first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is calling for submissions for the 2018 JUNO Awards. Submissions open today Monday, October 2 and close Friday, November 10 at Week 2018 will be hosted in Vancouver from March 19 through March 25, 2018.KEY SUBMISSION DATES:October 2, 2017 – Submissions openedOctober 20, 2017; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for discounted early-bird submissionsNovember 10, 2017; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for submissionsDecember 1, 2017 – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year openJanuary 4, 2018; 5 p.m. EST – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year close Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement SUBMISSION ELIGIBILITY:Eligibility for the 2018 JUNO Awards applies to music released for national sale between September1,2016 and November 10, 2017. Albums available for pre-order online no later than November 10, 2017 will also qualify. Pre-ordered online albums will need to be available no later than November 24, 2017.Eligible musicians are Canadian Citizens, which are defined by CARAS to be that where a majority of the group members hold Canadian birth certificates, passports or are Canadian Permanent Resident(s) with residency in Canada during the last six months of the eligibility period.For a complete list of JUNO Awards categories, eligibilityrules and voting criteria, visit Note: Save up to 40% on submissions by signing up as a CARAS Academy Delegate at has also introduced the following changes this year:Comedy Album of the YearCARAS is pleased to announce the return of the Comedy Album of the Year category sponsored by SiriusXM Canada. Eligible comedy albums must be available for national sale and recorded by a comedic performer or performers of any of the following disciplines: stand-up, sketch, improvisation, and musical comedy. The nominees and winners will be determined by a judge vote.Francophone Album of the YearThe nominees for Francophone Album of the Year will now be determined by equal weight of consumption and judge vote. The final round will be determined by judges.Rap Recording of the YearThe winner for Rap Recording of the Year will now be determined by an Academy Delegate vote.Album Artwork of the YearThe Recording Package of the Year category has been changed to Album Artwork of the Year in order to more clearly define the category criteria for those interested in submitting.Website:, www.junoawards.caTwitter: @TheJUNOAwardsInstagram: @TheJUNOAwardsPwC is the Official Ballot Accountants for the 2018 JUNO Awards.Premier Partners of the 2018 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver and TD Bank Group.About CARASThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académiecanadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main Focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit read more

UN labour conference adopts measures to tackle globalizations challenges

The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today concluded its annual conference, during which delegates adopted a series of measures designed to promote a more rigorous approach to tackling the challenges of globalization.The 90th International Labour Conference also agreed to create an “anchor” for personal security through poverty reduction, job creation and improved workplace health and safety.This year’s session of the tri-partite body, which is made up of government, worker and employer representatives from the Organization’s 175 member States, was marked by what ILO Director-General Juan Somavia called an “exceptionally rich” discussion surrounding globalization, child labour and other issues and saw a “broad and steadily deepening consensus over the goal of decent work for all.””Until we see a globalization that prioritizes the creation of employment and the reduction of poverty, the whole concept is going to remain dogged by controversy,” Mr. Somavia said. “Decent work for all…is the surest route out of poverty and an anchor for family security essential to peaceful communities. We need to do more and do it better.” The Conference also debated the situation in the occupied Arab territories and heard pledges in support of enhancing ILO efforts to create jobs in the area and promote dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis. Mr. Somavia said the ILO would allocate resources immediately with a view to establishing a Palestinian Fund for Employment and Social Protection. On 12 June, the ILO launched the World Day Against Child Labour, which saw events in countries around the world aimed at reinforcing the global movement to abolish child labour. read more

Man who shows no remorse for raping wife has sentence cut on

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ruaidhrí Giblin 39,169 Views Monday 26 Feb 2018, 6:02 PM Man who shows no remorse for raping wife has sentence cut on appeal The man was the third person to be convicted of marital rape since it was made illegal in 1990. A MAN WHO continues to show no remorse for raping his wife has had his prison sentence cut on appeal.The 43-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was unanimously found guilty of raping his wife in their home in May 2014 – making him the third person to be convicted for marital rape since rape within a marriage was made illegal in 1990.A jury of 11 men and one woman also found him guilty of threatening to kill his wife and cut her face, having denied the charges. He had admitted assaulting his wife with a hammer which he used to strike blows to her head.Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy sentenced him to 12 years imprisonment with the final two suspended in June 2016.The Court of Appeal heard that the man refuses to show any remorse for raping his wife and still does not accept the verdict of the jury.AppealHe successfully appealed his sentence today with the Court of Appeal holding that a sentence of 10 or 11 years imprisonment appeared to be “somewhat out of kilter” for an individual instance of rape, even after a not guilty plea, where there had been no premeditation or unusual violence.He was re-sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with the final 18 months suspended.Dismissing his appeal against conviction in December – a judgment the man also does not accept – Mr Justice Alan Mahon said the man, an Arab Muslim from north Africa, married his wife, an Irish national, in 2005.They had one child and, following a year of maternity leave, the man’s wife returned to work and ultimately received a promotion. This resulted in greater time away from the family home and began to cause tensions within the relationship.Mr Justice Mahon said a series of assaults and threats, including rape in the marital home, culminated in an attack by the man on his wife and her mother with a hammer.Moving to appeal his sentence, the man’s barrister, Ronan Munro SC, submitted Mr Justice Peter Charleton’s guidance on sentencing for sexual offences in a case known as ‘D(W)’.Munro said there had been no pre-meditation and no gratuitous violence (beyond the violence inherent in the rape itself) to justify a sentence of the order imposed on his client.Mr Justice John Edwards said the Court of Appeal agreed that the sentence in this case, when viewed in isolation, appeared to be “somewhat out of kilter with sentences imposed in comparable cases” even though the circumstances of the case were “egregious” and the crime was “very serious”.He said the offence merited a headline sentence of 12 years and not 14 as selected by the sentencing judge. This was reduced to 10 years to reflect the mitigating circumstances including the man’s previous good character, the difficulties foreign nationals endure in Irish prisons and psychiatric evidence which suggested he was suffering from a “significant depressive disorder” prior to the rape.Mr Justice Edwards said the man could not avail of the most powerful mitigating factor available, namely a guilty plea and expressions of genuine remorse. On the contrary, no responsibility for the rape had been taken and there had been “no expression whatever of remorse”. The man still does not accept the verdict of the jury nor the Court of Appeal’s dismissal of his appeal against conviction, the judge said.Anger management issues“After considerable reflection,” and “notwithstanding his present obdurate position”, the court suspended the final 18 months of the sentence, primarily in the interests of his child but also to incentivise him to “address his anger management issues, his mental health issues, and his attitude to women”.Mr Justice Edwards, who sat with Mr Justice George Birmingham and Mr Justice Alan Mahon, resentenced the man to 10 years imprisonment with the final 18 months suspended for the rape.Mr Justice Edwards said the court acknowledged the limitations in the guidance offered by Mr Justice Peter Charleton in a case known as ‘DW’, and “this court may take the opportunity, at some point in the future, and in an appropriate case, to seek to revisit the issue of guidance in matters of rape, aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault”. Feb 26th 2018, 6:02 PM Image: Shutterstock/everything possible Image: Shutterstock/everything possible Share64 Tweet Email1 Short URL 65 Comments last_img read more

Gas prices reach highest amount since 2014 on New Years Day

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A run of nine increases in 10 days pushed the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County to its highest amount on New Year’s Day since 2014, $3.126.The average price has risen 6.1 cents over the past 10 days, including four-tenths of a cent on Monday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 4.1 cents more than one week ago and 31.4 cents higher than one year ago, but 6.4 cents less than one month ago.The average price rose for three consecutive days, was unchanged on Tuesday, and resumed rising Wednesday. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 1, 2018 Gas prices reach highest amount since 2014 on New Year’s Day January 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Nautilus upbeat despite small net loss

first_imgNo company wants to see a financial loss, however small. But Nautilus, Inc. took its $164,000 shortcoming in the second quarter ended June 30 practically in stride as officials pointed to higher overall sales and planned new product launches during an earnings conference call Monday.The latest financial results of the Vancouver-based manufacturer of fitness equipment also reflected the April-to-June period — seasonally and traditionally the company’s slowest and weakest financial quarter of the year.Bruce Cazenave, CEO of Nautilus, said it’s “gratifying” to see the company generate strong net sales — $39.6 million, up 14 percent year-over-year — during the company’s weakest financial quarter.He also said Nautilus improved its gross margin — the percent of total sales revenue a company keeps after incurring the costs of making its products — to 43.4 percent. That’s up 150 basis points, or 1.5 percentage points, from 41.9 percent in the second quarter of 2011.Altogether, the company’s net loss of $164,000 — which Cazenave described as nearly reaching “break-even profitability” — compared favorably to its net loss of $3.26 million during the same three-month period a year ago.last_img read more

Legislatures Per Diem Expenses Approach 200K

first_imgCOSTELLO, MIA$669.00 COGHILL, JR., JOHN$8,188.00 GIESSEL, CATHY$5,352.00 EGAN, DENNIS$501.75 WIELECHOWSKI, BILL$669.00 WOOL, ADAM$3,005.00 TUCK, CHRIS$669.00 DUNLEAVY, MIKE$669.00 KAWASAKI, SCOTT$3,009.00 THOMPSON, STEVE$7,176.00 STEVENS, GARY$6,108.00 JOSEPHSON, ANDREW$669.00 HERRON, BOB$6,984.00 ORTIZ, DAN$6,466.00 MCGUIRE, LESIL$7,347.00 LEDOUX, GABRIELLE$669.00 SEATON, PAUL$3,005.00 LYNN, BOB$669.00 KELLY, PETE$6,243.00 MICCICHE, PETER$669.00 GARDNER, BERTA$669.00 REINBOLD, LORA$669.00 HUGGINS, CHARLES$6,329.00 STEDMAN, BERT$7,535.00 MILLETT, CHARISSE$3,159.00 STUTES, LOUISE$2,129.00 HOFFMAN, LYMAN$4,585.00 WILSON, TAMMIE$6,115.00 MUÑOZ, CATHY$4,989.00 DRUMMOND, HARRIET$669.00 OLSON, KURT$7,333.00 CLAMAN, MATTHEW$669.00 GUTTENBERG, DAVID$669.00center_img EDGMON, BRYCE$4,173.00 GARA, LES$1,167.00 HAWKER, MIKE$669.00 NAGEAK, BEN$7,299.00 AVERAGE$3,122.52 PRUITT, LANCE$669.00 ELLIS, JOHNNY$669.00 HUGHES, SHELLEY$223.00 GATTIS, LYNN$669.00 Download AudioLawmakers collected nearly $200,000 in per diem over the course of two special sessions.According to a preliminary tally by the Legislature’s accounting office, every lawmaker took at least one day’s per diem during the first special session, which began in Juneau and ended in Anchorage. Almost half took per diem during the Anchorage special session that followed. Twenty-four members also took per diem while the Legislature was in recess for two weeks, and not holding floor sessions.Per diem is meant to cover food and lodging expenses, and it is federally set. It was paid at a rate of $233 per day while the Legislature was holding its special session in Juneau. It jumped to $295 for the second session in Anchorage, because of the start of tourist season and the move to a more expensive location.While any legislator could apply for the allowance, those who did not live within driving distance of the Anchorage were more likely to take it. Sen. Donny Olson, a Golovin Democrat who serves on the finance committee, was the top collector. He filed for 44 days, amounting to a payment of $11,439. Sen. Peter Micchiche, a Soldotna Republican, was the one exception to this — declining per diem during the Anchorage session, despite living 150 miles away.There was less consistency with Anchorage and Mat-Su members.Some members of leadership took per diem, even though they live within commuting distance of the LIO. House Finance Co-Chair Mark Neuman, lives one hour away in Big Lake, and collected $8,393 over the two special sessions. Senate Rules Chair Charlie Huggins, a Wasilla Republican, received $6,329, with most of his per diem collected while in Anchorage. But other members of leadership who live in the area did not. Neither Senate President Kevin Meyer nor House Rules Chair Craig Johnson — both Anchorage Republicans — applied for the funds during the second session.There were even some rank-and-file members who collected per diem while the Legislature was meeting in their area. Sen. Lesil McGuire collected $7,347 during the special sessions, and Sen. Cathy Giessel received $5,352. Neither of the two Anchorage Republicans holds a leadership position or serves on Finance, the only committee to meet regularly during the special session.However, the majority of Anchorage and Mat-Su legislators declined per diem during the second special session. None of the Anchorage Democrats in the House or the Senate applied for per diem. House Republicans also largely abstained, with Neuman being the exception.At nearly $4,000 per member, the Senate’s Republican majority caucus collected the most per diem on average. At the low end of the spectrum is the House’s Democratic minority, with an average payout of $2,000 per member.According to Legislative Affairs, these numbers could be revised upwards. The agency is still receiving per diem claims. As of Thursday, the total cost of the two special sessions, which were called to address the budget deficit, exceeded $600,000.To find a more detailed breakdown of per diem costs, click here. KREISS-TOMKINS, JONATHAN$5,298.00 STOLTZE, BILL$669.00 JOHNSON, CRAIG$669.00 COLVER, JIM (JAMES)$604.00 MACKINNON, ANNA$669.00 CHENAULT, MIKE (CHARLES)$5,745.00 GRUENBERG, MAX$669.00 LegislatorSpecial Session Per Diem TARR, GERAN$1,416.00 FOSTER, NEAL$6,414.00 SADDLER, DAN$669.00 TALERICO, DAVE$2,713.00 TILTON, CATHY$669.00 BISHOP, CLICK$2,962.00 VAZQUEZ, ELIZABETH$669.00 NEUMAN, MARK$8,393.00 KELLER, WES$2,640.00 MEYER, KEVIN$1,416.00 OLSON, DONALD$11,439.00 KITO, SAM$3,834.50 TOTAL$187,351.25last_img read more

India has game plan for electric vehicles says NITI Aayog CEO

first_imgAHMEDABAD: India has put in place a game plan for electric vehicles (EV) and its components like batteries to ensure clean cities, reduce imports and utilise solar power, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said here on Saturday. He said domestic battery manufacturing for electric vehicles provides a “massive market opportunity”, and also quickens the transition to such environment-friendly transport, which is vital for the country to help combat pollution, congestion, strengthen energy security and create jobs. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us Addressing a conference on sustainable mobility through video link, Kant said the country’s EV focus should mainly be on a two-wheeler and three-wheeler vehicles and public transport. “We have a game plan to drive electric vehicles, particularly two and three-wheelers, public transport and manufacturing of batteries in India. Our objective is that we should first work on about 80 per cent of components of two and three-wheelers and buses and also push manufacturing of batteries in India,” Kant said. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us “Our objective is to clean up cities, reduce imports, and utilise the sun and its energy for driving electric vehicles,” the said. “From the perspective of energy security and competitive advantage, new mobility solutions will reduce oil import costs, lower India’s trade deficit and limit our vulnerability to oil supply disruptions,” Kant said. Advertise With Us With low per capita car ownership, which currently is 20 vehicles per 1000 people, India has an opportunity to leapfrog ahead of the legacy model of individually owned internal combustion Indian vehicles that are utilised by only 5 per cent of the people, he said. “India’s low per capita car ownership affords the chance to pursue a different model from the western world. Our emphasis must be shared, connected electric transportation,” he said. He said to create a unique eco-system to enable ‘Make in India’, and drive the movement for manufacturing in India, the country will require a phased programme across the entire value chain, an efficient fiscal impact structure, and size and scale aligned to the country’s ambition to produce world-class vehicles for domestic and international markets. “With batteries accounting for almost 40 per cent of total cost of EVs today, domestic battery manufacturing is a massive market opportunity for India to rapidly enable the transition to EVs,” Kant said. “New battery technologies like solid-state lithium-ion battery, sodium-ion battery, and silicon-based batteries are underdeveloped. India needs to vigorously pursue research and development and have a clear road map for manufacturing on a mega scale,” he said. To facilitate charging infrastructure, Kant said newer models should be explored and start-ups must be facilitated in this area. He said new cities like Dholera (coming up near Ahmedabad) should allow maximum number of EVs. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the conference, Chief Secretary J N Singh said Gujarat is poised to lead in the field of e-mobility. “Dholera is emerging as a very important township for this. A big company will announce investment in Dholera in lithium-ion battery manufacturing for EVs. We plan to develop a 5,000-MW solar power plant, and 250 MW plant will be ready soon,” Singh said. “We are in the last stage of discussion with Tata Chemicals for lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant. The battery is vital for e-vehicles and comprises 40 per cent of car cost,” he said.last_img read more

MPs violate law made by them

first_imgSpeakers speak at a roundtable on the independence of judiciary, organised by civic platform Citizens for Good Governance aka Sujan at the National Press Club on Tuesday. Photo: Sazid Hossain Constitutional analysts said the members of parliament had breached the law enacted by them, by criticising judges in parliament.Although the MPs have no authority to discuss the judiciary in parliament, they castigated judges after the 16th amendment of the constitution was scrapped recently.Analysts made these observations at a roundtable on the independence of judiciary, organised by civic platform Citizens for Good Governance aka Sujan at the National Press Club on Tuesday.Jurist Shahdeen Malik, columnist Syed Abul Maksud and Sujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar spoke at the roundtable, among others. Shahdeen Malik said the members of parliament have no jurisdiction to discuss the verdict of 16th amendment of the constitution. The law makers breached the law enacted by them, he added.Moderating the roundtable, Badiul Alam Majumdar said as per rules of procedure 53, 63 and 133, matters related to the president and the independence of judiciary can’t be discussed in parliament.He said it was unfortunate that they made the law and they violated it.Syed Abul Maksud said the independence of judiciary is necessary so that a common man can seek justice against an influential person.last_img read more

Global Box Office Hits Record 406 Billion in 2017 US Attendance Lowest

first_img ×Spielberg compares ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Ready Player One’Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpKellyanne Conway Belittles Taylor Swift, Fans Over Equality Act Support01:48 facebook twitter reddit Email Link EmbedCopiedAuto 720p720p406p270p180pLive00:0000:3400:34More Videos01:48Kellyanne Conway Belittles Taylor Swift, Fans Over Equality Act Support02:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses05:35The Best of Star Wars at D2301:30BBC’s ‘One World On Fire’ Trailer01:13Redman Supports Jay-Z’s Partnership with the NFL14:13’It: Chapter Two’ Stars Jessica Chastain and Sophia Lillis Describe Swimming in Fake BloodClose In a conference call with reporters, MPAA chief Charles Rivkin acknowledged that the media business has undergone tectonic changes. However, he chose to accentuate the positive, noting the robust ticket sales from foreign markets and the growth of digital sales.“The entertainment market is strong, it’s vibrant and it’s expanding on many fronts,” said Rivkin.Frequent moviegoers, defined as people who attend the cinema at least once a month, continued to prop up the business. Though they accounted for just 12% of the population of the U.S. and Canada, they bought nearly half of all tickets sold. Twenty-four percent of the population in North America don’t go to the movies at all.Rivkin was joined on the call by John Fithian, the head of the National Association of Theatre Owners, an exhibition industry trade group. Fithian downplayed the drop in domestic attendance while acknowledging that the U.S. market is mature.“Admissions have been relatively constant,” said Fithian, noting that they have increased or decreased at various points over the past decade.Domestic moviegoers were evenly split between the genders. Latinos continued to over-represent in terms of per-capita attendance, as did African-American audiences. Latinos accounted for the highest per-capita attendance, averaging 4.5 movies a year. Asian moviegoers were close behind, visiting multiplexes an average of 4.3 times a year. Caucasians made up the majority of moviegoers (59%), though they bought fewer tickets than previous years.Younger adult and teenage moviegoers may not be showing up as reliably as before. It’s hard to know for certain, because the MPAA changed its methodology for conducting the study, moving from a phone-based survey to an online one, which it said impacted results and made it impossible to draw conclusions. That said, looking at 2016 results, moviegoers between the ages of 18 and 24 fell 28% on a per-capita basis, while moviegoers between the ages of 12 and 17 dropped 22%. Audiences over the age of 40, however, did show up in greater numbers. Total U.S. theatrical and home entertainment spending topped out at $31.16 billion, up just over a percent. Digital home entertainment spending, which includes video-subscription services, rentals, and downloads, was the biggest contributor, accounting for 43% of revenues. Ticket sales comprised 35% of revenues, and sales and rentals of discs and Blu-rays were responsible for 22% of revenues. Globally, consumers spent $88.4 billion on tickets, rentals, and sales of discs and electronic copies of films. That was a 7% year-over-year increase.The report hit at the same time that Saudi Arabia announced that it will allow AMC to open the first movie theater in the country after a 35-year ban on cinemas. The Middle Eastern country is projected to be a major source of box office revenues, with some analysts predicting it could be among the top ten markets for film. Several other exhibition chains are expected to announce plans to build their own locations.“We think it could be a very big market,” said Fithian. “It’s literally as we can build [theaters] and they will come.”POPULAR VIDEO ON VARIETY: center_img The global box office hit a record $40.6 billion with growth in China off-setting declines in movie-going in the U.S. and Canada. The domestic box office fell 2% to $11.1 billion, down from 2016’s record high of $11.6 billion, according to a new report by the Motion Picture Association of America.Higher ticket prices helped cushion declines in the U.S. attendance. Stateside admissions, the industry term for the number of tickets sold, dropped 6% to 1.24 billion — a steeper fall than the drop in revenues. It is also the lowest admissions level since 1995.The lobbying group represents the major Hollywood studios and provides an annual snapshot of theatrical attendance, but this year’s report was different. For the first time, the MPAA included home entertainment data. It found that entertainment spending in the home rose 11% to $47.8 billion, driven primarily from the popularity of video-streaming services. U.S. digital spending climbed 20% and international digital spending increased 41%. The number of subscriptions to online video services rose 33% to 446.8 million.last_img read more

Universal basic income experiment made people happier but not more likely to

first_img Europeans receptive to new welfare policy ideas Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: … quence=1&isAllowed=y Explore further Citation: Universal basic income experiment made people happier but not more likely to get a job (2019, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The experiment carried out by the government tested the idea of a concept called universal basic income (UBI), which guarantees participants a certain basic standard of living via direct cash transfer. The standard of living guaranteed includes reasonably nice housing, sufficient food, proper health care, and a means for engaging with the surrounding community. UBI is an idea that has been kicked around and tested before, but thus far, findings have produced mixed results. In this new experiment, the Finnish government randomly chose 2,000 people who were receiving unemployment benefits and offered them a roughly equal sum without the attendant job search requirements. Normally, there are also restrictions on how the money can be used. Subjects in the experiment were given free rein—they could live on the dole with no worries, and they would keep receiving their money even if they got a job. The experiment lasted from the beginning of January in 2017 until the end of December 2018. The results of the experiment have been widely anticipated as polls show that most people believe UBI would make people less interested in finding a job.The government asked the volunteers how they were doing during the experiment via questionnaire. Over half reported that their heath was either good or very good. In contrast, just 46 percent of a control group said the same. The UBI participants also scored higher when reporting trust levels in the government and when asked about their future outlook. In general, the FSII report concluded that overall welfare for those participating in the UBI experiment was higher than for the control group. But there was also a downside. Unemployment for those in the UBI experiment remained at basically the same levels as for the control group. © 2019 Science X Network Finland’s Social Insurance Institution (FSII) has published the results of an income experiment it carried out for two years to learn more about ways to reduce unemployment. They report that their experiment showed that giving unemployed people a no-strings-attached guaranteed income instead of an unemployment allowance made them happier and less stressed—but it did not make them any more or less likely to get a job. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Document surfaces outlining Pietersens misbehavior

first_imgKevin Pietersen’s monopoly of the airwaves and printed media regarding his claims of bullying in the England cricket team’s dressingroom ended abruptly on Tuesday with the leaking of an email outlining his poor behaviour on last year’s disastrous Ashes series in Australia.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) insisted the email website Cricinfo had received was not the official dossier compiled by former coach Andy Flower, who has like many others not escaped the wrath of Pietersen in his book. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaThe ECB said it was an internal email draft drawn up by their lawyers — marked strictly privileged and confidential.Neverthless it will not make pleasant reading for the South African-born batsman but will delight those who like former England spinner Graeme Swann and wicketkeeper Matt Prior have been lambasted by Pietersen.However, Pietersen brushed off the email’s contents which included captain Alastair Cook’s first name being misspelt in one instance.last_img read more

SwissBelhotel International invests in NZ real estate

first_imgSource = Swiss-Belhotel International Image credit: Swiss-Belhotel InternationalThe Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International, Gavin M. Faull, is excited to announce that the purchase of the business and real estate of Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand was completed recently.The acquisition was made with the support of New Zealand banks and internal cash resources of Swiss-Belhotel International.“This is a strategic move and strengthens the asset position of Swiss-Belhotel International,” Gavin M. Faull said.This is the first real estate investment that has been made by the international hotel management company and is an endorsement of its confidence in the tourism industry of Queenstown and New Zealand.Swiss-Belhotel International will be totally refurbishing the hotel over the next 18 months, which will also include the bar and restaurants.It is expected that over NZD1.5 million will be invested. It is the objective to present the hotel as a truly international operation as well as developing the restaurant, bar and recreational facilities in a way that the local market will use and appreciate.Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak is well located near the Coronet Peak ski fields as well as the Shotover Jet operation.Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak has 78 rooms and suites, the only seven lane bowling alley in Queenstown, two bars, two restaurants, and supporting facilities including gardens and recreation areas.The hotel offers great facilities for both tourists and locals and is ideal for the family traveller.Swiss-Belhotel International will continue to look for the appropriate real estate or business acquisition investments globally but in particular in New Zealand and Australia. Swiss-Belhotel International is also interested in acquiring management rights. Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peaklast_img read more

Autopsy performed on rapper Mac Miller more tests

first_imgAutopsy performed on rapper Mac Miller, more tests needed by The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2018 12:08 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 10, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this July 13, 2013, file photo, Rapper Mac Miller performs on his Space Migration Tour at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Los Angeles County coroner’s spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, that investigators have performed the autopsy and released the Miller’s body to the family, but a cause will not be announced until the results of toxicology tests that can take weeks or months. Miller was found dead in his Los Angeles home last week. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File) center_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – An autopsy has been completed but the cause of death is not yet clear for hip-hop star Mac Miller, who was found dead in his Los Angeles home last week.Los Angeles County coroner’s spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said Monday that investigators have performed the autopsy and released the body to the family, but a cause will not be announced until the results of toxicology tests that can take weeks or months.Miller’s rhymes often dealt with his depression and drug use, and his fans and collaborators included some of hip-hop’s biggest names.Paramedics found him unresponsive and declared him dead on Friday.Ariana Grande, who was in a two-year relationship with Miller until earlier this year, posted a black-and-white photo of him with no caption on her Instagram page Saturday.last_img read more

Three Russians rescued from sinking boat

first_imgThree Russian nationals were rescued from a boat that was filling up with water near the Vasilikos area on Monday night, the defence ministry said in a statement.The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre received a Mayday distress signal at 7pm from a yacht called ‘Ayia Fotini’ four nautical miles from the shore near the Vasilikos area which was at immediate risk due to water filling up the yacht.The NEARCHOS national rescue plan was activated and a speedboat was dispatched to rescue them.The three were safely taken to the Evangelos Florakis naval base.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep McCready hosts local office hours

first_img State Rep. Mike McCready, of Bloomfield Hills, invites local people to join him for office hours in Bloomfield Township on Friday, March 10, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Bloomfield Township Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road in meeting room 3.Office hours are an opportunity for residents to meet face-to-face with the representative and ask questions, offer ideas, or share thoughts.“I look forward to meeting with constituents to discuss our state’s pertinent issues,” McCready said.No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend, but would still like to speak with the representative, may contact his office at (517) 373-8670 or 23Feb Rep. McCready hosts local office hours Categories: McCready Newslast_img read more

Rep Kahle posts perfect voting record for first term

first_img02Jan Rep. Kahle posts perfect voting record for first term State Rep. Bronna Kahle finished her first term in the state House with a perfect voting record, taking part in all 1,554 votes during the 2017-2018 session.“It is an honor to work hard for the people of Lenawee County. I take my responsibility to be a voice for us in Lansing very seriously,” Rep. Kahle said. “It’s part of the job to show up each day and cast each and every vote with the best interests of our friends, neighbors and families in mind.”Rep. Kahle is currently serving her second term in the state House, representing residents of the 57th District in Lenawee County. Categories: Kahle Newslast_img

Limits on Health Insurance Risk Corridors Hurt Nonprofit Insurers and the ACA

first_imgShare8TweetShare6Email14 SharesNovember 25, 2015; HealthcareDiveNPQ has reported extensively on the financial and competitive issues facing the 23 nonprofit health insurance cooperatives established as part of the Affordable Care Act. About half the cooperatives have already gone out of business for lack of funds, despite having shared in about $2 billion in startup capital provided by the federal government in a bid to establish nonprofit competition to traditional health insurance companies. Conservative groups are lining up to oppose additional federal spending designed to assist co-ops and other insurers facing losses under the new system.Financial stability is a problem plaguing all insurers, due in large part to an arcane provision of the ACA called “risk corridors.” This provision of the law guaranteed insurers they wouldn’t lose money as a result of selling policies under the new terms imposed by the healthcare reform law. Since the ACA represented a major change in who was eligible to purchase insurance and under what conditions, the marketplace would be unpredictable, especially in the short term. Risk corridors assured insurance companies that their losses as a result of underpricing new policies would be paid by a federal fund contributed to by insurance companies that made significant profits under the new rules.However, there wasn’t enough money in the pool to cover all losses, and Congress in 2014 mandated that no supplemental federal funds could be used for risk corridor payments. As a result, insurance companies with losses could only recover about 12 percent of their ACA-related losses, or less than $400 million out of almost $3 billion requested. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recently committed to finding a way to increase the funds available in the risk corridor program. In reaction, conservative groups have alerted Congress and committed to opposing administration efforts to put more money into the risk corridors.The U.S.’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealthGroup, announced in November that it has lost $425 million on insurance exchange policies and would be reevaluating its future participation on the exchanges. South Dakota-based Dakotacare, the nonprofit health insurance arm of the state’s medical association and the second-largest health insurer in the state, has been acquired by the $3 billion Catholic-affiliated Avera Health system, which has its own health insurance group.There are many reasons for health insurance company distress as the marketplace adjusts to Obamacare. Dakotacare points to examples of hospitals inviting already-admitted uninsured patients to sign up for insurance not issued by their own hospital system. Some insurers took advantage of the risk corridor program’s short-term benefits to intentionally underprice policies to sign up the newly insured. Other insurance companies simply miscalculated the mix of (relatively few) healthy and (relatively many) unhealthy people who would sign up for often-subsidized health insurance on the exchanges. Both advocates and opponents of the ACA have agreed that ACA’s success hinges on large part on getting enough younger and healthier people to start paying health insurance premiums.Many opinion pieces have been written recently about whether the insurance company losses are a signal of the death of the ACA. Some conservatives are again talking of market-based alternatives while others, both liberal and conservative, say the demise of the ACA is the opening for a discussion of a single-payer healthcare insurance system. Regardless of political ideology, no one is happy with the lack of insurance stability in the current healthcare market.—Michael WylandShare8TweetShare6Email14 Shareslast_img read more

Texas Zoos Struggle To Navigate States New OpenCarry Laws

first_imgShare4TweetShareEmail4 SharesZoo / Dave StoneJanuary 7, 2016; Texas TribuneEarlier this week, we reported on several cultural institutions in Colorado that had begun adopting policies allowing concealed weapons on their premises, which includes handguns and, in some states, pepper spray. Some officials appeared to support the change in policy to allow concealed weapons. An official from the Denver Museum of Nature and Sciences indicated the museum board felt it was an adequate response in light of the recent mass shootings to best protect their patrons. However, it’s very likely some patrons would not feel the same way, and we wondered if the museum was risking alienating some visitors. Other institutions, like some zoos in Texas, are also wondering about the ambiguous impact of changing gun laws, particularly in light of President Barack Obama’s executive order on gun restrictions.New gun laws in Texas will 1) allow licensed carriers to openly carry handguns and 2) sanction individuals or organizations that ban licensed carriers from openly carrying handguns on their premises. Some premises are excluded from these new laws as “gun-free zones,” including schools and courthouses, and the owners of privately held businesses may choose to ban weapons on their property on an individual basis. Zoos are among the institutions caught in the middle, as some are privately funded entities on public property.With many young visitors, zoos have their own special interest in banning guns, but are they allowed to under the law? Tim Morrow, the executive director of the San Antonio Zoo, a nonprofit entity, says it will ultimately come down to what the attorney general says, because each city is assessing the situation differently.“This day and age, people are just nervous. We have so many families with small children, and the small children may not understand why someone is at the zoo and walking around with guns while there’s animals,” said Morrow.The San Antonio Zoo will still allow licensed carriers to bring concealed weapons into the zoo. Other zoos are arguing that they qualify as education institutions and so are allowed them to defy the open-carry law. “Given the mission of the zoo and the presence of hundreds of thousands of children on its campus, it is clear that guns and zoos simply do not mix,” said the spokeswoman for the Houston Zoo, Jackie Wallace, in a statement.Whether zoos meet the standard of “educational institution” is up for some debate. Gun owner defense law firm Texas Law Shield is one of many that have filed complaints against zoos, and one of the firm’s attorneys, Edwin Walker, calls the tactic “obviously outrageous.”They are not regulated by Texas Education Agency, they are not part of any recognized school district or educational system, they do not issue a degree, they do not have degree plans. They are just simply a place where people go to learn things.Nicole Knox, a defense attorney experienced with firearms-related cases, says that the zoos may only be able to bar guns in locations where actual teaching or educational efforts take place. Alternatively, zoos may utilize the “amusement park” exception, but that would also include a host of difficulties. Amusement parks have very specific requirements: they must be able to accommodate a population of 1 million visitors and have 75 acres in total property.Police officers may also face difficulties in assessing situations where organizations have open-carry laws. Kevin Lawrence from the Texas Municipal Police Association wondered what authority police officers have in situations when civilians feel threatened about an individual carrying a gun. Do police officers have a right to intervene? Alternatively, will these gray areas in the law further create issues and friction between the community and the police? Similarly, businesses are wondering if siding one way or the other with the law will inevitably alienate patrons.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office has received 24 complaints so far since the laws were adopted in September. Some, like Knox, have wondered what exactly this fight over open-carry laws really is about. Do advocacy groups truly believe their rights are curbed because they can’t carry a handgun navigating through large groups of students on a class field trip to the zoo?“Because Texas is one of the last states to pass an open carry law, I think gun rights activists are so used to insisting on, fighting for, their gun rights that they have potentially lost sight of the big picture, which is being able to carry in situations where they feel like they need to be able to carry,” said Knox. “I doubt that any gun rights supporters really want to be able to carry a firearm in a zoo full of small children.”—Shafaq HasanShare4TweetShareEmail4 Shareslast_img read more

Women Named to Lead Library of Congress Design Presidential Library

first_imgShare89TweetShare7Email96 SharesBy US Government [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsJuly 13, 2016; Time and the Chicago TribuneJuly has been a history-making month for U.S. women. On Wednesday, Time reported that Carla Hayden made history when the Senate voted to approve her nomination as Librarian of Congress. Hayden, who was nominated by President Obama in February, is both the first woman and the first African American to hold the post. Holding a PhD in library science from the University of Chicago, Hayden is currently the chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. Hayden understands how a library can meet some of the needs of a distressed community. She earned praise for, as we reported in our nonprofit news coverage, keeping the library open during the unrest in the city after the death of Freddie Gray. The library became a hub for community information and a meeting space. She is only the fourteenth librarian to serve in the 216 years since the library’s founding, and will hold her new position for ten years. Meanwhile, in New York, President Obama named the husband and wife team of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien as the architects of his presidential library, to be established in Chicago. This is the first time a woman has served as a lead architect for a presidential library. The Chicago Tribune reports that a woman, Dina Griffin, also heads Interactive Design Architects, the Chicago firm that will work with Williams and Tsien on the Obama center. Still, the historic news received hardly any traction.In Tsien’s world, diversity might not be the norm. The Tribune reported the architecture field mirrors economy-wide trends where female architects earn about 80 percent of what male architects do, and most women find the long hours unreasonable once family commitments enter the picture.—Carrie Collins-FadellShare89TweetShare7Email96 Shareslast_img read more