Final Salish Class Vessel Sets Sail for British Columbia

first_imgzoom Canadian ferry owner and operator BC Ferries revealed that Salish Raven, a final of three LNG-powered Salish Class vessels, departed Gdansk, Poland, on April 28, bound for its new home in British Columbia. “This is a major milestone in our newbuild program as Salish Raven, the final vessel in this series, is now making its way to British Columbia,” Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President and CEO, commented.The ship’s 10,440 nautical mile journey from Gdansk-based Remontowa Shipbuilding is expected to take around 45 to 55 days, according to BC Ferries.The Transatlantic voyage will include stops for refueling in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands and Panama City, Panama. The vessel will also transit the Panama Canal and sail up the west coast of North America to British Columbia.As disclosed, Salish Raven will be introduced in the Southern Gulf Islands in the fall.BC Ferries said it will take final acceptance and ownership of Salish Raven upon final inspection once the vessel arrives in BC.Salish Orca, BC Ferries’ first dual-fuel vessel, will be introduced into service on the Powell River – Comox route in May, while Salish Eagle, the second of the three ships, will start service on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route in late June.The 107-meter Salish Class ships will carry 145 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew. With a gross tonnage of 8,728 tons each, the vessels feature two car decks and have a service speed of 15.5 knots.last_img read more

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One man shot at another stabbed at Rajabazar one arrested

first_imgKolkata: A man was shot at and another person was stabbed by some miscreants in Rajabazar on Thursday night.Locals rushed the duo to NRS Medical College and Hospital. On Friday, one man was arrested in this connection. According to sources, on Thursday night, an argument ensued between a group of youths and two persons identified as Yasir Mustafa and Sagir Ahmed. After a few minutes, Mustafa sensed something suspicious and tried to leave the spot along with Ahmed. All of a sudden, a youth from the group allegedly fired a round at Mustafa and another man stabbed Ahmed on his left hand. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersHearing the firing sound, locals came out of their houses. Sensing danger the miscreants fled the spot. Local residents rescued the injured duo and rushed them to NRS Medical College and Hospital. Mustafa was admitted and Ahmed was treated and discharged. After a while police personnel from Amherst Street police station went to hospital and questioned Mustafa. He alleged that three persons, who were known to him, attacked him over some personal issue. On the basis of Mustafa’s statement an FIR was lodged. Later, on Friday, a youth identified as Md Danish of Narkeldanga was arrested. Search is on to nab other two persons named in the FIR. Sources informed that Danish had several criminal records in the past. Sleuths are also trying to find out if Mustafa and Ahemed have any criminal records. According to hospital sources, Mustafa’s condition is stable. The bullet had pierced his left hand.last_img read more

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Tropical brown booby seabird found shivering injured on Victoria waterfront

first_imgVICTORIA – An unlikely visitor to Vancouver Island is recovering at an animal rescue centre after being found, shivering and injured, on the Victoria waterfront.The female brown booby is receiving treatment while staff at the British Columbia SPCA’s wild animal rehabilitation centre try to figure out how the tropical bird travelled far north of its usual territory.Centre spokeswoman Marguerite Sans said there’s very little research on migration of the brown booby, but the seabirds have been known to travel up to 3,000 kilometres.“Because we know so little about them, it’s not too clear why they might appear this far (north) but I think it might be a combination of this individual going further up the coast and then perhaps storm or weather patterns pushed her up further,” Sans said.A powerful storm packing moisture from east of Hawaii lashed the B.C. coast in the days before the bird was found.When the booby, believed to a young adult, was found Monday it was very ill, suffering from a small puncture to its chest, injuries and abrasions to its feet and was underweight.“Based on her blood work and how thin she is, we are pretty guarded as far as her prognosis because when they get that emaciated they are pretty critical,” Sans said.The bird is too weak to eat whole food so it is on a special diet that will keep its organs from shutting down.Sans said it could take several days before the lethargic bird responds, and even longer before plans can be made for its release.“If we can get her past the tough part, we have to see,” she said.“With any seabird species we need them to be in excellent body condition and then also have pristine feathers so that their waterproofing is 100 per cent before they are released.”The brown booby is a large seabird, with a wing span of nearly 1.5-metres and is identified by a solid brown head, neck, back and wings, with a white chest and lower body and a yellow beak.The bird is usually spotted in Mexico, California and Hawaii where it’s renowned for dramatic 20 metre plunges into the sea to catch seafood such as squid and anchovies.Sans said it was the first time the centre has cared for one of these seabirds, and staff are mulling the logistics of how to get it further south, if that’s determined to be the safest way to release the bird when the time comes.last_img read more

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I used to look at the stars and think my mom and

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission tasked with gathering testimony from survivors of residential schools has completed their second national event.The hearings were held over four days in Inuvik, NT.Staff from the commission produced a number of stories over that time and APTN is broadcasting one now.This story from the TRC is about those who are brave enough to confront the painful past.last_img

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11 pc salary hike offerred in PGD in biz analytics by ISI

first_imgKolkata: The final placements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Analytics Programme (PGDBA) – collaborated by the ISI, the IIM Calcutta and IIT Kharagpur – for the 2017-2019 batch concluded with a record increase of 11 per cent in domestic offers from top corporate houses. The batch of 52 students received a total of 66 offers made by 35 firms, an IIT KGP statement said Wednesday. The programme witnessed a record increase of 11 per cent in domestic offers alone with the mean salary going up to Rs 24.40 lakh per annum, the statement said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The PGDBA programme aims at helping shape the emerging profession of business analytics by delivering inter disciplinary educational experience to graduate applicants. The highest domestic offer made was Rs 35 lakh per annum while the overall average CTC has risen to Rs 25.05 lakh per annum from Rs 22.89 lakh per annum last year, it said. The major recruiters from the final placements include JP Morgan Chase, Adani Group, Viacom18, Flipkart, United Airlines, Piramal Group. Two international offers were also received. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway In the internship process, major recruiters are Amazon, PwC, Barclays, Gartner, Johnson & Johnson, Master Card and others. The average monthly stipend of the interns bettered last year’s figure by 22.8 per cent reaching Rs 1,13,565 this year, the statement said. “The outstanding placements this year demonstrates our focus on academic excellence and appreciation of PGDBA programme by the industry,” Faculty and Placement Convener of the PGDBA programme from IIT Kharagpur, Prof Arun Misra, said.last_img read more

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Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu alerted

The agents had collected around Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh from each family on the promise of ferrying them to Australia.Displaying a few copies of the photograph of a fishing trawler, Mr. Sylendra Babu said a small boat cannot ferry a huge crowd to the distant Australia. “Australia is over 5,400 km away from Tamil Nadu. “Not only will you lose your hard-earned money, but will also risk your lives,” he said. “The motive of such agents is only to make money by duping you,” he said. He advised the Sri Lankan nationals against falling prey to the lure of agents who promise to ferry them to Australia. Around 550 Sri Lankan Tamils from India and Sri Lanka have died in such attempts, he said.The ADGP said the government was providing assistance to the refugees.He wanted them to concentrate on educating their children well. “Once they become doctors and engineers, they will take you to Australia or New Zealand through legal means,” he said. The Coastal Security Group has begun an awareness campaign in the Sri Lankan refugee camps across the Tamil Nadu State to sensitise them of the lurking danger in making stealthy attempts to reach Australia, a Hindu news report said.The Additional Director-General of Police (CSG), C. Sylendra Babu, addressed the first meeting at the Anaiyur Sri Lankan refugees camp yesterday. It takes 20 days to reach there. These boats have no facility to take you there, he said.The campaign was organised in the backdrop of the failed attempt made by 120 Sri Lankan refugees from various camps to flee to Australia on April 6.They were rescued by the Coast Guard and the Coastal Security Group after they were stranded in the boat following an engine breakdown. read more

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David Siegel named as Interim Dean of Education

David Siegel, a well-known political scientist at Brock University who specializes in public policy and administration, has agreed to serve as Brock’s Interim Dean of the Faculty of Education after the incumbent, Fiona Blaikie, completes her term later this year.David Siegel The announcement was made by University Provost Neil McCartney, who said Siegel will serve a two-year term starting July 1, 2015.“The landscape has been shifting dramatically,” said McCartney. “There are big changes for education faculties throughout the province, and Brock is very pleased to have David help guide the team at this time.”Siegel served as dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from 2002 to 2008 and Associate Vice-President Academic from 1995 to 1999. A researcher and consultant who is frequently sought out by journalists for interviews and articles, Siegel has written extensively about public administration in academic and mainstream media publications. Besides having taught at Brock since 1978, his significant roles at the University included serving as founding director of the Niagara Community Observatory, and leader of the working group for the Presidential Program Review.“I’m looking forward to working with all of the people in the Faculty,” said Siegel, “and helping to continue moving the Faculty forward.”Siegel will take a leave of absence from his own teaching duties during his term as Interim Dean of Education.A search process for the next Dean of the Faculty of Education will commence in accordance with the Faculty Handbook. More details will be announced as they become confirmed. read more

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PPPs 47th Republic Anniversary message

The Peoples’ Progressive Party (PPP) extends greetings and best wishes to all Guyanese on our 47th  Republic anniversary.It is common knowledge that the People’s Progressive Party was the main architect of the struggle to free our nation and its people from colonial rule and servitude.The dream then was to build a free, united and democratic society governed by the rule of law under a system which guarantees equal opportunity, so that all of our people can realise their full potential and aspirations.That dream was short lived. We moved to independence as a fractured society. By the time we attained republican status, we were already drifting into political dictatorship.The 1968 elections were already rigged. The 1970 Constitution was born in suspicion. The Privy Council was abolished as our final court and the process had begun to emasculate the judiciary. Discrimination had become rampant and we were quickly moving into the direction of party paramountcy.Forty-seven years later, there is an abundance of evidence which would establish that we are in a strikingly similar position, poised once again to travel the road to political dictatorship.The political, economic and social gains made during the period that the PPP was in government (1992-2015) are rapidly being reversed.The sugar, rice, forestry, mining, construction and other productive sectors are either under-preforming or in chaos.After more than three hundred (300) years Sugar is on the brink of closure. Thousands of workers have lost their jobs. No new investments are on the horizon. The economy is shrinking. The US dollar is at it highest. While at the same time, our people are being taxed to the hilt.Politically, authoritarianism is on the rise. Independent Constitutional institutions and office holders are undermined. The judiciary is being attacked and badly needed appointments of judges are not being made.There is political censorship and a lack of freedom of speech in our Parliament. Constitutional violations are committed with impunity.The appointment of the Chairman of Gecom has been reduced to a game of political football. Discrimination by and corruption in Government have become institutionalized.Therefore, as we celebrate this significant national event, it is important that we take stock of, from where we have come and where we are, so that we can be focused on the direction in which we would like to move forward. The choice is becoming clearer: we either sit idly as passengers along the highway to political dictatorship or, we can stand firm in resistance against those who are threatening our democracy, our freedoms and our social and economic well-being.As we have always done, the PPP will continue that relentless struggle to improve the lives of our people and to create a better and unified Guyana for all.Happy 47th Republic Anniversary.People’s Progressive Party Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident’s 47th Republic Anniversary messageFebruary 23, 2017In “latest news”Republic Day MessagesFebruary 23, 2015In “Opinion”Mashramani greetings from Political PartiesFebruary 23, 2014In “Opinion” read more

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Pollution elle diminue sensiblement dans le nord du pays

first_imgPollution : elle diminue sensiblement dans le nord du paysComme chaque année, la Direction régionale de l’environnement, de l’aménagement, du logement (Dreal) du Nord-Pas-de-Calais, a dévoilé le bilan des taux de pollution enregistrés dans la région. C’est une bonne nouvelle qui a été annoncée hier : la pollution a fortement diminué en 2009 par rapport à l’année 2008. Le bémol ? Cette chute a été engendrée par la crise économique.C’est une chute de 15% à 20% qui a été enregistrée en 2009 pour les rejets dans les airs et dans l’eau, comme pour la quantité de déchets. Ainsi, Arcelor Mittal, le pôle sidérurgique de Dunkerque, n’a produit en 2009 que 328.000 tonnes de déchets, contre 553.000 tonnes en 2008.À lire aussiCe corail préfère manger du plastique plutôt que de sa nourriture habituelleL’annonce doit toutefois être prise avec des pincettes. “Une telle évolution ne peut s’expliquer que par une baisse importante de l’activité”, souligne en effet Michel Pascal, le directeur régional de l’Environnement. La crise économique a frappé la région de façon importante en 2009, les entreprises ayant donc logiquement moins produit, et moins pollué.Ce n’est donc pas à l’instauration de politiques plus respectueuses de l’environnement que l’on doit cette importante diminution de la pollution dans le Nord-Pas-de-Calais, et il faut s’attendre à de moins bons résultats en 2010.Le 19 novembre 2010 à 19:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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The name is now simply The Historic Trust

first_imgAfter rebranding and refocusing, the organization that preserves and manages some of Vancouver’s most historic properties is now The Historic Trust.The group was formerly known as the Fort Vancouver National Trust. It has been most visible recently as the organizer of July 4 celebrations at Fort Vancouver and its renovation of Providence Academy.Mike True, president and CEO of the organization, explained Tuesday that the transition was more than a name change.“The rebranding is internal, too. We will have programs drive the organization, not property management,” True said at a reception at the Red Cross Building in the West Barracks.After the formal presentation, True explained the shift in emphasis. Efforts in Vancouver’s historic core “has been so property focused,” he said.That has meant acquisitions and construction projects, which, in turn, have required funding and generated a lot of paperwork and permitting.“As a result of our success, we’re at Stage 2 — building on that foundation,” True said.So, while renovation continues on Providence Academy, built by Mother Joseph, other partners are working on innovative programs that will introduce the pioneering nun to the community.Washington State University Vancouver is developing an “augmented reality” system that will enable visitors with mobile devices to meet historic figures.“There will be first-person encounters with characters such as Mother Joseph,” said Richard Burrows, the Trust’s director of outreach and programs. There also will be virtual tours of the building, he said.Visitors to Officers Row will encounter figures from history such as Gen. George Marshall and Ulysses Grant, but they can also hear stories from a nanny who worked for an officer’s family.last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE Facebook uses engagement surveys to highlight benefits opportunities

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live 2017: Social media organisation Facebook uses employee engagement surveys to inform strategic workforce planning decisions, and support the design of a benefits proposition that increases employee satisfaction and engagement.Addressing delegates in the opening keynote presentation of Employee Benefits Live 2017, Ross Sparkman (pictured), head of strategic workforce planning at Facebook, said: “Benefits are one of the key drivers of employee satisfaction. Benefits have a huge impact on our ability to increase the happiness of our employees, if done correctly.”Sparkman explained how a benefits strategy that is aligned to an organisation’s overall corporate aims can help to produce a satisfied and happy workforce, which, in turn, can have positive impacts on both productivity and business gains. This could include a reduction in attrition and employee mistakes, increased staff loyalty, higher profits, and improved customer satisfaction.“As I work through and develop strategies with the senior leaders across the organisation, one of the key levers that we use and that we try to understand is what do we have to do to make our workforce happier, and engage them in that,” added Sparkman.Collating industry research, Sparkman noted the difference in perception between what employees value, in terms of their benefits and working environment, compared to what they are actually offered. This presents a huge opportunity for employers to close this perception gap in order to create a benefits strategy and organisation culture that will contribute to employee happiness and engagement, therefore having a knock-on impact on organisational goals. “If we don’t have a good benefits strategy in place, we could potentially be losing our talent,” he added.He cited compensation, trust, job security, opportunities to use skills, feeling safe in the work environment, employee benefits, communications, an organisation’s financial stability, corporate culture, good leadership and the work itself as the main drivers of employee satisfaction.Sparkman also discussed the key differences in the perception of benefits between employees and their managers, with factors such as gender, marital status, education levels and age all influencing how employees view and use their benefits. Sparkman referenced research from FRACTL, which highlighted that four out of the five most popular benefits, according to employees, were related to lifestyle. For example, the ability to work flexible hours or from home, or being able to take more holiday days.“Four out of the five top benefits are work-life balance related benefits that really don’t cost that much,” he said. “[Employers] could conceivably start to develop a benefits strategy that’s not going to break the bank and is still going to be something that is highly valued, so [employers] don’t necessarily have to have a comprehensive benefits strategy as in Facebook, but to really hit these key four benefits that are important to employee.”He added that benefits that are deemed valuable by employees will differ depending on an organisation’s specific workforce demographic and industry sector, so it is important for employers to be competitive in their benefits offering. This should be continually revisited.To collect feedback on what employees view as important around benefits, employee engagement surveys as one data source, alongside tools such as focus groups, benchmarking and benefits data, said Sparkman. The questions asked in surveys should have a clear purpose to avoid survey fatigue and should be framed in order to collect the best possible data for analysis that aligns with the purpose of the survey.Larger organisations could consider targeting smaller sub-groups with its engagement surveys, centring specific surveys around gender or age, and offering incentives could also be used to encourage responses, added Sparkman.Sparkman also discussed the metrics that employers should consider when measuring the success and effectiveness of their benefits strategy. This includes looking at financial metrics, such as the costs around benefits; attrition and retention metrics that can analyse the impact benefits have, for example data around how long it takes to fill new positions; or the time it takes candidates to accept jobs at the organisation once they have an understanding of the benefits proposition; and employee satisfaction metrics.Benefits at Facebook, for example, centre around empowering employees and giving them autonomy. “It’s really important to make sure that benefits strategies align with corporate strategy,” said Sparkman. “So we talked about the importance of employee happiness and engagement, but it shouldn’t be done in a vacuum. There should be some link to corporate strategy. Our benefits strategy should be part of how we are setting the tone for our organisation culture. If you think about [an organisation] like Facebook, our benefits strategy really is a big part of what defines who we are and how we are perceived as [an organisation].”last_img read more

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Source Interlinks GrindMedia Acquires Baseball America

first_img“It’s our intent to carry on the business and not simply add depth from a strategic standpoint, but also a capability standpoint,” says Garrett. “We want to help expand what Baseball America means to the baseball audience, and to build their media properties by layering our capabilities on their team.”According to FOLIO: sister site minonline, GrindMedia’s parent company Source Interlink was one of the top five ad gainers in the group publisher category for the September to January period in 2011. Ad pages increased almost 5 percent, about 267 pages, from January to September 2010 to January to September 2011. In a move to expand its traditional sports portfolio, GrindMedia (a division of enthusiast publisher Source Interlink Media) acquires Baseball America magazine and accompanying properties. Baseball America’s original staff will remain in the magazine’s Durham, North Carolina-based offices. Baseball America produces 26 issues yearly (in print and digital), and has an average circulation of 32,300. The acquisition includes Baseball America’s book series, with titles like Prospect Handbook (which serves young amateur ball players looking to turn pro). “These properties in the printed form, and the opportunities in the digital form, will not only continue; we hope to expand them. We are also looking to deepen and expand their digital footprint, through video and other offerings,” says Garrett.Baseball America’s revenue and terms of the deal were not made available. center_img Norb Garrett, SVP group publisher with GrindMedia, says Baseball America is a strategic fit for its “sticks-and-balls” portfolio. SLAM, a basketball-focused title, is under this umbrella as well. “Our target audience is 18- to 45-year-old males. The opportunity presented itself for us to add a brand with great capability,” says Garrett.last_img read more

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The State Of Jazz In NYC With Terri Lyne Carrington Ben Allison

first_img Inside New York City’s Jazz Scene state-jazz-nyc-terri-lyne-carrington-ben-allison-more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 11, 2015 – 3:51 pm Terri Lyne Carrington Wins Best Jazz Instrumental Album Twitter News Email Go beyond the household names and iconic venues to discover today’s thriving New York City jazz scene through the eyes and ears of the community’s most passionate musiciansNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 31, 2018 – 3:58 pm Tucked down a squeaky staircase on a side street in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, Mezzrow Jazz Club is shaped like a subway car, long and narrow with some of the finest jazz musicians in town playing nightly at the far end of the room. You can feel the passing subway rumble beneath your feet as you file into the listening room for the late set. Sure, you might be knee to knee with the occasional table of tourists, but the band is having a musical conversation up there — laughing, arguing, confessing, and gossiping — all without using words.For anyone who has experienced this rush in person, there’s little question whether jazz is alive or not in New York City. But for those who have not had the opportunity, the scene might appear a bit more mysterious.”Some people think of jazz as a musical style of a bygone era. It’s so much more than that,” says bassist Ben Allison. “The hundreds of jazz musicians who live and create in NYC are part of a continuum — an intense and beautiful musical conversation that has been happening for decades and continues to this day. It’s a very vibrant art form, and it’s easy to find in NYC if you know where to look.””We adhere to our mission of supporting this music, and also supporting the late-night culture of New York City, Greenwich Village and jazz itself,” says Spike Wilner, a professional pianist since age 19 and co-owner of Mezzrow and its sister club, Smalls. “Never to make a lot of money. We never really think about it. As long as our bills get paid.”New York has been operating as a fertile ground for cultivating jazz and the culture around it for longer than most music fans realize — since about 1900, according to Wilner, who names the likes of pianists Art Tatum and Bud Powell and saxophonist Charlie Parker as the genre’s key innovators.”New York was always the mecca of jazz, with 52nd Street from the ’30s to the ’50s … and before that, in Harlem,” says GRAMMY-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. “New York still has a vibrancy that to me has a special kind of residue from that time period. And if you’re serious about playing, you have to put yourself in the environment where the competition is the greatest, and that’s when you see if you will sink or swim.”In fact, several generations have pilgrimaged to New York not to gawk at jazz history, but to use it as a springboard. Vocalist Stephanie Layton of the traditional jazz group Eden Lane describes the extra pressure and inspiration she feels from the city.”My infatuation with the Great American Songbook makes New York City the most inspiring place I could be,” says Layton, who cites Tin Pan Alley and early musicals as her core repertoire. “With the type of material I do, lyrics are of equal importance when it comes to song interpretation, and knowing that a Gershwin or Hart colloquialism or witticism was written from a distinctly New York perspective makes me feel just the tiniest bit closer to it.”Through this type of connective spirit, New York truly has become hallowed ground. Within the city are several venues so iconic they’ve become synonymous with the genre. Blue Note, Birdland, Village Vanguard — locales where actual jazz history has been made. Today, they remain relevant, must-visit venues for the jazz connoisseur.”I like the traditional venue like the Village Vanguard, owned by a woman, Lorraine Gordon,” says Carrington. “In the trio that I played with Geri Allen and Esperanza Spalding called ACS, we tried to play the Vanguard in New York to support this woman-owned business, and because the Vanguard has so much history. So many great records were made live at the Vanguard with John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and so many other people.”But beyond the well-known historical hot spots, knowing where to look in New York for today’s hottest jazz can uncover the scene’s real gems. Allison name-drops Jazz Standard as a favorite while heralding the aforementioned Smalls for the atmosphere.”Smalls is where people actually hang out. It’s kind of a basement, really casual, old school and a little funky,” says Allison, who is President of the Recording Academy New York Chapter Board. “When I play there, I tend to get a much younger crowd just because of the vibe there and the [low] cover. When you play at Dizzy’s, it pays 10 times as much [laughs], but none of the younger cats I know can afford to go there.”center_img “I see this whole male domination in jazz being something that is transitioning,” says Carrington, who cites some of her favorite up-and-coming artists as tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, flautist Elena Pinderhughes and Kris Davis, whom she calls “one of the most important pianists of her generation.”In this light, today’s New York jazz scene feels quite open and accessible, at least as far as getting a foot in the door. As Wilner explains, however, the key to how long you stay in the room is based on a simple notion.”Jazz is the most democratic of all art forms,” says Wilner. “It’s really about the musicians who are inside voting you in or not based on your ability. The art form is the sound, it has nothing to do with form. It’s just [about] what you sound like, and if you can play, you can play.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Jazz In New York City As a testament to that range of live jazz options in New York City, you can catch sets outside of the main stable of clubs, a phenomenon that is bringing the music to an even wider audience. “Places like Rockwood Music Hall and Pete’s Candy Store do a great job integrating jazz into their programing,” says Eden Lane guitarist Dylan Charles. “They are saying to their audiences, ‘Hey, jazz is worth your time and people are doing new and interesting things within the art form that you should check out.'””I feel like people are trying to be more sophisticated with their listening,” adds Carrington, also a New York Chapter Board member. “For instance, Kendrick Lamar’s [To Pimp A Butterfly] record had a lot of jazz in it, and to some people, it’s considered a modern-day jazz record.”From the standards of the Great American Songbook to modern hip-hop, jazz weaves its way into so many different styles of music, which is fitting for a genre many argue is America’s only true art form.”The Latin jazz scene is really rich in New York, and you have players that are really influenced by R&B and hip-hop … indie rock, and rock, playing jazz and merging these other genres with jazz,” says Carrington. “When I was coming up in the ’80s, if people asked me if jazz was alive, I would say, ‘Yeah, jazz is alive, but it smells funny.’ Now I say, ‘It’s alive and thriving.'”How do today’s musicians cut through the thick history and seemingly endless possibilities of influences, styles and directions of jazz it’s created? By being themselves.”I’ve always been about New York jazz,” says Wilner. “And it doesn’t mean you can’t be innovative. In fact … it’s not about doing something new, it’s about doing something you.”Given New York City’s high living costs, making a living can be challenging for even the most talented musicians. Many professionals teach, produce, compose, tour, record, work as an accompanist, and perform in other genres, including as Broadway pit musicians, to piece a living together and continue to push their own musical boundaries.Speaking of boundaries, like other genres such as rock and hip-hop, jazz has traditionally been male-dominated. But because jazz truly is about the music, the tides are changing. At the 56th GRAMMY Awards, Carrington became the first woman to win the GRAMMY for Best Instrumental Jazz Album. Facebook The State Of Jazz In NYC With Terri Lyne Carrington, Ben Allison & More last_img read more

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Trump lifts ban on Arctic offshore drilling

first_imgSen. Murkowski shows the pen the president used to sign the order. (Photo by Liz Ruskin)Today, President Trump  signed an order lifting a ban his predecessor imposed on drilling off Alaska’s Arctic shores. Environmental groups claim the ban is permanent and they intend to file a legal challenge.Listen nowThe order is entitled “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.” The signing ceremony was in the White House Roosevelt Room. Congress members from oil states crowded around the president, including the full Alaska delegation.“It’s going to lead to a lot of great wealth for our country and a lot of great jobs for our country,” Trump said. “So God bless America, thank you very much.”Trump then signed the order. He gave Sen. Lisa Murkowski the pen.The order tells the Interior secretary to reconsider the removal of the Arctic from the current offshore leasing plan, and it rescinds an order from President Obama that bans much of the Arctic from any future lease sale.Lois Epstein is Arctic Program Director for The Wilderness Society. Photo by Liz Ruskin.Conservation groups maintain Obama’s ban was permanent. Wilderness Society Arctic director Lois Epstein says the organizations intend to mount a legal challenge.“We’re prepared to do everything we can do to stop the opening of the Arctic Ocean to drilling,” Epstein said.Trump’s order also calls for a review of the Arctic-specific offshore drilling regulations and of the blowout prevention rule imposed after the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Epstein said rolling back the blowout rule would give advantage to the least safe operators.“That’s tragic,” Epstein said. “Really. And (it) can result in situations like the BP Deepwater Horizon where you had 11 deaths and over 200 million gallons released.”Murkowski said the rule is only slated for review. She especially likes that Trump’s order announces a national policy of encouraging energy exploration and production. She acknowledges other barriers remain for the offshore Arctic.“This is the first step,” Murkowski said. “We don’t have any producers that are poised to move.”Sen. Dan Sullivan said when Obama imposed the Arctic drilling ban, the administration didn’t even tell  him in advance.“What a difference five months makes,” Sullivan said.Not only was he at the White House for the signing ceremony, but Sullivan said afterward the president invited him into the Oval Office. He said he thanked Trump for lifting Obama’s Arctic ban so quickly.“And the president mentioned, you know, that day in December when the former president did this (Arctic ban), the Russians must’ve been very excited,” Sullivan recounted. “And I said, ‘I think they were excited.’”Alaska Congressman Don Young is pleased with the order, too, but he was a little peeved Trump kept them waiting in the Roosevelt Room.“A good 20 minutes he was late,” Young said. “I don’t appreciate even the president being late. You know how I am.”Young said they spent the time talking to the vice president and two cabinet secretaries.last_img read more

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Drainage overflows streetlights defunct

first_imgNacharam: The overflow of drainage that is caused due to the damaged manhole on Road No 7, IDA Road, in Nacharam is causing inconvenience to locals and commuters as well. The broken drainage has become a serious cause of concern for the residents of the area. The drainage from the manhole overflows onto the road and remains stagnant. Adding to this the road has big gaps, where the water gets collected. The issue becomes more serious when during the evening time the streetlights don’t work properly. The broken drainage also leads to unpleasant smell and mosquitoes menace in the area.last_img read more

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Conditions for Rohingya potentially catastrophic Aid agencies

first_imgJoanne Liu, president of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), speaks during a news conference in Brussels, Belgium on 7 September 2017. REUTERSThousands of Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh this week, adding to the more than 600,000 who earlier fled violence in Myanmar, in a fast-growing humanitarian crisis that aid agencies warn risks spiraling out of control.Men, women and children who fled what the United Nations has called a campaign of ethnic cleansing are living in overcrowded camps lacking basics such as food and water and facing escalating violence and worsening health risks.Here are the views of some leading aid officials on the estimated 817,000 Rohingya refugees now living in the southern most district of Bangladesh and their most pressing needs:Bob Kitchen, Director of The International Rescue Committee‘s (IRC) Emergency Response Unit“The refugees are in urgent need of emergency shelter, food, access to clean water and sanitation, healthcare, protection and mental health support. Half of pregnant women have not received medical care, two-thirds do not know where to go for help.Overcrowded and unsanitary living conditions, and the absence of safe, clean water for refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, means that the threat of cholera and other disease outbreaks looms large.”Mark Kaye, Member of Save the Children‘s Humanitarian Response Team in Bangladesh“Many children wander the narrow muddy streets between the makeshift shelters by themselves. They live in conditions no child should live in, many suffer from illnesses such as diarrhea and skin diseases.There are tens of thousands of people still sleeping out in the open or under makeshift shelters, there is dirty, contaminated water everywhere, and poor nutrition and hygiene levels.This has sparked growing concern of an outbreak of water-borne diseases. Any outbreak in large and overcrowded places like these could spread quickly and would be potentially catastrophic.”Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of the Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)“The needs here are enormous. People are arriving hungry, frightened and exhausted.What particularly struck me was that this is in many ways a crisis of children. There are 300,000 children living here in these camps. They are losing their childhood. There are children carrying younger ones around, children carting sacks of rice and bamboo, they are not able to simply be what they are – children.”Joanne Liu, president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF)“The refugee settlements are incredibly precarious. They look like makeshift shelters made of mud and plastic sheeting, fixed together with bamboo and scattered across little hilltops.There are almost no services available and the vulnerability of people’s living conditions is shocking. Whole families are living under plastic sheeting in muddy and flood-prone terrain.They have very few belongings, are vulnerable to attacks from elephants, and have no access to clean water, latrines, food, or health care.”last_img read more

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No 8 Louisville Sweeps Doubleheader Against Brown

first_img Game One Highlights Preview LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Justin Lavey walk-off single capped a successful night at the ballpark for the eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team, as the Cardinals took a pair of games from Brown on Friday at Jim Patterson Stadium. Photo Gallery Game Two Highlights Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Poland earned his first collegiate victory in the nightcap, while Logan Wyatt led the offense with a 2-for-4 night at the plate. Print Friendly Version Next Game: Brown 2/23/2019 | 1:45 PM Detmers (1-0) struck out two more after the walk to finish the sixth, and set down the side in order in the seventh to mark the end of his day. Detmers finished the day with seven hitless innings and a career-high 11 strikeouts. ACC Network Extra Louisville chipped away at the lead with Snider driving in one in the bottom half of the fifth and Alex Binelas tying the game in the sixth on a sacrifice fly. The top of the lineup carried the load offensively for the Cardinals in game one, with Lucas Dunn, Jake Snider and Tyler Fitzgerald combining to go 8-for-10 at the plate with five runs and five RBIs. All three set career-highs in the win as Snider was a perfect 4-for-4 in the game, while Dunn scored four times and Fitzgerald drove in four. Friday’s nightcap was filled with drama as well, with the Cardinals falling behind 4-2 after Brown (0-2) plated three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Louisville (4-2) came within an out of a no-hitter in a 7-0 victory to start the day and closed it out with a 5-4 win in extra innings. The Cardinals will try to complete the series sweep on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., ET. PDF Box Score (Game One) Friday’s doubleheader started with dominant pitching, as Reid Detmers was nearly perfect in his second start of the season. The sophomore mowed down the first 16 batters he faced before issuing a one-out walk in the sixth inning. The southpaw struck out the side in the second and fourth innings during a stretch of eight strikeouts in nine hitters. Reid Detmers Postgame Bobby Miller took care of business on the mound for the Cardinals in relief of Nick Bennett, who allowed four runs, three earned, in his five innings of work. Miller punched out a career-best eight batters over four innings to keep the game tied and send it into extra innings. Dan McDonnell Postgame Freshman Jack Perkins took over on the mound in the eighth, working around a two-out free pass in a scoreless eighth and retiring the first two batters in the ninth. One out away from history, a looping fly ball deflected off the glove of a sliding Zach Britton in right field for the first and only hit of the game for the Bears. Story Links In the bottom half, Danny Oriente drew a four-pitch walk to lead off the inning and Trey Leonard came off the bench to steal second. After a strikeout, Drew Campbell beat out a soft groundball to first, moving the winning run 90 feet closer. A fly to left wasn’t deep enough to bring Leonard home from third, but Lavey delivered the two-out winner with a clean single to right to close out the doubleheader sweep. Brown threatened in its half of the 10th, drawing a leadoff walk and bunting the runner into scoring position. A two-out walk put two on, but Jared Poland extinguished the fire inducing a flyout to right to end the inning. Live Stats PDF Box Score (Game Two) last_img read more

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Rayman SNES Prototype Discovered By Creator Michel Ancel

first_imgRayman has endured as a video game character for over 20 years, first appearing on the Atari Jaguar way back in 1995. But what you may not know is that the original Rayman game was meant to be a SNES title including a two-player mode. However, Ubisoft decided the game should be released on CD-ROM, so when the SNES CD-ROM add-on got canceled, so did Rayman for SNES.Rayman as a character was created by Michel Ancel, Frederic Houde, and Alexandra Steible, and over the weekend Ancel made a surprising discovery. He found the prototype development cartridge for the SNES version of the original Rayman game. Better yet, it still works when plugged into a SNES.Here’s a shot of the prototype board plugged into a SNES:Announcing the news through his Instagram account, Ancel commented, “It was sleeping for 24 years ….. Time to wake it up !!!!”Until now, only 4 people had seen the game running, and it runs at 60fps. He even suggests that Ubisoft should consider porting the game and releasing it as a Nintendo Switch title. I’m sure Rayman fans and Nintendo would be on board with that idea.Here’s a great video comparing the original Rayman on the Atari Jaguar and the PlayStation. Now imagine this updated and running on the Switch (on the go and hooked up to your TV):Rayman sold incredibly well. shifting millions of copies. If a Switch version did happen, I doubt just doing Rayman would be good enough. I’d want all Rayman releases bundled along with the SNES prototype as an added bonus on the cartridge.last_img read more

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The Army of SameSex Lovers that Ruled the Ancient Greek Battlefield

first_imgAs any great army that celebrated big victories, the Spartans witnessed some terrible debacles on the battlefield, too. At the battle of Tegyra that played out in 375 B.C., between Sparta and their Greek city-state rival Thebes, the Spartan troops numbering at least a thousand men were reportedly battered by a small troop of merely 300 men, known as the Sacred Band of Thebes.The clash unfolded near a shrine of Apollo in the region, where the Sacred Band was led by its then-leader Pelopidas. The thinly numbered men were surprisingly met by the much larger Spartan unit, and at first, the situation looked desperate.Mythological temple of the Greek god Apollo.However, Pelopidas ordered his cavalrymen to hit an enemy’s exposed flank and grouped his hoplites into a tightly packed unit formation.Bravely fighting, the Sacred Band seemed invincible. They broke the Spartan line, killing their leader rather quickly.Marble statue of a helmed hoplite (5th century BC), Archaeological Museum of Sparta, Greece. Photo by de:Benutzer:Ticinese CC BY-SA 3.0Vulnerable and without guidance, the Spartans held back to allow the much smaller Theban force to leave intact.But instead of escaping the battlefield, Pelopidas engaged his men in another attack, and in a single swift move, another hoard of enemy soldiers were taken down.Band of Thebes. Composite constructed sculpture of historical figure(s) reputed to have had a same sex relationships. Photo by Pinkpasty CC BY SA 4.0It was a glorious victory, and Pelopidas hired the Sacred Band for any military campaign that followed. But who were these brave-fighting people? According to ancient sources and various historians, all of them were homosexual lovers, 150 exceptionally well-trained pairs of them.The establishment of this extraordinary force is credited to Gorgidas, a chief officer of Boeotia, in 376 B.C., about the same time the Spartans were banished from Thebes.The Greek biographer Plutarch suggests that Gorgidas himself personally selected the Band’s couples, each consisting of erastês (the older of the pair, or the “lover”) and erômenos  (the younger of the pair, or the “beloved”).Pharsalos stele, c. 470-60, Louvre.The age difference between the erastês and erômenos within this unit would have not been hugely significant. All men needed to turn at least 20 before admission, and upon accepting them, it was the duty of their “lover” to gift them their armor and equipment.Each one of them was a skilled wrestler, dancer, and horseback rider, and selected on their ability to fight.Initially, the men were assigned to defend the citadel of Thebes where they also resided.Their accommodation was paid for by the local people, and as a result, they were sometimes referred to as the “City Band.”Pelopidas setting out for Thebes.When Pelopidas took control of the Band, he reformed the faction of 300 into an elite fighting unit. In battles, they were specifically instructed to slaughter the enemy’s finest of fighters, as was the case when the group faced the Spartans.Among historians, however, one of the most hotly debated questions is whether these men were really all homosexuals. Same sex relationships were considered morally acceptable in the times of ancient Greece and accounts testifying to this are numerous.But the profound connection between two males may well have been specifically perceived as battlefield-ready exclusively in the military circles of Thebes.Remains of the Cadmea, the central fortress of ancient Thebes. Photo by Nefasdicere CC BY-SA 3.0Plutarch’s Life of Pelopidas reads: “…a band cemented by friendship grounded upon love is never to be broken, and invincible; since the lovers, ashamed to be weak in the sight of their beloved, and the beloved before their lovers, willingly rush into danger for the relief of one another.”The ‘army of lovers’ is also commended in Plato’s Symposium: “If there were only some way of contriving that a state or an army should be made up of lovers and their loves, they would be the very best governors of their own city, abstaining from all dishonor, and emulating one another in honor; and when fighting at each other’s side, although a mere handful, they would overcome the world.”Theban workshop (Oinochoe type), 7th century BC.In 371 B.C., another significant victory against Sparta was written in the pages of history, and the Sacred Band were again part of it. By this time, Sparta was officially at war with Thebes.The clash of the warring city-states came near the village of Leuctra that year, hence how the name of the battle was conceived.The Thebans entered the battle with little over 8,000 men, among them the ‘army of lovers.’ Some 12,000 men stood on the Spartan side.Cavalry from the Parthenon Frieze, West II, 2–3, British Museum.The Spartans approached the battlefield in a familiar formation, boosting a powerful right wing, and the Thebans grouped themselves accordingly. Most of their men were positioned on the left wing of the phalanx, and ‘the Lovers’ were at the very front.The two armies first clashed with their horsemen, and the Theban side proved to have greater merit.Monument to Spartans in Greece near the place of a legendary battle.They sent the Spartan cavalry in retreat, and the galloping horses left the scene foggy with dust. The Thebans used the opportunity to rush against the Spartans, and the Sacred Band quickly detached to hunt for the enemy’s best men.Again the Spartans were facing a bitter defeat. Among the thousands who were killed in the assault was the Spartan king, Cleombrotus I. The Battle of Leuctra helped Thebes reassure its independence, sealed the fame of its homosexual faction, and marked the end of Sparta’s dominion of ancient Greece.The demise of the Sacred Band came years later, at the hands of a new rivalry on the peninsula, one led by Philip II and his son Alexander the Great.Read another story from us: Hidden Sphinx Found by Accident in Temple Devoted to Crocodile Fertility GodThe entire band of lovers perished at the battle of Chaeronea, in 338 B.C. Their remains and an ancient monument built in their memory was discovered in an archaeological dig back in the 19th century.last_img read more

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