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first_imgA discussion paper on condo development and operation is available for public feedback. A committee of provincial staff and representatives of interested groups is reviewing the Condominium Act and has released a discussion paper on the legislation. “Consumer protection continues to be a priority for the province,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “The condo market has grown considerably in the past 10 years and it was time for a review of the act.” The discussion paper and response booklet are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/condoact or by phoning 902-424-5200 in Halifax Regional Municipality or toll-free at 1-800-670-4357. Deadline for feedback submissions is Feb. 13. The Condominium Act feedback is a separate initiative from Homeowner Protection Review, which dealt with, among other things, new home construction.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The telecom tower industry has urged the Finance Ministry to allow accelerated depreciation rate of 65 per cent on batteries, 20 per cent funding through External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) for the working capital and inclusion of telecom towers in the priority sector for lending by banks. The industry uses lithium ion batteries, which have an average life of 3-5 years. A higher depreciation rate for these batteries can help higher adoption of these batteries, which can decrease dependence on diesel for power back-up. Diesel adds to the higher cost of production for the tower companies. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Accelerated depreciation is a method whereby an asset loses book value at a faster rate than the traditional straight-line method. Generally, this method allows greater deductions in the earlier years of an asset and is used to minimise taxable income. Apart from these key demands, the Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) in its submission to the Finance Ministry, said it wants inclusion of the telecom infrastructure service providers in Section 72A in the cases of mergers and amalgamations. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails As tower industry is an inseparable part of telecom services, the specific inclusion will bring parity for the tower companies with telecom operators and other key industrial sectors. The benefit of Sec 72A was introduced to telecom operators in FY 2002-03 with a view to encouraging rapid consolidation and growth in the sector. Before that, each telecom operator used to set up its own towers to cater to its own need for passive infrastructure (telecom towers, shelters, power back up) services. Accordingly, the concept of TISPs was not envisaged in FY 2002-03, when the benefit of Section 72A was extended to the telecom sector. Section 72A of the Act allows accumulated losses of amalgamating company to be carried forward and set off in the hands of the amalgamated company. Currently, the carry-forward of losses is limited to industrial undertakings or ships, hotels, aircraft or banks. The term “industrial undertaking” has been defined to include the companies which are engaged in the business of providing telecommunication services, whether basic or cellular, including radio paging, domestic satellite service, broadband network and internet services, said T.R. Dua, Director General, TAIPA. There have been consolidations in the tower industry in recent times. India’s telecom tower industry is expected to see further consolidation after the Bharti Infratel-Indus Towers merger. The combined entity of Bharti Infratel Ltd — the tower arm of Bharti Airtel, and Indus Towers, post their merger, will own more than 1,63,000 towers and will create the world’s largest tower company outside China. In the tower industry, if ATC seals the deal with Idea, then the former would operate over 78,000 tower sites in India. State-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) owns 66,000 towers. TAIPA also seeks to amend the definition of “plant and machinery”. “Plant and machinery means apparatus, equipment, machinery fixed to earth by foundation including telecommunication tower and shelters, that are used for making outward supply and include the term ‘telecommunication tower’ for the purpose of Input Tax Credit,” it said. According to TAIPA, the tower industry is expecting to install around 25,000 towers in the coming FY with around Rs 1.25 lakh taxes paid on each. The current situation could result in increase in cost of providing the telecom service. The Association rues that under the Central Goods and Services Act, 2017 (CGST Act), telecommunication towers have been specifically excluded from the definition of “plant and machinery” provided in the explanation to Section 17. “Digital India, smart cities, providing e-governance services to the common man and other flagship programmes of the government depend entirely on the availability of critical telecom infrastructure and any tax/ levy on such nation building installations will ultimately increase the cost of the services to the end-consumer. “Towers are the backbone of the telecommunication industry and any denial of this credit would substantially increase the cost of services to the common man,” said TAIPA.last_img read more


first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Less than a month to go before Christmas, there remains a backlog of packages and regular mail as postal workers are told to get back to work.Despite threats by the union to challenge the back-to-work legislation, the federal government is convinced it will hold up in court.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is outraged its workers are being forced back on the job, saying it is looking at all options — including legal ones — to fight this bill.RELATED: Postal workers return to picket lines as Senate set to debate back-to-work billThe union argues the legislation is unconstitutional because it violates their members’ right to strike, an argument that held up in court when the previous Harper government took similar actions.But Employment Minister Patty Hajdu says she is confident this bill will stand the test. “We put forward legislation that had a Charter statement. We did so in a way that drafted the legislation completely differently than the previous Harper government’s legislation.”But she says ultimately, it could be the courts’ call.The minister claims the move was a last resort, but a necessary one.“There was a significant, growing economic harm to the country. Small businesses were struggling. Rural and remote communities were struggling. There really wasn’t a way forward for the two parties. They were at a complete impasse.”last_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:Boeing Co., down $10.60 to $331.90Exporters’ stocks fell as the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive threatened to worsen U.S.-China trade tensions.Lam Research Corp., down $3.96 to $145.73Martin Anstice resigned as CEO as the semiconductor equipment maker investigates allegations of misconduct against him.The Children’s Place Inc., down $16.48 to $106.67The children’s clothing and accessories chain forecast earnings for the current quarter below what analysts were expecting.Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., up 97 cents to $16.02The technology company reported earnings and revenue that beat analysts’ forecasts.PulteGroup Inc., up $1.02 to $26.65The homebuilder said it was raising its dividend 22 per cent to 11 cents a share.At Home Group Inc., down $4.06 to $23.75The home decor retailer forecast earnings for its full fiscal year that were below what analysts were expecting.Citigroup Inc., down $2.20 to $60.06The bank’s chief financial officer said its bond trading businesses is slowing.Okta Inc., up $6.30 to $66.95The identity management company issued forecasts for the current quarter that were better than analysts had expected.The Associated Presslast_img read more


Rabat – Fifty percent of Moroccans favor the abolition of the death penalty, according to the results of a survey conducted by the High Commission of Planning (HCP) on the nation’s take on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.Urban areas (47.8) supported the lethal punishment’s abolition less enthusiastically than rural areas, which garnered a 52.2 percent anti-death penalty position, Ahmed Lahlimi Alami, the head of the HCP, told reporters on Tuesday.The HCP randomly selected citizens from every region in Morocco to take the survey, which helped “the government understand citizens’ evaluation of dimensions of human development in their daily lives,” between the 1st of July and the 19th of August. Morocco has not carried out the death penalty since 1993, however courts have sentenced 122 people, including three women, to the punishment.The U.N. started a new push to implement its 17 development goals for the next 14 years at the top of 2016. The goals include ensuring every human being has access to a good education, a healthy natural environment and a peaceful and just society.The survey’s results show that 80 percent of Moroccans believe the kingdom can achieve all of the U.N.’s goals by 2030, while 50 percent of respondents said they had taken steps to improve their interactions with the environment in the past five years.Morocco has led the charge in global anti-climate change efforts, as demonstrated in 22nd Convention of the Parties (COP) held in Marrakesh last month. The kingdom is on track to source 52 percent of its energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2030. read more


LONDON — A senior adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dismissed concerns about tensions arising from Parliamentary debates over Brexit, telling supporters that it isn’t surprising that people are upset about the country’s failure to leave the European Union.The prime minister has been accused of whipping up division with his charged language about Brexit opponents in the House of Commons this week.But Dominic Cummings told backers at a book launch that the only way to calm tensions is for lawmakers to respect the results of the 2016 referendum.He says the current chaos is “a walk in the park” compared with the 2016 referendum campaign in which the country narrowly voted to leave the EU. Three years later, Britain and its politicians remain bitterly divided over how, or whether, to leave the 28-nation bloc.The Associated Press read more


“There are 850 million hungry people around the world and this is too much because the world produces enough food to feed them all,” WFP spokesperson Christiane Berthiaume told a news briefing in Geneva today about the march planned for 21 May. “It is a problem of mobilization and lack of political will.”The “march the world” will start in each country at 10 a.m., with some 360 such events being organized and will cover about six kilometres in an effort to sensitize people to the food shortages around the planet. In Paris, 150 life-sized fibreglass bovines decorated by artists have been dotted around the French capital where they will continue grazing for two months before being auctioned off. The profits will go to WFP and the Africa Alive Foundation. In past auctions elsewhere such as in New York, Sydney and Prague, the so-called “Cow Parade” has raised up to $25,000 for a single animal. Meanwhile across the English Channel, British commuters will be able to tune in to on-screen broadcasts of a selection of WFP’s public service announcements. Huge outside screens at railway stations in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, will carry footage, including WFP’s “Horn of Africa” appeal. The screening has been made possible by a generous donation of time by one of Britain’s biggest outdoor advertising companies, “Titan Outdoor.” The company says that in the space of one week, some 28 million people will walk past the screens carrying the WFP commercials. Of these, it is estimated that almost 2 million will stand and watch for a period of time while they wait for their trains to arrive. In recent years, as consumers begin to get information from an increasingly diverse array of media, WFP has made use of advertising space on billboards, in newspapers, on big outdoor screens as well as television and cinema as a key strategy for getting messages about hunger across to the general public. read more


by The Canadian Press Posted May 26, 2014 2:00 am MDT Wynne, Horwath face off in northern debate, Hudak touring Toronto area AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Premier Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath face off today in a debate on northern Ontario issues, while Tory Leader Tim Hudak tours the Peterborough and greater Toronto area.Wynne says it’s “inexplicable” that Hudak wouldn’t show up and it would never have occurred to her to miss the debate in Thunder Bay.Her predecessor Dalton McGuinty was absent during the 2011 election, but she says she wasn’t the premier then.Hudak says he couldn’t make it because of a scheduling conflict, but adds neither of the two other party leaders have spent more time travelling northern Ontario than he has.The Liberals issued a news release Sunday night with a list of flights to Thunder Bay with available seats that Hudak could use to still get to today’s debate.All three parties have made different promises to woo northern Ontario voters, including developing the massive Ring of Fire chromite deposit.Both Hudak and Horwath have promised to help develop the mining project, but neither has said how much money they’d spend.Wynne is promising to spend $1 billion over 10 years to help build a much-needed transportation route to the remote area, even if the federal Conservatives don’t help out.It’s not clear where or when it would be built if the Liberals are re-elected on June 12, or how they’ll find another $1 billion to complete the route in the remote region if Ottawa won’t provide the funds.The Liberals say those decisions will be up to a development corporation that they’ll create within 60 days of taking office and will include both levels of government, First Nations and private companies.Wynne said the Liberals would also expand major highways to four lanes, including Highway 69 between Parry Sound and Sudbury, the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon.The New Democrats have promised to spend $250 million to widen 60 kilometres of highways across Ontario each year, at least of which will be in the north.They say they’ll spend another $20 million a year to restore passenger service on Ontario Northland Rail and $40 million on 200 more snowplows and trucks to improve winter road safety.The NDP has also promised to begin investing in infrastructure for the Ring of Fire “without delay” if elected, but didn’t allocate any money for it in its platform.Hudak, who served as northern development and mines minister under the former Conservative government, said he’d merge the Ministry of Natural Resources with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines to create one powerful northern minister.The Tory platform also promises to repeal the Far North Act, saying it would open up the north to more investment opportunities and jobs.The party’s reach only extends up to the North Bay riding of Nipissing. The Liberals hold four northern seats, while the NDP have five. read more


7Billy HarrisF+8.1 On an individual basis, Gretzky’s performance may never be topped — his next-closest active challenger by PSAR, Jaromir Jagr, would have to maintain his career rate of per-season production until age 50 just to catch The Great One. (Although … maybe we shouldn’t completely rule out that possibility.) But we can’t just leave it there — hockey is such a dynamic, free-flowing sport that a player’s individual numbers don’t always capture his contributions to victory.Some of that, as hockey quants have learned over the last decade or so, is due to the noise around infrequent events such as goals. Instead, on-ice shot margin (after adjusting for numerous contextual factors) is a sturdier gauge of team skill — and hence, an individual’s ability to influence it is an important consideration in modern player evaluation. We don’t have these fancy numbers for Gretzky’s career, but we do know his teams were probably not dominating possession, deriving their high-scoring offense instead from a high shooting percentage.Which brings us to Gretzky’s fabled ability to elevate the performance of his teammates. On a shot-by-shot basis, there’s some evidence that Gretzky’s otherworldly passing led to higher shooting percentages for his teammates than when they played without him. (At FiveThirtyEight, we’ve applied this with or without you — WOWY — technique before, to NFL wide receivers.) Among all players with at least 200 career adjusted assists, Gretzky ranks fifth in terms of hikes in teammates’ shooting percentages3Indexed relative to the league average. while playing alongside him, compared with the rest of their careers.Current stathead thinking suggests that only the most transcendent of passers can help a team sustain a sky-high shooting percentage, and the bread crumbs of evidence are there to suggest a real Gretzky Effect on his teammates’ numbers. Then again, it’s not clear how much of that can be untangled from the shooting percentage machine that was the 1980s Edmonton Oilers overall. 8Kris LetangD+8.1 6Clark GilliesF+8.3 9Jari KurriF+7.8 2Paul CoffeyD+10.4 Source: Hockey-Reference.com 4Kevin LoweD+9.1 Lots of Oilers top the WOWY list 1Glenn AndersonF+10.7 5Wayne GretzkyF+8.3 3Charlie HuddyD+9.9 10Jim PappinF+7.5 Wayne Gretzky, widely considered to be the greatest player in NHL history — so widely, in fact, that even Boston homers have to admit it (however tongue-in-cheek the manner) — was born exactly 55 years (and a day) ago. That’s really all the excuse we need to go spelunking in The Great One’s statistical treasure chest.Hockey stats, even the “advanced” ones, are famously lo-fi; even still, there’s a preponderance of evidence to confirm that Gretzky was far and away the most productive hockey player of all time. Yes, his teammates were outrageously talented. Yes, he played in an offensively inflated era, facing small goaltenders who employed archaic techniques. But even when we adjust Gretzky’s numbers for the scoring environment in which they were produced, nobody generated more goals — particularly with his playmaking — than No. 99.One of my favorite stats in all of sports history is that Gretzky could be the NHL’s all-time scoring leader even if he never scored a goal, on the basis of his assists alone. That’s not quite true after adjusting his stats for the era — Gordie Howe’s 2,190 adjusted points eclipses Gretzky’s 1,717 adjusted assists — but the difference between Gretzky’s adjusted helpers and those of No. 2 Howe is roughly the same as that between Howe and No. 28 Mats Sundin. The man’s hockey sense and vision were unparalleled.To pull all of Gretzky’s individual accomplishments together, I like to use my personal modification of Hockey-Reference.com’s point shares, which I call point shares above replacement. (A modification is necessary because, as currently constructed, the distribution of PS between positions is all kinds of messed up. PSAR fixes that and essentially mirrors Hockey Prospectus’s goals versus threshold, with the added benefit that it gets updated in-season.) Among modern1Going back to the 1950-51 season, the first season for which I have data. skaters, Gretzky is the career leader in PSAR by a mile — he beats No. 2 Ray Bourque by the equivalent of about 420 extra goals, or 60 to 70 wins. And compared with his fellow forwards, Gretzky laps the field to a degree that is even more striking:2In this chart, the “share” of a team’s available ice time is the proportion of a team’s minutes (from the 1998-99 season onward) or games played (1997-98 and earlier) at a position that a player played. In an individual season, it effectively acts as a percentage, but across years it can be added up as a cumulative measure of ice time, because every team divvies up roughly the same amount of playing time among its players each season. (It also serves as a way to normalize playing time across different schedule lengths — handy in case of season-shortening lockouts and the like.) PLAYERPOSWOWY Nos. 1 through 5 on the teammate shooting WOWY list all played for the Oilers during that era, so this might be more of a team stat, shared by linemates, than an individual metric. Further evidence: The Oilers collectively maintained a third-place finish in shooting percentage in 1988-89 (down only slightly from first in ’87-88), despite Gretzky departing Edmonton for LA over the summer.All of this also assumes, perhaps incorrectly, that the state of today’s hockey-analytics art can even be applied to the NHL of Gretzky’s heyday. In the run-and-gun air hockey 1980s, Corsi was a player, not a metric, and the possession-is-king rule that guides today’s enlightened clubs doesn’t seem to have been as hard and fast. (For instance, Mario Lemieux’s Pittsburgh Penguins, another incredibly high-scoring team, also defied what I estimated to be modest possession numbers by sustaining a high shooting percentage over a string of years.)All of this is why, between absent data and changes to the fabric of the sport, deep analysis of historical hockey is inherently limited, despite our best efforts. We’ll never know Gretzky’s zone start numbers or have a player usage chart for his record-shattering 215-point 1985-86 season. But we can appreciate what numbers we do have from his career — and nobody produced stats more glamorous than The Great One. read more


MS Dhoni has a discussion with Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2018, Chennai, April 10, 2018 (ESPNcricinfo image)West Indies are set to be without Sunil Narine and Andre Russell for their ODI series against England.Narine has informed CWI that he is not yet confident enough in his bowling action to get through an ODI, while Russell has informed them his knee is not yet up to the demands of 50-over cricket.Narine hasn’t played an ODI for more than two years, but insists he is keen to return to international cricket. He has struggled with his action for most of his career, first attempting to remodel it in 2011 and then having it reported during the Champions Trophy of 2014.He withdrew from the 2015 World Cup squad to work further on his action. He is expected to work with Carl Crowe, the spin bowling consultant, in the coming weeks. The news almost certainly ends any chance he has of playing in the 2019 World Cup.Russell’s involvement remains possible. He is fit enough for T20 cricket – he has been involved in the BPL and has just been announced as a replacement for Steve Smith in the PSL – but feels his fitness is not quite at the required level for a longer game. He last played an ODI in July. (ESPNcricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLaw wants ‘settled’ team for World Cup qualifierSeptember 22, 2017In “latest news”Andre Russell set to return after year-long banFebruary 1, 2018In “Sports”Miller replaces Narine in World CupJanuary 29, 2015In “Sports” read more


first_imgTODAY AVIVA HEALTH Insurance announced that it is to increase its premiums by an average of 5.2 per cent gross on a range of plans effective from 1 January, 2014.Aviva said that it “greatly regrets” that it has to impose the additional increase which they said is due to the “impact of recent changes in government policy on public hospital bed charges”.They added that the increase in the cost of claims has been driven upwards by the shift in the age composition of their customer base.Government policyThey added that the Government’s decision last Friday not to reduce the rates set out in legislation passed by the Oireachtas last July which allows privately insured patients to be charged for the use of a public bed in a public hospital, was a contributing factor. They stated that the decision means that the new bed charge is up to 10.8 times the old charge. They stated:From the 1 January next, our customers will be charged up to €813 per night when they occupy a public bed in a public hospital. The current charge is €75 per night. This new charge directly increases the cost of providing cover for our members.PlansAviva did state however that a number of their policies will not see an increase, adding that they are not increasing the price of popular plans such as some of the recently launched affordable entry level plans, Family Focus and Future Focus. Level 2 Complete Health is also not being increased.Aviva’s CEO, Alison Burns said “we are deeply conscious of the struggle our customers face to maintain their health cover. That is why we have decided not to increase the price of some of our popular entry level plans”. She said: Those due to renew in January and February already face premium increases as a result of the government’s decision to reduce tax relief. With this in mind, we have held our increase to the absolute minimum of an average of 5.2 per cent.Burns stated that government’s recent policy changes have “severely disrupted” the health insurance market. She concluded that “as a responsible regulated insurer” they must ensure that they are in a position to pay the claims of our customers when they get sick.Damien Kiberd: Why we need to deliver an Irish version of the NHS>Read: Health insurance bosses stress the need to attract young people to the market>last_img read more


first_imgThere are a few Android tablets out there right now, and some — like the Samsung Galaxy Tab are even pretty good — but it’s still not very contentious to say right now that Android isn’t very good for tablets. Heck, even Google has said as much.And that’s the whole point of Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb. Google recognizes that making a good tablet operating system is not just about making the display bigger: people use tablets in different ways than they use smartphones, and even the simple act of making the display larger can stress to breaking even the most robust operating system.Honeycomb, then, is a landmark release for Android tablets… one that will make all of the tablets that came before look chunky and half-baked by comparison. But what about smartphones? Will Honeycomb be a similar radical leap for Android smartphones as it will be for Android tablets?Google today has confirmed that it will not. Why? Because Honeycomb isn’t coming to smartphones. It’s a tablet only release.This is coming as a surprise to some, but it’s actually not much of one. Apple, for example, originally released the iPad with iOS 3.2, which never came to the iPhone. Instead, the iPad and iPhone branches of iOS were reunited months down the line under iOS 4.1.The same thing is going to happen here. Google is going to get Android up and running with tablets, then unify both branches of the Android code base later down the line. That’s not to say that some of the more appropriate functionality of Honeycomb won’t be coming to Android smartphones sooner, though: Google’s already promising some gradual feature roll-out of Honeycomb’s more smartphone-specific perks.Read more at PC Maglast_img read more


first_imgSource MailOnline-Conor McGregor left UFC fans stunned as he announced his shock retirement from MMA.The 30-year-old is currently suspended from fighting by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after UFC 229 – a night which saw his defeat overshadowed by a post-fight brawl with victor Khabib Nurmagomedov.With his suspension ongoing, talk has been rife as to his next fight but McGregor looked to call time on his career on social media, only for fans to refuse to believe it is true.It comes after a series of run-ins with the law for the MMA legend, including hurling a five foot tall metal sack barrow at the window of a bus full of rival fighters, smashing the window.Posting on his Twitter page in the early hours of Tuesday morning, McGregor wrote: ‘Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ today.‘I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.‘I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!’UFC president Dana White confirmed the shock news just one hour after McGregor’s announcement on Twitter‘He has the money to retire and his whiskey is KILLIN it,’ White told ESPN via text message. ‘It totally makes sense and if I was him i would retire too.‘He’s retiring from fighting. Not from working. The whiskey will keep him busy and I’m sure he has other things he’s working on. He has been so fun to watch! He has accomplished incredible things in this sport.last_img read more


first_img Email Royce Da 5’9″ Teases Logic, Eminem Collab logic-eminem-will-trade-verses-new-royce-da-59-track-caterpillar Facebook Twitter News The ‘Bad Meets Evil’ Eminem collaborator has revealed that a track from his new album will pair up two of raps heavy hittersBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 26, 2018 – 4:11 pm GRAMMY-nominated rapper and longtime Eminem collaborator Royce Da 5’9″ has a new album coming out on May 4. Just this week, the Detroit native (real name Ryan Montgomery) dropped some tantalizing details about his new effort The Book Of Ryan.In a new interview with Rap Up, Montgomery revealed that album track “Caterpillar” will reunite him with his old rhyming partner Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers). “The basic theme of the song is, ‘Don’t disrespect the caterpillar to praise the butterfly,'” Royce explains. “Marshall falls a little bit more into that category than I do, but both of us are caterpillars. A lot of times, you’ll praise these guys but gotta tear us down.”And, as though the news of more new music featuring both Royce and Eminem wasn’t enough to get hyped for, Montgomery goes on to reveal that the track remix for “Caterpillar” will see GRAMMY-nominated lyrical technician Logic pairing up and trading verses with none other than Slim Shady himself.”It’s one of those shut-the-internet-down-for-a-couple-of-days verses for sure,” Montgomery says of Logic’s contribution to the album. “I’m proud of him for that one.”https://www.instagram.com/p/BiC91b_l4jZ/?hl=en&taken-by=royceda59Sharp-eyed readers will, of course, note that the exciting stable of featured artists on The Book Of Ryan still has some bombs to drop even after the announcement of Logic’s inclusion. With names like  J. Cole, Pusha T, Jadakiss, Fabolous, T-Pain, and more sprinkled across the tracklist, the album looks to offer a host of deep cutsThe Book Of Ryan is due out on May 4.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Logic, Eminem Will Trade Verses On New Royce Da 5’9” Track “Caterpillar” last_img read more


first_imgLOWELL, MA — More than 130 young people from across the Northeast will enhance their skills as musicians when they participate in UMass Lowell’s Mary Jo Leahey Symphonic Band Camp this summer.Audrey LaConte, of Wilmington, will be among those participating in the program, which will be held from Sunday, July 14 through Saturday, July 20 on the university’s campus.The 23rd annual camp offers students entering ninth grade from freshman of college a weeklong immersion in concert band, music ensembles, classes and performance workshops, all designed to spark their creativity and develop their virtuosity. Throughout the week, each student will participate in the large concert band ensemble and in one or more of many smaller ensembles. Students will learn about classical and jazz genres, and choose from a menu of electives that span a wide variety of musical interests. Sessions will be led by UMass Lowell music faculty and guest instructors, while the university’s music students and alumni will serve as camp mentors.The program will culminate with a free concert on Saturday, July 20 at noon that is open to the public. The concert will be held at UMass Lowell’s Durgin Hall, located at 35 Wilder Street, Lowell, on the University’s South Campus. Free parking is available across the street from the venue.The summer camp was created and designed by Executive Director Debra Nicole Huber, a 1989 graduate of UMass Lowell, to provide a window into choices and opportunities in music for children and was established by Mary Jo Leahey, a 1937 UMass Lowell graduate who was a beloved music teacher and philanthropist. More information is available at www.uml.edu/symphonicbandcamp.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 57 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass LowellIn “Education”Wilmington’s Lisa Brothers Receives U-Mass Lowell Alumni AwardIn “Education”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more


first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags Software Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe Lightroom 8 The best new gaming laptops, rankedcenter_img Comments Share your voice Adobe’s latest Creative Cloud offering is Fresco, a painting and sketching app with a high-quality blending engine and the ability to import almost all Photoshop brushes. Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET Adobe’s discounts on its Creative Cloud All Apps plan seems to turning into a quarterly event — it ran a 25% discount Black Friday deal last November and a similar 25%-off deal in March, then 40% off in May. Now it’s offering a students-and-teachers-only one-year discount of 44% off the All Apps annual educational plan if you pay upfront ($199.88); it also includes two free months. If you pay monthly, it’s 33% off ($239.88).  You’re running out of time, though — you’ve only got until 11:59 p.m. PT tonight, Friday, Aug. 30, to take advantage.After the first year, it goes back up to $359.99, the price for the educational plan; the discounts add up to a savings of up to 60% off the standard individual plans, which can run as high as about $640.Read more: Adobe Fresco shows oil and water(colors) do mixIf you were planning on subscribing for the first time or upgrading from your dependable old (old, old) perpetual-license version and you qualify, then this is a good time to do it — But if you just want to kick the tires, there are some other factors to take into account before plunking down your credit card. Let’s explore your options. Need a more basic option that doesn’t require a subscription? Check out Adobe Photoshop Elements, on sale for $60 through September 3.Note that CNET will get a share of revenue from the subscriptions bought through the links on this page — but read the full story before making your buying decision.  What’s the deal? That’s 20-plus Adobe apps, including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Lightroom and Dreamweaver. You also get access to all of Adobe’s fonts — the service formerly known as Typekit — along with 100GB cloud storage, and all the mobile apps, including Premiere Rush, Adobe Fresco and Adobe Spark. See at Adobe What’s the catch? A few important things to note: The offer is for a year’s subscription paid in monthly installments of $19.99 or for 14 months paid up front for $199.88. The discounts are available in other regions. UK price is £163.20/yr for a year of the prepaid annual plan, going up to £301.90/year (£25.28/mo) for the second year. In Australia, it’s AU$199.88 for the first year, at which point it rises to AU$359.88.If you opt to continue the subscription, the price goes up to $29.99 per month ($359.99 annual).If you want to cancel, do so within the first 14 days or you’ll be out half the annual cost.The discount is only available to new subscribers and it’s limited to one subscription per customer. At the end of the year, it will automatically renew at the full price. And full price is what you’ll be paying in perpetuity because I’ve never seen a discount for an existing customer. What’s not to like? If you just want to see whether you’d like the CC ecosystem or give the 2019 applications a go before committing, you may be better off getting the seven-day free trial and taking it for a spin before the end of the week. You can then subscribe if you want to. Why isn’t a year better than a few days? The tar pit problem. If you really use the system, trying to extract all your work if you choose not to continue is at best an aggravation and at worst, impossible. Remember, if you opt not to subscribe you can’t run the applications at all. Once you’ve got a couple thousand photos cataloged in Lightroom, getting them out with all the metadata — ratings, keywords, captions and so on — is a pain. You can save the metadata for a whole catalog into the individual photos’ sidecar files, but it takes a while. But having Lightroom save the metadata to the file as you update them bogs down the software — choose your poison. And if you take advantage of the coolest new features, like range masking, those don’t travel with the file. You only keep the basic adjustments. Plus, if you give the latest Lightroom a shot as an upgrade from an earlier version, it converts the database — you won’t be able to go back to the version you own. (Back it up, people!). Love the libraries? I do. But you can’t download anything in them or batch-convert and export them to portable format. The only way to use the assets is within Adobe’s apps. Graphics produced by the Adobe Capture mobile app go straight into libraries, and they’re standard SVG files. But to get them out of CC, you can only save them one at a time, and only using the mobile app. Forget about styles, color palettes or patterns. You get the idea. Is any of this unusual? Lots of companies lock their best stuff within a walled garden. But that’s the caveat you have to watch out for before sinking a lot of time and money into an expensive yearlong trial: It may not be as easy to move on as you’d think. 41 Photoslast_img read more


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first_imgIt’s a big day for our “Maeology” column, which celebrates language and culture in Costa Rica: our first guest post! When Atenas-based writer and Tico Times reader Shannon Farley took a look at our piece “Costa Rica, The Quiz: How Much Has Your Adopted Country Changed You?”, she thought of a few of her own measures of Costa Rican-ness. Fortunately for us, she shared them with us. Come and get ’em, Ticos and wannabe Ticos of the world!-5 points if you eat rice or beans at least 3 times a week; 10 points if you eat rice AND beans at least 3 times a week; 50 points if you can’t live without rice and beans and eat at least one of them every single day.-10 points if you own an olla arrocera. -1 point for every kind of picadillo you know how to make.-1 point for every juice you know how to make from scratch: cas, guanabana, tamarindo, chan.-5 points if your world stops whenever La Sele is playing. Subtract 20 points if you have no idea what La Sele is. 50 points if you wear an appropriate shirt or decorate your car on these days. -20 points if you know what “Quéjese aqui” refers to.-1 point for every national park you have visited.-5 points if you keep your car radio tuned to any station playing the national anthem at 7:00 a.m. every morning; 100 points if you can sing along.-5 points if the commands for your pet dog are in Spanish … and its name.-1 point for every kind of rain you can name in Spanish.How’d you do? What questions have we missed? Let us know.Read more Maeology columns here. -10 points if you bring your own snacks, lunch, and drinks on a day outing to the beach. 20 points if that includes any of the following: huevos duros, latas de atun, galletas soda, arroz con pollo, Imperial o Pilsen.-10 points if the first word out of your mouth when surprised by something or someone is: Diay! 20 points if that happens when you are not in Costa Rica.-5 points each if in the past week you have: parked on the wrong side of the street and thought it was perfectly fine; flashed your lights at an oncoming car to let them know traffic police are ahead; or stopped your car in the middle of the street to talk to a friend not caring about other cars behind you.-5 points if you purposefully try to finish all errands or appointments before 1:00 p.m. during rainy season.-10 points if you enjoy a cafecito every day around 3:00 p.m. … “¡la hora de cafe!”center_img Facebook Comments Related posts:A room of our own: Costa Rican choteo and Virginia Woolf Your brother’s my cousin’s ex-girlfriend’s son? A Costa Rican screenplay For my father, who loved Costa Rica The cure for grumbling expats: un granito de arenalast_img read more


first_imgQantas has cut five of its return flights between Dubai and London, which were due to fly in October and November, due to poor seasonal demand.The A380 superjumbo flights between Qantas’ new overseas hub in Dubai and London’s Heathrow Airport will be reduced from two flights to one, on 14 and 17 October as well as 12, 15 and 20 November, Sydney Morning Herald reported.The cancellations are a result of weak seasonal demand and come less than two weeks after Qantas reported that its international division suffered almost half a billion dollars in pre-tax losses for the financial year ending July 2014, compared to AUD $246 million the previous financial year.Moreover, on the domestic front, Qantas’ latest traffic results have indicated reduced domestic capacity by 2.7 percent in July, as measured by available seat kilometres, compared with the same month in 2013.Meanwhile, Qantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce, along with other fellow senior colleagues, has experienced a significant income decrease, earning a little over AUD $2 million, cut back from his earnings of AUD $3.3 million last year.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more


first_img May 5, 2014 521 Views Negative Equity Rate Down to One in 10 Black Knight Financial Services Home Equity Underwater 2014-05-05 Colin Robins In Black Knight Financial Services’ latest Mortgage Monitor Report, the company found that only one in ten Americans are underwater, down from one in three as recently as 2010.Overall, the company’s look at March data reflected a shifting landscape. As home prices have risen over the past two years, many distressed loans have worked their way through the system, and the percentage of Americans with negative equity has declined considerably.”Two years of relatively consecutive home price increases and a general decline in the number of distressed loans have contributed to a decreasing number of underwater borrowers,” said Kostya Gradushy, Black Knight’s manager of Loan Data and Customer Analytics.”Looking at current combined loan-to-value (CLTV), we see that while four years ago 34 percent of borrowers were in negative equity positions, today that number has dropped to just about 10 percent of active mortgage loans,” he added.Gradushy references the 10.1 percent negative equity average, but which states homeowners reside in paint a clearer picture of negative equity across the spectrum. Judicial foreclosure states have a higher negative equity rate at 13.4 percent, compared to the 7.9 percent rate experienced in non-judicial states.Regardless, Gradushy notes that both judicial and non-judicial states have experienced declines. “Overall, nearly half of all borrowers today are both in positive equity positions and of strong credit quality—credit scores of 700 or above. Four years ago, that category of borrowers represented over a third of active mortgages,” Gradushy said.Black Knight had more positive news in its Mortage Monitor Report: Leading indicators, such as foreclosure starts, new problem loan percentage, 90-day defaults count, and 30 to 60 roll count were all down heading into the second quarter.The company offered that the 2013 population of loans was “the best vintage on record,” but the statement belies the fact that higher credit restrictions severely hampered new originations for lower credit borrowers.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more