first_imgWINNIPEG — In a city where winter can be almost guaranteed to bring temperatures below -30 C, saving homeless people and other vulnerable persons from severe frostbite or even death is a complex project.It relies on a lot of goodwill and elbow grease from Winnipeg’s non-profit groups and, despite efforts, street people still often need to shuffle between spots to find somewhere warm to stay at certain times of day.“The city needs a central place … where people can come and go and feel safe there, and where there’s no sobriety restrictions,” says Nancy Chippendale, an activist who has waged a lengthy battle on social media to try to persuade city hall to set up a 24-hour warming centre.She feels any such centre would have to be run by the government instead of relying on non-profits, which have different rules, capacities and operating hours at their shelters.As it stands now, she said, homeless people move between fast-food restaurants, shopping malls, the downtown library and soup kitchens. And when those locations close for the night, the outdoors can be the last option.Toward the end of an extreme cold snap recently when wind-chill values fell below -50, Mayor Brian Bowman said there is always some space available at shelters as they co-ordinate among themselves — even if a specific one is full.He suggested city-run warming centres, such as ones in Toronto, can present their own challenges.“What we were advised by the agencies that are in the business of providing this care is that if you open up a space, you need to make sure that it’s properly staffed for the protective safety and well-being of those that are provided it.”Other cold-weather cities take less formal measures. Edmonton, for example, will leave some light-rail transit stations open overnight when the temperature plummets.Figures provided to The Canadian Press by Manitoba’s chief medical examiner’s office show 24 people died from hypothermia in Winnipeg between 2010 and 2017. They were among 100 hypothermia deaths across the province in that period.The office did not release details of why people were out in the cold unprotected, but said a common element was intoxication. Of the nine people across the province who died of hypothermia in 2017, eight had high levels of alcohol or drugs in their systems, the office said.Some high-profile cases in recent years involved people who were not homeless but were vulnerable in other ways.Windy Sinclair, 29, was found frozen to death in 2017 after leaving a Winnipeg hospital without being discharged. She was not homeless, but was struggling with a crystal meth addiction and was under the drug’s influence when she was brought in.A man who was known to shelter staff, but who had been housed, froze to death in Winnipeg last year, said Adrienne Dudek of the Main Street Project, a non-profit that runs the only major shelter in the city that takes intoxicated people.“He actually was housed, and for some reason did not make it back from wherever he was coming from,” Dudek said.Contrary to the mayor’s comments, there are times when there is simply no room for some people at shelters, said Dudek. Main Street’s facility has been full on occasion and intoxicated people have nowhere else to go.“That’s where you start to see people more in the Winnipeg Transit bus shacks,” she said.“They’re survivalists. Quite often, people who aren’t comfortable staying in shelters in general, or are not able to access a shelter, will find other public places.”Even if there were more shelters, some people would not necessarily take advantage of them.The Main Street Project and the Salvation Army run outreach vans with workers that comb the streets at night to offer people warm clothing and a ride to a shelter.“Some people just say, ‘No, I’m not going to a shelter,’” Maj. Rob Kerr of the Salvation Army said. On one recent cold night and early morning, van workers spoke with 43 street people and not one wanted a ride to a shelter, he said. “We obviously can’t force someone … we will come circle back around in an hour or so and check on them.”Chippendale believes a safe, city-run warming centre — operating around the clock and open to intoxicated individuals — would bring more people indoors.“If there was one new central place and it was advertised so that people were aware of it … that would provide a place of refuge, a humane place — almost like a coffee shop where everyone is welcome.“To me that’s a true place of dignity, a 24-hour place welcome to all.”Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — A Toronto police officer who is facing disciplinary charges in connection with a 2016 arrest of serial killer Bruce McArthur wants his case heard by a judge.Sgt. Paul Gauthier’s lawyer told a disciplinary tribunal the case must go before an independent adjudicator rather than a police superintendent assigned by Chief Mark Saunders.Lawrence Gridin began to make submissions on the issue today but was told it was too early in the process.Gauthier was scheduled to make his first appearance on insubordination and neglect of duty charges but was not present at the hearing, which was then adjourned to Feb. 26.Neither police not Gridin would comment on the exact nature of the charges, which relate to Gauthier’s role in an incident in which McArthur was arrested but not charged.Gridin said outside the hearing that the evidence will show his client “contributed” to the identification of McArthur as a serial killer and did not detract from the investigation.McArthur, who pleaded guilty last week to eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of men with ties to Toronto’s gay village, had been interviewed by police a few years ago in a separate, unrelated incident.The force’s professional standards unit launched an internal investigation related to the McArthur case in March 2018, two months after the self-employed landscaper was first charged with murder.The review was sparked when the detective leading the probe said he came across some “concerning” information while reviewing two previous investigations into five missing men from the gay village.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Minister of Foreign Affairs2 With America on sabbatical as global defender of human rights, Freeland has leapt into the void. In August, she called out MBS, the power-mad Saudi prince, for jailing a women’s rights activist. When he levied sanctions, kicked out Canada’s ambassador and ordered all Saudi students to leave Canada, Freeland doubled down, stating that Canada was “very comfortable with its position.” A month later, she appeared on a panel called “Taking on the Tyrant,” which featured a video montage of Trump alongside autocrats like Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and China’s Xi Jinping. The timing didn’t help her relationship with POTUS, who was growing frustrated with the stalled NAFTA talks. “We don’t like their representative very much,” he said of Freeland, who remained characteristically unfazed. For the umpteenth time in 2018, she visited Washington in pursuit of a favourable agreement for Canada. Finally, in October, she secured a deal that protects Canada’s vital industries and, rebrand aside, isn’t so different from its predecessor. Friends in high places: In April, Freeland hosted all the G7 foreign ministers for brunch at her Summerhill house.Markian LozowchukJOHN TORYMayor3 Call him bland or a ditherer, but he must have done something right to nab 63 per cent of the vote. Tory is a no-surprises maintenance man who worries, so we don’t have to, about all the unsexy stuff that keeps our metropolis running. To his credit, he has proved a smooth operator, pushing through overdue TTC improvements (express buses and reduced fares for people with disabilities, for two), forming committees (on important but dull stuff like construction road closures) that get things done, and avoiding major strikes and service disruptions. We also take for granted his steadiness when confronted with the previously unimaginable horrors of mass shootings and van attacks on our streets. Right now, with the sheer craziness to the south and the rule-by-spite at Queen’s Park, it’s nice to have Mister Reliable minding city hall. Up next:Funding for his SmartTrack transit plan finally won approval at council, but the entire thing could be a wash if he doesn’t get on the premier’s good side.Getty ImagesDRAKEMusician4 In 1966, John Lennon said the Beatles were bigger than Jesus. In 2018, Billboard decreed Drake was bigger than the Beatles when he smashed a longstanding Fab Four record: seven of his songs appeared on the Top 10 simultaneously. Also this year, he opened the sports joint Pick 6ix, reunited the Degrassi crew for the “I’m Upset” music video, produced the police-violence film Monsters and Men, and delivered the song of the summer, “In My Feelings.” All of this matters because, outside of Canada, the first—and sometimes only—thing millions of people know about Toronto is that it’s Drake’s hometown. When he looks good, so do we. Charity circuit: He blew his “God’s Plan” video budget (roughly $1.23 million) on shopping sprees, university scholarships and other charitable causes for the people of Miami.Daniel EhrenworthJORDAN PETERSONAuthor5 In the course of a year, Peterson went from eccentric prof to global phenomenon. His 12 Rules for Life, a self-help guide to enjoying a more enlightened existence, topped bestseller lists around the world. The New York Times columnist David Brooks called him “the most influential public intellectual in the Western world,” and by the fall, his book had sold more than two million copies. Up next: Pursuing defamation lawsuits he’s launched against two Laurier professors and a former staff member who compared him to Hitler.Getty ImagesMARGARET ATWOODAuthor6 Atwood’s fictional worlds have never been more alive in popular culture. Alias Grace earned critical fawning and roughly four million viewers on CBC plus millions more on Netflix. Season two of The Handmaid’s Tale was as good as—if bleaker than—the first. Even if the Emmys semi-snubbed the show (20 nods but no major wins), viewers didn’t; the season two premiere attracted twice the audience of the original’s. Women in red robes and white wings popped up to protest the Kavanaugh confirmation in Washington, to rally for abortion rights in Argentina, to stage an operatic Handmaid’s Tale adaptation in Australia. Up next: Season three of The Handmaid’s Tale.Getty ImagesCAROLINE MULRONEYAttorney General7 The Harvard- and NYU-educated quadrilingual descendant of Canadian political royalty brings sophistication to an often pugnacious regime. When Ford wanted to deploy the notwithstanding clause to ram his council-slashing bill through the legislature, he tasked Mulroney with publicly defending it, then called on her again to spearhead the tricky cannabis file. Lately, she’s been touring the province and meeting with business owners who want to repeal the Liberal government’s efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Friends in high places: George W. Bush and Queen Noor of Jordan attended her 2000 wedding to Andrew Lapham.Getty ImagesSTEPHEN POLOZGovernor of the Bank of Canada8 Poloz decides when to lower the Bank’s overnight rate and when to raise it, an equation that affects the worth of the dollar and the interest rate Torontonians pay on our gargantuan mortgages. Over the past five years, his other decisions have lessened the blow of Alberta’s oil collapse, kept inflation on target and wrangled unemployment to a four-decade low. This year, when POTUS threw a trade temper tantrum, Poloz boldly raised the overnight rate from 1.25 to 1.5 per cent, betting Canada would thrive despite a volley of tariffs. The arrival of USMCA proved him right. Up next: Before his term ends in June 2020, he’ll have to decide what to do with the overnight rate a dozen more times.Getty ImagesGUILLERMO DEL TORODirector9 The horror-fantasy auteur’s masterpiece, The Shape of Water,earned a field-leading 13 Oscar nominations. When it won four trophies, including Best Picture and Best Director, del Toro used his acceptance speech to crusade for inclusion and immigration. His success is a boon to the Toronto film industry: del Toro has been shooting here since 1997’s Mimic, and every blockbuster he films in Ontario means more money, work and prestige for local crews and studios. Up next: In 2019, he’ll produce the Keri Russell horror flick, Antlers, direct Pinocchio for Netflix, and—the truest indicator of iconic status—make an animated cameo on The Simpsons.Craig BoykoSTEPHAN JOSTDirector, Art Gallery of Ontario10 Stephan Jost kicked off 2018 with Guillermo del Toro’s Monsters exhibition, which drew 192,000 visitors. He followed it with Infinity Mirrors, a kaleidoscopic journey through a series of eye-popping rooms. That exhibit wasn’t just a success on Instagram; it was a financial boon (169,000 visitors) and confirmation that the AGO isn’t just for monocle-hoisters and art majors. It’s a cultural centre for all, an oasis of thought-provoking works, live concerts, evening yoga sessions and much more. Friends in high places: He’s on a first-name basis with the Obamas.Getty ImagesMARK SAUNDERSChief of Police11 Two catastrophes—the Yonge and Finch van attack and the Danforth shooting—and a string of violent incidents made the summer of 2018 memorable for all the wrong reasons. But when Constable Ken Lam stared down Alek Minassian at Yonge and Sheppard and chose to holster, rather than fire, his sidearm, the Toronto Police—and their leader, Saunders—became a symbol of everything that’s right about law enforcement, especially in the eyes of Americans fed up with police brutality. Up next: Modernizing the force by deploying officers where and when their presence is most needed, a reform that’s long been challenged by the union.Getty ImagesSHAWN MENDESPop star12 The kinder, gentler Justin Bieber is now eclipsing his forerunner. His self-titled 2018 album shot to the top of the Billboard 200 chart and earned him Billboard’s inaugural Artist of the Year award, the same honour he picked up at the MMVAs. He’s now a certified A-lister: he graced the cover of Variety’s Young Hollywood issue, attended his first Met Ball, scored an invite to Taylor Swift’s American Music Awards after-party (with a trophy in hand), made cameos on The Voice and Ellen, landed on Justin Trudeau’s summer playlist, rocked the Jingle Ball tour with Cardi B, received an adoring write-up in the Time 100 from his hero John Mayer and performed for the Queen. Dave Grohl called Mendes a “bad motherfucker”—a compliment in Foo speak. Oh, and did we mention he’s only 20 years old? Up next: Starring in an Ivan Reitman movie musical called Summer of Love. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Hardly anything went down in Toronto this year that didn’t bear the new premier’s imprimatur. Recreational pot became legal, but not before Ford steamrolled the pre-existing plans and implemented a framework for private sales. In September, students and teachers returned to the classroom unsure of whether they were allowed to call it a penis or a pee-pee or anything at all. A little over a month before voters went to the polls, Ford chucked the municipal electoral process into a blender. He roadblocked Trudeau’s carbon tax scheme, cancelled the basic income pilot and went on and on about the all-curing virtues of one-dollar beer. So steady was the firehose feed of news flowing from Queen’s Park that you’d be forgiven for not paying attention to the other influential Torontonians who were busy changing the world in 2018. Chrystia Freeland emerged semi-­victorious from her NAFTA arm-wrestle with Trump; Drake conquered the music world, and then Shawn Mendes did, too; a quirky Jungian psychology professor became the guiding light of a new global men’s movement; our adopted frightmeister, Guillermo del Toro, snagged four golden statuettes on Hollywood’s biggest stage; Jessica Mulroney became Pippa 2.0; and one brave, level-headed police officer at Yonge and Finch decided to holster his gun, rather than fire it—demonstrating to a world grappling anew with racism, bigotry and violence what Toronto is truly about.Markian LozowchukDOUG FORDPremier1 At the beginning of 2018, the Ford family circus seemed like a distant hallucinogenic memory. By year’s end, its wiliest son was running the province with a Lannisterian will. Doug, a few notches smarter than Rob, got to work right away, recalling the legislature for a rare summer session. With unprecedented speed and ferocity, he torched several of Kathleen Wynne’s signature initiatives: the cap-and-trade carbon emissions program (as well as a related $100-million school repair fund), the sex-ed curriculum, the Ontario Basic Income Pilot. He froze salaries for public service managers and halted new measures on police oversight. And, of course, he chopped Toronto city council in half, which was, depending on your point of view, either a brilliant cost-cutting move or a puerile act of vengeance. “Promise made, promise kept,” Ford said, with hashtag regularity. In other words, burn it all down. Up next: Figuring out how to balance the provincial budget, while keeping his promise not to slash jobs or services.Markian LozowchukCHRYSTIA FREELAND Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Election Commission of India secretary to appear before it on March 12 in connection with a PIL alleging that several categories of persons in Assam have been deprived of voting rights ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.The apex court sought the personal appearance of the secretary as despite the notice being issued on February 1 no one appeared to represent the Election Commission. The categories include some whose names figure in the draft NRC but not in the voters’ list. The matter came up before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna. The PIL alleged that a category of persons whose names were deleted from the voter list were some whose names appeared in the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018. The petition claimed these people had voted in the last Lok Sabha election held in 2014. The plea also submitted that there were people whose names were not included in the complete draft NRC, but they subsequently filed claims for inclusion of their names in it. They had voted in the earlier Lok Sabha elections and were waiting for inclusion of their names. The third category of people were those who have been declared as foreigners by the foreigners’ tribunal as well as by the Guwahati High Court but the court’s order was stayed by the Supreme Court. The petition said it is the category of the persons whose names were appearing in the voters list from time to time. The petition said the fourth category of people were those who had already been declared foreigners by the foreigners’ tribunal and such declarations were set aside by the apex court. However, their names have been deleted from the voters list pursuant to the order of the foreigners’ tribunal, the petition said. The petition said the fifth category of persons are those whose names have not been included in the draft NRC, but other members of their families, including parents, are included in the NRC and they have filed their claim for the inclusion of their names.last_img read more

The global trend towards ageing populations will be felt most acutely in developing countries which have only limited resources to respond to the challenges involved, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in observance of the International Day of Older Persons.”The challenge will be to ensure that those countries do not experience the ageing of their societies as a burden, but derive from it added value and opportunities for development through an actively engaged older population,” Mr. Annan said in a message on the Day, which is observed each year on 1 October.This year’s theme – “Older Persons in an Intergenerational Society” – recognizes the important role that older persons play in their families, communities and societies.”Older persons suffer because of outdated stereotypes that depict them as frail and needing care,” the 66-year old Secretary-General said. “What is overlooked is that many older persons, far from receiving care, actually provide care for others – as with grandparents who care for grandchildren while the parents go to work.”The Second World Assembly on Ageing, held two years ago in Madrid, marked a turning point in the international community’s thinking by recognizing ageing as a global phenomenon which must be included in the international development agenda.”Among its many recommendations, the Madrid Plan encouraged Governments to review policies to ensure generational equity, and to promote the idea of mutual support and solidarity between generations as key elements of social development,” Mr. Annan said.”Only in this way can we hope to build a truly intergenerational society,” he concluded. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Securities Commission is pursuing sanctions against a man who allegedly lost about $15,000 entrusted to him for investment by an unidentified follower of his financial advice posted on a blog and on Twitter.It accuses Noshad Dowlati of trading on behalf of the investor in return for an agreed-upon commission based on trading profits, without being registered to do trades or provide advice.The allegations against Dowlati haven’t been proven.The BCSC alleges that the unidentified investor initially provided $10,000 for Dowlati to invest, on condition that he’d stop trading if the value of the investments fell below $8,000.The blogger is accused of spending or losing all of the initial $10,000 plus an additional $5,000 after Dowlati allegedly promised to return the investor’s entire $15,000 within five months of receiving the second instalment.The BCSC says the investor provided the funds in November 2011 and January 2012.The B.C. provincial watchdog says the blogger hasn’t returned the principle and accused him of using $1,000 of the original $10,000 to pay personal expenses such as a credit card bill, retail shopping and restaurants.The BCSC’s executive director will apply for a hearing before a panel of commissioners. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 21, 2014 4:04 pm MDT B.C. regulator seeks sanctions against blogger who got funds from follower read more

Sunday evening in Budapest brought new Beach Handball world champions as spanish girls and Croatian boys won in the finals against two Brasilian national teams! “Old continent” is defended of Brasilian rulers and invaders.Central court of event area in Margitsiget Danube’s island in Budapest was scene for the medal matches. In the both bronze medal matches host team of Hungary didn’t succeded to get his place on podium. Hungary won first period in botha matches, but then Norway (in female competition) and Qatar (male) showed best of their play and won matches with 2:1. For Nrowegian girls that was third WCh medal in row.Female competition final match brought biggest surprise as Brasilans were clear favourit. Expectations were fullfilled when Panamericans won first period with 18:8, but then “Guerreras de la arena” showed their potential and in shootout they won gold with 2:1 (8:18; 16:12; 7:4). First Spanish gold put the name of their country on very short list of winners of an WCh where already were the names of Brasil, Russia, Croatia and Norway.Spanish team in female competition was quite “underdog”, so their success for sure showed good way to Croatian male team. Team managed by national team coach Rokavec and leaded by captain Juric (MVP of BH WCH2016) showed authoriity in just 20 minutes of final match and sent Brasilian team to home with silver medal!CRO – BRA 2:0 (19:15; 21:18)X.QPHOTO CREDIT: Jozo Cabraja, Beach Handball Croatia ← Previous Story Danish girls win Junior World’s Championship 2016! Next Story → Bojana Popovic leads Montenegro in Rio! Beach handballBeach Handball World Championship read more

first_imgEvery once in awhile, someone comes along and decides that the line between portable computer and massive screen needs to be smeared. During the Windows 8 device demonstrations we saw Steve Ballmer use the new OS on a screen the size of a wall, so it seems all too likely that someone would come along with a Windows 8 device packing a huge screen. This time Sony is stepping up to bat with the VAIO Tap 20 running Windows 8.Sony’s new “tabletop PC” is designed so you can either stand it up and use it like and all-in-one PC, or lay it down and use it as a massive Windows 8 tablet. When you want to stand the PC up, a large kickstand slides out from the bezel to support the 11 pounds that make up the Tap 20.The system is battery powered, so you can take your 20-inch tablet with you everywhere you go. Unfortunately, that battery is only good for about two hours. Once you get to where you are going, you can use the included wireless mouse and keyboard to continue using it like a normal PC.Aside from 10-finger touch support on the screen, the Tap 20 is NFC-enabled for data transfer. Sony is including several apps that are optimized for the screen size, like the family calendar app Fingertapps and the ArtRage Studio app for digital art. Sony has also included content from Sony Pictured Home Entertainment like the My Daily Clip trivia game. The Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2, which is used in several of Sony’s new smartphones, helps the Tap 20 deliver a great viewing experience even when mobile.Sony is trying pretty hard to position this device as a computer for the family. Your kids can pick this 11-pound, battery-powered monster up and take it to their room and watch a movie, or it can be laid down on the living room floor so everyone can play games together. If it’s dropped, you’re only out $879 if you got the base model.As crazy as a 20-inch tablet/PC may sound, Windows 8 was built for exactly this kind of interaction. Windows 8 is the only OS that supports both a tablet form factor and supports multiple user accounts. In other words a 20-inch touch screen to replace the “family computer” is exactly what Windows 8 was made to do.last_img read more

first_imgGermany legend Lothar Matthäus believes that Toni Kroos will be the key player for the national side as they bid to retain their World Cup title this summerThe 28-year-old has just recently won his fifth Champions League title after Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against Liverpool in Kiev last month and has become an integral member of the Spanish giants in his four years at the club.Matthäus, who won the 1990 World Cup with Germany, believes that Kroos can inspire the national team to retain their world title at Russia.“I think at this moment a key player is Toni Kroos,” Matthäus told the Bundesliga website.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“He’s won the Champions League four times. Three times in a row with Real Madrid. One time before with Bayern. I think he’s full of confidence. He’s coming to the tournament and he’d like to show that it’s not only possible to win titles with Real, he will win with the German team too. He can make the difference.”The 57-year-old welcomed the return of captain Manuel Neuer, who he rates as the “best goalkeeper in the world”.“We have good attackers. We have pretty much the best goalkeeper in the world [Manuel Neuer],” he said. “I think the team has good balance and good options from the bench, and this makes Germany one of the favourites.”Germany are in Group F and will face Mexico in the opening game of their World Cup campaign on Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgAn overnight fire that destroyed two cars was an apparent arson, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.Two cars, a 1998 four-door Mercedes and a 2005 Ford van, were totaled, said Jim Flaherty, a fire spokesman. The damage to the vehicles was estimated at $14,000.The fire was reported at 1:52 a.m. at a business complex in the 3300 block of N.E. 112th Avenue. Flaherty said firefighters quickly gained control of what he described as a “stubborn fire.”“They had to cut the hood of the Mercedes to get to the fire in the engine,” he said. The Vancouver Fire Arson team is investigating, Flaherty said. Click here for a video of firefighters stifling the fire that was shot by an onlooker who posted a link in this story’s comments section. The witness reported seeing four white males flee in a champagne-colored Toyota Avalon.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter News GRAMMY Festival Coming To China grammy-festival-debut-china-2018 Read morecenter_img GRAMMY Festival To Debut In China In 2018 The Recording Academy expands its international footprint with a festival that will serve as a platform for top talent in the music community
 and a potential destination for travelers Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 7, 2017 – 6:00 am GRAMMY.comFrom Coachella to Brazil’s Rock In Rio, England’s Glastonbury and Australia’s Splendour In The Grass, some music festivals are worth building an entire vacation around. The Recording Academy will add another potential music-based destination for natives and world travelers alike with GRAMMY Festival, a new touring, world-class live music experience that will debut in China in 2018.A joint partnership with Bravo Entertainment and China Music Vision Ltd, GRAMMY Festival China is expected to be a high-level networking and learning platform for top talent in the music community, including vocalists, instrumentalists, songwriters, music producers.”The GRAMMY Festival in China will bring together GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists with the extraordinary Chinese culture to provide audiences with a unique, unrivaled live music experience,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “China continues to expand and grow its role as a force in attracting and engaging more artists onto international stages, and we are excited to be a part of that.”The news regarding GRAMMY Festival is the latest development in China for the Academy. In January the organization announced plans to build a GRAMMY Museum in China, marking the first-ever international expansion for the Museum, which has current locations in Los Angeles and Mississippi. Additionally, Music’s Biggest Night, the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, was streamed live in China for the first time ever in 2016.With such attractions as Hong Kong, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Beijing’s Forbidden City, tourism in China rose 3.8 percent to 138 inbound trips million in 2016, according to data from the National Tourism Administration. With music and travel going hand in hand, plus the Academy’s burgeoning presence there, GRAMMY Festival China promises to be a one-of-a-kind event worth keeping an eye on.”We are proud and excited to host the debut of GRAMMY Festival China in 2018. It will be a monumental moment gathering GRAMMY-nominated and -winning artists during the festival and the production of live performances integrated with Chinese culture in demonstrating an unprecedented high quality showcase. GRAMMY Festival will become a breakthrough for traditional music festivals in Asia, elevating not only the music industry, but also in engaging other industries to create a powerful, global intellectual property,” said Steven Fock, CEO of Bravo Entertainment. GRAMMY Museum To Expand To China(Photo: (l-r) Steven Fock, CEO of Bravo Entertainment; Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy; and Ling Yan, chief branding officer of China Music Vision, announce the launch of the GRAMMY Festival China in Beijing on Aug. 3) Email last_img read more

first_imgAmaravati: The ongoing of AP Assembly sessions have reached the 8th day on Monday (22 July). In today’s session, the YSRCP leaders would raise the questions over the 108, 104 services and delay in the payments of the purchased grains. The TDP members will be questioning the Ministers and CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on the Godavari projects and stopping of payments to beneficiaries of Rural Housing Scheme. The voting is going to be held over the welfare department budget in the House. CM YS Jagan is going to announce the members of the Assembly committees. He would also be declaring the members of the Public Accounts Committee, the Budget Estimates Committee, and the Public Undertakings Committee.last_img

first_imgA child © being rescued from the Hotel Rigopiano, near the village of Farindola, on the eastern lower slopes of the Gran Sasso mountain, engulfed by a powerful avalanche a day before. The Hotel Rigopiano has been engulfed by a two-metre (six-feet) high wall of snow. Photo: AFPItalian rescuers pulled four survivors from an avalanche-hit hotel Saturday and said they still hoped to find more people alive in ruins where up to 20 may still be trapped.Morale among the teams of mountain police and firefighters remains high after Friday’s dramatic rescue of all four children who were inside the Hotel Rigopiano, in central Italy, along with the mother of two of them.But the rescue operation, which was entering a third day, was increasingly resembling a race against the clock amid fears that anyone still alive could succumb to the cold before they can be reached.Two men and two women were rescued alive in the the early hours of Saturday.There were no reports of any other signs of life having been identified but officials emphasised that was no reason to give up hope.Enrica Centi, a spokeswoman for the mountain rescuers involved in the operation, said: “There is still hope because although no more voices have been heard there may be people trapped behind or under a cement wall which would make it impossible to hear them.”She said scores of rescuers were working 14-hour shifts to try and find any survivors.The rescuers are having to comb a large area of snow-covered debris as a result of the devastating force of the avalanche, which dragged the base of the three-storey hotel some 10 metres (30 feet) off its foundations.And Friday’s experience demonstrated that even once someone is located and contacted it can take many more hours to complete their extraction amid an ever-present risk of further masonry collapses.Kids in games roomThe latest operations bring to 11 the total number of survivors of the disaster, including two hotel guests who were outside the building when the avalanche struck just before nightfall on Wednesday.Five bodies have been recovered so far, leaving at least 11 people and possibly up to 20 unaccounted for.There is uncertainty about how many people were staying at the hotel at the time of the avalanche and whether any other casual visitors were in its bar or restaurant.Scores of mountain police, firefighters and other emergency personnel have worked painstakingly since the first rescuers battled through a snowstorm to reach the hotel in the early hours of Thursday.Progress has been agonisingly slow, with rescuers wary of triggering further movements in the snow piled up on top of the masonry.Italian newspapers on Saturday saluted the heroism of the country’s first responders, many of whom have repeatedly put their lives on the line to turn a story about “a coffin hotel” into one about the “Miracle of Rigopiano.”All the rescuers are wearing avalanche location devices because of the risk a fresh snowslide could occur at any time.It emerged Saturday that the children likely survived because they were in or around a games room which was not crushed by the avalanche.“There were three of us kids playing pool. One of the mums was there but all the other adults were in another room,” one of them, nine-year-old Edoardo Di Carlo, was quoted by local media as saying after his rescue.‘Biscuits please’Edoardo’s parents were among the hotel guests still missing on Saturday.“It is a miracle that my nephew was found,” his aunt, Simona Di Carlo told reporters. “I was crying for two days but I never lost hope. If he has survived maybe it was because his parents protected him.”Two of the children rescued were from the same family of four, all of whom emerged unscathed from the tragedy thanks to an extraordinary sequence of events.Father Giampiero Parete, a 38-year-old chef, escaped the avalanche impact by centimetres (inches) on Wednesday because he had gone out to the family car to get his wife some headache pills.He was inconsolable for some 36 hours before he learned that the rescuers had located his wife Adriana and two young children, Gianfilippo and Ludovica.Adriana and Gianfilippo were extracted unscathed at midday on Friday and the family then had to endure another agonising wait before six-year-old Ludovica was brought to safety at dusk.Friends described the Parete children as being exhausted but otherwise physically unaffected by their ordeal. Ludovica’s first request after being saved was for some Ringos, Italy’s equivalent of Oreo biscuits.Wednesday’s avalanche followed four earthquakes of more than five magnitude in the space of four hours earlier in the day. The death toll from the quake, not including the victims at the hotel, rose to five Saturday.last_img read more

first_img News Catholicism By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! Share This! Ex-cardinal’s letters to victims show signs of grooming TagsBernie Sanders Donald Trump Emgage homepage featured Islamic Society of North America Julian Castro Top Story,You may also like Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) – Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro will attend a presidential forum at the country’s largest Muslim gathering later this month.The presidential forum, which will include moderated one-on-one sessions with the candidates, will take place Aug. 31 at the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention in Houston. Known as ISNACON, the gathering is expected to draw about 30,000 attendees from around the country.“Our community is paying attention to how politicians engage with us, and is differentiating between those who say that they stand for religious freedom, and those who back it up with actions,” said Wa’el Alzayat, head of the Muslim voter advocacy organization Emgage, which organized the forum with ISNA and the Muslim Public Affairs Council. “Attending this event and speaking directly to our community in these critical times is a perfect example of the latter.”Sen. Sanders, I-Vt., who earlier this year hired what is likely America’s first-ever Muslim presidential campaign manager, was the first candidate to confirm his attendance for the event. Sanders has previously participated in an interfaith event at Washington, D.C.’s Masjid Muhammad and visited a mosque after the New Zealand terrorist attacks.Former U.S. Housing Secretary Castro confirmed his attendance at the event soon after. Organizers said they invited other leading Democratic candidates as well as President Donald Trump.Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro speaks during a FOX News Channel town hall event on June 13, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)“Our organization is proud of the way American Muslims are contributing in a unique way to the peace and prosperity of our nation and to humanity at large,” Nida Saleem, ISNA’s executive director, said. “We are looking forward to welcome and hear the candidates’ thoughts on how to continue to build this legacy inspired by faith.”American Muslims are more politically engaged than ever before. During the 2018 midterm elections, nearly 100 American Muslims ran for public office, mostly as Democrats. Emgage’s own research found that during the 2018 midterm elections, Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia saw a total 25% increase in Muslim voter turnout as compared to four years before.But some Muslim organizers say presidential candidates have been slow to recognize that momentum. Only one candidate attended the Muslim Collective for Equitable Democracy conference late last month in Washington, D.C., organized by the Muslim Caucus and billed as the first national gathering of Muslim Americans in politics.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the event in person, while Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke to attendees via livestream. Sanders sent a prerecorded video. Castro, like several other candidates, declined the invitation.Most candidates’ dismissal of the event was “extremely disappointing,” Ghazala Salam, the president and founder of the Muslim Caucus, told HuffPost before the conference. “How is democracy as accessible as everybody is telling me it is when we’re not even getting the attention of the presidential candidates?”The Sanders and Castro campaigns did not respond to requests for comment. Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Load Comments,Clergy protest outside Mitch McConnell’s office, demand action on gun violence Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

first_imgAndrew Schneider | Houston Public MediaLate last week, Senate Republicans used a parliamentary maneuver to speed more than a dozen controversial bills to committee hearings. On Monday, it was the Democrats’ turn to slow things down.“Chair lays out second reading, Senate Bill 17…”Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick aimed to get preliminary approval on 16 bills. First on the agenda, a bill to help combat maternal mortality, which enjoys bipartisan support“Senator Rodriguez, you’re recognized on the amendment.”“Thank you, Mr. President, members, Senator Kolkhorst…”Democrats offered amendments. They posed questions to bill authors that turned into extended conversations. And even when bills passed a second reading unanimously, as with the maternal mortality bill, they used one last tactic to delay a final vote.“Twenty-one ayes, 9 no votes. The motion fails, despite you having 31 votes for the bill. So we will pass it on third reading tomorrow.”Which is about all Democrats can do in the Senate when faced with bills they oppose: delay. Listen Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:05 last_img read more

first_imgBaby Navya sadly passed away this morning (August 29).Navya had been diagnosed with a rare disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and her little body had been fighting the dreadful disease for the last few months.She was born on January 2 this year and was sadly taken away before reaching her first birthday.Also read: Baby Navya fights for her life against a rare genetic diseaseAlso read: Endumeni Motorsport Club lend a helping hand to Baby Navya in LadysmithSince 4am this morning, Dr Behariram and hospital staff did their best to save her life.Navya passed away in hospital just after 6am.Our deepest condolences go out to the family. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Funeral details are to follow.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

first_imgEtihad Aviation Group’s partnership strategy has been a core element of the growth of the business, stated President and CEO James Hogan in a speech recently.Delivering the keynote speech at the 19th Annual Global Airfinance Conference in Dublin, Hogan said that the strategy that resulted in 5.5 million guests connecting onto the Etihad Airways network from codeshares and partners in 2016, had delivered revenue and synergy benefits.“Our investments had an immediate impact on the revenue side, delivering hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenues and allowing us to fill our onward connecting flights. Those benefits have been replicated in all our minority investments – in airberlin, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Etihad Regional,” he said.“We also believed our minority investments would unlock an additional advantage that the global alliances were simply unable to use. Because we had ’skin in the game,’ we could work on joint procurement and other business synergies which would save us – and our partners – hundreds of millions of dollars. Again, we have seen similar benefits from each of our investments, with those synergies being shared by all the partners,” Hogan said.The CEO also said the third goal of the equity investments is to allow the management of these airlines to reshape their businesses into sustainable profitable operations, required a longer term view.He stated that,“We are committed to our equity partner strategy – it delivers a huge amount to our business.  Some of those airlines need to react to the market pressures they face, and we are supportive of that process.”“That approach has helped Etihad grow from a $300 million a year airline, to a diversified aviation group which delivers revenues of more than $26 billion. Etihad Airways sits at the heart of that business, of course, but is now only one element of a model which includes significant other businesses and investments,” Hogan added.last_img read more

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Trent Sherfield (16) makes a catch in front of cornerback Deatrick Nichols (39) during an NFL football practice Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Do the Cardinals go with the young undrafted players with high upside, like receiver Trent Sherfield and linebacker Dennis Gardeck? Or do veterans hoping for a rebirth like receiver Greg Little get the edge?Doug Franz, John Gambadoro and Ron Wolfley of 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station are making their 53-man roster predictions before Thursday’s game at University of Phoenix Stadium.Related LinksThe 5: Cardinals position battles of note for their preseason finaleCardinals’ Tre Boston is adjusting to that desert lifeCardinals QB Josh Rosen would ‘love’ as many reps as possible vs. BroncosPFF: Vontarrius Dora a top-rated edge defender in preseasonReport: Cardinals will sit QB Josh Rosen against Broncos on ThursdayOf note: Franz, Wolfley, Paul Calvisi and Gambo believe Sherfield, an undrafted rookie out of Vanderbilt will make the cut over Little. All four believe Golden will be included on the 53-man roster, but only Wolf and Gambo believe Gresham will be off the PUP list by the start of the year.The four see defensive end Vontarrius Dora making the cut as one of the last defensive lineman.The most shocking pick: Doug has rookie kicker Matt McCrane making the team over vet Phil Dawson.Ron WolfleyQB (3) – Sam Bradford, Josh Rosen, Mike GlennonRB/FB (5) – David Johnson, Chase Edmonds, T.J. Logan, Derrick Coleman, Elijhaa PennyTE (3) – Jermaine Gresham, Ricky Seals-Jones, Gabe HolmesOL (9) – D.J. Humphries, Mike Iupati, Mason Cole, Justin pugh, Andre Smith, John Wetzel, Evan Boehm, Will Holden, Daniel Munyer 3 Comments   Share   Top Stories RB/FB (5) – Johnson, Edmonds, Logan, Coleman, PennyTE (2) – Seals-Jones, HolmesOL (9) – Humphries, Iupati, Cole, Pugh, Smith, Wetzel, Boehm, Holden, CunninghamWR (7) – Fitz, Kirk, Williams, Butler, Nelson, Little, SherfieldDL (9) – Jones, Nkemdiche, Golden, Peters, Pierre, Gunter, Mayowa, Dora, Jacquies SmithLB (6) – Bynes, Bucannon, Reddick, Wright, Gardeck, HodgesDB (9) – Peterson, Taylor, Baker, Bethea, Boston, Campbell, Benwikere, Ford, NicholsST (3) – Lee, Brewer, DawsonJohn GambadoroQB (3) – Sam Bradford, Mike Glennon, Josh RosenRB (4) – David Johnson, Chase Edmonds, TJ Logan and Derrick ColemanWR (6) – Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Chad Williams, JJ Nelson, Brice Butler, Trent SherfieldTE (3) – Jermaine Gresham, Ricky Seals-Jones, Gabe HolmesOL (9) – Justin Pugh, DJ Humphries, Mason Cole, Mike Iupati, Andre Smith, John Wetzel, Evan Boehm, Korey Cunningham, Daniel MunyerLB (6) – Deone Bucanon, Haason Reddick, Gerald Hodges, Josh Bynes, Dennis GardeckDL (9) – Markus Golden, Chandler Jones, Jacquies Smith, Rodney Gunter, Robert Nkemdiche, Corey Peters, Vontarrius Dora, Olsen Pierre, Benson MayowaCB (5) – Patrick Peterson, Bene Benwikere, Jamar Taylor, Brandon Williams, Deatrick Nichols WR (6) – Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Chad Williams, Brice Butler, J.J. Nelson, Trent SherfieldDL (8) – Chandler Jones, Robert Nkemdiche, Markus Golden, Corey Peters, Olsen Pierre, Rodney Gunter, Benson Mayowa, Vontarrius DoraLB (6) – Josh Bynes, Deone Bucannon, Haason Reddick, Scooby Wright, Dennis Gardeck, Gerald HodgesDB (10) – Patrick Peterson, Jamar Taylor, Budda Baker, Antoine Bethea, Tre Boston, Chris Campbell, Bene Benwikere, Rudy Ford, Deatrick Nichols, Brandon WilliamsST (3) – P Andy Lee, LS Aaron Brewer, K Phil DawsonDoug FranzQB (3) – Bradford, Rosen, GlennonRB/FB (5) – Johnson, Edmonds, Logan, Coleman, PennyTE (3) – Seals-Jones, Holmes, TBD (Another tight end cut by another team)OL (9) – Humphries, Iupati, Cole, Pugh, Smith, Wetzel, Boehm, Holden, Korey CunninghamWR (6) – Fitzgerald, Kirk, Williams, Butler, Nelson, SherfieldDL (8) – Jones, Nkemdiche, Golden, Peters, Pierre, Gunter, Mayowa, DoraLB (6) – Bynes, Bucannon, Reddick, Wright, Gardeck, HodgesDB (10) – Peterson, Taylor, Baker, Bethea, Boston, Campbell, Benwikere, Ford, Nichols, A.J. HowardST (3) – Lee, Brewer, Matt McCranePaul CalvisiQB (3) – Bradford, Rosen, Glennon Saturday marks the deadline for the Arizona Cardinals to cut their preseason roster down to 53 players.Backend players have a chance to force their way onto that roster with strong performances in the preseason finale Thursday against the Denver Broncos, but outside factors weigh heavily as well. Will Markus Golden (ACL injury) and Jermaine Gresham (Achilles tear) be included on the 53-man roster, or will they remain on the PUP list and be sidelined for at least six games of the regular season? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact S (5) – Antoine Bethea, Budda Baker, Tre Boston, Rudy Ford, Ezekiel TurnerST (3) – Aaron Brewer, Phil Dawson, Andy Lee Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Flying with Virgin Atlantic has never been so lavish with a range of new services and outstanding enhancements on-board the 787-9 Dreamliner fleet including one of the longest fully flat beds of any carrier, walk-up bar and a four-course restaurant-style menu serving a selection of French wines.Gia Acitelli, Regional General Manager South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand at Virgin Atlantic Airways says, “At Virgin Atlantic we place great emphasis on setting high standards in air travel. Upper Class makes your journey something to really look forward to and with added benefits unique to Virgin Atlantic we guarantee an exceptional experience like no other.”“Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class guests can carry three pieces of baggage at 32kg each and have exclusive access to the drive-through check-in at London Heathrow, via our Upper Class Wing, and our award-winning Clubhouse lounges around the world,” says Acitelli.“The Upper Class Wing is tailored to make the journey from London Heathrow Terminal 3 as quick and easy as possible. On arrival, the Virgin Atlantic team will be ready to swiftly handle passengers’ baggage, hand out individual boarding passes and provide access to a private security channel, beating the queues in as little as 10 minutes. This seamless and stress-free transition will then lead guests to the Clubhouse, the perfect place to catch up on work or relax before any flight,” says Acitelli.On board, guests are greeted with a pre-flight glass of champagne, access to the walk-up onboard bar with bar stools and fully serviced continental breakfast and high tea complete with sandwiches and an array of cakes. Virgin Atlantic has also pioneered a seat which flips proficiently into one of the longest fully flat beds across all business class carriers at the touch of a button. Travellers are offered a complimentary sleep suit to make their journey extra comfortable, with the cabin crew on hand to wake them when it’s time to land.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAs ambassadors of French lifestyle and superior savoir-faire, Air France and the Palace of Versailles share many values and help to promote France’s influence throughout the world. They are now teaming up in a unique partnership to create and offer Air France’s La Première customers an immersive and refined culinary experience, before their trip in the airline’s most exclusive travel cabin.Effective 7 November 2018, Air France is inviting the Palace of Versailles into its La Première lounge located in terminal 2E at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.Boxed orange trees, belonging to the Palace of Versailles botanical collection, are on display in the entrance to the vestibule of the Air France lounge surrounding a decor evoking the lush green ornamental patterns of French landscaped gardens.Customers can then enjoy a refined culinary experience at lunch or teatime, inspired by the Ducasse restaurant at the Palace of Versailles.An exceptional lunchDuring lunch, Air France’s La Première lounge Chef Teddy Merienne invites customers to discover one of the exceptional dishes created for the exclusive dinner parties staged at the Palace of Versailles by the Ducasse restaurant: Turbot, with tender Swiss chard. Expertly crafted cooking techniques and perfectly seasoned vegetables bring natural flavours to the fore.Teatime according to Marie-AntoinetteFor teatime, La Première customers can enjoy “Les Délices de Marie-Antoinette” comprising a marble cake, chocolate chip brioche and a Louis XIV, the signature dessert of the Ducasse restaurant at the Palace of Versailles. These are all served with a coffee or hot chocolate, which was the custom of the queen.For the occasion, all the dishes are served on tableware from the Ancient Royal Manufacture of Limoges, in identical reproductions by Maison Bernardaud and also used at the Ducasse restaurant in the Palace of Versailles.La Première lounge customers will be able to prolong their experience by perusing Alain Ducasse’s Cuisine de Roi à Versailles cookbook and co-publications offered by the Palace of Versailles in the La Première lounge’s fine art book selection.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more