first_imgDanny Kanell talking about the SEC on ESPN.ESPN.Danny Kanell is probably the loudest critic of the SEC at ESPN, and he was back at it again today.With Ole Miss still left to play tonight, the SEC did not get off the best start in Week 1. Alabama may have scored the most impressive win of the week with its 52-6 demolition of USC. The rest of the league did not fare nearly as well.SEC East favorite Tennessee struggled to beat Appalachian State 20-13Auburn had national runner-up Clemson on the ropes, but puzzling quarterback rotations helped lead to a stagnant offensive performance in a 19-13 loss.LSU was upset by Wisconsin at Lambeau Field 16-14, a game that ended in a nasty cheap shot by a Tiger lineman.Mississippi State lost to South Alabama when a chip-shot field goal attempt went off an upright to end the game.Arkansas needed a late comeback to beat Louisiana Tech.Missouri was handled by West Virginia, 26-11.Kentucky had maybe the worst loss of all, allowing Southern Miss to score 34 straight points for a 44-35 win. The Wildcats led 35-10 at halftime.Outside of Alabama and Nick Chubb-led Georgia, it was hard to point to a ‘good’ performance out of an SEC program.According to Danny Kanell, however, this is not unusual. He says that outside of Alabama, the SEC is not much different from the rest of the Power Five leagues.Filling on on Mike & Mike this morning, here’s what he had to say:“You said Alabama, head and shoulders above everybody else, you know, what a statement game. And then the rest of the conference had an average showing. That’s kind of what the conference has been. It’s been Alabama. They’ve carried the torch for this conference.If you look at it over the last four or five years you could say ‘Look at all the different championships.’ Auburn, the Cam Newton year was sort of a fluke for Auburn. They got hot and captured that lightning in a bottle with Cam Newton. Florida, with Tim Tebow, who was carrying that torch, was another one that was kind of an incredible player. But they’re not that much different than every other conference. They really aren’t.Danny Kanell won’t go as far as to say that the SEC isn’t the best conference, but he doesn’t believe the gap is large.“They are the top conference in college football. They are. I think they’re extremely talented and they have a ton of guys in the NFL… But it’s not that far removed from everybody else. There’s always a conversation that the SEC is head and shoulders above everybody else. And the more people around here that say it, the more you all kind of go into this group think and everyone goes in line with it. All I’ve wanted to do is challenge that line of thinking and say ‘Hey, they’re not unbeatable.’ And I think we saw that this weekend.[…]I think it just showed that the SEC is human just like every other conference.”One weekend of games doesn’t prove that a conference is great or overrated or anything, but based on week one, it is hard to argue with this. It will be very interesting to see whether another SEC team can join Alabama in that upper echelon, or if the Crimson Tide will be carrying the weight all year for the league. Ole Miss can go a long way towards proving the SEC’s supremacy tonight when it faces ACC power Florida State.[ESPN],“They are the top conference in college football. They are. I think they’re extremely talented and they have a ton of guys in the NFL… But it’s not that far removed from everybody else. There’s always a conversation that the SEC is head and shoulders above everybody else. And the more people around here that say it, the more you all kind of go into this group think and everyone goes in line with it. All I’ve wanted to do is challenge that line of thinking and say ‘Hey, they’re not unbeatable.’ And I think we saw that this weekend.[…]I think it just showed that the SEC is human just like every other conference.”One weekend of games doesn’t prove that a conference is great or overrated or anything, but based on week one, it is hard to argue with this. It will be very interesting to see whether another SEC team can join Alabama in that upper echelon, or if the Crimson Tide will be carrying the weight all year for the league. Ole Miss can go a long way towards proving the SEC’s supremacy tonight when it faces ACC power Florida State.[ESPN]last_img read more

first_imgzoom The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said that the search for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been shifted to an area north following advice from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.An international air crash investigation team in Malaysia provided updated advice to the ATSB, which has examined the information and determined an area 1100 kilometres to the north east of the existing search area is now the most credible lead as to where debris may be located. The new search area is approximately 319, 000 square kilometres, about 1850 kilometres west of Perth.The Australian Geospatial – Intelligence Organisation (AGO) is re – tasking satellites to capture images of the new area. Weather conditions are better in the revised area and ten aircraft have been tasked for today’s search. They include two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P3 Orions, a Japanese Coast Guard Gulfstream 5 jet, a Japanese P3 Orion, a Republic of Korea P3 Orion, a Republic of Korea C130 Hercules, a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion, a Chinese People’s Liberation Arm y Air Force Ilyushin IL – 76  a United States Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft, and one civil Australian jet acting as a communications relay.Four of the ten aircraft are overhead the search area, with a further six planes to fly over the area today. A further RAAF P3 Orion has been placed on standby at RAAF Base Pearce in WA to investigate any reported sightings. Six ships are relocating to the new search area including HMAS Success and five Chinese ships. Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) patrol ship, Haixun 01 , is in the search area.HMAS Success is expected to arrive in the search area late tomorrow night. A US towed pinger locator and Bluefin – 21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle have arrived in Perth to assist with location and recovery of the black box. The depth of the water in the search area is between 2000 and 4000 metres. My location Australian Government, March 28, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Closelast_img read more

first_imgWe’ve heard the refrain time and again: Nova Scotia needs immigrants. Our aging population, combined with our growing need for trained workers, means that we need to act fast, or risk falling behind. We need more immigrants to come, work, and stay in Nova Scotia. That’s why government has placed such a high priority on immigration. It’s why we will continue to work with the federal government to maximize Nova Scotia’s potential. A key part of Nova Scotia’s success in attracting and retaining immigrants will be the relationship we forge with our federal counterparts. Immigration is a shared responsibility between the federal government and the provinces and territories. The federal government has the lion’s share of that responsibility, and largely sets immigration policy, a fact that is widely misunderstood. Through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, the province can nominate potential immigrants, but Citizenship and Immigration Canada makes the final decision. The federal government also determines how many immigrants each province can attract through nominee programs. Despite these restrictions, Nova Scotia will continue to push the federal government to level the playing field. Last weekend, I met with Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister Chris Alexander. I expressed government’s commitment to immigration, and our desire to continue working with the federal government to boost immigration to Nova Scotia. It was a productive meeting, and one I hope signals a positive way ahead. We will also work with the federal government to further expand our provincial nominee program to include an Entrepreneur Stream that will strengthen our economy and create opportunities for all Nova Scotians. Work is underway to establish the Premier’s Immigration Advisory Council, to be made up of those who have experienced our immigration system. The council will share innovative ideas and provide valuable input to help make Nova Scotia an even better place to live and work. Nova Scotia must control its own destiny. This is how we begin to do that; through collaboration and a shared recognition of the important contribution immigrants make to communities across the province. Immigrants help make Nova Scotia a vibrant, dynamic place. From business to academia, community organizations to government, we all have a role to play in improving our immigration efforts. Together, we can bring more immigrants to our province, and help them succeed in Nova Scotia. -30-last_img read more

first_imgWashington DC: Asserting that the Afghan peace talks are dead, US President Donald Trump attributed the end in the negotiations to the Taliban and said that the group is now being hit harder than ever before. Speaking to reporters at the White House on Wednesday, Trump blamed the Taliban for the end in the deliberations after the group claimed responsibility of a terrorist attack in Kabul last week that left 12 dead, including an American soldier. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USI’ll tell you one thing–we are hitting the Taliban right now harder than they’ve ever been hit, Trump said The US president said that the Taliban did this because they thought by doing this, they will have an upper hand in negotiations. What they did was horrible When they killed a great American soldier–when they killed 12 people–innocent people– essentially, innocent people because if you look, I mean many of these people were civilians, he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsYou also had a NATO soldier in addition to our great solider. But when they did what they did in order to create what they thought was a better negotiating stance I said that’s the end of them–get them out. I don’t want anything to do with them. They’ve been hit very hard, he said. I know for a fact they said that was a big mistake that they made and it was. But, that was my decision and what we’re doing now is my decision, he said when asked about his decision to invite the Taliban to Camp David for talks and then cancelling it abruptly. The talks with the Taliban are dead, Trump said. On Saturday last, the US president cancelled a “secret” summit with Taliban leaders and his Afghan counterpart following the attack in Kabul, dealing a blow to protracted negotiations that were nearing a peace deal to end America’s longest war. Trump was to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and senior Taliban leaders on Sunday last week at his Camp David retreat after nine rounds of talks between the US and Taliban representatives, held in Doha, the capital of the Gulf state of Qatar. Trump’s US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad had announced a peace deal “in principle” with the Taliban on Monday last. As part of the proposed deal, the US would withdraw 5,400 troops from Afghanistan within 20 weeks. The US currently has about 14,000 troops in the country.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government has announced it will stop funding a band constable program next year.This could mean hundreds of job losses and safety concerns on reserves across the country.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson travelled to one First Nation in Manitoba where the chief and band are worried about what this will mean for their community.last_img

“These supplies will allow us to continue our work in partnership with the Government of Fiji and international donors to get assistance to those who need it most,” said Karen Allen, Pacific Representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The Boeing 777, chartered by the agency, flew to Nadi International Airport from its global supply hub in Copenhagen, Denmark, carrying nearly 100 metric tonnes of emergency supplies for the 350,000 Fijians, including 120,000 children, affected by Winston.The supplies include 8,000 water containers, 7,480 tarpaulins, 3,250 mosquito nets, educational supplies sufficient for 20,000 students, oral rehydration salts for the treatment of diarrhoea and dehydration, micronutrient powders to supplement the feeding of underweight children and other essential medical supplies. They will be urgently distributed by the Government to most-affected communities.“This unprecedented disaster for Fiji has affected 40 per cent of Fiji’s population,” Ms. Allen said, noting that it has uprooted children’s lives, taking away homes, schools, water supplies, health facilities, food crops and family livelihoods. Within 36 hours of the cyclone’s landing, affected communities had begun to receive UNICEF emergency supplies.She said that the supplies will be a big boost to the agency’s relief effort, as they complement pre-positioned emergency kits already received from UNICEF’s office in Vanuatu. More are scheduled to arrive from the Solomon Islands in the coming days.While thanking partners and donors, including the Governments of Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom, for their significant contributions to the relief efforts, Ms. Allen stressed that more funds are urgently needed for additional supplies.UNICEF had already assisted more than 26,000 people whose homes and communities were ripped apart by Winston’s destructive winds. “But it soon became apparent that we would also need more supplies – the scale of this disaster is truly nationwide, there are far too many children and families who don’t have a roof over their heads or even the most basic of essential services such as clean, safe drinking water,” Ms. Allen said.UNICEF has appealed for $7.1 million for the needs of Fiji’s affected children and communities, with special attention to especially vulnerable groups and those in hardest-to-reach parts of the country. read more

EFF. FG %turnover %OFF. REB. %FT % We’re in a golden age for NBA offense. Teams are scoring 110.1 points per 100 possessions during the 2018-19 season, according to — a full 1.3 points per 100 possessions more than the previous high of 108.8, which was set two years ago.This is largely — and rightly — credited to the boom in 3-point attempts. While the 3-point line was instituted all the way back in 1979, it took the league nearly four decades to realize that 3 was worth more than 2.1Just four years ago, the league as a whole scored 105.6 points per 100 possessions, nearly the same figure as was recorded during the first year of the 3-point era, when teams scored 105.3 points per 100 possessions. The threes have also been complemented by other leaguewide changes, all of which have been widely recognized as contributing factors in the age of offense: a dramatic shift toward “Moreyball” shot distribution that limits inefficient shots like long twos; several waves of rule changes that opened up the floor and allowed for more freedom of movement; the increase in pace; and the sheer unstoppability of the league’s very best offenses.In all those explanations, though, one factor has gone wildly underdiscussed: Teams just don’t turn the ball over all that much anymore. In addition to being the best overall shooting season of the 3-point era, the 2018-19 campaign also has seen teams commit turnovers at the lowest rate they ever have, as just 12.6 percent of possessions leaguewide have ended with the offense giving the ball away to the defense in one manner or another. This is down from a high of 15.8 percent during the 1982-83 season.But while the genesis of the other offensive changes can be neatly traced, the decline in turnovers is a bit more puzzling. In my search for an explanation, I figured it was best to ask a person whose teams have mastered the art of avoiding turnovers: Gregg Popovich, whose San Antonio Spurs own the lowest turnover rate in the NBA this season (which doubles as the fifth-lowest rate since the league began tracking turnovers) and have finished with a better-than-average turnover rate in 14 of the past 15 seasons — a time during which they have the league’s fourth-lowest turnover rate overall. Popovich, though, was also stumped (or perhaps just characteristically cagey). He didn’t really have any idea why his teams have avoided turnovers so consistently, nor why the league has done a better job in recent seasons.“I’m not even sure I know the answer to that, to tell you the truth,” Popovich said. “We don’t do any ‘don’t turn it over’ drills or anything like that. We talk a lot about decision-making and time and score on the clock, understanding your role, staying within your abilities, all those sorts of things. So, I think over time people realize how valuable the basketball is, and we just go from there.”There are many potential explanations for the drop in turnover rate, all of which may be working in concert. The increasing prevalence of pull-up three-pointers limits opportunities for players to cough up the ball — if the ball never passes the three-point line, a turnover is far less likely as most turnovers tend to happen in more crowded areas of the floor. Switch-heavy defenses have resulted in more isolation plays, and isolations are often the play-call of choice in close and late situations because they are less likely to result in turnovers.Regardless of why, the impact of turnovers cannot be undersold. Popovich is onto something when it comes to the value of the basketball. It makes intuitive sense: You can’t score if you don’t have the ball.To gauge the impact of turnover rate on NBA offense, let’s look at how it’s changed compared to the other so-called Four Factors of Basketball Success popularized by noted basketball statistician Dean Oliver in his seminal book, “Basketball on Paper”: effective field-goal percentage, offensive rebound rate and free-throw rate. When looking at each of the Four Factors year over year, we can see just how stark the drop-off in turnovers has been over the years and how it compares with the changes in the other factors, all of which have followed similarly consistent trend lines. The weights represent the amount of variance in offensive efficiency each stat explains based on Evan Zamir’s variation on Oliver’s analysis; field-goal percentage at 54 percent, turnover rate at 22 percent, offensive rebounding rate at 15 percent and free-throw rate at 10 percent.Source: Weighted+4.1-4.1-4.7-1.5 Percentage change+7.6%-18.7%-31.3%-14.9% The respective declines in turnovers and offensive rebounding are nearly even, while the bump in shooting efficiency far outweighs the decline in free-throw rate. Add it all up, and you’ve got a leaguewide offensive rating that is 4.6 percent better in 2018-19 than it was during the 1979-80 season (110.1 points per 100 possessions compared with 105.3 per 100).Shooting (and shot distribution) have been talked about ad nauseam over the years, while numerous observers have noted that teams are increasingly prioritizing getting back in transition defense over chasing offensive rebounds. As ESPN’s Zach Lowe explained in 2016, the Spurs were among the first teams to deprioritize offensive rebounds, with former Spurs assistant and current 76ers head coach Brett Brown once noting that Popovich did not care if a player didn’t grab a single offensive rebound during his entire career. Pop’s lead was followed by coaches like Doc Rivers, Erik Spoelstra, Stan Van Gundy and Rick Carlisle, and with those coaches’ assistants now all over the league like Popovich’s are, it’s perhaps not surprising that offensive rebounding is down all over the place. Without the decline in turnovers offsetting that prioritization, though, we likely would not be living in the best offensive environment in the modern history of the NBA.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Turnover decline is even bigger than it seemsThe percentage change of Dean Oliver’s Four Factors weighted by their impact on the game, 1980-2019 During the 3-point era, only offensive rebounding has experienced a larger percentage change, with the rate of boards offensive teams have grabbed off their own misses falling from 33.5 percent 40 years ago all the way to 22.9 percent this season. Oliver pegged turnover rate as being responsible for 25 percent of the variance in offensive efficiency and offensive rebounding for 20 percent, though subsequent detailed analyses have typically settled somewhere around 22 percent or 23 percent for turnovers and 15 to 18 percent for rebounds. So given that avoiding a turnover is considered more valuable than grabbing an offensive rebound, it could be argued that the change in turnover rate has fully canceled out the decline in offensive rebound rate. We can see this more clearly when we weight each percentage change by the amount ascribed to each of the Four Factors by Evan Zamir’s 2010 analysis that updated the weight each factor had been assigned by Oliver. read more

first_imgCome January when the 2018 Vancouver City Council sits at the dais, one seat will be empty. Scott Campbell won Position 1, formerly Jack Burkman’s seat. But Campbell died before the election. He beat Maureen McGoldrick with 62 percent of the vote anyway.This leaves the council with a vacancy and the task of appointing their peer.The council discussed the process during a workshop Monday night.Essentially, there are four steps to appointing a new councilor:• First, the council must announce the vacancy. This includes notifying the media and publishing ads in local papers starting Dec. 29.• Applications for the position are available as of Dec. 26 and will remain available until Jan. 18, 2018.• Interviews will take place Feb. 5, 2018. In the meantime, the council will announce candidates Jan. 24 and background checks will take place Feb. 2.• At the Feb. 5 regular meeting, the council will invite all applicants to attend and then break into executive session to vote on which candidates to interview. Those candidates will then be notified at the meeting and interviews will begin. Once all candidates have been interviewed, the council will return to executive session to consider candidates. The council will then return to open session once again and vote. If the process is not complete that evening, the council will resume deliberations Feb. 6.The application will consist of a basic questionnaire, including the candidate’s background and why they seek appointment. Applicants can also include a resume and references, if they prefer.One sticking point for the council was the inclusion of a question regarding criminal background.In order to serve on the council, a candidate cannot have had a felony conviction as outlined in the state constitution. But there is an exception. If the person’s civil rights have been restored, they are once again eligible. The specifics on the issue were unknown and City Attorney Bronson Potter said he will clarify before applications are available.Applicants also must have lived in Vancouver for two years, but there’s still some debate over when that two-year stint had to begin. The residency requirement will also be clarified before applications go out.last_img read more

first_imgBy Louise Jobe According to reports a young man died in Taneneh village in Kombo South District, West Coast region in a clash between PIU personnel and villagers involving the use of tear gas.This reporter visited the site and witnessed the presence of PIU personnel.  Samuel Gomez an elder of Tananeh indicated that the dispute relates to the use of land as a cemetery.He said that they have written many times to government on the matter, noting that they have been using the same cemetery for more than 30 years. He is not happy with the manner the police are handling the matter.The following were detained yesterday: Samuel Gomez, Louie Mendy, Francis A. Mendy, Sampierre  Mendy, Alex Sambou, Raul Gomez, Andrew Gomez, Peter Gomez, Abdoulie Mendy and Patrick Mendy. All these are youths of the village and close relatives who were digging the grave.Foroyaa will get in touch with the police and continue to monitor developments.last_img read more

first_imgApproximately 700 employees who work for shipbuilding organisation Cammell Laird, and who are members of trade unions Unite and GMB, are to receive a five-year pay deal, backdated to July 2017.The pay deal, which has been facilitated by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), is divided into two terms, including a three-year first term and a two-year second term.In the first year of the first term, employees will receive a 3.7% pay increase backdated to 6 July 2017, a £5,000 increase in death in service and a one week reduction in the qualifying period for sick pay. In the second year, employees will gain a further pay rise of between 2-3% and an additional £5,000 increase in death in service, and during the third year employees will receive another 2-3% pay increase and £5,000 increase in death in service, as well as gain a 30 minute reduction in weekly working hours from 38.5 hours a week to 38 hours a week.The second term of the new pay deal includes a pay increase of between 1.75% and 3.25% for both year four and year five.The new pay deal is eligible for all employees at Cammell Laird, excluding senior managers. Unite and GMB members voted in a consultative ballot to accept the new arrangement.John Syvret CBE, chief executive officer at Cammell Laird, said: “I am pleased to announce that following productive talks with the respective trade unions GMB and Unite we have concluded an agreement that received overwhelming support from our workforce.“This means we can now focus all our efforts on driving the upward trajectory of the [organisation], delivering existing contracts and positioning the [organisation] to win new long-term contracts.  We now have good visibility of our cost base and can aggressively pursue important commercial and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) contracts.”Phil Allman, regional officer at Unite, added: “Unite members have shown their support and good faith by agreeing a deal that in our opinion will help Cammell Laird not only sustain present levels of employment but also put [the organisation] in a strong position to win new contracts, creating new jobs and apprenticeships for the local and national labour market.“It is with this in mind that Unite supports the call for the UK government and the MoD to place orders that are paid for with taxpayers money into UK shipyards creating UK based jobs which then pushes that money back into the local communities.”Albie McGuigan, spokesperson at GMB, said: “We believe that this agreement achieved with Acas assistance has been made with a mutual understanding of the needs and aspirations of our members and the long-term ambition of the [organisation].“We hope that Cammell Laird can now concentrate on future contract bids and build upon their recent success by winning further orders in both the private commercial and UK Ministry of Defence sectors. If this could be achieved it would then lead on to job security in the shipyard and help to support its supply and contractor base in the north west region. It would further help to provide additional investment in apprenticeships and training, therefore providing the skills for the future of the UK shipbuilding industry.”last_img read more

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The TSA is testing new, tougher screening methods at some airports due to carry-on concerns.According to officials, some passengers are cramming so much into their bags that screeners are having trouble spotting signs of explosives.They’re forcing flyers to remove not just laptops, which they already do, but tablets, e-readers, books and food. Passengers will then place them in plastic bins to be X-rayed.The new requirements are in place at 10 airports nationwide, including Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.Officials there said they have been screening this way for the last 18 months.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThe Kenai Peninsula Borough’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 9.2 percent in March, from 10.3 percent in February. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s total employment was down an estimated 0.8 percent in March from March 2017, a loss of about 2,600 jobs. Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 7.3 percent in March. The comparable national rate was 4.1 percent. Alaska’s not-seasonally adjusted rate dropped to 7.9 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from February. Unemployment rates fell in all but three of 29 boroughs and census areas, increasing slightly in Petersburg and Kusilvak and holding steady in Aleutians West. The lowest rates were in the Aleutians East Borough (1.8 percent) and the Aleutians West Census Area (2.5 percent), as is typical for areas with winter fisheries. As a percentage, oil and gas employment’s decline of 6.0 percent was the largest (-600 jobs). Retail was down 2.0 percent (-700 jobs). Construction’s loss of 0.8 percent (-100 jobs) was smaller than in recent months. Employment fell in all three sectors of government: federal by 0.7 percent, state by 0.8 percent and local by 1.2 percent. Local government’s declines were in public education. Health care continued to be the outlier, adding 1,000 jobs since March 2017 for a 2.7 percent increase.last_img read more

first_imgNeredmet: Overflow of drainage has become a common sight for the residents of Neredmet. The drainage pipeline has been damaged last month but, still not repaired. The overflow of drainage is causing a lot of inconvenience for the school going children’s and the commuters. The complete road is filled with the drainage water. There is an unpleasant smell that is caused in the area. The motorists have to go from the sides of the road. During rainfall, the condition of the roads gets worse.last_img read more

first_imgIn this 26 June 2018 photo, vacationing tourists stroll along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean near The Pier in Old Orchard, Beach, Maine. Canadians may be angry about president Donald Trump`s insults and tariffs, but it doesn`t seem to be taking a toll on tourism. In Old Orchard Beach, popular with Canadians from French-speaking Quebec, innkeepers report that tourism remains strong despite harsh words. Photo : APThe United States and Canada are engaged in a trade dispute, angering Canadians, but it doesn’t seem to be having an impact on tourism. Not yet, anyway.In Old Orchard Beach, popular with Quebecers, innkeepers report that Canadian tourism remains strong despite the harsh words last month when prime minister Justin Trudeau vowed that Canada “won’t be pushed around” and president Donald Trump called the prime minister “weak” and “dishonest.”Several weeks later, Canada imposed billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs in response to the Trump administration’s duties on Canadian steel and aluminum.Mostepha Azizi, a vacationer from Montreal, said that he’s confident the war of words will end and that “reason will prevail” between the neighbors.”For me, it’s just a question of time,” he said. “This thing will settle down. Trudeau and Trump have to find a solution to the problem.”Canada accounts for the largest number of international visitors to the US, with more than 20 million visitors pumping nearly $20 billion into the US economy, according to the US Department of Commerce.The number of Canadians heading south has grown this year, and the flap between Trump and Trudeau after last month’s G7 summit in Quebec didn’t change that.Border crossing data indicates the number of Canadian motorists returning from the US in June grew 12.7 per cent from last year, a healthy increase, according to a license plate-scanning system used by the Canadian government.A so-called “Trump Slump” never materialised after Trump’s election, and travel to the U.S. is growing despite anecdotal evidence that some Canadians are choosing to travel elsewhere, said Allison Wallace, of Flight Centre Canada, a travel agency with 150 locations across Canada.”All of that being said, we’ve not seen a trade war like this, so that may change,” she said, “but as of now, the US remains a very popular destination.”Florida accounts for the largest number of visitors from the north, typically snowbirds in the winter. New England is also a popular destination, and beaches like Old Orchard Beach and Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, are an easy drive from Canada’s Atlantic provinces.In Old Orchard, Canadian flags are flown and many desk workers speak French. Fries are served up Canadian-style, topped with vinegar, or with gravy and cheese.For now, the value of the Canadian dollar is having a bigger impact than the flap between the leaders. The loonie is currently worth only 76 cents in the US.Claire Beaulieu, an owner of the Motel Kebek 2, said Canadians will keep coming because of the 7-mile stretch of sandy beach with plenty of rooms, food and a beachside amusement park. Canadians account for 95 per cent of her bookings, she said.For tourism, visitors are more interested in amenities than politics, even though many are baffled by the US president’s actions, she said.Fred Kennedy, owner of Aoulette Beach Resort, said his bookings are strong despite the relatively weak Canadian dollar, and he predicts relations between the countries will improve.”I think it’s going to blow over,” he said. “By this time next year, things will be patched up.”Down the beach, at Kebek 3, owner Suzanne Beaulieu said her bookings were strong, too, but she acknowledged that could change next year if US-Canadian relations remain frosty.At least one customer advised her she’ll rethink her plans next summer.”She said, ‘As long as Trump is in office, I don’t think I’ll be back,'” she said.Vacationer Stella Bigras, of Laval, Quebec, said the trade flap and war of words are between two leaders. Regular folks, she said, still get along just fine.”We are friends. We are neighbors,” she said.”I hope we’re going to stay friends, and Trump and Trudeau will calm down. I think that we all always be here for the USA, even if we’re having stupid arguments. I think the USA will always be here for us, too. So I’m pretty sure we’re going to through this together.”last_img

first_img Share Here’s @KenPaxtonTX‘s statement on Sherman judge blocking Labor Department overtime rule:— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) November 22, 2016Jeff Barnes, a Houston attorney with the law firm Fisher Phillips, says many companies have already gone forward with plans to comply with the rule.“The interesting question is, what do companies do when they have already started to pay employees overtime who previously weren’t receiving overtime or employees whose salary was increased to meet the new salary basis threshold that was supposed to take effect on December 1?” Barnes says.The Labor Department estimates the rule would have meant a bump in pay for 4.2 million workers nationwide heading into the holiday season. 00:00 /01:08 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: A federal court in East Texas has blocked a Labor Department rule, aimed at increasing the number of employees eligible for overtime. The rule had been set to go into effect December 1. It’s now unlikely to take effect before President Obama leaves office.Currently, workers are only eligible for overtime pay if they make less than $455 per week. The new rule would have more than doubled that cap, to $913 per week. That would have benefited 370,000 workers in the Lone Star State.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement, saying the rule would force businesses to cut their employees’ hours in order to hold down costs. Paxton is co-leading a 21-state coalition that asked for the injunction. X Listen See the full document here:last_img read more

first_img Share Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaThe Houston Contract Detention Facility identified at least 15 mumps cases in 2019.Reports from the Texas Department of State Health Services show 167 mumps cases have been detected in federal immigrant detention facilities in 2019 so far.That’s in addition to the 117 cases recorded from October 1 through the end of 2018, making for a total of 284 cases stemming from an outbreak last fall. And the numbers keep climbing. Information requested by News 88.7 from the Texas Department of State Health Services shows that on May 9, 2019, a total of 159 cases were reported for the year. On May 22, that count increased to 167 cases.“To have this many cases concentrated in this relatively small population is distinctly unusual in the United States,” said Dr. Jody Rich, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Brown University and a volunteer with Physicians for Human Rights.A majority of these cases were identified in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities in South Texas and Houston. The El Valle Detention Facility saw 55 confirmed and probable mumps cases in 2018, according to ICE data obtained by Houston Public Media through a Freedom of Information Act request. Another detention facility in north Houston saw 15 cases this year, as of April 2019. A detention center in Pearsall had 28 cases in the same time frame.Rich said he thinks immigration authorities should be vaccinating immigrants to stop the spread of mumps, which is highly contagious. “For mumps it’s really just a question of vaccination. It’s a highly contagious virus, particularly in closed settings. We essentially have no treatment. All we can do is supportive treatment and we should be vaccinating all at-risk people as early as possible, particularly if we are about to confine them in a closed space with a bunch of other unvaccinated people in the setting of an outbreak. This is ridiculous,” said Rich. “You need three cases connected in space and time to call it an outbreak and there are hundreds of cases here so this is probably multiple outbreaks going on,” he said. When asked about their policy of administering vaccines in the case of a mumps outbreak a spokesperson from ICE provided a written statement saying, “The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Health Service Corps (IHSC) recommends that adult immigration detention facilities administer MMR vaccine to detainees with known exposure to at least one laboratory-confirmed person with measles, mumps or rubella. IHSC recommends catch-up vaccinations for minors who are younger than 18 years old.”Officials did not say outright whether or not vaccines are being administered to detainees in affected Texas facilities. Rich said containing mumps and vaccinating detainees is crucial to public health, especially since the same vaccine (MMR) that protects against mumps, is also what prevents measles.“You have a large population at risk for developing measles in a congregate housing setting where transmission will spread like wild fire. That is just a potential public health disaster waiting to happen and this certainly could spill over into the community and cause more disease and even potentially deaths,” he said.“Clearly there should be a very aggressive MMR vaccine initiative in these populations,” said Rich.   last_img read more

first_imgIn the past few days, the Music Modernization Act — which will bring sweeping changes to outdated copyright laws — has passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives unanimously, and is now set to go to President Trump’s desk for signature. In this guest post, Recording Industry Association of America president Mitch Glazier reflects on the sometimes-bumpy road the industry has traveled to get here, and what lies ahead. For the better part of my 25-year professional career, I have worked in public policy in Washington D.C. I have watched countless debates and arguments, bills enacted, alliances forged and opportunities missed.Congress has now passed the Music Modernization Act, legislation that will make a real difference for a music marketplace deserving of fair pay, enforceable rights and efficiency. The bill — and the path of its enactment — is an enlightening roadmap. It affirms that some timeless principles endure, while simultaneously revealing that the march of time and changing business models present new opportunities. The music business is not easy. It is complicated and competitive. We understand why that is the case — music matters, it spawns millions of jobs and billions of fans. Policymakers appreciate that all of us — songwriters, artists, record labels, music publishers, producers and others — play an integral role. But music creators are no longer the only advocates before Congress. Other interests vigorously make their case.Now, more than ever, policymakers seek a unified front from our community. One major reason for the advancement of the Music Modernization Act is that we all diligently worked to realize a broader good, to recognize that our power lies not within one music constituency, but is only truly impactful when we join together to speak with one voice with and for each other. Sure, we fought on the sidelines, made up, fought again, and made up again. Those skirmishes are inevitable when you are pursuing a big, consequential change in our laws. But we always tried to keep our eyes on the larger prize.We could do that, in part, because a foundation of trust was built. Every major artist organization joined with organizations representing record labels, publishers, songwriters, performing rights organizations and producers to discuss legislative language and changes. We approached senior executives at Pandora to discuss guaranteeing payment of pre-1972 recordings before any revised bill was introduced. We understood that they wanted to be supportive of the overall legislation but that the bill needed to functionally work for their business. A foundation of trust was solidified, which allowed all of us to persevere through the inevitable twist and turns of a major legislative campaign.The public policy rationale for the bill’s reforms was demonstrable. The gaps or inequities in the laws we were seeking to change were obvious, glaring and indefensible. Despite the persuasive fact pattern, we understood that we as a business needed to demonstrate that were adapting, that we were listening to our artists and fans. I’m incredibly proud that music is now a digital business, deriving 80% of our revenues from hundreds of different licensed digital music services. We far outpace any creative industry in our transformation. It was sometimes painful and never easy, but we moved forward. No doubt, that work — music shouldering its responsibility — helped persuade policymakers that we were a credible community working to serve fans in the best possible way under the current broken licensing regime. Popular on Variety The most essential pillar of a successful legislative campaign for music is an engaged artist and songwriting community. I was reminded and amazed by the singular power and credibility of artists and songwriters. When they speak, people — fans and policymakers — listen. That is in part because they are masterful storytellers, both in prose and in recording. Music captivates and enriches us in ways unlike any other creative means. When the voices behind those songs and recordings speak out, as they did here in social media posts, op-eds, ads and calls to Members of Congress, they are a powerful force for change. We saw it firsthand with the advocacy behind the Music Modernization Act. To the thousands of artists and songwriters who spent countless time advocating for change, we are deeply grateful.We also understand that no matter how credibly or passionately we make our case, nothing happens without the investment and commitment of those who actually write our laws. We all owe an enormous debt to Representatives Goodlatte, Nadler, Collins, Issa, and Jeffries, and to Senators Hatch, Alexander, Grassley, Graham, Feinstein, Coons, Kennedy and Whitehouse. They stood with us, took arrows on our behalf, and helped guide and broker necessary agreements.I walk away from this experience both humbled and inspired. Big consequential things are hard and take time. I feel privileged to help represent music in Washington. We can do great things when we respect each other and speak with one voice. And the best is yet to come. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgWhen you pack away your summer wardrobe to make space for some cosy autumn wear, make sure you add in capelets, velvet and metallic outfits, says an expert. Here are a few tips to help you look trendy during autumn season: *Velvet will rule this fall. The plush fabric, in every shade including Persian blue to oxblood red, will be seen across cocktail dresses, jumpsuits, crop tops and evening gowns.*One-shoulder dresses and tops are back with a bang and are reigning the style charts everywhere.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf*Ruffles have been going around for a while. They were big during springtime and seem to stay through fall as well. Take cues from the 1980s, but with a modern twist. Go for architectural ruffles, more stiff and less floppy. Its touch of drama will make you stand out.*Why keep your spring slip dresses back in the closet? Layer it over everything, from long sleeved shirts to comfortable knits. This fall, up the game by combining your favourite pieces of spring, like off-shoulder top and pinafore dress.   Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive*Opt for deeper tones like black, cranberry, oak, and vintage inspired green to bloom on brocade fabrics, creating a rich and royal vibe.*Capelet is the new jacket of fall. The draped effect which a capelet gives you cannot be achieved by any kind of jacket. It not only keeps you warm but also beautifully exposes the layers. *A perfect way to glam up the rather sombre look of the season is to combine the metallic sheen of a ‘going-out’ top with slouchy tan pants and flat slides, accentuating casual chic. If you are not the glitzy type, then choose from a variety of shiny metallic details on coats and skirts which adds that oomph factor to the outfit.*The choker, of the velvet, metal or leather variety, have been seen adorned by fashion enthusiasts. Layer multiple dainty chokers or wear a single chunky piece, just make the most of this chic accessory this fall.last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Colleges cut ties with Bill Cosby as the list of women accusing him of assault hits 20 Cosby’s wife forced to testify in defamation case over sexual-assault allegations Argentina seeks extradition from Spain of Franco-era ministers Mexicans’ search for bodies reveals a history of hidden deaths For a cover story this week, New York magazine interviewed and photographed 35 of Cosby’s alleged victims, supplementing the story with video interviews with six. (Via New York magazine Facebook)In the years since women first said Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them and the months since the media started paying attention, it’s been difficult to keep track of the comedian’s alleged victims. Many publications — including The Washington Post — have reported dozens of versions of the same story: A young woman, often an aspiring actress, is violated by a man who thinks himself a mentor.After a few weeks, unfortunately, it became difficult to tell such stories apart. Was it P.J. Masten who said Cosby drugged and raped her in a Chicago hotel, or was that Lise-Lotte Lublin?New York magazine may have ended the relative anonymity of many Cosby accusers for good. For a cover story this week, New York interviewed and photographed 35 of Cosby’s alleged victims, supplementing the story with video interviews with six.“The group of women Cosby allegedly assaulted functions almost as a longitudinal study — both for how an individual woman, on her own, deals with such trauma over the decades and for how the culture at large has grappled with rape over the same time period,” the magazine wrote. “In the ’60s, when the first alleged assault by Cosby occurred, rape was considered to be something violent committed by a stranger . . . But among younger women, and particularly online, there is a strong sense now that speaking up is the only thing to do, that a woman claiming her own victimhood is more powerful than any other weapon in the fight against rape.”The stories here aren’t necessarily new.“In the early 1990s, in my mid-20s, Bill Cosby mentored me,” Lili Bernard, who went public in a news conference in May, said in a New York video. “He gained my total trust and then he drugged me without my knowledge. He raped me. I wouldn’t call him crazy . . . I felt that he was very much in control of his behavior.”The images and videos, however, leave quite an impression.The New York story comes at the end of a particularly bad month for Cosby. The comedian has denied all sexual assault allegations and has not been charged with a crime, but acknowledged in a 2005 court deposition made public three weeks ago that he intended to give quaaludes to young women with whom he wanted to have sex.In the deposition, Cosby put himself forward as quite the Lothario.“I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them,” he testified.One notable absence from the pages of New York: Andrea Constand, the former college basketball player and Temple University administrator who claimed Cosby drugged and raped her in his Pennsylvania home. (Constand, who signed a confidentiality agreement, has since sought full release of Cosby’s deposition.)Constand’s civil suit against the comedian led to the deposition — and testimony so damning that Spelman College, a historically black women’s school in Atlanta that maintained its relationship with the comedian long after Temple cut ties with him, said goodbye.“The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship at Spelman College has been discontinued,” the school’s communications office said in a brief statement Saturday, as CNN reported.The foundation was established by Cosby’s wife, Camille, to honor her mother, as the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported; two of his daughters attended the school, where exteriors for “A Different World,” a “Cosby Show” spin-off, were filmed.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more