Netflix pulls out of Cannes Film Festival in growing dispute

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement “We want our films to be on fair ground with every other filmmaker,” said Sarandos. “There’s a risk in us going in this way and having our films and filmmakers treated disrespectfully at the festival. They’ve set the tone. I don’t think it would be good for us to be there.”Representatives for Cannes didn’t immediately comment Wednesday. In an earlier interview, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux said: “The Netflix people loved the red carpet and would like to be present with other films. But they understand that the intransigence of their own model is now the opposite of ours.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Netflix’s role in cinema?Last year, two Netflix films — Bong Joon-ho’s Okja and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories — premiered in competition at Cannes, prompting outrage from French theatre owners and unions.Last year’s festival became a kind of referendum on Netflix’s role in cinema. Advocates for the streaming service point to the creative freedom Netflix offers to filmmakers and its financial backing of a diverse and ambitious slate of films. Critics say a platform destructive to theatrical moviegoing shouldn’t be celebrated at the world’s foremost celebration of cinema.For Cannes, losing Netflix — and its growing roster of big-name filmmakers and stars — is a blow, depriving the French Rivera festival of some of the high-wattage glamour it seeks for its red carpet. Hollywood studios have largely stopped making the kinds of movies presented in Cannes, though this year’s festival will include the out-of-competition premiere of Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.Among the Netflix films believed to be in consideration for this year’s Cannes, which begins May 8, are: Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, Paul Greengrass’ Norway, Jeremy Saulnier’s Hold the Dark and Orson Welles’ final unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind.Lost promotion, prestigeFor Netflix, skipping Cannes means those or other releases won’t get the worldwide promotion afforded by the festival, nor the much-sought honour of being a Cannes selection. Lacking theatrical distribution or massive marketing expenditures, Netflix has depended heavily on film festivals as launch pads for its films.Sarandos said it’s time for Cannes to “modernize.”“It is not a coincidence that Thierry also banned selfies this year,” Sarandos says, referring to Cannes’ new prohibition of selfie-taking on the red carpet. “I don’t know what other advances in media Thierry would like to address.”A spokeswoman for Netflix said the company had no further comment. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, on Wednesday said the streaming giant is pulling its films from the Cannes Film Festival, further intensifying an ongoing dispute between Netflix and the world’s most prestigious film festival.Cannes earlier banned any films without theatrical distribution in France from its Palme d’Or competition. That essentially rules out Netflix movies, which are released either day-and-date — on Netflix and in some theatres — or simply go straight to Netflix. In France, it’s a law that films can’t be released on home entertainment platforms until 36 months after their theatrical release.That still left Netflix the option of playing out of competition at Cannes. But in an interview with Variety published Wednesday, Sarandos said he doesn’t want to send Netflix releases if they won’t be treated equally with other movies. Sarandos says he wants Netflix releases to be on fair ground with every other film. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) Twitterlast_img read more

Tax bill clears Senate in big boost for Trump GOP

first_imgWASHINGTON – Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, taking a big step toward giving President Donald Trump his first major legislative triumph after months of false starts and frustration on other fronts.“Just what the country needs to get growing again,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in an interview after a final burst of negotiation closed in on a nearly $1.5 trillion package that impacts the breadth of American society.He shrugged off polls finding scant public enthusiasm for the measure, saying the legislation would prove its worth. “Big bills are rarely popular,” he said. “You remember how unpopular ‘Obamacare’ was when it passed?”Trump on Saturday tweeted his thanks to Senate and House Republicans as they now begin trying to reconcile differences in legislation passed by both chambers, a behind-closed-doors process that is expected to move swiftly. Trump is aiming to sign the tax package into law before Christmas. “Biggest Tax Bill and Tax Cuts in history just passed in the Senate,” he tweeted inaccurately. The overhaul is significant but far from the largest.Presiding over the Senate, Vice-President Mike Pence announced the 51-49 vote to applause from Republicans. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was the only lawmaker to cross party lines, joining the Democrats in opposition. The measure focuses its tax reductions on businesses and higher-earning individuals, gives more modest breaks to others and offers the boldest rewrite of the nation’s tax system since 1986.Republicans said the package would benefit people of all incomes and ignite the economy. Even an official projection of a $1 trillion, 10-year flood of deeper budget deficits couldn’t dissuade GOP senators from rallying behind the bill.“Obviously I’m kind of a dinosaur on the fiscal issues,” said Corker, who battled to keep the bill from worsening the government’s accumulated $20 trillion in IOUs.The Republican-led House approved a similar bill last month in what has been a stunningly quick trip through Congress for complex legislation. Democrats derided the hastily written, scribbles-in -the-margin crafting of the bill in the final hours Friday night.After spending the year’s first nine months futilely trying to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, GOP leaders were determined to move the measure rapidly before opposition Democrats and lobbying groups could blow it up. The party views passage as crucial to retaining its House and Senate majorities in next year’s elections.Democrats dismissed the bill as a gift to its wealthy and business backers at the expense of lower-earning people. They played up the fact that the bill would permanently reduce corporate tax rates, from 35 per cent to 20 per cent, while offering only temporary tax cuts to individuals, lasting until 2026.Congress’ nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation has said the bill’s reductions for many families would be modest and by 2027, families earning under $75,000 would on average face higher, not lower, taxes.The bill is “removed from the reality of what the American people need,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. He criticized Republicans for releasing a revised, 479-page bill that no one could absorb shortly before the final vote, saying, “The Senate is descending to a new low of chicanery.”“You really don’t read this kind of legislation,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told home-state reporters, saying senators focus on the major provisions as opposed to the “mind numbing” comparisons to current law.Democrats took to the Senate floor and social media to mock one page that included changes scrawled in barely legible handwriting. Later, they won enough GOP support to kill a provision by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., that would have bestowed a tax break on conservative Hillsdale College in Michigan.The bill hit rough waters after the Joint Taxation panel concluded it would worsen federal shortfalls by $1 trillion over a decade, even when factoring in economic growth that lower taxes would stimulate. Trump administration officials and many Republicans have insisted the bill would pay for itself by stimulating the economy. But the sour projections stiffened resistance from some deficit-averse Republicans.But after bargaining that stretched into Friday, GOP leaders nailed down the support they needed in a chamber they control, 52-48. Facing unyielding Democratic opposition, Republicans could lose no more than two GOP senators and prevail with a tie-breaking vote from Vice-President Mike Pence, but ended up not needing it.Late changes introduced by GOP leaders included helping millions of companies whose owners pay individual, not corporate, taxes on their profits by allowing deductions of 23 per cent, up from 17.4 per cent. That helped win over Wisconsin’s Johnson and Steve Daines of Montana.People would be allowed to deduct up to $10,000 in property taxes, a demand of Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. That matched a House provision to keep some GOP votes from high-tax states like New York, New Jersey and California.The changes added nearly $300 billion to the tax bill’s costs. To pay for that, leaders decided not to erase the alternative minimum tax. Instead, they reduced the number of high-earners who must pay it. They also increased a one-time tax on profits U.S.-based corporations are holding overseas and they would require firms to keep paying the business version of the alternative minimum tax.Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. — who like Corker had been a holdout and has sharply attacked Trump’s capabilities as president — voted for the bill. He said he’d received commitments from party leaders and the administration “to work with me” to restore protections, dismantled by Trump, for young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children. That seemed short of a pledge to actually revive the safeguards.The Senate bill would drop the highest personal income tax rate from 39.6 per cent to 38.5 per cent. The estate tax levied on a few thousand of the nation’s largest inheritances would be narrowed to affect even fewer.Deductions for state and local income taxes, moving expenses and other items would vanish, the standard deduction — used by most Americans — would nearly double to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for couples, and the per-child tax credit would grow.The bill would abolish the “Obamacare” requirement that most people buy health coverage or face tax penalties. Industry experts say that would weaken the law by easing pressure on healthier people to buy coverage, and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said the move would push premiums higher and leave 13 million additional people uninsured.Drilling would be allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Another provision, knocked out because it violated Senate budget rules, would have explicitly let parents buy tax-advantaged 529 college savings accounts for fetuses, a step they can already take but which anti-abortion forces wanted inscribed into law. There were also breaks for the wine, beer and spirits industries, Alaska Natives and aircraft management firms.___Associated Press writers Andrew Taylor and Richard Lardner in Washington and Scott Bauer Milwaukee contributed to this report.last_img read more

Appeals from final and binding arbitration rarely allowed court rules

An agreement to submit a commercial dispute to final and binding arbitration prevents one of the parties from appealing the decision except in the narrowest of circumstances, Ontario’s top court ruled on Tuesday.As a result, the court found, a judge was wrong to set aside an arbitrator’s award on the basis that it might have been unreasonable or even wrong.Having decided that the arbitrator was acting within the scope of the arbitration agreement, his task “was at an end,” the Appeal Court said.“It was for the arbitrator, not the court, to interpret and apply the substantive provisions of the (arbitration agreement) and it is of no moment whether the arbitrator did so reasonably or unreasonably, correctly or incorrectly,” The Appeal Court ruled. “The decision was the arbitrator’s to make.”The dispute arose in September 2016 when Alectra Utilities Corp. cancelled a financing agreement with Solar Power Network for the construction of solar-power projects in Ontario. Under a contract in which they had agreed to binding arbitration, Solar Power asked an arbitrator to award them $19.5 million in damages.Court records show the arbitrator concluded after a seven-day hearing that Alectra had in fact terminated the deal illegally, and awarded Solar Power $12.3 million for lost profits.“The arbitrator’s award was supposed to be final,” the Appeal Court noted in its ruling. “The parties chose not to establish a right of appeal on any basis from the arbitrator’s award.”Nevertheless, Alectra asked the courts to intercede under Ontario’s Arbitration Act of 1991 that allows for judicial review only if an arbitrator goes beyond what the parties had agreed to. Essentially, Alectra argued the arbitrator had gone beyond his authority in awarding damages to Solar.In August 2018, Superior Court Justice Herman Wilton-Siegel accepted Alectra’s argument and set aside the award. Wilton-Siegel found the arbitrator had not exceeded his jurisdiction but had been unreasonable in deciding he had the power to award damages.Solar Power appealed. The company maintained the courts were wrong to interfere, saying the judge was confused about the difference between a narrow look at whether the arbitrator had acted outside the arbitration agreement and a broader review of the merits of the dispute.In siding with Solar Power, the Court of Appeal cited the Arbitration Act as essentially barring appeals from private arbitration unless parties explicitly agree otherwise. In other words, the court said, arbitrators have to stick to the terms the parties agreed to.“In this case the parties — sophisticated commercial parties represented by counsel — chose not only to resolve their contractual dispute by arbitration rather than litigation, but also to preclude appeals to the court,” the Appeal Court said. “There is no ambiguity here: There is no appeal to the court, period. The arbitrator’s determination is final and binding.”The Appeal Court said the arbitrator “did exactly what he was authorized to do” under the arbitration agreement: He resolved the parties’ dispute concerning the alleged breach of their agreement and awarded damages.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press read more

International support for Afghanistan must go beyond security needs – Ban

“We must recognize that while security is a major element in the transition strategy, it must not be the main and only focus,” Mr. Ban said in his opening remarks to the International Conference on Afghanistan, which he is co-hosting with President Hamid Karzai and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.“We need a coherent political strategy – not as an add-on to the military strategy, but which guides it as part of a balanced civilian and military approach, with peace and reconciliation as an integral component.”Some 70 nations are meeting in London to discuss the way forward in Afghanistan following last year’s elections, in which Mr. Karzai won another term as President.“This is an extremely challenging time for Afghanistan and for international engagement in the quest for peace, security and development in the country,” noted Mr. Ban. “Today’s event is a chance to look forward … to explore how to build on achievements so far. “It is an opportunity to redefine the relationship between Afghanistan and the international community and its partners … a relationship based on strengthened Afghan leadership and an increased support role for the international community … a relationship where international efforts align with the Afghan Government’s priorities.” The long road ahead towards recovery and institution-building, he said, must be inclusive, must strengthen governance, respect the human rights and meet the basic needs of the Afghan people. It must also foster an environment conducive to justice and accountability, an environment where corruption cannot thrive. “We must see corruption for what it is: an assault on the integrity of the state and people’s well-being. Afghans have suffered for far too long from a culture of impunity and the lack of rule of law.“If we are to achieve a stable and secure Afghanistan, these ills must be remedied, starting with improving the electoral process ahead of this year’s parliamentary elections,” the Secretary-General stated. He added that despite the increasingly complex security environment, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), together with other UN partners, remains committed – for as long as necessary – to the Afghan people’s pursuit of peace and prosperity. “The United Nations, for its part, will continue to stand with the Afghan people in building peace,” he pledged. Yesterday Mr. Ban announced that he will appoint veteran diplomat Staffan de Mistura, a Swedish national who recently served as the top UN envoy to Iraq, to lead the world body’s efforts in Afghanistan.During his meeting today with Mr. Karzai, the Secretary-General introduced Mr. de Mistura, who will take over on 1 March as his Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, replacing Kai Eide of Norway. Mr. Ban and Mr. Karzai also discussed the UN’s role in coordinating civilian assistance, as well as the issues of good governance and the fight against corruption. In addition, the Secretary-General underscored the world body’s readiness to support the electoral process in Afghanistan, should Kabul request assistance and subject to Security Council approval. 28 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a coherent political strategy to assist Afghanistan in its quest for peace, security and development, noting that the country’s challenges cannot be overcome by military efforts alone. read more

Financial market highlights on Tuesday SPTSX 1514914 up 4386

Highlights at the close Tuesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,149.14, up 43.86 pointsDow — 21,409.07, up 0.55 of a pointS&P 500– 2,425.53, down 1.90 pointsNasdaq — 6,193.30, up 16.91 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 77.40 cents US, down 0.19 of a centPound — C$1.6610, up 0.12 of a centEuro — C$1.4774, up 0.86 of a centEuro — US$1.1435, up 0.38 of a centOil futures:US$45.04, up 64 cents(August contract)Gold futures:US$1,214.70 per oz., up $1.50(August contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$21.133 per oz., up 20.8 cents$679.43 per kg., up $6.69

Ranil expected to take oaths on Sunday

President Sirisena, meanwhile insisted that he will never appoint Wickremesinghe again as Prime Minister.He also said that if Wickremesinghe is appointed Prime Minister again he will step down as President. (Colombo Gazette) The UNP said that it was decided during the discussion that Wickremesinghe will take oaths as Prime Minister on Sunday morning. United National Front (UNF) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to take oaths as Prime Minister on Sunday.The United National Party (UNP) said that President Maithripala Sirisena had a discussion with Wickremesinghe over the telephone today. Wickremesinghe was removed from office by the President on October 26th igniting a political crisis which lasted for several weeks.Wickremesinghe refused to accept the sacking and challenged it in court and in Parliament. According to the UNP, Wickremesinghe will take oaths at 10am on Sunday. read more

Presidents Golf Tournament set to tee off May 22

The 12th annual President’s Golf Tournament presented by John and Rob Lean is scheduled for May 22 at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls. The foursome fee is $1,400 and includes a gift for each golfer, lunch and dinner.Money raised goes to support scholarships and bursaries for Brock University’s student athletes. Last year’s event raised $75,000. Throughout its 11-year history, the President’s Tournament has raised more than $875,000 to help fund almost 900 awards.Itinerary for this year’s event: 10:30 a.m. – Registration11 a.m. – BBQ lunch12:30 p.m. – Shotgun start5:30 p.m. – Reception6:45 p.m. – Buffet dinnerFor further information, or to register, please contact Amanda Hemingway at 905-688-5550 x3333.This year’s sponsors of the tournament include: John and Rob LeanTim Hortons – St. Davids RoadBeatties Basics Office ProductsBird ConstructionLincoln FabricsWhiting Equipment Canada IncPartridge Wealth ManagementBMO Financial GroupMercerCanadian Tire Financial ServicesRankin ConstructionSullivan Mahoney LLPTowers WatsonScotiabankGreater Niagara Chamber of Commerce read more

Texas toddlers die after left intentionally in car for 15 hours

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related16-yr-old arrested after fatally stabbing rival in love triangleNovember 21, 2016In “Crime”Texas shooting: Gunman Devin Kelley ‘had row with mother-in-law’November 6, 2017In “World”US ‘Dreamer’ Daniela Vargas ‘facing deportation’ after speechMarch 3, 2017In “World” (BBC) Two young sisters have died in Texas after their mother allegedly left them in a car for 15 hours in temperatures of up to 32C (90F).Amanda Hawkins, 19, left the girls, aged one and two, in the car at 21:00 on Tuesday (03:00 GMT Wednesday) to visit friends nearby, police said.Her daughters cried during the night but she ignored them, a sheriff said, and returned only at noon the next day.Ms Hawkins has been charged with two counts of child endangerment.Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said it was the worst such case he had seen in 37 years on the force.Ms Hawkins left one-year-old Brynn Hawkins and two-year-old Addyson Overgard-Eddy in the car to visit a 16-year-old male friend and others at a house in the town of Kerrville, 65 miles (105 km) north-west of San Antonio.The sheriff said the male friend had at some point slept in the car alongside the children but they were not let out.Ms Hawkins finally took the children out at noon the next day and found them unconscious.She tried the bathe them, the sheriff said, but fearing she would get into trouble did not seek medical help immediately.‘Smelling flowers’Only after a friend suggested it did she take them to the nearby Peterson Regional Medical Center.She reportedly told staff that she, the teenage male and the children had been at a nearby lake and the girls had “collapsed after smelling flowers”.“They thought maybe they’d gotten into something poisonous – that’s what the story was,” Sheriff Hierholzer told the CNN affiliate station KABB.“She left them in the car – intentionally in the car – while her and the 16-year-old male friend were in the house,” he said.The girls were quickly taken to the University Hospital in San Antonio but died at about 17:00 on Thursday.Police say the charges may now be upgraded.Ms Hawkins’ husband was reportedly not present during the incident. read more

Greeces main electricity supplier at risk

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s main electricity supplier Public Power Corp. (PPC) plunged to a loss last year as it set aside hundreds of millions of euros to cover the cost of bills left unpaid by customers hit by years of economic crisis.PPC, which is 51 per cent state owned, said on Tuesday it made a loss of €102.5 million ($114.6 million) last year, compared with a net profit of €91.3 million in 2014.Provisions for unpaid bills and litigation more than doubled, reaching €950 million last year, as a protracted recession and capital controls imposed in June took a toll on households and businesses.Overdue bills are estimated to have exceeded €2 billion since the debt crisis broke out in Greece in 2010, Reuters reports.PPC’s chief executive Emmanuel Panagiotakis said bills in arrears was an issue of “strategic importance” which, if not addressed, would affect the company’s investment plan.In a bid to collect some of the unpaid bills, PPC announced last week a four-month payment scheme of 36 instalments for households, businesses and industries, effective from next month.Competition from smaller rivals also weighed on the utility, which lost market share and its sales dropped 2.2 per cent to €5.73 billion as a result.The company has said its share of the Greek electricity market fell to 94.5 per cent last year from 98.5 per cent.Panagiotakis forecast sales will decrease further to €5.5 billion this year.Under a third bailout Greece signed up with international lenders last summer, the country has committed to opening up its energy market to competition, with PPC’s share expected to fall to below 50 per cent by 2020.* 2015 net loss €102.5 million – provisions for unpaid bills more than doubled.last_img read more

New bridge coming to Columbia Gorge trail

first_imgA section of the popular Cape Horn trail will see a single-day closure in the near future, but trail managers don’t know exactly when, and may not give any notice ahead of time.Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area officials will close the trail for the installation of a new log bridge near Cape Horn Falls. A helicopter will fly the bridge in, an operation that’s extremely weather-dependent. Crews may complete the installation “with little or no notice,” according to the scenic area, which manages the trail.Officials plan to install the bridge between Aug. 20 and Nov. 1. The closure will last up to six hours, and the affected section of the trail will be cleared of hikers before the helicopter flight happens, according to the scenic area. Cape Horn Falls is located on the south side of state Highway 14.last_img read more

Skagway marijuana shop receives license to open

first_imgA retail marijuana store is ready to open its doors in Skagway, but it’s waiting on one major detail: the pot.Tara Bass with in the Remedy Shoppe with her license to open (Photo courtesy of Tara Bass)Tara Bass is the owner of The Remedy Shoppe, a red and white building on Skagway’s Third St. Earlier this month it became the first business of its kind in the state to pass its final inspection and receive a license to open.Several other businesses around Alaska have been given state and city approval but Bass is the first to pass the final inspection.Local regulations require a conditional use permit to open in Skagway’s Business General Zone and Bass received that permit in April.There’s one hold up, though, and that is right now Bass cannot stock her shelves. She’s still waiting on testing facilities to open once they get the final go-ahead from the state’s Marijuana Control Office.Bass says didn’t want to be recorded for this story, but she says she could open her doors tomorrow if she had the product. She plans to buy marijuana from the local licensed cultivator Coyote and Toad’s Garden.Bass and her husband run the Mile Zero Bed and Breakfast in town. Originally, she planned to turn her downtown location previously owned by her parents into a pharmacy. Instead, it was a vacation rental for several years. Then, she started looking into marijuana after Alaska voted to legalize it in 2014.Bass says she feels there’s a need for a retail store and she doesn’t look at it any differently than alcohol.There are several rules about where pot shops can be located. For instance, they have to be at least 500 ft. from schools and churches. Bass realized that her building was a sweet spot. She also feels it’s a good fit for the community and says she’s gotten a lot of positive feedback.The Remedy Shoppe is the product of several years of work and Bass says she’s grateful for the support that she’d gotten from her community. She doesn’t yet have a set opening date, it all depends on when the other pieces fall into place.last_img read more

Dunleavy budget faces criticism at Alaska Native forum

first_imgLt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, a Republican, said the proposed cuts stem from Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s campaign pledge to balance the budget and pay Alaskans a full permanent fund dividend check.“He feels like that’s your money, that’s your share of the oil wealth, and that belongs to you,” Meyer told the 200-person audience. “And he also doesn’t want any new taxes.”The former state senator said everything in the administration’s proposed budget is negotiable. That was the theme of his speech at a forum hosted by Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.“Don’t get too upset with the budget,” Meyer said amid some chuckles from the audience, “but get involved. That would be my my advice right now.”The forum only allowed questions in writing. But Tlingit & Haida President Richard Peterson stood up and broke format to register his displeasure.“We keep hearing about wanting to have conversations, yet these conversations aren’t happening,” Peterson said from the back of the room.Meyer had earlier likened state services as ornaments on a Christmas tree. Peterson seized on that metaphor to criticize the Dunleavy administration’s proposed slashing to core services.“It’s really hard for me to settle for Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree when we own the Christmas tree farm,” Peterson said.The lieutenant governor also responded to questions about raising taxes on oil companies or instituting an income tax, saying that step would reduce investment.Resource development, he argued, is the state’s best revenue source.“Oil companies now are investing big dollars up on the North Slope, and that money is going to trickle down to the state revenue,” Meyer said, “and to more jobs and more revenue to the state, which then gets passed on to you and education and other funding.”That assessment has faced skepticism from many quarters including the previous administration of Gov. Bill Walker.Meyer worked for ConocoPhillips during his time in the Senate. He parted ways with the oil company after the November election, according to his financial disclosure. Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, left, and rural affairs advisor John Moller field questions at a March 6 forum at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/CoastAlaska)The Dunleavy administration’s second in command faced skepticism over the governor’s proposed deep cuts to state services and agencies at an Alaska Native Issues forum in Juneau on Wednesday.last_img read more

3day training on entrepreneurship from July 1

first_imgOngole: Prakasam district manager of Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC) Shaik Meeravali announced that they are organising three-day awareness and training programme on Entrepreneurship Development in Ongole from July 1. He said that awareness will be created for the participating candidates on self-employment opportunities, eligibility and permissions required for the establishment of small and medium scale industries, preparation of project reports, subsidies offered by state and central governments, government schemes, subsidies offered by various corporations, etc. He said that a participation certificate will be issued after necessary training is given to them. He asked the interested candidates of age between 19 and 35 from Ongole and nearby places to register early for the programme to be held at Don Bosco Training centre in Ongole. He asked the interested to call 9866537945 for more information regarding the programme.last_img read more

Google Maps feature thatll save you from speeding fines How to use

first_imgClose Google Maps now covers our solar system Google Maps is by far the best navigation smartphone app available out there. But it does more than just guide users from one point to another like showing real-time traffic updates, nearby places and more. The world’s largest internet search titan is adding another nifty feature to its navigation app that will help riders avoid speeding tickets.Driving on Indian roads, especially cities where commuters often end up in a bottleneck jam, cruising at high speeds is a dream. But whenever there’s a chance to press on the throttle upon seeing empty roads, the temptation meets uneventful fate in the form of speeding fines. Several cities in India have speed cameras helping traffic cops fine speeding vehicles without having to be present at the roads with interceptors.Now, Google is stepping in to help drivers avoid those speeding fines by warning about speed cameras well in advance so you can behave. The feature has been available widely across the UK, the US, Australia, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Indonesia for a while now and it finally arrives in India. Google Maps to the rescue againREUTERS/Dado RuvicGoogle Maps relies on its users for the feature to work by reporting the presence of speed cameras in a particular path. When a speeding camera is reported by multiple users on the same path, Google will use that to show a small blue camera icon along with the number of people who reported the speed camera to other users. The crowdsourcing feature will certainly become more efficient over time as more and more users report speed cameras across their respective cities.For now, Google has the speed camera feature available on Maps for Android while iOS users must wait longer. The feature not only works for speed cameras but can also be used to report accidents. Google Maps will show reported accidents to other users in red and also update the time required to pass the congestion.last_img read more

Documentary on Disgraced BoyBand Producer Lou Pearlman Ordered by YouTube Red

first_imgThe life, death and shady times of Lou Pearlman, the producer behind boy bands including Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, are the focus of a new documentary film in the works for YouTube Red.“The Lou Pearlman Project” (working title) comes from producer Pilgrim Media Group and executive producer Lance Bass, a former member of *NSYNC.The film promises to reveal the dark side of stardom and the music biz, documenting Pearlman’s fall from grace. The documentary will feature interviews with the former members of Pearlman-produced groups including *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, O-Town and Take 5.Pearlman died in August 2016 at the age of 62 while serving a 25-year sentence after admitting in 2008 to a $300 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of people and about 10 banks.“I’ve always wanted to tell the story of the rise and fall of Lou Pearlman; I thought I knew most of the story since I had a front-row seat,” Bass said in a statement. “I was fascinated to learn so much more through the eyes of other artists that were also subjected to Pearlman and his nefarious operation.” The project includes interviews with some of Pearlman’s closest collaborators during his heyday in the 1990s and 2000s. Those include the Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean; *NSYNC’s JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Bass; O-Town’s Ashley Parker Angel; recording artist Aaron Carter, brother of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter; and Diane Bass (mother of Lance) and Lynn Bomar Harless (mother of Justin Timberlake). It is currently in the editing phase.In a recent interview with Variety, Bass said of the film: “I thought that I knew everything about Lou, but I knew nothing. We interview childhood friends of his, all the groups that he had at Transcontinental Records; Backstreet, O-Town, NSYNC. … And everyone gives their firsthand account of working with Lou Pearlman.” Sadly, Pearlman’s real-life cousin, Art Garfunkel, who by association introduced the future Ponzi schemer to the music industry, is not featured.Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of original content, noted that music is an extremely popular category on the video platform. “[T]his documentary gives fans a level of access to the true stories and real life highs and lows of their favorite artists that they can’t find anywhere else,” she said.“The Lou Pearlman Project” is produced by Pilgrim Media Group. Craig Piligian, Nicholas Caprio and Sam Korkis serve executive producers along with Bass.YouTube Red, which costs $10 per month for ad-free access to YouTube as well as exclusive originals and unlimited music, is currently available in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Korea.With reporting by Michele Amabile Angermiller ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Futuramas Billy West reads Trump quotes as Zapp Brannigan

first_imgVoice actor Billy West has played a great many characters over the years, but his work on Futurama is probably what he’s best known for these days. He did the voices of Fry, Dr. Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, and the man sometimes known as the velour fog, Captain Zapp Brannigan.West is now reprising his role as Brannigan on Twitter to poke fun at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has a tendency to say very bizarre Brannigan-esque things.Each tweet includes a video, which is really just a still image of Brannigan from the TV show. West has added his voice to each video reading a statement Trump has made in the past. Each video includes the source of the quote as well. When you see and hear Zapp Brannigan saying this stuff, they really sound like something the character would say. That’s the joke — Trump’s statements sound like they could have come from Zapp Brannigan.Here are all the the tweets West has posted so far.Zapp presents…Famous Quotations from Donald J Trump#MakeAmericaBrannigan— Billy West (@TheBillyWest) August 11, 2016 ZAPP presents…Famous Trump Quotations!— Billy West (@TheBillyWest) August 11, 2016 ZAPP presents … Famous Trump Quotes! #WednesdayWisdom #ManWithAPlan— Billy West (@TheBillyWest) August 10, 2016 ZAPP presents… Famous Trump Quotations!— Billy West (@TheBillyWest) August 10, 2016 ZAPP presents…Famous Trump Quotations!#FamousPresidentalQuotes #WednesdayWisdom #ManWithAPlan— Billy West (@TheBillyWest) August 10, 2016You can follow along on West’s account. He’s been posting them since yesterday, and he’s still at it. He’s also tagging all the relevant tweets with #MakeAmericaBrannigan. This is obviously a play on Trump’s “Make America Great Again” motto. Regardless of your political leanings, you have to admit this is pretty hilarious.last_img read more

If you werent all in for Tiger vs Phil this prematch hype

first_imgTiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will square off in their upcoming, $9 million head-to-head PPV match on November 23, and Turner Sports just released a hype video that’s so good it might yank the $19.95 it costs to watch it right out of your wallet.The video – titled ‘Destiny’ – features soundbites of Tiger and Phil as highlights and iconic images throughout the years, and culminates with the two agreeing to the winner take all super match. This thing could be a colossal bomb, or a helluva watch, but this makes a convincing sales pitch to give it a chance.last_img

Enable the dark theme in the Android YouTube app

first_imgEnable the dark theme in the Android YouTube app by Martin Brinkmann on September 07, 2018 in Google Android – 4 commentsGoogle began to roll out dark theme support for the company’s YouTube application for the Android operating system yesterday.The company started tests months ago but only a select few Android users got options back then to enable a dark theme in the official YouTube app for Android.While the majority of users probably don’t care about dark theme support in general, a vocal group of users does. Considering that YouTube’s app on Android is used by hundreds of millions of users, it is fair to say that the group is particularly large on Android.Google rollouts tend to be spread over the course of weeks if not months. Android users who run version 13.35.51 of the YouTube app on Android already can toggle between dark theme and the default light theme already.Users who are still on earlier versions of Android have only two choices: wait until the update lands on the Android device or head over to a mirror site for APK files to install the update right away.Tip: You can check the version of the installed YouTube application by selecting Profile > Settings > About. Check App Version on the page that opens.It is still difficult and not super-obvious how to sign out of the YouTube app on Android.Enable the YouTube dark theme on AndroidIt is easy enough to toggle between a light and dark theme on YouTube provided that YouTube 13.35.51 or newer is installed on the device.Tap on the profile icon in the YouTube interface.Select Settings from the list that is displayed.Select General on the main Settings page.There you should see the Dark Theme listing. Just toggle it with a tap to switch between dark and light theme on YouTube.Changes take effect immediately so that you know right away whether a dark or light theme is activate in the official YouTube app.You can undo the change at any time by repeating the steps listed above.YouTube’s interface changes lighter colors to dark gray when you activate the dark theme. The font color is a lighter gray and most icons display in gray as well in the app.The dark theme is activate everywhere in the app after you enable it: in the settings, when you browse video listings, or when you watch individual videos.Tip: you can enable a dark theme on YouTube on the desktop as well.Closing WordsUsers who prefer darker themes get what they want with the latest update. While it may take weeks before the change lands on all Android devices that YouTube is installed on, the feature will land eventually on all supported devices.Now You: Do you prefer light or dark themes?SummaryArticle NameEnable the dark theme in the Android YouTube appDescriptionPrefer a dark theme for YouTube instead of the default light theme? Find out how to enable dark theme in the YouTube app for Android.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Carefully designed to reflect Dhofars rich herita

first_imgCarefully designed to reflect Dhofar’s rich heritage, the resort’s striking Dhofari design featuring intricate artistic details is inspired by the region’s iconic coastal fortresses and is surrounded by palms, tropical gardens and water features.  With 136 guest rooms and studios as well as one-, two- and three- bedroom pool villas – the first of their kind in Salalah and Oman – the resort is conveniently located just 10 km from the city centre and 15 km from the airport.One of the many highlights of the resort experience, the Anantara Spa will feature a hammam and will offer a range of Anantara’s signature spa treatments featuring local ingredients and techniques.  Guests can enjoy a range of activities from water sports to tennis, and the dedicated kids’ and teens’ club will feature an outdoor splash area and the latest game console equipment as well as a host of fun and creative activities.  Culinary experiences range from a Middle Eastern beach bar to a signature Asian restaurant, showcasing cuisine from along the Mekong River. The new resort will offer direct access to the beach and is only a boat ride away across the lagoon from the city’s renowned Botanical Garden and the Al Baleed Museum of Frankincense.  The resort also puts guests in close proximity to the Al Baleed UNESCO archaeological sites, the Citadel, City Wall and Grand Mosque.James Hewitson, General Manager of Al Baleed Resort – Salalah by Anantara, said: “On behalf of the team at Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, it is a great honour to work with such visionary partners as Musstir and Omran and to be given the opportunity to open such a distinguished resort in a destination which is developing at such a strong pace. Salalah is a unique location – not just within Oman but for the whole of the GCC.  The Anantara brand has been built by drawing upon the expertise and heartfelt hospitality of our hosts in each destination – my team and I look forward to welcoming team members from the local region.”Mr Hewitson continued: “With Carillion, the building contractor, we have now agreed key delivery and opening dates and will commence this week our pre-opening recruitment and mobilisation of the training task force from Anantara. We are delighted with the cooperation we have received from the Ministry of Manpower who are assisting us in securing the right level of Omanis into the Hotel and are in discussions with Omran’s Tourism College to assist in our pre-opening training programmes.”“We are actively meeting with leading premium and luxury travel companies and will announce later this week rates and introductory offers as well as opening room rates for residents and citizens of Oman.”Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletter Dhofar’s newest luxury hotel, Anantara Salalah – Al Baleed Resort, developed by a joint venture between Omran Hotels & Resorts & Musstir is set to open this summer – just in time for the upcoming season known locally as ‘Khareef’ – which brings cooler temperatures and lush greenery.  Welcoming guests with traditional Omani style, the resort, located between a natural lagoon and the beach, will be managed by Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas.last_img read more

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first_imgFollow @dfriend on Twitter. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 9, 2019 1:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Elise Guerra creates a new layer of a stained glass picture that depicts the composer Charles Gounod, during restoration work on Massey Hall’s 125-year-old stained glass windows at Toronto’s EGD Glass & Vitreous Glassworks on Thursday, April 4, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young TORONTO — When Massey Hall opened its doors 125 years ago visitors were awestruck by the choral music venue’s spectacular stained glass windows, says restoration expert Eve Guinan.In the daytime, sunlight poured through the magenta and rose panels, casting a transcendent glow over the audience, while at night the lemon and blue hues glimmered in the moonlight. Portraits of 12 famous composers adorned the Toronto building’s exterior, from Bach and Beethoven to Handel and Chopin.Despite Massey being a strictly secular venue, it must’ve been a downright spiritual experience — but it wouldn’t last long. Those windows were boarded up in the early half of the 20th century to muffle noise leaking in from the streets.Over the years, as Massey evolved into a space that hosted famous names from around the world, the windows fell into a state of disrepair.“From the outside, the stained glass was so dirty nobody actually knew it existed,” explains Guinan.“It was, as we call it, encrusted with grime.”Guinan’s team of five glaziers at Toronto company EGD Glass are sharing the job of fixing the windows with another restoration firm, Vitreous Glass. They scrub away the dirt, replace cracked glass, and touch up blemishes on the composers’ faces, in an effort to rescue the 93 historic windows.It’s part of Massey’s two-year “revitalization” project, valued at $139 million and set to be completed in late 2020, that will inject new life to the venue.Massey was made legendary by its performers — including Glenn Gould, Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young, who famously recorded his “Live at Massey Hall 1971” album in the space — but its stained glass windows carry their own storied history.They debuted when Massey Hall opened in the summer of 1894, created by the Faircloth Brothers, a Toronto shop that operated directly across the street from the venue.When the owners of the venue boarded up a number of the windows to isolate the building from persistent outside noise, their decorative accent was all but forgotten.Guinan learned of their neglect when she was hired in 1996 to patch up some of the attic windows. She found many of them had been spray painted with ceiling paint in the 1960s, she said. It led her to become involved in a more significant effort to save the windows — an initiative slowed by the usual financial setbacks and red tape.When the necessary heritage approvals were granted to remove the windows in 2017, Guinan and the owners of Massey discovered just how badly neglect had worn on them.“Pigeons had got between the glass and the plywood and it was completely full of straw and all sorts of material for nesting,” she said.“There were (bird) skeletons, old beer bottles. It was quite a treasure trove of stuff there.”They also learned windows for two of the composers — Bach and Beethoven — were missing from the collection. Decades earlier, both were removed to make room for the fire exits. Many people assumed they were lost forever, perhaps stolen by a sneaky collector.The publicized hunt for the missing faces eventually led to the basement of Roy Thomson Hall where they were found in unmarked boxes.Guinan doesn’t spend much time dwelling on that story, since each painted composer is now meticulously catalogued inside her warehouse awaiting his restoration.Before that happens, each window is dismantled into its individual pieces, carefully washed, and reassembled like a jigsaw puzzle.Since they’re considered heritage artifacts, the guidelines are strict around what can be done with each face. The original stained glass painting can’t be modified, so instead the touch-ups are made on another layer of glass that’s placed overtop of the original work, not all that different than modifications on a picture in Photoshop.When they’re installed, each restored window will be placed behind a layer of clear glass protecting it from outside elements. On the inside, a blackout blind will close off the windows during concerts while another thick piece of soundproof glass will prevent those persistent noise problems.“It’s like a big, huge sandwich,” Guinan says.The stained glass windows project will be finished around mid-summer, she adds, because the construction of the building relies on it. Interior details like the woodwork can’t be started until the windows are installed.Guinan is hopeful the windows will add the perfect touch to bridge the past and present at Massey Hall.“It just proves, I think, that heritage can be part of modern as well,” she said.“We don’t have to knock it down and build something new.” Hidden for nearly a century, Massey Hall’s stained glass windows find new life David Friend, The Canadian Presslast_img read more