Canadian music festivals pledging gender equality in lineups by 2022

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first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisement TORONTO — Four Canadian music events are joining an international pledge to fight inequality in the industry by vowing to have gender parity across their lineups by 2022.Montreal’s electronic music festival Mutek, western Canadian-based conference BreakOut West, and both North By Northeast and Canadian Music Week in Toronto are among 45 global events agreeing to take part in the initiative.The move is being led by U.K. talent firm PRS Foundation, which founded a program called Keychange in the hopes of “empowering women to transform the future of the music industry.”So excited to announce that 45 music festivals and conferences have signed up to our 50:50 by 2022 pledge! Find out more (and how you can join us) here > https://t.co/T1QnbSudOQ pic.twitter.com/CQ8iF3KOpw— Keychange (@KeychangeEU) February 26, 2018 Vanessa Reed introduces the Keychange 50/50 pledge and says we’ve got lots to do, but we’re excited about this as a start! #keychange pic.twitter.com/qwku4ncZTU— Keychange (@KeychangeEU) February 26, 2018Gender imbalance has long been a conversation in the music industry, though pressure has ramped up in recent years, with both the Grammy Awards and Junos facing criticism over a lack of female representation among their nominees.Music festivals have come under similar scrutiny for poor representation of women among their performers. Some have suggested it’s a relatively easy fix for promoters to book more female artists. Keychange’s goals offer festivals roughly five years to implement their changes.Other international festivals and conferences among the participants for gender balance include Iceland Airwaves, NYC Winter Jazzfest, Liverpool Sound City and the Manchester Jazz Festival. Advertisementlast_img read more

UN official urges more help for South Sudan to cope with crises

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“This country is facing at the present moment, six months after independence… a number of huge humanitarian challenges that needs massive solidarity from the international community,” said António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, who is on visit to South Sudan, in an interview with UN Radio.South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July last year after voting overwhelmingly for separation in a referendum held as part of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the decades of civil war.Fighting in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states has caused some 80,000 Sudanese refugees to flee across the border into Unity and Upper Nile states in South Sudan. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been delivering tens and other relief supplies to assistant the refugees.“UNHCR… is directly engaged in relation to the support of refugees that are coming now in great numbers fleeing from South Kordofan and Blue Nile and have been received in an extremely hospitable way by the people and the Government of South Sudan in Upper Nile and Unity states,” said Mr. Guterres.He said 60 planeloads of tents and other relief items had been delivered for the 80,000 refugees and that UNHCR was working with partners to ensure that they have food, water, heath care and protection.On the situation on South Sudan’s Jonglei state where the recent outbreak of inter-ethnic clashes between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities resulted in major internal population movements, Mr. Guterres commended the work of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the country’s Government in preventing an escalation.“The UN mission… has done a fantastic job to avoid an escalation of this conflict and to avoid much worse the consequences,” he said.“We have been closely cooperating with the mission, but I think one should recognize the leadership of the mission together with the authorities of the country has been exemplary,” he added.UNMISS has reinforced its presence in key areas of Jonglei to protect civilians following the recent violence and is continuing to conduct daily air and land patrols. But the mission has repeatedly stressed that the Government has the main responsibility of restoring peace and stability. The Government also deployed extra security forces in Jonglei. 9 January 2012The head of the United Nations refugee agency today urged the international community to show greater solidarity with South Sudan as it strives to cope with enormous humanitarian challenges as tensions between communities cause internal displacement amid a refugee influx from Sudan. read more

SLFP cautions the UNP on critical comments

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Perera said that Hashim should remember that he is the General Secretary of a political party which is in a coalition Government with the SLFP. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today cautioned the United National Party (UNP) on critical comments being made on coalition partners in the Government.SLFP spokesman Dilan Perera said the UNP should not hurt the feelings of the SLFP or others who are in the Government. His comments came after UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim had yesterday been critical of the SLFP policies when it was in power. The SLFP Parliamentarian also noted that the new Government was formed as a result of the victory achieved by President Maithripala Sirisena at the January Presidential elections, who before the election was the SLFP General Secretary. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Student wins an iPod from Academic Integrity

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Academic Integrity officer Troy Brooks, right, presents Guillaume Poulin-Couture with an iPod Touch.Guillaume Poulin-Couture has won an iPod Touch for learning more about academic integrity.The first-year Business Economics major completed an online Academic Integrity tutorial. About 1,000 students completed the tutorial in September and October. Poulin-Couture’s name was drawn for the iPod.The tutorial has been online since 2008.

Fed survey finds widespread concerns over trade

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve’s latest nationwide survey released Wednesday reveals that despite growing worries about the impact of President Donald Trump’s trade battles, the overall economy remained solid.The Fed said that many of its 12 regions saw slight gains in retail sales and home sales. Auto sales remained flat and farmers struggled with heavy rains.“The outlook generally was positive for the coming months with expectations of continued modest growth, despite widespread concerns about the possible negative impact of trade-related uncertainty,” the Fed report said.The report, known as the beige book, will be used for discussion at the next Fed meeting on July 30-31 when it is expected to cut its policy rate for the first time in a decade.That view has strengthened following comments Fed Chairman Jerome Powell made in congressional testimony last week and in a speech on Tuesday in Paris. Powell emphasized Fed concerns over rising uncertainties related to trade tensions and a global slowdown and promised that the central bank “will act as appropriate” to sustain the current expansion, now the longest in U.S. history.A rate cut would un-do some of the credit tightening that occurred after the Fed raised rates four times last year, hikes that Trump has strongly attacked.Supporters of a rate can point to the beige book’s assessment that despite tight labour markets, inflation has remained at stubbornly low levels below the Fed’s target of 2% annual price increases.The report found that in the period from mid-May through early July, inflation was stable to slightly lower, even though some districts were seeing increased production costs due to higher tariffs and rising labour costs.The impact of the increases on consumers has been retrained, the Fed report said, because companies have not been able to pass on price increases due to brisk competition.The report said that farmers in the St. Louis, Minneapolis and Kansas City districts have had to contend with heavy rains and flooding that has delayed planting and ruined crops.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

BlackBerry defines its prosumer target market communications and productivity

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BlackBerry defines its ‘prosumer’ target market: communications and productivity TORONTO – Long battered by complaints that it lacks the latest and greatest apps to attract consumers and keep them entertained, BlackBerry hopes the customers it’s now focusing on just don’t care about the dreaded “app gap.”When BlackBerry provided a dire update on its business last month, the floundering company signalled it was turning away from mainstream consumers to refocus its efforts on two markets: enterprise customers and so-called “prosumers.”The company didn’t elaborate then on what exactly it considers a prosumer to be but during a recent demo of its new Z30 smartphone, which was released in Canada this week, two spokesmen defined the customer type and why they might choose a BlackBerry.“Their sole purpose is that this is primarily a communications device and a productivity machine,” said Michael Clewley, director of handheld software product management, while holding up his BlackBerry.“While applications are good to have in some respects they’re not primary or sometimes even secondary for that type of user. And if they do use applications they’re using very targeted specific applications, they’re not spending a lot of time in the storefront browsing for the latest or greatest or trying to find out what’s hot and stuff like that. They’re going to look for apps that help get the job done for them.”Todd Wood, senior vice president of design, said some think the “pro” in prosumer stands for professional, but it can also be short for producer.“They create more content than they consume, in most cases, and arguably that was the original definition of prosumer,” said Wood.“There’s a set of BlackBerry users that really think of themselves as enterprises in and of themselves so they want to choose a more professional or semi-professional device.”Clewley did emphasize that the company hasn’t given up on trying to land some of the biggest apps, including Netflix and Instagram. He said the new build of BlackBerry’s operating system, 10.2, incorporates the latest version of Google’s Android platform, which should lead to more Android apps getting repurposed for BlackBerry users.“What we find is developers who bring their apps to BlackBerry 10 actually see a good uptake of those applications but you’ve got to sort of win them over,” Clewley said.“So I think we’re doing things to help users get the more fun applications or the media-type applications and we’re continuing to drive and go after important productivity focused applications.” by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2013 10:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Counter and reject leaders who seek to exploit differences between us urges

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Reflecting on what he called “ever-rising anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia”, the Secretary-General said it was vital now to “counter and reject religious and political figures who exploit differences” for their own gain. He said we must also ask “why so many people feel excluded, and why they are tempted by extreme messages of intolerance against each other.”Mr. Guterres arrived at the more than 1,000-year-old mosque and centre of Islamic scholarship in the Egyptian capital, as “a man of faith”, he said, to show his solidarity with the faithful, in the wake of last month’s massacre at two mosques in New Zealand by a self-avowed white supremacist.What an impressive reminder of how the Arab world opened the door to epic discoveries and possibilities. Seeing the cultural heritage at the conservation center of the Grand Egyptian Museum was marvelous. pic.twitter.com/jphjQyoEKc— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) April 2, 2019 “As the holy Quran says in Surah Fussilat, verse 34, ‘Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better, and then you will see that one who was once your enemy, has become your dearest friend.’” said the UN chief.He noted the similar attack by a lone gunman on Jewish worshippers at a Synagogue in the Pennsylvanian city of Pittsburgh last October, where as in the Christchurch aftermath, concerned citizens of other faiths, rallied to support and protect survivors.“This is the spirit that I know is deeply embedded in Islam – a faith of love, compassion, forgiveness, mercy and grace”, said the UN chief.With hate speech “entering the mainstream” and “spreading like wildfire” through social and traditional media, he noted that it was infecting both liberal democracies and authoritarian States. “These dark forces menace democratic values, social stability and peace. They stigmatize women, minorities migrants and refugees,” he said.Faith leaders “have a very important role” Mr. Guterres said, noting that his host, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, had joined hands with Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi in February.“I have here, given by the Grand Imam, the text, the common text, approved by him and the Pope”, said the Secretary General, “which is a fantastic testimony of mutual respect, tolerance, compassion and peace, given by the two great religious leaders to the world.” Muslims have paid ‘heavy price’ for terrorist acts of ‘a handful of criminals’“As the Grand Imam stated, Muslims have paid a heavy price due to the actions of ‘a handful of criminals.’ He also stressed that ‘all religions agree that God forbids killing,’” added Mr. Guterres. He noted that the Grand Imam had also called for Muslims in the Middle East to protect Christian communities, who have been subjected to terror at the hands of fundamentalist groups such as ISIL, or Da’esh. “I also commend the initiatives taken by al-Azhar to promote the true face of Islam and counter violent extremist philosophies and terrorist propaganda,” said the UN chief: “Nothing justifies terrorism and it becomes particularly hideous when religion in involved.”Later in the day in Cairo as part of his extended visit to the Middle East region this week, Mr. Guterres toured the Grand Egyptian Museum describing it on Twitter as “an impressive reminder of how the Arab world opened the door to epic discoveries and possibilities”. read more

Ratsized snails are taking over South Florida

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first_img 10 things in tech you need to know today 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions SNAILS AS BIG as rats are menacing residents of the sunshine state as the large creatures chomp their way through everything in South Florida from plaster to concrete, devouring a wide variety of plants and getting underfoot.The oversized nuisance is a giant African land snail or GALS for short. Denise Feiber, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, told Reuters’ Barbara Liston that the snail was first spotted in Southern Florida in September 2011, and that close to 120,000 of the slimy creatures have been caught in Miami-Dade County since then.More snails are expected to crawl out from under the earth as Florida’s rainy season kicks off over the next two months, Feiber told Reuters.“Scientists consider the giant African land snail to be one of the most damaging snails in the world because it is known to consume at least 500 different types of plants, and can pose a serious health risk to humans,” the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services warns on its website.A parasite known as rat lungworm can be found in the snail’s mucus, which could lead to meningitis in humans if it makes its way into your digestive tract — usually from putting your hands in your mouth after coming in contact with the snails. People are strongly advised not to pick up or handle the snails, which can grow up to 8 inches in length and 4 inches wide.It’s illegal to import African land snails into the United States without a permit, but the snails can make their way into the country through luggage or agricultural products.There was also one instance, in 1966, when “a boy smuggled three giant African land snails into Miami as pets,” according to Florida’s department of agriculture.The snails were released outside. Seven years later those three snails became 18,000 and Florida had to launch a $1 million eradication program.If Florida residents come across a giant African snail, they are being urged to contact authorities by emailing a photo for identification.- Dina SpectorRead: Demand for exotic pets pushes species to brink>last_img read more

Full categories nominees for 2014 WWE Slammy Awards

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first_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WWE told hold first-ever Latin American talent tryout in Santiago, Chile this December Google+ CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragón Lee to debut at MLW December events Videos Articles Triple H Pinterest Now Playing Up Next The Miz Videos Articles The following is the full list of categories and nominees for the 2014 WWE Slammy Awards that can be voted on via the WWE app and will be revealed during tonight’s 12/8 WWE RAW:Match of the YearDaniel Bryan vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton – WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania 30The Shield vs. Evolution – Extreme RulesJohn Cena vs. Bray Wyatt – Last Man Standing Match at PaybackTeam Cena vs. Team Authority – 5-on-5 Traditional Elimination Match at Survivor SeriesWWE Superstar of the YearBrock LesnarDean AmbroseJohn CenaSeth RollinsDaniel BryanRoman ReignsBray WyattWWE Diva of the YearAJ LeePaigeNikki BellaBrie BellaLOL Moment of the YearDamien Mizdow as The Miz’s Stunt DoubleMr. T thanks his mother at the 2014 WWE Hall of FameVickie Guerrero throws Stephanie McMahon in a pool of pudding on RawEl Torito vs. Hornswoggle – WeeLC Match at Extreme RulesExtreme Moment of the YearBrock Lesnar hits 16 German suplexes at SummerSlamKane hits Daniel Bryan with Tombstones on floor, steel steps and table on RawChris Jericho hits a cross-body on Bray Wyatt from the top of a steel cage on RawSeth Rollins Curb Stomps Dean Ambrose through cinderblocks on RawSurprise Return of the YearHulk Hogan returns as the guest host of WrestleMania 30 on RawUltimate Warrior returns to WWE at WrestleMania 30, Raw, Hall of FameBatista returns on RawThe Rock returns to interrupt Rusev and Lana on Raw“This is Awesome” Moment of the YearYes! Movement occupies RawStephanie McMahon gets arrested and taken away on RawSting debuts to help Team Cena defeat Team AuthorityHulk Hogan, The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin meet at WrestleMania 30OMG Shocking Moment of the YearBrock Lesnar defeats The Undertaker’s WrestleMania Streak at WrestleMania 30Seth Rollins turns on The Shield on RawBray Wyatt’s choir surrounds John Cena inside Steel Cage on RawNikki Bella turns on Brie Bella at SummerSlamHere are the 2014 WWE.com exclusive Slammy nominees. Winners will be revealed on Monday night in the WWE Network Raw Pre-Show at 7:30 p.m. ET and right here on WWE.com:“Tell Me You Didn’t Just Say That” Insult of the YearNikki tells Brie she wished she died in the womb on RawPaul Heyman raps on John Cena on RawChris Jericho insults The Authority after Stephanie’s arrest on Monday Night Raw – July 28, 2014The Rock insults Rusev and Lana on RawWWE Tag Team of the YearGold & StardustThe UsosLos Matadores with El ToritoSlater Gator with Mini GatorThe Miz & Damien MizdowBreakout Star of the YearRusev with LanaRoman ReignsPaigeDean AmbroseSeth RollinsHashtag of the Year#OccupyRAW#RKOOuttaNowhere#MoscowMooseKnuckle#EatSleepSuplexRepeat#NineNinetyNineFan Participation Award“You Sold Out” – Seth Rollins“Nine Ninety-Nine” – WWE Network“We The People” – Jack Swagger“I’m Afraid I’ve Got Some Bad News” – Bad News Barrett“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” – Bray WyattDouble-Cross of the YearThe Authority turns on Randy Orton on RawSeth Rollins betrays the Shield and joins The Authority on RAWNikki Bella betrays her twin sister Brie Bella at SummerSlamMark Henry turns on his friend, Big Show, on RawAnimal of the YearGator (Hornswoggle)ToritoBunnyGrumpy CatBest ActorThe MizBatistaThe RockMizdowNXT Superstar of the YearAdrian NevilleSami ZaynTyler BreezeThe AscensionAnti-Gravity Moment of the YearSeth Rollins dives off the balcony at WWE PaybackAdrian Neville’s Red ArrowDean Ambrose dives onto lumberjacks at SummerSlamKofi Kingston in the Royal Rumble MatchFaction of the YearThe AuthorityThe Wyatt FamilyThe ShieldThe RosebudsTweet It! Best Twitter Handle (aka Social Champion)@HEELZiggler (Dolph Ziggler)@JohnCena (John Cena)@ZackRyder (Zack Ryder)@Ryback22 (Ryback)@BellaTwins (Nikki & Brie Bella)@RealPaigeWWE (Paige)Raw Guest Star of the YearLarry the Cable GuyJerry SpringerKevin HartHugh JackmanBetty WhiteRivalry of the YearThe Shield vs. EvolutionDaniel Bryan vs. The AuthorityBrock Lesnar vs. John CenaRusev vs. The USASeth Rollins vs. Dean AmbroseBest Couple of the YearDaniel Bryan & Brie BellaTriple H & Stephanie McMahonJimmy Uso & NaomiTyson Kidd & NatalyaRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Xavier Woods Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Impact Tag Team Champions to debut at EVOLVE Wrestling December events Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Marinas floating privy heavily damaged in fire

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first_imgA floating outhouse was heavily damaged in a fire at a private marina on Southeast 139th Avenue early Saturday morning.Firefighters were called to the area just before 2 a.m. and firefighters doused the blaze with help from crews aboard a fireboat.The flames damaged the floating outhouse and a wave runner, and blistered some paint on a sailboat, causing an estimated $30,000 in damage, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said. The damage from the fire was too extensive for investigators to conduct a complete and thorough investigation, Scarpelli said. As a result, the cause of the blaze is undetermined.last_img

Gas prices continue to decrease across San Diego County

Gas prices continue to decrease across San Diego County

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first_img KUSI Newsroom Gas prices continue to decrease across San Diego County Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 15, 2019 Posted: June 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped today for the 27th consecutive day and the 39th time in the past 40 days, decreasing 1.2 cents to $3.788, its lowest amount since April 6.The average price has dropped 31.2 cents over the past 40 days, including 1.4 cents Friday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.The average price is 6.4 cents less than one week ago and 25.8 cents lower than one month ago, but 5.7 cents more than one year ago. last_img

Erykah Badu Announces Winter Tour Dates

Erykah Badu Announces Winter Tour Dates

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first_imgNews Erykah Badu Announces Winter Tour Dates erykah-badu-announces-winter-tour-dates Email The GRAMMY-winning neo-soul songstress is giving fans the gift of live performances this holiday season with shows in select U.S. venues in December and FebruaryAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 6, 2018 – 2:59 pm Erykah Badu, often referred to as the First Lady or Queen of Neo-Soul, first gave the world her unique, sultry sound with her 1997 GRAMMY-winning debut album Baduizm and has been making waves ever since. While she has been playing festivals this year, it has been several years since her last music release or tour, so now fans can rejoice, as the songstress recently has announced select tour dates.Her limited winter tour will warm the hearts of fans in Los Angeles and San Francisco in December, and Baltimore, Miami and Atlantic City, N.J., in February. Attendees in both SF and LA can expect shows on the more intimate side, with the venues she is playing having capacities under 2,500 attendees. The East Coast venues are a bit larger, having capacities in the 10,000-14,000 range. Her Miami performance is part of the III Points music festival, for which she is a headliner, along with SZA, Tyler, The Creator and ASAP Rocky. She performed at several festivals across the country this year, including Demon Dayz in LA and Essence Festival in New Orleans, plus only a few non-festival shows. In August she also gave a super-intimate, heartfelt performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, on which she sang “Rimshot” from her debut Baduizm, for which she won her first two GRAMMYs, including Best R&B Album, at the 40th GRAMMY Awards.Her most recent music is 2015’s But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape, which includes her take on Drake’s viral GRAMMY-winning song “Hotline Bling” with “Cel U Lar Device.” The last LP was 2010’s New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh. Fans can only hope for new Badu music and more tour dates in the (hopefully) near future.For more info on Badu’s winter tour dates, visit her Facebook, where you can purchase tickets.Massive Attack To Celebrate 21 Years Of ‘Mezzanine’ With 2019 Anniversary TourRead more Twitter Erykah Badu Announces Winter Tour Dates Facebook last_img read more

Budget is a good season for Indias aliens to read the Constitutions

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first_imgPassengers wait in front of an income tax billboard at a bus stop in New Delhi, India, September 26, 2016. Picture taken September 26, 2016.Reuters fileThe Budget season is a good time to think over and marvel at the India story. It’s a good time to think about the great Indian loot of the public. The not-so-masqueraded thievery perpetrated on hapless millions by a failed system.No, the aim is not to debunk the great Indian growth story. Not to take the sheen away from the fact that a dirt heap of a nation travelled light years in 70 years of independence to become the sixth largest economy in the world.But the budget is indeed the right time of the year to think about a country that hasn’t yet been claimed by its people. There’s no better season than this to mourn the day light hijacking of the country, hook line and sinker.In this budget too you will see grandiose plans being laid out for the uplift of the poor. That’s a great spectacle. After all we are talking about the biggest bloc of the poor people in the world. More than 300 million by conservative estimates. Has India ever realistically acknowledged the existence of its poor?The Economic Survey 2018, which was unveiled on Tuesday, surprised with practically no mention of the word ‘poverty’. Even the word “poor” found mention only a handful of times, most of the time in an unrelated context.The only time the word “poverty” was mentioned in the humungous document was this, from the State of the Economy chapter: “For all the gloom pervading the world, these are the best of economic times for humanity and especially for those living in poorer countries. The global “bads” – war, violence, deprivation and poverty – are at unprecedentedly low levels (Pinker & Goldstein, 2016; Gates & Gates, 2014).”Skewed understanding of poverty That’s quite a sanguine view of the world. The good times are coming for all, especially for the poor. The multitude of yojanas that offer basic income, employment, toilets, food and education have been up and about for ages but have they helped in reducing the swelling ranks of Indian poor?In India our understanding of poverty is skewed, distorted, prejudiced, and most often it runs counter to basic statistical level-headedness. One of the things that we can expect from this year’s budget is a grand announcement of the Universal Basic Income (UBI) scheme. A grand idea, but in India you must be an idiot to think it will be anything beyond a mere tokenism. Some great election year lip-servicing of the poverty question.If the government indeed announces UBI, how much will that be in Indian conditions? How much money will be seen as enough to ensure respectable life for the teeming millions of Indian poor? Not a fancy sum by any stretch of imagination. According to an IMF projection, India, if ever it’s going to offer the UBI, the amount will never exceed a paltry Rs 2,600 per year. That works out to around Rs 200 per month to make a poor man help live a respectable life — with enough food for the family, a roof above the head and education for the children.The poverty line shamParadoxically, this is quite consistent with the other official views about Indian poverty. Like the poverty line. A 2014 panel headed by former RBI governor C. Rangarajan concluded that anyone who spends above Rs 47 a day in cities and Rs 32 in villages could not be considered as poor. That’s why the government’s old age pension is still Rs 200 per month for those who opt to queue up for it with hands outstretched. That’s why the farm pension and medical support for the rural poor remain a joke even now. The old, the poor, the small-time farmers, the unorganized labourers and the homeless are the dregs and discards of the system.Compare that with how the government is treating its own. According to the government budget data, as much as 20 percent of the government receipts is spent on salaries and pension of around 90 lakh central government employees. If you bundle the debt servicing costs, then the outgo rises to about 75 percent. That means only a meagre 25 percent of the government income is available for everything else, including uplift of the humanity!In states, this ratio is even more lopsided. In Kerala, for example, salaries and pensions gobbled up as much as 53 percent of the total revenues of the state in FY-18.With the government fast becoming a heartless beast existing and thriving for its own sake, the ‘aliens’ are cast further out of the system. After recent hikes following dire protests, millions of Anganwadi teachers in the country, who live in genteel poverty, now get about Rs 5,000 per month as salary. Compare that with the generous hikes for the MPs, judges and those in the top echelons of the government.More than a million famers committed suicide in the last two decades in the country. They quit life after crop losses made it impossible to repay bank loans worth a few lakhs. On the other side, there are sordid stories about thousands of crores of rupees the banks have had to forgo as non-performing assets lost to ruthless corporate fraud.Double jeopardyThe budget season is a good time to think about these anomalies. Earlier iterations of the budget were a splendid sight to watch; the pain of a wholesale loot diluted with generous duty cuts on safety pins, salt, tooth brush and the like. Now that the GST council has taken on this onerous task, all eyes are on the direct taxes.With real hidden wealth going untaxed, the common Indian will only continue to face double jeopardy for decades to come. A budget day is s stark reminder to that fact. What’s the double jeopardy for Indian tax payer? The first is, he is a minority, he’s poorer than those who evade taxes, and yet he must pay up more taxes year after year — direct and indirect — to cover for the parallel black economy that has thrived because an impotent system has failed to track and tax ill-gotten wealth.Public anger is boiling over the rocketing fuel prices. But is there a solution? Everyone knows that half the cost the consumer pays for fuel is government taxes. The government can’t let go of this easy revenue as it has failed to levy real tax from the thriving underground economy. That’s the double jeopardy for those who pay 20 percent or 30 percent of taxes on average annual income of Rs 10 lakh or thereabouts.The taxpayer misery is further aggravated by the booming asset prices fuelled by the underground economy that acts as a receptacle for wealth generated through corruption. That’s a double jeopardy again. The corrupt don’t pay taxes as their transactions are underground, and the ill-gotten money they funnel into the economy causes an asset price bubble that effectively renders the honest taxpayers aliens and beggars in their own country.The right example is the prices in real estate, the easy destination for the decadent wealth generated through corruption. Housing is merely an investment vehicle in our sovereign ‘socialist’ republic, not a roof over the heads of the citizens.The budget season is a right time to thumb through the pages of the Constitution, tarrying a little on the Preamble and its promises.last_img read more

VIDEO King of Kong villain Billy Mitchell stripped of his records and

VIDEO King of Kong villain Billy Mitchell stripped of his records and

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first_img Twin Galaxies, the largest tracker of video game records, announced that it will no longer recognize Mitchell as the first million point Donkey Kong record holder because his 1,047,200 score wasn’t achieved using the original arcade hardware. They believe Mitchell cheated by using non-original emulation software which gave him an unfair advantage.As a result Twin Galaxies announced Mitchell will be stripped of all his records and banned from any further competition:“Based on the complete body of evidence presented in this official dispute thread, Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously decided to remove all of Billy Mitchell’s’ scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards.”This video better explains why Mitchell is a dirty cheater: Advertisement Billy Mitchell, the ultra-hateable, mullet wearing villain from the documentary King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters has been stripped of his records and banned from competitive video game competitions over allegations that he cheated to obtain his Donkey Kong record.Mitchell was the most memorable character of the documentary as the world record holding main rival to Steve Wiebe, an everyman teacher who purchases an old Donkey Kong machine to pursue the world record. Mitchell’s over inflated sense of self importance over his records and complete lack of awareness that he’s an all around giant D-bag are beyond what anyone could dream up in a Hollywood writers’ room.last_img read more

Common Massage – Updated Opening Hours

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Results of the trial showed that:• LightTouch detected cervical disease up to two years earlier than Pap test, HPV (human papillomavirus) test, colposcopy and biopsy. • LightTouch detected 86.3 percent of cervical disease cases that had been missed by Pap, HPV tests and biopsy. • LightTouch would have reduced the number of avoidable biopsies by about 40 percent.Additionally, the clinical trial indicated that women aged 16-20 were just as likely to have cervical disease as women 21 and older, and current methods of early detection, such as HPV testing, are not recommended for this age group. LightTouch detected cervical disease equally well in both adolescent and adult women. The LightTouch scans the cervix with light to identify cancer and pre-cancer painlessly and noninvasively. Its patented biophotonic technology is able to distinguish between normal and diseased tissue by detecting biochemical and morphological changes at the cellular level. Unlike Pap or HPV tests, the LightTouch test does not require laboratory analysis or a tissue sample, is designed to provide results immediately and eliminate costly unnecessary testing.For more information: www.guidedinc.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. 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Costa Rica blocked 1138 foreigners from entering the country during Semana Santa

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first_imgNo related posts. A total of 1,138 people were detained while trying to illegally enter Costa Rican territory between March 22 and April 2, the Immigration Administration reported Wednesday.On average 113 people a day were rejected after being detained by Immigration Police officers on roads and sidewalks near border areas. Most rejections were made near the border with Nicaragua during Semana Santa, Freddy Montero, general director of the Immigration Administration, said.From the total figure, 224 foreigners were arrested by Border Police and Immigration Police officers.As for deportation, the agency reported only 22 cases during Semana Santa, including 19 Nicaraguans, two Colombians and one U.S. national.In 2012, a total of 7,593 people were rejected in border areas, of which 5,902 were Nicaraguans, 412 Panamanians, 340 Colombians, 83 Chinese, and 160 from the U.S., among others. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

UK Conservatives gather to woo wary voters

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first_imgLONDON (AP) – If a political commentator has brawled with a protester on a seaside promenade, and a lawmaker has been suspended after calling women in his party “sluts,” it must be political conference season in Britain.Every autumn, the country’s political clans gather in holiday resorts or provincial cities for meetings that are part pep rally, part campaign pitch and part political sideshow. And with all of the country’s leading political players going through rough patches, they need all the conference cheer they can muster. Top Stories But conferences are unpredictable things, and it’s not always the speeches that make the news.Labour’s conference in the resort town of Brighton was overshadowed by the release of a book by a former spin doctor dredging up past backstabbing and skullduggery. And there was a brief media frenzy when the book’s publisher, political blogger Iain Dale, scuffled on-camera with Stuart Holmes, a protester who has a habit of waving his placard behind people doing live television interviews. Dale was given an official warning by police.An even more spectacular derailment was suffered by UKIP, whose maverick image and Britain-first populism have brought growing support. The small party’s conference this month was given national media coverage _ coverage completely dominated by the moment when Godfrey Bloom, a UKIP European lawmaker, jokingly told a group of female party members they were “sluts.”The 63-year-old Bloom appeared to be using the word in its former meaning, denoting slobbery rather than promiscuity, but it didn’t matter. The politician _ who had previously been criticized for referring to developing nations as “Bongo Bongo Land” _ was first suspended and then quit as a UKIP legislator. Quick workouts for men New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Labour, which governed for 13 years until losing power in 2010 after the global banking crisis, is struggling to persuade voters it should be trusted with the economy again. Opponents have successfully painted its leader, Ed Miliband, as ineffectual. (His nickname is Wallace, evoking the cheese-loving plasticine companion of genius dog Gromit).But Miliband fought back at Labour’s conference earlier this week, making a headline-grabbing promise to freeze energy bills for almost two years and saying the party would fight for ordinary Britons whose standard of living has failed to rebound with the economic recovery.“They used to say a rising tide lifted all boats. Now the rising tide just seems to lift the yachts,” Miliband said.The price-freeze proposal was loudly condemned by energy firms and the Conservatives, but veteran political analyst John Curtice said it was an astute move, a classic example of a conference strategy going right.“The Labour Party has succeeded in grabbing the political agenda and made waves,” said Curtice, a politics professor at the University of Strathclyde.“(The message) is very, very clear: `Your cost of living is being affected by energy prices, we’re going to do something about it.’” Sponsored Stories Britain won’t hold a national election until May 2015, and electoral campaigns are short _ a matter of weeks rather than months. The conferences, which get heavy media coverage, give the parties a rare midterm chance to grab the attention of the electorate _ for good or for ill.“They are great opportunities, but there are dangers if things go slightly awry,” said Steven Fielding, director of the Center for British Politics at the University of Nottingham.Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives begin their four-day conference on Sunday in Manchester, northwest England, following gatherings this month of the Liberal Democrats, the Labour Party and the United Kingdom Independence Party, or UKIP.Like Britain’s economy _ slammed by the 2008 financial crisis and now spluttering along with a growth rate below 1 percent _ none of the parties is exactly riding high.Cameron suffered a shock defeat last month when Parliament rejected his attempt to authorize British military intervention in Syria _ a reversal that eroded both his status on the world stage and his authority among party lawmakers. Meanwhile, the rising right-wing, Euroskeptic party UKIP is nibbling away at his electoral support. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The Conservatives’ married couples tax break was a classic promise for a cash-strapped government: a sweetener to voters, but fairly inexpensive. It wouldn’t start until late 2016, and Cameron can present it as both traditional and modern. It encourages marriage but is open to straight and gay couples alike.Even if Cameron avoids gaffes and gets his message across, neither the Conservatives nor any other party have a clear path to victory in 2015.The economy remains unpredictable. A year from now, Scotland holds an independence referendum, and a `yes’ vote would change Britain and its politics dramatically.As it stands, Curtice said, polls put Labour ahead, but not by the nine or 10 points that, at this stage in the electoral cycle, would make them confident of victory.“People are not that happy with the incumbent government,” he said. “But the Labour Party has not really convinced them they are an alternative.”___Jill Lawless can be reached at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless Ahead of the Conservatives’ conference, Cameron sought to score some political points with plans for a tax break for married couples. The new policy, announced Saturday, would be worth roughly 200 pounds ($321) a year to about 4 million couples.Fielding said Cameron’s task when he makes his big conference speech on Wednesday is straightforward: “To get the message across: `The economy is mending. Labour was to blame and we’re fixing it.’”“The only story that is going to win them the next election is `We have turned the corner,’” Fielding said.The two other big parties arguably have trickier messages to communicate.Cameron’s coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, favor centrist economics and social liberalism. But they are demoralized after three years in a government that has slashed spending, curbed services and cut welfare benefits in a bid to rein in the deficit.Party leader Nick Clegg, who is also the deputy prime minister, rallied the troops by painting the Lib Dems as the Goldilocks party _ not too left, not too right _ that tempers the excesses of both Conservatives and Labour.He told party members to “feel proud that we are right here, in the center of government and the center of British politics, standing up for the millions of people in the middle.” Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homelast_img

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Kuala Lumpur is well-known for its dominating cityscape, stunning street food and now, some of the finest shopping available the world over.The popular Malaysian capital can lay claim to some of the globe’s greatest shopping, after being recognised through two accolades granted to the city last month.Kuala Lumpur was ranked fourth in CNN’s survey on the world’s ten best cities for shopping and was also honoured as the second best shopping destination in the Asia Pacific by Globe Shopper Index, created by the Economist Intelligence Unit.CNN placed KL behind New York, London and Tokyo on their top ten list, ahead of established international shopping hubs such as Hong Kong, Dubai and Paris.The cities were judged in four categories; variety, value, transport access and overall experience.Globe Shopper Index said KL was the second best shopping city in the Asia Pacific region, ahead of 23 other destinations and outranked only by Hong Kong.“Kuala Lumpur’s shopping offerings have gone from strength to strength, with a variety of developments and special campaigns created to cement the city’s standing as a leading international shopping destination that not only offers a huge variety, but also excellent value and a great city atmosphere,” Tourism Malaysia NSW state director Mohd Roslan Abdullah said.last_img read more