first_imgSince its inception, The Slaight Music Residency has had many talented, multifaceted and innovative music creators come through its doors – like Jeffrey Morrow, who scored Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (alongside Christophe Beck) and was nominated for an Annie Award for his work. Or Erica Procunier, who scored the award-winning feature Don’t Talk to Irene and CBC series Little Dog. Or Robyn Dell’Unto, who was presented with SOCAN’s No. 1 Song Award for “I See Gold,” which topped the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart in January 2018. Or Ben Fox, who was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for his original score on the multi-award-winning feature Never Steady, Never Still. Or Aimee Bessada, who created music for the award-winning CBC webseries, How to Buy a Baby. Or Todor Kobakov, who has been recognized for his work on several productions, including features Backstabbing for Beginners and Born to Be Blue, and TV series Cardinal (for which he won a Canadian Screen Award), The Indian Detective and Bitten. And so many more incredible composers and songwriters!READ ABOUT OUR 2018/19 SLAIGHT MUSIC RESIDENTS BELOW. WE ASKED THE INCOMING MUSIC CREATORS WHAT SPECIFIC PIECE OF MUSIC BLEW THEM AWAY RECENTLY AND THE REASONS WHY. HERE’S WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY: ASHLEY JANE & TIMON WIENTZEKWhat recent piece of music blew Ashley and Timon away?Ashley Jane: “The Sufjan Stevens song ‘Mystery of Love’ in Call Me By Your Name was mesmerizing and perfectly captured the emotions of a beautiful moment.”Timon Wientzak: “I loved the Drive soundtrack. When it first hits you with ‘Nightcall’ after the car chase, you know it’s going to be a great movie.”Ashley Jane and Timon Wientzek are a songwriting duo from Toronto. Their music has been showcased on television programs such as CBC’s Heartland, Kim’s Convenience, Workin’ Moms and CTV’s Saving Hope, as well as in commercials and award-winning independent films. In 2016, Jane and Wientzek released their debut EP Changing Tides under the name In the City. Together, they create beautiful story-driven music in a variety of genres and styles. (From L to R, top to bottom): Antonio Naranjo, Suad Bushnaq, Stephen Krecklo, Jason Couse, and songwriting duo Ashley Jane and Timon Wientzek. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SLAIGHT MUSIC RESIDENCY HERE.By Cory Angeletti-Szasz | CFC Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img STEPHEN KRECKLOWhat recent piece of music blew Stephen away? “‘Dawn: Making an Effort’ by The Breeders in the trailer for Kidding was perfect – naïve sincerity set against calamity, heartbreaking and uplifting at once.”Toronto-based composer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Krecklo has contributed music to a wide variety of television and film content, ranging from reality and documentary, to drama and children’s programming. Krecklo’s credits include Carter (Bravo), Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate (CBC, Sprout and Universal Kids), Stranded with a Million Dollars (MTV Networks), Property Brothers (W Network/HGTV) and the indie feature The Go-Getters. A versatile writer, Krecklo has also composed commercial music for such major brands as Toyota, Kia, Bell, CIBC, Pepsi and Participaction. As a performing musician, he has toured and recorded with artists such as K-OS (Dine Alone) and Small Sins (Astralwerks). Advertisement ANTONIO NARANJOWhat recent piece of music blew Antonio away? “The score for Jackie, because of Mica Levi’s ability to simultaneously express the tremendous sorrow, strength and grace that Jackie Kennedy exuded in the face of such a terrible, public tragedy.”Antonio Naranjo is a Toronto-based film, television and commercial composer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and music producer. A Banff Centre for the Arts alumnus and member of pop rock bands Boys Who Say No and Future Peers, Naranjo has recorded and toured internationally – sharing the stage with Born Ruffians, Mac DeMarco, Kevin Drew and The Flaming Lips. In addition to a number of commercial, film and pop music credits, Antonio will be scoring the upcoming CBC Kid’s adventure series Detention Adventure. JASON COUSEWhat recent piece of music blew Jason away? “’The Alien’ from Annihilation really inspired me – both as an exercise in simplicity and a beautiful demonstration of the storytelling power of texture.”Jason Couse is a Juno Award and Polaris Prize-nominated performer, songwriter and composer from Toronto. As a longtime member of the art-pop duo The Darcys, he has toured abroad, charted on commercial radio, and received critical acclaim for four full-length label releases. Couse is a two-time Banff Centre Musician in Residence and a SOCAN “On the Island” songwriting camp participant.Beyond his frequent collaborations as a co-writer and producer, he is exploring the intersection of his musical experiences and influences with his love of film. We’re pleased to announce the 2018/19 Slaight Music residents who will be starting at the CFC on Monday, July 16, 2018 (alongside the previously announced 2018 CBC Actors Conservatory and Cineplex Entertainment Film Program residents).The CFC received another round of exceptionally strong candidates for this year’s Slaight Music Residency. Six music creators, including a songwriting team, have been invited to participate in this year’s Slaight Music Residency, a creative and business initiative for composers and songwriters that is chaired by Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Marc Jordan and celebrated composer and musician Lesley Barber.“This group is incredibly accomplished and brings an exciting range of experience and sounds to the table,” says Gary Slaight, CFC Board Member; President and Chief Executive Officer, Slaight Communications Inc.; and patron of The Slaight Family Music Lab.“They are going to benefit from the traction this program and our alumni have built over the last six years, and I have no doubt they will emerge as even stronger music creators with a lot to offer the film and TV industry.” SUAD BUSHNAQWhat recent piece of music blew Suad away? “Interstellar‘s ‘23 years of Messages’ scene. Hans Zimmer’s understated score is incredibly powerful in steering our emotions without overwhelming the picture. Genius storytelling, goosebumps guaranteed!”Suad Bushnaq is a Toronto-based musically multilingual Arab-Canadian film and concert composer.Hailed as ‘reflective and touching’ (BBC) and ‘seriously beautiful’ (John Welsman, award-winning composer), her music has been performed by orchestras like the Vermont Symphony and the Syrian Expat Philharmonic at venues such as Konzerthaus Berlin and the BOZAR. Additionally, Bushnaq has scored a number of award-winning films that toured international festivals, including Dubai, Edinburgh and Hot Docs. Bushnaq won a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Original Score at the 2018 Global Music Awards. Twitterlast_img read more

Thomson Reuters reports thirdquarter profit up from year ago

first_imgTORONTO – Thomson Reuters Corp.’s third-quarter profit was up more than 20 per cent compared with a year ago as revenue crept higher.The news and information company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says it earned US$330 million attributable to common shareholders or 46 cents per diluted share in three months ended Sept. 30.The result compared with a $273 million profit attributable to common shareholders, or 36 cents per diluted share, a year ago.Revenue totalled $2.79 billion, up 1.8 per cent from $2.74 billion in the third quarter last year.Thomson Reuters (TSX:TRI) says its adjusted earnings per share for the quarter amounted to 68 cents, up from 54 cents in the same quarter last year.In its outlook, the company says it now expects to finish the year at the high end of its full-year guidance for adjusted earnings per share, which was increased last quarter to between $2.40 and $2.45 per share.last_img read more

Financial support for fridge replacement available to residents affected by Old Fort

first_imgFor more information and to see if you are eligible, you can visit the Regional District’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has announced that Old Fort residents, affected by the Landslide, may be able to apply for support for the cost of replacing fridges and freezers.The Canadian Red Cross and the B.C. Government will be offering financial assistance to help cover replacement costs.According to the PRRD, financial assistance for spoiled food replacement is also available.last_img read more

Economy adds jobs for eighth month in a row though pace of

OTTAWA — The economy extended its winning streak in July, posting its eighth consecutive month of job growth while the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point since the start of the financial crisis nearly nine years ago.The unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 6.3 per cent, a level not seen since October 2008, as the number of people looking for work declined, Statistics Canada reported Friday.The decrease came as the economy pumped out 10,900 net new jobs for the month. That followed staggering employment growth of 45,300 in June and 54,500 in May.“We can forgive the economy for taking a bit of a breather on job gains in July, given how torrid the pace has been in the prior two months,” Avery Shenfeld, chief economist of CIBC Capital Markets, said in a note to clients.The July data was fuelled by the addition of 35,100 full-time jobs, offset by the loss of 24,300 part-time positions.Compared with a year ago, the number of jobs has increased by 388,0000, driven by a surge in 354,000 full-time positions.However, the positive job figures were dampened by the latest numbers on Canada’s trade deficit, which ballooned to $3.6 billion in June from a shortfall of $1.4 billion the previous month.Benjamin Reitzes, Canadian rates and macro strategist at BMO Capital Markets, said there were some one-time factors affecting the trade numbers.“You had some very large declines in exports of metals, gold in particular,” he said, noting that oil prices have also fallen.“That weighed very heavily on the number.”Statistics Canada said exports fell 4.3 per cent to $46.5 billion. Shipments of metal and non-metallic mineral products plummeted by 14.9 per cent to $5.3 billion in June after a 12.4 per cent increase in May. Exports of energy products were down 9.2 per cent to $7.3 billion.On the other side of the ledger, imports gained 0.3 per cent to $50.1 billion. Trade in metal ores, non-metallic minerals, aircraft and other transportation and parts hit record highs.The latest economic data follows a decision by the Bank of Canada last month to raise its key interest rate target to 0.75 per cent, its first increase in almost seven years.Reitzes said BMO continues to expect the central bank to wait until October before it raises the rate again, noting that there is still plenty of economic figures to come before the decision.“It’s tough to see anything really derailing them outside of broadly weaker numbers for October,” he said. “They’ve been clear they want to take back the 50 basis points of easing they put in in 2015, so a hike in October would do that.”Breaking down the jobs report, the wholesale and retail trade sector gained 22,000 jobs, information, culture and recreation added 18,000 and manufacturing saw an increase of 14,000. About 32,000 jobs in educational services were lost, mainly in Ontario and Alberta.Regionally, employment in Ontario and Manitoba rose by 26,000 and 4,800, respectively. Alberta lost 14,000 jobs, Newfoundland and Labrador shed 5,300 positions and Prince Edward Island dropped by 1,000. read more

Bank of Canadas Poloz says 2015 rate cuts to help economy have

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz arrives at a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 8, 2017. The Bank of Canada is sending out more signals that it’s moving closer to a hike in its benchmark interest rate as the economy continues to strengthen. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada sent out more signals Tuesday that it’s moving closer to an interest-rate hike as the economy continues to strengthen.Governor Stephen Poloz told the CBC in an interview broadcast Tuesday that rate cuts by the bank amid the oil-price slump have largely accomplished their goal of helping the economy.The bank reduced its trend-setting rate twice in 2015 to the very low level of 0.5 per cent to help offset the effects of the oil-price shock.But following an encouraging run in recent months for several economic indicators, the Bank of Canada appears to be preparing for its first increase in nearly seven years.“The economy is gathering momentum and not just in certain spots, but across a much-wider array,” Poloz said during his interview in Winnipeg.“It isn’t time to throw a party, but it does suggest that the interest rate cuts we did two years ago have done their job, and that’s important to us.”Poloz’s remarks came a day after the bank’s second-highest ranking official indicated the governing council was assessing whether the current, considerable level of stimulus provided by rock-bottom rates is still required.In what was widely viewed as a highly positive or “hawkish” speech Monday, senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said the economy had registered broad-based gains in recent months not seen since before the oil-price collapse.Poloz echoed Wilkins’ optimism Tuesday.“We’re encouraged by the data and so people need to be thinking about what their finances would look like were interest rates to be a little higher when they renew their mortgage,” he said.Markets took note of Poloz’s comments and, for a second day in a row, a statement by a top Bank of Canada official gave a boost to the dollar.The value of the loonie rose after Wilkins’ remarks, and again Tuesday following Poloz’s comments, to reach its highest level since late February.However, Poloz also pointed to several lingering uncertainties that could mean the bank may not be ready to increase the rate at its next scheduled announcement on July 12.He listed “missing elements” in areas like exports and business investment, although he added the latter has started to improve. Poloz also noted the unknowns surrounding economic policy in the U.S.The recent Bank of Canada comments have also kept analysts busy as they try to reassess precisely when to anticipate the next rate increase.Frances Donald, senior economist for Manulife Asset Management, wrote in a research note that markets increased the probability of a rate hike by year-end from 30 per cent on Friday to 60 per cent Tuesday.“The (Bank of Canada) is likely to gradually shift from its ‘decidedly neutral’ tone to more hawkish over the coming months, so markets may be fully priced for a rate hike before they ring in the new year,” Donald wrote.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2017 9:09 am MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bank of Canada’s Poloz says 2015 rate cuts to help economy have ‘done their job’ read more

Senior UN official highlights role of dialogue to combat intolerance extremism

“The Alliance of Civilizations was created to answer division and hatred with dialogue and reconciliation. It aims to embrace diversity, empower youth and energize a global movement for mutual understanding,” said the Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at the meeting in New York of the Group of Friends of the Alliance.“The Alliance has demonstrated its potential to mobilize a range of partners. Young and old; grassroots groups and global corporations; leaders who represent different faiths but share the conviction that all religions should accept and strengthen our common humanity.”Launched in 2005 through the initiative of Spain and Turkey, and under the auspices of the UN, the Alliance seeks to promote better cross-cultural relations worldwide.Mr. Eliasson praised the Alliance for not shying away from discussing complex issues such as the conditions that lure young people into radicalization and extremism. He also commended the different approaches it has taken to defuse tensions and conflicts based on identity.In his address to the meeting, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser noted the escalating challenges the world is facing. The UN’s role to help the international community is being tested to the extreme. “I do not need to remind you of the many multifaceted crises facing all of us regardless of our colour, culture or ethnicity,” he said.Everyone, he continued was concerned about the persistence of extremism and the destructive impact of radicalization, hate and xenophobia. “I also know you share my feeling that [Alliance of Civilizations] should, indeed must, play a more active role in combating those scourges.”“Religions must be protected from hijackers. Regardless of whichever faith we follow, we share many human values,” Mr. al-Nasser said, adding that while Members States have embraced the values of the UN Charter, regrettably, these values are under threat and extremists continue to hijack the peaceful messages of Islam and other faiths.He recalled that last week, the issue was described with courage, elegance and eloquence by Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan. She expressed, “better than I ever could, the importance of resisting the efforts of those who would abuse religion for their own narrow aims.”He said that her speech to the Youth Assembly reminded all that the efforts of Alliance of Civilizations must provide a direct response to the messages of hatred and intolerance. It also reminded all that they must not shy away from activities that are, as impactful as possible, in confronting this evil.Under his leadership, the Alliance will orient its efforts addressing youth and education to ensure that messages of peace and tolerance are stressed. “We will orient our activities towards the media at ensuring that the forces of extremism do not dominate the narratives that describe our world,” he declared, adding that it will also continue to work on issues of migration as far too often those who must leave their homes are still not welcomed adequately into the countries where they now live.In a recent interview with UN Radio, Mr. al-Nasser, said the Alliance has been working on restructuring its work and building on its priorities which consist of: building on previous achievements, establishing partnerships and cooperation among countries, initiating concepts that can be employed as mediation tools, strengthening the Alliance’s financing structure and increasing interaction with civil society, the private sector and the media.“The role of the Alliance is engaging with different cultures and approaching religious leaders to play a positive role, especially when there is religious tension and xenophobia and to also encourage societies to focus on tolerance,” he said.Mr. al-Nasser pointed out that tolerance and dialogue are of particular urgency in Syria, where sectarian violence has increased inside the country and raised tensions in the region. Religious leaders have also resorted to use rhetoric that portrays the Syrian conflict as a religious one.“You see what is happening in Syria today. It’s worrying us because at the beginning it was a call for democracy. We see today it is becoming an ethnic conflict and it’s very complicated and we really hope for a political solution in Syria to stop what’s going on and then our role will be to deal with civil society, religious leaders, and bring society together.” read more

Thousands need shelter healthcare in Caribbean after Irma — UN

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHurricane Irma will ‘devastate’ part of United States –FEMA officialSeptember 8, 2017In “latest news”Opposition Leader urges evacuation of Guyanese living in hurricane hit areasSeptember 11, 2017In “latest news”Hurricane Maria pummels Puerto RicoSeptember 20, 2017In “World” (AFP) Hurricane Irma has left about 17,000 people in desperate need of shelter and has devastated hospitals and health clinics across the eastern Caribbean islands, the World Health Organisation (WHO)said Tuesday.View of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten Dutch part of Saint Martin island in the Caribbean September 7, 2017. Picture taken September 7, 2017. Netherlands Ministry of Defence- Gerben van Es/Handout via REUTERSAfter its passage through the Caribbean and Florida, Irma has left at least 40 people dead, according to local authorities.In an overview of the situation, the WHO described a dire health situation on the hardest-hit islands, after many hospitals and health clinics were completely or partially destroyed.In addition to the work needed to rebuild health care facilities, “there is obviously the issue of evacuating patients who cannot be treated in functioning hospitals,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva.Islands that have suffered heavy devastation also desperately need a fresh influx of medical staff to replace local healthcare workers, who have been working around the clock even as many have been hit personally by the storm, he said.The overview also included data from the UN humanitarian agency showing that a full 17,000 people in the eastern Caribbean desperately needed shelter.Here is an overview of the situation, according to WHO:Anguilla — the hospital is offering reduced services, and critically ill patients are being transferred to other Caribbean countries. There is significant damage to the water supply and 90 per cent of the electricity infrastructure has been damaged.Antigua and Barbuda — Two shelters are functioning in Antigua and are housing 305 people. The hospital in Barbuda suffered significant damage is not functioning at all.Bahamas — More than 1,000 people were evacuated from Family Islands before the storm hit.British Virgin Islands — The hospital was severely damaged but continues to offer emergency services.Turks and Caicos Islands — were particularly hard-hit, with 80-90 per cent of households damaged on South Caicos, where plans are underway to evacuate 2,000 people. Seventy per cent of houses on Providenciales were damaged, as were 50 per cent on Grand Turk, where the hospital suffered significant damage. The governor of Grand Turk has declared the island a disaster area.Cuba — The government has reported that 10 people died in the storm, and two million were evacuated to shelters and the houses of neighbours or relatives. Hospitals in six cities and town, including in Havana, have suffered damage.Haiti — Authorities have reported one fatality, one person missing and five injured. There are currently 67 shelters housing nearly 1,500 people.Puerto Rico — Three deaths have been reported, while 154 people are being housed in shelters and nearly half a million are without electricity, and some 154,000 without drinking water. Six hospitals have no electricity.Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy — All hospital services have been moved from Saint Martin, where the hospital was damaged. Hospital services have resumed in Saint Barthelemy. French President Emmanuel Macron said during a visit to the Caribbean that 11 people have been killed.Sint Maarten — Forty per cent of houses were severely damaged, and 5,000 people need shelter. The hospital has been damaged and is working at 30 per cent capacity. Four out of 12 pharmacies have been damaged, and most doctors are not working. Four people have lost their lives.United States — The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that 586 shelters are housing 192,000 people in Florida and 92 shelters are housing more than 7,000 people in Georgia. Nearly six million people are without power. In Florida, 46 hospitals have been closed and 204 other healthcare facilities have been evacuated.US Virgin Islands — Four people have been confirmed dead and 376 are in shelters. FEMA reported that 55,000 people were without electricity and 341,000 without drinking water. One hospital in Saint Thomas has been evacuated and closed. read more

Letter When will Security Minister Ramjattan finally accept responsibility and resign

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana not in “really bad state” – Ramjattan on CrimeMay 6, 2019In “Crime”Prisons instability: Govt created this moral hazard by their own acts- Opposition LeaderOctober 22, 2018In “Crime”Ramjattan’s comments about PAC distasteful, disrespectful – AliAugust 30, 2016In “Politics” Dear Editor,As a member of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee for the Security Sector, I have been taking special interest in the performance (or lack thereof) of the Public Security Minister, the Honourable Khemraj Ramjattan.Apart from his arrogance and total disdain for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Ramjattan is someone you would want to have a beer with. He is approachable and is never afraid to speak his mind, which often gets him into trouble.I honestly believe he wants to accomplish his goals in the security sector but lacks the vision to do so. He listens to the needs of the brave police and prison officers and appears eager to fulfill those needs, but he is powerless to do so. While Ramjattan may be accessible and approachable as a person, as the Minister of Public Security, he is a complete failure.This is a man who despises Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP so much, that it is said he demanded the security portfolio as part of the Cummingsburg Accord with one goal in mind, to put the “corrupt” leaders of the PPP behind bars.This would explain his focus on working with the UK Security Expert, Sam Sittlington and SOCU to prosecute Anil Nandlall, Ashni Singh and others, while neglecting the urgent need to do something to end the vicious cycle of crime that is destroying lives and commerce, prompting the UK Governments to issue the following Travel Advisory to its citizens: “Crime levels remain high and police capacity is low. There are regular armed and violent robberies against businesses and individuals… Muggings have taken place in broad daylight. Burglary and theft from cars are commonplace. Take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings… Take extra precautions to safeguard your passports, money, tickets, mobile phones and other valuables. Even if you are staying with family, do not leave valuables in view. Keep them somewhere less obvious than your baggage. Use hotel safes if possible. You should be particularly vigilant when leaving local banks to ensure that you are not being followed. In Georgetown, avoid the Tiger Bay and Albouystown areas and take care in Sophia, all of south Georgetown, Buxton and Agricola. Take particular care in the Stabroek Market area where robberies are a daily occurrence.”While I can find no fault with this Advisory, I wonder if the British Foreign Office is aware that their security expert, Sam Sittlington, whose services are paid for by British taxpayers, is actively engaged in a political witch-hunt to prosecute high ranking PPP members, rather than going after the drug traffickers and money-launderers he was employed to do. Perhaps it’s time the Foreign Office account for his actions.In Guyana today, people no longer feel safe in their homes. Crime is running amok everywhere, raining terror on a population that is already stressed out trying to make ends meet. More and more families are being deprived of their valuables, communities ravished and businesses left vulnerable.In 2015, the APNU+AFC coalition campaigned on a platform to get rid of corruption and to “reduce the high rate of armed robberies and murders.”And immediately upon gaining office, this government embarked upon a security recruitment drive and pulled several high-ranking former military and police officers out of retirement to achieve this objective. They have failed miserably!Since Ramjattan became Minister of Public Security, he has brought the entire security sector in disrepute: In March 2016, seventeen (17) prisoners were burnt to death and 11 others injured in what was described as the worst prison riot in our history. Then in July 2017, during the blazing inferno of the Camp Street Prison, a prison officer was murdered and 8 notorious, hard-core criminals escaped, two of whom are believed to be still on the run. Since then, there have been several more well-organized prison breaks.Everyday reports of armed robberies, murders and domestic violence dominate the news.Prisoners, with the aid of some rogue prison officers, are now openly defying authority. At the New Amsterdam Prison, narcotics, alcohol and other contraband were recently discovered in the prison yard.And an inmate there flaunted the breakdown of authority in the prison system by posting a photograph on facebook with fellow inmates in a cell, cerebrating Mother’s Day with several bottles of high-end liquor. During a search of the Lusignan Prison a quantity of illegal items were also found: Improvised weapons, cellphones, cellphone batteries, phone chargers, phone cards, cannabis, cannabis seeds and a cannabis plant. Earlier, a cutlass and a knife were found outside of the north eastern fence of the holding bay of that Prison.I am pleased that Prison Director Gladwin Samuels, a young professional whom I have tremendous respect for, has been able to identify and get rid of five of the corrupt prison wardens involved in the smuggling of contraband into these prisons, for he is often expected to manage the prison population with insufficient resources and personnel.You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that a basic requirement to secure any prison facility is high definition surveillance system and the use of full-body scanners at the entrance of every prison facility. Whatever the cost, these security measures must be procured and installed immediately, The Prison Director should not have to wait on the 2019 Budget to get this done. All Minister Ramjattan needs to do is to come to Parliament with a Supplementary Budget. Government do this all the time for far less urgent matters.Since 2015, the state of the economy has declined rapidly with the loss of over 25,000 jobs and higher taxes. For most families, there is little or no disposable income left after paying utility bills; rent/mortgage; and living expense. The lack of jobs and high cost of living may be tempting some to engage in criminal activities to provide for their families. After all, desperate people are known to do desperate things.On June 29, Minister Ramjattan got his face on the front-page of the Guyana Chronicle with a caption that shamelessly reads, “Gov’t makes ‘half-a-mil’ in pay-outs”.  The article covered the presentation of a one-off payment by government of a meagre $100,000 each to five families of Guyanese fishermen who were brutally murdered by pirates off the coast of Suriname.But this was only done after the PPP had brought a Motion in Parliament urging the government to offer financial support to these families, for Ramjattan had made it clear to them in Suriname that they should expect none. It would have been kinder if government had increased this amount to $300,000 each, the estimated cost of a decent funeral.Nevertheless, I’m sure Minister Ramjattan was happy to be seen in a positive light at a time when just about everyone questions his ability to get the job done. How many more victims must be shot? How many more lives must be lost? How many more cars stolen? How many more women must be forced into prostitution? How many more businesses must be robbed? How many more Guyanese must be discouraged from returning home? How many youths must be forced into a life of crime? And how many more families must be deprived of their life’s savings before the Hon Minister of Public Security realise that he has failed to protect the Guyanese people and is totally unsuitable to serve in that capacity? When will Minister Ramjattan finally accept ministerial responsibility and resign? Will he ever?Yours sincerely,Harry GillPPP Member of Parliament read more

Wardell Armstrong invests in SAGDesign package for customer testing

first_imgEngineering and environmental consultancy Wardell Armstrong International has become one of only eleven major world mineral testing laboratories – and the first commercial lab in Europe – to install new SAGDesign™ semi-autogenous grinding equipment. Now installed at the consultancy’s mineral processing centre of excellence in Truro, Cornwall in the UK, SAGDesign is the most accurate grindability test available according to its manufacturer Starkey & Associates Inc. Complementing existing JK drop weight test equipment, this latest addition brings to nearly £500,000 the investment made by Wardell Armstrong in mineral testing at its Truro facility over the past two years.“This new state-of-the-art technology is another important step in expanding our in-house capability,” said Philip King, Technical Director of mineral processing for Wardell Armstrong International. “It makes us unique in being able to carry out under one roof everything that our international clients need for mine development. Our team of mineral processing engineers, mineralogists, chemists and environmental specialists can take care of everything from geological and environmental assessments to mineral processing testing and full feasibility studies.” The opportunity to contribute to two major new copper and gold projects in Kazakhstan, one of the world’s most active mining countries, provided added impetus for the investment inSAGDesign. The technology was stipulated by the metallurgical consultant acting for both projects, being developed respectively by KAZ minerals (formerly Kazakhmys) and TOO Dostyk.With the cost of a new grinding mill and processing plant typically running to as much as $500 million or more, the testing of ore and mineral samples to establish the best way of recovering economic value is a critical requirement. A new plant needs to be designed to be able to cope with all the variations of ore and hardness of rock that might be encountered. And with lower quality grades of ore now becoming much more common, more cost-effective and efficient grinding machinery is necessary to avoid the use of large amounts of steel media.“This is where SAGDesign testing really comes into its own,” said Philip King, “by precisely measuring SAG and ball mill ore hardness using larger pieces and bigger samples, tested in fewer but larger comminution laboratory components, and with fewer composite samples needed.” SAGDesign testing provides SAG pinion energy grindability in kWh/t to within +/- 5% to grind from F80 152 mm to T80 1.7 mm, and Bond Ball Mill Work Index using SAG ground ore, from the SAG test on the same sample.last_img read more

Good news Fewer homes are in negative equity

first_imgNEW RESEARCH BY the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) shows that negative equity has fallen by 15% in one year.It is estimated that the total number of mortgage loans in negative equity, in Ireland, reached a peak of over 314,000 by the end of 2012. The recovery in house prices by the end of 2013 reduced that number by approximately 45,000.Negative equity occurs when the price of a property falls below the value of the outstanding mortgage secured on that property.MortgagesDublin accounted for 40 per cent of mortgages in negative equity in 2011, however, the research shows that by the end of 2013, the number of mortgages in negative equity in Dublin had fallen by over 35,000 from a peak of close to 125,000.Over three-quarters of the improvement experienced nationally is due to the stronger increase in prices experienced in Dublin, found the report.Author of the report David Duffy said thatNegative equity can have harmful effects on an economy through its impact on a household’s consumption, savings and labour market mobility. The combination of property price increases and mortgage repayment has reduced the extent of negative equity in Ireland in recent times which is positive for the economy overall.He added that it is expected that house prices will continue to increase in 2014 which will see a further decline in negative equity numbers.Read: Asking prices up nationally for first time since peak of property boom>Read: House, apartment prices up 10.6% nationally in year to May>last_img read more

Northeast begins digging out after massive snowstorm

first_img BOSTON — A howling storm across the Northeast left the New York-to-Boston corridor shrouded in 1 to 3 feet of snow Saturday, stranding motorists on highways overnight and piling up drifts so high that some homeowners couldn’t get their doors open. More than 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity.At least three deaths in the U.S. were blamed on the wind-whipped snowstorm, including that of a New York man killed when the tractor he was using to plow his driveway ran off the edge of the road.More than 38 inches of snow fell in Milford, Conn., and an 82 mph gust was recorded in nearby Westport. Areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire got at least 2 feet of snow, with more falling. Portland, Maine, received 29.3 inches, breaking the record set in 1979.Roads in many places were impassable. Across much of New England, snowed-over cars looked like white blobs. Streets were mostly deserted save for snowplow crews and a few hardy souls walking dogs or venturing out to take pictures. In Boston’s Financial District, the only sound was an army of snowblowers clearing sidewalks.The digging-out went more smoothly in some places than in others.A little more than 11 inches fell in New York, but the city “dodged a bullet” and was “in great shape,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, predicting streets would be cleared by the end of the day. The New York region’s three major airports — LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark, N.J. — were up and running again by late morning after shutting down the evening before. A man clears snow from the front of his home on Third Street in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston on Saturday.last_img read more

Clinton to raise Zika awareness in South Florida

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WSVN) – Hillary Clinton will head to South Florida Tuesday to visit a local health clinic in Miami and raise awareness about the Zika virus.Clinton plans to make various stops in the Sunshine State.The Democratic presidential nominee made an appearance at the popular 3 Daughters Brewing in Saint Petersburg on Monday, as she began her two-day job tour throughout Florida.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sharon Jones Posthumous Album Set For November

first_img Facebook Twitter Sharon Jones: Posthumous Album Set For November Final Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings album preceded by the single “Matter Of Time”Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 11, 2017 – 7:38 am The late Sharon Jones thrilled fans and audiences alike with her thunderous voice and commanding stage presence. A year after Jones’ death following a bout with pancreatic cancer, Daptones Records will posthumously release a final Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings album, Soul Of A Woman, on Nov. 17.The 11-track LP is preceded by the first single, “Matter Of Time,” which is marked by a refrain themed after pushing forward in the face of adversity:  “It’s a matter of time before justice will come/It’s a matter of time before all wars will be done.” The album contains a mix of the Dap-Kings’ trademark soulful funk and moving ballads. According to Daptone Records co-founder Gabriel Roth, Jones recorded her vocals between gigs and chemotherapy appointments, which added a special layer to her performances.”To my frustration, but to her credit, she wouldn’t come into the studio until she was really feeling it,” Roth told Rolling Stone. “She couldn’t phone it in. Every time that she was counted out, she came back fighting.”Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings received one prior GRAMMY nomination for Best R&B Album for their 2014 studio album, Give The People What They Want.Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Aretha Franklin Join “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” News Final Sharon Jones Album Due In November sharon-jones-posthumous-album-set-november Email last_img read more

In surprise move Sri Lanka extends emergency for another month

first_imgColombo: A state of emergency was extended by Sri Lanka’s President on Saturday, going back on pledges to relax the tough laws introduced after the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people. Maithripala Sirisena said in a decree he believed there was a “public emergency” in the country, and was invoking provisions of the public security act extending the state of emergency. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us The tough laws, granting sweeping powers to police and security forces to arrest and detain suspects, were due to expire on Saturday. Just over 100 people, including 10 women, are in custody in connection with April’s Easter Sunday suicide attacks against three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo. In late May, Sirisena told diplomats – from Australia, Canada, Japan, the US and European states – the security situation was “99 per cent back to normal” and he would allow the emergency laws to lapse by June 22. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us He assured diplomats security forces had either detained or killed all those directly involved in the attacks, blamed on a local jihadi group and claimed by the ISIS. There was no immediate word from the government why Sirisena changed his mind, but security remains tight in the capital. The emergency can be declared for a month at a time, and parliament must ratify it within 10 days. Advertise With Us The continuation of the emergency came as police announced criminal investigations against several top officers, including the Inspector-General, for negligence and lapses ahead of the bombings. Sirisena himself has been criticised for failing to act on precise Indian intelligence that jihadists were about to hit Christian churches and other targets in Sri Lanka. A parliamentary public inquiry has been told Sirisena – who is also the minister of defence and law and order – failed to follow proper national security protocols. The mainly Buddhist nation of 21 million people was about to mark a decade since ending a 37-year-long Tamil separatist war when the Islamic extremists struck.last_img read more

AL in discomfort over court verdict latest dev

first_img-The Supreme Court verdict that scrapped the 16th amendment of the constitution has dealt the government and the ruling Awami League a huge blow.The ruling camp leaders and ministers can neither accept the order, not get into loggerheads with the judiciary, a number of senior AL leaders admitted.They said it is hard to accept the observations the SC had made regarding the state, socity, politics, the executive and the judiciary. This is tantamount to labelling parliament and its members unqualified, the AL bosses reckon.The SC observations also questioned the government’s political will, but the AL cannot say anything.The 5 January 2014 elections were criticised at home and abroad. Over the last four years, the government has been trying to repair the damage. As many as 153 members of parliament were elected uncontested.Although a wrie challeneged its legitimacy, the High Court ruled in the government’s favour. But the latest Supreme Court observations have caught the government off guard.Some of the leaders, however, think it is a temporary problem that can be overcome soon. But the government does not want to lock horns with the judiciary now, because their topmost priority is winning the next general elections.AL presidium member Kazi Jafar Ullah said they have been asked not to say anything about the verdict. “It will be discussed in the party forum and then they will publicly share their opinions,” he added.Finance minister AMA Muhith, however, is unfazed. “We’ll pass the amendment again in parliament and do it again and again. Let’s see what the judiciary can do,” he said while visiting a proposed medical university in Sylhet on Friday.In an interview with Prothom Alo on Thursday, former law minister Abdul Matin Khasru said even the opposition never slated the AL this way.Two central leaders seeking anonymity said the party president and other senior leaders have told party men to publicise more the government’s successes and the crimes allegedly done by the BNP-Jamaat coalition.Those two leaders said a number of incidents have left the government in serious discomfort. The rape of a schoolgirl and shaving her and her mother’s head is now the country’s most talked about issue.The case filed against a journalist who had shared a news that a goat donated by state minister for fisheries had died has made both the minister and the party a laughing stock.From waterlogging in Dhaka and Chittagong to landslide in the CHT, the government is not enjoying the best of the times. Deaths of party men in factional clashes have made things worse.To this end, Kazi Jafar Ullah said, “It’s a nation of 170 million people. True there are problems, but they are not political problems. The party and the government is not sparing anyone — that’s the most important thing.”Party insiders say they are not certain about the BNP’s plans before the general elections. They are also apprehensive of volatile political situation prior to the polls.When asked, Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujon) secretary Badiul Alam majumder told Prothom Alo, “This awkward situation the government is in, was not made in a day. The legal system is flawed while democracy is not practiced in its truest sense. Good governance can hardly be seen. This can only change if the people in the government and in the ruling party can give up arrogance and learn to respect the laws.”* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten by Quamrul Hassan.last_img read more

Pigskin Clubs Spring Awards Banquet Set

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comThe Pigskin Club of D.C. is synonymous with honoring excellence in athletics in the D.C. metropolitan area for more than eight decades. Most athletes and their supporters recognize the significance of winning the Club’s awards, which had traditionally been given after football season, to honor some of the top athletes in the D.M.V.Under new leadership the area’s best spring and winter sports athletes will get their due when the Pigskin Club hosts its second Annual Spring Awards Banquet at First Baptist Church of Glenarden on June 1.At its inception, the organization was noted for primarily honoring football athletes during its banquet earlier in the year.The Pigskin Club Spring Awards are set to take place at First Baptist Church of Glenarden at noon on June 1. (Courtesy Photo)With the Pigskin Club’s new President A.B. Williamson and Chairman of the Board Art Linder, the spring awards banquet brings gender equity to honoring interscholastic athletics.“Their feedback has been excitement especially if the student-athlete has a friend or coach who has won a Pigskin Club Award,” Linder tells the AFRO.  “It creates a bond between the players and coaches or the former winners.”The list of previous honorees of Pigskin Club Honorees is a who’s who of local sports icons and all-time great athletes. Its inaugural class, featured AFRO sports editor Sam Lacy. Pro football Hall of Famers Art Monk, Darrell Green and Willie Wood joined other former members of the Washington NFL franchise Brig Owens.   Legendary HBCU Coaches such as Dr. Charles Drew and Talmadge L. Hill are also among the honorees.Boys and girls are now recognized for outstanding individual and team efforts during this celebration of local high school and college sports. The Pigskin Club will honor it’s “all-metropolitan teams in baseball, basketball, lacrosse, and softball. Special individual awards will be given to standout individual performers in golf, tennis and swimming. The athletes who will be honored are high school graduating seniors.“We’re trying to include everybody so it’s important that we recognize women and girls who compete and contribute in sports,” said Wise high school basketball coach Lou Wilson.  “What better place to do it than Prince George’s County.”The 2019 Community Service Awards will honor two contributors who’ve made an impact over the past year in the sports and entertainment field who live in the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County.Anita “Ma” Nance of Eastern High School has been a teacher in D.C. Public Schools for over 30 years.  A former “DCPS Teacher of the Year,” Nance has been a tireless volunteer at Eastern who has also been an advocate for high school sports.  She has raised over $190,000 for the Eastern athletic program in addition to her classroom responsibilities and throughout the school.Filmmaker and playwright Jimmy Jenkins will be honored for his local contributions as well.  Jenkins, who is the son Glenarden Baptist Pastor John Jenkins, is being honored due to a career producing a series of theatrical and film projects.In March, Jenkins and his brother Joshua released their first feature film Sinners Wanted, which was screened at the church.  This project took five years to make after Jenkins left his job at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Coach, and noted sports talk radio host, Butch McAdams will host the banquet that begins at noon.  McAdams hosts WOL-AM’s “In and Out of Sports” program which airs Sunday from 11am – 1pm.last_img read more

Google 3D Prints Ancient Artifacts For Digital Display

first_imgStay on target Geek Pick: Juku 3Doodler Create+ Is A 3D Printing Pen SetWatch: Rocker Tries to Break World’s First 3D-Printed, Smash-Proof Guitar Google Arts and Culture, in partnership with Stratasys, is raising awareness and accessibility of ancient history through additive manufacturing.The pair are using 3D printing to re-imagine some of the world’s most cherished relics and historical monuments as part of the Open Heritage Project.“The project was to explore physically making these artifacts in an effort to get people hooked and excited about seeing pieces in a museum or research context,” Google design technologist Bryan Allen said in a statement. “That’s when we turned to 3D printing.”Ancient artifacts are 3D scanned (via Stratasys)Using the Stratasys J750 3D printer, historians can recreate physical items as realistic models, leveraging more than half a million distinguishable colors and materials—from rigid to opaque, flexible to transparent.“We’re able to deliver better colors, higher finish, and more robust mechanical properties, getting much closer to realistic prototypes and final products right off the machines,” Allen added.One of Google’s major initiatives is the restoration of rare plaster casts, initially discovered by A.P. Maudslay in Guatemala during the late 1800s.Kept in storage by the British Museum for more than 100 years, the remnants are getting a new lease on life as 3D-printed representations for online viewing.One of the largest free-standing monuments in the ancient Americas (via Stratasys)“The J750 empowers designers to actually achieve their ultimate goal—matching the final 3D print to what is initially seen on the screen,” according to Rafie Grinvald, enterprise product director of rapid prototyping at Stratasys. “Combining rich colors and translucency in a single print, designers and engineers can build models with heightened levels of accuracy and realism.”See for yourself: Key pieces of the Google Arts and Culture Open Heritage Project are available online. Visitors can explore the backstory and 3D-printed representation of each historical location, as well as access the models.“When we talk to arts and culture preservationists, historians, and museum curators—they’re all absolutely amazed by the ability to fabricate these things with such high fidelity via 3D printing technology,” Allen said.More on Maria Exposed Ancient Dominican ArtifactsReport: NASA Lost Apollo 11 Moon Dust, Lunar Rover PrototypeFirst 3D-Printed Rib Implant a Successlast_img read more

Doordarshan to air Mukesh tribute on 21 July

first_imgThe musical tribute held on Sunday, at Siri Fort, was inaugurated by the popular playback singer Manhar Udhas along with Nitin and Namrata Mukesh, son and daughter of Mukesh. Union Minister for Law and Justice D V Sadananda Gowda, and Justice A P Shah, Chairman of the Law Commission of India were the special guests.  Dr Surya Prakash, Chairman, Prasar Bharati, Bimal Julka, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Satish Upadhyaya, Delhi BJP President were also present.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Former Test cricketer and legendary leg spinner, B S Chandrashekar, an ardent Mukesh fan was the Guest of Honour along with Dr Rajeev Shrivastav, biographer of Mukesh and DG Doordarshan, C Lalrosanga. Two of the Guests of Honour, B D Sharma, Director General of the Sashastra Seema Bal and O P Singh, Director General, NDRF, added colour to the evening by singing Mukesh songs, while Special Commissioner, Delhi Traffic, Muktesh Chander, a renowned flautist, enthralled the audience with his flute. Selection of participants for the show was done by auditions after wide publicity on Doordarshan.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDroves of people from different parts of the country came to Doordarshan’s Delhi studio at Mandi House for the auditions and the shows had packed audiences. The aspirants included people from all walks of life, from painters to vegetable sellers as well as tea vendors to rickshaw pullers.  These types of programmes are being produced for the fulfilment of Doordarshan’s role as a Public Service Broadcaster and to improve its image as well as to encourage new talent and strengthen Doordarshan’s viewership base.  These efforts are part of the strategy to reach out to the people, provide them with a platform to showcase their talent and to make Doordarshan, one of the most sought after channels in the country.The idea for these shows emanated from DDK Bangalore’s highly popular and successful music show series Madura Madura Vee Manjula Gana and is the brain child of Doordarshan’s Additional Director General, Nadoja Dr Mahesh Joshi. All the programmes organised in Delhi have received wide response from people from different walks of life. Nadoja Dr Mahesh Joshi feels that in today’s changed scenario, where the public have more than 500 channels to choose from, special efforts are required from Doordarshan to remain in the hearts of the common masses. The show will be telecast on DD National at 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, except on Saturdays and Sundays. It is also scheduled to telecast on DD Bharati at 10:00 pm on the same days.last_img read more

Parents say the darndest things

first_imgTermed as viciously hilarious, God of Carnage, an acclaimed play written by Yasmina Reza will be staged by QTP (Q Theatre Productions) in the national Capital on July 25 and 26. This is the third play which will be performed as a part of the Aadyam initiative in the city.Directed by Nadir Khan, the story is about an altercation between two children at a playground, which ends up with one of the two getting injured which results in their respective parents meeting in order to discuss the matter. As the evening progresses, the usual rules that apply to social engagement are slowly forgotten and the gloves come off! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The director said, “I consider myself lucky that I got a chance to watch the West End version of the play when it first came out.” He loved the text and thought it interesting enough to direct the play one day. He added, “I think it’s quite brilliantly written, has a vicious sense of humour that I love and is quite relevant to the world we live in today. It’s basically about two sets of parents meeting to discuss what should be done after their respective children have had a playground fight. What follows from that point on is, I think, a very interesting lens on the society we live in and how the accepted ‘rules’ of social interaction and engagement often subdue how we’d actually like to behave.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe director however assures that the experience will be unique without meandering too far from Reza’s intentions and that he is aware of the previous versions of the social satire. He says, “As it is with any production, your identity, where you come from and how you view the world will have a very strong effect on anything you do. What is happening around us right now is not far removed from what was happening when the play was written and performed. In fact, to me, now things are much worse. The wonderful thing is that this script still manages to be a very poignant examination of the here and now, even today.” The starcast includes Shernaz Patel, Anu Menon, Sohrab Ardeshir, Zafar Karachiwala.The Aadyam initiative has also staged Masque Theatres’ The Merchant of Venice, Rage’s The Siddhus of Upper Juhu, Arpana Theatre’s Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon, AKVarious’ The Hound of the Baskervilles and QTP’s The God of Carnage. QTP has also produced the critically acclaimed So Many Socks, the laugh riot The President is Coming, the long-running Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace and the successful A Peasant of El Salvador. So go grab a seat and enjoy the show!When: July 26 and 27Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New DelhiTimings: 7:30pm on Saturday, 4:00pm and 7:30 on Sundaylast_img read more