12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#music#NYT#web audrey watters Sony joins a number of music streaming services today with its launch of “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity.” The service has been available in parts of Europe since last year, and arrives in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand today.Membership will start at $3.99 a month, with a $9.99 per month subscription that will give you on-demand access to the Music Unlimited catalog and with the ability to suggest music you might like based on the songs you already own or listen to. The service boasts more than 6 million songs, giving Sony Music Entertainment and its partners in the endeavor – Universal Music Group, EMI Music and Warner Music Group Corp – the ability to sell directly to customers.The streaming service is currently only compatible on Sony-specific devices like the PS3, Blu-ray players, Sony Bravia TVs, and VAIO laptops. There are plans, says Sony, to offer it on mobile devices later this year.Streaming Subscription Service (But Not for iOS)These features of the new service all point to the current landscape of the music business – the increasing popularity of subscription services (such as MOG, Rhaposdy, and Rdio), for example, and the continuing struggles of the record industry to adapt to (declining) digital music sales. But the launch of Music Unlimited also comes on the heels of Apple’s announcement this week of its new subscription service, and the news that Apple would start to charge a 30% commission for purchases made within an iOS app. The news comes as Apple tries to gain more control over content bought and sold via apps on its platform, something that made Sony’s proposed Reader app run afoul of the new rules and fail to be accepted into the store.There were rumors earlier this week that Sony was planning on removing its music from iTunes in response to Apple, although Sony Network Entertainment COO Brandon insists that’s not the case. Nonetheless, it’s also noteworthy that Sony’s new service isn’t available on mobile devices – interesting since streaming-on-the-go is part of the benefits of streaming your music. Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout
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TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd and Fulham at loggerheads over Fosu-Mensah loanby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United and Fulham are at loggerheads over the loan future of Timothy Fosu-Mensah. The Sun says Fosu-Mensah would be allowed to return to Old Trafford, with Calum Chambers a regular under manager Claudio Ranieri and previous boss Slavisa Jokanovic.But United want the Dutchman, 21, to fight for his place at Craven Cottage instead of being part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.According to a United source, the club want Fosu-Mensah to learn how to fight his way back into contention at Fulham.They see his situation under Ranieri, where he has not started a game since November, as part of his learning process in senior football.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)You don’t earn four letters as a defensive back in the SEC if you’re not a good athlete, and even though Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is now 40 years old, he apparently still has some of the athleticism that he used as a safety for the Bulldogs in the late 1990’s. During a recent visit to Camp Sunshine, Smart, along with UGA star Nick Chubb and a host of other players, participated in a game of dodgeball with campers. Things got pretty intense, and Kirby seemed to be having the time of his life.The full, awesome video is available below, courtesy of UGASports.com. Kirby Smart, Nick Chubb and the Georgia players visit Camp Sunshine from UGASports.com on Vimeo.
The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says total demand for local currency is expected to increase by $18.1 billion or 16.5 per cent, leading to an estimated $128.1 billion in circulation for December 2018.The BOJ indicates that the anticipated increase, which coincides with Christmas festivities, is broadly consistent with the 16.5 per cent growth recorded for December 2017 as well as the five-year average growth rate of 17.3 per cent for the month.Additionally, that it represents an accelerated annual growth rate of 15.5 per cent, when compared to 12.9 per cent for December 2017.“When the forecasted change in the general level of consumer prices is taken into account, the projected real growth in currency for 2018 is 10.5 per cent, which is higher than the real growth of 7.3 per cent for the previous year,” the BOJ outlined.The Bank pointed out that projected acceleration in the growth in real currency demand for December 2018 is consistent with the higher growth rate that has been evident between August and November 2018, “possibly associated with a strengthening in real GDP growth and employment over the second half of the year”.A total of $4.2 billion in currency was issued by the BOJ between December 1 and 14, representing a 3.8 per cent growth for the month to date, as against a net issue of $1.4 billion over the same period in 2017.As at December 14, 2017, the stock of currency in the hands of the public and in the vaults of financial institutions amounted to $114.1 billion.There is normally a stronger demand for currency during the month of December, associated with increased spending over the holiday period. Additionally, that it represents an accelerated annual growth rate of 15.5 per cent, when compared to12.9 per cent for December 2017. The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says total demand for local currency is expected to increase by $18.1 billion or 16.5 per cent, leading to an estimated $128.1 billion in circulation for December 2018. The BOJ indicates that the anticipated increase, which coincides with Christmas festivities, is broadly consistent with the 16.5 per cent growth recorded for December 2017 as well as the five-year average growth rate of 17.3 per cent for the month. Story Highlights
Angel MooreAPTN NewsPictou Landing First Nation is counting down the days until Northern Pulp Mill can no longer dump toxins into Boat Harbour.That’s when the harbour will be re-named its original name – A’se’k – which means ‘the other room’,” said Chief Andrea Paul.The toxins released in the water by the Northern Pulp Mill killed fish and affected the culture and economy of the Nova Scotia community.“You know to live in an area where we are surrounded by water and to not have the same freedoms that our people did 52 years ago,” said Paul.Tracey Denny said people had to move away.“Once Boat Harbour came into effect and the effluent started coming over they just lost everything, and community members left the reserve because they felt there was even nothing more to stay,” said Denny.“And the only time they came back was in coffins.”A memorial wall with the names and photos of people who did not live to see this day are posted on the wall at the back of the school’s gym.“We have been going to the cemetery and we wrote down all community members who were living before 1967 which is when the treatment facility opened and who passed afterwards,” said Denny.“And the whole point is that they are going to be here with us in spirit.”Elders say they remember life before and after the harbour was polluted.Mary Nichols says her family lost their culture, their home, and they were displaced.“When our land got polluted, they just didn’t pollute the land; we we lost our way of life. I grew up in a time, I learned from my mom and after Boat Harbour happened, I couldn’t do the stuff she taught me,” she said.The community fought for years to stop Northern Pulp from dumping.Paul said she is confident the facility will finally be closed.“People are looking after the next seven generations,” said Paul. “They are making sure that all of this is protected and we are the rights holder – we are not a stakeholder – we are a rights holder.”Northern Pulp has said it needs more time to prepare for the closure.But Premier Stephen McNeil said there will be no extension.“The deadline is the deadline, it’s January 31st of 2020,” he said.“We gave them five years.”McNeil said if the mill refuses to stop dumping, the province will shut them down.“We will be shutting off the pipe, so we have the ability to close off that. They just won’t be putting it into Boat Harbour,” McNeil said.Northern Pulp proposed to dump its waste into the Northumberland Strait.That immediately drew protests on land and sea.The company said it has not yet found an alternative treatment firstname.lastname@example.org@angelharksen
GOSHEN, Calif. – Unions have caught a whiff of a rare opportunity to organize a whole new set of workers as recreational marijuana becomes legal in California.The United Farm Workers, Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers are looking to unionize the tens of thousands of potential workers involved in the legal weed game, from planters to rollers to sellers. The move could provide a boost to organized labour’s lagging membership — if infighting doesn’t get in the way.The United Farm Workers, co-founded by iconic labour leader Cesar Chavez, says organizing an industry rooted in agriculture is a natural fit, and growers could label their products with the union’s logo as a marketing strategy.“If you’re a cannabis worker, the UFW wants to talk with you,” national vice-president Armando Elenes said.But United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents grocery store employees, meat packers and retail workers, registered its intent to organize cannabis workers across the country.“We would hope they respect our jurisdiction,” UFCW spokesman Jeff Ferro said.Teamsters organizer Kristin Heidelbach said there’s no need for unions to battle each other. There will be plenty of workers needing representation as small cannabis businesses run by “happy stoner” types give way to large pharmaceutical corporations, she said.The green rush that begins in 2018 is an opportunity for unions to regain influence that began declining in the late 1950s, said David Zonderman, a professor of labour history at North Carolina State University. But discord between unions could upend it. As could resistance from cannabis business leaders.“Are they going to be new-age and cool with it,” Zonderman said, “or like other businesspeople, say, ‘Heck, no. We’re going to fight them tooth and nail?’”Last year, California voters approved sales of recreational marijuana to those 21 and older at licensed shops beginning Jan. 1.Cannabis in California already is a $22 billion industry, including medical marijuana and a black market that accounts for most of that total, according to University of California, Davis, agriculture economist Philip Martin. Medical marijuana has been legal since 1996, when California was the first state to approve such a law.Labour leaders estimate recreational pot in California could employ at least 100,000 workers from the north coast to the Sierra Nevada foothills and the San Joaquin Valley, harvesting and trimming the plants, extracting ingredients to put in liquids and edibles, and driving it to stores and front doors.Other pot workers have organized in other states, but California should be especially friendly territory for unions, said Jamie Schau, a senior analyst with Brightfield Group, which does marketing analysis on the marijuana industry.The state has one of the nation’s highest minimum wages and the largest number of unionized workers across industries. Its laws also tend to favour employees.At least some workers say they’re open to unions.“I’m always down to listen to what could be a good deal for me and my family,” said Thomas Grier, 44, standing behind the counter at Canna Can Help Inc., a dispensary in the Central Valley community of Goshen.The dispensary — with $7 million in yearly sales — sells medical marijuana.Called a “bud tender,” Grier recently waited on a steady flow of regular customers walking through the door to pick out their favourite strain.He said so far, no unions have contacted him. Grier gets along with his boss and said he doesn’t want to pay union dues for help ironing out workplace disputes. But he hasn’t discounted the possibility of joining.After recently entering the marijuana industry, Los Angeles resident Richard Rodriguez said one sticky traffic stop three months ago converted him into a “hard core” Teamster. He’d never been in a union until this year.Rodriguez said an officer pulled him over delivering a legal shipment of pot and detained him for 12 hours as he was accused of following too closely behind a semi-truck.A union lawyer stepped in, and Rodriguez said he was released without being arrested or given a ticket.“Most companies can’t or are unwilling to do that,” he said, “because employees are easily replaced.”
WASHINGTON – Fighting to defend its $81 billion takeover of Time Warner from a government challenge, AT&T is arguing the Trump Justice Department has failed to show that the merger will raise prices for pay-TV programming and for the consumers who watch it.The AT&T-Time Warner marriage was completed this spring soon after a federal judge approved it. But government antitrust regulators filed to have the judge’s ruling overturned, setting the stage for a landmark competition case in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington.In a filing Thursday, the phone and pay-TV giant asserted the merger will save it money on content from Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting, enabling it to cut charges to its DirecTV customers by at least $78 million a year.U.S. District Judge Richard Leon was correct to dismiss the government’s argument that the merger would hurt competition, limit choices and jack up prices for consumers to stream TV and movies, Dallas-based AT&T, the biggest pay-TV provider in the U.S., said in its filing.The government “failed for multiple reasons to (show) that net retail prices will likely be higher than otherwise,” the company said.Leon’s ruling in June opened the way for one of the biggest media deals ever. AT&T has since absorbed Time Warner, the owner of CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, “Game of Thrones,” coveted sports programming and other “must-see” shows.The Justice Department, however, has maintained that Leon was wrong in concluding the merger won’t harm consumers and that he misunderstood the complexities of the booming pay-TV market and the nature of AT&T’s competitors.If the government were to prevail in its appeal, the complex merger might have to be unwound.Many legal experts believe the government will have a hard time convincing the appeals court to overturn Leon’s ruling. Opposing the merger forced the federal antitrust regulators to argue against standing legal doctrine that favours mergers among companies that don’t compete directly with each other, what’s known as a vertical merger.The U.S. antitrust lawsuit against AT&T was the first time in decades that the government has challenged that doctrine by suing to block a vertical merger.The government contends that this deal is different. By combining the programming content of Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting with AT&T’s vast distribution network for its DirecTV, the combination will hurt competition and violate federal law, it says. AT&T claims about 25 million of the 90 million or so U.S. households that are pay-TV customers.Even with a small chance of the government winning, the stakes are high and the case could affect the future course of antitrust regulation.When the deal was first made public in October 2016, it drew fire from then-candidate Donald Trump, who promised to kill it “because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few.” Trump has publicly feuded with Time Warner’s CNN, calling it “failing” and a purveyor of “fake news.” The president’s statements didn’t come up during the trial, though his antipathy loomed in the background.Leon’s ruling opened the floodgates to deal making in the fast-changing worlds of entertainment production and distribution.Just a day after his decision, Comcast launched a $65 billion cash bid for the bulk of 21st Century Fox — topping Disney’s all-stock $52.5 billion offer in December. Comcast later dropped that bid in order to focus on its attempted buyout of European pay-TV operator Sky.After months of offers and counteroffers for Sky by Comcast and Fox, the two U.S. media empires will settle their battle for control of the European broadcaster through a rare auction. The auction will begin after the London stock market’s close on Friday and end sometime Saturday evening.Disney, meanwhile, is closing in on a $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets.Other rumoured or potential deals include a Verizon bid for CBS and a tie-up of Sprint and T-Mobile.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On Saturday, May 25th, 2019, the FSJ Hospital Foundation held the 20th Bluey Day Fundraiser, raising over $80,000.00 for cancer diagnostic, treatment, careand equipment.48 participants attended the Fort St. John Ambulance Station where participants collected a minimum of $500 in pledges from the community and then shave their heads wanting to show their support for cancer patients, survivors, or remember those lost to cancer.The foundation’s desire is to have a complete set of equipment here in FSJ, so patients do not have to endure the extra stress of travel and allowing patients to stay close to home where they can receive the support of their friends and family. Cory Hermans participated in this year’s Bluey Day for the first time raising $1700 and he shares his girlfriend Anne Hunter also participated in raising $3000. Herman goes on to share his grandfather and mother both died from cancer and he sees his patients fight cancer every day as he is a Pharmacist at the Fort St. John Pharmacy and Wellness Centre.“I know that all the money from Bluey Days stays local and even though most of the time there is no cure, we can do whatever it takes to make the journey as comfortable as possible,” said Hermans. “When my mom was palliating the nurses and doctors were so amazing and made all the difference in the world, if our community can raise a little money to help out and make what’s left of life a little better, then I think I can be a part of it.”New additions to the event this year included henna art as well as a beard growing competition that was held Friday night before Bluey Days at Beard’s Brewing Co.The Foundation’s first Bluey Day was held in 1998 and through the generosity ofdonors, over $1.8 million has been raised for cancer diagnostic, treatment, careand equipment.
With Air Canada, WestJet, and Central Mountain Air having routes to the North Peace Regional Airport, without the improvements to the runway, the airport operations could be put at risk. This would negatively impact the economy of the North Peace Region, B.C. and current commercial air carriers, according to the NDIT.The Economic Diversification Infrastructure program provides grant funding to support major infrastructure projects in order to strengthen the local economy. The program supports public multi-use facilities or capital investments that drive revenue and job creation and provide a long-term asset for communities throughout central and northern British Columbia.The next intake deadline for the Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program is October 31, 2019.To read more; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) announced it has approved over a half a million dollars for economic development projects in northern B.C. with $250,000 approved for the airport runway project.The North Peace Airport Society for the North Peace Regional Airport runway rehabilitation project was approved at the NDIT meeting on July, 23rd, 2019 by the board of directors through the Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program.The $250,000 will go towards upgrades to the airport’s runway as the existing pavement on one of the two runways has not been improved for over 20 years and needs substantial repairs and rehabilitation.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A newly created Space Force would fall under the Department of the Air Force rather than become an independent department, under a draft legislative proposal being circulated within the Pentagon. DOD intends to submit the proposal to Congress in February along with its fiscal 2020 budget request. The new service would be overseen by a newly created undersecretary of the Air Force and a Space Force chief of staff, who would sit on the Joint Chiefs, reports Defense News. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker
Leap into this masterpiece. Sony Pictures Animation In hindsight, no one was ready for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. We’re not used to superhero movies being masterpieces. We’re used to mediocrity.Mediocrity, we love it. We crave it. Consume its marketing material, drip-fed to our hungry tongues. Nothing quite quenches the thirst like mediocrity. Delicious. Love it. Can’t get enough. Gimme that mediocrity.Thank you, Disney, thank you, Marvel, for the mediocrity. For inventing the template and never straying. For the 22-movie commitment to the forever three-star movie. We’re used to it now. It’s probably a good thing. I used to complain about superhero fatigue, now I embrace the grind. Go for your life, Marvel, make your three-star movies. At least they’re not bad. That would be terrible. No, they’re just mediocre and that’s… good?Yet, unfortunately for Marvel, every now and then a superhero movie hits cinemas to remind you what magic looks like. To recalibrate your idea of what “good” is. In 2018 that movie was Into the Spider-Verse, a movie currently available to watch on Netflix.And by god you should watch it.But watch at your own risk. Seriously. I’ve spent the last five years mindlessly gorging myself on superhero movies that are as safe as they come. After watching Into The Spider-Verse, and seeing it on repeat for the past couple of months, it’s difficult to go back.It’s visually jaw-droppingAre you ready for a hyperbolic, completely uncritical look at why Into The Spider-Verse is the best superhero movie of the last decade and beyond? Sony Pictures Animation Brilliant. Let’s get started.Probably best to begin with the aesthetics and visual design.Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller wanted this Into The Spider-Verse to have a unique look from the beginning, which resulted in over 140 animators combining computer animation with a hand-drawn style designed to mimic comic book art.When I heard about this, I was cynical. Movies that take visual risks or pioneer unique art styles tend to review well by default. “Here’s your cookie for trying something different.” This is the kind of thing that tends to make movie critics salivate like Pavlov’s dogs.But it’s not enough, right? Plenty of animated movies (*cough* Kubo and the Two Strings) have pioneering art styles but are complete snooze fests. That’s not the case here.Into The Spider-Verse has an integrated aesthetic, but what really elevates the movie is how inventive it is, how vibrant it is, with visual storytelling.The visual storytelling is brilliant. Sony Pictures Animation I always think about the above scene, when Peter Parker and Miles Morales, the two main “Spider-Men,” attempt to escape a villain’s lab. They’re spotted and every scientist in the building hops up, springs into action immediately. Except one. Who just keeps eating her lunch. She’s seen this all before. This is a villain’s lair. There’s always some superhero trying to mess with their shit. This is just another day at the office. Literally. She just wants to finish her tea break.It’s a split-second, but betrays an insane commitment to detail. A commitment to be inventive, to subvert, to engage with weird ideas and be brave with them. It’s a spirit that infects every single frame of this movie.Kingpin, the bad guy. Sony Pictures Animation How about the visual design of Kingpin, who is almost comically oversized, but still emanates an incredibly intimidating aura.How about the fact that Into The Spider-Verse seamlessly blends characters from different universes (noir, anime, traditional 1930s animation), providing each with its own unique visual flair, but somehow makes everything feel like it belongs in the same movie?“It CAN get weirder!” Sony Pictures Animation That’s ignoring how this movie moves — at a schizophrenic pace with action sequences that never let up, and never stop surprising you. Like when Miles Morales gets one hand stuck to an unconscious Peter Parker and another stuck to a moving subway train and chaos ensues. Or when an inexperienced Morales has to escape The Prowler by scrambling through abandoned tunnels using powers he’s only just acquired. Every sequence leaps off the screen with an intense, dramatically overactive sense of imagination. It feels at once meticulously planned, but spontaneously performed.It’s impossible to take your eyes off the screen.The script is… [chef’s kiss]It’s not necessarily the script that elevates Into The Spider-Verse. “Script” is just a catch-all term for the story, which takes a traditional hero’s journey and twists it in all sorts of strange directions.A catch-all term for the way it takes the traditional Spider-Man myth (man gets bitten by spider, man watches uncle die, man becomes inspired to grow into his responsibilities) and subverts it while maintaining great respect for the timeless story device it has become.For the way it comments on itself as an origin story, in a meta sense, without becoming overbearing or robbing its audience of living in the moment of Miles Morales’ journey toward becoming Spider-Man. 2019 movies to geek out over Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 0:39 Culture TV and Movies It does all these things without rushing and without overstaying its welcome. Most of its storytelling comes visually, without exposition. It does the stories of multiple characters justice. Miles Morales’ journey, obviously, is exquisitely told, but so too is old man Peter Parker, a Spider-Man we’ve never seen before: middle-aged, bored, depressed, broken up by a failed marriage. A man who’d rather take the bus than swing through New York City. Even Kingpin is a sympathetic villain, driven by a desire to rescue his own wife and children from death.Every loose end is tied — quickly, subtly, intelligently, without issue — in a way that makes almost every other superhero movie feel endlessly clunky and old-fashioned.This movie feels realFor an animated movie about six spider-people from six different dimensions using supernatural powers to defeat a 900-pound man and robot cyborgs in suits, Into The Spider-Verse is remarkably grounded.It’s a story about family, about what it means to be a father, what it means to be a son. What it means to wrestle with the expectations of others and live up to your own potential. More than any other animated movie I’ve ever seen, it feels performed. It has the spontaneous energy and heart of a screwball comedy, the incredible scale of superhero action at its best.You’d have to go all the way back to The Iron Giant or The Incredibles to find an animated movie that feels this real. A movie that delivers on almost every possible spectrum you could invent, but still feels original and new.If you haven’t watched Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, you’re selling yourself short. Like me, you’ve probably spent the last few years wallowing in the mediocrity of the superhero dirge. That’s fine. That’s good.But maybe it’s worth reminding yourself what it’s like to enjoy something great. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ‘definitely’ getting a sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home a perfect Endgame epilogue Far From Home poster goof unleashes Samuel L. Jackson’s Fury Comments More Spidey Tags Exclusive Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse clip melds… 17 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse juggles all these internal responsibilities (to be cool, to be funny, to not take itself seriously, to have heart, to be sincere but smart, to be sentimental but not sickly sweet) and does so effortlessly. Or — at the very least — does an incredible job of masking the effort it takes to create a superhero movie that does everything perfectly.In its own way, Into The Spider-Verse is a small miracle.Actually it’s a huge miracle. 77 Photos
Game of ThronesGame of Thrones Official FacebookSo, the final season of Game of Thrones is right around the corner and fans are losing their minds in anticipation.There are a whole bunch of theories out there that are starting to get some credibility ahead of the final season’s premiere.And it seems that HBO is adding to the hype by dropping hints about who could actually end up on the Iron Throne.Be warned. Spoilers abound. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys TargaryenHBOReportedly HBO posted a photo of the inky black throne, and if you didn’t look close enough, you might have missed that the throne is actually the head of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon Drogon. Danerys Targaryen’s dragon resplendent or at the very least adorning the throne could mean two things, either Daenerys won or somebody else did and took Drogon as a trophy.But it seems that Daenerys Targaryen may not make it after all, as signs point to her dying in the White Walker war. And this theory seems more credible as Daenerys is a fan favourite character and Game of Thrones is known for killing off its fan-favourite characters.The final season of Game of Thrones will air in April and will have six episodes. So, fans can expect every moment of every episode to be packed with epic moments. And apparently, the cast and crew have been saying their goodbyes while also teasing the end of the series to their friends and loved ones. Sophie Turner recently confessed to revealing the ending to her friends. It seems that everyone wants to know who will end up on the Iron Throne. We can’t wait for the final season of Game of Thrones. You can check out the video here:
Prime minister Sheikh HasinaThe incumbent Awami League is heading for record consecutive third term in the 11th general election due on 30 December, says a report published in The Guardian on Thursday.The British newspaper says, “Bangladeshis will vote on Sunday on whether to grant a record third consecutive term to a prime minister who has overseen one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but whose government is accused of rampant human rights abuses.”Terming the election campaign as ‘bloody’, the article referred that the opposition activists have described the campaign as the most stifled in the 47 years.The report said scores of opposition figures including Hasina’s major rival, Khaleda Zia, have been jailed or disappeared in the months leading to the election.“Police harassment of opposition activists has reached unprecedented levels,” The Guardian quoted Jatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain as saying.Kamal Hossain told The Guardian that around 70 candidates of the opposition parties were too afraid to campaign in their constituencies after a spate of attacks on rallies and party offices by armed thugs.The report also referred to the attack on Kamal Hossain’s motorcade on 14 December.Two members of the Awami League were killed in the opening days of the campaign and dozens of supporters of both parties have been injured in scuffles and clashing rallies, said the report.The international election monitors and press freedom groups have complained of unnecessary delays in issuing visas, according to The Guardian.The report also said the ruling Awami League has framed an estimated 300,000 cases against the major opposition BNP and arrested thousands of its members in the run up to the election.The report, however, praises the economic development Bangladesh has made in last decade and said PM Hasina is hoping that the voters would focus on extraordinary economic progress the country made in last one decade.If the voting is free, the grievances shown by the people during recent safe road movement and quota reform movement might make an impact in voting, the report says.“Despite the buoyant balance sheet, the capital, Dhaka, has been shut down twice this year by protests that some analysts say are evidence of a wider malaise, which could be registered at the ballot boxes if Sunday’s voting is unimpeded,” the report reads.The report also quoted Bangladesh Enterprise Institute’s research director Shahab Enam Khan as saying that the road safety movement in August was stoked by popular outrage at unsafe driving and a wider culture of impunity. “Public security issues in terms of law and order, how the law is being enforced, whether people have confidence in the judiciary, will be determinate,” Shahab quoted as saying.The report also said that the Bangladesh government was earlier accused of trampling human rights referring to a rise in enforced disappearance and crackdown on anti-narcotics drive which saw around alleged narcotics trader dead.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 New York-based Hearst Magazines has established an L.A. outpost for video production — where Clevver, its recently acquired network of entertainment news YouTube channels, will be gearing up for a relaunch within the next few weeks.The publishing group opened a new, 20,000-square-foot multimedia production studio in Santa Monica, Calif., which will serve as a hub for its magazine brands’ original productions and Clevver, which was left stranded after former parent company Defy Media shut down last fall.Clevver’s YouTube channels have largely been dormant since early November, when its employees were let go with Defy’s shuttering. The Clevver team that Hearst Magazines has rehired will resume producing videos within the next two weeks, according to a company rep. Those staffers include Jill Irvin Burriss, senior creative director of Clevver Style; the Hearst rep declined to identify which Clevver hosts are on board. (Pictured above: The set of Clevver News’ “Daily Hollywood Rundown” in the new Santa Monica facility.) The studio space, located at the Santa Monica Airport, will build on Hearst Magazines’ original entertainment projects. Those have included TV series like “Ready, Set, Pet” for the CW Network, and digital series including “This Is How I Made It,” “The Braid Up,” “Song Association” and “Go to Bed With Me.” The company also will use the studio for photo shoots and video productions across Hearst Magazines’ portfolio of titles including Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar.“A robust presence on the West Coast is a natural next step for us as we continue to expand our creative capabilities and deepen our talent pool,” Hearst Magazines president Troy Young said in a statement. “Video has been a consistent growth driver for us and this studio will further enhance the quality and quantity of our entertainment offerings.”Michael Mraz, VP of Hearst originals and development, is heading the new studio. He’ll remain based in New York and split his time between NYC and in Los Angeles. He joined the company in 2014 and previously led digital content teams for Esquire, Esquire U.K., Road & Track, Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics and Town & Country before joining development team in 2016.“The new studio — and having the Clevver teams based there — will be a game-changer for us,” Mraz said. “It will enable us to be more ambitious with our development slate for Hearst Originals, learn from some of the very best of YouTube natives, and find new ways to cross pollinate ideas, talent, and brands between New York and L.A.”Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, claims its print and digital properties reach a combined audience of 146 million readers and visitors monthly, including 73% of U.S. women. The company publishes more than 300 editions and 240 websites around the world, with more than 25 brands in the U.S. Popular on Variety
June 13, 2014This years JUNETEENTH Festival took place this past Saturday and Sunday, June 7. and 8. 2014.Once again this was an event with a line-up of awesome musicians, some returning to the Arcosanti stage and some very good people that were here for the first time.The event started with the beautiful voice of Marilynn Carter, accompanied by Ray Carter.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Here we see the Miles Dalto Trio performing the first set on Saturday, Louis Landon on piano, Bob McKeon on drums and bassist Sean Brogan.Sherry Roberson and on drums Bob McKeon.Here is singer Ray Brown with Miles Dalto on piano, Ray Carter on bass and Bob McKeon on drums.The Saturday evening party in the Vaults featured the Tommy Dukes Blues Band.One cannot say enough about the level of excellence that this years performers brought to the Arcosanti stage. More about this event will be posted on Monday, June 16. 2014.
January 16, 2017Paolo Soleri, late 1960’s:THE ARCOLOGICAL COMMITMENT* IS NOT INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST SOLUTION TO THE SHELTERING OF AN EXPLODING POPULATION, ALTHOUGH IT IS THAT.* IS NOT INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THE ECOLOGICAL DEBACLE, ALTHOUGH IT IS THAT.* IS NOT INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY REAL SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF WASTE-AFFLUENCE, ALTHOUGH IT IS THAT.* IS NOT INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY TRUE RESOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF POLLUTION, ALTHOUGH IT IS THAT.* IS NOT INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY TRUE ROAD TO LAND, AIR AND WATER CONSERVATION, ALTHOUGH IT IS THAT.* IS NOT INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT IS STRUCTURALLY DESEGREGATING PEOPLE, THINGS AND PERFORMANCES, ALTHOUGH IT IS THAT.* IS NOT INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST INSTRUMENT FOR SURVIVAL, ALTHOUGH IT IS JUST THAT.ALL THESE ARE REMEDIAL REASONS, IMPORTANT TO MAN, BUT ONLY INSTRUMENTAL TO THE SPECIFIC HUMANENESS HE SEEKS. THEY ARE MAN-UTENTIVE AND RESTORATIVE. THEY ARE NOT SPECIFICALLY CREATIVE. BY THEIR IMPLEMENTATION, THE REFUND HEALTH OF MAN AND EARTH COULD NEVER BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR GRACE BUT ONLY A THRESHOLD TO IT.THE ARCOLOGICAL COMMITMENT IS INDISPENSABLE BECAUSE IT ADVOCATES A PHYSICAL SYSTEM THAT JUSTLY CONSENTS AND FOSTERS THE HIGH COMPRESSION OF THINGS, ENERGIES, LOGISTICS, INFORMATION, PERFORMANCES, THINKING, DOING, LIVING, LEARNING, PLAYING, INTO URBAN-HUMAN INTEGRALS THAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL, CRITICAL, VIBRANT PHENOMENON OF LIFE AT IT’S MOST LIVELY AND COMPASSIONATE; THE STATE OF GRACE [ESTHETOGENISIS] POSSIBLE FOR A SOCIALLY AND INDIVIDUALLY HEALTHY MAN ON AN ECOLOGICALLY HEALTHY EARTH.[photo by Alfonso Elia, the text is on many of the early workshop brochures/posters, see the Arcosanti 3 workshop poster that is available at the Arcosanti Visitors Center – Gallery]
ShareDavid Ruth713email@example.comAmy Hodges713firstname.lastname@example.orgWhether anger impacts negotiation outcomes depends on ethnicity of negotiatorHOUSTON – (May 6, 2013) – It’s said you should never go to bed angry, but what about to the negotiation table? Researchers at Rice University and New York University suggest that ethnic backgrounds can influence the effectiveness of expressing anger in negotiations. In a series of studies, the researchers found that angry individuals of East Asian descent are perceived as tougher negotiators than their angry European-American counterparts, and consequently elicit greater cooperation at the negotiation table.“There’s no denying it — emotions play a very important role in negotiations,” said Hajo Adam, visiting assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. “However, no prior research has investigated how the cultural background of the emotion expresser impacts the negotiation results.”Results from four studies revealed that angry negotiators are perceived as tougher and more threatening when they are of East Asian rather than European-American descent, despite the fact that both parties are perceived as equally angry. As a result, parties in a negotiation are more likely to make concessions to angry East Asian counterparts than to angry European-American counterparts.Other findings:In study No. 1, participants indicated that they would cooperate more with angry East Asian counterparts than with angry European-American or Hispanic counterparts, ruling out the possibility that the predominantly European-American participants cooperate more with angry counterparts regardless of foreign culture.In study No. 2, nonangry East Asian negotiators elicited similar cooperation as nonangry European-Americans in negotiations, ruling out the possibility that individuals were cooperating more with East Asian counterparts than European-American counterparts in general.In study No. 3, both East Asian and European-Americans perceived East Asian counterparts as being tougher and more threatening negotiators than European-Americans and made larger concessions as a result.In study No. 4, participants again made larger concessions to an angry East Asian than to an angry European-American counterpart; however, this effect only emerged for participants who held the stereotype of East Asians being emotionally inexpressive and European-Americans being emotionally expressive. It did not appear when participants did not hold this stereotype, which suggests that the effect emerges because of cultural stereotypes about the emotional expressivity of different cultural groups.Adam said he hopes the research will add to the body of literature on the interplay of culture and emotions in social interactions, especially as places of employment grow more diverse and rely more on interpersonal communication.“The workplace is an increasingly diverse place, and it has changed dramatically in recent years,” Adam said. “More and more, employees must interact with their fellow workers and other company stakeholders from different cultures, and emotions play a huge role in negotiating this interpersonal dynamic.”Details on the study procedures:Study No. 1 recruited 98 participants (64 men, 34 women, average age of 32.01) from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk website to participate in an online negotiation. All participants were from the U.S. and the vast majority of them (79.6 percent) were of European ethnicity. Participants were told they would be randomly matched with another user to conduct an online negotiation; in reality they negotiated with a simulated counterpart. Participants played the role of a project manager negotiating an IT contract and were provided with information about their counterpart, identifying them as European-American, Hispanic or East Asian. After participants made a first offer, they received feedback that read, “Wow, this offer makes me really angry. … I expect a better offer; I’m pretty pissed off.” After receiving the message, participants were told the negotiation was over and were asked questions about their behavior intentions.Study No. 2 included 120 participants (55 men, 65 women, average age of 33.24) from Mechanical Turk. All participants were from the U.S. and the vast majority of them (80.8 percent) were of European ethnicity. Participants were presented with a longer version of the same basic scenario as in study No. 1; however, instead of leading participants to believe that they were to negotiate with another participant, they were simply told to read a scenario and imagine how they would react to the situation. Participants were told that their counterpart in the negotiation responded to their initial offer in either an angry or an emotionally neutral fashion. The counterpart was described as either European-American or East Asian. At the end of the experiment, participants were asked what their final offer would be.Study No. 3 included 288 participants (122 men, 166 women, U.S. college students with an average age of 20.58). Approximately half the participants were of European descent; the other half were of East Asian descent. Students were randomly assigned as “Student 1” or “Student 2” and were paired with a student of the same sex to negotiate how to work on a student project. “Student 1” was randomly assigned to one of two anger conditions: In one condition, they were instructed to express anger; in the other condition, they were instructed to remain emotionally neutral.Study No. 4 included 110 participants (52 men, 58 women, average age of 32.27 years). All participants were from the U.S., and the majority of them (83.6 percent) were European-American. Participants took part in the study on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk website and were told that they would complete two separate studies. In the first part of the study, participants were told they participated in a pilot test for another experiment. This part of the study actually assessed whether participants hold the stereotype of East Asians being emotionally inexpressive and European-Americans being emotionally expressive. In the second part of the study, participants engaged in a computer-mediated negotiation with a simulated counterpart who expressed anger throughout the negotiation and was described as either European-American or East Asian.The paper, “Not All Anger is Created Equal: The Impact of the Expresser’s Culture on the Social Effects of Anger in Negotiations,” was co-authored by Aiwa Shirako, visiting professor of management and organizations at New York University, and is available online at http://bit.ly/101HGTI. Faculty research grants awarded to the authors by New York University and Northwestern University funded the research.-30-For more information, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6327 or email@example.com.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Hajo Adam headshot (Photo credit: Rice University):Hajo Adam bio: http://business.rice.edu/OnlineDirectory/PersonnelDetail.aspx?id=4294970598Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. 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