Hurricane Juan Disaster Financial Assistance Update

first_img Agriculture sector: 107 applications received, 43 completed Fishery sector: 206 applications received, 150 completed Residential sector: 239 applications received, 146 completed Small business sector: 143 applications received, 45 completed Forestry sector: 729 applications received, 0 completed. EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION- Hurricane Juan DisasterFinancial Assistance Update The provincial Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) plans tohave all the Hurricane Juan disaster financial assistanceapplications (DFAA) from the fishery and agriculture sectorscompleted by mid February. The majority of residential and small business applications underthe program are expected to be completed by the end of March. In total, 1,424 applications were received for disaster financialassistance. Six hundred and ninety-five applications came fromfarmers, fishers, small businesses and individuals. To date, 384of these applications have been completed with more than $1.35million already being distributed. “This is the largest disaster financial assistance program theprovince has ever administered and I am pleased with the progresswe are making,” said Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for theEmergency Measures Act. “It takes time to review each application, especially consideringthe federal eligibility guidelines we must follow are subject tobroad interpretation and require extensive consultation with thefederal government. Individuals who submitted applications,however, deserve to know that their applications are going to becompleted in a timely fashion and that is why we have initiatedthe completion target dates.” Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, is the target to have all the fishery andagriculture applications completed. “Completed” means theapplications have been screened for eligibility, evaluated, apayment amount established and the payment is either made or aletter of commitment provided. EMO has also set the date of March31, 2004 to have 80 per cent of the residential and businessapplications processed. The remaining 729 applications involve woodlots where applicantswill be paid after they have completed the required silvaculturework. Since restoration work is still on going, no payments haveyet been made for woodlot restoration. Applicants have been givenuntil March 31, 2005 to complete the work. The following is a breakdown of the disaster financial assistanceapplications to date:last_img read more

Some candid pics and the Winners of the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter 1 of 46 Best Movie: It’s Only the End of the WorldBest Director: Xavier Dolan, It’s Only the End of the World 2017 Canadian Screen Awards LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Some candid pics and the winners of the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards winners: Login/Register With: Advertisement Best Actress: Tatiana Maslany, The Other HalfBest Actor: Stephan James, RaceBest Original Screenplay: Daniel MacIvor, WeirdosBest Drama Series: Orphan BlackBest Comedy Series: LetterkennyBest Actress in a Comedy Series: Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s CreekBest Actor in a Comedy Series: Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Kim’s ConvenienceBest Actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan BlackBest Actor in a Drama Series: Adrian Holmes, 19-2Fan Choice: Natasha Negovanlis, CarmillaBest Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program: The Tragically Hip, The Tragically Hip — A National CelebrationDonald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary:Guantanamo’s Child: Omar KhadrLifetime Achievement Award: Christopher PlummerEarle Grey Award: Tantoo CardinalIcon Award: Just for Laughslast_img read more

Quebecor adjusted earnings beat expectations driven by Videotrons strong numbers

MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc. says its net income attributable to shareholders in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $116.8 million, up from $70.4 million in the year-earlier period.The profit amounted to 46 cents per basic share, up from 29 cents per basic share in the fourth quarter of 2017.Adjusted income from continuing operations was $132.7 million, or 52 cents per basic share, which was above analyst estimates.Revenue was in line with estimates at $1.09 billion, up from $1.06 billion a year earlier.Analysts had estimated Quebecor’s adjusted income from continuing operating activities at $124.15 million or 48 cents per share, with $1.09 billion of revenue, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Since last year’s fourth-quarter report, Quebecor paid $1.69 billion to acquire the share of Quebecor Media that had been held by the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, the provincial pension fund manager.The Caisse initially owned 45 per cent of the media company after injecting $3.2 billion to help Quebecor buy Videotron, a cable company that has since evolved into one of Canada’s regional wireless communications companies.“Our positive results in the fourth quarter of 2018 cap what was an excellent year in many respects, driven once again by Videotron’s strong numbers,” said Pierre Karl Peladeau, Quebecor’s president and chief executive officer.He added that the purchase of the Caisse’s share of Quebecor Media means that Quebecor has access to all its cash flows.Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B) read more

Bloody ethnic clashes in DR of Congo claim more lives UN mission

According to a UN spokesman in New York, fighting between the rival Lendu and Hema militias erupted on Saturday. The UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) reported that some 500 Lendu militia personnel launched an attack against the Hema militia at around 6:20 a.m. to regain previously held positions. After several hours’ fighting, the Hema pushed the Lendu out of Bunia.Reports of casualties from the fighting are unconfirmed; there are reports of at least four killed and six wounded. The Mission said, however, it feared the figure might be higher. Around 14,000 internally displaced persons are still located within the two camps in Bunia under the UN protection. There was an influx of displaced persons into the camp on Saturday when fighting resumed. However, most of those coming into the camp have now returned home.Meanwhile, the advance party of the UN-authorized Interim Emergency Multinational Force, which arrived in the region late last week, is now in Bunia patrolling the road from the local airport into the centre of the battle-scarred town. The French troops have arrived ahead of the main rapid reaction force that will be deployed in the coming days in a bid to restore order after weeks of conflict among rival militias has claimed more than 400 lives over the past month. read more

UN chief welcomes announcement by Emir of Qatar to allocate 50 million

Deputy UN Spokesman Farhan Haq on Thursday confirmed the allocation, telling reporters at the daily UN Headquarters press briefing that the UN chief was very grateful to the Emir and the people of Qatar for their generosity.“As you know, the recent harsh winter conditions in the Levant has had a horrific impact on populations who were already vulnerable, both refugees as well as the communities hosting them,” Mr. Haq said, adding that humanitarian partners continue to respond to the needs of those affected and are reinforcing preparedness and mitigation efforts. “These difficult conditions make Qatar’s donation extremely valuable and timely for the UN system’s efforts to help vulnerable people,” he said.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated in late January that nearly 2.4 million women, children and men across Syria would struggle during the winter season to get adequate warmth and would require targeted support.This would include tens of thousands of newly-displaced people, including those in displacement sites and open areas, those who have been displaced multiple times and for long periods and now live in sub-standard shelters, but also returnees and host communities.The UN relief wing said people would need sleeping bags, winter clothes, plastic sheeting, high thermal blankets, heaters and stoves. read more

OHL restates antihazing policy in wake of allegations from early 2000s Sting

The Ontario Hockey League re-stated its anti-hazing policy on Thursday night after former Sarnia Sting players revealed the abuse they suffered in their rookie season earlier this week.Daniel Carcillo, Dave Pszenyczny, and Charles Amodeo said in separate interviews with The Canadian Press that several veteran players were physically and emotionally abusive to them when they were rookies in Sarnia for the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.Carcillo complained to OHL commissioner David Branch at the time, which kicked off a league-wide crackdown on hazing.On Thursday, the league re-stated its zero-tolerance policy in a statement.“In light of the recent attention that has been paid to the issue of hazing, the league has spoken with team management and all of our member teams are providing a refresher to all staff and players about this most important topic,” read the statement.“Our hope is that through conversation, education, and awareness, the attitudes that lead to hazing behaviour and these unthinkable actions disappear from sport and society.”In October 2005, Windsor Spitfires’ Moe Mantha was given a one-year suspension as general manager and 25 games as coach for a hazing incident involving several of his players.In 2006 the league’s anti-hazing policy was enhanced and now all OHL players are educated about it annually through their member team. All players must acknowledge in writing every year that they understand the OHL’s policy and are encouraged to bring any concerns forward without fear of reprisal.Additionally, the OHL introduced a mental health program in 2014, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, designed to educate players on the importance of talking about issues and recognizing signs of struggle among their peers. read more

Revenue is receiving €15m a day in Property Tax payments

first_imgTHE RATE AT which home-owners are paying their Local Property Tax is rapidly increasing, figures released today by the Revenue Commissions show.With little over a week left before the deadline for payment of the tax, €1.5 million is being received every day.This is double the amount recorded at the start of last week by Revenue.The compliance rate has also risen slightly for this year, up to percentage points to 85 per cent, with 60,000 returns received.“Over 1,700 debit/credit card payments were made yesterday alone, the busiest day for card payments since last November,” a statement read.Revenue have warned that those who do not pay before March 31 could incur penalties and interest, and last week revealed the system officials will use to track down undervalued homes.Watch: Revenue will use this system to spot homes undervalued for Property Tax >last_img read more

Siri looks just as amazing in real world iPhone 4S demo

first_imgSure, the Siri personal assistant looked cool in Apple’s demos both during last week’s iPhone event, and in their in-house promo videos. But those are produced by people whose job is to make Siri look as good as possible. But what about when customers get their hands on it? As the iPhone 4S has been shipping early to some lucky customers, the video below can show us the feature in an environment that isn’t (or doesn’t appear to be) controlled by Apple.This clip was apparently taken in the Camden Town Apple Store. I’m not sure how an iPhone 4S would get busted out early in a retail store of one of the most secretive companies in the world, but there it is. It sounds like there is a fair amount of chatter in the background, but Siri has no problem interpreting the speech.As you can see, requests ranging from currency exchange rates and the distance to the moon were completed, along with more common requests like sending messages to family members. The currency and distance data queries were probably computed using Wolfram Alpha. Relationships would also need to be established with Siri ahead of time (“Johnny Appleseed is my brother”).Did anyone else catch the British male voice for Siri in the first segment of this video? I have no idea how one changes which voice Siri uses (locale settings?), but I can see many Americans preferring this version of Siri, sounding a little like Stephen Fry as Jeeves the butler, over the standard US voice. Let’s hope it will be easy to change.via Stuff.tv and Gizmodolast_img read more

How to Make the Best Pizza According to Physicists

first_img Chefs may consider making pizza more of an art form, but there’s also a science to making the perfect slice. At least, according to two Italian physicists and authors of the paper “The Physics of Baking Good Pizza.”Published earlier this year in the preprint journal arXiv, the study was written by physicists Andrey Varlamov of the Institute of Superconductors, Oxides and Other Innovative Materials and Devices in Rome; Andreas Glatz of Northern Illinois University; and food anthropologist, Sergio Grasso, who sampled Margherita pizza across Rome, Italy in the lead up to their paper.According to the researchers, the best pizza is made by the pizzaiolos (pizza bakers) of Italy, who rely on curved brick ovens with a fire-brick bottom heated to 625 degrees Fahrenheit (330 degrees Celsius) to perfectly bake the pie of tomato, mozzarella, and basil on all sides. In two minutes, the fresh pizza is “covered with mouth-watering bubbles of cheese, encouraging you to consume it and wash it down with a pitcher of good beer.”The secret is in the physics of the brick oven used, the pizzaiolos told the researchers. The oven ensures the heat radiates uniformly and bakes the pizza evenly. When the pizza requires more bake time because of added toppings, the bakers lift the pizza up with a wooden or aluminum spade for an additional 30 seconds.But if you don’t have a brick oven at home (who does?), you can still make the perfect pizza. The researchers came up with a mathematical formula “based on basic thermodynamic principles” that explains what temperature your pizza reaches depending on the oven temperature and the material it is made of.The researchers determined  that a home electric oven could mimic the conditions created by the brick oven used by pizzaiolos by turning the heat down to 450 degrees F for 170 seconds. The authors also noted that pizzas with toppings with higher water content, such as vegetables, may need to remain in the oven longer, “as the pizza will return more heat to the oven via evaporation,” according to LiveScience.If all else fails, there’s always delivery.Read the full paper here.More on Geek.com:Feast Your Eyes on the 10 Weirdest Pizza Pie ToppingsIf You Want Food Delivery Fast, Avoid Ordering at These TimesThe Artificial Nose Knows: Device Warns of Spoiled Food Las Vegas Pizzeria Offers ‘Grasshopper Pie’ Amid Insect Inva…Domino’s Brings Autonomous Pizza Delivery to Houston Stay on targetlast_img read more

Mexico can imagine amazing things – Hernandez

Mexico can imagine amazing things – Hernandez

first_imgJavier “Chicharito” Hernandez is certain that Mexico have earned the right to  “imagine amazing things” following their impressive start to the World CupAfter defeating reigning champions Germany and South Korea in their two opening games, Juan Carlos Osorio’s side head over to today’s final Group F game against Sweden as the surprise leaders with just a further point required to ensure progress to the next round.Hernandez scored his 50th goal for Mexico at international level in their 2-1 win over South Korea last Saturday to equal Luis Hernandez as the national side’s all-time leading scorer.And the West Ham United forward feels that the squad is proving themselves as winners on football’s biggest stage.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“The best thing is sharing this with amazing people and that we are brave,” stated Hernandez, as quoted by ESPN.“Aside from imagining amazing things, we do them … We’ve created a team that deserves to win.”On the past seven times that Mexico went unbeaten in their opening two games, they progressed to the knockout stage.Meanwhile, Forty-eight (96%) of Hernandez’s 50 goals for Mexico have come from the inside of the box.last_img read more

PM promises Report on VAT Money to Bahamians

PM promises Report on VAT Money to Bahamians

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 3, 2017 – VAT money goes into a Consolidated Fund and that, explained the State Minister for Finance, Michael Halkitis is why it is hard to report specifics on spending related to Value Added Tax.   Still, during House of Assembly debate Wednesday, the Finance Minister stepped in and stepped up when he announced that he has directed his office to get moving on a full report on VAT.Prime Minister Perry Christie, telling the Bahamian poeple from Parliament he is doing it so that nobody has to ask, ‘Where the VAT money is.’   PM and Finance Minister, Mr Christie said, “show that when we reduced duty as we did, 40 percent of the VAT money would go to compensate for the reduction of duties and other taxes, another 30 percent would go, that is 30 cents of every dollar, to debt reduction, I think, Mr. Speaker.” That is however not what Halkitis said at the PLP Convention; a breakdown of spending included school construction, improvements to the Princess Margaret Hospital, on defense at sea, the coming National Health Insurance and even planes for Bahamasair were listed by the MP for Golden Isles.#MagneticMediaNews #BahamasVATreport Related Items:#BahamasVATreport, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Miami man robbed of wallet and groceries at gunpoint

Miami man robbed of wallet and groceries at gunpoint

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for two men who robbed a man at gunpoint in Miami.According to police, surveillance video from Jan. 21 captured two armed men approaching the victim, who was walking along a sidewalk, near Douglas Road and Coral Way.The duo then pointed a gun at the victim and robbed him of his wallet and grocery bag.If you have any information on this robbery call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Lucifer trailer released Mohanlal movie will be a contemporary take on Indian

first_img‘Lucifer’, Mohanlal’s most-anticipated movie of the year directed by Prithviraj Sukumaran is all set to grace the big screens on March 28, 2019. Prior to the release of the movie, the makers have now released the official trailer, and it is getting positive responses from critics and audiences alike.The major highlight of the trailer is none other than unquestionable charisma of Superstar Mohanlal. The trailer begins with the voice-over of Mohanlal depicting the legacy of a political kingpin. The clip later shows the death of the political kingmaker and the way in which his associates try to grab command.Mohanlal’s entry literally gives goosebumps to the audiences, and he enters the scene by saying the real war is not fought between ‘Good and Evil’, but between ‘Evil and Evil’. The trailer also shows glimpses of some power packed action scenes performed by Mohanlal.Interestingly, director Prithviraj Sukumaran has given ample screen space to all the actors in the trailer. Vivek Oberoi looks stunning as the lead antagonist, and in all probabilities, this movie could revive the Bollywood star’s career. Tovino Thomas and Manju Warrier too excel with their sharp on-screen presence.The trailer of ‘Lucifer’ indicates that this movie will be a take on contemporary power politics which prevails in India. It should be noted that Murali Gopy, the scriptwriter of this film had previously penned classic political thrillers like ‘Left Right Left’ and ‘Kammara Sambhavam’.The background score used in the trailer of ‘Lucifer’ plays a crucial role in elevating the overall mysterious mood of the movie. The editing seems slick, and we can assure that this flick is going to be a fast-paced flick which will take audiences to a roller coaster ride through the dark corners of Indian politics.Deepak Dev has composed the music of this film, while the camera is cranked by Sujith Vasudev. ‘Lucifer’ is bankrolled by Antony Perumbavoor in the banner of Aashirvad Cinemas.last_img read more

Freedom 251 smartphone maker Ringing Bells denies rumours of shutdown

first_imgRinging Bells, the company that shot to fame earlier this year after announcing the world’s cheapest smartphone — Freedom 251 priced at Rs 251, has denied rumours that it has shut down.A report in TeleAnalysis, a leading news portal on the telecommunication and technology industry, had claimed on Thursday that people associated with the company launched a new company — MDM Electronics Private Limited — on December 7 at its registered office in Kailash Colony. The report also said that Ringing Bells’ website has been shut down.However, Ringing Bells clarified that they are still in operation and that the new entity is a separate entity distinct from it.”At Ringing Bells, we have our clear business objectives which we have shared earlier with everyone and we are sticking to it,” a spokesperson said in a statement, the New Indian Express reported.The board of directors of ‘MDM Electronics Pvt Ltd’ according to TeleAnalysis includes– Mohit Goel, who is also MD of Ringing Bells, and Shashank Goel and Ashok Chaddha, who were also associated with Freedom 251. The report also speculated that the new company may foray into consumer electronics, and may offer feature phones, smartphones and TVs.Ringing Bells had also pivoted into selling low-cost TVs and smartphones and had even announced selling its products through e-commerce platform Amazon India.The company had for sometime generated controversy with various people calling the company a Ponzi scheme and several others complaining that they failed to stick to their promised deadlines.Ringing Bells had first promised to deliver “nearly 200,000″ units of Freedom 251.However, the company failed to provide the smartphones to many people who registered for the handset. Though in July, the company claimed that it had delivered 5,000 units, and promised to deliver 65,000 units to those who had booked the device in Cash on Delivery mode, they subsequently failed to issue any updated figures.But in a fresh statement issued on Thursday, Ringing Bells said that they have so far delivered around 70,000 devices in West Bengal, Haryana, Himachal, Bihar, Uttarakhand, New Delhi, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.”We are still getting lot of interest in our product as we have proved that it is possible to arm each and everyone with the reality of digital world. Our target is the low income people,” the statement added.last_img read more

UPDATE Suspect Entered US Via Diversity Visa Program

UPDATE Suspect Entered US Via Diversity Visa Program

first_imgTwitter User @CNN The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local):12:50 p.m.The Department of Homeland Security says the suspect in the New York City truck attack entered the United States in 2010 under the diversity visa program.Homeland Security officials are confirming that the immigrant from Uzbekistan arrived in the U.S. that way.That’s the immigration program that President Donald Trump is calling on Congress to eliminate “as soon as possible.” The president says the program is “not good,” and says the U.S. needs to “get much tougher.”The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program covers immigrants from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.12:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he will consider sending the suspected New York City truck attacker to the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Responding to a shouted question from a reporter at a Cabinet meeting, Trump says, “I would certainly consider that. Send him to Gitmo.” Trump’s comments come after Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called on the president to treat the alleged attacker as an enemy combatant. The suspect is currently in custody in New York City, but according to officials has not yet been formally charged. Eight people died and at least 11 were seriously injured in the Tuesday attack. __ 12:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is calling the suspect in the New York City truck attack an “animal.” Trump says he will ask Congress to “immediately” begin work to terminate the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which he says was used by the alleged attacker to enter the United States. Officials have not yet said that was the case. Trump says “we will take all necessary steps to protect our people.” Speaking before a Cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump said “all of America is praying and grieving” with the victims. He says: “Our hearts break for them.” __ 12 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that President Donald Trump’s attack against Sen. Chuck Schumer “plays right into the hands of the terrorists.” The Democratic governor pointedly condemned Trump’s Wednesday tweets, which criticized Schumer’s immigration policy less than 24 hours after the deadliest terrorist attack in New York City since Sept. 11, 2001. Cuomo said the president’s tweets “were not helpful.” He added, “You play into the hands of the terrorists to the extent you disrupt and divide… The tone now should be the exact opposite.” Both Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Trump had yet to reach out personally. Trump tweeted that Schumer is “helping to import Europe’s problems.” He called the visa lottery program that allowed the suspect to enter the country “a Chuck Schumer beauty.” The program was signed into law by Republican President George H.W. Bush. __ 11:55 a.m. The Senate’s top Democrat says President Donald Trump’s response to the deadly attack in New York City “doesn’t work with New Yorkers” or other Americans. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that after Sept. 11, 2001, Republican President George W. Bush united the nation, inviting lawmakers to the White House and promising to work together. Schumer said Trump is taking “horrible advantage, of a tragedy” and trying “to politicize and divide. It doesn’t work with New Yorkers and it doesn’t work with Americans.” In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump blamed Schumer, saying the attacker came to the United States through a diversity visa program — “a Chuck Schumer beauty.” Officials said the attacker is an immigrant from Uzbekistan who came to the United States legally in 2010. They haven’t said whether he was admitted through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which covers immigrants from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. __ 11:15 a.m. An AP Fact Check finds that President Donald Trump omitted key facts in blaming Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer for an immigration program Trump said allowed the driver in the New York truck attack to come to the U.S. Trump tweeted Wednesday that the attacker came into the U.S. through “the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty.” Officials said the attacker is from Uzbekistan and came to the U.S. legally in 2010. They haven’t said whether he was admitted through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program for those from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. The program was created as part of a bipartisan immigration bill introduced by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and signed into law by Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1990. Schumer, D-N.Y., a House member then, proposed a program for “diversity immigrants” in a bill earlier that year. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., says Schumer was among a group of eight Republican and Democratic senators who proposed eliminating the program three years ago. __ 10:25 a.m. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump is “politicizing and dividing America” in the aftermath of Tuesday’s attacks in Manhattan that killed eight people and wounded 11. The Senate’s top Democrat said Trump — who attacked Schumer on Twitter Wednesday morning — “should be bringing us together.” Trump tweeted that the accused attacker had entered the U.S. through a special diversity visa program that the president called “a Chuck Schumer beauty.” Schumer said former President George W. Bush sought to unite the country after the Sept. 11 attacks. He said, “the contrast between President George Bush’s actions after 9/11 and President Trump’s actions this morning could not be starker.” Schumer called upon Trump to rescind proposed cuts to anti-terrorism funding. __ 9:35 a.m. A Republican senator says President Donald Trump is unfairly blaming a Democrat for an immigration initiative that Trump says let the man who carried out the deadly New York City attack enter the United States. GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona says New York Democrat Chuck Schumer was among a group of eight Republican and Democratic senators who proposed eliminating the diversity visa program three years ago as part of a broader bipartisan bill to overhaul U.S. immigration laws. Flake, who served on the “Gang of Eight” with Schumer, says: “I know. I was there.” The immigration bill ultimately failed in the GOP-led House after passing the Senate in June 2013. Flake recently announced he’s not running for re-election but says he won’t be silent about Trump’s politics and behavior. ___ 8:25 a.m. The Senate’s top Democrat is hitting back after President Donald Trump faulted him for an immigration program that Trump says allowed the man in the deadly New York City bike path attack to enter the United States. Chuck Schumer says in a statement that “I have always believed and continue to believe that immigration is good for America.” The New York lawmaker says Trump is “politicizing and dividing America, which he always seems to do at times of national tragedy.” Schumer says the president should focus “on the real solution — anti-terrorism funding” — an area that Schumer says Trump has proposed cutting in his most recent budget. Tuesday’s attack killed eight people and injured at least 11. Trump says on Twitter that the driver “came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty.” Officials have said the driver — a native of Uzbekistan — came into the country legally in 2010. __ 8:06 a.m. President Donald Trump is calling for “Merit Based immigration” following the deadly truck attack in New York City that killed eight people and injured 11. Trump says on Twitter Wednesday that the driver in Tuesday’s attack “came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty.” Officials said the attacker is an immigrant from Uzbekistan who came to the U.S. legally in 2010. They haven’t said whether he came in through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which covers immigrants from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. Trump tweeted, “We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).” Sharelast_img read more

Heres Everything Coming to Hulu in January 2019

first_img What to Stream on Hulu This WeekendDisney+ Gets Fox Movie Remakes, Hulu/ESPN Bundle See ya later, 2018. Hulu is welcoming 2019 with a bang. If ‘bang’ means a slate of movies and television shows that will have you wanting to veg out in the couch, nursing that NYE hangover. The streaming platform has everything for everyone in January: blockbuster titles (Annihilation), animated hits (Chicken Run, Inside Out), and Stephen King horror faves (Cujo, Pet Sematary, Graveyard Shift, Silver Bullet, Thinner).Here’s everything coming to Hulu in January.January 1Atlanta (Complete Season 2)The Detectorists (Complete Season 3)Dot. (Complete Season 2B)Saints & Sinners (Complete Seasons 1-3)X Company (Complete Seasons 2&3)54 10 Years 2 Days in the Valley 9 to 5 A Charlie Brown Valentine A Simple Plan A Walk to Remember Alvin & The Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein Alvin & The Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman Antz Babe Bad Girls Bangkok Dangerous Basic Instinct Beetlejuice Beowulf Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure The Brady Bunch Movie Cake Capitalism: A Love Story Chicken Run Children of the Corn Chinatown The Chaperone The Colony Cujo Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas The Dead Zone Deja Vu Destiny Turns on the Radio Dirty Pretty Things Double Team East is East Extraction Fifteen and Pregnant Finding Neverland Firstborn Flight 7500 Fly Me to the Moon The Foot Fist Way The Forgotten For a Few Dollars More Forces of Nature Friday Night Lights Gentlemen Prefer Blondes The German Doctor Gimme Shelter Girl in Progress Girl in the Bunker Girls Just Want to Have Fun Gods and Monsters The Golden Compass Grizzly Man Happy New Year, Charlie Brown He Got Game Heathers Hellraiser Hot Pursuit I Am Elizabeth Smart I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown In A World… Inside Out Into The West Kickboxer Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas Kiss of the Dragon The Last Boy Scout The Last Knights Legendary Lethal Weapon Lethal Weapon 2 Lethal Weapon 3 Lethal Weapon 4 The Limey Love Actually Maximum Security Message in a Bottle Mimic Mud The Neverending Story The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter New York Minute No Holds Barred Nothing Like the Holidays The Other Man The Others Patch Adams Payback Penelope Pet Sematary Pet Sematary II The Phantom Pride Prince of Egypt Rain Man Renoir Rent The Resident The Reunion Revolutionary Road Right at your Door Road to El Dorado Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion Ron White: A Little Unprofessional The Running Man Sabrina Scent of a Woman Shattered Shirley Valentine Shrek Skipped Parts Sliver Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift Stephen King’s Silver Bullet Stephen King’s Thinner Stone Surf’s Up Surf’s Up 2: Wave Mania Tangerines Teaching Mrs. Tingle The Two Jakes The Virgin Suicides The Voices The Way Back The Way of the Gun The Weather Man This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers To Grandmother’s House We Go Total Recall True Grit (1969) Twilight The Twilight Saga: New Moon The Twilight Saga: Eclipse The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 We are Marshall What’s Cooking? Yours, Mine & Ours Zathura: A Space AdventureJanuary 2The Gifted (Season 2 Mid-Season Premiere)Lethal Weapon (Season 3 Mid-Season Premiere)Drinking BuddiesJanuary 324 Hours to Hell & Back (Season 2 Premiere)The Masked Singer (Season 1 Premiere)The X-Files (Complete Season 11)Support the GirlsThe UnicornJanuary 4Gotham (Season 5 Premiere)The Titan Games (Series Premiere)Sherlock GnomesJanuary 5Fresh off the Boat (Season 5 Mid-Season Premiere)Speechless (Season 3 Mid-Season Premiere)AnnihilationThe OvernightJanuary 6Disaster MovieJanuary 7America Funniest Home Videos (Season 29 Mid-Season Premiere)Lodge 49 (Complete Season 1)Shark Tank (Season 10 Mid-Season Premiere)January 8America’s Got Talent: The Champions (Series Premiere)The Bachelor (Season 23 Premiere)Manifest (Season 1 Mid-Season Premiere)Alright NowThe CommuterThe Last AirbenderJanuary 9Black-ish (Season 5 Mid-Season Premiere)The Conners (Season 1 Mid-Season Premiere)Ellen’s Game of Games (Season 2 Premiere)Good Trouble (Series Premiere)The Kids Are Alright (Season 1 Mid-Season Premiere)New Amsterdam (Season 1 Mid-Season Premiere)Splitting Up Together (Season 2 Mid-Season Premiere)The Rookie (Season 1 Mid-Season Premiere)January 10Chicago Fire (Season 7 Premiere)Chicago P.D. 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Stood on an agents desk and sang to get noticed

Stood on an agents desk and sang to get noticed

first_imgShe is electric. On stage and otherwise. We caught up with her at the wake of the Storm Festival that just wrapped up. Here are excerpts from the interview…Tell us about your journey. I have risen here and fallen there into clouds and became the rain. What inspires you to create music, who are your idols?What is inspiring is musicians who play music just for itself, not in order to win some bogus popularity contest. I am not sure if it’s a good idea to idolize anyone. It just seems to lead to trouble in the history of humankind. I admire all great musicians, as they all reach out to you in ways that are so different and individual. Musicians with a memorable intensity and vision: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Fela Kuti, Bjork, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Lou Reed. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Tell us about your first break and how the journey has been since.I walked into an agent’s office in Sydney, stood on his desk and belted out a song. I was seventeen. I have been gigging ever since.Some memorable moments for you?My most memorable musical experience was playing onstage in London with a big group of Sufi Qawwals from Lahore along with musicians from Rajasthan and London and feeling the whole place lift off.What songs top your playlist? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI am listening to L.A. Woman by The Doors right now, but to be honest; I am enjoying my own freshly minted album Queen Between at the moment… playing it to my friends. It’s a happy and proud moment every musician who makes a record knows.What suggestions would you have for newbies who want to make it big?I think it’s fair to say that all musicians totally suck when they begin, so give yourself time to develop. Rest assured, in a year’s time you will be much better than you are now, so be patient but keep working and changing. What I always say is you will know you’re own breakthrough artistically when you have one song that really clicks. Meanwhile, anybody can record nowadays… try to test your music on people live. Distill the essence of what you have – one great song at a time but don’t overwork things; keep moving. It’s better to write one good song than a hundred mediocre ones.  My real advice to them is to ask themselves what exactly are you trying make ‘big’?  Music is a connection point so think about what it is you want to connect.  Be original. Be brave. Be crazy. Be adventurous. If you sound like just anybody else keep it as a hobby. Think big and small! We need music that is not the same old thing. Try not to peddle fake sentiments in order to make it because if you do you will get there and it will be meaningless. Lastly, everyone needs a producer; it’s a role play thing.What is on the cards for the Storm Festival?We are going to play with Kutle Kahn form Jaislamer in Rasjathan, who is an amazing collaborator with a super energy. I think we will really have a great time playing together and it’s an interesting contrast.last_img read more

Just seven minutes of meditation can cut racial prejudice

Just seven minutes of meditation can cut racial prejudice

first_imgNot just making you calm and creating a feeling of kindness, a mere seven-minute of meditation daily can help reduce racial bias too, a new study shows.The researchers found that just seven minutes of a meditation technique called Loving-kindness meditation (LKM) directed to a member of a specific racial group (in this case, a black person) was sufficient to reduce racial bias towards that group. The Loving-kindness meditation (LKM) is a Buddhist practise that promotes unconditional kindness towards oneself and others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“This indicates that some meditation techniques are about much more than feeling good and might be an important tool for enhancing inter-group harmony,” said lead researcher Alexander Stell, doctoral student in psychology from University of Sussex.LKM is known to engender happiness and kindness to oneself and others through repeating phrases such as may you be happy and healthy while visualising a particular person.Some previous studies have shown that inducing happiness in people, for example by exposing them to upbeat music, can actually make them more likely to have prejudiced thoughts compared to those hearing sad music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the new study, 71 white, non-meditating adults were each given a photo of a gender-matched black person and either received taped LKM instructions or instructions to look at the photos and notice certain features of the face. Both conditions lasted just seven minutes.The researchers then scored the reaction times of the participants who were asked to match up positive and negative words (for example happiness or wrong) with faces that belonged to either their own or another ethnic group.The team found that just seven minutes of LKM directed to a member of a specific racial group was sufficient to reduce racial bias towards that group. Additionally, the researchers measured levels of positive emotions and found that people doing LKM showed a significant enhancement in generating positive emotions. The study was published in the journal Motivation and Emotion.last_img read more

Gus Kenworthy shades Ivanka Trump in most epic way

Gus Kenworthy shades Ivanka Trump in most epic way

first_imgThe snowboarder made his feelings about Donald Trump’s daughter clear in a new Twitter post marking the ends of the Games.‘Everyone except Ivanka’Sharing a picture of attendees at the Closing Ceremony, he wrote: ‘So proud of all these people! Everybody here has worked so hard to make it to the Olympics and have the opportunity to walk in the closing ceremony!He furthermore added: ‘Well… Everyone except Ivanka. Honestly, tf is she doing here??’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Gus didn’t manage to take home any medals this year. However, he and his boyfriend were responsible for one of the most memorable moments of the Olympics.Gus and Matt Wilkas were filmed kissing on the slopes by an NBC film crew. Their image was beamed into homes in the US and around the world.‘It normalizes it more’Speaking about the kiss, Wilkas told TIME: ‘It’s good that it’s televised because it normalizes it more.’He furthermore added: ‘I would imagine it would be a huge moment for a young gay kid to see an awesome athlete so open and proud of himself and not caring what anyone thinks of his sexuality.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Gus Kenworthy has burned Ivanka Trump, referencing her presence at the Winter Olympics and saying ‘TF is she doing there?’center_img Gus and Ivanka | Photos: Instagram/guskenworthy and Wikimedia Eric Trump slams Gus Kenworthy for snubbing Ivanka in Olympics tweet7 best Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy moments from the OlympicsGay Olympian Gus Kenworthy: Anti-LGBT VP Mike Pence is ‘bad fit’ to lead Winter Olympics delegationRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gus-kenworthy-burns-ivanka-trump/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more