Boskalis Presses On with Fleet Rationalization Job Cuts

first_imgzoom Works Council of the Dutch dredging and maritime company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has unanimously rendered a positive advice on the company’s fleet rationalization plan announced early July which will see 24 vessels be taken out of service in the coming two years, resulting in the loss of approximately 650 jobs worldwide.As part of the approved plan, Boskalis will ”continue to crew two of the five Fairmount vessels for the time being with Dutch employees.”Boskalis said that the company has also reached an agreement in principle with the Works Council on a social plan by which the workforce reduction will be absorbed through attrition and redeployment where possible and affected employees will be able to make use of a social plan.The company plans to invite the trade unions involved to resume talks about the plans.Out of 24 vessels that will be taken out of service, ten are from the company’s dredging division and fourteen from the offshore energy division. These will include trailing suction hopper dredgers, cutter suction dredgers, anchor handling tugs and heavy transport vessels.The average age of the vessels earmarked for scrapping or sale is in excess of 30 years. Vessels offered for scrapping will be dismantled at certified shipyards in accordance with the Hong Kong Convention and Boskalis’ own standards, Boskalis said back in July.last_img read more

NAFTA checklist A handy guide to key issues as formal process set

first_imgWASHINGTON – The formal process in renegotiating the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement could begin any day. The U.S. administration says it will soon serve notice that it will enter discussions with Canada and Mexico, following a 90-day consultation period.It’s now poised to happen, with Monday’s long-awaited swearing-in of Robert Lighthizer, Donald Trump’s trade czar.In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of key issues at stake:—Dairy: A prime sensitive spot when Canada negotiates trade deals. In Canada’s sheltered dairy industry, imports get slapped with a 270 per cent duty beyond a fixed quota. Canada faced intense pressure to pry open the system in recent negotiations. Canada accepted more European dairy on its grocery shelves, in a deal with the EU. It would have allowed another 3.25 per cent under the ill-fated Trans-Pacific Partnership. Dairy farmers were upset. The Harper government softened the blow with a multbillion-dollar compensation package. This time, with TPP dead, the U.S. could seek a more dramatic opening. U.S. policy-makers have two concerns: First, with Canada’s supply management controls, in general; and more specifically with rules related to milk-protein products.—Auto parts: Among the top U.S. priorities. It involves rules of origin — and how much local content is required to avoid tariffs. It’s clear the White House wants more car parts sourced at home, and fewer from Asia. What’s not clear is the details: will it insist on a specific quota for American parts, or be content with more production in North America, generally? How will it tinker with the rules — by simply raising the threshold for avoiding a tariff, currently 62.5 per cent, or by also insisting on a stricter formula for calculating that percentage? Will the policy lead to higher car prices? Will changes really shift production from Asia, or will companies simply pay more in duties and add it to the sticker price? The details matter here.—Consumer rights: The U.S. government wants to help Canadian shoppers — specifically, to help them buy more things from the U.S., through lower duties. It’s a standard priority of American administrations, and could wind up on the negotiating table. Canada has one of the most punitive duty systems in the world, taxing imported online purchases above $20, a pittance compared to the $800 limit Americans enjoy. But Canadian retailers say a change in this system would be of one-sided benefit to American retailers, resulting in shuttered bricks-and-mortar stores in Canada.—Buy American: Canada wants freer trade in public projects, specifically infrastructure. Some American lawmakers want to go the other way: they want more barriers to foreign bids, and would do away with the exemptions currently enjoyed by Canada and Mexico in NAFTA. Trump is a big booster of Biy American rules, generally, but hasn’t revealed his intended direction here. The U.S. has its own compaints about Canada. The U.S. bemoans the fact that some provincial entities have regulations that undermine U.S. suppliers, like Hydro-Quebec with wind energy. It also complains that U.S. software companies get shut out of public contracts, because of concerns about Canadians’ privacy.—Labour mobility: Canada wants changes here. So does industry. Businesses hate the current professional visa section in NAFTA. It allows easy visas for a list of jobs — but that list reflects the economy of 1993. It barely references digital jobs. Companies complain about unnecessary paperwork and hassles in sending employees to a branch across the border. Another problem involves spouses — one spouse gets a visa but the other can’t work across the border. One potential challenge in addressing this issue: it could quickly get dragged into the broader, heated and very political U.S. debate on immigration.—Softwood: Will there be peace in our time on softwood lumber? Perhaps. This was the first thing mentioned the day after Trump’s election, when the ambassador to the U.S. was asked what he’d like to see in a new NAFTA. Lumber has been the source of recurring spats: Once a decade, the U.S. imposes tariffs over what it views as illegal product-dumping from wood off public land; it winds up in tribunals; Canada tends to win most cases, and that leads to a temporary deal, with restrictions on Canadian wood, before the deal expires and the skirmishes resume. Canada isn’t the only party that wants a softwood deal in NAFTA; Trump’s point man on the negotiation, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, has also alluded to it as an ideal addition to the agreement.—Liquor: Canada’s liquor boards are a repeated source of complaint in the U.S. government’s annual report on trade barriers. It laments the high taxes and tight controls on what gets sold in Canadian stores. The U.S. is especially miffed at B.C. and Ontario for keeping imported wines off grocery shelves. It’s even launched a trade action over the issue.—Digital services: TPP allowed freer movement of data between countries. It would have restricted the right of any country to insist upon local storage facilities for digital information. Critics called this worrisome, for reasons of protecting personal information. Supporters called the change liberating — meaning it would become easier for someone to start a business from anywhere in the world.—Pharmaceuticals: The U.S. has tougher patent rules on drugs — which can delay the introduction of generics, increasing prices. One U.S. drug company, Eli Lilly, recently sued Canada at a NAFTA panel over court decisions that struck down patents. It lost. But many U.S. lawmakers, funded by big pharma, want changes in Canada. Another potential issue involves cutting-edge biologics drugs. It was a heated issue in TPP. Canada wasn’t involved in that tussle, but would be this time if the U.S. pushes a harder line: the U.S. allows 12 years of patent-like protections for data on these products, while Canada is closer to the international norm at eight years.—Telecommunications and broadcasting: Canada fought for cultural industries to be exempted from its U.S. trade deals — meaning books, recordings, broadcasts are not subject to free trade. Culture was a significant irritant in original negotiations; it hasn’t come up in recent complaints from the U.S. administration. One thing the U.S. could seek is greater access to telecommunications, like cell-phone services, according to a draft list of priorities recently sent to Congress.—Snapbacks: A controversial item on the draft document sent to U.S. Congress, a tariff snapback means a country could reinstate duties on a certain product if increased imports hurt its producers. Other countries will resist fiercely if U.S. negotiators seek this addition.—Dispute settlement mechanism: This was a make-or-break issue for Canada in the original Canada-U.S. trade deal. Rather than allowing American judges to preside over cases involving trade actions by American companies, Canada insisted upon a third-party mechanism. That demand almost sank the original trade agreement in 1987. The Mulroney government threatened to cut off negotiations over this issue. In the end, the mechanism was created. It was later incorporated into NAFTA. Many Americans still resent it. A key reason: Softwood lumber, and U.S. losses in Chapter 19 cases. The commerce secretary, Ross, says it’s unfair that an international panel, which might include one American and two Canadians, should interpret America’s domestic trade-remedy laws. Numerous members of Congress agree. Eliminating Chapter 19 is listed as a priority in the administration’s draft notice to Congress.last_img read more

Canadian tourist facing four years in Cuban jail has conviction overturned wife

first_imgMONTREAL – A Quebec man who was sentenced to four years in a Cuban jail following a boating accident that killed a fellow tourist isn’t being allowed to return to Canada even though his conviction has been overturned, his wife said Wednesday.Kahina Bensaadi says her husband Toufik Benhamiche is no longer charged with any crime, but has not been allowed to leave the country because the case is still under investigation.“He’s no longer convicted, he’s no longer charged, he’s no longer anything, but they don’t want to let him leave,” she said in a phone interview.Benhamiche, 47, was driving a small boat as part of a tourist excursion in July 2017 in Cayo Coco when it veered out of control and fatally struck a woman from Ontario.A Cuban court found the Mascouche resident guilty of criminal negligence causing death and sentenced him to four years in prison.But in June, Cuba’s highest court found flaws in the lower court’s handling of the case and reversed all its decisions including the conviction, Bensaadi said.She said the judge’s decision recognized the arguments in Benhamiche’s defence and that it suggested bringing charges against those who were responsible for renting out the boat.“(The decision) clearly stated the responsibility of other people in violating all norms and procedures, and explained the violation of all these norms of conduct probably led to the accident,” she said.She says that while the family was orginally thrilled with the news, the elation turned to despair when they realized the judge’s decision means the case had been returned to the prosecutor and must be reinvestigated — a process she believes could take years.Now Bensaadi is calling on Canadian immigration officials to help allow her husband to return home while Cuban authorities decide whether to bring new charges.She says she’s been offered no help so far, and accuses the Canadian government of choosing to abandon her husband rather than ruffle feathers with Cuban officials.“It’s not normal that the Canadian government continues to favour diplomatic relations to the detriment of the rights and liberties of its own citizens,” she said.The MP representing Behamiche’s riding also issued a statement blasting Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland for failing to resolve what he called an “appalling” situation.“You go for a week’s vaction with your family to have fun for seven days in Cayo Coco and end up with four years in prison,” Quebec Debout MP Luc Theriault said later in a phone interview.“Is anyone going to wake up and get him out of there?”Bensaadi said the year-long ordeal has devastated the family both financially and emotionally.Benhamiche has lost his engineering job near Montreal, and she has been forced to care on her own for their two daughters, aged six and eight, while trying to pay for lawyers and flying to Cuba for her husband’s court dates.“If we had wanted to destroy our family, we could not have done better,” she said.The family has also filed a lawsuit in Canada against travel company Sunwing, alleging Benhamiche was given little instruction on how to operate the craft and was assured it was easy to use and by no means dangerous.last_img read more

Morocco to Receive 2 Planes to Monitor Sea

Rabat- The two twin turbo engine planes were manufactured by the American Textron Aviation company in 2016. They are currently being equipped with an observation and surveillance system, a friend/enemy identification system, and a real time communication system, according to Spanish outlet, defensa.comAn aeronautical company at the Toulouse airport in France is making the upgrades.The $8.358 million planes are in the testing phase currently. They will be used, in cooperation with the Royal Marine, to monitor Morocco’s seafront and not for military operations. The two planes will join three Airbus helicopters AS565 Panthers that Morocco received in 2002.The Royal Air Force of Morocco already employs a dozen Beechcraft planes that primarily operate from Morocco’s military airbase in Sale, Rabat’s neighboring city. read more

Ethiopia Top UN rights chief hails release of political prisoners

24 July 2007The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today welcomed the recent pardon and release of over three dozen political leaders and activists in Ethiopia and urged fair proceedings for dozens of other defendants still on trial. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today welcomed the recent pardon and release of over three dozen political leaders and activists in Ethiopia and urged fair proceedings for dozens of other defendants still on trial. “The pardons by the Government of Ethiopia are commendable,” Louise Arbour said in a statement released in Geneva on last Friday’s of action concerning 38 persons.“They are significant for what they represent in terms of the expansion of the democratic space in Ethiopia and prospects for national reconciliation.”The trials of another 67 defendants held on charges similar to those previously leveled against the pardoned activists are set to resume on 25 July and 29 October, according to the statement. The High Commissioner voiced hope the trials of these individuals “will abide by international standards of due process and be concluded in a timely fashion.” read more

Fed minutes show extensive discussion at January meeting over risks from Feds

WASHINGTON – Several Federal Reserve policymakers were concerned last month about the risks of the Fed’s efforts to boost the U.S. economy by keeping borrowing costs low for the foreseeable future.Minutes of the Fed’s Jan. 29-30 policy meeting showed that some officials worried about the Fed’s monthly purchases of $85 billion a month in Treasurys and mortgage bonds. They expressed concern that the continued purchases could eventually escalate inflation, unsettle financial markets or cause the Fed to absorb losses once it begins selling its investment holdings.In the end, the Fed voted last month to keep its bond program open-ended and at the same size. The Fed said in a statement that the bond purchases would continue until the job market improved substantially. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2013 2:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fed minutes show extensive discussion at January meeting over risks from Fed’s bond purchases read more

Ohio States Marshon Lattimore set for surgery

Ohio State football freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday morning, according to his personal Twitter account @_ShonL2 Tuesday night.Lattimore has since deleted the tweet.Lattimore, who was a consensus four-star prospect out of Glenville High School in Cleveland, and a U.S. Army All-American, starred on a Tarblooder team that advanced to the Division II Ohio state championship game in 2013.The news of Lattimore’s surgery was first reported by Eleven Warriors.Coach Urban Meyer did not mention Lattimore’s name Monday when he discussed the open corner position opposite senior Doran Grant.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Saturday at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Pronias education programme addresses the challenges of palliative care

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Pronia has commenced it’s three-year Greek community education program “Mazi” (Together).The programme aims to inform the Greek community about palliative care, especially carers of people that are living with a life-limiting illness. Topics discussed during the seminars are tailored to the needs and interests of Greek community members dealing with palliative care, and will be based on Greek cultural practices.By raising awareness of issues related to the experience of death, it is hoped that the process can be normalised and viewed as an important part of life.Understanding the difficulties faced by carers, the programme hopes to improve their quality of life as well as the quality of life of those living with a life-threatening illness.An annual two-day carers retreat will take place annually on the outskirts of Melbourne to enhance carers wellbeing and stamina.Pronia is now recruiting carers for the peer support groups which are commencing in February. To register, contact Pronia’s Community Educators, Anton Anagnostou (Thursdays and Fridays) or Adonis Maglis (Monday) at 9388 9998, 9am – 4pmlast_img read more

La France réhabilite la méthode Coué

first_imgLa France réhabilite la méthode CouéLa célèbre méthode Coué a longtemps été méprisée. Les choses ont évolué et elle est maintenant mise à l’honneur par des spécialistes, comme ceux qui se sont réunis ce week-end à Nancy, la ville où Emile Coué, pharmacien de son état, avait développé l’autosuggestion positive.Le pharmacien Emile Coué avait développé, au début du XXème siècle, une méthode d’autosuggestion positive consciente. Mais il est également connu pour avoir réinventé le principe du placebo, qu’il délivrait à ses patients en employant une formule restée célèbre : “Vous irez de mieux en mieux, et ça n’est qu’un début”.C’est pour rendre honneur à cet homme qui a souvent été méprisé pour ses méthodes peu orthodoxes que la ville de Nancy, où il exerçait, a réuni dans un congrès une quinzaine de spécialistes internationaux “couéistes”, comme le dit TV5monde. “Les progrès des neurosciences font que l’on reconnaît ce qu’Emile Coué a construit de manière empirique il y a un siècle”, observe l’un des organisateurs du congrès, Luc Teyssier d’Orfeuil. “Le postulat de Coué c’est : toute pensée que nous avons en tête devient réalité dans la limite du raisonnable. Ce n’est donc pas une question de volonté, mais d’imaginaire”, explique-t-il. “Celui qui dit “je veux”, souvent, termine par “mais je ne peux pas”. En revanche, quand vous cherchez par exemple un nom et que vous dites : “Ça va me revenir”, c’est de la méthode Coué. D’ailleurs, le nom vous revient”, poursuit l’organisateur du congrès.Un pharmacien “original” À lire aussiNeurosciences : regarder l’endroit douloureux du corps réduit la souffrancePour Antoine Onnis, président d’un des deux cercles couéistes de France, la méthode permet de “retrouver la confiance en soi, gérer le stress et déblayer le chemin de sa vie”. Pourtant, Emile Coué, mort en 1926, continue à être considéré comme un original qui n’est pas souvent pris au sérieux, déplore Gilbert Grellet, un journaliste qui a consacré un ouvrage au pharmacien.”On lui a reproché de ne pas vouloir se faire d’argent !”, raconte l’auteur. “Aux Etats-Unis, Coué était accueilli comme une star par des dizaines de journalistes et multipliait les conférences”, rappelle pourtant André Rossinot, le maire de Nancy, médecin de formation, qui affirme “avoir appliqué la méthode Coué” avec ses patients. En Europe, en Suisse et en Grande-Bretagne notamment, où il s’était lié avec la famille royale, Emile Coué avait pu développer sa méthode, loin de ses adversaires français qui l’accusaient d’exercice illégal de la médecine et de charlatanisme.Des principes de plus en plus employés Aujourd’hui en passe d’être réhabilités, les préceptes couéistes sont d’ailleurs en partie réemployés dans de nombreuses techniques de développement personnel très en vogue à l’heure actuelle telles que la PNL (programmation neurolinguistique) ou la sophrologie. “Aujourd’hui, des tas de gens utilisent Coué sans le dire ou sans le savoir”, insiste Luc Teyssier d’Orfeuil, en se répétant la célèbre phrase du pharmacien : “Aujourd’hui, à tous points de vue, je vais de mieux en mieux”.Le 5 septembre 2011 à 12:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Add VR Support To These Nintendo Switch Games

first_img Nintendo has finally, fully ripped off the VR bandage. After high-end headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have primed consumers for VR they can own in theory, Nintendo is now offering a VR headset you can actually afford. Later this week you can turn your Nintendo Switch into a VR headset using the crafty cardboard of Nintendo Labo.Initially, we thought Nintendo’s VR experiments would just be contained to Labo’s tiny educational minigames. But we just learned you’ll also be able to use the headset with Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, two of the biggest Nintendo games around. So now that real VR for real Nintendo games is now a real thing, here are some other Nintendo we’d like to see get the virtual reality upgrade.Luigi’s Mansion 3The original Luigi’s Mansion on GameCube actually supports stereoscopic 3D. But Nintendo ended up scrapping this feature in the hardware itself so there’s no way to see it. Still, from the very beginning Nintendo saw this spooky second-banana series as a way to explore immersive and atmospheric new graphics technology. Sounds like a great fit for VR.Pokemon SnapOf all the numerous Pokemon spin-offs, Pokemon Snap is by far the one most people want to see make a comeback. You don’t always want to make the monsters fight. Sometimes you just want to take pictures of them chilling. Nintendo Labo VR Kit lets players make a little cardboard camera. Using that camera to take pictures of Pokemon would be beyond cute. Definitely cuter than a new Fatal Frame.Metroid PrimeMetroid Prime 4 isn’t coming any time soon. Its entire development got basically rebooted a few months ago. But in the meantime we’re expecting Nintendo to re-release the entire original Metroid Prime Trilogy on Switch. An HD remaster of those classics would be appealing enough on its own, but VR support would add new wonder to exploring those old alien spaces.Virtual Boy GamesBefore Labo VR Kit, Nintendo first tried out the VR gimmick with the Virtual Boy back in the 1990s. It was a huge headset you propped up on a stand to play slightly more advanced Game Boy games in a red and black color scheme. It was horrible tech that actively hurt your eyes and as a result remains Nintendo’s biggest failure. And yet some of the games on the platform are worth playing, like Virtual Boy Wario Land, so what better time than now to rescue them?Captain ToadAside from first-person games, VR also shines in games where you omnisciently observe and interact with intricate little puzzle box dioramas. And there’s no better way than that to describe Nintendo’s Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. This Wii U game turned Switch (and 3DS) already got some DLC recently. So some new VR levels isn’t out of the question.3DS GamesWith rumors of a new smaller Switch coming soon, it seems obvious the console/handheld hybrid has now replaced both halves of Nintendo’s hardware markets. The Switch is so radically different from the 3DS that just popping the same cartridges into the device for backward compatibility would never work. However, VR remakes of select 3DS games could preserve the 3D effect. And it’s not like their resolution was ever that high anyway.Mario KartWe originally wanted to say here that F-Zero should get VR support, and that would still be cool considering how long it’s been since that series last appeared. But let’s be real. Mario Kart is a way bigger deal. Millions of Switch owners already own Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a game that also already supports other Labo accessories. Adding VR support would be a no-brainer. And the reduced intensity of the game would probably be easier to stomach in VR compared to F-Zero.Punch-Out!!Punch-Out!! is a simple boxing game about fighting absolutely larger than life characters like Bald Bull, King Hippo, and Mike Tyson. A VR version of Punch-Out!!, whether it’s the Wii remake or a nifty 3D interpretation of the 8-bit NES original, would make us feel like Rocky, barely dodging blows and hitting back twice as hard. Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

Harry Kewell sacked by Notts County

first_imgEnglish League Two club Notts County have fired Harry Kewell after just 14 matches in chargeThe former Liverpool star was announced as Kevin Nolan’s replacement at Notts County in September on a three-year deal.However, Kewell only managed three wins in 14 games with seven of those ending in defeat.With Notts County now 22nd in the league table, Kewell’s short reign in charge came to an end on Tuesday.“Results have not been good enough and performance levels are a continuing concern,” chairman Alan Hardy told the club website.SWINDON, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Notts County fans show their support after the Sky Bet League Two match between Swindon Town and Notts County at County Ground on May 04, 2019 in Swindon, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)For the first time in 157 years, Notts County is out of Football League Manuel R. Medina – May 4, 2019 The team known as the oldest Football League club in the world has been relegation to the National League for the first time ever.“We see no reason to continue with something we don’t think can work.”Notts County announced Steve Chettle will take temporary control of the first-team.Kewell is a former midfielder who enjoyed a successful 12-year Premier League career with Leeds United and Liverpool.The 2005 Champions League winner leaves Meadow Lane with assistant Warren Feeney and analyst Paul Murphy.last_img read more

Crews set to install new I5 Skagit bridge span

first_imgMOUNT VERNON — Crews are installing a new section of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River that collapsed four months ago and hope to have the crossing open to traffic Sunday morning.The state Transportation Department says the temporary crossing that’s currently in place will be closed at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. Crews plan to work overnight to slide the permanent section into place and be done within 12 hours.Travis Phelps, a DOT spokesman, said the bridge swap is a daunting task, requiring the removal of a temporary span that weighs 500 tons and the installation of a permanent span that is some 900 tons. Officials cautioned that the operation is complex and that the closure could be extended if things don’t go according to plan.“We’re confident, but we obviously want to do this right,” Phelps said.The overnight replacement is designed to minimize traffic impacts at the crossing that carries roughly 70,000 vehicles a day.Officials have been working toward this moment ever since an oversize truck load hit the bridge on May 23, sending one 160-foot section and two vehicles with three people into the water. No one was killed.Traffic was detoured for a month through Mount Vernon and Burlington until a temporary span was installed.The total cost of removing the temporary span and installing a permanent replacement is $8.5 million — paid by federal emergency relief funds. The contractual deadline for the permanent replacement span is the beginning of October.Along with the permanent span installation, the state is planning additional nighttime bridge closers in the coming weeks because crews also plan to retrofit the overhead bridge supports.last_img read more

Custom Publishing Council Updates Name

first_imgAnother publishing group has dropped the word “publishing” from its name. The Custom Publishing Council announced Wednesday that it has changed its name to the Custom Content Council. The association for custom media said the change reflects a “new era” in custom media as well as the “monumental impact content has today on all marketing initiatives.” According to executive director Lori Rosen, the decision was “a long time” in the making. “As we enter our 11th year as an association, we need to ensure that we stay ahead of the ever-evolving media world,” Rosen said in a statement. “’P’ for Publishing sounded ancient. ‘Content’ is a more accurate reflection of what marketers are using to educate, connect, up sell and attract new customers.”The CCC said it will relaunch a newly-branded Web site in May.last_img read more

Janet Jacksons Rhythm Nation 1814 For The Record

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King’s “Auld Lang Syne” For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ Revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ Alanis Morissette: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record For The Record: Adele, ’25’ Kendrick Lamar, ‘DAMN.’: For The Record For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” For The Record: Michael Jackson Kendrick Lamar, ‘DAMN.’: For The Record Alanis Morissette: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ For The Record: Juan Gabriel For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” For The Record: Carlos Santana For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ For The Record: ‘From A Room: Volume 1′ For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ Released Sept. 19, 1989, Rhythm Nation 1814 gifted us with some of Jackson’s biggest career hits, including “Rhythm Nation,” “State Of The World,” “Miss You Much,” “Alright,” and “Black Cat.” With the help of producers/songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jackson dedicated the album to what she saw in the news on CNN, particularly the Stockton playground murders in California in early 1989.”You couldn’t help but somehow be impacted by the things that were going on,” Jam told Billboard in 2014. “It was a crazy time. The Reagan years were ending. There were school shootings. There were all these unbelievable things starting to happen. We’re all sitting around watching this going, ‘Man, that’s messed up. Somebody needs to do something about this.'”Despite its political leanings, Rhythm Nation 1814 also provides a healthy dose of romance and dancing, which spawned a record-breaking seven Top 5 hits while the album itself landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Jackson also conceptualized a long-form music video to promote the LP under the direction of Dominic Sena.The 30-minute “telemusical” incorporated three tracks from the album: “Miss You Much,” “The Knowledge” and “Rhythm Nation.” It follows two young men who want to pursue music only to be hindered by drug use and trafficking. The visuals feature Jackson and her dancers in unisex military attire dancing in a post-apocalyptic warehouse. It was filmed in black-and-white to portray racial unity in the newly designed “Rhythm Nation.”Rhythm Nation 1814 marks a peak in Jackson’s career, and accordingly she earned her first career GRAMMY win at the 32nd GRAMMY Awards for Best Music Video — Longform for the short film accompanying the album. In total, she earned seven GRAMMY nominations for Rhythm Nation 1814 between the 32nd and 33rd GRAMMYs, including a nod for Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical), making her the first woman to earn the distinction. For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ Facebook Metallica: “One” | For The Record For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’center_img Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ For The Record: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ Head back to 1989 and take a look at how the GRAMMY winner’s masterful album made music historyRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jun 28, 2018 – 1:28 pm The year is 1989. The artist is Janet Jackson. The album is Rhythm Nation 1814. But given the album’s themes of social conscience — racism, poverty, substance abuse — the GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter/producer’s iconic album and accompanying music video are just as relevant today as ever. 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Permanent Fund restructuring bill dies in House committee

first_imgA bill to restructure Permanent Fund earnings and cut fund dividends died in the House Finance Committee Friday.Download AudioAlaskans file their Permanent Fund dividend applications in downtown Anchorage in March 2016. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The bill is the cornerstone of Governor Bill Walker’s plan to bring stability to state government finances.But six of the 11 committee members voted against sending the bill to a vote by the full House.The bill stumbled over concerns that voters wouldn’t accept cuts if the Legislature doesn’t make other changes. Republican members want to further reduce the size of government, while Democrats want to further cut tax credits to the oil and gas industry.Anchorage Republican Lance Pruitt voted against the bill. He says he doesn’t want to spend fund earnings without ensuring they won’t fuel more government.“That’s why people are scared about us doing this – is we’re going to put our hand in the cookie jar and we’re never going to pull it out,” Pruitt said.Dillingham majority-caucus Democrat Bryce Edgmon said the state has no other options for closing the three-to-four-billion-dollar annual deficit. He urged Walker to make another attempt to build public support. Without a PFD reduction, Edgemon is concerned the state will spend all fund earnings and eliminate dividends.“In my district, you know, I’ve got a lot of people who support this and I got a lot of people who support income taxes,” Edgmon said. “But as I look around the table here, and I talk to a lot of my colleagues, there’s other parts of the state where that support doesn’t exist.”Committee Co-Chairman Fairbanks Republican Steve Thompson voted to advance the bill, arguing that Walker will soon call the Legislature back into another special session. The current special session will end by Tuesday. But it’s not clear whether any votes will change in another session — closer to the August primary — in which votes to cut PFDs could be used against them.last_img read more

Alaska lawmakers learn about a subsistence superfood

first_imgSeal oil from Southeast Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The House Resources Committee got an update Monday on the traditional foods movement in Alaska. It’s becoming more common for public facilities in the state to accept wild-harvested donations, such as deer or seafood. Seal soup has been added to the menu at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.But places like schools, nursing homes and hospitals have yet to incorporate one of the most requested subsistence foods. Melissa Chlupach, from the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health, called it “Alaska’s condiment.”“Seal oil is a superfood. It has a high amount of omega-3s that are so healthy for us,” Chlupach said.The state’s food safety codes don’t allow seal oil in public facilities yet. That’s because it’s been implicated in several botulism outbreaks in Alaska. Rep. John Lincoln, a Democrat from Kotzebue, asked why a food considered safe to eat by many villages raised red flags.Chlupach and a colleague explained that the rendering process differs across Alaska. There’s a lot of variability.Chlupach told lawmakers there’s still more work to be done to incorporate a variety of subsistence foods on the menu at public institutions. She encourages people to tell their stories.“That’s how we can get these foods into our facilities and help heal our patients, help provide foods to the Elders so they can eat the foods they’ve grown up on,” Chlupach said.Maniiḷaq Health Center in Kotzebue is on the forefront of this effort.The long-term care facility there has been working with the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, the University of Wisconsin and the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center to determine the safest rendering techniques for seal oil, with the hopes of someday serving it to residents.last_img read more

Warangal Cops ready to file charge sheet

first_imgWarangal: Investigation into the case of nine-year-old infant, who was molested and killed by a pervert, is nearing completion, Commissioner of Police V Ravinder said.It may be recalled here that Polepaka Praveen, a native of Vasanthapur village under Shayampet mandal in Warangal Rural district, picked up Srihitha from the terrace of a three-storied building when she was along with her mother fast asleep in the wee hours of June 19. By the time the relatives realised and caught hold of the accused, Srihitha breathed her last. The same day, Praveen was sent to remand. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Against this backdrop, the police, started investigation, interrogated the accused. “We have reconstructed the crime scene after the court allowed us to take accused into our custody. We have collected CCTV camera footage besides conducting DNA test of the accused,” the Commissioner said.The police also gathered information pertaining to the case from 38 witnesses including three eye-witnesses, he said. The post-mortem report is ready and will soon the accused will be charge-sheeted, he said. The Commissioner said that the evidence collected by the police is corroborative to prove the guilt of the accused. “This sentence the accused would get would be an eye opener to those perverts,” Ravinder said.last_img read more

DC Health Warns Against Disease

first_imgBy Tyra Wilkes, Special to the AFROThe District of Columbia Health Department is warning residents against an increase in an intestial illness, called Cyclosporiasis, after 14 people have been diagnosed in 2019 compared to 8 total in 2018. The Food and Drug Administration is urging residents against buying, eating, or serving fresh basil products exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV located in Morelos, Mexico where they believe the contamination is originating. While doing your best to avoid purchase or consumption of basil, D.C. Health Department is also advising local businesses to refrain from selling, serving, or distributing fresh basil exported from this or other unknown providers. The District of Columbia Health Department is warning residents to watch where one buys basil due to cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness. (Courtesy Photo)For prevention inside your own home, be sure to wash hands thoroughly before handling any fruits and vegetables, wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating. In addtion store fruits and vegetables away from raw meat, poultry, and seafood, and refrigerate cut, peeled, or cooked fruits and vegetables as soon as possible or within 2 hours; amongst all other food preparation procedures.If infected, Cyclosporiasis  symptoms start about one week after consumption and can last a few days to a month. The infection causes watery diarrhea with frequent, sometimes explosive bowel movements. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, or fatigue; you may also experience flu-like symptoms like headaches, body aches and fever.If you experience any of these symptoms see your healthcare provider immediately.last_img read more