Nova Scotia rapper Classified wins ECMA Song of Year for Snoop Dogg

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – A fun collaboration with Snoop Dogg called “No Pressure” rewarded Nova Scotia rapper Classified with the Song of the Year award Thursday night at the annual East Coast Music Awards.The rapper, from Enfield, N.S., produced the tune, which also samples a song from emerging Cape Breton-born, Halifax based singer-songwriter Dave Sampson.Classified also produced Ria Mae’s self-titled album, which captured the award for Solo Recording of the year. Mae’s album featuring “Clothes Off” became a smash hit on the Canadian radio charts and grabbed a Juno nomination for single of the year — a category based on sales.The awards show, hosted by comedian James Mullinger, was held in Saint John, N.B.The show featured live performances by David Myles, Classified, Ria Mae, Tomato/Tomato, and others.Old Man Luedecke captured Album of the Year for his Domestic Eccentric. Produced by Tim O’Brien, the album was recorded in a small cabin in the snowy Nova Scotia woods.Les Hotesses d’Hilaire walked away with two awards on the night — Francophone Recording of the Year and Group Recording of the Year.Tristan Horncastle had the Country Recording of the Year with “Turnin’ Up a Sundown.”Ever-popular Lennie Gallant was named the Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the year.The East Coast Music Association is a regional collaboration of people in the music industry to foster, develop and celebrate East Coast music and its artists.“Once again, the awards show proved to be an excellent way to kick off the ECMAs,” said Andy McLean, the group’s executive director.Industry sessions and local performances continue though the weekend.Other winners Thursday night included War Horses for Indigenous Artist of the Year, and The Motorleague with Rock Recording of the Year for “Holding Patterns.”Like a Motorcycle took home the coveted Rising Star Recording of the Year award for their hard-driving rock tune “High Hopes.”The remaining 2017 East Coast Music Awards, including the Industry Awards, will be handed out over the course of the weekend as the festival continues in Saint John.— By Kevin Bissett in Frederictonlast_img read more

InFocus talks drag Two Spirit and all things fabulous

first_imgAPTN InFocusOn this addition of InFocus, Host Melissa Ridgen chatted with drag queens – the Queen of the Oil Patch and the Master of the Jig – all of whom shared what it’s like for them to be two spirited.Ryan Richard, also known as Sandi Bay, is a champion jigger who says that although there are still many obstacles to overcome, the world is becoming a friendlier place for queer people.“I think that now the younger people… it’s more accepting than it was,” Richard said. “We still have the odd (older person) that will say that this is against our whatever.“But now… with all the social media and exposure to two-spiritness or to the gayness or whatever. There is a lot more exposure to it now.”Two spirit people have been a part of Indigenous culture long before settlers arrived in North America.Colonization brought many things with it, including a different foreign perspective on gender and sexuality.In some ways, those ideas still affect the way Indigenous people today approach 2SLGBTQ said Prairie Sky, one of Winnipeg’s most-known queens.“When we’re healing as communities, and as people from the disruption of colonization especially how violent colonization was for many of our communities, when we hear these negative things, I don’t often equate that as being the same way I equate all ways with homophobia or all ways transphobia.“There are a lot of extra layers there that need to be interrogated,” she said.Sky added, “people will look at us, non-Indigenous and Indigenous people, will just generally look at queer people as generally being sexual beings and they think what we do is so different, so gross.“When we’re interrogating queerness we’re also interrogating things like sex and interrogating things like gender. And because of our relationship with all of those things, because of colonization, that makes it extra difficult for our communities.”@APTNInFocuslast_img read more

South Korea to mark summit anniv with or without North

first_imgSeoul: South Korea will this week celebrate the first anniversary of a landmark summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — but Pyongyang may not take part, Seoul said Monday. The pair held their first meeting on April 27 last year in the Demilitarised Zone dividing the peninsula amid a rapid diplomatic thaw, paving the way for a historic summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June. But one year later, little progress has been made on North Korea’s denuclearisation, with Pyongyang and Washington deadlocked since a second summit between Trump and Kim in Hanoi in February broke down without a deal. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMoon, who brokered the first meeting between the two mercurial leaders, has tried to salvage the diplomacy although the North has remained largely unresponsive. Since Hanoi, the North has not attended any of the eight regular weekly meetings of the heads of their joint liaison office in Kaesong, and has not taken part in other joint projects, such as excavations in the DMZ. Seoul will hold a ceremony on Saturday at Panmunjom — where Moon and Kim exchanged warm smiles and brotherly hugs — the unification ministry said, but Pyongyang’s attendance remained unclear. “When we notify the North (about the event), we will provide additional details,” ministry spokesman Lee Sang-min told reporters. Moon and Kim met three times last year — including a second impromptu encounter after Trump threatened to cancel the Singapore summit just weeks before it was due. But exchanges between Seoul and Pyongyang have significantly decreased since the failure to reach agreement in Hanoi.last_img read more

AP Explains US sanctions on Huawei bite but who gets hurt

Trump administration sanctions against Huawei have begun to bite even before their dimensions are fully understood. U.S. companies that supply the Chinese tech powerhouse with computer chips saw their stock prices slump Monday, and Huawei faces decimated smartphone sales with the anticipated loss of Google’s popular software and services.The U.S. move escalates trade-war tensions with Beijing, but will it only make China more self-sufficient?Here’s a look at what’s behind the dispute and what it means:___WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department said it would place Huawei on the so-called Entity List, effectively barring U.S. firms from selling it technology without government approval.Google said it would continue to support existing Huawei smartphones but future devices will not have its flagship apps and services, including maps, Gmail and search. Only basic services would be available, making Huawei phones less desirable. Separately, Huawei is the world’s leading provider of networking equipment, but it relies on U.S. components including computer chips. About a third of Huawei’s suppliers are American.___WHY PUNISH HUAWEI?The U.S. defence and intelligence communities have long accused Huawei of being an untrustworthy agent of Beijing’s repressive rulers — though without providing evidence. The U.S. government’s sanctions are widely seen as a means of pressuring reluctant allies in Europe to exclude Huawei equipment from their next-generation wireless networks. Washington says it’s a question of national security and punishment of Huawei for skirting sanctions against Iran, but the backdrop is a struggle for economic and technological dominance.The politics of President Donald Trump’s escalating tit-for-tat trade war have co-opted a longstanding policy goal of stemming state-backed Chinese cyber theft of trade and military secrets. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said last week that the sanctions on Huawei have nothing to do with the trade war and could be revoked if Huawei’s behaviour were to change.___THE SANCTIONS’ BITEAnalysts predict consumers will abandon Huawei for other smartphone makers if Huawei can only use a stripped-down version of Android. Huawei, now the No. 2 smartphone supplier, could fall behind Apple to third place.Google could seek exemptions, but would not comment on whether it planned to do so.___WHO USES HUAWEI ANYWAY?While most consumers in the U.S. don’t even know how to pronounce Huawei (it’s “HWA-way), its brand is well known in most of the rest of the world, where people have been buying its smartphones in droves.Huawei stealthily became an industry star by plowing into new markets, developing a lineup of phones that offer affordable options for low-income households and luxury models that are siphoning upper-crust sales from Apple and Samsung in China and Europe. About 13 per cent of its phones are now sold in Europe, estimates Gartner analyst Annette Zimmermann.That formula helped Huawei establish itself as the world’s second-largest seller of smartphones during the first three months of this year, according to the research firm IDC. Huawei shipped 59 million smartphones in the January-March period, nearly 23 million more than Apple.___RIPPLE EFFECTSThe U.S. ban could have unwelcome ripple effects in the U.S., given how much technology Huawei buys from U.S. companies, especially from the makers of the microprocessors that go into smartphones, computers, internet networking gear and other gadgetry.The list of chip companies expected to be hit hardest includes Micron Technologies, Qualcomm, Qorvo and Skyworks Solutions, which all have listed Huawei as a major customer in their annual reports. Others likely to suffer are Xilinx, Broadcom and Texas Instruments, according to industry analysts.Being cut off from Huawei will also compound the pain the chip sector is already experiencing from the Trump administration’s rising China tariffs.Commerce could go easy on those suppliers and provide them with a grace period of 90 days or more and even be generous with exemptions for especially hard-hit companies. Or it could invoke what the global risk assessment firm Eurasia Group calls “the nuclear option.” Commerce Department officials did not return phone calls and emails seeking clarification.Much could depend on whether countries including France, Germany, the U.K. and the Netherlands continue to refuse to completely exclude Huawei equipment from their wireless networks.___COULD THIS BACKFIRE?Huawei is already the biggest global supplier of networking equipment, and is now likely to move toward making all components domestically. China already has a policy seeking technological independence by 2025.U.S. tech companies, facing a drop in sales, could respond with layoffs. More than 52,000 technology jobs in the U.S. are directly tied to China exports, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association, a trade group also known as CompTIA.___WHAT ABOUT HARM TO GOOGLE?Google may lose some licensing fees and opportunities to show ads on Huawei phones, but it still will probably be a financial hiccup for Google and its corporate parent, Alphabet Inc., which is expected to generate $160 billion in revenue this year.___THE APPLE EFFECTIn theory, Huawei’s losses could translate into gains for both Samsung and Apple at a time both of those companies are trying to reverse a sharp decline in smartphone sales.But Apple also stands to be hurt if China decides to target it in retaliation. Apple is particularly vulnerable because most iPhones are assembled in China. The Chinese government, for example could block crucial shipments to the factories assembling iPhones or take other measures that disrupt the supply chain.Any retaliatory move from China could come on top of a looming increase on tariffs by the U.S. that would hit the iPhone, forcing Apple to raise prices or reduce profits.What’s more, the escalating trade war may trigger a backlash among Chinese consumers against U.S. products, including the iPhone.“Beijing could stoke nationalist sentiment over the treatment of Huawei, which could result in protests against major brands,” the CompTIA warned.Frank Bajak And Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press read more

General Assembly and Security Council chiefs hold wideranging talks

15 March 2011Recent political events in Libya, Côte d’Ivoire and Sudan topped the agenda during talks today between General Assembly President Joseph Deiss and Security Council President Li Baodong at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Mr. Deiss and Mr. Li, the Permanent Representative of China, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, also discussed the Assembly’s upcoming debate on the green economy, according to information released by Mr. Deiss’ spokesperson.“The two Presidents noted the importance of further strengthening the coordination and interaction between the General Assembly and the Security Council,” the spokesperson added.Mr. Deiss also briefed Mr. Li on his recent official visit to Finland and Russia. read more

Police searching for missing Binbrook swimmer

(Updated) Special marine units from Peel and Hamilton police are continuing a search for a missing Hamilton man. He was last seen swimming in Lake Niapenco, in the Binbrook Conservation area.Sgt Frank Miscone told CHCH News officers have been searching for the 45 year old man since 7 pm last night. “It was a triathalon swimmer that was training for an exercise with some friends of his, and he unfortunately didn’t return to shore with the other group.”“We are hoping to find the man in decent condition and we are doing our best efforts to find him. We are using the Hamilton Police marine unit as well as the ATV unit to search the perimeter of the shoreline and hopefully find this man.”The search is primarily focused on the area of the route the swimmers were taking. Sgt Miscone says they swam to one point, they went to another point then came back to the starting point. “It helps us narrow down the search when we know where they were and where they are supposed to be.”The missing swimmer is wearing a wetsuit, giving him some thermal insulation against the cold water. read more

Titanic shipyard in Northern Ireland faces administration

LONDON — The Belfast shipyard that built the Titanic is facing administration.Harland and Wolff risks going into bankruptcy after its Norwegian parent company, Dolphin Drilling, failed to find a buyer.The shipyard was famed for constructing the doomed Titanic, which sank on its maiden transatlantic voyage in 1912 after striking an iceberg. The firm was one of U.K.’s key industrial producers during World War II and its massive yellow cranes, Samson and Goliath, are considered landmarks of Belfast.It once boasted a workforce of 30,000, but now employs only 125.In recent years, the shipyard diversified to work on cruise liner retrofits and wind energy projects.Workers demonstrated in hopes of persuading the government to step in to rescue the company, but the government has so far declined to intervene.The Associated Press read more

Minimum wage going up Thursday in Alberta Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Minimum wage earners in all three Prairie provinces are getting a pay hike.Starting Thursday, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are raising the minimum wage employers must pay their workers.The new minimum wage in Alberta will be $11.20 per hour, up from $10.20, while the liquor server wage goes to $10.70 per hour from $9.20.The NDP government says it’s a first step toward a $15 minimum wage by 2018.In Saskatchewan, minimum wage is going up by 30 cents to $10.50 an hour.Manitoba is also increasing its minimum wage by 30 cents to $11 an hour.Alberta Wildrose jobs critic Grant Hunter criticized the wage hike, saying it will hurt business owners at a time when the economy is not doing well.“Wildrose has repeatedly asked the government to consider who they are really going to affect with this hike. We are concerned about those it is intended to help the most: Alberta’s youth, non-profits and our province’s most vulnerable,” Hunter said in a news release.The Alberta Federation of Labour praised the hike, saying it’s long overdue.“This increase to the minimum wage won’t make the sky fall. It won’t cause businesses to grind to a halt. What it will do is just one thing: it will make life better for Alberta’s lowest-paid workers,” said Siobhan Vipond, the federation’s acting treasurer. Minimum wage going up Thursday in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2015 6:01 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2015 at 6:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

South Korean court sentences Samsung heir to 5 years prison

South Korean court sentences Samsung heir to 5 years prison SEOUL, South Korea – A South Korean court sentenced the billionaire chief of Samsung to five years in prison for crimes that helped topple the country’s president, a stunning downfall that could freeze up decision making at a global electronics powerhouse long run like a monarchy.The Seoul Central District Court said Friday that Lee Jae-yong, 49, was guilty of offering bribes to Park Geun-hye when she was South Korea’s president, and to Park’s close friend, to get government support for efforts to cement his control over the Samsung empire. The revelations that led to Lee’s arrest in February fed public outrage which contributed to Park’s removal.A panel of three judges also found Lee guilty of embezzling Samsung funds, hiding assets overseas, concealing profit from criminal acts and perjury. Prosecutors had sought a 12-year prison term.The court said Lee and Samsung executives who advised him caused “a big negative effect” to South Korean society and its economy.“The essence of the case is unethical collusion between political power and capital,” the court said in a statement. It led the public to fundamentally question the public nature of the president’s work and to have “mistrust in the morality of the Samsung group,” it said.The families who control South Korea’s big conglomerates, known as chaebol, were lionized a generation ago for helping to turn South Korea into a manufacturing powerhouse put public tolerance for double standards that put them above the law has been rapidly diminishing.Analysts said the verdict will not immediately have an impact on Samsung’s business operations, which are overseen by three chief executives. The company has successfully weathered past crises that include two recalls of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones prone to catch fire and Lee’s arrest. It is set to report its highest-ever earnings this year.But long-term business decisions, such as finding future growth areas and identifying companies for acquisitions, may have to be put on hold.“South Korea’s chaebol system is similar to monarchy,” said Park Sang-in, a professor at Seoul National University. “In the monarchy system, you need a king.”There is also potential for a destabilizing family feud over inheritance when the elder Lee dies.“Samsung was in the middle of change and that has stopped,” said Park Ju-gun, chief executive at CEO Score, a private corporate watchdog. “That is a big risk.”Business lobby groups, while refraining from openly criticizing the verdict, expressed concerns that Lee’s absence from the helm of Samsung would take a toll on the South Korean economy. Samsung accounts for about one fifth of the nation’s exports.“Samsung Electronics represents South Korea as a global company so we are deeply worried about the fallout from his long absence,” said a Korea Employers Federation spokesman. “It will be a disaster not just to an individual company but to the nation’s economy.”The verdict, however, could be good news for shareholders at South Korean companies who have complained about weak corporate governance that let founding families wield outsized influence and enjoy emperor-like authority even with minority ownership.South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office, in a rare commentary on a court ruling, welcomed the ruling as a step toward rooting out corruption.“We hope that it would pave the way to end persistent government-business collusion, which has hampered society from moving forward,” its spokesman Yoon Young Chan said.Lee was accused of offering $38 million in bribes to four entities controlled by Choi Soon-sil, a long-time friend of Park, in exchange for government help with a merger that strengthened Lee’s control over Samsung after his father suffered a heart attack in 2014.Samsung has not denied transferring corporate funds. But Lee, vice chairman at Samsung Electronics and the Samsung founder’s grandson, claimed innocence during the court hearing. He said he was unaware of the foundations or the donations, which were overseen by other executives.The closely-watched verdict is the latest convulsion in a political scandal that prompted millions of South Koreans to protest last fall, culminating in the ouster and arrest of Park as well as the arrests of Choi and Lee. Park, who was embroiled in a tumultuous series of scandals, was removed from office in March. She and Choi are both currently on trial.Judges pointed to an unusual arrangement in which Samsung bankrolled equestrian training for Choi’s daughter as proof of Lee’s knowledge of what was transpiring.They said Lee was aware that Park wanted Samsung to sponsor the equestrian training.Samsung secretively provided a huge amount of money to Choi’s Germany-based company that paid for the training and the exorbitantly priced foreign horses worth 3.6 billion won ($3.2 million) were part of the bribes, the verdict said. The attempts to hide Samsung’s involvement also constituted crimes, it said.In total, Samsung paid $7.9 million in bribes to the German company and a winter sports centre, the judges said.The verdict also dealt a blow to Samsung’s publicly stated position that recent business dealings or restructuring efforts have nothing to do with the succession of corporate leadership to Lee from his father. Instead, Samsung has insisted that a merger of two Samsung companies at the centre of the scandal was about creating business benefits. Judges rejected Samsung’s argument.“He was set to benefit most from the succession work, which was part of the favours sought from the president,” Kim Jin-dong, the head judge, said.Other former Samsung executives charged with Lee were also found guilty.Choi Gee-sung, a mentor of Lee, and Chang Choong-ki were sentenced to four years in prison. Two other former executives received suspended prison terms.The ruling in Lee’s case can be appealed twice. Samsung will appeal the ruling immediately, Song Woo-cheol, a Samsung attorney, told reporters. A protester holds banners reading “Out, Lee Jae-yong,” right, near the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. A South Korean court has sentenced the billionaire Samsung heir to five years in prison for bribery and other crimes that fed public anger leading to the ouster of Park Geun-hye as South Korea’s president. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Aug 25, 2017 5:16 am MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

YouTube stars get creative at UN to promote tolerance

He and four other YouTube content providers from India, Germany, Canada and Sudan – who have millions of followers between them – are part of the YouTube Creators for Change initiative, which spotlights inspirational creators who use the platform to foster productive conversations around tough global issues. The five screened samples of their videos, and performed at an educational event in observance of the International Day, marked each 16 November, at UN Headquarters in New York.The UN General Assembly proclaimed the International Day in 1993 at the initiative of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Day celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1995 Declaration of Principles of Tolerance, outlining principles of respect, acceptance and appreciation of the world’s diversity. In 2016 the UN launched a new campaign to promote tolerance, respect and dignity across the world. TOGETHER aims to reduce negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants, and to strengthen the social contract between host countries and communities.Every two years, on the International Day, the UN honors individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.  Winners are recognized with The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence and receive an award of 100,000 dollars.Read about the 2018 winners here. read more

Britains first ever degree in rap as university offers qualification to find

Kaine Clements, chief executive of ACM, said: “I could not be more proud of the team at ACM who have put together this incredible programme for lyricists, rappers, MCs and those of you who want to make beats.”You know that you can really only get to where you want to be by collaborating. “So that is what this is all about and I cannot wait to see what happens next.” The course runs for two years, or three with a foundation course for those without A Levels, and costs up to £11,000 per year. However, the government will fund parts of the degree in certain circumstances.The university said that the degree has proven popular, with only “limited spaces” left.It said in a statement: “Here at ACM, we have been building sustainable, long-lasting careers for its students in all corners of the music industry since 1995. With its innovative learning-by-doing approach, we ensure it brings students fresh knowledge direct from the industry via our world-class tutors, as they teach their students in an industry environment. Partnered with Europe’s largest recording facility, Metropolis Studios, our exclusive industry connections mean that our students receive an unparalleled learning experience, making our graduates highly regarded by music business professionals.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Britain’s first rap degree has been launched as universities try to find the next Stormzy, who made history as the first British black solo artist to headline at Glastonbury Festival on Friday night.The Academy of Contemporary Music has decided to host the new course at its campuses at the University of Birmingham, the University of Guildford and Middlesex University.The course will be run by professional, award-winning rapper ShaoDow who has appeared on Radio 1Xtra and opened for Stormzy.He also was recently invited into Parliament to speak on behalf of grassroots music venues across the country. The rapper said a variety of industry experts will be enlisted by the course to help students.“When I was young, just asking a question about what to do next is worth more than a degree,” he said.He added the course would generate young people who were business minded and talented enough to make a career out of music while paying their fair share of tax.The Technical Studies for Rappers and MC’s course investigates each strand of rapper’s profession, including the study of the “4 weapons of rap” (lyricism, flow, delivery, and originality).According to the prospectus, students will “analyse music theory, study the ideologies behind skillful artistry, develop analytical skills for long and lyric writing, and receive integral guidance on how to hold audiences through effective performance and how to captivate listeners with the art of freestyle.” read more

U18 EHF EURO 2018 Nordic crew alongside Croatia

U18 EHF EURO 2018 ← Previous Story STRUGA 2018: Win for Celje, Romanian-Swedish draw Next Story → STRUGA 2018: Besiktas Mogaz and Celje PL win Croatia VS Iceland and Denmark VS Sweden are the pairs of the U18 Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia.The host team got a decisive clash against France 25:20 to ensure medal’s battle in last two days of the Championship. In the second group of Main Round, Sweden beat Germany 30:27 and got a chance to play against Denmark for the final.This means completely different semi-finals in comparation with U20 Championship in Slovenia a few weeks ago, when Slovenia won gold medal ahead of France, Germany and Portugal.For the placement between fifth and eight place will play Serbia VS Germany and Spain VS France. read more

Comercial networks say no to more ads on SBS

first_imgThe commercial free-to-air television networks will strongly oppose any move to increase advertising on SBS, as recommended in the recent efficiency Lewis review for SBS and ABC, on behalf of the Department of Communications.According to the review “options could be explored to allow SBS to earn a higher level of revenue”.In 2012-13 SBS earned approximately 50 million dollars from advertising, “significantly less than a commercial broadcaster with equivalent share would receive”.Julie Flynn, the chief executive of Free TV Australia, the lobby group of national and regional commercial television stations in the country, stated to The Australian that “It is fair to say we would be strongly opposed to it”.“We would be concerned that this would constitute a fourth commercial TV broadcast licence,” said Ms Flynn.Under current legislation SBS can broadcast up to five minutes of commercials in any hour of broadcasting before or after programs or during natural breaks.Source: The Australian Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Upcoming WWE Schedule (7/22-7/28): WWE Battleground PPV this Sunday, NXT Live heading to Texas

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next 9/8 WWE Supershow Results: Syracuse, New York (Kingston vs. Orton, Rollins vs. Corbin) Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img Facebook Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Google+ Cesaro Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter WhatsApp Here is the upcoming WWE schedule from July 22 to July 28.* 7/22 NXT live event in Ocala, Florida* 7/22 WWE live event in Newark, Delaware* 7/23 NXT live event in Cocoa Beach, Florida* 7/23 WWE live event in Salisbury, Maryland* 7/23 WWE live event in Wildwood, New Jersey* 7/24 WWE Battleground PPV live in Washington, DC* 7/25 WWE RAW taping live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania* 7/26 WWE Smackdown Live taping in Buffalo, New York* 7/28 NXT live event in San Antonio, TexasAttending any of these WWE live events? is seeking live reports!Send all live reports to: videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list 9/14 WWE Live Results: Macon, Georgia (Rollins defends Universal Title, Tamina returns) 9/7 NXT Live Results: Gainesville, Florida (Kushida vs. Roderick Strong, Matt Riddle in action)last_img read more

UPDATE Testimony portion of Wolter murder trial complete

first_imgHomicide victim Kori Fredericksen in 2011. Nearly four weeks of testimony ended Tuesday in Dennis Wolter’s trial on charges he stabbed his estranged girlfriend, Kori Fredericksen, to death in May 2011 and dumped her body down a ravine on Clark County’s Southeast Evergreen Highway.Jurors will receive their instructions and hear attorneys’ closing statements beginning at 9 a.m. today. Jury deliberations will follow.Wolter, 46, is accused of stabbing Fredericksen, 41, more than 70 times in his Vancouver home at 1205 W. 39th St. He is charged with first-degree aggravated murder, which requires prosecutors to prove premeditation and intent. Though it is Washington’s only capital crime, the prosecution is not seeking the death penalty.Wolter’s attorney, Therese Lavallee, has based the defense on claims that fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, as well as a traumatic brain injury Wolter suffered at age 18, caused brain damage interfering with his ability to form intent.Lavallee and Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik continued grilling a prosecution neuropsychologist Tuesday to rebut each other over whether Wolter had the capacity to premeditate the slaying.Neuropsychologist Michael Daniel of Oregon’s Pacific University had testified Monday that Wolter may have brain damage from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and the brain injury. However, Daniel said, the damage is not significant enough to prevent him from forming intent or living a normal adult life.last_img read more

19 of 66 to 71 yearolds working full or parttime to supplement

first_imgMore than one in five (19%) of respondents between the ages of 66 and 71 are still working full or part-time to supplement their retirement incomes, according to research by Dunstan Thomas.Its survey of 1,002 UK adults aged 54-71 also found that over half (56%) are currently working, or are predicting they will have to work, full or part-time to top up their income beyond the state pension age of 65 years old. In addition, 35% of respondents do not know exactly how much income they would need to live on in retirement.The research also found:42% of respondents aged 54-59 cannot approximate their future retirement income.Just 17% of respondents know exactly how much income to expect when they retire.48% of respondents have a defined benefit pension arrangement, 15% are in an occupational defined contribution pension scheme and 15% are wholly dependent on the state for retirement income.43% of respondents think they will be spending the same amount on supporting family members in retirement, as they do while working. More than a third (35%) of respondents who care for a family member predicted an increase in the family care burden being carried by them personally once they are retired.29% of respondents were likely to, or had already, downsized their home to supplement their retirement income.29% of respondents did not understand the options that are now open to them above the age of 55 under the pension freedom rules.22% of respondents would access the pensions dashboard, due to be introduced by 2019, to assess if they have saved enough for retirement, compared to 15% who want to use it to run comparisons between different decumulation options. A further 13% want to work out how much they need to set aside to ensure they have enough for retirement.Adrian Boulding, director of retirement strategy at Dunstan Thomas, said: “These findings confirm our view that consumers will not take kindly to a dashboard that does not support post-retirement decumulation decision-making, as well as pre-retirement accumulation and at retirement decision-making.“This line between pre and post-retirement is irreversibly blurred and dashboards must reflect this.”last_img read more

The New Print Gimmick

first_imgDavid Granger likens print innovations to the new squeezable ketchup bottle, what he calls “the greatest consumer product in the history of mankind.” That little twist on the American staple “allows people to access it in a simple and fulfilling way.” The use of print innovations have yet to become as widespread as the ketchup bottle, but the new technologies are breathing fresh air into a mature industry that is battling its own digital counterparts for survival.“In this era, when everyone’s excited about new media, we need to do everything we can to make older media as exciting as possible,” says Granger, Esquire’s editor-in-chief. The magazine’s latest print gimmick was its May 2009 issue where it featured a mix-n-match cover. The facial features of President Obama, George Clooney and Justin Timberlake became interchangeable thanks to a tri-perforated cover.It’s not just the digital era, but also the poor economy that has publishers looking for new ways to stay viable. “The growth of the Internet as consumers’ primary news and content-delivery method, in combination with the impact of the recession on the publishing industry, has created a marketing environment that requires inventive and customizable cover and insert creative that will resonate with the consumer,” says Scott Berry, senior vice president of sales for specialty printer Vertis Communications.Print Innovations, Past and Present Four years ago, Rolling Stone made news with its 3-D lenticular cover for its 1,000th issue. Late last year, The Hollywood Reporter also produced a 3-D cover featuring the movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” for its November 30th issue. Some other recent covers include Esquire’s October 2008 e-ink issue, where it embedded an electronic paper device in the cover—a first for the magazine industry. Another Hearst publication, House Beautiful, featured a pocket cover with a pull-out for its September 2009 issue. The cover line asked, “What colors does your house need?” and the pull-out provided a sampling of colors with personality descriptions and suggestions for use.Hearst Corp. seems to be embracing print innovations. The company’s 2009 annual report is a panoply of print gimmicks, including digital bar codes, pop-ups and magazines within magazines, produced by Sandy Alexander and Brown Printing Co. And for the past three years, the company has held “print expos” where it invites printers to set up display booths to showcase their cutting-edge capabilities in an internal tradeshow setting for Hearst’s publishers, editors and marketing people. In January, Michael Clinton, executive vice president, chief marketing officer and publishing director for Hearst Magazines, decided to open the doors to invite advertisers and agencies to the expo.That was a smart move considering that producing these special issues usually requires advertiser buy-in. One of the reasons specialty print issues aren’t more commonplace is because they are more costly to produce. Granger notes that it wasn’t until the economy started to head south that advertisers got interested in collaborating on some print innovations. “I have no budget for increased cost so I need an advertiser to do it with,” he says. “Frankly, there are costs that need to be shared. That’s why we haven’t done more; we have to find advertisers that get excited about doing something, as well as committing on the edit side.”It should be noted that some of the best print innovations these days are showcased by advertising inserts. Take the magazine insert for Ubisoft’s Assassin Creed II, a video game. As you open the four-page spread, you actually tear off the head of the king, one of the characters in the game. “You can literally hear and feel the head tearing,” says Doug Hazlett, vice president of marketing and sustainability for specialty printer Sandy Alexander.A Jump In Newsstand SalesWhile specialty printing has been around for a while, new technologies coupled with publishers’ desire to stay relevant are leading to growth in this area of magazine publishing. “There are new techniques and technologies that are changing the business,” Hazlett says. “The advantage of specialty magazine printing is that it drives higher awareness, recall and in turn sales which drives a higher return on your investment.”The newsstand sales of Hearst’s specialty print magazines are proof. House Beautiful’s September 2009 issue, featuring the pocket cover, was the top selling issue of the year for the magazine with 110,000 copies sold—24 percent higher than the average issue. In fact, it was the best-selling issue since September 2007, says a Hearst Magazines spokesperson. And the newsstand sales of Esquire’s mix-n-match cover for May 2009 were up more than 10 percent. Esquire’s e-ink cover for its October 2008 issue saw a newsstand spike of more than 15 percent with a 33 percent price increase, according to the spokesperson.The payoff is also about generating buzz. “Great ideas and executions beget more great ideas and executions,” says Karen Wagner, production director for Hearst Magazines. “Not only do advertisers benefit from innovation, but so do editors and the editorial product.”Challenges and PricingWhile it’s difficult to get a good idea of just how much these specialty printing projects cost, Granger says that Esquire’s issues that were innovative through its use of paper and ink cost in the “tens of thousands of dollars,” noting that it was only a “slight upcharge” and not “cripplingly expensive.” And Hearst maintains that its 2009 annual report with all the bells and whistles did not cost any more to produce than a regular report. There are other challenges to producing specialty printed issues. The edit team, production staff, advertiser and printers must all be on the same page. Another challenge is the longer lead time. For example, a print unit that runs inside the magazine may take a week to two weeks to prepare, and can be produced earlier, but must be at the printer at the time of binding. And a specialty cover can’t close too early because of edit constraints, Wagner says. Esquire specialty covers have closed about 10 days earlier than regular covers, Granger says. He adds that time also has to be factored in to allow for the selling of the idea to an advertiser and for the manufacturing division to have enough time to order paper, etc. What’s Next: Thermo-Dynamic InkSome of the emerging trends and biggest bangs for the buck include the use of 2-D bar codes and anything interactive. The use of 3-D covers still generate a tremendous amount of interest and activity, especially given the advent of 3-D movies and TV, Hazlett says. Special coatings, like gloss UV and metal effects, unique stocks, special colors and custom pop-ups and die-cuts are hot now, he adds. “Inside the book, a unique stock, custom shape or special finish provide the highest awareness and recall for a marketing campaign,” he says.In addition, some of the updates to the actual presses have enabled many of these technologies. “There are so many different units that can be produced and bound, due to improvements to presses,” Wagner says. “We can do more on press in one pass than we could before. In the past, in some cases we’ve had to print a unit on press and then take it offline and do other things to it, like [die-cut] it, fold it or glue it. Now, the new technologies that printers have added to the presses enable them to do more of that inline,” saving time and money.Hearst’s Marie Claire has something special in the works for select copies of its March issue, Wagner says, and Esquire is already planning something innovative for its November issue, which will feature “the sexiest woman alive.” Granger wants to experiment with inks next, particularly thermo-dynamic ink, which changes color based on temperature, so words can actually change color. “There’s so much interesting ink technology and that’s one of the next frontiers I want to play with,” he says. We’ve already seen what he can do with paper.last_img read more

Senate Education Moves Governors Education Bill

first_imgThe Alaska Senate Education Committee moved Gov. Sean Parnell’s omnibus education bill Friday after rejecting amendments offered by the committee’s lone Democrat.Download AudioSen. Berta Gardner, a Democrat from Anchorage, offered two amendments to Senate Bill 139 in attempt to prevent the forcing of a charter school upon a local school district by the state school board. Her third amendment attempted to raise the per-pupil allocation rate by $404 in the first year and tie it the inflation rate for the following years.All three amendments failed by a four to one vote along party lines.Gardner raised objections over the bill saying it does not improve the quality of pre-school programs nor support affective, highly effective teachers.The bill moves to the Senate Finance Committee.last_img read more

How Murkowski Played Dealmaker to Get Controversial Lands Package

first_imgThe 500-page package Sen. Lisa Murkowski helped negotiate has something for everybody – Grazing rights, mining, logging. But also: Legal protections on a million acres of federal land. Many of the 55 bills it draws from are of great interest to a few communities but lack national standing. In a Congress that passes very little legislation, Murkowski and other negotiators had to assemble an irresistible package, then attach it to legislation that was sure to move. Murkowski says they had hundreds of leftover bills to choose from, some dating back years.Download Audio“So it was just, let’s take all this stuff in the basket and dump it on the table and then figure out how we can make a package, that has some conservation, it has some development of our public lands so we can work toward jobs and production, and just making sure that it’s good solid policy,” she said.It was a massive balancing act. It had to protect enough high-value lands without triggering a firestorm of opposition from pro-development forces. And it had to allow substantial development on public lands without angering environmental groups and lawmakers who are sympathetic to them. With Senate natural Resources Chairman Mary Landrieu distracted by what proved to be a losing fight for re-election, Murkowski worked on the package with the leaders of the House natural resources committee.“Finesse,” Murkowski says. “It took finesse.”It includes the priorities of powerful Western lawmakers and other items to please lawmakers in states with very little public land in flux. Democratic Sen. Al Franken, of Minnesota, for instance, has a provision to transfer government land to a school district in his home state. It’s barely more than a single acre, but his constituents have been striving to get it for a decade. And, Murkowski says, the package had to satisfy the leaders of the Armed Services committees in both houses, to gain their support and confidence that the package wouldn’t sink the Defense bill.“There was no way we were going to be able to cram this onto their bill. They needed to be part and parcel of this,” Murkowski says.Some critics grumble that it’s the result of secretive horse-trading. Murkowski, though, says most of the bills had passed the House or Senate before succumbing to congressional inertia. Opponents on the right have focused on the new wilderness designations, complaining of a land grab. Murkowski points out the legislation also removes the threat of wilderness designation from thousands of acres that were under review.Owen Graham, executive director of the Alaska Forest Association, says he’s pleased the bill transfers 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to the Sealaska corporation, mostly for logging. He’s not happy the bill also puts 150,000 acres of the Tongass off limits to development, but Graham says that’s a ransom he’s willing to pay to save Southeast logging jobs. He says Murkwoski did the best she could.” I recognize that there’s a lot of people who don’t like parts of the bill, but that’s her job is to try to balance all these things and with a contentious issue like land in the Tongass you’re not going to please everybody,” he said.When the Senate re-convenes in January, the Republicans will be in charge, and Sen. Murkowski will chair the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Bentley Johnson, an advocate for public land at the National Wildlife Federation, says he hopes this bill is a forerunner of the kind of work Murkowski can produce as chairman.“We certainly hope so. We think she’s shown that she can be pragmatic, that she can start with those priorities that there’s a lot of agreement, on both sides of the aisle,” Johnson said.Other environmental groups condemn the bill, but Johnson calls the compromise a political breakthrough.“In the past couple congresses, ideology has really taken over and prevented good public lands and natural resources bills from being passed,” he said.In a polarized Congress, Murkowski is often seen as a moderate, but not when it comes to Alaska resource development. Johnson says if Murkowski pushes hot-button Alaska issues too hard, he predicts she’ll alienate colleagues and produce more stalemate.“If she tackles, trying to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, for instance, right of the bat, that’s really going to divide people. That’s going to bring out the big guns,” he said, adding that he’d say the same about Murkowski’s goal of a road between King Cove and Cold Bay.Murkowski says she doesn’t intend to use her chairmanship as just a soapbox for ideology.“What I want to try to do is build something, and build something that is going to be more than a message but build something that is going to be passed and signed into law. That’s what I’m trying to accomplish here. And I think this is kind of the glimpse as to how we’re going to try to proceed,” she said. It will, she acknowledged, require working with lawmakers of both parties and winning presidential support.The bill easily passed the House last week. In the defense portion, the bill holds military pay increases to a 1 percent cap, trims the housing allowance and adds a $3 pharmacy co-pay.last_img read more

AIADMK lifts media gag order on its spokespersons

first_imgCHENNAI: The AIADMK on Saturday lifted a June 12 media gag order on its spokespersons and said they would resume work from July 1. The ruling party had on June 12 gagged its spokespersons from airing their views on any issue, either in the media or in social media platforms till further notice when it decided to continue with the dual leadership to steer the party. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Days after demands for a “single leader” to lead the outfit peaked, the AIADMK convened a high-level meet here, which decided that it would continue to be led by both Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam. While maintaining status quo on the leadership question, it had warned of disciplinary action against functionaries who expressed their views on intra-party affairs in public. Revoking the diktat, the party released an updated list of 16 spokespersons, which includes senior leaders C Ponnaiyan, B Valarmathi and S Gokula Indira.last_img read more