Manitoba manhunt shows lack of resources for missing Indigenous women advocates

first_imgWINNIPEG — Helicopters and a specialized military aircraft scoured from the air while armed police took to the ground over northern Manitoba in a hunt for two suspects of murders in British Columbia.Some advocates say it’s a stark contrast to resources applied to searches for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.“It is a little bit eyebrow raising because of the different response,” says Sheila North, a former grand chief and advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women.“The effort that they are going through to try and find them … could trigger a lot of things for people who do their own searches.”The massive manhunt has gripped the country since Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, were named last week as suspects in three killings. University professor Leonard Dyck and Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese were found dead earlier this month in northern B.C.North said it’s important the suspects are caught because they could pose a serious risk to the public.But she wonders where the same sense of urgency is when an Indigenous woman or girl can’t be found.North recalls the case of Jennifer Catcheway in 2008. She was last seen in Portage la Prairie, Man. on the night of her 18th birthday. When Wilfred and Bernice Catcheway notified police their daughter was missing, they were told she was probably out partying, North said.For more than a decade, the Catcheways have conducted their own search of rivers, lakes, forests and nearby First Nations.North says she’s also reminded of 51-year-old grandmother, Mildred Flett, who was last seen in Winnipeg in 2010. Her ex-husband has said it was difficult to get police to pay attention to her case.Flett was from the Testaskweyak Cree Nation in Split Lake, Man., where missing person posters of her remain. Schmegelsky and McLeod were spotted in the same community before a vehicle they were travelling in was found in nearby Gillam, leading police to focus their search in that area.North said there are more than 1,200 relatives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls watching as Mounties do everything they can to find the two murder suspects. They may also be wondering why they couldn’t have received more help, she adds.“Families that do their own searches are feeling a little bit let down and not respected in the same way as these other families are,” she said.Darlene Okemaysim-Sicotte has seen many families struggle to organize searches as the co-chair of Iskwewuk E-wichiwitochik (Women Walking Together), a grassroots group that supports families of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Saskatchewan.Her cousin, Shelley Napope, 16, was murdered by serial killer John Martin Crawford in 1992.Okemaysim-Sicotte says she supports efforts to find Schmegelsky and McLeod and that no life is worth more than another.But the manhunt for them has made it clear that there is the means, money and public support to conduct a large-scale search when needed, she says.Okemaysim-Sicotte hopes people will remember that the next time an Indigenous woman or girl is missing.“The world is watching it, she says.Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadas bank CEOs get 7 pay raise to earn 536 million in

first_imgTORONTO – The chief executives of Canada’s five biggest banks collectively earned roughly $53.6 million in the latest fiscal year, up more than seven per cent from a year earlier.But it was a particularly good year for Toronto-Dominion Bank’s chief executive Bharat Masrani, who got a more than 20 per cent increase in total direct compensation to pull in $10.85 million in the twelve months ended Oct. 31, 2017.Still, Royal Bank of Canada’s chief executive Dave McKay was paid the most among his peers with $12.43 million in total direct compensation, up 7.9 per cent from a year earlier, according to the banks’ latest proxy circulars.The rise in total direct compensation — which includes base salary and performance-based incentives — in part reflects the increasing demands for chief executives in the banking industry, said Bill Vlaad, president of financial services recruitment firm Vlaad and Co., which also monitors compensation trends.Financial institutions are now in the midst of a rapid technological shift, he said, as consumers increasingly do transactions online and via mobile phone.“The speed and velocity of change at these firms has been increasing, and to stay on the leading edge has required a lot more stealth by these CEOs,” said Vlaad. “I think it’s been a good time to be a CEO, but it is not for a lack of effort.”The Bank of Nova Scotia’s Brian Porter was second-highest paid at $10.86 million in total direct compensation, marking a 7.4 per cent increase from fiscal 2016.Bank of Montreal’s Bill Downe, who retired from the top role on Oct. 31, was paid $10.5 million in total direct compensation, down roughly one per cent from a year earlier.Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s chief executive Victor Dodig received $8.94 million in total direct compensation in 2017, up 1.71 per cent.These pay increases came during a fiscal year where each of the five biggest Canadian lenders reported record annual profits. During that time, these banks collectively earned $40.3 billion in net income for fiscal 2017, up nearly 13 per cent from a year earlier.The banks had benefited from the surprising strength of the Canadian economy, even amid worries about overheated housing markets and the fallout from government steps to cool them down.While these chief executives received a 7.17 increase in collective direct compensation for the fiscal year, they received even more when taking into account other elements such as pension value.Collectively, these five executives earned total compensation for fiscal 2017 of $58.6 million, marking an 8.2 per cent bump from fiscal 2016.McKay received the highest total pay at $13.36 million, followed by Porter at $12.84 million. Masrani’s compensation package was third-highest at $12.44 million, while Downe and Dodig received total pay of $10.53 million and $9.44 million, respectively.last_img read more

G7 leaders commit 266 million to fight wildfires in Amazon rainforest

BIARRITZ, France — G7 leaders have come to an agreement to offer help to Brazil to help fight the raging wildfires in the Amazon rainforest.French President Emmanuel Macron says the countries will offer short-term assistance to help douse the flames.G7 countries have agreed to an immediate $26.6 million to help Amazon countries fight wildfires and launch a long-term global initiative to protect the rainforest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quick to echo Macron’s calls for action on the rainforest fires a day before the G7 summit began, who shunted the blazes to the top of the summit agenda after declaring them a global emergency.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke to her Brazilian counterpart Sunday and offered Canada’s support.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Last week Macron accused Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s government of not doing enough to protect the area and of lying about its environmental commitments.Meanwhile, Trump skipped the session. Macron said Trump agreed on the initiative but could not attend because of bilateral meeting engagements.Satellites have recorded more than 41,000 fires in the Amazon region so far this year — with more than half of those coming this month alone. Those Amazon rainforest fires? Here’s what’s really happening Amazon tribe sees its survival imperilled by Brazilian development and deforestation Amazon fires an ‘international crisis’ that must be tackled by G7: France’s Macron — With files from The Associated Press and Reuters An aerial photo released by Greenpeace showing smoke billowing from forest fires in the municipality of Candeias do Jamari, close to Porto Velho in Rondonia State, in the Amazon basin in northwestern Brazil, on August 24, 2019. Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace / AGP / Getty Images read more

Teen girl dead in house fire on Beardys First Nation

A 16-year-old girl is dead after a house fire on Beardy’s First Nation.Rosthern RCMP and the Beardy’s fire department responded Sunday around 1 p.m. to a report of a fire, RCMP reported in a news release. The home sustained minor damage from the fire and smoke damage throughout.RCMP said investigators believe the teen was the lone person inside the home when the fire started. Her name was not released. RCMP said her identity will be confirmed by an autopsy scheduled for Tuesday.The cause and circumstances surrounding the fire are all under investigation, RCMP said. The RCMP major crimes unit north, forensic identification section, Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency, the provincial coroner and Rosthern RCMP are all involved in the investigation. read more

Supplier growth opportunities flow as SMMT Meet the Buyer 2014 takes shape

The purchasing companies set to attend SMMT’s Meet the Buyer 2014 have been announced.Taking place in London on 25 June, Meet the Buyer aims to match OEM and Tier 1 buyers to suitable automotive supply chain companies, based on buyers’ sourcing requirements. Using the Automotive Supplier Finder, SMMT invites supply chain companies that meet buyer demands to Meet the Buyer events.The list of confirmed buyers for 25 June is:Aisin EuropeAston MartinBMWBroseCAB AutomotiveDenso ManufacturingFaureciaFord EuropeFutaba IndustrialGeneral MotorsJaguar Land RoverLeyland TrucksLuKNissanParker HannifinPenso UKSears ManufacturingTATA MotorsToyotaTRWWith vehicle manufacturing in the UK growing year-on-year, opportunities for UK-based suppliers to expand their businesses have never been more plentiful. Indeed, Brose – one of the purchasers at Meet the Buyer – has just announced the creation of 300 jobs in Coventry to cope with parts demand for the new Nissan Qashqai.To register interest in this year’s Meet the Buyer, e-mail or fill out the online form here.Having registered your interest, make sure to update your company profile on the Automotive Supplier Finder using the editing tool.For more information on SMMT’s Meet the Buyer events, click here, or e-mail to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Margin for error gone Titans hope to start run vs NY Jets

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Titans’ margin for error is gone, and earning a second straight playoff berth will require finishing this season with a winning flourish.The Titans (5-6) blew hopes of the franchise’s first AFC South title in a decade by losing two straight inside the division to cap a stretch of five losses in seven games. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard says the Titans’ backs are against the wall now.“We got a chance to change and make up for what we’ve been doing these past couple weeks and not worried about what we should’ve done,” Woodyard said.Coming off a 34-17 loss in Houston on Monday night, the Titans will try to make their stand at home playing four of their final five games starting Sunday with the New York Jets (3-8). The Titans have won 13 of their last 16 at Nissan Stadium, and linebacker Brian Orakpo says they understand the challenge they face.A year ago, the Titans went 2-3 in December to miss out on the AFC South title but grab the second wild-card spot. Orakpo says they need to be realistic, ignore all the scenarios and see the Jets as the first step toward winning out.“We have to give ourselves a chance, 10-6 looks pretty good to me,” Orakpo said. “And we have to make sure that’s a reality and not just some talk.”Losers of five straight, the Jets are hoping they can get Sam Darnold back at quarterback after missing the last two games with an injured foot, including a 27-13 loss to the Patriots last week. The rookie remains optimistic about the Jets’ goals for a season in which coach Todd Bowles’ future is on the clock.“Just finishing strong, sticking together, doing what we can to win these last five, and who knows,” Darnold said. “We’ll go from there.”Some things to know about the Jets and Titans:MARIOTA’S PASSINGTitans quarterback Marcus Mariota is coming off the second-best single-game passing performance in NFL history, completing 95.7 per cent of passes in Houston. He’s on pace for the single-best performance in franchise history with a 70.3 completion percentage this season, a mark currently set by Cody Carlson at 65.6 per cent in 1992 with the then-Houston Oilers. Mariota also ranks fourth in the NFL this season for completion percentage.STRUGGLING OffenceSWhether it has been Darnold or veteran Josh McCown under centre, the Jets’ offence has struggled lately to score. Since beating Indianapolis 42-24 on Oct. 14, New York has just 56 points — a five-game span during which the Jets have failed to score more than 17 against any opponent. They rank 26th in the league, averaging 20.1 points a game.That’s still better than the Titans, who went eight quarters without a touchdown earlier this season, including being shut out by Baltimore in October. They’re averaging 17.7 points a game, 29th in the league.HOMECOMINGJets linebacker Avery Williamson will be in familiar territory when he plays in Tennessee. The former Milan High School star spent his first four NFL seasons with the Titans before signing a three-year, $22.5 million deal with New York. Williamson leads the Jets with 117 overall tackles and is tied for second on the team with three sacks.“It’s definitely going to be fun going against my old teammates,” Williamson said. “I haven’t seen them since January, so it’ll definitely be cool, especially going on the opposite sideline. It’ll be interesting.”TOUGH TAKEAWAYSThe Jets have 15 takeaways this season, which ranks them a respectable 15th in the NFL in that category. But turnovers have been tough to come by lately for New York — and it’s on the verge of making history. The defence has not caused a turnover in five consecutive games, tying a league record for futility. One more game and the Jets will hold that dubious distinction all by themselves.“We’re obviously out there talking about turnovers, turnovers, turnovers, and getting it done, but we’re not getting it done,” safety Jamal Adams said. “We’re just talking about it. It’s very frustrating as a defence when we’re not getting turnovers and helping our offence get in better situations. It’s something we have to get done.”The Titans have only nine takeaways this season and none in the past three games.LONG RANGERJets kicker Jason Myers has been one of the team’s biggest surprises this season, ranking second in the NFL with 23 field goals. He has been consistently good on long-distance attempts, making a league-record five kicks of 55 yards or more. He beat out several kickers early this season after being claimed off waivers from Seattle during training camp.___AP Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak contributed to this report.___Follow Teresa M. Walker at AP NFL: and M. Walker, The Associated Press read more

7 ways Mary Robinson shaped Irish culture in the 90s

first_imgMore like Mná na HAIReann.5. Fashion senseNot only was Mary the leader of the country, she was also a leader in the fashion stakes.That coat! Source: Photocall IrelandThose earrings! Source: Photocall IrelandThat dress suit and sheer tights that just screams ‘I mean business’! Source: Photocall Ireland!We now know to hold Robinson responsible for the mass influx of Celtic knot clip-ons among middle aged women. Source: Etsy6. The name ‘Mary’Marys are great. They’re so great, there’s even a whole book dedicated to them. Mary Robinson played just a small part in this. Source: ByrneIt was the kind of Irish name where each Mary needed a specific nickname to tell her apart from the rest. Robinson’s name isn’t technically Mary, but we’re willing to look past this.I think I got my name [Marie Therese Winifrid] because my mother had assumed I would be the only girl and she gave me as many names as she could. I have always been known as Mary.Mary brought Mary back, with the name slightly climbing up the baby name charts in the nineties. Coincidence? We think NOT.7. AttitudesAttitudes towards a female president weren’t always rife in Ireland before Maire bounced along with her fab hair and stern voice.Moone Boy knew it:A woman for president, is it? That’d be a lot for her to take on. I wouldn’t ask her to do that now.But sure didn’t she want to be a president, and as told in her Desert Island Discs, despite the odds being largely against her at 100/1, she did.Remember When This Happened Pic of the Day>9 things today’s first years have no memory of> Of course you had to get the polo neck and blazer to match. ON THIS DAY in 1990, Mary Robinson was elected as Ireland’s first female president.But that wasn’t the only impact she had. The country was crazy for Mary.Here are just a few ways that 90s Ireland was shaped by our inaugural Mná na hÉireann.1. ‘The Tapestry’Oh tapestry, what is your purpose?Ireland’s Mona Lisa may be gone from its rightful place in a shop-front on Dame Street, but its mythical legacy lives on to this day.The Mary Robinson tapestry was the centre of a Facebook campaign to make it the president of Ireland back in the 2011 election. Unfortunately, it wasn’t successful. Source: Facebook#neverforget2. TelevisionMary Robinson’s election shook Irish television schedules to their core. RTÉ infamously broadcast her victory speech instead of the angelus, the ANGELUS!Let’s not forget her first ever interview as president elect when she appeared on the institution that is The Den. Dustin suggested she had smelly feet and she laughed like the casual cool president she was, serving us a due reminder that she saved us from having a turkey as a president. Source: Tumblr3. The chartsDustin the Turkey’s chart topper* ‘Mary’ was a tribute to the woman herself, lifting the nation’s spirits after she resigned from office in 1997. The lyrics softened the blow.Ireland’s children you’ve been rearing,‘Cause you’re Mná na hEireann,And even though you’re gone, Your memory lingers on.A nation mourned. Source: trobuff86*not really.4. Her haircutForget ‘the Rachel’, the Robinson was the haircut to been seen with in 90s Ireland. This was perfectly highlighted on the Moone Boy episode, ‘Bunch of Marys’.Look at her there with her strong hands and bouncy hair. She’s like the Joan of Arc of Connaught.last_img read more

UK Supreme Court rules Brexit must be approved by Parliament

first_imgUK Supreme Court rules Brexit must be approved by Parliament The UK Supreme Court had been expected to back up the High Court’s previous decision that Parliament must vote on whether or not to invoke Article 50. Jan 24th 2017, 9:41 AM Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 9:41 AM 20,596 Views Short URL 91 Comments By Cianan Brennan The UK Supreme Court giving its judgement this morning Source: YoutubeUpdated 09.38THE UK SUPREME Court has ruled that Britain must put the triggering of Article 50 before Parliament before Brexit can happen.The court ruled by a majority of eight votes to three in favour of upholding the same decision previously decided by the High Court.However, the Government will not have to consult with the devolved assemblies in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland before acting.Outlining the reasoning behind the judgement, president of the Supreme Court Lord David Neuberger said that as things stand the European Communities Act (ECA) ruled that EU law takes precedence over Britain’s domestic laws.As such, a withdrawal from the EU would fundamentally affect the UK’s constitution, something which “renders it impermissible for the Government to withdraw from the EU Treaties without prior Parliamentary authority”.“The 2016 referendum is of great political significance. However, its legal significance is determined by what Parliament included in the statute authorising it, and that statute simply provided for the referendum to be held without specifying the consequences,” Neuberger said.The change in the law required to implement the referendum’s outcome must be made in the only way permitted by the UK constitution, namely by legislation.Within the three dissenting judgements, the point was made that European law could only be supreme in the UK on condition of Britain actually wishing to be a member of the EU.The full judgement can be read here.Voting as expectedThe 11 Supreme Court judges were expected to rule against the government in a move which could delay Prime Minister Theresa May triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which would formally begin exit negotiations.Today’s decision follows a High Court ruling against the government last November, in a case which attracted protests and abuse against the lead claimant.Businesswoman Gina Miller said she has suffered death threats and racist taunts since bringing the case.“Things that were considered unacceptable are now acceptable,” she told AFP ahead of the Supreme Court decision.Anger was also directed at the High Court judges following their decision, being branded “Enemies of the People” by one newspaper.The legal challenge has tapped into divisions within British society after the June referendum which saw 52% vote to leave the EU.Brexiteers have claimed the case is an attempt to block Britain’s departure from the European Union, but MPs are not expected to vote against triggering Article 50.If they lose the case ministers are preparing to rush emergency legislation through the Houses of Commons and Lords – and the opposition Labour party has promised not to block it. Theresa May Source: PA Wire/PA Images“Even if the Supreme Court rules that May cannot bypass parliament in Westminster, parliamentarians will be unlikely to go against the vote of the British people and block Brexit,” said Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform.Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has however said he will take the chance to table amendments to the bill, including maintaining access to Europe’s single market.Such a move would go against the premier’s plan for a “hard Brexit” announced last week, through which May said Britain will leave the single market in order to control EU immigration.Scotland to have a say?Opposition amendments could delay May’s timetable to trigger Brexit talks by the end of March, but the Supreme Court could further scupper her plans.Judges are also set to rule on whether the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland must have a say on the prime minister’s plan.Gostynska-Jakubowska said May could find it difficult to trigger Article 50 by her March deadline if the judges demand greater involvement from the devolved nations, while deeming such an outcome unlikely.While Wales voted for Brexit, a majority in Northern Ireland and Scotland voted to remain in the EU.Northern Ireland is facing its own political turmoil with snap elections on March 2 after the power-sharing executive in Belfast collapsed earlier this month.The pro-EU Scottish National Party, meanwhile, has 54 MPs in the 650-seat House of Commons and also controls the government in Edinburgh.Kathleen Brooks, an analyst at City Index Direct, said giving greater power to the devolved governments would be the “worst outcome” for May at the Supreme Court.“This outcome would likely delay the UK’s Brexit plans, and, trigger the break-up of the UK, especially if it leads to another independence referendum in Scotland,” she said.Additional reporting © – AFP, 2017Read: Three white sheepdog puppies found in Italian avalanche boost hope for survivorsRead: Trump’s inauguration ‘most watched in history thanks to internet streaming’ Share221 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Solicitor questioned after suspected cocaine found in his wallet in Mountjoy prison

first_img Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 12:23 PM Image: Sam Boal/ Share183 Tweet Email GARDAÍ HAVE QUESTIONED a solicitor after he was found in possession of suspected cocaine in Mountjoy prison.A source told prison staff found the substance in the Dublin-based solicitor’s wallet.The prison service confirmed a man going through the screening process “was identified as having an item of contraband” and was removed by gardaí.A garda spokesperson said a man was questioned in relation to “a substance” that was discovered on his person. They were called to Mountjoy at around 6.30pm yesterday. The incident was first reported by the Irish Daily Star.Gardaí said no arrest has been made but the investigation into this incident is ongoing.Read: Man (20s) arrested after gardaí seize cocaine and cannabis in gangland crackdown> 30,053 Views Solicitor questioned after suspected cocaine found in his wallet in Mountjoy prison The substance was found during the screening process and the man was removed from the prison by gardaí. Short URL Feb 9th 2017, 12:23 PM By Michelle Hennessy 41 Comments Image: Sam Boal/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

British Telecom attaque Google en justice

first_imgBritish Telecom attaque Google en justiceL’opérateur téléphonique britannique a déposé une plainte aux Etats-Unis pour la violation présumée de 6 brevets par la firme de Mountain View.Une fois de plus, Google va devoir s’expliquer devant la justice pour des violations de brevets. C’est l’opérateur britannique British Telecom qui a porté plainte devant un tribunal américain pour des infractions concernant six de ses brevets, relaye Zdnet. Et nombre de produits Google sont visés par cette action judiciaire.La procédure vise en effet à la fois Android mais aussi les principaux services de Google, son moteur de recherche, Google Maps, Adresses, Offers, Google +, les services de publicités géolocalisées, ainsi que Google Music. British Telecom réclame ainsi une injonction et des dommages dont le montant n’a pas été dévoilé. Google n’a en tout cas pas encore communiqué officiellement sur le sujet.Le 19 décembre 2011 à 20:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

FOX debuts new police drama APB

first_imgNatalie Martinez: “He comes up with this app that’s kind of like an Uber that allows to locate the nearest cop, tours you and allows you to actually participate in crime-solving.”The person piloting the mission is Detective Theresa Murphy — better known right here in Miami as hometown girl Natalie Martinez.Natalie Martinez (as Amelia Murphy): “Technology, it doesn’t solve cases. Cops do.”Natalie says the new sheriff is leaving his mark on the precinct.Natalie Martinez: “We’re coming from a precinct that can barely afford uniforms, and people to do things in a cop year, to making this just tech-savvy wonderland of technology.”And you can take the girl out of Miami to fight crime in the Windy City, but you can’t take Miami out of the girl.Natalie Martinez: “I’m a Miami girl at heart, always, so I get back very often. My whole family’s there.” A new crime time show debuts on FOX, Monday night. Yes, it’s crime time in prime time, and South Florida’s Natalie Martinez is at the center of the action. The show is set in Chicago, but Natalie tells Deco she’s missing Miami’s warmth.In FOX’s new police drama “APB,” crime-fighting is getting a high tech makeover for one Chicago Police Department.That’s because there’s a new sheriff in town: Gideon Reeves, played by Justin Kirk.Justin Kirk (as Gideon Reeves): “Give me the 13th District to run. You turn me down and you can explain to the taxpayers why you turned down almost $100 million in free money.”But he’s not your typical sheriff. Gideon is a billionaire engineer who takes over the force as he tries to hunt down his friend’s killer.Justin Kirk: “It’s an exploration of whether this would be a good idea or not.”And introduces a scientific way of fighting crime. Looks like her love for the 305 has rubbed off on her police drama partner in crime.Justin Kirk: “If we do another season, let’s do it in Miami.”Natalie Martinez: “I would be so happy.”Catch Natalie and the APB crew Mondays at 9 p.m., right after all-new episodes of “24: Legacy,” both right here on 7.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

How Gas Prices Affect the Newsstand

first_imgWhile stopping to fill my gas tank (I’m from Connecticut—I pump my own gas) for the Thanksgiving holiday, I couldn’t believe the price—a “reasonable” $1.89 per gallon. While gas prices have been steadily declining nationwide from the huge spike this summer, I was still pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t going to cost me $50 to fill my tank.CircMatters, the circulation newsletter, recently conducted a study that found single copy sales of celebrity magazines are inversely affected by gas prices. The results of his study beg the question: do lower per gallon gas prices mean the resurgence of single copy sales?By comparing raw data from the Audit Bureau of Circulations (and Energy Information Administration for gas prices), CircMatters discovered that as gas prices marched upwards of $4 per gallon earlier, aggregate single copy sales of 11 celebrity titles analyzed were lower. Newsstand sales for three titles showed a much stronger negative correlation with gas prices than the others: Soap Opera Digest (-0.59), Life & Style (-0.57), and In Touch (-0.46). On the other hand, People, with its positive correlation, was less subject to the adverse impact of the cost of gasoline than other titles.last_img read more

Red Bull Music Festival Berlin Announces 2018 Lineup

first_imgRobot Koch x Mickael Le Goff @ Zeiss-GroßplanetariumThe world premiere of an audiovisual show designed for planetariums.October 09: Sturm & Klang: Drone Activity in ProgressBRÖTZMANN/LEIGH/SABU, Hugo Esquinca, Mess_Montage, MORPSIS, NPVR, Rabih Beaini & Sofia Jernberg & Balázs Pándi, Rachel Lyn, Sun Worship @ Tresor Club/GlobusCelebrating the most intense music in the world pulled from a variety of eras, genres and performance styles.October 10: A Conversation with Pusha TPusha T @ KÖNIG GALERIEThe influential rapper and G.O.O.D music boss tells his story.October 12: Corrupt CalisthenicsRonaldo, Naru, Tomasa del Real, Toxe, Babylon Music, Ziúr b2b Air Max ’97, Oklou, Bauernfeind, DJ Bangkok, Disfig, Rui Ho, DJ Gigola, Aziesch, Wasted Fates @ SEZJoin us for a mystical post-internet takeover of SEZ for our closing night, presented together with Live From Earth. Over five weeks in September and October, Red Bull Music Festival will bring a characteristically wide and wild mixture of concerts, club nights and public talks to Berlin: Highlights include world premieres from Oneohtrix Point Never, Jlin, Sevdaliza and Robot Koch; talks with Janelle Monae and Pusha T; and performances from Tony Allen, Nina Kraviz, Dixon and many more.The festival takes place concurrently with but distinct from the 20th anniversary edition of Red Bull Music Academy. According to the announcement, 61 music-makers selected from around the world will come together at the Funkhaus, a historic recording complex In East Berlin, where they’ll collaborate in custom-built studios and attend lectures with artists that have shaped the contemporary musical landscape. (For more on those 61 artists, visit An eclectic club night featuring an international roster of Academy participants.September 13: From Within…Marko Nikodijevic & Robert Henke with EIC @ Konzertsaal der UdK BerlinThe German premiere of Marko Nikodijevic and Robert Henke’s electronic composition for light and sound with Ensemble intercontemporain.September 14: A Conversation with Janelle MonáeJanelle Monáe @ Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino DelphiA public lecture with the Wondaland label head and R&B futurist.September 14: S3kt0r UFO – 30 Jahre TechnoAcid Maria, Cassegrain (LIVE), DJ Hell, DJ Rush, Electric Indigo, Gudrun Gut, Jennifer Cardini, Lakuti, Mathew Jonson (LIVE), Mijk van Dijk (LIVE), Milan W (LIVE), Miss Kittin, Mor Elian, Nene H (LIVE), Nina Kraviz, Radio Slave, Steffi, Tanith, Thomas Fehlmann (LIVE), UR presents Depth Charge (LIVE), Victor, Westbam & more @ Shedhalle, FunkhausCelebrating three decades of techno in Berlin with a roster of some of the genre’s biggest names.September 16: Symphonic Sound System: JlinJlin @ Saal 1, FunkhausA series of bespoke shows by electronic music iconoclasts on 4DSOUND’s giant spatial system.September 19: For the Love of KottiAkiko Haruna, Bear (LIVE), BRUX (LIVE), Chino (LIVE), Cornelius SA, Jacob Stoy, Jeannel (LIVE), Katarzia (LIVE), lullahush (LIVE), Marco Passarani, Mulherin (LIVE), Nick Léon, Pearson Sound, Soul of Hex, vōx (LIVE) @ Monarch, Fahimi, Paloma BarOne night traversing sounds from around the world at three iconic venues.September 20: Symphonic Sound System: MYRIAD by Oneohtrix Point NeverOneohtrix Point Never @ Saal 1, FunkhausA series of bespoke shows by electronic music iconoclasts on 4DSOUND’s giant spatial system.September 21: No Room 4 ShadeAnz, Debonair, Derre Tida, Doc Sleep, Luz, Manara, No Shade Allstars, Peach, Regret (LIVE), Tayhana, Whodat, Yubaba Juicy Ninja & more @ GriessmühleLocal collectives Room 4 Resistance and No Shade take over Griessmühle. ×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 Specifically, electronic music artists Oneohtrix Point Never and Jlin will create works for the world premiere of the Symphonic Sound System, a new 4D spatial sound system in partnership with MONOM. Also premiering during the festival is Dutch-Iranian artist Sevdaliza’s “The Great Hope Design” in collaboration with German choreographer Rauf Yasit (a.k.a. RubberLegz) on “an alternative, heart-led reality,” using Berlin’s storied Volksbühne theater as a laboratory.The festival also brings two Red Bull Music signature events to Berlin for the first time: Culture Clash, an earth-shaking take on Jamaican soundsystem clashes featuring diverse local crews from different genres and backgrounds, and Diggin’ in the Carts, presenting live performances including Kode9 and Kōji Morimoto inspired by cult Japanese video game soundtracks.In addition to the festival events, original editorial will be created on wide-ranging topics in a variety of storytelling formats throughout September and October on and as well as on social channels. Broadcasting live from a custom-built studio at the Funkhaus, Red Bull Radio (​​) will also feature five weeks of Berlin-focused programming, including event livestreams, daily specials featuring the 2018 Academy participants, and more.For details of all events, see below or visit BULL MUSIC FESTIVAL BERLINSeptember 08: ​An Afro-Rhythmic Affair Mr. Eazi, Titica, Moonchild Sanelly, Freak de l’Afrique (DJ Nomi, Mista Wallizz, Rina V, DJ Chadna, Young Gambinos, KidPre), Sichangi, Special Guest @ Festsaal KreuzbergA celebration of Afrobeats, Afro-pop and the musical pulse of the diaspora.September 10: A/V//AMBAnna vs June, Atariame, Camille Mandoki, Carga Aérea, FAKETHIAS, Maqueta, ramsha, robogeisha, Yakamoto Kotzuga @ ACUD MACHT NEUAn evening of ambient, experimental and audiovisual explorations featuring Academy participants.September 12: Polyphonic PopcornBenjamin Sallum, dismaze, IARAHEI, Nistra, Svetla V @ Sameheads Popular on Variety September 26: Open FunkhausTatsuya Takahashi, Maximilian Rest & Christoph Hohnerlein, Johann König & Haiyti, KitschKrieg, Marco Passarani, Steffi & Benjamin Damage, Matias Aguayo @ FunkhausExplore the inner workings of the Red Bull Music Academy at the historic Funkhaus.September 26: Tony Allen and Jeff MillsTony Allen and Jeff Mills @ Saal 1, FunkhausThe Afrobeat percussion master and Detroit techno legend join forces.September 28: Sevdaliza’s The Great Hope DesignSevdaliza @ VolksbühneThe premiere of an experimental new show crafted by avant-pop producer and singer Sevdaliza.September 29: Bass UnionD Double E (LIVE), Gaika (LIVE), Impey, Ingrate, Mana, Nadia Rose (LIVE), Nídia, Oli XL, Perera Elsewhere, Sick Girls, Tash LC, Teki Latex, Tropical Interface, Uffalo Steez & more @ AnomalieInnovators of bass music from all over Europe come together for an unforgettable night celebrating the sub-loving sound.October 01: Spectral ScienceAbudei, Astro Children, Kate NV, Mira Aasma, OG LULLABIES, Sneaks @ MonarchAn intimate live show with synth futurist and RBMA alumna Kate NV and Academy participants.October 02: DixonDixon, Ylia, Artsaves, chawood, VTSS (LIVE) @ Ballhaus RixdorfBerlin house icon Dixon plays alongside an international roster of Academy participants.October 04: Culture Clash@ Velodrom, UFO4 Stages, 4 Sounds, 1 Winner.October 05: Disco/Darker with Marie DavidsonMarie Davidson (LIVE), Perel (HYBRID), Solid Blake, Eva Geist, Front de Cadeaux @ Prince CharlesExploring synth-led techno and pop arpeggiations in the heart of Kreuzberg.October 06: Diggin’ in the CartsKode9 x Kōji Morimoto (LIVE), Dj Heroin (LIVE), metabora, similarobjects (LIVE), Visuals by Konx-Om-Pax @ MusikbrauereiLive performances inspired by cult Japanese video game soundtracks and Red Bull Music Academy’s celebrated series.October 08: Robot Koch x Mickael Le Goff – Spherelast_img read more

Jingle Punks at 10 How the Production Music Platforms Player Works

first_img Popular on Variety In addition to traditional licensing models for its library of more than 500,000 cues, Jingle Punks offers something called Jingle 360. Customers who commit to a certain quantity of original music get a white label version of the Jingle Player and (depending on the price-point of the track) a co-publishing deal on the custom music. In addition, Jingle Punks can administer existing music a client owns, streamlined by efficiencies built into the Jingle Player. All music entered into the system is automatically registered with the worldwide PROs as part of the app, which is also a portal by which composers access briefs and notes. “The categorization of music, the registration of music and collections is our secret sauce,” says Gutstadt, emphasizing the global collections clout of parent company Ole.Adds Gutstadt: “Somewhere between Thomas Edison and Ron Popeil is where we live.” Though its primary function is creative, Jingle Punks is built on a foundation of technology and administration. The patented Jingle Player that lets customers search for music using pop culture terms is both intuitive and efficient. Typing in “Reservoir Dogs” or “Starbucks” generates suggestions. Queries are monitored “so if there isn’t an exact match, we’ll suggest something else or a music supervisor will be alerted to create something,” Jingle Punks co-founder and managing partner Dan Demole says. Most searched phrases for 2018? “Hip-hop,” “upbeat piano” and “epic summer,” followed by the ever-popular “quirky comedy” and “fun adventure.” Recent additions that came after stumping the system: Cirque du Soleil, “A Star Is Born,” opportunistic, royal visit and infotainment.center_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Breaks help learn new skills better

first_imgIf you are in a process of learning new skills, then taking short breaks in between may help you grasp it better, say researchers. The study, published in the journal Current Biology, suggests our brains probably take short rest periods to strengthen memories. “Everyone thinks you need to ‘practice, practice and practice’ when learning something new,” said co-author Leonardo G Cohen from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in the US. “We found resting, early and often, may be just as critical to learning as practice,” Cohen said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, researchers recorded brain waves from a group of right-handed volunteers with a highly sensitive scanning technique called magnetoencephalography or MEG. They were asked to type numbers as many times as possible with their left hands for 10 seconds, then take rest for 10 seconds and to repeat the cycle until they had typed the numbers 35 more times. The findings showed the volunteers’ speed at which they correctly typed numbers improved dramatically during the first few trials and then levelled off around the 11th cycle. This suggested volunteers’ performance improved primarily during the short rests, and not during typing, the team said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBy looking at the brain waves, researchers also found activity patterns that suggested the brains of participants were consolidating, or solidifying, memories during the rest. Specifically, they found the changes in the size of brain waves, called beta rhythms, correlated with the improvements the volunteers made during rests. The team plans to explore, in detail, the role of these early resting periods in learning and memory.last_img read more

VIDEO Charles Barkley rips NBA for accommodating poor babies by reducing backtoback

first_imgThe NBA has reduced the number of back-to-back games and stretches of 4 games in 5 nights in 2017. Players have vocally complained about fatigue and decreased quality of play when playing on consecutive nights.One person who isn’t happy about the change is outspoken NBA-great-turned-broadcaster, and old school advocate Charles Barkley who ripped the league for the change while speaking at an event called The Athletic Forum.Sir Charles called today’s players ‘poor babies’ for not being able to suck it up and recalled playing back-to-backs during his career while traveling commercial. He even mentioned older players that played three nights in a row after traveling by train.Listen to Sir Charles preach, and get off his lawn!“You know these poor babies can’t play back-to-back games.”Charles Barkley rips the NBA changing the schedule.— Joe Trahan (@JoeTrahan) September 20, 2017last_img read more

Weather warning How is your Spring Day looking

first_imgClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite With it being Spring Day, many people want to go out and celebrate.Beware though, it looks like it will be very warm. The sun will be shining bright, with intermittent cloud cover.A maximum of 30 °C is on the cards!Nighttime will be partly cloudy, with a predicted minimum of 8 °C.last_img read more

DRs hot tourism streak rolls on with 20000 new hotel rooms on

first_img TORONTO — Following the news that it welcomed a record number of Canadians in 2017, the Dominican Republic has announced a slew of new developments across the island.The country has begun a US$195 million development in the Southwest region of Los Corbanitos, Baní called Playa de Puntarena Hotel and Condominiums featuring brand new hotels, luxury apartments, a recreation area, bars, restaurants and a marina. A highway beginning in Santo Domingo will be extended to the Southwest in order to increase tourism connectivity from the capital city.In the South, the Perla de Sur project will bring 1,200 hotel rooms over multiple stages in the coming years. The first stage will be ‘La Casita’ and ‘La Casita Village’, a series of boutique hotels, all featuring an eco-friendly design. The final phase will include a marina and convention centre.A new AMResorts property is coming to Macao, comprising three hotels, a convention centre, green areas, sports facilities and a total of 2,313 rooms.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterIn addition, Club Med is set to begin development of a hotel project named ‘Miches’ in Altamira. Upon completion in 2019, it will be a 5-Trident rated resort, the highest in the Club med resort rankings, and will offer 343 rooms.Even more accommodations are planned over the next few years – 20,000 hotel rooms, to be exact. Additional rooms will debut over the next years throughout Punta Cana, Bayahibe, Puerto Plata, Samaná and Santo Domingo. This number will add to the current 69,000 hotel rooms available in the country, said the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism.In 2017, a record 837,000 Canadians visited the DR and the numbers show no signs of wavering in 2018. In January and February of this tour, a total of 1,126,776 international tourists were reported, a 4% year-over-year increase from the same two months in 2017. Of this number, 60% were from North America, 25% from Europe, 12% from south America and 2.5 from Central America and the Caribbean.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsNorth American travellers grew by 5.3% when compared to the same period in 2017, with the majority travelling from Canada and the U.S.In 2017, cruise arrivals to Puerto Plata exceeded 1.46 million, the highest on record, according to the Ministry of Tourism Cruise Department.Minister of tourism Francisco Javier Garciá highlighted the country’s impressive tourism numbers at the International Tourism Fair in Berlin (ITB). He said the tourism sector is steadily increasing and as a result, the country opened 8,400 new hotel rooms over the past year, with another 15,000 under construction. Share Posted by Tags: Dominican Republic, Openings & Renovations Travelweek Group center_img D.R.’s hot tourism streak rolls on, with 20,000 new hotel rooms on the way << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, April 3, 2018 last_img read more

Convicted Bahrain doctor starts hunger strike

first_img Sponsored Stories The 58-year-old Samaheeji remains free while he considers appealing his one-year sentence. He said Thursday that he went on a hunger strike to protest “brutal and fabricated charges” and draw international attention to the plight of all the doctors, hoping their sentences would eventually being thrown out.Authorities say the doctors sided with protesters last year and tried to topple the country’s ruling system. The doctors said they were only doing their jobs during the protests and subsequent bloody crackdown.“We are doctors, not criminals, and we were trying to save lives, and these sentences are political convictions. … We are innocent,” al-Samaheeji told reporters.The cases against the doctors and nurses were among the most sensitive for Bahrain’s leadership as it struggles with near daily clashes and protests by the kingdom’s majority Shiites. The state-run Salmaniya Medical Complex was thrust into the forefront of the unrest after security forces stormed a protest encampment in the early weeks of the uprising.Initially, 20 medical personnel were sentenced to prison terms of between five and 15 years by a now disbanded security tribunal, set up by the Sunni monarchy as part of crackdowns against Shiite-led protests that began in February 2011. A retrial in civilian court was ordered earlier this year following intense pressure from international rights and medical groups. Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Even the most recent court ruling drew complaints from the Americans, who count Bahrain as a close ally since it hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.Michael Posner, the assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, told reporters last week that Washington was “disappointed” by the ruling. He appealed for reconciliation talks in Bahrain but acknowledged that the nation remains deeply divided.Bahrain’s Shiites comprise about 70 percent of the island’s more than half-million citizens. They claim they face systematic discrimination and are barred from high-level political and security posts. The government has offered some concessions, such as boosting the powers of the elected parliament, but Shiite leaders demand the monarchy also give up its tight grip on all key policies and political appointments.At least 50 people have died in the unrest, and hundreds of other protesters, activists, athletes and Shiite professionals have been tried in the court. Among them is Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, whose ended a more than 100-day hunger strike earlier this month to protest his life sentence for anti-state crimes. A retrial has since been ordered for a 21-member group that includes al-Khawaja. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist The difference between men and women when it comes to paincenter_img Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressMANAMA, Bahrain (AP) – A doctor sentenced on charges of aiding anti-government protests in Bahrain went on a hunger strike Thursday.Saeed al-Samaheeji was among nine medical professionals sentenced last week to prison terms ranging from one month to five years, a decision that has been condemned by international rights groups and the U.S.Nine others were freed, and 15-year sentences were upheld against two doctors who fled Bahrain.last_img read more

Legal League 100 A Decade of Success

first_imgLegal League 100: A Decade of Success September 20, 2017 764 Views Members of the Legal League 100 joined together Wednesday for the Fall Servicer Summit at the Five Star Conference and Expo. Five Star President and CEO Ed Delgado commenced the meeting by discussing the many successes Legal League has accomplished in its decade-long existence, which Delgado attributes to professionalism.“You provide of a vital service to your clients—one that should be taken seriously,” said Delgado. “The process of foreclosure is one that should be taken seriously at all times—with respect for all parties.”The Legal League 100 is celebrating a decade of representing financial-services law firms and over 120 members. Delgado credited the success of the membership in part to the Legal League 100 Advisory Council. Following Delgado, Legal League 100 Advisory Council Chairman Neil Sherman took over moderating the day.The roundtables within the Legal League 100 Summit included the best practices for foreclosure and bankruptcy, developing compliance practices, and ethics concerns in financial services. Following the roundtables was a supersession on cultivating partnerships, vetting vendors, and audits.Speakers included representatives from Bank of America, Bayview Loan Servicing, BSI Financial, Caliber Home Loans, Carrington Holdings, Citimortgage, The Collingwood Group, the CFPB, Fannie Mae, Fay Servicing, Fidelity Bank Freedom Mortgage, Nationstar Mortgage, Ocwen, PennyMac, Roundpoint, Rushmore, S&P, Selene Finance, Statebridge, Summit, US Bank, Wells Fargo, and more.”We were very happy to see we had a full room and lively conversation with servicers as well as attorneys,” said Caren Castle, Senior Mortgage Servicing Attorney at The Wolf Firm. “We talked a lot about the current state of regulation in our industry and a fair amount of time on the challenges we’re all going to be facing in light of the hurricanes both in Florida and Texas—how important communication is going to be between the regulators, servicers, and lawyers.”The Legal League 100 Servicer Summit was sponsored by ALAW,, Firm Solutions, Oversite, Provest, RCO Legal, Robertson Anschutz & Schneid, RES.NET, iMailTracking, Stern & Eisenberg, and Westcor. Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News Five Star Conference and Expo Legal League 100 2017-09-20 Brianna Gilpinlast_img read more