first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement For those who are adept at playing an instrument but not as comfortable manipulating technology, this idea might seem a bit daunting. Once you get the hang of it, though, it’s truly easy and the benefits can be huge. Broadcasting live is a valuable tool that all forward-thinking 21st-century musicians should be aware of. There’s really no reason not to do it. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Platforms for broadcasting live gigs include Facebook Live, Periscope, YouTube, YouNow, ConcertWindow, StageIt, and Gigee. They are not all created equal.If you perform live music, chances are you’ve broadcast yourself or participated in a live broadcast online. The speed of smartphone technology and the quality of the audio/video available to iPhone/Android users are pretty amazing — especially for those of us who have been professional musicians since before the tech existed. There are more streaming platforms and apps available than ever before, and the audio and video quality of the broadcasts gets better all the time with each new phone and software update.In my own experience, broadcasting my gigs regularly has led to new fans and a deeper connection with my existing audience. I have people who tune in for every broadcast! Very gratifying when you are playing to an empty restaurant; as long as there’s WiFi, I have a crowd online. And I made an extra $500 just from broadcasting in 2017 with very little promotion or effort beyond posting a tip jar link. My goal for 2018 is to improve that number with promotion, more targeted broadcasts aimed at my core audience, and more merch options. But that was still $500 I didn’t have before! That’s practically three weeks of groceries in the slow gig times. Twitterlast_img read more

Nunavuts NDP candidate in federal election is 25 just like the Inuit

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN News Mumilaaq Qaqqaq walks up to the agreed meeting spot wearing a light fall coat and purple hat to ward off the crisp air that has landed on Iqaluit early in this federal election.The city she now calls home is spread out behind her.Qaqqaq, 25, is the NDPs choice candidate to win the open riding.That’s young by federal standards, but things are different in Nunavut.Nunavut’s average age is 25, and there is a history of younger people getting things done.Qaqqaq was ready for the age question.She smiles as it is delivered- and has a quick response on hand.“When we think back to when Nunavut was first being created, all of those people, most of those people were in their 20s, all those Inuit,” says Qaqqaq.“When we look at other politics and other political leaders, often they start in their political career very young, in their 20s.”Winning the Nunavut riding and claiming a seat in the House of Commons wouldn’t be her first time taking a seat there.In 2017, Qaqqaq was a part of Daughters of The Vote, a program that brought young women together from across the country and put them on the floor of the House of Commons as MPs.She delivered a speech about suicide in Nunavut that brought the assembled women to their feet –twice- for standing ovations.She ended by asking, “where are our non-Indigenous allies?”The video took off online.“I took every opportunity that I could, and one of those ended up being Daughters of the Vote, where I got to speak in Parliament,” says Qaqqaq.“The video got way bigger than I thought it was going to, and what I had planned on. The aftermath of that was working with Inuit Tapariit Kanatami and working with Susan Aglukark for her Arctic Rose foundation.”Originally from Baker Lake – both her parents are teachers there and her brother is a full time hunter.She has called Iqaluit home since 2017.Her decision to run is based on those Baker Lake experiences, and what she learned next.“I’m running because I care, and I understand that there are things that need to change, and new things that need to be done, for us to see betterment for Nunavummiut, for Inuit. We all know that the suicide rate is higher here than anywhere else in Canada, and there are things that need to change.“I think it is important to see people like myself and people who look like me, in these kinds of positions,” says Qaqqaq.The Nunavut riding is unique in this election.There are three Inuit women running for the three leading parties.Qaqqaq is up against former Conservative cabinet minister Leona Aglukkaq and Liberal candidate Megan Pizzo-Lyall.For Qaqqaq, backing the NDP platform was a natural fit.“The NDP’s priorities line up with mine, and it’s a lot of things that we need up here. It’s a very diverse group, and they very openly promote that. 50 per cent of their candidates are women, they have a wide variety of LGBTQ and Indigenous people, and it’s really great to see that diversity.“One of their focuses is reconciliation, but true reconciliation, and putting things like the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People into law,” explains Qaqqaq.Aside from being Inuit women, the three candidates have things in common.All three are from smaller Nunavut communities, but all have lived in Iqaluit.All three favour handmade Inuit earrings – Qaqqaq’s new ones are bright NDP orange- and all three always manage to be wearing at least a little seal fur when campaigning.That’s surface stuff -the differences are in the policies- but Qaqqaq is happy to be joined by two Inuit peers.“It’s powerful, it’s so exciting – no matter what the outcome is- that’s what were going to see. Three Inuit women, that in itself is really amazing,” states read more

Angola UNICEF supports programme to improve maternal and child health

4 August 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is backing an Angolan Government initiative to provide better health-care services to expectant mothers and newborn babies as part of efforts to improve maternal and child survival in the poor African country. UNICEF staff are working with health authorities in five Angolan provinces to implement the project, monitoring local health facilities and providing educational, technical and financial assistance, according to a release issued by the agency on Friday.The aim of the programme is to deliver health services that are high impact but still low in cost and accessible to women, especially in rural or isolated areas, who would otherwise not have access to such services and would give birth at home without the help of trained health workers.Expectant mothers are given intermittent preventive treatment for malaria, vaccination against tetanus, voluntary testing and counselling for HIV, education about good hygiene practices, free insecticide-treated bed nets to protect against malaria, and also iron and folic acid supplements.UNICEF said mothers are given advice on potential danger signs that should prompt them to seek medical assistance for their newborn babies, which are also immunized against tuberculosis and polio.Improving maternal mortality is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of anti-poverty targets which world leaders have agreed to strive to achieve by 2015.The five provinces involved in this programme, which is part of a revitalization of Angolan health services that started in 2006, are Bié, Moxico, Huíla, Cunene and Luanda. read more

TNA raises concerns over Sampanthans security

Sarawanabavan said that the Government must take immediate action to address the concerns. He said that he will look into the concerns raised by the MP and ensure the opposition leader is given a proper backup vehicle. (Colombo Gazette) In response, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said that the vehicles given to the opposition leader for his backup security is part of the existing fleet of vehicles with the police. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today raised concerns in Parliament over the poor security given to opposition leader R. Sampanthan.TNA Parliamentarian E. Sarawanabavan said that the opposition leader has been given vehicles in poor condition for his security. read more

Army says Police did not share intelligence report

The Government also admitted today that intelligence information had been shared about a possible suicide attack in Colombo but the information had not been taken seriously by the Police.Minister of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment and Sports Harin Fernando made public a warning letter received by the authorities, which circulated on social media earlier. Senanayake said that the Army has sought an integrated system for intelligence sharing. He said that the Army is also seeking authority to investigate and make arrests. The Government had earlier said that the latter was fake.However Fernando made the letter public on his twitter account saying some intelligence officers were aware of the incidence.“Serious action need to be taken as to why this warning was ignored,” he said. The Army says the Police did not share any intelligence report of a possible attack on churches and other locations.Army Commander, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said that there was a lapse in intelligence sharing. Meanwhile, Minister Mano Ganesan said that his Ministerial Security Division (MSD) officers had also been warned by their Division a week earlier, about two suspected suicide bombers in Colombo targeting politicians. Over 300 people had been killed in the Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Analysis The tale of two Ohio State football teams

Urban Meyer prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field prior the start of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThere was one question left in the minds of many following Ohio State’s 62-39 win against Michigan.Where has this Ohio State team been all season? In a season that has seen the Buckeyes ranked as high as No. 2 and as low as No. 10, where they stayed for four straight weeks, most of the year has been underwhelming.But then “The Game” happened, and now the Buckeyes are potentially one big win away from sneaking into the College Football Playoff.So where has this team been?Head coach Urban Meyer has taken a similar view throughout most of the season, saying more than once that his team is nowhere close to where it needs to be on the way to an 11-1 record and a chance at the Big Ten title.But 11-1 isn’t the whole story. There have been games that made Ohio State look like it should have been kicked out of the top 25, as well as moments of hope that the Buckeyes could compete for a national title.Ohio State players walk up the field after a Boilermaker touchdown in the second half of the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Ohio State lost 49-20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe bad Ohio State teamPurdueMarylandNebraskaThese are the bad times.In this trio of games, all against opponents with six wins or fewer, Ohio State looked uneven, underprepared and unlikely to improve.The defense has been the biggest lapse, allowing an average of 43.7 points per game, 12 plays of 30 yards or more and at least 450 yards of total offense in the three worst games of its season.Most of the time that the defense has struggled, it has been against a player on the offense who was expected to play well. Purdue freshman wide receiver Rondale Moore ran rampant against Ohio State for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 12 catches, which was plenty to take down the then-undefeated Buckeyes.Maryland redshirt freshman Anthony McFarland ran for 298 yards and scored twice in the 52-51 overtime loss.McFarland was one of many Terrapin running backs, so sure, he specifically wasn’t expected to play that well. But Ohio State failed to adapt its defense at all to the run-dominant Maryland offense, and it nearly gave the Buckeyes its second loss of the season.The defense has been a question mark, even in some of the better games Ohio State has played. But on offense, especially in lackluster play against Purdue and Nebraska, the pass and run games could not find a way to work together.The loss to the Boilermakers was the second straight game the Buckeyes failed to run for 100 yards. In the following matchup against the Cornhuskers, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins completed 56.3 percent of his passes, his lowest percentage of the season.These “bad” games all felt like Ohio State was playing down to its opponents while emphasizing the glaring issues that the team has on defense when it is exploited.Ohio State junior linebacker Malik Harrison (39) and redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’mont Jones (86) celebrate after Jones recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe good Ohio State teamMichiganRutgersThe final eight minutes against Penn StateUnlike the bad, Ohio State’s good side has not come out very often.The Buckeyes have played a complete game of football twice this season, once against 1-11 Rutgers and the other against the No. 1 defense in the country in Michigan.In both instances, the Ohio State defense played at a high level. Maybe not at the level of the top defenses in the country, but certainly enough to let Haskins run the offense without worry.Ryan Day, either as acting head coach or as offensive coordinator, has made his dent in these games with smart play-calling to exploit the weaknesses in the defenses. Against Michigan, crossing routes took advantage of the man defense, and in the final moments to beat Penn State, Haskins used screen routes to drive 96 yards in fewer than three minutes.The weaknesses against Rutgers were, well, everything, but the Scarlet Knights have played other teams close, including losses by less than one score to Northwestern and Michigan State, as well as a 13-point defeat to the Nittany Lions.Ohio State left no doubt in the 52-3 thrashing of the Scarlet Knights but left plenty in the 27-26 win against Penn State. For 52 minutes, the Buckeyes showed more weaknesses than strengths but brought it together for eight impressive minutes to overcome a 12-point deficit and stay undefeated.But when looking at the competition and overall game play, Ohio State had one game to show what it is capable of doing, and that was against Michigan.The offense showed ability both in the air and on the ground, and the defense brought the most pressure it has since junior defensive end Nick Bosa left with an injury against TCU. The linebacker play was dramatically improved, and, while 39 points is high, over half came in the fourth quarter with the game already in hand.Which Ohio State team will show up against Northwestern?Momentum would say the good one. The Michigan victory was the best Ohio State has looked all season, and the matchup against the Wildcats is of equal importance if the Buckeyes hope to make the playoff.But Northwestern’s ability to make games close could force Ohio State back into its negative tendencies, and it should not be overlooked how much the Buckeyes prepared for the Michigan matchup.Specifically, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said 364 days of preparation go into that game.Ohio State might have moved on from being the team that lost to Purdue by 29 and took five-win Maryland to overtime. But the Buckeyes might also not be the same team that beat the Wolverines come time for the Big Ten Championship.As has been the case for every game this year, the Ohio State team that shows up on Saturday will be a toss-up. But the Buckeyes are trending up at the right time, and if they can repeat their game from this past week, they have a legitimate chance of making the playoff for the third time in program history. read more

Murder victims family devastated by release of M25 road rage killer Kenneth

Stephen Cameron (left) was stabbed to death by Kenneth Noye (right) in a road rage incident on the M25 in Kent in 1996 p. 1 » Loading Loading Related Article » for “” Next Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Loading Loading Zoom Page Note  1 of  3 0 To print the document, click the “Original Document” link to open the original PDF. At this time it is not possible to print the document with annotations. Under changes brought in after the Worboys case, the parole board published a summary of its reasons, saying Noye “had demonstrated an ability to deal appropriately with potentially violent situations in prison and was clearly well motivated to avoid further offending in the community.” Kenneth Noye Decision Summary p. 3 p. 2 “Noye can now go and live the rest of his life as a free man while our family still grieve for Stephen every day.  I’m sure he’ll head off to a nice little bolt hole in Spain somewhere and live the good life.”Noye will be on licence for the rest of his life, subject to recall to jail for breaching conditions. These include staying at an agreed address and abiding by “exclusion zones” barring him from anywhee near his victim’s family or meeting old contacts. It is not known if he will be electronically tagged.In the summer of 2017, the parole board recommended Noye’s transfer to an open prison, paving the way for unsupervised visits outside the jail and ultimately his release.The Ministry of Justice said: “Clearly this will be a distressing decision for the family of Stephen Cameron and our thoughts remain with them.”A prison source said: “He had violence throughout his life. Is he going to change because he has attended an anger management course? I very much doubt it but only time will tell.”Read the Parole Board decision in full Kenneth Noye Decision Summary It claimed the risk to the public from Noye, who turns 72 on Friday, had reduced due to his “current proven ability to control his emotions,” “clear life goals”, and “improved victim awareness.”The parole board acknowledged this contrasted with his past “readiness” to use weapons, his inability to “resolve arguments reasonably at key moments in his life” and “unhelpful attitudes” towards the use of violence.In coming to its decision, the board insisted that through rehabilitation programmes in prison he was now safe to be re-integrated to society.A career criminal jailed for 14 years for his part in the Brinks-Matt robbery in 1983, Noye was sentenced to life in April 2000 for the murder of Mr Cameron and ordered to serve a minimum 16 years.He had previously escaped jail in 1985 for stabbing an undercover detective to death after claiming self-defence when he found him in his garden. DC John Fordham was investigating Noye’s part in the Brinks-Matt robbery.Mr Cameron’s father, whose victim statement was presented to the parole board, said: “He is going back on the streets when he should spend the rest of his days behind bars.“Stephen was denied a life by Noye on May 19, 1996 when he left him lying in the gutter. And we are the ones who have had to live a life sentence. There isn’t a day we don’t think of Stephen.’ Loading Loading Previous CLOSE The family of the road rage victim killed by gangster Kenny Noye yesterday spoke of their “devastation” at his release by a parole board which claimed he had learned to control his violent temper.“Life should mean life,” said Ken Cameron, whose son Stephen, 21, was stabbed to death by Noye on a M25 slip road in Kent 23 years ago. “I can’t believe they have made this decision. I hoped this day would never come.”The family cannot take advantage of new rules that give victims a legal right to have a parole board decision reviewed because the new law enacting it is not due to be introduced until the summer.The new parole review mechanism was announced after the scandal over the proposed release of black cab rapist John Worboys’ without the knowledge of some of his victims.His father said last night the family would not be seeking a costly judicial review, their only other alternative to prevent Noye’s release, which is expected within weeks. Document Pages Notes Text Contributed by: Telegraph Graphics, The Telegraph « Contents Stephen Cameron (left) was stabbed to death by Kenneth Noye (right) in a road rage incident on the M25 in Kent in 1996 read more

Oyu Tolgoi power solution is on the cards

first_imgTurquoise Hill Resources has announced the signing of a Power Source Framework Agreement (PSFA) between Oyu Tolgoi and the Government of Mongolia.The PSFA provides a binding framework and pathway forward for the construction of a Tavan Tolgoi-based power project, as well as the basis for a long-term domestic power solution for the copper-gold mine, Turquoise Hill said.Ulf Quellmann, Chief Executive Officer of Turquoise Hill, said: “We are encouraged by the pivotal decision to proceed with the power project at Tavan Tolgoi. Resolving Oyu Tolgoi’s long-term power requirements is critically important to the mine’s long-term development and today’s signing of the PSFA is a positive milestone toward that goal.“We will continue to work closely and collaboratively with our partners to finalise the details of the power project, which will allow this truly great world-class asset to achieve its full potential for the benefit of all stakeholders.”The PSFA formalises the role of each party and sets out an amended timetable for Oyu Tolgoi to source power domestically, according to the company. Construction is expected to start in 2020 following further studies and commissioning of the power plant is scheduled for mid-2023.Oyu Tolgoi will now move forward to confirm the technical design of the project and finalise the commercial arrangements, including financing, underpinning the PSFA, the company said.The 300 MW plant will be majority owned by Oyu Tolgoi LLC, 51%-owned by Turquoise Hill, and will be situated close to the Tavan Tolgoi coalfields.Turquoise Hill Resources is 51%-owned by Rio Tinto.last_img read more

Raspberry Pi suffers minor manufacturing issue

first_imgThe Raspberry Pi $35 PC is now available to order, or more specifically pre-order as supplies are being snapped up faster than they can be manufactured. The first batch should be shipping out very soon, but has ultimately suffered a slight delay due to a manufacturing issue.The factory producing the tiny PCs has made a mistake and used the wrong jacks for the Ethernet port. They needed to have integrated magnets, but an X-ray of a sample showed non-magnetic jacks had been used. Shipping the Raspberry Pi with these jacks would mean no network connection is possible.Apparently the problem has taken just a few days to solve and required all the boards already manufactured having the wrong part removed and the right one soldered on. Thankfully, this shouldn’t have any impact on the first batch of boards shipping out. The bad news is later batches might now suffer a delay mainly because it’s proving tough to source enough magnetic jacks. The stock that had been purchsed is non-magnetic, so is effectively useless. Raspberry Pi’s suppliers need to start all over again and place new orders with whoever has the jacks available to purchase.I believe I got my Raspberry Pi order secured from the first batch, which I expect to have in my hands before the end of March. With this setback, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next batch of RPs didn’t arrive until late April or May, although it’s hard to predict until they have secured supplies of the new part.There is one positive to having your Raspberry Pi slightly delayed: it gives you more time to pick up a 3D printer and print your own case for it.Read more at Raspberry Pilast_img read more

Une réserve pour protéger les mystérieux saolas

first_imgUne réserve pour protéger les mystérieux saolasHier, les autorités vietnamiennes ont annoncé la création d’une nouvelle réserve destinée à protéger les saolas, une espèce rare de bovidé aux allures d’antilope.Egalement connu sous le nom de “licorne asiatique”, le saola est une créature bien étrange et difficile à observer. Craintive, elle se cache dans les forêts peu accessibles du Vietnam et du Laos et n’a été découverte qu’en 1992. Depuis, les spécialistes s’inquiètent du sort de l’animal dont la population est estimée à quelques centaines d’individus. Ainsi, les autorités vietnamiennes ont décidé de créer une nouvelle aire protégée pour ces bovidés sauvages et dont elles ont officialisé l’ouverture hier. À lire aussiComment conserver votre sapin de Noël tout au long des fêtes ?S’étendant le long de la frontière entre le Vietnam et le Laos, la réserve couvre une zone de plusieurs centaines de kilomètres carrés, jugée comme habitat idéal pour les saolas. “La création de la nouvelle Saola Nature Reserve montre un fort engagement du gouvernement vietnamien dans la conservation de cette espèce endémique hautement menacée”, a déclaré Tran Minh Hien, directrice du WWF Vietnam qui a participé à la création. En plus de protéger les saolas, la réserve devrait aussi permettre de préserver la biodiversité locale et d’autres espèces uniques. Aujourd’hui, les saolas restent encore très peu connus. Un mystère alimenté par le fait que l’animal aux deux cornes ne survit pas à la captivité. L’an dernier, des villageois laotiens sont parvenus à capturer un mâle mais celui-ci est mort quelques jours plus tard. Selon les scientifiques, il existerait plusieurs raisons à cette “réaction fatale”. “Quand ils sont en captivité, ils semblent extrêmement apprivoisés et sont très ouverts au fait que les gens les approchent et les touchent”, a expliqué Barney Long, directeur du programme de conservation pour le WWF qui a indiqué que ce comportement était en fait un signe de stress intense. De plus, les habitants ont pu nourrir l’animal avec des aliments dont il n’avait pas l’habitude. Tout en protégeant l’espèce, les spécialistes espèrent donc désormais en apprendre davantage sur la mystérieuse “licorne” et son mode de vie.Le 14 avril 2011 à 19:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LAfssaps devient officiellement lANSM

first_imgL’Afssaps devient officiellement l’ANSML’Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé (ANSM) a officiellement remplacé depuis le 1er mai l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps).Mardi 1er mai, l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé a officiellement disparu. L’Afssaps a en effet cédé la place à l’Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé (ANSM). Un changement de dénomination qui vise à renforcer “la sécurité sanitaire du médicament et des produits de santé” et s’accompagne également d’un nouveau “mode de gouvernance et d’organisation”.Selon le communiqué de presse, l’ANSM aura pour fonction de “garantir la sécurité des patients lors de l’utilisation des médicaments et des produits de santé”. Tout comme l’Afssaps, elle veillera également à “renforcer la surveillance et l’évaluation des produits de santé”et assurer “un meilleur encadrement des prescriptions, notamment hors autorisation de mise sur le marché (AMM) ou à titre d’autorisation temporaire d’utilisation (ATU) nominatives”.Dans le but de rassurer sur l’indépendance des membres qui la composent, l’ANSM publiera en ligne “les déclarations d’intérêts des agents exerçant des fonctions qui le justifient”. S’engageant pour une complète transparence, elle s’engage également à la “traçabilité des travaux précédant une prise de décision” et au “partage de l’information avec tous les publics, aussi bien les professionnels de santé que le grand public”. Ainsi le nouvelle agence souhaite “contribuer à restaurer la confiance des citoyens dans les produits de santé mais également à les sensibiliser au fait que le médicament n’est pas un produit comme les autres”.Le 4 mai 2012 à 19:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Liverpool Klopp discusses reactions to City defeat

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed how he handled his players following their 2-1 loss to Manchester City last Thursday.He adds that his assessment of the game is positive not minding the points lost to the defeat.“After games, I think I am just realistic. I say what I have to say,” Klopp told reporters, as quoted by the club’s official website.“The boys are too smart, so if I come in and say, ‘Everything is brilliant! Come on, it was a fantastic game, who cares about the points?’ it would be really silly and wouldn’t work. My assessment of the game was positive, of course – not about the result, but about the game. Was it perfect? No, so we have to talk about that.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Could we have defended the second goal? Yes, with the last line higher up and stuff like that. There are things you can talk about, but can I expect always perfection? I would love to but sometimes it doesn’t work out. It is completely normal, I don’t have to make a big fuss of it if there is no real issue.”“If we’d played really bad and lost 5-0 that would have for sure been different. This was the smallest difference result-wise you can get – you cannot lose with less than one goal. We lost with one goal, that can happen.”“We hit the post, they had to block two or three balls pretty much on their line, they were lucky in one or two situations, that’s how it is – and that was against Man City. It was not only positive, for sure not, but it was not only negative. We take it like it is and in a few moments, learn from it.”“There were moments where we can learn, 100 per cent – we could have calmed down the game a bit earlier, we could have started differently, that’s all clear but it’s just one football game.”last_img read more

Thanking the Heroes

first_imgBy the 25th anniversary of the Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver, spectators have come to expect a few things.They expect to see flags waving, Cub, Boy and Girl scouts chanting and marching bands playing. They also expect cloudy skies and drizzling rain. And Saturday’s event delivered in all areas.Hundreds of people zipped up their jackets, pulled on their hats and opened their umbrellas as they watched 120 parade entries march through the Fort Vancouver National Site on Saturday morning. Rain drizzled from the gray skies throughout the morning, leaving spectators to search the grounds for shelter. Small crowds clustered beneath the colorful tree canopies serving as oversized umbrellas.Despite the weather, Clark County residents showed up to support local soldiers and veterans, and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.Vancouver resident and Army Vietnam veteran Jerry Parker stood beneath his umbrella, small American flags in each hand, and smiled as the parade participants marched by. For the last six years, Parker has been among the participants, marching with various veterans groups.“I have never had the opportunity to observe, so I thought I would come out,” Parker said. “It’s too bad the weather never cooperates.”last_img read more

Thomas Cook pilots strike over pay dispute

first_imgThomas Cook pilots who are members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) are taking part in a 12-hour strike in a dispute over pay.The 12-hour strike, which commenced at 3am on Friday 8 September and will end at 3pm, relates to 2017 pay negotiations for the pilots.The union is calling for a pay increase in line with inflation and a further pay offer to be put forward by the organisation.On a turnout of 88%, 91% of pilots balloted voted in favour of taking strike action over the pay dispute.A spokesperson at Thomas Cook Airlines said: “We have set out a fair pay increase of 1.75% in year one and 2.25% increase in year two, on top of automatic pay increases, in what is a very competitive environment. BALPA [has] not moved from [its] demands for a pay rise which adds up to more than 10%, or around £10,000 per pilot. We hope BALPA [comes] back to the table willing to negotiate. We are grateful to our customers for their understanding and to our pilots who are flying today, as well as staff who are working hard to keep the impact of this strike to a minimum. All of our flights so far today have operated without disruption.”Brian Strutton, general secretary at BALPA, said: “Thomas Cook pilots have faced pay cuts and slashed terms and conditions and say, ‘enough is enough’. Going on strike is not something pilots take lightly. BALPA members haven’t been on strike since 1974, but with no sensible pay offer on the table, Thomas Cook pilots have had no other option.“The time has come for Thomas Cook to understand the depth of feeling on this issue, listen to its pilots and come forward with a reasonable offer that they can accept.”last_img read more

Trump for giving visa for skilled workers

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump said on Friday he is planning changes to the H-1B program that grants temporarily visas to highly educated immigrants who work in specialty occupations such as technology or medicine.“H1-B (sic) holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship,” Trump said on Twitter. “We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the US.”It was unclear what Trump meant by a “potential path to citizenship” for H-1B visa holders, who already are eligible to be sponsored by their employers for legal permanent residency, which would make them eligible to become U.S. citizens.The White House did not immediately comment on whether Trump was considering changes beyond those proposed in new rules issued in December by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Trump, a Republican, has embraced changes to the immigration system to favour educated or highly skilled people.Trump’s tweet on the visa program came amid his battle with congressional Democrats over spending legislation to fund the federal government. Trump wants to includes $5.6 billion for a wall along the border with Mexico, which he says will stem illegal immigration.Democrats call the proposed wall expensive, ineffective and immoral. The dispute has led to a partial shutdown of the U.S. government that is now in its 21st day.Trump, who has also sought to limit legal immigration, in April 2017 ordered a reform of the U.S. visa program to benefit educated and highly skilled workers.Competition is tough for the temporary visas, which require a bachelor’s degree. In 2018, the United States hit the limit on the number of H-1Bs it could issue, 65,000, by the first week of April, according to the Department of Homeland Security.US companies often use H-1B visas to hire graduate-level workers in several specialized fields, including information technology, medicine, engineering and mathematics.When asked about Trump’s tweet, USCIS spokesman Michael Bars pointed to the administration’s proposed changes to the H-1B process, which are likely to become final later this year.The proposal is designed to increase the number of H-1B beneficiaries by 16 per cent, or 5,340 more workers, who hold advanced degrees from American universities. It would also entail a new electronic registration system meant to streamline the application process.last_img read more

Sony cuts PSP price to 12999 February 27

first_imgAlthough the PSP 2 (NGP) isn’t expected to release until the end of this year, Sony hasn’t forgotten about the PSP. Until now you could expect to pay $169.99 for the PSP 3000 (not the PSPgo), but come February 27 that changes. Sony is officially dropping the price to $129.99 saving you $40.As an additional incentive to invest in  the ageing PSP handheld, Sony has decided to add new games to both its Greatest Hits and Favorites UMD collections. So that’s a bunch of new titles dropping to the $19.99 and $9.99 price points respectively.13 games in all join the collections as listed below:Greatest Hits ($19.99)Assassin’s Creed BloodlinesDissidia Final FantasyLittleBigPlanetMetal Gear Solid: Peace WalkerRatchet & Clank: Size MattersResistance: RetributionToy Story 3: The Video GameFavorites ($9.99)Crisis Core Final Fantasy VIIDaxterMonster Hunter Freedom UniteKillzone: LiberationSOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Fire Team BravoTomb Raider AnniversaryIf you have never owned a PSP before, then this may be the perfect time to invest. Existing owners with a well-used PSP may want to consider reinvesting. After all, the PSP 2 and PSPgo don’t play UMDs and I bet there’s a few games in your collection you’d like to come back and play again in the future.Read more at G4TVlast_img read more

VIDEO Mets analyst Keith Hernandez approves of Marlins controversial beaning of Ronald

first_imgBraves rookie slugger Ronald Acuña was on an epic tear with 8 home runs in his last 8 games, and 3 leadoff home runs in his last 3, so last night Marlins pitcher Jose Ureña decided to kill all the fun by drilling Acuña to leadoff the game with a 97 MPH fastball because of baseball’s unwritten rule against cool stuff. Both benches subsequently cleared after the plunking, and Acuña eventually left the game with an elbow injury.Benches clear in Marlins-Braves after José Ureña hits Ronald Acuña Jr. in 1st inning.Acuña Jr. (5 straight games with HR, 3 straight with leadoff HR) exits in 2nd inning.— MLB (@MLB) August 16, 2018 Advertisement The move to hit Acuña was mostly ripped by baseball fans and MLB players as a punk move, but former Mets first baseman, current Mets analyst, and “old school baseball guy” Keith Hernandez wasn’t among them. During the Mets’ broadcast, Hernandez weighed in, saying he agreed with nailing Acuña because, well, he was just hitting too many home runs.Hernandez knew the take would be unpopular, and did clarify he wasn’t advocating to throw at Acuña’s head, but this kind of attitude and dedication to baseball’s unwritten rules is a perfect example of why “baseball guy” is holding baseball back as a sport. Sports fans in 2018 want to see greatness and stars, not non-existent scores being settled.This is what Keith Hernandez had to say about Urena hitting Acuna. 🤔🤔🤔— Kris Venezia (@KVenezia1) August 16, 2018last_img read more

Applications for US jobless aid remain low at 279000

first_imgA help wanted sign is posted at a tractor dealership in Ashland, Va., Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The U.S. Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits during the week ending June 6 on Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, yet remained at a historically low level that points to a healthy job market.The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for jobless aid increased 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 279,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 3,750 to 278,750.Even with the increases, both figures remain at very low levels. The average fell to a 15-year low last month. Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so the figures suggest that few Americans are losing their jobs. Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019center_img “The pace of layoffs is now close to all-time lows as a share of payrolls,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, in a note to clients.In addition to holding onto workers, businesses are also stepping up hiring. Employers added 280,000 jobs last month, the government said last week, a strong showing that suggests businesses are staffing up in anticipation of robust consumer demand.That was more than last year’s monthly average of 263,667, which was the most in 15 years.The unemployment rate rose to 5.5 percent from 5.4 percent, but even that contained some good news: more Americans, encouraged by their prospects, started looking for work last month. Not all immediately found jobs, lifting the unemployment rate.The number of people receiving benefits rose 61,000 to 2.27 million, the government said. That is just a fraction of the 8.6 million the government counts as unemployed. Some of those out of work have used up all their benefits, while many others aren’t eligible, such as recent graduates searching for their first jobs.Average hourly wages, which have grown at a tepid pace since the Great Recession ended six years ago, ticked up in May and have risen 2.3 percent in the past year. That is the fastest annual pace in nearly two years, though it remains far below the 3.5 percent to 4 percent rate typical in a healthy economy. Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day There are other signs that the economy is doing better after faltering at the start of the year.On Thursday, the Commerce Department said retail sales rose 1.2 percent in May, as Americans bought more cars, building materials, and clothes. Excluding volatile categories such as gas, autos, restaurants and building materials, sales rose a healthy 0.7 percent.Separately, a survey last week of purchasing executives found that manufacturing expanded at a faster pace in May as U.S. factories received more new orders.The economy contracted 0.7 percent in the first three months of the year, a sharp slowdown from growth of 3.6 percent in the second half. Yet most economists expect growth will recover to a 2 percent to 2.5 percent pace in the second quarter.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

TTM TAT supporting sustainability

first_imgThe Thailand Tourism Authority (TAT) continues its push to promote niche market offerings such as eco-tourism and voluntourism to international visitors, now more than ever, given its current stance on sustainability.TAT will place greater effort on increasing first-time visitors and high spenders through four niche products; golf, health & wellness, wedding & honeymoon, and green tourism, as outlined in TAT’s 2013 Action Plan.These matters and more were discussed during a media briefing on 6 June at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+ 2013).Voluntourism is one of the key developmental areas of eco-tourism in Thailand and is becoming more equitable as time goes on.International travellers are becoming increasingly aware of the damage that unplanned mass tourism can cause and its detrimental effects on not only the environment, but the local people.“This is the first year we’ve ever had to discuss how to alleviate issues of over-saturation when it comes to traveller’s possibly causing ecological and cultural damage in certain regions of Thailand,” TAT deputy governor marketing communication Suraphon Svetasreni said.TAT has set up the Little Big Project, a voluntourism competition aimed at boosting awareness and the responsibility of travellers through a meaningful and insightful volunteering vacation.“Sustainability is a huge responsibility for government, tourism bureaus and also visitors,” TAT deputy governor Juthaporn Rerngronasa said.“We want agents to customise and specifically tailor their client’s trips in an effort to encourage niche market travellers, providing not just an experience but an education to travellers.”ETB News is in Bangkok for TTM+ 2013 between 4-7 June, hosted by TAT. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. “Sustainability is a huge responsibility forgovernment, tourism bureaus and also visitors,”TAT deputy general Juthaporn Rerngronasa.last_img read more

Irelandbased Total Produce has said that for the

first_img Ireland-based Total Produce has said that for the first time the company’s participation at Fruit Logistica in Berlin this year will be carbon-neutral.The initiative will see Vita – an Irish development partner –  independently calculate and total the estimated carbon emissions associated with the construction and operation of the Total Produce stand, long haul and short haul travel to the event and accommodation for all of the company’s attendees. January 24 , 2019 You might also be interested in Total Produce announces board changes …center_img Total Produce’s 2018 revenues rise 18% on back of … “Total Produce has committed to invest in Carbon Credits to the value of the total tonnage of CO2 emissions estimated by Vita, the revenue from which will fund Vita projects,” the company said.It added that by removing the need for many additional trips to growers, customers and sister companies throughout the year, Fruit Logistica is already an instrument for reducing international travel.Vincent Dolan, the group’s marketing director said: “In working with Vita, we in Total Produce are striving to reduce still further the impact of carbon emissions associated with unavoidable travel across a global group while simultaneously contributing to worthwhile carbon reduction and water preservation projects in Africa.”last_img read more