U.S. House Passes Permanent R&D Tax Credit

first_imgThe U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would permanently extend a popular tax break for companies investing in research. Despite strong bipartisan support, however, the proposal appears unlikely to become law—at least not this year.The 274 to 131 vote ended several days of sniping over the bill, which would permanently renew the so-called R&D tax credit, which expired at the end of last year. Although both Democrats and Republicans sponsored the legislation, it had drawn a veto threat from the White House because it didn’t provide a way to offset the $156 billion that the tax break is expected to cost over the next decade.Republican leaders in the House argued that Congress has a long history of extending the R&D tax break—it’s been renewed 15 times since it was first adopted in 1981—without finding a way to pay for it. But Democratic leaders said Republican supporters were guilty of hypocrisy because they typically insist that any new program not add to federal spending deficits. “All of the wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth with reference to the deficit seems to go by the boards when the Republicans talk of tax cuts,” said Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the second-ranking Democrat in the House, at press conference earlier this week.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In a private meeting before this morning’s vote, Hoyer and other Democratic leaders asked members of their party not to vote for the bill, according to media reports. But despite the plea, 62 Democrats joined 212 Republicans to approve the legislation. Just one Republican opposed the measure.One Democrat who supported the bill, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), told CQ Roll Call that it would have been inconsistent to vote against a measure he has long supported, and that Congress typically extends the R&D tax credit without a dedicated spending offset. “It has been extended unpaid for 10 times,” he said. Blumenauer also suggested that the vote “does not matter as much because the tax credit will not pass in this form in the Senate.”The Senate is working on its own version of the legislation which would extend the credit for just 2 years. But Congress is not expected to agree on any fix, permanent or temporary, until after the elections in November.last_img read more

Tamed Eagles aim to fly high

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “We have to accept the humility of the scenario, we have to get back to understanding what we do well, and sort of rediscover who we are,” said Baldwin, moments after emerging from the Ateneo dugout at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.“It’s there, there’s no question that it’s still there. But today I thought we played like a young team, and we shouldn’t. Yes, there’s youth there, but we’ve been together long enough and we shouldn’t play like a young team. We have to figure it out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Tamaraws seemed to have the Eagles all figured out as they started strong and finished even stronger to send their Final Four matchup to a do-or-die affair this Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.While Baldwin acknowledged FEU’s brilliance, the American coach said the defeat was also due to his players lacking confidence with their shots. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cash incentive, more allowance await world champ Tabora Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Two weeks ago, Ateneo was flirting with a perfect UAAP Season 80 elimination round and an outright finals berth.But two successive losses, including a 67-80 defeat to Far Eastern U in the Final Four, has put the Blue Eagles’ impressive campaign in peril, a scenario which coach Tab Baldwin said is humbling for his team.ADVERTISEMENT Baldwin said his team shot “abysmally” in contrast to the Tamaraws, whom he described as “sharper on both ends of the floor.”Ateneo shot just 36 percent from the field, including 31 percent from beyond the arc.For a team that hardly showed any weakness in the elimination round, the sputtering performance by the Eagles came as a surprise.“I think FEU played real well,” he said. “They had a good game plan, we shot the ball just abysmally. We had open shots particularly in the first half, and we didn’t hit them. I think our confidence kind of went down, and I hate to see that because with young kids, you don’t ever want to see their confidence sort of erode a little bit.”Baldwin feels this type of adversity will only strengthen his players, saying he can already feel the urgency within the team.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “We just have to play a lot better and play much closer to what we’re capable of,” he added. Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more

‘Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders’

first_img“Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching’s Greatest Feats” (Unbridled Books), by Dirk LammersSpring is almost official, and that means the other season about to start is baseball season. Author Dirk Lammers examines the history of a pitcher’s dream to throw a no-hitter in “Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching’s Greatest Feats.” A perfect game, when no players reach base for the full nine innings, is even rarer, and he looks at those as well. The end result is a fascinating book that will appeal to both the historian and the die-hard fan.Lammers, an Associated Press journalist, goes all the way back to the beginning to find the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter, who officially was George Washington Bradley of the St. Louis Brown Stockings, who achieved that distinction on July 15, 1876. Joe Borden might have successfully accomplished this feat a year earlier, but records are hard to decipher due to the way statistics were kept at the time. Plus he also played under the alias Joseph E. Josephs, since he didn’t want his parents to know he was playing baseball.Some of the stories are sad due to the pitcher successfully throwing a no-hitter, yet it still ends up a loss due to the base-on-balls somehow crossing home plate. A game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds on May 2, 1917, ended after nine innings with both pitchers having thrown a no-hitter. Unfortunately, the 10th inning broke the stalemate for one of the men.A more recent example, and memorable for the wrong reasons, occurred on June 2, 2010, when Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was one out away from throwing a perfect game against the Cleveland Indians. The next batter hit a ground ball and Galarraga ran over to cover first base. He caught the ball thrown from the first baseman and touched the bag a full step ahead of the runner. The umpire at first base called the runner safe. Replays clearly showed the third out, and Galarraga had pitched a perfect game. Unfortunately, due to the umpire making the safe call, the perfect game was up in smoke. Later, umpire Jim Joyce publicly apologized for blowing the call. While the governor of Michigan declared Galarraga pitched a perfect game, Major League Baseball said no. Both Joyce and Galarraga later wrote a book together about the experience.Lammers tells many stories covering the history of the sport, showcasing the human element of each statistic. Whether one is a casual fan or someone who lives and breathes the sport, “Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders” is essential reading for fans.JEFF AYERS, Associated Press TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Lightning Zap The Isles, 7-4

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning won a big game but lost a key player.Tyler Johnson and Jason Garrison scored 23 seconds apart midway through the third period and the Lightning beat the New York Islanders 7-4 on March 25.Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman left in the first with a non-displaced fracture of the left fibula after getting checked by Anders Lee.Stralman will miss the rest of the regular season but coach Jon Cooper didn’t rule out a return at some point in the playoffs.“Naturally, if anybody gets hurt, especially someone like Anton, it’s a stinger,” Cooper said. “But I’m not going to sit here and say, one of our defensemen got hurt that’s it, we’re mailing it in. No way. Stral would be the first one to tell you, boys, let’s go extend the season so I can comeback. That will be our goal.”Copper said Stralman was rattled by the injury.“Hopefully, it can heal quick,” Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said. “It’s a tough bounce for our group right now, especially heading down the stretch and into the playoffs.”Johnson had a go-ahead rebound goal at 10:09 before Garrison stopped a 26-game goal drought and put the Lightning up 6-4. Garrison also had two assists after going 18 games without a point.Tampa Bay also got goals from Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Stamkos, Andrej Sustr and Victor Hedman, who had an empty-netter. Ondrej Palat had three assists.The Lightning host Florida on March 26 with first place in the Atlantic Division at stake as both teams have 91 points.Brock Nelson, Shane Prince, Johnny Boychuk and Nikolav Kulemin scored for the Islanders. They remained a point behind third-place Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division.“It’s embarrassing to give up seven goals at this time of year,” Islanders center Frans Nielsen said. “It’s not a good feeling right now.”Kulemin got the Islanders even at 4 just 19 seconds after Sustr scored for the Lightning at 6:02 of the third. Sustr stopped a 25-game drought.Tampa Bay tied a team record for the two fastest goals and took a 2-1 lead when Kucherov (13:42) and Namestnikov (13:51) scored nine seconds apart in the first.Kucherov tied his career high with 29th goal on a nifty re-direction before Namestnikov beat Thomas Greiss from the low left circle.Greiss made 35 saves.“You’re not going to win many games in this league giving up seven goals,” Islanders captain John Tavaras said. “We battled back a few times. Obviously the back to back goals hurt us.”Kucherov has a goal in four consecutive games. He was slowed in the third period after taking a shot off his foot.After Stamkos scored his 35th goal on the rebound at 5:02 of the second, Prince got the Islanders within 3-2 just 23 seconds later.Garrison assisted on Stamkos’ goal for his 100th career NHL assist.Boychuk tied it at 3 from the blue line with 3:42 left in the second.Nelson opened the scoring by beating Ben Bishop from the left circle at 8:54 of the first.Bishop stopped 27 shots. Lee had a power-play goal disallowed 1:19 into the game because of a referee’s whistle.(MARK DIDTLER) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Simeone sends message to under-fire Atletico players

first_imgPrimera División ‘I’m not raising my voice” – Simeone keeping calm amid Atletico struggles Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 00:57 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid Getty Images Primera División Atlético Madrid Deportivo La Coruña v Atlético Madrid Deportivo La Coruña Atletico have struggled in front of goal of late, but the Argentine is keeping calm despite just one win in eight Diego Simeone is remaining tranquil and refusing to raise his voice at Atletico Madrid players as his team continue to go through a difficult spell.Atletico are by no means in a crisis, as they sit fourth in La Liga after going unbeaten in their first 10 matches, but Simeone’s men have been far from their very best.Atleti 5/6 to win at Depor Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at home to Azerbaijan’s Qarabag in the Champions League left Atletico with just three points from four matches, making progression to the knockout stage now a tall order.That stalemate was their sixth draw in eight matches across all competitions, with a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo on October 22 their only triumph since beating Sevilla 2-0 on September 23.And the typically volatile Simeone insists he is not losing his patience or temper with Atletico. | PRESS CONFERENCE@Simeone : “I believe in the work we do and I believe in my footballers” #AupaAtleti #DeporAtleti pic.twitter.com/a3JjJZ1IkI — Atletico de Madrid (@atletienglish) November 3, 2017 “I am not raising my voice,” Simeone told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Deportivo La Coruna.”The reality is, once you finishing counting the words [you speak], they just come and go. You can say one word more and you say one word less – it doesn’t really change anything.”What really counts is what you do on the pitch. The reality is we have drawn many more games than we would liked, but we were much closer to winning them than losing them, and that in itself brings us closer to our objective.”We are a team and when one lives as part of a team we are all implicated in achieving our objectives, because we are a team.”We don’t depend on one player. We don’t have just one player who will win a game. The situation is very good, we are focused on the collective and we push for this as a consequence of being a team.”Despite Atletico’s struggles, particularly in front of goal, Simeone is adamant that he is not about to start ringing the changes. | SQUAD LIST Check out who @Simeone called up for #DporAtleti ! #ApaAtleti pic.twitter.com/NFlfMSXdwv — Atltico de Madrid (@atletienglish) November 3, 2017 “For us we have almost never changed our way,” he said. “I said this to the players for the second half in Girona, for the game against Valencia, the game against Las Palmas, the games against Villareal, Sevilla, almost the whole match against Barcelona and the match against Roma.”We will keep producing these kinds of good performances because that is what we’re doing.”They played well in all of them. Against Las Palmas we played differently to against Roma. The team responded in the best possible way.”We need to live with that kind of pressure. We are a united as a team and we will work as a team. And the best responses we can have individually have a consequence as a team, and that will improve our level. We will aim for that.”last_img read more

Dover Seaways Hits Harbour Wall, Four Injured

first_imgDanish shipping company DFDS Seaways confirmed that an incident occurred on Sunday morning on board one of its ferries causing minor injuries to some of the passengers.Namely, when leaving Dover on the 08:00am sailing to Dunkirk, Dover Seaways ferry made contact with the harbour wall.Some passengers and crew were treated for minor injuries, including four people who have been taken to hospital for additional checks, DFDS said in a release.” Their injuries are not believed to be of a series nature,” DFDS added.All 320 passengers and freight disembarked the vessel and those who chose to continue their journey have been accommodated on other DFDS Seaways ferries.DFDS said that the Dover Seaways ferry was being assessed for repairs.Press Releaselast_img

Maersk Line, Iranian Courts Approach Solution

first_imgzoom Danish liner company Maersk Line continues talks with Iranian authorities as it pushes for the release of the seized containership Maersk Tigris.“Today, we have had a constructive dialogue with the Iranian courts and Ports & Maritime Organization. Earlier today, we provided a letter of undertaking in relation to the underlying cargo case. We are continuing to do everything we can to assist in the safe release of the crew and vessel,” the company said in an emailed statement.Maersk Line informed yesterday that it was in dialogue with Iranian courts, but did not want to disclose any details regarding the outcome of the ongoing talks.Iran said on Wednesday a legal settlement could be reached soon over the seizure of Maersk Tigris, according to IRNA news agency.“The negotiations between the private complainant and the other party are going on and possibly the issue will be resolved in a day or two,” IRNA quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as saying.The seizure of Maersk Tigris on April 28th by Iranian patrol boats is said to be related to a cargo dispute between a private company named Pars Talaee Oil Production Company and Maersk Line, which dates back to 2005.The Iranian Embassy said on Thursday that the ship would be released once the debt case was settled, Reuters reports.Managing-Director of Pars Tala’eyeh Oil Products Company Hamidreza Jahanian told Fars News Agency that if the debt is not resolved that the assets and properties on the ship and even the vessel itself will be put up to tender and will be sold to compensate for the incurred loss.The 2014-built Maersk Tigris remains at anchor in the Persian Gulf, around 7 nautical miles off Bandar Abbas.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Team owners discuss IPL expansion in London

first_imgLondon: Expanding the IPL to 10 teams from eight was one of the issues discussed during a meeting of the franchise owners and the league’s other stakeholders in London earlier this week. However, the increase in the number of teams won’t be a first as 10 sides competed in the 2011 edition of the IPL with the addition of the Kochi and Pune franchises. Contractual issues between Kochi and the BCCI meant the team could only last one season before the Sahara -owned Pune Warriors also pulled out after the 2013 edition, making it an eight team contest again from 2014. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”We discussed increasing the number of teams but it was an informal discussion. Anyway the teams don’t have the authority to decide on the matter, the BCCI will have to take a call but we are open to the idea,” a team official, who attended the meeting in London, said. Another official also confirmed the IPL expansion was discussed in the meeting. “There was a discussion but it was done at an informal level. There is no concrete plan as of now on how to go about it. More teams will lead to more games which could mean a bigger scheduling window. So, all of that needs to be worked out,” said the official. In the absence of the then suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajashthan Royals in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal, Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions came into being in the IPL for two seasons. Sanjiv Goenka, the owner of Rising Pune Supergiant franchise which reached the 2017 IPL final in only its second attempt, had expressed to remain invested beyond the two-year period.last_img read more

Missing murdered women inquiry urged to earn trust of family members

first_imgWHITEHORSE – Families of missing and murdered indigenous women told a national inquiry on its final day of hearings in Whitehorse that they have little faith in the process and their trust must be earned.The emotional hearings ran for three days and heard from dozens of family members of girls or women who have disappeared or been killed. Each story was unique, but the ’60s Scoop, residential schools and police indifference were constant themes.On Thursday, testimony took a more critical turn at times, with some speakers expressing wariness of the inquiry and urging the commissioners not to let them down.“I really don’t trust people like you guys,” said Terry Ladue, the microphone shaking in his hand.Ladue said his mother Jane Dick was beaten to death after he and his siblings were seized in the ’60s Scoop, when indigenous children were taken and placed in non-indigenous homes. He said the effect was that he never learned how to love and spent 13 years “with a needle stuck up his arm.”He said he doesn’t trust the inquiry because all government has ever done is hurt him, take him away from his parents and throw his people in jail. Ladue urged the commissioners to do more than just talk — they must take action to elevate indigenous people in Canadian society, he said.“Dealing with this today, for me, is letting go of something that I haven’t let go of for 52 years, and that’s the anger I have towards the government officials and the anger I have towards the RCMP.“I don’t trust. You want my trust, you’ve got to earn my trust. If I see this fall apart, I’ll never trust again.”Several listeners, including commissioner Qajaq Robinson, were crying by the end of Ladue’s testimony.Chief Commissioner Marion Buller has said it’s crucial to the future of the inquiry that the Whitehorse hearings are successful. Other community meetings won’t be held until the fall, and families from across the country have been critical of delays and poor communication.Buller choked up as she delivered closing remarks, saying the spirits of missing and murdered women and girls joined the hearings.“In three days we’ve heard many stories of loss, we’ve heard anger, we’ve heard pain, but we’ve also heard courage and strength and hope,” she said.“But perhaps the most moving thing of all that’s happened is the magic of the healing that’s started. You can feel it here.”In addition to the public hearings, where families of 14 missing or murdered women and girls spoke inside a large white tent decorated with colourful blankets, a number of participants spoke privately with statement-takers.Shaun LaDue, who uses a capital “D” in his last name unlike his brother, said he felt respected and heard after testifying about their mother. He also spoke about his experience as a transgender man.“The hearings so far to me seem to be going very good. The commissioners are listening to us with their heart and their soul and they’re very responsive to what the Yukon First Nations families have to say,” he said in an interview.“I have good hope — a big, strong hope — that when they go across Canada, people will see that they’re working their hardest.”Joan Jack, a lawyer and sister-in-law of murder victim Barbara Jack, has criticized the quasi-judicial format of the inquiry. She told reporters earlier Thursday that the formal processes, including the swearing-in of witnesses, were making many participants uncomfortable.But as her family rose to speak Thursday afternoon, they were not asked to swear to tell the truth. Instead, they were dressed in red Tlingit regalia, which means they were “standing in their truth,” she said.A lawyer approached her family in the morning to say that the commissioners understood her concerns, Jack said in an interview.“I think the commission responded to my public criticisms that using the Canadian legal system and filling it with brown people isn’t sufficient. We have to do it different,” she said.Inquiry spokeswoman Bernee Bolton said that under Yukon law, there is flexibility in how people are sworn in that reflects cultural diversity.Jack said she still has concerns about the inquiry, including that the lead legal counsel is not aboriginal.“I don’t have a lot of faith that this process is going to produce anything,” she told the commissioners.“That’s why I said to my family, ‘Why should we come?’ I said, ‘Because we’ll heal ourselves. If anything, we can find reconciliation within our family.’ “— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the inquiry heard from family representing 13 females.last_img read more

Montreal exhibit celebrating life and work of Leonard Cohen to open in

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal’s contemporary art museum will be hosting an exhibit later this year devoted to the life and work of Leonard Cohen, one that was conceived with the late singer-songwriter’s blessing.“We wanted to make sure that Leonard would not be against an exhibition like this, because we know he has a certain humility and we didn’t want to overstep our welcome,” museum director and chief curator John Zeppetelli said Thursday.Zeppetelli said organizers heard back from Cohen’s longtime manager, Robert Kory, who mentioned the artist was delighted with the strategy behind “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything.”What is planned is a five-month exhibition inspired by Cohen’s music, poetry and artwork that will include installations combining visual art, music, writing and virtual reality by artists from 10 countries.It is slated to open to the public Nov. 9 and run until early April 2018. Cohen died last Nov. 7 but his death was only announced a few days later.Among the dozens lending their talents to the exhibit are renowned U.S. visual artist Jenny Holzer, South African artist Candice Breitz and Montreal filmmaker Kara Blake.Musicians including Ariane Moffatt with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Moby, Jarvis Cocker, Jean Leloup and The National will record covers of Cohen classics strictly for the exhibit.Zeppetelli said he and guest curator Victor Shiffman, along with the various artists, have spent more than two years organizing the event.And while Cohen was happy with the project, he always declined as one artist after another sought to speak to him about their ideas.“He did say that he would not participate personally in the production of the works and the elaboration of ideas,” Zeppetelli said.“It was like: ‘You’ve got these amazing, world-class artists, why would they want me? I’m making everything available to you, all my music is out there, my literature is out there for you to use, you can do anything you want. I just don’t want to be bothered’.”Organizers didn’t know how ill Cohen was and his death was a shock, with Zeppetelli assuring the artists the project would move forward.“What changed was the mood and now the works have a different kind of colour, a different kind of resonance,” he said. “The artists were even more committed afterwards.”The event is part of Montreal’s 375th-anniversary celebration program, which provided funding key to setting up the exhibit.Zeppetelli said Cohen’s name came up while brainstorming an anniversary project and he described him as “profoundly local but instantly planetary.”“I cannot think of another figure from Montreal who has this kind of (resonance) throughout the world,” Zepetelli said. “Who has the resonance that Leonard Cohen has?“So there’s this beautiful tension between local celebration and an icon that can easily cross borders.”CBC-Radio Canada, presenter of the exhibit, and the National Film Board of Canada both provided artists access to their Cohen archives. The public broadcaster is also doing its own Cohen-related projects.Concerts, an academic conference and other events will also be held in parallel with the exhibit itself, Zeppetelli said.Cohen is also the subject of two duelling murals in the city.A nine-storey work by artist Kevin Ledo just off Saint-Laurent Boulevard in Cohen’s old Plateau Mont Royal area is currently being erected as part of Montreal’s Mural Festival, which runs until the end of the week.And a 20-storey mural that will go up on the side of a downtown building later this year is expected to be among the largest in the city.On the web:Leonard Cohenlast_img read more

Imagine Dragons To Perform At TrevorLIVE New York

first_imgImagine Dragons will perform at The Trevor Project’s TrevorLIVE New York fundraising gala June 19 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, with the band’s singer, Dan Reynolds, set to be presented with the Trevor Hero Award.“With President Trump signing the religious liberty executive order last week, and anti-LGBTQ legislation being considered at the state level across the country, we need to reassure LGBTQ youth that they are not alone,” said Steve Mendelsohn, The Trevor Project Interim Executive Director. “There’s an army of allies standing with you, and they include Imagine Dragons band members and Shoshana Bean. We are grateful for advocates like them who are using their platform to counter and spread love.”“To me, equality means equal rights for all and showing love and support for every human being regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, politics, or any other intersecting identities,” Reynolds said. “It’s important to me that I raise my three girls to see no difference in anyone and to only love. Both personally and professionally, I live my life in a way that will hopefully show my daughters that their dad will fight tirelessly until we all truly have equal rights. The Trevor Project award means far more to me than any accolade or accomplishment in my music or life. I want LGBTQ youth to know that they are whole and beautiful. I stand by their side and will do all in my power to be an ally, advocate and friend. Love is love.”TrevorLIVE New York will include a performance from the Tony-nominated musical, “Dear Evan Hansen”; standup from comedian Dana Goldberg; and an original musical number, “I Wish I Were Gay.” We are also proud to present an exclusive first look at the new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film which launched The Trevor Project – “TREVOR the musical.”The fundraiser and gala will be presented by Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and Deloitte.For more information on the event, click here.last_img read more

Dawson Creek male arrested in St Albert in connection to a Alberta

first_imgST. ALBERT, A.B. – A Dawson Creek man is one of our people facing charges after the RCMP found a ‘chop shop’ operating in the St. Albert area.Over the course of July 24 and 25, the Central Alberta District CRU were investigating a property and a known repeat offender in the St. Albert area.  While investigating, the CRU observed minor thefts committed by the four suspect males.On July 24, the four males were arrested.  Following their arrest, the investigation by the RCMP determined that two Ford F350s that the males were connected to had been reported stolen.  In one case, the vehicle identification number of the truck had been altered. Judicial interim release hearings have been held. Skoro and Gerrior remain in custody and are scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in St. Albert on July 30, 2018. Scott and Beckman have been released on a Recognized and are scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in St. Albert on July 30, 2018.At the time of his arrest, Ronald Vernon Scott was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Stony Plain. With the assistance of members from St. Albert Detachment, a related residential property on Villeneuve Road was secured in anticipation of a search warrant.  On July 25, with the assistance of Edmonton RCMP Auto Theft Unit and the Wetaskiwin and St. Albert RCMP, the Central Alberta District CRU executed a search warrant.  A stolen utility trailer along with parts from a GMC Sierra were seized.Four males are facing charges as follows:44-year-old Trevor Wayne Skoro of St. Albert, is charged with five counts of possession of property obtained by crime; as well as, tampering with a vehicle identification number and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)48-year-old Ronald Vernon Scott of Alberta Beach is charged with two counts of possession of property obtained by crime and two counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)50-year-old Wally Allen Gerrior of St. Albert, is charged with three counts of possession of property obtained by crime and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)29-year-old Darcy Todd Beckman of Dawson Creek, is charged with one count of possession of property obtained by crime and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)last_img read more

Annan stresses unity exhausting all avenues of peace in dealing with Iraq

“If we succeed in getting Iraq to comply fully and disarm, by effective and credible inspections, then the prize is great,” the Secretary-General said in an address this morning to the College of William & Mary in Virginia, where he was awarded an honorary degree during the school’s celebration marking the 310th anniversary of its charter.“Iraq would no longer be a threat to its neighbours, and we would send a very powerful message to all other countries that are tempted to develop or acquire weapons of mass destruction,” he added. “We would strengthen the non-proliferation regime throughout the world.”The Secretary-General noted that the disarmament of Iraq was not an issue for one country alone, but for the international community as a whole. “When States decide to use force, not in self-defence but to deal with broader threats to international peace and security, there is no substitute for the unique legitimacy provided by the United Nations Security Council,” he said. “States and peoples around the world attach fundamental importance to such legitimacy, and to the international rule of law.”In citing the “horror” threatened by weapons of mass destruction, an issue confined not just to Iraq, Mr. Annan said it was vitally important the entire international community carefully re-examine the foundations of its security in a united way. “Only a collective, multilateral approach can effectively curb the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and make the world a safer place,” he said. “Nothing would undermine that goal more fatally than the actual use of weapons of mass destruction.”He recalled that it was due in large part to the firm challenge issued by United States President George W. Bush – and the pressure that followed it – that UN inspectors have returned to Iraq after a nearly four-year absence, backed by the power of a unanimous Security Council resolution giving them a new, more authoritative and robust mandate.With that unanimity in the international community – a message conveyed by a united Security Council, by the Arab League and by Iraq’s neighbours – the Secretary-General warned that if Iraq fails to make use of this last chance to disarm and continues its defiance, the Council will have to make another grim choice, based on the findings of the UN inspectors. “When that time comes, the Council must face up to its responsibilities,” Mr. Annan said.“In my experience, it always does so best and most effectively when its members work in unison,” he said, underscoring that the Council should proceed in a determined, reflective, deliberative manner. “Its measures must be seen as firm, effective, credible and reasonable – not only by the Council members, but by the public at large.”He added: “The broader our consensus on Iraq, the better the chance that we can come together again and deal effectively with other burning conflicts in the world. These conflicts cause untold suffering, and urgently need our attention: from Israel and Palestine to Congo and Côte d’Ivoire, not to mention our efforts to stabilize Afghanistan.”Even beyond that, the Secretary-General said, the United Nations has a wider international agenda, set when the world’s leaders came together in 2000 and adopted the Millennium Declaration, which established clear targets – not only for peace, security and disarmament but for a host of other global ills. “It is by our success or failure in fulfilling those Millennium Goals, and not just in Iraq, that the role of the United Nations in the twenty-first century should be assessed,” he said. read more

Agreed themes but no common statement emerge from Economic and Social Council

Addressing the Council at a session which wrapped up late on Friday, Pakistan’s Ambassador, Munir Akram, explained that since efforts to produce a ministerial declaration had not been successful, he would prepare and circulate a Chair’s summary of the high-level segment, reflecting the discussions that had taken place during the three-day meeting. Highlighting some broad themes that had emerged during the discussions, he noted that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of anti-poverty targets adopted at a UN summit in 2000, together with the outcomes of other major UN conferences, constituted a comprehensive development agenda for the international community. The challenge was not devising a plan but acting on it, he said.While pointing out that overall progress in reaching the Goals had been uneven, he said a new spirit of shared responsibility was emerging. At the same time, he cautioned that this positive atmosphere must be maintained to give rise to concrete achievements at the 2005 World Summit to be held at UN Headquarters in September. Drawing another lesson from the high-level meeting, Mr. Akram said it served to highlight ECOSOC’s important role as the sole body bringing together governments, international agencies, civil society and business to conduct a comprehensive and open dialogue on how to reach common agenda. read more

Amid EritreanEthiopian tension UN Security Council envoy continues mission

The Chairman of the Security Council Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations, Japanese Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, who yesterday conferred with Ethiopian officials, today visited the Eritrean capital of Asmara and operational sectors affected by Eritrea’s ban on UN helicopter flights.All the observers stressed the debilitating effects of the ban on freedom of movement and the challenge this posed for the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea’s (UNMEE) ability to fulfil its mandate to monitor the ceasefire between the two countries. The ban forced UNMEE to vacate 18 of 40 locations in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) because they had become no longer operationally viable.In Asmara, Mr. Oshima met the Acting Chief Representative for Coordination with UNMEE as well as the Director in the Office of Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki.Asked whether there was any progress on the issue of humanitarian flights, he said that the issue was raised with the Director of the Office of the President, but no concrete answer was given. Last month permission was not forthcoming for the helicopter evacuation of two UNMEE personnel injured in a road accident.Mr. Oshima told the press he would report to the Security Council on what he has seen and heard “so that the Council as a whole will be able to make a good judgment” that will above all promote peace between both countries.Last month, warning that the serious deterioration of the situation could lead to “another round of devastating hostilities,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the Council to ensure that Eritrean restrictions on UN peacekeepers were lifted.But he also urged the 15-member body to address the underlying causes of the stalemate in the peace process, including Ethiopia’s opposition to significant parts of the agreed Boundary Commission’s binding demarcation decisions.Since then, UNMEE has reported movements of military personnel on both sides of the TSZ and irregular activities inside the Zone, including small and large military and paramilitary formations, and the movement of armour and aerial defence equipment. read more

Bell says its needs to buy Astral media to compete in digital

Bell says its needs to buy Astral media to compete in digital world MONTREAL – Bell should be allowed buy specialty TV and radio station company Astral Media to get bigger to take on foreign online competitors like Netflix, BCE CEO George Cope said Friday as part of the telecom giant’s final pitch to CRTC.If the $3.4-billion deal is shot down, Astral’s assets will ultimately be split up, guaranteeing the continued foreign dominance in every way that online content is delivered, Cope said.Astral own 25 channels, including The Movie Network, HBO Canada and French -language Super Ecran, Family Channel and Disney Junior and more than 80 radio stations.“Canada should not have to wait any longer to deploy a viable, national multi-platform solution, backed by a company with the resources to compete against well-funded global competitors,” he said on the final day of the regulatory hearing.If the acquisition is approved, Bell will have even more content from Astral to put on TVs, computers, smartphones and tablets of its own customers and to sell to its competitors. Bell bought the rest of the CTV assets it didn’t already own in 2010 to put more programming across the four screens.Meanwhile, the CBC objected in a last minute letter to the CRTC on Friday to Bell’s plans to set up a new, national French-language all-news service.CBC’s French-language service has RDI, a 24-hour all-news service and Quebecor runs French all-news service LCN. Bell’s proposed service would mean a third French-language all-news competitor based in Montreal.The CBC has objected to Bell using $20 million to start the all-news service from the more than $240 million it will contribute to what’s called a “tangible benefits” package — an additional financial obligation — if the deal is approved.Bell said it’s confident its French-language news service will go ahead.“I think we’d be surprised to see CBC or SRC (Societe Radio Canada) come forward and say that another voice of news for the French community isn’t a strong addition,” Kevin Crull, president of Bell Media division, said after the hearing.The use of the tangible benefits package by Bell to launch an all-news service raised some eyebrows, though.The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists told the CRTC that it would be “completely inappropriate” to use the money to fund the news service.“There are a number of great proposals for social benefits submitted for BCE’s consideration — including from the Broadcast History Museum and the Actor’s Fund of Canada,” said ACTRA president Ferne Downey.“These are worthy beneficiaries for whom even a little would mean a lot,” Downey said.During Bell’s final pitch to the CRTC, Cope played down the potential dominance of Bell would have.“As we’ve made clear, Bell’s share of English language TV viewing will be 33.5 per cent following the Astral-Bell transaction,” Cope said.That’s under the 35 per cent threshold set by the CRTC.Cope also said Bell makes its TV content available to its competitors, denying accusations the company has been an unwilling or difficult negotiator and has pushed up prices.Astral CEO Ian Greenberg says Canada needs its own online TV and movie service to compete with Netflix and the merger of the two companies would allow that.If it’s so easy to set up competitors to Netflix, why hasn’t anyone else in Canada already done that, asked Greenberg.“The answer is that it requires the scope only a transaction like this one brings,” Greenberg told the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.“Astral considered doing so, alone and in partnership, but we were unable to develop a viable business case,” he said.Greenberg added that competition won’t disappear because of the transaction and independent players will continue to emerge, saying, “After all, that’s how we got started.”Earlier Friday, several small TV, film and media companies spoke up in favour of Bell’s takeover of Astral, saying bigger is better to compete with online entertainment companies like Netflix and to get Canadian content a bigger audience.Bringing together Bell and Astral will only strengthen the Canadian broadcast system on all platforms, said John Brunton, chief executive and chairman of Insight Production Company Ltd.“Services like Netflix, Apple TV, YouTube, Google, Facebook — the list goes on — are just the tip of the ice berg of what we’re going to face in the next few years,” Brunton said.“I truly believe that our American counterparts will continue to find ways of dealing directly with Canadian consumers, which will eliminate Canadian companies in the process. The bigger and stronger our media companies are, the more likely our production community will thrive and prosper, in my opinion,” he said.Insight Production Company produces “Canada’s Got Talent,” “Canadian Idol, “Big Brother Canada,” “Canada Sings,” “Intervention Canada” and “Top Chef Canada.”Brunton said he has produced 1,201 hours of programming with CTV and its associated specialty channels, which Bell owns.“BCE promotes creative and innovation. That’s been our experience.”The Canadian Association of Film Distributors and Exporters said it also supports the deal because it will provide new opportunities to promote Canadian films and reach larger audiences.Association president Ted East said Bell’s announcement of a new service to compete with online Netflix will provide a platform for Canadian movies.“Having Bell Media as an enthusiastic supporter of Canadian feature films will be a critical component in their success in the decade ahead,” East said.But a small association of cable TV distributors spoke against the deal.The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance told the CRTC that Bell will have too much control over programming if it’s allowed to buy Astral Media (TSX:ACM.A) and suggested that consumers will pay the price if competition is reduced.“This transaction would give Bell control over the marquee programming content, both English and French, that is available to Canadian consumers,” said Alyson Townsend, president and CEO of the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Inc.There has been a long list of companies and groups that have come out against the proposed acquisition of Astral (TSX:ACM.A), a friendly deal valued at about $3.4 billion when it was announced March 16.BCE Inc. owns Bell Canada, the CTV television network, the former Chum radio stations and numerous specialty TV channels, as well as online sites for them all.Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B) and Cogeco Inc. (TSX:GCO) have come out against the deal, while Calgary’s Shaw Communications (TSX:SJR.B) supports it. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 15, 2012 12:23 pm MDT read more

Pest control company called to Leinster House to deal with rats and

first_img 16,402 Views RATS, MICE, BLUEBOTTLES and garden ants were among the pests and creepy crawlies found at Leinster House in the past two years.A pest control company was called to the parliamentary complex 15 times to deal with the threat of infestations during 2015 and 2016, at a cost of €8,354.20 to the taxpayer.Inspection reports compiled by the company reveal problems with black garden ants in the crèche at Leinster House, rats outside the press office and an infestation of bluebottle flies in TDs’ offices.Last May, the pest control firm was called out to deal with reports of rats on the ground floor of the main building following complaints of a “rancid smell” emanating from the floor outside the press office.A pest control technician reported that there was a hole in flooring outside the ladies’ toilets, which exposed “old cast-iron waste pipes” and acted as an entry point for rodents.“A callout visit was carried out in response to a rancid smell from under flooring in corridor outside press office,” the inspection report stated.Area was inspected and rodent activity evident with rodent droppings visible under flooring in this area, and one rat removed from under flooring.Last October, the pest control company was called in response to reports of a bluebottle infestation in three rooms in the LH2000 annex of Leinster House, where many TDs and senators have their offices.A pesticide spray treatment was carried out to address the infestation in the three offices located on the third floor of the building, as well as in the adjacent corridor.“Sub-floor and suspended roof inspected but no sign of any dead rodent bodies or rodent droppings,” the inspection report notes. “All fly-alighting areas were treated as required, including around windows. Control should be achieved within 24-48 hours.”In July 2015, a spray treatment was also carried out in the crèche area of Leinster House in response to an infestation of black garden ants. Ant activity was also noted elsewhere on the ground floor of the main building.‘Deep clean’ recommendedRecords released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal the pest control company was called to the complex 15 times in 2015 and 2016. There have been two callouts to date in 2017.On 31 January, the company was summoned in response to a “smell of rodent” in the Kildare Street reception of Leinster House. However, no dead rodents were discovered on inspection. On 27 March, the company was again called out in response to sightings of “rats in [the] main building on [the] ground floor”.In their inspection report following the callout, the technician recommended that a “deep clean” of the canteen was required “as there is a lot of food debris, which is a food source for rodents and needs to be cleaned ASAP”.A spokesperson for the Houses of the Oireachtas said: “We routinely check traps, baits and call in pest control as would happen in any other building of similar age in a city centre location surrounded by construction and Luas works.”Read: Fears of more disruption as NBRU may be sued over ‘wildcat’ strikeRead: Six more teenagers from ‘The Jungle’ migrant camp arrive in Ireland Image: Shutterstock/Gallinago_media Pest control company called to Leinster House to deal with rats and ants Rodent activity and droppings were found in the building. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 57 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3319932 Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 2:04 PM Apr 2nd 2017, 2:04 PM Short URL Share505 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Gallinago_media By Darragh McDonaghlast_img read more

GOCMV new location

first_imgThe Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria will begin to operate from the temporary location of 6 Easey Street, Collingwood as of Monday 22 October. This is due to the demolition of the old building and work that is about to begin on the new cultural centre on the corner of Lonsdale Street and Russell Streets in the city of Melbourne. Telephone and fax numbers are to remain the same. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Les autorités britanniques promeuvent le tourisme vert en Écosse

first_imgLes autorités britanniques promeuvent le tourisme vert en ÉcosseRelayé par la BBC, le lancement d’un guide du tourisme écologique à l’attention des professionnels du secteur en Écosse, témoigne de la volonté des autorités de ce pays de développer encore ce business, fructueux pour l’économie et l’environnement. Avec un million de visiteurs et 276 millions de livres générés chaque année, le tourisme dit faunique, ou plus généralement l’écotourisme, se porte bien en Écosse. Pour mieux faire encore, Tourism Intelligence Scotland (TIS), en partenariat avec Scottish Natural Heritage, vient de publier un nouveau guide offrant des conseils destinés aux professionnels du tourisme, sur la façon d’aider les amateurs de la faune sauvage à tirer le meilleur parti de leur voyage en Écosse.À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseLe guide encourage par exemple les fournisseurs d’hébergement à proposer à leur clientèle l’accès à des cartes et à des paires de jumelles, et à enrichir leurs sites web avec de l’information sur les réserves faunistiques locales et les sentiers de randonnée. “L’Écosse dispose d’une faune riche et d’une gamme abondante d’habitats uniques, du balbuzard pêcheur à la loutre, et des forêts aux terres agricoles. (…) Quelques 58 % de tous les visiteurs venant en Écosse citent nos paysages et nos sites comme principale raison de leur choix de destination de vacances”, a déclaré le ministre du Tourisme Fergus Ewing, à l’occasion du lancement de l’ouvrage. Le 13 juillet 2012 à 17:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more