Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement It’s been a big year for Amanda Parris. Her second season as host of CBC TV’s Exhibitionists started October 9, she debuted her R&B-focused CBC Radio 2 show Marvin’s Room, which returns on Friday (November 4), and she co-hosted this year’s Polaris Prize gala. Parris is also the co-founder of Lost Lyrics, an alternative education organization. She talks to NOW about exploring Canada through the lens of some of our most daring artists, the powerful history of R&B and what keeps her inspired.You’ve just started your second season on Exhibitionists. What does the TV show explore?If I may be so bold, I have to say that Exhibitionists is unlike any other show currently on Canadian television. We travel the country and introduce viewers to artists in every medium: poets, filmmakers, dancers, sculptors, photographers, you name it. We’re interested in people who are pushing the limits, diverse creators who are not afraid to be innovative and disruptive. And what’s the inspiration behind Marvin’s Room?Two things: It’s the name of a recording studio created by the late great soul singer Marvin Gaye. It’s also a salute to the Drake song of the same name (which Drake recorded at Marvin’s Room). It’s a nod to the great soul sounds of the past but is also creating space for the R&B of tomorrow. Each week I introduce listeners to the songs with stories that hopefully heighten their interest in the music. Motown is golden for that – there’s a treasure trove of stories. It’s so much fun to create a space each week for nostalgia as well as discovery. I see Marvin’s Room as a space to bridge generation gaps and also just remind people of what an amazing genre R&B is. Advertisement
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Facebook Login/Register With: The Junos will open with a performance from electronic group A Tribe Called Red, before other big acts such as Alessia Cara, Sarah McLachlan and Shawn Mendes take the stage. Advertisement OTTAWA — The curtain rises tonight on the Juno Awards show — and the annual celebration of standout Canadian music promises to offer at least a few surprises. The Junos air on CTV and will stream online at CTV.ca.BY DAVID FRIEND – CANADIAN PRESS Co-hosts Bryan Adams and comedian Russell Peters will set the tone for show, which will be broadcast live from Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Among the highlights, Feist is slated to pay tribute to the late Leonard Cohen with an arrangement of one of his classic songs. And Juno organizers are also keeping the lid on a mystery guest who will close the show. Twitter Awards will be handed out in categories that include album, group and breakthrough artist of the year. Viewers will also have their say with the Juno Fan Choice award.
Annette Francis APTN National NewsA Liberal MP says an NDP idea to add a reference to Indigenous treaties to the oath MPs swear before taking office is “kinda cute.”Liberal MP Hedy Fry said the idea, proposed by NDP Cree MP Romeo Saganash, wouldn’t accomplish much if implemented.“I don’t know that it has any clout to it,” said Fry. “It’s going to be the governments that are going to have to honour and respect that, but it’s kinda cute.”The text of the oath is contained in schedule 5 of the Constitution and every elected MP must take the oath before sitting and voting in the House of Commons.Earlier this week, four NDP MPs recognized the treaties signed between Indigenous Peoples and the Crown during their swearing-in ceremonies.The MPs Pierre Nantel, Georgina Jolibois and Niki Ashton chose to follow Romeo Saganash’s historic lead in recognizing the treaties during their swearing-in.It’s a move that the new Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr supports.“I like the way they’re going and I like the way they’re thinking, I think we have to take that into a whole government approach,” he said.Conservative MP Tony Clement wasn’t so supportive.When asked what he thought about the change, he said, “I’ve already taken my oath, the oath is sovereign.”Saganash says he doesn’t believe it necessarily requires a constitutional change to amend the text. He says it remains unclear whether the change could be done through federal legislation, or if it would require the re-opening of the Constitution.email@example.com@APTNAFrancis
29 May 2009The United Nations health agency today called on governments to require that all tobacco packages include pictures to warn consumers of the ill effects of tobacco use, which kills more than five million people every year. The call to action by the World Health Organization (WHO) comes ahead of World No Tobacco Day, observed on 31 May, which this year focuses on decreasing tobacco use – the leading preventable cause of death – by increasing public awareness of its dangers. Studies reveal that even among people who believe tobacco is harmful, few understand its specific health risks, WHO noted in a news release. Despite this, health warnings on tobacco packages in most countries do not provide information to warn consumers of the risks. WHO added that effective health warnings, especially those that include pictures, have been proven to motivate users to quit and to reduce the appeal of tobacco for those who are not yet addicted. “Health warnings on tobacco packages are a simple, cheap and effective strategy that can vastly reduce tobacco use and save lives,” said WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Ala Alwan.“But they only work if they communicate the risk. Warnings that include images of the harm that tobacco causes are particularly effective at communicating risk and motivating behavioural changes, such as quitting or reducing tobacco consumption.”Studies carried out on the use of warnings employing both pictures and text in Brazil, Canada, Singapore and Thailand reveal “remarkably consistent” findings on their positive impact.But, according to WHO, only 10 per cent of the world’s people live in countries that require warnings with pictures on tobacco packages.“In order to survive, the tobacco industry needs to divert attention from the deadly effects of its products,” said Dr. Douglas Bettcher, Director of WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative. “It uses multi-million dollar promotional campaigns, including carefully crafted package designs, to ensnare new users and keep them from quitting.”“Health warnings on tobacco packages can be a powerful tool to illuminate the stark reality of tobacco use,” Dr. Bettcher added.
“As a woman and a mother, I have a direct experience with what parenthood is about and I appreciate how precious every child is to their parent,” Ms. Lennox said in an interview with the UN News Centre.“That is something that is sacred and if we as mothers are not given the tools to survive and cope, educate and nourish, and protect our own children, there’s something really wrong.”About 16 million women over the age of 15 are living with HIV worldwide and in sub-Saharan Africa, women make up almost two-thirds of people living with HIV, according to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). In many parts of the world, women have a higher risk of HIV than men.Ms. Lennox, who was appointed as an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS in June, is no stranger to social activism, having worked with organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International and Greenpeace.But it was a trip to South Africa in 2003 as one of the artists invited to perform at the launch of the 46664 Foundation – Nelson Mandela’s global HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention campaign – that led her to get involved more deeply with the issue.It was during that trip and subsequent visits to South Africa that Ms. Lennox learned more about the toll of HIV and AIDS on the country, which Mr. Mandela described to her as a ‘genocide,’ and visited clinics and orphanages to see the impact of the pandemic first hand. “When I left South Africa after those experiences that I’d had, I just understood that this was something that I had to speak up about,” she said. “It was just something that affected me deeply.”According to UNAIDS, South Africa has the world’s largest population of people living with HIV. An estimated 5.7 million people in the country are living with the virus, of whom approximately 3.2 million are women and 280,000 are children up to the age of 14.The more Ms. Lennox learned about the issue, the more she felt the need to do more “hands on” work. In October 2007, she launched her own “SING” campaign, working to raise awareness and support for women and children affected by the AIDS pandemic in Southern Africa. She is also a member of Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), which is a grassroots campaign based in South Africa that works for the rights of people with HIV and AIDS. In addition, she was recently appointed an envoy for HIV and AIDS in her native Scotland. In her new role with UNAIDS Ms. Lennox will highlight issues such as gender inequality, violence against women and stigmatization, as well as the need to empower women and girls so that they can better protect themselves against HIV and AIDS. Last month she joined UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé in Washington for the Women Deliver 2010 conference, at which they called for greater investment in women to achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number 5 on improving maternal health. They also repeated the call for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015. More than 90 per cent of infant and young child infections occur through mother-to-child transmission, either during pregnancy, labour and delivery, or breastfeeding. Without intervention, about one in three children born to mothers living with HIV will become infected, according to UNAIDS.Later this month, Ms. Lennox will join her UN partners at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policymakers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.Ms. Lennox stressed that leadership is crucial to overcoming the obstacles to preventing HIV and AIDS, and to effectively addressing the pandemic.“I think when you have leadership that is prepared to tackle the issues, to work with civil society, to work with government and to work with the system… then you have a chance.”She noted in particular that if South Africa can make headway in addressing HIV and AIDS, it could serve as “a beacon of hope” for the entire continent. 1 July 2010As lead singer of the band Eurythmics and a solo artist, Annie Lennox is known around the world for a successful music career that spans over three decades. In her new role as a celebrity advocate for the United Nations, she is giving voice to millions of women and girls suffering with HIV and AIDS, an issue close to the heart of this mother of two daughters.
Margot Wallström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said that such judgments not only infringe on the freedom of speech and of the media but also stifle survivors of sexual violence from speaking publicly about the crimes committed against them. “Regardless of the facts of the case, Sudanese journalists have a right to report on rape and other forms of sexual violence,” she said in a statement. “Rapists – not reporters – must face criminal charges in the Sudan,” she added. “Only by addressing sexual violence openly can we have any chance of breaking what has been called history’s greatest silence and, ultimately, rooting it out.” Last week a court in Khartoum sentenced Amal Habani, a journalist from the independent daily Al-Jarida who was covering the case of alleged rape of an activist by security forces following an anti-Government protest earlier this year. The court reportedly sentenced her to pay 2,000 Sudanese pounds ($600) or go to jail for one month, and she chose to go to jail. Her sentence is the second ruling since prosecutors launched charges of defamation against several Sudanese journalists for writing about the alleged rape. Another female reporter at the daily, Fatima Ghazali, was given the same sentence earlier this month. She was imprisoned for one month after refusing to pay the fine, according to media reports. 3 August 2011A senior United Nations official today voiced her concern after a Sudanese court jailed a journalist for covering the case of an alleged rape of an activist by security forces, stressing that it is the perpetrators that must face criminal charges, not those reporting on such crimes.
A rift has emerged in the newly formed shadow cabinet of the joint opposition with opposition Parliamentarian Lohan Ratwatte saying he will not be part of the shadow cabinet.Ratwatte was among the 50 member joint opposition shadow cabinet named yesterday, headed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Ratwatte however said today that he was not informed of being included in a shadow cabinet and he wanted his name removed. (Colombo Gazette)
The secrets of a teenager’s First World War diary were finally unlocked after his family’s internet appeal to decode the Pitman shorthand.As a teenage boy, growing up in Hull in 1915, a 15-year-old Stanley Hooker used shorthand to document his thoughts and movements in a small pocket diary.However Mr Hooker, who lived in Barmston Street, Hull, was killed aged 18 on November 6th, 1918, having enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers. For over 100 years the diary has remained in the family but was never read, due to the fact no one in his family read shorthand.It was earlier this month when Mr Hooker’s great-great-niece, Amy Abethell, 38, found the diary at her father’s home in Hull that she turned to Twitter for help in order to make sense of the written symbols. In one diary post the author wrote about a job rejection he received for a shorthand typist role at a bank, suggesting why he had chosen to learn the skill, which was typically used by secretaries and journalists. Other diary entries included the everyday mundanities of life. “Another alright day. My cold is not better. Mrs Henderson didn’t come as it was raining,” one read.He also wrote about friends visiting and the state of a cold he was suffering. Amy Abethell took to twitter for help in deciphering her great-great-uncle’s shorthand Credit:WESSEX NEWS AGENCY However Ms Baird, a former shorthand teacher, observed Mr Hooker’s style had been “challenging”.“It doesn’t look like there’s anything secretive in his writing which is quite common but some parts are difficult to read,” she said.Ms Baird has since been sent some more pages of the diary to decipher and aims to transcribe one to two entries a day.She said: “Stanley’s shorthand is particularly challenging. He was only about 15 when he wrote it so I suspect he was learning at the time.”Ms Abethell added that decoding the diary had been like seeing him “coming to life over 100 years later” Calling short hand writers. This is my great great uncles diary. He died 6/11/1918. Any ideas as to what it says? pic.twitter.com/L3uFEOF499— Amy Abethell (@AmyAbethell) February 9, 2019 Ms Abethell, from Nottingham, wrote: “Calling shorthand writers. This is my great great uncle’s diary. He died on 6/11/1918. Any ideas as to what it says? There’s quite a few pages in the book.”After much excitement on Twitter she cautioned that it “might be just a shopping list”.Fortunately 64-year-old pitman expert Kathryn Baird, of Warmington, Northamptonshire, was able to decipher the code for Ms Abethell, which revealed diary entries about having a cold and doing some shopping. 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.
Saturday 7 Sep 2019, 3:50 PM Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOSexton converted for a 14-10 lead before Earls departed with that injury as Best was applauded off, and Ireland were very much in the mood now.Dave Kilcoyne, on for Cian Healy at half-time, led the Irish scrum to a huge penalty near the halfway line and they went back into the Welsh 22 for another extended period of aggressive pressure that concluded with lock Ryan battering over to score in the right-hand five-metre channel.With Schmidt having emptied his bench and The Fields ringing out around the Aviva, Ireland just failed to put the cherry on top in the closing minutes against 14 Welshmen – Adam Beard having been binned – but this was a pleasing afternoon nonetheless.Ireland scorers:Tries: Rob Kearney, Tadhg Furlong, James RyanConversions: Johnny Sexton [2 from 3]Wales scorers:Tries: Hadleigh ParkesConversions: Leigh Halfpenny [1 from 1]Penalties: Leigh Halfpenny [1 from 2]IRELAND: Rob Kearney; Jordan Larmour, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Keith Earls (Garry Ringrose ’53); Johnny Sexton (Jack Carty ’64), Conor Murray (Luke McGrath ’72); Cian Healy (HIA – Dave Kilcoyne ‘HT), Rory Best (captain) (Sean Cronin ’53), Tadhg Furlong (Andrew Porter ’57); James Ryan, Jean Kleyn (Iain Henderson ’53); CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier (Rhys Ruddock ’59), Jack Conan.WALES: Leigh Halfpenny (Liam Williams ’66); George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Rhys Patchell (Dan Biggar ’23), Tomos Williams (Gareth Davies ’70); Wyn Jones (Nicky Smith ’60), Elliot Dee (Ken Owens ’60), Tomas Francis (Dillon Lewis ’60); Jake Ball (Adam Beard ’75 – yellow card ’78), Alun Wyn Jones (captain); Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty (Josh Navidi ’60).Referee: Mathieu Raynal [France]. https://the42.ie/4799855 Ireland head to Japan on top of the world after convincing win over Wales Joe Schmidt and Rory Best signed off at the Aviva Stadium with an encouraging victory. 61,179 Views Short URL Sep 7th 2019, 3:50 PM Share85 Tweet Email3 107 Comments Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: Ireland 19Wales 10Murray Kinsella reports from the Aviva Stadium AN IDEAL PARTING gift in many ways.Ireland reminded themselves and their supporters of their quality in their final World Cup warm-up before flying to Japan by scoring three tries in a convincing victory over Warren Gatland’s Wales, moving into number one in World Rugby’s rankings for the first time ever as a result.The victory also meant that head coach Joe Schmidt and captain Rory Best tasted success in what was their final game at the Aviva Stadium before moving on post-World Cup. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOBest received a huge standing ovation as he was replaced in the 53rd minute of this impressive Ireland win, one that suggests that what happened at Twickenham three weeks ago was a genuine blip in the midst of a heavy pre-season.Energetic and focused here in Dublin, Schmidt’s men delivered an outstanding defensive performance and clinically took their chances in the Wales 22. This was much more like the Ireland of 2018 and their head coach will hope it’s a sign of even better to come in their World Cup opener against Scotland on 22 September.It wasn’t perfect against the Welsh, and a second-half injury to Keith Earls is worrying for Ireland. The Munster man was making his first appearance of the season but had to limp off, rejecting a lift on the stretcher. Cian Healy – just back from an ankle issue – was also forced off at half-time, seemingly due to a head injury.More positively, Johnny Sexton enjoyed a positive 64-minute outing in the number 10 shirt as he made his return, while Robbie Henshaw was superb at outside centre in his opening run-out of the season.Indeed, Henshaw’s powerful midfield partnership with Bundee Aki was among the highlights of the Irish performance, while the likes of Josh van der Flier, and try-scoring pair James Ryan – who was man of the match – and Tadhg Furlong impressed in the forward pack.Ireland’s lineout had two early failings but, with Ryan calling, recovered to deliver some clean possession, as the scrum also provided a clean platform at important times in the contest.Rob Kearney was the other Irish try-scorer in an assured showing at 15, while the bench impact from the likes of Dave Kilcoyne and Rhys Ruddock was punchy. All in all, this was thoroughly encouraging from Ireland’s point of view. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOWales had a fine opportunity to open the scoring in the second minute, after Jean Kleyn edged offside, but fullback Leigh Halfpenny was wide with what looked to be a straightforward chance off the tee. After Sexton shook off his rust by kicking the 22m restart out on the full, Ireland’s defence came to the fore, featuring some superb backfield coverage by Rob Kearney, a big strip from the freakish James Ryan and several excellent reads by Robbie Henshaw.Cian Healy and Kleyn contributed an important choke tackle turnover too, but there were early lineout struggles for Ireland as the Welsh picked off captain Best’s first two throws out of touch – though he pounced for a breakdown turnover penalty after the second.Ireland finally got their hands on the ball and sparked into life in an attacking sense as the game entered the second quarter, the sharp Aki making a half-break and offload to Henshaw before right wing Jordan Larmour progressed into the 22 and Wales were pinged for offside.Ireland went into the right corner and though their maul was repelled, the likes of Tadg Furlong and Josh van der Flier carrying hard before Stander went right over the top of Wales out-half Rhys Patchell, providing quick ball for Sexton to send Kearney bursting outside Jon Davies and through Halfpenny for a clinical score.Sexton converted for a 7-0 lead and with Patchell forced off with a head injury sustained as Stander trampled over him, Gatland had to send Dan Biggar onto the pitch far earlier than planned. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOSchmidt would have been disappointed with how Ireland attempted to consolidate their lead, as a tackle in the air from Larmour allowed Halfpenny to reduce the deficit and then Biggar very nearly scored from an intercept. The Welshman picked off Sexton’s pass on an Ireland lineout attack and nearly sprinted home from the halfway line, only for the hard-working Henshaw to wonderfully track back and tackle him, with Kearney sliding in to prevent Biggar from grounding as he rolled over the tryline. It was a stunning defensive save, but Ireland couldn’t stop the Welsh from the ensuing five-metre scrum, as Hadleigh Parkes picked a superb line off scrum-half Tomos Williams to bust in between Aki and Henshaw for a try that Halfpenny converted. Schmidt’s men had one final attacking possession just before the break but after a van der Flier linebreak, they clocked up a total of 17 unproductive phases that saw Sexton smashed by Jake Ball just after passing, then choke tackled to end the half.Trailing 10-7, Ireland had the brighter start to the second half and some hungry work from Larmour gave them a prime attacking platform in the Welsh 22, as he chased a Sexton bomb and then won a turnover penalty at the subsequent breakdown. James Ryan was held up as Ireland then hammered carries at the Welsh tryline, but they eventually smashed over from the five-metre scrum as surges from Henshaw and Ryan were followed by Furlong thundering through Wales scrum-half Williams for the try. By Murray Kinsella Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
What delights dad on Father’s Day? It used to be the gift of a necktie or hankie, so we’re told. And maybe a round of golf plus a beer. While there’s nothing wrong with any of that — to each dad his own, of course — here we are in the enlightened 21st century, we hope, when the real diversity of American dads has grown far past stereotypes.(Show of hands, dads yearning for Father’s Day ties? Necktie dads? Anyone?)You don’t have to go far to find all sorts of fun for Clark County dads this Father’s Day weekend. Sports and beer dads are covered as always, no problem. But so are arts-and-culture dads, sepia-toned history dads, train dads, doggy dads — and even those green, outdoorsy, make-the-world-a-better-place dads. No matter what type of dad you’ve got, there’s a local way to delight him this weekend.• Bike dad: This just in — Bike Clark County, the Vancouver nonprofit agency and shop that takes road safety seriously, has a fun side too. BCC just launched a bike rental program that aims to send you rolling around town at the affordable rate of $20 for half a day or $35 for a whole day (plus a hefty but refundable deposit). Bike Clark County’s “Community Hub” shop is at 1604 Main St. Call 360-450-7145. • Art dad: June 17 is Dad’s Day at the Gorge’s grandest, unlikeliest fine arts outpost, the Maryhill Museum of Art. Take a scenic 100-mile drive to visit chess sets from around the globe, American and European paintings, sculptures by Monet, Native American arts and crafts and a photographic history of the Columbia River Highway. On June 17 all dads get free museum admission and a free beer or other beverage with lunch at the museum cafe at 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale. Visit www.maryhillmuseum.org.• Theater dad: Magenta Theater’s latest cultural comedy, a French farce of the swinging 1960s that’s been adapted into English, opens tonight. In “Boeing Boeing,” a Parisian playboy tries juggling Italian, German and American fiancées — three beautiful, smart airline hostesses with frequent stopovers at his apartment. What could possibly go wrong? Tickets are $22 at the theater door at 1108 Main St., Vancouver. The Magenta box office is at 360-635-4358; visit www.magentatheater.com. “Boeing Boeing” ends its run on June 30.
Wilfried Zaha has rejected Crystal Palace’s latest contract offer, opening the door for another club to swoop in and snag the highly-rated winger.According to Daily Mirror, Crystal Palace offered to increase Wilfried Zaha’s current weekly wage from €115.000 to €140.000 in an effort to keep their star man. It seems like a decent offer, but it was one that Zaha rejected in an attempt to force a move to a Champions League club.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino has been a long-time admirer of the 25-year-old and will look to pounce on the occasion. Palace rates Zaha at €85 million, similar to the price Leicester City tagged on Riyad Mahrez. However, the Algerian is set to join Manchester City for around €68 million and The Spurs are hoping to sign Zaha on a cut-price deal worth around €56 million.Crystal Palace will not let go off its prized asset easily. Zaha signed a new contract last May which would keep him at Selhurst Park until 2022. The Eagles will do anything to keep him. Chelsea are also interested in the in-demand forward, as they are also in the market for a winger.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is monitoring the situation surrounding Roberto Pereyra, according to the winger’s agent.The Watford ace, has been one of the club’s standout players this season, and his representative claims Sarri and Torino, manager Walter Mazzari, who brought Pereyra to the Premier League from Juventus in 2016, both want him.Sergio Furlan said, according to Mirror Football :“2018 was the year of his take-off.”“He scored a dozen goals in a calendar year, something he’d never done before, and we’re talking about a midfielder, not a striker.”Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“He starts from the left and comes inside. The coach [Javi Gracia] is getting the best out of him in this position and he’s doing very well.”“Mazzarri likes him, but so does Sarri. Maxi has great esteem for Mazzarri because he’s a sincere man.”Furlan, however, ruled out a January exit from the Hornets for Pereyra but admitted the Argentina international has his sights set on a return to European football.He added: “A transfer in January? You can never say never in the market, but I tend to exclude it almost categorically.”“Chelsea also tried, but without success. To Toro in the summer? It would amaze me if they didn’t try again, but we must see Maxi’s desires, Watford’s plans and the offers that will arrive.”
In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative yesterday, the American Soybean Association led a coalition of agricultural organizations in urging Secretary Tom Vilsack and Ambassador Michael Froman to work toward positive outcomes for agriculture in this week’s WTO Ministerial in Nairobi.Leading off the letter, the groups noted the longstanding differences on market access and domestic supports within the Doha round of WTO negotiations, and called on U.S. negotiators to lead a push to conclude the Doha Round at this Ministerial.With regard to export competition, the letter strongly supports U.S. efforts to eliminate export subsidies (including by the EU and Canada), reform export credit programs, and eliminate State Trading Enterprises and single desk trading.“Such an agreement would continue global momentum established in these important areas and prevent countries from backsliding on their past policy changes going forward,” the groups said, while at the same cautioning against weakening such rules in developing nations, specifically noting subsidies by Brazil and other emerging nations for transportation, handling and processing costs for exported commodities.“This issue is critically important because we believe certain competitor countries could use the provision as legal cover for programs they are currently using to compete unfairly with U.S. exports,” wrote the groups. “For example, India subsidizes transportation costs for exported sugar, and Brazil uses its PEP and PEPRO programs to subsidize various commodities into traditional U.S. markets.”Finally, the letter urged the elimination of residual export subsidies in the agricultural sector, but cautioned against language that would legitimize subsidies in developing nations.Signatories to the letter include the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Sugar Alliance, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Milk Producers Federation, National Sorghum Producers, National Sunflower Association, USA Rice, U.S. Canola Association, U.S. Dairy Export Council, U.S. Grains Council, U.S. Soybean Export Council and U.S. Wheat Associates.The Nairobi Ministerial continues through Friday.A full transcript of the letter is available by clicking here.
Enlarge ImageHere’s looking at you, kid… or part of you, at least. Fisker Fisker seems pretty geeked about its upcoming electric SUV, and its enthusiasm has resulted in yet another teaser of this new car’s front end.Fisker on Friday unveiled the latest teaser of its still-unnamed electric SUV. While the first teaser showed a dead-on shot of the front end, the new teaser rotates to show off… not much more. We still get a peek at the front end, albeit from a slightly different angle, but the rear of the vehicle is still shrouded in darkness, save for a hint of vertical silhouette illuminated by taillight. Most of the rear remains shrouded since Fisker is promising “an extended open-air atmosphere,” so there’s probably something clever back there that Fisker is saving for a proper debut.The new teaser doesn’t teach us much. All the lights are mounted up high, lending a serious sense of height to the vehicle, with a positively monstrous set of 22-inch wheels thrown in for good measure. Despite being an all-electric vehicle, there’s a whole heck of a lot of grille up front. The specs that Fisker has thrown out thus far sound pretty promising. This SUV is alleged to have a sub-$40,000 starting point when it goes on sale in the second half of 2021. Its “80-plus-kilowatt-hour” battery pack is said to be good for a range of 300 miles, with one electric motor on each axle granting the vehicle all-wheel drive. The name, or at least more information, will likely come when Fisker shows off its drivable prototype, which is expected to happen later this year.The teaser came with a bit of news, too. Fisker announced on Friday that it hired Don Jackson as a senior adviser for manufacturing, which means he’ll be in charge of site selection and other manufacturing-side decisions. Jackson was President of Manufacturing at Volkswagen of America, and he was SVP for quality and production at Toyota before that. Future Cars Electric Cars SUVs Share your voice 31 Photos More about 2017 Karma Revero Fisker reveals EMotion electric sports car at CES 2018 0 More From Roadshow Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2017 Karma Revero: Hybrid sedan is back from the dead and better for it Post a comment Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.’s exterior sign. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)Lawmakers have proposed drawing money from the Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government for the first time. But as the Legislature focuses on preventing a government shutdown, it’s increasingly likely the draw won’t be based on any one plan. And that’s raising concerns with lawmakers, the fund’s leader and a bond-rating firm.Listen nowEver since a few years after the Permanent Fund was approved by voters in 1976, its earnings have been used for two purposes: to grow the fund, and for Permanent Fund dividends. But with the state bringing roughly 40 cents in taxes, fees and oil royalties for every dollar it spends, both the House and Senate have passed bills to draw from earnings to cover the gap.But they haven’t agreed on a plan on how much to draw. And without a plan, they’ve proposed two very different amounts.The House passed a budget last Thursday that would draw nearly $5 billion from fund earnings – 40 percent of the current $12.5 billion earnings account. The Senate would draw half that amount.Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon said the House draw is too large, adding that it would “devastate revenue coming into our state, as well as the security of Alaska’s dividends.”There are two big reasons why the House draw is larger. One is that the House included $800 million more for PFDs after it voted to restore full dividend checks last week. House members said the state should only cut PFDs from more than $2,000 to roughly half that amount under one condition: There are other new sources of money for the state, such as higher taxes on the oil and gas industry, or a broad-based tax.Anchorage Republican Gabrielle LeDoux of the House majority explained her side’s position.“One thing that we all were in agreement on was that a comprehensive fiscal plan should not be composed of simply reducing the Permanent Fund dividend,” LeDoux said. “It had to be comprehensive. That means everybody needed to be at the table, including the oil companies.”So that’s one reason why they differ. The other difference is that the House included $1.7 billion for an account appropriated for future school budgets. The Legislature used to do this, before the budget gap grew in the past few years. The Senate didn’t include any draw for this future funding.Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. chief executive officer Angela Rodell expressed concern earlier this month about a large draw from earnings without the Legislature passing a plan to use it.“Part of my concern will be, if that doesn’t pass, … the unknown quality of how much money they’re going to use,” Rodell said. “Because under the current construct, they’re allowed to take and to appropriate as much as they need out of the earnings reserve account.”Rodell noted that the Legislature has handled Permanent Fund earnings based on rules set by state law. At least that’s been true up until now.“I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to get back to a more of a rules-based strategy, like we’ve had in the past, going forward,” Rodell said.When Gov. Bill Walker included only the operating budget on his call for the second special session last week, he focused the Legislature’s attention on preventing a shutdown. But without the bills that would set up a plan for future Permanent Fund earnings draws, the Legislature may now spend earnings without a plan.That has bond ratings firm Standard & Poor’s concerned. S&P issued a negative watch on Tuesday, saying that it would likely downgrade the state’s debt if the Legislature doesn’t pass a plan to balance the state’s future budgets. This downgrade could make it more expensive for the state to borrow in the future.Walker has said he’ll add more topics for the Legislature to consider, such as a plan for Permanent Fund earnings, after lawmakers agree on a budget. The state government will shut down on July 1 if there’s no budget by then.
Texas TribuneTexas Supreme Court BuildingFirst came the crash. Then came the bill.After a June 2015 car accident landed Crystal Roberts in the emergency room at North Cypress Medical Center, the hospital asked for more than $11,000 for the X-rays, CT scans, lab tests and other services she received. To Roberts, who was uninsured, that was quite a tab. She sued, calling the price excessive — it was more, she and her lawyers alleged, than an insurance company would have paid for the same procedures. Under the Texas hospital liens statute, hospitals have to charge uninsured patients a “reasonable and regular rate.”To prove the charge was excessive, Roberts asked the medical center for more information: If she had been insured by, say, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield or Medicare, how much would her insurance company have paid the hospital?North Cypress wouldn’t provide that information, arguing that it was irrelevant to the lawsuit and that the organization would “suffer irreparable harm” if it disclosed “confidential and proprietary” insurance information.This year, the issue made it to the state’s highest civil court, and on Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the information should be given to Roberts because it’s relevant to her case. The decision, authored by Justice Debra Lehrmann, is likely to make it easier for uninsured Texans to negotiate high hospital bills under similar circumstances.In cases like Roberts’, hospitals aren’t allowed to charge uninsured patients more than a “reasonable and regular rate” — essentially, Roberts’ lawyer James Amaro said, what an insurance company would pay for the same services. But until Friday, uninsured patients trying to challenge excessive hospital bills weren’t able to see what insurance companies paid for similar services. The ruling, Amaro said, will allow light to shine on a notoriously mysterious process and make it easier for patients to negotiate fair payments in the future.“No mechanism has existed to challenge excessive hospital bills for uninsured accident victims,” Amaro said. “This will reduce the price-gouging schemes that are just rampant right now.”Lawyers for North Cypress Medical Center did not return requests for comment Friday. But Chad Ruback, one of the hospitals’ lawyers, told Law360 last year that if Roberts won, it “would, sadly, increase costs for all hospital patients.”“I’m afraid that this type of discovery tactic will routinely be used to strong-arm settlements of otherwise meritless claims against hospitals,” Ruback said in May 2017.Lehrmann wrote in her opinion that hospitals concerned about private information being made public could ask the trial court to seal that information, meaning those documents would aid Roberts and patients like her but wouldn’t be made available to the broader public. That decision would be made in the future by the trial court. Share
G.I.R.L. participants in an etiquette class. (Photo Courtesy of Jovon Gerald)Jovon Gerald decided to launch a nonprofit in 2011 after he realized there was a need to create a haven where girls between the ages of 10 and 16 could come together and discuss their concerns.G.I.R.L. (Got the Intelligence to Rule my Life) is hosting its second annual “Women’s Empowerment Day” from 1 – 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at The Loft, 600 F Street NW. “A lot of the girls that I worked with have either one or two things,” Gerald told the AFRO “They were acting out in class … or they were isolating themselves.”This year, Gerald said he has plans to expand the brunch. For the second annual “Women’s Empowerment Day,” Gerald said he is looking into turning the brunch into more of a seminar setting, where the girls can interact one on one with the speakers.The theme for this year’s brunch is “This is your season.” It will feature speakers who will touch on spirituality, balancing motherhood and relationships, financial freedom, and entrepreneurship. “They can see women that look just like them doing positive things in their community,” Gerald said.G.I.R.L. holds meetings twice a month to discuss a variety of topics. According to Gerald, no topic is off the table. Some of the discussions include home situations, the girls’ presence on social media, giving back to the community, conflict resolution, body image, and more. “They just needed someone to talk to,” he said. “They didn’t have an outlet; they didn’t have anyone they could trust.”Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will be used for the organization’s activities, Gerald said. He also said he hopes to raise a total of $3,000. The money raised will also provide financial assistance to girls who may need help in paying for college applications, educational trips, and more.
Share According to Projections and Implications for Housing a Growing Population: Older Adults 2015-2035, by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (HJCHS), by the year 2035, more than one in five people in the U.S. will be at least 65 years old as the over-65 population increases from 48 million to 79 million. Further, the report shows that one in three households will be headed by someone in that age group, which increase the demand for affordable, accessible housing that is well-connected to services beyond what current supply can meet.HJCHS adds that this growth will increase the demand for properties with design elements such as zero-step entrances, single-floor living, and wide halls and doorways. Despite this desire, the report notes that currently, only 3.5 percent of homes offer all these features.“The housing implications of this surge in the older adult population are many,” said Chris Herbert, Managing Director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, “and call for innovative approaches to respond to growing need for housing that is affordable, accessible and linked to supportive services that will grow exponentially over the next two decades.”Data from the report indicates that in coming years, many older adults will have the financial means to pay for appropriate housing, but many others will be faced with financial hardships do to declining incomes in retirement. In total, the report estimates, by 2035 8.6 million people will be paying more than half their income for housing.“Right now, more than 19 million older adults live in unaffordable or inadequate housing, and that problem will only grow worse in the next two decades as our population ages,” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President of AARP Foundation, which provided funding for the report. “This important follow-up study to Harvard’s ground-breaking 2014 report on housing America’s older adults not only calls attention to important trends but also helps point to the kind of solutions—requiring cross-sector collaboration between the housing industry, policymakers, and public, private and philanthropic organizations—that will fulfill older adults’ ardent desire to continue living independently at home with security and dignity.”The report notes that data indicates that older adults express a desire to live at home for as long as possible, but HJCHS adds that this will require public and private action to support modifications to existing homes and take steps to address the affordability challenges for homeowners.“Today, however, we only serve one-third of those who qualify for assistance,” said Jennifer Molinsky, Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center and lead author of the report. “Just continuing at this rate—which would be a stretch—would leave 4.9 million people to find affordable housing in the private market.”To read the full report, click HERE. December 13, 2016 630 Views Housing Needs Changing with Aging Population Housing Market Seniors 2016-12-13 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News
June 25 , 2018 Excitement is building for the U.S. cherry season that is seeing high-quality fruit being harvest in the Northwest, after an underwhelming start to the domestic campaign due to low California supplies. David Nelley, vice president of categories and global exports for North American fruit trader Oppy, also said that U.S. retailers now were “eager” for a summer crop to promote.The domestic season got underway in April with the California crop, which was greatly reduced due to weather-related issues. Nelley said the crop reached only around three to four million cartons compared to around 9 million last year.”It was frustrating for the growers and also for the retailers who couldn’t really hit competitive prices for things like Memorial Day,” he told Fresh Fruit Portal.”So cherries got off to a muted start – compared to the flourish that they did last year out of California – but since then production has moved to Washington and Oregon and things have gone actually really quite well.”The Northwest crop – which is pegged at around 23 million cartons, compared to over 26 million last year – is seeing larger sizing than in previous years, with good pressure and Brix levels, Nelley said.”In a nutshell, we’ve got larger, firmer and sweeter cherries than we’ve had in the past,” he said in a phone call last week, speaking from one of Oppy’s Oregon-based partner farms that grows cherries for the Orchard View label.”I’m looking out the window today and it’s near perfect cherry weather. We’re now starting to see the transition into Bings – with that comes bigger sizing.” U.S.: California cherry season to arrive later tha … NA: Heatwave, thunderstorms to affect grape, berry … You might also be interested in He added: “We have crop here that’s extremely marketable.”May was a challenging month for retailers as the low California volumes meant growers needed to charge high prices, limiting promotion opportunities. Some retailers skipped Memorial Day cherry promotions entirely, according to Nelley.But he said that there’s “a lot of excitement” now as retailers build toward Canada Day and Fourth of July promotions. He also explained that with the lower California cherry crop and lower Mexican grape deal during May, retailers were now eager for “something exciting and tasty to promote”.”On the flip side of that, the crop’s eating quality is there, so they can put these cherries out and they will fly off the shelf,” he said.Nelley also predicted the domestic season would remain strong throughout July, in contrast to last year when the market became somewhat saturated with supplies.”So far we’re seeing really great weather – we’re not seeing too many hot days over 100 degrees – so the cherries aren’t baking, and we’re not seeing some of the issues with widespread rainstorms,” he said.”There’s been a little bit of rain here and there but nothing serious and nothing that the fruit hasn’t recovered from really well, so right now it’s looking pretty positive toward July.”At the beginning of the year Orchard View created a partnership with its neighbor Omeg Family Orchards, with fruit from both farms now being sold under the Orchard View label. Nelley said that everything has been going great this season.”Mike [Omeg] is on board working at the production end, working with new varieties and new growing techniques. It’s great to have a guy at the cutting edge – I wouldn’t be exaggerating – of new variety development. So it’s going really well and we’re grateful to have them alongside us,” he said, adding the partnership was helping to “fill a great gap with ideal varieties.”www.freshfruitportal.com Chilean cherry report analyzes 2018/19 campaign, d … Always Fresh Farms, Giddings Fruit to offer 52-wee …
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