 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-6747 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-577-2237 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, near Ben Eoin, will be reduced to one lane for gravelling, grading and paving until Sunday, Nov. 22. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers through the construction zone. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of Highway 104, east of Port Hawkesbury between Exits 45 and 46, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control people. Work is taking place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 206 Route 206, from Creighton Road east to Veterans Memorial Drive, will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and paving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Stewarts Bridge Stewarts Bridge, between Route 311 and West North River Road, will be closed for replacement until Monday, Nov. 30. A temporary panel bridge will be in place as a detour. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 Trunk 30, from the national park entrance at Pleasant Bay to the national park entrance at MacKenzie Mountain, will be reduced to one lane for planing, patching and repaving until Saturday, Nov. 27. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347, Sherbrooke Road Route 347, from Falls Brook south to Meiklefield Road for 4.4 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Glace Bay Lake Bridge Glace Bay Lake Bridge, Route 255, will be restricted to local traffic to replace the bridge until Monday, Nov. 30. A detour is available via Tower, Marconi Tower and Sand Lake roads. KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure The Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, will be closed until further notice. A marked detour route is available on New Road, Route 221 and Morden Road. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-680-5914 Fax: 902-681-7151 -30- RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Lakeshore Drive east for almost five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and paving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass Fairview Overpass is reduced to three lanes, to rebuild the southern section. Construction is expected to take about six months. Traffic will flow outbound on the two outer lanes, and inbound on the inner lane. Drivers should expect delays, or use an alternate route. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215, about 500 metres west of William Conley Road, east for about 12.4 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Nov. 16. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. HANTS COUNTY: Sangsters Bridge Sangsters Bridge, on Sangsters Bridge Road connecting Upper Falmouth and Trunk 14, will be closed for repairs until Monday, Nov. 30. A detour route is available through the Town of Windsor. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Plains Road Plains Road will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and paving until Monday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 301 Route 301 will be restricted to local traffic between Mount Pleasant Road and Dickson Road to install culverts at Fitzsimmons Brook until Monday, Nov. 30. Alternate routes and signs will be in place. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Lynches River Connector east to Chapel Island, will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and paving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 PICTOU COUNTY, Highway 104, Exit 24 closed Exit 24 is closed because of a sinkhole on North Foord Street, Stellarton. Drivers travelling to New Glasgow and Stellarton should use Exit 23 or Exit 25. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 RICHMOND COUNTY: D’Escousse Cap La Ronde Road in the Town of D’Escousse, from the intersection of Route 320 and Poirierville west for about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for clearing, and repaving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Rough Brook Bridge east for almost 10 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for planing, patching and paving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-755-7061 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 VICTORIA COUNTY: Wreck Cove Bridge Wreck Cove Bridge on Trunk 30 will be reduced to one lane for replacement of bridge until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 17 west to Exit 15, will be reduced to one lane for widening and paving until Monday, Nov. 16. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, for about five kilometres from Highway 104 east to Smith Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-891-1573 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: Ferrona Bridge Ferrona Bridge, on Churchville Road, will be closed for repairs until Saturday, Dec. 5. A detour is available via Route 348 and East River East Side Road, Route 348, Plymouth Park Road or Route 374 and East River East Side Road. Local Area Office: 902-424-1750 Fax: 902-424-0849 Local Area Office: 902-674-2535 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 INVERNESS COUNTY: Red River Road Red River Road, from the junction of Trunk 30 for almost 10 kilometres to the end, including Pleasant Bay Harbour Road, Pleasant Bay United Church Road, Hinkley Glen Road and Angus More Road, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Saturday, Nov. 27. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge, on Route 201, has a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Tracadie Harbour Bridge, east for about 18 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, asphalt-concrete patching and repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 18. A pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 256 Route 256, from the Colchester county line east for about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Nov. 21. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail Traffic on sections of the Cabot Trail in the Margaree Harbour-Margaree Forks area will be reduced to one lane for road-shoulder repairs until Saturday, Nov. 21. Signs and traffic control people are on site. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Moose River Road-Reid’s Bridge Reid’s Bridge on Moose River Road will be closed for replacement until Thursday, Dec. 31. Detour signs will direct motorists. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-577-0956 Fax: 902-674-2146 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Alexandra Street Roundabout Construction of the Alexandra Street roundabout, at the intersection of Alexandra Street and Kenwood Drive in Sydney, will continue until Tuesday, Dec. 15. The traffic lights will be replaced by a three-way stop during construction. Drivers should expect delays or use an alternate route. VICTORIA COUNTY: Big Baddeck Road Sections of Big Baddeck Road, north of Old Margaree Road, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Nov. 30, for repaving. A detour route is available on Old Margaree Road loop. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Corsen Bridge, two kilometres before Ingonish, continues to be reduced to one lane. KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Bridge Rainsforth Bridge on Rainsforth Road will be closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is in place. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be available until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 252 Traffic on sections of Route 252, east of the intersection of East Skye Glen Cross Road for about 5.4 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving. Work takes place until Saturday, Nov. 21. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946last_img read more

Unions pushing for pocketbook proposals from 2020 Democrats

LAS VEGAS — Ardently liberal, pro-labour and anti-corporate cash, the field of Democrats running for president may look like a union activist’s dream. But some key labour leaders are starting to worry about the topics dominating the 2020 conversation.The candidates are spending too much time talking about esoteric issues like the Senate filibuster and the composition of the Supreme Court and not enough time speaking the language of workers, several union officials said. Those ideas may excite progressive activists, they said, but they risk alienating working-class voters.“They’ve got to pay attention to kitchen-table economics,” said Ted Pappageorge, president of the Las Vegas Culinary Union that represents 60,000 hotel and casino workers. “We don’t quite see that.”Terry McGowan, president of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139, in Wisconsin, said many of the issues driving the 2020 primary so far are distractions.“The people that are into politics, the people who like sideshows, they’re into that,” he said, citing the debates over reparations for slavery and immigration as examples. “The masses just want to feed their families.”The unease may be an early warning sign for Democrats, who watched as many white, working-class voters, including many union members in key Rust Belt states, chose Trump three years ago. Democrats are hoping to win back some of those voters next year, a challenge that is made harder, some argue, by labour’s struggle to build its membership and influence its rank and file. Democrats’ early messages may not help, some said.“You see where some of the party’s being driven. It’s no secret,” said Rusty McAllister, executive secretary of the Nevada AFL-CIO.McAllister pointed to “Medicare for all” — the health care proposal of choice for several candidates — as an example of Democrats’ not seizing on labour’s top priorities. Many unions already organized and fought for private health insurance for their members. “That’s not something that I think that labour is as much focused on as some of the progressives are.”Such concerns — which stretched from the progressive-minded organizing halls of Nevada to the Rust Belt precincts — were typically focuse on the conversation, not the candidates. The early 2020 primary has included detours into debates over the Senate filibuster, the composition of the Supreme Court and breaking up technology companies.Ken Broadbent, business manager of the Pittsburgh-based Steamfitters Local 449, worried that Democrats are too focused on environmental plans like the Green New Deal, a blueprint for shifting the U.S. economy away from fossil fuels, and will neglect the importance of swing-state Pennsylvania’s rich natural gas deposits in creating jobs.“Jobs is where we’ve got to keep things focused,” Broadbent said.To be sure, many unionists are excited about the presidential field. Contenders include liberal stalwarts like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose campaign became the first in U.S. history with a unionized work force, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who joined striking Stop & Shop workers on a picket line in New Hampshire on Friday. California Sen. Kamala Harris hired a top Service Employees International Union executive for her campaign and made her first proposal one to raise teacher’s pay.Former Vice-President Joe Biden made clear that he plans to appeal to union workers, if he gets in the race. “You are coming back,” he told the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers last week. “We need you back.”Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said the competition in the crowded field has amplified workers voices and issues.She noted that prominent presidential candidates quickly supported Los Angeles public school teachers when they struck in January. Warren, Sanders, Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker have all proposed various taxes on higher-earning families, a departure from most past Democratic hopefuls who have treaded carefully on the issue.“It feels different than at other times,” Weingarten said. “There is far more attention and focus on working people’s economic needs.”Major endorsements are likely several months away, especially because the labour movement is treading carefully after complaints that its leadership was too quick to back Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary over Sanders.For labour, much is at stake. Despite Republican gains, particularly with trade union members, labour remains an essential part of the Democrats’ coalition. Unions spent $169 million in 2018 on federal elections, largely on Democrats’ behalf, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Democrats won union workers by a strong 59%-39% margin in 2018, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate.But other big donors and — small, online ones, too — increasingly compete with labour’s organizing muscle as key to Democratic victories. Activists on a broad array of issues, from gay rights to criminal justice, compete with unions for candidates’ attention. And the labour movement itself is split on its priorities, with some pushing for a focus on trade while other who represent more diverse workforces want to zoom in on immigration.All this comes as Republicans have pushed several state laws weakening organized labour. And, last year, the Supreme Court ruled that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to the unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a blow to public service union’s pocketbooks.As candidates court unions for endorsements, labour leaders say they are listening for a comeback plan.Any proposal aimed at workers “must include ensuring the opportunity to join a union, no matter where you work, since that’s the best way to raise wages, improve working conditions, create family-sustaining jobs and begin to fix our rigged economy and democracy,” said SEIU president Mary Kay Henry.At a National Association of Building Trades Unions in Washington on Wednesday, several Democratic contenders talked about outlawing so-called “right to work” laws that prevent unions from automatically deducting dues from members, said the group’s president, Sean McGarvey. But, he added, he heard “very little about the actual structural changes to the National Labor Relations Act, or things they could put in place to give people a real free choice to join a union.”Michelle L. Price And Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press read more

Moroccan Philanthropist Defends Belgian Volunteers

Rabat – President of the Tiwizi Association Hassan Ait Addi stated that the Belgian volunteers building a road near Taroudant are part of an association named Bouworde. Tiwizi has been collaborating with the NGO since 2004.Ait Addi expressed his surprise that Board’s initiative, which has been operating for 14 years, is receiving so much online attention.“I was amazed by the mass engagement on Facebook, although the work done by Board association has been ongoing for 14 years and included many activities. They were eating with us and attending weddings and traditions,” Ait Addi told Moroccan news outlet Goud, Ait Addi added that the two associations have regularly collaborated on construction work, infrastructure projects, as well as cultural centers and activities.“We first started by building a cultural center. Then we went to the infrastructure and paving. This is where the picture came from,” the 45-year-old man explained.The Tiwizi president explained that two or three groups consisting of 10 to 17 volunteers of different nationalities come each year to the region. He pointed out that volunteers include students, researchers, professors, and babysitters.Read also: Belgians Start ‘Good Morning, I’m Muslim’ Campaign Against IslamophobiaThe philanthropist also explained in detail how the volunteer project works in terms of accommodation and transport.“They paid for their own food and we help them in their activities they want to do in the region. In parallel, whenever there is a wedding, they are invited and wear traditional Amazigh clothes,” said Ait Addi. “When they celebrate, we celebrate with them in the form of coexistence and tolerance.”Tiwizi president commented on the primary school teacher from Ksar El Kebir who made an extremist comment on a Facebook post related to the Belgian girls’ initiative.“That extremist does not know anything about the region, nor about the suffering of the population,” said the association president. Ait Addi also commented on the controversial Facebook post by PJD MP Ali El Asri. “I want to tell him that you do not understand anything and you don’t deserve a place in the parliament.”The Tiwizi president argued that El Asri’s thoughts are a blow to the region’s tourism and could destroy the region’s economy. Ait Addi added that the government should investigate the incident. The group of Belgian tourists left the country yesterday, Tuesday, August 6, having come to the end of their scheduled visit. read more

TransCanada posts higher thirdquarter profit on energy business mainline

TransCanada posts higher third-quarter profit on energy business, mainline by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 5, 2013 7:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Pipeline giant TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) reported higher third-quarter profits on Tuesday, thanks to strength in its power business and higher returns from its Canadian natural gas mainline.Comparable earnings were up sharply at $447 million, or 63 cents per share — besting the average analyst estimate of 59 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters. A year earlier, comparable earnings were $349 million, or 50 cents per share.“We generated another strong quarter of earnings and cash flow from our portfolio of critical energy infrastructure assets, despite challenges in U.S. natural gas pipelines and cyclical lows in our gas storage business,” said CEO Russ Girling.The boost to the bottom line “reflects the return to an eight-unit site at Bruce Power, higher Alberta power prices, an increase in New York capacity prices and a higher Canadian Mainline allowed return on equity,” he said.The earnings attributable to shareholders amounted to 68 cents per share, up from 52 cents per share last year. Revenue was $2.2 billion, up from $2.1 billion.TransCanada’s Board of Directors also declared a quarterly dividend of 46 cents per common share for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2013, or $1.84 per common share on an annualized basis.TransCanada aims to file a regulatory application in the first half of 2014 for its $12-billion Energy East pipeline, which would ship up to 1.1 million barrels of western crude to refineries and export terminals in Quebec and New Brunswick.The company is also awaiting final U.S. government approval on its controversial US$5.4-billion Keystone XL proposal, which would connect Alberta crude with U.S. refineries. TransCanada filed its application more than five years ago and hopes a decision will come soon.Keystone XL has become a major political football in the United States. Some argue the pipeline would reduce U.S. reliance on crude imports from unfriendly regimes and give a much needed economic boost, while others argue the environmental risks are too high.A US$2.3-billion line to connect Cushing, Okla., to the U.S. Gulf Coast is 95 per cent complete, with crude expected to arrive at Port Arthur, Texas, refineries by year-end. That pipeline was part of an earlier iteration of Keystone XL, which was previously rejected by the Obama administration. read more

Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt released by title team

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brett Moffitt needs a job for next season to defend his NASCAR Truck Series championship.Hattori Racing Enterprises informed Moffitt it will hire a driver who can bring funding to the team next season. Team owner Shige Hattori had sponsorship woes that threatened to shut his team down at various points during the season.The team survived and Moffitt won the Truck Series championship last month. Even in that championship celebration, Hattori was clear he could not bring back Moffitt unless the team found outside funding. The funding will come from a yet-to-be-announced driver who is bringing his own financial backing.Hattori said Wednesday the team faced “numerous challenges in getting to the racetrack each week” in 2018 and will celebrate the championship in this weekend’s awards ceremony. He added he hopes the results of Moffitt and the team “benefit all of us in the future.”___More AP Auto Racing: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

THE PIPER The Guardians of Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKing Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand diesOctober 13, 2016In “World”EYEWITNESS: Descent…December 13, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”Delay in CCJ ruling on NCM encouraging GECOM’s wilfulnessMay 28, 2019In “latest news” We should not forget that democracy was “invented” in its modern incarnation in Europe after the “Hundred-Year war” between England and France. With comparative peace between nations, the shift to create more stable internal conditions began with members of the nobility moving to reduce the arbitrary powers of the absolute monarchs. But it was the institution of the Judiciary, ironically created by the Monarch, that mediated in this new struggle between the king and “the people” – as the latter kept on expanding its membership vial expansion of “democracy”. The Courts in 1610 decided that the Monarch can only rule within the law:  “The Case of Proclamations” declared, “the King by his proclamation or other ways cannot change any part of the common law, or statute law, or the customs of the realm…(and that)..the King hath no prerogative, but that which the law of the land allows him.” In the same year, the Court with amazing prescience, took cognisance of the growing powers of Parliament that would eventually supplant the King’s, and ruled in “Dr. Bonham’s Case”: “in many cases, the common law will control Acts of Parliament”. Democracy, it became clear, could only exist under the rule of law.But the decisive move in the consolidation of democracy was the acceptance by both “the people” and the “rulers” of whatever stripe was that the independence of the Judiciary was crucial in its role of interpreting and applying the rule of law without fear or favour. When following their War of Independence” in 1776s, the British-descended,  American colonists drafted the first written constitution summarising the rules under which they would be governed, they split the powers of the state by introducing the institutions of the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary that were each paramount in their defined sphere of activity. Their acceptance of the power of the Judiciary to be the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution was made by their iconic Justice of their Supreme Court John Marshall in 1803, when he ruled that even Congress could not pass a law that was contrary to the Constitution. They had moved away from the still extant English practice that Parliament could pass any law it chooses.We have taken this long detour into the evolution of the national institutions of democracy because of events that are unfolding in Guyana today where the independence of the Judiciary is under threat by actions taken by the Executive, via its Attorney General. The highest judicial officer of the land, the Chancellor of the Judiciary, as one of three Judges on the Appellate Court, announced two judgements that the State-owned Chronicle, citing only the Chancellor,  castigated in the most “obscene and libellous” manner according to Senior Councillor and ex-Speaker of the House Ralph Ramkarran. The Chronicle then orchestrated a very public campaign to insist the Chancellor should not make a decision on a particular case that had been appealed 17 months before – one that inter alia had ruled the two-term limit of presidents needed to be approved by a referendum.As Ramkarran pointed out, the columns of calumny in the Chronicle had to have official imprimatur so as to not only influence the sitting Chancellor but the incoming Chancellor and Chief Justice and thus compromise Judicial impartiality and independence. Ramkarran called out PM Moses Nagamootoo, who has the state “Information” portfolio but the latter later denounced the Chronicle’s actions as a threat to the Judiciary.All Guyanese have to rise to the defence of the independence of the judiciary since this is the last institutional defence against dictatorship. read more

Expenses insurance and fire engines The week in numbers

first_imgEVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.31,449 – Facebook’s population is 31,449 times bigger than the population of Leitrim. Facebook this week passed one billion active monthly users. To put that into context: one billion people could fill Croke Park 12,160 times.199 – The number of countries whose citizens are resident in Ireland (not including the Irish themselves), according to CSO figures this week.One in five – The proportion of insurance claims in Ireland which may be fraudulent. The Irish Brokers Association says if UK trends were applied to Ireland it’s possible that a fifth of insurance claims are people just chancing their arms.79 per cent – The proportion of Ireland’s transgender population who have considered suicide, according to an intensive new survey of Ireland’s trans population. 40 per cent of the population – an estimated 3,000 people – had actually attempted taking their own lives.67 per cent – The proportion of a CNN viewers’ panel who thought Mitt Romney won the first presidential debate against Barack Obama on Wednesday night. That’s the highest score of any candidate in any debate since 1984.€85 million – The amount of the Department of Jobs’ budget that was due to be spent in the first nine months of the year… and wasn’t. Of the €499 million for the first nine months, it only spent about €414 million. The Department has defended its spending record, despite the recent record unemployment of 14.8 per cent.2 – The number of couples in civil partnerships who live in Co Monaghan. That’s the lowest of any county in the country. By comparison, there are 60 same-sex partnered couples in Dublin 8 alone.€750,000 – The approximate amount that UCD has paid to bail out its college bar, by agreeing to cover arrears wages and redundancy payments for staff who were laid off earlier this summer.50 stone – The weight of some of the pigs that are thought to have eaten Oregon farmer Terry Garner. A family member found Garner’s dentures and pieces of his body in the pig enclosure several hours after he was last seen last week, but most of his remains had been consumed.€7,000 – The amount that the Dublin Airport Authority spent painting a fire engine – which had to be undone just months later. The engine was painted a particular shade of green to carry DAA branding – but visibility issued resulted in the engine being painted red again only six months afterward.€91.1 million – The amount spent by Dublin’s four local authorities so far on an incinerator which is years late and on which construction has not yet begun. The Poolbeg plant is now being held up because operators Covanta are having trouble getting the money together.€764,101.84 – The amount paid in travel and representation allowances to 224 TDs and Senators in August. That’s August, in which there were no Dáil, Seanad or committee meetings. Meanwhile, each member is recorded as having shown up to Leinster House an average of 2.42 times.26 – The number of members of the Kilkenny and Galway hurling teams who have been nominated for All-Star awards. Unusually, however, it’s the defeated finalists who have more nominees: there are 14 Galwegians on the list, and only 12 Cats.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >last_img read more

The greatest Irish insults ranked in order of severity

first_imgFOR A COUNTRY so small, we certainly have no shortage of ways to insult and upset each other.Here are some of the best ones of the bunch (the sheer volume of insults in this country means it’s impossible to catch them all) and ranked them order of severity.They could all be used either jokingly or to actually insult someone – but for the purpose of this post we’re imagining that they’re all being used in absolute seriousness.Of course, any of these could become doubly harsh with the addition of a swear word or two, but to keep it clean and family-friendly, we’re leaving it to your imagination.Eejit“Well aren’t you the biggest eejit in the land?”You probably wouldn’t be too bothered about anyone calling you an eejit.In fact, these days we throw it around like it’s nothing. Your mam shouting ‘EEJIT!’ at you for not hanging out the washing like she asked? Whatever.Maggot Source: Flickr/Steve SlaterAn annoying person, someone who’s deliberately trying to stir up trouble or make a scene. Your father would definitely call you this if you were getting up to mischief at home.Gombeen“Go ‘way from those biscuits and help your father, ye gombeen.”An Irish mammy word, without a shade of doubt.Taken from the Irish word ‘gaimbín’ (meaning ‘monetary interest’) the straight translation of this word is ‘a mean, underhanded, corrupt person’. The meaning has mutated quite a bit these days, now used to refer to a person who’s acting foolishly.Langer Source: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesA Cork term for a foolish person. We’re reliably informed that incendiary nature of the word has lessened somewhat to Cork people after The Langer Song was released, and it’s no longer considered hugely offensive. So if anyone calls you a langer, just laugh it off.Dope“Ah you’re after breaking it! What a dzzzzope.”‘Dope’ is pretty self-explanatory – yet another term for a stupid or ignorant person. Pronounced ‘dzzope’ in certain parts of the country. Look, friendships are not going to fall apart if one calls the other a dope. You’ll move on.Geebag Source: GrandGrand.ieAn unpleasant or foolish person. You shouldn’t get too upset if a friend throws this at you, unless of course they’re actually angry. Then again, you could be the sort of person who wears the word proudly around your neck.Gobshite“He’s an awful feckin’ gobshite.”Being called a gobshite is a sure-fire sign that you’ve done something almost unforgivably stupid, something that could have repercussions for more people than just yourself. If someone brands you a gobshite, you should have a good think about what you’ve done.Shtate Source: ShutterstockA person who looks unattractive, unkempt – it can also imply that their life itself is a shambles. NOBODY wants to be a shtate.Lickarse“He always puts his hand up when Mr Moore asks a question in Maths. Such a lickarse!”A sycophant, a person who tries too hard to please someone.‘Lickarse’ is what you called the teacher’s pet behind their back, or indeed to their face, and is nearly always meant to hurt.Ye bleedin’ thick Source: Flickr/infomatiqueDublin term for a stupid or foolish person, nearly always used to convey genuine annoyance. Often pronounced ‘tick’. Calling someone a bleedin’ tick is fighting talk, plain and simple.Dry shite“He’s been an awful dry shite since he started doing a line with her.”Someone who has no sense of humour.Implying that someone might be a dry shite to their face will guarantee you the cold shoulder for the next few weeks. Don’t go there.Pox Source: Matt Sayles/AP/Press Association ImagesAn irritating, unwanted person. The suffix ‘-bottle’ can be added for extra venom. The only person it’s really acceptable to call a pox is Bono, as depicted above. We would advise you not to be yelling it at your dearest friends any time soon.Wagon“Did you hear that? What a fecking wagon.”An overbearing, contrary and unattractive woman. Irish ladies across the land know in their hearts that some day, someone is going to call them a wagon, be it behind their backs or brazenly to their face. And how will they retaliate? By being an absolute wagon.Bollix Source: Flickr/aaron.bihariA stubborn, unpleasant person that’s hard to get along with, often male.You don’t want to become known as a bollix. Even being “a bit of a bollix” is too much.Here’s a handy guide to swearing as Gaeilge>11 questions that only mean something in Ireland>last_img read more

Plants vs Zombies for Windows Phone 7 now available

first_imgMore at WP7 Applist PVZ was a runaway hit on iOS when it debuted in February of 2010 (followed by an HD version for the iPad in May) and it continues to be extremely popular. Nintendo DS owners were next to get a small-screen version of zombie slaying, and Android users got their first taste in May with an Amazon Appstore exclusive launch. While Windows Phone 7 might be a little slow to attract big-name apps to its Marketplace, the tide has started turning. Evernote recently introduced its WP7 app and the uber-popular, multi-protocol messaging client IM+ is now beta testing. But while marquee mobile applications may still be playing catch-up on Microsoft’s smartphone platform, games are another story. There are plenty of top-shelf titles available to choose from, and now there’s one more: Plants vs. Zombies.center_img Now, it’s your turn, Windows Phone 7 user! Just tap on through to the Marketplace on your smartphone and head to the games section where you’ll find PopCap’s addictive little tower defense game waiting for you to purchase at the ever-so-slighty-inflated price of $4.99 (two bucks more than the iOS version). As with the previous versions for other platforms, there’s plenty packed into PVZ for WP7: 50 levels to battle through, an arsenal of 49 plants to unlock, more than two dozen unique zombies to slay, and four different modes of play (including puzzle mode and a boatload of minigames). There are also 15 in-game achievements to collect, and don’t forget to collect those coins — they’ll let you purchase power ups and Sinky the Snail, a snoozy little fellow who hoovers up additional coins automatically as they appear.If you’ve got the reader app installed, scan the Tag at the end of the post for a more tap-free installation process.last_img read more

Elearning the future for Modern Greek education

first_imgWith an increasing focus on the use of technology in the classroom, and many children familiar with how to use a laptop by the time they enter primary school, Professor Michalis Damanakis suggests that in moving with the times, e-learning could be the key to success for Greek education in the diaspora. Currently in Australia to present a series of lectures on ‘Greek Language Education in the Diaspora Today’, the professor is part of a team at the University of Crete developing teaching materials for Modern Greek as a foreign and second language.For the past 15 years, the team has been working with educators from abroad to assist them in adjusting their teaching materials and methods to cater to the changing Greek-speaking communities, which has led to the development of an e-learning platform.“All of these are currently available free through the internet, and every educator can access them and use these tools that have been created by the University of Crete in conjunction with scientists and educators from the diaspora,” Professor Damanakis told Neos Kosmos.According to the professor, online access to teaching materials and e-learning ‘classrooms’ is particularly important today as research shows children from a Greek speaking background are no longer gathered and living in the city centre and its surrounds, but rather are dispersed throughout the country. “They are spread everywhere – on the outskirts of cities and in small towns, places where it often can be difficult to assemble enough children for someone to be able to create a department to teach the Greek language, as there aren’t enough students,” he said.“In these situations, a teacher from Sydney can give classes through the internet to isolated locations, where there are few children.”When it comes to motivating children to learn and speak Greece, aside from introducing technologies they are already familiar with, Professor Damanakis highlights the important role that families can play.He suggests that parents and the extended family create spaces and opportunities for the child to use Greek within the household, so that they are accustomed to it from a young age. In addition, the Professor stresses the significant role that educators play in making the Greek school environment a pleasant one, so that children look forward to attending.“There is a big problem regarding how we can push children to learn Greek, or how you can inspire them. School is not just a space to go and learn the language, culture or mathematics; school is a place for social development, a space where the children gather and play, they create friendships,” he said. “If the space where they go and learn Greek one night a week is a pleasant environment, then the child has vested interests to go and see their friends. This is one way to motivate the child to go and learn Greek.”As a result of the 2009 economic crisis, large numbers of Greeks have migrated abroad, which the Professor sees as a positive for the Greek language in already existing diasporic communities, saying that they will bring with them ‘a new vocabulary’ for Greeks born in Australia. Along with language maintenance playing a key role in the sense of cohesion and community amongst Greeks abroad, with the spread of globalisation there is an even greater significance in learning languages other than English.“In a globalised world, we need to think beyond the borders. With globalisation, people don’t just live in one geographical location they live in many geographical locations – especially the Greeks,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

County labor market stays hot during May

first_imgThe Clark County economy continued its hot streak into May, according to the latest labor market update from the state Employment Security Department.The county added 500 nonseasonal jobs for the month and the unemployment rate remained at 5 percent, the lowest rate since 2000. Last month, April posted a blistering gain of 900 nonseasonal jobs, and that has since been revised to 1,300.Regional economist Scott Bailey said that revision came largely from a jump in the accommodation and food services sector. Much of that could be attributed, he said, to the recent opening of Ilani Casino Resort near La Center in April.In May, unadjusted nonfarm trends continued as expected. The sectors of government and leisure and hospitality each added 400 jobs in preparation for the summer. Construction and business services added 300 jobs apiece, as well.Meanwhile, professional services fell by 200 jobs, a deflation that Bailey says happens every year after its peak during the April tax season.Clark County has added 5,400 more jobs this year than at the same point last year, the report said. That represents a 3.5 percent job growth rate, which is higher than for the United States, at 1.6 percent; Washington, at 2.5 percent; Oregon, at 2.5 percent; and the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area, at 1.9 percent.last_img read more

Still smokey fiery in Jubilee Gardens say officials

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 6, 2017 – Nassau – The fire, at last check was still blazing in Jubilee Gardens and the fire chief says though the smoke colour has changed; the fire is still a major hazard, too dangerous for residents and his team is still focused on containing it.  These reports are not uncommon in other jurisdictions today either as in South Florida, there are similar stories of the whipping winds making it difficult for fire crews.The winds are expected to remain brisk until at least tomorrow according to forecasts.  And the fire is hard to tame; it crept into the school yard there at the Acquinas College; the Catholic board of Education says the school will remain closed tomorrow.To ensure homes which had to be abandoned are not targeted for crime, the Royal Bahamas Defense Force was on guard throughout the night and will continue their watch.  Five pets were taken in at the Human Society.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

X Ambassadors Want To Redefine What It Means To Be A Band

first_img Facebook Twitter Email X Ambassadors Want To Redefine What It Means To Be A Band News Interview: X Ambassadors’ Sam Harris x-ambassadors-want-redefine-what-it-means-be-band Sam Harris sits down with the Recording Academy to talk about X Ambassadors’ sophomore effort, ‘Orion,’ working with mega-producer Ricky Reed on ‘For The Throne’ and how mind-blowing it is to write songs with LizzoRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs May 3, 2019 – 11:00 am Ever since the release of early singles like “Strangers” and “Litost,” X Ambassadors have been a tricky group to classify. When the Ithaca three-piece initially came together in 2009, it would’ve been easy to dub them as a traditional rock band, but time and a series of surprising partnerships have upended that categorization and revealed a chameleonic sonic range.Over the last decade, lead singer Sam Harris, brother Casey Harris, and drummer Adam Levin have revealed an extraordinary ability to participate in a number of popular genres. While part of this is imbued in shape-shifting singles like the piano-led ballad “Unsteady” and the rapidfire romp “The Devil You Know,” the bulk of their adaptability comes through via some high-profile collaborations. Take the moody 2016 single “Sucker For Pain,” which shows up on the “Suicide Squad” soundtrack and features Lil Wayne, plus X Ambassadors, Wiz Khalifa, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign and Imagine Dragons. Then there’s the trudging 2017 single “Home” where the trio pops up with hip-hop performer Machine Gun Kelly and pop singer Bebe Rexha. Meanwhile, on 2016’s “Low Life,” the band subverts genre again with guests A$AP Ferg and British singer/songwriter Jamie N Commons.Nowadays, X Ambassadors are readying their second album, Orion (arriving on June 14 via IDinaKORNER/Interscope Records) and have released a couple of arena-ready singles (“HEY CHILD” and “BOOM”), which showcase the band’s supple, radio-ready sound. But when it comes to alliances, they’ve gained more visibility than ever. The trio contributed three tracks to Lizzo’s most recent album, Cuz I Love You, and Sam even collaborated with mega-producer Ricky Reed (Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony) in writing and producing for For the Throne: Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones, which features Maren Morris, The National, Ellie Goulding, and more notable namesAhead of Orion’s release, we sat down with Sam to talk about his fruitful working relationship with Reed (who also produced their sophomore effort), how he’d like to see X Ambassadors redefine what it means to be a band and a producing/songwriting collective, his immense respect for Lizzo, and the need for diversity in alternative music. You’ve said that your single “HEY CHILD” comes from a personal place, specifically it’s about growing apart from a lifelong friend. How did you decide on that angle for the song? Sam Harris: Yeah, I mean, it’s so funny. I like [that] most of these songs that end up being these personal songs. It was not an easy road to go down, but I’d had the chorus written already and I had different verses. I played it for Ricky Reed, who executive produced our record and produced a lot of tracks on it. And he was like, “I love this song. I love the music. I love the chorus. [But] I don’t really know what song’s about, you know? I wish you could put a little more of yourself in there.”So, we talked about it and then I told him, “Well, this is a love letter to my friend who I’ve become so estranged from and really miss, who’s really struggling and I can’t talk to right now.” And he’s like, “You should write about that.” So I did. I went back and rewrote the verses and told our story. This is one of my best friends since I was five years old. It’s the feeling of that love and dedication. I feel like a lot of songs [operate] within the context of a romantic relationship, and this is just as potent, in my view. Friendships are very similar to a lot of romantic relationships. They require work, they require attention. They can break your heart. I care a lot about this person still, even though we aren’t really on a speaking basis right now.I really appreciate you telling me that, and I agree. I actually wish there were more songs that describe how friendships change. Harris: Yeah. And I know myself, too. I was literally just talking to my fiance about this. I can be a very codependent person. That’s my whole life; I’ve kind of struggled with that and fought against it and given into it again. That’s a big part of the song and a big part of why the disillusion of this relationship hit me so hard. Because I realized I couldn’t really help this person anymore.I read that the “BOOM” artwork is written in braille. You know, I actually didn’t realize that your brother and bandmate Casey Harris was born with only 10% of his vision. Why did this feel like a good time to lean into that, conceptually? Harris: Yeah. He’s visually impaired, he was born blind. Yeah, it’s something a lot of people don’t know about.I think what we’re trying to embrace on this album is that it’s part of our DNA, and it’s the part that maybe we’ve subconsciously kind of kept hidden, and I don’t really know why. Probably because, I think at least for me, I was always afraid of making it about the fact that he has a disability, rather than about the music. I’m obviously very protective of my big brother.But on this album, the most important thing for us is to really try and show people who we are, not just make a record full of songs that can get on the radio or get a bunch of streams. We want to show people who we are as people and as human beings.We’re doing a lot of yellow on black [artwork]. My brother has a smartphone and has used computers, but he has to adapt it all so that the text is very, very large and bold in Arial black font, which is the same font that we used in all the artwork. And he reverses the contrast of it so that it’s yellow on black, so he can see it better. Everything that we’re doing now, I run by him. I showed him [the artwork for “Boom”] on a big screen and said, “Hey, can you see what this says or what the shape is?” I remember showing him the artwork for “Boom,” and even though it’s not tactile, I showed it to him on the phone, and he was like, “Oh sh*t. That says ‘BOOM.'”Why does this feel like the right time to really show the world who you are? What prevented X Ambassadors from doing that earlier in your career?Harris: I think we were still figuring it out. I’m 30 now. My brother’s 32, and our drummer’s also 30. I’m very happy to be this age, and I think I know myself better now. I mean, we made [our first record] when we were 24, 25. And the stuff before that, like, 22, 23. I just don’t think I had as good of a sense of self back then, as I do now. It’s just feeling a lot more confident in who you are and not being afraid to put that out there. That’s why artists like Billie Eilish are so incredible, and she’s so young. She’s putting all of herself out there which is like so, so scary and so cool to watch her do that. And to be so unafraid to do that.I mean, I think fear has to be there. But I think she just acknowledges it and says, “Okay, but I’m still going to do it, I’m still going to show people who I am even though it’s scary.”Absolutely. You know, I’d also love to know how you got involved in producing and writing songs for For the Throne: Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones. That’s huge!Harris: Yeah! We had a demo of this song called “Baptize Me,” which is on the record now. I had sent it to A&R at Columbia, because I was like, it didn’t fit the tone of our album that we’re putting out. But I thought it was a great song, and I didn’t know what to do with it, so I sent it to this A&R, and I was like, “What do you think? Do you think this could work on a soundtrack, or anything?” And then he sent it to Imran [Majid], the head of A&R at Columbia, who then showed it to Ricky Reed. He had already been tapped to executive produce the “Game of Thrones” soundtrack. Ricky was like, “I know Sam. Let me talk to him about this song, and about potentially writing some more stuff for the soundtrack.”He gave me a call and was like, “Would you be interested in this? Maybe we can get in, in a day and try to come up with a few ideas.” Before I’d even hung up the phone I was working on something for it, and sent him a demo of another track: the beginning of what ended up becoming “King Of One.” Then I ended up co-writing eight songs on the soundtrack, and I’m listed as associate producer on it. It’s a pretty crazy journey.Wow. Were you part of the team involved in narrowing down who would be best to sing each song?Harris: Well, I had some involvement. I threw out suggestions. Every artist who is singing on these songs really contributed to the writing process, and to the creative process as a whole. Really it would boil down to who was willing to come in and help us finish this thing.Our track “Baptize Me” featuring Jacob Banks—I really pushed hard to have him on that song. When I originally wrote that track, I actually wrote it for him.Then the Chloe X Halle track “Wolf At Your Door” is one of my favorites on the soundtrack. They are so talented and so, so sweet. When I knew that we were going to be working with a lot of artists in the Sony system and in the Columbia roster, I knew that they were on Columbia. I said, “They would be such a cool addition to the soundtrack. We’ve got to get them on it.” Ricky was like, “Cool, let’s make it happen.” We ended up getting in together to write this song all together, and it was me and Ricky and the two of them in the room working on it.OK, so, now that we’re a few episodes away from the series finale of Game Of Thrones, do you have any theories as to who will—or won’t—survive the war against Cersei? Harris: You know, I could talk about it all day. I don’t know. I go back and forth. Originally I was like, I think that Sansa Stark is going to somehow end up on the Iron Throne.Yeah, she’s going places.Harris: But I don’t know. Or it could just end in total death and chaos and disarray. The incredible thing about this show is that you really just have to stay on your toes. In other words, you can’t predict anything. Sometimes the bad guys win. Look [what] we’re seeing happen in our political climate in this country and all over the world. Sometimes the bad guys are winning. It’s something that the show doesn’t shy away from.Totally. But hey, to pivot back to songwriting for a second, you and the rest of X Ambassadors also collaborated with Lizzo on her new record. No big deal. How did you end up connecting with her? Harris: Yeah! We co-wrote and produced three tracks on her record, “Cuz I Love You,” “Jerome” and “Heaven Help Me,” and that was so fun. I just was such a f**king fan, she’s so good. I’d heard her music a couple of years ago, I was obsessed with the Coconut Oil EP. Then she put “Water Me” out, and I was just like, “Ooh.”I just told my manager and his team, “Get me in a room with her if there’s any way, please.” Eventually that ended up happening. [X Ambassadors] was starting to do some production work as a band for some other artists, and felt like this is something we really like, and we’re good at, and we want to continue, and let’s try it out and get in a session with Lizzo.So it was the three of us and her in a room all together. That day we wrote “Jerome,” which is one of my favorite things I think we’ve done. Watching her write is … I’ve never seen anything like it before. She just is so open and so good, and so, so on f**king point. Everything she was doing was great. She knows herself so well, and that is such a strength when you’re coming into a room to write a song.Then a couple of months later she hit me up, like, “Let’s get back in and write some more.” So we ended up writing “Heaven Help Me” and “Cuz I Love You” in literally the same day. I met Ricky Reed through her; he was working on her record, and she signed to his label Nice Life, through Atlantic. Ricky was producing her record, and he was like, “Man, I really love what you’re doing with Lizzo, we should get in and write some time.” And we ended up making our whole album together.Wow. Is songwriting and producing for other artists something you’d like to keep doing? Do you have any projects in the works, or anyone you really want to work with moving forward? Harris: Yeah, I mean, we’re always looking to work with more people. We would like to redefine what it is to be a band in today’s world. I know a lot of writing teams of people who are all songwriters, and all musicians, and they all get together, and they all write songs together with other artists, and write and produce for other artists. I look at them, and I’m like, “Well, that’s a band. They just happen to be making all this music and have different lead singers come in and write with them, and why can’t we do that too? We’re a band. We put out our own music, yes, but we can also become a production and writing team, and that can be a part of our signature sound.”And I also just love working with different voices and different perspectives. That’s what excites me. That’s what turns me on. I love that sh*t. I can’t express how important it is I think in general to just have more perspectives and more voices. … Especially in the world of alternative rock.I think it’s a subject that gets skirted around and hasn’t been addressed directly too many times. I think that it is definitely why the genre feels a little stale right now. Not to say that there aren’t so many incredible alternative musicians coming out right now, and it’s not a diverse field. It’s just, the ones who are getting the most attention are white dudes. [Alternative rock] is a very white male-dominated genre, and that’s not really good for a genre. You look at pop, you look at urban, and you look at R&B, and it’s all very diverse now. Even country is starting to diversify a little bit.But that’s also a slower climb, too. I think that where, we’re at right now, we really love beginning to explore our sound and figure out ways to redefine ourselves. Also, to speak our truth as a band and explore, and also try to elevate other voices that we find really compelling and interesting.Going back to Lizzo, working with her was just such an honor and a pleasure for that very reason. Because she just is so, so compelling and such a unique voice. From the very beginning we just all thought, “This is someone who is just a star. She’s a star.”Music Is Coming: Composer Ramin Djawadi Looks Back On Eight Epic Seasons Of ‘Game Of Thrones’Read morelast_img read more

Experts outline benefits of boosting Arctic broadband but some cite cultural concern

first_imgMembers of a Monday broadband forum session discuss indigenous perspectives on Arctic broadband. From left, Patrick Savok, Northwest Arctic Borough; Ian Erlich, Invoke360; Larry Kaplan, UAF Alaska Native Language Center; Cheryl Stine, ASRC; Joshua Peter, Tanana Chiefs Conference; Debbie Brisebois, Inuit Broadcasting Corp.; Darrell Ohakannoak, Nunavut Broadband Development Corp.(Tim Ellis/KUAC)Participants in the Arctic Broadband Forum held this week at the University of Alaska Fairbanks got an update on the progress of a project that promises to bring high-speed internet to remote northern Alaskan communities. And while residents of those towns and villages overwhelmingly support plans to bring broadband into the area, some worry about the flood of Western culture that will come with greater access to the internet.Listen nowThe head of the company that just completed the first phase of a fiber-optic cable system that brought must-faster internet connectivity to Prudhoe Bay said if all goes well, the company, Quintillion, will extend that broadband to five other northern Alaska communities as early as November.“These markets are demanding service – and desperate for this service,” Quintillion CEO Elizabeth Pierce said. She said the broadband that her Anchorage-based company will offer to the local internet service providers will improve the quality of life for the residents of Utqiagvik, the city formerly known as Barrow, as well as Wainwright, Point Hope, Kotzebue and Nome.“With broadband, you get access to education,” Pierce said. “And with education, you get access to well-paying jobs.”Heather Hudson, an expert who’s studied the trend that has decimated the population of many indigenous communities in Canada, much as it has in Alaska, said broadband could also help generate economic activity in remote communities and offer young people an alternative to leaving the village for a job in the city.“Unemployment is high – it’s very similar to Alaska,” Hudson said. “The cost of living is also high – similar to Alaska. And the population is young; half the people in Nunavut are under 25.”Hudson is an affiliate professor with the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research. She and others at the forum talked about how broadband would improve e-commerce, telemedicine and education. But some Alaska Natives and their indigenous counterparts in other Arctic nations worry about the downside of broadband.“I just feel that high technology is good, y’know, but there’s a time and place that it should be used,” Steve Oomittuk said. Oomittuk is an elder in the northwest Alaska village of Point Hope. He said in an interview last year that he worries about broadband making it hard for young people to appreciate their indigenous culture.“I try to let the younger people understand that they have an identity, that should never be forgotten,” Oomittuk said, “That (they) have a rich history, a rich culture.”Many indigenous peoples worry about their youths losing interest in their language and traditions. And they fear broadband could aggravate that problem.“There is concern. And there should be concern,” Cheryl Stine said. She’s the executive vice president of ASRC, the Inupiaq-owned Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, based in Utqiagvik.“I mean, we absolutely hear that concern, because I think that what we have are a lot of people that are glued to their phone, not paying attention to what’s going on around them,” Stine said Monday in an interview during a break between forum sessions.Stine said that doesn’t mean Alaska Natives should turn their backs on the technology. Rather, she said parents, educators and other community members must teach young people how to responsibly use it.“We need to be good parents,” Stine said. “We need to be engaged with our kids, y’know, pay attention to what they’re looking at, making sure they don’t get mired in the things that potentially could be negative about the internet.”Some, like Patrick Savok, the Northwest Arctic Borough’s chief of staff, believe broadband actually could help indigenous peoples preserve their cultures.“I think it’s a positive,” Savok said. “As we’ve seen our language and culture stripped away from us, the advent of broadband connectivity – and iPhones and Samsung and all these apps – opens this new world back to us.”Stine said broadband could facilitate greater sharing of Native culture by allowing schools and other institutions to download large files of data such as those stored in an Inupiat cultural repository in Utqiagvik.“We have an incredible amount of content that resides at the Inupiat History, Language and Culture Commission in Barrow that the villages really can’t access because of no broadband, right? There’s too much lag, it takes too much time,” Stine said.Stine said ASRC has invested in the Quintillion project in part to help share more widely cultural resources such as those managed by the Inupiat History, Language and Culture Commission.last_img read more

Nick Fury may have called Captain Marvel in previous MCU movies

first_imgCaptain MarvelMarvel Entertainment Official YoutubeCaptain Marvel released earlier this week and so far has earned $455 million at the global box-office. The movie seems unstoppable and fans are now connecting Carol Danvers to the upcoming Avengers: Endgame movie. Marvel Studio head recently revealed some shocking details about Captain Marvel and Nick Fury.Spoilers ahead for Captain Marvel:In Avengers: Infinity War, we saw how Nick Fury sent an SOS to Captain Marvel seeking her help. While in the recently released Captain Marvel, we saw how Carol Danvers upgraded young Nick Fury’s pager and instructed him to call her when there is an absolute emergency.However, after the release of Infinity War, fans were wondering why Nick Fury never sent an SOS to Captain Marvel before? There were several incidences like Loki’s attack on New York City and the rise of Ultron, which could have been easily handled if Carol Danvers was present.It was earlier reported that Captain Marvel almost made it to Avengers: Age of Ultron but now Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has offered an explanation that makes us wonder about other theories.For starters, Kevin Feige stated in his interview with SlashFilm that Captain Marvel instructed Nick Fury to only ask for his help if there is an utter emergency. If one considers the fate of Avengers in the very first movie, then as a group, they all managed to eradicate the alien race. At the same time, Hulk smashed Loki multiple times. Similar to this, in Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the help of Vision, Avengers were able to destroy Ultron for good. Captain MarvelMarvel Entertainment Official YoutubeSo, it looks like Avengers really did not need Captain Marvel’s help. But Kevin Feige’s later statement somehow proves that Nick Fury might have sent the SOS for a couple of times.”The other thing I’d say is how do you know he never hit it? How do we know he never pushed it before? We’ve never seen him push it before. That doesn’t mean he never did,” Feige said.So, it looks like Nick Fury might have called Captain Marvel on some occasions but she could have been busy fighting the galactic war and could not respond back in time.Whatever the case is, the Avengers now look extra powerful after Captain Marvel finally made her debut into the MCU. It will be revealed in Avengers: Endgame movie how Carol Danvers is going to use her power to defeat Thanos.last_img read more

Some Troops Rushed To See Doctors Before The Militarys New Transgender Policy

first_imgTed Eytan/WikimediaProtesters opposed to the Trump Administration’s military transgender service policy march in Washington, D.C. in a July 2017 demonstration.The Defense Department has implemented a Trump administration policy that bars transgender recruits from joining the military. The policy took effect April 12, though several lawsuits challenging it are pending in federal courts.Under the new rule, trans troops who are already in the military can continue to serve. But they can’t transition to another sex unless they were diagnosed with gender dysphoria before the policy took effect. Troops who can’t comply could be discharged.Trans service members and would-be recruits scrambled to meet the deadline.“There’s definitely been a rush to get doctors appointments and expedite the process of obtaining that diagnosis,” said Jamie Hash, an Air Force Tech Sargeant who transitioned to being a woman several years ago. She often speaks on behalf of trans people who serve and has counseled Air Force leaders about how best to support their trans colleagues.Hash said the transgender service policy has forced people to decide in a hurry whether to come out as trans and seek a diagnosis.“For some people, they may not have been in a situation where they were ready to start the process,” Hash said. “But this new policy has put them in a situation where they either have to now or they will no longer be able to in the future.” Listen 00:00 /03:57 But getting diagnoses proved challenging for many service members, especially those who were deployed.“If I had to name the top two issues that the service members have faced, it’s getting an appointment and seeing a doctor willing to diagnose them,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Bree Fram, a member of the transgender military advocacy group SPART*A.“Luckily, we’ve had a number of military medical providers go out of their way to add additional appointments or consider telemedicine for some folks that are deployed, or are just having trouble getting an appointment,” Fram said.Fram said many currently serving trans people don’t yet have a gender dysphoria diagnosis. Factors like career uncertainty and social stigma often play a role in the decision to seek one.The Defense Department does not track the number of service members or recruits who identify as transgender. The 2016 Department of Defense estimate found that about nine thousand active duty service members were transgender, though fewer than a thousand had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria in early 2018.“Honestly, we’re worried that they’re going to leave the service,” Fram said. “They have a lot to offer. But if they need to take care of themselves, they may need to leave the service in order to do that.”Current service members weren’t the only ones crunched by the deadline. Fram says openly transgender people trying to enlist met with a barrage of misinformation at recruiting offices, even before April 12, when they were still permitted to join.“It varies widely,” Fram said. “So some people will talk to a recruiter, and the recruiter will say, ‘No, the policy is we don’t take trans people.’ They might be basing that on a tweet or something they heard otherwise, but not the actual policy.”The Navy and Air Force have taken steps to mitigate the ban’s impact, according to advocates.Representatives from SPART*A report that in the weeks leading up the policy’s implementation, the Air Force streamlined to process by which airmen get provisional approval for gender dysphoria diagnoses made by civilian medical providers. Throughout the military, some troops were given leeway if they had trouble getting a gender dysphoria diagnosis from a military doctor in time.Meanwhile, the Navy has announced that trans service members can dress as their preferred gender while off-duty.Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center For Lesbian Rights and a lawyer challenging the policy, said the service branches don’t support the Trump Administration’s decision on transgender troops.“They don’t want to ban transgender people. They recognize these are valuable colleagues,” Minter said. “We’ve seen this constant pattern of resistance, of the military trying to soften the blow and protect transgender service members as much as they can, and then being constantly overridden by political leaders from the top.”A spokesman for the Air Force didn’t go that far, but said, “We are in the business of taking care of Airmen and commanders at all levels will continue to do so.”This story was originally published on Texas Public Radio. It was produced by the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans. Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more

Study shows how easy it is to determine someones identity with cell

first_img More information: Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, César A. Hidalgo, Michel Verleysen, and Vincent D. Blondel. “Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility.” Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep01376 As the focal point of their paper, the researchers used these results to develop a mathematical formula that tells the probability of uniquely identifying an individual based on the data’s temporal and spatial resolution. Essentially, they found a formula for estimating privacy. Don’t stop anonymizing data Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. These results highlight the potential risk to individual privacy and anonymity from mobility data combined with publicly available information. The researchers hope that the findings will help inform the design of future policies and technologies.”Our results help us understand what is possible and what is not possible,” de Montjoye told Phys.org. “We all have a lot to gain from this data being used. Our formula allows us to estimate privacy, so now the question is how do we use it to balance things out and make it a fair deal for everybody?”In the future, de Montjoye plans to continue to investigate the consequences of what large amounts of personal data mean for an individual’s privacy. “Another area we want to pursue is to apply this same methodology to other sources of human-generated data,” he said. Journal information: Scientific Reports (Phys.org) —While most people know that using a cell phone means that the phone’s location is being recorded, a new study has revealed just how little information is required to determine an individual’s personal identity. By analyzing 15 months of cell phone mobility data from 1.5 million people, researchers have found that only four spatio-temporal points (an individual’s approximate whereabouts at the approximate time when they’re using their cell phone) are all that’s needed to uniquely identify 95% of the individuals. The study has implications for modifying privacy law in order to keep pace with technological advances. An artistic representation of being “unique in the crowd,” representing the new finding that human mobility traces are highly unique, and mobility data can be used to reconstruct individuals’ movements in space and time. The original photo is on the right. Credit: Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, et al. Original image “Grand Central Station” by theotter The researchers, Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, and his coauthors, have published their paper in Nature’s Scientific Reports on how cell phone data places fundamental constraints on the privacy of an individual’s mobility traces.The reason that four locations are sufficient to identify most people is simply that human mobility is unique. Just as how everyone has unique fingerprints, everyone has unique daily travels. In the case of fingerprints, Edmond Locard showed in 1930 that only 12 points are needed to uniquely identify a fingerprint. Likewise, the researchers’ data shows that just four spatio-temporal points are needed to uniquely identify the mobility trace of an individual. In other words, it’s not likely that someone else will be in the same locations as you are at four different times of day. In fact, the researchers found that knowing just two randomly chosen points can uniquely identify more than 50% of the individuals.As the researchers noted, these four points that allow for the identification of individuals could come from information that is publicly available, such as the individual’s home address, workplace address, or Twitter posts. One might expect that the data would provide more anonymity by decreasing the resolution of the data, which is done by increasing the time range from one hour to several hours and increasing the spatial range from a few square meters to several hundred square meters. As an analogy, decreasing the resolution of a photograph causes people in the photograph to appear blurry and unidentifiable. But this is not what happens when decreasing the resolution of mobility data. Surprisingly, the researchers found that decreased resolution does not make the data that much more anonymous; a few more pieces of information are all that is needed to identify individuals. Citation: Study shows how easy it is to determine someone’s identity with cell phone data (2013, March 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-easy-identity-cell.html The unique traces of mobile phone users, along with the information that can be inferred from them, highlight the importance of understanding the privacy bounds of human mobility. Credit: Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, et al.last_img read more

Identify Tracking Cookies in Firefox

first_imgSeptember 26, 2007 1 min read Nobody likes having someone always looking over their shoulder, but you may get that feeling after you’ve browsed a while and then take a peek inside your Cookies folder.Most of the Web-tracking cookies that violate your privacy are owned not by the sites you visit but by companies that advertise on them. Though Internet Explorer doesn’t offer you an easy way to identify third-party cookies, Mozilla Firefox does: Open the program and click Tools, Options, Privacy, Show Cookies. Close the Options dialog box, but keep the Cookies dialog box open.Select a cookie under ‘Site’ to see more information about it (including the domain that owns it, and when it expires) in the text box below. To identify which sites are placing third-party cookies, clear your cookies, and then keep the Cookies dialog box visible as you surf. The cookies placed by the current page will appear at the bottom of the list. Brought to you by PCWorld Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Featured Deal Wireless Microphone System with LCD Display Dual Channel Handheld Microphones

first_img Share Tweet Submit Archeer UHF Wireless Microphone System with Dynamic LCD Display is designed to give you a fantastic visual impact and help you bring fun to parties. The product features Dual Handheld Dynamic Microphones for outdoor events, karaoke, and evening parties. The product is currently available on sale, as you can get your hands on the “Archeer UHF Wireless Microphone System with LCD Display and Dual Handheld Dynamic Microphones for Outdoor Wedding, Conference, Karaoke, Evening Party” for just $52.49 with code 24VWB23L (for limited units only).Deal: Highlights of Archer UHF Wireless Microphone System ($52.49)UHF Wireless Microphone System – Works at 220-599 MHz fixed frequency with strong anti-interference ability.High Signal / Noise Ratio Performance – Broad Frequency Response Range, low distortion.Features dual antennas to maximize wireless signal strength and increase the signal distance.Offer strong and stable wireless signal.Designed with small size and light weight, Archeer microphone system can be carried to anywhere to enjoy karaoke or speech for any occasion.Dual Channel Handheld Microphone – 2 undirectional Cardioid microphones deliver clear and loud high fidelity sound. Ideal for church, outdoor wedding, family entertainment, small DJ KJ stage, birthday party, conference, classrooms, small karaoke night, events etc.Operating Range: 80 Ft within line of sight.What You Get: 1x Wireless Microphone System, 2x Handheld Microphones (Using 4 AA batteries, batteries are not Included), 1x 6.35mm Audio Cable, 1x Power Cord, 1x User Manual.Warranty: Archeer promises to provide its customers with 18 months warranty from the date of purchase; 40 days money back, no questions asked. Original Value: $120.99 | Deal: $69.99 | Wccftech Exclusive Offer: $52.49 with code 24VWB23Llast_img read more

12 Mortgage Fraud Cases Over 12M in Losses

first_img12 Mortgage Fraud Cases, Over $12M in Losses Share July 12, 2011 495 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Top Stories of 2011 2011-07-12 Ryan Schuettecenter_img Twelve defendants appeared in court around the country this week to answer for charges related to mortgage fraud, conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud, and making false information to financial institutions, among others. The estimated combined losses for lenders and families: some $12.4 million.[IMAGE]Unaccounted-for: the number of delayed dreams, shattered finances, and lives adversely impacted by the crimes, alleged and otherwise.Several news agencies reported the news, with arraignments and indictments moving forward at lower and appellate courts across six states, including California, Connecticut, Kansas, Idaho, and Nevada. Some of the accused pled guilty, while other defendants received sentences and still others heard their charges.The “”Federal Bureau of Investigation””:http://www.fbi.gov/ (FBI) accounted for several of the cases, beginning with Christian Tudorof, who pleaded guilty Monday to one count of wired fraud in New Haven. According to the “”_Hartford Courant_””:http://www.courant.com/community/new-haven/hc-ap-ct-mortgagefraud-conjul11,0,4326967.story, Tudorof defrauded several lenders across the country by falsifying mortgage applications and failing to disclose ownership for six properties in Arizona, Connecticut, and Florida between 2006 and 2007. Tudorof netted $4 million in fraudulent homes, resulting in more than $2 million in losses for affected lenders. He may serve up to 20 years in prison and receive $4 million in fines when a court magistrates grants his sentence in October, according to the “”_Courant_””:http://www.courant.com/community/new-haven/hc-ap-ct-mortgagefraud-conjul11,0,4326967.story.On Tuesday, a Boise-based court sentenced real estate agent Melody Redondo to a year and three months in prison, plus five additional years of supervised release for falsifying documents she submitted to a financial institution. The 33-year-old pled guilty October last year to the false statement charge in a plea agreement that saw nine other counts, including charges for bank fraud, wire fraud, and making a false statement, dismissed by the presiding judge, according to the “”_Greenfield Daily Reporter_””:http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/925722b9bbbd4f94af06f715ed9e146b/ID–Mortgage-Fraud-Sentence/.[COLUMN_BREAK]Paul Redondo, the defendant’s husband, pled guilty to misdemeanor theft from a financial institution, for which the presiding judge sentenced him to three years’ probation and home detention, alongside an 80-hour community service requirement and $101,450 in fines and restitution.””False statements to banks in order to obtain home loans or home equity lines of credit undermine the integrity of the housing financing system,”” the “”_Reporter_””:http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/925722b9bbbd4f94af06f715ed9e146b/ID–Mortgage-Fraud-Sentence/ reported U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson as saying. “”This conviction shows that federal and state law enforcement agencies and prosecutors will work together to ensure that those who would exploit home loans for personal gain are properly punished.””Meanwhile, in Alameda County, California, Las Vegas resident Alan David Tikal continues to try to post $780,000 bail, which prosecutors allege his girlfriend may have obtained illegally. Authorities accuse the defendant of defrauding some 11 families as part of a real estate fraud and mortgage rescue scheme. Tikal will attend his bail hearing later on July 20.Not far from Alameda, a court charged six Los Angeles County residents for their alleged roles in orchestrating a $4 million mortgage fraud scheme. A federal jury indicted the first three defendants ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô Anthony Lewis, Maria Arriaza, and Deon Jackson ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy. The next three ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô Jennifer Le, Matthew Balsz, and Freddy Lentz ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô received charges related to bribery in the mortgage fraud scheme, according to court documents and information released by the “”FBI””:http://www.fbi.gov/. The former mortgage brokers and escrow officers allegedly omitted material information in applications, filed false bank statements, and used false verification deposit forms, among other things.If convictions move forward, Lewis, Arriaza, and Jackson may each face up to 95 years’ imprisonment and fines of $1 million or double the amount of losses sustained by lenders.Lastly, in Kansas City, Kansas, four men pled guilty to conspiracies in fraudulent mortgage loan applications. The men included Paul Hartfield, Brian Jaimes, John Bradfield, and Kevin Mahoney. Between the four, lenders lost approximately $4.9 million in fraudulent loans. With the exception of Jaimes, who may receive $1 million in fines, the other defendants each face up to 30 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.The 12 cases follow a string of other high-profile mortgage fraud cases and convictions nationally, with convicted money-launderer Thomas Kontogiannis awaiting a potential 30-year sentence for a $92 million mortgage fraud payout scheme, which some call the largest such instance of mortgage fraud in the nation’s history. in Government, Origination, Servicinglast_img read more