Official Welcome Ceremony Cancelled

first_imgThe official ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, at Province House to welcome Gov. Gen. David Johnston and Her Excellency Sharon Johnston has been cancelled. As Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces, the Governor General will attend the repatriation ceremony for Bombardier Karl Manning. Bombardier Manning, of the First Royal 22 Regiment Battle Group based in Valcartier, Que., died Friday, May 27, in Afghanistan. Premier Darrell Dexter extended condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Bombardier Manning. “Every life lost is one too many,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “The men and women of our forces make many sacrifices while helping to make life better for the people of Afghanistan. On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I want to offer our deepest condolences during this difficult time.” Their Excellencies will arrive in Halifax on Tuesday evening. All other scheduled events will remain the same. Their Excellencies will be in Halifax on Wednesday, June 1, and in Cape Breton on Thursday, June 2. For the complete itinerary, visit www.gg.ca .last_img read more

Thirteen Paramedics Recognized for Exemplary Service

first_img Dwayne Cameron, Prospect, Halifax Regional Municipality Bruce Cruickshank, Canning, Kings Co. Nigel Gerroir, Truro Dana Jenkins, Middle Sackville Owen Lynds, Tatamagouche, Colchester Co. John MacIsaac, Sydney Stephen McCulloch, Shubenacadie East, Hants Co. Keith Odlin, Parrsboro, Cumberland Co. Jonathan Pippy, Bridgewater Christopher Renaud, Digby Robin Roswell, Bridgewater Maxwell Taylor, Sydney Paul Carr, Springhill, Cumberland Co. Thirteen Nova Scotia paramedics have been awarded the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Services Medal for their service to Nova Scotians. The paramedics have dedicated their careers to providing high-quality emergency health care during times of need, sometimes at great personal risk. Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc presented the medals during a ceremony at Government House in Halifax today, Nov. 3. “This medal recognizes the professionalism, commitment and dedication of Nova Scotia’s outstanding paramedics,” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and all Nova Scotians, it is my honour to recognize the vital contribution of the men and women who are always there to respond in a medical crisis.” Paramedics who received the medal are: “It is an honour to be recognized for my years of service as a paramedic,” said Max Taylor, operations supervisor in Cape Breton. “Having started my career in the fire service in 1990, transitioning to paramedicine in 2000, I would like to dedicate this award to my fire chief, Robert Drake, in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, who recently passed away. “Without the opportunity he provided me, my life may have taken a different turn. I have had the privilege to see the growth of emergency medical services and first response in Nova Scotia and am honoured to lead a professional team of paramedics in the North and Cape Breton regions.” The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal was created by Her Majesty The Queen in 1994. It is part of a national recognition program for people who work in high-risk jobs that enhance Canada’s public safety. Police, firefighters, corrections officers, coast guard members and peace officers are also eligible for exemplary service medals which are part of the Canadian honours system. Paramedics can be nominated by their peers or the public. Recipients must have demonstrated exemplary service in their careers for at least 20 years, including 10 years in an emergency medical services position that involves potential risk. For more information on the awards, visit www.gg.ca/esm.last_img read more

Surge in parttime work offsets fulltime losses helps drops unemployment rate

first_imgOTTAWA – The economy generated 54,100 net new jobs last month and saw its unemployment rate fall — but the headline improvements overshadowed weaker details: a rush of new part-time, public sector positions and a drop in full-time work.The overall July increase in jobs pushed the unemployment rate back to its four-decade low of 5.8 per cent, down from six per cent the previous month, Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey said Friday.But a closer look at the numbers revealed that the country gained 82,000 less desirable, part-time positions last month — and it lost 28,000 full-time jobs. The public sector made the biggest contribution to the July increase with 49,600 new jobs, while the private sector added 5,200 positions.Average hourly wage growth, which is scrutinized by the Bank of Canada, continued its gradual cool-off last month with a year-over-year reading of 3.2 per cent. In June, it expanded 3.6 per cent and in May the figure was 3.9 per cent, which marked a nine-year high.The total number of hours worked in July expanded 1.3 per cent, a slightly slower pace than the June reading of 1.4 per cent.“In the wacky world of Canada’s monthly employment numbers, July came up with another head scratcher, with some big headlines but some disappointments in the fine print,” CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld wrote Friday in a research note to clients.Shenfeld added that there are “lots of reasons to question just how good the data really are here.”But overall he said the report contained a “good” set of numbers that will keep markets guessing whether the Bank of Canada will introduce its next interest rate hike in September or October. CIBC predicts the next rate increase will land in October as the central bank continues to proceed cautiously along its rate-hiking path.Bank of Montreal chief economist Douglas Porter also wrote about the jobs numbers in a research note: “Today’s job report is a classic case of ‘nice headlines, shame about the details.’ While we would still give the overall result a passing grade, it’s tough to get overly enthusiastic.”By industry, the goods-producing sector lost 36,500 jobs in July, with a notable loss of 18,400 positions in manufacturing and a drop of 12,300 in construction.The services sector saw strong gains last month with a combined net increase of 90,500 jobs, which was led by 30,700 positions in health care and social assistance as well as 36,500 in education.Both Shenfeld and Porter underlined those big gains in education as signs the July numbers are likely weaker than they look at first glance. Porter noted that, in the past, summertime education employment boosts have often been reversed in the ensuing months.National Bank of Canada chief economist Stefane Marion wrote in a report Friday that the public sector is the “only game in town” so far in 2018. Marion’s research note was titled: “Where are the private sector jobs?”Across the provinces, Ontario gained 60,600 jobs — all in part-time work — and the unemployment rate dropped 0.5 percentage points to 5.4 per cent for its lowest reading since July 2000. The education jobs fuelled much of the gain in Ontario, Statistics Canada said.Employment also rose in British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador, while Saskatchewan and Manitoba lost jobs last month.More women between the ages of 25 and 54 years old were working in July as the category saw a gain of 30,300 jobs.The youth unemployment rate — representing workers aged 15 to 24 years old — fell to 11.1 per cent, down from 11.7 per cent in June. The report said the main cause of the drop was due to the fact fewer young people were looking for work.Compared with a year earlier, overall employment was up 1.3 per cent following the addition of 245,900 jobs for an increase driven by 210,500 new full-time positions.In an interview, Shenfeld added that “for the past year, Canadians have certainly been enjoying a very solid labour market with a low unemployment rate and that’s still true in the latest data.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

UN agency tackles potential nuclear threat at European soccer championships

13 December 2011When the 2012 European soccer championships kick off in Poland and Ukraine next June, the United Nations atomic energy will be centrefield offering its expertise to guarantee the safety of the tournament’s spectators and participants. With over one million fans expected to descend on the two countries during the tournament, the Vienna-based UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will provide first-hand experience in training authorities in Poland and Ukraine to quickly detect, identify, and deal with a potential atomic threat. “In each country, nuclear security is the responsibility of each Member State and, of course, every Member State tries to establish and sustain their nuclear security infrastructure,” explained Khammar Mrabit, Director of the IAEA’s Office of Nuclear Security, today. “At the same time, there are always cases where sources of nuclear material are lost and if these fall into the wrong hands, they can be used for malicious acts,” he added. From protecting nuclear sites against theft and sabotage to enabling secure repatriation of used but still dangerous atomic fuels to helping countries guard against radioactive attacks on major events such as the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games or the 2010 soccer World Cup in South Africa, the IAEA has frequently played a major role. The Beijing Olympics involved one and a half years of work in which the IAEA helped train people to detect radioactive material that might be brought into the venues, and to know what to do if that happened. Greece, Germany, Brazil and Mexico likewise called on agency support for the 2004 Olympics, the 2006 World Cup, and the 2007 and 2010 Pan American Games respectively. IAEA experts help States protect nuclear facilities and transport against sabotage or theft, offering specialized training, helping to enhance cooperation between various national law enforcement officials and backing the installation of radiological monitoring equipment and training at border crossings. “We have around 200 events per year in our illicit trafficking database showing that nuclear material can be used for malicious acts,” Mr. Mrabit said. “Therefore we’re trying everything together with the Member States to prevent and reduce these threats and these risks.” Some 110 States and several international organizations voluntarily contribute information to the agency’s illicit trafficking database, which tracks nuclear or other radioactive materials outside authorized custody and control. On top of this, the IAEA also undertakes various types of on-site visits to assess a State’s specific security vulnerabilities, needs, and capabilities. read more

UNorganized elections workshop in Haiti allows candidates to air views

Held in the capital, Port-au-Prince, just weeks before next month’s election, the event served to enable candidates to discuss principles of local governance and other issues of mutual concern.Over the course of “animated” debate, participants aired their frustrations regarding the electoral process, MINUSTAH said in a news release.Charles Messier, of the Mission’s civil affairs office, said the exchanges served to help MINUSTAH understand how better to respond to the needs of officials who will be elected in the months to come. The seminar was one of a series being organized by MINUSTAH in various parts of Haiti. read more

US government to join lawsuit against Armstrong reports

first_imgTHE US DEPARTMENT of Justice decided today to join a doping lawsuit filed by one of Lance Armstrong’s former team-mates, Floyd Landis, alleging that the disgraced cycling champion defrauded government sponsors.NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported the government will add its weight to the suit and claim that Armstrong defrauded tax-payers by using performance-enhancing drugs while on the state-funded US Postal Service team.- © AFP, 2013The Next Pelé? Time Magazine thinks Neymar is set for a life of goals and Viagra advertsLatest from Irish camp: Cian Healy dunks his biscuit while wearing a lagging jacketlast_img read more

Fox News Twitter account hacked reports Obama shot dead

first_imgFox has already suffered two embarrassing hacks this year. The first saw details of X-Factor contestants leak including their full names, date of birth, zip codes, and phone numbers. Then LulzSec broke into a Fox database and stole a bunch of employee usernames and passwords. Today, there’s been a very public third hack that has seen the Fox Twitter account compromised.For the past few hours the hacking group Scriptkiddies has been in control of Fox’s News Politics Twitter account. While that alone is embarrassing, the messages being posted make this ten times worse. There have been six tweets so far pointing to the fact President Obama has been shot and killed, all of which are fake.AdChoices广告As it’s a big holiday in the U.S. today this could go on for a few hours before someone at Fox strolls into work or logs in to check everything is running smoothly. Whoever that is, they are in for a big shock and some quick scrambling to reclaim the account. It’s actually surprising Twitter hasn’t done something about this already to be honest, but again, July 4th is going to be a slow day for action.If this was the first hack Fox had fallen foul of we’d be less sympathetic, but this is the third in just a few months and something needs to change. Yes, they are being targeted by hacking groups, but then the security should be in place to deal with such attacks if you are as high profile an outlet as Fox.via TNWlast_img read more

Drivers in Dublin and Cork most likely to have broken speed limits

first_imgDrivers in Dublin and Cork most likely to have broken speed limits recently According to a survey by TheAA, Dublin and Cork had the highest number of drivers who broke the speed limit in the past month. 11,237 Views http://jrnl.ie/3259816 Feb 26th 2017, 10:51 AM A NEW SURVEY on Irish speeding habits show that drivers in Dublin and Cork are more likely to have broken the speeding limit recently when compared to the populations of the four provinces.Over a fifth of the 7,260 respondents to an AA Motor Insurance survey admitted that they had broken the speed limit within the past month.A further 9% admitted to speeding within the past 6 months and 10% within the last year respectively.Male drivers were significantly more likely to have broken the speed limit, with just 28% stating they had never sped compared to 40% of women.A third of motorists said they had never broken the speed limit.Regional breakdownDrivers across the country were asked how recently they had broken the speed limit – with the answers giving a rough indication of how often they speed on Irish roads.The following table gives the responses to the question ‘In relation to your driving behaviour, when was the last time that you broke the speed limit?’ Source: TheAACork, Dublin and Leinster had the highest rate for the most recent answer (within the last month), while the highest number of drivers that answered ‘more than three years ago, was in Connaught and Munster (16%).This could be caused by the state of Irish roads in rural Ireland: there are complaints that roads in Dublin are better maintained, which allows for drivers to reach higher speeds (no potholes and more major roads such as motorways).Read: Young man killed in one-car collision in Louth last night Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 10:51 AM Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Shutterstock/Marek Bidzinski Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 39 Comments Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Marek Bidzinskilast_img read more

STIILL SEARCHING FOR THE LEGAL AND RELIGIOUS BASIS FOR ARRESTING THOSE…

first_imgother. Surroundings of mosques and churches appear like battle fields.In the Gambia, people are used to going to mosques, churches and traditional shrines in festive mood. On Tuesday, 29 July, the climate appears to have changed. Uniformed men were posted near praying grounds to disperse believers. This is difficult to understand. What is more difficult to understand is how this accords with Islamic teachings or state laws.Which religious teaching could be relied on to allow people living in certain parts of the country to pray on Tuesday, while others living in other parts are forbidden to do so. This is simple transforming common sense into a religious edict or injunction. Nothing could justify double standards in religion or law. Section 33 Subsections (1) reads thus: “All persons shall be equal before the law.”Subsection (4) explains the following: “In this section, the expression “discrimination” means affording different treatment to different persons attributable wholly or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, colour, gender, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status whereby persons of one such description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another such description are not made subject, or are accorded privilege or advantages which are not accorded to persons of another such description.”Hence to allow certain Muslims to pray while barring others is outright discrimination and the aggrieved could go to the high court for redress.In the Gambia some claim to belong to different religions like Islam, Christianity or traditional ones. Which state authority could determine which brand of practice of Islam, Christianity or traditional religion is the appropriate one? Which law exists to make one brand lawful while forbidding the other?Believers have their different sects based on their exposure to different forms of religious teaching. Respect shown to these different groups in Gambia and Senegal has promoted tolerance and peaceful co-existence of believers in different faiths. In fact, Jawara was elected in the Gambia when he was a Christian (Anglican) and Senghore was elected in Senegal when he was a Catholic.The penetration of teachings in Islam and Christianity in the Gambia were done through different Christian and Islamic denominations. The state’s role is to promote peaceful co-existence among such groups by making the peaceful exercise of freedom of religious assembly, association and expression a right.Section 25 subsection (1) (c) states: Every person shall have the right to freedom to practise any religion and to manifest such practice.”Foroyaa would like the people to know that the President of the Republic has sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution. The only law making body of the country is the National Assembly. The National Assembly has not given any association statutory powers to set standards of religious practice in the country. There is no law limiting the number and nature of religious groups in the country or to whom they should receive instruction from in matters of faith. Any attempt to set such standards without basing it on law amounts to arbitrariness and impunity. Religious scholars need to engage in debate to convince each other. None should impose one’s will on the other by relying on the authority of the state. ]]>last_img read more

PM Minnis Promotes Bahamian Experience at Baha Mar

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 20, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis Friday urged officials at Baha Mar to ensure that additional ways are found to further weave Bahamian art and culture and the Bahamian experience into the resort experience.  He was addressing the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar.SLS is a signature, world-class destination that will welcome luxury travellers to The Bahamas and adds to the collection of global brands at Baha Mar including Grand Hyatt and Rosewood, in addition to 30 luxury retail outlets.“Even as SLS brings its signature vision and principles to The Bahamas, I trust that the company may also appreciate what The Bahamas may impart to, and add to their brand,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“I note, for example, the rich collection of Bahamian art at Baha Mar. This artistry represents some of the spirit of the Bahamian and Caribbean Imagination, helping visitors to experience some of our cultural heritage.“I imagine this collection will continue to grow, including at SLS, helping to feature the extraordinary talent and diversity of Bahamian artists at home and abroad,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Managing the art collection throughout the resort is noted Bahamian artist, Creative Art Director John Cox.   Prime Minister Minnis encouraged a similar pattern in the area of the resort’s culinary arts, nightlife and entertainment sectors.“I am sure that Bahamian talent is also being showcased in the Culinary Arts and in the nightlife and entertainment at all hotels at Baha Mar,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“A Bahamian visitor to one of the Cafés at Baha Mar was delighted to discover guava duff ice cream and sky juice ice cream. These added touches help to highlight the food heritage of The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis added.The Prime Minister urged officials at the Resort to provide opportunities for their guests to get a taste of the Bahamian experience outside of their doors, even as they move to create a Bahamian experience within.“Even as visitors experience the delights of Baha Mar, there should be opportunities to venture beyond the resort to experience our culture and heritage including through heritage tours.”This, Prime Minister Minnis said, would produce opportunities for tour drivers and local shopping.The call is part of Prime Minister Minnis’ push to take advantage of all opportunities for wealth and job creation in all areas of business and industry for Bahamians both at home and across the Bahamian Diaspora.   It is a further goal of the Minnis Administration to ensure that Bahamians of various skill levels have the opportunity to benefit from the “multiple dimensions of tourism” as administration officials further believe that there is even more “extraordinary diversification” that can still be gained within tourism industry, and have designed a number of plans to drive the Bahamian economy through tourism-related initiatives.Prime Minister Minnis has said that tourism is the platform from which the country can boost and launch a network of inter-related businesses.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption:  Prime Minister Minnis addresses the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar, November 17, 2017.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Interstate 5 Bridge closure planned tonight

first_imgThe southbound span of the Interstate Bridge will close at 11 p.m. Monday so ODOT crews can continue counterweight repairs. The bridge will reopen before the Tuesday morning commute.Southbound traffic may take SR 14 east to Interstate 205 and cross into Oregon on the Glenn Jackson Bridge. Until the repairs are completed, the southbound bridge span can lift to 59 feet.Depending on river levels, that will provide about 85 feet of clearance, which is sufficient for all but the tallest of river vessels.last_img read more

Joshua Bell Gets Up Close Personal In New York City

first_img https://twitter.com/JoshuaBellMusic/status/1011322721907724288 Photo: Cindy Ord/WireImage.comBut Bell had even more magic in store for the audience. Producer/director and KQXR host Elliott Forrest came to the stage to discuss Scottish Fantasy with Bell and the album’s prolific GRAMMY-winning producer, Adam Abeshouse. It turns out the process of recording the album was as refreshing and innovative for Bell and as it was redemptive.”The Bruch G-Minor Violin Concerto is probably one of the most popular pieces for the violin,” said Bell. “Broch himself may not be as popular as Brahms or Beethoven today, but his violin concerto is played as much as any of the others. He was a wonderful composer, and a few gems that he did, like the concerto, is as good as anything written. And it’s also the piece that most violinists record on their debut albums when they’re little, and I did that as well.” Email Bell followed with the story of taping the piece on his 19th birthday during his first recording sessions. It turns out he initially tackled the concerto three days after making Presenting Joshua Bell, an album Bell is proud of all these years later. Exhausted from the sessions, his first attempt at “Violin Concerto No. 1 In G Minor” suffered from a lack of rehearsal and a less than ideal setup for recording his first concerto album. This time around, Bell and Abeshouse vowed to get it right, bringing the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields back after all these years to take “a mulligan,” as Bell put it, on the piece.It worked, and Ablehouse’s excitement about the final product was palpable and contagious.”Scottish Fantasy starts off, and it’s funereal and it’s dark,” said Abeshouse. “In the span of basically three minutes, it goes from this incredibly dark place to the sun [coming] out. You hear the whole orchestra breathe. … You can feel the inhalation and exhalation, and then the sun comes out. It is four of the most amazing minutes. … When Joshua first comes in, there’s this single note, and he makes it sound like he’s over the hills. It’s really like this piece of cinema. Auditory cinema. To have that captured and now preserved is one of the great highlights for me, and why I love this record so much. And that’s just the first four minutes!” Twitter News Photo: Cindy Ord/WireImage.comBell and Abeshouse shed light on how they created, captured and constructed the album, focusing on the benefits of the recording in a studio as opposed to a live performance. Although he prefers the immediacy and definitiveness of a concert setting, Bell talked with great reverence at how Abeshouse used certain recording techniques, not to fabricate a moment in time, but rather to accomplish the best listening experience possible.”I don’t think that we should judge recordings as the same artform as a live performance,” said Abeshouse. “The studio gives you these tools that give you the time to analyze and reflect and then redo, and then alter what you’ve done and keep growing with it. Those opportunities are immensely rewarding.”While Abeshouse said he’d never let an audible edit out of his studio, he articulated how editing can be a valuable tool in the studio. Bell talked about how Abeshouse’s close-micing techniques opened his mind to the possibility that the studio can yield a listening experience beyond what a concert hall can offer. He was especially invigorated by the way he and Ableshouse worked together during the album’s post-production process, which is not a topic often addressed in the world of classical recording.”Getting in the studio is still not something I look forward to. I love performing where you’ve just got one shot at it,” said Bell. “But what I’ve learned after making 40 or 50 recordings is that you can actually use [the studio] to your advantage. … I’ve learned how to use the recording process to make it hopefully an even better product.”The evening concluded with a lively reception, giving guests a chance to speak personally with Bell, Abeshouse and Elliott. Speaking with Bell afterwards, he was grateful to see many new and familiar faces, including some of the students and teachers he’s inspired through his continued work with music education organizations such as Education Through Music.Ablehouse made mention of his own charitable initiative, the Classical Recording Foundation. He founded the organization in 2002 to support artists and record labels of merit in their classical recording projects in the wake of diminishing funding from major labels, a worthy cause indeed.Throwing gatherings like this seemed to come quite naturally to the Bell, who named watching sports — especially the World Cup and NFL Football — and experiencing different foods as two of his main passions outside of music.”I enjoy food a lot,” Bell told me after the action. “I’ve done several events [here] with amazing chefs. I’ve had David Bouley and Thomas Keller and others come into the house, usually in the name of a charity, and we do music and food. I love eating out, going restaurants in New York and on the road.”Bell also teased that he dreams of opening his own restaurant someday, not a bad backup plan in case this whole violinist thing doesn’t work out.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Joshua Bell: Up Close & Personal In New York joshua-bell-gets-close-personal-new-york-city Joshua Bell Gets Up Close & Personal In New York City Facebook The GRAMMY-winning concert violinist opened up his heart and home for an exclusive performance and conversation about his latest album, ‘Scottish Fantasy’Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 28, 2018 – 4:54 pm Guests of the Recording Academy New York Chapter’s Up Close & Personal event with Joshua Bell experienced a rare musical and cultural moment. Not only did Bell treat the audience to a special performance and candid conversation about his latest album, Scottish Fantasy, he offered up own his home, a gorgeous penthouse in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, as the intimate location for the exclusive event.During his 30-year career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Bell has become one of the most successful and recognizable musicians in the classical world. The GRAMMY winner has recorded more than 40 albums, been honored with countless awards and accolades, and collaborated with many musical giants, including Chick Corea, Gloria Estefan, Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo, Alison Krauss, and more. In 2011 Bell was named Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the orchestra he conducts and performs with on Scottish Fantasy.In addition to his accomplishments as a performer, Bell has also been instrumental in the classical community for proliferating musical discovery and education. His zeal for his craft and joyful willingness to share his knowledge make it no surprise to see him right at home, literally and figuratively, during Up Close & Personal.To kick things off, Bell brought out four talented Young Arts alumni  for a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s 1956 classic “Candide Overture” and “Make Our Garden Grow,” which featured a new custom arrangement by none other than composer/arranger Steve Hackman. Bell introduced the piece by recalling how a dear friend of his, actress Glenn Close, had asked him to perform something from Candide at her daughter’s wedding. Hackman’s unusual yet entrancing arrangement sang beautifully, perfect for a walk down the aisle.Next up on the menu, Bell called upon pianist Alessio Bax to join him for what he called “a little violin ditty,” a captivating version of Pablo de Sarasate’s “Zigeunerweisen.” Bell admitted he played the piece not only during his first ever violin recital at age 12, but again on his first appearance on “The Johnny Carson Show” in 1989.With the piece’s rich history to draw from, Bell built upon the iconic melody to create something glorious by pulling, sliding and stretching across the neck of his instrument with one hand and sweeping, plucking and stabbing with the other. The piece climaxed with a series of vigorous strumming, impossible pull-offs and slapping of the bow that left some of its rosined strands dangling upon the final hit of the piece. Jaw-dropped and head-spun, the crowd cheered at Bell’s ability, musicality and showmanship.last_img read more

Baltimores YouthWorks Closes Out Its Summer

first_imgAmy Bernstein and her mentee Jasmine Henderson. (Photo by Jannah Johnson)While Summer officially still has several weeks to go, one Summer program is ending. Baltimore’s YouthWorks, which gives student participants internships in the public and private sector for five weeks, ended July 30th.To mark the occasion the Maryland Department of General Services celebrated those who worked for the Maryland State Department of Education, Department of Human Services, and the Department of General Services .YouthWorks is a summer placement program in Baltimore City that provides teens in the area with paid internships for five weeks during the summer.The ceremony took place on a sunny morning and featured speakers such as Brandon Scott, city councilman (District 2), Sam Malhotra, Department of Human Resources secretary and YouthWorks students.Many of the students had reservations initially about being in the program, but any negative expectations they had quickly dissipated when they were actually in a work environment.Jasmine Henderson, another student said,  “I thought they would be in my face every five minutes telling me what to do. Instead, my mentor took me to meetings and let me work on projects on my own”last_img read more

3DS XL caught on video looks great

first_imgWith a little under two months until the 3DS XL sees a launch in the US, and a month until it arrives in Japan and across Europe, Nintendo has to have final units ready to start distributing. Lucky for us French gaming site Puissance Nintendo got some hands-on time with the new handheld and managed to capture video of it playing Mario Kart 7.The feedback about the revised hardware seems to be very positive for the most part. Even though the unit has increased in size significantly to cater for the 90% bigger displays, the weight ends up being around about the same as the original 3DS. Weight distribution is also even and the rounded corners make for a comfortable grip, meaning the XL is going to be nice to hold for extended periods of time.One of the biggest concerns when screen size is increased, but game resolution remains the same, is how good the games will look. Apparently Nintendo has managed to improve upon the 3D effect and also made 2D graphics look better than they did on 3DS. Puissance believe this is due to some sort of anti-aliasing light filter being added to the screen, but it could just as easily be Nintendo using higher quality displays that hide any detail loss. And as the video clearly demonstrates, viewing angles are great.Another question that has arisen since the announcement is what the casing is like. It seems Nintendo has gone for a “plastic imitating metal” effect, meaning it isn’t shiny plastic and won’t be a magnet for fingerprints.So unless you need a smaller piece of hardware in your bag, it looks as though the 3DS XL might be the version to get. I for one will be picking one up come release as I definitely enjoyed playing games on my DSi XL more than the smaller, original hardware.Read more at Puissance Nintendo (translated), via Kotakulast_img read more

Woman accused of cheating IT employee with promise of marriage

first_imgKolkata: An Information Technology (IT) employee was allegedly cheated by a theatre personality with the promise of marriage. It was also alleged that the woman had filed a false case against him previously. He filed an appeal before the Alipore Court on Wednesday, which was allowed. The date of hearing will be announced on Thursday.According to Avishek Talukdar, he had given direction in several films and despite being an IT employee, has a keen interest in films. While working on the films he came in touch with a theatre personality and actor during 2012. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDuring their friendship, they got involved in a relationship despite the fact that the accused actor was married and had a son. Her husband is an employee of an insurance company and posted in Lucknow. Talukdar alleged that she had promised him that she would divorce her husband after he gets divorced. Then they would marry. Keeping faith in her, Talukdar divorced his wife during 2016 which was mutual. He also alleged that during their relationship they even led a conjugal life. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”She kept on saying that she will marry me after her son gets old enough. I helped her a lot. She had keen interest in painting and writing poems. I had invested a lot of money to publish a book containing poems and for her painting exhibition,” said Talukdar. In 2017, Talukdar noticed some behavioural change in her. The accused allegedly started creating distance between them and behaved rudely. Talukdar alleged that when she along with her husband was going to Lucknow on the day of Bijaya Dashami in 2018, he had called her up. It has been alleged that she instigated him to come to Lucknow. When Talukdar reached Lucknow, she allegedly behaved rudely and told him to leave. During November last year, she lodged a complaint against Talukdar with Netaji Nagar police station for alleged stalking, acts intended to insult the modesty of a woman and criminal intimidation. “I was shocked after I came to know about the complaint. However, I was not arrested but went into depression. Even till now I am undergoing psychiatric treatment. Her husband knew all about our relationship as he had sent a message stating that he knew everything and told me to get out of their life,” Talukdar added.last_img read more

Hong Kong retains title of worlds top city for international visits but

first_img Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Source: The Associated Press Share Tags: Hong Kong, Trend Watch LONDON — Hong Kong is set to retain its status as the city most visited by international travellers this year in spite of strained relations with mainland China.In a report published Tuesday, market research firm Euromonitor International said it estimates 25.7 million arrivals in Hong Kong this year, down 3.2 per cent on 2016.Thai capital Bangkok retains second place but its popularity has grown faster than Hong Kong’s, with arrivals up 9.5 per cent at 21.3 million.London is Europe’s top city, in third place with 19.8 million arrivals, but the report suggests it is set to be overtaken in the coming seven years as Asian cities soar in popularity.The Asia Pacific region, according to author Wouter Geerts, Euromonitor’s senior travel analyst, remains the “standout region.” Hong Kong retains title of world’s top city for international visits, but second place is closing in << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_img Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Here’s your first look at Sky Princess’ amazing Sky Suites Sharecenter_img Tags: Princess Cruises SANTA CLARITA — Princess Cruises has released the very first image of its brand new Sky Suites, and by the looks of it they’ll be a surefire hit among clients.The two suites, set to debut on the Sky Princess in October 2019, will be centrally located on the ship’s top decks and feature the largest private balconies ever offered by the line. Spanning 700 square feet, the balconies will provide a private vantage of the ship’s Movie Under the Stars screen, offer a 270-degree panorama, and accommodate up to five guests, making them ideal for families.“Our two new Sky Suites reflect Princess Cruises’ continued commitment to offer new and expansive accommodations that meet the needs of our guests who wish to explore the world in ultimate comfort,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.Debuting in the Mediterranean next fall, the 143,700-tonne Sky Princess will include the same features found on its three sister ships – Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess, as well as new offerings like a Wakeview pool on its aft decks. In addition, Sky Princess guests will enjoy two new deep-tank top deck pools, a restorative Retreat Pool, and more Jacuzzis than previous Royal-Class ships, including two Jacuzzis cantilevered over the deep-tank pools.Other features include the Sanctuary area where twice as many private cabanas as its sister ships can be found, as well as the Vista Lounge where guests can enjoy a full bar offering. There’ll also be a new café in the Princess Live venue.For more information go to princess.com/skyprincess. Monday, July 30, 2018 last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories “For being three weeks into a playbook and having a playbook to take home and film to watch of what Coach Arians did last year with his offense, it’s a phenomenal system,” Palmer said. “It’s been very productive, it’s won Super Bowls. He’s coached against the best and for the best and I’m excited to keep installing and keep getting deeper and deeper into the book.”That offensive system produced 5,799 yards in Indianapolis — the tenth-most in the league. And considering that the Colts’ quarterback, leading rusher and third-leading receiver were all rookies, the numbers become more impressive.“I think it’s very, I guess user-friendly would be the right word,” Palmer said of Arians’ system. “There’s a lot on film to watch, there’s plenty of text in the playbooks and the diagrams and the pictures. It’s easy to learn, but it’s not easy.“Some systems you get in, it’s difficult to learn because there’s not a lot of history of it. There’s a ton of this history of this offense and a lot of history of this offense being successful and you can watch it be successful. So it is a user-friendly or easy offense to get used to and get to know.” – / 39 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals were back on the field Tuesday at their training facility in Tempe.They’re still 138 days from lining up for real against the St. Louis Rams in their 2013 season opener, but the team’s workout was significant — mostly because their new starting quarterback Carson Palmer was working with his new teammates at full speed for the first time.Palmer, who was acquired from the Oakland Raiders in a trade earlier this month, couldn’t be more excited to work with new head coach Bruce Arians, who brought his offensive system with him after one season as the offensive coordinator in Indianapolis.last_img read more

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first_imgThailand’s royal seaside town is the latest Southeast Asian destination to welcome a Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts-branded beach resort.The Swiss hotel management company has announced that it will rebrand and manage a luxury villa and suite resort in Hua Hin, Thailand to be named Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin.In operation since 2010, the existing Asara Villa and Suite Resort, Hua Hin comprising a 96-key resort, is owned by Ocean Property and boasts 54 pool villas and 42 suites designed to offer discerning leisure travellers and families a relaxing holiday in Thailand’s premier beach destination.Scheduled to relaunch with Mövenpick branding in November 2017, the full-service resort will also feature exceptional food and beverage options, indulgent spa with eight treatment rooms, a fully equipped Kids’ Club, exclusive meeting room facility, a library, multiple swimming pools and extensive lush tropical landscaping.Adding to the appeal of the getaway experience, Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin will offer guests a choice of food and beverage outlets serving cuisine to suit a range of tastes at its casual all-day dining restaurant, specialty beach side restaurant, lobby lounge and an inviting pool bar.“Our Mövenpick Resort in Hua Hin is the perfect destination for families, couples and exclusive meeting (MICE) groups seeking sanctuary from the hustle and noise of Bangkok,” says Andrew Langdon, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Global Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President Asia.“By combining Mövenpick’s signature attention to detail with sublime Thai hospitality, world-class facilities and quaint beach town charm, Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin is set to add an exceptional new luxury accommodation choice for visitors. Domestic and international guests will enjoy memorable holidays, tailored to all ages and interests, with an added touch of private luxury and extraordinary service.”Centrally located in the famous Thai beach side town, which is an easy three-hour drive from Bangkok, Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin is less than one kilometre from Hua Hin Airport and just a five-minute drive from the town centre and its popular shopping and nightlife options. Guests can enjoy the best of the beach while still taking advantage of city attractions in this mainland getaway, a combination that has made it a favourite weekend retreat.last_img read more

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