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Traffic Advisories Antigonish and Halifax counties

first_imgANTIGONISH COUNTY: Beaver Meadow Road To allow for repaving, Beaver Meadow Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Trunk 4 at James River, for 3.2 kilometres to the intersection of Mill Road. The work will take place from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 HALIFAX COUNTY: Trunk 7, Spry Harbour Bridge A 500-metre detour on Trunk 7 near Spry Harbour will allow for the replacement of the Spry Harbour Bridge. The detour will be in place 24-hours a day until Friday, Aug. 11. There will be two-way traffic on the detour with a maximum speed of 50 kilometres per hour. Local Area Office: 902-885-2821 Fax: 902-885-3090 -30-last_img read more

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Going prochoice

first_imgIt is only too ‘normal’ in a patriarchal system that the right of an individual be decided by society and that be shaped by the opinions of all and sundry. The right a person may exercise has to first be approved by the community at large, which may not necessarily have any significant contribution in allaying an individual’s very specific troubles whatsoever. The right to choose or not choose life inevitably goes through the filter of society to the rediculous extent that a situation is expected to be in conformity with the pre-conceived notions. The matter of induced abortion is a case in point. But as times change and society opens up to newer aspects of life, some changes, although met with resistance, wriggle their way in. Like on Monday, the Supreme Court admitted a writ petition seeking to decriminalise abortion and allowing women the right to exercise their reproductive choice. This is with the motive to redress severe restrictions on the reproductive choice of a woman, her personal liberty and her bodily autonomy. The Apex Court admits the petition to decriminalise abortion as “The right to exercise reproductive choice is the right to choose whether to conceive and carry pregnancy to its full term or to terminate is it at the core of one’s privacy, dignity, personal autonomy, bodily integrity, self determination and right to health recognised by Article 21 of the Constitution,” as per the petition filed by Swati Agarwal, Garima Sekseria and Prachi Vats. A Bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi issued a notice to the Centre on their contention that several provisions of the 48-year-old Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1971, impose unreasonable restrictions on the reproductive choice of a woman, her personal liberty and bodily autonomy. The court has asked the government to respond to the petition. This is indeed a very progressive move that was long overdue. In a country that is aiming higher every time, and also where nearly half the workforce is female, clamping them down with laws over highly personal choices is only counter-productive and detrimental to economic progress. The law largely allows a woman to abort only if the continuance of the pregnancy (according to a medical practitioner) involves a risk to her life; grave physical or mental injury; or risk of serious foetal abnormalities. The first trimester of pregnancy entails lesser risk for abortion. However, there is no logical basis (or interest) for the state to interfere in a woman’s reproductive choice. The petition went on to say that “The restriction puts an undue burden on the exercise of free reproductive choice and renders it meaningless. This provision, in substance, makes right to terminate pregnancy an exception, which is otherwise recognised as an important facet of right to life, human dignity and self-determination”. It is time the state and society both realise this and take a step towards being more progressive, inclusive, and tolerant to alternative narratives for good.last_img read more

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Dances For One Week One Cause

first_imgDon’t miss the chance to see your favorite dance stars up close and personal in SWAY: A Dance Trilogy!This all-star production is set to premiere on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at The Olympia Theater at Gusman Center in downtown Miami, FL during Art Basel week.Starring Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis, and special guests, SWAY presents the glamour and passion of ballroom and Latin dancing in a whole new way. The all-star cast will feature world-class celebrity dancers. Audiences can expect spectacular visuals, original choreography, a fusion of multiple dance styles, and incredible performances from Dance With Me professionals.This star-studded engagement of SWAY will feature five (5) stunning shows running from Thursday, December 3rd to Sunday, December 6th, a fundraising gala, golf tournament, and an educational dance camp — all to benefit One Week, One Cause, a weeklong fundraising effort to support Alfalit International’s work to end illiteracy around the world.SWAY offers a glimpse into the lives of Maksim, Tony, and Val off-screen, which comes to life onstage. SWAY is divided into three parts, each anchored by one of the stars of the show. SWAY whisks audiences through the timeless elegance of ballroom’s golden era, to modern dance fusion of today’s urban youth, climaxing with the heart pounding rhythms of the Latin night-club scene. The show also features innovative choreography from two of ballrooms’ emerging standout artists: Joao Tiago Fernandes and David Thomas Moore. The mesmerizing visuals, which allow for an interactive audience experience, are guaranteed to delight theatergoers. Dance With Me is excited to take live theatrical ballroom dancing to a brand new level.VIP ticket holders will get a chance to meet the stars at the exclusive pre-show meet and greet, and also attend Saturday night’s official after-party hosted by Maks, Tony, and Val. Tickets are now available to purchase online! To purchase tickets please visit www.swayshow.com.Alfalit’s inaugural golf tournament will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Turnberry Isle Miami, an award-winning golf resort that has hosted the PGA and the LPGA on its two championship courses. Alfalit supporters will have the chance to play golf with SWAY stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani and Henry Byalikov. The tournament schedule will include breakfast, 18 holes of golf and an awards luncheon.One Week, One Cause was conceived by Alfalit’s volunteer President, Joseph Milton, who also serves as CEO and President of J. Milton & Associates. Mr. Milton selected Ms. Alexia Echevarria, executive editor of Venue Magazine, and Roger Huxman, Founder of Huxman Financial Services, as event chairpersons. “We are thrilled to take Alfalit’s annual fundraising event to a whole new level this year. SWAY and the golf tournament are exciting additions to the weeklong events surrounding Art Basel. We are grateful that these amazing artists and athletes are coming to Miami and supporting Alfalit’s mission to deliver literacy, basic education and life-changing programs to the neediest populations around the world.”For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Todd Talbott, Director of Communications at 323-804-0521 or email at tbtalbott2009@aol.com.Founded in 1961, Alfalit International, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides literacy, basic education, pre-school, community development, health, disease (HIV/AIDS, Cholera, Malaria and TB) prevention, nutrition and job skills and vocational training programs. Alfalit currently serves 120,000 men, women and children in 24 countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and the United States. The organization has been recognized at both the 2006 and 2007 White House Conferences on Global Literacy, and received honors as well as the First Price in Adult Literacy Programs from UNESCO. For more information, please visit www.alfalit.org.last_img read more

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Stars Attend Point Honors New York

first_imgCelebrities and 400 guests experienced an inspiring evening at The Plaza last night, in support of Point Foundation (Point), the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit.Ronan Farrow and Thomas RobertsCredit/Copyright: Dia Dipasupil/GettyThe annual Point Honors New York event raises funds for Point’s higher education scholarships, as well as mentoring and leadership programs.Influential journalist Ronan Farrow was presented with the Point Courage Award by MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, himself a past Point honoree. The Point Courage Award recognizes those who have advocated for the future of the LGBTQ and allied community and believe investing in today’s potential will produce a brighter tomorrow. Farrow said:“Being a part of the LGBT community – which recognized that reporting I was doing early on and elevated it, and has been such a stalwart source of support through the sexual assault reporting I did involving survivors who felt equally invisible – that has been an incredible source of strength for me. LGBT people are some of the bravest and most potent change agents and leaders I have encountered, and the most forceful defenders of the vulnerable and voiceless, because they know what it’s like to be there.”Laura Benanti at Point HonorsCredit/Copyright: Dia Dipasupil/GettyActor and singer Laura Benanti was introduced by fellow Broadway star Celia Keenan Bolger, who presented Benanti with the Point Impact Award. The award recognizes an individual making a significant impact on improving the LGBTQ and allied community. Accepting the award, Benanti said:“Now, more than ever, we need organizations like the Point Foundation to support, protect, energize and mobilize those of us who were not born rich, cis, white men…Thank you again for this tremendous honor. I promise to do my best to make an impact for LGBT youth every day.”Actor and musician from FOX’s hit series, “Empire,” Jussie Smollett, performed a set of uplifting songs, while comedian Michelle Collins hosted the festive evening. Additional celebrity attendees included Jason Collins, Tamron Hall, Eileen Kelly, Andrew Kennan-Bolger, Don Lemon, Valerie Smaldone, and others.“The many generous sponsors and supporters Point is fortunate to call friends, all sincerely believe that the source of our nation’s strength and potential is its youth,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “Everyone joining us tonight, from our honorees to each audience member, is helping Point empower the next generation of leaders our world needs.”Sponsors for Point Honors Presenting: Wells FargoPremiere Sponsors: Cadillac, Hilton, HSBC, Janssen Infection DiseasesPrincipal Sponsors: Merrill Lynch, Time WarnerNational Media Sponsors: The Advocate and Pride.comLocal Media Sponsor: Gay City NewsFriend of Point: Winston Art Grouplast_img read more

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Kanesatake marches in love and respect

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Quebec, members of the Mohawk community of Kanesatake wanted to show their support to Theresa Spence and other First Nations taking part in Wednesday;s Day of Action.Kanesatake has a special connection to Indigenous resistance.As APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette explains, the minds of many of the Mohawks marching were taken back to the days of the Oka crisis.last_img

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United Nations Withdraws Accreditation of ProPolisario Journalist

New York – The United Nations has decided to withdraw the accreditation of American journalist, Matthew Russell Lee, for “improper conduct.”In a letter dated February 19, 2016 to Russel Lee, UN Undersecretary General for Public Information, Cristina Gallach, informed the American journalist of her department’s decision to withdraw his accreditation.The decision comes after an incident that occurred on January 29 during the United Nations Correspondent Association Annual General Meeting. “After reviewing the facts, the Department of Public Information has determined that your actions were in violation of the United Nations Media Guidelines, which you agreed to by accepting the Media ID and when you received your accreditation,” says the letter of the UN Undersecretary General.Prior to the meeting, Russel Lee had lashed out against the UNCA for selling seats with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for $6,000 during a meeting in Wall Street held on December 15, 2015. Following the meeting, the American journalist said the UN Secreatry General “can be sold.”“UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon can be sold; it has been made clear here in New York and, at least as of February 5, in the UK. But they charge less over there,” Russell Lee said on his blog Inner City Press.Lee’s claims caused a number of journalists accredited to the United Nations to call on the Secretariat to ban him from attending a meeting in the UN Press Briefing Room.Reacting to the UNCA’s call, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric asked UN Security officers to escort Lee out of the room.In the UN headquarters, Russell Lee is known for his support of the Polisario and his hostility towards Morocco concerning the Western Sahara conflict. Since he was accredited as a UN journalist about a decade ago, he was considered by many to be the Polisario and Algeria’s mouthpiece inside the United Nations.In addition, the American made a name for himself as the “journalist to avoid” during UN press briefing, whether at the UN Security Council stakeout or in other press conferences held inside UN premises. Very often, his questions aimed more to provoke UN officials and member states than to obtain their views and positions on the questions being discussed.Following the decision to withdraw his accreditation, Russell Lee has been asked to vacate the office on the third floor of the UN building. read more

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At global student forum Ban urges future generation of leaders to make

11 August 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on student leaders gathered at a United Nations forum in the Republic of Korea to make a difference and actively engage in tackling global challenges such as defeating poverty and creating a more sustainable world. “Help shape our world for the better; help us meet the collective tests of our times; and help the United Nations deliver what the world needs at this crucial moment,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks to the Third Global Model United Nations Conference, held in the city of Incheon. Organized by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), the conference has brought together hundreds of university students from more than 60 countries to simulate the General Assembly plenary and deliberate on economic, social and political issues. The theme for the 10-14 August meeting, the third in a series that were held previously in Geneva and Kuala Lumpur, is Sustainable Development: Advancing Human Progress in Harmony with Nature.“Your experience in this conference will give you a full taste of the complexity of international relations, the intricacies of negotiations among diverse peoples and perspectives, the challenges of achieving consensus and the patience required to win progress,” Mr. Ban told the students.“The United Nations needs your engagement on the challenges that will shape the world you leave to your children,” he said, urging delegates to use the knowledge and skills they gain from the conference to advance UN objectives such as ridding the world of nuclear weapons, tackling climate change and standing up for human beings in crisis. “You are an important part of the solution,” stated Mr. Ban. “The world needs your active engagement. Twenty years from now, my generation will largely have left the scene. You, here today, will stand in our place, very soon.”Also addressing the students today was Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka, who noted that the conference afforded young people a “paramount opportunity” to learn about the complexities of international diplomacy as they work to resolve real world challenges. He said he was confident that their work over the coming days will inspire everyone who is preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development – also known as Rio+20 – in June next year.Also today, the Secretary-General spoke to the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the capital, Seoul, and later to a packed audience of school and university students in Incheon. He told the students to look beyond their own borders and to become global citizens.At the Chamber of Commerce, he urged major Korean corporate leaders to help support the work of the UN, and urged the Government to boost its overseas development assistance to be more commensurate with the country’s economic prowess.Tomorrow Mr. Ban will speak to the diplomatic corps and visit the Foreign Ministry. He will also take part in a Korean Red Cross event to help children in Africa and meet the Roman Catholic Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seoul. read more

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UNHRC urged to push for timetable in new Lanka resolution

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has been urged to push Sri Lanka for a timetable for implementing the recommendations in resolution 30/1 when a new resolution is submitted at the 34th session which begins in Geneva next week.In a letter to the Permanent Missions in Geneva, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has sought support in ensuring that the upcoming consideration of Sri Lanka’s progress toward implementing its commitments under United Nations Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 accurately and substantively reflects the situation within the country. A key element of the resolution consists of transitional justice promises: a special court including international judges and prosecutors to try cases of war crimes by all parties to the conflict, an office on missing and disappeared persons, a truth-seeking and reconciliation mechanism, and a reparations mechanism.HRW says the Government has made only halting progress towards fulfilling these commitments. A hastily drafted and passed law to establish an Office of Missing Persons was done without thorough consultation of key stakeholders, and the office has yet to be set up. The three other promised mechanisms have not made significant progress. Reliable reports indicate that the Government team working on these three mechanisms has prepared draft legislation but as yet they have not been shared with stakeholders.“A report issued by the Government-appointed Consultation Task Force (CTF), which conducted extensive nationwide consultations on the transitional justice mechanisms, should be given the attention it deserves. The CTF report contains specific detailed recommendations, drawn from all affected communities including the security services, and provides an important blueprint for the way forward. The government may be commended for mandating these wide-ranging consultations, and should be encouraged through the anticipated Council resolution to engage with the CTF report’s findings and give due consideration to implementing its recommendations. To do otherwise would be tantamount to a dismissal of victims’ voices. It was the victims’ rights groups that sustained a diligent campaign over many years that helped to make resolution 30/1 possible. The CTF report and its recommendations should be at the forefront in the design of Sri Lanka’s promised four transitional justice mechanisms,” HRW added. HRW says an additional note of concern on Sri Lanka’s progress on transitional justice is its ongoing resistance to any foreign involvement in the four mechanisms. “We acknowledge at the outset the positive steps taken by the Government to date. Four UN Special Procedures, plus the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, have visited Sri Lanka since the resolution was adopted. By all accounts, their visits received Government cooperation, and they were unhindered in their movements and meetings. Two nationwide consultations have been carried out, one on constitutional reform and the other on transitional justice. The Government has released some reports from previous government commissions of inquiry into wartime abuses, and established coordination offices to deal with transitional justice and reconciliation issues. Importantly, the Government in May 2016 ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance,” the letter said.However, HRW said it was concerned about the Government’s actual willingness to fully implement all aspects of resolution 30/1. “This includes both progress to date and the significant challenges remaining. At the end of this letter, we outline what we would consider to be the minimum key elements for a credible follow-up resolution,” the letter states. HRW noted that the resolution, adopted by the Council in October 2015 through consensus, contains 25 key undertakings by the Sri Lankan Government across a range of human rights issues. Government officials, including the president and cabinet members, have been increasingly unwilling to consider significant international involvement in the justice mechanism. This directly contravenes the call by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for a “hybrid” justice mechanism given the shortcomings of domestic institutions to ensure impartial investigations and witness protection, and the Sri Lankan government’s failure to take meaningful accountability measures since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009.HRW says it is imperative that the Council remain fully engaged with the process until the commitments Sri Lanka made to the Council and UN member states and its own people through its co-sponsorship of resolution 30/1 are fully met. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Leading Canadian pollster speaking at Brock Thursday

The importance of polls in the election process is undeniable. They provide a window into the minds of voters and often help guide the direction of campaigns.On the heels of a roller coaster 2015 Federal Election, Nanos Research CEO Nik Nanos will speak at Brock University Thursday night to deconstruct the election and provide insight into the issues, personalities and trends that made it fascinating.“Nik Nanos: Election 2015 Deconstructed,” hosted by Brock’s Department of Political Science, will be held Thursday, Nov. 19 from 7:30-9 p.m. at Brock’s Academic South Room 216 (near the entrance to Walker Complex). The event event is free to attend.Also speaking will be Munroe Eagles, Distinguished Professor of Canadian Studies at the University at Buffalo. read more

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Chine  des fossiles révèlent lexistence dune espèce humaine inconnue

first_imgChine : des fossiles révèlent l’existence d’une espèce humaine inconnueLes résultats d’analyses menées par une équipe de chercheurs chinois et australiens sur une série de fossiles découverts en Chine semble indiquer la découverte d’une nouvelle espèce humaine jusqu’à présent inconnue. Comprendre l’évolution de l’Homme est une quête complexe et pleine de rebondissements. Cette semaine, des paléoanthropologues de l’Université australienne de Nouvelles-Galles du Sud et de l’Institut d’archéologie du Yunnan en Chine ont ainsi annoncé avoir identifié des fossiles d’au moins trois individus aux caractéristiques à la fois archaïques et modernes. Or, l’espèce en question, baptisée “peuple du cerf rouge” ne semble s’affilier à aucun des représentants de la grande famille des hominidés, laissant à penser qu’il s’agirait d’un nouvel embranchement.Les datations effectuées sur les restes fossilisés datent l’existence du “peuple du cerf rouge” à une période allant de 14.500 à 11.500 ans avant J.C. Il s’agit donc de l’espèce la plus récente en dehors d’Homo sapiens découverte sur le continent asiatique. En effet, les restes retrouvés jusqu’à présent dans cette région remonteraient à plus de 100.000 ans. Au vue de son importance, la découverte a d’ores et déjà fait l’objet d’une publication au sein de la revue PloS One. Selon les experts, la nouvelle espèce aurait en fait évolué à peu près à la même époque que les hommes modernes au tout début de l’agriculture en Chine. “Ces nouveaux fossiles pourraient bien être ceux d’espèces inconnues ayant survécu jusqu’à la fin de l’ère glaciaire il y a environ 11.000 ans” souligne à l’AFP Darren Curnoe, directeur de l’équipe en charge des travaux de recherche. Il ajoute : “Ils pourraient aussi représenter des descendants de peuplades d’humains modernes inconnues qui auraient émigré d’Afrique plus tôt et n’auraient pas contribué génétiquement aux populations actuelles”.Mieux comprendre l’histoire évolutive de l’Homme en AsieLes fossiles, notamment crânes et dents ont été découverts en 1989 dans la grotte de Maludong (qui signifie cerf rouge), située dans la province du Yunnan au sud de la Chine. Mais il aura fallu attendre jusqu’à 2008 pour que ces restes soient enfin analysés. “En 2009, lorsque je travaillais en Chine avec le co-auteur le Professeur Ji Xueping, il m’a montré le bloc de roche qui contenait le crâne. Après avoir ramassé ma propre mâchoire au sol, nous avons décidé de faire de ces restes une priorité dans nos recherches”, se souvient pour LiveScience Darren Curnoe.”Il est sûrement possible que le peuple du cerf rouge soit né d’un phénomène de métissage entre les humains modernes et d’autres populations telles que les Denisoviens”, ajoute encore le scientifique. Aujourd’hui, la nouvelle découverte représente donc une véritable avancée dans la compréhension sur la manière dont les hommes modernes ont évolué en Eurasie. Mais les chercheurs ne comptent pas interrompre leurs travaux en si bon chemin. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Désormais, ceux-ci veulent extraire l’ADN des fossiles et le tester afin de voir à quel point le peuple du cerf rouge est proche des humains modernes ou même des Denisoviens. “Nous avons déjà fait un essai, mais sans succès”, regrette Darren Curnoe. Malgré tout, “la découverte de ces nouveaux humains, peuple du cerf rouge, ouvre le prochain chapitre dans l’histoire de notre évolution, celui de l’Asie, et cette histoire n’en est qu’à ses débuts”, conclut le co-auteur de l’étude.  Découvrez en images les fossiles et représentations du peuple du cerf rouge sur MaxisciencesLe 15 mars 2012 à 13:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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4 suspects in custody after 2 cars burglarized

first_imgPLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – One suspect is in custody, Friday morning, after two cars were burglarized in Plantation.7SkyForce HD flew over the Plantation Police perimeter, near 7564 N.W. 16th St., just after 8:30 a.m. when police were seen taking one of the four suspects into custody.According to police, four subjects were trying to open cars at an apartment complex parking lot. Two cars were burglarized in total, and the remaining suspects were taken into custody just before 10 a.m.Police said the stolen property was returned to the owners.Charges have not been announced for the four in custody.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Report Global Music Sales Climb To 19 Billion In 2018 Nearly Half

first_img Email Twitter Streaming, which we know was ruled by rap and hip-hop in 2018, accounted for 47 percent of all income, according to IFPI. This reflects a 34 percent growth from 2017, illustrating there is no slowing in streaming’s proliferation among consumers. The gap continues to widen between streaming and previous format titans such as physical music, which saw a 10.1 percent decline in revenue, and digital downloads, which dropped by 21.2 percent.The fastest growing region, according to the report, is Latin America, which saw a big pickup especially in Brazil and Mexico. Asia and Australia came in as the second largest region for combined physical and digital revenue.The K-pop explosion was also represented in the report, with an 18 percent rise in music sales in South Korea, which can be credited to breakout years from groups such as BTS and BLACKPINK. IFPI’s full “State Of The Industry” report can be read here.Closing The Gap: How Latina Artists Are Combating Gender Inequality In Urban Music Facebook Report: Global Music Sales Hit $19 Billion In 2018 report-global-music-sales-climb-19-billion-2018-nearly-half-streaming A 9.7 percent overall increase marks the highest annual bump in recent history and is led by notable rises in Latin America, Asia and AustraliaNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 3, 2019 – 4:34 pm The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has released the new Global Music Report 2019, showing an overall increase in sales of 9.7 percent in 2018. This jump is the highest rate since the IFPI began tracking the market in 1997.“Last year represented the fourth consecutive year of growth, driven by great music from incredible artists in partnership with talented, passionate people in record companies around the world,” said IFPI chief executive Frances Moore. “Record companies continue their investment in artists, people and innovation both in established markets and developing regions that are increasingly benefitting from being part of today’s global music landscape.” Read more Report: Global Music Sales Climb To $19 Billion In 2018, Nearly Half From Streaming News last_img read more

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Two cousins crushed under train

first_imgtrainTwo cousins including a minor were crushed under the wheels of a train in Lal Bridge area here on Friday afternoon.The deceased were identified as Sujan, 22, a third-year student of Chuadanga College and son of Alauddin Ali and Arafat Hossain, 9, a class three student and son of Nurnabi, both residents of Dingedaha village in sadar upazila.Quoting witnesses, Mintu Rahman, station master of Alamdanga Railway Station, said Rajshahi-bound Mahananda Express hit them while they were walking on the rail tracks, leaving them dead on the spot around 5:00pm.Abu Jihad, officer-in-charge of Alamdanga police station, said the accident took place while the duo was returning home after attending a kulkhani.Being informed, railway police recovered the bodies.last_img read more

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Africana Festival

first_imgThe Zapp Band performs on Aug. 28.A three day festival celebrating family, culture, and entertainment of the African Diaspora will be held Aug 28 through Aug. 30 on Atlantic Avenue. The State Farm FunkFest Beach Party kicks off on Aug. 28.  Featured artists include Confunkshun and the Zapp Band on Aug. 28; Larry Graham and Graham Central Station on Aug. 29; and Earle Carter and the Myra Smith Experience on Aug. 30 along with a host of performers from all over the region including the Fuzz Band, Rick Elliott, Elements Band, Butcher Brown Band, Marques Hicks & the MO Band and more. All performances are free. Cultural exhibits will include the Culture Walk on the boardwalk at 24th Street, performances by African dancers and a visit by Frederick Douglass. For program information, tickets, VIP package orders, event and sponsor information visit africanavirginiabeach.com or call 757-593-8562.last_img read more

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Cadillac Teases Photos of Its First Fully Electric Vehicle

first_img Cadillac is transporting customers to the future with its first fully electric vehicle.On Sunday, Cadillac unveiled pictures of the advanced car, which features a sleek exterior and will be the first model obtained from General Motor’s future EV platform.Cadillac did not disclose a name, price, or release date for the electric car. A company press release said the new automobile reflects GM’s move toward all-electric vehicles in the future.“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,”  Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac, said in the press release. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”Cadillac didn’t reveal additional details on the electric car, but it’s likely that the vehicle will sport a high-tech interior. Cadillac said the most advanced parts of the EV platform include the drive units and the battery cells. Plus, the electric car could be configured in front, rear, or all-wheel drive.Photo Credit: Cadillac“The architectural design will allow the battery packs to fit into the vehicle like ice cubes in an ice cube tray, you can put in as much water as you want to make as many cubes as you need — the tray still takes up the same space in the freezer,” Carlisle told Engadget. With a flexible design, the car would have enough room for its battery cells, drive units, and other high-tech specifications.Cadillac’s new electric car announcement follows the brand’s push to advance automobiles. Cadillac aims to launch a new vehicle every six months from now until 2021. New initiatives, including the EV platform, will enable Cadillac to produce electric cars with a faster development lead time and effectively respond to customers’ transportation needs in upcoming years.More on Geek.com:Yandex’s Self-Driving Car Is a High-Tech Ride Hyundai Unveils ‘Walking Car’ That Could Be Future of Disaster ResponseChinese Company Debuts ‘World’s Cheapest Electric Car’ Stay on target Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 last_img read more

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Having sex outside marriage is not empowerment Sonakshi

first_imgActress Sonakshi Sinha does not agree with her contemporary Deepika Padukone’s ideas about choice of freedom in My Choice, a video aimed at spreading awareness about women empowerment.The video shows Deepika talking about the freedom of choice that women must have regarding multiple issues, including having the choice to indulge in sex before marriage or out of marriage or not having sex at all.“Women empowerment is not always about the kind of clothes you wear, not about who you want to have sex with or stuff like that. It’s about employment, strength,” Sonakshi said here on Tuesday on being asked about her opinion on the video. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“It’s a very good initiative. It’s coming from a good space, but honestly I believe empowerment should be given to the women who actually need it, who are kind of far away from where we are right now. We have been bred and brought up with luxury,” she added.My Choice, directed by Homi Adjania, calls for a change in the mindset of men about women and asks them to stop judging women for their choices of clothes, profession and life.She feels it needs to ‘reach out to people who actually need it, like the deep ends of this country’. Meanwhile, My Choice is getting mixed response on social media. While some people have praised Deepika’s efforts, some have trashed it.last_img read more

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Add 1TB of Solid State Storage to Your PC for Just 11999

first_imgBelieve it or not but you can add a full terabyte of storage to your PC for a price of just $119.99. That’s solid state storage, in case you’re wondering.It’s somewhat unbelievable how cheap solid state storage has gotten over the years. It was only a while back when we were paying north of a hundred bucks for a 128GB drive. And today, thanks to this wonderful deal from SanDisk, you can get a 1TB SSD for a price of just $119.99, normally costing $135 on a regular day, which isn’t that expensive to begin with.The deal is on the SanDisk Ultra 3D NAND 1TB Internal SSD which represents extreme value for money with read speeds touching 560MB/s while the oh-so important writes sitting at a cool 530MB/s. What this translates to is simple: super fast boot-up times and gaming performance unlike you’ve seen before.Accelerate your PC for faster boot-up and blazing-fast gaming and graphicsUltra-fast: sequential read speeds of up to 560MB/s; sequential write speeds of up to 530MB/s3D NAND provides greater endurance so your drive lasts longer and uses less powernCache 2.0 technology delivers blazing-fast speedsLimited 5-year manufacturer warranty or 400TBW, whichever is soonerApart from the performance aspect of this drive you get a lot of storage for your files, photos, videos and some more. We suggest picking this drive up right away as it marks a wonderful upgrade for your PC if you have a spinning mechanical drive inside it.There is no special discount code to play around with here. It’s a plain, simple straightforward price cut which we all love. Head over to the link below for more details.Buy SanDisk Ultra 3D NAND 1TB Internal SSD – SATA III 6 Gb/s, 2.5″/7mm – SDSSDH3-1T00-G25 – Was $135, now just $119.99 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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US antidrug trafficking review arrives in Costa Rica as lawmakers debate permissions

first_imgRelated posts:Solís put on the defensive as joint US-Costa Rican patrols come up for renewal Costa Rica takes custody of 3 suspected cocaine smugglers nabbed by US Costa Rican Coast Guard seizes nearly 2 metric tons of marijuana Costa Rica Coast Guard seizes more than 1 metric ton of cocaine on high seas The U.S. President’s National Drug Control Strategy Interdiction Committee met with President Luis Guillermo Solís and other Costa Rican officials as part of a regional tour Wednesday. The committee’s visit to Costa Rica coincides with the latest dust-up over the landing of U.S. military aircraft in Costa Rica as part of the joint patrol agreement between the two countries.During a series of meetings Wednesday Costa Rican law enforcement agencies met with a delegation headed by Captain Harry Schmidt, Executive Director of the Interdiction Committee, U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, U.S. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney, and other U.S. agencies, including the DEA. The Interdiction Committee is tasked with making interagency recommendations for integrating detection, monitoring, and law enforcement with interdiction efforts to disrupt illicit drug trafficking networks in the Western Hemisphere.The delegation first traveled to Colombia before arriving in Costa Rica, according to the U.S. Embassy in San José. From here, they will travel to Panama and finally El Salvador.Following a meeting between President Solís and representatives of U.S. law enforcement, Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata said that Costa Rica and the United States were strong allies in the fight against drug trafficking. According to the Public Security Ministry, 55 percent of the cocaine seizures at sea in Costa Rica this year were thanks to assistance from U.S. forces.Mata told reporters that Solís asked for a greater exchange of intelligence between the U.S. and Costa Rica when it came to fighting organized crime.“This is a joint job for the region. We need to work together,” Mata said.The fundamentals of the cooperation may be strong but the presence of U.S. military aircraft or ships in Costa Rica is a constant source of debate in the Legislative Assembly, especially among the Broad Front Party and members of the ruling Citizen Action Party.According to the Costa Rican Constitution, the Assembly must approve the presence of any foreign troops or military vessels in the country. Even the Coast Guard Gulfstream jet that brought the U.S. interdiction committee members to Costa Rica this week required a vote from the Legislative Assembly.In September, the brief re-fueling of five CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk U.S. military helicopters at Daniel Oduber International Airport set off the latest spat between lawmakers and the executive branch over the presence of U.S. military vessels in the country.More recently, a U.S. Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport plane was forced to leave Costa Rica Friday after it landed here on Oct. 15. On Monday lawmakers pointed fingers over who was to blame for the plane’s expulsion.The U.S. Embassy has maintained that Navy and Coast Guard vessels operate in the same capacity under the joint patrol agreement. But many Costa Rican lawmakers disagree with the subtle distinction and only support the use of Coast Guard ships in Costa Rican waters.Public Security Minister Mata said that the Interdiction Committee delegation did not express concern over the delays in approving the presence of U.S. craft.Lawmakers frequently debate the implementation of the joint patrols but many acknowledge their value.“Costa Rica does not have the capacity to face the fight against drug trafficking with its own resources and requires the international cooperation,” Citizen Action Party lawmaker Victor Morales said at the Legislative Assembly Tuesday. Morales said he believed the joint patrol agreement is flawed “but at this time we have no better alternative.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Car and taxi collide in Lyell Street

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A light motor vehicle and a taxi collided at the intersection of Lyell and Alexandra Street on Friday night.Details of the accident are still unclear at this stage.One lane was closed and traffic had to be diverted while police and Public Safety officers worked on the scene.Sharaj Ambulance Services, EMRS and towing services also responded.last_img