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Duchess Of Cambridge To Visit Princes Trust Programme

first_imgYoung people taking part in the Team programme in Grimsby will have the honour of welcoming HRH The Duchess of Cambridge next month, on her first ever visit to a Prince’s Trust programme.Next month’s visit to the Grimsby will be one of The Duchess’ first public visits since announcing her pregnancy in December.The Duchess will meet young people who are turning their lives around on The Trust’s Team programme, delivered in partnership with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, at Grimsby’s Peaks Lane Fire Station.Unemployment hotspot Grimsby has one of the highest levels of youth joblessness in the country, with around one in three young people struggling to find a job.Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, said: “We are honoured that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting The Prince’s Trust. This will be The Duchess’ first visit, where she will meet past and present young people from our Team programme in Grimsby, an area that has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country.”As well as meeting with the young people, The Duchess will also be introduced to the fire crews working at the station and shown the stations fleet of fire engines.The Trust’s Team programme is a 12-week personal development scheme which helps unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds build the skills and confidence they need to get a job.Jamie Morris, Prince’s Trust Team Leader of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are delighted that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to honour Grimsby Team with her first visit to The Prince’s Trust.“This will provide a huge boost for the young people on the Team programme, which has been run from Grimsby Fire Station since September 2011 and has helped 65 young people from around the region in that time.”Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has been working in partnership with The Trust providing inspirational leadership and guidance to help disadvantaged young people in Grimsby since September 2011.The Trust’s Team programme is run in partnership with the Fire Service, as well as other partners, across the country.Young people on the scheme take part in a residential, a community project and a work experience placement over the course of 12 weeks, while developing team-building skills and CV-writing skills.As well as gaining valuable teamwork, communication and social skills, Teams make a great contribution to the community, undertaking refurbishment projects for community centres and local parks, and working with other groups such as disabled children.The Grimsby Team programme is also funded through a partnership with Grimsby Institute who provide support for young people to gain The Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork & Community Skills.Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

The Comeback and Mohawk Girls InFocus

first_imgAPTN InFocus:Author John Ralston Saul asks why voters don’t question their government more about why they’re failing Aboriginal peoples so badly.In this edition Saul shares his perspective of the Canadian narrative where sympathy for Aboriginal issues somehow turns into blaming Aboriginal peoples for their own misery.Saul also argues that after Aboriginal peoples went from zero lawyers to two-thousand today, “as the Chiefs will tell you, since [the Canadian government] decided they were going to fight us tooth and nail in the courts on the treaties, we had to have lawyers.  We could have had doctors.  It was the government of Canada that forced us to have lawyers.”It’s all in his new book, The Comeback.And then filmmaker, Tracey Deer, tells us all about her new television series, Mohawk Girls, airing Tuesdays on APTN.last_img read more

Pacific Rim trade bloc meets in Tokyo, prepping for growth

TOKYO — Trade ministers of a Pacific Rim trade bloc are meeting in Tokyo, gearing up to roll out and expand the market-opening initiative.The Pacific Rim free trade agreement, rejected by President Donald Trump after he took office in 2017, took effect at the end of last year after Australia became the sixth nation to ratify it. So far, seven of the 11 member countries have done so, and others are expected to follow through soon.The trade officials are expected to discuss expanding the bloc at the meeting Saturday in Japan’s capital.Known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, it aims to streamline trade and slash tariffs to facilitate more business among member nations with a combined population of nearly 500 million people and GDP of $13.5 trillion.The Associated Press read more

Ban briefs Group of Friends on Myanmar on latest developments

The Group of Friends on Myanmar, comprising 14 countries and one regional bloc, continue to want to see the country “respond positively and in a timely fashion to our concerns, expectations and encouragements on issues that are of fundamental importance for the future of Myanmar,” Mr. Ban told journalists after he met with them at United Nations Headquarters in New York.He said those issues include the main messages the Secretary-General delivered to Myanmar’s leadership during his visit to the country last month – where he was not allowed to meet Ms. Suu Kyi – and during discussions last week with its Permanent Representative to the UN, U Than Swe.Mr. Ban stressed last week that both he and the wider international community expect that the Government of Myanmar “will give careful consideration to the implications of any verdict in the [current] trial of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and use this opportunity to exercise its responsibility to ensure her immediate release.”The verdict in the trial of Ms. Suu Kyi was expected to be delivered last Friday, but was delayed following the Secretary-General’s encounter with the Permanent Representative of Myanmar.Today Mr. Ban also emphasized that the “active and united support of the international community is as important and necessary as ever before” so that Myanmar’s Government can tackle the major challenges facing the nation.Next month, on the sidelines of the annual opening of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters, another meeting of the Group of Friends will be held.The Group of Friends, founded in December 2007, represents a balanced range of views on Myanmar and was established to hold informal discussions and develop shared approaches to support UN efforts. Its members are Australia, China, the European Union, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Russia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Viet Nam. 5 August 2009The international community remains committed to ensuring that authorities in Myanmar release all political prisoners, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today after meeting with key nations to brief them on the latest developments in the Asian country. read more

US signals Trumps Buy American agenda nonnegotiable in NAFTA talks

OTTAWA — The U.S. appears to be signalling that President Donald Trump’s vow to aggressively promote a “buy American, hire American” agenda is not open to discussion during negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement.The Trump administration has served notice that it’s dealing with the issue outside NAFTA.While it’s being pulled in one direction by Canada and Mexico, urging it to reduce Buy American rules for public-works contracts, and in the other direction by domestic U.S. politicians seeking an increase in Buy American, the administration has issued a reminder that it’s working on a separate path.The U.S. government posted a notice seeking public comment on the costs and benefits of trade agreements on the operation of Buy American laws in government procurement, which appeared just as negotiators were huddled in Washington for the opening round of NAFTA talks.It flows from an executive order Trump signed earlier this year designed to make maximum use of Buy American rules. The order instructed government departments to perform studies within five months, with a report due to the president by Nov. 24.A notice is now inviting public comment for this report. The notice from the Department of Commerce and the U.S. trade czar has just appeared online and is to be officially posted on the U.S. federal register on Monday, seeking industry submissions by Sept. 18.Ohio-based trade lawyer Dan Ujczo says it’s no coincidence that the notice turned up while NAFTA negotiators for Canada and Mexico were still in the U.S. capital.“It’s a strategy,” he said in an interview. “They want people to know that it’s coming out.”Both Canada and Mexico want to expand procurement obligations in NAFTA, giving their companies more opportunity to bid on major U.S. government contracts, particularly lucrative infrastructure projects at the state and local level.Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in a speech last week referred to the argument that these buy-local rules are poor public policy, driving up prices and resulting in worse infrastructure, and harming the economy: “(It’s) political junk food — superficially appetizing, but unhealthy in the long run,” she said.But expanding procurement flies in the face of Trump’s promise to bolster Buy American laws. One former U.S. trade official once responsible for procurement policy, Stephen Kho, told The Canadian Press last week that it’s hard to imagine Canada making any progress on this.He said expanding foreign companies’ procurement rights to state- and local-level contracts is always complicated and it’s especially the case now, he said, in a political climate marked by a so-called “America First” presidency.Ujczo suspects American NAFTA negotiators now have an easy argument to make: that they just can’t discuss procurement while the domestic process is ongoing. The cabinet officials will review submissions, and provide a report to the president by Nov. 24.“The issuance of this notice is a deliberate strategy for the USTR to then say, ‘We can’t really talk about procurement, it’s a multilateral issue, it’s much broader than the NAFTA … and we have a process underway so we really can’t put this on the table for discussion,”‘ he said.“So I think this is a way to essentially shut down that discussion…In my view, the U.S. is playing hardball on this issue.”It’s conceivable, but not likely in Ujczo’s view, that American negotiators could use the notice to signal to their NAFTA partners that they might be flexible on expanding procurement, depending on the feedback they get from industry. Or, even more unlikely, they might be hoping that the feedback gives them political cover to agree with Canada and Mexico on the issue.But if, as he suspects, the objective is to make procurement non-negotiable, Ujczo said Canada and Mexico will have to decide whether that’s sufficient reason to walk away from the NAFTA talks.He doesn’t believe they should.Indeed, he questions whether NAFTA is the best place to resolve the issue. Ujczo, who has clients in both Canada and the U.S., said Canadian provinces would be better off trying to negotiate reciprocal procurement agreements with individual states, through which most federal money for infrastructure flows.“This isn’t something I would walk away from the NAFTA table for. I would just adjust my strategy for focusing really on the states.”–With files by Alexander Panetta read more

Sudan Security Council calls on Government to neutralize Janjaweed militias

In a statement read out at a formal meeting by the current Council President, Munir Akram of Pakistan, the 15-member body noted that thousands have been killed and warned that hundreds of thousands of others are at risk of dying in the coming months.“The Council also expresses its deep concern at the continuing reports of large-scale violations of human rights and of international humanitarian law in Darfur, including indiscriminate attacks on civilians, sexual violence, forced displacement and acts of violence, especially those with an ethnic dimension, and demands that those responsible be held accountable,” Ambassador Akram said.Issuing its strong condemnation of these actions, the Council stressed that “all parties to the N’djamena humanitarian ceasefire agreement committed themselves to refraining from any act of violence or any other abuse against civilian populations, in particular women and children, and that the Government of Sudan also committed itself to neutralizing the armed Janjaweed militias.” The Government was expressly called on to “ensure that the Janjaweed militias are neutralized and disarmed.”The Council called on opposition groups and the Government to facilitate the immediate deployment of monitors in Darfur, and to ensure their free movement throughout the area. All parties were urged to put an end to violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. They were also called on to ensure the protection of civilians and to allow “full, unimpeded access by humanitarian personnel” to the affected population. The Government must facilitate the voluntary and safe return of refugees and displaced persons to their homes and provide protection for them, according to the statement, which also stressed that all parties must promote the safety, security and freedom of movement of humanitarian personnel.While welcoming the Government’s announcement that it will take steps to facilitate the relief effort, the Council voiced serious concern about continued logistical impediments “prohibiting a rapid response in the face of a stark and mounting crisis” and called upon Khartoum to cooperate fully with efforts to provide assistance to the imperilled populations of Darfur.The presidential statement also called on the international community to respond “rapidly and effectively” to the consolidated appeal for Darfur. read more

Two children from the same family in Leicestershire die after contracting Ecoli

“E.coli can be acquired through a number of routes including contaminated food, contact with farm animals and infected water. PHE are working with partners to investigate further to try and determine a source of infection. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. ”People can be reassured that E.coli is a relatively rare infection. Good hand hygiene for all and supervised hand hygiene for small children is essential to minimise the risk of developing an infection such as E.coli.”The bug is a species of bacterium found in the intestines of animals and humans. Most types of the bacterium live in the intestine harmlessly, but others can cause a variety of diseases, including cystitis, meningitis and diarrhoea. There are typically hundreds of cases of patients becoming infected every year in the UK, although it very rarely leads to fatalities.It has not yet been been revealed how the children contracted E. coli but PHE said it was working with partners to try to “determine a source of infection”.In 2016, two people died following an outbreak in the UK which saw over 150 people infected with E.coli which they picked up from mixed salad leaves.And in June this year, five people died and 197 were stricken with illness following a deadly outbreak that has reached 35 states in the US, health officials reported.PHE said its thoughts were with the family at this “extremely difficult time”.A Charnwood Borough Council spokesperson confirmed its environmental health officers had taken out sample kits to the family home. Show more Two children from the same family have died after contracting a deadly form of E.coli, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed as officials admitted they have no idea what led to the infection.There are fears of a wider outbreak as inspectors and health officers continued to investigate the course of contamination.The children, whose names ages have not been released, were from the Charnwood area of Leicestershire and were treated in the past two weeks.The siblings died after their kidneys were affected with a complication of E.coli called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The strand typically affects elderly people and young children.Experts at PHE warned that people can become infected with E.coli via a number of ways including contaminated food, contact with farm animals and infected water. Dr Lauren Ahyow, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control at PHE East Midlands said: “E. coli is an infection that causes a spectrum of illness ranging from mild through to severe bloody diarrhoea, mostly without fever. “Sometimes the infection can cause a condition called haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) which affects the kidneys and can be very serious. Young children and elderly people are more prone to development of complications associated with E. coli. read more

Watercourses water services and everything else happening in Leinster House today

first_imgWHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye on Dáil: Leaders’ Questions — What do our TDs want to grill Taoiseach Enda Kenny about? We’ll find out at 3.15pm.Dáil: Children’s Minister — Minister Frances Fitzgerald will be taking questions at 2pm. It is likely she’ll face questions on yesterday’s publication of the latest volume of the Child Care Law Reporting Project.Dáil: Appropriation Bill — Blink, and you might miss it. This bill previously moved through the Chamber in under a minute. This is down to it simply legally approving the budgetary allowances for each government department, already set out in Budget 2014. Keep an eye out for it after Topical Issues.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilRight after Leaders’ Questions, Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be handling questions on his own portfolio at 3.36pm.Order of Business is at 4.36pm, to cleanse your palate after all those questions.After that it is time for some Topical Issues.TDs will then get to have their say on a report from the Constitutional Convention on Same Sex Marriage.At 7.30pm in Private Members Business, a bill from the Technical Group, that aims to introduce some protective measures into planning law, will be discussed.Everything else that’s happening in the SeanadDay Two of the Seanad’s five-day week begins with Order of Business at 10.30am.Ahead of its discussion in the Dáil later during the day, the Appropriation Bill makes an appearance in the upper chamber at 11.45am, with a motion for early signature.After that, its time for the final stages of the Water Services Bill with Minister Fergus O’Dowd.There will be three more Bills over the course of the afternoon, starting with the committee stage of the Health Insurance Bill at 1.45pm, committee and remaining stages of the Credit Reporting Bill at 3.45pm, and the same at 5.30pm for the Pyrite Resolution Bill. Phew, busy busy busy.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesMinister Phil Hogan will be discussing the non-navigational use of international watercourses with the Environment committee. That’s at 2.15pm in Room 4.The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda will be dropping in to the Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee at 10.30am in Room 1 to give an insight into how the ICC functions.Last year’s EU budgets, in which there was an error rate of 4.8 per cent, will be examined in the Committee on European Union Affairs in Room 1 at 2pm. Discussing the report with the committee will be Kevin Cardiff, member of the European Court of Auditors and former secretary-general at the Department of Finance.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

Le mPower 1000 un bras neurorobotique pour aider les victimes dAVC

first_imgLe mPower 1000 : un bras neuro-robotique pour aider les victimes d’AVCMyomo Inc, une start-up installée dans le Massachusetts, a développé un bras neuro-robotique destiné à aider les victimes d’AVC qui ont perdu leur motricité.Dévoilé lors du salon annuel de l’Association américaine d’ergothérapie, le mPower 1000 est un bras neuro-robotique qui se présente comme une manche que le patient enfile. Equipé de “capteurs qui, posés à la surface de la peau, détectent les signaux musculaires les plus infimes”, explique la start-up dans un communiqué, le mPower aurait pour but d’assister les mouvements que les patients victimes d’AVC veulent effectuer, et cela grâce aux moteurs de l’appareil.À lire aussiDes médecins chinois font repousser l’oreille d’un patient… dans son brasL’appareil a reçu l’autorisation d’être utilisé pour des usages domestique et hospitalier, de la Food & Drug Administration. La société veut ainsi proposer un nouvel outil aux personnes ayant perdu de la mobilité à la suite d’un AVC, d’une sclérose en plaques, d’une lésion de la moelle épinière, d’une infirmité motrice cérébrale, d’une dystrophie musculaire ou encore d’un traumatisme crânien, rapporte Le Parisien.Pesant moins d’un kilo, l’appareil coûte 5.250 dollars, ce qui est bien moins que les appareils de rééducation utilisés dans les hôpitaux. Myomo travaille aujourd’hui sur un programme structuré lié à l’appareil ainsi qu’une application pour les smartphones afin d’encourager les patients à travailler de façon efficace, tout en permettant aux médecins de suivre leurs progrès grâce à une connexion bluetooth.Le 17 avril 2011 à 10:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La NASA veut placer un astéroïde en orbite autour de la Lune

first_imgLa NASA veut placer un astéroïde en orbite autour de la LuneDans son objectif de rester en tête de la conquête spatiale, la NASA envisage de placer un astéroïde en orbite autour de la Lune. En effet, avoir un astéroïde “à disposition” permettrait d’y récolter des matériaux vitaux pour la conquête spatiale.Qui a dit que la Lune n’intéressait plus la NASA ? Bien au contraire, elle est au coeur de nombreux projets parmi lesquels un a de quoi étonner. Des chercheurs du Keck Institute for Space Studies ont en effet confirmé que l’agence envisageait d’envoyer une sonde harponner un astéroïde afin de le remorquer et de le placer en orbite lunaire. D’un coût total de 2,6 milliards de dollars, cette mission serait pilotée par les équipes de l’institut et pourrait prendre place dès les années 2020.Plus concrètement, ce projet se déroulerait en vérité en cinq phases, explique le New Scientist.  La première consisterait à lancer dans l’espace un vaisseau à l’aide d’une fusée Atlas V. Celui-ci voyagerait ensuite plusieurs mois pour atteindre un astéroïde dont le diamètre avoisinerait les 7 mètres. Après l’avoir étudié brièvement, la sonde se servirait alors d’un sac géant d’au moins 10 mètres sur 15 pour capturer l’astéroïde et le remorquer jusqu’à la Lune. Une tâche pas si simple qui prendrait entre 6 et 10 ans, d’après les calculs des scientifiques. Une fois arrivée à destination, la sonde placerait alors l’astéroïde en orbite lunaire. “Le projet a encore besoin de quelques réglages scientifiques et techniques minutieux mais il est vu comme une avancée importante pour l’exploration”, a expliqué Louis Friedman de la Planetary Society. En effet, en approchant de la sorte un astéroïde, il deviendrait beaucoup plus simple de l’étudier avec des engins spatiaux mais aussi avec des équipages humains. Il serait alors possible de récolter des matériaux à sa surface et de les ramener en très peu de temps pour les analyser.Approcher l’astéroïde plutôt que s’aventurer dans l’espace À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreBien le président Obama souhaite que des astronautes soient un jour envoyés vers un astéroïde, ceci représente aujourd’hui de nombreux risques notamment parce que la mission durerait certainement plus d’un an et qu’elle exposerait à long terme l’équipage à des radiations nocifs dont le champ magnétique terrestre ne les protégerait plus. D’où l’intérêt de capturer un astéroïde et de le ramener vers la Lune.D’ailleurs, l’astéroïde voisin pourrait aussi avoir d’autres utilités comme servir à entrainer des missions humaines à l’atterrissage ou encore à des compagnies privées qui proposeraient des voyages vers la Lune.Le 4 janvier 2013 à 19:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

GRAMMY Museum Announces 2018 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session Students

first_img See Full List Of 60th GRAMMYs 2018 Awards Winners Kendrick LamarPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images (L-R) Jay Z, Rapsody, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, SZA, Taylor Swift, Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, Cardi BPhotos: WireImage.com Bruno Mars, Cardi B Added To 60th GRAMMYs Lineup Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban Annual GRAMMY Camp program will allow 18 talented students the opportunity to record an album and perform at exclusive events during GRAMMY Week 2018Renée FabianGRAMMYs Dec 8, 2017 – 3:35 pm Music education will again be front and center at the 60th GRAMMY Awards thanks to the GRAMMY Museum’s GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session program. (L-R) Jay Z, Rapsody, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, SZA, Taylor Swift, Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, Cardi BPhotos: WireImage.com Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music Kendrick LamarPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images (L-R) Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso), K.Flay, Cardi B, Kevin Hart, Logic, KeshaPhotos: Wireimage.com Prev Next Bruno Mars, Cardi B Added To 60th GRAMMYs Lineup Tina TurnerPhoto: Bill Marino/Sygma Email Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Watch GRAMMY Rock Performances On Apple Music Lady GagaPhoto: Lester Cohen/WireImage.com Who Will Play With Lang Lang At GRAMMYs Salute? ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Buy Your Copy Bruno MarsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Tina TurnerPhoto: Bill Marino/Sygma Performers Added To 2018 Person Of The Year Show Dave GrohlPhoto: John Shearer/WireImage.com GRAMMY Museum Announces 2018 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session Students Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images Clive Davis and Pharrell WilliamsPhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage.com GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage.com Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Twitter Nile RodgersPhoto: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images “We are very excited to hold GRAMMY Camp—Jazz Session in New York City this year and to showcase the talents of these high school instrumentalists in venues throughout Manhattan during GRAMMY Week,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy and Chair of the Board of the GRAMMY Museum. “This program will provide students with unparalleled opportunities to rehearse, record, and perform with their fellow Jazz Session members. It will foster collaborative skills that are necessary for successful careers in any field—and are especially useful if these young people pursue professional paths in the music industry.” Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? 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Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images Who Are The Latest Performers? | 60th GRAMMYs RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Performers Added To 2018 Person Of The Year Show Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Kendrick LamarPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images (L-R) Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso), K.Flay, Cardi B, Kevin Hart, Logic, KeshaPhotos: Wireimage.com Watch GRAMMY Country Performances On Apple Music Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Galacenter_img Dave GrohlPhoto: John Shearer/WireImage.com Watch GRAMMY Country Performances On Apple Music Watch GRAMMY R&B Performances On Apple Music Watch GRAMMY Pop Performances On Apple Music These 15 Artists Are First-Time GRAMMY Nominees Chris Stapleton, Sting Added To 60th GRAMMYs Who Will Play With Lang Lang At GRAMMYs Salute? John Legend Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage.com Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Buy Your Copy Who Are The Latest Performers? | 60th GRAMMYs Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage.com Kendrick LamarPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients Meet The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs Bruno MarsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images John Legend Find Out Where 60 GRAMMY Nominees Were Born Lady GagaPhoto: Lester Cohen/WireImage.com On Dec. 8 the GRAMMY Museum announced today that 18 talented high school students from across the United States have been selected for the 2018 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session. The students, representing 18 cities in nine states, will travel to New York City for a seven-day musical adventure under the direction of Justin DiCioccio.The selected students perform at various GRAMMY Week events, including GRAMMY In The Schools Live! on Jan. 25, 2018, at The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/JM Kaplan Hall at The New School in New York, the official MusiCares Person of the Year after-party celebration honoring Fleetwood Mac at the GRAMMY Celebration after-party. On Jan. 27, courtesy of The Power Station at BerkleeNYC, the young musicians will also record an album (GRAMMY Jazz 26) at the legendary New York facility. Students will also have the chance to attend the 60th GRAMMY Awards. Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees (L-R) Jay Z, Rapsody, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, SZA, Taylor Swift, Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, Cardi BPhotos: WireImage.com See Full List Of 60th GRAMMYs 2018 Awards Winners Performers Added To 2018 Person Of The Year Show Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music Who’s Performing At The 2018 GRAMMY After-Party? Lady GagaPhoto: Lester Cohen/WireImage.com 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Facebook Soprano Isabel LeonardPhoto: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? 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Soprano Isabel LeonardPhoto: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) These 15 Artists Are First-Time GRAMMY Nominees RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Miles DavisPhoto: Thierry Orban/Sygma/Getty Images 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts 2018 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session Students grammy-museum-announces-2018-grammy-camp-%E2%80%94-jazz-session-students Chris Stapleton, Sting Added To 60th GRAMMYs Bruno MarsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music Watch GRAMMY Rock Performances On Apple Music News Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala (L-R) Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso), K.Flay, Cardi B, Kevin Hart, Logic, KeshaPhotos: Wireimage.com Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music More 60th GRAMMY Awards News 15 Records That Could Be Set | 60th GRAMMYs Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards Watch GRAMMY Pop Performances On Apple Music 15 Records That Could Be Set | 60th GRAMMYs NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Smile With Aloe Blacc, KING At GRAMMY In The Schools Live! Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 28, 2018, airing live on CBS from 7:30–11 p.m. ET/4:30–8 p.m. PT.Read morelast_img read more

Union Budget 20122013 Service Tax Rate to be Raised From 10 to

first_imgPresenting the Union Budget for 2012-2013 in the Lok Sabha Friday, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced that service tax rate would be marginally raised from 10 percent to 12 percent.Mukherjee said that the service tax would be raised with consequential changes in rates from services that have individual tax rates in order to maintain a healthy fiscal situation. This is expected to yield additional revenue of Rs 18,600 crore.Meanwhile, the health sector has got major boost in the 2012- 2013 budget since six life-saving drugs have been exempted from excise duty.Pranab has proposed to extend concessional basic customs duty of 5 percent with full exemption from excise duty to six specified life-saving drugs in this year’s budget.He also proposed to reduce basic customs duty on soya protein concentrate and isolated soya protein to 10 percent from the present 30 percent or 15 percent respectively.Basic customs duty and excise duty reduced on iodine from 6 percent to 2.5 percent. In the case of probiotics, the basic customs duty is reduced to 5 percent from 10 percent.last_img read more

Serving A More Diverse Older Adult Population

first_img— SPONSORED —By Jennifer Jimenez Maraña, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, BroadmeadThe older adult population is growing larger and more diverse.  As older adults of all backgrounds age, where can someone find a community of active older adults who are living their best life and making the most of retirement?  Who would care for older adults if they need help with activities of daily life and/or support with health issues?When I was growing up, my parents set the expectation for me and my siblings that we would care for them when they were older.  We were not to send my parents to “those facilities” also known as nursing homes – perceived as places where old, sick people lived to die, where no one visited them, and they were not well taken care of.  The expectation in many communities of color mirrors mine – we “take care of our own.”  Negative views of nursing homes prevents many communities of color from exploring options for older adults.  Yet, taking care of aging parents may not be feasible for full-time working adults with children of their own, especially if aging parents require medical services.Enter Life Plan Communities (LPC), formerly known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities.  LPCs are senior living communities that offer high-quality services such as exercise classes, dining spaces, transportation, onsite medical services, diverse programs, social opportunities, and more that focus on an individual’s overall wellness.  LPCs offer multiple levels of living within one community:Independent living – residents live in apartment homes that are individually furnished with housekeeping, maintenance, and other servicesAssisted living – housing that provides nursing care and additional servicesSkilled nursing – housing inclusive of more complex healthcare and treatmentUltimately, LPCs focus on allowing older adults to be as independent as possible for as long as possible.  Residents can stay in the same community even if they need assisted living or skilled nursing services.While these engaging communities are open to age and income-qualified older adults of all backgrounds, LPCs continue to serve a predominantly white population.  Broadmead is a dynamic LPC that fosters independence, growth, and collaborative relationships, and is deeply committed to diversifying its resident population.  Broadmead created my position as Director of Diversity and Inclusion to prepare for the growing, diverse population of older adults who are seeking places like Broadmead to help them age successfully.  We hope you will explore and join our vibrant community as you plan your next life journey.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews SING 2016

first_imgSometimes an idea seems so obvious you can’t believe that you or anyone else didn’t think of it before. What do global mainstream audiences seem to love more than anything else? Well, if the box-office and TV ratings of the last decade-plus were any indications, the two-part answer is “Reality TV Singing Competitions” and “Funny Talking Animals.” Put `em together, and you’ve got Sing, a movie that is, well… actually pretty damn good as these things go.One doesn’t want to oversell it, of course; but when Sing is working – which is often – it’s so good it almost starts to deserve the almost obscene amount of money it’s going to earn on just that premise alone. Almost. Even still, when you actually think about it, the general premise is something of pure genius. The appeal of agreeable Reality TV pablum like American Idol or The Voice is their base-level accessibility. It’s seemingly ordinary people belting out familiar, not terribly complex pop hits in fulfillment of the innate “I could pull this off!” shower-singer secret fantasy.Doing a narrative movie version of that same milieu where you can condense the speed of events and control the characterizations makes sense (this is why the Pitch Perfect and Step Up movies are so inexplicably successful). And doing it with cartoon animals neutralizes complaints about losing the supposed “realism” factor to cinematic narrative. That’s deviously clever enough that it’s not too much of a surprise that while the animation heavy-lifting was handled by Illumination – yes, aka The Minions People. The screenplay and direction are from the guy behind Son Of Rambow and the Hitchhiker’s Guide movie.In any case, the setting is a modern-day city of anthropomorphic animals; reminiscent of Zootopia, but more aesthetically Los Angeles-inspired (with a dash of Sydney for good measure) and without all the aspirations to social commentary. Matthew McConaughey is a koala who owns struggling musical theater that he’s trying to revive by staging a singing competition that ends up garnering unexpectedly massive popularity. A typo accidentally advertises a prize of $100,000 instead of only a thousand, a plot detail that actually ends up having a bit less to do with what ends up happening than you might expect. In fact, Sing segues so deliberately from any semblance of a competition storyline to “the show must go on” backstage teamwork drama so deliberately its initial presence almost feels like some sort of formality. It’s an obligation to at least pretend at the presence of conflict lest the good vibes feel somehow unearned.After all, the plot is just an excuse for a strategically-mixed group of characters with celebrity voices to sing a fiendishly well-chosen mix of recent radio hits and karaoke night pop standards, and in both respects, they’ve organized quite a lineup. Reese Witherspoon as a pig homemaker out to prove she’s still got the moves. Scarlet Johansson as a porcupine rocker-chick who comes to realize she’s been creatively stifled by her pretentious partner/boyfriend. Seth MacFarlane as a wiseacre mouse who does Rat Pack covers (because who else was going to take that role?). Taron Edgerton as a street-tough yet sensitive gorilla boy who’s torn between his dreams of singing and joining his macho dad’s bank-robbing gang (gee, I wonder who the breakout character is going to be?). And Idol veteran Tori Kelly as an elephant with a powerful voice and crippling stage fight.And the end result of all this is… ultimately, exceptionally charming and earnest. There’s a certain point where you realize that there’s no subversion with the premise in terms of mocking the (let’s face it, easily mockable) Idol/Voice/X-Factor ephemera but also a complete lack of cynicism about the broad idea of the “songs people like to sing to themselves” setlist. The star-for-a-day fantasy of mustering the courage to get up onstage and fearlessly express yourself either through a favorite song – or maybe one of your own. It understands the unironic why the premise of talent contest reality shows sincerely connects with people, and why this particular arrangement of tunes and character stock-types works even though (indeed because) they’ve become “cheezy” and overly familiar.As in Yes, someone sings “Hallelujah,” and they do it right at the moment in the story you expect to hear that song because… there’s a reason it gets used so much in the first place. Yes, the Seth MacFarlane mouse eventually snaps off a rendition of “My Way,” because you can’t do a movie with this premise and not have somebody do the ultimate Dad At Karaoke song. The eventual reveal of what Johnny the Gorilla actually plans to sing feels deeply appropriate and the whole sequence resolving his storyline for that matter hits much harder than they really have any right to. The film overall has kind of has the same relationship to repurposing popular music as Guardians of The Galaxy – it’s practically “Wedding Reception Setlist: The Movie;” but again, there’s a reason that standards are standards.The inevitable comparison will be to Zootopia and, no, it’s not nearly as good as that (what is, in this genre?) but beyond the talking-animal setup, the two films are doing very different things to very different ends. Sing is much more in the Looney Tunes crowd-pleaser tradition as opposed to going after the “transcendent big idea” Disney angle. But in its own way it manages to deliver a collection of really likable characters all experiencing satisfying arcs over the course of an entertaining story that leaves you feeling upbeat and fulfilled (and probably with a couple of decent songs stuck in your head.) It’s 100% cinematic comfort food, but sometimes you want that. And when it needs to Sing really works – it might be the best movie of its kind since School of Rock.And that’s good news because, let’s face it: The premise alone all but guarantees they’re gonna make millions of dollars (and probably 4 or 5 sequels) even if it wasn’t. As Holiday movies go this year, you can do a hell of a lot worse.last_img

Undraftable Baker Mayfield squared off with Colin over his on and off

first_img Instead of tweeting, Mayfield stepped up and stopped by The Herd wearing an “Undraftable” sweatshirt to discuss his issues with Colin, face to face. No topic was off limits, and Cowherd and Mayfield hashed out their beef on everything from Colin’s crotch grabbing critique to the infamous arrest video. Mayfield pushed back at Colin for his criticism of a touchdown celebration at Ohio State, and seemed genuinely remorseful over his arrest and the fallout from the embarrassing video. In the end their where no punches thrown, both guys held their ground, and Baker earned Colin’s respect for coming on the show to talk things out. They even kinda, sorta became friends……maybe. Watch Colin and Baker put it all on the table in a great sit down..@bakermayfield defends himself against @ColinCowherd‘s two main criticisms of him pic.twitter.com/pWQqwf8jSJ— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) June 21, 2018 Here’s the full interview: Advertisementcenter_img It’s no secret that Colin has been one of Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield’s harshest critics, a fact that Mayfield has made clear he’s aware of through comments and social media posts. Specifically, Colin wasn’t a fan of some of Baker’s on-field antics and thought the video of his arrest in Fayetteville made him undraftable. Despite Colin’s doubts, Mayfield was selected with the first overall pick in the draft and is now faced with the seemingly impossible task of turning the Browns into a winner.Well it happened bud. Have a nice day!— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) June 19, 2018last_img read more

Kelly Clarkson is officially getting her daytime talk show and we are

first_imgKelly Clarkson’s classy response to a homophobic fan is everythingIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsITB Berlin recognizes industry pioneersRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/kelly-clarkson-daytime-talk-show/ We can’t wait to watch | Photo: Facebook/Kelly Clarkson Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… TV network NBC bought The Kelly Clarkson Show for 11 stations across the United States. Less than two months ago, Clarkson filmed a pilot for the show before shopping it to various networks.The 11 stations include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco, Miami, San Diego, Boston, Hartford and Washington, D.C.‘I love connecting with people, playing games, music and finding ways to help or give back  to communities/organizations,’ Clarkson said in a statement.‘Having my own talk show where I get to do all of these things is pretty much a dream job!’She will also be executive producing the series alongside husband Brandon Blackstock.NBC described the series as a ‘weekday brunch party’. There will be celebrity guests, games, emotional stories, and more. GAYSTARNEWS-center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) This isn’t Clarkson’s only television gig, either. This upcoming TV season, she’s returning as a coach on NBC’s 15th season of The Voice. She will also remain on for the 16th season airing in the spring.Finally, fans will be able to see her perform live when she hits the ground for a US tour promoting her eighth studio album, Meaning of Life, next year.The Kelly Clarkson Show will bow next fall and replace the Steve Harvey talk show. Clarkson’s series will air right before Ellen DeGeneres’ long-running and popular daytime talk show.More from Gay Star NewsKelly Clarkson’s classy response to a homophobic fan is everythingWATCH: Kelly Clarkson helps this adorable guy propose to his boyfriendRuPaul makes Emmy history with triumphant double winGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Singer Kelly Clarkson officially got the greenlight for her daytime talk show.last_img read more

GandocaManzanillo Refuge renamed to honor slain Costa Rica conservationist

first_imgAccording to Costa Rica’s National Nomenclature Committee, as of Monday,the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge will officially be known as the Jairo Mora Sandoval Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.The renaming of the refuge honors slain turtle conservationist Jairo Mora, who was killed May 31 while patrolling Moín Beach, on the northern Caribbean coast, to protect nesting leatherback turtles and their eggs.Though the Environment Ministry originally planned to designate a protected area at Moín and name it for the conservationist, Mora’s family, originally from Gandoca-Manzanillo, requested their son’s homage to be closer to home. Located seven miles south of Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, the 12,382-acre-park is a popular nesting spot for green, hawksbill, leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles. Mora grew up near the park and learned conservation at a young age from his grandfather, who was instrumental in founding the refuge, according to Mora’s friends. He died at the age of 26, the victim of an attack by known turtle poachers, who target Moín Beach during turtle nesting season to steal eggs and sell them on the black market for $1 a piece. Two months after the attack, which also targeted four foreign volunteers who escaped unharmed, police arrested eight suspects in the killing. Seven remain in custody pending trial. Poachers can earn up to $100 a night during nesting seasons. Customers of the illegal trade wrongly believe sea turtle eggs have aphrodisiacal powers when consumed.  No related posts. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

HRG combines Consulting and Business Intelligence divisions globally

first_imgHRG combines Consulting and Business Intelligence divisions globallyHRG, the award winning global travel management company, has combined its Consulting and Business Intelligence divisions. The result is a global team of consulting and analytic experts able to provide clients with a range of services to optimise their travel programmes.These include strategic programme evaluation, sourcing, process and policy advisory, and utilising new reporting solutions to help drive compliance and improve traveller buying behaviour.The new global service will be led by Dan Raine as Global Director of Consulting.The premise for the newly combined team is simple. Built around a four step process that is designed to help clients optimise their travel programmes, as follows:–          Step 1: Identify savings opportunities and gaps in the programme through scenario modelling and benchmarking against peers and industry–          Step 2: Use the data to Identify and implement changes to the travel programme–          Step 3: Educate and inform travellers on the changes and wider benefits, challenging them and the decision makers to make the right choices–          Step 4: Track the success of programme compliance and savings, utilising HRG Consulting’s suite of reporting toolsDan Raine comments: “The chance to bring together the data management expertise that the Business Intelligence team possesses with the leading industry knowledge that our Consulting team is renowned for is an exciting opportunity. Users of the global service will benefit from best in class analysis and new reporting solutions together with our market leading advisory and sourcing skills.“This combined offering together with the four step approach that we have designed will improve the analytical strategy to the creation, implementation and development of a travel programme. Users will reap the benefits of increased compliance, additional savings and fully optimised travel programmes.” HRGSource = HRGlast_img read more